AMD takes on Intel in 'the internet of things'
AMD took direct aim at Intel's low-power Atom embedded processor and platform on Wednesday with the release of its G-Series Fusion APUs (accelerated processing units), the follow-ons to AMD's recently released C-Series and E-Series APUs for the notebook, netbook, and tablet markets.
Job application scam fleeces company of $150,000
A scam that targets businesses posting help-wanted ads online has already fleeced one company of $150,000, according to an advisory from the FBI that warns other businesses to be wary.
HTC 7 Trophy smartphone
ReviewHTC took the lion’s share of the recent Windows Phone 7 launch with three out of seven handsets. Without the big screen of the HD7 or the 8Mp camera of the Mozart, the Trophy looks on paper like the runt of the litter. But its lower price and still impressive spec mean it could end up in more pockets than either of its brothers
COBOL drinks from cloudy fountain of youth
One of computing's longest survivors is being hauled into the world of cloud computing, object-oriented programming, and virtual machines.
Computacenter joins cloud club
Britain's biggest reseller Computacenter is jumping on the cloud bandwagon.
Extension of flexibility 'may help solve retirement problems'
CommentThe Government has restated its plans to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees. Rather than resist the change, though, employers could see it as a chance to help deal with another issue – the removal of the retirement age.
Burglars snort dead dad's ashes
Florida cops have cuffed a burglary gang who broke into a house and stole the ashes of the owner's father, believing they were illicit narcotics.
Oracle limbers up for big storage surprise
Oracle says it has a game-changing data centre storage announcement coming on 31 January.
Taiwan parts firms point to iPad 2 res rise
Confirmation - kind of - for the iPad 2's screen resolution increase has come from Taiwan's component maker community.
Chinese Trojan blocks cloud-based security defences
Miscreants have released a Trojan specially designed to disable cloud-based anti-virus security defences.
Microsoft loses Windows consumer boss to Juniper Networks
Microsoft has lost yet another top exec, after Juniper Networks revealed yesterday that it had poached the software giant's Windows consumer marketing boss Brad Brooks.
BBC rebuilds Civilisation in HD
Kenneth Clark's Civilisation was a genuine television event when it was first broadcast in 1969. Thanks to restoration work carried out on the more than 40-year-old film stock it may be about to repeat its success.
US snubs Nokia again
Nokia's new Canadian CEO Stephen Elop hasn't been able to work his magic just yet. A deal to market a smartphone exclusively via the largest US network AT&T has been scrapped at the 11th hour, according to reports.
HP wants final probe into Hurd's departure
HP wants to run its own independent investigation into the departure of former boss Mark Hurd.
Raygun dreadnought project reports 'remarkable breakthrough'
US Navy boffins say they have achieved a major milestone in their quest to build an invincible raygun battleship.
Halfords.com crashes off the internet
Halfords.com is mostly unavailable today thanks to "a temporary administrative issue in our domain name renewal process".
BT eases iPad hotspot hop-ons
BT Home Broadband customers who happen to own an iPad can now log onto BT Wi-Fi hotspots with their broadband credentials.
Microsoft explains Windows 7 Phone phantom data cockup
Microsoft has blamed third party software for a Windows Phone 7 glitch that transmitted huge chunks of data over 3G networks, causing some subscribers to exceed their monthly tariff.
Apple lawyers land London lawsuit on Nokia
Apple and Nokia continue to slap each others' cheeks. The iPhone maker has landed the latest blow: a lawsuit filed with the High Court in London this week that seeks to have one of the Finns' patents rendered null and void.
HTC Gratia comes to UK - three months late
Various mobile phone sites are today touting HTC's introduction of its Gratia handset into the UK. They've all clearly forgotten HTC actually promised to do so in November 2010.
NASA 'naut falls off bike, misses shuttle launch
Astronaut Tim Kopra will miss the forthcoming launch of Discovery on its STS-133 mission to the International Space Station, after falling off his bike over the weekend.
Is EMC developing storage super-stack?
CommentThe future of EMC's VNX line, currently a work in progress, is presaged by this week's launch of the VNXe - a more integrated system with a new operating system, VNOX, and very much simpler set up, provisioning, management and support facilities than the CLARiiON and Celerra source technologies.
WikiLeaky phone scam targets unwary in US
A new voicemail phishing scam uses the threat of non-existent fines for visiting WikiLeaks to prise money out of panicked marks.
Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo 2TB Nas
ReviewApart from the silver-on-red “V” sticker, Buffalo's V-Series Linkstation Pro appears identical to the original LinkStation Duo Nas box. Even on the inside there are many similarities, such as Buffalo’s remote WebAccess, DLNA and iTunes DAAP media streaming along with a BitTorrent client and are standard. Likewise, the V-Series box comes complete with RAID 0 and RAID 1 support, not to mention the identical on-board system software.
Supercomputer performance leaps off the charts
WebcastIn our first HPC channel webcast of 2011, we talk to Rich Brueckner of InsideHPC to take the measure of current HPC performance and talk about the factors that got us to this point.
NY bomb scare bank worker 'evacuates self'
A New York bank worker has admitted she "evacuated herself" as a precautionary measure during a bomb scare, the Wall Street Journal reports.
NASA nano-satellite belatedly ejects from orbiting mothership
NASA has announced that a small "nano-satellite" which was supposed to be released from a larger spacecraft in orbit on 6 December has finally separated from its mothership. The space agency is appealing for help from ham radio enthusiasts in picking up signals from the little NanoSail-D.
Brazilian cult condemns USB
There's an old adage in news journalism: news isn't necessarily what has just happened, but what readers haven't yet heard has happened. We were pointed in the direction of this story today, only to find it actually broke months ago. What the heck. It tickled us. Maybe it will tickle you.
Gov will spend £400k to destroy ID card data
Taxpayers will finally see some value for money out of the former goverment's ID card scheme.
Publisher takes swipe at StarCraft II game mod
Activision has lashed out at a fan-made massive multiplayer online (MMO) game in development called World of StarCraft. YouTube has removed a video of the game mod's work in progress after the StarCraft II publisher claimed the clip infringed its copyright.
Xbox 360 update bans Call of Duty dupes
Microsoft's mandatory Xbox 360 update, issued yesterday, was described by the company as a fix for a known bug. It turns out that it also combats gamers who own illicit copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops and other games.
Mozilla's Skywriter gets Ajax treatment, emerges as Ace
Mozilla has merged its gestating "coding in the cloud" Skywriter project with Ajax.org's Cloud9 IDE, a GPL-licensed open source service that is currently in beta.
BP's crystal ball sees more coal, gas, biofuels...
You know you're watching in a lively business when forecasts look dated as soon as they appear. Yesterday BP revealed its crystal ball-gazing exercise of forecasts for energy supply and demand to 2030.
First DOS-based malware celebrates silver jubilee
The first virus capable of infecting DOS-based PCs celebrates its silver jubilee this month.
NASA craft to woo comet on Valentine's Day
NASA's venerable Stardust spacecraft will on Valentine's Day burn its remaining fuel to approch and photograph comet Tempel 1, marking the end of a 12-year, 3.7 billion-mile odyssey.
Anne Hathaway slips into catsuit
Anne Hathaway has seen off Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley to take the role of Catwoman in the forthcoming The Dark Knight Rises.
Wind turbine bonanza expected in Hull
Politicians both local and national are overjoyed at an announcement by wind-turbine maker Siemens that it may build an assembly plant in Hull. A jobs bonanza for the region is predicted.
Apple tightens screws on hardware hackers
Apple has a long history of playing cat and mouse with software coders who seek to make its iOS operating system more accessible to their fellow geeks. Now the game is being played with hardware hackers.
DC Universe Online
ReviewThe backstory to DC Universe Online reads like that of so many of Metropolis and Gotham City's superheroes and supervillains. Lift the cape and pull back the mask and DCUO reveals itself as a regular-Joe action-brawler that gained special powers after falling into a vat of MMORPG mutagen.
IBM claims its big blue tools penetrate markets
It has become a habit of IBM to brag about how much market share its Power Systems servers are taking away from Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, and Fujitsu as it closes out each quarter, and the fourth quarter was no exception for Big Blue.
US Navy puts stops on server spending
The US Department of the Navy is slashing server spending as of last week, with Vice Admiral David Dorsett, deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance (how's that for a title?), issuing a directive for all IT operations to get their act together and start virtualizing and consolidating servers and data centers to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.
Weak October gives F5 a Cisco moment
Wall Street has been driving up the stock in networking equipment provider F5 Networks in recent months, but after the company reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 on Wednesday, investors let some of the air out of its stock on Thursday because the company missed Wall Street's – but not its own – targets.
WikiLeaks accused of tapping P2P for secret docs
As much as half of the secret documents posted by WikiLeaks may have been siphoned from peer-to-peer users who incorrectly configured their file-sharing software, according to evidence gathered by a security firm.
Apple seeks touchscreen display mouse patent
Apple has filed a patent application for a mouse with a context-aware, configurable display perched on its back.
Competition regulator OKs Telstra channel union
Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has proposed allowing collective bargaining by Telstra stores.
FAA to pilots: Expect 'unreliable or unavailable' GPS signals
The US Federal Aviation Administration is warning pilots to expect “unreliable or unavailable” signals from their global positioning gear as a result unspecified tests being carried out by the Department of Defense.
Yahoo7 buys Spreets, bubble inflates
In a deal reportedly worth $A40 million, the old-new media hybrid Yahoo7 (jointly owned by Yahoo! and the Seven Network) has acquired the Australian group-shopping site Spreets.
AMD optimistic on Fusion as earnings flatten
AMD announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2010 on Thursday. The numbers were essentially flat as the Intel competitor navigated through the end of a year during which it positioned itself for what it hopes will be a more successful 2011.
Google swaps old CEO Schmidt for older CEO Page
Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt is getting bumped aside after 10 years in charge and will hand back power to original CEO, and co-founder, Larry Page.