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Stretch Armstong: bendy, stretchy and twistable. Not particularly useful. Electronics: Useful. Not so much with twisty business.
The San Francisco Bay Area has embraced Shai Agassi's Better Place vision, announcing a "sweeping plan" to drive public and private investments in electric cars and the infrastructure needed to run them.
AnalysisAnalysis One week after rogue ISP McColo was shut down spam levels have yet to return to normality. But security experts are under no illusions that this represents anything more than a temporary reprieve, which will probably come accompanied by a change in tactics by spammers.
Round-upRound-up Happy Christmas, the format war is over. Now that Toshiba has abandoned HD DVD, Sony’s Blu-Ray has emerged as the new standard for high-definition discs, and the millions of folk who've been watching ye olde standard-def TV programmes on their HD TVs can go out and buy themselves a Blu-ray player safe in the knowledge it's not about to become obsolete.
A year and a day after losing child benefit records for every family in the UK and promising to reform data handling the British government is still losing a laptop every single week.
Graphic engines used in the latest videogames are set to be see more and more service in the French aerospace industry, according to reports.
Those of you who don't like trees very much will appreciate HP's continuing efforts to deforest the planet by using the maximum cardboard possible when dispatching items to expectant customers. Here's a big box the company recently delivered to loyal Reg reader Simon Lucas, who's based in Tokyo:
One of the world's biggest law firms is suing a small Chicago-based website for naming the firm and linking to two of its associates' biographies. A judge rejected an attempt to have the case thrown out last week.
Brocade turned in satisfyingly solid results in its final 2008 quarter, beating its own guidance. The Foundry acquisition is on track, Cisco competition contained and it is preparing for a challenging first half in 2009.
The Metropolitan Police is investigating websites which are naming the mother of Baby P and her boyfriend at time of the child's death.
Continuing to distance itself from boring-old mobile phones, Nokia has announced plans to open a research lab in Hollywood packed with movie executives rather than those engineers the company so recently laid off in Finland.
Prime minister Gordon Brown has spoken about the Gary McKinnon extradition case for the first time, supporting the principle of repatriation of sentenced prisoners while declining to get into the specifics of the case, which remains under judicial review.
Apple has released a firmware update for the iPhone, giving Jesus phone devotees access to Google Map’s Street View, keyboard settings and more.
Staff at Verizon face disciplinary action after accessing Barack Obama's phone bill and taking a peek at who the president elect had been calling.
UpdatedUpdated Rock band Marillion have offered to take part in a gig in support of accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon with proceeds going to autism charities, according to local media reports.
Rockstar has released a series of teaser images to promote Grand Theft Auto IV’s upcoming downloadable add-on The Lost and Damned.
If you can’t afford a Ferrari F430 then you’ll be glad to hear that the car firm’s inked a deal with gaming accessory firm Thrustmaster to let you buy individual parts of the car instead. Well, sort of.
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Mini PollMini Poll Let's get personal here. Do you like collaborating with work colleagues? Do you like giving up your hard won knowledge for the greater good? Some people do. Some people don't.
The death of UIQ deserves a footnote for posterity – and a chance to take look back at a decade in which almost everything that everyone predicted for mobile data proved to be wrong. Given the way the market turned out, it didn't stand a chance.
Computer systems at three major London hospitals are largely back online on Friday morning, three days after a major computer virus outbreak forced staff to disconnect the network.
Reader pollReader poll Ok, let's get straight down to it - below are the twenty contenders vying for the crown of El Reg top net neologism, as chosen by you, our beloved commentards readers.
The ground-penetrating radar aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has identified extensive Martian glaciers buried under "protective blankets of rocky debris".
Asus will launch two larger Eee Top desktop PCs next year, sources close to the company have claimed.
CompetitionCompetition Samsung Omina? 'Orrible! Apple iPhone? I don't think so! No, Research in Motion's BlackBerry Storm is the touchscreen mobile to go for this season, says Vodafone, and it's putting its money where its mouth is to give three lucky Register Hardware readers one of the in-demand handsets.
ReviewReview Sony has been pitching small, slim laptops at executives for years now, packing in as much functionality into as compact a chassis as it can and charging a premium for it. Why mess with a successful formula? So the new Vaio TT doesn't.
The first episode of the third series of Graham Linehan's The IT Crowd is on Channel 4 tonight at 10.00pm.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families is resisting broadening access to the ContactPoint database for police officers and A&E staff, two groups most people would consider to be the frontline of spotting child abuse. Staff from the department admitted that this was for politcal expediency rather that to prevent overly wide access to the controversial database.
Blu-ray Disc sales won't meet previously enthusiastic predictions, a senior Sony staffer has warned.
Nominet chairman Bob Gilbert sits on a committee to determine the salaries and bonuses of senior executives, but not his own. Critics say this contravenes the not-for-profit domain registry's corporate governance rules, but Nominet denies any such breach. (Editor's note: Nominet argues that Gilbert is only technically an executive, and has sent an explanatory statement, reproduced in full at the end of this article.)
Reg primerReg primer Small and medium-sized businesses are the great untapped market for the computer storage industry. They remain untapped, for good reason. Money.
A prominent US wargames and military crazytech expert has called for the Obama administration to build a large fleet of X-Men style stealth transport planes, able to deliver America's secret elite forces anywhere in the world regardless of the local government's wishes.
The BBC Trust has branded the Brand/Ross Manuelgate outrage a "deplorable intrusion with no editorial justification". On 18 October, Radio 2 broadcast a show featuring hilarious duo Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross in which they rang thesp Andrew Sachs and left messages on his ansafone which crowed that Brand had slept with the Fawlty Towers actor's granddaughter, Georgina Baillie. Cue listener and tabloid outrage, as Middle England bayed for blood and the BBC ran around like a headless chicken before issuing a rather belated apology.
BlueSky Positioning, the company that promised to have GPS working in a SIM by June last year, has entered a "strategic relationship" with respected SIM manufacturer Sagem Orga.
The BBC Trust has rejected the broadcaster's plans to set up local video news sites for different areas of the country.
'Leccy Tech'Leccy Tech Nissan chairman and Renault SA co-chairman Carlos Ghosn tacitly called for better-looking electric cars when he gave his keynote speech at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
Reuters has pulled its embedded reporter out of Second Life, it confirmed today.
A US teenager has used a video sharing website to broadcast his suicide live across the internet.
Mini PollMini Poll If you listen to a lot of the vendors, server virtualisation is now pretty mainstream, and the impression you get is that it’s just a case of getting on with it - if you haven’t done so already. But how realistic is this?
A US man has claimed that divine intervention and his mobile phone helped save him from being shot.
CommentComment The recession is an opportunity for some. Wyse reckons it can boost its thin client business by pushing its thin client server running as a virtual machine overcoming Windows thin client inadequacies.
Three directors of digital currency firm e-gold avoided a spell behind bars on Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to offences for money laundering and running an unlicensed money transfer business.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has offered to work with South Carolina's prison boss to find a way to prevent mobile phones being used in prisons, but industry body the CTIA is calling on the FCC to get a court order preventing anyone from demonstrating the technology.
People are beginning to wonder if Max Seybold's sandwich-sized wonder machine really exists.
"The end came quickly," as authors of morbid weepies like to say. On Monday WiReD magazine editor Chris Anderson effectively admitted game over for his "Long Tail", the idea he's been dragging so lucratively around the conference circuit for the past four years. In as many words, he downgraded it from "the future of business" to something that's, er, not very helpful for your business at all.
Next up in November's cavalcade of plummeting confidence in the IT industry is the data tracking firm iSuppli, which is lopping off its growth forecast for PC shipments by nearly two-thirds.
A quarter-billion-dollar recycler unit - shipped into orbit aboard the space shuttle so as to slake the thirst of hardworking astronauts with a revitalising crystal flow of their own reprocessed urine - is playing up.
The eagerly anticipated new Star Trek film is set to enthrall some and enrage others with a young, spunky cast, vicious fights and sex scenes.
SC08SC08 Server virtualization has spent the past several decades moving out from the mainframe to Unix boxes and then out into the wild racks of x64 servers running Windows, Linux, and a smattering of other operating systems in the corporate data center. The one place where virtualization hasn't taken off is in high performance computing (HPC) clusters.
NASA got a great big balloon for the 75th anniversary of its iconic Moffett airfield in the heart of Silicon Valley.