High level Night Elf druid saves PC gaming
A level 60 druid seeking l33t blue drops in the Hellfire Ramparts may have saved PC gaming, according to The New York Times. The paper reports that US retailers sold $203m worth of PC games in the first two months of 2007 — a 48 per cent increase on floundering sales the past few years.
ICANN is the USSR of the internet - Karl Auerbach speaks out
InterviewKarl Auerbach, the last publicly elected board member at ICANN, has been involved with internet development almost since the inception of the internet itself, and served as North America's direct representative on ICANN's Board of Directors.
Feds urge tougher ID theft laws
A federally convened task force released a "strategic plan" designed to stem the growing menace of identity theft by toughening criminal laws, improving data retention practices and establishing more effective educational campaigns for individuals and businesses. At least one privacy advocacy group complained the measures fall short of what's needed to fix the problem.
SWsoft dangles server slicing taster at MS and Linux types
Virtualization specialist SWsoft has crafted a cut-rate version of its flagship software, hoping to get new users to try out its technology.
Stock probe guts Juniper's profits
Juniper Networks's first quarter income fell 12 per cent, attributed to operational costs and charges related to a stock options probe.
Process improvement essentials
Book reviewProcess improvement, in the guise of the ‘big three’ frameworks of ISO 9001, CMMI and Six Sigma on the face of it would seem to have much in common and all aim to produce the same end result – improved quality through established and proven processes. With compliance to one or other of these frameworks increasingly being sought by governments and corporations, it’s no surprise that there’s a rush of interest in them now.
Germany moots higher EU roaming caps
Germany, the European Union president, is suggesting that the proposed cap on mobile-phone roaming be increased to €.60 per minute for outgoing calls, and €.30 for incoming; as opposed to the €.40 and €.15 currently proposed.
Intel slashes desktop processor prices
Intel pruned its processor prices earlier this week, as anticipated. The cuts include knocking 38 per cent off the price of the Core 2 Quad and up to 40 per cent off Core 2 Duo CPUs.
Battered AMD guns Opteron to 3.0GHz
AMD threatened a coupled of weeks back to crank its dual-core Opteron up to 3GHz. This week, the company delivered on that threat.
Sony signals fall in Blu-ray, HD DVD hardware prices
Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD players look set to get cheaper now that Sony has formally begun selling blue-laser diodes, a key component of machines that can read the two next-gen optical disc formats.
GMTV suspends phone-ins over scam allegations
GMTV has suspended its phone-in quizzes amidst reports that viewers were duped into paying to submit entries for competitions that had already closed.
SAP takes mixed view on on-demand
SapphireSAP's chief software thinker has lent qualified support to the on-demand software model while championing other current changes as helping realise SAP's original goals.
SAP outlines roadmap and partner plans
SapphireSAP has kicked off its annual users' conference emphasising new technologies and expanded relationships spanning Web 2.0 and collaboration.
Intel expands Core 2 Duo line-up
Intel has extended its line of desktop dual-core Core 2 Duo processors, adding an extra model to the set limited to an 800MHz frontside bus and beefing up the cache size of a number of 1066MHz FSB versions.
French politicians vote non to voting machines
Voting machines are not going down well with the political classes in France. The machines were involved in widespread problems on Sunday's ballot and, according to reports, several of the country's political parties have demanded that the technology be withdrawn.
Attempt to limit FOI will be heard again on Friday
A controversial bill seeking to exempt members of parliament from the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act will be heard again this Friday. The proposal was the subject of a five-hour filibuster in Parliament last week.
Sony sticks it to Spider-man
Spider-man 3 opens on 4 May but you can get an ahead-of-time Spidey fix by snagging a special edition Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo memory card or Micro Vault USB Flash drive.
Girls Gone Wild boss gets 35 days' jail
The founder of titillating video operation Girls Gone Wild has been jailed for 35 days for contempt of court, AP reports.
PI firm nicked for pretexting
A private investigation firm has pleaded guilty to obtaining and selling personal information on customers from the Department for Work and Pensions.
'Kryptonite' discovered in Serbia
A new mineral whose composition almost exactly matches that of Superman-felling kryptonite has been unearthed in Serbia by mining company Rio Tinto. The mineral was identified by researchers at the Natural History Museum, and Canada's National Research Council.
Web 2.0 baffles businesses, says survey
Senior executives see Web 2.0 as a tool to increase revenues but they could be held back by a lack of know-how within their firms, according to a new study.
Motorola teases Hong Kong girls with gilt-y pleasures
Here's Motorola's latest lady-leading limited edition mobile telephone: a one-off "champagne gold" KRZR K1 ready to bring a true sense of gilt to your life.
Carphone Warehouse mounts US invasion
Carphone Warehouse will crash into the US mobile market this year, with a big expansion of its Best Buy Mobile joint venture.
Blu-ray builds big lead in US, mag claims
Blu-ray Disc appears to be cementing its lead over rival next-gen format HD DVD, with the latests sales figures from the US pointing to more than two BDs sold for every HD DVD disc.
Business Objects buys up France's Cartesis
Business Objects is coughing up $300m to take over French EPM vendor Cartesis.
SEC charges two over Apple options backdating
UpdatedThe Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) today accused Apple's former top lawyer of fraudulently backdating options to under-report company expenses by $40m.
AMD tries to woo back channel
AMD has admitted that its channel business has been hit hard and today announced that it is to launch a new programme to claw back its marketshare.
Iran 'eight years' from operational nuke
Experts have calculated that "severe technical difficulties" in Iran's nuclear programme mean it's eight years away from an operational nuclear weapon, the Telegraph reports.
Teradata Universe in Warsaw
After a couple of days with the Teradata people at its Universe Conference 2007 (22-25 April), I'm seriously impressed.
Orange broadband converges out of ISPA code of practice
ExclusiveThe move to bundled broadband and mobile packages has thrown the role of ISPA, the internet providers' trade association, into confusion, after it emerged that most Orange broadband customers are not protected by its code of practice.
PKWare punts free secure archiving tools to consumers
PKWare has made a basic version of its SecureZIP encryption utility available to consumers at no charge.
Easy cam, easy go: camcorders on test
Group TestThe stigma of the camcorder as a provider of rubbish quality "comedy" footage shot solely to keep Harry Hill in a job is over. Be it HD pro movie making or just YouTube-style improv clips, there are myriad models on offer so suit any and all budgets...
T-Mobile 'super 3G' modem tackles Vodafone on price
Vodafone's USB-connected 3G HSDPA modem has appeared again, this time with T-Mobile's name on it - and a lower price.
BT redesigns its strategy boutique
BT has announced a corporate reshuffle aimed at keeping the telco "ahead of the game" as it battles increasing competition at home and abroad.
I've got some sawdust: can I call it chocolate?
Bad news from the US. The Chocolate Manufacturers Association wants to change how chocolate is defined so that crappy imitation chocolate-flavoured stuff can be reclassified as actual chocolate.
GMTV suspends competitions, axes telco
GMTV promised today it would reimburse viewers who made fruitless calls to its premium rate competition lines.
Serco snaps up Cornwell
Public sector services giant Serco has tabled an offer to buy Cornwell Management Consultants Plc, an AIM-listed firm based in Surrey, for £7m.
Daily Telegraph rattles legal sabre at Google
The editor of The Daily Telegraph has hinted that the paper could be on a legal collision course with Google and Yahoo! over the aggregators' use of its content.
Morse demerges from Monetise
Morse's board has voted to demerge the company from Monitise, a division of the group which develops mobile banking and payments solutions.
The Kremlin uses kryptonite to silence Sheryl Crow
LettersWi-Fi is responsible for kids behaving badly, teachers complaining about their jobs, and probably global warming, if you believe the recent hype:
Mashing up a minefield
A recent survey from market researcher Evans Data Corp shows some interesting, if slightly contradictory, trends in the acceptance of mashing up as a future business tool.
Pentacles to honour US's fallen
The US's Department of Veterans Affairs has bowed to requests to allow pentacles to be "added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on goverment-issued headstones of fallen soldiers", AP reports.
Red Hat goes prix fixe with JBoss
RedHat has rejigged its JBoss offerings in a move it reckons will make it the default choice for businesses that have had enough of the proprietary world.
WTO head optimistic about US compliance with WTO gambling rulings
House of CardsWTO director Pascal Lemy made some optimistic remarks about US compliance with recent WTO rulings to the Caribbean media last week.
AMD's 'R600' benchmarked on web
How will AMD's upcoming ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT perform. Pretty darn quickly, it would seem, if preliminary tests posted on the web ahead of the troubled chip maker's official release date prove correct.
SAP claims SOA future is here
SapphireSAP has called time on SOA and outlined changes to NetWeaver for broad use of composite applications, deeper integration with Microsoft, and Web 2.0.
HP's data warehouse dandy comes out of the closet
HP's homegrown attack against Teradata and IBM has appeared in its full glory. Customers of large sizes can now purchase the Matrix-sounding Neoview “data warehouse platform.”
California is America's Cyberia
California remains the fertile crescent of the US technology industry, employing more tech workers and paying higher wages than any other state.
Sun turns a Q3 profit despite lackluster sales
Sun Microsystems rode a slight increase in product sales to a profitable third quarter.
Analysts confirm ugliness of AMD's Q1
With AMD's horrible first quarter now out in the open, analysts have started to deliver fresh data that documents just how much market share the chipmaker ceded to Intel in recent months.
HP to sell low-cost ink
Michael Hoffmann, the head of the European operations of HP's printer division, has told German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung that his company is going to sell low-cost ink alongside better quality cartridges.
IBM prepared to break knuckles of low-income students
IBM takes no prisoners when collecting a debt, even when it's relatively small and the debtor is a low-income school district that is atoning for sins committed two decades earlier.
Rumor: Symantec and Huawei prep storage and security JV
Symantec and Shenzhen-based network and telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei are close to finalizing a joint venture deal, China Daily reports today.