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Pica8 adds 'transitional' SDN capabilities

Pica8 wants to make the software-defined networking (SDN) transition easier for data centres that have to cope with an installed base, letting its software work simultaneously with SDN environments and traditional Layer 2/3 networking kit. The idea, according to the company's Steve Garrison in conversation with Vulture South, …

Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first

While the world gets excited about Internet-of-stuff saving people from the exhaustion that follows putting down a smartphone or using a remote control to adjust the thermostat, there's a bunch of research still needed to get more serious applications like sensor networks bedded down. It's not just that the world is choosing …
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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

Don't tell fans of big motors, but someone's just created an internal combustion engine of just five cubic microns, burning hydrogen and oxygen. Getting an engine that small isn't easy. As the researchers, led by the Netherlands' University of Twente's Vitaly Svetovoy, explain in their Nature paper, even the mechanism by which …
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Second galactic flip-flop pulsar surprises boffins

Video “Where did it go?” is the kind of question astrophysicists love to answer, and work by NASA's Fermi gamma-ray space telescope has helped find out what happened to a radio pulsar that seemed to go dark in 2013. The mystery arose in June 2013: a pulsar's radio beacon vanished to be replaced by a huge increase in its gamma ray …

Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

The US Secret Service has announced the arrest of a man accused of being "one of the world's most prolific traffickers in stolen financial information," touching off a diplomatic firestorm in the process. Roman Valerevich Seleznev, who goes by the online handle Track2, is accused of hacking into point-of-sale systems to steal …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2014
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Hazelcast signs Java speed king to its in-memory data-grid crew

In-memory data-grid specialist Hazelcast has landed the guru behind Java caching framework Ehcache as its chief technology officer. Greg Luck is joining Hazelcast to refine its in-memory data-grid product for enterprises and to develop paid-for packages. Luck is famous for leading Ehcache, the most widely used Java cache …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2014

Northamber grabs ladder, claims PC market burning

Northamber's colourful chairman is forecasting a "more worthwhile future" - one that is less dependent on tech hardware - but the latest financials still bear the scorch-marks of attempts to put out its burning PC biz. The UK's oldest tech wholesaler has been rather more quiet since listing on AIM, which means the company no …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014
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X-IO shuffles senior staffers – but this isn't an IPO prelude

Analysis Storage firm X-IO has changed its CEO and made some other board-level changes as well as having some engineers working part-time. Companies don't generally do this, so what's happening here? Incoming CEO Brian Owen has, in one way of looking at it, sidelined his incumbent CFO and HR head. CFO Ed Welch still holds his position, …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2014
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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

In one year’s time, the people of Scotland will vote on whether to leave the United Kingdom. They will vote yes or no for numerous reasons … and the viability of Scotland’s government IT is not likely to be one of the most prominent. But the problems a newly-independent Scotland would have extracting its state-sector tech from …
SA Mathieson, 18 Sep 2013
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20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure

On June 20, 1994, Apple launched eWorld. The ambitious project sought to link Mac owners into an online community, connecting with one another and the Cupertinian mothership. Less than two years later, the project was dead. Customers were handed over to America Online and the plug was pulled at midnight on March 31, 1996. In …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2014
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FCA drafts new rules to protect crowdfunders' lenders

Loan-based crowdfunding platforms will be required to hold a certain amount of capital in reserve to mitigate against the risk of their business failing and leaving lenders out of pocket, the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said. The regulator has announced a finalised regulatory regime for crowdfunding platforms (95- …
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Mar 2014
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Office 2013 to eat own file-format dog food

With the upcoming release of Office 2013, Microsoft is finally offering full support for the Open XML document standard, a format that Redmond itself created and has been promoting for nearly seven years. "Microsoft continues to lead in giving customers choice and flexibility in file format standards and interoperability," …
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2012
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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

After months of slowly inflating expectations, Microsoft recently released its follow-up act to Windows 8.1 – the Windows 8.1 Update. It’s a transitional release, with the destination being a substantial reworking of the original concept. The problem for Microsoft is that it based Windows 8 around a new touch-friendly app …
Tim Anderson, 09 Apr 2014
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Brit-boy Bates is Silicon Valley's pick for Microsoft's CEO

Comment Could a Briton end up running quintessential American multinational Microsoft, the world’s largest software company? Or, put another way: could an exec who only briefly ran a small loss-making telco end up in charge of a $73bn business? Why the hell not, if you’ve got the Silicon Valley mindset. London boy Tony Bates, born in …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2013
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Zynga deactivates 500+ employees in major layoff

Online gaming company Zynga is getting rid of 18 per cent of its staff so its remaining employees can have enough resources to stay alive in a mobile device–led world – or so their CEO says. The FarmVille and DrawSomething gambling gaming company announced plans to get rid of over 500 people on Monday in a memo from its Harvard …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2013
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Libya's new rulers fire up Gaddafi's surveillance tech

Libya's transitional government has quietly reactivated the surveillance technology it inherited from the Gaddafi regime, the Wall Street Journal reports. The technology is been used to track the mobile phone calls and online communications of Gaddafi loyalists. Government officials told the paper that they have seen dozens of …
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2012

O2 gobbles up O2 Unify staff from dying UK IT giant 2e2

Mobile operator O2 has grabbed staff from O2 Unify, a joint-venture it ran with the UK's crashed tech giant 2e2. The team was put together by the pair of companies nearly two years ago. This is the first element of 2e2 that its administrator FTI Consulting has been able to sell. It comes a day after the fallen tech integrator …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2013

Alibaba! could! hand! back! Yahoo! China! to Yahoo! in! May!

Chinese web and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group could return Yahoo! China to its parent company as early as May, as its partnership with the US internet pioneer continues to wind down. Sources told Chinese tech news portal Sina Tech that the deal may be done through a share swap, speculating that it could happen in or around 10 …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Mar 2013
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Crytek says future is free-to-play

Crytek has revealed plans to leave traditional retail behind, with the developer set to go all out free-to-play for future games releases. “We are in the transitional phase of our company... from packaged goods games into an entirely free-to-play experience," said Crytek boss Cevat Yerli in an interview with Videogamer. "All …
Caleb Cox, 18 Jun 2012
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Bitcoinica sued for $460,000 by 'out-of-pocket' punters

The operators of a website that earlier this year reported that a hacker had stolen units of virtual currency worth hundreds of thousands of pounds are being sued by four users that claim to be owed more than $460,000. According to documents submitted to a US court, four users of the Bitcoinica website have sued those involved …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Aug 2012
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McAfee: Not all partners are cut out to be SaaS providers

McAfee Channel Summit UK channel partners "need a lot of handholding" when it comes to software-as-a-service solutions, EMEA president Gert Jan Schenk has said. Speaking to El Chan at the McAfee EMEA Channel Summit, Schenk said that software-as-a-service was something the firm was introducing "carefully" in Blighty. "Cloud is a buzzword and …
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Take that, freetards: First music sales uptick in over a decade

Year-on-year sales of recorded music have risen for the first time since 1999, albeit by a smidgen, according to industry stats. The business of selling and licensing sound recordings is now 40 per cent smaller than it was pre-Y2K, but in 2012 revenues increased by 0.3 per cent - and that hasn't happened before in this …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Feb 2013
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Nokia flogged 4m Lumias, still bled €826m this quarter

Nokia managed to shift 4 million Lumia handsets in the second quarter of 2012, and while it didn't make money during the period, it isn't as broke as many had feared it would be. Overall sales were down by almost 20 per cent compared to the same period in 2011, but despite predictions that cash reserves would dip below €4bn, …
Bill Ray, 19 Jul 2012
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Phoenix IT Group tumbles off a cliff: £63m in losses

There's trouble at Phoenix IT Group - the services provider has recorded losses of more than £60m, been forced to take a massive hit from accounting errors and is laying off staff. The results of accounting errors are in and the firm has taken a post-tax knock of £17.3m, forcing it to restate multiple year results after finding …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012
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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “My only real prediction is that it’s all changing.” Well, ask a stupid question - in this case, about the future of book publishing. The lobotomy-inducingly obvious answer was provided by author Neil Gaiman. If I’d written this prediction here on El Reg, I would have been derided as a time-waster specialising in stating the …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Apr 2013
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Biz bazaar Alibaba goes private, watches shares soar

Shares in China's Alibaba.com jumped 43 per cent today when it announced it was going private. Parent company Alibaba Group said it was going to pay shareholders HK$13.50 for their stocks, a premium of around 46 per cent on the last closing price before the announcement of HK$9.25. Shares have since spiked to HK$13.20 as …
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HP says Gartner's wrong, IDC's right, on PC sales data

HP has taken the very unusual step of issuing commentary on IDC's latest PC sales data, which says the PC market is now nearly a tie between HP and Lenovo. That assessment is in marked contrast to Gartner's most recent effort on the same topic, which has Lenovo at number one. Both analysts' data make for ugly reading. IDC's …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Oct 2012
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Microsoft roasted for Office 2010 standards FAIL

It will be at least another three years before Office conforms to an international standard for sharing documents with Open Office, a standard that Microsoft pushed hard and that riled Open-Document-Format fans. Microsoft said on Tuesday it will support the "strict" implementation of the Office Open XML spec - officially called …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Apr 2010
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Aus regulator seeks tweaks to Telstra NBN plan

Australia’s competition regulator has pushed a pawn in the telco regulation chess match, soliciting industry comment on Telstra’s first draft of its structural separation regime. In issuing its 200-page-plus discussion paper ,the Australian Competition and Consumer said its “preliminary view” is that the current undertakings …
The Register breaking news

The curse of Google?: Android licensees fail to cash in

Google's Android is now in almost half the world's smartphones – but licensees are finding that quod eos nutrit eos destruit – or what nourishes them destroys them. Figures from research company Canalys released this week certainly show booming growth in Android devices. Android is grabbing 48 per cent of the smartphone market …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Aug 2011
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Pirate Party seizes Tunisian ministry

The Pirate Party has reportedly gained a foothold in the new Tunisian government following the downfall of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's regime. Among the new faces named in the transitional government under prime minister Mohammed Ghannouchi is Slim Amamou, a blogging activist and Pirate Party member who will be Secretary of State …
Lester Haines, 18 Jan 2011
Jeanette Horan

IBM CIO's Great Refresh: No, Sales Guy, you can't JUST use DropBox

CIO interview She might be CIO of IBM, but Jeanette Horan is just like you: replacing Windows XP with Windows 7, ripping out Internet Explorer 6 and floating a growing amount of software on the cloud. She also has to contend with staffers begging her for the ability to share information using third-party sync 'n' share apps like DropBox. …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2013
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What's the point of a cloud storage gateway?

Deep Dive What exactly is a cloud storage gateway? We know what direct-access storage (DAS) is, and understand SANs and NAS, forms of networked storage. Cloud storage is, obviously, storage in the cloud. But when, where, how and why do we need a cloud gateway for storage? We can envisage a four-layer IT stack and three kinds of IT-as-a- …
STEC Kronos PCIe flash drive

Fallen flash drive star STEC's revenues circle drain

One-time solid-state drive star STEC saw losses greater than its revenues in its second 2012 quarter. It's in a meat-grinder, facing class action lawsuits, an SEC insider trading case, and no uptick in demand as new products crawl oh-so-slowly through OEM qualification processes. Take a wrong turn or two in the flash business …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2012
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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

Review Microsoft's Windows 8 is now in the hands of developers and IT administrators subscribed to MSDN or TechNet. They are the first people other than close partners and fearless torrenters to try the final code. Anyone expecting major changes from June's Release Preview, or concessions for those missing the old Start menu, will be …
Tim Anderson, 16 Aug 2012
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Internet Explorer 8 still not mingling well with 2,000 highly-visited sites

Microsoft confessed yesterday that over 2,000 well-known websites still remained incompatible with Internet Explorer 8. The software vendor said that the number had dropped by about 1,000 sites compared with figures Microsoft spat out a year ago when more than 3,000 web portals needed “Compatibility View” support to show up on …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Mar 2010
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ICO: NHS data security breaches are just 'plain daft'

NHS staff should be more aware of data security risks as patient confidentiality "is at the heart of what they do", Jonathan Bamford, head of strategic liaison at the Information Commissioner's Office has said. Speaking at an event on healthcare efficiency, he said that he was confounded by the disconnect between staff awareness …
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Smartphones eat games handhelds and cameras for lunch

As iPhones and other smartphone devices increase in popularity, their foothold in the mobile gaming market strengthens. This looks like bad news for traditional handheld options we generally associate Nintendo and Sony with. Some suggest the iPhone could even have a negative impact to the point & shoot camera industry, as …
Caleb Cox, 19 Apr 2011
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Hyperscale servers sell like hotcakes

The first quarter was not an easy one for the server business, according to IDC, and analysts say that 2012 is shaping up to be an interesting one. Modular servers – including traditional blades and density-optimized servers aimed at hyperscale web operators and supercomputer installations – are where the action is. IDC tracks …
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UK.gov 'falls short' of legal obligation to enforce EC cookies Directive

On the eve of a new European Union directive on web cookies coming into force tomorrow, the UK government has issued only a "partial notification" to Brussels' officials on how it will implement the changes into UK law, The Register has learned. The Commission's spokesman Jonathan Todd confirmed to us this morning that it was …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 May 2011
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Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

Preview review How do you bring legacy-encrusted Windows into the mobile era? Microsoft's solution is to take all that baggage and place it into a compartment labeled desktop, while reinventing the Windows user interface in a second compartment called Metro. Metro is primary, and conceptually the old desktop is now an app in the Metro Start …
Tim Anderson, 02 Mar 2012
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BT takes 40% of CfH spending

Connecting for Health spent £470m with BT last year, more than twice as much as went to CSC. BT's dominance of health service IT has been revealed by government figures showing the firm received more than two-fifths of NHS Connecting for Health's 2009-10 £1.1bn supplier budget. The data, released by the Department of Health ( …
Kable, 08 Sep 2010
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Musical chairs at ST Ericsson

Alain Dugheil, who's been running ST-Ericsson since its creation in February, has been shuffled back into his COO role to make space for ex-TI-VP Gilles Delfassy. Gilles Delfassy retired from Texas Instruments in 2007, having attained the position of Senior Vice President, but come November he'll be back behind a desk running ST …
Bill Ray, 03 Sep 2009
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Canadian uni catches the rebranding sniffles

LogoWatch Canada's University of Waterloo has caught a light case of the rebranding sniffles, having decided to flush its old brand frontage (left) down the toilet of history and unveil an exciting "new marketing-oriented visual identity" (right): Before and after: The old and new University of Waterloo logos The University of …
Lester Haines, 24 Jul 2009
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ETS expelled from re-marking by exams body

ETS Europe has been barred from administering the re-marking of exam papers following the school test admin fiasco – brought on in part by technical cock-ups at the firm. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) announced yesterday that the National Assessment Agency (NAA) was to “take over the management of the reviews …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jul 2008
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Office 2007 fails OXML test

Microsoft's Office 2007 Word documents do not conform to the newly-approved Open XML (OXML) international standard. Alex Brown, who heads up the group responsible for maintaining the OXML standard at the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO), revealed the less-than-pretty findings in a blog post late last week. He …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2008
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PC shipments are buoyant, says analyst

Worldwide PC shipments are up a healthy nine per cent compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary 2007 first quarter figures from technology analyst Gartner Inc. Dell remained in the number one position, but its performance was well below the industry standard, with shipments down by 7.8 per cent. Gartner …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Apr 2007
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Game hit by PSP delays

UK retailer Game has blamed the delayed PSP and a generally tough market for increased losses for the year. For the six months ended 31 July 2005 Game made a loss before tax of £14.7m compared to a loss of £3.5m for the six months ended 31 July 2004. Like-for-like sales were also down some 5.4 per cent thanks to the lack of …
John Oates, 28 Sep 2005
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Fighting Thermageddon just got £1 trillion cheaper

As if by magic, a trillion pounds has been shaved off the estimated cost of Global Warming regulation in the UK overnight. Parliament has yet to be informed of this numerical feat. When MPs and Lords passed the Climate Change Act late last year - see Snow blankets London for Global Warming debate - they did so without so much as …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Apr 2009
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Groundbreaking two-in-one tubular console controller uncovered

It’s already been rumoured that Sony’s designing a wireless controller that breaks into two sections. But the electronics giant may have been beaten to it by a similar controller design that’s codenamed 'Darwin'. darwin_white_01 Motus Games' Darwin: breaks into two parts Darwin comprises two tube-shaped controllers that can …
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008