European SMBs to spend $7.6bn on servers, networking
In our ongoing effort to try to case out the small and medium business arena as it relates to IT, we bring you a report from Access Markets International Partners about the expected spending on server and networking gear in Western Europe in 2008.
Royal Society of Chemistry requests 'Italian Job' ending
Science just has a way of trampling over the unexplained, whether this is welcomed or not. That even goes for the classic cliffhanger ending of the 1969 Michael Caine flick The Italian Job.
Centrino 2 launch provides no big lift for Intel Q3 market share
Intel and AMD continued their tit-for-tat exchange of market share during Q3, with the chip giant making a small gain at the expense of its arch-rival.
David Tennant quits Who
David Tennant will step down as Doctor Who when he's completed filming on the four special episodes slated to hit the small screen in 2009-2010, the BBC has confirmed.
Samsung's slimline Windows smartphone spied in Italy
Italy looks set to get first shout of Samsung's 12mm-thick Nokia E71-alike smartphone, the C6620, courtesy of local carrier TIM.
Touchscreen robo-pharmacist calls for more CCTV snooping
A Streatham pharmacist has called for help from the surveillance state, after robberies compelled him to shutter his showcase touchscreen window and automated prescription-filling robot display.
Samsung shows off state-of-the-art 40in OLED TV
Samsung has demo'd a 40in OLED full HD TV, but the company admitted that the screen is at the very limit of what it can manufacture today.
Brocade cuts Foundry price
Now we know why the Foundry shareholder vote on the Brocade bid takeover was stopped three days ago - Brocade wanted to cut its bid price. Foundry shareholder resistance, as we thought, wasn't the stumbling block at all.
Sarkozy fails to stop sale in voodoo hoohah
Semi-barmy kneehigh French premier Nicolas Sarkozy has failed in his attempt to whip from French shelves a voodoo doll bearing his handsome likeness.
Ford to drive green motoring with 'leaves and vines' dashboard
'Leccy TechFord appears to have come to the conclusion that the way to save the planet is to patronise its customers into compliance. That at least is the only conclusion we can draw from its new SmartGauge dashboard.
Messenger images 80% of Mercury
NASA's Messenger spacecraft has now imaged 80 per cent of the surface of Mercury following its second fly-past of the planet on 6 October, meaning that around 95 per cent has been revealed by various missions, the agency reports.
Mobile blocking tech for trains
Train operator C2C, master of the Shoeburyness line and spawn of National Express coaches, is to fit mobe-blocking film to train windows in an attempt to force passengers into respecting quiet zones.
BT pays compensation to MoD for faking performance figures
BT has paid over a million pounds to the Ministry of Defence for faking performance figures in one of its call centres.
Orange ditches Phorm
UpdatedOrange, the UK's sixth largest broadband provider, is not going to use Phorm's data-snooping technology.
Iomega, LaCie revamp telly-friendly external hard drives
Iomega and LaCie have both rolled out revamped external hard drives designed to feed your TV with music, movies and photos.
Group Test: Universal Remote Controls
Round-upThe idea of a single ‘universal’ remote control that will control your TV, cable or satellite box, music system, DVD player and any other device you happen to have cluttering up your front room has obvious attractions. Instead of scouring the living room to locate three of four different remotes, you can just press one button to turn everything on and start watching TV, play a DVD, or listen to music straight away.
New Scientist goes innumerate in 'save the planet' special
If you’re going to start demanding a new economics, as the New Scientist just has, then it would be useful if you understood what the old economics you’re trying to replace has to say... as the New Scientist clearly doesn’t. Take this seemingly uncontroversial statement: "We live on a planet with finite resources - that's no surprise to anyone - so why do we have an economic system in which all that matters is growth? More growth means using more resources." Umm, no, it doesn’t mean that.
Police collar kid for Wi-Fi pinching
ExclusiveLincolnshire police have arrested a 16-year-old suspected of hacking into next door's Wi-Fi after his neighbour complained the connection was running a bit slow.
AT&T throws iPhone users free Wi-Fi
iPhone-touting Americans are now able to connect to AT&T's network of 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots for free - though since they'll have to manually connect and authenticate each time, they might prefer 3G.
US air force inks 'tactical' space-war deal
American weaponrytech behemoth Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $30m contract by the US Air Force Space Superiority Systems Wing. Under the deal, Lockheed will develop a prototype "tactical" space scanner for use in the covert orbital warfare of tomorrow.
Super Talent pimps solid-gold USB stick bling thing
Yes, Flash is expensive but this Super Talent Pico-C solid gold Flash bling thing is just ridiculous. For $599 you get 8GB of solid gold thumb drive.
Vodafone goes east to make 87m friends
Vodafone has signed a deal with the largest Russian operator, MTS, to offer Vodafone-branded services to MTS's 87 million customers, as well as providing 3G expertise to MTS as the company rolls out the next-generation network.
Academic avoids extradition over Holocaust denial
An Australian academic accused of holocaust denial has escaped extradition from the UK to Germany.
Manuelgate's goth vampire stripper fades from MySpace
Government advice about being careful what you post on the web may have come just a little too late for Andrew Sachs’ granddaughter, Georgina Baillie – aka Voluptua, the goth vampire stripper. The same advice might also have been helpful to the pictures desk over at the Daily Mail, which along with Ms Baillie has been indulging in a flurry of online back-tracking over the last couple of days.
Rocketing iPhone sales drive Apple into phone vendor top ten
Apple joined Samsung and Sony Ericsson as the only major mobile phone makers to increase their market share during Q3, researcher Strategy Analytics said today.
Bono bikini babe party pictures loose on Facebook
Pictures featuring U2 singer Bono partying with bikini-clad babes have been exposed on Facebook.
Apple's 'next move' is an HSDPA MacBook, forecasts analyst
Apple should pull out the stops and release a 3G-enabled laptop for network operators panting to get their mitts on a MacBook with built in mobile broadband connectivity.
Open-source Silverlight slips into second gear
PDCThe open-source edition of Silverlight could soon have feature parity with the latest, official release of Microsoft's browser-based media player.
Intel to present 32nm chip while AMD shows off 22nm part
Intel will release details of its 32nm chip fabrication technology in just over a month's time. But AMD will be on hand to talk up its 22nm process.
London anthrax case man 'seriously ill'
A London-based drum-maker who apparently contracted anthrax from imported animal skins is in a "serious but stable" condition in Hackney's Homerton Hospital, the Hackney Gazette reports.
Beatles game is go
MTV and Apple Corps, the Beatles' licensing company, have put together a deal to bring the music of the Fab Four into a play-along video game.
Motorola still losing money
Developments in the handset business dominated the third-quarter results call from Motorola - ironic considering that the division continues to be such a drain on the rest of the firm, which will be much better off without it.
Deleted cloud in second fall from sky
XCalibre's FlexiScale cloud has disappeared from the heavens. Again.
Feds indict international cyber crook accused of $1.7m ATM spree
An international cyber criminal with a resume that includes breaking into computers maintained by NASA, the Pentagon, the Israeli parliament, and Hamas has been indicted in New York for conspiracy and fraud involving access devices.
Microsoft wants open-source recruits for new model army
PDCMicrosoft is reaching out to open-source and adding a dash of RIA bling to its latest model-driven development crusade.
French police cuff six over Sarkozy bank fraud
French police have arrested six people on suspicion of fraud involving the bank account of French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
A new economics of P2P file sharing
ExclusiveWhat happens when you put three economists from the internet, telecomms, and the music businesses in a room and don't let them out until they've agreed on something useful?
Intel to build Atomized Linux fortress in Taiwan
Intel has recruited the Taiwanese government for its project to put a Linux stack on the Atom processor.
Microsoft's Geneva Server: Hailstorm done right
PDCMicrosoft's notorious Hailstorm project, announced in 2001 but scrapped before it was launched, sought to make Passport the core of the whole world's web identity. In 2008, major web properties like Google and Facebook are still fighting identity wars.
Rackable does cookie sheet servers
Boutique data center server and storage maker Rackable Systems has unveiled an homage to Google's original home grown servers - which were essentially bare motherboards thrown on cookie sheets with rubber mats and stacked in bakery racks.
Life ain't a bowl of funding at CherryPal
ExclusiveCherryPal's $249 cloud PC seems suspiciously close to vapor nowadays. But despite months of delay, CherryPal maintains its odd, 2-watt, ultra-cheap desktop will be ready to ship next week.
150 pink slips for Pillar
The phony recession war is over and the first real storm cloud has hit the storage industry. Pillar Data has laid off 150 employees - that's 30 per cent of its workforce - to help it survive the recession.
Sun doused with red ink in Q1
Server and software maker Sun Microsystems reported its first quarter of fiscal 2009 today, and the red ink was flowing as high-end Sparc server sales dried up at the same time that the company had to book a $1.45bn acquisitions write-off - presumably related to its $4.1bn acquisition of StorageTek a few years back and more recent deals, like the $1bn MySQL acquisition.
PC vendors recall more blazin' Sony batteries
Computer vendors are recalling about 35,000 Sony laptop battery packs in the US based on reports of the batteries overheating and catching fire.