22nd > September > 2008 Archive
Fail and YouFail and You Hey, does anybody remember Google's OpenSocial? Come on, it hasn't even been a year since it was announced. OpenSocial was supposed to unify social network application developers behind one common API. Revolutionary, innovative, all that shit.
A Ukrainian airship visionary based in California has won further US military funding to develop his miraculous "Aeroscraft" sky-leviathan design. However, some question marks remain over the craft's unique - almost miraculous - buoyancy-control technology.
As part of its response to an August order from the FCC, Comcast has unveiled a new "protocol-agnostic" method for managing heavy traffic on its cable-based network.
Intel formally begun shipping its first dual-core Atom chip, the 1.6GHz desktop-oriented 330, yesterday.
Nokia has let slip some of the key features of its next internet tablet, the successor to the N810, reviewed here. Top of the list: integrated HSDPA 3G support.
Palm's next-gen operating system will be finished by the end of the year, the company promised late last week.
French energy giant EDF will have some competition in the new British nuclear sector, according to reports. It appears that certain UK sites belonging to British Energy and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will see new plants built by EDF's rivals.
Carphone Warehouse has made a renewed, lowball offer for Tiscali's UK operations of "less than £450m".
Federal investigators served a search warrant on a suspect in the Sarah Palin webmail hack case in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A picture has popped up online of an upcoming Sony Ericsson handset that looks as though it’ll sit somewhere between the recently announced G705 slider and the latest Walkman, the W890i.
The Identity and Passport Service has announced shortlists for two stages of the National Identity Scheme procurement programme.
SanDisk has launched a new flavour of storage across Europe and the US: Micro SD cards with DRM-free music already loaded.
InterviewInterview Should you use flash solid state drive (SSD) storage as a pretend hard disk drive or as a cache attached to a server’s main bus?
The first ever British spy to purposely appear as such on TV had his false moustache fall off during filming, it has been revealed.
AnalysisAnalysis You wouldn't know it by the revenue and profit figures, but Sun Microsystems is managing a fair amount of churn in its Sparc and X64 server product lines. It is something of an accomplishment for Sun that it has been able to embrace x64 chips in its "Galaxy" boxes, shift its entry and mid-range customers to its "Niagara" class of Sparc T series platforms, and essentially ditch its own UltraSparc-IV+ platforms for Sparc64 machines designed primarily by Japanese partner Fujitsu - while keeping revenues more or less the same. That's not good enough for Wall Street, which wants Sun to grow sales and generate profits rather than flat line quarter after quarter.
Reg Reader WorkshopReg Reader Workshop Back last year, I stumbled into a conversation at a conference just as a twenty-something programmer was uttering the words "Of course, developers nowadays are a lot more creative than they were 20 years ago".
Don’t like the games on your iPhone or iPod Touch? Well, you’ll soon be able to make your own, if you pass the world’s first iPhone videogame course.
ReviewReview We like the iPod Touch. It's not the only portable device with a touchscreen control system, but the way that Apple has employed the technology is clever.
Siemens is expected to unload its stake in Fujitsu Siemens Computers to its Japanese partner, which will then slice and dice the business before flogging the consumer aspects.
The British government needs to tighten up the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive to prevent e-waste being illegally exported to and dumped in the developing world, according to a charity group.
DRM-free music for your mobile phone and MP3 players sounds a good idea but not when an announcement is rushed out by SanDisk eager to to push up Samsung's bid price.
First it appeared as an art project. Now, over a decade later, it's back from the dead as a malware lure.
RoTMRoTM Transport for London last week announced the temporary withdrawal of 500 black cabs following eight spontaneous combustion events in three months - the first incendiary transportation incidents in the capital since Red Ken Livingstone's removal from office apparently contained the fire-breathing vehicle menace.
Bad news broke at the weekend for fans of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the titanic underground magno-doughnut proton punisher located outside Geneva. Technical mishaps will mean at least a two-month delay before the inaugural hadron headbang.
AnalysisAnalysis Let us assume global warming is happening. Let us assume too that it is doing so at a rapid pace. What should we do about it? There are two very basic approaches. Either we can attempt to mitigate the problem by direct or indirect means, or we can go with the flow, and adapt to a warmer world. Let's examine the costs and benefits of these approaches.
Pentax has unveiled an entry-level digital SLR that it hopes will persuade avid snappers to ditch their simplistic compact cameras in favour of more complex photography.
'Leccy tech'Leccy tech BMW's electric Mini has been spotted pootling around Munich, its zero-emission power source revealed by the lack of an exhaust pipe.
Classic film fans lock up your daughters, take up your wooden stakes and prepare to battle the forces of darkness: Hammer Films has announced it's called action on its first horror production for over 30 years.
ExclusiveExclusive City of London Police have decided not to formally investigate BT and Phorm for their allegedly illegal secret ISP-level adware trials, arguing that there was implied consent from customers and it would be a waste of public money.
With just 24 hours or so to go before T-Mobile officially unveils the G1 Android-based handset, pictures of the phone have emerged online to whet consumers’ appetites.
Philips spin-off iRex has gone up a size to produce an A4 version of its e-book reader, this one aimed at the document-reading business type, rather than the classic-consuming bookworm.
Fashion favourite Armani has expanded its range of branded gadgets with the creation of a second Samsung mobile phone.
CommentComment Score one for the good guys – if, that is, you believe that some websites are just so wrong that they are fair game for a takedown. Alternatively, bemoan the demise of a voice that you may not agree with, but which at least gave you the opportunity to understand better what the other side in the “war on terror” are thinking.
McAfee is buying smaller IT security rival Secure Computing for $465m in cash.
CommentComment Once upon a time, it took a Pope or a Stalinist dictator like, um, Stalin to have scientific discourse banned by decree. Nowadays, however, it merely takes a large and influential publishing house, and the agreement of Turkey’s criminal court of peace.
It's just as well Oracle customers are today holed up at the firm's OpenWorld event in San Francisco seeing as, for the second time inside a month, the Oracle website is having a little lie-down.
The new head of the US Air Force, General Norton "Norty"* Schwartz, has said that in future some rookie pilots will go straight from training school to remotely flying robot planes.
Toshiba will next year begin mass-producing 45nm Cell processors, allowing Sony to put them into a (hopefully) slimmer PS3.
Brocade has added an encryption switch and blade to its SAN fabric products. You can now encrypt the data in your Brocade SAN without having to use Brocade's own-brand HBAs.
Microsoft wheeled out the big guns today with its high performance computing (HPC) Server 2008 product finally hitting manufacturers.
Remix 08Remix 08 The UK Remix conference in Brighton last week was a local echo of Mix in Las Vegas, Microsoft’s web development event. Some 500 developers and designers turned up in a tired Brighton Centre to hear Microsoft’s web story, covering products like Silverlight, ASP.NET, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live services, and the Expression design tools.
UpdatedUpdated California-based network provider Intercage has gone completely offline following weeks of scathing criticism that it hosts an inordinate number of sites engaged in phishing, malware propagation, and other illegal activities.
OpenWorld 08OpenWorld 08 Oracle has promised increased research and development to maintain a growing software stack, while announcing updates to its collaboration, tools, and databases.
Some years ago, when power and cooling issues first started coming to the fore in data center conversations, some of us were joking that the smart thing to do would be to move big data centers to the polar caps and use the cool air keep the iron from overheating. Of course, the polar caps are melting now, thanks to global warming, not supercomputers, so there goes that idea. But the next best thing is now coming into vogue: Some outfits are opening up the walls of their data centers when the sun goes down.
As legislation allowing the US Department of Justice to sue suspected copyright violators on behalf of the entertainment industry heads to a vote on the Senate floor, an outspoken advocacy group is calling for the public to voice their concern.
HP is now offering desktop PCs with virtual web browsers.
Electronic Arts has taken its lumps over the past few weeks for its digital rights management (DRM) restrictions on Spore.
OpenWorld 08OpenWorld 08 Oracle has eased licensing terms and introduced virtualization and back-up tools for using its database and infrastructure stack with Amazon's cloud services.