Vonage pays Sprint $80m to square patent dispute
Vonage is to pay $80m to Sprint to settle a infringement case over Voice over Packet (VOP) patents held by Sprint.
BT home router wide open to hijackers
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.
Concern over gas guzzling software
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 now proud owner of Magirus enterprise biz
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 and Packard Bell is done deal
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's new blade server takes M1000e moniker
Dell will release its new M1000e blade server chassis "in the next few weeks," according to information obtained by The Register.
Facebookers abandon online privacy for virtual doo-doo
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.
Pilot sacked for footie star on flightdeck shocker
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 ties up SafeBoot buy for $350m
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.
Capgemini wins five year LSC deal
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.
MPs slam employment agency IT
Poor IT is hampering efficiency at Jobcentre Plus, according to a Commons report.
Bloke buys supercar 'without proper consent from the wife'
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 adjusts Athlon prices
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.
Astronomers witness birth of a mini-Earth
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.
Zep promoter piles into eBay
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.
Rise of the f*cking machines: Arse Elektronika bumps uglies with Web 2.0
NSFW"To learn how to make computers more human, we have to f*ck them." - Stefan Lutschinger, Arse Elektronika
Seagate admits Flash-fitted HDDs fall short of promised benefits
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.
LogicaCMG finds itself a CEO at BT
Andy Green is to become CEO of LogicaCMG, having been enticed away from BT after 21 years with the UK's incumbent telco.
Samsung shows SIM-squared mobile
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.
3UK still haemorrhaging money
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 to cut Japanese PS3 prices
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.
Online casinos hit by bot armies
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.
C2000 shakes up management team
Computer 2000 (C2000) has rejigged its management team by making a number of key changes.
T-Mobile data service collapses
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.
.Asia domains are go
The new .asia domain registry opens for business today, triggering the familiar landgrab by brand owners.
Content delivery firm trials novel authentication method
US-based content delivery network Cachefly has developed an innovative authentication method that reassures us that the spirit of BOFH reaches across the Atlantic.
RM readies Linux sub-laptop... for £169
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.
Vulture goes awol from Scottish rescue centre
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.
Google cranks 'relevant' video-placing contraption
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.
Manhunt 2 banned by UK censor - again
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.
US study says Taser cattleprod guns are safe
American medical researchers have concluded that Tasers, the controversial cattleprod-launching stun weapons, are broadly safe to use.
US nanotech boffins track evanescent light
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.
Sun to blame for yin-yang Moon's dark side
The fearsome heat of the Sun is being blamed for the strange yin-yang appearance of Saturn's moon Iapetus.
Florida man faces trial for feeding homeless
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.
Online gambling law regs revealed
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).
Currency launched to cover the cosmos
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.
Nissan builds twirly-cab sideways electric pod-car
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.
Hard disk innovators get physics Nobel
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 cuff killer cow
Cambodian cops have detained a cow responsible for six traffic deaths, the Sun reports.
Samsung S85 eight-megapixel digital camera
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.
Nanny agency hacking suspect cuffed
Scotland Yard arrested a nanny agency worker over suspected hacking offences on Monday.
Amazon punts anal beads to UK kiddies
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 gets fixed in Spain and Italy
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.
UK.gov to cut corporation tax, plug private equity
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 predicts Java and PHP oneness
Zend PHP 07Lately, Zend Technologies has worked to put PHP in the enterprise by optimizing its tools for Oracle and IBM databases and middleware.
Microsoft and Zend juice PHP for Windows
Zend PHP 07Zend Technologies, the industry's PHP steward, today delivers the first fruits of its collaboration with Microsoft while expanding the companies' relationship.
Indian police academy hosts phishing site
Hackers were able to use a Police Academy in India to host a phishing site.
Australia to get 1,000 megawatt wind farm
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 ships Niagara II servers
Sun Microsystems is primed to ship the first servers running its UltraSPARC T2 processor, aka Niagara II.
Qinetiq touts 'Transformer-like' mobility-scooter killbot
UK deathboffinry spinoff firm Qinetiq says it plans to deploy Transformers combatbots in the Wars On Stuff.
Please ignore the start-up stealing the OS from Microsoft
Sometimes the world changes – again – and hardly anyone notices. As a case in point, we bring you DeviceVM.
Admins accuse Microsoft of Draconian Hotmail cap
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 cuts 250 tech support jobs in Nashville
Dell is waving goodbye to 250 tech support workers at its Nashville, Tennessee operations, the company said today.
Supreme Court denies cert in el-Masri rendition case
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.
Ballmer: All open source dev should happen on Windows
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 acquires Twitter rival
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.
Supremes wave through HP class action
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.