Cell phone search needs no warrant, say Cal Supremes
California's high court said police don't need a warrant to read text messages stored on the cell phones of people taken into custody.
Apache server thumps Microsoft and Google
Apache's HTTP server gained a fresh lease of life in 2010, widening the gap on rivals and consolidating its position as the web's most popular web server.
Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty
Open...and ShutApple can still claim top spot in terms of US market share, according to recent data from Nielsen, but its lead is rapidly vanishing in Android's wake.
Samsung SH-B123 internal 12x BD-Rom drive
ReviewSome feel that optical media is dying in favour of digital distribution, however, in this world of high definition content there are still those who'd rather not abandon shiny plastic discs and hence, we have Blu-ray. This is not to say that Blu-Ray is not an important development in digital optical media technology, a 50GB dual layer disc is a fair improvement over the 700MB maximum capacity of a standard compact disc. Ah yes, remember, those things from the 20th century that people used to buy music on?
Wot? No glasses! Tosh goes 3D crazy
CES 2011Toshiba talked up glasses-free 3D viewing for its first day splash at CES.
Called 999 recently? They've got your number
Millions of people who reported crimes have had their details stored on police databases.
Snowstorms knacker Acer sales
Acer shares fell sharply overnight after the Taiwanese giant warned markets that snowstorms in Europe meant it would miss sales targets for the final quarter.
MOSSAD SPY VULTURE seized in Saudi Arabia
A cunning Israeli plan to use Mossad-operated spy vultures to glean valuable intelligence on Arab nations went seriously awry when one of the feathered spooks was arrested in rural Saudi Arabia.
Storage pros: Big or small, you still have to hit the sweet spot
You the expertWe talked to four Reg-reading storage gurus on where and when to use 3.5-inch hard disk drives and when to use 2.5-inch ones. They each admit a role for the smaller form factor drives – with one view being that they could take over completely as their capacities increase. But not one of our quartet thinks that 2.5-inch drive use will decrease.
Google readies 2011 pay-by-wave for Nexus S wallet chip
Google is planning to launch an NFC-based pay-by-wave system, quite possibly this year, according to anonymous sources who talked to Bloomberg about the chocolate-factory's plans.
Courtney Love in court over 'Boudoir Queen' Twitter bitchfight
Courtney Love's Twitter broadsides against a fashion designer have earned her a date in a Los Angeles court, Reuters reports.
US gov funds censorship-busting tech alternatives to Wikileaks
The US State Department, still reeling from its own battle with the online activists of Wikileaks, is nevertheless offering cash grants for technology to circumvent internet censorship by the Chinese and Iranian governments.
HTC Desire HD
ReviewFew would argue that the HTC Desire - aka Google Nexus One - is a very fine smartphone but that hasn't stopped HTC cooking up a new version which looks like it's been at the steroids.
'Operation eMule' feds bust duo with 500+ eBay, PayPal accounts
Federal investigators on the trail of a multi-million dollar identity theft ring have raided the homes of two Vietnamese exchange students in Minnesota.
Amazon Kindles love for Windows and Android
Amazon has announced its 'Buy Once, Read Anywhere' Kindle app will soon be available on Android and Windows based tablets.
Kodak intros waterproof camera
Three Kodak cameras made their debut at CES, and they include the company's first waterproof model and something rather small.
Microsoft's 2009 Uniloc patent victory overturned on appeal
Microsoft did infringe a Uniloc patent designed to stop software piracy, a US appeals court ruled yesterday.
Doctor Who to marry Doctor Who's daughter
Doctor Who the 10th, David Tennant, is planning to get hitched to his fictional daughter Georgia Moffett, who also happens to be the real daughter of his fictional fifth incarnation.
Wireless HD video sticks demoed
CES 2011Amimon has been showing off its HDMI stick, which converts any HDMI source into a WHDI transmitter – and now has kit to connect to – but even that isn't generating much public interested in wireless video.
Brick house Xiotech grows new NAS head
Storage brick supplier Xiotech has quietly changed strategy and built its own file and block access controller for its ISE storage blades.
B&W refloats Zeppelin premium speaker
CES 2011Bowers and Wilkins is to add Apple's AirPlay media streaming tech to its iconic Zeppelin iPod speaker.
Asus slips out keyboard equipped Android tablet
CES 2011Asus has outed its Android tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including one that cannily solves the problem of typing quickly on a touchscreen: it has a drop-down physical Qwerty deck.
Video games go off quicker than tomatoes
We are grateful to Which? for working out that video games lose value faster than cars.
Dubai assassins used email trojan to track Hamas victim
The successful operation to kill a Hamas commander in Dubai in January 2010 followed a botched attempt by the same Israeli hit squad to kill the same target two months previously, according to reports.
Qualcomm gobbles Atheros, arms self for coming tablet wars
Wireless telecommunications chip giant Qualcomm is spending $3.1bn to buy partner Atheros Communications, betting big on the future of Wi-Fi wireless communications.
Lenovo slims down for All-in-One PC
CES 2011All-in-one PCs are supposedly what every consumer wants - most manufacturers say so, including Lenovo, which has revealed four new IdeaCentre and all-in-one desktops at CES this week.
Amazon preps upmarket US Android app emporium
Amazon is inviting Android developers to upload their applications for listing in a better class of app store, at a price set by Amazon and only available within the USA.
WD embiggens Scorpio Black notebook drive
Western Digital has increased its fast notebook drive's capacity by half to reach 750GB, the same as Seagate's fast notebook drive.
Why did my server just die?
A recent update to the Point-Of-Sales (POS) software my organization uses also had the potential for some very serious disruption. The software in question is fairly decent stuff as far as POS software goes. It does the job and the features cover most of what we might want it to do.
Fujitsu aims Sparc64 supers beyond Japan
Japanese supercomputer maker Fujitsu is looking to export massively parallel RISC supers based on the 10 petaflops Project K machine it's building for the Japanese government.
Black day for LG's Android range
CES 2011At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, LG announced the Optimus Black, its latest Android smartphone. At only 9.2mm thick tapering to 6mm and sporting a 4in touchscreen, the company claims it’s the world’s thinnest smartphone with a display of this size.
Microsoft 'maintenance' blocks Hotmail
A growing number of Hotmail users are unable to access their email accounts.
Google money chief vows, uh, return to China
Google says it wants to re-renter China, less than a year after famously told the world it would leave the country over an attack on the company's infrastructure by Chinese hackers.
LG makes a dash for TV apps
CES 2011At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), LG announced a range of features for its Smart TV platform, enabling more content and introducing apps to its Internet TV functionality.
Intel touts 'Sandy Bridge' video chops
CES 2011Intel unveiled its new line of processors this morning at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The focus of the presentation wasn't raw performance or "power per watt", as was true in other processor intros. The focus was "eye candy".
LG white goods get net savvy
CES 2011While many have yet to even get their TVs hooked to the Internet, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), LG was making encouraging noises about connected appliances that know more about your domestic needs than you do.
Body of murdered cyberwar expert found in landfill
The body of a decorated US Army officer was found dumped in a Delaware landfill on New Years Eve day, a few days after he expressed concern that the nation wasn't adequately prepared for cyber warfare, according to news reports following the bizarre whodunit.
Apple patents 'net-booted' OS contraption
Apple has patented a network computing setup that involves a "net-booted" operating system.
Netgear integrates HomePlug and Wi-Fi
CES 2011Netgear is to merge wireless and wired powerline networking, pitching at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a "hybrid" 802.11n Wi-Fi router with an AC adaptor that doubles up as a HomePlug AV adaptor.
Samsung launches 'world's first' Android MP3 player
CES 2011Samsung has announced the launch of its latest PMP - apparently the world's first Android powered MP3 player, according to the company, which appears to have missed Archos' Google OS offerings.
Microsoft embraces ARM with Windows 8
CES 2011Microsoft's next version of Windows will run on ARM systems using system-on-a-chip (SoC) architectures from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments.
Samsung shows off tablet-cum-netbook convertible
CES 2011Can't decide whether you want a small notebook or a tablet? Samsung's latest lets you have both.
Samsung to bring wireless printing to Android, iOS
CES 2011Samsung is readying Android and iOS apps that allow smartphone and tablet owners to print directly to the company's wireless printers.
Google suit halts Microsoft fed contract
Google has successfully prevented the US Department of the Interior from awarding a $49.3 million email contract to Microsoft. At least temporarily.
Nvidia forges ARM chip for PCs and servers
CES 2011The ARM race for the data center just got a whole lot more interesting. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nvidia announced that it is indeed working on a CPU and that the chip is based on the ARM RISC architecture that's wickedly popular in smartphones and tablets. In other words, it's not a low-powered x64 chip.
Kingston readies 'fastest' USB 3.0 Flash drive yet
CES 2011Memory and storage specialist Kingston is it extend its HyperX high-end memry brand into SSDs, USB drives and memory cards, part of a plan to expand its portfolio of USB 3.0 products.
Nvidia to take on Intel with PC-centric ARM chip
CES 2011Move over, Intel, here comes Nvidia. Not with an x86 CPU - though rumours to that effect have been rippling through the chip biz for years - but an ARM-based offering aimed at PCs, workstations and even servers.
Iomega intros auto-backup dock for iGadgets
CES 2011Iomega's notion of an iPhone dock that automatically backs up your data when you charge up your iDevice is sound - plenty of folk don't actually sync their phones very often, if at all - but the company's newly announced SuperHero seems a tad half-arsed.