Window closing on Office 2003
Microsoft is facing an uphill battle to push copies of Office 2003 on customers and its ISV partner ecosystem, ahead of next year's predicted launch of Office 12.
UK to stockpile bird-flu vaccine
Now is the time to train as a nurse, join the army or make yourself indispensable to the government in some other way. The government has confirmed that it is to stockpile two million shots of the vaccine against the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
On Creativity, Computers and Copyright
"We'd run out of ironic things to say" - Neil Tennant, The Pet Shop Boys
Ebuyer promises to be better
Ebuyer's new marketing boss has been telling El Reg what has changed at the etailer and why it is now taking customer service seriously.
Ringtone shoplifters nab £75m worth of choons
The music and ringtone business is being ripped off to the tune of £75m per year, as people grab free previews of ringtones via PCs and transfer them to their phones, says software company QPass.
eBay posts record numbers
Ebay - the global auction site branded an "electronic pimp" by angry popster Bob Geldof - has notched up record numbers for its second quarter.
ID theft fears prompt ecommerce boycott
Identity theft fears are prompting some UK consumers to avoid buying goods or services online or over the phone, according to a national survey published this week.
Worm wears iTunes guise
The latest incarnation of the Opanki worm, which spreads itself using AOL Instant Messenger, has begun targeting iTunes users.
UK government's science project gets mixed report
The government has issued its first annual report on the ten-year, billion-pound framework on science and innovation investment. Although it says the road ahead will be tough, it has found some reasons for optimism.
Nokia Q2 sales, income jump
Nokia today met its own earnings forecast but fell short of analyst expectations when it posted its Q2 results.
Colt ups revs, narrows losses
Colt - the UK-based telecoms group that provides communications services to businesses - has managed to post slightly improved numbers.
WD extends HDD warranty periods
Western Digital fired the latest shot in the hard drive warranty war this week by upping the coverage period on its enterprise drives to five years, and extending the desktop and notebook warranty durations to three years.
Nvidia updates drivers to confound CrossFire
Nvidia last night posted its latest ForceWare graphics drivers, touting the new release's inclusion of a new antialiasing mode delivered by the company's SLi technology.
Clarke 'lowers bar' on terror crime via web, writing, preaching
UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke yesterday announced plans to exclude or deport individuals deemed to have encouraged terrorism via preaching, running web sites or writing articles, and gave further details of plans for new terrorist offences including "indirect incitement" of terrorism, which is likely to cover similar territory.
OQO Model 01 handheld PC
ReviewThere's no denying that the OQO Model 01 is one of the coolest devices that I've ever got my paws on. It is an amazingly compact yet fully featured PC, in a very similar vein to the Sony Vaio U series. However, there are some obvious advantages that the Model 01 has over the U70P. Top of that list has to be size: the Sony was pretty close to pocket size, but the Model 01 really is. I've been carrying the Model 01 around with me for the past couple of weeks and it fits snugly into my back pocket, writes Riyad Emeran.
Firefox update fixes stability glitches
The Mozilla Foundation rushed out a new version of Firefox on Tuesday to address stability problems introduced when it fixed a series of security vulnerabilities last week. Firefox Version 1.0.6 restore API compatibility for extensions and web applications that did not work in Firefox 1.0.5, a release itself designed to fix a variety of security vulnerabilities collectively rated as critical.
Dusty star could conceal alien 'Earth'
US Astronomers have discovered a sun-like star wrapped in a shroud of dust, prompting speculation that the system could harbour a young Earth.
Sony wins Nuplayer PSP sales ban
UK-based PlayStation Portable grey importer Nuplayer has been ordered by the English High Court to stop selling the handheld console.
Biggest 419 bust in history
The FBI and Spanish police have arrested 310 people in Malaga, Spain in connection with a €100m bogus (email) lottery scam run by Nigerian gangs. It is the biggest 419 bust in history, and may result in drastic reductions of scam mails.
Be 24 meg service to cost under £30 a month
Be - the broadband ISP that doesn't have any punters yet - has confirmed that its 24 meg service will cost less than £30 a month.
Watchdog pops a cap in Grand Theft Auto
The US's Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has bowed to pressure from various sources - including parental groups and Hillary Clinton - to reclassify Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as Adult Only (AO). It was previously rated as a teen-friendly M (mature).
Security bracelet foils child abduction
A father's attempts to abduct his infant son from a North Carolina hospital last week were foiled by an electronic bracelet around the baby's ankle. Walter Mitchell was apprehended by hospital security guards outside Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte after his flight with his newborn son in a cloth bag triggered a "code pink" alert.
HP stops Expansys importing non-Euro PDAs
Hewlett-Packard has claimed a knockout win in its High Court action to prevent Manchester-based Expansys importing HP PDAs from outside Europe.
Charon in stellar occultation charge
Astrophysicists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have captured footage of Pluto's moon, Charon, blotting out the light from a single star.
Sun suffers self-imposed Linux lobotomy
Not too long ago, Sun Microsystems proudly sold Linux for its line of x86 processor-based servers. If you had any doubts that this Linux love era has passed, then check out yesterday's press release describing a customer win with Ciena Corp. Love? Not even tolerance.
Scotty actor's ashes head for space
Actor James Doohan, best known as Star Trek's engineer, Scotty, is to have his ashes sent into space. Doohan died on Wednesday, aged 85, from Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia.
EMC does double-digit growth thang again in Q2
EMC continued its role as a Tier 1 hardware standout during the second quarter, reporting solid jumps in both revenue and income.
Japanese bank turns ATMs into one-armed bandits
A Japanese bank is trying to get more punters to use cash tills by building in a fruit machine-style game. ATMs from Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank, due to go into service next month, will offer a game of chance to pass the time while customers wait for cash to be dispensed, Japan's Mainichi Daily News reports.
Dell sucks another $7m out of North Carolina
After pumping North Carolina for more than $270m, Dell decided it wasn't done yet. Actually pay for the land its new factory will sit on? Hell, no!