22nd > November > 2007 Archive
The UK MoD has announced the cutting of the first metal for its new stealth robot bomber, Taranis.
Rocking out with your guitar has always been a pretty simple affair. Either strum along acoustically, or plug it into an amp for more bass. But, the USB guitar link now lets musicians plug guitars into their PCs to record or manipulate their future number ones.
HTC’s Touch Dual smartphone has finally landed in the UK, slightly later than anticipated. However, it has appeared though - as expected - on Orange.
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in one of the UK's largest web-based music and film piracy rings. In the latest in a flurry of anti-piracy crackdowns, police and officials from the Intellectual Property Office and the BPI raided several addresses in Cardiff where they seized computer equipment.
Apple has agreed to pay Burst.com $10m to settle the patent infringement challenge the smaller US company launched against it in April 2006.
Those among you looking for a new set of bollocks this Xmas are directed forthwith to Argos, which seems to be the UK's leading 'nad retailer:
Tired of its citizens dropping dead forehead to keyboard after marathon online sessions, the South Korean government has decided to follow China's lead with a tough-love approach, the New York Times noted this week. It recently opened a government-funded, Chinese-style juvenile boot camp, tailored to the special needs of the internet-addicted. The camp seeks to reeducate these wayward souls on the joys to be had by embracing the, uh, reality-based community.
A Swedish teenager suspected of hacking into the network of Cisco systems has been convicted of cracking into the systems of three local universities. The unnamed 19-year-old from Uppsala, Sweden, was ordered to pay $25,000 damages to his victims on Monday after a Swedish appeal court overturned a previous acquittal by a district court and found him guilty of seven counts of unauthorised access, AP reports.
Vodafone chief Arun Sarin is relishing a fight with Apple's Steve Jobs - and he aims to wound. But it's a throwaway remark the Financial Times published on Monday that caught the attention. It was surely designed to create maximum personal offence.
Google has brought the idea of user-generated content a step further with its plans to allow users to edit Google Maps to make it more accurate.
UK Identity CrisisUK Identity Crisis Senior officials were involved in the decision to post the UK's child benefit database on unencrypted CDs, it emerged overnight.
LA rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing the network behind TV hit Californication, alleging that the title is stolen from their 1999 single and album. But the group may struggle because it failed to protect its brand, according to a legal expert.
A Sony executive has hinted that its PlayStation division and Sony Ericsson divisions may work together in the future, paving the way for the development of a PSP-cum-phone.
Having a moon like ours makes us very special, cosmically speaking. This is according to proper scientists at the Universities of Arizona and Florida (as opposed to Mystic Meg), who've been searching the universe with the Spitzer space telescope for other planetary systems like ours.
The government has confirmed that it is investigating another "probable" leak of the foot and mouth virus from Pirbright, the site at the centre of the summer's outbreak of the disease.
Bookies can forget running books on who's going to become the next football manager of England, following the FA's decision to axe Steve McClaren this morning after the side failed to reach next year's European Championship.
Updated:Updated: Up to 10,000 Skype customers have to change their SkypeIn number by 20 December, an email to customers advised last night. By way of recompense, it also offered affected punters a year's free service with voicemail and a grovelling apology.
Today is the opening day of Roboexotica - "the first and, inevitably, the leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics world-wide". The droid-bartender expo runs until Sunday in Vienna.
UK Identity CrisisUK Identity Crisis Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has lost two further CDs containing private information.
For die-hard Star Wars fans, the Lightsabre is probably the film series' coolest asset. So thank your lucky Death Star that a Lightsabre peripheral for the Wii remote has been unveiled.
UK Identity CrisisUK Identity Crisis Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue have demonstrated how important it is to keep track of all your important data.
A high-powered cadre of broadband industry policy wonks, watchdogs, and politicos has ramped up the Westminster debate over our creaking internet infrastructure ahead of a key government meeting next week.
AMD's anticipated 2.4GHz Phenom 9700 quad-core desktop processor may take a little longer to appear than planned, it has emerged.
When it's not solving unemployment, or melting your brain, your iPhone could be responsible for causing repetitive strain injury (RSI), the British Chiropractic Association told the Sun.
A new study has revealed that Britain's rivers and streams are much healthier, if less aesthetically pleasing, than they were two decades ago. The change has been linked with the decline of acid rain since the 1970s, clearing up a riddle that has puzzled researchers for some time. But researchers warn that similar work in the future will be impossible, because of proposed cuts in government funding.
An overwhelming attack by billions of jellyfish has wiped out the entire stock of Northern Ireland's only salmon farm - some 100,000 fish worth £2m, AP reports.
In its ongoing crusade against IP and software piracy, FAST today said that it now has one newly-qualified barrister on the team. FAST public and legal affairs wonk James Craig has been called to the bar, which means he is qualified to give specialist legal advice and can argue a case in both higher and lower law courts.
Asus' Eee PC miniature laptop is the Amazon.com's most-wanted notebook, the company chirped today.
More rumours are starting to leak out regarding the mysterious Israeli air raid against Syria in September. It is now suggested that "computer to computer" techniques and "air-to-ground network penetration" took place.
Nicole Richie is backing an invention which may protect America's lampposts from premature destruction by corrosive mutt piss - a "dog urinal" which channels the deadly liquid safely into the gutter.
Identity profiles are worth far more on the digital underground than credit card details.
Microsoft was found floundering at the bottom of the list in a study of which social networking websites experienced the most downtime in the space of a month.
Sony has bitten back at claims that it may be developing a PlayStation mobile phone with Sony Ericsson, stating that a senior staffer who was reported to be hinting as much was "misquoted".
Beeb WeekBeeb Week The story of the BBC's iPlayer is of a multi-million pound failure that took years to complete, and was designed for a world that never arrived. More was spent on the project than many Silicon Valley startups ever burn through, but only now can we begin to piece together how this disaster unfolded.
They say hope springs eternal, and nowhere is this better currently demonstrated than down at eBay, where you can snap up a near-new Nintendo Wii for a mere one million quid
The UK government is facing a High Court challenge over its decision to ban a suspected terrorist from studying sixth-form science courses, lest he use the knowledge he might gain for terrorist purposes.
Former Hollyoaks actor Paul Danan has been given his marching orders from Preston's Jack and the Beanstalk panto after indulging in a "foul-mouthed tirade" at the traditional switching-on of the Xmas lights.
Amazon's Kindle has been widely derided as a below-par e-book reader which compares badly with the competition and ignores a history of failed attempts to produce an electronic book. But Kindle isn't really an e-book reader at all, rather the physical embodiment of the Web 2.0 ethic.
Think you're organization is ready to transition to an agile software development process? Wondering how to make the move without breaking anything? Not sure how to make the transition stick? Joshua Kerievsky is the man to see.
Our recent article about the fine line between security and usability started some very interesting discussions and active criticism, most of which was targeted at us - suggesting that security and usability do not form a one-or-the-other type relationship (or are at least far more independent than dependent on each other). We already know that, and now you know that.
The UK's Ordnance Survey (OS) creates some of the world's best maps. Going far beyond mapping just the roads, OS provides some of the most detailed mapping, good for walkers, cyclists, and runners. The problem is, the OS has some onerous licensing restrictions that make it impossible for a lot of services to use its maps. The "mashup" culture has largely had to get along without the help of the OS, with Google Maps being the data source that a lot of companies work with. Some time back, Google even tried to strike a deal with OS to use its UK maps, but it foundered.
Handsome thesp Charlie Sheen has a certain amount of explaining to do after he was caught on camera suffering from a nasty case of "Jesus mobe inversion syndrome":
While the mobile Linux community has reacted positively to Google's Android, the new platform has also given it some cause for concern. The arrival of a giant player area with very clear ideas of role it wants mobile Linux to fill was bound to ruffle a few feathers and, despite public proclamations of "welcome" and "support", the Linux establishment is showing a few cracks.