German boffins BREAK LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS!
As you probably know, heat is one of the enemies of electronics, and heat management is a major design constraint of microelectronics. Now, a German research group has demonstrated using waste heat to get electricity.
Amazon’s shares slashed as profits drop 73%
Amazon’s share price dropped sharply after it reported overall profits have fallen 73 per cent year on year.
US gov requests for Google user data grow 29%
The US government has once again outdone its peers in requesting that Google turn over user data for use in criminal investigations, with almost 6,000 demands in the first half of 2011, a 29 per cent increase from the previous six months.
Obama man: 'Global internet surveillance skyrocketing'
A top US government official believes that the internet is under fierce attack by authoritarian governments worldwide, and that the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
Soundfreaq Soundstep Recharge
ReviewAudio dock maker Soundfreaq recently released an Android version of its iOS remote control app and is now busy promoting its Bluetooth-equipped Soundstep as something for ‘droid-heads as well as iFans.
DVLA tosses Virgin Media £6.7m in 3-year phone deal
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has signed a £6.7m, three-year deal with Virgin Media Business to provide its business phone lines, supported by a hosted call management system.
Facebook 'bug' temporarily disappears some .co.uk links
Stories posted on Facebook by venerable organs such as The Register were temporarily unavailable yesterday morning due to a "glitch" on the ubiquitous social network.
No BBM app for PlayBook soon, admits RIM
RIM has delayed the release of the next major upgrade to its BlackBerry PlayBook's operating system - and won't be including BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) at launch.
Lenovo intros updated all-in-one
Another day, another low-cost all-in-one desktop, this time from Lenovo. It's the C325 and it's based around a 20in 1600 x 900 display - touch or non-touch, the choice is yours. So is the colour: black or white.
UN wants two-thirds of the world online by 2015
Freedom to communicate is a human right – as is having a broadband connection, the UN said today. The global organisation, usually hell-bent on achieving world peace, argued that it would be quite nice if 60 per cent of the world had access to the net by 2015.
Corning launches can-stand-the-heat Lotus glass for phones
One of the key brand names tossed around in relation to smartphone and tablets this year has been Corning's Gorilla Glass. Next year, it may be Lotus Glass.
Sunday Mirror must face Kylie's ex-lover in France privacy case
Individuals can sue internet publishers in each country in which they believe their image has been harmed as a result of content posted online, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.
Worm wriggles through year-old flaw, builds zombie-net
A new worm doing the rounds is turning servers running older versions of the JBoss Application Server into botnet drones.
BioWare Baldur's Gate
Antique Code ShowI remember one summer when my dad decided it would be great to go on holiday for two weeks in a stone farm house in Scotland, it rained and we spent the whole time playing Dungeons and Dragons.
PowerPivot: a new spin on understanding your business
The Catch 22 of business intelligence is that to understand your business, you have to deal with vendors who want to “understand your business”, better known as “see how much we can charge you”. You then have to hope that something you don’t know might be really valuable.
HP PC biz gets aggressive again
HP's Personal Systems Group is reverting back to a target-based rebate model for resellers after more than three years of operating a linear model as the tech titan eyes aggressive market share wins.
HP hooks up with Calxeda to form server ARMy
HP is partnering ARM-licensee Calxeda to build energy-efficient micro-servers for large data centres, the WSJ reports.
Nokia launches Windows Phone range
Nokia officially launched its Windows Phone range today, kicking the line off with the Nokia Lumia 800, the device we've previously known as Sea Ray.
Google cuts ribbon on Berlin research institute after ponying up €4.5m
A Google-funded internet research centre opened its doors in Germany yesterday.
Google report reveals YouTube takedown requests... by country
The UK government asked Google to take down 135 YouTube videos for reasons of national security in the first half of this year, states Google's biannual Transparency Report, released yesterday.
ITU sees an internet full of developing youth
The developing world, including China and India, now accounts for 62 per cent of the internet's population, and while China dominates, it is by no means a controlling interest in the connected world of 2011.
Nokia's Brave New World is (almost) Finn-free
Nokia WorldWhat a difference a year makes. The only Finnish presence on stage during the 90-minute opening session of Nokia World this year was a dead architect. None of the five speakers was a Finn, and they said some very un-Nokian things. It’s a sign of how much Nokia is changing under Stephen Elop.
Nokia to flood emerging markets with budget blowers
Before unleashing its Windows Phone range on the world, Nokia first unveiled the Asha collection, a Series 40 line of low-end handsets.
SUSE previews OpenStack-SLES cloud
Commercial Linux distributor SUSE, which was taken private by Attachmate back in April and split from former owner Novell, wants to do for OpenStack what it did for Linux. It is also what everybody else in the OpenStack cloud fabric camp seems to want to do: make some money selling support for OpenStack.
WHSmith Kobo Touch wireless e-book reader
ReviewThe joys of the e-book reader are considerable. You can carry a thousand books in your pocket and download more in a matter of seconds while you’re sitting in the garden – assuming the Wi-Fi stretches or you have a 3G model. If there are words you don’t recognise, you can look them up with one touch too. And in the case of dedicated readers like the Amazon Kindle and the Kobo, E Ink is as readable in bright sunlight as the printed page. Wonderful.
BT gets 14 days to block Newzbin2
Websites and IP addresses will become unreachable for the first time in the UK for copyright reasons. The High Court has ordered BT to block subscribers access to Newzbin 2, as well as any other sites or end points it uses. BT has 14 days to implement the measure, and must pay for it, too, a cost estimated at £5,000 initially.
Return of native: HTML5's enterprise battle
Open ... And ShutConsumer smartphone apps may get all the press, not to mention $15bn in market size by 2013, but enterprise smartphone apps may well prove to be the bigger market.
Binned PCs were stuffed with MoD and Sun staffers' privates
UpdatedSecurity researchers have found personal records of Sun newspaper and MoD staff on the hard drives of discarded or resold computers.
Euro banks unhappy with proposed e-payment rules
The European Payment Council has taken issue with a number of the European Commission's proposals to try to make direct debits and credit transfers across the continent easier and cheaper.
Tsunami Trojan: First Mac attack based on Linux crack
Malware writers have derived a new Trojan for Mac OS X by porting an older Linux backdoor Trojan horse onto another platform.
Job-seeking university bods panic over incriminating online info
Nearly half of university students are fretting about their future job prospects due to concerns about what personal information about them is lurking on the interwebs.
Fujitsu foresees gloom, blames exchange rates
Operating profits at Fujitsu slid by a little more than third in Q2 due to weakness at its device unit, slow Japanese biz spending and unfavourable forex conversions.
Gelsinger pops lid on top-secret EMC Lightning code
EMC's Project Lightning code is being produced by a software team in Israel, using – El Reg thinks – Micron hardware.
PC shortages 'inevitable' says Gartner
The channel should be braced for some PC shortages in the run up to Christmas as disk drive production woes caused by the floods in Thailand take effect, Gartner has warned.
A rapid first hands-on: Nokia’s Windows phones
Nokia WorldYou are about to read what may be the shortest “hands-on” review you’ve ever read. But there is something quite surprising, I discovered, not appreciated until you compare both new Nokia models.
Swedish password hacking scandal widens
Sweden suffered its worst internet security breach in history, with over 210,000 login details across least 60 websites made public, including personal identity numbers of journalists, MPs and celebrities.
Man builds smartphone dock into arm
You'd think being born without a forearm would be limiting for a smartphone user.
Cloudy tech start-up Twilio jumps the pond
Cloud communications company Twilio launched its European expansion today with the release of its telephonic API to the UK and in beta for France, Portugal, Poland, Austria and Denmark.
Process, not just product, will save your IT department
So, you’ve bought your firewall. You’ve spent thousands on an intrusion prevention system, and you’ve got expensive data leak prevention software. Are you dead sure that your sensitive customer data hasn’t been leaked?
Pure challenges Spotify with cloud-based music service
DAB radio specialist Pure has revealed its take on Spotify, launching a cloud-based music service for streaming tunes across a variety of platforms.
Avira anti-virus labels itself as spyware
Avira anti-virus detected components of its own application as potentially malign on Wednesday following a dodgy signature update.
Arrow Electronics sales and profits up in Q3
Distribution juggernaut Arrow Electronics ploughed through Q3 with sales and profits up by double digits.
Hitachi unveils roadmap for cloudy offerings
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has come up with a cloud strategy roadmap featuring three cloud tiers, but with precious little product detail fleshing out the strategy.
Apple plans big solar farm to clean dirty datacenter
Apple is planning to build a huge solar farm to augment the power supply of one of its dirtiest datacenter clusters.
Rosat dropped over the Bay of Bengal: DLR
DLR, the German space agency, has stated that Rosat, the scientific satellite that re-entered the atmosphere on October 23, made its re-entry over the Bay of Bengal.
Citrix snaps up App-DNA for app migration
Citrix Systems has thrown a dizzying array of cloudy things at its partners and customers at the Synergy customer conference it is hosting in Barcelona, Spain this week, and like the cloud itself, the whole thing was a bit amorphous.
‘Want to be more secure? Don’t be stupid’ redux
The SANS Institute has endorsed the idea that Internet security is partly an IQ test, acknowledging Australia’s Defense Signals Directorate for its work on how best to defend systems.
Quickflix set to stream from next month
Australia’s latest IPTV aspirant Quickflix will launch its online based digital streaming subscription service from November 10.