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Xen and VT cuts Windows hosting costs
The cost of dedicated Windows server hosting is set to tumble, thanks to XenSource's support for Windows. That's the claim of UK service provider Memset, which has added Windows to its range of virtual servers.
Intel clubs AMD with four-cores
Intel has earned the right to lay it on four-cores thick. The chipmaker today officially released versions of its four-core server and PC chips. The appearance of the 'Clovertown' and 'Kentsfield' processors gives Intel both a marketing and raw performance edge over AMD, which doesn't plan to fire up its own four-core gear in earnest until 2007. So, those looking for the best of the best will turn to Intel for the time being.
Fujitsu Siemens Plans goes PC for the over 50s
Fujitsu Siemens will launch a desktop package for the UK’s baby boomer generation in January. And when we say baby boomer generation, yes we mean the over 50s who are even now slipping into retirement while humming the Beatles’ greatest hits as they wait for their plastic surgery appointment.
Staffordshire ICT workers face pay cuts
One in four ICT school support workers in the Staffordshire area are expecting pay cuts.
Sky Broadband users speak out about support woes
Sky has been having a hard time fulfilling orders and providing technical support for its free ASDL-broadband service.
Apple patches Intel-based Macs' firmware
Apple has posted revised firmware for its Intel-based desktop and notebook Macs: the Mac Pro, Mac Mini, iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro. As usual, the company wasn't explicit in its description of the fixes incorporated in the updates.
Microsoft unleashes improved Firefox
Updated[Update: The msfirefox site went offline earlier this morning. Which may or may not have something to do with Microsoft lawyers. Thanks for all the emails and we're sorry for spoiling breakfast for some Mozilla fans.]
AMD ships Stream chip and coding kit
AMD today attempted to liven up the world of scientific and engineering computing, launching its first Stream-branded GPU - a graphics chip designed to crunch non-graphical data - and a "thin hardware interface" to go with it dubbed 'Close to Metal' - a sort of Bon Jovi of the chip world.
Mars Global Surveyor goes AWOL
NASA engineers have not been able to contact the agency's Mars Global Surveyor space craft for more than a week. Speculation is mounting that the craft, which has been in orbit around the red planet for the better part of a decade, might be entering a terminal decline.
Lite-On unveils 'first' 20x DVD burner
Taiwanese optical drive specialist Lite-On IT has launched what it claims is the world's first DVD writer capable of burning discs at 20x speed - less than three months after Sony began shipping the first 18x DVD burner.
Punters suffer in broadband price war
Consumer research out today revealed what Orange and TalkTalk customers already knew: the launch of "free" broadband was botched.
Vodafone exceeds expectations with multibillion loss
Vodafone has recorded a loss of £3.3bn for the first half of this fiscal year, but still managed to beat analysts' expectations.
Fujitsu Siemens proposes sticky solution to power crisis
Fujitsu Siemens' CTO has called on the IT industry to start offering meaningful power ratings, so that corporates and consumers can buy kit the same way they buy their freezers and washing machines.
Intel EOLs Pentium, Celeron D CPUs
Intel has formally announced the end of the Pentium D 950 and 960 processors, company documents seen by Reg Hardware reveal. The Celeron D 315, 320, 325, 330 and 340 are all for the chop too, it seems.
Prison terms for phishing fraudsters
A new anti-fraud bill has been passed into law for England and Wales. The Fraud Act 2006 received Royal Assent last week and will come into force in early 2007.
SMEs to get tech boost from trio of schemes
Three new initiatives aimed at helping small businesses make use of new technology are to receive €5m in government funding.
Intel readies Core 2 Duo revamp?
Intel's plan to refresh its Core 2 Duo dual-core processor line in Q2 2007 appears to have been nudged back a quarter, if reports coming out of Asia detailing the chip giant's latest roadmaps are to be believed.
Computacenter Factory opens
Computacenter has launched a new "library" service which it hopes will help reduce costs for its client-base.
C# pulling ahead of Java
C# has come a long way since it emerged from Microsoft's mythical "Project Cool" back in 2000. It is the primary language of Microsoft .NET, and has pulled ahead of Visual Basic among professional Windows programmers.
Sony admits PS3 compatibility hiccup
Sony has yet to lend its voice to the argument, but independent commentators have claimed the consumer electronics giant sold just shy of 90,000 PlayStation 3 consoles this past weekend. Sony did admit that not all PSOne and PS2 games run on the new machine. Whoops.
Intel preps dual-core Conroe-based Pentiums?
Intel appears to have stepped up a notch its plan to ship Pentium chips based on its current desktop Core 2 Duo processor. Originally scheduled to debut as single-core parts, the post-NetBurst Pentiums will now be dualies, according to the chip giant's latest roadmaps.
DCC expects healthy return
Ireland-based DCC has revised its full-year financial expectations after strong interim results for the six months to the end of September.
OneCare slaps viral warning on Gmail
Faulty signature updates resulted in Microsoft's Live OneCare anti-virus service falsely reporting Gmail's website was infected with a computer virus.
Averatec unveils unsexy handheld GPS
Averatec has extended its Voya satellite navigation line with a mid-range model pitched at US motorists, hikers and cyclists who want something a little less snazzy looking than the likes of TomTom's Go and Sony's Nav-u
Fixing phantom limbs with virtual reality
Amputees suffering from phantom limb pain could be helped by a virtual reality system being developed by scientists at the University of Manchester.
Korean police break phone sex scam
South Korean police raided two local phone sex firms and arrested six people over allegations they hacked into the systems of competitors to harvest phone contact details.
Fujitsu Siemens latest vendor to roll in clover
Fujitsu Siemens clambered about Intel's Clovertown bandwagon today, announcing five servers based on the four-core chip.
Obedient HP pops out quads
HP looks like the most well-behaved Xeon-based server vendor. Unlike rivals Dell and IBM, HP dutifully waited for Intel's "official" four-core Xeon announcement before revealing servers centered on the chip.
Airlines to connect iPods to in-flight movie rigs
Six major airlines are to fit aircraft passenger seats with iPod docks, Apple announced today. US carriers Continental, Delta and United, along with Air France, Emirates and KLM, will begin adding iPod connectors during the middle of next year.
Warwick uni in emergency email upgrade
The University of Warwick is upgrading its email system slightly ahead of schedule after a power outage temporarily downed its Novell GroupWise email system, permanently killing one of the boxes. The outage affected around 3,000 academic staff and critical services accounts.
eSys elopes with Samsung after Seagate spat
eSys has signed a global distribution deal to sell Samsung's entire range of hard drives after getting the elbow by former partner Seagate.
Rackable kicks off storage cluster play
SC06Rackable Systems has moved to make good on its storage dreams and aspirations with a new clustered setup.
First Data opens Glasgow call centre
US payments processor First Data announced it will open a call centre in Glasgow, creating 430 jobs over the next five years.
Sex-allergic women offered lifeline
Women who suffer from an allergy to sex with men can mercifully be treated, according to a revealing report on LiveScience.
BT to charge ISPs for lack of MACs
BT is to start charging ISPs which fail to provide departing customers with MAC codes - which help make moving provider seamless.
Linux Networx develops a LiSP
SC06Linux Networx wants to make supercomputers affordable for the Average Joe – or at least the Average Joe running complex crash/impact analysis.
Smartphones get a firewall
Trend Micro has a new version of its mobile security software out. Imaginatively named Trend Micro Mobile Security 3.0, it adds a firewall and intrusion detection software - the previous version was antivirus and antispam only.
S&M saucepots want the Queen muffled
A diverse group of sexual adventurers and civil libertarians has joined in condemnation of that part of tomorrow's Queen's speech expected to propose banning "extreme porn", because the internet has made it too readily available for some people's tastes.
Meet the world's most prolific spammers
Spamhaus has published a revised list of the world's 10 worst spammers. According to the anti-spam organisation, 200 professional spam gangs are responsible for 80 per of the high volume of junk mail pumped onto the internet every day.
Customers take Microsoft clusters seriously – true
SC06Microsoft has been knocked here and elsewhere for having puny clusters – the kinds of clusters people wouldn't dare show to the computational fluid dynamics experts in their families. As it turns out, the jabs against Microsoft's wee clusters might be unfair, according to none other than Microsoft.