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IT helps Australian bank achieve carbon-neutrality

National Australia Bank (NAB), one of Australia's big four banks, has detailed how changes to its data centres helped the organisation to become carbon neutral in a white paper (PDF) issued by the Open Data Center Alliance.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2012
Facebook connection map

Better onion anonymity possible: researcher

Onion routing – which in spite of its DARPA genealogy are disliked by national security types – could be made more anonymous, according to a an Iranian researcher now working on a PhD at Concordia University in Montreal.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Aug 2012
Curiosity rover, credit NASA

Curiosity's laser turns Mars rocks to 'glowing plasma'

Humanity has unleashed its most awesome high-energy assault on extra-terrestrial geology to date, after the Curiosity rover zapped a martian rock with its Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCam) over the weekend.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2012
Julian Assange supporters at the Supreme Court London

Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

Julian Assange has revealed himself to the world from the balcony of London's Ecuadorean embassy and made a statement that lays the blame for his predicament on the hypocrisy of the USA.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2012
Taiwan CWB map

China and Taiwan complete historic undersea cable

China and Taiwan have edged just a little bit closer with the completion of the first submarine telecoms cables between the two nations.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Aug 2012
Buzz Lightyear

Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Shake it Up, a Disney sitcom that screens on The Disney Channel around the world, has slipped in an insult to open source software.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2012
Iffy text

Indian gov bans bulk texts as workers flee Bangalore

The Indian government has been forced to ban the sending of bulk SMS text messages over concerns migrant workers from the nation's north-east will be targeted by Muslims.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Aug 2012

Cloud-puffing Iomart goes south - to gobble Manc biz Melbourne

UK biz Iomart is spreading its cloud south and bolstering biz services by buying up Manchester-based Melbourne Server Hosting, in an acquisition announced last week.
Anna Leach, 20 Aug 2012

Capita bungs staff £250 if they cheer up, smile for ad snaps

Staff at Capita IT Services are being offered a bit of extra spending money by their employer in the form of a £250 voucher for those snapshots of real colleagues at work.
Paul Kunert, 20 Aug 2012

Hard-up fondlers rejoice: Tablet PC prices plummet

Good news for would-be tablet owners without a pile of cash to spend: prices have dived 13.6 per cent in the past year – if you don't count the iPad. Apple's tablet came down in price too, but only by 3.45 per cent.
Anna Leach, 20 Aug 2012

Brocade global sales boss exits, leaves soon-to-depart CEO to flog kit

Brocade's global sales boss, Ian Whiting, left in June this year "to pursue other personal and professional interests". This move was slipped out under the radar as part of a Brocade 8-K filing on 4 June, with Whiting's departure date effectively 18 June. Brocade CEO Michael Klayko has been running sales since then – and himself has just said he wanted to resign as soon as a successor was found and in place.
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2012

PLT chair: UK Radio Society is 'living in a dream world'

The chair of the EU committee on powerline networking has responded to the Radio Society's call to arms, claiming that every minute of filibustering pollutes the radio spectrum more.
Bill Ray, 20 Aug 2012

Dell pries open shrunken PowerVault, crams whole lotta disk inside

In between the deluge of flash-driven, cloud-driven, and virtualisation-driven storage news, humble drive arrays get new features too. Dell has announced that it has provided low-end PowerVault enclosures with more drives than before and boosted its DR4000 disk-to-disk backup array with better replication and Symantec backup software integration.
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2012

IBM fuels up zNext mainframe for launch

It looks like Big Blue is getting ready to launch its next-generation mainframe, appropriately enough nicknamed the zNext system, and that it will come to market a little bit earlier than expected.

Let them eat cache: EMC unleashes ass-kicking flash box

Soon EMC will have all the latest in storage tech: server flash cache, server shared-flash cache, and its very own all-flash array.
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2012

Apple accuses Samsung of abusing its 3G power

Apple got in one last dig against Samsung in the US on Friday, claiming that the Korean tech giant abused its "monopoly power" gained by its ownership of wireless patents and demanded unreasonable royalties from Apple for its iDevices.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 20 Aug 2012

Reselling in the recession: Make the CIO your best buddy

We all know times are pretty tough economically at the moment and the channel is no different from anywhere else. This climate has forced new ways of thinking and improved strategies for coping with industry-wide spending constraints. Increasingly, to be successful, channel partners need to have conversations with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) as well as those lower down the food chain.
Tim Ayling, 20 Aug 2012

All the sauce on Big Blue's hot chip: More on Power7+

The Hot Chips 24 conference hosted by Stanford University is next week, and IBM, Oracle, Advanced Micro Devices, Fujitsu, and Intel are expected to talk tech relating to just-announced or impending processors. But Big Blue seems unable to contain its enthusiasm for the Power7+ chip that it will talk about alongside its next-generation zNext processors for its System z mainframes.

SMSZombie wraps self in nudie pics, slips into 500,000 Android devices

A strain of resilient Android Trojan has infected 500,000 devices, mainly in China.
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2012

Boffins pump hot, vivid fluid into squidgy robostarfish

Roboboffins have come up with a way to disguise their soft-bodied, multi-limbed robostarfish, by using colour to camouflage its silicone body.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 20 Aug 2012
Intel Ivy Bridge mobile

Ivy Bridge for Ultrabooks

The one thing missing at the launch of Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPU technology was detail on the dual-core and lower powered chips for the mobile market segment, in particular, for its Ultrabook concept. The recent launch of the ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) and dual-core standard voltage mobile Ivy Bridge parts has revealed all, with the ULV parts being of particular interest to Ultrabook manufacturers.
Simon Crisp, 20 Aug 2012

Python slithers up Amazon's Beanstalk

Python has become the newest language welcomed into the Amazon’s cloud fold, through the Amazon Web Services' Elastic Beanstalk.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Aug 2012
Medal of Honour

EA kills Medal of Honour arms deal

EA has ceased the promotion of its charity fundraiser 'Project Honor', after public outcry over its decision to advocate the sale of actual weapons featured in the game Medal of Honour. All for a good cause, you understand, right?
Caleb Cox, 20 Aug 2012

Revenues dropping or flatlining at hefty distributor giants

Investors and funders may soon need to see a warning on every distributor prospectus or public filing that over revenues are heading in the opposite direction to up.
Ian French, 20 Aug 2012

Vulture Central logo pops up in prehistoric France

It's with a certain amount of amazement that we're able to announce today that the origins of Vulture Central have been traced back 10,000 years to the eastern French Pyrenees.
Lester Haines, 20 Aug 2012

Facebook facepalm: US judge tosses out 'sponsored stories' deal

Facebook's attempt to end litigation brought against it in the US over the launch of its unpopular "sponsored stories" feature has backfired with a judge throwing out the company's settlement offer late last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Aug 2012

HTC takes another punch to the wallet, loses $40m OnLive investment

Taiwanese phone-maker HTC has just seen the $40m it shovelled into an internet gaming company go up in smoke.
Anna Leach, 20 Aug 2012

Google loads Moto Mobility cannon, fires patent shells at Apple

Google's Motorola Mobility has filed a fresh patent infringement case against Apple over features on its phones, including the iPhone's voice assistant, Siri.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 20 Aug 2012

White hat warns against iPhone SMS spoofing bug

Security researchers have discovered an iPhone bug that allows for spoofed SMSes with bogus return addresses to be sent to fanbois.
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2012

Nimbus jiggles Gemini flash box, hits 1 million IOPS sweet spot

Nimbus Data has been in the all-flash array game for a while, so much so that it just pushed out a third-generation iteration of its Gemini flash array. The new Gemini hits that million IOPS performance level and also boasts a waranteed 10-year working life from consumer-grade flash along with the two high-availability controllers that give the product its name.
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2012

Phone-flingers flock to Finland for World Championships

No, they weren't Nokia employees – we think – but on Saturday Finns gathered to hurl mobile phones into some concrete.
Anna Leach, 20 Aug 2012

Cosmonauts step out for six-hour space walk around ISS

Cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Yuri Malenchenko have stepped outside the International Space Station for a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 20 Aug 2012

Red-faced chip-fryer AMD pulls blog offline after hackers munch 32KB

AMD's blog was taken offline after a hacker broke into the chipmaker's site and lifted a small number of user credentials.
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2012

Sacrebleu! Googleplex insists Bush is still le président américain

Google wonks beavering away at translating snippets of French into the English language might wish to take note of the following fact - their system thinks "le président américain" is "Bush".
Team Register, 20 Aug 2012

Don't download that app: US presidential candidates will STALK you with it

Security researchers have uncovered privacy shortcomings in the mobile applications offered by both the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns.
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2012
B&N Nook

Barnes & Noble Nooks bound for Blighty

US-based literature retailer Barnes & Noble today announced plans to bring its popular Nook range of eReaders to the UK market.
Caleb Cox, 20 Aug 2012

Judge gives Google until Friday to dish on paid media

Judge William Alsup has said that Google "failed to comply" with his August 7 order to disclose any paid relationships with the media as part of its ongoing patent litigation with Oracle, and has given the search giant five days to resubmit.
Neil McAllister, 20 Aug 2012
Broken CD with wrench

Processor pioneer Victor Poor dies of cancer at 79

ObituaryVictor Poor, whose death was announced this weekend, isn’t one of the first names to come to mind among computing history, but he played a pivotal role in the development of Intel's early architectures that went on to dominate modern computing and is a legend in ham radio circles.
Iain Thomson, 20 Aug 2012
Simon Hackett's new plane, a PC-12NG

Internode's Hackett to fly new jet around the world

iiNet Board member Simon Hackett has sunk some of the millions he scored by selling ISP Internode into a new plane that he intends to pilot around the planet.
Natalie Apostolou, 20 Aug 2012

Anonymous takes down UK government websites in Assange attack

Anonymous is claiming to have begun shutting down UK government websites in protest of the treatment of Julian Assange.
Iain Thomson, 20 Aug 2012

Silicon Valley comes to China to spur tech innovation

China’s attempts to rebrand itself as a technology innovator received a boost last week when US lender Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) announced a joint venture with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (SPDB) which will provide capital to budding tech entrepreneurs.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Aug 2012

Networking industry to collaborate on TERABIT Ethernet

Sensing mounting frustration that movies Linux ISOs aren't downloading fast enough, the IEEE has announced a new group that aims to bring wired Ethernet speeds up to 1Tbps by 2015 and as fast as 10Tbps by 2020.
Neil McAllister, 20 Aug 2012

SHOCK: Brainwave readers work as advertised

A little-reported (at first) bit of research presented at this month’s Usenix conference makes the startling claim that consumer-grade EEG-based interface devices – like Emotiv and NeuroSky headsets – could be used to gain private information from users.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Aug 2012

Melb IT tells ICANN to clear up its clearinghouse act

ICANN’s trademark clearinghouse guidelines for the introduction of gTLDs have been slammed by one of Australia’s largest domain registrars, Melbourne IT.
Natalie Apostolou, 20 Aug 2012

NASA gets funding for Mars InSight mission in 2016

Fresh from the ongoing success of the Curiosity rover, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has awarded funding for its next Mars mission, InSight, which will drill down under the Martian surface to try and understand its geology.
Iain Thomson, 20 Aug 2012

Apple now most valuable company OF ALL TIME

Apple first earned the title of the world's highest-valued company in 2011, but rumors about the impending iPhone 5 sent its stock soaring to new heights on Monday, earning it a new distinction, that of the highest-valued company in stock market history.
Neil McAllister, 20 Aug 2012

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