Online attackers feed off Norton forum purge
Quick-moving attackers took advantage of a glitch in an update for Symantec anti-virus software, using an information vacuum that followed as an opportunity to lure panic-stricken users to websites that tried to install malware on their computers.
Sun beefs servers with SSDs
Server maker Sun Microsystems took a shining to flash-based solid state disks (SSDs) in late 2007, and today, it will finally announce SSD modules that plug into its entry and midrange server lineup.
BT job cuts start to bite ahead of March deadline
BT contractors are continuing to leave the firm ahead of the end of March deadline.
Atrato looks for cash to fill out sealed canister storage pitch
Xiotech may have talen the public perception lead in shipping drive arrays based on self-healing and sealed canisters of disk drives, but Atrato is shipping the same Seagate-derived technology into the video surveillance market.
Game creator slams Wii MotionPlus
A videogame developer will not support the Wii's upcoming MotionPlus peripheral because the add-on “didn’t really add anything” to gameplay, it claimed.
Sennheiser MM50 for iPhone stereo headset
ReviewsSennheiser launched the MM50 last year, but it's just re-issued the set, this time in white as well as black, and with a nod toward Apple's iPod Touch and new MacBook laptops as well as the iPhone, which the 'phones were originally designed for.
Online gambling safe from EU regulation
The European Parliament has rejected calls for community-wide regulation of online gambling saying it is a job for individual countries.
Latest subject for peer review? You
Tired of twiddling with wiki biographes and writing unpaid reviews for Amazon? Perhaps you'd like to rate your co-worker, or boss, now that the wisdom of crowds has been applied to the great American public.
UK trade mark and patent fees to drop
The cost of registering trade marks in the UK will fall under plans proposed by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The move is a response to reduced EU trade mark prices and to falling demand for marks.
Screeching rails close London Tube station
The Central Line platforms at Bank Tube station were yesterday closed for 90 minutes during the rush hour following "complaints that decibel levels from screeching rails were too high", the Evening Standard reports.
Pair of Nokias comes with more music
Nokia wants to keep the beats flowing, so it’s added two more phones to its XpressMusic portfolio, along with a more basic model aimed at radio listeners.
Apple allows Twitterers to f**k the iPhone
Apple has decided that Twitterers will henceforth be able to access profanity via the iPhones and iPod touch, Cnet reports.
Critical kernel fix stars in Patch Tuesday updates
Microsoft released the promised three patches on Tuesday, including one critical, as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
French yoof offered Halo-esque electric buggy
'Leccy TechStrange things can often be found off the beaten track at car exhibitions, and the dustier corners of the Pavillon Vert at this year's Geneva Motor Show proved no exception.
Supercontinuum tickle-spot offers analogue-to-digital leap
Californian boffins say they have mastered the well-known phenomenon of freak waves - mathematically similar to the ship-swallowing monsters of the great southern ocean - occurring in supercontinuum light generators, by finding a magic optical "tickle-spot".
Sony to unveil PSP... car?
A picture has popped up online which suggests Sony may have teamed up with Gallic car maker Citroën to make a PlayStation Portable-branded car.
ID and Passport Service brings in ad men
The Identity and Passport Service has signed up an advertising agency to develop campaigns for its services.
UK's net radicalization plans are 'crude, costly, counter-productive'
Negative government measures to counter online radicalisation are crude, costly and counter-productive, says a report released yesterday - if it's serious about the issue, it needs to harness the positive.
AMD has sold Nintendo 50m Wii GPUs
AMD today say it has now sent Nintendo a total of 50m 'Hollywood' graphics chips destined to drive the videogames pioneer's Wii console.
Health department data practices are sick, frowns ICO
The Department of Health has been told by the Information Commissioner's Office and the British Medical Association to improve the way it looks after patients' records.
Google tosses free texting
Google is pulling access to the XMPP API that allows third-party applications to send SMS messages with the Mountain View chocolate factory footing the bill, much to the annoyance of app developers.
UK extends VAT crackdown as EU OKs cut-rate cobblers
The EU has given the green light to the UK to extend its reverse charge VAT scheme aimed at cracking down on carousel fraud.
Russian pops сабоs in pancake-eating contest
A Russian man participating in a pancake-eating contest found out the hard way that it's probably not a good idea to stuff your face with 43 banana and cream-packed delicacies - dropping dead as he claimed the prize for his gut-busting gluttony.
Acer K10 DLP pico projector
ReviewAcer’s website describes the K10 as a "travel projector", but we reckon the tiny size and weight of this LED unit qualify it as a Pico Projector.
Channel 4 fails to open archives to Mac, Linux fans
Broadcaster Channel 4 has admitted the archive section of its web-based service will remain unavailable to Mac and Linux users.
PRS v YouTube: No UK vids, but royalty row runs and runs
The row between YouTube and the Performing Rights Society - which collects royalties for musicians - shows no sign of ending, although talks yesterday were described as positive.
Swedes say nej to Sofia 'Dark Knight' Englundh
The powers that be have decreed that a 19-year-old Stockholm lass may not change her name to Sofia "Dark Knight" Englundh, The Local reports.
Apple restyles iPod Shuffle
Apple has quietly revamped the iPod Shuffle - removing all its control in the process and making it half the size of the previous model.
Microsoft tempts enterprises with 'temporary' license cuts
Microsoft is giving big customers discounts of up to a quarter on licensing of major server and communications software in an apparent reaction to the recession.
Call of Duty kicks Grand Theft Auto at awards night
Winning an Oscar’s the pinnacle for actors and their films, but the videogame industry’s finest were recognised in London last night at the British Academy Video Games Awards.
Chinese crackers create counterfeit iTunes racket
Chinese crackers have reportedly cracked the iTunes gift card system.
Have IT vendors been hit harder than IT departments?
I don't know about you, but I keep wondering where the disconnect is between the US unemployment rate and IT departments. And if there is a disconnect, as there seems to be from looking at the data, I am grateful on both your behalf and my own. The rest of the IT Jungle team is grateful, too. None of us - you, me or them - wants to become a statistic.
Gov: High-tech engineering (car making) will save Blighty
AnalysisMore news from the British government's push to revitalise the economy through high tech today, as the Trade and Investment Minister - a former banker - briefed reporters on a new national marketing effort for UK "advanced engineering".
BBC mobile gets pimped
The BBC has launched a new beta of its mobile service, allowing punters to set up the kind of news coverage they are interested in displaying on the limited space available on a mobile phone.
BT rebuts database security breach claims
BT has dismissed the significance of supposed vulnerabilities on its systems detailed by infamous hacker Unu on Tuesday.
Phorm CEO clashes with Berners-Lee at Parliament
An exasperated Kent Ertugrul took on Sir Tim Berners-Lee in a tense encounter at a discussion on internet privacy at the Houses of Parliament today.
Windows app store breaks old ground for Microsoft
Microsoft hopes to differentiate its online app store against Apple with the promise of honesty if not better pricing.
'WALL-E' robot grunt obeys military hand signals
VidAmerican robo-profs have developed control software which will allow the droid ground-troops of tomorrow to be controlled by their fleshy comrades using standard military hand signals.
Child offered for sale on Xbox Live
US police have launched a criminal investigation after a child was advertised for sale on Xbox Live.
netbook 10-inch touch screen thingy
The web is aflame with rumors that a 10in, touchscreen "netbook" will arrive from Apple later this year. But we see things differently.
Microsoft's IE regulatory date with fate extended
Microsoft's been given additional time to rebut European regulator's findings it broke the law by shipping Internet Explorer with Windows.
Google plugs your surf history into ad money machine
Google has unleashed a new behavioral ad targeting scheme onto YouTube and partner sites in its AdSense advertising network - though it has carefully avoided the term behavioral ad targeting. Google prefers "interest-based advertising."
Kremlin-backed youths launched Estonian cyberwar, says Russian official
Members of a Kremlin-backed youth group spearheaded the cyberattacks that paralyzed Estonia's internet traffic in May of 2007, a Russian government official has admitted.
Spansion gets Nasdaq delisting notice
Floundering flash mem giant Spansion has received a delisting notice from the Nasdaq stock exchange. The Sunnyvale, California-based company says the notice arrived in part because of its recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
Real ID law to receive makeover under Obama
A law requiring US citizens to present federally mandated ID cards for "official purposes" such as boarding a plane is likely to be shaken down at the door under the US Department of Homeland Security's new secretary, Janet Napolitano.
National Semiconductor to lay off 1,725
National Semiconductor announced Wednesday that it would immediately lay off 850 employees and follow those layoffs with an additional 875 over the next "several quarters" as the company closes two plants: one in Suzhou, China and a second in Arlington, Texas.
Hitachi cops to Dell LCD pricing conspiracy
A Hitachi subsidiary has agreed to a $31m fine for its role in an industry-wide conspiracy to fix the prices of monitors sold to computer and handset manufacturers.