From virtualisation to private cloud
We all know what virtualisation consists of: a host containing one or more virtual machines, usually, but not necessarily, servers.
Sega’s saggy security
The latest victim of a large scale attack is Sega Corp, which has admitted that security of its Sega Pass website database in Europe had been compromised. The personal information on all of its 1,290,755 registered users has been stolen.
Voda India scraps lawsuit over Facebook rant
Vodafone’s Indian operation Vodafone Essar has dropped legal action against a customer that dared criticize its services on Facebook.
Telstra’s T-Box adds Foxtel
Telstra will start carrying Foxtel channels on its rival IPTV T-Box service from next week.
Acrobatic US driver in 85mph back-seat drunk sex prang
A court in Virginia must decide just whether it's actually possible to drive a car at 85mph while simultaneously engaging in drunken back-seat sex.
Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come
Small businesses need to be careful of the European Union cookie law - although so far most countries seem to be ignoring it.
Intel gets into Comcast product catalog
While Motorola’s announcements at the Cable Show in Chicago last week shows that it has come alive and is hellbent on keeping its major cable customers, in Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the emergence of an Intel chip in an announced set top box at Comcast must set Broadcom firmly back on its heels and send the shivers up Motorola as well.
Stranger danger: Worse online, or on the street?
There have been more than 2,000 child victims of "on street" grooming since 2008, but poor data collection makes combating the problem more difficult - according to an official report.
Foxconn staffer jailed for iPad IP theft
A Chinese court has convicted three Chinese citizens, one a Foxconn employee, for trade secret theft.
Rare video: Moon flashing in front of giant's face
VidBoffins at the European Space Agency are hugging themselves gleefully after capturing a dramatic vid from a space probe in orbit above Mars which shows the Martian moon Phobos zooming across the backdrop provided by gigantic Jupiter.
Microsoft gains DoJ anti-trust approval on Skype buy
Thr US Department of Justice approved Microsoft's $8.5bn acquisition of Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA on Friday.
Huawei outs 'first' Android 3.2 7in tablet
Chinese handset maker Huawei has taken the wraps off its latest tablet: the 7in, Android 3.2-based MediaPad - the first of its kind to run that version of the Google OS, Huawei claimed.
Orange spreads Glasto goofery to t-shirts
Orange has outdone itself with its traditional Glastonbury green-tech, this year touting a t-shirt which generates power from the gig itself and provides enough to charge a mobile phone.
Vintage Psion prototype: Yours for £85,000
An unreleased Psion prototype can be yours for a mere £85,000 - if you hurry. Just don't expect it to do anything.
Apple to revamp desktop Macs
Apple will refresh its Mac Pro and Mac Mini desktop computers in August, with the new range featuring Intel’s new Sandy Bridge CPUs and Thunderbolt, the company’s latest high-speed peripheral interface developed in collaboration with Intel.
World braces for domain name EXPLOSION
ICANN meetingThe number of top-level internet domains is set to double over the next few years, after ICANN today approved the launch of a program that will let any company apply to run dot-anything.
30,000 Shreks besmirch BeautifulPeople
UpdatedSurface-preoccupied hook-up site BeautifulPeople.com has culled 30,000 uglies who were accidentally allowed to join the "largest most exclusively beautiful community in the world".
Orange eco T-shirt boosts Glasto goers' blowers
Orange has once again dived into this year's festival season with a nifty eco-product for charging mobile devices – a T-shirt that uses sound energy to produce an electrical charge.
Met Police confirms ICT outage but plays down attack fears
The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating the cause of a "major network issue" that has prevented staff using some IT services for almost two weeks.
Peugeot iOn e-car
ReviewBack in 2009, I took one of the first pre-production Mitsusbishi iMiEV’s in the UK for a spin. Spool forward to 2011 and you can now have the e-car with a Peugeot or Citroën badge on the nose. But there have been enough, albeit subtle, changes to warrant a another shufti.
NetApp goes a bundle with OnCommand
NetApp aims to be a best-of-breed supplier of storage to cloud computing stacks. As such, it wants its arrays to be easy to use and manageable at the storage admin and cloud orchestration layer levels.
Sprint springs into bed with LightSquared
Sprint is to help LightSquared get its 4G network rolled out across America, and become a significant customer of that network too, according to documents seen by Bloomberg.
Japan takes the Top 500 lead with K super
ISC'11Japan needs a little good news these days, and it comes from the International Super Computing 2011 conference in Hamburg, Germany, as the K supercomputer, a massively parallel Sparc-based cluster built by Fujitsu, has taken the lead in the number-crunching race as gauged by the June 2011 edition of the Top 500 supercomputer list and its Linpack Fortran benchmark.
Saab fingers BAE over South African fighter deal
UK-headquartered arms globocorp BAE Systems is back in the spotlight over allegedly corrupt business practices after its partner Saab announced that it had submitted documents to the Swedish national anti-corruption prosecutor and specifically named BAE.
British Library hands 200 years of history to Google
The British Library is handing 250,000 books to Google for scanning into the Google Books project.
Sony preps refreshed PS3 and talks down PS4
The PlayStation is slimming down again, after Sony made further tweaks to the console's innards, while insisting a PS3 successor is still a long way off.
Intel readying MIC x64 coprocessor for 2012
ISC'11Intel doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get its own line of Knights coprocessors for HPC applications into the field, and maybe it doesn't have to be.
Carphone Warehouse pockets LG Optimus 3D
The Carphone Warehouse is claiming exclusivity on LG's forthcoming handset, the Optimus 3D.
SpaceX goes to court as US rocket wars begin
Upstart startup SpaceX, which seems set to overturn every applecart in the space business with its cheap new launchers and capsules, has gone to court after an industry consultant allegedly spread rumours that its rockets were unsafe.
Gartner slashes UK PC shipments for 2011
Gartner has nearly halved the UK PC sales forecast for 2011, blaming the stockpile of PCs buckling distributors' shelves and scrappy continued demand.
Euro space truck prepares for fiery death
Space truck Johannes Kepler will today undock from the International Space Station ahead of a fiery death above the Pacific.
Oz alkie gets hammered on hospital hand sanitiser
Doctors at a Melbourne hospital have suggested hospitals Down Under would do well to lock up their hand sanitiser, after one patient got lashed on six bottles of antibacterial brew.
Sony slips Skype on PlayStation Vita
Sony is planning to bring Skype to PlayStation Vita, according to photos leaked online.
IDC warns resellers of ticking cloud time bomb
IDC has warned resellers that migration to public and private clouds is happening more rapidly than expected, and they need to gear up for it or risk becoming irrelevant.
Bright Computing revs up cluster manager
Bright Computing, which started from scratch several years ago to create a new, integrated cluster management tool, continues to build out the capabilities of the Bright Cluster Manager with the 5.2 release of the software, announced today at the International Super Computing 2011 conference in Hamburg, Germany.
Spielberg flung Fox from Transformers 3
Executive producer Steven Spielberg demanded Megan Fox be sacked from the third Transformers movie after she compared director Michael Bay to Hitler.
Ofcom talks up telephony spectrum trading
Changes to the licences held by the mobile operators will shortly enable them to buy and sell their radio spectrum, along with the obligations that go along with it.
Brits told how much they'll pay for HP TouchPad
HP has begun taking orders for its WebOS-based tablet, the TouchPad.
Samsung readies 'world's first' solar netbook
Samsung has announced it will be launching the NC215S solar-powered netbook this August for customers in Russia. Using solar panels to keep laptops running is nothing new, but the company claims a world’s first here due to the panel being integrated into the lid of the netbook's 10.1in, 1024 x 600-pixel display.
Wimbledon fans lobbed virtual serving challenge
Tennis stars began swinging rackets at Wimbledon today, marking the 125th anniversary of the prestigious tennis tourney. To celebrate, Ralph Lauren has put together a serving challenge for all to try.
World+dog yawn over NFC smartphone shopping
Although the technorati may be salivating over the brave new tap-to-buy smartphone world, a new survey has discovered that only one in five smartphone owners could give a rat's patootie about "mobile wallets".
Wikipedia awash in 'frothy by-product' of US sexual politics
The world's Wikifiddlers are obsessed with santorum. Though they can't agree on what that is.
Quantum crypto felled by 'Perfect Eavesdropper' exploit
Researchers have devised a technique for eavesdropping on communications secured through quantum cryptography that allows an attacker to surreptitiously construct the secret key encrypting the secret content.
Microsoft's WebGL claims bashed by own employee
It didn't take long for researchers to pooh pooh last week's advisory that claimed that hard-to-fix design flaws in the emerging WebGL 3D standard seriously imperiled end users who relied on it.
Aus gaming and ICT get R&D tax boost
Australia may increase its international competitiveness as a gaming and ICT development hub following a new R&D tax incentive passed by the Federal government.
Google revives TV buzz with SageTV buy
Faced with almost-universal indifference to Google TV, the Chocolate Factory has decided to splash some pocket change on buzz-generation and acquired SageTV.
Making sense of Adobe's enterprise pitch
Adobe has announced its Digital Enterprise Platform for Customer Experience Management. My tip to Adobe: that is too many words with too many syllables for busy IT people who are trying to get their work done. What on earth is it? The same old stuff repackaged, or something genuinely new?
Intel code guru: Many-core world requires radical rethink
Intel is readying its many-core "Knights Corner" coprocessor for release next year, but programming the 50-core-plus beastie and its 100 or 200 core follow-ons will require a whole new approach to code wrangling.