Analysts circle HP with CEO's hammer expected to come down
Wall Street has started salivating as it awaits word on new HP CEO Mark Hurd's plans for the company. Rumor has it that Hurd will hand down his proclamations any day now. The only move seen as certain? Mass layoffs.
Internal security attacks affecting banks
Internal security breaches at the world's banks are growing faster than external attacks, as institutions invest in technology, instead of employee training.
Pre-teen in airport safety breakthrough
A twelve-year old boy has come up with a gadget that could prevent a re-run of the Concorde crash, by detecting debris on the runway and alerting pilots before they line-up to land. According to the BBC, the British Airport Authority (BAA) is keen to develop the idea.
BT escapes threat of immediate break-up
BT has cut a deal with regulator Ofcom and escaped the immediate threat of dismemberment.
Opera boss swings at Firefox's Sugar Daddies
You make the world's best browser. It's smaller and faster than Internet Explorer, and a lot more secure, and every year you think up new ideas that make browsing easier. Then a rival appears that steals your ideas and yet only manages to produce a slower, clunkier and feature limited version of your browser - and the press reacts as if it's just discovered the internet for the first time. What do you do?
Microsoft bolsters support for PC makers in IP lawsuits
Microsoft is dropping financial caps in its support for PC builders and distributors to combat intellectual property lawsuits involving the company's software.
UK open source email firm bags VC funding
Scottish email management vendor Logicalware claims to be the first UK open source developer to grab a slice of venture capital funding.
Nvidia unveils GeForce 7800 GTX
Nvidia took the wraps off its GeForce 7800 GTX graphics chip yesterday, as anticipated. The company also launched the second-generation of its SLi multi-card rendering system, pushing the first version down-market in the process, the better to compete with ATI's rival technology, CrossFire.
ISIS backs Bolden James MBO
ISIS Equity Partners has backed a £5.5m management buyout of messaging and connectivity vendor Boldon James.
UMC chairman to quit over China investment case
UMC chairman Robert Tsao is to quit his post, the chip foundry revealed this week in a document filed with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
For every DRM download, 16 P2P swaps
Cheering news for the pigopolists this week, from The Guardian newspaper.
Fujitsu Siemens opens UK web store
Fujitsu Siemens has opened a UK web storefront to offer an "alternative purchasing resource for some of the many thousands of visitors to the main Fujitsu Siemens Computers corporate co.uk web site each month".
Apple Euro iTunes stores sell 50m songs year one
Apple's European iTunes Music Stores have together sold more than 50m songs in their first 12 months in business, the company said today.
StreamCast updates Morpheus P2P with BitTorrent
StreamCast has begun shipping a pre-release BitTorrent-enabled test version of its upcoming Morpheus 5.0 P2P software, the company said yesterday.
The Sun exposes UK ID theft racket at Indian call centre
UpdateAn undercover reporter was able to buy the details thousands of UK banking accounts, password particulars and credit cards numbers from crooked call centre workers in India, The Sun reports.
Asustek cans dual GeForce 6800 graphics card
Asustek has pulled the plug on its planned two-chip graphics card. However, the product may yet see commercial light of day with Nvidia's latest GPU on board.
BT bows to Ofcom pressure
BT - the UK's former telecoms monopoly that rivals accused for so long of uncompetitive behaviour - has given its backing to proposals to open up its network to competing operators.
MARSIS is ready to go digging on Mars
The Mars Express MARSIS experiment is at last fully deployed, seven weeks after the European Space Agency gave the go ahead for the radar booms to be unfurled. ESA announced yesterday that the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding experiment has undergone its first checkout, and is ready to start scanning the red planet.
AMD extends Turion mobile chip line
AMD has added a pair of Turion 64 mobile processors to its CPU line-up. Most attention appears to be focused on the top-end ML-40 chip, but there's a new MT-28 at the bottom to the range, pitching Turion into lower-priced notebooks.
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX
ReviewA year goes by pretty quickly for me these days. I can vividly remember the last few days before Nvidia's NV40 launch 14 months ago, and the last few days have brought some serious déja vu. I've run much the same tests and much the same analysis. Pretty much the same pixels are being painted. The last part of that statement is the telling one - today's hardware is more evolution than revolution compared to what Nvidia delivered last time.
BitTorrent inventor lambasts Avalanche 'vaporware'
Bram Cohen, inventor of the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol, has launched a stinging attack on Microsoft's "Avalanche" peer-to-peer system unveiled (sort of) last week by its Cambridge (UK) researchers.
Sage buys Spanish biz for £55m
Sage is buying Logic Control, a Spanish accounting software vendor, for £55m in cash.
BT still needs to be policed, says industry
The UK's telecoms industry has begun to give its first reaction to Ofcom's new deal with BT and appears to welcome the regulator's moves to create a virtual split within the monster telco.
Lobby groups go all out as EU patent deadline looms
As the timer counts down to the next big vote on the European software patents directive, two groups representing small businesses in the region have launched last ditch efforts to persuade MEPs of the dangers or merits of the current form of the bill.
World is safe from mobile viruses for a few more years
A fast-spreading virus or worm wwill no affect mobile devices before the end of 2007 at the earliest, Gartner forecasts. The analyst firm reckons the conditions for the spread of mobile malware - high penetration of mobile devices and people routinely exchanging executable files by mobile phone - simply aren't there yet.
ATI posts Q3 loss
ATI slipped into the red during the three months to 31 May 2005, a "challenging" third fiscal quarter, the graphics chip maker revealed today.
Airgo cuts MIMO Wi-Fi chipset prices
Airgo, the Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) wireless technology pioneer Airgo, has launched new, low-cost Wi-Fi chipsets.
MIT boffins make hot superfluid
Scientists at MIT have created a new kind of matter: a gas of atoms that exhibits superfluidity at high temperatures. Or at least, what passes for high temperatures among researchers at the MIT Harvard Center for Ultracold atoms.
Microsoft rolls out SP1 blocker for shy Windows 2003 servers
Impressed with the security benefits of Windows Server 2003 SP1 but not game enough to install the software? Well, Microsoft has the perfect tool for you.
HP dresses up ProLiants with dual-core Opterons
As promised, HP has fattened up its line of Opteron-based ProLiant servers with a new dual-core version of the chip.
E-commerce now a turn-off - official
So much for the "digital revolution". The Gartner Group is revising its e-commerce predictions downwards after 42 per cent of users said they were cutting back net use because of security concerns. As a result, Gartner is shaving one to three per cent off its growth estimates. It had previously reckoned that online business would grow by 15 per cent next year.
IBM does the application shuffle and catches Meiosys
IBM today added a new level of sophistication to its Unix and Linux servers by acquiring privately held software maker Meiosys.
AMD sets Q3 release for workstation-happy, dual-core Opterons
It's getting warm here in Chicago, and the birds are out in full force. Thankfully, one rather knowledgeable chirper stopped by the office today with a short but concrete message about AMD's Opteron plans.
Pentagon recruiting kids with mass data mining scheme
The US military has retained the services of a commercial privacy invasion outfit to assemble detailed dossiers on all American high school children and college students, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Make music industry poverty history
Set yourself a challenge when next you're in Paraguay: see if you can buy a non-pirated CD. According to latest figures on CD piracy released by the IFPI, the record companies' global organisation, 99 per cent of CDs there come from people saying "Arr-harr!".