Big Blue shrinks 'Westmere' Xeon towers
IBM continues to round out its System x and BladeCenter x64-based server lineup, and today, it kicked out two more machines: a pair of System x tower boxes aimed primarily at small and medium businesses or the remote offices of larger firms.
Oracle sued for alleged fraud against US gov
The US Justice Department has sued Oracle, claiming the software giant overcharged the federal government by "tens of millions of dollars".
ReviewNokia’s lower end and mid range handsets might not offer the bells and whistles of the leading edge phones, but they can be solid workhorses. The C5 is a case in point. Just be aware when eyeing up the specs that its small screen means it can’t do some things nearly as well as bigger screened alternatives.
Retailers lobby for lower charges for contactless payments
New payment technologies should be cheaper to use than existing card systems, not more expensive, retailers have said. Shop operators have claimed that card fees are already too high, running into hundreds of millions of pounds in the UK.
Intel stuffs speedy security into silicon
Intel Labs has announced two new chunks of test silicon that expand the company's definition of what it considers "job one" in terms of product development.
Report damns health records scheme
A detailed review of the Summary Care Record programme and HealthSpace - its related "portal" - by University College London has found only "modest benefits" from the scheme.
Terror data handover seriously flawed
CommentThe European Union has redrafted its agreement with the US Treasury which requires Europe’s financial institutions to transfer details of global financial transactions to the US. The revised Draft Agreement is to be put to the European Parliament in July for approval, despite a text containing significant privacy defects and obvious areas of drafting in need of urgent attention.
New Xbox 360 said to 'still scratch discs'
Anyone hoping the new-design Xbox 360 will treat game discs more gently than its predecessors have been claimed to is set to be disappointed.
DHS slams US gov network security
The US government is bad at protecting its networks and has neither the authority or manpower to respond to threats in real time.
Sony sets UK PlayStation Move prices
Sony UK will release the PlayStation Move in a bundle pack comprising the motion controller, the PlayStation Eye camera and a trio of games.
Qualcomm back in the EU's sights
A UK chip maker has asked the EU to look again at Qualcomm's business practices, despite the chip giant having cleared itself last time by settling with the complainants.
Birmingham jihad-cam network suspended
A crime prevention quango has postponed activation of a new CCTV network trained on Muslim areas of Birmingham, and funded from the central police counter-terrorism budget, after a local outcry.
Virtual management - a lesson from history
BlogI have worked with many different virtualisation platforms, from Microsoft’s early attempts with Virtual Server 2005 to the latest VMWare, Hyper-V, KVM and Xen offerings. I have taken the time to play with the management software offered by these vendors, and even a few of the third-party stuff. Depending on your specific needs, the higher-level management tools can either make your life easier or far more complicated. They will most assuredly make it more expensive.
Killer piranha stalk Folkestone pond
Experts fear Britain could be facing a deadly invasion of killer piranha after a Kent angler hooked one of the Amazonian fang-fish in a Folkestone pond - thousands of miles from its natural habitat where gangs of them regularly strip the flesh from their victims in a terrifying frenzy of teeth and foaming water.
Is running a datacentre just like running a kitchen?
AnalysisCooling a datacentre the wrong way is like cooling a hot kitchen by opening the fridge door: it makes more sense to open a window and pump fresh air in.
Ingram grabs Spanish distie
Ingram Micro - the broadline distributor - has bought a Spanish distie called Albora Soluciones based in Barcelona.
World Cup: Holland to win, Spain to slump
World Cup StatsSpain is chewing on the chorizo of defeat thanks to Switzerland's 1-0 victory yesterday, and history shows this result is a major setback.
Samsung gears up to make half-terabyte flash drives
Samsung is close to volume production of half-terabyte PC/notebook solid state drives (SSD) with impressively fast read and write speeds.
Did ID card applications surge after scheme was scrapped?
A series of questions in the Commons yesterday suggest that the ID card scheme had a surge of applicants even after it became clear that the Tories would be scrapping the scheme.
Firefox comes over all cloudy
Firefox Weave has become Firefox Sync, and will be part of Firefox 4 in a cloud-based future.
WD SiliconEdge Blue 256GB SSD
ReviewHard drive manufacturer Western Digital has taken not one but two steps into the Solid State Drive market. Up in the Enterprise stratosphere we have three WD N1x drives that use SLC memory and are hellishly expensive at £310 for 32GB, £649 for 64GB and £1099 for 128GB.
Software freetards demand axing of ACTA
Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation are calling for the rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) unless key changes to “protect the public's freedom” are made.
AOL offloads Bebo - for 'exceptionally uninspiring number'?
UpdatedAOL is set to reap an "exceptionally uninspiring" sum for Bebo, the moribund social networking site for which it paid $850m just two years ago.
Googlegate: Mapping a scandal of global proportions
OpinionWhile the rest of us have generally been enjoying the sunshine and warm weather for the past few weeks, there has been a permanent cloud over Mountain View, as the storm over Google's capturing of Wi-Fi content with its Street View cars has developed.
Autopsy on wacky Jacqui's ID astroturfing
Lobby group No2ID have got their hands on the final report into MyLifeMyID.org - the supposedly independent collector of "young people's" views on ID cards.
Tape business shows steep decline
The tape drive and media business shrank by a quarter in 2009. At this rate it could enter irrelevance in a few years time.
Hybrid CD vinyl unites warring tribes
Here's something you don't see very often. Veteran Detroit techno producer Jeff Mills has solved the vinyl or CD conundrum with a new "hybrid" disc that plays in both. It's a five-inch single with a CD stuck on the back.
NFC will be in all Nokia smartphones from 2011
Nokia has announced that from next year every Nokia smartphone will have NFC, regardless of fact that the technology lacks a business model or any market demand.
Hidden in plain view: Google Music's stealth infrastructure
Along with world+dog, I overlooked very something important this week. I was wondering why, to launch its new music service, Google would want to get into the messy and thankless business of administering rights. Best to leave the region-by-region haggles to someone else, I reckoned.
Virginia cops liberate bound goat from car trunk
Virginia cops last week did their bit for caprine wellbeing by liberating a half-baked goat from a car trunk, the Lynchburg News Advance reports.
Nobel Prize winner on dodgy World Cup ball
Goalkeepers like to get their excuses in first, and this new World Cup is no exception.
Apple not yet dominant enough for anti-trust action
OpinionApple is rapidly becoming an anti-trust target and right now it is behaving like a badly spoiled child with respect to what it will allow and not allow on any of its platforms. This is reflected in decisions to keep Adobe and any other development environment off its devices, and more recently in its proposed new developer terms which will stop developers from working with Google and AdMob on advertising.
Canadians form adulterers' privacy campaign
The Canadian woman suing her mobile operator because her husband discovered her affair through her bill says she has gathered evidence from two fellow adulterers who were caught out the same way.
Sunny Spain suspends solar subsidy scam
Dead broke Spain can't afford to prop up renewables anymore. The Spanish government is cutting the numbers of hours in a day it's prepared to pay for "clean" energy.
iPad gouges netbook sales
Tablets look set to displace the netbook, if figures from market watcher DisplaySearch are to be believed.
Vodafone customers collaborate to chart coverage
If you think network coverage maps are untrustworthy and always favour the supplier, here's a way to to put them straight.
LibCons bin £2bn of late Labour projects
The coalition government has scrapped 12 projects worth £2bn pounds that were agreed during the final months of Labour's rule.
Indonesia flips over internet rock star smut clips
An online celebrity sex video is giving Indonesia's authorities an opportunity to try and restrict internet use.
Microsoft unveils one-stop service for reporting stolen accounts
Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a program to alert banks and online services when accounts they oversee are compromised.
Apple's fresh Mac mini stripped naked
Apple's new Mac mini, announced on Tuesday, is simple to open, easy to upgrade, and requires an exceptionally small amount of power — a mere 10 watts at idle.
Firefoxers howl as privacy add-on auto updates with 'bloatware'
UpdatedFirefox users are howling that a widely-used browser add-on designed to protect them from unwanted cookie tracking has been automatically updated with what they see as overly intrusive "bloatware".
Researcher shows how to strike back at web assailants
A security researcher has disclosed details on more than a dozen previously unknown vulnerabilities that people responding to web-based attacks can exploit to strike back at online assailants.
Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being investigated by Pakistani police under a section of the penal code that makes blasphemy against Muhammad punishable by death.
HP and Yahoo! team up to print ads in your home
There's been some knicker-twisting hubbub coursing the intertubes about ads being served up by HP's email-enabled ePrint printers, announced last week at Internet World New York.
Cisco to reveal next 'Data Center 3.0' push
Server wannabe Cisco Systems is on a five step program to take over the data center with its Data Center 3.0 initiative, and on June 30, the company is getting set to divulge what the next step will be – and perhaps announce a product or two.
FalconStor wins HDS as VTL reseller
Hitachi Data Systems is going to resell FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL) software, with deduplication, integrated with its AMS 2000 mid-range storage arrays.
IBM preps AIX 7.1 for autumn Power7 harvest
In the computer racket, it has always been much easier to get new hardware out the door than the software to take advantage of it fully. And so it is with IBM's Power7-based Power Systems machines and its AIX variant of Unix, which is slated for a 7.1 update in the autumn.