Reseller'n'hosting specialist offshores jobs
2e2, which recently bought Morse, is considering sending its support desk jobs to India.
Privacy watchdogs: Silence isn't cookie consent
Advertisers are wrong to say that websites can comply with a new law governing internet cookies by relying on a user's cookie settings, Europe's privacy watchdogs have said. The Article 29 Working Party has published its interpretation of the new law.
Maude calls for public choice on open data
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has invited the public to comment on what government data sets should be released.
Ten Essential... Travel Speakers
Product Round-upWith summer galloping towards us with unjustifiable confidence, the thoughts of young men an women turn towards kit that will work alfresco. With this in mind, today I'm taking a shufti at travel speakers.
Does business really care about security?
Workshop Poll ResultsI once read a book that said, among other things, “You can never truly give money away.” The point it was making was that the act of giving has a certain responsibility – if you hand a large wad of cash to a charity, for example, you will want to know that the money is being spent wisely.
Oklahoma granny sues cops over tasering
An 86-year-old Oklahoma woman is suing the El Reno police department for tasering her in her sick bed, local koco.com reports.
Moz tweaks extension crash controls in Firefox
Mozilla has tweaked the crash protection features in Firefox with a new release of the open source browser.
BT boss brands Britain illiterate
BT's chairman Sir Mike Rake has joined Tesco and M&S in slamming standards in British schools.
Southpaws up in arms over iPhone 4
Apple has brought down the wrath of the UK's lefthanders after Steve Jobs' insensitive advice on how to use the firm's brand new on-again-off-again iPhone 4.
Google can kill or install apps on citizen Androids
Google has the power to not only remove applications from users' Android phones, but remotely install them as well.
'Industry giant' fragged UK games developer tax break
Why did the Liberal Conservatives can a plan to give UK games developers tax breaks? Because "one of the biggest games companies in the world" persuaded them not to.
Amazon slips video into Apple's e-books
Kindle books will now come with embedded video and audio content, but only for those who eschewed the Kindle hardware for Apple's iOS alternatives.
128GB BD-R disc is go
A proposed four-layer, 128GB recordable Blu-ray Disc has become part of the official BD specification.
Indian firm offshores to Belfast
Indian systems integrator and software developer L&T Infotech is opening its European headquarters in Belfast which will eventually employ 85 people.
WTF is... Project Canvas?
The BBC Trust announced on Friday that it had approved Project Canvas, the internet-connected TV specification that’s backed by the BBC along with the other public service broadcasters, plus telcos Talk Talk and BT, and transmitter overseer Arqiva.
Dell punts SIM-free Streak
Quite fancy Dell's Streak MID - reviewed here - but don't relish the prospect of being tied to O2? This will be good news, then: Dell is now selling the big phone/small tablet (delete as applicable) unlocked.
BT Vision signs contract for Sky Sports channels
BT has agreed terms with Sky to offer its premium sports channels, after Ofcom forced the satellite broadcaster to offer them to rivals at capped prices.
Duff French missiles for Royal Navy finally fixed
Problems with the primary armament of the Royal Navy's new, £1bn+ Type 45 destroyers have been rectified, according to reports.
DIY white iPhone 4 guide posted
Want a white iPhone 4 but can't face the wait until the end of July? Then make your own.
Brazilian banker's crypto baffles FBI
Cryptographic locks guarding the secret files of a Brazilian banker suspected of financial crimes have defeated law enforcement officials.
Skype boosts results for exclusive operators
Good news for operators like Verizon Wireless, which have thrown their lot in with Skype rather than fighting the open web tide. The pioneer of cellco-Skype deals, 3 UK, claims the arrangement has brought it a massive boost to earnings.
Packard Bell EasyNote LM 17in laptop
ReviewBack in May I reviewed Packard Bell’s dot S2 netbook and was disappointed to find it was little more than a Aspire One 532h rebranded from parent company Acer. I was therefore pleased to see the new EasyNote LM looks totally unlike any of Acer’s 17in Aspires and Timelines.
Daily Mail breaks iPhone 4 recall scoop
The Daily Mail yesterday reported Apple may recall the iPhone 4. It based the story on “confirmation” from a Steve Jobs Twitter account clearly marked as a spoof.
Apple feels heat from Germany for geo-tracking i-customers
Germany’s justice minister has reportedly demanded that Apple “immediately make clear” what data it grabs up from customers who use the company’s products, and for what purpose.
Knowing your GPPs from your GPSes
Sysadmin BlogIn my last set of articles I discussed why managing systems via Group Policy Objects (GPOs) is easier, especially for junior administrators who either don’t know the scripting languages or the ins and outs of the operating systems and applications they manage.
Power line tech could crash aircraft and shut down the Archers
An extensive study commissioned by Ofcom concludes that power line networking could crash aeroplanes and block Radio 4, but that technology will probably solve the problem before that happens.
Dell in late payment Hall of Shame
Direct computer seller Dell has been entered into a late payments Hall of Shame for unilaterally adding an extra 15 days to the time it aims to settle invoices.
Apple: we've sold a lot of iPhone 4s
Can 1.7m punters be wrong? That's how many folk had snapped up Apple's iPhone 4 by close of play Saturday, 26 June - three days after the handset went on sale.
Observer columnist in online porn mixup
You might think being a Sunday newspaper columnist is a pretty easy gig.
Does anyone really want to embed dedupe code?
CommentWhich storage OEMs will embed Ocarina or Permabit deduplication code in their products?
Microsoft PR boss sweats in face of
Apollo Creed Apple, Google... world
Microsoft’s top flack has been physically and metaphorically running up hills in the last few days in an effort to find out what’s gone wrong at Redmond HQ.
Chinese military banned from blogging
China has issued an edict banning its 2.3 million military personnel from blogging or creating homepages or websites, AP reports.
Comet-bomb interceptor makes low pass above Atlantic
A NASA space probe famous for bombing a comet five years ago made a final "flyby" past Earth last night, changing its orbit around the Sun with the aid of the planet's gravity. The renamed "EPOXI" craft (formerly "Deep Impact") swooped low just 19,000 miles above the South Atlantic at 11pm UK time last night.
Plastic Logic still ain't got a Que
The Que e-reader from Plastic Logic has been postponed, again, as the company struggles to get a product out while there's still a market for it.
International Cricket 2010
I don't like cricket... oh, no... oh, actually, wait a minute, I really don't like cricket.
Samsung intros long-life mini-laptop
Want a netbook that will run for (almost) up to 14 hours? That's what Samsung is promising its new 10in N230 can deliver.
FTC kills ingenious micro-payment scam
US consumer watchdogs have closed down a lucrative credit card scam that ran undetected for up to four years.
Sepaton's virtualisation surge
With its latest software release Sepaton is providing virtual ES2 arrays to departments in private clouds and customers in public clouds. It also has a roadmap to turn its grid-architecture high-end ES2 deduplicating secondary storage array engines into virtual machine appliances.
Spoof beer ad mocks England footie flops
It's good to see that following yesterday's football debacle, disappointed fans have responded as is the local custom, with a resigned shrug and a few pops at the expense of the lamentable England football team. Here's our fave, which just slipped into the Bootnotes inbox:
Chrome squeaks past Safari in US
Google Chrome and Apple's Safari have swapped spots in their skirmish to determine which browser can capture one-third the US market share of Firefox and one-sixth that of Internet Explorer.
Nokia demos finger flicking exercise for iPhone 4 users
Nokia has latched onto its key advantage over arch-rival Apple's iPhone 4: you can hold the Finns' phones virtually anyway you want.
iPhone 4 parts cost $188 says pre-hyped report
Having taken a brand new 16GB iPhone 4 to bits, market watcher iSuppli reckons all the component parts together cost fiddly-small-change less than $188 (£125).
First MeeGo Linux needs love and scrub up
ReviewMeeGo is a big deal. Devices plus cloud is the big trend right now and MeeGo has seen two industry giants - Intel and Nokia - combine efforts to create a Linux offering capable of competing with Windows on netbooks, Apple and Google on phones and tablets, and embedded operating systems on just about anything else from TVs to cars.
CPU, GPU makers gussie up their wares for Hot Chips
The annual Hot Chips symposium on high-performance chips will be hosted by the IEEE at Stanford University this August 21-23, and heavyweights in the microprocessor and other chip rackets will be on hand to talk up their latest innovations. As usual.
Hybrid hard drives: what's not to like?
Flash-based SSD drives may be bloody fast, but they're also bloody expensive. For some road warriors, price is immaterial, but for most mortals — or for their employers — price is everything.
More iPhone 4 angst: fanbois howl over head sensor
As they complain of yellow splotches, screen scratches, and left-hander discrimination, disillusioned fanbois are also howling over problems with the not-so-holy handset's proximity sensor.
Yes, software can be patented, US Supremes say
The US Supreme Court on Monday preserved the right of inventors to patent software and other intangible business methods in a highly anticipated ruling that disappointed critics who say such patents stifle competition and innovation.
Oracle refreshes Sun Xeon server lineup
As El Reg has been telling you it would, Oracle revamp its x64 servers in June and Advanced Micro Devices was not invited to the announcement party.
Rancid IE6 'more secure' than Chrome and Opera US bank says
Microsoft's creaking Internet Explorer 6 is more secure and popular than either Google's Chrome or Opera US banking giant Chase has determined.
Verizon slashes Microsoft Kin phone prices
Verizon has slashed the prices of Microsoft's ill-conceived and ill-received not-so-smartphones with the Dr. Seussian names of Kin One and Kin Two.