Threatmetrix founder to fight 'muffin apocalypse'
Serial entrepreneur David Jones, who has chalked up hits with SurfControl and Threatmetrix, now plans to fight back against what he calls the “muffin apocalypse” - the blizzard of offers for freebies or cheap extra goodies beamed to opted-in smartphone owners when they go shopping.
FBI boss warns online threats will outpace terrorism
RSA 2012The head of the FBI warns that the threat to the US from online attacks will shortly become greater than that posed by terrorists.
Oceans gaining ACID faster than last 300 MILLION YEARS
The world's oceans may be experiencing a rate of acidification unparalleled in the past 300 million years, according to a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science.
Internet therapy speeds chronic fatigue recovery
A Dutch experiment that offered kids aged 12-18 the chance to use online cognitive therapy tools to treat chronic fatigue has proved more effective than real world therapy sessions.
Bromine bomb drops toxic mercury fallout
A “bromine explosion” in the Arctic back in 2008 has yielded a disturbing scientific analysis: the replacement of perennial sea-ice with younger seasonal ice could lead to mercury pollution in the Arctic.
Mutant bird flu won't slay ferrets, people
A mutated version of the bird flu virus(AKA H5N1) created in a lab cannot be transmitted aerially between ferrets and is unlikely to escape and threaten humans, says the scientist at the centre of an ethics controversy over the threat his research poses to public safety.
Becrypt disk crypto earns first Brit spook kitemark
A full disk encryption product has become the first bit of kit to be certified by Brit spooks in their new Commercial Product Assurance scheme.
UK will share passenger data with US in Euro deal
The UK has opted in to the EU passenger name record (PNR) agreement with the United States, Home Office minister Damien Green has confirmed.
Been smacked by the ICO? Reveal your internal probes
If public authorities are subject to enforcement action by the Information Commissioner (eg, monetary penalty notice, undertaking, audit, enforcement notice etc), they should be prepared for internal reports into why the action was taken to become the target for Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.
Warner Bros boss moots 'disc-to-digital' scheme
Warner Bros wants you to trade in your DVDs for cloud-stored video files, the home entertainment's president has indicated - its latest method to persuade punters to buy rather than rent.
Ubuntu 12.04 hits beta, brings smooth Unity for marching masses
ReviewThe beta for Ubuntu 12.04, or Precise Pangolin as Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth would have it, is upon us.
Sony dusts off waterproof Handycam
It's the new black: gadgets that are waterproof. The latest: Sony's HDR-GW55VE Handycam.
Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet
Preview reviewHow do you bring legacy-encrusted Windows into the mobile era? Microsoft's solution is to take all that baggage and place it into a compartment labeled desktop, while reinventing the Windows user interface in a second compartment called Metro.
Windows 7 squeezed into Android tablets
OnLive may be better known for its cloud gaming service, but the advantage of running a heap of virtual Windows PCs on a server farm somewhere is that you can run Windows desktops on them as well as games.
Intel cashes in its chips with Micron, bets on post-flash riches
Intel is flogging some its flash foundry capacity in its IMTF joint venture to Micron, its partner in their manufacturing love-in.
Apple: We never said Siri would actually work in the UK
The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has quashed a complaint from a fanboi disappointed by Siri's lack of UK knowledge - and said the punter had above-average expectations compared with what it would expect from the "average Brit".
Intrinsic Technology boss Mason exits
Updated:Intrinsic Technology bigwig Mike Mason has left the unified comms and cloud reseller less than eight months after leading a management buy-out.
'We don't know if Google is operating outside EU law'
QuotwThis was the week in which Mobile World Congress landed in Barcelona, producing reams of smartphone and fondleslab news, views and shiny gadgets - including waterproof mobes, which are of particular use to Brits since apparently nearly one in ten punters take their phone into the shower.
Microsoft cleared in web filth court battle, wins $100 compo
Microsoft has been cleared of wrongdoing in a high-profile court case alleging it and scores of other web companies hosted “objectionable content” - and even managed to get the plaintiff fined by the judge.
Anonymous web weapon backfires with hidden banking Trojan
Anonymous supporters queuing up to participate in denial-of-service attacks are being tricked into installing ZeuS botnet clients.
Hefty mobile bills should be capped by punters, says Ofcom
AnalysisOfcom will push for greater EU regulation to tackle steep mobile bills, and voluntary application of that regulation outside the EU, but won't force operators to do anything unless they do nothing.
Hackers print tiny Linux box to net up your home
The Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer designed to get you writing programs. Here's a tiny computer designed to get things done in your home and out of it without writing a single line of code.
Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040
Top space boffins are keeping a close eye on an asteroid that could collide with Earth in 2040. Orbiting rock 2011 AG5 is about 140 metres wide and could come close enough to spur on a crack team of drill-wielding heroes to save the world.
£30m gov ID scheme to be steered by dole office
Identity assurance remains a hot topic at the Cabinet Office. And, despite a false start late last year, Whitehall is pushing ahead with its plans to offload ID-handling onto the private sector.
Online advertising isn't creepy enough
Open ... and ShutPrivacy advocates endlessly worry that online advertising companies track your every move in order to serve you creepily well-targeted ads. They needn't bother. After all, when was the last time this hyper-invasive tracking of your online behavior actually resulted in you getting a deal on something you really wanted?
El Reg appoints Special Projects Burro
VideoIt's Friday, so we're sure you'll join us in raising a glass to Iberian beast of burden Aladdin - as of right now our official Special Projects Burro.
Top Gun 2: It's happening - and the choice of star is stirring controversy
The occasionally rumoured Top Gun 2 movie - sequel to the seminal* '80s aerial action flick - is to go ahead. Reports have it that the project, known to have Tom Cruise aboard already, now has a scriptwriter: and more importantly, the real star, the jet fighter to be flown by Cruise, has been selected.
Manchester biz raided in text message spam clampdown
A clampdown on text spam has led to a police raid on offices in Urmston, Manchester, and the seizure of equipment by the Information Commissioner's Office.
BBC iPlayer boss: smart TVs not sufficiently simple
Telly makers have been told to simplify the smart TV experience if they want more punters to take the internet-connected tech on board.
Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo
A Frenchman is suing Google over a Street View photo that shows him peeing in his garden, which has made him the laughing stock of his village.
Canon focuses on 25th birthday EOS DSLR
Canon will mark a quarter Century of its EOS single-lens reflex camera system with its latest DSLR, the EOS 5D Mark III.
Zynga branches out from Facebook to make new 'friends'
Zynga may not exactly be integral to the survival of Facebook - which recently revealed it derived 12 per cent of its 2011 revenue from the online gaming outfit - but the fact that the company behind Words With Friends has built its own network might make IPO-ready Mark Zuckerberg a bit twitchy.
Bikini clad Princess Leia spied shakin' booty in Star Wars game
With Kinect Star Wars launching in just over a month's time, more of the title's features have started to appear online. Here's a titbit that caught our eye: a video showing a bikini-clad Princess Leia being forced to strut her terpsichorean stuff for Jabba the Hutt in a Dance Central-like mini game.
Facebook looks for more credit with the banks
Facebook is planning to add a few extra bucks to its $2.5bn credit line to help cover the major tax bill for employee stocks when it goes public.
Blighty's fast mobe broadband in music wrecking probe
On Monday Ofcom will run tests in Baldock to find out whether next-gen mobile broadband networks will knacker headphones and microphones, ruining Brits' enjoyment of music.
Now Apple opens fire on EPAD trademark in China
Apple has filed an official complaint over an application for the EPAD trademark by Guangzhou-based computer kit maker ebox.
Commentards, we salute the return of the long post
Recently, we limited the length of posts made by commentards to 2000 characters. We did this for no better reason than that the 2000 characters had always been our publicly announced limit, and we thought that we should do what we said on the tin.
Apple to launch TV streaming service by Xmas
Apple will launch a subscription-based TV streaming service whether it has content or not. Probably the latter, if whispers vaguely wafting this way from the direction of negotiations are to be believed.
Resellers could lose out in £4bn gov framework – vendors
The ultra-aggressive pricing suppliers will need to bid so that they can win a place on the forthcoming public sector hardware and solutions mega framework may make it harder for resellers to get involved, vendors have warned.
French buy over half a million NFC handsets from Orange
MWCOrange has convinced half a million people in France to buy NFC handsets, and Visa has been busy showing off Olympic payments, but O2 Money isn't going to wait that long.
Linode hackers escape with $70K in daring bitcoin heist
UpdatedPopular web host Linode has been hacked by cyber-thieves who made off with a stash of bitcoins worth $71,000 (£44,736) in real money.
Hadron-colliding, volcano-tracking boffins pocket cloud freebie
Euro biz bosses have donated a cloud to top scientists at CERN, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Cambridge-based European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) - to accelerate their boffinry breakthrough rate.
Quantum eases file access for big data clients
Quantum is making it easier for clients to access its big data-themed StorNext file system by adding scale-out gateway appliances to the mix.
Secunia bets on open information for security growth
RSA 2012Danish vulnerability specialist developer Secunia has released the latest beta of its Personal Software Inspector (PSI), and says it is betting on an open approach to security information to grow the company.
Wireless breakthrough: one frequency, multiple signals
A team of Italian radio boffins – and one Swede – have one-upped their pioneering countryman Guglielmo Marconi by demonstrating a method of simultaneously transmitting multiple signals on the same frequency.