Google tosses Android a Donut
Three months after Google released an "early look" at version 1.5 of its Android mobile operating system, a newer version has made its way into the eager hands of developers.
Microsoft's mobile marketplace opens for submissions
UpdatedMicrosoft has thrown open the door on its Windows mobile marketplace, betting it can tempt customers and developers with a better service than the one offered by Apple's iPhone App Store.
Seagate forced to think about the next small big thing
CommentWestern Digital has pipped Seagate in the small form factor (SFF) areal density hard disk drive stakes with today's 1TB Scorpio Blue, which, in My Passport Essential SE form, compares to Seagate's 640GB FreeAgent Go. However the Seagate product is a two-platter one, meaning 320GB/platter, whereas WD's has three.
EU releases 2G GSM-reserved spectrum into wild
The EU has officially released the 900MHz spectrum formerly reserved for 2G GSM services, allowing other technologies into the space assuming that local regulators can sort out the historical mess.
Sage clears the quarter
Small business and accountancy software provider Sage has hit targets for the quarter, but warned that trading remains tough.
BBC bids to control next-gen Telly UI
The BBC has hoisted the bathrobe on its secretive and ambitious Project Canvas set top box project, via the BBC Trust.
D-Link Xtreme N DIR-685
ReviewAh, convergence, that buzzword of the 1990s – so often promising a lot, but delivering little. Evidently, D-Link is toying with the convergence concept with the neatly packaged Xtreme N DIR-685. This four-port Gigabit router features 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 3.2in LCD panel – billed as a digital photo frame – and Nas functionality too. It certainly looks the part, but does it deliver on its promise?
Average UK broadband just over half advertised speed
The average downstream speed received by UK households is just 57 per cent of the average advertised rate, according to Ofcom research.
Endeavour crew wrap final ISS spacewalk
NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn yesterday completed the fifth and final spacewalk of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.
SHA-3 hash contest enters second round
The competition for the next generation of cryptographic hash algorithms has moved on to its second stage.
Novell punts tools to make software appliances
Since earlier this year, commercial Linux distributor Novell has been working to get a set of online tools together, which it hopes will make it the force behind virtual machine server appliances. It also has a matching partner program that will see key Linux software vendors deploy appliances based on customized - yet supported - instances of Novell's SUSE Linux.
Truck drivers! Don't go texting now
Fresh from the department of the bleeding obvious comes the news that truck drivers sending text messages are more likely to have accidents than those paying attention to the road ahead.
iTablet suppliers named
Some of the firms tasked with supplying parts for Apple’s rumoured tablet PC have been named.
Satire website survives domain name challenge
A website that parodied the site of a political lobbying organisation has survived a domain name challenge from the target of its satire because there was no commercial exploitation of the name, even though it was deliberately confusing.
NHS Direct wrongly emailed patients' data
An email sent by the NHS advice service mistakenly disclosed personal information about patients, although it did not leave the health service.
Fujitsu ships SuperSpeed USB
Fujitsu Microelectronics America (FMA) has started shipping its first USB 3.0 SATA bridge IC, which the firm said will start appearing in gadgets by the end of this year.
Fusion-io flush with flash success after demo
A recent test has shown that decision support queries are faster and cheaper with Fusion-io and Dell, but only up to a point. The pair produced a top three database query benchmark result against the TPC-H standard.
Facebook slaps faces on ads
The appearance of Facebook users' photos in ads that crop up on their friends' pages has once again raised questions about the social networking website's privacy policies.
Time Warner swallows Google's AOL stake
Time Warner has bought back the five per cent stake in AOL which Google bought for $1bn back in 2003 - only having to cough up $283m for the stake.
Nissan unveils high-tech e-car prototype
Leccy TechNissan has whipped the dust sheets off of a prototype electric car, which the company used as a test-bed for the creation of its upcoming leccy vehicle.
Japan joins Qualcomm finger-pointers
The Japanese Fair Trade Commission has sent a draft order to Qualcomm accusing the chip supplier of abusing its market dominance, accusations with which the company must be getting quite familiar.
Firefox 4.0 flashes lusty leg at Windows lovers
Just a few days on from teasing us about how Firefox 3.7 might eventually look, Mozilla has spun out another set of mockups – this time capturing Firefox 4.0 in the headlights.
Oz Firewall still standing after inconclusive filter trial
Inconclusive news from the internet filtering trials might turn out to be bad news for the anti-censorship lobby in Australia. The Australian Government’s refusal to explain what exactly would count as a bad result for internet filtering adds to the sense that it will be ploughing on with this regardless.
O2 data network falls over again
Reports are pouring in that O2's data network is again on the fritz, with users complaining that data connectivity on the mobile network has been down for an hour. The company's website isn't any help as that's down too.
P2P Judge: File sharing ain't fair use
In a damning indictment of the competence of Harvard Law School's Berkman Centre, a Judge has thrown out the main defence argument of P2P file sharer Joel Tenenbaum before the trial has even begun.
Gov geek publishes 5000-word Twitter guide
The world was given an insight into how both Twitter and the UK's e-government work today when the national media discovered one of Whitehall's in-house self-proclaimed web geek's guide to using Twitter.
Panasonic puts camera's lens on a diet
Panasonic has launched a super-slim compact camera, which it’s claimed features the world’s thinnest aspherical lens.
Micron barges into PCIe SSD business
Fusion-io is going to face competition from Micron for PCI-e-connected solid state drives.
Aussie woman's toilet trauma prompts lav-overhaul call
An Australian doctor has called for a fundamental redesign of the nation's lavatories after a severely dehydrated Queensland woman was freed from a seven-day imprisonment in her dunny.
Oracle hits Qtrax with $2m sueball
Database giant Oracle has filed a $2m copyright infringement and breach of contract lawsuit against P2P outfit Qtrax.
Toshiba TG01 smartphone
ReviewIt seems like it's been a long time coming, but the TG01 is finally here. Toshiba's latest venture into the smart phone market is a Windows Mobile device but, in terms of size, looks unlike anything we've ever seen.
Unions demands better conditions for temps
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling for better protection for the rights of temporary staff in the UK.
Big Blue blows a billion on predictive software seller
IBM is paying $1.2bn for SPSS, which sells business intelligence and predictive analysis software.
Intel delay impacting netbook launches?
Intel has decided to delay the launch of its entry-level products, it’s been reported, forcing major netbook manufacturers to push back the first shipments of their upcoming netbooks.
RIM tries to grab some Nortel pie
RIM is in negotiations to buy up some of Nortel's patents that slipped through Ericsson's fingers, in an attempt get themselves some IP collateral in preparation for the domination of LTE.
Linux Foundation urges fans to sign up to Visa credit card
The Linux Foundation hopes to raise cash by branding a Visa card with its cutesy Tux mascot.
Greenpeace unleashes Captain Kirk on HP
Greenpeace today claimed the support of TJ Hooker himself, William Shatner, in its battle with IT giants over their use and disposal of toxic chemicals.
Sprint pays $483m for a bit of Virgin territory
Sprint has snapped up Virgin Mobile USA, folding the brand into its own in exchange for stock that values the operation at $483m.
Online 'godfather games' banned in China
China has taken steps to ensure that its inhabitants can’t access violent videogames online.
ARM doesn't lose self and leg
Chip designer ARM Holdings has posted declining profits and revenues for the second quarter of 2009. But its outlook for the coming year is, yes, cautiously optimistic.
Apple bars Google's Voice from iPhone
Apple has barred the official Google Voice application from the iPhone App Store while dumping two third-party apps that tap into Google's invite-only service.
Foxconn pays suicidal iPhone engineer family for life
The life of the Foxconn engineer who committed suicide after misplacing an iPhone 4G prototype was apparently worth more than previously thought.
Microsoft emergency fix kills bugs in IE, Visual Studio
Microsoft issued two emergency updates on Tuesday to fix critical security bugs that leave users of Internet Explorer and an untold number of third-party applications vulnerable to remote attacks that completely commandeer their computers.
Landlord sues tenant over moldy Tweet
Pop quiz. You find a disparaging post about your company on Twitter that's written by a client who's followed by a mere 20 people. You fear the offhand remark about the poor quality of your service could harm your company's reputation. What's the absolute worst way to make it go away?
ATI FirePro plays leapfrog with Nvidia
AMD has made its latest move in the game of workstation-class graphics leapfrog it's playing with competitor Nvidia.
IBM iron predicts the future
Back in May, at its annual day to preach to IT and Wall Street analysts, IBM laid out is vision for providing real-time, predictive analytic systems that will allow managers to take longer lunches and take credit for ideas that are not their own.
Hackintosher aims 'blazin' guns' at Apple
Psystar, the pesky Hackintosher that has been giving Apple fits for well over a year, has switched legal representation and is preparing to go to trial with, as the company puts it, "guns blazin'".