Sun posts flat Q4
Another year, another revenue drop for Sun Microsystems. The hardware vendor today turned in fourth quarter and full year results that showed continued struggles to gain market share, ship high-end servers and sell storage.
Verizon closes in on Cingular
Verizon booked $2.11bn of profit on revenues of $18.57bn in 2Q. As an added bonus, CEO Ivan Seidenberg didn't make any howlers - but then he left the talking to his CFO.
Thus upbeat about future
Thus - the Scottish telco that also operates under the Demon internet brand - remains upbeat despite having to operate within the "challenging competitive dynamics in the UK telecommunication market".
TSMC up, UMC down in Q2
TSMC, the world's biggest chip foundry, strengthened its financial position during its second quarter over the previous three-month period, though it still has some way to go to achieve the highs of Q2 FY2004.
Infineon Q3 loss doubles
Germany's Infineon yesterday blamed poor memory prices as it sank even further into the red.
CA gets behind Big Blue mainframe
Computer Associates quickly jumped on the back of IBM’s latest mainframe monster yesterday, pledging software support for the System z9.
Egg soldiers on
Egg - the UK internet bank that tried to crack the French market - posted increased turnover and a profit for the first half of the year.
Siebel posts $50m Q2 loss
Siebel Systems has posted a net loss of $50m for its second quarter on revenues of $313.6m, compared to a net income of $7.5m on revenues of $301.1m a year ago.
Germans discover world's oldest dildo
German scientists are tickled pink after unearthing one of the world's oldest sculpted phalluses - 20cm of polished siltstone lovingly created around 28,000 years ago.
Tablet PC biz to see Vista-driven boom
Tablet PC fans should look forward to Vista - or whatever Microsoft's next-generation Windows operating system is called, other trademark holders permitting.
O2 workers barred from AGM, says CWU
O2 employees who also own shares in the cellco have been prevented from appearing at the company's AGM today, according to the Communications Workers Union (CWU).
iPod users deprived of muff
Our regular Gizmondo feature - provided by those lovely people down at Tech Digest - regularly showcases a "Obligatory iPod Accessory of the Week"; most recently the Audi-Oh Vibrator which converts your iPod into a musical orgasmatron.
AOL does mobile search
AOL is joining the fight over local search services. The company joins Google, MSN and Yahoo competing for revenue from advertising goods and services based on location.
Feds move swiftly to exploit 7/7
Washington RoundupThe US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will now peddle geospatial data (satellite imagery) overlaid with "suspicious incidents" to state and local cops, further adding to their considerable confusion over what constitutes a petty crime, an innocent person acting strangely (which can get you wrestled to the ground and your brains blown out by terrified cops in London these days), and a bona fide terrorist cell scouting a target.
FTC probes Grand Theft Auto
The publisher of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas announced yesterday that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is probing advertising claims it made regarding the controversial game.
Enceladus revealed as Cassini's photo tour continues
Cassini has sent back another batch of pictures from its tour of the Saturn orbital system. This time, it has snapped the surface of the icy moon Enceladus in unprecedented detail.
File sharers 'spend more on music downloads'
Brits who share and download music illegally are also among the biggest spenders on legal downloads, UK-based market watcher The Leading Question (TLQ) claimed today.
Internet has 'given Al Qaeda wings' claims BBC potboiler
Al Qaeda is now a "global brand driven by the power of the world wide web", and media-savvy cyberjihadis are manipulating the internet for training, recruitment and propaganda, according to the first of a three part series on The New al Qaeda broadcast on Monday 25th July) on BBC2. "The internet," says programme-maker Peter Taylor, "has given it wings." These apparent bombshells, however, appear to be based on a number of unremarkable discoveries, such as that terrorists have computers, that cheap video cameras allow them to film attacks and executions and distribute the results via the internet, and that there's stuff on the internet you might not like but can't necessarily get much of a lid on.
France Telecom buys Spanish cellco
France Telecom (FT) is shelling out €6.4bn for Spain's third largest mobile phone operator, the telco confirmed today.
Granville Technology goes into administration
Granville Technology Group Ltd, owner of computer brands Time and Tiny, has gone into administration and most of its 1,600 staff are likely to lose their jobs.
Canal could cause earthquakes, Egypt warns
The head of the Egyptian Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has warned that a new canal linking the Red and Dead seas could increase the risk of an earthquake in the Middle East, saying that the project would lead to "strong seismic activity in the region".
Personal storage sites are a 'safe haven for hackers'
Websense, the employee management software outfit that's become best known for heaping FUD on emergent net technolgies, has found a new target. Hot on the heels of charecterising online storage sites as a conduit for industrial espionage and blogs as a host of malware it's decided to chastise personal web hosting sites as a "Safe Haven for Hackers".
Microsoft cloaks Area 51
Black helicopter alertWe all know that Microsoft has a tentacle in just about every pie on the planet, but what exactly is Redmond's black ops department up to in Nevada?
WD readies 'most reliable' enterprise HDD
Western Digital will next month ship in volume what it claims is the most reliable enterprise-oriented Serial ATA hard drive.
First the terrorists, now the GOP. Why IT is against me
And ninethlyWe bought the son of a bitch and then he didn't stay bought - Henry Clay Frick
Apple reappears outside Microsoft HQ
The mysterious disappearance of Apple's Cupertino headquarters from MSN's new map service led to a veritable landslide of emails.
iTunes emasculates Crazy Frog
There's some good news today for anyone who is not a great fan of Crazy Frog - iTunes across the pond has seen to it that the little bugger will not be able to reproduce, thereby sparing future generations his particular brand of amphibious merriment.
HP Photosmart 385 compact printer
ReviewWhen HP launched its portable PhotoSmart Printer range last year we were very impressed. The print quality was good, the portability great and the overall packages top notch. A year on and there's another model in the range, the 385. Does the new model add anything to the mix? asks Stuart Miles.
Pretec ships 'world's most capacious' SD card
Pretec will next month begin mass production of what the company claims is the world's first 4GB SD card.
Hecklers disrupt O2 AGM
O2's shareholder meeting descended into chaos today as workers tried to quiz execs over pay. Hecklers chanted "fat cat" as senior execs spoke to shareholders at the meeting in Reading.
NASA investigates falling debris
NASA is investigating the possibility that two pieces of debris fell from the Shuttle Discovery during its launch yesterday. The space agency says it also looks like the craft hit a bird in the very early stages of its journey to space.
'Pentagon hacker' McKinnon fights extradition
A Briton accused of hacking into numerous Pentagon and NASA computers began his fight against extradition today. Gary McKinnon (AKA Solo), 39, of Wood Green, north London, allegedly hacked into 97 military and NASA computers over a 12 month period from February 2001 until March 2002, causing an estimated $700,000 (£370,000) in damages.
Japan crafts 6-year plan to clobber US supercomputers
Japan has again upped the rhetoric in the supercomputer wars, saying it has every intention of outclassing US systems by spending $714m to create a new giant.
SigmaTel snaps up Rio MP3 technology, engineers
Rio, the erstwhile giant of the portable MP3 player market, is to become little more than a name after current owner D&M Holdings admitted yesterday its has sold the loss-making division's intellectual property, and technology and engineering resources to MP3 chip maker SigmaTel.
Red Hat holes less severe than Windows - study
Red Hat is making hay from a report on system security vulnerabilities that apparently gives Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) a clean bill of health.
PGP inventor to debut VoIP crypto
Phil Zimmerman, inventor of Pretty Good Privacy cryptography, will unveil a prototype of his new privacy software for net phone calls this week. Unlike PGP however, it doesn't use a PKI (public key infrastructure).
University bans iPod adverts
In case you had any doubts, ladies and gentleman, your children are truly up for sale, and you're paying tens of thousands of dollars to put them on the market. That's what we learned this week from the University of Washington, which has struck a broad music rental deal with Napster and Dell.