Miracle in Redmond! Tablet PC memory bug fixed
Microsoft has finally issued a patch for a notorious bug in the Tablet PC edition of Windows XP.
BSA slams blasé management of flexible working
Flexible working in the UK is growing but the rollout of technology to enable home working is frequently mismanaged. This leaves firms more exposed to security and operational risks, according to a Business Software Alliance (BSA) sponsored study
3 launches SpinVox voice2text
It's almost worth signing up for a "3" voice phone contract: the opportunity to see if SpinVox can, really, turn incoming voicemail into incoming texts.
Oracle goes shopping again
Database giant Oracle made another buy yesterday picking up privately-owned ProfitLogic.
Who wants a piece of T-Mobile?
AnalysisAnd then there were three... Or at least, there may soon be only three nationwide mobile phone networks in the United States. The owner of T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom is considering selling its US division.
Leaked drivers reveal upcoming Nvidia kit
Nvidia has a raft of new items on the way, if product names embedded in a leaked copy of its latest ForceWare drivers are anything to go by.
Nildram struggles with 'major network upgrade'
Some 700 business punters have suffered a flaky broadband service since the weekend following a major network upgrade at Nildram.
ATI adds digital telly to All-in-Wonder line
ATI this week announced the latest addition to its All-in-Wonder multimedia-oriented graphics card line-up.
Readers leap to eBay's defence
LettersAnother week, another eBay/Live8 complaint. This time the auction site is trying to pull illegal recordings of the Live8 gig from its site. The BPI says that "sadly" it isn't surprised that the recordings are out there. You aren't surprised either, but you are much less bothered:
Adobe update quells Unix PDF peril
In briefAdobe has issued patches for a common vulnerability in various Unix versions of its Acrobat Reader software to guard against possible hacker attack.
Security meltdown: who's to blame?
If there's one thing the security industry is really good at, it's pointing fingers. We all like to say that "security starts with you", so that everyone can share a piece of the mud pie. While we're pointing fingers, let's look at a few groups and individuals and see how they can share the blame for their own insecurity - and prevent the spread of viruses, Trojans and worms.
AMD to drive dual-core downmarket
AMD will next month trim its Sempron chip prices as it moves to push its Athlon 64 X2 line down-market.
USC admissions site cracked wide open
A programming error in the University of Southern California's online system for accepting applications from prospective students left the personal information of users publicly accessible, school officials confirmed this week.
UK PSP importer dodges sales ban... for now
UK PlayStation Portable importer Nuplayer won a small victory over Sony on Monday when the Japanese giant failed to secure an injunction banning the company from selling PSPs sourced from overseas.
EU Parliament bins software patent bill
The European Parliament has voted by a massive majority to reject the software patents directive, formally known as the Directive on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions. The vote to scrap the bill was passed by a margin of 648 votes to 14, with 18 abstentions.
Bulldog fingered for misleading radio ad
Bulldog is in the doghouse after two radio ads plugging its 4 meg broadband service were found to mislead punters.
Astrologer sues NASA for Tempel 1 'moral trauma'
A Russian astrologer is suing NASA for $300m in damages for "moral trauma" after the agency's Deep Impact mission successfully slammed a probe into comet Tempel 1.
Regulators try to squash Crazy Frog
Jamba, the Verisign-owned ringtone vendor, seems to have saturated the patience of regulators in Europe with its torturous Crazy Frog tune.
Europe seeks harmonized music royalties
The European Union is planning to create a new Europe-wide licensing scheme for music royalty collection and airplay compensation. Reuters reported this week that it could be ready to go to public consultation as early as this month.
Swiss introduce e-post
Swiss Post has bought the Zurich-based firm SwissSign, which specialises in digital encryption, to introduce registered e-post. Its new incaMail communication platform will permit letters with signature or registered letters to be displayed electronically in a legally-binding form.
Hurrah for Ofcom's spectrum plans
We do confess to being fans of the new UK regulator Ofcom, having been critical of the way the UK allocated Spectrum in the past, and it has now finalized its Spectrum Framework Review, with the majority of the changes being that UK license holders can trade spectrum and that licensees can decide what services to offer with a particular piece of spectrum rather than Ofcom deciding ahead of time.
Execs stumble over digital toys
Giving senior execs digital toys such as PDAs and wireless gizmos can be more trouble than it's worth, according to research out today.
Nuclear fusion: power to the people?
AnalysisIt's G8 week, and climate change is high on the agenda. And now that even George Bush has acknowledged that climate change is (a) happening and (b) is at least partly due to humans but insisted it (c) should be tackled through technology, why not focus again on a technology that's (1) happening and (2) partly controlled by humans?
Penis pill purveyor faces prison
Notorious spammer Christopher "Rizler" Smith is due in court on Wednesday following his arrest at Minneapolis St Paul International airport last Thursday. Prosecutors are calling for Smith to be held in contempt of court and jailed for six months over his flight from justice after a US judge brought the shutters down on his lucrative US spamming operation.
Canon IXUS 700 seven megapixel digicam
ReviewBefore you even think about buying this camera you have to ask yourself one key question: do you really need seven million pixels in a compact digital camera? That's what the IXUS 700 offers: a seven megapixel resolution in a body the size of a bar of soap.
London secures 2012 Olympics
In briefLondon has emerged as the surprise winner of the race to host the 2012 Olympic Games. IOC president Jacques Rogge made the dramatic announcement at 1249 BST after the vote in Singapore.
Poor diet + pollution = brain damage
Biomedical researchers in the UK are planning new research into the links between poor diet in children and their susceptibility to brain damage caused by pollution, particularly in the developing world.
MS UK defaced in hacking attack
Microsoft's UK web site was defaced late on Tuesday night with a message in support of Venezuelan hacker Rafa. Defacement archive Zone-H reports that well-known defacer Apocalypse hacked into Microsoft's UK web site (microsoft.co.uk) and uploaded a picture with the message "FREE RAFA - HACK IS NOT A CRIME" (recorded in an archive here).
Open source database firm gets webMethods infusion
The ex-webMethods crew at PostgreSQL database start-up EnterpriseDB has added to their numbers with a fresh board appointment.
Can Sun turn SOA rhetoric into weapon against IBM and SAP?
As with asking someone you fancy out on a first date, IT strategy is often a matter of timing. Having completely missed out on the Java application server market, Sun Microsystems now seems to be positioning itself to take a slice of the SOA pie.
LG throws PalmSource a lifeline
Korean giant LG has given PalmSource a much needed piece of good news, by agreeing to license PalmOS for smartphones. It wasn't disclosed which offering LG will take, nor what the deal is worth.
Intel and Morgan Freeman put DRM to work in new movie venture
Intel is teaming-up with Morgan Freeman's Revelations Entertainment company to deliver an online digital entertainment service that helps counter film piracy.
Napster, Dell cash-in on student DRM tax
It's right up there with all the big headlines of the day. London wins Olympics bid. Angelina Jolie adopts Ethiopian AIDS orphan. Prince Albert knocks boots with French-Togolese flight attendant and pops out a baby. Dell sells blade servers that can run Napster software at colleges.