Credit card trafficker cuffed after nine-month manhunt
A Russian accused of being one of the “most prolific” sellers of stolen credit-card data has been arrested in France, following a nine-month manhunt.
Philips BDP3100 Blu-ray player
ReviewPhilips has made some interesting innovations with TV in recent years – the Ambilight series among them – but with DVD and Blu-ray it's tended to follow Far Eastern manufacturers, while still managing to deliver decent, no-nonsense players that do what it says on the tin. So it is with the BDP3100, but the impressive thing about this player is the amount of functionality it manages to cram in for such an entry-level price.
Dell crafts mother of all graphics cards
Here's just what you need to play Crysis. The bespoke server division of Dell, called Data Center Solutions and accounting for a sizeable portion of Dell's quarterly server volumes, has cooked up a PCI-Express expansion chassis that can house up to 16 GPU co-processors.
Documents show CAA fears over powerline networks
Both the BBC and the CAA are concerned that powerline networking will damage their services, though only one fears that it will lead to planes falling from the sky.
Northern Ireland gets upgraded spycams
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is planning to spend some of £12.9m in additional government security funding on automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.
Junk mail kingpin held on child abuse charges
Notorious spammer Leo Kuvayev is being held on remand in his native Russia over child sex charges.
ASA: You can't say 'f**k'
The use of expletives in advertising and marketing can cause offence. That remains true even if some letters in swearwords are replaced by asterisks, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.
Vodafone issues real Froyo update for HTC Desire
Vodafone has bowed to customer fury and agreed to strip marketing guff and compulsory applications from its HTC Desire phones when it next upgrades the handsets' Android operating system.
MoD bod warns of cyber attack risk
The accounting officer for the Ministry of Defence has said that data losses and weaknesses in the department's information infrastructure have left it vulnerable to virtual attacks.
Chinese hurl $1.5bn into NFC city
China Unicom, the country's second biggest network operator, has signed a $1.5bn deal with the Chongqing Municipal Government to create a world centre for the production of Near Field Communications kit.
ICO defends soft Street View probe
The Information Commissioner's Office has defended its handling of the controversy surrounding Google's Wi-Fi data harvesting operation, following questions about its soft-touch investigation.
Boffins pioneer electron spin data storage
Ohio State University boffins have built a device that stores data based on electron spin which uses less energy and is cooler than existing DRAM.
iPhone 4 on Pay as You Go: UK networks compared
We were struck by how bad a deal Vodafone is offering with its new PAYG plans for the iPhone 4. But it seems we are in a minority: the telco sold out of stock in less than a day of launching.
Firefox 4 hits third beta stage, gets touchy-feely with Windows 7
Mozilla has slung out its third beta of Firefox 4, which now comes with Windows 7 multi-touch support.
Funding drought shuts e-victims support group
UpdatedLack of funding means that a UK-based charitable organisation that helps victims of electronic crime will be forced to close next month.
Oracle and IBM end poaching lawsuit
IBM has ended a lawsuit against Joanne Olsen, a 30-year Big Blue veteran and former head of its services division.
High Court: Music TV royalty ruling flawed
The Copyright Tribunal did not have a sound basis for the royalty rate it set in a dispute between rights holders and a music TV broadcaster, the High Court has said. The Tribunal set a new rate on spurious grounds and misunderstood evidence, it said.
Are plasma TVs killing radio?
The Radio Society of Great Britain is asking anyone with a plasma TV to let it know if they‘ve had trouble getting Radio 4 lately.
Defra gifts £22m to payments quango
An answer sneaked out in the last days before parliament’s summer recess raises questions as to just what the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is spending its ICT budget on.
Sat firm fails to stop legal challenge
ICO Global Communications has failed to force a judicial review of Ofcom's decision to move to release radio frequencies allocated to the company.
Google spins out happy-clappy autofill Chrome 6 beta
It’s been a bumper beta 24 hours here on the brewing-browsers El Reg desk, after Google shoved out a Chrome 6.0.472.33 build yesterday.
Buy songs from your radio
Pure, the UK digital radio maker, has launched FlowSongs, a cloud-based music service for British customers that identifies tracks on a radio station and gives listeners the option to buy.
Google, boffins crack Rubik's Cube mystery
Has Google finally cracked it? Revealed today, courtesy of the massed ranks of Google computing, the answer to the ultimate question – not the old one about Life the Universe and Everything – is 20!
BBC digital chief emerges from Strategy Boutique
While public self-flagellation and expressions of retrenchment are suddenly evident all over the BBC, its New Media chief Erik Huggers has left the door open for indefinite online expansion in a new strategy statement. The message to rival commercial online organisations is pretty clear: the BBC web operation has little prospect of vacating the ground it currently occupies.
Smartphone sales up 50%
Smartphone sales rose by half over the last three months, according to market analysts Gartner, with the segment now making up almost 20 per cent of phones sold.
Xiotech's ISE price cut
Xiotech has a special offer; it will cough up $1,000 per TB of old Fibre Channel or SAS disks you junk in favour of an ISE system. If you want to trade up from SATA drives you get $500/TB.
Microsoft: Hotmail fix coming soon to a browser near you
Microsoft is telling pissed-off Hotmail punters to be patient while it tries to fix the various glitches found in the recently upgraded service.
BlueArc boosts filesystems
BlueArc has boosted its filesystem to support faster access to file system metadata and 16 petabytes of capacity on a node or cluster.
Taxman warns on phone fraud
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is warning people not to fall for unsolicited phone calls claiming to be offering tax rebates.
India threatens BlackBerry ban
India has followed Saudi Arabia‘s lead in threatening to cut off BlackBerry users, unless RIM provides the country with a mechanism to allow lawful interceptions.
Carphone Warehouse: We won't shop or sue freetards
Carphone Warehouse says it won't pass on any data to record companies from its new cloud music service, Music Anywhere, contrary to claims made by a freelance activist.
Samsung and Seagate snuggle on solid state drives
Samsung and Seagate will jointly develop and cross-license controller technologies for solid state drives (SSDs) used in enterprise applications.
CEOP claims success for Facebook 'panic button'
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has received 211 reports of "suspicious activity" on Facebook since the launch of a branded app last month, it announced today.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Some films just beg for us to write about: step forward Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.
Amazon, Novell to sell full SUSE Linux on EC2
Novell turned green with envy a long time ago watching Red Hat's business grow. Now it's following Red Hat onto Amazon's compute cloud by offering cloud pricing for its Linux when running on EC2.
Server-based botnet floods net with brutish SSH attacks
UpdatedA server-based botnet that preys on insecure websites is flooding the net with attacks that attempt to guess the login credentials for secure shells protecting Linux boxes, routers, and other network devices.
'PatentGate' allegations denied by Apple
There is no "PatentGate." That's the word from FutureTap, the company which The Reg reported last Friday was concerned about Apple's lifting of the look-and-feel from its flagship app and including an illustration of it in a recently published patent application.
AMD quickly updates ATI Stream SDK to OpenCL 1.1
AMD has upgraded its ATI Stream SDK adding full OpenCL 1.1 support to the CPU/GPU development platform while also embracing Ubuntu 10.04, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5.
15K Wikileaks docs 'potentially more explosive,' US frets
The Pentagon says many of the classified documents not yet published by Wikileaks contain material that's “potentially more explosive, more sensitive” than the huge trove of leaked records that has already prompted conniptions in military circles, The Washington Post reports.
Microsoft delivers dedicated 30-minute big Fail support
Microsoft is targeting mission-critical customers who need a response ASAP with a fresh support option that's only available with customized pricing.
Google on defensive as Facebook joins net neutrality fight
Facebook has joined the assault on the Google/Verizon network-neutrality proposal just as Google published a spirited defense of what it says "has become a very contentious issue."
Internet Explorer 9 beta due on September 15
Microsoft has named the date for the first beta of its successor to Internet Explorer 8.