8th > November > 2007 Archive
Program automating online jihad found in the wild
Security researchers say they have discovered a program that could be used by Islamic terrorists to launch data attacks against Western targets.
US banks stay away from Cisco in Q1
Cisco System profit rose 37 per cent in its first quarter '08, with growth in the networking equipment maker's international segments offsetting a "lumpy" US enterprise market.
AMD cancels party as act of analyst preservation
From the gossip files: We've learned that AMD has canceled an analyst extravaganza meant to be held next week in Silicon Valley.
Intel does small storage box with EMC
Intel is making a second charge at home and small-business storage with a new box for distributors, resellers and channel partners to re-brand.
Verizon hijacks your browser
Verizon is shamelessly hijacking web browsers on its new fiber-optic internet service.
BlackBerry boss blows raspberries at iPhone
The iPhone? Undoubtedly a very nice product, but there is no virtual substitute for a real keyboard, reckons RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis: "Try typing a web key on a touch screen on an iPhone, that's a real challenge. You cannot see what you type."
Hospital radio station struggles with Yahoo! email 'blockade'
A small UK-based hospital radio station has fallen foul of the overzealous spam-blocking policies of internet giant Yahoo!.
MoD's Baron techwealth quits for Le Mans biofuel bid
The UK's tech-millionaire aristocrat defence procurement minister has quit, saying that he wants to spend more time racing biofuel cars.
HMRC extends Aspire deal to 2017
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has decided to restructure its IT outsourcing contract.
UK gov greenlights 450MW wind farm
UK energy minister Malcolm Wicks (who did a brief turn as science minister just before Mr. Blair got his eviction notice from No. 11 stepped down) has given his blessing for a 450MW wind farm to be built off the coast of Cumbria, 14km from Walney Island. Wicks also gave the nod to the overhead connection line that will link a planned 1000MW wind farm in the Thames Estuary to an onshore substation in Kent.
BT jobs axe slashes profits
BT's second quarter profits have been spanked 29 per cent by its cull of middle management and accompanying restructure, the firm revealed today.
Aussie boffins translate whale chat
Aussie boffins have been eavesdropping on our underwater cousin the humpback whale, and think they've managed to decode a bit of what the swimming mammals are saying to each other.
Intel investigates Rambus XDR memory
Intel is once again exploring Rambus memory technology, this time the memory developer's XDR offering, currently used in Sony's PlayStation 3 games console.
eBay fingered for QXL bid
Online auctioneer QXL confirmed yesterday that it has received an offer for its business, but refused to name the suitor.
Carphone Warehouse banks on US, iPhone to lift H2
Carphone Warehouse shrugged off any taint of economic gloom this morning as it predicted its second half will be buoyed by US expansion and the launch of new products like the iPhone in the UK.
Canadian hi-tech gentleman jewel thief finally nabbed
A hi-tech gentleman jewel thief was sentenced yesterday in Canada, after an exchange of compliments with police in court. Detectives described Gerald Blanchard as "charming", "gifted" and one of the most technically-accomplished master criminals they'd ever seen. For his part, Blanchard thanked police for their diligence in investigating him.
'I'll be back' is most-quoted movie line
Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous "I'll be back" line from Terminator has been fingered as the movie quote people use most in everyday chat.
Sharp updates DVR with Freeview Playback 'series link'
Sharp has upgraded its Freeview DVR to incorporate support for Freeview Playback, the digital TV network's DVR logo and associated system for recording an entire series of programmes.
Surge in encrypted torrents blindsides record biz
ExclusiveThe legal crackdown and publicity blitz aimed at people who share music, videos and software online may be having an unintended consequence for the troubled record industry. The number of file-sharers disguising their BitTorrent activity with encryption is skyrocketing.
Sony posts PS3 firmware 2.0
PS3 owners need no longer worry about being separated from their console, because Sony’s latest firmware update - version 2.0 - lets users remotely start their PS3.
Start-up rolls out meaty desktop cluster
Scalable Servers Corp. has removed its cloak of stealthiness to reveal a company focused on taking care of engineers, workgroups and SMBs with tabletop clusters.
IBM's global message: the UK versus the US
A few weeks ago I was in Stamford, CT, at the IBM US STG (Systems and Technology Group) IT analyst conference, which featured a review of IBM market and product strategies across its System p, i, x, and z and storage product lines.
Clinton calls for Kyoto successor
Bill Clinton has called on the international community to draw up and sign up to a successor to the Kyoto Protocol to tackle climate change.
US manned spaceflight after Shuttle could be delayed
The planned Ares I rocket - which will be the USA's only way of putting people into space after the Shuttle retires in 2010 - faces "significant threats" to its performance, according to an internal NASA document. The problems have already led to significant delays.
Camelot pulls scratchcard amid numerical anarchy
Camelot has withdrawn its short-lived "Cool Cash" scratchcard after it required a higher than absolute zero grasp of how numbers work to understand it.
HTC TyTN II smartphone
ReviewDon’t you just love it when a good product is tweaked ever-so-slightly to make it much better? Not just gadget tick-list bonus points, or fashion-conscious dabbling, but genuine changes that do the business. HTC's TyTN II, first announced back in August, is evidence that the Taiwanese manufacturer has done just that.
Hushmail open to Feds with court orders
US federal law enforcement agencies have obtained access to clear text copies of encrypted emails sent through Hushmail as part a of recent drug trafficking investigation.
BAE in South Coast mouse-click drone spy plan
BAE Systems, the multinational arms mammoth, has announced a new vision for a south coast of England patrolled by fleets of autonomous robot sky-eyes.
The Champions heads for the silver screen
Guillermo del Toro - director of acclaimed Pan's Labyrinth - is on board to take the helm of a celluloid adaptation of UK cult classic The Champions, the BBC reports.
HP to quit digicam business... sorta
It's cake-and-eat-it time. HP wants to get out of the digital camera business without giving up on the brand. It's keen to hear from any manufacturer who fancies making cameras and slapping the HP logo on them for a fee.
Europe helps boost Systemax Q3
Systemax said strong growth in both Europe and North America helped lift sales in its third quarter.
Is Sprint getting cold feet about Pivot and Xohm?
CommentSprint Nextel announced another disastrous quarter, its problems only highlighted by the strength of Verizon and AT&T, and appears to be in danger of sacrificing its only routes out of its "also-ran" rut, as a peace offering to understandably angry but short termist investors.
Bluetooth SIG backs Wi-Fi as fast WPAN choices proliferate
CommentControlling the technology that will underpin the next generation of fast wireless networks, especially for the multimedia home and HDTV, will be a critical competitive advantage, and the jostling for position is already starting.
Controversial Russian Business Network drops offline
Russian Business Network (RBN) - the Controversial hosting firm fingered by many as a nexus of malware exploits and cybercrime more generally - has suddenly dropped offline.
Sony rolls out Walkman handset duo
Sony has announced the latest pair of phones to be offered under its Walkman brand, the W890 and W380, one a slimline 3G device, the other a 2.5G clamshell.
Sony Ericsson illuminates web with K660
Sony Ericsson’s latest is aimed squarely at youngsters, to provide “web for youth”, as the company puts it. The K660 packs HSDPA connectivity and a host of web-friendly features.
Mum sends stripper to teenage son's school
A Nottinghamshire lad had a "birthday to remember" after a stripper turned up at his school, burst into his drama class and proceeded to flaunt herself like a two-buck hussy as shocked teacher and students looked on.
Music DRM 'dead by next summer'
Killing DRM is saving digital music, reckons British retailer 7Digital. The company says DRM-free music sales now outnumber sales of DRM-enumbered music by 4:1 , and credits EMI with the shift.
Quacks probe brain-boosting tech ethics
UK doctors have launched an investigation into the ethics of new drug and surgical technologies aimed at improving brain function.
ID Cards cost cut to £5.6bn
The cost of the government's planned ID card scheme has dropped to a bargain £5.6bn the government's latest six monthly report into the project's progress reveals.
Sony goes green with... er... leopard skin look laptop
Apple may have completely left the planet with its nebulous, spaced-out Leopard branding, but thankfully folk who favour the fake feline look can still rely on Sony, which today rolled out a leopard-skin print laptop - the special edition 'Spotted Life' Vaio FZ.
Security researcher cuffed in Telecom Italia spying probe
High profile security industry personality Roberto Preatoni was among those arrested on Monday by Italian police investigating an ongoing spying scandal involving Telecom Italia.
Why do we think virtualization is new?
OpinionThere are very many different communities involved in IT, ranging from those on the sharp-end user side of things to the many more engaged in the vendor and channel.
XP guru to developers: 'Shape up'
QConKent Beck, agile programming guru, author, and co-creator of Extreme Programming (XP) has ordered developers to pay attention to broad trends and to shape up socially.
Shooting report reveals glaring failures in Met's operation
AnalysisThe UK Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has released the "Stockwell One" report of its investigation into the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes by armed Metropolitan Police officers in 2005.
Tesco punts Xbox 360 bundle for £33.24
UpdatedThose of you looking for an Xmas Xbox bargain could do worse than get down to Tesco where the supermarket monolith has had an attack of Yule philanthropy:
AMD readies 'stream processing' chip for HPC clan
Packed full of ATI goodness, AMD is continuing on with its push to move graphics processors into the co-processor realm for common high performance computing applications.
Fatten or strip - the great Java debate
QConFundamental divisions over whether Java should be fattened up or have bits ripped out to suit changing requirements have emerged at an industry show.
HP counters Intel's 'Montvale' omerta with love
If anyone should be excited about Intel's new Itanium chip, it's HP. And, in fact, the Palo Alto powerhouse is giddy as can be over "Montvale" even though the processor appears underwhelming by most metrics.
Website for computer security experts hacked
First Forensic Forum - a UK based association of computer security professionals - has been hacked.
Ukrainian eBay scam turns Down Syndrome man into cash machine
ExclusiveIn late September, Mark Hartman received an email from eBay's Trust and Safety department informing him that his bid on a high-end road bike had been canceled because the auction was suspected to be fraudulent. There was only one problem: He had already mailed a cashiers check for for more than $1,500 to a man 2,300 miles away.
IBM adds 'autonomic' tools to data center gear
IBM is rolling out a new set of autonomic computing tools for some of its key Tivoli data center products — er, that's adding self-management software if you want to be less grandiose about it.