Pirate radio: the pros and the cons
A quarter of Londoners living in the boroughs of Hackney, Lambeth and Haringey regularly tune into pirate radio stations, according to new research.
ICSTIS denies £250K Richard and Judy fine
The Sun and the Daily Star are reporting that ICSTIS, the premium-rate regulator, will impose a £250K fine for irregularities in quizzes during the Richard & Judy show. But ICSTIS claims to know nothing about this and says it is still investigating.
What's the real cost of internet video?
AnalysisCan anyone afford to satisfy the demand for internet video?
Cable and Wireless asks Bulldog data theft victims to get in touch
Cable and Wireless says there is no evidence that credit card details were taken in a data breach that led to complaints from customers who received unsolicited marketing calls.
Medion muscles into UMPC market
Medion has officially launched its debut device in the ultra-mobile PC arena: the UMPC RIM 1000, first seen at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year. At the same time the manufacturer announced its latest sat nav GPS device - the GoPal S2310.
Staff use of Web 2.0 is unseen threat, survey says
Over one third of businesses do not monitor their employees' internet use, according to a survey carried out by an information security firm. The research found that companies are underestimating the data risk posed by so-called Web 2.0 sites.
Suing a cartel should be easier, says OFT
Consumers and businesses harmed by cartels and other anti-competitive practices should be better placed to recover their losses, according to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which launched a consultation (pdf) on changing competition rules this week.
Need enhanced data security? Try a condom
In these data uncertain times, it's reassuring to know that the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council is doing everything possible to ensure that your personal details are locked down against abuse.
ORG plots e-voting observation
Digital rights activist, the Open Rights Group (ORG), says it will be sending 30 observers to monitor the UK's trial of electronic voting technologies in the May 2007 local elections.
Bell Micro talks up record-breaking Q1
Hardware distributor Bell Microproducts has said that preliminary Q1 2007 results show the company is in rude health.
NASA, DoD in underwater astronaut doc-bot trial
American surgeons will carry out a realistic simulation of zero-gee robotic surgery next month, the Associated Press reports.
Chinese translation software blamed in racist sofa outrage
A Toronto family has been left traumatised after a software translation error led to the dark brown upholstery of their new sofa being labelled "nigger brown", AP reports.
Lyrid meteors to sear Sunday's skies
Mark your diaries now for some shooting stars this weekend, as the annual Lyrid meteor shower is coming to town.
Alcohol boosts health benefit of fruit
Researchers from Kasetsart University in Thailand and the US Department of Agriculture Research Service have rather agreeably found that alcohol boosts the antioxidant properties of some fruit, the BBC reports.
And the centre of your desktop is...
Reg Reader WorkshopWell, if ever there was any doubt that what's going on with the desktop is a hot topic among IT professionals, put it to one side. We had an overwhelming response to our reader poll in this area with over 4,800 of you participating, so thanks to those who took the time.
Lloyds TSB certificate glitch sparks concerns
Online banking customers logging onto the Lloyds TSB website on Friday morning were confronted by potentially confusing warnings about a security certificate.
Oracle shuts Windows on data integrity drive
Oracle has slammed a window in Microsoft's face, by ensuring that a new enterprise data integrity checking scheme for mission-critical applications will run only on Linux.
'Mary Celeste' yacht mystery puzzles Oz
Australian air and sea rescue services are searching for the three man crew of a "ghost yacht" found adrift off the North Queensland coast, the BBC reports.
Kremlin touts plan for Siberia-Alaska tunnel
Russian civil servants are touting a colossal infrastructure project in which Alaska and Siberia would be linked by the world's longest undersea tunnel.
ESA gives MoonTwins project to UK firm
The European Space Agency (ESA) has asked aerospace company Astrium to design a moon landing mission dubbed "MoonTwins".
Handwrite onto your BlackBerry
BlackBerry Pearl users can now transfer handwritten notes into their handhelds using a digital pen and paper. The technology is aimed at uses such as form-filling - write on the form, tick a box and the written data is sent first to the BlackBerry's screen for you to check, and then back to base over the mobile network.
Dutch escort agency to service geek virgins
God alone knows it's going to be difficult, but we promise we will keep an absolutely straight face as we report that Dutch escort agency Society Service has set up a special service for geek virgins looking for that elusive first sexual encounter.
Click fraudsters flick industry the finger
Incidents of click fraud have escalated despite the attempts of search engine giants such as Google and Yahoo! to stymie the growth of the problem.
UMPCs: still a gimmick despite Intel's best efforts?
AnalysisIntel's ultra-mobility chief, Anand Chandrasekher, when questioned by Register Hardware this week, was suspiciously unwilling to say how long machines based on the firm's new Ultra Mobile Platform (UMP) will run between battery charges. How long you can use UMPCs for is as crucial to their success as the ability to run a standard operating system.
Nokia boosts downloads with low-cost 3G phone
Nokia looks set to bring high-speed downloading to the masses with a low-cost phone equipped with the latest 3G High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology. It can pull down songs and videos at up to 3.6Mbps.
Disgruntled techie attempts Californian power blackout
A cheesed-off American IT worker was seized by an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force on Wednesday for attacking the Californian electric power grid.
Bull goes industrial with software factory
French IT giant Bull plans to turn software development into an industrial process with its software factory announced earlier this month.
Intel extends market share gains
Intel once again increased its lead over arch-rival AMD during Q1, as its share of world x86 chip sales rose above 80 per cent - the first quarter it's done so since Q3 2005.
IT firms compromise on global injustice
IT firms agreed with unions and governments to root exploitation out of their global supply chains after an historic meeting of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva this week.
BT buys more of Latin America
BT is buying itself a bigger footprint in the fast-growing Latin American market by purchasing network provider Comsat International.
Talking and driving more dangerous if you're alone
A new study published in the latest edition of Accident Analysis & Prevention has found that talking to passengers in the car is less dangerous than talking on a hands-free phone.
Stolen laptops fuel industrial espionage fears for UK software firm
A UK-based hi-tech firm that's become the victim of "industrial espionage" is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for stealing its computer hardware.
Immigration and broadband suffer unpopular limitations
LettersLots to get through this week - so let's get right to it and address the burning issues of your day. First up, the old "risky business" attack on open source, as brought up in an article on software compliance:
RIM explains BlackBerry failure
Research in Motion (RIM) has issued a statement explaining that its network failure earlier this week was down to the introduction of an improved caching system, which shouldn't have impacted regular operation, and the failure of its backup systems.
Airwave strike threats as Macquarie takes over
O2's owner Telefonica has flogged emergency services radio outfit O2 Airwave to the Australian banking and telco group Macquarie - and the new owner has promptly pissed off Airwave's staff so much that some are threatening to strike.
Russians crack OpenOffice security
OpenOffice users who've locked their files and forgotten the password - or who have a document but not the password for it - can now crack their way in, thanks to a toolkit from a Russian developer specialising in password recovery.
On the Office format wars
AnalysisThe usual trouble with politics is that the people the process is supposed to defend are usually the ones to suffer most at the hands of those manipulating the political process. It looks as though this is the case in the arm-wrestling that is still going on between Microsoft and IBM and the standardization of OpenMXL and Open Document Format (ODF).
Texas Senate waves through cell phone wiretapping bill
A bill extending wiretapping provisions to cell phones and covering a wider range of crimes - including kidnaping, human trafficking and money laundering - has been approved by the Texas Senate.
Nokia plunders Motorola's market share
Nokia increased its share of the global mobile handset in the first quarter of 2007 but growth in the industry has slowed considerably.
Cheaper phones crimp Nokia profits
Profits were down at global mobile phone giant Nokia yesterday although quarterly sales remained strong.
Satnav hacking made simple
CanSecWestA pair of hackers have demonstrated a way to spoof travel information messages displayed on satellite navigation systems used by Italian drivers to bypass accidents, traffic jams and plot the most efficient routes from one point to another.
Dell offers XP again amidst Vista complaints
Dell is to once again offer Windows XP on new systems, responding to online customer complaints. The decision reverses a Vista-only policy the PC seller has moved to since the release of Microsoft's latest OS. The move is a reaction to online complaints at Dell's recently-launched Ideastorm website.
Safari zero-day exploit nets $10,000 prize
A New York-based security researcher spent less than 12 hours to identify and exploit a zero-day vulnerability in Apple's Safari browser that allowed him to remotely gain full user rights to the hacked machine. The feat came during the second and final day of the CanSecWest "pwn-2-own" contest in which participants are able to walk away with a fully-patched MacBook Pro if they are first able to hack it.
Overland feels overstaffed
Overland Storage is to eliminate 14 per cent of its workforce to reduce costs. The move, announced today, will see 54 jobs go in a re-org which includes other spending cuts still to be formulated. Reductions are being made across all functions of the San Diego-based data storage company.