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Teac R-4iDNT Wi-Fi/DAB/FM radio and iPod dock

ReviewDespite the UK’s proposed analogue radio switch-off at some yet-to-be-decided date, it’s fair to say that DAB has hardly been a roaring success. Most digital radio manufacturers hedge their bets and include an FM tuner, while there’s a growing trend of adding an Internet connection for accessing thousands of online stations in a handy radio-style device.
Ian Calcutt, 21 May 2010
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HP reflogging DataDirect storage

HP has added a third and surprising scale-out file system product to its high-performance cluster (HPC) portfolio, DataDirect Networks S2A9900, the storage that's sold by IBM in its SONAS product.
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2010

On-demand TV subject to broadcast ad rules

Advertisers and broadcasters must make sure that viewing of their adverts is as controlled on video-on-demand (VOD) services as it is when traditionally broadcast, advertising regulator the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 May 2010
DVD it in many colours

User data: Where the profiles roam

BlogTrying to write an article concerning actual real world implementation of technologies like roaming profiles and folder redirection has proven surprisingly difficult.
Trevor Pott, 21 May 2010

Young Boozer seeks Alabama offie office

It's come to our attention that a Young Boozer is standing for Alabama State Treasurer - a position of immense responsibility which the "active Eagle Scout" Birmingham native will doubtless handle with all the fiscal sobriety the post requires.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2010

EC plans stronger data protection and copyright laws

UpdatedThe European Commission will strengthen legal protections for personal data, reform copyright law and ensure that device and software makers embrace standards, it said when outlining its new digital policies.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 May 2010

German boffins develop sharkskin paint for ships, planes

Remorseless German boffins have developed a new type of paint which effectively coats ships, planes and wind turbines in sharkskin, reducing drag and saving energy.
Lewis Page, 21 May 2010
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Seagate to announce SSD-threatening hybrid drive

Trying for glory a second time, Seagate is very soon to announce a hybrid solid state and spinning disk drive, the Momentus XT, with no operating system dependencies.
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2010

IBM hands out malware-stuffed USB at security conference

IBM has apologised after supplying a malware-infected USB stick to delegates of this week's IBM AusCERT security conference.
John Leyden, 21 May 2010

Oz customs search lappies and mobes for smut

A row has broken out in Australia after it emerged that Customs officers are searching laptops and mobile phones for smutty snaps.
John Oates, 21 May 2010

Facebook gives users' names to advertisers

Facebook has been giving advertisers data that they can use to discover users' names and locations, contrary to its privacy policy.
Team Register, 21 May 2010

German 4G auction winds up

The month-long German radio spectrum mega-auction has finally wound up, with the existing operators snapping up all the available bandwidth and contributing €4.4bn to the German economy.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2010

Atlantis 'nauts kick off final spacewalk

Atlantis mission specialists Michael Good and Garrett Reisman exited the International Space Station at 12:27 GMT to kick off the third and final STS-132 mission spacewalk.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2010

PARIS flashes some radio goodies

It's with great pleasure that the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team today officially welcome aboard radio man Steve Daniels (callsign G6UIM), who's put together some tasty kit for the project and will be our in-the-field radio operator when launch day arrives.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2010

BOFH: The poncy director's cut

Episode 6
Simon Travaglia, 21 May 2010
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

ReviewFun fact: the Prince of Persia franchise celebrated its 20th birthday last year, making it one of the most venerable names in videogaming. It transitioned smoothly enough from side-scrolling platformer into the spectacular, button-hammering Tomb Raider-style modern classics of today.
Dave Stevenson, 21 May 2010

'Dossiers on enemies' found in Italian Scientology raid

Italian police reportedly unearthed hidden dossiers on 'enemies' during a raid on Church of Scientology offices in Turin.
John Leyden, 21 May 2010

Dell begs ToryDems to keep NHS IT project

Dell is urging the coalition government not to cut the world's most expensive civilian IT project - the NHS's National Programme for IT.
John Oates, 21 May 2010

Mozilla muses over open apps store but needs sharper focus

Mozilla has begun circling its shaky, new age wagons around a web app store model that won't short change developers.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2010
Olympus Tough 8010

Olympus Tough 8010 rugged camera

ReviewHardy products, such as Panasonic's range of Toughbooks, Dell's XFR laptop range, or Olympus's venerable range of Tough cameras, are a tricky sell. Not only do weather proofed, shock-resistant products command inflated prices, it's also difficult to convince the average electronics buyer that they really need the extra strength.
Dave Stevenson, 21 May 2010

iPad users put tablet to netbook tasks

iPad owners are very happy with their purchase, it seems. Only two per cent of the are in any way unsatisfied with their purchase.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2010

DARPA trying to beat block lists, deep packet inspection

Pentagon bizarro-boffinry bureau DARPA is seeking to develop a set of tools for internet users which are nominally intended for some military purpose - but which would seem at least as useful to those determined to get around measures designed to thwart copyright violators and extreme-porn aficionados.
Lewis Page, 21 May 2010
Pac-Man anniversary

Swindon prepares for pill-popping, ghost-fleeing tournament

Human Pac-Man descends on Swindon tomorrow. Here's a picture of the dress rehearsal.
Caleb Cox, 21 May 2010

US wireless not competitive enough - FCC

The FCC has published its annual report on the competitiveness of the US wireless industry, and says there's not enough of it - despite industry howls to the contrary.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2010

'Beatles downloader' skanks over to iPhone

The Californian website injuncted for selling Beatles catalogue downloads at 25 cents a pop last year has refused to let a little legal difficulty hamper its progress and has expanded its reach to the iPhone.
Joe Fay, 21 May 2010

Fake joke worm wriggles through Facebook

Shifty sorts have created a new worm which spread rapidly on Facebook on Friday.
John Leyden, 21 May 2010

Photographers slam British Library's mission creep

The Stop Clause 43 campaigners have sounded a warning over the British Library's newspaper digitisation initiative.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2010
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Fetch TV boxes get Sky Player update

Fetch TV, the online telly-on-demand service, will today send out a firmware update to its SmartBox set-tops to allow viewers to activate Sky's Sky Player software.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2010

Jodrell Bank gets swanky visitor centre, infuriating maze

Jodrell Bank, home to the Lovell radio telescope, is getting £3.1m in funding to build a new visitor centre, cafe and maze.
John Oates, 21 May 2010

X-51 ordinary-fuel scramjet to fly on Tuesday

The X-51A "Waverider" scramjet will fly at last next Tuesday, it has been announced. It had been expected that the radical engine - capable of Mach 6 velocities while running on fairly ordinary jet fuel - would fly last December, but budgetary and scheduling difficulties have delayed the project.
Lewis Page, 21 May 2010

ConLib government shakes up BIS tree

The secretary of state for business, innovation and skills (BIS) outlined his department's responsibilities in the UK's newly-formed coalition government today.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2010
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Oracle shows off M9000s for data warehousing

Oracle may not be as chatty as the formerly independent Sun Microsystems, but it sure is more keen on using benchmark tests to help make the case for the products it sells.

6Music in numbers

It's not exactly WFMU, the world's greatest radio station, but a new study shows how valuable BBC 6Music is to curious listeners and the music industry. By some distance, it offers the most diverse selection of pop music on UK radio.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2010

Google hails Pac-Man with retro gaming homepage

Google, which famously changes the logo on its homepage to suit special occasions, has gone a step further to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man.
Caleb Cox, 21 May 2010

US drops Google mobile ad probe

The US Federal Trade Commission has dropped its probe into Google's acquisition of mobile advertising network AdMob.
Rik Myslewski, 21 May 2010

Twitter fights subpoena to out critical Tweeters

Twitter is resisting a legal demand that it unmask two users who posted comments critical of Pennsylvania's top law enforcement official.
Dan Goodin, 21 May 2010

Google open video codec may face patent clash

The group that controls the patented H.264 video codec backed by Apple and Microsoft is "looking into" the creation of a patent pool license for VP8, the codec Google open sourced to much fanfare this week.
Cade Metz, 21 May 2010

Apple kills 'Get a Mac' ad campaign

Apple's long-running "Get a Mac" ad campaign has finally been put to sleep, after languishing in limbo since its final ads appeared in October of last year.
Rik Myslewski, 21 May 2010

Google turns on SSL encryption for search

Google has added SSL encryption to its primary search engine.
Cade Metz, 21 May 2010

Flaw lets hackers delete Facebook friends

The Facebook security gaffes keep coming, with the latest being a bug that allows hackers to delete all of a users' site friends without permission, according to IDG News.
Dan Goodin, 21 May 2010

Techies slap Go Daddy with class action lawsuit

UpdateDisgruntled former employees of domain-name registrar Go Daddy have filed a class action lawsuit against the company, claiming potentially millions of dollar in "stolen" bonuses and overtime.
Kevin Murphy, 21 May 2010

Google halts deletion of Street View Wi-Fi data

Google has stopped deleting the personal data its Street View cars collected from open Wi-Fi networks, following what the company called "some uncertainty" over the deletion process.
Cade Metz, 21 May 2010

Atlantis spacewalkers complete ISS battery swap

Mission specialists Michael Good and Garrett Reisman are back aboard the shuttle Atlantis, safe and sound, after a spacewalk of six hours and 46 minutes.
Rik Myslewski, 21 May 2010

'Draw Mohammed' page removed from Facebook

The Facebook page that encouraged users to post images of Islam's Prophet Mohammed was taken down globally on Friday, following an order by a Pakistani court for ISPs in that country to block the social networking site.
Dan Goodin, 21 May 2010

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