Apple patches security hole in QuickTime
Apple has patched a high-profile vulnerability in QuickTime eleven days after the flaw allowed a hacker to publicly hijack a brand new MacBook Pro. The Apple media player is just one of four popular applications suffering from security defects that currently require the urgent attention of those who use them.
Info chief voices doubts over surveillance tech
Information Commissioner Richard Thomas yesterday told members of the Home Affairs Select Committee on the Surveillance Society that a proliferation of surveillance technologies were being turned on society in the hope of curing its ills - even though the jury was still out on whether it was effective.
ISPA to members: play fair on fair use
Internet providers' trade association ISPA has told its members to stop advertising "unlimited" broadband unless they are explicit and transparent about their fair use policies.
Nvidia whups Intel in Q1 desktop graphics
Chip maker Nvidia can be seen striding around the graphics arena, arms raised, muscles flexed after giving Intel a mighty thrashing in the first-quarter contest. Nvidia wrested leadership of the desktop graphics market from the chip giant, Jon Peddie Research (JPR) revealed today.
VXers push small coc Trojan on unwilling world
Virus writer toolkits and the general ease of creating new variants of established malware strains mean anti-virus firms have begun to need three alphabetical letters for some Trojan families.
Sony says public to test Home for PS3 this summer
Sony will open its Home to guests this summer, the consumer electronics giant has said. No, we're not talking some tedious Hello-esque celebrity fawn-a-thon, but the Second Life-style alternative world for the PS3.
Survey: open source shows progress in public sector
Open source technology now has a firm foothold in the public sector, according to a new survey.
Defence firm loses domain case against cannabis site
Defence company Lockheed Martin Corporation has lost its attempt to gain control of a web address currently hosting a site devoted to cannabis paraphernalia. The ruling (pdf) on the .co.uk domain was an appeal from an earlier ruling.
Moto gives thumbs-up to 'imperial purple' RAZR
Who can Motorola have in mind for its limited edition purple RAZR V3i handset? Roman emperors? Catholic cardinals? Prince fans? Bloggers with a particularly florid prose style? Whoever, it's offering the beetroot-hued handset to Stateside buyers.
iGoogle launch fingered in user data loss furore
After thousands of Google users lost their calendar and digital sticky notes when personalised settings mysteriously disappeared last week, the explanation seems to be "iGoogle".
The Pirate Bay launches music sharing site
The Pirate Bay, the controversial Swedish piracy torrent tracker, is launching a music site where users can share as much music as they want.
Sky customers spending more than £400 a year
UpdatedSky has announced its figures for the first three months of 2007, and things are looking rosy.
Boo.com back from the dead
Anyone concerned that Web 2.0 is beginning to resemble the bubble of the late 90s, will be heartened by the return of boo.com.
IBM markets up-beat service under legacy brand
CommentAre you looking to change your core email, calendar, and contacts system in the near future?
Intel slices chip workers in New Mexico
Intel is to cease production of obsolete 200mm wafers at its New Mexico outpost – meaning obsolete workers will also be dumped.
CA gets new UK channel boss
Software provider CA has appointed a former Dell executive to head up its channel business in the UK.
Jesus appears in Samsung Flash memory chip
True believers and Golden Palace Casino take note: we have just received news that Our Lord has manifested himself in a four-gig Samsung Flash memory chip - complete with beard and ethereal "flower petal halo" effect.
Ballmer: Apple's iPhone will be a niche player
AnalysisSo did Microsoft CEO Steve 'Monkey Boy' Ballmer actually claim Apple's iPhone strategy is "flawed" or "bust", as a fair few bloggers picking up on his USA Today interview suggested? Not quite.
Electrode hats to exploit soldiers' subconscious powers
Those wacky boffins at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have outdone themselves. The US military researchers are engaged in an effort to produce "soldier portable" digital imaging systems which can pick out "vehicle and dismount" threats 1-10 km away over a 120-degree or greater field of view, by scanning the user's brain.
Digg buried by users in piracy face-down
Social news aggregator Digg was repeatedly brought down yesterday by users angry that it had bowed to the anti-piracy lobby.
Cambridge gives e-marking a tick
Cambridge Assessment, the non-profit exam marking offshoot of Cambridge University, has signed RM Plc to hook its freelance markers into a computerised assessment tool.
Russians tell aliens to suck on a fat one
Doubtless inspired by the UK's huge farmer's arse, Russian wags recently decided to send a message of their own to visiting aliens, and have succeeded in getting their greeting onto Yahoo! Maps:
ION USB turntable
ReviewThe next generation of DJs are forsaking traditional 12-inchers in favour of digital means to create their sounds. If you think today's tunes could benefit from some seasoned samples, or even if you want to transfer your vintage vinyl to a digital music player, then this could be a worthwhile investment.
E-voting as secure as an insecure thing
Twelve councils are piloting voting over the internet in the local elections on Thursday, and the government has accepted there may be security problems with the system.
Woman serves hubby really crap curry
A Scottish woman has pleaded guilty to "culpable and reckless conduct" after serving her estranged husband a curry laced with dog excrement, the BBC reports.
Tessa Jowell stands up for blogging code of conduct
Regular readers will remember a couple of weeks back, when we wrote about how Tim 2.0'Reilly was quietly aborting his blogging code of conduct.
60% of laptops to have Flash storage by 2010, claims researcher
"More than half of new notebooks to use Flash drives by Q4 2009," shouts the headline on market watcher iSuppli's latest missive, before admitting soon after that, actually, it's counting not just solid-state drives but also regular HDDs with integrated Flash cache and separate caches like Intel's Turbo Memory module.
Poisoned MP4 files threaten Winamp users
Hackers have crafted an exploit based on an unpatched vulnerability in Winamp, the popular media player package.
Blockbuster says Game Over on Game Station UK
Movie retail giant Blockbuster Inc has said it has sold Game Station Ltd, the UK video game arm of its business, to Game Group Plc in a $150m deal.
Hot-air powered railway to harvest energy from cars
An American architect has come up with a scheme, now picked up on Slashdot, to harvest the wind generated by fast-moving motor vehicles and use it to power a light-rail network running alongside the highway.
Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra card available in two weeks' time
It's the "world's fastest GPU", Nvidia claims, though it may not be long before AMD's ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT grabs the title from the GeForce 8800 Ultra, released today as forecast.
The surveillance arms race
Computers, Freedom, and PrivacySurveillance breeds more surveillance. That seems to be the primary message from the first day of this year's Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference, held this week in Montreal.
O2 re-embraces HTC with XDA Argon launch
O2 has shown is second XDA smart phone to be made by Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC since the two companies kissed and made up after their mid-2006 falling out. The latest model, the Argon, sports a 3.5in display.
DDoS attacks fall as crackers turn to spam
Denial of service attacks are falling out of favour with black hat hackers because using compromised machines to send spam is a more lucrative - and less risky - way of making money illicitly.
ITV plays catch-up
ITV might be the last major broadcaster to jump aboard the video-on-demand bandwagon, but it has done so with both feet.
Mobile Spy ups mobile snooping powers
Mobile Spy, a new application from Retina-X Studios, monitors calls and text messages and reports them back to a central server.
Month of ActiveX bugs yields results
Yet another blog promising a month of bugs has surfaced, this time poking security holes in ActiveX, and lo and behold, it has disclosed two important security holes in as many days.
Judge in MP3 case to Microsoft: time to pay up
Microsoft has been ordered to stump up $1.5bn for violating MP3 patents owned by Alcatel and Lucent Technologies.
How a Rock started the venture capital biz in the Valley
Arthur Rock once savored a monopoly over the minds and money flowing through Silicon Valley.
Vonage wants retrial of Verizon patent case
Vonage has asked for a retrial in the patent case which the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone company lost to telco giant Verizon. The company wants the trial reheard in the light of a new Supreme Court ruling on patent law.
Fujitsu swoops on GFI Informatique
Fujitsu Services wants to buy GFI Informatique, the French reseller which wants to be bought by the private equity group Apax. So it is bypassing GFI's reseller's board to appeal directly to the company's shareholders.