Oz boffins to milk 'other half' of WiFi
Having put the squeeze on tech heavyweights like Intel, Dell, and Microsoft in defense of its ubiquitous WiFi patent, Australia's national science agency is preparing to wring out the rest of the electronics industry for royalties.
Microsoft's Windows 7 price gamble opens door to Linux
Ubuntu creator Mark Shuttleworth is itching for a clean fight with Microsoft on netbooks.
US lawmakers call for AppleT&T probe
A quartet of US senators has asked the acting chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review whether mobile phone manufacturers should be allowed to enter into exclusive contracts with wireless service providers.
'Lord of the Universe' loses Wikiland grip
"The Lord of the Universe" has undoubtedly lost his grip on Wikipeda.
Google to delete Street View source images
European privacy watchdogs have demanded that Google delete the original images behind its Street View service. The company has said it will comply with the demand in the "long term".
Yamaha TSX-130 iPod dock
ReviewBack in 2006, Yamaha established a special R&D department to look at desktop products. The thinking behind this was to utilise some of the company’s high-end AV know-how and apply it to a new range of products further down the food chain.
Herschel space 'scope flips its lid
The European Space Agency has successfully commanded the Herschel space telescope to open the protective cover protecting its instruments, meaning scientists can get down to the task of observing the universe in far infrared and sub-millimetre wavelengths.
Amazon's Bezos hits out at Google over books deal
Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon.com, has called for Google's book digitisation project to be sent back to regulators.
Escrow vital for banks choosing cloud computing, says provider
Financial services firms are using cloud computing with increasing frequency, but often forget to protect the software they invest in, a software security firm has said. It said its escrow services were as vital for remote as for traditional computing.
Malta pair charged over illicit Playmobil trade
A pair of Maltesers have appeared in court charged with fencing stolen Playmobil figures, some of which had been modified to show "knights holding decapitated bleeding heads and arrows lodged in the heads".
Paris Airshow kicks off
Paris AirshowYesterday saw the opening of the biannual Paris Airshow (or more correctly the Salon du Bourget Air et Espace). Like its British counterpart at Farnborough, held in alternate years, Paris is a technology show as much as it is an aviation one - not to mention the fact that the aerospace world is joined at the hip to the world of death-tech. Thus it is that the parsimonious Vulture overlords have reluctantly agreed to despatch the Register flying-car and killer robot desk to a grey and drizzly Le Bourget, for a few days poking about among the flacks, hacks, fat cats, big wigs, booth babes and test pilots.
AMD to intro 6Gb/s Sata III chipset in early 2010
AMD will roll out its next generation of desktop chipsets in January 2010, Taiwanese motherboard-maker moles have claimed.
Olympus unwraps first Micro Four-Thirds camera
Olympus has launched its first camera based on the Micro Four-Thirds format. The firm claimed the result is a DSLR much slimmer than others.
Extreme porn law used on beastly Chinese DVD pirates
Five months on from the passage of new laws on extreme porn, police forces up and down the UK appear to be using them sparingly – and not quite in the way that parliament intended.
French offer gunshot-locator flying robots
Paris AirshowThere are lots of small, hand-launched roboplanes around these days, usually intended to let foot soldiers get an idea what lies over the hill or around the corner. There are also lots of acoustic gunshot spotter rigs nowadays, some of them very fancy indeed.
Adventurer demands -70°C phone for next expedition
Aging adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, 65, has hinted that rugged-phone firm Sonim is working on an ultra-hard handset ideal for use on his next jaunt.
Cracks in China censorware patched
The Chinese government has ordered patches to fix security holes in censorship software which will be shipped with every new computer sold in the country from 1 July.
Pirate Bay launches encrypted private network
The Pirate Bay has opened beta testing on its encrypted virtual private network which it reckons will stop copyright hassles for anyone wishing to share files.
Opera to take web back to the old days
Opera raised the browser feature ante today by announcing Opera Unite - placing a web server in every client and encouraging end users to share content from their own desktop with the world.
Gov tries to work out if anyone is visiting its websites
The government is trying to get a grip on its sprawling estate of websites by taking the revolutionary step of actually verifying how much traffic they generate.
Carterware - it's the new vapourware
CommentWe all know what vapourware is. It's a class of product that's announced with great fanfare, typically in response to a competitor, or as simply The Next Big Thing. But betwixt the announcement and the launch, many months and years may pass, and sometimes the vapour never condenses into a product at all. Now meet its cousin - Carterware.
First plug-in Prius paraded by car rental firm
Leccy TechCar rental club Streetcar has added what is believed to be the UK’s first plug-in hybrid electric Toyota Prius to its rental fleet.
Symantec rides dedupe roadmap to backup software
Symantec is embedding deduplication capabilities in NetBackup and Backup Exec as part of its ongoing of its backup software.
Boffins design ferroelectric Flash cell for 'super' SSDs
Japanese researchers have developed a NAND Flash cell design they claim will make solid-state drives not only faster but also more reliable, with a longer lifespan.
What's the best non-iPod music player?
I want an 8GB MP3 player - just not an iPod. I don't want a touchscreen, either - too easily broken. Video I don’t care about - I'm not going to use it, so the player doesn't need to have it.
BlockMaster SafeStick hardware-encrypted USB drive
ReviewIt may make its money shelling shedloads of its security centric USB Flash drives to organisations like the NHS, but Sweden's BlockMaster believes the rest of us likewise need memory sticks with a high level of data protection built in.
Pictures reveal upcoming skinny Dell Latitude laptop
Images have appeared online of what would seem to be Dell’s upcoming Latitude Z laptop.
Britain losing radio habit?
Commercial radio has suffered its worst quarter since 1999, according to new research by Britain's leading radio analyst Grant Goddard.
Israel to test ducted-fan robot air jeep 'within two months'
Paris AirshowIsraeli developers working on a ducted-fan flying hovercar say that a full-size, turbine driven unmanned prototype will fly "within two months". Flight tests with a smaller electrically-driven model, they say, have validated their basic technology.
Western Digital intros own-brand SSDs
If you have been wondering how Western Digital would develop its solid-state drive (SSD) business after it bought SiliconSystems in March, now we know: more of the same, only better and aimed at a wider market.
Costa Rican snacks on boyf's todger
A Costa Rican woman whose boyfriend exhorted her to "eat me up" during an evidently torrid romp interpreted his request literally and bit off a piece of his penis, AFP reports.
Iran's revolution will not be televised, but could be tweeted
CommentIran is teetering on the brink of a revolution today, thanks to the web in general and Twitter in particular. At least that's the narrative shooting around the Web 2.0-sphere right now.
Google cloud told to encrypt itself
UpdatedA small army of security and privacy researchers has called on Google to automatically encrypt all data transmitted via its Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar services.
Reg reader turns 'homo devil machine' on eBayer
An Italian eBayer has not yet clocked that he's been rumbled for linking to a photo from someone else's personal website in an attempt to offload a handheld CB radio.
The Times kills off blogger anonymity
The Times has overturned a court order which sought to protect the anonymity of a police blogger known as NightJack.
Antivirus giants fined over automatic renewals
Two major antivirus companies have been fined by New York's attorney general for charging customers without their authorisation or consent. The companies have promised to change the way they renew customer subscriptions.
Endeavour 'in good shape' for Wednesday lift-off
NASA is tempting fate by describing space shuttle Endeavour as "in good shape" for lift-off tomorrow on its STS-127 mission to the International Space Station, having used pretty well the same words before a gaseous hydrogen leak caused the original launch to be scrubbed on Saturday.
Reg live-Twitters the Carter report
[Today El Reg is live Twittering the publication of Carter's Digital Britain report. Follow us from the Royal Society of Arts, using the tags #reg_media_node and #anythingforpageviews and join in the Conversation!]
command sales system pushes Euro UAV
Paris AirshowContinental aerospace colossus European Aeronautics Defence and Space (EADS) says that touchscreen interfaces aren't just for iPhones and people in movies. They're for everyday, mainstream present-day applications, such as controlling enormous killer robots in the sky.
Law lord lashes out at ID cards
Lord Steyn, a former Law lord, is calling for the government to abandon its national ID card scheme because it is an unacceptable invasion of privacy and will not help to solve the various problems they keep claiming it will solve.
Barclays IT systems have a strop
UpdatedBarclays Bank is suffering an IT outage that has seen cash points refusing to pay out and online banking going offline, with some readers reporting that even fleshy-staffed branches are having problems.
Iran's nuke boffins prefer Opteron baby supers
So what technology does Iran's Aerospace Research Institute use to help it develop rockets that will presumably be used to give it the capability to launch nuclear weapons? Why, the same exact technology that boffins the world over have chosen to do their sometimes nefarious research, of course.
Broadband tax of £6 per year to fund rural fibre rollout
Digital BritainThe government plans to impose a 50 pence monthly levy on every phone and broadband line to fund the rollout of fibre to rural areas, it was announced today.
RIM announces BlackBerry Tour
Research in Motion (RIM) has launched the latest update to its BlackBerry collection, unveiling a smartphone called, simply, Tour.
Homer Simpson speaks out on satnavs
Evergreen Terrace’s most famous resident – no, not Ned Flanders – has finally officially found his way onto a satnav.
That Digital Britain report in full
Digital BritainWhat's in the Digital Britain review? If you're plugged into our Live Twitter Feed, you'll already know, telepathically. But here are the highlights from the 240 page document
Ofcom gets power to punish pirates
Digital BritainOfcom will get legal powers to impose an array of technical restrictions on ISPs who are unable to reduce illegal filesharing on their networks under plans unveiled by the government.
Apple releases Java patches (finally)
Apple has released security updates for Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server 10.4.11 and 10.5.7 - more than six months after Sun Microsystems warned the world of flaws in its Java virtual machine that make it easy for attackers to execute malware on users' Macs, PCs, and Linux boxes.
Ryanair requires web check-in, shuts down website
On May 21, Ryanair insisted that all new bookings would require online check-ins. If you don't print your boarding pass from the company's website, you're charged an extra £40.
SCO inks last-second life-saving Unix pact
After a nuclear holocaust, the only thing left alive will be roaches... and the SCO Group.
Broadband surges despite Meltdown
The ongoing Meltdown may be causing most sectors of the tech economy to wither, wilt, and shrivel, but one industry is going gangbusters: broadband.
Wind River punts homegrown hypervisor
One thing that Intel will inherit when it closes its $884m deal to acquire embedded and real-time operating system maker Wind River this summer is a new cross-chip virtualization hypervisor that the software maker has created all by its lonesome.
MySpace cuts 30% of staff
MySpace is cutting nearly 30 per cent of its staff in a back-to-basics effort that puts its numbers more in line with social networking leader Facebook.
Gartner: Windows 7 upgrade catch for XP converts
Enterprise computing is never straightforward - and neither is the advice around it.
Microsoft sues family over alleged click fraud
Microsoft has filed its first-ever lawsuit over click fraud, seeking $750,000 in damages from a Canada-based trio who allegedly orchestrated a massive online scam via its pay-per-click search ads.
IBM launching American-only software support
IBM is rolling out a new software support package manned entirely by United States citizens.
Citrix ships XenServer 5.5
Citrix Systems today announced that its XenServer 5.5 hypervisor for servers and its related tools for managing virtual machines are now shipping.
Red Hat's standalone hypervisor goes beta
Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat threw its, er, red hat into the virtualization ring back in February when it announced it was creating a standalone Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor based on KVM to compete with the likes of VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix Systems. Today, that standalone hypervisor and the tools to manage it for servers and desktops moved into beta.