Android to offer iPhone-like App Store
Google I/OGoogle will offer an iPhone-like app store for Android, giving developers a central means of distributing applications on its soon-to-be-open-source mobile platform. At least, it looks that way.
Google brews mashier OpenSocial language
Google I/OA decision on whether to press ahead with a re-usable architecture from Google to simplify the development of applications spanning multiple social networks is due in the next few days.
The New Order: When reading is a crime
Updated:Is this what it is going to be like? When simple possession of a proscribed document will be enough to see you clapped in irons and whisked down to the local police station?
Bletchley Park rattles tin for urgent repairs
Bletchley Park, home of the Enigma codebreakers, is indulging in some light tin-rattling to raise cash for urgent repairs at the historic site.
Dell rapped for £60 delivery charge on £200 laptop
Dell has been criticised by the advertising watchdog for not making it clear enough that a laptop would incur a £60 delivery charge. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said that the charge "added significantly" to the cost of the computer.
British newspaper websites liable in France for privacy invasion
Two British newspaper publishers have been fined in French courts because they violated French privacy laws. The publishers were liable because the articles were viewed in France on the internet.
Apple to launch UK movie downloads
Apple is rumoured to be on the cusp of launching a movie downloads service through iTunes right here in the UK.
Asus shows Wii-style controllers for Eee
Asus has shown off a pair of Wii-esque controllers, which it’s thought could be used to direct videogames run on the company’s popular Eee PC.
9/11 an inside job, says Irish pop folkster
9/11 conspiracy theorists will be delighted to learn that they've gained some poptastic backing from Corrs guitar-botherer Jim Corr, who's declared that there's "overwhelming evidence" the Twin Towers attack was perpetrated by "rogue elements in the Bush neo-con administration".
Novell pulls in Q2 profit on lower costs
Novell Inc swung to a profit on lower expenses and revenue that rose a slender $4m in its fiscal second quarter.
Download al Qaeda manuals from the DoJ, go to prison?
AnalysisIf you download "the al Qaeda manual," never share it, even if you're a scholar-in-training studying terrorism. Especially if you and the recipient go by the wrong kind of names.
Samsung retracts Safari phone claim
Despite Samsung announcing a few days ago that one of its handsets would use the Safari browser, it has since had to alter the claim because the L870 talker doesn't sport full Safari browsing.
Will your mobile squeal to the police?
AnalysisIt's been 20 years since a UK drug dealer discovered too late the folly of keeping all his records on a Psion Organiser, helpfully providing police with names and addresses of customers and suppliers, as well as sales records*. Today's criminals aren't generally that stupid, but regardless, today's phones are perfectly capable of accumulating evidence without their help.
ISS toilet spares stowed and good to go
Relief is at hand for the cross-legged ISS crew in the form of spares for the clapped-out Russian ASU toilet, which have been stowed aboard Space Shuttle Discovery due to blast off tomorrow.
Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset
Exclusive ReviewHands-free headsets are a boon for mobile users. Not only can you pretend to be Lieutenant Uhura, but you can write while you're on the blower or drive more safely. And legally.
Optical boffins cut the cost of quantum cryptography
Boffins at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are trialling advanced optical techniques aimed at reducing the price of quantum cryptography systems.
Phorm opponents to picket BT shareholders
Opponents of BT's involvement with Phorm will protest outside its annual general meeting in London in July in a bid to alert investors to alleged wiretap law-breaking.
Uncontacted rainforest tribe caught from the air
Survival International has published remarkable snaps of an uncontacted tribe on the border between Brazil and Peru to highlight the plight of such groups which are threatened by illegal logging.
World's first Blu-ray record pressing
It’s usually pop-stars and rock bands that break musical records. But a Norwegian record label has set a new standard for audio pleasure by releasing the world’s first Blu-ray record.
Economist: girls actually better than boys at maths
OpinionAn economist in America has published research stating that girls have at least as much innate mathematical ability as boys. Paola Sapienza contends that the fact of girls almost always doing worse in maths exams results mainly from sexual discrimination.
Brazil bitchslaps ratification of OOXML
Brazil has fired off a formal objection to the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) against the approval of Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an international standard.
NHS IT: what went wrong, what will go wrong
This week Fujitsu pulled out of the £12.7bn National Programme for IT - the government's enormous project to introduce national patient records for NHS patients leaving BT, CSC and iSoft still involved.
Old Windows exploits dominate hack attack traffic
China and US are the leading sources of hacking attacks, which are overwhelmingly targeted against Windows systems.
Ofcom mulls BT Openreach price hike
After months of lobbying, BT has got its wish. Ofcom today announced it will formally consider letting Openreach raise the prices it charges BT's competitors for wholesale access to local exchanges.
Blu-ray Disc body grants licences to Chinese firms
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has granted licences to 11 China-based manufacturers, potentially paving the way for a wider selection of hardware based on the HD format.
Sourcefire snorts at unsolicited takeover bid
Sourcefire has rejected an unsolicited takeover bid from Barracuda Networks. The firm, which develops a commercial version of Snort, the popular open source intrusion detection tool, said Barracuda's $187m bid "substantially undervalues" Sourcefire.
EU begins formal probe into US gambling ban
The European Commission is launching a formal investigation into the US ban on online gambling.
Japanese woman moves into bloke's closet
A Japanese woman has been cuffed for "sneaking into a man's house and living in his closet without him knowing", the AP reports.
Metadata ruins Google's anonymous eBay Australia protest
eBay Australia's decision to force customers from next month to use its own payment service, PayPal, has infuriated a good number of individuals and organizations steamed.
Daily Mail cites video game as proof of terrorist doomsday plot
Fear-mongering hacks at The Daily Mail have been caught mistaking footage from a popular video game series as proof of al-Qaeda's "terrifying vision" for a nuclear attack on Washington.
Low-end EMC NSX is on its way
To better compete with NetApp, EMC is to launch a low-end version of its Celerra NSX NAS gateway product.
Apple store detains teens for installing iPhone game
Four teens in Palo Alto, California, say they were detained and photographed by an Apple store after they downloaded a third-party application to an iPhone demo unit.