Opera Software reinvents complete irrelevance
Fail and YouLast week, in a bold attempt at being relevant again, Opera Software unveiled Opera Unite, which is marketese for "web server inside a web browser." The less obvious news tidbit from the release is that Opera Software is evidently still alive, and it's only when you've been clutching that single digit market share for a decade that you can convince yourself that everybody needs a web server on their computer to facilitate a revolution of sharing, openness, and all that happy horse shit.
Green GT motors through trial run
Leccy TechGreen GT's leccy racer of the same name has finally taken to the track, having completed an initial shakedown of the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France.
Samsung Story Station 1TB external HDD
ReviewSamsung has been making hard drives for years, but it's taken a wee bit longer for it to decide that if Western Digital, Seagate and co. can extend their drive production efforts to nice, shiny external storage units for consumers, it can too.
Bolivian TV falls for Air France crash hoax
Bolivian TV channel PAT has been left looking a bit daft after broadcasting extraordinary images of the last moments of Air France flight 447, lost over the Atlantic on 1 June:
Satnav technology becomes self-aware
Satnavs are smart gadgets but they can’t drive on your behalf. So software firm Journey Dynamics has designed the next best thing: a GPS box that apparently learns your motoring habits and then selects the best route for your various journeys.
Health Dept puts HealthSpace under review
The Department of Health (DoH) has suspended development work on the project to provide online personal health records.
Wanna buy an old PC factory?
We're all used to hearing about factory closures these days, but have you ever wondered what happens to a manufacturing plant when the jobs have gone?
BT deposits Wi-Fi in cashpoints
BT Openzone is set to expand further with a deal to put hotspots in cashpoints, forgetting for a moment that it's not a mobile phone network, and making maximum use of the unlicensed spectrum available to Wi-Fi.
German MP jumps ship for Pirate Party
A German MP has quit the Social Democrats in protest at the country's approval of controversial laws to crack down on child porn, and pledged his support for the Pirate Party.
Sony talks up Motion Control
Sony has treated a handful of its development partners to more detailed information about the firm’s upcoming motion-control gadget for the PlayStation 3.
DataDirect takes on EMC in the cloud
EMC's Atmos cloud storage product has competition coming: WOS, the Web-Optimised Scaler from DataDirect Networks.
Dinosaurs actually slimmer than we thought, say boffins
American researchers say they have uncovered a mathematical mistake made by the dinosaur boffinry community, meaning that the weight of live dinos has long been massively overestimated. In a development with devastating consequences for various much-fancied works of fiction, it now appears that in fact the dinosaurs were significantly slenderer than had been thought.
Iranian hacktivists hand-crank DDoS attack
The controversial outcome of the Iranian elections has spawned a parallel conflict on the internet.
Orange unveils GlastoNav
Watching your favourite bands while standing in foot-deep mud is tricky enough. Luckily, Orange has designed a mobile phone application that could make this year’s Glastonbury festival go slightly more smoothly for you.
T-Mobile's second Android revealed
T-Mobile's US operation has taken the wraps off of its second Android handset, which the carrier has called the myTouch 3G.
Windows 7, Bing and security: Mr Ballmer regrets
You can measure the size of a man's regret by how much he spends to make up for his mistakes.
Palm Pre developers told to read a book
Developers chomping at the bit to get their applications onto the Palm Pre are going to have to wait a little longer, as the Mojo SDK necessary won't be around until the end of the summer at best.
KCOM hands network management to BT
KCOM has scaled back its ambitions again and will concentrate on selling managed services to corporates after outsourcing its the management of its network assets to BT.
Union attacks fire-brigade control room IT modernisation
Union officials have launched a public attack on a government networking and IT project designed to reduce the number of fire-brigade control rooms from 46 to 9. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says that the Fire and Resilience Control (FiReControl) project is in "meltdown" and can't possibly be ready in time for the London Olympics. The union says the project should be scrapped.
Facebook tackles potent click fraud scam
Facebook is investigating reports that advertisers on the social networking site have been left well out of pocket as a result of click fraud.
Mellanox cranks up InfiniBand switches
With all of the talk about 10 Gigabit Ethernet in the commercial server racket these days, it is easy to forget that the king of high bandwidth in server networking is still InfiniBand, which runs at 40 Gb/sec in the new round of products that are coming out. Mellanox Technologies, which makes chips for processing the InfiniBand protocol, is the latest vendor to kick out its own quad-data rate (QDR) switches.
Apple won't let Commodore onto its baby
Apple has rejected a licensed Commodore 64 emulator application for the iPhone, citing its own rules that forbid virtual environments - something aimed more at Java developers than nostalgic gamers.
WD 2TB Caviar Black appears on promo card
Western Digital could be set to add a 2TB model to its Caviar Black range, if a picture of a promotion card in Japan is to be believed.
Apple iPhone 3GS
ReviewEveryone knew that Apple was planning to unveil version 3.0 of the iPhone OS at its Worldwide Developer Conference this month. As expected, the new OS adds some long awaited features such as ‘copy and paste’, multimedia messaging (MMS) and the ability to ‘tether’ your iPhone to a laptop computer so that the notebook can share the phone’s 3G internet connection.
Plantronics touts 'world's best' Bluetooth headset
Plantronics has launched what it claims is currently the world’s most advanced noise-cancelling Bluetooth headset.
Google submits to Beijing porn drive
Google's attempt to burnish its public image by helping anti-government demonstrators in Iran has been hobbled by its apparent submission to a Beijing anti-porn drive that has even drawn fire from the US government.
Blade Runner house yours for $15m
Fans of Blade Runner with very, very deep pockets are directed to Frank Lloyd Wright's 1924 Ennis House, which featured in the movie and is up for grabs for a modest $15m.
Please don't eat your horse, EU asks owners
The Sun is having a field day on "barmy" new EU regulations which require every horse owner to sign a pledge that he or she will not eat their mount.
O2 tells Apple fans to talk to the hand
UpdatedO2, who hold the UK exclusive on the iPhone, provides a useful online ordering tool for those looking to get the latest Apple hardware - as long as you're not using Apple's Safari browser.
iPhone 3G S sales surpass 1m units
Apple has announced that over 1m iPhone 3G S units have been sold since the handset was launched last week.
After six months, Steve Jobs speaks
Apple CEO Steve Jobs took his first small step towards retaking the reins in Cupertino on Monday morning, issuing a short statement in a press release announcing that sales of the company's new iPhone 3GS* (Reg review link) have topped one million since its release last Friday.
Platform leaps from grids to clouds
Platform Computing's Load Sharing Facility was one of the pioneering commercial programs for coordinating workloads running on parallel supercomputers, and it comes as no surprise that Platform wants to take what it knows about managing grids and apply it to managing clouds.
Kodak retiring iconic Kodachrome film
Eastman Kodak is retiring Kodachrome this year, as digital photography winds the once-iconic color film into obscurity.
Microsoft goes green to win IE 8 and Bing users
The planet and economy have been co-opted by Microsoft in its latest effort to win back the web from open-source and Google.
Microsoft plucks Yahoo! data center efficiency expert
Microsoft has hired a Yahoo! data center veteran to help build an energy efficient infrastructure beneath its planned cloud and online services.
Another Xbox chief leaves for EA
It's becoming more and more plausible that Electronic Arts and Microsoft's Xbox unit intend to keep swapping executives until they run each other's companies.
Google News serves up...Wikipedia links
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales likes to discuss the "free encyclopedia anyone can edit" as some sort of breaking news source. And apparently, Google agrees with him.
Voltaire's monster Infiniband switch
Voltaire is announcing general availability of its 40Gbit/s quad data rate InfiniBand switch at today's International SuperComputing 2009 event.
US city ends FaceSpaceGooHoo log-in grab
After a virtual avalanche of news coverage, the City of Bozeman, Montana has decided it will no longer ask job applicants for their FaceSpaceGooHoo log-ins.
VMLogix plugs virt jukebox into Amazon cloud
As they move to virtual environments, one of the things that IT shops need is a jukebox that stores all gold images for software stacks used in development, testing, and production. The programs that do this are called lab managers - because they were initially used in software development labs that were the early adopters of x64 virtualization - but they're used for managing production software stacks as well, and soon, they'll be able to deploy stacks to public clouds in addition to internal infrastructure.