Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'
Linux daddy Linus Torvalds has dropped GNOME 3 in favor of the Xfce graphical desktop interface, dubbing GNOME 3 an "unholy mess".
Spamford Wallace charged for hacking 500,000 Facebookers
One of the first figures to plaster the internet with millions of spam messages before being driven underground has been criminally charged for hacking some 500,000 Facebook accounts, stealing their personal information, and sending 27 million unwanted advertisements.
‘Pitstops’ can inhibit viruses
A compound dubbed the “pitstop” has been proposed as offering a new way to defend the body against invaders such as viruses and cancers.
Microsoft preps 13 updates for August Patch Tuesday
Microsoft is fuelling up 13 bulletins for release next week, including an update that guards against critical flaws in Internet Explorer.
Insight blames public sector for sales dip
A strong currency tailwind lifted Insight Enterprises's second quarter sales to growth in Europe as spending cuts in the public sector started to bite.
STEC stamps its mark on PCIe flash
STEC has introduced Kronos and Kronos Turbo, their dynamic PCIe server flash duo. Actually STEC is launching triplets as there is a Kronos Bi-Turbo – two Turbos ganged together – and there is also flash caching software.
Travelodge blames 'vindictive individual' for email database breach
Travelodge UK has confirmed that a customer database security breach was behind the recent run of spam emails to its customers.
Octovo Solis e-book reader lamp
Accessory of the WeekNo question, the Octovo Solis is the snazziest clip-on e-book reader light I've seen, and possibly the one that's the most practical to use too.
Fusion-io flash results explode
Fusion-io's first quarterly results since its IPO show revenues exploding, and it is buying IO Turbine for virtual server caching software on the back of that.
Stream vids to your laptop ON A PLANE ... but prepare to pay
American Airlines is to start offering to stream video to passengers' own kit, as long as that kit is a laptop computer and the passenger doesn't mind paying for the experience.
Microsoft vs Google patent ding dong gets stuck on repeat
Microsoft and Google are still engaged in a war of words over what Mountain View has claimed is a "conspiracy" against its Android platform.
Murdoch accused of operating illegal US air force
Rupert Murdoch may soon have his front door kicked in by the US's Federal Aviation Administration, amid accusations that News Corporation has been operating an illegal air force.
E-petitions site: Death wish FAIL
The Coalition government's E-petitions website remains open for business today but has been flooded with wishy-washy anti-hanging advocates.
Logica profits hit by misers in public sector
Logica is continuing to shift its order book from the public sector toward the commercial markets following a tough first half-year that challenged margins and gave operating profits a pounding.
DOH! Housing contractor loses unencrypted stick down the pub
A contractor who lost an unencrypted memory stick with confidential data during a visit down the pub has landed two London housing bodies in trouble with data privacy watchdogs.
PlayStation phone prices plunge
Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play has followed in Nintendo's 3DS footprints, experiencing a dramatic drop in price with some online retailers lowering it by almost 50 per cent.
12% of UK don't carry cash
Two-thirds of you don't like using cash, and one in eight has stopped carrying it entirely, according to Barclays, which (unsurprisingly) reckon cards are the way of the future.
Can you handle LOHAN's substantial globes?
The matter of our LOHAN's substantial globes has kicked off a right old debate among you, our beloved readers, as rival viewpoints on just how to launch the Vulture 2 aircraft from beneath helium-filled funbags battle for our attention.
Nikon D5100 16.2Mp DSLR
ReviewSitting somewhere in the middle of entry-level scale, Nikon’s D5100 represents a considerable leap from its predecessor the D5000 and can be seen in some respects as a smaller, cheaper-built D7000. From its bigger brother it inherits the 16.2 DX-sized CMOS sensor; the Expeed 2 processor with 14-bit Raw shooting, the extensive ISO range and the higher 920k screen resolution.
Ofcom bows to Google lobby
The rubber-stamping of Ian Hargreaves "IP Review" and other news yesterday represents a lobbying triumph for Google, and shows the creative industries they need to learn some lessons.
LinkedIn smashes through dire economy with HUGE sales jump
LinkedIn posted its first financial numbers on Thursday, after going public earlier this year, and surprised (almost) everyone by pinning a giddy revenue increase of 120 per cent on its Q2 results.
Mr Bean prangs £650k McLaren
Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson narrowly "cheated death" last night after pranging his £650k McLaren F1, and crawling from the supercar's burning wreckage.
Spanish unfurl Benny 16 banana bog roll
Spanish bog roll outfit Renova has come up with a novel way for locals to welcome Pope Benny 16 to Madrid later this month – a limited-editon arse paper combo in a fetching Vatican colour scheme.
Kinect space saver on its way
The problem with Xbox Kinect - aside from a decent range of top-drawer titles - is the inability to play without a large living room and yards of space.
Police procurement deal means cops pay more
West Midlands Police Authority has cast doubts on Home Office claims about the savings offered by the controversial Sprint ii IT procurement framework and plans to minimise its use.
Ray of hope for smartphone projectors
A components manufacturer claims to have made the industry's smallest aspherical glass lens which has potential to kit-out smartphones with built-in projectors.
Cisco warns over warranty discs of EVIL
Networking giant Cisco has warned customers that a CD-ROM it supplied with its kit automatically took users to a site that was a known malware repository.
A mixed bag for IT jobs in July
The US economy added more jobs than economists had projected in July and the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its latest jobs report that it had also revised the number of net new people added to the workforce in May and June. This number was slightly higher than originally reported, the bureau said.
HTC swallows cloud app biz Dashwire
Smartphone maker HTC has taken time out from its long-running patent battle with Apple to bid $18.5m for US web-based application developer Dashwire.
Facial recognition tech proves Randi AND Mark are the same Zuck
World ExclusiveAfter spending literally minutes researching photos of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his older "sister" Randi on the interwebs, The Register can exclusively reveal that the siblings are in fact ONE AND THE SAME person.
NASA's Juno roars off to Jupiter
NASA's Juno spacecraft blasted off this afternoon from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the beginning of its five-year journey to Jupiter.
Acer founder: 'Tablets, ultrabooks just a fad'
Those tablets and razor-thin "ultrabooks" that are grabbing all the headlines these days are just passing fads, says the founder of PC-maker Acer.
Apple, Walmart, and you: Making money in mobile
Open...and ShutMobile is top-of-mind for every developer and every business, but it's not yet reaching stuffing-of-wallet for much of anyone.
Google erects master API for linking web apps
Google is developing an über-API meant to facilitate interaction between web applications, and it plans to integrate the project – known as Web Intents – with its Chrome browser and Chrome OS browser-based operating system.
Shagbook won't take Facebook thrust lying down
The "hottest place to hook up with local singles for no strings attached adult dating" is fighting back against Facebook's demand that it change its name.
DIY aerial drone monitors Wi-Fi, GSM networks
DefconHobbyist hackers have built a DIY flying spy drone that's capable of intercepting communications over remote Wi-Fi and cellular networks and beaming them to snoops located half a world away.