Firefox fans get IE-happy AJAX testing tools
Labour MP debuts fondleslab-assisted Parliament oratory
Labour MP and doyenne of all things digital Kerry McCarthy inadvertently made history Monday evening by becoming the first British politician to read a speech from an iPad in Parliament.
Nokia deal to 'rocket Windows Phone 7 past iPhone'
By 2015, Windows Phone 7 will power 37 per cent more smartphones than Apple's iPhone, according to the prognosticators at International Data Corporation (IDC).
Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air speakers
ReviewFrom a company whose flagship speakers will set you back £18k, but at least you get two of them, B&W’s first iPod dock was met with high expectations when it was released back in 2008. Indeed, the Zeppelin quickly established itself as the model to beat in terms of distinctive styling and sound quality. The latest model is called the Zeppelin Air, as it includes Apple’s AirPlay streaming technology, but it’s also had a ground-up refit, with new electronics and speakers throughout.
Data centres gripped by power struggle
CloudData centre efficiency is a constant struggle. Choosing the right system for your required tasks is one challenge. Upgrade cycles cause power and heat issues. Existing techniques are continually refined. Combined with emerging technologies, optimal efficiency is a moving target.
Dixons whacked by profit warning
Dixons shares took a tumble this morning after the UK's favourite electrical retailer warned markets it was unlikely to hit profit targets for the year.
Twittering NASA 'naut's Moon snap honoured
NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock has been honoured for his contribution to the Twitterverse with a Shorty Award for the "best Real-Time Photo of the Year".
Network failure closed hospitals to ambulance admissions
University College London hospitals trust (UCLH) has launched an investigation after a network glitch led to the closure of A&E to blue light traffic. The problem also led to cancellations of operations.
Air NZ safety vid provokes terror in the skies
Those of you of a nervous disposition are advised to put your head between your hands, lean forward and brace yourselves on the seat in front of you, because Air New Zealand has decided that naked cabin crew simply weren't getting the attention of the self-loading cargo:
Permabit looks to Linux dedupers
OEM deduplication software supplier Permabit has built an Albireo version for Linux vendors to use, as the mainstream storage OEM market for its technology is saturated.
BP loses personal details on spill victims
Infamously leaky oil company BP has lost a laptop containing personal information, social security numbers and other details on 13,000 people claiming compensation for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
George Lucas 'very happy' with 3D Phantom Menace
George Lucas has announced his satisfaction with the efforts to date to convert The Phantom Menace to 3D.
Jesus Phone brings the DEAD back to LIFE
When doctors are attempting to save the life of someone who has suffered a heart attack, they do a better job if they use a free iPhone app developed to brief them through procedures and drug dosages, according to a recent trial.
Gemalto launches NFC software - world sees hardware
Gemalto's new software platform can handle NFC payments on the SIM and is approved for MasterCard's PayPass - but that's less than half the NFC story no matter what you read elsewhere.
Coalition to float prototype for single government web domain
UK.gov is once again fiddling with the idea that a single government web domain will save cash and improve its shoddy IT strategy record.
Berlusconi calls George Clooney to his defence
Silvio Berlusconi has named George Clooney as a defence witness in his forthcoming trial for sleeping with an under-aged prostitute, Reuters reports.
Game stocks shops with Tesco 3DS consoles
As pre-owned 3DS consoles line the shelves of Game, customers could be forgiven for thinking Nintendo gamers were unsatisfied with their purchase.
Nokia: Keep codin' for Symbian and Qt!
Is Nokia wobbling over its commitment to Windows? Or just stringing along the Symbian and Qt faithful?
NASA systems dangerously at risk from cyberattack
An official audit of NASA's network has concluded that the space agency faces a high risk of cyberattack.
Five ways your customers say they are unhappy
In some sectors – mobile networks or car insurance, for example – customer churn is a way of life. Most businesses like to hang onto their customers, but sometimes, although wooed with expensive marketing campaigns and introductory discounts, customers don’t leave a note on the kitchen table or phone for a tearful it’s-not-you-it’s-me conversation: they just leave.
BBC explains hour-long website outage
The BBC's entire web estate fell offline last night for around an hour, following what the Corporation described as "a major network incident".
Human heart could power an iPod
Scientists have developed the first commercially viable nanogenerator, which could pave the way for the human heart to become a charger for our electrical gizmos.
Dell, Rackspace, and Equinix float free OpenStack test cloud
Dell, Rackspace and Equinix have teamed up to offer you a few free dates with OpenStack, the nine-month-old open source "infrastructure cloud" platform. If you decide to tie the knot, you can then pay the trio to help with that too.
Irish cop child abuse image plan attracts data protection ire
An initiative to combat child abuse images by the Irish Police has fallen foul of the Data Protection Commissioner.
Corporate hospitality is OK, says new Bribery Act guidance
The Bribery Act will not lead to a large number of prosecutions and will not outlaw corporate hospitality, the Government has said in long-awaited guidance on last year's Bribery Act.
FBI asks for help to crack mystery code in 12-year-old murder case
FBI experts are seeking the help of the public to make sense of two encrypted notes found on a murder victim that have stumped detectives for years.
ReviewWhere Crysis shifted the paradigm of photorealism for a lucky monster-rig owning few – while power slamming the nail into the coffin of my creaking 9800 Pro – Crysis 2 is a far more forgiving beast.
Three UK finally turns a profit
Three UK has finally turned a profit in the UK in its eighth year of operation – with some help from a network-sharing agreement with Everything Everywhere, after parent company Hutchison Whampoa reported its annual results.
Cisco dispenses Nexus rack switch for speed freaks
The product update drum keeps beating out its time at Cisco Systems, with new Nexus converged switches coming out the factory door. Cisco, which fancies itself a server maker these days, is also getting the jump on its peers in talking about the servers it plans to put in the field using Intel's future "Westmere-EX" Xeon E7 high-end processors.
Messenger delivers first Mercury orbital snap
NASA's Messenger has returned the first photograph taken by a spacecraft circling Mercury, a tad under two weeks after it went into orbit around the solar system's innermost planet.
Cisco fleshes out FCoE offering
Cisco has fleshed out is Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) offering with an end-to-end-capability from servers to storage arrays and back again via Nexus and MDS9500 switches.
German Green extracts tracking info from mobile operator
A German Green Party member has successfully extracted the tracking information stored by his mobile operator, and created a map that shows his every movement over a six month period.
Tesla Motors sues BBC for defamation
Tesla Motors has filed libel a suit against the BBC, accusing Top Gear of defamation.
Comodo admits 2 more resellers pwned in SSL cert hack
Comodo has admitted a further two registration authorities tied to the digital certificates firm were hit by a high-profile forged digital certificate attack earlier this month.
Oracle and the Attack of the Killer Stack
CommentOracle will have to look more like HP and HP will have to look more like Oracle.
Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss
The man in charge of the government's IT efficiency drive has told MPs that Whitehall should use more Apple Macs while castigating the previous government for trying to sex-up IT projects.
Cloud music lockers: who fricking cares?
I have seen amazing music services that never launched because of music company collywobbles. No one would call Amazon's Cloud Drive locker, launched yesterday, an amazing music service. Or even a quite good one. To be honest, it barely deserves to be called a "service" – it's really more of an afterthought.
Gartner raises 2011 IT spending prognostications
The wizards at market researcher Gartner have spent the past few weeks polishing their crystal balls, and now think the IT spending environment will be a bit better than they had originally expected.
Google gets biennial privacy audit after Buzz blunder
Google has agreed with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to undergo regular privacy audits for the next 20 years, after bolting its ill-conceived Buzz social network on to Gmail in early 2010 without first seeking the consent of its users.
Carrier-sold iPad 2 Sim locks snag unwary buyers
Buying an iPad 2 from a network operator - or one of its third-party resellers - comes at a price beyond the cost of the data contract and the hardware, it seems: the 'magical... again' gadgets are Sim-locked.
VMware corks hypervisor security hole
Server and PC virtualization juggernaut VMware has issued a patch for the Workstation hypervisor that plugs a privilege-escalation hole on machines that use Linux as the host environment for the hypervisor.
Microsoft cofounder Allen unloads on Gates
St. Bill Gates, latter-day savior of philanthropy, has been recast as an alpha geek in a memoir penned by fellow Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen.
Vote compass unmasks Canadian political opinion
Canada is gearing up for another federal election and The CBC – Canada’s state-owned broadcaster – has released an online tool to help the undecided.
Harvey Norman warms to etail
Australian retail Luddite Gerry Harvey has reversed his anti etailing stance, and has announced that he will launch an online retail store.
Mobile ads wither in January
Australian smartphone adoption is booming, yet the mobile ad market took a serious dive in January. According to a report from global ad network InMobi, Australian mobile ad impressions dropped by 18 per cent in January compared to October 2010.
Microsoft: IE9 not yet 'broadly' available
With Internet Explorer 9 having lost the early download PR war to Firefox 4.0, Microsoft now claims the numbers are unimportant and that it's the "long game" that counts.
Verizon boosts 'selected' US backbones to 100G
Verizon has announced that it will be the first service provider to pump "selected segments" of its US long-haul backbone to 100 Gigabit Ethernet speeds, using Juniper Networks routers and Ciena coherent optical-processing gear.
Gloves off on Australia's NBN: Turnbull articulates policy
Telecommunications policy-watchers in Australia have a clear articulation of the federal opposition’s position and plans, after communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull addressed a Sydney conference on Wednesday.
Google to NASA: Open source will not kill you
Google open source guru Chris DiBona has called on NASA to use more open source code in its aerospace program, urging the government agency to test free software in unmanned flights and "blow-up some robots."
Is Samsung imitating Sony?
If this is true, it could be the stupidest thing any laptop manufacturer has ever done: NetworkWorld is reporting the discovery of keyloggers on brand-new Samsung laptops.
Dell, HP badmouth Apple's iPad
A top Dell marketeer says that Apple's "magical and revolutionary" fondleslab is doomed to enterprise irrelevancy, and an HP senior vice president blasted Apple's partner policies as being "just absurd."