Even though PMA - the annual imaging event in Las Vegas - is only one week away, the big players in the photography industry aren't waiting to introduce this year's products, and Pentax is no exception, today launching two DSLRs and two compacts.
Symantec should be thankful for a healthy year's worth of publicized data pratfalls an ocean away. International sales rose 21 per cent in its third fiscal quarter, bolstering a strong quarter for the security software firm and a cheery outlook for Q4.
Ten years of hawking Britney Spears' used undies and Hummel figurines proved enough for Meg Whitman. The eBay CEO today announced her departure plans, as her company dished out solid fourth quarter figures.
Java mobile & embedded developer dayJava mobile & embedded developer day Sun Microsystems is working on interoperability between design tools from Adobe Systems and its upcoming JavaFX tools for application developers building rich application interfaces and rich-internet applications (RIAs).
A 2005 study by the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that illegal downloads from college students accounted for an enormous 44 per cent of the industry's domestic losses. Now the MPAA admits the figure was inflated just a wee bit as result of "isolated error" in the methodology. College kids are actually only responsible for about...15 per cent of lost revenue, according to its upcoming report.
Mozilla's chief of security has confirmed a vulnerability that could cause fully patched versions of Firefox to expose a user's private data.
The idea of laying fibre along sewer lines has been sloshing around the networking business for years. Now a UK firm claims today's broadband will seem a trickle compared to the torrents of data it'll soon offer.
I am about to retire a number of PCs at work. I have a half-dozen Compaq desktops, all 1GHz; a similar number of Dell Optiplex GX270 - three at 2.8GHz, two at 2.6GHz - and one 2.8GHz GX280, plus all the memory. Does anyone know of a motherboard that I can use to take a set of these CPUs, either the Compaqs or preferably the Dell, and make either a two or greater processor unit to give some oomph to a home-made media centre/DVR that I shall also be putting other used parts into?
Samsung has followed its GX-10 digital SLR (DSLR) with the GX-20, which is the first DSLR to feature an image sensor manufactured by the South Korean colossus.
If you love diamonds and bling, then forget jewellery, because Nokia’s latest Prism handset is apparently the in thing for the design-conscious tech consumer.
NSFWNSFW Any reader who has a special date coming up - perhaps a wedding anniversary or other half's birthday - could do worse than consider taking a trip up the Oxo Tower, which comes highly recommended down at Restaurant-Guide.com:
Updated:Updated: The UK ID card project suffered another serious blow today with news that two potential suppliers have pulled out of the procurement process.
UpdatedUpdated The chancellor Alistair Darling is today expected to make a U-turn over plans to bring a single rate of capital gains tax (CGT) into play, following pressure from small business (SMB) lobby groups that deeply opposed the reform.
UpdatedUpdated Those among you looking to control your calorie intake would do well to think twice before wrapping your laughing gear round some high street coffees. Consumer group Which? has found that one Starbucks mocha contained no less than 628 calories, or "nearly a third of the recommended daily amount for women and a quarter of that for men".
ReviewReview With the world and his wife seemingly happy with either Symbian or Windows Mobile running their smartphones, any phone OS newcomer - especially one without an Apple logo slapped on it - has something of a hill to climb.
Cheapskate fraudsters hoping to run phishing scams for peanuts have themselves been hoodwinked. Security watchers have spotted a free phishing kit containing a hidden backdoor that siphons off stolen credentials from the fraudsters who use the technology.
Investigators probing last Thursday's Heathrow Boeing 777 crash may be able to glean useful information from six previous engine failures on the type, one of which could prove highly significant in pinpointing the cause of the incident.
HTC has promised to include video acceleration hardware in its future video-centric handsets, which some users may see as a move by the manufacturer to calm a pressure group seeking blood over performance issues with its handsets.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) confirmed yesterday that it plans to offer a free download of IBM's Lotus Connections biz social networking software later this year.
If you’re serious about getting fit then the Wii’s sports games will get you partly there, but they’re no substitute for traditional exercise, according to a group of Canadian students. Duh.
Sun has pushed out a major update to its Java software package that features scores of bug fixes, including a number of security updates.
A Dell customer is complaining to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after a serious data breach led to his confidential details being posted to the wrong address. Stuart Nathaniel told The Register that Dell had failed to swiftly deal with the blunder despite the fact that he was seeking reassurances that the information – which included his bank account details, signature and debit card number – had not been circulated elsewhere.
Facebook is headed for a problem. In the wacky innovation-lite and revenue-poor world of web 2.0, you have to be able to show your investors and the hordes of "I want to believe" journalists some sort of growth.
If you’re hoping to bag a cut-price PS3 then Sony has some bad news in store. Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has stated that rumours of a $299 (£150/€210) PS3 are nothing more than wishful thinking.
Bond 22 is now officially Quantum of Solace, the film's producers announced today.
Apple's iPhone may have been the most talked-about handset during the final quarter of 2007, but its sales were dwarfed by the majors in a period that saw Nokia grab more than 40 per cent of the global market, the first time it's done so.
The Samsung digicam production line continues unabated, with the South Korean giant unveiling details of three upcoming models: the i80, i100 and S1060.
DC Comics will kill off Batman as one of a "series of cosmological cataclysms" designed to prop up circulation in the face of the increasing newsstand and cinematic domination of rival Marvel.
This morning in London, Canon showed off its Spring collection for 2008, comprising of 16 new products in total, including four new compact cameras and a new DLSR.
Estonia has fined a local man a year's salary for involvement in last April's sustained denial of service attacks against the Baltic nation's critical internet systems.
The BBC's commercial tentacle has turned a blind one to the Corporation's past antipathy toward Rupert Murdoch in its hunt for wandering youthful eyeballs. A deal with MySpace, announced today, will see clips from TV shows and web-only videos pumped into the chaotic network worldwide.
Ex-Gizmondo exec Carl Freer is to revive the ill-fated handheld games console, which could be back on sale by May for just $99 if he gets his way.
The gobbling-up by Oracle of BEA, the last significantly-sized independent middleware vendor, is another sign of the trend we are seeing towards increasing consolidation in the IT industry. It leads to obvious questions about customer choice, disruption, and protection of investment that will sound very familiar to those impacted by previous acquisitions, such as Oracle’s less than harmonious takeover of PeopleSoft in the ERP space.
Wacky is probably the best adjective to describe the design of Sony Ericsson’s latest handset: the R306.
Japan has arrested its first suspected virus writers, but in a strange twist the three suspected creators and distributors of a strain of P2P malware have been charged with copyright violation, in an arrest that recalls Al Capone's prosecution for tax evasion.
A civil service strike which would have thrown the UK's tax service into chaos has been put on ice. The Public and Commercial Services Union was balloting members about strike action on 31 January - which threatened to disrupt the deadline for handing in self-assessment forms.
Tech giant IBM has inked a licensing agreement with Lenovo that will see the Chinese computer vendor making and selling a range of x86 servers. The two firms are currently keeping quiet about the finer details of the deal, but it's a move that demonstrates Lenovo's wish to flex its muscles in the server market as well as extend its reach among small to medium-sized business (SMB) customers.
Virgin Media has slammed a High Court patent infringement lawsuit brought by the firm behind the massive US TV Guide franchise as an act of "flagrant opportunism".
Sharp has reasserted its presence in the LCD TV market by unveiling three new telly ranges, totalling 20 sets in all, one series of which it claims is the industry’s thinnest so far.
A database pioneer and honored computer science professor have come under heavy fire for issuing a strong critique of Google's MapReduce technology for processing large unstructured databases.
In a new book published this week, author Philip Pullman looked back with nostalgia at post-war austerity - and advocated the state cutting off your power as soon as you exceed your Carbon Ration. He also expressed his hope that Polar Bears would kill and eat lots of humans. More nasty misanthropy from a millionaire, then? But it's no isolated example. Radiohead's Thom Yorke thinks we should go back to compulsory austerity too, citing our lifestyles. And a new book, in which Pullman's interview is published, is a kind of WW2-style manual telling us how to enjoy the new, low-carbon monochrome era: not so much a Protect And Survive, as a Shiver And Perish. Some people just hate being alive, I guess. Here are some of your responses to that piece.
A Florida woman who believed she was about to get fired has been accused of deleting $2.5m worth of computer files to seek revenge on her employer.
Project Watch: Microsoft 2008Project Watch: Microsoft 2008 Register Developer regular Mark Whitehorn is rolling out a significant new IT project. This has, at its heart, a database of around 1TB and is ultimately expected to support several thousand users. The project is using nothing less than upgrades to a trio of big-ticket products from Microsoft - Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008 - that are due next month. With Reg Dev, Mark will chart his experiences and record his frustrations during deployment of these major updates. Over to Mark who, this week, sets the scene...
The US Federal Trade Commission is barring a patent-squatting firm from raising its royalty rates for a now-standard Ethernet technology.
CommentComment The problem with the Particpation Age, as Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz describes the current state of internet affairs, is that everyone thinks it a good idea to participate.
Despite falling product revenue, Sun Microsystems posted decent enough second quarter results.
Microsoft reported fiscal second-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street's already lofty expectations, as sales of PCs and Xboxes soared. The company also forecast future results that met or beat analysts' outlook.
In briefIn brief Juniper Networks accountants were able to toss out their red pens for fiscal 2007. This year's charges didn't get the better of them. The network equipment maker's Q4 profit was up 73 per cent based on — what else — telecoms companies looking for new gear to expand their internet tubes.