Les Paul dies at 94
Les Paul - the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar and one of the most important developers of multi-track recording - died Thursday at age 94.
Uncle Sam shells out $62m for 100GbE
It would be tough to call the development of 100 Gigabit Ethernet switches and adapters a shovel-ready project, but the Obama administration's stimulus package is picking up the $62m tab to help get faster networks to market.
Bug exposes eight years of Linux kernel
Linux developers have issued a critical update for the open-source OS after researchers uncovered a vulnerability in its kernel that puts most versions built in the past eight years at risk of complete takeover.
HBA market share shenanigans
Both Emulex and QLogic are claiming HBA market revenue share gains, and citing the same Dell'Oro report to do so.
Oppressed snappers focus on police in London and Chatham
Relations between police and photographers, already at an all-time low, look set to worsen this week as activists set up a new national campaign group to protect photography, and protesters get ready to take to the streets in Chatham.
100 freetards an hour join Pirate Party UK
The Pirate Party UK has been all but swamped by interest shown since they registered as an official political party last month, its leader claimed this week.
Dutch news agency goof leaks VIP phone numbers
Security shortcomings by Dutch press agency GPD exposed the private telephone numbers of politicians and other public figures to prying eyes until earlier this week.
X-Men helmsman to fly Battlestar Galactica
X-Men helmsman Bryan Singer will direct and produce a big screen outing of Battlestar Galactica, Variety reports.
Samsung parades 'multi-wireless' camera
How many modes of wireless connectivity can you cram into a compact camera? Three, according to Samsung, which has launched what it’s called the world’s first "multi-wireless" compact.
Nuke-nobbler raygun 747 scores 'surrogate' test success
The USA's amazing jumbo-jet-mounted blaster cannon, the Airborne Laser (ABL), continues progress through flight testing. Lead contractor Boeing announced last night that the ABL has successfully detected and locked onto a test rocket and held a "surrogate" low-power beam on it. Had a full-bore blast been fired, the rocket would have been destroyed.
Xiotech offers cash for storage clunkers
Xiotech has jumped on the car cash for clunkers programme and is offering its own cash for disk clunkers deal.
First Samsung Android phone out next week
ExclusiveSamsung’s first Android-based mobile phone – the Galaxy i7500 - will be launched next week, Register Hardware has discovered.
Lenovo sounds duff ThinkPad battery alert
Lenovo has posted an battery check-up utility after a "limited number" of ThinkPad owners began complaining about power packs that wouldn't recharge or provided a suspiciously low capacity.
'Norfolk Broads Idiot' nailed on YouTube
The powers that be are poised to deliver a financial keelhauling to the 'Norfolk Broads Idiot' who appeared on YouTube apparently attempting to secure a Darwin Award:
Pré sales plunge after iPhone 3GS arrival, analyst claims
Sales of Palm's Pré are slumping, a US financial analyst has claimed, but the good news is that may make the smartphone cheaper to buy.
Phones down, smartphones up in Q2
Global mobile phone sales dropped slightly during the second quarter this year, figures released by analyst Gartner have revealed. But even though recession-hit consumers are tightening their belts, sales of pricey smartphones are rising.
Facebook acts to soothe red-faced Redhillians
For the second time in just over a year, an outbreak of malicious gossip has inspired red-faced apoplexy in the residents of leafy Redhill in Surrey.
Labour MP exposes password credentials
Web admins for Gisela Stuart MP inadvertently left password credentials for her site publically accessible up until Thursday.
World's first electric Chopper parks up
Leccy TechA group of tattooed and portly custom Chopper builders from New York State and a straight-laced electronics firm make for an odd pair. But they are the duo behind Smart Chopper - an extreme leccy bike.
Xyratex signals jump in storage array capacity
Hot on the heels of Hitachi GST announcing an enterprise version of its 2TB SATA drive Xyratex has said it will build drive array enclosures using it.
Cops taser naked doorbell-ringing giant
A 6ft 7in San Fransisco man who decided to indulge in some light knock down ginger while wearing only tennis shoes ended up at the receiving end of a Taser, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Ex-Samsung boss convicted for fraud
The ex-chairman of Samsung Lee Kun-Hee has been found guilty of abuse of trust over a dodgy bond issue.
Lad passes gruelling 'getting on bus' test
A Bury lad waiting for his GCSE results was somewhat surprised to learn he'd passed exam board AQA's stringent 'Using Public Transport (Unit 1)' test, which honours those able to "walk to the local bus stop, stand or sit at a bus stop, wait for the arrival of a public bus and sit on the bus and observe through the windows".
Mitsubishi iMiEV five-door e-car
ReviewMuch midnight oil was burnt at Register Hardware while deciding just when and with what we should begin our Leccy Tech car tests. Try as we might, we just couldn't convince ourselves that battery powered quadbikes like the G-Wiz or Think City were the place to start. Nor could we rustle up much enthusiasm for third-party modifications like the Electric Car Corporation's battery powered Citroën C1.
Open Rights Group chief in privacy scandal
Updated (see footnote): The Open Rights Group campaigns against privacy violations and highlights data security lapses - but controversy has arisen over a dispute involving ORG executive director Jim Killock's previous role, as communications co-ordinator and national executive member of the Green Party.
Collar the lot of us! The biometric delusion
Special reportUntil the 16th century, educated opinion, as codified by Ptolemy, held that the Earth is at the centre of the universe. Then along came Copernicus.
Mozilla invites dark lords, Lando to play code swaps on Bespin
Mozilla Labs has added collaboration services to the latest version of its cloud-based development project - Bespin.
Dell boxes VGA cable to within an inch of its life
Aboxalypse nowWe're sort of delighted to report that our campaigning Aboxalypse now series - aimed at naming and shaming those who would destroy Mother Earth with their cardboard and bubble wrap excesses - seems to be having some effect.
MS Zero-day security bug was two years in the making
A flaw in Office Web Components which Microsoft fixed on Tuesday was first reported to the software giant over two years ago, it has emerged.
US carriers are taking the beep
New York Times columnist David Pogue's ongoing campaign to reduce the length of voicemail messages is bearing fruit, as an update from the man explains the operators are starting to listen.
Dell's first phone spied on web
Images have leaked onto the web of the smartphone that PC maker Dell is rumoured to be on the cusp of launching.
Oz gov suggests world's worst copyright protection scheme
After taking the prize of internet villain of the year for worst internet blocking proposal on the planet, the Australian Government appears determined to do the double, with what has already been described as the world’s worst comms interception scheme.
IT Crowd writer defends NHS
Graham Linehan, the wise and funny man behind Father Ted and the IT Crowd, has been using Twitter to round up defenders of the NHS against ever more insane attacks from US rightwing pundits.
Microsoft bins Xbox 360 Pro
Microsoft has canned one of its Xbox 360 models, according to a leading UK retailer.
Minister attacks drunken topless lovelies with tangler-bazooka
Everyone's favourite knockabout security minister, Admiral Lord West of Spithead, has stunned the nation today by unveiling a net-flinging entanglement "bazooka" which he considers suitable for use on "topless lovelies" who "have had too much to drink".
IBM UK facing 'backlash' over pension snuffing
Unite - Britain's largest union - has warned IBM UK of a coming "backlash" from thousands of employees over its decision pull a prime pension plan out from under 28 per cent of its workforce.
Health emails from US voters overload fed website
The US debate of health care reform led to a flood of emails from constituents that swamped the House of Representatives' primary Web site, the AP reports.
Apple denies ChiPhone deal
Yesterday, Chinese mobile provider China Unicom was reported to have purchased five million iPhones from Apple and would launch the überpopular smartphone in September. But today, the company denied that such a deal has been made.
Hacktivist vuln still plagues UN.org
The official website of the United Nations has yet to fix a vulnerability that more than two years ago allowed hacktivists to replace official content with their own activist messages.
Microsoft banks on Windows 7 double holiday hit
CommentMicrosoft has enlisted the dedicated cheerleadership of IDC to write a report that says how Windows 7 will boost employment and revenue for the IT industry as a whole - and for companies in the Microsoft partner ecosystem in particular.
Big Blue bundles pound down mainframe prices
IBM wants to get more workloads running on more mainframes, and is willing to slash prices to do so - but shops will have to put new workloads designated by IBM as "solution editions" to get cheaper iron.
AppleT&T faces twin texting suits
Apple and AT&T are facing a pair of strikingly similar class-action lawsuits charging that the companies misrepresented the iPhone's ability to send and receive MMS messages when upgraded to iPhone Software 3.0.
Google Caffeine: What it really is
As it invites the world to play in a mysterious sandbox it likes to call "Caffeine," Google is testing more than just a "next-generation" search infrastructure. It's testing at least a portion of a revamped software architecture that will likely underpin all of its online applications for years to come.
Online betting mogul cops plea, coughs up $43m in gains
Gary S. Kaplan, the founder of online gambling empire BetonSports, pleaded guilty on Friday to multiple federal charges in an agreement that required him to forfeit more than $43m in criminal proceeds.