Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface
In one of its most-hyped-up announcements of recent years, Microsoft has entered the tablet market with the Surface, a 10.6 inch table running Windows 8 on Intel and ARM platforms.
IBM storage kit keeping admins awake at night
Management software for IBM's DS3000, DS4000 and DS5000 series storage arrays is waking sysadmins at 2:00 AM, thanks to an obscure software setting.
Google in dock again over defamatory auto-complete
A Japanese man is suing Google again after claiming that when his name is typed into the web giant’s search box, the auto-complete function brings up words and phrases related to criminal acts, which link through to articles defaming him.
Fujitsu cracks 278-digit crypto
Japanese computing giant Fujitsu is claiming a world record after successfully breaking a 278-digit (978-bit) pairing-based cryptography system, providing useful data on how far this next-generation encryption system can be trusted.
Mozilla teaches coding with new Thimble 'Webmaker'
Mozilla has released a web page creation editing tool that steps novice users through HTML and CSS.
Ten... dual-band wireless routers
Product round-upA wireless routers is one of the most important items in any gadget lover’s home. Performance, range and reliability are essential criteria to consider when deciding when buying a router. Also, bear in mind the configuration software, as routers can do quite a few tricks these days and accessing features from the on-board browser interface needs to be as painless as possible.
Budget smartphones all the rage as punters look sub-£100
Nearly half of the world’s largest smartphone market will consist of handsets under $200 (£127) by 2015 as local device makers and web firms compete to drag the great unwashed into the 21st century, according to analyst Canalys.
R18+ games still not over the line in Oz
Australia's national Parliament has passed laws creating a new R18+ rating for computer games, but just what will earn that rating is now up to the nation's nine States and Territories, all of which must pass their own legislation before gamers can enjoy currently-banned fare.
Gov mulls ban on wallet-draining charges for card payments
The government is to consult on plans to ban companies levying surcharges on consumers when they use payment cards later this summer, the Consumer Affairs minister has said.
UV 2: RETURN of the 'Big Brain'. This time, it's affordable
Silicon Graphics is betting big on Intel's latest Xeon E5-4600 processor and its own revved up NUMAlink 6 shared memory interconnect, creating a "big brain computer" that can gang up to 4,096 cores into a single system image to run massive Linux workloads and fairly large Windows jobs, too. The new UV 2 is exactly the kind of box, says SGI, that customers with big data warehouse, big database, big data, and traditional HPC workloads have always wanted – and in many cases could never have afforded.
Estonia pitches itself as the new Silicon place
Estonia is seeking to reinvent itself from a cheap place to source top-notch programming expertise into the Nordic* Silicon Valley and bio-tech centre.
Ofcom: High-speed hookups still a UK monopoly - except in London
In a cascade of acronyms Ofcom has proposed price caps on high-speed leased-line connections: but only outside London where competition is having a hard time getting a foothold.
Brussels could 'clash' with London over UK snooper's charter
ExclusiveA fine "balancing act" is needed to prevent a "clash" between British Home Secretary Theresa May's controversial plans to bring in a data communications-snooping law and the "rights" of the UK citizen, European Commission vice-president Viviane Reding warned when questioned by The Register.
New Samsung chief: I want SOFTWARE
Samsung is going to have to do better in software if it wants to stay up near the top of the tech industry, its new CEO said today.
Cabinet Office: Lid comes off UK.gov £4bn IT pork barrel 'at month end'
The Cabinet Office has confirmed it expects the delayed £4bn IT Hardware & Services framework to finally go live at month end.
Samsung S3 finally catches up with the Palm Pre - if modified
Wireless charging was a key feature of Samsung's flagship Android blower when it was announced, but the replacement back plate it needs isn't on the shelves yet, so one brave soul has hacked a Palm Touchstone charger into the S3 case.
Whitehall goes to White House for advice on 'ID assurance' plans
The Cabinet Office is to join the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), a US-based non-profit providing "certification trust frameworks for open identity technologies", to help with the development of its identity assurance programme.
Carphone Warehouse fires starting gun for Acer Olympics tablet
It's all a bit Alan Partridge, but Acer has an Olympic-themed tablet out, and Carphone Warehouse has the sales gig.
China aims to redraw the petaflop graph with 100 Pflops in 2015
HPC blogChina shocked the supercomputing world in late 2010 with a chart-topping 2.56 Petaflop/sec Tianhe-1A. It was a surprising system on several levels: 1) it topped the incumbent number one box (Oak Ridge’s Jaguar) by almost 50%; 2) it was the first (and, so far, only) hybrid commodity combo of Intel Xeon and NVIDIA Tesla processors to hit the top spot; and 3) it seemingly came out of nowhere, and it came out of nowhere very quickly.
Sharp outs 90in monster LED TV
If that 65in HD TV you just bought is starting to look at little… small, Sharp has the answer: what it claims is the world's largest LED-backlit LCD TV the 90in Aquos LC-90LE745U.
Cable & Wireless Worldwide shareholders OK Vodafone takeover
More than 99 per cent of voting shareholders have approved the takeover of Cable & Wireless Worldwide by Vodafone, despite suggestions that one of the largest was holding out for more money.
Mobile device enslavement a plague on British workers' health
British workers are ruining their health by fondling slabs and touching screens after the work day is done, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said.
Oracle pumps out Q4 financials in premature release: See? We're OK
Oracle rushed through the public filing of decent Q4 financials last night some three days earlier than planned to head off any industry talk that the pending exit of a sales bigwig was due to tumbling turnover.
ARM unleashes 8-core Mali 450 GPU, heads down both forks in road
ARM is doubling the punch of its Mali 400 graphics processors with extra cores for tablet, phone and TV makers that are not ready for combined graphics and compute chips.
Android App of the WeekI’ve been waiting for Songkick to land on the deck of the USS Android ever since it was released for iOS a year ago. Now it has and it’s every bit as good as I was hoping for.
So you wanna be a Wall Street techie? Or anyway, get paid a lot
For at least a couple of decades now, if you’ve been a technologist and wanted to get paid as highly as possible for your work, there’s been pretty much only one place to go: the financial industry.
Apple extends Liquidmetal sole rights until 2014
Apple has secured exclusive rights to Liquidmetal Technologies' IP, extending sole access to the company's unique metal until February 2014.
Trust fined £225k for leaving patient files in abandoned hospital
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has been fined £225,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for leaving patient and staff files in an abandoned hospital.
Ingram Micro in talks to acquire SDG, say sources
Ingram Micro is locked in talks with Sir Peter Rigby over the acquisition of his Midlands-based outfit Specialist Distribution Group (SDG), sources have told The Channel.
Microsoft details latest Windows Phone update
Microsoft has shed light on its next Windows Phone 'Tango' update, which will see the smartphone OS gain the ability to import and export contacts to and from the Sim card, and attach multiple files to a single message.
Sony slams Nintendo Wii U functionality
Sony has stuck the knife into the Nintendo Wii U, claiming that a PlayStation Vita combined with a PS3 is a superior setup able to do "special things" that the Nintendo kit will struggle to match.
Introduction to Virtualisation, Microsoft-style
ReviewMicrosoft has introduced a new series of tracks into the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA).
ICANN may have to operate without a chief during gTLD rollout
Domain name policy manager ICANN is set to be left with a vacant CEO's office for two or three months, according to sources close to the organisation.
Fatties are 'destroying the world'
CommentA famous mad professor who has previously called for Britons to starve their children into dwarfism so as to ease strains on the planetary ecosystem has reiterated his arguments, this time insisting that the amount of surplus flab carried by the human race will soon be equivalent to having another half-a-billion people on Earth.
British Waterways charity mapping data handed to Google for free
Google has gotten its hands on the GIS data for all of the UK's waterway paths for its Maps without handing over a penny.
Internet Explorer bug patched only a week ago now being exploited
Hackers have latched onto a vulnerability in Internet Explorer patched by Microsoft last week as a useful way to spread malware.
Surface: Because Microsoft does so well making hardware?
AnalysisIf you want a job done right, do it yourself: that’s the consensus on the Windows 8 Surface tablets. Or, put another way: “OEMs, please pay attention. This is how you build a PC.”
Google to ICO: We had no idea Street View data slurp was happening
Google has denied that it tried to cover up certain aspects of its Street View data slurp as the UK Information Commissioner's Office reopens its investigation into the incident.
Departing Cisco overlord moulded partners from Channel clay
Industry veteran and Cisco channel chief Keith Goodwin is hanging up his boots, the networking kingpin confirmed in a blog post.
Mad Apple patent: Cloneware to convince trackers you don't like porn
Apple have patented the idea of using data clones to hide from surveillance: data clones that will browse the internet under your name but will look at basket-weaving sites instead of porn.
Achtung Penguin! SUSE tunes up Linux for SAP
It seems natural enough that SUSE Linux and SAP would be technical allies; both hail from Germany and both try to peddle business-grade software to enterprises. SAP, which has a huge installed base of Windows customers and a considerable number of Unix customers, cannot be seen to be playing favorites with its OS suppliers just because of nationalism. But it cannot stop – and would not stop – SUSE Linux, the commercial Linux distributor now owned by Attachmate, from making optimizations to its OS stack that make SAP apps run better.
LG shelves future tablet efforts
LG has ceded the tablet arena to Apple. Effectively chucking in the towel, it has put the development of future tablets "on the back burner".
Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'
One week after Apple announced it was booting Google Maps from iOS and photographing the world with its own aerial fleet, a top US Senator has written to both companies expressing concern over their "military-grade spy planes."
HP taps Intel Atom for next-gen Moonshot hyperscale servers
When HP unveiled its "Project Moonshot" effort last November to create hyperscale servers based on Calxeda's EnergyCore variant of the ARM RISC processor, cynics said it was no doubt interesting in terms of engineering, but that the "Redstone" servers were nonetheless a publicity stunt. Tuesday's preview of the next-generation "Gemini" servers, due later this year from HP sporting server-ready Intel Atom processors also due later this year, confirms that sentiment.
Google blocks MP3 rippers from YouTube
Websites that allow MP3 files to be recorded from YouTube are feeling the wrath of the Chocolate Factory, and popular ripping site YouTube-mp3 is calling foul.
Ludicrously lucky teen survives spear through brain
Sixteen-year-old Yasser Lopez will likely have a "miraculous recovery" despite a three-foot spear having been thrust through his head.
Schneier spanks AV industry over Flame failures
Security guru Bruce Schneier has questioned some of the excuses coming from the antivirus industry as to why it is taking them so long to pick up advanced malware like Flame and Stuxnet.
Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy
Julian Assange has sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and is seeking asylum over the decision by the UK courts to extradite him to Sweden.
Unisys upgrades Libra mainframes with Xeon E5s
Intel has just upgraded its server processors with a slew of Xeon E5s this spring, and that means it is time for mainframe maker Unisys to start gussying up the Xeon-based variants in its ClearPath family.
Consumer Affairs Victoria says App Store contains malware
Consumer Affairs Victoria has claimed Apple's App Store houses "counterfeit or 'cloned' apps" that "look like real apps but don't have the same kind of security as those made by established software programmers" and "can expose personal data to malware or predatory, virus-like software which can be used to steal personal information."
Mellanox to provide InfiniBand for CSIRO super
Mellanox is to supply the InfiniBand infrastructure for Australia's national science agency CSIRO’s new supercomputer cluster being delivered by XENON Systems.