Microsoft clutches open source to its corporate heart
Open source has moved into Microsoft's beating corporate heart. Redmond's new open source group reports to the company number two, chief operating officer and aggressive compete-to-win-type Kevin Turner.
AMD tempts gamers with multi-monitor Eye candy
AMD has announced a new graphics card that can fill six displays with over one billion pixels per second to provide what the company unblushingly claims to be "the ultimate in entertainment and productivity".
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700
ReviewResearch in Motion's reputation for easy-to-use, no-hassle email - built on its BlackBerry brand - has been well-earned, and not just because it was the first to get on-the-go messaging right.
ReviewSmartphone pioneer Palm was once down and all but out until it came back with this genre-busting gem of a handset. It's a compact, ergonomically designed handful which if not particularly slim, at least has the distinction of a genuinely different look and of plotting its own stylish course away from the established operating systems.
ReviewMotorola's recent stock of smartphones has been an impressive return to form after a few years of style phone stasis.
HTC Touch Pro 2
ReviewThere's no denying that HTC's slightly long in the tooth - it first appeared back in June 2009 - is something of a brute and it's easily the biggest and heaviest device in our test, though it does its best to hide this with its nicely curved edges.
LG InTouch Max GW620
ReviewJoining Samsung's Genio at the lower end of the full flavour keyboard scale - though it's still around twice the price - LG's evocatively named inTouch Max puts its focus firmly on social networking.
ReviewNokia's E series has been a quiet hero of the business sector for a few years now. It may not have the profile of RIM's BlackBerry, but it owes more than a little to it in style, and also brings Nokia's traditional skills of solid workhorse dependability and multi-tasking applications.
Nokia N97 Mini
ReviewDespite it's name, this cut-down version of Nokia's chunky N97 actually only knocks a few milliemtres off the original, though it is a good 12g lighter. It's a wee bit thicker, though, because it's packing a sliding Qwerty keyboard.
Samsung Omnia Pro
ReviewEverything about the Omnia Pro shouts professional quality, from its OLED screen to its solid build and imperious weight.
Sony Ericsson Aspen
ReviewSony Ericsson's latest Qwerty-packing business-centric handset has a similar look to Nokia's E72 and RIM's Blackberry 9700 but, alas, none of their flair.
Qwerty Smartphones: Best Buys
Group TestAmong the nine smartphones reviewed on the previous pages, there are no duds, and in fact the standard is generally very high. Whether you favour the BlackBerry, candybar style or like you have a keyboard that can be pulled out for occasional use and tucked away the rest of the time is a matter of personal preference, so neither approach has been given particular weight here.
Irish civil rights group takes aim at iPad launch
April FoolsApple's iPad launch could be thrown off course by a last minute objection to the device's name by a small Irish American civil rights group.
If internet had existed before we were born would we be here now?
April FoolsToday is tomorrow and yesterday is today in this online world where we all bump together along the way.
Buyer's Guide: Qwerty Smartphones
Group TestQwerty keyboards come in all shapes and sizes. Well, come to think of it they're generally much the same shape, but the number of keys and their layout can vary dramatically from handset to handset. HTC's Touch Pro 2, for example, is a pocket-straining brick with five lines of keys, while the relatively diminutive Nokia N79 Mini gets by with just three.
Qwerty Keyboard Smartphones
Group TestDespite the increased screen sensitivity of large-display smartphones such as the iPhone, many of us still prefer to have a good, solid keyboard with real, tactile keys for texting, firing out emails or composing our memoirs.
Google to digitize world+dog with People View
April FoolsAs part of its ongoing mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible," Google has launched a new effort to scan every person on earth and put them on the interwebs.
Associated Newspapers, GMG to pool newsrooms
April FoolsIn a sign of newspaper industry consolidation, rival publishing groups Associated and the Guardian Media Group are to join forces, sharing a common editorial production facility.
Watchdog proposes network-to-network call cost cut
Ofcom has told telcos they should charge each other less money for running calls from one network to another.
Mobile calls to get much cheaper - probably
UK regulator Ofcom has published proposals to cut the mobile termination rate significantly and make changing networks quicker, but stopped short of routing calls directly.
DIMENSIONAL PORTAL INCURSION AT THE LHC!
April FoolsIn shock news, it has emerged that recent record-breaking increases in particle ring energy achieved at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the most powerful atomsmasher ever assembled by the human race - have caused a hyperdimensional portal leading to an inhabited parallel universe to open up deep beneath Switzerland, in what may be the opening move of a cross-continuum invasion campaign.
iPad includes hyberbole generator, first reviews show
The first iPads reviews are up, pushing reviewers to their very limits in the search for superlatives worthy of the sublime magnificence bestowed upon them.
BBC, big business leer creepily at orphan works
MandybillBig publishers and the BBC have come out to lobby for the controversial Clause 43, that part of the Mandybill that strips photographers of their historical rights.
NHS IT misses another deadline
The National Programme for IT, the £12.7bn scheme to wire up the country's health system, has missed another major deadline - getting iSoft's Lorenzo patient management software running in Morecambe Bay.
Western Digital pips Toshiba to platter post
Western Digital is shipping its 750GB, 2.5-inch, 2-platter drive ahead of Toshiba, although Toshiba announced first.
New Reg comments system ready to launch
April FoolsExciting news from Vulture Towers - we're overhauling your comments system to make it more accessible and satisfying for you to use.
Conficker zombies celebrate 'activation' anniversary
Thursday marks the first anniversary of the much hyped Conficker trigger date. Little of note happened on 1 April 2009 and machines infected by Conficker (aka Downadup) remain largely dormant, but an estimated 6.5 million Windows PCs remain infected with the threat.
Mole: international iPad out on 24 April
Apple's UK website still lists the iPad - out in the US on Saturday - as due to debut over here in the "late April" timeframe. But when exactly? According to one source, the 24 April.
BT mops up after flood and fire
BT is restoring power to a central London network node that disastrously flooded and caught fire yesterday, but remains unable to say when services will return.
UK.gov folds over Ordnance Survey map data
The government has released some Ordnance Survey mapping data for free re-use to British citizens today, in response to public consultation that got underway in December last year.
UK competition authority probes Amazon
The Office of Fair Trading is investigating complaints received about Amazon's introduction of a new pricing scheme for people using its UK site to sell second-hand books and other items.
Toshiba takes Violin Memory stake
Toshiba has taken a strategic stake in flash memory product supplier Violin Memory and agreed a flash chip supply deal.
Sky posts 3D TV pub finder
Sky's 3D TV service goes live on Saturday 3 April, broadcasting live the Premier League game between Man U and Chelsea. But in which pubs can you watch the match?
Stats Agency savages Brown over immigration claims
The UK Statistics Agency has teeth and it is prepared to use them. The latest high-profile victim of the Agency is none other than Gordon Brown, who was taken to task yesterday for misleading voters with his selective use of statistics on immigration.
Cash-strapped trolley dollies in nude calendar protest
NSFWA group of Spanish trolley dollies who were grounded when their employer Air Comet went titsup last December have pressed their claim for outstanding wages by getting their kit off for a calendar, Spanish media report.
Ukrainian cybercrime-friendly ISP hit by fire after clean-up
A Ukrainian ISP hit by fire over the weekend was in the process of cleaning up its act after earlier being labelled as a leading haven for cybercrime, PC World reports.
Ofcom asks for dibs on Olympic DAB stations
Ofcom is asking anyone interested in running a local DAB station during the Olympics to let it know, so it can judge the level of interest before allocating frequencies.
Pink Floyd remastered for Nintendo Entertainment System
A video games programmer has rather boldly taken Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and remastered it as a Nintendo Entertainment System extravanganza, with surprisingly plausible results.
Apple QuickTime update blocks media player bugs
Apple pushed out an update for QuickTime on Wednesday that fixes 16 vulnerabilities, many critical.
Open Rights Group raises Flash Mob… of 7
Music House — HQ for a number of the UK music industry’s trade groups — was in a lock-down situation this lunchtime as an Open Rights Group Flash Mob descended, protesting against the Digital Economy Bill.
Unified comms means a unified technical approach
UCThe very nature of unified communications (UC) with its many component parts – voice, video conferencing, audio conferencing, presence and so on - means that when it comes to scoping implementations from a technical perspective, requirements will necessarily cut across different disciplines.
OS free data splurge lacks public sector licensing deal
Today’s release of some Ordnance Survey mapping data, which has been made available for free re-use by the government, shies away from one major factor that could yet stymie the entire process - a public sector licensing agreement won’t be drawn up until April 2011.
Verizon and IBM join forces for private cloud backup
Verizon and IBM are partnering to offer a private networked (cloud) backup service to enterprise customers.
Police IT quango chief to quit
Chief constable Peter Neyroud, the man in charge of the quango running the National DNA Database and other police computer systems, has announced his departure ahead of the election.
IBM goes elephant with Nehalem-EX iron
With so much of its money and profits coming from big Power and mainframe servers, you can bet that IBM is not exactly enthusiastic about the advent of the eight-core "Nehalem-EX" Xeon 7500 processors from Intel and their ability to link up to eight sockets together in a single system image. But IBM can't let other server makers own this space either, so it had to make some tough choices.
Apple drops HTML from iPhone and iPad
April FoolsApple will drop support for HTML in the upcoming version of its iPhone OS, slated for release this summer.
PCs, servers push Micron to profits
Micron bagged $365m in profits during its latest fiscal quarter, completely rebounding from a $763m loss this time last year.
Microsoft slings mud at Google Chrome
Microsoft has publicly attacked Google Chrome, accusing its arch web rival of compromising user privacy with the browser's data-gathering address bar.
Apple files 'in your face' iPhone patent
Apple has applied for a patent that describes a pair of goggles into which you can slip your iPhone or iPod touch to view images or video, optionally in 3D.