eBay scammer gets four years in slammer
A man convicted of swindling more than $259,000 using fraudulent eBay listings and other venues was ordered to serve 52 months in federal prison and pay $252,000 in restitution.
Konami nixes Six Days in Fallujah
Konami is backing away from its plans to release a video game that was to authentically depict the Second Battle of Fallujah after receiving numerous protests from retired US troops, their families and citizens' groups.
Big Blue shipped Power6+ last fall
Server buyers who have been waiting for IBM to ship the Power6+ chip will be surprised to discover that it already has. It just didn't tell anyone.
Carphone Preston branch joins union blackout
UpdatedCarphone Warehouse is continuing its blocking of union web sites, this time deciding that employees working at Tulketh Mill, Preston, don't need access to information hosted at the Carphoneworker website.
ReviewFancy a TV tuner for your Mac or PC? Chances are you’ll be looking at a USB device, but there are limitations – the most obvious being it can only be used on one computer at a time. Offering an Ethernet alternative, SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun twin-tuner Freeview box can serve two computers with independent digital telly channels, and supports Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Interested? We were.
IP minister rules out 'three strikes' disconnection law
The Government minister responsible for intellectual property has ruled out a 'three strikes' law denying internet access to illegal file sharers. David Lammy said cutting off users was not "the right road" for UK law makers.
Seagate intros Replica slimline backup box
Data backups can be a painful process, so Seagate’s designed a storage gadget that’ll backup everything from your photos and emails to your browser’s bookmarks in, it claims, just three easy steps.
Small biz slams Harman's equal ops law
David Frost, boss of the British Chamber of Commerce, has attacked the government for heaping employment law red tape onto a business community already suffering from the credit crunch.
Microsoft ropes in EDS to punt online services
Microsoft has signed an agreement with Hewlett-Packard's EDS outfit and several other partners to help sell its range of online services.
PAC slams government's 'cosy' relationship with IT suppliers
Parliament's Public Accounts Committee has said that Whitehall departments are not routinely checking value for money and applying financial penalties for poor performance.
IBM gives Cisco some Brocade chatback
Confirming dozens of speculative reports, IBM is taking Brocade switches and routers into its product line to build its answer to Cisco's entry into the server market.
Verizon may gobble up Diet iPhone
Apple is close to an agreement with Verizon Wireless to launch two new Apple products this year: a cut-down iPhone and a larger device dubbed a "media pad" - although they may not be much use to anyone outside the US.
Chinese e-car makers show wares
'Leccy TechThe Shanghai Motor Show last week saw the release of a dizzying number of Chinese e-car models and concepts.
DARPA at Phase 3 on solar powered surveillance strato-ship
The famed Pentagon Q-branch boffinry hothouse, DARPA, has unveiled another ambitious plan to further US military-technical dominance. It has given $400m to American weapons globocorp Lockheed to develop a solar-powered robot radar airship, able to lurk in the stratosphere for a year at a time, potentially tracking individual people walking about on the ground across areas 1200km wide.
Yorkshire man wakes up Irish after brain surgery
A Yorkshire man woke up from brain surgery to find he'd turned from a flat vowelled, thrifty dalesman into a blarney kissing, 'Danny Boy' singing, happy-go-lucky Dubliner.
AMD intros $109 Radeon 4-series graphics card
AMD has introduced its latest not-quite-budget GPU, the ATI Radeon HD 4770.
Videos of SkyTone's Android netbook appear online
When the Android-based SkyTone Alpha 680 tablet netbook appeared last week, we were disappointed to see that the pictures didn’t reveal anything about how Google’s OS looks and feels away from a mobile phone. But now we have two demo videos.
Pig plague 2.0: Can't spell 'pandemic' without 'panic'
The internet has responded to the absolutely positively inevitable pandemic of swine flu with typical restraint and a decent sense of proportion, providing everything from context-sensitive maps to an iPhone application for those preparing to flee for the hills.
Boffins pump out pop-up touchscreen
Researchers have already tried to overcome the lack of physical feedback on touchscreens by adding on vibration and sounds. But boffins at one university have developed a touchscreen display that literally sports pop-up buttons.
Firefox devs ask navels when to curtail Mac OS support
Firefox developers are considering ditching support for Mac OS X 10.4 sometime after the organisation ships its successor to Firefox 3.5 next year, despite accepting that users will be "pissed off" about the move.
Phorm boss blogs from a dark, dark place
Phorm boss Kent Ertugrul has launched an extraordinary attack on critics of the snooping technology used by his company to target internet advertising.
Solwise Piggy 6 multi-device powerline network adaptor
ReviewAs more diverse powerline Ethernet products come to market, the practicalities of using mains wiring for networking become ever more apparent. The Solwise VeseNET 200AV HomePlug AV adaptor is good example of how this system can serve locations that are too costly to be hardwired with Ethernet ports or where wireless networking fails to reach.
Infosec opens in new venue
Infosec:Infosec, the annual IT security trade show, kicked off in a new venue on Tuesday with 310 firms competing for attention and security spending.
Blunkett to press for cyberwar probe of BT's Chinese kit
ExclusiveDavid Blunkett is to press national security officials to impose a programme of ongoing testing on equipment BT bought from Huawei, the networking manufacturer with allegedly close links to the Chinese military.
Hire your very own Fred the Shred
Infosec:DiskShred Ltd and Secure IT Disposals have both introduced services guaranteeing storage device destruction involving lorry-borne industrial grade shredders turning up at your site, chewing up disk and tape drives and grinding them to bits.
Is DAS the storage comeback kid?
Striking a note contrary to convergence and shared storage conventional wisdom, LSI is seeing signs of a resurgence in direct-attached storage.
Connecting for Health suppliers told to get busy
The Department of Health's director general for informatics has told CfH suppliers to deliver 'significant progress' by November, and is opening the market for southern hospitals.
ASBO woman cuffed over raucous rumpy-pumpy
A Tyne and Wear woman was yesterday remanded in custody for allegedly breaking an ASBO which required her not to annoy the neighbours by indulging in vociferous romps with her husband, the Telegraph reports.
MEPs get the fear over nanotechnology
MEPs are veering between tech utopianism and fear of the planet being buried under grey goo if their latest crop of votes is anything to go by.
Carphone Warehouse resolves union site ambiguity
Carphone Warehouse has resolved the confusion surrounding the blocking of a union website, by explaining that the company provides for all employees' needs, thus making the union redundant.
London gym floors hoodies with Chav Fighting classes
A London gym is offering decent, hard-working citizens the chance to fight back against the hooded hordes of chavdom by administering alcopop-crazed yoof a righteous thrashing - courtesy of its "Chav Fighting" classes.
Yes! It's the iPhone USB Missile Launcher app!
Firing small sponge rockets at passing colleagues is all well and good, but if they spot you reaching for the firing button before you’ve deployed a projectile then the jig’s up. But not anymore, because an iPhone-based firing controller’s been designed.
Vaio P-like Android netbook in works?
Speculation’s building that a netbook that looks like a cross between Sony’s Vaio P and Lenovo’s Pocket Yoga will soon be launched running Google’s Android OS.
Losses at Unisys run into Q1
Unisys have reported the latest in a very long line of losses after a number of big ClearPath mainframe deals were delayed to some undetermined time in the future.
Honda executes 180° turn on plug-in e-cars
'Leccy TechIf you listen very carefully, you can hear the screech of tyres at Honda as the company performs a U-turn.
Mozilla releases final Firefox 3.5 beta
Mozilla pushed a fourth beta of Firefox 3.5, formerly known as Firefox 3.1, out the door yesterday.
Pork industry in 'swine flu' tag beef
The pork industry is a little bit upset that the "swine flu" tag attached to the terrifying mutated H1N1 death virus, currently making short work of journalistic common sense worldwide, might hit sales hard.
Homer Simpson 'nuclear waste spill' panic at nuke sub base!
National news outlets, citing "secret" Ministry of Defence (MoD) documents, are reporting that "serious safety breaches" and "leaks of liquid radioactive waste" have occurred at the Faslane nuclear submarine base. It's sort of true, but one would release many times more radioactive material into the Clyde by dropping a luminous watch into it.
Loudmouth workers leaking data through social networking sites
Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of sys administrators fear that workers share too much personal information through social networking websites, according to a poll by IT security firm Sophos.
Bye bye BlackBerry mail
European BlackBerry users got an unexpected afternoon off today as the service stopped delivering mail from soon after lunch, forcing them to pay attention in meetings and, in some cases, speak to people.
HTC's second Android phone coming 1 May
HTC’s second Android-based handset, Magic, will be available from exclusive UK carrier Vodafone on 1 May.
Geek makes mobile fire-fighting robot
WowWee’s Rovio Mobile webcam’s fine if you only want to know that a fire’s started at home while you’re away. But one modder’s gone the extra mile by updating the home security droid with a fire extinguisher.
Amazon eats open ebook reader
Amazon has acquired Lexcycle, maker of the popular Stanza (iTunes link) ebook software for the iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, Windows PCs - and Amazon's own Kindle 2.
IBM juices dividend (yet again)
With rival and former fiancée Sun Microsystems reporting its what are sure to be embarrassing financial results later today, today is a perfect day for IBM to rub it in extra hard. So Big Blue has announced it is boosting its dividend, while allocating another $3bn to buying back its own shares.
Adobe users imperiled by critical Reader flaw
UpdatedOnce again, Adobe is scouring its Reader application for bugs following reports that it's susceptible to two vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to remotely execute malicious code on end-users' machines.
Microsoft's TomTom patents under scrutiny
Open-source and Linux activists are not allowing the FAT patent dispute between Microsoft and TomTom to fade.
Google apes Digg with iGoogle gadget
Google has tried aping Digg in a variety of ways over the past few years, but today, it's grabbing for the whole banana.
Sun silent on sorry server sales
Sometimes, you call the tune, and sometimes, you have to face the music. Or you can do what the top brass at Sun Microsystems did today and simply not host a conference call to explain financial performance in its third quarter of fiscal 2009 ended in March. Sun just posted a press release and some slides - sans quotes from president and chief executive officer Jonathan Schwartz or chairman Scott McNealy.
Microsoft in the Pink with Verizon on iPhone?
Verizon, AT&T's number-one competitor on mobile, is being touted as the company Microsoft will partner with to deliver a touch-screen phone running Windows.
Microsoft retires AutoRun (kinda, sorta)
Microsoft's security team plans to retire a much-abused feature in its Windows operating system that uses flash drives and other removable media to spread malware.
Web 0.2 archivists save Geocities from deletion
A group of web preservationists called the Archive Team is trying to save most of Geocities for the ages before Yahoo! erases the beloved old-school web-hosting service from the face of the internet.
Intel says new PCs will cost you nothing
Intel says that upgrading your company's four-year-old PCs today will pay for itself in 10 to 17 months.
IBM slips Power6+ into racks, blades
As part of a Dynamic Infrastructure hardware, software, and services announcement blitz today, IBM announced that it has put its Power6+ processor into entry and midrange Power Systems rack servers while delivering a more scalable Power6+ blade server that resembles the clever design Big Blue has used for several years on Opteron-based blades.