HTC Radar WinPho 7.5 smartphone
ReviewIt’s been a year since Microsoft revamped its mobile offering with Windows Mobile 7, which was greeted with cautious enthusiasm by critics and punters alike. It’s taken a while, but we’re now seeing the first major update with version 7.5 (aka Mango) appearing on the solidly built HTC Radar, which also includes a 5Mp camera.
McKinnon's mum up for human rights gong
Janis Sharp, the campaigning mum of alleged Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon, has been shortlisted for a human rights award by Liberty.
Netflix announces UK debut
Netflix is coming to Blighty early in 2012, as anticipated after it was claimed the US video streaming service is coming to continental Europe next year.
Can the iPad save newspapers?
Some obituaries of the late Steve Jobs praised the Apple founder as saviour of the newspaper industry. That’s hard to justify. While one of Jobs’ achievement was undoubtedly exploding the idea that people won’t pay for digital stuff, a newspaper business “saved” by the iPad won’t look anything like the old newspaper business. It will have to be much, much smaller.
EMC tosses platters out of VNX for flash
EMC is offering as standard an all-flash VNX array, saying it's 10 times faster than its all-disk equivalent. It is also offering a higher bandwidth option for a couple of its VNXs.
Griffin Technology Helo TC
Geek Treat of the WeekParrot’s AR.Drone quad 'copter has been quite a hit with the radio control crowd, but its £300 price tag puts it out of most people’s price range. Griffin’s new Helo TC, on the other blade, is affordable enough to be a fun little treat for the more casual weekend flier.
Saddam 'double' kidnapped by smut flick gang
Muammar Gaddafi lookalikes are well advised to stay cautious in public if the recent experiences of a doppelganger for Saddam Hussein are any guide.
Data retention, compliance and the storage budget
ExpertsCompliance. Was there ever a word to strike such terror into the heart of the average techie? (OK, “Audit”. But don’t blame us, we didn’t want to say it…)
Google! mulling! Yahoo! slurp! claims! insider!
Google has joined the gaggle of companies lusting over the ailing search'n'content giant Yahoo, according to rumours in the Wall Street Journal. Google has been in talks with private equity firms, says the WSJ, counting the beans they'd need to bag the company, though nothing formal is on the table.
Microsoft trousers yet more royalties from Android gear
Microsoft has inked a deal with Compal Electronics, which pumps out gadgets that run Android and Chrome OS, for an undisclosed sum.
Boffins insert 3D objects into any old photo... realistically
Researchers have lit up the world of 3D design with a new method for inserting computer-generated objects into a photograph in a way that makes the CGI renders seem part of the original snap.
Linehan turns IT Crowd off but NOT on again
Fans of Channel 4 sitcom IT Crowd will be crying into their customised motherboards this morning after the show's mastermind confirmed it won't be returning for a fifth series after all.
Seagate profits slip after price fight retreat
Seagate shipped more drives in its latest quarter but earned less profit as it took rare earth cost increases on board and walked away from price competition. Amazingly it could overtake Western Digital next quarter though.
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray disc set
ReviewFears that Blu-ray is facing early extinction seem woefully misplaced after experiencing the Jurassic Park trilogy on the format recently. Feature rich and re-engineered in 1080p hi-def with 7.1 lossless audio, this high resolution three disc set delivers T-Rific quality and hours of extras to tempt collectors and film fans to upgrade from DVD.
China punts free condoms at iPhone owners
The Chinese are testing an iPhone app for ordering government-funded contraception, but with limited success as the state won't stump up for the quality brands.
Disk drive crisis: Economists are terrible weathermen
Hang on a minute. This globalisation thing, isn't it supposed to have stopped nonsense like this? You know, it rains a bit and so we all run out of something?
Oz solar car race caught on camera
WSCThe dust has settled on the World Solar Challenge here in Oz, with Japan's Team Tokai securing their second consecutive title.
Alipay to tempt West's credit cards into China
Alipay, China's answer to PayPal, already has 600 million account holders, but is looking to head west and enable cross-border payments for anyone with a credit card.
Anonymous shuts down hidden child abuse hub
Members of hacktivist collective Anonymous are claiming credit for shutting down a deep underground child abuse site and outing its membership list.
Three brings on-demand ITV content to smartphones
Three has appeased telly addicts with a deal that'll see ITV catch-up content appear on users' handsets.
Microsoft's YouTube channel pwned
Microsoft's YouTube channel got hacked over the weekend by pranksters who replaced corporate videos with cartoons.
Apple updates MacBook Pro laptop line
Apple has upped the specs of its three MacBook Pro models while maintaining the previous models' prices.
How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype
Out today on iTunes and Amazon, the highly anticipated Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson has had a level of hype normal for a new Apple product.
Intel, MS destined to remain tablet underdogs
Can Intel ever make a major in-road into the tablet market? Not likely, forecasts from market watcher DisplaySearch suggest.
UK shamed in high-speed broadband study
The Netherlands have the fastest internet connections in Europe according to a State of the Internet report by Akamai, with more than 68 per cent of Dutch broadband lines clocking in at 5Mbit/s or more.
Tosh Thai hard drive plant swamped
Toshiba is facing a long-term shutdown of its Thai disk drive plant due to more than a metre of water in the factory.
Ceglia's latest lawyer bungled child porn lawsuit
Paul Ceglia - the alleged half-owner of Facebook - has enlisted yet another lawyer in his increasingly desperate case brought against Mark Zuckerberg.
Leaked Nokia WinMobes ready for midrange scrum
The worst kept secret in mobiles is out. Nokia will launch its first three Windows Phones this week, and since everyone in the industry has already seen them, except the media, it was inevitable details would trickle out before the announcement on Wednesday. When you lose control of your platform, you lose control of your leaks.
Oracle gobbles RightNow's tech support cloud
Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison might have poured cold water on the idea of clouds a few years back – actually, it was more of a stream of warm lager-like liquid – but he is now firmly behind owning and operating public clouds that run applications.
Cisco, HP bury hatchet for server, switch hookup
Server giant and networking player Hewlett-Packard and networking giant and server player Cisco seem to have buried the hatchet. Admittedly, it is a pretty small hatchet and they are still brandishing pikes pointed at each other's guts. But they are not fighting.
Bluetooth smartens up in low-energy makeover
The Bluetooth SIG has announced two new logos, aimed at pushing Bluetooth Low Energy without the clunky moniker.
Yahoo! privacy! wonk! heads! to! Google+!
Google has poached Yahoo!'s long-serving policy chief to take charge somewhere within the company's nascent social network.
WikiLeaks on verge of financial collapse, founder says
WikiLeaks will temporarily stop publishing so members can address a cash shortage that could cause the whistleblower site to financially collapse by the end of the year, founder Julian Assange said on Monday.
Juniper on the prowl for acquisitions
Upstart networking-equipment maker Juniper Networks is on the prowl.
Google dumps + from Boolean search tool
UpdatedGoogle has quietly dropped the use of the + symbol to link search items, in a move it says will simplify the process of Boolean searching.
Last mystery of first recorded supernova laid to rest
NASA says it has put to rest any lingering doubts about the identity of the first recorded supernova, described in the Chinese historical work Book of the Later Han as having taken place in 185 A.D.
Optus rolls out IPTV with Fetch
Optus has unveiled its IPTV content offering, branded as Optus MeTV and powered by the wholesale Fetch TV platform.
Aussies love their lappies
At some point, it seems, we’ll know exactly how many hard-core gamers there are in Australia. That’s because they’ll be the only people still running desktop computers at home.
Apple flat-screen TV rumor rises yet again
A perennial Apple rumor is making the rounds yet again: that Cupertino is preparing to launch its own flat-screen TV.
Equinix hooks up global data clients
Equinix customers will soon be able to trade bandwidth and storage within the heavyweight's 99 worldwide data centres.
Stanford boffins create skinnier ‘skin’
A group of scientists from Stanford University has created an artificial “skin” that acts as a stretchable, super-thin pressure sensor.
Opscode makes Chef do Windows
Opscode, the commercial entity behind the open source Chef systems integration and management framework, is now doing Windows. And VMware supplied the Windex.
Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died
Stanford University has confirmed that John McCarthy, the inventor of the LISP programming language and one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence (AI), has died at the age of 84.
Tool lets low-end PC crash much more powerful webserver
Hackers have released software that they say allows a single computer to knock servers offline by targeting a well-documented flaw in secure sockets layer implementations.