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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.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2012
Mars Rover Landing

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.
Team Register, 06 Aug 2012

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”
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2012
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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.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Aug 2012
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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.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Aug 2012

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?
Rik Myslewski, 06 Aug 2012
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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?
Marcus Schneider, 06 Aug 2012

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.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2012

Boffins: We are VAPORISING the Earth... for science

A group of scientists have been practising blowing the Earth into smithereens.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 06 Aug 2012

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).
Government Computing, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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.
Hard Reg, 06 Aug 2012
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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.
Tony Smith, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Anna Leach, 06 Aug 2012
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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.
Tony Smith, 06 Aug 2012

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.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2012
Acer Iconia Tab A510 10in Android tablet

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.
Alun Taylor, 06 Aug 2012

Google silences podcast app Listen, disbands Team tool

Google has announced another cull of services it reckons won't be missed, including Google Listen.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Lester Haines, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Caleb Cox, 06 Aug 2012
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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.
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Anna Leach, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Anna Leach, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2012
Tilera GX chip wafer

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.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Anna Leach, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2012
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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.
Neil McAllister, 06 Aug 2012
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Neil McAllister, 06 Aug 2012

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Aug 2012
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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.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Aug 2012

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