Microsoft and NYPD install big data crime-fighting system
Microsoft and the New York Police Department have teamed up to an information gathering system that is designed to identify and shut down criminal activity on the streets of the Big Apple.
SCO keeps dying, and dying, and dying
The undead entity formerly known as SCO but lately doing business as The TSG Group – if you can call bleeding away cash on legal fees a business – has filed a motion in a Delaware court to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to Chapter 7, Groklaw reports.
Curiosity phones home through Amazon cloud
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has outlined how its infrastructure was used to power mars.jpl.nasa.gov in order to “…deliver successfully engaging experiences of Mars to the public” without going titsup at peak traffic times.
DNA barcodes leap out of the lab
The South Australian government has backed the commercialisation plans of a locally developed DNA barcoding technology to be launched internationally as a security and authentication tool.
NetApp ANZ VP jumps ship
Peter O'Connor, NetApp's Area Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and South East, has resigned from the company.
Tokyo Stock Exchange falters as IT problems return
The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) suffered its second major systems outage this year on Tuesday (August 7th), suspending derivatives trading for over an hour and striking another blow to the capital’s reputation as a global financial centre.
Apple, Amazon, close password door after horse bolts
CommentApple and Amazon have, in the wake of the grievous p0wnage inflicted on WiReD writer Mat Honan, changed their security procedures and no longer allow password changes to be made over the phone.
PayPal parts company with major China partner
Global payments behemoth PayPal could be in for a spot of bother in Asia after a much heralded partnership with Chinese e-commerce platform DHGate.com, its biggest in the region, ended this week.
Amazon Kindle Touch Wi-Fi eBook reader review
Having so many unread books at home, the Amazon Kindle and its numerous variants never really captured my imagination. I just wasn’t that fussed about e-Books and using them was a slow burn, starting with iBooks on my iPhone – I’m blessed with good eyesight – followed by musing over tomes on an iPad 2.
Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN
The original Unix desktop, the Common Desktop Environment or CDE, is back. Seven years after Sun replaced it with GNOME on Solaris, the Open Group's Common Desktop Environment has returned, now fully open-source and with a modern Linux port.
How talent-spotting boffins help Team GB bag Olympic gold
Fancy a trip to Rio in 2016? Getting on the British Olympics team might be one way of doing it.
Banking IT cowboys 'need whipping into shape by watchdog'
The technology underpinning the UK's financial services sector needs urgent investment if regulators are to be able to spot potential abuses and prevent future financial crises, an influential report has claimed.
Lincolnshire dangles ICT cash carrot over hungry suppliers
Lincolnshire county council is to launch a procurement exercise later this year to investigate the provision of various support services, including ICT systems.
Fujitsu tosses VMware cloud-in-a-box at biz newbies
EMEA private cloud wannabees can now enjoy servicing themselves with a single, ready-to-use, all-in-one Fujitsu private cloud product.
Snap suggests Apple out to 'screw' hardware hackers
Apple is designing its own, entirely proprietary screw-head in a bid to prevent punters and repair shops getting inside its future iDevices.
US and S Korea both claim first place on voice over LTE
Network operators from South Korea and the United States were both claiming victory on Wednesday after racing right down to the wire to become the first in the world to offer voice over LTE (VoLTE) services.
Disaster strikes Doyenz disaster recovery cloud
Disaster has struck UK customers of the Doyenz rCloud disaster recovery service: it's apparently closing down.
Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think
Housecats should be kept inside more often to keep them from their daily killing sprees, a study shows.
Samsung: We NEVER sniffed around RIM... or BlackBerry licence
Samsung has once again slapped down rumours that were circulating about Samsung licensing RIM's next OS. Yesterday's prediction, which came in the form of a note to clients from a veteran analyst, pushed RIM's shares up 6 per cent. But Samsung was in touch with news agency Reuters first thing this morning to say it wasn't even considering such a deal.
Ouya Android games console to ship April 2013
Ouya, the 'play Android tablet games on a telly' gadget, will be shipping in April 2013, the company behind it having been pledged a whopping $8.6m in crowdsourced funding - more than nine times the amount it was seeking.
Mobile dinosaurs can gain (not just lose) from Over the Top rebellion
As more people bypass their mobile operators to make voice calls and send messages, a new survey attempts to measure the potential losses and opportunities for WhatsApp, Skype and other so-called "Over the Top"* players.
Bucks muck chuck muck-up leaks 840 email addresses
About 800 people in Buckinghamshire had their email addresses leaked by their district council in an email about waste collection.
Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys back in the black ... just
Wireless tech web retailer and provider of mobile networks Expansys is back in the black – but only just – as currency headwinds, weak UK consumer spending and restructuring took a toll.
Zynga COO quits: Game over for John Schappert
Zynga chief operating officer John Schappert has left the company as it struggles to recover from its poor financial performance and plummeting stock.
Micron shows off bits: Sneak peak at new SSDs, flash cards
You need combined flash foundry product smarts and controller technology to succeed in the flash business, and Micron says it has both.
Nokia straps Qt into ejector seat and hits the shiny red button
Nokia's back-room clear out continues with the Qt platform being sold to Finnish firm Digia Oyj for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal 125 engineers will swap employers.
Doctor Who gets one-off special to mark Time Lord's 50th year on telly
Doctor Who passes an important milestone in 2013 having - by then - been on British TV screens for 50 years.
LOHAN's fantastical flying truss sprouts tail
The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has been bogged down over the last few weeks in hypobaric rocket motor tests, but we've also been busy firming up the design for the Vulture 2 launch platform - our fantastical flying truss.
Make life easier on campus with a simpler LAN
The campus LAN is probably the most common network in use today, but its customary trio of layers is coming under examination as the need to reduce costs, add wireless access and increase performance continues to grow.
Samsung to probe claims of underage workers, abuse at supplier
Samsung has said that it will probe allegations that one of its suppliers employs underage workers. The South Korean company's investigators are slated to arrive in China today.
Gartner: UK PC market stayed on its knees in Q2
The UK PC market was lifeless in Q2 and apocalyptic beancounter Gartner is not sure the whether it can be fully revived ever again.
US judge gives RIM its $147m back in patent spat
Beleaguered Canadian mobile firm Research in Motion has managed to get a patent verdict against it overturned, saving the BlackBerry maker $147.2m.
Suppliers underwhelmed by UK's G-Cloud services catalogue
The number of tech companies lining up to join the government's G-Cloud service has dropped by nearly half with just over two weeks to go before new applications can be submitted.
BSkyB deals Ofcom a blow in battle over telly sports prices
BSkyB has won a major victory in a five-year battle with the UK competition authorities over its crown jewels: its pay TV sports channels.
Google pays just $22.5m to FTC over Safari tracking blunder
As expected, Google has agreed to pay the US Federal Trade Commission a paltry penalty of $22.5m for its sneaky bypassing of the default privacy settings of Apple's Safari browser.
Luminex rips virtual tape from data centres, shoves it in the cloud
While EMC thinks the next move in storage is to rip the tape out of the mainframe and replace it with the virtual stuff, Luminex seems to be going one step further: by grabbing its virtual tape from the data centre and floating it up to the cloud.
VMware snacks on Pattern Insight's log tool
VMware has an insatiable appetite and billions of dollars in cash, so hardly a month goes by when it doesn't buy something. The server virtualization and soon-to-be network virtualization juggernaut – once it closes its $1.26bn acquisition of Nicira – has just snapped up the log analysis products of Pattern Insight – and taken on the people who develop and support them.
Oooh-la-la! 'iPhone 5' bares all, strokes tiny nano-SIM in pics
Apple's leaky supply chain has doled out pictures of the insides of what's claimed to be an iPhone 5, indicating that the forthcoming mobe will take nano-SIMs.
Red ink deeper at SGI as sales shrink
Jorge Titinger, who was tapped to be the CEO at server and supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics back in February, has his work cut out for him amind slowing sales and mounting losses.
Oracle won't pull plug on Java SE 6 until 2013
Oracle is extending the official end-of-life date for its aging Java SE 6 software development platform a second time as it struggles to get the Java language development process onto a consistent, two-year release schedule.
Google updates Chrome Flash plugin for security, stability
Just when you thought Adobe Flash was close to dying out on the web, none other than Google has stepped in to give the much-maligned rich media plugin a new coat of polish.
Locking in the NBN
Supporters of Australia's government-backed National Broadband Network are fearful of what will happen if there’s a change of government in 2013, since the current federal opposition remains strongly committed to doing something else with the NBN.