NoScript 2.0 beefs border patrol
Alcatel OT-808 fashion phone
ReviewWith its mirrored exterior and clamshell action, it’s quite deliberate that, looking at the Alcatel OT-808, you end up thinking it resembles a make-up compact. Evidently, it’s designed to appeal to budget conscious femmes or those who want something fun to use when out on the town, leaving the pricey smartphone at home. And if the mirror finish and make-up mimicry weren’t enough, above all else, it comes in pink too.
Cell phone eavesdropping enters script-kiddie phase
Black HatIndependent researchers have made good on a promise to release a comprehensive set of tools needed to eavesdrop on cell phone calls that use the world's most widely deployed mobile technology.
Amazon takes Kindle to the UK
Amazon UK's front page is dominated today by a letter to its customers, introducing the "third generation of Kindles".
Russian city blocks YouTube
The Russian city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur has ordered ISP Rosnet to "restrict access" to YouTube and four other websites containing "extremist" material, Pravda reports.
Sage poised for huge Italian buy
The recently installed chief executive of Sage is planning a massive bid for Italian business management firm TeamSystem.
Churchill's dentures go under the hammer
A set of dentures belonging to Winston Churchill and described as "a vital weapon" in Britain's struggle against Nazism come under the hammer today, the BBC reports.
Call of Duty: Black Ops squeezes on to Nintendo DS
Call of Duty: Black Ops is to get a standalone "companion" for the Nintendo DS.
BT layoffs boost profits
Layoffs and cost-cutting at BT have boosted BT's first quarter net profits by a third to £284m.
Turkish pranksters load Facebook Translate with swears
Facebook's attempts to crowdsource translations have gone awry in Turkey.
Opposition to can Aus $1.3bn school laptops program
Australia's general election is in full swing and disputes over tech funding and tech policy continue to intrude on today centre stage.
UK population to be guaranteed mobile 768Kb/sec service
The government has endorsed the plan to pass organisation of the digital dividend mega auction back to Ofcom, with universal service guarantees, and promises a new-for-old deal for the Programme Makers and Special Events (PMSE) crowd.
DfT 'unwittingly' bigged-up speed camera benefits
ExclusiveThe Department for Transport (DfT) has "unwittingly" misled the public over the benefits of speed cameras for the last four years.
Supercomputer geek builds Cray-1 around home PC
Daryl Brach, known as pfaffen online, has built a scale model of the Cray-1 supercomputer to house a PC.
ID card astroturf - No2ID beats the truth out of IPS
A cackling Phil Booth, No2ID National Coordinator, writes to tell us that six months after he first pestered the Identity & Passport Service about its quotes from ID card-toting happy campers in its publicity material, it has confessed - um yes, all but one of those quoted worked for the government.
Papal crackdown on bare-kneed tourists sparks hypocrisy claims
The Vatican's stripey knickerbocker-clad Swiss Guards have launched a crack down on scantily-clad tourists in and around the Holy See.
iPads for hospitals: is this a good idea?
Next year, 500 doctors and nurses in Victoria hospitals will trial the use of iPads.
UK privacy watchdog clears Google Wi-Fi slurp
The “pay-load” data collected by Google’s Street View cars did not slurp up “meaningful personal details”, the UK’s privacy watchdog concluded today.
Data breaches blamed on organised crime
Cybercrooks continue to be a menace to corporate security, with hackers and malware authors collectibly responsible for 85 per cent of all stolen data.
Authentic Navy rum: Yours for £600 a bottle
Those of you with a taste for rum and 600 quid to spare might like to uncork a bottle of Black Tot "Last Consignment" British Royal Naval Rum, lovingly decanted from the official stocks held by the Senior Service since sailors' final rum ration in 1970.
Google sets Android on pirates
Android now comes with an API allowing applications to phone home to check for a licence when launched, locking out pirates and anyone with an unreliable data connection.
Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop
ReviewStylish and powerful, the new 18.4in Aspire Ethos 8943G will appeal to those looking for a desktop replacement that doesn’t hold back on performance. Each of the four cores on the Core i7-720QM purr along at 1.6GHz, while ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 5650 is on hand should you want to indulge in a bit of gaming. Throw in a Blu-ray drive, and the cost of the components starts to rise, pushing the laptop’s price well over the £1,000 mark.
Virgin hitches MTV to media player loveliness
World+dog must have a media player to call its own. Not to be outdone Virgin is in on the act as of today with the launch of Virgin Media Player, for mobile and computer use.
Courts bar dodgy documents from divorce cases
People involved in divorce wrangles will no longer be able to use dodgily-obtained documents to prove their spouse is hiding money, following a landmark Court of Appeal ruling.
Fragrant tech thief stalks Whitehall
Civil servants at the Department for Communities and Local Government are living in fear of a sweet smelling mobile technology thief who carries a ladies' purse.
.NET for Android prepares to get probed
Microsoft's .NET for Android - dubbed MonoDroid - has come a step closer.
Pay-off or lay-off: HP calls on 700 staff to heed redundo plea
Hewlett-Packard has reduced the number of UK employees it plans to show the door in its latest round of redundancies from 934 to 720.
Sky bags UK HBO exclusive
Never saw The Wire, but I am told it is rather good. I won't be seeing it in a hurry either, now that Sky has slurped up HBO's entire library in a UK exclusive.
Quantum quivers again
Quantum, the supplier of tape, reduplicating backup arrays and some file archiving software, has turned in a loss-making quarter, attributing it to poor sales in Europe and a North America region.
Sky clocks up £1bn profit
Sky made a £1bn profit in the year to 30 June for the first time, with ARPU reaching £508 per subscriber. Annual revenue totalled £5.9bn, up 10 per cent year on year.
Nokia goes after Opera Mini
Nokia has unveiled a knock-off of Opera's Mini phone browser, intended for use on its low-end handsets in emerging markets. It's the first manifestation of Nokia's own ad engine.
Apple coughs to iPhone 3G IOS 4 upgrade problems
iPhone 3G users who've upgraded to iOS 4 are discovering that the roaming switch isn't working any more, for those on O2's network at least.
IBM buys file compressor
IBM is buying Storwize for its real-time, inline data compression technology and products.
Oracle and HP make a deal for Solaris on ProLiants
The inscrutable plan of Oracle for Solaris 10 on x64 servers became more... scrutable this morning. The company announced that Dell and Hewlett-Packard would be certifying and reselling Oracle's Solaris and Enterprise Linux operating systems, as well as its Oracle VM implementation of the Xen hypervisor on their respective PowerEdge and ProLiant servers.
Lovefilm calls in the DRM brigade for media player push
Lovefilm is the UK's answer to Netflix. And like Netflix it has a pressing problem. No, not Blockbuster.
US carrier tailors 3G jacket for iPod touch?
US wireless carrier Sprint is slated to offer a kind of handset sleeve that could provide 3G wireless access to an iPod Touch, the Apple iPhone that's not a phone.
Open source HPC file system gets startup
High performance computing – by which is meant traditional parallel supercomputing as well as data analytics and hyperscale cloudy infrastructure – is facing a looming file system and storage bottleneck, and Whamcloud, a startup backed by $10m in private funding and some of the top people behind the Lustre file system, want to help.
Next Gnome delayed until 2011
Linux users on Gnome must wait a full year before their favorite desktop is updated – the first such delay in the project's short history.
Microsoft names September for IE9 beta
FAMThe beta version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 will hit in September.
Fog of cyberwar: internet always favors the offense
Black HatFighting wars that target computer networks is fraught with risks that don't exist in traditional warfare, raising the stakes for future conflicts, a retired US general told security professionals Thursday.
Nvidia plugs-in Visual Studio with CUDA 3.1
Nvidia announced some new CUDA stuff last week, a new developer kit (3.1) and the Parallel Nsight Visual Studio plug-in, both designed to make it easier for ISVs and other coding types to support Nvidia GPUs in their apps. Our pal TPM has a typically detailed story here.
Ballmer and Softies sacrifice sleep to catch iPad
FAMMicrosoft's chief executive has come very close to telling investors he screwed up after years of writing off, belittling and underestimated Apple's potential success in touch-based computing.
Uncle Sam sues Oracle (again) for alleged fraud
The US Department of Justice has filed a fresh lawsuit against Oracle, three months after intervening in a whistleblower suit that accuses the software giant of overcharging the government by "tens of millions of dollars."
Data for 100m Facebook accounts published to BitTorrent
Underscoring the permanence of data published on the internet, a security researcher has compiled the names and URLs of more than 100 million Facebook users and made them available as a BitTorrent download.