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Nokia C3

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.
Dave Oliver, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Jon Collins, 05 Aug 2010

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.
John Oates, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Bill Ray, 05 Aug 2010

Treasury considers Coins replacement

HM Treasury is looking at the possible replacement of the Combined Online Information System.
Kable, 05 Aug 2010

NetApp slims for Storage Foundation

NetApp is supporting Symantec's thin reclamation API, almost two years after it was announced.
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2010

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.
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2010

IBM ditches DS6000

IBM has withdrawn its DS6800 storage array from the market.
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Drew Cullen, 05 Aug 2010

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.
John Oates, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Bill Ray, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Christopher Williams, 05 Aug 2010

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”.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Aug 2010

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.
John Oates, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Lewis Page, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Aug 2010

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.
John Oates, 05 Aug 2010

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?
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Caleb Cox, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Bill Ray, 05 Aug 2010
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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.
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2010

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.
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Christopher Williams, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Aug 2010
Philips 7605

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.
Caleb Cox, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Lewis Page, 05 Aug 2010

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:
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2010

Orange jumps on BlackBerry Torch bandwagon

Yesterday, we wrote that Vodafone was to sell RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 in the UK.
Drew Cullen, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Bill Ray, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Drew Cullen, 05 Aug 2010

Indonesia joins BlackBerry wiretapping pile-on

Indonesia has joined Middle Eastern states to put pressure on RIM to provide authorities with BlackBerry interception capabilities.
Christopher Williams, 05 Aug 2010
Comedy Central

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.
Caleb Cox, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Dan Goodin, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Dan Goodin, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Tim Anderson, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Aug 2010

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.
Dan Goodin, 05 Aug 2010

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.

Google, Verizon deny secret FCC end run

As The Reg reported early Thursday, the Wall Street Journal claims that Google and Verizon are in talks to create a tiered pay system for content.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Aug 2010

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