Sun MySQLers barred from Oz
Several Sun MySQLers have been denied short stay business visas to Australia - yes, Australia - as they attempted to attend a Linux conference in Hobart, Tasmania.
Storm worm smackdown as researchers unpick control system
A team of security researchers have developed a technique for automatically purging the remnants of the Storm worm infection from the internet. But the approach - which involves turning the botnet's command and control system against itself - could run foul of computer hacking laws in Germany and elsewhere, which ban the modification of computer systems without consent.
Phallus Falcon 9 rocket
SpaceX successfully raised its first Falcon 9 rocket to vertical Saturday evening at the US Air Force launch complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
National Safety Council seeks total* cell-phone driving ban
A powerful US lobbying group wants to ban the use of cell phones while driving - all cell phone use, including hands-free operation.
Oracle trims sales, marketing, and back office staff?
Oracle has apparently joined the ranks of tech vendors cutting staff but is still - relatively speaking - sitting pretty.
Experts trumpet '25 most dangerous' programming errors
Computer experts from more than 30 organizations worldwide have released a consensus list of the 25 most dangerous programming errors that lead to security breaches.
Organisations still don't know much about data protection
Over half of financial services firms do not know where all their customer and employee personal data is stored, according to a survey by auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
InPhase might ship holographic storage this year?
InPhase Technologies CEO Nelson Diaz has broken his silence over the company's much-delayed holographic drive saying it would ship later this year.
Watchdog wags finger at waffly privacy policies
Privacy policies are full of jargon and are designed to reduce organisations' liability rather than to help people understand what their personal data might be used for, the UK's privacy watchdog has said.
Dell settles with 34 US states over consumer financing claims
Dell will cough up $3.35m in a 34-state settlement agreement following allegations that the computer vendor hoodwinked consumers on financing, warranties and rebates.
Computacenter ditches PC distribution
Computacenter has finished a strategic review which means it is pulling out of trade distribution of PCs and printers to focus on servers and storage products.
HTC prepping Palm Pré, Apple iPhone rival
An executive from Aussie telco Telstra has claimed that an upcoming HTC phone is “better and more functional” than Palm’s recently unveiled Pré - and a serious iPhone competitor, to boot.
Analyst predicts console cuts
Sony and Microsoft will cut the cost of their consoles during the first half of 2009, one market watcher has predicted.
Texas profs use AI news-ware to ID terror groups
American computer academics say they have created an artificial-intelligence-based computer program which can scan news reports to swiftly identify which terrorist group is behind an outrage. They claim the "open source intelligence"* scanner gave good results in the wake of last year's Mumbai attack.
Librarians redubbed 'audience development officers'
Edinburgh librarians are apparently "seething" after the powers that be decided they should henceforth be known as “audience development officers” as part of a plan to drag libraries kicking and screaming “into the 21st century”.
Virus writer signs off in cordial Trojan message to MS
An unidentified Russian virus writer has reached out to Microsoft with a message buried within a recent variant of the Zlob Trojan. The greeting in the malicious code was friendly and cordial, in sharp contrast to messages posted on compromised websites by defacement crews, which frequently deride the security of Microsoft's software.
Cash-strapped US businessman jumps from light aircraft
Authorities suspect a US businessman suffering financial woes is "alive and well" after an unconvincing attempt to fake his own death in a light aircraft crash.
Pure Digital Avanti Flow internet radio and iPod speaker
ReviewRather than seeing this product as a beefed up DAB/Internet radio, it's far more accurate to view Pure Digital's Avanti Flow as a micro hi-fi system for the internet age. Its iPod dock and media streaming capabilities - there's no CD player - means the player is firmly aimed at an audience that has fully embraced the online world, but wants an attractive tabletop unit to play their music.
Israelis offer radical new rat-based urban renewal scheme
Israeli professors have advocated a radical new method of city planning. They say that proposed layouts for new urban construction should be tested by checking what rats think of them, suggesting that recent trials in which furry rodents favoured New York's street plan over that of New Orleans indicate the murines' superior judgement.
Navman dumbs down
Navman has launched a trio of simplified satnavs designed to ease navigational complexity woes.
Danish SWAT team surrounds PlayStation shoot-'em-up
A couple of Danish gamers indulging in some light PlayStation shoot-'em-up action were on Saturday night treated to a visit by uniformed blokes carrying real guns after concerned neighbours called in the cops.
Mandy flies flag for small biz bailout
On the day the British Chamber of Commerce described economic figures for the fourth quarter as "truly awful... unprecedented... no positive features", Lord Mandelson's Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform was busy leaking plans for a £20bn guarantee for small business loans in another attempt to free up credit for businesses.
DisplayPort revision to get mini connector, stereo 3D
Laptop vendors will be soon be able to use the same mini-DisplayPort connector found on Apple's latest MacBooks.
NFC sees future disappear in a Tag
NFC pioneers Tikitag has admitted working on a printed version of their NFC starter kit, and is even hoping to talk to Microsoft about standardising the technology around the software giant's Tag product.
Nokia locates key-finding phone add-on
Remember those gadgets that beep when you lose your keys? Nokia has designed a version that helps locate stuff using your mobile phone.
Joshua Schachter joins spreading Google tree
Delicious founder Joshua Schachter started a new job at Google yesterday after leaving Yahoo! in June last year.
US prof undermines foundations of Aussie firewall
Just as Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy thought things couldn’t get any worse, his proposal for the great Aussie firewall is under fire again – this time from the lofty heights of US academia.
Palm Pré WebOS: video guide
VideoLaunched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week, Palm's Pré smartphone and its Palm WebOS foundation underpin the company's desire to return to former glories.
AVG snaps up behaviour-based threat detection firm
AVG, the net security firm best known for its free-of-charge anti-virus tool, has bought anti-ID theft software firm Sana Security. Financial terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
loonies adventurers headed to Timbuctoo by 'flying car'
An adventurous office developer and "extreme golfer" who was the first man to circumnavigate the UK by jetski now plans an expedition to Timbuctoo in a combination motorised parachute and dune buggy. The "Skycar" vehicle is described as "the world's first bio-fuelled flying car".
Toyota demos FT electric city car
'Leccy TechToyota today unveiled its FT-EV electric car at the Detroit Motor Show. Though only a concept, something not too dissimilar to it should go into full production in 2012.
US considers ciggie-style health warnings for games
Proposed US legislation could, if adopted, force some games to carry warnings about links between violent titles and Grand Theft Auto-style behaviour.
Advertising Standards boss gets Information Commissioner nod
Christopher Graham, the director general of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has been selected by the government to take over as Information Commissioner when Richard Thomas retires in June.
Apple to push Nokia into smartphone second place
UK market watcher Generator Research (GR) has suggested Apple could knock Nokia off the world smartphone maker top spot within four years.
Wi-Fi comes to school buses
A bus ride to school has suddenly become a much more hi-tech affair for some lucky Birmingham pupils. A local bus firm’s just rolled out double-decker Wi-Fi, and has also launched an RFID ticket trial.
Cisco plays catch-up, gets directional
Cisco has got into shaping Wi-Fi connections with the Aironet 1140, which uses directional Wi-Fi connections to speed up legacy equipment as well as supporting the still-unratified 802.11n standard.
NZ cops claim 'first Facebook arrest' of bungling safe-cracker
A failed safe-cracker has been cuffed after New Zealand police posted CCTV images of an attempted burglary on Facebook.
US teen clocks up 14,528 text messages
Greg Hardesty of the Orange County Register has described himself as "speechless" after his 13-year-old daughter "racked up 14,528 text messages in one month", as the shaken dad himself put it last week.
Seagate's Cheetah adds new spots
While coping with the executive disarray of changing its CEO and COO, Seagate has also found time to announce a couple of new disk drives - a 600GB Cheetah 15,000rpm drive along with a new 10,000rpm version.
Mole leaks HTC's 2009 phones
Pictures have been leaked online of what’s claimed to be HTC’s entire 2009 handset line-up.
Indian police raid PWC in Satyam probe
Police raided PricewaterhouseCooper's offices in Hyderabad today in connection with the ongoing investigation into the alleged billion dollar fraud at outsourcer Satyam.
Paris Hilton website violated by Trojan-spreaders
Virus authors reportedly planted malicious code on Paris Hilton's website late last week.
Ford roadmaps electrics for 2010, 2011, 2012
'Leccy TechFord has outlined its 'leccy car roadmap at the Detroit Motor Show.
Yahoo! to! name! former! Autodesk! chief! as! new! CEO!
UpdatedIt appears that Yahoo! will name former Autodesk boss Carol Bartz as its next chief executive officer.
Intel prepping chip price cuts?
It looks like Intel will soon cut prices on its Core processors used in PCs, and Xeon processors used in workstations and servers.
SCO auctions Unix and mobile assets to continue fight
SCO Group has announced plans to auction off its Unix and mobile products to ensure their survival while continuing its long-running fight over alleged violations of its IP in Linux.
Chipmaker leak points to iPhone Nano in June
Rumors that Apple has a scaled-down iPhone dubbed the "iPhone Nano" in the works have lurched forward following a report here that two Taiwanese companies are set to supply chips for the phone.
Nvidia forecasts massive Q4 revenue drop
Nvidia has warned that its revenue will fall sharply below previous estimates due to collapsing demand from end-users and PC makers in the global recession.
Obama eyes net neut man for FCC post
US President-elect Barack Obama will nominate his campaign's technology adviser, Julius Genachowski, to serve as the next head of the Federal Communications Commission. At least, that's the word from Democratic officials whispering in the ears of big-name news sources.
Meltdown burns electronic design sales
The trade group that follows the electronic design automation (EDA) industry says that revenues among the key industry players have continued to slide through 2008. As you might expect. But ironically - and thankfully, if you happen to work in this field - jobs have held up, at least on the global basis in which the EDA Consortium is providing data.
Researcher warns of data-snooping bug in Apple's Safari
Apple's Safari web browser for both the Mac and Windows suffers from a serious vulnerability that can expose emails, passwords and other sensitive contents of a user's hard drive, a researcher has warned.
US lawmaker wants health warnings on video games
A California congressman has proposed legislation that would require cigarette-like health warning labels be placed on video games made for mature audiences.
Forrester crystal ball conjures 2009 IT spending shrinkage
The prognosticators at IT consultancy Forrester Research have polished up their crystal balls and cranked up their spreadsheets, announcing some some bad - but not unexpected - news for the tech sector. As far as Forrester can tell, global IT revenues across hardware, software, and services will fall by 3 per cent, to $1.66 trillion, this year.