21st > September > 2009 Archive
Adobe speeds Flash to Tweekbook, mobiles
Adobe Systems is rolling out services to ease deployment of Flash-based games, media, and apps on various social networks and mobile phones.
AMD grows very own Opteron chipsets
Advanced Micro Devices has delivered its first server chipsets derived from its acquisition of ATI Technologies.
Service management: A million jobs or a job with a million parts?
WorkshopNot so long ago there was the stuff that IT folk did, and there was stuff that non-IT folk did. The business was run by business people, and the IT department was run by IT people. Of course it made sense for the two sides to interact.
3D tech-agnostic set-top box designed
A standard way of displaying 3D content on a TV screen has yet to emerge, with manufacturers currently developing 3D-capable sets using a handful of different technologies.
Palm getting heavy over non-O2 Pré sales?
Palm has allegedly called in the lawyers to ensure that O2’s UK exclusivity on the Pré smartphone isn’t broken.
Skype founders sue former Joost boss
The founders of Skype are suing Michael Volpi, the ex-chairman of Joost, for allegedly stealing trade secrets relating to the peer-to-peer technology shared by Skype and the web TV firm.
Dot Hill starts Software RAID
Disk array subsystem supplier Dot Hill is selling a software RAID product to run on multi-core processors.
Rambus threads DDR3 memory
Rambus has devised a way of making DDR3 memory multi-threaded, so that it can better support multi-core servers.
Time for a change on the desktop?
Reg Reader StudiesA combination of the economic downturn and lack of appetite for Vista means that many have deferred desktop upgrade activity over the past year or two. If the stories of economic green shoots and the virtues of Windows 7 are to be believed, however, we are likely to see desktop modernisation coming into focus again as we look forward.
Facebook app flaws create Trojan download risk
Grey-hat hacker Unu has discovered cross-site scripting vulnerabilities involving Facebook applications, of a type that might be used to distribute Trojan horse malware or launch other hacking attacks.
British troops snapping up e-book viewers?
Bookworms and tech fans aren't the only ones buying e-book viewers, it seems. A British Army source has reportedly claimed that soldiers based in Afghanistan are lapping up the gadgets.
Microsoft adopts Say-on-Pay measure for shareholders
Microsoft jacked up CEO Steve Ballmer’s salary by four per cent for the company’s bumpy 2009 financial year, which ended in June.
Britons warned of plague of the 'supercats'
Britain is at risk from being overrun by ferocious "supercats", as domestic moggies interbreed with fierce wildcats increasingly being imported by extreme pet owners.
MSI adds to slim, light notebook clan
MSI has expanded the super-thin, super-lightweight notebook category with the launch of its latest model – the X400.
Environment Agency goes to High Court for right to spy
Government officials investigating illegal dumping will go to the High Court in attempt to win similar intrusive surveillance powers to MI5.
Word handling bug shoots down StarOffice
Sun last week pushed out a set of updates designed to fix a flaw in its StarOffice and StarSuite office software packages.
Citroën redesigns the 2CV
Leccy TechCitroën has joined VW in proclaiming the redesign of an iconic model as a leccy concept for tomorrow, which - in this case – is the 2CV.
Suicide bum-blast bombing startles Saudi prince
Anal-ysisIt has emerged that a fanatical al-Qaeda suicide terrorist attempted to kill a Saudi interior minister last month by concealing a bomb up his bottom (the terrorist's, not the minister's). The strategy backfired, so to speak, as the bum-bomber's own body muffled the deadly arse-blast and his target escaped with only minor injuries.
Packard Bell dot m/a netbook
ReviewPackard Bell may not a name you immediately associate with the latest word in netbooks, but now that it's part of Acer, all that may be about to change. Acer has big plans for the Packard Bell brand: it intends to develop PB into the very acme of trendy tech desirability. Apparently.
Bureaucrat behind bars for creating 1,400 fake kids
A civil servant and his accomplice are both behind bars today after being found guilty of a massive identity and tax credit fraud.
Women spending more time at work - but less time working
A performance analysis software vendor has risked inflaming the battle of the sexes by declaring that "women work hard, but not quite as hard as men".
Dell to buy Perot Systems for $3.9bn
Michael Dell has finally gained a place at the IT services top table by buying Perot Systems for $3.9bn.
Intel used rebates to freeze out AMD, EC docs show
The European Competition Commission has released more of the evidence that lay behind its decision to fine Intel over a billion euros for abusing its market position and undermining competion in the chip market.
World's first motion-controlled headphones outed
Taking calls and listening to music through your mobile phone is now easier than ever, Sony Ericsson (SE) has claimed, following its launch of motion-activated headphones.
Blue Shield provokes fresh China censorware row
China is reportedly pushing local ISPs to apply a censorware filter that's even more onerous than Green Dam, the PC software add-on that provoked an international privacy and censorship row this summer.
Cosmic flashbulb effect caused by 'black-hole invaders'
Boffins at Leeds Uni say they have come up with a new explanation for the mysterious astronomical phenomena known as "gamma ray bursts" (GRBs) because they consist of bursts of gamma rays.
Noel Edmonds brings Cosmic Order to the iPhone
iPhone users searching for meaning and direction in their sad and unfulfilled lives can rest easy, thanks to Noel Edmonds and his Cosmic Ordering application.
UK university embraces iPhone
A British university has written an iPhone application to help its freshers find their way to pubs and cash machines lectures and the library.
HP bundles up services for data centres
If buying servers and storage are a daunting experience for small and medium businesses, then trying to figure out what services they might need - and might even be able to afford - from their platform providers is a nearly impossible task.
Ofcom enacts Ultrawide Band
UK regulator Ofcom has set out the regulations under which Ultrawide Band radio connections can be used, despite the fact that no-one seems very interested in deploying UWB right now.
New Wii by 2011, claims gaming exec
Nintendo could launch a next generation Wii within two years, a leading videogames publisher has forecast.
Faster Barracuda escapes from Seagate
Seagate is launching the first 6Gbit/s 2TB drive, the Barracuda XT, and altering the Barracuda naming convention at the same time.
Five-year-mission solar stratocruiser prototype is go
The famous Pentagon tech wildcards at DARPA have announced plans to move forward with a flying, full-size prototype "Vulture" strato-wingship able to cruise the upper atmosphere for 5 years without landing.
Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx sprays sweet perfume at freeloaders
The founder of Linux distie Ubuntu has outlined plans for the platform’s next release (10.04), which is expected to land in April 2010.
FCC boss moves for stiffer net neut rules
The head of the US Federal Communication Commission has proposed formal net neutrality rules that would prohibit internet service providers from discriminating against particular content or applications.
Dell plus Perot - It's a start
AnalysisDell's $3.9bn acquisition of Perot Systems comes after two years of sweet talking by Dell chairman and chief executive officer, Michael Dell. While adding the Perot services business to Dell's own will certainly help the PC, server, and storage maker on a number of fronts, the acquisition will almost certainly not be the last acquisition by Dell as it takes on bigger players in the IT racket.
Apple seeks cure for iPhone battery woes
Stung by a torrent of complaints about its iPhone 3.1 OS update, Apple has contacted some affected users and asked them for their help in tracking down one of its many problems: poor battery life.
IBM Linux chief: Chasing desktop Windows a 'dead-end'
LinuxCon 2009IBM says that battling for desktop market share against Windows is a "dead-end" for Linux.
Hardware biz issued trojan-laced drivers, says researcher
A maker of hardware for computer gamers has taken its support site offline following a report that it was surreptitiously distributing malware on its downloads section.
Microsoft's Office Web Apps - a long way from here
ReviewThe arrival of an online version of Microsoft Office is a significant event, especially after IDC's Melissa Webster reported that nearly 20 per cent of companies already use Google Docs (if not exclusively). Last week, Redmond released an invitation-only Technical Preview of Office Web Apps. But does it have what it takes to fend off the likes of Google, Zoho, and Adobe's Acrobat.com?