Feeling heat from Macs, Microsoft sells PCs sans crapware
With Apple Macs in its sights, Microsoft has been quietly reselling PCs that offer customized, slimmed-down installations of Windows designed to run faster and to be easier to set up and maintain.
Microsoft 'paid Nokia $1bn' for WinPho 7 deal
Nokia's jaw-dropping decision to adopt Windows Phone 7 as its handset operating system was juiced by an equally jaw-dropping payout from Microsoft of over $1bn, according to a report citing people with knowledge of the deal.
Feds charge 10 with running Nigerian 419 scam
Federal prosecutors have accused 10 people of fleecing $1.5 million out of victims throughout the US with an advanced fee scam that promised lavish inheritances if they paid money up front to facilitate the transfers.
MS smartphone share falls despite WinPho 7
The arrival of Windows Phone 7 has not reversed Microsoft's declining smartphone market share in the US.
Android App of the WeekThe facility to re-skin the basic Android UI is both a blessing and a curse. It's a godsend because, unlike iOS or Windows Phone 7, you're not stuck with a monolithic one-size-fits-all interface design.
BBC accused of coming out for porn opt-in?
UpdatedThe BBC was today accused of ignoring its own charter requirement to offer balance by coming down firmly on the side of opt-in in respect of internet porn regulation.
Betfair backs Gibraltar
Online betting exchange Betfair will work under a Gibraltar licence from tomorrow – but the move won't hit UK jobs.
Google buys UK price comparison site
Google has bought UK price comparison site BeatThatQuote.com for £37.7m.
Discovery poised for final homecoming
Space shuttle Discovery is set to bow out tomorrow with its final homecoming at the end of a distinguished career which began on 30 August, 1984.
Cure for BALDNESS causes IMPOTENCE, says new study
Bad news for bothered baldies today, as boffins report that chemicals found in popular hair-loss medications can cause persistent lack of rigour in the trouser department.
Spooks want backdoor into your network
GCHQ, the UK's signal intelligence agency, may get an expanded role in preventing attacks against the networks of key private firms under new government plans.
Hackers find Google's music cloud
Android hackers have discovered that Google's cloud-based music service is up and running, for those prepared to muck about with the internals of Honeycomb at least.
Adobe releases Wallaby to jump Jobsian Flash ban
Adobe execs don't want their customers to fret over the company's recent spat with Apple over its decision to make its iPad and iPhone products a Flash-free zone.
Xbox 360, PS3 prices to fall this summer
The price structure of games consoles has been static for a record length of time and will begin to fall this summer in order to keep the gadgets flying off the shelves.
Dixons Advent Vega
ReviewI had not had the Advent Vega out of the box for more than half an hour when I felt a very strong urge to fling the thing across the Reg Hardware office.
Security agency calls time on botnet FUD
The EU's cyber security Agency, ENISA, wants a re-think of how we measure the size and potency of botnets, networks of malware-infected PCs that are now the mainstay of spam distribution, identity theft and DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks.
Apple, RIM profit from Euro smartphone shift
Sony Ericsson's shift to Android proved spectacularly successful during the last three months of 2010, figures show.
Ofcom network census starts next month
Network reliability will be under the microscope from 23 March to 23 May, with even minor outages forming part of Ofcom's upcoming report on the state of connectivity in the UK.
UK.gov to miss another deadline on privacy
The UK government will not have its regulatory house in order by 25 May when a new EU law on cookies come into force.
BlackBerry OS 7 makes software roadmap debut
Research in Motion's BlackBerry OS 7 will make an appearance in the Autumn, if an allegedly leaked RIM roadmap is what it purports to be.
Museum readies touch-tastic retro comms gear hands-on
NSFWishAccording to my Wiltshire-born partner, Swindon is a grim place to spend your weekend, but this month sees an event that may nonetheless tickle a tech-head's taste-buds.
BBC to take cautious approach to 3D 'hype'
The BBC seems no more keen on 3D TV than licence payers, at least for the moment.
IPv6 intro creates spam-filtering nightmare
The migration towards IPv6, which has been made necessary by the expansion of the internet, will make it harder to filter spam messages, service providers warn.
How languages can live together without killing each other
Those of you who are concerned that linguistic globalisation will eventually steamroller local tongues into extinction should take heart from a study by a team from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, which has mathematically proved that two languages can live together in peace and harmony.
Neighbourhood watchers in Reading get speedguns
Police in Reading are today encouraging residents to join the Big Society and zap speeding neighbours with personal issue speed detection kit. The speedster who falls afoul of the personal speedguns gets two written warnings from neighbourhood police. Police may then take action on the third infraction.
Coraid accesses storage with Arista
Coraid is allying with Andy Bechtolsheim's Arista to accelerate access to its storage.
Getting secure external access to AoE disk volumes
CommentATA over Ethernet (AoE) protocol in the storage environment makes an interesting alternative to iSCSI and Fibre Channel. Although it is not routable, it can be made routable and thereby also independent of Ethernet itself.
Rackspace does the Red Hat thing with 'Linux for the clouds'
Cloud ConnectRackspace is offering formal service and support for OpenStack, the eight-month-old open source platform for building Amazon EC2–like "infrastructure clouds".
Nintendo 3DS bothers Brits about blinkers
Research suggests over a third of Brits are concerned about the effect Nintendo's upcoming auto-stereoscopic handheld games console, the 3DS, will have on their eyes.
Sprint eyes T-Mobile acquisition
Sprint is reportedly in talks with Deutsche Telekom about buying up T-Mobile USA, creating a single network part-owned by Deutsche but able to compete with AT&T and Verizon.
Dell juices PowerEdge-C servers with OpenStack
OpenStack project contributor Dell says it is ready to help people build OpenStack clouds atop its PowerEdge-C servers.
'Wrong amount of snow' caused Heathrow chaos
BAA chief executive Colin Matthews has apologised for the chaos at Heathrow Airport last December, which saw thousands of passengers stranded by an unforeseen depth of snow.
Sony to sell PSN content over the counter
Sony says it wants to bring PlayStation Network games to high street shoppers, giving them the option to purchase the content over the counter without the need for an online transaction.
Google demotes BeatThatQuote one day after buying it
Google has penalised its own newly acquired UK price comparison site BeatThatQuote.com, after the firm was found to be violating Mountain View's guidelines about linking.
Death of the signing bonus: Open source recruitment works
Open...and ShutVenture capitalist Fred Wilson recently derided marketing as "what you do when your product or service sucks." Great products market themselves. In a similar way, paid recruiting is what you do when your insight into the movers and shakers in your corner of the industry stinks.
Nimbula instamatic cloud kit set for launch
Cloud ConnectNimbula – the build-your-own-cloud outfit founded by Amazon's former vice president of engineering – has announced that its flagship product, a "cloud operating system" known as Nimbula Director, will be officially launched within the next 30 days.
Steve Jobs bends iPad price reality
When he unveiled the iPad 2 last Wednesday, Steve Jobs hammered home the point that it was a bargain buy when compared to the competition. He was, at best, stretching the truth. At worst, he was shoveling bullshit.
Bad Belgian busted by kinky iTunes openness
A Belgian man who pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children while on a visit to Manchester in January was last week sentenced to four months in prison.
French gov infiltrated by data-hungry spear phishers
At least 150 computers used by the French government were breached after hackers used highly targeted spear-phishing emails to plant malware that monitored the machines for weeks before being discovered, according to published media reports.
VMware unveils vSphere cloud management plan
VMware is planning products and services it says will help you manage clouds anchored on its virtualization layer.
Adobe unfurls Flash 10.3 beta
Adobe has released a beta of Flash Player 10.3 that – among other new niceties – includes a preferences pane for managing your storage, camera, playback, and other settings.
Microsoft: 'No one cares about Google's dev cloud'
Cloud ConnectMicrosoft developer and platform general manager Matt Thompson has claimed that among startups across the United States, interest in Google's App Engine is "almost nonexistent" and that only a "tiny number" have an eye on Salesforce's Force.com. Citing a recent Microsoft survey, Thompson said that if startups are interested in building and deploying apps on a so-called public cloud, they're interested in Amazon Web Services and, yes, Microsoft Azure.
Chrome 10: Google whips out its Crankshaft
New service pitches IP bonding to channels
Fusionbroadband, a new company based in Melbourne, is hoping to attract system integrators as channels for an IP-based bonding technology developed in Canada.
AMD claims 'fastest graphics card in the world'
AMD has unveiled a dual-GPU, easily overclockable, 3D-capable, DirectX 11–supporting consumer graphics card that it claims is "the fastest graphics card in the world".