Sony continues slog from pit of shame
It is now day 15 of The Great Sony Cock-Up of 2011™, and the Japanese giant finally has some good news. No, not that their PSN and PC gaming networks are up and running again, but that they should be soon.
Wall Street Journal launches own WikiLeaks
A new chapter has started in the long and complex story of Julian Assange’s relationship with mainstream media, with the Wall Street Journal launching a competitor whistleblower site.
New York attorney general escalates Sony attack probe
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has put Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sony Network Entertainment and Sony Online Entertainment on the rack over the PSN fiasco.
PC rental store hid secret spy hardware in laptop, suit says
A Wyoming couple has filed a federal lawsuit claiming a computer they purchased came with secret spying hardware that allowed the seller to monitor their every move.
Red Hat: Cloud will anoint next Microsoft
It is not enough in this world to be for something. You also have to be against something. And if one message was delivered by Red Hat's top brass at its eponymous Summit in Boston this week, it's that the company is for open source and openness and that it's absolutely against Microsoft and VMware.
Perl and Python float on open source VMware cloud
PHP might dominate the web LAMP stack, but ActiveState is taking steps to fluff the two other dynamic languages that put the "P" in LAMP: Python and Perl.
Crystal Acoustics PicoHD5.1
ReviewMost TVs now have memory card slots and USB ports for showing digital photos or playing music and video from your own collection. The Crystal Acoustics PicoHD5.1 media player provides the same features for just about any TV, especially HD-ready ones. If your set lacks the sockets, or doesn’t play the formats you want, you can just add one of these £40 gizmos.
Nutter preflames El Reg 'cockheads'
FoTWGod alone knows, we at El Reg are used to taking a bit of stick, but it's come to something when the nutters crawl out of the woodwork before we've even had a chance to offend.
Boffins develop method of driving computers insane
Boffins in America report that they have successfully developed a method for driving computers insane in much the same way as human brains afflicted by schizophrenia. A computer involved in their study became so unhinged that it apparently "claimed responsibility for a terrorist bombing".
Quiet May Patch Tuesday follows record April
Microsoft is giving hard-pressed sysadmins a bit of a breather this month with plans to release only two updates during the May edition of its regular Patch Tuesday monthly update cycle.
Fake certificate attack targets Facebook users in Syria
A man-in-the-middle attack is being run against users of the secure version of Facebook in Syria, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warns.
A handy guide to cloud service measurement
Calculating Return On Investment (ROI) for internal IT services is messy. Businesses want costs justified on a service-by-service basis. This approach has its flaws; IT service delivery is more than the sum of its parts.
Websites should notify European users about privacy breaches
Europe-wide laws which require telecommunications companies to notify users if their data is at risk should be extended, the European justice commissioner has said.
Sophos buys security appliance firm Astaro
UK-based net security firm Sophos is getting into the hardware game with the purchase of all-in-one security appliance firm Astaro. Terms of the deal to acquire privately held Astaro, announced Friday, were not disclosed.
NASA shortlists three contenders for next robo-probe mission
NASA has announced the shortlist for its next "Discovery" robot solar-system explorer mission and has also selected three groovy new space technologies for further funding.
Government close to reduced NHS IT deal with CSC
The Department of Health has said it has reached the closing stages of negotiations with CSC, one of the two local service providers to the NHS National Programme for IT, over a new memorandum of understanding covering its future work for the health service.
Apple reportedly plans ARM shift for laptops
Apple may - and we emphasis that last word - have decided to transition its laptops from Intel processors to ARM-based CPUs
Sony Ericsson intros Xperia minis
Sony Ericsson has outed 2011's successors to 2010's Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.
Parents get iOS analytical toolkit to track kids' progress
Busy parents worried about raising their kids while making full use of their data plan can now use The SmarTots platform to keep tabs on how their children are progressing though their (iOS-powered) education. The app will even suggesting new applications and even some offline activities should time allow.
TalkTalk goes silent
TalkTalk, the Lidl of telephony providers, has suffered a catastrophic network failure that has taken down its website and disrupted voice calls for customers.
Duke Nukem taken to the shrink
VideoDuke Nukem 3D's Shrinker weapon returns in DK Forever - with comic results. Nuff said.
Everest climber finds 3G signal, sends Tweet
A British climber has allegedly become the first person to Tweet, use Facebook and make a 3G phone call from atop Mount Everest today, raising the point that nowhere, not even the top of the effin' world, is safe from the reaches of cellphones and social networking.
Google sprays customers with cash in AdWords cockup
Google mistakenly credited huge sums of money into an unknown number of UK customers' AdWords accounts, after some were handed a £100 voucher from Mountain View to redeem on the service.
Woman with 15 IDs gets 7 years for multiple VAT fraud
A Bristol woman has been jailed for using a complex web of 15 different identities and companies to defraud the Revenue out of £118,000.
Java-based malware tries Mac-smacking cross-platform attack
Malware-writers have developed a Java-based, equal-opportunity botnet Trojan in an apparent bid to infect more machines outside the Windows ecosystem.
World 3D TV sales to jump in 2011
World shipments of 3D TVs will jump 463 per cent this year, market watcher IHS iSuppli has forecast, as TV makers tone done their feverish promotion of the technology.
UK.gov would pay to have benefit claimants' tattoos erased
The government has confirmed that it is prepared to pay for plastic surgery for tattoo-emblazened benefit claimants – if the inked-up individuals get a job offer first.
What treasures will the US really find on bin Laden's hard disk?
AnalysisComputers and digital media seized from alleged al Qaeda supporters in Britain, Iraq and other hotspots in the war on terror have generally not provided forward intelligence enabling governments to prevent and deter new attacks.
JVC Everio GS-TD1 3D camcorder
ReviewLet’s cut to the chase: JVC’s £1,600 GS-TD1 is the most sophisticated 3D camcorder you can buy. While Panasonic may have pioneered DIY 3D moviemaking with its bolt-on 3D accessory lens, this is the first stereoscopic shooter aimed squarely at the pro-sumer. It’s been unabashedly built for 3D from the ground up.
Brocade shindig sees the fabric king stretching out
CommentThe data centre without walls: that's the vision that's driving Brocade. The Fibre Channel fabric king held a Techday Summit in San Jose on May 2 and 3 and outlined its cloud-optimised thinking around the data centre becoming the network in virtual enterprises.
Google offers to pop round and take some piccies
Google is asking businesses to invite it in to take photographs, extending Street View into hotels, restaurants and shops to show what's inside as well as what's outside.
MIRACULOUS new AIRSHIP set to fly by 2013
Intriguing news on the airship beat today, as it is reported that a mysterious, well-nigh miraculous new technology – one which could potentially lead to the appearance of enormous aerial vessels fit to dwarf even the zeppelin leviathans of the 1930s – is to get flight trials within two years.
US adds jobs, but unemployment rate jumps in April
With the US economy recovering, people are piling back into the job market, as expected, and that is causing the unemployment rate to rise even as the economy added 244,000 net new jobs in April.
Samsung, Apple knock Nokia off top handset spots
Nokia has been knocked off the top spot as Europe's best-selling phone maker by Samsung, and in the smartphone arena by Apple.
Jaguar hybrid supercar gets green light
Hybrid Jaguar supercar, anyone? Yours for £700,000-plus, though you'll save your VED payments, if you want to put your name down for one of the 250 that Jaguar will build.
Freedom of Information Act inquiry ducks FOIA requests
An academic inquiry which recommended that scientists respond more honestly to FOIA requests has found a creative way to evade FOIA requests.
Microsoft ID guru quietly skips away from Redmond
UpdatedMicrosoft's top identity architect Kim Cameron, who was last seen on these pages bemoaning Apple's "duplicitous" privacy policies, reportedly quit Redmond earlier this week.
Tales from the storage frontier: What's next for flash, disk and tape
Flash is the new disk and disk is the new archive: so said an AOL presenter at Brocade's Techday summit. What was he smoking? Is this just spin?
Russian tycoon buys Warner Music
Warner Music has been sold to US businessman Len Blavatnik, according to credible reports, in a $3.3bn deal. The company's $1.9bn debt is also transferred to its new owner, valuing Warner at $1.3bn.
White House warns El Reg over kitten-killing content
I fear this may be the last copy I ever file, following a chilling warning from the White House regarding stories I may or may not write next week, and which could have devastating consequences for the future of humanity.
Elite coder readies £15 programming gadget for schools
The Raspberry Pi Foundation may sound like a school for aspiring bakers, but it aims to promote computer science by producing an inexpensive miniature PC called Raspberry Pi.
Canonical CTO Matt Zimmerman steps down
UpdatedMatt Zimmerman, chief technology officer at commercial Linux distributor Canonical, is stepping down.
Dear Google and Facebook: You don't want Skype
Open...and ShutThe word is out that Facebook and Google are now considering partnerships with or acquisition of Skype. The big question, however, is what they'd do with it. As eBay discovered to its hurt, Skype isn't a product that necessarily plays well with others.
HP's beloved 12c calculator turns 30
One of the most durable examples of mobile electronic goodness is turning 30: the HP 12c Financial Calculator.
Do-Not-Track laws gain US momentum
A national law limiting information businesses can gather on consumers online looks increasingly likely, with Senator John Rockefeller the latest politician to jump on bandwagon for do-not-track legislation.
Skype bug gives attackers access to Mac OS X machines
Mac users running Skype are vulnerable to self-propagating exploits that allow an attacker to gain unfettered system access by sending a specially manipulated attachment in an instant message, a hacker said.
Intel keeps heat on AMD with Tri-Gate transistors
Can a 32 nanometer Bulldozer jump a 22 nanometer Tri-Gate transistor to cross an Ivy Bridge? In 2012, we're gonna find out.