Opteron 6100 server ramp underway, says AMD
With a resurgent Intel grabbing mind share among the world's x64 server makers this year and very likely a few handfuls of market share, too, AMD's been in a tough spot.
Samsung HW-C450 2.1 soundbar
ReviewOnce you've tried upgrading the raw sound that comes from your TV, there's simply no way back. Virtually any dedicated sound system will be better than the speakers on even the most highfalutin of tellies. If you’re looking for something less sprawling than a multispeaker surround set-up, the then Samsung’s HW-C450 is aimed at you. This slim Jim soundbar doesn't take up much space, is easily mounted on a wall and delivers a 2.1 sound output for a decent price.
Staffs cops place ANPR alley on M6
One police force area in the west Midlands appears to make much greater use of motorway automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) than other constabularies.
Tranny co Arqiva reshuffles deck
Transmission company Arqiva is making 250 redundancies, around 10 per cent of its workforce, in a major company reorganisation, staff were told this week.
Amazon Kindle biz boosted by... Apple iPad
Amazon's Kindle e-book reader is doing rather well - and it's all down to Apple.
French taxpayer to subsidise music buyers
The European Commission has approved a French scheme to subsidise music downloads for 15-25 year olds. The taxpayer will contribute €25 per user per year to every "Carte Musique" cardholder, which entitles the user to €50 worth of downloads. The cardholder will stump up the other half of the cost of the card.
Great white sharks menace Blighty
In what certainly represents the death of the British seaside pedalo hire industry, the Sun reports that hungry great white sharks have moved from their traditional hunting grounds off the coast of Amity in search of European flesh.
Spending Review? Why not axe the Information Commissioner?
I have come to the conclusion that there is a credible argument to scrap the Office of the Information Commissioner. No, I have not lost my marbles. Nor have I received a backhander from Google to fund our new Amberhawk website. This is a credible argument that can be made, especially at a time when deep public sector cuts are going to be announced next Wednesday.
Seagate shenanigans hide cunning plans
Seagate has admitted it is discussing going private for the second time in a month.
O2 hits button on location-based ads
O2 is to start pushing out SMS and MMS advertising, based on where you are and without requiring smartphones or apps - though the operator promises it will be an opt-in service.
Yahoo! hit! by! hour-long! downtime! blues!
Yahoo.com went titsup for about an hour yesterday afternoon, but the company hasn't explained what went wrong yet.
Climate change apocalypse NOW
AnalysisThe long-running saga of drowning dogs and weeping rabbits finally drew to a close this week, with the pronouncement by Ofcom that last year’s "Act on CO2" advertising campaign was "not political".
PARIS radio chap slips into safe sex outfit
The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team are running around like headless chickens ahead of the planned 23 October launch, and while we've now got a main payload, some helium and a substantial cellar of fine Spanish wine to fuel the attempt, we're still plugging away on the Vulture 1 aircraft.
Don't stone the DNS heretics
Sysadmin blogI recently asked Rodney Joffe, chief technologist at Neustar, four-decade industry veteran and chair of the Conficker working group, about why he founded UltraDNS and implemented IP Anycast.
BT blasts hundreds of would-be customers' data into Infinity
As one of Britain's largest and most venerable technology firms, you might expect BT to have grasped the basics of email by now.
Security firms shrug shoulders over GCHQ cyberattack warning
Security firms reckon GCHQ's well-publicised warnings about the threat from cyber attacks earlier this week are timed to coincide with the run-up to the UK government's comprehensive spending review announcement.
Vodafone moves 360 goalposts
After being forced to allow customers to remove 360 branding and applications by its own terms and conditions, Vodafone has responded by tearing up the offending rules.
Genuine white iPhone 4 spied in wild
Want a white iPhone 4? Then find yourself a buddy at Apple's Cupertino campus. That's how one - probably the only - lucky US punter got his.
Firefox 4 beta 7 hits 'spectacular list of crashes' roadblock
Mozilla’s bumper beta release schedule for Firefox 4 has slipped, which means the seventh test build iteration probably won’t land until the end of October.
Spanish fascist decries Franco Eurovision slur
FoTWThere was a time when if you had a pop at Spanish fascists they'd have you up against the wall quicker then you could say "¡Viva la Republica!"
Skype dials up deal with Facebook
Skype has inked a deal with Facebook by integrating the dominant social network’s News Feed and Phonebook into the Microsoft Windows version of its software.
Dead baby taunting troll feels wrath of law
OpinionDo not piss off the moderator – or a jail sentence could await you. In fact, do not generally piss people off on the net, or the same may apply, as unemployed Colm Coss of Ardwick, Manchester is likely very soon to be finding out.
Fight cyberwar with cold war doctrines, says former DHS chief
Cold war doctrines on how to respond to nuclear attack need to be applied to the 21st century threats of cyber attacks and espionage, according to former US Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff.
Man wins $650k for stripper shoe eye snafu
A South Florida man is $650,000 richer after successfully suing a strip club, having been injured when a lap dancer poked him in the eye with a stiletto (heel).
Trial and error: online comments court attention
The UK Attorney General has said that operators of websites should be responsible for comments made by visitors to their sites that prejudice trials. Dominic Grieve said that he wants "further discussions" on site owners' liability.
ZeuS baddies copy Conficker tactics
Variants of the infamous ZeuS cybercrime toolkit have begun using the tactics of the infamous Conficker worm in a bid to get ahead of security defences.
MoD braced for painful weight-loss surgery next week
AnalysisNext week the government will finally announce the results of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), the process by which the armed forces and their plans for the future will be brought into line with the amount of money available to pay for them. So, what's the state of play?
Fifa 11 vs Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
ReviewLoyalty in football is a strange thing. Through thick and thin, we stay behind our fave football teams. We remain very opinionated about which broadcaster is better. But we're all glory hunters when it comes to football games - we want the best. Loyalty only lasts so long. There's only ever been two footie games that bring such argument into heated dispute: Konami's Pro Evolution and EA's Fifa and it’s been that way for quite some time.
BT dodges UK.gov axe
BT's finances will not be affected by government efforts to renegotiate massive IT contracts, it told investors today.
Microsoft's fear of an OpenOffice
Open...and ShutPerhaps Microsoft's failure to meaningfully penetrate new markets like search has it scrambling to defend old turf like Office, but something is awry in the company's latest salvo against OpenOffice.
Samsung pushes Galaxy S users a fix of Froyo
Samsung Galaxy S owners will be getting Android 2.2 any day now, pushed out to Samsung's PC software.
Police turn to extreme-sport mobe sucking
Mobile forensics company CY4OR is offering police silica-lined bags, into which they can drop waterlogged phones in the hope of extracting the water, and therefore some useful data too.
Samsung's 3-bit MLC NAND
Samsung Electronics has announced the industry’s first mass-production of 3-bit multi-level cell (MLC), 64Gbit flash using 20nm-class technology. Enjoy the lead while it lasts Samsung; it won't be long.
Iomega preps external SSDs
Iomega will release its first USB 3.0 external solid-state drives next month.
Futuristic Judge Dredd smartguns issued to 101st Airborne
It's all go in the world of futuristic Judge Dredd style guns today. Reports suggest that a battalion of US airmobile* troops in Afghanistan are to be equipped with the XM-25 computing smart-rifle, able to strike enemies hiding round corners or in trenches. A successful "proof of concept" of a guided homing bullet for use in sniper rifles has also been announced.
Ballmer woos students, ogles Google's search & ad model
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer hung out with some more university students yesterday, as he continued his campaign to convince would-be technology and science graduates to work for the software giant.
Angry Birds addicts crash GetJar site
Android users eager to play Rovio's free Angry Birds game have toppled the servers at GetJar.
Ingres and Xeround target MySQL waverers
MySQL competitors are lining up to try and tempt users out of Larry Ellison's tight embrace.
Google chucks $757m at data center empire
Google's capital expenditures – the amount of money forked into its worldwide network of data centers – reached $757m in the third quarter, their highest level since early 2008, when the company was erecting at least three new data center facilities in the US.
Lexmark adds Twitter to printer
It was recently joked that Twitter's downtime marked a boom in worker productivity - or would have if World+Dog hadn't been spending its time by posting 'why is Twitter down?' messages on Facebook.
Anonymous plants pirate flag on MPAA website
UpdatedHacktivists planted a pirate flag after defacing an MPAA website, according to security analysts.
Pirate Bay appeal ends, verdict to follow late next month
The Pirate Bay appeal hearing ended today, but the court’s verdict won’t be revealed until 26 November.
Opera Mobile for Android: it's no Fatfox
Update: Opera now says that the install size of Opera for Android will be about 20MB and that the download size is 6.5MB. This story has been updated accordingly.
HDS kicks Hitachi-partner HP in the array
A senior HDS blogger says HP has added no value to its OEM'd P9500 storage array and that its supposedly unique APEX storage service level software isn't unique at all: HDS does the same thing.
Espionage app updated for Windows phones
A software developer has updated an application that turns smartphones into sophisticated espionage tools that secretly zap contacts, calendar items, and geographic locations to servers of an attacker's choice.
iPad to lead netbook and Kindle market munch
Tablet sales will more than double in the next year, with general-purpose machines taking business from mini notebooks and single-function tablets such as Amazon's Kindle.
iPhone, BlackBerry, Droid: purveyors of pestilence
Your smartphone or touchscreen tablet is not your friend — not with flu season approaching.