Apotheker prescribes transformation elixir for HP
As everyone knows by now, Hewlett-Packard is trying to buy the British software company Autonomy as it shuts down its webOS hardware business and hopes to spin off its Personal Systems Group.
Better sunspot forecasts on the way
With a solar maximum expected next year, predicting sunspot activity is going to be a hot topic. An international team of scientists has announced that it can identify emerging sunspots earlier than is currently possible.
Apple augments reality, tells you where to go
Apple has filed a patent application for putting a mash-up of augmented reality and turn-by-turn navigation onto your iPhone.
HP chief bows to Jobsian cult
Why is HP killing its webOS tablet and hoping to spin-off its PC business?
AES crypto broken by 'groundbreaking' attack
UpdatedCryptographers have discovered a way to break the Advanced Encryption Standard used to protect everything from top-secret government documents to online banking transactions.
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900
ReviewWith Android steaming ahead of Apple in terms of sales, and Windows Phone 7 soon to launch on Nokia handsets, RIM has got its work cut out to make sure BlackBerry can stay relevant and desirable in these fast-paced times.
ISS 'naut shoots first ever 3D footage in space
3D VidThe European Space Agency (ESA) is chuffed as ninepence to release the first ever 3D video shot in space. The vid, which can be viewed in all its glory using a 3D TV or conventional red/blue stereo specs, was shot by NASA astronaut Ron Garan aboard the International Space Station using a futuristic shoebox-sized camera developed by the ESA.
ID and Passport Service uncloaks 2012 online plans
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is to introduce a new online passport application service in early 2012 in an effort to improve its interactions with customers.
Sony preps Luke Skywalker-style digital binoculars
Now you too can hunt missing droids in the Jundland Wastes thanks to Sony - and its new "world's first" digital binoculars.
Hits keep on coming: HP buys Autonomy for $11bn cash
HP has confirmed it is buying Cambridge-based enterprise software company Autonomy for $10.24bn (£6.2bn).
Average sozzled Brit sinks 5,800 pints during life
A "shock" survey has revealed that the average Brit will sink 5,800 pints during a lifetime of hardened drinking, washed down with 8,700 glasses of wine, 2,900 bottles of cider, 5,800 shots of spirits, 1,450 cocktails, 1,450 glasses of liquor and a similar number of glasses of bubbly.
Man builds gadget to silence annoying TV pundits
Whether it's Brian Cox telling you how amazing everything is or the Go Compare guy wobbling around to the rehashed tune he sings, television is awash with codswallop that can easily become annoying.
Dragons Den Jones to offload Data Select to management
Dragons Den star Peter Jones is understood to be in talks with the management team at Data Select to sell the mobile distributor, according to industry sources.
Sky Movies too expensive, says Competition Commission
Sky's movie business, enjoyed by a third of the households in Britain, may be devastated by a new competition ruling. The Competition Commission's investigation into the pay TV movie business has made a preliminary conclusion – and reckons punters are paying £50m to £60m more each year than they should.
LOHAN will return to Earth by flying (open) sourcer
We at the El Reg Special Projects Bureau are delighted to welcome the OpenPilot initiative aboard our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) programme.
Scientists devise 260GB CD-size glass disc storage tech
Superman's "memory crystals" have flown out of the realm of fiction into fact now that boffins have found a way to store 50GB of data in a disc of glass no bigger than the screen of a basic mobile phone.
China Mobile pushes Jobs for Sino-flava 4G iPhone
China Mobile has 7.44 million iPhones on its network, despite not selling them or even offering a 3G network, so there's huge potential if it can get the iPhone 4 speaking Chinese.
Hundreds of Brit pubs to offer free WiFi
BT Openzone and Heineken are teaming up to offer drinkers in 100 UK pubs Wi-Fi access.
Ridley Scott confirmed for Blade Runner pre/sequel
Ridley Scott is to return to his vision of a futuristic Los Angeles by directing a follow-up to the 1982 SF classic Blade Runner.
Motorola Atrix Lapdock
Accessory of the WeekIf you had thought that Motorola’s Android offerings might have ended up as the also-rans in the mêlée of Googlephone handsets, then recent events in the mobile marketplace would suggest it could well be the standard bearer. The Chocolate Factory’s bid for Motorola’s Mobility division – the handset and tablet line – certainly seems to suggest that buying into Motorola kit might not be a bad idea. It's not like there haven't been a few temptations either.
Attempts by T-Mobile to speed up mobile data connections are breaking websites.
Lib Dems want pirate-friendly, one-speed net
InterviewLib Dems are appealing to the vital online pirate vote at this year's party conference, putting the membership on collision course with LibDem ministers in the coalition government. In a new IT policy paper called "Preparing The Ground", a team of party activists led by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert calls for the Digital Economy Act to be gutted of its copyright measures. It also threatens new legislation to ensure all "traffic flows at the same speed", and wants the IR35 contractor tax suspended.
Poor IT could leave Brit troops hanging in Afghanistan
Poor IT is threatening defence supplies until a new programme is implemented in 2014, a group of MPs has warned in a new report.
P10000: What HP wants to make instead of PCs, tablets
Recent rumours have renewed storage industry interest in a forthcoming topping-out of the HP 3PAR range with the P10000.
Brits buy more e-books than other Euro readers
Brits are embracing e-books more enthusiastically than anyone in Europe, the numbers show.
New Apple move against Galaxy Tab on Euro front
Apple has told the Dutch court it expects Samsung to write to all its European dealers recalling Galaxy phones and tablets, with stock to be returned within 14 days at Samsung's expense.
Sony: PlayStation Vita will win gamers back from tablets, phones
Sony has hit back at analysts who say its PlayStation Vita will struggle in the face of smartphone and tablet gaming, insisting punters will in fact discard those rival products for the Sony handheld. Shocker!
Hardware-happy HP has swallowed a Sun death pill
AnalysisLeo Apotheker has joined a long line of Silicon Valley CEOs who have struggled to stop their hardware-centric tech companies slipping into the dustbin of history.
Hedge fund agitator grapples for helm at Brocade
Brocade has reported its quarterly results with a disappointing outlook and found itself the target of an activist hedge fund investor, Elliot Management, scenting under-valued assets it can profit from.
Brussels objects to WD's Hitachi GST purchase
The European Union is objecting to Western Digital's proposed purchase of Hitachi GST on antitrust grounds.
HP's WebOS mess: When smartphone assets go toxic
On Tuesday, HP was talking to the Wall Street Journal about putting WebOS in stoves, fridges and cars. By Thursday, HP didn't even want to put WebOS into smartphones and tablets. The platform has been cast adrift just a year after HP completed its $1.2bn purchase of Palm. While it works out what to do with WebOS, HP is canning all development of TouchPad and phones, as it abandons its consumer electronics ambitions.
Apple, HTC trim phone forecasts as markets tank
Apple and HTC may be locked in mortal patent combat, but they do agree on one thing: the world economy appears poised to slide into the crapper. Again.
Googlola's closed source Android temptation
Open...and ShutGoogle has long played Android a bit closer to the vest than some would like.
SGI (almost) doubles sales, (almost) halves losses
Silicon Graphics' latest financial report shows that it's growing and moving towards profitability – but it's not quite there yet.
Insulin pump attack prompts call for federal probe
The hack of a commercially available insulin pump that diabetics can control wirelessly has attracted the attention of US lawmakers who oversee the safety of the nation's airwaves.