Azure new future for Microsoft's Muglia
Bob Muglia's New-Year ascension from "vice" to full "president" of Microsoft's server and tools business is an important milestone in the company's online transition.
Patent troll sues Oprah, Sony over online book viewing
An IP-squatting firm is suing Oprah Winfrey's production company and Sony Electronics over patent infringement for using and promoting software that displays books on the internet.
Intel accused of stealing chip virtualization, violating God's law
An American prison inmate has sued Intel for $5 billion, insisting the chip maker's Core 2 Duo chip and its virtualization technology are based on trade secrets pilfered from him by way of Apple supremo Steve Jobs.
Firm touts bendy, wearable OLED screen
A US firm has developed a OLED display that’s flexible enough to be worn like a watch, yet large enough to display good quality images on.
Barclays cuts more IT jobs
Barclays is laying off another 400 IT staff whose "roles and responsibilities are unclear".
NASA warns of 'space Katrina' radiation storm
A study funded by NASA has flagged up yet another terrible hazard for those no longer able to get excited about nuclear war, global pandemics, terrorism, climate change, economic meltdown and asteroid strike. Top space brainboxes say that even if the human race survives all those, there is a serious risk of civilisation being brought crashing to its knees by a sudden high-intensity solar radiation storm.
EDS pays for tax failure
EDS has paid off Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs for its failure to provide a working tax credit system.
Asus Eee keyboard opens CES
CESAsus has kicked off this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a sneak preview of the upcoming Eee keyboard-cum-PC, which features an integrated display.
Norway's national broadcaster breaks Beatles download deadlock
UpdatedA Norwegian broadcaster is claiming to be responsible for making The Beatles' entire back catalogue available for download for the first time. The downloads are free because they form part of Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) podcasts.
SanDisk tunes into SlotRadio
CESSanDisk has updated its Sansa Slot range of Portable Media Players (PMP) with the creation of SlotRadio: a PMP with integrated OLED display.
New Year rings in better VoIP for all
It seems that January is when VoIP clients get spruced up with new features and capabilities, with both Truphone and Fring launching new versions ready for punters wanting to do more than save a few quid on phone calls.
Speeding Oz teen may face 'gorillas in the mist'
An Oz magistrate has informed a habitual speeding teenager that if he doesn't mend his high-speed ways he'll be sent directly to jail where showering sexual predators will make short work of his sorry arse.
Researchers poke holes in Intel's anti-tampering tech
A practical attack on Intel's trusted execution technology (TXT) is due to be demonstrated at a hacking conference next month.
2008 sees good year for gaming
Videogame sales in Blighty jumped a record 23 per cent to £1.9bn ($2.8bn/€2bn)in 2008.
Lexmark C543DN colour laser
ReviewThe boundary between colour inkjet and colour laser printers continues to blur, as the colour quality of lasers improves and the speed and paper-handling of inkjets is ratcheted up too. There’s a price-band in the middle, around the £200-250 mark, where colour lasers, like Lexmark’s C543DN, can make a lot of sense.
Lenovo shares suspended
Shares of Lenovo have been suspended ahead of an expected restructuring announcement from the computer maker tomorrow (8 January).
Perv Oz burglar pumps and dumps Jungle Jane
Cairns police are hunting a light-fingered pervert who has twice broken into a sex shop and taken inflatable dolls for a quick shag out the back before abandoning his conquests in a nearby lane, the Cairns Post reports.
Satyam chairman quits, admits faking accounts
The founder and chairman of Indian outsourcer Satyam Mr B Ramalinga Raju has resigned and admitted fiddling the company's accounts for years in order to inflate profits.
Samsung swaggers in with 100GB SSD
Samsung Semiconductor has launched a 100GB solid state drive for enterprises that can carry out ten times more I/Os per second than a fast hard disk drive and offer a 30X power saving.
M&S to sell Elonex netbooks
Next time you shop for duck a l’orange in Marks & Spencer or buy briefs in Next, you might also take away an Elonex netbook.
IPWireless goes it alone
NextWave has succeeded at last in offloading mobile TV developer IPWireless, which it picked up 18 months ago for $100m.
US forces order fuel-cell units for medevac stretchers
The US military will use fuel-cell power units attached to stretchers to power critical medical machinery used in casualty evacuation, according to reports.
High Zune: MS loads up for the CES shootout
Radio RegWhat better venue than Las Vegas, America's playground, for the annual multi-billion dollar gadgets and entertainment jamboree that is the Consumer Electronics Show?
Vogue model sues Google over 'defamatory' blog
Canadian model Liskula Cohen is demanding Google reveal the identity of the Blogger.com user whose Skanks in NYC blog is entirely dedicated to calling her a "skank", an "old hag" and other flattering descriptions.
Oracle tripped up by 'leap second'
Database giant Oracle has issued fixes after its Cluster Ready Services (CRS) software failed to cope with the so-called “leap second” added by scientists at the end of 2008.
TomTom debuts satnav DVD player
Satnavs built into the car dashboard may look the business, but are a security risk. And suction cup satnavs often get in the way. So, TomTom’s latest in-car navigator combines the best of both worlds - and throws in entertainment feature for good measure.
Weak sigs found on one in seven SSL sites
One in seven digital certificates that stamp the authenticity of secure web sites use a vulnerable signature algorithm, according to a new survey. The shortcoming underlines the need to drop the insecure signing mechanism before its shortcomings are exploited in more convincing phishing attacks.
Send old Shuttles to Mars, says Scotty ashes prang man
A former advertising copywriter and web-biz maven turned inventor and rocket entrepreneur has proposed a novel plan for disposing of NASA's soon-to-be-retired space shuttles. Eric Knight, perhaps most famous for temporarily mislaying the ashes of James "Scotty from Star Trek" Doohan, believes that a pair of shuttles should be lashed together and sent to Mars.
Nokia reveals Tube's UK launch date
After denying British punters a touch screen Tube in their Christmas stockings, Nokia has announced that the much-hyped phone will launch in Blighty this month.
Nokia calls foul over patent spat
Nokia has lodged a complaint with the European Commission, claiming that IPCom is abusing mobile patents originally owned by Bosch that are already the subject of legal action in the UK and Germany.
Navy SEALs look to grapple with Brazilian
The US Navy has faced up to the fact that enormous guns, nuclear missiles and an array of Top Gun navy fliers aren't the be all and end all when it comes to facing down the world's bad guys.
I've only shagged two blokes, insists Paris Hilton
It was a bit lonely over Xmas without a single snippet of seasonal Paris Hilton news, so we're delighted to offer today some hot celebutard goss guaranteed to warm the cockles of your chilly parts - our fave jetsetter insists she's made the beast with two backs with just two people.
Intel figures take kicking in Q4
Chip maker Intel said before Wall Street opened this morning that its sales in the fourth quarter of 2008 were going to be even worse than the company had already warned they would be. The company also said that it was writing off a chunk of its investment in WiMax service provider Clearwire, which will also whack its books for last year.
Ubuntu Eee undergoes
cheesy Easy Peasy rebrand
An Ubuntu Linux-based distro landed this week for netbook users with the annoying sounding name of Easy Peasy 1.0.
SDXC memory card spec launched for 2TB capacity
CES32GB SDHC cards too small for you? How about 2TB? That's what the SDXC memory card format is designed to deliver.
Password guessing attack exposed in Twitter pwn
Miscreants broke into Twitter's admin system on Sunday night using a simple password guessing hack, it has emerged.
SanDisk intros push-button backup... USB Flash stick
CESSanDisk has taken a leaf from external hard drive makers like Western Digital and Seagate, and added an auto-backup button to its USB Flash drives.
Verizon predicts Kindle copycatting
Verizon's head of device certification expects to see rivals to Amazon's Kindle launching on Verizon's network during 2009, once he has time to certify them.
Sun snuggles with cloud virtual data centre company
Sun has bought Q-layer, a Belgium-originated data centre-as-a-service company, to bolster its cloud computing offering. The purchase price was not revealed.
US rubberstamps AMD manufacturing spin-off
AMD's Abu Dhabi-funded manufacturing spin-off has been rubberstamped by the US Treasury Department.
Microsoft disables automatic IE 8 downloads
Microsoft will cushion you from the Internet Explorer 8 standards mess with software to prevent automatic download of its next browser to your machine.
Wi-Fi video uploads coming to SD
CESEye-Fi has developed an SD memory card able to upload videos directly onto YouTube from your compact camera.
HP readies Intel-based 10in netbook
CESHas HP's netbook product line finally put VIA's C7-M processor behind it? Certainly, the company's latest model, the business-oriented Mini 2140 uses an Intel Atom CPU.
Netgear to take on Apple TV next summer
CESNetgear has unwrapped its take on Apple's Apple TV, dubbed the Internet TV Player - an HDMI-enabled box that puts YouTube videos and online movie rentals on your telly.
Netgear hooks into HSDPA for on-the-go hotspot gadget
CESGot a 3G USB modem? Want to share the link? Netgear today launched a wireless router designed to tie an on-the-go Wi-Fi hotspot to the internet over an HSDPA back link.
EFF wins request for reexamination of ringtone patent
The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to reexamine a controversial patent that covers the distribution of certain types of music files over the internet.
Toshiba lets out Cell TV titbits
CESToshiba today re-iterated its plan to introduce tellies based on the Cell processor later this year, pronouncing the PlayStation 3 technology "the future of television".
FTC to host town hall meeting on DRM abuse
Here's a glimmer of hope that 2009 will be the year of DRM reform.
Who says COBOL doesn't get tweaks?
Some software development projects take a long time to complete, and others seem to take an eternity. So it is, it seems, for 64-bit support for IBM's COBOL compiler for its own AIX Unix variant running on Power-based servers.
VMware names second ex-Microsoft exec to leadership role
VMware's landed its second ex-Microsoft executive at the top, this time the individual who drove Redmond's developer outreach in the glory days of the 1990s.
Sacked IT admin sentenced for hacking ex-employer
A British IT admin was ordered to pay more than £3,000 and given a three-months jail sentence after being accused of hacking into his former employer's computer system so he could install spyware and delete emails.
IBM and ITIF pitch for $30bn to save America
As expected, a report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think tank has called on Barack Obama and Congress to pump billions of dollars into IT infrastructure to help create jobs in America.
EMC celebrates record revenue, axes 2,400 heads
After Intel told the world it wasn't going to make its Q4 numbers, storage juggernaut EMC decided it was a good time to give everyone some good news.
Google Chocolate Factory now building routers?
As part of an ongoing effort to cover the Earth with its very own built-from-scratch internet, Google is now redesigning the router. Or so it seems.
EU raids smart card chipmakers
At least four makers of microchips have confirmed they were raided by European Commission investigators seeking information of collusion in the market for chips used in smart cards.
Macworld: The Works
Apple unveils 17in MacBook, iLife tweaks, Tony Bennett 06/01/09 In one of the least eventful keynote speeches in recent memory, Apple's SVP Phil Schiller, filling in for the ailing Steve Jobs, announced upgrades to iLife and iWork, an upgraded 17-inch MacBook, and iTunes Store pricing-structure changes and DRM-removal plans.