Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn
Foxconn has apparently botched a batch of iPhones, which Apple returned to the contract manufacturer because they were not fit for sale.
787 battery fix approved
Boeing's beleaguered 787 is a little closer to flying again after the USA's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). approved the plane-makers new battery system plans.
Japanese Feds urge ISPs to support Tor ban plan
UpdatedJapan’s technology-illiterate police have put themselves in the firing line once again after recommending what amounts to a blanket ban on the use of the Tor anonymiser network in the country.
DDOS strikes BitCoin exchange Mt.Gox
Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox has been attacked and its servers briefly taken offline.
Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill
Rebecca Richardson, the former Oracle employee who recently won a case against the company over sexual harassment committed by a former colleague, found out late last week that it was a pyrrhic victory after being hit with a monster legal bill.
More and more likely that double CO2 means <2°C: New study
The results of a new approach to calculating the effect of CO2 - using empirical observations - suggest it has a lower impact on the climate than previously thought, and its effects are being over-estimated by the IPCC.
Are you being robbed of sleep by badly designed servers?
Sysadmin BlogHow should we design the servers and end-user computers of the future?
Web minister Maria Miller: UK WILL hit 2015 broadband target
Culture Secretary Maria Miller insisted during parliamentary questioning that the government's £680m Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project will hit its target of bringing download speeds of at least 2Mbit/s to almost every Brit by 2015.
Amazon: We're expanding into TWO HUNDRED countries
Amazon's Android software store will soon be available across 200 countries - many of which don't have official access to Amazon's Android hardware - as the bookstore continues its quest for world domination.
SanDisk '2-3 years' away from mass-producing 3D flash chips
Enterprise flash storage is proceeding inexorably down the process-shrinking road. But what happens when the shrinkage stops and flash devices evolve from using 2D to 3D chips? SanDisk thinks it might have the answer.
Fed up with database speed? Meet Big Blue's BLU-eyed boy
AnalysisLike other system vendors with their own software stacks, IBM is trying to boost the processing speed of its database software so it can take on larger and larger data munching jobs.
Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks
Product RoundupStop anyone on the street and ask them for a definition of the term ‘Ultrabook’ and I suspect they will look at you with utter incomprehension. Hardly surprising, since Intel’s effort to create a popular brand for thin’n’light notebooks hasn’t really been a roaring success.
Ready for the car 2.0? Nvidia preps UPGRADABLE car system
What’s your next car dashboard going to look like? The answer may well be: however you want it to look. If Nvidia has its way, car manufacturers and owners will have a much wider range of choices when it comes to dashboard displays, navigation sophistication, and personalising the car to the owner.
Facebook to plonk $1.5bn data centre in Iowa - report
Facebook is reportedly building a $1.5bn data centre in the US state of Iowa - but for now the company is remaining quiet about its plans.
Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again
Eric Schmidt has once again said that it was totally fine for Google to pay just £6m in UK corporation tax - even though it's a multi-billion dollar company.
First the PCs, now System X: Is IBM ready to flog server biz to Lenovo?
HPC blogIs IBM selling all or part of its x86 server biz to PC giant Lenovo? Nothing has been confirmed by either party, but it sure looks like there’s something in the works. So what might this deal look like?
Blogger, activist pals answer Anons' CISPA website blackout call
Almost 400 websites around the world have shut down services as part of a protest against new US cybersecurity laws.
ICO probes Home Office refusal to reveal Snooper's Charter details
The Home Office could face legal action over its failure to explain the "Request Filter" system buried in its Communications Data Bill.
Platform clouds can make enterprises all teeth and no tail
The cloud is at the same point in its history that proprietary minicomputers were at four decades ago.
The software industry: So efficient, we invented shelfware
It has always amused me that we work in an industry that has built up such a bad reputation for overselling that we actually coined the phrase "Shelfware".
And they're off: Hubble, Herschel race for hot pics of space filly
PicsOrbiting space telescopes Herschel and Hubble have both snapped new infrared images of interstellar spectacle the Horsehead Nebula.
BadNews, fandroids: MILLIONS of Google Play downloads riddled with malware
At least two million Google Play downloads gave Android users an unwanted freebie in the form of BadNews, a piece of malware which masqueraded as a legitimate advertising network.
iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock
Apple and Volkswagen have joined forces to produce a new version of the iconic Beetle enhanced with all sort of Cupertino-inspired bells and whistles.
EC sends antitrust complaint to smart chip cartel suspects
With settlement talks stalled, the European Commission has launched a formal investigation into whether suppliers of cryptographic chips conspired to fix prices across Europe. The commission announced today that it had sent out a warning to several smart card chip suppliers that it was investigating allegations that they had participated in a cartel.
Review: Disgo 8400G 7.9in Android tablet
A 7.9in Jelly Bean Android tablet with 3G connectivity for £150? There has to be a catch, right? Absolutely. The catch with the Disgo 8400G is that you’ve probably never heard of the company before...
Securing the Internet of Things - or how light bulbs can spy on you
AnalysisIt's going to be a tough task securing the Internet of Things, an upcoming massive global network of web-connected fridges, freezers and pacemakers. But according to experts gathered in Cambridge last week we can't even start locking it down until we know who's going to make money from it.
German watchdog whacks Google with PIDDLING FINE over Street View slurp
Google has been fined just €145,000 for the unauthorised, "negligent" slurp of payload data its fleet of Street View cars captured from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks in Hamburg, Germany.
How long will it take Facebook Home to hit 1bn downloads? 76 years
Facebook Home has been downloaded 500,000 times from Google's Play store since it was released by the free content ad network earlier this month.
Microsoft: Worried about web privacy? Tell us everything...
Microsoft has launched a drive to stop people splurging their personal information all over the internet - by asking them to splurge their personal information all over the internet.
Red Hat renames JBoss application server as WildFly
After tallying the votes in a naming contest that kicked off in October 2012, leading Linux vendor Red Hat has announced that the product formerly known as the JBoss Application Server (AS) will henceforth be known as WildFly.
US Senate vote to add internet sales tax this week
The US Senate is set to vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) on Monday, legislation that would force internet retailers to collect state and local sales taxes while giving overseas online sellers a financial leg-up.
The enterprise software gravy train stalled in 2012
The world spends about twice as much dough on enterprise software as it does on data center hardware, and that software is also where a lot of the profit for the IT sector comes from. So when enterprise software revenues don't grow as fast as they have in prior years, it has ripple effects on the IT industry as a whole.
CA piles into API management with Layer 7 acquisition
CA Technologies has hopped into API management via the acquisition of Layer 7 technologies as the company continues to reinvent itself for the software-as-a-service era.
First Firefox OS developer phones to launch on Tuesday
Developers who are interested in building apps for the Mozilla Foundation's web standards–based Firefox OS will be able to get their hands on the first handsets running the open source platform beginning on Tuesday.
Cloudmeter pulls big data from the network, not the servers
Last year, Atomic Labs, the creator of the Pion web analytics tool, changed its name to Cloudmeter, raised some money, and set above to make its analytics tool more broadly useful for enterprises. Pion has been transformed into a broader tool called Stream, which runs on premises, and Cloudmeter has cooked up an adjunct application performance management tool called Insight, which runs on the Amazon Web Services cloud.
Hedge fund invests $2bn in Microsoft, thinks Redmond is undervalued
Microsoft's quarterly earnings report last week did little to reassure the markets that the company is on track to regain its former stock valuation, but a $2bn buying spree by a US hedge fund prompted an uptick in its share price on Monday.