Mozilla outs un-Google site sign-in prototype
Mozilla has proposed a new method for signing into websites that avoids both site-specific passwords and existing cross-site sign-in services from corporate behemoths such as Google and Facebook.
'Tax' relief for Apple’s Oz customers
Back in January, when Australian retailers were complaining about Australian shoppers (and the government), and Australian shoppers were fleeing retailers for theiInternet, El Reg looked at the way some products are marked up specifically for this territory, making it cheaper for the shopper to buy from international outlets and pay for their own shipping.
Dotcom millionaire causes trouble at mill
One of Australia’s wealthiest dotcom entrepreneurs Graeme Wood has put some of his hard-earned into preserving native Tasmanian forest.
As China rises on the net, website numbers shrink
Even as reports put Chinese as the number two language of the Internet, behind only English, strict government control is reducing the number of Websites within China.
New tumor trial rules mobiles 'not guilty'
The verdict from latest "Do mobile phones fry your brain?" study is in, and the answer is a resounding "Nope".
Leica X1 APS-C compact camera
ReviewThe X1 is Leica’s first expert digital compact that, along with some top quality optics, lives up to its billing by offering easy access to manual controls akin to its bigger and pricier brother, the M9. It has no rangefinder focusing to match the M9 either, instead the X1 relies on an LCD screen and an optional clip on optical viewfinder. There's no facility for interchangeable lenses, with just a fixed 24mm f/2.8 lens (equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm camera) in front of a 12.2MP, APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range between 100 and 3200 and a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second.
Next MacBook Air to get Ram, SSD, CPU boost
Apple's next 11.6in MacBook Airs will incorporate 128GB SSDs across the range and arrive with 4GB of memory as standard. They'll debut late next week.
Many sites cookie-track users regardless of opt-outs
More than 10 per cent of companies that promise not to track internet users' online activity for behavioural advertising purposes still do so, according to new research.
TSMC begins making Apple A6 iDevice chips
Taiwanese chip foundry TSMC has started punching out Apple's ARM-based A6 processor.
Google gears up to give tablet makers Android 3.2
Android tablet makers will get their mitts on Honeycomb 3.2 at the end of the month, possibly maybe early August instead, it has been claimed.
The cloud and the incredible shrinking office
Those in the know say that cloud computing will fundamentally change the way we office creatures work.
Hundreds of dot-brand domains predicted
Domain name registry operators have predicted that "hundreds" of well-known companies will apply to ICANN to create new "dot-brand" top-level internet domains.
Paul McCartney joins Atlantis love-in
Sir Paul McCartney joined the impressive roster of celebs greeting the crew of space shuttle Atlantis today, following Elton John and Michael Stipe's musical messages to space earlier this week.
OFT probes dodgy sites that charge for free gov services
The Office of Fair Trading is investigating dodgy websites that charge punters for government services which are available for free.
Online map suppressing crime reporting, says survey
More than 5.2 million people have not reported crimes for fear of deterring home-buyers or renters since the Home Office's online crime map was launched in February 2011, according to research from insurers Direct Line.
Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time
News International boss Rebekah Brooks, who has been at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal, has resigned from her post and apologised for the "hurt" her company had caused to crime victims and others.
Amazon discounts current MacBook Air line
Evidence for Apple's imminent MacBook Air revamp - well, circumstantial evidence - comes from Amazon.com which has begun emailing customers with the offer of discounts on the current models.
Jabra Stone 2 Bluetooth headset
Accessory of the WeekI've never been a fan of Bluetooth headsets, but Jabra's Stone 2 is one of the first I've tried that I'd consider using regularly.
Romanian NASA hacker fights 'inflated' damage assessment
A Romanian accused of hacking NASA is fighting against an order to pay damages to the space agency.
Extreme Networks to slash 16% of workforce
Extreme Networks is chopping staff and real estate to get its books back in the black.
Acer flings forth SSD-booting, HDD-data-storing laptop
Acer has built both an SSD and a hard drive into its latest laptop, the 13in TravelMate 8481.
One-armed Belarus man monocuffed for clapping
It appears that Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko – faced with growing public demands that he naff off after 17 years at the helm of the former Soviet republic – is determined to go out in comedy gold style.
HP to ease 3PAR lead-time woes by adding local fab
Lead times on HP 3PAR storage kit that dogged distributors and resellers since the acquisition may not ease until the autumn, when local production in Europe comes online.
Mole says Apple A5 chip runs too hot for iPhone
Will September's iPhone refresh be a true iPhone 5, a souped-up iPhone 4 branded as iPhone 5, or said revamp released as the iPhone 4S?
The Queen visits Bletchley Park
The Queen will unveil a memorial to wartime codebreakers during a historic visit to Bletchley Park on Friday. The memorial was sculpted by the artist Charles Gurrey.
Vote now for the juiciest LOHAN backronym
Reader pollThe El Reg Special Projects Bureau has wasted quite enough time faffing about with the name of our audacious high altitude, helium-assisted ballocket adventure, so it's time to nail this one once and for all.
Atlantis computer goes down: Fixed by 'nauts
Commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Doug Hurley have fixed space shuttle Atlantis' General Purpose Computer (GPC) 4, which clapped out last night requiring transfer of its duties to another of the shuttle's quintet of GPCs.
Captain America: Super Soldier
ReviewGames based around movies have a reputation (most would say justly deserved) of seldom living up to their silver screen counterparts, while those timed to debut simultaneously with their movie counterparts have an even worse success to failure ratio.
US forced to redesign secret weapon after cyber breach
The United States may be forced to redesign an unnamed new weapon system now under development – because tech specs and plans were stolen from a defence contractor's databases.
Google turning us into forgetful morons, warn boffins
Search engine abuse use is re-wiring the way our brains store information, boffins have claimed.
EMC replaces ControlCenter with ProSphere
EMC is replacing its VMAX ControlCenter management software, likened in the past to "a royal PITA", with ProSphere, positioned as scale-out block storage resource management.
Domain name claim teases Sony-MS partnership
Microsoft has allegedly registered "Microsoft-Sony.com" as well as "Sony-Microsoft.com" in a move that could mean the two giants are about to go into business together.
Segway death blamed on good manners
Jim Heselden, the Segway owner who died late last year after toppling from one of the scooters, likely fell from the cliff because he was getting out of the way of a man walking his dog.
0day vulnerabilities fall but critical bugs grow
Almost half the security bugs chronicled by Secunia in the last year were not covered by a patch at the time of their publication.
Parmo v poutine: Your cut-out-and-keep pdf guide
So popular did our recent parmo versus poutine post-pub nosh deathmatch prove that we received a veritable banquet of emails demanding we make the recipe guides genuinely cut-out-and-keep.
Vesta flashes charms to approaching Dawn
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned an impressive snap of Vesta, as it prepares to enter orbit around the asteroid belt object.
Octacore AMD Bulldozers exposed by Turks
UpdatedA Turkish website claims to have inside information about specifications and benchmark results for AMD's upcoming multi-core Bulldozer processors.
IBM 'Blue Waters' super node washes ashore in August
Big Blue has been talking about the Power7-based "Blue Waters" supercomputer nodes for so long that you might think they're already available. But although IBM gave us a glimpse of the Power 775 machines way back in November 2009, they actually won't start shipping commercially until next month – August 26, to be exact.