Intel answers Microsoft's Linux 'noise' with MeeGo show
Microsoft and Intel are fighting for the affections of hardware makers as the PC industry tries to answer Apple's iPad.
Boffins use Solaris to store the real Sun
Space watchers at the University of Central Lancashire are using Solaris ZFS and Sun Fire storage to hold a burgeoning stack of close-up pics of the real Sun.
Ten Essential... BlackBerry Apps
Product Round-upResearch in Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones are a staple communications tool in the business world, but also have a growing consumer base too. With mobile apps enhancing the capabilities of these phones in both sectors, some pickings from the company’s App World seemed in order, to see what extra juice you can squeeze out of your BlackBerry.
Council lost unencrypted children's health info
A local authority has lost an unencrypted memory stick with details of children's and young people's mental and physical health as well as their ethnicity, privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
Guardian says dating site rivals violated database rights
The Guardian newspaper has sued two online dating sites in the High Court, claiming that the companies have violated its database rights by using profiles taken from its own dating service.
Britain's bank slashes tech jobs
Royal Bank of Scotland - which is mostly owned by us - is slashing back office and technology jobs in its wealth management division.
FTC slaps down
commercial keylogger firm
CyberSpy Software, which markets the controversial RemoteSpy commercial keylogging application, has agreed to rewrite the software and clean up its business practices to settle a case brought by the US Federal Trade Commission.
Drinking coffee offers no real benefit, say eggheads
Deluded academics in the UK and Germany have produced "research" purporting to show that coffee drinkers receive no tangible benefit from their morning cup of beautiful, life-giving beany caffeine goodness.
Google readies 'late fall' Chrome OS release
Google is planning to spin out its browser-based Chrome OS "operating system" in the "late fall" of 2010, according to a Mountain View wonk.
Samsung warns over malwarey Wave smartphones in Germany
Early users of Samsung S8500 Wave smartphones could be in for a nasty surprise, following the discovery that some of the devices shipped with malware pre-installed on memory cards.
HP's Palm buy was all about WebOS
HP's CEO has been explaining that the company didn't buy Palm for its mobile phones, but for access to WebOS with a view to spreading the platform far and wide.
Zuckerberg sweats privacy criticism
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has again defended his company's privacy policies, this time with added sweat.
Microsoft presses refresh on Windows Live again
Microsoft is once again tweaking its Windows Live estate, this time with a view to improving photo and video management both online and offline.
iPad apps may need to be disabled-accessible
A draft British Standard on web accessibility warns organisations to consider how easily disabled users can access their websites on mobile phones, tablets and TVs. Ignoring their needs could breach BS 8878 and the Equality Act, it says.
Artificial 'black hole' generator fashioned out of circuit boards
Chinese scientists have stunned the world of boffinry by fashioning an artificial "black hole" generator out of copper-coated circuit boards.
Google sniffs along app store shelves
Google has expanded its mobile search to encompass online application stores including iTunes and the Android Marketplace, slipping itself between iTunes and the customer.
Judges back Holland against Ladbrokes on online gaming
Ladbrokes has lost a long-running restriction of trade case against the De Lotto - the Dutch lottery and sports betting site - which objected to the company taking bets from Dutch citizens.
Vulture 1 GPS test: It did work, honest
Yesterday's test of the Vulture 1 GPS/radio board didn't quite run according to plan, due to a dodgy broadband connection which scuppered the live map here on El Reg.
PARIS pops down to QinetiQ
Tuesday saw the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team down at QinetiQ's hypobaric chamber in Farnborough, testing the crucial Vulture 1 aircraft release mechanism.
New Facebook developer regs not rogue-proof
Facebook app developers will need to verify their account with the social network before they are allowed to create applications under a new scheme, but experts are nonplussed by the proposals.
Pacific islands growing not shrinking, says old study
Huge compensation claims filed by Pacific states including Tuvalu have been hit by a three-year old study, dramatically "rediscovered" by New Scientist magazine today. The study concluded that many Micronesian islands are growing, not shrinking.
Gartner expects big jump in chip sales
Analyst group Gartner reckons chip sales will grow 27 per cent this year compared to 2009.
Nintendo UK cuts DSi price
Nintendo is reducing the UK trade price of the DSi gaming handheld on 18 June. But it is not saying by how much.
Intel delays USB 3.0 chipset until 2012
Intel is holding up USB 3.0 adoption by delaying its motherboard chipset until 2012.
Nokia rides you hard for power
Nokia will shortly launch a bicycle-powered recharging kit for its phones, providing free power as long as you can pedal at eight miles per hour.
EU Parliament plans Google-powered paedo detector
Google looks set to gain a surprising ally in its battle against the European Commission to retain its search logs - the European Parliament.
Nokia peddles pedal-powered charger
Nokia may be losing the smartphone battle but it continues to make the running in developing countries. And maybe for tree huggers too.
Skype founders unveil Spotify clone
Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis have unveiled their latest venture, Rdio, for specially invited beta testers.
HP whips out winsome threesome
HP has announced an Atom-powered entry-level NAS box for small business.
Could Red Hat be Novell's spouse?
Red Hat's CEO Jim Whitehurst declined to dismiss the possibility of buying out his company's Linux rival Novell in a meeting with reporters in London today.
Project Mojo – the server rack that packs petaflops
Putting a petaflops into a single server rack isn't as difficult as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency had thought.
Sky TV gets even more demanding
Sky is talking up its new video on demand service, Sky Anytime Plus.
Verizon leads race for (the real) iPhone 4G
The stars are beginning to align for an iPhone that rides on Verizon's upcoming 4G LTE next-gen wireless broadband to appear next year.
Salacious smut soaks 12% of web
It brought 8mm film projectors into the home. It launched the VHS revolution. And it has contributed mightily to the success of the internet. What else could we be referrring to but porn?
Ballmer says Windows will shame iPad
The race between Microsoft and Apple to dominate tablet computing is "on", according to chief executive Steve Ballmer.
ARM chippies cooperate on Linux
Does the Linux operating system need yet another distro? No. But a bunch of people interested in the ARM RISC processors used in mobile computers and netbooks — and hopefully someday soon inside of servers just to scare the hell out of Intel — are ganging up to create a unified foundation for ARM-based distros called Linaro.
Google tries to patent tech that snoops Wi-Fi networks
UpdatedGoogle is attempting to patent the very same wardriving technology the search giant says it used by mistake to snoop on Wi-Fi users in more than 30 countries, attorneys said Wednesday.
Yahoo! cloud man rises to CTO
Yahoo! has tapped cloud computing guru Raymie Stata to fill its CTO post.
IBM freshens cut-rate blade server
It may be hard to imagine why, but some customers who buy blade servers don't want the fastest x64 processors they can get their hands on. They may not be virtualizing the blades, and they may only be running simple print, file, and Web infrastructure workloads. Therefore don't need lots of memory or even two processor sockets. For this reason, IBM created the single-socket HS12 blade server, which got some CPU gooses this week.