ReviewIt might look like Nokia's high-powered, business-centric E72, but the C3 offers a stripped-down spec with a price to match and the emphasis on social networking with a full, hard-key Qwerty keyboard.
Alien spymobile menaces Street View
Google had better watch its back, because El Reg has obtained evidence that a powerful rival is about to poke Street View in its all-seeing eye.
iPhone 4 satisfaction high, but lower than iPhone 3GS
Results from a small-scale survey rating satisfaction among iPhone 4 owners were released Wednesday. The verdict? Mixed.
Ofcom enlists 4-year-olds to boost dodgy DAB stats
Ofcom has an interesting new definition of what constitutes a "radio listener". It now includes four-year-old children. And at a stroke, DAB radio's prospects suddenly look a lot healthier.
HK 'Dog Man' jailed for voodoo ritual sex
A Hong Kong self-proclaimed voodoo master dubbed the "Dog Man", who engaged in ritual sex with a gullible 20-year-old student, has failed to work his magic on a judge and will spend the next 21 months behind bars.
Monitoring for security effectiveness
WorkshopIn the last of this mini-poll series, we wanted to find out whether the security monitoring mechanisms you have in place are seen as effective. To kick off, we should introduce a couple of factors we thought might make a difference, namely whether you want to monitor, and whether you have to monitor against security breaches.
Report questions millions spent on NHS.crap
An internal report into the state of NHS websites found thousands of sites that were all but impossible for the public to find, badly designed when they did find them and irrelevant to their needs.
Naomi Campbell admits handling 'blood diamonds'
Naomi Campbell has admitted that she was given diamonds in the form of "dirty stones" by henchmen of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.
Swedes decline to FCKU2MF
A Stockholm chap will not be inviting fellow motorists to FCKU2MF, after the Swedish Transport Agency, aka Transportstyrelsen, told him to take his vanity numberplate application and eff right off.
Facebook gets mobile privacy
Social networkers stricken by a sudden attack of paranoia can relax - you can now adjust your Facebook privacy settings from the palm of your hand.
Treasury considers Coins replacement
HM Treasury is looking at the possible replacement of the Combined Online Information System.
NetApp slims for Storage Foundation
NetApp is supporting Symantec's thin reclamation API, almost two years after it was announced.
Virus writer charged with destroying property
Japanese police have arrested a suspected virus writer over allegations he created and distributed an old-school virus that targeted freetards and destroyed data.
Australia imposes parental lock for digital TVs
The Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) has searched for several months for a "technical standard to make parental lock a required feature of digital television receivers" sold in Australia.
UK ICT classes killing kids' interest in tech
The Royal Society is to investigate why British schools are failing to interest children in information technology - and why numbers taking classes are falling so fast.
Lonely Planet augments muggers' earnings
Lonely Planet's latest Compass Guides offer Android handset-packing city visitors an augmented version of reality, if they aren't busy finding the perfect geek destination at FourEyesUp.
Murdoch predicts iPads all round
Rupert Murdoch is betting big on the iPad, claiming it heralds sales of "hundreds and hundreds of millions" for tablet computers, and a revitalised newspaper industry.
Google boss turns Wave demise into success of sorts
Google boss Eric Schmidt has labelled Wave, which the company just ditched, “a very clever product”.
Caretaker faces jail for putting abuse images on boss's laptop
A school caretaker has been warned he faces a likely jail sentence for putting child sex abuse images on another caretaker's laptop.
Human hive-mind game whups computer boffinry ass
Most Reg readers are familiar with the idea of ordinary laypersons contributing computer time to academic research, in distributed computing projects such as SETI@Home. But it turns out that in some kinds of science, human brainpower - not that of trained boffins, but everyday people - can be a much more valuable resource, and can be contributed simply by playing online games.
Leicester Council's iPad can chair meetings
UpdatedA rattled Leicester City Council has reassured its staff that no extra cash has been splurged on iPads for its councillors because the four currently in use were paid for out of existing annual support packages.
Aussie opposition will scrap firewall
Joe Hockey, shadow treasurer, has told Australian radio that the Liberal Party will oppose the Australian government's planned compulsory net filter.
Verizon, Google agree to bury net neutrality - reports
Howls of outrage have greeted a report that Verizon and Google are discussing a framework for internet regulation. Politicians and regulators hope that a widely-accepted industry agreement will kill the net neutrality issue stone dead. Campaigners fear the same outcome. For where would that leave them?
Brian Blessed lends his tongue to TomTom
Brian Blessed will become the new sound of satnav this October after a Facebook group of 25,000 showed support.
Ofcom sets out recompense for luvvies
Ofcom has published a rate card for professionals wanting to know how much they'll get in exchange for shifting frequencies, averaging out at just over half the cost of replacement kit.
Want to use WD diagnostics? Buy Windows
A Windows host must be used to run Western Digital disk drive diagnostic software, forcing Linux, Unix and other O/S users to buy a Windows system if they want to use it.
Conficker's 6m strong botnet confounds security probes
AnalysisThe unknown crooks behind the infamous Conficker worm may be quietly selling off parts of the huge botnet established by the malware, but virus fighters have no way of knowing because the cryptographic defences of its command and control network have proved uncrackable.
Feds admit storing pervscanner pics
US Marshals have built a collection of more than 35,000 "virtual strip search" body scans at one Florida courthouse in just six months, despite wider assurances the technology cannot store images, it's been revealed.
Carphone's music service to seek and destroy freetards?
Carphone Warehouse's music streaming and locker service has plenty going for it - not least the price. The £29 a year subscription offers much more than Spotify, but at a quarter of the price. But one small item in the terms and conditions has caused a fuss.
Philips pumps out 7605 LCD TV series into the UK
Philips has begun flogging its latest collection of LCD TVs, the 7605 range, in the UK.
Navy SEALs to deploy armoured dogs in A'stan
Latest from the Wars On Stuff: The Register has learned that top-secret, super-elite US Navy SEAL special forces are to deploy heavily armoured bulletproof dogs equipped with infrared nightsight cameras and an "intruder communication system" able to penetrate concrete walls.
eBay car vendor flashes wedding tackle
The vendor of a green 1996 MG MGF is likely to attract a fair bit of attention to his eBay auction after partially flashing his dangly bits on the world's favourite tat bazaar:
Orange jumps on BlackBerry Torch bandwagon
Yesterday, we wrote that Vodafone was to sell RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 in the UK.
Clearwire puzzles over LTE migration
Clearwire will start working out how to migrate to LTE, the world’s 4G standard, and whether it will cause problems with the firm's existing WiMAX network.
Microsoft dry-cleans browser trousers ready for IE 9 beta
Microsoft completed its round of pre-beta tests of the company’s upcoming Internet Explorer 9 by releasing the fourth and final platform preview of the software yesterday.
Amazon opens UK Kindle store doors to teeming hordes
Amazon today opened its UK Kindle store for business and is offering popular e-books at massive discounts.
Indonesia joins BlackBerry wiretapping pile-on
Indonesia has joined Middle Eastern states to put pressure on RIM to provide authorities with BlackBerry interception capabilities.
Comedy Central HD hits the UK
An HD version of Comedy Central arrives in the UK this month, with Sky Digital first to broadcast, shortly followed by Virgin Media.
Cracking software retrieves iPhone 4 passwords
A Russian password-cracking company has released software it says can recover passwords stored on Apple's latest iPhone without modifying the device or any of the data stored on it.
Teradata records historic second quarter
Data warehousing pioneer Teradata has posted yet another strong quarter, begging the question (once again) what NCR was thinking when it let go of the company.
Adobe plans emergency patch for critical Reader bug
Adobe plans to release an emergency update patching a critical vulnerability in its ubiquitous Reader application that was disclosed at last week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
Why the mobile App Store bubble will burst
The rush to pour resources into mobile App Stores is doomed to fail, reckons one analyst, in a scathing overview of both the scene, and Nokia's prospects.
IE9's Acid, speed and HTML5 trip to land lost surfers
ReviewThe browser wars have taken a fresh twist with Microsoft's release of the fourth - and final - preview of Internet Explorer 9 before the beta in September.
Ballmer's 'lost generation' note finds resonance
At least one seasoned analyst agrees with Steve Ballmer's admission Microsoft has "lost a generation" of users — but from this number-cruncher's point of view, the situation is worse than Microsoft's CEO concedes.
Microsoft to set record with next Patch Tuesday
Microsoft's security patch release scheduled for next week will include a record number of bulletins that fix dozens of vulnerabilities in several of its products, the company said on Thursday.
Oracle chops Sun HPC jobs
The word coming out of the Sun portion of software giant and seemingly enthusiastic hardware supplier Oracle is that the axe has fallen on the company's HPC group.