MPs want to postpone ID
The government has been advised to further postpone the introduction of ID Cards until it can be sure the scheme will work.
People still too human for Stephen Hawking
"Did you have fun with your robot buddy?" --Homer Simpson to Lisa Simpson, on Stephen Hawking's departure
Sun tempts corporate JBuilder users
Sun Microsystems is targeting Borland Software's corporate developers in its campaign to encourage JBuilder users to migrate applications to NetBeans.
FSA prepares for website pressure
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is upgrading its websites to handle surges of enquiries about food scares.
World chip sales slip
In the first half of 2006, some $118bn worth of semiconductors were sold. In H1 2005, the figure was $109bn, yielding a year-on-year increase of 8.3 per cent.
In the beginning was the mainframe...
CommentSome say the technical platform future lies with commodity-based blade computers.
AOL prepares to slash staff
Time Warner’s struggling AOL business is to cut over a quarter of its 19,000 staff as part of its latest self-reinvention.
Attackers pass on operating systems
The disappearance of easy-to-find flaws in the major operating systems has pushed vulnerability researchers to branch out from finding security issues in core system software and instead concentrate on the device drivers and client-side agents present on all PCs, security experts said on Wednesday at the Black Hat Briefings.
Apple to bring Core 2 Duo to MacBook Pro this month?
Expect Apple to upgrade its MacBook Pro to include Intel's mobile Core 2 Duo microprocessor - better known by its codename, 'Merom' - at the end of the month or early September, Mac buyers have been told.
IBM System p5: bigger, better, faster
CommentIBM has announced the latest high-end servers in its System p family, the IBM System p5-590 and System p5-595, both equipped with POWER5+ processors, and up to 32 cores and 64 cores respectively.
Apple may need to restate last 15 quarters
Apple is "likely" to restate its financial results from 29 September 2002 onwards following the discovery of further evidence of "irregularities" concerning stock options granted between 1997 and 2001, the company warned yesterday.
HTC's 'Muse' music phone played out?
HTC has knocked its 3G music phone, codenamed 'Muse', on the head, it has been alleged. The handset first surfaced in November 2005 as an HSDPA-equipped device with 4GB of built-in Flash memory for music storage.
Secret agents on fire and Microsoft feels the love
LettersExcuse us, but what colour is the sky out there? Is this Earth? Have we stepped through some kind of Stargate-esque parallel universe mirror? The reason we are so confused, is that so many of you have written in in support of Microsoft. Yeah. Really. Mindboggling stuff.
Horizon scoops up e-learning biz
Horizon Technology has bought a fellow Irish IT company WBT Systems Ltd.
The game maker's apprentice
Book reviewSubtitled "Game Development for Beginners", The Game Maker's Apprentice is just that, a guide to developing your own games using the free Game Maker games development software (available for download here, if you don’t buy the book).
Kinpo preps second-gen iDo smart phones
Taiwanese gadget maker Kinpo launched its iDo smart-phone brand in July 2005 and is preparing a trio of new devices to supersede its launch product, the S600. One, dubbed Saturn, features a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard not unlike the one on the T-Mobile Sidekick III or the HTC TyTN.
Norton smites ecclesiastical app
A faulty definition update from Symantec left vicars in a quandary after it identified a popular ecclesiastical application as spyware.
Creative draws bead on iPod Nano with second-gen Neeon
MP3 player maker Creative this week upgraded its Zen Neeon line of Flash-based digital music players with a second-generation product that sports a bigger display and more storage capacity but at the cost of a shorter battery life.
Northerners in hard boozing shocker
A study has revealed drinkers in the north are guzzling their way to an early grave compared to their rosé-sipping southern counterparts.
How to clone the copy-friendly biometric passport
AnalysisAt Black Hat yesterday, security consultant Lukas Grunwald of German company DN-Systems demonstrated the cloning of a biometric passport, observing beforehand to Wired that the "whole passport design is totally brain damaged." But should we be surprised? Not exactly, because that's precisely what it says on the tin.
e-passport cloning risks exposed
A security consultant has shown how to clone electronic passports based on internationally agreed designs due to begin distribution this year.
Pipex, Tiscali and TalkTalk problems
Worried Pipex customers who pay by direct debit can relax - they are not about to be cut off.
Man strip searched for packing overactive thyroid gland
A man who had receieved radiotherapy set off alarms at US airport security and was detained, interrogated and strip searched.
Lenovo moves into the black
Lenovo bounced back into the black in Q1 – just. But a slump in European sales took the shine off an otherwise reasonable quarter for the world's number three PC maker.
UK universities love open source
UK colleges and universities routinely consider open source solutions to IT problems - even when official policy might not support it.
No prison break on BT prices
Prisoners rights campaigners have accused BT of profiteering on the back of the UK's prison population.
Thai police crack credit card wiretap scam
Tourists from Australia and New Zealand are among an estimated 48,000 victims of a highly-organised credit card fraud ring in Thailand.
Team Three Pair go code complete
Imagine CupWe're down in Reading at the moment, flying out to India tomorrow morning for the Imagine Cup World Finals.
Back from the dead, Silicon Valley icons hitchhike across the US
Into the ValleyA new, rather high mark has been set for those hoping to secure lasting fame here in Silicon Valley. You have to die, be modeled out of wood, have a GPS device secured to your back and hitchhike your way around the country.