Google Earth 'Liquid Galaxy' open sourced*
The enterprising Googlers who created an immersive setup that uses eight 55-inch HD displays to surround you with a near-360° Google Earth fly-through have open sourced the code and mechanical plans for what they call their "Liquid Galaxy".
Budget Mono Laser Printers
Group TestA trip round PC World or Staples could easily convince you the only printers available for personal use, in home or small office, are inkjets. That ain’t so, with a good range of mono lasers still around from impressively low prices of well under £100.
Buyer's Guide: Budget Mono Laser Printers
Group TestIf you can have a printer which can print black text on plain paper, as well as full colour on plain and glossy photo paper, why would you want to buy one which can only print black and only on photocopy paper? What does a laser printer offer over an inkjet?
Best Buys: Budget Mono Laser Printers
Group TestAll six of these printers do a more than passable job of printing a page of text and in most cases you won't notice the difference between these machines and mono lasers costing three times the price. They are also pretty similar on speed, offering between 12 and 16ppm.
ReviewThis squat, square printer has a surprisingly good specification and can be found for a very reasonable asking price. The slide-out paper tray at the bottom of the front panel holds a full 250-sheets and is fully covered when closed, so you don’t need to remove paper to avoid spills when not printing. There’s a single-sheet feed slot, too, which can take thicker paper, up to 163gsm, and envelopes.
Canon i-Sensys LBP3010
ReviewCanon i-Sensys LBP3010 | If you like white, you’ll love the look of Canon’s entry-level laser, about the size and shape of a large tin loaf. The top panel flips open to become the output tray and the front panel does likewise to become a 150-sheet feed tray. A very nifty little tray cover folds down from inside the front panel, a bit like a classic car bonnet, so you don’t have to close it up when not printing – a nice touch.
ReviewDell’s diversification into printers has proved very successful for the company and though what’s on offer are all variants of printers from other manufacturers, there’s sufficient difference in features and costs to rack them up against the competition.
Epson Aculaser M1200
ReviewEpson’s baby laser printer looks something like Canon’s with its bread loaf shape, though here the case is all black and the printer’s bigger in all dimensions, noticeably in height.
Qualcomm's ultralow power tech targets body area networks
"Body area network" sounds like something from a 1970s sci-fi movie, but is actually the subject of serious R&D by major players.
HP LaserJet P1102w
ReviewHP’s entry-level laser is available with and without a wireless connection. The LaserJet P1102w has one and the asking price reflects this. This is another extended bread loaf-shaped printer, with the main feed tray folding down from the front panel. The output support is a clip-in fixture at the front, though, which is less neat, when the printer is closed. The main tray has a 10-sheet multipurpose tray fitted just above, which is helpful.
ReviewSamsung’s entry-level mono laser, the ML-1665, is small and inexpensive. The black-cased machine has a bulge at the back, but still uses a fold-down front panel as its paper input tray and a fold-over top cover to take the output. This gives it quite a large footprint overall, when printing.
LG holds back Android tablet for Gingerbread
LG has delayed the release of its anticipated Android-based tablet having decided that the current version of the Google OS isn't up to snuff when it comes to such devices.
Western Digital gearing up to sell 3TB drives
Western Digital is tipped to barge into the 3.5 inch 3TB drive market as early as this month.
IAB retracts 48-hour retargeting cookie advice
Online advertising trade body the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has withdrawn a code of practice which recommended that behavioural advertising retargeting cookies should expire after 48 hours.
Ministry of Sound floored by Anonymous
Ongoing denial of service attacks spearheaded by Anonymous have knocked out the website of the Ministry of Sound, as well those of its payment provider and solicitors, Gallant Macmillian.
Toshiba outs no-glasses 3D LED TV
Toshiba has taken the wraps off what it claims is the "world's first" 3D TV that doesn't foist special glasses on its viewers.
NetApp product refresh time
The NetApp part of the twitterverse has been full of scarcely suppressed excitement about WAFL and solid state drives (SSDs). Could NetApp be about to open its SSD kimono at SNW Dallas on October 11th?
Reseller touts cheap-as-chips 7in Android tablet
Shocked by the high price of Samsung's Galaxy Tab? Rather spend considerably less than that? How about 85 quid?
Met chief fears Brit cybercrime gangs
Britain's most senior police officer has raised fears that home-grown organised gangs are waking up to the low risks and high rewards of cybercrime.
Hundreds of Americans, bystanders injured playing video games
Shocking news from America today, as it has been revealed by paediatricians there that playing video games is tremendously damaging to that nation's youth: not so much in terms of warping fragile little minds with scenes of graphic violence'n'nookie but in terms of actual, physical injuries.
Brazil welcomes Street View with open coffins
Graphic contentThe good burghers of Brazil were last week welcomed to the wonderful world of Street View, and it didn't take citizens long to spot some local colour, like this dead body in Rio de Janeiro's Avenida Presidente Vargas:
Three intros pay-per-day mobile broadband
Three has introduced a one-day internet access package for punters who only need casual 3G data connectivity.
Google bags Blind Type
Google has snapped up soft-keyboard developers Blind Type, bringing the promise of touch-typing on Android to the sloppiest of fingers.
HTC intros new-look Legend, Desire
Apple, meet HTC. It has made use of the same production technique you use for your "unibody" Macs: milling the casing out of a single block of aluminium.
Larry Ellison comes out fighting against HP Apotheker 'madness'
Oracle boss Larry Ellison was uncharacteristically lost for words, after Hewlett-Packard hired ex SAP CEO Leo Apotheker as its new chief late last week. But the silence didn't last long.
BT bids bumpkins to beg for better broadband
BT has invited villages nationwide to compete to convince it to reverse the decision not to upgrade their broadband infrastrucure.
Official: Windows Phone 7 to launch next week
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Phone 7 will be launched globally on 11 October.
Which Ethernet SAN storage protocol is best?
You the Expertlooks at Ethernet block access storage protocols, with the candidates being AoE (ATA over Ethernet), FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) and iSCSI. As well as consultant Chris Evans, there are three Reg reader experts here: Geoff Barnett, Evan Unrue and "Mike1", all asked to contribute because of the high calibre of their comments on previous articles.
Iran boasts of Stuxnet 'nuclear spies' arrests
Iran claims to have arrested spies it blames for planting the infamous Stuxnet worm on its network and attempting to clobber its Bushehr nuclear power plant.
London Transport plans Oyster bypass
Transport for London plans to start accepting credit and debit cards at the turnstile, reducing Oyster's cut and removing the requirement for pre-paid tickets.
Good clowns battle evil at the 'Carnival of Screams'
The battle lines are being drawn up for the ultimate pratfall showdown: between the loveable, kiddy-friendly clowns of Zippos Circus and their evil alter egos from Alton Towers’ Carnival of Screams.
Microsoft secretly scoops up 15 companies
Microsoft claimed late last week that it quietly bought 15 companies over the past 12 months – but declined to name names.
Samsung Q430 14in notebook
ReviewThere was a time when plastic sprayed sliver and moulded with a brushed metal-like texture was cool. The problem for Samsung, which has decked out the interior of the Q430 this way, is that such decor hasn't been hip for more than 30 years.
Bungie blasts 15,000 credit snaffling Halo:Reach gamers
Bungie this weekend hit 15,000 Halo:Reach players who it claimed were "the most egregious abusers" of a glitch that allowed players to up their game credits.
US navy to battle Iranian mini-ekranoplan swarms with rayguns
The US military-industrial complex has unveiled its answer to the much-vaunted "swarm" tactics of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard naval forces, which might see squadrons of "stealth" flying boats and attack craft overwhelming the defences of US warships in the Persian Gulf. The US Navy will deal with this, apparently, using rapid-firing laser raygun cannons to sweep their swarming enemies from the seas and skies around them.
Texan smut baron spanked over UK schoolgirl snap
A porn baron was served with an expensive reminder last week that the courts take a dim view of companies ripping off other people's creative work.
Anti-virus vendor trio plug website flaws
White-hat hackers have uncovered vulnerabilities on the websites of anti-virus firms that created a phishing risk.
Andrew grapples with Android in readers' Mailbag
Andrew's MailbagAre we all missing Anssi Vanjoki yet? I am, and he's still got six months to go before he leaves Nokia, after missing out on the top job. Speaking to the FT recently, Vanjoki compared to plight of manufacturers who adopt Google's Android to Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" to keep warm.
Microsoft's Ballmer dances with Spotify in Windows Mobile deal
Microsoft has inked a deal with Spotify to provide a free app for the Windows Mobile platform.
India claims access to BlackBerry comms
The Indian government is claiming that RIM has offered it access to instant messaging conversations within hours of a request, though access to email remains unresolved with time running out.
UK to make FoI data machine readable
The government is to change the law so that all data released under the Freedom of Information Act will be fully accessible to computers.
Flakey scales brand Commonwealth boxers bunch of blobs
The Commonwealth Games boxing tournament collapsed into farce today as official scales delivered wildly inconsistent readings and declared virtually every fighter overweight.
Google's Schmidt: We know what you're thinking
Google's CEO Eric Schmidt continues his crusade to make a creepy, machine-driven future palatable, with two contributions of startling cybernetic idiocy within a week.
Chip sales continue modest gains, SIA holds steady
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has released its stats for chip sales in August and says that they grew sequentially by 1.8 per cent from July. The SIA is also holding pat with its forecast for 2010. But semi market watcher iSuppli has trimmed its chip forecast a bit because of reduced demand from consumers for electronics packed with chips.
Fruitcake profs demand strict curbs on killer robots
Blighty's most famous automatamageddon media-Cassandra, Professor Noel Sharkey, has allied with like-minded profs around the world to issue yet another warning of the coming rise of killer robots.
Hybrid drives: the next generation
Would you fancy using a hybrid optical drive with embedded SSD as your single netbook/notebook disk drive? That's what HLDS is proposing.
Goldman downgrades Microsoft stock to 'neutral'
Pre-packaged software giant Microsoft saw its stock rating lowered to neutral by Goldman Sachs today, in response to the company’s sluggish entry into the tablet and smartphone market.
Web marketers pledge easier targeted ads opt-out
Online advertisers have pledged to make it easier for people surfing the web to opt out of targeted advertising that closely monitors viewing habits and other personal information.
Verizon to refund $30-$90m in 'mystery fees'
Verizon will refund between $30 and $90 million to customers for "mystery fees" charged to their wireless accounts — but the US Federal Communications Commission says that the paybacks won't end their investigation into the US's largest wireless provider's billing practices.
AT&T to lead Windows Phone 7's US touchdown
Microsoft is teaming up with premier partner AT&T for Windows Phone 7's US coming-out party next Monday.
SGI bags vanishing stimulus dough
The Obama stimulus money may be running out, but the US Department of Energy has just kicked a chunk of it over to Silicon Graphics to buy two new Altix XE parallel clusters.
Twitter co-founder Williams steps down as CEO
Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has stepped down as the company's chief executive, but he will remain with the micro-blogging outfit in a new role "completely focused on product strategy."
Rogue Wave eats Acumem
Rogue Wave Software, a niche provider of compilers and programming tools for HPC shops, has acquired Acumem AB, a maker of performance tuning tools for single- and multi-threaded applications.
iPhone apps put user privacy at risk
A large number of applications that run on Apple's iOS collect serial numbers that uniquely identify the hardware device, according to a study that warns the practice could compromise users' privacy.
Comcast to notify subscribers with infected PCs
Comcast, the biggest US residential internet service provider, has begun offering all its subscribers a service that warns them when their PCs are infected with botnet software that steals banking passwords and carries out other nefarious deeds.
Twitter turns entire accounts into ads
Twitter has unveiled another effort to make money from its micro-blogging service. With its latest advertising program, dubbed "Promoted Accounts," advertisers can pay the company to promote their Twitter accounts to certain users.