IBM's mainframe-blade hybrid to do Windows
IBM is rejiggering its hybrid mainframe-blade "system of systems" that was announced last July and that began shipping in the fall.
Telcos, ISPs respond to floods
With three-quarters of Queensland now declared a disaster zone in the face of widespread and rising floods, the telecommunications industry has had to scramble to maintain services.
Attacks on IE drive-by bug go wild
Microsoft on Tuesday warned that attackers have begun exploiting a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer and rolled out a temporary fix until a permanent patch is issued.
Google axes Jobsian codec in name of 'open'
Google has announced that its Chrome browser will no longer include support for H.264, the patent-encumbered video codec favored by Apple and Microsoft. Future versions of Chrome will only include support for the open source and royalty-free WebM and Ogg Theora codecs.
Ubuntu's Narwhal rides OpenStack cloud
It's official: the next Ubuntu will straddle clouds, with Natty Narwhal packing both OpenStack and current favorite Eucalyptus.
Microsoft disputes Apple's 'App Store' trademark
Microsoft is contesting Apple's trademark claim for the term "App Store", calling that term too generic to be granted protection.
HTML5: An antidote for Apple App Store-itis
Open...and ShutTo the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Or in the case of our idea-starved tech industry, an app store.
Android-powered touchscreen Wi-Fi headphones offered
With approximately 106 headphone manufacturers battling for mindspace in the marketplace, Nox Audio has come up with a gimmick that hooked our jaded eyes and ears: headphones that run Android.
Google Nexus S Android smartphone
ReviewWhat do you want from a smartphone? Good looks? New, new features? Decent battery life? The latest operating system? If so, the Nexus S should be right up your alley. The latest Android handset comes direct from Google but where its predecessor, the Nexus One, was made by HTC, this one is created for Google by Samsung.
Flood isolates Internode in Qld
The impact of Queensland's floods on telecommunications carriers is spreading. Around 6pm on Wednesday, Internode posted an advisory that its Queensland network was now isolated.
Bond 23 back on track for 2012
Daniel Craig will return for a third outing as James Bond in 2012, EON Productions and MGM announced yesterday.
Online channel sales dodge the dip in 2010
Online channel sales continued to grow in 2010 pushed by HP, Lenovo and Sony, but Dell is growing fast too.
Yorks cops bust Bradford guinea pig farm
Yorkshire cops have apologised after swooping on a suspected Bradford cannabis "hothouse", only to find a couple of pampered guinea pigs languishing by an electric heater.
BBC kills off WML site
The BBC has killed off the Wireless Markup Language version of its site, pointing out that no one uses WAP any more – not for looking at web pages anyway.
Archeologists toast world's oldest wine press
Archeologists rooting about in southern Armenia have unearthed what appears to be the world's oldest wine press, Reuters reports.
Nvidia to open Android games store
Google has allowed Nvidia to create an aisle in the Android Market that will be dedicated to apps that require the graphics silicon company's Tegra 2 chip.
Ombudsman slams DWP, HMRC data dumbnesses
Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abraham today slammed bungling government departments for a series of systemic failures that left one of their clients distressed, fearful and out of pocket.
Discovery (finally) good to go on 24 Feb
NASA has announced it has resolved the problem with Discovery's external fuel tank and the shuttle is good to launch on its STS-133 mission to the International Space Station on 24 February.
EMC to launch low-end VNXe box
Next week is a big week for EMC. Not only will it combine CLARiiON and Celerra mid-range arrays in the VNX family on 18 and 19 January, EMC will also launch a low end VNXe3000 range.
Verizon Wi-Fi hotspot tool coming to all iPhones?
Apple's next big iOS release - presumably iOS 4.3 - will bring the Verizon iPhone 4's personal Wi-Fi hotspot feature to the GSM versions of the handset.
JVC intros 'world first' 3D HD consumer camcorder
JVC has released the GS-TD1 and claims the gadget is the world's first HD 3D camcorder for ordinary punters rather than professionals.
Keira Knightley, Jessica Biel eye Batman
Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley are three of the star thesps in the frame to join Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises, the Hollywood Reporter, er, reports.
Financial fraud hits 23-year high
High-end financial fraud hit a record 23-year high during the course of 2010, management accountancy and consultancy firm KPMG reports.
MySpace unfriends 500 staff
MySpace's workforce is being slashed by half, the struggling website's owner News Corp confirmed yesterday.
Ofcom: T-Mobile probe? Er, not really
T-Mobile's attempt to rein back heavy users of mobile data has put the operator up against the wall, but talk of Ofcom investigations and contract breaches is still premature.
Mozilla plots February Firefox 4 release
Firefox 4 is nearly ready for showtime, according to a recent post on Mozilla's mailing list.
Sony Ericsson LiveView remote phone viewer
ReviewWith top-end smartphones costing an arm and a leg, anything that reduces the chances of your cellular pride and joy getting damaged or pinched should find a buyer. Certainly, that's the thinking behind Sony Ericsson's LiveView remote viewer for Android handsets.
EMC follows NetApp's lead with VNX line
EMC will have three VNX product lines, copying NetApp's FAS trio, in its attempt to provide better virtual server integration.
Symbian’s Secret History: Davies on what went right (and wrong)
Part ThreeLeading British technologist Charles Davies was Psion’s first employee – and as a director for two decades he was instrumental in the success of the British computer company. The plasma physics PhD was Symbian’s CTO for five years and left Nokia earlier this year. He rarely gives interviews but kindly agreed to talk about Symbian for our series of historical pieces on the creation of the venture and the early years of the smartphone business.
Government joins European fingerprint database
The Home Office has opted in to the Eurodac fingerprint database, which collects the fingerprints of asylum seekers and some illegal entrants to the European Union.
Sony to spill PSP 2 beans this month
Information about the Sony PSP 2 will be made public soon, with an official announcement round the corner.
ISPs battle EU child pornography filter laws
ISPs are battling proposals by officials in Brussels that would force them to block access to child pornography, arguing that such systems only hide the problem.
Sony sues PlayStation 3 'hackers'
UpdatedSony has set the lawyers on hackers who figured out a way to run unsigned code on PlayStation 3 consoles without the use of a dongle.
Silicon to stop next-gen powerline standards war
Powerline networking, which uses ubiquitous home electrical wiring as a pipeline for data, has had a hard time winning popular support. Wireless networking has grabbed most of the public's mindshare, largely thanks to the Intel marketing machine. And the mains wiring technology has struggled with the industry's inability to rally behind a single standard during its evolution through 14Mb/s, 85Mb/s and 200Mb/s incarnations.
China's 'stealth fighter' flies – brown trouser time, or not?
AnalysisThe death-tech beat has spoken of little else but China's new "stealth fighter" for some weeks now – and yesterday, funnily enough just as the US Defense Secretary was visiting Beijing, the J-20 (or whatever it may turn out to be officially called) finally took to the air.
Sony puts PlayStation app on iPhone
If you can't manage a day away from your PS3, then fear no more, there's an app for that.
Friends, GenesReunited cuts losses
Brightsolid – owner of Friendsreunited and several genealogy sites, and provider of IT services – has cut its losses for the year ended 31 March 2010.
Cuts 'could hit NHS patient record plans'
The British Medical Association believes cutbacks will hinder efforts to allow patients to access their records online.
Bogus Kama Sutra presentation opens your backdoor to hackers
A booby-trapped Kama Sutra-themed presentation will plant a backdoor when run on Windows machines, security watchers warn.
Airbus secures whopping 180 plane deal
Airbus is celebrating the "biggest single order in commercial aviation history" today, having secured a Memorandum of Understanding from Indian operator IndiGo for 180 Airbus A320s.
Rackspace accelerates clouds with Akamai
Rackspace Hosting – which is trying to position itself as the alternative to Amazon when it comes to cloud computing and which is one of the big suppliers of traditional hosted servers – has partnered with Akamai Technologies to help speed up application performance on its clouds.
Custom ICs in small numbers to be cheap as (normal) chips
The US military says it is on track to revolutionise the world of chip manufacturing by making it possible to produce advanced sub-65-nanometer ICs in small numbers - at the same low unit costs delivered by today's billion-dollar, mass production chip factories.
T-Mobile backtracks on retrospective mobe data caps
Having announced a new fair-use limit on existing customers, and facing a huge backlash, T-Mobile has caved and will now only introduce the change for new contracts.
T-Mobile u-turns on data cap
A customer backlash has prompted T-Mobile UK to scrap plans to cut fair-use mobile data limits on existing contracts.
Virgin Mobile to throttle 'unlimited' mobile broadband
Virgin Mobile's US division has decided its network can no longer support truly all-you-can-eat mobile broadband without slowing down uploads and downloads.
EMC sidelines Data Domain boss
UpdateIn a startling turn of events, EMC has apparently sidelined Data Domain boss Frank Slootman, who has led EMC's Backup and Recovery Systems (BRS) division since EMC acquired Data Domain, the leading deduplication systems vendor, in 2009.
Mythical 'iPad 2' caught on camera
There's a smattering of videos YouTubing their way across the web that purport to show the oft-rumored iPad 2 in plain view at last week's Consumer Electronics Show.
Open source Java 7 for Mac code appears
The OpenJDK project has released the first code for the Apple-backed open source version of Java Development Kit 7 for Mac OS X.
Gawker makes a hash of non-ASCII characters in passwords
Gawker is phasing out the use of email-address-and-password login in favour of more modern OAuth authentication and the use of anonymous one-off accounts.
Men sentenced for role in international ATM skimming ring
Two men were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on Tuesday for their roles in an ATM skimming spree that authorities say targeted gas station pumps throughout the United States.
Microsoft's Novell patent cartel dodges German regulators
A Microsoft-led consortium is still set to buy 882 Novell patents. Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.
Supercomputer boffins warm to clouds
A straw poll conducted at the SC10 supercomputing conference indicates that big HPC shops may be eyeing cloudy setups.
Coming soon: the girl with liquid eyes
Liquid lenses with the potential to "enable a new generation of mobile phone cameras, medical imaging equipment ... and possibly even implantable eye lenses" are on their way.
Assange vows to drop 'insurance' files on Rupert Murdoch
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he has a trove of private documents on Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp empire and is prepared to release them in the event the whistle-blower website is taken down.
Disgruntled TSA data analyst sentenced for sabotage attempt
A former data analyst for the Transportation Security Administration was sentenced to two years in prison for planting code in a terrorist screening database server after he was told his position was going to be eliminated.
Telstra, Samsung launch
tied integrated IPTV devices
When radio was the new, disruptive technology, broadcasters in Australia had a great idea: sell radios that were tied to one station. That way, the sale of the devices would fund the operation of the station.
Pac Fibre secures more funding
The proposed Pacific Fibre, which if built would add both capacity and competition to the trans-Pacific fibre route, has announced $NZ5.5 million of funding from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel via his Valar Ventures investment vehicle.
Spain grovels to penguins over 'Linux' anti-terror plot
The Spanish Ministry of the Interior has expressed its regret that an international crackdown on IT masterminds inside the violent Basque separatist group ETA was dubbed "Operation Linux".
Without Meyer, what will AMD do next?
AnalysisThings seemed poised to turn around for AMD in 2011. But the abrupt departure of CEO Dirk Meyer on Monday afternoon – at the exact same time that rivals Intel and Nvidia ceased their hostilities and a week after Nvidia jumped into the processor racket – indicates that AMD's board of directors sees challenges that aren't obvious to outsiders.