Dell begs gamers for forgiveness with free boards
In "the very near future," an army of Dell technicians will descend upon customers who last year purchased the Dell XPS 700 gaming rig. Their mission will be to upgrade the XPS 700 systems for free with a new XPS gaming motherboard and to offer customers the choice of an even better future motherboard with a quad-core chip at a 25 per cent discount.
Brocade profits McDisappear
Brocade is ending a big week overflowing with product announcements, stomping on is partners' toes and a healthy federal pay-off with something very small:
Qualcomm IPR gravy train hits the buffers
CommentQualcomm had yet another setback in the courtroom this week, as Broadcom was awarded $19.64m in damages for incorporating Broadcom technology in its baseband chips and software.
Royal Society unearths top secret nuclear research
75 years of the neutronIn his long-awaited energy white paper, published this May, Tony Blair opined that energy could be "as important to our future as defence".
Rome's atmosphere shows signs of cocaine
Scientists from Italy's National Research Council (CNR) have discovered an even greater threat to Rome's population than getting run down by a Lambretta: particles of cocaine and marijuana in the atmosphere, centred around the city's Sapienza university.
Iberian lynx offered motorway reprieve
The Spanish authorities have binned a plan to drive a 300km motorway south from Toldeo to Cordoba because the highway would have threatened the endangered Iberian lynx, Reuters reports.
Bankers see public sector as fraud target
A top official from the banking industry has said the public sector is a major target for online fraud.
Personal numbers must carry cost warning, says regulator
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has ordered that from September, callers to so-called "personal numbers", which start with the digits 070, must hear a warning on the call's cost for free before being connected if the call will cost more than 20 pence.
40% of kids regularly visit forbidden sites
Children under the age of 16 are regularly visiting websites that have been prohibited by their parents, divulge personal details to strangers, and meet up with people they met online, according to research published today.
Insecure plug-ins pose danger to Firefox users
A security weakness in the update mechanism for third-party add-ons to the Firefox browser could give an attacker the ability to exploit unsecured downloads and install malicious code on the victim's computer, a security researcher warned on Wednesday.
Nicaragua puts the squeeze on 'poison' Chinese toothpaste
Nicaraguan authorities have seized 40,000 tubes of Chinese "Excel" and "Mr Cool" toothpaste which contain potentially-lethal diethylene glycol, AP reports.
ET fires laser weapon on Google Maps
It appears that pretty much everyone in the world has given up any pretence at working and is currently scouring Google Maps' new Street View facility for entertaining revelations.
Yahoo! Europe! upgrades! ad! platform!
Yahoo! Europe is starting a staged upgrade of its sponsored search advertising platform - the project previously known as Panama.
Spyware mum foils pervert
Keylogging software helped a UK mum warn police about a US-based predator who was grooming her 15-year-old son for child abuse.
Belgian army faces hairy caterpillar horde
Belgian soldiers are to be deployed in the country's forests to combat the menace of hairy caterpillars, Reuters reports.
10 signs you're in a tech bubble
From Wall St to Silicon Valley, experienced finanical types and entrepreneurs are privately conceding the obvious: we're in a tech bubble. The only doubts are over whether we are in 1998 or 1999 again.
LiveJournal says sorry for blanket sex-talk censorship
LiveJournal has apologised after taking down 500 discussion groups it felt were too sexed up. The purge was intended to wipe out discussion of paedophilia, rape, and sexual violence, the firm says.
Korean schools to deploy robot chaperones
Korean educational authorities have a bold new plan to curb the ever-rising tide of teenage lustfulness. Students at a middle school (ages 13-15) in southern Seoul are to be watched by robots from this week in a trial security project.
EMI and YouTube shake hands and hips
EMI has signed an agreement with Google's video-sharing website YouTube to allow its users to view "authorised" videos and recordings from the music firm's roster of artists.
Cat owner protests against privacy-invading Google
Google has raised fresh privacy concerns in the US, thanks to its new Street View service on its maps. It is apparently not enough that the advertising broker would like to find your next job for you, or tell you what you might want to do at the weekend, now it wants to peer into your living rooms.
Enron emails inspire GCHQ spooks
Geeks at GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), the UK's spook-infested listening station, are using the infamous Enron email trail to develop software that will monitor people's emails and stop them sending incriminating or confidential messages.
Binary interfaces in component development
Part 1:Compatibility is a huge problem in software development. It's often cited as an argument against Linux; there's no guarantee of forward compatibility to ensure the applications of today will work in the Linux of 2010.
Tiscali locks down contracts after email disaster
UpdatedTiscali says that broadband customers left fuming by its week of undelivered email remain bound by their contracts, and should accept that email is a free extra.
Hardy perennials dominate virus chart
May's virus charts were a throwback to the end of 2005, with old favourites such as Netsky, Bagle, and Sober once again dominating run-downs of the worst malware menaces.
Twitchers in a flap over 'cock' gagging
Bird botherers down at RSPB forums are in a flap over the avian conservation charity's censoring of the word "cock".
Firefox users need to update their browser software following the release of updates designed to fix multiple security vulnerabilities.
Power firm plans low-energy credits
UK energy supplier Scottish & Southern Electric (SSE) is to offer credits to customers who cut their energy use or install low-energy appliances. It also wants to cut the carbon footprint of the power it generates by 20 per cent over the next nine years.
Tom Cruise causes Wi-Fi humour blackouts
LettersWant to be in complete control of your computer? Put your hands in the air and wave 'em around a bit. That'll do the trick. Well, maybe it is a bit more complex than that. But really, as Microsoft proposes a hand waving, Minority Report-style computer interface, all we care about is that Tom Cruise stays in the Scientology celebrity centre, and away from our sofa:
Why does CSC want to stop the rescue of iSoft?
iSoft and IBA Health, the Aussie firm which has offered to bail out iSoft, have issued a joint statement suggesting they may take legal action against CSC's blocking of the deal.
Space powers join forces to hit Moon and Mars
As NASA greenlights its next Shuttle launch (8 June, for those keeping track), 14 international space agencies have agreed to cooperate on a rather more grandiose mission: bringing samples of the Martian surface back to Earth.
VAT 'reverse charge' scheme kicks off
As of today mobile phones and computer chips will be subject to a new fraud-busting VAT accounting scheme called "reverse charge".
Dr Who saves Thailand from evil canine unmentionables
CommentsIt's Friday again, and time for another batch of comments. Your televisions are quite dear to you, as evidenced by how worked up some of you got over our first bit of news.
Google: We like the web the way it is
“We feel very strongly about this being an industry effort and being a standard. We want this to be the one way that developers can add offline capabilities to their applications,” says Jeff Huger, Google’s VP of engineering, during the keynote for the company’s global Developer Day.
Cloudmark takes anti-spam to the edge
Anti-spam developer Cloudmark claims its high-volume content-filtering email gateway could prevent almost all unwanted email from reaching a network's mail servers.