Mandriva and TurboLinux unveil 10-person strong Manbo
Mandriva and TurboLinux have mounted a continent-crossing charge on the Linux market. The software makers have formed a development collective dubbed Manbo-Labs dedicated to peace, harmony and a common base for their respective flavors of the Linux operating system.
Salesforce.com bitten by the ALM bug
Salesforce.com is to bring application lifecycle management (ALM) practices and safeguards to its on-demand platform.
Motorola brings VoIP to the shop floor
It's not just mobile phones that are getting more features than you can possibly use, Motorola's latest barcode scanner has a VoIP client built in to allow shelf-stackers to chat while they're working.
Tarantino plans Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! remake
Quentin Tarantino is reportedly "hot" to remake Russ Meyer's 1965 classic piece of silliness Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, in which "three wild women in three fast cars take time off from stripping in clubs to go on a murder rampage", as the IMDb summary explains.
iPhone turns blue as IBM creates Lotus client
The Register has confirmed that IBM is developing a Lotus Notes client for the iPhone, and that they are "working closely" with Apple to create a native application for the iPhone and iPod Touch for business use.
Minister calls for boffins to engage with public
Minister for Innovation John Denham said the scientific community needs to improve its engagement with the public and that government needs to pay more attention to science when making policy.
UK.gov says no plans for FBI DNA database hookup
The agency responsible for UK's police databases has insisted there are no plans to give overseas law-enforcement agencies automated access to British biometrics. Not yet, anyway.
MWg unveils the Zinc II smartphone
The Mobile and Wireless Group (MWg) - formerly O2's Asian handset business - is really pushing its name in the smartphone market, creating yet another Windows Mobile-based handset: the Zinc II.
AMD updates Catalyst
AMD has published version 8.1 of its Catalyst driver package for Windows XP and Vista, an update that brings a host of game-related tweaks but, more importantly, supports OpenGL rendering across multiple GPUs and monitors.
Video game ad banned for 'realistic' violence
An advert for a computer game has been banned from television. The advert for Stranglehold had realistic violence, constant gunfire and condoned violence, according to ad watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
EDS offers 2,500 UK staff voluntary redundancy
EDS has told its staff that it plans to make up to 250 job cuts by the end of this month.
Hauppauge pitches Pay TV add-on for PCs
Want to watch Pay TV on your PC? If so, Hauppauge's new WinTV-CI is here to help. It's an add-on for the company's range of WinTV tuners that allows you to plug in a Common Access Module (CAM) and signal-uncscrambling smartcard.
Peeved HTC smartphone owners offer bounty for driver fix
A website is offering HTC smartphone customers a $3000 financial reward if they're able to solve a series of graphics and related issues affecting the company's recent handsets, allegedly caused by missing or poorly performing hardware drivers.
Polish scientists quantify perfect legs
Polish researchers have discovered that the perfect set of legs is five per cent longer than the average, meaning that your run-of-the-mill Polish woman at 5ft 4in tall with an inside leg measurement of 29in would require 30.5in legs to compete with the celebrated pins of Oz popstress Kylie Minogue.
Bush overrules judge in US navy-v-dolphins sonar case
US President George Bush has handed the environmental movement (and the judiciary) a significant slap in the face, overruling a judge's decision not to allow the US Navy to use sonar during exercises. The US beak had issued preliminary limitations on sonar use following a lawsuit in which environmental activists said that the gear causes harm to dolphins and whales.
Samsung SGH-G800 5Mp cameraphone
ReviewSamsung has put itself in the frame as a serious cameraphone contender with the SGH-G800, a five-megapixel cameraphone sporting a 3x optical zoom plus face-detection and autofocus technology.
Cops admit CCTV no use in deterring drunken violence
Forests of CCTV cameras in the UK's town centres have failed to have any impact on anti-social behaviour, an ACPO official told the House of Lords Constitution Committee yesterday.
Everex follows Asus Eee to announce 9in sub-notebook
Not content with mounting a serious challenge to Asus' elfin Eee PC, US manufacturer Everex this week said it will follow up its 7in CloudBook sub-notebook with larger models later in the year.
Face of Mankind DoS teen perp reprimanded
A UK teenager who admitted launching a denial of service attack on online multiplayer game Face Of Mankind has been reprimanded by police.
The Dark Knight - 2008's biggest movie?
The Times has compiled a list of what it reckons will be the 50 big movie hits of 2008, boldly sticking Batman's next outing, The Dark Knight, at the top of its blockbuster compilation.
FlipStart halves handheld PC price
FlipStart, the venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has slashed the price of its eponymous handheld Windows PC by more than 50 per cent.
2008 - the year VoIP gets hacked?
With VoIP rapidly becoming a commodity feature in everything from TV set-top boxes to barcode scanners, Sipera's VIPER Lab predicts that 2008 will be the year it all goes pear-shaped - a prediction borne out by Cisco's first security fix of the year.
Surgeons to turn to Wii to sharpen their scalpel skills?
Next time you’re about to go under the knife, you might want to ask your surgeons how much Wii training they've had to boost their medical expertise and manual dexterity.
Outrage over Nokia factory closure
German politicians will investigate whether Nokia took unfair advantage of state and EU subsidies after it announced the closure of its handset assembly plant in Bochum in North Rhine-Westphalia. Nokia employed more than 2,300 people there in exchange for EU subsidies.
Global PC shipments up in Q4
Computer makers saw worldwide shipments increase by more than 15 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2007, but analysts have warned that growth is likely to slow over the next few years as the credit crunch bites.
US Marine Corps wants an awful lot of computers
The US Marine Corps has got $150m to spend on an awful lot of new computers.
Hackers go after Excel
Microsoft has warned that an unpatched vulnerability in older versions of Excel is being actively exploited by hackers.
Online gamer murders rival clan member
A 33-year-old Russian gamer from the city of Ufa was killed by a member of a rival online clan after virtual violence provoked a fatal real-life scrap, Russia Today reports.
Nominet to hand out £5m to online charity cases
Nominet, the not-for-profit in charge of the .uk domain registry, has approved a plan to distribute its multimillion-pound surplus among "education, research and development initiatives" to benefit the UK internet community.
Former DEA agents sue over American Gangster
A group of former Drug Enforcement Agency members has filed a class action lawsuit against the makers of American Gangster claiming it's defamatory in its depiction of DEA operatives as "villains".
Home Sec in anti-terror plan to control entire web
UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has decided to mount a push against cyber terror, in which the internet itself will somehow be modified to prevent people using it for terrorist purposes.
Fertility watchdogs approve first human-animal hybrids
Two research groups at Newcastle University and King's College London have today been granted the first licences to work on human-animal embryo hybrids.
Get a celebrity autograph on your mobile phone
The search for more stuff to sell to mobile phone owners, who have had their fill of Crazy Frogs and versions of Tetris, continues with celebrity autographs from Mobile Fun.
Boro council in child data theft flap
A break-in at Middlesbrough Council has resulted in the loss of nine laptops containing sensitive case files on up to 63 vulnerable children.
DVLA's 5m driver details giveaway
Deja-DatapocalypseThe DVLA's sale of driver details to anyone with £2.50 to spare must stop, says the Scottish National Party, having uncovered just how many peoples' records have been sold by the department.
TVs to play DivX thanks to AMD
DivX-encoded content looks set to be available across a wider range of multimedia devices, following its handshake with chip manufacturer AMD.
IT industry plugs into UK.gov green scheme
Intellect, the UK’s trade body for the technology industry, has signed up to a government plan to phase out energy-guzzling consumer electronics products.
The OLPC XO laptop
ReviewOriginally known as the '$100 laptop' from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, the XO laptop is now available through retail. I bought one under the Give One, Get One program where for a $400 donation, OLPC would send one XO to the donator, and another to a child. This is my story of working with it for a couple of weeks.
'EcoDisc' allegedly trashes man's optical disc drive
UK magazine PC Pro today told the world how one of its readers didn't read the warning label on a free cover-mount disc and as a result got it stuck in his computer, allegedly damaging the machine's optical drive.
Anti-spammer fined $60K for DNS lookup 'hack'
David Ritz, the veteran American spam-fighter, has been hit by $60,000 in fines plus lawyers fees after losing a civil suit that accused him of illegal hacking.
Online crime gangs embrace open source ethos
Add the malware bazaar to the list of marketplaces being radically reshaped by the forces of globalization.
Nick Carr's Big Switch
ReviewNick Carr's weblog is one of the rarest things on the web: intelligent technology criticism that you'd actually want to read for pleasure. He's an elegant writer with a waspish wit, and I've a special reason for seeing him prosper.
Wireless industry slams NAB's white space 'misinformation'
The row over US ‘white space’ spectrum continues, with the newly formed Wireless Innovation Alliance stepping up its campaign to convince the FCC and the industry that wireless devices can be used in these areas without interfering with digital TV signals.
Ovum puts the 'O' into Oops
Correction of the dayAnytime a major acquisition such as Sun's $1bn buy of MySQL hits, analysts around the globe rush out their takes on the deal, hoping to prove their fierce insight. Journalists sit back as the analysts' notes flood their inboxes.
RIAA told to pay legal fees for harrassed defendant
Tanya Andersen, a single mother and unlikely file-sharers' champion for hoisting the RIAA with its own petard, has scored another victory.
IBM touts low-end Power6 and fresh mainframe onslaught
IBM's CFO Mark Loughridge put on his product marketing cap during an earnings conference call today, revealing the imminent arrival of new Unix boxes and mainframes.