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Has i-mate dumped three Ultimate handsets?

A cloud of confusion is surrounding i-mate today. One online source has claimed that the handset manufacturer has canned three of its forthcoming Ultimate Collection handsets, while another has reported that it has simply delayed manufacture until a later date.
James Sherwood, 17 Aug 2007

Travelocity accidentally books 1,458 trips between US and Cuba

From January 1998 to April 2004, Travelocity booked nearly 1,500 trips between the US and Cuba, violating a trade embargo first laid down by the American government at the height of the Cold War.
Cade Metz, 17 Aug 2007

NSA surveillance and the reality-based community

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? - Alice in Wonderland
Burke Hansen, 17 Aug 2007

Compact Disc: 25 years old today

Forgotten TechThe Compact Disc is 25 years old. Though the digital audio format's development stretches back many years before 17 August 1982, that was the date on which the world's first CD pressing plant punched out its very first disc.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2007

Sony US launches 'free' recycling programme

Sony will next month allow US consumers to drop off unwanted Sony-branded electronics products for recycling. The service is free of charge, but many eco-conscious Americans will still have to drive big distances to drop-off sites.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2007

Palm directs Sprint to Centro

Palm has confirmed its next-gen smartphone is to be called the Centro and that it's due to hit North American store shelves this coming autumn, initially courtesy of carrier Sprint.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2007

Elgato TV-on-Mac box tunes into hardware encoding

TV-on-a-Mac specialist Elgato has released its first USB-connected tuner that also takes the heavy work of encoding analogue video away from the host computer.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2007

Planned Wii production boost blocked?

Nintendo may not be able to boost Wii production as planned, it has been alleged - and it's all thanks to the industry-wide components shortage that appears to be hindering notebook production.
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2007

Universities warned of Storm Worm attacks

Colleges and universities have come under attack by Storm Worm botnets following attempts to detect infections through vulnerability scanning, a response centre for academic networks stated last week.
Robert Lemos, 17 Aug 2007
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Fujitsu Services seals £500m Reuters outsourcing gig

Fujitsu Services has won a major contract with Reuters worldwide. Under the 10-year deal, which is valued at around £500m, Fujitsu will provide IT services, such as desktop PC maintenance and email services, for 17,500 Reuters employees in more than 100 countries. In addition, more than 300 Reuters staff will transfer to Fujitsu.
ENN, 17 Aug 2007

Motorcycle News in shot M40 biker ad gaffe

The UK's Motorcycle News earlier this week contributed a cracking example to the "unfortunate juxtaposition of content and advertisement" genre with this piece on murdered biker Gerard Michael Tobin:
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2007

Click here for the UK's highest-paid IT post

The server technical analysts among you who could do with a bit of extra cash are directed forthwith to recruiting firm Elan, which is making an offer you really can't refuse:
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2007

Microsoft launches PC-rebuilding scheme

Microsoft Ireland has launched a scheme aimed at keeping PCs out of landfills and re-building them for use by schools and charities.
Charlie Taylor, 17 Aug 2007

Bluetooth music while on four wheels

With the UK ban on driving with a mobile phone in your hand, hordes of manufacturers have rushed to fill car cigarette lighters with hands-free calling kits. Venturi is the latest, offering wireless Bluetooth music streaming from a mobile phone to your car stereo.
James Sherwood, 17 Aug 2007

UK cops auction off Remington Shite Straighteners

We're not quite sure what's going on down at Torquay Police Property Office, but it appears one of the Boys in Blue has taken exception to Remington's fine range of electrical hair care products:
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2007

Could Linux become the dominant OS?

CommentOpen source moves at a different speed to commercial software. This has become apparent over the last decade as Linux and its open source fellow travellers (Apache, Open Office, MySQL, Firefox ,et al) gradually established their position in the software world.
Robin Bloor, 17 Aug 2007

NASA: no fix needed for shuttle

BriefAfter a week of hmm-ing and haa-ing, NASA has elected not to repair the hole in the Shuttle Endeavour before it returns to Earth.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Aug 2007

Kingston hides Hull roots with KCom rebrand

Hull-based telco and IT firm Kingston Communications Group has decided it doesn't want to be so closely associated with East Yorkshire, and whipped out the joss-sticks to reimagine itself as KCom Group.
Christopher Williams, 17 Aug 2007

Disintermangling use case scenarios from requirements

It turns out that my co-author Doug Rosenberg has a few things to say on the subject of use case style. So this week I'm going to leap in the back of the Dodge Ram pick-up truck and let him drive.
Matt Stephens, 17 Aug 2007

Cowon squeezes DAB into PMP

The world's 'first' portable media player (PMP) with DAB digital radio will hit UK shelves later this month. The Cowon iAudio D2 portable media player (PMP) player is also set to feature a meaty multimedia line-up inside its slim-line casing.
James Sherwood, 17 Aug 2007

Boffins issue speeding ticket for FTL photons

Two German scientists claim to have broken the speed of light with a tunnelling photon, a pair of prisms and a gap of about three feet.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Aug 2007

BOFH: New toys

Episode 29
Simon Travaglia, 17 Aug 2007

Worn out your vibrator? Relief is at hand

NSFWDuring a recent Vulture Central editorial brainstorm it was reluctantly decided that, in the face of mounting reader criticism that El Reg was becoming the IT equivalent of the Sunday Sport, we should forthwith return to our core news values and never more darken the internet with tales of Bulgarian airbags, black cocks, and people having sex with goats.
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2007

IBM revamps mainframe OS

IBM has taken the wraps off a new version of its mainframe operating system, which has been designed to make it easier to port Unix applications onto Big Iron servers. The upgrade also includes scalability and security improvements.
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2007

Warner Bros to remake Enter the Dragon

Warner Bros has announced it will remake 1973 Kung Fu classic Enter the Dragon, AP chillingly reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2007

Designer breaks up trad PC design

If a small form factor PC is still too large for your liking or offers more functionality than you need, then one designer has created a more manageable solution. Uni is a PC concept where operating units are designed as separate white-box units which can then be connected together via three-pin plugs, as and when required.
James Sherwood, 17 Aug 2007

Some Skypers get reconnected, but most still offline

Some users, albeit far from a majority, are happily reporting they're now able to successfully reconnect to Skype following a problem which earlier this week floored the VoIP service.
Bill Ray, 17 Aug 2007

Diebold rebrands evoting business, revises forecasts

Diebold has re-branded its electronic voting subsidiary as "Premier Election Solutions" after attempts to offload the business failed. The firm also had to rein in its performance predictions, as uncertainty about the security of the machines starts to bite.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Aug 2007

Daytime debut for UK Xbox 360 Elite?

With the UK launch of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite (previously codenamed "Zephyr") only days away now, the general mood in most of the high street stores seems to be one of...somewhat reserved excitement.
Scott Snowden, 17 Aug 2007

Denon cues up USB DJ kit

As DJs opt for more increasingly sophisticated equipment for their ‘sets’, it’s no surprise to see manufacturers adopting their hardware to suit. Denon is the latest manufacturer to have a spin with a PC and Mac compatible USB MIDI/audio interface and controller, designed for computer-backed performances by club and mobile DJs.
James Sherwood, 17 Aug 2007

Nokia seeks Qualcomm import ban

Nokia has requested that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) investigate Qualcomm's importing of products infringing Nokia patents, with a view to getting such imports banned.
Bill Ray, 17 Aug 2007

Patientline looks for debt help

Patientline, which provides telephone and TV services to patients in UK hospitals, is looking for ways to ease the burden of its £80m debt pile.
John Oates, 17 Aug 2007

We can hear you now, Audible.com

Audible.com's Don Katz wasn't gloating when he visited London recently - but he had a very good reason to feel pleased with himself. The spoken books company was crucified by investors when, two years ago, it announced it was launching a UK operation, knocking a third off the value of the business.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2007

Man loses leg in bathtub romp

CommentsFriday is here again, and we begin on a pious note. Good news for the ostentatiously religious among you: Gold River Productions has come out with a Christian ringtones service. Fellow commuters can be treated to a reading of a bible verse or a Christian rock ditty, among other choices, and you might want to hold off answering the call so they can get the full benefit. Answering "HELLO? I'M ON THE ARK. NO, THE ARK!" is discouraged.
Robin Lettice, 17 Aug 2007
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Survey vindicates outsourcers' green press release bombardment

Outsourcing clients have caught the green bug big time, and will force the faceless global omnicorps they employ to clean up their act or slide into oblivion.
Christopher Williams, 17 Aug 2007
fingers pointing at man

Gentoo cuts key parts of itself from net for its own good

Admins with the Gentoo Project say they have disconnected major parts of its website a week after discovering it could be vulnerable to a command injection attack that allows bad guys to remotely execute code on the machine.
Dan Goodin, 17 Aug 2007

RIAA gets some class

The RIAA has been slapped by a class action lawsuit, filed by Tanya Anderson, a single mom from Oregon who claims the organization's goons impersonated her 10-year-old daughter's grandmother over the phone to extract evidence.
Austin Modine, 17 Aug 2007

Google Adwords dive-bombed by American Airlines

Yet another trademark owner has gone to war over Google's keyword advertising. But this time it's a name everyone knows: American Airlines.
Cade Metz, 17 Aug 2007

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