Intel: We're all office warriors now
Intel expects almost 40 per cent of its business will come from notebooks in the next two years, as OEMs seek to pacify a new class of user - the "office warrior".
Microsoft adopts XML for Office formats
Microsoft has crept closer to interoperability between Office documents and those from competing productivity suites by way of XML.
BOFH: Blocking the chutney ferret
Episode 18There's a bit of a flap on! I know because the Boss, the new Head of IT and the CEO have been speaking earnestly behind closed doors for some time...
Black is white in Longhorn compatibility land
Microsoft has visited the Bizzaro World of application compatibility to explain which software will break once Longhorn's .NET Framework 2.0 is unleashed on Windows.
Dell red-faced over salesman's Lenovo jibes
Horrified Dell executives scrambled this week to undo a public relations nightmare that erupted after one of its salesmen equated buying IBM/Lenovo PCs with support for China's communist government.
Saucy sites to get .xxx TLD
Sex sites are to get their own .xxx domain creating a "virtual" red light district on the wibbly wobbly web.
'Nazi nuke' sketch unearthed
A German historian who controversially claims that the Nazis tested a nuclear device in 1945 has now unearthed a sketch of a "Nazi nuke", as the BBC puts it.
Trojan poses as Osama capture pics
Spam emails that try to dupe Windows users into infection by offering information about the supposed capture of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden were sent to an estimated one million surfers yesterday. The bogus emails attempt to seed infection of a new downloader Trojan, Small-AXR, contained in a pics.scr file within a zip attachment of the fraudulent messages.
Power lines linked to childhood leukaemia
Children living close to overhead power lines might be at an increased risk of developing leukaemia, according to scientists at Oxford University. The researchers stress that they do not have a causal mechanism - there is no known biological reason for the finding - and so the results may be a statistical fluke.
Russia rattles sabre over space weapons
Russia has warned that it will take "adequate retaliatory measures" against any deployment of space-based weapons. Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov used a trip to the Baikonur facility in Kazakhstan - celebrating its 50th birthday - to indulge in a bit of sabre rattling against Moscow's old adversary the US.
Hack can upgrade XP Home to XP Pro Lite
German computer magazine C'T claims that by changing only 2 bytes from the file setupreg.hiv in Windows's XP Home kit, users can get access to certain functions only avalaible in Windows XP Professional, such as Remote Desktop, User management and enhanced security features.
Sharp unshackles 65-inch LCD beast
Sharp today announced that it would in August roll out the world's biggest LCD TV* - a whopping 65 inches for an equally whopping $15,500 (roughly £8,500).
Virgin trials mobile TV
Virgin Mobile is looking to beam TV programmes direct to handsets as part of a trial with BT Wholesale.
Vive la France! cry Reg readers
Stern responseWell, Otto has once again handed off responsibility for dealing with his letters, so it falls to the rest of us to give you, our beloved readers, a chance to respond to his fortnightly rant.
Sun exits blade server market . . . for now
If you're looking to buy a blade server in the near future, then Sun Microsystems won't be your supplier of choice.
EU experts scrap over GM maize
EU food safety experts today failed to agree on whether or not to authorise a GM maize for food use. A European Commission official told Reuters that this was the 13th consecutive failure to agree over biotech products.
Hackers plot to create massive botnet
Computer Associates has warned of a co-ordinated malware attack (CMA) described as among the most sophisticated yet unleashed on the net. The attack involves three different Trojans – Glieder, Fantibag and Mitglieder – in a co-ordinated assault designed to establish a huge botnet under the control of hackers. CA reckons that access to the compromised PCs is for sale on a black market, at prices as low as five cents per PC.
VoIP confuses punters
Punters are confused by VoIP even though more and more know about the benefits of internet telephony, according to research from Ipsos-Insight.
Phoenix to rise on 2007 Mars mission
The next US mission to Mars was given the go-ahead by NASA yesterday, clearing the way for teams to begin preparing for the launch of the Phoenix mission in August 2007. The lander is designed to look for possible indicators of life, past or present, and scan the landing site for water ice, and potential habitats.
SMEs tempted with BT tech support
BT is offering small businesses "corporate grade" IT support for around 50p a day.
Intel shifts Manitoba
Intel claims to have finally found a customer for its Manitoba mobile phone platform in the shape of British-based operator O2.
Message storm knocks NYSE offline
The New York Stock Exchange is re-examining its network after it was forced to close four minutes early at 3:56pm on Wednesday (1 June) because of a communications glitch. Trading opened on time (09:30 EDT) the following morning but the outage irked traders and raised questions about the reliability of a network described as "ultra reliable" following improvements made in the wake the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Sun critics hear the sound of two garbage trucks colliding
AnalysisFor years, Scott McNealy's comical, sarcastic, controversial mouth has produced a flood of press for Sun Microsystems - often more press than the company's size deserved. But one particular item from McNealy's acerbic repertoire could haunt Sun as it waits for the freshly announced StorageTek acquisition to close.
BT inks new Wi-Fi roaming deals
BT has signed international roaming deals with wireless operators in Japan, France and Switzerland taking the number of Wi-Fi hotspots its punters can use to more than 30,000 around the world.
Netscape fans giggle at broken IE
LettersGartner pronounced this week that IT departments are likely to get smaller and less techie, a trend that will be driven by an increase in outsourcing. You wondered what the analysts had been smoking:
Sony tries to choke off UK PSP imports
Sony has taken legal action against resellers flogging PlayStation Portable (PSP) devices ahead of the official 1 September European launch. The consumer electronics giant has sent "cease and desist" letters to grey market traders that are selling PSPs to UK punters after importing them from either Japan or the US, where the eagerly sought gadget is already on sale.