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Metacloud's OpenStack tempts the hy-curious in Internap tie-up
OpenStack tweaker Metacloud has caught the scent of the often-talked-of-but-rarely-captured "hybrid cloud" market – and floated after it in pursuit.
Fujitsu testing NFC smart glove and HUD combo
Fujitsu has leapt aboard the wearable technology bandwagon with an NFC-enabled smart glove fitted with gesture recognition, which could boost the productivity of field workers without getting their mobiles dirty.
HP busts out new ProLiant rack mount based on Intel's new top o' line server chippery
HP has released a new member of its "scale-up" line of rack-mount servers, the ProLiant DL580 Gen8, powered by Intel's new Xeon E7 v2 server chips, and said that "enhancements" for the ProLiant DL560 and BL660c Gen8 scale-up x86 servers will be revealed next month.
FIGHT! BlackBerry,T-Mobile US CEOs clash in 'inappropriate' ad spat
Wireless carrier T-Mobile US would like to see its BlackBerry customers switch over to Apple's camp – and die-hard BlackBerry users are none too happy about it, to say nothing of BlackBerry CEO John Chen.
SA Plods plonk boots on privacy principles with fingerprint scanners
With a state election due in March, the government in the state of South Australian has set privacy advocates' teeth on edge over the proposed use of fingerprint scanners by SA Police.
Intel's new Xeon: Easy to switch between dual memory modes? Uh, no
AnalysisIntel's new Xeon E7 v2 server chips are capable of two different memory modes, but don't expect to switch between them willy-nilly or to have two VMs running on the same box using different modes.
VMware embiggens VSAN to petabyte scale
VMware has started to dribble out details of a launch party for its virtual storage area network (SAN), and it looks like the product is going to be rather more capable than was first imagined.
Forget unified communications, we want universal comms, Microsoft insists
Microsoft has opened its Lync Conference in Las Vegas with the claim that it's the top dog in the unified communications (UC) market and demonstrations of new apps that Redmond thinks will move it into a position of providing "universal communications."
IBM, AT&T ink global Internet of Things tie-up
Big Blue and AT&T are moving to wrap up a chunk of the Internet of Things, announcing a global partnership that's as nebulous as the concept it's embracing.
Opera launches public beta of data-saving app
Norwegian browser-maker Opera Software has announced a limited public beta of Opera Max – a new app designed to let users get more out of limited data plans.
Walking in a WiFi wonderland
Olympics – summer or, in this case, winter – provide a great proving ground for telco technologies: a huge number of users of widely-varying technical literacy, lots of disparate device types, a fairly lumpy movement of users between indoor and outdoor venues, and of course, stringent security requirements. Vulture South spoke to Dean Frohwerk, Avaya's olympic architecture solution lead, about what's involved getting and keeping the Sochi Winter Olympics online.
Australia's digital technologies curriculum published after two-month delay
Australia's first-ever Digital Technologies curriculum has been released, after a two-month delay.
Nasty holes found in Belkin's home automation kit
Insecure firmware handling, poor communications practises and API vulnerabilities are among a range of vulnerabilities security company IOActive has identified in Belkin's WeMo home automation systems.
Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67
ObitChristopher Malcolm, the actor who played Rebel space pilot Zev Senesca - callsign Rogue Two - in The Empire Strikes Back, and also portrayed Rocky Horror Show character Brad Majors and Saffy's gay dad in various episodes of Brit telly hit Absolutely Fabulous, has died aged 67.
Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks
Frozen food outfit Birds Eye has released a new product called “mashtags”, processed potato snacks in the shape of characters often used online.
Google's App Engine architect defects to Snapchat
One of Google's top cloud product managers has left the gold-plated confines of Page and Brin's search palace to work for one of his former top customers – the obscenely popular SnapChat app.
Some first-wave big data projects 'written down' says Deloitte
Consultancy outfit Deloitte reckons early big data projects have had to be written down because they failed, thanks in part to a “buy it and the benefits will come” mentality.
EU hunts down online cross-border lawbook bureaucra-snaggles
The European Commission is to conduct an "in-depth review" of the risks present in conflicting laws and jurisdictions that apply online.
Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad
Nearly half of European tourists say they would never use mobile internet in another EU country and over a quarter turn off their mobiles altogether over fears of monstrous phone bills when they get home.
Fusion-io founders' stealthy startup: We uncloak THIS YEAR... but don't expect product
Primary Data, the stealthy storage virtualisation startup set up by Fusion-io's founders, has scored more cash and says it will come out of stealth later this year.
LOHAN gets intimate with 50,000 hot-blooded pilots
It's all go on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) avionics front, what with handsome young autopilots springing into life and Raspberry picams snapping fetching spaceplane selfies, so this seems like a good moment to point those in search of the more esoteric aspects of the mission in the direction of our DIY Drones presence.
Loki, LC3 and Pandora: The great Sinclair might-have-beens
ArchaeologicWe all know about the ZX80, the ZX81, the ZX Spectrum and its successors, and the QL. But these weren’t the only microcomputers Sinclair Research worked on during its brief life between 1979, when it emerged as the renamed Science of Cambridge, and 1986, the year its brand and products were bought by Amstrad and it was shut down for good.
Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months
Despite little political appetite to attack the government's plans to share GP medical records - and with data already held by NHS England - the scheme has been delayed, after doctors expressed concerns about a lack of public awareness.
Azzurri tugs former sales star from Vodafone
Azzurri has raided Vodafone's reservation to poach one of its former shining stars, with Antony Vigar set to return to the south-coast comms integrator as head of business development.
Silk Road admins: Sorry for the hack, we're sorting out refunds
The masterminds of the SilkRoad 2.0 underground market have vowed to pay back all of the funds lost in a recent Bitcoin hack.
Appeals court decides Dotcom warrant was legal after all
A court in New Zealand has ruled that the search warrant used in the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was legal, toppling a large part of his defence.
FalconStor preens its feathers as turnaround gathers speed
Virtualisation outfit FalconStor is starting to move on the product front again, and is combining its VTL (Virtual tape library) and FDS dedupe product into a single offering, claiming 50 per cent cost-savings.
Return of the king: Gass anointed Tech Data UK boss again
A little over two years after ending his second stint as Tech Data's UK and Ireland head honcho, Andy Gass is set to recline into his old MD chair again, with current incumbent Peter Hubbard to take over at the local Mobile sub.
HTC offers FREEBIE repair on new models with cracked screens
HTC is offering users free fixes for cracked screens on the company's new handset models.
Server vendors lovingly dress Intel's latest Xeon in memory jewels
Intel has released its top-end Xeon processor, the Xeon E7 v2 series, and with it the world's server makers have hurried a set of gleaming chassis out the door.
See me after class: Apple scores AAA rating from brand-botherer
Apple has been named the world's most valuable brand for the third time in a row, with No 2 Samsung narrowing the gap slightly but still trailing behind.
QLogic grabs Broadcom Ethernet assets
QLogic has signed a deal with Broadcom to buy some Ethernet assets and license its Fibre Channel IP.
Official: British music punter still loves plastic
The UK recorded music industry grew 1.9 per cent last year according to the BPI, despite falls in revenue from sales of CDs and music videos. Amazingly, CD revenue fell only 6.4 per cent in 2013 year on year - and still forms the backbone of the industry. A full £365.4m out of the total of £716.8m comes from CDs and videos. Digital recording revenue first overtook physical in 2012.
American Idol host's keyboard firm smacks back against BlackBerry in patent spat
Typo Keyboards, the iPhone keyboard firm co-founded by TV host Ryan Seacrest, has hit back at patent infringement claims from BlackBerry, claiming that the Canadian company's intellectual property isn't even valid.
Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court
The detention and interrogation by British police of David Miranda, boyfriend of a journalist at the heart of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks furore, has been ruled to be legal by a British judge.
Fandroids get their very own PERVY SMUT browser
SFWAre you a pr0n-loving Fandroid who's sick of having to toggle the privacy button every time you view a grumble flick?
Archive biz Crossroads lobs sueball at Cisco, NetApp and Quantum
Crossroads Systems Inc, a data archive solutions biz, is suing Cisco, NetApp and Quantum for allegedly using its patented technology in their storage products.
Aargh! Bamboozled by security licensing - what works for my family?
Readers' cornerAnd so to El Reg Forums and Edwin, a commentard since 2007, who is having a bit of trouble in choosing IT security software for his family. He writes:
Chinese regulators probe Qualcomm over 'unfair pricing' claims
China's antitrust regulator has accused chipmaker Qualcomm of abusing its market dominance and overcharging customers, charges that could see the firm hit with record fines of millions of dollars.
NetApp, tuck yourself in – your mid-range is showing: New FAS8000 on sale, ONTAP updated
As expected NetApp has launched its FAS8000 mid-range array, a point ONTAP software release, and FlexArray virtualization software.
Rackspace seals new UK data center in frosty air-cooled TOMB
Cloud and hosting provider Rackspace will put the chilly air of England to work cooling servers in a new facility – though its approach differs from other energy-saving techniques used by Google and Facebook.
You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014
The first smartphones running Ubuntu will ship this year, Canonical now says – although the Linux vendor's hardware partners are hardly the first companies you might guess.
FCC chairman vows to rewrite net rules – with Prez Obama's blessing
The chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has pledged to come up with new rules to enforce network neutrality – after a court derailed his agency's previously issued orders.
Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS
Facebook has announced that it will acquire mobile messaging service WhatsApp in a deal valued at $16bn.
Doomed Cassiopeia star was sloshed just before deadly supernova blast
VidThe NuSTAR X-ray space telescope has shown the star Cassiopeia A, one of our most recent nearby supernova, was sloshing and bubbling before its final explosive collapse.