John BlauPCWorld

Blau is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

European consumer groups unite to pressure iTunes

European consumer groups have joined forces to step up pressure on Apple to loosen its DRM policy.

Joost is the new name of Skype founders' video venture

Skype founders have given their online TV service a new name, Joost, and plan to let more people test the software.

UN summit to address issue of growing e-waste

Delegates have gathered in Nairobi to begin week-long talks on how to reduce the use of toxic substances found in PCs and cell phones.

School shoot-out spurs debate on violent PC games

German policy makers are calling for stricter rules, if not an outright ban, on the distribution of violent software games.

Adobe buys Actimagine, extends mobile offerings

Adobe has agreed to acquire Actimagine, a French developer of video and interactive vector graphics technology.

Famed analog camera makers seek digital niche

Leica and Hasselblad used the Photokina imaging show in Cologne, Germany, to launch several digital cameras.

Fewer 'new' products launch at Photokina

Fierce competition in the imaging market has prompted many manufacturers to announce their new products ahead of Photokina.

Microsoft files 20 more antipiracy lawsuits

Microsoft has filed 20 lawsuits against resellers believed to have been distributing unauthorized copies of its software.

TDK develops prototype 200G Blu-ray disc

Japan's TDK has developed a single-sided recordable blue laser disc with a capacity of 200GB.

Blu-ray brings Hollywood to Berlin

Key backers of the new Blu-ray optical storage technology turned out in force at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Boeing 'disappoints' key in-flight Internet partner

Lufthansa in-flight Internet service is about to be grounded and the company isn’t happy.

Google to distribute MTV video clips with ads

Google will distribute ad-supported video content from Viacom International's MTV Networks to Web sites in its extensive advertising network.

German court upholds decision on used software licenses

A higher German court has upheld a decision to ban the sale of used software licenses, in a case involving a subsidiary of Oracle.

Sprint helps parents keep tabs on their kids

Sprint Nextel launched a mobile phone service allowing parents to track their children with the help of GPS technology.

German researchers claim first transparent OLED pixels

German researchers,are claiming to have developed the world's first transparent OLED pixels.