Server sales grow thanks to big boy boxes
Server peddlers and their reseller partners the world over are breathing sighs of relief as their first-quarter bonus checks now seem safe and sound, according to a report by the box counters at IDC.
Google preps mobile payments launch
Reporters in New York are dusting off their outdoor clothes for a Google “partner event” which rumours day will be the venue for the launch of a mobile payments platform.
Intel floats hybrid cloud scheme for SMB apps
There are 22 million small and medium businesses in the world, and the last thing that Intel wants them to do is say to hell with servers and move all their workloads and data to public clouds.
CEO of Aussie Microsoft JV exits ahead of A$5bn float
The head of ninemsn, the JV between Microsoft and Nine Entertainment Co, Joe Pollard has abruptly left the company as Nine prepares for a strongly mooted A$5 billion float.
Groundhog day: more Sony breaches
Talk of “isolated incidents” went by the board in the last couple of days, with Sony and Sony-affiliated sites compromised in Canada, Japan and Indonesia.
Bradley Manning accuser to meet with prosecutors
The ex-hacker who reported WikiLeaker Bradley Manning to US authorities is scheduled to meet with military prosecutors next week, Wired.com reported Tuesday.
Samsung must cough up Android prototypes to Apple
A US federal judge has handed Apple a procedural victory in its legal spat with Samsung by ordering the Korean giant to provide Cupertino's legal team with product samples and packaging for two of its tablets and three of its phones.
Virgin Media TV Powered by TiVo
ReviewTiVo is synonymous with hard disk video recording, at least in its native US. To date, its profile was lower in the UK, though a few thousand models of the original UK model were sold about ten years ago, winning it a loyal if small fanbase.
Telecom NZ splits in two
Telecom New Zealand will spin off its network operations, branded Chorus, into a separate listed company by year end.
Oz paper in todger-based trivia quiz outrage
Oz's Canberra Times proved unusually entertaining last Wednesday when its 10-question "Trivia Quiz" offered readers the chance to brush up on their todger-related general knowledge.
NASA kills comms with deceased Mars rover
NASA will today end attempts to contact its Spirit Mars rover, killed by lack of sunlight during a "stressful" Martian winter.
Fusion-io backers to get rich(er)
Fusion-io could capitalise on the flash flood to become a billion dollar company on its first day as a public company.
Brit expats aghast as Denmark bans Marmite
Marmite-loving Brit expats living in Denmark have expressed their shock and dismay at the government's decision to ban the legendary yeast-based spread, on the grounds that it contains "too many vitamins".
BT's fibre-to-the-premises trials hit duct roadblock
BT has been forced to delay the rollout of its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, after roughly a quarter of its trials found engineers taking two days to blow cables into customers' homes.
Military set to lead on US domestic cyber-security
The US military will play a leading role in defending homeland America from cyber attacks, and this will include providing cybersecurity to key infrastructure on US soil.
Vodafone touts low-tech phone for app-phobes
Say hello to the Vodafone Emporia RL1, a 60 quid handset designed solely for voice calls and texting - and none of that app nonsense.
Apple admits scareware problem, at last
Apple has finally held its hands up and admitted that the MacDefender scareware package might be a problem, abandoning the line that support workers must on no account suggest to users that their machine might be infected with malware.
Cabinet Office shakes up PSN
The Cabinet Office has created a new governance regime for the Public Sector Network (PSN) as the next step in its development.
Is the IT Dept failing users?
DesktopThe number of tools the enterprise can deploy to enhance productivity is huge. And even if the tools are generally simple to use, they are also mind-bogglingly complex under the skin.
UK.gov 'falls short' of legal obligation to enforce EC cookies Directive
On the eve of a new European Union directive on web cookies coming into force tomorrow, the UK government has issued only a "partial notification" to Brussels' officials on how it will implement the changes into UK law, The Register has learned.
Telcos team to test '4G' in Cornwall
BT and Orange/T-Mobile owner Everything Everywhere will be trialling LTE mobile connectivity later this year, in Newquay.
Gadgets give granny disease to kids
Youngsters are increasingly suffering from arthritis-like pains due to their excessive use of games consoles and mobile phones, it has been claimed.
Zuckerberg: Give me your children
Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his determination to allow under-13s onto Facebook, whatever politicians, regulators and the rest of the grownups say.
French spooks have access to UK forces' travel data
Contractors working for the Ministry of Defence hold personal information on hundreds of thousands of service personnel and other MoD employees on computer systems located abroad, it has been revealed.
Asus teases with MacBook Air-esque Eee PC
Asus looks set to take the fight to Apple's 11in MacBook Air with an ultra-skinny Eee PC netbook, due to be announced next week at the Computex show in Taipei.
BT and EE join together for Cornish LTE
BT and Everything Everywhere are working together to build a trial network in Cornwall, providing fixed and mobile internet access over the same network and via the same infrastructure.
Netflix overtakes Bittorrent as traffic champ
Is solving the copyright "wars" really so difficult? New traffic research shows that Netflix has overtaken Bittorrent as America's favourite internet application, knocking http into third place. "P2P is here to stay," note the authors in Sandvine's Global Internet Report, Spring 2011 edition, which shows that demand for legal, paid-for stuff is the single biggest internet traffic trend.
EU belatedly cancels funding for Symbian OS
The European Commission has cancelled plans to throw €22m of taxpayers' money at Symbian. In November, Eurocrats threw the doomed OS a lifeline by anointing Symbian as the "Embedded Operating System for Europe", in what was called the Symbeose research project.
ASA smackdown for Yahoo! Thelma & Louise
The UK's advertising regulator has slammed the brakes on a Yahoo! ad which is said encourage irresponsible driving.
ReviewA quick check of the map confirms the hero’s next objective – a mere two levels above him. What the map doesn’t reveal are the obstacles standing between him and that adventure-progressing goal.
Timing attack threatens private keys on SSL servers
Security researchers have discovered a "timing attack" that creates a possible mechanism for a hacker to extract the secret key of a TLS/SSL server that uses elliptic curve cryptography (ECC).
Nokia caters for kings with golden smartphone
Nokia has announced a gold-clad smartphone for spritely spenders, where image is everything and thirst is nothing.
Endeavour spacewalkers come face-to-face with VADER
Endeavour mission specialists Drew Feustel and Mike Fincke today completed the third STS-134 mission spacewalk at the International Space Station.
UK finally ratifies Cybercrime Convention during Obama visit
President Obama and UK prime minister David Cameron agreed to work more closely on cybersecurity following a meeting between the two government leaders on Wednesday.
Cookies law: Only two EU states implement full measures – so far
A pattern is emerging that shows European Member States greeting Brussels with a collective thumbs-down on its cookies law.
White Space competitors fight dirty
Microsoft and Spectrum Bridge, both competing to provide databases of available White Space radio frequencies, stand accused of demonstrating surprising incompetence in managing their own meagre spectrum use.
Unpatched IE bug exposes sensitive Facebook creds
A security researcher has devised an attack that remotely steals digital credentials used to access user accounts on Facebook and other websites by exploiting a flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.
MokaFive's VDI bares it all
Virtual desktop infrastructure upstart MokaFive – which has the audacity to do VDI mostly on the client with only out-of-band management residing on central servers – has delivered its bare-metal hypervisor for its MokaFive Suite 3.0, augmenting hosted VDI that it has been selling for more than two years.
MongoDB daddy: My baby beats Google BigTable
After a decade as chief technology officer at DoubleClick – the internet ad giant he cofounded in 1995 – Dwight Merriman set out to build a "platform cloud" along the lines of Google App Engine or Microsoft Azure. But this was before people called them platform clouds, before anyone knew about App Engine or Azure.
McKinnon's mum applauds Obama extradition stance
The mother and attorney for Gary McKinnon voiced optimism about the prospects of blocking the accused NASA hacker's extradition to the US after President Barack Obama said he would respect the UK legal process.
Down Under gamers get closer to 18+ rating
Australian gamers are poised to get access to hard core R18+ games like Mortal Kombat Reboot following the release of long anticipated draft guidelines from the government supporting the introduction of a new classification for computer games.
Citrix preps own version of OpenStack
Citrix has announced that it will offer its own version of OpenStack, the open source "infrastructure cloud" platform originally created by NASA and Rackspace.
iOS 4 hardware encryption cracked
Russian security outfit ElcomSoft is shipping a toolset that cracks open the hardware encryption protecting iOS4-based iPhones – but it's only for spooks and law enforcement.
35m Google Profiles dumped into private database
Proving that information posted online is indelible and trivial to mine, an academic researcher has dumped names, email addresses and biographical information made available in 35 million Google Profiles into a massive database that took just one month to assemble.