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Web more popular than sex, says Intel
Large percentages of American men and woman would rather give up sex than be disconnected from the internet, chip giant Intel has claimed.
Apple update purges 21 security vulns from OS X
Apple has issued updates that patch 21 security holes in a wide range of software and services contained in the latest Mac operating system.
Adobe learns lessons of open-source Flex
Adobe Systems is learning the challenges and complexities of taking its software open source.
Palm going Nova next month
Palm will demonstrate their new operating system at the Consumer Electronics Show on the eighth of January, betting the future of the company on a new platform that's going to have to change the world if the company is going to have a significant future.
Google sponsored links caught punting malware
Researchers from Websense have caught Google carrying ads punting rogue software that secretly installs malware on the PCs of its users.
Chip boffins hone silicon-brain interface
IEDMThe International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) opened today in San Francisco, the annual IEEE-sponsored gathering of the world's top 1,500 semiconductor engineers. From the opening session, it was clear there's a lot going on in their fertile minds - including plans to get devices inside your mind. Literally.
Flash cells near shrinkage limit
IEDMYou call it flash memory. The engineers at this week's International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco call it non-volatile memory.
2008's top three PMPs
Kit of the YearFirst the music players - now we go to the movies. Which big(ish)-screen cinema-in-your-hand gadgets did we most applaud in 2008?
DfT spends £81m to save £57m
A Department of Transport plan to save £57m by moving to shared services - using centralised facilities for some business functions like HR - has ended up costing £87m.
British Standard explains how to store data for use as evidence
A new British Standard has been published that aims to maximise the evidential weight of electronic information held by companies.
Tiny iPhone en route?
Rumours that Apple will soon launch a scaled-down version of the iPhone 3G have resurfaced.
Nvidia next-gen GeForce due Q1
Nvidia may be gearing up to launch a pair of GeForce GTX 200-series graphics cards next month - a prelude the GTX 300 series' debut later in Q1.
Profs: Eating Belgian truffles will make you buy a Mac
In a development whose majorness would be hard to overemphasise, research by topflight eggheads has revealed that eating just one Belgian truffle could turn you into a Mac fanboy, or indeed girl.
Russian's emoticon trade mark won't wash with EU
A Russian businessman says that he has trade marked the emoticon and that commercial uses of punctuation marks to convey a wink will require a licence costing over $10,000. But a trade mark attorney said that his demands will be irrelevant to uses in the EU.
Oz couple served legal docs via Facebook
An Australian couple who allegedly defaulted on a AU$100,000 loan and face having their house repossessed have been tracked down on Facebook, the BBC reports.
GTA: ChinaTown Wars launch dated announced
Nintendo DS gamers will be treated to their first taste of Grand Theft Auto in the early half of next year, developer Rockstar has confirmed.
Electric car maker in 'urgent financial distress'
'Leccy TechAnyone who fancied getting hold of a Th!nk Ox may need to think again. The Norwegian 'leccy car maker is suffering from what it calls "urgent financial distress" and is holding out the begging bowl to the Norwegian government.
Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users
ExclusiveThe UK's second largest ISP, Virgin Media, will next year introduce network monitoring technology to specifically target and restrict BitTorrent traffic, its boss has told The Register.
Vodafone knocks English cricket for six
Vodafone is ending its sponsorship of the English cricket team - currently on tour in India.
G N' R blogger pleads guilty to copyright violation
An American blogger faces up to a year in prison after pleading guilty to illegally uploading nine Guns N’ Roses songs onto his music site.
Microsoft knew about Xbox 360 disc-scratch problem, employee claims
Microsoft knew prior to the Xbox 360’s launch that the console can damage discs if gamers tilt the unit while a disc’s spinning inside, documents from a lawsuit focused on the problem reveal.
Nine in ten emails now spam
Nine in ten emails are now spam with an estimated 200bn junk mail messages a day clogging up the internet, according to a new report by networking and security giant Cisco.
Revamped Mac Mini en route, claims Apple insider
An upgraded Mac Mini will be unveiled by Apple next month, a company employee has revealed.
US firm vies for Opteron packaging excess crown
Aboxalypse nowThe Register excessive packaging monitoring sub-committee is obliged to Jay Coleman who earlier this week sent photographic evidence of how US firm CDW has made its pitch for the "Opteron overkill" crown in the "chip-in-big-box" category of cardboard outrages against Mother Earth:
Royal Navy completes Windows for Submarines™ rollout
The Royal Navy and BAE Systems plc were pleased as punch yesterday to announce that their implementation of Windows for Submarines™ is complete ahead of schedule. Windows boxes on Ethernet LANs are now in control of the UK's nuclear-propelled and nuclear-armed warship fleet.
Anti-radiation phone chip withdrawn from sale
Do you remember our E-Waves anti-radiation chip story from last week? Well, the retailer behind the device has since withdrawn it from sale because of doubts over its capabilities.
Online storage start-up pitches 'USB stick on the internet'
Livedrive.com is offering small businesses a simpler way to create online back-ups of their files and data.
Epson Stylus Photo PX800FW all-in-one wireless printer
ReviewEpson is well regarded as a maker of the semi-pro and professional inkjet photo printers and some of its large-format printers are mainstays of High Street photography shops.
China 'bans' BBC's Chinese website
The Chinese authorities appear to have reverted to their pre-Olympic position of denying access to "sensitive" websites - including the BBC's Chinese language tentacle.
Novell dishes up OpenSUSE 11.1 details
The next big release of Novell’s community-driven SUSE Linux distro is set to land on Thursday. Ahead of that, the firm has released details about what customers can expect from version 11.1, including a new licence in which the EULA has been ditched.
Gamer recovers Xbox 360 using controller
Xbox 360 theft is a terrible thing for gaming addicts. So, imagine one gamer’s jubilation after he managed to track down his stolen console using only its wireless controller.
DARPA aim to make killer robots invulnerable to damage
Another icy chill of fear for the spine of those who understand the imminence of humanity's extinction at the hands of its erstwhile machine slaves arrived today. News has broken that sinister human quislings operating within the US military industrial complex intend to equip America's fast-building killer robot legions with Terminator style "damage tolerance" technology.
GTA: The Lost and Damned video released
Rockstar has released the debut video trailer for its upcoming Grand Theft Auto add-on: The Lost and Damned.
Be Broadband doubles down on ADSL to catch cable
In the wake of Virgin Media's 50Mbit/s launch yesterday, O2-owned Be Broadband is pushing copper wires to their limits by trialling technology that will double bandwidth available via ADSL2+.
Toaster used to recharge gadgets
Most kids are taught not to stick things - aside from bread - into the toaster. But the Toasty Charger’s designer obviously wasn’t, because he’s crafted one with a slot for inserting reachable batteries.
Scottish firm pays £120,000 over unlicensed software
UpdatedA company in Renfrewshire, Scotland has paid almost £120,000 to settle claims that it had too few licences for the software installed on approximately 100 computers. The company would have been sued for copyright infringement if it had not settled.
Distie tightens ups security deals
Bell Micro's security division is starting a new programme to encourage resellers to put security kit and services at the centre of deals that they do.
German card leak delivered by microfilm
Editors of the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper were stunned to receive a box containing the microfilmed details of tens of thousands of credit card holders last week.
Hasbro drops lawsuit against Scrabulous creators
Toy maker Hasbro Inc has dropped a lawsuit it filed against Scrabulous creator RJ Softwares.
Microsoft spits out ODF plans for Office 2007 SP2
Microsoft wants the world to believe that in these enlightened days it operates an open Office policy to all comers... sort of.
The benefits of co-ordinating dev and ops efforts
Over the past few days here we’ve been considering the Chinese wall that can exist between development and operations teams. From a practical perspective, we know from research we ran a month or so ago that the picture ain’t quite so bad as some of the comments might suggest (Figure 1) – though it's interesting to note from the comments how bad things can get.
Any aaSes in your organisation?
Cloud. It's more than renaming the old stuff isn't it? It's a way of working in which you don't really want to know anything about the nuts and bolts. You just want it to work and deliver the service you've signed up for. In other words, it's a black box with a service agreement stuck on it and, with a bit of luck, a bunch of APIs which facilitate integration with enterprise applications and other cloud services.
NAND flash follow-on technology
German memory-maker Qimonda wants us to know it has a promising new non-volatile memory [NV-RAM] technology to join the NAND flash replacement candidates: carbon-resistive memory.
The Year in Operating Systems: No battle of big ideas
In a mature IT market, it becomes hard to make any significant changes in hardware architecture or software design without upsetting the installed base of legacy users.
Opera releases update for 'extremely severe' vulns
Opera pushed out an update to its popular web browser on Tuesday that fixes vulnerabilities it described as "extremely severe".
Apple's holiday Mac sales flatline
There's a good chance little Suzie won't get the Mac desktop she wanted for Christmas, according to industry bean-counter NPD. The firm's US sales statistics for November show Windows PCs retook ground against Macs in the lead-up to the holidays.
Larry Wall on the Zen of Perl 6
Laziness, impatience, and hubris: the three qualities that make a programmer, according to Larry Wall, the creator of Perl.
American Express web bug exposes card holders
UpdatedA glaring vulnerability on the American Express website has unnecessarily put visitors at risk for more than two weeks and violates industry regulations governing credit card companies, a security researcher says.
Applers howl over Mac OS fix
Yesterday, Apple released the 10.5.6 update for Mac OS X, Leopard - and, as usual, problems are surfacing. Of course, some people have problems that most others don't. As Chief Dan George said to Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man, "Sometimes the magic works. Sometimes it doesn't."
German-spouting HR system costs UK gov £80m
A Department for Transport computer system that was supposed to save British taxpayers £57m will instead leave them £80m in the hole.
Jobs, Apple out of Macworld Expo
Let the speculation begin! Apple today announced that not only will this January's Macworld Expo be the company's last appearance at the annual gathering of Mac faithful, but also that the keynote address - traditionally Steve Jobs's star turn - will be given by Apple's senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller.
To beat Google, Microsoft will become Google
Hidden in Microsoft's announcement of a fourth-generation data-center architecture is a hint of where the company is - and where it wants to go - in the battle against Google.