Open source has moved into Microsoft's beating corporate heart. Redmond's new open source group reports to the company number two, chief operating officer and aggressive compete-to-win-type Kevin Turner.
AMD has announced a new graphics card that can fill six displays with over one billion pixels per second to provide what the company unblushingly claims to be "the ultimate in entertainment and productivity".
ReviewReview Research in Motion's reputation for easy-to-use, no-hassle email - built on its BlackBerry brand - has been well-earned, and not just because it was the first to get on-the-go messaging right.
ReviewReview Smartphone pioneer Palm was once down and all but out until it came back with this genre-busting gem of a handset. It's a compact, ergonomically designed handful which if not particularly slim, at least has the distinction of a genuinely different look and of plotting its own stylish course away from the established operating systems.
ReviewReview Motorola's recent stock of smartphones has been an impressive return to form after a few years of style phone stasis.
ReviewReview There's no denying that HTC's slightly long in the tooth - it first appeared back in June 2009 - is something of a brute and it's easily the biggest and heaviest device in our test, though it does its best to hide this with its nicely curved edges.
ReviewReview Joining Samsung's Genio at the lower end of the full flavour keyboard scale - though it's still around twice the price - LG's evocatively named inTouch Max puts its focus firmly on social networking.
ReviewReview Nokia's E series has been a quiet hero of the business sector for a few years now. It may not have the profile of RIM's BlackBerry, but it owes more than a little to it in style, and also brings Nokia's traditional skills of solid workhorse dependability and multi-tasking applications.
ReviewReview Despite it's name, this cut-down version of Nokia's chunky N97 actually only knocks a few milliemtres off the original, though it is a good 12g lighter. It's a wee bit thicker, though, because it's packing a sliding Qwerty keyboard.
ReviewReview Everything about the Omnia Pro shouts professional quality, from its OLED screen to its solid build and imperious weight.
ReviewReview Sony Ericsson's latest Qwerty-packing business-centric handset has a similar look to Nokia's E72 and RIM's Blackberry 9700 but, alas, none of their flair.
Group TestGroup Test Among the nine smartphones reviewed on the previous pages, there are no duds, and in fact the standard is generally very high. Whether you favour the BlackBerry, candybar style or like you have a keyboard that can be pulled out for occasional use and tucked away the rest of the time is a matter of personal preference, so neither approach has been given particular weight here.
April FoolsApril Fools Apple's iPad launch could be thrown off course by a last minute objection to the device's name by a small Irish American civil rights group.
April FoolsApril Fools Today is tomorrow and yesterday is today in this online world where we all bump together along the way.
Group TestGroup Test Qwerty keyboards come in all shapes and sizes. Well, come to think of it they're generally much the same shape, but the number of keys and their layout can vary dramatically from handset to handset. HTC's Touch Pro 2, for example, is a pocket-straining brick with five lines of keys, while the relatively diminutive Nokia N79 Mini gets by with just three.
Group TestGroup Test Despite the increased screen sensitivity of large-display smartphones such as the iPhone, many of us still prefer to have a good, solid keyboard with real, tactile keys for texting, firing out emails or composing our memoirs.
April FoolsApril Fools As part of its ongoing mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible," Google has launched a new effort to scan every person on earth and put them on the interwebs.
April FoolsApril Fools In a sign of newspaper industry consolidation, rival publishing groups Associated and the Guardian Media Group are to join forces, sharing a common editorial production facility.
Ofcom has told telcos they should charge each other less money for running calls from one network to another.
UK regulator Ofcom has published proposals to cut the mobile termination rate significantly and make changing networks quicker, but stopped short of routing calls directly.
April FoolsApril Fools In shock news, it has emerged that recent record-breaking increases in particle ring energy achieved at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the most powerful atomsmasher ever assembled by the human race - have caused a hyperdimensional portal leading to an inhabited parallel universe to open up deep beneath Switzerland, in what may be the opening move of a cross-continuum invasion campaign. A secret international task force of special-forces troops is said to be assembling at the Collider to deal with a 'response' from the fifth dimension to a hyperdimensional energy discharge emitted from the LHC.
The first iPads reviews are up, pushing reviewers to their very limits in the search for superlatives worthy of the sublime magnificence bestowed upon them.
MandybillMandybill Big publishers and the BBC have come out to lobby for the controversial Clause 43, that part of the Mandybill that strips photographers of their historical rights.
The National Programme for IT, the £12.7bn scheme to wire up the country's health system, has missed another major deadline - getting iSoft's Lorenzo patient management software running in Morecambe Bay.
Western Digital is shipping its 750GB, 2.5-inch, 2-platter drive ahead of Toshiba, although Toshiba announced first.
April FoolsApril Fools Exciting news from Vulture Towers - we're overhauling your comments system to make it more accessible and satisfying for you to use.
Thursday marks the first anniversary of the much hyped Conficker trigger date. Little of note happened on 1 April 2009 and machines infected by Conficker (aka Downadup) remain largely dormant, but an estimated 6.5 million Windows PCs remain infected with the threat.
Apple's UK website still lists the iPad - out in the US on Saturday - as due to debut over here in the "late April" timeframe. But when exactly? According to one source, the 24 April.
BT is restoring power to a central London network node that disastrously flooded and caught fire yesterday, but remains unable to say when services will return.
The government has released some Ordnance Survey mapping data for free re-use to British citizens today, in response to public consultation that got underway in December last year.
The Office of Fair Trading is investigating complaints received about Amazon's introduction of a new pricing scheme for people using its UK site to sell second-hand books and other items.
Toshiba has taken a strategic stake in flash memory product supplier Violin Memory and agreed a flash chip supply deal.
Sky's 3D TV service goes live on Saturday 3 April, broadcasting live the Premier League game between Man U and Chelsea. But in which pubs can you watch the match?
The UK Statistics Agency has teeth and it is prepared to use them. The latest high-profile victim of the Agency is none other than Gordon Brown, who was taken to task yesterday for misleading voters with his selective use of statistics on immigration.
NSFWNSFW A group of Spanish trolley dollies who were grounded when their employer Air Comet went titsup last December have pressed their claim for outstanding wages by getting their kit off for a calendar, Spanish media report.
WorkshopWorkshop When we asked Reg readers to tell us about the factors that impacted the success or failure of the last ERP implementation they were involved with, 50 of you came back with your insights. Of these, about a third had experience of actually managing an implementation, with most of the remainder having worked as part of an ERP implementation team or provided consultancy on ERP projects. One reader admitted that while he hadn't been directly involved, he was commenting from observing the antics of a bunch of consultants who had been squatting in his IT department for quite some time.
A Ukrainian ISP hit by fire over the weekend was in the process of cleaning up its act after earlier being labelled as a leading haven for cybercrime, PC World reports.
WorkshopWorkshop We’re pretty familiar with the kinds of issues that cause hassle for help, support and service desks the world over. Indeed, few requests for Reg reader feedback have engendered such a response as desktop support.
Ofcom is asking anyone interested in running a local DAB station during the Olympics to let it know, so it can judge the level of interest before allocating frequencies.
A video games programmer has rather boldly taken Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and remastered it as a Nintendo Entertainment System extravanganza, with surprisingly plausible results.
Apple pushed out an update for QuickTime on Wednesday that fixes 16 vulnerabilities, many critical.
Music House — HQ for a number of the UK music industry’s trade groups — was in a lock-down situation this lunchtime as an Open Rights Group Flash Mob descended, protesting against the Digital Economy Bill.
UCUC The very nature of unified communications (UC) with its many component parts – voice, video conferencing, audio conferencing, presence and so on - means that when it comes to scoping implementations from a technical perspective, requirements will necessarily cut across different disciplines. Precisely for this reason, it shouldn’t be dealt with as just a communications project, or an IT collaboration project, but rather it should embrace the two. If the business is organised around different domains in terms of technical specialisms – networking, server infrastructure, email management, business applications and so on, any scoping exercise will need to draw in the relevant people from these groups. In the absence of this, it will be near-impossible to ensure that all the technical bases are covered.
Today’s release of some Ordnance Survey mapping data, which has been made available for free re-use by the government, shies away from one major factor that could yet stymie the entire process - a public sector licensing agreement won’t be drawn up until April 2011.
Verizon and IBM are partnering to offer a private networked (cloud) backup service to enterprise customers.
Chief constable Peter Neyroud, the man in charge of the quango running the National DNA Database and other police computer systems, has announced his departure ahead of the election.
With so much of its money and profits coming from big Power and mainframe servers, you can bet that IBM is not exactly enthusiastic about the advent of the eight-core "Nehalem-EX" Xeon 7500 processors from Intel and their ability to link up to eight sockets together in a single system image. But IBM can't let other server makers own this space either, so it had to make some tough choices.
April FoolsApril Fools Apple will drop support for HTML in the upcoming version of its iPhone OS, slated for release this summer.
Micron bagged $365m in profits during its latest fiscal quarter, completely rebounding from a $763m loss this time last year.
Microsoft has publicly attacked Google Chrome, accusing its arch web rival of compromising user privacy with the browser's data-gathering address bar.
Apple has applied for a patent that describes a pair of goggles into which you can slip your iPhone or iPod touch to view images or video, optionally in 3D.
UpdatedUpdated The iPad apps have landed.