26th > September > 2013 Archive
Oracle mounts cloud on FrankenStack underlay
OpenWorldSix months after borging the cloud management startup Nimbula, Oracle has ginned up an infrastructure-as-a-service product suite based on the open source OpenStack platform and a mish-mash of other technologies.
T-Mobile pulls BlackBerry products from US retail stores
As BlackBerry struggles to regain its footing following the disastrous second quarter of its fiscal 2014, US wireless carrier T-Mobile has announced that it will no longer carry the Canadian firm's smartphones in its retail stores.
A Tapestry of network complexity
Forget drawing network maps or sending your network management software on an epic tour of auto-discovery: a group getting ready to launch an open-source “network complexity scoring” tool says it's all about the endpoint.
Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES
It's easy to blame Apple Maps: but why on earth did an airport have a highway-adjoining access road without a manned gate?
Brocade virtual fabric tells multi-tenant story
One of the irritations of the world of virtualisation is that it's quite easy to end up with a relatively small number of physical devices hosting address counts that run ahead of Ethernet's constraints on things like how many MAC addresses can exist in a LAN (or VLAN).
Icefog hit-and-run hackers uncovered in Asia
Kaspersky Lab has uncovered a new APT campaign aimed at pilfering secrets from governments and supply chain industrial, military, media and technology companies in Japan and South Korea.
'Bet Lynch' types BANNED from zoo for upsetting not-so-wildlife
A UK zoo has enforced an animal print ban, after visitors clad in tiger-like attire were found to be confusing and upsetting its captive creatures.
China's lifting of internet blockade denied by state media
Hopes that the Chinese government was about to relax its strict internet censorship regime in Shanghai appear to have been dashed after state-run media ran stories denying previous reports.
Boffins: Internet transit a vulnerability
If you think of an Internet exchange, you probably think of infrastructure that's well-protected, well-managed, and hard to compromise. The reality, however, might be different. According to research by Stanford University's Daniel Kharitonov, working with TraceVector's Oscar Ibatullin, there are enough vulnerabilities in routers and the like that the Internet exchange makes a target that's both attractive and exploitable.
MPs slam bumpkin fibre rollout, demand halt to further £250m cash spaff
Whitehall has insisted that its delayed multimillion-pound rural broadband project represents good value for taxpayers - even as a brutal parliamentary report published today attacks the government for failing to rein in BT.
California kids win right to delete digital past
California's children will get the legal right to order their embarrassing digital past to be hidden from public view. But the new laws won't end in total deletion of unwanted content – just that it be placed behind a digital veil.
Microsoft to execs: Please don't leave us. Here, have some shares
Microsoft will grease the palms of its most senior people with a lavish smattering of shares in a bid to prevent them following chief exec Steve Ballmer out the door.
When the SSD came to storage land: How flashy upstarts got their break
StoragebodOf all the recent changes in the storage landscape over the past five years, the most dramatic is the coming of flash-based storage devices.
Asus NV550JV 15.6in full HD notebook - the one we didn't have to send back
ReviewWhen Asus sent the N550 to Vulture Central, I sent it back: the wrong model had been dispatched. Having seen so many tiresome comments following El Reg laptop reviews along the lines of “when I saw it was only 1366 x 768 I stopped reading”, I wasn’t going to proceed with this spec - and with more than these moans as justification.
LOHAN rocket motor igniter goes pop at 20,000m
Pics+VidFans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission will know that the issue of getting a rocket motor to fire at altitude has given our Vulture 2 spaceplane team plenty of sleepless nights.
Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN
The digital radio revolution is taking place regardless of the uptake of DAB, according to Ofcom's annual digital radio report (PDF).
'Wacky' Spanish VoD squad launches people-picked online vid service in UK
Bizarrely named video-on-demand service Wuaki.tv – the first part’s pronounced “wacky” – has introduced a new subscription scheme: a selection of movies and TV shows which changes every seven days and is picked by people rather than computers.
Google's boffins branded 'unacceptably ineffective' at tackling web piracy
AnalysisParliament's Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has harshly criticised the government and Google in a report into the UK's creative industries.
Google's latest PRIVACY MELTDOWN: Web chats sent to WRONG people
Stunned Google Talk users have discovered their messages are going to the WRONG recipients on the web chat system.
British Gas robo home remote gets itself into hot water
Energy has been in the news again lately, but not in the way that suppliers would favour. On Tuesday, opposition leader Ed Miliband promised to freeze energy prices for 20 months if Labour made it into power. It’s a message British Gas was keen to forget as it announced its renewed commitment to the connected home in London yesterday.
Don't wait up for BBM on iPhone, Android – BlackBerry
Having botched the widespread release of its crown jewels, BBM, BlackBerry has now warned of a further delay to the Android and iOS versions of the messaging app.
Intrinsic now on third CEO in less than two years
British IT and unified comms reseller Intrinsic Technology has welcomed on board its third chief executive in less than 18 months, with channel veteran Darron Antill the latest to fill the hot seat.
WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP
WD has introduced an even bigger single-drive MyBook, a 4TB one with USB 3.0 connectivity.
Fresh shift of 'nauts arrives at Space Station, planning torch jaunt
Astronauts and cosmonauts from Russia and the US had a fuss-free journey to the International Space Station, where they have just arrived for a five-and-a-half-month stint working and living on the hurtling lab.
Ericsson adds Dot to the office mobe coverage map
Ericsson has launched a palm-sized mobile phone base station called Dot, which camps on the office LAN to provide cellular coverage throughout your building and is managed by a radio stack in the basement.
Is this the silicon chip KILLER? Boffins boot up carbon-nanotube CPU
Look out, silicon: boffins in the US have created a simple working microprocessor out of carbon nanotubes, possibly paving the way for faster and less power-hungry computer chips.
Cisco, EMC love child VCE finally dangles rebate lure over channel pool
Cloudy hardware biz VCE threatened to roll out a new tiered channel programme and, by Jove, that is exactly what UK partners have got.
Apple: Now that you've updated to iOS 7... YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK
Apple has banned any fanbois running iOS 7 from reverting back to a previous version of the iDevice operating system.
Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete
Top boffins in the US say they have managed to make light behave in the same way as solid matter – and they've saved us the trouble by suggesting that this is pretty much the same as building a working Jedi light sabre.
PayPal pays pals $800m for Braintree
PayPal, the dough-handling arm of online tat bazaar eBay, is buying rival payments portal Braintree for $800m in cash.
Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE
VidMicrosoft supremo Bill Gates has claimed that the ctrl-alt-del keystroke - once a way of admitting defeat in the face of crashing software - was a mistake all along.
eBay unveils data center that runs on fuel cells
Online bid bazaar eBay has plugged a much-hyped fuel cell technology into its new data center, as the company tries to increase the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of its colossal bit barns.
15% of Americans still holding off from this newfangled interweb thing
The latest data from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has found that there is still a sizable percentage of Americans who really don't get this internet thing, with 15 per cent never going online and another 9 per cent only doing so at work.
Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung has crippled its new Galaxy Note 3 by adding region-locking, making buyers of unlocked units attempting to use it in geographies outside of the area in which it was purchased subject to exorbitant roaming fees.
Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset
Forging new frontiers in fanboi fragility, some members of the iDevice community have taken to Apple's discussion forum to complain that iOS 7 makes them want to puke.
BlackBerry manufacturing partner Jabil looking to cut ties
When a relationship starts going badly, sometimes it's best to just move on. Case in point, Jabil Circuit, longtime manufacturing partner of battered Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, which looks to be ready to pull the plug.
Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!
As more people have come online, the way people search has changed - so Google has overhauled its algorithms to better deal with the vague, rambling questions we bombard it with.
Chinese building orbital lab by 2023 to make 'space medicine'
China has told the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing that it plans to have a space station in orbit within the next decade, saying it will be used to study space medicine and study the effects on humans of spending long periods away from Earth's gravity.
US House Republicans: 'End net neutrality or no debt ceiling deal' – report
Republicans in the US House of Representatives are reportedly including blockage of net neutrality among their laundry list of demands tied to the passage of an increase the government's debt ceiling.
Microsoft to merge Windows, Windows Phone stores in 2014
Microsoft is planning to combine the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store into a single app store for all of its platforms as early as the spring of 2014, sources claim.