Dollar surge helps software vendors soak customers
AnalysisUS software vendors are jacking up their price lists in Europe, and are blaming the weak dollar for the hike.
Steady as she goes at DiData
Dimension Data today issued an upbeat interim management statement for the period 1 April to 18 August. 18. The reseller giant experienced “good demand”, achieved gross margin stability, kept a lid on costs and maintained a sold net cash position.
U2 tracks disappear from YouTube
A Dutch U2 fan on holiday in France overheard, and recorded, four tracks from the new U2 album and stuck them on YouTube.
HP offers gov half-price printers
HP and OGCbuying.solutions, the government's procurement body, have done a deal for half-price printers.
MoJ admits data breaches affecting 45,000
The Ministry of Justice has reported eight data breach incidents affecting around 45,000 people.
AMD's 'Fusion' not a native CPU+GPU design
AMD's first 'Fusion' processor isn't due until mid-2009, but specs are leaking out. Given how AMD has touted its 'native' multi-core designs, AMD's next-gen part isn't as integrated as you'd expect
Road Pricing 2.0 is two years away
The government's "Managed Motorway" re-badged road-pricing scheme seems to be taking on more shape, with reports indicating that technical elements of it will commence testing from 2010.
National DNA database grows on the genes of the innocent
Almost 600,000 genetic profiles taken from innocent people have helped swell the National DNA Database to cover about seven per cent of the UK population.
Intel roadmaps hi-speed SSDs
Intel is preparing solid-state drives with sustained read and write speeds of 240MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively.
AMD hits Intel with Shanghai surprise
AMD plans to dish up a server platform based on a new chipset in the first half of 2009 - meanwhile, its 45 nanometre Shanghai processor will be released in the fourth quarter of this year.
Acer Aspire One A110
ReviewIt was all so simple at the start of the year. You wanted a Small, Cheap Computer™, you bought an Asus EeePC 701. Now we have a plethora of SCCs to choose from - and Dell has still to get in on the act.
Cisco plugs online meeting bug
Cisco has plugged a buffer overflow flaw involving its popular WebEx online meeting client.
Sony Walkman revamp details leaked online
Sony looks set to launch a fresh assault on the iPod, because pictures and specifications of the electronics giant’s latest Walkman MP3 players have appeared on the web.
Ten of the Best... Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
Round-upThe first Bluetooth headsets were simple mono devices, however as handsets developed into advanced accessories that can play music and video, so headsets have started to develop too.
Qualcomm: Interview with a cellular vampire
AnalysisThe 1976 Anne Rice novel Interview with the Vampire which showed the a sympathetic and softer side of the vampire and which uncovered both the mind-numbing ennui of being immortal and the complete lack of a sense of belonging, and other disadvantages to being uniquely powerful and yet disliked, was the first image that struck us while listening to Qualcomm’s analyst relations conference the week before we took our summer break.
Rude Tintin pulls out
A salacious Spanish reinterpretation of a Tintin story has been yanked from bookshops as a yucky stain on the comic book character.
Yes! It's the iPhone 3G telescope!
The iPhone 3G’s camera zoom is, well, non-existent. So online retailer Brando has unveiled a telescope for star-gazing Apple fanatics.
Dell cloud computing™ denied
Dell has lost its bid to trademark the widely-used term “cloud computing”.
MoD judges clone-drone deathmatch
CommentThe UK Ministry of Defence expects to announce the winner of its "Grand Challenge" urban-warfare robotics competition tomorrow. The last three days have seen the contending droids - those which came up to the start line in a serviceable condition, anyway - battling it out for the title in a purpose-built small town used by the British forces to practice city fighting.
Pandora prepares to join titsup.com club
This weekend saw a cry for help from personalised web radio outfit Pandora. It blubbed that music industry royalties are too high for it to survive on meagre web 2.0 advertising revenues.
Psychologists give gaming the thumbs up
A trio of psychology reports examining the benefits of videogames have unanimously concluded that some titles can have positive effects on their players.
Knight Rider satnav delivery wobbles off course
Michael and KITT have suffered a setback that’s prevented the Knight Rider-themed satnav from hitting the shops on time.
Ofcom steps up the power for unlicensed broadcasting
UK regulator Ofcom has published a consultation on increasing the limits on broadcasting above 10GHz, claiming that at such high frequencies the range is so small it's not going to bother anyone anyway.
Microsoft's Vista push probed by Fair Trade Commission
The Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission is investigating a complaint against Microsoft made by the Taiwanese Consumer Foundation, which claims the company is effectively using its monopoly to force sales of Vista.
Librarian of child abuse networking site jailed indefinitely
A UK man who ran an online child abuse image library that served as a meeting place for paedophiles was jailed indefinitely on Monday.
HTC Dream sails through FCC tests
Production of the first mobile to use Google’s Android platform has taken a step forward, following the US Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of HTC’s Dream handset. The Wi-Fi Alliance has given it the thumbs-up too.
Tech sector burnt by biz confidence meltdown
Finance professionals’ confidence in the IT sector is slipping as UK businesses face the toughest trading environment since the early 1990s, according to a new report.
Three found guilty of web extremism plot
Three British Muslims face prison after a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court in London today found them guilty of involvement in an online plot to spread jihadism.
Pirated movie downloads offered as Zango sweetener
Zango affiliates are offering gateway access to pirated films, including the Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight, in a bid to induce users into accepting adware.
Microsoft Silverlight: 10 reasons to love it, 10 reasons to hate it
A year or so ago I wrote a post called Adobe AIR: 10 reasons to love it, 10 reasons to hate it. Here’s the same kind of list for Microsoft’s Silverlight, based on the forthcoming Silverlight 2.0 rather than the current version. The items are not in any kind of order - they also reflect my interest in application development rather than design. It is not a definitive list, so there are many more points you could make - by all means comment - and it will be interesting to have another look a year from now when the real thing has been out for a while.