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Robo DeveloperRobots. Sure, they're evil, but are they a threat to us yet?
Robot builders hunt for a killer application
Robo DeveloperRight now, commercial robot builders are planning to invade our homes with their mechanical creations.
New strain of Gozi Trojan prowls the net
A new variant of the Gozi Trojan has been discovered, raising the specter of a comeback for the infamous malware, which excels at pilfering financial information even when it's protected using supposedly secure mechanisms.
Vonage shuts door on Verizon suit (almost)
Vonage has settled its legal tete-a-tete with Verizon, agreeing to pay the telcom giant somewhere between $80m and $120m. Final terms of the deal depend on one last ruling from the US Court of Appeals.
OCZ buys high-end PC builder
OCZ, the California memory module maker, has gone and bought itself a PC company. Its new baby is called Hypersonic PC, a New York-based "performance" - i.e. expensive - system builder, which specialises in gaming rigs, fancy notebooks and juiced up workstations. The money it paid Silicon Data Inc., Hypersonic's former owner, is undisclosed
Long lunching Luddites show world how to do IT
ColumnLast week, a report emerged with one of the most unlikely conclusions in the short history of digital policy. The report was built around yet another ranking of the technological performance of different countries around the world.
Scottish poll probe: e-counting gets 'hold off until safe' verdict
Investigators looking into the cock-up that was the May elections in Scotland have issued their final report. Looking at the media coverage, you'd be forgiven for thinking they'd given the whole thing a clean bill of health.
Court convicts 'million pound' modchip man
A Bristol man has vowed to fight on after being found guilty by a UK court of more than two dozen counts of possessing and selling modchips for games consoles.
Intel opens second 45nm chip plant
Intel has opened the second of its chip factories capable of punching out 45nm processors, the chip giant announced last night. Clearly feeling the pressure of raised environmental awareness, it was keen to stress the plant's green credentials rather than its chip-making potential.
IBM grabs London congestion charge deal
Transport for London has awarded IBM the contract to run its congestion charge scheme.
Global mobile penetration to reach 75% by 2011
Over half of the world's population will have a mobile phone by 2008, according to new research.
European Commission asks for new IP protection layer
The European Commission wants to create a new layer of intellectual property protections because it says existing structures such as WIPO are not flexible enough.
Microsoft racks up best quarter since 1999
Microsoft made revenues of $13.76bn in the three months ended 30 September 2007, an increase of 27 per cent on the same period last year.
Going mobile is part of the process
Workshop roundupAs mobility has entered the mainstream, most of the focus to date - at least in the media and among analysts - has been on connecting up mobile professionals via BlackBerries, Windows Mobile devices and laptop data cards.
Intel roadmaps next-gen Extreme 'Nehalem' chips
Intel's first 'Nehalem' desktop processors will be aimed at gamers, the latest update to the chip giant's product roadmap has revealed. Expect a set of four-core Extreme - Core 3? - parts codenamed 'Gainstown' and 'Bloomfield'.
Government backs down on controversial FOI fees change
The UK Government has dropped controversial proposals that critics said would have neutered the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Changes to the charging structure that would have allowed bodies to refuse more requests will not now go ahead.
AMD 'Spider' gaming platform to debut next month
AMD looks set to give its 'Spider' high-end gaming platform its first major outing on 14 November - two days after Intel introduces its first 45nm 'Penryn' processors - Register Hardware has learned.
Oracle snubs BEA on share price
Oracle scoffed at BEA last night, describing the middleware's self-set $21 per share price tag as "impossibly high" and saying it had no intention of raising its offer.
Big fines and jail time for MS scammers
Four people convicted last year of scamming Microsoft by reselling discounted education versions of its software have been ordered to pay $5m in fines, return $20m to Microsoft and serve up to five years in prison.
Samsung to mass-produce 14in OLED TVs in 2010
Sony may be about to ship the world's first commercial OLED TV, but don't expect anything bigger than the telly's 11in screen until 2010.
Software upgrade KOs gas shipping auction system
A botched Oracle upgrade last Sunday has denied access to an online trading system used to sell space on the UK gas pipeline network. Fax machines have been running hot all week as every transaction has had to be entered manually.
Pol Pot's Merc - yours for £35k
So, you've shelled out for the eye-catching L1NUX number plate, and now need a set of wheels worthy of bearing the illustrious open source celebration.
Ingram Micro Q3 results buoyed by weak dollar
Computer distie giant Ingram Micro said yesterday that it saw third quarter profit shoot up 15 per cent driven by strong sales in Asia and Europe.
UK minister pledges policing for Second Life
A UK government minister made a virtual pledge to police virtual worlds this week, as the problems of the real world are increasingly reflected in the likes of Second Life.
Racist Reg ignores Nigerian helicopter pioneer
FoTWIn case you missed it, Nobel prize winner James Watson recently got himself into a bit of trouble after claiming that black people are less intelligent than white people.
Motorola Razr 2 V8 mobile phone
ReviewTo say it’s been difficult for Motorola to follow up the massive hit of the Razr V3 with something better is an understatement. Since its release to the sounds of jaws dropping in mid-2004, the Razr has gone from high-end must-have to mass-market. Now comes the Razr 2 V8, billed as the next-gen V3. So does it offer more than just another face-lift?
Brown promises simultaneous liberty and security
Gordon Brown's government yesterday sent mixed messages on questions of personal liberty versus collective security.
Police tackle crime hotspots with scary warning poster
In a bizarre follow-up to its 'Denying Criminals the Use of the Roads' strategy, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has announced an initiative that might perhaps be called, 'Assigning Criminals the Leasehold of the Lay-bys.' Things have come to a pretty pass, as crusty old Tory MPs might once have complained, when there are no-go areas for Britain's law-abiding citizens, but that indeed seems to be the message of "Truckers Beware."
Online sales of stolen gear prompt call to list serial numbers
The US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary yesterday heard police and retail witnesses call for eBay to include serial numbers in its auction postings.
California teen offers GPS challenge to speeding rap
A California teenager is contesting a speeding ticket which claims he was doing 62mph in a 45mph zone, since a GPS system fitted to his Toyota Celica appears to show he was actually within the limit.
Intel and AMD tug of war drags up Q3 chip sales
Microprocessor chip sales hit record levels in the third quarter thanks in large part to an intense two-horse race between arch rivals Intel and AMD, according to a new study.
UK.gov plans more active-traffic motorway ANPR cams
Things are jumping in the world of UK roadside cameras. In the last 24 hours the main contract for the London congestion charging zone has been won by IBM, edging out former provider Capita, and the government has announced plans for many more speed cameras on motorways - to be used in "active management" of heavy traffic.
Red Arrows to fly at Olympics, Sun announces
The Red Arrows will (probably) fly at the 2012 Olympics, the Sun has announced.
UK mobiles not worth stealing
Mobile phones stolen in the UK are locked from their own network within 48 hours, and 98 per cent of them are locked from all (UK) networks within 48 hours. Despite that 800,000 were stolen last year, according to government figures.
Griffin evolves wireless music
Audio company Griffin has started shipping its Evolve wireless sound system for iPods, letting users wirelessly wander their homes with miniature ghetto-blaster speakers at their sides.
LG switches on latest display
LG has unveiled its latest small size display for the high definition (HD) consumer, which wouldn’t look out of place in the bedroom or as a dedicated gaming screen.
The retro arcade controller
If wireless, vibrating and hand-moulded console controllers are too complicated for you, then reminisce over arcade machine games with an arcade-style Xbox 360 controller.
Devon beachcombers can keep Napoli booty
The scavengers who descended on East Devon's Branscombe Beach earlier this year and quickly made off with the cargo of 70,000-ton freighter MSC Napoli can keep their booty, the Receiver of Wreck has confirmed.
British computer society blunders on BCC
The British Computer Society (BCS), home to the "Professionalism in IT" campaign, has made an amateur email error. This morning it sent over 700 members an email without using the blind carbon copy field - so all recipients could see all the other email addresses.
3 UK brings VoIP to cheapskates
3 UK has admitted that it's working on a Skype phone to bring VoIP connectivity to more of its mobile customers.
Bike bonk bloke lands on sex offenders' register
A man who was caught in flagrante delicto attempting sexual intercourse with a bicycle has been placed on the sex offenders' register, the Telegraph reports.
Astronauts ride robotic arms into space
The crew of the space shuttle Discovery have wasted no time and are already hard at work extending the International Space Station (ISS).
BMW gives away 5 Series and $850k
Our very own John Lettice was very pleased with himself earlier this afternoon since he'd just been handed a shiny new Beemer 5 series and a whopping $850k. Yes, we know what you're thinking - "That's completely ridiculous, why on earth would BMW give away a car and a big, big suitcase full of cash?"
Sun throws legal counterpunch at NetApp
Sun has issued a counter-lawsuit against Network Appliance (NetApp) which last month sued the Java overlords alleging it had violated seven of its patents.
Boffins uncover ginger gene in neanderthal DNA
The continuing analysis of samples of neanderthal DNA have revealed that some of them had ginger hair.
Welcome back, Apple. Seriously.
Apple may have dropped the "Computer" from the company name earlier this year, but its latest OS released today gives it a chance to remind everyone where its real value lies.
Trolltech pulls the Greenphone
The Greenphone, launched with much publicity at LinuxWorld 2006, has been discontinued as Trolltech reckons the Neo 1973 can fulfil the role of a development platform, and therefore Greenphone has served its purpose.
Sprint fails to explain XOHM nonsense
CTIASprint has confirmed that the name of its new broadband wireless service is not a typo. But it also admits that XOHM means absolutely nothing.
Microsoft sics worldwide braintrust on XP vuln
Escalating attacks exploiting a serious weakness in PDF files have prompted Microsoft to issue an all-hands-on-deck call to fix a vulnerability that lurks in the bowels of Windows XP.
Man who urinated on dying woman for YouTube glory jailed
A man who shouted "This is YouTube material" as he pissed on a dying, disabled woman has been sent to jail for three years.
World of Warcraft asks Europeans to please speaka da English
The lights have gone out and no-one is at home at World of Warcraft's European customer support site.
Funnyman-loving Facebookers mock US prez race
One million Facebook users have made a mockery of American politics.