Apple frees iOS 4.3 two days before iPad 2 Arrival™
Mozilla delivers first Firefox 4 release candidate
Mozilla has announced the first Firefox 4 release candidate, after eight months of beta testing on the latest version of its open source browser.
Making sport of browser security, hackers topple IE, Safari
Contestants in a high-stakes hacking contest had no trouble toppling the Apple Safari and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers, proving for a fifth year in a row that no software or application is safe from people with the expertise and motivation to exploit them.
IBM rides 'third supercycle of growth'
IBM hosted its annual investor briefing yesterday at the TJ Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, which will probably go down in history as the place where the Watson question-answer machine (it is not a supercomputer, at least not yet) was built and whipped humanity's ass at Jeopardy!.
Whitehall to puff punters: 'Hide your fags'
Death-dealing coffin nails will have to be kept out of sight of impressionable Englishpersons, beginning with large retailers in April 2012 and then in small shops beginning in 2015.
PictureBox Player 1.0.1
iOS App of the WeekI’m a big fan of LoveFilm, and use it to rent DVDs through the post and to watch films online. Unfortunately, like many other video-on-demand services, LoveFilm uses Flash to deliver video, which means that it won’t work with the the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
Are SPEC file benchmarks broken?
CommentRecent EMC SPEC filer benchmarks have annihilated competing systems. EMC has used virtually all-flash systems to dramatically up its benchmark game, leaving disk-based rivals in the dust. Are the SPEC filer benchmarks now so unrealistic as to be worthless?
Computacenter celebrates 30th birthday with strong results
Computacenter grew sales by 10.7 per cent in 2010 to £2.68bn and managed to increase adjusted profits by 21.8 per cent to £66.1m.
Ofcom steams ahead with Crown rights, prepares to sell family jewels
Ofcom is to start providing Recognised Spectrum Access permissions to Crown bodies that previously just used frequencies by common agreement – so they can start selling them off, obviously.
Amazon beefs up cloud management console
Amazon has plonked a few more features into the EC2 tab of its AWS management console, in an effort it claimed would make the system easier to use and, at the same time, much gutsier.
Tearful NASA salutes space shuttle Discovery
The long and distinguished career of space shuttle Discovery ended yesterday at 16:57 GMT when the venerable vehicle touched down at Kennedy Space Center at the end of its final flight.
Fight Night Champion
ReviewTeam sport titles get repackaged each year with marginal improvements, justified through noticeable kit and squad differences. However, as fast-paced as boxing may be, the sport itself moves very slowly. So even though Fight Night Champion arrives almost two years since the series' last release, apart from David Haye's climb to the top, little has changed in the boxing world.
Ofcom says no to automatically renewed contract badness
Telecoms firms will be banned from automatically signing customers up to renewed contracts with minimum contract periods, telecoms regulator has said. It said that 15 per cent of home phone users are tied into such contracts.
SHOCK research reveals Wi-Fi not as nippy as Ethernet
You'd never guess this. Connect to the internet in your home over a wireless connection and you won't get the same data throughput as you do if you connect using Ethernet.
Nintendo 3DS to get battery boost
Accessory producer Nyko has knocked up a solution for the short battery life of the Nintendo 3DS with a juice pack that attaches to the back of the console, doubling its runtime.
No more WAFL waffle: NetApp changes tactics
Comment:It's the end of one-size-fits-all WAFL waffle: NetApp HQ at Sunnyvale enters a new era today, in which it sells diversified storage systems. WAFL is no longer the defining factor.
Google squeezes thumbnails into mobile search
Mobile searchers can now get thumbnails of their Google search results, generating even more traffic for the sake of enabling browse-by-picture.
Chickens show empathy: Official
A crack team from the University of Bristol has demonstrated that chickens show empathy – or at least hens do when their chicks are being tortured with puffed air.
Mobile Trojan mimics Android clean-up tool
Malware makers have released a Trojan version of an Android clean-up tool released by Google earlier this week.
Illinois scrubs death penalty
The governor of Illinois yesterday officially abolished the death penalty in the state, more than 10 years after executions there were halted amid fears innocent people could be condemned to die.
Microsoft cut 'n' pastes Office market boss into undisclosed role
Microsoft has shunted Chris Capossela, who had been the company's marketing head of Office and other business software, over to a yet-to-be-announced "leadership role".
Microsoft Kinect faster seller than iPad, says Guinness
Microsoft is celebrating a motion-controlled milestone: it has sold 10m Kinect accessories and a further 10m Kinect-able games on top of that.
Chicken Little report: Sat-nav dependency spells DISASTER!
AnalysisA heavyweight UK tech body has just issued a report claiming that growing dependence on satellite navigation systems poses serious economic and safety risks to society. There's some truth in the report, but unfortunately it verges on scaremongering at times and appears to have been unduly influenced by organisations which can't be regarded as impartial.
Retailer warns anti-pirate 3DS firmware imminent
Hackers beware: Nintendo's next-gen handheld, the 3DS, is out of bounds.
Lady Gaga puts the squeeze on breast milk ice cream
The Covent Garden ice cream parlour which recently got busted by Westminster council health operatives over its creamy blend of human mam milk, vanilla pods and lemon zest, now faces a far more serious threat to its jub juice concoction: Lady Gaga.
Router-rooting malware pwns Linux-based network devices
Security researchers have discovered a rare strain of router-rooting malware that targets network devices running either Linux or Unix.
BT vs Sky vs Virgin
Group TestWhen the final old-style analogue broadcasts cease in 2012 the default way of receiving TV will be Freeview. For years there have been alternatives for those willing to pay more, and you can end up with as many channels as Lady Gaga has costumes. Like those outfits, you might think: is it necessary to have so many?
Spooks' secret TEMPEST-busting tech reinvented by US student
A mysterious secret technology, apparently in use by the British intelligence services in an undisclosed role, has been reinvented by a graduate student in America. Full details of the working principles are now available.
VeriFone ramps up the fear factor
Payment processor VeriFone has launched a blistering attack on newcomer Square, claiming Square's hardware opens the way for criminals to skim cards – without noting that such skimming is already commonplace.
Firefox bloke blasts Microsoft IE 9 hardware acceleration claims
A New Zealand-based Mozilla programmer has spanked Microsoft's marketeers for making what he believes to be misleading claims about Internet Explorer 9's hardware acceleration credentials.
No toys to throw from the PRAM
CommentPhase-change memory (PCM or Phase-change RAM - PRAM) seems to be changing its phase, from promising-newcomer-technology to fading-candidate-going-nowhere.
Direct action group defaces Vodafone in tax avoidance protest
Anti-cuts group UK Uncut has hijacked a Vodafone website as part of a protest against alleged tax avoidance by the mobile phone giant.
Why Nokia failed: 'Wasted 2,000 man years' on UIs that didn't work
When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced that Nokia was abandoning its development of its own smartphone platforms and APIs, and betting the farm on somebody else's, many people asked why it was necessary.
Connecticut suspect's 'half-ro' haircut wows web
The police photo of a Connecticut stabbing suspect has shown why it is a really bad idea to flee the scene of an afro braiding before your hair has been fully been brought under control.
Tablet hype brings e-book readers a more merry Xmas
E-book readers appear to have sold better during 2010 than some analysts anticipated, if new numbers from market watcher IDC are anything to go by.
PlayStation update couples console to cloud and disconnects hackers
Sony has released a PlayStation firmware update today which not only gives customers cloud space, but attempts to plug all penetrable gaps and make hackers rethink their approach.
Apple security update leaves iPhone 3G users unprotected
Apple is leaving some of its older mobile devices unprotected with its latest patch batch.
NASA aims for space tests of Mars-in-a-month plasma drive
NASA will work with a firm started by a former astronaut to build a spaceworthy plasma drive capable of revolutionising travel beyond Earth orbit. However it appears that the space tests may not take place aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as had been planned.
eBay douses PHP ecommerce shop in money love
Auction giant eBay's emerged as the stealth investor in tiny PHP shopping engine specialist Magento.
Super Micro uncloaks dense Westmere-EX server
Super Micro, the motherboard and whitebox server maker that is soon going to break through $1bn in sales, wants a bigger piece of the high-end server action. That's why the company has bent some metal into a dense eight-way server design based on Intel's forthcoming Westmere-EX Xeon processors.
Townsville gets Smarter Cities dollars
Townsville in North Queensland is evolving into a digital hub after being selected by IBM as one of 24 international cities to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge Grant. The grants provide cities with access to IBM's top experts to analyse and recommend ways to improve the economic and social viability of the city.
HP gets data centre fever in NZ
Hewlett Packard is constructing a NZ$60 million data centre in Auckland, New Zealand as part of the vendor’s billion dollar global rollout programme for HP data centres.
Oz PC shipments still growing
In spite of a disappointing Christmas season – one which saw gloomy predictions from most retailers – market researcher IDC says Australia’s PC shipments grew strongly in 2010.
iPad 2 sales kick off in dead of night
Yesterday, iOS 4.3. Tomorrow, iPad 2. And if you're planning a trip to Austin, Texas, to catch Bad Brains at the annual South by Southwest mega-fest, Apple will provide a "popup store" just for your iPad-purchasing pleasure.
HP: 'Yes, we're keeping the PC biz'
The Commercial Times, a Chinese business newspaper based in Taipei, Taiwan, is in hot water with Hewlett-Packard this morning after reporting that the company was considering selling off its notebook PC business.
Microsoft compares Amazon cloud to 'horseless carriage'
In the early days of the automobile, says Microsoft corporate strategy man Rolf Harms, cars were built like horse-drawn carriages. Some manufacturers even equipped their cars with whip holders. Others attached a faux horse head. Harms calls it "horseless carriage syndrome", and he sees it as the ideal metaphor for today's cloud computing biz.