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Apple appears to have taken its campaign against iPhone modders to a baffling new level, tweaking its new MacBooks and MacBook Pros to disable a popular software tool used to jailbreak the handset.
Sanyo Electronics is ready and willing to be courted for takeover by its domestic rival Panasonic.
North Korea has released a new pic of chairman Kim Jong Il, hoping to show the world that the communist despot/self-professed internet expert is alive and well and healthy enough to actually appear in public. But this may be a case of communist photoshopaganda.
After the style, some substance. Having dished out the Windows 7 eye-candy for software developers Microsoft's dipped into virtualization and system scalability for the hardware heads.
Ipswich Labour MP Chris Mole has written a "strongly-worded" letter to the BBC's director general Mark Thompson demanding that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson be sacked for suggesting that lorry drivers routinely kill strumpets.
While tier one server makers IBM and Sun Microsystems have reported their financial results in recent weeks, and Hewlett-Packard is getting set to do so in two weeks, there are other players in the server space. In some ways, they're canaries in the server coal mines. Niche and boutique vendors sometimes feel the pinch first, even if they do offer advantages compared to the big boys.
SanDisk's ExtremeFFS technology can speed random writes to flash memory up to 100 times but doesn't do anything for sequential writes. How does it work?
ReviewReview Sony Ericsson has a lot riding on these tiny wireless headphones. Barely bigger than wired earbuds, they're a flagship product for a company known for its quality peripherals, and SE wants these boys to cement its reputation.
The boss of the government's "database of doormen" Michael Wilson has lost his job after it emerged that his department had failed to check security clearance of the staff employed to...err...check security clearances.
Perhaps the credit crunch has started hurting the Paul Smith clothing line, because the designer’s decided to branch out into photography - again.
PayPal multihecamillionaire Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, has announced that it will fly a genuinely private-sector space mission - including return to Earth - as soon as 2010.
Shipments of satnave in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) fell between Q2 and Q3 this year. At the same time, shipments of smartphones with integrated GPS pick-ups more than doubled, according to market watcher Canalys. But it forgot to mention one thing...
Blog front pages are now large pages of images and scripts rather than the pared-down text pages of old.
The public sector should take a minor role investing in high bandwidth broadband capacity, according to a senior Ofcom official.
Gary McKinnon has suffered another legal setback in his fight against extradition to the US on hacking charges.
Biometric enrollment fees for passports and ID cards will cost applicants £20-£40 on top of the basic price, estimates released by the Home Office revealed yesterday. In a prospectus soliciting private sector partners for enrollment, the Identity & Passport Service said that the total market for these services is worth "between £120 million and £280 million per year."
FoTWFoTW It appears that database guru and serial commentard Aaron Kempf is off his medication again, following a brief lull in which he apparently managed not to insult anyone over the interwebs and end up in court for his trouble.
'Leccy Tech'Leccy Tech UK electric car company Lightning is to fit its upcoming two-seaters with digitally recorded V8 engine noise in a bid to help pedestrians and other road users hear the otherwise silent sportscars coming.
Nokia’s Comes With Music offer seems to have hit a slight snag: T-Mobile has announced that some of the phones shipped with the package are defective.
Gadget Show viewers were bombarded with text messages costing £1.50 each this week as the Five show's competition system went berserk.
Those of you who believe the BBC is inexorably drifting away from hard-hitting, insightful journalism in favour of lowest-common-denominator populist piffle will be relieved to know there's still one reporter out there willing to file essential analysis of today's key issues.
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Episode 36Episode 36
In a recent survey, barely half of a self-selecting sample of UK teachers who use the webcast service Teachers' TV disagreed with the idea that "creationism or intelligent design should be given the same status as evolution in the classroom". Some 87.9 per cent of respondents thought that it was appropriate to discuss religious matters in science classes if pupils brought them up.
Orange is to stop bundling a free Eee PC and 3G modem with a two-year mobile broadband airtime package and bundle an HSDPA-integrated netbook instead.
Radio RegRadio Reg What do you call a herd of geeks in a T-shirt stampede? PDC.
MySpace may launch a branded MP3 player in the future, the social networking website’s co-founder has revealed. But not right now.
Many Hotmail users are up in arms at Microsoft after it decided to shelve the “classic” interface in its free email service.
Toshiba has introduced a gaming laptop with not one, not two but three graphics chips on board.
Round-upRound-up For the last few years, the handheld games market has been dominated by the now-traditional rivalry between Sony’s PlayStation Portable and the Nintendo DS Lite. This year, though, there’s a surprise new kid on the gaming block: Apple’s second-gen iPod Touch.
ExclusiveExclusive The most comprehensive empirical study of digital music sales ever conducted has some bad news for Californian technology utopians. Since 2004, WiReD magazine editor Chris Anderson has been hawking his "Long Tail" proposition around the world: blockbusters will matter less, and businesses will "sell less of more". The graph has become iconic - a kind of 'Hockey Stick' for Web 2.0 - with the author applying his message to many different business sectors. Alas, following the WiReD Way of Business as a matter of faith could be catastrophic for your business and investment decisions.
MPs finally got around to a rare debate on cybercrime earlier this week.
Mighty motors'n'tech globocorp Honda has wowed the world's media today as it unveils a combination of two-legged indoor robotic horse and lower-body exoskeleton walker device.
Lenovo saw its profits take a dive in the last quarter although PC sales were up over seven per cent - less than the market as a whole.
The stripogram Devon councillor who last year provoked three members of her local Lib Dems to quit the party in disgust has herself stepped down from Bideford council, the Sun reports.
AT&T has bought up Wi-Fi hotspot provider Wayport for $275m, hugely increasing the number of places that subscribers with an iPhone or Blackberry Bold can get free access.
Drinking in Aberdeen just got a whole lot more complicated, as police warned those popping out for a swift half that they may need to undergo drug testing before they are served. In Lancaster, police were last week setting up scanners near the central bus station to check passers-by for knives. Meanwhile, on Waterloo station, sniffer dogs that will check you out for drugs or bombs – but not knives – have become a regular part of the daily commuter experience.
Free whitepaper: Prosthetic Penises in the Data Centre Swedish transsexual men will as of 1 January next year be able to avail themselves of free prosthetic penises courtesy of their local health authorities - a move designed to offer former women the same kind of gender-bending support previously enjoyed only by their ex-bloke counterparts.
The UK government has no idea how many tonnes of electrical and electronic waste ends up in landfill because it doesn’t keep data on the final amounts that have been dumped.
Sony Ericsson may have inked plans to cull 20 per cent of its handset range, but that hasn’t stopped the firm from punting yet another Walkman slider: the W705.
Printing pictures is a bit of a rarity these days. So US printer specialist Zink has stuck a digital camera onto the top of a portable printer to ensure you’ve always got both to hand.
US officials say Chinese hackers have raided White House email archives multiple times, according to a report.
The city of Santa Fe is being taken to task over a plan to deploy a Wi-Fi network on the ground they're unfairly discriminating against people who are allergic to electromagnetic waves.
The US Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report just before Wall Street opened this morning, and the news is worse than expected.
It's pints all round this afternoon for Sky News for its report into the case of the Hampshire copper jailed for having sex with two women while on duty.
iPhone users expecting their Passcode Lock to prevent thieves running up their bill will be disappointed, as it emerges that the "Emergency Call" button actually allows any number to be dialled.
A teenage videogame fan has been jailed for sexually assaulting women he thought were prostitutes. And guess which title’s been blamed?
Honda has unveiled its latest attempt at wearable robotic legs, which this time around feature shoes, leg supports and a bicycle seat.
The open-source Eclipse Foundation is terminating several service-oriented architecture (SOA) projects thanks to lack of interest.
This week, Yahoo! chief Jerry Yang said "the best thing for Microsoft is to buy Yahoo!" But Steve Ballmer doesn't see it that way.
If you haven't updated your Adobe Reader program lately, now would be a good time. Three days after the company rushed out a critical update, miscreants are actively exploiting a security flaw to execute malicious code on vulnerable machines.
Why was NetShare - the app that turns the Jesus Phone into a modem - yanked from the Apple App Store? AT&T and Apple have tethering app plans of their own.
The United States Constitution has once again affirmed the freedom for video strippers in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to shake their digital naughty bits without fear of trademark violation.
MPC - the personal computer maker formerly known as Micron Electronics - has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.