HP punts four new ProLiant servers at SMBs
Hewlett-Packard is pushing four new ProLiant servers destined for the wiring closets of mid-sized businesses. According to HP's Proliant marketing director John Gromala, the new systems will revamp the company's SMB gear with more compact systems and lower prices.
EMC finally puts Symmetrix line on thin provisioning diet
Any magician worth his salt knows about distraction. A grand movement with the left hand while the right hand lifts your wallet and keys is Hocus-Pocus 101.
Most home routers 'vulnerable to remote take-over'
Security mavens have uncovered a design flaw in most home routers that allows attackers to remotely control the devices by luring an attached computer to a booby-trapped website.
Brighton professor bans Google
The professor of media studies at the University of Brighton has had enough of students turning in "banal and mediocre work" and decided that Google and Wikipedia must go.
Price war looms in corporate 100Mb market
A corporate Ethernet price war could be on the cards, with a newcomer using Next Generation Network (NGN) technology to offer 100 megabit Ethernet for £800 a month.
Second-hand cars still top customer complaints list
Figures from Complaints Direct put second-hand cars as the most complained about product in 2007, though mobile phone contracts came a close second, and mobile phone handsets managed a notable number four.
Messenger skims past Mercury
NASA's Messenger yesterday successfully completed its first fly-by of Mercury, passing roughly 124 miles (200km) above the surface of the planet.
PS3 component cost halved in 12 months, analyst claims
Sony's PlayStation 3 costs just $400 (£200) to make these days - about half of what the console cost to produce when it was launched in November 2006.
UK faces big jump in renewable targets
Brussels will next week tell Britain to massively increase use of renewable energy in order to hit increased targets by 2020.
Intel readies 15 CPUs for Centrino revamp
How many new and updated 45nm mobile microprocessors is Intel planning to launch alongside 'Montevina', the next generation of its Centrino laptop platform? It's going to launch 15, industry insiders claim. Count 'em...
Plague: The new Black Death
Scientists have warned that plague, scourge of the medieval world, poses a "a growing but overlooked threat" as it spreads slowly into hitherto unaffected territories.
Military industrial complex aims to revamp email
A consortium of British and US military agencies and defense and aerospace firms have agreed a new standard for secure email. Security experts are watching the developments closely, but are unsure how much of the specification will make it into public use or commercial email security products.
AMD rewrites four-core Phenom roll-out timetable
AMD has confirmed that the release of two of its Phenom processors, the 9700 and the 9900, has slipped from this quarter to the next. It claimed the move had been made for marketing reasons not manufacturing issues.
Microsoft develops 'intelligent' shopping trolley
Supermarket trolleys have always been pretty basic - until now. Microsoft is co-developing a new one featuring an integrated display that tells you what to buy, what aisle it’s in and how much you’ve spent.
Terrifying farm mechanoid plan for Japan
In a further outre twist, the budding Japanese robot'n' exoskeleton industry plans to move into a new sector. Researchers in the land of the Rising Sun have exhibited a mighty powered suit which could see increasingly elderly farmers - lifespans prolonged indefinitely perhaps, by advancing medical technology - striding across the fields reaping crops and lifting heavy loads.
Toshiba pitches HD DVD players as... DVD machines
A week after the battle with Blu-ray Disc swung further toward that rival format, Toshiba said it will promote its players on their ability to upscale standard-definition content for HDTVs.
SAP dodges bullet in Q4
SAP shares were up more than four per cent yesterday as the software company released prelimary figures showing a 10 per cent growth in revenues.
Sony talks up MP3 dictation gadgets
Sony is literally talking up its latest MP3 player, because the gadget's also a handy dictation unit.
Samsung's F700V to be all-white on the night?
Samsung has stayed true to its word and created a white-edged version of its F700 smartphone.
Motorola swings axe at TTPCom
Motorola is pruning its Cambridgeshire presence by laying off 155 people at TTPCom, the technology firm snapped up by the American phone manufacturer in March 2006.
Beeb confirms iPlayer streaming dominance
The BBC has revealed that eight times as many people are using its Flash-based streaming iPlayer than the desktop P2P version.
Netgear EVA8000 network media player
ReviewThe EVA8000 was a high-end product when it was announced, bundling HDMI with 1080P HD playback. But the video encoding world moves quickly. It may have been suitable when HD standards were emerging, but a few months later the situation looks decidedly different.
eBay in sensational Back to the Future coupon deal
We're delighted to announce today that the world's favourite tat bazaar is offering members of its eBay Extra programme free cash to spend on purchases in the form of a "coupon", although the offer is evidently open to those in possession of a fully functioning time machine or lucky enough to live near a time-shifting wormhole:
Polaroid pops out ink-less photo printer
Polaroid has unveiled a handheld printer which it hopes will have us all printing out copies of our terrible New Year’s Eve snaps directly from digital cameras and mobile phones.
Scareware scammers target Mac users
Scareware scammers are trying to hoodwink Mac users into buying ineffective security software. MacSweeper is the first rogue cleaning tool for Macs, net security firm F-Secure reports.
SMBs grasp Vista nettle
Windows Vista appears to be gaining ground among organisations, with small businesses (SMBs) proving particularly keen to adopt the software giant's latest operating system, according to a new report.
China Mobile walks away from the iPhone
China Mobile has confirmed that negotiations with Apple, regarding a China launch for the iPhone, have broken down with no sign of resuscitation.
Nokia shutters German handset factory
Nokia is shut down its Bochum plant in Germany by mid 2008. The closure will affect at least 2,300 Nokia employees, the company said today.
US boffins create GM 'supercarrot'
US scientists have created a genetically-modified carrot which delivers a much higher dose of calcium than the bog-standard carrot and may help "ward off conditions such as brittle bone disease and osteoporosis", the BBC reports.
FBI to get UK biometric database hookup?
The list of police and security forces which can gain automated access to UK law-enforcement biometric databases may be set to widen, according to reports.
Computacenter launches software distie division
Computacenter Distribution (CCD) has poached Phil King from rival SCH to run its new software division.
Satellite sea launch successful
The Thuraya-3 mobile voice and data services satellite has been successfully entered geosynchronous transfer orbit after having launched from the Oydessy Pacific Ocean rocket platform.
3 gives up (Super)drugs
3 is pulling concessions out of 107 Superdrug stores in the UK, leaving only 20 in place, citing the increase in their own stores as the reason behind the cuts.
Japanese whalers lash protesters to mast
Two campaigners from anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd are "in custody" aboard Japanese whaling vessel the Yushin Maru 2 after boarding the ship in the Antarctic, the BBC reports. The pair were allegedly assaulted and tied to a radar mast during the action, Sea Shepherd claims.
Parliament ponders the weight of e-petitions
A House of Commons committee meets tomorrow to gather evidence on the wisdom of giving electronic petitions the same status as paper petitions.
ISPs nominate UK record industry as top internet villain
The behind-the-scenes row between broadband providers and the record industry over filesharing has turned public, with internet trade association ISPA nominating the BPI for its "Villain of the Year" gong today.
Android struggles to life
Linux specialists a la Mobile has demonstrated Google's Android platform running on a mobile phone handset, an HTC Qtek 9090, and explained how a development house might make money from Android.
MWg touts Atom handset duo
The Mobile and Wireless Group (MWg) has created two new smrtphones: the Atom Life and the Atom V.
US chief spook pushes electronic dragnet policy
US cyber-security policies may give US intelligence agencies access to any email, file transfer or web search.
Rebranding the RIAA
Competition ResultsLast week, we reported the possibility that the lobby group that represents America's sound recording owners (RIAA) might merge with the global sound recording owners lobby group (IFPI). This raised the awful possibility that the Recording Industry Ass. of America would disappear - making all those "Boycott the RIAA"-type domains useless. Zut alors!
BT Vision inks Disney-ABC deal
BT Vision has signed a content deal with Disney-ABC Intl. Television which will see subscribers able to enjoy over 650 episodes of hits such as Lost and Desperate Housewives.
Storage is still sexy, claims Iomega
Iomega has updated its svelte range of designer 2.5in portable hard drives with a larger capacity model and a better connected interface. Provided you have the eGo to match.
NASA embosses space images for the blind
NASA today released Touch the Invisible Sky, a 60-page book using 28 embossed images from its Great Observatories, coupled with large-print and braille text to bring the "majestic images" to the visually-impaired and blind.
Boffins: Antimatter comes from black holes, neutron stars
Topflight astrophysics boffins believe they may have cracked the tricky problem of how to make antimatter, which would be useful for many purposes: for instance powering relatively practical starships, or - of course - blowing up an entire planet in one go. However, it appears that making antimatter requires the possession of a black hole or a neutron star, so it won't be happening any time soon.
Azlan rejigs senior European team
IT disty Azlan confirmed today that it has restructured its European management team.
Google tidies up iPhone apps for Macworld
As the Macworld show starts in San Francisco Google has speeded up its iPhone applications, as well as improving its customised homepages and providing quick links to users' favourite Google applications.
Apple to charge $20 for iPod Touch update
Macworld ExpoApple has sold more than 4m iPhones since the handset was launched in June 2007, CEO Steve Jobs said today - an average of 20,000 a day, he said. That was a prelude to the announcement of the phone's latest firmware - and one for the iPod Touch that comes at a price
Apple looks to movie rentals to revive Apple TV box
Macworld ExpoApple is to re-launch its Apple TV set-top box as a movie rental system, offering HD content for $4.99 a pop as a direct download. The hardware's getting cheaper too.
It was the MacBook Air sub-notebook
Macworld ExpoFor once the rumour mill was right. "There's something in the air," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. And then he hit us with the MacBook Air. It’s aluminium, has black keys, is super, super thin, and Steve held it easily with his fingertips.
Apple NAS box ties in to Leopard's Time Machine
Macworld ExpoApple today renewed its AirPort Extreme BaseSation Wi-Fi router, adding in a "server grade" hard drive to convert it into a network-attached storage box dubbed the Time Capsule.
Dreamhost billing cock-up shocks customer bank accounts
Customers of the Los Angeles-based web hosting provider Dreamhost awoke to an unwelcome pang in their wallets today. A late-night accounting cock-up caused every customer to be charged a year's worth of truant payments when the wrong date was slipped in its automated billing program.
Red Hat flips CEO, as Microsoft 'goes' astroturfing
Radio RegMacWorld, MacWorld, MacWorld. Let those proprietary clowns play with their toys and false idols. We'll stick with open source decency - thank you very much - and dish out Episode 9 of Open Season.
British software pirate faces up to 10 years in jail
A British man who was selling £12,000 software for £12 on eBay faces up to 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to copyright infringement and will be sentenced in February.
VMware buys application virtualization joint
All the investor capital jingling in VMware's pockets has given the virtualization giant a healthy appetite for acquisitions. VMware said today it's planning to buy Thinstall, an application virtualization software firm based in San Francisco for an undisclosed sum.
Qualcomm and Intel go head-to-head in mobile internet devices
The convergence of PC and cellphone architectures has brought Intel and Qualcomm increasingly into conflict, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, both showed prototypes of their platforms for next generation mobile devices.
Caught on camera: the Downfall of HD DVD
NSFWAct 3. Scene 1. The enemy forces are moving ever closer. Trapped within the bunker, the minds behind a daring attempt to win world domination ponder their final downfall...