8th > December > 2008 Archive
Google App Engine to swallow Salesforce cloud
Google is the latest to partner with Salesforce.com on application-level integration between different clouds.
Samsung SyncMaster 2263DX 22in monitor
ReviewTo the masses a monitor is a monitor. For those who spend hours staring a screen, response times and colour reproduction can be important. But for most, screen size and price are the deciding factors.
Carphone co-founder quits over secret share pledge
The co-founder of Carphone Warehouse, David Ross, has resigned, after failing to notify the board that he used his shares in the company to underwrite personal loans.
How clear a view do you have on your IT?
Mini PollIf IT were a religion -and to some it may be - who are the high priests? In many organisations, it would be those who hold the key information, those who reserve the right to change the charts on the walls, or those who update the standards which all others must follow. Such beings go by various names, but these are less important than the information they maintain.
Apple dealer buys its way into the Midlands
Square Group Limited, the Apple reseller, has bought Gordon Harwood Computers, an Apple dealer based in Alfreton and Derby.
Microsoft picks up data centre from the back of a lorry
Windows Live may be hosted from Portakabin-style data centre compounds if Microsoft's 4th generation data centre plans come to fruition.
Intel's 32nm Atom roadmapped
Intel's 32nm Atom chip - aka 'Medfield' - has popped up on the chip giant's roadmap with a 2010 release window.
Sony Ericsson touts tiny talker
Sony Ericsson has unveiled the latest addition to its Walkman line-up, which although on the small side will generate lots of consumer appeal - or so the company hopes.
Fugitive Danish IT chief surrenders at LA copshop
Stein Bagger, the boss of bankrupt Danish IBM reseller IT Factory, who has been on the run after being linked to a huge alleged fraud, turned himself in at a Los Angeles police station on Saturday.
PSP is 'vibrant platform', says Atari chief
Sony’s PlayStation Portable has had its ups and downs of late, but an executive from Atari has labelled the handheld console a “vibrant platform”.
Aussie government to rig filter testing
The great Aussie firewall is coming apart at the seams, as opposition mounts, and critics have a field day dissecting inept government plans for testing their shiny new filters.
AMD's 8-series integrated chipset slips a quarter?
AMD's HyperTransport 3.0 chipset, 'RS880', may have been put back a quarter.
EMC and NetApp disk revenues outstrip market
EMC and NetApp are growing disk storage revenues faster than any other supplier, with IBM the biggest loser, according to IDC's third quarter disk storage tracker report. Dark horse Sun could be catching the leading pack up.
MS calls time on Black Friday cashback debacle
Microsoft has reneged on its promise to rerun a Black Friday promotion with HP.com after many failed to benefit from it because of a cockup with the MS Live Search Cashback program.
USB eSATA Flash drive
Stuck wondering what you're going to stick into your new PC's eSATA port? Memory specialist OCZ has the answer: a USB-style eSATA thumb drive.
Brute force SSH attack confounds defenders
Security researchers are struggling to combat a sophisticated brute-force attack against SSH servers.
Unseen touchscreen Nokia leaked
Speculation’s rife that Nokia has developed a stylish touchscreen talker, following publication of a leaked teaser image.
AMD rolls out first Phenom IIs
AMD doesn't appear to have said as much itself, but one report claims the chip maker has today formally announced its Phenom II processor.
Did speaker's statement show he doesn't know what day IT is?
CommentReports from the House of Commons last week suggested that the police took their time returning Damien Green's PCs to him.
Aussie convicted over Simpsons sex pics
An Australian man has lost his appeal against child pornography charges for possessing images of the Simpsons characters having sex.
Onyx buys Dundas IT
Onyx Group bought the Edinburgh reseller Dundas IT last month for a "six figure sum".
Microsoft bullish on BizTalk Server beta
Microsoft is today expected to release what promises to be the first, and possibly only, beta for its next BizTalk Server ahead of final release next year.
Google OS gOS - if at first you don't succeed...
Fail and YougOS, the brain trust behind the failed $200 Linux-based “gPC” at WalMart, has seen fit to throw the dice one more time, introducing an operating system called Cloud that lets your computer boot into a browser. I, for one, welcome this innovation. I've always been a fan of neutering the most versatile machine in human history, restricting its use to only a small subset of the intended functionality. Yeah, this one's a winner from the start.
Barrow boy Microsoft flogs
nostalgic tragic t-shirts
Microsoft has got into the fashion biz by plastering Bill Gates' jailbird fizzog on a new range of t-shirts.
WowWee Rovio Mobile webcam
ReviewIf the conventional webcam has a failing, it's the lack of an ability to let you wander about and look at things out of the fixed view of the camera. The Rovio aims to correct this limitation.
Penis pill botnet awakens after McColo shutdown
One of the three botnets cut off by the shutdown of rogue ISP McColo is back in business. The Mega-D botnet is back on its feet and throwing off huge volumes of spam, net security firm Marshal8e6 reports.
IBM crossed off ID application shortlist
The Identity and Passport Service has cut down its shortlist for the biggest contract within the National Identity Scheme.
RAF in plot against Fleet Air Arm again
OpinionIn a bizarre repeat of history, reports have it that the Royal Air Force is once again seeking to take over the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy - a sure sign that the economy really is in desperate trouble. Just as it has meant more than once in the past, a successful RAF bid to grab a greater share of the taxes in tough economic times is likely to mean soldiers and sailors dying unnecessarily in years to come.
Entire class fails IT exam by submitting in Word format
UpdatedThe 29 students of a computing class at a school in Lincolnshire have all failed to gain their diploma because their teacher told them to save their coursework in Microsoft Word format, which is not accepted by the exam board.
Santa booted from iPhone app store
Santa Live isn't any more, as the iPhone application that bribed punters for good reviews is pulled from the Application Store for suggesting that Rudolf played his part in the homicide of Grandma.
NFC-enabled Micro SD card unveiled
A Micro SD card with an integrated Near-Field Communication (NFC) capability for wireless payments has been unveiled.
Memorex’s MP3 karaoke crooner
If the excitement of Christmas Day fizzles out by lunchtime, grab yourself a Pina Colada, stand in front of Memorex’s new karaoke crooner and get the whole family singing along to your iPod collection.
UK e-tailers scurry to scrap dodgy Heavy Metal covers
UK e-tailers are scrambling to remove images of the Scorpions Virgin Killer album which led the Internet Watch Foundation to ban much of Wikipedia yesterday.
Fiat shows solar-panel wrapped 'Panda of the future'
'Leccy TechFiat's latest take on the electric car, the Phylla, has been revealed at the Turin Environment Park.
Is groupware the worst thing you've ever encountered?
Mini PollWe've been chatting around the subject of business productivity and trying to find out what's going on inside your organisations. Now it's time to nail this stuff statistically. Fancy taking our mini-poll to tell us what's really happening on the ground? And what you expect to happen next?
Touchscreen demand hurt Nokia in Q3, says analyst
Nokia smartphone sales fell during Q3, marking the phone giant's first global smartphone sales decline, market watcher Gartner said.
Google starts selling unlocked G1
Google has started selling an unlocked version of the G1, at $399 a pop, that can be used on any network anywhere in the world - though the search giant will skin you for another $200 in shipping if it gets the chance.
Apple disables Egyptian iPhone GPS
If you buy your iPhone 3G in Egypt, don't expect it to help you navigate the trackless wastes of the Sinai or Akabat.
Acer beats arch-rival Asus in Q3 netbook match
And the most popular netbook in Q3 was... the Acer Aspire One, closely followed by - surprise, surprise - the combined collection of Asus Eee PCs.
Fresh blood planned for Sun's board
Sun Microsystems' board is getting some fresh blood with two new independent directors, after its largest investor stepped up involvement in the company.
Obama urged to create White House cybersecurity chief
Inadequate cybersecurity is posing an unacceptable risk to US national security, according to a report released Monday that recommends President Elect Barack Obama create of a new White House post to fix the problem.
Google spews desktop ads onto Satan, Jesus Phones
Google is now spewing desktop text and image ads directly onto the Apple iPhone and the T-Mobile G1, an unattractive and uninspiring piece of plastic that runs Google's open source Android OS.
Wal-Mart iPhone a done deal?
It's now a virtual certainty that you'll soon be able to pick up an iPhone 3G at America's biggest retailer.
AMD accepts smaller stake in chip fab spin-off
AMD will get a smaller stake in spinning-off its manufacturing arm into a separate wafer fab company and get less cash from the investment firm injecting funds into the deal.
IBM drops Power7 drain in 'Blue Waters'
A month ago, IBM and the University of Illinois broke ground for the data center that will eventually house the Power7-based "Blue Waters" massively parallel supercomputer. The data center, it turns out, is as tricky to design as the processor and server that will be humming along inside it.
Gaps blight JavaFX early promise
ReviewAfter a long wait, JavaFX 1.0 trundled onto the Windows and Mac stage last week and took an awkward bow.
Trio indicted over Trojan brokerage scam
Three men have been indicted for fraud in the US over accusations they used customised Trojan horse malware to plunder online banking and brokerage accounts.
Facebook worm hijacks web search
A new variant of the Koobface worm has returned to menace users of Facebook.
Hackintosh clone surfaces in the Argentine
First Psystar, now OpeniMac. It appears that Apple's lawyers may soon be playing Whac-A-Mole with upstart cloners.