Pig plague could crash interwebs, say US feds
A severe outbreak of the H1N1 pandemic could overwhelm internet providers' capacity, according to a report submitted Monday, which called on Department of Homeland Security officials to develop contingency plans to avert such a crisis.
Forum king vBulletin muzzles paid-up protesters
Big-name forumware outfit vBulletin has banned multiple paying customers from its own support forums after they complained about a recent overhaul of the company's pricing scheme.
Data-losing companies may be forced to spill to public
The European Commission will consider passing new laws forcing organisations that lose personal data to go public with that loss. The Commission has until now been opposed to the creation of wide-ranging data breach notification requirements.
PNY Attaché Original
ReviewThe PNY's new Attaché Original USB Flash drive arrived just too late for our recent Fast Flash Drive round-up, but we decided to try it out nonetheless.
Intel pulls SSD update
Intel has pulled the solid-state drive firmware update it released this week after an unspecified number of users claimed the software wasn't entirely compatible with Windows 7.
Ex-boss of AMD linked to Galleon fraud probe
The ex-boss of AMD Hector Ruiz could face charges relating to the Galleon insider trading case.
Virginia corrections officers on 'dog fondling' rap
Five Virginia Department of Corrections officers are facing misdemeanour animal cruelty charges, after one of them allegedly masturbated a "K-9" police dog while the others caught the action on video.
Setting the record straight on Emulex CNA's long game
CommentIs the darn Emulex CNA chip ready or not? Competitors are saying "How come we're getting CNA design wins and Emulex is not?" What's the real Emulex CNA story here?
Hands on with Acer's 3D laptop
First LookAcer will enter the record books today by releasing the world’s first 3D-capable laptop. So Register Hardware caught-up with the firm behind the technology – Dynamic Digital Depth – to discover how 3D content will look on Acer’s machine.
Government ads fail truthfulness exam
Government publicity claims that new Diplomas, designed to replace A-levels, are "accepted by all universities" were today branded misleading by regulators.
Microsoft creates Vista, Windows 7 compatibility tool for twitchy coders
Microsoft has spun out the final release of its so-called “Platform Update” for Windows Vista to help developers create apps in Windows 7 as well as its unloved predecessor.
Apple iPhone closing in on BlackBerry market share
Apple is rapidly narrowing the gap between sales of the iPhone and BlackBerry handsets, a US market watcher has claimed.
Spotify loses its brain
The former is a bit of a shocker. You'd expect a CTO for one of the most-talked-about startups to want to stick around, but Spotify has lost its tech supremo. But Anderas Ehn, described as the "brains" of Spotify, doesn't seem to think so. He's got a better offer, he wrote yesterday on his Twitter feed.
Plods' 'extremist' sheet included BAE mole
The increasingly grumpy argument regarding who is allowed to photograph and keep files on whom in this sceptred isle - and who is then allowed to see such files - took a new twist today. It emerged that a person featured on a police headshot gallery of "extremist" arms protesters is actually believed by many activists to have been a spy for the weapons industry.
More than 5 million people now on DNA database
The estimated number of people whose DNA profile is stored by the government has broken the five million mark for the first time.
Android 2.0 delivered to developers
The creation of apps based on version 2.0 of the Android OS should be underway within days, because Google has finally released Éclair to developers.
SAP shares dive on warning
SAP saw its shares take a dive today, when it warned that poor sales in Japan meant that it was likely to miss targets for the year.
DOJ widens anti-trust optical drive probe
On Monday, Sony's US optical drive subsidiary said it was being investigated by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with anti-trust activities in the optical drive market. The net has now widened to include Toshiba and Hitachi.
Toshiba touts 15Mp image sensor
While most people are still getting to grips with 12Mp cameraphones, Toshiba has announced it will produce a 15Mp CMOS sensor for cameras and handsets next year.
Android version 2 gets an SDK
The software developer's kit for version two of Google's Android platform is now available, with handsets coming soon, but upgrades for existing users less certain.
Student boffins take on iTunes' not-so-smart Genius
Boffins in California say they have produced music-recommendation software which produces playlists "as good as" those from Apple's iTunes Genius - and which has the advantages of collecting no user data and having in its repertoire a lot of music that "Genius knows nothing about".
Quantum has reasons to be cheerful
Quantum sold $175m of products and services in its second fiscal 2010 quarter, 19 per cent less than a year ago. But CEO Rick Belluzzo is cheerful: his firm made $11m profit, its best performance in five years.
AMD ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 DirectX 11 GPUs
ReviewAMD's Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 are the mid-range members of the new HD 5000 DirectX 11 graphics chip family. They're fabbed using a 40nm process, just like their bigger brothers.
PC Refresh Equals PC Disposal
WorkshopEarlier this week we asked what drives you to refresh or replace your PC and laptop estates and whether your projects involve simply the replacement of existing machines with new hardware and software or if you might be looking at implementing some form of desktop virtualisation. Now in all such refresh projects it is quite usual for the majority of attention to be focussed on acquiring suitable new equipment. The process of what to do with the old kit may only come as an afterthought.
Mandy declares 'three strikes' war on illegal file sharers
Lord Mandelson has reiterated the government’s plans to clamp down on illegal P2P file sharers by declaring a “three-pronged approach” to tackle online piracy in the UK.
Ofcom swoops on kiddie's bedroom
A dodgy TV aerial managed to generate enough signal to interfere with passing aircraft, until shut down by Ofcom investigators.
HP faces first ever UK strike action
HP faces possible strike action from some of its employees in the UK, after trade union Unite announced a vote among its 150 customer engineers, whose jobs are being shifted to a subsidiary firm.
Unisys squeezes profits from revenue decline in Q3
Server and services vendor Unisys has turned in a relatively decent quarter in Q3, thanks to a mainframe upgrade cycle coming at a particularly weak time for the server racket and the ongoing cost cutting manoeuvers from chairman and chief executive officer, Ed Coleman, who was hired last year to turn the company around.
Google rolls out UK smart-meter cloud service
UpdatedEveryone's favourite advertising company, Google, has today announced the UK roll out of its "PowerMeter" home-electricity-consumption cloud service. The idea is that users of certain home 'leccy meters will for some reason read them via Google's servers, rather than using the online services that come with the meters.
Tesla Roadster travels 313 miles on single charge
A Tesla Roadster has set a new unofficial record for the longest distance travelled by a production e-car on a single charge.
Governator in acrostic 'f**k you' outrage
Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger has told Democrat San Francisco assembly member Tom Ammiano just what he thinks of him and his "infrastructure financing districts" bill in a letter which explicity slams the latter, while firing a delicious acrostic broadside at its author:
Ares I-X blasts off at second attempt
NASA's Ares I-X finally got off launchpad 39B at Kennedy Space Centre at 15:30 GMT today.
Data Domain is working on global deduplication
Data Domain has been working on global deduplication across its DDX arrays for a couple of years, but the technology is not yet ready.
Firefox 3.5.4 fixes critical memory flaws
Mozilla trotted out Firefox 3.5.4 yesterday, which patches 16 vulns - 11 of which were critical bugs.
Transparent OLEDs demoed
When the whole world’s going OLED TV crazy, how can a telly manufacturer differentiate itself? By creating a transparent model, of course.
Ofcom's 116 discussions confirm El Reg advice
Ofcom has decided to whom the EU-standardised 116 vexation numbers will connect, and it's just about what El Reg predicted this time last year.
Fibreless fibre optics developed by US Air Force
US Air Force boffins say they have created wireless links of similar capacity and quality to optical fibre, allowing extremely high mobile bandwidth and - perhaps - the use of quantum encryption methods without a physical connection.
Google navigates Android to turn-by-turn directions
Google has slipped turn-by-turn navigation into the latest version of Android, giving away one of the few mobile services for which punters were still prepared to pay.
Intel touts NAND-killer breakthrough
Intel and chip-tech house Numonyx unveiled a new technology on Wednesday that the companies claim will enable non-volatile memory to break through NAND's 20nm barrier and scale down to process sizes as tiny as 5nm - and do so cost-effectively.
Mozilla's SeaMonkey 2.0 exits cryptobiosis
Mozilla will let you browse the web like it's 1995 with the latest release of its "all-in-one internet application suite," SeaMonkey 2.0.
Novell aims SCO tussle at the Supremes
Novell wants the US Supreme Court to review its seemingly-never-ending legal tete-a-tete with SCO over the famous UNIX and UNIXware copyrights.
Super Micro serves up not-bad quarter
Server and motherboard maker Super Micro is feeling pretty good about its place in the struggling server market, and it continues to see sales rebound as 2009 rolls on. However, profits are a problem still, but the trends are encouraging, according to the company's top brass.
Microsoft hugs Eclipse for Windows 7 and Azure love
Microsoft is reaching out to open-source and Java developers through Eclipse with delivery of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and the pending arrival of its Azure cloud.
TwitterPeek - the handset that spews Web2.0rhea...
Are you into Twitter? Are you insanely, over-the-top, Tweeting-at-your-mother's-funeral into Twitter? Well, now there's a device made just for your crippling character flaw, you lucky duck.
Apple to 'vigorously' fight Nokia patent pout
Apple will "vigorously" defend itself against Nokia's patent infringement suit, according to Cupertino's SEC 10-K annual-report filing (PDF) issued Tuesday.
Google sued for super-skinny Chrome polishing
Mobilephoneware maker Red Bend Software has sued Google for patent infringement, claiming that the web giant's Chrome browser steps on an algorithmic patent it secured in 2003.