Giants gear up for the business analytics challenge
Business analytics is the latest IT takeover battleground, driving mergers and acquisitions among major corporate IT vendors as enterprises look to turn their data into valuable information that will give them a competitive edge.
EMC goes virtual with in-house Oracle apps
EMC was in the house at Oracle's OpenWorld extravaganza in San Francisco on Monday, with not-quite-yet-retiring CEO Joe Tucci playing elder statesman with his 42 years in this racket, and talking a bit about clouds and the storage and virtualization giant's use of Oracle software to run the EMC business.
EMC Project Lightning flash cards promised 'this year'
OpenWorldOracle divulged at OpenWorld that the Project Lightning server flash card is in beta right now, and weighs in at 320GB of capacity in its initial configuration.
Check your machines for malware, Linux developers told
Following a series of embarrassing intrusions that hit the servers used to maintain and distribute the Linux operating system, project elders have advised all developers to check their Linux machines for signs of compromise.
Microsoft updates Hotmail to deal with grey spam
Microsoft is making a series of changes to its Hotmail service aimed at cutting down the amount of old mail stuck on servers, falsely labeled spam.
Thailand PM's Twitter account breached
The Twitter account belonging to Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been suspended after someone took control of it and used it to send messages critical of her administration.
Innovatio targets Wi-Fi users with patent suits
Having found Cisco and Motorola (prior to its Google borgification) in the mood for a vigorous fightback, Innovatio IP Ventures is changing tack and filing lawsuits against Wi-Fi users for patent infringement.
Crystal Acoustics MediaMatchBox
ReviewThis minuscule media player from home theatre specialist Crystal Acoustics combines a go-anywhere form-factor with play-anything decoding.
Gov to spread mobile masts to remote corners of Blighty
The UK's Chancellor has confirmed that the government will sink £150m into buying up cell sites with the intention of extending rural coverage to 99 per cent of the population.
UK.gov goes back to school to avoid future IT blunders
Whitehall's waste of £470m on a botched attempt to modernise fire service control rooms in England begs questions about what UK plc is doing to prevent a similar haemorrhage of money in the future.
Amazon to whup Apple rivals when Kindle Fire hits UK
Apple's tablet rivals will face "almost impossible competition" when Amazon brings its Kindle Fire to the UK, pollster YouGov has predicted.
Scotland Yard cyber-crime squad 'saved £140m'
The Metropolitan Police’s e-crime busting squad claims to have saved £140m in its last six months of fighting cybercrime.
HP finally swallows Autonomy
HP has finally concluded the $10.24bn acquisition of Cambridge-based enterprise search and BI software firm Autonomy.
New iPhone offered for sale via unauthorised outlets
An unauthorised market in Apple's next-gen Jesus mobe is emerging ahead of today's much anticipated launch with price tags that would reduce most desperate fanbois to tears.
Core facts: Windows 8 truthiness dissected, Mango sliced
MicroBiteWith 500 new features, Mango's a juicy release for Microsoft's Windows Mobile team: third-party application multi tasking, HTML5-compliant browser and video voice mail.
SanDisk Memory Zone
Android App of the WeekSanDisk is a name more associated with memory cards than apps, but its new Memory Zone offering should prove useful to anyone who wants to manage and monitor their local and cloud storage from one place.
Fusion-io deploys PCIe flash toaster
Fusion-io has refreshed the whole of its ioDrive product range with smaller flash chip dies and new controller firmware to produce high performance, longer lasting flash using less silicon.
Facebook to scrub itself clean of filthy malware links
Facebook has recruited Websense to scan its vast social network for links to malicious sites.
Sony: all new PS3 titles will require PSN Pass for online play
Sony has officially extended its tax on gamers who buy secondhand PlayStation titles, confirming that all future Sony games with network functionality will be mediated through an online pass system.
Ballmer: Uninspiring performance and a small package
Steve Ballmer has failed to dazzle the Microsoft board in the last year, and his pay cheque seems to reflect that fact.
HTC Evo 3D Android smartphone
ReviewLG might have been first with its Optimus 3D, but HTC hasn’t wasted any time coming up with a glasses-free 3D phone of its own.
Growing arrays need bigger pipes
Storage array and disk drive vendors have excelled themselves and delivered the high-capacity goods. But some of us are still not happy, because although we have big fat data vaults they are being held back by anorexic pipes.
Facebook: 'We didn't patent stalking logged-off users'
Facebook has rebuffed claims that a patent it was recently granted describes the ability to track logged-out users.
NHS claws back £170m refund on duff IT system
An American IT company has returned £170 million to the NHS after a project they promised to deliver was declared impossible.
Premier League loses footie decoder case
The European Court of Justice has judged that Brits must be allowed to buy satellite TV smartcards and decoders from other single-market countries.
Chrome browser 'is becoming Number Two'
Google's Chrome browser will edge past Mozilla Firefox in a matter of months, web stats poking firms have concluded. Irish company StatCounter foresees the Google browser becoming the second most used browser on the net by December.
Lumison swallows DediPower Managed Hosting
Lumison has snapped up Reading-based cloud and co-lo player DediPower Managed Hosting for an undisclosed sum.
RIM invites BlackBerry users into MS Office cloud beta
BlackBerry users wanting to get into Microsoft's cloudy Office 365 only have a few months to wait, and the properly impatient can sign up for the beta this month.
id Software's Rage
ReviewIs it an RPG? Is it a first-person shooter? This is a question which reverberates around my mind while I wander through Rage’s wastes. Why the confusion? Because id’s latest shooter hovers somewhere in the middle of these genres, a chimera with, oddly enough, lashings of Motorstorm-esque racing thrown in for good measure.
Hospital data boob: Records left in bin room got binned
Bungling hospital staff accidentally destroyed patient data after a worker put 10,000 records in the wrong room, an investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office [ICO] revealed today.
HTC to plug private data backdoor leak slurp vuln
HTC has admitted some of its Android handsets have a flaw which could allow malicious apps to read customer locations and account details, but a fix is on the way.
Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5
CommentHere we are again on iPhone day, and once more the world waits on the edge of its seat to see what the fruitchomp masterminds of Cupertino have in store.
Oracle to NetApp: 'I'm a faster, cheaper storage lover'
OpenWorldOracle says it has scored an SPC-1 benchmark win over NetApp; its ZFS storage box delivers twice the SPC-1 speed of a NetApp array for less than half the cost.
Oracle's mighty column stuffs databases
OpenWorldOracle says it can squeeze its databases in ZFS and Pillar Data arrays with Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC).
Look who's talking ... about your Facebook Page
Facebook has launched new ways to help its advertisers bank sackfuls of cash and no doubt cause privacy advocates to despair.
GridIron fires up its turbocharged bandwagon
OpenWorldGridIron says its way of turbo-charging SAN access means more database instances can be virtualised and run faster - like, say, 16 virtualised Oracle RAC nodes in a physical server juggling one million queries a second.
HTC's Mango handsets hit shelves in Blighty
HTC's pair of impending Windows Phone handsets have gone on sale in the UK ahead of time.
McAfee, IBM gobble rival security-intelligence firms
McAfee and IBM have both bought into the expanding security intelligence market with the acquisition of start-ups NitroSecurity and Q1 Labs, respectively. Financial terms on both deals, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
Fedora 16: Linux home for lost Ubuntu GNOMEs
ReviewThe Fedora Project has released the first beta of Fedora 16.
HP anoints Mayer in global networks boss role
HP has confirmed that Bethany Mayer - caretaker of its global networking biz for the last four months - will get the job on a permanent basis.
Put down the Java manual
Apparently, there is a perceived shortage of C# and Java programmers. Certainly a good percentage of all job ads are for these languages.
HP confirms Ansell as UK networking head
HP Networking sales director John Ansell is set to take control of the entire UK business unit by month end when current incumbent Barry Bonnett exits the role.
Symantec alliance with Huawei put on countdown
Symantec VisionSymantec CEO Enrique Salem said the Huawei-Symantec joint venture will have its fate known by the end of the year: either one of the partners will buy it or there will be an IPO.
Systemax fills hole left by shamed US boss
Systemax has hired former Best Buy exec David Sprosty as the CEO of its Technology Products division in North America, finally filling the role that was vacated by shamed exec Gilbert Fiorentino earlier in the year.
Why grill Google over web dominance? It has none
Open ... And ShutGoogle chairman Eric Schmidt was recently hauled before the US Senate to answer antitrust inquiries. After all, Google dominates the online search market, with 64.8 per cent of the market in August 2011, according to comScore (and much higher market share, according to Net MarketShare), and increasingly abuses that power to disadvantage competitors and hurt consumers, according to some.
Red Hat snatches storage Gluster file system for $136m
Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat is paying $136m to acquire Gluster, the privately held maker of the GlusterFS cluster file system that is used by some hot properties on the intertubes.
iPhone 5 a no-show at Apple's 'Let's talk iPhone' event
Apple surprised nearly every pundit who was breathlessly following its "Let's talk iPhone" event – it didn't introduce an iPhone 5.
Apple stuffs Intel desktop CPU into iPhone 4S ad
Apple's new iPhone 4S contains a chip the Mac maker calls the A5. But if a pic of the beast included in the 4S advert shown at the handset's launch is anything to go by, the A5 actually contains a pair of Intel 'Nehalem' processors - aka the first-gen Core i7.
Tuesday's iPhone event more than Apple.com can bear
Apple may be an unstoppable force in the eyes of its competitors, fans and pretty much everyone else, but no one more so than the webmasters running Apple.com.
Rumors of iPod classic's death prove exaggerated
UpdatedThe lack of an iPhone 5 announcement at Apple's "Let's talk iPhone" event wasn't the only pundit–defying act performed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and his merry men: despite rumors to the contrary, the venerable iPod classic also lives.
Oracle previews Solaris 11, due in November
OpenWorldIf you expected Solaris 11 to be announced at the OpenWorld extravaganza taking over San Francisco this week, you probably weren't alone. But you're going to be a little disappointed, at least for a while. It won't be launched until sometime in November.
Apple outs iPhone micro USB adaptor
It's not only the iPhone 4S that will ship on 14 October - so too will Apple's long-promised dock-to-micro-USB adaptor.
Apple snubs Samsung's Oz patent peace offering
Apple has rejected Samsung's peace deal in an Australian court, preferring instead to go to trial where a win could influence its other lawsuits around the world.
Dell building its own Exadata killer
OpenWorldWay back when, before Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, and even before Hewlett-Packard became hardware buddies with Big Red with the original Exadata Database Machine, Dell was Oracle's chosen buddy for running parallel Oracle databases using Real Application Cluster on top of Linux. But now Oracle is in the hardware business, and it looks like Dell is fixing to take the parallel Oracle database fight to Oracle.
Silver! Lake! Digital! Sky! also! in! Yahoo! play!
With Alibaba chief Jack Ma’s interest in Yahoo! already on the record, it now seems that the owner of the Chinese online giant is considering a partnership for its bid.
Accelerating universe expansion discovery snags Nobel Prize
A discovery first published in 1998 has won the Nobel Prize for Physics for three astronomers, including Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University.