TSA says 'checkpoint friendly' laptop bags on the way
US airline travelers may have an opportunity to skip one particular round of manhandling by Transportation Security Administration agents this year.
Is SproutCore worth the Flash and Java iPhone snub?
A little-known open-source project became the subject of intense interest recently, following a session at Apple's developer conference in San Francisco, California. That project? SproutCore.
How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew
UpdatedAs the AVG LinkScanner continues to spew fake traffic across the internet, web masters say they've uncovered a reliable means of filtering these rogue hits from their log files.
DoJ to probe Google Yahoo! deal
The US Department of Justice is to open a formal investigation into Yahoo!'s partnership with Google, fearing it will reduce competition in the online advertising market.
Observers criticise London e-count
The body which provided official observers to the London elections has said it was given insufficient evidence to feel confident in the results.
Leaked AMD southbridge details yield 'Fusion' CPU snippets
AMD's next-gen southbridge chip, called the SB800 and revealed yesterday, is being designed with the company's 'Fusion' processor in mind.
El Reg procures OGC mousemat
LogoWatch exclusiveWe're absolutely delighted this morning to bring readers concrete proof of the Office of Government Commerce's rebranding folly, in the form of this splendid mousemat:
AMD records Q1 marketshare gain
AMD fanboys today jumped on figures from market watcher iSuppli highlighting marketshare gains made by the chip maker, but the picture's not as clear as they would like.
What's going to power Small, Cheap Computers?
Between the mobile phone and the laptop computer a new class of device is emerging, and control of it is up for grabs - it appears the next battle will be fought between seasoned industry scrappers and young bloods over the 'armtop'.
Yes! It's the Star Wars Nintendo DS stylus!
If your Nintendo DS’ stylus doesn’t deliver enough 'schvvvvoom' when you swing it, then why not pimp it up with a Star Wars lightsabre?
Cable and Wireless left cableless by double line break
Several of Cable and Wireless' large corporate customers were booted offline on Moday night when its Leeds data centres fell to an unlikely double cable break.
Blockbuster withdraws $1bn Circuit City bid
Blockbuster Inc. yesterday backed away from its $1bn bid for consumer electronics retailer Circuit City citing gloomy “market conditions”.
Olympus creates 360° camera lens
Wet Wet Wet sang that "love is all around”, but Olympus thinks that photography should be too. That’s because the firm claims to have developed the world’s first camera able to snap full 360° images.
Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Disc player
Video ReviewThis Sony is a particularly fine example of a sub-£300 Blu-ray machine. Dubbed the BDP-S300, it costs just £200 if you shop around online. That’s super-cheap - but can it actually deliver on performance?
Land Warrior wearable war-smartphone survives Iraq baptism
The world's first unit of digitally networked foot soldiers returns from combat in Iraq this week. Reports have it that the American troops' controversial "Land Warrior" wearable-node technology has changed in both role and configuration during its 15-month baptism of fire. Indications are that the equipment - slated for disposal by army chiefs just last year - has done well enough that it will now live on.
Nintendo cans DVD Wii plan
Plans to let Wii owners play DVDs through the console have, for now at least, been shelved by Nintendo, according to a Japanese report.
eBay Australia faces PayPal fury
eBay Australia's attempt to force all sellers to use PayPal is failing to win over users and still faces a competition investigation.
Virgin Media ads throttled by peak time bandwidth squeeze
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rapped Virgin Media for making dodgy claims about its download speeds after a complaint by rival BT.
Asus readies iMac attack with all-in-one Eee
Asus' attempt to conquer the world with its Eee family continues with the appearance this week of an iMac-alike all-in-one desktop model.
90 per cent of Sony devices to be networked by 2010
Sony intends to have 90 per cent of its products networked up by 2010, though how many of them will be using the company's proprietary TransferJet technology remains to be seen.
Microsoft turns up volume with new licensing agreement
Microsoft yesterday announced that it has revised its volume licensing agreements – effectively shackling its mid-size and large business customers to lengthy new contracts.
Court rules 90s UK.gov wiretaps violated human rights
Liberty called for an overhaul of RIPA yesterday after the European Court of Human Rights slapped the UK government over the way it applied the UK's previous interception legislation.
$5.8m payout draws line under FBI's anthrax screw-up
When the US Department of Justice agreed to pay Steven J. Hatfill $5.82 million in damages for trashing his life and reputation late last week, it was another big low in the mess that's been the Amerithrax 2001 case. With the de facto exoneration of Hatfill, who had been dubbed a "person of interest" by the FBI, bystanders can conclude the agency has no evidence and no valid notion of who may have been responsible for the mailings of anthrax powder which resulted in five deaths seven years ago.
Chillblast Fusion Juggernaut gaming PC
ReviewUK-based gaming PC specialist Chillblast is a master in the art of overclocking, producing systems that perform blisteringly fast - yet entirely stable: its latest desktop creation is the Fusion Juggernaut.
Xbox 360 pricing downed Down Under
Australian gamers have become the latest console fans to benefit from Microsoft’s ongoing series of regional Xbox 360 price cuts.
Top airline bosses launch assault on airport ID card plan
The bosses of the UK's major airlines have attacked plans to force airport workers to enrol in the national ID card scheme, claiming that "the UK aviation industry is being used for political purposes on a project which has questionable public support."* If anything the move, they say, could reduce security by adding a "false sense of security to our processes."
Google's Street View spycar clocked in London
It's time to lock up your daughters, and here's why: The roving spycar of Google's Street View has been spotted prowling the mean streets of London...
Alan Sugar leaves Amstrad
Sir Alan Sugar is leaving Amstrad a year after he sold the set-top box maker business to BSkyB.
Court slaps UK BitTorrenters with landmark damages award
The Central London County Court has ordered four BitTorrent users to pay a video games company £750 interim damages following a landmark victory by no win, no fee copyright lawyers.
Super-safe storage surfaces
If you thought that viruses were one of the most likely things to damage your data, then think again - it could well be fire and water. Thankfully, there’s a solution.
HP VP charged for trying to pass on IBM trade secrets
A former Hewlett-Packard vice president has been charged by US federal prosecutors for allegedly attempting to pass trade secrets from his previous employer, IBM Corp, to senior HP execs.
Asahi premiers pint-pulling robo-barman
Video ReportFriends, does life get any better than this? It’s a robot. It grins. It serves you beer. Watch - and drool. Hands up if you want one?
UK.gov launches data mash-up competition
The UK government is starting a competition to find funky, Web 2.0 ways to mash up its data, man.
AT&T: pay-as-you-go iPhones will be locked
AT&T has revealed that non-contract, unsubsidised 3G iPhones will be tied to the network, dashing hopes that PAYG models might be more portable than the cheaper, subsidised versions of the handset.
Acer punts £199... er... £220... er... Linux laptop
Acer has clarified its pricing plan for the eagerly awaited Aspire One sub-notebook - and it's clarified the price upwards.
Microsoft targets online Office bundle at US cheapskates
Microsoft has tied up with ailing US retailer Circuit City to launch its Office and security subscription service which hits the market bearing the moniker "Equipt".
Chinese cops opt for Segways
Chinese authorities are going high-tech and have begun equipping elite crime fighting units with motorised Segway scooters.
IBM rids world of mainframe up-start PSI, inherits Itanium server biz
Platform Solutions Inc. (PSI), the upstart mainframe house that's been leading international anti-trust charges against IBM, has today been bought by, er, IBM.
Parallels forms Windows containers on HP's Itanium servers
Parallels is giving some delayed attention to Hewlett-Packard's Integrity servers today.
The9 exposed as China's supercomputing powerhouse
ExclusiveFor more than six months, a list ranking the top supercomputers in China has been floating around, but no one has managed to solve its riddle.
Midwestern data pimping alive and well
Though the head of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet has urged American ISPs to "hold off" on the use of so-called behavioral ad systems, it seems at least one company has yet to heed the suggestion.
Google a broken hell for five-year-olds
So, everyone and their brother is yapping about a recent blog post from Microsoftie Dare Obasanjo, who says he knows lots o' people who've forsaken Larry and Serg for Big Steve.
Bill Gates battles Kermit the Frog in the name of open source
Radio RegEvery time Mark Shuttleworth farts an angel gets its wings. Or at least that's what his girlfriend told me.