IBM, HP dominate server market
IBM squeaked by Hewlett-Packard to maintain its top position in worldwide server revenue during the first quarter this year, according to a new report.
Microsoft and Juniper pledge to simplify NAC
Juniper Networks and Microsoft want to ease the burden on the tired souls tasked with deploying network access control in the enterprise, announcing plans to make Juniper's Unified Access Control (UAC) interoperate with Microsoft's Network Access Protection (NAP).
NHS completes London roll out of Pacs
Digital x-ray archiving is live across London's hospitals and will cover the rest of England by next year.
Google's search dominance continues to grow
Google accounted for 55 per cent of all search queries carried out in the US in the month of April, according to Nielsen/NetRatings data released Tuesday.
Dell deploys overclocked, liquid-cooled gaming PC
Dell's latest gaming system has moved out from under cover brandishing an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor overclocked from 2.66GHz to 3.46GHz, a freshly designed liquid cooling system and a Blu-ray Disc drive.
Deutsche Telekom eyes Orange Netherlands
Deutsche Telekom is close to making a €1.6bn ($2.2bn) bid for mobile operator Orange Netherlands - owned by France Telecom.
Grappling with eels - second wriggle
Rottweilers like Harry are rife in IT. They're resistant to change, and you'll often hear them thundering pithy retorts like "Don't give me problems, give me solutions!" It's easy to put this attitude down to their rigid, no-nonsense nature, or even to regard them as ignorant dinosaurs from a bygone era.
Aquarium chips fish
Singapore's Underwater World aquarium has installed what it describes as the world's first RFID fish-tagging system - not to prevent piscine Nemo-style mass breakouts, but rather to help visitors effortlessly identify species.
BT, Sony to turn PSP into a phone
And you thought Sony's PlayStation Portable was just a games machine? Tell that to BT - it wants to transmute the handheld console into an "advanced communcations" tool. Or, as we call them in the trade, a phone.
Microsoft's Somasegar shares his vision for Visual Studio
Whatever you think of Microsoft, it's clear that it produces excellent developer tools, which are extremely popular with its customers. We're talking about Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) here, and its next two incarnations, codenamed Orcas and Rosario (see Gavin Clarke's article here).
Frag Fatal1ty and win big, kit makers pledge
Want to win one and a half grand? Course you do, but to stand a chance of taking the big cash prize offered by graphics card maker PowerColor, mobo manufacturer Universal Abit and cooler company Cooler Master, you'll have to beat professional games player Jonathan Wendel.
Greenland zinc mine warms to retreating ice
Pessimists convinced that global warming will eventually bring about the destruction of humanity should take note that there's one piece of cheering news to come from the inexorable retreat of the polar ice caps: we won't be short of top-quality zinc as we all go to hell in a handcart.
Symbian signing is no protection from spyware
Spyware for Symbian version 9 is now available signed and verified through the Symbian Signed process, according to anti-malware specialist F-Secure.
Torrent overflows Opera
Opera has fixed a flawed involving how its browser handles Torrent files that allowed hackers to attack vulnerable systems.
USB Mini Fridge drink chiller battles booze?
Hot and bothered in the office? Then you need Hong Kong-based gadget seller Brando's latest: the USB Mini Fridge: a single-can cooler that's there for the lager in your life.
Ireland gets wireless broadband
Personal Broadband is to build a mobile broadband network across Ireland based on the iBurst technology, making use of its two radio-spectrum licenses.
German cops will track G8 crusties by their smell
German police are compiling a Stasi-style "scent bank" database of potentially violent crusty protesters against global capitalism, according to reports.
Europe votes to restrict police data sharing
The European Parliament voted on Monday night to reinstate the principles of data protection in legislation that would allow police across Europe to routinely share data about their activities.
Sony Ericsson beams in 'iTrip-equipped' Walkman phone
Sony Ericsson yesterday launched a Walkman-branded music phone with an iTrip-style FM radio transmitter built in to beam songs to nearby car stereos and hi-fi units. The snag: the stylish W525 is only available in Japan.
Abbey online banking takes 24-hour lie down
Abbey, the banking group, has been having problems with its website, which has left customers unable to administer their accounts for more than 24 hours.
Ofcom fills Local Loop Unbundling loophole
Punters who get their phone and internet services from an unbundled provider will now get the same protection from regulators as those on BT lines.
US Army funds Prius-style hybrid battlewagon
The US Army is funding the development of a prototype military hybrid vehicle operating on similar principles to the groundbreaking Toyota Prius.
Belgian bj politico reneges on election pledge
NSFWWe should have known: Tania Derveaux, the Belgian senate hopeful who offered to blow 40,000 voters as as a "response to incredible claims that were made by other parties in Belgium", has reneged on her election pledge.
Sin City director to remake Barbarella
Sin City director Robert Rodriguez is to remake sci-fi cult classic Barbarella, the BBC reports.
Half of Wi-Fi hotspot money is wasted
Wireless EventWireless hotspot usage is climbing, but more than half of the money spent on ad-hoc hotspot access is wasted, according to a survey by Wi-Fi roaming company Trustive.
Brit makes world's highest mobile call
Brit climber Rod Baber has succeeded in making the world's highest mobile phone call - a 40-second chat from the top of Everest, news agencies report.
Antigua calls for pirates to return to Caribbean
House of CardsAntigua and Barbuda - a nation of 70,000 in an area roughly half the size of San Francisco - has formally requested that the WTO allow it to suspend its intellectual property obligations to the United States, AP reports.
Another ISP throttles bandwidth
UpdatedPipex-owned ISP Nildram has joined the ranks of providers who are interfering with traffic to reduce the bandwidth burden from peer-to-peer networks and other "non-interactive" traffic.
NetSuite goes pocket-sized
Though "BlackBerry Man" is a common sight these days, there is still some doubt about the real usefulness of such mobile devices to business users. They are certainly fine for functions such as calendars and keeping an eye on email, but they still have some way to go as a real replacement for laptop PCs.
Home Office moots 'Precrime' agency for future serial killers
AnalysisHome Office proposals on "multi-agency information sharing", leaked to the Times this week, say that council, NHS and care staff should be given a statutory obligation to pass on information about anyone they think might commit violent crimes in the future.
EU approves roaming tariffs
The EU has given the thumbs up to the Euro tariff for mobile phone roaming.
Evesham eyes Vaio with Zieo monster laptop
According to Evesham, the Zieo N500-HD's designer, the new 17in desktop replacement machine is the "ultimate gaming platform" and a "mobile work horse".
Minister goes mad for Web 2.0
CommentDavid Miliband, the environment minister tipped to be the next Labour Party leader by a friendly Westminster press, says "a new spirit" is afoot in the UK, brought about by Web 2.0.
Premium-rate scams prompt licensing proposal
TV and radio programmes that can be editorially altered by premium-rate calls or texts will need to be licensed under proposals from UK premium-rate regulator ICSTIS.
The city of Manchester has been virtually recreated in Second Life presumably complete with grey, rainy skies and baggy-jeaned locals.
Police database delayed indefinitely
The Police National Database has been scaled back because of budget over-runs and technical problems.
Siemens to resell Wi-Fi locator tech
Electronics behemoth Siemens will partner with Finnish firm Ekahau to resell the Nordic developer's crafty Wi-Fi location technology.
Drive-by Wi-Fi 'thief' heavily fined
A Michigan man who parked outside a local Wi-Fi cafe every day to check his email has been fined $400 and sentenced to 40 hours' community service.
House taunts Senate with anti-spyware bill
The US House of Representatives has passed an anti-spyware bill, but the measure must be passed by the Senate before it becomes law. The Senate does not currently have anti-spyware legislation in front of it.
Apple's Jobs urges Gore to run for President
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been trying to push former Vice President Al Gore to take another crack at the presidential race.
Network security vulns keep sysadmins busy
Sysadmins can look forward to clocking some overtime this week after Cisco warned of flaws in how its core operating system handles malformed Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) traffic.
Internet radio stations rebuff pigopolists' 'compromise'
Internet radio stations have rejected a compromise proposal from the US music industry on higher music licence payments. It would allow small stations to keep the old fee structure, but stations claim the deal is designed to stunt net radio's growth.
Why we hate the modern mobile phone
LettersAfter my piece lamenting how Nokia's high end phones had lost their ease of use and reliability, we got a letter from reader Brendon McLean. "It's not just Nokia!", wrote Brendon - "but an industry-wide problem". And he encapsulated his complaints very succinctly. So we invited him to expand a little, which he did here yesterday.
IBM builds alliance to tackle 32nm design
IBM is teaming up with four other chipmakers to develop manufacturing technologies for semiconductors that shrink the average circuit feature to 32 nanometers. The alliance, which is aimed at containing the spiraling cost of building bleeding-edge chips, also involves Chartered Semiconductor, Samsung Electronics, Infineon Technologies and Freescale Semiconductor.
Apple moans over sex toy ad
Apple isn't tickled over an Ann Summers sex toy ad that mimics the company's iconic silhouette ipod campaign.
NetApp profits up, forecast down
Strong sales led Network Appliance fourth-quarter profits higher 51 per cent over the same period last year. Despite such a solid haul in Q4, the company expects a sales slump to lower revenue sequentially in the current quarter.
Cisco and RSA work on recipe for SAN encryption
Capitalizing on the spate of embarrassing data breaches over the past year, Cisco Systems and RSA/EMC are working together to make it easier for organizations to encrypt confidential information by integrating technologies that currently sold separately.