Barnes & Noble chases Amazon with ebook second coming
Chasing Amazon and its Orwell-deleting Kindle, US retail giant Barnes & Noble has returned to the digital book business.
Microsoft set for open source outpouring?
Microsoft's massive code drop to the once-hated GPL looks like the first in a series of open source moves from the Redmond software giant.
LG GC900 Viewty Smart
ReviewLG's latest cam phone is an extremely sleek and suave looking device with a feature-packed 8Mp camera, multi-touch screen, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and motion sensor. Despite the name, this isn't a smart phone, and isn't intended to be all things to everyone – it's focus (sorry) is very clearly on photography.
Tasered Oz man bursts into flames
A 36-year-old Western Australia Aboriginal man is in a "critical but stable condition" after bursting into flames following a police tasering, ABC News reports.
NZ council to scrub Muff Road
Weary residents of Muff Road in Orari, New Zealand, have requested a name change after repeated thefts of its road signs by muff-hungry souvenir hunters.
Vodafone and T-Mobile: 1800MHz bad, 900MHz good
Our recent opinion piece on the possible takeover of T-Mobile by Vodafone generated considerable comment. Given the strength of feeling, we thought we'd present some of our thinking.
Intel to launch Core i5 on 6 September
Roadmap details have emerged revealing Intel's desktop-processor launch plan for the coming months.
Swine flu malware poses as pig plague update
Wrongdoers have created a new strain of swine flu-themed malware.
Mobile Broadband just not fast enough
64 per cent of users polled by Broadband Genie reported themselves unhappy with the speed of their mobile broadband, in a result that the comparison service describes as "damning".
Deutsche Bank sacks two for spying
Deutsche Bank has sacked two senior executives for spying on its board of directors and two other people.
Astroplumbers fix US space superloo
The US's $19m space superloo is once again accepting customer input following a successful repair yesterday by the International Space Station's Expedition 20 commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineer Frank De Winne.
Intel's 32nm desktop CPU speeds and feeds revealed
Intel's first Core i5 - the chip bringing the giant's Nehalem technology into the mainstream desktop processor market - is due early in September. Further out, the company has roadmapped additional members of the family, the 32nm 'Clarkdale' chip.
Wrinkly rockers prosper from music boom
Oldies or "heritage acts" are benefiting the most from the rise in demand for music, with the gap between the established and other acts getting wider, according to the annual music industry economic survey. But the wrinkly rockers, tempted out of retirement for another pay day, are snatching money that used to go on mid-level or new artists - disproving that the "Long Tail" idea would ever apply to music.
Jupiter takes a serious knock
Astronomers using the Keck Observatory in Hawaii have captured the aftermath of an object slamming into Jupiter - material thrown up into the atmosphere by the impact and posing for the camera in the infrared:
Yahoo! bites! Web! 2.0! apple! with! homepage! relaunch!
Yahoo! is poised to push out a new homepage in the US today that will come with direct access to the likes of eBay, Twitter and Facebook, for users keen to flock to those sites.
Nissan ponders Pré-like cordless charging for e-cars
Leccy TechAlong with its plans to sell a leccy car to World+Dog, Nissan now reckons it has cracked the problem of wireless e-car charging.
IBM lifts the veil on Power7 chips
With every new server processor generation, there is always the possibility that the chip and its associated chipsets and system components are so different that both the chip and the server platform have to change at the same time. This will not be the case for the Power7 processors due next year, says IBM.
BenQ Joybee GP1 mini projector
ReviewWe’re all used to being able to take videos and movies with us when we go out, whether it’s on a phone or a portable media player. Some of these devices boast pretty decent widescreen displays too, but with the Joybee GP1 mini projector you can carry an 80in widescreen display around in your handbag.
Switch to SSD 'for free'? Sandforce explains how
CommentFabless flash controller developer SandForce has let a pricing hint slip. It will reveal more of its plans and situation at the August 11-13 Flash Summit in Santa Clara. It may also be about to reveal its first supply deals.
Auditors slam MoD over failure to keep track of radios
Government auditors have accused military planners of running wasteful and inefficient systems that have cost taxpayers millions.
Broadband for all soundbite trumps content, quality
By now you probably have a pretty good idea of what is in Lord Carter’s "Digital Britain" Report. There’s the government drawing back from a clampdown on internet piracy, the switching off of FM radio, preserving the BBC licence fee – and instituting a 50p a month stealth tax to provide megacorps such as Vodafone and BT with "seed capital".
Dell hacks £10k off deal registration pricing
Computer maker Dell has slashed its PartnerDirect Deal Registration (PDDR) threshold by a hefty sum in a clear move to attract more UK partners to its programme.
'No more CCTV', cries top CCTV cop
The man in charge of the Met's CCTV unit has criticised the way police use surveillance and called for no more cameras to be installed.
Google aims at mobile operators' money supply
Google's voice telephony service is opening up to more users and revealing how it intends to make the operation pay, while operators are starting to consider what their future holds when everything goes through Google.
German cops cuff Brit potato iPod scammer
German police have cuffed a British conman for fleecing Germans with the classic "bag of spuds" electronic device scam.
IT workers grumble about lack of career path
IT workers feel frustrated by the lack of career development opportunities on offer, a new survey has found.
NZ nude mum snap auction a hoax
NSFWThe man behind NZ tat bazaar Trade Me's first "photos of a mother in underwear" auction has revealed the whole thing was a college project, designed to "get people chattering".
Seven 32nm Intel mobile Core ix CPUs queued for Q1 2010
It's well known that 32nm Intel Nehalem-class mobile CPU+GPU goodness will debut in Q1 2010, but what notebook-oriented processors will the chip giant introduce?
RIM fights BlackBerry snoop gaffe
RIM, maker of the BlackBerry mobile phone, has told the Reg that Etisalat is talking tosh and the BlackBerry remains a secure platform, after the United Arab Emirates operator "patched" the device with surveillance software.
NotW bosses fight back over hacking claims
Tory communications boss Andy Coulson has assured MPs that he played no part in either condoning or facilitating phone hacking while editor of the News of the World.
Wheels come off O2's data network
UK operator O2 is having data network problems that are making it impossible for most users to access the internet, as well as preventing data-based applications such as MMS.
Erin Andrews peephole footage spreads Trojan
UpdatedSupposed hidden camera footage of US sports reporter Erin Andrews on offer online often leads to malware, security firm Sophos warns.
Visa turns to txt
Credit card provider Visa is to start trials of an SMS notification service, alerting you by text message every time your card is used, to reduce fraud and help money management.
Big Blue animates VM control freak
Look out, VMware. And Citrix Systems. And Microsoft. And Red Hat. And Novell. And Oracle. Here comes IBM crashing the server virtualization management party.
Intel in (halfhearted) SSD boost
In a limited announcement that wrong-foots expectations, Intel has moved just one of its solid state drives to a 34nm process technology, making it faster and cheaper without increasing capacity.
Adobe peels off Flash layers for open source
Adobe Systems has open-sourced two pieces of Flash technology to build community buy-in around its media player.
iPhone push hack shoves IMs to complete strangers
A German developer has discovered that sending an AIM message to someone who has both jailbroken their iPhone and installed a hack that enables it to receive push notifications may result in your message being read by anyone else who has installed the push-enabling hack.
Canadian privacy chief flunks Facebook
Facebook does not protect personal information well enough to comply with Canadian data protection law, the Canadian Privacy Commissioner has said.
Open-source firmware vuln exposes wireless routers
A hacker has discovered a critical vulnerability in open-source firmware available for wireless routers made by Linksys and other manufacturers that allows attackers to remotely penetrate the device and take full control of it.
Engineer commits suicide after losing iPhone prototype
A Chinese engineer committed suicide after he was allegedly roughed-up by company security services when one of the iPhone 4G prototypes entrusted into his care went missing.
Apple profits up 15 per cent (again)
The global economic Meltdown may be tightening belts worldwide, but they're not feeling the squeeze in Cupertino.
AMD records 11th straight loss
To appreciate the woe that comes when you're Advanced Micro Devices, look no further than the No. 2 PC processor maker's second-quarter financial results, which were announced Tuesday.