Zend offers PHP cure for Java bloat
Zend Technologies has built an application server for PHP that it hopes can slowly convert frustrated Java programmers as well as those relying on Java on the web and in the enterprise.
US Defense Dept shuffles self
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday outlined a sweeping set of changes to the Department of Defense's budget that he described "will profoundly reform how this department does business".
Egenera grooms Nehalem EP blades
Among the many niche server makers that are readying products that make use of Intel's "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 processors announced last week, you'll find Egenera, the outfit that never quite made it as a volume server maker but that still has high hopes for its PAN Manager blade management software.
Multiple security scanner bugs give users a headache
Once an occasional inconvenience, serious security bugs and vulnerabilities in anti-virus and security suite products are growing into hardy perennials.
Isilon cuts staff, recruits NetApper
Scale-out NAS supplier Isilon has made a first quarter loss, fired about 40 people, and recruited another NetApp sales exec to bolster its executive ranks.
Google digital book 'monopoly' feels heat
Complaints over Google's sweeping digital books settlement have reached a boiling point. And Google wants you to know that Microsoft is funding some of the heat.
As Sun unravels, it's time for a new suit
OpinionWith IBM reportedly breaking off the engagement, Sun must reinvent itself if it is to go it alone. That means bringing in a Joe Tucci lookalike to reform and restructure the business.
IPS misses its ID cards for foreigners target
The Home Office has confirmed that it has issued half as many ID cards to non-EU foreign nationals living in the UK as planned.
Motorola spends $216m on money-saving job cuts
Motorola has informed the Securities & Exchange Commission that it will be spending an additional $110m laying off staff in the first quarter of 2009, bringing the total to $216m.
Sony W-series Walkman MP3 player
ReviewApple's recent re-design of its iPod Shuffle wasn't exactly greeted with universal enthusiasm. Now Sony has come at the idea of a screenless music player from a wholly different direction and decided to build the player directly into the earphones – or vice versa, depending on how you look at things. Sounds clever, but does it work?
LG eyes up comfy viewing monitors
Having the biggest screen with the best resolution may be all the rage, but if your eyes hurt to look at it, what’s that point? So LG has launched a monitor said to offer a more comfortable viewing experience.
Boffin: Titan moon largely made of LPG, not cheese
An American scientist believes he may have come up with an explanation for the curious lakes of liquefied petroleum gas found at the polar regions of Titan, moon of Saturn. It could be because Titan is not spherical, but has a liquid layer which is.
Grav-mapping satellite fires ion engines
The European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed that both the electric ion propulsion engines aboard its Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite are "performing nominally".
Phoenix predicts hitting end of year mark
Phoenix IT Group confirmed today that trading, cash generation and non-recurring costs for the year ended 31 March 2009 have been in line with expectations.
Go-Between actress backs McKinnon extradition fight
Oscar winning actress Julie Christie has joined the campaign to save UFO conspiracy theorist turned hacker Gary McKinnon from extradition to the United States.
HP and Fusion-io now quicker than QuickSilver
HP and Fusion-io have built a ProLiant storage I/O powerhouse that achieved the same performance as IBM's Project Quicksilver with just two thirds of the NAND flash.
Japanese unleash Jedi Obama
Those of you who've been wondering why US prez Barack Obama has not yet solved world poverty and hunger, halted global warming and given a lovely puppy to each and every child on Earth will be relieved to learn he's still on the case, but has just been a bit tied up of late on intergalactic business:
Symbian maps out mighty app hangar
The Symbian Foundation threw open the doors of its application warehouse this week, declaring it will be "unique".
GM, Segway to unveil iPhone-driven
'Leccy TechGeneral Motors may be knock-knock-knocking on heaven's door, but it clearly still has the time and money to fanny about with left-field ideas like Project P.U.M.A. - or the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility vehicle.
Balls saves history lessons from Facebook and Twitter
Ed Balls pulled middle Britain back from the brink yesterday, by telling a teachers' conference that children won't be forced to learn to Twitter and Facebook instead of studying the Victorians and Roman Britain.
Zune exec Tweets of 'new Zune hardware'
Microsoft will announce some Zune hardware this year, according to a Zune executive’s Twitter post.
Sony Ericsson intros basic Walkman phone
The W205 is Sony Ericsson’s latest music mobile, but - given the amount of space the firm’s dedicated to explaining the handset’s musical features - you’d be forgiven for thinking you were being sold an iPod.
Bacon sarnies cure hangovers: Official
It's official: The classic post-bender bacon sarnie really does help cure your hangover, thanks to the dual chemical benefits of the bread/sliced pig combination.
Realtors charged with Glengarry Glen Ross-style rival hack
Three real estate agents in North Carolina face charges over allegations they hacked into the webmail account of a rival.
Online casino pays off US investigation
Shares of online casino PartyGaming jumped 17 per cent today after it announced a legal settlement with US authorities.
Photocops: Home Office concedes concern
The Home Office has at last conceded that the policing of photographers requires a little more scrutiny.
Report: Legalising drugs would save UK plc huge packet
CommentNew research has confirmed a reality which is obvious to many, but which can seldom be acknowledged in British mainstream politics: that it is primarily the fact of drugs being illegal which makes them so damaging to society. Furthermore, if drugs were legalised - even assuming a huge increase in their use - the public purse would gain substantially.
Google's trademark keyword sale kyboshed by Appeals Court
A US court was wrong when it ruled that Google's selling of a trade marked term to a competing company to be used as a trigger for advertising was not 'use in commerce'. The appeals court has said that the use could infringe the trade mark.
Drobo doubles up storage robot capacity
Desktop external storage supplier Data Robotics has doubled up the slot capacity of its Drobo product to produce the 8-slot Drobo Pro, enabling it to sell networked block storage into markets served by low-end commodity NAS (network-attached storage) vendors such as Buffalo, Iomega, Seagate and others.
Firm finalises Wii weights design
Whether or not you agree that videogames are a healthy pastime, you can now become the next Stallone or Schwarzenegger by simply switching on your Wii.
Wi-Fi BlackBerry Storm rumour blows in
The BlackBerry Storm’s lack of Wi-Fi support is arguably its most disappointing feature. But all that will change if rumours of a Wi-Fi capable model prove true.
Aussies get gov-backed uber-broadband
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has created a public private partnership to sort out the country's shonky broadband network.
Boffins list sci-fi words which wormed their way into dictionary
The Oxford University Press has come up with a list of nine words that originated in science fiction, but which have now become part of the language of science.
Amazon UK kicks off low-end price scuffle with iTunes
Amazon has kicked off what some members of the soar-away press are describing as an MP3 price war, after it slashed over 100 of its top-selling tracks to just 29 pence a pop in the UK.
Arizona teen's mobile shops him to cops
An Arizona teen was cuffed after his mobile phone rang the police while he was boasting about the theft of a car stereo, the Phoenix New Times reports.
EC blasts mobile masts away from schools and hospitals
The European Commission has formally adopted a report recommending that radio transmitters should not be placed near schools and hospitals, as the general public feels uninformed about the issue.
BT blocks up to 40,000 child porn pages per day
Between 35,000 and 40,000 attempts to access child pornography sites via BT Retail's broadband network are blocked every day, it was revealed today.
DSi UK sales off to strong start
Despite only launching in the UK last Friday, Blighty’s gamers have already grabbed almost 100,000 Nintendo DSis.
Sony Ericsson says phone makes snapping, shooting simpler
If navigating your way around sub-menus to find your phone’s camera application often proves difficult, then why not trade up to one that puts photo features exactly where you need them?
Wi-Fi Beeb viewing may break law
Users of the BBC's trial of TV-over-Wi-Fi networks will break the law if they plug in their mobile phones in locations not covered by a television licence, the TV Licensing Authority has warned.
State-owned RBS to axe 9,500 workers
RBS will cut up to 9,000 jobs in its back office, call centre and IT operations, the floundering newly state-owned bank announced today.
Apple plays catchup with Nehalem EP-powered Xserves
Apple has announced that it is delivering Intel's quad-core Xeon 5500 "Nehalem EP" processors in its Xserve server lineup starting today.
Brocade launches FCoE switch and adapters
Brocade has announced a top-of-rack Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switch, together with Converged Network Adapters for servers to use when connecting to the switch.
Microsoft to offer Windows 7 downgrade to XP
Microsoft has agreed to allow Windows 7 customers to downgrade not just to Vista but also to XP.
MS pushes back Forefront security offensive
Microsoft will delay the release of the next version of its Forefront security product range.
Obama & Gates vs the US military-industrial complex
AnalysisThe US Defence Secretary has signalled a serious attempt on his part and that of President Obama to reform the world's largest military machine. If the two men get their way - and that's a big if - the Pentagon will become much less a capital-intensive tech porkbarrel and much more an organisation of properly-backed combat troops.
Indian Feds arrest more for Satyam fraud
The Central Bureau of Investigation - India's federal investigators - have arrested three of Satyam's financial staff they believe were involved in the fraud.
YouTube a 'half billion dollar failbucket'
A financial analyst has cast a new light on Google's ongoing battle with the music business. According to Credit Suisse's Spencer Wang, YouTube will lose parent Google $470m this year, because it can't generate worthwhile income from advertising.
Microsoft killing free XP support next week
Microsoft will drop free support for handful of aging products next week, including consumer versions of Windows XP and Office 2003.
AMD offers Opteron upgrade discounts
AMD said today it's offering discounts to businesses that upgrade their servers with newer Opteron processors.
Linux device developers not weird, just mainstream
CE Linux ForumDevelopers putting Linux on consumer devices aren't weirdos mining a niche, according to the Intel man who last year volunteered to help maintain embedded Linux.
Blade server standards coming this year
A standard to which no big vendors adhere is as intimidating as a tiger with its teeth and claws removed. And so it might be with the standards for blade servers that the Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI) forum is trying to get into the field.
Apple iTunes unwraps (precious few) 69 cent tracks
Apple today followed up on its promise to remove all DRM from music for sale on its iTunes Store and to institute a new pricing structure of $0.69, $0.99, and $1.29 per song.
Double-Take expands beyond server replication
Double-Take Software, a maker of data-replication software for Windows and then Linux servers, has been expanding into the virtualization-management realm to chase a few virtual dollars. To that end has rejiggered its existing products and created some news ones to comprise what it is calling a workload optimization suite.
Animal rights group protests seal clubbing in World of Warcraft
Animal rights stunt-group PETA' is protesting Canada's culling of adorable baby seals this year by hosting a battle royale in World of Warcraft.
Dungeons & Dragons slays its digital distribution
Wizards of the Coast, publisher of Dungeons & Dragons, has pulled all digital editions of its products from online stores today in response to finding that its new D&D Player's Handbook is being illegally distributed over P2P and file-sharing websites.