Vonage is to pay $80m to Sprint to settle a infringement case over Voice over Packet (VOP) patents held by Sprint.
UpdatedIf you rely on BT for high-speed internet or VoIP, there's a good chance a pair of UK-based researchers know how to enable a backdoor in your router that leaves you wide open to eavesdropping, caller spoofing and other nasty attacks.
When we wrote about the possibilities of green software back in July, the response from Register Developer readers was mainly positive. Thanks for going easy on us.
Avnet, the US distie giant, yesterday completed the takeover of the enterprise IT division of Magirus, gaining itself an extra $500m-a-year-in annual revenues, 140 staffers in sales, marketing and purchasing, and five new European countries to play with. And Dubai.
Gateway, the US PC maker that is to be bought by Acer, the Taiwanese PC maker, is to buy Packard Bell, the (once Israeli, then Japanese, now) French PC maker that was going to be bought by Lenovo, the Chinese PC maker, which (according to rumours) had outbid Acer, which also wanted to buy Packard Bell. Got that? Good.
Dell will release its new M1000e blade server chassis "in the next few weeks," according to information obtained by The Register.
StobI say, "I could try ringing again."
Facebookers would rather pelt each other with virtual faeces than safeguard their personal information. At least, that's the word from Seth Goldstein, co-founder and CEO of Social Media, a company that enables virtual doo-doo tossing.
A former RAF pilot has been sacked for allowing Premiership leather worrier Robbie Savage "near the controls" of his aircraft in breach of anti-terrorism rules, the BBC reports.
McAfee has stumped up $350m to buy data encryption and access control vendor SafeBoot. The deal, announced Monday, allows McAfee to offer a broader range of end-point security products and services to its enterprise clients as well as offering enhanced mobile phone security products to handset manufacturers and telcos.
The Learning and Skills Council has named Capgemini UK as its main IT partner, in a deal which could be worth £245m over five years.
Poor IT is hampering efficiency at Jobcentre Plus, according to a Commons report.
The married boy racers among you should take heed of the possible consequences of shelling out for a nice set of wheels without consulting the missus - something which the poor bloke flogging his Nissan Skyline GT-R evidently didn't do.
AMD has juggled the prices of its desktop processors, knocking up to 27.5 per cent of various CPUs, introducing some new, low-power ones, and upping what it charges for a number of other parts.
A long time ago, in a star system far, far away, an Earth-like planet is forming. It is actually only 424 light years away in a system known as HD 113766, outside the reach of your Oyster cards* but a mere stroll in astronomical terms.
Veteran promoter Harvey Goldsmith, who's handling Led Zeppelin's forthcoming renunion gig at London's O2 Arena, is a little hacked off with eBay after tickets for the show inevitably popped up on the world's favourite tat bazaar.
NSFW"To learn how to make computers more human, we have to f*ck them." - Stefan Lutschinger, Arse Elektronika
Seagate has admitted its first-generation hybrid hard drives - standard hard disks with an added Flash memory cache - are not providing the promised benefits, but it blamed the discrepancy on PC BIOS and device driver software.
Andy Green is to become CEO of LogicaCMG, having been enticed away from BT after 21 years with the UK's incumbent telco.
Keeping your work and private calls separate without carrying two handsets around could soon be a real possibility. Samsung yesterday unveiled its DuoS D880 handset, which allows owners to use two SIM cards in a single phone.
Last year's losses at the 3G operator were down to £840.7m, according to the Financial Times, but most of that is because its owner, Hutchison Whampoa, is waiving interest payments on loans.
Sony has followed its announcement of a European 40GB PlayStation 3 by saying it will cut the prices of its 20GB and 60GB PS3s in Japan, a move that will pave the way for the introduction of the 40GB model there.
Botnets are fulfilling law enforcement fears that online casinos could prove fertile ground for money laundering, according to a recent, little-noticed report by risk compliance firm Fortent.
Computer 2000 (C2000) has rejigged its management team by making a number of key changes.
T-Mobile joined the ranks of proper mobile operators with its own inadequately-explained network outage - losing data connectivity across its network for around four hours yesterday morning.
The new .asia domain registry opens for business today, triggering the familiar landgrab by brand owners.
US-based content delivery network Cachefly has developed an innovative authentication method that reassures us that the spirit of BOFH reaches across the Atlantic.
UpdatedUK PC company RM - formerly Research Machines, 1980s school-computer buffs - is to bring Asus' tiny Eee PC, launched last June, to these shores - for a mere 169 quid.
An African white-backed vulture decided last Saturday that he didn't much like his digs at Aberdeenshire's, ahem, 2wit 2woo rescue centre and showed staff a clean pair of claws during a feeding session.
While it can't seem to get round to its promise to fire up a brilliant algorithm for removing copyrighted videos, Google has developed another way of making money for itself from YouTube.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has once again refused to grant controversial videogame Manhunt 2 a release certificate in the UK, effectively banning the title.
American medical researchers have concluded that Tasers, the controversial cattleprod-launching stun weapons, are broadly safe to use.
Researchers in the States have found a way of predicting how evanescent light waves might behave. The breakthrough could clear the way for a new generation of nanoscale optical devices, including solar thermal energy technologies.
The fearsome heat of the Sun is being blamed for the strange yin-yang appearance of Saturn's moon Iapetus.
A Florida man who deliberately defied an Orlando ordinance which prohibits feeding the city's homeless will become the first person to face trial for the offence when he's hauled before a judge and jury.
The US Treasury Department (DoT), in consultation with the Department of Justice, last week finally released proposed regulations for enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
Scientists have come up with a new currency to be used by inter-planetary travellers. The Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination, or Quid, is made from a polymer used in non-stick pans and is designed to withstand the stresses of space travel.
Enormous Far-Eastern car firm Nissan has come out with some radical(ish) new ideas to tackle the leading cause of violent premature death in rich countries - which is car accidents (just in case you were thinking terrorism, crime, drugs, music piracy, malware or something). The crafty Japanese engineers also have plans for dealing with road rage, and the perennial snag of getting one's car into a small space.
The 2007 Nobel prize for physics has been awarded to the nanotech boffins behind our ever shrinking hard disks, Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg.
Cambodian cops have detained a cow responsible for six traffic deaths, the Sun reports.
ReviewRemember the days when even an entry-level digital camera cost the proverbial arm and a leg? Nowadays, low-price doesn’t have to mean low performance or even low in features. If you’re looking for a decent digital camera today, you can pick up a fairly well-specified model for a little over £100.
Scotland Yard arrested a nanny agency worker over suspected hacking offences on Monday.
NSFWWe're very much obliged to reader Phillip Young for alerting us that Amazon UK is peddling anal sex toys to any wide-eyed kiddie looking to strap on a Spiderman watch:
Vodafone has splashed out £537m on Tele2 in Italy and Spain, reaffiring the firm's commitment to quad-play and giving it three million new fixed-line customers with over 600,000 using broadband.
Alistair Darling cut corporation tax and promised to overhaul capital gains and inheritance tax as he made his first pre-budget report since taking over as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Zend PHP 07Lately, Zend Technologies has worked to put PHP in the enterprise by optimizing its tools for Oracle and IBM databases and middleware.
Zend PHP 07Zend Technologies, the industry's PHP steward, today delivers the first fruits of its collaboration with Microsoft while expanding the companies' relationship.
Hackers were able to use a Police Academy in India to host a phishing site.
Australia has commissioned the construction of a giant wind farm said to be capable of powering 400,000 homes. The project will see some 500 turbines being installed in New South Wales, near the town of Broken Hill, and will have a capacity of up to 1,000 megawatts.
Sun Microsystems is primed to ship the first servers running its UltraSPARC T2 processor, aka Niagara II.
UK deathboffinry spinoff firm Qinetiq says it plans to deploy Transformers combatbots in the Wars On Stuff.
Sometimes the world changes – again – and hardly anyone notices. As a case in point, we bring you DeviceVM.
It's time to get operationalizing*.
Life can be tough when you're one of the globe's biggest email providers. Just ask Hotmail. Users get upset enough when come-ons for Viagra slip through the cracks of the Microsoft-owned service. But there's just as much hell to pay when its war on spam snuffs out legitimate emails.
Dell is waving goodbye to 250 tech support workers at its Nashville, Tennessee operations, the company said today.
The Supreme Court today declined certiorari in the case of El Masri v. United States, effectively endorsing the Cheney administration's notorious extraordinary rendition program.
While in Britain last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took a swipe at just about everything - from one of the world's largest Linux vendors to a social networking company he may end up buying. He insisted that Red Hat violates MS patents. He compared Facebook to GeoCities. He even accused Google of reading your email.
Google has acquired Jaiku, a Finnish company that lets you bombard your closest friends with an endless stream of self-serving mini-messages. Think of it as Twitter with a different but equally-annoying name.
The US Supreme Court has declined to dismiss a class-action lawsuit against Compaq for selling defective floppy disks. HP, which bought Compaq in 2002, had argued a lower court decision wrongly certified a nationwide class of plaintiffs.
Two years after being shown the door at HP, Carly Fiorina will join a financial news television channel that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is launching next week.