Feds nab modern-day Bonnie and Clyde
Federal prosecutors have charged a Philadelphia couple with conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and a host of other violations, after they allegedly stole credit cards, billing statements and other sensitive information from friends, neighbors and bar patrons during a 13-month crime spree that netted more than $119,000.
Intel ordered to dish documents on deleted antitrust lawsuit e-mails
AMD vs IntelIntel has been ordered to hand over secret employee interviews from an internal investigation looking into documents and e-mails that went missing during its antitrust trial with AMD.
Making sense of Salesforce.com
The Salesforce.com marketing pitch at the recent Dreamforce Europe was wearying at times but it is not complete nonsense. Chief executive Marc Benioff spent the first hour of his keynote reiterating what he has said 1,000 times before about "no software".
'Major' Flash Player beta released
The "first major" Flash Player update since Adobe Systems completed its 2005 acquisition of Macromedia is due to be made available today as a beta.
European manned spaceflight plan proposed
Strong rumours are circulating regarding plans for a European manned spaceflight capability. A firm announcement is expected later this month, which would outline a scheme based on modifications to the existing "Jules Verne" automated cargo module used to supply the International Space Station.
BT profits nothing to phone home about
BT failed to increase profits this year, although turnover was up very slightly in the fourth quarter ended 31 March.
Run your home from your car, says Panasonic
Panasonic has unveiled two hi-tech in-car systems that close the gap between operating your car and running your home.
Dixons admits 'it's even worse than you thought'
DSGI will overhaul its PCWorld computer barns and slash its fleet of High Street shops as part of a turnaround plan revealed the same day it admitted sales have gone into reverse at its computer retail business.
Online ID checks to limit teen booze and knife purchases
If you can’t prove how old you are, your days of shopping on the internet may be numbered. Fears that young people could be getting hold of knives, adult DVDs and alcohol are all fuelling a campaign by Margaret Moran, MP for Luton South, to make online age verification compulsory in the UK.
Swiss birdman in Alpine backpack-jetplane stunt flight
Famous backpack-jetplane pilot Yves Rossy has given his most daring public performance yet, leaping from an ordinary aeroplane to perform a variety of stunts above the Swiss Alps. He says he will fly his four-engined strapon flying wing across the English Channel later this year.
Intel: future iPhone to be Atom powered
An Intel executive has apparently claimed a future iPhone will be based upon the chip giant's Atom processor.
Neighbourhood Watch 2.0: Your tensions are being monitored
Community cohesion? You know it makes sense. Once your local community starts to get the slightest bit incoherent you're on the slippery slopes - riots, meltdown of national institutions then global revolution are only a few short steps away.
Phones 4u accused of misleading customers
Responding to a "large number of complaints from consumers", Ofcom has opened an investigation into high-street retailer Phones 4u's selling practices to make sure it's playing by the book.
Union gears up for BT strike action this month
BT is facing industrial action from union Connect, which has voted to reject the company's pay offer.
DisplayPort to do DVI to death, analyst claims
Market watcher In-Stat reckons DisplayPort, the new PC-centric monitor connection system will trounce DVI to feature in 600m shipped products in 2012.
NATO primes cyber defence centre in Estonia
Seven NATO countries have backed the establishment of a new cyber warfare defence centre in Estonia. The Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (COE) is expected to swing into operation in August.
Developing world buoys up software pirates
Software piracy in the UK has fallen for the first time in three years, albeit slightly. However, the worldwide counterfeit software rate climbed to 38 per cent in 2007.
Brennan JB7 Micro Jukebox
ReviewEver wanted to combine the convenience of digital music with decent sound and build quality? Then say hello to your new best friend, the JB7 Micro Jukebox. This tactile and user-friendly bit of kit delivers both with aplomb.
Top-slicing the Beeb: Clueless execs get busy
Some quangos, like jellyfish, seem to be able to reproduce asexually. It's what they live to do. What this means is that without any contact, parthenogenesis occurs and they simply spawn off a little version of themselves, which may grow as large as its parent. Britain's uber-regulator Ofcom, I learned this week, definitely falls into this class. I just hadn't realised how badly it longs to plop out lots of baby Ofcoms.
Slimmer Xbox 360 en-route?
The gaming world is rife with speculation that Microsoft is inking in plans to launch a slimmer and lighter Xbox 360 model.
IM represents 'new linguistic renaissance'
Those among you who believe the use of instant messaging slang and shorthand among teens has doomed the English language to inevitable destruction should take heart from this report in New Scientist, which claims that au contraire, IM represents an "an expansive new linguistic renaissance".
Spotigo promises Wi-Fi mapping within 5 metres
German Wi-Fi specialist Spotigo has managed to compile a Wi-Fi radio map of London and other major European cities, enabling it to locate any Wi-Fi device within five metres - and it promises to have the rest of Europe mapped within a year.
Verizon shuns Android for LiMo
Sometime next year, Verizon will roll out a Linux OS as the "preferred operating system" for phones on its US wireless network. And that Linux OS is not Google Android.
Chinese boffins show off unbelievably tight ring
Chinese nanojewellery experts have managed to fashion an exceptionally tiny ring out of just 36 atoms of gold. Incredibly minuscule as the golden nano-ring is, however, it is in fact the world's largest of its type.
Life a mess? The Moderatrix can help
It's come to our attention that some of you have lost your way a little on this journey we call life, and are wandering aimlessly while attempting to answer the fundamentals of existence. How do I install a printer driver on Umbongo Linux? I'm hungry - should I order pizza or a bucket-'o-plumped-chicken-gizzards? If I have a shower, will women want to have sex with me?
Asus' Atom-powered Eee PC spied on web
Asus may be promoting the new Eee PC 900 hard, but some potential buyers are waiting for the promised Intel Atom-based version. Well they might: in addition to a snappier CPU, it'll sport a swish new look.
Videogames cut physical violence levels, claims report
Anyone worried that players are being corrupted by violent videogames can relax, because the latest study has found that aggressive titles may actually be helping to cut the number of violent crimes.
LG displays world's largest circular LCD
LCDs are so square, man. So LG has cut off some corners and developed what it claims are the world’s largest elliptical and circular LCD screens.
Billg bigs up SharePoint and Touch Wall
Bill Gates bigged up collaborative technologies and demoed a new device called the Touch Wall, which looks to us rather like a wall-mounted iPhone.
CBS saves CNet from activist investors
CBS is buying CNet Networks - the web publisher behind ZDNet, gamespot.com, tv.com, mp3.com, news.com and techrepublic. These sites will now be combined with CBS's websites.
Sony's Alpha 300 DSLR lands in UK
Sony’s Alpha 300 digital SLR (DSLR) camera has finally gone on sale in the UK, approximately three months after details of the device first emerged online.
SOCA says: We are hitting serious criminals
The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has said it is making progress in the fight against high-impact crime. The agency published its second annual report on Thursday highlighting increased seizures of Class A drugs and the confiscation of criminals' wealth.
Triumph eco-bra brings Reg editors excuse to publish pants pic
The Japanese wing of ladies' pants purveyor Triumph opened its kimono this week to expose a hi-tech set of undies that'll charge up your missus' Eee PC while "arousing" everyone else's interest in matters environmental.
Yahoo! faces battle for the board
Yahoo! might not have escaped the clutches of Microsoft after all.
Koreans tout standard for US mobile TV
LG and Samsung have teamed up to have their respective technologies accepted as the American standard for mobile TV, just as Dish starts casting around for someone to help them build such a network.
Wake up and smell the Doritos™ - Avril Lavigne's manager
Copyright is over, and musicians should make themselves as pretty as they can for big brand advertisers, says top music manager and label boss Terry McBride.
Apple okay with Safari 'carpet bombing' vuln for now
Next time you get nagged to install Apple's Safari browser keep this in mind: The company's security team has dismissed research that shows a simple way miscreants can use the browser to litter an end user's machine with malicious files.
Adobe lands Sun Java rich-client CTO
Sun Microsystems' desktop division CTO has defected to Adobe Systems. It's the latest installment of musical chairs between vendors jockeying for developers building rich internet applications, and highlights Sun's weaknesses in this already competitive field.
RIAA ordered to shell out $100k for P2P witch hunt
How many work hours does it take to fight off a false accusation of copyright infringement from the Recording Ass. of America?
Overstock's Patrick Byrne battles New York Sith Lord
Unwilling to collect the Empire State's new "Amazon Tax," Patrick Byrne and Overstock.com have jettisoned their New York-based affiliate marketers.
American cable giant joins data pimping club
Charter Communications, the eighth largest ISP in the States, has jumped into bed with NebuAd, a behavioral ad targeting firm along the lines of Phorm and Front Porch.
Rootkits on routers threat to be demoed
UpdatedSecurity researchers have devised a rootkit capable of covertly monitoring and controlling Cisco routers.