Opera (finally) gets hard on WebGL 3D
Opera Software has released the first public build of its desktop browser that includes 3D hardware acceleration based on the WebGL standard.
Qld police warn against Windows service scam
The Queensland Police Service has issued a warning against phone-scammers pretending to offer to fix viruses.
IDC: Everything but Unix on the rise
It is not an easy time to be a Unix server vendor, but at least it has stopped getting harder.
Ofcom demands ISPs close 'upto' gap
A big gap remains between the marketing of broadband speeds when compared with their real-life performance, Ofcom confirmed this morning.
US Supremes trash AT&T's claims to 'personal privacy'
The US Supreme Court has made it official: AT&T and other corporations have no right to personal privacy under the Freedom of Information Act.
Apple to Microsoft: 'App Store name is not generic'
Apple has shot back at Microsoft's attack on Cupertino's attempt to trademark the term "App Store", saying that Redmond's argument is based on "out-of-context and misleading snippets of material printed by its outside counsel from the internet."
Nokia C1-01 budget voicephone
ReviewThough you wouldn't guess as much from the raucous clamour about the as-yet-unforeseeable outcome of Nokia’s adoption of Windows Phone 7 as its smartphone OS of choice, the Finnish phone giant continues to run a very decent business selling basic handsets to World+Dog.
Seagate launches XP-supporting 3TB drive
Being third in line after Hitachi GST and Western Digital, as Seagate is, to announce a 3TB drive does give you the option to improve its legacy BIOS and operating support.
Europe confirms raids on ebook publishers
The European Commission has confirmed it raided several companies involved in ebook publishing.
TalkTalk silenced over anti-BT comparison
BT has scored a minor victory over TalkTalk, after it had a trio of complaints about the latter's advertising upheld.
Government should extend agile development for IT
A report from the Institute for Government calls for a new approach to the way the government spends £16bn each year on technology.
Google buys malware analysis and reverse engineering firm Zynamics
Google has bought reverse-engineering and analysis tools firm Zynamics. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were undisclosed.
Charlie Sheen explodes onto Twitter
Now that he has a bit of time on his hands, actor and keen supporter of LA's nose candy and helpful lady industries Charlie Sheen has decided to give forth on Twitter.
Facebook goes all a twitter with Beluga buy
Facebook has stepped firmly into Twitter's territory with the purchase of messaging start-up Beluga, sure to be pushing status updates to a phone near you any day now.
Ford CEO talks up the future of electric cars
InterviewFord's five-year electric car plan will see the motor maker's eco-friendly vehicles spring from its existing lines, not as new, bespoke designs.
Apple T&C upsets philanthropic developers
Developers of iPhone applications keen to share their income with those less fortunate are becoming increasing annoyed with Apple's refusal to let them declare their largesse.
Tainted apps worm into official Android store
Dozens of tainted applications have been discovered on the official Android Market.
Ofcom shows average broadband speeds half advertised rate
UK communications watchdog Ofcom has slammed ISPs for failing to provide punters with broadband speeds that come close to their 'up to' claims.
Health experts flip over McD's burger-flip toy
Parents of kids who have a penchant for burgers and an academically average school record might be interested in the McDonalds Drive Thru Food Cart Playset – guaranteed to provide "endless hours of make-believe fun", with the added advantage of offering vital training for a future career:
Eurocrats work horizontally to make every European digital
EU commissioner Neelie Kroes told Cebit yesterday Europe's vast bureaucracy was well on the way to fulfilling the digital agenda it set itself nine months ago.
Apple iPad 2 snapped in all its skinny glory
A raft of pictures purporting to show the iPad 2 have popped up on the web just hours before the updated tablet will to be unveiled.
Virgin offers unlimited action for a fiver
Sorry folks, but this story is about Virgin Media, which is now offering a Sim-only deal with unlimited texts, unlimited Virgin-to-Virgin calls and 100 minutes of calls to other networks for just £5 a month.
Compellent micro-manages data to gain efficiency
CeBITBy micro-managing data with its coming 64-bit software, Compellent is aiming to increase its automatic data placement tiering granularity sixteenfold and greatly increase SSD use efficiency.
IT job seekers can't
Job applicants seeking technology jobs often make basic spelling and grammar mistakes while writing their CVs.
Blighty's expensive Watchkeeper spy-drone in further delays
The troubled, extremely expensive Watchkeeper project intended to supply unmanned surveillance aircraft to the Royal Artillery has hit further technical delays. The first robot spyplanes should have been delivered in February - eight months later than the original contract called for - but they will now arrive "toward year's end".
Border Agency raids private college in Gateshead
The UK border agency has raided a college in Gateshead that it suspects is being used for immigration crime.
Time-wasting twits survey scam hits Twitter
A survey scam that supposedly tells marks how much time they have wasted on Twitter spread widely on the micro-blogging site on Tuesday.
ReviewMice are nice, but you need desk space to use them. The large trackpad on my MacBook Pro is a decent substitute, but regular notebook trackpads usually seem to me too meanly proportioned. And when it comes to netbooks the dancefloor is getting really tight.
Sheila's Fails? The statistics of biological risk
CommentYesterday’s ruling by the European Courts may have stirred the general public to a wide-ranging and not altogether informed debate on the issues of gender discrimination. Less obvious, but in the long run more serious, is the fundamental challenge it poses to the way in which two pillars of the establishment – the financial services and the equalities industries – use and abuse statistical concepts and statistical thinking.
Library e-books to become too tatty to lend
Does an e-book wear out? If it’s from publisher HarperCollins and belongs to a library, then the answer is now 'yes' – and potentially in as short a time as one year.
UK extends IT spending controls
All central government IT contracts worth more than £5m are to be subject to approval by the Treasury and the Cabinet Office.
Portsmouth stretches the Olympic-sized swimming pool
We're delighted to report that Portsmouth City Council's Olympic-sized swimming pool really is long enough to satisfy the demands of top aquatic athletes.
Radio in the cloud: Do we want to TiVo our radio?
Michael Robertson's latest quixotic venture has much in common with his earlier adventures in entrepreneurship, such as MP3.com, his Linux distro, VoIP service and locker music.
Apple shutters store as fanbois camp out on virtual pavement
Apple has pulled the plug on its online store, flagging up to he world that it is about to unleash something new and magical and revolutionary on the world.
Dixons prices up Motorola Xoom for Blighty
Retailer Dixons has priced up the Wi-Fi only Motorola Xoom. The 10.1in Androud 3.0 tablet will sell for £500 when it goes on sale "in the first week of April".
Official: Booze prevents senile dementia
Isn't alcohol wonderful? Not only does it make you clever (this has been proven more than once), not only is it good for your heart, but now research has revealed that boozing will also stave off the onset of senile dementia.
Twitter terminates Steve Jobs parodist
Twitter has axed the highly popular parody account of a counterfeit Steve Jobs.
Easier to secure the cloud than your data center - IBMer
Security is probably the biggest factor keeping enterprises from moving more applications and data to public clouds. I argue that security is just one (albeit a hugely important one) of the reasons why public clouds will exist as a tool for data centers – rather than the default usage model – for the foreseeable future.
Amazon floats (another) cloud over Asia
Amazon has floated a second cloud over Asia, opening new Amazon Web Services data centers in Tokyo.
Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2
Apple unveiled its second-generation iPad on Wednesday morning, called simply the iPad 2. Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, away from Apple on medical leave, did the honors, as was rumored yesterday.
Elop's choice: Microsoft and Nokia take a bruising
MicroBiteStephen Elop's decision to make Windows Phone the Nokia smartphone operating system of choice could be rationalized, even defended, right up until the point where Microsoft's new phone platform bricked Samsung Omina 7 phones.
Facebook to share home addresses, phone numbers
To the dismay of some, Facebook will indeed introduce a new feature that gives users the option of sharing their home addresses and cellphone numbers with third-party application developers.
Oracle seeks Java cloud closure help
Oracle has outlined a plan for the next version of Java used in application servers that makes it clear that, for once, the giant needs other peoples' help.
More interception, less scrutiny as Oz Senate passes wiretap laws
Australia’s Senate has passed amendments to that country’s wiretap laws, allowing security agency ASIO to pass information across a wide range of government agencies, and apparently to conduct wiretaps on behalf of those agencies.
iPad 2 spawns updated iOS and apps
In addition to unveiling the iPad 2, Apple revealed details of the operating system that will run on its new fondleslab and other capable iOS devices, while also demmoing two new apps that will ship with iOS 4 and two that will be available from the iTunes App Store.
IBM ex-boss tapped for convergence review
Former IBM Australia managing director Glen Boreham will chair the “Convergence Review” into Oz media regulation.
Rogue AV pimps finally show love for alternative browsers
For years, ads pimping malware disguised as legitimate antivirus programs have gone to great lengths to mimic the look and feel of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser and Windows operating system. Now Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari are getting the same treatment.
Opera man muscles into Apple mobile ad kingdom
When Apple launched its iAd platform, says Mahi de Silva, it barred all third-party advertising services from accessing the platform's mobile ad network. That included de Silva's own AdMarvel, the mobile-ad exchange owned by browser-maker Opera Software. But according to the AdMarvel CEO, multiple big-name publishers told Apple they wouldn't use iAds unless the company backed down and allowed for integration with AdMarvel. And apparently, Apple complied.