eBay defies 'softening' economy
eBay says that a softening economy has slowed its online auctions on both sides of the Atlantic. But the company still made an awful lot of money during the year's first quarter. And it still has high hopes for the future.
IBM grows profits, raises outlook
IBM posted first-quarter financial results that blew past analyst estimates, providing the second indication in as many days that some IT outfits aren't getting dragged into a slumping US economy that some say already is in recession. The company also raised its earnings estimates for the remainder of 2008.
The iPhone learns to read
Apple's iPhone can now understand hand-written letters, after an application initially developed to allow input of Chinese characters was tweaked to make it understand English.
Pump some IronPython with Studio IDE
Hands on part 2When I looked at IronPython in part one, I focussed on how it marries the Python language and libraries with Microsoft's .NET framework.
Hauppauge pitches PC TV tuner at Freesat punters
With Freesat, the satellite telly answer to Freeview, just weeks from launch, TV tuner specialist Hauppauge has begun punting a USB-connected box capable of picking up the free content - even Freesat's HD broadcasts.
eBay Australia faces competition probe
eBay Australia's decision to only accept PayPal, which it owns, is being investigated by Aussie competition regulators.
French Colonial Marines to get Aliens medic-datalink
Who remembers the movie Aliens, in which Sigourney Weaver and a team of spacegoing marines got stuck into the eponymous acid-blooded homicidal monsters? Anyone who does will be pleased to hear that one of the cunning technologies of the fictional Colonial Marines will soon be available to the French army.
Man proposes to prospective partner with games console
Many women secretly dream of their hubby-to-be proposing on a secluded island as the sun goes down. But gaming buff Brain Klima went a step further and popped the question with a little help from Mario and Luigi.
Intel: laptop/desktop crossover coming sooner than expected
Intel will sell more mobile CPUs than desktop processors this year, the chip giant's CEO claimed this week.
Anti-paedophile group targets child abuse sites
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has called for international cooperation to tackle a core of 2,755 foreign-hosted abuse sites that it says are responsible for the majority of images of children obtained by UK paedophiles.
BT's secret Phorm trials open door to corporate eavesdropping
The government has refused to investigate BT's covert wiretapping of thousands of its customers in 2006 and 2007, despite its own expert's view that without consent Phorm's advertising targeting technology is a breach of criminal law.
US law makers seek ban on in-flight calls
A group of US congressmen have introduced legislation which would ban the use of mobile phones on US aircraft, attempting to "ensure a relative amount of peace for the American public as they take to an increasingly crowded sky".
Firefox and Safari updates tackle alternative browser bugs
Intempo Rebel DJ and ad-zapping FM radio
ReviewEver wanted to tell Chris Moyles to shut his piehole? Or longed for Christian O'Connell to get permanent laryngitis? Intempo’s Rebel radio records all your favourite FM stations and cuts out all the DJ drivel and adverts.
Red Hat scurries away from consumer desktop market
Linux and open source software giant Red Hat has abandoned plans to develop a consumer desktop product because it cannot compete with the might of Microsoft.
YouTube divorce rant vid wows the crowd
A video showing one Tricia Walsh-Smith bemoaning her treatment at the hands of her estranged husband, Broadway executive Philip Smith, has delighted YouTubers and struck fear into the hearts of lawyers who've described the outburst as a "scary, new step" in acrimonious divorces:
Pirate Bay offers uncensored, ad-backed blog hole
The Pirate Bay has opened a blogging site, and is promising not to remove anything as long as it doesn't break Swedish laws.
Apple pushes past Toshiba in US
Apple grabbed 6.6 per cent of the US personal computer market during Q1 on the back of a leading year-on-year 32.5 per cent jump in unit shipments, research company Gartner said yesterday.
Brit tourist blags his way onto Iron Man set
A Brit tourist who blagged his way onto the set of Iron Man managed to land a scene with Gwyneth Paltrow, the Times reports.
Orange eyes up TeliaSonera
France Telecom (Orange) has confirmed it's looking at linking up with Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera, after rumours of a possible merger surfaced in the Le Figaro newspaper yesterday.
Microsoft soothes Vista pain with Bossploitation flick
Microsoft may not excel at delivering software on-time, but it does make one hell of a lame video. Witness an internal promotional flick about the firm's Vista operating system which turned up on YouTube.
Miserly marks get smart to UK phishing fraudsters
Incidents of phishing targeted against holders of UK bank accounts are up, but losses are down.
Hitachi to go it alone on discs after all
Hitachi has done an about turn and decided it won't be selling its struggling hard drive division.
Music biz proposes 'iPod tax' in return for format-shift freedom
A UK music industry trade body has proposed a tax on MP3 players that would not only ensure musicians and labels are paid their dues, but also that consumers who pay their way effectively have to cough up twice.
The telly's an Armani, dahling
Samsung and Armani aren’t talking to one another today, because the electronics giant and the fashion house are too busy watching the co-branded LCD TV they’ve paraded down a Milan catwalk.
Nokia's Comes With Music 'comes without profits'
Nokia will be handing over its entire handset profit margin - and more - to the record industry for its "Comes With Music" progamme, according to media analysts.
Sony shaves OLED panel to 0.3mm
Sony has put the display panel used in its 3mm-thick 11in OLED TV on a crash diet and produced a version that's less than a third of the thickness - not much beefier than a sheet of A4 paper, in fact.
US courts erode protections for online publishers
Two recent judgments could erode vital protections for web publishers in the US. The rulings could undermine protections from liability for user-posted material previously enjoyed by publishers.
Oldham murders owl with whalesong
LogoWatchOldham Council has failed to follow its own motto - "Sapere Aude", or "dare to be wise" in the local dialect - and has spunked £100k on a couple of circles and its own name.
Nokia takes a Q1 tumble
Handset maker Nokia missed targets for the first quarter today and saw its shares fall more than ten per cent.
Harvard bitch seeks to strip Zuckerberg's Facebook trademark
A former classmate of social networking bitch-in-chief Mark Zuckerberg is bidding to strip Facebook of its trademark, alleging Zuck had no right to claim ownership of the term in 2005.
Sun may shut off high-end MySQL features
Less than two months into Sun Microsystems' MySQL acquisition, Sun has succeeded in upsetting the grassroots types with plans to close off features to the community.
Fujitsu and friends arm four-core Opteron servers
Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) is the latest hardware vendor to punt servers loaded with AMD’s four-core Opteron processor chip, which finally hit the channel – following months of production delays – last week.
Google and Yahoo! 'move closer' to ad wedlock
MicrohooPleased with its test of Google's ad engine, Yahoo! is considering a more extensive partnership with its search rival/large weapon against Microsoft.
Yes! It's the sawed-off USB key!
Ripping a USB cable in half is an achievement, but your friends will be even more impressed when they discover it still performs data transfers.
This DVD will self-destruct in 48 hours
A German company has introduced a disposable DVD that can be viewed for 48 hours, then thrown away. The DVDs will sell for just €3.99 ($6.44 /£3.20).
Feds to collect DNA of every person they arrest
In a major expansion of the US government's DNA collection practices, officials plan to collect DNA samples of every citizen arrested by a federal law enforcement agency and all immigrants detained by a federal authority. The move will add 1.2 million people's genetic blueprints to the federal database every year.
Truphone adds £16.5m to global operator hope chest
Truphone, the British VoIP-on-a-handset firm, has raised another £16.5m to fund its transformation into a grown-up telecoms company.
Microsoft teases mobile developers with 'big' Silverlight deals
ReMix 08Microsoft aims to nail deals with major handset on Silverlight in the next few months, taking the media player software beyond the beachhead it has established with Nokia.