Aussie firms makes Surface-readable business cards
Ensuring people actually look at your business card, instead of throwing it into a drawer, is tough. But one firm hopes its innovative use of Microsoft’s Surface will make its business cards too tempting to bin.
Wikileaked donor list shames US lawmaker
Financial data belonging to more than 4,700 donors of Republican Senate candidate Norm Coleman have been leaked to the internet following a breach of his campaign website that also made public the contact details of another 51,000 supporters.
Wall Street: Google, Apple good - Palm, AMD bad
The ongoing Meltdown is not only causing turmoil in global finance and manufacturing, it's also transforming how money-men rank and rate market fitness.
Texas Memory Systems punts Texas-sized SSD
It being Texas and all, you would expect for the flash-based solid state disks to be bigger and faster than you might find in other parcels of the globe. And so it is that Texas Memory Systems has this week launched a whopper of an SSD.
Vodafone Music drops the protection
Vodafone has announced that from this summer the company's music store will start switching to DRM-free MP3 files, with every Vodafone network going DRM-free over the next few years.
Poor pound ups Wii's trade price
UK gamers could soon be forced to fork out a little extra for a new Wii, if Nintendo’s recently upped trade price for the console is passed on to consumers by retailers.
IBM rejiggers x64 servers, blades
IBM this week has tweaked System x and BladeCenter server lines to give customers more options in terms of processors, disk drives, and solid state disks. The new gadgets are aimed more at getting the machinery current than in radically altering or re-engineering the System x and BladeCenter products in the wake of six months of declining sales for Big Blue in the x64 server racket.
Failed probation system 'masterclass in sloppy management'
The failure of the project to provide a single offender management system for UK prisons and the probation service was the fault of senior civil servants who had failed to learn even the first lessons of project management.
Apple 24in iMac (March 2009)
ReviewHaving given its entire laptop range a thorough overhaul in recent months, Apple has now turned its attention to its desktop machines, starting with the iMac and with the Mac Mini and high-end Mac Pro to follow.
Grand Theft Auto IV update spied in publisher's accounts
PlayStation 3 owners look away now, because Grand Theft Auto IV publisher, Take Two Interactive, has confirmed that a second download will be launched for the Xbox 360 this year.
ContactPoint will cost more than thought
The government has revealed that the ContactPoint children's directory will cost just under £44m a year to run, £3m more than previously stated.
Hydrogen leak grounds Discovery
NASA yesterday aborted the scheduled launch of space shuttle Discovery after a leak in a gaseous hydrogen vent line.
Court rules 'ceaseless liability' for net libel fine for free speech
Publishers' indefinite liability for defamatory material in their online archives is not a restriction on their rights to free speech, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. The decision backs a 160-year-old rule of English law.
Designers mock up bonkers 'leccy car concepts
'Leccy Tech"When I was a child I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. But when I became a man I put away childish things."
Three short papers about virtualization and data centres
Data centres, virtualization, disaster recovery - it's a Titanic selection this week from the Reg Library.
Bletchley Park attracts £300k extra funding
Bletchley Park has attracted a further £300,000 funding after Milton Keynes Council agreed to match English Heritage's pledge to stump extra cash for the "essential backlog of maintenance and urgent repairs needed at the WW2 Codebreaking Centre" - if another organisation could match the figure.
BT freezes wages for 100,000
British Telecom is freezing wages for all its 100,000 UK staff in a "head on" response to the economic downturn.
'Bland' iPod Shuffle gets third-party arty visual update
The new talking iPod Shuffle only officially touched down yesterday, but one artist’s already decided it looks too bland and has sketched some more eye-catching bodywork.
O2 wins UK Palm Pré exclusive?
Not content with snapping up the iPhone, O2 may have also secured exclusive rights to sell Palm’s upcoming Pré smartphone in the UK.
Google Voice goes call-forward crazy in US
Google is preparing to launch its latest wheeze, Google Voice - a single number that forwards calls and texts to your phone. It's 21 months since it shelled out more than $50m for phone number aggregator Grand Central.
Gates retakes rich list top spot as Zuckerberg slides off chart
Bill Gates struck a blow for the world's techies yesterday, when he regained his spot at the top of the world's billionaire list despite mislaying around $18bn over the last year.
FAST fingers another Cardiff biz over software compliance
Trading Standards officers and the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) used new copyright powers earlier this week to probe a business in Cardiff to check its software licensing.
Level 3 burglary gang plead guilty
The three men caught raiding a major datacentre in central London earlier this week have all pleaded guilty to burglary charges.
Nintendo shifts 100m DS consoles worldwide
Nintendo DS sales have topped a whopping 100m units worldwide, the videogames giant has claimed.
Samsung quietly uncovers stylish music player
Without saying a word, Samsung has added a new MP3 player to its website.
Superfast-charging batteries? Whoa there, MIT
New battery technology developed at MIT has made a big media splash today, supposedly offering Li-ion energy storage which could charge up fully "in seconds". However, no such capability has been demonstrated: in fact the kit doesn't seem very important.
Rogue international ‘M&A advisors’ target Brit ISP customers
ExclusiveBritain’s financial watchdog has warned former customers of dotcom ISP Totalise to guard against “Recovery Room” share fraudsters, following a Register investigation.
Dark Knight Englundh protests footie chant slur
Our piece yesterday on Stockholm lass Sofia Englundh, prevented by the authorities from adopting the middle name "Dark Knight", prompted an email from the 19-year-old Heath Ledger fan protesting her treatment at the hands of the El Reg Bootnotes department.
UK.gov thinks internet should be run like BSkyB
Which is worse: the fact that the UK government appears to favour replacing free access to the internet with a model that looks suspiciously like that of a cable TV network, or that whoever helped draft this measure cut-and-pasted text from Wikipedia in support of it?
BBC botnet investigation turns hacks into hackers
An investigation by the BBC into cybercrime may itself have broken UK computer crime law.
Robbie Williams, Billy Bragg et al say downloads aren't illegal
A lobby group consisting of well-known UK musicians has argued that individuals should not be prosecuted for downloading illegal music from the interwebs.
Georgia withdraws from
South Ossetia Eurovision
Georgia has withdrawn from this year's Eurovision Song Contest after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) earlier this week ruled its entry We Don't Wanna Put In in contravention of the rule which states: "No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the Eurovision Song Contest."
Dell cooks up all-in-one PC treat
The trend for eye catching all-in-one PCs appears to be growing, with Dell now kicking its latest such offering into touch – the Studio One 19.
Google jacks up fees for Checkout service
Google has pissed off online merchants who use its Checkout service by upping the fees it charges for the online payment service.
UK's privacy watchdog not very bitey
The UK's privacy watchdog lags most of Europe in the strength of its powers, according to research produced by a data protection journal.
Romanian cops cuff 20 phishing suspects
Romania police arrested 20 suspected phishing fraud suspects on Wednesday.
Kodak ESP 7 all-in-one inkjet printer
ReviewNot the best known name in all-in-one printers, Kodak now has a range of four machine. They all use the same print engine, but are differentiated by different levels of bell and whistlery. Among the claims Kodak makes for all of them is photo prints for just 7p each - cheaper than any other inkjet.
Govt advisor calls violent-videogame tax
An advisor to Gordon Brown on knife crime and youth violence is to tell the Prime Minister that violent videogames should be taxed to put them out of the reach of kids.
EC calls for tech help on carbon targets
The European Commission is calling on the technology and communications industry to not only sort out its own energy use and carbon emissions but also help the rest of industry make cuts too.
Amazon's cloud adds reserved seating
Amazon will let you reserve space on its cloud for up to three years under a pre-paid agreement.
Ice in fuel feed caused Heathrow 777 crash
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has presented further evidence to confirm its findings last September that "ice within the fuel feed system" caused the 17 January 2008 crash-landing of a Boeing 777 at Heathrow.
Texting peer released from prison
The Court of Appeal has released a Labour peer who was jailed for 12 weeks for sending and receiving text messages while driving minutes before he was involved in a fatal motorway crash.
Science-boosting thickie questionnaire backfires
UpdatedA new survey has apparently proved that American scientific organisations, when it comes to scientific knowledge, are operating at roughly the intellectual level of cheese rind.
Nature security breach prompts password reset
The website of science journal Nature has suffered a security breach that resulted in the potential exposure of users' login credentials.
Microsoft claims Firefox- and Chrome-whopping IE8 speeds
Microsoft is touting its own research that claims Internet Explorer 8 - expected next week - is faster than Firefox 3.05 and Google's Chrome 1.0.
The eroding enterprise boundary
Businesses today function effectively only when the organisation supports effective collaboration between its staff and external parties, wherever they may be situated. Such is the nature of routine operations that they depend on complex interactions between people and their supporting IT systems that spread far beyond the IT firewall and, indeed, the business itself. Clearly this nature of working has profound implications for those charged with securing the operations of the business and the IT systems they use.
Multi-site bug exposes cloud computing's dark lining
More dark linings have been exposed in the cloud computing craze, this time by web security expert Russ McRee, who demonstrates how a flaw in a single provider can spell trouble for numerous customers it serves.
Google behavioral ads scare US lawmakers
US lawmakers have been itching for a good excuse to slap mandatory security guidelines on online behavioral ad targeting schemes, and apparently, they've found it.
Apple lands democracy on fanboi party-goers
Apple released an update to its iTunes music-management application on Thursday. The updated version, iTunes 8.1, adds support for the third-generation iPod shuffle released on Wednesday, improves performance, and patches two security vulnerabilities.
Former employee of Obama CIO pick busted for bribery
An employee who worked for President Obama's pick for federal CIO has been arrested by the FBI and charged in a federal bribery sting, according to news reports.
Supercomputer niche chucks rocks at Nehalem
As niche supercomputer-maker SiCortex works on the next generation of its line and watches the IT marketing machine gearing up for Intel's impending Nehalem-based Xeon EP, the company says that Chipzilla isn't moving in the right direction for high-performance computing (HPC) workloads.