Officials in China are banning use of virtual money to buy real-world goods and services.
Microsoft has clarified the rules on who can upgrade to Windows 7, and how many free copies of the forthcoming operating system you'll be entitled to.
If you don't know what the fuss is about Spotify, you probably haven't used it. The company's co-founder Daniel Ek was at Music House last week, and treated attendees of the Music Publishers' AGM to the frankest public interview about Spotify I've yet heard. I also caught up with him after the session. It all adds up to the best picture yet of where the music phenomenon could be heading.
In preparation for the launch of Windows 7 next October, PC maker Asus has launch an upgrade programme for selected models.
ReviewWhile most low-price NAS products tend to target domestic use separately from serious small office installations, the Buffalo Linkstation Quad attempts to straddle both these markets, albeit, with a price hike. Yet it offers home users a faster, beefier file store and media server, together with RAID redundancy, Internet-wide data access and high-capacity backup to satisfy office environments.
Websites should stop masking passwords as users type because it does not improve security and makes websites harder to use, according to two of the technology world's leading thinkers.
Let’s be blunt. The fine heritage of application development has not traditionally incorporated the pre-emptive creation of secure code, i.e. programs that are built from the ground up to be secure.
Broadcom has gone ahead and raised its $9.25/share all-cash Emulex bid to $11.00/share, the upper end of the expected range.
A brief item in Variety is more than sufficient to chill the blood of fans of John Landis's An American Werewolf in London, since it confirms that Weinstein Company tentacle Dimension Films is developing a remake/reinvention/reimagining/rehash (select according to taste) of the hairy 1981 movie.
Global Gaming Factory X AB (GGF) has agreed to buy BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay for $7.7m (60m Swedish Crowns), according to a statement on the company's website.
A medic at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, has advised men against attempting DIY circumcision with nail clippers, after a young man who'd decided this was the best way to go roundhead was admitted for emergency treatment.
Intel appears to be very confident about the success of its 32nm fabrication process. Why else would it be bringing forward the mass-production of its first 32nm CPU?
Four years from now, one in four gadgets with USB ports will support USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB.
Dell is poised to launch several smartphones and at least one handheld internet access device this year, all of them based on Google's Android OS, company insiders have claimed.
Employees have the same rights when a company changes service provider as when work is outsourced in the first place even if the new service is not identical to the old, the Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled.
Cybercrooks have adapted to the global economic crisis with scams based on topical subjects such as refinancing or unemployment in a bid to reel in vulnerable marks.
Samsung has been quietly showing off an 11.6in netbook based that uses Nvidia's Ion chipset, we hear, and two European retailers even briefly posted details of the machine before being told not to by the South Korean giant.
The GSM Association has launched a competition to encourage smaller and more standard embedded 3G modules - all in the name of getting us to own more telephones.
AnalysisAs the dust settles on the Girls (Scream) Aloud trial, what are the implications for the future of obscenity law in the UK?
Nokia is secretly working on a device that could propel it to the forefront of cameraphone technology: 12Mp phones with an optical zoom.
Two US senators are calling for a boycott of European firms they say are helping the Iranian government snoop on its citizens.
Mimosa has overhauled NearPoint, its archiving and eDiscovery software platform product, so that lawyers and compliance officers can analyse data without having to call on techies.
With Intel rumoured to be set to raise its SSD capacity up to 320GB through a shrink to a 34nm process, its Flash partner Micron has introduced - guess what - NAND chips using a 34nm process.
Emails from the Argentine mistress of married South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford were leaked to the press by a hacker, according to the Latin American siren at the centre of a political scandal in the US Deep South.
A Japanese airport has taken delivery of several hi-tech 'wheelchairs', allowing airline staff and security guards to patrol the ticket halls and baggage areas in style.
UpdatedAn engineer formerly employed by Lockheed, maker of the famous F-22 Raptor stealth jet, has mounted a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that Lockheed has supplied the controversial superfighter with "defective" stealth coatings. The claims are sure to add fuel to the fiery debate raging at present in Washington over whether to cease production of the Raptor.
The first effective platform for mobile widgets, Widsets, was killed by Nokia back in April - but no one noticed as the company successfully obfuscated the murder behind Ovi.
RegcastWith major security breaches in the news almost daily, IT security practitioners are starting to pay more attention to the how rather than the why when it comes to application security. This is the topic of our upcoming webcast: Jump start your Application Security initiatives.
ReviewThe recent rapid evolution of Apple’s laptop range continues apace this month, with changes to virtually every model. The 15in MacBook Pro – or, to be precise, the 15.4in MacBook Pro – received a major update back in October when Apple introduced its new ‘unibody’ aluminium design, so we weren’t expecting anything other than the occasional speed-bump in the immediate future. However, there’s more to this latest model than a simple tweak to the processor speed.
No minister will show tomorrow to face legal, ethical and technical questions from MPs and peers on government plans to massively increase surveillance of the internet.
Japanese telecoms giant NTT is to take over Germany's Integralis AG in a deal that values the security VAR at €75m.
A heavyweight panel of academics, spooks, generals and politicians led by Paddy Ashdown has published the results of a two-year investigation into the way Britain should handle its national security in future. However the broad appeal of the report will be somewhat undermined by the resignation of most of the female panel members - with one citing a "blokey atmosphere" during its compilation.
HP has begun asking EDS staff to take a pay cut as part of its wide-ranging cost cutting strategy.
European photography outfit AgfaPhoto has expanded its submersible camera range with the launch of its latest underwater compact.
Notorious hacker Max Vision faces a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud involving the trafficking of around 1.8 million credit card numbers and running a clearing house for cybercrime.
Cross-Channel train operator Eurostar says it will be unable to co-operate with plans to check everyone entering the UK against crime, terror and immigration watchlists, dealing a major blow to the government's £750m e-Borders programme.
China has put its controversial plan to force PC manufacturers to ship filtering software in the country on ice.
The Home Office has abandoned attempts to force workers at Manchester and London City airports to carry ID cards, opting to make the trial voluntary.
The Pirate Bay is currently out of action, hours after the site announced it was selling itself to a Swedish software firm.
Comcast has launched its WiMAX offering, taking advantage of its investment in Clearwire to extend wireless connectivity to existing customers for $50 a month for the first year.
WSADutch clotheshorse Karen Mulder has been cuffed in Paris following a severe (alleged) derailing during which she laid into a plastic surgeon with "vicious telephone calls", as the Telegraph breathlessly puts it.
As the dominant supplier of commercial Linux operating systems, a key player in middleware, and a wannabe with a pretty good shot at being a force in server virtualization, Red Hat would seem to be a shoo-in as a player in cloud computing. But for the moment, Amazon's EC2 sets the pace in commercial cloud computing, and that means being Amazon's friend is particularly important to companies like Red Hat that want to make money from clouds.
Firefox 3.5 can now be downloaded from Mozilla’s website, but some of the open source outfit’s servers appear to be having a little lie down at time of writing.
A talk demonstrating security weaknesses in a widely used automatic teller machine has been pulled from next month's Black Hat conference after the machine vendor placed pressure on the speaker's employer.
O2 has a treat in store for cinema goers: the chance to control a 3D spaceship in what’s claimed to be the world’s first in-cinema interactive 3D videogame.
UpdatedConcerns over Java could end up delaying a fast-track acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle.
NASA and the Japanese government have released what they claim is the most complete topographic map of the planet yet. The data uses detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft covering 99% of the Earth's landmass, with only the boring polar bits left out.
CommentSo The Pirate Bay has executed the Web 2.0 business plan to perfection: give someone else's stuff away for free - then find a bigger idiot to buy the company.
A SanDisk investment commentator, blogging as Savolainen, reckons Apple is going to introduce a tablet or netbook-type Mac. Yes, you've heard this before. But this time, the evidence lies with the SD Card adoption by MacBook Pros.
In a victory for privacy advocates, a federal appeals court has upheld a tough penalty meted out last year to a company that sold the contents of individuals' phone records without their permission.
Review"This isn't just an upgrade of the browser. It's also an upgrade for the web", says Mike Beltzner, Firefox product director, in his What's New in 3.5 video.
Microsoft will start injecting Internet Explorer 8 into large organizations through its Windows Server Update Services beginning at the end of August.
Structure 09Google is developing some sort of back-end technology that automatically - and nearly instantly - redistributes live compute loads when a data center is in danger of overheating. Or maybe this is just talk. Google prefers to at least maintain the illusion of data-center nirvana.
Well, it's the end of June, and Cisco Systems' "California" Unified Computing System blade boxes and related networking is supposed to be shipping. In a webcast today with analysts, partners, and press that's part of a two-day analyst event called Cisco Live, representatives ignored two questions from El Reg about whether or not the California boxes were still shipping, but they did want to talk about cloud computing and how California, WebEx, and networking in general fit into the company's cloud strategy.
With open source software on the rise in the enterprise, more projects are looking beyond the ubiquitous GNU General Public License.
The broomstick used for the IT limbo dance was lowered a bit more today by the analysts at Forrester Research, who once again revised their IT spending projections for 2009
Federal prosecutors accused a Pennsylvania man of unleashing a crippling series of attacks against the websites of Rolling Stone and other groups after they published articles that cast him in an unfavorable light.
Joost, the mostly harmless internet TV service created by the founders of Skype and Kazaa, is hoping the third business model is the charm.