DARPA figures out how to run a $2m robot race
Hoping to make the $2m Grand Challenge live up to its name, DARPA officials have proposed a much more thorough set of qualification procedures and rules for the second running of the race.
SMEs slap hard cash on the IT table
While IT spending at the top end of the market has stalled in the last four years as enterprises attempt to drive greater efficiencies out of the infrastructure they acquired in the late 1990s, SMEs have continued to invest in technology and related services at a steady rate.
Intel backs in-flight Wi-Fi initiative
An initiative supported by Intel is in the final stages of outlining a method to disable the radio transmitters of handheld devices during aircraft takeoff and landing. The development should help pave the way to greater freedom to use wireless-enabled mobile devices while in the air.
Consumers want widescreen notebooks - analyst
The 15in widescreen-format display has emerged as the consumer's ideal notebook screen size, according to market watcher Current Analysis' latest stats from the US.
June world chip sales top $17.8bn
Global chip sales more than maintained their momentum during June, rising 2.8 per cent on the previous month and 40.3 per cent on June 2003's sales to $17.8bn, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), has revealed.
Pru pulls out of great Egg race
The Prudential has canned plans to flog its stake in UK Internet bank Egg claiming that it makes better financial sense to hang on to it.
Mercury mission blasts into solar orbit
The Messenger probe - headed for a rendevous with Mercury - lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida this morning on board a three-stage Boeing Delta II rocket.
One man and his dog and his laptop
ReviewQuocirca's man in the field, Jon Collins, takes a hands-on look at voice recognition. Armed with nothing more than a laptop in a rucksack and a dog, he gamely battles to bring you the following:
Mozilla to pay bounty on bugs
Users who identify and report serious security vulnerabilities involving Mozilla are to be rewarded for finding bugs in the open source Web browser software.
Tyan samples 64-bit Xeon mobos
Tyan has followed the arrival of Intel's 'Nocona' 64-bit capable Xeon DP chips with four motherboards geared up to support the new processor.
Intel preps chip to link 3G, Wi-Fi networks
Intel is preparing a wireless chip capable of talking to both Wi-Fi and 3G mobile phone networks, the company has revealed, and is gearing up for a major announcement on Wi-Fi and cellular roaming in the coming months.
Reg reader tackles Kodak digital print booth
LetterEarlier this month we ran a short piece on UK pharmacy chain Boots' plan to deploy Kodak digital print booths in 1,000 of its stores across the UK.
Small.biz faces higher broadband charges
SMEs will have to pay more for their ADSL after BT increased the wholesale cost of its business class broadband products.
Tories say yah-boo-sucks to speed cameras
In a shameless piece of electioneering, the Tory party has launched a new assault on speed cameras by pledging to scrap all those shown not to reduce accidents - if it wins the next general election.
Wi-Fi 'sniper rifle' debuts at DEFCON
Conventional Wi-Fi aerials are all well and good but they don't really cut it if you want to impress fellow hackers and scare the general populace.
IBM gives code to Apache open sourcerers
IBM is donating half a million lines of code from its Cloudscape database to the open source community, care of the Apache Software Foundation.
AMD Opteron noses into Euro x86 server sales
Opteron-based servers are finally starting to chip away at Intel's market share in Europe, market watcher Context has revealed, though the numbers are unlikely to cause a panic among the chip giant's employees.
ATI unveils top-end AGP FireGL card
ATI will ship its latest workstation-class graphics card, the FireGL X3-256, later this month, the company said today.
Ofcom to crack down on premium rate scamsters
Ofcom is to crack down on premium-rate phone thieves who rip off punters by conning them into racking up costly phone calls. The communications regulator's decision to beef up protection for consumers follows a surge in complaints from punters who've been tricked into connecting to dodgy premium-rate services.
UK.gov deploys IT early warning system
UpdatedThe National Information Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC) - the UK government body that provides security advice to organisations responsible for critical services - is to team up with NGS Software in producing early warning notices about pending IT security problems. Information about security problems, along with mitigation advice, will be released before suppliers deliver patches.
Wanadoo seals distie deal with Time
Wanadoo UK - which changed its name from Freeserve in April - has signed a major distie deal with PC outfit Time Group.
Shackling the email content beast
Email is such an essential tool that it is no longer sufficient to merely treat it as a means of communication. Instead, it is the lifeblood of an organisation - it is where our orders and complaints come in, and one of the main means by which we communicate our messages and business results to the outside world.
Trojan poses as Berg video footage
Virus writers have moved on from using Osama bin Laden's or Arnold Schwarzenegger's supposed suicides as a lure to trying a similar trick involving "footage" of slain American captive Nick Berg.
US terror alert becomes political football
UpdateAs we reported recently, the latest ratcheting up of the terror threat level in the United States was based on captured documents dating back some time. In that article, we observed that it was "not clear whether any of the information recently obtained relates to current or future schemes."
UK councils failing to meet e-services deadline
A survey of local authorities in the UK has revealed that more than half have yet to install any kind of customer relationship management (CRM) system as part of their efforts to meet the 2005 deadline for offering their services electronically.
Freelancers fret over tangle of EU red tape
The Professional Contractors Group (PCG) is worried that the UK's contractors could get tied up in a tangle of red tape if the Government signs up to proposed employment rules which would extend full employment rights to temporary workers.
Flash cards also invulnerable to Segway attack
LettersWe've never shied away from controversy, so, in keeping with the spirit of the fightin' Reg, let's kick off letters with a scoot through Segwayville, and see what you lot made of the Segway poll:
The Merry Bloggers set out on 'Segway across America' trek
Back in the good old days, strong men such as Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Ken Kesey went screaming across the great American highways with heads hopped full of sour mash and benzedrine. They performed lewd acts, taunted the police, harassed the stiffs and produced great art. These days we're left with four twenty-something geeks traveling country roads at 10 mph with their Segways, iPods and blogs.
Internet addicts sent home from Finnish military
It used to take a bum leg or a penchant for same sex love to get out of the army. These days, however, young Fins are using Internet addiction as a means of avoiding required military service.