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Xsigo gooses I/O virtualizer

Hot on the heels of its introduction of two Ethernet-based I/O virtualization director switches Xsigo Systems will roll out a line of I/O director switches based on 40 Gb/sec, quad-data rate InfiniBand silicon.
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Scosche Solbat2 solar charger

ReviewEven though the phrase ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’ remains a truism, however cynical, it doesn’t seem to stop Scosche from using the promise of ‘something for nothing’ to tempt you to buy its Solbat2 solar-powered backup battery.
Simon Williams, 12 Oct 2010

Can Windows Phone 7 help Microsoft come from behind?

This week is Windows Phone 7 week. Microsoft is announcing details of the launch devices and operators, and I shall be watching and reporting with interest on the joint press conference with CEO Steve Ballmer and AT&T's Ralph de la Vega.
Tim Anderson, 12 Oct 2010

HP accuses Hurd of repeated lying

HP's chairman Ray Lane has accused Mark Hurd of repeatedly lying to the board of directors in an angry letter to the New York Times.
John Oates, 12 Oct 2010

Windows Phone 7 leaves operators on the hook

Microsoft is keen to talk about how operators can add value to its latest platform with pre-installed applications and tiles, but it's far from clear why they would bother, or wish any success on Redmond at all.
Bill Ray, 12 Oct 2010

Acer gets netbook Happy

Christmas approaches, and Acer is ready with a set of kid-friendly pastel-hued netbooks ready for parents to lay down 250 notes on.
Tony Smith, 12 Oct 2010

Bruce Willis relaxes as asteroid skims Singapore

Bruce Willis's services will not be required today as a diminutive asteroid passes close to Earth, skimming over Singapore at an altitude of 45,000 kilometers (27,960 miles).
Lester Haines, 12 Oct 2010

Virgin refreshes £8.50-a-month plan's phone line-up

Punters on a tight budget now have a choice of five new free phones on Virgin Media's £8.50-a-month tariff.
Hard Reg, 12 Oct 2010

Yahoo! goes head-to-head with FaceTime!

Yahoo! has added video calling to its iPhone application, as promised, though we're still waiting for the Android equivalent so fanbois can make rude gestures at each other.
Bill Ray, 12 Oct 2010

Rogue engineer supplied dodgy power to 1,500 homes

A former electricity engineer is believed to have illegally supplied power to more than 1,500 addresses in a scam lasting years.
Christopher Williams, 12 Oct 2010

French network talks up Palm Pre 2

Sacre bleu! The Palm Pre 2 will look like its predecessor, French operator SFR has let slip.
Tony Smith, 12 Oct 2010

Lovefilm to stream to PS3

UK video rental service Lovefilm will soon be streaming some of its selection of content to PlayStation 3 owners.
Tony Smith, 12 Oct 2010
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Philip Green discovers ugly truth of government incompetence

Sir Philip Green's review of government procurement has uncovered the type of incompetence, waste and over-charging that will be familiar to anyone who has ever read an account of any government IT project.
John Oates, 12 Oct 2010

VMware boost vCloud Director cloud creator

VMworld EuropeAt its VMworld Europe conference in Copenhagen this week, the server virtualization powerhouse and wannabe cloud seeder VMware rounds out its vCloud Director tool that it announced at the end of August, developed as Project Redwood.
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KeyCase iPad Folio Deluxe

ReviewI was all set to praise this clever iPad case with a built in Bluetooth keyboard... and then I saw what the battery life is.
Tony Smith, 12 Oct 2010
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Microsoft to stake Office 2010 beta on Halloween

A spooked Microsoft is doing its level best to morph into a cloud-dwelling company, but it still has shrink-wrapped software to flog.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Oct 2010

Windows Phone 7's best feature? It's not made by Google

AnalysisPunters who walk up to a Windows Phone in a fortnight are going to get a nice surprise. It's quite a pleasure to use - and certainly easier to use than describe.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2010

DIY cloud box Pogoplug gets integrated wireless

Build-your-own-cloud company, Cloud Engines, has introduced an updated version of its disk sharing box, the Pogoplug.
Tony Smith, 12 Oct 2010

Gov rolls out 'dedicated area of the internet' for digi-ware tests

The government quango in charge of techbiz development, the Technology Strategy Board, has unveiled new schemes today aimed at greasing the progress of Blighty's general knowledge-wealthiness. In particular, the TSB has brought out a sort of digital playground in which companies can try out new netty stuff with government-provided beta testers.
Lewis Page, 12 Oct 2010

Apple trade marks 'There's an app for that'

Apple has managed to get a US trade mark on "There's an app for that", at least with reference to retailing of applications for use on electronic devices.
Bill Ray, 12 Oct 2010

Viking Modular to double SSD speed

We wrote about Viking Modular at the end of September, with its neat set of Elements SAS SSDs (solid state drives). The company plans to double their speed early next year.
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2010

Sex offender tagging system crashes

Some 16,000 assorted sex offenders, parolees and other convicts across the US were left unmonitored for 12 hours last week, because the monitoring firm's database exceeded a 2.1 billion record threshold.
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2010

TPB 4 face prosecutor's wrath

The prosecutor in The Pirate Bay case stands by the original verdict meted out to the defendants last year and claimed today that the four co-founders of the BitTorrent tracker site had “engaged in contempt of court”.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Oct 2010

CEOP chief accuses UK.gov of putting kids at risk

Britain's most senior anti-paedophile policeman, who resigned last week in a row with the Home Secretary over the future of his organisation, has told MPs he quit because a proposed new structure will put children at risk.
Christopher Williams, 12 Oct 2010
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

ReviewThe central story of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is one accustomed to poetic licence and dilution. The original 16th Century Chinese novel Journey to the West was itself an amalgamation of supernatural fables based loosely on a 7th Century Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to India.
Andrew Bailey, 12 Oct 2010

Coalition promises to kill three-quarters of its websites

The coalition government has promised to get rid of 75 per cent of its websites - although it admits that it is not actually sure how many websites it is running.
John Oates, 12 Oct 2010

Fujitsu's NAS box for beginners

Fujitsu has updated its beginner's NAS (network-attached storage) box, making it run faster and store more data.
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2010
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Windows Phone 7: handsets, operators compared

Following yesterday's launch of Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft's various operator and hardware partnership announcements, here's Reg Hardware's guide to the devices and suppliers that will be debuting the new smartphone OS when it debuts here on 21 October.
Caleb Cox, 12 Oct 2010

Facebook is 'killing privacy for commercial gain'

Social network chief execs are deliberately killing privacy for commercial gain, according to security guru Bruce Schneier.
John Leyden, 12 Oct 2010
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Pittsburgh boffinryplex fires up Altix UV 1000 combo-box

As El Reg told you back in June when the first "UltraViolet" Altix UV 1000 shared memory supercomputers began shipping out of Silicon Graphics' factories, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be one of the first customers to get one of these boxes. As it happens they are getting two, joined up into a single machine.

Amazon shrinks books with Kindle Singles

As the world's attention span continues to shrink, Amazon plans to introduce a breed of Kindle e-texts that are no longer than "a few chapters" of those hefty analog books that a few people still bother to read.
Cade Metz, 12 Oct 2010

Google and friends scheme offshore windmill army

Google says it's investing in an underwater power backbone that will connect 6,000 megawatts of wind turbines along the Atlantic coast of the United States.
Cade Metz, 12 Oct 2010

Windows to Linux defections to outpace Unix shifts in 2011

Linux server deployments are expected to take slightly more business from Microsoft than Unix in the next year, according to latest data.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2010

Ruskie gang hijacks Microsoft network to push penis pills

For the past three weeks, internet addresses belonging to Microsoft have been used to route traffic to more than 1,000 fraudulent websites maintained by a notorious group of Russian criminals, publicly accessible internet data indicates.
Dan Goodin, 12 Oct 2010
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Capgemini pushes efficiency limits in Swindon data centre

The Merlin data centre just opened in Swindon might look like an indoor hockey rink, but it is in fact a bespoke modular data centre created by Capgemini to save some bucks pounds euros on power and cooling as it modernises its computing facilities worldwide.

Foxconn fires back at abuse allegations

Foxconn, the Taiwan-headquartered manufacturer of products for Apple, Sony, HP and a host of others, "strongly and categorically rejects" recent — and not-so-recent — accusations of worker mistreatment. The company's arguments, however, may be motivated by more than a pure desire to set the record straight.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Oct 2010
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Intel reports first $11bn-plus quarter

Less than two months after Intel lowered Wall Street expectations for its third-quarter, it released said financial info — and the news ain't too shabby: Chipzilla exceeded $11bn in revenues for the first time in its history.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Oct 2010

Microsoft releases fixes for record number of vulns

Microsoft on Tuesday issued updates that plug a total of 49 security holes in Windows, Internet Explorer, and other software, the largest number of bugs ever to be fixed in a single Redmond Patch Tuesday release.
Dan Goodin, 12 Oct 2010

Cloudera and Membase unveil NoSQL togetherness

Cloudera is deepening its relationship with NoSQL partner Membase to jointly attack customers running the open-source implementation of Google's MapReduce.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2010
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Intel: 2010 is not your grandfather's refresh cycle

Although Intel was caught a bit short due to a reduction in consumer PC spending, enterprises that clamped down hard on spending in late 2008 and the first half of 2009 have been slowly, methodically, and steadily been ditching their old servers and PCs, and replacing them with shiny new ones.

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