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Apple opens Macbook front in iPhone jailbreak war

Apple appears to have taken its campaign against iPhone modders to a baffling new level, tweaking its new MacBooks and MacBook Pros to disable a popular software tool used to jailbreak the handset.
Dan Goodin, 07 Nov 2008

Panasonic closes in on Sanyo

Sanyo Electronics is ready and willing to be courted for takeover by its domestic rival Panasonic.
Austin Modine, 07 Nov 2008

North Korea photoshops stroke from Kim Jong Il

North Korea has released a new pic of chairman Kim Jong Il, hoping to show the world that the communist despot/self-professed internet expert is alive and well and healthy enough to actually appear in public. But this may be a case of communist photoshopaganda.
Cade Metz, 07 Nov 2008

Microsoft talks big on Windows and SQL Server

After the style, some substance. Having dished out the Windows 7 eye-candy for software developers Microsoft's dipped into virtualization and system scalability for the hardware heads.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2008

MP calls for Jezza Clarkson's head

Ipswich Labour MP Chris Mole has written a "strongly-worded" letter to the BBC's director general Mark Thompson demanding that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson be sacked for suggesting that lorry drivers routinely kill strumpets.
Lester Haines, 07 Nov 2008

Unisys, SGI - canaries in the coal mines

While tier one server makers IBM and Sun Microsystems have reported their financial results in recent weeks, and Hewlett-Packard is getting set to do so in two weeks, there are other players in the server space. In some ways, they're canaries in the server coal mines. Niche and boutique vendors sometimes feel the pinch first, even if they do offer advantages compared to the big boys.

The secret sauce in SanDisk's ExtremeFFS

SanDisk's ExtremeFFS technology can speed random writes to flash memory up to 100 times but doesn't do anything for sequential writes. How does it work?
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2008

Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800 Bluetooth stereo headphones

ReviewSony Ericsson has a lot riding on these tiny wireless headphones. Barely bigger than wired earbuds, they're a flagship product for a company known for its quality peripherals, and SE wants these boys to cement its reputation.
Bill Ray, 07 Nov 2008

Doormen's database boss goes

The boss of the government's "database of doormen" Michael Wilson has lost his job after it emerged that his department had failed to check security clearance of the staff employed to...err...check security clearances.
John Oates, 07 Nov 2008

Clothing designer stitches together fisheye camera

Perhaps the credit crunch has started hurting the Paul Smith clothing line, because the designer’s decided to branch out into photography - again.
James Sherwood, 07 Nov 2008

Elon Musk's SpaceX offers non-ISS spaceship

PayPal multihecamillionaire Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, has announced that it will fly a genuinely private-sector space mission - including return to Earth - as soon as 2010.
Lewis Page, 07 Nov 2008

GPS phones threaten satnavs sales, says analyst

Shipments of satnave in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) fell between Q2 and Q3 this year. At the same time, shipments of smartphones with integrated GPS pick-ups more than doubled, according to market watcher Canalys. But it forgot to mention one thing...
James Sherwood, 07 Nov 2008

Bloggers getting bigger and messier

Blog front pages are now large pages of images and scripts rather than the pared-down text pages of old.
John Oates, 07 Nov 2008

Ofcom urges government restraint on new broadband

The public sector should take a minor role investing in high bandwidth broadband capacity, according to a senior Ofcom official.
Kablenet, 07 Nov 2008

McKinnon suffers further legal setback in extradition fight

Gary McKinnon has suffered another legal setback in his fight against extradition to the US on hacking charges.
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2008

Passport and ID card price hike laundered via private sector

Biometric enrollment fees for passports and ID cards will cost applicants £20-£40 on top of the basic price, estimates released by the Home Office revealed yesterday. In a prospectus soliciting private sector partners for enrollment, the Identity & Passport Service said that the total market for these services is worth "between £120 million and £280 million per year."
John Lettice, 07 Nov 2008

Serial commentard vents steam through ears

FoTWIt appears that database guru and serial commentard Aaron Kempf is off his medication again, following a brief lull in which he apparently managed not to insult anyone over the interwebs and end up in court for his trouble.
Lester Haines, 07 Nov 2008

Lightning to thunder with speed-creep beating V8 roar

'Leccy TechUK electric car company Lightning is to fit its upcoming two-seaters with digitally recorded V8 engine noise in a bid to help pedestrians and other road users hear the otherwise silent sportscars coming.
Alun Taylor, 07 Nov 2008

T-Mobile issues 5610 XpressMusic display alert

Nokia’s Comes With Music offer seems to have hit a slight snag: T-Mobile has announced that some of the phones shipped with the package are defective.
James Sherwood, 07 Nov 2008

Gadget Show competition spews text spam

Gadget Show viewers were bombarded with text messages costing £1.50 each this week as the Five show's competition system went berserk.
Christopher Williams, 07 Nov 2008

BBC has newsgasm over Obama's dog

Those of you who believe the BBC is inexorably drifting away from hard-hitting, insightful journalism in favour of lowest-common-denominator populist piffle will be relieved to know there's still one reporter out there willing to file essential analysis of today's key issues.
Lester Haines, 07 Nov 2008
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BOFH: Taking out a contract

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Simon Travaglia, 07 Nov 2008

Webcast quango: One-third of UK teachers are creationists

In a recent survey, barely half of a self-selecting sample of UK teachers who use the webcast service Teachers' TV disagreed with the idea that "creationism or intelligent design should be given the same status as evolution in the classroom". Some 87.9 per cent of respondents thought that it was appropriate to discuss religious matters in science classes if pupils brought them up.
Lewis Page, 07 Nov 2008

Orange readies free HSDPA-integrating Eee PC deal

Orange is to stop bundling a free Eee PC and 3G modem with a two-year mobile broadband airtime package and bundle an HSDPA-integrated netbook instead.
Tony Smith, 07 Nov 2008

Azure, Windows 7 and it's OK for MS to hate Vista, too

Radio RegWhat do you call a herd of geeks in a T-shirt stampede? PDC.

MySpace CEO: no own-brand MP3 player just yet

MySpace may launch a branded MP3 player in the future, the social networking website’s co-founder has revealed. But not right now.
James Sherwood, 07 Nov 2008

Hotmail users bitch and moan about new interface

Many Hotmail users are up in arms at Microsoft after it decided to shelve the “classic” interface in its free email service.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Nov 2008

Toshiba launches three-GPU, four-core laptop

Toshiba has introduced a gaming laptop with not one, not two but three graphics chips on board.
Tony Smith, 07 Nov 2008

Handheld games console three-way shoot-out

Round-upFor the last few years, the handheld games market has been dominated by the now-traditional rivalry between Sony’s PlayStation Portable and the Nintendo DS Lite. This year, though, there’s a surprise new kid on the gaming block: Apple’s second-gen iPod Touch.
Stephen Dean, 07 Nov 2008

Chopping the Long Tail down to size

ExclusiveThe most comprehensive empirical study of digital music sales ever conducted has some bad news for Californian technology utopians. Since 2004, WiReD magazine editor Chris Anderson has been hawking his "Long Tail" proposition around the world: blockbusters will matter less, and businesses will "sell less of more". The graph has become iconic - a kind of 'Hockey Stick' for Web 2.0 - with the author applying his message to many different business sectors. Alas, following the WiReD Way of Business as a matter of faith could be catastrophic for your business and investment decisions.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Nov 2008

MPs (finally) debate cybercrime

MPs finally got around to a rare debate on cybercrime earlier this week.
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2008

Honda debuts groin-clutching walker exoskeleton

Mighty motors'n'tech globocorp Honda has wowed the world's media today as it unveils a combination of two-legged indoor robotic horse and lower-body exoskeleton walker device.
Lewis Page, 07 Nov 2008

Lenovo profits disappear

Lenovo saw its profits take a dive in the last quarter although PC sales were up over seven per cent - less than the market as a whole.
John Oates, 07 Nov 2008

Lib Dem stripogram councillor quits politics

The stripogram Devon councillor who last year provoked three members of her local Lib Dems to quit the party in disgust has herself stepped down from Bideford council, the Sun reports.
Lester Haines, 07 Nov 2008

AT&T ups Wi-Fi ante with Wayport acquisition

AT&T has bought up Wi-Fi hotspot provider Wayport for $275m, hugely increasing the number of places that subscribers with an iPhone or Blackberry Bold can get free access.
Bill Ray, 07 Nov 2008

Preventive policing? Don't even think about it

Drinking in Aberdeen just got a whole lot more complicated, as police warned those popping out for a swift half that they may need to undergo drug testing before they are served.
Jane Fae , 07 Nov 2008

Swedish transsexuals offered prosthetic todgers

Free whitepaper: Prosthetic Penises in the Data Centre
Lester Haines, 07 Nov 2008
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UK.gov has no idea how much WEEE ends up in landfill

The UK government has no idea how many tonnes of electrical and electronic waste ends up in landfill because it doesn’t keep data on the final amounts that have been dumped.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Nov 2008

Sony Ericsson readies Walkman slider

Sony Ericsson may have inked plans to cull 20 per cent of its handset range, but that hasn’t stopped the firm from punting yet another Walkman slider: the W705.
James Sherwood, 07 Nov 2008

Tomy, Zink launch camera with built-in printer

Printing pictures is a bit of a rarity these days. So US printer specialist Zink has stuck a digital camera onto the top of a portable printer to ensure you’ve always got both to hand.
James Sherwood, 07 Nov 2008

White House network pwned 'multiple' times by Chinese

US officials say Chinese hackers have raided White House email archives multiple times, according to a report.
Christopher Williams, 07 Nov 2008

Wi-Fi phobes hijack disability legislation

The city of Santa Fe is being taken to task over a plan to deploy a Wi-Fi network on the ground they're unfairly discriminating against people who are allergic to electromagnetic waves.
Bill Ray, 07 Nov 2008
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America sacks 240,000 in October

The US Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report just before Wall Street opened this morning, and the news is worse than expected.

Copper propositioned woman while 'on the job'

It's pints all round this afternoon for Sky News for its report into the case of the Hampshire copper jailed for having sex with two women while on duty.
Lester Haines, 07 Nov 2008

iPhone passcode blocks everything - except phone calls

iPhone users expecting their Passcode Lock to prevent thieves running up their bill will be disappointed, as it emerges that the "Emergency Call" button actually allows any number to be dialled.
Bill Ray, 07 Nov 2008

Grand Theft Auto obsessive jailed for sex attacks

A teenage videogame fan has been jailed for sexually assaulting women he thought were prostitutes. And guess which title’s been blamed?
James Sherwood, 07 Nov 2008

Honda's latest wacky walker stetches its legs

Honda has unveiled its latest attempt at wearable robotic legs, which this time around feature shoes, leg supports and a bicycle seat.
James Sherwood, 07 Nov 2008

Eclipse kills open-source SOA projects

The open-source Eclipse Foundation is terminating several service-oriented architecture (SOA) projects thanks to lack of interest.
Phil Manchester, 07 Nov 2008

Yahoo! shares tumble as Ballmer shuts coffin on Microhoo

This week, Yahoo! chief Jerry Yang said "the best thing for Microsoft is to buy Yahoo!" But Steve Ballmer doesn't see it that way.
Cade Metz, 07 Nov 2008

Miscreants hijacking machines via (freshly patched) Adobe flaw

If you haven't updated your Adobe Reader program lately, now would be a good time. Three days after the company rushed out a critical update, miscreants are actively exploiting a security flaw to execute malicious code on vulnerable machines.
Dan Goodin, 07 Nov 2008

AT&T cops to Jesus Phone-as-modem app

Why was NetShare - the app that turns the Jesus Phone into a modem - yanked from the Apple App Store? AT&T and Apple have tethering app plans of their own.
Cade Metz, 07 Nov 2008

First Amendment rescues Grand Theft Auto's 'totally nude' strip club

The United States Constitution has once again affirmed the freedom for video strippers in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to shake their digital naughty bits without fear of trademark violation.
Austin Modine, 07 Nov 2008
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PC maker Micron MPC files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

MPC - the personal computer maker formerly known as Micron Electronics - has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Cade Metz, 07 Nov 2008

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