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Microsoft throws open Windows Store to all developers
Microsoft has fully opened its Windows Store doors to all developers ahead of the October 26 launch of its new operating system, after a beta program that began in February.
iPhone 5 to boost US GDP says JP Morgan
The imminent release of the iPhone 5 could add 0.33% to growth of the USA's gross domestic product, according to JPMorgan Chase Bank's Michael Feroli.
Intel to etch 22nm Xeons and Atoms in 2013
IDF 2012The details are still a bit sketchy, but Intel is committed to get the rest of the "Ivy Bridge" family of Xeon processors out the door next year, is getting ready to roll out new Itanium and Atom processors for servers this year, and is working on future Xeon E3 and Atom processors for microservers next year, too.
HTML5 still floundering in 'chicken and egg' era, says Intel
IDF 2012The new HTML5 APIs may have triggered an arms race among desktop browser vendors to see who could deliver the best performance and standards compliance, but when it comes to anything but a traditional PC, developers should be prepared for serious challenges – or so says an Intel rep.
Intel debuts 'Haswell' chippery: from tablets to servers
IDF 2012Intel has unveiled details of its new "Haswell" microarchitecture, and promises that it will deliver greatly improved compute and graphics performance, drastically lower power requirements, and developer-friendly improvements when chips based on it appear next year, branded as Intel 4th Generation Core Processors.
Labour groups booted out of China's tech boom town
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in China’s technology boom town of Shenzhen are up in arms after a sustained and co-ordinated campaign by local authorities forced more than ten to shutter their doors.
Fujitsu boffins to help build uni exam-beating bot
Workers at IT giant Fujitsu will try to make every stressed-out Japanese student’s dream come true by building a robot capable of passing one the country’s most taxing university entrance exams.
Information is the UI in Windows 8, says design guru
TechEd AustraliaThe interface formerly known as Metro (TIFKAM) makes the information applications present their user interface, and developers need to realise that and stop polluting software with the kind of buttons and icons elements they've grown up with.
Anonymous doxes Cambodia after Pirate Bay arrest
Hacktivist group Anonymous has been up to its old tricks again, this time claiming to have hacked and uploaded a heap of sensitive Cambodian government documents in retaliation for the arrest and extradition back to Sweden of The Pirate Bay (TPB) co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg.
Microsoft preparing for diskless Windows 8 PCs
Microsoft has imagined future computers that don't include onboard disks, but do boot from external USB 3.0 devices, and has prepared Windows 8 so that it can install and operate in such environments.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Antique Code ShowI didn't play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time when it was first released in the late 1990s because I was too busy on my SEGA playing Sonic. However, I do remember that I always used to think the name Zelda referred to the main character. It wasn't until I watched The Legend of Neil that I realised the hero's name was Link and Zelda was the name of the cutesy pie peroxide princess.
Online dole queue tech 'not grounded in reality', say councils
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) needs to revise its 'agile' approach to developing ICT systems for universal credit to avoid additional costs, the Local Government Association (LGA) says.
NICTA micro-kernel trailblazers slurped by US defense giant
US aerospace and defence company General Dynamics has swooped on Australian virtualisation software developer Open Kernel Labs.
Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle
Our challenge to readers to provide proof of the ultimate bacon sarnie looks set to provoke even more controversy than the matter of the zenith of sliced pork/bread assemblages has already caused.
ICO sets cookie-law flouters deadline - to open an HTML editor
Windows 8: Life in a post .NET world – speak your brains TODAY
Live ChatBack in 2000, when Bill Gates launched .NET, he likened the shift to the dramatic move from MS-DOS to Windows, as it ushered in an era of distributed computing – for Windows.
Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish
The Netherlands is rolling out intelligent bins that demand ID before accepting rubbish, and let the truck know when they need to be emptied, pointing towards the day when we'll all have to pay for the stuff we throw away.
Swedish cops contain fermented herring menace
Swedish cops who rushed last Saturday to a block of flats in Stockholm after concerned residents alerted emergency services of a possible gas leak, found that the tremendous whiff was actually down to fermented herring.
Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps
A species of Australian wasp discovered by Captain Cook but forgotten until modern times has turned out to be officially as hard as nails, as it makes a habit of eating the dreaded down-under redback spider ALIVE.
Google sneaks in back door, slips YouTube onto iPhone 5
Google has released its own YouTube app for the iPhone and iPad, preempting Apple's decision not to support Google's dancing cat collection on its new iDevice, and updating what has been a lamentable experience.
LOHAN straps on satellite comms capability
We're sure readers will offer the traditional El Reg welcome today to Rock Seven, which has climbed aboard the British space programme by providing an Iridium satellite comms capability for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission.
Google whips away card, leaves just clouds in your Wallet
Google is pulling its pre-paid credit card, citing the success of its cloudy alternative and admitting that when in comes to bonking payments no one wants to bank with the Chocolate Factory.
Apple's iCloud goes titsup, email evaporates for unlucky 1%
Apple's iCloud online storage service has been on the blink for 15 hours according to its status page. Fanbois relying on Cupertino's idiot-tax outfit to provide their email have been unable to send or access messages for more than half a day.
Everything Everywhere's 4G: Why I'm sitting this one out
CommentAccording to phone network Everything Everywhere, super-fast mobile broadband 4G is "the communications equivalent of the change the jet engine made over steam".
Haynes Build Your Own Computer book review
As a journalist, engineer and car nut enthusiast, I can easily find myself spending hours upon hours poring over technical documents and workshop manuals, among them tomes published by Haynes. This time, however, I’m looking at something less mechanical and more digital: the latest in Haynes’ Build Your Own Computer series, written by Kyle MacRae and Gary Marshall.
Facebook wunderkind admits share price Zuck-up on stage
In his first big interview since taking Facebook onto Wall Street with all the savoir-faire of a tramp in a dirty Santa outfit, internet billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has confessed that his company must do better. He added that performance of the free-content ad firm's stock "has obviously been disappointing".
Analysts: Shamoon oil biz malware flingers were 'amateurs'
Fresh analysis of the Shamoon malware has concluded that its authors are more likely to be "skilled amateurs" rather than elite cyber-spies.
Spidercloud spins biz-wide webs for Mindspeed mini-masts
Enterprise-level private cellular networks will be as easy to fit as Wi-Fi. That's according to femtocell-leader Mindspeed, which has impregnated its chips with Spidercloud's wizardry to make small cells work better together.
Microsoft leads from behind on Windows 8
TechEd AustraliaWhile attending Microsoft's TechEd Australia this week, I've been reminded of the fact that in 2001 I worked for a PR company that did Microsoft's work in Australia. I therefore worked on the periphery of the team that launched Windows XP.
Sony focuses on full-frame snappers with tasty tech
Sony snapped into action today with a wide range of camera launches including a fresh NEX, a snazzy full-frame compact and apparently the world's first full-frame SLT with a dual AF system.
The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why
CommentThinking of buying a new iPhone 5 after it gets announced later today? Don't. Owning it will mark you out as an easily-led simpleton - and worse, the purchase will undermine western democracy.
BT wins £33m Surrey council superfast broadband deal
BT has won more government funds to unfurl faster fibre-optic broadband cabling - this time in Surrey, after it beat two other rivals to the £33m contract.
New guide: Bake your own Raspberry Pi Lego-crust cluster
PicsScientists at the University of Southampton have built a "supercomputer" from Raspberry Pis lashed together to form a colourful data-cruncher.
XMA taps up industry veteran to run City office
XMA has set up an office in the heart of the capital to boost its corporate business in the locale, headed up by channel veteran Chris Leigh.
Nimble Storage bags ex-NetApp man for Asian push
Nimble Storage has appointed NetApp's former Australian and APAC leader Peter O'Connor as its vice president for Asia Pacific and selected Sydney for its Asia-Pacific headquarters.
Boffin named Jubb to fire whopping hybrid thruster
A magnificently handlebar 'tached boffin is is poised to carry out the most potent rocket test firing in Britain for two decades, when he presses the big red button on the hybrid thruster for the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car.
'£100m For Sale' sign plonked outside Northgate MS - sources
Northgate Managed Services (NMS) is up for sale and investment banking biz Jefferies International is doing the hawking, claim sources close to the company.
Australian tabloid decides to fight trolls ... with trolls
Australian tabloid newspaper The Daily Telegraph has started a campaign to “Stop the trolls”.
Amazon creates exchange for reserved cloud capacity
Amazon has announced a new program that aims to save you from your own stupidity. Well, maybe not your stupidity, but what about that other sysadmin, the one who makes you roll your eyes from time to time? You know the guy.
iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software
Rumor has it that an Eritrean goat-herder with the unlikely name of "Bob" was unaware of the fact that Apple would unveil its iPhone 5 on Wednesday.
Intel shows off Seacliff Trail SDN-enabled switch
IDF 2012Intel wants to dominate the networking and storage arenas, each worth about $25bn a year in sales, just as much as it ever wanted to dominate the server racket, which accounts for around $50bn a year in sales. And if its goal is to double the revenues of its Data Center and Connected Systems group to $20bn by 2016 – as general manager Diane Bryant reiterated in her presentation at Intel Developer Forum yesterday then it is going to have to get a much bigger piece of the merchant silicon and software racket relating to switches.
New iPod nano and touch: Lightning strikes again
It must be tough to be an iPod engineer and have to wait though an hour of iPhone love before your creations are even mentioned at an Apple product-rollout event.
Intel's Windows 8 tablet Atom chip yields up its secrets
IDF 2012Intel has begun to reveal what's inside the next generation of tablet- and smartphone-specific Atom processors, codenamed respectively Clover Trail and Clover Trail Plus.
All AU mobile carriers to offer iPhone 5
All three of Australia's mobile carriers will offer the iPhone 5 to punters, but none have said a word about what they will charge antipodean fanbois for the privilege.
Intel: optical Thunderbolt to strike in Q4
IDF 2012Cheaper and longer Thunderbolt wires will be coming later this year, Intel has forecast. The extra length will arrive on the back of optical cables.
Apple Lightning adaptors reveal limitations
Apple has introduced a Micro USB adaptor for its new Lightning dock connector. Speed freaks will be disappointed to hear it's a USB 2.0 connector.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 launch spreads desktop app love
As expected, Microsoft officially launched the latest iteration of its developer tools on Wednesday, including Visual Studio 2012, .Net 4.5, and the surprise debut of a new member of Redmond's Express family of free IDEs, this one for building Windows desktop applications.
AMD aims at big data crunchers with SeaMicro SM15000
Earlier this week, ahead of the kickoff of the Intel Developer Forum, cheeky AMD launched its next generation of microservers sporting both Intel and AMD chips and a revamped SM15000 chassis that links storage arrays directly into the system "Freedom" interconnect fabric at the heart of the SeaMicro system it acquired earlier this year.
ESA preps space junk radar
The European Space Agency has announced €4 million in funding to build a demonstrator of a radar system to detect space junk before it puts operational equipment at risk.