XBMC media player now running on Android, Nexus Q
The developers of the popular XBMC open source entertainment hub have released a preliminary version for Android, which means the software could soon be running on a wide range of smartphones and tablets – even Google's Nexus Q media device.
Intel CEO Otellini promises $699 ultrabooks by fall
Despite relatively slow initial sales of the thin and light laptops that his company is making such a huge bet on, Intel headman Paul Otellini remains bullish on ultrabooks, and is confident that $699 versions of the svelte "reinvented PCs" will hit store shelves this fall.
Gelsinger to take over as VMware CEO
The rumor mill was churning out chatter about succession changes at EMC and its virtualization minion, VMware, and this forced EMC's and VMware's hand and made them make their executive change announcements a week ahead of schedule.
Alister Dias to take reins as EMC ANZ MD
EMC's global reorg, which The Reg has reported here, will see Alister Dias take over as the storage-led company's new head for its Australian and New Zealand operations.
ZTE claims it's hiring, not firing
Chinese telecoms outfit ZTE has hit back at rumours suggesting it will respond to sliding market share and a scary balance sheet by shedding 12,000 staff. Instead, the company says, we can expect a graduate hiring spree.
China risks mountain of unsold PCs
China’s domestic PC market is set to go from strength to strength in 2012 with shipments forecast to rise at three times the rate of the global market, although analysts warn there could be trouble ahead.
Drones, sub-hunting planes to attack cyber-Chinese army
Taiwan has launched a five day computer-aided war simulation exercise designed to test the country’s army, navy and air force against an attack from near neighbour China.
Streetfighter 2: The World Warrior
Antique Code ShowYoga-fire! Had-uken! A-shab-dap-whoo-jit! In the early 1990s, such was common playground talk up and down the country, as children re-enacted their Streetfighter 2 fantasies, and dinner-ladies looked on in bewilderment.
Wikipedia failing to recruit any new admins
The number of people approved as full Wikipedia admins is falling faster than expected, according to a report from the Wikimedia conference by The Atlantic yesterday.
Backups? Use disk. Archives? Disk. Particle accelerators? Fine, tape
What's EMC's attitude to tape? Who better to ask than William "BJ" Jenkins, the bigwig running the storage leviathan's backup and recovery systems business. So we did.
UK's tax-funded boffinry to be published FREE for all
AnalysisUniversities will be provided with funding to ensure that their academics' research papers are made more widely available, the government has said.
Olympic Security cock-up was down to that DARN software
The CEO of beleaguered security company G4S blamed his "scheduling system" as he explained his company's failure to adequately secure the Olympics. Facing MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee yesterday, Nick Buckles said that the company took 100 per cent of the responsibility for the cock-up that has led to 3400 squaddies and an as yet unspecified number of police being pulled in to provide basic security cover for the Olympic Games.
Surprise! BT pockets £70m North Yorkshire broadband rollout
UpdatedBT has been awarded a £70m contract from North Yorkshire county council to improve broadband service in the area, and will win a similar contract for Cumbria by default.
New police-run IT biz to take top cops out of the server room
The Home Office has finally fleshed out the details of its Police ICT company, which aims to help forces improve their IT and get better value for money from contracts.
McDonalds staff 'rough up' prof with home-made techno-spectacles
UpdatedA man wearing computer-assisted spectacles was assaulted by staff in a Parisian McDonalds, who tried to pull the glasses off his head then threw him out of the restaurant, according to a blog post written by the victim.
Behind-the-scenes payment operation gets e-money capability
Payment processor Ogone has bought up e-money operation Tunz, allowing it to expand into virtual currencies and make the world marketplace a little more real.
PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault
Open ... and ShutSix years ago, PayPal could claim a 91 per cent market share in the US. Today it's struggling to claim long-term relevance in the surging online payments market, the market it helped to create.
Pyrotechnic boffin poised to light LOHAN's fire
Cometh the hour, cometh the man, as the old saying goes, and we're delighted to report that a Reg reader has stepped forward to resolve the thorny problem of just how to get our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mighty thruster to fire at altitude.
Yahoo! profits! derailed! by! restructuring! costs!
A hefty restructuring bill has pushed troubled web firm Yahoo!'s second quarter profit down 4 per cent.
Facebook cybersquatter stitched up by own Facebook account
The man who registered the domain name facebook.info has lost a cybersquatting case, after Facebook used his own eight-year-old Facebook account as evidence against him.
Tape juggler gets BILLION FILE capacity
Quantum has raised its StorNext storage virtualisation software's game, adding support for up a billion files, automatic archiving onto tape and tiered tape storage. Meanwhile its share price has abruptly fallen to levels seen two years ago, as if all the recovery work since then has been worthless.
Sony preps PS3 with old-school design
Sony is set to release a third design of its PlayStation 3 console, with a higher storage capacity and a top-loading disc tray.
Nearly 2 MILLION US Facebook users quit social network
Shares in Facebook continued to slide on Tuesday, after an analyst claimed the dominant social network had seen a modest drop in its userbase.
Gamer fails STAM roll, dies after 40-hour Diablo III stretch
A sleep-deprived gamer has died after playing Diablo III for 40 hours without a break, prompting advice from developer Blizzard about moderating one's gaming habits.
Devolo dLAN 500Mb/s powerline network adaptor review
Devolo's dLan 500 AVmini adaptors score highly for me for two reasons: they operate at powerline's highest speed grade, 500Mb/s, and they're compact.
Raspberry Pi rolls out speed surge Raspbian OS
The Raspberry Pi team has posted its new, recommended Linux distro for its tiny, ARM-based computer.
Britain: A nation of txt addicts who prefer Twitter to phoning mum
Brits are chatting online and spewing messages from phones more than ever as gossiping in voice calls declines for the first time.
Cumbria County Council: We'll sort our own ICT support, thanks
Cumbria County Council has opted to run its ICT services in-house after failing to agree terms with a third-party provider.
Dropbox brings in crack team to probe spam leakage
Dropbox has begun investigating complaints that users are receiving spam to email addresses only associated with their accounts at the file-sharing service.
Bunging apps, files into virtual desktops ain't worth it - Gartner
The financial arguments for turning PCs into glorified remote terminals just don't stack up, says a Gartner bod.
Sage site outage knackers Blighty's payroll depts
Brit biz Sage left UK customers without critical software - including its Payroll suite - after toppling offline.
Firefox 14 encrypts Google search, but admen can still strip-search you
UpdatedMozilla has rolled out Firefox 14, which automatically encrypts web searches through Google, but the new release leaves an important back door open to advertisers.
BSkyB punches Virgin Media in ads watchdog fist fight
Virgin Media has lost its battle with BSkyB over a TV, newspaper and website ad that flogged "totally unlimited broadband", after VM claimed the commercials were misleading.
Rest of world catching Eurozone plague, warns Datatec
Economic malaise in the Eurozone is spreading to the global stage, channel behemoth Datatec has warned.
AT&T may charge fanbois for FaceTime vid chat, hints iOS 6
Early adopters playing with iOS 6 fear users will have to beg AT&T to let them make FaceTime video calls over the cellular network.
Servers save Intel's Q2, and probably the year
Intel was expected to start rolling out its "Sandy Bridge" Xeon E5 processors last fall, perhaps around September and then by the end of the year. And it is a good thing for Intel that this didn't happen.
WinPho to eke out 4% of US smartphone biz
Nokia, the Windows Phone 8 upgrade and all the promotional hoopla surrounding Windows 8 will have a very small effect on the take-up of Microsoft's mobile OS this year, market watcher Strategy Analytics has forecast.
Skyhook offers 'Always-On' background STALKING feature
Location data provider Skyhook has debuted a new "Always-On" feature in version 4.6 of its mobile software development kit for coders.
Outage outrage: O2 dishes out 3 free days, £10 voucher
Following last week's O2 mobile network outage, the telco is giving contract customers three days of free connectivity in compensation. Pre-paid users will get an additional topup, and everyone gets £10 to spend in the O2 store.
Sony: Walkman, meet Android
Sony has launched an Android-based Walkman, the F800, with which it hopes to topple the supremacy Apple's iPod Touch holds in the PMP market. Good luck.
Psst, UK software devs: Up for a Cyber Security Challenge?
A new Cyber Security Challenge UK competition aimed at finding people to protect the country against future Stuxnet-style attacks was launched on Wednesday.
Gov: We want cheap police tablets and by God we'll get them
The Minister for Policing and Justice is leaning on reseller-cum-integrator SCC to slash the cost of fondleslabs for cops by reducing the number of sub-contractors it works with under the pan-government Sprint ii framework.
New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car
A light-absorbing midnight-black substance dubbed Aerographite has stolen the crown for the lightest material in the world, weighing just 0.2mg per cubic centimetre. And because of its special properties, it's a serious contender to build lithium-ion batteries small and light enough to power the electronic bikes and cars of the future.
Intel accidentally outs 'Poulson' Itanium specs
The webmeisters of the world have given once again, with Intel accidentally outing some of the feeds and speeds of the impending "Poulson" Itanium processors for midrange and high-end servers. Some of the data has already been taken down, and all of it will probably follow shortly.
TryStack pits ARM against Xeon in the cloud
If you are dying to see how software running on a bona fide ARM server stacks up against a Xeon server, then TryStack.org has some time slices running the OpenStack cloudy fabric that have your name written all over them.
Washington State to allow voter registration via Facebook
Social networks are rife with online polls, but beginning as early as next week, residents of Washington State will have a new way to sign up for the real things, when Washington becomes the first US state to allow citizens to register to vote via Facebook.
Five mobile devices per person for 2040?
Australia needs an extra 100 million phone numbers for mobile devices, says the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which has taken the first step towards that goal by setting out plans for new numbers that start with “05”. All Australian mobile numbers have, until now, started with “04”.
Kiwi judge steps aside from Dotcom extradition hearings
The New Zealand judge hearing America’s Great Collapsing Extradition Case against Kim Dotcom has removed himself from the case, after telling a New Zealand forum “we have met the enemy, and he is the US”.
IBM juices profits in Q2 despite sales drop
Big Blue has once again demonstrated that it knows how to wring profits out of itself even as revenues across its many product lines have stalled in the wake, of or in anticipation of, product transitions.