Moto Razr² debuts in US... almost
US mobile phone networks have taken delivery of Motorola's latest Razr handset - the slightly-skinnier-than-the-original Razr² - the phone maker claimed late last week. Putting it on sale to punters may take a little longer.
Fujitsu Siemens to drop PDA, GPS gadgets
Fujitsu Siemens is to pull out of the PDA and GPS business by the end of the year to focus its mobile computing efforts on notebooks and tablets, the company admitted last week.
Intel cans last Pentium 4s, Ds
Intel has marked more of its old, pre-Core desktop processors for the chop, including the remaining, 65nm Pentium 4s and the last Pentium Ds.
Nvidia MCP73 'to debut 25 September'
Nvidia's anticipated next-gen Intel-oriented desktop chipsets - codenamed 'MCP73' - will debut on 25 September, it has been claimed by Far Eastern sources.
First two AMD 'Barcelonas' due 10 September?
AMD's first 'Barcelona' processors - a pair of chips for two-slot machines - will appear on 10 September, it has been alleged by server-maker sources. A further chip will be launched in October, they say.
Total world Wii sales close in on Xbox 360 tally
Nintendo's Wii is nearing the Xbox 360's cumulative sales total, despite the year-long availability advantage enjoyed by the Microsoft games consoles. New figures put the Wii at 10.10m units sold to date worldwide, just behind the 360's 10.32m.
Vodafone turns to eBay for handset supplies
Vodafone UK is hunting eBay for obsolete handsets that support its Textphone service for the deaf.
Fujitsu creates readable, writeable 'nanohole' hard drive
Fujitsu's scheme to produce hard drives that can hold a terabyte of data in each square inch of recording surface has taken a step closer to realisation. It has made a 2.5in disk made of its proposed 'patterned medium' and verified the disc's read/write capability.
IT bosses: directors don't take security seriously
Most IT managers believe that while their board-level superiors pay lip service to compliance and security, they don't really take it seriously, according to a survey carried out for software developer NetIQ.
Council employs automatic PC shutdown
A council is expecting to save money and reduce carbon emissions after installing software that closes down PCs left on overnight.
Silent bandwidth battles at BT
ColumnWe could have a nice little fight building up (in a quasi military sense, too) between BT and the armed forces, because of BT's "secret" plans to close down its legacy ISDN digital network.
Halo 3 hits one million pre-orders
Halo 3 has reached one million pre-orders in North America alone, making it the fastest selling pre-ordered game in history. Over a month before it's set to hit shelves, the eagerly-awaited title has set a new precedent for the video games market, according to Microsoft.
Net bride Aussie kidnapped in Mali
An Australian farmer who thought he'd found his perfect soulmate online got a nasty surprise when he travelled to Mali to meet his fiancée - a reception committee of "machete-armed bandits" who held him for almost two weeks demanding an AU$100,000 ransom.
Future looks bright for video ads
The revolution will be televised but you'll have to sit through the ads first.
Virgin Media to mount French invasion
Virgin Media looks set to expand into continental Europe, despite difficulties with its UK operation.
Peterborough bloke warned over 'offensive' t-shirt
A Peterborough forklift driver who threatened to undermine law and order in the former Roman city by wearing a t-shirt declaring "Don't piss me off! I am running out of places to hide the bodies" has been warned he'll cop an 80 quid fine if caught again wearing the offending apparel.
Next generation business intelligence
Various research projects have shown that business intelligence (BI) continues to be one of the top investment priorities for CIOs. But what is changing is its shift in focus from complex tools for a few users to more flexible, affordable and accessible tools for a larger audience.
Spammers debut FDF spam
Spammers have begun experimenting with a new file format as part of their ongoing quest to slip their tiresome messages past junk mail filters.
iPhone thumb trim hoax gets online media buy-in
Claims that Thomas Martel, 28, of Bonnie Brae had his over-sized thumbs "whittled" to make using his iPhone easier have turned out to be a marvellous hoax perpetrated by the North Denver News, though one that fooled many online news sources.
Cops taser crap-smeared Oz clubber
An Oz clubber who decided it was a really bright idea to smear himself with faeces and blood in protest at being ejected from a Gold Coast nightclub earned himself a solid tasering for his trouble, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Boots, House of Fraser not renewing IT director posts
CommentInitial reaction to the fact that two sizable retailers are not renewing their outgoing IT director posts could easily be "short sighted mistake".
NASA examining Shuttle's dings, extending mission
Mission controllers at NASA are inspecting some damage to the shuttle Endeavour's heat shield sustained during the "flawless" launch last week.
Blue Note label to offer downloads'n'social on web
Jazz and blues record label Blue Note plans to revamp its website from later this month, transforming it from a regular corporate front window to a combined social network and music download shop.
ISPs hijack BBC in tiered services push
Cash-strapped ISPs have begun a campaign to use the launch of the BBC's iPlayer on demand service to squeeze more cash from web TV viewers.
Game shares bounce as competition probe launches
Game saw its share price fall by more than 15 per cent last Friday following a watchdog's decision to probe the video game retailer's purchase of Gamestation.
Drunken German joyrider totals 300 chickens
A 17-year-old German joyrider faces a legal plucking after provoking the death of 300 chickens by crashing a van into their Kassel abode, Reuters reports.
Veoh files pre-emptive copyright lawsuit
Video sharing site Veoh Networks has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against Universal Music Group (UMG), requesting that the courts prevent UMG from suing it for copyright infringement.
US punters gobbling up mobile data
The US is consuming vast amounts of mobile data and, unlike Europe, it's not all SMS messaging, according to a report from consultants Chetan Sharma.
US Customs gets kill-droids for Caribbean
The US Customs service has announced plans to acquire a fleet of five tonne flying death droids, to supplement its already terrifying arsenal of all-seeing "Eye of Sauron" Wi-Fi radar towers, handheld puke rayguns, and airport mind-probes.
Tories aim to ditch data protection laws
A Conservative government would tear up Britain's commitments on data protection and other regulations in a bid to create a more competitive economy.
Hacktivists attack UN.org
The United Nations website came under attack by hacktivists over the weekend.
Trevor Baylis cranks multimedia up a notch
Sitting down at the beginning of a long train journey to discover that you’ve forgotten to charge up your media player will soon be a thing of the past. Inventor Trevor Baylis back and this time he has turned his wind-up hand to the portable multimedia device.
Brando sniffs out USB new agers
While most would agree that pouring liquids onto anything electrical is a bad idea, Brando seems to have smelt a profit in it. The company has begun selling a thumb-sized USB fragrance oil burner designed to help you plug in and relax, literally.
Smart radios still too dumb
More than three years ago, your reporter got a good taste of how miserable technology utopians can be.
Boffins simulate plasma-eating dusty 'life-forms'
Physicists have discovered that charged particles of dust can form themselves into life-like structures that appear to be capable of reproducing and passing information along, behaviour reminiscent of life on Earth.
Chav-hunting toffs cop some flack
A group of toffs, apparently from Scotland's private Glenalmond College, have ruffled feathers with a wizard YouTube "chav-hunting" vid which showed them purging the British countryside of the Burberry-capped underclass with rod, hound, and gun.
VAT fraudsters 'laughing all the way to their offshore tax haven'
Carousel fraud accounted for 87 per cent of the total fraud cases reported in the UK for the first half of 2007.
Samsung powers ahead with fuel cell tech
If you're worried about potentially flammable notebook batteries, or perhaps if you aren't, then have you considered a fuel cell-powered laptop? Samsung has unveiled its latest prototype 'battery', which it claims can run for up to eight hours a day for one month, without any recharge.
Welch on renewables deal, UK government told
The British government has been advised by the civil service to find a way to get out of renewable energy targets Tony Blair committed to earlier this year.
Germany enacts 'anti-hacker' law
Germany has introduced draconian anti-hacker measures that criminalise the creation or possession of dual-use security tools.
Sprint helps fuel parental panic
Sprint has launched FamilyWatchdog Mobile, a latest family-friendly offering, allows US parents to check out maps showing where registered sex offenders live and work, and download photographs and conviction details.
BT rubbishes BBC bandwidth throttling reports
Swift denialBT has denied reports that it is working with other ISPs to pressurise the BBC or consumers into paying extra for delivery of iPlayer on demand TV shows.
Blu-ray meets tiny PC
The use of Blu-ray on the desktop is expanding and the high definition format is starting to find its way into small form factor (SFF) PCs. Shuttle has launched its XPC G5 3201M model, a custom-build PC available with either a Blu-ray writer or combo drive crammed into its tiny frame.
Gull triphibiandroid sold to Welsh gov
Most types of aircraft that one can imagine have been robotised over the last decade or so. We've seen aerial attack birds, droid-copters, stealth drones, hydrogen-powered strato-platforms, robot blimps - even dalek-style flying dustbins. It has often seemed that everything that could possibly fly has been automated.
Telstra sex romp woman back on the job
A female Telstra employee who was sacked for having sex in a bath with two male colleagues while "embarassed women co-workers cringed just metres away" has won compensation and her job back, The Australian reports.
NASA inks deal for Shuttle replacements
NASA has signed a $1.8 billion contract with Utah-based Alliant Techsystems (ATK) for "design, development, testing, and evaluation of the first stage of the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles." Ares I and V will replace the Space Shuttle fleet as NASA's primary means of getting people and stuff into earth orbit.
Facebook quells fears over code leak snafu
Server configuration errors led to a leak of a portion the code used by social networking site Facebook over the weekend.
Citrix set to snatch XenSource
Citrix is set to buy virtualization software maker XenSource, according to industry chatter.
Intel guns one four-core Xeon, cools another
Intel has pumped out a pair of fresh server chips meant to give AMD fits. Customers will now find the Xeon X5365 and L5335 four-core processors. The higher-end X5365 runs at 3.0GHz while eating up a max of 120W. Meanwhile, energy conscious types will want to check out the L5335 that runs at 2.0GHz while consuming just 50W.
Firefox leak could divulge sensitive info
A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in Firefox that could allow criminals to remotely siphon private information stored in plugins and call sensitive functions.
SCO 'disappointed' as shares plunge 70 per cent
Mimicking a scene from Monty Python's The Holy Grail, the SCO Group has issued a statement declaring that it's not dead yet.
Microsoft sent FCC defective wireless prototype
Why did the FCC give a failing grade to a controversial Microsoft prototype that sends high-speed Internet signals over unused television airwaves? It was broken. At least, that's the word from Microsoft.
Blu-ray 300 outsells HD DVD version 2:1
A small, relatively insignificant strip of road in Greece twixt mountains and ocean has become the latest bloody battleground in the titanic uncompromising clash of next-generation optical disc formats: HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc...
SteelEye gets pat on the back for virtual clustering
Clustering software specialist SteelEye's move into the virtual realm appears to have been a success. At last week's LinuxWorld conference, we caught the company in mid-celebration after its LifeKeeper Protection Suite for VMware nabbed the Best Clustering Solution award.