Apple details privacy policies for US Congressmen
Apple has sent Congress an explanation of its location-based information-gathering and privacy policies.
Reg reader tweaks Jobs with Judasphone.com
Despite Steve Jobs' assurance that "There is no Antennagate", that squeaky-hinged barrier keeps a-flapping — and more than one good soul has found humor amid the grating creaks. Or the creaking grates. Or whatever.
NASA drops Ubuntu's Koala food for (real) open source
NASA is dropping Eucalyptus from its Nebula infrastructure cloud not only because its engineers believe the open source platform can't achieve the sort of scale they require, but also because it isn't entirely open source.
Advent MT22 21.5in touchscreen all-in-one desktop
ReviewAlthough best known for its low cost PCs and laptops, Advent does occasionally produce slightly more interesting models. Its new MT22 all-in-one PC is a case in point, and follows on from previous attempts such as the AIO-100 and AIO-156.
Bubble-baron Bigelow bags Boeing boosters
FarnboroughColourful inflatable space-bubble kingpin Robert Bigelow has allied with US aerospace globocorp Boeing for the purpose of "making space travel commercial the way air travel became commercial a century ago".
Intel escapes monopoly fine as competition probe ends
Chip giant Intel looks set to escape an anti-trust fine from the Federal Trade Commission.
Extraterrestrials strafe Bosnian with meteorites
A Bosnian man whose house has been hit six times by meteorites has come to the conclusion he's done something to hack off ET, the Telegraph reports.
Sky announcement on Easynet sell-off expected by Thursday
Sky is expected to finalise a deal for a management buyout of its networking business Easynet by the end of this week.
Dell swallows deduping and compressing Ocarina
Dell is buying Ocarina, the deduplication startup which compresses a multitude of supposedly incompressible image files and which has just announced a second and software-only deduplication product other suppliers can include in their storage product stacks.
EU pledges huge spend for small biz R&D
The European Commission has pledged €6.4bn for research investments across Europe in various areas for both academics and small businesses.
Panasonic plugs movie rental service into net tellies
Panasonic has brought the Acetrax movie rental and downloads service to its internet-connected Viera HD TVs.
Symbian fans to get Foundation voice
Individuals desperate to be more involved in the evolution of Symbian can now get their voice heard thanks to a new free developers' community with Foundation membership.
FileMaker Pro squeezes onto an iPhone
FileMaker Pro, the Mac's answer to Microsoft Access, is now available for iOS – allowing the iPhone and iPad into the enterprise, as long as the enterprise is using FileMaker.
Russians quizzed over parasailing donkey
Russian police are less than impressed with the instigators of a parasailing donkey stunt which saw an innocent beast of burden hauled into the skies to promote a private beach on the Sea of Azov.
Sharp cuts palmtop from Android cloth
Anyone awaiting the arrival of netbooks running Google's Android OS so impatiently that they'll go anywhere to get one should take a trip to Tokyo next week.
Small biz stays nervous on recovery
Small businesses in the UK remain focused on cost-cutting rather than expanding sales to secure their futures.
Directgov gets Cabinet Office overlords
Responsibility for the government’s online service - Directgov - is set to become part of the Cabinet Office minister’s brief.
Dell sandboxes Firefox to boost corporate security
Dell has applied application virtualisation technology to Firefox in order to offer corporates what it claims is a more secure browsing experience.
Who cares about encryption?
Workshop Poll ResultsWe're used to getting a hundred or so responses from the mini-polls we run, but the 383 responses to our recent encryption survey were indicative of just how important this area is to people. In it, we wanted to gauge the gap between aspiration and reality when it comes to encryption – what you think is necessary, versus what you have in place.
Council urges army drinkers to break the law
At least one northern council – and possibly others – is publicly advising the owners of licensed premises to break the law. Is this a cynical attempt to avoid bad publicity? Or, as council officials describe the advice, simple "pragmatism"?
Asus switches Eee Pad to Android
Asus' upcoming Eee Pad tablet will no longer feature Windows CE but will use Google's Android instead.
Creative World of Warcraft headphones
ReviewTo be honest, I can’t think of anything more embarrassing than wearing a badged set of World of Warcraft headphones. Does it really matter what's stamped on the side when you're sat behind a big monitor anyway?
Mobile phones cause tinnitus, says study
A study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine claims evidence that mobile phones cause tinnitus, persistent ringing in the ears.
C&W issues profit warning on public sector cuts
Cable and Wireless shares tumbled more than 20 per cent this morning after it warned investors it would miss profit targets because of cuts in the public sector.
RIP: The copyright quango that wanted to terminate your rights
As we reported yesterday, the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property is to be abolished. The Coalition has decided that dismantling copyright is a task that the Intellectual Property Office is quite capable of performing without assistance, and has folded SABIP's duties back into the IPO.
HTC Wildfire Android smartphone
ReviewSo you like the sound of this Android smartphone business, but you don’t want to spend a fortune? Well, the HTC Wildfire isn’t the first budget Android blower, but it’s arguably the best.
Knives out for Nokia boss
Nokia is seeking a new boss and for the first time he won't be a Finnish national, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Google switches on Buzz firehose
Google’s Buzz firehose trickled into action yesterday when the company opened up its data stream to developers.
UK's Watchkeeper drone 'can see footprints through cloud'
FarnboroughUK military robot spyplanes due to be fielded in Afghanistan within two years are fitted with radar so sensitive, according to its makers, that it can detect not only individual people moving about on the ground - but even the footprints they leave in the dirt.
Adobe to fortify widely exploited Reader with security sandbox
Under criticism for being the world's most exploited application, Adobe Systems' Reader program will soon include a security design that's intended to thwart malicious attacks against end users.
Grey beards seize power at Big Blue
In the wake of reporting IBM's second quarter financial results yesterday afternoon, Sam Palmisano, the company's president, chief executive officer, and chairman sent an email to all the employees saying that Big Blue was reorganizing its operations to better reflect the modern IT world.
Russia confirms shiny new cosmodrome
Russia will guarantee its full space independence with a new cosmodrome in the country's far eastern Amur region, the BBC reports.
Lenovo eyes iPad-alternative opportunity
The status of Lenovo's rather cute'n'skinny Skylight netbook may be uncertain, but the Chinese computer maker has at least committed itself to release an iPad alternative by the end of the year.
Google discovers Chrome can (really) block ads
Google Chrome now includes the ability to completely block resources from loading inside the browser, and the latest incarnation of the AdBlock extension for Chrome is using this "beforeload" event to not only hide ads from the user but prevent them from downloading entirely.
IBM preps Power7 iron for August launch
With its hardware revenues taking hits since last fall because of impending server launches across its various lines, IBM has been pulling out the stops to move up announcements. Not only is the System zEnterprise 196 mainframe (formerly known as z11) being pulled forward to a July 22 launch, but now the entry and high-end Power7 machines are getting kicked out the door earlier than expected.
Google image search gets facelift
Google has revamped its image search service, rolling out a spruced-up interface and a new breed of image ad meant to dovetail with "organic" results.
Apple revenue tops bullish expectations by $1bn
The Wall Street moneymen were expecting a big quarter for Apple, and with today's announcement that the Cupertinians had pulled in $15.7bn in revenue in their third quarter of fiscal 2010, those prognosticating financial folks got what they were hoping for — and a billion dollars more.
IE and Safari lets attackers steal user names and addresses
The Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers are susceptible to attacks that allow webmasters to glean highly sensitive information about the people visiting their sites, including their full names, email addresses, location, and even stored passwords, a security researcher says.
Apple iPad – the 'Tickle Me Elmo' of 2010
Apple will sell 12.9 million iPads before the end of this year, according to the market watchers at iSuppli, upping their earlier estimate of 7.1 million "magical and revolutionary" devices.
Fake Toy Story 3 scams creates malign buzz
Scammers have taken advantage of the buzz around the recent release of Toy Story 3 to bait bogus survey sites and pop-up software scams.
Yahoo! blames so-so revenues on 'sluggish' search
After all that Meltdown-induced cost-cutting and Bartzian reshaping, Yahoo!'s profits rose 32 per cent during the second quarter. But revenues grew a mere two per cent, failing to reach the expectations of both the Wall Street guessmen and Yahoo! itself.
Google Chrome bug bounty ups Mozilla's ante
Two days after Mozilla sextupled the bug bounty paid to security researchers to $3,000, Google has upped the ante for vulnerabilities that are reported in its Chrome browser.