Unisys soups up mainframe engines
With the US Memorial Day holiday behind us, IT vendors can get down to business for a month or two before everyone prepares to go on summer holiday and try to forget the economic downturn for a while. Server maker Unisys is the first out of the chute with new iron today, launching three new ClearPath mainframes that offer more MIPS for less money.
EC spectrum rights fuel industry turf fights
Two weeks ago the European Commission awarded bandwidth to two companies to deliver S-band mobile data satellite services (MSS) across the EU. But does the EU actually have the legal authority to make trans-national spectrum awards? And what will happen to the company that is already operating a satellite service in the S-band spectrum?
Dell channel boss turns lights down low for partners
Dell has admitted it will never be the number one computer manufacturer within the channel, where Hewlett-Packard remains at the top of the pile.
Toshiba Qosmio X300
ReviewToshiba laptops have always been safe and reliable, and we’ll confess to being the satisfied owners of an old Qosmio F20. However, they’ve never been terribly exciting – as our recent review of the Tecra M10 pointed out in great detail. So when Toshiba showed off its latest models to the press just recently, the lurid colouring of the X300 stood out like a sore thumb.
Stolen RAF files are blackmailer's dream
Information stolen from the RAF last September included detailed information on the private lives of senior staff, including drug abuse, problems with alcohol and extra-marital affairs, it has been revealed.
Buddy unveils Metro e-car
Leccy TechNorwegian electric vehicle (EV) maker Buddy has whipped the dust sheets off its latest car, the Metro.
Western Digital slips todger to horrified Brit
NSFWWe're not quite sure what to make of this particular packaging outrage, but what it's lacking on the excess cardboard front, it more than makes up for it in the trouser department.
Ovi swings to open position
Nokia's everything store, Ovi, is open for business and sending applications over the air to S60 handsets, with the cost added to the mobile bill or deducted from a pre-paid balance.
O2 inked as UK's official Pré distributor
O2 may have secured itself as the UK’s exclusive Palm Pré distributor, it’s been revealed.
Weary locals scratch Butt Hole Road
Residents of Butt Hole Road in Conisbrough, South Yorks, are hoping that 300 quid will put an end to the pilgrimage which has seen sniggering crowds flock to the internationally-famous road sign, including Yanks in search of a Beavis and Butt-Head moment:
The Reg takes on storage platforms
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Red Hat sticks lawyers on non-neutral Switzerland
Red Hat is heading an appeal against a Swiss government agency’s award of a contract handed to Microsoft without any public bidding.
'Augmented reality' ghost game coming to DSi
A Nintendo DSi videogame’s in development that’ll use “augmented reality” technology to help you communicate with ghosts.
Patients gain right to scrub e-records from NHS database
NHS patients will be given the ability to scrub electronic records of their treatments and medical conditions from a proposed national medical database.
BT static IP customers get nothing but static
BT Business broadband customers using static IP addresses have been booted offline this morning by an unidentified fault.
Nork nuke quite a lot less powerful than Hiroshima
Early reports of North Korea detonating a "Hiroshima sized" nuclear weapon over the weekend appear to have been - erm - overblown, with seismic data indicating an explosion less than half as powerful.
Anix sold to American giant
Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), the enormous American computer services group, is buying the British enterprise IT Anix for £31.5m ($50m) in cash.
Nokia N97 successor revealed?
Juicy specifications for Nokia’s potential successor to the N97 smartphone have been leaked online.
Apple pulls Tank apps after Cartier complaint
Luxury watchmaker Cartier has agreed to drop a lawsuit against Apple over two iPhone applications that allegedly infringed the trademark of its Tank brand.
QLogic gets IBM design wins
IBM has announced that it is to use QLogic adapters to provide Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) storage networking.
Microsoft backs 'Bing' with big ad push
Microsoft is reportedly spending $80m to $100m on a new ad campaign for its search engine, which is set to launch next month under the moniker “Bing.”
Android and WebOS join iPhone on AT&T
AT&T's handset plans for 2009 have been laid bare through a set of leaked slides revealed by Engadget, and include an Android slider as well as a second-generation Palm device.
Philips Streamium NP2900
ReviewLogitech's Squeezebox Boom has been a firm favourite here at Vulture Central and, for the best part of a year, it has had the market to itself. Now Philips is looking to crash the party with the new Streamium NP2900, another device designed to play music stored on your computer over an 802.11b/g wireless network, without the need for a separate hi-fi.
Lenovo unveils Ion-inside netbook
Lenovo has launched itself into the netbook space with a 12.1in machine using Nvidia’s Ion graphics chipset, well, depending on where you live.
Hacks and IT workers boozing themselves silly
It's official: Media professionals are the UK's heaviest boozers, followed by IT workers and "service-sector" operatives.
Net closes on NZ bank error fugitives
The New Zealand couple who did a bunk with a sizeable chunk of a NZ$10m overdraft, erroneously provided by Westpac bank, are probably in hiding in Hong Kong, the Telegraph reports.
DARPA at work on 'Transformer TX', a proper flying car
Those splendid brainboxes at DARPA, the Pentagon paradigm-punishment powerhouse, have administered what may be the kiss of life or death to a treasured idea - that of the flying car.
ICO sets lawyers on Ofcom Dear John letter
ICO Global Communications is taking Ofcom to court over the regulator's decision to instruct the International Telecommunications Union to de-register spectrum reserved for its mobile satellite service.
Lad from Lagos bids $100 trillion for Madoff empire
Fans of the Lads from Lagos will be delighted to learn that one Ade O. Ogunjobi has made an audacious bid for the remains of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC - pitching no less than $100 trillion in stock or 400,000,000 shares in order to establish the world's biggest bank "to fight global poverty and now to address the current financial crisis".
Movie-quality games in 15 years, claims gaming veteran
Movie-quality videogame graphics will be possible within 10 to 15 years, an industry heavyweight has forecast.
Broadcom? Just say no, Emulex tells shareholders
Emulex has written to its shareholders, saying that Emulex's design wins "are now threatening Broadcom's long dominant Ethernet networking market position."
Volkswagen eyeing ties with Chinese e-car firm?
Leccy TechVolkswagen (VW) has tied itself in with Chinese car firm Build Your Dreams (BYD), thanks to a deal that’ll see the pair jointly explore e-car possibilities.
Sockpuppeting British politico resigns from Wikisupremecourt
More than two years after the notorious Essjay Scandal, Wikipedia's ruling body still has a weakness for sockpuppetry.
Obama taps new NASA boss
After weeks of speculation about who will become NASA's new boss, US President Barack Obama has named four-time shuttle astronaut and retired Marine major general Charles Bolden as his nominee for the post.
US lawmakers renew fight for legal online gambling
Lawmakers have renewed their efforts to legalize some forms of online gambling with a bill that would roll back a ban on internet betting that was passed in 2006, when Republicans controlled congress.
Rambus pitches XDR2 for future memory
Hot on the heels of the US Federal Trade Commission's decision two weeks ago to drop a seven-year antitrust lawsuit against Rambus, the memory chip designer is pitching its bag of technology tricks, collectively known as XDR2, as the future of main memory and graphics memory for PCs and servers.
Microsoft loses NZ Windows government deal
Microsoft has failed to renew a key government-wide purchasing deal for Windows, opening the door to greater use of open-source software.
Facebook value plummets $5bn
Facebook has sold 1.96 per cent of itself to a Russian technology investment firm for $200m.
Obama to invent cybersecurity czar
President Obama is expected to announce late this week his decision to create a senior White House official responsible for protecting the nation's government-run and private computer networks from attack, according to a published report.
Hackintosh maker files for bankruptcy
Macintosh clone vendor Psystar has filed for bankruptcy protection in Florida, effectively stalling its legal battle with Apple while the company tries to resuscitate its coffers.
Intel pushes Nehalem EXs into 2010
With Advanced Micro Devices admitting that it's getting ready to launch its "Istanbul" Opteron six-shooter, Intel can't afford to let AMD monopolize all the talk about x64 processors. And that is why Intel hosted a conference call today about its eight-core "Nehalem EX" processor for four-socket and larger servers, even though the real news was that the company's partners would not be able to get Nehalem EX systems into the field until early 2010.
Apple counts $1bn for mystery data center
Apple is prepping a new US data center that may cost as much as $1bn, which would nearly double what Google typically spends on the mega data centers backing its web-based applications and services.
Water utility auditor resigns, transfers $9m offshore
California and federal officials are searching for a former employee of a large water utility who is suspected of trying to transfer more than $9m to an offshore account after quitting the company.