Australians can’t read or count
“Education fails” stories are an irresistible hot-button for even moderate media, let alone those on the right wing. So it is that when the Industry Skills Councils – an umbrella group of skills research and lobby organisations – announced that half Australia’s working-age adults have inadequate literacy or numeracy skills, the story caught like wildfire.
AMD gases up Bulldozers for Intel push back
Advanced Micro Devices is in a number of tight spots at the moment, but the company is hopefully optimistic that its future "Bulldozer" Opteron processors due later this year will let it dig in and grab some desperately needed - and profitable - server market share from archrival Intel.
AMD rejigs fab pact with GlobalFoundries
UpdatedAdvanced Micro Devices has tweaked its wafer baking deal with GlobalFoundries, the spinout of its own foundry operations that owned by Advanced Technology Investment Company, the investing arm of the government of Abu Dhabi.
The Osborne 1: 30 years old this month
The Osborne 1, the world's first commercially produced computer designed to be portable, is 30 years old this month.
John Barnes and Ian Rush: technology scores
Star TechLegendary Liverpool soccer stars John Barnes, 48, and Ian Rush, 50, were recently reunited at the launch of car maker Hyundai's Boot Shoot app. Sure, they can still chip balls into hatchbacks 'til the ref cries 'foul' - but does tech win like the beautiful game?
Small business denounces extra red tape
The British Chambers of Commerce has warned that changes to paternity leave and retirement rights introduced this week will damage the start of the UK recovery.
Pacific island in royal wedding philatelic outrage
The Pacific island of Niue is set to ruffle a few royalist feathers with its Prince William and Kate Middleton commemorative stamps, featuring a strategic perforation between the happy couple.
Online car-buying firm agrees to more transparent pricing
An online car-buying company has agreed to change the way it operates after consumer regulator the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said that was not transparent with customers about its pricing.
French mayor busts overly busty bust
The good burghers of the French town Neuville-en-Ferrain will no longer be able to enjoy the ample charms of a "patriotic female statue" after the mayor ordered its removal from the town hall on the grounds of excessive chesticles.
Telefonica creates NFC District in Madrid
Telefonica is issuing thousands of its own staff with NFC handsets, creating an NFC District around the company's Madrid headquarters, and showing a distinctly pro-bank policy.
Acer Android tablets priced
Acer's 7in Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, the Iconia A100, will be out later this month for 300 quid.
Sony CEO signals summer of tablets
Sony will enter the Android tablet arena before the summer is out, the Japanese giant's CEO, Howard Stringer, has revealed.
UK's oldest working telly up for sale
One of Britain's oldest tellies - set to go under the hammer later this month - is 75 years old and surprisingly still in working order.
Vodafone grabs £7bn, leaves France
Vodafone is selling its minority shareholding in French operator SFR, netting €7.95bn by flogging 44 per cent of SFR and giving Vivendi complete ownership.
RSA explains how attackers breached its systems
RSA has provided more information on the high-profile attack against systems behind the EMC division's flagship SecurID two factor authentication product.
BT expands reach of ≤20Mbps broadband
BT today said it will increase the number of telephone exchanges capable of supporting ADSL 2+ to allow 80 per cent of the population to gain "up to 20Mbps" broadband by the end of the year.
Making desktop virt an easier pill to swallow
How can IT managers sell the benefits of desktop virtualisation to the rest of the company, especially if it may not deliver savings in the short term?
Supply ships used to push ISS clear of sat-smash debris
The International Space Station was given a shove by supply ships docked to it over the weekend in order to evade a cloud of high-velocity orbital shrapnel created when a Russian military satellite crashed into an Iridium comsat in 2009.
Photoshopped image scam used in rogue Facebook app trap
Facebook users were put under fire on Monday by a brace of new threats, one of which spreads through a link disseminated through the Facebook Chat application.
Judge hits police with massive bill over false Operation Ore charges
A man wrongly accused in Britain's largest ever child pornography investigation has won damages in the High Court after an eight-year legal battle.
Blighty's official Space Agency starts up on 1 April
The UK finally acquired an official government space agency last week, with the formal announcement of its operational status issued on April Fools Day.
Eminent iTrio EM7100 HDMI wireless video sender
ReviewThe video senders of yesterday didn’t enjoy the best of reputations. Typically used to route the analogue feed of one VCR to a second TV at the other end of the house, they suffered all manner of RF interference. Even when you managed to align their directional antennas, ghostly gremlins would make for a second rate viewing experience.
CTIA cites First Amendment protection of radiation levels
The CTIA is arguing that a San Francisco ordinance demanding radiation levels be displayed on phone packaging breaches the First Amendment of the US constitution, and is thus illegal.
Nintendo notches up record sales for 3DS
Nintendo sold 113,000 3DS consoles in the UK during the first two days after the handheld's release. The UK tally accounted for more than a third of total sales in Europe.
Baby Googles: The answer to the Chocolate Factory dominance?
Lawyer Jeremy Phillips of the useful and fun IPKat blog floats an interesting idea. Google won't reform or be chastened, he writes. We should consider breaking up Google into a number of "Baby Googles" – just as AT&T was once broken up into a number of "Baby Bells".
Operation Ore was based on flawed evidence from the start
ExclusiveBritain’s biggest ever computer crime investigation, Operation Ore, was flawed by a catalogue of “discrepancies, errors and uncertainties”, disclosed reports of two national police conferences seen by The Register reveal.
Wanted: Nude female web coders
NSFWA Buckinghamshire company is looking to recruit "a number of female web coders" who are prepared to work as nature intended in a "warm and private" naturist office environment.
SGI Virident catches up with Fusion-io
SGI is pairing up with Virident flash cards to offer a 1U, one million IOPS server with just two flash cards instead of the eight needed by Fusion-io.
Hydrogen powered hybrid stratocraft prangs during test flight
A radical new prototype hydrogen-powered high altitude robot aircraft, intended to remain airborne for a week at a time, has crashed during a test flight in California.
Attacker grabs gaming tag of Xbox Live policy director
NSFW linkMicrosoft's director of policy and enforcement for Xbox LIVE has had his Xbox account hijacked by a disgruntled gamer using a social engineering attack on his domain name registrar, Network Solutions.
Season of TV shows blown out of cloud... for good
A US cloud storage provider is being sued because it did not provide a recoverable backup of TV show files deleted by an aggrieved ex-employee.
UK tax system takes a little break from the interwebs
Anyone wishing to commune electronically with the taxman will have to wait until Wednesday – HMRC systems are down for planned maintenance.
Google honks Segway horn back at Viacom
Copyright scofflaw Google and the creative industries are locking horns once again, in a billion dollar legal case with implications for what internet companies can and can't do – or at least, American internet companies. Essentially, the case boils down to how much a service provider is allowed to "know" about infringement before it becomes part of the problem, and therefore liable.
Net boffins plot password alternatives
Computer scientists are looking to develop a more secure alternative to passwords for website sign-ons and other functions.
Marvell builds gateway to the clouds
Marvell has a new take on serve I/O caching with a 2-tier NV-RAM and SSD DragonFly caching adapter claimed to increase server storage I/O tenfold.
Back to the Future game is now free
Telltale has made the first episode of its five-part Back to the Future game a free download.
Commodore 64 revivalist posts prototype PC pics
Commodore USA's way-behind-schedule re-incarnation of the original Commodore 64 - it was supposed to ship in June 2010 - is moving ever closer to reality.
Apps chomp for Student Cluster Comp
SC11In this Register HPC channel webcast, we talk to Doug Fuller, a computational scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab, who's chairing the SC11 Student Cluster Competition. This takes place in Seattle in November.
Penguin Computing overclocks Opterons for Wall Street
Linux server specialist Penguin Computing has jumped into the overclocked server fray with a new Altus server aimed at clock-hungry high frequency stock trading applications.
Microsoft wraps Windows 8 in Ribbon UI?
Microsoft could be taking a chance by making Windows 8 look more like Office 2007, if some leaked screenshots are the real deal.
Endeavour's swansong delayed ten days
NASA has knocked back the last launch of space shuttle Endeavour from 19 April to 29 April to avoid a "scheduling conflict" with the Russian Progress supply vehicle - slated to dock with the International Space Station on the 29th of this month.
Google bids $900m for Android and Chrome patent shield
Google has bid $900m for Nortel's patent portfolio, saying it hopes to use the portfolio to deter lawsuits against not only Google but also partners and open-source developers working on projects such as Android and Chrome.
Attack hijacks sensitive data using newer Windows features
Security researchers have outlined a way to hijack huge amounts of confidential network traffic by exploiting default behavior in Microsoft's Windows operating system.
TI acquires National Semiconductor for $6.5bn
Texas Instruments has agreed to purchase rival National Semiconductor for $6.5 billion, a deal would combine two of the world's largest chip makers.