Higgs Boson hiding place narrows
The particle physicist’s game of “hot, warm, cold” in search of the Higgs Boson seems to be getting a little warmer with preliminary results announced by physicists at the Large Hadron Collider late last week.
Cheap as chips: The future of PC virtualisation
A brief history of virtualisationVMware was founded in 1998, and until the launch of its eponymous product the next year, the PC’s x86 architecture had been considered to be impossible to fully virtualise.
Want to be more secure? Don’t be stupid
The best way to defend against most network vulnerabilities is to deal with the simplest attack vectors, according to Australia’s Defence Signals Directorate (DSD).
Microsoft previews 'Juneau' SQL Server tools
Microsoft has released a third preview of SQL Server 2011, codenamed "Denali" and including the "Juneau" toolset.
OCZ samples twin-core ARM SSD controller
OCZ is sampling a new flash controller that gives a picture of future solid state drives.
Nominet pilots .co.uk domain security pump-up
Dot-UK registry Nominet has started piloting a free service designed to help UK businesses boost the security of their websites' domains.
Virgin Tweets a sorry for TiVo series link snafu
Virgin Media left serial linkers hanging this weekend after a glitch centred on its highly promoted TiVo-based DVR borked the box's ability to auto-record entire series of programmes.
Beeb to fund ad-mungous Local TV for local people
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Fun Stuff, has proposed filling white space spectrum with Local TV, and the BBC will chip in £40m to help make it viable.
Nokia punts NFC touch-data biz cards at £11 each
Nokia has set up an NFC Hub to sell NFC to businesses, both figuratively and literally, offering everything you need to wirelessly enable your PR material.
Survey scams exploit Winehouse's death, Oslo massacre
Online scumbags wasted little time in latching onto the untimely death of singer Amy Winehouse as a lure for survey scams on Facebook.
Dixons to set up concession in Harrods
Dixons Retail will try to flog PCs and other consumer goodies to tourists and local toffs when it opens a concession in Harrods early next year.
Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.7.2
If Mac OS X 10.7 - aka Lion - is giving your Mac a mauling, a big-fixing update may be just around the corner.
Mobee Magic Charger
Geek Treat of the WeekAnyone who uses a wireless mouse has been there: the moment when you push or prod it and nothing happens - the battery has died.
Western Digital edges ahead of Seagate
Western Digital, encountering the same adverse headwinds as Seagate, has emerged ahead.
Moonpig gobbled by PhotoBox
Online greeting card maker Moonpig.com is merging with photo printer PhotoBox.
Apple recalls 1TB Seagate HDDs
Apple is recalling a "very small number" of Seagate-made internal 1TB hard drives fitted in 21.5in and 27in iMacs sold earlier this year.
Kelway has new war chest to fund expansion plans
Acquisitive London-based reseller Kelway has acquired a new war chest to fuel its expansion plans.
Dixons store to sell Samsung 10in tablet early
Want a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 a day before it launches? Then pop down to PC World on London's Tottenham Court Road on 3 August.
Chinese lecturer demands his students acquire iPads
A Chinese lecturer has raised a storm by demanding students get an iPad, and that anyone unable to raise the funds over the summer shouldn't bother studying the financial industry.
Ofcom in screeching U-turn on BSkyB, begins probe
Ofcom has reversed its decision not to wade into the News Corp and BSkyB row, following public and parliamentary pressure over phone hacking allegations swamping Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
Mega-colossal space raincloud found at moist black hole
A cloud of water vapour surrounding a quasar 12 billion light-years away has been spotted by two independent research groups, putting a huge mass of water in the very early universe.
Sony slims-down Cyber-shot snappers
Sony has freshened up its Cyber-shot range with two snappers, one of which the company claims is the world's thinnest camera… well, among models with an anti-shake system function, that is.
Ex-China Mobile exec gets suspended sentence of death
The former deputy general manager of China's largest mobile carrier China Mobile – Zhang Chunjiang – has been sentenced to death with a two-year suspension after he was found guilty of taking bribes.
Grenade-gasm autogun gets Raoul Moat Taser shells
Metal Storm, the Australian weapons firm famous for its "million rounds a minute" superimposed-projectile technology, has partnered with Taser International to produce an electroshock stun version of its rapid-firing multishot grenade-launcher design.
Winklevoss twins' new Facebook lawsuit rejected by judge
A judge threw out a second lawsuit filed by the Winklevoss twins late last week, with the Olympic rowers failing to plump up an earlier $65m settlement with the social network and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part Two
ReviewYou find me in better spirits compared to my anxious state during last week’s experimentation with OS X Lion. A weekend of sanity makes quite a difference. That is, sanity achieved through the cathartic process of a clean instal.
RIM workforce decimated: 2,000 jobs slashed
RIM is to cut more than 2,000 jobs around the world as part of the cost-reduction strategy it announced last month. The layoffs will leave around 17,000 employed by the company.
Google grabs facial-recognition 'ware firm
Google has bought a facial recognition company called pittpatt.
Hungry bidders pick up Comet's blood trail
Restructuring specialists and private equity investors are among the suitors bidding to acquire flagging UK retailer Comet.
Amateur claims crack of final Zodiac Killer cipher
An amateur codebreaker claims to have deciphering the final encrypted message of the infamous Zodiac killer. However there's no general agreement that the answer is correct.
Two 'fake Apple stores' shut in China over trading permits
Several fake Apple Stores in China have been shuttered as they did not possess the requisite local business licences they needed to trade.
Anonymous hacks Italy's critical-national-IT protection
Hacktivists have posted "secret documents" stolen from an Italian cybercrime unit.
LOHAN: She's low orbit and helium assisted
It's official: The El Reg Special Projects Bureau's audacious rocket-powered spaceplane project will henceforth be known as the "Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator", following our reader poll to nail the LOHAN backronym matter once and for all.
Microsoft hit with lawsuit in Kinect tech spat
Microsoft is facing legal action over its gaming hardware after an intellectual property owner claimed to own all rights to tech that tracks players' movement and enables gaming without a controller.
Facebook iPad app cloaked within iPhone version
Facebook's iPhone client is concealing an iPad application, and a rather good one by all accounts, easily revealed by changing a setting or two while waiting for the official launch.
Mellanox deep-discounts speedy new Ethernet kit
Mellanox Technologies wants customers to try its new 10GE/40GE switches and converged protocol adapters, but it can't just give hardware away like software vendors can. But what it can do is give beta testers a bundle at a steep discount designed to catch the attention of early adopters impatient for the new kit.
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo bow to Apple sales edict
Booksellers Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have removed links to their web-based stores from their apps for the iPhone and iPad, and the Google Books app has vanished completely.
Microsoft kicks SUSE another $100m
The SUSE division of Attachmate has managed to talk Microsoft into shelling out another chunk of change – $100m – to help prop up SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, the Linux distro formerly controlled by Novell, and to help drive Red Hat's rival distro from Windows shops.
Attack on 'Cyberbullying' critic prompts raid by armed cops
The home of a prominent critic of online bullying was raided by heavily armed police officers after someone phoned in a call falsely claiming that a man who had killed four people was inside, holding three others hostage.
Head fed cyberspook resigns abruptly
The head of a group that helps the federal government ward off computer attacks abruptly resigned Friday, amid a spate of high-profile assaults hitting government agencies and contractors.
Google launches Go runtime for App Engine
Google has released a Go runtime for Google App Engine, adding that homegrown platform-as-a-service specialist programming language to the Python and Java runtimes already available.
Amcom palms $AU9m to float uni to the cloud
Amcom Telecommunications has secured a Au$9m deal to provide hosted cloud services to The University of Western Australia.
CA, Unisys bring “private cloud” partnership to Oz
Unisys and CA, which earlier this year announced that they would offer joint cloud services in North America, are planning a rollout in Australia.