SanDisk warns that unsecured flash drives are coming to get you
Over three quarters of American IT workers use memory sticks for work-related purposes, and most corporate heads don't have a clue about the peril they face as a result of the stick love.
Network Solutions hijacks customer sub-domains for ad fest
Shameless domain registrar and web hoster Network Solutions is hijacking its customers' sub-domains, filling these pilfered pages with a sea of money-making ad links.
Spam busters blacklist MessageLabs and chums
One of the biggest spam block lists on the internet suffered an embarrassing technical cock-up today which blocked emails from some servers at web security monitoring firm MessageLabs and at some ISPs for about five hours.
London teen orders 'cab, innit'
A 19-year-old Saaarf London girl has been advised to use the Queen's English on the phone after her hunt for a cab to whisk her to Bristol airport ended less than satisfactorily.
Microsoft deploys protocol defense for IE
RSAInternet Explorer is the next battleground for Microsoft in its goal of securing the Windows stack against an anticipated avalanche of script-based attacks.
Chinese spammers target 1,200 US, UK firms
The Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) members database was hacked at the weekend, causing the institute to close access to the members' area, which remains shut.
World wants small, cheap PCs, say makers of small, cheap PCs
World+Dog wants small, cheap computers, companies making small, cheap computers have claimed.
Is this the ultimate gaming keyboard?
Sometimes a product’s name says it all, so what better label for the latest geek chic gaming keyboard than Cyborg?
Where were you when you learned e-voting was unreliable?
RSAApplications security expert Hugh Thompson remembers his introduction to e-voting systems like it was yesterday. So do computer scientists David Wagner and Doug Jones. What made the experience stand out for all three was the machines' surprising lack of security.
NASA's Phoenix closes on Red Planet
NASA has adjusted the flight path of its Phoenix Mars Lander, en route to a planned touch-down on the Red Planet on 25 May, on its mission to explore the body's Arctic plain.
Nvidia powers up GeForce 9800 GTX, nForce 790i
Nvidia has rolled out its GeForce 9800 GTX graphics card, a couple of weeks later than anticipated. It also formally unveiled the nForce 790i series of chipsets.
Local council uses snooping laws to spy on three-year-old
Poole Borough Council has admitted using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), designed to regulate snooping by police and other bodies, to check the usual address of a three-year-old child applying for a primary school place.
'Jisus' Eee-alike sub-notebook to use Chinese Atom-smasher
Need a Jesus Laptop to go with your Jesus Phone? Next month you'll be able to get one: a new Eee PC rival dubbed the Jisus [sic]. Dutch supplier Van Der Led is spreading the word.
Billy Bragg: Why should songwriters starve so others get rich?
InterviewWhy should songwriters starve so that the Web 2.0 kids and tech VCs get rich? Billy Bragg asked the question recently, and the downloaders and VCs quickly shot back - it's because you should be grateful that we're here!
Controversial DNA profiling technique approved
UpdatedAn independent review of the science underpinning DNA forensics done on tiny samples has today declared the controversial technique sound for use in investigations.
US war robots in Iraq 'turned guns' on fleshy comrades
Ground-crawling US war robots armed with machine guns, deployed to fight in Iraq last year, reportedly turned on their fleshy masters almost at once. The rebellious machine warriors have been retired from combat pending upgrades.
French sites fined for linking to privacy-invading Kylie content
Three French websites have been found guilty of invading an actor's privacy for publishing links to articles containing the offending material. The Paris Tribunal has fined the operators of all three sites.
Sony, MS want control of PS3, Xbox iPlayer, Beeb boss claims
The BBC's launch of a version of its iPlayer for the Wii left one question on gamers’ lips: why isn’t the streaming service also available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3? This week, the broadcaster claimed it’s because Microsoft and Sony were too demanding.
RM ties up IT school deal with Newham council
RM Plc has bagged a contract to supply computing and IT services to the London Borough of Newham.
Microsoft updates Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on
HD DVD may be dead but it's clearly not yet buried. Microsoft this week unveiled a software update for the Xbox 360’s now-discontinued HD DVD add-on drive.
Apple MacBook Air Early 2008
ReviewApple's MacBook Air has polarised opinion, not just between the company's fans and everyone else, but even within the Mac community itself. It's expensive, it's arguably underpowered and certainly has very limited expansion opportunities.
Area 51 drug test victim crashes flying car
A 43-year-old man from San Rafael, Califonia, was charged on Tuesday with "driving while intoxicated and causing injuries, reckless driving, and hit-and-run with injuries" after ramming three other vehicles and slightly injuring two people, while under the influence of a veritable pharmacy of narcotics, the Marin Independent Journal reports.
BAE aims to keep all-u-can-eat ticket at MoD pie-shop
AnalysisFairly soon now, most observers are agreed, the UK Ministry of Defence will have to announce budgetary plans for the coming years. Typically, this is a matter of dull routine. But this year business as usual won't do. The MoD budget rowboat is so overloaded, so near to capsizing, that something big has to be thrown overboard.
Blockbuster to release Apple TV set-top box rival?
Recent comments by a Blockbuster spokeswoman about how the firm will expand its film-rental services, along with unsubstantiated rumours, have sparked claims that the company will release an Apple TV rival later this month.
STMicro and NXP tie-up in wireless joint venture
STMicroelectronics NV plans to merge its wireless semiconductor business with rival NXP to create the world’s third largest wireless chip company.
No sense of humour? Avoid Bootnotes
NSFWIt's come to our attention that, while having provided years and years and years of non-IT-related merriment for you, our beloved readers, our Bootnotes section continues, despite containing headlines such as "NZ finds Black Cocks hard to swallow", "Witchdoctor orders Serb to have sex with hedgehog" and indeed "Woman gets mobile phone stuck up back orifice" combined with relentless coverage of battling Streatham clotheshorses, highly-talented heiresses' amateur grumble flicks and Playmobil reconstructions of outrages at Heathrow's T5, to prove problematic for a small minority of our international audience.
Malware still malingering for up-to-date anti-virus users
Having anti-virus software and keeping it up to date is no longer enough to keep from geting infected by malware.
PS3 owners game iPlayer
Less than 24 hours after the BBC gave great fanfare to its new iPlayer streaming service for Nintendo Wii at a media conference in France, jealous Playstation enthusiasts had used it to cobble together a version of their own.
Earth to Ofcom: They're our airwaves. Give them back
Sometimes Ofcom, Britain's media and telecomms uber-regulator, likes to agonise in public whether Britain needs a media and telecomms uber-regulator.
The full-frontal iPhone case
Anyone that’s dropped their iPhone knows the feeling of sickness as it tumbles toward the ground. Now the resulting body scrapes can be prevented with a case that covers the entire phone, but doesn’t interfere with the touchscreen.
Met police plans to track cops by GPS
The Metropolitan police is planning to spend £2.2m to track its entire plod force by GPS, proving that even Scotland Yard knows you can never find a policeman when you need one.
Swedish lag's wooden todgers fail to impress
A 58-year-old Swedish man who thoughtfully left carved wooden phalluses as going-away presents for female staff on his release from chokey has been fined for his trouble, the Borås Tidning reports.
Top-end Fords will be watching your rear
Ford will offer blind-spot-checking radar using part of the 24GHz spectrum on US models starting early next year, though cheapskates might opt for the wing mirror with a bent corner instead.
World Bank chief: Ethanol cars run on human misery
The head of the World Bank has said that soaring food prices are causing hardship and starvation for poor people worldwide, and implied that at least some of the blame lay with Western governments' efforts to encourage biofuel use.
Truphone picks up Sim4Travel
VoIP operator Truphone has snapped up cheapo-roaming operator SIM4 Travel, with a view to combining the operations and providing travellers with low-cost VoIP calls over cellular infrastructure.
A week in the life of Open XML
The main players in the ongoing row over the approval of Microsoft’s Open XML (OXML) file format as an international standard ended the week further apart than ever.
Gadget to bring relief bubble-wrap-less bubble-wrap addicts
A perk of writing about consumer technology is having the latest gear plonked onto your lap to play with test, and the resulting huge piles of bubble-wrap to pop. Now everyone can pop til their thumbs bleed, thanks to Puchi Puchi.
Sony preps 'gunmetal' grey PS3 for MGS4
Sony has re-sprayed the PlayStation 3 with a sexy limited edition gunmetal grey tint to tie-in with the impending release of the eagerly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4.
AMD evaporates CTO post
AMD Chief Technology Officer Phil Hester has resigned. And he will not be replaced.
Google pays for Affero ban
Google's ban on projects licensed under the Affero GPL license has claimed its first victim. The ClipperZ online password manager has defected to rival code host SourceForge.
The rise of the Malware Mafia
RSAPolicy makers should reject pressure to draft new laws targeting phishing and other types of cyber crime because existing statutes already cover most of the illegal activity, a researcher who investigates online criminals said.