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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".