Amazon boss finds Apollo 11 engines on seabed
Jeff Bezos, Amazon's adventurous CEO, says his organization has found the F-1 rockets used briefly by Apollo 11 and he wants to salvage them for American museums.
PM launches Oz network three-year 3.5m premises rollout
The first large-scale rollout of Australia’s National Broadband Network has been announced, with the government and NBN Co announcing that 3.5 million premises (including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals) are to receive their connections by 2015.
Tim Cook, Chinese vice PM agree IP pact
Apple boss Tim Cook met Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang during his visit to the People’s Republic this week and reportedly managed to come away with a commitment from the future prime minister to strengthen intellectual property protection for it and other firms in the country.
Lucy in 3.4 million-year-old cross-species cave tryst
The statement from the abstract is as prosaic as it gets: “A newly discovered partial hominin foot skeleton from eastern Africa indicates the presence of more than one hominin locomotor adaptation at the beginning of the Late Pliocene epoch.”
Microsoft says scale-out storage not needed for big data
Infrastructure vendors’ vision of big data rigs based on scale-out NAS won’t come to fruition, according to the Microsoft executive heading the company’s big data push for SQL Server 2012.
Acer set to unleash 15in fibreglass MONSTER
Taiwanese hardware giant Acer is set to continue with its plans to target Intel’s super-skinny laptop segment with the launch of a new 15in fibreglass Ultrabook in the next couple of months.
Digitech iPB-10 guitar effects pedalboard for iPad
ReviewWhen the Digitech iPB-10 arrived, I duly dispatched an e-mail to a muso mate with a link to this ultimate iPad guitar pedalboard. The wag replied: Nice machine you're reviewing, but I don't know whether 87 pedals, 54 amps and 26 cabinets is quite enough for me...
With this ring, I thee frag
A female employee of Australian internet service provider Internode has used the February 29th loophole that says women can propose to men to pop the question – inside Team Fortress 2 (TF2).
ZTE profits crash 37 per cent in 2011
Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE has had a mixed 2011, with revenue surging by almost a quarter to 86.3bn yuan (£8.6bn), but profits were down by a whopping 36.6 per cent and concerns linger over its links to Iran.
Chinese to burn iPads in upcoming celebrations
Chinese people will burn paper replicas of iPads next week at an annual ceremony called the tomb-sweeping ritual during the Qingming (Pure Brightness) Festival, which celebrates the dead.
Gov IT contractors hire staff in India to work on benefits system
Hundreds of computer technicians in India are being hired to help develop an IT system for the government's universal credit welfare programme, work potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds, despite promises that large data projects would remain in the UK.
Gridiron keeps DRAM tight lid on boxes of flash chips
Blocks and Files Gridiron, the flash array startup that announced a million IOPS from its coming box of MLC flash chips, won't give us any flash details of its existing TurboCharger appliance, keeping its basic capacity and IOPS ratings to itself.
Everything you thought you knew about cybercrims is WRONG
Assumptions about cyber-criminals are all wrong, according to a study that argues many fraudsters are middle aged and possess only rudimentary IT skills - contrary to the elite bedroom teen hackers portrayed in movies.
A million TVs to go dark across London
Next week analogue TV will be switched off across London, knocking out an estimated one million TV screens which haven't made the jump to digital yet.
Raspberry Pi supplier coughs to ship date delay glitch
A "system auto-generated error" left hundreds of eager would-be Raspberry Pi owners fuming yesterday after they were told their prized micro-computer boards wouldn't arrive until the summer.
NSA's top spook blames China for RSA hack
The director of the US National Security Agency has named China as the country behind last year's high profile hack against RSA that resulted in the extraction of data related to SecurID tokens.
Third European supply podule docks with space station
Europe's ATV cargo ship Edoardo Amaldi successfully docked with the International Space Station last night, marking the third ATV mission to restock the ISS.
Warner, Sony commit to UltraViolet in UK
Warner Home Entertainment has revealed that all its future Blu-ray Discs will tap into Hollywood's UltraViolet cloud-based movie locker to provide punters with downloadable copies of films they buy.
Behold! Or rather, don't: Bendy see-through DRAM
Boffins at Rice uni in the States have devised bendy transparent memory chips using pure silicon crystals.
London ambulances on second try with CommandPoint 999 software
The London Ambulance Service has quietly phased in its CommandPoint 999 dispatch system.
New Google tool lets you PROBE YOURSELF
Google may want to silently worm its way into everything people do online: but it's now offering a tool that allows users of its services to see some of what Google sees about them.
HP offers contractors a choice: 5 per cent pay cut ... or 100 per cent
HP has told some IT contractors to expect at least a five per cent pay cut as it looks to eke out cost savings across the organisation.
iOS App of the WeekThere’s no end of messaging apps available for the iPhone and iPad, not to mention the built-in email and SMS/IM apps included in iOS itself. But that over-abundance of apps can actually be something of a problem: you can often find yourself fiddling with multiple apps and services when all you want to do is fire off a quick message with the minimum of fuss.
Wags unroll Twitter toilet paper
A startup has crapped-in on the social network fad, offering toilet paper custom-printed with the Twitter feed of your choice.
Adobe auto-update eases Flash update chore - on Windows only
Adobe has introduced an auto-updater for its Flash software packages that reduces the chore of updating the widely-used application by automating the process for all supported browsers on Windows machines. Previously users had to apply individual updates to Chrome, Firefox and IE add-ons and plug-ins, a process that often went neglected, leaving systems open to attack.
PlayStation 4 'Orbis' pegged for 2013 release
Details of Sony's next-gen console flooded the web today, with the PlayStation 4 - apparently codenamed Orbis - set for a Q4 2013 release, it has been claimed.
Facebook to halt secondary market trading ahead of IPO - report
Facebook is reportedly set to freeze secondary market trading next week ahead of its plan to take the company public in May.
Nintendo DSi sends child abuser to the slammer
A paedophile has been jailed after his victim used her Nintendo DSi to covertly photograph his assault.
Microsoft: Keep Moto vid codec patent fight in US, not Germany
Microsoft has filed a motion in the US to stop Motorola Mobility from enforcing an injunction it may win in a German court next month.
NDS says Beeb's Panorama emails were 'manipulated'
TV crypto company NDS says the BBC misled viewers in a Panorama investigation broadcast on Monday. The former Murdoch company, which was acquired by Cisco earlier this month, has released what it says are the original emails.
Ukrainian cops silence old-skool virus tinkerers' playground
Ukrainian cops have shut down a long-running malware exchange website frequented by old-school virus writers.
UK government says no to turbo e-bike
The government today confirmed that an electrically powered bicycle, may not be sold in this country because its top speed exceeds legal limits.
World IT sales up 15 per cent in Q4 ... er, 5 if you remove Apple
The tech sector fared well in Q4 largely due to channel bullyboy Apple's unstoppable sales juggernaut - but IT distributors are missing out on this boom.
Dot-word TLD registration closes tonight, maybe for many years
Today is the last chance for organisations that want to own their own top-level internet domain names to register their interest with ICANN.
Osborne+ and Schmidt+ say 'the internet' = 8.3 per cent of UK GDP
The UK's part-time Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne+ has again drawn attention to the Conservative leadership's cosy ties with the predatory American advertising giant Google. Yesterday, the Financial Times ran an op-ed piece jointly-bylined to Osborne+ and Google chairman Eric Schmidt+.
'Half baked' Brussels data law fails to thrill
Viviane Reding's proposed overhaul of Europe's 1995 data protection law needs clarification and improvement, an independent advisory group urged today.
Dell blows Clouds of love into the channel
Dell is belatedly lifting the covers off a cloud services and solutions certification track for channel partners from mid-April.
Kelihos zombies erupt from mass graves after botnet massacre
Security researchers have warned that the resurrected Kelihos botnet blasted off the face of the web yesterday is still alive.
ALL Visa cards blab punters' names - not just Barclaycards
Channel 4 News has been bothering contactless bank cards again, and managed to wirelessly extract the customer's name from ANY Visa-branded card within a few centimetres.
This interactive wind map is a Big Data lava lamp
If you're reading El Reg you're obviously taking a little break from your workday [au contraire - you're enriching your portfolio of business-critical knowledge in a fashion which your boss would heartily endorse - Ed]. And if you want to amuse yourself with how a big data set with proper visualization can not only change your understanding of that data but also turn out to be absolutely hypnotic, then you need to check out the wind map.
Panasas kingpin: What's the solid state state of play?
InterviewWhat can NAND flash do now for high-performance computing (HPC) storage and how will it evolve? Garth Gibson, the co-founder and chief technology officer for Panasas, the (HPC) storage provider, has definite views on it. Here's a snapshot of them.
Apple's Cook tops Page, Otellini in 'Favorite Boss' survey
Apple CEO Tim Cook ranked number one among US CEOs in employee esteem, according to voluntary responses to a survey which asked the simple question, "Do you approve of the way this person is handling the job of leading this company?"
Munich's mayor claims €4m savings from Linux switch
Christian Ude, the mayor of Munich and occasional political cabaret artist, is trumpeting the cost savings made by switching from Windows to Linux, claiming his city has saved over €4m over the last year alone.
Apple slapped with second Siri senility lawsuit
Apple has been slapped with a second class-action lawsuit alleging that its ads for the iPhone 4S's Siri voice-activated search feature constitute false advertising.
West Australian WiFi mesh sniffs out bushfires
A team of researchers from Edith Cowan University's (ECU’s) Centre for Communications Engineering Research (CCER) has built sensors which can sniff out a forest fire, then use WiFi to tell the world.
Intel: Xeon E5s to surf impending server upgrade wave
You could say that Diane Bryant, the new general manager of Intel's Data Center and Connected Systems group, which makes server, storage, and networking chips and the platforms that employ them, was lucky in that she took over the job just as the chip giant was getting ready to launch its Xeon E5-2600 workhorse processors for servers.
Apple fires up Antennagate settlement payout
If you bought an iPhone 4 – the model that sparked the now famous "You're holding it wrong" Antennagate dust-up – and you didn't accept Apple's free wraparound Bumper, it's now time to collect your fifteen bucks from Cupertino.
Harvard bio-boffins build gut-on-a-chip
Engineers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have built an experimental synthetic intestine using currently available chip technology.
Obama gets the big data bug
Six US federal government agencies are putting more than $US200 million to try and wrap their heads around the dizzying world of “big data”.
Tweet to the archive
Victoria’s Public Records Office (PROV) flew this one mostly under the radar: it’s seeking comment on a policy covering the archiving of public employees’ use of social media.