Google may exit China after 'highly targeted' attack
UpdatedGoogle plans to curb its controversial practice of censoring search results in China after uncovering a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" designed to steal information about human rights activists from its Gmail service and at least 20 other large companies.
'Sandwich attack' busts new cellphone crypto
A new encryption scheme for protecting 3G phone networks hasn't even gone into commercial use and already cryptographers have cracked it - at least theoretically.
Microsoft Office 2007 retailers dodge patent injunction
Microsoft might have pulled Office 2007 from its online shop but retailers are still selling the suite.
VMware relieves Yahoo! of its Zimbra
VMware has agreed to purchase Yahoo!'s Zimbra unit - an outfit that offers enterprise email, collaboration, and calendering - after earlier reports indicated a pact was on the cards.
Terracotta polishes Quartz job scheduler
Having bolted the open source Ehcache Java caching software it bought to its Java application clustering environment, Terracotta has now added the Quartz job scheduler it acquired as 2009 was winding down.
Calcitic astro-whiz clogs ISS piss recycler
The mysterious properties of astronaut piss are believed to be the cause of the International Space Station's extremely troublesome deployment of its $250 million urine-recycling system.
Tech downturn is history, says Forrester
The economists and box counters at IT market-watcher Forrester Research have called an unofficial end to the IT recession, saying that tech spending will hit $568bn in the United States in 2010, up 6.6 per cent compared to last year, and will rise above $1.6 trillion globally, up a smart 8.1 per cent.
Symantec buys Gideon to bow before government idols
Symantec intends to boost the risk-management wares it sells to the public sector by scooping up privately-held Gideon Technologies.
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB Sata 3.0 HDD
ReviewThe Seagate Barracuda XT is the latest 2TB hard drive to land on our test bench, following on from the WD Caviar Black and Green and the Hitachi Ultrastar. It’s the largest capacity Seagate we have seen since the 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11 so you may think that Seagate was as keen as mustard to scatter review samples to the waiting world.
'Fizzy phone' tops wacky handset list
Smartphones grab most handset headlines these days, but if the latest devices from, respectively, a Chinese designer and Korean manufacturer Pantech are anything to by then there’s still a market for weird and wacky phones.
Israeli ducted-fan robo sky-jeep in hover trials
The Israeli designers of a radical flying jeep style vertical-takeoff-and-landing "fancraft" have announced long-belated flight tests. However, the trials of the pilotless "AirMule" have so far seen the aircraft tethered and restricted to just two feet off the ground.
Home Office picks new prof for Nutt job
The Home Office has found someone to take the job of chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, left vacant after the sacking of David Nutt.
Dell's pimps 6gig SAS for DAS
Dell is adopting 6Gbit/s SAS for its PowerVault direct-attached storage (DAS) for servers with drives, enclosures and RAID controllers.
Alfresco ECM gilds IBM's Lotus suite
Open source vendor Alfresco Software is rolling its enterprise content management (ECM) system into IBM's Lotus collaboration products to serve as a stronger counterpoint to Microsoft Sharepoint and reach smaller-sized business customers.
Demystifying architecture for non-enterprise organizations
WorkshopArchitecture, schmarchitecture... words like “architecture” get banded around in IT like they have a specific meaning, when in reality you’d get ten different definitions from ten different people if you asked. But few would agree that IT should do without some degree of ‘structure’, be it mere forethought or understanding about what is required or in place.
Diva: Samsung touts tarted up telephones for WAGs
Samsung's Diva phones, due to strut their stuff over here later this month, are apparently aimed at "fashionable women", the company said today.
An academic take on Santa
HPC news and developments slack off a lot during the holidays. The lull often lasts well into January as we put the holiday season behind us, take down the tree, and exchange our geeky gifts for even geekier and more powerful gifts… but that won’t stop us from writing something HPC-related.
Brit firm aims to make airport perv scans obsolete
A British firm is aiming to capitalise on travellers' body issues with a security scanner that does not produce an image, yet can identify a wide range of concealed explosives.
Prysm pitches ultra-green laser telly tech
US company Prysm has taken the covers off what it claims is a new type of ultra-low power HD TV that combines old-style CRT elements with laser technology.
Supercomputing in retail?
I got a call recently from a reporter who confronted me with an interesting question. He had attended SC04 in Pittsburgh, and one of his key takeaways from the show was that retailing was on the cusp of adopting HPC-style computing to crunch their data in order to improve both top-line and bottom-line results. He asked me: “Has HPC made it into retailing?” and followed up with “If not, why not?” and “If so, what are they getting out of it?”
Critical Adobe updates overshadow MS Patch Tuesday
January's Patch Tuesday update from Microsoft was overshadowed in importance by fixes that defend against highly publicised exploits in Adobe Acrobat and Reader.
US faces critical lack of (mad) computer scientists
Famed Pentagon wildcard boffinry outfit DARPA issued a stark message today. According to the military crazytech bureau, America faces a crippling shortage of mad scientists - in particular, of mad computer scientists - in the near future, and only drastic action in the US educational system can rectify this.
Wii welcomes video on demand
Nintendo will roll out a Netflix video-on-demand service to Stateside Wii owners, the gaming giant’s US chief has confirmed.
Economics backs net neutrality, say researchers
Net neutrality is not just the fairest way to organise the internet but the most economically effective, according to two US academics. Their economic analysis of the policy claims that it is the best way to encourage investment in online services.
'Plutonium pinch' nips NASA
NASA's future solar system exploration programme could be threatened by a shortage of plutonium-238, New Scientist reports.
HP loses massive DWP contract
ExclusiveHP has lost one of its largest outsourced IT contracts from the British government to rival Fujitsu Services.
GSMA sees 2.6GHz future
The GSMA argues that the majority of the 2.6GHz band should be LTE-friendly, conceding that WiMAX needs some space to play in the interest of neutrality.
Mini-asteroid sneaks up on Earth
A diminutive asteroid will today pass within 76,000 miles (122,000 km) of Earth at 12:46 GMT, although NASA has confirmed Bruce Willis's services will not be required.
French culture minister flames Google over book scan plan
Frederic Mitterrand delivered another Francoslap to Google yesterday, threatening to eject the book-devouring search giant from the effort to digitise the French National Library.
ntl:Telewest forgets who its customers are
Some Virgin customers have been without ADSL services since this morning thanks to a breakdown in authentication, though things should be back to normal now.
What Ballmer and Hurd should announce this afternoon
Microsoft and HP CEOs are making a big announcement today about a joint agreement and investment in business computing. We don't know what they are announcing, but we know what they should be.
Labour MP experiences nasty video shock horror
UK Government attempts to re-enact legislation designed to police video recordings are bringing out the censorial tendency in parliament.
Lethic botnet knocked out by security researchers
The command-and-control servers of the Lethic botnet have been taken out following a spam-busting collaboration between security firm Neustar and ISPs.
Canon Digital Ixus 200 IS
ReviewSome digital cameras cry out to be touched. They’re sleek, they’re stylish and it’s hard resist the temptation to pick them up. Canon’s range of Ixus cameras falls into this category, and the Digital Ixus 200 IS takes this step a further by being the first Ixus to offer a touchscreen interface.
Schools minister strikes elegiac tone at Bett
BettMinister for Schools and Learners Vernon Coaker kicked off this year's Bett today, in a reflective speech that offered very little insight into what the current government plans were for the future of IT in education.
Google leaves censorship to China's experts
CommentAmnesty International was among the human rights organisations scrambling to congratulate Google for threatening to pull out of China today.
Seagate CEO rides again
Ousted Seagate CEO Bill Watkins is back in harness as the CEO for a light-emitting diode (LED) company.
Spam filters stuff Canadian Beaver
Venerable Canadian publication The Beaver has been obliged to change its name after prudish spam filters objected to its suggestive title.
Fem-rage shocker: Woman zaps ex-boyf with pink taser
The debate over the appropriateness of Taser flying-cattleprod stun weapons took a new turn this week. Those fearing that the crippling electric weapons might be used inappropriately will be alarmed, but it's possible that the jitter-jolt blasters may become more popular in some quarters.
Yikes! It's the Yike Bike
A bunch of “entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers” have turned their backs on headline-grabbing e-cars to come up with an electrically powered shrunken penny-farthing.
French top MOT failure league
The government agency which runs MOT tests in the UK has finally given in to a BBC request for all the information on which cars were most likely to fail the test in 2007.
Facebook snuggles with McAfee in security spree
Facebook has partnered with McAfee to offer users of the social networking site a free six-month subscription to its security software.
Cisco taps Avnet to peddle 'California' servers
This is one that you could have seen coming a million miles away. With only two master resellers in the global server racket, it was only a matter of time before either Arrow Electronics or Avnet started distributing the "California" Unified Computing System converged blade servers from Cisco Systems.
Rugby Football Union scores 3D first
Next month’s rugby match between England and Wales looks set to go down in history as Blighty’s first live sports event broadcast in 3D.
Sun marries Hadoop to Grid Engine
Sun Microsystems may be in a PR muzzle until sugar daddy Oracle gets permission to buy it from European antitrust regulators, but the coders who maintain Sun's myriad software products are still banging away on their keyboards in an effort to not only look useful to keep their jobs, but be useful.
McKinnon granted another judicial review
The High Court has granted a further judicial review of the Home Secretary's decision to allow extradition proceeding against Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon to proceed. The move means the imminent threat of extradition against McKinnon is removed until at least April.
HP, Microsoft form $250m IT tag team
With Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware teaming up to sell integrated IT stacks, Oracle buying Sun Microsystems to create its own integrated stacks, and IBM having sold integrated legacy system stacks and rolling in profits from them for decades, it was only a matter of time before other big IT players paired off
Google flips default switch for always-on Gmail crypto
Just hours after Google disclosed it and at least 20 other large companies were the targets of highly sophisticated cyberattacks, the online giant said it would enhance the security of its email service by automatically encrypting entire web sessions.
3D TV gets cold shower from Avatar man
CES 2010Judging by the avalanche of hoopla thundering out of last week's Consumer Electronics Show, you'd think that 3D television is done deal. All the wrinkles have been ironed out, and all you need to do is don a pair of geeky glasses and your boob tube will immerse you in three-dimensional movies, sports, and reruns of "The Office."
Googlephone sales off to a sluggish start?
A new report suggests that as few as 20,000 Google Nexus One smartphones were sold during its first week of availability. By comparison, 1.6 million iPhone 3GS units were snapped up in its first seven days on the planet.
Microsoft predicts Linux will fail mobile 'quality' test
Linux is shaping up as Microsoft's target in a potential war of attrition to gain lost market share for Windows Mobile in handsets.
Trojan pr0n dialers make comeback on mobile phones
After taking a long hiatus, trojan dialers that can rack up thousands of dollars in charges are back by popular demand.