Intel's Tri-Gate gamble: It's now or never
AnalysisThere are two reasons why Intel is switching to a new process architecture: it can, and it must.
Dell sharpens four-socket Opteron blade
It has been more than a year since Advanced Micro Devices got its "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100 processors to market, and server makers are still rolling out new form factors of machines that make use of the twelve-core x64 chips. It's Dell's turn, with a hefty four-socket blade that packs the kind of memory expansion hypervisors expect on the machines that they assume control over.
Communication aid sends CU team to New York
A combination of hardware and software designed to allow the severely disabled to communicate through computers has taken out the Australian Imagine Cup.
Ten... fantasy gadgets you wish you owned
Fictional Product Round-upTomorrow is always round the corner in the world of tech, and gadgets that started life in the imaginations of mad folk are starting to become a possibility.
Shoden Data CEO dies suddenly
ObituaryShoden Systems UK has lost its CEO: John Taffinder passed away at home on Monday, 25 April. He was a terrific guy and will be sorely missed.
Pippa Middleton in $5m grumble flick offer
Kate Middleton's sis Pippa has been offered a juicy $5m to get her kit off for "just one explicit scene" in a porn movie.
Apple ousts Google in brand value
Apple is a more valuable brand than Google, according to rankings from marketeers.
Nude gardener's arse hauled into court
A 62-year-old Gloucestershire naturist with a penchant for pruning in the buff was cuffed for indecent exposure and now faces three charges of outraging public decency.
Huawei celebrates UK win with Everything Everywhere
Chinese kit supplier Huawei has scored a win with EE, signing a deal to upgrade the operator's 2G infrastructure and hoping to be in prime position when it comes to 4G too.
Queen to get an iPad (the Queen, not a queen)
The Queen is to join the nation's fangirl slab-fondlers, according to reports.
HP shows off laptop revamp
HP has rolled out its Spring 2011 Consumer PC collection in the States. The key machines: a revamped Mini 210 netbook and new Pavilion dv4 and Envy 14 notebooks.
Bletchley Park opens U-110 Enigma exhibit
An exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the capture of an Enigma machine and codebooks from a German wartime submarine has opened in Bletchley Park.
Microsoft coughs to wobbly Office Live problems
Microsoft has admitted that its soon-to-be retired Office Live product has been struggling to serve up accounts and websites for its small business customers for the best part of a week.
Dell fashions (more of) its own network switches
With Cisco Systems having alienated its server partners by coming onto their own turf, the server makers have very little choice but to retaliate and build up their own networking businesses. And consider that it is they, and not Cisco, that control the data center accounts, it is with a certain amount of glee that Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Dell have ramped up their own networking product lines. Those high margins in the networking racket don't hurt any, either.
Twitterer 'outs' alleged superinjunction celebs
Several celebrities have already come forward to deny claims by a user on Twitter over the weekend that they are the individuals behind "super injunctions.
HTC Facebook branded, buttoned phones appear online
HTC will have two Facebook-branded phones out next month, according to Amazon.co.uk, which has now posted pages for the handsets.
Big Blue tapes up big data
IBM is announcing a raft of tape-related products, including a new tape format and better robotics for its high-end tape library. It is positioning tape as an integrated archival tier of data storage.
Climate Change 'wise men' recommend more nukes, power cuts
When we last met the Climate Change Committee – the statutory advisory body of "wise men" that makes global warming policy recommendations for the UK – they were urging politicians to make red meat an expensive luxury. If beef or lamb were as expensive as truffles are today, they suggested, we could save the planet from runaway global warming. This time, they're back to report on energy, with a particularly rosy set of numbers that doesn't quite add up.
ReviewYou will be aware that 2011 is supposed to be the year that Android tablets hit the big-time. In case you missed it, the explosion of new devices was supposed to happen at Easter. In the event, many launches have since been put back to later in the year, while other products have been launched but are plainly impossible to buy.
IBM doubles up Storwize V7000
Big Blue has added 2-system clustering and 10GbitE to the Storwize V7000, meaning double the space, more scalability and faster host access.
ICO issues half-baked cookies guidance
The Information Commissioner's Office has alerted UK public and private sector organisations that from 25 May 2011 they will need the consent of the users of their websites before setting a cookie or similar information-gathering technology on a site.
Computers taught to sing using autotuning talent show
Japanese boffins say they have developed a process whereby computers can be taught to sing so well that they are indistinguishable from talented human performers.
MobileMe drove Steve Jobs to foul-mouthed fury
Apple fanbois were shocked to the core today at the news that not only does Steve Jobs swear but that the sainted one actually declared that a Mac product was a pile of steaming crap.
TalkTalk serves up website blocking to users
TalkTalk just became the first major UK internet service provider to implement network-level anti-malware blockers on its service.
Sony mulls hacker bounty offer
Sony execs are mulling the possibility of offering bounties for any information that leads to the arrests of hackers who breached its network.
Las Vegas EMC Confidential
CommentMidnight in Las Vegas and the slots are humming all along the Strip. The girls' dresses are hitched higher than their voices, and through these mean casinos a grifter must go, on the hunt for all the EMC skinny that he knows is out there, before EMC World begins.
LinkedIn sets float price
Facebook for workers website LinkedIn has set the price for which its shares will initially be sold.
Entrants called for 80s-era games coding contest
Want to program like it's 1989 - or even earlier? Swindon's Museum of Computing is holding its first 80s-themed games coding contest this saturday.
OpenID warns of 'psychic paper' authentication attack
OpenID has warned of bugs in its authentication technology that create a possible means for hackers to modify data sent between sites.
CEOP to retain ops control under National Crime Agency
The government, in an effort to allay criticism about its decision to fold the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) into a new National Crime Agency along with other bodies, confirmed today that the agency would retain operational control.
Shhh! HP's cloud is called, er, Scalene
ExclusiveHewlett-Packard's as-yet-unannounced cloud will likely be known as HP Scalene, according to a recent trademark filing and domain registration.
Feds raid home of teen fingered in DDoS on Gene Simmons
Federal authorities have raided the home of a suburban Washington family after tracing a crippling attack on the website of Kiss frontman and anti-piracy crusader Gene Simmons to an internet connection there.
HP unveils biz laptops with pay-as-you-go 3G
It's notebook-rollout day for HP. In addition to a new lineup of consumer-level lap-warmers, the world's biggest PC manufacturer has also released a trio of business-class models and inaugurated a pay-as-you-go 3G mobile broadband service.
Microsoft's iOS and Android love deepens
If there’s one group Microsoft can’t shower enough love on right now, it’s those building apps for iPhone and Android. Early Windows Phone 7 adopters are another matter.
HP flexes fabrics to flatten campus networks
HP is taking its networking fight with Cisco Systems out of the data center and into corporate campuses and branch offices.
Optus, IPstar win A$300m NBN deal
Optus, Gilat and IPstar will provide interim satellite services to NBN Co, the Australian government-owned company building the National Broadband Network, from July 1 this year in a A$300 million deal.
Optus finally plays Fetch
After over a year of denials, Optus has finally confirmed that it will be working with Malaysian billionaire Ananda Krishnan’s IPTV outfit FetchTV.
WikiLeaks: East Timor knocked back high-tech Chinese spy base
Australia’s northern neighbour East Timor recently knocked back Chinese offers to build a free radar to monitor shipping, on the suspicion that Beijing actually wanted to build a spy base in the tiny nation.
Aussie synchrotron in doubt after Victoria pulls funding
The Victorian state government has put the future of the Australia Synchotron in doubt by saying it will not continue to fund the operation of the facility.
Whitehats break out of Google Chrome sandbox
Researchers say they've developed attack code that pierces key defenses built into Google's Chrome browser, allowing them to reliably execute malware on end user machines.
Defence thin client trial gets OK
Despite being battered by scandal and at loggerheads with its minister, the Australian Defence Force has been permitted to invest in trialling thin client computers and rolling out new telecoms networks.
HP lands handy half-billion taxman deal
The Australian Tax Office will spend A$738 million migrating its servers into data centres operated by Hewlett-Packard.
Man sentenced to 3 years for ATM hack scheme
A North Carolina man has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he planned to pocket as much as $200,000 by hacking into automatic teller machines.
SnapLogic demos 'Hadoop for humans'
SnapLogic – an outfit that lets businesses connect various back-end applications – has demonstrated a tool that plugs its service into Hadoop, the open source distributed number-crunching platform based on Google's proprietary MapReduce technology.
Judge approves handover of BitTorrent IP addresses
A judge has granted a movie producer the right to subpoena ISPs seeking the identity of anybody who downloaded the Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables.
Google says Android 'club' makes phone makers 'do what we want'
Last summer, in a private email message, the open source and compatibility program manager for Google's Android mobile operating system told a colleague that Google uses Android compatibility as a "club" to make phone makers "do what we want".