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Storage smackdown: EMC and NetApp go head-to-head
The race is on: EMC has announced a Vblock for VMware View on the same day that news broke of NetApp, Cisco and VMware's FlexPod for VMware. Now we'll see which Cisco and VMware partner, EMC or NetApp, can develop integrated specific system application and hardware stacks faster.
NetApp Revs up ONTAP software
NetApp has updated its Data ONTAP array operating system to v8.01, introducing data movement, compression, a new management facility and software licensing changes.
SIA forecasts semi sales stall in 2012
We haven't even gotten through 2010 and the prognosticators in the semiconductor racket are already polishing their hafnium-doped silicon dioxide balls to reckon what the future will hold chip revenues in the next two years.
The forgotten, fat generation of Mac Portables
This Old BoxOne of Apple's oddest machines just turned 21, meaning that here in California we can now legally buy it a pint and raise a toast — if not to its success, at least to its good intentions.
Hacker unshackles Kinect from Xbox
An amateur hacker claims to have freed Microsoft's Kinect from the Xbox, a feat that allows him to control the the just-released motion-tracking game device from his Windows PC.
NetApp heads in same direction. Only faster
Like Mercedes spending €10m (£8.6m) to develop a new C-class that looks pretty much like the old one, NetApp is making a large announcement about the fact that its arrays can do more of the same, only faster and more simply.
Kingston Technology DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 32GB
ReviewThe DataTraveler Ultimate is the a natural progression in Kingston’s pocketable USB flash drive range. Featuring SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support devices are available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. For something likely to live on a keyring, the Ultimate has an impressive performance, which, according to Kingston Technology, will read at up to 80MB/s and write at 60MB/s.
VKernel does Hyper-V bean counting
Capacity-management tools provider VKernal, working with Microsoft, has fashioned a chargeback tool that is being revealed to the world Tuesday at Redmond's TechEd Europe conference in Berlin.
Multi-coring FAS6200 processors
NetApp is being coy about the processors in its FAS6200 arrays, saying only that the 6280 can have 24 cores. However, we have been given a view of the core sauce from someone who should know.
Steelie Neelie calls for 'every vehicle digital'
Famous Eurocrat "Steelie" Neelie Kroes has called on the EU's car and ICT industries to make "every vehicle digital" and thereby keep the bloc competitive on the world stage.
French go after Google for brand grab
A flurry of French advertisers have written an open letter objecting to Google's practice of putting brand names up for auction.
E Ink unwraps colour e-paper reader
E Ink has demo'd Triton - its technology to enable colour e-book readers.
Treasury asks for advice on eMoney
The UK Treasury is consulting on the whos and hows of electronic money, and opening the door for network operators who'd prefer to think of themselves as banks.
Vodafone flogs stake in Japanese carrier for £3.1bn
Vodafone is to sell its non-controlling stake in the Japanese carrier Softbank for £3.1bn, it announced today.
Tracking website eyeballs SpyEye
A website designed to track the control system of the SpyEye crimeware Trojan has been established.
Oracle enlists private dick to sniff out HP boss
Oracle has reportedly recruited private investigators to locate Hewlett-Packard boss Leo Apotheker.
Oz docs prescribed iPads by Premier
Australian state Victoria is to hand out iPads to all the doctors it employs in its hospital - if the state's Premier is re-elected on 27 November.
HMRC spent £765m through Aspire last year
HM Revenue and Customs spent 44 per cent of its 2009-10 supplier budget through its IT outsourcing deal led by Capgemini.
Opera Mobile pops up on Android
Opera Mobile is now available for Android, providing an alternative for Android users who are finding Opera Mini too mini and Google's pre-installed option too chocolately.
Did UK.gov break the law with its child database?
AnalysisDid the Department of Education (DoE) – or Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), as it was then known – knowingly break the law in its establishment of the ContactPoint database?
Samsung NF210 dual-core netbook
ReviewNetbooks, irrespective of manufacturer, are based on a very well-defined set of specifications. How, then, do those manufacturers seek to separate their offerings from the herd? If you're Samsung, you come up with a quirky, curvy case design.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
ReviewThe 1960s: the decade of peace, love and rock'n'roll. The decade of LSD and flower power, colour television and manned space exploration.
NHS website stops whingers clogging up the surgeries
People using the NHS website to diagnose themselves are saving the organisation millions of pounds in unnecessary doctors' appointments.
Firesheep developer poohpoohs mitigation tools
The developer of the Firesheep cookie-jacking plug-in has dismissed supposed easy-fix countermeasures as worse than useless.
Facebook beats Google's block
Facebook has found a workaround to Google's refusal to let new Facebookers easily upload their contact lists from Gmail to Zuckerberg's monster social network.
Two-faced world spends billions on climate help, fossil fuel
CommentThe International Energy Agency tells us that the world is entirely cocked. For while we're spending tens of billions ($50bn by its estimate) in subsidising renewables and low carbon energy installations to beat climate change we are also, at the same time, spending $500bn in subsidising the use of fossil fuels to cause climate change.
Terracotta dumps Big Java's garbage problem
The challenge of garbage collection is almost as old as Java itself. Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) store programs' objects in a heap that is cleared from time to time to free up memory.
Stormy Peters jumps GNOME ship for Mozilla
Stormy Peters is quitting her paid position as executive director at the GNOME Foundation in favour of a new job as Mozilla’s head of developer engagement.
Amazon awards self slimmer slice of newspaper pie
Amazon is reducing its cut on newspapers and magazines to 30 per cent, improving the margin considerably - though publishers will have to shoulder a share of the distribution costs first.
Elon Musk vs NASA and the US rocket industry - ding ding!
The bell has gone for Round One in the epic bare-knuckle battle over the future of US manned space exploration, which is set to run for years and to devolve into a dirty fight indeed.
Student Cluster Competition: The runners and riders
SC10Eight university teams - six from the US, one from Russia and one from Taiwan descend on the SC10 supercomputing show in New Orleans next week to take part in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC).
Why Symbian failed: developers, developers, developers
Andrew's Mailbag ExtraThe reasons why Apple succeeded in creating a smartphone market – with OEMs rushing to follow in its slipstream with Android – have now become conventional wisdom. Firstly, the iPhone was designed to be a mobile computer first, not a phone, and was optimised around a new, radical UI. It surprised people with its capabilities and the UI was forgiving. Secondly, bundling data with the appliance reduced the risk for customers - once data was bundled, you were daft not to use it.
Co-op cashier's breasts overcharged for fruit and veg
The Co-op in Jersey has launched an investigation into recent fruit and veg sales after it emerged that a customer had been overcharged by a sales assistant's breasts.
'One-trick pony' Zuckerberg yet to prove CEO worth
Mark Zuckerberg’s CEO abilities are glorified and the Facebook boydroid is yet to prove his worth, according to IT analyst house Forrester.
Lenovo sub-notebook outed
Lenovo describes its IdeaPad U series as "head turning". More cruel pundits than us might add "stomach" to that, if leaked shots of the upcoming IdeaPad U260 are anything to go by.
Oil heir loses $6m in 'CIA-Opus-Dei' malware murder scam
A pair of US conmen managed to swindle $6m from a jazz pianist through one of the strangest virus-related blackmail scams imaginable.
Marvell fires first shot in ARM-x64 server scrap
Chip maker Marvell, which acquired the Xscale ARM RISC chip business from Intel in 2006, is now officially gunning for the chip giant in the market for low-powered, cloudy infrastructure servers. If there is such a market.
Counter-terror review to consider net jihadis
The government has today launched a review of its controversial "Prevent" counter-terrorism strategy, which includes measures to tackle extremist material online.
Reg hacks crawl from London to Brighton
You might imagine that the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team would be taking a well-deserved Caribbean beach break following their recent high-altitude triumph, but no sooner had the dust settled on PARIS than we were ready to face a new, and perhaps even more daunting challenge: the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
Oracle gets DoJ to dismiss some aspects of fraud case
The US Department of Justice has agreed to let software giant Oracle off the hook on some - but not all - aspects of the fraud lawsuit it brought against Larry Ellison’s company earlier this year.
Microsoft unveils cloud-mounting SQL Server
The next installment of Microsoft's SQL Server story starts Tuesday, with plans for easier-to-use programming apps for on-site servers and the cloudy SQL Azure.
US Marine hover-jeep to get robotic hands-off controls
The well-known robotics department at Carnegie Mellon university - famed among other things for accomplishments in the field of self-driving cars and for giving the world the 600-tonne automated Godzilla truck - has now been selected to provide an autopilot system for a military flying-jeep project.
The autistic network: Web2.0 makes you dumb
If The Social Network dug the grave for Web 2.0, then here comes writer Zadie Smith to pile a lorryload of dirt on top.
ScaleMP shared memory clusters tuned for Xeon 7500s
If you bought ScaleMP's shared memory clustering software to create a virtual symmetric multiprocessing system out of machines using Intel's eight-core "Nehalem-EX" Xeon 7500 processors, you might want to think about upgrading to the new 3.5 release of vSMP Foundation, which ships today.
AMD ships first Fusion processors
AMD has — finally — shipped its first Fusion processors, years after they were first announced.
World's largest pilot union shuns full-body scanners
The world's largest independent airline pilot association is warning its members to avoid security screening by full-body scanners out of concern the machines emit dangerous levels of radiation.
Google search rolls out 'instant' site previews
Google has rolled out a new tool onto its web-dominating search engine that lets you preview sites before actually visting them.