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EU ministers agree e-government aims
European ministers have signed a declaration outlining policies to deliver 'smarter' online public services by 2015.
Freeview HD - your questions answered
With the first Freeview HD transmissions scheduled to start on the 2 December in the London, Liverpool and Manchester areas, Register Hardware answers all your questions about the new telly technology.
Imation ships wirelessly-connected hard drive
Imation has announced its external hard drive that connects by wireless USB to PCs and Macs is now shipping.
Chrysler dumps e-car plans
Leccy TechChrysler's e-car strategy has vanished down the plughole, taking with it any chance of us getting intimate with the Lotus Europa-based Dodge Circuit.
Murdoch puffs Microsoft over Google
Rupert Murdoch is in talks with Microsoft over his plans to delist his newspaper websites from Google.
eBay stamps on Mussolini's brain
Customers of online tat bazaar eBay were on Friday denied the chance to bid for bits of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, when the site swiftly pulled a listing for samples of his blood and brain.
New sensitive space gloves: NASA spends wad freely
NASA handed out $350,000 in prize money to astronautical haberdashers vying for glory in the space agency's Astronaut Glove Challenge this weekend.
Virtualisation in the smaller business
LabMany of your comments on some of the virtualisation articles we have written to date have suggested that smaller organisations have different challenges and priorities when it comes to virtualisation. Here we report back on what we have been told so far and ask you for your insights.
DVLA doubles annual IT spend
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is to more than double what it spends annually on its IT deal with IBM.
E-book readers to stay pricey next year
Holding out for a £100 e-book reader before snapping up one of these gadgets for yourself? You may get lucky this year, but don't expect prices to fall any further.
eBay blames success for failure
eBay suffered an embarrassing failure on Saturday as no one was able to search on the site - not a good thing at the start of Christmas shopping season.
O/S bloat: What's the cure?
CommentIt is becoming increasingly obvious that a virtual server wastes great chunks of its memory occupied by the operating system wrappers around the applications in the virtual machines (VM) running in the physical server. If each VM occupies 50MB, and 20MB of that is the Windows O/S, then around 40 per cent of the servers's DRAM holds repetitive and relatively useless code.
Dell details smartphone spec
Dell has come clean on the full specifications of its Mini 3i smartphone, and it doesn't impress.
Looking back at packaged application rigidity and lock-in
WorkshopWhen packaged applications first appeared on the scene a quarter of a century ago, it was normal for them to be very proprietary in nature.
New hacker peril for older IE versions
Internet Explorer users are at risk from a newly discovered and unpatched vulnerability in older versions of Microsoft's browser.
Fusion-io whips out fast gov-grade ioDrive
Fusion-io has put eight of its ioDrives on a single PCIe card to produce 800,000 IOPS and 6GB/sec bandwidth.
Microsoft stands tall over Xbox Live lawsuit threat
The possibility of class-action lawsuit arising from the ban of roughly 1m gamers from Xbox Live doesn’t worry Microsoft, because the firm believes it is in the right.
Palm Pre update inbound
The Pre smartphone will be refreshed with an updated webOS “within the next few days”, manufacturer Palm has promised.
Coprocessors ride again
The idea that hybrid computing is becoming a mainstream technology was one of the major threads running through SC09 last week. Convey Computer, founded in 2006, has a different take on how to best implement hybrid architectures, to deliver better performance and to simplify use.
MIT boffins invent robot clam-grapnel
MIT boffins are pleased to annouce that they have at last perfected a long-sought-after technology - that of the robot clam. It seems that metal shellfish able to dig themselves into the seabed will make excellent anchors for somewhat larger droid submarines.
GPS alarm seems alarmingly useless
The Freedom Personal Safety is a GPS device that's supposed to alert loved ones that you're in trouble, but actually seems about as trustworthy as the only other man in the train carriage who appears to have moved a seat closer to you every time you look.
Microsoft's IE 9, Silverlight 4 and the whiff of lock-in
Radio RegBasking in the afterglow of the recently released Windows 7, Microsoft has rallied the faithful to share the love at its annual Professional Developers' Conference in Los Angeles, California.
Google to anoint Android, Chrome OS love (eventually)
Google has confessed that its Chrome OS and Android projects are likely to come together at some stage down the line as the firm continues to tinker with its operating system vision of the future.
Credit crunch? It won't be over by Christmas
The impact of the recession on British businesses may well be permanent, and will certainly last until well into the next decade, the UK's union for bosses has declared.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2
ReviewLenovo’s new IdeaPad S10-2 is an update of the S10e. The hardware is conventional netbook fare with a dual-core Atom processor and a 10.1in screen all dressed up in a smart chassis that makes it look like a baby ThinkPad. There have been a number of updates for this model, such as an increase in the frontside bus speed for the Atom processor to 800MHz and DDR 2 Ram that runs at 667MHz rather than 533MHz.
iPhone worm hjacks ING customers
UpdatedThe second worm to infect jailbroken iPhone users reportedly targets customers of Dutch online bank ING Direct.
Drobo restrings boxes to double-up product range
Data Robotics has added two new products, enhancing both the basic Drobo and the more capable Drobo Pro. It now claims to provide the simplest and best value iSCSI SAN in the world.
Pegatron smartbook uncloaked?
Following recent confirmation that Taiwanese contract manufacturer Pegatron plans to launch a machine of its own early next year, a 10in fanless netbook sporting the firm’s logo has been spotted.
Erotica 09: Bit limp, but crowds still up for it
NSFWIn a week when scientists trumpeted the discovery of a new drug to boost flagging female libido, Erotica 2009 - the UK’s premiere female-friendly erotic event - was looking decidedly limp.
AOL taps strategy boutique ahead of Time Warner spin-off
AOL has revamped its logo and plans to launch the new look after its parent company Time Warner dumps the struggling web outfit early next month.
Savage roo mauls Oz man
An Oz man has taken a serious pasting at the hands of a "savage" kangaroo which was attempting to drown his dog, the Herald Sun reports.
Spotify embraces Symbian
Music-streaming service Spotify is now available on Symbian handsets too, for paying subscribers at least.
Moller Skycar to finally crash and burn?
(In)famous flying-car firm Moller International - whose four-decade quest to produce an Everyman aerial ride has seen no aircraft delivered and a 2003 fine from the SEC for selling "fraudulent unregistered stock" - has now announced "Virtual Test Flights of [a] New Flying Car".
Exascale computing: How do we get there from here?
Exascale supercomputers, the computing industry’s next frontier, will run 1,000 times quicker than the fastest computers of today – and the world’s scientific researchers are sure to drum up plenty of projects to harness their compute power. But how do we get there from here?
T-Orange won't share the airwaves
T-Mobile and Orange won't be handing over any radio spectrum when they merge, despite the fact that T-Orange will own almost half the available airways.
Wind turbines to power phone masts
Forget mobile phone covers made of recycled plastic bottles or handsets powered by sunlight. If you really want to make a green phone call then move to California, where some phone masts will soon run on wind energy.
New analysis points to ancient Martian ocean, river valleys
NASA-funded boffins say they have found convincing evidence that much of Mars was once covered by an ocean of liquid water, and that rain fell on the red planet long ago.
Symantec Japan website bamboozled by hacker
A Symantec-run website was vulnerable to Blind SQL Injection problems that reportedly exposes a wealth of potentially sensitive information.
PC sales bounce up (and down)
The box counters at Gartner have revised their PC shipment estimates for 2009, saying that PC makers did better than expected pumping out machines in the third quarter. But because average selling prices are falling - thanks in part to the advent of cheap netbooks and general price erosion across all PC types - sales are still going to be down this year.
Weather balloons no longer a crazy idea for rural coverage
As the US gets serious about opening up mobile broadband to its entire population, it is hunting for new spectrum options to support that.
Cisco pumps out iPhone security app
Cisco has pushed out a new iPhone app that helps IT managers respond to newly-detected security threats by the seat (pocket) of their pants.
Google hoodwinked into pushing Chrome OS scareware
Rogue anti-virus scammers have tainted search results for Chromium OS - the open source version of Google's Chrome OS - in a bid to expose surfers hunting the web operating system to a fake anti-virus scan scam instead.
Bing search bribery a retailer magnet
Bing has boosted Microsoft's retailer revenues by nearly 50 per cent, according to a new search-ad study.
Rogue iPhone dev unmoved by App Store spin
Apple marketing veep Phil Schiller has put another smiley face on company's capricious iPhone App Store approval process - but at least one developer who spent months battling the App Store police isn't buying Schiller's spin.
IE bug leaks private details from 50m PDF files
A bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is causing more than 50 million files stored online to leak potentially sensitive information that could compromise user privacy, a security researcher said.
IBM's cat-brain sim a 'scam,' says Swiss boffin
Responding to its nation's sovereign call to develop electronics with the intelligence of a cat, IBM last week announced a major step in feline gray matter simulation. But professional rivalries clearly run deep inside puss brain replication circles, with a leading neuroscientist blasting the project as a "scam" and a "mass deception of the public."