Microsoft makes good with a 23-fix Patch Tuesday
It'll be all hands to the pumps in IT departments around the globe as Microsoft has issued this month's round of patches. There are 23 flaws to be fixed.
VMware CTO reveals future directions in VMUG vid
VMware Chief Technology Officer Steve Herrod has told an Italian VMUG meeting the VMware’s cloud infrastructure suite is still only loosely integrated and that the company has plans to do better.
Let’s send 3D printers TO THE MOON
Science Fiction author Neal Stephenson has inspired the creation of a new project, dubbed Hieroglyph, which aims to promote discussion about big ideas humanity will actually build.
Broadcasters get cash for vacating LTE spectrum
Australia's free-to-air TV broadcasters and the publically-owned ABC have been handed an additional $53.5m to help shift them off the highly lucrative 2.5 GHz spectrum band.
AMD's Hondo APUs ready for Windows 8 Q4 launch - report
Chip giant AMD is set to debut its 32nm Trinity APUs in notebooks later this month, while the firm’s tablet-friendly Hondo chips will hit the streets in the fourth quarter to coincide with the much-anticipated launch of Windows 8, Digitimes has learnt.
Asia Likes Facebook, but friends in China are harder to find
Facebook has added a whopping 20 million users to its South East Asia fan base over the past six months, bringing it ever closer to the magic figure of one billion globally, but Zuck and co. will be jealously eyeing China where home grown rivals continued to rapidly expand their social fiefdoms.
Microsoft makes carbon neutrality pledge
Microsoft’s efforts to improve its less than stellar environmental credentials have received a boost with the news that the entire firm will be going carbon neutral as of 1 July.
Twitter turns to feature phones for world domination
Twitter has thrown a bone to users stuck with feature phones, odd and/or old browsers or low-bandwidth connections to the Net by updating its mobile webapp. And along the way it may also have made an important strategic move to capture users in the developing world.
NHS rolls out open-source test results service for renal patients
Patients of 53 renal units across the UK are accessing results and clinical letters through a secure online system, often meaning they get the information faster than their GPs.
MPs: Unified EU patent court framework would hurt small biz
A new court framework that would rule on validity and infringement cases stemming from proposed new unitary patents in the EU would be "prohibitively expensive" for small UK businesses to use, a committee of MPs has said.
FalconStor accelerates dedupe, drives finances over a cliff
CommentFalconStor is cranking out $19m to $20m revenues per quarter, punctuated by regular Q4 spikes, but continually makes losses. Why isn't it a healthy business making steady profits and growing?
Kelvin MacKenzie blasts 'footie rights warehouse' BSkyB
The latest onslaught against media baron Rupert Murdoch comes from an unlikely assailant. Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie says he'll lodge a complaint with Ofcom over BSkyB's exclusive ownership of football rights.
Apple's HTML5 bet against Android extermination
Open ... and ShutHarvard professor Clayton Christensen has more than 500 billion reasons to think he's wrong to suggest Apple is in for rough sailing, but he's not backing down. The father of disruption theory - a theory that Apple's former chief executive Steve Jobs claimed had a huge impact on his thinking - believes that Apple's end-to-end, integrated approach to innovation is susceptible to disruption from a more modular, open approach like that of Google's Android.
Advertising prefect spanks Virgin
Virgin Media must not claim it delivers "the UK's fastest broadband", the nation's advertising watchdog has judged.
Speaking in Tech: VMware polishes post-PC virty tools
PodcastIt's time for another Speaking in Tech enterprise and tech biz roundup, with The Dude of enterprise tech, Greg Knieriemen, cloud and storage meister Ed Saipetch and web2.0 insider Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is John Mark Troyer, the director of social media evangelism at VMware.
Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack
Virgin Media's main website dropped off the interwebs on Tuesday with hackivist collective Anonymous claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks in response to the company's recent cut-off of The Pirate Bay.
Jetting off abroad? Pack protection ... for your Wi-Fi
A US government agency is warning travellers to be wary of malware that installs itself via pop-up browser windows on hotel internet connections.
US court tosses out Proview's IPAD trademark gripe
A US judge has thrown out the case brought by Proview that accused Apple of tricking it into selling the "IPAD" name for less than it should have.
Scandal ad slingers cough up $100k in 'Facebook clickjack' case
A marketing firm accused of running campaigns via a web of unscrupulous affiliates – who flooded Facebook with spam – has agreed to clean up its network. The business's owners settled a lawsuit brought against them and have denied any wrongdoing.
HP intros not-quite-Ultrabook Sleekbook laptops
Not happy with the Ultrabook brand, or the notebook moniker? HP has a third: Sleekbook.
Head over Heels
Antique Code ShowInspired no doubt by two years pondering the literal semantics of Tears For Fears' 1985 hit, Jon Ritman and Bernie Drummond's Head Over Heels was an absolute masterful exploration game for the 8-bit era.
RIM's new BlackBerry Curve 9320 tempts teens
RIM churned out another BlackBerry this week: the Curve 9320, a low-cost Qwerty handset pitched at yoof.
Leaked Twitter accounts 'mostly banned spammers'
Twitter has downplayed the significance of a data dump that leaked the login details of 55,000 twits.
Samsung outs Ivy Bridge notebooks
Two new 15.6in laptops are inbound from Samsung, each bearing an unannounced Intel Ivy Bridge processor, a third-gen Core i7 quad-core to be (a little) more precise.
BT outage kills phone lines in Eastbourne and Brighton
BT phone lines were down for 20,000 customers in Brighton and Eastbourne this morning, cutting phone contact to businesses and homes and even preventing a patient from getting through to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Cloud data fiasco forces bosses to break out the whiteboards
Workers relying on Atlassian's cloudy team-tracking software have reverted to whiteboards and spreadsheets after a service outage made key project data vanish.
Hated Visual Studio 11 beta in HIGH-ENERGY colour blast
Microsoft is breaking out the paints and giving the next Visual Studio a dash of colour after its drab John Major-inspired beta was branded hideous, monstrous and depressing by thousands of coders.
Queen unveils draft internet super-snoop bill - with clauses
The Queen has detailed the government's upcoming programme of law-making on a grey day darkened by the gloom of a double-dip recession and plans to massively increase surveillance of the internet in the UK.
Cisco hits the roof in Olympics marketing dash
Cisco has thrown open its Olympics hospitality suite, giving partners and customers both a panoramic view of the Olympic Park and an up-close, 3D view of Stephen Fry loitering on a London Underground platform.
UK recession rattles Sage's cage as revenue growth flattens
The Sage Group is keeping close tabs on the UK economy amid fears of the "exposed risk of a renewed recession".
PHP devs lob second patch at super-critical CGI bug
The developers of PHP have released updates to thwart fresh attacks against systems that use the scripting language to dynamically generate web pages.
Carmageddon coder seeks gamers' cash for revamp
Fans of 1990s gore-racer Carmageddon had their engines heated up this week when developer Stainless Games called for public funding to help it reincarnate the franchise.
Telefonica touts new free VoIP app to cut off rival Skype
Telefonica, owner of the O2 brand, has launched VoIP service TU Me across all its territories, and for all punters with an iPhone, as the telco bets on the future direction of mobile use.
Miniature woolly mammoths once roamed Crete
Minute woolly mammoths roamed the Greek holiday island of Crete 1 to 2 million years ago, boffins have claimed after examining fossilised teeth and a leg bone.
US TV overlords retreat from White Space invaders
The US National Association of Broadcasters has asked the courts to dismiss its own appeal against the FCC's decision to permit the exploitation of radio White Spaces - and not before time.
T-Mobile punters can now buy Orange broadband
Everything Everywhere is offering T-Mobile customers Orange home broadband for the same price as its ruddy-hued subscribers pay for it.
Three kingpin: Mobe termination-charge cuts can't hurt us
Cuts to mobile termination rates (MTRs) are hurting the company that campaigned to get them cut – but not half as much as they are hurting its competitors. Three network's chief financial officer Richard Woodward said today he reckoned he'd be £130m better off if regulator Ofcom hadn't cut the rate.
Apple orders 10in iPad, moles claim implausibly
Taiwanese contract manufacturer Pegatron, which already makes iPhones and iPads, has landed orders for the iPhone 5 and a ten-inch iPad, it has been claimed.
Yahoo! director! bows! out! after! CEO! CV! blunder!
The Yahoo! director who led the search for CEO Scott Thompson has said she won't be standing for re-election to the board as a new committee is appointed to look into his padded CV.
Sony pops top on 13Mp Xperia
Sony unveiled two LTE-supporting Xperia smartphones today, although with the UK still blighted by a lack of 4G, they'll only be big in Japan for the time being.
PayPal beds Softbank to spawn mobile cash in Japan
PayPal has launched a joint venture with Japanese internet and mobile firm Softbank to build a digital payments business in the country.
Biz prof disses Big Data as a fetish for info hoarders
HPC blogWhen it comes to Big Data, I’m as geeked out as the next guy – if not a little more so. For the last three years or so, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen (and plenty of people who won’t) that Big Data and enterprise analytics are the "next big thing" both in business and computing. Today, it’s widely accepted that Big Data is going to make big changes to our world.
Billion-dollar high-tech ghost town to run itself without humans
A site in New Mexico, near the city of Hobbs in Lea County, has been chosen as the place to build a shiny new city with all the latest mod cons, smart tech and cool gear, but there's not going to be anyone there to enjoy them, the Associated Press reported.
Dell gives microservers an Ivy Bridge boost
Dell's PowerEdge server line is once again trying to get out in front of Intel, announcing that its PowerEdge-C family of microservers are revved up with the new Ivy Bridge Xeon E3 processors, which the chip giant is launching soon.
SSD sweetheart STEC swings to Q1 loss
If ever you needed a salutory tale about the perils of sitting on your laurels, then STEC, once EMC's SSD darling and pioneering enterprise flash high flier, can provide it in spades. First movers have got to be fast and STEC was unconscionably slow.
Red faces abound as boffins build gamma ray lens
Scientists have disproved a chunk of theoretical physics by building a series of lenses capable of focusing gamma rays.
Amazon takes on Microsoft Azure head-on
If you are thinking about deploying .NET applications on a platform cloud and whacking them against an SQL Server database embedded in that platform cloud, Microsoft's The Cloud Formerly Known As Azure is not your only option. Amazon Web Services has fired up its own analog to Azure.
WD bigshots spin superfast disk roadmap
Western Digital's disk drive roadmap has hybrids and tech transitions coming to shrink I/O latency and regain fast areal density growth.
Papua New Guinean tongue saved from extinction?
An anthropologist from the University of Virginia is using a hybrid of modern communications platforms to resurrect Arapesh, a defunct language from Papua New Guinea.
Kim Dotcom to hit the big screen
Kiwi Kim Dotcom is to be given the Hollywood treatment in a documentary feature production with the working title of Mega Conspiracy.
Cisco hits the targets in fiscal Q3
Cisco Systems hit its revenue and profit targets for the third quarter of its fiscal 2012 ended in April. But the networking giant and systems player will probably take a few lumps because of the candor of CEO John Chambers.
WiFi Alliance pimping Passpoint
The WiFi Alliance’s Passpoint program is finally set to arrive in devices, with the organization announcing that the first kit certified to use Passpoint will start shipping next month.
Researchers propose solution to ‘bufferbloat’
Your network is fast, but your download isn’t: it might not be your provider or the server, because in the middle there are too many buffers in the way. The problem is ancient, even though the term that labels it (“bufferbloat”) was only coined in 2010.