HP taps Google's print server in the sky
HP has announced that its ePrint printers are the first to support Google Cloud Print, a service that lets print via the interwebs.
Ubuntu's high-risk Linux Narwhal beta floats
Canonical's short march towards multi-touch success (or its slow slide in to oblivion) is a step closer to completion. On Thursday, it released the Ubuntu 11.04 beta.
Ten... tech treats for mum
Product Round-upYes, Sunday, 3 April is Mother's Day, a celebration of matters maternal that stretches back to pre-Christian Roman times, but one no son - or partner whose significant other has offspring - dare ignore.
NSFW App of the WeekIf you're going to do something, do it properly. A fine creed, and just as applicable to playing the pink oboe as any other worthwhile hobby.
The Cisco Borg in your TV
Regardless of your feelings toward Cisco – whether you’ve been absorbed into the Borg or are preserving your precarious freedom on the outside – the company’s CTO in Australia, Kevin Bloch, at least offers that rare combination of enviable technical competence and media-accessibility.
The X-Factor goes virtually mobile, expands voting
April FoolsThe X Factor, staple of end-of-year TV viewing, is set to launch its own MVNO with a branded handset providing discounted voting and access to exclusive X Factor content.
Seagate triples up heads/platter ratio
April FoolIn a final attempt to break out of the I/O density gap crippling hard disk drive I/O, Seagate is introducing drives with three heads per platter that will dramatically cut latency and seek times.
Official: PS3 has more fanboys than the Xbox 360 does
There are now more Playstation 3s out there than Xbox 360s, it has been claimed.
Labour MP says police should clamp down on online incitement
Police need to clamp down not just on violent protesters, but also on the twits – and any other social networkers – who encourage them online.
Mobile operators ditch Tube plans
London tube travellers have been saved from the menace of mobiles on the underground, as plans to extend mobile phone coverage onto trains have been canned.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer
Hands OnAsus has been showcasing its Eee Pad Transformer Android 3.0 tablet this week, Transformer being the word the company uses to highlight this 10.1in, 1280 x 800 tablet’s hybrid design that will turn it into a netbook in the click of a dock.
Stock-trading teen hacker jailed again over 2nd scam
A hacker jailed at 19 for a stock-trading scam has been jailed for three years over a new fraud, this time involving attempts to swindle a currency exchange out of $100,000.
London Olympics get pay-by-wave
Samsung will be handing out Olympic phones to athletes at the 2012 Olympics and Visa will be taking NFC payments from them, but the pair will still need an operator to make it work.
The Register Guide to London's Silicon Roundabout Tech Startups
April FoolPrime Minister David Cameron hails them as the young, wealth-creating foundation of tomorrow's economy. But who are they? Here's El Reg's guide to the stars of London's vibrant tech startup scene - whose drive and energy is already ripping up the rules of government, and traditional profit-loss accounting methods.
Rikki don't lose (sight of) that number
WorkshopThe “number” is the most important word in any sales person’s vocabulary. It means the target, the total amount of closed business that needs to be achieved, whether in a month, a quarter or a year. Once that period is ended, the reset button is pressed and the cycle starts again.
US gov 'transparency' websites targeted for big, fat budget cuts
A campaign is underway in the US to save the government-endorsed website Data.gov and six other portals from the axe.
Amazon Payments heads into meat space
Amazon plans to take its payment platform into the real world, using NFC tags to identify goods for purchase from the online store, but who attaches those tags is not clear.
Misty Martian volcano caught on camera
The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a fetching composite image of a couple of Martian volcanoes, one of them caught with "icy clouds" drifting past its summit.
Fight global warming with Asimov-style Psychohistory - profs
Academics in Blighty and the USA have called for a new "science of communicating science" to be deployed in order to deal with the fact that public concern over global warming has plunged in recent years.
StoneFly flies faster with Fusion-io
StoneFly is going to bundle Fusion-io server flash with its virtual IP SAN appliance, giving it lightning-like performance.
DNSSEC finally goes mainstream
DNSSEC, a more secure version of the internet domain name to IP address lookup protocol, was enabled on the .com top-level domain on Thursday.
Total War: Shogun 2
ReviewApart from porn and the Total War series, why would anyone own a PC? Shogun 2 coming out, best get down to Akihabara’s Yodobashi Camera and spend some hard earned cash on a graphics card update – couldn't resist the ATI PowerColor 6950 2GB – time to watch my frame rate soar.
US Army inks $66m deal for Judge Dredd smart-rifles
The US Army's futuristic Judge Dredd style computer smart-rifle project, the XM-25, is moving ahead. Developer ATK, which has so far made just five prototype weapons, inked a $65.8m deal this week to move the weapon into manufacturing.
Sony reveals DAB+ radio range
Sony has introduced its first DAB+ radios, bringing forward the technology while rewinding time with design.
Computacenter buys into the clouds
Britain's biggest reseller Computacenter has bought a minority stake in a Basingstoke-based cloud specialist.
LG cries foul over rival's rank language
Electronics giant LG may sue Samsung for allegedly using profane language in a heated debate over 3D TV technology.
Oxfordshire cops switch speed cameras back on
Oxfordshire police have turned speed cameras back on as others throughout England switch theirs off, prompting questions as to whether senior police and county council figures are playing politics.
Apple plays cloud catch-up
Apple may be untouchable in tablets and hard to beat for mobile user experience, but it will prove more vulnerable as the focus of innovation moves to the cloud.
Arkansas governor spanks arse cleavage
The governor of Arkansas has struck a blow for fashion and common decency by outlawing the practice among students of turning up to school with their trousers at half-mast.
Nigeria fails to enact cyber crime laws
Nigeria has failed to pass broad-ranging laws against cybercrime.
April Fools Day's Finest
April foolWe hate April Fools Day. It makes story writing here at Vulture Central extra difficult, sifting through the endless fictional nonsense trying to find something interesting - and true.
Privacy group downplays Google Buzz cash grab
A US web advocacy outfit has downplayed reports that suggest it is pursing $1.75m over a class action settlement between privacy groups and Google, following Mountain View's social network gaffe with Buzz.
DARPA: Send limbless troops back to war with robo-arms
Radical Pentagon boffins have hit upon a new plan which will assist the USA in its efforts to meet the demand for combat troops in the expanding Wars On Stuff. Disabled servicemen who have lost arms or legs in the fighting thus far will be swiftly equipped with highly capable, ruggedised robotic replacement limbs and sent straight back into the fray.
Oracle and life after Larry Ellison
The disruptor of disruptors, Oracle boss Larry Ellison, will be 67 on August 17 this year. So when will he retire?
Microsoft, Nokia, and RIM's wasted R&D billions
Open...and ShutOver the past few decades, governments have decreased their investments in original research, with corporations taking on a greater role. There are plenty of problems with scientific research funded by private, shareholder-driven companies.
Google drops Schmidt for Elop, Android for WinPho 7
April FoolAfter jumping from Microsoft to Nokia, where he promptly dropped Symbian in favor of Microsoft Windows Phone 7, Steven Elop is moving on once again. To Google.
Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever
ReviewLast year, Mark Shuttleworth christened Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal", saying the disto would be stylish and create a good, lasting first impression.
Single-patent lawsuit hits Apple, Google, Amazon, Priceline...
A Texas-based company known as H-W Technology has sued Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, eBay, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Verizon, Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com, and 20 other companies and sister companies, claiming infringement of a single patent.