ICIA rejects calls to block phone use in cinemas
The mobile phone industry has rejected calls to block the use of mobile phones in cinemas and theatres, describing the idea as inappropriate and impractical.
Northern Ireland gets e-prescriptions
Paper prescriptions will be phased out in Northern Ireland, following an agreement between the government and HP to develop an e-prescriptions service.
Court Asboes septuagenarian 'yobbo'
A North London magistrates court has ended the reign of terror of a 76-year-old "yobbo" by slapping him with an Asbo, The Mirror reports.
IBM says Sun's open source strategy lacks support
IBM has broken the community camaraderie of LinuxWorld by criticizing systems rival Sun Microsystems' open source strategy on Solaris and SPARC as artificial and lacking genuine support.
Apple renews Windows-on-Mac app
UpdatedApple has updated its Boot Camp Windows-on-Mac utility, taking the public beta test release to version 1.1. The 202MB download contains updated Windows hardware drivers, but most importantly adds support for the recently released Mac Pro desktops.
Novell reaches out to Microsoft Office users
It's open season on the Windows/Office desktop again, with Novell the latest trying to lure away customers unhappy with the price Microsoft charges for "bloatware".
UK and US eBay sellers take action over price hikes
Around 100 of eBay's "Shop" sellers went out on strike yesterday in protest at the company's decision to raise the amount it charges to sell items on its site. More than 500 have signed a petition in protest.
British Telecom to reward loyalty
BriefBT has announced that anyone prepared to sign up to 18 months of its Option 2 tariff, at £11 a month line rental, will get evening and weekend calls thrown in for the first 12 months.
OCZ readies 1.1GHz DDR 2 DIMMs
Memory specialist OCZ has begun producing DDR 2 DIMMs clocked to 1.1GHz, the company announced yesterday. Alas, it didn't say when anyone will be able to buy the high-speed SDRAM, or for what price.
Disney scraps UK mobile plan
Disney has ditched plans to start a UK virtual mobile network (MVNO), blaming adverse changes in the retail environment for its decision
Dell's 'Zippo' batteries may be in other machines
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is looking at other makes of laptop which use Sony batteries to see if they too pose a fire risk. Dell said yesterday it is recalling 4.1m lithium-ion batteries, some of which have spontaneously combusted.
'Crap' comms, ID legislation can still be beaten
The former Lord Phillips of Sudbury, civil liberties campaigner and opponent of ID Cards, got sick of passing "crap legislation" while sitting in the House of Lords, but thinks he can still help clear up the mess.
The serious business of mobile phone games
Mobile gaming sales will generate $7.2bn a year worldwide by 2011, growing from the $2.4bn sold in 2006.
Standard mobiles can now be used for encrypted calls
A new piece of encryption software "that would have made it impossible for the alleged tapping of mobile phones belonging to the Royal household, ministers, MPs, and celebrities to take place is set to be launched in the UK," by One Day Mobile.
Vodafone to enable v1605 handset's HSDPA in 'Q1 2007'
Vodafone's 3G smart phone, the v1605, will not gain HSDPA support until Q1 2007, a company spokeswoman told Reg Hardware today. The ability to download data at speeds of up to 1.8Mbps will come through a "software update", she said. Alternatively, you can download an unofficial HSDPA enabler utility now.
Open source Java SE by year end
There is now a timescale in place for the Standard Edition of Java, Java SE, to go open source.
AOL reported to FTC
AOL has been reported to the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive trade practises for releasing search logs for half a million users.
Solar system to get new planets?
If astronomers approve a new proposal for a definition of a planet, not only will Pluto retain its status as the ninth planet, but the solar system will gain three more.
Trolltech goes green with Linux-friendly phone
Linux-for-phones developer Trolltech is to offer its own handset to promote demand for its Qtopia Phone Edition operating system, the company announced yesterday. The Qtopia Greenphone will ship with Trolltech's SDK and will feature a developer-friendly rewriteable application storage space.
Ex-Comverse chief turns fugitive
Former Comverse CEO Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, 54, has become the target of a worldwide manhunt.
What's your favourite - breasts or legs?
An ad for a sex chat line that asked men to decide on their preferred womanly body part - a choice of breasts or legs - has been pulled by the Advertising Standards Authority after a viewer complained about the combination of the question, salacious images, and the number to be dialled to vote.
Girl raped after MySpace meeting, court hears
MySpace is again at the centre of a row over online safety, after a court in Chicago heard that a girl of 14 was gang-raped and left unconscious in an alley after a real life meeting arranged via the social networking site.
Brief wait for iPod underpants, warns supplier
NSFWIt just had to happen. Yes, someone's designed a pair of ladies underpants with an iPod Nano-sized pouch. We're not talking about the iPod thong spoof that did the rounds not so long ago, but the new knickers share the same name: iGroove. Alas, it's also the name of a series of speakers from Klipsch.
Storage vendors seek summer of love with SMBs
AnalysisSmall and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) seem to be the number one target in storage vendor marketing departments. Every week brings new product launches, partnership arrangements and channel initiatives.
Movie download service faces spyware lawsuit
Washington State is suing a movie download service over allegations that it used spyware to promote its business.
UK man dies of anthrax
A 50-year-old man who died on 8 July in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary is believed to be the first case of anthrax in Scotland since 1987, the BBC reports.
YouTube plans 'free-to-net' music vid downloads
YouTube is in negotiations with record labels over plans to post music videos online. The talks are part of the site's plans to expand beyond its roots as a community web site that allows users to post videos online to become a legitimate distributor of commercial video clips, among other ventures.
O2 eyes Ice to drive consumer 3G demand
UpdatedO2 is believed to be gearing up to launch Ice, a consumer-friendly 3G phone, with a view to shipping the handset early next month.
Apple says 'no' to wireless iPod claims
Apple has denied claims that the company is getting ready to offer a wireless iPod - an unusual move for a firm that usually refuses to comment on unannounced products.
London hits all-time August high
You've really got to ask yourself just what on God's Green Earth is going on down at BBC Weather. Following the Belfast tropical storm warning, the Brummie snow in July outrage and the 188°C Leeds miniheatwave, we now discover that Londoners wishing to melt steel without the aid of a blast furnace should make, er, hay while the sun shines:
PlusNet deletes more customer info
PlusNet today admitted that some of the CGI (Common Gateway Interface) data it accidentally deleted has gone the same way as the emails it deleted earlier this month - as in gone forever.
Overland tinkles the Bell (Micro)
Bell Micro will flog SMB storage gear for Overland Storage under a new deal announced today.
Solar observatories get new launch date
NASA and PPARC have confirmed that the STEREO mission (the acronym cunningly derived from Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) is slated to launch on 31 August.
Grace Jones on flat trash rap
WSALong before Naomi Campbell had even considered deploying a PDA as a weapon with which to thrash her staff, model-turned-singer Grace Jones was showing wannabe "don't-you-know-who-I-ams?" exactly how it's done when she famously piled into chat show host Russell Harty.
ICANN awarded net adminstration until 2011
The US government has awarded net overseeing organisation ICANN the contract to administer changes at the top of the internet until 2011.
'Zippo' battery recall could cost Sony $430m and a truck
Dell has suffered from the bad press associated with its 4.1m fire-breathing laptop batteries that were recalled this week. But it's Sony - the maker of the lithium-ion batteries - that looks to front most of the financial burden for replacing systems.
Municipal WiFi is the new hope for Net Neutrality - thinker
Municipal WiFi networks could help beat US carriers and politicians in the battle over so-called "net neutrality," according to one leading campaigner