Liquid Computing evaporates staff
The word on the street this week is that Liquid Computing, an upstart server maker that has rejiggered its product line a number of times to try to get some traction, has laid off some workers as it tightens its belt in these harsh economic times. Liquid Computing has just confirmed those rumors.
Microsoft sues TiVo in AT&T solidarity play
Microsoft has sued TiVo. Why? Because TiVo sued AT&T. Not to mention some allegations of patent infringement.
Oracle to detail delayed Sun roadmap
Oracle's stalled $5.6bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems looks like its finally received approval from European antitrust regulators.
Oracle power couple take Manhattan by billboard
A bizarre series of billboards have appeared in Manhattan, featuring the grinning mugs of Oracle president Charles Phillips and partner YaVaughnie Wilkins.
Cisco gives biz vids preferential treatment
Cisco is a firm believer that streaming video is key to the future of business collaboration over 802.11n wireless networks. It also reckons a CEO's company-wide speech should take precedence over you showing your buddies a video where a dog rides a skateboard.
Amazon opens Kindle to third-party apps
Amazon is opening its Kindle ebook reader to third-party software apps as part of an apparent effort to fend off an imminent challenge from Apple's tablet.
3PAR gives storage weight loss guarantee
3PAR has joined in the storage guarantee program game and is saying customers can get 50 per cent primary data storage capacity savings by migrating off legacy storage to the latest 3PAR kit.
ReviewWe’re always worried when we receive products from companies with names such as ‘Conceptronic’ as it suggests a very hardware-oriented frame of mind. And, like so many of the media player devices that we’ve reviewed in recent months, the Grab'n'Go FullHD Media Player turned out to be a neatly designed piece of hardware that is let down by rather less neatly designed software.
Server and desktop virtualisation projects are shoddy
The vast majority of server and desktop virtualisation projects fail to meet their objectives, according to research which implies vendors are misrepresenting the benefits of desktop virtualisation.
Targeted attacks replace botnet floods in telco nightmares
Targeted attacks against backend systems have replaced botnet-powered traffic floods as the main concerns for security staff at telcos and large ISPs.
Cyber sleuth sees China's fingerprints on 'Aurora' attacks
A security researcher who reverse engineered code used to attack Google and other large companies has said he found what he believes are the fingerprints of Chinese hackers.
Manchester ID staff suffer isolation as new dawn fades
The people of Manchester have either lost all interest in travelling abroad and drinking, or couldn't give a monkey's about the government's lame duck ID card scheme, if a commons answer is anything to go by.
German dentists develop 'painless' plasma tooth-blaster
More news of exotic high technology benefiting the human race today, as German gnasher-boffins announce a cunning plan to replace dentists' drills with "painless, contact-free" plasma beam devices.
MoD awards £540m extension to DII
The Ministry of Defence has agreed to the next phase of its Defence Information Infrastructure programme, provided by HP's Atlas Consortium.
Truphone launches Local Anywhere service
Truphone has finally launched its Local Anywhere service, providing customers with (multiple) local numbers so they can benefit from local rates.
3D TV: Minority interest for years to come
Anyone hoping that 3D TV will greatly boost the consumer electronics industry will find the latest research from DisplaySearch less than comfortable reading, despite its affirming headline data.
Wrists playing up? You're shagging too much
A US researcher has suggested a possible link between dodgy wrists caused by carpal tunnel syndrome and sex, "when the hands become repeatedly extended while under pressure from the weight of the upper body".
Nokia apes Google, gives gratis satnav route guidance
Nokia has redesigned its Ovi Maps navigation software and has decided to stop making users pay for turn-by-turn guidance.
Europe clears Oracle Sun for take-off
The European Commission has cleared Oracle's takeover of Sun Microsystems.
UK gov cuts ribbon on public datasets site
The Cabinet Office has officially taken the wraps off its data.gov.uk web portal, which is intended to serve as a central repository for British citizens to gain access to some government data.
Nokia switches direction and gives away maps
Nokia has started giving away Ovi Maps including turn-by-turn directions, removing one more source of income in the ongoing battle to out-freebie Google.
Cardiff tops UK plastic fraud list
Cardiff has displaced London as the worst place in the UK for card fraud, according to a new survey of fraud hotspots.
MPs frozen out of super-secret copyright talks
The government has refused to give MPs access to papers on international negotiations about copyright enforcement on the internet and at national borders.
Sony Ericsson releases videocam-cum-smartphone
Sony Ericsson has historically only sold mobile phones, but now the firm has launched a camcorder that also makes voice calls.
1984 film classification law gets reboot
Anyone hoping that 2010 was the year when they could produce smut or violence for direct release to DVD, without undergoing the tiresome process of having their work checked and classified by the British Board of Film Classification, can hit pause now.
Xbox Live to display download cash values
Microsoft may display cash values alongside its existing virtual currency on Xbox Live in a bid to end consumer confusion.
Seagate sales surge in Q2
Seagate's second fiscal 2010 quarter was a blast, with revenues up a third and half a billion profit.
Google taps Gmail for more clicks with ad tweak
Google has tweaked how it slots ads into Gmail, so that you need never be short of distractions while reading your email.
Google explains China Syndrome by advertising - on Google
Google is serving up an explanation of its China syndrome difficulties amongst its sponsored search results - but has apparently balked at the idea of pouring its marketing budget into Bing or Yahoo!'s pockets.
Exeter Uni goes offline to fight mystery malware
The University of Exeter took the unusual step of temporarily taking its network down this week in response to a virulent virus outbreak.
BT reveals faster broadband pricing
BT's new faster broadband service will cost from £19.99 per month, it's been announced today.
UK HP workers will strike tomorrow
HP workers are going on strike tomorrow, following talks which delayed the first mooted day of action in December.
HP preps pico-projector laptops
HP will launch a range of notebooks with integrated pico-projectors later this year.
Egyptian mobile users warned off Koran-based ringtones
Egypt's supreme religious law authority has delivered a stinging slap to mobile users who were adapting verses from the Koran as ringtones, saying they were violating the sanctity of the word of God.
NASA flying-car man designs electric VTOL podcraft
A NASA engineer long obsessed with flying cars has produced a concept design for a one-man, electrically powered helicopter/plane/glider podcraft. However the work was done largely without backing from NASA, and designer Mark Moore admits that battery technology must improve massively before the design becomes practical.
iPhone keeps buried earthquake victim alive for three days
An American filmmaker trapped under the rubble of his hotel used his iPhone for medical advice, while relying on his SLR for light and paper for recording his last thoughts.
Nominet appoints itself web policeman
Nominet has announced it will suspend the domain name of any .uk website suspected of being involved in criminal activity.
Lloyds, RBS ditching more tech workers
Lloyds has announced over 500 more jobs cuts, hard on the heels of Royal Bank of Scotland's announcement it is laying off 221 techies at its Dublin Technology Centre.
RockYou hack reveals easy-to-crack passwords
Analysis of the 32 million passwords recently exposed in the breach of social media application developer RockYou last month provides further proof that consumers routinely use easy to guess login credentials.
Bogged-down Mars rover may be doomed to chilly death
NASA says that its "scrappy" Mars rover, Spirit - which has spent six years prowling the ochre wilderness of the red planet - may finally be stuffed. Bogged in a sand trap, the machine is unable to align its solar panels correctly for the coming Martian winter, meaning that it will probably expire from the cold.
More MIDs with ARM than Atom by 2013
Looking forward to the day when ARM chips appear in more handheld internet devices than Intel and other x86 processors do? You may not have too long to wait - though don't expect an overnight switch.
Microsoft's top lawyer demands a cloud computing law
AnalysisRedmond's top legal mouthpiece Brad Smith is calling on US lawmakers to overhaul rules on cloud computing, just as the company ramps up its efforts to belatedly step on other vendors' toes in that marketplace.
Survey shows strong demand for Apple tablet
Market research from US stats gatherer ChangeWave suggests Apple fans may be delaying laptop purchases just in case the much-rumoured iPad tablet shows up.
Clinton throws down the gauntlet to China over Google
Hillary Clinton has demanded that Beijing investigate the widespread hacking attack on Western businesses that has prompted Google to threaten to leave the country.
Firefox 3.6 goes live and final
Mozilla has officially released Firefox 3.6, the latest incarnation of its open-source web browser.
iPad pictures revealed
Apple might not be calling its forthcoming device the iPad, but it is acting to stop anyone else using the name.
Oracle: Mine is bigger and, um, more integrated
CommentWith the European Union finally giving approval of the $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle, the players in the IT industry can finally don their armor - made of iron, of course, and polished with software - to prepare for battle in the field of integrated systems.
Emergency IE patch goes live as exploits proliferate
UpdatedMicrosoft released an emergency security update for all versions of Internet Explorer on Thursday as attacks exploiting a critical vulnerability in the widely used browser spread to hundreds of websites.
YouTube and Hulu dabble in for-pay vids
Two of the internet's most popular video websites are planning to charge users to watch certain movies and television shows online.
Amazon 'makes it easier' for authors to DRM Kindle ebooks
UpdatedUpdate: This story has been updated to clarify what has changed with DRM and Amazon's Digital Text Platform. No-DRM, Amazon says, was always the default with the platform.
IFPI wants another stab at OiNK
One of the world’s top music trade bodies warned today that the fight against UK BitTorrent tracker OiNK won't end with the recent acquittal of its creator and administrator, Alan Ellis.
AMD chief hails Intel-assisted 'transformation'
AMD president and chief executive Dirk Meyer has called the company's fourth-quarter 2009 financial results "another milestone in our transformation."
More problems for Apple's top desktop
Apple's star-crossed top-of-the-line iMac is causing new problems for Cupertino - but this time it's not about cracked casings or flickering displays.