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After hack nightmare, Sony bars lawsuits with new TOS
After getting the pants sued off it for security breaches that exposed personal information connected to more than 100 million online accounts, Sony is requiring subscribers to waive their right to wage class-action lawsuits for almost any reason.
RIM profits nearly sliced in half
Research in Motion’s shares have fallen sharply after the Blackberry maker reported that profits were down 47 per cent for its second quarter of the fiscal year.
How gizmo maker's hack outflanked copyright trolls
When the master encryption key locking down millions of Blu-ray players and set-top boxes was mysteriously leaked last year, Hollywood moguls worried their precious high-definition movies would face a new flurry of piracy.
Google shamed by Apple in race to HTML5
Open...and ShutIf ever there were a company made to beat Apple in mobile, it's Google.
Windows 8: Half million previews downloaded in 24 hours
Half a million previews of Windows 8 have been downloaded by developers since the software became available on Tuesday, Microsoft has announced.
Sixty-seven WIMPs spotted in the wild, maybe
It’s not quite enough evidence to constitute a discovery, but scientists working on the CRESST experiment think they may have spotted Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs).
Dell XPS 15z 15.6in Core i5 notebook
ReviewWhen the 15z was announced there was no small amount of fanfare, not least due to Dell’s interesting claim that this was the thinnest 15in laptop in existence. In no time at all, it had been pointed out that the accompanying asterisk needed to be the size of an actual star, since the machine the 15z was aping, the Apple MacBook Pro, was actually thinner by a disastrous 0.02in.
ICO slates local authorities on data protection compliance
The Information Commissioner has called for the commencement of the custodial element of the section 55 offences and expressly criticised data protection compliance by local authorities as being “very bad”.
Newzbin2 pirates prepare to sink BT web block
Pirate site Newzbin2 has cooked up a software client that it says will help UK users defeat a block on the site that is due to be enforced in October.
Privacy watchdog publishes e-privacy laws compliance guidance
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has gathered its guidance on electronic privacy laws in one place.
App lets NFC BlackBerrys open electronic locks
HID Global, makers of electronic locks for everything from server keyboards to student halls, has created an app that allows NFC-equipped BlackBerrys to be used instead of ID cards.
PayPal's 'delightful' intrusion into meatspace: You wish
CommentPayPal reckons its mobile payment system will take us into a new way of managing our money, and PayPal into the real world of real things, but disrupting world banking ain't that easy.
Microsoft merges Windows 8 with Xbox Live
Microsoft has demonstrated how the forthcoming Windows 8 will communicate with the Xbox platform, in its first showing of how the company aims to bring "everything you know and love on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live to Windows."
Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker
Accessory of the WeekThere is no shortage of small speakers for phones and music players, but few deliver much in the way of welly, or even sound quality.
LOHAN deluged with Reg readers' interjections in REHAB
The Special Project Bureau's elite Hypobaric Evaluation And Design (HEAD) team has spent the last couple of days contemplating your suggestions as to how we might get LOHAN to suck more more effectively.
Judge gives Google more time for digital library talks
Google and American authors and publishers have been given an extra nine months to come up with a solution to the ongoing legal dispute over the web giant's proposed digital library.
Blue Screen of Death gets makeover for Windows 8
Windows 8 doesn't just put Microsoft's operating system on finger-friendly tablets, it also gives the notorious Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) a touchy makeover.
Schoolkids learn coding at GCSE level in curriculum trial
Teenagers could be taught to write their own software programs at GCSE as part of a major overhaul of the UK schools' IT curriculum.
Nokia dumps Dragon in major UK channel revamp
Nokia has terminated its distribution contract with specialist comms disties 20:20 and Data Select in a revamp of its UK channel.
Expert ClinicEthernet needs to become a lean, mean networking machine, and the way to do that, we're told, is to flatten the fabric, avoid layer the processing and keep as much as possible down in Layer 2. Is this real? What does it mean for performance, network management and open Ethernet standards?
First Google Plus API released to developers
Coders can now get their hands on a single Google+ API (application programming interface).
Canon perks up Powershot pair
Canon has unveiled two additions to its Powershot cameras range, both powered by the latest Digic 5 image processor which enhances colour, reduces noise and increases white balance accuracy.
Poskett signs up to lead Huawei UK enterprise channel
Former long-serving HP reseller and distie boss Dave Poskett is heading up the UK enterprise channel for Chinese network infrastructure vendor Huawei.
Firm claims it can put NFC tap-cash tech in a SIM card
SK Telecom has announced that it will launch an NFC-capable SIM card next month, achieving something hitherto considered impossible while skipping over the need for technical explanation.
ReviewIt's hard to know whether to blame its own over-bearing derivation or the over-saturation of FPS games in general: either way, Resistance 3 is an anticlimatic end to a series that has struggled to rise above mediocrity.
Nigerians panic over killer calls
The Nigerian public has been reassured by authorities that answering a phone call cannot cause death, after widespread rumours raised concern.
Spanish feds mend website clobbered by Anonymous
Spanish national police have reactivated their website following attacks by hacking supergroup Anonymous.
Big Apple fake Apple stores agree to rat out suppliers
A New York gadget shop called Apple Story has agreed to change its name, hand over any counterfeit stock bearing Apple logos or slogans, and name its dodgy suppliers as part of a court settlement with the fruity tech giant.
Former Acer CEO heads to Lenovo as a consultant
Former Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci is joining Lenovo as a consultant to help steer the firm's consumer biz worldwide, particularly the integration of recently-acquired German PC maker Medion.
Smut domain scores big bucks for not handling smut
Thousands of companies, far more than expected, are handing over hundreds of dollars each to block their brands in the new .xxx internet domain.
Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hard disk
All anniversaries are special, and so is this one. It's particularly special because a billion or more people have been and are being affected by it every day. They switch on their PCs and take advantage of Intel processors and Microsoft's Windows, or Mac OS, thinking nothing of it. But before these, and providing a foundation for them, came spinning disks, rotating hard disk drives, the electro-mechanical phenomenon that the world of computing has depended on for decades: 55 years to be precise.
VMware juices Roo for big Java clouds
VMware's SpringSource unit has released Java tooling making it faster and easier to build big clouds using its parent's Cloud Foundry project.
'Leaked' FBI Anonymous/LulzSec psych profile is bogus
Supposed psychological profiles of senior members of hacking horde Anonymous are almost certainly a work of fiction.
Valve pushes Portal freebie
Valve is making the original Portal available for free this weekend on Steam.
RIM share price nosedives following stinky numbers
Research In Motion's share price crashed quite spectacularly in the first hour and a half that the market was open in New York, dropping 20 per cent off its price.
Reseller biz faces winding up order
The phone lines at ITopia Group, which faces a winding up order sought by distributor Computer 2000 amid allegations of unpaid debts, have rung unanswered for the fourth consecutive day.
Mozilla co-founder quits Firefox veep role
A longtime Mozilla Corporation VP has quit the open source outfit he co-founded in 1998.
Fujitsu gov workers strike Monday: Unite on, PCS off
Unionised Fujitsu workers have called off their strike set for Monday after bosses at the firm "doubled" the pot of money available for pay rises with an additional £500,000 brought to the negotiating table.
HP sued by investor over PC and TouchPad antics
HP is facing legal action brought about by a disgruntled shareholder who claims the tech titan hid plans to review ownership of the PC biz and flush the TouchPad down the toilet [causing it to suddenly catch fire - ed].
Yahoo, Microsoft's Bing display toxic ads
Search engines from Microsoft and Yahoo! Have once again been caught displaying ads that direct users to malicious content, some that infects them with malware that's hard to detect and get rid of, researchers said.
Irishman's coke-packed abdomen poses for police
Brazilian cops have released an impressive scan of the abdomen of an Irish chap who attempted to board a plane in São Paulo earlier this week packing 830g of cocaine.
Facebook plugs developer site into Heroku code cloud
Facebook has plugged its developer site into Heroku, giving coders direct access to a "platform cloud" where they can deploy, host, and readily scale their Facebook applications.
Oracle offers commercial extensions to MySQL
Oracle has released three new commercial extensions for MySQL, provoking fears that the company might be trying to take the project too far from its open source roots.
Oracle slates 'extreme' system kickoff
Oracle has scheduled a systems announcement ahead of its early October OpenWorld conference, and has just released a patch for its Solaris 10 operating system ahead of the expected launch of the long-awaited Solaris 11.
Intel demos ultra low-juice chippery
IDF 2011Intel labs has created a prototype processor that achieves a high level of energy efficiency by running at voltages barely above those those required to light up its transistors.
Google's Native Client goes live in Chrome
Google has officially launched Native Client – a means of securely running C and C++ code inside a browser – as part of a new stable version of its Chrome browser that activates this rather controversial sandboxing technology.