HP chops away sales slump in Q2
Hewlett-Packard's profits fell 17 per cent during the second quarter this year, thanks to slumping sales of PCs, printers, servers, and storage. Sales were essentially down everywhere except in HP's services biz, where the EDS acquisition is inflating figures quite nicely.
Hitachi gung-ho for Nehalem EP blades
Hitachi Server Group today rolled out its BladeSymphony blade servers based on Intel's Nehalem EP Xeon 5500 quad-core processors.
Yahoo! murders unborn Java smartphone app
Just three months ago, Yahoo! unveiled a Java-based uber-app for myriad smartphones not called the iPhone. But now, even before it exits beta testing, the company is killing the poor thing.
Rumor rubberizes iPhone 3.0
The next iPhone will have an OLED display, double the processing power, a 50 per cent improvment in battery life, and a rubber-backed body with a light-up Apple logo on the back.
ReviewWith every tuppenny-ha'penny laptop and netbook coming with a built-in web cam, and laptops taking an ever larger chunk of the computer market, it’s probably fair to say business ain't want it used to be when it comes to flogging external webcams. So has Philips' new SPC1330NC Webcam Pro got what it takes to make it a worthwhile purchase for those whose PCs have a fitted camera?
Google News stumbles again
Google's news aggregation and search site had another little lie down yesterday, for the second time this week.
Government rejects Lords' surveillance criticism
The Government has rejected claims that it is conducting too much surveillance on citizens and has said that it has got the balance between surveillance and liberty right. It has rejected many recommendations recently made by the House of Lords.
Atmos cloud wafts up at EMC World
More storage clouds are drifting into view - EMC has launched Atmos onLine, its Storage-as-a-Service offering based on its own Atmos storage products.
Western Digital debuts 2TB power sipping drive
Western Digital has introduced a high-capacity drive to provide near-silent green storage for the video recorder and surveillance markets.
The Sun points bazookas at MoD killjoys
The Sun has finally weighed in with great righteousness on the matter of state censorship - albeit in characteristically colourful, boob-augmented fashion.
World's smallest, lighest camcorders unveiled
A world’s first in the camcorder market’s pretty rare, but today two have come along at once. Panasonic’s launched what it’s claimed are the world’s lightest full HD camcorders, while a separate firm’s unveiled the world’s smallest.
Obama embarks on car emissions cutback
Leccy TechPresident Barack Obama has proposed tough new rules for vehicle emissions, which could see a 30 per cent reduction in individual passenger car emissions by 2016.
Apple touts tips to sidestep iPod earphone electric shocks
Sales of Apple earbuds to joggers, Australians, desert dwellers and... er... anyone with dry skin look set to slide. Why? Because Apple’s warned that its headphones can give off shocks of static electricity.
Billy Bragg: Three-strikes lobbying is 'shameful'
Record labels have given up on copyright law and are trying to make internet service providers (ISPs) fight their battles for them in a "shameful attempt to pass [on] responsibility", singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has said.
Taxpayer coughs for AOL Connie's flat
Readers hungry for an IT angle to the unfolding MPs' expenses scandal will be cheered by today's news that taxpayers have been paying thousands of pounds to tart up a flat occupied by AOL Connie, the star turn in a famed series of dotcom-era TV ads punting dial-up internet access.
Another 0.03% of Blighty goes wind powered
The largest onshore windfarm in Europe goes fully on line today, and a massive offshore scheme in the Thames Estuary will now move ahead. But experts have warned that many hundreds more such projects will be required - at massive cost to electricity users - if the UK is to shake its dependence on fossil fuels.
Croats flock to support openly corrupt politician
A Croatian politician is close to becoming the mayor of the town Prolozac - despite promising to be corrupt and to treat the town "like our family business".
Nokia's next-gen tablet OS uncovered?
A screenshot has popped up online that’s claimed to detail part of an upcoming Nokia operating system for internet tablets.
3 has no place Like Home
3, recently heard shouting that it wants to see termination fees cut, is quietly dropping its 3 Like Home tariff, which offered international roaming with no additional fees.
More doubts on ID card readers
The Home Office has confirmed there is still no timetable for the rollout of ID card readers, without which carrying out effective ID checks is impossible.
HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 Wireless
ReviewHP has a difficult game to play. It wants to increase usage of its inkjet printers and all-in-ones by selling them small business, but in doing so it risks hitting the colour laser printer market, in which it’s the major player. The OfficeJet Pro 8500 Wireless is a case in point. It's a fast, high-capacity inkjet all-in-one which could directly undercut sales of colour lasers.
Europe, Russia discuss 'orbital shipyard' plans
Space bigwigs in Russia and Europe are working on ambitious plans for an international space shipyard in orbit above the Earth, according to reports. The orbital shipyard would be used to assemble manned spacecraft capable of travelling to the Moon or Mars.
Ofcom freezes pay
Ofcom, UK regulator of all things communicative, has announced a pay freeze. But with inflation running into the negative according to some measures, things could be worse.
Vatican declares 'the internet is blessed'
The Catholic Church could be headed for a virtual schism as the Vatican embraces Web 2.0 and declares "the internet is blessed", while a Scottish Bishop warns his flock against the "inane chatter" found online.
Blu-ray brains create 3D taskforce
The Blu-Ray Disc Association (BDA) has created a taskforce to ease the “integration of 3D technology into the Blu-ray Disc format”.
BT and 3 unite to fight mobile rate
BT and 3 have roped in unions, small business representatives and care workers to back a campaign to scrap the mobile termination rate today.
ESA chooses British army officer as astronaut
In an unexpected move, the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected a British army officer as one of its second-ever batch of astronauts. Major Timothy Peake, an Apache attack-helicopter pilot in the Army Air Corps, could fly to the International Space Station as soon as 2013.
Google: Let us keep search data or die
Google's lobbying to avoid restrictions on its ability to retain search data took a rather sinister turn this week, with co-founder Larry Page claiming such moves mean the "more likely we all are to die".
'Chief whip' tweet suggests early general election
A sensational tweet from a Labour chief whip has spilled the beans on the next election - except that it probably hasn't at all.
Ex-NebuAd staff target behavioural data via websites
As NebuAd dismantles itself in the US, the team who had hoped to launch its Phorm-like web monitoring and profiling system in the UK are preparing another behavioural targeting venture.
Asus France dooms 'flagship' Eee PC
Asus' French operation has confirmed that the Eee PC 1000HE - the company's popular netbook and provider of a nine-hour runtime - is to be phased out after the arrival of a new, yet-to-be announced machine.
Dell designs 10in netbook for Bash Street
Dell has rolled out a 10in netbook for schools - handy, that, because we don't think too many consumers will fancy its boxy looks.
HP's servers and storage hit a wall in Q2
Hewlett-Packard reported its second quarter financial results for fiscal 2009 ended in April. Like other IT players, HP's server and storage sales were slammed by the economic downturn and intense price competition that is the result of the poor economy.
Palm Pre to sell like hot cakes, Sprint CEO proclaims
The Palm Pre is going to sell so well the company will have trouble meeting demand. This is according to impartial observer Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, the network with an exclusive deal to supply Palm's last-chance handset.
Microsoft IIS hole fells university server
UpdatedThis story was updated at 21st May 2009 05:01 GMT to include Microsoft comments refuting the university's claims that the IIS vulnerability was exploited in the attack. It was updated again at 21st May 2009 23:10 GMT to note that University officials have recanted their claims. Please see this updated story.
Amazon juices Kindle iPhone app
Amazon continued its drive to make every iPhone user an Amazon customer by releasing an update to its free Kindle for iPhone app on Wednesday.
Craigslist sues South Carolina attorney general
Craigslist wants a restraining order barring South Carolina's attorney general Henry McMaster from grandstanding threats of criminal charges over the website's adult listings.
Google accused of selling free clicks
Harvard professor Ben Edelman calls it conversion-inflation syndication fraud. We call it typical Google.
IBM goes live with Smart Cube appliance server
After nearly two years of development and more than six months of a beta spin in India - where there are some 35 million small and medium businesses that are looking to computerize their operations - IBM has finally brought its Smart Cube appliance servers and the related application software Smart Market to the United States.
Microsoft consumes Chicago data center
Data center operator Ascent, while not exactly a household name, did stir up a little PR when it brought in a high profile customer named Microsoft to its facility located in the Chicago suburb of Northlake. And now, Microsoft is apparently getting set to buy the data center, nicknamed CH1, from Ascent, giving the data center operator a chance to build a new facility called CH2 that will piggyback on the power and connectivity capabilities that Microsoft is using.
Adobe convenes 'Come to Jesus' meeting for buggy Reader app
Over the past year, Adobe software has been pummeled by a steady stream of critical zero-day vulnerabilities. On Wednesday, the software maker outlined new initiatives designed to reduce the threats faced by users of its ubiquitous Reader and Acrobat applications.
NetApp buys Data Domain for $1.5bn
NetApp announced late Wednesday it will acquire dedupe specialist Data Domain for $1.5 billion in cash and stock. The purchase will effectively spring NetApp to the forefront of vendors selling redundant-data-busting technology when the deal closes in an expected two to four months.
NZ Telecom in 'deep' with Apple
Kiwis who lust after a new iPhone may soon have a choice of service provider other than Vodafone.