Report reams IT admins for secretly snapping student pics
A suburban Philadelphia school district secretly captured more than 58,000 images of students and their friends and family members as a result of an "overzealous" campaign to track the whereabouts of school-issued laptops, according to an independent report.
Opera moves Dragonfly to Apache for patent promise
Web 2.0 ExpoOpera has switched its Dragonfly open source debug tool to an Apache 2.0 license to include a promise that users are protected from patents owned by Opera or any other contributor to the project.
Tories buy YouTube home page
The Tories are making an election-day buy on YouTube's home page in a bid to get their message in front of "millions of voters."
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 4TB Nas box
ReviewIomega has introduced its second-generation StorCenter ix2-200, aimed at the 'prosumer' home user and which offers a wealth of features ranging from a BitTorrent client and remote access to surveillance camera support.
STEC going SAS and PCIe
Enterprise flash drive supplier STEC is sampling a SAS version of its ZeusIOPS solid state drive with its major OEMs and developing a PCIe product.
Google drops cash on soothsayers
The word "impossible" is apparently absent from the Googlonian lexicon. Mountain View's investment arm has just sunk a chunk of coin into a company whose goal is to predict the future.
Scammers attempt to cash in on volcanic ash travel chaos
Scammers are hoping to hoodwink travellers who were stranded by the volcanic ash cloud last month as fresh plumes have disrupted flights once more in the UK.
US lawmakers publish internet privacy Bill
A new law has been proposed that mandates information to be given to website visitors to improve privacy protections in the US. It also lists types of data that can be used until people opt out, and others that can be used only with their consent.
Sheffield hospitals pay thousands for dodgy software
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are to pay £13,000 for inadequate software licensing, after an ex-staff member reported them to the Federation Against Software Theft.
Man uses meat cleaver to fashion UK-ready iPad
The MicroSIM being used by Apple's iPad is smaller than a normal SIM, but that's easily solved with a pair of scissors, or a meat cleaver if you'd prefer.
Sony Ericsson pledges Xperia X10 Android 2.1 update
Sony Ericsson is to update its Xperia X10 smartphone - reviewed here - with Android 2.1, but you're going to have to wait until October for it.
'Minimalist, whimsical' Google search given Bing-like overhaul
Google has overhauled its search results web page in a clear nod to the layout of Microsoft’s Bing.
Virgin Media deletes customers
A purge of unregistered cable modems by Virgin Media, part of a records clean-up, has left hundreds of customers without internet access for up to 10 days.
Mobe-wielding drivers getting away with it
More people than ever are talking on their mobiles while driving, which is strange as the police have been handing out fewer and fewer fines over the last few years.
Google sues tiny indie label
You might call this one asymmetric copyright warfare. Google, the $167bn internet company, is suing a tiny indie label that releases blues records.
Lorentz-loaded Firefox 3.6.4 hits third beta stage
Mozilla sped out a third beta of Firefox 3.6.4 on Tuesday less than two weeks after releasing the first test build of its latest browser update.
HP India probed by taxman
HP is under investigation by India's Directorate of Revenue Intelligence for allegedly dodging $322m in taxes.
Tory twit accused of touting shanghaied tot shots
Tory incumbent David Tredinnick has angered parents and constituents in Bosworth and Hinckley for allegedly using photos of their children in campaign literature without permission or acknowledgment.
Capellas comes back to head Acadia
Michael Capellas has become CEO of Acadia, the Cisco-EMC joint-venture set up to implement integrated IT stacks of Cisco and EMC gear.
Samsung Diva fashion phone
ReviewsThe design and marketing of the Diva clearly makes this a phone that Samsung is aiming at women. The clues are in the pearl white colour scheme and quilted pillow effect casing and the default pink screen theme, just in case you missed all those ads - haven't there been a lot of them lately?
Sony coughs to PSN update woes
Sony has coughed to a series of woes affecting gamers trying to pay for content on its PlayStation Network following a major behind-the-scenes upgrade applied to the online service yesterday.
Live PARIS GPS tracker test tomorrow
Tomorrow, the El Reg Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team will be conducting a live test of the the GPS tracking device which we hope will enable us to locate and recover our main payload, once it's floated gently to Earth.
Germans plan to make 'synthetic natural' gas from CO2
Remorseless German and Austrian boffins have a cunning new plan which could be good news for cutting down on fossil fuel use: they can make "synthetic natural gas" using electric power, water and carbon dioxide.
Reader Top 10s: an experiment in crowd pleasing
Site newsIn recent weeks, reghardware has run a series of top 10s - rounds up of "essential" or "best" apps and peripherals.
EU plans changes to competition rules on technical standards
The European Commission has revised its rules on when competing companies can cooperate to set technical standards without prompting a competition investigation.
Met issues internet cafe terror warnings
The Met's plan to counter terrorism by putting up posters in internet cafes has been put into action, with broad warnings against "inappropriate" web and email use.
Samsung NaviBot robot cleaner
ReviewThere’s no doubt about it - cleaning is a chore, for some much more than others. I tend to the view that vacuuming isn’t fun unless it makes the carpet change colour. Add a moulting cat, and a lot of clutter, and you can understand why people suggest I get a cleaner.
Will Google have its chips?
An interesting story a few days ago from our pals Cade and TPM put forward some interesting theories about how Google’s activities and acquisitions of companies and talent might add up to the searcher building its own server chip. Plausible? Yeah, I think it might be.
Californian university drops Gmail over privacy concerns
US academics at the University of California-Davis have reportedly canned a Gmail pilot project over privacy fears regarding Google’s ill-conceived launch of Buzz.
IT governance: Making the case without cutting your throat
Lab‘IT governance’ sounds like a grandiose idea, but what is it?
Compellent plans 900GB 2.5-inch disk drives
Compellent's hardware road map shows larger capacity and faster 2.5-inch drives coming.
Atlantis looking good for 14 May launch
Space shuttle Atlantis is good to go on 14 May on its STS-132 mission to the International Space Station, NASA has confirmed.
Berlin Phil to appear on Bravia internet tellies, says Sony
Sony has signed the Berliner Philharmoniker to provide classical concert performances to owners of internet-connected Bravia tellies.
Teradata's 2010 starts with a bang
Maybe NCR shouldn't have been so eager to spin out its Teradata data warehousing business.
IDC convinced data will crush universe
CommentIt's May, and IDC has unveiled a doom and gloom Digital Universe predication on behalf of EMC. It talks of quintillions of data containers, saying we face a perpetual tsunami of digital data which will grow 44 fold from 2009 to 2020 as the number of IT professionals grows a mere 1.4 fold over the same period. Oh, woe is us. Oh, woe is - enough already.
NASA tests amazing bailout rocket which will never be used
NASA has spectacularly and successfully tested the launch abort system - the ejector seat, as it were - for its new Orion crew capsule. There's just one problem: according to President Obama's stated plans, Orion will never be launched with crew aboard.
50 million user Scribd scraps Flash for HTML5
Web 2.0 ExpoScribd - the document sharing site that boasts 50 million unique users a month - has told the world that after three years and "multi-millions" of dollars of development on Flash, it's ditching the beleaguered platform in favor of the fledgling HTML5 standard.
Stealth installs and adware come to Facebook
UpdatedAlready under fire for taking liberties with users' privacy, Facebook was outed on Thursday as a distributor of unwanted applications, some of which install adware or are added to user profiles without permission.
Netbook sales shrivel in face of Apple iPad
A new study indicates that the Apple iPad will shrivel the netbook market.
Motorola buys own mobile Linux firm
Motorola has bought a mobile Linux company, according to an industry source, potentially busting its monogamous relationship with Google's Android and undercutting a mobile Linux effort that Motorola helped found.
Compellent fattens up for investors
Compellent's one-trick storage pony is getting company in the next year that will scale up, scale out, dedupe replay blocks, add support for metro-clustering, and introduce a backup/archival storage product.
Open source R in commercial Revolution
Put on your eye patch and get out your parrot. The open source R programming language for statistical analysis and graphics is getting a commercial sponsor. What Red Hat did for Linux, Revolution Analytics wants to do for R, and it wants to use the open source subscription model to take on SAS Institute, SPSS (now part of IBM), and others who have been the market leaders (in terms of money) for statistical analysis for several decades.
VMware's SpringSource grabs a GemStone
SpringSource has bought distributed, in-memory caching specialist GemStone to help deliver what it calls the middleware of the future.