New PCIe drive chip lives life in the flash lane
Every day widespread industry adoption of PCIe flash drives comes closer - and now storage controller supplier Marvell is launching modules to make building these little beasts a lot easier.
Who will be David to EMC's external disk Goliath?
For seven years EMC and NetApp have increasingly dominated the external storage industry. Can they stay at the top?
Mobile phone mast-in-a-chip biz sells out for $50m
Mindspeed Technologies has agreed to buy UK femtocell leader Picochip for £33.4m ($51.9m), with more than half of that in cash, to help it jump into the burgeoning femtocell business.
Former coder, NASA 'naut to lead DARPA starship dream
The bevy of boffins over at the occasionally madcap Pentagon agency DARPA have chosen a former astronaut to lead their highly ambitious drive to get the first manned interstellar spaceship flying out of the solar system by 2111.
Urban Wi-Fi is back... in Westminster and Kensington
O2 will be providing blanket Wi-Fi coverage on behalf of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, installed into street furniture and providing free connectivity to residents and visitors.
Microsoft's veteran server and tools chief punches eject
The veteran running the business side of Microsoft's Windows server and tools software is leaving after 16 years.
Mars rover seeks perfect suntan spot to survive winter
NASA's ageing Mars exploration rover Opportunity is heading for Greeley Haven for the winter - a site with a sun-facing slope to catch the meagre rays of our star on its solar panels.
HDS joins string of disk floggers hiking drive prices
All mainstream disk array suppliers seem to be raising prices. Here's what Hitachi Data Systems, the latest one to do so, says:
BSkyB nabs stake in telly babble app biz Zeebox
BSkyB has taken a 10 per cent equity stake in social telly chitchat app Zeebox.
SEVENTY-FIVE wirelessly charged devices will demo at CES
CES 2012Seventy-five new devices featuring wireless charging will be demonstrated over the next week, with Motorola joining the effort to push the technology over the tipping point.
How's Cameron's favourite Shoreditch startup doing? Oh.
If Cameron and his Number 10 advisors are to believed, the future of the British economy powered by Shoreditch web startups is going to be so bright, we'll all need sunglasses. The Conservatives have sought to promote Old Street's webtastic firms as epitomes of entrepreneurship.
1TB USB stick shoved into Swiss Army knife
CES 2012Victorinox is making a Swiss Army penknife with a 1TB USB stick inside it, claiming it's the world's highest USB stick capacity.
Marvell updates hybrid NAND/disk controller
Hot on the heels of its 9145 PCIe flash controller component, Marvell is launching a new controller to make building hybrid drives, spinning disk plus NAND flash, a lot easier.
Facebook VERY SLOWLY rolls out Timeline
Facebook isn't in any great hurry to update its users with the company's "frictionless sharing" feature Timeline, despite boss Mark Zuckerberg enthusiastically announcing it in September 2011.
File stroker AutoVirt ascends into the clouds - in a bad way
AutoVirt is now like Monty Python's Norwegian Blue parrot: bereft of life, it rests in peace. If it wasn't nailed to its perch it'd be pushing up the daisies.
Angry iPhone users bring antitrust class action against Apple
Four American iPhone users have launched a class action suit against Apple over its exclusive deals with carriers in the country and the way it runs the App Store.
Chrome beta promises super-fast URL loads
Chrome 17 has hit beta with the promise Google's browser will start loading web pages before you've completed the URL.
Did Vatican commit Cardinal sin over Wikipedia bios?
The Vatican has once again declared "blessed are the freetards" by justifying the appointment of 22 new cardinals with a raft of backup material culled from Wikipedia.
Smart meter SSL screw-up exposes punters' TV habits
White-hat hackers have exposed the privacy shortcomings of smart meter technology.
Google accused of meddling with S Korean probe
Google has been accused of methodically interfering with an anti-competition investigation into Android by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission.
Nexenta trashes Win8 Storage Spaces
Nexenta has scoffed at Microsoft's self-healing Storage Spaces, which is billed as a means of creating and managing pooled virtual drives on Windows 8.
HMV faces the music after crap Christmas
British High Street store HMV will inch away from CD and DVD retail and re-angle itself as a gadget seller, it announced today after another disappointing Christmas performance.
Nokia gets another OS
Nokia has gone out and bought itself another operating system. It has snapped up the privately-held Norwegian company Smarterphone, which licenses a touchscreen featurephone OS, for an undisclosed sum. The company describes its eponymous platform (now up to version 3.0) as competing in the market of $25 to $75.
Nuclear Mars tank prepares for 8-thruster dance
The Mars Science Laboratory, the "nuclear-powered robot laser tank" carrying NASA's shiny new rover, Curiosity, is due to fire its engine in two days' time for the biggest manoeuvre on its trip to the Red Planet.
Is Amazon cooking up cloudy big data service?
There's speculation and scuttlebutt that cloud computing juggernaut Amazon is pondering fluffing up a big data crunching service as part of its Amazon Web Services subsidiary.
Mr SANRAD, bring me a flash dream, sings OCZ
Sleepless flash drive supplier OCZ, known for constantly spraying out new products, has gone and bought SANRAD for its virtualised server flash cache usage software.
HP sneaks out printer firebomb firmware security fix
HP has quietly patched a serious security vulnerability that had left its LaserJet printers open to attack by net villains.
Ubuntu Linux shop reveals 'TV for human beings'
CES 2012Canonical is pitching a TV-of-the-future concept maximising its touch-based Linux distro and Ubuntu cloud.
Apple patent stashes passwords in chargers
Apple has filed a patent on a power adapter that helps users to get back forgotten passwords.
Ex-Intel engineer now AMD strategy chief
The new AMD CEO Rory Read is getting close to building the executive team that he intends to take into battle against archrival Intel with the appointment of Rajan Naik as senior vice president and chief strategy officer.
Intel demos transparent-lid hybrid PC
CES 2012Intel has developed a concept tablet-cum-notebook PC, dubbed Nikiski, that uses a full-width, two-sided transparent touchpad that allows you to view and interact with half of the notebook's display when the clamshell is closed.
Apple, RIM deny claims of data backdoor for Indian government
UpdatedApple and RIM have denied providing the Indian government with backdoor access to customers' data, after the release of a memo that appears to suggest that they and Nokia did a deal in exchange for access to the Indian smartphone market.
Brocade sale rumours bursting out
Based on a Reuters report, rumours of Brocade shopping itself to private equity buyers are pouring onto the net.
Huawei uncloaks sleek, slim, sexy smartphones
CES 2012Chinese telecom giant Huawei has unveiled a pair of high-end Android smartphones, including one that it dubs "the world's slimmest smartphone" – and at a mere 6.68mm, it's a skinny li'l fellow, indeed.
OLPC shows off XO 3 tablet running Android or Linux
CES 2012One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) has been showing off the first models of its XO 3 tablet at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas.