Microsoft and Apple: 25 years of couples therapy
Macworld ExpoMicrosoft wants you to know that it's not just the Mac that's holding a 25th birthday party: 2009 marks the 25th year that Redmond has developed software for Apple's quarter-centarian computer.
Former eBay CEO preps for California power post?
Former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman has reportedly cleared the way for taking a pop at Arnold Schwarzenegger's job of California governor in 2010.
Twitter's veracity chewed up by Britney's four-foot vagina
Micro-blogging site Twitter had to temporarily suspend accounts belonging to Barack Obama, Britney Spears and other celebrities after they were hijacked by miscreants and used to spread scandalous and false information that appeared to come from their owners.
Freesat signs up LG
LG is to follow Panasonic and release a series of TVs with integrated Freesat tuners later this year.
Nature moves into 3D publishing
Astronomers, publishers and computing experts claimed a "significant milestone" in the New Year's Day edition of heavyweight boffinry journal Nature, saying it is "the first time a major scientific journal has used a 3-D PDF of graphics in an article".
Ofcom warns telcos over hidden customer penalties
Telecoms companies must be clearer about additional charges they levy and must help customers to understand them better, telecoms regulator Ofcom has said.
Skype pops up on Mac
Skype will be launching a new client tomorrow just for Mac users, which provides screen sharing, bigger avatars and Wi-Fi hotspot access to the ubiquitous VoIP service.
Motorola goes eco
If you thought Motorola’s phones were a load of junk, then you were right – sort of. Because the company’s unveiled what it’s claimed is the world’s first mobile phone featuring a body made from recycled water bottles.
Taiwan moves to save chipmakers
The Taiwanese government is moving closer to a $6bn bailout of the country's chipmakers who are suffering from the credit crunch and falling prices for DRAM despite production cuts.
Siemens patent snafu sees Seagate slip away
Siemens went to the US courts to try and get Seagate to cough up patent royalties - only to be told its patents were invalid.
Microsoft trumpets Xbox 360 sales growth
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 promotional department has kicked off 2009 with a bang, by claiming that over 28m units have now been sold worldwide since the console's 2005 launch.
Seagate dishes up 1TB drive, looks ahead to 2TB
Seagate says it's the first HDD manufacturer to ship 500GB 3.5-inch disk platters with its 1TB, 2-platter Barracuda 7200.12 HD product.
Anonymous celebrates first anniversary of Scientology protests
Bemasked protest group Anonymous is marking the first anniversary of its campaign against the Church of Scientology with a round of further demos.
Picasa for fanboys arrives
Google has finally released a version of its Picasa software for the Apple Mac.
Robotic mower goes solar
If that helper monkey you got for Christmas isn’t working out, then cast your eyes upon the latest in grass cutting technology: an eco-friendly and robotic lawnmower.
2GB MP3 player head-to-head
ReviewThe relentless march of the iPod into the price bracket known as 'Good God! How much?' makes the near simultaneous release by Sony and Samsung of the new runts of their MP3 player litters more interesting than would otherwise be the case. A couple of 2GB USB stick-style MP3 players with FM radios and screens each for under £40? Can't be bad... or can it?
Hubble probes Milky Way's turbulent core
A newly-released composite colour infrared image of our galaxy's core has revealed the Milky Way's centre in all its turbulent glory.
Remaining UK plods to get mobile-data gadgets
The government has announced further funding for police mobile data devices, intended to equip those forces which received no funding in the initial push announced last year.
Dark Knight eyes Producers Guild award
The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominations for its annual awards, which will see The Dark Knight battle Frost/Nixon for the best picture crown.
Motorola parades touchscreen talker
The touchscreen mobile market has expanded yet again, following Motorola’s introduction of the MotoSurf A3100.
Three Regcasts about software and productivity
Now on demandIn December, The Register ran three live webcasts about software-driven productivity gains.
Logitech cuts jobs and dumps guidance
Logitech has withdrawn financial guidance for the year and will cut 15 per cent of salaried staff.
iPhone gets Office docs
2009 will finally see Microsoft Office documents arrive on the iPhone, it seems, with Soonr allowing access to documents stored in the cloud while QuickOffice makes good on its promise of local editing.
Israel hacks Arab TV station
Israeli military forces have reportedly hacked into a Hamas-run TV station to broadcast propaganda.
Ballmer backslaps server veteran Muglia
Microsoft has promoted Bob Muglia to president of the firm’s server and tools biz.
Late bets on new Who hit Paddy Power's pocket
The largely unexpected announcement that 26-year-old Matt Smith will become the next Doctor Who was possibly not quite as unexpected in the actor's home town of Northampton, according to bookmakers Paddy Power.
Mattel bemuses gamers with 'brainwave' toy
As Emotiv Systems’ Epoc neuroheadset is currently going through a rocky patch, Barbie maker Mattel has stepped in with what's rumoured to be a similar type of brainwave toy.
Vikings' bleeding-edge tech came from Afghanistan
Boffins at the UK's famous National Physical Laboratory (NPL) - birthplace of the Dambusters' bouncing bomb and perhaps the internet - say they have used an electron microscope to analyse Viking swords. In a surprise twist, it turns out that the old-time Scandinavian pests, many of whom moved to England to become our ancestors, actually imported their best steel from Afghanistan.
Tories pledge high speed broadband for all in 10 years
David Cameron has pledged that a Conservative government would seek connections to high speed broadband networks for all parts of the country within ten years.
Mobiles finally admitted to English hospitals
England is catching up with Scotland and Wales in liberalising mobile phone use in hospitals, a mere five years after it was established that such use didn't present a significant risk to medical equipment.
Dell unwraps Inspiron 15
Dell has expanded its low-cost Inspiron laptop line with the launch of the Inspiron 15.
Online crime maps go live
All 43 police forces across England and Wales are now offering online crime maps showing offences broken down by area.
Yes! It's the Star Trek captain's chair!
There’s nothing wrong with sitting in your car, flipping switches and pretending to be Captain Kirk navigating Sulu and the gang through space. But now you can do it in style, because a replica of the captain’s chair from Star Trek is available.
Google picks up third spot in spam-friendly shame list
Google has leapfrogged Microsoft to reach third place in a blacklist of spam-friendly ISPs and hosting firms, compiled by anti-spam organisation Spamhaus.org.
Xobni gets $7m cash injection from Cisco and co
Silicon Valley startup Xobni, which develops MS Outlook plug-ins, has raised a $7m series B round of funding led by network giant Cisco.
'First algae-fuelled airliner flight' takes off tomorrow
US airline Continental says it will carry out "the first biofuel flight by a commercial carrier using algae as a fuel source" tomorrow. Previous airliner biofuel trials have used controversial "first-generation" feedstocks, seen as contributing to world hunger and deforestation, apart from a recent New Zealand test involving jatropha nuts.
UK scientists hit by lack of brains
UK scientists have appealed for people to donate their brains to researchers facing a "dire" shortage of grey matter, the BBC reports.
Lenovo prices up dual-screen ThinkPad
Two heads are better than one, but does the same apply for two laptop screens? If you want to see for yourself your pockets had better be deep because the price of Lenovo’s dual-screen ThinkPad is now confirmed.
Bogus LinkedIn profiles punt malware to fools
Bogus profiles on social networking website LinkedIn are punting malware to the credulous and starstruck.
IBMers hear sound of axe being sharpened
The rumor mill, being stoked by IBM employees talking on a pro-union web site, has it that Big Blue is getting ready to lay off up to 16,000 employees, or about four per cent of its 400,000-strong global workforce, thanks to the slowing of the economies in the United States and Western Europe.
Dell moving into GlassHouse?
CommentBack in December 2007, a confident GlassHouse Technologies, sensing good prospects in its services and consulting area, filed for an IPO. In the spring of 2008, it entered a strategic partnership with Dell, made another acquisition - and then the recession happened. The company has started firing people as it cuts costs and drives towards profitability in the words of Curtis Preston, one of the world's most influential bloggers about backup technologies and procedures. What is going on?
SanDisk's faster netbook flash
SanDisk has announced new netbook and USB thumb drive flash products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Japan designs high-tech space nappy
Holidays in space are the next big thing, according to Richard Branson. So the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency has begun working on a wearable toilet for use among the stars.
AMD mushes out 'ultrathin' Yukon notebook
AMD has mushed out its new 'Yukon' mobile platform today, which is set to indirectly compete with Intel's Atom platform in slim, low-cost portable PCs.
Microsoft moves Macs closer to PC parity
Macworld ExpoMicrosoft has announced two products designed to provide users of Office 2008 for Mac with improved access to existing server-based Microsoft services.
Pranksters infiltrate live Macworld feed
As unfounded as they may be, reports of Steve Jobs's demise have spread to a live feed of Macworld Expo provided by Apple gossip site MacRumors after griefers managed to breach the website's security.
Curl taps Adobe RIA infrastructure
One of the side effects of Adobe Systems releasing code under open-source, the company said last year, has been to let competitors into its Rich Internet Applications (RIA) back yard.
Apple iTunes Store goes '100% DRM-free' - allegedly
Macworld ExpoTake your pick - the iTunes Store is going 100 per cent DRM-free, or Apple is whacking 30 cents onto the price of each song and encouraging you to upgrade your whole iTunes library to iTunes Plus, at 30 cents (UK 20p) per song. Apple prefers the 100 per cent DRM-free line, naturally, but there's a price being paid to the record labels, and with "high-quality audio... that’s virtually indistinguishable from the original recording" defined as 256-Kbps AAC, there seems to be headroom for another bite in a year or two.
IBM approves Obama's IT stimulus package
If you were the incoming president of the United States, and you wanted to gauge the effect of an economic stimulus package geared to information technology as a means to create jobs, who would you ask for advice? The economists at the Labor Department? The hot shots at IDC and Gartner? Or maybe the economists at MIT, the University of Chicago, or Stanford University? Nah. Forget that. President-elect Obama's transition team went right to the source: Sam Palmisano, chairman and chief executive officer at IBM.
Best Buy punts resurrected Jesus Phones
Following in the footsteps of AT&T, US electronics retailer Best Buy is now selling resurrected Jesus Phones at a discount.
A crack in the madness of clouds
Besides providing some of the biggest technical innovation of 2008, the cloud also wins the award for most amorphous product definition. Few people define "the cloud" or "cloud computing" the same way, leading to market noise and a wealth of misinformation.
Apple unveils 17in MacBook, iLife tweaks, Tony Bennett
Macworld ExpoIn one of the least eventful keynote speeches in recent memory, Apple's SVP Phil Schiller, filling in for the ailing Steve Jobs, announced upgrades to iLife and iWork, an upgraded 17-inch MacBook, and iTunes Store pricing-structure changes and DRM-removal plans.
'Sonic boom' golf club may 'damage hearing'
Golf isn't exactly known as a sport of deafening noises, but a provocative (albeit suspiciously anecdotal) study is making the rounds claiming golfers may risk losing their hearing by using newfangled thin-faced titanium drivers.
Salesforce.com outage exposes cloud's dark linings
Exposing the dark side of cloud computing, Salesforce.com suffered an outage that locked more than 900,000 subscribers out of crucial applications and data needed to transact business with customers.
Super Micro fiscal Q2 sales not so super
Motherboard and server maker Super Micro Computer said today it was not going to make its expected numbers for its fiscal second quarter ended December 31. The economic meltdown is the culprit - of course. But the good news is that Super Micro says that business picked up in December - just not enough to offset a bad November.