Safety wonks condemn digital TV satnav
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has hit out at Mio’s latest satnavs, which allow drivers to catch some TV while driving.
Oracle razzle-dazzles Wall St with recession performance
In the musical Chicago, attorney Billy Flynn shows client Roxy Heart how to razzle dazzle a jury to prove she's the naïve victim of "liquor and jazz". Larry Ellison seems to have watched and learned.
LG XD2 500GB
ReviewLast year, getting 500GB out of a big desktop external hard drive was impressive. Now, you have have half-a-terabyte of storage in the palm of your hand. Literally, if you happen to have LG's new XD2 about your person.
Ginetta gunning for electric Goodwood
Leccy TechBritish sportscar maker Ginetta has announced plans to enter a leccy version of its G50 vehicle into the Hill Climb race at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Euro data watchdog claims progress on data protection
The European Union is making good progress on data protection, with most institutions now meeting requirements - although Community agencies are doing less well.
Paris Hilton in Dubai hotel spycam shocker
Jetsetting celebutard Paris Hilton is reportedly trembling behind a security ring of steel after a "secret recording device" was discovered in her deluxe Dubai hotel suite.
Commission investigates right to 'chip silence'
The European Commission is to investigate whether or not people have the right to disappear from the ever-more pervasive digital networks that surround them.
PayPal UK titsup
Updated:PayPal UK is currently down. Although the front page seems to be working, anyone logging in is met with a server error message.
Nokia toughens up
Nokia may have sprung a leak, because details have seeped out online about a handset that’s rumoured to be the Finnish firm’s upcoming rugged handset.
HP unwraps ultra-tough netbook
On-the-go pros demand stylish, yet durable fully featured PCs, at least according to HP. So the firm has updated its Mini PC line to pander to the likes of SSD-lovers after a small laptop that’s as hard as nails.
Designer pitches flat-pack power plug
Carrying power plugs - especially Britain's big ones - can be the bugbear of any gadget-laden traveller. But one designer may have come up with a solution: a folding plug.
AMD preparing Centrino-esque laptop brand... again?
AMD will launch a new brand, Vision, in a bid to create an alternative to Intel's Centrino... just as Intel starts to downplay its long-running laptop platform brand.
Femto cells with big ideas
Femtocell World SummitVisitors to the Femtocell forum in London this week are being deluged with demonstrations showing what a Femtocell application can do, the only problem being that they are all the same, and that none of them work.
Spanish court in favour of topless celebs
NSFWA Spanish court has ruled that celebrities exposed by the country's jub-hungry tabloid press must accept that they're a legitimate news target for the cameras, whether they happen to be wearing a bikini top or not.
Prof: Global windfarm could power entire human race
AnalysisHarvard University boffins have published an analysis of how much energy the human race could possibly produce from wind power, and we thought we'd have a bit of a play around with their numbers.
Nokia chucks Ovi combo onto desktop
Nokia has spent the last few years chucking its different portals into the Ovi brand, and now it's got round to combining the various desktop package too, with Ovi Desktop Suite version 2.0.
German old timers torture financial adviser
A gang of very disgruntled German pensioners who lost $4m in savings in a Florida property investment scheme allegedly decided the best way to get their cash back was to kidnap and torture the financial adviser responsible.
Mystic Met Office predicts neighbourhood Thermageddon
On Thursday, the Met Office launched its new report on global warming: UK Climate Projections 2009, otherwise known as UKCP09. This is based on the output of Hadley Centre climate models that predict temperature increases of up to 6°C with wetter winters, dryer summers, more heatwaves, rising sea levels, more floods and all the other catastrophes that one would expect from similar exercises in alarmism.
Windows 7 RC downloads to end 15 August
Microsoft has confirmed its Windows 7 release candidate download program will expire on 15 August.
'Overweight' people live longer than those of 'ideal' weight
Cheerful news for those whose Body Mass Index (BMI) falls into the "overweight" range today - you will probably live longer than a person whose BMI is "ideal". Boffins in Canada and America revealed the new findings following a study of over 11,000 Canadians covering the last 12 years.
UK police chiefs mull regional cybercrime squads
British police chiefs are drawing up plans to set up regional "cybercrime" squads along the lines of existing teams tasked to handle anti-terror operations.
ReviewNokia's flagship phone for 2009, the N97 has set sail – backed by marketing expenditure the size of an African nation's health budget. But it's barely got out of port before hitting stormy waters. Some of the disappointment expressed on the web – from phone fan sites and bloggers – is fair; some of it is baffling, but much of it is self-inflicted. Nokia has hyped the N97 intensely, even pitching it head-to-head against Apple's iPhone 3G S, with identical UK launch times.
Disney punts hetero luuurv to wide-eyed kiddies
Parents who'd rather hoped that sticking their brats in front of a Disney film would result in nothing more serious than whining demands for associated merchandising will be horrified to learn that such movies are punting strictly heterosexual values to impressionable minds.
Bing zings, but for how long?
Microsoft’s Bing bubble apparently hasn’t burst yet - stats released yesterday show the firm’s revamped search engine upped its share of paid clicks by 13 per cent following its launch earlier this month.
Geek demos Theremin Super Mario game controller
Motion controlled gaming’s currently the talk of the town, thanks to the likes of Microsoft’s Project Natal. Now one enterprising Nintendo fan has turned a 1920s musical gadget into a new form of motion-based Mario controller.
Vodafone has head stuck in Smoke
Vodafone's top brass is relocating to London, in a move that apparently has nothing to do with not liking Newbury and everything to do with being closer to business partners and shareholders.
CGI Thunderbirds sadly not go
Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson says ITV has pretty well scuppered his plans to offer a CGI remake of the classic series - despite his insistence he can raise the £15m needed to bring the Tracy family back to the screen.
Panda fattens up by gobbling European franchises in pre-float drive
Panda Security has bought three of its European franchise operations, taking them in-house as part of the latest phase in the Spanish security firm's international expansion strategy.
IT contractors demand overhaul of company transfer visas
The Professional Contractors Group has called on the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to overhaul the rules regarding "intra company transfers" amidst rising concern that the system is open to abuse.
Homebrew Pre apps find easy install
Developers unwilling to wait for the Mojo SDK for Palm's Pre, or to be bound by its restrictions, have discovered that unsigned applications can be installed using a specially-formatted e-mail rather than any mucking about with unlocking the handset.
Kate Moss kills Kills cuts
WSASpindly, party-hopping Croydon supermodel Kate Moss is in some bother with her bloke, Kills muso Jamie Hince, after allegedly hurling his laptop - replete with new songs - into a swimming pool.
Rapidshare stung with €24m fine
File hosting service Rapidshare has been fined €24m by a German court and ordered to filter online content more effectively.
US military cyberwar force will work with NSA
The long wrangle among the US military about who gets to be in charge of cyber warfare and who gets all the resulting pork appears to have been settled. Questions remain, however, regarding the level of America's readiness to take offensive military cyber action against enemies presumably overseas.
L'Oreal appeals eBay ruling
French slap and shampoo concern L'Oreal is to appeal a recent ruling that eBay is not responsible for counterfeit or grey import goods which are available on its site.
MS no-frills security scanner gets thumbs up in early tests
Microsoft's limited but free-of-extra-charge anti-malware scanner has performed creditably in early tests.
Hero: HTC names third Android smartphone
HTC has taken the covers off of its third smartphone based on Google’s Android OS. But does the firm’s latest phone sport sufficient features and a decent enough UI to shake the foundations at iPhone 3G S HQ?
Vivitek readies UK debut of world’s first LED Full HD DLP projector
Californian presentation and display technology company Vivitek is launching a full-frontal assault on the UK projector market, with the launch of the H9080FD, billed as the world’s first LED Full HD DLP home cinema projector.
Tesla cashes multi-million dollar govt cheque
Leccy TechTesla Motors has secured itself a whopping funding package from the US government which the company plans to use to further its standing in the e-car business.
UK mobile networks clash following HTC Hero launch
Just hours after HTC unveiled Hero as its third Android-based smartphone, the UK arms of T-Mobile and Orange have both confirmed plans to sell the phone in Blighty.
Steve Jobs liver transplant confirmed by doc
A Tennessee physician has confirmed that Steve Jobs has a new liver.
Microsoft cuts off Security Essentials downloads
Redmond has cut off access to its Microsoft Security Essentials beta, less than a day after offering the free security app to John Q. Public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Eclipse worms into Apple Cocoa, iPhone
Apple Macs, iPhones, and other mobile devices are being pulled into the open-source tools universe of Eclipse, a group whose genesis can be traced to enterprise Java and C/C++.
Doom creator bought by Bethesda
Id Software, the famed independent game developer behind Doom and Quake, has been sold to ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks.
HP switches to DC for telcos
Phone companies got one idea right regarding switching systems and other back office kit running complex applications: stick with DC power.
Apple wins right to continue Hackintosh beating
Erstwhile Apple clone-maker Psystar is trying to escape, but Apple won't let them.
Beijing snuffs Google.com
Chinese net censors appeared to block Google's worldwide website last night, as that country's government continues to grapple with the company over pornographic links turned up by its search engine.
AT&T punts not-free iPhone nav app
AT&T has released a free turn-by-turn iPhone navigation app - but to actually use it, you'll have to pay ten bucks a month.
Chrome update plugs hush-hush browser hole
Google has pushed out a new version of its browser that protects against a critical vulnerability as well as fixing some stability snags.
US IT outfits slice 34,800 jobs
Stateside IT suppliers jettisoned more than 34,000 jobs last month, according to new research.
Hohm - save energy the Microsoft way
Household energy conservation is a task typically handled by fathers peevishly moving from room-to-room, turning off lights and closing doors whilst grumbling over the barnyard behavior of his offspring. But now Microsoft wants a piece of the racket.
SCO's lifesaver 'profited from Iraq war'
As protracted debacles go, the US-led invasion of Iraq and the SCO Group's fruitless prosecution of IBM over Linux have a few things in common.