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Red Hat grapples with Wall St over JBoss
Red Hat was grilled by Wall Street today on plans its for JBoss after profits took a nose-dive in Q2.
Eat less fish, urges WWF
The WWF has warned European consumers that continuing to tuck into fish captured by "illegal, destructive or wasteful" methods will drive stocks to the brink of extinction.
AA man restarts car with cyberdog
Long-term readers will recall the case of little Oscar Webster - the cyber-infant who swallowed the coded radio transponder of his mum's Ford Focus, thereby immobilising the vehicle.
Sun shines brightly for broadband
ComReg has released its quarterly report which shows strong broadband take-up over the summer months contributed to total telecoms revenues of €1.06bn for the period.
CfH to improve NPfIT training
Connecting for Health (CfH) is to tackle training shortages for NHS staff to support the roll out of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Report finds worldwide explosion of FOI laws
Almost 70 countries have now adopted freedom of information (FOI) laws, according to civil liberties group Privacy International. Over half of those have been adopted in the last 10 years, according to a survey just published.
'Comedy terrorist' storms Hitler art sale
Aaron Barschak, the "comedy terrorist" who famously gatecrashed Prince William's 21st birthday party, was yesterday ejected from a sale of Hitler artworks after "disrupting" the bidding, the BBC reports.
MS releases emergency IE fix
Microsoft has broken its normal release schedule to publish a security patch to address a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer that has become the target of widespread hacking attacks.
Apple sues more pods
Apple is taking action against more companies it believes are using the word "pod" unfairly.
French surgeons prep for zero-grav surgery
French surgeons will today board a modified Airbus A300, dubbed "Zero-G", to carry out the world's first weightless surgery on a human, the BBC reports.
ASA calls time on alcopop ads
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a series of TV ads for "alcopops" WKD and Smirnoff Ice, citing "new rules and Guidance Notes" which came into force on 1 January 2005 "as a result of widespread concern about drinking behaviour among young people, including excessive or binge drinking and anti-social behaviour".
Software as a service - can value outweigh price?
Quocirca's changing channelsSoftware as a service (SaaS) has been one of the most widely talked about topics in IT circles over the last few years for a number of reasons. Rightly, one of these reasons has been the benefits SaaS can deliver to businesses; another has been the hard work of some of the leading proponents of this delivery model in getting the message out there.
Firefox 2.0 RC1 unveiled
Mozilla released an "almost ready" version of its upcoming Firefox 2.0 browser on Tuesday.
T-Mobile launches Motorola KRZR in the UK
T-Mobile is the first network in the UK to announce the new Motorloa KRZR - or the K1 as it's also known. Just 4.2cm wide, this slimmed down version of the RAZR offers superior features such as a two megapixel camera and Bluetooth wireless stereo.
Convergence, or just a tangled mess of ideas?
Mobile WorkshopThe word "convergence" is responsible for a lot of confusion in the industry. In some circles it means the coming together of all voice, video and data on an IP network with delivery based on the circumstances or "presence" of the user.
Nokia shows hand with music download service
When content services find themselves unable, or unwilling, to sign deals with the big labels then they traditionally label themselves "indie" and try to turn failure in to feature by claiming to highlight new talent and promote new producers. Such a façade generally lasts until some big labels are signed up, or the business quietly goes away.
MS accuses DRM hacker of source code theft
Microsoft has launched a lawsuit against the unknown hacker who created a program to strip DRM code from Windows Media Player files.
LogicCMG gets euro tax deal
LogicaCMG was crowing today that it had a won a €14m, five year contract to support quality assurance and control of EC’s tax and customs directorate.
Redmond execs bang Vista drum
The endless delays to Vista may end up improving the product and its simultaneous launch with the new version of Microsoft's Office Suite will make life easier for corporate IT departments, Microsoft execs insisted this week.
Tiger Tanaka dies at 84
Actor Tetsuro Tamba, who played Japanese Secret Service supremo Tiger Tanaka in You Only Live Twice, has died aged 84, the Hollywood Reporter reports.
Thong-wearing burglar nailed by video evidence
A Kentucky ne'er-do-well who decided it was a very bright idea to video himself carrying out a burglary while dressed in only a thong, is safely behind bars after leaving vital evidence at the scene of the crime, Associated Press reports.
Europe's central banks caught in US spy scandal
The European Central Bank (ECB) knew the US was conducting a secret probe of the world's private financial records without official oversight but failed to tell privacy authorities.
Microsoft backup beta is go
Microsoft has unveiled a public beta of version 2 of its System Centre Data Protection Manager - continuous backup software for storage kit.
Virtual pet craze moves to mobile
Not content with friends and work colleagues interrupting you with calls and texts? Or maybe you work alone and have no friends? In either case, what you need is a virtual pet to look after, and what better place to find one than on your mobile.
Gaming firms feel the pinch
Authorities in Louisiana are warning executives working for online gaming companies to stay away from the state or risk arrest.
LaCie Silverscreen TV-ready HDD reborn as iZak
Storage specialist LaCie hasn't done much with its Silverscreen media-playback hard drive of late, so it's fallen to another supplier to attempt to attract the digital media generation in an external hard drive that can play as well as store music and movies.
Intel preps Pentium E1040-friendly chipset
IDFIntel's upcoming 'Conroe'-based Pentium processor, the E1040, will be supported with its own 945-series chipset, reports coming out of Taiwan claim. The part will also be pitched to customer who buy the Core 2 Duo E4000 line.
Sapphire adds DVI output to integrated-graphics PCs
Sapphire today rolled out a trio of graphics cards based on ATI's latest chips, the Radeon X1900 XT 256, X1650 Pro and X1300 XT, but more interesting is the company's ADD2 card - a x4 PCI Express card that connects a desktop PC's integrated graphics engine to a DVI port.
Intel orders software makers to obey Moore's Law
IDFOnce in multi-core processor denial, Intel has well and truly moved past the anxiety that follows abandoning the "boost GHz at all costs" mentality that served the company well for so long. So firm is Intel's new multi-core embrace, that it now even accepts the idea that non-Intel architecture products may soon find a place on its own chips – at least in theory.
Nokia presses play on XpressMusic kid-friendly phones
Nokia has launched its anticipated XpressMusic handset line, rolling out three similarly styled handsets, including a revival of its 3250 twist phone.
AMD ordered off US front in Intel suit
Intel's lawyers will have their laptops searched at one less airport, after a US district judge limited the scope of AMD's antitrust action against the company.
Nokia taps the Wisdom of Experts
AnalysisNokia is defying the conventional wisdom of Silicon Valley with its new music service. And that's probably the coolest thing about it.
Intel readies SSE 4 for 2007
IDFIntel has said it will extend the x86 instruction set with even more Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE), this time pledging to add a further 50 instructions to the ISA - the largest number of extra program codes the chip giant's added to the x86 lists since the introduction of SSE 2 with the debut of the Pentium 4 in December 2000.
Naive 'hacker' escapes punishment
Here's a cautionary tale for would-be penetration testers: get permission from a bank before you try to bill them for helping to identify and fix the security short-comings of their services. New Zealander Gerasimos Macridis, 39, learnt that lesson the hard way after his attempts to help the country's Reserve Bank in improving its telephone banking systems resulted in a court appearance.
Visual Studio fix foxed by Windows Vista
A delayed update to Microsoft's application development suite looks unlikely to fully work with Windows Vista.
IDF Fall 2006 - Complete Coverage
IDFClick here for our full coverage of this autumn's Intel Developers Forum, held in San Francisco.
Of IBM's Cell-Based Blade
CommentIBM has announced its first computing solution based on the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE), namely the IBM BladeCenter QS20. This solution targets computationally intense workloads such as 3D animation rendering, compression, encryption, and seismic and medical imaging, to help companies create and operate highly visual, immersive, realtime applications.
'Get on our bus' – Intel calls out to partners
IDFLike a psychiatric patient experiencing a breakthrough, Intel has opened up in a big way, allowing third parties to plug into its processor architectures on two new fronts. Most immediately, Xilinx and Altera will start crafting FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) that connect to the front side bus on Intel's server chips. Later, more partners will be able to provide a performance boost for Intel systems via an extension to PCI Express.
Oracle refreshes Berkeley DB
Seven months after purchasing Sleepycat Software, Oracle has updated the newest member of its embedded database family.
Intel intros next-generation Centrino Duo platform
IDFIntel has formally announced 'Santa Rosa', the next generation of its Centrino notebook platform, which will incorporate 802.11n Wi-Fi, 'Robson' NAND Flash hard drive cache and GMA X3000 integrated graphics.
Taiwanese firm pips Intel to tilt-and-angle laptop display
IDFIntel Mobility VP Dadi Perlmutter today showed off a concept notebook equipped with a special 'slide up and tilt forward' display. The mechanism mounts the laptop's screen on a stand that allows it to be raised and angled. Cute, but Taiwanese laptop maker Dialogue showed the same concept off almost four months ago.
Intel: 'Nehalem-C' out, 'Westmere' in
IDFIntel is playing musical codenames again. Having spent the last six months calling the 32nm die-shrink of its 45nm 'Nehalem' microarchitecture, 'Nehalem-C', the technology is now being called 'Westmere', according to Mooly Eden, Intel's Mobility division general manager.
Ex-Comverse boss arrested in Namibia
Police in Nambia have arrested Jacob 'Kobi' Alexander, the ex-CEO of Comverse Technology, the voicemail software maker, who fled the US he was charged with fraud over backdated stock options.
Itanium powers world's fastest Solaris box!
IDFNo IDF would be complete without a healthy dose of Sun Microsystems bashing.