Microsoft unveils – wait for it – another mobile OS
Microsoft has added yet another mobile operating system to its OS smörgåsbord: Windows Embedded Handheld, to be released sometime in the next six months.
Mozilla's next Thunderbird gives Gmailers hope
ReviewThunderbird 3.0 was a less than stellar piece of software. Mozilla's email client was marred by some pretty serious bugs, such as the failure to import mail from past editions, which meant the suite had a habit of becoming unresponsive while indexing large mail stores.
Mio Navman 470 satnav
ReviewWith an eye to entry-level ownership, Mio has added two new affordable satnavs to its range: the Navman 470 and 475. The cheaper 470 will set you back less than 100 nicker and comes with a 4.3in screen. For £110, the 475 offers access to TMC traffic data which isn't featured on the 470, the model I've had stuck to my windshield for the last week.
ConDems shelve Equality Act timetable
The Government Equality Office (GEO) has withdrawn the timetable that detailed which parts of the recently passed Equality Act would come into force when. Some elements were due to come into force in October.
Chancellor's cuts should spare small biz
Ending tax relief for small business will send thousands of small companies into administration, the Chancellor is warned today.
EMC sells Retrospect to Sonic
EMC has sold its Retrospect backup software business to Sonic Solutions, owner of the Roxio product set.
Info Chief to get more power
The government is planning to increase the power of its chief information officer as part of a range of measures within the Cabinet Office Structural Reform Plan.
Native Oz ducks being raped to extinction
Oz's native Pacific black ducks are apparently at serious risk of extinction, thanks to unwanted sexual advances by feral domestic mallards.
Oz Attorney-General wants ISPs to hold data for 2 years
Australia’s descent into internet madness continues apace with the leak of confidential minutes suggesting that that country’s law enforcement agencies have no understanding of either the technology behind the web, the ethics behind a functioning democracy – or both.
Expedition 24 crew board ISS
The trio of flight Expedition 24 flight engineers who blasted off on Tuesday from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome were yesterday welcomed aboard the International Space Station.
Humongous star ejects jumbo jellyfish
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has snapped the "jumbo jellyfish" resulting from the ejection of material from "humongous" V385 Carinae - a Wolf-Rayet star lying some 16,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Carina:
BT workers get strike ballots
BT workers will receive ballot papers early next week, as they go to the polls over what would be their first strike since 1987.
Vatican orders Catholics to watch the Blues Brothers
The Vatican has given a big fat thumbs up to the Blues Brothers, the 30-year-old movie that saw John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd outwit cops, Illinois Nazis and ex-girlfriends to save a Catholic orphanage.
MySpace loses co-president
Jason Hirschhorn, co-president of MySpace and the man meant to rebuild the social networking site, is leaving the company.
Vodafone blocks World Cup, except for iPhone owners
Vodafone is still blocking RTSP streams, for the sake of the children, eight months after claiming the block was a temporary measure, thoughiPhone users remain free to stream what they like.
Rainbow plane warps in from gay dimension
Further proof that Obama's America really is a much, much lovelier place comes in the form of another Google Maps polychromatic plane sighting, following the discovery last year of El Prez's rainbow stealth aircraft.
High-living hacker swaps Porsche for porridge
A 21-year-old hacker was banged up yesterday for frauds netting him a Porsche, £40,000 in cash and £30,000 in gold bullion.
ISPs agree to cheaper contract buyouts
The country's three biggest broadband and home phone providers have agreed to slash their charges to customers who cancel their contracts early, following pressure from regulators.
Laser-toting robots take over UK hospital
A Scottish hospital will become the first in the UK to use robots to clean, deliver food and dispense drugs.
Watch bandit IDed by own mobe snap
A hi-res mobile phone image of a man handling stolen watches gave forensic coppers the evidence needed to get the villain sent down yesterday.
Apple gives MobileMe a makeover
MobileMe didn't go free, despite the rumours, but it has got a new look and some improved features.
Primate-phobic Brit attacked by crab-eating Macaques
A Peterborough woman's plan to confront her lifelong fear of primates went seriously titsup when she was set upon by a pack of crab-eating macaques, the Daily Mail reports.
Utah Attorney General tweets execution go-ahead
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff last night used Twitter to announce the impending execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner.
Google's gatekeeper to collect toll for dying news orgs
Google is planning to introduce a billing and payment system for news content producers by the end of the year, according to a report in Italian newspaper La Repubblica. From the description, this new caper is some way short of a micropayment system, being more like an Oyster Card for news, and other content such as video and images.
Tech resource woes won't be solved with Afghan minerals
Wondrous news don't you think? Afghanistan is stuffed to the brim with $1 trillion worth of valuable metals. We can just flog off a few mineral concessions and the country is rich, rich beyond the dreams of avarice while kittens gambol happily in the Kabul sunshine.
Windows Phone 7 compass mandatory but broken
The Windows Phone 7 APIs will not include access to the compass at launch, as the next version of Windows Mobile struggles to find a direction.
Facebook's critics 'unrealistic', says US privacy law expert
The expectations and demands of privacy activists are unrealistic and uncommercial, according to one of America's top privacy law academics. Lobbyists for privacy rights should be more pragmatic and cooperate with companies, he said.
IT chiefs in cloaks and sashes gets Queen's mark of approval
The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists received its Royal Charter yesterday - its mark of approval from the Queen.
Leica M9 rangefinder camera
ReviewFor anyone in the business of photography Leica has always been synonymous with photographic excellence and Magnum-style photojournalism. With its M-series, the German manufacturer has, since 1954, produced one of the most iconic and better performing 35mm systems, mastering unparalleled image quality in such inconspicuous and elegant bodies.
Speed cameras slide out of LibCon budget
Jeremy Clarkson can start pressing his itchy accelerator pedal back to the metal - the new LibCon Government isn't going to fund more speed cameras.
Dr Who clocks up monster game download stats
Not so popular with Cybermen, but hugely popular in cyberspace, downloads for Doctor Who: The Adventure Games are going through the roof.
Renew your firearms licence via your iPhone
Sussex Police plan to allow gun owners to renew their firearms licences using an iPhone app.
New leader, same old job for Martha Lane Fox
Number 10 announced today that Martha Lane Fox had been appointed the UK's Digital Champion, apparently forgetting this is a job which was created for her by the previous government.
Sex offender downloads child pr0n to get back into prison
A novel approach to finding accommodation was revealed by a convicted sex offender this week – as it was explained in court on Monday that he had downloaded child porn in order to be sent back to prison.
Microsoft and eBay build fraudster blacklist
Microsoft is teaming up with eBay and several other organisations to create a blacklist of fraudulently obtained log-in details for online services or compromised credit card numbers.
Apple Mac Mini 2010
ReviewI’ll admit up front that I’ve always liked the Mac Mini. I used one as my main office computer for a couple of years before retiring it to my living room where it’s hooked up to my HD TV and makes a terrific little media centre.
Oracle spikes HP's Solaris OEM contract
Solaris shops running that Unix operating system on x64-based servers from Hewlett-Packard have been notified that Oracle has spiked HP's OEM contract to distribute and sell support for Solaris on HP's ProLiant x64-based lineup of tower, rack and blade servers.
DoS attack stuffs Turkey's internet censors
Access to the internet in Turkey is becoming increasingly ragged, as growing state censorship collides with retaliation by anti-censorship hackers, leading to difficulties both in viewing sites and applying key online functions.
IBM tries to break into mobile operators' back rooms
IBM wants to get into operator's back rooms, leaving the public-facing, stuff to HP and its ilk, and has opened a new research centre specifically aimed at mobile operators.
Hands on with Sony's NEX DSLR-quality compact camera
VideoSony UK held a launch party this week for its new NEX-5 and NEX-3 compact digital cameras. The company seems minded to make a dent in sales in the micro four-thirds format as both NEX models accommodate interchangeable lenses and utilise a 14.2Mp APS sensor.
Firefox add-on does 'HTTPS Everywhere'
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Tor Project have teamed up to offer a Firefox add-on that beefs up https on several major websites, including Google.com, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, and PayPal.
Apple asks US gov to hide iPhone details
Apple has petitioned the US Federal Communications Commission to keep details of the iPhone 4 secret — some for a month and a half, some in perpetuity.
Google hugs Adobe harder with Chrome-PDF merge
After announcing plans to integrate Adobe Flash with its Chrome browser, Google is now integrating a PDF reader as well.
Ubuntu v iTunes: the music playoff for Applephobes
Best of LinuxWith Ubuntu 10.04, Canonical delivered a good-looking Linux distro that just works. Mark Shuttleworth's outfit has put together an impressive user interface to solve its famous bug number one - luring people away from Windows.
FCC takes baby step towards net neutrality
The US Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that it would open up the topic of broadband regulation to public commentary — and from some of reactions to that mild step, you'd think that by doing so they were destroying America's economic future.