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SGI bleeds less than expected
Supercomputer and hyperscale server maker Silicon Graphics is still losing money, but it's hopeful that the years ahead will actually yield some profits. And thus, as the company announced its fiscal 2010 financial results today, SGI's board of directors reanimated a latent $40m stock buyback program that the merger between Rackable Systems and Silicon Graphics put on hold.
Scottish iSchool goes 100% iPad
A Scottish independent Christian school has forsworn books, pencils, pens, and paper, and will now educate its young charges solely via Apple's iPad.
Acer Aspire One D260
ReviewAcer has churned out some impressive models in its Aspire One series, and the D260 is its latest creation. At 1.21kg, it’s one of the lightest 10.1in netbooks available, and throughout testing it remained impressively cool with no significant hotspots on the keyboard or wrist rest.
Asus Eee PC T101MT
ReviewThe Eee PC T101MT differs from the majority of netbooks in a number of ways, with the flip-and-twist touchscreen display being the most obvious.
HP Mini 210
ReviewWith its curved chassis, HP’s Mini 210 has a slightly different look to most netbooks. Usability is good and the keyboard stretches right to the very edges. And with responsive, well-spaced keys, it has one of the best netbook keyboards I’ve ever typed on. The only anomaly is arrow key section – the up and down keys are shrunk and sandwiched between the left and right ones, which takes some getting used to.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3
ReviewWith a chequered design on the lid, Lenovo’s S10-3 certainly stands out from the crowd. It has a few differences inside too, and this model - the M33DDUK - benefits from a built-in 3G module. Slip in a Sim card and the internet will follow you on your travels. The S10-3 isn’t picky as to which mobile operator you’re with, and it’s a great feature to have on a netbook.
ReviewWith the majority of netbooks - and indeed laptops - sporting glossy displays, Samsung is sticking its neck out by giving the N230’s 10.1in panel a matte coating. While this minimises reflections from overhead lighting, windows and other light sources, it also means it’s not quite as vibrant as netbooks with a glossy screen coating – for some, though, this trade-off will be more than acceptable.
ReviewWith a very plasticy shell and a rather odd rough texture both inside and out, the NB250 has a rather cheap feel to it.
Buyer's Guide: Netbooks
Group TestWith so many netbooks vying for your attention, choosing which model to go for isn’t the easiest of decisions to make. In contrast with most other technology purchases, performance is one of the least important factors. Almost all netboooks use Intel’s Atom processor, and although there are a range of Atoms available you’re very unlikely to notice any difference between them in day-to-day use.
Netbooks Best Buys
Group TestSo which netbooks get the thumbs up? As far as performance goes, they’re all essentially in the same boat, so the judgement comes down to usability, features, battery life and price.
Back-to-school 10in Netbooks
Group TestThe summer hols are over, and it's back to school for the kids. Or to college, for the older ones. Whatever their age, though, your offspring - perhaps even you yourself - are likely to have their eye on a new computer for the new term.
Hardware hackers defeat quantum crypto
Security researchers using hardware hacking techniques have unearthed generic flaws in supposedly ultra-secure quantum cryptography systems.
Consumers should get price transparency, says OFT
Current law on fairness in consumer contracts contains a loophole that may be harmful to consumers, according to consumer watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Businesses should be more restricted in their freedom to charge ancillary fees, it says.
Ad watchdog to bite Facebook, Twitter
The Advertising Standards Authority is to take responsibility for more online content, not just the paid-for advertisements it currently regulates.
HP & Hynix join forces for memristor fab
HP is partnering with Hynix to bring Memristor technology from lab to fab.
Porn-browsing Oz minister quits
The point of the Great Australian Firewall is revealed at last today - it's to keep Aussie politicians in line.
NZ woman pays motorised tribute to A RYAN 1
The New Zealand Transport Agency has declined to withdraw a woman's numberplate tribute to her ex-boyfriend, despite another motorist's complaint that ARYAN1 wasn't particularly well thought through.
Ofcom makes space for luvvy radio until August 2021
Ofcom has ended various rounds of consultation by laying out its plans for the Program Makers & Special Event spectrum users, promising them priority access to interleaved spectrum and channel 38 until August 2021.
New super-Flash chips to run on SiOx, not graphite
Stateside chip boffins say they have developed a radical new method of building memory, which will smash through the "brick wall" that Moore's Law is about to run into.
Russian cops cuff 10 ransomware Trojan suspects
Russian police have arrested 10 suspected members of a ransomware gang who allegedly made millions via a locked computer malware scam.
The Large Hadron Collider's mega-pic churn
BlogsThe Large Hadron Collider has been operating for a few months now, and it hasn’t ripped apart the space/time continuum – not where I live, anyway, and that’s mostly all I care about. Of course, it could be that it’s still early, and that the cumulative effects of accelerating particles really fast could still spell the end of everything. Until that happens, the LHC is generating enough data to keep scientists busy from now until doomsday (unless doomsday is in the next couple of years).
Orange rolls out HD Voice calls in UK
Desperately unhappy with the call quality of the your mobile phone? Orange reckons its HD Voice service is the answer.
Sony to announce iTunes-alike streaming service
Sony is set to announce a streaming service to rival Apple's iTunes at a trade show in Germany.
VMworld: Oi, no sneaky meetings!
BlogGCG staff were summarily kicked out of the VMworld press and analyst area this morning. Our crime? Trying to have a short meeting with an industry contact while sitting inside the cordoned-off analyst/press corral. Last year, and in years past, we routinely took briefings in this area with no trouble.
Orange goes High Definition
Orange UK has launched an HD Voice service, so now a mobile phone can sound as clear as a good Skype connection if the technology is available end-to-end.
Samsung shows curvy computers
Samsung has introduced the NF netbook family it plans to bring to market here in October. The new machines sports Intel's new dual-core Atom N550 chip.
SCO gets sale approval
SCO's request to sell off its software business has been approved by the bankruptcy courts.
Nandos 'village bike' ad not sexist, rules ASA
Referring to the village bike or asking to borrow a friend's girlfriend is not sexist, offensive or derogatory to women, the ASA has ruled, as long as it is done in a comical Portuguese accent.
MS unveils 'transforming' Xbox controller
Microsoft's new Xbox 360 controller - this one with a "transforming" five-way navpad - is official.
Motorola unveils re-chiselled Milestone smartphone
Motorola has introduced two new Android handsets: its second incarnation of the Milestone and the all-weather Defy. Both feature enhanced Motoblur, the company’s widget-based management tool that integrates e-mail, messages and social networking updates.
US undergrads crash NASA satellite into Arctic
Undergraduate students in America managed to get control of the manoeuvring thrusters of an orbiting 2000-lb NASA satellite at the weekend, sending it plummeting into the Earth's atmosphere to rain burning fragments across the chilly seas north of Norway and Russia.
Google Wave limps on until year end and beyond (maybe)
Mountain View will keep its Google Wave engine running until at least the end of 2010.
.XXX domain deal stripped bare
The company behind a proposal to create .xxx, an adults-only top-level internet domain, is set to run the gauntlet of objections from angry pornographers and appalled Christians for the sixth time.
Crowds greet A380 at Manchester Airport
An enthusiastic crowd greeted the first Airbus A380 to land at Manchester Airport earlier this afternoon, marking the end of an 18-month, £10m upgrade of the airport to accommodate the beast.
Every cloud has a platinum lining
Conversations with various people suggest that 3PAR is keen to rebut any suggestion it has been shopping itself.
webOS 2 launches early access
Palm has made public details of webOS 2, and launched an Early Access Program for developers, proving that HP has plans for the platform it acquired back in April.
Apple livestreaming heralds Jobs-to-fanboi brain-linking
Apple's live streaming of its latest revolutionary product launch today is a dry run for the Mac maker's massive server farm which will eventually allow Steve Jobs to bypass mainstream media and download news directly to fanbois' brains.
Speculation swells as Apple event draws near
Apple's media event draws close - it kicks off it 6pm this evening - but the rumours regarding just what CEO Steve Jobs - with halo or horns, it's your choice - will announce.
BlueLock: Risky cloud business
VMworldOne of our first meetings at VMworld was with BlueLock, who have the distinction of being one of a small handful of cloud service providers participating in VMware’s big vCloud Datacenter initiative. We spent a bit of time grilling Pat O’Day, BlueLock CTO, in their booth and learned some new things about the cloud value proposition.
Google butterfingers slip jazz hands bug into Gmail
An extremely annoying bug that plays an old ragtime tune has commandeered Google’s Gmail, after the company debuted its ‘Priority Inbox’ feature earlier this week.
Survey scammers serve up supposed shelter from survey scams
Cheeky scammers are offering prospective marks an application that supposedly shields them from exposure to survey scams.
Archos announces five Android tablets
Archos will release a raft of Android-based tablets later this month, with more following in October.
DARPA's video search push gets another $11m
Pentagon R&D chiefs at DARPA have awarded $11m to discover a technical secret for which, one may be sure, Google executives would pay a substantially larger sum - that of true video search.
Texan cooks up deep-fried Guinness
Visitors to the forthcoming Texas State Fair will be able to enjoy* what can rightly be described as a culinary first - deep fried Guinness.
Lock up your Crackberries
Sysadmin blogMost of the articles about the security of Research In Motion’s Blackberries have focused on governments that want a peek behind RIM’s encryption, but other elements of the Blackberry make it well-designed for a business environment.
Panasonic signs Ubisoft for games on TV
Panasonic and Ubisoft are to develop games for the consumer electronics giant's 3D TVs, the pair said today.
SEC doesn't do a Moody
The Securities and Exchange Commission is dropping an investigation into alleged fraudulent behaviour at ratings agency Moody's because it is not sure if it has legal jurisdiction over the company.
Open source PS3 hack code posted
Want a PlayStation 3 hacking dongle but worried Sony's legal fight with the gadget's suppliers will prevent you from buying one?
Gartner chops PC shipment forecasts for 2010
It is looking like Friday, October 22, is going to be a fabulous day to buy a new desktop, notebook, or netbook. That's a week before Hewlett-Packard finishes its fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 and also a week before PC rival Dell completes its third quarter of its fiscal 2011.
Geek tech firm loses Jedi credentials
Jedi Mind Inc has conceded that someone else might just own the term Jedi, and has changed its name to Mind Technologies Inc.
Symbian users Swype Samsung's tricks
The world's fastest text entry system, Swype, is now in Beta for Symbian S60 5th edition, allowing Nokia users to write by tracing a path rather than the old-fashioned tapping on keys.
Microsoft reshuffles Windows 7 Family Pack
Microsoft has decided to rerun its Windows 7 Family Pack promotion, which was iced by Redmond at the end of last year.
Tosh has tiniest flash bits
Toshiba has started mass-producing NAND flash ships using a 24nm process, and is offering the world's smallest 8GB flash chips.
We've been here before: MS tweaks volume licensing site again
Microsoft will once again overhaul its error-prone volume licensing website in November, following months of glitches with the portal since Redmond relaunched it late last year.
LightSquared illuminates 'partners' on US 4G roll out
Wholesale 4G network LightSquared is planning to start deployment in the middle of the USA and then spread to the coasts, according to documents sent out to potential partners.
Microsoft releases FixIt for critical flaw in 100 apps
Microsoft has released a software tool that helps system administrators protect PCs against a critical class of vulnerabilities found in more than 100 applications from a variety of software makers.
VMware app dev platform gazes beyond SpringSource Java
VMworldVMware says that its Cloud Application Platform – a means of building and deploying applications that has grown up around the SpringSource Java framework – will eventually embrace other programming languages, including Ruby-on-Rails, PHP, and perhaps .NET.
Cray and SGI push upgrades to latest supers
Supercomputer makers Cray and Silicon Graphics have done years of engineering to get their respective XE6 and Altix UV 1000 massively parallel supercomputers to market. And now, despite research funding woes among governments, research institutions, and corporations, the two companies face the challenging task of convincing customers of their prior machines to upgrade to the new iron.
Apple goes social with musical Ping
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has unveiled the next two generations of iOS, updates that will bring multiplayer gaming and high-definition photography to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches next week and wireless printing and media streaming in November.
SUSE Linux hitches ride on enemy hypervisor
VMworldStrange bedfellows VMware and Novell have officially released SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware, a version of Novell's open source OS that piggybacks on every copy of VMware's vSphere hypervisor.
Red Hat in talks to buy JBoss cloud fluffer Makara
Red Hat is in talks to buy a JBoss cloud provisioning startup called Makara, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Feds crack phone clone scam that cost Sprint $15m
Federal prosecutors have uncovered a scam that used tens of thousands of cloned cellphones to defraud Sprint out of $15m in lost long distance revenue.