Woman cuffed for deleting virtual husband
A 43-year-old Japanese woman has been jailed for "killing" her virtual husband to revenge an unexpected in-game divorce.
US carriers attack FCC's puritan broadband
To the surprise of no one, engineers representing America's incumbent wireless carriers and broadband internet providers have attacked the FCC's plan to grace the country with a free "third pipe."
Microsoft 2.0 feels data center pinch
Microsoft's burgeoning online strategy is beginning to feel the spending pinch as the company battens down against a potential recession.
Space tourist back on terra firma
Space tourist Richard Garriott and cosmonauts Oleg Kononeko and Sergei Volkov this morning returned safely to Earth from the International Space Station, touching down in their Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan at 10:37pm CDT (03:37 GMT).
Hubble fired up and ready for action
NASA yesterday re-activated the Hubble space telescope's back-up computer system, following a few problems coaxing the venerable spare kit into life.
NHS needs to catch up on technology
The NHS is failing to make effective use of simple technology now commonly used by its patients, such as the internet and email.
Dell readies small, cheap computer for small biz
Dell is preparing an all-black version of its Inspiron Mini 9 netbook, this one aimed at small businesses and set to ship as the Vostro A90.
Plasmon Inc rises from ashes of...Plasmon Ltd
Plasmon rides again. CEO Steve Murphy has successfully negotiated a private equity buyout of Plasmon Inc from the UK-based parent Plasmon Ltd which is in administration.
Home Office coughs to Dutch DNA screw-up
The Home Office has admitted it could have identified 22 criminals from DNA left at Dutch crime scenes if it had checked them against the UK's national DNA database.
Fiat unwraps 'leccy buggy concept
'Leccy TechThere appears to be life in the self-appointed Apple of the electric car world after all. Hard on the heels of news of job losses and retrenchment comes the first official teaser shot of the planned Tesla S.
Spanish discover cache of 26 Enigma machines
Spanish newspaper El País last week tracked down 26 examples of Franco's "secret weapon" against Republican forces in the country's civil war - a cache of perfectly-preserved Enigma machines hidden for years in a "gloomy office" in the army's main headquarters in Madrid.
Public ID card support holds steady - says gov report
A majority of the public remains in support of the National Identity Scheme, according to the latest figures from the Identity and Passport Service (IPS).
Speaking clock gets Disneyfied
Middle England should prepare to drop its trousers, bend over the table and accept the painful truth that if anything in this Sceptred Isle was ever sacred, it isn't any more.
Intel apologises for 'inappropriate' iPhone critique
Intel has rapped the knuckles of executives who this week hammered the iPhone for not being able to show the internet as well as a PC can. They were talking out of turn, the chip giant said.
Steve Jobs 'heart attack' citizen hack wasn't a short seller
The US government investigation into an 18-year-old's false "citizen journalism" report that Steve Jobs had had a major heart attack has so far found he did it for the craic, according to a report.
Parrot displays near-field photo frame
Digital photo frame connectivity options are usually pretty similar: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or memory cards. But manufacturer Parrot has designed one that’ll soak up your images using Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology.
MEPs warn on 'virtual strip searches'
Members of the European Parliament have asked the Commission to look carefully at the privacy implications of millimetre wave scanners - which effectively produce naked pictures of passengers.
Dell's PCs to come with music
SanDisk’s already launched Micro SD cards with pre-loaded tunes on. So Dell’s decided to get in on the music scene too and has launched a service to pre-install music on your new machine.
Apple MacBook Pro 15in
ReviewThe new MacBook Pro may not be the total revamp that the renewed MacBook is, but it’s an attractive – and intriguing – update nonetheless.
Xerox waves job axe at 3,000 staff
Printing giant Xerox Corp looks set to cull its worldwide workforce by five per cent.
Windows 7 and Microsoft's cloud - The Reg takes a MicroBite
Radio RegMicrosoft's massive Professional Developers' Conference (PDC) hits Los Angeles, California, next week. It's the event for anyone interested in the direction and details of where Microsoft's software is headed.
Vodafone emboldened by Orange's BlackBerry Bold woes
Vodafone has told its third-party sales partners to use the "software issues and technical faults" it claims forced Orange to stop selling the new BlackBerry Bold to persuade consumers it has a better 3G network than its rival does.
Police poison speed debate with fuzzy figures
This may be the week when the Department for Transport learns about the risks of making a case for road safety based on figures that every expert in the field knows to be untrue.
Thrustmaster draws Wii weaponry
Wii accessory manufacturer Thrustmaster has launched two weapons for the console that’ll have both Star Wars and shoot-'em-up fans delighted.
Fancy nipping for a quick two-thirds of a pint?
Here's some splendid news for those of you who can't in all conscience go into a boozer and ask for a half, but reckon that a full pint might hamper your post-Friday-lunchtime workplace performance: The National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) is proposing to introduce a two-thirds of a pint measure which would "increase the flexibility of the pub and brewing industries to innovate in the presentation of beer to consumers".
El Reg in Street View drive-by snooping
Vulture Central is today in full counter-surveillance lock-down mode following the sighting of a Street View Orwellian black Opel in the very street where El Reg has its London headquarters:
Book about D-Notices gets D-Notice slapped on it
A controversial history of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) DA-Notice* Committee, the body which acts to suppress media reports which could damage national security, has been heavily edited - reportedly on the orders of the DA-Notice Committee itself.
Virgin probes Facebook safety, chav claims
Virgin Atlantic is investigating allegations that its staff posted rude comments on Facebook about the airline's passengers and its safety standards.
Panasonic touts ToughBook trio
Panasonic’s ToughBook laptop line just expanded, thanks to the firm’s creation of three more ruggedised machines.
NASA's greatest clanger
Rights to the celebrated documentary The Clangers are changing hands. Often mistakenly described as “a children’s programme”, the 1970s series revealed for the first time the existence of an advanced knitwear-based lunar civilisation, knowledge of which has been suppressed by governments and space agencies ever since.
Oprah cuddles Kindle
Oprah Winfrey is set to report that her favourite gadget is Amazon's Kindle e-book reader, and she's invited Amazon founded Jeff Bezos onto her show to explain why it's good to read electric.
US forces want man-hunting robot wolfpacks
Trouser-moisteningly terrifying news broke this week, as it emerged that sinister forces within the US military are looking to develop a remorseless robotic wolfpack capable of hunting down "a non-cooperative human subject" in "an indoor environment".
3 officially joins Nokia’s music bundle
Mobile operator 3 confirmed that it’s the first UK network to offer Nokia’s Comes With Music bundle directly to punters. Carphone Warehouse claims the right to be the UK’s exclusive retail partner for the deal – but 3 has a chain of around 150 stores.
Sun feeds data center pods to credit crunched
Sun Microsystems, like server rivals Hewlett-Packard and IBM, has been transforming its data centers in an effort to cut costs. And like HP and IBM, Sun wants to take the expertise it has developed from this process, put a price tag on it, and peddle it to customers who are facing the same budget pressures.
Google Willy Wonkas park fighter jet on NASA
Update: An update to this story - including a response from NASA - can be read here
EU to stock internet criminal database
European Union members agreed today to create a common alert platform for reporting illegal activities on the Internet.
LG unwraps tasty touchscreen treat
LG has finally taken the lid off of the biscuit tin and revealed the specifications and price of its latest cost-conscious caller: the KP500 Cookie.
Star Wars MMO to grab more players than WoW
If you’re creating an MMORPG to compete with the most popular one of all time - World of Warcraft - then you’d better make sure it’s got a solid plot. And what better plot than one based on the most popular film series of all time: Star Wars.
Rackspace swallows Slicehost Jungle
Rackspace Hosting - which is where the files that comprise The Register are stored - this week made two acquisitions to beef up its hosting business. The company, which went public in mid-August, is also re-branding its hosting and cloud computing products to make their naming consistent in the wake of the acquisitions.
XML anti discrimination plan hits hurdle
A well-intentioned attempt to make XML less exclusive to certain ethic groups actually risks causing breakage for those it's intended to help.
Google: Guinea pig brainwaves prove video ads 'compelling'
As part of its increasingly desperate attempt to actually make some money from YouTube, Google is reading the brainwaves of human guinea pigs in an effort to judge the effectiveness of video ads.
Trojan attacks Microsoft's emergency patch vuln
A day after Microsoft released an emergency patch for a critical flaw that could allow self-replicating attacks, researchers have identified a nasty trojan that attempts to exploit the vulnerability.
Winning contestant dies during competitive eating event
The sport of competitive eating was given a shocking reminder yesterday that gorging oneself with a daunting amounts of greasy food in an extremely short period of time may have negative effects on health.