25th > September > 2009 Archive
Microsoft pulls music service from wireless carriers
ExclusiveNearly two years after spending $46m to acquire the Musiwave mobile tunes service, Microsoft has informed wireless carriers they can no longer use the service once their contracts expire, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Intel and VMware get their RAS on
IDFNot content with adding comprehensive power-saving features to its processors, Intel is working on extending advanced power management for server memory as well as improving memory-error protection.
Intel: 'Westmere' works wonders
IDFIntel reckons its upcoming 'Clarkdale' desktop 32nm - kind of - processor will run rather faster than equivalently priced chippery you can have today - and that includes quad cores.
US judge postpones Googlebooks hearing
A US federal judge has postponed a fairness hearing that was set to decide the fate of Google's $125m book-scanning settlement with American authors and publishers, after the Department of Justice raised concerns over the pact.
Mainframe emulator goes commercial
Roger Bowler - the creator of the open source Hercules mainframe emulator - has put together a company called TurboHercules to try to commercialize the decade-old program that he created as a "programmer's plaything."
UK government ignoring own rules on open source
Open source vendors are calling on the UK government to put its money where its mouth is and police its own rules on public sector open source software procurement - which were revised in February this year.
Updated iMacs inbound, claim moles
Apple is poised to announce a series of technical and aesthetical improvements to its iMac range, moles familiar with the company’s PC plans have claimed.
Balancing act for servers that flash the cache
CommentMultiple flash locations in the server-storage stack are upsetting balanced I/O conventions and making overall system design much more difficult.
Cloud storage hits the High Street
Carphone Warehouse will offer its customers Geek Squad-branded online storage services by Trend Micro.
Swedish military combustobra: Jubtastic snap
You demanded it, and here it is: our exclusive snap of a Swedish military combustobra incident, which shows just what happens when buxom female recruits subject government-issue brassieres to excessively "rigorous exercises":
Intel writes cheque for on-demand videogame tech
On-demand access to the latest videogames through your HD TV has just taken a step closer, following an Intel cash injection into a US firm.
Automated out of existence?
WorkshopIf your job involves managing IT, IT services or business services it’s probably not escaped your attention that for better or worse, your job entails working with other people. Whether strong demarcations between “IT” and “The Business” exist, or whether your firm takes a more ‘progressive’ approach, there are numerous constituencies, each of which operates separately from the rest.
Probably the best server survey in the world
Last week we asked you to tell us about your desktop environments. The response was fabulous, with over a thousand people filling in our survey. This week, we want to build a picture of your x86 server environments: what’s working and where are the challenges?
EU to shout at media player makers over noise levels
A European Commissioner is preparing to present manufacturers of portable media players (PMP) and music-capable handsets with a mandate, following concerns that mobile music fans could be damaging their hearing.
Penis pill spam: The hard figures
The economics of male enhancement pill spammers have been laid bare by security researcher Dmitry Samosseiko.
Londoners' votes put at risk by Boris' bigwig
Boris Johnson's top official is headed for a clash with the elections watchdog over his personal decision to use electronic counting machines at the next London election - despite serious concerns over fraud and costs estimated by his own staff at £1.5m more than a manual count.
Nokia E55 smartphone
ReviewThe Nokia E55 is actually one of a pair of very similar handsets simultaneously released by Nokia. Its brother is the E52, which is pretty much the same, except that it has a standard numeric keypad rather than the E55's SureType-style Qwerty keypad with two letters assigned to each key. That aside, both phones come with Wi-Fi, HSDPA 3G, a 3.2Mp camera, aGPS, FM radio and an outsize battery.
Oxygen-from-Moon-dirt passes vomit comet test
American boffins say they have developed a viable process for making oxygen out of moon dirt, which could allow humans to live for long periods in lunar bases. The new tech has been tried out under the equivalent of the moon's one-sixth-G gravity aboard NASA's famous "vomit comet" low-gee simulator plane.
Trucker prangs rig while cracking one off
Swedish police believe that a German lorry driver who crashed his vehicle near Borås earlier this week may have been off his box on drugs, according to the Borås Tidning newspaper.
Ford creates battery-powered Focus
Leccy TechCar giant Ford has released technical details about its Focus-based leccy car – the Focus Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).
Flickr!: Now! with! added! Yahoo!
The famously-sensitive users of Flickr have reacted with outrage at Yahoo!'s decision to stick its logo on the photo-sharing service.
SIM card hack suspect released on bail
An alleged Jamaican phone system hacker who is accused of pinching 10m Jamaican dollars(US$115,000) in call credit from local carrier Digicel has been released on bail.
IBM in £24m battle with UK spooks
ExclusiveBritish spymasters are involved in a multimillion-pound wrangle with IBM over a secret intelligence network that was scrapped after years in development because of security fears and missed deadlines.
Vodafone picks a Linux-phone
The LiMO Foundation is celebrating Vodafone's endorsement with two handsets from Samsung, but the news that the Linux-based alternative isn't dead won't be received well over at Symbian.
Vertu presents €5K flip phone
Ultra-expensive mobile phone manufacturer Vertu is back with its latest credit crunch-defying handset - Ayxta.
Duff DAB, megamogs and ass-assassins: Your thoughts
CommentblurtIt is not often that an issue will unite our beloved readers in a rousing chorus of concentrated, directed bile. If you think about the subjects that get you hot under the collar, there is always a balance, with the numbers in favour of each seemingly poised in a yin and yang-type cosmic display of karmic harmony: Windows vs Linux, Internet Explorer vs Firefox, global warming apocalypse vs global warming scaremongering, amanfrommars vs grammar - it is a ballet made up of the very stuff of life.
Google Books opens French front in war with publishers
Google has been called on to defend its Books project in the French courts after a publisher accused it of copyright infringement on Thursday.
Vodafone is all thumbs on multitouch
Vodafone's claim that the H1 would support "multitouch" caught our eye, but it was eight hours before we discovered how fast and loose the operator was playing with the dictionary.
Open source code quality improving
The quality and security levels of open source code are continuing to improve, according to the latest annual audit by code analysis tools vendor Coverity.
Blind one-legged man wins arse-kicking contest
A partially-sighted, one-legged man who had consumed a substantial quantity of rum was accused of attempted murder after he set about four American policemen single-handed earlier this week brandishing an assortment of cutting and stabbing weapons. The understandably alarmed plods subdued their assailant by the use of a Taser electroprod gun.
Microsoft's support tweaks leave some email admins out in the cold
Microsoft’s wonky Exchange Server roadmap has claimed a high-class victim in Redmond’s 22 October OS launch assault, as its recently released Exchange Server 2007 SP2 won’t support Windows Server 2008 R2.
AI robots to mark exams
Our "education" system is taking another step towards total automation with the introduction of AI robots to mark examination papers. Pearson will unleash the bots next month to mark English papers, reports the TES.
Lily Allen incites mails
MailbagWell, that didn't last long. Lily Allen closed her music business yesterday blog - cheekily named after a Billy Bragg lyric - after four days, citing abuse from freetards. Last night she signed up to a pledge not to persecute freeloaders that much.
Sony says ‘No’ to UMD swap shops
Sony has confirmed that owners of old-school PlayStation Portable (PSP) units won’t be able to transfer UMD-based games onto the digital-only PSP Go!
FCC ferrets around for spare spectrum
The FCC is asking for suggestions in the hunt for more radio spectrum, having established that there's not going to be enough to support the next generation of broadband requirements.
Novell forces customers to pay for maintenance
Commercial operating system and add-on systems software maker Novell this week felt the ire of its user base, as it warned partners that in a few months it would be requiring that customers get a maintenance contract on software before they would get access to patches, updates, and technical documents for that software.
Home Office jumps the gun on DNA research
The single most significant piece of research cited by the government in its review of current DNA practice was incomplete and published prematurely following pressure from the Home Office.
Tech trendsetters reveal all
100 Per Cent DesignWith London Fashion Week now, oh so last week, designers of a different sort are gathering at Earls Court, London for 100 Per Cent Design, the annual contemporary interiors and architectural event. Here, established designers and manufacturers rub shoulders with er, less well established designers and innovators, to show off what could be coming to a dream home or office near you. We couldn’t resist a glimpse into tomorrow’s world and even found the latest in executive ‘digital’ toys.
IBM punts fixed-cost BlackBerry support plan
IBM is snuggling tight with Research in Motion (RIM) to simplify how it sells management and support plans for BlackBerry phones in enterprises.
Google hits Android dev with cease-and-desist letter
UpdatedGoogle has sent one of the most prolific independent developers for the Android phone a letter demanding he stop distributing software that greatly expands the capabilities of the fledgling smartphone operating system.
Microsoft apes Google with chillerless* data center
Microsoft has unveiled a mega data center that operates without chillers, joining Google in the embrace of so-called "free cooling."
MMS (finally) comes to AppleT&T
AT&T has made good on its promise to bring the multimedia messaging service to the iPhone.
Mozilla free-love coders caressed by Palm
Two prolific open web standards advocates at Mozilla are leaving the non-profit foundation for Palm, vowing to spread their developer-centric gospel to the smartphone maker's webOS platform.
UK webhosts in champagne throwing cat fight
UpdatedGet your popcorn. It's time for the UK webhost cat fight to end all UK webhost cat fights.
US to cede control of ICANN?
The US government has reportedly agreed to cede control over ICANN once its current pact with the internet oversight body expires next week.
HP: We will grow faster than IT
If you wanted to make the most profitable and the largest IT company in the world, you would probably not come up with anything that looked like either Hewlett-Packard or IBM. Both companies have historically had their strengths and weaknesses, but they are starting to look more like each other - and to talk more confidently about their profit prospects despite the economic meltdown.