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Sony Ericsson delays Windows phone to Jan 09

Has Sony Ericsson's eagerly awaited Windows Mobile smartphone, the Xperia X1, been delayed? The company's own website says it has.
Tony Smith, 29 Aug 2008
Web browsers 2015

Internet Explorer - now with 35% less FAIL

Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 has been released, and it certainly makes for better browsing than the rough-around-the-edges beta 1 build.
Austin Modine, 29 Aug 2008

Reformatting freetard fubars RIAA fight

Good grief, people. As things are, we'll never have to pay for recorded music ever again. Getting free music online is as easy as picking up five pound notes in the street (when no one's watching) - and the chances of facing a fine range from minimal to non-existent.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2008

Google admits Android App Store Market

As expected, Google will offer its very own Android app store. But don't call it can app store.
Cade Metz, 29 Aug 2008

Now Hollywood is chasing UK downloaders

ExclusiveTiscali threatened to disconnect a customer for illegally downloading a TV show last week, after receiving a copyright infringement notice from a Hollywood studio. The only problem was the customer had quit the ISP months before the alleged transgression was made.
Christopher Williams, 29 Aug 2008

Ofcom considers termination charges

Ofcom has published an assessment of the UK's mobile industry, which is all looking rosy we are told - but it wants to hear from the public on a range of issues including whether we should pay to receive calls.
Bill Ray, 29 Aug 2008

UK.gov child data-sharing scheme delayed (again)

ContactPoint, the government's planned database to cover every child in England and Wales, has been delayed again, but officials said fears over the potential for massive data losses were not to blame this time.
Christopher Williams, 29 Aug 2008

Two Shuttles hit by fuel tank problems

Space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour, the next two planned to fly, may have technical problems with their external fuel tanks. Both spacecraft are due to roll out to launch pads at the Kennedy Space Centre.
Lewis Page, 29 Aug 2008

Fog of attack clouds Best Western hack

AnalysisConflicting claims by Best Western and Glasgow's Sunday Herald over the scope of a recent security breach have been put under the microscope by security watchers. The paper claims that eight million records were potentially exposed, while the hotel insists only ten records were accessed.
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2008

Novell recovery continues

Novell increased its estimates for full year revenue yesterday to between $940 and $980m, and said margins for the year were also improving.
John Oates, 29 Aug 2008

MSI repells reporter with armed response team

IFAGo here for an update to this story.
Tony Smith, 29 Aug 2008

Erotic artist urges spanking for Jacqui Smith

Those pesky critters from CAAN (Campaigning Adult Action Network) are at it again, cheekily asking the government what the extreme porn law actually means for Joe Public.
Jane Fae , 29 Aug 2008

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: Further poster outrage

NSFWOur shock exposé earlier this week of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard poster campaign outrage promoted a provocative call to Vulture Central from one "Barnacle Bill", who claimed to have been party to the original promotion brainstorm which eventually led to the rather unfortunately accurate depiction of seafaring life back in the days of the tall ships:
Lester Haines, 29 Aug 2008

Excessive IP protection causes economic gridlock, says expert

Intellectual property laws which were designed to protect inventors are actually stifling innovation, according to a leading US law academic.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Aug 2008

'World's largest TV' sports super HD resolution

IFAIf you’ve got the wall space to spare, then perhaps you’ll be attracted by the world’s largest TV - which also features a resolution four times better than crummy old full HD.
James Sherwood, 29 Aug 2008

Flip Ultra and Creative Vado pocket camcorders

Review2008 has been the year of the small, cheap gadget. Sadly, the standard bearers of the new breed of pocket video cams, the Flip Ultra and Creative's Vado, maybe be small but they're also overpriced.
Alun Taylor, 29 Aug 2008

Hands on with Fujtisu Siemens' Amilo netbook

IFAFujitsu Siemens demo'd its Amilo Mini Amilio Mini UI 3520 netbook at IFA this week, as promised.
Tony Smith, 29 Aug 2008

Microsoft breaks IE8 interoperability promise

CommentIn March, Microsoft announced that their upcoming Internet Explorer 8 would: "use its most standards compliant mode, IE8 Standards, as the default."
Hakon Lie, 29 Aug 2008

Automated air-traffic network developed for robo-planes

Good news today for people who like flying cars or flying robots, but clouds on the horizon for professional pilots and air-traffic controllers. Trials by US aerospace colossus Lockheed have shown that lightweight, distributed, automated systems can easily deconflict pilotless aircraft operating in crowded airspace.
Lewis Page, 29 Aug 2008

Common usernames get more spam

The use by spammers of dictionary attacks means those whose email address begins with a less common first character are liable to get less spam.
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2008

Cross-site hacks and the art of self defence

Hackers can force your browser to send requests to any site they want. It's not even hard - all they have to do is get you to view an email or a web page.
Jeff Williams, 29 Aug 2008

IE8 beta 2 locks down some XP lovers

Windows XP fans who have installed Service Pack 3 (SP3) after downloading Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) beta 1 won’t be able to downgrade their browser if they subsequently install IE8 beta 2.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2008

Microsoft bags European price comparison sites

Microsoft is splashing nearly $500m in cash on a price comparison and survey company, most of which it is going to immediately sell on.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2008

Acer: Aspire One HSDPA support is imminent

IFAOwners of Acer's Aspire One mini laptop will soon get the USB 3G modem support so many of them have been crying out for - and that's without having to replace Linux with Windows XP.
Tony Smith, 29 Aug 2008

Windows Mobile 6 blamed for Xperia X1 woes

IFASony Ericsson has blamed the Xperia X1’s no-show on problems with the phone’s operating system.
James Sherwood, 29 Aug 2008

No cookie for Qualcomm as injunction breached

Qualcomm is planning to appeal after a court found it in breach of an injunction related to infringements of Broadcom patents.
Bill Ray, 29 Aug 2008

Hello, this is Oracle - we're not in right now

The technical forums for Oracle's entire software and services catalogue - a support and collaboration resource for thousands worldwide - have been down for two-days.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2008

Comcast users get UK-style capping, throttling

The Network Neutrality pigeons are coming home to roost, with Comcast formally announcing a British-style capping regime.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2008

Humax pledges to ship Freesat HD DVR by year's end

IFAHumax will release its awaited Freesat HD-ready DVR toward the end of the year, the company promised at IFA in Berlin today.
Tony Smith, 29 Aug 2008

EMC blogger tears into HP and NetApp

EMC has set out to rubbish its competition on storage capacity efficiency and claimed its new CX4 array is much more efficient than HP and NetApp arrays.
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2008

Samsung tries to snatch 'world's first 200Hz TV' title from Sony

IFASony and Samsung are at war over which firm can rightfully claim to have demo'd the World’s first 200Hz TV. Both showed off such sets at IFA this year.
James Sherwood, 29 Aug 2008

Google makes Mozilla licence U-turn

Google has done a swift about-face and decided to allow code released under the Mozilla Public Licence (MPL) into its Google Code silo, just a month after it was judged redundant and banned.
Christopher Williams, 29 Aug 2008

Daewoo divided over display

IFAFolding screens have been used to section off rooms for centuries, but Daewoo’s finally given the protable partition a tech overhaul.
James Sherwood, 29 Aug 2008

Elon Musk might deliver new plasma drive to ISS

A high-efficiency plasma drive designed for faster interplanetary journeys may be lifted into space by a privately-developed launcher. The candidates for the job include PayPal zillionaire Elon Musk's Falcon 9 rocket.
Lewis Page, 29 Aug 2008

Garmin: Nuvi satnav phone release set for Q1 2009

IFAGarmin has confirmed that the Nuvi Fone will be launched between January and April next year.
James Sherwood, 29 Aug 2008

Wi-Fi: You old new smoothie?

The IEEE has formally approved 802.11r, the amendment to the Wi-Fi standard that allows devices to smoothly transition between Wi-Fi hotspots without breaking the flow of conversation.
Bill Ray, 29 Aug 2008

Biometrics exhibit blushes over email snafu

An exhibition designed to show off the whizzy high-tech futurescape of biometric identity has succumbed to a bout of very contemporary gremlins, by emailing dozens of fingerprints and iris scans to the wrong people.
Christopher Williams, 29 Aug 2008
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Cloned US ATM cards: Can they fool Brit self-service checkouts?

UpdatedCybercrooks are targeting self-service checkout systems in UK supermarkets to cash-out compromised US credit and debit card accounts.
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2008

Who should be America's CTO?

PollIt must be the longest and most public job application in history. The Democrats' presidential candidate Barack Obama wants to create a new post of "Chief Technology Officer" in the Federal bureaucracy - and Lawrence Lessig wants the job.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2008

Psychologist invents new uber-wiki

An American psychologist has invented a new form of wiki in which every word is directly linked to its author. He believes the so-called "mememoir"* project will "revolutionize publishing in all of science".
Lewis Page, 29 Aug 2008

45th Mersenne prime discovered (possibly)

Distributed computing hasn't folded us a cure for cancer yet, but these projects in which PC users donate their spare processing power to solve scientific problems have unquestionably made major strides in uncovering ridiculously large prime numbers.
Austin Modine, 29 Aug 2008

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