Assange relishes US banks 'squirming' over 'megaleak'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he enjoys watching US banks "squirm" as he threatens to expose them with a "megaleak" of confidential documents.
Samsung loads Lovefilm onto BD boxes
DVD rental and movie streaming service Lovefilm is to be rolled out to Samsung Blu-ray Disc players.
Is Angry Birds 2 a Fox film spin-off?
Games developer Rovio has struck a deal with 20th Century Fox, paving the way for a further 45 levels of Angry Birds to hit mobiles this March.
Hansard to pulp paper processes
Parliament's official recorder is planning to leave the paper age by processing ministers' written answers electronically.
BlackBerry beats iPhone to top UK smartphone
Research in Motion (Rim) has insisted its BlackBerry is the most popular smartphone in Britain.
Facebook system messages subverted by French pranksters
Facebook's attempts to crowd-source translations of system messages have been abused by French pranksters.
Poll confirms Reg Hardware readers' verdict
We have to agree with Broadband Genie: O2 and Virgin Media are currently the country's best service providers.
Ten... wireless keyboards
Product Round-upI feel sorry for keyboards. Despite tapping away constantly at one, I can't say I give mine any regard. Fairly rapidly, so it seems, they get covered in reminders of our lifestyle excesses and tacky habits. And when our computers are to blame for something, its usually the keyboard that soaks up the frustration.
Facebook launches location-tracking Places Deals
Facebook sank its teeth into more corners of Europe’s consumer market today, with the launch of a new mobile phone feature that it has dubbed ‘Places Deals’.
Google wants Android developers
Google is about to hire "dozens" of mobile developers to stock up its Android marketplace, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Five essential BlackBerry apps for business
For most users, BlackBerry means business. And these days that means more than on-the-go immediate access to email. The BlackBerry App World contains a host of downloads you can grab to help you become more productive. Here are the five we reckon every BlackBerry owner should obtain.
'Air laser' tech could sniff bombs, probe atmos from afar
Military- and security-funded boffins have been trying to develop better bomb-detecting technology for many years now. Most of what they come up with has obvious defects: typically sensors either don't actually detect explosives but rather associated substances or shapes (metal detectors, X-ray systems) or they need to be very close to explosives or other chemicals of interest – as with sniffer dogs or handheld chem detectors.
John Barry dies at 77
Composer John Barry has died at the age of 77, following an illustrious career which encompassed work on The Ipcress File, Midnight Cowboy, Zulu, Born Free and Dances With Wolves.
SourceForge applies global password reset after hack attack
Open-source code repository SourceForge has advised users to change their passwords following a concerted hacking attack.
Panorama stalks alleged stalker's twin brother
The Beeb's Panorama team demonstrated they've got the investigative right stuff by stalking an alleged stalker's twin brother.
Official: Android rules OK
Android has surged past Symbian to become the world's most popular smartphone operating system.
Alacritech apprehends an NFS anomaly
CommentAlacritech claims NFS filer I/O is grossly skewed towards reads and suffers from read metadata processing that chokes controller CPUs.
Sony slips out Mac app for Bloggie Touch
Sony has released OS X software to connect Macs to its Bloggie Touch pocket camcorder and do a little more with your pics and video than the basic USB link allows.
Chinese 'repurpose' Top Gun footage
China's state broadcaster CCTV has been left looking a bit daft after local netizens spotted it had swiped a choice snippet of footage from Top Gun.
LCD pushbutton sunglasses issued to US Navy SEALs
The latest gizmo to be adopted by top-secret special forces troops fighting the Wars on Stuff is liquid crystal ballistic sunglasses which can change colour automatically much faster than traditional "photochromic" offerings - or at the touch of a button.
Boffins squeeze a mesh onto Android handsets
Australian researchers have ported Wi-Fi mesh-networking onto the Android platform, potentially turning any Android handset into a relay able to extend network coverage into disaster areas.
Android bites big chunk out of Apple iPad market share
The world's computer makers shipped 17.6m tablets during 2010, 9.7m of them in Q4 alone.
Scaled-down EU patent system moves a step closer to approval
A committee of the European Parliament has approved plans to create a 12-country patent system in Europe as countries including the UK seek to break a decades-old deadlock on whether patents should be translated, and, if so, how this should be done.
VMware creates private clouds for newbies
VMware is still a pretty young software company in a fairly nascent market and relies on software license and maintenance fees for the bulk of its revenues. But the company wants to get more sales providing services, too, and today announced two offerings that will have VMware's techs come in and puff up your cloud in a jiffy.
Orange blames switch for data problems
Orange said today a switch problem was to blame for 3g outages in recent weeks, which seem to be concentrated in London.
EU may re-ignite carbon trading following hack attack
Some EU carbon emission trading registries may start trading again later this week following the Europe-wide suspension of trading in response to a hacking attack on 19 January.
Firm offers punter prints pronto
Many of our children, perhaps even our spouses, have had aspirations of becoming a model. Now it's possible to wind them up by turning them into one - 'figure'-atively speaking.
UK.gov taps up DWP's IT boss for all of Whitehall
Joe Harley has been appointed as UK.gov's new IT boss, the Cabinet Office confirmed today.
Indonesian pop star jailed over sex videos
Indonesian pop star Nazril "Ariel" Irham has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for participating in two homemade sex videos.
Intel finds flaw in Sandy Bridge chipset
Chip giant Intel was ecstatic about the rollout of the Sandy Bridge Core family of chips for desktops and laptops and is prepping for single-socket servers and workstations next month based on the Xeon variants of these chips. But the discovery of a bug in the Intel 6 Cougar Point chipset announced this morning just threw a spanner in the rollout of these CPUs. It also very possibly may have given Advanced Micro Devices the lucky break it has been praying for.
IBM floats Microsoft Office web challenger
IBM is gunning for Microsoft's multi–billion dollar Office franchise with a hosted incarnation of its personal productivity suite built on OpenOffice.
Dixons offers Angry Birds on the house
Want Angry Birds for nowt? From tomorrow you can try and get a copy from the Currys- and PC World-branded versions of Intel's AppUp, the chip giant's netbook-centric online app store.
419ers strip lonely heart mum of £80k
A divorced mother of three was taken for £80,000 by 419ers posing as a US soldier, the Daily Mail reports.
DataCore rewrites SANsymphony score
Storage virtualisation software supplier DataCore has revved its SANsymphony product to provide faster access to virtualised and pooled block-access storage for its mid-market customers.
India calls RIM's bluff on email access
RIM has only hours left to achieve the impossible, with the Indian government reiterating threats of retaliation if it's denied access to corporate emails tomorrow.
Google open sources its Mac deployment engine
Google has open sourced its internal software for deploying Mac OS X packages across a network.
Network attacks (allegedly) ravage London Stock Exchange
The London Stock Exchange and one of its counterparts in the US are investigating attacks that hit their networks last year and were intended to disrupt their operations, The Times reported on Monday.
Enterprise fanbois yawn at death of Apple Xserve
On Monday, Apple ended its nine-and-one-half-year Xserve experiment, and reactions are mixed. One outspoken analyst says the decision "sucks," but a broad-ranging survey reveals that most users of that Jobsian rack-mounted server don't hold a grudge against Cupertino.
D-Link hooks up with new channel partner
Australian disto Whitegold Solutions has been appointed a D-Link “value added partner” to help drive the vendor’s products into the SMB markets.
Google Docs morphs into once and future 'GDrive'
Google has updated Google Docs – its online word processor cum online file repository – offering new tools for finding, exploring, and sharing files stored on the service.
Oracle promises to obey own OpenJDK rules
Oracle is drafting rules it says even it can obey to run the open-source reference implementation of Java, OpenJDK.
Mac Tel money in the clouds
Listed carrier Macquarie Telecom has added $5 million to its earnings forecast for the year ended December 2010, attributing the upswing to the performance of its hosted services division.
Oracle uncloaks 5TB tape
Oracle is increasing the capacity of its T10000 tape fivefold, doubling its I/O speed, and enabling a 5-exabyte tape library.
Intel shakes off $1bn chipset flaw
How much did a little design flaw in one metal layer on the Cougar Point Intel 6 chipset used with Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 chips cost Intel? A cool $1bn, that's how much.
Netgear CEO says 'closed' Apple is doomed
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' insistence on a closed iOS platform is dragging his company down, dooming it to be overtaken by Google Android, according to the chairman and CEO of... Netgear.
VMware Go promoted to Pro
Server hypervisor juggernaut VMware is known for charging a hefty premium for its virtualization and related management tools, but its ESXi hypervisor has been free for years and for a year it has been shipping a tool called VMware Go to manage its freebie hypervisors. These moves were reactions to Microsoft entering the market with Hyper-V, and Citrix System giving away its own XenServer, and have allowed VMware to build a large base of customers using cut-down versions of its hyper wares for zip, zilch, nadda.
Judge rebukes 'World's No. 1 Hacker'
A judge in Georgia has scolded a controversial security figure for improperly subpoenaing Yahoo! and Twitter in an attempt to get user names and passwords belonging to some 25 researchers.