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Boffins develop nanoscale vacuum tube running at .46 THz

Researchers from NASA and Korea’s National Nanofab Center have cooked up nanoscale vacuum tubes, potentially bringing some of the earliest electronic devices back into the mainstream of technology.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2012
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HP takes a big profit haircut, too

This is taking "industry standard" a little too far perhaps. Dell's revenues got a haircut and its profits swooned in its most recent quarter, and Hewlett-Packard followed suit in its second fiscal quarter with profits falling a lot faster than its revenues dropped. The difference, of course, is that HP is a considerably larger company and just laid off 27,000 workers.
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China turns on the sprinklers with ambitious rain-making plans

China is to step up its use of cloud-seeding technology to open the heavens more frequently than ever before, in a bid to prevent drought and make the weather more predictable.
Phil Muncaster, 24 May 2012

Obama orders gov app deluge

The US government has amplified its focus on getting the machinations of White House effectively digital with a strong push on mobile technology.
Natalie Apostolou, 24 May 2012

'Six-eyed' robot to tour National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia will trial a mobile robot as a way of facilitating more student visitors to the institution. Around 90,000 students visit the museum each year, but Australia has more than four million students across all tiers of education. Most are at least 300 km from the Museum's Canberra home.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2012
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WTF is... Li-Fi?

Tony Smith, 24 May 2012
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Russian satellite beams home 121-megapixel pics of Earth

Russia’s ELECTRO-L weather satellite has used its 121-megapixel sensors to send home the highest-resolution set of space pics yet.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2012

Samsung outsources notebooks to Taiwan - report

Korean electronics giant Samsung has reportedly begun outsourcing notebook production for the first time, with Taiwanese ODM Compal Electronics the lucky manufacturer and shipments to begin as early as June.
Phil Muncaster, 24 May 2012

Brocade shakes up sales leaders after earnings slump

Brocade has printed out a whole bunch of new business cards for its sales and marketing department, just a week after releasing Q2 results that showed sales falling year on year.
Joe Fay, 24 May 2012

Special Projects Burro pops his hooves

It's with heavy hearts that we announce today the death of Aladdin – our Special Projects Burro.
Lester Haines, 24 May 2012
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IT firms drown as rising tide buoys rest of UK plc

The number of British business failures eased back in April, however IT firms bucked the trend with insolvencies up by a third compared to last year.
Joe Fay, 24 May 2012

Cable to stimulate stiff growth in entrepreneurs' trousers

Under-fire UK business secretary Vince Cable has launched the government's new £200m "GrowthAccelerator" programme to help small businesses with the potential to do well to actually do well.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 May 2012

Rival mobile networks hang up on EE's 4G call

Vodafone and Telefonica have laid out their arguments against EE's request to be allowed a monopoly on 4G telephony, and very damning they are too, but the public seems more supportive and Three's filing isn't public yet.
Bill Ray, 24 May 2012
DVD it in many colours

Converged system threesome show off new Vblocks

VCE, the VMware/Cisco/EMC converged system threesome, has introduced two new Vblocks and adopted VPLEX to federate Vblocks.
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2012
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World+Dog to demand ever larger tablet-phones

We're not speaking to people on our phones, these days, we're mostly browsing the web. And that, says market watcher ABI Research, is driving demand for devices that lie in the grey area between smartphones and tablets.
Tony Smith, 24 May 2012

Yahoo! leaks! private! key! in! Axis! Chrome! debut!

Yahoo! today released its Axis extension for Chrome – and accidentally leaked its private security key that could allow anyone to create malicious plugins masquerading as official Yahoo! software.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 May 2012

LOHAN sucks 27 inches

The epic saga of our shed-built hypobaric chamber – the Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator (REHAB) experiment – continues today with the news that we've just laid our hands on a proper vacuum pump which allows LOHAN to suck an impressive 27 inches.
Lester Haines, 24 May 2012

Minority Report-style swishery demoed with cheap webcam

HPC blogNew tech at GTC12 lets punters pretend to be Tom Cruise in Minority Report: opening windows, moving them, closing them, and essentially acting like a cool, futuristic cop.
Dan Olds, 24 May 2012

LG pitches £7k 55in OLED TV, again

LG showed off its 55in OLED TV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, and despite demo'ing the device again this week, this time over here, it's still vague about the release date.
Tony Smith, 24 May 2012

Biz law reform: Bad news for lawyers, good news for hippies

Vince Cable presented his new Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill to Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, promising more action on competition, streamlined employment tribunals and a £3bn Green Bank that will funnel cash into eco-friendly energy and tech industries.
Anna Leach, 24 May 2012

Google quizzed AGAIN by French data watchdog

French data regulator Commission Nationale de l'Informatique (CNIL) has demanded more answers from Google over its handling of the data of its users.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 May 2012
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Toshiba swaps skinny Android tablet's CPU

Toshiba has taken its very thin AT200 tablet, ripped out the 1.2GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 CPU and flung in an Nvidia Tegra 3 penta-core processor instead.
Tony Smith, 24 May 2012
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Zombies, Run!

iOS App of the WeekThere are dozens of apps aimed at joggers that can plot a route for you, and measure your speed, progress and calories burned. Yet none of them deal with the fundamental fact that jogging is the most boring form of exercise known to humanity.
Cliff Joseph, 24 May 2012

Attack of the clones: Researcher pwns SecureID token system

AnalysisRSA Security has downplayed the significance of an attack that offers a potential way to clone its SecurID software tokens.
John Leyden, 24 May 2012

Reg readers love Private Cloud (true)

When IT is your day job it is easy to lose sight of why you are doing it. Alright, it’s to pay the bills, fund your next holiday, buy nice stuff and so on.
Dale Vile, 24 May 2012

SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

It's another moment of truth for upstart space startup SpaceX as once again the company attempts to do something that has only ever been accomplished to date by major government space agencies: docking one spacecraft to another in orbit and transferring cargo.
Lewis Page, 24 May 2012

New smart meter tells Brits exactly what they already know

We're all going to be much richer thanks to British Gas, which will push kit from Cambridge startup AlertMe into 10,000 homes this summer. The rollout will reach the rest of the energy giant's ten million customers in the autumn.
Bill Ray, 24 May 2012

How I went from Unix engineering to flogging Google apps

When I started work as a Unix software engineer at Logica nearly 30 years ago, we were on the cusp of a revolution in IT. IBM was top dog in tech and Digital Equipment Corporation was the world's second-largest IT company. The other major players were the BUNCH companies: Burroughs, Univac, NCR, Control Data Corporation and Honeywell. Yet, just 10 years later, domination had passed to Oracle and Microsoft.
David McLeman, 24 May 2012

Pipex 'silence' condemned punters' emails to spam blackhole

AnalysisPipex subscribers struggled to send emails for several days after antivirus biz Trend Micro declared the ISP's network a source of spam.
John Leyden, 24 May 2012

Met cops get new pocket-sized fingerprint scanners

Met bobbies will soon be able to scan suspects' fingerprints on the street and pull up their records in seconds using internet-connected handheld gadgets.
Anna Leach, 24 May 2012

NetApp streaks ahead, avoids trip-up by bum flash leg

NetApp is a veritable money machine these days, and is currently clocking in growing fourth quarter and annual results, but a blip may have appeared on the horizon as it searches for a way to bolster its flash offering.
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2012

Sysadmins: Chucked your Exchange servers up? Let's enable SSO

Sysadmin blogMy previous article focused on migrating Exchange into Microsoft's cloud, but there is more to Office 365 than just Exchange. Single Sign On (SSO) between Office 365 and your local Microsoft domain can be a bit tricky. A proper implementation has high minimum requirements, and there are very good arguments against cutting corners.
Trevor Pott, 24 May 2012

Moshi Monsters pushed onto pint-sized kiddies' mobes

Monstro city, the social network frequented by all the coolest kids in the playground, is going mobile and has signed a deal with Gree to deploy at least two games on that platform.
Bill Ray, 24 May 2012

Fake Angry Birds app makers fined £50k for shock cash suck

A firm that disguised Android malware as Angry Birds games has been fined £50,000 ($78,300) by UK premium-rate service regulator PhonepayPlus.
John Leyden, 24 May 2012

EMC denies big server biz plans ... but IS building servers

EMC has always maintained that it is not is in the server business, but now it is developing servers – albeit to go into its arrays and run application software inside VM containers.
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2012

Mars rover Opportunity spots WALL-E in crater ramble

PicNASA's Mars rover Opportunity snapped a dramatic photo of itself roaming around the planet's Endeavour Crater today.
Team Register, 24 May 2012
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Google to bring Raspberry Pi to Bash Street

Google is to indirectly equip 102 UK schools with Raspberry Pi devices.
Tony Smith, 24 May 2012
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Cookies on The Register

Team Register, 24 May 2012

Top Facebook exec begs students: 'Click on an ad or two'

Now that Facebook is being scrutinised by its new-found shareholders, it really needs people to start clicking on its ads.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 May 2012

Unions urge under-fire HP workers to 'resist' job cuts

Unite and the Public Services Commercial (PCS) unions will form a tag team to "use every means possible" to safeguard the jobs of 1,600 HP UK employees under risk of redundancy.
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2012

Bigger, longer deals dangled at G-Cloud 2.0 launch

The UK government has launched the second version of G-Cloud, its tech shopping catalogue for the public sector, with reworked conditions to entice suppliers.
Gavin Clarke, 24 May 2012

How zombie LulzSec exposed privates' love lives with PHP hack

A dating website for US soldiers was hacked and its database leaked after it blindly trusted user-submitted files, according to an analysis by security firm Imperva. The report highlights the danger of handling documents uploaded to web apps.
John Leyden, 24 May 2012

China's home grown mobile platforms drive smartphone growth

The trend among domestic Chinese mobile players to build their own, highly localised, operating systems based on Android, is set to drive additional revenue and push smartphone adoption to a tipping point in 2013, but many efforts are likely to be short-lived, according to IDC.
Phil Muncaster, 24 May 2012
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Fantasy cabal sells off novel-as-app platform

Subutai Corporation, the brainchild of Neal Stephenson, has sold its Personal Ubiquitous Literature Platform (PULP) to a company called Brainstem Media. Brainstem is founded and run by the PULP’s developers.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2012

Australian government kicks off IT price discrimination inquiry

The infamous practice of adding a price premium to tech products imported into Australia is now under the scrutiny of a parliamentary committee, with submissions open until 6 July, 2012.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 May 2012

Motorola Mobility loses to Microsoft in German patent battle

Motorola Mobility has suffered another blow in Europe, with a German court deciding it’s breached Microsoft patents.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 May 2012
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Singtel to build pan-Asian storage and compute cloud

Singtel will federate its hosting facilities across Asia to create a single cloud for its customers.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2012

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