Leica Pinmaster rangefinder
ReviewGolfers are a funny lot, many of them play with superstitions or simply have faith that their perseverance will eventually win out. Yet I know that the perfect swing is not all technical and mechanical, but it’s also about feeling perfectly balanced and believing that the club in my hands is just an extension of my mind's eye. When these things come together in a simple relaxed swing, it’s a Zen moment that produces perfection.
World Cup meltdown fails to materialise
Fears that network infrastructures would crumble during the World Cup as fans flocked to video streaming sites to watch games online have failed to materialise.
Gartner cuts tech spending forecast
Analyst house Gartner has lowered its prediction for growth in the European technology market, blaming sovereign debt which is likely to push down public sector spending.
Numara Software blows asset tracking trumpet
CommentNumara Software has released a report whose findings, it argues, demonstrate a need for more use of asset management software by IT professionals.
Beeb reinstates teaboy in Pestogate scandal
Its fair play to the Beeb this morning as it appears to have brought the Pestogate image scandal to an end by giving El Reg a two-finger salute*:
Buffalo ships iPhone/HDD dock
Buffalo has released Dualie, which may sound like a fancy toaster but is actually a dock for iPods and external hard drives.
Microsoft's past - the future to Android's iPhone victory
The desktop market was won by Microsoft in large part because of its appeal to the broadest segment of the developer population — cue the Steve Ballmer fight song, complete with sweat stains and manic enthusiasm.
Sony tweaks Twitter gadget for UK users
Sony's US operation has removed software that prevented its Dash "personal internet viewer" from starting up and running in other countries.
Popular apps don't bother with Windows defences
Many popular software applications have avoided including security protection mechanisms built into the latest versions of Windows. The omission leaves these applications at greater risk of hacker attack, according to a study by security patching and notification firm Secunia.
Strato-droids to mate in upper atmos, exchange vital juices
Flying robots can more or less do it all. They can take off, navigate, land themselves, shoot missiles at other aircraft while in flight, mow down hapless fleshies on the ground beneath, follow people about and drop leaflets. So far, though, they have not yet managed - all on their own - one of the most difficult piloting feats of all: air to air refuelling.
Paraguayan model to strip if team wins World Cup
NSFWA Paraguayan model has promised to run naked through the streets of Asunción, painted in her team's colours, if the South American country triumphs in the World Cup.
BCS votes to keep spending secret
The Extraordinary General Meeting of the BCS yesterday voted in favour of the wide-ranging reforms recommended by its current management, but revealed a substantial rump of angry rebels remains.
Three intros bumper phone tariff
Three has introduced what it claims is "the simplest, most competitive [mobile phone] tariff ever offered in the UK".
Google's remote Android app installer explained
Why has Google given itself the power to remotely install applications on citizens' Android phones? It will eventually offer a desktop-browser-based version of its Android app marketplace, allowing netizens to install apps on their Android phones using a browser on their PC.
Last shuttle mission shifted to Feb 2011
NASA has announced that the last space shuttle mission - Endeavour's STS-134 to the International Space Station - will now lift off on 26 February next year.
Microsoft goes AC/DC with Instaload battery tech
Microsoft bigged up a technology yesterday that simplifies the battery installation process by forgoing the need to lopsidedly peer at the plus and negative signs on the energy gizmo.
Apple iPhone 4
ReviewLet's be honest here, what really makes the the iPhone 4 stand out is its new 'Retina Display'.
China hits back at EC dumping probe
China has criticised a European Commission probe into pricing policies for wireless wide-area network modems.
Dell orchestrates Scalent buy
Dell has expanded its data centre tool kit by snapping up Scalent, a supplier of data centre control and co-ordination software.
'Unlimited' ads are dumb and misleading, says 3
3's UK boss Kevin Russell UK has called for an overhaul of mobile broadband marketing, particularly misleading "unlimited" allowances.
US $250m superbomber 'almost as good' as $8m robot
General David Petraeus - the famous US officer who oversaw the "surge" in Iraq and is now set to take over the war in Afghanistan - has delivered a stinging bitchslap to the US Air Force's fleets of heavy manned bombers. Petraeus says that a mighty 200 tonne, quarter-billion-dollar B-1 "Lancer" is "almost" as good as having a much cheaper unmanned aircraft.
Computer grads can't even get jobs offering personal services
Computer science graduates have even less chance than media studies grads of being in gainful employment six months after leaving college, government figures show.
Extreme porn now illegal north of the border
If you thought you could hide your extreme porn stash in a secluded location north of the border – think again. For this week, the Scottish Parliament finally fell into line with its English counterpart south of the border, passing laws - included within the Criminal Justice Bill - making it a criminal offence to possess images that were extreme and pornographic in nature.
'Huge airships to carry freight starting 10 years from now'
The long-touted idea of using airships to replace cargo aircraft is in the news again, courtesy of former head government boffin Professor Sir David King, who says "this is something I believe is going to happen".
Apple denies iPhone 4 antenna glitch, blames inaccurate signal bars
Apple has denied that its recently released iPhone 4 has any problems with the antenna, as reported by many disgruntled customers of the company’s latest device.
Apple speaks out on iPhone 4 signal slippage
The iPhone 4's signal loss woes - caused, it seems, by the way people hold their handsets - is a software problem, Apple has claimed.
OFT to disqualify unwitting directors to deter competition abuses
Directors who should have known that their companies were breaking competition laws will be just as likely to be pursued for disqualification as those who actively committed offences, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said.
Scroogle's future in doubt
The long-term future of proxy server Scroogle is seriously in doubt, according to operator Daniel Brandt. Scroogle has scraped Google pages since 2002 by piping results through an anonymizing server. By using the service surfers could remain anonymous, but more importantly use Google without the compulsory 40-year cookie.
Why we love to hate Microsoft
Microsoft watcher Mary Branscombe has an excellent ZDNet post on Why do we (love to) hate Microsoft, and asks:
OpenOffice gets Ubuntu-media friendly
OpenOffice has adopted the Ubuntu-friendly GStreamer media framework to reach a broader swath of Linux and Unix users.
Apple's iPhone 4 denial: insulting or ignorant?
CommentApple released a surreal missive on Friday morning that said the only thing wrong with the iPhone 4 is the way it calculates signal-strength bars. That letter is either an honest explanation or total bullshit — and it's high time that a competent, unbiased antenna-engineering team found out.
Robotic cargo spacecraft misses rendezvous with ISS
An unmanned Russian cargo ship missed its scheduled rendezvous with the International Space Station on Friday after a telemetry lock between the two spacecraft failed. Engineers are scrambling to figure out why.