DIDO: snake oil or wireless salvation?
According to Steve Perlman, his new wireless technology, DIDO, opens up a brave new world of wireless data that promises infinite and endless capacity for everybody. That's got some people excited (so excited that they can do no more than repeat his claims verbatim), while others have suggested that snake oil may be on sale...
PLCs a prison vulnerability: researchers
Hard on the heels of warnings that critical systems in America are vulnerable to Stuxnet-style attacks, a group of security researchers says SCADA systems and PLCs make prisons vulnerable to computer-based attacks.
Adobe outs un-Flash web animation tool
Adobe has released an early incarnation of its new un-Flash web design tool, Adobe Edge.
Police charge Scottish teen over Soca attack
UK police have charged an 18-year-old with hacking the Serious Organised Crime Agency's (Soca) website as part of an ongoing investigation into the infamous LulzSec and Anonymous hacktivist crews.
OCZ unsheathes Talos flash talons
OCZ's Talos flash drive is set to claw into the enterprise hard drive business.
iPad maker to replace 1 million staff with robots
The world's biggest computer components vendor plans to replace nearly its entire factory workforce with robots by 2014.
Thousands of gb.com sites go dark
Thousands of UK small businesses woke up this weekend to find that their websites had become collateral damage in a legal fight between a domain name company and its founder.
Dawn creeps closer to Clanger homeworld Vesta
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned another fine snap of Clanger homeworld Vesta – the substantial asteroid belt object seen here on 23 July from a distance of around 3,200 miles (5,200 kilometres):
Acer turns to trains for imports
PC vendors may be finally bowing to pressure to build more flexibility into the supply chain amid reports that Acer is to start shipping PCs by train. Forty carriers are already en route to Europe.
Schmaltz-powered Chrome overtakes morally superior Firefox
Chrome overtook Firefox as Britain's second most popular browser in July, with almost one in four users preferring the Google product.
PlayStation Vita release leaked
Sony's next handheld gaming platform, the PlayStation Vita, could be on shelves as early as October, after release dates were spotted on a Blockbuster flier.
Fanboys find way to NFC an iPhone
iPhone 4 users have discovered they can slip a Bank of America NFC card under the covers of an iPhone, sharing the NFC goodness previously restricted to the competition.
Button brushes off 'car accident' website defacement to claim GP win
F1 Driver Jenson Button brushed off an attack on his website late on Saturday night that falsely claimed he had been seriously injured in a car crash, and went on to win the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Cabinet Office ends website test
A Cabinet Office test of a single website for British government information ended on Friday.
Telecity in talks to acquires Data Electronics Group
Data centre provider TelecityGroup has confirmed it is chatting up Data Electronics Group (DEG) and that those flirtations could lead to an acquisition, reported to be valued at roughly £100m.
Diary of a not-spot: Breaking the BT barrier
Friday, 29 July 2011 will forever be the day I stopped paying BT any money at all, with a personal microwave link now supplying all the connections anyone could need without touching the copper in the ground.
Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB audio interface
Geek Treat of the WeekIn the early 1990s, the Mackie name became synonymous with project studio recording consoles that, while not the most sophisticated, offered a good deal of routing flexibility and mounting options. The CR1604 was the breakthrough product for the company – a mixer that is still in production in various guises. The idea behind this and other Mackie products was to deliver low noise mic pre-amps, so that even though the mixer might be basic, the signal wouldn’t suffer.
Network quality of service: making the switch
By cloud computing standards, the networks I oversee are small. The largest network under my care has 250 physical servers; my 9-5 has less than 50. Most networks I oversee have fewer than five servers and all of these networks have far fewer switches than systems.
Former UK.gov CIO takes top security job at Huawei
UpdateErstwhile government CIO John Suffolk has landed a high-ranking security role at Chinese-giant Huawei.
Nokia N9 joins next month's mobile match
It looks like Nokia's venture into the Meego market will come to fruition next month, after Orange Switzerland let slip the Nokia N9 release date as 15 September.
Who needs a million NFC tags?
Someone is planning a big slash into the Near Field market, bundling more than a million NFC tags with handsets over the next six months, according to tag supplier Identive.
Skype/Facebook integration spawns hijack risk
A bug involving the method Skype uses to integrate with Facebook creates a possible account-hijack risk, security watchers warn.
T-Mobile rolls out contract-PAYG combo
T-Mobile has refreshed its You Fix plan, which combines monthly mobile contracts with Pay as You Go in a service that lets users top up when their agreed minutes and messages are kaput.
HP to axe sales staff found pilfering dealers
HP is taking a hard line on direct sales staff at its Technology Services Group* (TSG) in the US - it will sack anyone caught nicking deals from resellers.
Samsung-Apple Wars: Galaxy blocked Down Under
Apple's copycat tablet war with Samsung has found a new theatre, it is hitting the Australian courts.
Doom dude says violent games lower aggression
Legendary id Software developer John Carmack reckons videogames have a positive impact on society and reduce aggression. Needless to say, it's a view that flies in the face of typical reports on games with violent themes.
Scotland Yard probes News of the World computer hacking claims
Police are investigating allegations of computer hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid in a separate probe from Scotland's Yard current Operation Weeting into phone-hacking claims.
'Topiary' suspect bailed
The Scottish teenager accused of involvement in LulzSec and Anonymous attacks has been freed on bail.
Amazon hunts for a few good startups
The Amazon Web Services cloud computing arm of retailing giant Amazon.com has launched its fifth annual Start-Up Challenge contest, with the top prize being $100,000 in AWS credits and cash.
iPhone 5 now set for October launch
With such an influx of rumours over the iPhone 5's projected release this September, we've practically accepted it as fact. Apparently, we're all wrong though, as the company actually plans to launch its next-gen iPhone in October.
Sneaky Trojan exploits e-commerce flaws
More details have emerged of an e-commerce software flaw linked to the theft of credit card information from numerous websites.
Are you slaving away on the wrong projects?
One of the hardest decisions that the IT department faces was highlighted in a very lively Regcast a few months ago.
Googlenet runs on '900,000 servers'
Google's worldwide data center network spans about 900,000 servers, according to an estimate based on new information the company has deigned to share about its power use.
Hackers dump secret info for thousands of cops
Hackers said they posted the names, addresses, and other personal information of 7,000 law enforcement officers that were stolen from a training academy website they compromised.
World o' data centers burns less juice than expected
Thanks to a poor economy, the more aggressive use of virtualization, and the rise of more efficient iron, the world's data centers are consuming less energy than expected, according to a new report from one prominent Stanford University researcher.
NextDC raises AU$50m for growth
The cloud business is continuing drive investment in Australia, with nascent data centre operator NextDC raising Au$50m to ramp up its planned expansion plans here and in New Zealand.
Telstra offers separation proposal
Australia’s incumbent carrier, Telstra, has submitted its proposed structural separation and migration plans to competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), ahead of the rollout of the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN).
HP sics Spaniards on Larry Ellison
Hewlett-Packard's legal fight with Oracle over Intel's Itanium processor has now landed in Spain.
Rural white space wireless standard signed off
Nearly seven years after the IEEE’s 802.22 working group was first formed, the 802.22 standard has been published.