TomTom ships Go x40 satnav series
The TomTom Go x40 Live range consisting of the Go 540, 740 and the flagship 940 - first seen at IFA in August - has been officially launched in the UK.
Yahoo! begs world+dog for free engineering
After announcing last week that it will lay off 1,400 employees, Yahoo! managers have birthed a new strategy that could recoup much of its soon-to-be-lost engineering talent: Get somebody else to do the work for free.
NetApp's de-duping VTL arrives
NetApp has added block-level de-duplication to its Virtual Tape Library (VTL) product line and claims an up to 20:1 de-duplication ratio. At last, the company has an answer to Data Domain, Quantum, and EMC.
What's to become of Fujitsu Siemens?
It could be a happy Christmas for Fujitsu Siemens Computers, with its continuing existence confirmed by that date.
Vodafone pitches Comic Sans as the next Crazy Frog
The search for the next ringtone - a product that costs nothing but customers will willingly pay for - has finally borne fruit with the launch of FlipFont, a Vodafone service enabling punters to change the text font on their handset.
Eee PC maker readies Android phone for 2009
Eee PC maker Asus will release a Google Android-based smartphone during the first six months of 2009.
Liberty: Observer story takes liberties
UpdatedThe civil rights group Liberty has rubbished a newspaper report that it has been approached by several UK mobile operators in an attempt to win its public support for their data protection policies. If such an approach had been made it would have been rejected on principle, Liberty told The Register.
Pioneer defeats Samsung in plasma panel patent spat
Pioneer has prevailed in its legal battle with Samsung over who owns key plasma display technologies.
Eee PC line to gain gamer-friendly graphics chip
Asus has let slip that it's working on an Eee PC netbook with a discrete graphics chip for all you gamers who want to play the latest titles on the move without having to lug a 15in Alienware around.
HP introduces stylish
VIA Intel-based netbook
It's official, HP has launched its new netbook, the Mini 1000, and it's ditched VIA's C7-M processor in favour of Intel's Atom.
EPO to give definitive ruling on software patents
The European Patent Office (EPO) has asked its ultimate legal authority to look at the European Patent Convention (EPC) and issue advice on the patentability of software. The EPO said that such advice was necessary to ensure the uniform application of the EPC.
Government negotiating on tax credit refund
HMRC is in 'delicate negotiations' with EDS on retrieving money the firm owes, according to the Treasury's parliamentary secretary.
Fraudsters get into the cloud
Hackers are applying the ideas of cloud computing to online fraud in a move that means even technically illiterate crooks can move into cybercrime.
NASA probe finds opals in Martian crevices
A NASA space probe orbiting Mars has discovered deposits of opals in the mighty Valles Marineris canyon system* east of Tharsis. Opals aren't valuable enough to justify interplanetary trade, but the discovery is significant as it suggests that liquid water existed on Mars a billion years more recently than had been thought.
Thomas tells CEOs told to sort out data protection
Information Commissioner Richard Thomas called on CEOs to take more responsibility for data security within their organisation - at the same time as he released figures showing that government is still the worst offender for losing personal data.
Dell restyles biz-friendly desktop lines
Dell has revamped its OptiPlex desktop line, pitching its latest offerings as less power-hungry beasts than before - and easier to tinker with than its rivals' products.
Spanish cities surrender to Street View
We offer our condolences today to the good burghers of Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Valencia, who are as of right now available for public viewing on Google's all-seeing Street View. Here's a nice snap of Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles:
Lenovo schools S10 netbook for colleges
Lenovo has recast its IdeaPad S10 Small, Cheap Computer as an education machine, restyling the netbook for schools and colleges by adding an 'e' to the model number.
Palm Treo Pro Windows Mobile smartphone
ReviewThe Good Book isn't big on things that are half one thing and half another, so the new Palm Treo Pro, which is both a run-of-the-mill Qwerty-keyboard equipped smartphone and a touchscreen handset, may be onto a sticky wicket. Like the man said: “Because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit thee out.”
US Navy SEAL uniforms: Now with built-in tourniquets
Elite US special-forces troops have now been equipped with special uniforms featuring up to eight built-in drawstring tourniquet systems. Reports have it that thousands of the new anti-bloodloss trouserlegs and sleeves are already in use on the front lines in southwest Asia.
Motorola embraces Android, sees Microsoft on the side
Sanjay Jha, co-CEO at Motorola, is planning another round of layoffs in the mobile division as the group struggles to reduce the range of supported platforms from the existing 15 to something a little more manageable.
Snow blankets London for Global Warming debate
Snow fell as the House of Commons debated Global Warming yesterday - the first October fall in the metropolis since 1922. The Mother of Parliaments was discussing the Mother of All Bills for the last time, in a marathon six hour session.
Co-op IT workers vote on strike action
UpdatedMembers of union Unite at the Co-op are voting on possible strike action today to prevent compulsory redundancies when work is moved out to India.
TMS tries to tarnish IBM Quicksilver pitch
What's special about IBM's Quicksilver? Texas Memory Systems has launched its RamSan 5000 flash solid state storage product offering one million IOs per second - and it's available now, not in many months time.
Server saboteur gets six months
A US systems administrator has been sentenced to six months in prison for sabotaging his ex-employer's servers.
DHL slashing European IT jobs
Delivery company DHL is halving the number of IT staff it employs and despatching the jobs to Prague in the Czech Republic.
Ford to build 'boring-EV beating' eco-engine in Bridgend
'Leccy TechOK, so it's not strictly 'leccy tech, but Ford's EcoBoost petrol engine does suggest a future for near-term environmentally responsible motoring that's a little more attractive than that suggested by this picture of PM Gordon Brown getting gushy over a Think City yesterday.
'Parasitic' Google feels TV's wrath
Your reporter holds TV executives in as much esteem as a flesh-eating virus. But even in the uniquely clueless world of television, they're finally waking up to Google's 'parasitic' nature. C4 chief Andy Duncan has become the latest to awake from his slumber. The problem? Duncan's "cure" will probably only make Google stronger.
Emulex chases QLogic over FCoE design wins
Emulex is not leaving the storage array FCoE interface business to QLogic and says it could announce a brace of storage vendor design wins by the end of the year.
Samsung demos 0.05mm-thick OLED panel
Clearly unphased by the courtroom kicking its taken from Pioneer, Samsung's display division has demo'd a bendy OLED display.
Social networking will save us all, says Orange
A Demos report on social networking commissioned by Orange has reached the unlikely conclusion that social networks provide the best hope for companies in the economic downturn.
BBC's speak you're branes collapses under Brand-Ross sex outrage
The BBC's "Have Your Say" online comment forum briefly collapsed this afternoon as the entire population of Britain sought to express HOW INCREDIBE ANGRGY it was about those men being mean to Manuel off Fawlty Towers.
Sanyo intros 'iPhone-on-a-stick' home internet terminal
Japan's Sanyo is to offer locals an internet access terminal looks like a giant Jesus Phone on a stick.
Mandelson's dept mulls UK internet power grab
ExclusiveMinisters led by Peter Mandelson are considering a power grab at the independent company at the centre of UK's internet infrastructure, The Register can reveal.
Schneier sticks it to surveillance
Security guru Bruce Schneier has challenged the view that privacy and security are at loggerheads, suggesting the real debate is between liberty and control.
3M unrolls power-saving laptop screen sheet
Want to cut the power consumption of your laptop's display? Post-it purveyor 3M has a sheet of film which, it claims, will do just that.
DHS cybersecurity boss fights back against critics
The man in charge of running the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity efforts has defended its efforts in the face of congressional criticism.
Notorious registrar gets deactivation notice for president's sin
EstDomains, a domain name registrar with a reputation for catering to cyber criminals, suffered another blow after the organization that oversees the net's address system said it would revoke the company's right to sell domain names because of a recent fraud conviction in Estonia of its president.
Sony and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad quarter
Sony didn't have a terrific second quarter.
Microsoft taps Dell to build Azure cloud
Cloud computing means a lot of things to a lot of people these days, but if this catch-phrase-of-the-moment has one goal, it's to make huge numbers of independent servers and related storage to support millions of users in such a way that they neither know nor care about how the underlying iron and its software stack is accomplishing this.
Intel, Asus plead with Web 2.0 for notebook of the future
Ever wonder who's going to invent the next big thing in computers? Just look in the mirror.
Silverlight for mobile: what's in, what's out
PDCMicrosoft has scheduled the first quarter of 2009 for the first code drop of Silverlight for mobile devices.