OpenOffice 3.1 ready to lick Microsoft's suite?
ReviewOpenOffice.org remains the most popular open source answer to Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite, and in these recessionary times, the appeal of "free" software is stronger than ever.
Firefox passive-aggressives adjudicate Nerd Law
Fail and YouLast week, blood was shed in the Firefox community as two popular extensions to the browser - NoScript and Adblock Plus - finally started slugging it out over a conflict that had been underground for quite some time.
Canon PowerShot D10
ReviewGo on, admit it, when you first clapped eyes on Canon’s PowerShot D10, you thought: “That’s a kiddie’s camera!” Well, the PowerShot D10’s bulbous shape, large buttons and brightly coloured face plate certainly give it the air of a child’s toy, but it’s really designed for outdoor activities like, climbing, snorkelling, trekking and white water rafting. The PowerShot D10 marks Canon’s entry into the rugged-cam market, but how tough is it?
Intel braces for billion Euro fine
European competition authorities are expected to release their verdict on Intel's allegedly anti-competitive behaviour this week, and it's not looking good for the chip maker.
Swedish chopper chief demands fireproof bras
A Swedish chopper fleet commander has demanded that his female pilots be granted the same degree of fireproofing enjoyed by their male counterparts - in the form of flameproof bras.
ID scheme will cost £400m annually
The government could save around £400m each year if it cancelled identity cards and stuck with the current generation of passports, according to Home Office figures.
Austria pulls out of Large Hadron Collider
Austria has announced plans to pull out of CERN, the international science alliance which runs the world's most powerful particle-punisher - the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - and whose people invented the world wide web.
IBM files patent for shorter meetings
Excellent news for employers who can't help feeling business is being hit hard by traditional meetings where one hour is set aside for the get-together, regardless of whether there's actually an agenda substantial enough to fill the time: IBM has filed a patent aimed at tackling the "arbitrary hour-based scheduling paradigm".
US govt hydrogen highway runs out of road
Leccy TechThe Hydrogen Highway has just become a B road. The Obama administration has announced that the Federal government's $1.2bn (£788m/€880m) plan to develop hydrogen fuel-cell powered cars and infrastructure is to end.
Tandberg trundles into virtual tape
Tandberg Data, fresh from its transformation into a private company, has launched its first virtual tape library. The DPS1000 can support up to 100 hosts, each with their own separate virtual library.
Solar Cycle 24 set to be a quiet affair
The Sun's "Solar Cycle 24", which kicked off back in December 2008, will be "the weakest since 1928", according to an international panel of experts.
RM sees interim revenues, profit jump
RM shares rose four per cent this morning after the education IT vendor announced a 21 per cent increase in revenue for the six months ended 31 March 2009.
Tesco tills go titsup
UpdatedTesco's nationwide till system failed this morning, leaving the country's biggest retailer able to sell only via self-service checkouts.
Darth Vader tops movie misquote poll
Darth Vader's "Luke, I am your father" has topped a poll of movie misquotes - classic lines now stamped on the common conciousness but which are not actually as they were originally spoken.
Google Sky gazes at mobile maps
Google, in its ongoing quest to provide ubiquitous access to information people never knew they needed, is to launch sky maps for mobile phones under the name "Star Droid".
Asda clamps down on killer teaspoons
Are you under 18 years of age? Do have have an urgent need for teaspoons? Well, avoid Asda's Halifax tentacle where the powers that be are determined to prevent this potentially-lethal item of cutlery falling into the hands of murderous yoof.
US Uni campus hack provokes security alert
The personal info of more than 160,000 current and former students and staff at the University of California, Berkeley has potentially been exposed after hackers broke into campus health service computers.
Amazon wants your kidney for the Kindle
You know newspapers are in trouble when they tout Amazon's Kindle reader as a potential saviour for the business. Many did just that last week, and while they concluded the answer was "No", what were they thinking when they asked the question?
Brown red in face after blusher found in cab
Prime Minister Gordon Brown acquired another light dusting of woe when his make-up bag was left in the back of a taxi last week.
US firm prototypes 'mini HDMI'
US firm Molex has designed a prototype miniature HDMI connector for use in portable gadgets, it’s been reported.
Apple back in UK top five
Apple is back in the list of top five computer makers in the UK, at least as far as market watcher Gartner is concerned.
London cab & bus trials for satnav speed-governor kit
London government plans for self-adjusting speed governing kit, capable of automatically keeping a vehicle below the local speed limit, are advancing. Trials in the capital will take place this summer.
IT salaries down and out
A survey of advertised IT salaries reveals a slight fall since last year, with little prospect of increases in the immediate future.
Next Nokia iPhone knobbler uncovered?
It could just be a cheap Chinese knock-off, but word on the web is that these pictures show Nokia’s next XpressMusic-branded pitch at the iPhone.
Microsoft to spin out more non-update Windows 7 updates
Microsoft will release up to 10 test updates tomorrow to computers running the near-ready version of its upcoming operating system, Windows 7.
XM-I X-mini II travel speaker
ReviewWhen we tested XM-I's X-Mini Max travel speakers last year, we were pretty impressed. OK, we wouldn't describe them as hi-fi, in fact we wouldn't even describe them as fi but, as a trade off between cost, size and sound quality, they were hard to beat. XM-I has now updated its basic Mini mono speaker – the Max was essentially two tethered together – and come up with the Mini II.
Playboy to take on World of Warcraft with Bunny-themed MMORG
Always wondered what Hugh Hefner’s life’s like? You could soon find out, because a Playboy-themed “Massively Casual Online Game” (MCOG) is in development.
Microsoft to EU: Cut me down, and Google will rule the world!
'Cut me down, and Google will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine,' Microsoft claims in its latest submission to the European Commission. Force Microsoft to carry rival browsers in Windows, says the underdog formerly-known as The Borg, and risk making Google's position in the search market even more dominant.
Judges rap police over raid on paedo expert
The courts have delivered a sharp rap over the knuckles to Avon and Somerset police, reminding them in no uncertain terms that it is they – and not individual police officers – who rule on legal matters.
Tram driver crashes while texting
Dozens of people were hurt when one Boston tram collided with another, after which the driver admitted to police that he'd failed to see the stationary tram because he was texting his girlfriend.
ACS swallows BSG to boost SaaS offering
Health services firm ACS is buying the veteran channel firm BSG for £15.5m, the two firms announced on Friday.
Analyst forecasts 900% Android phone sales growth
Android-based smartphones will ship in massive numbers this year - at least compared to last year's total, market watcher Strategy Analytics has forecast.
Smartphone production isn't easy, finds Garmin
Garmin has hinted that smartphone complexities are behind its decision to delay launch of its “easy-to-use” G60 Nüvifone.
IBM deals on big Power iron in Q2
There are only three marketing levers in the information technology business: technology, price, and FUD. Without a refresh for top-end Power Systems as part of the April 28 update of the product line, IBM needed to pull one of these three levers.
Prism Firefox extension hits beta
Mozilla Labs has released a beta of a Firefox extension that turns any website application into a desktop app.
3Com gets out of China, shows fists to Cisco
3Com has created a new tier of operations, branded "H3C" and available only to the biggest enterprise customers, in order to better take on Cisco's dominance in networking iron.
Barclays to lay off more tech staff
Barclays IT staff were shocked to receive an emailed warning today that more jobs are likely to be lost at the troubled department.
Personal data warning over web forum killing
Police have warned against posting too much personal information on the internet, after a German man was today sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a British computing student he met online.
Boffins develop bendy, squishy, foldable display
Scientists have displayed a screen that can be squashed, stretched and folded like rubber.
Fujitsu goes dense with Nehalem blades
Server maker Fujitsu this morning took the wraps off a new generation of half-height blade servers and a new blade chassis. Collectively, they're known as the Dynamic Cube, but they'll be sold by the more boring (yet more easily trademarked) name: the Primergy BX900 S1.
Apple: No Jesus on the Jesus Phone
Continuing their policy of random offence, Apple has rejected an application that places the user's face onto religious figures, while changing their mind on the Nine Inch Nails and allowing a test for manic depression.
Fujitsu Technology Solutions goes global
Fujitsu Technology Solutions, previously Fujitsu Siemens Computers, is launching a major push into meeting data centre infrastructure needs using its newly-announced BX900 blade server. It wants to offer infrastructure platforms as well as both managed and supplied infrastructure services.
Wall Street Journal wants your micro-payments
The Wall Street Journal online, one of the few remaining news websites that's charging for access, plans to introduce a micro-payments scheme this autumn.
Nokia's Qt cuts paperwork for open sourcers
Nokia has reduced the barriers to contributing code to the Qt cross-platform framework.
Rackable Systems slips into SGI's name
Considering all of the technical trials and economic tribulations that Silicon Graphics has gone through since the mid-1990s after a meteoric rise in technical computing in the 1980s, you might think that the SGI name was one relegated to the dustbin of the IT industry.
iPhone at war in iRaq
The latest weapons in the US Global War on Terror Overseas Contingency Operation come from Cupertino: the iPhone and iPod touch.
US journo school mandates iPhone, iPod touch
Beginning this fall, all students at the Missouri School of Journalism will be required to purchase an iPhone or an iPod touch.
Atlantis blasts off for final Hubble repair job
After nearly seven years of delays, NASA's fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 2:01 EDT (18:01 GMT) today.
Chip cooler launches liquid nitro at CPUs
A US company that specializes in CPU-cooling systems has just released its latest weapon in the war against melty microprocessors: liquid nitrogen.
Yahoo! co-founder takes open road against Google
Open Hack DayBig, purple, and old, the Yahoo! bus parked outside this weekend's Open Hack Day venue in London looked like a survivor from a bygone era. So too, Yahoo!?
FTC to referee net neut 'Dystopian nightmare' feud
To date, the FCC has refereed the ongoing feud between the net neuts and the anti-net neuts. But that may be changing.