Palm slams Apple, hoodwinks iTunes
Palm has filed a complaint with an industry group that monitors USB standards, claiming that Apple is "hampering competition" by locking the Palm Pre out of iTunes. The same complaint also reveals details of how the Pre tricks iTunes into thinking it's an iPod.
Faster broadband for free?
BT has started handing out Broadband Accelerators to customers prepared to stump up £1.20 in postage, and promises an average speed increase of half a megabit.
3PAR picks up share from EMC, HDS and IBM
As expected, 3PAR's results were not great in a bare numbers sense, but a comparison with EMC and other enterprise storage array competition implies that 3PAR is gaining market share.
Google's 'neutral' ad tool escapes fraud liability, says US court
Google was not liable for the content of adverts that appeared on its search pages even though it made suggestions about what terms an advertiser should associate with, a US court has said.
Cisco thanks customers after website outage
Cisco is keeping schtum on how exactly it contrived to down its own website worldwide for over two hours yesterday.
Microhoo deal has a Google escape clause
It is no secret that Yahoo! and Microsoft's search deal aims to steal market share from Google, but it is still surprising to see Google named in a Yahoo! SEC filing.
Acer boards e-books bandwagon
Acer is eying up e-books and TV to keep sales growing. The ambition, heralded yesterday by Acer chairman Stan Shih, shows the Taiwanese PC powerhouse is more comfortable building out a consumer electronics business, than striking out for the enterprise.
Chinese more willing to trust hookers than pols
Chinese citizens consider prostitutes more trustworthy than politicians, according to a survey which suggests the Chinese are not that different to Westerners after all.
Government ready to round up opinions on DNA database
If you’d like to express a view about what the government should do with its guidelines on the keeping of DNA samples, you have just three days left to do so.
iTablet to be called iProd?
Reports that Apple may be developing a tablet PC are nothing new, with many convinced that the device will be called the iTablet. However, uncovered Apple software code has since revealed that the rumoured gadget may have a slightly weirder name.
What's Welsh for Orange?
Half a million or so Welsh speakers will get the first mobile phone designed with them in mind.
Sony widens its e-bookshelf
Sony has launched two more e-ink-based electronic books. The cheapest sports a 5 inch screen and is priced at $200, while an inch-larger touch screen brings the price up to $300. But neither features wireless - at least not yet.
Nortel gets the nod for enterprise networking sale
The Canadian and US bankruptcy courts have approved the auction process to sell off Nortel's enterprise networking division.
Powered robot suits make debut on Tokyo streets
VidJapanese scientists developing a powered exoskeletal suit intended for "heavy labour", "rescue support at disaster sites" and use by the disabled or elderly - not to mention applications in "the entertainment field" - have taken their equipment out for a test drive on the streets of Tokyo.
Tosh: Fuel cell charger in two months
Toshiba is to make good on its pledge to launch external fuel cell chargers for portable gadgets on a commercial scale, if somewhat later than expected.
LG GD900 Crystal camphone
ReviewThe LG GD900 Crystal wouldn't be the first mobile to sell itself on a gimmick. But in today's increasingly competitive market, a gimmick just isn't enough. The new Crystal's schtick is that it has a see-through keypad – as in, transparent.
O2 data fails, again
UpdatedO2 UK customers are again being left disconnected, disenfranchised and disillusioned as they struggle to get a data connection for the third time in as many weeks.
High Court shields database state from blame
An entrepreneur whose fledgling business was ruined by a false entry in a court database has had his claim for compensation rejected by a High Court judge.
Microsoft under threat from Linux - it's official
Microsoft has warned investors about new threats to its precious client-side tech ecosystem, by listing Linux vendors Canonical and Red Hat as rivals in its annual Form 10-K filing.
Adobe tries to rub out LibDem airbrush claims
Adobe has hit back at demands from Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson for a ban on airbrushing models to make them appear more "beautiful" in advertisements aimed at children.
Home Office mum over mad March at the CRB
The work of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is undoubtedly important and often contentious.
Image spam: the threat returns
Off we trot to the Reg Library to select some popular whitepapers for review. This week we mainline on email security, or to be more precise, email insecurity.
Moab maker Cluster Resources welcomes cloud fluffers
High-performance computing specialist Cluster Resources is following the money with software and a re-branding that targets cloud fluffers.
NetApp turns onto ONTAP cloud storage
CommentNetApp's cloud czar, Val Bercovici, has blogged about NetApp's "upcoming NetApp Cloud Launch later this year" which will involve NetApp working with Cisco and VMWare to deliver a virtualised cloud network, server and storage infrastructure.
One in three Europeans never been online
Research from the European Commission has found that one in three Europeans have never used the internet.
3 boots up portable Wi-Fi modem
UK network operator 3 is to launch a multi-user mobile Wi-Fi dongle by Christmas.
Virtualization security – oxymoron or perfect partnership?
WorkshopSo far in this series we've looked at where virtualization is at, and where it's going in terms of both benefits and operational challenges.
Blade Runner tops sci-fi movie poll
Blade Runner has clinched the top spot in a poll on the greatest sci-fi film of all time.
Google to buy video compression technology outfit On2
Google confirmed today that it plans to buy digital video compression outfit On2 Technologies in an all-stock agreement, valued at $106.5m.
Orange declares mobile broadband price war
Orange has set the cat among the dongles with the UK’s lowest mobile broadband pay-monthly tariff.
TMS wins flash bragging crown with 100TB monster
The biggest, baddest flash clustered drive on the market has been launched by Texas Memory Systems, the 100TB RamSan-6200.
SpinVox: Veni, vidi, descripsi
Yesterday's technology demonstration by SpinVox at its Marlow HQ reminded everyone just how hard it is to do voice to text machine translation, and how far away anyone is from automating the bulk of the voicemail translation in the real world.
Copyright cops raid Filesoup admin
The British administrator of a former BitTorrent tracker site is out on police bail after his home was raided by police working with film industry investigators.
Alleged games console modder faces DMCA charges
Federal agents have arrested a Californian student over allegations he specialised in modifying games consoles to allow the machines to play pirated video games.
KDE 4.3 promises polish, polish, polish
The Linux K Desktop Environment project spun out KDE 4.3 yesterday.
X-51 ordinary-fuel scramjet to fly in December
Flight tests of a powerful US military scramjet prototype able to exceed Mach 4 while burning ordinary jet fuel have been scheduled for December, according to reports.
iPhone solo loss stares O2 in the face
O2 is to lose the UK exclusive to the iPhone in October, according to documentation seen by a British mobile trade publication.
Google turns up nose at ebook monopoly claims
Stop! I think I see where we are getting confused. When you said "orphan," did you mean "orphan" - a person who has lost his parents - or "often," frequently? - The Pirates of Penzance
AMD beta seeks CPU-GPU harmony
AMD has released a free update to its ATI Stream SDK that offers OpenCL support for CPUs, taking the power of that parallel-processing technology one step closer to true usability.
Mozilla Store shuttered after vendor security breach
The Mozilla Foundation closed its online stores on Tuesday after a third-party company it uses to run one of the sites' back-end operations suffered a security breach.
Plug pulled Latvian cybercrime hub
Upstream providers have pulled the plug on Latvian ISP Real Host over allegations it maintained cybercrime servers linked to the Zeus botnet.
Google jettisons radio broadcasting biz
Google has offloaded its radio automation business, six months after telling the world that its radio efforts "haven't had the impact we hoped for."
Ballmer's Yahoo! bullishness hides Bing brand play
Steve Ballmer has been telling partners and investors to man up on search and advertising, saying people "didn't get" Microsoft's online deal with Yahoo!.
IT grad sues school over failed job hunt
A US college graduate is suing her alma mater because she has been unable to find a job.
Ethernet switch sales pounded by falling economy
Every part of the IT ecosystem has been slammed by the economic downturn, and the Ethernet switch market is no exception. In fact, makers of Ethernet switches are probably feeling a little bit of déjà vu after the downtown that followed the dot.com bust in 2001.
Cisco profits (nearly) cut in half
Cisco's fiscal year has ended on a low note. Net income for its fourth quarter totaled $1.1bn, a dive of over 46 per cent from the same quarter last year.
Microsoft gets personal on Windows 7 "show stopper" bug
Microsoft has gotten personal in responding to reports of a "show stopper" bug in Windows 7 capable of delaying the planned roll-out, which starts Thursday.
BMC ekes out quarterly growth
Systems management software provider BMC Software said it did alright in its most recent quarter and is raising its expectations for the remainder of fiscal 2010.