Microsoft profits fall in Q1
Xbox fans helped propelled Microsoft's business during its latest quarter as the repercussions of last year's Windows Vista launch continued to be felt.
Backlash starts against 'sexy' databases
The relational database - a mainstay of enterprise computing for 25 years - has been under siege. New approaches to data storage are threatening the RDBMS and precipitating what database guru Mike Stonebraker and others described recently as a "group grope" to find a new database engine.
MS patch system poses 'significant risk', say researchers
A group of four computer scientists urged Microsoft to redesign the way it distributes patches, after they created a technique that automatically produces attack code by comparing the vulnerable and repaired versions of a program. The technique, which the researchers refer to as automatic patch-based exploit generation (APEG), can create attack code for most major types of vulnerabilities in minutes by automating the analysis of a patch designed to fix the flaws, the researchers stated in a paper released last week.
'Safe' mobile phone battery firm goes titsup
Exradia Limited, the company selling batteries that protect users from potentially harmful radiation, has gone into liquidation owing thousands of pounds to suppliers.
Hellboy helmsman to direct The Hobbit
Guillermo del Toro, director of Hellboy and Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth, will direct two Lord of the Rings prequels slated for release in 2010 and 2011, the BBC reports.
Q1 post-Xmas lull reverses iPhone growth curve
Apple's iPhone shipments plunged during Q1, figures from market watcher Strategy Analytics reveal. But then the handset business as a whole was less successful in the first quarter of 2008 than it was in the previous one.
Welsh student exposed to nude webcam operators
A Welsh student has described herself as "amazed and disgusted" at a couple of Jobcentre Plus ads punting for nude webcam operators at £10 an hour plus 50 per cent commission, the BBC reports.
Spike Milligan goes mobile
Spike Milligan's work has found a new home, with content including mobile wallpaper, ring tones and audio books, all available though Rok Global Media.
Developer leads buff the Ruby slippers
Ruby implementors, including Ruby creator Yukihiro Matusomoto, held their first design meeting this week to hash out niggles with the scripting language.
Starbucks exits music biz
Starbucks has offloaded its music tentacle Hear Music just a year after pulling off a major coup in signing Paul McCartney to the label, Variety reports.
Sony, Samsung LCD JV to double 8G panel production
Samsung and Sony will fund an extra eighth-generation LCD production line to be run by the two consumer electronics giant's S-LCD joint-venture company.
UK airports to trial face scan passport checks
The UK Border Agency hopes to conduct trials of automated passport-check gates at UK airports this summer. The gates would use computer software to compare a traveller's face with the information stored in new biometric passports, removing the need for human staff.
Carphone Warehouse cleared out of 8GB iPhones
The move made by O2 and Carphone Warehouse to offer Apple's 8GB iPhone for £100 less than the standard price has proved successful - in a week. CW has no more left to sell, and O2's apparently down to the last few.
Sagem proffers classy caller
Sagem has smartened itself up and designed a classy silver handset for more discerning purchasers of cheap mobile phones.
Senate outlaws genetic discrimination
The US Senate has unanimously voted in favour of a bill to ban genetic discrimination by insurance companies and employers in a bid to speed up research on inherited diseases.
Do biofuels cause famine? EU President opens probe
The President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso has asked for an investigation into whether the push for biofuels is to blame for rising food prices.
Asus Eee PC 900 Linux Edition
ReviewIt's not even a year since Asus first demo'd the machine that would become the Eee PC 701 - aka the Eee PC 4G - and here we are reviewing the second version, the 900.
Prank callers crash Dublin Zoo phone system
Dublin Zoo was forced to shut down its switchboard yesterday after thousands of Irish mobile users fell for a new take on one of the oldest phone tricks in the book.
Scotland Yard pokes crooks on Facebook
Scotland Yard has set up a team to monitor social networking websites such as Facebook and YouTube for snippets of intelligence from clueless crooks who brag about their exploits online.
BAE to build DARPA's 'intrinsically secure' mobile net
Global military-ware behemoth BAE Systems announced yesterday that it had won a Pentagon contract to develop a new and "intrinsically secure" mobile networking system.
Boris backs weed for pain relief
Senior Tory and candidate for London Mayor Boris Johnson has backed the legalisation of cannabis for chronic pain relief.
Harman hack horror has blog backing Boris
Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman's blog defected to the Conservative Party for several hours yesterday, after it fell victim to a hacker.
Securing cyberspace against war, terror and red tape
InterviewIn September 2006, the US Secretary of Homeland Security appointed Greg Garcia assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications. With oversight for the National Cyber Security Division, the Office of Emergency Communications and the National Communications System, he is the federal government's point man for securing the nation's internet and telecommunications' systems against attacks from terrorists or countries that may target the US.
P2P site cries traffic shaping foul at Canuck ISP
Vuze wants to know if other ISPs are calling the same plays as Comcast.
Apple blocks cheaper UK iPod sales
Apple is threatening legal action against 11 UK e-tailers unless they stop selling iPods imported from outside the UK.
LG to mass-produce 32in OLED TVs by 2011
Sony may have already produced some dinky OLED panels, but LG Display has become the latest manufacturer to details its timeline for the mass-production of larger OLED displays.
MP3 player looks like a cassette, is a cassette
During the 1980s something called the cassette was a popular recording format. Apparently. In the MP3 era, the analogue format's long forgotten, but it's coming back, thanks to this novel MP3 player.
DARPA wants microscopic atom clocks on chips
Pentagon boffinry chiefs have announced that they'd like a very small, super-accurate atomic clock, so small that one day you might build it on a chip. Apparently, they would like to mount these nano superclocks inside the heads of their planned spy legion of brainchipped cyborg zombie insects.
BBC defends iPlayer against Murdoch Jr's 'anti-competitive' claims
The BBC Trust, Auntie's independent oversight body, has today defended the iPlayer against claims by James Murdoch that it squashes competition and innovation in online TV.
EMC's love/hate relationship with thin provisioning
No man can serve two masters. Or at least things get tricky while trying to please both. Take EMC boss Joe Tucci who in the same earnings call called thin provisioning "mandatory in the storage landscape," and also "way overplayed."
'Extreme porn' law could criminalise millions
AnalysisIf you use the internet for any purpose that might be construed as other than respectable – be afraid. Be very afraid.
Boffins ponder 100-year archive made of TOMES
University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) researchers have designed Pergamum, a hundred year archive system using Ethernet-linked redundant and powered down intelligent disk drive building blocks.
El Reg obtains snap of OGC logo reveal
LogoWatch NSFWHot on the heels of our exclusive and shock exposé earlier this week into the new Office of Government Commerce logo, we're delighted to present this afternoon a quite remarkable image of the moment at which London design outfit FHD revealed the revised brand frontage to the HM Treasury tentacle's staff:
RIM reportedly delays 3G BlackBerry to avoid next-gen iPhone
It has been claimed that Research in Motion (RIM) has delayed the launch of the BlackBerry 8900 so it doesn’t run slap bang into the launch of the 3G iPhone.
Grand Theft Auto IV leaked online
Grand Theft Auto IV has been leaked online, just days before next Tuesday’s official launch.
Ad-funded mobile co gets advertisers...
The UK's only ad-funded mobile phone network has managed to sign up 100,000 punters. It's done so six months earlier than expected, and even has some decent brands signed up to advertise.
France's €4.9bn rogue trader gets IT job
French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, who cost Société Générale €4.9bn (£3.8bn), has got himself a new job as a computer consultant.
Server makers snub whalesong for serious windmill abuse
Car companies have the decency to prop sexy models on top of their gas-guzzling hardware to make it more appealing. The server set does not afford us the same courtesy.
Motorised meat-smoker droid vigilante patrols Atlanta
A former US Marine bar owner has built a home-made robot which patrols the streets of Atlanta rousting winos and vagrants. The so-called "Bum Bot" is equipped with a panoply of glaring lights, an infrared camera, and a water cannon in a "spinning turret".
Department of Homeland Security website hacked!
The sophisticated mass infection that's injecting attack code into hundreds of thousands of reputable web pages is growing and even infiltrated the website of the Department of Homeland Security.
Nexan hopes to get rich off Beast and Boy wonders
Storage system maker Nexsan Technologies is taking the public leap, today proposing an $80.5m initial public offering to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Apple gets into mine-sweeping, missiles and storage
Apple CEO Steve Jobs may need to order up a camouflage version of that infamous mock turtleneck.
Anti-Spyware Coalition probes data pimping
The Anti-Spyware Coalition has launched a review of Phorm, NebuAd, and other behavioral targeting firms that track user data from inside the world's ISPs.
Solaris update woos elderly apps
Sun Microsystems has released a fresh update for Solaris, but the 10 5/08 injection may appeal most to users running older generations of the operating system.