Red Hat ships shiny new KVM and OpenStack software
AnalysisWhen Red Hat launched its commercialized version of the OpenStack cloud control freak in June, along with an update to its supported version of the KVM hypervisor, the one thing it did not do was provide pricing for the support contracts for this code. But when the software was made generally available for production use on Wednesday, Shadowman also announced pricing for various bundles of its Linux, KVM, OpenStack, and CloudForms software.
Microsoft extends Windows Phone 8 support through 2015
Microsoft has extended the support life cycle of Windows Phone 8, and has promised to ship a new feature-update pack next year, in a bid to win more enterprise customers for its struggling smartphone OS.
HP admits to backdoors in storage products
Hewlett-Packard has agreed that there is an undocumented administrative account in its StoreVirtual products, and is promising a patch by 17 July.
Intel’s Asia pivot: How Chipzilla beat Obama by decades
FeatureYears before president Obama announced his infamous military “Pivot to Asia” policy, chip giant Intel had already embarked upon its own initiative to build out manufacturing and design capability in the region. Last week for the first time it opened the doors of its Penang facility – Chipzilla’s largest outside of the US – so El Reg went to take a look.
Boffins chill out with new temperature measurement
Why would you get excited about a new measurement of the Boltzmann constant that took six years to achieve?
BlackBerry gives Indian spooks BBM and BIS access
BlackBerry has finally given in to demands from the Indian government to access its consumer messaging services, although enterprise communications will remain safe from prying eyes.
Samsung takes mobile net traffic crown from Apple
Samsung devices are now the world’s dominant source of mobile internet traffic, after web-watching outfit StatCounter revealed that in June 2013 the Korean concern conquered Cupertino.
Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?
If you're a believer, then the autonomous car is a gateway to a brave new world in which you'll never have to waste an hour looking for a parking spot, ever again.
Not even Asia can save PC market's slump
PC shipments officially entered their longest slump in history last quarter after a 10.9 per cent year-on-year decline, with even the once-proud APAC region registering another double-digit drop, according to analyst Gartner.
Seoul-blackening disk wipe badness linked to 4-year SPY CAMPAIGN
The March attack that hit tens of thousands of computers in South Korea was part of a much larger campaign waged against the Asian nation since at least 2009. That's according to a new report by security biz McAfee.
Kick the tyres on UK's swap-shop for cat pics and other copyright stuff
A new online platform to help facilitate the licensing of copyrighted works in the UK is now being piloted.
ISC Student Cluster Competition: The kids are alright
HPC BlogYet another exciting ISC Student Cluster Competition has moved from the ISC'13 exhibit hall battlefield into the annals of history. Now that we've analyzed the results, let's take a look at the victors and their accomplishments.
BAN UK tax breaks on patented tech, fumes German finance minister
German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has called for a ban on so-called "patent box" tax breaks offered by Blighty, the Netherlands and other EU member states.
The Yawhg vs XCOM: Enemy Unknown. How small devs can win against the big boys
Game TheoryAs far as the recipe for a successful new gaming genre would go, the combination of an essentially text-based role-playing adventure with a beery party game would seem very wide of the mark. Crunching stats and hardcore partying hardly seem to go together.
Backup software bods tempt users with hot new (pricing) model
Canadian backup software provider Asigra has introduced the first backup pricing model with a pay-for-recovery element, effectively - so it says - introducing a price cut.
BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges
BT is planning to offer a 300Mbit/s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service to 50 exchanges by the end of this year.
Western Digital gobbles VeloBit in flash cache cash splash dash
Western Digital is buying flash cache software startup VeloBit and its HyperCache product technology.
Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server
Sysadmin blogSmall Business Server from Microsoft is "going off the air." With Dell's announcement of unavailability access to the last remaining copies will prove ever more scarce.
Up yours, Google! Iran to launch OWN state email service
The Iranian government is set to roll out a national email service to all of its citizens in another ominous step towards the dismantling of their online freedoms.
Daddy-o, you're all wet... baffled by your own kids on the web - survey
Parents can't figure out what their kids are up to online because they're clueless about internet lingo, a new survey has found.
BT: Ofcom's planned wholesale price cap? Just a smidge too tight
BT should slash its wholesale prices for competitors that access the former national telco's copper network, comms regulator Ofcom said today.
Pirate Bay bod and pals bag $100k to craft NSA-proof mobe yammer app
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde and his pals have raised $114,000 to develop a snoop-proof mobile messaging app dubbed Hemlis.
Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site
ReviewThere’s no doubt that smartphones are getting more robust. Both the Sony Xperia Z and the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 Active boast IP57-rated resistance to dust and water intrusion which is handy if you take your phone to the beach or the pool and come over all clumsy.
Yahoo!: We! tried! to! protect! your! info! ... secret! court! case! will! prove! it!
Yahoo! has launched a fresh bid to reveal the top secret workings of the US surveillance state and prove it did not voluntarily hand over its customer's data to NSA spooks.
Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists
Xbox One loyalists want Microsoft to reinstate the new console's tough copy protection controls and mandatory online connection requirement that were axed following a backlash.
US Navy robot stealth fighter in first unmanned carrier landings
VidsThe last of the great barriers has fallen: an unmanned aircraft has successfully made autonomous arrested landings on the deck of an aircraft carrier. It's now plain that robots are not just as good as human pilots - they are as good as the best human pilots.
Icahn suggests pumping Mikey Dell for dollars hard over a court bench
Activist investor Carl Icahn has urged his fellow Dell shareholders to join him in trying to get a higher price for their stockholdings in court.
Quantum loses senior sales veep to mystery upstart
It never rains but it pours; so it must seem for data protection biz Quantum, which has just lost its worldwide sales veep. Fortunately the previous sales head is stepping up to the plate once more.
More Brocade staffers leap off '800lb Fibre Channel gorilla'
Brocade has promoted its EMEA channel sales director to head up its partners sales operation in the region after long-serving exec Barbara Spicek joined other staffers heading for the door.
Outlook son of Hotmail goes titsup for many in the US and UK
Hotmail Outlook services are down for some users and have been for most of today, although it's unclear what the issue is.
STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has unveiled plans for a massive restructuring at Redmond. From today, the company’s product groups will be dissolved and resurrected as slimmed-down devices and services teams ready to take on Apple, Amazon, Google and others.
EU competition inspectors RAID European telcos
The competition wing of the European Commission confirmed today that it was investigating alleged antitrust practices among a number of telecoms giants operating in the 28-member-state bloc.
Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe
Hands OnNokia brought its unique home-brewed imaging technology to a modern smartphone today. By a comfortable distance, the new Lumia 1020, aka "EOS", has the most impressive camera and video recording on any mobile phone today.
Apple files patent for refrigerator-magnet iPads
Apple has filed a patent application for a method of cladding rare-earth magnets that could enable portable electronics to become refrigerator magnets and iWatch elements.
China prepares to lift 13-year game console ban – report
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has reportedly given the go-ahead for the end of his country's ban on the sale of gaming consoles to its citizens, although under carefully controlled conditions over what games can be sold.
Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X
Canonical top man Mark Shuttleworth says that Mir, the company's ground-up replacement for the X Window System graphics stack, is almost complete, and that the technology will ship with the next version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution in October.
Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds
There are red faces in Redmond after Edward Snowden released a new batch of documents from the NSA's Special Source Operations (SSO) division covering Microsoft's involvement in allowing backdoor access to its software to the NSA and others.
Unisys doubles up midrange mainframes for fault tolerance
If you are "truly paranoid" about system uptime and are running the MCP operating system on a Burroughs-class, midrange-sized mainframe from Unisys, then the system maker has a new Libra 4200 that has your name on it.
Chromebooks now the fastest-growing segment of PC market
Not only are Google's Chromebooks a success, but they are now the fastest-growing segment of the PC industry, according to market research firm NPD Group.
Cloud pricing begins to take hold inside the firewall
AnalysisThe growth in cloud computing is starting to affect the way technology companies charge and license their on-premises products, which could save IT pros money but also make budget planning much more difficult.
If tardy chip-baking fix fails, this Frenchman can help
SEMICON 2013Extreme ultraviolet lithography – EUV – may be worshipped as the savior of Moore's Law by most members of the chip-baking community, but there's at least one free-thinking heretic in the semiconductor research community who refuses to be seduced into its short-wavelength, process-shrinking creed.