31st > December > 2007 Archive
Sony renounces rear-projection TVs
Sony has decided to drop its rear-projection TV business worldwide in order to focus instead on two flat-panel technologies - liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED).
Santa brings 3 more sats for Putin's GPS rival
Russia's rival to the American Global Positioning System (GPS) satnav constellation successfully launched three more satellites on Xmas day, which will bring it to a total of 18 operational spacecraft. Mirroring the popularity of consumer GPS-enabled devices in the West, Russian developers demonstrated GLONASS based car satnav to Russian premier Vladimir Putin on Saturday. It was also announced that GLONASS pet tracker devices would debut in 2008.
Antarctic Xmas punch-up airlift cost £45k
The bill for airlifting two belligerents from the US-run Amundsen-Scott South Pole station which on Xmas Day hosted some decidedly unseasonal fisticuffs is "at least" £45k, according to the Telegraph.
Fujitsu pulls plug on low-profit plasma
Japan-based Fujitsu has announced that it will end production of plasma screens due to poor profitability. The company was the first to commercially introduce this technology in 1992, but sales of plasma TVs have been falling behind those for LCDs.
Nintendo Wii hack opens door to homebrew games
Security researchers have hacked into a Nintendo Wii game console to run their own code in a move that makes it far easier to develop homebrew games for the popular gaming device.
Game throws out bullish forecast
Game Group Plc has ratcheted up its profit expectations for the fiscal year ended 31 January 2008 buoyed by strong sales in the run up to Christmas.
UK gov backs Trading Places DNA study
Government-backed sociologists are aiming to pin economic status, crime and beliefs on our genes in a new £15m survey of 100,000 Britons.
UK shamed in world privacy league
Former world power and current CCTV capital of the universe the UK has been fingered as the worst place in Europe if you fancy a little bit of privacy.
Oz govt pushes mandatory net filters
Australia's newly elected Labor government is pushing plans that would make it mandatory for local ISPs to install porn-blocking filters, offering "clean" internet feeds as a preferred option.
Japan confirms world's fastest maglev plan
Japanese rail operator Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) has announced it will build the world's fastest maglev system, with 310mph (500km/h) vehicles running along a 180-mile (290km) track between Tokyo and central Japan.
Car crash driver blames pterodactyl
A 29-year-old Washington driver who last Thursday night drifted into the oncoming lane before crashing into a light pole failed to convince police officers that flying dinosaurs were to blame, HeraldNet reports.
UK.gov New Year resolution: must build nuke powerplants
British ministers will approve plans for a new generation of UK nuclear power plants in the new year, according to a report in the Independent newspaper.
UpdatedThis story was updated with a statement from CA on 2 January
Now RIAA says copying your own CDs is illegal
UpdatedThe Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) has began a legal spat with a man who copied CDs he had bought onto his computer.
NYC hit by bedbug epidemic
New York City is suffering a bedbug epidemic which has provoked a huge rise in reports of the nocturnal bloodsuckers, the New York Daily News reports.
More woe for SCO as Nasdaq says 'go'
Battered unix patent warrior SCO has been booted from the Nasdaq after it lost an appeal against delisiting by the New York technology market.
Voda boss could reap £45m for just hanging on
Vodafone boss Arun Sarin could be cashing in £45m, in shares and options, if he can keep Vodafone on an even keel until summer 2009. Even if he jumps ship now he could sell off what he already owns for a tidy £10m.
Red Dwarf even more dwarfish
For only three quid a shot over-excited Red Dwarf fans can see 25-second cartoons of their favourite bits, newly animated by Pitch Entertainment, and packaged with three ring tones comprised of quotes from the series.
Old school VXers calling it quits
The old School Virus writers (VXers) scene is dying a death, according to Symantec.
Vonage shakes off patent disputes
Vonage and Nortel have agreed to settle their patent differences with an exchange of licenses, and no money changing hands, ending a year of litigation for Vonage and clearing the decks before 2008.
Kid's 'new' MP3 player was preloaded with smut
A US father got a lot more than he bargained for when he bought each of his three kids an MP3 player from Walmart for Christmas. One of the devices was preloaded with pornography and explicit songs.
US Army loads up on Apples for 'better security'
In a development which may mean good or bad news for the partly-eaten-fruit-themed prestige computer firm, it has been revealed over the festive season that the US Army is increasing its use of Apple Macs.