Actifio claims it is the 'fastest growing enterprise storage firm' – ever
Actifio, a privately held storage startup founded in 2008, is crowing like a chanticleer that business was booming last year for its funky Copy Data Storage arrays. Probably in the hopes of either raking in more venture funding or setting itself up to go public at some point in the future.
Apple may debut low-cost iPhone for emerging markets in 2013
Apple has made a name for itself by marketing high-end gadgets to affluent, design-conscious consumers, but it could be planning a move down-market as early as this year, if industry scuttlebutt proves correct.
Microsoft pats self on back over Windows 8 sales
AnalysisThink Windows 8 isn't performing as well as Microsoft expected? Think again! The software giant says sales of its new OS are chugging along quite nicely, thank you very much, in much the same fashion as Windows 7 before it.
Boffins hide messages in Skype ‘silence packets’
A Warsaw-based security researcher says the packets that Skype sends during silence can be used to carry secret messages in a conversation.
'Physical pressure' from Iran’s cyber cops killed blogger
Iranian cyber police have been fingered in a parliamentary report for the death in custody of a blogger who was arrested late last year for criticising the regime and posing a national security risk.
2012 was warmest year ever recorded in USA
Earth’s surface area is 510 million km2, but the State of the Climate report from the USA's National Climatic Data Center at the nation’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the contiguous USA’s 7.664 million km2 experienced its hottest year ever recorded during 2012, which it also ranked the second most “extreme” for weather events.
Twitter's real time data cruncher is made of people
Twitter has revealed that real, live, flesh-and-blood people are one of its key tools for analysing data in real time, and that it finds the people it needs with an unconventional approach to crowdsourcing.
India asks Nokia for £340 million in tax
India has added itself to the growing list of nations putting extra pressure on global tech titans over tax-related matters, after reportedly tapping Nokia on the shoulder regarding irregularities which could total 30bn Rs (£340m).
Japanese cops cuff cat carrying remote control virus
An anonymous cyber villain has led Japanese police on a merry dance over the past few months, culminating in the capture on Monday of a cat said to be carrying a computer virus on a memory card attached to its collar.
Making apps for touchscreen mobes? YAWN. Try a car instead
CES 2013Phone app developers who fancy expanding onto car dashboards can now create programs for Ford cars, utilising the voice control and connectivity built into the vehicle through open software interfaces (APIs).
Nuisance calls DOUBLE, Ofcom vows to hunt down offenders
Ofcom has outlined yet another plan to target annoying phones calls, which according to its latest report have doubled. It is hoping that imposing a few fines, writing several stern letters and doing more research will stem the flow - despite remaining entirely powerless to prevent calls that originate outside the UK.
Big Brother is prosecuting you: More cops to use court vid chats
Coppers will soon give evidence in almost half the courts in England and Wales from their police stations via video-conferencing links.
HMRC hops back into bed with Microsoft, finds purse £10m lighter
IT reseller Computacenter has brokered an Enterprise Agreement (EA) between Microsoft and HMRC valued at roughly £10m. The agreement entitles Blighty's taxmen to volume discounts on Redmond gear, upgrades and more over the next three years.
Guess who'll grab Facebook Sponsored Stories payout? (Hint: Not the victims)
CommentBecause of a quirk of the US legal system, the bulk of the $20m from Facebook's class action privacy settlement meant for people affected by its Sponsored Stories privacy gaffe* will likely go to "citizens' groups" - and concerns have been raised over the relationship between the beneficiaries and powerful corporations they purport to monitor.
Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge
StorageBodA good friend of mine recently got in contact to ask my professional opinion on something for a book he was writing. He asked me how much a petabyte of storage would cost today and whether I thought it would affordable for an individual. Both parts of the question are interesting in their own way.
€1.5bn swiped from EU cards: Fraud mainly takes place in the US
Most of the credit and debit card fraud in Europe can be pinpointed to criminal transactions in the US, a police report has said.
Crypto boffins smuggle secret messages in silent Skype calls
Polish security researchers have come up with a cunning method to transmit hidden messages using the silence packets transmitted during a Skype call.
Bletchley Park boffins start trailblazer EDSAC computer rebuild
Physical production of a replica of EDSAC, aka the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator, has at last begun at The National Museum of Computing, located at World War II crypto centre Bletchley Park. EDSAC is an early computer originally put together at Cambridge University in the late 1940s.
Toy train company bids for West Coast Mainline
We offer the Vulture Central tip of the hat today to toy train outfit Bigjigs for its audacious bid to run the UK's West Coast Mainline rail franchise.
Hellish XML demon exorcised from Windows, IE bug stays
Patch TuesdayMicrosoft released two "critical" patches and five "important" security updates on Tuesday - but none of the fixes address a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer discovered two weeks ago.
Review: Vodafone Smart Tab II 7 budget 3G tablet
Tablets with 3G connectivity continue to command what I think is an unreasonable premium over their Wi-Fi only siblings. Granted, the 3G Google Nexus 7 is only 40 quid more than the equivalent Wi-Fi model but you can’t have 3G at all with the cheaper, 16GB tablet. The 3G iPad Mini, meanwhile, carries a £100 mark-up.
'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'
Here's a provocative question for readers in these power-hungry times: could you survive in a house where the total power draw of all your electrical appliances and fittings at any one time can't exceed 1.5kW?
BT in ad slapdown after 'misleading' punters on fibre deployment dates
UpdatedBT has been rapped by the UK's advertising watchdog, which found that the national telco had "misled" customers about when its broadband products would be available in their areas.
Razer uncages Core i7, GeForce megaslab for hardcore gamers
CES 2013Games peripherals specialist Razer is finally bringing to market the concept gaming tablet it introduced at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Hey, tech titans! Those smartmobe sales bans? Give it a rest. NOW
Companies can only ban the sales of rival products using patents essential to communications standards in rare and specific cases. That's the latest common-sense thinking from the US Justice Department and the US Patent Office.
UK armed forces could be 'fatally compromised’ by cyber attack
UK armed forces’ dependence on information and communication technology could leave the nation vulnerable in the event of a cyber attack, according to a study by a committee of MPs.
Standards sultan sanctifies 60GHz wireless LAN tech
The IEEE has published a 60GHz wireless networking standard, 802.11ad, much to the joy of the WiGig Alliance: its 60GHz "USB/PCI/HDMI/DisplayPort" technology sits on top of the radio-based communications spec.
Integrator-reseller 2e2 'broke banking covenant', hits credit buffers
The future of integrator-cum-reseller 2e2 is unclear amid claims from sources close to the firm that it broke a banking covenant in December and is running up to its credit limits in distribution.
Faster-than-disk 1TB USB on sale soon... but if you lose it, you've lost £2k+
CES 2013CES is the time to introduce new gadget gizmos and Kingston, SanDisk and Toshiba have stepped up to the flash front to parade their latest gear.
Don't shoot the Windows Live Messenger, cry IM users
Microsoft has confirmed it will shut Windows Live Messenger on 15 March - and has already started merging its users' contacts into the voice-chat service Skype. The software giant warned as early as November that changes were afoot to the service formerly known as MSN Messenger.
At last! A REAL use for NFC: Bonking butler bots and oven-puters
CES 2013Upstart wireless data-transfer tech NFC is finally coming to some interesting devices. Not smartphones or shopping tills but TVs, speakers, washing machines and fridges, thanks to LG and Sony.
Devs: 'Pirates are flogging OUR stuff on BlackBerry's App World'
In its enthusiasm to stock its App World shelves, RIM has reportedly inadvertently invited in the pirates, according to Android developers who've said they have seen their work replicated at the burgeoning store.
IBM Euro channel bigwig made Tech Data account daddy
A senior management reshuffle at IBM has seen European channel partner boss David Cornick take up a newly created global role within Big Blue as managing executive for distributor Tech Data.
Panasonic pitches Ultra HD 4K x 2K monster tablet
CES 2013Asus has an 18.4-inch tablet-cum-all-in-one-desktop-PC on display this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but Panasonic has it beat: the Japanese giant is showing off a Windows 8 slate that not only packs a 20-inch display but sports an Ultra HD resolution.
Google drops standards-essential patent claims in Xbox slap fight
Googorola is giving up on getting loads of Microsoft gear kicked off the shelves for infringing patents used in the video compression H.264 standard.
Dish charges into Sprint-Clearwire hotel room waving cash
Dish Networks continues its mobile aspirations with a bid for Clearwire, offering more cash than the existing offer from Sprint, but with more strings attached.
Texas schoolgirl loses case over RFID tag suspension
A federal court has ruled against the Texan teenager who was challenging her suspension for refusing to wear an RFID tag, despite objections on religious and privacy grounds.
GlobalFoundries plunks $2bn into New York fab
GlobalFoundries, the amalgamation of AMD and Chartered Semiconductor's fabs and the world's second largest independent wafer baker, is taking a $2bn pile of cash and building a new research center that hangs off its flagship Fab 8 plant in Malta, New York in an effort to keep pace with rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp and, of course, Intel and its captive chip fabs.
Silly Rabbit! Like Trix, color e-readers are for kids
CES 2013If you're expecting rich, vibrant colors on your next ebook reader, you're going to be disappointed – the laws of physics are against you.
US gov blames Iran for cyberattacks on American banks
Denial-of-service attacks against US banks' web systems were the work of Iran rather than Islamic activists, says a former American government official.
Stratus: Virtualization drives demand for ftServers
In some ways, server virtualization makes disaster recovery easier, less costly, and more approachable for a wider range of companies. And in others, it makes disaster recovery more important than ever because more virtual server eggs are running in a single physical server basket. No matter which way server virtualization cuts, fault tolerant server maker Stratus Technologies is keyed up to be supporting the latest ESXi 5.1 and related vSphere tools atop of its ftServer line.
'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought
Astronomers following the so-called doomsday asteroid Apophis, which will be whizzing past Earth on Thursday morning, have found the rock is much larger than had previously been assumed. Since the asteroid could hit Earth in 2036, that's a problem.
Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter
IBM's Watson supercomputer was smart enough to beat two human opponents on US quiz show Jeopardy!, but there is apparently some knowledge that the system is still too immature to handle – namely, the contents of the Urban Dictionary.
IBM grafts old AIX 5.3 onto shiny new Power7+ servers
Big Blue stopped selling the venerable AIX 5.3 release of its Unix operating system nearly two years ago and pulled the plug on normal support nearly a year ago, but it lives on atop the new Power7+ servers that the company launched as 2012 came to a close.