NetApp shares shocked by profit warning
In briefNetApp stock plunged nearly 20 per cent in after hours trading when the storage supplier warned first quarter revenue may be down further than previously expected.
Office 2008 for Mac succumbs to Redmond disease
Mac fans looking to Microsoft to deliver them from a three-year-old desktop productivity suite will have to wait a little longer.
Watching the watchers: high tech snooping
Black Hat BlogThere are two rules in Las Vegas. One: everything is twice as big as you think it is and therefore twice as far away. Two: wherever you need to get to is across a casino.
Charities turn to text to tackle gangs
Two organisations in Southwark are launching an SMS service designed to help people in gangs or those affected by gang crime.
Info chief warns on audio recording
The Information Commissioner's Office is warning that CCTV must not be used to record conversations between members of the public.
45nm chips for the Xbox on the cards?
Chartered Semiconductor has begun development of a 45nm CPU, prompting speculation that the chip could find its way into the Xbox next year. Chia Song Hwee, president of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, told analysts the firm that the market can expect a 45nm chip within 18 months.
Slickr player makes a bold promise
Venzero has created a multimedia-packed device which it claims "fulfils all your multimedia dreams". The Slickr measures 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.98cm, weighs 57g, and touts a 2.83in TFT QVGA screen capable of displaying 1.6 million colours - which is comparatively more colours than the iPod's 65,536.
Epilepsy-triggering advert given the green light
A television advert for watches which caused a woman to have an epileptic seizure has received the approval of advertising regulators. The advert, for watches from Dolce & Gabbana (D&G), has not been banned.
Emerging markets drive mobile shipments
A total of 258 million mobile phones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter, up 11 per cent on the same period in 2006. That's according to a Strategy Analytics, which reveals that the number of handsets shipped globally rose by four per cent from 247 million units in the first quarter of 2007.
Hitachi sees double with Blu-Ray camcorders
Hitachi has trumped recent rumours that it was prepping a Blu-ray camcorder by releasing a brace of devices using the technology. One model records HD content onto a Blu-Ray disc while the other also records onto a hard drive.
Vodafone pulls Facebook ads
UpdatedVodafone has withdrawn advertising from Facebook following the revelation its campaigns were running alongside the British National Party's official presence.
Cheesed-off spooks give up on duff spy-sat
Further admissions of expensive technical disasters have emerged from the United States' secretive spy-satellite agency, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
BT tries French IT services outfit for size
BT said today it has put forward a €60m cash offer to buy a division of French IT services firm CS Communication and Systèmes.
Will the iPhone be iPwned?
LAS VEGAS - The Apple Store at the Fashion Show Mall has a solid crowd for a Monday afternoon and it's easy to pinpoint the favourite.
False positives run amok in Vista anti-virus tests
The first independent tests of anti-malware products on 64-bit Windows Vista revealed a rash of false positives.
Oklahoma offers War on Terror numberplates
Residents of Oklahoma can exchange their dull old number plate for one which makes clear their support of Bush's "Global War on Terror".
Betfair tears up all bets on Polish tennis championship game
Peer-to-peer betting exchange Betfair has cancelled all bets taken on the tennis match between Nikolay Davydenko and Martin Vassallo Arguello yesterday.
Wanna stick USB 2.0 to your network?
Anyone fed up with having to plug peripherals into their laptop - or run a desktop PC as a peripheral server on the network - could find a USB network server useful, according to Keyspan.
Stem cell fraudster made 'virgin birth' breakthrough
The investigation into frauds committed by Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk has revealed that he unwittingly made a sought-after stem cell breakthrough.
Genetic researchers fill 1TB a week
Fresh from its recent sinister triumph, the Wellcome Trust says that its research into genetic diseases is generating such huge data volumes that it has had to buy an extra 42TB of SATA disk arrays, 30TB of which are already full.
BigFix drops freebie patch advisory service
BigFix is to cease support for the long-running consumer version of its Fixlet Central security patch advisory service from the end of August.
US considers $33bn sci/tech funding package
The US House of Representatives has called for $33.6bn of funding for science and technology research. The cash is part of the "America Competes Act" (seriously, who names these things?), which was waved through by a thumping 367-57 vote.
Sony recalls 350,000 cameras
Sony has announced a recall of 350,000 digital cameras. But there's no need to reach for your fire extinguisher, because this time the recall is focused on the metal casing of one model that has the potential to cut or scratch users.
Meng cops plea in CHIP-ICE 'ware espionage bust
An alphabet soup of federal plods claimed a first yesterday, as one-time Cupertino resident and former Chinese national Xiaodong Sheldon Meng copped a plea to illegally exporting military software.
Google builds own phone
Google is trying pull US telcos round to its way of thinking with plans for a handset optimized for its online services. The precocious Silicon Valley company has reportedly spent millions of dollars prototyping cell phones tailored to its search, email and a planned new browser.
Nokia to jump on music download bandwagon?
Nokia is on the verge of launching its own iTunes-like music downloads service, if rumours are correct. Online reports suggest the handset vendor is to unveil the service later this month, alongside two new music-oriented handsets.
Origins of the assault rifle
What is an AK47? In short, it’s an assault rifle: and this is just the first of many misleading death-tech terms we’ll encounter. (Gun bureaucrats of all nations seem to delight in confusing the outsider.) For those not up on the history of shooters, here's an introduction.
El Reg meets Gen Kalashnikov
The Register spoke to the General through his translator, Anna, when he visited the UK in 2004 to launch his AK-branded tipple.
AK47: the open-source weapon that took the world by storm
FeatureSixty years ago, a former tank sergeant named Mikhail Kalashnikov submitted an assault-rifle design to the Red Army for trials. It was selected as the new personal weapon for most Soviet soldiers, and designated Automat Kalashnikova 1947 – AK47 for short. That designation went out of official use in 1959, but to this day “AK47” is probably the world's most widely-known gun name. Just as open-source Linux - the "communist" software, according to Steve Ballmer - has made Linus Torvalds famous, the genuinely communist open-source AK has given Mikhail Kalashnikov a profile at least as high. The AK47 and its successor designs are the most widely-used firearms on the face of the planet.
That sinking into a vat of beer Friday feeling
It's Friday afternoon. The sun is shining. And everyone is down the boozer when they should be at their desks getting through all that ugly paperwork before the 5pm bell sounds.
Scientists explain Saturn's mysterious, moonless ring
Saturn's gauzy G-ring is being swept into its orbit, grain by grain, from a region of icy chunks on its inner edge. So say researchers working on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft in the 2 August issue of the journal Science.
IBM goes to Princeton Softech
Technology services behemoth IBM said it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held Princeton Softech Inc for an undisclosed sum.
Free Wi-Fi aims to snag Mondeo man
Anyone logging onto one of the UK Wi-Fi locations run by free-hotspot.com and online-4-free.com this summer can expect to have to wait through a video advert for the new Ford Mondeo, before they get the promised free internet access.
Brian May going for astronomy PhD
Proving that it does take brains to play in magnificent rock bands, Queen guitarist Brian May is to submit his doctoral thesis this week. What is the subject you ask? Why, the formation of zodiacal dust clouds, of course.
Fun with passports and paperclips
Black Hat BlogThe best tax is the tax the other guy pays; the best hacks are the ones that only affect the other guy; the funniest technical glitches are the outages of the other guy's microphone. No such luck: David Thiel is exploring the ways that downloaded media files can be hacked. You have nothing to fear but your bittorrent habit.
EU monitors roaming compliance
The EU is providing an easy reference for customers wanting to see if their network operator is offering minimal compliance with the new Eurotariff, or if they're one of the lucky few who are exceeding the newly mandated caps on European roaming charges.
TimeUK mounts $22m Evesham bail-out
UpdatedTroubled British PC maker Evesham Technology has been thrown a $22m lifeline by TimeUK founder, Tahir Mohsan. Evesham, which blamed the closure of the government-backed Home Computing Initiative (HCI) for landing it in financial hot water, said most of its stores will close under the restructure.
Red Hat delays Global Desktop
Red Hat is tapping the breaks on the release of its Global Desktop Linux operating system to put in more tricks. The company announced today the software's once expected July roll-out has been delayed until at least September.
More moves are in train to bring Requirements Management (RM) out of its fusty corner of esoteric technical argument and into the mainstream of applications development planning.
The Scouts go grid
The Scouts are getting into grid computing - yes, it seems that "Dyb dyb dyb" now means "donate your bits". Scouts all around the world are being encouraged to join a team that's donating its spare CPU cycles to the World Community Grid, which provides processor power for medical research.
Ban the internet! It's full of worms and iPlayers
CommentsThe internet is a blight on our fair society. The iPlayer, viruses and The Register are testament to that fact. The Professional Teachers Association has voted to ban the internet and Wi-Fi from schools. It's a sensible proposal from a sensible organisation. You seemed to think otherwise:
Tibco backs Ajax with message bus
Tibco Software has increased its open source credentials by handing over the core of its PageBus messaging software to the Open Ajax Alliance. The move follows last October's release of its General Interface Ajax application toolkit as a free open source package.
Pirate Bay to resurrect Suprnova.org
Swedish anti-copyright group Pirate Bay will reopen Suprnova.org, which used to be the most popular BitTorrent indexing site.
Amazon joins Google in assault on eBay's PayPal
As eBay continues to fight off calls for the addition of Google Checkout to its online marketplace, here comes another big-name PayPal alternative.
Coding legend Antony Jameson gives supercomputers wings
Radio RegIf you're on a flight and Antony Jameson's code crashes, hold on tight. You're in for a wild ride.
Lenovo moves to the country
Flushed with a nearly 13-fold income jump in its first quarter, Lenovo hopes to extend its lead in China by targeting the country's poor, but expansive rural market.
Yahoo! to stream web-only US Prez debate
Not to be outdone by Google and YouTube, Yahoo! will soon host the first web-only U.S. presidential debate.
SPEC dishes out MPI test
The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) has released a new benchmark suite that measures the performance of clusters running the much-loved - and much-despised - Message-Passing Interface protocols.