Big Blue boosts profits despite sales slump
If the global economy is improving, IBM's top line numbers aren't showing it yet.
Microsoft confirms May date for next SQL Server
Microsoft has confirmed that the next version of SQL Server, which moves further into big-iron territory, will be available in May.
Apple (finally) boot camps Windows 7
Apple has released an update for its Boot Camp utility that lets you install Windows 7 on your Intel-based Mac.
Bill Gates hits Twitter, re-opens Facebook
Bill Gates, the man who foresaw the PC revolution but underestimated the impact of the web on Microsoft, has happened upon another facet of the internet: Twitter.
Brother Blue seeks biometric anti-terror patents
IBM has filed applications for a dozen patents that seek a whole new level of airport security.
EMI, Universal ink pacts with free tunes startup
Two major music labels have signed partnerships with a new ad-supported music startup called FreeAllMusic.com, which lets US users download free (and legal) songs in exchange for watching video commercials.
Think tank urges more centralised IT
A new report says there should be more central coordination of the use of IT in government.
Ex-JBoss chief attacks Monty's 'dangerous' MySQL crusade
Former JBoss chief Marc Fleury has weighed in on MySQL co-founder Monty Widenius' campaign to stop Oracle's ownership of the open-source database.
China picks MIPS for super-duper super
The Chinese government burst onto the supercomputing scene in a big way last November when the Tianhe-1 massively parallel cluster at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin came in at number five on the global HPC ranking with a hybrid Intel Xeon-AMD Radeon GPU box. But it looks like the future of petaflops computing in the Middle Kingdom may be a variant of the MIPS processor that's used in embedded applications such as routers and, in China at least, in Debian-based netbooks.
ReviewIf you fancy some music while you work out at the gym or go jogging then the options are endless. Apple, Sanza, Samsung or Sony will all sell you something small and robust so you can fight the flab to Lady Gaga or Rage Against The Machine. Jump into the pool for a dozen lengths with any of them though and you will soon be listening to the sound of silence. Enter renowned swimwear makers Speedo with just the answer, the Aquabeat waterproof MP3 player.
Big Blue stalking STEC?
Comment:The share price of EMC's favoured SSD supplier, STEC has grown almost 60 per cent since the beginning of the year, yet law suits are amassing and its competitive position has weakened. The rumour is that IBM interest in buying STEC is pushing its share price up.
Hyundai's i10 goes green
Leccy TechKorean car firm Hyundai plans to launch a leccy version of its petrol-powered i10 small hatchback later this year or during early 2011.
IBM's Power7 servers imminent
IBM is planning to launch its Power7-based Power Systems servers sometime before the end of March.
Opera and Firefox downloads soar after IE alerts
After Microsoft confirmed that a hole in its Internet Explorer browser was used in the December cyber attacks on Google and at least 33 other outfits, a trio of security-conscious nations - Germany, France, and Australia - went so far as to warn their citizens against the use of IE. And that led to a very good week for the likes of Opera and Mozilla.
FBI nicks 22 in classic bribery sting
The FBI has arrested 22 people, including three Brits, in a classic bribery sting.
Vomit cannon to protect vessels from pirates, paparazzi
Seagoing Scottish mercenaries/security operatives say they have deployed a radical laser puke-ray weapon aboard shipping transiting the pirate-plagued Gulf of Aden. The device may also be used on paparazzi by reclusive superyacht owners.
Rambus thanks Samsung for the memory
It was a good day at the office yesterday for Rambus; it made $900m when Samsung caved in on the eve of a court case, which the Korean firm had planned to fight alongside Hynix and Micron.
Post-Copenhagen, does green IT matter?
WorkshopIt's difficult to talk about “green IT” without coming across as a techno-apologist. However much suppliers lay claim to having the most tree-huggingly planet friendly technologies available, the indisputable, unavoidable, insurmountable truth is that IT is largely about wiring up and plugging in sometimes large pieces of equipment, which need to be manufactured, powered during their lifetime and eventually disposed of.
ASA bans tyrannical German boss ad
The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a Reed Online radio ad featuring a shouty German boss because it "reinforced a negative and outdated cultural stereotype of German people as overpowering and tyrannical".
BOFH-making bug plugged in D-link update
D-Link has plugged a security vulnerability involving protocol handling by some of its wireless routers that creates a potential means for normal users to grab super-user privileges.
Euro astro biz: It's time for solar panels in Spaaace
European space company EADS Astrium has revived an old idea, that of space-based solar power generation. The company says it could have a 10-20kW demonstration spacecraft in orbit "in the next five years".
2010 will be 'boom time for Apple'
The final three months were a bumper period for Apple, a long-time company watcher has claimed.
Opera swallows mobile ad manager
Opera Software has bought up mobile ad broker AdMarvel, joining Apple and Google in the rush to push advertising onto our mobile phones.
Sony sets back PS3 motion controller launch
The PlayStation 3’s wand-like motion-sensing controller will hit the UK this autumn, slightly later than originally planned, Sony has confirmed.
FBI faked terror alerts to get phone records
The FBI fabricated terrorism emergencies to obtain thousands of phone records between 2002 and 2006, it's been revealed.
Swedish necrophiliacs in fake Facebook fundraiser
Swedes who flocked to a Facebook group which claimed to be in support of Haitian earthquake relief got a nasty surprise when it turned out to be run by "necrophiliacs", The Local reports.
Strike cripples Apple screenmaker in China
Workers at the factory making screens for Apple - not to mention Nokia and just about everyone else - are striking for promised bonuses and fewer toxic chemicals.
Google grabs Indian cricket coverage
Google has done a deal with the Indian Premier League, which runs the country's Twenty20 cricket matches, to allow live streaming of the games on YouTube.
Small biz loves VoiP, not air miles
Small businesses increasingly see new technology as a better way to communicate with international partners than traditional business trips - especially with budgets under strain thanks to the downturn.
Bob the Builder slapped with CGI rendering
Fans of traditional stop-motion animation and whose kids have been raised on Bob the Builder may wish to lament the forthcoming Heavy Duty Diggers outing for Bob, delivered in "full-power CGI".
Google: Keep user data safe by letting us hoard it forever
Google has sought to turn its China crisis to its advantage by arguing it demonstrates why it should be allowed to hang onto search logs indefinitely.
Bocada looks at data protection market through Prism
Bocada reckons it has built a next-generation backup reporting product by embedding Enterprise v5.4 product technology in an ITIL-like service process management framework.
Odd-design Moto smartphone will go global
An odd-looking Android 2.0 smartphone with an 8Mp camera just launched by Motorola in Korea will be launched globally, the company has confirmed.
Apple trawling networks for tablet subsidies?
Reports abound that Apple is seeking subsidies to keep the cost of the iSlate down, in stark contrast to the way the iPhone was launched.
World of Warcraft film makers thicken plot
A movie adaption of what is quite possibly the world’s most popular videogame, World of Warcraft, is well underway, Executive Producer Robert Tapert has hinted.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1
ReviewSony is renowned for its stylish compacts, and the DSC-WX1 is no exception. It not only looks smart, but contains some interesting technology too. At around £300, the DSC-WX1 is aimed at the top-end of the compact market, but do its features and performance justify the price?
Report finds texting a 'valid educational tool'
Kids who frequently use mobile phone text abbreviations are unlikely to be bad at spelling or lack reading skills, a new British study has claimed.
New avast freebie security scanner aims to keel-haul MS
UpdatedA new version of avast aims to offer users of free anti-malware technology faster running protection against the latest hacking attacks, while offering alternatives to AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials.
Why Bono is wrong about filesharing
Guest OpinionMusic entrepreneur Paul Sanders thinks Bono is wrong, and the music business should start being a music business again. We invited him to elaborate.
Car-stopping electropulse cannon to demo 'next month'
An old friend familiar to every tech buff and sci-fi fan - namely, the circuitry-addling electropulse blaster - has moved a large step closer to reality, according to reports. A vehicle mounted pulse weapon capable of stopping a (modern) car at 200m is to be demonstrated "next month", apparently.
Modest Apple update slices third-party bugs
Apple has pushed out a major security update designed to crush a dozen security bugs, some of which present a critical security risk on unpatched systems. Many of the fixes involve flaws in third-party applications bundled with Mac OS X, rather the flaws in the OS itself.
Oz man coughs to DD-jub job advert outrage
The man responsible for the Border Express IT developer job advert outrage handed himself in to police last week, Oz's The Border Mail reports.
UN issues call for international privacy agreement
A UN watchdog has called for a new international agreement on privacy following a review of the expanding global array of surveillance measures and databases advanced by governments in the cause of counter-terrorism.
DVLA makes £44m flogging drivers' details
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has sold more than 18 million names and addresses of drivers since it started the trade five years ago.
Air France offers two-seat deal for fatties
Air France KLM has decided to suggest to overweight self-loading cargo that they pay for two seats to accommodate their bulk if it is "deemed too large to fit into just one seat of a 43-44cm width", as the Daily Mail puts it.
Baidu sues registrar over DNS records hack
Baidu has filed suit against its US-based domain registrar after a recent DNS records hack that redirected surfers towards a defaced page, instead of the Chinese search engine.
Microsoft gets in hosted services' face, causes headache
Microsoft may still be struggling to get its online volume licensing house in order, but that hasn’t stopped the company hyping what it sees as the benefits of small and medium-sized businesses placing their trust in hosted services.
New York Times builds paywall - very slowly
The New York Times has confirmed widespread reports that it is to start charging for access to its website.
PM: UK airports to get perv scanners next week
Gordon Brown today said body scanners will be introduced in UK airports next week.
IBM buys spook-riddled DC services expert
Spending on defence and security is probably the one sure growth market in the United States. It therefore comes as no surprise that IBM has acquired an obscure, but well-connected, IT services company called National Interest Security Company. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Amazon offers publishers pre-iSlate Kindle bribes
Amazon has announced it will give a 70 per cent cut of retail price to publishers who make their books Kindle friendly.
ARM wrestling: Apple iPad chip to overpower rivals?
The big question is perhaps not whether Apple will announce the eagerly anticipated iPad next week, but what chip will power the media tablet.
Windows 8 and beyond: Microsoft's next decade
Radio RegJanuary marks not just a new decade but also the 10-year anniversary of Steve Ballmer's appointment as Microsoft's chief executive officer.
Adobe fixes critical Shockwave bugs with neanderthal patch
The critical patches for Adobe Systems software keep coming. This time, they fix serious security bugs in the company's Shockwave Player.
Apple and Microsoft plot iPhone Google slap
Onetime mortal enemies Apple and Microsoft are in talks over the possibility of Redmond's Bing replacing Google as the default search engine on the iPhone, according to a report citing two people familiar with the matter.
Microsoft will issue emergency IE patch on Thursday
UpdatedA rare emergency update from Microsoft to patch a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer will be released on Thursday.
Rattled Red Hat battles support impostors
Red Hat is rattled. Sure, it remains the world's biggest Linux company by revenue market share. But it's beginning to feel that it's under pressure - and that it must respond.
Cisco trials 'internet in space'
Cisco's dream of selling radiation-proof space routers is now a step closer after a successful in-orbit test on a commercial satellite.
eBay marketplace reverses revenue shrinkage
eBay's bread-and-butter marketplace business is growing again. In the fourth quarter, the company recorded $1.5bn in marketplace revenues, a 15 per cent leap from the previous year.