Search begins on seized Gizmodo journo kit
The Gizmodophone saga lurched another step forward Thursday when the chief deputy district attorney for San Mateo County, California, the jurisdiction investigating that misplaced/stolen/repurposed next-gen iPhone prototype, announced that a court-appointed agent had begun to search equipment seized from a Gizmodo editor.
Microsoft's Ballmer and Ozzie tag-team on mediocrity
CommentMicrosoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and chief software architect Ray Ozzie put on a poor performance when quizzed by Walt Mossberg at the All Things Digital conference, judging from the live blogs of the event.
Bookeen Cybook Opus e-book reader 2010 edition
ReviewLess than a year after its initial release French e-reader maker Bookeen has released an updated version of its Cybook Opus e-book reader, reviewed last year. The most obvious change, but fairly irrelevant, is the new range of seven colours, instead of just plain white. Colour schemes aside, the important upgrade is the new firmware which Cybook calls Boo Reader.
Vince Cable: Feel my mighty SME love
New Coalition government biznovation minister Vince Cable has set out his stall in a speech given yesterday at a business school in London. He pledged to cut the red tape stifling small businesses, and said he would compel banks to lend to SMEs.
MS lines up 10 bulletins for bumper Patch Tuesday
Microsoft is lining up a bumper load of 10 security bulletins covering 34 vulnerabilities for June's Patch Tuesday release.
Is your office World Cup sweepstake legal?
Many of the sweepstakes being run at workplaces ahead of next week's football World Cup are likely to be illegal, according to an expert in gambling law. Sweeps with informal tickets and even those where some proceeds go to charity can be illegal.
Everything should be encrypted, right?
Workshop PollHere's the perfect plan to solve all those pesky security problems. Confidentiality and data leakage, secure backups, individual privacy, data integrity, identity and access management - all can be dealt with in some way by encryption. So why don't we all just use it then, and be done?
Post Office finds new tech boss
The Post Office will make Yvonne Ferguson its new Chief Information Officer when the current holder Robin Dargue departs.
TD-LTE sounds death knell for WiMAX
Opinion"The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Was it Mark Twain who said that, or WiMAX? News of the poor 4G technology's imminent death have surfaced again with some vigour, with blame squarely aimed at the growing support for the unpaired flavour of LTE - known as TD-LTE - which offers holders of unpaired spectrum a ticket into the LTE ballgame.
Cray packs DataDirect into supercomputers
Cray is using DataDirect Networks' (DDN) biggest, baddest array in its supercomputers.
Google blames Wi-Fi snooping on rogue engineer
Eric Schmidt has taken to the business pages today to blame Google's heavily criticised Street View Wi-Fi data harvesting operation on the actions of one rogue software coder.
Government opens public spending database
The government has broken the seal on its UK public expenditure data by releasing the entire contents of the Treasury’s Combined Online Information System (COINS) that details spending undertaken by the previous administration for the past two years.
Idle gear: It's too darn hot
Sysadmin BlogIT projects can arise from the most interesting of circumstances. One project begets another project and another and down the rabbit hole you go. The subject of this article is power management; a project brought to the forefront by of all things our upcoming replacement of desktops with low-power Wyse thin clients. If that seems bizarre to you, allow me the chance to explain.
Facebook plugs email address indexing bug
Incident-prone social network monolith Facebook has plugged yet another security leak, this time involving the indexing by search engines of email addresses not listed on Facebook.
Advertisers set iPad pester-standards
The Mobile Marketing Association reckons iPad adverts can be up to 900 pixels across, but still shouldn't be more than 40KB to download.
Tesla Motors: Elon Musk's divorce won't sink us
Fresh troubles have beset famous battery-car maker Tesla Motors, as the acrimonious divorce of its CEO and principal backer Elon Musk may imperil its finances and imminent IPO. Furthermore, there are signs that the lustre of the company's flagship Roadster sportscar may be dimming.
Rdio snubs 'second rate' Indies
ExclusiveSo much for the rebels socking it to The Man. The would-be "Spotify-killer" music service unveiled yesterday by former Kazaa founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis is happy to be owned by major labels. But Rdio won't extend the same offer to the Indie sector, The Register has learned.
Google buys Invite Media, invites protest from rivals
Google upset the online display ad market yesterday, after it confirmed the takeover of Invite Media.
Romanian boffin touts 1PB holographic disk tech
Another holographic hopeful has emerged, Storex Technologies, which claims its Hyper CD technology can produce a 1PB optical disk.
MI5 recruiters enter the Strategy Boutique in CIO search
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Twitter airport bomb spoof joker launches appeal
The Twitter user who jokingly threatened to blow Doncaster airport "sky high" back in January is to appeal against his widely criticised conviction for sending a threatening message.
Pentax Optio W90 rugged camera
ReviewSummer is here, sort of. The beaches are soon to be filled to capacity and anyone with any sense is clambering aboard the first plane to somewhere hot and sandy. That's a disaster for most cameras, which don't happily take to beaches, airport baggage handlers or seawater. Unless you've a 'ruggedised' model, of course,
Sky snaps up Virgin TV channels
Virgin Media is selling its TV channels to Sky, to focus on the telecoms side of its business.
When Obsidian and SEGA teamed up to create a new espionage-themed RPG they must have thought it was cake baking time.
The world's ugliest dog is dead
A pedigree dog, crowned the world’s ugliest pooch, has died at the grand old age of 17.
NetApp grows fastest in rebounding storage market
The external disk storage market is back in rude health, according to IDC, with 17 per cent revenue growth in the first quarter. EMC, IBM, NetApp and Dell all recorded double-digit revenue growth, and NetApp leads the pack with a 47.4 per cent jump.
BT reaches deadlock with union
BT faces a strike ballot after it failed to reach an agreement in a pay dispute with engineers by today's noon deadline.
Summary Care Records project lives
The Summary Care Records project will continue in care trusts where patients have been properly informed about the process.
Panda soups up freebie cloud anti-virus
Panda Security has improved the functionality of its free cloud-based anti-malware service and launched a new commercial version, Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro.
Gadget tax needed 'to save US newspapers'
Beware, anybody working in music or movies industries who thinks a levy - one that raises a little pot of money - will save the day. Newspaper tycoons got there first and parked their backsides in the little pot, and won't budge.
UK Waves hello to Samsung's Bada
The Samsung Wave, the first handset based on the company's much hyped Bada platform, hit the UK today, available on Virgin Media, O2 and Vodafone.
SGI ends Itanium era with UV supers
After years of development and financial struggle, Silicon Graphics has at last begun shipping its "UltraViolet" Altix UV supercomputers.
Dolphin talks to humans – but does he love Toughbook or iPad?
Dolphins eat fish, kill porpoises for fun, and try, not always successfully, to hide from Japanese fishermen.
Google's $124.6m open codec hits Chrome dev build
Google has added the newly open-sourced VP8 video codec to the latest developer-channel build of its Chrome browser.
iPads in spa-a-a-a-ce!
The next time you take your iPad into space, remember that it has a screen-rotation lock next to its volume-control rocker switch. You may need it.
Microsoft pulls plug on search bribery machine
Microsoft is pulling the plug on its search bribery machine. The Bing Cashback program — which actually paid people to use Microsoft's third-rate search engine — will vanish on July 30.
Apple's HTML5 'standards' hype debunked
Apple is hyping HTML5 again, this time with a new website purporting to show open web development in action. But the company's standards-following rivals have pointed out the Jobsian site is peddling nonsense.
Michael Dell mulls taking PC colossus private
Michael Dell told a conclave of moneymen on Thursday that he has considered taking his eponymous PC maker private.
Fujitsu, Oracle ironing out Sparc server deal
Fujitsu and Oracle, newly in the server racket thanks to its Sun acquisition, are working on a new contract covering the development and sale of Sparc-based servers.
Appeals court absolves firm that exposed man's SSN
A man whose social security number and other personal data were exposed by a company that processed his job application has no legal claims because no actual damage resulted from the privacy breach, a federal appeals court has ruled.
US census inflates latest employment numbers
The good news is that employment in the US is up. The bad news is that most of the rise is due to temporary government head-counters.
Google open codec wins OSI love after patent shield rethink
Google has rejiggered the license on its open-source VP8 video codec after complaints that it wasn't really open source.
Hack on e-commerce co. exposes records for 200,000
E-commerce company Digital River exposed data belonging to almost 200,000 individuals after hackers executed a “highly unusual search command” against its secured servers, according to a news report.