Reseller network back from the dead
Reseller network PCIQ, which went into administration in April last year, has been brought back from the dead.
Blair's petition website suffers too much love
Updated:Ten Downing street has had to stop showing signatories on its "E-Petitions" site - not this time because of daft petitions but apparently because it was overloaded with people protesting against software patents.
Computer waste law becomes active after long delays
Laws forcing suppliers of IT equipment to dispose of it free of charge in an environmentally sound manner have come into force in the UK.
European network will target email and internet scams
Email, phone, prize draw and web shopping scams are being targeted by a new coalition of European consumer groups for the first time. The bulk of the Consumer Protection Co-Operation (CPC) Regulation came into force across Europe on 29th December.
Gongs for OGCbs officials
Two senior officials at OGCbuying.solutions have been rewarded in the new year honours list for their services to procurement across government.
Paris Hilton says no to sex doll honour
There's some bad news today for those of you dreaming that you might one day enjoy a roll in the hay with highly-talented video star Paris Hilton: the hotel heiress has declined an offer to have a sex doll made in her image.
Samsung touts twin-view mobile display
Samsung has developed an LCD capable of displaying two separate images independently. The South Korean giant reckons there's a market for PDAs and PMPs - the display's for mobile machines - that can show two images back to back.
Industry vetted for school portals
Ten education suppliers have been given permission by BECTA, the procurement quango for education, to sell learning portals to schools and colleges.
UK cabbie clocked at 420mph
A UK cabbie has broken the previous speed record for a petrol-driven reciprocating-engined vehicle by clocking up an impressive 420mph in a 30mph zone in Newport, Gwent.
LG to launch dual-format HD DVD, Blu-ray player
LG will next week unveil a consumer optical disc player capable of handling both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc next-generation disc formats, it has emerged.
Analysis, design, and never the twain shall meet
Not many people know how to get from analysis to design. Software agilists “solve” the problem by blurring the distinction between the two. There has to be a better way...
Computacenter buys services company Digica
Computacenter is buying Digica from its management shareholders and private equity groups Bridgepoint Capital and Lyceum Capital.
Amazon launches handbag and shoe website
Ferdinand Marcos can be thankful he's dead, because Amazon yesterday announced it has launched a dedicated shoe and handbag website in the US "to tap into the growing footwear and accessories market".
Lynx Technology appoints new directors
BriefLynx Technology has appointed former managing director of Lynx Wealth Management Systems John Mosedale as director of its Microsoft Business Unit. The company has also appointed Tim Bodill director of its Cisco Business Unit, ex-head of Microsoft's ISV Partner Group UK Jeremy Smith as Senior Business Development Manager and Mike Dunn as finance director. Roger Brown, the last finance director, is now commercial director. ®
Adobe scripting flaw unearthed
Studio to end Blu-ray, HD DVD war with dual-format disc
Movie studio Warner Bros. will next week unveil an optical disc format capable of being played in both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) machines, the company has revealed.
SanDisk spins Flash-fitted hard drive replacement
SanDisk has begun offering notebook manufacturers a 1.8in, 32GB Flash-based solid-state drive, the company announced today. It pitched the part as an energy efficient alternative to traditional hard drives for machines that will run Windows Vista.
Kodak, Sony settle digicam patent spat
Kodak and Sony have given each other a hug and agreed to end their fight over which of them owns key digital camera intellectual property. They now both do, courtesy of a cross-licensing agreement the two have drawn up.
0.26km Tube trip is most expensive on earth
UK tabloid The Sun is today making merry at the expense of London's Tube system with a splendid exposé on the world's most expensive train journey.
NewNet braces for customer losses
NewNet's CEO Peter Coates-Buglear says the company is likely to lose "quite a few" heavy users due to its recent price rises but believes that is better than restricting bandwidth on the sly without telling customers. Subscribers to some of its services will see prices go up by nearly 60 per cent.
Vendors partner to promote Flash-fitted hard drives
Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate and Toshiba have come together to promote hard drives with integrated Flash caches, the better to persuade notebook manufacturers in particular to choose their offerings rather than rival technology from Intel.
CeBIT 'expecting €6m loss'
CeBIT, Europe's biggest IT tradeshow, is expecting a €6m loss this year due to declining visitors and exhibitors. Deutsche Messe AG has organised CeBIT in Hannover each spring since 1986, but attendance is dropping, with only 200,000 visitors in 2006.
Amazon boss fires up space vehicle
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has released pictures and video of the first launch of his Goddard private spacecraft - rising majestically above Texas to a modest height of 85m.
2007 to be hottest year ever, says Met Office
The UK's Meteorological Office predicts that 2007 will be the hottest on record, due to a combination of global warming and the El Niño weather phenomenon, Reuters reports.
Cisco buys IronPort to push into anti-spam market
Networking giant Cisco Systems has agreed to buy email filtering and web security firm IronPort Systems for $830m in cash and shares. The deal, expected to close in Cisco's third quarter ending April 2007, pushes Cisco into the anti-spam market for the first time. The acquisition is Cisco's fifth largest to date, Reuters reports.
BT connects 10 millionth punter
Despite predicting back in 2002 that the end of 2006 would see 5 million connections, in reality 10 million UK punters have signed up to broadband internet over ADSL.
Compuware buys Proxima
A key, but rarely considered metric that all developers should now be considering is the impact their code has on the experience of an end-user at the mercy of the service that the code delivers.
Luvvies in a fluff over radio frequencies
Andrew Lloyd Webber has raised the terrifying prospect of the UK's song and dance folk being stripped of their wireless mikes by theatre-hating killjoys at Ofcom.
Brazilian court orders YouTube shutdown
A Brazilian court has ordered the closure of YouTube following the site's failure to completely remove a video showing Ronaldo's ex-missus and her new boyf indulging in a bit of beach rumpy-pumpy, Reuters reports.
Fujifilm sharpens image at entry level
Fujifilm has extended its entry-level A series of digital cameras, adding the FinePix A610 and A800, both equipped with the latest image capture electronics and image-processing circuitry, the company said.
Easynet down again
Updated:Easynet customers are suffering downtime again today after failures at two of the company's co-location centres.
Amazon.com reveals iLife '07 update due
One certainty for Apple CEO Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote next week: he'll announce iLife '07, the latest version of the company's consumer-friendly media tools suite. That, at least, is what Amazon.com is tacitly saying: it's posted a 'coming soon' entry for the software.
Blair supports Saddam video probe
Tony Blair has lent his support to the Iraqi probe into mobile phone video footage of Saddam Hussein's execution, The BBC reports. He did not, however, endorse deputy prime minister John Prescott's description of the way the hanging was handled as "deplorable", and Downing Street described this opinion as "personal".