Oz regulator tells telly-makers to mind their language
The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has told the top five telly-makers to stop describing their products as “WiFi Ready” when a dongle is needed to connect them to a network.
The Curiosity Show - Mars rover touches down at 5:31 GMT
NASA's biggest rover yet, Curiosity, is hours away from boldly going where no semi-autonomous vehicle has gone before.
Climate change behind extreme weather, says NASA
James Hansen, the head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has written a Washington Post op-ed in which he discusses a new climate study he says recent heat waves have “... virtually no explanation other than climate change”
Qantas' website goes all-but-titsup for an hour
Australian flag carrier QANTAS' website went all-but-titsup for at least an hour on Monday afternoon.
Curiosity landing live from NASA's JPL: How the drama unfolded
Curiosity Mars missionEl Reg is live from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, waiting to see if the Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity as it's better known, will land safely or crater the surface of Mars.
Baidu bods arrested after deleting posts for dosh
Chinese web giant Baidu has been forced to sack four employees, three of whom were arrested by local police on suspicion of accepting bribes in return for deleting user-generated posts on one of the firm's sites.
Xiaomi to go quad core with iPhone challenger
Much-hyped Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is set to launch the follow-up to its hugely popular iPhone rival the M1 next week, with rumours swirling that it will be the first device to run Qualcomm’s powerful quad-core APQ8064 Snapdragon chip.
Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule
Curiosity Mars mission | PicsNASA's Curiosity Mars lander settled down on the Red Planet as scheduled, no problems, thank you ma'am, nothing to worry about ... oh, what is it? a quarter of a billion miles from here or so?
What's the point of a cloud storage gateway?
Deep DiveWhat exactly is a cloud storage gateway? We know what direct-access storage (DAS) is, and understand SANs and NAS, forms of networked storage. Cloud storage is, obviously, storage in the cloud. But when, where, how and why do we need a cloud gateway for storage?
Watchdog sets rules on ad-slinging in vid-streaming services
Media companies that provide video-on-demand (VOD) services are responsible for ensuring compliance with VOD advertising rules when advertising appears as a direct result of a user choosing to view VOD programmes, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has said.
If Ultrabooks lasted longer, would YOU open your wallet?
Unfruity Ultrabook users will be able to keep it up for longer with LSI's specially enhanced SandForce controllers.
Boffins: We are VAPORISING the Earth... for science
A group of scientists have been practising blowing the Earth into smithereens.
NHS trust: Not buying through NHS IT saved us £7m
A direct tender has enabled Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS foundation trust to purchase a patient records system at a cost more than £7m below the price paid by the Department of Health (DH).
God-botherers burst onto IPTV Freeview: The End is Nigh
Freeview HD, the UK's broadcast platform of default, now has a selection of god channels to accompany the nationalistic broadcasters, as the move towards narrowcast TV continues despite its inevitable destination.
Samsung lengthens Note phone-cum-tablet to 10 inches
Samsung's pumped up Galaxy Note phone will be inflated to full tablet size this month as the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Amazon: e-book purchases push past paper
Amazon.com's UK wing claims its British customers are now buying more e-books than printed-on-paper editions.
Curiosity success 'paves way for Man on Mars by 2030s'
Curiosity Mars missionThe landing of a "one ton automobile-sized piece of America" also known as the Curiosity rover on Mars today could clear the way for Man's arrival within the next 20 years.
Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei outs his supreme-self as arty hipster
Iran's Supreme Leader of 23 years, "divine" boss of the country's military, judiciary, and state broadcasting services, has joined hipster cupcake-pic site Instagram and posted four photos.
Euro NCAP to mandate auto-braking in new-car test
Euro NCAP, the European car safety organisation, is to insist that, from 2014 onwards, all vehicles seeking its approval must be able to hit the anchors without driver intervention.
Rampant fake Facebook ad clicks riddle hits dead end
AnalysisAfter a startup claimed that 80 per cent of clicks on its ads in Facebook were bogus, sales of pitchforks and burning torches went through the roof as pundits circled in search of a scandal. However, the figures in the case lead to an unexpected dead end rather than to a smoking gun of unimaginable fraud.
Microsoft UK bigwig leaps into bed with Bucks biz
Software and services supplier Softcat is bringing Microsoft UK services boss Colin Brown on board as deputy MD, The Channel can reveal.
For flock's sake: Scared sheep send SMSes to Swiss shepherds
Swiss boffins have been testing SMS-equipped sheep to see if they can send a warning text message when the big, bad wolf approaches, and it looks like they can.
Acer Iconia Tab A510 10in Android review
In my view, the 16GB Google Nexus 7 is pretty much the ideal Android tablet, but if that form factor is too small for you, then you might be interested in what Acer has cooked up lately. Say hello then to the Iconia Tab A510. Targeted at those who want a quad-core machine, it offers a 10.1in screen, 32GB of storage and for a reasonable price – around £320 if you look hard enough.
Google silences podcast app Listen, disbands Team tool
Google has announced another cull of services it reckons won't be missed, including Google Listen.
Foxconn big daddy's latest fear: An expensive Sharp stake
Shares of beleaguered electronics firm Sharp continued to fall today as Foxconn parent Hon Hai said it was still taking the agreed stake in the firm, but it wanted a lower price.
Scrunched Street View spymobile spied in India
VidA brief vid has popped up on YouTube purportedly showing a pranged Street View spymobile in northern India.
Console content can cause crime, claims cop
Australian police have pointed the finger at Grand Theft Auto and other games of its kind for an alleged increase in the acceptance of violence in the country.
IT job creation bucks up US economy
The US economy added more jobs than economists had been expecting in July, according to a report released Friday from the Department of Labor, and the IT sector did its part to push up the numbers once again as it has since the beginning of the Great Recession five years ago.
EMC: We're turning VMAX into mainframe tape KILLER
EMC has turned its VMAX array into a mainframe virtual tape library – the DLm8000, with synchronous replication – in a move that could see tapes banished from mainframe operations.
Vodafone loses access to punters' records in IT cock-up
Vodafone is investigating a glitch with its billing system that left its workers unable to access UK customer accounts today.
Scribe's mobe, MacBook pwned after hacker 'fast-talked Apple support'
Tech journo Mat Honan has told how he helplessly watched a hacker remotely erase and lock his iPhone, iPad and MacBook after his iCloud account was hijacked. It's a cautionary tale against relying too heavily on one cloud platform.
Radio hams unite to fight off new powerline comms standard
The Radio Society of Great Britain is mobilising Europe's radio hams in protest against the forthcoming standard for powerline networking, predicting dire consequences if existing standards aren't applied.
Wikipedia collapses threatening the very fabric of civilisation
UpdatedFount-of-dubious-knowledge Wikipedia has gone down around the world, prompting a Twitter frenzy from people struggling to remember how to open books.
France's biggest Apple reseller shuts up shop
Lawsuits are all that remain of France's biggest Apple reseller after no credible bidders came forward to save the business. eBizcuss officially went into liquidation on 31 July, after 36 years of trading.
Nimble Storage clusters up for scale-to-fit flash-in-a-can
Hybrid iSCSI storage array start-up Nimble Storage has added a new controller, clustering and expansion shelves to enable scaling of performance and capacity separately or together.
MDNX swallows Griffin: I ain't afraid of no channel conflict
Network integrator MDNX has devoured pure channel connectivity provider Griffin for an undisclosed sum.
EMC hooks up with Lenovo, tries to penetrate China
The head mandarin of storage firm EMC, Joe Tucci, has signed a strategic partnership with computer-maker Lenovo involving China penetration, Lenovo replacing Dell in EMC's affections, SMB filers and – word has it – servers.
TSMC doles out $1.4bn to buy Moore's Law breathing space
The Dutch maker of the lithography equipment used to etch the world's chips has been going cap in hand to its largest customers.
MetroPCS waves wand, turns Samsung Galaxy mobe into a TV
Cell phone operator MetroPCS has unveiled a Samsung Galaxy variant capable of receiving Dyle TV. The cheapo network seems undeterred by other companies' inability to successfully broadcast television to mobile phones.
Bargain-hunting Chinese make life tough for iOS devs
Apple iOS developers in China are struggling to make a living from the platform, with App Store revenues in the region accounting for just three per cent of the global total, despite scooping 18 per cent of worldwide downloads.
Woz: Cloud computing trend is 'horrendous'
The risks of cloud computing will be "horrendous", Steve Wozniak said last night, in a statement that will set eyeballs rolling at Apple - the company he co-founded with Steve Jobs.
Curiosity snapped mid-flight by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Curiosity Mars missionNASA has released the first photo of the Curiosity rover in flight, after the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's (MRO) HiRISE camera snapped a shot of the spacecraft parachuting down to the Martian surface.
Alteryx does Big Data integration for dummies
The real challenge of Big Data is not storing and chewing your clickstreams and other operational data to get the right product in front of the right person. That's easy. But taking multiple data sources from your own systems and outside sources, mashing them up, and then spitting them out as information that some person or program can actually use to make decisions: that's tough. With its Strategic Analytics 7.1, Alteryx thinks it has a palette upon which analysts can mix data sources and run analytics – in much the same way as an artist paints a landscape.
AMD borrows $300m to fill war chest
Advanced Micro Devices is wading into the debt markets to raise money for a whole bunch of things it needs to get done.
Qualcomm taps former Intel mobile maven as CMO
Anand Chandrasekher, the man who was responsible for many of Intel's low-power mobile chip initiatives, has joined Qualcomm as its new chief marketing officer.
Vodafone Oz serving ice cream sandwiches by the Galaxy
Vodafone Australia will soon start to serve Ice Cream Sandwiches, Android-style, to owners of Samsung GALAXY Note handsets.
Khronos Group updates OpenGL and OpenCL graphics standards
The Khronos Group has released the latest version of its OpenGL graphics standard, 20 years after SGI first opened up the code.
Microsoft opens app store for Office 2013
With the next version of its business productivity suite already in public preview, Microsoft has launched a beta version of the Office Store, a marketplace for developers to distribute web-based add-ons for Office and SharePoint.
France backs away from Hadopi
The French government is counting the cost of having copyright enforcement shifted from the corporate to the public sector – and it’s not pleased at what it sees.
Iran’s ‘domestic Internet’ schedule slips
Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khamenei had best make the most of his time on Twitter and Instagram, since the country’s telecommunications minister is doggedly pressing ahead with his program to cut the country off from the Internet. In the fullness of time, as Sir Humphrey Appleby would have put it.