Galactic spring-clean unveils missing quasars
A team of astronomers might have solved one of the mysteries of astrophysics with the discovery of a clutch of quasars, hiding behind clouds of dust. The discovery was made using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and could explain previously mysterious levels of cosmic background radiation.
Anti-pirates seek lifeline
Hopes are growing that a buyer might be found for UK security developer BitArts Ltd after cash flow problems forced the Nottingham-based anti-piracy software firm into administration last month.
EMC crams Clariions full of high-end goodness
EMC this week wrapped a few upgrades for the Clariion line of storage systems around a common theme - making midrange to low-end boxes stronger.
AMD ships dual-core Opteron 165
AMD has begun shipping dual-core Opteron 1xx series processors to the embedded market, the chip maker said yesterday.
Intel 'not quitting' low-end desktop chipset biz
Intel isn't abandoning the low-end desktop chipset market, merely adjusting its product mix, the chip giant claimed this week.
Too many ATMs are exposed to fraudsters, warns Gartner
Fraudsters can get cash from ATMs because some banks fail to scan security codes in the magnetic stripes on cards, according to Gartner. Counterfeit cards are made when consumers, tricked by phishing, disclose account numbers and PINs.
AOL snaps up storage firm
AOL has acquired US-based storage outfit Xdrive to meet the "skyrocketing" demand from net users to save their music, pictures and video online.
Shuttle gets permission to land
NASA has given the Shuttle Discovery the all-clear to land as scheduled on Monday next week, despite lingering safety concerns.
Gizmondo US launch 'put back to October'
Gizmondo has confirmed that the US release of its GPS-enabled handheld games console has been delayed - again.
Six patches for MS August Patch Tuesday
In briefMicrosoft plans to release six patches next Tuesday, 9 August. All of the patches involve Microsoft Windows and at least one is critical, according to minimalist details from an advance bulletin notification from Redmond issued Thursday. ®
Police appeal for witnesses to Vodafone theft
Police are appealing for witnesses in connection with a burglary at Vodafone's offices in Welwyn Garden City earlier this week.
RFID chips are the mark of the beast: official
Black helicopter alertWe have just received breathless confirmation of two facts that we at Vulture Central had suspected for some time: RFID chips are the mark of the beast and Tom Cruise is a Satanist whose pact with the Lord of the Flies has given him fabulous wealth, fame and the power to attract any women on the planet despite being only 4'3" tall.
Annual hacking game teaches security lessons
LAS VEGAS The weekend-long Capture the Flag tournament stressed code auditing as a measure of hacking skill this year, a move that emphasized more real-world skills, but not without controversy.
Nokia 3230 smart phone
ReviewWhereas a few years ago Nokia was big enough to see off the likes of Ericsson and Siemens, it's not quite the giant it once. Part of the reason for that is the fact it's made some odd decidedly odd handset design choices in recent years. It let Sony Ericsson overtake on styling, its early 3G offerings misfired and its more quirky designs rarely convinced, writes Benny Har-Even.
Appley mice infest letters bag
LettersWho knew that there was so much to say about mice? Oh, wait, it was a mouse from Apple. Obviously everyone has an opinion:
Worm risk over Win2K flaw
An unpatched flaw in a core component of Windows 2000 might be exploited to launch computer worms, security researchers warns. The flaw was discovered by security research firm eEye Digital Security. The firm is witholding details pending the release of a software patch. Microsoft is investigating the issue, which is complicated by its decision to wind down support for the operating system.
Carphone to buy Your Communications - report
United Utilities (UU) has played down speculation that it is about to flog its B2B telco - Your Communications - to Carphone Warehouse for £200m.
Hurricane Ivan prompts rogue wave rethink
Hurricane Ivan generated a wave almost 100ft high last September, as the storm passed over the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists reckon it is the tallest wave ever measured in US waters, and that it would have had enough power to literally break a ship in two.
River Po awash with 'cocaine'
Italian scientists have discovered that the river Po contains the remains of the consumption of more than 4kg of cocaine daily - equivalent to an annual snow festival of 1,500kg per year among the Po valley's five million inhabitants.
eBayer auctions ad space on corpse
He's not dead yet, but one day Andrew Beutin will depart this life for a place free of the fiscal woes which beset this corporal plane.
New regs target phone scammers
New regulations are due to be introduced next month that should help protect punters from being ripped off by dodgy phone operators.
High Court rejects itunes.co.uk dispute review
The High Court in London has rejected an application for a Judicial Review into the ownership of the itunes.co.uk domain.
London Tube terror game sparks outrage
UK tabloid the Sun is beside itself with rage today after discovering an online game in which players have to stop bombs detonating on the London Underground system.
NPfIT still failing to engage doctors
Yet another study of the UK Health Service's National Programme for IT has found that frontline staff, GPs, feel they have been left out of the planning and decision making processes. The study warns that the failure to engage with GPs has put the entire project at risk.
EDS wins £39m prisoner profile deal
Government favourite EDS has reportedly won a £39m contract with the National Offender Management Service to develop technology that will be able to track offenders as they pass through the criminal justice system.