The proposed 3.2 billion pixel Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) camera has been okayed by the US Department of Energy to proceed to its next stage of development.
An international team of scientists has created a quantum device with “the potential to perform calculations that would require a supercomputer larger than the size of the known universe.”
Moritz Stefaner calls himself a “Truth and Beauty Operator”. But if you don't understand what that means, he'll translate to the safer “Freelance information Visualizer” and explain that “Large companies approach me with large data sets they want visualized. I take their data and turn it into something beautiful.”
George Colony, the CEO of analyst firm Forrester says Apple's best days are behind it and suggests the company is headed for the kind of slump that befell Sony and Disney when their visionary leaders departed.
Two suspected Taiwanese drug smugglers have been accused of an ambitious plot to smuggle some pretty serious military technology including a US drone out of the States and into China.
It's been a big week for cloud storage. First Microsoft updated SkyDrive. Then Google, after years of speculation, parted the clouds to reveal Google Drive, even if it remained out of reach to some mere mortals using Macs.
Retro Week RoundupRetro Week Roundup Those were the days, my friend. And, indeed, we thought they'd never end, as we hopped, skipped and blooped our way through Jet Set Willy's mansion, traded between distant worlds in Elite and yet still found time to hack up our own arcade clones in any of a dozen variations of the Basic programming language. Those of us who hadn't moved on to machine code, that is. Oh, how we threw about our LDA #45s, OUT (C),Ds and CMP $4400,Xs with joy and abandon. And in a world before the banality of standardisation become commonplace, all our micros were wonderfully incompatible. The Dragon 32 would blow fire on a Vic-20 cassette, the BBC Micro sneer at software coded for the Spectrum. They're all gone now, of course, out-evolved by IBM and its imitators, and by Apple; by Windows and the Mac OS. Only Linux still holds some of that 80s sense of new worlds waiting to be discovered. Perhaps Raspberry Pi will allow us to return to them. In the meantime, here are ten of the micros that opened our young eyes to the possibilities of tech.
China played the green card yesterday in an apparent bid to settle the on-going dispute over its throttling of rare earth exports, offering foreign firms the chance to co-develop the industry there in a more environmentally-friendly manner.
Facebook has formed a two-faceted relationship with five prominent players from the security industry.
Nokia Pure - the "humanist sans" typeface of the Finnish mobemongerer - has won the graphics category of this year's UK Design Museum Design Awards.
Google’s chances of challenging old search foe Baidu in the Chinese market look even more remote, after the Chinese government blocked the Chocolate Factory’s much-hyped Google Drive service.
"Tech City can be a catalyst that improves the lives of the whole area, the city, the country and in fact the whole world," the Prime Minister's ambassador to Tech City told Queen Mary University's Mile End Group in a lecture this week.
Tim Luke, a policy adviser to Number 10, wants Blighty's government IT contracts spread more broadly and punting more money towards companies that don't to sell out abroad. He also thinks kids should be taught to code like real men.
A patent that allows network operators to prioritise police calls over everyday network traffic is too broad to be valid, the European Patent Office ruled yesterday.
Samsung introduced not the world's first quad-core processor for mobile devices but, it claimed, the world's first quad-core processor for mobile devices built with a High-k Metal Gate process.
AnalysisAnalysis There are several winners in the wake of News Corp's collapsed BSkyB takeover, but the most unlikely is one we’ve all overlooked. It might surprise you, too.
Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) has been integrated with Data Domain Boost by EMC, which claims it ramps up backup performance by up to 50 per cent and cuts LAN bandwidth requirements by up to 99 per cent.
Infosec 2012Infosec 2012 The UK's Information Commissioner's Office is looking to spend around £3m on its IT, with an invitation for tenders expected at the end of next month.
British web hosting outfit UK2.NET was on the business end of a distributed denial-of-service attack last night that took down customers' websites.
Seagate rolled out its latest batch of external hard drives this week alongside a new Thunderbolt adaptor, bringing the high-speed connectivity tech to its entire GoFlex range.
Not your average dual-controller array: that's the conclusion after a canter through HDS's new HDS Unified Storage (HUS) 100 series array controller architecture.
Mark Zuckerberg reportedly declined to take Microsoft's Bing off the software vendor's hands last year.
Tablet naysayers will - not unreasonably - claim that adding a keyboard to a fondleslab only goes to show how much better laptops are in the first place.
Managed services provider Maxima Holdings has flagged up to any potential buyers that it has bagged £6m worth of contract wins.
Telefonica brand O2 has finally launched O2 Money version two: O2 Wallet, a pre-paid wallet held in the cloud and accessible from any mobile phone, regardless of the model or network.
iOS App of the WeekiOS App of the Week There have been a lot of rumours recently about Microsoft launching a version of Office for the iPad. I doubt it - it would amount to a pre-admission of the failure of Windows 8 on tablets.
On the 3 May at 11am BST The Register’s Lucy Sheriff will be joined by Julian Elve, of The Schools Network, to talk about his recent Office 365 migration.
Opera made the latest version of the its desktop browser available this morning in a beta release. Old hands may notice a few things missing in version 12.0. Voice-control support in the user interface has been axed, along with Opera Unite and widgets. The browser company wants developers to use the extensions API instead.
Indiana cops detained a "belligerent" six-year-old last week, after the cantankerous nipper kicked his school principal and threatened to kill two other members of staff.
Despite blanketing Cambridge with trials, and White Space kit becoming legal in the USA, the White Space Summit in Duxford yesterday was still focusing on trying to convince the world that the technology will change everything – and for the better.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said this week he wants to get more iPads into big business. The latest figures from enterprise gadget management software company Good suggests it's already happening.
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch wished he had closed down the News of the World that has been at the centre of the phone-hacking storm that has gripped his corporation "years ago".
Gaming studio Cryptic, the company behind Star Trek Online, Champions Online and City of Heroes, has admitted that its players' details were lifted in an unauthorised database access two years ago.
Google has confirmed its support for an online network made up of former terrorists and victims of extremism.
Show diaryShow diary Infosec and B-Sides both came to London this week to display the contrasting faces of the information security industry.
HP UK and Ireland PC boss Paul Hunter is the new chief of the merging Personal Systems and Imaging and Printing Groups.
An international team of cops has taken down 36 websites that were being used to shift vast quantities of stolen credit card and bank account data.
For a few months in 2008 Reg Hardware ran a Q&A column. The format was very simple: readers sought advice – and commentards were invited to supply answers.
Microsoft last night announced the winner of a student design competition which saw two dozen scholars conceptualise ideas for future input devices.
Customers logging into "secure and efficient payment service" Sage Pay this morning were served up an error message saying that the site could not be trusted, and didn't have a valid security certificate.
Distribution Goliath Avnet Technology Solutions suffered a double-digit revenue slide across EMEA but boosted operating profits after cost-cutting and pursuing only margin-boosting biz in its fiscal Q3.
“Dynamic workload management” and “private cloud” are just two of the terms currently in vogue to describe new approaches to the management of IT systems.
Networking hardware maker Netgear will have its next-gen Wi-Fi machine, the R6300 router, out next month.
The UK government's technology shopping catalogue G-Cloud is creeping through the corridors of power - but a wave of outsourcing decisions has sapped Whitehall’s ability to set the nation's tech strategy, and the entrenched interests of incumbent IT suppliers stand in its way.
Valve appears to be launching Steam on the Linux platform, with prototypes in the works and a native version of Left 4 Dead set to accompany the client's release.
Children arriving at A&E are having their drug dosages calculated with a £1.59 iOS app which has not been certified and whose use is not monitored. It has been downloaded more than 500,000 times. This statistic was offered as an example of the development of "electronic health" technology at present at the Future World Symposium in London this week.
Emulex's latest earnings show a fall compared to the previous quarter: which was the first profitable quarter after six loss-making ones. This means execs at the networking giant are probably on high alert for any further signs of a return to that slough of despond.
The UK's Health Protection Agency has examined the evidence for mobile phones causing cancer, and concluded that there isn't any, but left plenty of wriggle room for naysayers and doom merchants, not to mention headline writers.
Blocks and FilesBlocks and Files Violin Memory might well become the next platform storage company. But to do that it needs three product technologies and it only has one at the moment: its shared all-flash Memory array.
Hewlett-Packard has just rolled up an update to its venerable Unix platform that gives more virtualization options to more customers and better control over virtualization hypervisors and guests running on its Itanium-based Integrity and Superdome iron. HP is on an odyssey – a a Project Odyssey in fact – to bring Xeon processors to the Superdome and Integrity designs and beefing up Linux and Windows to run on these boxes as a peer to HP-UX running on Itanium motors in the same boxes. But that doesn't mean HP is stopping investments in HP-UX.
HPC blogHPC blog In a bold and unexpected move, Intel bought out rights to Cray’s networking and interconnect technology a couple of days ago for $140 million in cold, hard cash. Like our pal TPM said in his comprehensive story, it was quite a surprise to HPC industry watchers. I hadn’t heard speculation about Cray looking to sell any assets. In fact, given the recent introduction of their Big Data play, YarcData, I had expected any Cray M&A news to be about their acquisition of some analytics pieces to round out their offerings.
There’s a little love and yet a lot of rivalry between the latest Ubuntu build and Microsoft's Windows.
A plan by the University of Florida (UF) to axe most of its computer science department while increasing sports funding is being reconsidered after the news went viral.
Lenovo has been forced to expand the recall of possibly flamey desktops it first announced back in March.
Scientists at the University of Southern California have developed a conducting fluid that would allow tiny solar crystals, just four nanometers across, to be painted onto surfaces and conduct electricity.
A database screw-up saw 2,056 Swedish men ordered to report to their gynecologists and midwives for smear tests.
Ingram Micro saw revenues stall but net income jump in its first quarter, as it reaped the benefit of rising disk drive prices, and sales growth in America, Germany and the UK.
If you were wondering why Cray has sold off its supercomputer interconnect to chip giant Intel for $140m, a close look at the company's first quarter financial results will give you a clue.
Women don't consider IT careers because “the popular media’s ‘geek’ image of the technology field” along with other factors including a lack of female role models and support at home and work “tend to dissuade talented girls from pursuing a tech career.”
New analysis of images of Phoebe, one of Saturn's many moons, suggests it may be have started life as a planetoid in the Kuiper belt.
The Australian Football League and Australian Rugby League have won their appeal against a Federal Court decision ruling that the Optus TV Now service did not breach copyright.