Round-up: All the week's hottest tech stories

19th Jul 2007 | 23:00

Round-up: All the week's hottest tech stories

iPhones, PS3s and Blu-ray players. Hot is here...

If you thought the world of consumer technology was getting boring, events this week should have changed your mind. Hackers have been bashing away trying to crack the Apple iPhone; Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony have been taking cheap shots at each other with jibes about food poisoning and poor strategies; and an old lady went and got herself the fastest internet connection in the world.

Check out the week's hottest news, gossip and comment:

75-year-old pensioner has fastest broadband
It's amazing the kind of whacky stories that some people get excited about. This story was actually written last Friday but it's still been the number one story on every day for the last week. You've been reading it in your tens of thousands.

The basic story is this: a 75-year-old Swedish granny has been set up with fastest broadband connection in the world of all time ever. Sigbritt Lothberg enjoys a massive 40Gbps connection - many thousand times faster than the average connection speed. That's not fair, is it?

Nintendo Wii to become greatest of all time
Apparently, the Nintendo Wii games console could eventually outsell the Sony PlayStation 2 to become the greatest games console of all time. That's according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who thinks that the Wii's new approach to gaming could change the industry forever.

Sony man says Xbox 360 'doesn't even work'
In a bizarre outburst, Sony VP of marketing, Peter Dillie said that the Microsoft Xbox 360 console does not work and will not last anywhere near as long as the Sony PlayStation 3. Does he have a point? Have a read and decide for yourself.

Hackers still can't crack iPhone unlock
Predictably the iPhone news wagon is still bumbling along happily, and no one seems to have got bored of it yet. Apparently, hacking the Apple iPhone so it can be used on any mobile network is more proving more difficult than expected. The situation is causing red faces among hackers who said they'd crack the iPhone in a week - oops!

40Gbps broadband granny has £125K of kit
Yup, apparently the Swedish granny with the 40Gbps internet connection is also the proud owner of £125,000-worth of hardware to enable the connection. And she didn't pay a penny for it either, it was all a gift from her son. Luckiest granny alive? We'd have preferred vouchers...

Intel Core 2 Extreme laptop reaches 3GHz
Of interest to hardcore computing fans will be the news that Intel has introduced its first long-awaited Extreme Edition mobile processor - and it's already been overclocked. The standard Core 2 Extreme X7800 boasts 2.66 GHz across its dual-cores, with 4MB of shared L2 cache.

Schoolgirl stabbed over row on Bebo website
That's right, an argument on social networking site Bebo spilled over into the schoolyard and ended up with a 13-year old girl being stabbed with a kitchen knife. If you thought that this kind of thing only happens in America, you were wrong!

Apple iPhone exceeds sales expectations
More iPhone news: it seems that Apple shifted so many iPhones in its opening weekend that one analyst has had to keep revising his total sale predictions upwards ahead of Apple's Q1 results. The latest numbers from Piper Jaffray show that Apple sold 500,000 iPhones in just two days. Phwar!

Sony PS3 failing in Japan, says Microsoft
In an extremely out of character move, Microsoft Gaming chief, Liverpudlian Peter Moore, sensationally suggested that Sony's PlayStation 3 strategy is "failing" in its homeland Japan. "You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling" he said. It seemed off that Moore would suddenly say such a thing, but then the next day...

Xbox 360 boss in resignation shocker
Yep, the day after his crazy PS3 jibes, Xbox 360 boss Peter Moore officially resigned from his role at Microsoft and will now have nothing further to do with the company. Moore made the announcement in a move that surprised even the sharpest analysts.

MacBooks to get glowing touchpads?
Imagine having the current time, or a list of new emails in your inbox, constantly glowing on your MacBook's touchpad. This feature may be on its way, according to a new Apple patent application. That's so cool!

Chinese DVD players go up in smoke
In one of the week's serious-yet-funny news stories, thousands of Chinese-made DVD players are being recalled after some models began belching out plumes of black smoke. Up to 460,000 Axion branded players are subject to the recall after 550 models in users' homes were found to be emitting noxious fumes. Ouch!

120GB PlayStation 3 set for European release?
Bad news for Sony PS3 fans in Europe: SCEE president David Reeves thinks that the 80GB PlayStation 3 is not worth releasing in Europe. The Good news? He's seriously considering putting out a 120GB model instead. That's twice the capacity of the current 60GB £420 model.

HD DVD pulls away from Blu-ray in USA
The HD circus predictably rumbled into town for another week of spin. This time, the HD DVD camp claimed that overall HD DVD hardware sales in the US went up by 37 percent in the first three months of the year while Blu-ray sales went down. Does anyone actually care?

RIM welcomes iPhone, intros Blackberry 8820
Research In Motion (RIM) boss Mike Lazaridis this week welcomed Apple's entry into the smartphone space - while also launching a new product of his own, the BlackBerry 8820. "Hats off to Mr. Jobs for growing the whole industry," Lazaridis said. Smooth.

PC World gives away 'free' laptops
This week's top bargain hunters will have noticed that PC World is to offer laptops worth £300 for free - providing you sign up to an Orange Broadband contract for two years. The deal, which will be offered in stores means you pay £7.49 for the first three months. After that you'll need to pay £15.

Sony boss sparks PlayStation 3 food fight
Another highly amusing story: Jack Tretton, in charge of Sony's PlayStation arm in the US, has been blasting the Nintendo Wii and the MicrosoftX box 360 with nasty food-based insults. Meanwhile, the PS3 has sold one million units in Japan.

Is WiiConnect24 breaking your Nintendo Wii?
Nintendo Wii gamers have been reporting that the always-on WiiConnect24 internet connection is overheating and damaging their games consoles. Nintendo says it knows nothing about these issues, but web forums tell a different story. Wii gamers listen up!

PlayStation 3 overtakes Xbox 360 in America
Another games console story: In a reasonably unexpected twist of events, the Sony PlayStation 3 has struck back at the Xbox 360, outselling the Microsoft console in the first week since its $100 price cut.

Critical security flaw discovered in iPhone
A critical security flaw in the Apple iPhone which could lead to phishing attacks has been uncovered by security firm Fortify Software. It's something that amused the Apple-bashers, but is causing concern in the iPhone-loving community.

Games guru predicts downfall of Nintendo Wii
The industry domination of the Nintendo Wii is temporary and it's downfall is imminent. That's the controversial view of games developer Dave Perry, who said that as soon as the true power of the PS3 is realised, gamers will ditch their Wiimotes. Nothing to do with the fact that he's actively involved in developing games for the PS3 and Xbox obviously...

iPhone nano coming this Christmas?
Following on from last week's JP Morgan claims (and subsequent denials) that a cheaper Apple iPhone nano was on the way, there are renewed reports this week that such a device may arrive later this year. What do you reckon?

Will Facebook be forced to close?
Social networking emporium Facebook could be forced to close next week if a key court judgement goes against it. This is news that will certainly keep the eye of the millions of new Facebook addicts. MySpac e fanboys are loving it though...

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