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Rackspace hints at big Oz investment

Rackspace has hinted strongly at the announcement of a local data centre, with Australia/New Zealand Country Manager Mark Randall promising the company's "most significant investment" in Australia will be revealed on August 22nd.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2012

Cheap laser could help save expensive aircraft

The Pitot tube is ubiquitous on aircraft because it offers a cheap, reliable and accurate way to measure airspeed. But the device is also vulnerable to icing, which is why a group from the University of New South Wales wants now wants to supplement the airspeed indicator with lasers.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Aug 2012

Curiosity needs OS upgrade before getting down to science

Curiosity Mars missionThe Curiosity Rover will upgrade its operating system before getting down to serious science, NASA said today.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2012

Alleged Anon arrested for planning gov DDoS attacks

Hong Kong police have arrested a 21-year-old man after he apparently bragged on Facebook of his intent to disrupt several government web sites.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Aug 2012

FaceTime in the dock

It looks like Apple’s set for yet another court room showdown in China after a Taiwanese man claimed that the fruity toy maker infringed one of the patents he owns with its FaceTime video calling technology.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Aug 2012

Why women won't apply for IT jobs

Women won't apply for IT jobs unless they are certain they meet every single criterion for the gig, according to John Ridge, Executive Director of the Australian Computer Society Foundation Trust Fund (ACSF).
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2012

HSBC brands EVERY Apple iPhone 'an insecure PC'

HSBC's iPhone app for online business banking warns customers that their reassuringly expensive Apple mobiles are in fact PCs - and insecure ones at that.
Anna Leach, 07 Aug 2012

WD's 2TB Green giant can't jam hardness into standard slot

WD has added a 2TB Green small form factor drive to its line-up.
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2012

Using copyright to avoid Freedom of Info law? Ha, ha, NICE try!

Public bodies that disclose copyright-protected information in order to comply with a request under freedom of information (FOI) laws are not guilty of copyright infringement, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Aug 2012

Microsoft upping Office 365 fees for resellers AGAIN

Microsoft is once again plumping up the cheques it dishes out to channel folk across the globe as a sweetener to dealers as they try to push its Office 365 cloud services to customers.
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2012

Cameron: We'll turn NHS patients into real-time drugs lab rats

Prime minister David Cameron said his government is launching a consultation on changing the NHS constitution so that the "default setting" is for patients' data to be used for research unless the patient opts out.
Government Computing, 07 Aug 2012

Black helicopters circle Street View car crash

Google has told El Reg that the video allegedly showing a crashed Street View spymobile in northern India is a hoax.
Lester Haines, 07 Aug 2012

Devon NHS trust left data of 1,373 staff online for MONTHS

A painful £175,000 fine has been slapped on a health trust in Torquay, Devon, after it published sensitive details of nearly 1,400 employees on its website.
Team Register, 07 Aug 2012

Copyright bot boots NASA rover vid off YouTube

YouTube was a bit keen in the prosecution of copyright laws during NASA's victorious Curiosity rover landing yesterday morning, booting the first video excerpt of the livestream off its site for infringing a news service.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 07 Aug 2012

Microsoft's Office 2013 app-maker cloud drenches developers

It was in 1994 that Microsoft declared Office a development platform, and released the Office Developer’s Kit 1.0 for coders to turn out useful utilities.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2012

Samsung fingered in child labour allegations at China plant

Samsung has become the latest big name tech brand accused of allowing widespread labour rights violations, after a new report claimed that Chinese manufacturing partner HEG is exploiting child workers as young as 14 at its Guangdong plant.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Aug 2012

Tesco helps high flyers avoid actual shops

UK grocery giant Tesco has devised a new way to ensure people don't actually have to enter its many stores – by setting up a glowing virtual shop slab at the airport.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 07 Aug 2012

Virident lures Web2.0 biz punters with refreshed server flash card

Virident is on its third annual refresh of its app-accelerating server flash card and is full of discreet excitement about what backers Intel, Cisco and a secret but major IT supplier are doing with its FlashMax 2 product.
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2012
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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

Microsoft has scored two own goals by getting into the hardware game with Surface, the software giant's design for a laptop that thinks it's a tablet: long-standing PC manufacturers are alienated, and there is growing disquiet in the channel over Redmond's decision to sell the lap slab direct.
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2012

Apple and Google go head-to-head over Kodak patent sale

Apple and Google have joined rival investor groups hoping to bag Kodak's 1,100-strong patent portfolio. The groups are offering warm-up bids of between $150m and $250m – though Kodak reckons the patents could eventually haul in up to $2.6bn.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 07 Aug 2012

Bill Gates, Harry Evans and the smearing of a computer legend

The roots of Microsoft's success in using a clone of Gary Kildall's CP/M operating system are well-known and supported by a court ruling five years ago. But that hasn't stopped a software consultant from making claims that could smear Kildall and the late computer pioneer's legacy.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Aug 2012

Facebook touts gambling to 'responsible' Brits

Facebook has - for the first time - opened up its network to gamblers wanting to play online via the service in the UK. The first gambling application on the social network was added this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Aug 2012

YouTube app wrenched from next Apple iPhones, iPads

YouTube has been unceremoniously dumped from iOS 6, the latest beta version of Apple's mobile operating system reveals.
Anna Leach, 07 Aug 2012

HP yanks 2-week-old VMware server crown from Cisco

Hard on the heels of Cisco bragging about a flash-assisted VMmark win, HP has kicked it into touch with a better score using a flash-boosted ProLiant server.
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2012

Amazon exploited by hacker in scribe's epic Apple iCloud pwn

Unfortunate journo Mat Honan has said the demolition of his digital life by a hacker started with a call to Amazon customer support.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 07 Aug 2012

Apple: Samsung was in 'crisis' over our iPhone awesomeness

Apple has told a court that its iPhone put Samsung into a right tizzy and that's why the South Korean giant had to go and copy all its stuff.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 07 Aug 2012

Doctor Who to unwrap new sidekick in Christmas TV special

A ghostly tweet has arrived from the outer reaches of Gallifrey - OK, more like the BBC canteen in Cardiff: Richard E Grant will star in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special in which fans will see the Time Lord's newest companion for the first time.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Aug 2012

Gemalto gets NFC gig: Singapore punters will all bonk the same way

Operators, banks and loyalty schemes in Singapore can now use a common API to interact using short-range radio tech Near Field Communications, while in Europe similar schemes continue to flounder.
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2012

Russian rocket fails to orbit 2 satellites after booster bungle

Russian space agency Roscosmos has suspended use of its Proton-M rocket carriers with Briz-M boosters after one of them failed to put two satellites into orbit late yesterday.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 07 Aug 2012
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Comstor names Dohmen as EMEA boss

Cisco distribution unit Comstor has lured one of the networking firm's veterans, Andreas Dohmen, to manage its operations across EMEA.
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2012

British radio telescope genius Sir Bernard Lovell dies

Sir Bernard Lovell - the brilliant British physicist whose inventions observed cosmic rays and ended up on the front lines of the Cold War - has died at the age of 98.
Anna Leach, 07 Aug 2012
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Cloud backup drama: Mozy kicks Carbonite after ASA's had a go

Cloud backup service vendor Carbonite recently had its knuckles rapped by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority for misleading punters by saying its cloud backup service is "unlimited". Now EMC-backed Mozy, a Carbonite competitor which doesn't offer unlimited backup data amounts, has waded in to the fray.
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2012

AMD launches 4 teraflops FirePro graphics at Nvidia Keplers

AMDevices is keeping the heat on rival Nvidia in the workstation graphics market with the launch of four FirePro graphics cards, topping out at 4 teraflops of floating point oomph, and two CPU-GPU hybrids based on the new "Piledriver" Opteron cores and bear the FirePro rather than the Fusion APU brand used for consumer gear.

Office for ARM will lack features, report claims

Sources close to Microsoft claim that the version of Office 2013 that ships for Redmond's Surface tablet and other ARM systems will be missing features from the build for rival Intel-based Windows machines.
Neil McAllister, 07 Aug 2012

First full landing site and colour pictures back from Mars

NASA is firing up a new camera on the Curiosity rover, offering the first color pictures of the landing site, while another pass by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has given a more detailed look at the landing area and its debris on the Martian surface.
Iain Thomson, 07 Aug 2012
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NT Telehealth's high-definition medicarts are really CoTS

Australia's Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy last week announced a telehealth initiative in the nation's Northern Territory.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2012

Rackspace profits from cloudy transitions

Rackspace Hosting, which co-founded the OpenStack cloud controller effort with NASA two years ago, was bragging last week that it had finally went live with OpenStack on the compute side.

Facebook pulls race-hate page

Facebook, whose legendary misogyny means that breast-feeding images posted by mothers are considered taboo and pulled as soon as they’re noticed, has managed to lurch into action and take down a race-hate page in Australia after a storm erupted on Twitter.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Aug 2012

Microsoft offers alternative Lync-like web chat spec to W3C

Microsoft has submitted a proposed standard for real-time web communications to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), in a move that could upset the apple cart for other browser vendors who have been working on their own such standard since early 2011.
Neil McAllister, 07 Aug 2012

IBM shoots higher and lower with x86 Flex Systems

Big Blue is adding two new compute nodes based on recent Xeon processors from Intel and a PCI expansion node that can be used to strap on GPUs, flash storage, and other system goosers as it continues to flesh out its Flex System modular servers - the basis of its PureSystems integrated server-storage-networking stacks and the PureApplication automated cloudy tools that ride on top of the stack. IBM .

The policy that helped Anonymous hack AAPT

Anonymous' theft of data from a dormant AAPT server might not have been possible had the telco used a different host.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2012

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