Ballmer resets recession, preps for 100,000 troops
The economy is not in recession - it's just experiencing a "resetting" of spending. And Microsoft won't retrench after years of huge expansion; it'll just apply the brakes until things get better.
AMD losses top $3bn in 2008
AMD has released its financial report for the fourth quarter of 2008, along with totals for the full year. The numbers aren't pretty, but the company seems reasonably confident about its future.
AMD claims Intel sowing 'uncertainty' over fab spin-off
AMD said today that Intel wants to throw a wrench into the company's plans to spin-off its debt-dependent chip-manufacturing business to cause "uncertainty" as the deal nears its close.
Open source and Java feel first Sun cuts
Sun Microsystems axed 1,300 employees on Thursday, the first wave in a series of planned redundancies intended to cut head count by almost a fifth.
Microsoft cuts 5,000 jobs - but Ballmer's hiring
AnalysisMicrosoft just announced the first job cuts in its history. You know things are bad. But how bad?
UK's top IT volunteers named
IT4Communities, which links charities with IT professionals who volunteer time and expertise to help organisations sort out technology projects, or start new projects, has released the shortlist for its 2008 awards.
Rover 75 to be reborn as hybrid
'Leccy TechThe Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has announced that it intends to start mass-producing its first hybrid before the end of 2010.
HTC S740 Qwerty keyboard smartphone
ReviewAt first glance, HTC's S740 looks like a revamped version of the slim'n'sexy Touch Diamond, but with a numeric keypad and a pull-out Qwerty keyboard. Even the angled back is similar to the Diamond's. But when you pick it up, it soon becomes clear that the differences go much deeper.
DABetamax shop boosters 'could break the law'
The DAB lobby's latest attempt to make digital radios more attractive could fall foul of consumer legislation. Ofcom this week gave regulatory approval to in-store relays which boost the signal of digital radios in outlets like Currys and John Lewis - two chains who have been trialling the boosters over the past year.
Sun to be eclipsed by Red Hat?
Silicon Valley's punditocracy are quite exercised by the fact that Red Hat could soon be worth more than Sun in market capitalisation terms - the latter's market value is trending down while the former's is trending up.
Stylish earphones promise superior sound
Swedish company Jays has launched its latest line of earphones, designed to pump out the bass and cut out the noise.
Rockstar prices up GTA download
Rockstar has finally announced how much a download of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto add-on will cost when it’s released next month.
Payback time for Ofcom on incoming call charges
The UK's competition commission has ruled that regulator Ofcom got the termination rates for mobile calls wrong, while the Competition Appeals Tribunal has decided that such mistakes should be acknowledged retrospectively.
Home Office promises better personal data guards
The Home Office has promised privacy regulator the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that it will handle citizens' personal data securely in the future, after the ICO found it in breach of the Data Protection Act.
Seagate's complacency blasted away - what now?
During 2008 Seagate became a technology follower. Business results at the end of the year tore the veils from its executives' eyes as they looked a half billion dollar loss in the face. Now there is a new CEO, and a determination to get a strong grip back on the business.
Obama insists on FOI
New US president Barack Obama has ordered government agencies to release more information under that country's Freedom of Information Act, reversing the previous administration's policy of withholding information.
Acer intros 10in Aspire One netbook
UpdatedAcer has formally unwrapped the 10in Aspire One, which it said it'll equip with a six-cell battery for a claimed seven-hour runtime.
Unravelling PC form factors
WorkshopWhat difference does the form factor of a PC make? The most critical consideration when buying a business computing device is function: does the device support any necessary applications and software packages in a secure manner, at an acceptable base price and with a reasonable rate of maintenance and IT support.
IT manager sorts Italian Job cliffhanger
A Surrey IT manager has won three nights in Turin for sorting The Italian Job's cliffhanger ending, having successfully forged a cunning, highly practical plan to save the gold.
Sony Ericsson cameraphone spied online
A Sony Ericsson surprise announcement planned for Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month may have been rumbled, because pictures of one of the firm’s upcoming cameraphones has been leaked online.
US couple leg it with 'gift from God' bank error
A Pennsylvania man is languishing in county jail after he and his wife withdrew more than $175,000 erroneously credited to their bank account and legged it to Florida, AP reports.
Belgium wants in on European web blocklist
In a brave attempt to generate some international interest in its internal affairs, Belgium declared last week that it intends to join the ranks of European nations operating a hidden list of blocked websites.
World's smallest working fuel cell developed
The world’s smallest working fuel cell has been created. It measures a paltry 3mm across.
Countdown to Conficker activation begins
Security watchers are bracing themselves to respond to the activitation of the huge botnet created by the Conficker superworm.
Killer robots to get silent-running whisper mode
Georgia-based researchers have announced plans to eliminate one of the last remaining weaknesses of the deadly robotic aerial kill flotillas now poised to end humanity's dominance over planet Earth. The airborne machine spies and automated assassins are now to receive whisper mode, and prowl the skies in eerie silence.
Police seize Indymedia server (again)
Kent Police yesterday seized a server hosted by by Manchester-based hosting firm UK Grid and rented by the independent news collective Indymedia UK.
LG X110 netbook
ReviewThe X110 may mark LG's first foray into the netbook market, but it's really an LG-branded version of the well-established MSI Wind, this time with an HSDPA 3G modem added. And it's that add-on that really makes this netbook stand out, since it means you can slip in a SIM card and access the internet from virtually anywhere.
EMC paints go-faster stripes on Celerra
EMC will announce a souped-up Celerra product line with capacity upgrades, file-level de-duplication and flash solid state drive (SSD) options later this quarter in a direct charge at NetApp's FAS3000 line.
Qimonda goes titsup
German chip maker Qimonda has filed for insolvency after it failed to nail down a rescue package amid a huge drop in memory chip prices.
Boffin: Lost Stradivarius violin tech reverse-engineered
A retired Texas university professor says he has successfully reverse-engineered the long lost violin-making technology of Antonio Stradivari, the legendary 17h-century builder whose instruments are still considered the finest ever made - and which command prices of $5m apiece.
Eidos launches downloadable Laura Croft mini-games
Many gamers are currently waiting for Grand Theft Auto’s downloadable content (DLC), The Lost and Damned, to be released. But publisher Eidos has also jumped on the DLC bandwagon by unveiling two Tomb Raider: Underworld extras.
Judges grant McKinnon extradition review
Judges have granted a review of the Home Secretary's decision to continue with extradition proceedings against Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon.
BT price rises go down well
BT is raising the cost of monthly line rental from £11.50 to £12.50 and increasing daytime call charges.
Saaspoint takes on role of Google Apps middleman
Saaspoint has inked an enterprise partner programme deal with Google to use the web kingpin’s online Apps product to deliver desktop and mobile applications to corporate and SMB customers.
Facebook-based privacy campaign to spam Wacky Jacqui
More than 3,000 people have agreed to protest against the privacy threat from the government's forthcoming consultation on communications data... by joining a Facebook group.
Virgin puts 'legal P2P' plans on ice
ExclusiveBig label pressure has forced British cable ISP Virgin Media to suspend plans to introduce a legal music sharing service for its subscribers, just weeks ahead of its launch, The Register has learned.
Robot 'Spider-man' casts net to nab burglars
UpdatedIf we brought you news of a new web robot then you’d probably think we meant a some form of online android, right? But a Japanese firm’s developed the mechanical equivalent of Spider-man.
Credit crunch bites into handset shipments
Global mobile phone shipments fell ten per cent during the final quarter of 2008, and 2009’s overall shipments won’t be very good either, a market analyst has forecast.
Samsung Android to land within months?
Samsung has already confirmed that it'll launch a phone based on Google’s Android OS this year, but the launch date may be closer than anticipated.
TJX closes book on infamous security breach with sale
TJX, the discount retailer that was the target of one of the largest information security breaches on record, rewarded customers with a a special sale offering 15 per cent discounts in all its US and Canadian stores on Thursday.
R2-D2 robots with frikkin lasers on them in development
Momentous news from the world of rayguns today. While the keenly anticipated hat-mounted laser cannon for pool sharks has yet to hit the consumer market, the Reg can reveal that the US military is working on a deadly beam weapon mounted on an R2-D2 robot.
World's fastest production car to gain electric twin
'Leccy TechShelby Super Cars has announced details of the Ultimate Aero EV, the 'leccy brother to its $620,000, 1287bhp, 257mph production car world speed record holder.
US to postpone analog TV death
The US Senate is poised to pass a bill delaying the country's transition to digital TV.
Intel chairman Craig Barrett retires
Intel had announced that its chairman, Craig Barrett, will retire at the company's annual stockholders' meeting this May.
Paramount deal paves digital cinema roll-out
Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures announced a direct-to-exhibitors digital movie deal on Thursday in what it claimed marked an industry first.
BOFH-loving botmaster wants life as security consultant
An American security consultant who stole hundreds of thousands of online bank passwords by employing a massive botnet that he often administered from work deserves at least five years in prison, prosecutors have told a federal judge.
Most Americans without broadband don't want it
While the US government is considering spending $6bn to expand broadband access to under-served areas as part of a wider economic stimulus package, a new survey suggests most American high-speed internet holdouts simply aren't interested in broadband.