DfT magicians conjure a nation of car sharers
We are an environmentally conscious nation of car sharers, apparently. Or so the casual browser might conclude from a Department for Transport announcement claiming new research highlights "the popularity of car sharing."
Polish IT worker calculates exact speed of snail mail
A Polish IT worker has calculated the exact speed of snail mail after receiving on 3 January a letter which was sent priority mail on 20 December, Reuters reports.
MP calls for law to force online shops to verify customer age
A bill has been introduced in Parliament which would force online retailers to check customers' ages before selling goods that cannot be sold to children.
RIPA could be challenged on human rights
The government's new powers to force the handover of encryption keys could be vulnerable to a legal challenge under the Human Rights Act's guarantee to a fair trial. People who refuse keys or passwords face up to five years in jail.
IBM's anti-MacBook Air goes up for sale on eBay
Forgotten TechWant to own a piece of portable computing history? Actually, we use the word 'portable' advisedly - we're talking an IBM 5155 here, a 30lb (13.6kg) monster that, as the eBayer offering it up to the highest bidder admits, "is not a MacBook Air".
Oz organ recipient changes blood group
An Australian teenager has been dubbed a "one-in-six-billion miracle" after her blood group changed following a liver transplant, Reuters reports.
Handsets for the teenager or businessman in your life
If you’re a businessman by day and a dedicated follower of fashion by night, then you’ll have to buy both of Sony Ericsson’s latest handsets. That’s because the T270 and T280 have been designed with just one thing in mind: your dress sense.
ER thesp joins Doctor Who
Alex Kingston of ER and Moll Flanders fame will guest in a Steven Moffat penned two-parter in series four of Doctor Who.
Shuttle launches Intel X38-equipped gaming SFF PC
Small form-factor PC specialist Shuttle has rolled out one of its compact boxes, this time equipped with Intel's X38 gamer-oriented chipset to allow it to take a 45nm processor and a pair of graphics cards.
Vista SP1 RC Refresh 2 tweak out now
Redmond said yesterday that it has shot out another beta build of Windows Vista SP1, although this one is reserved for hardcore testers only.
High Court orders Manhunt 2 release to be re-evaluated
The controversial ‘slasher’ videogame Manhunt 2 is to be re-assessed by the UK's Video Appeals Committee (VAC) after the High Court this week judged its decision that the game should be released was legally flawed.
Tesla shifts gear out of park and into interim
Tesla has confirmed that the first models of its electric sports car will ship with an interim transmission which reduces expected acceleration.
Palm punts unlocked Treo 500 smartphone
Palm Europe has released the unlocked version of its compact Treo 500v handset, previously only available on the Vodafone network.
Critics split over DDoS attacks on Scientology
Websites associated with the Church of Scientology are intermittently unavailable today after an internet group calling itself Anonymous declared war on the controversial organisation.
Man stumps record £375k for number plate
A businessman has stumped a record £375,000 to secure the F1 number plate, the Mirror reports.
Sony shrinks Blu-ray laser
What do you get when you cross Sony with Japanese laser specialist Nichia? The answer’s a tiny blue-laser data reader module that paves the way for slimmer, cheaper and portable Blu-ray drives.
Malware authors target Mac emerging markets
Cybercrooks are looking beyond PCs running Microsoft as targets for attack, with Macs increasingly in the firing line of hacker activity.
Scottish Government to block wind farm plan
The Scottish Government will reject plans to build a 181-turbine wind farm on the Isle of Lewis, according to the BBC's Gaelic news service Radio nan Gaidheal.
Nokia E51 executive phone
ReviewBusiness is business, so it’s no surprise that the world’s most successful mobile maker knows exactly what makes the executive phone user swoon. Nokia has a long track-record of producing handsets that may not get consumers’ pulses galloping, but which absolutely bowl over businesspeople.
Apple applies to light up laptop touchpads, iPod clickwheels
Apple has touched on a new way to help you find your way around its products. The company has registered technology in the US that could see the iPod’s clickwheel or your MacBook Air’s touchpad light-up when you finger it.
Growing virus production taxes security firms
The volume - if not the variety - of malware samples has undergone almost exponential growth over the last three years.
Netgear recalls 82,000 powerline Ethernet adaptors
Netgear UK has asked anyone who owns and uses its XE103 85Mb/s powerline Ethernet adaptor to send them back - all 82,000 of the ones that it's sold here and elsewhere in Europe.
Best Buy nixes in-store Heath Ledger shrine
US retail giant Best Buy has apologised to Heath Ledger's family and fans after one of the firm’s employees erected a makeshift movie display in memory of the Brokeback Mountain star.
New Bond film title voted a 'Licence to Thrill!'
An online poll down at the entertainment section of the Beeb's website indicates that the vast majority of those voting are fully in favour of Bond 22 being titled Quantum of Solace.
Viewsonic VX2240w 22in monitor
Unwired Video ReviewFor monitors, 22in seems to be the size of choice at the moment. They're bright and cheerful, offer more screen than a puny (!) 20in, but are far cheaper than a 24in - although lacking the screen resolution.
Giant solar plants in Negev could power Israel's future
DLD08A series of solar energy power stations in the Negev could supply all of Israel's power needs - or, if you wanted to be really ambitious, you could supply all of the world's electricity needs with the aid of slightly under 10 per cent of the Sahara. So says Professor David Faiman of Israel's Ben-Gurion University, man with a plan and current proprietor of the largest solar energy dish in the world.
Leaked email reveals civil service laptop rules
The Register has received the email sent out to all staff at the Medical Research Council passing on instructions from the Cabinet Office that the ban on taking laptops out of the office could apply to mobile phones too.
Best Buy 'framed' by pesky Windows virus
Big box retailer Best Buy has admitted that it sold digital picture frames over the festive period containing malicious software that targets Windows-based PCs.
DuBreq Stylophone pocket organ makes a comeback
Forgotten TechWe thought the Stylophone pocket electronic organ was dead and buried, but no, the pianist’s portable training board has been revived for the hi-tech age.
Apple's iPhone numbers do not add up
Analysts looking at both Apple's results and those posted by AT&T - Apple's iPhone partner in the US - have noticed a large discrepancy in the figures.
Rogue trader blows sox off control systems
The apparent ease with which a former software developer turned rogue trader was able to sink France's second-biggest bank into a €4.9bn ($7.2bn) hole has sparked questions about the effectiveness of risk analysis systems.
HP and Deutsche Post seal outsourcing deal
Deutsche Post World Net AG has inked a letter of intent to enter into an outsourcing agreement with HP Services.
HP gets an ology for FOSS
Hewlett-Packard isn't known for software governance, but after years of sifting and sorting through its own systems for non-compliant code, the hardware vendor wants to share its experience with developers and foster construction of tools for tracking free and open source software (FOSS) permeating corporate systems.
Just how cute are cats? W3C can help
The recent announcement by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) of the first major overhaul of HTML in ten years was largely greeted with indifference down at the Vulture Central hackery department, where the average journo has trouble telling his s from his
Microsoft's smiley browser face turns sour
Microsoft's latest idea for tackling Internet Explorer's lack of web standards compliance in the up-coming IE 8 has attracted a barrage of criticism.