Boffins build eye-controlled interface out of game-console cams
Neurotechnologists in London have invented a £40 device that lets you control computers with your eyes.
Apple Store staircase flagged as Peeping Tom black spot
Apple’s flagship store in Hong Kong has been placed on a black list by the region’s biggest political party after fears were raised that its trademark glass staircase could provide Peeping Toms with a perfect vantage point for some sneaky up-skirt viewing.
India preps craft for first mission to Mars
Not to be outdone by China in the space race, India is set to flex its muscles on the world stage, planning a mission to Mars late next year.
Will the titans of storage decide to flash their bits?
The fundamental decision facing most of the online storage industry is whether to use spinning or flashing bits or both. Flashing bit growth, solid state NAND storage, is booming and set to grow strongly. Why aren't Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital, the spinning disk-supplying tri-opoly, as successful with flash drives as OCZ, LSI, Micron, SanDisk, Fusion-io and other flash storage suppliers? How come Toshiba is making more headway than Seagate and Western Digital?
Spotify coining it at home in Sweden: But are artists getting any?
New figures from the Swedish music market suggest that streaming services are good for music. Revenue from streaming services grew 79 per cent in the first half of the year, making up for declines in CD sales and digital downloads, according to local trade body GLF. Spotify launched in Sweden first, in 2008.
Ex-Google Books man hired to drive private MOON BUS
A man who was formerly in charge of scanning books for Google has transferred to a private space company and will be programming robots for trips into space.
IBM's new Power7+ hotness - we peek through the veil
AnalysisA few weeks ago, El Reg told you that IBM was getting ready to start talking about its future Power7+ and System zNext processors at the Hot Chips conference at the end of August. Like you, I am an impatient sort when it comes to getting some insight into future processors from any vendor, and I like to poke around and see what I can find out about these chips as soon as possible because it is interesting and useful to know as much as possible as soon as possible.
Vodafone jumps into bed with Three in Ireland
Vodafone and Three will be sharing cell sites and support infrastructure in Ireland, reducing costs to both parties while each operator maintains its network independence.
Prince Charles whips out jumbo red ball for Blighty's code-breakers
Prince Charles unveiled a ball of rose marble inscribed in binary and Morse Code on Friday - a tribute to the men and women of the British intelligence services over the last century who have worked at the "slog" of cracking, interception and security.
Ex-gov man McCluggage on G-Cloud's slow descent
It’s a long march towards realising G-Cloud and releasing consistent data across government, says Bill McCluggage – who until recently helped lead the charge on cloud. He also spoke about how government would manage the release of Open Data from its data centres and on the public cloud.
US Energy dept starts handing out cash for exaflop superputer quest
The Department of Energy is continuing to dole out cash to pay for some of the basic research that needs to be done if the United States is going to field exascale-class supercomputers by 2020 or so. This time around, Nvidia and Intel have taken down some contracts, and El Reg hears that Big Blue is getting some funding as well.
Web crams down 7 MEEELLION more domain names
The number of registered domain names on the internet increased by 7.5 million to stand at 233 million in the first quarter of the year.
Patent scrap loser RIM ordered to cough up $147m
RIM has been ordered to pay up $147.2m (£94.3m) for violating a patent covering device management.
Fukushima powerplant owner forced to cough teleconference vids
Japan’s troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co, Tepco, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, will be forced to release hundreds of hours of in-house teleconference video footage revealing executive briefings to staff during the unfolding events of the nuclear disaster.
New 'nauts ride Russian rocket to shift change at the space station
Thee new crew are on their way to the International Space Station, successfully launching over the weekend to replace the three who made it back to earth earlier this month.
Sky launches movie, sports on demand service
Sky will begin offering pay-to-view films over the internet to non-subscribers tomorrow.
GM to slash vast outsourced IT empire
You fire me? I'll fire you! It ain't that simple really, but GM CIO Randy Mott, sent into the cold, cold outside by HP's then CEO Leo Apotheker from his HP CIO post, has announced GM will stop outsourcing IT, bringing it back in house. The big loser? HP.
UK tech biz grinding to halt as Reg space programme sucks in talent
The Special Projects Bureau is raising a few pints of foaming real ale today in honour of Escher Technologies, which has kindly offered to probe the intimate inner workings of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project.
Lego ponders Portal pack
Lego may introduce a kit based on the Portal videogame series now that a petition to do so has gathered enough support to trigger consideration from an official tribunal.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
ReviewJudging by the lawsuits flying around, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been the only Android tablet to seriously worry Apple. Quite why is a mystery, because it has sold in nothing like the numbers of the iPad. Will the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 prove more of a threat by being cheaper rather than better?
Wobbly Chinese telecom giant 'may sack 12,000', shares nosedive
Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE is in for a rough ride: its shares fell to a three-year low on Monday amid a profit warning and rumours that it may axe up to 12,000 workers.
Microsoft sells out of MSNBC.com, plans to open own news pipe
Microsoft’s sold its stake in the 16-year online news venture it shared with US TV giant NBC.
Intel gobbles Lustre file system expert Whamcloud
Intel's ambition to dominate the exascale era of computing is a little closer to realisation, as Chipzilla has written a cheque to acquire Whamcloud, a company which develops and supports the open source Lustre clustered file system.
UK snoop system had 1,000 COCKUPS - including 2 duff cuffs
Police, security services and other public bodies bungled nearly 1,000 requests for citizens' communications data in a year, a new report has revealed.
Nokia prunes Lumia 900 price
Nokia has cut the price of its Lumia 900 smartphone, halving the handset's upfront cost when punters sign up for a new contract in the US.
Olympics security cockup down to software errors - report
A computer software failure caused the security fiasco at the Olympics, the Independent on Sunday has said, after talking to insider sources at security contractor G4S.
Raspberry Pi sales limits lifted
Hardware hackers and ageing coders have snapped up more than 200,000 Linux running Raspberry Pi gadgets, the charity behind the cut-price computer said today.
Sleek new Macs violate fanbois' Retinas with display garbage
Buyers of Apple's "jaw-dropping" Retina display MacBooks are indeed picking their chins off the floor - in reaction to bizarre on-screen glitches blighting the expensive lap-warmers.
It costs $450 in marketing to make someone buy a $49 Nokia Lumia
Every Windows phone Nokia sold in the US has been backed by a $450 slice of AT&T marketing cash, it's estimated.
Slash for cash: boozers' bladders primed for Olympic pee game
British pub visitors will soon be able to 'sample' the Olympic' competitive spirit, by battling each other at the urinal in a micturation-managed game, the 100ml Dash.
Symantec update killed biz PCs in three-way software prang
Symantec has apologised after an update to its security software sparked repeated crashes on enterprise Windows XP machines.
Yes, you can be sacked for making dodgy Facebook posts
Ignorance about Facebook privacy settings is no excuse for complaining about the consequences of publishing off-colour online comments, a US judge has ruled.
Sage: Where's this double-dip disaster everyone's crying over?
Sage revealed the fragility of the Eurozone economy continues to give management sleepless nights as the recovery it touted didn't show up. Back home in Blighty, though, growth was described as good.
Cisco warns of major vulnerabilities in TelePresence kit
Cisco slipped out four security advisories on Friday warning of serious vulnerabilities in its high-end videoconferencing system – or TelePresence, as it prefers to call it.
Apple fails to block stolen iOS in-app content
Apple has moved to shut down a hack that allows users of iOS devices to download in-app content without paying for it – but the service is still operating and its creator remains defiant.
Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet
Microsoft has released the last preview of its latest build of Office – the first release of one of Redmond's biggest cash cows.
Yahoo! Poaches! New! CEO! From! Google!
In a surprise move, Yahoo! has named top Google exec Marissa Mayer its new president and CEO – the fifth in five years.
E-Cat pitching cold fusion to Australians
A company established in January 2012 is offering the Rossi E-Cat (“energy catalyzer”) to Australians. E-Cat Australia is offering pre-orders for a 1MW unit with “an estimated delivery time of 3 months”, and allowing people to pre-register for a domestic unit promising shipping in 2013.
Giant super-laser passes 500 TRILLION watts
The National Ignition Facility has followed up on its March firing with yet-another record, flicking the switch on a pulse that topped 500 trillion watts and 1.85 megajoules of UV laser.
Dell bundles up SQL Server 2012 data warehouse appliance
Dell might be chasing large enterprises like mad these days, but it has not forgotten the small and medium business customers that made the company a player in IT. SMBs need data warehouses as much as the big boys, but they have less money and less skills with which to slap one together. That's where, Dell hopes, its QuickStart Data Warehouse Appliance 1000 comes in.
More Steve Jobs iPad mini attacks from beyond the grave
Rumors of an impending Apple iPad mini continue to proliferate, with The New York Times being the latest to weigh in, and Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal already having had their say, so it's a good time to recount the late Steve Jobs's arguments as to why such a device will be doomed to failure.