Google remarkets behavioral ad eyeball creep
At the very least, it's yet another demonstration of Google's uniquely creepy ability to control what you see on the interwebs.
Sun grows Oracle but stunts profits
All eyes were on Wall Street this afternoon as software giant and new hardware vendor Oracle reported sales of $6.4bn for its third quarter of fiscal 2010 ended in February, up 17 per cent from the year ago period. However, thanks to its $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems, which happened a month before the end of the quarter, Oracle booked $34m in acquisition costs and had $306m in restructuring charges and that helped push net income down 10 per cent to $1.19bn.
Segway + motorbike = futuristic dorkmobile
Just when you thought that the Segway "self-balancing personal transportation device" concept had finally had a stake driven firmly through its überdorky heart, it's baaaack.
Apple display patent enslaves sun
An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a variety of techniques for capturing light from external sources to either replace or supplement traditional backlighting of electronic-device displays.
Games console 'killer' powers Avatar 3D power package
A fledgling gaming service claimed to be a "console killer" is being used to test delivery of high-end 3D modeling and design software from the cloud.
Desktop Colour Laser Printers: Best Buys
Group TestWhile any of these six printers can turn out a decent business page, with sharp black text and vibrant colour graphics, some definitely have more to offer than others and two stand out.
Xerox Phaser 6125
ReviewThis printer has the lowest official retail price in the group by a good way and this feeds through to typical internet prices, where it can be had for around £139.
ReviewAlone among the printers in this group test, the OKI machine uses strips of high-intensity LEDs to illuminate its photoconductor drums, rather than laser beams. This makes for a simpler design, though in this case the machine is deeper from front to back than most.
ReviewThis is a comparatively big machine, in a case full of bumps and bulges, and has a similar arrangement of drums and toner cartridges to the Dell 1320C.
HP Color LaserJet CP1215
ReviewThis printer and the Canon i-Sensys LBP5050 use the same colour laser engine, designed by Canon. HP puts it in a case of its own design, but there are still many similarities between the two machines.
ReviewTall and black, this big, square Dell cube makes its presence felt on the desk. Paper feeds from a decent-capacity, 250-sheet paper tray and there’s a single-sheet multipurpose feed, too. The control panel is simple, but includes warning LEDs built into a useful schematic of the printer.
Canon i-Sensys LBP5050
ReviewThis is a squat machine, cased all in white, with a simple, LED-filled status panel. It has a single paper tray, holding just 150 sheets, which isn’t a lot if you print frequently. There’s a multi-feed slot for envelopes and other media.
Buyer's Guide: Colour Laser Printers
Group TestOn price alone, you might think there’d be no contest between inkjets and colour laser printers, but the strength of the latter lies in areas other than the monetary bottom line. The key advantages are all results of the technology itself: cleaner quality print, more robust documents and higher print speed.
Dell and Caringo in OEM cahoots?
CommentDell's DX6000 object storage platform, built using unidentified partner technologies, is set to compete with MC's Centera and Atmos products. DX software looks to be sourced from Caringo.
Desktop Colour Laser Printers
Group TestLaser printer have been hit hard by the rise of inkjet machines in the last ten years or so. Excellent inkjet print quality, especially in colour and on photo paper, caused many pundits to predict that was it for the laser - and the colour laser in particular.
Times websites want £1 a day from June
The Times and the Sunday Times are set to charge for access to their websites from June.
Apple's iPad to launch with 30,000-volume free library
Apple's e-book reader application, iBooks, may be more widely available than anticipated, thanks to the inclusion of more than 30,000 free e-books from Project Gutenberg.
Tesco Internet Phone rings off the hook
Tesco is pulling the plug on its foray into VoIP, giving customers a month to find an alternative to its Tesco Internet Phone and Talk Wi-Fi services.
'Switch to Century Gothic to save the planet'
A university CIO says that sysadmins determined to do their bit for the environment - and save cash on printer consumables - should switch fonts wherever possible to Century Gothic.
Roger Boyes probes Vienna Boys’ Choir
You know how it is: you've got a hot story on the Vienna Boys’ Choir that needs writing up pronto, so you put your top man on the job...
GSMA trials spam snitch scheme
The GSMA is piloting a scheme allowing GSM users to report SMS spam to a standard short code, in the hope of stopping the trickle before it becomes a flood.
European conference sets agenda for cybercrime fight
The Council of Europe has called for a worldwide implementation of its Convention on Cybercrime to fight the growing problem of economic crime on the web.
Asus goes all out for SuperSpeed USB
Asus is ramping up the number of device it offers with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 on board, announcing that more than 20 gadgets will feature the high-speed bus.
Sarah's Law review skewed by handpicked sample
Home Office jubilation over the "success" of its sex offender disclosure scheme may be premature amid yet more evidence of the Home Office twisting research to suit its own agenda.
Lads from Lagos pose as US troops to snare unwary ladies
The Lads from Lagos have struck again, this time posing online as US servicemen at war overseas in order to become "romantically involved" with American women fond of a man in uniform and then "prey on their emotions and patriotism".
How ready is your business for unified communications?
WorkshopAlthough unified communications (UC) still has some way to go before it achieves mainstream adoption, businesses increasingly understand what it is and what it can deliver in terms of benefits to the business.
IBM: Mainframe emulator part of a conspiracy
CommentLet's start with the obvious: there was never a poor bald geek's chance with a supermodel that IBM was ever going to willingly license its z/OS and related systems software so it could run on the commercialized version of the open source Hercules mainframe hardware emulator for x64 iron.
ReviewIn the world of the serious superzoom bridge cameras, Samsung’s WB5000 is currently the company’s only fully-loaded model. It sports an 24x f/2.8–5.0 zoom lens, a 12Mp sensor with with RAW mode shooting and 720p HD video recording. It also features dual optical and digital image stabilisation, two user-defined shooting modes and the classic aperture, speed priority or full manual mode.
Phorm turns up in Brazil
After months lost in a jungle of its own creation, Phorm, the much-maligned internet monitoring and profiling outfit, today emerged with new hopes its technology and the tens of millions spent on it might bring some return.
Adaptec's caching card uses MS code
Adaptec has announced benchmark results for its MaxIS solid state drive (SSD) caching card and revealed it's based on licensed Microsoft code.
Apple 'real cost' comparison shows inflation beaten mercilessly
A look at how much old Apple products would cost if they were released today doesn't quite show what it hopes to - that the iPad is very good value - but it does provide an interesting insight into the economics of technology.
The Pirate Party is the shape of things to come
CommentA clear winner is emerging from the Digital Economy Bill - and it's the UK Pirate Party. The penny only really dropped for me yesterday, after the Open Rights Group's big demonstration at Westminster.
Vast 'Cloud 9' sky-wedding balloon destroyed in Vegas prang
An eleven-story-high helium balloon used for aerial parties and sightseeing has crashed to the ground and been destroyed by a storm in Las Vegas, fortunately with no-one on board. The owners intend to offer visitors a petting zoo while a replacement balloon is constructed.
Durex India eStore spills customers' personal details
A site that sold Durex condoms in India has threatened a whistleblower with a legal nastygram in the wake of an admitted security breach involving leaked client details.
UK.gov biz department wonders if Twitter is worth the effort
The UK government’s business, innovation and skills department (BIS) is currently peering into its own Web2.0 navel in an effort to work out if it’s wasting time and money on “social media” websites.
Saga servers quiver for Cameron
Staff at aged organisation Saga are all a-quiver this Friday in anticipation of a website meltdown when they start a live interview with Tory leader and grannies' favourite David Cameron.
ERP deniers their own worst enemy
WorkshopAs new ideas and technologies emerge and develop in IT, we typically go through a maturity curve. Lots of problems are reported in the early days as a result of unproven products and lack of market ‘know how’ which gradually disappear over time as offerings become more robust, experience is gained, and best practices are defined.
Third of UK students would strip their way through college
A third of female students would happily top up their funds by stripping while four per cent would consider escort work as a way to make ends meet.
Alleged spy traitor's bail bid blocked
A former MI6 officer who allegedly attempted to sell Top Secret computer files to what he thought was a foreign intelligence agency has had his bail application rejected.
Orange days from major tariff refresh
ExclusiveOrange is just days away from revamping its pay-monthly packages, Reg Hardware has learned.
Has Symantec sprinkled Veritas developers with pink slips?
CommentThe fate of hundreds of Veritas developers hung in the balance this week as parent Symantec was rumoured to have killed off its S4 object storage development effort.
World Cup-themed PDF attack kicks off
Miscreants have booted a World Cup-themed email malware attack onto the web, taking advantage of existing material on the tournament.
Microsoft's Hotmail flicks finger at UK students
Microsoft’s Hotmail and Outlook Live servers keep getting stuck on a spamming loop that is locking many students and teaching staff at UK universities out of the firm’s email service.
Anglia defends Oxburgh's eco network ties
The University of East Anglia has defended the choice of Lord Oxburgh to head its enquiry into Climategate.
Beijing erects giant pong-away sprays at rubbish dumps
Beijing is putting up 100 giant deodorant sprays which can jet perfume over rubbish dumps in order to reduce their acrid smell.
Chattanooga devil dog eats cop cruiser
VidChattanooga cops have released a video of a one-sided encounter between officer Clayton Holmes's police cruiser and a local devil dog.
Xbox 360 firmware update coming on 6 April
It's official: the Xbox 360 is getting USB Mass Storage support on 6 April. And SanDisk will be releasing and Xbox-branded USB stick as a tie-in.
TechniSat Freesat set-top gets BBC iPlayer support
Own a TechniSat HDFS Freesat set-top box? You'll soon be able to gain access to BBC iPlayer on your telly if you do a couple of things.
Vodafone: get your Sony Ericsson X10 from us on 2 April
There's a huge buzz about the Xperia X10 - the upcoming Android smartphone from Sony Ericsson - and if you're keen to get your hands on one, Vodafone will set you a handset on 2 April, it said today.
EMC to converge CLARiiON and Celerra arrays
EMC is about to converge its CLARiiON and Celerra arrays into a new V-CX product, according to a pair of sources with knowledge of the situation.
troll holder snags smartphone threat
One of the largest US intellectual-property firms has acquired an "obscenely broad" patent that may cause migraines among the legal teams at Apple, Google, Palm, Motorola, NTC, and other smartphone makers.
Microsoft to extend Silverlight for Mac?
HTML 5 in Internet Explorer may mean Microsoft is rejoined the league of civilized nations on browsers, but another Microsoft technology remains under lock and key more firmly than ever.
Nokia sharpens Vision with Novarra buy
Finnish phonemeaker Nokia has announced that it will acquire the privately-held, Chicago-based Novarra, makers of the Vision mobile browser and server platform.
Kit attacks Microsoft keyboards (and a whole lot more)
Security researchers on Friday unveiled an open-source device that captures the traffic of a wide variety of wireless devices, including keyboards, medical devices, and remote controls.