Peter SayerIDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation and general technology breaking news.

Look, No Hands! G.tec Uses Brain Interface to Tweet

Austrian company Guger Technologies (g.tec) has developed a brain-computer interface that can be used to "type" short text messages simply by staring at letters.

Cebit Kicks off With Talk of Openness

Open democracy, open borders and open standards were the themes to which speakers returned again and again at the opening ceremony for the Cebit trade show in...

Software AG Will Make WebMethods Cloud-ready in Q3

Software AG added a complex-event processing tool to its software portfolio on Monday, and said it will release cloud-enabled versions of webMethods and its Aris...

Enterprise Trade Show Welcomes Back Consumer Tech

Not only are consumer IT products finding their way into the enterprise, they're also finding their way back into Cebit, one of the world's biggest professional...

ITU Wants Government Help to Avoid Mobile Bottleneck

Whitespace devices, LTE, femtocells, automatic Wi-Fi handover, optimized backhaul networks: wireless operators are already deploying a wide range of techniques...

Nokia's Pact With Microsoft Puts Symbian Developers in Play

Developers who had previously built a business around coding apps for Symbian smartphones were put on notice Friday that they should pick another platform, as...

France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom Eye Tech Partnerships

France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom plan to collaborate on the technology they use to build and operate their telecommunications services, they announced Friday...

Inside Secure Offers Alternative Android NFC Software Stack

Inside Secure hopes to make it easier for Android phone designers to use its NFC chips -- or those of its competitors -- with the release of a version of its...

Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Take Medical Leave of Absence

UPDATE: The Apple co-founder alerts employees by e-mail that the board has OK'd a second medical leave but says he hopes to return soon.

Skype Adds Video-over-3G Capabilities to Its IPhone App

Skype has updated its free iPhone app, adding the ability to make video calls over 3G mobile networks. The updated app is available for download from Apple's app...

Paul Allen Amends Lawsuit Against Facebook, Apple and Others

The lawsuit accuses AOL of infringing the patent in its presentation of related news stories while Apple is accused of infringing the patent in its presentation of related content on its iTunes store.

Alcatel-Lucent to Pay $137M Fine to Settle Bribery Cases

Alcatel-Lucent has agreed to make payments of over US$137 million to settle bribery cases brought by U.S. authorities.

Sony Will Take Back Manufacturing of Cell Chips From Toshiba

Sony will take full control of the manufacturing of the processor used in its PlayStation 3 console, ending a two-year joint venture with Toshiba, the companies...

Dell Agrees to Buy Compellent for $960M

Dell has agreed to buy virtualized storage vendor Compellent Technologies in an all-cash deal worth US$27.75 per share, a little more than the $27.50 per share...

Card Makers Hope to Upset Transit Card Security Status Quo

Two smartcard makers and two chip makers hope that a new specification for securing contactless card transactions will upset the status quo in the public transit...