Adobe buffs and brands full Flash suite
Adobe Systems is today expected to release code for an environment to unify design and development, plus code and a major re-branding for its next Flash and AIR RIA tool.
Virtualization moves to centre of mobile agenda
Six months after VMware announced plans for a mobile version of its virtualization platform – used to manage data center resources and PCs more efficiently – it says the technology will be seen in handsets next year, as it seeks to see off competition from mobile specialists such as VirtualLogix.
Asus eyes Ion
Asus has been claimed to be not only evaluating Nvidia's Ion platform for netbooks and nettops, but to have also decided to make a machine based on the Atom add-on.
Quantum extends deduplication to the sticks
Quantum claims to have rendered tape obsolete in branch and remote offices with a new smaller deduplication and replication appliance.
Yahoo! shuts! failed! social! networking! site!!
Yahoo! is shutting its unloved social networking site, Yahoo! 360, next month.
Official next-gen PlayStation Portable details leaked
The PlayStation Portable Go is... er... go, thanks to a leaked video in which a Sony executive provides a step-by-step guide to the PSP-3000’s successor.
Blighty’s barmy for e-cars, poll discovers
Leccy TechBritish folks are plain crazy about leccy cars, according to an RAC poll.
Emulex says Broadcom unfit to take it over
Emulex has filed a law suit alleging that Broadcom is unfit to take it over because a still influential former Broadcom CEO faces federal drug charges.
MP 'devastated' over Facebook profile hack
A backbench Tory MP was left "devastated" after his Facebook account was hacked.
TechNet goes Virtual with online conference for all
Microsoft’s TechNet is running its first virtual conference for the UK tech community, and it's a biggie.
VIA offshoot aims ARM SoC at Intel's Atom
ComputexHaving largely failed to dent Intel's share of the netbook processor market, Taiwan's VIA is having another go, this time pitching a part at the nascent handheld internet tablet arena - and on the back of the ARM architecture.
Jacqui whacks shock jock crock
The Home Office will robustly defend itself against any legal action brought by US shock jock Michael Savage, real name Michael Weiner.
Phoenix glides serenely over recessionary ashes
Services group Phoenix reckons an early start on preparing for the downturn means that it will be able to weather the storm better than some of its competitors.
Samsung unveils 12Mp cameraphone
Samsung looks set to beat both Sony Ericsson and LG in the 12Mp cameraphone race, following news that its first such handset will be available later this month.
Boffins: Ordinary lightbulbs can be made efficient, cheaply
Just as authorities in much of the Western world have moved to phase out the incandescent lightbulb, American boffins believe they have developed a process which can make the oldschool lights more efficient than energy-saving lamps.
Britain leads world in police state survey
A recent survey from internet security consultancy, Cryptohippie, suggests that the UK is setting the pace in at least one area - though being classified as the West’s most repressive regime when it comes to electronic surveillance might not be a title that this government is entirely happy to wear.
Level 3 wilts in London sunshine (again)
A major central London data centre owned by Level 3 overheated in Sunday's sunshine, taking down major websites including the popular music service Last.fm.
Bada Bing tickles UK fancies
Microsoft's Bing is slowly but surely being rolled out to interweb surfers throughout the world - and those who can already get their sticky hands on the new search engine are finding hardcore porno videos are now just two clicks away.
US firm says handheld puke ray is ready to go
A US industrial laser company says it has developed a functional puke-ray system, ideal for use by cops or military personnel wishing to take down their opponents without shooting them. The firm proposes to issue the "non lethal light fighting technology" in two form factors - light-sabre/torch and blaster-pistol.
Hindus take divine mace to Sony Playstation
Hindu groups worldwide have called for a boycott of all Sony PlayStation products in response to the company's Hanuman: Boy Warrior, on the grounds that the PS2 game “trivializes the highly revered deity of Hinduism”.
Sony X-Series Walkman
ReviewFor the last few years, Sony has applied its iconic Walkman brand to Sony Ericsson products and performed sterling work in developing sound quality and user friendliness in media playing mobile phones. The new X-series Walkman has no phone element whatsoever, but it does have an OLED touch screen, built-in Wi-Fi for Internet access, video playback and an FM radio.
Intel confirms end of Psion 'netbook' legal fight
UpdatedIntel and Psion Teklogix have settled their legal battle over the ownership of the word 'netbook', the chip giant has confirmed.
Egyptian cuts off todger to spite his
An Egyptian man whose family refused him permission to marry below his station decided the best way to lodge a protest was to chop off his own penis, AP reports.
UK chases Obama on cybersecurity
Security and intelligence officials plan to publish a UK version of Barack Obama's cybersecurity and defence review before the summer Parliamentary recess, according to sources close to the work.
Storage world asks: Is a copy a backup?
CommentIs a copy of a file a backup? A group of of storage bloggers from EMC, Nirvanix, Ocarina and other locations in the storage blogosphere have been debating this topic and have generally agreed that it is, so long as it meets certain criteria.
Israeli TV star ordered execs beaten up
A Israeli variety show presenter was yesterday cuffed for allegedly responding to TV executives' rejection of his show ideas by having them beaten up.
STEC goes all the way with EVA
Another tier one storage vendor has publicly pitched its tent in STEC's backyard - HP EVA arrays will use STEC solid state storage.
Better Wii Fit and Balance Board en-route?
An updated version of Wii Fit could be unveiled by Nintendo at the E3 games conference this week, alongside the launch of an enhanced Balance Board.
'Cloned' CGI faces mimic people 'better than skilled actors'
Government-funded boffins have collaborated with others from famous movie industry labs to produce software which can "clone" a person's facial mannerisms. The cloned data can then be applied to a CGI head, either to let a computer masquerade as a real person or to enhance the realism of animated characters.
Toshiba demos facial recognition for cars
Toshiba has demoed an in-car facial recognition system that’ll alert dozy drivers to their dodgy driving, or simply help them change the radio without taking their hands off of the wheel.
Google pledges to open ebook service by year end
Google's ebook service should be up and running by the end of the year, the firm claimed today.
Brits suffer 'cinema TV' price hike
Philips has announced the UK price of its 21:9 cinema-style TV, but buyers would be better off shopping elsewhere in Europe.
3 lures data dabblers
The internet isn't going to go mobile while prepay users outnumber postpay by three or four to one, and adding data means a long call to an Indian call centre. So in a small but significant move, UK network 3 today said it's essentially opting its prepay users into a data plan, giving them a free data bundle to use.
Firefox users flip out over sneak MS add-on
Firefox fans are up in arms after a recent Microsoft software update silently installed a Firefox extension that is difficult to remove.
Display maker spends $215m on E Ink
E Ink has been bought by the company that makes most of the displays based on its technology.
Her Maj honours NZ wizard
Her Maj Queen Liz II has seen fit to honour NZ's Ian Brackenbury Channell - who's better known in Christchurch as "The Wizard".
Irish politicos try to cut off call girls' mobiles
The simplest and most effective way to crack down on prostitutes is to take their mobile phones away - so said Denis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim) during Dáil justice questions last week.
Sun rolls out OpenSolaris 2009.06 release
As odd as it may seem, the OpenSolaris development release of Sun Microsystems' Unix operating system has only been available officially on x64 PCs, workstations, and servers. The OpenSolaris distribution has not been packaged up for Sparc workstations or servers. Starting today, with the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release, both x64 and Sparc iron are now supported in the distro.
Asus shows ARM-based, Android-running skinny Eee
ComputexStatement of intent or proof concept? Either way Asus' Eee PC Seashell equipped not with Intel's Atom but Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor will fuel the hopes of many that the ARM architecture is about to muscle in on the netbook market in a big way.
AMD locks and loads 'Istanbul' six-shooter
Advanced Micro Devices, after weeks of hinting that its six-core "Istanbul" Opteron processors were right around the corner, is finally firing the kickers to its "Shanghai" quad-core Opterons right at the new and forthcoming Nehalem family of workstation and server chips from archrival Intel.
Google's doing to Twitterbook what it's doing to copyright
Comment"The demonstrations will show Microsoft's embrace of devices beyond personal computers and of nonproprietary technology and may include a new interface that could eventually act as a digital dashboard for computers" - The Wall Street Journal, 'Microsoft's New Webware', 22 June 2000
Chip sales down 25% from last year
Global chip sales in April are down 25 per cent from a year earlier, though at least they've improved over the last two months.
Linksys router ripe for remote takeover
A security researcher has discovered a flaw in a popular Linksys router that could allow attackers to remotely hijack the device using its web management console.
iPhone 3.0 to nix app redownloading?
It appears as if Apple's iPhone 3.0 software may make it impossible for you to use your iPhone to redownload an app that you had previously purchased from the App Store.
Microsoft uncloaks invisible XBox controller
Microsoft has revealed a motion-sensing gadget for the Xbox 360 that uses the player's full body to control video games.
Plague of web bugs descend on British sites
It's been a busy week for high-profile web vulnerabilities, with discoveries of careless bugs on the sites of three British companies.
Apple ChiPhone set for July?
A few tantalizing tidbits surfaced today indicating that the iPhone's long-awaited entry into the Chinese market will occur next month and that the ChiPhone will include three communications methods: "EDGE (enhanced data rates for GSM evolution), 3G and China's related standards."
Red Hat blends JBoss blocker to SpringSource
CommunityOneRed Hat has opened Sun Microsystems' annual week of Java activities with an application server strategy targeting fellow open-sourcer SpringSource.
Gartner: No server growth until 2010
The box counters at Gartner gave out their stats for server sales for the first quarter of the year, and the numbers were worse even than the already bad expectations the market researcher had. Worldwide server sales fell by 24 per cent by Gartner's reckoning to $10.1bn, and shipments collapsed by a nearly identical 24.2 per cent to 1.72 million units.
Feds quiz former worker over Texas power plant hack
A former employee at a Texas power utility was arrested late last week over accusations he crippled its energy forecast system after launching a hacking attack.
EMC trumps NetApp bid for Data Domain
EMC is crashing NetApp's wedding to Data Domain with a trumping bid of $1.8 billion to purchase the company.