Salesforce toughs up with Adobe Flash IDE
Part of Salesfoce.com's schtick is that its applications and platform are simple enough for "regular" business folks to use and customize without asking for IT's help on messy coding and customization.
Tilera pushes to 100 cores with mesh processor
Upstart massively multicore chip designer Tilera has divulged the details on its upcoming third generation of Tile processors, which will sport from 16 to 100 cores on a single die.
Hoaxed US Chamber thumps pranksters with blunt instrument
With this week's lesson in the vagaries of copyright law, we seek to answer the following question: If someone uses your copyrighted material to build a website that fools a Reuters reporter into thinking you've suddenly changed your mind, are you legally empowered to destroy their clever online hoax with a DMCA takedown notice?
ReviewWe've seen a fair few hard drives with built-in fingerprint readers, but here's one that uses RFID cards instead of digits.
Rogue trader calls for smarter regulation to avert disaster
RSA Europe 2009Nick Leeson, the rogue trader who bankrupted a bank before it became fashionable, said that unless the quality of regulation improves, further financial disasters such as the Barings Bank collapse he precipitated are inevitable.
Guardian loses half a million CVs
The Guardian newspaper's jobs website has warned 500,000 users that hackers may have got hold of private information held on the site after a "sophisticated and deliberate" attack.
Adaptec fighting Word War II
There has been a second outpouring of letters to shareholders as the Adaptec board and Steel Partners fight Word War II over the fate of CEO Sundi Sundaresh.
What are you doing about refreshing the PC estate?
WorkshopWe know from readers of the Register that the age of desktop estates vary greatly, not just between different organisations, but in many cases also inside them.
Toyota at Tokyo: micro e-car on display
Leccy TechCompeting with such leccy micro-cars like Peugeot’s BB1 and Renault's Twizy in the 'would you actually buy anything that looks like that?' stakes is Toyota's latest thinking on future e-cars for the city, the FT-EV II.
Carl! Icahn! quits! Yahoo!
Carl Icahn has resigned from Yahoo's board of directors after a stint that saw him fail to flog the company to Microsoft and the web firm's shareprice continue to slide.
Think you're tech savvy? You won't be when you're old
Psychologists in Florida say that greater efforts by web designers and gadget developers are necessary in order to prevent old people being cut off from the wired society - and add that this problem will get worse, not better, as today's tech-savvy adults will be at least as bewildered in their old age by tomorrow's tech as current oldsters are by mobiles and the web.
Ares I-X 'in great shape' to fly
NASA's Ares I-X rocket will, weather permitting, blaze a trail for the agency's Constellation programme tomorrow, lifting off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B.
OECD places UK third for European e-government
Britain has some of the most sophisticated e-government services in Europe but lags behind other countries in take-up, according to the OECD.
Justice Department glares at Sony
A Sony subsidiary has fallen under the beady eye of the US Department of Justice which is looking at competition in the optical disk drive industry.
Today marks 'least productive' day of year
Today is apparently the "least productive" day of the year, as glum workers battle that sinking feeling provoked by the clocks going back.
Agincourt actually an even scrap, historians claim
Revisionist historians from both sides of the Channel have come to the disagreeable conclusion that Henry V's forces at Agincourt were not actually outnumbered four to one by the opposing French.
New York Times Editor drops Apple tablet in talk
A senior New York Times editor has added to the hoopla surrounding the expected launch of an Apple tablet by identifying the not-seen-yet device as a key platform for the paper.
Intel facing more anti-trust action
Intel, having just paid over a billion euros to European regulators, is now facing imminent action from the US Federal Trade Commission.
ITU joins microUSB bandwagon
The ITU has decided to turn its attention to the problem of mobile phone charging, underlining in green the microUSB standard already being adopted by the industry.
Disgraced Korean cloning scientist given suspended sentence
Disgraced Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk has been found guilty of fraud after a tortuous three-year trial.
Saving money on desktop costs
You the expertYou may recall, we set you a challenge to join our expert panel and answer questions from our readers on how to deal with your desktop, and mobile desktop, environment.
3 to offer iPhone next year
Orange UK will start selling the iPhone early next month. And 3 has said it will offer the in-demand handset next year.
Netflix preps DVD-less movie streaming service
Netflix is to launch a streaming service that is not linked to its Lovefilm-style North American DVD-by-post package - and it could be coming to the UK first.
Royal Navy to get two carriers - but only one air group?
AnalysisThe British press is full of reports today that the Royal Navy has agreed to "give up" one of its planned two aircraft carriers - or, more accurately, to give up one of the planned air-groups of F-35 stealth fighters which are intended to fly from them.
Dallas cops fine drivers for 'not speaking English'
Red-faced Dallas police chief David Kunkle has apologised to the local Hispanic community after it was revealed that his officers had fined 38 drivers for the novel offence of having an inadequate command of the English language.
Microsoft backtracks Ballmer's Blu-per
Microsoft has once again been forced to clear up after its outspoken CEO, Steve Ballmer, who recently said that Blu-ray is coming to the Xbox 360.
Barclays computers suffer Monday morning meltdown
Barclays online banking suffered intermittent service for about an hour this morning. The issue also hit some other systems at the bank.
Nokia N900 delayed
Don't worry about the much-reported Nokia N900 delay. The Linux-based smartphone will only hit the shops a week or so later than expected.
Digital River makes total hash of Windows 7 upgrade offer
Microsoft has been flooded with complaints from hundreds of disgruntled university bods who have struggled to download or successfully install Windows 7 files supplied by Digital River.
Facebook close to ending snooping case
Facebook is a step closer to ending the class action suit brought by users angry at being opted in to the creepy adware service Beacon.
Kindle pounces on Snow Leopard
Amazon has confirmed it will grace Apple users with its desktop version of Kindle.
Samsung shows off 'world's thinnest' LCD TV
An LCD TV thin enough to rival Sony’s XEL-1 OLED screen has finally been unveiled.
Globo-renewables all electric future touted again
AnalysisAnother American environment professor has asserted that the entire world can easily power itself using only pure-green generation methods - "wind, solar and water". As with other recent plans, the idea would seem to be to keep the developing world in misery - and the developed world in penury.
LG New Chocolate BL40 movie phone
ReviewLG's first Chocolate was promoted as a style phone but now, several incarnations in, its become more than just a sweet talker. The LG New Chocolate BL40 looks like nothing else (except perhaps a bar of Cadbury's Bourneville), with its 21:9 cinematic widescreen and elongated proportions. Yet, besides its unusual look, it also has a 5Mp camera, Wi-Fi, HSDPA 3G, A-GPS, an upgraded S-Class UI with widgets and an FM radio, plus a host of other features.
Sonic 'hyperlens' offers hi-res ultrasound scans, naval sonar
Boffins in California say they have developed a cunning "acoustic hyperlens" which will allow naval sonars and medical ultrasound scanners to increase the resolution of their images eightfold - accurately picturing details much smaller than the wavelength of the sound used to scan them.
ICANN goes to Korea so web addresses can go global
ICANN meets in Seoul, South Korea this week, and top of the agenda are proposals to allow web addresses in non-Latin script, opening the way for Japanese, Arabic and other web addresses.
Exoplanets dubbed 'Vulcan', 'Romulus' and 'Female Pigeon'
A planet formation expert has decided he's not happy with the International Astronomical Union's insistence that exoplanets will be known solely by their "assigned scientific designation", and has come up with names for the 403 such bodies discovered to date.
Dell unveils exclusive Microsoft-branded Ubuntu OS
Dell is currently flogging a cheap-as-chips netbook that apparently comes loaded with that well-known Microsoft operating system, Ubuntu 8.04.
Guardian in hot water over activist face flash
An exposé of dodgy police tactics came under fire today from the very people it was intended to benefit – as activists accused The Guardian of disregarding personal privacy, and then using the same arguments as the police to justify what they had done.
Nokia already planning second-gen Booklet 3G?
Nokia’s first netbook hasn’t even hit the UK yet, but rumours are already circulating that the Finnish phone firm has designed a second model.
Accused NASA spy billed US gov for swimming pool upkeep
The former NASA scientist who was arrested last week for attempted espionage had earlier pleaded guilty to over-billing the US space agency and Department of Defense to pay his personal credit card debt and maintain a pool, according to court documents unsealed Friday.
Yahoo! nukes GeoCities
Yahoo! is demolishing GeoCities today, a decade after acquiring the ticky-tacky build-your-own-website service for $3.57bn in stock.
Obama's White House web gets all open sourcy
Barack Obama's White House website has switched to an open-source content management system, ditching the proprietary CMS used by the Dubya administration.
Shuttleworth stretches Ubuntu from netbooks to heavens
Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and the marketing machine that is Microsoft are tough acts to follow. But Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu Linux project, is relieved that Windows 7 is out. Now, Ubuntu 9.10 - which is arguably the best desktop Linux released by the project and supported by Canonical, the commercial entity that provides tech support and other services for Ubuntu - can get on with showing how Ubuntu stacks up to Windows on both the desktop and on the server.
IBM bites hard into business analytics
IBM is betting business analytics software will be the next big wave hitting IT in the next decade, as more companies seek to cut costs by plumbing and optimizing all the data they're sitting on.
Microsoft uncorks Outlook, world goes .pst
Microsoft is opening up the data format that underpins Outlook.
Los Alamos super reports for nuke duty
Well, recess is over for the "Roadrunner" massively parallel supercomputer running at Los Alamos National Laboratory. It is time to get on with nuclear simulations that circumvent the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
IBM boffins unfurl mobile browser reading map
Mobile web browsing is indisputably a tech on the rise, but cruising the internet while clutching a tiny handheld remains a far more frustrating endeavor than on a traditional PC.