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Telcos double down on netbooks with Windows 7
Expect more telcos in the US and Europe to offer customers netbooks with calling plans and running Windows 7, in the run up to Christmas.
Android goes PAYG
Android is no longer a contractual commitment. T-Mobile has launched Pulse: the UK’s first Android-based smartphone available on pay-as-you-go.
Big Blue kills off CSM clustering
For a while now, IBM has had multiple and competing tools for managing AIX and Linux clusters for its supercomputer customers and yet another set of tools that were used for other HPC setups with a slightly more commercial bent to them. But Big Blue has now cleaned house, killing off its closed-source Cluster Systems Management (CSM) tool and tapping its own open source Extreme Cluster Administration Toolkit (known as xCAT) as its replacement.
Windows 95 to Windows 7: How Microsoft lost its vision
CommentMuch better than Vista, and the best Windows yet. That seems to be the consensus view on Windows 7, and after two and a half months with the final build, I more or less agree - despite the niggling voice that says behind the new taskbar it is not really so different from Windows Vista.
Western Digital My Passport Essential portable HDD
ReviewWe approve of the ongoing miniaturisation of external hard drives, but the process has its limits. Western Digital's latest My Passport Essential is among the smallest drives of its class, but WD's choice of a tiny connector could be the product's downfall.
Oracle fails to convince MySQL doubters
Oracle has failed to persuade the European Commission that it will provide a safe home for MySQL.
Telecoms package prob must be sorted or snuffed out in 8 weeks
The European Parliament has until the end of the year to agree a new telecoms reform deal with the EU's Council of Ministers. It will announce Thursday the start date for negotiations which can take no longer than eight weeks.
NZ town cans rabbit-chucking contest
A New Zealand town has cancelled a rabbit-chucking contest in which local kids were invited to see how far they could hurl a lapine carcass.
Honda designs mainstream e-bikes
Leccy TechHonda’s electric motorcycle concepts have, until now, been utterly bizarre – such as the U3-X. But in a break from the norm, Honda’s decided to go with the norm by designing two pretty ordinary looking e-scooters.
VMware profits drop by half
VMware made 54 per cent less profit in its third 2009 fiscal quarter than a year ago.
Complex licensing hamstrings EU music market
Fragmented and complex publishing arrangements are hindering the growth of a European online music market and must be replaced with more open and transparent agreements, music industry groups and the European Commission have agreed.
Cloud storage: It's strictly for airheads
CommentCloud storage is fatally flawed right now. After the chaotic outage of Microsoft's Sidekick T-Mobile service and the collapse of SwissDisk's filers, what sensible business is going to entrust their data to the cloud?
Man dissects Apple's Magic Mouse
If you’ve been wondering what’s so magical about Apple’s new Magic Mouse, you aren’t alone. US repair-and-parts shop iFixit has been asking itself the same question, so it took the mouse apart to find out.
Raytheon unveils Linux 'Insider Threat' rooter-out routers
US armstech mammoth Raytheon has announced that its "government insider threat management solution" for information security will be powered by Linux. Penguin-inside crypto modules to be used in Raytheon's mole-buster tech have now passed tough federal security validation, apparently.
You will learn to love Google's sorry music widget
Hyped overnight as a Google 'Music Service', what we see instead is set to be the most underwhelming launch in a long history of label-backed music flops. It's barely a 'service' - merely a sorry widget that yokes a DRM-crippled version of LaLa's already unpopular streaming offering with unsold Adwords inventory.
What if you had a launch party and nobody came?
CommentIf there's one standout feature about Microsoft's launch of Windows 7 this week, it's the abundance of other compelling tech news.
Google suspends investor relations firm named in shares scandal
Google has suspended a firm it uses for investor relations advice after the SF-based consultancy was implicated in the Galleon hedge fund insider trading scandal.
NewsNow tells newspapers: Lay off the legal action
News aggregrator NewsNow.co.uk has told British newspapers to lay off the legal threats and accept that linking to news stories is good for their business.
Xbox 360 to go Blu, says Ballmer
Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has promised that an external Blu-ray drive is coming to the Xbox 360.
Rigid sky-train to fly through magnetic rings on sticks
UpdatedPromoters in Las Vegas this week vied to offer the wildest ideas for a new super-fast mass transit link between the desert gambling mecca and Los Angeles. Plans were presented for a "railless" train which would fly through magnetic rings mounted atop pillars and a "sunlight bullet expressway" employing "large air-cushioned hovercraft".
A fifth of Americans use Twitter, or something
The Pew Internet and American Life Project handed Twitter either a massive PR coup or a trademark problem yesterday, by declaring 20 per cent of Americans were using the service - or something similar.
Aussie censor wants power to ban iPhone apps
The Australian censorship board wants to extend its tentacles into classifying mobile games and iPhone applications.
Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d
ReviewThe low end of Iomega’s StorCenter range, the StorCenter ix2, is noisy, slow and lacking quite a few features you’d expect on a £300 Nas. The new StorCenter daddy, the ix4-200d, is in a different league in the speed and noise categories though, which you’d expect for 600-plus quid.
UK.gov prostitution proposals caught with pants down
CommentGovernment proposals on prostitution and "trafficking" hit the rocks this week, as an in-depth investigation revealed a distinct lack of evidence for a supposed evidence-based policy.
Lily Allen exits Twitter, bins BlackBerry
UK popstress Lily Allen will tweet no more after turning her back on Twitter and Facebook and ditching her PC, MacBook and BlackBerry, according to shocked UK news outlets.
CSC shuts final salary pension scheme
CSC UK has followed rivals IBM and Fujitsu Services in shutting down its final salary pension scheme, claiming it would jeopardise the future of the business to continue the benefit.
Academics gripe about Windows 7 promo collapse
Some UK-based university staff and students who stumped up £30 for Microsoft’s Windows 7 academic offer have complained that the software download supplied by Digital River isn’t working for them.
Windows 7 lessons - the must know before you buy
Today's launch of Windows 7 by Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer marks the end of a 12-month product turn around - one of Microsoft's fastest.
Archos ships 'future of netbooks'
Archos has begun shipping what it has claimed is the “future of netbooks” - the Archos 9 PC tablet.
FBI and SOCA plot cybercrime smackdown
RSA Europe 2009The FBI and the UK’s Serious and Organised Crime Agency have drawn up a program for dismantling and disrupting cybercrime operations. The effort relies on a better understanding of the business models of carders, malware authors and hacker groups which have increasingly come to resemble those of legitimate businesses.
Toshiba launches first domestic fuel-cell charger
Toshiba has launched its first direct methanol fuel-cell (DMFC) product: Dynario, an external power source for “mobile digital consumer products”.
Prof: Extremists tend to dominate debates
Psychologists in America have revealed a shock insight from a recently-announced study: people with extreme or "deviant" views are much more willing to share their opinions than those with moderate ideas. This is thought to lead groups or communities actually composed mainly of moderates to acquire an extreme character.
EU Directive makes it easier to print e-money
The E-Money Directive has failed to help establish a market for virtual currency and will be replaced with a set of less onerous regulations. The replacement E-Money Directive will come into force at the end of this month.
BlackBerry Bold 9700 priced, dated for UK
The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 is expected to hit the UK on 9 November, online retailer Expansys has revealed.
Burger King cooks up Windows 7 Whopper
UpdatedVegetarians and health freaks look away now, because Burger King has launched a stomach-churning Windows 7-themed Whopper.
Mellanox grows on fast network uptake
Despite the economic meltdown, companies are starting to deploy 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks and HPC centers are upgrading their InfiniBand fabrics to faster 40 Gb/sec products - and that is why switch and network adapter maker Mellanox has just closed out a record quarter for revenue.
Aussie atheists knocked offline
Two major Australian atheist websites were taken offline by distributed denial of service attacks earlier this week.
Nokia sues Apple over iPhone
Nokia is suing Apple for allegedly infringing ten of the company's patents in its iPhone device.
Equinix eats up Switch & Data Facilities
Equinix, a large international hosting data centre operator, is buying Switch & Data Centre Facilities, a smaller north American operator, for $689m.
Symbian kernel goes open sauce
Symbian, the operating system that once promised to dominate the future of mobile computing and telecomms, can now be found in a car boot sale. Just look in the Eclipse section. Seriously, the multivendor-owned nonprofit foundation has released the kernel under an Eclipse open source licence, as it promised to do in June 2008, when Nokia acquired the OS and spun it out.
Brother creates direct retinal imaging specs
Brother has developed a pair of high-tech specs that could soon let you openly view naughty images or read top secret documents in complete privacy.
EMC revenues steady but profits down
EMC reported steady third quarter 2009 revenues of $3.52bn but profits fell 24 per cent compared to a year ago.
Amazon nuzzles Win 7 with PC Kindleware
Amazon has unveiled Kindle software for Windows, showing off the new ebook reader app at Microsoft's Windows 7 launch this morning in New York City.
Big Blue union calls for probe of all IBM execs
Union organizers are rallying around the recent arrest of IBM executive Robert Moffat on insider trading charges to call for a broader investigation into all the company's heads.
Free download turns BlackBerry into remote bugging device
A free software program released Thursday turns everyday BlackBerry smartphones into remote bugging devices.
FCC launches war of net ideologues
The US Federal Communications Commission has voted unanimously to begin the formal process of listening to a pair of modern-day religious factions howl at each other over proposed rules for an open internet.
China fingered in cyberattack on mystery high tech co.
The Chinese government is stepping up efforts to steal valuable information from high-technology companies in other countries, according to a congressional advisory panel, which detailed one operation that siphoned "extremely large volumes" of sensitive data.
Steve Ballmer's Windows 7 dance party
October 22 has arrived, which means Microsoft can stop defending Windows Vista and start pretending it never happened. Eyes have now turned to Windows 7, while Windows Vista joins Microsoft Bob and Windows Me in the annals of underachievers past. Well, except for all those people who are still stuck with the thing.