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Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy believes that so-called cloud computing will ultimately help the hardware market – not hurt it.
Twitter founder Evan Williams says that demand is far outstripping supply on the company's fledgling ad platforms.
A malware analyst has deconstructed a highly advanced piece of crimeware believed to be the work of the notorious Russian Business Network The step-by-step instructions for reverse engineering the stealthy ZeroAccess rootkit is a blow to its developers, who took great care to make sure it couldn't be forensically analyzed. The tutorial means other malware researchers may also study the malware to close in on the people behind it and to better design products that can safeguard against it.
ReviewReview Following on from its Pre revamp which saw the Palm brand reinvented for the 21st Century, two recent releases have seen the brand expand with the Palm Pre Plus slider and the slimline Palm Pixi Plus. The less expensive Pixi Plus is the slimmed down in body and spec version though it still manages to cram in a Qwerty keyboard, HSDPA, social networking, GPS and a 2Mp camera.
WebcastWebcast The nature of all “cloud” and “consolidation” projects makes the effective delivery of data over network connections, potentially WAN pipes of limited capacity, a major challenge. But your users won’t care about that. They just wants a service that works as if it’s local. The question is how do you guarantee such service levels?
Ofcom's chief executive has laid out the timetable for auctioning off the digital dividend spectrum, and it will be 2014 before it fills up with 4G radio.
ISP Virgin Media said today that it wants other ISPs to bring an "end to misleading broadband advertising" by stressing typical or average speeds rather than the infamous "up to" broadband bandwidths they claim to offer.
Capita shares are down nearly five per cent this morning after it warned that government cuts were hitting revenues harder than expected.
Security watchers have already begun fretting about the security implications of Facebook's new messaging system, warning that compromised accounts might be used to create potent Web 2.0 botnets.
GG2GG2 In this edition of GG2 we are offering up to 40 per cent off BlackBerry Programming books. It seems the release of the new and somewhat impressive BlackBerry Torch and the launch of App World V2 in August has made some geeks want to enter the lab and conquer the world of BlackBerry application development.
Indian government sources are again claiming that RIM will provide lawful intercept of all BlackBerry communications, despite the technical impossibility of doing so.
Violin Memory is using acquired Gear6 NFS caching technology to turn its flash arrays into super-fast access NAS heads.
UpdatedUpdated The Swedish prosecutor leading an investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is today seeking a court order for his arrest, so she can interrogate him on allegations of rape and molestation.
Faster tablets in 2011? You betcha: Qualcomm has said it will release 28nm dual-core Snapdragon ARM CPUs next year.
On-line editing with Google Docs is now possible on Android and iOS devices, with real-time synchronisation so everyone can see you're your mistakes as you make them.
Kiddies toy outfit Hasbro has pulled off a bit of a branding blinder with the release of its "Spastic with Stunticons" Transformer, which apparently forms part of its Power Core Combiners 2011 Wave 2 range.
Early investigations of a nationwide collapse of the Easynet network have pointed the finger at a software update to a Cisco router.
Malicious files that use the the scripting capability of Microsoft Media Player to infect Windows machines have emerged as the main threat detected on the machines of Apple users who have taken advantage of Sophos' recent offer of a freebie anti-malware scanner application.
So - Dan Brown's turgid blockbuster Angels and Demons, in which a nefarious papal official nicks a vial of antimatter from CERN as part of a complicated scheme to become Pope by menacing the Vatican with explosive destruction. Twaddle? Or actually a perfectly feasible plan ripped from today's headlines, style of thing?
UpdatedUpdated Microsoft has released a private test build of the first service pack for its Office 2010 product to a select bunch through its MS Connect web portal.
Google and French publishing house Hachette have signed a deal to allow the search and ad giant to scan its books.
ReviewReview Zentyal 2 is something a little bit different, although it too has changed its name recently: version 1 was called e-Box. A decade younger than its rivals, it is based on Ubuntu, but its developers skip the normal semi-annual releases, and only use the Long Term Support ones that Canonical releases every other year. E-Box version 1 was based on Ubuntu 8.04 and version 2, now called Zentyal, uses Ubuntu 10.04.1.
Saddened that your iPhone 4 lacks a slide-out Qwerty keyboard? Soon you'll be able to add one.
ViewSonic is offering up to £125 off the price of its ViewPad tablets to anyone who'll swap their netbook for a fondle slab.
Microsoft released its rejigged office communications server yesterday, which was anointed by none other than William Henry "Bill" Gates III.
The GSMA is to create a new standard for manufacturers who don't want their products sullied by an operator's SIM, taking Apple a step closer to world domination.
Police in Idaho have put a call out to women who may have submitted to breast examinations in bars and clubs, after it emerged that a booze house female plastic surgeon from South Africa was allegedly no such thing.
ReviewReview Aimed at the fashion conscious, the Samsung SF310 adopts curves and chrome to attract trendies to this 13.3in notebook. Literally, built along similar lines to the NF210 netbook reviewed recently, if the look and feel isn’t quite enough to have you shopping around and spending about £750 on this Core i5 machine, Samsung is chucking in a 60 quid a Microsoft HD webcam into the bargain, until the end of January 2011.
Microsoft released a seventh preview build of Internet Explorer 9 yesterday.
Ventblockers IIVentblockers II It's been a tad over a year since our shock insight into the darkest and most fearsome interiors of computing hardware, and by our reckoning that's just about enough time to recover from the trauma.
Privately-owned super-NAS vendor BlueArc is letting it be known that it is on a roll. Of course it's only putting out the good news but, still, that's impressive: record third quarter revenues with the mid-range Mercury product selling well, 100 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth and a 20 per cent headcount increase.
Radical Pentagon boffins say they now understand why their hypersonic aeroplane/missile prototype, the Falcon HTV-2, cracked up in flight above the Pacific in April - and say they are on course for another trial flight next year.
The parents among you who reckon kids today get far too much mollycoddling are advised to proceed directly to LIDL, which evidently believes nippers need to be exposed to a little more risk.
Swedish prosecuters plan to issue an international arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, after a court today approved their request to detain him over rape and molestation allegations.
Brits are steering clear of 3D TV, with only one per cent of the population owning such a set already and a further one per cent hoping to acquire one this coming Christmas.
An industry group of 130 hardware maintenance providers has complained to the Department of Justice that they've been unfairly squeezed since Larry Ellison bought Sun Microsystems.
UpdatedUpdated A German security enthusiast has used rented computing resources to crack a password scrambled by SHA-1, a supposedly secure hashing algorithm.
Sex.com has been officially bought for $13m, after its skint owner Escom sold the domain through a deal brokered by Sedo, following an order issued by the US Bankruptcy Court in California.
Google is now allowing businesses, government agencies, schools, and other organizations to use more than 60 existing Google services from their Google Apps accounts. In May, Google announced that such a move was on the way.
Microsoft's KIN phones are back from hipster hell, with Verizon pushing the unwanted phones in the run-up to Christmas.
Google still provides 86 per cent of Mozilla's revenue, according to the open source outfit's latest financial statement.
Apple's iOS-based iAd service will jump the pond next month and land in the UK and France, debuting with ads for L'Oréal, Renault, Louis Vuitton, Absolute Radio, and eight other deep-pocket brands.
SpikeSource –a Silicon-Valley startup once blessed by big names and championed as the future of making money on open-source – has shut-up shop after seven years.
In another sign that the tech industry is maybe, just maybe, climbing slowly and haltingly out of the toilet, Dell announced Thursday that its third-quarter financial results were healthier than Wall Street thought they would be.
Microsoft does not charge for government surveillance of its users, whereas Google charges $25 per user, according to a US Drug Enforcement Admission document turned up by security and privacy guru Christopher Soghoian.