By the Power of Power, IBM goes Power System
IBM's long-standing lurch toward unifying the System i and System p server lines reached another, um, milestone this week. The vendor dished out the Power System servers which share the same innards and component nomenclature. In addition, IBM chucked out i5/OS, revealing "i." We'll pause for the appropriate awe to set in.
Symantec drops Microsoft lawsuit
Microsoft and Symantec have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed two years ago over the use of Veritas code in Microsoft products, including Windows Vista.
Intel confirms Centrino 2 brand
IDFIt's official: Intel's 'Montevina' incarnation of Centrino will indeed be branded Centrino 2, as expected.
Intel demos 'Nehalem' chips clocked to 3.2GHz
IDFIntel's next-generation processor, 'Nehalem', will be made available running at 3.2GHz - if demos of the chip at Intel Developer Forum this week are anything to go by.
XtremeData swaps precious modily fluids between FPGAs and Xeons
IDFFPGAs sitting in Xeon sockets. Boring, right? Well, not if you meet the XtremeData crew who tell us they party to the Xtreme every chance they get. As we understand it, that means drinking a six-pack while watching Monte Carlo simulations.
Intel still telling Yorker corker
IDFWhen pushed to tell us where its missing 'Yorkfield' wonder chips are, Intel's spin staff told us to "check our favorite e-tailer." W did, probing a number of stores, and found nothing but more delay notices.
Intel enrols second-gen Classmate PC
IDFIntel today introduced a new version of its Classmate PC education-oriented sub-laptop. Dubbed the second-generation CPC, the new model tweaks the specs of the original and features a bigger display.
Vodafone chief tells mobile users he knows where they live
CTIA WirelessVodafone CEO Arun Sarin believes that wireless users will happily opt-in to mobile advertising. And he plans to reward them by reducing their monthly bill.
DDoS packets soak up to 3 per cent of net traffic
To appreciate the strain online miscreants are putting on internet infrastructure, consider this: As much as three per cent of the net's traffic is malicious garbage designed to inflict damage one party or another, Arbor Networks estimates.
Yahoo! brings speech rec to mobile search
CTIA WirelessYahoo! has released a nifty BlackBerry app that lets you search the web with voice commands.
Rock rolls out 12in, 1kg sub-notebook
UK notebook specialist Rock has begun punting an alternative to Apple's MacBook Air and Toshiba's Portégé R500: a 12in Windows Vista-running laptop that weighs just a kilo.
Welsh couple cop Mosquito flak
A Welsh couple who installed a Mosquito device outside their house have found themselves at the centre of the ethical debate on the youth-repelling gadget.
'Diamondville' to shine as Intel's next Atom
IDFHaving launched the first batch of 45nm Atom-brand processors yesterday, Intel today began touting the next set, these ones aimed at sub-laptops and small form-factor desktops rather than Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs).
BBC tells ISPs to get stuffed
Relationships between the BBC and internet industry have plunged to an all-time low, after the BBC's internet chief Ashley Highfield used a blog post yesterday to tell ISPs to get stuffed - and even threatened to name and shame them.
Aussie laser-pointer dazzle attacks on airliners: Bad
Australian politicians are demanding restrictions on the ownership of laser pointers in the land down under. The banning calls follow a series of widely-reported incidents in which individuals on the ground have attempted to dazzle pilots of commercial aircraft making approaches to landing.
Dead wife contacts Lancs man via SMS
A Lancashire man whose house has a chilling reputation for poltergeist activity claims he is being haunted by text messages from his dead wife, the Blackpool Gazette reports.
Intel forces server chums to fend for themselves
IDFServer aficionados were left wanting at this year's China-flavored Intel Developer Forum. The company kept banging on and on and on about something called a MID, which is neither a PDA nor an ultra mobile PC. The important difference between a MID and something else, according to Intel, is new usage models.
BlackBerry delivers bumper spring harvest
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has pulled some exceedingly rare positive news out of the hat in the middle of a grim month for the mobile sector.
Upgrade outage hits Protx merchants (again)
A botched upgrade at UK payment processing firm Protx left thousands of online merchants unable to take payments earlier this week.
DHS reckons US cops' access to sat-surveillance is go
US Homeland Security overlord Michael Chertoff has told reporters that he believes plans for increased use of satellite surveillance by American law-enforcement agencies are ready to move forward. However, Democratic politicians remain unconvinced that adequate privacy and civil liberties safeguards are in place.
Thailand cracks down on cut-price castrations
Thailand yesterday imposed a countrywide temporary ban on castrations "for cosmetic purposes" which are advertised on the internet and promise to relieve ladyboys of their testicles for as little as 4,000 baht (£65).
Microsoft denies Lite-On Blu-ray rumour
Microsoft has officially denied that it’s working with a Taiwanese manufacturer to develop a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360.
BT: 'We did not let anyone down over Phorm... it was not illegal'
UpdatedBT Retail wheeled out Emma Sanderson, its "director of value added services", on BBC Breakfast today to account for its secret profiling and targeting of credit card advertising to 18,000 of its customers using Phorm technology in 2006.
Rogue trader sues SocGen for unfair dismissal
Rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel, accused of losing Société Générale €4.9bn (£3.8bn), is to sue his former employer for unfair dismissal, the Times reports.
Micron burned by cooling chip market in Q2
Micron Technology Inc yesterday posted a second quarter decline in revenue brought on by the current price erosion in memory chips and a painful "goodwill" write-off.
Boeing's Honda-FCX-style fuel cell glider 'success'
US aerospace colossus Boeing has at last successfully trialled a manned fuel-cell hybrid electric plane produced by its Spanish research facility, according to reports.
Sony's dinky camcorder sets the bar
Sony has unveiled a sexy titanium-clad camcorder, which the electronics giant claims is the world’s smallest, slimmest and lightest 1920 x 1080 resolution camcorder available.
James Bond menaced by red hot Chilean
The mayor of a small Chilean town has expressed his displeasure at the hoisting of the Bolivian flag over his home by mounting a motorised disruption of filming of next Bond outing Quantum of Solace.
Carphone Warehouse mulls Tiscali bid, report claims
Carphone Warehouse is mulling a bid for Tiscali's UK broadband user base, according to a report. The Italian group is running for the exit from the low-margin consumer ISP market.
UK.gov delay means hacking laws are so last century
The government has suspended legislation to update the outdated Computer Misuse Act in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, leaving Scotland the only part of the UK with laws to tackle 21st century hackers.
Coming soon: classifications for movie downloads
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will launch cinema-style age ratings for film downloads within a couple of months.
Third time lucky? Google seeks open access in white spaces
The results of the US 700MHz auction were far from fulfilling Google’s dreams of an open wireless network that would significantly boost unfettered internet usage across the airwaves, and so its own revenues.
AT&T demos Microsoft Surface 'table'
AT&T has demonstrated Microsoft’s Surface, prior to the US network operator’s rollout of the futuristic table into several stores later this month.
Wicker Man sequel goes up in smoke
In a major blow for the UK film industry and fans of 1973 cult movie The Wicker Man, a planned sequel to the virgin-roasting horror classic has been cancelled due to "financing problems".
Dave Cameron pledges to Open Source UK.gov
The UK’s two major political parties have demonstrated the benefits of bringing the open source ethos into government, by getting into a punch-up over who thought of the idea in the first place.
Blu-ray awareness rising
If you still haven’t made the switch from VHS to DVD, then chances are you’re not up to speed on Blu-ray either. But research has found that over half of UK film fans are at least aware of the HD format.
Nokia 8800 Arte and Sapphire Arte handsets
ReviewIf you want to put your money where your mouth is, the Nokia 8800 Arte is a luxury sliderphone with a eyebrow-raising price tag that says more about you than your average Nokia ever could.
Let there be light, and music
Some people claim music lightens a gloomy mood, but the iHome iPod docking station lamp is guaranteed to shed some light on the subject – literally.
China promises censor-free Olympic media
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that international media will have "access to uncensored internet" during the 8-24 August sportsfest in Beijing and that TV transmission of the games will not be subject to a delay.
Jules Verne mates with ISS
The European Space Agency’s "Jules Verne" Automated Transfer Vehicle this afternoon successfully docked with the International Space Station at 16:45 CEST (14:45 GMT) following a cautious approach monitored by both ground-based teams and the ISS's crew.
Trend, Sophos and McAfee flunk Vista SP1 anti-virus tests
Top tier anti-virus vendors including McAfee, Trend Micro, and Sophos all failed to secure Windows Vista SP1 in recent independent tests.
Android alternative delivers partial Linux package
CTIA '08The LiMo Foundation has announced the first version of its Linux based mobile alternative to Google's Android is "complete". Except that it isn't.
EDS buys Brit security shop
EDS has bought Vistorm, a private UK business that flogs IT security and information assurance services to large companies. Terms are undisclosed.
Naomi Campbell cuffed in Heathrow Terminal 5
WSA - UpdatedBattling Streatham clotheshorse Naomi "Fuck off and respect my privacy" Campbell is being held at Heathrow airport having been arrested "on suspicion of assaulting a police officer", the BBC reports.
MySpace trumpets music service
News Corp's social networking heavyweight Myspace has taken its inevitable plunge into the commercial music businesses.
iPhone unlock team strikes again
A hotly anticipated development kit for hacking your iPhone and bypassing Apple's official application store has been released.
WiMAX is more of a crawl than a Sprint
CTIA WirelessSprint is running late on its WiMAX network, which will now go commercial in the summer, and not this month, as originally pencilled.
'Bullying' Aussie high school stops fingerprinting kids
An Australian high school has stopped fingerprinting its children, on receiving a caning from the country’s press.
Wikipedia-reading boffins jimmy keyless door to entire universe
A team of German scientists say they have cracked the encryption of a device widely used in keyless entry systems that electronically secure cars, garages and office buildings.
Google's Android 'designed to drive fragmentation'
CTIA WirelessGoogle's Android platform is designed to drive fragmentation of mobile operating systems, creating an industry in which Google's cross-platform applications will thrive.