Before the iPad, there was the Newton
This Old BoxIf any old-tech devotees are more rabid than Amiga amigos, the Newtonians are. So, for those lovers of Apple's pioneering handheld, here's an up-close-and-personal visual caressing of the Newton MessagePad 120, circa 1995.
Lite-on iHBS112 internal Blu-ray writer
ReviewLite-On is certainly pushing the boundaries of optical disc burning at aggressive prices. The iHBS112 is an internal drive that goes beyond the combo by letting you read and write Blu-ray, DVD and CD media in one unit. Its Blu-ray writing speed, 12x, matches the current fastest on the market.
NASA unveils global Martian map
NASA has unveiled "the most accurate global Martian map ever" - a 21,000 image mosaic from the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) aboard its Mars Odyssey spacecraft.
Wikileaks creaks under demand for Afghan war logs
Tens of thousands of US Army documents revealing details of the war in Afghanistan were published by Wikileaks late last night and interest is almost bringing the website to a halt.
Lord Peter views the logfile
Stob"What is design? Dorothy Sayers (English writer and dramatist - quoted by Brooks) suggests that design has three phases" - InfoQ reviewing Fred 'Mythical Man' Brook's latest tome.
Her Maj gets Flickred up
Buck House today launched its very own Flickr page, featuring lots of lovely snaps of the British Monarchy.
TalkTalk turns StalkStalk to build malware blocker
It's less TalkTalk, more StalkStalk: the UK's second largest ISP has quietly begun following its customers around the web and scanning what they look at for a new anti-malware system it is developing.
Firefox update fixes plug-in snafu
Mozilla has responded to plugin stability issues with a new version of Firefox.
NHS spunks £7.5k on porn room
Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust has incurred the wrath of the Sun by spunking £7,500 on a "special room" kitted out to help chaps deliver vital supplies of man oysters.
How effective is your security monitoring?
Workshop PollFor many organisations, the litmus test for IT security effectiveness is whether or not security breaches are reduced as a result. Security monitoring should help, but modern environments are complex and multi-faceted, and it can be difficult to determine how much is down to the tools, and how much is down to other factors such as policy.
SanDisk CEO to ride off into the sunset
SanDisk founder, CEO and chairman Eli Harari is to retire at the end of 2010, after 22 years with the firm.
Firefox 4 second beta hits minor delay
Mozilla has delayed the second beta release of Firefox 4 by about a week.
DMA sets rules on kids' data and 'greenwashing'
Companies engaged in direct marketing to consumers must not use the internet to gather data about children under 12 and must be able to back up any green claims they make, according to a new code of practice for the industry.
Evidence mounts for iMac, Mac Pro Revamp
Rumours are doing the rounds that Apple is about to refresh its two key desktop lines: the iMac and the Mac Pro.
Cutbacks strip speed cameras from Blighty's roads
The proposition that speed cameras improve road safety looks likely to be severely crash-tested this summer, as government cutbacks make the likelihood of some counties becoming camera-free zones a near certainty.
iPad pitches Apple onto world PC top table
Fellow market watchers may not include the iPad in Apple's computer sales figures, but Canalys does, and it reckons doing so puts the Mac maker into world's top five.
SOCA 'faces axe'
The Serious and Organised Crime Agency, created just four years ago and presented as Britain's answer to the FBI, is to be scrapped by coalition ministers, it's reported.
TomTom update breaks satnav live links
TomTom has posted an update to its old Go x40 Live satnav range - now superseded by the Go x50 Live line that has broken the devices' ability to access online data sources.
3D films fall flat
There are indications that Hollywood's rush to extract extra cash from cinemagoers in return for an extra visual dimension might be doomed to follow previous 3D initiatives into the cutting room bin.
Samsung UE46C8000 3D TV
ReviewSamsung got the 3D ball rolling earlier this year when its C7000 became the first 3D TV to hit the shops in the UK. However, the more expensive C8000 is the one that really turned my head. Even if you dismiss the 3D option as a novelty the C8000 is simply a superb flat-screen TV.
CTIA claims SF phone radiation law unconstitutional
Cellular trade body The CTIA is challenging a San Francisco ordinance that requires radiation labels on every mobile phone sold, claiming that such a rule breaches the US constitution.
LAPD questions Google Apps security credentials
Google has reportedly missed a deadline to fully implement Google Apps into the city of Los Angeles' various departments by the end of last month.
3G at 2G frequencies edges closer in UK
Ofcom has laid out the legal changes that will permit 3G technology at 2G frequencies, along with allowing radar-equipped level crossings, and radio for scuba divers, all by November.
HMV takes on mighty iTunes with 40p promo
HMV has a new music download site and lots of offers to tempt punters away from iTunes.
Daily Star is sorry for Grand Theft Auto Raoul Moat blunder
Last week the Daily Star published the sensational scoop that Rockstar Games was prepping Grand Theft Auto Rothbury, inspired by the murderer Raoul Moat.
Hitachi Data Systems: A storage giant lost in translation
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is the only world-class Japanese storage company, with its USP-V high-end enterprise arrays and AMS mid-range systems.
Hitachi GST SVP takes a punt on STT-RAM
The general manager and VP of Engineering at Hitachi GST has left to join a NAND and DRAM replacement technology company, Grandis. That seems like a risky move.
Europe must cut duties on US gadgets
The World Trade Organisation has ruled that EU import duties on certain gadgets imported from the US, Japan and Taiwan are illegal.
EU climate exchange website hit by green-hat hacker
An EU Climate Exchange website was hacked as part of a political protest against carbon credits by a green-hat defacement crew.
EC launches formal probes into IBM's mainframe biz
Antitrust authorities at the European Commission have been listening to clone mainframe seller T3 Technologies' cries after IBM ate and killed clone mainframe maker Platform Solutions a few years back. Complaints from TurboHercules, a supplier of a mainframe hardware emulator for x64 servers that IBM refuses to license software for, have also come to the EC's notice.
Dell's fraud settlement explodes PC market myths
AnalysisEven us jaded hacks, who think we've seen everything in the business, can find our chins hitting the trackpad. So it is with the Dell legal settlement last week. It may have a familiar ring to it, as it concerns a kind of business arrangement almost 20 years old - but don't let that fool you. It's the scale of the amounts involved that is truly jaw-dropping. The SEC settlement casts the entire PC market in an entirely new light.
Canadian flyboy prangs CF-18 Hornet
Canadian flyboy Captain Brian Bews had a narrow escape last Friday when his CF-18 Hornet decided to give up the ghost during a practice run at an airshow at Lethbridge airport in Alberta.
Apple reminds Aussies they can buy iPhone 4s on Friday
By the weekend, the iPhone Flaw - sorry, iPhone 4* - will be avilable to buy in 17 countries in addition to the five it's currently available in.
Android terms point to operator billing
Changes to the small print of the Android Developers' agreement show Google's plan to hand over application revenue collection to network operators - a task they'll be glad to take on.
Google Apps rubber-stamped for use by US gov
Google has introduced a version of Google Apps certified for use by the US government.
US legalizes jailbroken iPhones
UpdatedUS citizens can legally jailbreak and unlock their smartphones — notably Apple's iPhone — and videographers can circumvent copy protection to use short movie snippets for "criticism or comment".
Windows Phone 7 misses big-business support tools
Microsoft's re-reinvention of Windows Mobile risks hurting Windows Phone 7's widespread adoption by large companies.
AT&T delivers iPhone data choke relief
AT&T has begun rolling out a fix for the glitch choking two per cent of its wireless customers' uplink speeds. The bug-squashing is scheduled to take two to three weeks.
Peer 1 launches GPU compute cloud
Peer 1 Hosting, an IT service provider that does traditional hosting as well as selling virtual, cloudy infrastructure, is claiming to be the first to fluff up a CPU-GPU hybrid cloud that supports supercomputing workloads.
Cray ships first massively parallel XE6
Cray has staked most of its financial 2010 on the Baker XE6 massively parallel supercomputers and their Gemini XE interconnect. With the first of a wave of multi-cabinet systems now out the door, Cray - and its investors - have some hope of making the numbers for 2010.
Google Apps for Gov battles fear of floating data
AnalysisGoogle Apps for Government is designed to meet the information-security laws that bind federal agencies. But it's also meant to provide a kind of comfort blanket for any government agency — from the federal level down to the local — that's wary of moving their data onto third-party servers in the so-called cloud.