Microsoft gets smart with dumb phones
Microsoft wants folks in emerging markets using inexpensive mobile phones to social-network away their free time just like fancy smartphone users do.
Yahoo! promises to abduct 'people' search from Google
Yahoo! may have agreed to substitute its search for Microsoft's Bing, but the company's not throwing in the towel - just snapping it at another end of search-beast Google.
Doctor investigated for posting inkblots to Wikipedia
A doctor is under investigation for misconduct after publishing 10 inkblots used by psychologists to get insights about a subject's frame of mind.
Wanova promises virtual desktop you can use
Wanova, which has just come out of stealth mode having landed its first batch of venture capital dough, has claimed a new - and more importantly, a usable - twist on virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI.
Pillar offers storage clunkers cash too
Pillar is running a Cash for Storage Clunkers promotion, following in Xiotech's footsteps.
Emulex gets feeble IBM backslap
Emulex has announced a cross-licensing deal with IBM that it says should accelerate joint IBM-Emulex customers' integration of its converged network adapters with IBM servers. This somewhat half-hearted endorsement is neither IBM certification nor an OEM or reseller deal.
Parallels woos Apple cult converts
Parallels has released a new version of its Mac desktop virtualization package specifically for all those longtime PC users switching to Jobsian hardware for the very first time.
Government unbans dirty vids but bans 'legal highs'
Legislation introduced by Margaret Thatcher in 1984, which banned the sale of unclassified videos and computer games, is not actually enforceable because the government of the day never told the European Commission.
NASA scrubs Discovery launch
NASA this morning scrubbed the planned launch of space shuttle Discovery due to bad weather at Kennedy Space Center.
Amazon pre-empts PS3 Slim launch date
Register Hardware has discovered that Amazon’s North American arm plans to deliver the PlayStation 3 Slim to US gamers ahead of the console’s official launch date.
EMC doubles up mainframe VTL capacity, throughput
EMC has doubled the capacity and throughput of its mainframe virtual tape library (VTL) but it still lags behind IBM. It does exceed Sun's VTL capacity, though.
Breathe Networks administrator to hold creditors' meeting
ExclusiveAdministrators will hold a creditors’ meeting for defunct ISP outfit Breathe Networks Ltd (BNL) on 3 September, The Register has learned.
EMC makes Clariion VMware-aware
EMC has added faster I/O modules to its Clariion storage and made Clariion software more VMware-aware.
Nokia smartphone-cum-web tablet re-emerges
Old rumours that Nokia is looking to replace Symbian with the Linux-derived Maemo OS on it smartphones have been re-stoked following publication of what’s thought to be the phone firm’s latest smartphone-cum-internet tablet.
Sony inks Motion Control launch date
Sony has finally indicated when it plans to launch its Motion Control peripheral for the PlayStation 3.
MimeCast soups up email SAAS
MimeCast has upgraded its email archiving service to MimeCast Advanced, linking it more closely to exchange and adding better security, compliance and legal hold facilities.
UK.gov revives net cut-off threat for illegal downloaders
The government has today unexpectedly revived plans for laws to disconnect persistent illegal filesharers, in a move to delight the entertainment industry and anger ISPs.
Application management – how many apps do you have?
A curious fact of IT management is that, quite often, those looking after the administration of the infrastructure lose sight of why all those bits of tin have to be managed at all. In essence it boils down to delivering service to consumers; and for most users ’service‘ really amounts to ’applications’.
NetApp heading cloudwards
Looking to provide storage cloud facilities, NetApp has upgraded its array software to Data ONTAP 8, added a much enhanced memory caching card, and is enabling multiple heads for its arrays.
Asus adds Nvidia Ion to all-in-one Eee PC
Asus' Eee Top all-in-one desktop PCs may have been originally conceived as touch-operated devices, but the company has now launched a model without a touch-sensitive display. The good news: it uses Nvidia's Ion platform to give it some graphics oomph.
PNY punts 'lifetime warranty' graphics cards
PNY Technologies has come over all generous and announced a plan to provide lifetime warranties with some of its graphics cards.
US likely to downgrade Euro missile-interceptor plans
The Pentagon has signalled that US plans for missile defences in eastern Europe are likely to be scaled back, according to reports. Smaller, cheaper interceptors - able to stop a possible shorter-range attack on Europe, but not a full-blown intercontinental strike against the USA - may now be proposed.
Mobile snooping for everyone in weeks
The Chaos Computer Club has told the FT that in the couple of months it will be releasing code capable of cracking GSM with just a laptop and an antenna.
Shock jock blames Britain for hack attack
Controversial shock jock Michael Savage was hit by a hacking attack last weekend that forced his site offline for around an hour on Saturday.
Pirate Bay site down as anchor set adrift
The Pirate Bay is out of action again 24 hours after Swedish authorities blocked the infamous BitTorrent tracker site.
US 'grooming robot' to reduce navy bottom-fouling
In a bid to tackle the degrading effects of widespread "bottom fouling" in the US fleet, the US Navy has announced that it is engaged in efforts to develop an "autonomous grooming robot".
There’s no escaping the cloud
So you think the cloud is not for you? If that's the case, you are not alone. Feedback from The Register's readership has been consistently mixed on the subject of cloud computing. In spite of all the hype, many working at the sharp end in mainstream IT departments remain sceptical.
Pink Floyd worm spreads on 'Chinese Facebook'
Malware authors have developed a cross-site scripting worm that's spreading across a Chinese social networking website.
Nokia brandishes superfluous Booklet
CommentNokia has come late to the game with its Booklet, but the move is probably less about selling computers and more about ousting the cuckoos infesting Slough and Newbury.
Met hires Twitter consultancy
Police worried about the force's reputation are scouring Facebook and Twitter for criticism and rumours, ahead of the imminent Climate Camp protest.
ReviewThink stylish laptops, and brands such as Apple, Sony and, if you've a particularly bizarre sense of style, Toshiba’s Qosmio range spring to mind. Having pioneered the netbook revolution, Asus is more likely to conjure up images of small, portable and good value laptops. However, the Taiwanese giant has always had a penchant for eye-catching laptops, such as its Lamborghini range and the slightly more peculiar Bamboo model.
Smoking iMac caught on camera
If you’re reading this story on an iMac - watch out, because you’re about to witness one office worker’s smoking Apple desktop.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard First Look
At my age, I look forward to upgrading my OS about as much I look forward to a trip to the dentist. Why break something that works? Why risk wasting hours hunting down drivers that potentially don't exist, with the possibility that well-loved hardware becomes obsolete?
Nokia announces 'N97 junior'
If the mobile phone’s your primary instrument for music, photos, video and social networking then you probably own an iPhone. But if you haven’t upgraded yet, Nokia hopes to sway you with its latest touchscreen talker, the 5230.
New trial means Unix ownership still up for debate
A US federal appeals court overturned a judge’s ruling that granted Novell the copyright of the Unix computer OS yesterday.
Walfamstow Cockney cash machine daffy ducked
The wheels appear to have slightly come off the roll-out of Blighty's first Cockney cash machines - five dispensers of sausage and mash deployed from Spitalfields to Barnet via Walthamstow by ATM operator Bank Machine.
Cisco Wireless LANs at risk from 'skyjacking' flaw
Security researchers have discovered a potential denial of service or information stealing flaw affecting Cisco's wireless networking kit.
Sony redesigns the Walkman, again
Sony’s Walkman range has been refreshed numerous times since those humble cassette-playing days of the late 1970s. Now the Japanese electronics giant is back with its latest digital Walkman: the S series.
LSI releases bigger, better Engenio array
LSI has enhanced its dual controller array offering with the 4900, which has 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel support and a better RAID processor than the previous 3994 model.
Sony posts 'Daily Edition' e-book reader teaser
UpdatedSony has begun teasing e-book reader buffs with a backside glance at a new version of its Reader - the 'Daily Edition'.
Yahoo! to! buy! Arab! world's! biggest! online! portal!
Yahoo! announced today that it plans to buy the biggest online community in the Arab world - Maktoob.com - for an undisclosed sum.
DARPA seeks 'Precision Electronic Warfare'
US military researchers are looking to build networks of small, low-power transmitter boxes which together can perform "surgical jamming" of digital signals - shutting down cellphones and sat nav receivers within an area "on the order of a city block corner".
EFF bullies Burning Man
CommentHere's one to savour, for which any sarcastic comment (from us) is unnecessary.
Opera 10 hits release candidate status
Opera Software has spun out a near-ready version of its upcoming web browser - Opera 10.
Windows 7: Microsoft's three missed opportunities
The verdict is in: Windows 7 is a job well done. Yes, there will be a few Windows XP diehards and those who've fled to OS X and have no intention of returning, but overall Windows 7 is more responsive, prettier, and more usable than Windows Vista.
Electric motorcycle world championships planned
Leccy TechThe single lap TTxGP race for leccy bikes that took place as part of the Isle of Man TT battle back in June has proven to be the snowball before the avalanche.
Silicon Valley wedding list targets hungry programmers
A Silicon Valley couple with Web 2.0 aspirations have chucked out the traditional wedding registry and are instead seeking help from friends and family to fund their startup.
IBM cuts memory tags on big Power boxes
IBM is a-wheeling and a-dealing in the Power Systems market again. The company has offered rebates on memory activations on Power 595 machines using its Power6 processors and tweaked a rebate deal for customers consolidating IBM and non-IBM servers onto Power 595 iron.
SSD flag bearer to quickly hit $2bn valuation
The solid-state drive streets are paved with gold for STEC, which is about to vault to a $2bn market capitalization.
Incompetence a bigger IT security threat than malign insiders
Accidental security incidents involving workers happen more frequently and have the greater potential for negative impact than malicious insider attacks, according to new research from RSA.
Apple sneaks malware protection into Snow Leopard
Apple is dipping yet another toe into the anti-malware pond with a feature in the latest beta version of its forthcoming Snow Leopard operating system.
Embarcadero gets touchy with Windows 7 RAD
Embarcadero Technologies hopes to exploit touch- and gesture-based input in Windows 7 with the latest release of its Delphi and C++ Builder RAD tools.
Wikipedia to crack down on celebrity Wikideaths
Wikipedia is preparing a program to combat the leading cause of premature celebrity Wikideath by requiring "experienced volunteer editors" to sign off on changes to certain articles.
Stratus, NEC see double with fault-tolerant iron
Server partners Stratus Technologies and NEC have revamped their fault tolerant server lineups to take advantage of Intel's quad-core Nehalem EP Xeon 5500 servers.
The multicore future, and how to survive it
Multicore processors may offer a wealth of powers, but writing efficient code for them is notoriously difficult. Thankfully, help is close at hand.