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Medic-oriented 'Swiss Army knife' phone uncovered
A handset described as the Swiss Army knife of mobiles will go on sale next year, able to handle everything from telephone calls to medical emergencies.
Inside Microsoft's 'New Xbox Experience'
Microsoft released the anticipated face-lift for its Xbox 360 game console and online service today, dubbed the New Xbox Experience (or NXE).
Employees sue for unpaid Windows Vista overtime
Windows Vista is in more legal hot water and this time the ones getting wet are the companies who've rolled out the operating system, not Microsoft.
Congratulations, Barack — Now fix your websites
President elect Barack Obama’s embrace of online video and social networking may have propelled him to victory, but unless he’s careful, his administration could be brought down by the same sloppy security problems that have plagued MySpace, Facebook, and dozens of other Web 2.0 properties.
NASA readies remodeled ISS ENose
NASA astronauts aboard Endeavour's STS-126 mission will soon be testing the space agency's latest generation of "electronic nose," designed to monitor the International Space Station's crew cabin for harmful chemicals.
Firefox millions - only 12 per cent Google free
In 2007, the Mozilla Foundation received 88 per cent of its revenue from a certain Mountain View sugar daddy. And thanks to its longstanding Google dependence, the organization is facing an IRS audit and questions over its tax exempt status.
The madness of 'king cores
OpinionIntel is pumping up its virility through proxies like Michael Dell reminding us of an 80-core chip future. It's impressive, but Intel is a company obsessed to distraction with Moore's Law. It's like watching a crack addict do anything to get the next hit, a doubling of processor performance every 18 months, whatever it takes, in Intel's case.
BlackBerry Javelin to spear RIM's Bold and Curve?
BlackBerry Bold and Curve owners had better watch out, because Research in Motion has thrown a sharp new rival into the mix.
Asus Eee PC S101 luxury netbook
ReviewAsus pretty much started the whole Small, Cheap Computer ball rolling with its first Eee PC just over a year ago. But now there are hundreds of the darn things, from every manufacturer imaginable, so how does Asus ensure it stays at the forefront of the market?
Nuke boffins plan Penguin petaflop cluster
America's Lawrence Livermore nuclear bomb lab has teamed up with open-source computing heavyweights to build the next generation of Linux superclusters, ultimately scaling into the petaflop range. The project has been dubbed "Hyperion".
Ballmer: We're so over Yahoo!
Steve Ballmer has said again that Microsoft has got over its infatuation with Yahoo! and has moved on.
Scientists ponder mysterious source of cosmic rays
Scientists are pondering the possible source of an "unexpected surplus of cosmic ray electrons at very high energy", and suggest they're either pouring out of an exotic object relatively close to Earth or represent the fall-out from the annihilation of theoretical particles comprising dark matter.
Trademark owner loses domain name claim against unauthorised reseller
Dealers and resellers can use a manufacturer's trademark as a domain name even when their sales are not authorised by the manufacturer, an arbitration panel has ruled.
Google torches own brand Sadville
Could it be there isn't a pot of gold at the end of the Sadville rainbow? Google doesn't think there is, and will shutter its "virtual world" Lively after less than six months.
MacBook buyers bite Apple over copy protection cock-up
AnalysisApple's decision to adopt the DisplayPort digital monitor connector is pissing off punters, all thanks to the technology's incorporation of a copyright protection mechanism.
Beeb reprieves Xmas Top of the Pops
The BBC has quite righty done a U-turn on its shock decision to can the Top of the Pops Xmas special, and viewers will now be able to enjoy Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates presenting the traditional count-down to the Yule number one.
Lords debate Climate Bill, carbon racket
The government's climate minister in the House of Lords dropped a clanger on Monday evening, when he claimed that the polar ice caps were melting at a record rate.
GTA IV extra game download details emerge
Juicy snippets regarding the upcoming downloadable content (DLC) for Grand Theft Auto: IV have emerged online, including the add-on’s basic storyline, a profile of the central character and the title’s potential release date.
Cybercrooks making easy money from virtual worlds
Online gamers have become a soft target for cybercrime, with three in 10 users reporting the loss of items of virtual property through fraud.
Packard Bell readies latest EasyNote
Packard Bell has launched another EasyNote notebook, which this time around is targeted at users with a weakness for phrases like “limited edition,” “slim” and “stylish”.
Carbon Cult: Ban flushing toilets
Australians could face 'pay as you dump' charges as part of a Toilet Tax. It's all in the name of "sustainability" - and part of a growing eco-movement to replace flushing conveniences with smelly and unhealthy inconvenience.
The Pope predicted economic Armageddon back in 1985
Pope Benedict predicted the current economic apocolypse back in 1985, an Italian politician has declared, suggesting that the Vatican may be the one global institution likely to make a killing out of Mammon's downfall.
Capita takeover faces monopoly investigation
Capita's £78m takeover of IBS Opensystems Software has been referred to the Competition Commission.
Formula One kinetic energy recovery rigs debut
Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) are becoming like London buses – nothing for weeks then two come along together.
MPs declare their ignorance on the web
CommentThe times, they may be changing on the internet, but if our Parliament has anything to do with it, that change is unlikely to be for the better. The problem is that far too many MPs not only don’t get it when it comes to the net, they actively bask in their ignorance of new technology.
Dragon N96: Bruce Lee phone spied online
Toughened mobiles for building site workers are nothing new, but most lack any juicy features like a camera or 3G. So Nokia’s created what’s possibly the 'ardest fully-featured mobile yet: the Bruce Lee edition N96.
Logitech Squeezebox Boom wireless music player
ReviewLogitech's Squeezebox Duet network music player doesn't really have any faults but if you absolutely had to come up with an Achilles' Heel it would be the need for an amplified stereo system for it to play through. Not an issue if you only want music in one room, but more of a problem if you want tunes all around the house.
Ofcom claims UK leads on digital communications
Ofcom has published the third of their annual reports comparing the UK digital communications industry to those found in nearby countries, and concludes that we're the most advanced - though the Irish make more mobile calls and the Americans watch more TV.
BNP list hunters bring down Wikileaks
The Wikileaks website struggled to stay online yesterday because of thousands of people looking for the leaked BNP membership list.
US Army bans USB devices to contain worm
The US Army has reportedly suspended the use of USB and removable media devices after a worm began spreading across its network.
US, UK deploy manned unmanned aircraft to save bandwidth
Bandwidth-starved military spyplane chiefs are resorting to the use of humans as airborne data-processing nodes, according to reports. Difficulties in deployment of unmanned robot surveillance craft have led to the purchase of basic civilian planes for use in intelligence work above Iraq and Afghanistan.
How to destroy the music business
AnalysisPut yourself in these hypothetical shoes for a moment. My goal is to make as much money as possible by doing as little work as possible. I have no creative talent except for generating and recycling marketing buzzwords. I have no technical knowledge or ability - but I can get my head around a Twitter feed. It doesn't sound promising, but you'll want in, I promise.
T-Mobile leaves 300,000 disconnected
300,000 UK T-Mobile customers had a quiet morning as they were unable to make or receive calls thanks to a database snafu that forced the operator to restore from backups - a process which is still in progress.
UK.gov tells domain industry to get its house in order
A day after Nominet decided to sue one of its own directors, a senior civil servant warned that the domain industry must be better behaved to avoid government intervention.
Lewis Hamilton mulls riding Virgin
Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton is planning to stump a cool £625,000 for five seats on a Virgin Galactic flight, according to the Evening Standard.
Mac-friendly external hard drives launched
Storage firm G-Technology has launched a four-strong range of Mac-friendly external hard drives, each cast from "aircraft grade" aluminium.
Kids blame technology for homework hand-in failures
‘My dog ate it’, ‘I left it on the bus’, and ‘someone stole it’ – they were the classic excuses in our day for not handing in homework. But modern youth are increasingly blaming absent homework on technology, a survey’s revealed.
Scots vote out ID cards
The Scottish Parliament has voted against the government's proposed ID cards, in a gesture of Pythonian futility.
Heidemarie 'Toolbag' Piper set for second spacewalk
Endeavour mission specialists Shane Kimbrough and Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper are getting ready for the second mission STS-126 spacewalk outside the International Space Station this afternoon, scheduled to get under way at 18:45 GMT.
Project Hyperion: A super testbed for HPC apps and hardware
SC08When it comes to parallel supercomputing, and indeed any kind of parallel processing, the hardware is the easy part. The systems software, including a tuned software stack and middleware for managing data, visualization applications for turning datasets into something human beings can use to make decisions or understand some phenomenon, is a bit trickier.
Gamers voice NXE woes
The New Xbox Experience (NXE) has barely been out for 24 hours, but gamers have already claimed that it’s messing with their consoles. Some have even said the update’s caused the dreaded Red Ring of Death (RRoD) to rear its ugly head once more.
Sun adds Query Analyzer to MySQL
In briefSun Microsystems has added a query analysis tool to MySQL, but for paying customers only.
SGI preps supers for future Intel chips
SC08Architectures can change quickly in the supercomputing space, and slow-moving vendors can get left behind or at least find themselves out of step with the next big wave of sales in the HPC area. This has happened in the past with Silicon Graphics, and the company is determined to not let it happen again.
Google - the world's first firewalled monopoly
Antitrust 2.0Why did Google leave outgoing Yahoo! chief executive Jerry Yang heartbroken at the search engine altar? If you believe the words chief ad broker and CEO Eric Schmidt funneled through The New York Times, Google chafed at the prospect of winning a Department of Justice (DoJ) antitrust suit.
Hitachi GST spots oyster, seeks HDD pearls
CommentWhen you are recovering from a long period of hard times and light appears at the end of the tunnel and gets closer and closer until you emerge into glorious daylight, you get a spring in your step and start making plans. Now you're back on your feet, the world becomes an oyster again, and you go off in different directions pursuing pearls. That's the feeling I get talking to Hitachi GST.
Agilistas are to architects as Neo is to...
QCon 2009Agile development practices may be growing in popularity among developers, but agilistas aren't getting much love from software architects.
eHarmony settles over same-sex dating
Online dating service eHarmony.com has agreed to create a new website for matching same-sex couples, as part of discrimination settlement with New Jersey's Civil Rights Division.
Phisher-besieged PayPal sends users faux log-in page
PayPal, the online payment service that is a major target of phishers, has been caught sending customer emails that confuse its own login page with a third-party landing site that offers spyware protection and a bevy of other products.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 planned for 2009
The "standards-compatible" next edition of Internet Explorer has been bumped into 2009 by Microsoft.
SGI shows off Molecule concept machine
While supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics was showing off its existing Altix lines of Xeon and Itanium servers at the SC08 supercomputing show in Austin, Texas, this week, the most interesting thing the company touted was not yet a real computer, but a concept system, called Molecule.
Regulators back Bell Canada choking indie ISP traffic
Canada's telecom regulators gave Bell Canada the OK to throttle peer-to-peer Internet traffic on pipes it leases to third-party ISPs.
Dell profits take (small) hit in Q3
If you were looking for some good news out of Dell today as it reported its fiscal 2009 third quarter financial results, you will probably be disappointed. But not as much as you might think. That's good news of a sort considering the miserable week the global economy is having.