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Go native with iPhone development

Hands onI'll admit it. I'm an unashamed fan of the iPhone. I had an unlocked device in the UK running on my cheapskate Vodafone tariff before November's official launch.
Dave Jewell, 14 Jan 2008

Batman logo manifests in tomato

Forget Flash chip Messiahs - the hot simulacrum action right now is in tomatoes, or specifically, Batman logo tomatoes.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2008

Intel pitches low-cost PC platform at Eee PC rivals

Expect a flood of Eee PC-style cheapo mini laptops in Q3 when Intel sends out its 45nm 'Diamondville' processor to computer makers. Diamondville plugs into 'Shelton', The chip giant's low-cost PC platform.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2008

Sony beefs up bottom-end Alpha DSLR

Sony has taken the wraps off the successor to its Alpha 100 (a100) digital SLR camera, predictably dubbed the Alpha 200 (a200).
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2008

Tesla hits ejector button on staff

Tesla Motors, the company behind the delayed high-performance electric car the Roadster, is laying off staff.
John Oates, 14 Jan 2008

Sony, Nintendo sued in console controller patent clash

A US company has filed a lawsuits against both Nintendo and Sony, alleging that the controllers that go with the companies’ games consoles trample over its intellectual property rights for console to controller connection.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2008

Confidential details fall off the back of lorries

A box containing the banking details of 200 rich investors was found by the side of the road after apparently falling off the back of a courier's van.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2008

Nokia N95 8GB smartphone

ReviewNokia has boosted the spec of one of its most popular smartphones, bolting in 8GB of Flash memory and refining key features. So is the latest version of the N95 a refreshing update for Nokia’s flagship multimedia, GPS-toting mobile?
Phil Lattimore, 14 Jan 2008

Alcohol enema bloke wins 2007 Darwin Award

The 2007 Darwin Award - created to "commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it" - has been claimed by the Texas man whose addiction to alcohol enemas eventually led to a fateful encounter with two 1.5 litre bottles of sherry.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2008

Hoax: German IT boss sacks three non-smokers

Update 10.55pm 14 Jan: Hamburger Morgenpost, which reported that a computer company owner had fired three disruptive non-smokers, today said it had been hoaxed by a pro-smoking activist. Reuters has more here. Our story, based on the original Morgenpost report, is below.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2008

Coda in takeover talks with Agresso

Financial software supplier Coda PLC has confirmed it received an "indicative" cash offer from Dutch rival Unit 4 Agresso NV. Talk of the possible takeover bid saw shares rocket by 17 per cent this morning to 200.5 pence per share.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2008

Hannah Montana fails to defy laws of physics

Miley Cyrus fans have been left in a state of shocked disbelief by the revelation that the Disney star is obliged, like mere mortals, to obey the the fundamental laws of physics.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2008

California to snatch control of citizens' air-con

Californians will be forced to break out in a sweat whether they like it or not as part of an energy efficiency plan being considered by the state government.
Joe Fay, 14 Jan 2008

USB Missile Launcher gets integrated spyscope webcam

That hugely popular office time-waster, the USB Missile Launcher, has been upgraded again, this time with an integrated webcam and the ability to be targeted using Microsoft's MSN instant messaging app.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2008

Tag-a-lag: Chip implants mooted for UK prisoners

The Ministry of Justice is planning to solve the crisis in the UK prison system by fitting prisoners with surgically implanted tracking chips, claims the Independent on Sunday, citing a senior Ministry official. The chips, claims the paper, would be used to keep order in prison and to enforce home curfews.
John Lettice, 14 Jan 2008

Sony tells LCD TV consumers to get a grip

Sony has unveiled an additional series of Bravia LCD TVs, this time boasting a cutting-edge portability accessory: a carry handle.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2008

Giant hydrogen cloud menaces Milky Way

A giant cloud of hydrogen gas dubbed "Smith's Cloud" which contains enough gas to create a million stars like our own sun is on a collision course with the Milky Way, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has announced.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2008

Number 10 spinner fingered in NTL investor 'bullsh*t' suit

The man Gordon Brown hopes will pull the government out of its popularity slump was accused of deliberately misleading investors over the financial status of NTL when he was its COO.
Christopher Williams, 14 Jan 2008

LG's Prada phone goes silver

LG is hoping to boost demand for its Prada-brand KE850 handset by announcing a silver-skinned, upgraded model.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2008

Royal Society: UK gov needs to grow a biofuels policy

The British government must set policies to ensure that the current drive towards biofuels does not make a bad situation even worse.
John Oates, 14 Jan 2008

MS demos smart-cam phone software

CES on VideoMicrosoft shows off software that makes use of a mobile's camera to recognise the world around you and automatically call up relevent information. Who said cameraphones were only for photography?
Will Head, 14 Jan 2008

Village shaken by GPS-driven tank invasion

The Shropshire village of Donnington has suffered repeated invasions by transporters bearing 70-tonne tanks because the drivers' sat navs have mistaken the "picturesque" enclave with a nearby barracks of the same name.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2008

Bjork lays into NZ snapper

Elfin Icelandic chanteuse Bjork has sealed her reputation for laying into the press by attacking a New Zealand Herald snapper at Auckland International Airport yesterday.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2008

Spam spewing printer attack pulps security

As if spam email wasn't intrusive and annoying enough, spammers might have a means at their disposal to send unwanted messages as print jobs to networked printers.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2008

Immigrant ID cards and border checks slip towards 2009

Immigration minister Liam Byrne has concealed what looks like further ID card slippage and set himself a remarkably unchallenging series of immigration and border control targets in a "ten point plan" for 2008. Humorously described by the Home Office as "challenging", the plan consists largely of low targets, targets already achieved, and harder targets lobbed off into the middle distance.
John Lettice, 14 Jan 2008
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IBM prelims beat the Street

IBM increased profits and turnover in the fourth quarter of 2007. Big Blue made revenues of $28.9bn in the three months ended 31 December 2007 - up ten per cent.
John Oates, 14 Jan 2008
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Play.com blames supplier for graphics card mishap

Online retailer Play.com has admitted that some of its customers received the wrong graphics cards before Christmas.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2008
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MP accuses BBC chief of illegally championing Microsoft

A House of Commons public spending watchdog has accused BBC chief Mark Thompson of illegally supporting Microsoft. In failing to ensure iPlayer on demand services are available to all licence fee payers he has been blinded by the novelty of the internet, it's charged.
Christopher Williams, 14 Jan 2008

Banksy artwork tops £200k on eBay

A work by guerrilla artist Banksy, which appeared in September last year outside a post-production company in Portobello Road, west London, has topped £200k on eBay:
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2008

US buys in to QinetiQ's millimetre wave technology

QinetiQ has finally spotted a customer for its SPO millimetre wave crowd-scanning equipment.
Joe Fay, 14 Jan 2008

Wave goodbye to sweaty 'laptop thighs'

Heat generated by laptops can be quite welcome if you’re working with one on your laptop in a cold room. But if you’d rather save your legs from any dissipated heat then there’s now a carry case that claims to do just that.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2008

Solwise extends powerline with pass-through mains option

Solwise has rolled out a pass-through powerline ethernet adaptor which allows you to network through the mains without losing power sockets.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2008

Apple tells iPhone vendors not to reveal sales figures

UpdatedUK carrier O2 has confirmed that Apple has placed it under a gagging order to prevent it from publicly revealing how many iPhone handsets it’s sold to date.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2008

Microsoft hit by two more EC probes

The European Commission is launching two formal investigations into Microsoft.
John Oates, 14 Jan 2008

BOFH 2007: Road trip

BOFH plays Pass the Password Episode 1 Resolution time
Team Register, 14 Jan 2008

Scarlett Johansson to play Courtney Love?

Courtney Love is reportedly keen that she should be played by Scarlett Johansson in a proposed biopic of Kurt Cobain, currently in development.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2008
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Browser vulns and botnets head threat list

Security experts have looked into the crystal ball to predict the cyber attacks most likely to cause substantial damage this year.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2008

Drobo storage box gets NAS add-on

Data Robotics' Drobo may have a daft name, but it's a clever take on expandable external storage. And today, it became a NAS box too, courtesy of a clip-on network adaptor.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2008

IBM and chums kick off 'green' patents project

A number of big name tech firms including IBM, Sony and Nokia have joined forces to work on a patent-sharing plan, dubbed Eco-Patents Commons.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2008

Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo spiel spied on web?

Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote has been leaked. Well, sort of, and assuming it's not Fake Steve Jobs' Fake Macworld Expo Fake Keynote, of course. Here's the transcript - you decide...
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2008
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MySpace reveals child predator blocks

MySpace is mending its frayed relations with the top law enforcers of 50 US jurisdictions by beefing up measures to protect underage users from pedophiles.
Dan Goodin, 14 Jan 2008
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Latest Vista SP1 tweak open to everyone with a week to spare

Microsoft is now letting the common rabble get its mitts on the latest beta build of Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
Austin Modine, 14 Jan 2008

NEC pops PA Semi chips into storage gear

Chip start-up PA Semi has taken another semi-prominent scalp by revealing that NEC's storage division will use its processors.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Jan 2008

Think twice about iPhone development

In this, the third and final installment in our series looking at a trio of potential, new mobile development platforms, I'm going to focus on what I view as the real dark horse in this race: the iPhone.
Oliver Starr, 14 Jan 2008

US.gov sets Real ID rules in stone

Critics have renewed their offensive on a federal law mandating changes to state-issued drivers licenses after the US Department of Homeland Security on Friday issued final rules implementing the controversial measure.
Dan Goodin, 14 Jan 2008
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VBA-free Office for Mac debuts

Microsoft is throwing developers working with mixed PC and Mac environments a curveball with the long-awaited release of Office for Macintosh 2008.
Phil Manchester, 14 Jan 2008

EMC does flash drives on big storage

EMC will be the first major storage vendor to add solid-state drives for its high-end gear. The company said it will offer flash-based memory from STEC in its Symmetrix DMX-4 systems by the end of March.
Austin Modine, 14 Jan 2008

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