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BlackBerry DevConBlackBerry DevCon The BlackBerry Playbook – RIM's answer to the Apple iPad — is sure to have a certain cachet among aging techies. The 7-inch tablet is based on QNX, the UNIX-esque microkernel operating system that famously booted — graphical user interface, networking, and all — from a single 1.44MB floppy drive.
Apple's iAd mobile-advertising platform is tearing hefty chunks out of Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft's mobile-ad market share — and it has only been up and running for less than three months.
Regulation of television and video content delivered over the internet has now passed to the Association for Television On-Demand, or ATVOD, a former trade body turned regulator.
ReviewReview The Olympus LS-5 is a solid-state stereo audio recorder with 2GB internal storage and support for SDHC card expansion up to 32GB. About the size of a domestic phone, it looks the business and also looks strikingly similar to the LS-10 Reg Hardware reviewed a couple of years ago. Indeed, the blue hue of the LS-5 is really the only giveaway here.
Open sourcers have seized control of the OpenOffice project and product and declared their independence from database giant Oracle.
GiveawayGiveaway Plantronics' Explorer 240 headset is one the sonic specialist's latest Bluetooth audio offerings, and Reg Hardware has two to give away to two lucky readers.
Logica has signed an agreement with the coalition government which should save its existing contracts, although it has agreed to some cuts - or "efficiency savings".
Virgin Media is to join Sky and launch a channel of 3D content for the one bloke who bought a 3D TV.
VidVid Two rival firms in the USA are vying to develop military exoskeletons - powerful motorised robotic suits intended to endow soldiers of the future with superhuman strength and other abilities. The XOS inventors from Utah, generally seen as running second to California's HULC*, have now rolled out a new "second generation" version of their powered suit.
WorkshopWorkshop In earlier articles in this workshop we reported on research carried out by Freeform Dynamics that organisations are not entirely happy with the systems management tools available to them to help administer the IT infrastructure in day-to-day service delivery. At the same time, we know that operations staff are working under great stress as they seek to keep business services running as cost effectively as possible, all the while being faced with increasing demands for availability, service quality and flexibility.
French police have arrested nine people, including mobile telco employees, suspected of running a multi-million Euro telecom charges fraud that may have been going for almost a decade.
HP will not license WebOS to rival smartphone and tablet vendors, the head of the company's PCs and gadgets division has said.
Facebook staff are getting NFC stickers to attach to their phones as the company joins PayPal in trialling Bling Nation's proximity payment system.
So near - and yet so far. LG today cheerfully announced the "world's first premium notebook" capable of "offering cinematic 3D experience at near Full HD quality".
Sony Ericsson is to answer everyone who wants a second, separate mini display for their mobile phone.
"You over-charged us. We want triple damages." That's the essence of an Oracle lawsuit against Micron, filed last Friday in San Jose.
Anti-spam researchers at the Spamhaus Project have introduced a whitelist of known benign internet mail servers.
Fanbois will be crying tears of frustration over their iPhones today at the revelation they no longer possess the UK's most coveted product.
A Microsoft-sponsored not-for-profit organisation that champions open source projects between the FOSS community and software coders has rebranded itself apart from Redmond’s Codeplex.com platform.
Spare a thought if you will today for David Jonathan Winkelman, a 48-year-old Iowa man whose arrest last week for failing to appear in court to answer a minor misdemeanor charge prompted his rapid elevation to net celebrity.
RIM would be happy to help companies hand encryption keys to national governments, according to CEO Jim Balsillie who reckons that's the ideal solution to the lawful-intercept problem.
State-owned Royal Bank of Scotland is cutting another 500 jobs from its investment banking division.
The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team is delighted to announce today that the launch of our Vulture 1 aircraft will take place on Saturday, 23 October.
The Baby Boomers - the generation born after the Second World War, who were hippies and flower children in the 1960s and 70s, corporate greedheads in the 1980s, who controlled western civilisation through the 90s and noughties and are now reaching retirement age - are committing suicide in unprecedented numbers.
The conviction of a former University of Tennessee student for breaking into Sarah Palin's webmail account during the 2008 presidential election campaign has been upheld.
Network Rail is suffering its highest ever levels of copper theft - mostly signalling cables running alongside tracks.
ReviewReview As more and more set-top boxes, TVs and Blu-ray players gain the ability to reach out to the internet for content, your average one-port powerline Ethernet adaptor just won't cut it any longer.
GTC Video BlogGTC Video Blog Okay, let’s put it on the table: when the conversation turns to cutting-edge x86 server design and innovation, the name “Dell” doesn’t come up all that often. Their reputation was made on delivering decent products quickly at a low cost. I see that opinion in all of our x86 customer-based research - it’s even something that Dell employees will cop to. That said, two of the most innovative and cutting-edge designs on the GPU Tech Conference show floor were sitting in the Dell booth, and that’s the topic of this video blog. First of all, the video is going to look a bit strange and washed out. Dell and the other exhibitors on that part of the floor were living in a land of darkness - the lights above them were either dimmed or totally off. To compensate, I cranked up the brightness in the finished product, which helps a bit. They were also positioned close to an auto racing simulator – so there was the constant sound of screaming engines competing with Carol in the Dell booth as she showed me their stuff. But all of these concerns faded into the background as I got a look at their gear and considered the possibilities it presents. The first product we discussed was their PowerEdge M610x blade. This is a two-socket, 12 DIMM slot blade that has two Gen2 x16 PCIe slots with a power supply hefty enough to handle either two additional 250 watt devices or one 300 watt device.
Fans of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg will be delighted to learn that the gazillionaire internet genius and philanthropist will shortly be getting the comic book treatment in Bluewater Productions' snappily-titled Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook.
Pieter Knook, Vodafone's Director of Internet Services, has walked, after tweeting his anticipation of his "freedom" last week and leaving the operator with little in the way of internet services.
CommentComment Viking Modular wants to sell a heck of a lot more SAS interface solid state drives (SSD) by cutting what it says is the artificially high price premium they enjoy over SATA SSDs.
Sysadmin blogSysadmin blog Working with 60 million files pushes the boundaries of any storage. Windows underpins most of my storage and so the theoretical and practical limitations of NTFS and Distributed File System Replication (DFSR), and the difference between theoretical and practical limits on the number and size of files they handle, are important in my life.
The Information Commissioner's Office has decided against forcing police to disclose the locations of vehicle tracking cameras.
Mobile games publisher Elite Systems today announced a bundled release of Sinclair ZX Spectrum games for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Indian authorities have drafted in a crack troop of monkeys to guard foreign athletes amidst the ongoing carnage of the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Off-the-cuff bravado aimed at internet pranksters has led to what must already rank as one of the worst ever data leaks, by the anti-filesharing solicitors ACS:Law.
The Pirate Bay appeal in Sweden got underway this morning, but only three of the four men found guilty in April 2009 of being accessories to breaching copyright laws turned up in court.
Nortel has sold its multi-service switching business to Ericsson for $65m.
Sony Ericsson has confirmed that it has no plans to make more handsets based on Symbian, which shouldn't surprise anyone but is still bad news for the dominant smartphone OS.
Hot on the heels of rival telly transmitter Virgin Media, Sky has announced what its 3D channel, which launches later this week, will offer.
Microsoft will release Office for Mac 2011 on 26 October, after shipping the software to manufacturers earlier this month.
Bicycle trade organisations have commissioned a satnav app that, they claim, steers cyclists away from busy roads and shortens journey times.
IBM is buying Ethernet switching company Blade Networking Technologies and so returning to the networking business. Why?
UpdatedUpdated What kind of fool would leave Apple's second-in-command job to run Hewlett-Packard? Probably not chief operating officer Tim Cook, but that is the rumor running around the Intertubes right now, and it has spooked Wall Street.
A security researcher has found yet another way the Stuxnet worm infiltrates computers used in nuclear plants and other industrial facilities, a technique that has the ability to reinfect machines even after they've been cleaned of the malware. Stuxnet has already proven itself as one of the most sophisticated pieces of known malware ever. Its ability to target four vulnerabilities that until recently were unknown and unpatched allowed it to spread through USB sticks, Windows file shares, and other vectors. The worm is especially adept at targeting industrial-control applications developed by German software maker Siemens, allowing it to act as a guided missile of sorts that sabotages plants that meet very specific criteria.
Amazon is calling upon its army of Kindle-based authors to help it in its battle for the eyeballs of the reading public. Its new weapon: Kindle for the Web.
Tuesday, CA Technologies snapped up Hyperformix, a server virtualization capacity management tool maker based in Austin, Texas.
Virgin Blue has fingered Texas Memory Systems as the cause of its 21-hour airline reservation system crash in Australia.
We may be about to witness the final chapter of that interminable Russian novel War and Peace and Apple and AT&T and Google Voice. Reports have surfaced that Mountain View's native iPhone app for its telephony service might finally be accepted into the sacred confines of the iTunes App Store.
Computer scientists have developed proof-of-concept malware that evades traditional security defenses by running on a PC's graphics processor. The prototype taps a PC's GPU to decrypt, or “unpack,” a malicious payload from a file just prior to being run on a targeted machine. Self-unpacking techniques are a common way to defeat signature-based anti-virus scanning because they allow authors to make small changes to the compression or encryption every day or so without altering the core attack code. Up until now, the unpacking had to be performed by a PC's CPU, which places practical limits on the types of packing that can be used.
Google boss Eric Schmidt has said that antitrust investigations targeting the company in the EU and Texas are "stimulated" by interested competitors and that — contrary to one of the complaints filed in the EU — the company's "Universal Search" setup does not unfairly drive traffic to Google services at the expense of rivals.
Tuesday morning, a rumor popped up that Apple COO Tim Cook was to become HP's CEO. Apple's stock took a beating. And Tuesday afternoon, the rumor was denied.
Eric Schmidt likes to say that Google is a fundamentally "open" company, and according to the man himself, this means that Google is the anti-Apple.