Woman arrested for WoW love affair
An Australian woman is facing child abduction charges in the US after trying to bring her 17-year-old World of Warcraft boyfriend back to Oz.
Massachusetts kowtows to Microsoft
Massachusetts is back on the Microsoft bandwagon. Nearly two years ago, the US state unveiled a policy that required its agencies to abandon Microsoft's Office applications in favor of apps that use "open" standards, such as the OpenDocument format (ODF).
Dell gets hot over refrigerant
Doing its best to imitate The Fonz, Dell has formed an exclusive partnership with data center cooling specialist Liebert to put your boxes on ice.
iPhone hackers disclose vulns and hunt for clues
The game is on for hackers trying to spot security vulnerabilities in Apple's iPhone and already they're scoring points. Less than 72 hours after the iPhone's introduction, researchers have reported at least one flaw that could allow an attacker some level of control over the device, while other hackers have uncovered passwords hiding in Apple software that could prove key in gaining root access, they said.
Kylie confirmed for Who Xmas special
The BBC has confirmed that Oz popstress Kylie Minogue will appear in an hour-long Xmas Doctor Who special, enticingly entitled Voyage of the Damned.
Swiss take on North America at nano-droid Subbuteo
This weekend, the city of Atlanta, Georgia will play host to an international soccer contest, in which all the players will be robots. So far, so yawnworthy - but wait. These droid sportsmen - unlike the ordinary, everyday mechanoid ballplayer - will be nanoscale ones, each smaller than an amoeba.
Possession of extreme porn to become criminal offence
The Government has published a new law which will criminalise extreme pornography. The Government first indicated that it would criminalise the possession of violent pornography two years ago.
Slot machine inventions denied patents
A slot machine company has been refused the chance to patent parts of its games because the hearing officer and the Court of Appeal said that the company had simply changed the gameplay and rules of its slot machine games and so were not patentable.
Eircom injects €5m in Northern Ireland network
Eircom is to make a €5m investment in its network in Northern Ireland as the telecoms firm looks to develop its business in the area.
GSMA tackles 'innovation bottleneck' on mobile phones
The GSM Association (GSMA) thinks mobile innovation is ticking along too slowly, so has launched a programme to help smaller companies pitch their ideas to operators.
Global mobile subscriptions hit three billion
Worldwide mobile phone subscriptions have hit three billion, according to a new report by Informa Telecoms and Media.
EU launches EUtube with a bang
NSFWThe EU has launched its very own YouTube channel, cunningly entitled EUtube, and aimed at disseminating the very best of the union's audiovisual content.
Website honours battling Glasgow baggage handler
A website set up to honour battling Glaswegian baggage handler John Smeaton, who magnificently waded in to prevent al-Qaeda's comedy kamikaze division raining fiery apocalypse upon the UK's airport infrastructure, has succeeded in getting grateful netizens to stick 480 pints behind the bar of the Glasgow Airport Holiday Inn for his drinking pleasure.
UK gov fights public spending website
The government is obstructing a bill aimed at establishing a new website for information on public sector spending.
Vibrator speaker system causes a buzz
It's probably better to read about what this little gizmo does before you look at the pictures, otherwise you may forgiven for thinking that the I-MU Vibro was some sort of, ahem, 'personal stimulation product'. Just like a good spy novel or a run around the block...
Digital divide becoming chasm, research reveals
Movement on the digital divide has stalled with only marginally more people online today than three years ago.
Banks want data pulled from US
The central banks of China and Russia have joined private companies in calling on Swift, the international financial intermediary, to pull all non-US data from America, The Register has learned.
Pensioner used live shell as doorstop
Royal Navy bomb disposal experts were called to a house in Paignton, Devon, after a tip-off that 68-year-old Thelma Bonnett was rather ill-advisedly using a live First World War German shell as a doorstop, the Daily Mail reports.
Europe and Russia plan next generation spaceship
Plans are underway to build a European alternative to the US's shuttle replacement Orion.
Internet Governance Forum still searching for something to govern
ICANN San Juan 2007After a crazed American federal prosecutor wreaked havoc on the Puerto Rican roads by wiping out on his motorcycle at 3am doing 105 mph, immobilizing traffic for ten hours on a major highway, I walked four miles on Thursday morning along the beach to the site of the ICANN meeting. I made it just in time to the Caribe Hilton for the internet governance workshop.
US nutter counts to one million on net
A US chap is counting to one million live on the net to raise funds for the Push America disabilities charity.
Institutional idiocy in IT
Every now and then, I think it's healthy to sit back and recap on industry best practice. However, I'm not going to do that here. It's much more fun to tear into worst practice.
Russian copyright wars to continue despite AllofMP3 shutdown
AllofMP3.com, the UK's second most popular source for music downloads after iTunes, has been shut down after diplomatic pressure was piled on Russian authorities.
Philips parades gem-like gadgets for luxury loving ladies
I like being a girl. If I were a man, I'd never get the chance to purchase shiny items like Philips' Swarovski crystal-encased earphones and - luxury of luxuries - USB Flash drives, all hi-tech toys cunningly disguised as jewelry.
Autonomy forks out $375m for US expansion
Cambridge-based software firm Autonomy is buying US document storage and retrieval company Zantaz Inc.
Malware scammers target iPhone
Fraudsters have been busy at work exploiting the hype surrounding last week's launch of the Apple iPhone.
Dell provides software assurance to Special Ops Command
Dell continues to be a favoured software licencing and assurance contractor for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
Wireless gadget maker to offer on-the-move internet for free
Canadian mobile internet gadget maker DataWind is coming to Europe this month on the back of the second generation of its Pocket Surfer wireless web browser, Register Hardware has learned. And it's promising "the internet anywhere... for free".
SEC chases former Veritas execs over cursed AOL contract
The SEC is suing five former execs at Veritas over alleged securities fraud back in 2000.
Downing Street dodges 'unlimited' broadband debate
The government has responded to more than 9,000 people who signed a petition against misleading "unlimited" broadband advertising by bouncing them back to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which has already repeatedly refused to act.
'Effete' Europe useless in GWOT, says bin Laden man
"Everyone is entitled to my opinion!" could be the motto of Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA's bin Laden unit. Regularly showing up on American television, Scheuer is good as a talkative churl spewing calumnies on whatever political figure in the war on terror news hosts want defamed, always enthusiastically addressing the person being spoken to as "Sir!"
SAP confesses to 'inappropriate' Oracle downloads
SAP has admitted making "inappropriate downloads" of code and supporting documents from Oracle's website through its US-based Tomorrow Now subsidiary.
Defend your home with a walking webcam
Using a webcam to ensure the safety of your home isn't new, but thieves just steal them along with your laptop. However, maybe Burglar Bill will think again when a webcam-toting robot steps up to block his passage.
Starburst snap holds clues to galactic evolution
In a galaxy far, far away, a period of unusually intense star formation is underway. Thousands upon thousands of new stars are blazing into life, as a starburst rips through the galaxy NGC 4449.
Six Wiis sold for every PS3 purchased in Japan
Nintendo's Wii continued to reign supreme in Japan last month, with sales outstripping Sony's PlayStation 3 by a staggering six to one. The Wii outsold Microsoft's Xbox 360 by an even greater margin.
Holux says balls to GPS
With the UK's public-space smoking ban now firmly in place, your car's cigarette lighter may be seeing a little less action. Holux reckons its spherical GR-239 Bluetooth GPS receiver will give the in-car power outlet a new lease of life.
Hacker stalked Linkin Park frontman
A former US government lab worker has admitted stalking Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington after using computing hacking tactics to obtain data on her target.
London NHS paper reveals plans to share patient data
A document produced for London NHS reveals plans for extensive sharing of personal data between the NHS, social services, education and the police. Obtained by William Heath's Ideal Government blog, it says that the "Health and Social Care Integration Project" should fit with "known and future national developments... e.g. ContactPoint for Children, the Common Assessment Framework for Children, the Care Programme Approach, the Single Assessment Process for Older People, the Proposed Common Assessment Framework for Adults and its link with the NHS Connecting for Health National e-SAP Project.
Never say sorry I'm late again
A new smartphone application links to your diary and GPS to automatically let people know when you're running late.
MEP plans EU build ban on cars faster than 100mph
The EU Parliament's environment committee is considering a proposal to ban all cars capable of exceeding 100 mph (162 km/hour) from 2013. The proposal, put forward by LibDem MEP Chris Davies, is based on the arguments that cars that go faster than 100 mph are "over-engineered to a ridiculous degree", and that for safety reasons, they need to be heavier, and hence to burn more fuel.
New ASA boss targets bogus web sites
The new boss of the advertising watchdog has said bogus web adverts and websites need better regulation and conceded that current rules are not far-reaching enough.
Customers give new ISP market thumbs down
The volatile ISP sector is continuing to annoy UK consumers as it sacrifices service for lower prices.
Stingy AT&T spoiled the iPhone party
Much of the urban United States has enjoyed indoor toilets for some years now, and - Hallelujah! - thanks to Apple, it finally has a modern mobile phone, too.
Inflated real-estate market goes ballistic (in space)
Vegas-based real-estate kingpin Robert Bigelow's second prototype inflatable space habitat is now in orbit and doing well, according to its parent company.
Virgin: Take the money and run, Beardie
Analysis:Private equity group Carlyle is bidding to take over Virgin Media, the UK's cable monopoly formerly known as NTL. We reckon Branson should take the money. He could get shot of the debt-burdened albatross, and put the money to good use elsewhere in the Virgin telco empire.
Universal downgrades kneecapping to kick in nuts
Universal Music Group (UMG) has responded to yesterday's report in the New York Times by declaring that it will continue to supply its catalog to Apple's iTunes store. It'll just do so on new terms, far more flexible than it previously enjoyed.
Whiteboards could damage kids and teachers' eyesight
Interactive whiteboards that are used in schools and colleges across the UK could potentially cause eyesight damage due to a lack of basic government guidelines.
Carphone Warehouses picks BlackBerry
Anyone not satisfied with the current selection of shops selling BlackBerry handsets now has another choice: Carphone Warehouse is finally going to stock BlackBerry grower Research in Motion's three latest consumer-friendly models in its 780 UK stores.
Riverbed dives into certification territory
WAN optimiser Riverbed Technology has signed an IT professional certification program deal with testing provider Pearson VUE.
Talking Trojan taunts victims
Malware authors have developed a talking Trojan capable of taunting its victims even as it goes about its work trashing their PCs.
Palm OS II launch date delayed again
Palm CEO Ed Colligan has told Brighthand it won't have devices based on its own version of Palm OS until some time in 2008, despite saying two months ago the devices would be available later this year.
Intel, MS eye Japanese housewives in mobile PC push
Intel, Microsoft and Japanese online payments company Bit Wallet have teamed up to develop a mobile PC platform designed to bring computing to those traditionally considered to be unfamiliar with shopping online, browsing the web or sitting at a desktop PC. Like housewives, apparently.
Google buys voicemail firm for $50m
Google has acquired GrandCentral Communications, a California-based provider of web-based communications solutions.
US Navy looks to achieve spy-fi miracle-dork capability
The US Office of Naval Research (ONR), one of the Pentagon's many securo-boffin pork outlets, is having a timely look at dealing with the threat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) - military speak for terrorist bombs.
MPack malware exposes cheapskate web hosts
Poor configuration of Apache servers allowed multiple websites hosted on the same physical server to become infected in last month's Mpack compromise.
Apple, Ebay and Amazon receive failing grade from environmentalists
Eco-lobby group Climate Counts has issued a green rating scorecard that lauds Canon and IBM as veritable Planeteers, but dumps on eBay, Amazon and Apple as planet-hating muckity-mucks.
Gates loses 'World's richest' crown
A Mexican telecoms tycoon has dethroned Bill Gates as the World's richest man.
Yahoo! Unveils! New! Banner! Ad! Engine!
Score one for Yahoo! in the ongoing battle for online ad dollars. Yesterday, the beleaguered company unveiled a new banner ad platform that allows marketers to target web users according to their online behavior, a talent typically reserved for text-based ad engines.