IBM dumps Rational tools on unsuspecting users
IBM today launches the first products using its open-source Jazz project, extending real-time team collaboration across its own Rational tools and Microsoft's Visual Studio development suite.
Asus offers Brits Eee PC 900 battery swap plan
Asus has bowed to consumer pressure and agreed to swap Eee PC 900 buyers' old, 4400mAh batteries for a new 5800mAh model - and for a payment of £11.75.
Indian gov: Let us into BlackBerry or we'll shut you down
The Indian government has tightened the screw on Canadian push-email pioneer Research In Motion (RIM) in the ongoing dispute over official interception of BlackBerry email. Reports now indicate that if RIM won't open up its encypted messaging to Indian spooks, it won't be permitted to do business in the subcontinent.
NHS IT procurement leaves solid carbon footprint
ICT procurement for the health service in England produces carbon dioxide equivalent to that generated by 27,000 of its patients.
Intel confirms Nvidia 'Nehalem' negotations
Negotiations between Intel and Nvidia over each others' technology are not going smoothly, the chip giant has confirmed. At stake: Nvidia's support for Intel's 'Nehalem' chips, and Intel's ability to support SLI.
Nokia Supernova handsets flare up, vanish
Nokia could be chasing the ladies - or astronomers; or lady astronomers - with its latest out-of-this-world handsets, details of which have been spotted on the phone giant’s Polish website.
US town tells Street View to push off
Google has removed a private Minnesota community from its Street View feature after the town politely asked the search monolith to keep its roving spycars to itself.
Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat
An IT consultant who attempted to board a British Airways flight to Dusseldorf at Heathrow's T5 wearing a Transformers t-shirt was told to take off the offending apparel or else, The Sun reports.
Nvidia targets Intel Atom with ARM-based system-on-a-chip
Nvidia has announced its attempt to split Intel's Atom: Tegra, an ARM-based system-on-a-chip product for handheld internet access gadgets that's capable of crunching 1080p H.264 HD video.
LG stretches out monitor range - literally
Widescreen TVs are the norm nowadays, but LG’s taking the form factor to crazy new… er... dimensions with a display that's more windscreen than widescreen.
Bonce-antenna education downloads foreseen in 30 years
A controversial ex-admiral who now represents much of Blighty's fee-paying schools sector has predicted that schoolchildren of the not-too-distant future might download knowledge directly into their brains. The private schooling honcho seemed to predict some kind of implanted cranial antenna technology, rather than the relatively old-school bonce-socket option.
Europe agrees on exchange of criminal records
The European Commission has adopted proposals to make it easier for police to check criminal records in other European countries.
Vodafone investigated own board in press leak probe
Vodafone has joined the select band of tech giants that have been outed for spying on board members’ contacts with journalists.
Windows experiment meets the bottom line
Project Watch: Microsoft 2008This project I began writing about in late January, the prototyping of a large database project using the latest versions of a Microsoft software stack, has been an unusual exercise.
iRiver E100 MP3 player
ReviewIn recent years, iRiver has established a reputation for knocking out good media players aimed at the slightly more discerning audience. With the E100 it's trying to move a little more into the mass market.
Analyst predicting tough times ahead for Wii
The Wii's popularity has dominated headlines for the last year or so, but it’s been forecast that a lack of availability in some regions could see the console’s sales start to dwindle.
Times hack has an attack of the Web 0.2s
It's come to our attention that Times hack Michael Moran has a book out - the snappily entitled Sod Abroad which explains "why you'd be mad to leave the comfort of your own home".
America.com auction fails to hit cash target
America.com, assumed to be one of the web's most valuble addresses, has disappointed its owner by failing to sell at auction, prompting fears that the property slump has spread to digital real estate.
Mole uncovers Toshiba's DVD upscaling plans
Now that the dust’s settled on Toshiba’s humiliating HD DVD defeat, the company is rumoured to be preparing a comeback - in the form of an upscaling DVD player.
VIA revamps NanoBook sub-notebook platform
VIA has revised its NanoBook Small, Cheap Computer reference design to make it a little more like Asus' Eee PC. It also comes with a new name: OpenBook.
Chinese crackers blamed for US power blackouts
Chinese hackers have been blamed for two sets of cyber attacks that left US homes without electricity in recent years.
Safari practices self-love, claims code monkey
Aficionados of code profanity in which exasperated operatives embed their disaffection deep in their masters' source code will doubtless enjoy Last.fm's contribution to the genre, found hidden in this innocent-looking page.
DARPA's Heliplane retrocopter project in trouble
Efforts by Pentagon tech chiefs to revive a long-neglected rotary wing aircraft type appear to have stalled, as the main contractor announced financial problems and sweeping layoffs.
UK cops arrest six alleged BitTorrent music uploaders
UpdatedCleveland police have today confirmed that six people have been arrested for allegedly sharing music files via the defunct BitTorrent tracker OiNK.cd.
Crazy Japanese create iMac-like iPod dock
You want an Apple iMac, but don’t have either the space or funds for one. What do you do? One Japanese manufacturer has designed a dock that gives the iPod Touch the appearance of a miniature iMac.
Spanish chanteuse strips for anti-bullfighting campaign
NSFWVeteran Spanish singer Alaska has brought her considerable assets to bear in a combined AnimaNaturalis-PETA campaign against bullfighting.
3 pre-pay database server has a Sunday snooze
Engineers at 3 are busy rebuilding the firm's pay-as-you-go top-up database after the server carrying it fell over on Sunday.
US bank loses unencrypted data on 4.5m people
Couriers lost magnetic tapes containing the personal details of 4.5 million people who had dealt with the Bank of New York Mellon, it has emerged. The incident happened three months ago, but has only surfaced after legal papers were filed in the state of Connecticut.
Date set for next major PS3 firmware release
The next major firmware update for the PS3 goes live within two weeks, it's been claimed. The new system software gives gamers access to the much-hyped in-game messaging and video chat facility.
HP biased against BIOS password security
HP has come under fire for nullifying BIOS password protection steps on laptops by publishing reset data on its website. UK-based security consultancy SecureTest compared the approach to hiding a front door key under a welcome mat.
Microsoft seeds HP PCs with Live Search
Ever determined to close the gap on Google, Microsoft has cut a deal with HP to dope all new PCs it flogs to North Americans with Live Search.
Overstock and Patrick Byrne sue New York over Amazon Tax
New York's new online tax law is now facing lawsuits from two big-name online retailers.
Phoenix Mars website invaded by hackers
Add the webpages for the Phoenix Mars Lander to the list of high-profile sites that have been hacked by script kiddies. Not once, but twice.
Best Buy flirts with e-waste recycling
US electronics retailer Best Buy is experimenting with taking back some of the toxic materials contained in the products it peddles.