Citrix ejects 10 per cent of staff
Application and server virtualization software maker Citrix Systems says that business began slow last July, but after putting the brakes on costs, it has reported respectable numbers for its fourth quarter.
Novell GroupWise bug threatens mass email theft
Security researchers have identified two critical holes in Novell's GroupWise WebAccess, the web front end for the company's email and employee collaboration package, that allow malicious hackers to steal user messages with ease. All supported versions of the program are vulnerable.
Memo to Microsoft: Enough with the SKUed Windows
When it comes to Windows 7, Microsoft should resist the usual inner demons.
Yahoo! lobs! Briefcase! into! rubbish! bin!
You might say that Google and Yahoo! are moving in completely different directions.
Intel's Moblin 2 scurries into the wild
The first alpha of Intel's Linux-based Moblin 2 platform has been released for testing.
3G forever, cries Carter
Digital BritainLord Carter has proposed that UK mobile phone operators be allowed to hang on to 3G licences forever, and make better use of their 2G assets too.
Asus N50 15in laptop
ReviewIf you just want something small and cheap to do a bit of surfing and email on, a netbook is fine. If you need to actually get some proper work done, though, the cut-down spec often isn't really up to the task - which is where something like the Asus N50Vc comes in.
Aperi dies on its arse
Like Monty Python's famous dead parrot, the futile Aperi open source storage system management project has fluttered to earth because IBM has removed the funding nail that was keeping it upright. Aperi is now openly dead for all the world to see.
PwC auditors fingered for Satyam fraud
Indian police have accused two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants of colluding and conspiring with company founder Ramalinga Raju to create false accounts for Satyam.
Outsourcing suddenly less popular
Demand for outsourcing has fallen as global economic troubles hit the outsourcing industry, according to research produced by an outsourcing consultancy. Its advisors expect demand to increase early this year, the company said.
Lucky Mancs could get ID cards first, Jacqui declares
Wacky Jacqui Smith continues to believe her own increasingly insane press releases on ID cards. Yesterday she told the people of Manchester that they might be lucky enough to get their hands on ID cards earlier than the rest of the country.
Council fields world's first rubbish-fuelled rubbish truck
'Leccy TechFor a brief moment this week, the focus of electric vehicle development in Britain was Huddersfield town centre and while the location may lack the glamour of Geneva, Monaco or Los Angeles what was on show was not without interest.
Patent app reveals Microsoft's smart smartphone cradle
Microsoft has asked for a patent to protect its idea for a smartphone docking cradle that would turn your handheld into a mini-laptop.
First 'fully accurate' totally voice-controlled phone unveiled
You’d probably expect a groundbreaking mobile phone to be developed deep inside Nokia’s HQ or in a military bunker. However, a supposedly super-secure handset described as the world’s first truly hands-free mobile has, in fact, been designed on an industrial estate in Hereford, UK.
Bosses swear data protection oath
The heads of several public sector organisations, but none from central government, have signed a promise to protect personal information.
Street View vehicle kills Bambi
Those of you who are old enough to remember when it was all fields round here and have spent years searching for an answer to the Sex Pistols' perennial poser Who Killed Bambi? will be delighted to learn that the question has finally been answered.
Boffins: Blue light kills MRSA 'superbugs'
American medi-boffins say they have developed a way to kill so-called "superbugs" - deadly infections which can't be cured using antibiotics - by simply shining a certain wavelength of blue light on them. They believe the technique could be used safely on patients infected with MRSA*.
Techwatch weathers DDoS extortion attack
Techwatch is back online following a sustained denial of service attack that left the digital TV news site unavailable for two days earlier this week.
Online data shows netbook demand rocketing
Ten per cent of online computer buyers now owns a netbook and almost 20 per cent of mobile PCs sought out by buyers in December 2008 was one of these mini-laptops.
Dell smartphones coming next month?
Rumours that Dell has designed a mobile phone have been doing the rounds for months. But it’s now been reported that the PC assembler could unveil two smartphones within weeks.
Texas lawyer sues Citibank over fake cheque scam
A Houston lawyer is suing Citibank after being taken for $182,500 by email scammers claiming to be a debt-chasing Japanese company, Texas Lawyer reports.
The Register Guide to securing your network
From time to time we ask our analyst friends at Freeform Dynamics to compose a primer on a tech topic du jour. Today, we focus on vulnerability management, a crucial component in every IT security strategy.
KCOM chops 150 as integration business slides
KCOM is ditching 150 staff from its Integration and Managed Services business after revenues at the unit slipped by ten per cent.
1m French out of work thanks to dodgy data - UK next?
As the UK prepares to put in place its shiny new vetting database later this year, analysis of a similar project in France reveals a devastating degree of inaccuracy, leading to real hardship for a very large number of people.
American Stereotype™ walks Google's mean Street View
We're fully aware that some of our UK readers have pretty well decided that the average American wears a baseball cap, Harley-Davidson sweatshirt, jeans and cowboy boots and walks the mean streets of the Land of the Free with a hunting rifle while swigging from a bottle of hard liquor.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 12Mp µ4/3s camera
ReviewYou know the saying: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck. Well, Panasonic’s DMC-G1 looks like a digital SLR, has interchangeable lenses like a DSLR – but it isn’t a DLSR. No sir, the G1 ushers in a new generation of cameras designed to blast a hole right through the middle of the so-called hybrid/bridge/superzoom market. So, is the G1 a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a sheep in wolf’s clothing or simply in a class of its own?
The HTML that says no - Joi Ito's pitch for a theft-free web
DLD09Joi Ito has a recipe for a world without DRM - cunningly, it's software that stops you doing stuff you're not allowed to. Simple, yes? In the future world according to Ito, every object on the Internet will have licensing and copyright information attached to it, machine will talk to machine, and machine will overrule you if you're accidentally about to swipe something.
Firefox 3.1 release date hampered by cheeky monkey
Mozilla is struggling to get the third, and probably final, beta of Firefox 3.1 out the door, which means its first quarter release target is looking increasingly doubtful.
Apache gunbird used as robo kill-chopper fleet command ship
US weaponry'n'aerospace companies have announced the first flight testing of an Apache attack helicopter equipped to act as flagship to an accompanying fleet of robotic unmanned kill-choppers.
Birmingham drops the possessive apostrophe
Defenders of correct punctuation should look away now, because Birmingham City Council has voted to drop possessive apostrophes from its street signs, in the process risking a "pedants' revolt' as Middle England rises to combat this latest menace to our beloved mother tongue.
Acer test drives latest Ferrari notebook
Acer’s gunning for pole position with the launch of it's latest Ferrari-brand notebook - the 1200.
Gordo's mobe interrupts economic summit
If you want evidence that UK big cheese Gordon Brown is not hip with the kids, try this BBC clip of his mobe interrupting a press conference at the World Economic Forum shindig in Davos...
Nintendo inks 'Spring-Summer' DSi launch for Europe
First shipments of Nintendo’s DSi handheld console could arrive in Blighty slightly earlier than expected, a company document has revealed.
Swiss cops sniff out dope plantation on Google Earth
Swiss police reported yesterday they "stumbled across" a sizeable dope plantation which had helpfully been captured on Google Earth, AP reports.
DEC 'hacker' questions McKinnon political bandwagon
Boris Johnson's outspoken defence of Gary McKinnon in his extradition fight has been criticised by a former security consultant, who complains he was denied such support when he himself was charged with hacking offences.
Orange adds PAYG BlackBerry
Mobile email fans bereft of cash can now get their BlackBerry kicks without a monthly service contract, thanks to Orange.
Nigerian car thief turns into sheep
We're not quite sure what to make of this report in Nigeria's Vanguard, but it appears that police in Ilorin, Kwara State, are holding in custody a chap who tried to steal a Mazda, transformed himself into a sheep and was seized by vigilantes in a swift ovine suppression operation.
Encryption standards are here - but not for flash or tape
Multi-vendor standards for self-encrypting storage devices are emerging through the Trusted Computing Group. But flash and tape drives are not included in them.
Experian sends 'cheap' Lord a-leaping
Credit rating agency Experian has split from Lord Taylor of Blackburn, one of its political advisers, after the ermine-clad idiot said he could get legislation changed for cash.
Fring snuggles with Last.fm
Fring, developer of the free cross-network messaging and VoIP client, has added Last.FM to its supported-services list. It'll provide access to streaming music for S60 users who can share their musical tastes with the world via various forms of IM including Twitter.
Dell quietly jacks up EMEA prices
Dell quietly jacked up its prices at the start of this year, but its account managers are only now filtering that information through to the computer maker’s partners and customers, The Register has learned.
First piss-drinking astronauts to go on live TV
NASA has announced that the first astronauts to survive in orbit by drinking their own recycled urine will meet their public on live TV next Wednesday.
HP gives SMBs zero per cent financing
Server, PC and ink maker Hewlett-Packard gets a lot of business from small and medium businesses, and these companies are struggling a bit in the Western economies right now. So HP's Financial Services arm has rolled out a tried and true - but dangerously addictive - tactic to move gear: zero per cent financing.
US school in toothless Obama worm infection
Security experts reckon a new low-threat worm that displays the image of President Obama on infected desktops is the work of technically-knowledgeable pranksters.
ISPs relieved not to be Carter's Cops
Digital BritainISPs greeted Carter with a sigh of relief, LINX head of public affairs told us today. In response to copyright infringement, ISPs will not now need to deploy expensive packet inspection - and won't disconnect users.
'I HOPE YOUR HOUSE IS NEAR THE SEA HAHAHAHA!!!!'
FoTWYes, it's a welcome return for Flame of the Week. Presumably ignited by this story - although the subject line suggests an accumulation of tinder.
Toshiba plays sugar daddy to SanDisk
SanDisk is getting almost $300m cash and freeing itself from over half a bilion dollars of equipment lease obligations courtesy of sugar daddy Toshiba.
White Space lobby leaps to Europe
Having secured FCC approval for the use of cognitive radios in White Space on the American side of the pond, a lobbying consortium has jumped the Atlantic to try their luck with European regulators.
Humyo cloud disappears from afternoon sky
Europe's largest online storage provider, Humyo, has been offline all afternoon due to a multi-terabyte database rebuild.
T3 girds loins for IBM legal fight
Clone mainframe maker T3 Technologies - one of the last few non-IBM alternatives for running Big Blue's mainframe software - says that it doesn't anticipate settling its IBM lawsuits in Europe and in the United States. In other words, it won't pull a Platform Solutions.
Microsemi CEO slapped for fabricating degrees
Chip maker Microsemi has decided to keep its CEO and president James Peterson after a board investigation concluded he lied about receiving degrees from Brigham Young University.
Silverlight 3 and 4 to 'open up new areas' - Microsoft
The next two releases of Silverlight will take Microsoft's media player in completely new directions, the technical executive in charge has promised.
Windows 7 UAC shutoff 'bug' leaves Microsoft unmoved
Security researchers have unearthed a potentially serious flaw in User Account Control (UAC) features in Windows 7. Microsoft is aware of the issue but is currently unconvinced it needs to make changes to the pre-release code.
Google Chocolate Factory leaks (more) GDrive talk
More evidence has surfaced that Oompa Loompas inside the Google Chocolate Factory are hard at work on something called the GDrive.