Bill Gates launches stealth bgC3 LLC project
So much for quitting Microsoft to spend more time with his medicines. Billionaire Bill Gates has reportedly started a new venture, bgC3 LLC.
IBM, Intel open blade switch specs
Server maker IBM and sometime-server maker Intel partnered in 2002 to jointly create and endorse blade servers based on Big Blue's chassis: the BladeCenter. In 2004, the companies opened up the specifications to the chassis so they could help foster a community of blade, switch, and peripheral manufacturers. And today, they're opening up the specs for the switches that go into the BladeCenter designs.
Without typo-squatters, how far would Google fall?
How much money is Google making from the world's typo-squatters? God only knows. Or rather: God, Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and a few Oompah Loompahs inside their Mountain View Chocolate Factory.
Grim news at Dixons
Dixons Store Group International (DSGi) updated the markets today on a miserable six months of trading.
TfL considers life without Oyster
Transport for London may replace its Oyster card with with new ticketing systems operated through mobile phones or bankcards.
NASA kids' compo: Name the inflatable moon habitat
US space agency NASA has announced a competition for schoolchildren to name a prototype inflatable habitat module intended for use on the Moon. An early test model is currently being tried out for resistance to cold at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
Speed cams ditched in Wiltshire
Swindon local council has voted in favour of ending funding for maintenance of speed cameras in the town.
Bespoke top level domains 'to cost $200,000'
Internet overseer ICANN plans to reform the top level domain (TLD) naming system so anyone can set up a new registry, but it seems web plebs will have to make do with boring old .com and friends. According to a report, the price for a bespoke TLD will be announced this Friday at about $200,000.
Seagate earnings slump 83%
The economic crisis has slammed into Seagate's quarterly earnings, with the storage company suffering an 83.1 percent drop in net income.
Compellent delivers storming quarter
SAN storage supplier Compellent has announced a storming quarter, with revenues up 84 per cent. It's also made its first profit, and is seeing continued but slowing growth.
Skiving Aussie fingered on Facebook
An Oz call centre employee has become an overnight net celeb down under after an email exchange between him and his firm's workforce manager regarding a "sickie" escaped into the wild yesterday.
Next Nokia E-series smartphone leaked
Images and specifications have been unearthed of yet another addition to Nokia’s E-series smartphone line-up.
Android Marketplace sparks into life
The Android Marketplace for free apps will go live Monday and will find itself facing competition from other pay sites before too long.
Toshiba charges ahead with electric car-friendly battery building plan
'Leccy TechToshiba has announced plans to up its production of lithium-ion battery cells from the current 150,000 a month to three million by 2010, its eye on the new hybrid and plug-in electric cars silently heading our way in the next few years.
Amazon braces for the Grinch at Christmas - or not
Amazon.com had a decent third quarter but has scared investors by giving an almost absurdly broad estimate of fourth quarter revenues and profits.
VbyV password reset is childishly simple
Much was made of how easy it was for a hacker to reset Sarah Palin's webmail account password and gain illicit access to emails, but resetting passwords for Verified by Visa - which supposedly makes online transactions more secure - is arguably even easier.
Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 laptop speaker system
ReviewPortable laptop speakers aren't easy to get excited about. Most tend to look cheap, sound cheap and often aren't all that portable.
All Android apps are not made equal
With Android developers finally let loose with real hardware, some of the limitations of the Android SDK are coming to light - though it seems that applications coming out of the Googleplex aren't limited in quite the same way.
Microsoft springs Office 2007 SP2 release date - kinda
Microsoft has confirmed it will dish up Office 2007 Service Pack 2 in the first half of next year.
Home Office coughs to stolen lappies
The Home Office said 12 of its laptops were stolen in 2007 - by government standards a pretty low figure.
Sony Ericsson to reduce handset range by 20 per cent
Sony Ericsson plans to slash the number of handsets in its mobile phone line-up following its first quarterly loss in more than five years.
Thrust SSC team to build 1000 mph 'Bloodhound' car
CommentA new bid to break the land speed record using British technology was launched today by the Science Minister, Lord Drayson. The idea is that breaking the previous record (held by the same British team mounting this attempt) will inspire schoolchildren to embark on careers in science and engineering.
Designer touts 'super sight' sunglasses
Hindsight, as they say, is a wonderful thing. So a designer’s crafted a pair of sunglasses that he's claimed will extend your field of vision.
Blundering workmen cut major Docklands fibre
Workmen in London's Docklands sliced through a major fibre optic trunk yesterday, forcing businesses and ISPs nationwide to reroute internet traffic.
Microsoft rushes out emergency Windows update
Microsoft is about to issue an emergency security update to plug a vulnerability which could allow an internet worm to be spread via a computer without the user doing anything.
English speakers hit hardest by ID theft
Victims of identity theft are twice as likely to hail from English-speaking countries than from France, Germany or Spain. Some punters worldwide are putting themselves at risk by putting personal details - such as pet names - used as passwords for sensitive online accounts into social networking profiles.
Merchants and punters cry foul over Verified by Visa
The Verified by Visa system is becoming harder to avoid, even for those with real doubts about its effectiveness in combating fraud.
Bechtolsheim 'leaves' Sun for switches start-up
Sun Microsystems cofounder Andreas von Bechtolsheim is reining back his role as chief architect at the firm to concentrate on what has up to now been his pet project – Arista Networks.
AMD intros low cost, high end GPU
AMD has rolled out its ATI Radeon HD 4830 graphics card, pitching the part as a low-cost entry into its top-of-the-line GPU range.
Powerline Ethernet standardisation effort still stuck
An attempt to define a standard for in-home powerline Ethernet networking remains deadlocked after the lead proposal failed to win sufficient support from IEEE members this month.
Civil servants' pro-Labour memo reignites child data controversy
ExclusiveThe Conservatives have called on the government to explain why supposedly impartial civil servants have intervened in a political argument over how sensitive data on children should be stored and shared.
57,000 Wii-oriented guitar accessories recalled
If you’re an up-and-coming Slash or Dave Murray, practising your riffs on the Wii with a Rage Wireless Guitar may not longer be the best option, because it could leave you with a nasty burn.
Sony preps PSP storage fix
Sony only recently launched firmware version 5.00 for the PlayStation Portable, but the electronics giant’s already inked in an update because it discovered a storage problem on the portable player.
Gov approval given for Saudi Eurofighter sale
The US government has given its approval for the sale of sensitive military technology to the Saudis in the form of Eurofighter combat jets developed cooperatively by the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.
MS axes Xbox 360 games in India, Germany
Fears that a game’s contents could cause offense have spread since the LittleBigPlanet delay, with two upcoming titles banned from sale in some regions.
Intel badmouths Jesus Phone
Intel has started calling the iPhone a flawed browsing experience. The chip giant attributes this to Apple's choice of an ARM core to power its moderately successful mobile phone.
Google reports itself for aiding and abetting malware distribution
Google has castigated itself for being an intermediary for malware.
Elvis Andy has not left the building
When we woke up this morning, we were confronted with a flurry of stories about Andy Bechtolsheim leaving Sun to become chairman and chief development officer at a startup called Arista Networks. This seemed like bad news for Sun, but the company would like you to know it isn't entirely true.
Microsoft rushes out emergency Windows security fix
UpdatedMicrosoft has released an emergency security update for a broad swath of its users that patches a critical security hole that is already being exploited in the wild.
Amazon delivers Windows-powered cloud
Amazon has launched a beta version of its Elastic Compute Cloud running Windows, while taking early steps to make EC2 appealing to business users.
'Magnetic Death Star' fragments unearthed in New Jersey
Some good news and bad news about global warming: The bad news is that Earth's rising temperatures could threaten coastlines, endanger wildlife, and - in some extreme cases - melt your ice cream. But it could also turn some of us into crystalline magnet men of immense size and power.
Russian regulators quash Google's Microhoo play
Anti-trust regulators have rejected Google's bid to become czar of all the online Russias.
Goldman Sachs to sack 10 per cent of workforce
Another sign less funding will be flowing through Silicon Valley: Goldman Sachs getting ready for some serious belt-tightening.