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Novell spills sales after pipe breakage
Novell's plan to shift more of its sales through channel partners has coincided with the economic meltdown, and the combination caused the company's revenues to slip a gear in its fiscal first quarter ended in January.
HP iron still haunted by ghost of Compaq
CommentHewlett-Packard might have been the acquirer when it merged with Compaq back in May 2002, but when it comes to server operating systems, the Compaq inclusionary philosophy usually prevails even if it does take some time to be turned into action. Like something akin to a decade in the case of Solaris.
IE8 for Windows 7 beta in 'reliability update'
Microsoft on Thursday rolled out a stop crashing so goddamn much "reliability" update for Internet Explorer 8 users running the Windows 7 Beta.
Softbank gives Japan free iPhones
Softbank Mobile, the iPhone's Japanese carrier, will begin a program tomorrow that will provide a free 8GB iPhone to customers who sign up for a two-year contract. The "iPhone for Everybody Campaign" will last until May 31.
Microsoft temps get shorter hours
Details are emerging of how Microsoft plans to trim its costs while axing as few full-time staff as possible during the ongoing worldwide recession.
IT admin stole students' nude Facebook pics, cops say
As if we need more proof that people will post anything to social networking sites, we now have this: A former computer administrator at the University of Massachusetts is facing charges he illegally obtained nude pictures of some 16 students by breaking in to their Facebook accounts.
Microsoft talks open-source love amid TomTom Linux 'war'
Microsoft has imagined a future where Windows relies on open source, just as community leaders tried to contain the fall out from what some believe could be the start of Microsoft's "war against Linux".
Google bars Android app makers from their own apps
If you join the Android developer program, Google will sell you an unlocked Android phone that works on any mobile network. But it can't download paid applications from Google's very own app market.
Arms biz glovepuppets Parliamentary kit probe
CommentA long-awaited Parliamentary investigation into British defence equipment purchasing has just been published. Both the report itself and the media response to it reveal the astonishing degree to which the onshore UK arms industry has managed to dominate this area of debate.
World+dog has online app store
These days every company has its own mobile application store - Nokia, Microsoft and Samsung have announced new stores in the last week or two - but what are punters actually looking for in an online store, and what's in it for the mobile developers?
Toshiba Portégé R600
ReviewPeople like netbooks for two key reasons: price and portability. Even the not-so-cheap models deliver a decent daily use performance in a form that's the peak of pick-up-and-go computing.
Europe ditches Skype probe
Eurojust - the EU body for judicial cooperation - is not investigating ways to intercept Skype calls, contrary to reports earlier this week.
BlackBerry advert sticks it to Apple
All’s fair in love and marketing, it seems. So BlackBerry maker RIM has released a promotional video that literally takes a shot at rival phone manufacturer Apple.
Google gets a touch of the ODFOs
It's g'day and ta very much this crisp winter morn to Oz reader Damien Aiken who earlier this week got a bit of a shock while Googling for Direct Factory Outlets - a down-under chain of discount clothing warehouses. It appears that someone has been spending too much time mixing it up with the El Reg commentards:
BT reprograms biz customers as hotspots
BT has begun transforming its commercial customers' Business Hubs into OpenZone hotspots for any passing Tom, Dick or Harry to share, and leaving businesses to figure out how to opt out of the scheme after the fact.
Samsung notebook-not-netbook gets VIA Nano CPU
Samsung has become the first netbook maker to unveil a machine based on VIA's Nano processor - as predicted.
North East to get £30m e-vehicle re-charge network
'Leccy TechLast year, The Register reported on the UK Government's £100m plan to put the UK up with the best in terms of electric car development and infrastructure.
Hollywood to totally recall Total Recall
Columbia Pictures is in "final negotiations" with producer Neal H Moritz to develop a "contemporary version" of 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi romp Total Recall, the Hollywood Reporter, er, reports.
Second rogue Facebook app bewilders users
Scoundrels have created another rogue Facebook application, the second to hit the social networking site in less than a week.
HP takes backup service Upline offline
HP is withdrawing from cloud backup in haste, closing down its HP Upline online backup service for small and medium enterprises.
Lockheed offers ready-to-go supersoldier exoskeleton
US weaponry globocorp Lockheed is pleased to announce the unveiling of its newly-acquired powered exoskeleton intended to confer superhuman strength and endurance upon US soldiers.
Kelway buys HP partner
London-based reseller Kelway is buying Panacea Services creating a combined business with a £140m turnover.
G.hn-ing for gigabit
It's surely no coincidence that shortly after one technology for high-speed home networking achieved a key step toward becoming a world standard, the minds behind an alternative approach said they too had finally got the ball rolling.
Ryanair may charge cattle to use the bog
Budget aerial cattle transporter Ryanair may ask the self-loading cargo to pay for a visit to the loo, chief exec Michael O'Leary suggested today.
IBM bricking Seagate SATA disks
UpdateIBM SATA drives in xSeries and BladeCenter servers can become bricks due to a firmware fault. A fix is expected later this quarter.
El Reg suffers identity crisis
Reader PollThese are tough times for news media, on and offline. Small newspapers are going titsup all over the shop, hundreds of blogs are discovering there's no money in "link journalism", and many at the UK nationals spend their time copying out each other's work and trawling the web for pictures of cutesy animals.
Chinese internet surveillance boss arrested for bungs
A top Chinese censor has been arrested over suspicions he took millions in bribes to help a local anti-virus firm to crush a competitor.
DARPA orders 'Katana' monoblade nano-copter
Famed Pentagon crazytech bureau DARPA has handed out half a million greenbacks to buy a tiny one-bladed robot helicopter slightly bigger than a coin, dubbed "Katana" and apparently intended for "indoor military missions".
Phorm unleashes legal attack on critics
News articles based on a survey indicating public opposition to Phorm's web snooping and advertising system have been withdrawn after the firm made legal threats to their publishers.
Judge issues radioactive 'pr0n downloader' alert
A judge has warned that a man who jumped bail while facing child pornography charges and fled to Ireland could pose a radiation risk to those he comes into contact with.
Microsoft: Vista desktop key to life fulfillment
Forget rummaging through colleagues' drawers - if you really want to know what kind of person the man or woman you're working with is, just look at their desktop.
Shake-up shenanigans at Sony
A Sony Corporation reshuffle has left Sir Howard Stringer the even bigger boss of a company that aims to increase efficiency and speed decision-making.
AMD aims CPUs at 10in SCCs
AMD CEO Dirk Meyer has been reported to have forecast the death of the netbook, but looking back at the original story in which he's quoted reveals he doesn't have quite such a negative view.
Obama wants to wring fat dollar from mobile operators
President Obama has proposed squeezing $4.8bn out of the mobile network operators with a levy on the spectrum for which they have already paid, or thought they had.
Novell's OpenSuSE commitment is tested
More than ever, these are testing times for Novell's Linux culture, and its relations with the community.
World of Warcraft: 'The crack cocaine of the computer world'
Is World of Warcraft as addictive as crack cocaine?
Camelot dismisses lottery website hack claims
Camelot maintains the National Lottery website it runs is secure, following the publication of a supposed breach on an underground hacking forum.
Sun powers Niagara hypervisor update with IBM speed boast
Sun Microsystems has updated the Logical Domain (LDom) server virtualization hypervisor for its Niagara family of servers, and used the occasion to brag about some benchmark results it has posted on a popular Java application test.
Intel invests in Ireland
Intel is to invest over €50m ($63.5m, £44.3m) to expand Irish operations, a move that will boost employment at its R&D facilities in Shannon by 134 jobs over the next four years.
Anatomy of a chipmaker meltdown
AMD flash-mem spin-off Spansion has been hit with two separate employment lawsuits after unexpectedly laying off 35 per cent of its workforce earlier this week.
IDC chops 2009 IT spending forecasts (again)
The economic meltdown continues to slowly suck the growth out of the IT market, and the economists and market researchers at IDC have once again taken a sharp knife to their projections for IT spending in 2009.