23rd > November > 2010 Archive
Google sued for scanning emails of non-Gmail users
A Texas man has fired a legal broadside against Gmail in a federal lawsuit that claims the Google service violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.
Facebook homes in on world of Google
Facebook is testing a new tool that encourages users to set the social networking site as their browser homepage. It's hardly an unusual move. But at a time when the company is rolling out its own email service and resisting efforts to loosen its grip on user data, the move serves as an apt metaphor for Facebook's sweeping ambition.
Ubuntu's Shuttleworth lands luxury NY crash pad
Canonical owner and former cosmonaut Mark Shuttleworth has found a new landing pad.
Google plays coy on Chrome OS
Google is playing coy over the future of Chrome OS, its still-gestating, browser-based operating system.
Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 128GB external drive
ReviewKingston Technology's HyperX Max is the company's latest SSD offering that will be hitting the shelves next month. Packaged as an external drive, it's available in capacities from 64GB to 256GB.
Murdoch buys into education
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has bought Wireless Generation - a privately-held US schools software provider.
'Phantom Ray' robot warjet to ride atop NASA shuttle-carrier 747
The "Phantom Ray" robot Stealth combat jet under development by US aerospace mammoth Boeing is ready to begin trials, according to the company.
Facebook user locked out of account even with ID
A Facebook user shut out of the service due to a glitch last Tuesday was locked out for a further two days even after she proved her identity.
DfE spent £113.8m with Capita last year
Capita Business Services took 24 per cent of the money spent by the Department for Education in 2009-10 with its 100 largest suppliers.
iPAD, KINDLE, all tablets and slablets MADE OBSOLETE
Brainboxes in Ohio say they have ended the tablet wars before they've even really begun.
Google boosts Bletchley's Turing papers bid
Search and ad giant Google has handed $100,000 to Bletchley Park to back the museum's bid for the Alan Turing papers, which go on sale at Christie's later today.
US man slips into perv scanner-busting undies
US firm Rocky Flats Gear is apparently doing a roaring trade in novel perv scanner-busting underwear - an attractive range of intimate apparel which may protect your naughty bits from radiation and the prying eyes of drooling airport security operatives.
O2 outs liars and philanderers with live status feed
O2 has launched a live network checker, showing the current network status by post code and updated hourly.
Most coders have sleep problems, need 'hygiene and care'
A study conducted among software engineers indicates that a high proportion of coders suffer from "severe insomnia" and that a majority have sleep problems of some sort, putting their mental health and "hygiene" at risk.
Buffy to slay her way back into cinemas
Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer should brace themselves for a cinematic "re-imagining" of the cult character, which producer Charles Roven describes as a "a completely new reboot".
How to... print wirelessly from your iDevice
ReviewApple's decision to yank support for its AirPrint technology from Mac OS X 10.6.5 has the noses of no few iDevice owners out of joint.
Martha pushes online government as DirectGov CEO pushes off
The government’s digital darling Martha Lane Fox has claimed that billions of pounds could be saved if the Coalition agrees to her advice to shift more services online.
Network card rootkit offers extra stealth
Security researchers have demonstrated how it might be possible to place backdoor rootkit software on a network card.
China-inspired charity aims to sex-down society
A new charity, SaferMedia, has been launched to combat the menace of the sexualisation of society.
Apple MacBook Air 11.6in sub-notebook
ReviewI took a look at the 11.6in MacBook Air for Reg Hardware almost a day after the new line-up of skinny Macs was announced. I've now had a chance to use one in earnest - and benchmark it - to see if my initial thoughts are born out by longer term usage.
Scottish botnet master jailed for 18 months
A Scottish botnet master was this morning jailed for 18 months and ordered to pay £5,000 costs for hijacking many thousands of computers from his mum's front room.
Symbian, The Secret History: Dark Star
Part OneThis is a story about politics and intrigue in business. It’s about the formation and early years of Symbian – a company created by the industry's giants to create future mobile devices - and it reveals stories and plans that have never previously come to light. The issues raised here are alive today as ever. This piece looks at how Symbian was formed, and is an appetiser for the main course, the formative early years of the company.
Storage biggies lining up to buy Seagate?
CommentIt's either on the button or way over the top; a possible buyer for Seagate could be one of rivals Western Digital, Toshiba or Samsung.
Overland back on the NASDAQ ropes
Disk storage, tape and virtual tape data protection vendor Overland Storage is facing being booted off the Nasdaq index once again due to its declining share price and company value.
Mature mechanoid meanders into museum
Mention robots and most people envisage the future, but some have been around longer than us. George the Robot is one such android and has found a new home in the National Museum of Computing after 60 years of hibernation in a galaxy far, far away his maker's shed.
Ovi discovers the price of popularity
Nokia isn't coping well with the new-found popularity of its Ovi store, with delays to the signing process driving some developers elsewhere despite public apologies.
Latest military-research boon: Game interface to rule them all
Sometimes, people suggest that military boffins are a waste of the taxpayers' money. They either develop hideous weaponry calculated to increase the amount of misery in the world, or fool about inventing pointless gadgetry which wastes our soldiers' time.
Asus sidesteps tablets, debuts e-reader-cum-jotter
Asus has outed its Linux-based wireless-enabled e-book reader and digital notepad.
How I invented Desktop Publishing
Today's Desktop Publishing systems like the Macintosh with PostScript are taken for granted, but it wasn't so long ago that these technologies were impossible.
Sony readies Reader e-book app for iPhone
Sony has taken a leaf out of Amazon's e-book and is preparing e-book reader apps for both the iPhone and Android.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
ReviewIt seems odd to complain of a sense of déjà vu when playing a sequel, especially when the game in question is the third in a highly successful series. But when that déjà vu pervades through twenty hours of gameplay, as it does in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, it's difficult to ignore an overriding sensation that comes to define the experience.
German zoo separates gay vulture couple
German gay groups have protested the enforced separation of a couple of homosexual vultures who'd happily set up nest in Münster's Allwetterzoo.
Ford secrets thief caught red handed with stolen blueprints
A veteran auto-plant worker faces an extended spell behind bars after pleading guilty last week to stealing industrial secrets, including design blueprints, from car maker Ford and passing them on to a Chinese rival.
Casualty of Web 2.0: Directgov CEO job in doubt
The government’s plan to bring management of its online services under the roof of the Cabinet Office has left the future of the Directgov CEO job, which was surprisingly vacated by Jayne Nickalls just last week, in doubt.
Turing papers could be saved after auction fail
The Turing papers - the almost complete collection of the great codebreaker's writings - failed to reach their reserve price at auction today.
Scareware scammers booby-trap worried Koreans
Korean language search terms for the cross-border clash between North and South Korea are already been poisoned so that scareware portals appear prominently in results.
ZT Systems boots eight-node Ubuntu ARM server
A growing number of companies are spoiling for a fight between the ARM and x64 architectures in the data centre. The latest one to enter the ring is ZT Systems, a maker of low-powered servers that has just launched its first ARM-based server.
UK.gov insists e-petitions won't be ditched
The future of Number 10’s online petitions website is still under consideration by government despite its absence from Martha Lane Fox’s strategic review about Directgov, released today.
Facebook royal rant bishop suspended
The Bishop of Willesden has been suspended over Facebook comments regarding the forthcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Motorola drags Microsoft to ITC, says Xbox infringes its patents
Motorola has complained to the ITC that Microsoft is importing kit, specifically the X-Box, which infringes Motorola's patents and should thus be banned from US shores.
Elon Musk's SpaceX gets unique commercial re-entry licence
SpaceX, the upstart startup rocket company bankrolled by famous PayPal nerdwealth hecamillionaire Elon Musk, has received the first ever commercial licence permitting the re-entry of spacecraft into Earth's atmosphere from orbit. The chit will permit the firm to carry out an imminent test of its new "Dragon" capsule.
Acer takes on iPad with Android, Flash, own UI
Acer has taken the wraps off a family of Android tablets running from a 4.8-incher through to a 10.1in model. And there's a Windows 7 model coming too.
Acer replaces laptop keyboard with multi-touch LCD
Tablets out of the way, we now come to Acer's other big launch: a 14in laptop with a virtual keyboard.
Opera 11 goes beta with extensions, stacked tabs
Opera has released a beta version of Opera 11, its latest desktop browser, that offers Firefox-like extensions and a new interface meant to better organize tabs.
Attachmate: Novell's openSUSE project is 'safe'
Attachmate says that Novell's openSUSE project will continue to operate as it always has.
Lawsuit says Facebook plunders user names, photos
A federal lawsuit filed on Monday claims Facebook's Friend Finder service uses user names and photos without permission and makes false claims about it usefulness.
Jumpin' Meerkats! Ubuntu moving to daily downloads?
UpdatedUbuntu is moving away from its established six-month-cycle and potentially to a future where software updates land on a daily basis.
Google advertisers howl over 'sudden quality score drop'
For the second time in a month, Google advertisers are complaining of a sudden drop in "quality scores" on the company's AdWords platform, and some say this is forcing them to pay more for the same ad placements.
Browser add-on updated to slaughter Firesheep
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has updated its popular web browser security tool to guard against attacks waged by the Firesheep script-kiddie snoop kit.