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Credit Management meets computer automation

Shortly after Easter, a newly installed computer system sent out red letters to over 3,000 Derby City residents who had already paid their Council Tax. There were howls of outrage, and an obligatory computer error excuse from the Council. Matters were then compounded as angry residents tried contacting the Council to put the matter right - and found themselves blocked by an automated call system.
Jane Fae , 18 May 2009
Hippus HandshoeMouse

Hippus HandshoeMouse

ReviewUsing a mouse in the wrong way for long periods of time will gradually and unremittingly put strain on your forearm. If you are unlucky, the damage may be permanent, leaving you in constant pain. So while you chuckle away at this funny looking mouse, bear in mind that it might just prevent years of suffering and save your livelihood.
Alistair Dabbs, 18 May 2009
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Intel rattles sabre over AMD licence deal

Intel is still making noises about its licensing deal with AMD, which it claims is invalidated by AMD's corporate restructuring.
John Oates, 18 May 2009

'Bolt removal issue' hits Hubble spacewalk

Astronaut Mike Massimino yesterday used some good, old-fashioned brute force to resolve a "bolt removal issue" during the fourth STS-125 mission spacewalk on the Hubble Space Telescope.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2009

DARPA in useful, easily-achievable project shocker

Renowned Pentagon crazytech agency DARPA, which normally wouldn't touch a piece of low-hanging fruit with a bargepole, has announced a new plan which seems strangely practical and achievable. The idea is to develop a backup for satnav location systems using radio "signals of opportunity".
Lewis Page, 18 May 2009

Please kill this cookie monster to save Europe's websites

OpinionVisit any website and there's a good chance that it will send a cookie to your computer. But unless that cookie is essential, its delivery could become illegal under a strange new plan that has, very quietly, won EU support.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 May 2009

Twitterer cuffed for provoking 'financial panic'

A Guatemalan who apparently threatened his country's financial stability by posting a provocative tweet regarding the Banrural bank faces up to three years in jail, Chile's El Mercurio reports.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2009

Boffin builds better display from... a cuttlefish

Cuttlefish have inspired boffins from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop a screen that uses less than one-hundredth the power of an LCD TV.
James Sherwood, 18 May 2009

ToysRus unleashes Devil's Whore on innocent kiddies

We reckon that ToysRus had better have a quick word with its parter Lovefilm about the DVD rental outfit's recommended viewing algorithm:
Lester Haines, 18 May 2009

Beardie cuts Virgin Media stake

Richard Branson has cut his stake in Virgin Media by more than a third.
Christopher Williams, 18 May 2009

Green GT rolls out sexy e-supercar

Leccy TechHot on the heels of its recent leccy racing car announcement, Swiss car maker Green GT has unveiled designs for its next-generation Le Mans Prototype (LMP) racer that could also, potentially, become a road car.
Alun Taylor, 18 May 2009

Microsoft promises summer lovin' for test heads

Radio RegA funny thing can happen to tech and business people on their holidays. Faced with the prospect of spending hours of free time with their families they find excuses to fire up the PC or get online, to make a head start on that project or to finally sort through their emails.

Sony simplifies DSLR snapping

Sony has launched three “easy-to-use” Alpha digital SLRs, including what it claimed is the world’s lightest DSLR with an integrated Advanced Photo System Type C image sensor and image stabilisation.
James Sherwood, 18 May 2009

Facebook eliminates parts of Wales

Welsh users of Facebook have got themselves into a bit of a tizz since the social networking site decided it coudn't be arsed with Wales and shifted a large percentage of its population to England.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2009
Canon LV-8300

Canon LV-8300

ReviewSome portable projectors are intended for home cinema enthusiasts. Others are targetted at business users, trainers and travelling presenters. With the LV-8300, Canon could well be having a creditable crack at satisfying the needs of both types of buyer.
Alistair Dabbs, 18 May 2009

Hunt for MPs' expenses leaker hots up

More details have emerged about how confidential information on MPs' expenses might have found its way into the hands of journalists.
John Leyden, 18 May 2009

The ROI on hosted solutions

How many companies can buy bandwidth as cheaply as Amazon, say, can sell it? Or source servers as cheaply as Yahoo!, or can build data centres in energy-cheap places, like Microsoft? Then again, how many companies would store mission critical data on Amazon's EC2, or sensitive data in Google Apps? C'mon guys, we're not particularly paranoid, but Google gets everywhere.
Team Register, 18 May 2009

Red Hat throws business rules at IBM and Oracle

Red Hat's going up against business-rules giants IBM and Oracle with a management system that builds on its popular JBoss application server.
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2009

Office 2010 tech preview leaks onto interwebs

A technical preview version of Microsoft’s forthcoming Office 2010 has popped up on several BitTorrent sites, just days after the company released it to a select bunch of testers.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 May 2009

MSI cracks open 'Red Bull effect' laptop

Everyone needs a boost now and again. And so do laptops, at least according to MSI, which has launched a 17in gaming machine with a turbo boost button.
James Sherwood, 18 May 2009

Bates: Cops to defy courts over return of indecent material

A police chief would rather face the prospect of jail than obey a court order requiring his force to return computer hard drives to their owner. At issue is the big question of who ultimately makes the law in the UK: the police or the courts.
Jane Fae , 18 May 2009

London cops extend virtual justice trial

A pilot of virtual courts which use video conferencing technology to put suspects on trial without leaving the police stations is being extended.
John Oates, 18 May 2009

Boeing to build prototype pulsed-microwave robomissile

Intriguing news from the worlds of electropulse circuitry-zapper bombs and microwave raygun blasters, as US megacorp Boeing announces that it will build a "high power microwave (HPM) airborne demonstrator".
Lewis Page, 18 May 2009

Chinese screw sex theme park

The good burghers of Chongqing will not now be able to enjoy the delights of China's first sex theme park, since the powers that be have demolished it before it even opened its legs for business.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2009

Franco had one ball: Official

It's becoming increasingly evident that a prerequisite for establishing a European dictatorship is that the candidate surrender a testicle in the heat of battle.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2009

McAfee buys whitelisting firm Solidcore

Net security firm McAfee has bought whitelisting firm Solidcore for approximately $33m in cash, rising to $47m if sales targets are met.
John Leyden, 18 May 2009

Nortel and BT ink enterprise deal

Despite filing for protection from bankruptcy earlier this year, Canadian manufacturer Nortel today announced a four year deal to supply BT's enterprise customers with networking gear.
Christopher Williams, 18 May 2009

Patent app points to Xbox 360 Wiimote

A Microsoft patent application for a "Magic Wand" has come to light, fuelling speculation that the firm’s 'Newton' videogame motion controller project’s still kicking.
James Sherwood, 18 May 2009

STEC wins Fujitsu for its SSDs

Fujitsu has chosen STEC as its solid state drive supplier, leaving NetApp the only enterprise storage array supplier not dealing with the SSD vendor.
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2009

University emails 'blocked from Hotmail'

Thousands of students and university staff have been unable to contact Hotmail users because of an unidentified network fault.
Christopher Williams, 18 May 2009

Proliferating mobile app stores polish their windows

Qualcomm is to support alternative platforms in its application store, Plaza Retail, while details of Microsoft's Marketplace emerge and Nokia's Ovi starts acting suspiciously.
Bill Ray, 18 May 2009
AMD Turion Ultra X2

AMD to imprint 'Caspian' laptop CPU at Computex?

AMD's 45nm die-shrink Turion X2 Ultra processor and the next major incarnation of the chip maker's Socket S1 interconnect will be demo'd at Computex early next month.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2009

The Great Spotify Mystery

The music business has set up a lemonade stand outside its house and it's giving away lemonade for free. Not surprisingly, people love the free lemonade, and the stall has drawn a large and enthusiastic crowd. The stand is called Spotify.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2009

Swivel-shed v polar stilt-scope in Big Bang boffinry clash

International brainboxes operating a fiendishly cunning probe contained in a small rotating shed on a pole situated in the arid high-altitude desert of Chile are in a race against rival boffins with a telescope on stilts at the South Pole to discover how the universe was born.
Lewis Page, 18 May 2009
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Software pirate convicted of DMCA offences

A US man has been convicted of offences against the Digital Millennium Copyright Act over the sale of counterfeit Microsoft product activation keys.
John Leyden, 18 May 2009

Taking a first bite out of Wolfram Alpha

Is it the newest rival to Google, likely to knock Google off the top spot? No it isn’t. Does it provides a single answer to complex questions – unlike traditional search engines? Nope. Could it possibly be "a natural search engine"? Not quite.
Jane Fae , 18 May 2009

Apple to look to software to differentiate multiple iPhone models

ExclusiveApple is considering launching multiple iPhone models each differentiated by software, rather than hardware capabilities, company executives have hinted.
James Sherwood, 18 May 2009

Microsoft IIS6 bug exposes sensitive files sans password

Security experts are urging administrators using Microsoft's Internet Information Services version 6 to exercise extreme care following the discovery that the popular web server is vulnerable to a simple attack that exposes password-protected files and folders.
Dan Goodin, 18 May 2009

Canonical hooks Ubuntu Landscape into Amazon EC2

Commercial Linux distributor Canonical has launched the third release of its Landscape systems management and monitoring service for the Ubuntu Linux distribution. And with Landscape 1.3, the tool can now reach out and manage Ubuntu images on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) utility.

Craigslist boss wants apology for 'erotic services' attack

Craigslist chief executive Jim Buckmaster is demanding an apology from South Carolina attorney general Henry McMaster for continuing to threaten legal action against the classifieds website over prostitution listings.
Austin Modine, 18 May 2009

Final Hubble spacewalk done and dusted

Astronauts Andrew Feustel and John Grunsfeld ealier today completed the fifth and final spacewalk of the STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2009
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Amazon teaches cloud self-growth trick

Amazon has unveiled a trio of new services designed to make life easier for anyone parking applications atop its famous cloud.
Cade Metz, 18 May 2009

AT&T mulls cut-rate iPhone data plan

AT&T is considering a cut-rate data plan for US iPhones.
Austin Modine, 18 May 2009
Data breach

Sims 3 leaked two weeks before release

The newest addition to Electronic Arts' mega-franchise The Sims has reportedly been leaked online two weeks before the video game's official release.
Austin Modine, 18 May 2009

Sophos punts anti-virus for Klingons

Sophos is now offering anti-virus protection for Klingon speakers.
Cade Metz, 18 May 2009

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