14th > December > 2009 Archive
Hackers declare war on international forensics tool
Hackers have released software they say sabotages a suite of forensics utilities Microsoft provides for free to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the globe.
Toshiba Satellite T110
ReviewToshiba's 11.6in Satellite T110 makes you appreciate the fuss Intel makes about multi-core processors.
Where is virtualisation taking you?
LabAnyone who’s been in this industry for longer than a decade will know that some of what IT vendors say needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Virtualisation holds great promise, so we are told – but yet so did blade servers, grid architectures, enterprise management solutions, application service providers... the list goes on. But even if we cut through the we’re-already-there marchitectures of more zealous product pushers, virtualisation does appear to offer a bit of a path towards a better way to do IT.
2009's Top Mid-Range Compact Cameras
Kit of the YearTime was when the all compact cameras were much of a muchness, all designed for consumers seeking point-and-click simplicity, but with various degrees of manual control thrown in for enthusiasts. Nowadays, the compact market is segmented, with kit costing £150 or less for the holiday snapper, and the likes of the Canon Powershot S90 and the Ricoh GR Digital III for the serious photographer. And, of course, a stack of offerings in between those two extremes. Here are the ones from that category that we liked the most.
Adaptec appoints new sales boss
Adaptec has replaced its dismissed world-wide sales VP John Noellert by promoting Jared Peters.
Sony Ericsson intros tree-themed eco phones
Sony Ericsson has introduced a couple of new phones it hopes will reinforce its claimed green credentials. The arboreally inspired offerings are the Hazel and the Elm, but feature a "human curvature" for users' creature comforts.
Emulex gets short-lived FCoE design win
Emulex has finally got its first public Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) design win, from Verari, which promptly appeared to fall over on Friday.
Gov retreats on vetting database but ain't climbing down
Government tinkering with the eligibility rules for the new Vetting and Barring Scheme may satisfy some critics – but the black hole of logic at the heart of the scheme has not been addressed.
Fujitsu recalls 'fire risk' laptop batteries
Just when you though it was safe to start using lithium-ion laptop batteries again*, Fujitsu has admitted that some of its power packs have been the subject of claims that they overheat and could catch fire.
Western Digital gears up for mighty formatting
WD and other disk drive manufacturers are increasing disk sector size eightfold to prepare for 2TB-plus capacity drives.
Kindle app comes to UK iPhones
Amazon has at long last updated its iPhone-based virtual Kindle e-book reader to allow punters outside the US to buy and read digital books.
Exchange 2010 dumps single instance storage
Microsoft added single instance storage (SIS) to Exchange 2005 and has now removed it from Exchange 2010, ensuring that duplicated applications will be stored in all their redundant, space-gobbling glory on Exchange server's disks. Why has Microsoft made this apparently retrograde step?
IBM chums with Swiss to build 3D brain-density processors
Boffins in Switzerland have warned that increasingly powerful computer processors are set to guzzle the entire world electricity supply by the year 2100. They say that only 3D myria-core chips can save the day.
Cert snafu leaves Office 2003 locked out of files
A cryptographic bug in Microsoft Office 2003 bug left enterprise users locked out of files.
Axeman Chancellor toes the line on ID cards
Alistair Darling is making a habit of taking an axe to the projects of his ministerial colleagues in media interviews, if this weekend's press is to be believed.
Amazon EC2 urges customers to name their price
Amazon Web Services LLC has launched a new auction room-style purchasing package for its EC2 cloud computing rental service.
Nuance closes in on Spinvox
Spinvox is set to be taken over by a US speech recognition firm days before it is due to repay a £30m bridging loan, The Times reports.
Eggheads solve England penalty-shootout crapness riddle
Eggheads in Exeter say they have answered one of the most important questions facing the human race today: namely, why are England footballers so rubbish at penalty shootouts, and what can be done about it.
Oracle defrosts EC concerns over Sun takeover
The European Commission has welcomed a series of promises made by Oracle about the future of the MySQL database, all of which could signal that the company's planned $7bn takeover of Sun Microsystems may now get the all-clear from regulators.
Lighting up management’s information blind spot
Poll ResultsConsultants and analysts often trot out lines about the importance of ‘IT-business alignment’, encouraging IT departments to tune into the ‘business agenda’ and take their lead from management priorities and objectives. But what happens when management and the broader business needs help with something, only to have a blind spot when it comes to recognising the requirement and supporting the action necessary to deal with it?
Plough gives birth to sextuplets
Stargazers at the US's University of Rochester have announced that Mizar in the asterism of the Plough (the Big Dipper to our US cousins) is actually a six-star system.
Apple cancels Christmas... if you want a 27 inch iMac
Apple has slammed the brakes on shipments of its much coveted 27 inch iMac after users were driven cross eyed by flickering screens and other problems with the machines.
DVLA data powers likely to be abused by foreign officials
Personal data belonging to nearly 40 million UK motorists is likely to be abused by foreign officials under new automatic access powers, according to a restricted report.
UK e-car trials kick off with mass motor handover
Leccy TechForty leccy Minis were yesterday handed to their owners – well, lessees, to be exact – at the BMW Mini factory in Oxford.
US and Russia begin cyberwar limitation talks
The US and Russia have begun talks on limiting the the military use of cyberspace.
Coldplay flog kit on eBay
Coldplay have announced they will flog "guitars, keyboards, amps, posters, platinum discs and all sorts of nostalgia" in an End of Decade Clearout Sale on eBay.
3 billion have suffered Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
The PRS for Music has chillingly announced that Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody could have been heard by 42 per cent of the world's population - a cool three billion souls whose lives have been enriched by Noddy Holder and chums' ubiquitous Yuletide anthem.
Mesh intros bonkers BMW-designed gaming PC
UK PC maker Mesh has fitted out Thermaltake's bizarre BMW-designed computer case and turned the engine-inspire chassis into what it claims is the ultimate DirectX 11 gaming rig.
Peer 1 setting up Atmos cloud storage
Hundreds of terabytes of EMC's Atmos storage are going to be used by Peer 1, a North American hosting company, in a cloud storage service.
German storage specialist punts luxury external hard drives
If you're looking for an external hard drive that offers something more than the usual half-a-terabyte of storage in a grey plastic case, Germany's Brinell believes it has what you're after.
4G network goes live for lucky few
TeliaSonera today switched on LTE networks in Stockholm and Oslo with coverage for 400,000 customers.
Copenhagen talks stalled by green puppeteers
International climate negotiations in Copenhagen were reportedly stalled today, as delegates from developing nations - some working hand-in-glove with Western environmental activists - expressed their objections to rumoured plans by rich nations to replace the established Kyoto Protocol with a new framework.
Motorola joins industry of shopkeepers
Motorola's own Android application store has slipped out onto the net. Although it was hastily removed, it proves that the company still has aspirations to play with the big boys.
Facebook chief explains bear photo bareness
Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the derision that arose when previously private photos became public property after last week's privacy roll-back by the social networking site.
NASA's WISE heads skywards
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, aka WISE, is up and running following a successful launch at 14:09 GMT today from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Verari Systems staff join alumni network amidst 'restructure'
Verari Systems is undergoing a "restructure" that has prompted speculation the boutique server maker has shut up shop and led workers to set up an alumni network.
German shoppers slug it out with salami
A couple of German shoppers ended up in hospital last Saturday after an argument over a trolley ended in a full-blown scrap involving fists, a salami and a fearsome 4lb wedge of parmesan used as an improvised dagger.
US Supremes to hear text-message privacy case
The US Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether government employers can snoop on their workers' personal text messages if they're sent from department-issued devices.
Googlephone facing 10m more Jobsian challengers?
The Googlephone may be coming, but Apple's commanding lead won't be easy to overcome.
Google's reCAPTCHA busted by new attack
A security researcher has devised a successful attack on a Google-owned system for blocking malicious scripts on web-based email services and other types of sites.
IT first to abandon Tiger Woods sponsorship
Of the countless companies sponsoring Tiger Woods these days, you'd think a global outsourcing company would find revelations of the golfer's allegedly numerous extramarital affairs the least incongruous with its corporate image.
Data Robotics names new CEO
Data Robotics has hired Tom Buiocchi as its new CEO, replacing founder Geoff Barrall.
AMD cuts to the core with 'Bulldozer' Opterons
IT shops buy current products, but they always have their eyes out one or two generations to assure themselves they aren't buying into a dead-end product. Which is why makers of chips and other components that go into systems as well as system makers themselves are forced to talk about the future when what they really want to do is focus on this quarter, right now. And so it is with the future "Bulldozer" cores expected in 2011 from Advanced Micro Devices.
Chocolate Factory does url shortening
Google has launched its own url-shortening service along the lines of TinyURL and Bit.ly.
US Congress earmarks $30m for anti-piracy fight
The Motion Picture Assocation of America on Monday graciously stroked US Congress for promising $30 million towards fighting IP crime in 2010.