Huawei merges mobile data with mobile telly
CeBITConnectivity kit maker Huawei, best known in the UK as the manufacturer of Vodafone's 3G modems, has launched a 3G HSDPA/HSUPA add-on that'll also pick up mobile TV transmissions.
Ex-Wikipedia staffer harpoons Wales over expenses
A former employee of the Wikimedia Foundation has taken Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales to task over the way he handled his expenses.
Caesar's Palace security confronts Dell over HP gig invasion
The once docile Dell has turned ultra-aggressive in its war with HP.
Google gears up for mobile security smackdown
Tired of spotty network performance interrupting your web service's performance and of navigating the maze that is mobile application development?
Should Europeans pay to receive phone calls?
A new report commissioned by the EU recommends the abolition of termination fees, the proportion of call costs which is paid to the receiving network, on the grounds that the internet survives without them and the internet is going to be everything, anyway.
Most British filesharers would stop if warned - survey
Could the UK record industry's Three Strikes policy halt file sharing? Few give the idea much hope, at least not unless some compelling alternatives are offered - but a survey of British file-sharers suggests otherwise. Seven out of 10 British file-sharers say they would stop infringing if they received a termination warning from their ISP. The threat of cutting off one's pipe seems to be a deterrent.
Greenies give IT industry a black eye
CeBITGreenpeace told the computer industry to try harder today, as its latest report into the electronics industry showed just three products reaching the half-way mark in reducing their environmental impact.
Privacy watchdog slams European border control plans
Europe's top privacy watchdog has condemned planned European border controls as weak and based on inconclusive evidence, claiming they will put Europeans' privacy at risk with no guarantee of increased security.
AMD intros DirectX 10 integrated chipset
CeBITAMD has launched its 55nm-fabbed 780G desktop chipset, aka 'RS780', its pitch for mainstream motherboards and DirectX 10 gaming on the cheap.
Poor data handling keeps prisoners inside
The National Audit Office says the work of the Parole Board is hampered by the lack of timely information from other parts of the criminal justice system.
Flores Hobbits were stunted humans
A group of Oz researchers has thrown its hat into the Flores "Hobbit" ring by claiming the diminutive inhabitants of the Indonesian island were not a new species at all but rather "cretin offspring of normal mothers".
Prosecutors target first 'Facebook harassment' conviction
A Birmingham man is set to be the first in the UK to stand trial for harassment using Facebook.
AMD heralds its first working 45nm CPUs
CeBITAMD's 45nm quad-core processors may not yet be ready to buy, but the chip maker said this week it has working versions in the lab running on test machines. It re-iterated its plan to ship the CPUs in the second half of the year.
RIM out to patent BlackBerry slider
What do you get if you mesh a dual-orientation handset together with a slide-out keyboard and a tracker ball? Potentially, the next BlackBerry from Research in Motion (RIM), if its latest patent application is anything to go by.
Tech Data 'cautiously optimistic' after Q4 boost
IT distributor Tech Data saw shares rise more than three per cent on Wall Street yesterday after it posted strong fourth quarter results and a positive sales outlook.
eBayer offers carbon fibre-clad Eee PC
If you're a fan of Asus' elfin Eee PC and you want to stand out from the crowd without having to wait in line for the larger, 8.9in model, how about a standard unit kitted out in carbon fibre instead?
My First DSLR, from Olympus
Olympus has launched its latest pitch to photographers keen to move up from compact cameras to the world of digital SLR snapping.
Chinese mobile users targeted by Trojan
Miscreants have created a ransomware Trojan for mobile phones which has been seen in the wild in China. Kiazha-A, attempts to extort money from users of Symbian Series 60 phones.
Microsoft offers free Office storage to web plebs
Microsoft has opened its beta of a suite of new online Office features to all comers.
Nokia N810 internet tablet
ReviewNokia's approach for the N810 is pretty simple: phone screens are too small for decent web browsing, so surely a separate portable device that has a bigger screen and Wi-Fi connectivity is needed for serious portable web access.
Panasonic preps rugged Atomic UMPC
Intel announced its Atom processor on Monday and now hardware makers are stepping forward to unveil their upcoming Atom-based UMPCs. Today's contestant: Panasonic, with a Toughbook-branded handheld.
Old Bill break up Bournemouth Bebo bash
A small student party in the Bournemouth suburb of Winton attracted the attention of 200 rampaging gatecrashers and subsequently 20 coppers, dog handlers and the police chopper after the organiser advertised the bash on social networking site Bebo.
Nvidia lets DX10 mobile GPU specs slip
Details of Nvidia's upcoming GeForce 9300M and 9500M DirectX 10-compatible mobile graphics chip series have surfaced ahead of the GPU's launch... on Nvidia's own website.
TETRA defends itself against RIM onslaught
TETRA, the radio network used by public services in Europe, has been defending itself against allegations that it lacks the capacity needed by modern police networks.
Malaysian woman jailed for worshipping teapot
A Malaysian woman has been jailed for two years for hooking up with the "teapot worshipping" Sky Kingdom cult, contrary to Sharia law which prohibits born Muslims converting to other religions.
Snap up Crocs trendy 'o-dial' handset holder
They're incredibly ugly, but middle class parents just can't stop themselves dressing their kids in 'em. Yes, we're talking last summer's de rigueur fashion accessory, Crocs clogs-cum-sandals. And now you can put your phone in them too.
Road charging, the sequel - Kelly unveils 'wired m-way' plans
UK national road pricing is, for the present, a dead duck. Or - as Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly put it yesterday - "many years away". Instead, new car sharing and toll lanes figured high in Kelly's publicity - but the actual plans are a deal more interesting, effectively proposing a graduated switch to a managed motorway system, followed by something more sinister and more familiar.
BT targets 10,000 data pimping guinea pigs
BT is preparing to test Phorm's advertising targeting technology on 10,000 of its customers this month, to gauge people's reaction to their web browsing being exploited for extra revenue.
Motorola sinks £55m into Malaysia
Ougoing Malaysian chief minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon asked that a £150m contract for upgraded police radios be awarded to Motorola in a confidential letter to the country's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Networks left open to SNMP scans
Some sysadmins are leaving their networks open to hacking attack by allowing Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) configurations to be read across the internet.
Schools warned of chilling 'Strawberry Meth' menace
Eighty Oxfordshire schools were warned of the possible threat of deadly "Strawberry Meth", aka "Strawberry Quick" - crystal meth disguised as mouthwatering fruit-flavoured sweets - after an officer fell for a classic web hoax.
Are IT security requirements changing?
Reg Tech PanelIt used to be that IT security discussions were all about the basics – firewalls, anti-virus, content filtering, etc – but vendors and the media have now moved on, with much more focus on higher level stuff like policy management and the "human factor".
Asus Lamborghini handset phones in an appearance
CeBITHere it is, Asus' Lamborghini ZX1 phone. The Taiwanese company hasn't launched the handset yet, but it did post a small piccy of the thing when it announced its new phone UI at the CeBIT show this week.
Airport staff to be first with compulsory ID cards, say Tories
Airport workers could be the first to be issued with compulsory ID cards, claimed Tory shadow home secretary David Davis today, citing government documents leaked to his party. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is due to make a speech on the future of ID cards tomorrow, and Davis suggests that she is likely to announce a postponement until 2012, while making them compulsory for selected groups of victims.
IBM takeover of Telelogic is cleared
EU competition regulators have approved IBM’s takeover of Swedish software company Telelogic.
Selling off spare spectrum will fail
The European Broadcasting Union believes the auction of spare radio spectrum will reduce original TV programming, and damage society as a whole, without even providing the expected boost to rural broadband.
US dairyman inaugurates bovine biogas plant
A California dairyman yesterday inaugurated his very own methane-producing plant - an industrial-scale facility which can produce enough natural gas to power 1,200 homes a day.
WaSP gives browsers 'fail' grade
Just when Microsoft thought it was on target with its forthcoming Internet Explorer 8 browser, the goalposts have moved.
Biometrics plan for London Olympic builders
Biometric screening - featuring palm and facial recognition - will be used to guard building sites for the London Olympics.
Microsoft architecture chief 'clarifies' online formula
Mix 08Microsoft's chief software architect Ray Ozzie tried to clarify Microsoft's software plus services internet strategy. And guess what, it involves advertising and Yahoo!.
Yahoo! deflects Microsoft bid with iPhone dominatrix
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Microsoft jump starts IE 8 with community push
Mix 08Microsoft will not just support new and popular technologies in Internet Explorer 8, it's also attempting to build community support for the historically standards-challenged browser.
US.gov disappears European-owned Cuba websites
Let's see this Treasury Department list again... Aiman Al-Zawahiri....Radovan Karadzic....Alexander Lukashenko.... ah, Tour & Marketing International.
US Air Force: Looking for a few good cyber warriors
Uncle Sam wants you ... to become a cyberspace warrior.