TJX finds self at bottom of 300-bank pig pile
Associations representing almost 300 Northeastern banks in the US say they are suing TJX Companies to recover tens of millions of dollars in damages resulting from a data breach that may have exposed more than 45m credit and debit card numbers to thieves. Additional organizations from all over the country are likely to join the suit, which will be heard in federal court in Boston and seeks class action status.
Piloting Adobe Apollo
Adobe's senior product manager for Apollo, Mike Downey was in London last week. We met him at Adobe's Regents Park offices, and in a wide ranging conversation we talked about the past, the present and the future of Apollo.
A modern-day Gerstner is needed to cure all of Microsoft’s ills
AnalysisLater today (Thursday) Microsoft will release its figures for the past quarter, and there’s more than a good chance that financially speaking, things will be pretty much okay. But no better than that.
Amazon flows into digital music sales
Online retailer Amazon looks set to take on Apple in the downloadable music market, with plans to launch its own iTunes rival.
Defective automatic trousers hurl pilot from plane
A Swedish pilot was flung out of his aircraft by a malfunctioning pair of hi-tech trousers, it has been revealed.
Gowers considered cutting music copyright to less than 50 years
Andrew Gowers considered shortening the copyright term for music to less than 50 years in his Treasury-commissioned review of intellectual property, but pulled back from the plan because it was "politically prudent" to do so.
Acer recalls 27,000 Sony laptop batteries
Thought the Great Sony Battery Recall of 2006 was past history? Think again. Acer's US operation last night said it was asking 27,000 customers to return Sony-made laptop batteries for a free replacement.
Is the mainstream ready for SaaS?
CommentIn the world of IT, we are constantly debating the latest trends and developments. Usually, although granted unsurprisingly, these deliberations revolve almost exclusively around the features of a particular technology, more often than not taking the form of "is technology/solution XYZ ready for adoption by mainstream customers or is it a bleeding-edge solution that is likely to appeal only those in desperate need of its features?"
How did we all end up with Windows?
Reg Reader WorkshopIt's amazing how many people who have Microsoft Windows everywhere look flummoxed when asked whether Windows is their "standard" for desktop computing.
0wning Vista from the boot
InterviewFederico Biancuzzi interviews Nitin and Vipin Kumar, authors of VBootkit, a rootkit that is able to load from Windows Vista boot-sectors. They discuss the "features" of their code, the support of the various versions of Vista, the possibility to place it inside the BIOS (it needs around 1,500 bytes), and the chance to use it to bypass Vista's product activation or avoid DRM.
Blue Sky squeezes GPS onto a SIM
Just as we were predicting the end of SIM technological development, along comes a technology which really could be a killer application - a complete GPS system embedded inside one.
T-Mobile calls up cut-price Sidekick iD
T-Mobile has started selling a cut-down version of its Sidekick 3 consumer-friendly email phone that strips outs the camera, Bluetooth and a GSM frequency to knock a hundred bucks off the price.
Samsung 'world's thinnest' phone goes on sale
Samsung has been showing off its ultra-slim Ultra Edition 5.9 phone at every opportunity it gets, but the 5.9mm-thick - don't ever put it your back pocket - handset has finally gone on sale, in the firm's native Korea.
Trend Micro overhauls EMEA channel programme
Trend Micro has shaken up its EMEA channel programme in the hope of simplifying the business and forging better partner relationships in that region.
Wal-Mart orders 2m HD DVD players from China
US retail giant Wal-Mart is to fill its North American store shelves with a 2m low-cost HD DVD players, a move that could help kick up a gear consumer interest in the next-gen optical disc format.
Sony spies Eye toy for PS3
Sony will bring the PlayStation 3 version of its Eye web and gaming cam to market this summer time. The T-shaped unit has a bigger microphone than image grabber, thanks to a noise-cancelling four-microphone array.
IPRED2 passes, with tweaks to protect personal copying
The European Parliament voted yesterday to pass legislation that could still see people copying music or movies for their own personal use stand in the dock alongside hard-nosed counterfeiters and commercial copyright blaggers.
Adobe open sources Flex
Flex, the Adobe tool for delivering Flash applications that mixes ActionScript and an XML page layout language, will be completely open source by the end of 2007, with much of the code available now.
Hackers debut spam and virus sandwich
Hackers have combined spam and malware together in a single email threat.
Hitachi says it did ship 1TB HDD in Q1
You might not have realised it, but Hitachi did get its 7K1000 1TB hard drive out of the door during the first quarter of 2007, as it promised to do when it launched the product. But it admitted the product had not reached "critical mass" until this month.
Taiwan mislays millions of honeybees
Taiwan's beekeepers are reporting the mass disappearance of millions of honeybees, Reuters reports.
Sony ships 'world's smallest' HD camcorder
Soon to arrive in the UK is Sony's new Handycam HDR-CX6EK - the world's smallest and lightest HD camcorder, according to the Japanese electronics giant. Features include 10x optical zoom and AVCHD 1080i recording on a Memory Stick.
Boffins develop DIY musical Wi-Fi robot kit
Academics funded by a sinister triumvirate of global corporations intend to see Wi-Fi-controlled robots in every home, school, and office across the free world.
Peer calls for UK cyber-crime portal
A parliamentary committee set up to look at trends in cybercrime is considering the establishment of a website allowing people to report electronic crime.
IBM mainframe ties the knot with video game chip
Computer giant IBM is set to reveal a new project which will merge business mainframes with the microchip used in the latest Sony PlayStation.
AMD Radeon HD 2900 XTX tested on web
Two days ago, AMD's upcoming ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT was given an early and unscheduled trip through the latest benchmarking software. Now it's the turn of the Radeon HD 2900 XTX.
Spinal Tap resurface for Live Earth
Cult rockers Spinal Tap have agreed to reform for Al Gore's Live Earth concert in July, the Telegraph reports.
Super-Earth orbiting red dwarf
Astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like exoplanet yet. The world, which orbits a red dwarf star, is about five times as massive as Earth, and thanks to its position, should be capable of holding liquid water.
Police charge stripogram cop impersonator
A 24-year-old stripogram has been charged with wearing police uniform and equipment in the street, the BBC reports.
Welsh boffins build 3D solar images
Welsh boffins have beaten NASA to the punch and produced the first three dimensional images of the Sun from NASA's STEREO mission.
Japanese actress caught in sheep 'poodle' scam
A Japanese actress inadvertantly blew the lid off a scam which had duped thousands of women into buying coiffured sheep in the belief they were poodles, the Evening Standard reports.
Antarctica frozen out of internet revolution
North America and Europe still dominate the internet, despite Asia's economic furnaces in China and India.
eBay, PayPal face court action
eBay warned shareholders yesterday that it is facing a possible class action suit in the state of California and is likely to be hit by more patent cases.
UK police can crime reporting website
The UK government has confirmed that a national crime reporting website is no longer in operation
Sourcefire eyes acquisitions
Security vendor Sourcefire, which went public last month, said tougher corporate governance regulations are making it more difficult and more expensive to float.
Arrest Richard Gere, orders Indian court
An Indian court has issued arrest warrants for Richard Gere and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, Reuters reports.
Who star to make beautiful music with girlfriend's dog
Guitar smashing English rocker and internet enthusiast Pete Townshend has said he might use sounds made by his girlfriend's dog to create digital music.
Alpha gets RAD for Web 2.0
Web 2.0 is no different to most other new technologies in one significant respect: in the rush to arrive at something that achieves tangible results, there is always the chance that a hotch-potch of different, often incompatible technologies get banged together. It is only later that the difficulties in making them work together effectively and easily over the long term start to emerge.
DoH's latest d'oh!
The Department of Health (DoH) has apologised for its latest IT blunder - publishing private details of applicants for junior doctor posts on an unsecured website.
VMware goes public with $100m plea
VMware has titillated Wall Street once again with its plans to go public. The software maker today dished up its hopes to pull in $100m from an IPO.
Orange boss walks out
Orange boss Sanjiv Ahuja has walked out of his "operational responsibilities" as CEO, remaining as chairman of the UK board. He's replaced by Olaf Swantee an ex-Compaq customer services VP with HP.
Hawking is leaving gravity on a jet plane
Stephen Hawking is going to be sent up on the vomit comet, a specially modified plane that allows its passengers to experience weightlessness. The trip is courtesy of operating firm Zero Gravity, which has waived its normal $3,000 fee for the good professor.
Pentagon 'hacker' questions US cost claims
InfosecAccused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon appeared on a hackers' panel at the Infosec show on Thursday.
Website offers virtual substance abuse, P2P pressure
Online game universes continue to move forward in their attempts to offer intense human experiences to isolated dorks who refuse to leave their bedrooms. The latest trend now appears to be online drug-use.
American boffin touts sugar-fuelled mobile phones
Fuel-cell researchers are working on portable electric power sources running on a wide range of unconventional fuels, but like all academics they disagree.
Google glitch loses user data
Updated[This story was updated on April 27 to indicate that Google says it has resolved the problem and was able to restore user settings. Users posting on Google discussion groups would seem to confirm this.]
North Carolina residents still want their $280m back from Dell
The fight over a $280m-plus incentive package to lure Dell into North Carolina has entered the state's second-highest court.
Websense buys Surf Control
Websense is bulking up to take on the big IT security vendors by buying Surf Control, the British censorware developer, for £201m ($400m) cash.
Microsoft feasts on Vista coupons for record quarter
Microsoft posted a 65 per cent boost in its third-quarter net income thanks in large part to revenue from major new releases and upgrade coupons that promoted them. Both profit and sales for the period that ended in March surpassed analyst estimates.