Even wee companies must adhere to WEEE regulations
Even small companies must provide free, environmentally-sound disposal of the electronic equipment they sell, according to new government guidelines (PDF) intended to clarify the WEEE Regulations.
Atari can appeal because law may change before hearing
A claim in a court case over payment discrepancies to the author of Atari computer games can proceed because the law may have changed by the time the case gets heard.
Buddhist video game aims to teach morals
We hear a lot about violence in video games being to blame for all the ills besetting the youth of today. Now, a Thai games developer has decided it is time to right the balance and has developed a snappily titled Ethics Game to teach youngsters about being good, decent and teetotal.
UK's biometric passports go jumbo
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has produced a larger version of the biometric passport.
Oracle buys another database
CommentOracle and IBM are both competitors and partners. In the case of databases they are certainly rivals, with Oracle 10g and DB2 going head-to-head at many sites. However, it has occurred to me to wonder if Oracle is seeking to rival IBM's crown as the owner of the most different databases.
IBM produces smaller Cells
IBM has beguin punching out a 65nm version of the Cell processor used in Sony's PlayStation 3. Gamers should not get too excited: Big Blue's Broadband Engine - to give Cell its full name - is aimed not at consoles but slimline servers.
Apple slip exposes eight-core Mac Pro
Apple may be about to equip its Mac Pro desktop with Intel four-core Xeon processors, if an inadvertent posting on the company's UK online store is to be believed.
Non-glamorous gambling ads to hit UK from September
Ads for online and traditional gambling will hit the UK's airwaves from September, the government has confirmed.
Ten reasons why you should buy a PlayStation 3
Tech DigestIs that the wind of changed opinions blowing? Since last week's Games Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, the buzz about Sony's PlayStation 3 has taken a turn for the better.
IBM chief puzzles over payslip
Puzzling over your pension statements and worried about chomping your way through this year’s tax return?
BSA fires off writs against online resellers
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has begun an international clampdown against people selling illegitimate software online.
Seagate ships free-fall detecting laptop hard drive
Seagate has said you can now buy the world's first 7,200rpm notebook hard drive that uses perpendicular recording technology to boost storage capacity and can detect when it's being dropped.
ORG to enlighten music industry on DRM's limitations
The Open Rights Group (ORG) is developing a new paper to inform the music industry about the technical suitability of Digital Rights Management (DRM) as an aid to enforcing copyright.
Guards to stake out Milosevic grave
Vampire hunters wishing to prevent Slobodan Milosevic rising from his grave will now have to deal with security guards posted to prevent them driving a stake through his heart and thereby thwarting any ambitions the Serbian dicatator may have for a Dracula-style political comeback.
Disney launches interactive site for mums
Disney is launching a new website, Disney Family, aimed specifically at mums. The media giant says the site will host user generated articles, and will eventually form a "Parent Pedia", with information on hundreds of subjects of interest to mums and dads.
Sony set to shrink PSP
Remember claims made in August 2006 that Sony is planning to redesign the PlayStation Portable? It turns out they were true. Sony Computer Entertainment UK chief Ray Maguire yesterday confirmed a "smaller, lighter" version is on its way.
If you must pirate, use counterfeit Windows
A senior Microsoft exec has admitted that some software piracy actually ends up benefiting the technology giant because it leads to purchases of other software packages.
Al Gore brings TV for Guardianistas to UK
Yesterday saw the UK launch of yet another TV-on-the-internet company - only this one is also TV-on-the-internet-on-TV.
ECS to fly Flybook wannabe into CeBIT
Taiwanese hardware maker Elitegroup ECS yesterday revealed it's going to be demo'ing at Germany's CeBIT show this week. One offering caught our eye: the G200 laptop, which sports an "ingenious... smart neck that allows the screen to be lifted, tilted or swiveled to a comfortable level for the user".
Computacenter product business stages comeback
Computacenter has managed to tighten its belt a couple of notches and turn its infrastructure business into its headline feature - for the right reasons.
Intel 'Bearlake' chipsets to get CeBIT outing
Intel may be preparing to launch its 'Bearlake' chipset series later this week. Well, motherboard makers are going to be showing off boards based on the upcoming silicon at CeBIT on Thursday.
Viacom sues Google for $1bn
Viacom's patience with Google has finally run out, and the entertainment giant has filed a $1bn copyright infringement suit against Google.
Storage market spins out of control
Research house IDC reckons the worldwide storage market reached $4.8bn last year - a six per cent growth on last year.
NEC warms up unlaunched storage grid
NEC has announced the imminent arrival of its grid storage system which it claims will remove the need for planned downtime, amongst other things.
The Holy Grail of services: SCA
How many times lately have you come across a column on Service Oriented Architecture (or SOA)? Or an article telling you that SOA is the next big thing? Or that SOA is the way we should all be building systems?
Demonic car takes out TelecityRedbus
LettersWhat? Keep the lights on? Forget global warming, it's all about budget allocation?
VSTO For Mere Mortals
Book reviewIn addition to the legions of professional Visual Basic programmers, there are still more developers who use VBA and Microsoft Office for automation, customisation or the development of tailored office applications. Many of these are super-users rather full-time developers, but they have depended on VBA to extend and expand what it is they can do with Excel, Office, Access et al.
'World's first' transistor-printing plant opens
Austrian manufacturer Nanoident Technologies today cut the ribbon on the world's first factory that literally prints opto-electronic sensor circuitry and components onto virtually any surface, including plastic, ceramic and silicon.
Breathe blows off Biscit deal
Breathe’s rescue of Biscit Internet is off, the would-be rescuer announced this afternoon.
Once again, 'Vladuz' impales eBay defenses
For at least the third time in as many months, a malicious hacker has gained unauthorized access to parts of eBay's network despite the best efforts of the company's security team to fortify its system against the embarrassing breaches.
Cisco Borgs NeoPath
Cisco is buying NeoPath, a small Silicon Vallley storage management software vendor. Terms for the privately-held company are undisclosed.
Y2K7 bug causes isolated glitches
ClockwatchWe may have been little premature yesterday in declaring that America survived Sunday's Daylight Saving Time (DST) switch unscathed.
Dutch reject USB flash drive tax
Dutch justice minister Hirsch Ballin has rejected calls for a copyright tax on USB Flash drives.
Last.fm puts video through the scrobbler
Last.fm, the popular music website, is to apply its social recommendation technology to video, as it prepares to do battle with Pandora for the internet radio station market.