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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro Symbian smartphone

ReviewI've seen the original Vivaz - reviewed here - and found it to be a bit of a curate's egg: good in parts, though I forgave its quirks in favour of its stylish look and quality camera.
Dave Oliver, 09 Jul 2010

Australia unbans the internet

Australia's minister for broadband, and censorship, Stephen Conroy has delayed the switch-on of its Chinese-style national firewall until after the election.
John Oates, 09 Jul 2010

NSA: Secret 'Perfect Citizen' project does not spy on US

The US National Security Agency (NSA), the world's premier codebreaking and eavesdropping organisation, has strongly denied that it is setting up monitoring equipment on American privately-owned networks deemed to be critical national infrastructure.
Lewis Page, 09 Jul 2010
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Maude talks cost cutting with ICT suppliers

A group of prime government ICT suppliers has met Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude to discuss plans for cost cutting.
Kable, 09 Jul 2010

Oracle bricks up BI customers

Hot on the heels of EMC buying business intelligence (BI) vendor Greenplum, Oracle has released Business Intelligence 11g, putting another brick in the wall of its integrated software products.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2010

Council websites falter on business services

A Socitm survey has revealed that only five per cent of council websites comply with an EU directive to help businesses find out about licensing and other formalities.
Kable, 09 Jul 2010

BT settles pay row with union

BT and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have reached a pay deal that will grant staff a three per cent rise every year until 2013.
Christopher Williams, 09 Jul 2010

Windows Help update stars in MS Patch Tuesday

Microsoft plans to fix a Windows Help and Support Center vulnerability as part of next week's Patch Tuesday update batch.
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2010

Ofcom: Mobe numbers to be ported within a working day

Mobile phone users must be able to port their numbers to a new network within one working day from April next year, Ofcom has ruled.
Lewis Page, 09 Jul 2010

For sale: Dr No's Scottish bunker complex

Aspiring Bond villains looking for a "truly unique property" with space for the usual world domination paraphernalia, such as big models of Fort Knox, spacecraft-eating rocket ships and so forth, should check out this Aberdeenshire des res:
Lester Haines, 09 Jul 2010

Malaysian politico gets knighted in Photoshop

A Malaysian politician is facing eviction from his party after faking snaps of himself receiving a knighthood, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 09 Jul 2010

ISPs mark disapproval of the Digital Economy Bill

The great and the good of the internet world turned out in force last night at the London Marriott, DJed and evening gowned, to learn who had won prizes at the ISPA annual awards dinner. What a difference a year makes: last year the talk was all around safety, particularly for children. Last night the focus had shifted, with digital economy and the right way to fund creativity on the net very much to the fore.
Jane Fae , 09 Jul 2010

Piles for Windows - a pain in the arse?

Those of you who reckon Windows is a pain in the arse will enjoy this confirmation of the fact from Dragonshorn Studios:
Lester Haines, 09 Jul 2010

Europe approves mass data transfer to US

The European Parliament has passed SWIFT II - the renewed treaty giving the United States access to financial information in order to investigate terrorism.
John Oates, 09 Jul 2010
Waterfall Niagara

Waterfall Niagara speakers

ReviewThe UK is slowly trudging its way through an economic crisis and belts are being tightened across the country, so what better time to announce a new set of speakers with a price tag of £25,000?
Will Stapley, 09 Jul 2010

Hup Holland, viva España

Holland are favourites to win the World Cup according to The Reg's resident football stats expert Dr Ian McHale. But the football fan in him says Spain.
Robert Blincoe, 09 Jul 2010
Motorola Charm

Motorola flips out candybar Android Twitterphone

Having now released the Flipout social networking phone, Motorola has announced another Qwerty keyboard-equipped Android-based smartphones for Twitbook buffs.
Tony Smith, 09 Jul 2010

Lindsay Lohan: The interactive court drama

Here's something entertaining for this fine Friday afternoon: an interactive Lindsay Lohan court drama, featuring an awful lot of crying from El Reg's fave bespeckled thespiatrix...
Lester Haines, 09 Jul 2010

Dell exec questions UK.gov's 'value proposition'

A shunned Dell has hit out at Francis Maude’s plans for cutting costs among ICT suppliers by claiming the coalition government’s approach to public sector procurement is too one-sided.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jul 2010

China renews Google's internet licence

Google's internet licence has been renewed in China, after the company stopped automatically redirecting Google.cn users to its "uncensored" servers in Hong Kong.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jul 2010
Singed iPhone 4

iPhone 4 burns, hurts owner

Some bloke's iPhone 4 has reportedly caught fire.
Tony Smith, 09 Jul 2010
iPhone 4

T-Mobile tardily talks iPhone 4 tariffs

Network operator T-Mobile has at last revealed its price-plans for the iPhone 4.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jul 2010

Business guru tries to silence bloggers over 'misleading' mailshot

A marketing mailshot, similar to one described as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority in April, is reappearing in British offices across the country - and bloggers who complain are getting hit with threatening legal letters.
John Oates, 09 Jul 2010

.NET spell-checker trips over hypenation

Here's a top tip for purveyors of spell-checkers: use your spell-checker to spell check your blurb:
Lester Haines, 09 Jul 2010

Reverse engineer extracts Skype crypto secret recipe

Cryptoanalysts have published what they claim is the secret recipe behind a Skype encryption algorithm.
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2010

El Reg marks Steve Jobs for termination

It's come as quite a surprise to Vulture Central, but we've just found out that El Reg Strategy Boutique operative Philip Mitchell has been planning the assassination of Steve Jobs.
Lester Haines, 09 Jul 2010

New dinosaur dubbed 'Mojoceratops' - 'over a few beers'

A newly-discovered dinosaur has been officially named the "Mojoceratops". Apparently, beer was involved.
Lewis Page, 09 Jul 2010

Treasury turns to Facebook for cut plans

Facebook is no doubt celebrating today's free publicity provided by its supposed role in planning the UK's economic policy.
John Oates, 09 Jul 2010

'Bitter' priest blows $1.3m of church funds

A "bitter" Connecticut priest blew $1.3m of his church's funds on "swanky hotels and male escorts", CNN reports.
Lester Haines, 09 Jul 2010

Parliament misled over Climategate report, says MP

Parliament was misled and needs to re-examine the Climategate affair thoroughly after the failure of the Russell report, a leading backbench MP told us today.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jul 2010

Russian spies dumped in Vienna after swap

Russia and the US exchanged 14 agents at Vienna Airport in the biggest spy exchange since the end of the Cold War.
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2010

Telco sets honey pot for nuisance marketers

A small telco has decided to turn the tables on irritating unsolicited calls by setting up a block of dummy phone numbers that play messages to trick marketers into lenghty and pointless sales pitches.
Team Register, 09 Jul 2010
homeless man with sign

The weekend Brocade rumour

It may be just a fabric(sic)ation but rumour central has Dell, IBM and Juniper throwing their acquisitive hats into the ring for Brocade, with Brocade preferring to be bought by the big blue fairy godmother rather than taking a trip to Round Rock or drinking gin.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2010
Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar reveals Red Dead refreshments

Wild West wannabes who can't get enough of the highly rated Red Dead Redemption, will be pleased to know new features are on the way.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jul 2010
Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar Social Club goes Red Dead

As well as announcing new downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar is promoting several RDR multiplayer events happening over the next few months through its Social Club.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jul 2010

RIM nemesis slaps patent suit on Apple, Google, Microsoft...

NTP, the patent-holding firm that tortured Research in Motion (RIM) throughout the middle of the past decade is at it again. This time, its targets are Apple, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, and Motorola.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jul 2010

Web happy iPhone dev kit grants free evals

WorkLight is offering coders free access to an evaluation version of its multi-platform development suite, billed as a means of building, deploying, and managing applications for iPhones, Androids, BlackBerries, Windows and Mac desktops and notebooks, and the web.
Cade Metz, 09 Jul 2010

Google versus Facebook: stop your photocopiers

Open...and ShutThe desktop is dead. Just ask Microsoft and Apple. Or, better yet, ask Facebook and Google.
Matt Asay, 09 Jul 2010

Apple bars radiation nanny from App Store

Apple's App Store police are barring yet another app, but this time the developers are taking their cause to the public.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jul 2010

Yahoo!: the future is HTML5 (plus native code)

For Yahoo!, the future of mobile applications is HTML5. But that doesn't mean they'll run solely on the web.
Cade Metz, 09 Jul 2010

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