Apple patent pic revives touchscreen Mac buzz
Just days after rumors of an impending touchscreen iMac were put to rest, a US patent application has been published that revives them once again — but with a twist.
Google UK on mission to brainwash news media
Google UK has a certain knack for borging members of the mainstream news media. And when it's not swallowing these poor souls whole, it's at least working to control their minds.
Robot teddy bears attack Alzheimer's
ROTMIf your granny has gone 'round the bend, Fujitsu has just the item to bring her back to the here and now: a robotic, theraputic teddy bear.
Mozilla answers WebKit with first mobile Firefox 4 beta
Mozilla has released its first mobile Firefox 4 beta, offering test versions of the open source browser for both Google Android and Nokia Maemo.
Humax HDR-Fox T2 Freeview HD DVR
ReviewFrom a fairly slow start, the number of Freeview HD recorders is growing quite quickly; but the Humax has been one that many people have been waiting for. The company has a pretty good pedigree with DVRs for other services, and expectations have been quite high for the HDR Fox T2.
Microsoft plans biggest ever Patch Tuesday
Microsoft plans to push out a bumper crop of 16 bulletins - four critical - as part of the October edition of Patch Tuesday next week. The updates represent Microsoft's largest ever Patch Tuesday.
Everything Everywhere consummates merger
Orange and T-Mobile have have gone from "it's complicated" to "in a relationship" as their customers roam freely between the two networks.
Dixons touts tablets
First Next, now Dixons. The retaill group's PC World and Currys stores will next month begin selling - yes, you've guessed it - an own-brand 7in Android tablet for the low, low price of £130.
Vodafone buys 2 billing companies
Vodafone has bought two mobile billing companies - Quickcomm and TnT Expense Management.
UAE unbans BlackBerrys
The United Arab Emirates has cancelled the planned ban on RIM's BlackBerry service, saying that it no longer represents a threat to national security, but not explaining why.
HTC design cleans Nokia's clock
CommentA stone's throw from El Reg's West End Office is Nokia's London design office. If the windows on Great Pulteney Street appear to be steamed up, here's a clue why.
Three new 'nauts head off to ISS
Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri, along with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, blasted off last night from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome ahead of a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station.
Doctor Who to hit Wii on 12 November
Asylum Entertainment's two Nintendo Doctor Who games - one for the DS, the other for the Wii - will go on sale on 12 November.
Feds asked to probe Google's leaky search terms
The FTC is considering a complaint that Google conceals the fact that users' search terms are handed over to the websites they visit.
Castlevania: Lord of Shadows
ReviewThe challenge to create an entirely new Castlevania game must have been a daunting one for developer Mercury Steam. Plucked from the relative obscurity of developing American McGee's Scrapland and Clive Barker's Jericho, the Spanish developer found itself dice-in-hand for Konami's big-budget gamble of rebooting its vampire-hunting franchise in 3D.
Microsoft, Adobe merger? Yeah, right
A merger between software vendors Microsoft and Adobe has been reportedly dismissed as “nonsense” by sources inside Redmond.
Duke Nukem Forever demo'd on video
NSFWShot at the FirstLook games convention in Amsterdam, here's how long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever is shaping up. The good stuff's four minutes in.
Kindle users get Zorked out
Kindle users can now lose themselves in the worlds of Zork I, II & III, as long as the connectivity lasts, and not in the dark obviously.
Tesla Motors: Our cars don't burst into flame, but our emails do
FoTWHere at the Reg it's one of our editorial goals to live in peace and harmony with our fellow men and women, seeking merely to report the news with a minimum of stress and conflict and making the world a better and happier place thereby*.
Marantz intros 'world's first' AirPlay hi-fi
The Marantz logo has been on Apple's AirPlay website ever since the Mac maker announced the new name for its media streaming tech at the start of September. It's no surprise, then, that the AV firm is releasing AirPlay-compatible kit, but now we know what and when.
Operators demand smartphones sort signalling storm
While operators spent 2009 fretting about data traffic overloading their fragile 3G networks, this year they have also been worrying about another stress on their systems, exploding signalling burdens from 'chatty' devices that constantly poll the network in applications like social networking updates.
Android rebellion: How to tame your stupid smartphone
Many Android users are finding their shiny new handsets almost impossible to use due to a plethora of issues needing ridiculous workarounds, from creating and deleting multiple cloud accounts to repeatedly hard resetting.
May the SandForce be with you
Flash is knocking harder at the storage array performance disk door, and is poised to burst through. A new controller from SandForce will help push the door wide open.
Microsoft pays licence fees for 74 smartphone patents
Microsoft licensed 74 patents yesterday with Acacia Research Corp for an undisclosed sum.
Blogger stokes iPhone 4 shatter fears
We're not sure how seriously to take claims that some third-party iPhone 4 cases can cause the handset's rear glass panel to shatter.
Doctors' appointment system goes tits up
EMIS PCS, the management system for doctors' surgeries, was unavailable for use to hundreds of doctors for much of Wednesday and at least some of Thursday.
Aggrieved boffins to march on Whitehall
Thousands of white-coated boffins and their supporters are expected at a rally in London this weekend to protest against expected cuts in science funding.
PARIS furnished with engorgement
The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team nipped out yesterday to pick up a satisfyingly large bottle of helium: an 80kg steel beast packing a tad over 10 cubic metres of lifting gas.
Apple 'puts the scares on Spotify'
Spotify was supposed to launch in the United States last year - but it may not now even launch this year. An intriguing explanation for the delay has been floated by Greg Sandoval at CNET - Apple is putting the scares on the music business by pointing to doubts about the viability of Spotify's business, he suggests, and playing on the labels' fears that revenues that the digital download market may be affected.
Fannie Mae logic-bomb saboteur convicted
A computer contractor has been convicted of planting a logic bomb on the servers of Fannie Mae, the financially troubled US housing and mortgage giant.
MySQL price hikes reveal depth of Oracle's
Open...and ShutOracle has repeatedly declared its intent to invest heavily in MySQL technology in its effort to up-end Microsoft's SQL Server business.
Cisco Flip Mino HD 8GB video camera
ReviewAppearing in its second-generation guise in March this year, the Flip Mino HD received a few refinements, the most obvious being the larger 2in screen and an 8GB version allowing for up to two hours of video recording. Yet this popular pocket video camera has always lacked image stabilisation, that is, until now.
'We Want Two' Navy carrier plan pondered by Cabinet
CommentBeleaguered admirals are fighting hard to save the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers and with them the service's status as a world top-three navy, according to reports. One plan thought to be on the table bears a close resemblance to that set out in the Register's recent "We Want Two [carriers] Or No Votes For You" campaign.
HMRC systems downed by upgrades
The benefits and tax systems are suffering lengthy downtime for upgrade work this week and over the weekend.
ICO issues draft data-sharing code
The Information Commissioner's Office is to consult about a new code of practice for sharing personal data.
Germans radio tag ID cards and phones
German telcos are planning to trial NFC payment stickers next year, though from next month every German ID card will contain a radio tag able to secure internet commerce.
Apple tinkering with subs-based iTunes service, says report
Apple is reportedly talking with big name record labels to provide a subscription-based music service that will give unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee.
Danube sludge peril: Brown trouser time or not?
Millions of tonnes of “red sludge” flowing into the Danube: sounds like Hungary's got something of an environmental problem, doesn't it? And indeed they do, but it's a short-term one, not the long-term disaster that the likes of Greenpeace (hey, surprise!) are telling us all it is.
Mozilla puts Firefox 4 Android beta on crash diet
The Firefox 4 Android beta is morbidly obese. But Mozilla has a diet plan.
Verizon: we like Microsoft, but not Windows Phone 7
America's largest wireless provider has thrown a cold, wet blanket on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 event, scheduled for next week in New York.
Grocery terminals slurped payment card data
Grocery chain Aldi Inc. has warned customers in 11 states that their payment card data may have been slurped up by point-of-sale terminals that were illegally planted by identity thieves.
Yahoo! preps (cellular) video chat for iPhone, Android
Yahoo! plans to one-up Apple's FaceTime video-calling capability with a new version of its Yahoo! Messenger mobile app that not only supports video calls, but — unlike Wi-Fi–only FaceTime — will also do so over carriers' wireless networks.
Google TV transplants Android on Intel
Google TV is based on Android, the (kinda) open source Google operating system originally built for ARM-equipped cell phones. But the imminent television settop platform doesn't run on ARM. Google has ported Android to Intel's CE4100, an Atom-based system-on-a-chip designed specifically for consumer electronics devices.