Ancient typewriters reborn as USB keyboards
The personal computer may have consigned the typewriter to the dustbin of history, but some vintage models are being reborn as USB keyboards.
New York Times bans 'tweet'
Writers at the New York Times were recently requested to stop referring to Twitter updates as "tweets" by the Gray Lady's standards editor, Phil Corbett.
Internet 1 - England goalkeeper 0
The internet loves nothing more than an excruciating moment of embarrassment caught by the cameras. When that moment happens to be in the middle of a World Cup match between England and the United States, well...
Nominet election campaign starts rolling
The election campaign for two Board positions at dot-uk registry Nominet has kicked off, with seven candidates vying for two positions.
Synology DiskStation DS410 Nas box
ReviewSynology’s DS410 is a four drive Nas aimed at the small business market – or home use if overkill is your thing – with claimed read speeds of up to 110MB/s in RAID 5 whilst keeping power consumption down to 56W.
ACTA restricts developing economies, India tells WTO
A secret trade agreement designed to harmonise some countries' intellectual property laws could destabilise existing international agreements and harm the economic prospects of developing countries, India has said.
Wireless mics get national frequency early
Channel 38 will be available for wireless microphones, nationally, three months earlier than planned.
God particles breeding like bosons
US researchers have suggested that the elusive God particle - the Higgs boson - may actually be no less than a quintet of divine, and as yet elusive, components of the universe.
Apple revamps Mac Mini as skinny HDMI box
Apple has sliced roughly half of the metal off its old Mac Mini and re-released the starter computer as a box that now looks a lot like the Apple TV. And it has an HDMI port.
Sarko to walk tall in factory visit
French president Nick Sarko has once again demonstrated his touchiness about his lack of international standing by sending operatives ahead of a planned factory visit to make sure he isn't overshadowed by less vertically-challenged workers.
Deutsche Telekom duo not facing nosey charges
The former chief exec and chairman of Deutsche Telekom will not face charges, after an investigation into spying on board members and journalists failed to find sufficient evidence against them.
Samsung shows upcoming Bada, Android smartphones
Samsung has taken the wraps off its latest Android and Bada smartphones.
Can the cloud hold off data deluge?
An article in CIO Magazine takes a look at a 2007 report from IDC (sponsored by EMC) estimating that the size of all digital data will grow by something like 1.2 million petabytes from 2009 to 2010, and will grow an astounding 44x by 2020; the number of individual files will increase by 67x.
Bullfighter cuffed for lack of cojones
Apprentice bullfighter Christian Hernández decided on Sunday that he'd prefer to pursue another line of work, fleeing the ring to derisive whistles from his fellow Mexicans and proceeding directly to a local police station on a breach of contract rap.
Apple store flakes after iPhone 4 price reveal
Apple's UK online store crumpled under a mass of fanbois this morning, which may or may not have been related to its opening up for iPhone 4 pre-orders.
Anobit breaks MLC flash barrier
Israeli startup Anobit reckons it has the technology in its Genesis enterprise SSDs to make flash storage practicable for all tier one data.
Murdoch hedges bets with e-reader purchase
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has bought the software platform designed for the Skiff e-reader, but dropped the hardware which will likely never see the light of day.
Gov hits brakes on vetting scheme
Further erosion of New Labour’s Big Brother state looks likely to take place later today when Home Secretary Theresa May announces that the government is stopping implementation of the Vetting and Barring scheme (VBS), which was due to go live next month.
GCHQ imposes Whitehall iPhone ban
The image of ministers and their advisors hunched over their BlackBerries is set to become an enduring legacy of the New Labour era, as it's emerged that RIM will maintain its stranglehold on the government smartphone market under the coalition.
Physical vs virtual: What's your poison?
Sysadmin BlogVirtualization is not new - mainframes have been doing it for ages, and other non-x86 operating systems have been slicing up servers for quite some time as well. Yet if I had to pin a single IT label on the first decade of this century, I'd tag it as the decade of x86 virtualization.
Hardcore mobile survey for hardcore users
PollMobile technology is one of the most written about topics on El Reg, but does that mean it’s now ingrained in all organisations?
Murdoch moves for full control of Sky
Sky shares jumped 18 per cent this morning on news that Rupert Murdoch is seeking full control of the company.
Microsoft and Oracle lose among open sourcers
Microsoft and Oracle are losing out to Linux and MySQL while cloud computing's not exactly taking off, according to the latest survey of Eclipse users.
picoChip gulps another $20m
Bath-based femtocell specialist picoChip has raised another $20m in equity funding, but with a million chips already sold it's about rapid expansion rather than running costs.
Toshiba readies full-keyboard netbook
Toshiba has introduced a netbook with a "full-size" keyboard for mini-laptop owners fed up of tapping away on tiny keys.
Sony Vaio P netbook
ReviewSony manages to conjure up some lovely pieces of kit, but it also has a tendency to slap outrageous price tags on them. And this was no more apparent than when it launched the Vaio P-Series last year.
FSA warns firms about social media promotions
Financial services firms should keep tabs on their social networking, other internet communications and iPhone apps to make sure that they stay up to date and compliant, according to regulator the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
GCHQ: The uncensored story of Britain's most secret intelligence agency
Book ReviewIf information indeed is power, then GCHQ is undoubtedly the closest thing the British government has to the Death Star.
Microsoft throws Office 2010 at shoppers
Microsoft's Office 2010 has hit retail stores with consumers being hailed as the suite's savior.
Police confirm cybercrime budget cut
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed their budget for battling cybercrime nationally has been slashed by the Home Office.
How to follow the World Cup from your desk
The world and its dog are beaming World Cup insight and inanities into the web sphere. Here are our picks for insight.
Public sector IT: Our own pig in lipstick?
Tight budgets and less intrusive government mean that the stage is set for increasingly heated debate between those who want to overhaul public sector IT systems wholescale, and those who believe that now is not the time for radical change.
US Senator wants Internet seizure rights
A new bill introduced to Congress calls for a new government body to oversee the internet as well as provide emergency powers to a “director of cyberspace policy” as well as the President.
RIM readies next BlackBerry, AT&T airs Aria
RIM is readying a new touchscreen BlackBerry, according to reports, while Android is slowly but surely getting its hooks into Apple's strongest bastion, AT&T. The US carrier will launch its first Android phone from HTC - currently leading the charge against the iPhone's US leadership - next week.
Is that a Wi-Fi media server in your pocket?
The distinction between the storage and transmission of stuff – a canyon wide enough to create rival industries in the past – gets more meaningless by the day. Vodafone's next personal Wi-Fi hotspot will have a file sharing built right into the dongle. That's if FCC filings and blog reports can be believed. The next-gen MiFi unit, or personal router, is manufactured by China's Huawei.
UK.gov outlines £95m IT savings plan
Ahead of next week's emergency Budget, Francis Maude, head honcho of the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), has outlined plans to renegotiate government IT contracts to net £95m in planned savings.
Sun slips nips onto iPad
NSFWToday sees the launch of the Sun's iPad app which, for a small consideration, offers fanbois the chance to digest at leisure all of the paper's famous meaty goodness.
Lone workers will like being tracked, says Orange
Orange is pushing out research claiming that UK lone-worker staff would love to be tracked using GPS, for their own benefit of course.
iPhone 4 no longer available to UK buyers?
Ordered your iPhone 4 yet? Tough - you've already missed the boat, if this afternoon's latest missive from Apple is to be believed.
Neon updates zPrime mainframe accelerator
Neon Enterprise Software, the cheeky provider of the zPrime systems software that allows production work normally running on IBM z/OS mainframe engines to be dispatched to cheaper zIIP and zAAP co-processors on those mainframes, has tweaked the tool so it can now offload even more work to those cheaper engines.
NEC lops off HYDRAstor heads
UpdateNEC has shrunk its multi-node HYDRAstor grid archive down to a single node, for smaller businesses wanting their own backup and archive store in the office and not off on a cloud somewhere.
Apple's US online store buckles under iPhone 4 preorders
UpdatedApple's US online store appears to be choking under the load of iPhone preorders.
Firefox 4 sneak peek flaunts Google open video codec
Mozilla has turned out a Firefox 4 prototype that includes Google's newly open sourced WebM video format, while Opera has rolled the format into a developer build of its own.
Newsweek: 'Zombies rise from grave, invade US'
An army of zombies has invaded America, according to Newsweek.
Java father Gosling backs managed runtime gallop
Java father James Gosling has endorsed plans to juice managed runtimes on Linux from a company that was once at loggerheads with Sun Microsystems over his beloved language.
Apple Store iPhone app promises buyer's remorse
Apple has released an iPhone app that allows US users to access its online store to puchase items, schedule appointments at its brick-and-mortar stores, read product reviews — and spend money very, very easily.
Researchers probe net's most blighted darknet
Researchers probing a previously unused swath of internet addresses say they've stumbled onto the net's most blighted neighborhoods, with at least four times as much pollution as any they've ever seen.
Dell lands custom gaming server deal
The E3 Expo is raging in Los Angeles today, and Dell's bespoke server techs are on hand backing up the launch of OnLive, the maker of an online gaming system that lets users play games over a broadband link from within a Web brower, with the video and data processing associated with the game being done back in OnLive's data center.
Critical and unpatched, Windows XP bug is under attack
Five days after it was disclosed in a highly controversial advisory, a critical vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system is being exploited by criminal hackers, researchers from anti-virus provider Sophos said on Tuesday.
Mac OS X cranked to 10.6.4
Apple added another item to its busy day with the release of version 10.6.4 updates for both Mac OS X and Mac OS X server.
Google code hints at Chrome OS Dellbook
It looks like Dell will join Acer and HP in offering netbooks based on Google's Chrome OS sometime this fall.
iPhone 4 preorder system exposes private user data
Preordering for Apple's iPhone 4 got off to a rocky start on Tuesday, with long lines, system outages, and an AT&T server that exposed sensitive account information for existing users of the must-have mobile device.