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Stalker video peepholed ESPN bombshell
A Chicago man who stalked ESPN reporter Erin Andrews across the United States managed to secretly videotape America's sexiest sportscaster in the nude twice, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
National Security Agency beefed Win 7 defenses
The National Security Agency helped Microsoft harden Windows 7 against attacks and is providing similar assistance to Apple, Sun Microsystems and Red Hat too, an agency official said.
IBM greases mainframe app pipe
IBM is sweeping cobwebs off big iron with a host of new software products and updates aimed at streamlining maintenance and squeezing more workloads out of the System z mainframe.
DWP IT contractors in strike ballot
HP contractors working for the Department for Work and Pensions will vote on whether to strike over job losses and pay.
Fedora 12 - it's a horse, not a camel
ReviewThe Fedora Project has announced the latest version of its popular open source Linux distribution. Nicknamed Constantine, Fedora 12 has quite a few impressive new features and demonstrates that the project has gained a renewed sense of direction.
US, China play footsie with joint space mission
The United States and China have agreed to step up discussions on cooperative space exploration, as both countries separately pursue ambitious plans to send a manned mission to the Moon by around 2020.
Crypto pioneer and security chief exits Sun
Crypto pioneer and Sun Microsystems' veteran chief security officer Whitfield Diffie has left the company, with database-giant Oracle's acquisition still in the air.
Google remaps Earth for iPhone
ReviewGoogle has released a major update to its Google Earth iPhone app, boosting it a full point to 2.0.
Nuke labs show the future of hybrid computing
SC09The Hybrid Multicore Consortium is on a mission that perhaps all of computing - on the desktop and in the data center - will one day embark on: making hybrid computing architectures as easy to program and use as monolithic platforms have been.
IoSafe Solo disaster-proof drive
ReviewThe IoSafe Solo USB drive is a robust storage device that promises to protect precious data in the event of a fire or flood. It uses patented technology to surround the 3.5in Sata hard disk with both waterproof and fireproof barriers, as well as an innovative cooling mechanism.
No Freeview HD kit in time for launch, warns telly exec
It's now clear that you'll need a new TV or set-top box (STB) to pick up Freeview HD. However, Register Hardware has learned that compatible kit won’t arrive in Blighty in time for the service’s debut early next month.
The Register's threat predictions for 2010
WebcastFind out what threats lie in wait for your business throughout 2010 and how to avoid them, with this free to view audio slideshow from The Register, in association with MessageLabs.
Queen's Speech slammed by small biz
Small business groups were less than impressed with Gordon Brown's fantasy list of what he would do in the unlikely event that he is re-elected as Prime Minister.
Arriva cellphone tickets let mobiles keep you mobile
Passengers travelling on an Arriva bus can now pay with a wave of their mobile phone, without recourse to NFC, RFID, or any equally high-tech solutions.
Arkansas cop tasers 10-year-old girl
An Arkansas cop has been suspended after tasering a ten-year-old girl who repeatedly "screamed, kicked and resisted" when her mother attempted to get her to have a shower before bed.
Infrastructure convergence - The two sides of the coin
CommentLet’s be fair – IT isn’t the only industry fraught with jargon, but it can certainly hold its head up high among the leaders in the field of gobbledygook.
Toshiba plans new enterprise: High capacity 3.5-inch HDDs
Toshiba is planning to enter the high-capacity enterprise 3.5-inch hard disk drive market.
When algorithms attack, does Google hear you scream?
AnalysisOne day in June 2006, search startup Foundem vanished from Google. Foundem is the developer of a "universal vertical search" technology, and currently offers comparison shopping across a range of consumer and travel categories by drilling down into vendor sites and returning details of actual flights and products. But on 26 June 2006, Google flipped a switch and all of the obvious comparison shopping keywords no longer applied for the company.
North England to replace satanic mills with iPhone app factories
Offical boosters for the North of England have been looking at iPhone development, and published a guide for entrepreneurial Northerners on how to get their apps noticed.
'Hybridisation' tech to quintuple battery life
Most of us these days find battery life an annoying issue, as our increasingly puissant personal gadgetry uses juice faster and faster. Few, however, find batteries as troublesome as modern-day soldiers do - burdened as they are with lasers, optics, radios, monocle displays and other electronic paraphernalia.
iPhone gets NFC hook-up
iPhone owners lamenting the lack of NFC capability can now plug in the iCarte from Wireless Dynamics, providing short-range wireless at the cost of a little extra length.
Apple iPad to get OLED screen
Apple's much anticipated iPad won't appear until the second half of 2010 - but at least the delayed model will come with a 9.7in OLED display rather than an LCD.
Atlantis specialists set for ISS spacewalk
Space shuttle Atlantis mission specialists Mike Foreman and Robert Satcher will later today step outside the International Space Station for the first of three STS-129 mission spacewalks.
Palin claims webmail hack disrupted GOP campaign
Sarah Palin has described the hack of her webmail account as the "most disruptive" event in her campaign to become US vice president last year.
Hi-tech Silly Putty reformed as gadget protector
What is the best way to protect your laptop or smartphone? By covering them in bubble wrap? Or by restricting their use only to well-padded areas? No. A hi-tech Silly Putty is your best bet, according to manufacturer Tech21.
NetApp doubles profits ahead of Fujitsu love-in
NetApp recorded more than doubled profits for its second fiscal 2010 quarter, out-performing its largest competitors and beating its own plans and Wall Street’s expectations alike.
New 'reversible' paralysis-ray turns victims blue, flaccid
Canadian boffins say they have developed a fearsome paralysis ray technology which caused test animals zapped with it to "turn blue and become paralysed". The effect is claimed to be "reversible", but is often fatal.
MySpace recruits Imeem band member
MySpace, the yesterday-man of social networking sites, has reportedly bought Imeem for an undisclosed sum.
Modern Warfare 2 sets second sales record
Videogame publisher Activison has claimed a second sales record for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, based on the game’s five-day global “sell-through” figure.
How blogger kept Belle de Jour's ID secret
British blogger Darren Shrubsole has revealed how he used a GoogleWhack and IP tracking to create an early warning system for the anonymity of sex worker and writer Belle de Jour, who was outed in the press this week.
Casio casts ultra-slim 'freezeproof' compact
Blighty’s winter mornings can get rather cold, so if you insist on taking pictures of frozen flowers and iced-up lakes then at least Casio is here to help with a super-slim “freezeproof” compact camera.
Ofcom talks to spook firm on filesharing snoop plan
ExclusiveOfcom has held talks over a monitoring system that would peer inside filesharing traffic to determine the level of copyright infringement, in preparation for new laws designed to protect the music, film and software industries.
Parents demand control over text messaging
More than 90 per cent of parents want more control over their sprog's texting habits, and would buy more phones if they had it.
Sony Bravia KDL-46W5810 46in LCD TV
ReviewThe W5810 range represents Sony’s first move into the Freesat market, allowing you to sample the delights of true HD broadcasting without coughing up any extra cash for a Blu-ray player or Sky HD subscription.
Downfall writer praises Hitler rant net meme
The writer of 2004 German film Downfall has described as "tremendously amusing" the plethora of parodies featuring a ranting Hitler reacting angrily to various topical bad tidings - including the news he's been banned from Xbox Live, and Frank Lampard is signing for Inter Milan.
ISA report reveals email security lapse
The Independent Safeguarding Authority's first annual report reveals that it sent an email with confidential data to the wrong address.
Japan claims latest long distance e-car record
Leccy TechA Japanese e-car has set a new world record for the longest distance travelled on a single charge, travelling the 345 miles from Tokyo to Osaka without pulling over to re-charge.
Spanish payment breach prompts huge German card recall
German authorities have recalled more than 100,000 credit cards over fears that crooks may have obtained details of the cards via an unnamed Spanish payment processing firm.
Judge batters Bluebeat with injunction over Beatles downloads
An LA judge has slapped an injunction on the Californian website that was flogging downloads of the Beatles catalogue at 25 cents a pop.
HP workers eye walkout over engineer jobs dispute
UpdatedHewlett-Packard workers have voted in favour of strike action in the UK, following a ballot among members of the Unite union who complained about 150 customer engineers being shunted over to a subsidiary company.
Sony Ericsson goes web crazy
Sony Ericsson has decided web applications are the way of the future, with a new SDK and emulators enabling the development of cross-platform applications.
US flights suffering nationwide delays
The Federal Aviation Administration has blamed a computer glitch for flight delays across the US today.
Boffins try to get closer to hot bodies
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way of of increasing the amount of energy that can harvested from a hot body*. If the discovery lives up to the hype then it could possibly pave the way to devices that can use waste heat as a power source.
US monster-truck roboguns to blast enemies autonomously
Military boffins in the US are now equipping a small fleet of armoured lorries with automatic defensive weapons which can detect incoming antitank rockets and shoot them down in mid-air before they strike, meanwhile retaliating upon the enemy gunmen with devastating firepower - all without human input.
Santa menaced by sex offender postie
The US Postal Service has pulled the plug on a Santa Claus letter service which has run since 1954.
Qualcomm's nifty Skifta home P2P
A 6 man "startup" was one of the highlights of Qualcomm's first European R&D showcase today. Skifta is a private P2P network for media sharing - much like Orb. There's a small daemon that runs on Linux, Mac or PC and this sprays music, photos and other movies around different devices such as games consoles, TVs, your mobile or work PC.
Will Ferrell is Hollywood's most
over-rated overpaid star
Will Ferrell has landed Forbes' "Most Overpaid Star" honour, topping a list of names who sometimes "cost more than their box office worth".
California votes in HD TV power pruning law
Legislators in California have voted to exterminate overly energy-hungry TVs, creating a law that insists the state’s tellies meet strict energy consumption standards.
'Banned' Xbox Live consoles appearing on eBay
Microsoft’s decision to ban gamers from Xbox Live as punishment for allegedly modifying their consoles has spurred many to simply sell their Xbox 360s through eBay, it has emerged.
IBM squishes systems software into new business unit
As is usually the case at IBM, the official convergence is often announced long after various product lines were already well on their way toward a confluence behind the scenes. And so it is with a new unit of Big Blue's Systems and Technology Group, which put all of its operating systems and hypervisor virtualization software under the control of one group back in early September, but is just talking about it now.
NJ teen jailed over Scientology DDoS
A New Jersey teenager convicted of participating in a denial of service attack against the Church of Scientology has been jailed for a year.
FCC approves radio mast 'shot clock' rule
The FCC has agreed that local authorities must approve or deny applications for new radio towers within 150 days, or 90 days for additional kit on existing towers.
AOL appeals for 2,500 job axe volunteers
AOL has asked 2,500 workers to volunteer for redundancy packages at the ailing web firm.
Scareware tool dumps smut on Windows PCs
Rogue anti-virus slingers are getting even sneakier. Instead of offering to clean up non-existent malware threats as per the traditional approach, one rogue scanner offers to clean up images of porn it claims to have found on a prospective mark's PC.
Google open sources flash-happy Chrome OS
UpdatedIt's a big week for Microsoft. Which means Google has made a point of spotlighting a product designed to undercut its Redmond arch rival.
Users howl as Fedora 12 gives root to unwashed masses
UpdatedThis story was updated about 11 hours after it was published to reflect that Fedora developers have reversed course. Operating system users once again will be required to enter a root password before installing software packages.
Intel invests in exafloppy future
Intel has announced that it is joining forces with a trio of French institutions to create a European research center focused on the development of supercomputers with exaflop-level performance.
Google adds automatic captions to YouTube
Google is adding new technology to YouTube that can automatically add text captions to videos using speech recognition.
Why Microsoft's IE 9 will frustrate standards fans
PDCPerformance and standards look like dominating work on Microsoft's next version of Internet Explorer.
Write haiku, win home server
Intel and Microsoft want to give you a home server in exchange for 17 syllables of poetic artistry.
Al Gore entertains the supercomputer troops
SC09Former vice president and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore did his self-deprecating politician and climate change champion routine as a keynote for the HPC (high performance computing) faithful at the SC09 trade show in Portland, Oregon, this morning and did his best to get the HPC community fired up about the job they need to do to help normal people (as well as politicians) see and understand that we need to address climate change by changing our energy, transportation, water, and agriculture systems.