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Old aircraft artefacts become office accessories

Motoart, the company behind retro aeroplane furniture like the C-130 Hercules wing conference table, the Boeing 727 engine cowling valet desk and the MK-84 bomb casing ten-gallon fish tank, are proud to present the B-52 Stratofortress ejection seat office chair. Originally from Southern California, the artists/sculptors/metal- …
Scott Snowden, 04 Feb 2008
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Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter

At the curiously-named Gobbler's Knob, in the town of Punxsutawney, western Pennsylvania, just a few moments ago, the little furry form of Punxsutawney Phil cautiously emerged, sniffed around for a bit... and then quietly muttered in Groundhogese that his own shadow he could see. So according to the seer of seers, the …
Scott Snowden, 02 Feb 2008

Sony shows off new shooters

Sony has taken the wraps off a trio of new snappers, two DSLRs extend Sony's Alpha range: the 10.2 megapixel 300 and the 14.2 megapixel 350, plus the Cyber-shot DSC-H10 - an 8-megapixel high-zoom compact. Both sport a 2.7in tilting LCD screen; anti-shake technology; nine-point autofocus; internal anti-dust mechanism; spot, …
Scott Snowden, 01 Feb 2008
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Scientists create 'no-tears' onion

Scientists have created an onion that won't cause you to cry using Australian-developed biotechnology to switch off the gene behind the enzyme that brings on the waterworks. Using gene-silencing technology, the New Zealand-based research institute Crop and Food pioneered the breakthrough and hopes could lead to a prototype onion …
Scott Snowden, 01 Feb 2008
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US military prepares for plummeting spy satellite

The US military is putting into effect contingency plans to deal with the possibility that a large spy satellite expected to fall to Earth in late February or early March could actually hit North America. Exactly what these contingency plans consist of is not clear at this stage - we thought perhaps a giant baseball mitt. But …
Scott Snowden, 30 Jan 2008

Woolworths stores to stop selling HD DVD

Woolworths has thrown its high street heft behind the Blu-ray Disc format. From March, it will no longer sell HD DVDs in its shops. The change will coincide with the release of Pixar's Ratatouille, but while Woolies's shops will go Blu-ray only, the company will continue to sell HD DVDs online. This move is the a result of a …
Scott Snowden, 28 Jan 2008
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Spy satellite to slam Earthside

A large US spy satellite has lost power and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials have said. The satellite, which is now out of control, could contain hazardous materials, and it's unknown where on our planet it might come down. Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council said, " …
Scott Snowden, 28 Jan 2008

Amazon to take MP3 downloads international

Presenting possibly the biggest threat to the dominance of iTunes so far, Amazon.com has announced it will commence an international roll-out of Amazon MP3, it's DRM-free digital music store, this year. Amazon MP3 will offer customers MP3s free from the constrains of digital rights management from all four major music labels - …
Scott Snowden, 28 Jan 2008

Canon shows off Spring Collection

This morning in London, Canon showed off its Spring collection for 2008, comprising of 16 new products in total, including four new compact cameras and a new DLSR. The new additions to Canon's cluster of compacts are the Digital IXUS 80 IS, the PowerShot A590 IS, the PowerShot A580 and the PowersShot A470. Canon Digital IXUS 80 …
Scott Snowden, 24 Jan 2008

Pentax pours forth four new shooters

Even though PMA - the annual imaging event in Las Vegas - is only one week away, the big players in the photography industry aren't waiting to introduce this year's products, and Pentax is no exception, today launching two DSLRs and two compacts. Successor to the K10D, the K20D now boasts 14.6-megapixel resolution, 2.7in monitor …
Scott Snowden, 24 Jan 2008
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Designs for SpaceShipTwo displayed in New York

New designs for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane and the WhiteKnightTwo mothership were unveiled in New York today, supposedly bringing commercial space travel once step nearer. Richard Branson, the man behind Virgin Galactic, hopes that with this design he will be the first to offer paying passengers a trip into …
Scott Snowden, 23 Jan 2008

Star Trek XI teaser trailer beams onto web

A teaser trailer for much-anticipated new Star Trek film has finally found its way onto the web. Directed by JJ Abrams - the man behind Lost and more recently, the mysterious and virally marketed Cloverfield - Star Trek XI will detail the early days of James T Kirk and his crew and will chronologically sit after the TV series …
Scott Snowden, 22 Jan 2008

Epson Stylus D120 colour inkjet printer

Review In some cases, replacing inkjet cartridges can work out almost as expensive as buying a new printer. What makes one machine stand out from another, aside from operating costs, is print quality - and as an effective home office offering, the Epson Stylus D120 is worth a look. Despite roughly adhering to the standard appearance of …
Scott Snowden, 18 Jan 2008

It was the MacBook Air sub-notebook

Macworld Expo For once the rumour mill was right. "There's something in the air," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. And then he hit us with the MacBook Air. It’s aluminium, has black keys, is super, super thin, and Steve held it easily with his fingertips. Apple MacBook Air Thinnovation “It’s the world’s thinnest notebook,” he went on. It has a …
Scott Snowden, 15 Jan 2008
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Satellite sea launch successful

The Thuraya-3 mobile voice and data services satellite has been successfully entered geosynchronous transfer orbit after having launched from the Oydessy Pacific Ocean rocket platform. A Zenit-3SL rocket carrying the 5,173kg, Boeing-built satellite took off at 3:49am PST from a location on the equator on a mission to put a …
Scott Snowden, 15 Jan 2008

Apple fans hope keynote holds news of sub-notebook

Updated So, CES packs up for another year and everyone takes a break from the full-on, week-long frenzy. However, another big event is about to steal the spotlight as Apple is expected to announce an ultra-slim laptop at its annual show on Tuesday. The annual Macworld conference in San Francisco is the venue of choice for Apple CEO …
Scott Snowden, 13 Jan 2008

Voltaic solar bag steps up to laptop size

CES The manufacturers behind the original solar backpack, Voltaic Systems, has launched a new bag that generates enough power from the sun's rays to charge laptops. Notebook users will now be able to unplug from the power grid and power up from the sun. Voltaic solar bag Does the name Icarus mean anything to anybody..? The " …
Scott Snowden, 10 Jan 2008

Sensory jacket simulates the speed experience

CES TN Games, the company behind the 3rd Space FPS sensory gaming vest - first seen in October last year, has premiered the GFR racing vest and the HXT helmet at CES in Las Vegas. Specifically optimised to convey six additional effect zones in and around the player's head, the HXT helmet will include four small diameter helmet …
Scott Snowden, 10 Jan 2008

Covenant energy sword added to Halo 3 replica arsenal

CES If you've already got the Xbox 360 special edition console and Lego-like Master Chief figures, but you still feel like you hadn't quite satisfied your Halo habit, you need a Covenant plasma pistol, rifle... or energy sword. Halo 3 energy sword from Jasman Toys Covenant energy sword: slice through your enemies with ease The …
Scott Snowden, 09 Jan 2008

Xbox 360 could back Blu-ray

CES The format wars have taken another turn this afternoon as Microsoft announced its Xbox 360 console might feature Blu-ray in the near future. Albert Penello, group marketing manager for Xbox hardware said the console still supports HD DVD, but would gain a Blu-ray add-on if HD DVD fails as a next-generation format. "It should be …
Scott Snowden, 09 Jan 2008

Paramount puts down HD DVD dump rumour

Hollywood-based Paramount Studios has denied claims that it will be dropping the HD DVD format and returning to Blu-ray Disc. In an email sent to Bloomberg, Paramount spokeswoman Brenda Ciccone said: "Paramount's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format." The comment was a direct result of speculation that the …
Scott Snowden, 08 Jan 2008

Mk II... er, Tank Chair trundles into Las Vegas

CES The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week has seen a wealth of innovative ideas on show, and one such creative concept is Tank Chair. Strictly speaking, this isn't new, but the Mk II that was on show features many improvements over the original. As a company spokesperson explained to Register Hardware: "At first,it …
Scott Snowden, 08 Jan 2008

Paramount poised to drop HD DVD

Paramount Studios could soon drop its support of HD DVD following Warner's recent backing of Sony's Blu-ray technology, effectively killing off HD-DVD and bring the format war to a definitive end. According to the Financial Times, in a story that broke only a few hours ago, Paramount is understood to have a clause in its …
Scott Snowden, 08 Jan 2008

Pioneer Project Kuro 'Extreme Contrast' first look

CES Pioneer proudly premiered its Project Kuro "Extreme Contrast" presentation at CES, and Register Hardware was exclusively invited to see this awesome, absolute black TV in action. Shown only as a concept, with no indication of when it might come to market, Pioneer has been working on the top secret "Project Kuro" in a bid to …
Scott Snowden, 08 Jan 2008

Motorola motivates movie makers with mobile

CES Motorola launched it's successor to the impressive "kick slider" Z8, the Z10 at CES in Las Vegas. First seen in May last year, the Z8 was a packed full of features and the Z10 is no less so. Motorola Z10 "kick slider" mobile phone Moto's Z10: kicks bottom Looking virtually identical to the its black and green predecessor, the …
Scott Snowden, 08 Jan 2008

CES moots move from expensive Las Vegas

CES The organisers of the Consumer Electronics Show - where most forthcoming products are announced for the year - are scouting for a cheaper US city to stage the annual convention, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Exhibitors have complained that the increasing cost of hotel accommodation, food and drink are threatening to price show …
Scott Snowden, 07 Jan 2008

Toshiba remains upbeat about HD DVD

CES Today’s Toshiba press conference at CES saw an unprecedented queue hundreds of metres long as hacks lined up to hear Toshiba's take on Warner Home Video's recent announcement to opt for the Blu-ray format. One UK reporter was even offered $50 for her press pass. Inside, Jodi Sally, Marketing VP of the digital A/V Group, remained …
Scott Snowden, 07 Jan 2008

Pioneer presents first ever 'hybrid' navigation system

CES Pioneer this morning presented what it claimed is the first ever "hybrid" navigation system, a GPS box designed to work with almost any mobile media source, including iPods and Bluetooth-equipped mobile phones. Through a combination of USB and Bluetooth for connectivity, SD memory cards and any audio input, the AVIC-F500BT can …
Scott Snowden, 06 Jan 2008

Fujitsu pulls plug on low-profit plasma

Japan-based Fujitsu has announced that it will end production of plasma screens due to poor profitability. The company was the first to commercially introduce this technology in 1992, but sales of plasma TVs have been falling behind those for LCDs. Fujitsu General, a subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd, has already stopped most production …
Scott Snowden, 31 Dec 2007

Sony renounces rear-projection TVs

Sony has decided to drop its rear-projection TV business worldwide in order to focus instead on two flat-panel technologies - liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED). Sales of rear-projection TVs had been declining recently as LCD TVs gain in popularity and grow in size. Sony showed off a series of …
Scott Snowden, 31 Dec 2007

QVC debuts Venturer HD DVD player

Updated Venturer's anticipated cut-price SHD7001 HD DVD player went on sale this morning on the QVC home shopping channel for less than was expected. At £162.62 (or two easy payments of £84.96), it's the cheapest standalone HD DVD player on the market. First announced at IFA, we covered the SHD7001 back in September. Then in November it …
Scott Snowden, 29 Dec 2007

Celeb spills beans on new Apple notebook

Rumours abound that hip hop star Just Blaze has told all about Apple's much talked-about sub-notebook, after he was promised one for performing at a recent Apple Christmas party. The mystery machine is allegedly to be announced at Macworld in January... Speculation about the sub-notebook itself isn't new, we reported on the …
Scott Snowden, 28 Dec 2007

The protection's off, as Warner commits to Amazon

Warner Music Group is making its music available for download from Amazon without Digital Rights Management (DRM) copy protection, enabling consumers more freedom in how they listen to and transfer digital music. Amazon.com/MP3 All tracks on Amazon are compatible with iTunes and Windows Media Player Amazon.com's download …
Scott Snowden, 28 Dec 2007

Xbox gamers urged don't get smashed

The Scottish Government is to spend £10,000 on a trial scheme to place anti-drink adverts directly into Xbox 360 games across Scotland. The adverts will be seen by gamers playing the online versions of titles including Need for Speed: Carbon, Project Gotham Racing 4 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2008. Project Gotham Racing 4 anti- …
Scott Snowden, 27 Dec 2007

UGC Renegade gaming chair

Review Want to feel closer to the action? Want to feel like you're parked in a Pontiac, engine purring, poised, ready to burn rubber, racing through the streets of some still-asleep city? Then the racing-style Renegade games chair could be the console accessory you're looking for. A minimum amount of assembly is required upon opening …
Scott Snowden, 14 Dec 2007

Logic3 SoundStation3 PS3 speakers

Review So, you’ve got your PS3 all set up, nicely wired into your LCD TV... and it’s sitting there gathering dust ‘cause there are few decent games available for it yet. That’s the prognosis - the diagnosis is: treat yourself to an affordable set of speakers that will breathe life into your under-utilised console. Specifically designed …
Scott Snowden, 07 Dec 2007
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Iomega eGo 160GB external hard drive

Review News of this...er, "designer" hard drive first appeared on Register Hardware back in June , and it’s the latest product in a growing trend of making once ordinary-looking hard drives a little more interesting – the LaCie Golden Disk is another great example. The aesthetics alone were always going to spark interest for external …
Scott Snowden, 09 Nov 2007

Queues start a day ahead of UK iPhone arrival

Despite utterly miserable conditions last night in London, die-hard umbrella-armed iPhone aficionados began lining up outside Apple's flagship store on Regent Street yesterday morning. Graham Gilbert, a 22-year-old computing student, braved the rain and bagged the honour of being the first in the UK iPhone queue. Queue for …
Scott Snowden, 09 Nov 2007
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Currency launched to cover the cosmos

Scientists have come up with a new currency to be used by inter-planetary travellers. The Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination, or Quid, is made from a polymer used in non-stick pans and is designed to withstand the stresses of space travel. The Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination, or Quid The Quasi Universal …
Scott Snowden, 09 Oct 2007

Apple iPod Nano third-generation

Review Earlier this month, Apple announced the newest embodiments of various iPod lines. The new iPod, the Classic, doesn't look substantially different from its predecessor. The new Nano, which supersedes the second generation product is - on the other hand - a complete revamp. What you'll notice straight away is its shape: it's a …
Scott Snowden, 28 Sep 2007

Sharp shows off TVs, iPod hi-fis, Blu-ray player

IFA 07 Sharp has announced five new Aquos LCD HD TVs in a range of screen sizes: 32in, 37in, 42in, 46in and finally a 52in display. All members of the X20E range support 1080p resolution and the cinema-style 24p frame rate. An example of the Sharp Aquos X20E LCD TV range Sharp's Aquos X20E In addition, Sharp presented four new iPod …
Scott Snowden, 31 Aug 2007

Sony breaks out 'mass market' Blu-ray players

IFA 07 High-definition at home is the big theme at the IFA consumer electronics show this year with a myriad of media players and a titanic turnout of new TVs. Not to be left out, Sony announced two new Blu-ray Disc players: the BDP-S300 and the BDP-S500. The BDP-S300 (top) and the BDP-S500 Blu-ray players Sony's BDP-S300 (top) and …
Scott Snowden, 31 Aug 2007

Sony strides onward with Walkman range

IFA 07 Sony has announced two additional ranges to complement its existing Walkman multimedia collection. Three variations will be available in the new A-series and five models will make up the new S-series. Sony Walkman 'A-Series' Three A-series models will be available: NWZ-A818, A816 and A815 Both the A-series and S-series …
Scott Snowden, 30 Aug 2007

Xbox 360 Elite games console

Review Apart from a sneaky bit of Xbox 360 gaming at lunchtimes in the Register Hardware offices, we've always been fairly hardcore PlayStation fans, having grown up with the Sony console series since its 1995 launch. Could Microsoft's new machine, the Xbox 360 Elite, persuade us to change allegience? Well, yes, it could... Microsoft …
Scott Snowden, 24 Aug 2007

Xbox 360 Halo 3 kick-ass console priced

Amid the increasing interest in the Xbox 360 Elite UK launch tomorrow, pricing details and technical specifications for the Halo 3 special edition console - first seen back in July - have finally been released. xbox360_halo MS' Halo 3 Xbox 360: feast your eyes... Carrying a price tag of £280, the special edition console …
Scott Snowden, 23 Aug 2007
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Sony unveils PlayTV telly tuner for PS3

Sony has unveiled its forecast TV tuner for the PlayStation 3, enabling users in Europe to record and watch digital TV on their games console, Sky+ style. Play TV - TV tuner for the PS3 Sony's PlayTV The announcement was made at the Leipzig games show in Germany - a show being heralded by many as the new E3, or at the very …
Scott Snowden, 23 Aug 2007

Daytime debut for UK Xbox 360 Elite?

With the UK launch of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite (previously codenamed "Zephyr") only days away now, the general mood in most of the high street stores seems to be one of...somewhat reserved excitement. Granted this isn’t the launch of a brand new games platform as such the PS3 – the Elite is in essence only adding a 120GB hard …
Scott Snowden, 17 Aug 2007

Sharp sues Samsung over patent claims

Sharp has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics for allegedly infringing its liquid crystal display patents. This row between the world's third and second biggest LCD TV makers respectively, could escalate as the Seoul-based company said it might countersue. Sharp alleges that Samsung has infringed five of its LCD-related …
Scott Snowden, 08 Aug 2007
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AK47: the open-source weapon that took the world by storm

Feature Sixty years ago, a former tank sergeant named Mikhail Kalashnikov submitted an assault-rifle design to the Red Army for trials. It was selected as the new personal weapon for most Soviet soldiers, and designated Automat Kalashnikova 1947 – AK47 for short. That designation went out of official use in 1959, but to this day “AK47” …
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El Reg meets Gen Kalashnikov

The Register spoke to the General through his translator, Anna, when he visited the UK in 2004 to launch his AK-branded tipple. The Register meets General Kalashnikov El Reg meets the general. Have you found this Western mass-marketing experience to be culture shock? I had no real experience of business, and I am only really …
Scott Snowden, 03 Aug 2007