Sun turns in another Q1 loss
Sun Microsystems left its Bedazzler® back at the asylum during the first quarter with financial results less spectacular than the company's recent market share gains. That said, the server vendor managed to hand in a solid enough quarter to keep investors calm - a rare feat for the Solaris crowd.
Acer: Vista Home Basic is a lemon
Microsoft is effectively smuggling through a price hike for Windows Vista - by making the entry-level version so poor that no-one will want to use it. So says Jim Wong, senior veep at Acer, the world's number four PC maker, who told UK hack Jon Honeyball: "The new [Vista] experience you hear of, if you get Basic, you won't feel it at all. There's no [Aero] graphics, no Media Center, no remote control."
Apple cures MacBook shutdown... maybe
The Mac press has been full of tales lately of Macbooks inexplicably shutting down. Today, Apple announced a cure for this annoying habit, known oddly enough as MacBook Shutdown. In an advisory, the Intel OEM issued instructions to owners to install SMC Firmware update 1.1. Recommended for all MacBook owners, the update improves the "internal monitoring system and addresses issues with unexpected shutdowns".
Orange reports on the workplace of 2016
Orange's Future Enterprise Coalition has released a report discussing at the place and manner of work in 2016.
Billing provider behind Fon de-cloaks, attacks MVNO enterprises
They say that before you launch a mobile billing company, you should have customers, or nobody will take you seriously. That's presumably why BlueTab has waited a year before revealing that it is a mobile billing company.
Foundry punches out 65nm GPUs for Nvidia
Nvidia is already producing 65nm chips, the graphics specialist has revealed. We suspect it actually means it's sampling chip designs fabricated at that size. Certainly, AMD isn't expected to ship 65nm GPUs until H2 2007, and like Nvidia, it chips are made by TSMC.
Apple to ship 15.4in MacBook next May?
Apple is gearing up to launch a 15.4in MacBook next May, a year after the Intel-equipped consumer notebook first came to market. So claims a Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia analyst, who also names Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn - aka Hon Hai Precision Industry - as the manufacturer.
Skype users hang on for free calls
Skype user forums are filling up with angry customers who signed up to the Voice over Internet Protocol firm's free UK calls promotion.
Ex-Microsoft man is next space tourist
The man who led the development of Microsoft's Word and Excel programs is about to be sent into space.
Bug causes another delay to Vista
Vista has been delayed by a week because of a bug, according to reports.
Shuttle ships gamer-friendly SFF PC
Shuttle today said it had managed to squeeze all the components necessary for a top-of-the-line gaming machine into one of its XPC small form-factor PC cases, claiming the result to be the "performance winner". It should be, for the price...
BitTorrent man jailed for five months
A US man has been jailed for five months and sentenced to a further five months of home detention for his role as a leading participant in the BitTorrent tracker site Elitetorrents.
Naomi Campbell bailed over alleged assault
WSANaomi Campbell was yesterday released on bail after spending 10 hours in Belgravia police station following an alleged assault on her drugs counsellor, The Independent reports.
Extra anus kills four-legged chicken
New Zealanders are today trying to come to terms with the tragic death of Forzie the four-legged chicken, stuff.co.nz reports.
UK to expand battery recycling scheme
UK recycling quango WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) is to widen is battery collection programme. The scheme is still in a trial phase, but the expansion will see battery drop-off points placed in a number of high street shops and by post in partnership with the Royal Mail.
BitTorrent embeds download manager
There are a lot of assumptions that have to be made about the news that BitTorrent has cut deals with three consumer electronic companies that will embed the BitTorrent download manager client directly into their devices. The devices include home routers and networked attached storage farms.
UK promises care record 'opt-out' - again
UK health minister Lord Warner has outlined how people will be able to "opt-out" of having their NHS medical records shared on a national database.
BT promises to improve local loop services for rivals
BT has been given permission by Ofcom to draft in extra engineers to help improve service levels at Openreach - the division charged with helping rival telcos get equipment into local exchanges.
'Mars', 'Jupiter' launches planned by O2, Asus
Cellco O2's new smart phone design and manufacturing partner is Taiwan's Asus, it has emerged after details of the upcoming XDA Zinc and Graphite - aka 'Mars 2' and 'Jupiter' - appeared, ahead of their launch, on the US Federal Communications Commission's website this week.
Tandberg's troubled third quarter ends surprisingly upbeat
Tandberg Television finished what was supposed to be a troubled third quarter delivered revenues of $80.7m in 3Q06, up nine per cent compared to $74.4m in 3Q05.
Hacker hijinks impinge on US mid-term elections
Forthcoming US mid-term elections have been disrupted by hackers. The website of Ted and Fran Gianoutsos, a husband and wife team running for governor and lieutenant governor in Alaska, was infected by a computer worm last week.
Altiris makes security location-aware
Location-awareness will be the next big thing in device security, claimed Altiris as it became the latest vendor to jump into the increasingly crowded market for endpoint security software this week.
TomTom to track phones for real-time traffic info
Vodafone and route-planning specialist TomTom will next year deploy what they believe will be the world's first commercial traffic data system based on tracking thousands of mobile phones in real-time, the pair said today.
Anti-scam website hit by DDOS attacks
A website set up to help spread information about alleged scammers is suffering so many denial of service attacks that its current host has asked the site to find a new home.
Australian spammer fined A$5.5m
An Australian firm and its director have been fined a total of A$5.5m (£2.2m) after it was held responsible for sending out more than 230 million spam emails, 75 million of which were successfully delivered, during a two year spamming blitz.
Vista vouchers, a Reg round-up
Any Reg reader considering their Christmas purchases and worried about what operating system they'll be cursed with can relax. We've rung round some of the major vendors and retailers.
Wrinklies find Sadville
The relentless hype promoting the online game for sad people, Second Life, has unsurprisingly caused a spike in traffic for the site. And wrinklies are the demographic group that's most curious about the virtual landscape populated by giant penises and cross-dressing Guardian journalists.
Kim Jong-Il: 'mad as cheese'
Pity poor Kim Jong-Il. Back at the dawn of the decade he was all ready to be bezzie mates; having visits from Madeleine Albright, talking food aid, expecting Big Willie Clinton himself to drop by at any moment.
Dozy drivers fail to notice rudery
Drivers into the West Sussex town of Crawley were told to F*** off by council car park signs yesterday morning - and hardly anyone noticed.
Identity, voting and missing fingers
LettersThere is a bit of a fingerprinted theme to today's letters page, but we have plenty of other stuff too, so let's get started.
UK students get 10Gig backbone
UK academia's new 10Gbit/s national backbone is up and running, and could be connecting schools and universities at up to 160Gbit/s within four to five years.
Appeal court ruling sets marker on UK software patents
The three judges of the UK Court of Appeal have ruled decisively that patents on pure computer programs may not be granted in the UK. The ruling came in the case of Macrossan vs the UK Patent Office (UKPO).
How to make your MacBook Pro run cooler
Love your oh-so-quiet MacBook or MacBook Pro but hate the heat it puts out? Quite apart from the sheer discomfort of it, an overly hot MacBook may be to blame for the random shutdowns quite a few users have reported, now hopefully fixed with Apple's latest SMC Firmware update. Enter utility smcFanControl, a tool to help you take control of your Mac's temperature...
Security firm punctures Vista's Patchguard
AnalysisSecurity vendor Authentium has discovered a mechanism to get around Microsoft's controversial Patchguard kernel protection technology, which is due to ship in the 64-bit version of its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system.
EU moots 'deep background' checks for racist-free border controls
Europe plans to avoid the routine discrimination against foreigners at border controls by using deep background checks of individual people to manage immigration.
Is Google legal?
AnalysisA Belgian court ruled against Google’s use of newspaper stories in early September. If you believe Google, it did nothing wrong and failed to defend itself because it was unaware of the publishers’ lawsuit. If you believe the publishers, Google is lying and infringes copyright on a colossal scale. The parties return to court on 23rd November in a case that finds legal uncertainty looming over the world’s leading search engines.
Red Hat promises to keep charging customers double
Red Hat has struck out against Oracle's Linux support move by reassuring customers that it won't lower its prices.
BBC abandons science
TVBBC TV's venerable science flagship, Horizon, has had a rough ride as it tries to gain a new audience. It's been accused of "dumbing down". That's nothing new - it's a criticism often leveled at it during its 42 year life.