Telecom NZ invokes wrath of frisky rugby fans
Telecom New Zealand’s annual results announcement on Friday were overshadowed by a “torrid” marketing gaff.
Sulphur-loving microbes might be oldest life
A microbial bacterial fossil find is being hailed as proof that life existed in the oxygen-free environment of Earth, 3.4 billion years ago.
Oracle's Sparc T4 chip: Will you pay Larry's premium?
Hot ChipsThe Sparc T4 processor that Oracle expects to ship before the end of December for its entry-level and mid-range server platforms is probably the most important chip that either Sun or Oracle has put into the field since the dual-core UltraSparc-IV+ "Panther" arrived in October 2004.
Sneaky tracking code (finally) purged from Microsoft sites
Microsoft has deleted code on its MSN website that secretly logged visitors' browsing histories across multiple web properties, even when the users deleted browser cookies to elude tracking.
Former Insight veep Akkerman rocks up at Rackspace
Former Insight veep of sales Olaf Akkerman is expected to join Rackspace as enterprise sales director, according to sources close to the matter.
Big pharma discredited by Twitter drug-pushing: Official
A pharmaceutical company's use of Twitter to promote medicines discredited the industry, a regulatory body has ruled.
Slow broadband blackspots mostly in south, not north
Online tests from uswitch.com have found more "internet blackspots" in the south of England than in the north and found the quickest internet access in the UK is in Leamington Spa with download speeds of 18.665Mb/s.
Sony Ericsson outs social music smartphone
Sony Ericsson is to mix music and social networking in a new smartphone.
TVOnics to add BBC iPlayer to DVRs
TVOnics will add BBC iPlayer to its Freeview HD set-top boxes on Friday.
Cabinet Office shuns open-source in IT-tracking deal
The Cabinet Office and its IT underlings have exhaustively championed the need for more OSS across government since the ConDem Coalition was cobbled together in May 2010. Nonetheless Francis Maude's department has just snubbed open source players by awarding a contract to a proprietary software provider to help establish how much money the government spends on technology.
UK, German Android-ers can buy apps on phone bills
Vodafone will be the first operator in Europe to add the cost of apps to the phone bill, signing up with Google Marketplace to offer the service in the UK and Germany.
LG lights up smartphone for the sunshine
LG has brought a sun-friendly Android smartphone out into the light.
Sage stuffed in Mind Your Own Business bid
Geordie small biz provider Sage has been beaten in the battle over Australian accounts provider MYOB even though it was offering more for the firm.
2012 to be year of the ultrabook
World+Dog will next year be after ultra-skinny laptops running Windows 8.
Networks, handset makers vie for mobile dominance
WebOS is all but dead, and died without apparently leaving a gap for its competitors to fill, but the bloodbath of mobile platforms isn't over despite the clearing field.
Skype gulps group app as it is swallowed by Microsoft
Another Microsoft me-too Web 2.0 project looks to be headed for the chop with Skype's proposed purchase of a mobile messaging start-up.
Hotboxer Xiotech drops the 'tech', goes all-caps
Xiotech is dropping the "tech" to become just XIO and it has souped up its Hybrid ISE box.
Osun MushRoom Green Zero USB charger
Geek Treat of the WeekLeaving your gadgets plugged in and charging has two drawbacks. One, you continue to draw juice when you don’t need it, to the general detriment of life on Earth. Second, it hardly helps with battery life.
Detective on phone-hacking probe team is arrested
A police officer working on Scotland Yard's investigation into alleged phone-hacking at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid the News of the World was arrested by cops from the anti-corruption unit of the Metropolitan police late last week.
LOHAN rival to inflate bulging orbs with hydrogen
We at the El Reg Special Projects Bureau are well aware that some of you are less than impressed with the choice of lifting gas for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project.
Cookie respawning, history sniffing case dropped
A computer user who alleged that an advertising network breached US privacy laws did not prove she had suffered sufficient damages for those charges to be further examined, a US court has ruled.
National web-2.0 dogturd photo scheme goes live
Orange's latest wheeze is to get customers photographing dog shit, and other street clutter, for forwarding to local authorities – in the hope they can afford to do something about it.
Google unleashes Street View upon the Amazon
Google's Street View is heading down the Amazon to capture pictures of "some of the most remote and biodiverse areas in the world", according to its official blog.
iPhone 5 to include Japanese earthquake warning system
The Japanese version of iOS 5, Apple's latest mobile OS, will let you know if an earthquake is coming a good minute or two before it hits.
Neato Robotics XV-15 vacuum cleaner
ReviewRobot vacuum cleaners are becoming increasingly popular, with a few companies joining Roomba in the market over the last couple of years. Neato is the latest to offer a product in the UK, with the XV-15 which boasts laser mapping, and a powerful vacuum – some of the other models are careful to describe themselves as cleaners rather than vacuums, but Neato’s not so reticent.
Bundled music newbie Boinc aims for year-end launch
The disaster that was Nokia's Comes With Music hasn't deterred entrepreneurs from having another go at bundling music access with hardware. Beyond Oblivion has raised a huge amount of cash to do much the same thing – and told the FT it will launch by the year end. The service will be called Boinc, continuing the tradition of misspelled names. (cf: Rdio).
Afghan coppers trained with Playmobil
In case you ever wondered just what kind of preparation Afghan police recruits get in order to prepare them to face the Taliban, rest assured they're offered the very latest in high-tech training technology.
Rebel hackers seize Libyan domain name registry
As fighting rages around Colonel Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli, hackers have taken the fight online to the country's domain name registry nic.ly.
Windows Phone may be cheaper than Android - Inq boss
Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola has obliged one operator to look more closely at Windows Mobile. So says Inq boss Frank Meehan, who runs the Hutchison-owned handset company. He has a very interesting reason, which might surprise some of you.
Marriage makes women get fat, divorce does same to men
Modern-day feminists will tell you that marriage is good for men and bad for women, and now they have the research to back it up.
WikiLeaks admits insider deleted loads of its data
WikiLeaks has explained the non-appearance of Bank of America data it frequently promised to publish: a defector took the only copies with him when he left the organisation and has now deleted the files.
Celebrity Google+rs do need steenkin' badges
Google has begun loading "verification badges" onto profiles created in its online estate, in a move to flush out imposters and solidify its ID-linking plans.
Anonymous/LulzSec chick-lit MP kid threat pooh-poohed
Chick-lit authoress and politician Louise Mensch, somewhat famed for being fired from EMI due to "inappropriate dress" and copping to possible drug use and bad dancing in her salad days, says that hacktivists from Anonymous and/or LulzSec have threatened her children by email.
German authorities park tanks on Facebook's lawn
Facebook has once again been criticised by a data protection authority in Germany for siphoning off information about the country's citizens to servers based in the US.
Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm
In the wake of HP's decision to axe the WebOS platform, the price of the HP TouchPad has been falling quicker than Cristiano Ronaldo in the opposition's penalty box.
IBM's BlueGene/Q super chip grows 18th core
Hot ChipsThe mystery surrounding the number of cores in the 64-bit Power processor that will be at the heart of the 20 petaflops "Sequoia" BlueGene/Q supercomputer has been finally cleared up.
Coders breathe Android into dead HP fondleslab
If you bought an HP TouchPad, you bought a tablet whose operating system has, shall we say, an uncertain future. But a group of independent developers is working to give your purchase a new lease on software life.
NetApp Flash Cache for no cash
Rumour central has NetApp offering free Flash Cache on its high-end FAS6000 arrays.
PHP users warned to stay away from latest update
Maintainers of the PHP scripting language are urging users to avoid an update released last week that introduces a serious bug affecting some cryptographic functions.
Poulson Itaniums hit 'Replay' for reliability
Hot ChipsThe future eight-core "Poulson" Itanium is not just a process-shrink of the current four-core "Tukwila" Itanium 9300. Intel has been working to add new features to Poulson to make it useful running enterprise workloads – and to do so more reliably.
Skitch gets stitched by Evernote
Australian digital imaging app developer, Skitch, has been snapped up by Mountain View start-up Evernote.
Skype bug may expose users to malicious code
UpdatedThe latest version of Skype for Windows contains a security vulnerability that allows attackers to inject potentially dangerous code into a user's phone session, a German security researcher has reported.
AMD gooses low-power Fusion chips
AMD has beefed up its low-end lines of its Fusion CPU/GPU-combo processors, parts that the company insists on calling "accelerated processing units", or APUs.
Apple rumor mill predicts 'all new Mac'
Apple is planning to release an entirely new Mac by the end of this year, according to a Japanese news 'n' rumor website.
CSC secures A$25m utility deal
Utility Powercor-CitiPower has awarded CSC a renewed five-year IT services contract worth AU$25m.