Great Australian Firewall may be optional
The Australian government may be backing away from plans of enforcing its proposed internet filtering regime with legislation.
BNP pleads for cash after reported DDoS assault
UpdatedThe website of the British National Party is back online following a reported distributed denial of service attack over the weekend.
Canon Pixma MX330
ReviewRecent offerings suggest a handful of printer manufacturers are trying to move inkjet technology into the lower-end small office, SoHo space, by targeting those wanting the superior colour inkjets can produce, without all the glossy photo facilities of family and photo-buff models.
Coppers prowl Sheffield's Letsby Avenue
The news yesterday that the good burghers of Butt Hole Road, South Yorkshire, had got a tad irritated with living on an international laughing stock provoked a few Reg readers to offer their particular fave street names.
Donatelli can start work at HP
A Massachusetts court that said ex-EMC storage head David Donatelli could not start work at HP has changed its mind.
Elbonia: Your next (and only) music destination?
The EU's competition commissioner has stepped up the war of words on authors' and composers' collection societies, ahead of their biennial copyright summit next month. It's the latest in a long-running saga over pan-European licensing of online content, now into its second decade. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes says French collection society SACEM will offer pan-European licenses for music, AP reports.
Brusa weaves sexy, sporty Spyder
Leccy TechBuddy's Metro was the only production e-car unveiled at the recent Electric Vehicle Symposium in Norway, but it certainly wasn't the prettiest. That accolade’s almost certainly been won by Brusa's Spyder.
eBay not obliged to protect trade marks, says High Court
Online auction site eBay has "no legal duty" to protect other companies' trade marks or stop its sellers from infringing them, the High Court has said.
Getting real about Linux on the desktop
Reg Tech PanelFew topics in the IT industry are more contentious than the prospect of putting Linux on the corporate desktop. Opinions range from the religious view at one end, promoting a fundamentalist belief in open source as the saviour of mankind, to the reaction of corporate conservatives at the other, dismissing Linux as irrelevant to serious end user computing.
Vodafone does close-up magic on roaming charges
Vodafone's magnanimous gesture in waiving roaming charges over the summer amounted to a nifty bit of misdirection - few noticed that it also slipped out some radical changes to the price of data for the traveller who can't be without their email.
Microsoft announces Zune HD
Recent rumours that Microsoft has been secretly working on a new Zune Portable Media Player (PMP) were true, because the firm’s officially unveiled the range’s latest model.
Microsoft squirts out Vista SP2
Microsoft spat out the second and final service pack for Windows Vista yesterday.
Boffins develop interstellar alien ocean-spotting tool
Astronomy boffins say they have developed new techniques which could use the space telescopes of tomorrow to detect oceans on alien worlds orbiting other suns.
Ocarina makes waves with lossless image compression
InterviewOcarina, the deduplication startup, is making waves with its partnerships with storage vendors, due to its unique lossless image compression technology. Yet the Ocarina founders were not wedded to image deduplication when they started up the company. How did it come about?
GTA IV's second update confirmed
Grand Theft Auto IV’s developer, Rockstar, has taken the wraps off of the title’s second update, to be called The Ballad of Gay Tony.
Accenture switches tax havens
Accenture, the outsourcing giant, is switching its accounting base from Bermuda to Ireland, amid growing policial hostility towards tax havens and tax avoidance.
Riverbed accelerates AutoCAD again
AutoCAD users with tortoise-like WAN file transmission across Riverbed optimised networks can breathe a sigh of relief: AutoCAD 2010 files sprint across the network like hares on steroids.
Vatican blesses iPope app for Jesus Phone
Those of you who simply can't wait for Benny 16's latest pearls of wisdom on AIDS in Africa and Angels and Demons will be delighted to learn that his Holy Big-Hattedness is now available direct to the Jesus Phone and iPod Touch.
Extra ISS crew blasts off from Baikonur
Expedition 20 to the International Space Station lifted off today at 10:34 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
ICO tells cops to behave on CCTV
The Information Commissioner's Office is poised to tell the Home Office to rein in police demands that pubs and clubs install CCTV cameras as a pre-condition of their licences.
Sage reseller goes titsup?
ExclusiveBDE International Ltd lost its reseller partner status with software giant Sage on 15 May, and told around 100 staff to go home just three days later, The Register has learned.
HP pumps out Mini PC trio
In an effort to satisfy customers' appetites for small and portable PCs, HP has expanded its Mini laptop line with the addition of three “information snacking” models.
Cameron wants techies to open up Parliament
Tory leader David Cameron would welcome some key technological changes to the way that Parliament makes its business available to the public.
Netgear EVA9150 Digital Entertainer Elite
ReviewThe EVA9150 is the latest addition to Netgear's Digital Entertainer family of media streamers and it picks up pretty much where its predecessor - the EVA8000 - left off. The main draw of the EVA8000 - providing you were running latest beta firmware version and not the shipping release - was its ability to chew through almost any file format you chose to throw at it and spit out decent quality video.
LG shines light on world's brightest 3D TV
While some manufacturers are still grappling with designs for their first 3D TVs, LG has surged ahead with creation of what it’s claimed is the world’s brightest 3D-capable telly.
Junk email volumes hit high
Nine in ten emails in circulation are spam, according to the latest stats from email security services outfit MessageLabs.
Twitter suffering chronic banality, diagnoses Dr House
Brit thesp and House star Hugh Laurie has told the BBC he's not that impressed with microblogging Web 0.2 phenomenon Twitter, even though he maintains a profile there.
What Exchange 2007 can't do
This week we rummage through the Reg Library for papers about email and archiving and stuff. We kick off with the corporate daddy, Exchange 2007.
Top Avon and Somerset cop up before the beak
Avon and Somerset villains may be breathing easier this week as the local constabulary devotes ever more of its time to the vexed question of whether to lock up their own Chief Constable, Colin Port.
Streaming rates cut to lure back YouTube, Pandora
Online services have welcomed a new rate schedule that will cut the cost of music streams in the UK.
BNP DDoS 'mega-assault' not actually mega in the least
A supposedly massive denial of service attack against the British National Party website has been exposed as a gross exaggeration.
HP CULV notebooks inbound?
In its rush to get CULV-based notebooks onto the market, it’s been rumoured that HP has resorted to using chassis designs from existing notebooks.
Ovi still bouncing on and offline
Nokia's Ovi store is suffering from more teething problems as the site can't seen to keep itself online - though the company claims that users coming in direct from devices aren't experiencing problems.
IBM lets HPC storage get some sleep
IBM has updated its high-performance computing storage array - so it can go to sleep.
Greenpeace pushes Ballmer to intervene on climate
The efforts of climate activists to turn the CEOs of international IT megacorps into atmosphere-hugging greenies are having little impact, according to Greenpeace.
Summer debut for Judge Dredd computer smart-rifle
US Army officials have announced that the high-tech XM-25 computer smartgun, intended to let soldiers shoot at and hit enemies hiding around corners, will enter field trials this summer. The "counter defilade" gun, similar in size to existing infantry weapons, is expected to reduce the number of controversial airstrikes used in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Intel: Nehalem EP ramp is steep
As part of its preview of its "Nehalem EX" processor for high-end servers yesterday, Intel cushioned the blow in delaying this chip by showing how well its baby brother, the "Nehalem EP" chip for two-socket boxes, was doing in the market.
BT Global Services' own Clouseau bags massive bonus
The man who piloted BT's Global Services division into a cliff and ensured the wider group made losses that prompted thousands of job cuts trousered £2.85m for his efforts, investors were told today.
Epson inkjet tech promises larger OLEDs
Sod Sony’s 11in XEL-1 OLED telly, Seiko Epson has perfected a technology that it’s claimed could pave the way for 37in and larger OLED TVs.
Dell claims Latitude E4300 glitches 'fixed'
Dell is on a collision course with some disgruntled customers after it insisted problems with a components shortage in the vendor's Latitude E4300 models had now been resolved.
Intel plays down netbook 'cannibalisation'
An Intel exec claimed today that the dive in computer sales many have blamed on cheap-as-chips netbooks was currently at about 20 per cent, "less than speculation".
Designer pitches high-tech gadget treasure chest
Summer trips to the beach always present the same problem: where can you safely store your gadgets while taking a dip? Well one designer reckons he’s got the perfect solution – a high-tech clam that you literally bury in the sand.
Apple tweaks 13in MacBook specs
Without any fanfare, Apple has updated the specifications of its 13in MacBook.
Ingres and Red Hat unite to thwart Ellison's Sun love
Open source database vendor Ingres might stand a better chance at taking on the enterprise with Oracle fixing to swallow developers' favorite MySQL along with Sun Microsystems. To help, it's begun forging alliances with open-source operating-system companies.
Google opens Java-soaked cloud to world+dog
Google I/OGoogle's Java-fied App Engine is now open to world+dog.
Apple offers free iPods, upgrades MacBook
Apple has launched its annual buy-a-Mac, get-an-iPod Back to School program in the US, and confirmed to The Reg that the same program will be available in the UK from Thursday, May 28.
Google toys with plug-in free YouTube
Google I/OGoogle has mocked up a version of YouTube built around the HTML5 video tag, playing mini-movies inside a browser sans plug-ins.
Seminal password tool rises from Symantec ashes
More than three years after Symantec unceremoniously pulled the plug on L0phtcrack, the seminal tool for auditing and cracking passwords is back with a set of new capabilities.
Obama stimulus means windfall for Wi-Fi
Wireless kit providers will get an enormous boost from President Obama's economic stimulus package if they concentrate on healthcare, education and especially the homeland security market.
Google punts self cut-and-paste
Google I/OGoogle has launched an online service designed to facilitate the addition of various Google stuff onto your webpages, including Google Maps maps, Google News feeds, and YouTube videos.
Cisco polishes ISR and Catalyst nuts and bolts
Cisco has seasoned a stew of integrated-service routers (ISRs) and Catalyst network switch announcements with customer backing.
Fraud guardian uses 'unfair business practices', Judge rules
Fraud-prevention service LifeLock engages in unfair business practices because it violates parts of a federal law governing the safeguarding of consumer credit reports, a federal judge has ruled.
NASA explores 'Curiosity' for nuclear-powered Mars rover
A 12-year-old girl from Kansas has chosen the name of NASA's nuclear-powered Mars Science Laboratory rover.
SATA Revision 3.0 released
The eagerly awaited new specification for hard-drive interconnects was released today, promising file-transfer speeds of up to six gigabits per second.
Sun's Java body to open smoke-filled rooms
More than a year after coming under pressure to break its corporate bias and to woo individuals, the Java Community Process has responded.
AT&T, not ready for 3G, lobbies for 3G Palm Pre
AT&T chief Randall Stephenson warned that US wireless networks aren't ready for a deluge of 3G traffic, while noting he'd like his company to start selling the 3G Palm Pre once Sprint's exclusive contract runs out.
Cisco touts self as Unified Computer System pioneer
Cisco Systems has been talking about its Unified Computing System, code-named California, so much for months now that it is hard to remember sometimes this mega product is still not shipping.