Gmail inbox experiment auto sorts 'important' messages
Google has battled back against the dreaded "information overload" with an experimental revamp of the Gmail inbox.
Apple Magic Trackpad
ReviewYou've got to hand it to Apple. While it may not be the innovator it likes to think it is, it does have a knack for re-inventing old ideas and coming up with something better. Music players, small form-factor computers, tablet PCs - it's taken existing concepts and given them a major makeover.
HP pays to end fraud probe
HP is paying $55m to end an investigation into government procurement which suggested the ink giant was paying kickbacks to its channel partners in order to get government contracts.
BlueArc goes for deduplication
Fast filer supplier BlueArc is going to embed Permabit's Albireo deduplication software into its products, enabling more data to be stored in the same disk capacity.
Scotch tape maker buys biometric tech firm
UpdatedIndustrial conglomerate 3M has agree to buy biometric security firm Cogent Systems in a deal valued at $943m.
NASA snaps touch down on Flickr
NASA is inviting the public to peruse some of of its best snaps on Flickr archive photo section The Commons, and has posted a few choice examples, including the first space shuttle launch back in 1981:
Quantum soups up midrange DXi
Quantum has added Fibre Channel access to its DXi6500 mid-range to make the DXi6700 with a 3.5TB/hour data rate.
Underweight passport pic left traveller stuck in Amsterdam
Putting on weight can be bad for your health: it may also cause you difficulties when trying to enter the United Kingdom.
Your genes determine whether you will respond to surveys
Humanity is in general genetically predisposed not to take surveys, according to new research. However there exists a proportion of mutant freaks whose genes make them want to respond to surveys.
Isilon adds iSCSI
Isilon is adding iSCSI block data access to its OneFS operating system, meaning its scale-out filer product is now a scale-out, unified storage product.
India gives BlackBerry reprieve, eyeballs Google, Skype
The Indian government has granted BlackBerry users a two-month stay of execution, while it evaluates RIM's latest interception facility and serves notice to Google and Skype.
Viewsonic intros £350 7in Android tablet
Viewsonic has introduced its 7in Android 2.2-based tablet, as expected. It claimed the gadget is a world first - thanks to the device's "phone functionality".
Physicists, biologists pick ScaleMP to manage memory
BlogScaleMP made some HPC news lately by announcing that the Bielefeld University Physics Department has selected ScaleMP’s vSMP Foundation software.
OED goes the way of all
The Oxford University Press is apparently planning to can the full-fat Oxford English Dictionary - the 20-volume, 22,000-page linguistic epic which weighs in at 150lb.
Google strikes AP deal to ensure re-heated news
Google has renewed its deal with AP for news content.
wins wants right to appeal Word patent ruling
Microsoft has won asked for* the right to appeal a recently-lost patent case brought by Canadian firm i4i.
Sony Ericsson: X10 Android 2.1 update out next month
Sony Ericsson has Tweeted its followers to tell them the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 - reviewed here - will be out before the end of September.
Crooks said swiped church funds were for sex crime victims
Scammers who made off with $600,000 after breaking into the bank account of a Catholic diocese claim the funds have been earmarked for the victims of paedophile priests.
Skype pulls up socks for corporate service
Skype has moved its connect service out of beta and is pitching it at businesses as speculation grows about the VoIP pioneer's future.
Brits to get off lightly when Xbox Live prices rise
Some British Xbox Live Gold users will be paying more for their online gaming pleasure from 1 November onwards.
MS hits refresh on Windows 7 SP1 for select few
Microsoft pumped out fresh beta builds of its first service packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 late last week.
LG to show 31in OLED 3D TV at IFA
LG will be showing off a 31in ultra-slim OLED TV at the IFA show in Berlin later this week.
VMware floats into developer cloud services
VMworldVMware is floating a Microsoft Azure-like developer cloud for coders building apps on SpringSource's middleware, but the news is carefully wrapped in a fluffy statement on "branding".
VMware blows vCloud across skies public and private
VMworldVMware has officially lifted the curtain on Project Redwood, its long-expected platform for building so-called infrastructure clouds. Now known as vCloud Director, the platform underpins Amazon EC2-like public clouds from VMware partners such as Verizon, but it's also a means of building similar services inside private data centers. The idea is to provide a single "hybrid" platform that lets businesses run applications across the public and the private.
Microsoft divorces Live Mesh from kitchen Sync drama
Microsoft has yet again renamed its Live Sync service which will now be dubbed Windows Live Mesh when it is released this autumn.
Boffins baffled by mysterious Martian crater
New photos gleaned by the Mars Express spacecraft in orbit about the red planet have failed to shed any light on the origins of an "enigmatic" elongated crater named Orcus Patera.
Fake TweetDeck update lures prompt password resets
Compromised Twitter accounts have been used to post links to an exploit portal that poses as a download site for an update to TweetDeck, the popular micro-blogging client software package.
Report recommends UN climate panel shakeup
An enquiry into the UN's climate panel, the IPCC, has recommended administrative changes, including a full-time chief executive. It found the IPCC had "assigned high confidence to statements for which there is very little evidence", had failed to acknowledge criticism, or follow its own guidelines.
Project Horizon: VMware's plan to restitch the desktop
VMworldVMware has released new versions of its View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and its ThinApp application streaming software, while promising some sort of consumer "cloud identity" offering sometime next year.
Little black dress with SIM card slot offered for 2011
A mobile phone built into a black dress? Marvellous. And with pictures too? Hold the science page for this one, but don't look too closely.
Lady vicar tells Anglicans to learn from Black Sabbath
A Church of England vicar has told the Anglican community that it could do worse than learning to relax and taking a few cues from heavy metal.
Sony Oz mod chip dongle ban hearing delayed
The ban granted to Sony against three Australian companies who had been offering PSJailbreak, a USB dongle that lets PS3 owners play ripped game discs, has been extended.
Hannspree outs £329 10.1in Android tablet
Hot on the heels of Viewsonic's ViewPad 7 Android tablet comes an altogether more exciting - we have more of the spec, in other words - 10in model from Chinese electronics maker Hannspree.
Diesels greener than electric cars, says Swiss gov report
Swiss boffins have mounted an investigation into the largely unknown environmental burdens of electric cars using lithium-ion batteries, and say that the manufacturing and disposal of batteries presents no insurmountable barriers to electric motoring. However, their analysis reveals that modern diesel cars are actually better for the environment than battery ones.
Philips shows Android handheld media player
Philips has unwrapped what its "first" Android-based media player.
IT engineer fights spider with improvised flamethrower
An IT engineer who attempted to dispatch a spider with an improvised flamethrower ended up on the wrong end of his own can of deodorant, the Sun reports.
NHS Online consult service to live on: Calls go to 111
The Department of Health has said there are no immediate plans to drop the NHS Direct web service, despite signalling the end of telephone consultations.
German judge chides Google over YouTube freeloading
A German judge thinks Google should do more to detect illegal uploads to its YouTube video service. He was ruling on a case last week brought by an alliance of composers and songwriters' performance rights societies led by Germany's GEMA.
Bye-bye to bizarro bye-laws, says UK.gov
If you have plans to fry fish in Gloucester or beat your carpet along Blackpool promenade or transport a dead horse through Hammersmith and Fulham, you should know all these activities are still subject to local bye-laws. But this may be about to change, with the announcement today by Local Government Minister Grant Shapps of plans to give councils a new power to review and revoke outdated bye-laws.
Ruby on Rails 3.0
sets sail gets off ground oh, chuff chuff
The Ruby on Rails creator has released version 3.0 of the open source web framework, following a two-year project involving more than 1,600 contributors to the code.
EMC embraces benchmarks
EMC has started getting enthusiastic about benchmarks, the latest being SPECsfs2008-nfs v3. It submitted a Celerra VG8 Gateway system - that's a NAS head sitting atop either Symmetrix VMAX or CLARiiON Fibre Channel storage. This VG8 is a bit of a monster with up to eight data movers, called X-Blades, which contain 6-core Xeon 5600 CPUs cycling at 2.83GHz.
Yahoo! begins ad handover to Microsoft
The Bingification of Yahoo! took another step forward Tuesday, when the transition of advertisers' search-based campaigns from Yahoo! Search Marketing to Microsoft adCenter got underway.
VMware eats two companies at once
VMworldVMware has agreed to acquire Integrien, an outfit that offers "real-time" analytics software for monitoring application and infrastructure performance, and TriCipher, a company that handles access management and security for net-based applications.
Hitachi GST IPO may be coming
Via Aaron Rakers of Stifel Nicolaus I'm hearing Hitachi GST may be being prepped for an IPO.
Microsoft douses VMware with cold cloud shower
Microsoft has told users they've got "nothing to lose" by checking out the company's Azure cloud and hosted applications before committing to a deal with archrival VMware.
Game-addicted man scores rare win over software lawyers
A Hawaii man who sued a company over his crippling addiction to the computer game Lineage II has gone where few litigants have managed to go, defeating the end-user agreement that said he had no right to bring the case to begin with.
VMware boss: we rise as Windows falls
VMworldUpdate: This story has been updated with additional statements from Maritz and additional commentary to flesh out and clarify Maritz's comments.
Big Blue finally punts an Opteron 6100 server
It only took five months, but on Tuesday it finally happened: IBM announced its first — and what could very well end up being its only — System x or BladeCenter server fitted with AMD's "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100 processors.
Judge bashes warrantless cellphone tracking
A federal magistrate has ruled that information pulled from cellphone towers provides such an intimate portrait of a customer's life that government investigators must get a warrant before obtaining it.
Xsigo rejiggers virtual I/O director for Ethernet
Xsigo Systems, one of the pioneers of virtual I/O for server networks and their links to storage, is beside itself with excitement at the VMworld virtualization and cloud extravaganza in San Francisco now that it has finally brought a product to market that is designed for enthusiastic uptake by IT shops that like their Ethernet and don't want to buy special adapter cards from anyone to virtualize their I/O.
Mexican telco exec: iPhone 4 antenna fix imminent
According to a Mexican telco exec, Apple will release an iPhone 4 with an upgrade to its problematic antenna after its "free case" giveaway ends on September 30.