Telecoms reform tabled as EU plots spam clampdown
The European Commission is calling on tougher action to fight spammers and protect online privacy.
Browser company rejection is what turned an innovative plan to have websites and users' computers automatically negotiate privacy into a failure, according to the organisation that invented it.
Home Office signs £430m contract extensions
The Home Office is spending £330m with Fujitsu and £100m with Atos Origin to extend existing deals with the two companies.
Oracle to 'out-Sun' Sun on hardware and software
OpenWorld 09Oracle will out-invest Sun Microsystems on Sparc and Solaris and provide more open source contributions, Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy told OpenWorld Sunday night.
MSI Wind Top AE1900
ReviewAll-in-one PCs have been around for ages and it’s not hard to understand their appeal. They feature the wire-free tidiness of a laptop, combined with the big screen of a desktop PC. The concept sustains many admirers, with Apple’s iMac range doing very well indeed with just such a form factor.
To upgrade or not to upgrade?
WebcastWith Windows 7 ready to bite, the recession drawing to a close - maybe - and a certain optimism crossing the land, we’ll soon enter the season for desktop upgrades. But seriously, what’s the rationale for keeping an up-to-date desktop environment?
Google: Servers are DIMM witted
The heat and stress testing of computer components in the lab does not necessarily bear out how components will behave in the field, according to a study done by Google.
The great productivity myth: Are we slaves to the machine?
WorkshopDesktop computers crash - that’s life.
Sun kicks out 10/09 Solaris update
Oracle minion Sun Microsystems has rolled out its 10/09 update to the commercial Solaris 10 operating system.
Microsoft sees no silver lining in Sidekick server snafu
A major server outage at Microsoft's subsidiary firm Danger, which provides Sidekick data services to T-Mobile customers, has forced the company to admit that many of its users have lost personal information that was stored on the system.
ATM pays out credit for unwanted gadgets
Recycling your old mobile phone, compact camera, MP3 player or even external storage device could soon become much easier - and more rewarding - following the installation of a gadget-recycling ATM in North America.
Eternus extended with SAS, iSCSI and SSD
Fujitsu has added iSCSI and SAS interfaces plus solid state drive support to its Eternus DX hard drive brand, completing a range tidy-up begun when it took over full control of Fujitsu Siemens Computers in March.
Royal Marines' semi-hovership prototype launched
A prototype high-speed landing craft - using a novel British design halfway between a catamaran and a hovercraft - has been launched. The "PACSCAT" (Partial Air Cushion Supported CATamaran) design is intended for service with the Royal Marines.
Google fixes SMS crashing bug in mobile OS
Google last week updated its Android mobile phone software, following the discovery of a potentially nasty pair of denial of service bugs.
'Amateur' IBM brings down Air New Zealand
The boss of Air New Zealand has launched an astonishing attack on IBM after a catastrophic system crash crippled the airline and left passengers stranded.
West Midlands cops to roll out Mitsubishi EVs
Leccy TechBritain's police forces are proceeding in an orderly fashion to test Mitsubishi's iMiEV after the company showed off the e-car - reviewed here - at the UK's National Police Show last month.
LG shows solar-powered e-book reader
LG's LCD division has demo'd a novel e-book reader equipped with a solar panel.
Sky Songs plops out
ISP Sky's on-off music service will finally launch on Monday 19 October, offering free streaming… and that's about it. A handful of MP3s will be bundled, but strictly at CD prices, dashing hopes of Sky bringing its marketing muscle and innovation to the digital music business.
Hypnotist expands breasts, cures irritable bowels
A stage hypnotist from Yorkshire burst into the Sunday papers this weekend after it emerged that Britain's ladies are using his self-hypnosis CDs to increase their breast size by as much as two cups.
Boffins demo 'through-walls' people tracker
Boffins in Utah have developed a method of detecting and tracking human bodies through building walls.
Scotland Yard criticised over raid on Parliament
Scotland Yard and the Cabinet Office both came in for further criticism today over their roles in the arrest of Tory MP Damian Green for passing embarrassing documents to the press.
Vendors promised G.hn chips as ITU agrees PHY spec
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has given its blessing to a key component of G.hn, the prospective standard for data networking over mains wiring, home phone lines and coax cabling.
ID fraud prevention week fights UK's fastest growing crime
National Identity Fraud Prevention week kicked off in the UK on Monday. The scheme marks an attempt to raise public awareness of the threat of identity fraud, reckoned to be one of the UK's fastest growing financial crimes.
AMD ATI Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 DirectX 11 GPUs
ReviewBefore we dive into our review of the HIS Digital HD 5850 and Sapphire HD 5870 graphics cards, let’s take a quick look at the technology behind the AMD’s new family of graphics chips.
Former Nortel boss demands $12m in unpaid wedge
Former Nortel CEO Mike Zafirovski has gotten right up his fellow ex-Nortel staffers' collective nose by slapping in a claim for over $12m in unpaid salary and bonuses.
Oracle unveils new hoops for partners to jump through
Oracle is overhauling its partner programs, forcing resellers to fit into one of four new levels from the beginning of December.
Merkel rips into Google Books
The German chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced concerns over Google's book-scanning effort, adding political weight to the complaints of rights holders.
Zeppelin-borne boffins in Bay Area alien 'extremophile' hunt
NASA says it is searching for aliens in the neighbourhood of San Francisco, using a Zeppelin.
'Hack Idol' to find top UK cyberwarriors
The UK government has launched plans to find the best young hackers through a talent competition.
Remind me what we're doing again?
WorkshopOver the past few weeks that we’ve been writing about service management, it’s become very clear just how hard it is to hold the fort. Indeed, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if some of you don’t wonder – at least to yourselves – why bother?
Orange says now everyone can be their own MVNO
Orange has signed a deal with Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA) Transatel to handle technical details for as yet unborn MVNOs that could now launch within weeks rather than months.
Sun debuts FlashFire, calls record books
Sun has announced its solid state FlashFire products - an apparently record-breaking 2TB array and a 96GB card.
Google director quits to break Apple link
Under the regulatory spotlight, another link between the historically close top brass at Google an Apple was broken today, further preparing the ground for a more intense rivalry between the two.
HP, EMC cozy up to Oracle
It's Oracle OpenWorld, and everybody wants to be Larry Ellison's frienemy. That's only fitting considering that Oracle's chief executive officer and co-founder is certainly the IT industry's poster boy for frienemism. Hewlett-Packard and EMC have professed their loyalty to various Oracle products at the event, as many others will do in front of the 35,000 attendees to the show this week.
Oracle finds future in McNealy's antique jalopy
OpenWorld 09Oracle's power presidential duo of Charles Phillips and Safra Catz have channeled the spirit of Sun man Scott McNealy to explain their company's four-year, multi-billion dollar acquisition spree.
China bans foreign investment in online video games
China has banned foreigners from investing in the country's online games industry "in any form," as a way to restrict content that censors have deemed unhealthy to the public.
Hacker springs latest iPhone OS from Jobsian jail
One of the world's foremost iPhone hackers has just released software for jailbreaking the latest firmware released for the Apple smartphone.
Hitachi Data Systems fingered in Sidekick disaster
It appears that the direct cause of the Sidekick data loss may have been storage area network remedial work outsourced to Hitachi Data Systems.
Microsoft yawns at Google's chillerless data center antidote
Microsoft wouldn't be surprised if Google is using some sort of custom-built mystery software that automatically shifts workloads between its mega data centers. After all, Microsoft is doing much the same thing.
Linux Foundation woos with lifetime linux.com handle
The cult of Linux is sweetening its membership perks this week to drum up more dollars for the open source kernel.
Microsoft and Armani fashion a phone
It's a marriage made in heaven: Microsoft and Giorgio Armani, with a little help from Samsung, have launched a mobile phone.
Ellison whips out his Sparc TPC-C test
Larry Ellison, Oracle's chief executive officer, has ants in his pants. Or something.
Firefox 3.5.4 beta ready for bug testing, abuse
While Firefox testers can expect getting their mitts around the first public beta of Firefox 3.6 tomorrow, Mozilla still has the less-glamorous task of putting the browser's next security and stability update through some serious abuse.
Fanbois howl over data-munching Snow Leopard bug
More than month after reports of a home-directory-eating Snow Leopard bug first surfaced, Apple fanbois continue to howl that the new Mac operating system is munching their personal data.