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Allchin rallies the Windows Vista troops
Jim Allchin, outgoing Windows general, has rallied his Windows Vista troops one last time, 10 weeks before the over-hyped operating system hits "general" availability.
EC slams roaming charges
Roaming charges in the EU are such a rip-off, many cross-border travellers simply switch off their phones when abroad.
Fast24 domain name fall-out: more war stories
LettersFast24, the broadband ISP and domain registrar missing in inaction, has created headaches for many users of its domain services. Yesterday Reg reader Jim Howes recounted how he regained control of his domains. Today, more readers weigh in with their advice.
PC World can you fix it?
If you need your home computer to be fixed don't go to PC World's repair centre, a new report has warned.
BT revenues creep up
BT results for the second quarter ended 30 September 2006 show a four per cent rise in revenues to £4.9bn and a 12 per cent growth in pre-tax profits to £655m.
Solar 'scopes probe Mercury for sodium
Yesterday, Mercury passed between Earth and the Sun, giving astronomers a rare opportunity to study the planet's very tenuous atmosphere.
The future of Oracle applications
Reg Reader PanelOne of the IT vendors with a particularly active and creative marketing department is Oracle. This means that while the company is undoubtedly doing a lot of good stuff, it is sometimes difficult to tell what's real among all the positively spun positioning.
Cisco delivers profits windfall
Cisco posted quarterly results swollen by its Scientific Atlanta acquisition to a gurgling Wall Street yesterday.
German music publishers demand YouTube royalties
The German Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Reproduction Rights (GEMA) is demanding royalties from YouTube.
Morse changes on track
Morse said today that its new structure of two divisions - one for mobile services and one for its traditional consultancy business - is working well.
HP sues InkTec over patents infringment
HP is suing the German subsidiary of Korean firm InkTec for infringing its printer-ink patents. The company claims that ink found in the InkTec branded cartridge refill kits violates patents held by HP.
D-Day for Fast24 punters
The sorry saga of vanished ISP Fast24 will conclude for customers next Friday when the firm's broadband suppliers Tiscali and NetServices finally pull the plug on connections.
Firefox update aims to lance security bugs
Mozilla issued an update on Wednesday to address several vulnerabilities with older, but still widely used, versions of its web browser that create a possible means for hackers to attack vulnerable PCs.
Germans begin probe into BenQ Mobile collapse
German public prosecutors are looking into the bankruptcy of German mobile phone manufacturer BenQ Mobile.
A Letter from TechEd in Barcelona
Well, while I was digesting my meal here last night – and trying to make sense of the fire hose of information that has just washed over me – Windows Vista was released to manufacturing.
Piracy losses fabricated - Aussie study
A draft study commissioned by the Australian Attorney General's office finds that the music and software industries attributes sales losses to piracy without any evidence to back their claims, The Australian reports.
ESA boffins meet to plot gravity field plotting
Over 150 scientists met in Italy this week for the third international GOCE (Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer) workshop.
US govt may appeal in AT&T wiretap case
The US government and AT&T have been granted an opportunity to argue for dismissal of their case concerning the mass wiretapping of phone and email traffic, Reuters reports.
Google posts Kama Sutra worm
Google has admitted that three posts on the Google Video group blog on Tuesday evening were contaminated with the Kama Sutra (AKA Kapster-A) worm. The offending posts have now been deleted.
Storage forensics – it's CSI:Disk array
Forensic storage developer WiebeTech has developed a pair of write-blocked PCIe adapter cards that connect to devices such as disk drives or arrays, but prevent the host computer from writing to them.
BBC's Horizon gets serious - we have pictures
LettersYou're still appalled, and amazed, that the BBC recently handed over its flagship TV science show to cranks and New Age nutballs.
Cable & Wireless hails recovery
Cable & Wireless said results for the six months ended 30 September 2006 showed the company turnaround was on track.
Pope warns against alarmist science
Pope Benedict XVI has warned scientists to beware of making alarming predictions without having the proper science to back them up. His remarks are widely being interpreted as a swipe at last week's forecast that by 2050 the world would have all but depleted its fish stocks.
Stealth train uncloaks on Google Earth
Those of us who've been wondering where all of that cash the government poured into improving the UK's rail network actually went can take heart in the fact that, instead of squandering it on improved signalling and new track, Britain's rail operators actually used the money to develop the world's first stealth train:
Broadcom lands Lenovo Wi-Fi n deal for notebooks
Broadcom said it has landed the supply of 802.11n advanced Wi-Fi chips to Chinese PC maker Lenovo, one of the largest PC makers in the world, which took over the IBM PC operations at the end of 2004.
Verimatrix integrates DRM with Motorola HD box
IPTV DRM specialist Verimatrix said at the TelcoTV show in Texas this week that it has landed a deal with Motorola to put its Video Content Authority System (VCAS) on Motorola IP set-top boxes.
Wikipedia Chicken attacked
A reprehensible, juvenile prank is diverting valuable time from cultivating "the future of human knowledge" - Wikipedia.
Halt to school fingerprinting
The Hong Kong privacy commissioner has ordered a school to stop fingerprinting children before it becomes a runaway trend that is too late to stop.
Microsoft drops Xbox update clanger
Microsoft's Autumn Xbox 360 update is causing consoles to freeze at random intervals during play. The snafu apparently affects all games. The update was bugled on the Xbox community site as "another 85 reasons why 360 rocks".
Lenovo disappoints with poor Q2 performance
Lenovo Group has filed disappointing Q2 results, with net profit down 16 per cent to $38m from a year ago when it was at $45.4m. Revenue for the period was flat at $3.7bn, just one percent up on the year before.
Intel tools around with HPC geeks
SC06High performance computing (HPC) geeks will be pleased to find a new set of programming tools from Intel.
Zeus adds virtual traffic management
As if virtualisation wasn't complicated enough - what with virtual servers, virtual storage and virtual networks - you can now have a virtual load balancer for your virtual machines as well.
Social Security phishing scam surfaces
Phishers are going directly after one of the prime targets of ID thieves, US citizens' social security numbers.
Looney Zunes: What does UMG want from Microsoft?
It's a historic deal - and the most talked-about tie-up in the music industry today. As Microsoft gets ready to launch its iPod-rival Zune next week, it's agreed to pay Universal Music Group a fee - believed to be a dollar per device - to compensate Universal artists. It's an unprecedented arrangement, for device manufacturers already pay a levy to rights holders on MP3-playing hardware.
Nvidia goes gangbusters in Q3
Nvidia has had a cracking third quarter, pulling a record $826.6m revenues for the September quarter(Q3 2005: $583.4m) and net income of $106.5m (Q3'05: $86.75m).