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US fanbois await freedom from Big Phone

If, as is rumored, Verizon will end AT&T's exclusive US hold on Apple's iPhone beginning in January, it may mean big trouble for Big Phone.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Aug 2010

DARPA funds Mr Spock on a Chip

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency financed the basic research necessary to create a processor that thinks in terms of probabilities instead of the certainties of ones and zeros. And now Lyric Semiconductor, the spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where the work was done, is going to spend the next couple of years building a commercial probability processor called the GP5.

Chair maker punts $6,000 iPad recliner

What might an obscenely rich, profoundly indolent fanboi choose as the ultimate iPad accessory? Might we suggest the six-thousand dollar Elite Home Theater Seating iPad Chair?
Rik Myslewski, 17 Aug 2010
Xbox Kinect

MS to Kinect up UK in November

Microsoft's Kinect will come to Blighty on 10 November, the Xbox maker revealed this morning.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2010

Fujifilm readies revamped 'true' 3D camera

Fujifilm has taken the wraps off its latest two-lens, two-sensor 3D-capable compact camera.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2010

iPod meltdown strands Tokyo commuters

Apple's iPod flame-out woes continue. The latest victims: Tokyo commuters.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Aug 2010

Nikon revamps projector cam

Nikon has updated its projector-equipped compact camera with a new look and a higher resolution sensor.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2010
Acer Liquid E

Acer Liquid E Android smartphone

ReviewAcer has been a bit of a late starter in the smartphone game but has been working hard to catch up and gain a similar reputation to what it has with computers – decent quality machines that deliver the specs without excessive prices.
Dave Oliver, 17 Aug 2010

Disney sued for spying on kids with 'zombie cookies'

Walt Disney's internet subsidiary and several of its partners have been sued for allegedly using cookies based on Adobe's Flash Player to track highly personal information about their users, many of whom were minors.
Dan Goodin, 17 Aug 2010
Windows Phone 7 logo

MS lists Windows Phone 7 gaming launch line-up

Microsoft has listed the Xbox Live games that will run on Windows Phone 7 handsets when the smartphone platform launches later this year. Among them, some well known titles.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2010

Alleged bad Appler pleads not guilty

Paul Shim Devine, a 37-year old Apple manager, has pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy charges related to accusations that he took a series of bribes from suppliers to help them win work from the computer and phone maker.
John Oates, 17 Aug 2010
SGI logo hardware close-up

Dell, 3PAR and legal parasites

The simple clarity and straightforwardness of the 3PAR and Dell deal is being muddied by the activities of US law firms that are as beneficial in many people's eyes as an HIV infection.
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2010

Paris jub-flash mugger busted

Police have busted the Paris jub-flash mugger who, along with an accomplice, earlier this month relieved a man of €300 after distracting him with her chesticles.
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2010

Cynicism, grumpiness cause heart attacks, strokes

Irascible, grumpy cynics have a significantly higher risk of suffering heart attacks and strokes compared to mellow, amiable, trusting people, according to a new study.
Lewis Page, 17 Aug 2010

Nokia intros keypad, touchscreen combo candybar

Nokia has revamped its X3 sliderphone as... a candybar.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2010

India puts threatened BlackBerry ban on paper

RIM will be talking to the Indian government this week - trying to explain just how difficult it is to intercept encrypted communications, while promising to do just that.
Bill Ray, 17 Aug 2010

Network Solutions pulls widget that tainted up to 5m websites

Network Solutions has admitted that a software widget designed to help small business to build websites was contaminated with malware.
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2010
fingers pointing at man

Symantec knits VMware safety net

Symantec says you will be able to virtualise the most critical business applications with confidence because it's providing the necessary safety net, Application HA. It's also sorted the virtual desktop image provisioning and storage problem with VirtualStore.
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2010
DVD it in many colours

Oracle dumping HPC: Genius or foolhardy?

BlogQuietly - very quietly – Oracle has been dropping out of the HPC market. We’re finally seeing some outward reaction to the company's internal moves with news stories (The Reg here and HPCwire here) discussing Oracle’s retreat from HPC. No comments from Oracle either confirm or deny the move, of course.
Dan Olds, 17 Aug 2010

Vodafone tunes Wi-Fi hotspot dongle

It's got a Micro SDHC slot and the ability to share an HSDPA 3G connection with up to five devices over 802.11b/g Wi-Fi - yes, it's Vodafone's Wi-Fi R201 mobile hotspot.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2010

STEC's magic MLC sauce

STEC, IBM and EMC's favourite enterprise flash drive supplier, says it has cracked the multi-level cell (MLC) flash conundrum, making it a viable enterprise choice by dealing with its poor write endurance and reliability.
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2010

Microsoft's volume licensing site goes titsup - again

Microsoft’s volume licensing site once again went titsup on Friday and was out for several days with very little explanation from the software vendor about what had gone wrong.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2010

WiMAX forum touts version 2. Again

The WiMAX forum has again announced that its version 2 specification will be available later this year, as it seems no-one was listening last time around.
Bill Ray, 17 Aug 2010

America's top model fights off 'pervert' at Star Wars convention

America's ex next top model Adrianne Curry has taken to the social networks to detail her alleged molestation at a Star Wars convention in Miami over the weekend.
Joe Fay, 17 Aug 2010

Hacked Axl Rose Twitter account spreads false tour news

Axl Rose's Twitter account was hacked on Sunday to spread false rumours that Guns N' Roses was cancelling an upcoming European tour.
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2010

Google seeks UK privacy lobbyist

Are you a privacy lawyer? Would you take pride in working for a company with "a real soul"? Is your brain impervious to cognitive dissonance? Could you grow a brass neck?
Christopher Williams, 17 Aug 2010

Electric mass-driver catapults to beat Royal Navy cuts?

Hints are emerging that the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers may be equipped with innovative electromagnetic catapults in order to operate cheaper aircraft as part of the ongoing, behind-closed-doors UK defence and security review/cuts process.
Lewis Page, 17 Aug 2010

Microsoft goes double bubble with server beta releases

Microsoft slung out a brace of server betas yesterday for its home and cloud biz customers.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2010

Pink Floyd wipe albums from web

Long-playing records by Pink Floyd have vanished from the iTunes and Amazon stores, the result of a dispute with record label EMI.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2010

BT mulls upping apprentice numbers

BT is considering increasing the number of apprentices it employs after receiving over 100 applications for each place.
John Oates, 17 Aug 2010

Ikea forecasts fluffy, fully teched kitchen of the future

Thirty years from now, your kitchen will be "almost alive" and "respond actively" to your culinary needs "like only a mother could".
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2010

Storage big three to define HDD way ahead

CommentIs the future of hard disk drive (HDD) technology bit-patterning or heat-assist?
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2010

iPad hits Asus Eee PC sales

Still not convinced that Apple's iPad is eating into sales of netbooks? Just ask netbook supremo Asus.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2010

Spurs soothsayer predicts Young Boys thrashing on Twitter

Spurs has apologised over a misguided update to the club's Twitter account that predicted the North London club would thrash Euro opponents Young Boys on Tuesday night.
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2010

Americans demand Twitter-watching police

Americans expect their emergency services to respond to postings on their web sites and Twittered messages, but more than half would give them a call just to make sure.
Bill Ray, 17 Aug 2010

Best Buy slaps 'God Squad' priest with cease-and-desist order

Best Buy is pursuing an American god botherer who ripped off the company’s Geek Squad logo.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2010
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Local councils will carry on splurging on IT

Despite the recession Kable believes UK local government ICT budgets will rise to nearly £4bn by 2016.
Kable, 17 Aug 2010

HP slurps up security software firm

HP has bought Fortify Software, strengthening its application security software portfolio.
John Oates, 17 Aug 2010

Apple fans drool over Liquidmetal widget

It should come as no surprise that Apple fanboys are moistened by their favourite vendor's use of novel materials, and you can understand that excitement when a device uses a clever new compound in its construction.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2010

Intel and Micron expose 3-bit flash

No sooner has a leaked Intel flash roadmap shown enterprise-grade multi-level cell (MLC) flash than Intel and Micron announce they are sampling 3-bit MLC product.
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2010

New US swarmsats will scatter to avoid space-war strikes

The USA's new "fractionated" swarm satellites - in which groups of small wirelessly-linked modules in orbit will replace today's large spacecraft - will be able to scatter to avoid enemy attacks and then reform into operational clusters.
Lewis Page, 17 Aug 2010
For Sale sign detail

IBM completes Power7 server arsenal

The roll-out of the Power7-based rack, blade, and tower servers finishes up today with the debut of five Power Systems machines. Big Blue is launching four itty bitty boxes and one behemoth.

Verizon demos 1Gbps over existing fiber network

Verizon has conducted a demo in which it pumped nearly a gigabit per second to a remote customer over its existing fiber infrastructure.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Aug 2010
server room

SGI previews Q4 financials

Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics is implementing a new revenue-accounting method in the fourth quarter, and the changes to the way it keeps its books have forced it to push out its financial results for two more weeks. SGI had been expected to report its numbers after Wall Street closed Tuesday.

Mozilla eases fears over phishy URL alert

Mozilla developers have eased concerns about the severity of a security feature in Firefox that often fails to warn users when they've encountered obfuscated URLs that might lead to malicious websites.
Dan Goodin, 17 Aug 2010

Java daddy says Sun engineers ran 'goofiest patent' contest

Sun engineers once ran an unofficial competition to see who could get the "goofiest" invention past the US patent office, according to former Sun man and Java founder James Gosling.
Cade Metz, 17 Aug 2010

Apple.com hit in latest mass hack attack

A hack attack that can expose users to malware exploits has infected more than 1 million webpages, at least two of which belong to Apple.
Dan Goodin, 17 Aug 2010

Top lawmakers slam Google-Verizon 'net neut' scheme

The "suggested legislative framework" for internet regulation proposed last week by Google and Verizon has run into a buzz saw of opposition from four well-connected US Congressfolks.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Aug 2010

Yahoo! begins Bingification in North America

Later this week in the US and Canada, Yahoo! will begin moving its back-end search infrastructure to Microsoft's Bing platform. When using Yahoo! search, North American netizens will soon see a “Powered by Bing” logo at bottom of results pages.
Cade Metz, 17 Aug 2010

Oracle, Google, and the survival of the fittest Java

Sun Microsystems regularly boasted that Java ran on the most ubiquitous and the fastest growing of computing platforms: two billion cell phones.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Aug 2010

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