Kids, cancer and mobile phones
It was five years ago today...It's (sort of) official: mobile phones fry your brain and, what's more, they are particularly fond of unstabilised children's brains:
Egg attracts interest from Capital One
The long-running saga concerning the sale of Egg has taken a new twist with yet another company emerging as favourite to buy the UK Internet bank.
Sony may test hybrid DVD/CDs in UK
Sony Music International is deciding whether to test-launch DualDisc DVD/CD hybrids in the UK following a successful trial in the US and the formal approval of the format by the DVD Forum.
Sun open sources Looking Glass
Sun will kick off its annual JavaOne developer event by releasing its Looking Glass window manager under the GPL. It's basically a crude compositor for X11, but it gives the ancient windowing system a fresh lick of paint, and makes for a stunning demo. Sun hasn't often been able to show off eye-candy, so it's great publicity.
MS expands WinCE 5.0 'shared' source licence
Microsoft will begin shipping the latest version of Windows CE, version 5.0, on 9 July, the company said today.
EC suspends Microsoft sanctions
The European Commission has suspended sanctions against Microsoft. The software giant should have started offering a version of Windows without its media player from today. The EC ruled in March that Microsoft had abused its monopoly position and levied a fine of €497m and ordered the company to offer a media player-free version of Windows.
Intel shaves a buck off certain Centrinos
Intel only unveiled Centrino bundles based on its 90nm 'Dothan' Pentium M and its ProWireless 2000BG Wi-Fi add-in card last week, but it has cut those packages' prices already.
Mobile phones rot your balls
Carrying a mobile phone can reduce a man's sperm count by as much as 30 per cent, according to Hungarian scientists. The study suggests that the radiation from a phone on a belt or in their pocket, even on standby, is enough to have an effect on both sperm count, and the mobility of surviving sperm.
Intel preps i925XE chipset with gigahertz FSB
Intel will later this year offer an updated version of its recently released i925X 'Alderwood' that supports a 1066MHz frontside bus.
Singaporean sets SMS world speed record
A Singaporean woman yesterday thumbed her way into the record books by winning the SingTel SMS Shootout - a competition to find the world's fastest texter.
iTunes users hijack iMixes to demand indie content
Apple's incorporation of "dozens" of independent record labels into its UK iTunes Music Store catalogue is not enough for a number of the company's customers who are using Apple's own technology to petition the iPod maker to reach a deal with UK indies.
Virgin Mobile edges closer to IPO
Virgin Mobile has declined to comment on a Reuters report that it plans to confirm a float this week. The Daily Telegraph reports that the company is sounding out big City spenders regarding the possible £1bn flotation on the London Stock Exchange. T-Mobile, which supplies Virgin's network infrastructure, will pocket up to £100m of the cash raised.
CERT recommends anything but IE
US CERT (the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team), is advising people to ditch Internet Explorer and use a different browser after the latest security vulnerability in the software was exposed.
Kent pubs win rural broadband award
Locals in three pubs in Kent are celebrating after their wireless broadband scheme netted a local business award.
UK IT departments waste £165m a year
IT departments are wasting £165m a year by failing to keep control of IT projects, under-using existing offshore resources and not keeping strategy in line with overall business strategy.
Killer cyberappliances: Satan implicated
Inhabitants of the Italian village of Canneto di Caronia - previously evacuated after domestic appliances staged an inflammatory uprising - have made a fearful return to their homes.
European betting sites brace for attack
European soccer betting sites are increasingly targeted by cyber extortionists, German computer magazine c't reports. Sites are flooded with spurious requests (distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack) in an attempt to force online bookmakers to cough up or face shutdown.
Astronomers uncover mystery at galactic core
A group of astronomers has come up with a new theory to explain the X-ray glow in the centre of our galaxy. The only problem is that in their search for answers, they've stumbled on a bigger mystery.
Hotel calls disgruntled punter a 'tw*t'
A Nottingham hotel manageress who accidently hit "reply" instead of "forward" when dealing with a disgruntled punter's email complaint set a new standard in customer service - by calling him a "twat".
Red Hat, Novell back Real Linux player
Real Networks has persuaded Red Hat and Novell to bundle its open source Helix Player ahead of the release of a Linux version of its partially open source Real Player 10 later this summer, the companies said today.
EC gets embedded in systems
The European Commission has launched a new initiative, in partnership with industry, aimed a securing Europe a leading position in the developing embedded systems market.
T-Mobile unveils Wi-Fi PDA-phone
T-Mobile has revealed that it is indeed planning to offer a third incarnation of its MDA (Mobile Digital Assistant) PocketPC-based phone that will feature a QWERTY keyboard and Wi-Fi support.
Pixies top UK download chart
The Phonographic Industry (BPI) official chart for downloaded singles is going live from the 1 September.
Hutchison 3G on road to break-even
Canning Fok, chief executive of Hutchison Wampoa, believes 3G phone services could break even sooner than he predicted.
MPs slam premium-rate 'criminal scams'
MPs have warned that some premium rate phone services are little more than a "criminal scam" designed to rip off innocent people.
MS, open source, The Facts and the fit-ups
Microsoft is now nearing the end of its "Get the Facts" UK roadshow on Open Source. and we at The Register think it's high time we looked at whether or not the company is getting value for its money, and indeed at the way it's spending that money. We've already produced a report of the London gig, but in order for you to understand How It Works we also need to give you an idea of what's also been going on under the covers.
Fujitsu and Microsoft cement Itanium future
Fujitsu has sweetened its relationship with Microsoft at the high end of the server market with the two companies announcing today a long range shared development plan.
Dutch downplay 3G health scare study
The Dutch Health Council says that a study by research institute TNO which linked UMTS or 3G base stations to complaints about nausea and headaches in people close to them needs to be replicated. The study caused quite a stir last year.
Brain Academy 2: Calling all students
The organisers of Brain Academy - the computer science competition in which A-level students compete for a place at Queen Mary's University, London - have opened the contest to all-comers in a bid to encourage more people to consider computer science as a career option.
Intel feels more 'complete' with release of 64-bit Xeon
Intel today officially ended its x86-64-bit denial, rolling out the first Opteron-capable Xeon processor for workstations.
WSIS II warm-up degenerates into human rights punch-up
The first preparatory conference (PrepCom I) for the forthcoming second World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS II) managed to agree a roadmap for next year's Tunisian get-together, despite an unseemly human rights row which held up the conference's plenary session in Hammamet, Tunisia, for an hour on Saturday night.
Apple 'launches Longhorn' with better search, graphics
Many of the features due to appear Microsoft's Longhorn will appear a year early in Mac OS X "Tiger", Apple claimed today. The next major revision does indeed offer some benefits that OS vendors have been talking about for more than a decade, such as real-time content retrieval, and point and click scripting. But there are other attractions amongst the ten CEO Steve Jobs showcased this morning at Apple's Annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), such as APIs for video and image manipulation libraries which will be bundled withe OS, real 64-bit addressing, and iChat video conferencing. But the stars are undoubtedly search and scripting.
Gates defends Microsoft patch efforts
SydneyMicrosoft chairman Bill Gates defended the company's handling of security patches Monday following widespread attacks on the Internet by suspected Russian organized crime gangs.
Internet Explorer. Quick, call security!
OpinionMost of you have heard of a reportedly widespread compromise of an unknown number of clients through an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The clients were owned by visiting commercial websites that had previously been compromised by a yet undetermined method; the attackers dropping code onto those servers that customers would then launch when the site was visited.
Beastie Boys claim no virus on crippled CD
The Beastie Boys website claims that the copy-control mechanism on the DRM-crippled CD "To the 5 Boroughs" does not install any files on the victim's computer.