Hyundai readies Volt-style hybrid
'Leccy TechDue to be unveiled at next month's Seoul Motor Show, the Hyundai Blue-Will is the Korean take on the plug-in parallel hybrid.
Hey, Red Hat - Open-source help still lousy?
OSBCIt's been exactly a year since former Delta Airlines vice president turned Red Hat chief executive Jim Whitehurst criticized open-source vendors for doing a lousy job of getting customers involved in the community and projects.
Game designers deconstruct their 'art'
GDC 09A lot of hard-core gamers like to argue over whether video games should be considered "art." If they're not, these three characters have brought the medium awfully close.
Pink slips at Big Blue
IBM is cutting 5,000 jobs today, mostly in the US and mostly from its services division.
EU: Our Members need 'increased wood'
A Brussels talking-shop operated by the EU has called for greater efforts by European countries to grow more trees, as this would remove carbon from the atmosphere and mitigate global warming.
ReviewIf you buy a netbook, you have to be prepared to live without an optical drive. You can add an external drive for reading and writing DVDs and CDs, but to make it as convenient as the mini-laptop, it needs to be self-contained and compact. Lite-On has one with a good spec.
Discovery bids adios to ISS
Space shuttle Discovery yesterday undocked from the International Space Station and its crew will today use the vehicle's robotic arm to do a final check on the "thermal protection system" prior to a sheduled Saturday touch-down at Kennedy Space Center.
More videogames for girls, demands psychologist
Videogames have long been associated with the development of visual-spatial skills in youngsters. But one researcher has warned that a lack of female-friendly titles could be putting girls at a disadvantage.
Madoff data can be extradited back to US
Data which is protected by the Data Protection Act can be transferred to the US to help in the investigation of companies run by Bernard Madoff, the High Court has said. The transfer would usually be barred but is justified in this case, the Court said.
WD releases 2TB external HDDs
Western Digital has bumped up versions of its chunky MyBook external hard drives to a whopping 2TB of raw storage capacity.
Samsung phone recognises people, calls them
Scrolling through your phone’s address book to find someone to call or text can be a chore. So Samsung has launched a cameraphone that lets you text or call by tapping on their photo.
Dell plays left hand, right hand on smartphone plans
Michael Dell has confirmed that Dell is working on small-screen devices, while analysts reckon the company has shelved existing plans in order to provide services with its new devices.
Budvar beats Anheuser-Busch in latest Budweiser battle
US brewer Anheuser-Busch has lost its attempt to register the word 'budweiser' as a trade mark for beer in the European Union. Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar has won the right to market its beers under the name.
Pink Floyd's Gilmour backs McKinnon protest gig
UpdatedLegendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has agreed to participate in a musical protest against attempts to extradite UFO enthusiast turned hacker Gary McKinnon to the US.
Top e-crime cop to plead for more cash
The woman in charge of policing online fraud in the UK plans to use the first operational year of the new Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) to make the case for more funding.
Vuzix redesigns pop-up books
Vuzix has updated its VR920 virtual reality goggles with an add-on supposedly capable of bringing books alive with pop-out 3D characters.
Wii becomes world's fastest selling console
Nintendo’s Wii has become the world’s fastest selling console, with more than 50m units sold since its 2006 launch.
German police boot down doors of Wikileaks offices
AnalysisGovernment's tendency to moprh from blocking "child porn" to censoring discussion of all government censorship was illustrated this week when German Police raided the offices of Wikileaks Germany.
Sony-backed next-gen TV tech maker to close
A Field Emission Display (FED) TV business partly owned by Sony is to be liquidated, Japanese media report.
Lenovo splits to cover domestic, emerging markets
Lenovo has divided its business into new units to allow China’s largest computer vendor to slice and dice its products for developed countries and emerging markets.
Revolting French workers bite 3M's balles
French 3M workers, who on Tuesday barricaded their boss in an office in protest at jobs cuts, have released their prisoner following successful negotiations to secure more cash for redundancy packages.
Knee X-ray biometrics plan to fight spoofing
US federal eggheads have proposed a novel method of preventing biometric ID systems being spoofed by the use of such things as contact lenses, fake fingerprints etc. Instead of easily-fooled systems of this sort, people should instead be identified using X-ray photographs of their knees.
Wallet-stretching li-ion G-Wiz e-car goes on sale
'Leccy TechIt's with a certain amount of trepidation what we bring you news of the asking prices for the latest e-cars you can actually buy here in the UK.
LibDems uncover over 10,000 RIPA yarns
Local councils are using snooping powers too readily and without proper oversight.
Thus finds a home for mobile division
The mobile division of C&W-owned Thus has been palmed off to Genisis Communications, to prevent the customers falling into the hands of Cable & Wireless or being subsumed into Vodafone.
BackWeb sues Microsoft over 'push' technology
BackWeb Technologies is suing Microsoft for infringement of four of the company’s patents.
Final countdown to Conficker 'activation' begins
Security watchers are counting down to a change in how the infamous Conficker (Downadup) worm updates malicious code, due to kick in on Wednesday 1 April.
Elgato Turbo.264 HD hi-def H.264 encoder
ReviewWe love Elgato's original Turbo.264 dongle for its ability to speed up the conversion of video from a variety of sources into the H.264 format favoured by the iPhone we use as a PMP.
Aussie classification site hacked in censorship protest
Hackers broke into the Australian government's film and videogame classification website yesterday and posted a message opposing comms minister Stephen Conroy's trial of internet filtering.
Otellini: 'I'd rather have Sun be independent'
Another IT head honcho has put his two cents out there about the rumored acquisition of Sun Microsystems by rival IBM.
T-Mobile pulls out of 2.6GHz challenge
T-Mobile has given up the fight against Ofcom's sale of 2.6GHz spectrum, leaving O2 as the only operator still challenging the regulator and delaying the auction.
Michigan man jailed for humping car wash vacuum
A Michigan man who was caught red-handed having sex with a car wash vacuum hose has been jailed for 90 days, the Saginaw News reports.
Resprayed Arena unveiled
LG’s Arena was only recently unveiled, but T-Mobile’s already scored itself an exclusive upgrade to the hyped-up handset.
City IT workers brace for anarchist attack
IT workers at City institutions have been told they must come to work on April 1 and 2, when thousands of protestors are expected in the Square Mile to mark the G20 meeting of leaders in London.
'Nanodiamond' asteroid tracked from space to desert impact
An international alliance of astronomers are exceedingly chuffed to announce the first occasion of an asteroid being tracked from space, through impact with the Earth's atmosphere and thence to recovery of fragments on the ground.
Why no Lego Doctor Who? fans demand
Fans of Doctor Who last night quizzed exec producer Julie Gardner and designer Edward Thomas, who had perhaps unwisely agreed to appear before the unwashed masses at the opening night of the Celtic Media Festival in Caernarfon.
Asus pulps Apple in hardware reliability survey
Asus has stolen the top spot from Apple in a report that assesses the reliability of top PC manufacturer’s machines.
Sony Ericsson serves up tennis star's handset
Nothing shifts gadgets better than a sexy sport star’s endorsement. So Sony Ericsson’s doubled up with tennis superstar Maria Sharapova to serve up its latest handset – the T707.
Melissa anniversary marks birth of email-aware malware
Thursday (26 March) marks the 10th anniversary of the notorious Melissa virus, the first successful email-aware virus.
Microsoft loudly disses secret 'Cloud Manifesto'
UpdatedMicrosoft’s Azure boss has leaked details of a “Cloud Manifesto” some big tech firms have been secretly working on and revealed that Redmond has no intention of playing ball.
Windows 7 RC download page reveals May ship date
Someone with butter fingers at Microsoft has prematurely let slip when the company plans to push out the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 by posting the download page early.
Sprint preps 15-city WiMAX roll-out
US telecom-services provider Sprint has announced that it will extend its WiMAX-based 4G wireless-broadband service to 10 American cities this year, with five more scheduled for 2010.
Webmail bug puts 40m accounts in jeopardy
A web-borne vulnerability lurking in a popular email application seriously compromised the security of 40 million accounts until it was fixed early last month, independent researchers said.
Moonlight plans video-patent police beater for Linux
The open-source version of Microsoft's Silverlight is adopting hardware-based decoding for video, a move that will boost multimedia on Linux devices.
Google juices in-photo ads biz
Google has invested in a Silicon Valley startup that plants ads inside online photos. And The Reg can't help but wonder when the company will begin slipping virtual marketing into the very real cityscapes of Google Street View.
US mums sue anti-sexting crusader
The mothers of three high-school girls threatened with child-pornography charges have fired back with a lawsuit that accuses their district attorney of retaliating against them for refusing to attend a "re-education program."
Eastern game guru seeks Western know-how
GDC 09Acclaimed game designer Hideo Kojima says he's recruiting Western developers to add their software specialization expertise to the next entry in the Metal Gear series.
Snow Leopard release dev con dates
Apple announced on Thursday that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held on June 8 through 12, as expected.
Oracle and HP proposed joint Sun dismemberment deal
Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are believed to have made a joint offer for Sun Microsystems in a deal totaling more than $2bn.
Blades and VMs - IT's peanut butter cup
It looks like blade servers and server virtualization are the new Reese's Peanut Butter cup of the data center.
Firefox exploit sends Mozilla into 'high-priority fire drill' mode
Mozilla's security team is rushing out a fix for its flagship Mozilla browser following the public release of attack code that targets a previously unknown vulnerability.