Numara crafts SaaS offerings, preps Oz hosting
Having bedded down its acquisition of local partner Salamander Services, Numara Software is now looking at how to put forward cloud-based services suitable for its channel model.
Microsoft betting on ultrabooks to boost Windows growth
Microsoft has some interesting areas in which it hopes to profit in the future, and in a call with reporters and analysts after announcing its most recent financial results, Redmondian execs gave strong hints as to what’s worrying it now.
Seek may float Chinese asset
The Bassat brothers, founders of online recruitment giant Seek, may be extending their midas touch with another IPO.
Printable transistors usher in 'internet of things'
UpdatedThinfilm, a Norwegian developer of printable memory, has co-announced with California's PARC a development that takes a big step towards the day when every manufactured object will report in to the internet.
Skype lets hackers track your BitTorrent downloads
Scientists have devised a stealthy and low-cost way to track the internet protocol addresses of tens of thousands of Skype users, and link the information to their online activities such as the sharing of specific files over BitTorrent.
Apple's iPod: ten years old
Apple's iconic iPod digital music player will be ten years old on Sunday.
WD: Thai flooding should speed EU decision on Hitachi
WD believes the flooding in Thailand puts greater impetus on the European Competition Commission to green-light its proposed acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
Android grabs quarter of tablet market
World tablet sales hot up during Q3, it was revealed today. Shipments almost quadrupled year on year, from 4.4m units in Q3 2010 to 16.7m tablets in Q3 2011.
Watchdog mauls Euro database of 'pirates'
The European Commission must explain in more detail the specifics of the operation of a database it plans to create that will hold personal data on suspected intellectual property (IP) rights infringers, an EU data protection watchdog has said.
RIM's BBX has all the logic PlayBook should have had
RIM is a frustrating company right now. The massive outages that affected BlackBerry email users on three continents last week may have been a miracle of bad timing, just after the iPhone launch, but they were only the most publicised of a string of more avoidable mistakes which are leaving users and developers at the end of their tether.
LG LSM-100 Mouse Scanner
Accessory of the WeekBuilding a document scanner into a mouse is one of those odd notions that seems daft at first but makes sense when you actually think about it.
HP's chief techie departs, will not be replaced
HP's chief technical officer, Shane Robison, is out.
Intel Ivy Bridge set for Spring 2012 debut
'Ivy Bridge', Intel's next generation of processor technology, will be unveiled toward the end of Q1 2012 rather than the early part of the year.
Retro couch is quite the space invader
Check this crazy piece of furniture out. Behold the Retro Space Invaders Couch from Firebox.
Channel vet to steer Ingram Micro's enterprise biz
Channel veteran Jon Bunyard is to head up Ingram Micro's enterprise business unit from the end of the month after current incumbent Cathi Low steps down.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes up short on sub-pixels
Bad news, folks. The sexy looking Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the world's first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, has an inferior OLED display.
Crowd-pleasing study in capitalism conspiracy controversy
In what many took to be fodder for the capitalism-is-a-conspiracy theorists, boffins have claimed that about 150 companies, mostly banks, are controlling the majority of the economic power.
Google+ slips into bed with Reader
Google is overhauling its neglected web and news aggregating tool Reader, unsurprisingly to bring it more into line with the company's newfound love for all things social.
Judge: Top Gear did not libel Tesla
BBC merchandise cash cow Top Gear did not libel e-car maker Tesla, the English High Court ruled this week.
US radio evangelist: Apocalypse now
Reg readers are advised to get their earthly affairs in order today as the long-predicted Rapture should sweep the good sheep up to heaven sometime after lunch.
Hackers crack PlayStation 3 hardware, again
Sony's hacking headaches continued today with claims that a new PlayStation jailbreak USB dongle is about to flood the market.
Big Dane study finds no mobe cancer link
A Danish study has found there is no increased risk of brain cancer from mobile phone usage.
Batman: Arkham City
ReviewHung upside down over a vat of acid or strapped to a conveyor belt inching towards a blast furnace, Batman could always rely on technology to help him pull off an unlikely escape. That is if he... could... just... reach... his... utility belt, of course.
Web block would 'spark arms race' against pirates
"Communications systems are inherently designed to deliver communication," stated Mita Mitra, BT's Internet Policy overseer, yesterday while debating one of the most controversial aspects of the 2010 Digital Economy Act: that BT and other ISPs should be responsible for blocking websites that infringe copyright.
Reg hacks confront really wide Oz load terror
During our coverage this week of the World Solar Challenge, live from Down Under's Stuart Highway from Darwin to Adelaide, some of you weren't too impressed with our account of meeting a big truck bearing an improbably large mining vehicle – some kind of monster Tonka Toy with wheels the size of a two-storey house.
Acer cuts losses and inventory in Q3
Acer losses narrowed in its third quarter ended September but the bust consumer sector and inventory woes still weighed heavy on its bottom line.
Smartphone black market fuels knife robberies
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) reckons demand for smartphones on the black market has in part fuelled a rise in knife robberies.
Quote of the Week: 'Phone bills shouldn't cost more than the rent'
QuotWThis was the week when neither rumours of a new smaller iPad nor the huge sales of the iPhone 4S were enough to stop Apple's fourth fiscal quarter earnings from dipping below estimates.
Privacy blunders by UK biz soar, websites least trusted
Data security breaches within the private sector are rapidly increasing, the UK's Information Commissioner warned today.
Get out there and take some risks, says Woz
IP ExpoSteve Wozniak gave a pitch at IP Expo yesterday in which he spoke about the early days at Apple, taking risks in technology, and Fusion-io, his latest gig.
Jobs: 'I'll spend my dying breath destroying Android'
Never one to pussyfoot around his deep hatred for rivals and traitors, Steve Jobs chucked some choice epithets at Google boss Eric Schmidt and his products after the Apple-Google rift opened in 2007.
Sony's 3D VR goggles will empty your wallet
Sony's head-mounted vision goggles will hit UK shelves this December at the whopping price of £800.
Toshiba demos monster hi-res tablet display
Toshiba has raised the bar for LCD quality, revealing a 6.1in panel with a pixel density of 498 pixels per inch.
Gov: DAB must battle on, despite being old and rubbish
Britons' digital albatross, DAB radio, might be antique and sound terrible, the culture minister said this week, admitting the 2015 switchover date looked “ambitious”. It’s the first time a politician of ministerial level has acknowledged issues with DAB. But there’s no changing course, he said.
Boffins crack e-commerce encryption
German computer scientists have cracked components of an encryption system used to securely exchange data between e-commerce and banking systems.
Feds: Cyberpunks spied on Nasdaq directors
The same hackers who cracked into Nasdaq's computer systems last year apparently planted malware that allowed them to spy on publicly traded companies.
Chinese giant halts rare earth shipments to hike prices
China's largest rare-earth producer, the state-owned Baotou Iron and Steel Group, is stopping rare earth shipments for a month in an attempt to drive up prices.
Dowler family bags £2m payout over phone-hacking saga
UpdatedNews Corp has agreed to cough up £2m to the family of Milly Dowler after individuals working for the now-defunct Sunday tabloid the News of the World were found to have hacked into the murdered schoolgirl's phone.
Thai floods flush storage channel clean
Distribution giant Computer 2000 has put disk drives on manual allocation to spread supply among its customer base while other distributors have completely frozen sales while they review the impact of the flooding in Thailand.
Groupon IPO seeks $11.4bn valuation
Groupon confirmed in a regulatory filing today that it is seeking an IPO of around $11.4bn, significantly lower than the $25bn IPO the e-coupon site was pursuing in June this year.
Zuckerberg's HTML5 Trojan horse play
Open ... And ShutApple has become the world's most valuable company by filling us with childish wonder at (and ravenous lust to buy) its Jesus phone, but Facebook seems sure to surpass Apple's $350bn-plus market cap by providing the social fabric for all internet traffic. But first the social giant needs to figure out mobile. And fast.
Buy a $1m storage brute, get a free iPad app
IBM released so many system and storage announcements this week that it was difficult to zoom in on the most interesting ones: there were 55 in all. We'll focus on the high-end array and cloud file storage items in this convoy of news.
World's stealthiest rootkit gets a makeover
One of the world's more advanced pieces of malware has just gotten a makeover that could make it even more resistant to takedown efforts, security researchers said.
Meteor shower falls from Halley’s Comet on Saturday
Professional and amateur astronomers will have their eyes on the skies this weekend, watching for the annual Orionids meteor show as our planet passes through the tail of Halley’s Comet.
Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'
A massively thorough study – funded in part by a pair of US oil billionaires who are opponents of climate-disruption remediation – has come to the conclusion that the earth is, indeed, warming.
Cloud buyers keeping storage sales strong
Analyst house IDC is predicting demand for public and private cloud architectures will means strong growth for storage sales.
Cable employee admits replacing Superbowl feed with porn
NSFWAn Arizona man has admitted he was the one who interrupted the 2009 Superbowl broadcast to thousands of cable subscribers and replaced it with footage from an X-rated porno flick, according to published news reports.