Qualcomm considers radical action as pressure mounts
AnalysisPressure is mounting on Qualcomm on all fronts, with CEO Paul Jacobs hinting for the first time that he might consider breaking up the company.
Microsoft judge applies eBay's patent rule
Microsoft has become the first major beneficiary of a patent precedent set by the US Supreme Court last month. The software giant does not have to stop using technology that infringes someone else's patents as long as it pays the patent holder.
PlayStation 2 is not a PC, says Court of Appeal
Sony's PlayStation 2 is officially a games console and not a computer, according to an English court judgment that denies the electronics firm a €50m (£34.2m) rebate for import duties.
IBM overclocks chip to 500GHz
Boffins from IBM and the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) have produced what they claim is the world's fastest silicon chip thanks to what must be the acme of overclocking. The researchers reached a clock speed of 500GHz by reducing its temperature to just 4.5° above absolute zero.
Mixed messages for master data management
OpinionIBM's first European user conference on MDM (master data management) in Barcelona was certainly interesting, but I felt that the results were mixed.
Hard cheese for Stelios in EasyPizza case
Self-proclaimed man of the people Stelios Haji-Ioannou - now Sir Stelios - has been branded a "rich bully" by a London businessman who has obtained a court order against the EasyJet founder to prevent him from interfering any further with his pizza business.
BT repackages broadband offering
BT has repackaged its broadband products in a bid to distance itself from the bundled offers that plug "free" broadband.
Yahoo!, Microsoft launch new messenger services
Yahoo! has launched an updated version of its messenger service, in beta, with plug-ins that allow users to share more information.
T-Mobile gears up to launch Sidekick 3
T-Mobile and Danger are due to announce the Hiptop 3/Sidekick 3 today, and early reviews derived from pre-release hardware are already beginning to appear on the web. The new machine's key features: a very nice 240 x 160 screen and a glowing, ten-colour trackball.
Grisoft plunges into spyware jungle
Grisoft has cemented its entry into the anti-spyware market, with the launch of ewido anti-spyware 4.0.
Sharp ships HD-friendly DVD player
Sharp yesterday launched its bid to bridge old-style DVD media and brand spanking new HD kit with a DVD player equipped not only with HDMI portage but the ability to upscale standard-definition movies to 720p or 1080i HD resolutions. Best of all, the DV-SV97H costs a mere 90 quid.
McAfee offers Total Protection beta
McAfee subtly slipped out betas of its latest security products last week ahead of their full launch later this summer.
Police arrest satanic BMW victim
The driver who claimed his satanic BMW had subjected him to an involuntary, 60-mile, 135mph terror ride was later arrested and bailed "on suspicion of dangerous driving", it has emerged.
O2 says Be mine for £50m
O2 is splashing out £50m to buy tiddly LLU outfit Be as part of an ambitious plan to offer broadband alongside its own mobile services.
Japan gets bath-time friendly iPod speaker set
Want to take your iPod Nano to the beach but are worried about sun, sand and sea getting into the works? Then Japanese accessory maker Suntac may have the answer: the world's first portable waterproof case and powered speaker combo.
Dell HSDPA laptops work with any 3G carrier
ExclusiveDell's now-shipping 'super 3G' notebooks, the Latitude D820 and D620, may not be quite as tethered to carrier Vodafone's third-generation mobile phone network as the PC giant has suggested.
Transparency a problem for NHS IT
If there was one lesson that should be drawn from the controversial National Programme for IT and applied to other projects it would be a need for transparency, according to the National Audit Office (NAO), which published its enquiry into the £12.4bn NHS modernisation programme on Friday.
Introduction to Developing Web Applications with AJAX - Part 2
TutorialSuppose you fill out a form that requires a unique field value, for example a userid in a registration form. Ordinarily, you would specify a userid value and the other field values and submit the form with the Submit button. If the userid is not already taken you would be able to register, but if the userid is taken you would get a message that the user id value is invalid and you would have to fill out and resubmit the entire form.
Hwang in the dock
Hwang Woo-suk, the scientist at the centre of the Korean stem cell scandal, has gone on trial in Seoul on embezzlement and ethical charges.
EC schedules public hearing on patents
The European Commission has called a public meeting to discuss future patent policy, following the defeat of the directive on Computer Implemented Inventions last year.
Mobile VoIP firm complains about call blocking
UK mobile VoIP minnow Mobiboo says two of the UK's leading cellcos have blocked calls to its new service.
Samsung models latest slimline handsets
Samsung today showed off its latest array of mobile phones, pitching the products' skinniness over offerings from rival handset vendors.
Song of Samsung sings for eSys's supper
Samsung has fingered eSys as its global hard disk distributor.
Darth Vader patents copper-eating spiders
LettersSo Bill Gates is off to pastures new and charitable. What does this mean for Microsoft, what does it mean for Linux? But more importantly, what does it mean for Mountain Gorillas?
Moto debuts five frill-free phones
Motorola today unveiled a handful of handsets under a new brand, Motomobile, all pitched at entry-level buyers around the world be they in GSM or CDMA markets and part of the company's bid to win the hearts and minds of emerging markets - not to mention Westerners fed up with feature-filled phones.
MySpace sued for $30m after assault on 14-year-old
A Texas woman has filed a $30m lawsuit against MySpace.com after her 14-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by someone she met through the site.
Motorola moots USB rechargeable phone recharger
Motorola has reinvented the add-on extension battery as a USB device. At the Singapore-hosted CommunicAsia 2006 event this week, it unveiled the Portable Power P970 gadget, a power pack that plugs into any device with a mini USB port either to recharge the host or provide current immediately.
Apple reveals next three UK retail sites
Apple is preparing to open three new High Street stores in the UK and has begun recruiting staff for each location. The company has yet to announce the sites officially, but its situations vacant website lists the following locations: Arndale Centre, Manchester; West Quay, Southampton; and the Bentall Centre, Kingston.
Ingram Micro captures Scandi data capture biz
Ingram Micro has completed the purchase of the assets of Symtech Nordic, a Scandinavian distributor of data capture and point of sale products. Terms are undisclosed.
Microsoft gives monopoly robotic legs
RoboBizMicrosoft has answered the robotics industry's call for a monopoly standard with the release of a new software development package for powering devices of all sizes. The beasty hopes the software will make it easier for students and hobbyists to enter the robotics field and provide a common platform for companies to use.
Voda trumpets UK first for HSDPA cards
Vodafone is first to the UK market with HSDPA - or 'Super3G' - laptop data cards. The cellco opens its doors to customers officially on Thursday, 22 June. But a couple of Reg readers tell us their account managers have already tipped them the wink - one is buying his card tomorrow.