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AMD claims 'world's fastest GPU' title

AMD has unveiled its first graphics card based on its Graphics Core Next architecture, which The Reg told you about in excruciating detail this summer. According to AMD, the card – the Radeon HD 7970 – is also the only GPU to be built using a 28-nanometer process.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Dec 2011

Internode falls to iiNet acquisition temptation

Popular Adelaide-headquartered national ISP Internode, a pioneer in Australia’s ADSL2+ market and vocal critic of National Broadband Network price strategies, is to be acquired by number two broadband provider iiNet.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Dec 2011
Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone

Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone

ReviewMotorola’s been keeping its hand in with an interesting variety of Android handsets of late. The Pro+ is clearly designed for business rather than fun, which is fine, but next to the top-end, revitalised Motorola Razr, it’s not in the same league.
Dave Oliver, 22 Dec 2011

Dole office sticks ID services tender in EU journal, quickly pulls out

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has cancelled its tender for identity assurance services, claiming it had not followed the relevant procedures for the procurement.

Gov unveils plans to make tax-funded research freely accessible

All publicly-funded research data should be made freely accessible to benefit business and society, the government has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Dec 2011

EU to push through more roaming caps in 2012

Operators should brace themselves for more caps on European roaming, as the European parliament is planning more pricing restrictions when the current legislation expires.
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2011

Android Trojan spams tribute to Arab Spring martyr

Hacktivists have released a manipulated version of a popular Android app to commemorate a Tunisian man whose suicide triggered anti-government protests in his country a year ago.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2011

Facebook scams now spread by dodgy browser plug-ins

Con men have developed a new approach towards spreading scams on Facebook.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2011
Transformers: War for Cybertron

Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime moniker

Toy maker Hasbro is suing computer manufacturer Asus for daring - allegedly - to name an Android tablet after one of its biggest money spinners.
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2011

Ofcom's Local TV dream: No smut, an hour of news, endless ads

Ofcom is consulting on how to award Local TV licences, and has some suggestions about how the national broadcaster, and the channels, might make ends meet.
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2011

Deep-fried planets discovery offers hope for Earth’s future

Earth may survive longer than we expect - scientists have stumbled across two deep-fried planets orbiting the glowing embers of a dying star.
Iain Thomson, 22 Dec 2011
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Tablet LCDs: seven-inchers outsell 9.7in panels

Shipments of 7in LCD screens surpassed those of 9.7in panels in November, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2011

Smut baron buy-up of Vatican.xxx rumour exploded

The domain name vatican.xxx was not "registered by a mystery buyer" as has been widely reported this week.
Kevin Murphy, 22 Dec 2011

Yahoo! shares! leap! on! asset! sale! gossip!

Shares in Yahoo! got a bump yesterday on rumours that the company is considering getting rid of most of its Alibaba stake and all its stake in Yahoo! Japan.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 22 Dec 2011

Steve Jobs gets posthumous Grammy AND a bronze statue

Steve Jobs, who died in October this year, has been posthumously handed a Grammy award.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Dec 2011
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Console accessories

Xmas Gift GuideWith last year's release of Xbox 360 Kinect and PlayStation Move, traditional console add-ons have been pushed out of the limelight. However when searching for the ideal Crimbo presents, the customary line-up of videogame hardware is always a laudable choice. Especially when shopping for yourself.
Caleb Cox, 22 Dec 2011

Clever patching keeps the system serviceable

It was the kind of day most systems administrators would like to forget. A customer of Canadian security consultant David Lewis, founder of the Liquidmatrix Security Digest, had decided to roll out a software patch to a Symantec product.
Danny Bradbury, 22 Dec 2011

Auld Reekie folk 'spend most on tech prezzies'

Today's piece of blatant puffery masquerading as market research comes from Geek Squad the embarrassingly named in-store tech support oppos for Carphone Warehouse.
Hard Reg, 22 Dec 2011

Petaflops beater: Nvidia chief talks exascale

"Power is now the limiter of every computing platform, from cellphones to PCs and even data centres," said NVIDIA chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang, speaking at the company's GPU Technology Conference in Beijing last week. There was much talk there about the path to exascale, a form of supercomputing that can execute 1018 flop/s (Floating Point Operations per Second).
Tim Anderson, 22 Dec 2011

Pluto's blushing complexion riddle solved by boffins

Boffins using the new Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on the Hubble telescope have figured out what makes Pluto the colour it is.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 22 Dec 2011

Cops arrest cop in alleged corrupt cop-bung probe

A 52-year-old female police officer was the first cop to be arrested yesterday morning in connection with allegations of receiving illegal payments from journalists.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Dec 2011

Latest El Reg project: Rise of the Robot Sheep

After seven years of faithful service, my lawn-clipping droid Mowbot has had to be retired... and a replacement is hard to obtain. Rather than face an ever-growing lawn, I've decided it's time to unlock the inventing shed and seek some reader advice.
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2011

2012 CES will be Microsoft’s last hurrah

Microsoft has said that Steve Ballmer’s opening keynote for the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in January will be the last time a Redmond head takes the stage, and it won’t be having an exhibition stand at the show after 2012 either.
Iain Thomson, 22 Dec 2011

Apache confirms new OpenOffice build by 2012

The Apache Software Foundation has confirmed that a new build of the OpenOffice suite will be out next year, and has warned rogue developers that it - and only it - can use the trademark for the software.
Iain Thomson, 22 Dec 2011
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Lumia sales fail to set world alight

Nokia's Lumia handset is barely shifting at all, according to figures from consumer price-comparison site Mobiles Please, though it still manages to be the best selling Windows Phone.
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2011
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New chippery on parade at ISSCC

The new year in IT always begins around now, when the IEEE puts out the advance program for the International Solid State Circuits Conference, which takes place in San Francisco in February. This time around, it runs from February 19 through 23, and while there are not a large number of server-class processors coming out, there are some very interesting system-on-chip and memory technologies that chip makers will be showing off at the upcoming 2012 event.

Seagate backup biz deletes name, restores EVault brand

Seagate's cloud backup biz, i365, has renamed itself EVault, the name it was called when Seagate bought it five years ago.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2011

Gerry turncoat Harvey gives gamers a deal

The CEO of Australian retailer Harvey Norman, Gerry Harvey has unleashed his fickle ways on the gaming industry, launching an offshore discount gaming site just days before Christmas.
Natalie Apostolou, 22 Dec 2011

Press Council slaps Rupert for Oz NBN coverage

It’s taken the best part of half a year, but Australia’s lame-duck press self-regulator, the Australian Press Council, has given News Limited outlet the Daily Telegraph a wet slap over aspects of its NBN coverage.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Dec 2011

Moscow State taps T-Platforms to build 10 petaflops super

In what rings as almost an echo of Cold War-era scientific competition, Moscow State University is putting together a supercomputer it hopes will take it back up the international rankings.

ACMA sets the bar too low for broadcasters claims APF

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has been slammed as a toothless tiger for setting the bar too low in protecting consumer privacy.
Natalie Apostolou, 22 Dec 2011

Parallel politics: Gerry Harvey, imports and taxes

There’s a curious symmetry about how 2011 is ending: once again, retailer Gerry Harvey is complaining about GST inequities for online shopping, just as he was at the beginning of the year. Once again, Harvey is distracting attention away from vendor price-setting, just as he was at the beginning of the year.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Dec 2011

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