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Beware of cold call scammers pushing rogue antivirus

Malware-pushing scammers appear to be stepping up their use of telephone-based pitches, resulting in an increase in reports from the UK of high-pressure cold calls designed to trick people into installing rogue antivirus products and other nasties.
Dan Goodin, 05 Jul 2010
Buffalo MicroStation SSD

Buffalo MicroStation SSD

ReviewBuffalo has come up with a novel way of easing the hard drive upgrade process. Instead of bundling a 2.5in enclosure with its MicroStation SSD - or not even bothering with one at all - this 3Gb/s Sata laptop drive has its own on-board USB 2.0 port.
Tony Smith, 05 Jul 2010

Superpowered energy-storing wonder stuff created in lab

US-based boffins say they have created a never-seen-before type of ultra-bizarre stuff in the lab by using incredible pressures similar to those found deep inside planets. The scientists believe that their creation is capable of storing an unfeasible amount of energy.
Lewis Page, 05 Jul 2010
Transformers: War for Cybertron

Transformers: War for Cybertron

ReviewAt its heart, Transformers: War for Cyberton is a five-minute experience stretched out over 10 hours. That's hardly surprising when you consider the source material – an animated TV series and range of comic books cynically cobbled together to sell a faceless range of Japanese toys.
Andrew Bailey, 05 Jul 2010

NPIA outlines £200m IT savings plan

The chief executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency has outlined plans to save £200m by 2015 through 'better use of technology and procurement'.
Kable, 05 Jul 2010

DWP puts central apps procurement on hold

The Department for Work and Pensions has suspended part of its procurement exercise for a central government application deployment service.
Kable, 05 Jul 2010

ISS crew capture robotic spacecraft

The International Space Station crew successfully captured the Progress 38 spacecraft yesterday, after the unmanned Russian supply vessel sailed past the orbiting outpost on Friday.
Lester Haines, 05 Jul 2010

Beeb dubs Facebook users 'saddos'

The launch of a BBC "World Olympic Dreams" site over the weekend went slighty awry when outraged netizens spotted a rather unflattering description of Facebook users in the "half-baked" effort:
Lester Haines, 05 Jul 2010

YouTube vuln pwns Justin Bieber fans

Hackers and pranksters began exploiting a newly discovered scripting flaw on YouTube on Sunday, provoking rumours that a virus was spreading on the site.
John Leyden, 05 Jul 2010

XBox Live: Why should Microsoft get all the money?

Activision has"heard" that its Call of Duty mega-franchise is the main reason for 60 per cent of subscribers to pay for Xbox Live - so why should Microsoft get all the money?
Drew Cullen, 05 Jul 2010

Colombian cops seize cocaine World Cup

Colombian cops thwarted a cunning cocaine smuggling plan when they seized a replica of the World Cup fashioned from Bolivian marching powder.
Lester Haines, 05 Jul 2010

Exciting company seeks Linux engineer

We thought the Linux bods among you might be interested in the following position in an "exciting and rapidly growing company". The salary's not bad but the bonus situation may leave a bit to be desired...
Lester Haines, 05 Jul 2010

Policing personal calls on business mobiles

WorkshopCommunications technology makes it easy to mix up personal and business calls. If you want to keep track of what you pay for, and minimise your mobile bills, then you should be able to monitor personal use at some level - either independently, or with the help of your service provider.
Dale Vile, 05 Jul 2010

Monty appeals Oracle's Sun merger

The co-founder of MySQL has submitted an appeal against the European competition watchdog’s decision to clear Oracle’s takeover of Sun Microsystems earlier this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2010

6music wins possible reprieve from BBC Trust

6Music looks set to be saved from closure, after the BBC Trust confirmed this morning it had “not been convinced by the case” for shutting the digital music station.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2010

Online tax scam gang get 40 years

A gang of Ukrainian scammers were sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison on Friday for a a multi-million pound tax scam.
John Oates, 05 Jul 2010

Apple TV revamp rumours resurface

Apple is gearing up to release its fourth overhaul of the Apple TV user interface in as many years, part of a plan to revitalise the telly-connected device.
Tony Smith, 05 Jul 2010

Brocade wipes floor with CNA competition

Brocade's network adapters cream competing products from Emulex and QLogic when used for Exchange and Oracle data sent over over Ethernet links.
Chris Mellor, 05 Jul 2010

Home Office promises spycam review

Home Secretary Theresa May is calling for the police network of automatic number plate recognition cameras to be put under some form of regulation.
John Oates, 05 Jul 2010

iTunes hack used to fiddle App Store ratings

Compromised Apple App Store accounts have been abused by rogue developers to boost their ranking and increase their sales.
John Leyden, 05 Jul 2010
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IBM sends sodden supercomputer to Zurich uni

IBM has delivered a water-cooled supercomputer to the Zurich ETH* university, saying it uses up to 40 per cent less energy than an air-cooled machine, and has a reduced carbon footprint because its waste heat is used to warm adjacent buildings.
Chris Mellor, 05 Jul 2010

Unused 'free' minutes cost Brits £800m a year

My wife never uses up her mobile minutes. I know we can save £5 a month if she swaps to a cheaper contract - but have we done it? Of course not.
Drew Cullen, 05 Jul 2010

BBC Online to be scaled back, budget cut by a quarter

The BBC’s online presence will shrink, after its governing body agreed with director-general Mark Thompson’s plans to cut the public service broadcaster’s online spending.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2010
Xperia X10 Mini

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini

ReviewPresumably reasoning that the Xperia X10 - reviewed here - is a little on the large side, Sony Ericsson has cooked up two diminutive variations on the theme: the Xperia X10 Mini and the Qwerty keyboard equipped X10 Mini Pro.
Alun Taylor, 05 Jul 2010

Web 2.0 to bring about world peace

By 2020, personal social relations will be have been transformed for the better, thanks to the magic of Web 2.0. So says a survey of American 'thought leaders' conducted by private liberal arts college Elon and pollster Pew.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Jul 2010

3D TV: Avatar or Ishtar?

Heads or FailsWe've seen plenty of forecasts predicting how many 3D TVs will be sold in the coming years - the latest, from UK-based IMS Research, puts the total at 218m shipped by the end of 2015 - but none that show that punters want or will use the technoology.
Tony Smith, 05 Jul 2010

IT recruiters warn over migration caps

The government's plan to cap the number of non-EU economic migrants allowed into the UK has attracted criticism from IT recruiters, who claim some skills cannot be sourced here.
Team Register, 05 Jul 2010

eBay shill bidder gets £5,000 fine

The first UK seller to be prosecuted for artificially inflating prices by bidding on his own eBay auctions has been told to pay £5,000 in fines and costs, and ordered to do 250 hours community service.
Christopher Williams, 05 Jul 2010

Microsoft's .NET at ten: big hits, strange misses

We take it for granted now, but it was ten years ago this week — July 7, 2000 — that Microsoft announced its brand-new application development initiative, the .NET Framework, at TechEd Amsterdam. The company then provided more detail at its Professional Developers Conference in Orlando, Florida, the following week.
Tim Anderson, 05 Jul 2010

'The internet's completely over', declares petulant Prince

Purple rock geezer Prince has declared that the internetosphere has had its day, as he prepares to release his latest album exclusively on CD through UK newspaper the Daily Mirror.
Lester Haines, 05 Jul 2010

LG confirms Android tablet

LG is preparing a tablet that'll run Google's Android OS.
Hard Reg, 05 Jul 2010

Vital PARIS supplies jet in from US

It was with a certain amount of relief that the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team this morning signed for a cardboard box packed with vital components for the Vulture 1 aircraft.
Lester Haines, 05 Jul 2010

Sony intros 3D-ready home cinema sets

Sony has rolled out a pair of home cinema kits, plus a third rig that bundles a 3D Blu-ray Disc player with one of first two sets of speakerage.
Hard Reg, 05 Jul 2010

RAC prof: Road charges can end the ripoff of motorists

The head of the RAC Foundation - the RAC's independent roads research charity - says that the English highway system can no longer be run the way it now is, as a colossal money-spinner for the Treasury. He advocates a move to "pay as you go" road use.
Lewis Page, 05 Jul 2010

Microsoft's KIN goes to hell: Site offers comfort

A tribute website has been created to mourn the passing of Microsoft’s short-lived, horribly unpopular KIN mobile handset that was aimed at the yoof market.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2010

Nine Inch Nails guy scores Facebook movie... bitch!

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor confirmed that he is writing the soundtrack for David Fincher’s upcoming film about Facebook - The Social Network.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2010

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