Java guru quits over Oracle 'disregard'
A top Java programming guru has quit Java's governing body, the Java Community Process, over Oracle's heavy handedness, as Oracle denied it is trying to pack the group with sympathizers.
Adobe AIR 2.5 adds Flash to Android, TV and RIM tablets
Adobe MAX 2010Adobe today announces AIR 2.5, which will enable Flash-based applications and services for Google's Android, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook and Samsung 'smart' TVs.
Product Round-upWith World+Dog now using Skype or an IM app to video-chat to friends and family across the globe, it's worth remembering that how you look to the world at large is dependent on the quality of the webcam you are using. If you are using a low-end laptop or netbook, the integrated 1.3Mp or even 0.3Mp webcam is not going to give your mug a good full-screen treatment.
Cray beats six to win Argonne deal
Supercomputer maker Cray has high hopes for its XE6 parallel supercomputers, not just in terms of number-crunching performance for its customers, but also financial performance for itself. While a deal announced to put a fairly large XE6 machine into Argonne National Laboratory will not help Cray make its 2010 financial goals, it starts the foundations for 2011.
ICO reopens Google Street View privacy probe
The Information Commissioner's Office is reopening its investigation into Google's collection of unsecured Wi-Fi by its fleet of Street View cars.
Seagate sued for 'fraudulently hiring engineer'
Seagate is being sued for $2.7m by a laid-off engineer for allegedly inducing him to take a job that didn't exist.
'Warpigs' VXer pleads guilty
A veteran Scottish virus writer faces a likely spell behind bars after pleading guilty to computer crime offences.
NEC cranks fault-tolerant servers with Xeon six-shooters
Fault-tolerant server maker NEC today rolls out an upgraded FT Series box sporting Intel's "Westmere-EP" Xeon 5600 processors and is also delivering support for Microsoft's Hyper-V server virualization hypervisor, setting the stage for fight between VMware's software-based fault tolerance and the hardware-based fault tolerance and Hyper-V combo.
Skype throws off Nimbuzz in ad-revenue smackdown
Identity aggregation client Nimbuzz has joined Fring in the does-not-Skype pile, as the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) behemoth continues trimming back the parasites.
Two-year wait for Windows 8, MS blurts
A posting on Microsoft's Dutch site suggests we'll have to wait until 2012 for the next release of Windows.
Google debuts Music Search
Google has lifted the lid on a streaming music service called Music Search. Frankly described as a "trial", it finds and streams Bollywood music - full track streams are hosted by two third parties.
Mixing business and pleasure
Sysadmin blogThe uptake of smartphones has placed pressure on network administrators to work out Mobile Device Management (MDM) beyond Blackberry Enterprise Server. Microsoft has made a few half-hearted attempts at MDM that have steadily improved with age, but there is little to see from the vendors of the phone platforms themselves. This gap in the market didn’t last long; many companies have stepped in to fill it.
Gemalto leaps into anti-Android fray
Security chip maker Gemalto has launched its own attack on Android, claiming to own patents essential to the use of Java as a mobile OS.
UK gov vets the vetting process
After a bit of a false start earlier this month, the official Coalition review of the current vetting and barring system (VBS) – as well as the associated criminal record checks – kicked off last week.
Cameron promises boost for tech companies
Prime Minister David Cameron promised improvements to British broadband and more support for smaller, high tech companies as he outlined the Coalition government's "national infrastructure plan".
How average is your sex life?
Last week was a fairly average week – and Wednesday a fairly average day. Hardly surprising, since Wednesday was actually World Statistics Day.
BlackBerry App World goes online
RIM has opened an online portal for BlackBerry users who want to browse for apps on a larger screen, as the company moves to better emulate its hero Apple.
ReviewIf Vanquish had been made around 150 years ago, Shinji Mikami would have had to commit seppuku, the Japanese ritual of suicide by disembowelment.
Vulture 1 rolls out of fab bunker
The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team are delighted to bring you the final construction snaps of the Vulture 1 aircraft.
ICO concerned over interception modernisation programme
Information commissioner Christopher Graham has said that he is concerned about government plans to allow enhanced storage of people's internet data.
Firesheep flames cookie capture risks
A developer has released a Firefox extension that illustrates just how vulnerable users of open wireless networks are when they log into websites that rely on cookies for authentication.
Sony hits stop on Walkman tape players
Sony is ditching the groundbreaking Walkman cassette player in its home market, 30 years after first launching its assault on the hearing of teens and the patience of the people sat next to them.
Facebook investor aims for $5.7bn float
Mail.ru, which owns a stake in Facebook, has set the price it hopes to get for its shares when it floats on the London Stock Exchange.
Microsoft opens online PC gaming shop-front
Microsoft is opening the Games for Windows Marketplace - an online store that integrates Xbox Live and Windows Live services to make it easier to buy PC games.
Americans whisk up 106 software jobs in Northern Ireland
A US software firm is creating 106 jobs in Northern Ireland.
US raygun jumbo fluffs another test missile-blast attempt
The United States' enormous jumbo-jet-mounted raygun, the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB), has suffered another embarrassing test failure. During an attempt to beam down a target missile off the Californian coast last week, a technical hitch saw the 747's blaster cannon fail to fire up.
Nigerian airline ticket fraudster gets 8 years
A West African fraudster has been jailed for more than eight years over his role in an airline ticket scam following his extradition to the US back in June.
Hurd fingered in HP bribe case after probe
Mark Hurd, former chief executive of HP, has been named in a court case brought against the ink giant.
Students cluster for fame and glory at SC10
SC10SC10 Student Cluster Competition: Go Hard or Go Home
Teradata pumps data warehouses with six-core Xeons
Teradata might be the pioneer of data warehousing on cheap x64 server clusters and the use of appliance packaging to tune machines and their software to attack specific workloads, but Oracle and IBM want to eat Teradata's lunch. And its breakfast and dinner, too. That means Teradata has to keep upgrading its hardware and database software and partnering to bring more functionality onto its data warehouse and analytics appliances, making them more useful to the customers who shell out big bucks for them.
Wikileaks taunts Pentagon with server mirrors in USA
WikiLeaks is using US-based servers run by Amazon.com to mirror its controversial data stash, including the classified "Iraq War Logs" released on Friday afternoon, according to internet records.
Nielsen cops to iPad stat cock-up
The customarily competent media-survey firm, The Nielsen Company, has backtracked on its startling claim that one-third of all iPad users have never download an app. The company now says that the number of download virgins is fewer than one in ten.
Google boss: 'Creeped out by Street View? Just move'
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said that if you don't like Google Street View cars photographing your house, you can "just move."
Facebook pages very much public, even when set as private
Facebook settings that are supposed to cloak user profiles can easily be bypassed to reveal the friends, pictures, and other attributes of users who have configured their accounts to be private.
Ubuntu demotes Gnome for Unity netbook look
Ubuntu's netbook look is coming to desktop PCs, as the Linux distro demotes its long-standing default Gnome interface.