Intel: Social netizens conquering the earth
Even during the depths of the Meltdown, consumers kept buying PCs. And increasingly the "killer app" for desktop, notebook, and netbook users was social networking.
Yahoo! to open source floating Google-Amazon crossbreed
Early next year, Yahoo! intends to open source its internal "cloud serving" platform, described as something halfway between Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and Google's App Engine.
Scroogle scrapes back to life
Scroogle is back, once again serving up privacy-friendly Google search results, a day after a sudden change to google.com shut down the swashbuckling service.
Cowon iAudio V5 HD media player
ReviewAs regular readers will know, I have a fondness for Cowon PMPs. The combination of comprehensive codec support and excellent playback found in devices like the A3, S9 and O2 has convinced me that if top notch audio and video quality is your chief desire, Cowon is the place to spend your money.
High Court rules software liability clause not 'reasonable'
A software company's stipulation that customers could not take action against it for the poor performance of its software was unfair and could not be enforced, the High Court has said.
Biz Linux needs Office license to run MS web apps
If businesses want to run Microsoft Office's new web-based apps on Linux machines, they'll need a buy a full Office license for each user - even though the suite's desktop apps don't run on Linux.
Did LibCon alliance bring down O2 network?
UpdatedO2 suffered a widespread voice and data network outage last night just before 8pm.
Iomega sneaks Avamar onto ix12 array
Iomega is showing its new ix12 unified storage array at EMC World and it has an Avamar agent loaded on it.
NSA head confirmed as chief of US cyber command
The US government, after some delay, has formally confirmed in post the head of its now-forming military Cyber Command. Keith B Alexander, head of the NSA, has been promoted to four-star general* and will now head the new cyber forces as well as his current agency.
Herschel 'scope peers into 'truly empty' space hole
The Herschel Space Observatory has spotted a gaping hole in space - a "truly empty" void which appears to have be formed by jets of gas from nascent stars.
Swiss watch auctioned for £3.76m
A private Swiss museum has stumped a cool 6.26m Swiss francs (£3.76m) for a "unique" Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph watch, which now has the honour of being the most expensive yellow gold watch ever to sell at auction.
Suffering from IT innovation constipation?
If you are pushing and pushing the IT department and nothing is happening, then Hewlett-Packard's Enterprise Business - the IT services and hardware half of the company that's not PCs and printers - has just the prescription for you. Spend money with HP on lots of amorphous services and very solid and shiny new hardware.
Dell upgrades tough netbook
Dell has upgraded its 'take the rough'n'tumble' Latitude 2100 netbook, upping the machine's model number to 2110 and giving it a top-of-the-range Atom CPU.
Office and Mail bugs star in May Patch Tuesday update
Microsoft released just two updates on Tuesday as part of a light patch Tuesday, especially in comparison with April's 11 bulletins.
Sharp claims mobile 3D, HD cam 'first'
Sharp has claimed an industry first: a wee camera module capable of grabbing stereoscopic 3D images at 1280 x 720p HD resolution. The best bit: it's for mobile phones.
Brit consumers shun the iPad - for now
The iPad won't be mass market in the UK, according to a market research firm which took to the streets to see what British consumers think about Apple's tablet.
Sony flavours Walkman line with MGS
Sony is preparing a limited edition of its "wearable" Walkman music player, the W252, to celebrate the release of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
Software piracy rates fall
Software piracy rates have stayed static in the UK and fallen in many countries around the world despite the recession.
Biometric passport 2.0 scrapped alongside ID cards, NIR
Second-generation biometric passports will be scrapped alongside ID cards and the National Identity Register by the new Tory-LibDem government, probably as part of a merger between the LibDem Freedom Bill, and the Great Repeal Bill advocated by some sections of the Tory party. It isn't as yet entirely clear what will be in this Bill, but there is sufficient common ground between the two parties for it to be one of the easier tasks for the new government.
Osborne to 'get Britain working' - except for ID contractors
George Osborne arrived at 11 Downing St today with little more than Vince Cable and stack of good wishes from business lobbyists to help him grapple with the UK’s enormous economic problems.
Mozilla boss John Lilly quits outfit for venture capital role
Mozilla’s CEO John Lilly is leaving the open source browser maker after five years.
Come to Swindon - and play Human Pac-Man
Saturday 22 May is the 30th anniversary* of Pac-Man, the seminal arcade video game from Namco Games, and the Museum of Computing at Swindon has cooked up three events to celebrate.
Scots killer posted Bebo updates from behind bars
A killer has been caught posting updates on his life behind bars onto a social networking site.
Toshiba shows off widescreen Pro notebooks
Toshiba revamped its consumer-oriented Satellite-branded laptop line last month, and now it has introduced almost identical models bearing the Satellite Pro moniker.
ReviewIt’s the dead of night, and you’re driving along a deserted and gloomy mountain pass with only the low drone of your engine for company. Out of the corner of your eye you spot a rickety old timber shack at the side of the road. You pull over and the engine goes quiet. All around you, a dark, insidious mist gathers, creeping through the tall pines from every direction.
ZeusRAM is STEC's next SSD
STEC is developing a ZeusRAM non-volatile cache product and a PCIe-connected solid state drive (SSD).
Latest iPhone 4G leak reveals A4 CPU
Apple's ARM-based A4 processor, the CPU that powers the iPad, will also power the next iPhone.
Trident, nuke energy looking poorly under LibCons
UpdatedDetails on the new Conservative/Liberal coalition government are now emerging, as are those of the policy deal struck between the allied parties. On first look, it would appear that the replacement of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system like-for-like and the planned new generation of nuclear power stations have been thrown into doubt.
Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels
A-level computer science students will no longer be taught C, C# or PHP from next year following a decision to withdraw the languages by the largest exam board.
Salesforce extends 'sympathy' to Microsoft on Office launch
A senior EMEA director at Salesforce.com has claimed Microsoft Office "sucks productivity" just as the software giant gears up for the launch of its latest version this afternoon.
Acer Timeline X 4820TG
ReviewA year ago Acer’s Aspire Timeline 4810T notched up a ground-breaking eight hours of battery life thanks to the careful use of low power Core 2 hardware. The new Acer Aspire Timeline X ups the ante with claims that it can deliver up to 12 hours from the optional nine-cell battery – the standard six-cell is another story.
Samsung confirms e-book reader's UK debut
Samsung will release its SNE-60 e-book reader in the "coming months", the consumer electronics giant said today.
Nokia reorganizes for second time in six months
Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has announced his second reorganization in six months, indicating the intense pressure he is under to get the firm's smartphone strategy right. The new structure, effective from July 1, is heavily focused on tight integration between software and hardware, especially at the high end but also in emerging market devices. While the main goal is clearly to take on the vertically integrated players like Apple more effectively, the hiring of former Sun software chief Rich Green also points to new impetus behind a longer term, but hugely significant, strategy to create an industry leading cross-platform software framework dominated by Nokia.
Server-based zombies power souped-up DDoS assault
Hackers have begun using compromised servers instead of client PCs to launch more powerful denial of service attacks.
Identity & Passport Service in suicide bid?
All is not well - as we suggested might be the case this morning - at the Identity and Passport Service. Matter of fact, it may have just killed itself.
US Navy's plane-hurling mass driver in tech hiccup
Radical plans by the US Navy to equip its next aircraft carrier with electromagnetic mass-drivers for launching aircraft instead of the traditional steam catapults have hit technical snags.
The Cameregg plan: Who got what?
The people have spoken – and party leaders Nick Clegg and David Cameron, henceforth to be known as Dick Clameron, have filled in the details.
Outsourcing goes inside
An Indian outsourcing firm is working with prison authorities to set up a 200 man unit to handle back office and data entry functions for businesses worldwide.
Lexar Echo ZE ultra-compact backup drive
ReviewSolid-state storage specialist Lexar, aware that computer users tend not to be very good at maintaining regular backups of their data, has introduced a product line, called Echo, to take the task off users' shoulders.
Biometric cash machine lands in Europe
A Polish bank has become the first in Europe to offer the use of biometrics instead of PINs at cash machines.
MS hopes biz punters will guzzle Office 2010
Microsoft has launched the business version of its Office 2010 productivity suite, alongside its all-important sidekick SharePoint 2010.
German net crippled by top level glitch
UpdatedVast portions of the German internet were unavailable for more than an hour on Wednesday, after a snafu with the country's top level .de domain.
Another suicide at Apple's Chinese supplier
Yet another employee of the world's largest electronics assembler - Foxconn, maker of products for Apple, HP, and others - has has killed herself.
Microsoft U-turns on WebKit extension for Mobile IE
The Microsoft team building Internet Explorer for Windows Phone 7 has U-turned on plans to add an extension from WebKit to their browser.
Was Microsoft's Office 2010 worth killing Clippy?
Microsoft Office earned $4.2 billion revenue in the first three months of 2010, only a little behind the Windows client at $4.4 billion, according to the company's most recent earnings release.
Citrix previews bare-metal virt
Citrix Systems shelled out $500m to buy XenSource and get its hands on the Xen open source hypervisor, and it looks like 2010 is shaping up to be the year that the Xen family of products starts to pay back some of that dough.
What can Google's tablet deliver?
Google is in cahoots with Verizon developing a tablet device, reports the WSJ. But with the world and his dog also developing copycat iPads, it's hard to see what Google in particular can bring to the market.
Intel: best days are ahead for servers
As it comes off yet another global recession, and with a severe freeze in IT spending starting to thaw, Intel's server-chip lineup is perhaps the best Chipzilla The Continuum has ever put into the field - including its much-delayed and much-maligned quad-core Itanium 9300s.
Steam rushes from Valve onto Macs
The online gaming megaservice and gamers' community Steam has introduced Mac support, as it promised on Tuesday.
Cisco earnings beat the Street
Cisco might not be ready to call an end to the economic meltdown, but Wall Street is probably going to read it that way - despite words of caution from the networking giant's chairman and CEO, John Chambers.