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Oz authors join book scanning lawsuit
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced that it is joining an American lawsuit against the publication of US universities’ scanned-book archive.
CPU cycles for stars: theSkyNet wants your sandbox
The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research is the latest to borrow the name of the Terminator antagonist with theSkyNet, a project to crowd-source spare CPU cycles to process astronomy data.
Google flight search engine lifts off
Google has launched its flight search service, five months after sealing the acquisition of flight-data outfit ITA Software.
'Find My Car' iPhone app finds anyone’s car
An iPhone app released a few days ago called “Find My Car” has just turned into a PR disaster for shopping centre operator Westfield.
Android banking trojan intercepts security texts
Developers of the SpyEye banking trojan have started bundling it with malware for phones running Google's Android operating system to intercept text messages many financial institutions use to prevent fraud, researchers said.
Hands on with the Windows 8 fondleslab
BUILDDevelopers attending Microsoft's BUILD conference will go home with a brand new Windows 8 tablet from Samsung. And it's not half bad.
Malware burrows deep into computer BIOS to escape AV
Researchers have discovered one of the first pieces of malware ever used in the wild that modifies the software on the motherboard of infected computers to ensure the infection can't be easily eradicated.
Intel preps 15-Watt 'Sandy Bridge' for micro servers
IDF 2011Micro servers – those tiny machines suitable for dedicated hosting and Web infrastructure workloads – are not exactly taking the market by storm, but they are carving out a niche for themselves.
Intel's Xeon E5 server chips due 'early 2012'
IDF 2011Intel CEO Paul Otellini gave the opening keynote at the company's Developer Forum this morning in San Francisco, and uncharacteristically, he didn't have much to say about servers. That's because contrary to the expectations of many customers, Intel is not ready to launch the Xeon E5 server variants of its "Sandy Bridge" processors.
Ten... digital voice recorders
Product Round-upAs mobile phones and other electronic gizmos generally pack their own voice recorders these days, the necessity of buying of a standalone dictaphone seems doubtful. Yet a dedicated model has distinct advantages with typically better recording quality, a longer battery life and voice actuation. Also, recordings are not going to be interrupted by phone calls and if colleagues need to use it, you'll be less bothered than handing over your phone.
More transistors, Moore’s Law, less juice
It looks like an accident that Moore’s Law has been shadowed by a parallel phenomenon: that over time, the amount of power required per unit of computation falls. That’s the conclusion of Stanford PhD and consulting professor Jonathan Koomey, whose work has already been dubbed “Koomey’s Law”.
Overland Storage preps private cloud rescue
Troubled tape and disk storage vendor Overland Storage has seen revenues drop and losses rise over its last fiscal year, but fared better in its final quarter. A clustered filer product and private cloud offering is coming, hopefully lifting Overland out of the prolonged hole it has been in.
Twitter contests ad company's 'tweets' trademark
Twitter said that a trademark belonging to Twittad "threatens to block" it from registering "tweet" as its own "legitimate" mark, according to the company's legal submission to a district court in San Francisco.
Winklevoss twins: Zuck on our salty nuts
The Winklevoss twins are back in the limelight (well, sort of) by starring in a US telly advert for pistachios that sends up the brothers' legal fight with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook security profiling doesn't like African log-ins
A tip-off from a source has turned up an interesting quirk in Facebook's security measures. He claims the social networking site appears to discriminate against log-ins from Africa.
Virgin Media finally offers network options on SuperHub
Virgin Media has finally issued an update for its SuperHub box that allows its customers to configure custom network set-ups with the kit.
TouchPad sales doubled after it was discontinued
Hewlett-Packard doubled its fondleslab shipments after revealing plans to ditch them and more importantly gutting the price.
Antique Code ShowStar Control 2 is a bloody good game, but not the game I fell in love with. Yet it was playing the original Star Control on my Sega Genesis that just makes me feel all squidgy inside. With colour spaceships that battle across my screen to eerie alien toonz, I didn't need Arnie in Total Recall to fulfil my sci-fi fetish.
Winter for webOS, winter for Droid, but springtime for iPad!
IDC has upped fondleslab shipment forecasts as the mature PC market looks set to plateau.
Apple pulls smartphone slavery app
An iPhone game that documents the process of creating a smartphone has been removed from the App store, after its content proved too excessive for Apple's guidelines.
LOHAN to suck mighty thruster as it goes off, in a shed
Our piece earlier this week on possible power plants for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) rocket-powered spaceplane got you lot thinking about how one would go about testing a rocket motor which needs to fire at altitude and -60°C.
Moto beat Google up by a third in Googorola haggling
Google was so eager to land Motorola Mobility, it raised its offer by 33 per cent over two weeks of negotiations, according to a regulatory filing.
Xperia Ray beams down to Blighty
Sony Ericsson has at last launched its latest Android smartphone - the Xperia Ray - which can now be picked up here in Blighty from a range of service providers.
Facebook lets users have separated social, er, Circles
Facebook slotted a new feature into the ubiquitous social network yesterday that immediately got the blogosphere arguing over whether the company was copying Google+ and its people-curating Circles function.
ASA probes Microsoft cloud reliability claims
The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) is checking out a complaint about claims from Microsoft that it can guarantee 99.9 per cent uptime on its cloud services.
Feds probe eBay over Craigslist plunder allegations
US prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into allegations eBay employees stole confidential information from Craigslist, according to a grand jury subpoena.
Report: Involve IT experts in releasing gov datasets
A review (84-page/927KB PDF) of information transparency and privacy commissioned by the Cabinet Office has concluded that IT experts should help decide whether to release datasets and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) should have a greater technical awareness.
Intel-Google love-in leaves MeeGo going nowhere
CommentIntel has jumped into bed with Google, but the palpable excitement emanating from both companies seems incongruous - as it signals doom for the chip giant's child from its previous marriage of convenience, MeeGo.
Defendant presents Playmobil rendering of court in court
A Maltese woman accused of fraud and breach of copyright for flogging Playmobil dioramas on eBay earned herself a few pints on the El Reg Bootnotes department yesterday by turning up in court with a miniature rendering of her own trial.
Celebs, victims selected to join in phone-hack probe
Former News International boss Rebekah Brooks will not take part in a judicial inquiry into culture, practices and ethics of the British press.
HTC knocks out the Beats
HTC has officially unveiled the HTC Sensation XE, the first of many handsets to feature Beats audio technology.
UK cyber security plan delayed till October
The UK government's Cyber Security Strategy publication for this year is now expected in mid-October, after being delayed until after the party conference season.
Beyond WAR: How I bitchslapped Google
WAR on the cloud 5In part 4 I had a quick peek at the performance of Rackspace's CDN and liked what I saw. Now I'm starting to use the CDN with my main site, but I discovered that I had plenty of other things to fix to make the CDN worthwhile and get my home page faster to load than Google's!
Securo-boffins call for 'self-aware' defensive technologies
Security boffins should concentrate on creating self-aware technologies that can learn from cyber attacks, summit experts say, proving that none of them have ever seen a movie about artificial intelligence.
BitDefender looks to BRICs for expansion strategy
BitDefender is focusing on providing better security for virtualised environments and says expansion into emerging markets is key to its plans for growth.
Now Windows 8 goes into the ring to face Apple's iOS
AnalysisDoes Windows 8 mean Microsoft can finally close the technology and credibility gap with Apple, putting a touchable mass-market version of Windows on tablets?
University of Tsukuba orders 800Tflop Xeon E5 hybrid
Supercomputer upstart Appro International has bagged a deal to supply Tsukuba University in Japan with an 800 teraflops machine based on Intel's impending "Sandy Bridge" Xeon E5 processors.
Be chums offer 1Gbit/s fibre-to-the-premises in London
A new ISP arrived today courtesy of Be Broadband's founders, offering extremely speedy fibre connections. However the telco currently has very limited reach to some larger residential and commercial properties in London.
Intel goes virtual to root out rootkits
IDF 2011Intel bought McAfee so it could bring antivirus and intrusion detection closer to the chip, and with DeepSafe – a technology that CEO Paul Otellini previewed at Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week – the company will be making good on that promise.
Windows Server 8 plays catch-up with VMware and Unix
Preview"The cloud is a tectonic shift," said Microsoft's corporate vice president of server and cloud Bill Laing, introducing an in-depth press preview of Windows Server 8 and mixing metaphors with abandon.
Apple preps MacBook Pro refresh
Apple is preparing a Macbook Pro refresh, that'll bring all models up to speed with Intel's current Core i5 and i7 processors.
Intel keeps mum on Ice Cream Sarnie support for Atom tablets
IDF 2011Expect to see the first Intel-based tablets running Android in Q1 2012. They might even run Ice Cream Sandwich.
Intel pitches netbook-cum-tablet 'hybrids'
IDF 2011Can't decide whether you want a tablet or a netbook? Have both, says Intel.
Ballmer reprises 'developers, developers, developers' chant
BUILDSteve Ballmer has told developers that if they want the biggest market for their software, the only choice is Microsoft.
Pano Logic woos SMBs with 'one-step' VDI
Desktop virtualization outfit Pano Logic has uncloaked two new server contraptions that feed virtual desktops to its "zero clients", curiously small silver cubes meant to replace big and beefy client PCs.
Windows 8 to ship with built-in malware protection
Microsoft's next version of Windows will ship with "tons of security features," including one that automatically scans boot drives for malware and a revamped version of the Windows Defender antivirus program, company executives said.
Intel demos Panel Self-Refresh power-saving tech
IDF 2011Intel today demo'd an interesting screen-based power-conservation technology: Panel Self-Refresh (PSR), part of the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) standard.
Qantas trials iPad in the sky
Qantas has decided to trial Apple iPads as an in-flight entertainment option on selected flights from October.
Kogan sparks new controversy
In a move that’s certain to spark hot debate, serial controversialist and electronics retailer Kogan has announced that customers can buy kit from Apple, Nikon, Canon and Samsung from its site.
TomorrowNow pleads guilty to illegal Oracle slurping
TomorrowNow has pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it illegally downloaded copyrighted Oracle software in an effort to pry customers from the database giant between December 2006 and April 2007.
Kiwi rugby rats warned to keep eye on the hacker ball
New Zealand business owners gripped by Rugby World Cup fever have been warned to keep an eye on their PBXs during festivities.