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Sun's Open Storage roadmap revealed

Sun will introduce a new high-end 7000 series storage product in the second quarter of next year.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2009

Vodafone offers free mobile internet

If you aren’t already on an all-you-can-surf mobile web package and can’t find an unsecured Wi-Fi network nearby, save some pennies today by logging on with Vodafone.
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2009

iPhone upgrades - a one-way control-freak street

CommentFor over 30 years, your personal computer has been, well, your personal computer. You could install whatever software you liked - provided it was compatible. After installing an app or an operating system, if you then decided you preferred the previous version, you were free to uninstall the new and revert to the old.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Nov 2009
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Super Micro primes 'Magny-Cours' Opterons

SC09Super Micro may not be a name-brand, tier-one server maker, but it's the motherboard and whitebox maker behind scads of tier two, three, and four server sellers around the globe. And that's because Super Micro gets out in front - and stays there - whenever a new technology is coming to market.
Acer Aspire Timeline 1810TZ

Acer Aspire 1810TZ

ReviewSo you want a small notebook, but you're put off by the average netbook's puny graphics, relatively low res screen and limited-horsepower Atom processor. What do you do?
Tony Smith, 27 Nov 2009
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Google, Microsoft, and Amazon - the cloud dating game

What's a cloud? The likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google can't agree on an answer to that question. But they insist it exists. And they're sure it's the answer to all your problems. Which means there's also a difference of opinon when it comes to your problems.
Matthew Graven, 27 Nov 2009

O2 gives birth to GiffGaff in gust of gabble

GiffGaff, O2's venture into democratic MVNOs, has launched, and its forums are already groaning with customers asking inane questions that other customers struggle to answer.
Bill Ray, 27 Nov 2009

Carphone credits Tiscali for growth

Carphone Warehouse said today it is on track to split its business into retail and telecoms arms by early next year, and it expects profits to be higher than previously predicted.
John Oates, 27 Nov 2009

Half of Sony tellies to go 3D by 2013, says exec

Half of the new TVs Sony releases will be 3D capable by 2013, the electronics giant has claimed. But it admitted that hardware sales will be governed by the availability of content.
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2009

Splinter Cell hack smells more like publicity stunt

Ubisoft said that the website of its popular video game Splinter Cell had been hacked on Thursday. However circumstantial evidence suggests the hack is more likely to be a publicity stunt than a genuine cyber assault.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2009

Gov net disconnections could breach EU law

The Government's Digital Economy Bill could be in breach of EU laws, according to an internet law expert. Professor Lilian Edwards has also warned that the Bill could make it impossible to operate a free wireless network legally.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Nov 2009

Uni seeks 'research officer' for sex trade 'fieldwork'

It's well known that the online revolution is slowly but surely killing off the treepulp press. The chattering classses worry more about losing their broadsheets, but the syndrome is just as deadly for more downmarket papers. However, there's at least one ray of hope out there for distressed tabloid journos, where they can use their skills and earn money.
Team Register, 27 Nov 2009
MSI Wind 12 U230

MSI intros AMD 'Congo'-based thin'n'light laptop

AMD's answer to arch-rival Intel's CULV - Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage - processor series is making its way into laptops. MSI has just taken the wraps off the Wind 12 U230, a 12in machine based on two of AMD's 'Congo' chips.
Tony Smith, 27 Nov 2009

Juggling server virtualisation and database workloads

LabAs the conversation moves from generic virtualisation of ‘quick win’ workloads such as web servers and print servers, development and test environments, one-off applications and so on, the question arises – where does server virtualisation go next?
Jon Collins, 27 Nov 2009
Chip Die 2

How can I make an old CPU SSE 2 compliant?

Q&AI’ve an old desktop that runs on an AMD Athlon XP2500+ and recently found I couldn't install new software because the CPU is not SSE 2 compliant.
Chris Mahon, 27 Nov 2009

IPPR calls for National Policing Agency

Existing national police organisations and their IT systems should be transferred to a new body, according to a report.
Kable, 27 Nov 2009

Sony Ericsson admits 'PlayStation phone' woes

Sony Ericsson has been hit by a second high-profile smartphone setback this week, admitting that its Aino "PlayStation phone" has run into technical troubles just days after its Satio phone was withdrawn from sale in the UK.
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2009

McKinnon family 'devastated' by Home Sec's latest knock-back

Solicitors for Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon are planning a 11th-hour judicial review after Home Secretary Alan Johnson decided new medical evidence was insufficient reason for him to step in and block US extradition proceedings.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2009

Toshiba worker arrested for selling copy limit busting SW

A Toshiba employee in Japan has been arrested for selling copy limit breaking software, letting buyers copy digital TV programmes on Japanese recording and playback products as much as they liked.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2009

Pentagon world-sim tool making good progress, say profs

Computer boffins in America report that their plans to create a lifelike virtual Matrix-style simulation of the entire world and human race are proceeding well.
Lewis Page, 27 Nov 2009

Vendors to push 12in netbooks in 2010

Having steered us first from 7in netbooks to 9in models, and then from those to 10in machines, it now seems Asus, Acer and co. will next year be encouraging us to upgrade to 12in laptops.
Tony Smith, 27 Nov 2009

BOFH: Made of win

Episode 16
Simon Travaglia, 27 Nov 2009

Apple tweaks T&Cs for Blighty customers

Apple has agreed to rejig its terms and conditions to make them "clearer and fairer" for UK consumers, after the Office of Fair Trading raised concerns about them.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2009

Green politician says oral sex is part of being Swedish

A Green Party politician has declared that part of being Swedish is the opportunity to swing both ways during the course of a single day in the interests of free speech.
Joe Fay, 27 Nov 2009

Oracle talking turkey to Eurocrats

Oracle and the European Competition Commission will meet 10 December to try and thrash out an agreement that will let its takeover of Sun go ahead.
John Oates, 27 Nov 2009

'Alienated' gamer sues WoW for ruining life

An obsessive World of Warcraft player is suing the makers of the game for ruining his life, quoth a gleeful Grauniad this week.
Sarah Bee, 27 Nov 2009

Google and Murdoch - a divorce made in heaven?

AnalysisMicrosoft is known for its robust methods, but the widespread belief that it is attempting to 'buy' the news, offering to pay Rupert Murdoch's News Corp to de-index its news sites from Google speaks of extreme brutality, even by the Borg's standards. And think, people - if Microsoft really is offering to bribe major publishers to dump Google, might not the regulatory authorities have something to say?
John Lettice, 27 Nov 2009

IBM shows off Power7 HPC monster

SC09IBM likes to go on and on about the transaction processing power and I/O bandwidth of its System z mainframes, but now there is a new and much bigger kid on the block.
Panasonic DMC-GH1

Panasonic DMC-GH1 Micro Four-Thirds camera

ReviewAre we at the point where people will only buy one product to film and take great stills? Instead of camcorders that can take the odd sub-10Mp image, camera manufacturers are coming at it from the other side and offering HD video on models previously only equipped for stills. The Lumix DMC-GH1 is the camera that Panasonic left the door open for with the previously 'photo-only' DMC-G1.
James Cumpsty, 27 Nov 2009

India plans its own net snoop system

On the anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, the Indian government has announced its own version of the UK's Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) - a massive expansion of communications surveillance for the internet age.
Christopher Williams, 27 Nov 2009

Reg readers lay out their selection criteria for app packages

Poll resultsWhile software sales and marketing people often try to convince business people that the technical stuff doesn’t matter that much when selecting an application package, Reg readers beg to differ.
Dale Vile, 27 Nov 2009

FreeBSD version 8.0 lands

FreeBSD has released version 8.0 of its beefy Unix-like operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2009

British laggards told to embrace their digital futures

The BCS has launched a website for technology laggards who are failing to do their duty by not feeling the benefits of an information-driven society.
John Oates, 27 Nov 2009

Head-cam video used to OK Arkansas cop kill

VidIn a case which may offer a glimpse of the future of law enforcement, an American policeman has been cleared of wrongdoing after shooting a man dead - with the aid of video and audio from a headset recorder he wore during the incident. After the decision, the video was released to the public.
Lewis Page, 27 Nov 2009
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(Back) into The Valley

Forgotten TechI first explored The Valley late in 1982. My method of entry: a Research Machines 380Z. I loved it and didn't want to leave.
Tony Smith, 27 Nov 2009

Generators and UPS fail in London datacentre outage

Tata's datacentre in the east end of London went titsup for two-hours on Thursday evening, following a power cut.
Christopher Williams, 27 Nov 2009

Smut-ladened spam disguises WoW Trojan campaign

A malicious spam campaign that attempts to harvest online game passwords under the guise of messages containing smutty photos is doing the rounds.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2009

Sh*t the bed, it's Comment of the Week

CoTFWIt's Friday, and across the internet is heard the thin cry from a thousand (OK, maybe a couple of hundred) hapless souls forced against their will to read Comment of the Week. O cruel fate! If only they were given choice as to what to click on.
The Moderatrix, 27 Nov 2009

Royal Navy sailors given PSPs as study aids

The Senior Service has begun issuing PlayStation Portables to its sailors in an attempt to make them... er... study.
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2009

Web host Daily recovers after Tux-themed defacement

UK-based web host Daily has largely restored services following an apparent hack attack on Thursday that replaced content on some sites it hosts with pictures of cartoon penguins.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2009

Cyborg MIT prof touts iPhone-controlled power-jumping legs

A cyborg MIT professor has developed and tested innovative lithium-ion powered prosthetic feet which can thrust a wearer off the ground just as normal biological ones can - or be adjusted (using an iPhone app, of course) for greater power, perhaps allowing remarkable leaping and running performance.
Lewis Page, 27 Nov 2009

Asus' tablet Eee takes on multi-touch

Asus has added a multi-touch display to its touchscreen T91, apparently resulting in the world's first convertible tablet netbook featuring a multi-touch screen that supports Windows 7 many-finger gestures.
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2009

Fujitsu gung-ho on eight-core 'Venus' Sparc

SC09Is Japan's 10 petaflops supercomputer on the chopping block? Fujitsu won't say. But it's still bullish on the Sparc chips meant to drive the thing.
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What ever happened to storing pics with electron cannons?

This Old BoxFeatures make the system. After all, what good is a gaming rig without superfluous neon-blue lights, an iMac without the almost-matronly lack of sharp edges, or a Verizon phone not forged by the souls of the damned upon an altar of bones?1
Austin Modine, 27 Nov 2009

Pitchfork-wielding mobs encircle smart meters

A push by California's electricity provider to modernize its power grid is turning into a public relations disaster, as allegations mount that it's responsible for stratospheric overcharges.
Dan Goodin, 27 Nov 2009

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