Hacker murders Facebook word game
Anyone who's been mercilessly pummeled by a fistful of undesired consonants can tell you that board games are too often serious business.
'Hacktivism' threatens world of nations
UsenixPolitically motivated computer attacks like the one last year that crippled network traffic in Estonia for weeks are likely to increase, and there's not much victims can do to stop them, a security researcher says.
Quantum porn engine foiled by strawberries and muffins
Yes, Cuil is pants. Though its founders insist they're building a Google killer, the results turned up by this new-age search engine are even more ridiculous than its name. Which is still pronounced "Cool."
Sun's JavaFX debuts with familiar cast
You have to respect Sun Microsystems' persistence on NetBeans - repeatedly trying to get you to inadvertently use the thing by including it with other stuff.
BT shares plummet on margin pressure
BT hit targets for the first quarter ended 30 June 2008 bringing in revenues of £5.1bn, up three per cent on last year. But the market is distinctly underwhelmed, marking shares down 10 per cent in early trading.
BT reseller biz goes gangbusters in Q1. But...
BT’s reseller arm, BT Global Services, had a good Q1 on the revenue front, jumping 13 per cent to £2.052bn for the period ending June 30. But margins are under pressure - and the financial community doesn't like it, marking shares down 10 per cent in early trading.
New Van Gogh pic discovered using German atom-smasher
There may be some readers out there who aren't entirely clear just what synchrotrons - enormous, kilometre-wide magnetic doughnuts used to thrash electrons within an inch of their lives - are actually for. Today, the news furnishes us with a partial answer - you can use a synchrotron to see old paintings hidden beneath other paintings.
The healthy handset
Lots has been written about the potential dangers of mobile phones to the human body, so it’s refreshing to hear about one handset that aims to keep users healthy.
MPs report back from internet's dark side
MPs have called on the government to install a YouTube Czar to oversee user-generated content sites and better labels for video games.
RM gets fingers into school biometrics market
RM has grown another tentacle with the acquisition of education technology supplier Orchard Partners Ltd.
EA preps video game PCs
Electronic Arts (EA) plans to release pre-configured PCs alongside big name video game launches, in an attempt to blur the boundary between high-end PC gaming and hardware expense.
IT career virgins need a cherry on top
Any Reg readers looking to change their job or simply start work their career will be left confused by the latest batch of news from UK recruitment experts.
AVG update nails down stability bugs
AVG has published an engine upgrade to its popular anti-virus scanning software that addresses a raft of stability bugs.
Up to 80,000 AOLers face the boot from Carphone network
Carphone Warehouse's ongoing network integration prompted by its purchase of AOL's broadband business in 2006 could spell trouble for tens of thousands of customers, CEO Charles Dunstone warned today.
N96 launch delayed until October
Nokia’s much-hyped flagship handset – the N96 – is now available to buy. That’s what we’d be saying to you if we were in October, because that’s when Nokia’s delayed the phone’s UK launch until.
US airforce to launch robotic Space Shuttle 2.0 this year
NASA may have given up on spaceplanes for now, with the Shuttle soon to be replaced by old-school rocket stacks and capsules. But the US Air Force, it seems, still sees a need for spacecraft which can re-enter atmosphere and make a runway landing. Reports indicate that the X-37B unmanned spaceplane demonstrator will make its first orbital launch in November under USAF auspices.
Spammers, Cuil, and the rescue from planet Google
AnalysisPlenty of digital ink has been needlessly spilt this week over the launch of the suicidally-monikered new search engine Cuil.com. But the only threat to Google is itself and, in a roundabout way, the legion of spammers and "search engine optimisation" (SEO) consultants that buttress its dominance.
Gov videogame report backs BBFC
A single videogame classification system controlled by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is the best option for the UK, according to a government report.
Oz man cracks one off while speeding in drug-packed car
An Australian man unsurprisingly faces a spell in jail after cops pulled him for driving at 147km/h (91 mph) in a Holden SV6 packed with 5kg of cannabis, two dope plants, a couple of drug pipes and a loaded .22 rifle.
MS springs patent complaint on Taiwanese mouse vendor
Microsoft yesterday filed a patent infringement complaint against a Taiwanese computer peripherals vendor after talks on a licensing agreement for mouse technology stalled.
English Channel defeats one-armed Frenchman
A one-armed Frenchman came tantalisingly close to swimming the English Channel on Monday, but was defeated when strong currents "dragged him off his planned route" within sight of the French coast, Reuters reports.
Panasonic 40in OLED by 2011
Matsushita - best known as the owner of Panasonic – has already promised to punch out 37in OLED TVs by 2011. But the firm’s now promised to make 40in OLED screens available within three years too.
UK data watchdog gives Google spycar fleet the greenlight
Following a quiet word down at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Google has been given regulatory approval to publish photographs taken by the fleet of camera-carrying black Opels currently surveying Britain.
NASA spies liquid in Titanic lake
NASA scientists have announced that at least one of the giant lakes previously spied on Saturn's moon Titan contains liquid hydrocarbons - making it the "only body our solar system beyond Earth known to have liquid on its surface", as the agency puts it.
NetApp loses global channel sales head
NetApp's VP for Worldwide Channels, Leonard Iventosch, has abruptly left the company.
Nvidia's GeForce 9 GPU trio
Nvidia has taken the wraps off its latest graphics processing units (GPUs), which it claims cater for the increasing number of PC applications requiring more graphics horsepower for visuals.
Acer uses Europe, Asia to bounce past profit forecasts
Acer today reported a better than expected rise in second quarter profits after increasing its market share in Europe and Asia.
Motorola accidentally makes a profit
Motorola wrong-footed the markets this morning when it turned in an unexpected profit for its second quarter and said it would be in the black for the year.
Home Office minister gets tough, then gets stuck
Is Liam Byrne trying to tell us something? For some time now we've noted a 'drip drip' quality to the pronouncements of the minister i/c ID cards and immigration, gradually - no, probably not gradually - building the impression of a huge mailed fist slamming down on Johnny Shiftless Thieving Foreigner.
Official: Eee PC range to expand
Asus has designed a new range of Eee PCs designed to capture the hearts of a wider range of miniature PC lovers, the company has confirmed.
The Register reaches more tech professionals than ever
Press releaseLondon, UK, July 31 The Register has marked its tenth year as the UK's top tech and science news website by publishing its best readership figures yet.
Emirates airline website plummets offline in A380 excitement
Dubai's government-owned airline, Emirates, forgot to renew its domain name this week, sending its website crashing offline on the same day it was trumpeting delivery of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo.
Misheard song lyrics blamed on technology
If you don’t know the words to your favourite songs, then don’t blame your hearing because a survey’s found that music download sites and declining CD sales could actually be the cause.
Feds not scouring Facebook for terrorists (say Feds)
An FBI-backed organisation has warned computer users to ignore claims that the Feds are scouring Facebook for terrorists.
Black hats attack gaping DNS hole
Miscreants are actively exploiting a gaping hole in the internet's address lookup system that can cause millions of web surfers to receive counterfeit pages when they try to access online banking services and other types of websites.
Chinese net censors unblock BBC, Wikipedia
After foreign journalists complained that several web sites had been blocked at Olympic media centers in Beijing, it appears that access has been now restored to some, including the BBC's Chinese-language site.
EDS shareholders welcome HP overlords
Hewlett-Packard's proposed $13.9bn purchase of the computer services giant Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has been overwhelmingly approved by its shareholders.
Sun girds its grid for cloud business spin out
ExclusiveSun Microsystems' utility computing operation is being turned into a separate cloud business unit lead by Sun's chief sustainability officer Dave Douglas.
Google: 'Even in the desert, privacy does not exist'
As Google's government-approved spycar fleet drives across the UK, doing its best to photograph every inch of the country, the search giant cum global menace has told the world that "even in today's desert, complete privacy does not exist."
Scrabble knock-off reborn as Wordscraper
The popular Facebook application Scrabulous may have been shut down yesterday in response to a lawsuit from Hasbro, but today it's been reborn as a word game designed specifically to appease the less-than-jolly toymaker.
New Yorker gets 30 months for bogus Cisco gear
A hardware reseller from New York state has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for passing off cheap Chinese networking gear as genuine Cisco products.