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Jailbreak hole found in Apple TV firmware
The latest Apple TV isn't even in people's hands and its already close to being jailbroken, according to members of a hacker group that has a track record of successfully freeing iDevices from the artificial shackles of Steve Jobs & Co.
Fedora 14 beta takes MeeGo for a spin
ReviewThe competition between Ubuntu and Fedora's entered a new phase, with Tuesday's release of the Fedora 14 beta.
Novell SUSE appliance toolkit hugs Amazon EC2
Novell might not be sure about what it wants to do with itself, but the company has been pretty clear what it wants you to do with its products. It wants to build virtual software appliances with all kinds of software stacks running inside of virtual machines and atop its SUSE Linux Enterprise distro.
iPhone devs' riches exceed expectations
Money can ease the pain of many things: a messy divorce, holding down a US contractor's job in the City of Fallujah, tripping over the paving stones on some lost and neglected city street.
HP soldiers on without a head
The world's longest public job interview for the chief executive officer position at a Global 25 corporation dragged on for four hours today because Hewlett-Packard did not announce a replacement for ousted top dog Mark Hurd ahead of its security analysts meeting in San Francisco.
Nokia C6 smartphone
ReviewNokia's midrange C6 is effectively a budget version of last year's N97 but still manages to pack in a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, a 5Mp camera and A-GPS with turn-by-turn satnav as standard. Being the C6-00, it runs on the Symbian S60 5th Edition, unlike the C6-01 unveiled at Nokiaworld this month, which runs Symbian^3 and won’t hit the shelves before the end of the year.
Miliband retains Labour line on DNA and CCTV
The new Labour leader has expressed support for DNA in policing and the role of CCTV, while criticising the party's 'casual' attitude towards civil liberties.
Iranian blogger gets 20 years
Canadian-Iranian journalist Hossein Derakhshan has been sentenced to nineteen and a half years in prison for crimes relating to his blog.
Nintendo 3DS misses Xmas launch window
Nintendo's upcoming 3D handheld console, the 3DS, won't debut until next year, the videogames pioneer has admitted.
Everything Everywhere unveils contrary figures
The newly combined Orange and T-Mobile has announced its first quarterly results, with revenues and customers up or down depending how you count them.
Star Wars set for 3D rehash
Lucasfilm has finally announced that all six Star Wars films will get the 3D treatment, starting with Episode I: The Phantom Menace, due to hit tridimensional screens in 2012.
UK cybercops cuff 19 ZeuS banking Trojan suspects
UpdatedUK police have arrested 19 cybercrime suspects who allegedly used the ZeuS crimeware toolkit to capture online banking credentials before looting victims' bank accounts.
Apple jumps the pond in Nokia fight
Apple has started legal proceedings against Nokia in the UK, turning the ongoing dispute between the two companies into a transatlantic affair.
Vodafone unveils second own-brand Android phone
Vodafone will release its second own-brand budget Android handset in time for Christmas.
New Euro multicopter aims bitchslap at American X2, V-22
Franco-Germano-Spanish helicopter agglomorocorp Eurocopter has announced its aspirations to leave a glowing handprint upon the bitchcheek of US whirlycraft titan Sikorsky. In an apparent response to the Sikorsky X2 triplex speedchopper project, Eurocopter has now pulled the wraps off its own supercopter design - which it has chosen to dub the "X3".
MS emergency fix plugs ASP.Net web development hole
Microsoft has released an out-of-cycle patch designed to address a serious flaw in its ASP.Net web application development toolkit.
Dell to take on iPad with ton of tablets
Dell will roll out its 7in tablet "within in the next few weeks" - along with a 3in version - but there will be a longer wait for the 10in version, a company exec has revealed.
NetApp shoots down Virgin Blue outage claims
NetApp has said none of its technology was involved in the Australian Virgin Blue airline reservation system crash on Sunday.
Hammer time as AOL nails TechCrunch
What do you get when you cross MC Hammer with an injured and badly limping internet giant?
Las Vegas death ray roasts hotel guests
Poolside guests at a newly-opened Las Vegas hotel have been enjoying the complex's quick-tan facility - a solar "death ray" with the power to burn flesh and melt plastic.
YouTube accounts for 13 percent of mobile data
Video streaming now makes up 35 per cent of data carried over the mobile networks, with YouTube supplying 40 per cent of that, so the airwaves are filled with TV all over again.
Van driver follows satnav up goat-track, gets stuck on mountain
A Swiss van driver got stuck near the top a mountain after his satnav directed him onto a "glorified goat track".
US consumers don't want web-enabled toasters
A survey of previous NPD research has found US consumers not fully embracing the connected future so beloved of tech marketeers.
Nigerian perv scanners lay Lagos ladies bare
Security officials at Nigerian airports are using perv scanners to ogle female passengers "for fun", according to a report from This Day.
Dead Rising 2
ReviewZombies, I love 'em. Sometime during my acne years in the mid-1980s I became obsessed after chancing upon Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead in a late-night Channel 4 horror season.
Bing! man! drops! Microsoft! for! Yahoo! job!
Microsoft has lost one of its Bing engineering managers to Yahoo!, after veteran Redmondian Don Bradford quit the software vendor.
US.gov set IPv6 upgrade deadlines
The Obama administration has set an ambitious target for all US government agencies to upgrade their networks and services to the next generation internet protocol, IPv6, by the end of September 2012.
Tech firms promise EU they might cut electricity use
The EU claimed it had strong-armed another 16 ICT firms into putting their names to an effort to reduce electricity consumption in their broadband kit and datacentres.
Flying gyrocopter jump-jeep gets $3m from DARPA
More news out of the US military's "Transformer TX" flying car project today, as an alliance of aviation firms is awarded initial funds to start work on a combination of 4x4 Chelsea tractor and autogyro jump-copter.
Net TV to consign Net Neutrality debate to dustbin of history. Why?
Who pays for all that Internet video winging our way? Answer: we all will, through higher broadband charges, according to the BBC's Mark Thompson.
Satyam financials detail £1bn in dodgy transactions
Satyam today issued its first results since becoming engulfed in an accounting scandal early last year that almost broke the Indian services firm.
Youth of today demand mobile payments
Old fogies might worry about wireless pickpockets and dead batteries, but the next generation is crying out to be able to buy stuff on their mobile phones, according to Alcatel-Lucent.
Aussie bloggers forced to balance anonymity with influence
The outing of a political blogger in Australia once again brings the issue of online anonymity into the spotlight. Harsh words have also been directed at the Murdoch-owned News Ltd group, with suggestions that at the very least it is being inconsistent in its stance on blogging.
Tweety profs offer political smear-meme 'truthiness' ratings
Earnest academics in Indiana have set up an internet project designed to thwart evil right-wing internet smear campaigns against Democratic politicians, astroturfing, "and other social pollution". The website, truthy.indiana.edu, uses the Twitter API to identify internet memes and measure their "truthiness" - ie how bullshitty they are, in modern parlance.
Dell adds self-service to AIM virty tools
A year ago, Dell partnered with Scalent to get some virtualization management tools to compete with its peers in the server racket, and this summer the company had to acquire Scalent to keep it from falling into enemy hands.
Google shocks world with unthreaded Gmail
Google has shocked the tech world by letting Gmail users "unthread" their inbox — i.e., turn off the tool that was billed as an email revolution when Gmail launched six years ago, but ended up as an infamous annoyance that undoubtedly hampered uptake of the service among all-important business users.
Fujitsu starts building 10 petaflops Sparc64 super
Server and chip maker Fujitsu is starting to ship the Sparc-based supercomputer server nodes that are part part of Japan's "Kei" 10 petaflops supercomputer.
Car wrecks rise after texting bans imposed
Laws banning texting or talking on a mobile phone while driving don't reduce car accidents.
Microsoft claims state first with Minnesota cloud
Microsoft's crusade to convert earth-bound customers into cloud floaters has landed an army of 30,000 government email and collaboration users in the US state of Minnesota.
LinkedIn Zeus spam run targets prospective business marks
Cybercrooks on Tuesday targeted users of the LinkedIn social network with a spam attack aimed at infecting victims with the infamous Zeus Trojan.