Sun woos Linux distros with bundle deals
Sun Microsystems is in talks with two more Linux projects to ensure its open source software and tools are delivered straight into the hands of developers.
Saudi blogger freed from prison after four months
A Saudi blogger imprisoned in early December has been released.
Alcatel presents rubber-key candybars
Alcatel has launched three candybar handsets that feature several ‘innovations’ designed to make general phone use easier than usual.
China and Russia still piracy hotbeds, says US gov
The United States Trade Representative has slammed China and Russia as the world's worst offenders for stealing US intellectual property - again.
Canadian geeks to turn off the tech
A group of Canadian self-confessed geeks is asking concerned citizens to turn off their tech on Saturday 3 May - dubbed "Shutdown Day" - in an attempt to "spread awareness about the pitfalls and dangers that lie in the extended and unnecessary use of, and exposure to television, computers and computing equipment".
Second Galileo test sat now in orbit
The second test satellite for Europe's planned Galileo satnav constellation went into orbit at the weekend. The GIOVE-B (Galileo In Orbit Validation Element B) satellite took off aboard a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Saturday.
Microsoft winds down smart wristwatch
Microsoft has unwound its Spot wristwatch offering - the special timepieces used to pick up news, weather updates and other information sent out over FM radio.
Rumour-mill rumbles on Apple, Immersion vibro iPhone pact claim
Apple's plans for the evolution of the iPhone could be on shaky ground - in a good way. The company is said to be talking to tactile feedback firm Immersion to build haptics into the handset.
Mexican press aide lifts US gov BlackBerrys
A press aide to Mexican president Felipe Calderon has been given his marching orders for making off with BlackBerrys belonging to US officials participating in a summit in New Orleans, AP reports.
Nintendo says no to Wii price cuts
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the price of the Wii or the DS to come down this year, because Nintendo’s President has stated that the console pioneer has no plans to reduce the prices of either machine in 2008.
MoD in push for alternative military energy tech
The UK armed forces are looking to make a shift away from fossil fuels and into a range of alternative energy sources, according to reports. This is born as much from concerns over prices and security of supplies as any green motivation.
US lag sues over prison crash diet
A US prisoner awaiting trial on a murder rap* has filed suit against the county after losing more than 45kg in eight months on an Arkansas prison "starvation" diet, AP reports.
Spy regs used against dogs, litterbugs
Local councils are using snooping laws - the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act - to follow dog walkers suspected of letting their dogs crap on public land and people suspected of littering.
Lenovo ThinkCentre A61e green PC
ReviewLenovo claims that its ThinkCentre A61e laptop-as-desktop PC is the greenest ThinkCentre ever, thanks to the low power requirements of the AMD Athlon 64 X2 BE-2350 processor it uses. Does that claim have any merit?
JBuilder 2008: Bold vision, rough edges
ReviewWhat is the point of JBuilder, when you can simply use Eclipse? That has been the marketing challenge for CodeGear ever since it decided to scrap its home-grown Java integrated development environment and replace it with a new product based on the open-source Eclipse tools platform.
Freenet to buy debitel for $2.54bn
Hamburg-based internet access provider Freenet has agreed to buy telecom reseller debitel AG for €1.63bn ($2.54bn).
VXers slap copyright notices on malware
Malware authors have lifted a page from the legit software industry's rule book and are slapping copyright notices on their Trojans.
New season Prada phone coming soon to catwalk?
Unconfirmed reports claim that LG is developing a second-generation Prada handset that adds in a slide-out Qwerty keyboard to the current phone’s touchscreen.
Nokia decks execs as it counts cost of free music
ExclusiveNokia faces a crippling financial bill for its strategy of bundling free music with handsets, which will give users unlimited song downloads with Nokia phones.
Asus to spin off Eee product line?
Asus is said to be pondering a new lease of life for its Eee PC and other Eee-brand hardware: as a subsidiary company. It's also preparing an 11in laptop too, other moles claim.
Reaper aerial killbots enlist mobile phones against owners
American Predator and Reaper unmanned flying hunter-killer robots will soon be equipped to track and listen in on mobile phones. The move is sure to be greeted with fear among tinfoil-clad bunker residents, but could also lead to calls for a no-nonsense enforcement campaign against noisy cellphone users in public places.
AMD touts Business Class service to PC vendors
AMD today tried to claw corporate customers back from Intel with its first ever strictly business platform.
El Reg visits Hyderaspace and sees bullocks, giant rabbits
Hitec City in Hyderabad is the home of Satyam, one of India’s top four IT players, and hosts offices for a raft of other Indian and international tech companies. It used to be a rocky wasteland on the edge of the city that Hyderabadis were afraid to go to – they feared you could be murdered and your body never seen again. Now with companies like Dell, IBM and Oracle setting up shop here alongside the local players, it’s your tech support calls that are likely to end up there...
Coldplay in digital and vinyl giveaway
Coldplay have announced they'll be giving away a free download of Violet Hill from their forthcoming album Viva La Vida, as well as an old-school 7-inch vinyl version of the ditty with 7 May's NME.
Nvidia launches entry-level GeForce 9 GPU
Nvidia has tacitly confirmed speculation about the specifications of its upcoming GeForce 9600 GSO graphics card by launching the thing.
UK elections vulnerable to fraud - e-voting no solution
An investigation into the UK's electoral system has found serious failings with security ahead of London's Mayoral elections on Thursday.
New attack technique threatens databases
Database security expert David Litchfield has published details of a new type of database attack technique. Lateral SQL injection creates a means for hackers to access database data or inject hostile code onto vulnerable systems.
Skype comes to mobile (almost)
Skype has launched a beta version of its VoIP client for 50 models of mobile phone - but don't expect free calls, as this VoIP isn't all that it appears.
Western Digital's VelociRaptor primes data center charge
Number two hard drive supplier Western Digital, not currently an enterprise drive supplier, appears to be readying itself to ship 2.5-inch enterprise SAS drives.
Nokia intros snazzy talker trio
Nokia has unveiled a trio of handsets that blend good old-fashioned useful features with smooth lines and nicely coloured bodies.
Lightning-zapgun maker gets more US gov cash
A US company developing laser-enhanced electric plasma lightning blaster cannons says it has received further funding from the US military. Applied Energetics (the company formerly known as Ionatron) announced today that it had landed a $4.5m contract to advance its Laser Guided Energy technology (LGE).
Natasha Henstridge braces for Impact
In what is quite possibly the most ominous sci-fi news so far this year, Variety reports that Species minx Natasha Henstridge will star in Impact - a TV two-parter featuring a dwarf star hitting the Moon, followed by the usual apocalyptic pandemonium down on Earth.
Apple punts 'Penryn' iMacs
Apple has updated its iMac line of consumer desktops, taking the machines' processor into the 45nm era with a set of 'Penryn' Core 2 Duo options. It upgraded the desktops' graphics too.
Supermarket offers phones for a fiver
You don’t get much for a fiver these days, but Asda has begun connecting people with a claim that it's punting Britain’s lowest priced pay-as-you-go mobile.
Botnet agent plays lost sheep to avoid detection
The latest variants of Kraken have thrown up innovations in black hat stealth technology that are making botnets spawned by the malware harder to detect and dismantle.
Anti-virus hacking contest polarizes vendors
Security firms have split over the merits of a hacking contest aimed against anti-virus packages planned for August's Defcon conference.
Union blasts chip industry's 'cancer risk denial'
The UK’s largest trade union has slammed the semiconductor industry after it told the British government that a national study to look into the effects of work-related cancer in the chip biz was unnecessary.
Intel lands Cray
Intel has busted into Cray, securing a deal with the high performance computing specialist to slot Xeon processors in future systems.
Canuck faces life sentence for nude girl webcam scheme
More charges have been filed against a Montreal man accused of fiendishly using the internet to trick or coerce girls into posing nude for him on webcams.
Microsoft snags Google-thrashing data pioneer
Microsoft has recruited database guru David DeWitt to head up a new database research lab. Based at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where DeWitt was until recently professor of computing sciences, the new lab will focus on advanced data-management techniques.
Yahoo! pimping malware from banner ads
Over the past three days, Yahoo has been exposing visitors to banner ads that try to trick them into installing malware, and there's no indication anyone at the company is even aware of the problem.
Citrix scales up NetScaler
Interop 2008Citrix is brushing the cobwebs off its NetScaler line today and introducing a new top-end to its web acceleration appliances.