US Judge says IP addresses don't identify pirates
A US judge has labelled an attempt to sue internet subscribers whose accounts were used to download four pornographic films “abusive litigation” and also criticised legal arguments that an IP address is a valid way to identify an individual online.
Lenovo targets mobile market with new R&D centre
Chinese computing giant Lenovo is set for big expansion into the mobile space after breaking ground on a new facility in the central province of Wuhan. Thew new facility will be the company's source for new tablets and smartphones.
Apple and Proview in talks to end IPAD dispute
After several months, a few false dawns and lots of waiting, the trademark stand-off between Apple and Proview over the use of the IPAD name in China may finally be nearing an end, according to new reports which claim settlement talks have begun.
Hong Kong turns factories into datacentres to fuel cloud growth
An innovative approach to datacentre development is helping to see off Hong Kong’s competitors and establish it as the number one cloud computing hub in Asia, according to the government CIO, Daniel Lai.
Chrome beats IE for a weekend
Fresh from knocking off Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the web's most-used browser for a single day in March, Google's Chrome browser has now claimed more users than Redmond's HTML-cruncher for a whole weekend.
Boffins embiggen data storage space with 'phase-shifting' material
A team of researchers has found a way of manipulating Phase-Change Memory (PCM) – a material with special properties – so that it can transform into various states at once, allowing the boffins to create multi-level PCM cells. If all goes well, this should pave the way for development of the next generation of data storage media.
UK's big-spender councils shovel IT workers into a skip
A number of the UK's largest councils have significantly cut their IT workforce in recent years, according to local government figures.
WH Smiths tills insist shop sells The Queen's Knickers only
WH Smiths tills would only dispense receipts for 'The Queen's Knickers' for several hours yesterday, after a technical mistake in the tills screwed up receipt printing in the chain's outlets across the country.
Microsoft delays license price hike for current SPLA users
Microsoft has given customers locked into existing contracts for the Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) a six month grace period before they feel the brunt of its licensing price hike.
Old-school Mars rover water findings confirmed
Old-school Mars rover Opportunity has found "clear evidence" of water in the first four months of tootling around the rim of the Endeavour Crater.
Skynet emerges in Greenwich, monitoring hearts to light switches
London's Greenwich Peninsula will become the testbed for new software promising to create the smart city of the future.
TSMC zaps 3.1GHz ARM processor with 28nm shrink ray
If you thought there was pressure on chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp (TSMC) up until now - with Nvidia and AMD leaning on the fab to crank out more GPUs and in the case of AMD, more hybrid CPU-GPUs - wait until the army of designers and sellers catch wind of its 28nm Cortex-A9 ARM RISC processors.
Finally, it’s the year of
Linux on the desktop IPv6!
Sysadmin blogOne month from now, World IPv6 Launch Day with be upon us. Numerous online services will be enabling IPv6 and leaving it on. AAAA records will be published, and those of us with IPv6 enabled systems will start to use IPv6 preferentially to IPv4. But what does this all mean?
Cheap MacBook Airs for all!
Apple's cheapest MacBook Air will currently set you back $999 or£849, depending on where you buy it. Wait until August, and it could cost you just $799/£640.
Boffins baking big-data single chip architecture
Some use software – caching, in-memory transactions or BigTable-style algorithms to cluster and control groups of servers. For others, the answer lies in the hardware: packing more cores into chips or making the transistors faster. Both schools are looking for ways to make applications, computers and servers capable of processing big volumes of data without cramping up.
Microsoft scrapes Windows Azure name off cloudy kit
Windows Azure is the latest brand name to be scratched off Microsoft’s labels.
2,000 dot-word bids rocket ICANN onto $350m cash pile
The upcoming expansion of the internet's domain name system could see more than 2,000 new top-level domains come into existence, according to policy overseer ICANN.
Yahoo! chief! says! sorry! for! CV! snafu!
Yahoo!'s CEO Scott Thompson has issued an emailed apology for his gilded CV to employees at the company, as the board decides what it's going to do about his misstated education.
National Rail Enquiries
Android App of the WeekI should use local trains more often, but there are several reasons why I don’t. One is I’ve no idea where most of my local stations are, let alone the ones dotted further afield around Manchester. Secondly, I can’t be bothered picking up timetables.
Planet systems with 'hot Jupiters' PULVERISE innocent strays
Hot Jupiter planet systems aren't harbouring any Earthlike worlds because they're too busy systematically decimating any planets that pop up.
Now India snaps on gloves, bends Google over for antitrust probe
Google is undergoing an antitrust investigation in India, the Competition Commission (CCI) in that country confirmed on Monday.
NHS's chances of getting world's best IT: 80% ... maybe*
The NHS has possibly an 80 per cent chance of having the world's best IT in healthcare in 10 years, its CIO Katie Davis told the 2012 Health Informatics Congress.
Exercises to keep your data centre on its toes
Given the size of networks today, networking should be open to promote interoperability, affordability and competition among suppliers to provide the best products.
Apple 'iTV' looks like Cinema Display, says Throat
This, according to a mole who claims to have seen one in action, is what Apple's new TV looks like:
Investors queue for chance to glance at Zuck's FACE
Mark Zuckerberg told investors yesterday that he wouldn't hesitate to splurge another $1bn on a Web2.0 app.
Zombie PCs exploit hookup site in 4Square-for-malware scam
Security researchers have discovered a strain of malware that uses the geolocation service offered by an adult dating website as an easy way to determine the location of infected machines.
Java jury finds Google guilty of infringement: Now what?
AnalysisNo judge has tried harder than Judge Alsup, presiding over the Oracle-versus-Google case, to persuade two warring parties not to go to court. But he hadn't counted for the egos of the two billionaire Larrys.
Micron chucks down $2.5bn lifeline to Elpida
Micron is bidding $2.5bn for worn-out and failing DRAMurai starveling Elpida after SK Hynix and Toshiba walked away.
AMD girds its engineering cloud for X86 battle
The battle for the X86 market may end up in the desktop, laptops, and servers of the world, but it begins in giant compute grids that engineers use to simulate, test, and increasingly to design the future processors we all will crave if they do their work right.
Apple Store moped raider suspect to face trial in October
A man accused of perpetrating a smash-and-grab raid at the Apple Store in London's Covent Garden will stand trial in October, Met Police have confirmed.
Avaya poaches Huawei veep Culmer to run UK ops
Avaya UK has poached Huawei Enterprise veep Simon Culmer to replace managing director Andrew Shepperd less than 10 months into his tenure, The Register can reveal.
Samsung, Qualcomm team up to take on Wireless Consortium
Samsung is the promised power behind Qualcomm's relaunch of WiPower, with wireless charging coming for the SIII and the partners forming a new alliance around the technology in the hope of supplanting the nascent Qi standard and its Wireless Consortium backers.
The Pirate Bay cries foul over Pirate Bay copycats
Beware of unauthorised copies of The Pirate Bay, comes a warning from, er… The Pirate Bay. The Swedish site notorious for indexing unauthorised copies of music, films and books has found itself being copied, and it doesn't like it one bit.
CCS to dish out Tony Sale award for computer restoration
Renowned Colossus-rebuilder Tony Sale has inspired a new international award for computer conservation, which will be handed out for the first time this year.
Dell puts Sputnik open-source laptop on launch pad
Dell is building a laptop loaded with open-source software ideal for developers.
VeriFone takes on Square with cheaper iPhone-friendly kit
Payment-terminal giant VeriFone is finally taking the fight to upstart Square, with its own iPhone-friendly card reader and lower transaction fees along with a cloud-based control panel and promises not to treat every customer as a potential criminal.
Secret's out: Small 15K disk drive market is 'growing'
The market for small and fast disk drives is actually growing – rather than shrinking, as flash array vendors are enthusiastically implying.
Google's self-driving car snags first-ever license in Nevada
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has issued the first license plates that will allow Google's autonomous cars onto public highways.
Microsoft, Motorola legal bickering sparks judicial disgust
If you are sick to death of the persistent patent pettifoggery puking its way through the global justice system, take a moment to pity the poor judges who have to endure being slathered by legal excrescences as part of their daily routine.
Apache releases new OpenOffice build, promises faster upgrades
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has released an updated version of the OpenOffice free software suite, with enhanced graphics and better encryption support.
Oz candidate menaces Facebook users
A Facebook satire in Tasmania has turned into a cyber-bullying row involving a local political hopeful.
Budget cash for online services trials
Australia will conduct a trial of government service delivery via video conference, after A$6.2m was allocated to the Department of Human Services (DHS) for a trial of “high definition video conferencing access to DHS specialist services, such as social workers and financial information officers, from a customer's home, a DHS customer service centre or from a third party organisation.” The trial is intended to “explore the potential of the new technology to provide services to all Australians, regardless of their geographical location.
NASA spots the light of a ‘super-Earth’
While NASA’s Kepler mission has turned up plenty of evidence for planets in distant solar systems, the light from stars makes it very difficult to ‘see’ them. Now, in what the space agency is trumpeting as an important first, the Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the light emanating from a super-Earth planet called 55 Cancri e.