New TSA scanner protects passengers' modesty

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has caved in to public outcry about its intrusive body scanners, and developed new software that affords paseengers a little more privacy.

China promises to step up action on piracy

The world's greatest user of pirated software, China, has announced it is to crack down on piracy by ensuring that all government offices are using legitimate software.

Intellectual property suit could clip wings of CIA drones

It seems that no one is immune to patent law. And as a recent intellectual property (IP) suit alleges, the CIA’s unmanned drones that operate all over the world could very well be acting in violation of US legislation.

Think you own that software package? You don't

A ruling by a federal appeals court could mean a ban on sales of second-hand software - and even of second-hand books and music.

Single engineer caused Street View scandal, says Schmidt

Google says the massive furore over Wifi snooping by Street View cars was all the fault of one software engineer.

Software detects when kids are being groomed on the net

Four out of five children can't tell when an adult is posing as a child online, according to software developers working to track pedophiles online.

Mozilla details Firefox 4 specs

Apparently speed does matter. And that is why Mozilla's next-gen Firefox browser will be taking on Google's blazingly fast Chrome with a "super-duper" JägerMonkey JavaScript engine.

iPad apps beautiful but unusable, says report

The first generation of iPad apps has some pretty serious usability problems, according to a report from the Norman Nielsen Group.

Apple's Gianduia is not a Flash killer

No, Apple's nascent Gianduia platform will not kill Flash for the masses. That is what HTML5 is for - at least according to Steve Jobs.

Real world translation arrives on Google’s Goggles

Google has updated its sophisticated text translation software for Android-based smartphones.

ARM says Flash to blame for smartbook delay

An ARM spokesperson has blamed Flash and the abrupt emergence of tablets for the lack of smartbooks in the mobile marketplace. 

iPhone becomes contactless payment system

iPhone users will soon be able to pay for things simply by waving their phone in the air - something most of them are happy enough to do anyway.

Adobe criticizes Apple's notoriously closed ecosystem

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch has accused Apple of creating and enforcing a closed ecosystem during his keynote speech at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.

Google upgrades search engine with refined UI

Google has upgraded its popular search engine with a refined user interface (UI)  that allows users to fully experience the "increasing richness" of the web.

Skype promises one-cent-a-minute international calls to landlines

Skype has launched new monthly plans for international calls to landlines and cellphones, and is expected this week to launch a video chat feature.

Microsoft launches Spindex social media aggregator

Microsoft has created a new tool, Spindex, that aims to manage and aggregate social media information.

Google shifts Chrome into overdrive with upgraded V8 engine

Google has shifted its Chrome browser into overdrive with an upgraded V8 Javascript engine that offers a respective performance increase of 30-35% on the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks.

Ford evaluates in-car cloud computing apps

Students at the University of Michigan, with the help of Ford, have created a series of applications designed to be used in a car.

Twitter launches embeddable tweets

Twitter will today launch a new feature allowing tweets to be embedded within documents.

Chrome’s gain is Microsoft’s loss

Google’s Chrome increased its browser market share by 0.6 percentage points in April to 6.7%, while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer fell 0.7 points to 59.95%.