Wikiland gets Euro data center
Update: Originally, this article said this was Wikimedia's first European data center. It is not. The not-for-profit's projects have had Euro support in the past.
Top 500 supers - world yawns at petaflops
The annual International Supercomputing Conference kicked off this morning in Hamburg, Germany, with the announcement of the 33rd edition of the Top 500 supercomputer rankings. While petaflops-scale machines are far from normal, they soon will be.
Asus Crosshair III Formula AM3
ReviewAsus sent us a Crosshair III Socket AM3 Phenom motherboard to use when we tested the Republic of Gamers OC Station. This seemed like a questionable idea as it meant we were testing a £125 accessory on a £137 motherboard.
Asus Republic of Gamers OC Station control box
ReviewThe Republic of Gamers OC Station is an intriguing motherboard accessory that works as a control centre for your mobo without any of that nasty Bios business. It also handles overclocking duties. That’s what the OC stands for, see?
Seagate polishes BlackArmor range
Seagate has added low-end models to the BlackArmor range and is introducing a 640GB 2.5-inch FreeAgent drive.
NASA takes stick over feet and inches
NASA's insistence on sticking to pounds, feet and inches in its Constellation programme "could derail efforts to develop a globalised civilian space industry", New Scientist reports.
Manchester council caned over school data breach
Manchester City Council has been rapped over the knuckles for the loss of two laptops containing sensitive personal information on teachers and workers at local schools.
Apple hikes MacBook SATA speed
Remember the MacBook SATA degrade, meaning affected MacBooks could only operate SATA at 1.5Gbit/s, potentially slowing down SSD MacBook Pros? It's been fixed in a somewhat grudging manner by Apple.
11 Time Lords plan charity shindig
The BBC will unite every incarnation of Doctor Who for a one-off Children in Need special in November - with new Time Lord Matt Smith making his debut alongside William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.
Rockstar to launch Grand Theft Auto on... UMD
Gaming firm Rockstar has announced that GTA: ChinaTown Wars is to be launched onto the PlayStation Portable.
Kodak cuts the cord on latest digital frame
It’s probably been a while since you last sat around the family photo album. But Kodak is trying to bring those days back, with a digital frame that’s supposedly ideal for sharing.
Mitsubishi slashes iMiEV's price
Leccy TechMitsubishi has announced plans to slash the price of its e-cars by 50 per cent over the next six years.
Notorious spammer Ralsky pleads guilty to stock scam
Notorious spammer Alan Ralsky faces up to 87 months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to participation in a pump-and-dump stock spam scam.
LSI hauled to court for trade libel
SanDisk has got so hacked off at LSI's claims of patent infringement and threatening letters to SanDisk's customers that it's suing the company for trade libel.
Nokia to use Intel mobile chips?
Nokia is to start using Intel chips in its mobile devices, it has been claimed.
Social networking big boys must bow to EU data laws
Social networking sites are legally responsible for their users' privacy, Europe's privacy watchdogs have confirmed. A committee of data protection regulators has said that the sites are 'data controllers', with all the legal obligations that brings.
Elon Musk hits out at co-founder's Tesla Roadster allegations
Famed PayPal hecamillionaire and space rocket kingpin Elon Musk has issued a personal retort to the lawsuit recently mounted against him by fellow co-founder of electrocar maker Tesla Motors, Martin Eberhard.
Surveillance response 'inadequate', say Lords
The Government's response to a Parliamentary report on the monitoring and legislation surrounding surveillance is "inadequate" and it has "paid insufficient attention" to the report's recommendations, a follow up report has said.
Toshiba hopes for 3D flash chip within three years
Toshiba has developed a 3-dimensional NAND flash chip using 2 bit multi-level cell technology.
Rebrand ahoy for tainted Satyam
Indian outsourcer Satyam is to rebrand itself in order to draw a line under the revenue-boosting shenanigans of its ex-chief executive and founder, who is still awaiting trial.
DARPA seeking Genesis-style godware capability
US military wacky-professor bureau DARPA has outdone itself this time, issuing a request for "intelligent" electronic components and chemicals which can "self-organise" themselves to form complex items such as routers, fuel cells, biofuel factories or medical drugs. Indeed, reading between the lines it appears as though the American killboffins are seeking nothing less than the creation of artificial intelligent lifeforms.
Punters 'confuse' netbooks with notebooks
Guess what: ordinary folk don't know the difference between netbooks and notebooks, at least as far as the functionality of the two types of laptop go.
Lenovo test drives 'roll cage' PC
A thin profile and lightweight design are often the preserve of netbooks and high-end Macs, so Lenovo’s bucked the trend with a 14.1in ThinkPad that, it claimed, offers both those qualities and more.
Nokia Siemens clamps down on Iran snoop claims
Nokia Siemens Networks has denied it provided Iran with any special snooping equipment or capabilities when it helped install mobile networks in the country.
Firm digs up iPhone 3.0 gaming 'bone'
Do iPhone owners love their games as much as dogs love bones? We’ve no idea, but peripherals firm 22Moo hopes to find out by launching a bone-shaped controller compatible with Apple’s latest iPhone OS – version 3.0.
Kodak to kill Kodachrome
Production of Kodak’s historic Kodachrome colour film will end later this year, the company has announced.
Alleged Craigslist killer pleads not guilty
The alleged "Craigslist killer" Philip Markoff has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a woman he allegedly met through Craigslist.
HTC Touch Pro2
ReviewWe were expecting the HTC Touch Pro2 to emerge around the same time as its cousin the Diamond2 back in April, but it looks like the wait has done the Pro2 good. Not least of its charms is a new version of HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface, which further relegates Windows Mobile to the background, but there's also a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, tilting touch screen, A-GPS, WiFi and an emphasis on conference calling.
Vodafone offers customers chance to pay for own infrastructure
Femtocell World SummitVodafone surprised delegates at today's Femtocell Summit by announcing that from the first of July, UK customers will be able to buy their own Femtocell, thereby extending Vodafone's network through their own broadband connection.
MPs slam 'disgraceful' Type 45 destroyers
AnalysisThe Royal Navy's new billion-pound Type 45 destroyers are back in the news again for unfortunate reasons, with the head of an influential parliamentary committee saying it's "disgraceful" that they will enter service without their French-supplied primary weapons ever having been fired from the ships.
Consumers think netbooks are notebooks
Customers are perplexed about the terminology currently used by different tech vendors when it comes to understanding the difference between netbooks and notebooks, a new study has found.
Ministry of Defence offers luvvies reprieve
UK regulator Ofcom has published detailed proposals for the entertainment industry's spectrum usage, making it clear that the Program Makers and Special Events crowd will be thrown to the open market come 2018.
MySpace squeezes out two thirds of international staff
MySpace is slashing two thirds of its international workforce and bringing the axe down on at least four of of its international offices.
Street View projects Woolworths through temporal portal
Here's a good one for those of you who might have considered the time-shifting capabilities of Google's Street View: An impressive example of how to project a Woolworths store through a temporal portal...
Nine-ball attack splits security researchers
Security researchers are split over the seriousness of a web attack dubbed "Nine-ball" which broke onto the internet last week.
Demanding times for storage platforms
RegcastOur Regcast “Storage Platforms and Business Advantage” is now available on-demand .
Transformers helmsman demolishes English language
A whiny email from Transformers director Michael Bay to bosses at Paramount Studio pits the recreator of Optimus Prime against the rules of English grammar.
P2P-defending Prof faces fine, jail - and the trial hasn't even begun
Harvard professor Charlie Nesson's loony-tunes defence tactics in a file-sharing case against the US record industry may land him in the clink.
Recession will destroy 40,000 UK IT services jobs
Just under 40,000 UK IT services jobs are expected to disappear by 2010, although then the sector will slowly begin to recover.
JustGiving.com website goes titsup after upgrade
Update: This story originally referred to JustGiving as a not-for-profit. It is not.
Dreamliner first flight delayed yet again
Boeing has announced the first flight of its 787 Dreamliner will not now go ahead on 30 June as planned due to "a need to reinforce an area within the side-of-body section of the aircraft".
Nokia to develop Intel-based pocket internet gadgets
Intel and Nokia will jointly develop x86 CPUs, chipsets and a "user-friendly pocketable" internet access device to put the parts in, the two giants said today.
DHS killing satellite self-spying program
America is reportedly abandoning its plans to use satellites to spy on itself.
Intel and Nokia's brave new world
Intel and Nokia today announced a long-term relationship focused on future mobile products, then hosted a conference call with reporters and analysts to discuss why, what, when, where, and how. You can be sure that Redmond is listening closely.
Oracle plucks meat from Virtual Iron carcass
Oracle plans to add various Virtual Iron management tools to its Oracle VM product, and the combined offering is scheduled for release "early to mid next calendar year."
Microsoft begins Security Essentials downloads
Microsoft has begun offering limited trial downloads of its no-added-cost anti-malware tool, targeted at consumer desktops.
Shutters brought down on mortgage foreclosure racket
A bogus mortgage foreclosure prevention operation that traded in misery has been shut down by a US court.
NASA moon-attack probe beams home first lunar shots
NASA's new lunar probe beamed home images from the far side of the moon early Tuesday as the spacecraft eased into position for slamming down on the surface this October.
Titsup TSA partner closes airport express lanes
America's airport security checkpoints just lost some express lanes.
Super Micro stuffs super node into pizza box
Motherboard and whitebox system maker Super Micro is talking up its products at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany this week, including a hybrid Xeon-GPU cluster node, blade servers sporting the new six-core "Istanbul" Opterons, and a baby super workstation.
Sun buffs InfiniBand for Constellation supers
The second-generation InfiniBand switch that Sun Microsystems has been showing off since last November made its debut this morning at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. The new switch - coupled to new servers based on Intel's "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 processors as well as existing quad-core "Shanghai" Opterons (and soon to be six-core variants) - is the core of the upgraded Constellation HPC clusters that Sun has been pushing for two years as a means of getting back into the supercomputing space.
Web-based Zoho jumps into bed with Microsoft Sharepoint
Zoho wants to bridge the gap between its online productivity apps and traditional in-house office software with a new plug-in that lets Zoho Office users save documents to Microsoft SharePoint.