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Josh and some superheroes at Spiceworld 2013

CloudMask dons cape and sets foot on the mean streets of Blighty

Cloud-based security services firm CloudMask, whose technology offers to protect sensitive information in the cloud, even in the case of a network breach, launched in the UK on Tuesday. CloudMask's technology works on the premise that no one can be trusted with data - including cloud administrators, governments, employees, and …
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2014
Nissan self-driving car

Japanese PM holds on FOR DEAR LIFE in self-driving car

Nissan took one of its self-driving cars onto the congested streets of Tokyo for the first time last weekend, with a rather sceptical looking VIP (very important passenger) in tow. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe took a brief spin in the ‘Autonomous Drive’ car on Saturday, as well as similar models from Toyota and Honda, ahead of the …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Nov 2013
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American Stereotype™ walks Google's mean Street View

We're fully aware that some of our UK readers have pretty well decided that the average American wears a baseball cap, Harley-Davidson sweatshirt, jeans and cowboy boots and walks the mean streets of the Land of the Free with a hunting rifle while swigging from a bottle of hard liquor. Nothing, of course, could be further from …
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2009
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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

People often think that the big city is a dangerous place: they worry that they might get murdered, for instance. Being killed on purpose is more likely in town, according to new research, but it is so rare compared to dying in an accident of some type that in fact you would be much more likely to die unexpectedly in the …
Lewis Page, 24 Jul 2013
Grad Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

It’s rare that I walk out in the mean streets of London and experience carpet-bombing marketing for a videogame, but that’s exactly what happened this week. Something called Grand Theft Auto V is now available to purchase apparently, so I thought I might start with that. Elsewhere the rather great Zelda adventure, The Wind Waker …
Mike Plant, 23 Sep 2013
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Girl gang targets Microsoft's Seattle stores for $5,000 theft spree

Seattle police are on the lookout for a group of female thieves who are targeting Microsoft retail stores on its home turf. The police report says that the gang, which consists of six women and a man, have so far stuck five times in the last two months, Q13 Fox reports. So far they've stolen an estimated $5,000 in purloined …
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2012
SimCity

SimCity Classic

Doughnuts. Doughnuts are what I think of when someone mentions SimCity in my vicinity. Not because I used to cram them into my face, Homer Simpson-style, while I played, but rather because, back in my childhood, I was obsessed with arranging my own ‘simmed’ city in perfect concentric 'doughnuts'. Squares in three-by-three …
Mike Plant, 22 Feb 2013
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

Bewildering. That’s the best word to describe Samsung’s small tablet range. Since the second half of 2010, the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Tab 7.0 Plus and Tab 7.7 blurred one into the other, much to the confusion of the average customer and me. Thankfully, the Samsung fondleslab now sat on my desk is a Note, …
Alun Taylor, 18 Jun 2013
Phase2 iPhone App

iPhone users to walk and read at same time

iPhone users can now walk the streets safe in the knowledge that upcoming letter boxes, errant children or dogshit can be easily avoided, without interrupting the more important act of reading email. Email 'N Walk is a genuine iPhone application, available for free from developers Phase2 Media, which displays the camera's view …
Bill Ray, 14 May 2009
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Devil dog laughs in the face of Taser

A Saarf London teen's Staffordshire Bull Terrier was earlier this week shot dead by police after an attempt to subdue the devil mutt with a Taser failed to stop it in its tracks. According to the Telegraph, officers confronted the 13-year-old lad's "dangerous" animal on the mean streets of Croydon on Monday night. A Scotland …
Lester Haines, 19 Jun 2008
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False Moscow CCTV feed scam leads to fraud charges

The discovery that some CCTV cameras around Moscow streamed prerecorded images, instead of live pictures, has resulted in criminal charges against StroyMontageService, the firm that maintained the network. Dmitry Kudryavtsev, a director of StroyMontageService, has been arrested and charged with fraud over the alleged scam, which …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2010
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MS Jingle Bell bus rattles past Reg Towers

Having decided that Family Guy wasn't exactly the right way to punt Windows 7, Microsoft has decided to get down wiv da kidz by sponsoring the The Jingle Bell Ball - a musical extravaganza this weekend featuring luminaries such as Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Miley Cyrus and the Backstreet Boys. To prove just how happening and now …
Lester Haines, 04 Dec 2009

Intel upsets apple cart, snaps up QLogic's InfiniBand biz

The high-performance networking market just got a whole lot more interesting, with Intel shelling out $125m to acquire the InfiniBand switch and adapter product lines from upstart QLogic. Intel has made no secret that it wants to bolster its Data Center and Connected Systems business by getting network equipment providers to use …
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Carnivorous plague mice 'wiping out towns' in US Midwest

Top boffins in the States believe they have unmasked the mystery attacker responsible for repeatedly wiping out towns in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, slaughtering thousands of inhabitants. The massacres are apparently being carried out by a type of carnivorous mouse, described by scientists as "nasty little beasties". …
Lewis Page, 04 Aug 2010
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Google's Street View spycar clocked in London

It's time to lock up your daughters, and here's why: The roving spycar of Google's Street View has been spotted prowling the mean streets of London... Google's Street View spycar spotted in London Good work there by the undercover missus of El Reg reader Ziad al-Hasso. Doubtless she'll soon be exposed on Street View, as will …
Lester Haines, 02 Jul 2008
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US financial meltdown hits canine thesps hard

The far-reaching effects of the US financial crisis are starkly demonstrated by the impending ejection onto New York's mean streets of a Chihuahua named Chico - canine star of the theatrical adaptation of Legally Blonde. The show will close on 19 October after its 595th performance, Bloomberg reports. It's one of three to …
Lester Haines, 25 Sep 2008
Pirates ahoy!

BSA: Software piracy's 'tragic' impact on US society

The Business Software Alliance claimed yesterday that software piracy in the US is costing the industry $11.4bn and local government $1.7bn in lost taxes. The software multinational lobbying group reckoned that although four out of five pieces of software is legally bought in the US the remaining counterfeit material results in …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2008
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UFO fleet menaces east London

The Sun has mobilised a crack team of hacks and ufologists to probe a sensational sighting of a formation of extraterrestrial vehicles swooping over the mean streets of Bethnal Green: UFO fleet seen on Street View A close-up view of the Street View UFO fleet "Baffled" expert Nick Pope, who apparently "used to investigate …
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2009
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Samsung unsheathes screaming phone

Samsung has released a mobile phone with the ability to scream as loud as a snowmobile or motorcycle. And when we say "motorcycle", we're not talking about a smoothly purring BMW R 1200 RT. The Samsung SPH-W7100's alarm siren pumps out a ear-splitting 100db. Think of that insensitive punk with after-market pipes blatting up your …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2009
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Swedes mash Japanese pop pineapple

We're obliged to all of you who follow El Reg's world-beating improbable Swedish news for pointing us in the direction of the shock case of the Japanese pop pineapple who was over the weekend beaten and relieved of 20,000 kronor (£1,680-ish or ¥252,167) worth of camera kit. No laughing matter, we know, and certainly not for …
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2009
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Tokyo battles monstrous murder of crows

Tokyo is renewing its bitter battle against crows which, despite the city's best efforts to wipe them out, continue to circle over its mean streets in search of unprotected rubbish and unsuspecting air-to-ground attack victims. The war on the massed squadrons of jungle crows (Corvus macrorhynchos) began back in 2001, when one of …
Lester Haines, 27 Jul 2009
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Armed cops ice South London devil dog

Armed police officers yesterday shot dead a devil dog which attacked four people during a uncontrolled rampage in Mitcham, South London. According to the Telegraph, the terrier (breed unspecified) escaped from its owner's garden in South Lodge Avenue through a hole in the fence. It promptly "bit a young child’s leg at around 11: …
Lester Haines, 09 Oct 2008
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Miami cops trial 'hover and stare' ducted-fan Dalek

Miami police have purchased a small Dalek-like aerial surveillance droid capable of "hover and stare" missions. The American cops intend to trial the flying wastebin surveillance platform in urban "tactical operations". "Hover-&-stare" in Army hands. The machine in question is Honeywell's Micro Air Vehicle, or MAV, also in …
Lewis Page, 20 Feb 2008
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Mexican cops offer Xboxes for guns

Mexican ne'er-do-wells are being offered the chance to trade their traditional shoot-'em-ups for a less lethal alternative, Reuters reports. Mexico City's newly-elected mayor Marcelo Ebrard has decided to purge the city's mean streets by dishing out cash or a free Xbox for every handgun, while anyone surrendering a heavy …
Lester Haines, 28 Mar 2007
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Kilted Debian lovers to overrun Edinburgh

Here's a poser for you: could there be anything more frightening than a bunch of open source geeks (proud ones, at that) milling around the mean streets of Edinburgh? Well, yes. How about if you put some of them in special Debian kilts? Yes, those wags behind the worldwide Debian conference have designed a tartan especially for …
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Jun 2007
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Naomi Campbell a 'racist', claims former maid

Naomi Campbell's former maid is suing the battling supermodel over claims that she called her a "dumb Romanian", the New York Times reports. Gaby Gibson, 40, filed papers on Tuesday in a New York court which allege Campbell subjected her to "repeated discriminatory assaults based on national origin". Specifically, Gibson claims …
Lester Haines, 16 Nov 2006
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Enraged devil dog lover locks on to Reg photo team

Our photographer's unprecedented access to the world's trouble spots and glamorous events has been a big hit with Reg readers in recent weeks. He's brought us powerful images from Heathrow, amazing shock celebrity snaps, and terrifying scenes from the battle of Lesbos (all potentially NSFW). Not everyone's happy at seeing …
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Japanese to tag schoolkids

Japanese primary school kids' bags will be tagged with RFID so that little darlings can be monitored on their way to and from school. The telecoms ministry has announced that a primary school in Tabe, Wakayama Prefecture, will test the scheme which will log when kids pass through the gates and warn the school when they stray …
Lester Haines, 09 Jul 2004
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Webcam Aussie fights UK crime

A public-spirited Australian has ensured that the streets of Exmouth are safer for decent, God-fearing citizens after tipping off local cops about an incident he spotted on a webcam in the Devon town. Andrew Pritchard, 52, hails from Boorowa, New South Wales. According to the BBC, his little piece of the Lucky Country has only …
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2005
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Travis Bickle makes gaming debut

The citizens of videolandia can sleep safer in their beds tonight with the news that Travis Bickle is about to make his gaming debut, courtesy of Majesco Entertainment Co. Yup, the hero of cult flick Taxi Driver will debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2005 in LA between 18-20 May, thereby joining Dirty Harry and 50 Cent …
Lester Haines, 11 May 2005
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Land Warrior wearable war-smartphone survives Iraq baptism

The world's first unit of digitally networked foot soldiers returns from combat in Iraq this week. Reports have it that the American troops' controversial "Land Warrior" wearable-node technology has changed in both role and configuration during its 15-month baptism of fire. Indications are that the equipment - slated for …
Lewis Page, 02 Jul 2008

iPod: this season's must-have for muggers

West Midlands police have issued a stark warning to iPod users: ditch the white headphones or pay the price. Fashion-conscious music lovers are apparently being targeted by muggers. The Times tells the sorry tale of 22-year-old language student Roland Baskerville, who lost his 20GB model on the mean streets of Birmingham: "I …
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2004
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Street scum-busting lamppost spotted in London

Back in March last year we carried a chilling report into the Q Star FlashCam-530 shouting lamppost "currently being deployed across the nation". The US-developed FlashCam is designed to issue verbal warnings to street ne'er-do-wells, miscreants and scalliwags, thereby cutting outdoor mischief to zero overnight. That's the …
Lester Haines, 03 May 2006
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Sobbing Intel techie recounts China brothel ordeal

A tearful Intel engineer has recounted how a simple trip to China to check in on a few of the chip monolith's business partners ended in a unscheduled stop in the remote city of Taiyuan during which he suffered pretty well every ignominy the locals could heap on the hapless foreign devil. The ordeal began when, as AP reports, …
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2006
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Segway burns into Vulture Central

We're not quite sure what the VP in Charge of Writing at El Reg's Mountain View bureau, Ashlee Vance, will make of it*, but Segway yesterday visited Vulture Central in an attempt to convince the jaded hacks that a two-wheeled pogo stick is indeed the future of personal transportation for right-minded metropolitans. Naturally, …
Lester Haines, 23 Nov 2005
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The Hollywood crisis that isn't

Barely a week has gone by without reports of Hollywood's great box office slump of 2005. So our thanks go to screenwriter John August for pointing out that on closer examination, the 'slump' is as elusive as missing Weapons of Mass Destruction. "Every Monday brought new speculation about just what was causing the downturn, and …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Oct 2005
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Reg road tests the BioNav™ in-car nav wonder

Let's face it - you're no-one these days unless you've got an onboard satnav system in your motor - preferably one that speaks, can guide you to any location to within one centimetre and will tell you when your road tax has expired. Indeed, so impressed were we by the ALK CoPilot Smartphone - as recently reviewed by Tony Smith …
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2004
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Judge Dredd smartshell shotguns to hit Iraq in '09

It's quite difficult to make guns - portable ones, anyway - convincingly hi-tech. Sure, you can add a laser sight, you can attach all kinds of crazy lights and optics, you can even have a boresight camera and helmet heads-up display for shooting round corners without sticking your neck out*. But at the end of the day it will …
Lewis Page, 08 Oct 2008
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Bad music and full mouths

"Cause baby, I feel wonderful tonight..." The man singing this is lying. He doesn't feel wonderful at all. He feels like a musician who has been reduced to playing old-favourites to a small bunch of indifferent tourists, sat tapping away behind two sythesisers, only one of which he ever plays, but both of which are bathed in …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jun 2006