Phones on a Plane: FCC still says no
The FCC today called time on discussions to unban the use of cell phones onboard planes, prompting mass rejoicing from America's airline passengers.
Windows Vista marketing 'deceived' consumers
Microsoft has been accused of deceiving US consumers by marketing PCs as "Windows Vista Capable" when they could only run the most basic version of its latest operating system.
Police data sharing plan faces the chop
A major chunk of the plan to improve police databases in the wake of the Bichard enquiry into the Soham murders is expected to be dropped by the Home Secretary within weeks.
Most SMBs will be virtual by 2020
Outsourced business services and hosted applications will be the norm for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) by the year 2020, according to a report by the Social Issues Research Centre.
Home Office rethinks call data plans
The Home Office has published draft regulations to require the retention of certain call data by phone companies for 12 months. Internet telephony and internet access data will not be covered for the time being.
PS3 UK sales rocket... then plummet
Sony's PlayStation 3 has been on a rollercoaster ride here during the past two weeks, rising to an incredible peak - then plunging rapidly back toward the ground. At least, that's what the next-gen consoles sales figures have done.
IBM donates Arabic translation devices and software to US gov
The experiences of IBM staff who served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq have prompted the tech giant to donate language translation technology to the US military.
Who's the fastest mobile user in town?
BlackBerry users may rate the speed with which they can respond to an email, but an experimental application from Mobile Radicals aims to test just how fast competitors can draw their mobiles against each other.
Intel to launch 'Steeley' UMPC CPU on 18 April?
Intel will formally announce 'Steeley', its new ultra-mobile PC-oriented processor, at Intel Developer Forum in Beijing in two weeks' time, it has been claimed. It will also unveil 'McCaslin', its UMPC platform.
Accessibility: the benefits and challenges of Web 2.0
The emergence of Web 2.0 technologies has created opportunities for the visualisation of much information on the web. For example, a dashboard showing the current state of a business can summarise a great deal of information on a single page and highlight areas of interest or concern.
Patientline ups charges
Patientline is more than doubling the price paid by patients making phone calls from hospital.
VESA adds anti-piracy tech to DisplayPort
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has posted DisplayPort version 1.1, almost a year after the digital monitor connection standard was first published.
Boy Scouts to model for UK ID checks
The Scouts are prepared to help the Identity and Passport Service design a model procedure for checking people's identities against the ID database.
The Twitterati - ten Twitter spin offs and mash ups
1. Twitterrific Mac OS X application that's sleek and minimal and lets you check on friends' posts ("tweets") and post your own, without cluttering your desktop.
Children to nag adults through CCTV
CCTV cameras will bark orders at people who misbehave in the streets of eight major British cities as part of a government scheme to cajole people into respecting authority.
O2 confirms XDA Zinc zapped
It's official: mobile phone network has canned the XDA Zinc, the 3G PDA phone the carrier originally planned to release in January but delayed to March. The Zinc failed to pass the carrier's network tests, an O2 spokeswoman confirmed today.
Carphone Warehouse leaves caller hanging on telephone
UpdatedPunters calling the Reading branch of Carphone Warehouse (CPW) to find out the status of their phone repairs are being routed to a socket with no phone attached and charged for the privilege of listening to it fail to ring.
Timico snaffles KeConnect
Ipswich-based business ISP KeConnect has been bought by larger Nottinghamshire outfit Timico. Financial details of the deal have not been released.
Official: Powerpoint bad for brains
Anyone who's been a victim of "death by Powerpoint" - that glazed and distant feeling that overwhelms you when some sales droid starts their presentation - will be reassured by Aussie researchers who've discovered biological reasons for the feeling.
D-Link first to offer 802.11n ExpressCard for laptops
D-Link has begun shipping one of the first pre-standard 802.11n wireless networking adaptors that will slip into a notebook's ExpressCard slot.
Teachers left blubbing by cyber abuse
Cyber bullying has been perceived for some time as a growing problem in British classrooms. An increasingly tech-savvy yoof generation are using the web to ridicule and harass their hapless victims. Self-esteem is being crushed, once confident personalities left tearful in the lavs. The human cost is high.
Quantum gets NASty with shared SAN software
Quantum is targeting the high-end NAS market with version 3 of its StorNext data management software, which now includes client software for PCs and workstations to give them heterogeneous and shared access to files stored on a SAN.
MS releases emergency cursor bug fix
Microsoft has released an out-of-sequence patch designed to address a Windows vulnerability involving the handling of cursor animation files, as well as a number of other flaws.
Samsung pitches 'ultra-silent' HDD
Samsung may be keenly promoting Flash memory as the future of computer storage, but that hasn't stopped it developing magnetic media: today it said its 3.5in SpinPoint S166 line of "ultra-silent" hard drives will go on sale later this month.
Channel biz in good health, says survey
The European IT market is in a confident, bullish mood with sales growth predicted to be strong and revenue expected to rise.
Thailand blocks YouTube
NSFWITThailand today blocked access to YouTube when Google refused to remove a clip "mocking the country's revered monarch", Reuters reports.
Kenneth Williams tops funniest film one-liner poll
Kenneth Williams has topped a Sky Movies Comedy poll for the funniest film one-liner with his immortal "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!" from 1964's Carry On Cleo.
Swedes battle to name daughter Metallica
A Swedish couple is battling the country's National Tax Authority for the right to call their daughter "Metallica", the BBC reports.
Vantage edges closer to Proxima
Measuring what users are up to, particularly in any web-based business application where the users can be anybody "out there", is getting to be one of the more important aspects of managing the performance of business systems.
Apple announces octo-core Mac Pro
Apple has upgraded is Mac Pro desktop with a pair of 3GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processors, less than a month after a website cock-up revealed such a machine was in the offering.
Mobile survey uncovers staff ignorance
A survey from OneCompare.com has highlighted how little networks know about their own tariffs.
Google thwarts al-Qaeda kamikaze strike on US embassy
Google has quite brilliantly denied al-Qaeda the possibility of using Google Maps UK to identify the US embassy in London and subsequently launching a devastating kamikaze assault on the building.
Cisco goes for small, small business
Cisco is increasing its small business focus with the launch of a new suite of products and certification for resellers going after small business customers.
MS pulled over for 'dangerous driving' Xbox ad
UK advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority has rapped Microsoft on the knuckles for fielding a TV ad for the Xbox 360 which "gave the impression that reckless street car racing was exciting and fun".
Brando hogs limelight with pig-shaped card reader
Carnivorous computer users with a taste for pork will undoubtedly find Hong Kong-based accessory maker Brando's latest memory card reader a toothsome treat: it's pig-shaped.
WEP key wireless cracking made easy
Code breakers have discovered a technique for extracting a 104-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) key in under a minute.
Why I won't buy a Dell next time
CommentI recently bought a "Vista capable" desktop PC from Dell. It was a good opportunity to play the secret shopper and report the experience as an ordinary consumer, instead of reporting as a tech journo reviewing hardware supplied by the maker and tweaked to perfection before delivery.
Orbitz TLC campaign leads to online booking bloodbath
Product reviewWho knew that the online booking crew recently threw their throwback jerseys on?
Virtual FBI jackboots to march into Sadville?
House of CardsVirtual regulation of the avatar community from the DOJ could be on the way, as Linden Labs has invited the FBI to probe gambling in Linden Dollars on the popular avatar playspace, legitimizing concerns expressed on Sadville blogs after the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) last year.
TIBCO open sources testing
TIBCO's GITAK (General Interface Test Automation Kit) has now been open sourced by the company. This gives developers a free tool for building automatic quality assurance testing routines for enterprise applications components.
Sun breaks omerta for UltraSPARC IV+ speed bump
Sun Microsystems spends very little time talking up its UltraSPARC servers these days. The lack of chatter, however, doesn't mean Sun has ignored the kit. This week, Sun released faster versions of the UltraSPARC IV+ chips for its flagship SunFire line.
Researchers unpick Vista kernel protection
Security researchers have found a way to subvert the load-up procedure for Windows Vista and bypass its code-signing security checks.
Microsoft calls on UK public to raise the Office standard
Microsoft is calling on the Great British public to join its campaign to get the XML Office format adopted as an international standard.
Seagate ships hardware-encrypted notebook drives
AnalysisSeagate Technology has announced that it is now shipping its Momentus 5400 FDE.2, an encrypting 2.5in hard drive for notebooks, to ASI Computer Technologies. The Momentus 5400 FDE.2 (Full Disc Encryption) hard drive offers up to 160GB of capacity, Serial ATA interface, and hardware-based AES encryption.
AMD kicks dual-core Opteron to 3GHz
AMD has started handing customers its fastest dual-core Opterons to date. Server makers and channel sellers have gained access to the 3GHz Model 2222 SE and Model 8222 SE chips, which will slot in just above the already shipping 2.8GHz processors. A similar 3GHz chip for the 1000 Series line should arrive in a few weeks.
UCSF computer security breach affects 46,000 (maybe)
A UCSF computer server containing confidential information on about 46,000 people may have been hacked into, the University warned today. And the word is "may" - UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) says that there is no evidence "at this time" that any specific information was accessed.
Wall Street grossed out by Rackable's dwindling margins
Shares of Rackable Systems began an all too familiar downward march, following a first quarter profit and gross margins warning.