US government cools on Real ID threats
As a showdown shapes up over federally mandated requirements for state-issued IDs, the US government is signaling it may be ready to compromise.
FCC opens curtain on Google puppetmaster
CommentLate last week, the US Federal Communications Commission revealed that the battle for the much-discussed 700-MHz wireless spectrum played out just as The Register suspected. Verizon won the coveted C Block, but it was Google that pushed bidding past the FCC's reserve price, officially hooking an "open access requirement" to this prime portion of wireless real estate.
VMware and Dell on the road to India
Both Dell and VMware are heaping affection on the booming South Asia economy today. While Dell is expanding its retail partnerships in India, VMware is adding research and development funding there.
Juniper acquires Sun's chip chief with one Yen
Sun Microsystems' long-time chip chief David Yen has left the building for an undisclosed role at Juniper Networks.
AJAX patent threat to giants under the hammer
A patent scheduled for sale next month in San Francisco could threaten some of the biggest players on the internet leading Web 2.0.
UK CCTV numbers 'may be overstated'
Police forces are seeking electronic transfers of data from local authority cameras to police forces, according to Nick Garvan, assistant chief constable of Thames Valley Police.
Network Solutions pulls anti-Koran website
Network Solutions has pulled the plug on a promotional website for a film made by extreme-right wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders.
Endeavour undocks and heads for home
Space Shuttle Endeavour last night undocked from the International Space Station at the end of a 12-day stay at the outpost and in anticipation of a landing tomorrow at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.
LG's slider promises 'feel of human skin'
Skinny handsets have been around for ages. However, a phone that resembles the feel of human skin is something else altogether.
US airline pilot pops a cap in cockpit
A US airline pilot has the dubious honour of being the first person to fire a weapon issued under a federal programme designed to thwart 9/11-style hijackings after his piece accidentally went off in the cockpit during an internal flight on Saturday.
MoD opens pork incubator in UK 'Golden Triangle'
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) intends to scramble aboard the new Brown gov concept of "Innovation" as soon as it can, through the medium of a new "pilot centre for defence enterprise". The Centre will be situated at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, and will hand out taxpayer pork to fund only the most innovative* research.
Dear Hull, all your typos are belong to Karoo
Hull's broadband monopoly, Karoo, has joined the ranks of Verisign, Tiscali and Orange in redirecting net users' mistyped URLs to pages displaying advertising.
Turkey bans Facebook app
Turkey has banned access to Slide, a presentation application, for hosting offensive content.
US Wi-Fi piggybacking won't put you in pokey
A US politician who tried to make Wi-Fi piggybacking punishable with three years in jail looks set to have his proposed bill overturned.
Majority of NHSmail accounts are inactive
The secure email and directory system for England and Scotland's health services has 153,000 active accounts, less than half the 337,000 registered users
Oregon man stripped by Craigslist looters
An Oregon man is attempting to regain possession of his worldly goods after fake Craigslist ads provoked a stampede of looters who stripped his property of pretty much eveything that wasn't nailed down, local news channel Kgw.com reports.
Civil Serf blogger faces disciplinary action
A senior civil servant who detailed the inner workings of Government has reportedly been suspended pending an investigation into her conduct. The author of the popular Civil Serf blog is reported to have confessed to a Government investigating team.
Cuba, India vote no on OOXML
Cuba and India are the latest countries to vote against Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) file format being adopted by the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
China unbans the Beeb
The BBC's English language news website is available in China for the first time.
Sony rocks en route with Bluetooth car stereo
If you’re thinking of driving Route 66 this summer, then you’ll need lots of travelling music. Sony has created an in-car stereo system that boasts more connectivity than you can shake a stack of truck-stop pancakes at, lashings of maple syrup and all.
IBM chips into EnterpriseDB love fund
OSBCIBM is putting some of its financial muscle behind the business trying to rival Sun Microsystems' MySQL, pushing PostgreSQL.
VuPoint Solutions FS-C1-VP slide scanner
ReviewIf the 1980s revival has you itching to show how cool you were 20 years ago and the only evidence is on strips of celluloid, VuPoint’s slide converter can bring your past into the present.
Israel won't buy US laser cannons to defend borders
Israel's defence ministry has quashed a simmering debate regarding laser-cannon defences for the Israeli border, according to reports.
Awed fraudsters defeated by UK's passport interviews
Interviews for first time passport applicants have been massively successful - because, er, no fraudulent applications at all have been detected since the government introduced the system last May. In answer to a Freedom of Information request, the Home Office said last week that 38,391 interviews had been held to date, 222 applications were currently under investigation, but that so far no application had been rejected.
Fujitsu fetes 'first' 320GB, 7200rpm laptop drive
When Fujitsu puts its MHZ2 BJ 320GB laptop hard drive on sale at the end of June, it'll be a world-first, the company chirped today: the first ever 2.5in 320GB HDD that spins at 7200rpm, apparently.
WD touts 320GB 'elite' pocket hard drive
An external hard drive with a "soft-touch finish" that's "easy to grip, comfortable to hold and fashionable to carry", anyone? That's what Western Digital is now offering, in the form of its WD Passport Elite.
Yes! It's the handgun camcorder!
The term 'point and shoot' has been used by photographers for years. However, snappers’ images were never fatal - until the invention of a compact camera-cum-handgun, that is.
Chinese drivers get rear-view satnav
Rear-view mirrors are usually pretty basic reflectors. However, one manufacturer's created a hi-tech version that’s incorporates satnav technology.
Religious MPs get free vote on hybrid embryos
An Easter of intense religious lobbying has forced Gordon Brown to allow a free vote on whether the law should be changed to allow new research on embryos and stem cells.
Dell enters PAN Manager's Labyrinth
When the server administrator elite hold their secret meetings in a dark, underground data center somewhere in the desert, they often talk about Egenera's PAN Manager software. By most accounts, the Egenera code is really quite something when it comes to managing lots of gear as a cohesive system.
American tech spy gets 24 years in cooler
The war against tech espionage in America continues, with a US beak sentencing 66-year-old Chinese-American Chi Mak to 24 years in jail.
Vista SP1 customers get free support
Microsoft has sought to appease frustrated Windows Vista customers by giving away free support to anyone struggling to install service pack one (SP1).
BT 'security upgrade' causes email headaches
BT broadband customers who don't use an @btinternet.com address are being forced to jump through hoops to send email, as the national telco says it is tightening its anti-spam policies.
Wii Remote controller gets cradle
If the floor space around your TV and consoles is anything like ours, then it’s littered with controllers. Peripherals manufacturer Thrustmaster has created a combi cradle-cum-charger for the Wii.
Soot almost as bad as CO2 for global warming
US scientists have said switching anti-global warming efforts to tackling the production of soot would offer a quicker return than cutting CO2 emissions.
US mistakenly sent nuke-ICBM parts to Taiwan in 2006
US officials admitted today that "nose cone assemblies" for nuclear missiles had been mistakenly sent to Taiwan in 2006, but sought to calm fears by saying that they had now "regained control" of the bits.
Dell signs Croma to sell PCs in India
Dell will begin flogging its PCs in India through Infinity Retail’s Croma chain of stores from next month.
Facebook security hole exposes Paris Hilton's . . . um, pics
A week after Facebook executives introduced new security features to great fanfare, a glitch on the popular social networking site has exposed private pictures of Paris Hilton to anyone with an internet connection.
NetApp and Halliburton: going further, faster, together
What do the data storage firm NetApp and the internationally —er— recognized war profiteer Halliburton have in common?
Laptops and developing countries drive strong PC growth (maybe)
With a fair wind and a favourable tide, PC shipments should rise 11 per cent to 293 million units this year (2007: 264 million units), so says Gartner. The analyst shop thinks the PC market is "fundamentally in good shape", citing strong laptop sales, more demand in poorer countries, and some significant desktop replacements in the offing. But - and it is a big 'But' - sales could fall into single digits - "if global economic headwinds strengthen".
Microsoft and JasperSoft connect on Excel
OSBCExcel is the focus of a technology interoperability initiative between Microsoft and open-source BI specialist JasperSoft.