A top Republican lawmaker is poised to introduce a bill in the US Senate that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to hire an independent lab to study the health effects of backscatter x-ray passenger-screening machines – aka pervscanners – at airports, and to ensure that ticket-holders know of their rights to refuse such screenings.
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratory are developing a steerable bullet designed for general military use, giving the standard squaddie the capabilities of an advanced sniper.
EMC is betting big on big data analytics and has integrated the Hadoop filesystem into its Isilon scale-out filer offering and enabled its Greenplum analytics product to use Hadoop data.
Review The Cocktail Audio X10 is a compact hi-fi component with a network connection for internet radio, audio streaming from shared devices and file transfer. It’s fitted with a 500GB or 1TB hard disk, which serves as your music library, either for existing digital audio files that you copy to it or CDs ripped using its slot-loading drive. You can output to an amplifier or attach speakers directly, as it has a 2x 30W power output, although loudspeakers aren’t supplied.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined Midlothian council £140,000 for disclosing sensitive personal data about children and their carers to the wrong people on five separate occasions.
Sysadmin blog A little over a decade ago I registered my very first personal domain name. This domain was not registered for a client or an employer. This was a domain name all my own.
A barrister has been struck off and fined after failing to disclose that he was the owner of a copyright-infringing website that he represented during trial - and for posting abusive Twitter messages.
Apple is now the world's leading personal computer seller, having pushed past HP in Q4 2011, market watcher Canalys said today.
Android App of the Week If you've ever wanted to manage your Android phone from your computer's desktop then AirDroid is the answer to your prayers.
Flash array pioneer Nimbus has doubled the capacity of its non-volatile memory slabs with a fault-tolerant data vault that scales to half a petabyte.
Can this be the world's most expensive laptop?
Kent's NHS Trust is hoping that youngsters' love of iPhones, coupled with a new app, will lead to a fall in teen pregnancies in the county.
You can pick up the real thing cheaply enough on eBay, but that hasn't stopped retro-computing fan and Lego nut from knocking up a version out of the plastic bricks.
World+Dog wasn't expecting the 'Xbox 720' - or whatever Microsoft's next console will be called - to go on sale this year, but a company executive has confirmed it anyway.
Channel bully boy Apple has nabbed Dixons chief exec John Browett to head up its worldwide retail biz.
Sky is to enter the IPTV arena with an internet-hosted TV service of its own.
What does it mean for a storage array to manage server flash drives as will happen with EMC's Project Lightning?
Motorola is to offer Europeans a version of its new Razr smartphone with an unlocked bootloader.
UK citizens can now gawp at the amount of crime committed around nightclubs, railway stations, parks and other hotspots on a revamped website launched by the Home Office. The same site will also eventually track arrests and charges brought against wrongdoers.
Apple's demand that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 be banned from sale in Germany has been once again confirmed by a German court.
Product round-up The most probable reasons for printing A3 documents are 1) posters or folded A4 newsletters, and 2) large photos. The types of printer needed for these two requirements are different. For posters and newsletters you want a machine intended primarily for plain paper print and it will save time if it can print duplex. For photos, you’re more interested in high quality output, often with more than four ink colours in the mix.
Legal attack dog Rambus has suffered another blow to its memory technology licensing business after a US patent office appeals board declared three Barth patents invalid.
Research in Motion (RIM) has handed out a largely moot independent report revealing that it shouldn't have had its CEOs as chairmen of the board.
NASA has created its first ever multiplayer online game, Space Race Blastoff - and it's now available on Facebook.
Phoenix IT Group is to axe more than 300 jobs as part of a company-wide reorganisation.
The Paris Metro will be getting new payment cards next year, cards which pave the way to board-by-bonk phones by being compatible with the NFC standard.
Panasonic's new Lumix digicam, the DMC-FT4, could be the ultimate camera for outdoors types.
BSkyB has once again seen the number of new subscribers signing up to the broadcaster's products fall, compared to the same period a year before.
Music industry chiefs must have been pleased to hear that the maker of pig-squishing iPhone game Angry Birds has learned from its mistakes in combating piracy.
A drop of blood or saliva can be analysed using an ordinary touch screen - and once boffins perfect the identification of biological molecules, then diagnosis by iPhone – or indeed any smartphone – isn't far off.
A US judge has dismissed an Oracle fraud claim against HP in the companies' ongoing legal battle over the Itanium platform.
The European Union has formally started an antitrust investigation of Samsung over its use of standards-related 3G patents in its patent battles around the world.
Malware-spreaders are hacking into vulnerable WordPress-powered sites in order to drive traffic towards pages loaded with exploits.
Rumours - fuelled by comments from a MasterCard chief and an iOS developer - suggest that this year's next-gen iPhone could be packing a wireless pay-by-wave chip.
Analysis Israel, Finland and Sweden are more prepared than larger nations to fight a conflict in cyberspace, according to a McAfee-backed cyber-defence study.
MicroBite 33 A cultural revolution is creeping through Microsoft. With a reorganisation in full swing and job cuts rumoured, the future looks uncertain for an entire class of marketing types and MBAs at Redmond: the software giant's officers seem intent on resetting the corporate clock to year zero to recapture the spirit of Bill Gates.
Google has responded to US politicos who demanded answers after the advertising giant announced it was "simplifying" its privacy policies across its huge online estate.
ARM, the eponymous designer of the chip architecture, had a stonking 2011 with revenue and profits up as it tightened its hold on both embedded and generic computing.
Google has created a sponsored academic post in France, the Google@HEC chair at the HEC Paris business school. It's "a worldwide first for Google", according to the Chocolate Factory's PR department.
For the past 18 months, SeaMicro, the upstart maker of microservers that are based on Intel's Atom processors, has heard from x86 competitors trying to keep it out of hyperscale data center server deals that the Atom cores are too wimpy to do heavy lifting workloads. But now, the SM10000 line of microservers – actually more like a supercomputer cluster of minimalist microservers – is getting the brawny cores in Intel's Xeon E3 family of server chips, closing the gap with x86 alternatives and removing a big barrier to adoption for its machines.
Podcast Greg Knieriemen saw off the hordes at the New England Area VMware User Group and debated burning topics from virtualisation to sex equality in tech, thus serving up another piping hot podcast pie for El Reg readers last week.
Companies that like Red Hat Enterprise Linux but hate changing Linux versions because of the hardware and software qualification process just got an excuse to be lazy for the next decade.
Open ... and Shut Last quarter Apple churned out extraordinary profits: $13.06bn of them. But according to a New York Times article, Apple achieved these amazing profits on the backs of Chinese workers, who are subjected to punishing work conditions to ensure high-quality iPhones and iPads at the lowest possible price.
Amazon France may have leaked the release date for Apple's next iteration of its überpopular fondleslab, the iPad.
President Obama has said he has nothing to do with the decision by US authorities to extradite British student Richard O’Dwyer on copyright charges for linking to pirated content.
SGI has produced a modular version of its InfiniteStorage product for the departmental NAS market that comes as a storage server or a JBOD.
Woolworths has rung the death knell for bricks-and-mortar electronics retailing in Australia, as it announced that it is divesting its iconic Dick Smith electronics chain.
The IEEE’s outpost in Victoria is to play host to an airing of the fringe “Electric Universe” theory today.
Samsung Galaxy slab-fondlers will soon get access to movies and TV shows, with IPTV aspirant Quickflix inking a deal with Samsung Australia.
Telstra is tipping infrastructure investment equivalent to $AU106 million into the state of Western Australia as part of an extension to regional mobile phone coverage.
The latest data from NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) probe has found a curious disparity in the distribution of some of the key elements of our solar system, notably why there is so much oxygen in it.
iiNet has announced that its acquisition of Internode has been completed a month ahead of schedule.
Neil Young, who a few years back famously described Apple as the “Fisher-Price” of sound quality, is giving his “I hate digital music” can another kick, claiming that even the late Steve Jobs listened to vinyl rather than his own company’s inventions.
RIM's latest marketing stunt has succeeded in attracting a high degree of attention – but not necessarily of the type that the struggling company may have intended.