Stem cell trigger pinpointed
Stem cell scientists have pinpointed a molecule that confers the cells with amazing powers of self-renewal and maintains their ability to develop into any other type of cell in the body.
Boulder boffins reveal secret of gas giants' moons
A computer model developed by scientists at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, sheds new light on the formation of many of the moons in the solar system.
Bring back Bichard
The prime minister has fended off a call to reconvene the Bichard inquiry team – at least for now.
NetSuite seeks ISVs
Editors' BlogSo you've got this great piece of code, and you know it could make a great little product. It could even make your fortune if you get a business going around it. That last bit, however, is still the stumbling block; the grind of running the business is the part where most small companies stagger and fall, product ideas are dead easy by comparison.
Mio launches C210 Sat Nav in Brussels
Belgian company Mio Technology has launched the C210 Sat Nav package, with a very reasonable retail price of £199.
Yahoo! worst in China
Yahoo! restricts access to more websites than any other search engine in China.
Boy George tries to squeeze into US patent shoes
OpinionEuropean ministers have pinned their hopes on more targets to solve the riddle posed so sycophantically by shadow chancellor George Osborne this week in a speech to IT bigwigs in California: How come you Yanks are so big, bold and beautiful, while us Europeans are such wet and weedy sucklers of the great American teat?
France first in MS IPTV rollout
CommentRight on schedule, T-Online France, trading as Club Internet, an ISP subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom operating in France, will deliver the first live Microsoft IPTV service in Europe later this month.
Nortel weakened by failure of Huawei venture
CommentFour months after announcing an important joint venture with China's Huawei, Nortel quietly announced in an SEC filing that the plan had been cancelled.
Tiscali unveils VoIP service
Tiscali, which recently clocked up one million broadband lines in the UK, has unveiled details of a new VoIP service.
Oracle busts through own forecasts for Q4
Oracle was full of itself yesterday after announcing it would exceed financial targets for its fourth quarter.
Hacking your vacuum cleaner
What's the difference between a dishwasher and a robot that washes dishes? Pay enough for your dishwasher and it will use fuzzy logic to decide how much water to use given the number of plates you put in.
A lesson in spyware
I use a computer of course, but only for fun. I'm certainly not a guru. So when people started talking about "spyware" I was a little confused. It sounded like a virus, but it clearly wasn't. No problem, I visited a site that I trust (Microsoft.com) and found a very nice lady there (in a video, of course) who told me all about it.
Welsh email filterer can use 'spam' in trademark
Swansea email filter firm NetBop Technologies has become the first to register a text trademark containing the word "spam".
NHS IT cost doubled to £12.4bn
The £6.2bn National Programme for IT will henceforward be known as the £12.4bn National Programme for IT, after a long-awaited National Audit Office report into the ambitious NHS IT scheme revealed the full extent of its costs to date.
Acer MP-500 breaks cover in Germany
We've been waiting for Acer's MP-500 PMP for some time now and, if a product page on Acer's German website is anything to go by, it seems that the launch day may be very close.
Consumers to flock to VoIP
The traditional home phone number could become a thing of the past as more and more people opt for fixed-mobile services and VoIP.
Sky viewers show Motty the red button
Tech DigestThere's much excitement in Geek TV's plush suite over a Sky press release that fails to mention the World Cup.
CMDB standards wrangle
CMDB? That's Configuration Management Database in long-hand, and it is the tool through which IT managements can keep a handle on the increasing complex melange of applications, tools, utilities and the rest that go to make up the operational IT infrastructure of a business or organisation.
Powergen pulls plug on Indian call centres
Powergen is pulling the plug on its Indian call centres following complaints from customers. The energy giant announced yesterday that it plans to withdraw all inbound call handling from India and create 1,000 new jobs in the UK instead.
VIA socket-479 CPU appears in Japan
VIA has been very quiet recently, especially in the UK. Although it had a stand at Computex this year, there was really very little in terms of new products on display.
Developing world malware writers throw a sickie
LettersDoes sending PCs to the developing world fuel malware? That's what Eugene Kaspersky said recently. We reckoned the potential benefits outweighed the dangers, but here are your thoughts:
What's Boomtube? Yup, speakers in a tube
Think Outside's Boomtube portable speakers are housed in an aluminium tube with ends that twist off that reveal stereo satellite speakers.
ATI denies 80nm problems
When Windows Vista hits the shops at the turn of the New Year it will include DirectX 10 which supports Shader Model with unified Shaders, as opposed to dedicated Pixel, Vertex and Geometry Shaders. This is a significant change for ATI and Nvidia and it means that the next chips will be taking a much greater step than a relatively simple speed bump from Radeon X1900 and GeForce 7900GTX.
Mealy-mouthed NAO pampers NHS IT
The £12.4bn National Programme for IT might not be delivering value for money, according to the National Audit Office report into the ambitious NHS IT scheme.