21st > May > 2013 Archive

VMware's monster VM

VMware taps ex-Ciscoer as channel chief

Just ahead of the formal launch of VMware's "Project Zephyr" vCloud Hybrid Service public cloud on Tuesday, the company has appointed a new channel chief. And the timing is not accidental, with VMware's channel being a key component of its hybrid cloud strategy.

Alteryx grabs cash to simplify analytics

Analytics startup Alteryx has grabbed another round of funding to help it get its big-data analysis tools in front of more non-techies at more enterprises with tangled data.
Jack Clark, 21 May 2013

China breaks ceasefire, restarts hacking US government

After a three-month hiatus, Chinese hackers are once again targeting US government sites, according to government officials and the security firm that first uncovered the attacks.
Iain Thomson, 21 May 2013

AT&T to relax restrictions on FaceTime, video chat

AT&T Wireless plans to lift some of its restrictions on the use of mobile video chat apps by the end of this year, according to a statement the carrier released on Monday.
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2013

Chocolate Factory chucks out Checkout

Google Checkout is the latest product to check into the Chocolate Factory's hospice, with merchants told it will be farewelled in six months.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 May 2013
Pi irate

Computer use irrelevant to education outcomes, says US study

The accepted wisdom that computers are an indispensable tool of modern education is under challenge in a study conducted for Germany's Centre for Economic Studies IFO (CESifo).
Richard Chirgwin, 21 May 2013

Blogger better be a billionaire, says 'open access' publisher lawsuit

Blogger Jeffrey Beall, who tries to separate the wheat from the chaff in the world of academic publishing, is being threatened with a billion-dollar lawsuit from OMICS Publishing Group in India.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 May 2013

Infosys vows to fight Indian tax claim

It’s not just Western technology giants that are being targeted by the Indian government, now local IT services behemoth Infosys has been forced to challenge a Rs.5.77 billion (£68.7m) tax demand by the authorities.
Phil Muncaster, 21 May 2013
No-brand HDMI stick Android PC

Dell's PC-on-a-stick landing in July: report

Dell's project Ophelia, an Android-PC-on-a-stick effort revealed at CES last January, is apparently set to debut in July.
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2013
GPS-watching robot

German robots sent to Oz to make GPS millimetre-perfect

Industrial robots from Germany will be spending their life in Australia's great outdoors, helping to improve the accuracy of the country's Global Navigation Satellite System positioning knowledge. The project, a GNSS robotic calibration facility, has been switched on in Canberra, and will ultimately be part of a nationwide calibration network.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 May 2013

'India attacked Norwegian telco to get at Pakistan, China' - report

Security researchers have uncovered what appears to be a sophisticated targeted attack launched from India and designed to steal information from a range of government and private enterprise victims in Pakistan, China and elsewhere.
Phil Muncaster, 21 May 2013

Buff American beauties keen to dominate Euro youth in tech tussle

HPC blogCompetition at the ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge will be the fiercest yet.
Dan Olds, 21 May 2013

New 4TB drive spaffs half a telly season into your eyes AT ONCE

Seagate has a new 4TB 3.5in hard disk for digital video recorders, TV set-top boxes and other such entertainment gear.
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2013

Machine learning climbs atop Hadoop

Hadoop whisperer Concurrent has released a free tool for porting machine-learning models over to Hadoop.
Jack Clark, 21 May 2013
Nokia 7110

MYSTERY Nokia Lumia with gazillion-pixel camera 'spotted'

Nokia will plug the boffinry behind the 41-megapixel camera in its 808 PureView phone into a new Lumia smartmobe, it is rumoured.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2013

Thinktank: 'Lab-smashing' Stuxnet helped Iran's nuke effort

The Stuxnet worm may have actually pushed forward Iran's controversial nuclear programme over the long term.
John Leyden, 21 May 2013

WTF is... LTE Advanced?

FeatureBritain now has a 4G network, run by EE, and others are being rolled out. We’re behind the curve, though.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2013

Your hot peer-on-peer code wrestling could net $800k from Samsung

Samsung's annual round of carrot-on-a-stick waving at developers has been extended this year with an additional $800,000 to push the electronics giant's peer-to-peer networking.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2013

Space dogs and Dragons: A brief history of reentry tech

In August 1960, Soviet dogs Belka and Strelka1 - accompanied by several mice - became the first animals to travel into space and return alive.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2013

Vodafone revenues hit as customers in Europe hang onto their cash

The end of Vodafone's financial year saw the company writing down £7.7bn in assets, leaving it with a profit of only £673m based on annual revenue which declined 4.4 per cent to £44.4bn.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2013
The Office

Six things you should know before you roll out Office 365

Let’s discuss some of the reasons for embarking on an Office 365 project.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2013

A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

Heavyweights of the cryptographic world have lined up behind a campaign against proposed US wiretapping laws that could require IT vendors to place new backdoors in digital communications services.
John Leyden, 21 May 2013
HGST 5K1500

Our new 1.5TB lappie drive isn't thick, it's just the densest - HGST

Western Digital subsidiary HGST is touting a 1.5TB notebook drive with three platters inside a standard 9.5mm-thick 2.5in form factor.
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2013

Curiosity plunges its drill into Mars AGAIN, seeks life-giving sample

Intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has bored into its second stone on the surface of the Red Planet, taking a sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland".
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 May 2013
top of the bt tower

BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily

Geek's Guide to BritainThe Post Office Tower in London, adorned with microwave dishes and resembling a gigantic Star Trek gadget, symbolised the UK's white heat for technology in the 1960s.
Joe Fay, 21 May 2013
Sony Xperia SP

Review: Sony Xperia SP

Sony’s flagship Android smartphones have been a bit of a disappointment to me. But if the Xperia S and Xperia T didn’t quite cut the Colman’s, the cheaper follow-ups, the Xperias P and V, were more convincing. Sony, it seems, is better in the middle than at the top.
Alun Taylor, 21 May 2013

Syrian hacktivists hijack Telegraph's Facebook, Twitter accounts

UpdatedTwitter accounts run by the Daily Telegraph were hijacked by pro-Assad hacktivists from the Syrian Electronic Army briefly on Monday evening.
John Leyden, 21 May 2013

David Cameron asks UK biz to pay their low, low taxes

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has told a quarterly meeting of the government's business advisory group that in return for lower taxes, companies should really pay the tax they do owe, while business leaders have accused the government of "political point-scoring".
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 May 2013
management cio2

O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

More than 3,000 helpdesk staff at mobile network O2 will be transferred to outsourcing giant Capita and around 600 made redundant by August, according to the Communications Workers Union.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2013

Violin welcomes new grand master flash flogger

Flash array startup Violin Memory has hired Steven Rose to head up both the EMEA and Latin America operations.

Recession? Pah! Check out our swollen digits - CCS Media

CCS Media is laughing all the way to the bank after reporting soaring profits for calendar 2012 in spite of rocketing costs and biting economic conditions.
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2013

Private equity firm coughs £1bn for Websense

NASDAQ-listed web content filtering player Websense is going private again after the board approved a deal with venture capitalist Vista Equity Partners (VEP).
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2013

Irish deputy PM: You want more tax from Apple? Your problem, not ours

Ireland has denied its liberal tax laws helped Apple avoid dropping dollars into the American taxpayers' purse by funnelling billions through subsidiaries based in the country.
Jasper Hamill, 21 May 2013
IBM Watson QA Power7 cluster

IBM puts supercomputer Watson to work in ROBOT CALL CENTRE

It's clever enough to beat humans on quiz shows and diagnose illnesses, but is IBM's artificially intelligent supercomputer tough enough to cope with angry consumers who've been on hold for three hours?
Jasper Hamill, 21 May 2013

AWS cloud gains critical federal security certification

The more people you have to go through to get approval for an IT project, the less likely it is to happen, so when Amazon announces another security certification it's not just about compliance, it's about releasing pent-up cloud demand.
Jack Clark, 21 May 2013

Cook: Apple has 'no current plan' to pull profits out of Ireland

Apple CEO Tim Cook has doubled down on his earlier defense of Cupertino's accounting practices in testimony before a US Senate subcommittee on Tuesday, describing the company as "America's largest corporate income taxpayer."
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2013
CSIRO's large-scale solar cell printer

CSIRO scales up solar cell printing

One of the big problems in the world of printed solar cells is scale: it's much easier to print a cell the size of a fingernail than one of useful size. Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) believes a process announced last week changes all that.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 May 2013

New Intel CEO Krzanich takes reins of core product groups

Newly minted Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has hit the ground running, having already begun a sweeping reorganization that reshuffles Chipzilla's leadership and sees the launch of a new mobile devices division.
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2013
Halo 4

Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

Microsoft has shown off its next-generation gaming console, the Xbox One, with an upgraded Kinect and voice-recognition system, Skype integration, seamless switching between viewing modes, and a massive ramp-up in server support for the Live online community.
Iain Thomson, 21 May 2013

VMware public cloud aims at ESXi customers, not AWS

A few months back, when VMware let the cat out of the bag that it would be building its own public cloud, it said that it had 480,000 customers with an estimated 36 million virtual machines running in their data centers. On Tuesday it officially launched the the Hybrid Cloud Service at its Palo Alto headquarters and explained how it's all going to work.

Soylent Corporation prepares to DEFEAT FOOD

Credulous geeks have poured over $130,000 into a fantastic food replacement named "Soylent," a substance whose creators aim to "free your body" from the need to eat solids ever again.
Jack Clark, 21 May 2013

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