Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options
Microsoft has revealed the price for paid services on its SkyDrive cloud storage, which kick in at US$10/year, US$25/year and US$50/year for 20GB, 50GB or 100GB respectively. Paid services also gain the name “SkyDrive updates”.
Google wanted Java 'partnership' with Sun
The head of Google's Android development team, Andy Rubin, sent internal emails advising Google that the company would need to either partner with Sun or buy a licence to gain access to the parts of Java needed to make Android a success.
China's rare earth policy backs Apple into a corner
Apple’s shiny fondleslabs are made in China not only because of the low cost of labour in the People’s Republic but also due to the surging prices and tightening export restrictions on rare earth minerals which the nation has a near monopoly on, according to a report.
Four CEOs better than one as Huawei profits slump
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei has taken the unusual step of appointing a panel of three CEOs and a plan to rotate them every six months, after its latest financials (PDF) saw profits plummet 53 per cent despite revenue rising 11.7 per cent to around 204 billion yuan (£20bn) last year.
NBNCo loses lynchpin exec
NBN Co’s third foundation employee Tim Smeallie, the architect of the cornerstone Telstra network deal, is leaving the carrier.
NHS trusts offer £5m wad for pics and comms gear
Three health trusts in south-west England are seeking a new picture archive and communications system (Pacs).
Euro Central Bank to tighten grip on web cash security
The European Central Bank (ECB) is consulting on new standards to increase the security of internet payments in the European Union.
Brit upstart flogs cloudy SaaS to clipboard-waving bods
Infosec 2012UK-based startup SureCloud is flogging a cloud-based auditing and compliance platform at mid-market businesses with high info-security standards.
Educating Rory: Are BBC reporters unteachable?
MailbagRory Cellan-Jones yesterday returned to the scene of the crime after his piece last week detailing the day he spent in Silicon Roundabout "learning computer programming".
Bit9 wants to bin 'broken' antivirus, install whitelisting tech
Infosec 2012Bit9 is using the Infosec show as a launchpad for its move into Europe as part of its wider ambitions to displace traditional antivirus technologies from corporate desktops and data centres.
Masabi takes phone ticketing across the Pond
Passengers riding Boston's trains will, by the autumn, be able to pay for and download tickets with their mobile phone – even if it's not particularly smart.
Sony denies Netflix app to older Bravia smart TVs
Sony today heralded the arrival of Netflix on its Sony Entertainment Network, the content it provides through its smart TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, media streams and, of course, the PlayStation 3.
XtremIO buy to spark flash array startup-gobbling frenzy
We're being told by people close to the action that EMC is buying XtremIO for its peer-to-peer, shared, scale-out flash array technology.
Microsoft unveils Windows 8 'release preview' for June
Windows 8 will be signed off and released to PC manufacturers in June, paving the way for a September or October launch.
US trade commission: Xbox 360 violates Motorola patents
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Microsoft's Xbox 360 does indeed infringe Motorola's intellectual property rights.
Toshiba decides not to pick over Elpida's corpse
Toshiba is reportedly no longer in the running to pick over the bones of bankrupt chipmaker Elpida Memory after it couldn't put together a joint bid with other firms.
HDS swaps out AMS for HUS file-block-and-object stuffed box
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has replaced its mid-range AMS storage array with the Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) array that stores block, file and object data in one box. It is managed by the Hitachi Command Suite which is now a single software management facility for all HDS products.
Suspected freetloaders to face piracy letters in 2014
Letters will be sent to suspected copyright infringers under the Digital Economy Act in 2014, a ministry of fun top wonk outlined yesterday.
Apple set to drop 17in MacBook Pro, says watcher
Apple's 17in MacBook Pro will be phased out in 2012, one analyst has predicted, in favour of an Air-style refresh of the line that excludes the company's largest notebook.
Android App of the WeekWhen Google’s Currents news and magazine reader was released late last year, I thought it one of the most visually attractive apps ever to come out of Mountain View.
A history of HUS: HDS's file-development hustle
Hitachi Data Storage's new unified storage – HUS – has had an involved file storage background, according to channel sources.
Yahoo! couldn't! even! strike! deal! with! Yahoo! Japan!
Yahoo! Japan confirmed today that it held talks on buying the stake Yahoo! Inc owns in the Asian joint venture, but the pair couldn't reach any agreement.
Murdoch junior admits to a culture of 'cavalier risk' at NotW
James Murdoch – unlike his father Rupert – told the Leveson inquiry into press ethics this morning that he only read News International's now-defunct Sunday paper, News of the World, "from time to time".
Up to 390 TalkTalk jobs face axe as Northampton site shuttered
ISP TalkTalk is shuttering its Northampton office, "simplifying" its UK operations and "creating jobs nationally" while threatening to axe others.
Six of the best ways to mess up IT change management
We at Freeform Dynamics have been running surveys and interactive workshops with The Register’s readership since 2006 on a wide variety of topics. Looking back, we see the same themes coming up time and time again.
'Asteroid mining company' makes classic hypegasm debut today
A group of wealthy advertising and software kingpins have allied themselves with celebrity auteur James Cameron and prominent "new space" business figures to launch a business focused on mining asteroids for precious resources.
UK biz pays heavy price for skimping on security - PwC
Infosec 2012Hacking attacks against Blighty's top firms hit a record high according to figures for 2011.
Capita to hoover up small pile of SMEs in 2012
Capita is flogging 40 million new ordinary shares in an institutional pacing to fund a "pipeline" of small and medium sized bolt-on biz acquisitions.
BT invites telcos to sign up to FTTP trials
BT has kicked off a trial and pilot scheme to which rival ISPs can sign up. It will run until mid-June this year.
Theresa May: No emails sniffed in web super-snoop law
Home Secretary Theresa May denied today that spooks will monitor emails in real-time under her proposed web-snoop law, which is due to be announced in the Queen's Speech next month.
Tin can communication set to return
It isn't just Reg Hardware celebrating all things old school this week. A group of retro enthusiasts want to bring back the days of tin can communication, punting a modern USB version on fundraising site Kickstarter.
SpaceX launch put off for a week
The history-making launch of SpaceX's Dragon capsule to the International Space Station has been delayed by up to a week so that the space firm's engineers can do some more testing.
Waiting for Godin: Lenovo's UK, Irish ops finally get a boss
High-flying PC firm Lenovo has made company veteran Marc Godin the head of its UK and Irish operations, a role that has been vacant for nearly three years.
China backs Proview in Apple iPad trademark war
A top Chinese official has said his government regards the IPAD trademark as the property of Shenzhen Proview Technology, piling extra pressure on Apple to settle over the alleged unauthorised use of the word.
Skype dials onto PlayStation Vita
Skype for the PlayStation Vita went live today, with owners of the Sony-made handheld games console now able to make video calls using the Microsoft-owned chat platform.
That global copyright crackdown: Three emails ... and carry on
Rome wasn’t built in a day, Hadopi won’t be built in two years: those were the exact words of Marie-Francois Marais, the head of the French anti-piracy programme, speaking in London yesterday.
LOHAN gasps at stiff and slippery tube
We do like a bit of unboxing down here at the Special Projects Bureau, so there was a decided frisson this afternoon when we took delivery of a stiff and deliciously slippery tube.
Hackers now pick tools from script kiddies' toybox – report
Infosec 2012Hackers are increasingly turning to automated software tools to launch attacks.
David Willetts: UK firms need to 'fess up to security boobs
UK Science and Universities Minister David Willetts told assembled IT bods in London that companies should 'fess up to their security boobs.
IBM hikes dividend, boosts share buybacks by $7bn
At this rate, in about 25 years IBM will be a privately held company.
Tech sector X Factor: The customer isn't always right
Open ... and ShutCuring cancer is probably worth a few billion dollars to whoever figures it out. But so is helping enterprises search machine data to find patterns and problems, as Splunk has learned in its 1999-style IPO last week.
Google motors into cloud storage with Drive
Google has thrown its hat into the cloud storage ring with the long-expected launch of Google Drive, an online vault integrated with Google Docs that allows sharing and collaboration online.
Number-munching clouds are godsend for cybercrooks - experts
Cloud computing providers came under fire today from security experts who blamed them for giving cyber-criminals the tools to launch attacks more easily, efficiently and anonymously than ever before.
Supernovae blasts shape climate, life on Earth, reckons boffin
A new paper by cosmic ray researcher Henrik Svensmark suggests that the abundance of diversity of biological life on Earth is closely correlated to our planet's proximity to supernovae.
Dell flashes 40GE blade switch, fabric manager
The engineers who used to work at the formerly independent Force 10 have forged the first 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch for new owner Dell's PowerEdge M1000e blade server chassis.
Facebook IPO 'delay' as Zuckerberg keeps Wall St 'waiting'
Facebook's much-awaited IPO may be pushed back into June reports claim, as its glamourous and youthful CEO Mark Zuckerberg is just too busy to meet Wall St.
Apple profits almost double on iOS product sales leap
Apple sold buckets more iPhones and iPads in its second quarter, helping it almost double net income year on year to $11.6bn and driving up gross margins.
Skytap control freaks dev/test cloud
Skytap, the application development and testing cloud that is funded in part by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is tweaking its service once again, adding a new management interface and other features to make it easier for IT departments that use Skytap to give coders a better experience and rein in the budget.
Google ups bug bounty to $20,000 per flaw
Google is increasing the amount it is willing to pay to security researchers for bugs, with the most serious flaws now priced at up to $20,000.
Fabulous execution prompts Apple to rein back Q3 outlook
Apple's third quarter figures will come in below Wall St forecasts the vendor revealed today, but that's just fine because it's just because it did so well in the second quarter.