Microsoft offers Office 365 build tailored for government
Redmond has released a new build of its Office 365 cloudy productivity suite that's been specially hardened and certified for government use.
New Zealand considers yourname.nz domains
New Zealand's Domain Name Commission has commenced a consultation process to discuss the possible introduction of a yourname.nz domain name registration service.
Flexibility needed to score expat gigs in Asia
Ex-pat IT pros are finding it increasingly difficult to persuade Asian employers to put them on the payroll, but opportunities exist for those who prove they can be flexible, adapt easily to a new working culture and have deep knowledge at the cutting edge of technology, according to experts.
Thai webmaster walks after insulting royals
If you plan to unleash the snark online over Jubilee weekend, spare a thought for a Thai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn, who has just been sentenced to eight months porridge - thankfully suspended - for online statement deemed harmful to Thailand's monarchy.
CIO says Telstra becoming 'best IT shop in APAC'
Telstra’s CIO has boldly claimed that the carrier’s ongoing Agile IT transformation will soon be one of the most successful stories of enterprise Agile at scale in the world.
Windows 8 release preview imminent
Microsoft is about to release a new Release Preview of Windows 8, according to a pair of blog posts.
Panasonic DMC-GX1 compact system camera
ReviewPanasonic’s DMC-GX1 camera is the Lumix model many Micro Four Thirds enthusiasts have been waiting for since the release of popular DMC-GF1 back in 2009. This 16Mp shooter will appeal to seasoned users with easily accessible controls for customisation on an enticingly compact aluminium body – a combination that will take it places that wouldn’t suit lugging a full-sized SLR. Furthermore, Micro Four Thirds offers one of the largest ranges interchangeable lenses in the compact system cameras category.
Alibaba's Linux phone pulls in one MILLION punters
Chinese web tat flogger Alibaba finally has some good news to report after sales of smartphones based on its Aliyun OS hit the million sales milestone in the People’s Republic less than a year after its launch.
Facebook smacks away hardness, sticks MySQL stash on flash
Facebook is using Fusion-io server flash cards in its datacentres to store MySQL data as well as process it faster because it's better than using disk drives.
Singapore pours cash into gov.cloud
The Singapore government has unleashed tenders for S$1.2 billion (£600,000) worth of technology projects for 2012.
Most of Home Office's savings scored from haggling over ICT deals
The majority of procurement cost savings in the Home Office for the third quarter of 2011-12 came from ICT, according to its permanent secretary Dame Helen Ghosh.
China sends likely pair to student cluster smackdown
ISC 2012China is sending two teams to the ISC Student Cluster Competition (iSCC) this June in Hamburg. Tsinghua University and the National University of Defense Technology were survivors of a rigorous Hunger Games-style play-in competition; they had to beat out four other teams for the coveted Hamburg spots. Chinese server/services vendor Inspur is providing hardware and underwriting both teams.
Australia bets on licences for offshore gambling websites
Australian policymakers may have gotten themselves in another technological tangle, this time over which mediums are fit for the purpose of gambling.
Online bookie can't scoop £50k losses made by 5-year-old
A man who blamed his girlfriend's five-year-old son for making loss-making trades in expensive natural resources through his online betting account is not bound by a term he agreed to on the bookmaker's website, the High Court has ruled. The term stated that an accountholder is deemed to have authorised all trading made under his or her account number.
CGI Group beds Logica in £1.7bn cash deal
Anglo-Dutch tech group Logica is being scooped up by Canada's CGI Group in a £1.7bn cash deal.
Sony PlayStation 4 will not be download only
Sony's next PlayStation will feature an optical drive - Blu-ray, presumably - after all. Plans to drop disc and go download only have been seemingly shelved.
I need to multitask, but Windows 8's Metro won't let me
Sysadmin blogWhat is multitasking? Different people seem to mean different things when they use the word multitasking. The definition chosen has implications for accepting or rejecting the prevailing design choices of modern user interfaces.
Amazon's Lovefilm HD shuns Sony fanboys
Amazon's Lovefilm video-on-demand service will begin offering HD streams today, but what resolution viewers get will depend on what gadget they're in front of.
ISP Zen's slower customers choke over breakfast
Customers on Zen Internet's slowest package lost connectivity this morning, for an hour or two, but a rebooted router should now bring things back to normal.
Orange unveils Intel Atom smartphone
Intel's first real threat to ARM will arrive in the UK next week in the form of the Orange San Diego smartphone.
BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits
BSkyB's broadband biz has cut off conventional access to The Pirate Bay website following a High Court order at the end of last month.
SpaceX Dragon freed to push off home
The Dragon is free of the International Space Station as it prepares for splashdown this afternoon around 17.40 BST (9.40 PDT, 12.40 EDT).
Number 10 shuts wallet on closed-source IT projects
Government IT projects that don’t explore alternatives to closed and proprietary software are getting kicked back and denied funding.
iOS App of the WeekEveryone’s looking for the new Instagram – an app with zero revenue that was bought by Facebook for $1 billion – and there’s a lot of buzz on the web right now about video-sharing app Vyclone.
Richard Branson gets nod to strap rocket on SpaceShipTwo
Virgin Galactic has finally got the green light to attempt supersonic rocket-powered SpaceShipTwo flights at the end of the year.
Google's 7in Jelly Bean Android tablet spied in benchmark
Google's Asus-made 7in tablet has turned up in web-posted benchmark results. It's running Android 4.1.
Wealthy Kensington & Chelsea residents reject BT fibre cabinets
BT has been forced to withdraw its plans to plonk 108 fibre optic cabling cabinets on the streets of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Digital music sales beat discs for first time in UK
Digital music revenue has overtaken revenue hauled in from sales of plastic discs for the first time in the UK. British music industry trade group the BPI released figures showing that digital revenue – from downloads, subscriptions and advertising – had made up 55.5 per cent of income in the first three months of this year.
PayPal whips out barcode app for high-street glad rags
VidPayPal's barcode-driven payment app has crossed the pond and now works in all manner of UK high-street stores … as long as they're selling women's frocks.
Jeremy Hunt 'sympathetic' to Murdoch's BSkyB bid
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt fought for his political career this morning during questioning at the Leveson Inquiry over his handling of News Corp's failed BSkyB takeover.
UK.gov beats down Microsoft software price hike to 1pc
Government bodies and agencies will pay 1 per cent more for Microsoft volume licences from 1 July under the newly penned Public Sector Agreement (PSA) 12, The Register can reveal.
SkyDrive slips snapshots into cloudy wallet
Microsoft is updating SkyDrive, its cloud storage file gobbler, to add SkyDrive-accessed picture viewing in the Windows 8 Photo application.
Steve Jobs speaks from beyond grave: 'iPads are toys'
Videos starring the late Steve Jobs are now available on iTunes for anyone interested in retracing Apple's super-soaraway decade-long journey from niche player to fondleslab fever.
Third-gen Ultrabooks must offer USB 3.0, anti-theft tech
"Ultrabook", you'll recall, is an Intel trademark. If you want to use the name in association with your laptop, you need to follow the chip giant's rules. Those edicts have been extended for third-generation machines, which, Intel hopes, will spearhead the platform's entry into the mainstream.
Oracle will roll out cloudy services next week – Ellison
Oracle is planning to launch a new suite of cloud software products and services in the first week of June, billionaire chief exec Larry Ellison said.
Hands on with the Intel-powered Orange San Diego
First lookOrange joined forces with Intel today to launch its first Atom-powered smartphone, the San Diego, which I had the opportunity to play with ahead of release.
Open API lessons for LinkedIn and Facebook
Open... and ShutOne of the cardinal rules of open source is reciprocity: you can use my open-source code under the same terms that it was given to me. But as open source shifts to open APIs, "open" is increasingly a one-way street.
EMC: Atmos CAN mix an excellent cloudy cocktail
It seems EMC thinks Nirvanix's marketing veep Steve Zivanic has got it wrong on Atmos. He put forward some opinions about EMC's Atmos which Hopkinton rebuts vigorously.
HDS: 'We're out of the traps to become a grown-up channel biz'
Hitachi Data Systems has for the first time handed its sales team in the UK and Ireland a channel component within their overall revenue target.
'Super-powerful' Flame worm actually boring BLOATWARE
AnalysisFlame may be big in size but it's nothing like the supposedly devastating cyberwarfare mega-weapon early reports of the malware suggested. This new nasty is quite complex by design, yet researchers are still hunting for any truly evil and innovative attack techniques, or similar threats, within the code.
SpaceX Dragon SPLASHDOWN in Pacific! Private space triumph
The SpaceX cargo capsule Dragon, first privately built ship to visit the International Space Station, has splashed down safely in the Pacific ocean at 10:42 Central Time after nine days in space.
EU politicos put the boot into sickly ACTA
Three European Parliament committees have rejected the barely breathing Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
Microsoft hands out tools to sneak Skype onto new PCs
Microsoft is eliminating the download experience from Skype for consumers by giving OEMs the tools to slip the VoIP client into PCs.
HP 'overcharged New York City by $163m' on 911 system
New York City comptroller John Liu has accused Hewlett-Packard of overbilling the Big Apple to the tune of $163m on a long-delayed upgrade to the 911 emergency call system. HP says Liu is misinterpreting the contract and it is delivering its part of the 911 call center upgrade under budget.
Milky Way DOOMED to high-speed smash with Andromeda galaxy
Observations from the Hubble telescope have shown that the Milky Way is on a high-speed collision course with the nearby Andromeda galaxy and the two will merge into a new elliptical system.
HP-Oracle Itanium smackdown starts
Jury selection is underway in the trial that pitting server maker HP against its formerly strong software partner Oracle as they argue about the future of a technology that neither one of them controls: Intel's Itanium processor.
Windows 8 Release Preview open for download
After much speculation, Microsoft has opened its Windows 8 Release Preview for download, the last major update before the client code is released to manufacturers.
US reiterates resistance to ITU-Internet land grab
American lawmakers and officials are continuing to give the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) the “hands off our Internet” signal ahead of a key meeting of the body late this year.
Oracle case crippled after judge rules APIs can’t be copyrighted
Google has won a major victory in its legal fight with Oracle over the use of Java in Android after the presiding judge ruled that the APIs under dispute can't be copyrighted.