Microsoft bribes Oz to ditch Firefox
Microsoft isn't just bribing people to use its search engine. It's bribing people to ditch Firefox for Internet Explorer.
Intel clones your phone in the cloud
Research@IntelYour smartphone will have access to massive computing power if Intel's Clone Cloud finds a place in the sky.
Microsoft: 18-month Windows 7 downgrade rights
If you get a PC running Windows 7 but can't divorce yourself from Windows XP, Microsoft will give you 18 months to downgrade - not six.
Viviane Reding sees talking yoghurt pots
The EU yesterday published an action plan to promote the Internet of Things, listing fifteen action points that the EU thinks could promote the use of internet connections in everything from yoghurt pots to trees.
Sony Ericsson Walkman W995
ReviewIf you're a music mad, photo enthusiast, then Sony Ericsson has you in its sights with the W995 – its most advanced convergence of camera and music phone features to date. Featuring a Walkman media player and an 8.1Mp camera, the W995 also has HSDPA 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and a new media sync system for Macs and Windows PCs.
US record industry wins $1.92m from file sharer
The Recording Industry Ass.of America has won $1.92m in damages against a woman accused of file sharing.
What's the best open source Windows back-up app?
I have a 250GB external hard drive which I use to back-up my Windows XP machine. Sorry, Linux fans, but there are apps I need to run that are Windows only, otherwise I'd switch.
Church of England schism fear over mobile phone masts
Mobile masts have joined gay priests and female ordination on the list of issues the Church of England would prefer not to have to deal with.
TTxGP: world's first e-bike grand prix race report
Leccy TechThe inaugural zero-emission motorcycles grand prix – the TTxGP - finished last week with more than its fair share the drama, excitement and breakdowns.
BlackBerry subscriber growth dips
A extra 3.8 million BlackBerry addicts swelled RIM's coffers in the three months to May 30, the firm's financial report revealed on Thursday.
Israeli robo-kamikaze selling like hot exploding cakes
Paris AirshowThe Israeli arms industry appears to have stolen a march on that of Britain in the field of "loitering munitions" - aerial surveillance drones equipped with warheads and designed for one-way strike missions. While Blighty pays large sums to develop a partly homegrown example, Israel is already making substantial export sales of its Harop robo-kamikaze.
SGI plays numbers game with 6120 storage box
SGI - the company that is the result of Rackable's mercy acquisition of Silicon Graphics International - is announcing a new storage product at next week's International Supercomputing Conference in Heidelberg.
NASA unleashes Moon-attack probe
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) were successfully projected Moonwards yesterday atop an Atlas V rocket.
UK gov admits gamble on massive net snoop plan
ExclusiveThe Home Office has privately conceded that its plan to store details of every internet communication may not be possible - and that it has pinned the multibillion pound project's hopes on snooping technology not yet developed.
Emulex cloud storage gateway revealed
UpdatedAn EMC technical consultant blogger - Dave Graham - has revealed details of an Emulex SAN fabric cloud gateway concept.
Spanish bar invites customer abuse
A Spanish bar has introduced a novel way of relieving customer stress during the current global economic apocalypse - free drinks for "original or hilarious abuse" directed at staff.
Microsoft pooh-poohs CEO's 'new Xbox 360 next year' claim
Confusion reigns supreme in the gaming industry today following Microsoft’s retraction of comments by big cheese Steve Ballmer that a new Xbox 360 console featuring Project Natal will emerge next year.
The great FM radio switch-off: Don't Panic!
Digital BritainMedia sections of newspapers are usually the weakest, and you can guess the reasons why. It's an institutional thing. Because of a gentleperson's agreement that they'll never dish the dirt on each other, the real stories are buried - you'll be lucky if the occasional one washes up in Private Eye.
Google and Facebook jump on bloodstained Iran wagon
Google has begun offering Persian translations and Facebook has rebadged some of its features into Farsi.
MS names ship date for free security suite
Microsoft is launching its free security suite next week - the 23rd of June to be precise.
Che Guevara's granddaughter poses for PETA
The granddaughter of noted Argentinian Ernie "Che" Guevara has got her kit off for PETA, to promote the revolutionary benefits of baby carrots and other non-animal-based foodstuffs.
So what we do when ID Cards 1.0 finally dies?
UK Identity Card 1.0 is in deep trouble. It's running late, and if the Conservative Party wins next year's election it'll be scrapped. Its original architect has changed his mind, and even some Cabinet members are starting to see it as a needless expense. But if we pull the plug, what then?
British boffins ditch spinning media for ultra-fast storage tech
Could this be the storage tech that replaces hard disks and supersedes solid-state drives? UK-based developer DataSlide believes so, claiming to have the others licked with magnetic but non-rotating system it's calling Hard Rectangular Drive.
Laptop stand intros pin-pointed cooling
Laptop stands with integrated cooling fans are ten-a-penny nowadays, but the Minifit is the first one we’ve seen with a moveable cooler.
SuperTalent adds Ram to SSD to boost write speeds
SuperTalent has begun shipping SSDs with 128MB of on-board DRam in a bid to beat the poor random write performance of so many solid-state drives.
F-22 may live on: Cheap secondhand Eurofighters on offer
Paris AirshowWashington politicians are trying to frustrate the Obama administration's attempt to cease manufacture of the controversial, extremely expensive US ultrafighter, the F-22 Raptor. Meanwhile the Eurofighter - perhaps the second best air-dominance plane in the world - is now to be available second-hand at knockdown prices.
Kingston achieves 128GB Flash drive feat
Kingston Technology has launched a Flash drive with a whopping 128GB storage capacity - thought to be the most capacious drive of its type currently available.
iPod saves lightning-strike teen
An Essex teenager struck by lightning escaped the worst effects of the 300kV shock thanks to her iPod, the Daily Mail reports.
Regulators and law don't protect UK net neutrality
There is no legal barrier in the UK to internet service providers (ISPs) blocking content from website operators who do not pay them. Neither consumer law nor telecoms regulation protects ISP subscribers, technology law podcast OUT-LAW Radio has revealed.
NPfIT failed nine Gateway Reviews
Nearly one third of the National Programme for IT's Gateway Reviews until 2007 produced a red status demand for immediate remedial action.
Kodak EasyShare Z915
ReviewKodak is the latest company to enter the super-zoom market, with the EasyShare Z915. Equipped with a 10x optical zoom, plus a good sprinkling of features, it is aimed at the person who wants to get closer to the action with their compact camera. What’s more, it sells for less than £200. So do you really get more for less with the Z915?
The Moon? We're going nowhere, says NASA official
While this week saw NASA successfully launch its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions to the Moon - designed as an exploratory prelude to a human return to our satellite - a senior NASA official claimed on Wednesday that existing plans to venture beyond low-Earth orbit were doomed without extra cash or new technologies.
Baffled-by-tech MPs expense IT support
The MP expenses saga has reached a new level of farce - with Parliament publishing a heavily censored version of the expenses file obtained by the Telegraph newspaper, and leaked over the past month.
Man queues overnight to buy iPhone 3GS... and take it to bits
Crazy iFixit.com CEO Kyle Wiens arrived in London from California yesterday with the intention of queueing overnight to ensure he was first in line this morning to buy an iPhone 3G S.
FCC to investigate iPhone-like deals
Interim Federal Communications Commission chair Michael Copps is calling for an examination of exclusive handset deals to establish if they are restricting innovation.
Boffins: Gigantic crustacean sperm is 'viable strategy'
A crack team of international boffins has uncovered startling facts about certain species of crustaceans which produce sperm ten times as long as their own bodies. If human males produced such "giant sperm", according to the scientists, the result would be tadpole-esque horrors 17 metres long.
Vodafone hosts 'wish you were' service for smug tourists
Just in case anyone missed Vodafone's 3-month promotional removal of roaming charges, the company is hosting a web site to which anyone can tweet their holiday destinations to share with the world.
Underwear obligatory for Florida city workers
The council of Brooksville, Florida, has clamped down on malodorous city employees sporting Spandex halter tops and exotic piercings while further prejudicing the town's "public image" by turning up for work without underwear.
UK.gov CIO speaks out on sheep and clouds
The government chief information officer is eating his own dog food by getting involved in a discussion of cloud computing on Google groups.
Inside Adam Curtis' funhouse
ExclusiveOver seven floors of an office block in Manchester, Adam Curtis latest project is taking shape. The publicity for It Felt Like A Kiss, the centerpiece of the Manchester International Festival, has been mysterious so far: the Festival website tells us that the BBC's documentary auteur who made The Power of Nightmares and The Trap has teamed up with a theatre group.
Street View solves Dutch mugging
In news which proves inconvenient for those of us who believe Google's Street View is nothing more than one tentacle of the Great Satan of Mountain View's humanity-supressing internet beast, Dutch press reports that snoopmobile images from the all-seeing web eye have been used to collar two muggers.
Wii bowling ball rolls in
A bowling videogame’s one thing, but we were bowled over by the stupidity of the latest Wii peripheral – a bowling ball.
Twitter would have stopped Rwandan genocide, claims PM
The PM reckons the web and Twitter would have made the murder of millions of Rwandans in the 1990s impossible, according to The Guardian.
Samsung demos OLED security card
Samsung has demoed an electronic ID card with integrated low-power OLED.
Microsoft forbids changes to Windows 7 netbook wallpaper
Netbook users running Windows 7 Starter Edition better learn to enjoy Microsoft's default desktop background, because that's all they're getting.
AT&T playing iPhone streaming favorites
AT&T is playing favorites when it comes to whom it allows to stream media over its 3G wireless broadband service and who it bars from doing so.
Oracle kills Virtual Iron-ware
ExclusiveLittle more than a month after acquiring Virtual Iron for an undisclosed fee, Oracle is effectively killing the company's virtualization product.
Intel powers netbook via thin air
Research@IntelWireless power transmission has taken another step towards commercial reality.
China recruits volunteer net porn police
The Chinese government plans to recruit tens of thousands of volunteers by the end of the year to report "lewd" content and "uncivilized" behavior on the internet.
Oracle tried to sell Sun hardware biz
ExclusiveOracle's top brass has tried to convince Sun Microsystems' staff that they love hardware. And Sun has described its impending acquisition as "redefining the industry" by collapsing servers, storage, and networking around its open source softwae.