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Apple uncloaks deep details of its 11 iPad apps

UpdatedApple's iPad won't be available in the company's brick-and-mortar stores until this Saturday, but on Monday Cupertino added a series of videos to its website that provide more detail on the device's "magical and revolutionary" capabilities - and The Reg sat through each self-congratulatory video to give you a deep-dive preview.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Mar 2010
Sony Ericsson Vivaz

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

ReviewSony Ericsson's latest style phone certainly cuts a dash with its unique curvy shape. But its focus is on HD video capture, rather than just movie viewing, with its 8.1Mp stills camera also capable of recording moving images in 720p HD. With Wi-Fi, HSDPA 3G, A-GPS and social networking apps, the Vivaz adds up to much more than a mere fashion phone.
Dave Oliver, 30 Mar 2010

Royal Navy starts work on new, pointless frigates

CommentThe Royal Navy has decided to spend £127m to answer the question: "What should the next generation of frigates be like?" This is disappointing, as the real question is "do we actually need any more frigates?" and the answer is very likely "No, or not in their present form, anyway."
Lewis Page, 30 Mar 2010

Million pound Usenet indexer found guilty

Newzbin, a website which indexed Usenet files, but did not host them, has been found liable for copyright infringement by the High Court of Justice in London .
John Oates, 30 Mar 2010
HTC Legend

Vodafone kicks off Legend pre-order process

After an HTC Legend, the Android 2.1-based handset that's the manufacturer's follow up to the well-regarded Hero? You're going to have to get it from Vodafone, and if you want to one of the first to lay your mitts on it when it arrives on 2 April, you'll have to put your order in early.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2010

Outsource back office, Gershon tells Tories

Former head of the Office of Government Commerce Sir Peter Gershon has advised the Conservatives to outsource all back office processing functions within 18 months of being elected.
Kable, 30 Mar 2010
server room

Patch Management: Should it even exist?

WorkshopFrom the outside in, it’s easy to question the need for software patching. “Surely,” some might ask, “If software was written properly we wouldn’t need the IT department to spend time patching it?”
Martin Atherton, 30 Mar 2010

Orange to dangle games as carrot to lure Apple fans

Orange is to try and tempt iPhone fans over to its network by offering them games.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2010

Goodmans-Grundig intros identical Freeview HD set-tops

Grundig and Goodmans. Goodmans and Grundig. Whichever way round you prefer the names, they have both introduced the same Freeview HD receivers.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2010

British Gas signs Voda so meters can snitch direct

British Gas is to upgrade two million meters to call home with automated readings - but this isn't just about making the gas man obsolete.
Bill Ray, 30 Mar 2010

Bank security guru: Sue your bank for refund

Noted banking security expert Ross Anderson was forced to threaten action in the small claims court before his bank agreed to refund a disputed transaction.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2010

Probe spots Pac-Man on Saturnian Death Star

The Cassini spacecraft has sent back some unexpected surface temperature data from Saturnian moon Mimas - a satellite previous dubbed the "Death Star" for its prominent Herschel Crater, but now demonstrating its allegiance may lie more with Pac-Man than Star Wars:
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2010
Freeview HD logo

Freeview HD launches, gets Channel 4

Freeview has formally launched the HD service it's been highlighting on its website for months and which has been broadcasting for even longer.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2010

Virgin's Music Unlimited gets limited

Virgin Media's big new music service, announced last summer, has hit a snag. Independent music alliance Merlin has told its members that it can't reach a fair price, but still hopes to.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Mar 2010

Best Buy buys in modest iPad supply

US Apple stores and Best Buy branches will have a few iPads in stock on Saturday to ensure the media-friendly queues.
Bill Ray, 30 Mar 2010

US lawmakers urge trade commission to scrutinise Google Buzz

US lawmakers are calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to probe privacy complaints about Google's Buzz, following a tirade of grumbles that greeted the creepy injection of the real-time Twitterbookish tech into Gmail in February this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2010

Trustpilot prunes florid iFlorist tributes

Following our look yesterday at some highly-suspect online reviews for iFlorist, Trustpilot has pruned a bunch of the offending tributes and is investigating the matter.
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2010

LHC particle-punisher in record 7 TeV hypercollisions

It's official: as this is written, the most powerful particle collisions ever achieved by the human race are taking place inside the great subterranean detector caverns of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Lewis Page, 30 Mar 2010

Biting the bullet on ERP implementation realities?

Mini PollIn this week's ERP workshop poll, we get right into the specifics of what makes or breaks an implementation project in the real world. If you have experience or opinions on this, we'd appreciate your input.
Dale Vile, 30 Mar 2010

Legal high fire sale starts now

Websites selling mephedrone are already offering the substance for half its previous price, thanks to an imminent ban announced by Home Secretary Alan Johnson yesterday.
John Oates, 30 Mar 2010

Nominet chairman quits

Bob Gilbert has resigned as chairman of Nominet, the non-profit company in charge of the .uk domain registry, it was announced today.
Christopher Williams, 30 Mar 2010

Weak passwords stored in browsers make hackers happy

Nearly a quarter of people (23 per cent) polled in a survey by Symantec use their browser to keep tabs on their passwords.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2010

Turk unwraps doner kebab robot

A Turkish Cypriot has unveiled what represents the cutting edge of death wrapped in pitta bread tech: the automated doner kebab meat slicing robot, capable of delivering vast quantities of perfectly-hewn nourishment.
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2010

Google gets happy-clappy with file transfer in talk widgets

Google has finally slotted peer-to-peer file transfers into its iGoogle and Orkut talk widgets.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2010

Brits blasé about 3D TV 'fad'

Brits may have been wowed by Avatar but James Cameron's 3D epic hasn't persuaded them to buy a 3D TV no matter what, research has revealed.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2010

BT fibre upgrades hit full speed

BT's fibre optic upgrade programme is picking up pace, with a further 300 exchanges earmarked to offer faster broadband today.
Christopher Williams, 30 Mar 2010
TomTom Start

TomTom upgrades beginners' satnav

TomTom has revamped its Start satnav for beginners.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2010

Woman finds Romanian living in shed

Readers of the Daily Mail have fired up the Twat-O-Tron at the shock news that a Bromley woman found a Romanian living in her garden shed.
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2010

Your internet policy sucks, US tells Aussies

Critics of the Australia’s proposed internet filtering scheme just keep on coming. This week, it's the turn of one of Australia’s biggest and most formidable allies, the United States, to put the boot into a scheme that would turn Australia into the free world’s strictest regulator of internet content.
Jane Fae , 30 Mar 2010

Cops' quango to come under freedom of information laws

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the publicly-funded private company that wields heavy influence over policing policy, will be included in the Freedom of Information Act from October next year.
Christopher Williams, 30 Mar 2010
For Sale sign detail

Greenpeace labels Dell 'a bloody marketing machine'

Greenpeace has lambasted Dell's decision to "backtrack" on its commitments to remove hazardous chemicals from all of its products.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2010

NASA coughs $57m for another year's HPC support at Ames

NASA has announced that it will extend its contract with Computer Sciences Corporation to provide "supercomputing support services" at the Ames Research Centre in California.
Team Register, 30 Mar 2010

Chip makers slammed in 2009

The prognosticators and measurers at Gartner have focused their counting on semiconductor sales for 2009, and thanks to a rebound as the year came to a close and a truly awful ending in 2008 (making for easier compares), the worldwide semiconductor industry fell by only 10.5 per cent, to $228.4bn.
China censorship

Google backtracks on cause of China search block

Updated AgainUpdate: This story has been updated to show that Google first said a change to its search url caused Tuesday's blockage in China but that it has now backtracked to say this was not the case.
Cade Metz, 30 Mar 2010

Microsoft teams with Google in name of privacy

Search rivals Microsoft and Google have joined a coalition to simplify and clarify US law to protect the online privacy of netizens from government snooping.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2010

Google mocks Steve Jobs with Chrome-Flash merger

When Steve Jobs met Google boss Eric Schmidt for coffee late last week, they may or may not have reached some common ground on certain hot-button subjects. But odds are, they didn't see eye-on-eye on Adobe Flash. As Jobs prepares to ship his much ballyhooed Apple iPad without even the possibility of running Flash - which he calls "buggy," littered with security holes, and a "CPU hog" - Google is actually integrating the beleaguered plug-in with its Chrome browser.
Cade Metz, 30 Mar 2010

Intel (finally) uncages Nehalem-EX beast

Intel's switch to the Nehalem architecture was finally completed Tuesday with the launch of the Nehalem-EX Xeon 6500 and 7500 processors, the last of the Core, Xeon, and Itanium chips to get the Quick Path Interconnect and a slew of features that make Intel chips compete head-to-head with alternatives from Advanced Micro Devices. The price war at the midrange and high-end of the x64 market can now get underway, while the all-out, total price war awaits the debut of AMD's Opteron 6100 processors in the second quarter.

Novell (not SCO) owns UNIX, says jury

A federal jury has decided that UNIX is owned by Novell - not SCO.
Cade Metz, 30 Mar 2010
fingers pointing at man

MS delivers emergency IE fix

Microsoft released an emergency IE patch on Tuesday after deciding that an upswing in hacking attacks targeting a zero-day vulnerability in IE 6 and 7 couldn't wait for the next scheduled edition of Patch Tuesday, due on 13 April.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2010

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