Fear and loathing in 2008 - tell us about it!
Along with each New Year comes hopes and wishes that things will change for the best.
AJAX wave evades vendors
Ajax developers are turning away from commercial development tools and opting for free, open source alternatives.
California judge says Californian company can infringe patents
A federal judge in California has ruled that Qualcomm is allowed to sell chips infringing the Broadcom patents, until the end of January 2009 at least, while paying a mandatory royalty to Broadcom during that period.
Asus to show second-gen Eee PC next week
Asus is due to show off what it calls the "next generation" of its elfin Eee PC Linux-based sub-laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. The unit is almost certainly going to come with WiMax wireless broadband connectivity.
Saudis cuff 'outspoken' blogger
The Saudi authorities have confirmed they are holding an "outspoken" blogger for "purposes of interrogation", the New York Times reports.
Nvidia's AMD-aimed nForce, GeForce chipsets due this month
Nvidia is expected to roll out a bumber crop of chipsets during the first three months of 2008, including AMD-oriented versions of its latest nForce 700 series.
World outlook worst since dot-com crash
The economic outlook for the UK is looking as bad as at any time since the dot-com crash of 2001.
Panasonic preps slimline Blu-ray drive for laptops
Panasonic has begun sending out samples of what it claims is the world's thinnest internal Blu-ray Disc burner for notebook computers.
Motorola and Metrologic lay down arms
Motorola and Metrologic have settled a half-decade long patent dispute, which the comms giant inherited when it bought Symbol Technologies almost a year ago.
Toshiba sues DVD duplicator Acme
Toshiba last week launched legal action against an Italian disc duplication company it maintains has infringed its intellectual property.
German privacy activists cry foul over data retention law
Privacy activists have filed a constitutional complaint against Germany's data retention laws.
Sony models budget 7.2Mp snapper
Sony will roll-out its latest budget snapper this month: the 7.2-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-S730.
USB Chameleon rolls eyes, bizarrely doesn't change colour
You'd have thought that everyone knows the Chameleon can change the colour of its skin. But not the designers of the latest USB gadget, it seems. "This product does not change colour," warns UK supplier Drinkstuff.
Thom Yorke dismisses net-only album paradigm
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has described the idea of releasing the band's In Rainbows exclusively on the net as "stark raving mad", and insists that fans want a tangible "object" - a reference to Monday's physical release of the album.
NASA denies cover-up on airline safety
NASA has denied covering up its first survey of airline pilots on safety, despite releasing the figures late on New Year's Eve and in pdf format rather than Excel files, making independent number-crunching more difficult.
Junk food ads target net
New rules banning TV ads for junk food during programmes aimed at the under-16s will force firms to punt their wares to kids via mobile phones and the internet, the Children's Food Campaign has warned.
Consumers binged on chips in November
The chip industry is banking on a late surge in demand to meet its full year sales forecast, despite the public’s insatiable thirst for silicon-heavy kit in November.
FBI's 'idiot dude' fails to boost US Navy terror emails
We now return readers to the case of alleged terrorist Hassan Abu-jihaad, the former US Navy signalman banged up for sending Babar Ahmad and Azzam Publications information on when his surface action group was transiting the Strait of Hormuz in 2001. Another alleged crime was buying a few Chechen jihadi videos and tipping the web company five dollars in overpayment.
Lindsay Lohan crowned 2007's worst actress
Lindsay Lohan has been crowned 2007's worst actress for her chilling performance in I Know Who Killed Me by a discerning audience of almost four million AOL Moviefone pollees.
Barcode faking for fun and profit
The increased use of barcodes in a wider variety of applications has made them a suitable, if unlikely, target for hacking attacks.
US flight authorities tighten rules on gadget battery storage
Travelling to the US? Make sure you've packed your gadgets' rechargeable batteries properly, as new rules governing what power cells you can take with you are now in force.
PC scuppers NYE fireworks in Seattle
A computer cock-up prevented a New Year fireworks show at the Seattle Center Space Needle from firing off at the stroke of midnight, much to the chagrin of the gathered crowd.
Burma hits satellite TV where it hurts
The fun-loving Burmese regime has apparently found a non-violent method to restrict satellite TV access to foreign news services - hiking the cost of a licence by 16,700 per cent from 6000 kyat (£2.50) to 1m kyatt (£400, or "three times the average annual salary", as the BBC explains).
China link puts 3Com takeover in doubt
There is another cloud over Bain Capital and Huawei Technologies's takeover of 3Com - the US Congress committee into foreign ownership is extending its investigation into the offered buyout.
Office update disables MS files
Microsoft's Service Pack 3 for Office 2003 blocks you from opening certain file formats the software giant deems less secure - including its own.
US colon cancer risk blamed on English couple
US researchers have identified a married couple who sailed from England to the US in around 1630 as the bearers of a genetic mutation which puts their numerous descendants at higher risk of a hereditary form of colon cancer.
UK gov sets rules for hacker tool ban
The UK government has published guidelines for the application of a law that makes it illegal to create or distribute so-called "hacking tools".
Rock Xtreme X770 laptop with Nvidia GeForce 8800M graphics
ReviewThe basic version of the 17in laptop Xtreme X770 packed GeForce 8700M graphics. Rock recently offered GeForce 7950 Go GTX graphics with 512MB of dedicated GDDR 3 memory to give your games more oomph, but that’s history now, ‘cause the GeForce 8800M GTX is here.
IBM swallows Tel Aviv storage firm
Computer giant IBM said today that it has acquired Israel-based storage firm XIV for an undisclosed sum.
Highways Agency forecasts last year's traffic
Those of you thinking of heading out onto the UK highways and byways are advised not to bother checking out the Highways Agency's handy traffic forecaster, unless you're lucky enough to have a Back to the Future DeLorean:
Information security breaches quadrupled in 2007
Personal information leaks reached unprecedented levels last year, according to a brace of studies out last week.
Shell expected to slash 3,200 IT jobs
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has told its staff that it plans to make more than 3,000 job cuts.
Google to reinvent UK newspaper biz
Google is bringing its new-age advertising know-how to the UK newspaper business.
Hitachi, Fujitsu spurn miniature HDDs
Hitachi plans to drop production of miniature hard disk drives used in digital music players and video cameras, according to the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.
Google researcher calls for Flash flush
A Google researcher is advising that security professionals rewrite code associated with Adobe Flash content two weeks after warning that buggy files can be exploited by attackers to gain complete control over transactions on websites belonging to banks, government agencies and other trusted organizations.