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Nest Labs' The Nest

Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

Thought your home was safe from corporate surveillance? Think again, because thermostat-maker Nest is set to share your personal data with its mother company, Google. Nest Labs has admitted to the Wall Street Journal that personal assistant system Google Now will be among the first non-Nest apps to connect to Nest sensors and …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Jun 2014
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Vid storage biz Object Matrix gets over tape hate

Another object storage supplier is embracing tape. It's Object Matrix and it's following in the footsteps of HDS. There's an irony here as UK-based Object Matrix, with its MatrixStore product, provides storage on near-line disks for large amounts of tapeless video workflow data. Nick Pearce, Object Matrix's co-founder, said: " …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

Matrix 4 and 5 in works, threatens Keanu

Another two Matrix films may be leaping into cinemas, the Grauniad shrugs. The curiously youthful Keanu Reeves, star of the Matrix trilogy and of an exceptionally lame meme told an audience at the London School of Performing Arts that he may be getting back into Neo's slinky strides once again. Excitable source El Nino told big …
Sarah Bee, 24 Jan 2011
juniper

Juniper taps former HP man to sort out distribution matrix

Juniper Networks has lured Will Hamber to head up its fragmented distribution business across EMEA. Hamber is moving across from Edge-Core Networks, where he was GM for Europe and Africa from June last year, prior to that he held various management roles at HP, latterly as channel sales director for networking. He will link up …
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2012
Bitcoins

US marshals leak list of possible Bitcoin buyers

The U.S. Marshals Service's auction for the for 29,656.51306529 Bitcoin it seized from online recreational pharmaceuticals purveyor Silk Road has gone off the rails after the Service accidentally spilled a list of interested parties. Coindesk reports that an email sent to those asking for information about the auction listed …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2014
VMAX3

EMC gobbles cloud upstart TwinStrata

EMC is buying startup TwinStrata and its cloud storage gateway technology, CloudArray. And the storage giant intends to provide public cloud access as an embedded data service for VMAX3 users. EMC's Information Infrastructure division – its core storage biz – has also announced new products for its flash, high-end enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2014

Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you

Oracle has released a hefty load of security updates that address a total of 104 different vulnerabilities across its product lines. The database giant said its latest Critical Patch Update includes fixes for its middleware and database platforms, as well as the Hyperion, Siebel, and PeopleSoft platforms and a number of former …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

Matrix actor site stages defacement spat

Rival hackers are duking it out on the site of Matrix actor Harry Lennix. Lennix, who played Commander Lock in the second two films of the Matrix trilogy and more recently played Boyd in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, maintains the site harrylennix.com. The site was defaced last week, and just a few days later was sprayed with digital …
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2010
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HP punts turnkey Matrix cloud

HP is rolling out a new product dubbed CloudStart, a means of designing, building, and installing a private cloud based on Matrix iron. That includes training IT staff on how to use it and porting over four existing customer applications to the cloudy infrastructure. It's one thing to sell cloudy infrastructure and quite …

Nvidia's new CUDA 6 has the 'most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA'

Nvidia has released CUDA 6, an upgrade to its proprietary GPU programming language that it says "includes some of the most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA." For our money, the most important aspect of CUDA 6 is its unified memory scheme, which The Reg described in some detail when the CUDA Toolkit 6.0 was …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2014

Google Fit will slurp YOUR heartbeat, weight, blood pressure from gizmos

If you have a disease that you don't want anyone to know about, maybe you shouldn't have it in the first place. Google's exec chairman Eric Schmidt hasn't come out with anything quite so astonishingly insensitive yet – but it can only be a matter of time, since the web giant now wants to become the world's aggregator of health …
Obama outlines NSA reforms

Obama: I'm the CTRL-ALT-DEL President

US president Barack Obama has immortalised IBM's three-finger salute in his speech to the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. The Dinner is run by the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA), an organisation whose members are journalists who cover the White House. The US president or vice-president nearly always …
Simon Sharwood, 04 May 2014

Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

Facebook has bought startup Oculus VR, which makes the much-hyped virtual-reality Rift headsets, for $2bn. The acquisition comes as people spend more time with their pals in digital worlds rather than the physical realm, and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg wants to tap into that shift. The acquisition of Oculus VR Inc was …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2014
Sony's Morpheus virtual reality headset

Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

Sony has revealed Project Morpheus, its virtual-reality headset for the PlayStation 4. Project Morpheus was announced in San Francisco at the Game Developers Conference, and will offer a five-inch screen and resolution of 1920x1080 for each eye. Details are scanty for now, with Sony declining to offer dates when the device …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2014
Google Glass

Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video

Many critics believe Google Glass is a threatening technology which could enable film piracy, erode personal privacy and bring about an era where we spend all our time plugged into the matrix. But all of those valid concerns miss one basic point about the Chocolate Factory's wearable computer: it looks bloody ridiculous. Now …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jan 2014
Peak NAS

PEAK NAS? Peak NAS. I reckon we've reached it

So it seems IBM has finally decided to stop reselling NetApp filers, and focus on its own products instead. I’m also waiting for the inevitable announcement that it will stop selling the rebadged Engenio products, as there is s fairly large crossover there. In fact there is more crossover between IBM's own Storwize range and the …
StorageBod, 27 May 2014
The Register breaking news

US Matrix-style Cyberwar firing range moves forward

The US military's plans to create a cyberwarfare firing range in which to test cyber weapons and train the cyber warriors of tomorrow is to continue, with a further $10.77m of funding just announced. Under the National Cyber Range project, the wacky weaponeers of DARPA have long planned to create a walled-off network …
Lewis Page, 20 Sep 2011
Berkeley's whisker-like wind detector

Here come the CATBOTS: Boffins build 'whisker sensors'

A combination of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles has created a whisker-like sensor that can detect pressure as small as one Pascal, which they describe as “about the pressure exerted on a table surface by a dollar bill.” The boffins at the Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC) Berkeley (with DARPA support …
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Xiotech reloads Matrix

Xiotech is aiming to build a Matrix eco-system of storage system app vendors linking its superdisk ISE enclosures with direct storage-controlling apps like VMware, Oracle and Exchange 2010. Matrix is not an HP-like integrated IT stack product set, but a dynamic set of storage resources coordinated by a Matrix controller doing …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2010
cloud

CloudBees bags $11.2m to keep a closer eye on your handy jobs

Continuous integration expert CloudBees has slurped $11.2m in valley cash to fund its Jenkins-based cloud services. The series-C round was led by Verizon Ventures, along with Matrix Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners, and was announced on Wednesday. CloudBees is a small cloud company that stewards the development of a big …
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014
Lego Minecraft

No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has used the occasion of Mark Zuckerberg's acquisition of Oculus VR to unload on the boy wonder's Facebook – and bid farewell to the Rift virtual-reality headset team. Perhaps at least a little miffed that Zuck's personal shoppers arrived a few weeks into an investigation about whether a …
vmware

VMware drops vSphere 5.5 Update 1 into sysadmins' laps

VMware has released VSphere 5.5 Update 1, the first big update to its flagship cloud co-ordinator. Some of the update's features were widely known in advance, especially the inclusion of the VSAN virtual SAN right there in the kernel. VSAN's not perfect, however. The “known issues” section of VMware's release notes points out …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014
Illustration of Barak Dayan's photonic router

New photonic router works by flipping reflective atom's lid

Quantum boffins from Israel's Weizmann Institute have demonstrated a two-input/two-output router that works entirely with single photons – no electronics required. It's not the first time a photonic router has been demonstrated, but what's different about the Israeli work is that everything is photonic: the device has two …
Dark matter map

Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

Australian physicists are looking at an unused gold mine in the Victorian town of Stawell to see if it's a suitable spot for a dark matter detector. As reported in the Wimmera Mail Times here, the Stawell Gold Mine Future Possibilities project has okayed the Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at Terascale (CoEPP) to start …

Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

The Cambridge company Novalia is working to launch a printed keyboard in the next year. What makes it special is a process which allows x-y printing, which means much more speedy production of the 'boards. Both layers are printed at the same time While the Cambridge-based company has previously shown devices with discrete …
Simon Rockman, 04 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

BOFH-friendly billfold relives dot-matrix days

dynomighty dot-matrix wallet Stuck for the perfect present to give to the sys admin in your life? New York-based Dynomighty may have the answer: the dot-matrix wallet. It's a US-style three-panel cash stash cunningly contrived to look like a section of printout, complete with sprocket holes, from the days before lasers. And …
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2006
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The hole in HP Matrix' storage heart

HP's Matrix has a great plus over Cisco's California and a big fat minus as well. It has a hole in its storage heart. Matrix goes very much farther than Cisco in unifying storage, iSCSI storage and the servers and networking, but not so far as Cisco in unifying networking, particularly storage networking. In fact there is a …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2009
FalconStor CEO Gary Quinn

'Member when we were running out of cash? Whew... thank goodness that's over – FalconStor

FalconStor is moving on from its near-death experience last year, when, according to CEO Gary Quinn, it had just six months of cash left. The new chief now plans to build on its recovery by returning the firm to its roots with a unified software product. He also spoke of the firm taking on EMC's VPlex and IBM's SVC with its …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2014

Toshiba to tempt Matrix buffs with freebie HD DVD player

Buy a copy of the HD DVD Complete Matrix Trilogy box set from HMV's 150 Oxford Street, London store next Monday morning and you could walk away with a freebie Toshiba HD-E1 HD DVD player too. The Complete Matrix on HD DVD Buy this HD DVD, get this HD DVD player (sort of) Toshiba HD-E1 HD DVD player In what might be seen as …
Tony Smith, 05 Sep 2007
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Calyx buys Matrix integration business

Irish technology group Calyx is spending £40.5m to buy Matrix Communications Group’s integration business. Calyx will raise £17.5m through a share placing, and will use £11.5m of this to help fund the deal. The total initial cash payment will be £33.5m, with the balance of the total price coming from the issue of shares and a …
Team Register, 17 May 2006

Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Good news – after weeks of slaving over a seemingly interminable office refurb, occupying seven days a week and painstakingly documented in this column ad nauseam, I finally found some time to get some chores done. Time for me! Time that doesn’t involve paying bills or having to apologise for missing deadlines! Time not covered …
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Mar 2014
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Unsolicited offer made for Matrix Comms

Matrix Communications chairman Alan Watkins has warned the company's shareholders that the firm could be sold, having received an unsolicited offer for the business. In February, Matrix sold its Equip business to Horizon so it could concentrate on sales. In a statement to the Stock Exchange, Watkins said: "In the last few …
John Oates, 10 May 2006
The Register breaking news

US Matrix-style cyberwar firing range goes to Phase II

US plans to develop a virtual network world - to be populated by mirror computers and inhabited by myriad software sim-people "replicants", and used as a firing range in which to develop the art of cyber warfare - have moved ahead. The so-called "National Cyber Range" project will now move forward to Phase II, and a brace of …
Lewis Page, 12 Jan 2010
Netapp

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. The FAS8000 is a scale-out design with 24-node clusters and hybrid cloud deployments in mind. It has V-series functionality, which virtualizes third-party arrays via a NetApp head unit, included as …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

Brit firm PinPlus flogs another password 'n' PIN killer

The inventor who co-founded visual PIN company GrIDsure has become involved with another pattern-based authentication start-up in the hopes that the shoulder-surfer proof technology could replace two-factor authentication. His new company, PinPlus, does away with passwords and PINs by combining a method for securely delivering …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2013
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HP to throw Matrix tech beyond x64 blades

Like the rest of the IT industry, Hewlett-Packard was apparently expecting Cisco Systems and EMC to announce their Acadia joint venture and Vblock virtualized data center infrastructure on Wednesday. Hence the timing of a hodge-podge of system announcements that HP is stacking up against the Vblock stacks and whatever …
The Register breaking news

Xero gets $NZ60m to account for

Kiwi tech entrepreneur Rod Drury’s accounting software company Xero has attracted a further $NZ60m from existing backers Matrix Capital and Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures. The new cash is the third round of investment from the SaaS accounting outfit's US supporters and will go towards further expanding service, support and global …
The Register breaking news

It's official: Nokia's Verizon Lumia 928 is here

Nokia's long-rumoured exclusive phone for Verizon, the Lumia 928, has been officially announced. It's really a Lumia 920 with a more tapered body, an AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) screen, and a proper, grown-up Xenon camera flash. It's also lost some weight: at 161.5g, it's a fair bit lighter than the 920' …
Team Register, 10 May 2013
Redefine

EMC gives up the goods at storage shindig: VMAX3 speeds, feeds

EMC's been keeping quiet on the whole "how fast can this baby go" front when it comes to the VMAX3 range. But the storage vendor used its megalaunch – with its "Redefine Possible" tagline and futuristic look – to break its silence. So what's under the hood? EMC has extended VMAX to run more and different workloads. Each of “Gen …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014
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HP pits Matrix against Cisco's California

Mark Hurd, in a black leather overcoat, wearing dark shades, standing in a white room that stretches out to infinity. "We need blades. Lots of blades," he mutters. ...And suddenly there are racks and racks of servers, bigger than a Google data centre, hotter than a nuclear simulation, humming away, ready to take on Cisco Systems …
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Matrix Communications preps distie sale

Matrix Communications Group confirmed today that its distribution business may be up for sale. A decision is due within weeks, the company added. The comms services group issued a statement this morning saying it was in discussions with a number of competing parties which may or may not lead to a sale of its hardware …
Team Register, 23 Jan 2006
Hitachi VSP All-flash array SPC-1 ranking

What makes a tier-1 enterprise flash array a superior beast?

Enterprise tier-1 storage arrays are a breed apart, focusing on providing fast access to vast amounts of data without either losing data or limiting access to it. This is in contrast to the broad mass of storage arrays, which have dual controllers and thus limit the amount of data they can store and the number of concurrent …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014
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NMap 6.0 arrives

Popular open source network discovery and security auditing tool Nmap has reached version 6.0. The new code hit the Net last Monday, complete with a message from coder Gordon Lyon, aka Fyodor, that the new version represents “almost three years of work, 3,924 code commits, and more than a dozen point releases since the big Nmap …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2012

BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

I bloody hate SRTs (or Server Room Tourists as they're more commonly called). "And... what does this one do?" the new Boss asks, pointing at a server front panel. "That would be the frontend of the company portal," the PFY nods knowingly. "And this one?" he asks, gesturing to the panel below. "The redundant frontend for the …
Simon Travaglia, 16 Aug 2013
Motorola Moto X

X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

When the Moto X was launched in the US back in August, it was a pretty big deal. Why? Because it was the first handset wholly conceived by Motorola under Google's stewardship, it was assembled in the States itself rather than the Far East, it was available with a dizzying number of personalisation options thanks to the Moto …
Alun Taylor, 04 Mar 2014
The Valley - code

NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

Microsoft has released a second preview of the next major release of Visual Studio. Much of the attention has gone on Microsoft’s embrace of open source, with the Roslyn .NET code compiler. But is this isn’t necessarily the biggest change in Microsoft’s comprehensive dev suite. There’s a radical change coming to ASP.NET and …
Tim Anderson, 23 Jul 2014
The Register breaking news

Deals inked on DARPA's Matrix cyberwar VR

Pentagon plans to develop a Matrix-style simulated computer world in which to try out the cyber WMDs of tomorrow appear to be moving forward. Reports indicate that the ambitious plans for a "National Cyber Range" - in which weapons-grade government malware would be test-fired much as missiles are on a normal firing range - have …
Lewis Page, 05 Jan 2009
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EMC federates Symmetrix controllers in virtual matrix

EMC is announcing a V-Max top-end Symmetrix architecture and product that federates potentially hundreds of controllers across a RapidIO fabric, forming a virtual matrix and scaling to support hundreds of petabytes, thousands of virtual servers, and millions of IOPS. The Symmetrix V-Max product will co-exist with the current DMX …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2009
Fujitsu Oakleaf-FX PrimeHPC super

What does the post-Snowden internet need? A price list

Fujitsu’s CTO has warned that moves to localise the internet in the wake of the NSA scandal risk fracturing the system and are ultimately unnecessary given the possibility of better cloud management. Joseph Reger, talking to us last month at the firm’s Fujitsu Forum event, also warned of the security and privacy issues raised by …
Joe Fay, 12 Dec 2013

Google's robot army learns Spanish

If you want to learn another language, you need to spend time in the country, talk to people, get drunk and attempt to order complex drinks, and eventually read that country's great works of literature – unless you're Google, that is. In a recent paper, three Googlers outlined a new approach to machine-based translation that …
Jack Clark, 28 Sep 2013