Core i7 Xeon 5500 for landing
Nehalem DayAfter Monday's roll-out of Intel's long-awaited Xeon 5500 family, The Reg sat down with a pair of Intel honchos at the company's Santa Clara, California, headquarters and asked, "What took you so long?"
PC firms slammed in latest Greenpeace eco report
Dell, HP and Lenovo have all seen their eco-friendliness scores slashed in the latest edition of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics, which conversely saw Apple and Philips gain notable mentions from the environmental organisation.
EU launches pirate talking shop
This week sees the second European Union conference on piracy and counterfeit goods.
Cost of a cuppa set to rocket
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned the price of tea will "jump to a record high" following droughts in India, Kenya and Sri Lanka, which have hit production hard.
Seagate sneaks content round your home network
Seagate's new FreeAgent Theater media player product relies on sneakernet to cart digital files between a PC and the TV.
Greenbird sail-car wafts in as future of zero-emission motoring?
Pirate Bay linking could implicate Facebook, says lawyer
The Pirate Bay has unveiled a feature that makes it easy for web users to post links to pirated material on their Facebook page. The activity risks passing liability for copyright infringement onto Facebook, a technology lawyer warned.
NYC granny shoots mugger with .357 Magnum
A wheelchair-bound but hardly defenceless Harlem granny is being sued for $5m after popping a .357 Magnum cap into an alleged mugger, the New York Post reports.
Scareware scammers latch onto Conficker hype
Scammers are taking advantage of the huge interest in the impending "activation" of the Conficker superworm by poisoning search engine results.
Canon i-Sensys LBP3100
ReviewLaser printers have been nudged out of the personal, one-per-desk market by the continued growth of inkjets. For straight black print, though, there’s nothing to touch laser copy, and Canon has fortified its entry-level mono laser range with the i-Sensys LBP3100, a small machine with a couple of interesting design tweaks.
Slimline iPhone pictures unearthed
Rumours of a redesigned iPhone have been around since, pretty much, the day after Apple launched its 3G model. But now a drool-worthy picture has emerged of what’s been dubbed the iPhone 4G.
IDC says disk market spinning down this year
Research house IDC reckons the disk storage market will experience a 6.7 per cent slowdown in spending this year compared to 2008, but growth will resume at a pedestrian 1.5 per cent next year.
EU demands 20% energy cut from tech industry
Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, is calling on the IT industry to cut energy use by 20 per cent by 2020.
Grey squirrels invade Nutt house
A Northern Ireland woman is on the front line of the ongoing battle against grey squirrel hordes after her house was invaded by massed sciurine forces, the BBC reports.
Olympus welcomes in the E-450 DSLR
Olympus has replaced its E-420 digital SLR camera with a shooter that’s supposedly a fusion of DSLR and compact, and able to bring out the artist in anyone.
DNA database grows faster than forecast
Over 5m profiles are now on the national DNA database, significantly above the level forecast two years ago.
EU issues ultimatum on internet privacy
The European Commission today delivered an ultimatum to internet firms - improve your approach to privacy online, or face a regulatory clampdown from Brussels.
Dell gives birth to octuplet Inspiron colours
Dell has brought a splash of colour to the desktop with its launch of eight brightly hued Inspiron PCs.
Vulture Central on total G20 terror lockdown
Readers concerned for the safety of El Reg operatives, who will this week selflessly risk life and limb by entering Central London during the G20 summit, should rest assured that measures have been taken to mitigate the threat posed to national security and world order by malodorous, dreadlocked crusties deploying packs of dogs on string.
EU endorses telecoms
talking shop super regulator
The EU parliament has reached an agreement on the details of the new regulatory body envisioned - and considerably diluted - by Viviane Reding, which should now come into existence in the next couple of months.
Emulex and QLogic bring FCoE closer
Fibre Channel's replacement by Ethernet came a step closer with QLogic's introduction of the single chip 8100 Series integrated converged network adapter (CNA), joining Emulex' OneConnect product.
Ex-Google design man trundles into Twitter
Twitter has poached Google’s former visual design boss to take on the role of creative director at the micro-blogging site.
EU tells members to get ready for disaster
The EU is pushing the development of a strategy to protect Europe from cyber-attacks and disruptions.
Workers take Caterpillar Inc managers hostage
BriefFour managers at a Caterpillar Inc plant in Grenoble are being held hostage by workers, AFP reports.
Playboy TV offers 'Jacq off' special package
CommentThe ultimate demotion of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, from grim-faced scourge of individual liberty to national joke, came one step closer last night with the launch of Playboy TV’s Jacqui Smith VIP package.
Westminster forced to switch off digital CCTV cameras
Westminster City Council has written to Geoff Hoon to object to his department's decision to force it to switch off its 100 digital CCTV cameras, mostly used for parking enforcement.
'Big Brother' - the price of self-driving cars
Privacy campaigners have called in the national press for a debate over possible future car technologies being considered by the European Union.
G20 police demand ID as train staff ordered to spy on passengers
Hysteria over protests connected to the G20 conference continues to grow, with ID checks for East-end residents and train staff told to tip off police about suspicious passengers.
Honda creates thought-controlled android
Remember Asimo, Honda’s stair-climbing android? It's back and this time the robot can be controlled by human thoughts.
What's wrong with a Twitter degree?
"It's not another Mickey Mouse course," insists tutor Jon Hickman, of Birmingham City University, talking about his new MA degree course in "social media". The £4,400 course starts in September. "People are going to think we're doing an MA in blogging or Lolcats."
Sun confirms second round of layoffs
Server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems has confirmed that it had indeed enacted another round of layoffs, as we reported it would.
Israelis' invulnerable, 60-tonne robot bulldozer force to double
The Israeli armed forces have announced plans to double their existing force of robot bulldozers, after unmanned "Black Thunder" droid diggers apparently covered themselves with glory during the recent Gaza incursion.
BT Wholesale cuts off Prodigy Internet
Sheffield-based ISP Prodigy Internet has effectively been shut down, after BT Wholesale began redirecting its customers to a "walled garden" page to obtain Migration Authorisation Codes (MACs).
iPhone slip serves up free 3G Skype calls
Daredevil iPhone users who've installed the latest development build of their firmware, version 3, have discovered an interesting side effect - free Skype calls over the 3G network.
Satyam races to find buyer ahead of Indian election
Satyam hopes the sale of its majority stake will be completed before the Indian general election which starts in mid-April.
Cosmonaut bemoans ISS toilet row
Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has bemoaned an increasingly petty US-Russian spat in which politics apparently threaten the brotherly co-operation which has hitherto marked life aboard the International Space Station.
'Fit and healthy' Brit dies playing Wii
A young man has died after collapsing while playing Wii Fit.
Sony ignores UK as US, Europe get PS2 price cut
Sony has treated PlayStation 2 buyers in North America and Europe to a console cost cut. But the electronics giant has confirmed that UK consumers won’t see any reduction.
Nortel staff sacked without redundancy payout
Networking equipment maker Nortel sacked 228 UK staff on Monday without a redundancy pay out.
Convicted Trojan author in new hacking charge
A former hacker who went to prison as a teenager over a stock-trading scam is back in trouble with the law.
Ultra-quiet MSI all-in-one PC blows in
MSI has unveiled its latest all-in-one PC, a touch-sensitive 19in machine with a “fashionable and glassy” frame.
GM in-car kit team says no to drive'n'Twitter tech
ExclusiveRumours that in-car communications firm OnStar had designed a gadget for updating Twitter feeds from your car, using voice recognition technology, are false, the company has confirmed.
Security in 2009, the expert view
Episode 4In the fourth in our series of Regcasts assessing the state of the IT security market, our expert panel consider what lies ahead for 2009.
What's an open cloud? The Manifesto's not telling
Comment"What exactly is an open cloud?" you ask. You won't find an answer in the Open Cloud Manifesto.
Google animates venture capital arm
Google is an old hand at investing in startups, but today, the search company is launching a formal venture capital unit focused on turning the practice into a profit maker.
US Supremes flatline Virginia's hardline anti-spam law
A tough anti-spam law passed by the state of Virginia has officially been declared dead following the refusal by the US Supreme Court to reinstate a felony conviction prosecuted under the statute.
Android tethering app tossed
Providers of one of the more popular tethering apps for Google's Android-based G1 handset have had their application summarily dumped from the application store, at the apparent behest of mobile operator T-Mobile.
Acer rides little netbooks to big profit
The ongoing global Meldown isn't melting everyone, as Taiwan's Acer demonstrated in its 2008 financial results, released Tuesday.
YouTube signs on scraps of Disney
YouTube has signed up the Mouse House's media division to upload some Disney conglom content on the ubiquitous video site.
Microsoft draws fire for taxpayer handout
Microsoft is running into a buzzsaw of bad PR over $11m (£7.7m) in US economic-stimulus funds that Washington state officials have earmarked for a bridge over a highway that would connect two branches of its Redmond intergalactic nerve center.
Sun talks up Solaris 10 for Nehalem
Nehalem DayFor reasons that Sun Microsystems has yet to explain, late last week the company decided to pull its briefings on Galaxy servers based on Intel's new Xeon 5500 (née Nehalem EP), and focus instead on how Solaris 10 is being tuned for the new chip.
Jimbo Wales kills 'Google killing' Wikia Search
Little more than a year after its debut, Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales has announced the death of Wikia Search, the for-profit operation he once billed as an antidote to the "unhealthy" search practices of Microsoft, Yahoo!, and, yes, Google.