Red rag, meet bull: The software resilience gamble
New research alertYou, the fine Reg readers, recently regaled us with the gory details of your application failures - and it ain't too pretty. It turns out that a large majority of you find business is disrupted by app failure way too often.
NASA to brief on manned spaceship 'concerns'
NASA will map the future of manned spacecraft later today, following long-running rumours of possible delays to the programme and increasing worries of over-reliance on Russian technology to support the International Space Station.
Intel adds 22nm octo-core 'Haswell' to CPU design roadmap
IDFIntel's 'Tick, Tock' model of chip development is now well established and mapped out through the transition from 45nm to 32nm. Now we know what's happening at the 22nm.
Game sharer gets £16K fine
A woman who put a copy of Dream Pinball 3D on a file-sharing network must pay £16,000 to the games maker and its lawyers.
Vodafone jacks up UK prices
Vodafone will jack up its prices next month, it said today. Standard call charges will rise from 15p to 20p per minute for pre-pay customers and contract minutes outside monthly inclusive packages.
Japanese photographers offered recyclable camera
A Japanese electronics store has begun selling a digital camera that will definitely be recycled - because otherwise you won’t get a copy of your photos.
Skinny ThinkPad X300 gains Centrino 2 tech
Lenovo has revised its ultra-skinny ThinkPad X300 notebook for the Centrino 2 age, revamping the machine's spec and renaming it the X301.
Symantec nabs PC Tools for added street cred
Security and storage giant Symantec has agreed to buy specialist Australian-based anti-spyware firm PC Tools. Terms of the deal were undisclosed in Monday's announcement.
Nokia rolls in sportscar-styled Arte phone
Nokia has extended its high-end Arte mobile phone range with a model that sounds as though all the materials were nicked from a luxury sports car.
Teachers give toilet CCTV top marks
As schools increasingly opt to install cameras in their pupils’ toilets, a survey this week shows the message from some teachers is “do as we say, not as we do”.
Apple tops customer satisfaction poll as rivals' ratings slide
Apple has been named the computer maker that most satisfies its customers after it scored a personal best of 85 out of 100 - ten points above its nearest rival, Dell - in a key US customer satisfaction index.
Intel slings sue ball at N-Data
Intel has filed a lawsuit against Negotiated Data Solutions, LLC (N-Data) in a royalties dispute about the industry standard for Ethernet computer networking.
Alienware Area-51 m15x gaming laptop
ReviewAlienware claims that its Area-51 m15x gaming laptop is the "fastest 15.4in notebook ever". Not true if you opt for the basic m15x with Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor however.
Googlephone is coming soon
T-Mobile will launch an Android phone this year and with Google allowing developers access to version 0.9, we'll soon see if it has managed the finesse of an iPhone with Nokia-grade functionality.
Vodafone exec stabbed to death in country home
Police are questioning a man following the murder of a senior Vodafone UK executive on Saturday.
ICANN backs auction of disputed domains
The body behind the internet's addressing systems has said that it will settle disputes over who wins the right to new generic top level domains (gTLDs) by auction.
Surveillance Teddy nabs granny-bag robber
An NHS care assistant who stole from a grandmother dying of cancer was nabbed in the act by an electronically enhanced teddy bear, according to reports.
Another 60 days' free MobileMe service, madam?
Apple has added 60 days onto the end of every MobileMe subscription, in another attempt to pacify punters still unhappy with the online synchronisation service.
Is Zune finally coming to Europe?
Many European iPod haters have prayed for the Zune’s arrival. Now US Federal Communications Commission documents have revealed that if it does land this side of the Pond, we could be in for a storage treat.
The Terminator's back - as a DVD player
The Terminator said he’d be back, but we didn’t know he meant as a consumer gadget. But the robot that once tried to destroy the human race has been recycled, into a DVD player.
Duke Nukem to make Xbox debut
If aliens recently invaded your home to enslave your womenfolk, then don’t fret. Simply log onto Xbox Live and call up the ultimate cigar smoking hero, who’s all about alien bashing and leering at ladies.
iPod Nano trouser fireballs sweep Japan
The long dry* summer wears on, rendering habitats parched and flammable as tinder. Pockets containing iPods are one such habitat and the annual outbreak of gadgetry-related conflagrations is under way.
Dell extends laptop warranties to cover duff Nvidia GPUs
Dell has extended the warranties on certain laptops that incorporate Nvidia GPUs by a further 12 months.
A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP
Vista’s death march picked up some pace yesterday, after a metrics researcher revealed that nearly 35 per cent of PCs built to run the Windows operating system have been downgraded to XP.
Palm to unveil Treo Pro today?
Palm looks set to announce the Treo Pro today, according to an email sent out by one of its media agencies.
Goldfish customers sent wrong bills
A printing mix-up resulted in thousands of Goldfish credit card customers receiving other people's bills.
Network Solutions falls off the web
Network Solutions - the company that resells top level domains like .com and .net - seems to have misplaced its own website.
Red Devil assaults Burnley FC's stadium roof
Burnley FC has suspended all pre-match entertainments at its Turf Moor stadium after a member of the elite Red Devils parachute team performed an unscheduled assault on the roof of the ground's David Fishwick stand, the BBC reports.
3 launches second-gen Skypephone
Skype and network operator 3 obviously think they’re onto a winner with the Skypephone, so the duo’s teamed-up again to launch the brand’s second handset.
Russell Crowe to play Bill Hicks?
It appears we have the leaves of Sherwood Forest to thank (or blame, depending on your viewpoint) for a possible outing of Aussie thespo Russell Crowe as legendary US comedian Bill Hicks.
UK.gov to spend hundreds of millions on snooping silo
ExclusiveThe government is pressing ahead with plans to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on a massive central silo for all UK communications data, The Register has learned.
Free the airwaves, cries Google
Google has launched another round in the PR battle over American white space, with a new website asking visitors to sign a petition to convince the FCC to allow unlicensed use of the spaces between TV channels.
Spice up your Apple applications
Mac SecretsApple's "Professional" range of applications such as Final Cut Studio, Aperture or Logic Express have a completely different look to the standard Aqua color scheme. This comes courtesy of a private framework called ProKit.framework, intended to make Apple's professional software stand out from the crowd.
Microsoft slackens VM licensing rules
Microsoft will relax its virtual machine licensing policy to make it easier for businesses to move a VM freely about physical servers.
Mystery Fedora disruption prompts security fears
The majority of servers supporting the Fedora Linux distribution were back online on Tuesday following a mystery disruption.
Nokia travels Lonely Planet
Visiting cities with a copy of Lonely Planet is like carrying a big sign saying 'tourist'. So Nokia’s teamed up with the travel guide publisher to create more discreet handset-based editions.
Sun double teams Xeon chip
IDFNo server vendor worth its hot swappable fans will let an Intel Developer Forum go by without announcing some new kit. So here's Sun Microsystems doing its part for the epic Intel ecosystem with a pair of new servers.
Microsoft dashes hopes for 'major' Windows server upgrade
Microsoft has re-committed itself to an interim release of its Windows server operating system, countering reports it had planned to go straight to a major release instead.
Intel's Barrett goes for Washington on education, innovation
IDFIntel chairman Craig Barrett got political at the opening of the Intel Developer Forum this morning, taking aim at the US’ records on education, healthcare and investment in R&D.
WiMax to cover 1 billion by 2012, says Intel
IDFCraig Barrett banged the drum for WiMAX in the opening keynote of IDF today. But only quietly, and not for very long.
Intel does SSD flash dance
IDFFull of what we call "self mettle," Intel has championed its "highly anticipated line" of big daddy solid state drives (SSDs).