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Oracle slots Berkeley DB into Google's Android

Oracle has announced an updated version of its embedded open-source database for Google's Android, during a three-way wrestling match for the affections of Eclipse developers.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2010

Big Phone to US: 'Give us spectrum. Then shut up'

The US may be number one in wireless broadband, but to stay on top it needs more spectrum and less regulation.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Mar 2010

Oracle duo pitch for Java's lifeblood

Execs from "the combined Sun and Oracle" tag-teamed at this year's EclipseCon to talk about the future of Java in a turn that was full of team spirit, but few details on Oracle's plans.
Team Register, 24 Mar 2010

Yes, Internet Explorer is on the wane in Europe

Internet Explorer's European market share has decreased noticeably since Microsoft rolled out its browser ballot screen to EU Windows users, according to new data from net research firm Quantcast.
Cade Metz, 24 Mar 2010

Bill Gates goes (mini) nuclear

A startup firm funded in part by Bill Gates is in talks with Toshiba about creating small, efficient nuclear energy reactors that are fueled not by treacherous uranium-235 or plutonium-239, but by relatively benign uranium-238.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Mar 2010
Cat 5 cable

Ubuntu shops prefer the bleeding edge

In preparation for the rollout of Ubuntu Server 10.04 Long Term Support next month, Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the Linux variant, and the Ubuntu community polled Ubuntu users to see how they use the operating system.

BlueArc extending its circle

CommentHaving started out at the high-end NAS level with Titan and secured its mid-range offering with Mercury, BlueArc is now set on introducing a low-end product.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2010
LaCinema MiniHD

LaCie LaCinema MiniHD

ReviewWe weren’t wildly enthusiastic about LaCie's Black Max set-top box. Thankfully, its new LaCinema MiniHD is a more modest affair that just concentrates on being a media player. As a result, it’s more successful than the Black MAX, although it does still have some rough edges.
Cliff Joseph, 24 Mar 2010

Police reject Tory plans for elected chiefs

The relationship between police and central government may be about to become a whole lot less harmonious, as senior police officers call for a fundamental review of policing in the UK and politicians look for a quick fix.
Jane Fae , 24 Mar 2010

Customise the app or modify your business?

Mini PollWhen implementing ERP, should you expect to tailor the product to your business or change your processes to match the product? It’s a key philosophical question that anyone who has implemented this kind of system will probably have an opinion on.
Dale Vile, 24 Mar 2010

You think unified comms is just about productivity?

WorkshopWhen we talk about Unified Communications (UC), a lot of us are guilty of dwelling on generalities and how attractive the notion of smoother communications would be to us as individuals. After all, who wouldn’t want to get shot of having to wrestle with multiple phone numbers, worry about multiple inboxes, and having to suffer from the ongoing frustration of that game we call ‘telephone tag’?
Josie Sephton, 24 Mar 2010

Sure Signal not so sure

Vodafone's Sure Signal is supposed to provide connectivity to the disconnected, but for the last few days the service has been far from sure despite relying on customers paying twice.
Bill Ray, 24 Mar 2010

Oops: Chief Climategate investigator failed to declare eco directorship

ExclusiveThe peer leading the second Climategate enquiry at the University of East Anglia serves as a director of one of the most powerful environmental networks in the world, according to Companies House documents - and has failed to declare it.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Mar 2010

Samsung founder's kid back at the wheel

Lee Kun-hee will return to head up Samsung Electronics, having resigned from the company in 2008 with a conviction for tax evasion - for which he's since been pardoned.
Bill Ray, 24 Mar 2010
Eye-Fi X2 range

Eye-Fi launches X2 wireless SD cards in UK

Wireless SD Card maker Eye-Fi has updated its line-up and queued the cards up to arrive on shop shelves at the end of April.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2010

BCS turns down e-signature petition

A petition to hold an emergency general meeting of the British Computing Society (BCS) has been turned down because the signatures were electronic.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2010
Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung unveils Android 2.1 smartphone

Samsung has taken the wraps off its latest Android smartphone - the Galaxy S, based on version 2.1 of the Google mobile OS.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2010

Train rebrand costs us dear

When National Express lost the east coast rail franchise someone had to pay to rebrand the trains and website.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2010

Nintendo confirms 3D handheld console coming

Nintendo is working on a version of its DS handheld console with the ability to display 3D content, the videogames pioneer has said.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2010

MIT boffins on track of portable 60-watt seawater desalinator

MIT boffins say they're on the track of a nifty, portable machine which could turn dirty seawater into enough clean drinking water for several people - using no more power than a lightbulb.
Lewis Page, 24 Mar 2010
iPhone vs Pre

Palm OS on an iPhone - there's an app for that

Palm OS obsessives StyleTap have created an iPhone emulator, but you'll have to give Cydia $50 and jailbreak your handset to run it.
Bill Ray, 24 Mar 2010

Reg readers feel the squeeze in 2010 IT budgets

Preliminary results from our 2009/10 x86 Vendor Preference Survey show that the economy has had a considerable impact on IT spending among our survey respondents. While this is perhaps a self-evident finding, it gives us some data to hang our hats on.
Dan Olds, 24 Mar 2010

Facebook gives you the clap: Official

The sharp rise in syphilis cases in Teesside has been partially attributed to social networking sites which incautious locals are trawling in search of casual sex.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2010

Zurich Insurance promises changes after data loss

Zurich Insurance has promised to improve its information security after losing personal financial information on 46,000 British clients through careless handling of unencrypted backup tapes.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2010
Freeview HD logo

Philips preps Freeview HD set-top pair

UpdatedConsumer electronics company Philips is preparing to release a pair of Pace-made Freeview HD set-top boxes, due to go on sale in the coming months.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2010
Philips 40PFL9704 LCD TV

Revealed: the unstoppable rise of the LCD TV

LCD technology dominates the TV market, and its grip will only tighten during the next three or four years, market watcher DisplaySearch has said.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2010

US Navy plans self-building floating fortresses

Iconoclastic Pentagon paradigm-mangler boffins at DARPA have done it again, unveiling plans for cunning floating modules which could be tipped off cargo ships out at sea and then drive about and snap themselves together to form floating offshore bases.
Lewis Page, 24 Mar 2010

May the SandForce be with LSI and Seagate

The LSI/Seagate SSS6200 PCIe-connected flash card apparently has a SandForce controller on it.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2010

EMC new storage federation box named V-Plex?

EMC's new storage federation box is likely to be called V-Plex, if information we've received is accurate.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2010

Pre-election budget targets politics, not policy

BudgetIn a budget lacking the traditional pre-election giveaway, the chancellor dedicated much of his speech to congratulating himself on measures taken in the last two years to mitigate the impact of recession and bail out the financial sector.
Christopher Williams, 24 Mar 2010

Foreign Office changes tourist advice after Israeli inquiry

UpdatedThe Foreign Office has revised travel advice for Brits visiting Israel after the UK government blamed the Jewish State for cloning UK passports for use in an operation to kill a Hamas commander in Dubai.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2010

Dell mainstreams cloud servers

For the past several years, server and PC maker Dell has built a sizeable and mostly hidden business selling custom-made servers to elite data center customers facing power, cooling, and compute capacity issues that its regular SMB and enterprise customers don't have to cope with. But as hyperscale computing - database clustering and analytics, big data-crunching using Hadoop and MapReduce, and more traditional technical supercomputing - goes more mainstream, Dell needs to commercialize its cloud server business. Every customer can't get bespoke servers and allow Dell to make a profit.

Free anti-virus scanner hits the cloud

Avira has added cloud technology to the latest version of its popular freebie anti-virus scanner.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2010

Getting drunk the night before has no effect on exam results

Heartwarming news for students or others taking courses today, as scientists have now carried out research revealing that heavyish drinking the night before exams will not affect your performance.
Lewis Page, 24 Mar 2010

Microsoft sneak peeks freshened comms server

Microsoft has announced that the next incarnation of its unified communications software - code-named Communication Server 14 - will be available in the second half of the year. Earlier company roadmaps indicated this would be the case.
Cade Metz, 24 Mar 2010

Google auto-alerts Gmailers to suspicious log-ins

Google has updated Gmail with new code designed to alert you when it suspects your account has been compromised. This alert may be triggered, for instance, when a login appears to come from one country just a few hours after a login from another country.
Cade Metz, 24 Mar 2010

FBI cyber cop says 'very existence' of US under threat

Cyber attacks threaten the "very existence" of the US, according to a top FBI official charged with worrying about such things.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Mar 2010
For Sale sign detail

HP juices gamestations with Intel 'Westmeres'

Hewlett-Packard has freshened its desktop and mobile workstations with new Intel six-core "Westmere-EP" Xeon 5600 .

Oracle endorses faster Java changes

EclipseCon 2010Oracle is committed to whipping the Java Community Process into shape, but it looks like a limited workout's on the agenda.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2010

Red Hat all black in Q4

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat is reaching towards its goal of hitting $1bn in sales. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, the company had double digit revenue growth and posted record billings for the services backing its Enterprise Linux and related products, and it finished off the year with overall sales up 14.7 per cent, to $748.2m, and net earnings up 10.8 per cent, to $87.3m.

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