China bans virtual cash for real-world trade
Officials in China are banning use of virtual money to buy real-world goods and services.
Windows 7 free upgrade generosity hits limits
Microsoft has clarified the rules on who can upgrade to Windows 7, and how many free copies of the forthcoming operating system you'll be entitled to.
Spotify founder hints at video, P2P sharing, world domination
If you don't know what the fuss is about Spotify, you probably haven't used it. The company's co-founder Daniel Ek was at Music House last week, and treated attendees of the Music Publishers' AGM to the frankest public interview about Spotify I've yet heard. I also caught up with him after the session. It all adds up to the best picture yet of where the music phenomenon could be heading.
Asus launches Windows 7 upgrade path
In preparation for the launch of Windows 7 next October, PC maker Asus has launch an upgrade programme for selected models.
Buffalo Linkstation Quad
ReviewWhile most low-price NAS products tend to target domestic use separately from serious small office installations, the Buffalo Linkstation Quad attempts to straddle both these markets, albeit, with a price hike. Yet it offers home users a faster, beefier file store and media server, together with RAID redundancy, Internet-wide data access and high-capacity backup to satisfy office environments.
Masked passwords must go
Websites should stop masking passwords as users type because it does not improve security and makes websites harder to use, according to two of the technology world's leading thinkers.
How secure are your applications?
Let’s be blunt. The fine heritage of application development has not traditionally incorporated the pre-emptive creation of secure code, i.e. programs that are built from the ground up to be secure.
Broadcom raises Emulex bid
Broadcom has gone ahead and raised its $9.25/share all-cash Emulex bid to $11.00/share, the upper end of the expected range.
An American Werewolf returns to London
A brief item in Variety is more than sufficient to chill the blood of fans of John Landis's An American Werewolf in London, since it confirms that Weinstein Company tentacle Dimension Films is developing a remake/reinvention/reimagining/rehash (select according to taste) of the hairy 1981 movie.
Pirate Bay sells out to Swedish software firm for $7.7m
Global Gaming Factory X AB (GGF) has agreed to buy BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay for $7.7m (60m Swedish Crowns), according to a statement on the company's website.
Bloke uses nail clippers to go roundhead
A medic at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, has advised men against attempting DIY circumcision with nail clippers, after a young man who'd decided this was the best way to go roundhead was admitted for emergency treatment.
Intel's first 32nm desktop chips coming early?
Intel appears to be very confident about the success of its 32nm fabrication process. Why else would it be bringing forward the mass-production of its first 32nm CPU?
SuperSpeed USB to be 'successful', enthuses analyst
Four years from now, one in four gadgets with USB ports will support USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB.
Moles unveil Dell's Android gadget plans
Dell is poised to launch several smartphones and at least one handheld internet access device this year, all of them based on Google's Android OS, company insiders have claimed.
Tribunal backs TUPE rights in service provider transfers
Employees have the same rights when a company changes service provider as when work is outsourced in the first place even if the new service is not identical to the old, the Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled.
Cybercrooks ramp up recession-themed scams
Cybercrooks have adapted to the global economic crisis with scams based on topical subjects such as refinancing or unemployment in a bid to reel in vulnerable marks.
Samsung wafts 11.6in, Ion-based netbook around
Samsung has been quietly showing off an 11.6in netbook based that uses Nvidia's Ion chipset, we hear, and two European retailers even briefly posted details of the machine before being told not to by the South Korean giant.
GSMA talks up embedded phones
The GSM Association has launched a competition to encourage smaller and more standard embedded 3G modules - all in the name of getting us to own more telephones.
UK obscenity law: Where to now?
AnalysisAs the dust settles on the Girls (Scream) Aloud trial, what are the implications for the future of obscenity law in the UK?
Nokia prepping 12Mp cameraphone with optical zoom?
Nokia is secretly working on a device that could propel it to the forefront of cameraphone technology: 12Mp phones with an optical zoom.
US senators demand boycott of Iran 'snoop' firms
Two US senators are calling for a boycott of European firms they say are helping the Iranian government snoop on its citizens.
Mimosa unifies NearPoint archive operations
Mimosa has overhauled NearPoint, its archiving and eDiscovery software platform product, so that lawyers and compliance officers can analyse data without having to call on techies.
Micron move heralds Intel 320GB SSD
With Intel rumoured to be set to raise its SSD capacity up to 320GB through a shrink to a 34nm process, its Flash partner Micron has introduced - guess what - NAND chips using a 34nm process.
Hotmail hack blamed for exposing extra-marital governor frolics
Emails from the Argentine mistress of married South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford were leaked to the press by a hacker, according to the Latin American siren at the centre of a political scandal in the US Deep South.
Japanese airport trials 'personal mobility vehicles'
A Japanese airport has taken delivery of several hi-tech 'wheelchairs', allowing airline staff and security guards to patrol the ticket halls and baggage areas in style.
Lockheed engineer: F-22 Raptor Stealth tech is 'defective'
UpdatedAn engineer formerly employed by Lockheed, maker of the famous F-22 Raptor stealth jet, has mounted a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that Lockheed has supplied the controversial superfighter with "defective" stealth coatings. The claims are sure to add fuel to the fiery debate raging at present in Washington over whether to cease production of the Raptor.
Nokia admits killing off Widsets
The first effective platform for mobile widgets, Widsets, was killed by Nokia back in April - but no one noticed as the company successfully obfuscated the murder behind Ovi.
How to improve your application security
RegcastWith major security breaches in the news almost daily, IT security practitioners are starting to pay more attention to the how rather than the why when it comes to application security. This is the topic of our upcoming webcast: Jump start your Application Security initiatives.
Apple MacBook Pro 15in June 2009 release
ReviewThe recent rapid evolution of Apple’s laptop range continues apace this month, with changes to virtually every model. The 15in MacBook Pro – or, to be precise, the 15.4in MacBook Pro – received a major update back in October when Apple introduced its new ‘unibody’ aluminium design, so we weren’t expecting anything other than the occasional speed-bump in the immediate future. However, there’s more to this latest model than a simple tweak to the processor speed.
Child exploitation chief to defend net snooping plans
No minister will show tomorrow to face legal, ethical and technical questions from MPs and peers on government plans to massively increase surveillance of the internet.
NTT to buy German security services firm
Japanese telecoms giant NTT is to take over Germany's Integralis AG in a deal that values the security VAR at €75m.
Ashdown's missile dump security panel puts women to flight
A heavyweight panel of academics, spooks, generals and politicians led by Paddy Ashdown has published the results of a two-year investigation into the way Britain should handle its national security in future. However the broad appeal of the report will be somewhat undermined by the resignation of most of the female panel members - with one citing a "blokey atmosphere" during its compilation.
HP Ireland asks staff to vote for pay cut
HP has begun asking EDS staff to take a pay cut as part of its wide-ranging cost cutting strategy.
AgfaPhoto dunks its latest underwater camera
European photography outfit AgfaPhoto has expanded its submersible camera range with the launch of its latest underwater compact.
Max Vision pleads guilty to running cybercrime bazaar
Notorious hacker Max Vision faces a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud involving the trafficking of around 1.8 million credit card numbers and running a clearing house for cybercrime.
Eurostar tunnels through UK border ring of steel
Cross-Channel train operator Eurostar says it will be unable to co-operate with plans to check everyone entering the UK against crime, terror and immigration watchlists, dealing a major blow to the government's £750m e-Borders programme.
China Green Dam crumbles after protests
China has put its controversial plan to force PC manufacturers to ship filtering software in the country on ice.
Home Office ditches compulsory ID card trial
The Home Office has abandoned attempts to force workers at Manchester and London City airports to carry ID cards, opting to make the trial voluntary.
Pirate Bay website sinks as 'sell out' accusations fly
The Pirate Bay is currently out of action, hours after the site announced it was selling itself to a Swedish software firm.
Comcast takes broadband to the (Wi)Max
Comcast has launched its WiMAX offering, taking advantage of its investment in Clearwire to extend wireless connectivity to existing customers for $50 a month for the first year.
Dutch clotheshorse menaces plastic surgeon
WSADutch clotheshorse Karen Mulder has been cuffed in Paris following a severe (alleged) derailing during which she laid into a plastic surgeon with "vicious telephone calls", as the Telegraph breathlessly puts it.
Red Hat inks cloud partnership with Amazon
As the dominant supplier of commercial Linux operating systems, a key player in middleware, and a wannabe with a pretty good shot at being a force in server virtualization, Red Hat would seem to be a shoo-in as a player in cloud computing. But for the moment, Amazon's EC2 sets the pace in commercial cloud computing, and that means being Amazon's friend is particularly important to companies like Red Hat that want to make money from clouds.
Mozilla's servers wobble as Firefox 3.5 hits interwebs
Firefox 3.5 can now be downloaded from Mozilla’s website, but some of the open source outfit’s servers appear to be having a little lie down at time of writing.
Researcher barred from demoing ATM security vuln
A talk demonstrating security weaknesses in a widely used automatic teller machine has been pulled from next month's Black Hat conference after the machine vendor placed pressure on the speaker's employer.
World's first in-cinema interactive 3D game inbound
O2 has a treat in store for cinema goers: the chance to control a 3D spaceship in what’s claimed to be the world’s first in-cinema interactive 3D videogame.
DoJ Java questions delay Oracle's Sun buffet
UpdatedConcerns over Java could end up delaying a fast-track acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle.
NASA, Japan (nearly) finish topographic map of Earth
NASA and the Japanese government have released what they claim is the most complete topographic map of the planet yet. The data uses detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft covering 99% of the Earth's landmass, with only the boring polar bits left out.
RIP, Pirate Bay
CommentSo The Pirate Bay has executed the Web 2.0 business plan to perfection: give someone else's stuff away for free - then find a bigger idiot to buy the company.
Apple SD Cards fuel (more) Mac tablet chatter
A SanDisk investment commentator, blogging as Savolainen, reckons Apple is going to introduce a tablet or netbook-type Mac. Yes, you've heard this before. But this time, the evidence lies with the SD Card adoption by MacBook Pros.
US court upholds penalty for phone records seller
In a victory for privacy advocates, a federal appeals court has upheld a tough penalty meted out last year to a company that sold the contents of individuals' phone records without their permission.
Firefox 3.5 - it's not a 'web upgrade'
Review"This isn't just an upgrade of the browser. It's also an upgrade for the web", says Mike Beltzner, Firefox product director, in his What's New in 3.5 video.
Microsoft enlists WSUS, ex-Superman, and puke in IE8 push
Microsoft will start injecting Internet Explorer 8 into large organizations through its Windows Server Update Services beginning at the end of August.
Google boasts of melting data center antidote
Structure 09Google is developing some sort of back-end technology that automatically - and nearly instantly - redistributes live compute loads when a data center is in danger of overheating. Or maybe this is just talk. Google prefers to at least maintain the illusion of data-center nirvana.
Cisco cuddles all clouds but one
Well, it's the end of June, and Cisco Systems' "California" Unified Computing System blade boxes and related networking is supposed to be shipping. In a webcast today with analysts, partners, and press that's part of a two-day analyst event called Cisco Live, representatives ignored two questions from El Reg about whether or not the California boxes were still shipping, but they did want to talk about cloud computing and how California, WebEx, and networking in general fit into the company's cloud strategy.
GPLv3 grows as GPL stumbles
With open source software on the rise in the enterprise, more projects are looking beyond the ubiquitous GNU General Public License.
Forrester re-slashes 2009 IT spending forecast
The broomstick used for the IT limbo dance was lowered a bit more today by the analysts at Forrester Research, who once again revised their IT spending projections for 2009
Rolling Stone allegedly DDoSed for negative story
Federal prosecutors accused a Pennsylvania man of unleashing a crippling series of attacks against the websites of Rolling Stone and other groups after they published articles that cast him in an unfavorable light.