openSUSE 11.4 rocks despite missing GNOME
ReviewopenSUSE 11.4 brings a host of KDE and GNOME updates, the first release of OpenOffice fork LibreOffice, and numerous speed improvements.
Second explosion rocks Japanese nuke plant
The first Japanese nuclear complex that reported problems following Friday afternoon's megaquake now has another problem with which to deal: a hydrogen explosion at its No. 3 reactor.
Amazon killer erupts from Icelandic volcanos
The same Icelandic volcano cluster whose billowing grey clouds caused widespread travel disruption across Europe last year will soon spawn an entirely different kind of cloud: an environment-friendly data center that hosts web applications.
Threat to third Fukushima nuke reactor
UpdatedThe Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is pumping seawater through two ailing reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi (Fukushima No 1) nuclear plant in an attempt to cool radioactive materials in the plant, while simultaneously attempting to prevent an explosion in a third.
Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo
LogoWatchIran has decided it will after all participate in next year's London Olympics, after threatening to boycott the games over the "racist" logo.
Welsh baby-kisser's tweet sets him back £53k
A Welsh politician has learned an expensive lesson in libel and must pay a political rival £3,000, plus costs, thanks to a libellous Tweet he posted about the latter.
Another year, another iPhone time slip
US iPhone owners are again the last to know that spring has arrived, as their handsets decide to drop back by an hour instead of jumping forward as one might expect.
Carphone Warehouse to chuck in free Kindle with phone buys
Carphone Warehouse has begun selling Amazon's Kindle. Ditto CW's joint venture with the Yanks, Best Buy UK.
Twitter settles with FTC over celeb account hacks
Twitter has settled with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over a complaint that it had failed to safeguard user privacy well enough, a shortcoming that allowed two successful attacks against the micro-blogging network in 2009.
Apple sells 500,000 iPads, runs out of stock
Apple is estimated to have shifted half a million iPad 2s this weekend - almost all of them within 24 hours of the 'even more magical' gadget going on sale on Friday.
Microsoft says 'sorry' after Japan quake marketing gaffe
Microsoft offered to donate $100,000 to Japan's quake victims, one day after a devastating series of tsunamis struck the country on Friday 11 March.
Apple MacBook Pro 15in
ReviewThe 13in MacBook Pro I reviewed last week is a machine for folk who fancy a carry-around computer but who want a bit more welly than the way more portable 13in MacBook Air can provide. The 15in version, on the other hand, is a desktop replacement for the power hungry.
EA blocks user from game after alleged forum outburst
An unfortunate gamer was left unable to install a copy of Dragon Age II after being booted off developer BioWare's community forums.
'Image eBay' could solve IP issues
Amidst the submissions to the UK gov's copyright review from trade bodies, and the cranks and nutters who inevitably bombard any public consultation on IP with their unwanted opinions, there's a fascinating proposal that should interest anyone creating or using visual images on the interwebs – photographers, graphic artists and illustrators.
Flash prices surge as electronics firms bank on post quake drought
Memory prices surged in Far East trading today amid unease over how Japan's fab industry will be affected by Friday's earthquake and tsunami and resulting power problems.
BMW e-car spied in testing
BMW's upcoming hybrid e-car, the i8, has been spotted on ice, running through the motions in cold weather testing.
Is Apple planning incompatible payments?
The Independent newspaper has been talking to network operators, and concluded that Apple is planning its own version of NFC for 2012.
German finance agency suspends site over serious security bug
Germany's federal finance ministry has pulled its website offline after receiving notification of a serious security problem from white hat hackers affiliated to the Chaos Computer Club (CCC).
PS3, Xbox 360 pass water on Wii
The Sony PlayStation 3 was the world's most popular HD-capable games console in 2010, out-shipping Microsoft's Xbox 360 by 2.2m units.
Windows 7 customers hit by service pack 1 install 'fatal error' flaws
A brace of "fatal errors" is hampering Windows 7-based computers that have been updated with Microsoft's first service pack for its current operating system.
Carphone Warehouse prices up 3G Xoom
Carphone Warehouse has finally revealed what it plans to charge for Motorola's Xoom, the flagship Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet.
Russia knocks back Soyuz launch
The Russian space agency Roskosmos has knocked back the slated launch of its Soyuz TMA-21, due to carry cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyayev, plus astronaut Ronald Garan, to the International Space Station.
Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!
AnalysisJapan's nuclear powerplants have performed magnificently in the face of a disaster hugely greater than they were designed to withstand, remaining entirely safe throughout and sustaining only minor damage. The unfolding Fukushima story has enormously strengthened the case for advanced nations – including Japan – to build more nuclear powerplants, in the knowledge that no imaginable disaster can result in serious problems.
ISPs to spill net traffic management beans
The UK's biggest ISPs are set to reveal exactly how, when and why they throttle internet connections in order to maintain network performance.
Apple to sell 107m iPads in 2016
Eager to see Apple no longer the world's biggest seller of tablets? The good news: it'll happen. The bad news: not until 2014 at the earliest.
Group-buying deal for £99 iPhone 4 may have breached consumer laws
A group-buying website may have breached consumer protection laws when its advertising for cheap iPhones encouraged 15,000 people to sign up to its scheme – despite there being only eight phones for sale at the advertised price, a consumer regulator has said.
Blofeld's Japanese volcano base erupts
The Japanese are certainly having a rough time of it, and following last Friday's devastating magitude 9.0 earthquake, Shinmoedake volcano on the southern island of Kyushu erupted yesterday.
Anonymous collective begins leaking Bank of America emails
Hackers affiliated with Anonymous have begun releasing emails that claim to show evidence of misconduct at Bank of America (BofA).
Calxeda boasts of 5 watt ARM server node
How does a server node including a processor, memory, and fabric interconnect that only consumes 5 watts under load grab you? How about 120 server nodes in a 2U chassis?
Apple exec confirms white iPhone 4 arrival
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has Tweeted that the white iPhone 4 will be out "this spring".
Fukushima reactor core battle continues
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has battled furiously today to prevent critical overheating of the core of the Fukushima nuclear plant's No 2 reactor.
Engineer killed on Endeavour launch pad
NASA reports that a worker was killed following a fall at Kennedy Space Centre's launch pad 39A this morning.
Opera betas open source web debugger
Opera has released the first official beta version of Dragonfly, its open source debug tool for web developers.
How to evaluate ... automated storage tiering
Automated storage tiering (ATS) is one of most discussed storage array topics in the past year.
Judge OKs feds' access to WikiLeakers Twitter info
A federal judge in Virginia has given investigators access to the Twitter records of four WikiLeaks associates, including the email addresses associated with the accounts and the IP addresses used to access them.
Cloud Cruiser: Bean counting in the heavens
There seem to be a zillion companies that want to help you build cloudy infrastructure, but Cloud Cruiser, a startup that has just come out of stealth mode, wants to help you do something else: keep track of the money you are allocating for clouds.
Adobe promises emergency patch for Flash, Reader bugs
Adobe Systems plans to release emergency patches for its Flash and Reader applications after learning a critical vulnerability is being exploited to install malware on vulnerable machines.
Ex-Pipe boss rolls out data centre vision
Nascent national data centre operator NextDC has secured a site for its Sydney hub with plans to open the centre in Q3 2012. The new "green" data centre will be located 12km north-west of Sydney CBD but the company says it is looking at opening an additional Sydney site in a strategic location due to customer demand.