eBay pirates plead guilty to selling $6m software for pennies
Two Americans pleaded guilty today to selling $6m worth of counterfeit software over eBay.
US porn spammers guilty as charged
Two men who ran a spam operation to promote pornographic websites had the book thrown at them today. A federal jury in Phoenix, Arizona convicted Jeffrey Kilbride, 41, of Venice, California and James Schaffer, 41 of Paradise Valley, Arizona of eight counts, including conspiracy, fraud, money laundering, and transportation of obscene materials.
Google calls for court to tighten Microsoft's anti-trust leash
Google has escalated its legal tussle with Microsoft over search features built into the Vista operating system. It has asked a federal judge to extend a 2002 antitrust consent decree to ensure Microsoft fulfills its pledge to fully resolve the stand-off.
Sun's new supercomputer and switch are bigger than yours
Sun Microsystems is sick and tired of rolling over while the likes of IBM and Cray dominate the low margin, high profile world of super computers.
MPs satisfied with FoI regime
Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee has categorically rejected the government's case for new arrangements in handling Freedom of Information requests
Vendors start testing 802.11n kit
The Wi-Fi Alliance has started testing kit conforming to the second draft of the 802.11n standard, expecting certified products to be on the shelves by September, despite the fact that the final version of the standard isn't expected until next year.
Nvidia to beat AMD to release on-the-fly GPU switching tech?
Nvidia is said to be moving forward with a plan to allow notebook computers fitted with both integrated and discrete graphics chips to flip between the two GPUs, the better to balance battery life with all-out performance.
Vasco makes e-business accessible
I am not a security expert but I recognise that security is fundamental to the successful implementation of ICT solutions. Different security solutions are used in different environments; simple user-id and password solutions are still popular, because they are inexpensive to implement, but they are not very secure.
Psion: the last computer
Special FeatureThe Series 5 pocket computer from Psion was launched 10 years ago this week. It was a remarkable achievement: entirely new silicon, a new operating system, middleware stack and applications were developed from scratch in just over two years.
Analyst alleges iPhone already hitting Palm sales
Apple's iPhone is going to hit Palm hard, a US analyst has forecast. Research in Motion's consumer-friendly BlackBerry Curve will harm the PDA pioneer too, Piper Jaffray wireless hardware analyst T Michael Walkley claimed this week.
Safari gets four new fixes
Apple has released four new fixes for its Safari cross-platform internet browser - less than two weeks after its launch. The new patches mark the second update to Safari since its release, and are part of a larger Safari 3.0.2 beta release for Mac OS X and Windows.
Sony clocks up PSP processor by 25%
Sony has pulled off a covert PSP firmware release that secretly removes a processor speed limit from the hardware, boosting the handheld games console's clock speed from 266MHz to 333MHz, an increase of over 25 per cent.
When acquisitions are bad news
Acquisitions may or may not be good deals for the purchaser, but at best they pose serious questions for the users of the acquired company. In my recent article TIBCO acquires Spotfire: why?, I discussed the possibility that TIBCO was likely to be focusing the Spotfire BI solution in a different direction from previously, which might serve its best interests but not necessarily those of existing users of the Spotfire software. However, they are likely to be much better off than the users of one, and possibly two, other acquisitions that have recently been announced.
HP and Microsoft take supercomputing mass-market
HP and Microsoft have agreed to continue cooperating on plans to take supercomputing to the mass enterprise and mid-sized markets.
New way in for Cisco engineers
Cisco has introduced an entry-level qualification for engineers wanting qualifications in installing and maintaining its routers.
Paris Hilton walks to freedom
Paris Hilton's three-weeks and two-days stint in the slammer has come to an end, with the blonde jailbird and hotel heiress walking free today.
Google buying phone company?
Google is close to buying phone management company GrandCentral which provides one number for life which can be routed to various actual numbers.
iRiver shows off VoIP phone media player
It's an MP3 player. It's an FM radio. It's an e-book reader. It's a VoIP phone. It's a navigation gagdet. It's iRiver's W10, the South Korean company's latest attempt to out-perform the iPod - and now the iPhone too, it hopes.
Sun wants to support everybody's boxes
Sun is looking to burnish its support credentials by offering to look after other vendors’ hardware as long it is running its Solaris OS.
Bush on cyber war: 'a subject I can learn a lot about'
When the presidents of the USA and Estonia met on Monday, cyber warfare was still very much on the Estonian agenda.
IBM turbo charges world's fastest supercomputer
IBM has unleashed a new iteration of its chess-playing powerhouse Blue Gene, which it also reckons is useful in academic and commercial fields like drug discovery and mineral exploration.
Dell calls to consumers with coloured Inspirons
Dell has revamped its Inspiron laptop line with a set of three models all available in a choice of eight "vibrant" colours and with a pick of Intel or AMD processors.
HP coughs up surprise update to desktop PC range
HP has quietly snuck through an update to its home desktop PC range with the computer giant now officially shipping its media centre systems with hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD drives.
Avnet doubles Sun reseller fleet
Avnet's Partner Solutions Sun Division has doubled the number of Sun resellers it serves in the UK.
IBM forks out $7m in Dollar General settlement
IBM has agreed to pay $7m to settle a Securities and Exchange Commision investigation into financial statements from Dollar General in 2000. The money will go into a Dollar General general shareholder fund.
Voltage secures patents on identity-based encryption
Voltage Security has been granted five patents covering the core functionality of their "identity-based" encryption products, though they're keen to share the technology with everyone on a reasonable and non-discriminatory basis.
USB adaptor helps iPod Shuffle users cut the cord
Calling all owners of Apple's second-gen iPod Shuffle - here's a handy, dirt cheap alternative to the USB cable that came packed with your player: a plug-in USB adaptor.
Sharp intros four-port powerline network box
Home networking, it seems, has become too complicated. Enter Sharp, coming to the rescue with its HN-VA40S and HN-VA10S adaptors, designed to help consumers build home networks using their existing electrical power wiring.
BAE shares tank as US feds break cover
UK arms colossus BAE Systems is under investigation by US authorities for alleged corruption.
Soggy IT pros check in from flooded Sheffield
We're getting reports of rampant heroism from IT support staff in flooded Sheffield. The city received about two months rainfall in a matter of hours yesterday. Three people have been killed by the floods and thousands forced to leave their homes.
Court rules 3G licences weren't VAT inclusive
Europe's highest court has ruled that the huge amounts telcos paid for their 3G licences didn't include VAT, so there's no opportunity for the companies to reclaim £3.3bn quid from the treasury.
Biggest barrier to green IT is cost
Cost is the single biggest factor hampering companies that want to adopt a 'green' IT structure, according to new research.
Clarion trumpets UK acquisition
Irish firm Clarion Consulting has acquired a majority stake in UK consulting firm The Planning Loft, in a deal that will increase its turnover to €7m.
NEC follows the path of XenSource
XenSource has signed an agreement with NEC which it hopes will push demand and boost sales for its virtualisation server platform, XenEnterprise.
Cell hack geek stalks pretty blonde shocker
Cellphone-hack surveillance techniques, long the preserve of government operatives, may have gone mainstream as a family in the western USA reports unusually competent cellphone stalking.
Virgin Trains's mysterious full-price ticket promotion
Anyone wanting to book a ticket on Virgin Trains would be well advised to wait a little while as the company is currently unable to sell its discounted tickets, though its website will happily service travellers willing to fork out the full fare.
Trend Micro boosts Vista package, extends Hotmail deal
Security provider Trend Micro yesterday announced a brace of Microsoft-based strategies, rolling out improvements for its combo offering on Vista and proclaiming that it will handle antivirus for Hotmail/Live webmail services for a further year.
GSMA looks to 900MHz for more 3G
The GSM Association, trade body of the mobile phone industry, is calling for regulators around the world to allow the use of 3G technology in the 900MHz band.
iPhone contract charges unveiled
AT&T and Apple have announced what the iPhone will cost customers over the two-year contract they'll be obliged to sign - and it's pretty-much what AT&T charges customers already.
Microsoft shill blogs steal Reg commercial strategy c.2001
The Register has been appalled by Microsoft paying bloggers to write advertorial for its latest hype campaign. The reason? We thought of it first, dammit.
DHS forgets to mention border WiFi spy tower bungle
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have been lambasted by Congressmen after apparently attempting to conceal technical problems and programme slippages.
'The 3D Flickr' is go
French firm Dassault Systemes today launched a site for sharing three-dimensional models that it hopes will become "the 3D Flickr".
Open source 'leaving Asia behind'
The open source community risks leaving Asian users and developers behind, thanks to cultural differences and western business's tendency to treat programmers there as code monkeys rather than software designers, a senior Novell staffer has warned.
Netgear promises 3G femtocells by end of year
Netgear has announced it will be using technology from Ubiquisys to embed 3G femtocells into a home gateway product by the end of the year, though the box will also have Wi-Fi; in addition to being a DSL modem and VoIP router.
RegisterFly: the name not to be spoken
ICANN San Juan 2007The afternoon brought meatier fare - something a correspondent can sink his teeth into, so to speak.
Revolutionary laptop stand promises musical chairs
Laptop docking stations have never been much more than 21st Century clocking in and out machines. But now they can be so much more, Pyramat, the maker of the Lap Blaster, claims.
Google tops US, UK mobile charts
Yes, Google’s dominance extends beyond the desktop. Today, market research firm M:Metrics unveiled its latest rankings of the most popular mobile web destinations in the U.S. and Britain, and Google sits atop both lists.
Judge rejects Google's Microsoft anti-trust plea
AnalysisGoogle has failed in its attempts to ride the coat tails of Microsoft's landmark antitrust settlement, leaving the search giant one possible course of action: initiate its own costly and drawn-out antitrust case.
Novell kicks off Hackweek
Open source developers at Novell are spending this week on a 'working holiday' that the company calls Hackweek.
America wastes gazillions with always-on PCs
Next time you leave the office, turn off your machine. According to a new report, the typical mid-sized American business wastes more than $165,000 a year in electricity costs thanks to PCs left on through the night. That’s more than $1.72bn in wasted funds across the country.
Symantec offer sticks in craw of some Chinese users
We were skeptical on Monday when Symantec said it would atone for a bug that crippled the PCs of tens of thousands Chinese users by giving them free software. "Cockroach in your salad, sir? Have some free salad," was how we put it.
HP and Microsoft embrace and extend around HPC
HP and Microsoft have decided to hold hands as they go after the high performance computing (HPC) market.
Microsoft finds good facts to sell Windows Vista
Microsoft has launched a "get the facts" style campaign, only this time to push sales of Windows Vista.
Iron Mountain buys records management firm
Accutrac Software has moved Iron Mountain to reach for its wallet.
Red Hat's Exchange roars like a muted lamb
Have you heard of the Red Hat Exchange? Rest easy, you're not alone.
How to sniff out private information on Facebook
Facebook users who like to control who gets to see your account details, take note: political views, religious back ground and other sensitive details may be wide open to prying eyes even though you've configured your profile so its viewable only to designated friends.