Intel bets millions on speedy DNA sequencing chips
Intel is among several investors pumping $100m into a biotech start-up that wants to make mapping an individual's genome as routine as taking an X-ray.
Netflix will stream movies on Xbox 360
Microsoft is now flirting with making its Xbox 360 movie download service very nearly interesting thank to a new deal announced today with Netflix.
Sky beams TV onto PSP
Sony and broadcaster Sky have finally televised details of their joint subscription TV-on-PSP service, which is now available to the portable console's punters.
Price drops on Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 and 280
High-end gamers owning a bit of patience can thank the free market. Or at least offer a courteous nod to AMD for supplying sufficient heat under Nvidia's tender bits.
Soccer star scores uni degree with Wii
Gamers have argued about the Wii’s ability to aid weight loss since the console’s launch. But now we've got an answer, thanks to a professional footballer.
Want a new career as a contract killer?
A bizarre case was reported in the Times last week of a woman who used a website - www.hitman.us.com - to hire a contract killer to “rub out” her multi-millionaire partner. Sharon Collins, 45 and a divorced mother-of-two, hired Tony Luciano – actually an Egyptian poker player called Essam Eid - to kill property tycoon P J Howard and his sons.
BT updates Home Hub Wi-Fi box with 802.11n
BT has updated its hacker-vulnerable Home Hub wireless box, introducing support for 802.11n Wi-Fi and - perhaps more importantly - the WPA security technology enabled out of the box.
Court advisor says poem list infringed database right
Europe's highest court could strengthen the rights of database creators to protect their work. One of the European Court of Justice's Advocates General has issued an opinion backing a German University's right to stop others using information it compiled.
Oz censor, gamers fall out over Fallout 3 ban
Australia's censor has effectively banned Fallout 3 from sale by refusing to grant it a certificate. The reason: it believes the game rewards drug-taking.
BT opens wallet to send fibre to the home
BT will spend some £1.5bn on fibre optic cables to bring decent broadband to British homes and offices, provided Ofcom acts to protect its juicy margins.
Be the first millionaire on your block to go Tiltrotor
FarnboroughEveryone knows about the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor - the remarkable plane/copter combo craft around which the US Marines have based so many of their future plans, and which is at last in operational service after long a painful teething troubles. Relatively few, however, have been following the development of the Osprey's civilian counterpart, the Bell 609. The 609 has yet to be fully certified, but it's flying now - The Reg has seen it in action here at the Farnborough airshow - and the makers would love to hear from prospective buyers.
Intel rolls out Centrino 2, compares it to 2006's 'Napa'
Intel has formally launched Centrino 2 - actually the fifth incarnation of its laptop platform technology - and the world's notebook makers will be rolling out 'Montevina'-based machines throughout the week.
Nintendo bring real-time interactivity to Wii
Nintendo is to bring "an unmatched level of precision" to the Wii's ability to work out where a player's flinging the Wii Remote.
School chases truants by text
A school in Bedford has become the latest outpost of the public sector to turn to text messages as the answer to all its problems.
Motorola ROKR E8 music phone
ReviewMotorola’s ROKR music mobiles hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, the let-down of its E1 setting the par for the rest. With the E8 however, Motorola has approached the music mobile arena afresh.
Barclays to scrap 1,800 UK tech jobs
Barclays is to axe 1,800 IT jobs in the UK as part of a major business overhaul to set up technology centres in key offshore locations around the world, with 700 workers being forced out by September.
Unpatched Windows PCs own3d in less than four minutes
An unpatched PC is likely to last just four minutes on the internet before being attacked and compromised.
Reding vows Autumn assault on EU data roaming charges
Vivian Reding has pledged to get legislation to slash text and data roaming charges on the legislative agenda by October, after an investigation found that roaming charges were still up to ten times more expensive than home network charges.
World fails to end as Palm ships Treo smartphone with Wi-Fi
Palm's smartphone family has finally joined the Wi-Fi era. The company last night introduced the Windows Mobile 6.1-based Treo 800w, which has EV-DO Rev. A 3G on board too.
Bagel brownin' Cylon toaster now frakkin' available
Sitting somewhere in between Red Dwarf's Talkie Toaster and the 7ft tall Cylon Centurion we covered a few weeks back, comes the Comic-Con limited edition Battlestar Galactica Cylon Toaster. Oh yes.
Google: the mother of antitrust battles?
CommentThe US Senate today embarks on what could become years of antitrust investigations into Google by the IT, telecoms and media industries.
Kiwi botmaster escapes conviction despite guilty plea
An NZ teenager who became notorious for masterminding the creation of one of the largest cybercrime networks has escaped conviction, despite admitting computer hacking and fraud offences.
UK's future super-stealth jumpjet 'rock solid' - Brit test pilot
FarnboroughOne of the most avidly-followed aircraft now under development - the F-35B supersonic stealth jumpjet - is naturally on show here at Farnborough this week, and lead maker Lockheed has just given a press conference studded with air marshals and generals from the various armed forces around the world who hope soon to be operating the revolutionary jet. Graham Tomlinson, the British test pilot who took the F-35B up for its first flight last month - albeit strictly operating as an ordinary plane, without using the vertical-thrust features - also briefed reporters.
BT breaks up families
BT customers affected by the dog-and-bone merchants' recent unconnecty unpleasantness will no doubt be pleased to know that it could be worse - the company is responsible for the traumatic break-up of at least one previously happy family.
British drivers face jail for causing death by dangerous driving
The Sentencing Guidelines Council has released its definitive guidelines (pdf) for sentencing in cases of dangerous driving which result in death, describing them as "serious" and worthy of "appropriate sentences".
Farmers face subsidy error fall-out
The cost of processing each single farm payment has often exceeded the claim's value, according to the Public Accounts Committee.
El Reg nails Street View spycars to Google Maps
Well, we at El Reg have decided we've had quite enough of Google's Orwellian Street View fleet - coming over here, invading our privacy, burning our petrol, and so forth - so we decided to nail the blighters to the search monolith's own Google Maps.
Home Office unveils tagtastic immigrant control plans
Detained illegal immigrants are the latest to fall victim to the Home Office's bizarre love affair with electronic tagging. The draft immigration and citizenship bill, published this week, puts forwards proposals for "large" but unspecified bail bonds along with tagging as an alternative to detention.
RIM BlackBerry 9500 'Thunder' spied on web
RIM's iPhone-wannabe touchscreen BlackBerry, the 9500, has made an early appearance on the web, complete with specs.
Street-savvy Microsoft tries to pop the pimply face of piracy
Microsoft has tagged schoolkids as the UK's worst culprits for illegally downloading files from the net.
Info commissioner says comms database is leap too far
Information Commissioner Richard Thomas said today that government plans for a communications database are a step too far and need proper public debate.
Acer pitches Aspire One at Euro cellcos
Acer is said to be talking to T-Mobile, Vodafone and Orange in a bid to persuade them to bundle its Aspire One Small, Cheap Computer with a USB 3G modem and subsidise the price through airtime subscription.
Irate sysadmin locks San Francisco officials out of network
Hapless municipal bosses in San Francisco have been locked out of their network by a disgruntled sysadmin charged with computer sabotage.
SanDisk touts read-only SD cards for sensitive data
Flash-fancier SanDisk's mission to eradicate all recording media and replace them with solid-state storage continued today with the release of an SD card you can only write to once.
HP and Sony double team better storage tape format
Hewlett-Packard and Sony are putting their heads together again to make a denser breed of Digital Audio Tape drives and cassettes.
Court cheers warrantless snooping of e-mail
Your e-mail is at risk again thanks to a recent ruling that backs no-notice, warrantless digs through e-mail accounts held by service providers.
Google will anonymize YouTube data before sharing with Viacom
Sanity has prevailed in the Google-Viacom case. At least for the moment.
Hackintosh maker gets legal greeting from Apple
As was inevitable, hackintosh vendor Psystar has found itself on Apple's legal to-do list.
And so we begin the tech sector's journey into the Heart of Darkness
CommentDoes anyone else remember when technology companies were propping up this economy?
IBM one-ups Sun with terabyte tape drive
IBM has launched its 1 terabyte tape drive the day after Sun launched the T10000B, and its is 33 percent faster than the Sun product.
Sun calms investors with early Q4 dish
Sun Microsystems has issued an early take on its fourth quarter financial results, showing sales figures that have declined from the same period last year.
Google taunts 'losers' with secret Android code
Google isn't just hiding the Android SDK from the world's developers. It's teasing them with it. Yesterday, just as we finished detailing the search giant's shabby treatment of mobile-minded coders, it treated them even worse, dangling its secret software developer's kit just under their proverbial noses.
Intel at ease with economic chaos
The economy looks bleak as can be, but Intel doesn't care. The chip maker today reported a record second quarter haul and expects the good times to keep on rolling throughout the year.
Microsoft questions Google's plan to save the world through ads
Yes, Microsoft turned up at today's dueling Congressional hearings on the Google ad pact with Yahoo!.