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HP Pavilion dv6-3085ea 15.6in notebook
ReviewThose who want their notebook PCs to play music and video while managing a burgeoning digital image collection should cast an eye at the HP Pavilion dv6-3085ea. It's an attractively slim computer with a design outline that's generally reminiscent of Apple's MacBook Pro. The clamshell even stays closed thanks to Apple-style magnets, instead of a conventional sliding catch.
HP's Hurd set to join Oracle
Mark Hurd, pushed from the top job at HP after allegations of sexual harassment and misfiling of expenses, is about to get a board post at Oracle.
USB stick with anti-terror training found outside police station
A memory stick containing anti-terror training manuals and other sensitive material was reportedly found on a street outside a Manchester police station.
Hitachi GST: Sale or IPO?
OpinionHitachi is reported to be considering an IPO or sale of Hitachi GST, its disk drive operation, ranked third in the industry behind Seagate and Western Digital. How much is it worth? Who would want to buy it?
Google: Shopping means more to UK plc than culture
If Google is trying to shake off its reputation for a pathological hostility to creative businesses, then at least one senior policy hasn't got the memo. Google's UK policy chief called for Government to give creative industries the bum's rush last week - arguing that Britain's retailers were just as important.
Judge extends Oz PS3 mod dongle ban
The Australian Federal Court has maintained the injunction banning four local retailers from importing and selling the PSJailbreak USB dongle that allows PS3s to play pirated games.
Orange and T-Mobile splice customers
Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to roam freely between the two networks from 5 October, as the companies consolidate their morph into Everything Everywhere.
O2 upgrades Dell Streak to Android 2.1
O2 has updated its version of the Dell Streak 5in internet tablet - reviewed here - to Android 2.1.
Death by iPod: beware the zombie trance
A 46 year-old woman wearing headphones was run over and killed by an ambulance in Sydney, Australia at the weekend. Police think she may not have heard the sirens.
Virtual security: Even better than the real thing?
VMworldVMware is taking some big steps in the security and network management arena with its vShield product set. I sat in on a deepish dive into the somewhat new security products being offered by VMware to deliver on the ‘secure’ part of their “Secure Hybrid Cloud” initiative.
German kiddies punted porn-projecting pens
Kids at the Adolf Reichwein School in Essen got an unexpected treat on the first day at primary school: porn-projecting pens provided by the German Communist Party.
Samsung: demand for Windows Phone 7 'specialised'
Samsung is to focus on Android and Bada for its smartphones after claiming there is no demand for Symbian phones and only "specialised" demand for Windows Phone 7.
Judge Dredd returns to the silver screen
Those of you still recovering from Sylvester Stallone's 1995 interpretation of Judge Dredd will have to wait until 2012 to see if Karl Urban can make a better hash of bringing the classic 2000 AD character to the silver screen.
Browser security warning lookalike pushes malware
Scareware peddlers have developed a new ruse that relies on mimicking browser warning pages.
Air mouse targets TV - Apple to follow?
Movea, the company behind the Gyration Air Mouse, is pushing into television with a module for adding gesture control to the humble zapper.
iPad scammers hack Kirstie Allsopp's Twitter
iPad scammers managed to reach a huge potential audience last weekend after they took over a Twitter profile maintained by British TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp.
Craigslist blocks US escort ads
Craigslist has bowed to pressure and stopped access to erotic services ads for its sensitive US customers.
Russia's Cold War raygun air fleet back in operation - reports
Reports suggest that Russia has re-started work on a Cold War project intended to produce a laser cannon mounted on an enormous military transport aircraft in the style of the USA's Airborne Laser Testbed 747.
Children's rights group threatens ICO with judicial review
Children's Rights Group ARCH has threatened to take the Information Commissioner to a judicial review after the data regulator declined to take enforcement action the Youth Justice Board for unlawfully collecting and distributing data.
Symantec finally secures HackIsWack
Symantec has belatedly secured its laughable HackIsWack competition website.
ICO chides TalkTalk over sneaky StalkStalk trials
Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, has rebuked TalkTalk for following its 4.2 million customers around the web without telling them.
Two and a half days in hell
Sysadmin blogAs sysadmins, we have to test before we deploy. We need to test before even upgrading a driver. We should test absolutely everything before a major deployment. It seems obvious. It is obvious.
'Jetpack' inventors: US military showing interest. Honest
A New Zealand company founded by a garage inventor says it is in talks to sell its so-called "Jetpack" - actually a personal ducted-fan aircraft too heavy to be lifted by its user - to the US military.
Blighty suffers 'real shortage of serviceable conkers'
There's some grim news today for those kids who are still allowed to play conkers, albeit in full body armour with helmet and visor: the crap summer weather has caused a "real shortage of serviceable conkers".
Sonic Screwdriver controller coming to Wii
Good news for budding Doctors: there will be a sonic screwdriver-style remote out in time for upcoming Wii title Doctor Who: Return to Earth.
Pamela Anderson gets her kit off for Nokia
What a brilliant idea for a competition! Nokia has hired Pamela Anderson and Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick to appear in The Commuter a short film short shot entirely on the not-quite-launched Nokia N8 - and you can appear in it too.
Vodafone announces 4G roll-out for Germany
Vodafone has announced its 4G roll-out for Germany, though it seems it'll be Americans making the first 4G phone call.
Drummers: Looking for a throbbing BumChum?
It's only September, but we feel pretty confident that the El Reg 2010 Product Name of the Year will be awarded to the spectacularly-titled BumChum - a silent bass drum monitoring system which promises lively "bottom-end thump".
East Midland Trains passengers get Wi-Fi
East Midlands Trains has rolled out wireless internet access to its rolling stock.
GlobalFoundries says Intel process squeezes chip devs
GTC 2010According to AMD-spinoff GlobalFoundries, chip-baking is about to hit a wall — but they're ready for it. They also claim that their way of handling the latest advance in chip materials is superior to that used by Intel and soon to be introduced by their ginormous competitor, TSMC.
119 iPad apps for admins, coders, and geeks
Part threeThis – the third installment of apps for admins, coders and geeks – is our final foray into demonstrably useful apps for Apple's "magical and revolutionary" tablet.