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Feds propose 50-state ban on mobile use while driving

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called for a nationwide ban on driving while using what it calls "personal electronic devices" – PEDs – by which they mean mobile phones and, to a lesser extent, fondleslabs.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Dec 2011

CERN: 'New physics starts now'

AnalysisIf people still wore as many hats as formerly, CERN would have seen plenty of caps in the air when the latest Higgs boson results were announced.
Richard Chirgwin, 14 Dec 2011

SCADA vuln imperils critical infrastructure, feds warn

An electronic device used to control machinery in water plants and other industrial facilities contains serious weaknesses that allow attackers to take it over remotely, the US agency that safeguards the nation's critical infrastructure has warned.
Dan Goodin, 14 Dec 2011

Dead trees not dying out

Fondleslabs, Facebook and smartphones may be marketers’ toys de jour, but the first wave of digital toys and associated marketing didn’t make a dent in the amount of business for Australia’s printing industry, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Team Register, 14 Dec 2011

NBN Co awards transit tender to Visionstream

Network service provider, Visionstream, has secured a $AU19 million contract to supply NBN Co’s first stage transit network.
Natalie Apostolou, 14 Dec 2011
Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T

Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

ReviewAs the name might suggest, Acer’s TravelMate family of notebooks are aimed at the mobile users, with an eye on business bods after something a little more stylish than the standard issue grey slab. A new addition to the range is the Timeline X TM8481T with just a couple of variants at present.
Simon Crisp, 14 Dec 2011
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Enterprise flash: The good, the bad and the cloudy

As flash tech firms face up to each other like gunslingers in a Wild West shoot-out, El Reg presents these suppliers or supplier groups developing NAND products for, hopefully, appreciative customers.
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2011
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Hitachi GST enters itty-bitty server disk fray against Seagate

Hitachi GST has announced a 900GB small form-factor drive, thus catching up with Seagate's Savvio.
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2011

'NHS bosses must master Twitter, Facebook to halt staff antics'

The author of recent guidance on using social media for nurses and midwives says NHS managers should be able to actively respond to issues around how their staff use social media.

UK is biggest nation of web shopaholics - Euro poll

UK shoppers order more stuff online than their European neighbours - and worry the least about how their personal data is used on social networking sites even though seven out of ten Brits admit having concerns about privacy.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2011
Apple MacBook Pro 13in Core i5 laptop

Laptop display pixel counts to quadruple in 2012

Buy one of Apple's next MacBook Pro notebooks and you'll get yourself a - glossy, no doubt - 2880 x 1800 resolution display.
Tony Smith, 14 Dec 2011
The Dark Meadow iOS game icon

The Dark Meadow

iGamerI've just been to see the Guillermo del Toro produced cinematic update of Don’t be Afraid of the Dark and it was all shades of Pan's Labyrinth, dark basements and flesh-eating homunculi. The Dark Meadow steals this striking vision and mélanges together mechanisms of FPS combat, role-playing and exploration.
Lucy Orr, 14 Dec 2011
Starwars Lightsaber

I have you now! Top 10 Star Wars Xmas presents

With the shops jammed and checkout lines up the wazoo, it would be forgivable to buy Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray from Amazon for The Wars fan in your life, and think "job done".
Gavin Clarke, 14 Dec 2011

OCZ wheels out lower octane SSD for Sunday drives

OCZ has a new SSD product and brand, Petrol, which uses cheaper asynchronous NAND than last month's Octane with its synchronous NAND.
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2011
Smart TVs

Brits turned off by Smart TVs

Brits may not be as keen on internet-connected tellies as previously thought. A new survey conducted by pollster YouGov shows we own fewer Smart TVs than folk in other major European economies do.
Tony Smith, 14 Dec 2011

Hot Xmas treat for WinPho punters - Office doc sharing

Microsoft's communications platform Lync has gone mobile with a Windows Phone client, but we're still waiting for the promised iPhone and Android clients billed as "coming soon".
Bill Ray, 14 Dec 2011
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Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart

And the most popular net-connected set-top box is… the Apple TV.
Hard Reg, 14 Dec 2011
Panasonic Viera TX-P42GT30

2011's Best... HD TVs

Xmas Gift GuideIf there’s one thing we’re not short of for this annual review, it’s good TVs. Large and small, thin and thinner, the things are legion.
Steve May, 14 Dec 2011

Apple's founding contracts sold for $1.59 MILLION

Apple's founding documents have sold for ten times their estimated price at a Sotheby's auction, fetching $1.59 million.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Dec 2011
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Amateur balloonists conquer Atlantic

A group of US balloonists have achieved the first amateur transatlantic meteorological balloon crossing, with an epic three-day flight from California to the Mediterranean.
Lester Haines, 14 Dec 2011

HDS unwraps 'data ingestor'

Hitachi Data Systems has revved its cloud object storage on-ramp, the file data-gulping HDI, to share data, restore old versions of files, and continuously migrate new files into a Hitachi-based cloud.
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2011
Star Wars: The Old Republic

Fans lose grace with Star Wars MMO

Star Wars: The Old Republic fans are getting hot under the collar after it emerged that they may not be able to continue playing the game with pre-release "Early Access" code once the title hits shop shelves.
Caleb Cox, 14 Dec 2011

Microsoft adds iPhones to SkyDrive party guest list

Microsoft's cloud has partially descended on the iPhone with SkyDrive now available for Apple's super-soaraway mobile.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Dec 2011

Paul Allen latest plan: Space rockets on MEGA PLANE

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul G Allen has set foot down a path trailblazed generations ago by another eccentric business kingpin: he intends to build the biggest aircraft ever flown. However unlike Howard Hughes' monster "Spruce Goose" 1940s flying boat, Allen's plan appears at least feasible and he has some big names on board.
Lewis Page, 14 Dec 2011

Woz's key to success: Burn the tie, wear T-shirts to work

Singapore is far too strait-laced, says Apple co-founder and engineering hero Steve Wozniak, and employers should let their workers wear T-shirts.
Anna Leach, 14 Dec 2011

No BEAST fix from Microsoft in December patch batch

Microsoft released 13 security bulletins addressing 19 vulnerabilities overnight, as part of a bumper final Patch Tuesday of the year.
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2011

iPhone users get iJustHadAShag bedpost-notch boast app

iOS users who fondle more than a slab now have an app to help them report the fact instantly, without having to compose the previously-requisite 140-character double entendre.
Bill Ray, 14 Dec 2011

York CompSci student pleads guilty to Facebook hack

A computer enthusiast from York has admitted hacking into Facebook.
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2011

UN, IMF join opposition to ICANN top-level domain plans

Intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) like the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund have joined the ranks of the opposition to ICANN's proposed expansion of domain names.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Dec 2011

Apple's request for HTC ban delayed again

The US International Trade Commission's decision on stopping HTC products from entering the country has been delayed for a second time.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Dec 2011

Google promises 0.001 of revenue to free the slaves

Google is on course to smash the £30bn annual revenue barrier by the end of this year, so - in time-honoured fashion with it be Christmas 'n' all - the company has plonked just over 0.1 per cent of this cash on the philanthropic pile.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2011

Forecasting logon storms with desktop virtualisation

You the ExpertFor an IT manager, desktop virtualization is no bad thing, if only because it limits how badly a user can mess up his or her own settings. So if you are thinking that you could slim down your desktop hardware requirements and maybe keep track of everyone’s software upgrades more simply are there any downsides consequences it would pay to be aware of?
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Dec 2011

Facebook 'HipHop VM' juices PHP speed pill

Facebook hopes to shave seconds off of its PHP web pages loads and juice its servers' performance with an execution engine for the C++ code transformer it cooked up last year.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Dec 2011

Microsoft gives up on proprietary 2D barcode, accepts NFC

Microsoft is embracing wireless web bookmarking by allowing its Tag app to pick up URLs using NFC - as well reading industry-standard QR codes and Redmond's own barcode standard, also called Tag.
Bill Ray, 14 Dec 2011

Wikipedia simplifies article editing for world+dog

Wikipedia is developing an easy-to-use visual editor to make it easier to muck up emend, revise, and polish pages of "the encyclopedia that anyone can edit".
Rik Myslewski, 14 Dec 2011

Newfangled graphics engine for browsers fosters data theft

Software developers at Google, Apple, Adobe, and elsewhere are grappling with the security risks posed by an emerging graphics technology, which in its current form could expose millions of web users' sensitive data to attackers.
Dan Goodin, 14 Dec 2011

Ericsson's Erikkson heading Down Under

Ericsson Australia has been an international executive coup, with global Chief Technology Officer, Hakan Eriksson, taking the role of Head of Ericsson in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, effective February 1, 2012.
Natalie Apostolou, 14 Dec 2011

Comm Bank in four hour network wipeout

Commonwealth Bank customers suffered a four hour outage during pre-Christmas shopping on Wednesday evening, reporting incorrect balances and sparking customer meltdowns on Facebook.
Natalie Apostolou, 14 Dec 2011

Aussie group buying platform goes shopping in HK

Dealised, the Australian developed technology platform behind group buyer Spreets, has made its first international acquisition with the purchase of Hong Kong start-up, Lokaly Network Limited.
Natalie Apostolou, 14 Dec 2011

Yahoo!, newspaper in Singapore spat

Yahoo! has slammed allegations made by Asian publisher Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) that it reproduced SPH content without permission and profited from advertising.
Natalie Apostolou, 14 Dec 2011

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