Travel firm server glitch double dips on billing
A web-based travel agent scrambled to refund customers on Friday after a server problem meant customers' credit cards were billed again for holidays taken as long as a year ago.
Wacky Jacqui spanked by husband
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has admitted getting the taxpayer to pick up the bill for two porn films watched by her husband last June.
Build your own ParaScale cloud storage
Users can now download ParaScale's scale-out cloud storage software and turn Linux servers into a scale-out, loosely-clustered, cloud storage utility.
Linux on the desktop: cheap trick or pragmatist’s dream?
Reg Tech PanelWelcome to our third and final poll on desktop operating systems. First, we looked at Vista readiness for business use: you can check out a short write up of that one here. Then we moved onto one of the main contenders to desktop Windows, Mac OS X. In this week's poll we turn our attention to desktop Linux: the challenge is to build a clear picture of where desktop Linux can fit, and if so how to make best use of it.
Leeds council cuts contractor rates
Leeds City Council is telling all its IT contractors to take a ten per cent pay cut.
China rubbishes cyber-espionage claims
China has been accused of using malware to spy against the Tibetan government-in-exile and the private office of the Dalai Lama, as well as numerous foreign embassies.
Action games 'improve eyesight'
Playing a certain type of videogame can help to improve adult eyesight, a study conducted by a North American university has concluded.
ReviewAfter a little over a year as the standard bearer for Samsung's PMP range, it's time for the YP-P2, aka the Yepp P2, to retire. But is its replacement - the YP-P3 – an evolution or a revolution? And has it got what it takes to lure buyers away from the default purchases in the segment: the ubiquitous multifunction iPod Touch and the slightly esoteric but highly capable Cowon iAudio S9?
UFO fleet menaces east London
The Sun has mobilised a crack team of hacks and ufologists to probe a sensational sighting of a formation of extraterrestrial vehicles swooping over the mean streets of Bethnal Green:
NEC gives up on global PC sales
NEC Corp declared over the weekend its intention to retreat from the PC market in the Asia-Pacific region and concentrate solely on domestic sales in Japan, following the firm’s decision to quit the computer biz in EMEA last month.
Palm Pré to arrive next month?
The much-hyped Palm Pré could be launched next month, according to Tweets posted by the head of one firm thought to be testing the would-be iPhone killer.
BT network 'vulnerable to Chinese attack'
Spy chiefs have reportedly briefed ministers that Huawei hardware bought by BT could be hijacked by China to cripple the UK's communications infrastructure.
Pics show North Korean rocket ready to go
A satellite picture has been released showing what appears to be a large three-stage rocket stack erected by a gantry in North Korea, confirming news reports indicating an imminent launch.
Busted! Conficker's tell-tale heart uncovered
Security experts have made a breakthrough in their five-month battle against the Conficker worm, with the discovery that the malware leaves a fingerprint on infected machines that is easy to detect using a variety of off-the-shelf network scanners.
HP Mini 2140 netbook
ReviewWhile most manufacturers seem happy to hurl out new netbook models at the rate of knots, HP is positively lumbering along. Back in May 2008, it released its first model, the Mini-Note 2133, and it's only just got around to releasing an updated version, the Mini 2140.
Charter Communications files for bankruptcy
US cable firm Charter Communications Inc, which is controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday.
Storage in the new Fujitsu Technology Services
Tomorrow Fujitsu Siemens Computers will become Fujitsu Technology Services, as Fujitsu completes its buyout of Siemens' 50 per cent share of FSC. FTS becomes Fujitsu's global storage competence centre.
World's first shaving phone unveiled
Until today, men could only have a quick shave between phone calls if they were willing to carry around an electric razor. But now a phone’s gone on sale that’ll help you look presentable and make calls.
Artist slices gadgets using CT scanner
Ever wondered what your gadgets look like on the inside? One artist has, and has begun capturing the inner workings of everything from the iPhone to laptops – without taking a screwdriver to them.
Irish boffins tackle cow-fart ecopocalypse with fish oil
Irish boffins believe they may be able to save us all from the scourge of cowfart-induced ecological catastrophe, according to reports. It seems that adding fish oil to the parping bovine planet-wreckers' diet can reduce their methane emissions.
Western Digital snaps up SiliconSystems
Western Digital is buying solid state disk supplier SiliconSystems for $65m in cash, and will supply SSDs to the netbook, notebook and enterprise markets.
Women's lust for shopping linked to periods
Research by the University of Hertfordshire has suggested that women's desire to hit the shops may be linked to hormonal changes during their menstrual cycle.
iPhone finally gets Skype
From tomorrow iPhone users will be able to download a Skype application from iTunes, though they'll still be prevented from making calls over 3G connections, and will still miss out on the functionality offered by alternative Skype clients.
Rumour: Sun pink slips to fly today
The word on the street this morning is that the second part of the 5,000- to 6,000-person layoff by struggling server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems will kick in today.
3 and T-Mobile announce site provider
Mobile Broadband Network Limited, the company set up to manage the UK's combined 3G network for operators 3 and T-Mobile, has announced that Arqiva will be providing 5,100 cell sites to be used by both networks.
Asus slides out first 'optical drive included' Eee
Keeping up with Asus’ ever expanding Eee PC range is getting tricky, especially now the firm has just unveiled the line's first model with an integrated optical drive.
MPs lambast Forces' new personnel database
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has come in for yet more scathing criticism from its parliamentary oversight committee. The committee's report into the MoD annual accounts says that the introduction of a new personnel database system, run on the MoD intranet, has been a fiasco.
IBM tries to patent offshoring
Two years ago, red-faced IBM executives ordered a patent application on offshoring jobs to be withdrawn. Last week it returned, more sophisticated than ever. The latest application, describes how to weigh various constraints, such as lack of a skilled workforce, against incentives such as tax breaks.
Firefox update fixes pwn2own vuln
Mozilla responded to reports of vulnerabilities by pushing out a new version of Firefox on Friday.
IBM-led Open Cloud Manifesto: Who's in, who's out?
The Open Cloud Manifesto, spearheaded by IBM, landed today with a small thud - but it's the vendors left off the list of supporters who are making the biggest bang.
Nokia kicks OEMs to the kerb
Nokia is getting out of third-party manufacturing, a move that will see the Finnish giant spending $5bn less on making handsets, according to specialists iSuppli.
LG talks up transparent touch phone
LG has unveiled more of the features of its upcoming transparent mobile phone, the GD900, announcing that the handset will include gesture recognition and several other tech treats.
Fujitsu talks big on x64 server sales
The European arm of Japanese server maker Fujitsu, to be called Fujitsu Technology Solutions, is staking the growth of its server business on the IA platform.
Delivering sustainable security
RegcastIn the third in our series of Regcasts assessing the state of the IT security market, the experts look at the mechanisms required to ensure security solutions evolve to match the ever changing threat landscape.
Verizon to ape AT&T with netbook sales
US cellco giant Verizon Wireless will begin selling netbooks before the middle of the year.
Microsoft and TomTom settle 'Linux' kerfuffle
Microsoft and TomTom have settled the much-discussed patent infringement suits they tossed at each other earlier this year.
Intel unmasks Nehalem Xeons
Intel has officially unveiled its "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 processors for two-socket servers.
IBM punts two racks, a blade, and a hybrid thingy
Nehalem DayIBM is looking for the new Nehalem EP-based servers to kick start its System x rack server and BladeCenter blade server business, which saw a steepening decline in sales as 2008 wound down.
HP goes to 11 with ProLiant launch
Nehalem DayWhen you are the volume leader in the x64 server racket, as Hewlett-Packard is, you have customers who have all kinds of different needs, and when Intel launches a new processor for the workhorse two-socket portion of the server market, you go broad and you go deep to protect the HP server biz.
Dell girds iron from the tower to the blade
Nehalem DayDell has officially announced its new "Nehalem EP" server lineup.
DHS battles Axis of Exorbitance with software overhaul
The US Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it's seeking a "leaner, smarter" way to preserve our freedoms and fight the global war on terror by launching an agency-wide efficiency program to cut wasteful spending.
Gartner sees flat biz software biz in 2009
Software spending will be stagnant this year, according to market research firm Gartner, but companies should finally start loosening their purse strings after the first quarter of 2010.
Intel showcases 'transformational' Nehalem
Nehalem DayIntel's "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 series of processors for two-socket servers were announced this afternoon. Finally. Now, the server market can breathe a sigh of relief and set about the difficult task of trying to peddle better boxes in a worsening economy. Which sure beats trying to sell last year's machines this year.
Google launches free (legal) music search in China
Together with the world's four largest music labels, Google has formally launched an ad-based MP3 download service in China to combat easily accessible illegal downloads that have effectively killed the country's music industry online.
Romanian phisher gets 50 month prison term
A Romanian man has been sentenced to serve more than four years in US prison for taking part in a sophisticated phishing scam that cost financial institutions at least $150,000.
Google caches payment card details for 19,000 Brits
More evidence of Google's success in organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible: Payment card details for 19,000 Brits were recently found hosted in the search engine's web cache.