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Leaked Genius Bar manual shows Apple's smooth seductions

A copy of the training manual used to prepare Apple employees for work at its in-store Genius Bars shows the smooth patter and sales mindset Cupertino seeks to indoctrinate into staff.
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2012
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Windows Azure adds code-free data services for mobile apps

Microsoft on Tuesday launched a preview of Windows Azure Mobile Services, a new capability for Redmond's cloud platform that allows software developers to deploy backend services for mobile applications without any server-side coding.
Neil McAllister, 29 Aug 2012

Mission Impossible for animation house Fuel VFX

The trailblazing Australian visual effects outfit behind CG animation for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, The Avengers, Mission Impossible and Iron Man 2 has plunged into voluntary administration.
Natalie Apostolou, 29 Aug 2012
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AMD CTO spills 'Steamroller' core specs

Hot ChipsMark Papermaster, CTO at Advanced Micro Devices, gave the keynote address at the Hot Chips 24 conference in Cupertino today. Papermaster's mission was ostensibly to talk about heterogeneous computing, a drum that the chip peddler has been banging on since last fall. But the real news was that Papermaster divulged some of the feeds and speeds of the "Steamroller" core modules for desktop and server processors while also showing off a variant of the SeaMicro microserver sporting an Opteron socket.
Kim Dotcom's Rented Mansion in New Zealand

More of Kim Dotcom's booty released by court

The New Zealand High Court has unleashed some of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's considerable assets in order to help the contentious entrepreneur cover his legal fees in New Zealand.
Natalie Apostolou, 29 Aug 2012
Ghostbusters 1984 game


Antique Code ShowIn 1984 Activision released their adaptation of the classic movie Ghostbusters. I was 12 and remember after seeing the movie wanting the game more than George Michael's Careless Whisper which, in hindsight, was quite a sensible choice.
Lucy Orr, 29 Aug 2012

Number-plate spycams riddled with flaws, top cop admits

UK Police have been granted the right to continue to keep secret the locations of controversial automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, after winning a freedom of information tribunal - even as they admit that criminals know the whereabouts of some of the spycams.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2012

Heartbroken app-maker Qt sneaks into Android's bed

The effort towards a Qt library for Android is progressing, with a fourth and final alpha release being sent out the door – despite confidence in the platform having steadily eroded since Nokia dumped it.
Bill Ray, 29 Aug 2012

RIP Brian Wynne Oakley: Saviour of Bletchley Park

ObituaryBrian Wynne Oakley has died aged 85. According to the Real Time Club, of which Oakley was a chairman, he "enjoyed a very distinguished career playing a major role in the development of computing both in the UK and in Europe".
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2012
Punk-styled girl with piercing gazes at an apple

Apple: I love to hate, and hate to love thee

Open ... and ShutI want to hate Apple. The company takes the most egregious of Microsoft's monopolistic practices and raises them to an art form.
Matt Asay, 29 Aug 2012

Hack on Saudi Aramco hit 30,000 workstations, oil firm admits

AnalysisSaudi Aramco said that it had put its network back online on Saturday, 10 days after a malware attack floored 30,000 workstations at the oil giant.
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2012
Locked-in by Frits, hikingartist.com

Intel tries to wangle China crypto-standards deal

Intel has revealed it’s working behind the scenes to strike a deal with Chinese regulators that will effectively make the country’s closed crypto standard Trusted Cryptography Module (TCM) interoperable with the rest of the world.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Aug 2012
Musician will.i.am sings Mars. Credit: NASA

Mars rover will.i.am 'cast: A depressing day for space and technology

CommentPicture this. Deep in the incalculable vastness of space, sparse clouds of gas and dust coalesce over uncounted millions of years. At the centre of the resulting disc, gravity rams matter together with such force that a fusion flame is kindled: a small yellow star - a tiny pinprick of light against the black and infinite void - is born.
Lewis Page, 29 Aug 2012

New rule on blood-soaked metals in mobes is POINTLESS

AnalysisThere's been much trumpeting of new rules that require companies to 'fess up if they use minerals extracted from war-torn African nations. If this is news to you, try this handy guide El Reg made earlier.
Tim Worstall, 29 Aug 2012

Cops cuff journo over anonymous plod blogger unmasking

Scotland Yard officers arrested a 28-year-old man this morning on suspicion of computer hacking relating to the identification of a previously anonymous blogger in 2009.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2012

Microsoft gives Android punters some official SkyDrive love

Android now has an official SkyDrive client, bringing Microsoft's cloud storage to Google's handsets and dragging a little of Redmond's new GUI along with it.
Bill Ray, 29 Aug 2012

DOCTOR WHO world, or Magrathea, SPOTTED* orbiting twin suns

Astroboffins have spotted a real-universe analogue of Doctor Who's Time Lord home world Gallifrey - or alternatively the luxury-planet-builders' planet Magrathea of Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy fame - spinning in space around twin suns. And one of them is in a sweet spot distance from its stars to allow life to inhabit it.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Aug 2012
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Ten movies inspired by video games

Film Round-upCapcom's Street Fighter series celebrates its 25th birthday this week and while the world is awash with various mementos – including boxsets and a dedicated Street Fighter site for fans to reminisce on their favourite moments – we decided it was the perfect opportunity to look back at the film adaptations of video game franchises over the years.
Caleb Cox, 29 Aug 2012

Worldwide server sales head south as shipments put on ice

The server market took a bit of a breather again in the second quarter ended in June, say the box counters at IDC. It's not a surprise, with a number of Unix vendors getting ready to launch new boxes, IBM not yet shipping its new System zEC12 mainframes announced this week, and Hewlett-Packard's Integrity Itanium servers still chilled by Oracle's threat to not support its software on the boxes. The x86 server racket can't compensate for all that negativity. And it didn't.

BT wins ad watchdog ruling against BSkyB's 'instant movie' claim

BT successfully argued to the UK's advertising regulator that BSkyB had misled its customers in a press ad that claimed the company's new rental movie service could be accessed "instantly".
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2012

IDC: Trying to flog PCs? It's not going to happen

Market analyst IDC now expects fewer PCs will be sold in 2012 than it had earlier predicted. The box-counter has also revised down its estimate for PC sales over the next four years.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2012

Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

Apple is reportedly working with hi-fi manufacturers to stream music over-the-air directly to audio equipment - without the need for Wi-Fi.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2012

Second LulzSec suspect charged over Sony Pictures hack

US police have arrested a second suspect in the June 2011 hacktivist attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment, an assault that resulted in a breach of passwords and personal data involving 38,000 accounts.
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2012

Serco throws US in the clink for wrecking cash targets

Outsourcing behemoth Serco missed its targets for the first half of this year as "challenging" US conditions weighed down revenue.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Aug 2012

Samsung to offer Apple Dock style Start Button in Windows? Really?

We bring good news and bad news for Windows users.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2012

Ho ho ho! Apple's Samsung ban bid pushed back to Christmas

US Judge Lucy Koh has postponed any decision to permanently ban sales of Samsung's mobiles until 6 December - just in time for the Christmas rush. The request to remove Sammy's gear from shop shelves came from Apple, which had just trounced its tech rival in their ongoing epic patent lawsuit.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Aug 2012

'FIRST ever' Linux, Mac OS X-only password sniffing Trojan spotted

Security researchers have discovered a potential dangerous Linux and Mac OS X cross-platform trojan.
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2012
ALMA telescopes on the Chajnantor plateau in the Atacama desert. Credit: ALMA/ESO/NAOJ/NRAO

Young alcoholic star 'covered in fluids needed for birth of alien life'

Top astro-boffins are chuffed today to announce that they have detected large amounts of chemicals necessary to birth alien life - not to mention some alcohol - drifting in space around a young star just 400 light-years away.
Lewis Page, 29 Aug 2012

Targeted firm smacks back, chucks patent sueball at Overland

Storage firm Quantum has bared its teeth at the T Rex of tape – aka Overland Storage – and counter-sued for patent infringement.
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2012

Privacy warriors win right to fight Google's itty-bitty FTC payout

Opposition to Google's $22.5m privacy blunder settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission is heating up: lobby group Consumer Watchdog confirmed today it has won the right to file a brief against the deal.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2012

Samsung chucks 'free' Galaxy S III at dragon sketcher

A Canadian who adorned his request for a free phone with a sketch of a dragon, and received a kangaroo in response, has now been rewarded with a custom S III as Samsung spots some good PR.
Bill Ray, 29 Aug 2012

Red Hat's JBoss gets BPM facelift

Red Hat is continuing to spread out in middleware, and has just snapped up business process management (BPM) tech developed by Spanish start-up Polymita Technologies.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2012

VMware adds EMC daddy's deduping backup to vSphere

VMware is embedding EMC's Avamar deduplicating backup software into ESXi with the vSphere Data Protection product, making VMware seem more like EMC's baby than an open child.
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2012
Microarchitecture of the Jaguar core

AMD to double up cores with Jaguars

Hot ChipsFor those of us hoping that Advanced Micro Devices would get into the low-powered server racket with some earnestness, it looks like the forthcoming processors based on the "Jaguar" cores will fit the bill quite nicely.

Look out, world! SUSE Linux's OpenStack control-freak is loose

CloudOpen 2012Commercial Linux distributor SUSE Linux is moving up into the clouds with a commercially supported release of its OpenStack cloud control-freak.

Fired Toyota coder trashes systems, steals data

A fired former IT contractor for Toyota's US manufacturing wing has been ordered not to leave the country after allegedly accessing the company's servers, downloading proprietary information, and sabotaging its systems.
Neil McAllister, 29 Aug 2012
VMworld 2012

Gelsinger wants VMware to be the Apple of the data centre

VMworld 2012Incoming VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has not decided on personal goals for his time in the virty company's big chair, but does know what he hopes is the end result: a reputation for innovation to match that acquired by Apple.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2012

Intel adding wireless power sharing for smartphones and laptops

Intel has said it'll start shipping laptops and smartphones that can share power wirelessly towards the end of next year.
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2012

Customs contradicts vendors over IT pricing

The Australian Information Industry Association’s claim that customs duty contributes to high IT prices in this country has been flatly contradicted by the Australian Customs Service.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Aug 2012

Republican manifesto calls for internet freedom but no net neutrality

The Republican Party has decided on its official platform for the coming presidential election, and where tech is concerned, it's running on a ticket of reforming the FCC, dumping net neutrality, and selling off wireless spectrum as fast as it can find it.
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2012

New Zealand softens software patent ban

New Zealand has passed legislation which partially forbids the granting of software patents – but has come under trenchant criticism by the NZ Open Source Society for abandoning local developers.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Aug 2012

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