Netezza buys analytics mystery house
Data warehouse appliance maker Netezza is buying an enigmatic analytics firm based in North Carolina, NuTech Solutions.
Apple will please missile makers by backing PA Semi's chip
ExclusiveApple will indeed support PA Semi's line of PowerPC-based processors, The Register has learned.
New game site designed to make computers smarter
Scientists have launched a new game site designed to make computers smarter by harnessing the cognition of the humans playing the games. Gwap.com, short for games with a purpose, takes a Tom Sawyer approach to solving age-old computer problems by repackaging normally mundane tasks as online fun.
Virtual Earth puts human face on data
Project Watch: Microsoft 2008Those who have been following Project Watch will know that I have been leading the development in a large database project using SQL Server 2008, Windows 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.
PS3 update fails to fix Grand Theft Auto IV woes
The thumbs of most GTA IV-owning PS3 gamers are probably red-raw by now, their only respite being the game’s inexplicable freezes. So you’d expect the latest firmware update for the console to fix the problem..?
NHS IT four years late and over budget
The NHS IT project, one of the world's largest public sector IT programmes, is already four years late.
Captain Cyborg creates human bat with Reg baseball cap
It's come to our attention that the media's favourite cybernetically-enhanced human - Kev "Captain Cyborg" Warwick of Reading Uni - earlier this week demonstrated an echolocation hat for blind people on the Beeb's The One Show.
Nvidia, AMD to launch next-gen GPUs next month
AMD and Nvidia will next month launch their next-gen GPUs. Nvidia is already telling us to expect something big early in June, and online reports claim AMD will announce its offering round about the same time.
Samsung handset promises audio bliss
You’re bound to hear lots more about Samsung’s latest handset over the next few weeks – quite literally. That’s because the F400 features several audio ‘treats’ designed to make the phone sound better than most rival music players-cum-phones.
Computacenter coughs to gloomy first quarter
Computacenter has warned of difficult trading in the first quarter of 2008, especially in France and the UK.
Google Translate speaks in (more) tongues
Google has announced the addition of ten new languages to its Google Translate feature, bringing the total of available tongues to 23.
Verizon lands 10-year deal to unify DHS networks
US telco Verizon yesterday announced it had won a $678.5m, ten-year deal to tie together the many disparate networks within the vast US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Government orders data retention by ISPs
Phone and internet companies will soon be forced to keep logs of internet usage to be made available to the police under a new law announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown this week.
'Crazy rasberry ants' target Texan tech
Texans in the Houston area are battling rampaging hordes of "voracious swarming ants" which have inexplicably developed a taste for electronic equipment, Chicago Tribune reports.
Aliph shrinks, polishes bone-conduction Bluetooth headset
Women love men with chiselled jawbones, so we’re told, but will the ladies still go for you if they know you’ve made it 50 per cent smaller? Well, if you’re talking about Bluetooth headsets, then the answer is probably yes.
Sharp claims record mobile fuel cell power density
Sharp has claimed the crown for the highest power density mobile fuel cell. It delivers enough power per cubic centimetre, it's said, to one day replace standard lithium-ion packs. This time it really will...
Yahoo! strikes back at Icahn
Roy Bostock, chairman of Yahoo!, has wasted no time in responding to Carl Icahn's attempt to seize control of the company's board.
'Difficult not to be pessimistic' says veteran IT distie
Northamber admitted it is “difficult to be other than somewhat pessimistic in the near term” as it issued an interim management statement today.
Number crunching knife crime and online ID verification
This afternoon (Friday 16 May}, Margaret Moran, MP for Luton South, will introduce the second reading of a Bill to make age and identity verification compulsory for all online retailers.
Wii controller lawsuit costs Nintendo $21m
Nintendo has vowed to fight a court order demanding it pay $21m (£10.7m/€13.5m) to a US gaming company for patent infringements associated with controllers for the Wii and GameCube.
HP begs AMD PC owners to put XP SP3 on ice
Hewlett-Packard has told customers not to install Windows XP service pack three (SP3) on AMD-based desktops until Microsoft and HP cough fixes to the endless reboot snafu that has wreaked havoc on PCs.
Activist coders aim to deafen Phorm with white noise
UpdatedCoding activists have developed an application designed to confound Phorm's controversial behaviour-tracking software by simulating random web-browsing.
The Moderatrix: Exclusive boudoir snap
The commenters among you who've been foolish enough to cross swords with the Moderatrix know that she doesn't suffer fools gladly - and quite right too.
Outback hack suspect denied bail
A former contractor allegedly knocked out government systems and deleted thousands of records in Australia's Northern Territories earlier this month.
Pentax Optio V20 compact camera
ReviewChances are that many pics in your photo album are of family and friends. Little wonder then, that camera manufacturers are devoting a lot of time and energy in providing features designed to help us take even better people shots.
LG and Samsung shake hands over LCDs
Samsung and LG are going to buy each others' LCD panels. Samsung wants 37in displays, while LG needs 52in screens. Each will source said sizes from the other.
Thus spake the Moderatrix
Yesterday my esteemed colleague kindly offered the Reg readership a place to pour out your hearts, and so you copiously did, proving once and for all what a deeply sad distressed bunch you are.
Bill Gates unveils interactive wallpaper
Wallpaper sales could soon begin sliding, because Bill Gates has forecast that touchscreens will feature on every vertical surface in every home in the future.
Orange signs multi-nation iPhone distribution deal
France Telecom's Orange offshoot has formally joined the roster of cellcos that will offer Apple's iPhone in multiple territories.
Singapore Airlines docks with Apple
If you’re a jet-setting business class flyer then you can now join the high-fi music crowd, because Singapore Airlines has launched an in-flight entertainment system supporting the iPod and iPhone.
High Court orders MPs to 'fess up on expenses
The Information Commissioner has welcomed the High Court's decision to force MPs to publish their full expenses.
Xbox 360 'eaten' by alligator
People have covered themselves and their possessions in animal skins since the dawn of time, but one gamer has taken things to another level by crafting an alligator-themed Xbox 360.
Qualcomm splurges on UK spectrum
US technology company Qualcomm has scooped all 17 chunks of UK-L-Band spectrum, auctioned over the last week, for a total of £8,334,000 - so you can expect MediaFLO announcements from UK operators any day now.
OLPC's a con - former insider
The former security director of the One Laptop Per Child non-profit has blasted the project for losing sight of its goals, accusing chairman Nicholas Negroponte of deceiving the public. It's all about shipping kit, says Ivan Krstić in an incendiary essay.
OLPC and Microsoft punt Windows-only XO laptop
Microsoft and the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation have confirmed that the XO laptop will soon be available as Windows-loaded machines.
DNS gaffe leaves spy agency totally under cover
The unavailability of the US National Security Agency website on Thursday has been linked to misconfigured DNS (Domain Name System) servers.
P2P soars, licensed music flatlines
Freeloading music is more habit-forming than paying for legal downloads, according to polling in the UK.
Jihadis: We turned hacked killbots against US troops
In a strange twist of fate it has emerged that gutter hacks, writing for a well known publication offering tasty mechanically recovered news-like media product, have handed a stunning propaganda coup to jihadi terrorism. We're obviously very sorry*.
World economy group gives IPv6 big push
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) sounded an alarm bell yesterday over the rapid depletion of IPv4 internet addresses and gave the IPv6 protocol another push.
AMD cries foul over Intel's 'river of cash' flowing to Dell
AMD vs IntelIt's document season in the ongoing anti-trust lawsuit between AMD and Intel. Last week, the companies fought over witness testimony and earlier this week a judge told Intel to fork over some documents related to interviews done as the company tried to deal with its deletion of e-mails possibly related to the case at hand. Now, we've received AMD's response to Intel's filing around the witness testimony, and a couple of tidbits fell out of the heavily censored document.
SANS sounds alarm on Debian OpenSSL flaw
The SANS Institute yesterday took the highly unusual step of issuing a yellow alert over a vulnerability in the cryptographic functions of Debian, the Linux distro that underpins Ubuntu.
W3C 'clarifies' HTML 5 v XHTML
Potential conflicts and overlap between the first update to HTML in a decade by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and XHTML has been addressed by the standards body.
US Congress questions legality of Phorm and the Phormettes
After telling the world it will soon pimp customer data to NebuAd - a behavioral ad targeting firm along the lines of Phorm and Front Porch - Charter Communications has received a letter from Congress questioning the legality of such pimping.