Suits could soon lose grip on Java
A roadmap for reform, potentially exposing the Java Community Processes' inner workings to external scrutiny and ending a culture of closed-door meetings, could be made public in the next few months.
Sarin quits Vodafone
Arun Sarin is leaving Vodafone. The chief executive departs as the mobile group's profits pass £10bn for the year.
Indian gov denied BlackBerry snoop
Research In Motion (RIM), the Canadian company behind the BlackBerry handheld, has refused to give the Indian government special access to its encrypted email services. Indian authorities have previously evinced concern that terrorists or criminals might use BlackBerries to communicate free from government interception.
Infineon boss heads for door
The chief executive of Infineon, Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, has resigned from the company because of an inability to agree strategy with the company's board of directors.
Internet censorship and mission creep
CFP 2008"The internet perceives censorship as damage," John Gilmore famously observed, "and routes around it."
Japanese customs dish out free dope
Japanese customs have very agreeably handed out 142g of cannabis to an unwitting passenger at Tokyo's Narita airport during a drugs-busting test operation "went awry".
Virgin Atlantic site reveals sky-high employee disgruntlement
Times are hard and friends are few for the civil aviation industry. Airlines are going titsup left and right, while fuel prices rocket and passengers tighten their belts, metaphorically speaking.
Japanese children warned off mobiles
Japanese children should be prevented from using their mobile phones for anything other than talking to protect them from harmful influences, according to an advisory panel to the government.
TeliaSonera secures iPhone deal for Nordic and Baltics
TeliaSonera today announced it will bring Apple's iPhone to all Nordic and Baltic countries, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
Wireless links to be trialled in Gulfstream flight controls
Future generations of jet aircraft might use short-range wireless technology to connect cockpit controls to ailerons, elevators or rudders.
Videogames feed your inner cavemen, says report
Men now have a proper excuse for spending hours glued to a games console, thanks to new research which has concluded that videogames force blokes to revert to their caveman roots.
Touchscreen sales set to soar
Gadgets controlled through touchscreen interfaces will soon become increasingly commonplace. Market analyst iSuppli has forecast that sales of touchscreen display modules will skyrocket between now and 2013.
Bluetooth finally reaches ten (years, not users)
Last week the Bluetooth Special Interest Group celebrated ten years since its formation for the purpose of defining and promoting the radio-networking standard that was supposed to link everything together. But has Bluetooth actually done anything more than enable everyone to look like a twat with a glowing blue ear?
Deutsche Telecom caught doing an HP
Deutsche Telecom has been caught snooping on its board directors and journalists in an apparent effort to stop directors talking to the press.
Mozilla pilots second release candidate for Firefox 3.0
UpdatedMozilla is considering whether or not to publish a further test version of Firefox 3 following the discovery of ten noteworthy bugs in Firefox 3.0 RC1.
Canon Digital Ixus 80 IS compact camera
ReviewNot long ago we looked at the Digital Ixus 70 IS and now comes the follow up, the Digital Ixus 80 IS. So is it a case of the same chocolates in a different box or has Canon radically redefined this camera sector?
Alton Towers trials ban on PDAs
So-called quiet carriages on trains where the use of phones and laptops is frowned upon are to be avoided if you’re tech-obsessed. But now theme park Alton Towers wants to ban the use of PDAs from its grounds.
Adobe coughs up CS4 public betas
Adobe Systems is today releasing public beta versions of its Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Soundbooth apps.
Google gears Java 5 Web Toolkit
Apple patent filing suggests solar powered iPhone
The battery life of portable gadgets has always been a source of frustration. But Apple may have found an eco-friendly way around the problem – by integrating a solar panel behind, say, the iPhone’s LCD display.
Computacenter hires chairman
Computacenter has hired Greg Lock as its new chairman following Ron Sandler’s sudden departure from the IT services firm earlier this year.
Scientologist ASBOed for being over 36
CommentsA man dubbed "Leeds’s dumbest criminal" has been served with an ASBO forbidding him from posting videos of criminal activity on the internet. Andrew Kellett, 23, had been in the habit of showing off his exploits on YouTube, which made some of you wonder why he hadn't been convicted of the acts he seemed so proud of, and why he'd been effectively barred from providing evidence against himself.
Voter-befuddling tricks moving online
CFP 2008The conundrum in anything to do with voting: the people who write the election laws are the ones who won the election. What motive do they have for changing the status quo?
Aussie droid planes in Barbados hurricane probe
American weather boffins plan to send more unmanned aircraft plunging deep into the 2008 crop of Caribbean hurricanes, in a bid to find out more about the deadly rotating storm systems.
International copyright talks seek BitTorrent-killer laws
A new international trade agreement could seek to strengthen criminal sanctions against BitTorrent tracker sites that claim not to profit from internet users sharing music, movies and software.
Truphone becomes a true phone
Mobile-VoIP operator Truphone has expanded its offering with the launch of Truphone Anywhere, giving users access to their Truphone minutes from the cellular network.
Sony touts upscale DVD player
Sony has unveiled its latest upscaling DVD player, which the electronics giant’s also touting as the perfect way to display still photos on your HD telly.
Microsoft hands Google the future of digital books
While Bill Gates now holds a lucrative monopoly on digital images, his successors don't see the same prosperous future for the digital word. Microsoft is withdrawing from the Open Content Alliance digitisation project and will cease to scan books, the company said on Friday. It's abandoning its Live Book Search venture - a curious decision, since it effectively hands the future of the book to arch-rival Google.
EU sets ambitious IPv6 target
The European Commission is pushing for 25 per cent of the bloc's government bodies, industry and public to switch to IPv6 by 2010, amid warnings that the current IPv4 protocol is fast running out of net addresses.
Brits pine for old and analogue tech
Blu-ray and MP3 may be conquering the world, but vinyl, CD and VHS still hold a special place in the hearts of UK adults, according to survey into so-called graveyard-bound technology.
South Africa launches formal objection at OOXML
The official blessing of Microsoft’s controversial Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an international standard could be delayed after a formal objection was lodged against it.
DARPA hands out cash for tiny bugbot-thopter
Famed solar-plane company Aerovironment announced today that it has won further US military funding to carry on its Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) programme, which will develop a tiny "three-inch flapping-wing air vehicle system".
Viacom suit is Net killer, Google claims
Viacom's copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube threatens the way that hundreds of millions of people use the internet, YouTube owner Google has said in its court defence.
Failing Web 2.0 stars pray for copyright abolition
Remember the date - the one about an inch above the words you're reading now. 27 May 2008.
Philips' feedback telly watches your vital signs
Philips may have found the perfect use for its blood pressure monitoring pants – a TV range that provides physical and visual feedback according to your body’s changing vital signs.
Verari crosses blades with virtual I/O house
Verari Systems is now packing its network storage blades with a virtual I/O appliance, courtesy of a partnership with Xsigo Systems.
FCC boss mulls free* wireless for all
The US Federal Communications Commission is mulling a plan that would blanket America with free wireless broadband. Not to mention online ads and content filters.
Microsoft urges developers to tag sites for IE8
Microsoft has firmed up the date a little for its Internet Explorer 8 second beta, saying the browser is coming in the third quarter.
Paypal glitch hits merchants with 12-day headache
PayPal customers are up in arms as a series of fresh glitches cost them time and money. Once again, eBay's inability to accurately say when the problem might be fixed is adding insult to injury.
Attack code in the wild targets new (sort of) Adobe Flash vuln
UpdatedSecurity researchers from Symantec have clarified an earlier report of attack code in the wild that targets a previously unknown vulnerability in the latest version of Adobe Flash. They now say current versions of Adobe's stand-alone Flash application are vulnerable, but that updated browser plug-ins are not.
Dell guilty of defrauding New York customers
A New York state judge says Dell and its finance wing are guilty of making false promises to stir up more sales.