Microsoft+HTML: The antidote to iOS and Android
Open...and ShutFor a comparatively brief period of time, hardware companies like Nokia and telco operators like AT&T ruled the mobile roost. But as they're now learning – and not doubt stewing over – software is increasingly king in mobile, just like it is on the desktop. The winning strategy in this software-centric world is one that puts software developers first.
Lenovo chases SMBs with Xeon E3 towers
Server maker Lenovo is one of the first vendors out the door with entry tower servers aimed at small and medium businesses based on Intel's "Sandy Bridge-DT" Xeon E3-1200 processors.
States consider saner 'sexting' penalties for teens
Lawmakers in 21 states have considered bills this year that would lessen penalties for teen sexting, in which teenagers send or receive pictures of themselves in various states of undress, according to the Associated Press.
ARM exec: Open standards will make us all rich
Fusion SummitARM has joined forcing with AMD to promote what they call "heterogeneous computing".
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet
ReviewBilled as the year of the fondleslab, 2011 has so far failed to deliver on the hype. With sales of Motorola's Xoom sluggish at best, the BlackBerry Playbook too idiosyncratic for most and the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tantalisingly conspicuous by its absence, Asus looks to steal a march on the competition with its Eee Pad Transformer TF101.
Xyratex offers Lustre clusters
OEM disk subsystem supplier Xyratex, facing lost sales due to NetApp buying Engenio, is to supply complete, factory-configured Lustre cluster systems to its OEM channel for HPC customers.
8m health records go walkabout
A London health authority has admitted losing a laptop which contains 8.6 million health records.
Dell app servers getting flashy
Dell Storage ForumDell is looking at putting flash in application servers. It will be seen as another tier of storage by EqualLogic and Compellent arrays.
IE, Excel fixes star in bumper Patch Tuesday
Internet Explorer and Excel security updates are the most pressing patching priorities from the bumper crop of 16 bulletins issued as part of Microsoft's June Patch Tuesday updates.
EU ministers back centralisation of population databases
A single agency will be in charge of three EU population-tracking databases under plans approved by EU ministers.
Acer slashes tablet forecast, banks on notebooks
Acer today cut its 2011 tablet PC shipment forecasts by 60 per cent, but predicted a gradual recovery in its traditional notebook stomping ground.
Apple pulls app after dev publishes users' PINs
Is your phone PIN '1234'? If you're an iPhone owner, there's a good chance that it is. In fact, there's a good chance it's your PIN whatever handset you use.
New York Times takes on Apple-baiting troll
Mobile-developer-bothering patent hoard LodSys is under attack from the New York Times and OpinionLabs, with the latter alleging that LodSys threatened its customers and should pay restitution.
Profit-free Pandora floats, valued at $2.6bn
That’s nice: the profit-free streaming music service Pandora has successfully gone public, raising $235m in the process.
IRIS gets close up and SaaS-y with accountants
VideoIRIS Software and Services produces packaged apps that half the UK's accountants use. But continually updating them as regulations change is a pain - so why not provide its software as a service? That's the plan that Accountancy Division CEO Phill Robinson explains to The Reg.
MoD plans 'name and shame' crackdown on crap projects
UK Defence secretary Liam Fox has pledged to crack down hard on poorly performing defence procurement projects, by "naming and shaming" them on a quarterly published list.
Microsoft integrates OAuth 2.0 in play for Facebook goodness
Microsoft has suckered up to Facebook's social graph API with the implementation of OAuth 2.0 on its Windows Live developer platform.
LulzSec hacks EVE Online as rampage goes on
UpdatedProlific hacker pranksters LulzSec took out sci-fi game EVE Online on Tuesday as part of a run of attacks apparently perpetrated purely for the lulz.
iOS 5 files restoke iPad 3 retina display rumour
Evidence has emerged that a future iPad will sport a massive 1536 x 2048 resolution, though hopes that the next one will may be premature.
Wii U has 50 per cent more power than rivals
After Nintendo revealed the Wii U at this year's E3, a continuous stream of rumours and further details have emerged. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are all now battling for a piece of consumers' lives, evolving their respective hardware into home entertainment hubs, rather than simply gaming systems.
Peugeot 508 Active e-HDI micro-hybrid
ReviewPeugeot has been criticised for losing the plot with its small and medium cars over the last decade, but that shouldn’t obscure the fact that it has made some fine D-segment motors in the same period, including the 406 and 407.
Will Ofcom have to stick up its hands on 4G auction?
CommentOfcom will do anything to avoid seeing the 4G auctions scheduled for next year mired in legal battles - but deciding to whom it would surrender will be tough.
'A SHARK attacked my ROBOT', gasps ex-Sun exec
A robot from a startup company helmed by a former Sun Microsystems executive was attacked by a shark in the Gulf of Mexico recently, according to reports.
Nokia nukes online store in UK
Nokia's UK online store is set to shut, following recent closures in France, Spain and the Netherlands.
Creditsafe suspends website in wake of drive-by download attack
UK credit reference and credit recovery agency creditsafe.co.uk took its site offline on Tuesday, as a precaution, following a hacking attack. The site remains offline at the time of writing on Wednesday afternoon.
Cloud 'not ready for public sector market'
Chris Pope, director of transformation at Merton council, told the Guardian's SmartGov Live event in London that he was "nervous" about adopting cloud computing and being infrastructure free.
HTC U-turns over Desire Android 2.3 update
HTC has hastily backtracked on yesterday's announcement that Desire owners won't get Gingerbread, announcing today that the Android 2.3 update will go ahead after all.
Europe flashes report card on data protection
The European Data Protection Supervisor has had a busy year - with a wider remit to cover all EU institutions as well as helping to write a new legal framework for data protection across the European Union.
Go Daddy sued over email alerts
Go Daddy has been sued for allegedly infringing two patents when it sends email alerts to customers whose domain names and web hosting accounts are about to expire.
Best Buy gives big boxes the boot
Best Buy has put its "big box" strategy under review worldwide, with management braced for considerable shrinkage.
Groupon hug from small businesses? Not so much
Daily deal sites such as Groupon are just a fad with little individual staying power, a new study has claimed.
Hitachi keen to be cloud content king
CommentHitachi Data Systems is planning to provide a sophisticated content storage cloud infrastructure with end-to-end deduplication and local file servers accessing a content core having both archive and data discovery functions.
IBM slashes prices on Opteron 6100 racker
IBM was late to the Opteron 6100 party last year, behind rivals Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Acer. But Big Blue did put a compact machine in the field crammed with lots of cores, and it does want to sell them.
Next-gen Xbox to debut at next year's E3
Microsoft is a year away from major announcements concerning the Xbox 360's successor, it has been claimed.
Rogue software consultant's vast stash of DIY explosives
A software consultant in California has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after he embarked on a spree of armed bank robberies and amassed a huge stockpile of homemade explosives at his home, residues from which blew up and injured a local gardener and necessitated the total destruction of the building on grounds of safety.
NHS trust issues nurse jub flash alert
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has decided that its patients do not subscribe to the Sid James school of healthcare and has ordered Babs Windsors to keep their nursely chesticles firmly under wraps.
LexisNexis open sources Hadoop challenger
A super-computer architecture that crunches big data for banks, police, and spooks will soon be open sourced as a super-fast alternative to the Googlesque Hadoop.
Duke Nukem flack eats words over threat to reviewers
The PR team behind the US launch of Duke Nukem Forever has apologised for threatening to blacklist publications who gave the eagerly anticipated title bad write-ups.
T-Platforms CPU-GPU hybrid hits 1.3 petaflops at Moscow State
Moscow State University has moved into the upper echelons of the HPC field with an upgrade to its top-end supercomputer and moved to hybrid CPU-GPU blade servers from indigenous supercomputer maker T-Platforms.
Google's HTTP Archive merges with Internet Archive
VelocityThe HTTP Archive – a fledgling effort to record the performance of sites across the interwebs – has merged with the Internet Archive, whose Wayback Machine has long kept a similar record of internet content.
Adobe patches critical bugs in Flash and Reader
Adobe has rolled out updates for its widely used Reader PDF viewer and Flash animation programs that fix flaws, some that hackers have been exploiting to hijack end user computers.
LTE vs broadcasters: let the spectrum wars begin
As mobile carriers prepare to upgrade to 4G/LTE networks, Australia’s free to air broadcasters and Foxtel are bracing for potentially significant and costly interference to their transmissions.
Gummint security is utterly hopeless
In the kind of report that really spoils your day, Western Australia’s Auditor-General has presented the findings of a study into that state’s government network security. The finding? Fourteen out of the 15 agencies subjected to “hostile scans” of their networks failed to notice anything amiss.
SGI boasts of Altix UV installs
Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics says it has shipped more than 500 of its Altix UV line of machines in the past year, perhaps a larger number than you thought was possible and possibly indicative of the benefit of selling a Xeon-based system over one based on Itanium processors.
Chandra tags ancient black holes
Black holes may have been all over the early universe, according to new findings announced by NASA.
Microsoft juices C++ for massively parallel computing
Fusion SummitMicrosoft has announced a new technology designed to help C++ developers build massively parallel applications. Known as C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism – or C++ AMP for short – the technology will be included in the next version of the company's Visual C++ compiler, and Microsoft plans to open up the specification for others to use.