Prisoners cannibalise mice for mobile power
Convicts at a hi-tech Scottish prison are swiping computer mice from IT classes.
Ubuntu - yes, Ubuntu - poised for mobile melee
Open...and ShutThe enterprise world may increasingly be infatuated with Red Hat, but the mobile and desktop worlds are very much in play, with Canonical's Ubuntu gaining ground in areas most Western observers will not have noticed. In short, there's never been a more exciting, disruptive time to own an operating system.
LG Optimus 7 smartphone
ReviewOne of the problems with the recent raft of Windows Phone 7 handsets has been trying to tell them apart. Microsoft has kept such a tight rein on the specification for each handset running its reborn operating system that there isn’t really a great deal of room for manufacturers to manœuvre. They’ve all got a minimum of 8GB of onboard storage, a 1GHz processor, a large touchscreen and at least a 5Mp camera. Still, LG has had a go a diversifying by including it DLNA networking capability in its Optimus 7 E900 handset.
EMC VMAX gets software brain transplant
EMC has given its high-end VMAX array a software upgrade that doubles performance, enabling five million virtual machines to be supported.
MS Dynamics CRM Online trumps server release, says Ballmer
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer cut the ribbon yesterday on the company's latest effort to pump more of its software estate into the cloud – the launch of its Dynamics CRM Online product.
Case cut-outs connote iPad 2 SD, HDMI connectivity
Circumstantial evidence that the iPad 2 will sport not only its customary array of portage but also an SD card slot and a HD TV connector come from pics of a plastic case that have popped up online.
Carphone Warehouse has peachy Christmas quarter
Those happy chaps at Carphone Warehouse are reporting the last three months of 2010 were top, with earnings at the high end of expectations and US expansion going well.
Orange wins PlayStation phone exclusive?
Orange and T-Mobile owner Everything Everywhere has got its mitts on Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play - aka the PlayStation Phone - it has been claimed.
Susan Boyle joins Lads from Lagos
It's a hearty round of applause today for the Lads from Lagos for an anarchic, highly-entertaining return to our email inboxes.
Data Domain gets new boss array
Data Domain has a new high-end array, the DD 890, which is paired up to give a speed boost to Data Domain's Global Deduplication Array. It has also introduced a DD 860 system, IBM i server support and an archive version of its technology.
Facebook suspends personal data-sharing feature
Facebook has "temporarily disabled" a controversial feature that allowed developers to access the home address and mobile numbers of users.
Pirate Party seizes Tunisian ministry
The Pirate Party has reportedly gained a foothold in the new Tunisian government following the downfall of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's regime.
Prosecutors opt for 'malfeasance' over DPA to charge officials
If you are employed in the public sector, you can forget about offences under the Data Protection Act if there is deliberate misuse of personal data.
Illegal cyber-hunting rig spied
A homemade shotgun-and-webcam combo designed to be fired remotely over the internet has been discovered next to a wild boar feeding area in Georgia.
Sony Ericsson sues over Clearwire swirl
Sony Ericsson is suing Clearwire over its allegedly confusingly similar logo, trying to get it stopped before the US network operator launches mobile phones bearing the branding.
Third party developers blamed for Windows security woes
Failure to apply third-party patches rather than updates from Microsoft is "almost exclusively" responsible for the growing exposure of Windows machines to security threats, according to Secunia.
Sky to rejig EPG to push HD
Sky subscribers will soon see all the satellite broadcasters HD channels first when they take a look at its electronic programme guide (EPG), which is due to be redesigned on 1 February.
Galileo euro-satnav 'driven by French military', says sacked CEO
The classified US diplomatic cables allegedly leaked to the world by American private soldier Bradley Manning have caused ructions in Europe this week: the CEO of a German firm building satellites for the Galileo satnav project has been fired for apparently telling US diplomats that Galileo is a waste of taxpayers money and primarily useful to the French military.
No cuts made on UK police national database
The National Police Improvement Agency has branded reports of a £3.1m cut in the Police National Database as "inaccurate".
Acer: tablets will replace netbooks
So farewell then, netbooks, at from Acer. The PC giant is to phase them out as it transitions to tablets.
Stephen Fry explains how GPS and the Internet work
Writer, broadcaster and National Treasure™ Stephen Fry has struck again. The ubiquitous luvvie revealed the depths of his technical understanding on the the panel show QI XL, the self-styled "home of highbrow know-how".
Razer StarCraft II peripherals set
ReviewWell aware of the enduring appeal of the StarCraft for its myriad of fans, Razer has brought out a bunch of peripherals tailored to match the game’s latest incarnation, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Sage moves into cloud with online SMB accounting package
Business software company Sage launched a new web-based accounting product today targeted at individuals and SMBs.
Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?
CommentIn a world-gone-topsy-turvy moment, the BBC has been accused of virulent anti-green bias by advocates of electric motoring, including Kryten from Red Dwarf and - of course - famous battery-car manufacturer Tesla, maker of the iconic Roadster.
Pavement hogging Segway rider convicted
A Yorkshireman is the first person in Britain to be fined for driving a Segway on the pavement.
Plastic Logic scores $700m from Russians
The size of Russian investment in failed e-reader company Plastic Logic has been revealed, with $700m on the table for a company that has never managed to make a viable product.
Lenovo forms 'connected kit' division
Lenovo has formed a team to develop internet-connected gadgets, the Chinese giant said today, a bid to expand beyond PCs and enter the world of consumer electronics.
OpenStack fluffs inaugural open source cloud
Internap – an internet infrastructure outfit based in Atlanta, Georgia – has unveiled a public storage service based on OpenStack, becoming the first organization outside of Rackspace and NASA – OpenStack's founders – to actually deploy the open source "infrastructure cloud" platform.
BBC iPlayer in 'hugely popular at Xmas' shock
Brits sure love the BBC's iPlayer, which clocked in a record 145m programme requests in December 2010, the Corporation chirped today.
Microsoft readies official Kinect support for PCs
In the wake of the many Kinect hacks informally converting the player-sensing control device, Microsoft will release official drivers and a Kinect SDK for Windows PCs.
Europe bites Hungary over media and internet censorship
A rumble of protest is spreading across Europe in reaction to a new media censorship law in Hungary.
Shocked mum muzzles foul-mouthed toy mutt
An Oxfordshire mum who bought her nipper a singing puppy toy was obliged to contact the tabloids when the fluffy mutt let rip with a torrent of "f*cks".
EMC declares war in the channel with entry-level VNXe
The unified CLARiiON/Celerra VNX line lived up to leaked expectations in EMC's announcement today, with the entry-level VNXe. The company has extended its channel programme to sell the new lower-cost systems to small and medium businesses – putting it head to head with offerings from Dell and NetApp.
Tablets to eclipse e-book readers
Tablets will outsell e-book readers this year, and will continue to put even more distance between the two gadgets over the next two years.
Greyhats had up for AT&T iPad celebrity backdoor slurp breach
The "theft" of email address and personal information of early adopters of Apple's iPad tablet last June is about to become the subject of a criminal prosecution.
Sprint introduces $10 smartphone premium
American operator Sprint is to start charging customers $10 a month extra if they're using a smartphone, as it attempts to even the playing field for data users.
Chip upstart Tilera lines up $45m in funding
Those of you rooting for lots of alternatives to the x64 architecture for the server, networking, and embedded systems rackets will be delighted to hear that Tilera, a maker of innovative system-on-chip (SoC) processors, has lined up $45m in funding to help it ramp up development and sell more product.
Mass Effect 2 for PS3
ReviewSaren, Reapers, Blue Suns, Geth. If these names mean nothing to you then consider yourself in the position of the majority of PS3 owners: that of never having experienced Mass Effect. That’s because Mass Effect, BioWare’s seminal action-RPG, never made its way onto Sony’s console, instead finding a home on only Xbox 360 and PC.
Microsoft Kinect man enlists with Google special ops
One of the core engineers working on Microsoft's Wii-like Kinect set-up has jumped ship for Google.
Dell morphs into Amazonian 'public cloud' biz?
Dell will offer a public "infrastructure cloud" along the lines of Amazon's EC2 as well as a public "platform cloud" à la Microsoft Windows Azure, according to a tweet from inside Michael Dell's IT empire.
Hackers eyed sale of celebrity iPad data
Two hackers accused of stealing personal data belonging to 120,000 early adopters of Apple's iPad tablet last year discussed the possibility of selling it to spammers or using it to promote Goatse, the collective of trolls they belonged to.
Ubuntu Qt equality promised post Narwhal
Ubuntu is getting enhanced support for Qt tools, paving the way for wider deployment of the Linux distro on a range of devices.
Apple without Jobs: Who's next?
AnalysisSteve Jobs has stepped away from his daily duties as Apple CEO, and by doing so, the famously-private tech kingpin has ignited rumors and speculation about his future with the company – and of the company's future without him.
Apple tops $6bn in quarterly income
One day after saying that he'd would be taking an open-ended medical leave of absence, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that in the recently completed first quarter of his company's fiscal year, net income exceeded $6bn for the first time.
Univa forks Oracle's Sun Grid Engine
Another fork has appeared in the Sun Microsystems software road. Univa is forking the Sun Grid Engine project, now controlled by Oracle.
IBM (nearly) hits $100bn in 2010 sales
It looks like there was a lot of pent up demand for IBM's System zEnterprise 196 mainframes. At least for the large banking, insurance, and manufacturing companies that tend to buy this big iron. In the fourth quarter of 2010, IBM's mainframe sales were the best that company has seen in six years. and they helped drive the company's sales up to $99.9bn, an increase of 4 per cent compared to the year before.