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Fujitsu's Floral Kiss Ultrabook

Fujitsu assigns team of women to design PC for women

Fujitsu Japan has announced a range of PCs “planned and developed primarily under the direction of female employees” and “aimed at female users”.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2012

Boeing zaps PCs using CHAMP missile microwave attacks

Boeing has successfully conducted a test of a missile capable of blasting a building's electronics with an energy beam without harming the structure itself. The era of EMP weapons has arrived it seems.
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2012

ESO's nine-gigapixel galactic image has 84 MILLION stars

The European Southern Observatory has captured and catalogued a giant image of the centre of our galaxy that, if printed at “normal resolution”, would measure 9 x 7 meters.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Oct 2012

Boeing recipe turns cooking oil into jet fuel

Aircraft maker extraordinaire Boeing has joined forces with its Chinese equivalent to engineer a way of converting discarded cooking oil into aviation fuel.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Oct 2012

China's Goophone unveils US$99 Android iPad Mini clone

Apple’s Chinese nemesis Goophone is no slouch when it comes to launching fruity tech clones powered by Android – it’s just taken the covers off an iPad Mini lookalike running Jelly Bean which will sell for just $99.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Oct 2012

NSW public servant's email hacked, used to criticise leader

The Director-General of the Australian State of New South Wales' Department of Education has had her holiday ruined by parties unknown who gained access to her email account and used it to send a message critical of her political masters.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2012
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 Ultrabook

Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14in Ultrabook review

As a MacBook Pro owner, and yet a fan of the ThinkPad range since the early IBM days, it would be easy for me to assume Lenovo's new IdeaPad U410 Ultrabook fills the gap as the ultimate middle ground model. Indeed, it's a ThinkPad descendant that looks like Lenovo desperately wants an Apple lawsuit.
Shaun Dormon, 25 Oct 2012

Sky staffer plundered database to benefit naughty false firms

A former Sky employee who took Sky customers' information from its databases and passed it on for use by others was guilty of misusing the company's confidential information and infringing the firms' database rights, the High Court has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Oct 2012
Acronis TAM CIrcles

Acronis reveals plan to bust out of backup biz, thrust growth sideways

Acronis is making a break-out move from the data protection business, looking to expand sideways into file access, synch 'n share. Why is it doing this?
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012

Vaunted Windows 8 RTM updates 'actually featured from Win2000'

Has Microsoft’s Windows chief Steven Sinofsky gone too far in stating the brilliance of his team's work on Windows 8?
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2012
Amazon Kindle Fire e-book tablet

Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD, Paperwhite to Brits

Amazon would like you to know that its Fire HD tablet and Paperwhite e-readers are now available to us Brits. And that Lovefilm, Amazon’s film streaming and DVD rental service, can be accessed on the former.
Tony Smith, 25 Oct 2012

Rackspace stream from the Clouds to you 'will out-flow the Amazon'

Rackspace is using OpenStack to build out its own Cloud Block Storage service, butting up against Amazon's EBS and offering cheaper standard storage and much faster SSD storage.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012

The Big Debate: OK gloomsters, how can the music biz be FIXED?

Battle of Ideas 2012I was on a panel at The Battle of Ideas conference on music at the weekend, and it went a bit beyond your usual digital music panel.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Oct 2012

'Regular' PS3 gamers who've cancelled credit cards? You FOOLS!

The appearance of a Sony PlayStation 3 firmware hack will only affect hardware modders, according to a gaming security expert.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2012
Underwater battle in Thunderball, choreographed by Ricou Browning

James Bond doesn't do CGI: Inside 007's amazing real-world action

Bond on FilmThe Aston Martin; a martini, shaken not stirred; the Walther PPK; cool one-liners. These are the four elements of the James Bond films that have become established in our collective psyche as trademarks of Ian Fleming’s secret agent.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2012

Who is it that makes pots of cash from Apple and Facebook?

Growth continues unabated at Fusion-io as the server flash storage hardware and software vendor reports record quarterly revenues 59 per cent higher than a year ago plus a $3.9m profit. But growth is about to stop as the economy slams the brakes on.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012

Chinese boffins discover bizarro fish-oid creature with FOUR LIMBS

Chinese boffins have discovered fossil remains of what they believe is the world’s oldest stem tetrapod – a four-limbed fish-like creature. The discovery could provide vital clues about the evolutionary path of vertebrates from sea to land.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Oct 2012
Renault Clio

Renault Clio IV and R-Link Android console hands-on preview

To say Renault needs the new Clio to be a hit is an understatement. With its non-’leccy UK range now pared back to just Twingo, Clio, Megane and Scenic, Renault needs the new Mk. IV Clio to sell in greater numbers than the MK. III, which if not a bad car was a little vin ordinaire.
Alun Taylor, 25 Oct 2012
Windows 3.0 Color Control Panel

Microsoft's 'official' Windows 8 Survival Guide leaks

[Note: We received this FAQ document anonymously and cannot confirm its authenticity. However, it has such dead useful advice, we thought we'd share it with you - Eds]
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Oct 2012

Carphone Warehouse outs LG-made Google Nexus 4 smartphone

Carphone Warehouse has inadvertently pre-announced the Google Nexus 4 handset, a 4.7in, 1280 x 768 smartphone made by LG.
Tony Smith, 25 Oct 2012

Quantum blames LTO-6 switch-hit for crappy tape sales

After a three-quarter revenue decline trend, Quantum seems to be turning a corner: revenues are up, losses are down, and the outlook for the next quarter is more good news.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012

Ballmer has plans for more Microsoft own-brand hardware

Steve Ballmer has re-iterated Microsoft’s commitment to making more hardware.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2012

No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

CommentWi-Fi-only iPads have never featured GPS, but the lack of satellite-navigation tech in the new Mini fondleslab's non-cellular version has provoked a mild backlash: and rightly so, though not many people understand why.
Lewis Page, 25 Oct 2012

Why is 4G so expensive? Answer: The Post-Voice Era is coming

AnalysisEE, the UK's largest mobile operator, makes most of its money from voice calls - but that's coming to an end with the launch of 4G tariffs that allow unlimited chitchat and text.
Bill Ray, 25 Oct 2012
Dyson Hot

Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

British vacuum cleaner magnate Dyson has started High Court proceedings against German industrial giant Bosch, claiming its rival swiped its designs for a new generation of electric motor.
Caleb Cox, 25 Oct 2012

Facebook's stock rally may be shortlived: Small advertisers enraged

Facebook users are complaining that Facebook has intentionally downgraded services for owners of Pages on its social network platform because it wants them to pay for the reach they used to receive for free.
Anna Leach, 25 Oct 2012

Symantec CEO takes over global sales chief's job, shows him door

Incoming Symantec CEO Steve Bennett has reason to be pleased; he's inherited a quarter with moderately positive results, not that he's thanking ousted CEO Enrique Salem for them.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012
Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD

Bookeen lights up Odyssey e-reader screen

Bookeen has become the latest e-reader maker to offer a device with a ‘backlit’ screen.
Hard Reg, 25 Oct 2012

Mysterious galactic glow caused by Hitchhikers' Krikkit style stars

The mysterious background glow of the universe is probably caused by "orphan" stars leading an isolated existence wrapped in clouds of dark matter, according to a new analysis by top boffins reviewing data from NASA's Spitzer telescope far out in space.
Lewis Page, 25 Oct 2012
Violin Memory 3200 Memory Array

HP's 'strained' relations with Violin: Vulture-on-the-windowsill account

ExclusiveIt has only been a few days since HP decided to curtail its reselling agreement with Violin Memory to concentrate on its own 3PAR product. Big-mouthed bankers also had plenty to say on the move as it pertained to a rumoured IPO by Violin.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

LSI puts on brave smile, blames sales droop on 'soft' PC biz

LSI's revenues and profits were both higher in Q3 2012 than in the same period in 2011 - but lower than the figures for the previous quarter this year.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012
Avnet TS

Avnet looking to cut costs AGAIN

Avnet CEO Rick Hamada has described fiscal Q1 numbers as a "disappointing setback" with profits falling steeply and further cost cutting required.
Paul Kunert, 25 Oct 2012
Photo of HP Tablet PC running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

Windows RT still haunted by the ghost of Microsoft's 2001 tablet fiasco

CommentMicrosoft's Windows is coming to tablets again, showing that a fondleslab can do anything a laptop can. Yet not all Windows tablets are equal, and Microsoft is relying on our ongoing obsession with physical keyboards to ensure that Windows RT remains secondary to the flagship full-fat Windows 8 operating system.
Bill Ray, 25 Oct 2012

Windows 8 unleashed! Midnight launch for world+dog

Microsoft has finally launched its new touchy-feely Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT operating systems, along with grandly opening its Windows app store; they'll all be available beginning 12:01am on Friday in a rolling rollout that's likely to mean a minute after your midnight, wherever you are on God's green earth.
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2012

VMware helps Hadoop roam the Serengeti a little easier

Hadoop WorldVMware wants every workload to be virtualized, even high performance computing, data warehousing, and Hadoop data munching workloads. The server virtualization juggernaut will get around to HPC and data warehousing at some point, but it already has a start on Hadoop with Project Serengeti. That project got some tweaks this week.

Apple's 13-inch Retina MacBook torn asunder for your pleasure

Mere days after Apple announced the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the good folks at the parts, tools, and repair-guide website iFixit have torn one apart – carefully, carefully – and found some interesting innards.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2012
Oracle's John Fowler

Oracle rolls up and rolls out Solaris 11.1 update

As promised back at the OpenWorld shindig earlier in the month, Oracle has put the first update to its Solaris 11 Unix into the field. And no, it is not trying to ride on the wave of news relating to Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system for laptops, desktops, and tablets.
secondary age school kids outside NBN truck

NBN Co awards satellite station contracts to locals

NBN Co has selected two local Australian construction companies, Perkins and Cockram, to build ten satellite ground stations for its regional broadband deployment.
Natalie Apostolou, 25 Oct 2012

Apple squeaks over revenue estimates, misses earnings target

Apple reported revenues in its fourth fiscal quarter that topped the Wall Street moneymen's predictions – but only barely. Its earnings per share, however, came in lower than most predictions.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2012

Sinofsky: Surface 'best tablet, best laptop' he's ever used

After a brief pause for recuperation after the Windows 8 launch, Microsoft's Windows supremo Steven Sinofsky went straight out and started on Surface and how it measures up to competition.
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2012
OpenVPN download screen

Consumer group urges Aussies to spoof IP addresses

The official organ of the Australian Consumers Association (ACA), the nation's main consumer lobby group, has offered advice on how Australians can avoid geo-blocking regimes.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2012

Can a new TCP scheme give wireless a 16-fold boost?

A group of MIT researchers is touting a change to TCP – the transmission control protocol – that it says can yield sixteenfold and better improvements in performance in lossy networks.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Oct 2012

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