Man knows when you're signed in to GMail, Twitter, Digg
A UK-based web developer has figured out a simple way to tell if visitors to his site are logged in to Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Digg and thousands of other websites.
Intel sings duet with Black Eyed Pea will.i.am
Intel has appointed Black Eyed Peas front man and multi-platinum artist will.i.am as its new "director of creative innovation".
Super Micro rides server upgrade wave
Server and system component maker Super Micro is coming out of the Great Recession riding a pent-up server upgrade cycle where plenty of customers are still looking to save a little bit more money on their iron. Many buyers are looking to Super Micro and its resellers to make them kit instead of Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM, or Fujitsu.
O2 to fling out free Wi-Fi for all
O2 is planning to deploy 13,000 Wi-Fi hotspots over the next two years, with free internet access in exchange for your mobile number and a few quid from the venue.
Bookeen CyBook Orizon
ReviewShould you be considering Bookeen's CyBook Orizon as your new e-book reader, the only question you really need ask yourself is, do you want to pay an 80 quid extra for a touchscreen.
CoD: Black Ops 'not fit for purpose', fans claim
After last year's petition, in which gamers demanded their money back for Call of Duty: Black Ops, an independent pressure group has reported Activision to the Office for Fair Trading.
Sage reports gentle SMB spending
Accountancy software company Sage is seeing a steady flow of small businesses spending money on its products in the firm's first quarter.
TMS doubles flash RamSan Fibre Channel speed
TMS has doubled its flash-based RamSan-630's Fibre Channel speed from 4 to 8Gbit/s, meaning 10GB/sec bandwidth, and is working on eMLC-based flash product.
Samsung expands Galaxy universe
Samsung has taken the wraps off a quartet of smartphones ahead of next month's Mobile World Congress show, the usual launch pad for handsets this time of year.
HP Palm tablet specs outed
It was bound to happen: the upcoming Palm tablet's specifications have leaked out of HP.
Mozilla reaches for almost perfect 10 with latest Firefox 4 beta
Mozilla has pushed out another beta for Firefox 4, just nine days after the last test build iteration of the forthcoming browser arrived.
UK tech retailers are rubbish
Staff at UK electrical retailers such as Currys and Comet know nothing about the products they're selling – unless you're after an extended warranty of course.
Smarter security for smartphones
Mobile phones are emotive devices. They have your kids as the wallpaper, texts saying who loves you and both your work and personal lives in one.
iPad propels Apple into top-three PC vendor placement
Apple is the third largest computer maker in the world... if you include the iPad in its sales tally.
Zuckerberg's Facebook page hacked
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page was hacked on Tuesday to promote an alternative business plan for the social network site.
Israeli firm readies pocket-friendly desktop PC
Israel-based maker of wee PCs, CompuLab, has said it will ship an even more tiny machine in April. The Trim-Slice's 2.5in HDD-like dimensions are all due to Nvidia's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip.
Samsung TV app competition - no winners here
The European round of Samsung's Smart TV competition is open to voting, with half a million Euros up for grabs as developers push television way beyond distance viewing.
Egypt slams lid on protests, Twitter
The Egyptian government has banned further protests against the long rule of President Mubarak and shut off access to Twitter after a day of violent protests left three people dead.
Gelsinger hails fat first year at EMC
EMC has posted impressive results for 2010, after a year of being driven hard by new COO Pat Gelsinger.
Videogame TRAINS TERRORISTS, yells pundit
Modern combat-inspired first-person shooter series Call of Duty may have unwittingly influenced the attack on Moscow's Domodedovo airport, it has been claimed.
Seagate tells flash bigots to get real
CommentDisk drive vendor Seagate has issued a document that tells flash evangelists to get real – there is no way flash will kick disk drives out of notebook storage for many years to come.
US cyberwar firing range to demo by July
DARPA has announced that its planned "National Cyber Range" – an artificial, sealed-off internet inhabited by simulated nodes, computers, sysadmins, users etc in which the USA can test-fire cyber weapons and practice cyber combat – is to reach demonstration status by July this year.
Single complaint sparks police raid and total ban on rental movie
Northampton police have seized A Serbian Film from Blockbusters, despite the fact that the version on offer had been approved by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
Storage array vendors vs. the cloud
Storage array vendors have a problem with their customers storing data in the cloud. They already sell to these customers but cloud service providers are cannier buyers typically and may favour cheaper and cloud-specific kit from other suppliers. What should storage array vendors do?
Tory MP accidentally endorses... German pr0n site
Red-faced Tory MP Francis Maude last night denied all responsibility for the content of a German SmutSite – and then quietly removed a link to it from his own personal front page.
More than just snow hurting small biz
Yesterday's fall in GDP cannot be blamed on mere bad weather and shows the government must do more for small businesses or risk a double-dip recession, business lobby groups have said.
Rescue mission begins for Hitchhiker's Real Guide
Members of the h2g2 community consortium are in the market for someone to buy the site or donate some cash to the cause, after the BBC confirmed earlier this week that it was ending its 10-year hosting of Douglas Adams’ Real Guide to the Galaxy.
WTF is... wireless HDMI?
We’re now all used to HDMI, the digital equivalent of the once-ubiquitous Scart connector, the latest versions of which are capable of supporting multi-channel audio, 3D TV and a return channel, so you can feed the sound back from your TV’s tuner to a surround sound system.
Tesco axes VAT from laptops
Tesco is knocking the VAT off a stack of notebooks and netbooks in a bid to get downturn-dashed Britons buying again.
Croc feels crummy after chomping on phone
Nibbling a Nokia for lunch could have health implications - just ask the ravenous crocodile that swallowed one whole.
Little Big Planet 2
ReviewSorry, did I forget your birthday? Ah, well that’s because the Mexican and Japanese levels of the first Little Big Planet constantly occupy a large part of my addled brain. With the latest incarnation, Sony could have easily cashed in on people of my ilk, as we would have brought an inferior product just because it reminded us of the initial visually amazing, funny, charmingly innovative experience we got first time round.
Sat-spotters find secret payload launched by giant US rocket
Amateur skywatchers say they have located the secret spacecraft launched aboard a giant US rocket on Friday. It is thought to be an optical spy satellite of a type which had been retired, but has now been brought back into service due to the failure of its replacement.
Google buys social network-compatible voicemail operation
Google has splashed out on SayNow, a start-up service that provides celebrities with Twitter-like voicemail, as it tries to take voice into the 21st century.
Israelis seize woman packing 44 iPhones
Operatives at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport last week thwarted an elderly woman's attempt to enter the country packing 44 iPhone 4s.
'You offend me, sir, with your pathetic writing'
FoTWIt has been a while since we've had a decent Flame of the Week. This is a strong candidate who breathes life into this venerable Reg institution. It is in response to my piece Why can't we do better than these crappy torrent sites? (P2P sites are getting poisoned again – and nobody seems to care)...
Conficker Group muses on hits and misses
The Conficker Working Group has hailed its success in neutralising domains programmed to act as control hubs for the infamous worm, while lamenting its failure to mount a comprehensive clean-up operation against infected PCs or to bring its authors to justice.
TalkTalk talks job cuts
TalkTalk, the broadband provider spun off from CarphoneWarehouse, is cutting jobs.
The weakest link in Software as a Service
The delivery of cloud based application functionality via the Software as a Service (SaaS) model frequently sparks security-related concerns. In our latest workshop on hosted apps, Reg readers have been very forthcoming about their nervousness in this area.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean temperatures peaked in 1998
The water temperature in the subtropical Atlantic Ocean has cooled down since 1998, oceanographers report. Measurements since 1957 had shown a rise of more than ¼ of a degree up to that point, but between 1998 and 2006 the ocean stopped warming and cooled by 0.15°C in the same area.
Femtocell experts create even tinier porta-base station
Femtocell experts Ubiquisys have designed an even smaller network base station that you can take on holiday to dispense with roaming rates forever - if your network will let you.
Dell: Alienware m11x hinge crisis closure near
Problems some punters have experience with the hinges on the Alienware M11x gaming laptop may soon be sorted out, at long last.
Robust network spending drives Juniper's Q4
All eyes were on upstart network equipment maker Juniper Networks concerning its fourth quarter, as the company has become a bellwether of sorts for cloudy infrastructure spending.
Utah to honour Browning M1911 semi-automatic
Utah is poised to adopt the classic Browning M1911 semi-automatic as its official "state gun", in honour of native John Browning who invented the weapon in 1911.
Facebook offers 500 million users SSL crypto
Facebook is giving all users the option of accessing its social networking service via SSL encryption.
Intel pumps $100m into university research
Intel is launching a $100M, five-year program to juice university research in the US on advanced computing projects, an effort that will attempt to walk the fine line between pure research and marketable product development.
Newspaper site pulls plug after 'sustained' hack attack
South African newspaper The Mail & Guardian pulled down its website on Wednesday to protect readers against “sustained attacks” that attempted to infect them with malware.
Verizon bundles Google Apps with small biz broadband
Verizon is now bundling Google's online Apps suite with broadband services for small- and medium-sized businesses.
Oracle eases Java's
Oracle big-boy bias
Oracle wants to slip one of the world's largest Java user groups into the JCP seat abandoned by Apache.
CA buys Torokina Networks
Torokina Networks, a small Sydney-based developer and CA channel partner, has been acquired by CA.
Cisco borgs network 'guardian angel'
Networking giant Cisco Systems is acquiring privately held Pari Networks for an undisclosed sum.
Google unleashes Android fondleslab SDK
Google has released an unfinished SDK for the upcoming Honeycomb incarnation of Android, a release intended for touch tablets as well as smartphones.