Cambridge string theorist to succeed Stephen Hawking
A Cambridge physicist who revolutionized the concept of string theory has been tapped to succeed Steven Hawking in one of the world's most prestigious academic posts.
Yahoo! snuffs search-results-for-sale nonsense
Yahoo! has finally put an end to the old-school "paid inclusion" programs that blurred the lines between its search engine and its search advertising.
Zend's cloud of clouds PHP play drops first code
ZendCon 09The first code in a cross-vendor project to make PHP applications work on different clouds - and (kinda) avoid lock in - has been delivered.
Canon Pixma MP560
ReviewMid-range, inkjet all-in-ones are the mainstay of most printer makers’ catalogues, so for one to stand out, it has to offer extra features, better performance or improved cost of ownership to get noticed. Canon has introduced the Pixma MP560 to build on a successful design in at least two of these three ways.
Samsung buys into Fusion-io
Fusion-io has taken a cash investment from NAND chip leader Samsung, strengthening an existing chip supply relationship.
Red Hat enjoys fruit of recession
Red Hat is still looking to expand beyond its traditional market of tech-savvy companies into a more mainstream world nearly a year after the open source vendor first declared its intentions to woo conservative customers away from rivals Microsoft and Oracle.
Court kicks YouTube rant missus into touch
The New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division has sent YouTube rant (former) missus Tricia Walsh-Smith packing, ruling that her divorce from Broadway mogul Philip Smith is legit, and she'll walk away with nothing more than a prenup provision of $750,000.
Tories to fight election on Spotify
In an early effort to target young voters, the Conservatives have begun advertising on Spotify.
Magpies hold funerals for fallen feathered friends
A University of Colorado scientist has claimed that magpies hold "funerals" for fallen friends, demonstrating that they're all a lot more touchy-feely than they might appear.
Unibody MacBook unzipped
Apple’s new unibody white MacBook was only officially unveiled a few hours ago, but US repair-and-parts shop iFixit has already taken the machine to bits.
Police make a mockery of data protection
CommentWhile the police are very keen to retain as much data on the average citizen as they can "just in case" it becomes useful, they are markedly less happy when the data being collected relates to them.
UK telly in coke blizzard shock
A former BBC producer has claimed that the UK's TV industry is snowed under with charlie, and the "off-the-wall" brilliance of many stars is down to prodigious intake of nose ajax.
Kanye West death prank used to sling scareware
Rumours of the death of rapper Kanye West in a car crash became fodder for fake anti-malware scams on Tuesday.
Google-branded Android smartphone inbound?
Google is poised to make the jump from smartphone OS developer to smartphone supplier, an industry analyst has claimed.
Stallman calls on EU to set MySQL free
Richard Stallman demanded the EU cut MySQL loose from Oracle yesterday in an open letter to Brussels' competition supremo Neelie Kroes.
Black Wii will come to Blighty, says Nintendo
The black Wii will finally arrive in Europe next month, Nintendo has pledged.
Denver website seeks dope critic
Denver's Westword newspaper has unsurprisingly received more than 120 applications for the post of marijuana reviewer, many of whom are offering to do the job for nothing.
Leaf battery rental scheme unveiled
Leccy TechThe Leaf e-car’s purchase price could be similar to that of a similar size petrol car, maker Nissan has promised, thanks in-part to an innovative battery rental scheme.
Paramagnetic nanodot smartstuff offers 1TB micro-SD cards
Boffins in America say they have developed a new material which will mean terabyte-capacity micro format data cards. Intriguingly, the same wonder-stuff could also be employed in building super-high-temperature, super-efficient ceramic car engines.
Japanese algorithm 'can tell if you're about to die'
Apparently respectable programmers in Japan claim to have developed an algorithm which can tell, merely by listening to a person briefly, whether or not they are about to die.
Securing the remote estate
WorkshopOne of the challenges of managing a remote desktop estate is security. It’s not a new problem, but it has been raised higher in the collective consciousness in the last few years, thanks to the proliferation of smaller, cheaper and more portable devices.
HTC Touch 2 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone
ReviewWindows Mobile 6.5 is now with us but its reception has been far from ecstatic. The general view is that Microsoft is playing catch-up and will have to do something spectacular with Windows Mobile 7, due to debut next year, if it's to really challenge its rivals.
Windows 7 - the Reg reader verdict
Windows 7Microsoft takes the wraps off Windows 7 tonight, but thanks to the UK's looming postal strike Reg readers have been playing with the final, shrink-wrapped product for days.
GCHQ outsources net snooping... to EDS
ExclusiveThe government has outsourced parts of its biggest ever mass surveillance project to the disaster-prone IT services giant formerly known as EDS, The Register has learned.
RIM revamps BlackBerry Bold with Bold 2
Research in Motion has unveiled the Bold 9700 smartphone - aka the Bold 2.
Quantum downsizes DXi deduplication boxes
Quantum has downsized its enterprise DXi7500 deduplication product to the mid-range DXi6500, and given it Nehalem processing power and solid state storage.
The Register joins The Pirate Party
It's the most controversial choice of guest for years - not the BNP on the BBC, but something that caused almost as much controversy.
Republican men hormonally emasculated by US election
American neuroscientists say that men who voted for Republican candidate John McCain in the recent presidential elections suffered a serious loss of testosterone as a result of the Obama victory. The hormone, produced by one's wedding-tackle, is considered essential for basic manliness.
Seagate pushes SSDs as part of recovery drive
Seagate's first 2010 fiscal quarter brought cheering news and a better outlook as its numbers continue to recover and it beings sampling its solid state drive with OEMs.
ASA to probe drowning dog climate ad
The Advertising Standards Authority will investigate the Government's £6m TV spine-tingler designed to change our behaviour. 357 complaints have been made to the ASA, a self-regulatory body.
Japanese bloke gets arsey over artificial rectum
UpdatedA Japanese chap is a bit browned off after a hospital wrongly diagnosed him with rectal cancer, whipped out the offending section of digestive tract and fitted an articial replacement.
QLogic gets another CNA kiss from IBM
IBM is double-dating with QLogic and its Fibre Channel over Ethernet adapters, in contrast to its less enthusiastic affair with Emulex.
IEEE drops support for rival standard from powerline LAN spec
The IEEE-backed attempt to define a universal standard for powerline networking has dropped plans to ensure compatibility with rival world home LAN standard G.hn.
Former FBI agent slams defence tactics in McKinnon case
UpdatedA former FBI legal officer who handled controversial plea bargaining negotiations with Gary McKinnon has attacked the tactics adopted by the hacker’s defence team.
Google 'music service' imminent, says rumor mill
Multiple sources are reporting that Google is on the verge of launching some sort of "music service."
Crypto spares man who secretly video taped flatmates
An Australian man who set up an elaborate network of hidden cameras to spy on his flatmates has escaped jail time after police were unable to crack the encryption scheme protecting his computer.
Microsoft thinks it can sell one copy of Windows 7 for every four people
Windows 7Microsoft hopes to sell 14 million copies of Windows 7 to UK consumers next year.
PC World punts Windows 7 £100 trade-in promotion
Windows 7DSGi is betting big on Windows 7 sales with a special promotion clearly designed to convince more customers to visit the firm’s not exactly bustling PC World stores.
Barnes & Noble mulls Android SDK for Nook reader
Barnes & Noble.com president William J. Lynch has hinted the American bookseller will one day open up its Android-based ebook reader to third-party developers.
IBM revs server control freak tool
As a maker of a diverse line of systems, supporting a number of homegrown and third-party operating systems and server virtualization hypervisors, IBM can either control all of these platforms and make some money or do the job itself.
Microsoft inks Bing pacts with Twitter, Facebook
Microsoft is adding "real-time" search results from Facebook and Twitter to its Bing decision engine search engine, after inking deals with both social networking outfits.
Citrix ekes out revenue, profit growth
Citrix Systems managed to squeeze out a tiny bit of both revenue and profit growth in the third quarter, despite a big dip in product license revenues.
eBay halts nine months of revenue shrinkage
eBay's revenues are on the rise again, thanks to the continued growth of its PayPal and Skype operations. But in the third quarter, the online tat house saw profits plummet nearly 30 per cent. The news sent its share price tumbling more than five per cent in after hours trading on Wednesday.
Google apes Microsoft's Twitter pact in real-time
Google has announced a pact to feed Twitter's Web2.0rhea straight into its search engine, hours after Microsoft unveiled a similar deal.