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IBM ThinkPad PC110

IBM claims patents promote open-source love

Open source and software patents are generally regarded as two things that go together like peanut butter and a punch to the face*.
Austin Modine, 11 Sep 2009

Apple unloads 47 fixes for iPhones, Macs and QuickTime

Apple has issued fixes for more than 47 security bugs in the Mac, iPhone and QuickTime media player, some that allowed attackers to take complete control of the underlying device.
Dan Goodin, 11 Sep 2009

Android bandwagon picks up INQ

Mobilize 09Android has won another convert.
Cade Metz, 11 Sep 2009

Met shops self to IPCC over terror toddlers

The Met Police was today taking a firm line with, er, the Met Police as it referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over allegations of misuse of its powers.
Jane Fae , 11 Sep 2009

Microsoft tightens open-source links with server biz

The Microsoft group dealing directly with open-source projects is joining the company's server business.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Sep 2009

Disgruntled parrot lays into copper

A rookie police officer suffered scratches and bites to his hands and arms after being asked to escort a celebrity parrot to a Dover police station, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Sep 2009

Disney sued over Pixar lamp 'copy'

A Norwegian company that invented the inspiration for cinema's best-loved light fixture is suing The Walt Disney Company and animator Pixar for alleged trade mark infringement.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Sep 2009

Brown apologises for 'appalling' treatment of Turing

The Prime Minister has apologised for the "appalling" persecution of World War II code breaker Alan Turing.
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2009
WD My Passport Essential

WD toughens portable, desktop HDD security

WD has tweaked its portable hard drive line-up, rolling out new, smaller My Passport drives with "military grade" hardware encryption.
Tony Smith, 11 Sep 2009

Motorola makes first Android phone

Motorola has officially joined the Android revolution, launching its first mobile phone running the Google OS.
James Sherwood, 11 Sep 2009

No UK Zune HD, says Microsoft

Microsoft’s existing line of Zune players may finally be available in the UK - at least from unofficial suppliers - but the software giant has confirmed that its new HD model won’t arrive in Blighty anytime soon.
James Sherwood, 11 Sep 2009

Todger-chop woman's sentence depends on hard evidence

A Turkish woman who cut off her lover's penis is now anxiously awaiting the result of a todger-reattachment op which will determine the length of her prison sentence*, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Sep 2009

Boffins: Stop trying to monetise us, you don't know how

British boffins have cast doubt on government plans to reorient the nation's scientific and technical research so as to benefit the economy. They say that the connection between research and economic impact is poorly understood, and suggest that the government resists the temptation to meddle until it knows what it's doing.
Lewis Page, 11 Sep 2009
Braun shaver

Depilatory Dell debuts beard-busting laptop?

Dell is to enter the male grooming market and offer an electric shaver with its new Z-series Inspiron laptops, it would seem.
Tony Smith, 11 Sep 2009

BOFH: Trussssst in me

Episode 11
Simon Travaglia, 11 Sep 2009

Sky News election petition defaced by prankster hackers

Computer hackers with a grudge made merry at the expense of Rupert Murdoch after infiltrating the Sky News website.
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2009

Nokia dumps candybar phones for squares

Nokia has finally proven how square it really is, with the launch of a square-shaped mobile phone.
James Sherwood, 11 Sep 2009

Moondreams, engineers and bureaucracies

Andrew's MailbagWith world+dog celebrating the Apollo program this summer, we thought we'd try something different. So a few weeks ago, I looked at the Lunar Orbiter, a fascinating tale of technology improvisation that brought in some cracking mail.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Sep 2009

RBS WorldPay downplays database hack reports

UpdatedRBS WorldPay and a hacker are at loggerheads over the seriousness of a supposed breach on websites run by the payment processing firm.
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2009

Spotify reintroduces waiting list, nudges you to paying

Citing "huge demand", Spotify has reintroduced a waiting list for the Spotless. Temporarily, it says, it's not taking new signups from the public and reverting to "invite only" mode. If you have invites, they'll still work.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Sep 2009
Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III compact camera

ReviewSometimes, less is more. Take Ricoh’s GR Digital III. It’s a compact camera costing more than £500, but if you’re looking for masses of megapixels, countless scene modes, HD movie recording or even an optical zoom, then forget it. This is the digital camera equivalent of the fixed-gear bicycle; a product for enthusiasts who basically want a camera that can deliver excellent results without the frills.
George Cole, 11 Sep 2009

Cruises on ex-Soviet space warships offered

A radical space company which counts an ex-NASA space station commander among its executives says it will offer week-long tourist trips in space from 2013 for just $35m. Apart from basic capsules the company has acquired - and may in future deploy - a fleet of 1970s Russian military-surplus armed orbital spacecraft.
Lewis Page, 11 Sep 2009

Vodafone's Access Gateway denies access

Vodafone's femtocell deployment, termed the Access Gateway, has been plagued with issues prompting users to think fondly of the days when they had no coverage at all.
Bill Ray, 11 Sep 2009

Ryanair faces ban on luggage charge auto-opt-in

Budget airline Ryanair is on a collision course with the European Commission over a proposed ban on opting web customers in to extra luggage and insurance charges by default.
Christopher Williams, 11 Sep 2009

Scareware scumbags exploit 9/11

UpdatedFraudsters have set up websites supposedly containing info about 9/11 but actually geared towards running fake anti-virus (scareware) scams.
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2009

Cobain band mates denounce dead rocker's Guitar Hero gig

Guitar Hero 5 has failed to hit the right note with the surviving members of grunge band Nirvana.
James Sherwood, 11 Sep 2009

Halo everyone! Twitter's yuppie fundraiser returns

It's flattering - and clearly a bit nuts - to discover I'm now as much a part of "Twestival" story as the organisers. But when Sky News wanted to cover this week's halo-polishing, conscience-saving fundraisers, they twigged that there's another point of view other than "new media yuppies save the world". Would I like to take part? How could I refuse?
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Sep 2009

Germans satisfy latex desire with GM dandelions

German boffins have worked out a much improved method of making latex using the sticky white fluid which comes out of dandelion stems. The new breakthough could mean more comfortable body-cavity searches, an end to itchy condoms, and might free humanity from the threat posed by a global rubber fungus epidemic.
Lewis Page, 11 Sep 2009

Lobbyists urge FCC to loosen up

US wireless lobbyist The CTIA is drawing on UK regulator Ofcom's research to convince the FCC that an unregulated market is a competitive market.
Bill Ray, 11 Sep 2009

SpinVox up for sale - investor

A minor SpinVox investor says the beleaguered voice-to-text services company is up for sale. Invesco Perpetual says it's cashing out, and it's written down its investment by 90 per cent.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Sep 2009

Home Office shifts feet as vetting database looms

With just one month to go before the new vetting database goes live, the public appear finally to be waking up to the threat to civil liberties implied – and they are not happy. Well, Home Office... we did warn you.
Jane Fae , 11 Sep 2009

Acer unwraps Ferrari One notebook

Acer is determined to snare pole position in the notebook market and so has once more turned to Ferrari for inspiration.
James Sherwood, 11 Sep 2009

Boxer sets lawyers on Facebook

Boxer Amir Khan and promoter Frank Warren have threatened to sue Facebook for libel over allegedly "defamatory and racist" content on the social networking site.
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2009

Virgin cops to bad routing

Multiple problems are afflicting the Virgin network this week, with some customers in Leeds lacking connectivity completely, while the rest are just missing the popular parts of the net.
Bill Ray, 11 Sep 2009
AMD Eyefinity

AMD Eyefinity promises 'six panel, one GPU' gaming

AMD's marketing team is obsessed with optics, it seems. No, not the devices used in British bars to accurately dispense measures of spirits, but the transmission and detection of light.
Tony Smith, 11 Sep 2009

Apple open sources Snow Leopard's multicore code helper

In a surprise move, Apple has open-sourced its Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) technology under the Apache 2.0 public license.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Sep 2009

DoJ cranks up Microhoo review

The US Department of Justice has expanded its review of the Microhoo search pact.
Cade Metz, 11 Sep 2009

Ballmer garnishes Bing 2.0 with iPhone 'stomp'

Microsoft has unveiled an upcoming date to Bing - and the first in an anticipated series of TV ads pimping Windows 7.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Sep 2009

International hacker buried $1m in backyard

The international hacker who confessed to stealing tens of millions of payment card numbers amassed a fortune worth more than $2.7m, including more than $1m in cash buried in his backyard in Miami.
Dan Goodin, 11 Sep 2009

NASA fingers crash site for moon-impacting probe

NASA found the ideal spot to crash its moon-impacting probe this October.
Austin Modine, 11 Sep 2009

TomTom goes Jock to abuse English 'bas'

We're very much obliged this afternoon to the shocked Reg reader who got an email from TomTom regarding a map update and addressed to "Dear English Bas".
Lester Haines, 11 Sep 2009

Sun's Sparc server roadmap revealed

ExclusiveFor those of us on the outside of Sun Microsystems, the future of the Sparc processor and its related server platforms has been the subject of much speculation and debate. But for Sun's largest customers, the mystery has been over since sometime in June.

Space shuttle Discovery lands after detour

UpdatedSpace shuttle Discovery has successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in north of Los Angeles, California, after bad weather ruled out a landing at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Austin Modine, 11 Sep 2009

Naked iPod touch dangles its FM radio

Apple's new iPod touch includes a wireless chip capable of handling 5GHz WiFi networks and FM radio signals.
Cade Metz, 11 Sep 2009

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