Visual Studio 2010 - your chunky new friend dissected
Windows 7 is roaring ahead in acceptance, but look beyond the desktop and Microsoft's platform is not in great shape.
Oracle freshens its VirtualBox
The VirtualBox hypervisor now under the control of Oracle - if any open source software project can be said to be under control of any corporation - has been updated with a 3.1.6 release.
IBM debuts new Power7 iron this week
It looks like IBM is getting ready to roll out some more Power7-based systems this week, as well as an update to its proprietary midrange operating system, formerly known as OS/400 and now called i for Business, or i for short.
ReviewWith its wacky analogue-style dials on the top for battery charge and memory card monitoring, the Samsung WB1000 doesn't initially inspire as a camera you might consider for ‘serious’ photography.
Premium Compact Cameras
Group TestDespite the clear benefits of using a Digital SLR for your photography, it's easy enough to come up with some drawbacks. The price of most DSLRs puts them beyond the reach of many buyers, while a typical DSLR's size, weight and complexity repels others.
Canon PowerShot G11
ReviewThe G11 is an intimidating camera. Hand it to someone inexperienced and it's likely they'll hand it straight back. The top is scattered with dials controlling everything from the shooting mode, exposure compensation and even - unusually - ISO.
Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR
ReviewAs the Fujifilm is the cheapest camera here, now coming in at a relatively-paltry £160, it would be fair to expect the F200EXR will offer fewer features than any of our other compacts.
Nikon CoolPix S8000
ReviewAlong with the Ricoh CX3, the Nikon S8000 stands out in this group for not having a proper manual mode. This proved an annoyance during testing, not least because it's combined with the longest lens of any camera here.
Panasonic Lumix LX3
ReviewWith its all-metal body and rangefinder styling, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX3 makes a definite impression. Unlike the other cameras on test, its lens sits about 2cm proud of the body, making this the least pocketable camera here with the hulking exception of the Canon G11.
ReviewThe CX3 makes an underwhelming first impression. Where high-end compacts such as the Canon G11 and Panasonic Lumix LX3 go all-out with manual controls scattered across the body, the Ricoh is decidedly bare-looking.
Buyer's Guide: Premium Compact Cameras
Group TestThere's a compact camera for all wallets, whether you're spending under £100 or as much as you could on an entry-level digital SLR. The crowded bit of the market is the mid-range, where compact cameras blend into a mess of near-identical features and specifications. The high end occupies more of a niche, with cameras costing over £200 frequently marketed as sidekicks to a decent DSLR.
Premium Compact Cameras: Best Buys
Group TestAll the cameras included in this group test performed reasonably well, though they have their inevitable quirks.
Government wastes millions on redundant cycle route planner
The government has wasted millions of pounds setting up a sub-optimal journey planner for cyclists – when an online system set up by enthusiasts provides wider coverage and more functionality at a fraction of the cost incurred by the Department for Transport (DfT).
Fusion-io changes its CEO again
Flash card supplier Fusion-io has changed its CEO for a second time, with the incumbent becoming board chairman just 13 months after gaining the CEO mantle.
NHS blames computer error for transplant fouls
The NHS Blood and Transfusion service has apologised for a computer error which meant that some people had organs removed incorrectly, or presumably not removed, because their preferences were wrongly recorded in the database.
Russian trade body aims to fight cybercrime
Russia is not a safe haven for criminals or spammers, according to a Russian trade association campaigning to tighten up the admitted shortcomings of local cybercrime laws and build international cooperation.
McKinnon's mum stands against Straw at general election
Gary McKinnon's mum is standing for Parliament against Jack Straw in the UK's upcoming general election.
Parliamentary wash-up washes away liberties
In the mad rush that is "parliamentary wash-up", it is traditional for civil liberties to be trampled to demonstrate that no party fails the "tough on crime" test – and 2010 is no exception.
To connect or not to connect?
WorkshopFollowing our recent discussion of the pros, cons and practicalities of hooking up your ERP system to the outside world, we thought it would be good to tap into the views of Reg readers on the topic. So we put up a poll with an open comment facility and, true to form, almost 50 readers came back with their own experiences at the sharp end.
iPod implicated in US attack sub prang
The navigator of a US Navy fast attack submarine, who was listening to his iPod when he really should have been keeping an eye out for amphibious transport docks, helped land his employers with a hefty $86.9m repair bill.
Apple bails out Google
Google's CEO has been lauding iAd, saying that Apple's foray into mobile advertising demonstrates a competitive market in which Google should be allowed to acquire AdMob.
King of the geeks leaves Oracle
Oracle's chief technology officer James Gosling, inherited from the take over of Sun, is leaving the company.
Brit science vessel probes hot cleft for weird lifeforms
British boffins aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook in the Caribbean say they have discovered the world's deepest known "black smoker" - a hot spring deep in the sunless oceanic abyss, home to bizarre organisms which may be brother to alien lifeforms on other worlds.
Brits are HD TV numpties
So you are a reghardware reader and you already know that for high definition TV viewing, you need watch your content through a bolt-on hi-def set top box, Blu-ray player or PS3 console.
Labour MP knocks up crowd-sourced election platform
Labour MP and digital know-it-all Tom Watson has thrown open his digital election platform to the voters of his West Bromwich East constituency.
One fifth of humans say aliens walk among us
One-fifth of the world's population believes that aliens walk among us, disguised as Homo sapiens for an unknown, but doubtless chilling purpose.
A multitasking iPad? Let's bin the netbook
CommentIt hasn't taken long for the iPad to be seen as a bit more than a pointless and expensive luxury lifestyle accessory. Just nine weeks - and in that time the hardware spec hasn't changed at all.
Adobe plots rebound with latest Creative Suite
UpdatedAdobe will launch a major upgrade to its creative tools software on Monday, amidst an increasingly acrimonious spat with Apple.
IBM job cuts go compulsory
The job-cutting process at IBM UK has changed from voluntary to compulsory.
Video comes to iFart: Eproctophiliacs, sign up here
This is hilarious: the world's first fart app with video goes on sale on the iTunes app store for 99c.
Apple opens SMS door for third parties
A tiny feature in Apple's new iPhone OS could allow third parties to make money from iPhone users, without handing over 30 per cent to Cupertino.
Labour manifesto: More ID cards, less NHS IT
The most remarkable thing about the Labour Party manifesto - A future fair for all (pdf) - is how unconcerned it appears to be with civil liberties or the unintended consequences of its actions when it comes to individual liberty. All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds - trust in the state to provide, and it will do so.
Cocaine-hunting robot chopper in 60kg bust seizure
VidAn unmanned kill-chopper operating from a US Navy warship has notched up its first drug bust while still in testing, according to reports.
BBC investigates Richard Madeley's PC panic attack
The BBC tells us it is to investigate how Richard Madeley told the nation that the Government was going to whisk away his computer last week.
Seagate preloads FreeAgent Go with 20 Paramount movies
Seagate is sexing up its FreeAgent Go external drives with 20 pre-loaded Paramount Pictures movies costing $9.99 to unlock.
Obama's got a Google problem
Obama has created an exquisite problem by hiring so many senior executives from Google - some of the Oompa Loompas don't seem to realise they no longer work for the company. Now a Congressman has called for an enquiry.
Data Domain doubles up on top dedupe
Data Domain has doubled the capacity of its top dedupe box and clustered two of them together with a global deduplication ability, offering up to 14.2PB of logical backup capacity.
Pitchman fights to avoid jail for egging on supporters to spam judge
Controversial alternative medicine advocate Kevin Trudeau is fighting to stay out of jail after encouraging his supporters to spam a judge.
Palm makes eyes at possible purchasers
Palm's CEO Jon Rubinstein hinted, when the firm announced a poor outlook during its last quarterly results, that he would be open to acquisition offers. Now the Pre maker is courting buyers more actively, hiring Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners to seek offers as early as this week, according to Bloomberg.
Labour shock pledge: 16.8-meg broadband for ALL by 2012!
The Labour party has mounted a strong counterattack against the Tories' determined push to present themselves as the most technologically illiterate of the mainstream UK parties.
Man coughs to sex with donkey and horse
A 66-year-old man today pleaded guilty in Leicester Crown Court to charges of "buggery of a donkey between February 2 and February 5, 1999, and buggery of a horse between March 15 and 18, 2004", the Independent reports.
Freetard-targeting Trojan seeks to scam scaredycats
A sneaky new Trojan attempts to extort money from BitTorrent users under the guise of a fictitious copyright infringement lawsuit.
Network Solutions mops up after mass WordPress breach
Administrators at web host Network Solutions say they've closed a hole that allowed attackers to commandeer a large number of sites so they tried to infect visitors with malware.
Mellanox ships rounded InfiniBand lineup
InfiniBand and Ethernet hardware maker Mellanox Technologies has rounded out its lineup of quad-data rate InfiniBand switches today as it has ramped up to full production on the devices.
Milkman skewers Google Street View over garage break-in
A UK-based milkman and former football manager has questioned whether Google Street View played a role in a series of attempted burglaries on his home - one successful - after Google's virtual window onto the world's very real streets exposed a photo of his wide open garage.
Microsoft's unveils 'social' phone for Boho hipsters
Is it a Palm Pre, a Sidekick, or an iPhone? No, it's Microsoft's long-awaited mobile phone that borrows from all these, and it's called KIN.
Popular Facebook game caught serving malvertisements
A Facebook game with more than 9 million users has been caught serving ads that try to trick viewers into installing malware.
Jobsian email axes early-iPhone support
With the release of iPhone OS 4.0, the iPhone 2G will demoted to unsupported status, according to no less an Apple expert than Steve Jobs himself.
Google goes to Blighty for Goggles polish
Google has acquired UK-based visual search outfit Plink, with the intention of rolling the newly public startup into Mountain View's fledgling Google Goggles project.
Meg Whitman's governor bid yoked to eBay past
As CEO of eBay, Meg Whitman steered millions of dollars into the coffers of Goldman Sachs. Over the same period, she profited handsomely from the investment firm, receiving an estimated $475,000 and coveted insider access to initial public offerings for a little more than a year's worth of of part-time service.