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Linux life savers for paranoid penguins
Best of LinuxSo far, in my look at Linux compared to Mac and Windows, I've covered music players, photo organizers, and video editors. But all those apps – and all the documents they create – are lost if your hard drive crashes, your laptop takes a spill, or some other catastrophe strikes.
Steve Jobs chucks Apple server biz from pram
CommentLike any other billionaire — or three-year-old — Steve Jobs does exactly what he wants to do, and stops doing it when he's no longer interested. Last week, Jobs pulled the plug on Xserve machines, and though companies that depend on Apple's servers and related Xsan2 clustered file systems may have been a bit shocked when it happened, they should remember the on-again, off-again history of Apple in the server racket.
Dell to double enterprise sales by 2014
Dell is getting tired of just being a box wrapper or manufacturer of other people's enterprise wares. And it is telling Wall Street and its IT customers and rivals that it has a plan to double its enterprise sales to $30bn in the next four years.
Garmin Nüvi 3790T satnav
ReviewWith the Nüvifone M10 Garmin seemed intent on making a phone like a PND. Now with the 3790T it's going the other way, making a PND that looks and feels like a phone complete with a capacitive glass screen, super-skinny profile and hefty £300 price tag.
Caravan-swiping suspect spotted on Street View
Derbyshire Police have issued a Street View snap of a possible caravan thief.
Laptops heat up your balls
Men who put laptops on top of their laps heat up their testicles - even when wearing clothes. This is bad for sperm quality, which in turn could affect fertility.
Symantec under pressure to split up?
Symantec faces being split up by activist investors, according to the New York Post.
Equality Act flaw 'undermines compromise agreements'
A flaw in the just-enacted Equality Act makes it impossible for an employer and an employee to settle all their differences through a compromise agreement, according to employment lawyers and the Law Society.
Exploit toolkit latches onto IE flaw
Support for an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer has been added to a popular cybercrime toolkit.
Toshiba outs and touts mSata SSDs
Toshiba has introduced a trio of micro Sata (mSata) solid-state drives of the type Apple has adopted for the new MacBook Air.
USB fanboys teased with 16-port hub
Do you have at least 16 USB devices you'd like to connect to your computer at the same time? Look no further: gadget retailer Brando has a USB 2.0 hub with exactly that number of input ports.
Cisco converts Welsh rugby stadium to HD
Cardiff's Millennium Stadium has been retrofitted with Cisco's StadiumVision networked giant screen and TV system in a £3m project.
Former student jailed for US political hack attacks
A US student began a 30-month sentence on Friday after he was convicted of using a network of compromised PCs he established to flood the websites of conservative politicians and pundits.
Canadian boffins make blood from human skin, put it into mice
Canadian boffins say they have managed to make human skin turn into blood: and, cleverly, they have avoided the possible pitfall of the new blood tending to cause cancer in mice.
StumbleUpon adds apps to its recommendation list
Discovery engine StumbleUpon will now recommend Android applications too, offering users some help in navigating the quagmire of mediocrity that is the modern app store.
EC lobs grenades at copyright's Ancien Régime
The leading digital Eurocrat Neelie Kroes has taken aim at copyright middlemen, implicitly comparing them to the pre-Revolution French monarchy.
Ballmer cuts stake in Microsoft with shares sale
Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer cut his stake in the company by about 12 per cent late last week, after selling $1.3bn worth of shares.
NetApp pushes FlexPods at data centres
In a we-can-do-it-too move, NetApp is partnering with Cisco and VMware to produce FlexPod for VMware, an integrated server-network-storage offering for data centres moving cloudwards.
Cameron promises a 'right to data'
The Cabinet Office will demand proper transparency from all government departments and move to a "right to data" for the British public.
NetApp slips into some fresh arrays
NetApp has replaced its FAS6000 and FAS3100 storage arrays with FAS6200 and FAS3200 arrays featuring faster controllers, more I/O ports, and higher capacities.
Police get ready for body parts audit
UK police forces are steeling themselves for an audit of body parts. The grim task will enable forces to take stock of the parts collected as evidence over the years and release to relatives those parts no longer needed for legal purposes.
Nexus One to get Gingerbread OS?
It seems that the venerable Nexus One might be the first phone to get Gingerbread, if tweets from the Open Handset Alliance are to be believed.
Don't let China hold rare-earths to ransom again
OpinionWe're all screwed over this China rare earths thing, aren't we? After five weeks of withholding shipments, the Chinese seem to have let some of them go again, but if they can keep their precious cargo to ransom once, they can do it again, can't they?
Security major strops over MS free scanner auto-downloads
Trend Micro has cried foul over plans by Microsoft to offer its Security Essentials freebie scanner as an automatic download.
Apple MacBook Air 13in late 2010
ReviewWhen Apple introduced the MacBook Air in January 2008, one of the biggest price hikes in its build to order options was the choice of a 64GB SSD. Those with slightly shallower pockets for this slimline ultraportable wouldn’t hesitate to opt for the 80GB hard drive version instead. Yet if you’re tempted to take the Air today, you’ll have no choice apart from capacity, as it’s SSD all the way.
GCHQ goes Google
Britain's digital spies have turned to Google for help making sense of the floods of data now inundating their powerful computing resources.
3 starts killing off 2G coverage
3 has started to switch off roaming onto Orange's 2G network in locations where it reckons its own coverage makes the 2G partner redundant.
Hadron Collider switches to heavy ions, tinfoilers wet pants again
Particle-punishing boffins at the Large Hadron Collider - the most outrageously powerful matter-rending apparatus and largest machine of any kind assembled by the human race - have switched ammunition. The colossal superconductor massdriver cannons of the LHC are now firing "fully stripped" ultrahypervelocity lead projectiles rather than comparatively insubstantial hydrogen ones.
Roman 'Leatherman' spied on web
And there you were tinking that the Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife in your pocket was a relatively modern invention. Not so - the Romans had multi-tool gadgets too.
Government will shred ID card data
The IPS plans to order Thales and 3M SPSL to shred the hard disks and back-up tapes holding the personal information on the National Identity Register (NIR), according to a document released through Parliament's library.
RockMelt browser slithers onto interwebs
A beta of a new "social" web browser named RockMelt, which is based on Google’s open source Chromium code, was splashed onto the interwebulator today.
John Lewis pitches 80-quid colour e-book reader
If Samsung's 7in Galaxy Tab is too big for you - let alone Apple's 9.7in iPad - then how about this 5in "colour e-book reader" that the middle classes' favourite retailer, John Lewis, will be offering this Christmas?
NetApp adds SSDs and 2.5-inch drives
NetApp is adding solid state drives (SSD) and 2.5-inch disk drives to its FAS arrays to speed data access and increase power efficiency, but is not providing automated data movement - yet.
Shhh... Opera holds the web's most valuable secret
Without anybody noticing, Opera has amassed one of the world's most valuable commercial resources. And the funny thing is, it isn't going to do anything evil with it. Marketing, new media and technology pundits may have to rethink a few things once they digest the size of Opera's well-kept secret. It is possible the gurus may have spent years barking up the wrong tree.
Small biz doubts red tape claims
Small business owners are deeply doubtful that the coalition government will follow through on its promises to cut red tape.
Australia claims it invented cutting-edge tech before rest of world
Australia has laid claim to being the country that first invented a quite literally game-changing piece of cutting-edge technology - to wit, the stone axe with edge ground for greater sharpness.
Promise roars into mid-range with Jasper Forest
Promise, a tier 2 supplier of RAID arrays, has catapulted itself into the mid-range courtesy of Intel's Jasper Forest processor.
Hacker sinks Royal Navy website
The Royal Navy's main website has been taken offline following claims by a Romanian hacker that he broke into the site, swiping the login credentials of administrators in the process.
Harrods blings up Android tablet, quintuples price
If you've got more than two-and-a-half grand going spare and no taste, posh people's store Harrods has a custom Samsung Galaxy Tab with a back clad in 5700 Swarovski "crystals" that you can buy.
UK.gov plans net surveillance by 2015
Government measures to massively increase surveillance of the internet will be in place within five years.
Nokia grabs control of Symbian, downsizes Foundation
Nokia is taking over the governance of Symbian, leaving the non-profit Foundation as a vestigial organisation in name only.
Firefox extension detects FireSheep snoop software
Researchers from security firm Zscaler have published free software that detects when users' web connections are being monitored by a controversial tool that steals log-in credentials from Facebook, Google and dozens of other websites.
Facebook serves '23% of all US display ads'
Facebook now serves up more display ads than any other outfit on the US web, according to the latest numbers from market-research outfit comScore.
Bank insiders charged in ZeuS cybercrime smackdown
Six corrupt bank insiders turned ZeuS money mule suspects have been arrested in Moldova.
iPhone glitch gets US fanbois up on wrong side of bed
US-based iPhone users who rely on their handset's alarm clock got a rude awakening on Monday unless they took precautions against a glitch that failed to account for a time change that set clocks back one hour over the weekend.
Burglar cuffed after crime scene MySpace blunder
A Florida teen was arrested for burglary after he left himself logged into his MySpace account at the scene of the crime.
Google punts free in-flight Wi-Fi for holiday travelers
Google's Chrome browser team is offering free in-flight Wi-Fi to holiday travelers flying on a trio of US airlines.
Microsoft floats Hyper-V iron cloud alliance
Microsoft and six of its server chums have joined forces to inflate so-called private clouds with pre-validated hardware running Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Cray's Q3 biz very unsuper
Supercomputer maker Cray was supposed to announce its financial results for the third quarter back on October 28, but it pushed the date out to today for reasons that Cray did not explain in its conference call with Wall Street analysts. The company did say that sales in the period fell by 26.9 per cent, to $42.8m. That was a bit lower than the $50m that Cray was expecting, and puts that much more pressure on the fourth quarter for Cray to make its revenue and profit goals for the year.