Vista - searching for something fresh
Thousands of developers have at last received a good - if limited - look inside the guts of the delayed Microsoft desktop operating system formerly known as Longhorn.
Tag me stupid, baby!
LettersPerhaps we should call them The New Literalists. Or is Nitpickers a better word? Or how about Pixel Pedants?
Cisco, ISS file suit against rogue researcher
LAS VEGAS--Networking giant Cisco and security company Internet Security Systems filed on Wednesday a restraining order against the management of the Black Hat Conference and a security expert who told conference attendees that attackers can broadly compromise Cisco routers.
CA axes 800 jobs
Computer Associates is to shed 800 workers this year - or five per cent of its staff - as part of a restructuring plan designed to help it to save a further $75m a year.
Shuttle grounded again - indefinitely
NASA has put future Shuttle missions on indefinite hold, after two chunks of foam fell from Discovery's external fuel tank during its launch this week.
New wave buoys spirits at BT
BT claimed a “great” first quarter today, as its new wave business more than made up for the retreat of its stuffy old traditional telecoms operations.
Outraged granny sues over Grand Theft Auto
A litigious 81-year-old New York granny has zimmered her way gently onto the "bash Grand Theft Auto" bandwagon by filing suit against the game's manufacturer for engaging in "false, misleading and deceptive practices", AP reports.
Nvidia lost market share in Q2
Intel, ATI and VIA increased their share of the graphics chip market during Q2, largely at the expense of Nvidia, figures from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) reveal.
Sony launches Portable TV for PSP
Sony has begun offering video downloads to Japanese owners of its PlayStation Portable handheld console.
Internet fuels trade in counterfeit goods
Microsoft and Adobe have secured the dubious honour of becoming the only IT companies to figure in a list of the world's 10 most counterfeited brands. The software giant is in there at number two - behind only Nike - as the top target for dodgy merchants in a run-down compiled by Canada's Gieschen Consultancy. Adobe makes it to number seven on the list behind designer goods brands Louis Vuitton (third place in the chart), Adidas (fourth) and Prada (fifth).
Email? That's for old farts!
A survey of teenagers in the US has uncovered an astonishing fact: email, it seems, is for old fogeys, and best left for communicating with the near-dead, such as parents, and "institutions". So what are the hip young kids using to communicate? Instant messenger, of course.
BT customers sign up for Pest Control
BT said today that 350,000 people have signed up for its Pest Control service to block nuisance marketing calls.
Reg salutes swearing parrot
We're going to get straight down to business with this one - it's a quiet news day and the following contains no IT angle whatsoever except one terrible acronym-driven pun the perpetrator of which has been put on UK IT reseller financial results duty for a week.
Low-end phone demand drives Q2 handset sales leap
Motorola has extended its lead over Samsung, its rival for the number two slot in the list of the world's top mobile phone makers, market watcher IDC said today as it reported shipment figures for the year's second quarter.
Lighten up: spam should be a game
Treating spam as if it was a game could be the key to the undoing of bulk-mailers everywhere, according to a Greek scientist.
Going Underground? Forget the mobile
A widely circulated and wide off the mark email has prompted London Underground to warn travellers that “No, mobiles phones really don't work underground”.
Infineon shuffles management team
Infineon today said it had appointed a new chief of the company's memory business following the resignation last week of the unit's previous head, Andreas von Zitzewitz.
Discovery docks with ISS
In briefThe space shuttle Discovery has successfully docked with the International Space Station in a trauma-free mating during which ISS cameras captured images of the vehicle's underside for inspection for possible damage to the heat shielding.
iPod users in musical hallucination threat
The increasing use of iPods and greater exposure to music generally may lead to an increase in "musical hallucinations", a psychiatrist has claimed. These are not, explains Victor Aziz of Cardiff's Whitchurch Hospital in today's Guardian, simply a case of getting Crazy Frog stuck in your unwilling brain, but the full-blown equivalent of visual hallucinations.
Epson Stylus Photo R320 printer
ReviewEpson's latest entry into the photo printer market helps fill the gap between its R800 and R200 models with an update of the R300. The Epson Stylus Photo R320 comes complete with a new, colour screen and memory card slots for 13 of the most popular card formats, including xD, SmartMedia, Memory Stick - Pro, Duo, Pro Duo and MagicGate - SD and miniSD cards, writes Doug Harman.
Hackers look outside Windows for flaws
Security vulnerabilities are on the rise with a 10.8 percent increase in vulnerabilities over last quarter, according to a study from the SANS Institute. There were 422 new vulnerabilities in the second quarter of 2005, compared to the 381 reported in Q1 2005.
eShoppers get the hots for backless thong
NSFWIn what must be the only story ever to appear on El Reg which can challenge IT-driven material for the sheer weight of TLAs (three-letter acronyms) available to the abbreviation-hungry hack (AHH), UK online lingerie and sex accessory outfit Lovehoney (adult products, natch) has at a stroke eliminated the nightmare of VPL and indeed VTL.
Tahir Mohsan in talks to save Time jobs
Tahir Mohsan, one of the original founders of Granville Technology Group, is reportedly in talks with the company's administrators and bankers, trying to broker a deal that could save hundreds of jobs.
Hollywood sock-puppet senator faces tech insurgency
US senator Orrin Hatch, scourge of file sharers could be out of a job in 2006 if fellow Republican Steve Urquhart gets his way. Urquhart, House of Representative member and party whip from the land of Utah, has announced he is running against Hatch as GOP candidate in 2006, and wants internet users to boost a bi-partisan challenge.
Bring me your dollars, yearning to be free
The earnings season has an added twist of drama this quarter. US multinationals are paying more tax than usual, adversely affecting their bottom lines, as they repatriate billions of dollars to the US.
Microsoft uses former exec as lawsuit springboard 'to stop' Google
Microsoft is using its court case against Google to fire a warning shot across the corporate bows and staunch further staff defections to the search giant.
IE7 nukes Google, Yahoo! search
UpdateMicrosoft's Internet Explorer 7 went on a limited beta release today and contains a nasty surprise for some users.
Microsoft charging more, giving more?
Microsoft is planning more expensive versions of Office and Windows during the next few years, to sustain growth and mitigate customer opposition to upgrades. Chief executive Steve Ballmer said Thursday that Microsoft wants to increase Office revenues fourfold by the end of the decade, with a new "Office Server" product and more expensive client access fees key to the strategy.