Predatory IP threatening the progress of open innovation
The predatory use of intellectual property by companies and individuals is causing a serious impediment to the process of open innovation that is driving the latest changes in technology.
TV Now was too good, and that was its downfall
Absent an appeal to the High Court, Optus’ TV Now service infringes copyright. It is not, however, a threat to the whole of the Internet, cloud services – nor even, necessarily, to the use of cloud to record TV.
Patriotic hackers face off in South China Sea
The Philippine government has appealed in vain for patriotic hackers in the country to “be the bigger man” and not retaliate against China for a series of suspected attacks on university and government web sites, as the stand-off between the two countries over a set of disputed islands continues.
New satellite will blow your socks off - and spot them from spaaaace
A new satellite set to fly in 2014 will offer the chance to spot objects just 31 centimetres across … from SPAAAAAACE.
No sex please, we're Telstra
Telstra has decided not to promote access to “adult oriented content” on BigPond's video download service.
Microsoft guns for web sales biz in piracy crackdown
Microsoft reportedly has two more companies in its sight as the software giant’s licensing crackdown focuses on China.
Northamber lay-offs put it in the red
Northamber headed itself off from reporting a profit for the third quarter after it trimmed its workforce in the face of declining sales of volume products.
You can flog 'used' software, but read Ts&Cs first – ECJ
Companies that sell 'used' licences for other firms' copyrighted computer programs that are downloadable from the internet can legitimately do so – but only provided the terms of the rights-holders' licence do not put a bar on reproduction without their consent, a legal advisor to the EU's top court has said.
Samsung DOUBLES profits on strong phone sales
Mobile tech giants Samsung and Huawei turned up the heat on their rivals this week after the Korean electronics behemoth doubled its profits in the first quarter thanks to stellar phone sales and its Chinese rival revealed ambitious plans to sell over 100 million mobiles this year.
Blackpool ICT boss: BYOD doesn't save money
Rolling out bring your own device (BYOD) policy is costing Blackpool Council more than it would to provide the mobiles itself, according to the local authority's head of ICT services.
Oz court blows away cloud PVRs
Australia’s Federal Court has decided that personal video recorders in the cloud violate (PVRs) sporting groups’ copyright.
Ghost of HTML5 future: Web browser botnets
'We're going to have a renaissance – let's do it'
QuotwThis was the week when it looked like the case against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom could be brought to its knees on the mere technicality that the site had never been served with papers in the US.
Accessory of the WeekArcam’s rPac is a digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) and headphone amp designed for anyone who listens to music on a computer.
The shortest Google Drive review you'll read today
CommentGoogle notified your humble Reg scribe that Google Drive for the Mac was ready. It installed and promptly crashed.
FTC hires hotshot lawyer for Google antitrust probe
Google could face court action over its business practices, after the US consumer watchdog – the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – appeared to step up its antitrust scrutiny of the company on Thursday.
MIT boffins play BUILDING-SIZED Tetris
HPC blogThis is one of those stories that just makes me grin and giggle (not a simpering, girlish giggle, but a strong, manly giggle). In their latest display of technical hackery, MIT students built a Tetris game that uses an entire building as the game board.
Steve Jobs' death clears way for Broadway star to play Woz
Sticking with their casting policy of picking actors-who-look-quite-a-lot-like-the-character, the makers of the Steve Jobs biopic are in talks with tubby TV funnyman Josh Gad for the part of Steve Wozniak.
Barclaycard site falls over, web payments impossible
Barclaycard customers trying to buy things online have found that their cards don't work. The Barclaycard problems started at 6pm yesterday and are still dragging on.
Nintendo: PS3 rules Europe, Xbox tops US
Nintendo told investors last night that Sony's PlayStation 3 is leading the race in European console adoption, with the number of units snapped up exceeding sales of its own 3DS handheld, as well as those of Microsoft's Xbox 360.
Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS'
Something for the Weekend, Sir?"The music is reversible but time is not. Turn back! Turn back! Turn back! Turn back!"
Gigantic lava spirals wreck Mars ice valley theory
A boffin-in-training has discovered huge snail-like coils of lava on Mars that suggest the flow of molten rock formed valleys on the surface rather than ice.
Samsung... no, Apple... no, Samsung tops Q1 smartphone sales chart
Here's a classic case of why you shouldn't rely entirely on market watchers: two of them yesterday claimed different phone makers top the world smartphone charts.
Standing NEXT to an HTML coder is like standing NEXT TO GOD
¡Bong!”The New Aesthetic has the ‘scenius’ of London’s Silicon Roundabout to support it. These people are working creatives of Bridle’s generation, with their networked tentacles sunk deep in interaction design, literature, fashion and architecture. If you wanted a creative movement whose logo is a Predator supported by glossy, multicolored toy balloons, London would be its natural launchpad.” – Bruce Sterling
Panasonic touts monster 8k by 4k 'flickerless' plasma
Panasonic has revealed it will produce a 145in plasma screen with a resolution of 7680 x 4320, the world's first 8k display not to require a backlight, apparently.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Like it or not, this Linux grows on you
ReviewUbuntu 12.04, the fourth major Long Term Support (LTS) release for Ubuntu, is serious stuff. LTS editions of Ubuntu are delivered every two years and have extended support from Canonical. They also set the look of the coming years' releases. And this LTS, codenamed Precise Pangolin, has had its support extended from three to five years by Canonical.
Inside Turing: Computer boffinry to cuffing cups to radiators
The National Museum of Computing celebrated the upcoming centenary of the birth of Alan Turing with a lecture at Bletchley Park on Thursday night. The event, Turing and his Times, is the second of three Turing-themed events linking three of the top computing museums in the world*.
James May 'hologram' raves about old tech at Science Museum
PicturesTop Gear presenter James May has been transformed into a floating chatterbox spectre that hovers next to exhibits in the London Science Museum.
Microsoft squashes Hotmail password hijack bug
Microsoft has smacked down a Hotmail bug that allowed hackers to lock users out of their own accounts.
Shock sales surge sends Amazon shares soaring
Amazon shares rose at least 16 per cent in pre-market trading today after the etailing giant reported a lift in first quarter revenue.
Europe seals air passenger name-swap deal with US
A contentious new deal allowing the European Union to swap airline passenger information with US officials has been agreed by EU interior ministers.
Sony planned Xperia Play with dual keyboard design
Sony has flirted with the idea of an Xperia Play-style handset that features both a gamepad and a physical keyboard pieced together through two sliding drawers tucked behind the phone's display.
Betting on Box in a SkyDrive and Google Drive world
Open ... and ShutAs the desktop is consumed by the rising tablet market, the file system as we know it is doomed. No, we won't suddenly lose the need to keep track of files and folders. But how we do so is undergoing a dramatic shift.
Samsung overtakes Nokia, Apple in mobile handset race
Samsung has overtaken Nokia in phone handset shipments according to Q1 2012 figures from analysts.
Zynga shares wobble as biz bleeds $85.4m in Q1
Freshly public online gaming outfit Zynga reported a first quarter net loss of $85.4m to Wall Street yesterday.
Cure IT ills with a holistic approach to management
When systems are implemented and managed in isolation, it can be difficult to get an end-to-end view of how they interact.
Elgamal, Marlinspike join dream team tackling SSL screw-ups
Infosec 2012A non-profit organisation has brought together a team of experts to tackle SSL governance and implementation issues and promote best practice.
Space-cadet Schwartz blows chunks out of Oracle's Java suit
AnalysisGoogle unveiled its secret weapon against Oracle this week: Jonathan Schwartz.
Apple fanboi offers to change name to get WWDC ticket
A crazed Apple fanboi has offered to change his name by deed poll to the name of whoever will sell him a ticket to the Apple dev conference in June.
Shuttle Enterprise comes home to New York
It's not every day NASA does a flyby for us, but the El Reg space desk pulled a few strings with the Obama Administration to have Space Shuttle Enterprise do her final flight into New York harbor and up the Hudson River and down again on a chilly and cloudy morning right over the head of the New York bureau.
Redmond man unmasked: UK.gov open standards stalled
UpdatedThe government has had to delay closure of talks on open standards in public sector IT following what it called a "conflict of interest" involving a Microsoft consultant.
Google to FCC: Protecting Street View coder didn't derail probe
Google has claimed to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that protecting the identity of the engineer responsible for the Street View data slurp had no consequence on the watchdog's investigation.
WD soaked in sales cash bonanza after Thai flood hell
Western Digital, the world's number two hard drive vendor, is bouncing back after Thai floods wiped out disk assembly lines - but not quite enough to grab Seagate's crown.
iPhone 5 in ICE CREAM SANDWICH photo riddle
PicAn eagle-eyed Reg reader has sent this shocking reveal of the iPhone 5 on a billboard in China, but it's all confused.