NSW buckles: R18+ game rating clear for take-off
After abstaining from voting at a meeting of Australia’s attorneys-general over whether the country should introduce an R18+ rating for computer games, the government of NSW has decided to support the move.
Google Chromebooks molt, grow fresh browser
Google has released a new version of Chrome OS – the browser-based operating system that first arrived less than two months ago – offering VPN hooks, 802.1x secure Wi-Fi , and what the company claims is a 32 per cent faster resume time.
Deakin Uni promises safe three-wheeler
Fans of Mr Bean are familiar with the set-piece gag of the three-wheeler Reliant Robin falling over. A group of Deakin University boffins believe they’ve solved the problem, and are looking for manufacturing partners to put a safe motorcycle-car crossover into production.
LinkedIn pulls Facebook-style stunt
LinkedIn has become the latest social networking site to decide that new features can be added and switched on by default, and users don’t have to be notified.
Q: Why do defenders keep losing to smaller cyberwarriors?
Forget everything you've read on The Reg or anywhere else about wars that target computer networks, power grids and other essential electronic infrastructure because it's loaded with fallacies, a prominent security consultant said Wednesday.
British Library 19th Century Books
iOS App of the WeekThe British Library already has a ‘Treasures’ app that is a kind of ‘greatest hits’ romp through the Library’s archives. However, this new iPad-only app specifically focuses on books and documents from the 19th century – the era of Dickens and the great Victorian explorers and travel writers.
Google told to delete people from search results
The Spanish government has ordered Google to delete information about 90 individuals from its search engine indexes, according to media reports.
Kelway gunning to break £320m sales barrier
Kelway is forecasting sales of £320m for the current fiscal year at the end of next March as it edges closer to the half year point.
Will the looters 'loose' their benefits?
The coalition government's e-petitions website is having a bit of a fail again today.
Amazon paints the Kindle cloudy
Amazon has created a web-based Kindle app that does everything the desktop version can do, letting Chromebook users read on the plane but also bypassing Apple's cut on the iPad.
Nexsan plays catchup with flash-cached storage controller
Nexsan has introduced an E5000 NAS storage array family with two tiers of solid state controller storage to boost performance, following in the footsteps of NetApp, with its Flash Cache, and Oracle.
OnLive streams towards Blighty
Cloud-gaming service OnLive has finally announced its official UK opening, with a launch set for this September's Eurogamer Expo.
MySpace vanishes $254m from News Corp coffers
Television and film continue to be News Corp's core area of sales growth, even as other aspects of Rupert Murdoch's empire – including recently-sold MySpace and scandal-ridden News International – unsurprisingly had a bumpy Q4.
Samsung and STEC flash their sizzling SSDs
The summer weather may be crap, but Samsung and STEC are sizzling: they have both announced new solid state drives at the Flash Memory Summit.
Love lure malware turns up at Android marketplace
Android Trojan writers are trying more tricks to fool the unwary into downloading rogue applications with a new set of rogue applications.
Cabinet Office allocates £1.6m for single government domain
The Cabinet Office is spending a further £1.6m on a single government domain that has yet to be signed off by the government.
Pacific island mints Star Wars coinage
The Pacific island of Niue is hoping to drum up some cash from Star Wars fans by issuing two sets of coins commemorating the sci-fi franchise.
$25 toy radio used to knock out feds
Researchers looking at the security of the US Project 25 radio network, used by federal agents and local police, have discovered that it's easily jammed, and almost as easily compromised.
Cisco lifts axe again, chops nearly one in five execs
Cisco has given marching orders to nearly one in five of its senior execs included in its massive cost-cutting drive and now plans to hand 1,200 contract workers their pink slips too.
David Cameron turns water cannons on social networks
David Cameron picked on social networks in Parliament this morning, when he told MPs – who were forced to cut short their holidays following four nights of looting, arson and violence in England – that he was considering such tech being barred when used by baddies.
Ten... Desktop USB 3.0 HDDs
Product Round-upDespite somewhat lacklustre adoption of the interface in the last 18 months, USB 3.0 is starting to gain a foothold in the consumer market as availability increases and prices fall down to more reasonable levels.
HTC sinks $309m into audio tech from Dr Dre
Handset maker HTC is buying a majority share of upmarket audio kit manufacturer Beats Electronics, promising to incorporate the Dr Dre-backed technology into handsets by the end of the year.
HTC taps Beats for mobile music
HTC has announced a partnership with Beats Electronics which'll see the company incorporate the Dr Dre audio tech into its range of mobile products.
Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN promise songs but no Facebook hack
Politically motivated hacking crew TeaMp0isoN has teamed up with Anonymous in an attempt to storm the music charts.
Fujifilm puts augmented reality in the frame
GPS tagging has been a widely adopted feature in digital cameras, but now Fujifilm has pushed the boat out further by including an Augmented Reality function.
Indie labels launch post-riot emergency fund
Indie trade association AIM and distributor PIAS have created an emergency fund to help small record labels devastated by the loss of stock. An act of arson during the London riots on Sunday night destroyed the stock of over 150 small labels.
Cops tweet about cuffed twits who incited violence via Twitter
As the Prime Minister condemned social networks for being "used for ill" this morning, police forces across the country sent a steady stream of tweets confirming arrests connected with inciting violence via the likes of Twitter and Facebook.
Grow up, Google: You're threatening IT growth
CommentGoogle's stroppy-teenager ethos to intellectual property has been noted here before. But the company's truculent and immature approach is having really serious consequences on its home turf. Google now poses a serious threat to the future of the most explosive new sector in IT hardware: the consumer tablet. And if Google doesn't grow up – fast – Apple will be handed a lucrative monopoly for years to come.
Amazon web outage not caused by lightning
Dublin-based energy supplier ESB Networks has dismissed Amazon's claim that a bolt of lightning caused the chain of events that led to its web outage last weekend.
Samsung Galaxy Fit Android smartphone
ReviewFull marks to Samsung’s marketing folk for the Galaxy Fit’s go-getting name, but it’s actually a fairly low-end Android smart phone with an outdated OS, low resolution screen and less than speedy processor. That said, it has a few good points too, including a surprisingly good 5Mp camera.
Apple patent disputes Xoom towards Motorola
Motorola could be next on the chopping board for Apple, after the Cupertino giant filed complaint against Moto's Xoom tablet design.
3DS discount sparks retail price war
The Nintendo 3DS price war kicked off today in anticipation of tomorrow's global trade price reduction, with the handheld now being offered as low as £115.
Intel dangles $300m bait in 'ultrabook' partner hunt
Intel's investment arm has created a $300m fund to support the adoption of the slim, always-on, always-connected laptop platform it calls the ultrabook – or now, with the protection of the US Patent and Trademark office, the Ultrabook™.
Carbonite IPO raises over $62 million
Cloud IT–anything is sexy, and cloud backup–service company Carbonite has proved it by raising $62.5m in a market that's supposed to be hostile to IPOs right now.
The “Fastest Supercomputer” title may move 6,940 miles (11,167km) eastward in 2012 from Kobe, Japan to a small Tennessee town.
New DVD discs claim 1,000 year life
The recording surface of Millenniata's M-DISC is virtually indestructible. The company claims that its DVD drive–readable discs will last for ... wait for it ... 1,000 years.
Cloudera rallies tech troops behind Hadoop
Cloudera – the all-star Silicon Valley startup that first commercialized Hadoop – has announced a partner program designed to further push the open source distributed number-crunching platform into the enterprise.
Spear phishers renew attack on feds' Gmail
A targeted campaign to collect Gmail passwords from senior US government officials and military personnel is showing no signs of letting up more than two months after Google first warned it had already snared hundreds of victims.
iPhone 4 prototype journo off the hook
The saga of the Gizmodophone – the iPhone 4 prototype found in a bar and exposed on the web – is nearing its end: prosecutors have decided that Gizmodo's Jason Chen won't be charged with wrongdoing in the long-running phone follies.
Smartphone images can hijack BlackBerry servers
Research in Motion has squashed a nasty bug in its BlackBerry server software that allowed it to be commandeered when handset users received messages containing booby-trapped images.
Kabam! Facebook gamers fume after script deletes fake stuff
On August 4, Kabam turned up in The Los Angeles Times, lauded as a small social gaming company "quietly gaining momentum" in an arena dominated by giants like Zynga, Electronic Arts, and Disney. But that same day, engineers pushed out an update to one of its massively multiplayer Facebook games that would challenge the tiny startup's ability to cope with its own success.
Video CAPTCHAs target cyberbaddies
NuCaptcha has extended its video-based CAPTCHA service that it claims will make things easier for users while making life more difficult for spammers and other cyber-baddies.
Telstra pumps up mobile war chest
Telstra has swept up the fragmenting mobile market taking on a record 1.66 million new mobile users during the year, pushing mobile revenue growth by 10.7 percent to $AU8.1 billion.
Google+ succumbs to Facebook game envy
Google has launched a gaming platform atop its Google+ social networking service, predictably expanding its efforts to turn itself into Facebook.
We buy online punters: Sportsbet
Illegal bookmakers have always relied on “referral marketing”, but it’s now emerged that recruitment commissions cost Australian online betting agency Sportsbet as much as $AU4 million each year.
Mobile gains fail to offset Optus profit dip
Mobile competition is set to intensify in the year ahead with renewed network investment and significant discounting across the market, claimed Optus chief executive, Paul O'Sullivan.