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It is with some regret and — I’ll admit it — some relief, that I announce my immediate departure from TECHLife Post. I was there last October, when TLP started, and have seen the publication through some interesting times. But the publisher and I have diverged, in our views, on some important issues and it’s […]

Internet security giant McAfee is treating the Conficker worm’s potential April 1 trigger date as a serious threat, even if other observers are taking a wait-and-see stance and still others are saying that the trigger date embedded in variant ‘C’ of the bug is, itself a hoax to distract researchers around the world who are […]

A researcher at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) has successfully built a prototype of a cell phone that can function as a mobile medical lab. Edit Cell phone lab scanner prototype, showing image of a test sample. Actually, it can image the microscopic particles and cells in body fluids and send the […]

Call it a practical application of social engineering technology… Professor James Murray of Oxford University has devised a mathematical formula which he says is 94 per cent successful in predicting which newly-wed couples will eventually divorce. Murray and his research team filmed more than 700 newlywed couples discussing issues deemed likely to cause stress, such […]

Microsoft (MS) usually never responds to Apple Inc.’s taunts (in its own advertising), about the quality, security or ease of use of MS’s Windows operating system. But MS is now fighting back on the one issue where it can blow Apple and it’s Macs out of the water: Price. The first of a new series […]

Cell phone sales are expected to drop by more than eight per cent this year, over last, according to a new IDC thinktank survey. That’s bad news for the major cell handset makers, who are already feeling a major pinch from sagging sales last year. Motorola, Ericsson and other have already announced production cutbacks and […]

Industry observers are watching closely as a new online game streaming service steps up to challenge the game console industry for supremacy in the gaming sector. OnLive, a start-up backed by WebTV founder Steve Perlman and former Eidos CEO Mike McGarvey, will digitally distribute first-run, ‘AAA’ games, from major developers including Electronic Arts, Take-Two, Ubisoft […]

Earth Hour will be celebrated tonight, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, all around the world. People everywhere are being asked to turn off their lights for one hour to dramatize the link between global warming and energy use. A spectator in space viewing Earth from its dark side would, ideally, see a rolling […]

A major curriculum revamp for British schools reportedly institutes requirements for digital literacy while stripping out traditional requirements for cornerstone subjects including science, history and geography. The proposals, leaked recently to the Guardian newspaper, would dramatically alter not only what British primary school children are taught but how they learn. Instead of learning about the […]

The Conficker worm, which has been circulating for several months, now, has sparked a major global effort by cyber exterminators to track down the infection and help the owners of the estimated five to ten million infected computers worldwide protect themselves from digital harm. . But the clock is ticking. Conficker is one of those […]

MySpace has moved its outboard instant messaging client into users’ profiles, adding a new toolbar anchored to the bottom of the MySpace browser window. However, MySpace hastens to add that the new client can still pop out, into to a separate window, if desired. You can choose to IM with any MySpace user, specify that […]

Nintendo yesterday announced it has sold more than 50 million Wii game consoles since the device launched. The company recently announced that sales of its popular DS portable game console had passed the 100 million mark. The Wii has distinguished itself from the ‘bigger’ consoles both by keeping its price well below the (US)$400 range, […]