Google site fools interwebs into China blockage scare
Google's China search is working just fine, despite breathless claims from countless news organizations that it's "fully blocked."
Pioneer BDP-330 Blu-ray player
ReviewIf a recent survey for HP is to be believed, Britons remain committed to packaged media, with 75 percent wanting hard copies of films in a box. So despite the advance of video streaming and downloading, perhaps it’s not yet time to write off conventional disc players, like Pioneer’s latest Blu-ray offering, the BDP-330.
Data.gov.uk chief admits transparency concerns
The head of the government's website for the release of public sector data has said it is a challenge to ensure that users can understand the statistics.
Hitachi details unified management
Hitachi's Unified Compute Platform (UCP) integrated IT stack idea is gathering momentum.
Gaming sites bet on merger
PartyGaming and Bwin have agreed to merge, just as moves to make online gambling legal in the US get a little closer.
Street View spooked by 10 Rillington Place?
Until now, we at El Reg have assumed that Google's Street View spymobiles are as fearless as they are all-seeing, but it appears this may not be entirely true.
Beware the blizzard of torrents of Starcraft 2
Starcraft 2 was released this week and at the hefty RRP of £45. Many games sites are hopping mad at this, although typically retailers are selling Blizzard's strategy game at £10 less than RRP.
French operator pooh-poohs iOS4
UpdatedFrench network operator SFR is thumbing its nose at Apple by telling customers to think carefully before upgrading to iOS 4.
Nvidia and HPC's second act
In a lot of ways, Nvidia is the belle of the GPU/accelerator ball these days. (Make your reservations early for the upcoming "GPU Fancy Dress Cotillion" later on this year; tuxedo t-shirts encouraged.) Intel withdrew Larrabee, IBM isn't pushing Cell, FPGAs aren't gaining a lot of traction yet, and AMD is late to the party with Fusion.
Chaos surrounds New Zealand iPhone 4 day
Apple's iPhone 4 went on sale today in New Zealand. But Vodafone NZ's handling of the launch left much to be desired, with hundreds of customers left in the lurch.
Happy Sysadmin Day!
It’s the last Friday in July, so that can mean only one thing - happy SysAdmin Day!
Fake Firefox update used to sling scareware
Online con artists have developed a strain of scareware that poses as a Firefox update.
UK.gov drops £6m on Google
Four Whitehall departments gave Google and similar search engines more than £6m in two years to encourage web users to do more exercise, emit less CO2 and stop smoking, among other initiatives.
Nexus One phone rockets to 28,000ft
If you've ever wondered what happens when you stick a Google Nexus One phone in a rocket and blast it to 28,000ft from the Nevada desert, then here's your answer:
Nude trampolinist bounces free from court
A 55-year-old described by the BBC as a 'man' and by Scotland's Daily Record as a 'pervert' has avoided jail after being spotted by neighbours having too much fun with too few clothes on a trampoline.
Alleged expenses fiddlers to face justice
The four politicians facing fraud charges over their expenses today failed in their bid to avoid prosecution by using ancient Parliamentary privilege laws.
YouTube ups video time limit
YouTube has bumped its upload limit to 15 minutes for users of the Google-owned video sharing website.
NatWest dumps O2 Money
A year after leaping into bed with O2, NatWest is no longer backing the operator's pre-paid credit card offering, citing differences in strategic goals as the cause of the breakup.
Polaroid 300 instant print camera
ReviewThe news that Polaroid has a new instant camera, after we thought it was done with all that frivolity, is likely to be greeted with squeals of nostalgic joy. While digital is superior in almost every sense there's a real warmth about those 80s prints that we remember adorning fridges and noticeboards. The Polaroid 300 (tsk, these unwieldy techie names) takes you straight back to your childhood, making a spontaneity-encouraging break from all that DSLR refinement.
T-Mobile UK pumps out the iPhone 4
Last month, we reported T-Mobile UK's price-plans for the iPhone 4. Today the telco start shipping the iphone, and has come in with lower tariffs .
UK.gov sticks to IE 6 cos it's more 'cost effective', innit
Computers in Whitehall will largely continue to run Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6, which will make web coders spit out their cheese‘n’pickle sarnies this lunchtime.
TalkTalk talks up SIM only mobile deals
TalkTalk is to launch its own mobile phone service, thanks to a deal with Vodafone UK.
Cyber Security Challenge winner announced
The UK's Cyber Security Challenge has announced the winner of its prologue crypto puzzle, as well as the solution - for anyone still struggling to find an answer.
Xiotech forging secret Katana project
Word has reached us of a development project codenamed Katana inside Xiotech, with hints that the project involves HDD and SSD hybrid craftsmanship.
Czechs toast Bud-beating beer win
Beer drinkers in the Czech Republic, and that's most of country, will be raising a glass today to celebrate a local victory against Anheuser-Busch, the maker of US "beer" Budweiser.
Microsoft goes on the road with Kinect
Microsoft is taking the Kinect for Xbox 360 to the Great British Unwashed, giving gamers an opportunity to try the upcoming hands-free motion sensor before its release on August 20.
Delegate hacks into Black Hat streaming video
Security shortcomings in Black Hat's newly established streaming media service allowed a security consultant to hack into the system and see presentations for free.
Mozy insists: It's not a bug...
Mozy says that the bugs reported by users concerning repeated full backups were not bugs at all, instead reflecting a feature of the product.
Microsoft should starve on radical penguin diet
Open...and ShutWhen the mouthpiece of American capitalism calls a company a dog, it's time to re-evaluate that company's chances.
UK supermarket starts contactless payments
Spar is going contactless, attracted by the four pence per transaction the company could save by not asking shoppers for their PINs.
US law to neuter libel tourism
The US House of Representatives has passed a law which will render libel rulings from the English courts unenforceable there. The bill has already been passed by the Senate and will go to US President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
BlueArc gets extra greenbacks
BlueArc, the hardware-accelerated NAS array supplier startup, has pocketed another $20m in a seventh funding round, taking total funding to around $225m.
Unisys floats mainframe cloud
A mainframe cloud may seem oxymoronic like a lead Zeppelin ("a" included on purpose), or intuitively obvious (given the virtualization and metering capabilities that have been in mainframes for decades). But Unisys has nonetheless fluffed up a mainframe cloud for its ClearPath mainframe customers.
Futurologist defends 'malevolent dust' warning
A futurologist has defended his controversial warning that "smart dust" is liable to become a future information stealing threat.
Microsoft Street Slide: Street View done properly
Leaving aside the creepy privacy aspects, Street View is one of Google's most valuable services. The ability to familiarise yourself with somewhere strange, before you arrive, is genuinely useful.
3D Dot Game Heroes
ReviewFeeling nostalgic for 8-bit gaming? Then 3D Dot Game Heroes will, no doubt, satisfy. There’s no need to drag out your NES as this square-edged upstart hails from the land of Sony and is exclusive to Playstation 3. With fervour for the 1980s increasingly present in popular culture (Hot Tub Time Machine, anyone?), 3D Dot Game Heroes buys into this sentimentalism and looks, plays and sounds like nothing else around since 1986.
Microsoft cries foul on Yahoo!-Google Japan deal
Microsoft will try to stop Yahoo! from hooking up with Google in Japan.
MS preps emergency patch for Windows shortcut peril
Warning of an uptick in attacks, Microsoft plans to issue an emergency update to patch a critical Windows vulnerability that hackers are exploiting to seize control of PCs.
Boffins authenticate Apple 'Antennagate'
More evidence has surfaced that Apple's beleaguered Judas Phone does, indeed, have serious reception challenges — and today's facts and figures come from a sophisticated source.
AMD, GlobalFoundries, and the Intel gap
When AMD spin-off GlobalFoundries broke ground on its fab in upstate New York last year, the chip manufacturer boasted it was "closing the gap" on Intel. "We were a year behind Intel at the 45nm node, and that difference will be cut significantly at the 32nm generation," said vice president of manufacturing systems technology Tom Sonderman. "By 22nm, there will be no difference. It will be in the noise level."