Higher ground: plants seeking colder temperatures
A study conducted by the University of Vienna and published in Science has found that all across Europe, plants are moving to higher altitudes.
US okays release of bird flu research
US authorities have recommended that two controversial papers describing a genetically-engineerd form of the H5N1 virus, commonly known as bird flu, can be published.
Microsoft automates Office 365 installs
Microsoft has updated its automated software development tools to the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012, and in a sign it wants to push its cloudy productivity has added the ability to automate Office 365 deployments.
Megaupload case near collapse: report
An American district court judge has cast doubt over the whole Megaupload trial, telling the FBI the criminal charges against Kim Dotcom may never make it to trial.
Google Street View comes to Israel
Google has launched its Street View product in Israel, after what the Jerusalem Post describes as “meetings with Israeli security officials” that ensured “Street View only shows public areas.”
China hits back at US cyber snooping allegations
The war of words between the US and China escalated at the weekend after the People’s Republic vigorously denied allegations from the Pentagon that its rapid rise as a space superpower has been made possible in part thanks to “successful spying”.
Vodafone agrees to Cable and Wireless buy
After many weeks of negotiations, Vodafone Europe has agreed to acquire Cable and Wireless Worldwide (CWW) for a sum that values the latter company at £1,044m, or £0.38 per share.
Sony and Nokia still a hit with Asian consumers
Nokia and Sony remain two of the most powerful brands in Asia despite high profile problems affecting both companies which have sent their market share, revenues and global reputation plummeting in recent months, according to a new piece of research.
Woman cuffed for smuggling iPhones in beer bottles
A Chinese woman has been stopped at the border after trying to smuggle more than 200 iPhone 4S devices from Hong Kong into the Apple-mad nation hidden inside empty beer bottles.
Online criminal records checks to save Surrey council £300k
Surrey county council has launched a new system to conduct Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks in an effort to cut costs and improve efficiency.
Turing's rapid Nazi Enigma code-breaking secret revealed
Blighty's communications eavesdropping nerve centre GCHQ has issued two papers written by superboffin Alan Turing on the maths behind code-breaking.
EU-US name-swap deal actually gives passengers MORE privacy
The European Parliament has approved a controversial new agreement allowing the EU to exchange airline passenger information with the US, it has announced.
Plumbers of the interwebs vow to kill IP hijacking
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) aims to strengthen the basic protocols of the internet, with a way to stop route, or IP, hijacking. IETF experts say the proposed fix is simpler to implement than previous suggestions.
Happy 30th Birthday, Sinclair ZX Spectrum
ArchaeologicThe Sinclair ZX Spectrum was launched 30 years ago today. At the Churchill Hotel, Clive - now Sir Clive - Sinclair stood before reporters and a barrage of camera flashbulbs to unveil the machine, the successor to the popular ZX81, on 23 April 1982.
Asus: Ice Cream Sandwich Transformer Pad out in May
Asus UK has confirmed that the Transformer Pad TF300T - farewell, Eee branding… - will be out over here late next month, though not on widespread availability until the end of June.
From the Department of WTF: New USB tampon flash drive
There's not much to say about this one. It's a flash drive... and it looks like a tampon.
HP, Microsoft hop into bed for VS3 private cloud kit romp
System integrators had better polish up their resumes, because every IT vendor wants to sell preconfigured systems with servers, storage, networking, and management software – all pre-integrated and ready to have software poured onto their virtual machines to start doing real work in hours.
Taxan touts tablet for bathing beauties
Thanks to Japan's Kaga Hightech Co., better known for its Taxan brand, we can now enjoy our tablets in the bath. Step forward the Méopad Aqua, a 7in, 1-024 x 600 fondleslab with all the usual accoutrements and an unusual one: it's waterproof.
LG 3D phone revamp hits Europe
LG continued to push glasses-free 3D tech onto European punters - but not Brits, apparently - today with the Optimus 3D Max, a slimmer, enhanced version of the company's first-gen 3D smartphone.
Adobe Cloud offers leg up over Creative Suite's price wall
Adobe has launched its mighty Creative Suite in to the cloud, potentially giving designers and illustrators a slightly more affordable way to access its reassuringly expensive tools.
CSC axes another 640 UK IT workers
Bungling IT services firm CSC is to lay off a further 640 IT workers in the UK on top of the 500 bods it is shaving from its NHS account.
IBM fires Power-powered Penguins at x86's weak spots
Big Blue has not made any huge proclamations to date, but it is not exactly a secret that the people in charge of IBM's Systems and Software Group want the Power7 processor and its follow-ons to grab a larger share of the systems racket.
Adonit Jot Flip precision tablet stylus
Geek Treat of the Week"If you see a stylus, they blew it," Steve Jobs famously said. He was referring to the fact that the iPad’s multi-touch display and UI is designed to be used with fingers rather than an input device and that, in his view, a stylus is superfluous.
Microsoft lobs out first Skype for Windows Phone
Microsoft has delivered the first version of Skype for Windows Phone.
Martha Lane Fox hits caps lock, yells at small biz websites
Martha Lane Fox, known affectionately as the "Government Digital Champion", has announced (another) initiative to get Brits online: "an exciting vision" called Go ON UK.
Lovefilm, Netflix 'no competitive constraint' on Sky Movies
Sky has too much money and subscribers to be threatened by the likes of Lovefilm and Netflix, the telecoms and media watchdog Ofcom has said.
Microsoft mulls backside display for mobiles
Microsoft has considered mobiles with multiple screens. A recently granted patent shows plans for an additional low-power display on the rear of our devices.
Northamber coughs £6.35m to snap up its warehouse
Veteran distie Northamber is a lot less cash rich after stumping up £6.35m to buy the freehold of its warehouse in Weybridge, Surrey.
Ofcom probes Sky News over Canoe man email hacks
Broadcaster Sky News is being investigated by Ofcom over its admission that it hacked into emails for a story in 2008.
Reader experts thrash LOHAN's mighty rod
There's some lively debate going on down at the Reg forums LOHAN mosh pit regarding whether using a metal rod launch system for our Vulture 2 spaceplane really is the way to go.
PC World, Currys, Dixons websites all go titsup
The websites of Dixons Retail Group electronics stores have gone down today - knocking over Currys, PC World and Dixons.co.uk.
Telegraph website falls over in outage riddle
UpdatedThe website for UK daily newspaper The Telegraph has gone titsup today, and had been out for about an hour at the time of writing.
Getting rich off iPhone apps is b*llocks, say UK devs
Almost no apps cover their development costs and software services only make money in "extremely unusual" cases, some proper engineers have told MPs.
Security bug stalls new dot-word TLD land grab AGAIN
Domain name overlord ICANN has been forced to delay its new top-level domain (TLD) expansion by another week as its techies attempt to analyse the fallout of an embarrassing security vulnerability.
How to wrestle storage in virtual server bear pits
Deep DiveServer virtualisation is no longer just a topic for server admins; it also affects the management of storage and networking equipment. And the introduction of server virtualisation means that all of a sudden server operations people have to learn how to deal with storage.
Amazon Kindle Touch touches down early
Amazon's Kindle Touch has gone on sale a week ahead of schedule, with the second of the company's latest-gen Kindles now available from select retailers.
Enterprise apps to bring bespoke BACK FROM THE DEAD
Sysadmin blogThe '90s saw a boom in the development and acceptance of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software. Ever since, various analysts and pundits have predicted the marginalisation of custom software development. In the SME space, it has been hard to argue; the past two decades have seen COTS software dominate. But with the emergence of Platform as a Service (PaaS), I am seeing this change.
Facebook beds silent-bonking mobe coupon biz Tagtile
While the world was watching the Instagram deal, Facebook was also buying up a rather more innovative startup which hopes to provide all the profitable bits of NFC without the fluff.
Sony updates iPod docks with Bluetooth playback
Sony has unveiled two new iPod docks, one with wireless Bluetooth capabilities and the other with a USB port for MP3 playback.
Solaris shops bunged cash to upgrade old duffers
If you have an old Sparc-based system from Sun Microsystems or Fujitsu in production, Oracle wants to pay you some cash to trade in that old box for more modern Sparc Enterprise T or M gear.
DARPA overjoyed that its hypersonic glider came apart, blew up
Maverick Pentagon crazytech agency DARPA has awarded itself a firm pat on the back after a detailed examination of its second HTV-2 test flight last year, in which the high-tech Mach 20 glider was destroyed 9 minutes into the trial and crashed into the Pacific.
LightSquared pays off $56m debt with Brit biz Inmarsat
Troubled wannabe mobile broadband operator LightSquared has settled with its only significant debtor Inmarsat, although it still lacks any plan to pay back its own investors.
EMC 'poised' to gobble flashy upstart Xtremio
EMC is apparently closer to buying Herzliya, Israel headquartered Xtremio, with NetApp sniffing around as well, according to Israeli financial news site Globes.
VC Horowitz: 'Why we only made $78m on $1bn Instagram sale'
Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen's high-tech venture fund Andreessen Horowitz has made out handsomely on Facebook's $1bn purchase of Instagram.
Chinese web tat bazaar takes profit hit, 'invests in quality'
Chinese e-commerce biz Alibaba (1688.HK) has taken a hammering in the last three months as profits fell 25 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Microsoft and Facebook in $1bn pass the IP parcel play
Microsoft and Facebook concluded a significant round of pass the patent parcel today as the soon-to-IPO social network gained rights to a bundle of IP formerly belonging to AOL.
Courier mishap sends woman's corpse to shopping club
A mix-up at a freight forwarding firm meant a dead woman's torso was diverted from a research facility in Florida and shipped to a wholesale shopping club in Massachusetts instead.
Intel lets loose with 3rd gen Ivy Bridge tri-gate chips
Intel has released its first chips using tri-gate memory technology with the Core i5 and i7 series, dubbed Ivy Bridge, which it claims puts it years ahead of "the competition" – the chip giant's traditional name for AMD.
Dell fuels up Precision workstations with Xeon E5s
Intel has got its Xeon E5 processors out the door for boxes with one or two sockets and is getting ready to start the "Ivy Bridge" generation of desktop processors, and so it's no surprise Dell is revamping its Precision workstation lineup.
Facebook prospectus shows jump in users, fall in profits
Facebook's latest pre-IPO filing shows the social network giant ramped up to 901 million users, who produce 3.2 billion likes and comments a day.
Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof
A Pennsylvania professor is gunning for a slice of all of Apple's touch-based product revenues, after claiming they infringe a patent for a museum screen technology he developed 15 years ago.
Teradata gets partly cloudy to rein in big data
Capacity planning on data warehouses is every bit as much of a nightmare as it is for other kinds of servers and their workloads. That's why Teradata is taking a page out of the cloudy infrastructure sales manual and offering customers the ability to buy capacity on their data warehouse appliances on a utility basis.
Google farewells apps in spring clean
Mac users, it seems, haven’t embraced the ability to sync to Picasa to any great degree, with Google removing the platform from its Picasa service in its latest round of app spring cleaning.
Arctic Ocean may be releasing its methane
A group of researchers has expressed concern that the Arctic may contribute more methane to the atmosphere than previously estimated.