Ellison brandishes 'speed of thought' Exalytics appliance
OpenWorldLarry Ellison is serious about hardware because he is serious about software. Mostly, however, he's serious about making money – which is why Ellison's OpenWorld keynote surprise in San Francisco on Sunday was a whole new machine: the Exalytics in-memory appliance.
Adobe: crashing 100 million machines not an option
The vast majority of time Adobe spends patching zero-day vulnerabilities in its ubiquitous Reader and Flash Player applications is devoted to making sure the fixes won't cause catastrophic crashes on end-user machines, the company's security chief said.
Citrix stretches XenServer 6.0 to cover bigger iron
Citrix Systems doesn't make a lot of noise about server virtualization these days, now that the two founders of the Xen project have left to start Bromium. But the company, and the open source Xen project that it sponsors, continues to hammer out code to make Xen a credible alternative to VMware's ESXi, Microsoft's Hyper-V, and Red Hat's KVM.
Dozens of firms vie for £1bn crim tagging contracts
Ministers are preparing for a massive expansion in electronic tagging of offenders, with private security companies being invited to bid for more than £1bn worth of contracts in October, reports the Guardian.
Anonymous Twitter alternative developed for rioters
After discovering that BBM and their Twittery playthings fed straight into the hands of the cops, smartphone-toting revolutionaries have taken up a new type of instant messaging – Vibe.
UK punters happy to pay £3 to top up e-wallets
A survey of UK attitudes to mobile payments reckons that £3 a time is the sweet spot for topping up wallets, with 65 per cent of you looking forward to pay-by-tap.
Fibre up, broadband up, IPTV up in Europe
Broadband World ForumNumbers announced at the Broadband World Forum point to a continued rise in fibre deployments, with the dual conclusions that Lithuania and Norway are the most fibred up countries and that both Hungary and the Ukraine are joining the world's leading 'fibre to the home' (FTTH) economies, with a sudden burst of pace.
Violent videogames reduce crime
While there's no end of detractors claiming that violent videogames cause aggressive, often criminal behaviour, some refreshing research has now insisted that the opposite is true.
HTC Android handsets spew private data to ANY app
A data logger pushed out by HTC to Android handsets has opened up a vulnerability allowing any app with internet permissions to access private customer information.
Microsoft's Roslyn invites VB to Windows 8 party
At Microsoft's recent BUILD conference, technical fellow and C# creator Anders Hejlsberg presented a session on the future of C# and Visual Basic. Visual Basic? There were few VB developers evident at BUILD and it seems to be in decline among professionals. Nevertheless, Microsoft is keeping the two in parity: read on for why the difference between them is becoming smaller.
iTunes beta, Vodafone flag up iPhone 4S
Evidence is building that Apple will indeed announce the iPhone 4S tomorrow.
ThumbsUp Black Diamond glow-globe iPhone dock
Geek Treat of the WeekYes, it’s expensive and totally pointless, but the Black Diamond "ambience dock" is strangely compelling. It's fascinating to watch – a bit like those Mathmos lava lamps that now seem to have acquired a rather ironic retro chic.
Osborne proffers £150m for mobile not spots
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has promised £150m to provide better mobile coverage in the UK, 'cos that's just what we need to stimulate the economy.
Super Mario jumps on domain squatter
Nintendo has take control of the domain name SuperMario.com – fifteen years after it was first registered by a third party.
Vodafone dishes out free unlimited data
Folk after a fresh handset might like to consider Vodafone, which is offering new and upgrading mobile customers truly unlimited data for a three-month period.
Ease data traffic jams with some network improvements
Autoroutes, inter-states, autostrada, motorways and autobahns: they all arose out of the same realisation. Roads had become bottlenecks and traffic was coming to a standstill. The fix was to divide roads into two, limit access and add more lanes.
ICO consultation: What should public bodies disclose?
The UK's data protection and Freedom of Information watchdog has launched a new consultation with a view to changing its guidance on what information public sector organisations should be forced to disclose and how.
AMD Llano vs Intel Sandy Bridge
ReviewAt first glance, AMD's 'Llano' CPU and Intel's 'Sandy Bridge' second-generation Core i platform look like blood brothers. They combine the CPU, a GPU and a memory controller all on a single 32nm die.
iPhones 'excellent for doing experiments on their owners'
Fears among Reg readers that iPhones will be used to conduct psychological experiments on Apple worshipping owners will surely intensify this morning thanks to a pronouncement by brain boffins.
Open Document Format updated to fix spreadsheets
A major change to the Open Document Foundation (ODF) spec to improve spreadsheet functionality has been ratified by standards chiefs.
Toshiba touts 55in 3DTV with beefy resolution
Toshiba promised Europeans will be able to buy a 55in, 3840 x 2160 LCD 3D TV by the end of the year, though Japanese consumers may be able to get it first.
Best skiing in space is on Saturnian ice moon Enceladus
Anyone who'd like to ski in space should head for Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, according to boffins who've discovered that the superfine ice crystals coating the moon's surface would be perfect powder for skiing.
Digital TV body adds HbbTV to UK standard
The UK's digital TV specifications guardian, the Digital TV Group, has formally incorporated HbbTV into its 'D-Book' digital telly standard.
Belgian buccaneers invade Rockall
A group of Belgian radio hams landed on the sacred islet of Rockall over the weekend, following an evidently rough crossing to the world's remotest outcrop.
Ecclesiastical judge tells church: Let there be Wi-Fi
Messages to Norfolk's churches won't just be heaven sent in future, they'll also be wireless broadband signals after a judge ruled against objectors' Wi-Fi health fears.
Apple TV owners lost legal movie playback this weekend
Unconcerned about the insidious impact of Digital Rights Management? You may want to think again when you hear about the many Apple TV owners who found they couldn't play legitimately acquired movies this weekend.
Cisco veep slags off HP's PC biz wobble
Cisco quietly sat on the sidelines during the summer as a series of gaffes by a hapless senior executive team forced down HP's share price by a fifth.
Alibaba! wants! to! be! Yahoo! purple! prince!
The boss of Alibaba, which is part owned by Yahoo!, wants to be handed the keys to the Purple Palace.
EC to vet Euro broadband performance
The European Commission is set to launch an investigation into broadband performance in a bid to bring greater transparency to the true speed and reliability of interweb services.
Crazy square barcodes can point your phone to MALWARE
Russian VXers have begun using obnoxious barcode-on-steroids QR codes as a launchpad for mobile malware.
Steelie Neelie calls for copper price cuts to drive fibre
The EU's top digital eurocrat has called on large telcos to stop using copper pricing as a barrier to deploying fibre networks.
Major BT exchange titsup in power outage
BT was hit by a big power failure this morning at one of its major exchanges in the Midlands.
London gets first new Google Chromebookshop
Brit geeks have snapped up Samsung-made Chromebooks from Google's new 'store' on London's Tottenham Court Road in a sign that the Chocolate Factory's attempt to clone Apple Stores' razzle-dazzle is paying dividends.
Google OUTBID on g.co.uk at auction
Google may have spent an estimated $1.5m on the Colombian domain name g.co earlier this year, but it was outbid on g.co.uk in a recent auction by a domain investor.
O2 best placed to scoop new iPhone sales dosh
O2 will be quids in when the next iPhone is beamed down to mere mortals, a spectacle that's strongly rumoured to be happening tomorrow.
Brother poaches HP vet to manage channels
HP veteran Andy Forsyth has jumped ship to rival Brother to beef up the firm's reseller channel.
Yahoo! and! ABC! ink! news! pact!
Yahoo! and ABC have announced a news partnership that they hope will bag them 100 million US users a month.
Ellison: 'There'll be nothing left of IBM once I'm done'
Oracle has pulled the rug out from under Hewlett-Packard's Intel's Itanium processor by yanking support of its database, middleware, and application software on future "Poulson" and "Kittson" Itaniums. It looks as though Larry Ellison wants to take on IBM in microprocessors for data center systems, man-to-man, head-to-head.
Samsung reveals release for 5in tablet
Samsung today announced its 5in tablet-phone thingamajig, the Galaxy Note, is heading to the UK in November.
Would you sue to keep your guilty ABBA habit a secret?
Music services that divulge your guiltiest music pleasures to the world may be breaking US state law. Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act has been cited in a new class action lawsuit against Pandora, claiming $5,000 damages per person. The lawsuit says that by making playlists and histories public and searchable by Google, privacy was violated.
Amazon fans order three Fires for every E Ink Kindle
Kindle buyers want the Fire, Amazon's new colour tablet, more than they want the online retailers revamped E Ink reader, buyer data suggests.
Verizon in court to block net neutrality ruling
Verizon Communications has filed an appeal in a US court to block the Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules.
Better Business Bureau offers rogue script browser peril
UpdatedRogue scripts on the scam advice website Better Business Bureau have sparked security concerns.
October 14 declared 'Steve Jobs Day'
As rumors spread that Apple's cofounder and former CEO might show up at Tuesday's "Let's talk iPhone" event, a group of clever fanbois has proclaimed next Friday, October 14, as "Steve Jobs Day", and has asked the world to celebrate "a day to honor the man himself and say thank you."
Bank of America website disrupted for 4th day in a row
Bank of America's website continued to suffer sporadic outages on Monday, marking the fourth day that some customers have been unable to use its online services to check balances and pay bills.
Oracle: Java 8 will be revolution, not evolution
JavaOneMark Reinhold, chief architect for Java at Oracle, gave details on developments in Java 8 and beyond, and announced the release of JavaFX 2.0 during his turn on the keynote stage at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
BridgeSTOR in rash NAS cash splash
BridgeSTOR has a dedupe card for Windows NAS boxes that will provide a 35 per cent storage saving – or your money cheerfully refunded.
'iPhone 4 to be free' when new iPhones ship
Upon Tuesday's rollout of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, the existing iPhone 4 will be offered for the low, low price of nothing at all when purchased with a presumably two-year contract.
Adobe announces Creative Cloud, acquires PhoneGap
MAX 2011Adobe is aquiring Nitobi, creators and sponsors of the open source PhoneGap project that lets you build cross-platform mobile apps using HTML technologies, and has announced a suite of cloud services named, unsurprisingly, Creative Cloud.
Oracle rolls its own NoSQL and Hadoop
OpenWorldThere's no shortage of ego at Oracle, as evidenced by the effusion of confidence behind the company's OpenWorld announcement of the not-so-humbly named Big Data Appliance.
22,000 'freetards' escape Hurt Locker piracy suit
The world's largest P2P legal imbroglio has been downgraded, with 90 per cent of the alleged file sharers caught up in the Hurt Locker downloading case dismissed.
Telstra hands copper contract to new company
A company that’s only existed since 2010 has won a deal worth as much as $100 million over nine years to provide subcontracting services on Telstra’s copper network.
'Boss from hell' knuckle-rapped for 'firing contests'
Not all thankless jobs are in IT. In the American heartland, a court has sided with the ex-employees of one businessman who held "firing contests", in which he offered cash prizes to staffers asked to predict which unfortunate worker was next to face his wrath.
Facebook games teach teens bad habits
A Welsh online safety campaigner is warning that popular Facebook social games encourage bad habits among young users.