Microsoft switches on to LAMP
Microsoft is positioning planned "express" editions of its next developer tools suite and database as "lightweight" alternatives to the open source LAMP stack.
JBoss welcomes BEA immigrants
JBoss has re-packaged its middleware migration services to encourage customers to dump incumbent application servers from rivals like BEA Systems.
Apple scraps 'Return Of The Twitchers' ad campaign
History has repeated itself - and this time the farce has blown a hole in Apple's advertising strategy.
Customers slap Dell for lousy support
Dell customers have struck back following the company's decision to close its Customer Support Forums, by giving Dell's customer support the thumbs down.
HP takes tax hit, but sales up
Hewlett Packard swallowed hard and took a tax adjustment of almost a billion dollars in its Q3 earnings announced today. HP's cash repatriation on foreign earnings will amount to $14 billion. The tax adjustment of $988 million was required by the American Jobs Creation Act.
Four found guilty of £40m VAT fraud
Four people were found guilty at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday of involvement in a “carousel” VAT fraud that is estimated to have cost HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) over £40 million over two years.
Techscape: RFP is not the one for me
Any salesperson who hasn’t felt the adversarial friction with a corporate procurement officer hasn’t lived. Or hasn’t really sold.
Evesham goes a bundle with Bullguard
Evesham is to bundle BullGuard Internet security with all its PCs. The software, from London-based BullGuard, incorporates anti-virus, firewall and online back-up protection. Evesham customers get free initial software and support. ®
UK.gov IT procurement to be discrimination-free
The British government has brought its IT procurement procedures into line with European directives that demand technology projects must not specify specific brands of microprocessor.
ATI R520 to debut 'early September'
ATI will launch its first R520-based graphics chip early next month if a report on Anandtech is to be believed.
Sprint + Nextel = golden age of broadband?
The Sprint Nextel Merger went through last week with a key decision by the FCC that is likely to create a major "third" broadband route into the home and perhaps finally achieve the FCC's desire to see genuine competition in the provision of US broadband lines.
Avid trumpets facial animation breakthrough
Avid subsidiary SoftImage believes it has a breakthrough in automating the animation of human facial characteristics for video-quality programming.
Toshiba unveils 1GHz 65nm media processor
Toshiba today announced what it claims is the world's first 1GHz configurable microprocessor - and probably the first of its kind to be fabbed at 65nm.
Harvard goes hunting for life's origins
Harvard University has set aside an annual million dollar budget for research into the origins of life. The project will bring together physicists, chemists and biologists to take a multi-disciplinary approach to unraveling exactly how life arose on Earth.
US iBook sale ends in pandemonium
A sale of second-hand iBook laptops in Richmond, Virginia, yesterday ended in complete pandemonium as thousands of bargain-hungry punters stormed Richmond International Raceway in a desperate scramble to get their hands on the $50 machines.
Symantec snaps up compliance specialist Sygate
Symantec has announced a deal to acquire compliance specialist Sygate Technologies. Financial terms of the deal, announced Tuesday (16 August), were not disclosed but Symantec said it expects the deal to close shortly following customary regulatory approvals.
Toshiba is latest to claim perpendicular HDD first
Toshiba has begun shipping what it claims is the world's first perpendicular hard disk drive.
Man builds Viking longboat from 15 million lolly sticks
In a truly laudable piece of silliness, a former stuntman from Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday launched a 15m replica Viking longship constructed entirely from 15 million ice cream sticks.
Greenpeace calls for technology detox
Greenpeace has called on the technology industry to clean up its act after it found toxic chemicals and heavy metals are routinely released into the environment during the recycling of electronic waste in India and China.
Cosmonaut clocks up record 748 days in space
A Russian man has broken the record for the longest (cumulative) stay in space, having been in orbit for a massive 748 days, this Tuesday. Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev is currently onboard the International Space Station, but has also spent time aboard Mir during his career.
Blu-ray secures Universal Music backing
Universal Music Group is backing Blu-ray Disc, the company said this week.
Plug and Play pandemonium
Media outlets have been hard hit by computer worms based on a recently discovered Microsoft Plug and Play vulnerability (MS05-039). Computer systems at CNN, ABC, The Financial Times, and the New York Times have all been disrupted. General Electric, United Parcel Service and Caterpillar were also affected by the attack.
Nintendo's Game Boy Micro to arrive early November
Nintendo's Game Boy Micro will ship in Europe on 4 November, the video-game pioneer has revealed.
Cockney suits abuse f**king email
It's taken 'em a while, but email security firm Clearswift has discovered that Londoners are the worst in the UK when it comes to effing and blinding in emails, using email to slag people off and binning emails they want to keep the lid on.
Adobe warns over PDF peril
In briefAdobe has issued updates to guard against a buffer overflow vulnerability in various versions of its popular Acrobat and Reader software packages. The security bug, which stems from an unspecified boundary error in the core application plug-in, might be used to inject hostile code into vulnerable systems by tricking potential victims into opening a maliciously constructed PDF file.
Relationships like atomic nuclei, says physicist
A physicist has built a computer model of the dating world, which he says shows people behave like decaying atomic nuclei, when it comes to finding love.