Ex-EA man schools iPhone game makers
GDC 09With an average of 165 apps released for the iPhone each day, it seems like everyone and their Aunt Mable has suddenly become a mobile developer - and all for a platform less than a year old.
Worm breeds botnet from home routers, modems
Security researchers have identified a sophisticated piece of malware that corrals consumer routers and DSL modems into a lethal botnet.
Bush Obama sides with RIAA in P2P fight
Barack Obama's Department of Justice (DOJ) has sided with the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) in its lawsuit against a Massachusetts man accused of illegally downloading seven songs.
Novell kicks out SUSE Linux Enterprise 11
Commercial Linux distributor Novell today takes the wraps off SUSE Linux 11, its riff on Linux for servers and desktops that now sports a commercially supported extension for the Mono runtime environment and a variant that provides high availability clustering of servers.
Medion tower makes supermarket debut
Just shy of £500 is rather a lot to spend on the weekly shop, but get yourself down to budget supermarket Aldi this week and the sum will get you a whopper of a Medion PC.
Taking the bull by the balls: A NetApp history
ReviewPeople hungry for storage technology details will not be impressed by Dave Hitz's history of NetApp, How To Castrate A Bull. All they will learn about WAFL, Hitz's seminal invention underpinning NetApp's filer success is that it is "Absolutely wonderful technology that our non-technical customers don't really want to hear about". Ah.
Lawyer-client privilege no bar to surveillance, say Lords
The state is allowed to bug communication between lawyers and their clients, the House of Lords has said. The UK's highest court ruled that spy law the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) allows lawyers' conversations to be bugged.
Failed tax system still causing grief
The Public Accounts Committee has found the government's tax system overpaid tax credits by £7.3bn in the first four years of the scheme and is still clocking up £1bn a year in overpayments.
Ofcom finds few using e-gov
The communications regulator has found that fewer than half the UK population have used online government services.
O2, Vodafone in cabinet bunk-up
O2 and Vodafone successfully confused the media yesterday by announcing a network sharing deal, despite the fact that the deal extends to little more than linking up air-conditioning units and power supplies while the networks remain obstinately separate.
El Reg Street View snappers caught on camera
It's been live for less than a week, but Google's Street View has already got the press and privacy outfits in a bit of a tizz over the possible implications of having the UK's highways and byways, and indeed the citizens unfortunate enough to have been walking Blighty's leafy boulevards when the Orwellian Opel came a-calling, plastered across cyberspace.
Nokia unfolds 7205 Intrigue
Nokia has launched a rather intriguing clamshell phone, a colourful little talker called the 7205 Intrigue.
Adamo battery not hot-swappable
Dell’s recently unveiled Adamo laptop emulates Apple’s MacBook Air in more than just looks. It’s been revealed that the PC giant's latest laptop doesn’t feature a user-removable battery either.
London health authority put on notice over data breach
A north London health authority has been given until the end of the month to improve its information security policies following an embarrassing information security blunder last year.
Brainscan boffins build blunder-warning hat
Brain brainboxes in America and the Netherlands have come up with two significant pieces of research this week. Doubt is cast on any hopes for an early recovery from the present global economic crisis: but then a ray of light appears from another direction.
All aboard for six gig SAS
The six gig SAS bandwagon is gathering pace, with Hitachi GST announcing a 6Gbit/s small form factor (SFF) enterprise drive and Atto announcing six gig SAS host adapters.
Pot Noodle boils up instant doner kebab
There's great news today for those of you who like to go out on the lash and then get your laughing gear around death wrapped in pitta bread but sometimes can't even be arsed to hit the pub before partaking of late-night nutrition: You'll soon be able to avail yourselves of a doner kebab-flavoured Pot Noodle.
ContactPoint rollout grinds to a halt, again
ContactPoint, the child protection database set up after the murder of Victoria Climbie, has been delayed for the third time.
EMI rejigs digital unit, waves goodbye to ex-Google CIO
EMI Music split with its digital head yesterday after the troubled record company decided to move the unit he oversaw into its main business operations.
Police ad urges: 'Trust no one'
AnalysisA new ad campaign by the Metropolitan Police warns the public to be on the alert for strangers who look at them in a funny way, and to check the contents of their neighbours’ bins. Suggestions that the campaign may be a tad alarmist have been dismissed, the police arguing they are only doing what is necessary to protect the public in dangerous times.
Pure Digital Evoke-2S DAB and FM radio
ReviewWith its ‘chip company that also makes radios’ label firmly in the past, Pure Digital can now move on to produce products at the top end of the market. But to justify its premium price of £170, the "luxury" Evoke-2S needs to deliver a something special. Fortunately for Pure, it does just that.
Police union leader calls for 'killer games' sales ban
A senior German police official has called for violent videogames to be banned.
Digital Britain: Orange and 3 talk back to Carter
The first responses to Lord Carter's report on enabling Digital Britain are in, and Orange has offered to connect up the UK if Ofcom agrees to hand over a decent slice of 900Mhz.
LibDems want gov action on killer lorries of death
The Liberal Democrats, Britain's other opposition, is calling for urgent government action on the threat of killer lorries of death, which are apparently routinely smashing into railway bridges and menacing primary schools thanks to dodgy satnav.
ID cards not compulsory after all, says Home Office
Plans to make ID cards compulsory for UK citizens at some point in the middle distance have been officially abandoned, apparently. According to the Home Office's revised counter-terrorism strategy document, published today, "It is not our intention that identity cards should be mandatory for UK nationals."
Windows Home Server fixes bugs with Power Pack 2
Microsoft has rolled out the latest update to Windows Home Server (WHS) with today’s release of Power Pack 2.
Facebook encourages ISP customer protests over Phorm
Facebook's privacy chief today urged customers of BT, Carphone Warehouse and Virgin Media who are unhappy about their ISP's plans to work with Phorm in monitoring and profiling web use to "make their feelings known".
eCard scammer avoids jail
A US fraudster who used fake electronic greetings cards to spread malware has avoided a jail sentence for his crimes.
Online retailer offers Sim-free iPhone 3Gs
Play.com is punting unlocked iPhones for folk who don't fancy being tethered to O2. The downside: freedom from carriers doesn't come cheap.
Seagate re-armours small business storage
UpdateSeagate has introduced a line of network-attached, workstation and portable disk storage products with encrypted contents under its BlackArmor brand.
Home Office details early ID vendors
The Home Office has listed 3M and nCipher as providers to the early stage of the National Identity Scheme.
China bans YouTube again
The Chinese government has again blocked access to YouTube just over a year after it shut off access to the site for hosting footage of the Tibet protests.
Discovery crew prep for return to Earth
Space shuttle Discovery will tomorrow undock from the International Space Station ahead of a scheduled return to Kennedy Space Center at 13:44 EDT (17:44 GMT) on Saturday.
Romanian hacking group downs tools
A controversial Romanian hacker group famous for exposing security shortcomings on corporate and anti-virus websites has disbanded.
Samsung introduces NC10-successor netbooks
Samsung has unveiled two 10.1in “mini notebooks” - netbooks to you, me and Intel's lawyers - for buyers that value portability above all else.
Sony hints at eco-friendly HD TV future
ExclusiveSony is set to make its TVs more environmentally friendly, and all you have to do is lie down and go to sleep.
Samsung B2700 Bound rugged mobile phone
ReviewAnyone who's ever splashed a few drops of water on just the wrong bit of their pricey new phone can see the advantage of rugged design. It's rarely pretty, it's never svelte, but you don't need to venture into a war zone to appreciate the benefit of a more secure approach to portable electronics.
DARPA at phase 2 on human 'regeneration' tech
Famed US military mad-professor bureau DARPA has inked a second deal with Massachusetts researchers to develop ways of "regenerating" human body tissues cut, shot or blown off in combat. The new biotech therapies would employ the same methods used by newts in growing replacement limbs.
Penguin-free Linux 2.6.29 kernel released
Linus Torvalds has released a new version of Linux that temporarily kills off Tux, the cutesy Penguin mascot.
GSMA scores 2, concedes 3, with EU
MEPs have reached an informal agreement on European roaming, conceding the cost of data and 30-second billing to the mobile-industry, but standing firm on caps and the price of a text message.
Michael Dell licks chops over Bigger Indigo
While every man and his dog in the IT industry was been commenting on Cisco Systems entering the server business, the IT vendor community has been pretty mum about the rumors of IBM looking at acquiring rival Sun Microsystems for perhaps as much as $8bn. Until now.
PGP email marketing gaffe creates message storm
PGP irritated its security conscious customers on Tuesday by making the schoolboy error of sending out an email marketing message to a list of around 300 recipients without using the bcc field.
Mr. WebTV gives games thin-client treatment
GDC 09An intriguing new game service called OnLive may bring obsolescence to the gaming console question: "But will it run Crysis?"
Cisco pitches new world server order
If you had to sum up the sales pitch that Cisco Systems is polishing up as it prepares to deliver its "California" Unified Computer System, it would look something like this: California will save you money, even if we charge a premium for server capacity.
Kiwi telecom inks contract with convicted hacker
New Zealand's No. 2 telecommunications company has hired a 16-year-old botnet herder less than 12 months after he pleaded guilty to six computer hacking and fraud charges following an international investigation.
Red Hat aims open-source at IT discomfort zone
OSBCRed Hat has told open-source vendors they shouldn't hesitate when selling against proprietary rivals during the current economic downturn.
Google, Mozilla back 3D interwebs
GDC 09Open-standards industry consortium the Khronos Group is forming a working group meant to bring accelerated 3D graphics to the interwebs.
UK boffins to breed syntho-blood from human embryos
Led by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, a team of British scientists is planning a three-year research project that seeks to fashion synthetic human blood from embryonic stem cells. It's a welcome announcement. The synthetic human blood biz needs a transfusion of its own.
Newfangled rootkits survive hard disk wiping
Researchers have demonstrated how to create rootkits that survive hard-disk reformatting by injecting malware into the low-level system instructions of a target computer.
Kiwis scrap 'three strikes' P2P policy
New Zealand has temporarily abandoned its plans to enact a French-style "three-strikes" internet policy that forces ISPs to disconnect customers repeatedly accused of illegally downloading copyrighted materials.
Novell boss in semi-apology over Microsoft pact
OSBCIt was a short presentation that focused dryly on "opportunities" for open source in something he called the "service-driven data center."