Ballmer blames bad guys for Microsoft pricing
Steve Ballmer is blaming software pirates for the premium pricing Microsoft charges on products like Office and Windows. But he speculated that the advent of web-based services could see a lowering of Microsoft's charges.
Microsoft costs creep up, ahead of launches
Microsoft is keeping mum about how Windows Vista and Office 2007 will affect its coming fiscal year, but conceded investments to promote these, plus other new activities including online services, are pumping up corporate spending.
'Unbreakable'? Software? Harr!
As sometimes happens, I got an email from a reader after writing a piece for Reg Developer. This time, the piece in question was Testing assumptions and the big stack and, as perhaps you will see, the email brought a guffaw, and then a thought.
Nintendo splashes Revolution with 'Wii'
It's no joke - Nintendo today renamed its next-generation console 'Wii'. As in 'we', apparently, but in school playgrounds across the UK - and probably everywhere else in the English-speaking world too - they'll be sniggering and adding a second 'e' to the 'we'.
ID Card database to be used as population register
The Government announced last week that data from the National Identity Register (NIR) will also be used as an adult population register for a range of novel data sharing functions.
BT buys Dabs.com
BT is to flog computers, TVs, cameras, and other digital gear after it announced today that it has bought Dabs.com.
Breach case could curtail web flaw finders
Security researchers and legal experts have voiced concern this week over the prosecution of an information technology professional for computer intrusion after he allegedly breached a university's online application system while researching a flaw without the school's permission.
Sales of handheld devices continue to drop
Sales of handheld devices are continuing to fall, according to new figures issued by research firm IDC. The organisation's latest worldwide Handheld Qview report reveals the total number of devices shipped during the first quarter of 2006 totaled 1.5m, a drop of 22.3 per cent year-on-year.
Intel chief to chop workforce?
Intel may be about to take an axe to its employee roster as the chip giant strives to become "leaner, more agile and more efficient", the goal of a major restructure announced by CEO Paul Otellini last night. It will be the firm's biggest shake-up since the mid-1980s, he claimed.
Smart mobile device market up 55%
Over 16.7m 'smart mobile devices' were shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2006, up 55 per cent on the same period a year ago. According to research from Canalys, the Asia-Pacific region has now overtaken Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in sales of smart mobile devices. Asia-Pacific represented 46 per cent of all shipments during Q1 2006, compared to 39 per cent for EMEA and 15 per cent for the Americas.
Info commission calls on business to protect bio data
The UK's Information Commissioner has called for businesses to pull their socks up and protect their data.
ID cards without contact
The Home Office has indicated that it is likely to adopt a "contactless" form of smart card for the National Identity Card.
Wanadoo to kick off Orange makeover in May
Wanadoo is to complete its second rebranding in two years when it changes its name to Orange sometime during the next month.
Net Neutrality bid gone for good
The final attempt this session to give the United States regulator more discretion over the deployment, and potential abuse of broadband, has failed.
Da Vinci Code judgment decoded
Disappointingly, the hidden message inserted by a High Court judge into his ruling on the Da Vinci Code copyright trial has already been solved. Mr Justice Peter Smith's code, reported yesterday, has been cracked by a London lawyer.
Road warrior Wi-Fi
iPass, the company that pioneered straightforward dial-up support for roadwarriors worldwide, and which recently bought its main rival in the business, GoRemote (known to many as Gric), is seeking to take that customer base to the next generation of connectivity: the Wi-Fi hotspot.
Mexico set to join space race
Mexican lawmakers are in the process of setting up a national space agency, according to Reuters. The lower house in Mexico City has given the green light to a proposal that could see rocketry in development within the year.
Sony to bring net-based TV-to-PSP streaming to Europe
Sony will next month launch its LocationFree TV (LFTV) service in the UK and other key European territories, allowing PlayStation Portable users to receive television programmes transmitted from the home and out across the internet. Mac users are to get access to the service too.
Wanadoo LLU service goes titsup
Thousands of Wanadoo UK customers were left without broadband after the ISP's broadband service went titsup yesterday.
The black art of software estimation
Book reviewSteve McConnell of Code Complete fame, is not joking when he describes software estimation as a black art, though even then he's being generous.
Bill Gates' letter to hobbyists (en Français, 2006)
EU vs MS CommentEuropean Court justice Cooke gave Microsoft's lawyers a tonic yesterday, by raising concerns about the transfer of Microsoft's intellectual property.
AMD Opteron CPUs hit by heat stroke
ExclusiveAMD today admitted it has inadvertently allowed a number of 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz single-core Opteron x52 and x54 processors that could corrupt data under extreme conditions to escape into the wild.
Comment on this story and we'll sue you
LettersThe word on the street this week is: be careful what you say, especially on the internet. It all kicked off with a Hamburg court ruling that forum moderators were legally responsible for posts. Cue general outrage:
Scientists advance bug-eyed CCTV tech
US scientists have developed minuscule compound lenses that will allow insect-style panoramic vision. The research, reported in Science, was carried out by Professor Luke Lee and colleagues at the University of California, with backing from DARPA, the US government's defence research organ.
'Pentagon hacker' prepares for verdict
InfosecGary McKinnon, the British hacker who's due to hear whether he will be extradited to the US on 10 May, rates his chances of avoiding trial in the States as only "50/50".
Orange animals not on endangered list
Reports that Orange's laughably misguided “Animals” campaign is to be binned after just two months are not true, according to the operator.
Bulldog doubles broadband speeds
Bulldog has cut the ribbon on a faster broadband service that provides speeds of up to 16 meg.
HCI lobby's plea for mercy
The industry association of deserted HCI traders has presented proposals to resuscitate their intravenous tax subsidy before a commons debate on Tuesday.
Computerland pleased with itself
Everything's on course for a celebratory sherry at Computerland this year, according to the firm's pre-close trading statement.
OFT probes e-shopping
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is conducting a major fact-finding study to discover whether consumers receive enough protection when shopping online. Although more and more people are shopping online, some consumers are still concerned about matters such as payment security, fraud, and delivery problems.
O2 hooks up with Disney for new 'family friendly' MVNO
Mickey Mouse and his chums are to launch a mobile phone service in the UK as part of a new service aimed at families.
Magic key to reveal future UK lottery numbers
This has got to be worth a tenner of anybody's money: a Magic key which will reveal future UK lottery winning numbers:
TDK cracks 200GB Blu-ray Disc problem
TDK has gone ahead and produced the 200GB Blu-ray Disc it announced a few weeks ago that it was working on. And while it appears to have failed to compress four standard dual-layer 50GB discs together into a single unit, it has nonetheless come up with a novel alternative.