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BBC: Top Gear Tesla didn't run out of juice

'Leccy TechThe BBC has admitted that the silver Tesla Roadster driven by Jeremy Clarkson on this past weekend's Top Gear didn't run out of juice and didn't need to be pushed home.
Alun Taylor, 22 Dec 2008

Egypt offline for weekend after Med seabed cables cut

Internet and phone communications remain troublesome across much of the Middle East today, following a multiple undersea cable break in the Mediterranean on Friday.
Lewis Page, 22 Dec 2008

Brocade wraps up Foundry

CommentBrocade has wrapped up its $2.6bn acquisition of Foundry and appointed two non-Foundry executives to look after its overall product offer and run a technology office. No Foundry executives have been appointed to any positions in Brocade.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2008

Register Hardware revamped

A new year, a new look. Well, almost. We had the design ready and waiting, and we decided to press the button anyway.
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2008
Mysterious object spotted on Google

Enormous HP box spotted from space

Our recent shock revelations of HP's apparent desire to bury our beloved home planet under the maximum packaging possible have attracted much reader feedback regarding just how the world's biggest consumer of cardboard and bubblewrap intends to destroy Mother Earth.
Lester Haines, 22 Dec 2008

Orange colours in the future

Orange Developer CampOrange last week mapped out the future for the benefit of developers who trekked all the way to Florida in the hope of doing business with one of the world's largest communication providers.
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2008

Sky 'withdraws' from Tiscali buyout talks

Sky has reportedly pulled out of exclusive talks to buy Tiscali's UK operation.
Christopher Williams, 22 Dec 2008
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Mozilla Google relations strained by Chrome

Mozilla's relationship with Google, its main source of income, has become complicated since the release of Chrome as an alternative to Firefox, Mozilla's head honcho has admitted.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2008

Symantec: Stop buying storage

Symantec wants to help you stop buying storage - but first you have to buy its Veritas CommandCentral (VCC) software.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2008

Orange conjures up widgety Djinngo

Orange Developer CampOrange has been pushing yet another widgets platform, this time with the magnificently Web 2.0 name Djinngo - pronounced 'gingo' - in the unshakeable belief that what the world needs is another Java-based widgets platform.
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2008

Boffins keep transplant lungs alive in glass dome

Canadian medi-boffins have successfully trialled a method of keeping human lungs alive outside the body. They say that this will enable them to offer "reconditioned" lungs for transplant operations.
Lewis Page, 22 Dec 2008

Apple MacBook Air Late 2008

ReviewThe MacBook Air is a quintessential Apple product, one that demonstrates both the company’s strengths and weaknesses. When it was launched at the beginning of 2008, the Air was admired – nay, drooled over – because of its elegant, ultra-portable design.
Stephen Dean, 22 Dec 2008

Pope praises Galileo, celebrates the Solstice

The Pope tipped his hat to long-time Vatican bugbear Galileo this weekend as he helped kick off the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.
Joe Fay, 22 Dec 2008

Google disguises capitalism as civil rights

Fail and YouWhen you move to San Francisco, you have six weeks from the date you sign the lease on your four-thousand-dollar-a-month, two-bedroom apartment to adopt a cause. All San Franciscans need something to keep themselves occupied while their iPhones charge or their lattes are made.
Ted Dziuba, 22 Dec 2008

Register Hardware redesigns for a shiny 2009

LONDON December 22, 2008 Register Hardware (www.reghardware.co.uk) has launched its redesigned website, just in time for a bright and bouncy 2009.
Team Register, 22 Dec 2008

Scientology refuseniks sue over compulsory workplace courses

Two ex-employees of Diskeeper have sued the firm over allegations they were obliged to take part in Scientology training courses as a mandatory condition of employment.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2008

Prof's robotic pole-snake goes big in Korea

Engineering profs based in Virginia have scooped a Korean tech prize by designing a robotic pole-climbing snake.
Lewis Page, 22 Dec 2008

Oz net censorship apparatus to target BitTorrent

The national web censorship apparatus being built by the Australian government will also include technology to restrict peer-to-peer traffic, according to the minister responsible for the plan.
Christopher Williams, 22 Dec 2008

Raid yields 2800 'illegal' DS games copying kits

A Cardiff resident was last week found to be in possession of almost 3000 kits that could be used to copy Nintendo DS games.
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2008

Middle Earth says hi to Sony's new Vaio

From the far side of the world Sony New Zealand is telling us that a new Vaio is coming.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2008

Poor pensioners falling through DWP data holes

Gaps in information are hindering the Department for Work and Pensions' efforts to help pensioners who live in poverty.
Kablenet, 22 Dec 2008
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HouseCall throws a sickie

Users of Trend Micro's HouseCall antivirus scanner need to upgrade following the discovery of a potentially serious security bug.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2008

The application platform’s in play. But where’s it going?

Reg Tech PanelThis application platform thing looks like it has legs. A few weeks ago we asked the Reg audience at large if they ‘got’ the idea of the application platform, and, practicalities aside, most said ‘we do’.
Martin Atherton, 22 Dec 2008

Ofcom spectrum-flog closer after court decision

Ofcom's continuing battle to sell off the 2.6GHz frequency has taken a step forward, with T-Mobile and O2 losing their appeal in relation to the question of jurisdiction and allowing progress of the High Court case to proceed.
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2008

Evidence for 'iPhone Nano' gathers pace

Another day, another tantalising implication Apple's about to announced the iPhone Nano.
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2008

US cybersecurity defences fail to thwart mock cyberattack

Critical US electronic systems have failed to withstand a simulated cyberattack.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2008
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Dell restructuring puts 2,000 Limerick jobs under threat

Around 2,000 jobs are under threat at Dell's Raheen, Limerick plant as the company reviews its operations.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2008

Jaw droppers of 2008 - what they'd rather you forgot

Optimism drives the IT industry and - in particular - Silicon Valley, a place where people look to the future and try to forget the painful past.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Dec 2008

Visionman launches Nehalem Core i7 servers

The single-socket server space has been a niche part of the server space, just as machines with more than four sockets has never been a particularly high volume part of the market.

Microsoft gives XP another four months to live

Microsoft just can't quit you, Windows XP.
Austin Modine, 22 Dec 2008

Three simultaneously cut undersea cables under repair

Ships have begun repair work on three undersea cables that carry voice and internet traffic between Europe and the Middle East and Asia after they were severed on Friday.
Dan Goodin, 22 Dec 2008

Apple graphics partner gets Intel cash

The world economy may be in a tailspin and jobless rates worldwide may be rising to unprecedented heights, but there's one happy company that's raising cash and beefing up its staff size: Imagination Technologies.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Dec 2008

UBS says IT spending in Europe, US to drop 2 per cent in 2009

The analysts at investment bank UBS who case the IT market say the United States and Europe can each expect to see about a 2 per cent decline in IT spending in 2009.

Wireless-power pioneers band together

The Wireless Power Consortium has opened its doors in the hope of building standards for wirelessly recharging gadgets, and perhaps even getting some products into the market.
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2008

Warner Music pulls plug on YouTube deal

YouTube began removing videos with music from Warner Music Group's stable of artists this weekend after royalty renegotiations between the two companies broke down.
Austin Modine, 22 Dec 2008

Transit agency to work with hackers who found vulns

A New England transit agency has vowed to work with three Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduates whom it had previously sued when they discovered serious flaws in the agency's electronic payment systems.
Dan Goodin, 22 Dec 2008

Red Hat shakes off economic meltdown

While commercial Linux distributor Red Hat has not grown enough to justify the ridiculous valuations that Wall Street put on the company when it went public a decade ago, the company is more or less on track to break $1bn in sales in the next couple years.

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