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Gov u-turn sinks EDS's Indian outsourcing plans
ExclusiveThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has told EDS to cancel plans to outsource government work to India.
Panic in smartphoneland
AnalysisGoogle is set to give the mobile phone business a body blow today - the second punch in the guts it's had this year. Apple delivered the first blow, by turning the operators' subsidy model upside down - as well as making rival manufacturers look like knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. But Google's arrival may prove to be more dramatic and far reaching for the business.
Congestion charge dodgers register Bentleys as minicabs
Owners of upmarket sets of wheels have discovered a cunning ruse to avoid paying London's congestion charge - simply register the car as a minicab.
Fuel-cell UAV achieves 'record' distance
A fuel-cell company has announced a "record-breaking" flight by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) propelled by one of its fuel cells.
Shampoo boffins decode dandruff fungus' DNA
Researchers working for the maker of Head and Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo have mapped out the genome of the microbe that causes the pesky condition.
E-Ten unveils 'affordable' satnav smartphone
Taiwan's E-Ten has unwrapped its latest Glofiish smartphone, the X600: a slim tablet-like handset that packs in Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 2.0, all for what the company promised would be an "affordable price".
Telnic proposal spurs internal ICANN debate
ICANN 2007 - Los AngelesThe acrimonious debate surrounding the Whois database is ICANN's most enduring ritualistic dance.
Warner slaps Nokia for Web 2.0 swap site
Nokia's Music Store went live last week - but look in vain for anything by Led Zepp, John Coltrane, or Smokey Robinson. That's because Warner Music Group (WMG) is refusing to license its catalogues to the phone giant, in protest at its Web 2.0 file swapping site, Mosh.
Rewriting the SaaS laws
CommentI sometimes think I am living in a parallel universe when I get into conversations about Software as a Service (SaaS). People keep talking to me as if there is some kind of seismic shift taking place in the way organisations are acquiring and running software. Then I look around me and down at the results of study after study of buying patterns and investment plans that we carry out here at Freeform Dynamics and all I can see is the continued gradual creep of the price per user per month hosted model that has been taking place in a steady but non-dramatic manner for the best part of a decade now.
Asus spills AMD 7-series chipset beans
Asus has jumped the gun on AMD's 7-series chipset announcement by unveiling today a pair of motherboards based on two of the as-yet-unannounced product family.
Petty crimes, 150,000 kids and a million new records
Have you ever used one of those machines at a fairground or on a seaside pier? You know, the ones that stretch a penny out, imprinting it with a touristy message and the date of your holiday?
Evesham Technology creditors back administrators
Creditors owed about £6.8m by collapsed British computer maker Evesham Technology have accepted DTE Leonard Curtis’s proposals that it proceed with the administration of the company.
Wikipedia not a publisher
A French judge has ruled that Wikipedia is not responsible for defamatory content it hosted on its website.
Samsung samples SATA II 2.5in SSD
Samsung has begun sampling a 2.5in notebook-oriented 64GB solid-state drive the connects to a host computer using a 3Gb/s SATA interface, the electronics giant said today.
MySpace ads zero in on user data
MySpace has tightened its advertising targeting system to let marketeers aim their pitch at more specific user interests, in the hope they'll be more likely to respond.
Lost CD may put pension holders in peril
Thousands of customers of UK insurer Standard Life have been left at risk of fraud after their personal details were lost by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Honda to put ultracapacitors on the road in '08
Everyone who owns a mobile phone knows something about rechargeable batteries, but not that many non-engineers really know about capacitors. Even so, big capacitors - aka supercapacitors or ultracapacitors - have just gone mainstream.
Heads roll at ACS
Outsourcing outfit Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) last week confirmed that five of its independent board members agreed to resign after an embarrassing public spat with the firm's founder and chairman.
Shuttle crew completes daring wing repair
The space shuttle Discovery has uncoupled from the International Space Station and is heading back to Earth, after an eventful 11 day stay in orbit.
Official: P2P music not harming Canada
Another study of P2P networks has found that music file-sharing has no detrimental effect on the CD racket and, if anything, is associated with higher physical sales.
Gaming PC makers team for open standard monitoring spec
Nvidia and some of the leading lights in gaming PCs have introduced what they claim is a fully open software specification to allow control apps to monitor key PC components in real time - the better, they claimed, to help enthusiasts fine-tune their systems.
Security minister defends ID cards, longer detention
The Liberal Democrat party has attacked the proposed National ID card scheme, on the grounds that the government cannot effectively implement simpler plans such as passport interviews. But the new government security minister has mounted a spirited defence.
Publishers track down news lifters
Software that can show news publishers if, and where, their content has been copied online has been launched.
N-Gage fails to appear on Ovi
Nokia's latest assault on the gaming market, N-Gage 3: This Time It's Software, won't be debuting during November as originally promised because it still needs a bit more testing.
Dell bets big on storage
Dell is spending $1.4bn on storage company EqualLogic, which specialises in iSCSI storage area networks optimised for virtualisation.
US airforce: Solar 'leccy is too cheap to meter
A US Air Force base is bringing on stream America's "largest solar photovoltaic system", according to reports. Nellis airforce base is in the middle of powering up a 140-acre facility covered in solar arrays which swivel flower-fashion to follow the sun.
Time Warner boss bows out
Richard Parsons, CEO of AOL parent company Time Warner, has fallen on his sword in hope his successor can revive the fortunes of the unwieldy internet and media empire.
Google's gives the world (another) Linux phone OS
Google has unveiled its phone platform, Android. It's yet another Linux OS, freely licensed, and will appear in devices in the second half of next year. Google has signed up over 30 partners including Qualcomm, Motorola, HTC and operators including Deutsche Telekom for the "Open Handset Alliance".
Visual Studio 2008 release by end November, Sync Framework announced
TechEd, BarcelonaMicrosoft has announced that Visual Studio 2008 will be available to MSDN subscribers "by the end of November 2007". I'm a little disappointed not to find the RTM build here at Tech-Ed, but that's not long to wait.
The internet in your pocket?
So Google is working with some big industry players on an open-source operating system for mobile phones. The assumption is that developers are waiting for a completely open OS to change the mobile world.
Hack database, change school grades, go to jail for 20 years (maybe)
It's the stuff of movies such as War Games but two California men accused of hacking into a University database system to change their grades face up to 20 years imprisonment.
Microsoft talks Sync and BI for SQL Server 2008
TechEd, BarcelonaMicrosoft used its TechEd Developer Conference in Barcelona Monday to announce details of new features in SQL Server 2008, due next February.
Cisco takes unified comms to the little people
Cisco is shoveling more fuel into its SMB fire, with additions and updates for its Smart Business Communications System. The new gear includes tripling unified communication capabilities to 48 users, four new Ethernet switches and a new leasing package for Europe.
Microsoft lifts Visual Studio usage restrictions
TechEd, BarcelonaMicrosoft partners are now free to extend Visual Studio to target non-Microsoft platforms according to Microsoft's developer division corporate vice president S. Somasegar.
Yahoo! Unveils! Another! Social! Networking! Also-Ran!
Yahoo! has launched another social networking service that few people are likely to use.
Navisite scrambles to restore web hosting service
Navisite, the US webhosting firm, is scrambling to fix an extended outage that is believed to have rendered tens of thousands of websites inoperable for more than three days. The company hopes to completely resolve the problem by Tuesday morning at the latest.
Start-up Arastra enters cheap 10Gig E fray
Another hungry California-based switch start-up is setting a place at the 10-Gbit/s Ethernet table.
Get started with Silverlight
Hands onThere has been much hype and more than a little confusion during the last year or so surrounding Microsoft Silverlight.