Firefox 3.6: I am more than my Monkey
Gates' patent legacy turns heat on IBM
IBM has long placed a premium on patents - such a premium, its engineers are expected to routinely create and file patents to prove the company's technical leadership to the world.
VMware hypervisors on the Go
With a number of freebie alternatives to its flagship ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor out there in the market - including some pretty stiff competition from Microsoft's Hyper-V, Citrix Systems' XenServer, and Red Hat's KVM - VMware has to do something to engage and hold small and medium businesses who are not gonna pay a lot for that hypervisor/management tool stack.
ReviewFor those using their PCs as home entertainment centres, the Samsung SH-BO83L internal drive turns your computer into a versatile Blu-ray player while also acting as a fast DVD and CD writer. In one step, it upgrades your disc burning ability and adds BD-Rom support at a thoroughly reasonable price.
China throws rotten tomatoes at IMDb
China this week appears to have blocked access to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com), giving rise to speculation that it is stepping up its war on websites that allow user-generated content.
Dixons celebrates shiny Christmas
DSGi - the group behind PC World and Currys - has updated the City on trading over the crucial Christmas period.
Virtualisation as a business enabler for wild animals
WebcastJoin us as we continue our virtualisation workshop with this latest webcast in the series - but with a whole new twist. We’ll be examining the role that virtualisation is playing for Reg reader gurus from the UK’s Chester Zoo – who recently implemented a server virtualisation program.
Microsoft tells UK schools: buy our software, save money
BettMicrosoft's UK education chief insisted yesterday that schools would continue to lap up its software despite tightening budgets and a likely change of government - and education policy - in the next few months.
E-commerce law update includes ISP hate speech exemption
The Government has published Regulations that will absolve internet service providers (ISPs) and other digital service providers of responsibility for religion or sexuality-related hate speech transmitted over their networks.
Report calls for mandatory shared back office
Legislation should be used to force local authorities to share back office facilities, according to a new report.
Russia assigns $16.7m for nuclear spaceships
The Russian government has assigned funds of 500 million roubles ($16.7m) for the development of a nuclear-powered spacecraft, according to reports. Draft designs are expected to be finalised by 2012.
LG eyes 'second biggest phone firm' status
LG aims to sell 140m mobile phones globally this year, with a view to becoming the world’s second largest handset maker by 2012.
E-book readers attract unwanted VAT
Many of those finding e-book readers under their Christmas tree have been surprised to discover that electronic titles attract value added tax, despite the dead-tree versions being VAT-free.
Sun shines on PC sales as economic storm abates
PC sales in the fourth quarter showed a surprising jump in sales - partly thanks to low prices and partly due to purchases put off in previous quarters.
Dell positioning to acquire Exanet
It is reported and we hear from other sources that Dell is inching closer to buying failed clustered NAS vendor Exanet.
West Country pagans tie horses in knots
Police are investigating the possibility that pagans are behind a "bizarre outbreak of horse mane weaving" in Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the Western Morning News reports.
Understanding service requirements: How true are the truisms?
WorkshopHow easy it is to say that ‘IT service delivery should start with the business’? It’s one of those statements like ‘the customer is king’ or ‘always clean up as you go along’, that may indeed save time in the long run but which can be a lot harder in practice than some theorists would like.
Nintendo confirms DSi XL's UK launch
Nintendo has confirmed that its DSi XL handheld console will officially arrive in Blighty next March.
Vodafone struggles to get iPhones out
Vodafone is having problems getting iPhones in the sweaty palms of its eager customers, though at least the cold weather should make their palms less sweaty.
T-Mobile UK earmarks two tariffs for scrappage
T-Mobile UK is junking its Combi and Flext tariffs next month, the trade paper Mobile Today reveals.
New Labour bring old Nuremberg Laws to Britain
Police officers could find themselves on the wrong end of a citizen’s arrest if they follow advice issued by Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, after the European Court of Human Rights slapped the UK's stop and search laws.
Oracle will cut half of Sun workers, analyst predicts
An analyst has predicted that half of Sun's 27,000 staff will be for the chop when Oracle finally gets its hands on the faltering Sparc vendor.
Orange squeezes out 300 jobs
Orange has confirmed that 300 jobs in Bristol will go or be moved with the closure of its Keypoint call centre.
Modern Warfare 2 outsold Avatar, claims developer
First-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has grossed more than $1bn (£625m) in worldwide retail sales since its November launch, raking in more cash during its first five days on sale than blockbuster movie Avatar managed to do, the game's developer has claimed.
Dodgy Haiti earthquake-themed domains point to scams
With sad inevitability, fraudsters have rushed to register the Haiti earthquake-themed scam URLs in the wake of Tuesday's natural disaster in the impoverished Caribbean country.
Lightning catches up with Thunderbird
Mozilla has made a beta of Lighting 1.0 available for download, giving users of its Thunderbird email package a more integrated way of working out what day it is.
Samsung soups up flash capacity
Samsung has souped up its flash capacity with a 64GB MoviNAND product and a 32GB microSD (Secure Digital) product.
Men more different from chimps than women, say boffins
In genetic terms, as everyone but religious extremists acknowledges, human beings are in general very similar indeed to chimpanzees. However, scientists have now discovered that the Y chromosomes - found only in the males - of the two species are extremely dissimilar.
UK.gov moves to block Hamas kids site
The Home Office is considering blocking a childrens' website run by the Palestinian group Hamas following suggestions it incites hatred of Jews.
Sony Ericsson Aino
ReviewSony Ericsson's latest marketing wheeze is to release a slew of new handsets with seemingly meaningless names. Satio, Yari, Naite and the handset currently under scrutiny, Aino, are models the company has lined up to compete with Apple and Android. The Aino is meant to be a media fan’s handset first and foremost. It also has a fairly strong set of general specifications, including an 8Mp camera, Wi-Fi and GPS.
ZTE accelerates Android handset release plan
ZTE, a Chinese handset manufacturer with global ambitions, has brought forward the release of its first Android smartphone.
Audi confirms e-tron production plans
Leccy TechAudi has unveiled yet another version of its e-tron leccy über coupé at the Detroit Motor Show. But, unlike previous designs, has slapped a production date onto its bonnet.
Knuckle rap for riot shield sledging coppers
A group of Oxfordshire coppers caught on camera using a riot shield as an improvised sledge have had their knuckles rapped by their unimpressed superintendent:
Atoms in supercomputing?
If you build a supercomputer out of Atom chips, will someone buy it? That remains to be seen, but it’s a compelling enough idea to score $9.3m from the US Department of Energy.
World standards body maps out 3D TV generations
Standards setter the International Telecommuncations Union (ITU) has established a far-reaching roadmap for 3D TV technology, though it admits it will take at least 20 years for its more advanced notions to be realised.
China silent on Google, welcomes compliant internet firms
China went on a wide-ranging charm offensive today to show the world it is open to the internet and is in fact the biggest victim of hacking attacks.
Security experts dissect Google China attack
AnalysisThe hacking attacks against Google that prompted the search engine giant to consider pulling out of the country are far more frequent than is commonly thought.
Swedish Weight Watchers bring down the house
A group of around 20 Swedish Weight Watchers participants who'd gathered in the programme's Växjö clinic to "see how much weight they had lost" found out the answer was not enough to prevent the floor from collapsing under their combined bulk.
Avatar expands 3D TV interest
Hit movie Avatar appears to be persuading punters - in the US, at least - that it might soon be possible to view 3D films on TV at home. Whether it will convince them to buy into the notion is another matter.
Cisco, NetApp and VMware announce three-way love-in
Hot on the heels of HP and Microsoft, Cisco, NetApp and VMware are planning a big announcement on January 26th, attended by the CEOs of NetApp and VMware, but not Cisco. What gives?
Kodak strikes at Apple in iPhone, Mac patent dispute
Eastman Kodak has issued lawsuits against both Apple and Blackberry maker Research in Motion, claiming neither of them has licensed its patents despite using the technology described therein and having been warned about it by Kodak.
Keep space station past 2015, pleads ESA chief
The head of the European Space Agency (ESA) has called for the International Space Station (ISS) to be kept in service until at least 2020. At present the station - the only manned space effort currently underway - is not planned to keep operating past 2015.
Wearable speaker plays to mums' brainy baby plans
Wacky gadget manufacturer Nuvo has created a ‘wearable stereo’ for expectant mums designed to help boost babies' brains.
Nvidia gets biological with life sciences nerds
Nvidia has a substantial lead over rivals Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, and IBM when it comes to peddling graphics co-processors, and it wants to keep that lead and extend it, if possible. That means doing boring old stuff that server and operating system makers have to do, such as lining up application software vendors so they can take full advantage of the Tesla family of GPU co-processors.
Swiss Army updates nerd-friendly knives
Swiss Army knives are famous for opening envelopes and wine bottles when you don’t have the proper tools to hand. Now manufacturer Victorinox has updated the pocket toolkit with a range of hi-tech features.
Panasonic flees Microsoft Exchange for IBM cloud
IBM will be moving Panasonic's workforce to LotusLive hosted email and collaboration software, in what it's touting as the largest enterprise cloud computing contract to date.
Ex-AMD exec called own company 'pathetic'
Intel has dropped a stink bomb into its ongoing dust-up with the US Federal Trade Commission over allegations of anticompetitive practices, revealing a 2004 communication in which AMD's then-top salesman referred to his own company as "pathetic" and said he "would never buy AMD for a personal system if I wasn't workin here."
Pizza delivery man cops to life in DarkMarket
A former London pizza delivery man faces a 10-year prison sentence after admitting he helped found the notorious DarkMarket forum for computer crime, several news sites reported.
Cisco stuffs four SAN services into one card
Cisco has unveiled a new four-services-in-one network line card designed to move more data storage functions out of end devices and into the fabric.
Microsoft names new date for Visual Studio 2010
Microsoft has named the date for the (delayed) next installment of Visual Studio and its .NET Framework.
Survey outs Britain as nation of tech twits
One in 20 Britons think Steve Jobs is a Division II footballer, six per cent think a virtual hard disk (VHD) is a sexually transmitted disease, and 10 per cent believe a wireless dongle to be a sex toy.
AMD's GlobalFoundries consumes Chartered Semi rival
Hot on the heels of its announcement last week that it had inked a wafer-baking deal with Qualcomm, GlobalFoundries - formerly the chip-making arm of Advanced Micro Devices - says that it has completed its acquisition and integration of rival chip manufacturer, Chartered Semiconductor of Singapore.
IE zero-day used in Chinese cyber assault on 34 firms
UpdatedHackers who breached the defenses of Google, Adobe Systems and at least 32 other companies used a potent vulnerability in all versions of Internet Explorer to carry out at least some of the attacks, researchers from McAfee said Thursday.