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Google's decision to increase the price of its App Engine has sparked the inevitable.
Australia’s international gaming success story, Team Bondi, the developer behind LA Noire, has been placed into administration.
Hulu, the popular US online TV service, is launching in Japan - its first venture outside home territory.
British police have arrested two men as part of a continuing investigation with the FBI into computer attacks carried out under the flags of the Anonymous and Lulz Security hacking crews. The men, aged 20 and 24, were arrested on Thursday in Mexborough, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and Warminster, Wiltshire, under suspicion of committing offenses under the Computer Misuse Act, an article published on Friday in The Guardian reported. The men were arrested separately, and computer equipment from a Doncaster address was confiscated for forensic examination.
UpdatedUpdated HTC has unwrapped its 'Mango' Windows Phone 7 handsets, now dubbed Titan and Radar.
Intel is getting more focused on the challenges in the supercomputing market and has established a new business unit, called Intel Federal, to pursue the contracts with the US government that fund the majority of cutting-edge supercomputing research and development in the country.
French internet outfit Deezer is bringing its YASMS (or Yet Another Streaming Music Service) to the UK. It's FFU-compliant (Far From Unique).
IFA 2011IFA 2011 Dell unwrapped a pair of "thin" laptops at IFA today, though it didn't go so far as to follow Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba into the Ultrabook market.
IFA 2011IFA 2011 Europe's largest consumer electronics show, held every year in Berlin, brought a bumper crop of cool kit this year. Read all about it. Tablets First look at Toshiba's Portégé Z830 Ultrabook Hands on with Acer's Aspire S3 Ultrabook Hands on with Toshiba's 'world's thinnest' Android 3.2 tablet Medion hides Android 3.2 tablet behind closed doors T-Mobile shows off Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Sony Tablet P in pictures Sony Tablet S in pictures Toshiba outs 'world's thinnest, lightest' tablet Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 gets aired Sony Android tablets in-bound
HP is offering server-connected flash memory arrays OEMed from Violin Memory to break I/O app bottlenecks.
Comment One of the unanswered questions arising from the August riots is whether the government needs new powers to block the use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media which were used to organise the disturbances. Prime Minister David Cameron suggested, in the immediate aftermath of the rioting, that blocking the use of social networking communications was a policy option that was to be urgently discussed with telecommunications operators (and then implemented as a priority).
Bury council has defended its decision to spend £9,000 on iPads for its fleet of refuse trucks, saying the devices will allow it to provide a real time bin collection service.
Accessory of the WeekAccessory of the Week So the Solwise-sold, made by HameTech A10 isn't a sexy looking as Three's MiFi, but it's the same proposition: a 3G modem with a built-in Wi-Fi router.
Debt management companies could be prevented from contacting consumers through social media after a regulator review revealed "widespread problems with misleading advertising".
IFA 2011IFA 2011 At IFA in Berlin today, Acer took the wraps off its first Ultrabook, the Aspire S3. At 1.3kg and 13mm thick it falls well within Intel’s 18mm max to claim this slimline performance computing marque.
The grandmother of an Ohio man with a serious penchant for plastic has suggested her grandson needs urgent help after he was cuffed earlier this week for engaging in "sexual activity" with a pink inflatable swimming pool raft.
Apple has selected Microsoft's Azure and Amazon's AWS to jointly host its iCloud service, The Reg has learned.
We at the El Reg Special Projects Bureau have just about recovered from our trip last weekend to International Rocket Week (IRW), in the somewhat rain-lashed and chilly outskirts of Glasgow.
IFA 2011IFA 2011 Remember Sony's PlayStation TV? It's a set capable of displaying two entirely separate images effectively simultaneously using the alternating left-eye, right-eye technique that makes 3D displays work. Well, LG is doing one too.
Satellites and spacecraft face the growing risk of damage and failure thanks to the expanding volume of small pieces of junk hurtling around the Earth's orbit.
Angry Birds, Super Mario Bros and Tetris are about to go classical in a new concert and recording by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).
Nontreprenuers, rejoice! Memorably described by Nick Carr as the "Madame of the Web 2.0 Brothel", TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is launching a $20m VC fund to invest in the kind of frivolous built-to-flip web startups pimped by the blog.
IFA 2011IFA 2011 Cloud Engines, the build-your-own-cloud-storage company, has unveiled a junior member of its Pogoplug device family: the Pogoplug Mobile.
ReviewReview Last year, Dell added to its Alienware laptop family and simultaneously expanded the definition of ultra-portables with the tiny-beefcake M11x. This year's new addition, the flagship M18x, now expands the other end of the spectrum.
Baidu has forked Android, launching a mobile OS at its annual shindig which also saw the Chinese search outfit slotting web apps into its home page to go with its Chrome-alike browser.
Police in the UK could get new powers to suspend internet domain names without a court order if they're being used for illegal activity, under rules proposed to .uk registry manager Nominet.
Diebold has taken the wraps off a prototype for a bank ATM that uses virtualisation technology.
A year that started with radical and controversial changes to prepare Ubuntu for touch-based consumer computing is finishing up with a big push into the cloud on servers.
IFA 2011IFA 2011 Sony used IFA 2011 to show off its new Tablet S, due out later this month in a Wi-Fi only Android 3.1 version. It had a host of them spread around its hall at the show, and I had a number of plays with it.
Comment EMC is extending its storage arrays into application engines.
IFA 2011IFA 2011 Sony's Android 3.2-based Tablet P won't be going on sale until November, but it was still much in evidence at IFA.
Seemingly alone among UK retailers, Amazon is refusing to refund people who bought an HP Touchpad just before the price dropped, instead referring them directly to HP.
IFA 2011IFA 2011 Samsung didn't show off its Galaxy Tab 8.9 9in Android tablet at IFA, but T-Mobile did - and in an LTE-enabled form.
A Peeping Tom webcam sextortionist has been jailed for six years after targeting several young women.
IFA 2011IFA 2011 Medion joined the throng of vendors touting an Android 3.2-based tablet at IFA, though it kept its offering, the LifeTab P9514 behind closed doors.
Google's reputation for sound judgement took a serious knock last year when it emerged it was mulling a $6bn bid for Groupon. The web voucher sensation is running on exhaust, and racing towards an IPO before faith and cash reserves expire. Legal issues lurk beneath the surface, and Groupon needs merchant partners to keep buying into the idea – and that depends on long-term conversion rates. Many are unhappy.
WikiLeaks published its full cache of unredacted US diplomatic cables on Friday.
Samsung will "never" bid for HP's orphaned smartphone OS, WebOS, according to the company's CEO.
Despite the fact that man has stopped going to the Moon, Domino's Japan reckons this is a good time to plan an outlet there.
A strike by 45,000 workers at telecom giant Verizon helped flatten job creation in the US economy in August – literally. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued its monthly jobs report, and says that not only did the US economy fail to add any net-new workers last month, it also revised the number of jobs created in June and July downwards.
UpdatedUpdated In the wake of hundreds of fraudulent secure sockets layer certificates issued by DigiNotar, Google developers are preparing a version of the Chrome browser that rejects some web credentials sanctioned by the Dutch government's official certificate authority. Source code posted Thursday afternoon California time on Google's own website would prevent Chrome from trusting any secure website signed by DigiNotar under an official program set up by the Dutch government. It was set up under the auspices of PKIoverheid, the official certificate authority of the Netherlands. After this article was first published, Mozilla developers implemented a similar change that will cause users to receive a warning when they encounter PKIoverheid certificates signed by DigiNotar. It's unclear when the changes will take effect in Firefox, Thunderbird or SeaMonkey. Mozilla representatives didn't respond to an email request comment. Shortly after Monday's discovery that DigiNotar had issued a fraudulent google.com certificate that was used to spy on people in Iran who accessed Gmail, Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft updated their software so it would no longer trust the Netherlands-based certificate authority. What Google and Mozilla, and possibly Microsoft as well, never said in their advisories was that their browsers and email applications would continue to trust two DigiNotar certificates that were linked to PKIoverheid.
Who is the Microsoft of corporate private clouds? Microsoft, right? Wrong. It's VMware, with its vSphere virtualization stack and vCloud extensions. But at the premium prices that VMware is charging for its infrastructure cloud software, the company might want to review the history of the Unix server market and not make the same mistake that open systems vendors made a decade ago by overcharging for their wares, leaving the glass house door open for Windows to walk right in.
A California physicist has created a quantum-computing chip based on the CPU/RAM combo known as the von Neumann architecture, opening the door, he argues, to commercial quantum-computing development.
UpdateUpdate Update: This story has been updated to reflect that the SFPD has apparently changed its story about the iPhone 5 search.