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A second opinion on sucky second quarter server sales
Global server sales remained in the doldrums during the year's second quarter, says new data from Gartner whose bean counters have found revenues off 2.9 per cent to $12.86bn against a slight 1.4 per cent shipment rise to 2.37 million boxes shipped out to customers between April and June.
'Immortal cancer' found in Australia
Scientists investigating a cancer that is killing off the world's largest carnivorous marsupial, the Tasmanian Devil, have found that the disease is effectively immortal.
China and Japan stick it to floods, quakes and tsunamis
Japan and China will use technology to prevent mass loss of life caused by natural disasters.
China mutates plants ... IN SPAAAAAACE
Chinese botanical boffins have produced more than 120 new varieties of fruit and veg over the past quarter of a century by mutating regular plant seeds in space.
Acer to launch Windows Phone 8 smartphone in 2013
Acer has confirmed to The Reg that it plans to launch six new handsets next year including a Windows Phone 8 device.
Nokia Asha 311 budget smartphone review
Nokia’s smartphone sales may be in the toilet at the moment but it still flogs a fair number of handsets under the Asha brand of feature phones. Newest to the ranks is the Asha 311 which looks and behaves a bit like a smartphone but has a far lower purchase price – around £100 unlocked and SIM-free.
Australia won't back away from data retention plan
Australia’s Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has re-stated the case for a European-style data retention regime, arguing that there’s no point bringing a knife to a gun fight when it comes to protecting Australia’s interests.
Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find
US medical scientists reviewing the state of knowledge on organic food have come to the conclusion that the pricey old-school grub offers no appreciable health benefits. However consumers may still wish to buy it for the purpose of promoting organic farming methods.
Ofcom begged to protect minicab, other small-biz's radio spectrum
The Federation of Communication Services, trade body to the UK's private radio operators, is calling for Ofcom to step away from the free market when it comes to spectrum regulation.
Ulster Bank waves £100 at punters pummelled by RBS IT fiasco
Small businesses and personal customers that were affected by IT problems experienced by Ulster Bank can claim up to £100 in expenses incurred as a result of the problems under plans outlined by the bank.
Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'
Linux kernel big daddy Linus Torvalds and fellow developer Alan Cox have lashed out at claims that the culture surrounding the operating system's core prevented it from conquering the consumer PC market.
New NHS chieftains put docs' software bill on their tab
The NHS Commissioning Board will continue to pump cash into the GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) scheme, which funds approved clinical software for doctors - adding to the list of erstwhile National Programme for IT projects that it will maintain centrally.
Oracle hurls Sparc T5 gladiators into big-iron arena
Hot ChipsOracle's Sparc processor server biz may be bleeding revenue, but the company is still working on very innovative chips. Its Sparc T series, and the Sparc T5 systems that will launch later this year (very likely at the OpenWorld trade show at the end of September) suggest the company is growing its multithreaded processors in terms of cores and sockets and pushing up into the big iron space.
Freesat eyes YouView USP for next-gen UI
Free-to-air satellite broadcasting platform Freesat is to YouView-ise its set-top boxes, based around a new UI that will debut in next-generation kit later this month.
'Nutjob' serves half-baked Raspberry PI scam
Some people will go to any lengths to get a Raspberry PI, except pay the $35 price tag.
Hilton takes first M4 exit, zooms away from cloud provider Rise
Cloud and hosted IT player Rise - the indirect sales arm of Fasthosts Internet Group (FIG) - has parted company with boss Alex Hilton after a couple of years of service.
GridIron crams fat Hadoop ready-meal boxes into data centres
Flash array startup GridIron is touting a converged compute'n'flash iNode go-faster box with Zettaset Big Data management software. A reference architecture tells users how to build a 100TB, 1.5 million IOPS Hadoop virtual cluster.
Tablets keep UK IT's head above water
UK IT is currently stumbling along a rather rocky road. But for the tablet, times would be rather tougher, market watcher GfK reckons.
Oracle in new bid to wring cash out of SAP in piracy spat
Oracle has started its attempt to wring more than $306m in damages from SAP in the drawn-out TomorrowNow copyright infringement lawsuit.
Internet Explorer needs fresh dev infusion for a full recovery
Open ... and ShutDespite years of pressure from government antitrust actions and open-source upstarts like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser still commands more than 50 per cent of the global desktop browser market. While Microsoft remains an obvious choice for many consumers, there's some indication that Microsoft's venerable browser may be in trouble with a potentially more important demographic: developers.
Hackers leak '1 MILLION records' on Apple fanbois from FEDS
Hackers have dumped online the unique identification codes for one million Apple iPhones and iPads allegedly lifted from an FBI agent's laptop. The leak, if genuine, proves Feds are walking around with data on at least 12 million iOS devices.
'Picture of Dorian Gray' borrowed in 1934 is finally returned
A rare book telling the story of a young man who sells his soul in a bargain whereby he stops ageing has been returned to a library after having been taken out in 1934.
New deals for Virgin Sim punters
Virgin has updated its Sim-only offerings, pitching "truly unlimited data and texts" no matter what you pay each month.
Broadband minister Hunt LOSES portfolio, takes on national health
Jeremy Hunt, who is the minister responsible for the government's ambitious faster broadband roll out, has been shifted out of the department for media, culture and sport into a new cabinet role as Health Secretary.
Iomega: SOHO punters will pay hard cash for our cheap boxes
Networked storage is not just for enterprise buyers. The wee consumer arm of storage-and-networking giant EMC says that small office and home office (SOHO) and small and medium business customers have bought more than a million of its StorCenter networked storage boxes.
Orange enables Samsung Galaxy SIII bonking
Orange and Barclaycard have revived their QuickTap pay-by-bonk platform with support for the Samsung Galaxy SIII, despite EE's commitment to create a new platform in cooperation with Mastercard.
BBC dishes out fanboi-only telly downloads ahead of ITV plans
The BBC's mobile iPlayer app will now let users download content for watching later – provided they have an Apple device of course.
Eco-nomics: Was Stern 'wrong for the right reasons' ... or just wrong?
Analysis"Why should we sacrifice 10 per cent of our income today to make Bill Gates better off?" asked an MP. "As the world's [second] richest man, he doesn't need our sacrifice."
Valve reiterates games hardware gambit
Valve has once more underlined its desire to enter the hardware market, "jumping in" to deal with a "lack of innovation" in the space.
Cambodia set to boot out Pirate Bay co-founder
A co-founder of The Pirate Bay website is to be deported from Cambodia, police have confirmed.
iPhone 5 wait drives record Samsung smartphone sales
Samsung steamed ahead of Apple during Q2 to end the quarter with more than double its rival's share of the Western European smartphone market, in marked contrast to the situation in the US.
Samsung puts Police on trail of AWOL OLEDs
Have you seen two über-expensive Samsung OLED TVs? If so, the South Korean giant would very much like to have them back.
Sony: Our Xperia S tab COPIED Samsung's slab ... on price
Sony has said it won't compete on price as it prepares another attempt to invade the tablet computer market.
WiReD surgically removes damaged neurotrash 'expert'
Glossy lifestyle magazine WiReD will sever its relationship with pop neuroscience journalist and author Jonah Lehrer, the author of Imagine: How Creativity Works.
Tech Data taps up ex-Acetebis CEO Michael Urban
Tech Data has drafted in distie veteran and one-time Actebis CEO Michael Urban to tune its volume sales business.
Report: Nokia to join Qi party with wireless-charging Lumia 920
Nokia's next phones will have wireless charging, claims The Verge, and the Finns are joining the Qi camp in the increasingly polarised battle for over wireless standards.
Nvidia coder primes Optimus for Linux
Nvidia's Optimus GPU switching technology may be coming to Linux.
Interactive Ideas puts 10 staffers on redundancy watch, exits retail software
Distributor Interactive Ideas has placed a small batch of staff at risk of redundancy as it jettisons the retail software biz to concentrate wholly on enterprise software and licensing.
Android dev smacked with £50k fine over premium rate SMS scam
UK regulator PhonepayPlus has fined a Russian firm £50,000 after it was found guilty of peddling a deceptive Android application that signed unwitting victims up to a premium-rate text service.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hands-on review
IFA 2012Samsung’s big idea, well, big phone actually, has not only spawned the 10in Galaxy Note but, at IFA, the company announced the Galaxy Note II successor to its original 5in stylophone stylus phone. It seems that if you add a pen to a touchscreen device these days, then it acts as insurance that you haven’t copied from Apple. Note how there are a soon to be lot of devices touting scribble sticks and none are made by Apple – memories of the Newton Message Pad have all but faded.
'Google's crap for business' - CIOs give ad giant dose of reality
UK CIOs don't consider Google a valuable enterprise supplier, according to a new survey.
Fujitsu to embiggen iron bigtime with Sparc64-X
Hot ChipsWhile Fujitsu has made some very respectable Sparc64 chips aimed at the supercomputing market, it has been a long time since the Japanese chip and server maker has put out a new Sparc64 processor that went into general purpose servers.
Microsoft claims Windows Server 2012 is 'first cloud OS'
Microsoft has formally launched its Windows Server 2012 operating system, which Satya Nadella, president of Redmond's Servers and Tools Business, is dubbing the company's first "cloud OS."
Apple confirms 'surprise' September 12 event
Confirming what pomaceous-minded cognoscenti have been claiming for months, Apple has sent out press invites to a special event in San Francisco on September 12, which looks in all likelihood to be the announcement for the long-anticipated iPhone 5.
Obama platform: 'Open' internet, strong IP protection
The Democratic Party has published its platform for the coming election with a nod to net neutrality rules, support for tougher IP protection, and a commitment to get 98 per cent of the population onto wireless broadband.
Supercomputing takes a slight pause in Q2
With all of the relatively cheap computing power available today, and with the expanding focus from traditional supercomputers to clusters that can run simulations or big data workloads, you'd think that the HPC market would be growing like gangbusters. Not so.
Mozilla dumps iOS, pulls Firefox Home from iTunes Store
Two years after launching Firefox Home in the iTunes App Store, the Mozilla Foundation has decided to cease development of the app, in a move that appears to further distance Mozilla from Apple and the iOS platform, which have never welcomed it.
FBI says Apple ID heist claim is TOTALLY FALSE
Popcorn timeHot on the heels of AntiSec’s claim that the purloined Apple device IDs it dumped to Pastebin came from the FBI, the G-men have flatly denied the story.
Another trans-Pac fibre mooted
With wannabe pacific Pacific Fibre out of cash out of the game, a new group has re-emerged with a proposal to string a cable from from Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii, taking in a group of Pacific Islands along the way, rather than following the direct-to-US route proposed by the defunct Pacific Fibre.