RIM's PlayBook to run Android apps
Research-In-Motion will square up to Apple, Google and Hewlett-Packard with a tablet that runs apps built for Google's popular Android platform.
Red Hat rolls up RHEL 6.1 beta
Commercial Linux distie and soon-to-be billion dollar baby Red Hat has rolled up the first update of its Enterprise Linux 6 operating system and kicked it out there for beta testing.
Ubuntu board rejects slippery Flash installs
Ubuntu won't be updated to quietly slip third-party apps like Flash Player onto your PC, regardless of the app's popularity.
Newbie's virtual appliance stores up trouble for EMC
Open...and ShutWith $11bn at stake, you'd think that someone would have solved the virtualized storage problem by now. The problem, however, is that there's so much more money in the existing storage market.
Nintendo 3DS games release schedule
Nintendo and other publishers already have many titles out for launch, with more to come. Here's the current list of 3DS games heading to the shops.
Review“You have to see it for yourself.” As the 3DS' unofficial marketing catchphrase, that's as good as it gets: an enticement at the most personal level. As the opening gambit to a product review, it's far less auspicious. But that's the reality of Nintendo's new wunderkind. Seeing is the only way of believing.
Acer locates 'missing' tablet strategy
Acer has announced the launch date and pricing of its Iconia 10.1in tablets. The company has a two-OS strategy supporting both Windows 7 and Android 3.0 Honeycomb in its W500 and A500 models, respectively.
Marshall Islands prez 'legalises cocaine'
The government of the Marshall Islands has expressed its surprise that president Jurelang Zedkaia has issued an executive order legalising cocaine and introducing "a no-visa unrestricted entry programme for foreign nationals of any country".
EU strengthens online shopper protection
The European Parliament has approved changes to a draft law aimed to strengthen protections for online shoppers who buy goods from other member states.
Chain Reaction finds and plugs security hole that led to fraud
Popular UK-based biking site ChainReactionCycles.com has confirmed that a security breach on its systems led to fraud against its customers.
Android gets in-app billing
Google is set to launch in-application billing for Android next week, and is encouraging developers to upload their billing-event-enabled apps now.
PARIS pops up in Ripley's Believe It or Not!
We're very much obliged to reader Mike Grant for letting us know that our magnificent Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) project was honoured earlier this week in Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Plane or train? Tape or disk?
You the ExpertWhere is the dividing line, onside of which says take the train to Paris from London and the other says fly? Where is the dividing line, one side of which says store your saved data on disk and the other points you towards tape?
Spotify splattered with malware-tainted ads
UpdatedUsers of the ad-supported version of Spotify were hit by a malware-based attack on Thursday.
Your census data will be kept secret - except from MI5, police, courts etc
Like you, I have received my 2011 census form from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The cover page prominently states, in bold, "Your personal information is protected by law. Census information is kept confidential for 100 years". Like you, perhaps, I have taken this statement at face value.
Santander blames Firefox 4 for website fail
Customers unable to log-in to Santander's personal banking site this morning need to try another browser.
Brand owners could stop reputation-benefitting keyword triggers
Owners of trade marks with a reputation could stop other companies using their brands as triggers for Google adverts if the use is an attempt to benefit from the reputation of that brand, an advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.
Online world maps rub jubs against todgers
It's Friday, and since you're all sitting around on your backsides waiting to head off to the pub, here's a challenge to fill a couple of dreary hours: just what interesting scientific conclusions can we draw from a comparison of the two following maps of breast size and penis length worldwide?
Libya fighting shows just how idiotic the Defence Review was
AnalysisRecent combat operations by British and allied forces in Libya are beginning to tell us a lot: not so much about the future of Libya, which remains up for grabs, but about the tools one actually needs for fighting real-world wars against real-world enemy armed forces.
Where are the cheapest 3DS deals?
If you're off to buy a Nintendo 3DS today but don't know where the cheapest place to get one from is, here's a quick run through of the best deals.
Stardust comet hunter drifts off into space
The last transmission from NASA's comet-hunting Stardust came last night at 23:33 GMT, as the venerable spacecraft ended its career with a "burn to depletion maneuver".
ReviewYakuza 4 manages to pack so many disparate gaming elements into the one package that it’s hard to know where to start. Part soap opera, part noire, undoubtedly a kung-fu fighter, but with fleeting resource management and a reasonable-sized city to explore, this is the JRPG, at its most offbeat.
Early demand knocks back UK iPad 2 delivery dates
Apple's iPad 2 goes on sale in the UK at 5pm today, but folk ordering online may have a long wait for their fondleslabs.
Gabrielle Giffords may wave Endeavour off
NASA astronaut Mark Kelly is optimistic that his wife Gabrielle Giffords will be at Kennedy Space Center on 19 April to see him blast off aboard space shuttle Endeavour.
UK.gov uses purple-panted-berk to get 'young men' to do census
Attempts by officials at the 2011 census to increase participation by the young male population in this weekend's UK headcount exercise – aka the Census – appear to have reached desperation point over the last couple of weeks, with the launch of Census-Man, the online game.
Which 10in Tab for Blighty, Samsung?
Fancy one of Samsung's just-announced sleek and sexy Android 3.0 tablets? You might have a rather long wait.
Fuel foolery, merger warnings and Budgetary boons
CommentWhat a difference a new government makes, eh? Only parts of the budget are entirely lunatic rather than all of it.
Scarface blows onto Blu-ray
Fans of Brian de Palma's 1983 orgy of blood and cocaine Scarface will doubtless be queuing round the block when the digitally-remastered Blu-ray version of the film is released on 6 September.
Avanti's bird plumps up feathers
HYLAS 1, the satellite launched in November to service Avanti's broadband internet offering, is fully operational and ready to go, though questions remain about who is going to be using it.
Chinese firm accused of mobile malware ruse
Chinese security firm NetQin has been accused of conspiring to plant malicious software on users' handsets in order to drum up business for its mobile security software.
Sizing a server to support desktop virtualisation
Virtualising the desktop can bring benefits at the endpoint. It makes desktops more manageable, can reduce power load throughout the building, and can make systems more secure.
Software bugs block O2 PlayStation phone release
O2 has set back its PlayStation phone - aka the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play - release because it has failed to score sufficiently highly in the carrier's network tests.
HDS private cloud storage product is 'beautiful'
The second day of the Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers event is finished and I'm writing this piece on the airplane flying back home to Italy.
Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate
The situation at the quake- and tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in Japan was brought under control days ago. It remains the case as this is written that there have been no measurable radiological health consequences among workers at the plant or anybody else, and all indications are that this will remain the case. And yet media outlets around the world continue with desperate, increasingly hysterical and unscrupulous attempts to frame the situation as a crisis.
Man Utd sues supporter over corporate client 'data theft'
Manchester United is suing a supporter who published a list of its corporate supporters on its website last year, a move the football club alleges led to incidents of harassment.
Apple iPad 2
ReviewWhat can I say? Yes, the iPad 2 is better than the iPad one. Yes, it's superior to the current crop of competitors. Apple has ticked the empty boxes on the features list that, left unchecked, would have left its tablet in the lee of this year's other new models.
Why US antitrust regulators should probe Google search
CommentThe word is that the US Department of Justice may sue Google over its proposed $700m acquisition of flight data outfit ITA Software. And we can only hope that the feds have far more than flight data on the brain. As it investigates whether Google could use its web search monopoly to erect a second monopoly in the flight search market, the DoJ must also ask whether the company could do much the same thing in who knows how many other markets.