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Inside Intel's security organisation

The "Here You Have" e-mail virus that ripped across the Internet last week didn't leave Intel unscathed: The 80,000-plus employee company had 4,400 employees click on the malware and wound up with 400 infected machines.

Written by Bob Brown17 Sept. 10 08:35

Google: Android Froyo OS is hot, fragmentation remains

Google has released a breakdown of Android releases running on active smartphones, tablets and other devices and the results show that the latest versions are taking off along with Android itself.

Written by Bob Brown14 Sept. 10 02:43

Smartphone users gobbling up game apps

Americans are increasingly stuffing their smartphones with apps, with games leading the way and productivity apps in the middle of the pack.

Written by Bob Brown10 Sept. 10 08:12

NSF: Time for an Internet do-over

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has doled out grants worth up to $US32 million in total to a pack of universities dedicated to rethinking everything about the Internet from from its core routing system to its security architecture and addressing the emergence of cloud computing and an increasingly mobile society.

Written by Bob Brown10 Sept. 10 07:06

10G Ethernet vendor Myricom taps new CEO, expands beyond HPC

Myricom, a pioneer in high performance computing that has shifted its focus to more mainstream networking applications in recent years, has named co-founder Nan Boden as its new president and CEO.

Written by Bob Brown10 Sept. 10 07:06

Dell Streak teardown: Go ahead and drop the tablet

The Dell Streak tablet, which goes on sale Friday in the United States, is a sturdy device just daring you to drop it. But if you do need to take it apart and fix it, that's not a problem, according to iFixit, which this week tore the device open for peek inside.

Written by Bob Brown19 Aug. 10 01:43

Novell rejects "inadequate" $2 billion takeover bid

Novell's CEO on Saturday notified customers that the open source software company has rejected hedge fund Elliott Associates' roughly $2 billion bid to take it private.

Written by Bob Brown22 March 10 15:35

Experts scrutinize 2009’s most notable IT apologies

We asked Peter Goolpacy and the team at Perfect Apology to rate the quality of the apologies issued by top tech companies and executives this year for their assorted mistakes and misdeeds. The following contains their reviews of the apologies and their ratings of the apologies on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best.

Written by Bob Brown03 Dec. 09 05:55

Intel, CMU add muscle to wimpy processors

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Intel Labs Pittsburgh have built an experimental energy-efficient computing cluster that combines flash memory and the sort of processors used in netbooks. Their name for it? Fast Array of Wimpy Nodes (FAWN). 

Written by Bob Brown15 Oct. 09 08:12

5 cool cloud computing research projects

Next week's HotCloud conference on cloud computing in San Diego will boast a slew of fresh research into this hottest of IT topics. Here's a glimpse at the work to be showcased at the event (PDFs of some research papers will not be available until the week of June 15 at the <a href="http://www.usenix.org/events/hotcloud09/tech/">HotCloud site</a>):

Written by Bob Brown11 June 09 08:02
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