Apple leaves profits on table for 'huge' iPad future
Apple has great faith in the "very large" market opportunity for the iPad - so much so that it's allowing "very aggressive" pricing of the magical and revolutionary device to slice into its profit margins.
Revo Heritage DAB/FM radio and iPod dock
ReviewMost of us have music all over the place - on PCs or Macs, phones, PMPs and USB sticks. If you also like to spend time listening to the radio - FM, DAB or internet - things can get complicated. With this in mind, Scottish audio specialist Revo has concocted a one-box-does-it-all player that promises to tie all those musical loose ends together.
Luxury brands welcome EU law to restrict online sales
Manufacturers will be allowed to require their distributors to have 'brick and mortar' shops as well as an online presence under a Regulation published today that will change competition law across the EU from next month.
Ruby giant rolls hosted Memcached service
Ruby hosting giant Heroku is letting developers roll Memcached into their web-based applications for fast performance and internet-size scale.
Provisioning - how do you approach it?
WorkshopBuying new physical servers has always taken time and effort. Unfortunately virtualisation has managed to create the perception that the provisioning of virtual machines is quick, easy and - very unfairly - free of charge. How has this expectation changed the necessary processes when new physical servers have to be acquired?
Google seeks $1bn flight search engine
Google is going shopping again - it's in talks to buy travel search specialist ITA Software for more than $1bn.
Seagate neck and neck with WD in Q3
Seagate made more money than expected in its third fiscal 2010 quarter, due to record hard drive shipments of 50.3 million units and tight inventory controls. Eyes are now on rival Western Digital, which reports tomorrow, to see if it has beaten Seagate's production figures.
Brain training games don't work, stupid
A BBC TV pop science programme has debunked the notion that brain training games make you smarter - with the help of thousands of viewers.
Dell EqualLogic engineering boss leaves
CommentPaula Long, the driving force of EqualLogic engineering, has left Dell.
HP teases with smartbook spec
HP's first Android-based netbook, the Compaq AirLife 100, is now confirmed to use an Arm chip, the manufacturer's website reveals..
Space station sphere-sats to collect rocks from Mars
It's all go this week in the field of tiny, spherical robots that float inside the International Space Station (ISS) on their own independent orbits about the Earth.
Official: Apple iPhone is a chick magnet
UpdateGuys, want to get girls? Then buy yourself an iPhone.
American teens love texting
For years, Americans were bemused by the rest of the world's obsession with texting. After all, they had free local calls on their landlines, unlike elsewhere, and sucky cell phone calling plans.
Supporting the teleworkers: Redux
WorkshopThe issue of providing IT support to home-based users always attracts a lot of responses from the IT pro readership on El Reg, as illustrated by Jon Collins’ recent article.
Intel Classmate PC comes to UK
Intel has launched the latest incarnation of its Classmate PC - announced earlier this year - in the UK ahead of the gadget's arrival next month.
UK almost tops international Google-snoop league
British authorities demand more data on Google users per capita than almost any other major democracy, newly-published figures have revealed.
The road to high availability systems
WebcastWhile the vision of IT might be rows of gleaming systems running standardised applications, the truth is that many organisations struggle with their IT environments as wave after wave of new IT projects have had to work alongside older kit and software.
PARIS hacked Canon: 108 minutes, 1,298 stills
The El Reg Paper Aircraft Released into Space (PARIS) team reckons it's fingered the reason for the Canon A560 power-down, and yes, it's a matter of the batteries, as many of you pointed out.
Facebook sinks Lite
Facebook has shelved its "lite" version for the bandwidth challenged, saying that the service was a learning experience but one that's no longer needed.
Lenovo intros eco-friendly ThinkPads
Lenovo has introduced its latest line in ThinkPad laptops, touting the new machines' affordability, eco-friendliness and "military grade durability".
Mozilla blocks Firefox Java plugin
Mozilla has begun blocking an unsecured Java plugin for its Firefox browser.
HP offers gaming PC buyers free game
HP is giving away one of its a laser gaming mouse, a digital headset and copies of Battlefield Bad Company 2 to anyone who buys one of its Pavilion Elite Desktop 150 or 180 PCs.
Mozilla to cordon off plugin crashes with Firefox 3.6.4 beta
Mozilla released a public beta of Firefox 3.6.4 yesterday, which also debuted “Lorentz” - a project that the open source outfit is hoping will stablise browsing for Windows and Linux users when Adobe’s Flash, Apple’s Quicktime and Microsoft’s Silverlight plugins crash.
Bluetooth 4 comes out punching, takes aims at elderly
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is trying to drum up interest in the next version of the standard, before Zigbee, Z-Wave and NFC steal the march on short-range radios.
Astra satellite to beam in free 3D TV content
SES Astra, the company that owns the Astra satellite used to beam Sky and Freesat to the UK, will next month begin transmitting free 3D content.
Lucky Lib Dem punter could clear £800k on Clegg victory
If the Lib Dems achieve the unexpected and romp home on May 6, it is not just the political pundits who are likely to be put out – but the bookies too, with one canny punter possibly clearing the best part of a million pounds.
Microsoft rejigs enterprise end point security management
UpdatedMicrosoft has decided to drop a standalone anti-malware management product in order to concentrate on server-based security and management software and hosted services.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 smartphone
ReviewSony Ericsson hasn't had a great deal of luck with its premium Xperia smartphone series. The original X1 was an ill-conceived mangle of style and smartphone that didn't really succeed at doing anything very well. More recently, the hotly hyped Xperia 2 was unceremoniously pulled from UK release after Vodafone announced that it wouldn't be including it in its portfolio, however, it did appear in Europe.
Lizard People drop ACTA draft from Black Helicopter
Emerging briefly from their underground volcano lair, the shadowy A.C.T.A. organisation has released their latest list of demands. It's another relentless march towards global New World Order governance.
Johnson: ID cards will pay for themselves
The home secretary has said that the identity scheme's budget will be recouped through charging the public for the cards.
Cybercrooks befuddled by Icelandic volcano name
Scareware slingers have balked at using the name of the Icelandic volcano that this week has prevented planes flying across much of Europe as a theme for search engine manipulation campaigns because its name is simply too complicated.
Google Maps Navigation comes to UK
Google has released free, turn-by-turn, GPS navigation software for the UK. OK, it's in Beta and it's available for Android phones only, and Google Maps invariably sends you the wrong way the last mile or two. But it's free, free, I tell you.
EU appoints 'reflection group' to put euro culture online
The European Commission has appointed a Frenchman, a Belgian and a German to "reflect" on how best to drag Europe's cultural heritage online.
Adobe gives up on the iPhone
Adobe has said it won't be developing any more versions of its packager, which allowed Flash applications to be recompiled for the iPhone.
Blizzard zaps 320,000 WoW and Diablo users
Blizzard Entertainment is warning users of the Battle.net online gaming service to play by the rules or else… In a statement yesterday on the Battlenet forums, the company said it recently banned more than 320,00 Warcraft III and Diablo II accounts for violating Battle.net Ts&Cs.
Microsoft kicks SQL Server 2008 R2 out the door
Microsoft released code for SQL Server 2008 R2 to manufacturers today.
WD intros Nas-linked iPhone app
Western Digital has rolled out an app to allow iPhone users to view pictures placed on its Nas boxes.
US X-37B robot minishuttle: 'Secret space warplane'?
Tomorrow, the US Air Force will finally launch the long-delayed X-37B unmanned mini space shuttle, dubbed by the Iranian government a "secret space warplane". But what is it actually for?
Cameron promises yet more Avatar
Those of you who simply haven't had enough Avatar will be pleased to learn that James Cameron has revealed he's planning a sequel in which he'll be "focusing on the ocean on Pandora".
PC sales jump in Europe
PC sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are up 22 per cent on the same period last year pushed higher by a big boom in sales in eastern Europe.
C language inventor spurns Google's language exam
Google won't allow the co-inventor of Unix and the C language to check-in code, because he won't take the mandatory language test.
RHEL 6 gets its first beta
The bit twiddlers at Red Hat have been hard at work for the past four years, laying the groundwork in the upstream Linux kernel for what will become Enterprise Linux 6, says Tim Burke, vice president of Linux engineering development at the company. And with RHEL 6, which just entered its first beta today, the company wants to make it cheaper and easier for companies to deploy Linux in their data centers.
Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 R2 aims high (and low)
Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available for download for the company's TechNet and MSDN subscribers from 3 May, while customers worldwide will get their hands on the database software from 13 May.
VMware sales up smartly in Q1
VMware may be the juggernaut of the server virtualization racket right now, but its bottom line is showing the signs of intense competition from Microsoft, Citrix Systems, Red Hat, and Oracle.
McAfee false positive bricks enterprise PCs worldwide
Enterprise customers of a widely used McAfee anti-virus product were in a world of hurt on Wednesday after an update caused large swaths of their machines to become completely inoperable.
Nokia: digital SLRs are doomed
One of the web's "25 most influential people" says that camera phones will soon make digital SLRs obsolete.
Google borgs Steve Jobs refugees for 'tablet' smarts
Google has acquired a chip maker staffed by former Apple engineers, with an apparent interest in using their chip smarts to move the Chrome and Android OSes onto things like iPad-chasing tablets and TV set-top boxes.
Tomcat for Ubuntu and Debian gets Mule kick
After a kicking from a mule, Java sites and applications on servers running the next versions of Ubuntu and Debian should be more reliable .
'Gossips' say Apple will acquire ARM
London's financial district is "aflame" with rumors of a possible takeover of ARM by a company that only yesterday announced that it was sitting on a cash reserve of $41.7bn: Apple.
HP preps Tukwila servers for April 27
We've all been wondering where Hewlett-Packard's high-end servers using Intel's latest Itanium and Xeon processors have been hiding. Well, it looks like the Itanium boxes will be announced on April 27.
Obama open sources custom White House code
DrupalConThe Obama White House has contributed code back to the Drupal community, six months after it made headlines by adopting the open source CMS.