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The Mac that saved Apple (and Steve Jobs)
This Old BoxOn May 6, 1998, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iMac at the Flint Center Theater in Apple's home town of Cupertino, California — the same venue where he had unveiled the original Macintosh back in 1984.
WikiLeaked US cables link China to Google hack
A Chinese contact told the American Embassy in Beijing that China's Politburo "directed" last December's hack on Google's internal systems, according to the confidential US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and various news organizations on Sunday.
Monster iPad Case Test: The Rest
Product Round-upLastly, we come to all the odds'n'sods - cases that don't quite follow the pattern, bags and other carry options.
Monster iPad Case Test: Skins and Hard Cases
Product Round-upRubber skins and plastic hard cases may not provide your iPad with the all-encompasing protection of a folio or slipcase, but they'll certainly take the knocks - and bring some colour and individuality to your tablet.
Monster iPad Case Test: Slipcases
Product Round-upIf you're after an iPad case that's not as bulky as a folio, but covers the tablet better than a skin can, look no further...
Monster iPad Case Test: Folios
Product Round-upAccording to manufacturers, folios are the most popular iPad cases in Europe. With their book-like looks, the ability of many of them to double-up a stands and the extra drop protection they offer - all that extra padding at the corners - it's not hard to see why.
Yes! It's the Reg Hardware Mass iPad Case Test
Product Round-upWhat do you buy the iPad owner who has everything? Another case of course, and to help you choose one - for yourself too, if you're a fan of the Apple tablet - Reg Hardware has gathered together, reviewed and rated dozens of the things.
Aussies want compo for bank fail
Australian bank customers are demanding compensation after bank systems failure left thousands out of cash over the weekend as bank systems failed to update accounts.
Pirate Bay appeal failure spawns more DoS attacks
The failure of the Pirate Bay appeal has spawned reprisal denial of service attacks by the loosely banded Anonymous collective against the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
Symbian Foundation shuts up (virtual) shop
The slow death of Symbian continues, with the 'Foundation announcing that come 17 December it's pulling the plug on its websites and online presence.
Apple says no to Android-oriented iPad mag
Apple has apparently banned an iPad-based magazine from its online store - because the titled focuses on Google's Android platform.
Vodafone offers free mobile broadband in Europe
Vodafone today said it has "simplified" its European data roaming charges.
Oz bank meltdown due to file corruption cock-up
The five-day mainframe bank system meltdown at the National Bank of Australia (NAB) was due to a corrupted file on an IBM mainframe system that was being upgraded.
Leslie Nielsen dead at 84
Comic titan Leslie Nielsen, famed for his insistence on not being called Shirley and for his masterly portrayal of "Sergeant Frank Drebin, Detective Lieutenant, Police Squad", has died aged 84.
Lone hacker theory in Wikileaks DDoS attack
UpdatedA denial of service attack against Wikileaks that brought the whistleblower site to its knees on Sunday night, in the run up to its publication of classified State Department documents, may turn out to be the work of a lone hacker.
Phoenix on track for decent year
Phoenix IT Group has grown revenues by 13.4 per cent in the first six months of the year, up to £138.4m from £122m last year.
I was timeboxed in a holistic scrum
StobDo you suffer from unsatisfactory projectile climaxes? Is your software construction methodology previous generation? Do you require the predictable outcome of pre-planning with the flexibility of iteration and the lightness of touch of partially de-hierarchicalised management approaches?
An iPad for under 200 quid*
Orange has announced how much it is prepared to subsidise the Apple iPad, and it pushes the entry-level fondle slab down below £200 with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
Inventor only entitled to share of employer's actual patent earnings
The inventor of a medical device is entitled to a 'fair share' of the actual benefit earned from that device by his employer, the Court of Appeal has ruled. An inventor cannot complain if his employer did not exploit the invention well or at all, it said.
FCO spends £39m with HP
HP took nine per cent of the money spent by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with its 100 biggest suppliers in 2009-10.
Wikileaks exposes Clinton's cyberspy wish-list
Hillary Clinton asked US diplomats to gather the passwords and encryption keys of top United Nations officials, as well as details of the private networks they use to communicate.
Mozilla rages at MS, Apple and Google's 'trojan horse' tactics
A well-respected Mozilla man has attacked Apple, Google and Microsoft for installing plug-ins without first asking for a web surfer’s permission.
US woman @theashes stumped by cricketing tweets
A US woman, with no interest in cricket, came to regret picking the twitter handle @theashes after she was bombarded with messages about the test match in Brisbane over the weekend.
UK services still shrinking
Business and professional services have had a flat quarter with business volume and prices broadly unchanged, while consumer services have seen an unexpected decline.
Has Wikileaks run out of secrets?
CommentAccording to a story that's popular in Washington, after Bill Clinton held his first meeting with his intelligence chiefs as President, he pulled them aside. "Look, guys," he said. "There's really two things I want to know: Who killed the Kennedys? And have aliens landed?"
Symbian's Secret History: The battle for the company's soul
Part TwoThis is Part Two of a special report about the formation and early years of Symbian. It contains stories and plans that have never previously come to light. Part One dealt with the formation of the venture. Here’s the main course: how the decisions taken between 1999 and 2001 shaped not just the future of Symbian, but the course of the mobile industry over the next decade.
RIM recruits tester for NFC hardware
BlackBerry maker RIM is advertising for an interoperability testing specialist, with a view to ensuring that BlackBerry devices work properly with NFC. RIM has revealed that such devices are in development.
LaCie slips in Superspeed USB hub
With so few USB 3.0 add-ons out there - and fewer computers that support the SuperSpeed bus standard - is there really a need to for a four-port USB 3.0 hub?
Dubya to speak his mind at Facebook event
The ex-US president of all our hearts, George W Bush, will be hanging out at Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters to field questions from the social network’s stalkers later today.
Canada steps closer to legalising sex work
Diametrically opposed views on how to deal with sex workers were on display this weekend, with Canada teetering on the brink of legalising prostitution, and the UK’s Met warning media owners that they could face criminal charges if they carry ads for massage parlours and saunas.
LHC boffins turn lead into quarko-gluotic Big Bang incrediblo-stuff
International boffins are vying with one another in a race to topsy-turvinate the world of physics this week, with a flurry of results due in imminently from radical fabric-of-time-and-space-rending experiments at the Large Hadron Collider - most brutally powerful particle-pummeller ever assembled by the human race.
Analyst cuts PC sales forecast, blames iPad
Market watcher Gartner has pruned its forecast world personal computer sales growth this year and next, knocking nearly four percentage points off its 2010 prediction. The reason? The iPad.
Wikileaks: Berlusconi useless, Pope Catholic
The release today of leaked US State Department cables is unlikely, despite some media claims, to shake western democracy to the very foundation of sub-prime mortgages on which it stands.
Asus prices up note-taking Eee reader
Asus' monochrome LCD tablet, the Eee Note, went on sale in the firm's native Taiwan today for a rather tasty Sterling equivalent price of £148.
What is the point of End Point Protection?
Security threats have existed for almost as long as computers have been around.
Feds seize 70 'filesharing, dodgy goods' sites
UpdatedThe US government has seized 70 sites allegedly offering counterfeit goods or links to copyright-infringing material.
Mellanox gobbles up Voltaire for $218m
Mellanox Technologies will cough up $218m in cash to acquire networking rival Voltaire as it seeks to gain a larger footprint in data centre networks and a better chance to wring more profits out of the combined companies.
Iran admits cyberattack hit nuke programme
The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today seemed to confirm speculation that the Stuxnet worm obstructed his regime's nuclear ambitions.
Oracle erects mystery Sparc SuperCluster
It looks like Oracle chief executive officer Larry Ellison is getting ready to whip out his hardware again and measure it up against wares from IBM and Hewlett-Packard.
Empire Strikes Back director Kershner dies at 87
Irvin Kershner, the man who directed what was arguably the best of the six Star Wars films — The Empire Strikes Back — died over the weekend at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.
Researcher warns of iPhone phishing peril
Apple's iOS is vulnerable to web attacks that allow malicious websites to masquerade as trusted pages maintained by banks, stores, and other sensitive organizations, a researcher said on Monday.
Supremes to hear Microsoft's Word appeal
America's top court will hear Microsoft defend claims that its Word software infringed on patens held by software maker i4i.