Microsoft downloads drive by Dell site
Dell has secured download reselling rights for Microsoft Office, the first time Microsoft has allowed a third party to do this. That's what Dell says, at any rate.
Acer Tempo X960 Windows Mobile smartphone
ReviewCurrently, only the second Acer smartphone to actually make it to market, the Tempo X960 comes with 2.8in touch screen, HSDPA 3G, Wi-Fi, 3.2Mp camera, A-GPS and an all-new user interface.
Swine flu eclipsed by new fruity, full-bodied menace
Be afraid, be very afraid: The BBC's News 24 has announced the first victim of a terrifying new influenza strain which seems poised to hit the UK's licensed victuallers very hard indeed:
MacBooks afflicted with SATA 'degrade'
Apple may have switched to a slower SATA interface with some new MacBook Pros.
Johnson shuffle returns ID cards to the table
The fate of the UK's national ID card project is looking increasingly doubtful, although new Home Secretary Alan Johnson is unwilling to plunge the knife. Not yet.
What's the best NAS-to-TV box?
I have a Western Digital MyBook network drive on which I keep videos, music and documents that are linked into iTunes and Windows Media Player on the handful of machines I, my partner and our kids have here.
Orthodox Jews tuck into kosher Koogle
Orthodox Jews - whose religious beliefs have previously kept them a safe distance from the internet - can now avail themselves of a "kosher" search engine, suitably tuned to satisfy even the most demanding rabbi.
EMC could dig deeper for Data Domain
EMC intends to raise its Data Domain bid as the storage giant's poker game with NetApp drags on.
Shoppers demand 'try before you buy' phone stores
Most consumers think the ability to play with a working handset in-store would help them decide which model to buy, a YouGov survey has discovered.
'Alien' lifeform wakened from 120,000 year Arctic slumber
American scientists, showing the reckless disregard for the warnings implicit in quality science fiction that is so regrettably common in the boffinry community, have revived an ancient lifeform which has been slumbering beneath the Arctic ice pack for 120,000 years. To add insult to injury, the scientists believe that their laboratory revenant may be related to indestructible super-aliens yet to be discovered on extraterrestrial iceworlds.
Microsofties lose their iPhones
Microsoft's cost-cutting measures are costing more than just jobs at the software giant - staff are also having to give up their iPhones and BlackBerries.
UK.gov to create central cybersecurity agency
Secret operations currently carried out by parts of the intelligence and security services will be centralised in Whitehall as part of an ongoing major review of cybersecurity, according to a report.
Worst of recession is past but tech jobs harder to find
The Confederation of British industry has declared the worst of the recession to be over, but techies are still finding it a struggle to find work, with unemployment not set to peak until next year.
Bing boxes off mucky vids
Bing has altered the way it serves up video content to counter criticism that it was making it too easy to see unsavoury material.
Jaguar said to have electric XE in pipeline
Leccy TechIs Jaguar working on an electric version of its much anticipated XE sports car?
Nokia posts then pulls E-series phone vid
Nokia has let the cat out of the bag by accidentally posting a video on YouTube showing a new handset.
Nurse Lovelace gives hardened lag 55-hour stiffy
A US former convict is suing for unspecified damages after prison nurse Judith Lovelace's tender ministrations provoked a 55-hour erection which left his todger "irreparably injured", the New York Post reports.
DataSlide reinvents hard drive
UK-based data storage start-up DataSlide has announced potentially revolutionary hard drive technology, and a Partnership Network agreement with Oracle for the Berkeley Data Base to be embedded into the device.
Toshiba Regza 37AV615DB
ReviewMany of you will no doubt throw up your hands in horror at the thought of buying a mere ‘HD Ready’ television, rather than a ‘Full HD’ model. However, the fact of the matter is that most owners of HD televisions still spend most of their time watching ordinary SD television programmes or DVDs, so it doesn’t make a huge difference whether their set offers the HD Ready 720p resolution or Full HD at 1080p.
Adobe begins to charge in online apps battle
Adobe has moved its online software suite out of beta and will ask US customers to pay for the privilege of using its the combined productivity and collaboration offering, as of today.
Race to pinpoint VoIP callers in emergencies
Phone companies are developing a system to allow 999 operators to pinpoint the location of internet callers, amid concerns that the increasing use of VoIP could mean police, paramedics and fire crews are unable to attend emergencies promptly.
GPS-guided wreckers flatten wrong house
A Georgia man is none too happy that his memory-filled family home, lovingly hand built "brick by brick" by Pop, is now a scene of rubble-strewn desolation after a demolition firm used a GPS to identify its victim and moved in for the kill.
Virgin to offer unlimited, DRM-free music
Virgin Media is to launch the world's first unlimited, DRM-free music download service in the UK by Christmas. It's signed the world's biggest label - the Vivendi-owned Universal Music Group - for the launch, and says it's talking to publishers and other labels.
Nokia launches second music-centric touchphone
The follow-up to Nokia's touchscreen-based music phone, the 5800, will arrive in Q3, the Finnish phone giant said today.
More holes open up in Green Dam Youth Escort
A US software firm claims that China's already infamous Green Dam Youth Escort censorship software has liberally lifted code from its own cyber-filtering product.
HP slims down extreme filer
HP is offering a downsized turnkey configuration of its big-ass filer, the ExDS9100, and says DreamWorks Animation is using a bigger version to archive and back up its movies.
Nvidia rolls out latest laptop graphics chip
Nvidia has introduced a quintet of 40nm mobile graphics processors to fill out its GeForce 200M series.
Palm politely cuts Pre tether
Palm has requested that the Pre Dev Wiki refrain from discussions about how to use a Pre for tethered internet access, explaining that such discussions risk upsetting Sprint.
Buying Solutions plans £600m managed services deal
The Treasury's purchasing agency is looking for up to 10 suppliers for a pan-government managed IT services framework.
Mobile internet? It ain't just for the iPhone
Statistics released by mobile software company Novarra show that it's not just owners of status-symbol handsets who are surfing the internet these days, with around half the mobile sessions coming from "dumb" handsets.
Data Domain to EMC: What part of 'no' do you not get?
Data Domain's board has found four reasons to say no a second time to EMC, and to recommend that its shareholders reject EMC's tender offer.
IBM churns up CloudBurst clouds
Cloud computing must be real - IBM is going to try to start making real money selling pre-configured clouds to enterprises for their internal use, targeting very specific workloads running on x64 servers to start and eventually encompassing its Power and mainframe systems.
Intel to play hi-lo in 2009
Rumor has it that Intel will beef up both the bottom and top of its desktop-processor lines in the second half of this year with the release of new Celeron and Core i7 processors.
Google prepping Web2.0rhea search?
Google has hinted it may launch a search tool specifically for Twitter and other services dedicated to Web2.0rhea.
Microsoft fans call for Opera boycott
Windows enthusiast site JCXP.net is asking fellow fans to delete the Opera web browser from PCs and devices in an act of solidarity against European antitrust action.
Former top Sun exec mourns end of a franchise
Scott McNealy's one time right-hand man at Sun has expressed his dismay over the impending acquisition of a company he helped build.
AT&T's iPhone MMS to be free
AT&T has dribbled out a bit more information about its support for Apple's new iPhone 3.0 software. The good news is that MMS support will be free. The bad news is that Big Phone hasn't made any changes in their controversial iPhone 3G S early-upgrade pricing.
Chinese Green Dam pilfers open source too
After claims that China's "Green Dam" filtering app includes code pirated from an American software maker, it should come as no surprise that the People's Republic censorshipware is also using open-source code without displaying the proper license.
HP servers still half-cold to Ubuntu
No one can watch everything all the time in the fast-paced IT sector. But it's pretty hard to do something - or not do it - and get it past the readers of El Reg.
EMC pushes services for virtual servers
VMware might be treated by its parent company, storage vendor EMC, as a free-standing subsidiary, but when it comes to services relating to VMware's server virtualization stack, those services get the EMC brand and the money ends up on the EMC books.
Salesforce turns website host
Salesforce.com is offering another layer of wrapping for its core customer relationship management (CRM) software-as-a-service, hoping to expand its role as a service provider.
NASA bumps lunar 'bots for Endeavour launch
NASA is bumping its robotic mission to the moon in favor of a rescheduled Endeavour launch on Wednesday.