Sony US yanks 20GB PlayStation 3
It's official: Sony has canned the 20GB PlayStation 3, a version of the console never seen in the UK, Europe and PAL territories, but released in the US and Japan.
Shuttle debuts firey hued, liquid cooled gaming PC
Small form-factor PC specialist Shuttle has introduced its first liquid-cooled system, launching the flame-coloured performance box in Japan as the limited edition SDXi 1337 series.
Ebuyer caught pinching content again
Ebuyer has again been caught stealing content from rival websites.
Orange unpeels Samsung BlackBerry-esque i600
Orange will be bringing Samsung's Windows Mobile-based BlackBerry-like i600 smart phone to the UK and France, the carrier's website has revealed. It'll arrive toward the end of this month, others have claimed.
Intel Core 2 Celerons benchmarked
Intel's upcoming Core 2-derived single-core 65nm Celeron 400 series looks set to give comparably clocked AMD Athlon 64 processors a run for their money, if pre-release benchmarks posted on the net are to be believed.
Hitachi Consulting acquires Impact Plus
Hitachi Consulting has expanded its reach into the European services and solutions market with the acquisition of UK-based IT consulting firm Impact Plus.
Finisar unwraps cure for SAN fabric blindness
Network test and measurement specialist Finisar has introduced a protocol analyser for 8Gig Fibre Channel, aimed both at SAN equipment developers and integrators, and large enterprise users.
Government predicts one third of people will resist ID checks
One in three people will resist identity checks according to Government figures. The just-released statistics predict a widespread revolt over identity cards, but the Home Office has dismissed the figures as irrelevant and out of date.
Overlooking tradeoffs could kill your project
One of our readers, Bill Nicholls, has just written in with a comment on my "Housebuilding as a metaphor for software development" blog.
Trading Standards officers become copyright enforcers
Trading Standards officers are now empowered to enter premises and seize goods and documents they believe to be involved in copyright infringement, now that changes to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act have come into force.
Nintendo upgrades Wii web browser
Nintendo has rolled out a smarter version of its Wii games console's Internet Channel, offering the application - based on the Opera web browser - to Net-connected Wii owners free of charge until 30 June.
Samsung 10.9mm skinny phone slips into Europe
Samsung has launched its Ultra Edition II 10.9 - more prosiacally also known as the SGH-U600 - in Europe - for a second time. It first showed the 10.9mm-thick slider phone back in February at the 3GSM show.
EU poised for vote on roaming cap
The EU committee on Industry, Research and Energy is to vote this morning on a proposal to cap the amount network operators can charge for roaming within the EU, potentially reducing the cost of roaming by 70 per cent.
ATM blagger cuffed after artificial leg falls off
A would-be ATM blagger was cuffed after losing his artificial leg during a police pursuit - thereby depriving him of the full complement of limbs required to show officers a clean set of heels.
NHS patient site set for summer launch
A new patient choice website, including patient reviews of hospitals, has been announced by health secretary Patricia Hewitt.
Big Blue boffins build 3D chip stack tech
IBM is bidding to become the NCP of semiconductors with a multi-storey chip technology that it hopes will allow CPUs to be stacked with memory, specialised processing cores and other components one on top of the other.
Thai king pardons spray-painting Swiss man
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has pardoned the Swiss man sentenced to 10 years' jail for defacing images of the revered monarch, the BBC reports.
Opera brings 'speed dial' to browsers
BriefBrowser maker Opera has added a "speed dial" feature to the latest version of its browser, allowing surfers to gain ready access to their favourite sites more easily.
Update opens 'hidden' GPS on HTC P3600
HTC's P3600 PDA phone has a secret: it's got a built-in GPS receiver. And thanks to a newly posted system software update, this previously hidden facility been activated.
LeftHand takes iSCSI to 10Gig
LeftHand Networks has IP-based SANs running over 10Gig Ethernet and is touting these as proof that iSCSI is finally ready for large enterprises to use.
EU data protection chief slams police data sharing treaty
The European Commission, pushed by the European Council, neglected its statutory obligation to ensure its initiatives are democratically accountable, transparent, and planned wisely, when considering plans for police data sharing the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said yesterday.
US border patrol tests 98-foot networked radar towers
American border guards will soon deploy 98-foot-tall radar surveillance masts with built-in wireless networking in a bid to prevent the Land of the Free being overrun by huddled masses of Mexicans (and perhaps Canadians) intent on entering the US illegally and working hard for very little money.
NASA plans mission to sweep away cloud mysteries
NASA is planning a new mission to probe mysterious ice clouds that hover around our atmosphere at the edge of space. The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft aims to help researchers understand how the clouds form and explain recent changes in their formation patterns.
Enormo remote ends lost-under-sofa misery
And now the ultimate remote control not only for folk fed up with having to use different ones for all their audio-visual kit, but also for anyone who's ever lost one. Enter the Jumbo Remote, a control that's takes up more space than a sheet of paper.
Loose mouth and loose change - $5 tip leads to terror finance rap
In the terror case against Hassan Abujihaad, formerly known as Paul R. Hall - sailor on the destroyer Benfold, the US government has another mangy cat in the GWOT.
Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84
Writer Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday at 84 as a result of brain injuries suffered in a fall at his Manhattan home, news agencies report.
Peak perfects retractable USB Flash drive
Sick of losing the caps of the end of your USB Flash drives? Peripheral maker Peak has the answer: a drive with a slide-over cover.
Amazon pushes sex toys to random punters
A pre-Easter email from marketing bods at Amazon.co.uk raised the hackles of one Reg reader with its subject line: "Bonking like a Spring Bunny? Rampant Rabbits from £17.50 at Amazon.co.uk."
Sage buys Swiss biz management firm
Geordie accounts specialist Sage is paying £7.5m in cash for a Swiss enterprise management company.
Ofcom consults on unlicensed radio
UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has published a consultation document which suggests expanding the use of unlicensed spectrum in frequencies over 40GHz, and for low-power technologies including ultra-wideband, and is looking for feedback before 21 June.
EFF takes up arms against Euro copyright move
The European wing of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has taken on the might of the European Commission by beginning its opposition to IPRED2, the proposed new directive that aims to harmonise European copyright laws.
Naomi Campbell MTV 'Minion' show canned
There is growing confusion surrounding a planned Naomi Campbell MTV show called The Minion in which the battling Streatham clotheshorse was to have sought out a new personal assistant.
T-Mobile 'all white' with blanched BlackBerry Pearl
T-Mobile UK is about to add Research in Motion's white BlackBerry Pearl to its roster of smart phones, the carrier announced today.
HP claims latest printer a record-breaker
Ink-based printers are now capable of matching the fast throughput speeds of colour laser printers as HP adds the Edgeline range to its portfolio.
India tests intermediate-range missile
The Indian government claims it has significantly increased its nuclear delivery capability, with a successful test today of the uprated Agni-III ballistic missile.
Phew! Tila Tequila isn't the future of music
Reg readers, like Reg writers, can rarely agree on anything. But one thing that probably unites us all is the future of the big record company.
Microsoft begins virtualization software delays
Microsoft has delayed the beta release of its future server virtualization software. But fear not, intrepid server administrators, the final release of the software – code-named “Viridian” - remains on schedule for release in an update to Longhorn Server.
Technorati stung by ad-friendly vibe
Technorati has announced its first acquisition in a deal giving publishers and advertisers fresh ways to make money from social networks and media.
Woman claims Geek Squader tried to film her in the shower
An engineer from Geek Squad apparently managed to leave his mobile phone in the bathroom while his customer took a shower, and would have got away with it if she hadn't spotted the handset blinking at her from the basin.
How much do security breaches cost anyway?
Information security breaches cost anywhere between $90 to $305 per lost record, according to a new study by Forrester Research.
Red Hat fattens pork pie
Red Hat has sealed a potentially lucrative marketing and technology deal that could see its open source and Linux software land in more government and defense locations.
Demo neuters antiphishing measure
In the unlikely event readers needed another reason to doubt the efficacy of the sitekeys that Bank of America, Yahoo! and others claim make their sites more secure, a muck-raking hacker has demonstrated a simple means of thwarting the measure.
Apple delays Leopard for your own good
Apple Computer has delayed the highly anticipated release of Leopard - aka Mac OS X 10.5 - by four months so it can devote developers and QA resources to its other labor of love, the iPhone. That slates the unleashing of Leopard for October instead of early June at Apple's developers conference.