Stories by Peter Sayer

Google's Android comes to life in Barcelona

Google's Android software platform for mobile phones is coming to life in Barcelona, with a number of chip manufacturers showing it running on prototype or proof-of-concept phones at the Mobile World Congress.

ISO rejects Microsoft's OOXML as standard

Microsoft failed in its attempt to have its Office Open XML document format fast-tracked straight to the status of an international standard by the International Organisation for Standardisation.

Ingres launches Icebreaker BI Appliance

Ingres has released Icebreaker BI Appliance, a package of software integrating JasperSoft's open-source business-intelligence suite with the Ingres 2006 database running on Rpath Linux.

Skype's 'perfect storm' outage

The situation that prevented millions of people from accessing Skype's internet telephony service late last week was a "perfect storm" and should not reoccur, the company said on Tuesday.

IBM sets sights on Watchfire

IBM liked Watchfire's web application security software so much it plans to buy the company for an undisclosed sum, it said yesterday.

Adobe upgrades Acrobat 3D Version 8

Adobe Systems has boosted its Adobe Acrobat 3D software for incorporating 3D CAD models in PDF files, adding the ability to mark up the images with product manufacturing information such as dimensions and tolerances. The update also allows the exporting of such data from the PDF file into formats, such as STEP and IGES, used by manufacturing tools.

IBM and Amazon.com reconcile over patents

Amazon.com has paid IBM an undisclosed amount of money to settle all outstanding patent lawsuits between the two companies. They have also agreed to a long-term patent cross-licencing agreement, giving Amazon access to IBM's patents on web technology, the vendors say.

Apple and Apple sing in tune

Apple., the computer and digital music company, has bought rights to all "Apple" trademarks from Apple Corps the record company set up by The Beatles, ending a long-running trademark dispute between the two. However, there was no word on whether Apple will soon begin selling The Beatles' music through its iTunes Store.