'Green' trans-Atlantic cable set to launch in 2012
The Wellcome Trust charitable foundation has stepped outside the world of healthcare research funding and taken a stake in a new trans-Atlantic cable system.
Sony insurer says it's not liable for costs of data breach
Sony has been sued by its insurance company, which says the policy it issued doesn't cover a series of high-profile security breaches that exposed personal information associated with more than 100 million accounts.
AMD readies Bulldozers to ship next month
The hybrid CPU-GPU chips for mobile PCs gave Advanced Micro Devices some breathing room in the second quarter, but it's going to take continued ramping of these APU processors and an upswing in Opteron server sales to get the company back to the profit levels it should be enjoying during a retooling phase in the IT market – and it looks like AMD and its server partners won't have to wait too much longer.
On first day, Apple sells 50 Lions for every lion
During its first day of availability, Apple sold 50 copies of its new Mac OS X Lion operating system for every living copy of the actual African Lion for which it is named.
TSA to revise nudie scanner software
America’s Transport Security Administration has decided it doesn’t need full nude outlines to work out whether or not someone is carrying a bomb under their clothing.
NSW stalls on R18+ games classification: report
The meeting of Australian attorneys-general came within one voice of deciding to add an R18+ games classification to Australia’s censorship regime.
Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part One
ReviewThere was a time when I’d be excited about the launch of a new version of Apple’s Mac operating system. I’d count the days leading up to the launch with the same fervour as opening the windows on a yuletide advent calendar.
Phishers target frequent flyer schemes in Brazil
Phishing fraudsters have latched on to a new target, with attacks designed to gain compromised access to frequent flyer accounts.
Heathrow to get new facial recognition scanners
Passengers going through terminals one and five at Heathrow will have their faces scanned from September before they board their planes, airport operator BAA has announced.
Japanese judge jails serial malware author
Japanese authorities have jailed a serial malware writer for two-and-a-half years over his latest creation.
Corporates love iPhone, iPad more than Android kit
Good Technology makes BlackBerry-style infrastructure and client software for big businesses. Good is popular with a fair few corporates, and it released some interesting data last night about the mobile platforms these giants are implementing.
HTC to fit Flyer fondleslabs with 3D
3D tablet talk has intensified following whispers that HTC is preparing a dual-camera 3D version of its Flyer, leaked through factory-line snaps today.
Big Blue boffins scan 10 billion files in Flash in a flash
IBM and Violin have announced a great big GPFS numbers record: the software scanned 10 billion files in a flash – well, 43 minutes – using four Violin flash memory arrays.
Four illegal ways to sort out the Euro finance crisis
CommentSaving the euro isn't the easiest of things: solving the current problems actually would be quite easy, if expensive, except for all the laws and regulations that rule out all of the easy ways.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G2 USB 3.0 Flash drive
Accessory of the WeekIf Apple won't go USB 3.0, at least almost every other computer maker has. While eSata, Firewire 800 and Thunderbolt are certainly better for desktop drives, SuperSpeed is the only choice when you want to copy files quickly onto a stick and go.
Go Daddy spokes-totty: I'm on the elephants' side
Celebrity Go Daddy spokesmodel Jillian Michaels has led a protest against circuses' unethical treatment of elephants, just a few months after company chairman Bob Parsons came under fire for shooting one dead while on holiday.
Pfizer's Facebook page jacked by script kiddies
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's Facebook page has been defaced by mischief makers.
Ofcom posts broadband, mobile punter satisfaction scores
Orange has topped Ofcom's latest broadband customer satisfaction poll, though it remains some way behind the lead in the regulator's equivalent survey of mobile networks.
Speaking Clock to celebrate diamond anniversary on Sunday
At the third stroke - or this Sunday, to be precise - Britain's famous Speaking Clock will be 75 years old.
Copyright Kitemark plan flutters aloft
We first revealed a cunning plan to persuade search engines to "kitemark" serial pirate music websites back in April. Now the Performing Rights Society, which hatched the idea, has talked about it publicly for the first time. The PRS calls it "traffic lights", and the idea is that search engines flag known and persistent copyright infringement enablers in their results pages.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition
Review26 Hours of extras, 15 discs, 3 movies, one ring. Finally, the extended Blu-ray version of Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy has been released. Time to finally Orc-up and buy.
RM shares take a caning following Board warning
Specialist education IT supplier RM has issued a warning that results for the year ending September may fall below expectations as market conditions remain challenging on both sides of the pond.
Cameron: Murdoch son of Murdoch needs another grilling
Prime Minister David Cameron has called on News Corp chairman James Murdoch to face further questions from MPs about the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed his family media empire.
Phone-hack backlash BBC in embarrassing headline gaffes
UpdatedWe at Vulture Central know only too well that it has been an extremely busy week in the world of phone-hacking for reporters across the land, but that's surely no excuse for this worrisome piece of sloppy copy from none other than Auntie this morning.
Angry Birds, other iPhone games shotgunned by Lodsys
Rovio, makers of crack-like mobile game Angry Birds, is facing a patent claim from Lodsys – the patent-holder suing* Apple – and its third-party developers for alleged infringements.
Murdoch parliamentary pandemonium: Shock snap
ExclusiveWe gather there's an isolated tribe of Papuan headhunters who have not yet caught up with the News of the World mobe-tapping outrage, but it's surely just a matter of time before the scandal reaches even the remotest pockets of humanity.
Activision: Guitar Hero to re-form
Less than a year since Activision announced the franchise had performed its final farewell gig, Guitar Hero is to make an unexpected comeback. In fact, Activision never planned to kill it off in the first place, apparently.
Microsoft shakes up Office 365 channel payments
Microsoft is trying to talk to resellers about Office 365 in a language they understand: cold hard cash ... but the message is still failing to resonate with some.
Feds investigate $17m of missing kit at CompUSA
The FBI have taken charge of investigations into the reported theft of $17m (£10.4m) worth of electronics allegedly stolen from Systemax-owned CompUSA by two brothers of fired exec Gilbert Fiorentino and other former employees.
Sony calls time on 8mm video format
Sony has pulled the plug on another iconic format from yesteryear, calling time on the 8mm video format.
Nokia reaps the Dilbert years
AnalysisNokia took a long, long time to turn consistent profits into a gigantic quarterly loss, but nobody can be surprised by yesterday's results. With so few (and such lacklustre) products in the pipeline for the past two years, it is remarkable how well it has done for so long, with so little.
Acer to deliver ARM notebook within nine days
Acer needs to hurry. Apparently, it's going to launch the first ever notebook based on an Nvidia Tegra 2 chip this month, and there only nine more days to go.
Evil '666' auto-whaler tool is even eviler than it seems
Hackers have created a fake tool especially designed to exploit the laziness of the most clueless and unskilled phishing fraudsters.
Anonymous hackers hacked by young Turks
AnonPlus, the social network set up by anarcho-hacktivista collective Anonymous, has itself been hacked.
HP board gives Leo $10bn more funny money
The board of directors at IT giant Hewlett-Packard think that HP's stock is undervalued and that the company needs to bolster the earnings per share that the company will report in future quarters. Thus the board has given CEO Leo Apotheker an additional $10bn in funny money to send in truckloads encrypted packets down to Wall Street to buy back HP shares.
Nuclear Mars tank to roam imposing crater
NASA has announced that its Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity, will touch down in Mars' Gale crater, described as boffins' "top choice to pursue the ambitious goals of this new rover mission".
Toyota tech to steer cars round jaywalkers
Toyota has taken automatic collision-avoidance a step further by allowing a car to steer itself around an obstacle if it can't slow down in time.
Mac Lion's breath causes Celerra NAS storage to die
When the Lion roars, Celerra bleats and plays dead.
Hitachi goes lenticular with 720p smartphone display
3D displays appear set for immediate improvement, after Hitachi unveiled a fresh 4.5in IPS screen for smartphones.
Rescue privacy before it vanishes forever
Open...and ShutI used to be able to bowl alone on the internet. Now I'm constantly forced into social interaction. I blame Tim O'Reilly. Or, rather, the misinterpretation of one of his core principles: "architectures of participation" – meaning systems that default to user participation.
RIM PlayBook nabs first US gov't tablet certification
Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook has received a much-needed shot in the arm by becoming the first tablet to earn US government security certification.
Marketer taps browser flaw to see if you're pregnant
A prominent online marketer that helps websites deliver targeted ads has been exploiting a decade-old browser flaw that leaks the history of websites that users visit, a researcher from Stanford University reported.
Apple eyeing Hulu acquisition, insiders say
Apple is in talks to acquire video-streaming and subscription service Hulu, according to sources speaking with both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal
MacBook batteries susceptible to hack attacks
Now that Apple has endowed the Mac operating system with state-of-the-art security protections, a researcher has devised new attacks that target the machine's battery.
TSA officer accused of stealing from passenger luggage
A US Transportation Security Administration officer has been charged with theft after he allegedly stole a passenger's luxury watch that wound up for sale on eBay.
Oracle buys Ksplice
With 7,000 companies paying for support contracts for Oracle's Enterprise Linux clone, the software giant is, whether anyone likes it or not, a player in the Linux racket. And Oracle just made its competitive position in the Linux space a lot more interesting with the acquisition of a startup called Ksplice.