Kirk's Khan nemesis beams up at 88
Ricardo Montalban, the actor who proved to be arguably the greatest nemesis of William Shatner's Captain - later Admiral - James T. Kirk, has died at the age of 88.
Ruby, COBOL jump on Amazon cloud
Two different companies this week announced that they have created tools that allow for software written using two different application development environments - the relatively new Ruby on Rails and the relatively ancient (but still respected and used) COBOL - to be deployed on Amazon's Web Services compute and storage clouds.
US woman says Ubuntu can't access internet
An American woman has told a TV station in Madison, Wisconsin that something called Ubuntu prevented her from joining online classes at her local technical college.
First case of sleep emailing documented
If you thought drunken email was a unwelcome recipe for embarrassment, now you can worry about the real possibility of emailing while sound asleep.
Canon Digital Ixus 980 IS compact camera
ReviewThere’s an ‘R’ in the month, so it must be time for another Canon camera. Okay, we exaggerate a little, but you have to admit, Canon does churn out new models at a rate of knots. At the time of writing, the 980 IS is the top-of-the-range Ixus, so what does it offer to earn this position?
Another miserable quarter for Dixons
Dixons Store Group International saw sales fall ten per cent in the 12 weeks ended 10 January because customers delayed buying TVs and computers until after Christmas, once the sales had begun.
Carphone results cheer
Carphone Warehouse managed to increase like-for-like sales by 6.5 per cent, and 8.3 per cent in the UK for the 13 weeks ended 27 December.
Motorola swings axe again
Motorola is to lay off another 4,000 staff, totalling more than five per cent of the workforce, in the face of still-declining sales attributed to the global financial position and the fact that no one wants a Moto phone these days.
MPs bitchslap MoD mega-IT architecture project
The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, famous for its stinging attacks on expensive government technology projects, has issued some relatively mild criticism of the ongoing Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) mega-IT push at the Ministry of Defence.
Phones don't cause eye cancer, finds study
Despite scare stories about developing a uveal melanoma - eye cancer, to you and me - from prolonged mobile phone use passing us by, a study’s confirmed that there’s no link between the two.
HMRC advertises for new CIO
The new chief information officer of HM Revenue and Customs will initially earn up to £180k, according to the advertisement for the role.
Church of Scientology seeks 'ban' against HIV+ protesters
Opponents of the Church of Scientology have accused the controversial organisation of attempting to ban a pair of HIV-positive protesters.
Brocade DCX product on the way?
A Brocade product called a DCX-4S has been tested and awarded a GS-Mark by TÜV Rheinland Product Safety, an authorised institution in Germany for testing product safety and quality. What is it?
Blade server systems - back to the old school?
CommentWhat do you call a large and integrated piece of hardware and software that runs hundreds of virtual machines running Linux? That's easy, it's an IBM mainframe. But hang on, it could be a blade server system running VMware. What's the difference?
Cops taser JCB thief in 'slowest police chase ever'
A Surrey man who stole a JCB, provoked the "the slowest police chase ever", shrugged off a tasering and was cuffed only when the mechanical digger shed its tracks was earlier this week convicted of the vehicle's theft and dangerous driving, the Surrey Advertiser reports.
Archos dates, prices netbook
The launch date, price and official specifications for the Archos 10 netbook have finally been confirmed by the French manufacturer.
Prisoner star Patrick McGoohan dies at 80
Patrick McGoohan, creator of The Prisoner and star of Danger Man, has died after a short illness in a hospital in Santa Monica, California, aged 80.
'Interfering' BT Vision attracts campaigner glares
Campaigners complaining about interference generated by BT's Vision product have financed independent tests to show that the kit BT is pushing fails to conform to the appropriate EU standards, prompting a complaint to trading standards officers.
Prototype Sony Ericsson phones pilfered
A man has been arrested after several high-value prototype handsets were swiped from Sony Ericsson’s offices in Lund, Sweden.
Brit forces get hoverstare ducted-fan droid
The British armed forces are purchasing innovative backpackable ducted-fan hoverbots, intending to use them for checking ahead of ground convoys on the dangerous roads and tracks of Afghanistan.
Google slices and dices recruiters, engineers, products
Google has admitted it’s not immune to the brown shoots of deterioration strangling the world economy – the internet giant plans to axe 100 staff in its recruiting division, shuffle its engineers around and axe some products.
No military mobile bill-waiver from O2 and Virgin
If you're planning to take part in any of the various wars in which the UK is embroiled, you might like to make sure your mobile phone contract isn't with O2 or Virgin - they alone amongst UK operators don't offer serving military contract suspensions by default.
Honda shows off Insight hybrid
Honda has already made it clear that it doesn't hold with all this plug-in battery powered vehicle malarkey but sees the future belonging to good old petrol-hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell power.
US nuke boffins: Multicore CPU gains stop at eight
US nuke boffins say they have seen the future of multicore computing, and it is troubled.
China's three-horse mobile bet: Repeating America's mistakes
ColumnChina has just awarded 3G contracts - three of them. The numbers of subscribers there already is huge, with ten times as many mobile subscribers as there are people in the UK, and twice as many as there are people in the US. But China's decision to bless three different technology standards is a puzzling one.
Big Blue to ship RDX removable drives
That's it - with IBM joining the RDX party, there is now effectively only one business-class removable disk drive technology in town for backup, and that's ProStor.
UK.gov prepares for filesharing fracas
None of the government's ideas on how to address widespread copyright infringement via peer-to-peer networks has won support from both the rights holder and internet industries, it admitted today.
HTC Touch Viva budget Windows Mobile smartphone
ReviewOf all the many and varied iPhone challengers out there, HTC's Touch series has probably come closest to the Apple handset in terms of versatility and ease of use.
Nortel UK goes into administration to save itself
Nortel UK, and most of the comms giant's European operation, has gone into administration a day after its Canadian parent filed for bankruptcy protection.
Vodafone next-gen 3G trial hits 16Mb/s
Vodafone has successfully trialled a mobile broadband connection technology that could, theoretically, double existing download-to-phone speeds.
Prolific worm infects 3.5m Windows PCs
A prolific new worm has spread to infect more than 3.5m Windows PCs, according to net security firm F-secure. The success of the Conficker (AKA Downadup) worm is explained by its use of multiple attack vectors and new social engineering ruses, designed to hoodwink the unwary into getting infected.
HDTV 'pointless' without perfect peepers
If you’re about to decorate your living room with a 50in plasma HD TV, Freesat HD box subscription and a Blu-ray Disc player, you’d be wise to add an eye test to your checklist. You won’t get the benefit if your eyesight’s iffy, it’s been claimed.
419ers take Canadian for $150,000
A Canadian man who fell for a 419 scam was taken for $150,000 by advance fee fraudsters who conducted a textbook operation to fleece their victim.
Desperate NFC Forum extends competition deadline
The Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum's annual search for a reason to exist competition has been extended by a month in attempt to get some more entrants, with a prize of €5,000 being offered to the winners.
Palm's new OS finds the sweetest spot
AnalysisIf necessity is the mother of invention, maybe it helps to be really, really needy when you have to come up with something great. That would seem to apply to Palm, which was considered down and out when it was developing its new mobile operating system, webOS. But as further details of the system and development process emerged this week, it looks like a very smart design choice indeed.
Mozilla delays third Firefox 3.1 beta
Mozilla Corporation has pushed back the release of the third, and possibly final, beta for Firefox 3.1 by a week to allow the firm to fix some bugs in the upcoming version of its open source browser.
LibDem cheeky boy rides to Segway's rescue
Lembit Opik, the Liberal Democrat MP who functions as the House of Commons' own taxpayer-funded clown, has used parliamentary time to campaign to make Segways street-legal in the UK.
Sacked worker faces jail over malware revenge attack
A sacked worker has admitted planting malware on his former employer's computer network in a revenge attack.
Indian government will not bail out Satyam
The Indian government has ruled out any bailout of struggling outsourcer Satyam.
Royal Navy warships lose email in virus infection
The Ministry of Defence confirmed today that it has suffered virus infections which have shut down "a small number" of MoD systems, most notably including admin networks aboard Royal Navy warships.
Robot set to replace science teachers
The day when robots overthrow the human race has taken one step closer with the launch of a break-dancing mechanoid designed to teach our offspring about physics, maths, biology and engineering.
MS punts gaming guide for parents
In an effort to stem the ongoing debate about the effect of violent videogames on children, Microsoft has launched a US website designed to bring parents up to date with consoles.
Microsoft sharpens axe as PC sales drop?
Fresh reports of Microsoft's first-ever job cuts are again circulating, with the Wall St Journal writing that the company is reviewing its options.
HP gooses virtualization for servers
System management software tuned for server platforms and created by the server's maker has been a key account control factor in the server market for more than a decade. While nothing beats the old-fashioned legacy application lock-in of mainframes and proprietary systems of days gone by, the hassle of using multiple and not necessarily compatible system management tools gives about as much account control as the modern IT market will accept.
Web entrepreneur accused of massive data heist
Consumer rating service Angie's List has accused a web entrepreneur of plundering thousands of its records so he could start a rival company that offers a similar service.
Apple moves to unify its OS and interface
Two recent reports indicate developments in Apple's efforts to transform itself from a second-tier computer company into a top-level consumer-electronics powerhouse.
Judge OKs webcast in RIAA music file-sharing case
A federal judge has agreed to allow streaming internet video coverage of a key hearing next week for the US recording industry's file-sharing $1m lawsuit against a Boston University graduate.
New Yahoo! CEO's former company cuts and restructures
Oh, the irony. Autodesk has announced it will cut 10 per cent of its workforce and has lowered its fourth-quarter earnings forecast.