FCC seeks delay to US broadband plan
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking lawmakers to give it more time to draw up a national broadband plan.
Intel reinvents software sales with AppUp Center
CES 2010Intel has announced the launch of a new way to validate and sell apps targeted to specific portions of the Intel-architecture market. The plan is to start with netbooks, then take over the world.
ReviewOffered either as a shell or in capacities up to 2TB and designed with small businesses in mind, Iocell Networks utilises Network Direct Attached Storage (NDAS) to pitch its drives above and beyond other comparable single-disk Nas solutions. With claims of ultra-tight security, Raid configurability with multiple drives and blazing fast transfer speeds, can the NetDisk 351UNE really live up to its billing?
EDS man joins BT Services
Jeff Kelly, formerly of EDS, is taking on the challenge of sorting out BT's Global Services division.
Orange rolls into the banking business
Orange is the latest mobile operator to get into the banking business, launching a co-branded Barclaycard with a wireless slant.
Enormous raygun-on-a-lorry project acquires lorry
Plans by the US military-industrial complex to mount a laser cannon on an enormous lorry are moving forward. The enormous lorry in question has now been received by the firm providing the laser cannon, famed arms'n'aerospace globocorp Boeing.
Casio goes superfast with compact megazoom
CES 2010Casio is shipping the EX-FH100 – the world’s first “high-speed, high-zoom” compact camera.
Mainstream flash making eyes at 3Xnm tech
The NAND foundries and SSD suppliers are moving to sub-40nm process technology in its pursuit of higher capacity and lower cost. Toshiba and OCZ are both revving their product range to offer better flash to customers.
Why Nominet disconnected 1,000 sites with no court oversight
The body responsible for the .uk internet addresses disconnected over 1,200 websites without any oversight from a court. The much-publicised action last month was based only on police assertions about criminal activity on the sites.
French court says 'oui' on workplace smut
In a surprise ruling last month, France’s highest court – la Cour de Cassation – ruled that an employee was wrongly dismissed for downloading smut to their work PC.
WD accused of encryption IP filch
Western Digital is being sued by Taiwan's Enova Technology for alleged unauthorised use of its encryption technology in My Book and My Passport external drive products.
Endeavour stays toasty in Florida chill
NASA technicians are keeping space shuttle Endeavour nice and toasty ahead of its forthcoming STS-130 mission to the International Space Station, as Florida enjoys "unusually cold weather".
Microsoft readies singular fix for first Patch Tuesday of 2010
Microsoft's first Patch Tuesday of the year looks set to be more famine than feast.
Top Tory strategist arrested in Brum
David Cameron's top strategy adviser Steve Hilton was arrested last October after a row over a train ticket.
Palm re-models Pre and Pixi phones
CES 2010Palm is launching two Web OS phones, the latest rev of the Pre and Pixi handsets.
Guinness to hit three quid a pint
The RRP of a pint of Guinness will rise by 10p to £3.03 on 1 February, producer Diageo has announced.
Google to mobile industry: ‘F*ck you very much!’
It is characteristic of Google’s approach to relationships, one senior phone exec told me this week: "They don’t know what hurt they’re doing, and they don’t care."
IPS in cunning 'get an ID card, get crucified' scheme
The Identity and Passport Service's hilariously triste efforts to make ID cards cuddly has passed another millstone (shurely 'milestone?' - Ed). As a follow-up to plastering its propaganda with happy fingerprints, IPS now has a flash animation of them as well - derived, weirdly, from a movie you might be familiar with.
T-Mobile prescribes hub tablet for UK families
More concrete details about the Android-based Vega touchscreen tablet have emerged, with T-Mobile set to sell the gadget into Blighty later this year.
Slovakian police chief quits over Dublin explosives run
The Slovakian chief of border police, Tibor Mako, has quit following a major security cock-up which saw an unwitting electrician fly from the country's Poprad-Tatry airport to Dublin with 90 grams of RDX plastic explosive in his luggage.
Nikon Coolpix S1000pj
ReviewEvery now and again, you come across a product that makes you think: How on earth did they do that? Well, Nikon’s Coolpix S1000pj is such a beast, because it’s a compact digital camera with a built-in pico projector.
Sony punts pair of trendoid cameras
CES 2010Brain-dead video capture has been embraced by a company whose high-end cameras capture much of the professional video you see on the tube: Sony.
Tech vendors turn to Brussels as copyright levy talks fold
A group of consumer electronics giants have called time on efforts to bring some coordination to Europe's mosaic of national copyright levies and will target action from Brussels.
Xbox 360 wins MW2 update shoot-out
The Xbox 360 has trumped the PlayStation 3 again, following Microsoft’s announcement that its console will be the first to secure a downloadable update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Tory questions identify government's best paid CIOs
Two chief information officers are in the civil service's highest standard pay band: health's Christine Connelly and work and pensions' Joe Harley.
Pants bombs vs America: The infernal conflict
CommentThe underwear bomber almost perfectly illustrated the hard place the US has found itself in since 9/11.
Trouser-bomb clown attacks - how much should we laugh?
CommentAs the smoke clears following the case of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the failed Christmas Day "underpants bomber" of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 fame, there are just three simple points for us Westerners to take away.
Microsoft 'sorry' for volume licensing website cockup
Microsoft has apologised to its partners and customers who have struggled with the firm's volume licensing website, after the company overhauled its service.
Brit ISP knocked offline by Latvian DDOS
About 30,000 customers of the Cheshire-based ISP Vispa were forced offline for almost 12 hours today by a DDOS attack traced to the Baltic state of Latvia.
Nokia takes a walk down Sesame Street
Nokia has enlisted Sesame Street to endorse its latest Calling All Innovators competition, hoping that Muppets can inspire innovative applications where the offer of prize money might not suffice.
Times calls time on NewsNow links
Times Online has taken action to prevent headline aggregation site NewsNow from linking to its stories.
Swedish cops liberate jealous wife from treehouse
A Swedish wife who reckoned her son's treehouse was the best place to check hubby's mobe for evidence he'd been playing away had to be freed by police from the elevated bolt-hole, The Local reports.
Qualcomm talks up Snapdragon roadmap
CES 2010Qualcomm will launch more advanced Snapdragon processors will this year to give phones and smartbooks better resolution and number crunching capabilities.
Casio turns photos into watercolours
CES 2010Casio has brushed up its artwork to design a digital photo frame that transforms your holiday snaps into “works of art” – literally.
US employers slash 85,000 jobs in December
Hopes that US job losses would shrink to almost four figure levels in December were dashed today when the US Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed that 85,000 employees were shed last month.
Controversy rages over robot vasectomy reversal in Florida
Medical boffins in Florida have announced a breakthrough of buttock-clenching importance: Surgical robots have apparently broken the world speed record for reversing vasectomies.
Dell chalks up tablet PC
CES 2010For many years tablet PCs have been the Next Big Thing. Few consumers have noticed. Will this change in 2010?
Plastic Logic unveils executive e-book reader
CES 2010We first encountered UK-based Plastic Logic when it demo'd its prototype e-book reader at CES 2009 - you can watch a video demo here. Now the company has launched the product.
Samsung revamps external HDDs
CES 2010Samsung may be pitching its new G series of 2.5in and 3.5in external hard drives - 1.8in units will follow - as eco-friendly, but when pushed, the company admitted its the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) rules that make them so - just like every other external HDD out there.
Pico projectors go large in 2010
CES 2010Last year Nikon released the world's first projector camera, the S1000pj (reviewed here). Competitors have been thin or non-existent on the ground, but this will soon change, with mini, or "pico" projectors in cameras, mobile phones, as notebook accessories and as standalone units, set to go mainstream in 2010.
Google seeks to become energy trader
As it continues to expand its own private internet, Google has asked US energy regulators for the right to buy and sell power on the wholesale market - just as a utility would.
Serious IE and Windows flaws left to fester
Microsoft won't fix vulnerabilities in the latest versions of Internet Explorer or Windows during its regularly scheduled patch release on Tuesday, meaning users will have to wait at least another month to get updates that correct the security risks.
Intel's Wind River tweaks embedded OS for Core i7
When Intel shelled out $884m to buy embedded software supplier Wind River Systems last year, the company did so because it had big plans to expand into the embedded computing market with its own processors. But the embedded space has a number of compete architectures, and Intel is in the uncomfortable position of having to support them all as Wind River has for years.
Greenpeace: Apple ain't so brown anymore
Nature lovers at Greenpeace have made their - ahem - peace with the folks at Apple after some three odd years of lambasting the firm for using toxic chemicals in its products and not stitching Steve Jobs turtlenecks out of pure organic hemp1.
Lenovo predicts three-year boost from Windows 7
CES 2010Lenovo says that Windows 7 will boost demand for its PC products over the next three years.
Tip'n'tilt control portable internet radio launches
CES 2010UK audio company Armour Home showed off its "tip and tilt" internet radio at CES this week.
B&W ships cut-down Zeppelin iPod speaker
CES 2010Speaker specialist Bowers & Wilkins this week announced a smaller, less room-dominating version of its iconic Zeppelin iPod speaker.
Fix finalized for SSL protocol hole
Engineers have signed off on a fix for a potentially serious vulnerability in the SSL, or secure sockets layer, protocol that secures email, web transactions and other types of sensitive internet traffic.
Microsoft petitions for second look at Word XML decision
Microsoft has asked US judges to take a second look at their ruling that confirmed the software giant would be fined $240m for patent infringements in Word.