Go native with iPhone development
Hands onI'll admit it. I'm an unashamed fan of the iPhone. I had an unlocked device in the UK running on my cheapskate Vodafone tariff before November's official launch.
Batman logo manifests in tomato
Forget Flash chip Messiahs - the hot simulacrum action right now is in tomatoes, or specifically, Batman logo tomatoes.
Intel pitches low-cost PC platform at Eee PC rivals
Expect a flood of Eee PC-style cheapo mini laptops in Q3 when Intel sends out its 45nm 'Diamondville' processor to computer makers. Diamondville plugs into 'Shelton', The chip giant's low-cost PC platform.
Sony beefs up bottom-end Alpha DSLR
Sony has taken the wraps off the successor to its Alpha 100 (a100) digital SLR camera, predictably dubbed the Alpha 200 (a200).
Tesla hits ejector button on staff
Tesla Motors, the company behind the delayed high-performance electric car the Roadster, is laying off staff.
Sony, Nintendo sued in console controller patent clash
A US company has filed a lawsuits against both Nintendo and Sony, alleging that the controllers that go with the companies’ games consoles trample over its intellectual property rights for console to controller connection.
Confidential details fall off the back of lorries
A box containing the banking details of 200 rich investors was found by the side of the road after apparently falling off the back of a courier's van.
Nokia N95 8GB smartphone
ReviewNokia has boosted the spec of one of its most popular smartphones, bolting in 8GB of Flash memory and refining key features. So is the latest version of the N95 a refreshing update for Nokia’s flagship multimedia, GPS-toting mobile?
Alcohol enema bloke wins 2007 Darwin Award
The 2007 Darwin Award - created to "commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it" - has been claimed by the Texas man whose addiction to alcohol enemas eventually led to a fateful encounter with two 1.5 litre bottles of sherry.
Hoax: German IT boss sacks three non-smokers
Update 10.55pm 14 Jan: Hamburger Morgenpost, which reported that a computer company owner had fired three disruptive non-smokers, today said it had been hoaxed by a pro-smoking activist. Reuters has more here. Our story, based on the original Morgenpost report, is below.
Coda in takeover talks with Agresso
Financial software supplier Coda PLC has confirmed it received an "indicative" cash offer from Dutch rival Unit 4 Agresso NV. Talk of the possible takeover bid saw shares rocket by 17 per cent this morning to 200.5 pence per share.
Hannah Montana fails to defy laws of physics
Miley Cyrus fans have been left in a state of shocked disbelief by the revelation that the Disney star is obliged, like mere mortals, to obey the the fundamental laws of physics.
California to snatch control of citizens' air-con
Californians will be forced to break out in a sweat whether they like it or not as part of an energy efficiency plan being considered by the state government.
USB Missile Launcher gets integrated spyscope webcam
That hugely popular office time-waster, the USB Missile Launcher, has been upgraded again, this time with an integrated webcam and the ability to be targeted using Microsoft's MSN instant messaging app.
Tag-a-lag: Chip implants mooted for UK prisoners
The Ministry of Justice is planning to solve the crisis in the UK prison system by fitting prisoners with surgically implanted tracking chips, claims the Independent on Sunday, citing a senior Ministry official. The chips, claims the paper, would be used to keep order in prison and to enforce home curfews.
Sony tells LCD TV consumers to get a grip
Sony has unveiled an additional series of Bravia LCD TVs, this time boasting a cutting-edge portability accessory: a carry handle.
Giant hydrogen cloud menaces Milky Way
A giant cloud of hydrogen gas dubbed "Smith's Cloud" which contains enough gas to create a million stars like our own sun is on a collision course with the Milky Way, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has announced.
Number 10 spinner fingered in NTL investor 'bullsh*t' suit
The man Gordon Brown hopes will pull the government out of its popularity slump was accused of deliberately misleading investors over the financial status of NTL when he was its COO.
LG's Prada phone goes silver
LG is hoping to boost demand for its Prada-brand KE850 handset by announcing a silver-skinned, upgraded model.
Royal Society: UK gov needs to grow a biofuels policy
The British government must set policies to ensure that the current drive towards biofuels does not make a bad situation even worse.
MS demos smart-cam phone software
CES on VideoMicrosoft shows off software that makes use of a mobile's camera to recognise the world around you and automatically call up relevent information. Who said cameraphones were only for photography?
Village shaken by GPS-driven tank invasion
The Shropshire village of Donnington has suffered repeated invasions by transporters bearing 70-tonne tanks because the drivers' sat navs have mistaken the "picturesque" enclave with a nearby barracks of the same name.
Bjork lays into NZ snapper
Elfin Icelandic chanteuse Bjork has sealed her reputation for laying into the press by attacking a New Zealand Herald snapper at Auckland International Airport yesterday.
Spam spewing printer attack pulps security
As if spam email wasn't intrusive and annoying enough, spammers might have a means at their disposal to send unwanted messages as print jobs to networked printers.
Immigrant ID cards and border checks slip towards 2009
Immigration minister Liam Byrne has concealed what looks like further ID card slippage and set himself a remarkably unchallenging series of immigration and border control targets in a "ten point plan" for 2008. Humorously described by the Home Office as "challenging", the plan consists largely of low targets, targets already achieved, and harder targets lobbed off into the middle distance.
IBM prelims beat the Street
IBM increased profits and turnover in the fourth quarter of 2007. Big Blue made revenues of $28.9bn in the three months ended 31 December 2007 - up ten per cent.
Play.com blames supplier for graphics card mishap
Online retailer Play.com has admitted that some of its customers received the wrong graphics cards before Christmas.
MP accuses BBC chief of illegally championing Microsoft
A House of Commons public spending watchdog has accused BBC chief Mark Thompson of illegally supporting Microsoft. In failing to ensure iPlayer on demand services are available to all licence fee payers he has been blinded by the novelty of the internet, it's charged.
Banksy artwork tops £200k on eBay
A work by guerrilla artist Banksy, which appeared in September last year outside a post-production company in Portobello Road, west London, has topped £200k on eBay:
US buys in to QinetiQ's millimetre wave technology
QinetiQ has finally spotted a customer for its SPO millimetre wave crowd-scanning equipment.
Wave goodbye to sweaty 'laptop thighs'
Heat generated by laptops can be quite welcome if you’re working with one on your laptop in a cold room. But if you’d rather save your legs from any dissipated heat then there’s now a carry case that claims to do just that.
Solwise extends powerline with pass-through mains option
Solwise has rolled out a pass-through powerline ethernet adaptor which allows you to network through the mains without losing power sockets.
Apple tells iPhone vendors not to reveal sales figures
UpdatedUK carrier O2 has confirmed that Apple has placed it under a gagging order to prevent it from publicly revealing how many iPhone handsets it’s sold to date.
Microsoft hit by two more EC probes
The European Commission is launching two formal investigations into Microsoft.
Scarlett Johansson to play Courtney Love?
Courtney Love is reportedly keen that she should be played by Scarlett Johansson in a proposed biopic of Kurt Cobain, currently in development.
Browser vulns and botnets head threat list
Security experts have looked into the crystal ball to predict the cyber attacks most likely to cause substantial damage this year.
Drobo storage box gets NAS add-on
Data Robotics' Drobo may have a daft name, but it's a clever take on expandable external storage. And today, it became a NAS box too, courtesy of a clip-on network adaptor.
IBM and chums kick off 'green' patents project
A number of big name tech firms including IBM, Sony and Nokia have joined forces to work on a patent-sharing plan, dubbed Eco-Patents Commons.
Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo spiel spied on web?
Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote has been leaked. Well, sort of, and assuming it's not Fake Steve Jobs' Fake Macworld Expo Fake Keynote, of course. Here's the transcript - you decide...
MySpace reveals child predator blocks
MySpace is mending its frayed relations with the top law enforcers of 50 US jurisdictions by beefing up measures to protect underage users from pedophiles.
Latest Vista SP1 tweak open to everyone with a week to spare
Microsoft is now letting the common rabble get its mitts on the latest beta build of Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
NEC pops PA Semi chips into storage gear
Chip start-up PA Semi has taken another semi-prominent scalp by revealing that NEC's storage division will use its processors.
Think twice about iPhone development
In this, the third and final installment in our series looking at a trio of potential, new mobile development platforms, I'm going to focus on what I view as the real dark horse in this race: the iPhone.
US.gov sets Real ID rules in stone
Critics have renewed their offensive on a federal law mandating changes to state-issued drivers licenses after the US Department of Homeland Security on Friday issued final rules implementing the controversial measure.
VBA-free Office for Mac debuts
Microsoft is throwing developers working with mixed PC and Mac environments a curveball with the long-awaited release of Office for Macintosh 2008.