25th > September > 2008 Archive
Ellison flogs Oracle server appliance alliance with HP
OpenWorld 08Men pushing a dream need to know when to let go. Otherwise like Captain Ahab you go to your destruction, or like Bill Gates, obsessed by the Tablet PC, become a comedic sideshow.
Bluetooth watches show their feminine side
Sony Ericsson today showed off its latest Bluetooth watches, three of which are aimed at the lady in your life, though those with more svelte companions might have to look elsewhere for Christmas gifts.
IT, creators unite to slay Googlebeast
There's a new lobby group in town - but unusually, this one unites traditional adversaries from tech, telecoms, and media companies. Backers include the American Songwriters Guild representing creators, Microsoft, Cisco, and AT&T, and media companies including Viacom and NBC. Everyone but Google, it seems.
Royal Navy won't fight pirates 'in case they claim asylum'
CommentFollowing a recent spate of pirate attacks* off the Horn of Africa, reportedly Her Majesty's Royal Navy has been powerless to act following official concern over possible violations of the buccaneers' human rights - and worries that they might seek asylum in the UK after being captured.
Gay sheep romp turns Tyneside blue
A North Tyneside farmer is evidently unaware of the extensive research which has been dedicated to probing the delicate matter of ovine homosexuality, and has dismissed clear evidence of his flock indulging in boy-on-boy as a simple bit of rough and tumble
Godfather dons 'best ever film' mantle
Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather has emerged as the best film ever in a poll of the top 500 films compiled by Empire magazine.
Cisco's dirty dozen fight IOS flaws
Cisco has posted a bumper crop of 12 security advisories covering flaws in its IOS software and related networking kit.
Dell confirms 12in netbook? MID? Tablet?
Dell has confirmed it is indeed working on a 12in netbook-style laptop, as UK grocer Tesco recently let slip on its website.
EPO staff strike over patent quality
The European Patent Office (EPO) was hit last week by a strike by staff who were demanding not better pay and conditions but the freedom to help create better quality patents.
EC to drag fibre from incumbents' greedy paws
European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes is proposing a radical shake up of telco competition in Europe which she hopes will stimulate aggressive deployment of fibre to the home across Europe - what the Commission calls Next Generation Access (NGA).
US financial meltdown hits canine thesps hard
The far-reaching effects of the US financial crisis are starkly demonstrated by the impending ejection onto New York's mean streets of a Chihuahua named Chico - canine star of the theatrical adaptation of Legally Blonde.
Chrysler intros electric trio
'Leccy TechOther motor makers announce one electric car. Not Chrysler - this week it announced three of them at once.
Obama weighs into Shuttle-v-Soyuz ISS brouhaha
US Presidential contender Barack Obama has outlined his views on the near-term direction to be taken by the US space programme, according to reports.
The ultimate mobile phone?
Mobile phones let us surf the web, send emails and, of course, make calls. But a spoof video shows how your talker could wash the dishes and inflate bicycle tires - even jump start your heart.
Toshiba touts quarter-terabyte 1.8in HDD for netbooks
Toshiba has introduced a 1.8in hard drive that packs in a whopping - for the form-factor - raw storage capacity of 250GB.
Sony Ericsson eyes up Android
Sony Ericsson has revealed that it's got its eyes on Google's Android platform, which now only powers T-Mobile’s G1 handset.
Transmeta calls it a day and looks for a buyer
Coulda shoulda chip vendor Transmeta has thrown in the towel and put itself on the auction block.
Developers to get Windows 7 pre beta next month
Microsoft will be showboating Windows Vista, mark two 7 at its forthcoming Professional Developer Conference (PDC) event next month, where developers will be able to get their mitts on a pre-beta build of the operating system.
Casio massively maximises LCD resolution to 546ppi
A large HD telly is the norm these days, but Casio has created a tiny screen that, it claims, crams in the highest ever number of pixels per inch.
RIAA filesharing target Jammie Thomas wins retrial
The judge in Jammie Thomas' challenge to her landmark $220,000 fine for sharing music over KaZaa has declared a mistrial, forcing yet another court case.
David Blaine tw*tdangle ends in controversy
David Blaine's much-hyped "twatdangle"* over New York's Wollmann ice rink has ended in controversy amid accusations that the whole thing was sham, the BBC reports.
UK.gov 'to drop' überdatabase from snoop Bill
ExclusiveThe government will drop plans for a massive central database to track private communications from the forthcoming Communications Data Bill, but officials will proceed with the multi-billion project in the background instead.
SCCs, MIDs to achieve laptop-matching sales by 2013
Computer buyers will together acquire some 10m Small, Cheap Computers and handheld net browsers this year, but five years from now the total will have rocketed to 200m.
Airline industry refuses to be ID card guinea pig
News emerged today that government plans for a compulsory UK national ID card pilot scheme in the airline industry are deadlocked by industrial and union opposition, casting a blight over the unveiling of the cards' design.
Toshiba tools up for movie download future
Erstwhile HD DVD heavyweight Toshiba has forecast the end of consumer optical media, and is to develop a series of set-top boxes and portable players all fed with digital content sold on SD card instead.
'You can't use Google' - EU Parliament
A number of bullets were dodged as the European Parliament voted on the Harbour proposals for the European broadcast, telecoms and internet industries this week. A couple, sadly, struck home all the same.
LG Xenon phone leaked
A picture’s emerged online of an upcoming LG phone that's known only as Xenon.
Cisco.com suffers lower case t breakdown
The lower case letter 't' was briefly removed from the home page of Cisco's website on Thursday morning.
Samsung U800 3G mobile phone
ReviewIt may have some elements of Samsung's Soul chic in its design, but the U800 is an altogether more straightforward affair than that touch-controlled sliderphone.
T-Mobile joins 3 UK in prepaid mobile broadband race
T-Mobile UK has announced a range of prepaid mobile broadband options that come with a USB dongle for a laptop, taking on the wildly successful similar offering from 3. This move also shows how the mobile data sector is changing quickly to support new revenue streams and new breeds of users for the hard pressed cellcos.
A mini mouse that loves wrist action
Motion-sensing firm Movea has launched a mouse that controls your PC with a flick of your wrist and doesn't need a desktop to work.
US Army unit deployed to home front
A US army brigade combat unit will be deployed at home for the first time, the Army Times reports.
China's Shenzhou VII is go
China's Shenzhou VII spacecraft blasted off today at 13:10 GMT from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu Province atop a Long-March II-F rocket. The mission marks the communist state's third manned space jaunt, and the first to include a spacewalk - if all goes according to plan.
Atlantis launch knocked back four days
The provisional launch date of space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope has been postponed from 10 to 14 October due to the knock-on effects of Hurricane Ike.
Another London BT exchange hit by thieves
Thieves bagged new networking gear worth tens of thousands of pounds in the early hours of this morning in a raid on BT's Stepney Green exchange - just two weeks after its Mayfair facility was burgled.
Debian all business with Lenny and Squeeze
Steve McIntyre knew he faced a huge task when he took on the job of Debian project leader nearly six months ago. But he didn't reckon on the scandal of a major security bug, followed by a massive clear-up operation within a few days of taking over.
Enterasys CEO dies suddenly
The chairman of networking equipment vendor Enterasys has stepped in as caretaker boss following the unexpected death of its chief exec, Michael Fabiaschi, on Monday.
ICO orders LibDems to stop bothering voters
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned the Liberal Democrats to stop using automated phone calls or face possible prosecution.
Red Hat: Go support yourselves, Fedora users
One of the most frustrating aspects of open source but commercially supported software is that it takes many orders of magnitude of freebie customers to attain a base of core customers who will pay for a glorified product with commercial-grade installation and ongoing tech support. There is always a temptation to try to monetize the vast installed base of users who are making use of the so-called development or community editions of programs. But Red Hat isn't going for it.
Take a Windows HPC test drive
With Windows HPC Server 2008, the parallel supercomputing variant of Microsoft's Windows operating system, being released this week, there are probably a lot more people who want to see how it works than are willing to shell out a lot of cash to give it a whirl. And that is one reason why IBM has set up a test drive of Windows HPC Server on a number of compute utilities.
Star Wars watch-maker calls time on R2-D2
The Star Wars R2-D2 gadget craze shows no signs of slowing, because the latest... ahem... technical wonder inspired by the somewhat camp robot is a watch-cum-robotic toy.
VMware renders multitasking OSes redundant
Lionel Cavalliere, VMware's senior product manager in EMEA, says that ESX exerts a shrinking effect on operating systems. The thinking goes like this: An operating system arbitrates access to physical resources between multiple applications and has lots and lots of driver code in its disk image.
World's electrical grids open to attack
A serious vulnerability has been found in yet another computerized control system that runs some of the world's most critical infrastructure, this time in a product sold by a vendor known as the ABB Group.
UN urged to prep for non-fiction Deep Impact
Asteroid impacts on Earth are an unfortunate inevitability. And while devastating impacts are extremely rare in terms of a human lifespan, the destruction they can potentially cause is far greater than more familiar natural disasters.
Microsoft threatened on antitrust non-compliance
As surely as night follows day, so Microsoft is regularly upbraided for not complying with the US government's landmark 2002 settlement for breach of antitrust laws.
American ISP giants: If we Phorm, we'll get consent
After months of controversy over ISP-level ad targeting systems from the likes of Phorm and NebuAd, three of America's four largest ISPs have told Congress that such behavior tracking shouldn't exist unless web surfers give their explicit approval.