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Microsoft unleashes Windows attack tool

Developers, developers …. *&^%%!!# developers who break Windows!
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2012
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Netflix lets free simian software for cloud chaos

Streaming video provider Netflix has released Chaos Monkey, its homegrown tool that's designed to boost the resilience of cloud-based applications in the bluntest way possible: by knocking them down.
Neil McAllister, 03 Aug 2012

Sharp to cull 5,000 as losses exceed £1 BILLION

Japanese electronics giant Sharp has become the latest tech firm to announce swingeing job cuts, with 5,000 employees set to be culled in a bid to slash costs after it revealed losses in the last quarter of £1.1bn.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Aug 2012

Bomb sniffing “electric nose” turns cancer detector

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have used a device called the CyraNose 3200 to sniff out malignant mesothelioma, a nasty form of cancer often caused by exposure to asbestos.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2012

China's smartphone shipments jump 199 PER CENT!

China’s bid to for world domination in all things mobile took another step in the last quarter as smartphone shipments leapt 199 per cent from the same period last year and now account for more than a quarter of the global total, according to Canalys.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Aug 2012
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Researchers reveal radical RAID rethink

Singaporean researchers have proposed a new way to protect the integrity of data in distributed storage systems and say their “RapidRAID” system offers top protection while consuming fewer network, computing and storage array resources than other approaches.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2012
Microsoft Surface tablets

HP and Dell to 'unveil Windows RT slabs in October'

HP and Dell will both release tablets based on the forthcoming ARM-powered Windows RT operating system after it’s launched in October, according to the latest rumours swirling from the supply chain in Asia.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Aug 2012
Qantas A380 tail

Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

Australian airline Qantas has denied claims it left a customer on hold … for 15 hours 40 minutes and one second.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2012
Nikon D4 full-frame 16Mp DSLR camera

Nikon D4 DSLR review

If you thought the Nikon D3s was the ultimate DSLR for photojournalism, sport and low light photography, then think again. The Nikon D4 is not only the D3’s obvious upgrade and replacement but also Nikon’s attempt to redefine, yet again, professional imaging standards.
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Jobless yoofs! Get on your bike, er, mobe, and look for work

Reading Borough Council is to develop an app to help young people find jobs.
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HDS to flaunt young HUS array for money

HDS quarterly revenues are slipping down and need the recently launched Hitachi Unified Storage array to ramp sales and reverse the slide.
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2012
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Storing punters' till receipts? UK.gov wants you to hand it over

Businesses that electronically store personal data about consumers may be required to make some of that information available to those individuals "in a machine readable format" if plans under consideration by the government are followed through.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Aug 2012
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Apple 'wanted to stuff Twitter with dollars' to fill iTunes with twits

Apple wanted to integrate Twitter into iTunes, according some people "familiar" with negotiations between the two companies.
Anna Leach, 03 Aug 2012
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Anonymous hunts down Voldemort for hacking hungry kids' charity

A Harry Potter fan's attempt to impress hacktivist collective Anonymous by defacing a charity's website has backfired and his alleged identity handed over to cops.
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2012
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Greenland ice sheet not going anywhere in a hurry, say boffins

Doom-laden predictions that the seas are set to rise by a metre or more this century due to the melting of the Greenland ice sheet are well off the mark, a team of scientists has announced in a new study of the matter.
Lewis Page, 03 Aug 2012

How one bad algorithm cost traders $440m

Knight Capital, a firm that specialises in executing trades for retail brokers, took $440m in cash losses Wednesday due to a faulty test of new trading software. This morning reports were calling it a trading “glitch", which isn’t nearly as accurate as the term I’d use: “f**king disaster".
Dan Olds, 03 Aug 2012
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'Sending timing data over cell network - what could go wrong?'

Quotw This was the week when Microsoft buffed and polished its ancient spam-handy Hotmail service into the new Outlook.com, just seven years after Google gave us Gmail.

Apple plans extended iPad display through 'Smart Covers'

Apple envisions iPad cases with flexible displays that expand functionality into the tablet's protective sleeve, recently publicised patent applications reveal.
Caleb Cox, 03 Aug 2012
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Opera updated following unexplained Outlook.com lockout

Update Opera Software is working on a fix to ensure Microsoft’s Hotmail successor Outlook.com works in its browser.
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UK physical game sales hit rock bottom

The UK games market hit an all time low last week. Retailers took in just £8.4m from software sales.
Caleb Cox, 03 Aug 2012
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Samsung tells Apple: Quit your 'frivolous' whining over court doc leak

Apple's attempt to score an easy win over Samsung in their smartphone patent trial, thus punishing its rival for leaking court evidence, has been branded "extreme" by the South Korean giant.
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UK judges quietly declare text chat can be obscene

You could be committing a criminal offence next time you discuss your deepest fantasies with someone online. Alarmist? Only slightly.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 03 Aug 2012

Tablet tech is really a Psion of the times

Something for the Weekend, Sir Excitedly but carefully, I tore open the tough cardboard packing and slid out my latest purchase: an iPad keyboard.
Alistair Dabbs, 03 Aug 2012
Broken CD with wrench

Does Box really need $284m in VC cash?

Open ... and Shut Once upon a time Joe Kraus dreamed that future start-ups would be 30 times cheaper to build. Clearly he hadn't talked to Aaron Levie, chief executive of enterprise collaboration company Box, which just raised $125m on a reported $1.2bn valuation. Box is playing a high-stakes poker game which will end in complete victory. Or dismal failure.
Matt Asay, 03 Aug 2012

Meet the company that wants to destroy Twitter. It's Twitter

For years I've marvelled at Twitter, the most commercially and technically clueless company to ever strike it big. Twitter is now hugely popular and millions of people love to use it. They use it in very creative ways. Twitter's success, in retrospect, now looks blindingly obvious. But Twitter has been uniquely inept at taking advantage of its popularity.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Aug 2012
Everything you'll need to make Bauernfrühstück

Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

As long-term Reg readers are aware, it's been scientifically proven that bacon has almost miraculous powers to cure the effects of a night on the sauce.
Lester Haines, 03 Aug 2012

SAP to bung Oracle at least $306m in software piracy row

German software giant SAP has agreed to hand over $306m in damages to Oracle in the TomorrowNow copyright infringement case in order to avoid a new trial.

HP hangs axe over 268 UK staffers ahead of mass cull

HP wants to make nearly 300 UK staff redundant before its mass lay-off programme even kicks in, company insiders have claimed.
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2012
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Experts stroke beards over LOHAN's vacuity

Last weekend, we finally got LOHAN to breathe fire when we successfully fired a solid rocket motor at an simulated altitude of 76,500ft (23,300m).
Lester Haines, 03 Aug 2012
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Avnet Technology Solutions swallows Pepperweed

Avnet Technology Solutions has swallowed Pepperweed Consulting, an HP Software Elite Partner Stateside.
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2012
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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

Microsoft has dropped "Metro", the name given to the squaretastic user interface for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, claiming it was just a code name all along.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Aug 2012
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

M-Tech Data: Grey import battle with Oracle has ruined us

M-Tech Data's boss has claimed the "crippling" legal bill for its spat with Oracle over allegations of parallel importing left management with no option but to shut up shop.
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2012
London 2012 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games

BOYLE and BONG: The secret story of my OLYMPIC TRIUMPH

¡Bong! "People like me sound like a lot of big cannons" - Mao Tse-Tung
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RBS: June's tech enormo-cock-up cost us £125m

RBS's software upgrade blunder in June has cost the banking group £125m so far this year, with further costs expected. The bulk of that money was spent on compensating customers, with the cost of the actual technical fix "unlikely to cost a meaningful amount", according to group finance director Bruce Van Saun.
Anna Leach, 03 Aug 2012
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US will fight ITU members for internet domination

The US has made it clear that it won't be letting control of the internet slip out of ICANN's hands anytime soon.
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Skyrim expansion Dawnguard storms to Steam

Bethesda's first DLC pack for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim landed on Steam this week, giving PC gamers access to the bloodsucking Dawnguard expansion.
Caleb Cox, 03 Aug 2012
Project Hexapod

Ridable giant robo-bug creeps, crawls toward reality

If you have long-term ambitions to pilot a giant six-legged mech walker, then pledge your support for Project Hexapod and its two-ton robo-bug, Stompy.
Caleb Cox, 03 Aug 2012
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UK 4G auction: No word on what will be flogged, or what it costs

Last week the Ofcom announced details of the upcoming 4G spectrum auction, only the regulator still can't say how much spectrum is on sale, what it will cost, or the annual rent due afterwards.
Bill Ray, 03 Aug 2012

We love everyone in the SPLA channel the same, honest - Microsoft

Microsoft has insisted it has levelled the playing field for all resellers pushing its Service Provider Licensing Agreements (SPLA).
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2012
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LinkedIn shows webtastic social media firms how it's done

LinkedIn stuck its tongue out at all its social media rivals with better-than-expected revenue and a tidy profit for the second quarter.
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NASA hands out $millions to wannabe spaceship builders

NASA has stuck its hands far into its pockets of the third development round of the Commercial Crew programme, giving hundreds of millions to SpaceX, Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation.
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Daily Mail group in screeching U-turn on parody tweet persecution

The Daily Mail group has dropped its legal action against a Twitter user who sent up one of its executives - just three days after news barons attempted to slap four criminal charges on the twit.
Team Register, 03 Aug 2012
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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

A series of slides leaked online reveal information about Microsoft's new OEM Activation process for Windows 8, which is designed to make it more difficult to activate illegal copies of Redmond's latest OS.
Neil McAllister, 03 Aug 2012
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EA sues Zynga over ripping off Sims Social

Electronic Arts has launched a legal crusade against troubled online games company Zynga, claiming that The Ville is a direct rip-off of the game Sims Social by EA subsidiary Maxis.
Iain Thomson, 03 Aug 2012
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Carbonite disputes ASA censure of cloud storage ads

US cloud backup vendor Carbonite has said it will contest the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling that its adverts claiming unlimited storage are misleading.
Iain Thomson, 03 Aug 2012
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AT&T to mothball 2G network by 2017

In its latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, US telecommunications giant AT&T has said it plans to sunset its 2G wireless network by January 1, 2017, with the goal of reclaiming spectrum for 3G/4G service.
Neil McAllister, 03 Aug 2012