Major telcos and device makers go after Induce Act
A coalition of technology heavyweights, including SBC, MCI and Verizon, have taken a stand against the controversial Induce Act, offering up an alternative to the proposed legislation that would allow consumers and vendors to enjoy the culture they love in a more protected fashion.
Xbox slayings take even more horrific turn
The gruesome Florida Xbox killings became even more revolting this week as gory details emerged around the methods used by the murders on their six victims.
Apple iPod team seeks Wi-Fi engineer
Apple is looking for two iPod hardware engineers both with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi experience, opening the possibility that the portable music player may be upgraded with wireless connectivity.
California green lights e-voting
California's election officials have approved the use of electronic voting machines in 11 of the state's counties. Kevin Shelley, California's secretary of state, said that the counties had improved the security of their voting machines so that they now comply with all conditions required for state certification.
Olympic no-hopers immortalised online
There's nothing we Brits like more than a gallant loser and El Reg is delighted to report that those athletes who crawled exhausted from Athens' Olympic arena clutching a wooden spoon between their teeth have been immortalised online.
Covent Garden gains Wi-Fi coverage
Notebook PC or PDA-equipped visitors to London's Covent Garden will now be able to access the Internet wirelessly through Broadreach Networks' ReadyToSurf service.
Linksys, Netgear prep soho VoIP kit
WLAN kit makers Linksys and Netgear have rolled out consumer and small-business oriented wireless access points with integrated Voice over IP (VoIP) support.
Inventory issues fail to hamper chip biz growth
Market watcher Gartner has upped its 2004 global chip sales forecast to $226bn, the company said yesterday.
Sony talks up PlayStation Portable's chips
Sony yesterday spilled the beans on the chip it plans to use to power the upcoming PlayStation Portable (PSP).
Hollywood sues DVD-chip makers
The Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) yesterday confirmed the organisation has begun legal proceedings against two makers of DVD chips. It alleges that the pair were rather more willing to offer their products more widely than they should be.
Polymer researchers probe self-healing fuel tanks
On the atomic scale, shooting particles at stuff to see what happens is a long established scientific principle. But a group of US scientists which applied the idea on a macro scale found that a commercial polymer has a very interesting property: when it is shot at, it immediately "repairs" the bullet holes.
Sheep pine for absent friends: official
The Cambridge University team which discovered that sheep prefer happy, smiley people has once again pushed back the envelope of ovine understanding with the revelation that sheep cheer up when they see snaps of friends and relatives.
EC launches Microsoft DRM probe
The European Commission will, after all, launch a probe of the deal between Microsoft and Time Warner to take joint ownership of a US DRM company, ContentGuard. The probe is warranted, the Commission announced in a press conference today, because the deal could lead to Microsoft extending its monopoly in operating systems to the locks and keys for the digital distribution of books, music, movies and third party software.
Macrovision CDS-300 version 7 beta
ExclusiveMacrovision describes version 7 of its CDS-300 copy protection system as a major step forward in keeping P2P users' hands off copyright content for which they don't have the distribution rights. Having seen a demo of the alpha release, which performed as advertised, we were nonetheless pleased when a copy of the latest beta version turned up in The Register's mailbag.
Small 'scope spots big planet
A new extra-solar planet has been identified orbiting a star 500 light years from our solar system. The discovery was made by a team using a four-inch diameter telescope to make their observations - a size of 'scope readily available and much used by amateur observers.
US cracks down on spam mountain
John Ashcroft, the attorney General of the US, is expected to announce on Thursday dozens of lawsuits against alleged spammers following a low key campaign against the practise across the US. The arrests have been made over the last few weeks as part of a coordinated effort to crack down on spamming, dubbed Operation Slam Spam.
Server makers shift more boxes than cash in Q2
Strong sales of small one- and two-processor systems again pushed the overall server market higher in the second quarter, according to the latest data from Gartner. Total server sales hit $11.5bn in the period - a year-over-year rise of 7.7 percent. Dell enjoyed its familiar position as the fastest growing vendor, and IBM held onto its lead in overall sales. One surprise in the quarter came courtesy of Sun Microsystems, which showed the strongest uptick in units shipped of any vendor.
Windows XP SP2 features security crater - report
Windows XP Service Pack 2 has a flaw that gives users a false sense of security - quite literally. One report describes the security hole as a 'crater'. The vulnerability lies in the web systems management interface (WBEM), which allows downloadable code to spoof firewall status information.
China's 3G 'wonderchip' primed and ready
Chinese engineers headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley have produced a dual band mobile phone chip that's sure to cause more heated debate when trade delegations from the two superpowers next meet.
US DoJ searches homes of P2P evil doers
The US DoJ (Department of Justice) today launched an assault on P2P file traders, using search warrants to investigate five homes and the offices of one ISP (Internet Service Provider). This is the first time the DoJ has applied such drastic measures against file swappers, and the move comes just one week after a California court reaffirmed that decentralized P2P networks are legal.
Music labels sue 896 more music lovers
The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has lobbed a fresh round of lawsuits at music fans. The music label mob announced today that it has sued another 896 file-swappers - an apparent retaliation against an appeals court ruling confirming P2P networks as legal.