4th > May > 2012 Archive


LinkedIn buys SlideShare

LinkedIn will spend US$118.75m to upload SlideShare into its portfolio of offerings.

Can Amazon become the biggest platform peddler in the world?

Comment How long will it be before Amazon Web Services is the largest provider of raw server capacity in the world, outselling the tier one server makers who actually peddle boxes directly or through the channel to customers?
An alternative Yahoo! logo, courtesy of a Flickr user

Yahoo! investor! accuses! CEO! of! embellishing! resume!

A major investor in troubled internet portal Yahoo! has accused the CEO Scott Thompson of padding his resume by falsely claiming a degree in computer science.

Chinese passports to get chipped

China has updated the technology it uses to secure its passports, with chip-equipped documents to be issued from March 15th.

Oz asks how much personal data should telcos keep?

Australia’s government will consult with its citizenry to determine how much data telcos should retain about their activities, and how long it should be retained for.
Teufel Audio iTeufel Air

Teufel Audio iTeufel Air

Accessory of the Week As AirPlay speakers go, the iTeufel Air is big. Placed next to, say Audyssey’s Audio Dock Air, it dwarfs its rival — though it’s marginally less wide than B&W’s Zeppelin Air.

China considers energy cap

China may attempt to cap the amount of energy the nation uses, to address reliance on foreign energy sources and address its carbon dioxide emissions.
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NAO: 1 in 5 of Whitehall's mega projects at risk of failure

With nearly one in five major government projects in danger of failure, there are still significant gaps in how Whitehall oversees the delivery of such schemes, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
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Canada failing to sufficiently protect IP rights – US report

Canada has been listed on a US 'priority watchlist' after concerns were raised about the measures the country has taken to combat online copyright infringement and the trade of counterfeit goods.
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Engineer Doe thought people's private info 'might be useful'

Quotw This was the week when, in technology's ongoing mission to look like saving the world is its number one priority and all that money stuff is just incidental, Facebook launched its option to let the world know that you're an organ donor.

Printed electronics: Not just blinking beer bottles

"Printed electronics" is one of those terms one sees being bandied about without really knowing what it means or why it's important. The premise of using printing techniques to create electrical circuits isn't hard to comprehend, but not everyone agrees on what comprises a "printing technique" or why you might want to use one, so El Reg chatted to three companies at the forefront of the field.
Bill Ray, 04 2012

Jolly rogered

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I note with dismay that the recent High Court ruling to force some ISPs to ban access to The Pirate Bay has been hijacked by lobbyists who are confused about what the interweb does. A classic example was heard on Radio 4's Today on Tuesday, which devoted eight minutes to John Humphrys inexpertly tying himself into a mesh of cross-purposes while his guests patiently try to untangle him.
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Chair-tossing Steve flings surfer Steve onto Microsoft board

Snowboarder, surfer, documentary filmmaker and sports team investor Steve Luczo has joined Microsoft's board... there are two Steves on it now. He also runs Seagate, by the way.
Megan Fox for Sharper Image

Megan Fox fingers fondleslab in sexy store promo

Sharper Image, the US gadget shop – a sort of Maplins but with a more regular bathing schedule – is promoting its wares with pictures of curvy starlet Megan Fox in her pants.
Hard Reg, 04 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Black Ops II pulps previous pre-order performance

Amazon says interest in Black Ops II has already gone ballistic, as the number of gamers who have placed orders for the game in the first 24 hours outnumbers the equivalent figure for its 2010 predecessor three to one.
Caleb Cox, 04 2012

Behold the TPC-DS, a new weapon in the global Big Data war

There isn’t anything inherently evil about industry standard benchmarks, just as there isn’t anything inherently evil about guns. You know the saying: “Guns don’t kill people – people kill people.” (What about bullets? No, they’re not inherently evil either.)
Dan Olds, 04 2012

Sage thrusts small biz tool into Microsoft Azure

Sage is to hitch its SME enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to Microsoft's Azure in a bid to speed up customer migration to subscription-based products.
Costa coffee cup

O2 to serve up free Wi-Fi to coffee chain

O2 is to equip the Costa chain of coffee shops with free Wi-Fi.
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Germans hail Vulture 1 spaceplane

Our German readers might like to nip out today and grab a copy of this week's Die Zeit, which has a handy guide on how to make the ultimate paper plane.
J1772 Combo Connector socket

US, Euro e-car makers back 'standard' AC/DC jack

Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen have joined Ford, Chrysler and General Motors to back a standard fast-charge connector and jack for e-cars.
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Yahoo! board! probes! CEO's! CompSci! CV! blunder!

Yahoo! has decided to take the revelation that its CEO Scott Thompson padded his CV a tad more seriously, The Register understands, promising that the board would look into the situation.
Apple iPad 2

Apple sneaks iPad 2 with 32nm chip into retail

Apple has quietly begun shipping a revamped version of the iPad 2 that delivers better battery life than its predecessor, thanks to the use of 32nm chippery in place of a 45nm part.
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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

Digital media playback in Windows 8 has fallen casualty to the savage economics of the PC industry and changing tastes in consumer viewing.
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Greenland glaciers not set to cause disastrous sea level rises - study

US government funded scientists have measured the speed of glaciers in Greenland as they move down to the sea over the past ten years, and discovered that - while the glaciers have speeded up somewhat - there's no indication that this will mean major sea level rises.

Channel defies gloom, ships £400m kit in Q1

The UK channel raised a metaphorical middle finger to economists talking up the recession by shipping £400m worth of computing kit in Q1.
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Google took a bath on Android in 2010, judge reveals

Android gave Google nothing but a net loss for every quarter of 2010, despite making about $97m in revenue in the first quarter of the year.
Samsung Galaxy S3

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S III

First look Samsung took to the stage last night to unveil its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, before opening the doors for us hacks to give it a go.
Caleb Cox, 04 2012
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UK Border Agency servers go titsup, thousands grounded

A computer crash yesterday left hundreds of UK workers, students and visitors without valid residence permits, creating a month-long backlog for Blighty's immigration staff to clear.
David Cameron

Cameron hardens stance on UK web filth block

Prime Minister David Cameron has again waded into the debate about protecting kids from pornography online by personally stepping up pressure on ISPs to block smut websites by default.
server room

Chip alchemists 'turn cheap silicon into longer-lasting flash'

It's rumoured that Fusion-io has become a NAND alchemist and can turn low-cost MLC flash into faster and longer-lived SLC flash. But why, oh why, would it want to do it?
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Copyfighters jumpstart MPs' probe into Blighty's IP law

Comment A Westminster investigation into the machinations of the UK's copyright bureaucracy and the government's intellectual property policy opened very gently this week.
Prototype 2

Prototype 2

Review In my mind’s eye I see the original Prototype in murky black and white, not because the game was without colour per se, but more because everything about it, from the repetitive use of textures through to the monotonous mission structure was somehow muddied and just, well, uninspired.
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Clouds of Sushi?

When the on-site tin comes creaking and wheezing to the end of its life, overburdened by inboxes that were never supposed to get that big, its the IT department that has to decide what to do next. Upgrade? Outsource? Go into the cloud?
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Samsung Galaxy S III: A Swiss army knife of wireless tech

Samsung's new flagship smartphone is being admired for its big screen and voice control, which make for easy headlines and pretty photographs, but more interesting are the wireless capabilities of the S III, even if they take a little longer to appreciate.
Bill Ray, 04 2012
Modern Warfare 3

MP blasts 'ineffective' games regulation

Violent videogames opponent and Labour MP Keith Vaz has once again asked Parliament to tighten videogames regulation, this time following Anders Breivik's admission that he used a popular first-person shooter to prepare for his murderous rampage in Norway.
Caleb Cox, 04 2012
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Lockheed bags $454m to tool up Pentagon's Cyber Crime Center

Lockheed Martin has won a contract worth up to $454m to help the Pentagon with its Cyber Crime Center.
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Syrian secret police endorse male hair remover

The excessively hirsute among you looking to derug yourselves are pointed in the direction of Veet for Men Hair Removal Gel Creme, which is attracting some enthusiastic reviews down at Amazon.
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Hunt tosses 27 cities into broadband cash bunfight

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has laid down the gauntlet for 27 cities to bid for £50m government funds to be in with a chance of gaining "ultrafast" broadband networks by 2014.
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SK Hynix drops bid to buy bankrupt Elpida

South Korean firm SK Hynix said today that it won't be going ahead with a bid for bankrupt Japanese firm Elpida Memory because the deal would have been too expensive.
T-Mobile Vairy Touch II

Ten... alternatives to Samsung's Galaxy S III

Product round-up With the Galaxy S III unveiled at last night's Samsung event, the next generation of smartphones now has consumer eyebrows permanently raised as if the wind just changed direction.
Caleb Cox, 04 2012
Garbage dump (pic from US National archive)

Microsoft's dumpster-diver partner strategy is rubbish

Open ... and Shut Microsoft is not the worst corporate investor on the planet. But it's clearly not the best either, and threatens to undermine its own attempts to be relevant in growth markets like mobile and internet by continuing to buy buy stakes in or partner with also-rans like Barnes & Noble, Yahoo! and Nokia.
Matt Asay, 04 2012
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German education minister accused of copying in class

Yet another German politician has fallen victim to the increasingly common accusation of academic plagiarism. The German Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan has been accused of plagiarising parts of her research in the PhD thesis she wrote in 1980.
bls_jobs_image bureau of labor statistics

US economy not eager to create jobs in April

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job-counting arm of the US Department of Labor, says that job creation in April was lower than economists had been expecting, but went back and revised its figures for February and March, saying that more workers found jobs than it originally thought.
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Nokia dinged with shareholder lawsuit over poor Lumia sales

As sure as rain follows a Met Office drought warning, we can expect a share price crash to be followed by a shareholder lawsuit. Now it's Nokia's turn.
Hampshire police ad on bus with exhaust appearing from chap's trousers

McAfee founder raided in Belize by gang-busting police

John McAfee, retired founder of McAfee Antivirus, has had his Belize laboratory raided and his dog shot during a dawn raid by thirty officers of the local police Gang Suppression Unit.