Penguin lays an Opteron low-ender
Penguin Computing has dished out its lowest-end Opteron box to date, billing the system as the no frills answer for high performance computing customers.
iPhone... but what happened to the iPod scroll wheel?
It's crunch time for the iPod. Can a single device be as easy to use for music as an iPod, and also as easy as a Mac for email, and also work as a phone? Steve Jobs has said yes, and to do this, he's dropped the famous scroll wheel.
Sun packs blade with new Opterons
Sun Microsystems has started 2007 by bouncing out a new blade server and a new blade server buying option.
Computer takes a back seat at Apple
MacworldDespite all hype surrounding the iPhone, this year's MacWorld conference was more notable for what it downplayed -- the computer that put Apple in the limelight in the first place.
Warner pitches adhesive to bring HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc together
AnalysisCES 2007 Glue is the solution to the next-generation optical disc format war. Glue, or whatever Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WHE) is planning to use to bond - literally and metaphorically - the HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats to create a unified product, THD - Total HD disc.
Web mobilises to save condemned Iranian teen
A campaign led by former Miss Canada and Miss World runner-up Nazanin Afshin-Jam aimed at saving the life of condemned Iranian teenager Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi (pictured) yesterday released a 30-minute documentary in a last-ditch attempt to avert the young woman's execution.
Government to create 'super websites'
Whitehall is to shut down 551 websites to make access to information easier for citizens and businesses, a Cabinet Office minister has said.
Wiki ordered to remove link to drug documents
A wiki about a controversial prescription drug has been ordered by a US court to remove a link to documents which originated with Eli Lilly, the drug's manufacturer.
Steady as she goes at Computacenter
Computacenter said today it had a decent enough 2006, and expects to report pre-tax profits of £38.2m before exceptional charges, in line with market expectations.
UK plots first Moonshot
UpdatedBritain's first Moon mission is being considered for funding by the government's Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.
MS January patch update omits critical Word fix
Microsoft released four patches on Tuesday - half the number initially expected - that address a number of critical flaws in its Windows OS, Outlook and Office software.
BEA wins Nasdaq reprieve
BEA Systems has cheated the hangman after Nasdaq officials ruled the company's shares could continue to be traded on the market.
BT clocks up a million VoIP customers
BT is claiming that over 1m punters have signed up for their VoIP services BT Broadband Talk and BT Softphone, but with the latter being a free download it’s hard to tell how many paying customers are using the service.
EU data retention laws 'too costly' for telcos
EU laws that mean service providers will need to retain communications data for the purposes of possible criminal investigation will place a huge burden on carriers, market watchers warn.
Why I want the iPhone to succeed
OpinionI'm glad the iPhone's is here - and I have very selfish reasons for wanting it to succeed. That's because even without the cellular telephony, it looks like something I've been wanting to buy. But it's also because after years of writing about smartphones, I've seen the established players become lazy and complacent, go down blind alleys, or standardize on horrible designs and feature sets. So the iPhone should focus minds wonderfully - it should raise the bar for everyone.
Editor's Blog: SEEDing graduates
One really goes to conferences like Microsoft TechEd to meet people you didn’t know you were going to find interesting… One such serendipitous conversation I had at TechEd this Autumn was with Iain Kelwick of the University of Hull, about SEED Software.
Scientists spot pulsar with 4 magnetic poles
The 209th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Seattle has been entertained by the news that the neutron star within the Crab Nebula may have twice the normal complement of magnetic poles, the BBC reports.
Malware: Windows is only part of the problem
We’ve all been hearing a lot about secure applications recently, or more accurately about insecure applications; specifically those that are exploited in identity theft raids or that we can be “tricked” into running on our PCs.
NHS Direct all better
NHS Direct is back online this afternoon after going on the sick with a server error earlier today.
Microsoft dusts off Smart Objects
Microsoft has managed to convince Garmin to embed SPOT technology into some of their GPS devices, while also expanding their transmission network with Clear Channel to broadcast SPOT content over their HD Radio network.
ID cards to stop ex-cons migrating for anonymity
John Reid, the UK Home Secretary, told Parliament Wednesday that ID Cards could stop people with seriously sinful criminal records from sneaking across borders to escape scrutiny after they leave prison.
6TB in a pizza box
Tandberg Data reckons its latest autoloader can get 6.4TB of removable storage into a 1U rackmount space - that's 6.4TB in a 1.75 by 19-inch pizza box.
The iPhone: a Naomi Campbell of a product
Several readers have been in touch to ask if I've revised my opinions of the iPhone, now we've seen prototypes and heard the spiel, but the basic premise remains the same: the iPhone needs to appeal to operators, not customers, to be successful.
Duo deny LA traffic hack charges
A pair of Los Angeles traffic system engineers have been charged with manipulating traffic signals to disrupt transportation across the city in the run-up to a union protest last August.
Bubble bursts on Web 2.0 site membership claims
The latest snapshot of teenagers' web surfing habits should further debunk sky-high valuations of, and membership clams by, popular social networking sites.
Acer 'preloads vulns' onto notebooks
Acer has been called out for pre-loading a vulnerability on its notebooks.
AMD moots SFF PC mobo standard
CES 2007 AMD is following arch-rival Intel into the PC form-factor defining game. Today, the company launched DTX, a would-be standard for quiet, low-power small form-factor systems.
Sling preps TV show-snippet sharing service
CES 2007 Slingbox maker Sling Media is to turn its internet TV box into a content sharing platform, the company said this week. It announced Clip+Sling, a feature that will allow Slingbox owners to share short segments of TV shows with anyone connected to the net. Watching Sling get this one past the broadcasters may well prove compulsive viewing.
Toshiba demos 'first' HD DVD-R notebook drive
CES 2007 Toshiba demonstrated what it claimed the first notebook capable of burning HD DVDs, a Qosmio laptop with an integrated HD DVD-R drive, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. The prototype set-up can record onto 30GB HD DVD media, the company said.
AMD posts Catalyst 7.1 update
AMD has shipped the latest version of its Catalyst driver package for ATI Radeon graphics chips. The new release, version 7.1, covers both Windows XP and Linux - the latter now supporting version 2.6.19 of the open source operating system's kernel.
How AT&T chewed up, and spat out Net Neutrality
AnalysisIt sure would be nice, but it doesn't have much chance of happening because of market power, size, etc. I think it would be real hard to do. I don't think the regulators would let that happen, in my judgment." - Ed Whitacre on the possibility of taking over BellSouth, 2005.
Yelp reviewers paid for their opinions
Yelp - the review site that relies on people just like you and me to help readers find the hippest shops, bars and restaurants - has been paying marketers to write reviews and post comments, BusinessWeek reports.
Dell calls on customers to contribute to carbon-neutral computing
CES 2007 Dell has announced it will plant sufficient trees to absorb all the atmospheric carbon dioxide generated by power plants producing the electricity used to drive its computers for a three-year period.
Carly of La Mancha
ReviewIt's good to see that a couple years away from the executive ranks haven't diminished Carly Fiorina's embrace of the delusional. Her recent memoir Tough Choices confirms that the same quixotic persona behind HP's yo-yo impression lives on safely in semi-retirement.
Bell tolls for SCO, Novell claims
SCO, whose claim to the Linux kernel has touched off a firestorm in the open source realm, is on the verge of bankruptcy, according to court documents filed by legal opponent Novell, several publications reported.