Dell juices Latitude line with Haswell Ultrabook, skinny lappies
Dell is slimming down and powering up its business laptop line with three new Latitude families running Intel's latest-generation chippery, including a carbon-fiber Series 7000 Ultrabook that the company claims is the most secure in the world.
Intel ships high-powered C++ compiler for native Android apps
Intel has released the Intel C++ Compiler v13.0 for Android OS, its first attempt at delivering an optimizing C/C++ compiler designed specifically for Google's mobile platform.
Server sales continue decline – time to bargain hard with your supplier
These are not easy days to be a server maker – and it very likely it'll never be easy again, so we had better get used to it. In the short run, there has probably not been a better time to wrestle with your server vendors on price since the dot-com bust.
Nissan promises to sell self-driving cars by 2020
Nissan has said it is two car generations away from building mass-market self-driving vehicles, and has promised to have the first hands-free automobiles available for sale within the next seven years.
Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip
Hot ChipsMicrosoft has revealed details of the chip powering its soon-to-be-released Xbox One – and it's one big ol' mofo. How big? Does a 363mm2 footprint – using a 28-nanometer process, no less – filled with five billion transistors impress you?
Another big SAP project hits the rocks in Oz
Fujitsu has become the latest service provider to be associated with a failed SAP project in Australia, after a project it led saw the buyer underwhelmed despite going over time and over budget.
Boffins force Skype to look you in the eye
Accurate eye-to-eye contact in a videoconference, a feature of high end systems as well as any phone or tablet with a front-facing camera, is a problem for laptop users, because the camera is almost slightly off-direction from the image.
IBM lands spook data-sharing standard at Oz airports
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has gone live with IBM-delivered passenger analytics which it says will help identify risky passengers before they enter Australia.
iPad classes for DOGS offered in New York
In a development which was perhaps inevitable, a canine lyceum in New York has started offering classes in which dogs are taught to "use" iPads.
Boffins' keyboard ELECTROCUTES Facebook addicts
Cunning MIT student boffins have come up with something marvellous: a keyboard that sends a jolt of electricity into those who spend too much time on Facebook.
VMware CEO Gelsinger: How we'll beat Amazon Web Services
VMworld 2013 PodcastVMware is at a crossroads.
Flash-forward for virty desktops... Jeez, why didn't WE think of that?
Fusion-io appears to have noticed that competitors are using flash to accelerate virtual desktops and decided it wants a piece of that action too. It has tweaked its acquired ioTurbine flash caching software to produce ioVDI – and get those virtual desktop doggies rolling.
Eggheads turn Motorola feature phone into CITYWIDE GSM jammer
Berlin boffins have spotted a procedural flaw in the long-lived GSM protocol and created an exploit around it which can knock out a mobile network or even target an individual subscriber in the same city.
Pimoroni PiGlow: Rainbow LED swirls for the Raspberry Pi
ReviewPimoroni is without doubt one of the most colourful companies to have come to market in support of the growing community of Raspberry Pi fans. The firm shot to fame last year when it released Pibow, one of the first cases for the Pi.
Quarter of a million quid fine for data-wipe gaffe? ICO told: Nae, laddie
The UK's data protection watchdog was not justified in serving a monetary penalty on a Scottish council over an allegedly flawed outsourcing arrangement it had with a data disposal contractor, an Information Rights Tribunal has ruled.
MIDI daddy Dave Smith: '30 years of version 1.0 shows we got it right'
Q & AThe Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) specification is 30 years old this month and it's still on version 1.0. More to the point, it still works – with more people using it than ever. In this interview, Dave Smith talks about MIDI past, present and future.
Arrow Electronics engulfs hefty data centre player in €230m gobble
Serial swallower Arrow Electronics has wolfed down security and network distie Computerlinks (C'links) in a deal valued at €230m (£198m).
Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium
Boffins have found fresh evidence for the existence of the new, super-heavy element ununpentium, known to gamers as the element found in meteorites in games like Call of Duty and Tomb Raider.
What's that racket? Oh my God, it's VMware's vSAN bull in the disk array shop
VMware has launched its virtual storage area network (vSAN) technology; pretty much unleashing a raging bull into a china virtual storage appliance shop and watching all the crockery racks of electronics go flying.
Amazon tells mobe devs: Bring your app-strokers to us, we'll look after you
Amazon will kick back six per cent of sales to developers selling real products within their mobile apps, as the online retailer extends the Associate programme already used by websites.
Supercomputer hacker coughs to flogging DoE logins to FBI agent
The US hacker caught after trying to sell Department of Energy supercomputer logins to an undercover FBI agent has pleaded guilty in a deal that could see him go to jail for up to 18 months.
Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?
VideoA video has emerged online demonstrating what may or may not be a gold champagne-hued iPhone 5S and blue plastic 5C, both the next models lined up for Apple's smartmobe family.
Scale Computing's SCRIBE vows to lob virty storage kit into the bin
Start-up storage shindig Scale Computing has crafted SCRIBE, an object store directly accessible by a hypervisor that replaces physical storage arrays and virtual ones (VSAs) like VMware's own vSAN.
Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries
Mobe operator Three has abolished roaming charges. Well, in seven countries, at least, and only on calls and texts sent homeward bound.
Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution
Kobo has got in ahead of rival Amazon’s anticipated Kindle refresh to update its own line of reading-centric fondleslabs and e-readers: among them is a ten-incher with a monster 2560 x 1600 resolution - that's bigger than many a desktop monitor here in Vulture Central.
Storage biz mystery as upstarts Primary Data and Tonian 'merge'
Former Fusion-io CEO David Flynn's new venture, Primary Data, appears to have joined up with Tonian, an enterprise storage startup with expertise in parallel Network File System (pNFS) – but whether the move is formal or not remains a mystery.
Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again
Any PC makers dreaming of a sales rebound this year are picking up the pieces of that shattered aspiration: beancounters at IDC reckon the number of computers shipped will be worse than first feared.
Keep on truckin'... Qualcomm sells OmniTRACS for $800m
Chip designer Qualcomm has sold off the product which made its name; the OmniTRACS vehicle-tracking platform which has been keeping truckers on the leash for 25 years.
Microsoft's $15m won't last forever: Quantum, CommVault to flog new backup kit
Quantum is still chewing on its $15m royalty payout from Microsoft, but that was a one-off, and it needs to make plans if it doesn't wish to go hungry again. To that end, the storage firm is adding a dash of Simpana software to boost the growth of its Lattus object storage business.
Ebook judge: Guilty Apple must hire anti-antitrust watchdog to probe itself
Apple won't have to restrict contracts with suppliers of movies, music and TV shows to iTunes in its ebook price-fixing injunction, a US judge said yesterday.
Obama prepares to crawl up NSA's ass with microscope
President Barack Obama has quietly put together an intelligence review group to look at how to make people more comfortable with the US's snooping.
Oracle revs up Sparc M6 chip for seriously big iron
Hot ChipsThe new Sparc M6 processor, unveiled at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University this week, makes a bold statement about Oracle's intent to invest in very serious big iron and go after Big Blue in a big way.
Google's Project Glass headman answers most pressing question: 'Why?'
Hot ChipsThe creator of Google Glass sees his baby as being nothing less than the next step in human communications and humanity's "quest for knowledge."
3D printed guns are for wimps. Meet NASA's 3D printed ROCKET ENGINE
Weapons enthusiasts have been experimenting with 3D-printed guns for months, with mixed results. But NASA has set its sights much higher – quite literally – having successfully tested 3D-printed parts under the torturous conditions of rocket engines.
VMware bursts into public cloud with vCHS
AnalysisHere is how the cloud infrastructure market works: you can compete with Amazon Web Services and commit yourself to punishing capital expenditures as you build out your data centers, or you can try and come up with a service that does something Amazon doesn't, and charge a premium for it.
Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs
It's taken as gospel by businesses – particularly in the technology industry – that when it comes to manufacturing, offshoring production to Asia is the only way to go. But a Moto X teardown by analyst house IHS shows this to be faulty logic.
Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'
Apple is attempting to gain a trademark on the word "startup", and may gain exclusive use of the word in Australia next week.
Couchbase database pelted in $25M of filthy Valley lucre
Venture capitalists are so eager to get involved in the burgeoning "NoSQL" database market, that startup Couchbase took a $25m round without needing the money.
Boffin snatches control of colleague's body with remote control brain hat
In an announcement that's going to be a boon to the tin-foil haberdashery business, scientists at the University of Washington (UW) have successfully built a non-invasive system to remotely control the actions of humans.
Python regurgitates Dropbox secrets to boffins
A couple of security researchers have set spines shivering in the cloud world by demonstrating that Dropbox's obfuscated code can be reverse-engineered, along the way capturing SSL data from the service's cloud and bypassing the two-factor authentication used to secure user data.
Kiwis (finally) confirm software ban under new patent law
It's taken five years, but New Zealand's parliament has finally passed its long-awaited patent reform, which among other things makes it clear that a bit of code isn't enough to attract patent protection.
ACCC told cable nets should offer wholesale
A submission to the ACCC's fixed line services declaration review has re-ignited an ancient debate about whether the regulator should pry open Telstra's and Optus' HFC cables.