Antimatter close to home
As anyone who follows big physics knows, the best way to trap anti-matter is with a magnetic field: that way, you can prevent the mutual annihilation that results from interactions with normal matter.
Telstra sets date, but not speeds, for
4G LTE release
Telstra is bringing forward its first LTE-based service, from the end-of-year launch promised in February, to the end of this month.
Fujitsu CTO: Flash is just a stopgap
Flash is a necessary waystation as we travel to a single in-memory storage architecture. That's the view from a Fujitsu chief technology officer's office.
Beware of Macs in enterprise, security consultants say
Black HatApple may have built its most secure Mac operating system yet, but a prominent security consultancy is advising enterprise clients to steer clear of adopting large numbers of the machines.
Ofcom report: Mobile operators feel the squeeze
Ofcom's annual assessment of communication industry shows that mobile revenue is still way down on 2008, but usage is way up, forcing operators to find new ways to cut costs and increase revenues.
Cray CTO Scott departs
Steve Scott, the long-time chief technology officer at supercomputer maker Cray, gave his two weeks' notice last week. Actually, it was more like 11 days, which is not exactly a lot of warning for a company like Cray. But it looks like Scott was presented with an offer he just could not pass up, and tongues are wagging about just what that might be.
HP industrial action starts today
Unionised HP staff working on the Department for Work and Pensions Adam 2 contract are today starting industrial action over proposals to offshore their jobs to India amid government pressure on IT suppliers to cut costs.
Chip makers to strut their stuff at Hot Chips 23
The Hot Chips 23 symposium on high-performance chips kicks off at Stanford University next week. The makers of processors for smartphones, desktops, servers, and networking gear are polishing up their powerpoints to amaze and daze each other from August 17 through 19.
Anonymous and LulzSec spew out largest ever police data dump
Hacktivists have released a huge cache of stolen data from US law enforcement agencies as revenge for the arrest of alleged members of LulzSec and Anonymous.
Google fights to hide incriminating emails
Google is fighting to hide an email in which it seems to admit to knowingly infringing the Java patents, but with the text already public it will be a hard fight to win.
The Ethernet traffic mix-up
Expert ClinicThe possibility of converging storage traffic, with its restrictive profile, on to general messy Ethernet LAN traffic is now a distinct possibility. What are the underlying problems and how are they being dealt with and countered?
Audio Pro WF100 wireless streamer
Geek Treat of the WeekAnyone who’s tried wireless tech over the years knows how tricky and expensive it can be to get superior sounding audio around the home without wires. Step forth Swedish hi-fi brand Audio Pro, that has come up with a user friendly package that gives you a wireless transmitter/receiver duo.
Vblocks bleed out EMC money
VCE – the Cisco-EMC-VMware Vblock company – appears to be experiencing virtual cash erosion, with EMC reporting $132m of accumulated losses.
iPad racketeers' high wire exploits falter
Chinese smugglers have been caught transporting a host of Apple goods over a zip-line into Hong Kong in a bid to profit from tax differences.
Lightning strikes cloud: Amazon, MS downed
Microsoft has been left reeling again after another BPOS crash but at least on this occasion it was not alone, as Amazon's EC2 web services were also downed by the same act of God in Europe.
BBC bigs up iPlayer for TVs and consoles
The BBC has tweaked its iPlayer for TVs and set-top boxes, launching the "custom-built for the living room" redesign through Sony's PlayStation 3.
School caned for losing 20K details
A Hampshire school has been criticised for losing nearly 20,000 people's personal details.
BBC testing fix for iPlayer on iPad ... 6 months later
The BBC is testing a fix for problems experienced by iPad users when using the iPlayer app. The fix is eagerly awaited by many iPad users, some of whom reported not being able to watch programmes when the app was launched back in February.
10-year old hacker finds flaw in mobile games
A 10-year-old hacker has won the admiration of her adult peers for finding a previously unknown vulnerability in games on iOS and Android devices.
TelecityGroup swallows Data Electronics
TelecityGroup has splashed £87.6m in cash on Irish-based fellow co-location data centre provider Data Electronics in what promises to be the first of many acquisitions.
HP Envy 17 3D Core i7 laptop
ReviewAfter years of computer journalists telling me – erroneously, I hasten to add – that my next desktop PC will be a laptop, it’s pleasing to see manufacturers such as HP trying to make it happen.
Home Office farms out tech deal worth £40m
The Home Office has tendered for a range of services worth £40m as part of the Employers' Checking Service (ECS), including a web-based interface, data storage, biometric chip reading technology and related support services.
Use found for Twitter and Liz Jones
Hats off to "DMReporter" who created a spoof Twitter feed for Liz Jones's trip to Somalia to cover the famine.
Gordon Ramsay sues father-in-law over alleged spyware plot
Sweary celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is suing members of his wife's family, alleging they used malware to gain illicit access to his business and personal email accounts.
GE brings holographic storage back from the dead
The dormant holographic storage volcano has rumbled, reminding us that it's not extinct and may yet erupt.
Apple delivers Orange aid
Orange is again rewarding its customers with film content after teaming up with iTunes to offer a free movie download every week.
RIM to turn in BlackBerry-using looters after London riots
BlackBerry UK has broken silence over the role its devices played in helping disaffected London yoof co-ordinate riots in Tottenham, Brixton, Enfield and Walthamstow this weekend.
EMC trundles out deduping mainframe VTL
EMC is bringing out a mainframe virtual tape library to cover both primary and backup data needs.
Spec set for 3D specs tech
A handful of leading 3D TV manufacturers have today announced their intent to work together on standardising active 3D glasses technology.
Hackers breach chocolate recipe on Hershey website
Hackers breached the security of a website operated by US confectionery giant Hershey Company and may have made off with customers' names, birthdates, street and email addresses, and site passwords.
Apple sued over Mac OS X 'quick boot'
A lawsuit has accused Apple of violating a patent describing a means of "quickly booting a computer system".
IBM yanks chain on 'Blue Waters' super
IBM has pulled the plug on the "Blue Waters" petaflops-class, Power7-based supercomputer that it was contracted to build for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois.
AMD slips into desktop RAM biz
AMD is entering the desktop RAM market, according to a new page on its website.
India cracks down on the Blackberry
The use of the humble Blackberry may be outlawed in India if Research in Motion fails to comply with the government’s strict security demands.
Mass WordPress hijack poisons Google Image well
Hackers are abusing thousands of independent WordPress sites to litter Google Image search results with code that redirects users to servers that attempt to infect them with malware.
Adaptive Computing spins up Moab 6.1 control freak
Adaptive Computing – formerly known as Cluster Resources – thinks it's now in the IT sweet spot. As virtualized cloudy infrastructure becomes the norm in the data center, the company says, outfits encounter the same kind of complex job scheduling issues that supercomputer clusters have had for decades on physical infrastructure, and it's there to help solve these problems.
ABC shaves tech crew
Rampant rationalization hitting Australia public broadcaster, the ABC, has extended to the technical ranks.