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Google says desktop PC is three years from 'irrelevance'

Google's European sales chief says that desktop PCs will be "irrelevant" in three years.
Cade Metz, 05 Mar 2010

Israeli raid scrubbed after errant Facebook post

Israeli military officials said they called off a planned raid on a West Bank village after a combat soldier posted its details on Facebook, according to news reports.
Dan Goodin, 05 Mar 2010

YouTube: Auto-captions for everyone

Google is now letting anyone use its new auto-captioning feature for YouTube videos.
Austin Modine, 05 Mar 2010
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

ReviewYour possible reason for buying this camera may have changed fairly recently. The EOS 7D would have been the only way to get 'standard' and 'film' frame rates from a Canon DSLR product in HD, but no more. There is a new model which offers very much the same video functionality and output for a fraction of the cost, the Canon EOS 550D – more on this later.
James Cumpsty, 05 Mar 2010

Photographers rue Mandy's copyright landgrab

A little-reported corner of the sprawling Digital Economy Bill reduces photographers to serf status - and concerns are rippling into the wider community. Photographers say bad wording and technical ignorance are to blame for Clause 42, calling it a "luncheon voucher" for greedy publishers.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Mar 2010

Brain scanners to be used to 'design' political candidates

Sinister news today, as psychologists in the US unveil plans for so-called "neuromarketing" - the use of magnetic-resonance brainscans to maximise the appeal of products while they are being designed.
Lewis Page, 05 Mar 2010

Mars Express skims past Phobos

The European Space Agency's Mars Express yesterday skimmed past Martian moon Phobos at a distance of just 67km - the closest any manmade object has ever approached the "enigmatic" body.
Lester Haines, 05 Mar 2010

HDMI tunes into 3D TV broadcasts

The organisation behind HDMI has updated the digital TV connector standard to ready it for the 3D era.
Tony Smith, 05 Mar 2010

Patch Tuesday will leave F1 hole unpatched

Microsoft is planning just two bulletins next week, covering vulnerabilities rated only as "important", as part of this month's Patch Tuesday.
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2010

Microsoft to launch incompatible telephone

Microsoft will be launching a feature phone with Verizon Wireless in the US, based on Windows CE but not compatible with the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 Series.
Bill Ray, 05 Mar 2010
Sony Reader PRS-300 Pocket Edition

Sony serves up Mothers' Day e-book reader deal

Looking for a Mothers' Day gift for your literature-loving mum? Sony has a suggestion: a special edition e-book reader ready to be loaded with a female friendly digital library.
Tony Smith, 05 Mar 2010
Samsung 256GB SSD

iPad to feast on Flash...

Doomsayers are predicting that Apple's iPad will hinder the adoption of SSDs in PCs.
Tony Smith, 05 Mar 2010

US weather-watching sat blasts off

NASA last night launched the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P (GOES-P) weather-watching satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Lester Haines, 05 Mar 2010

Argos buries unencrypted credit card data in email receipts

Catalogue firm Argos has been criticised for an email security breach that exposed customers’ credit card details and CCV security numbers.
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2010
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HP pushes converged IT for all

The normal sales pitch is that converged IT stacks like HP's Matrix and Cisco's gig with VMware and EMC are for enterprises - the big boys that will buy them in their thousands. But HP says its channel, which it's pushing towards converged IT, is finding that medium enterprises like the idea too.
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2010

Dibble gets mobile dabs checker

All English and Welsh police forces are getting mobile fingerprint scanners following controversial trials of the tech by several police forces.
John Oates, 05 Mar 2010
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STEC becalmed as Fusion-io streaks ahead

CommentConditions are variable in the solid state drive (SSD) world, with STEC lagging while Fusion-io has the wind in its sails.
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2010

Sony takes aim at Apple iPhone, iPad

Sony is working on a series of devices designed to take the fight to Apple's iPhone and iPad, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 05 Mar 2010

Google pumps out Chrome build which knows where you are

Google yesterday released a dev-only build of Chrome for Mac OS, Linux and Windows which comes loaded with rough-round-the-edges versions of the Geolocation API.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2010

Beeb deletes iPlayer app from iPhone

Two iPhone developers have been slapped with a 10-page cease and desist order from the BBC for trying to create an app that would cache iPlayer content.
Bill Ray, 05 Mar 2010

FT shock discovery: EU Google probe has MS link

Top sleuths from the Financial Times have uncovered the shock information that Foundem, the minnow that filed a complaint against Google with the European Commission two weeks ago, is in league with Microsoft-funded Brussels lobbying outfit ICOMP, and known Microsoft lobbyist Burson-Marsteller. Heavens! They must have had to read most of the way down the page to unearth that bombshell.
John Lettice, 05 Mar 2010

Anti-binge drinking ads add to binge drinking

A US study has shown that anti-binge drinking ads may actually provoke exactly the kind of liver-bashing behaviour they're trying to prevent.
Lester Haines, 05 Mar 2010

Compliance bods treat Cebit to watersports

Exhibitors at Cebit often face a battle to get visitors to pay attention. So hats off to TUViT for its effort.
Joe Fay, 05 Mar 2010
DVD it in many colours

9TB in 20 minutes? Sign me up!

In an experiment IBM researchers used the fourth most powerful supercomputer in the world - a Blue Gene/P system at the Forschungszentrum Julich in Germany - to validate nine terabytes of data in less than 20 minutes, without compromising accuracy. Ordinarily, using the same system, this would take more than a day. Additionally, the process used just one percent of the energy that would typically be required.
Dan Olds, 05 Mar 2010
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NASA flying car engineer shoots down Reg coverage

FoTWHere at the Reg we're no strangers to a bit of robust reader input. We get flamed by all sorts: dog lovers, vegans, Nigerian helicopter pioneers, members of the Parachute Regiment, Welshmen. Today, however, we have a first. An actual NASA engineer has joined this illustrious lineup to pour vitriol on our output.
Lewis Page, 05 Mar 2010
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David Atherton on football, why mags beat Google, and what he's doing next

Interview Part 2This is part two of a two-part interview with Dabs founder David Atherton. Part one is here.
Robert Blincoe, 05 Mar 2010

Apple revises iPad ship date

Apple has missed its deadline. The iPad will go on sale in the US not in "late March" but early April, the company has admitted.
Tony Smith, 05 Mar 2010

Mystery of alleged MI6 traitor's data theft

AnalysisNext week, a 25-year-old man will appear at the drab Magistrates' court in Westminster's Horseferry Road to answer allegations he tried to sell Top Secret MI6 files to a foreign intelligence agency for £900,000.
Christopher Williams, 05 Mar 2010

Could Vodafone nab 3 UK after T-Orange merger?

With the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK approved by the European Union, the current UK leaders, O2 and Vodafone, will be mulling their competitive responses. So far, Vodafone has mainly focused on revamping its software brands and its higher-value services, but it could also move to acquire the country's smallest cellco, 3 UK, say analysts.
Wireless Watch, 05 Mar 2010

Mystic Met Office abandons long range forecasts

The Met Office has confirmed it is to abandon long range weather forecasts, finally acknowledging criticism. The most recent forecasts were so inaccurate, that even the BBC is reconsidering whether to appoint an alternative supplier, such as Accuweather, after 88 years of continuous service from the 1,700-strong MoD unit.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Mar 2010

Aussie hoaxer strikes again

UpdatedUpdate: This story has been rewritten to indicate that the blogger-cop exchange is likely a hoax. Our original story assumed it was genuine.
Jane Fae , 05 Mar 2010

BBC claims angry iPlayer plugin mob 'conflated' open source term

The BBC has tried to draw a line under its decision to bar open source implementations of RTMP (real-time messaging protocol) streaming in the iPlayer, after The Register revealed the Corporation's quiet switcheroo last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2010

'Negatively strange' antihypermatter made out of gold

Topflight international reverse-alchemy boffins say they have managed to transmute gold into an entirely new form of "negatively strange" antihypernucleic antimatter, ultra-bizarre stuff which cannot possibly occur naturally - except perhaps inside the cores of collapsed stars.
Lewis Page, 05 Mar 2010

Another 36,000 US jobs lost in February

The magic of numbers continued in the United States today, as the Department of Labor said the workforce in America shrank by 36,000 jobs in February, and yet the unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 per cent.

Man of God backs Beverley porncoder

A church official has come out in support of Paul Smith - the owner of Beverley news website HU17.net who was sensationally revealed by the Hull Daily Mail to have coded "thousands" of porn websites.
Lester Haines, 05 Mar 2010

Scareware sellers fool Google with file switch

Cybercrooks have developed a new technique for manipulating search engine results in order to promote the crud they sell, such as scareware packages.
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2010

E-book buyers favour iPad over Kindle and co.

Punters out to buy an e-book reader seem set on Apple's iPad, a survey of 3171 US consumers has revealed.
Tony Smith, 05 Mar 2010

US judge puts freeze on Apple-Nokia patent kerfuffle

A US federal judge has sent Apple and Nokia lawyers to their respective corners until the feds get their chance to sort through the competing patent infringement claims.
Austin Modine, 05 Mar 2010
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Think software patching is a hassle? You're not alone

Underscoring a barrier to remaining secure online, the average Windows PC user has to install a software update every five days from 22 different providers, according to vulnerability tracking service Secunia.
Dan Goodin, 05 Mar 2010
X2 iTablet

Gartner says world will buy 10.5m tablets in 2010

The global PC business is apparently bouncier than the analysts at Gartner had been projecting only a few months ago, and now, they're predicting that PC shipments will rise by 19.7 per cent in 2010 to 366.1 million machines.

Microsoft sends flowers to IE6 funeral

Microsoft sent flowers to last night's IE6 funeral, thanking the browser for "all the good times."
Cade Metz, 05 Mar 2010

Opera says bug probably can't commandeer machines

A security vulnerability identified in Opera can be exploited to crash users' browsers, but probably can't lead to the remote execution of malware, a company spokesman said.
Dan Goodin, 05 Mar 2010

Microsoft unplugs middling Windows server

Microsoft will halt development of its mid-market oriented Windows Essential Business Server software bundle, as the company bets on "cloud computing" rather than lump licensing to woo penny-pinching IT markets.
Austin Modine, 05 Mar 2010

Firefox alpha dons Flash flak jacket

Mozilla has pushed out a Firefox developer preview that runs Adobe Flash and other plug-ins as a separate process, hoping to prevent crashing plug-ins from crashing the browser proper.
Cade Metz, 05 Mar 2010

Google to plug self into Microsoft Office

Google has acquired a company founded by a pair of Microsoft veterans intent on creating "a bridge between Microsoft Office and Google Apps".
Cade Metz, 05 Mar 2010

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