Japan quake to hit supply chain for rest of 2011
The impact of the Japan earthquake and tsunami on the semiconductor industry will be felt for the remainder of the year, according to a warning from Gartner.
EFF backs away from Bitcoin
The Electronic Frontiers Foundation in the US has decided it will no longer accept donations via Bitcoin.
FBI fat-thumbs data centre raid
A bungled FBI raid on a data centre has taken out an unknown number of Web sites.
Nano-materials could recharge phones from keyboard taps
The pop-science vision of clothing that generates electrical culture has moved a step closer. Research at RMIT University and the Australian National University on thin-film piezo-electrics could help open the door to materials that recharge small devices like mobile phones from someone using the keyboard.
Apple's cloud chief floats away
Apple's senior product manager for its soon-to-launch iCloud service, John Herbold, has bailed from the Cupertinian mothership for a VP position at HealthTeacher, a health-curriculum developer for K-12 teachers.
The real reason most source is closed? Open is hard
Open...and ShutAs much as 95 percent of the world's software is written for internal, enterprise use, rather than by vendors for sale, a point famously made by Eric Raymond in The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Much of this software, in turn, has no proprietary value for the enterprises that develop it. So why isn't the world deluged with enterprise-written open-source software? Why do so many CIOs gladly use open source but not contribute to it?
Nokia E6 smartphone
ReviewTouchscreen phones are where both manufacturers and punters are spending now, and all other categories are seeing rapid declines in market share. But if the most important applications you use involve phone calls and messaging, all of the new, whizzy devices fall short. None do voice particularly well, or messaging comprehensively. Few will make it through a demanding day.
SMEs get hit harder in a market crisis, say biz profs
SMEs, especially riskier R&D-led ones, get even harder than one would expect by market crises, according to a new analysis by biz professors.
Euro space truck consigned to flaming death
The European Space Agency yesterday sent its space truck Johannes Kepler to a fiery death over the South Pacific in a perfectly-executed "destructive re-entry" at the end of the spacecraft's four-month mission to the International Space Station.
Alleged LulzSec hacker still inside
The Metropolitan Police are still holding a 19-year-old man on suspicion of involvement with the LulzSec group of hackers.
Ministry of Justice signs for info security service
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has signed a contract with BAE Systems Detica for a managed service covering its information security.
ITV player streams onto Android
ITV player is now available on Android, giving gadget-bound tellyheads unlimited access to the past seven days of content from all four of the network's channels.
Cybercops close to domain conduct deal
Law enforcement agencies and domain name registrars are nearing agreement on ways to start to clean up the domain name industry and mutually help prevent cybercrime.
Norwegian diplomats brush up on black metal
Wannabe Norwegian diplomats are to be trained in the dark arts of black metal - the local flavour of heavy metal which might be described as KISS with added Satanism, murder, suicide, church burnings and National Socialism.
OCZ Vertex bashes users with Blue Screen of Death
OCZ forum users are up in arms about their high-performance Vertex 3 flash drives causing Windows PCs to go into a blue-screen-of-death (BSOD) state, and further angered by OCZ's unconcerned response.
Comet in bad way after big losses
Comet is consolidating warehouses, service centres, shedding jobs at HQ and setting plans in motion to close or flog a load of stores after reporting substantial losses today.
Bluetooth goes 3D with Apple
Apple has joined the board of the Bluetooth SIG, signing up for a standard that's looking away from high speed networking to exploit 3D TV and the Wellness industry instead.
Netizens mobilise to recover precious stolen guitar
The internet has mobilised to help one rather upset Canadian recover his stolen pride and joy - a vintage 1953 Gibson Les Paul.
Name and shame fat cat bureaucrats, Number 10 told
The Information Commissioner's Office has told the Cabinet Office to release salary details on 24 people earning more than £150,000 a year who refused to have their details released.
NHS IT boss walks out and steps back
Christine Connelly, chief information officer for health, has resigned ahead of a shakeup of the department.
Endeavour commander Mark Kelly quits NASA
Mark Kelly, the veteran combat pilot and astronaut, has announced he's retiring from the US Navy and quitting NASA on 1 October.
iPhone 5 gets iPad 2 chip and souped-up snapper
The iPhone 5 rumour mill was in full swing again this morning after further reports suggest the revamp of Apple's tech talker will arrive this September with a more powerful processor and an advanced camera.
MeeGo and the Great Betrayal Myths of tech history
Nokia's first MeeGo phone is amazing - why did they chuck MeeGo away?
ESA to launch suborbital test spaceplane in 2013
The European* Space Agency (ESA) has announced that it will launch an unmanned suborbital mission in 2013 designed to test various technologies which could be used in future on vehicles able to re-enter Earth's atmosphere from orbit and make a landing carrying cargo or personnel.
Sony Ericsson announces trio of talkers
Sony Ericsson has announced three new handsets in Singapore today, the Ray, Active and Txt. The Ray and the Active have the distinction of being additions to the Xperia range and run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Txt, as its name suggests, is a messaging phone featuring a Qwerty keypad.
OCZ, SanDisk in flash scrap
OCZ and SanDisk, two enterprise flash drive suppliers, have announced competing products, with SanDisk boasting an HP OEM deal and seemingly better IOPS performance.
Child of Eden
Review"Save Eden. Save Lumi." The precluding order of an introduction which summarises Child of Eden’s essentially superfluous plot. I could tell you that the general gist is that we’re hundreds of years into the future, Lumi – the fist human born in space – is long dead, and the internet has evolved into something approaching The Matrix.
Your NFC tap-pay phone: Soon a movie or train ticket too
AnalysisThe three largest UK network operators have banded together to create a standard platform for NFC applications and a standard way for operators to make money out of the technology.
UK taxpayer 'fleeced' in spectrum selloff windfall
British taxpayers are bailing out Europe again. This time, it isn't aid to the basket-case Euro economies of Greece or Ireland, says MP Tom Watson, but a spectrum windfall that the taxpayer should pocket... only won't.
Apple's new Final Cut Pro X 'not actually for pros'
Apple released a completely overhauled version of its Final Cut Pro software yesterday, much to the chagrin of some of its users.
'Four million Amazon Tablets' ready for autumn - report
The Amazon Tablet rumours will not die - the latest from Taiwan is that the books'n'everything-seller is aiming to have 4 million units ready for autumn.
Eclipse splashes Indigo release for Java devs
The Eclipse Foundation has released Eclipse Indigo, a beefy brace of projects that executive director Mike Milinkovich tells The Reg is the biggest release for Java developers "in quite a few years."
Post Office going tap-cash in 2012
The UK's network of 12,000 Post Offices will start accepting contactless payment cards and thus NFC phones by October next year, making it the largest retailer to yet do so.
BBC iPlayer graces BT's Vision
BT Vision has expanded its range of on-demand content by bringing BBC iPlayer to the platform.
Tape lives! Quantum books library deal with HP
Tape lives - Quantum has won HP as an OEM for its high-end Scalar i6000 tape library.
Flying Keymouse II takes to the air
Tech gadgets company Brando is making moves with the Wireless Flying Keymouse II that it announced today.
US plan to hold EU passenger data for 15 yrs 'unlawful'
A reported plan to allow the US to retain the personal details of inbound EU air passengers for 15 years would be unlawful, lawyers for the European Commission have said, according to a newspaper report.
Booze for wrinklies: Good or bad?
UK psychologiests and American "exercise psychologists" took up diametrically opposed views today on the issue of whether old people should be allowed to drink booze.
Dealers' outrage at Microsoft Office 365 cloud-sales plans
Microsoft is days away from lifting the covers from Office 365, but top channel brass have yet to assuage reseller anxiety over the client engagement model that they fear paves the way to a massive hike in direct sales.
Xen virt-wizards jump ship from Citrix to start 'Bromium'
The co-founders of the open source Xen server hypervisor project at Cambridge University who commercialized it as XenSource and sold it for $500m to Citrix Systems in September 2007 have left Citrix to do their fourth startup, called Bromium.
Top500 founders talk big
As many of you know by now, there’s a new computer at the tippy top of the just-published Top500 list. I found out a bit earlier than most, via a webcast I was recording at 3:00 a.m. my local time on Sunday.
Server admin kit spans heaven and data center
Scalextreme – the Silicon Valley startup cofounded by the principle architect of Bladelogic – has announced that its browser-based server admin service can now launch virtual machines directly into the heavens.
ITIL struggles to catch up with private cloud
Data centres run on the back of good operational processes that are repeatable and trusted. IT management best practices have sometimes been criticised as being monolithic and failing to keep up with change.
VMware moves vSphere 5.0 to launch pad
The virtual cat is out of the physical bag. Server virtualization juggernaut VMware has sent out invitations to a big shindig it is hosting in San Francisco on July 12, which is almost certainly going to be the launch of its ESXi 5.0 hypervisor and related vSphere 5.0 virtualization management stack and vCloud extensions.
Judge lets Apple keep secrets from Samsung
The I sue you, you sue me spat between Apple and Samsung took a turn in the iPhone maker’s favour this week.
Malicious software downloads invade WordPress
WordPress is requiring all account holders on the WordPress.org website to change their passwords following the discovery that hackers contaminated it with malicious software.
Apple's next iPhone planned for September, says report
Apple's next iPhone is coming in September and will blur the lines with the run-away iPad but beat it in other areas.
RIM cuts PlayBook sales forecast, report says
BlackBerry maker RIM is reported to have slashed its sales forecast for the PlayBook by well over one million units a week after it launched in the UK.
Amazon marries MapReduce with VM auctions
StructureAmazon has announced that you can now use its data-crunching Elastic MapReduce service in tandem with EC2 Spot Instances, unused EC2 virtual machines that company puts up for open auction. Spot instance prices fluctuate according to supply and demand, but these VMs can typically be used for less than the standard instance price.
UK man charged with attack that shut down SOCA site
UK officials have formally accused a 19-year-old man of involvement in Monday's attack on the website of the British Serious Organised Crime Agency and two previous web-based assaults directed at the music industry.
Cloud no cure for IT department haters
It's a seeming truism that everyone hates IT. Indeed, while IT departments have long looked to open source as a way to skirt the formal purchasing and legal processes that slow down software acquisition, marketing and other departments now look to the cloud/SaaS as a way to evade IT for much the same reason.
Want to keep Android apps from spying on you?
A security researcher has released an Android app that allows users to control precisely what information they share with other programs installed on their smartphones.
Microsoft: 'You can get your data onto Azure for free!'
StructureMicrosoft has announced that beginning on July 1, all data transfers onto its Microsoft Azure cloud will be free.
Telstra announces copper retirement agreement
Updated: Also OptusAfter a week of speculation and months of waiting, Telstra has announced an agreement with the company building Australia’s National Broadband Network, NBN Co, under which it will move its customers to the new fibre-based wholesale access network, and progressively retire its copper.