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IBM BlueGene/Q

Big Blue supers crunch kaon decay

Looking at the fundamental properties of matter can take some serious computing grunt.

'Biocoal' fuels steam train comeback

Trainspotters who find the homogenized world of modern locos a bit dull could soon be celebrating the return of steam, if all goes well in a University of Minnesota study.
Why not open source the USS Enterprise?

Trekkie wants to build USS Enterprise … in twenty years

A US Star Trek fan has launched an online project aimed at building a working replica of the USS Enterprise … in twenty years.

Bandwidth broker to light up dark nets

A new global bandwidth exchange and trading platform targeting the growth in cloud-based services and leveraging a global bandwidth glut has been launched by an Australian telecommunications executive.

ITU adopts two ultra-high def TV specs

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has “agreed a draft new Recommendation on the technical details for ‘Ultra High Definition Television’,” but has decided that both 3840x2160 tellies, and future 7680 x4320 screens, both get the name UHDTV.

Acronis loses Australian General Manager

Backup software vendor Acronis has lost its General Manager for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

China claims piracy at new low

The rate of software piracy in China dropped to just 38 per cent in 2011, according to new government-backed figures that are markedly different to those from the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which recently branded the country the world's worst offender.
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Biz social networking set for take-off

The market for enterprise social media and Web 2.0 tools is growing by over 20 per cent a year and will top $126m (£80m) by 2017 as firms look for better ways to collaborate and manage content across Asia Pacific, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.
Nokia 808 Symbian 3 camera phone

Hands on with Nokia's 808 41Mp camphone

First look If a company needed some luck right now, then Nokia would certainly fit the bill. Having partnered with Microsoft to deliver a new range of smartphones based on Windows Phone 7, it consequently shares a platform with the likes of HTC and Samsung. Still, Nokia is thinking lucky because it reckons it can deliver services on WinPho7 that will give it the edge.

Foxconn to create workers' paradise?

Foxconn plans to double the minimum wage of its mainland China workers by 2013 as part of a renewed attempt to soften the image of the ultra-secretive company, says Taiwanese site Want Daily.

Ex-Nokia Siemens engineer admits eBaying nicked routers

A hard-up ex-engineer at Nokia Siemens swiped wireless routers worth thousands of pounds from his employer to refurbish and flog on eBay.

New Brit nano-satellite to use Xbox Kinect for docking in space

Boffins at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) have come up with a second zany satellite in their STRaND line, which will use Xbox Kinect technology to hook up with another satellite in space.

TalkTalk subsidiary's customer data placed on the web in IIS whoopsie

Updated Greystone Telecom, adopted child of TalkTalk and provider of telecommunications to the business community, is unwittingly sharing customer and contract details with the world: but TalkTalk doesn't care.
Bill Ray, 28 2012

Why don't the best techies work in the channel?

I'm OK at Firewall One, but any number of people reading this are better, completing the tasks 10 times more quickly and screwing up 10 times less often.
Jabra Clipper

Jabra Clipper

Geek Treat of the Week Jabra’s Clipper is a two-piece Bluetooth headset designed to be attached to clothing or a bag.
John Spiers

Disk-flash storage mix biz chief on the SSD situation

Interview EMC has confirmed a 3-layer enterprise flash cake composed of server cache, server-area Thunder array and SAN-attached Xtremio technology, but not a new design hybrid flash and disk drive array.

Fusion-io stuffs workstation storage into bulging hand luggage

HPC blog Fusion-io nabbed prime real estate on the GTC 2012 exhibit floor – right inside the entryway. They took advantage of it by offering a hosted oxygen bar, complete with an oxygen bartender and a wide selection of coloured/flavoured airs. I got the lowdown on their offerings (it's hospital grade oxygen – something I insist upon) before talking to Vince Brisebois, industry manager for Fusion's high performance group and product manager for its new ioFX workstation SSD.
Dan Olds, 28 2012
The Register breaking news

EU set to smack Chinese telcos over state subsidies

The European Trade Commission is all set to launch a massive case against Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE for allegedly dumping products on the EU market after allegedly benefiting from illegal state subsidies.
The Register breaking news

Free Windows 8 desktop app development is dead

The next free version of Microsoft’s Visual Studio programming suite won’t build normal Windows desktop apps, it has emerged.
LG 5in, 440dpi, 1920 x 1080 display panel

LG shows off 'first' full HD LCD for smartphones

And the latest entry in the 'how many pixels can we cram into a phone display' stakes comes from LG which today announced a 5in in-plan switching (IPS) LCD with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

'6,000 RIM jobs at risk' of a pink slip

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is threatening to axe thousands of its workers, according to reports.
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Virgin Media wipes out websites with routing blackhole

Virgin Media customers have been struggling to access websites via the telco's network for the past four days, after routing errors crippled the service.
Sony Bravia KDL-55HX85 television

Sony KDL-55HX853 55in 3D LED TV

Review The 55inch KDL-HX853 is currently the highest ranked of Sony’s 2012 TVs. It heads up a new Spartan range from the brand intended to rebuild its TV fortunes. Interestingly, it doesn’t come laden with features seemingly pulled at random from a brainstorming session down the local Karaoke; which means it’s not competing directly with Samsung’s massively-pimped ES8000 models, and as a consequence it’s considerably cheaper, at around £1,800. It is, however, comparable on style and packs Hubble-grade image enhancement.
Steve May, 28 2012
The Register breaking news

Space Station crew enter the Dragon

Pic The crew of the International Space Station cracked open the hatch of the SpaceX Dragon cargoship to see what's inside - after the docked capsule was declared safe for them to step in.

Cloud migration: The applications killing season

Moving applications to the cloud can help to tighten the efficiency of the IT department, but does that mean that every application should be moved?
Volvo/Ricardo Project Sartre public test

Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

Three cars have successfully driven themselves by automatically following a lorry for 125 miles on a public motorway in the presence of other, normal road users.

Phoenix restructure sends profits down in flames

Phoenix IT Group saw its wings decisively clipped over the last year, as a wide-ranging restructure battered profits and helped knock sales off-course in an already tough market.
Joe Fay, 28 2012
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Dell Windows 8 tablet, hybrid details leak

Dell's tablet plans for 2012 have slipped out, revealing a chunky Windows 8 slate and a tablet-laptop hybrid also set to run with Microsoft's tile-centric OS.
Caleb Cox, 28 2012
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Facebook ninjas scale wall, pluck iPhone techies from Apple's garden

Facebook has apparently hired in more than six iPhone and iPad engineers who could well be the social network's team for a Facebook smartphone, the The New York Times reports.

YouView reportedly set for 2500-home pre-Olympics trial

YouView, would IPTV world's answer to Freeview, may get a soft launch into 2500 homes before the start of the Olympic Games.

Student cluster warriors to face off on new battlefield: ISC

HPC blog I’ve been following the annual SC Student Cluster Competition (SCC) for a few years now. It’s a great programme that pits teams of university undergrads against each other in the quest to design, build, and benchmark their own clustered systems. In the process they learn a lot about HPC, get a lot of exposure to the industry, and generally have a great time.
Dan Olds, 28 2012

Microsoft will fiddle with prices as euro burns, UK biz fears

Microsoft's partners are braced for further changes in volume pricing this year as the euro flutters wildly in the economic storm.

Crazy Geckos: Nitot on Mozilla's post-Firefox mobile crusade

First came the BlackBerry, bringing the smartphones for suits perfected by RIM to consumers. Next came the iPhone, which quickly hoovered up 23 per cent of the market. But the iPhone came at a price: the freedom of users and coders. It is tightly controlled by Apple, as Adobe quickly found to its cost with Flash.

Renesas rumours: Semi seeks $1.3bn stimulus, stiffs 12,000

Down-on-its-luck semiconductor biz Renesas Electronics announced today the first step of a rumoured restructuring plan that's believed to include 12,000 job cuts.
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Agriboffins' site downed by DDoS after GM protest

Agricultural research institute Rothamsted Research was pulled offline in a DDoS attack just hours after police stopped protestors destroying a GM crop trial at the facility.

Steve Jobs' Atari memo, Apple I to go under the hammer

Before Steve Jobs came up with the iPhone or even the Apple II, he designed paddles for ball-flipping games at Atari where the scruffy 19-year-old was employed to improve game design.
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Hit upgrade on Symantec Backup Exec, and unleash Hell

Backup Exec 2012 users are screaming in frustration over the "improvements" pushed out this year.
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UK High Court split over Twitter airport bomb joke

A man who was convicted of posting a tasteless joke on Twitter about blowing up a UK airport is to have his case heard again.

Facebook phone tagged for 2013 release

The Facebook hardware rumour mill is in full spin again this week after reports suggest the social network is preparing its own smartphone for 2013.
Caleb Cox, 28 2012
The Register breaking news

Complex cyberwar tool 'Flame' found ALL OVER Middle East

A new super-cyberweapon targeting countries like Iran and Israel that has been knocking around in computers for two years has been discovered by researchers.

Dual-dock prototype iPad eyed on eBay

Some time back, an Apple was granted a patent which showed an iPad with two dock connectors, allowing the device to be docked in either landscape or portrait mode.
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Facebook needs Opera - to rescue it from dependence on Apple

Analysis Facebook is reported to be interested in buying Scandinavian browser company Opera Software.

Scan co-jacking nets crooks '€40k in IT gear'

Crooks have masqueraded as buyers at web bazaar Scan to obtain goods from its suppliers by deception.
SMS phone

Indonesia cleans up SMS

Indonesia has changed its telecommunications laws to ensure that the nation's mobile carriers pay for SMS messages sent to rivals.

ACCC set to okay Optus HFC exit

Optus will exit the HFC business and pocket $AU800 million, if yesterday’s proposed determination from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission stands.
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Bye! Bye! Yahoo! Livestand!

Yahoo! Livestand has become a casualty of the Scott Thompson CV row, with new boss Ross Levinsohn killing off the company’s iPad “personal magazine” app.

Internode founder exits exec role amid reshuffles

The executive team of South Australian ISP Internode has been reshuffled following iiNet’s AUD$105 million acquisition of the indie carrier.

NSW gov orders two new green data centres

Leighton Contractors' data centre specialist subsidiary, Metronode, has secured a AUS$182m contract with the New South Wales Government for the creation of two new data centres.