Salesforce.com names Apex ship date amid growth concerns
Salesforce.com will next month release its Apex programming language to developers hungry to mash-up web-based business applications with its "platform in the sky" and to reassure investors anxious about growth.
Private equity firms flirt with 3Com
Rumor has it that private equity firms are interested in taking born-again telecom equipment maker 3Com off the market.
The Beeb cuts off premium rate phone-in lines
The BBC has suspended all phone-in competitions across its television, radio, internet and interactive services following a damning internal inquiry into editorial failures.
The IBM ThinkPad: 15 years old today
Forgotten TechThe ThinkPad is 15 today. Sort of. Launched by IBM and now made by Lenovo, the black-clad laptop family quickly established itself as an icon, in many ways re-establishing Big Blue's reputation as a PC maker after years in the shadow of the clone manufacturers.
ICO creates IT forensics team
The Information Commissioner's Office has set up its own IT forensics department to support its enforcement activities.
Wall Street forks over Intel's future
Intel told the best possible second quarter story, and few investors listened.
AmAze hopes to amaze with free mobile route planning
AmAze put itself on the map today with the UK launch of a service providing GPS-integrated route planning and directions, as well as satellite imagery and worldwide maps.
Firms unsure of liability for staff net use
Almost two-thirds of companies don't realise their legal responsibilities regarding their employees and electronic communications, a new survey has revealed.
Sony to tune slimline PSP into Japanese TV
If you're already annoyed that Japan gets most of the good gadgets first, then Sony's announcement that a TV tuner for the upcoming, slimmed down 'PSP 2' will only appear there is likely to enrage you further still.
Apple reclaims US' third biggest PC seller spot
Apple is now once again holding third place in the US PC market, sales figures from market watcher IDC have revealed. A return to form? Not quite, since its 5.6 per cent share is well below the double-digit share Apple commanded in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Mobile websites fail to satisfy users
E-commerce sites are putting their future success at risk by failing to offer users the ability to buy through their mobile websites, a new study has revealed.
Retailers price up Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite
The first UK retail prices for Microsoft's much anticipated Xbox 360 Elite console have begun to appear, with retailers positioning it at around £50 more than the Elite's Premium predecessor and around £95 cheaper than Sony's PS3.
Daily Mail slammed for online bingo hypocrisy
Could bingo really move out of the smoky back rooms of decrepit church halls and onto the internet? The Daily Mail apparently thought so.
LMH and InfoSec Sellout unmasked?
The equivalent of a virtual nuke has just been set off in the field of vulnerability research and disclosure. The identities behind two of the noms de guerre that have elicited some of the most heated vitriol over the last 12 months appear to have been disclosed.
Neteller reaches supergrass agreement with DOJ
Neteller has reached an agreement with American authorities concerning its financial transactions with American internet gambling customers.
European court protects file sharers
European telcos and ISPs do not have to hand over subscriber information to record labels which are trying to find file sharers.
Security conferences versus practical knowledge
Since computers became mainstream in the early to mid-nineties, a whole ecosystem has developed around them. The various parts of that ecosystem range from the companies who make computers to the software companies who program for them.
Toshiba asks for more batteries back
Toshiba Japan today expanded its notebook-battery recall programme, adding half-a-dozen more models to the list of laptops it wants owners to use only on mains power until new batteries can be sent out to them.
EU says roaming case is soooo last month
Vodafone, O2, and T-Mobile will likely breathe a sigh of relief today after European Union anti-trust authorities decided to close their long-running investigation into alleged excessive charges for international calls.
Bush to gong top US boffins of 2006
The winners of the 2006 US National Medals of Technology have been announced. The laureates will be honoured by President Bush in a joint ceremony with the 2005 medallists at the White House on 27 July.
Vodafone figures show jump in 3G devices
Vodafone stuck to its outlook guns this morning when it released a trading statement that showed data revenue growth far outstripping the increase in dreary old voice.
Bye bye SaaS, hello PaaS
Software as a Service (SaaS) isn't dead, but it could soon be overtaken by Platform as a Service (PaaS), according to SaaS pioneer Salesforce.com.
Ducati storage leaves the starting grid
SanDisk has ripped open the throttle to speed to market a series of memory cards and more as part of a tie-up with Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati.
Nokia offers assistance for unresponsive GPS phones
Nokia has tacitly admitted the GPS units it builds into a small number of its mobile phones are having problems quickly calculating their locations and has fallen back on data sent over the mobile phone network to mitigate the issue.
Wikipedia clarifies steam pipe menace
Wikipedia moved with its customary lightning speed this morning to bring netizens the very latest in-depth information on steam pipes, one of which yesterday gave New Yorkers a nasty fright:
Mobile phones are in the toilet, but no one's complaining
It's fair to say that it's been an interesting week for mobile phones. To start with, two separate surveys demonstrated the impact mobile phones and smartphones were having on people's working and personal lives.
Hollywood Records is attempting to breathe new life into an ailing musical format, the CD. It has unveiled the CDVU+ format, which it hopes will appeal to those looking for something more than currently offered by the standard 12cm audio disc.
Sainsbury's to hold Medion notebook launch
Ask most people where to go for the launch of a 17in dual-core notebook and we're pretty certain that most wouldn't pick supermarket chain Sainsbury's. But this is where Medion has chosen to unveil its MD96327 laptop later this month.
Avnet takes HP and IBM chunk out of distie Magirus
Avnet is to acquire the European enterprise infrastructure division (EID) of HP and IBM distributor Magirus Group.
'Mac worm' hacker in death threat farce
Claims by an anonymous author that he was paid to create a worm targeting Mac OS X systems are turning into a soap opera-style farce. Infosec Sellout said his 'Rape-OSX' worm uses an undisclosed vulnerability in the mDNSResponder component of Mac OS X to spread.
Motorola discovers cheaper phones lead to lower profits
Motorola has announced its second loss-making quarter, pushing the beleaguered manufacturer into third place behind Nokia and Samsung.
eBayer offers a further Enigma
Those of you who didn't have sufficiently deep pockets to bid for the Enigma machine which last year sold on eBay for a cool €55k might be interested in another example that's currently going for $16,200 (€11,700).
Arcam aims high-end music server at audiophiles
It's the most expensive music centre we've seen and we're sure there are countless hardware geeks who could build a box that does the same thing for a fraction of the £3000 Arcam wants, but there's no doubt the FMJ MS250 has the look.
Voodoo's Envy H:171 is more than witchcraft
Gaming PC specialist and HP subsidiary Voodoo PC has unveiled its latest laptop offering, a brightly coloured and tattooed 17in beast, understandably named the Envy H:171.
Use case style means handbags at 30 paces
In February, I wrote a Reg Developer article which caused some consternation. The article's message distils down to: Don't write vague use cases, write concrete, specific use cases that leave nothing to the imagination instead. Controversial stuff.
BT feels the need for 50Mb speed
BT is considering speeding up its broadband service by pushing it to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it 50Mb download per second for its customers.
Digicel seeks legal redress in Caribbean
Digicel has accused rival telco Cable & Wireless of engaging in illegal and uncompetitive practices which delayed Digicel's expansion into Caribbean markets and cost the company hundreds of millions of pounds.
DARPA robo-bug to start bugging once bugs are worked out
Harvard boffins have achieved a significant milestone in their quest to build robot flies which could be used by the government to really bug people.
Tesco beefs up under 20 quid software offering
Tesco is upping the ante in the software market by widening the availability of its own-brand applications off the back of what it described as a hugely successful initial roll-out.
The return of the ransom-ware Trojan
Virus writers are revisiting the tactic of holding data on compromised machines to ransom with a new strain of so-called "ransom-ware" Trojan.
Dell paddles 'blade everything' HP
The "new" Dell apparently includes an ample helping of feistiness. The hardware maker has slung an aggressive attack against HP's blade server strategy via the corporate blog.
Congress sniffing Google-DoubleClick deal
The FTC inquiry was a just a start. In the coming weeks, Google will also face a pair of congressional investigations into its proposed $3.1bn merger with online ad company DoubleClick - one in the House and one in the Senate.
Citrix kinda' reports Q2 earnings
Citrix Systems saw second quarter revenue rise 21 per cent, driven by growth in product license revenue, online services and technical services.
When 'God Machines' go back to their maker
CommentThe genius of Apple's strategy for its iPhone is to make a defensive move look like an offensive one.
Sprint boots 200 American patriots for using their phones
Shortly after they returned home from the war in Iraq, Sprint accused 200 American soldiers of excessive roaming and summarily canceled their wireless service. At least, that's the word from one of these embattled national heroes.
AMD parts with profits in Q2
AMD suffered from the same desktop chip syndrome as rival Intel during its second quarter, as the company handed in another loss.
Governments' systems used to power phishing push
Lax security controls are allowing conmen to host fraudulent websites on servers run by government organisations and private sector firms.
Seagate income soars with $359m tax break
Seagate posted a boost in fourth quarter income thanks to higher revenue and a one-time tax benefit.