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University of Minnesota demos light-powered nano-relay

The “light sail” – a spacecraft powered by the pressure of photons streaming from a handy star – might still be science fiction, but researchers in the US have demonstrated that photons can flip switches at the nano scale.
Richard Chirgwin, 03 Oct 2012
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HP previews OpenFlow virty network controller

Everybody has their own twist and take on software-defined networks, or SDN, these days as virtualization moves on from servers and storage and into the still crufty world of networking. Server vendors who bought into networking to bolster themselves are now scrambling to be players in virtual networks when all they thought they needed to do was sell switches along with their servers and storage. Hewlett-Packard is one of them, and now it finds itself in the position of having to create an OpenFlow controller.

Ellison says Oracle eats own dogfood for cloud apps

OpenWorld 2012Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says one of the top advantages of his company's newly announced cloudy application suite is that Oracle uses all of its own technology to build and deploy its cloud apps, and it allows its customers to do the same.
Neil McAllister, 03 Oct 2012

Liquefied-air silos touted as enormo green 'leccy batteries

A technology invented to use chilled air as a power source for engines has been put forward by Britain’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers as a possible solution for storing electricity generated by renewables, such as solar and wind power.
Richard Chirgwin, 03 Oct 2012
Die shot of the IBM Power7+ processor

Power7+ chips debut in fat IBM midrange systems

IBM has taken the wraps off the first of its Power Systems machinery to make use of its cache-heavy Power7+ processors, and as El Reg anticipated from the hints in the announcement invitation put out two weeks ago, Big Blue is starting near the top of the line as it upgrades systems that run AIX, IBM i (formerly known as OS/400), and Linux.
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China domain name land grab about to start

Domain names ending with .中国 – the Chinese characters for China – will become available in mid-October and China is gearing up for the rush of expected applications.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Oct 2012
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Share your story with Reg Australia

The Register's new Asia-Pacific bureau wants to tell the world about all the clever things you do at work.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Oct 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 Android smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

I’ve no idea what the Korean is for “let’s stuff everything we can into a phone and ram it up Apple’s jacksie” but it’s a fair bet the phrase was used at the inception of the Galaxy Note 2. This Android handset is the feature-packed successor to the surprisingly successful Galaxy Note that I was quite taken with late last year.
Alun Taylor, 03 Oct 2012

HMRC: Moving our data to the cloud will make it MORE secure

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to move data it currently stores in local offices to a new centralised government cloud computing depository in a move it says will save it £1m a year and improve on the security of its IT services.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Oct 2012

'Leaked' doc shock: BT denies inflating prices for rural broadband rollout

The government has declined to comment on the alleged leaking of a Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) document that reportedly suggests BT has been inflating prices for the deployment of its fibre network to rural areas, which needs taxpayer-derived funds.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2012

Zombie-animating malnets increase 200% in just 6 months

Crybercrooks are beefing up the infrastructure behind the delivery of botnets, a move that is leading towards more potent and numerous threats, say researchers.
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2012

Brighton marathon munchers banned from all-you-can-eat diner

A couple of voracious Brighton blokes have been banned for life from an all-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue chow-house - after repeated attacks on the restaurant's buffet station threatened to eat the owner out of business.
Lester Haines, 03 Oct 2012

New science: seas will rise due to CO2 ... but not for centuries

OpinionA new, first-of-its-kind comprehensive scientific analysis has shown that there is little to fear from rising sea levels driven by global warming. The likelihood is that the 21st century will see rises much like those of the 20th, and even in the worst possible case sea levels in 2100 will be far below those foreseen by alarmists.
Lewis Page, 03 Oct 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Momentum builds for iPad Mini launch

Apple’s Taiwanese and Chinese component manufacturers have begun punching out iPad Minis, according to folk the Wall Street Journal insists are in a position to know.
Tony Smith, 03 Oct 2012

Thank Freeview for UK 4G by mid-2013 - NOT the iPhone 5 nor EE

Ofcom will clear radio frequencies allowing UK network operators to launch 4G mobile broadband months ahead of schedule - even though it hasn't moved the 4G licence auction.
Bill Ray, 03 Oct 2012

Google, Microsoft spar to be tech's also-ran behind King Apple

On Monday, for the first time ever, Google pushed past Microsoft to become the world's second-most valuable tech firm. Now it has fallen back to the number three spot, but with a difference of just over $1bn in market cap between the two, it may be just a matter of time before the Chocolate Factory grabs second place from Microsoft once again. Apple remains the world's most valuable tech firm.
Anna Leach, 03 Oct 2012

Now Space Station forced to DODGE flying Japanese junk

The International Space Station is due to swerve tomorrow morning to avoid a debris cloud from a Japanese satellite, the Russian Flight Control Centre said.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 03 Oct 2012
Sony PS3 Even Slimmer

Sony PS3 sales soar on slimmer system

Punters may be peeved that Sony didn’t cut its prices when it pruned the fat from the PlayStation and released the PlayStation even-slimmer, but the decision doesn’t appear to have hindered sales.
Tony Smith, 03 Oct 2012

Speaking in Tech: GoDaddy kills its cloud... GoDaddy had a cloud?

Team Register, 03 Oct 2012

Googorola mysteriously pulls plug on ITC Apple patent probe

Googorola has mysteriously dropped the patent infringement allegations it made against Apple at the US International Trade Commission.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 03 Oct 2012

Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

For the second time this year Virgin Media has been berated by Britain's advertising watchdog for making unsubstantiated and misleading claims about its fibre-optic broadband network. The claims in question relate to a TV ad that suggests VM's customers would not be beset by buffering delays.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2012

Cash in the asset: Nokia may flog global headquarters in Espoo

Nokia is planning to sell off its global headquarters in Espoo, Finland, to plug its $1.8bn financial losses.
Anna Leach, 03 Oct 2012

Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

Microsoft is in hot water with big-brand advertisers over its implementation of Do-Not-Track by default in the latest iteration of its Internet Explorer browser. The ad-slingers say Internet Explorer 10’s Do-Not-Track feature will hurt advertisers, consumers and competition.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Oct 2012

SCH Group prepares for life after distribution

Channel giant Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) has released a financial statement for fiscal 2012 showing double-digit gains in turnover and operating profits for the year ended 30 March.
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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Skype touts FREE* Wi-Fi across the UK

For a tenner a month Skype will let a business share its Wi-Fi network with Skype customers, but the biz will get window stickers and porn filtering too, so what's not to love?
Bill Ray, 03 Oct 2012

NIST crowns next-gen hash algorithm Keccak as official SHA-3

A US government agency has selected cryptographic hash function Keccak as the new official SHA-3 algorithm.
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2012
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

US data show slump in Apple tablet share

It’s no great surprise, perhaps, that Google’s Android is taking tablet share from Apple, but new figures suggest the rate of catch-up has accelerated this year.
Tony Smith, 03 Oct 2012

Turkish officials reach for YouTube's joystick

Google has given in to demands from Turkey to operate YouTube under a Turkish web domain, thus allowing the country's officials to patrol its content and the country's courts to throw out whatever is deemed objectionable.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2012

Hey, Third World! We know what you need: Mmm, patent wars

Britain's Intellectual Property Office will "promote the understanding of IP" in developing countries after signing a deal with the head of the UN's World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Anna Leach, 03 Oct 2012

EE sets October date to power up UK 4G network

Mobile operator EE will launch its UK 4G service on 30 October. Switching on its next-gen mobile broadband network will no doubt cheer Apple iPhone 5 fanbois for whom 3G's 8Mb/sec just isn't fast enough.
Bill Ray, 03 Oct 2012

Will Elpida be gobbled by a rival or get a multi-billion cash jab?

A court in Tokyo has once again postponed the decision on whether to allow US firm Micron to slurp bankrupt DRAMmurai warrior Elpida Memory.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 03 Oct 2012

Gather round, EMC's ol' man Tucci knows Big Data's 'killer app'

Oracle OpenWorldJoe Tucci, EMC boss and non-Oracle oracle speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, said that predictive real-time analysis would be the killer Big Data application.
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2012

VC plans to flog or float public sector biz Civica next year

Private equity backers of public sector services and software player Civica are reportedly gearing up to punt or float the business early next year.
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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OpenStack certification up for grabs - if you pass its Kobayashi Maru

You know a software technology has come of age when some vendor starts trying to make some coin selling certifications for it. And thus we know that the OpenStack cloud fluffer and puffer has finally come of age now that Rackspace Hosting, which founded the OpenStack project with NASA two summers ago, wants to help you get certified.
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Punch-drunk Xyratex takes another beating, expects Q4 loss

UK data-storage company Xyratex can't seem to catch a break. Yesterday it copped to a quarterly revenues slump of 24 per cent year-on-year – due to product and equipment quality issues, and weakened enterprise demand – and it also reckons that disk drive sales are heading for a fall.
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2012
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Riverbed plunks ESXi hypervisor in Steelhead WAN optimizers

Riverbed Technology's Steelhead WAN optimization appliances are growing up to be proper server citizens now that they can run VMware's ESXi bare-metal hypervisor. Riverbed is also kicking out two new Steelhead CX appliances and upgrading its RIOS operating system with some nips and tucks to help it do a better job of optimizing traffic for remote desktops fed by VMware's View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) broker over the wide area network.

T-Mobile and MetroPCS mobile minnows merge

After failing to flog off T-Mobile USA to AT&T last year, Deutsche Telecom has gone another route, opting to absorb its smaller rival MetroPCS in a reverse-takeover.
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2012

Oracle nudges Sparc T5s back out to 2013

OpenWorld 2012This time last year at Oracle's OpenWorld extravaganza, John Fowler, Oracle's executive vice president of hardware, revealed a faster-paced roadmap for Sparc processors that showed the Sparc T5 chip being pulled into late 2012 from its original early 2013 delivery date. It now looks like Oracle needs a little more time to put the spit and polish on the Sparc T5.

Cloud storage exempt from Ninefold's uptime boost

Australian public cloud company Ninefold is claiming new levels of reliability and availability but still runs its cloud storage service from a single data centre.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Oct 2012

Pirate Bay back online as PRQ raid target confirmed

The Pirate Bay is back online after nearly two days of downtime, which it blamed on power problems, not the raid against the Swedish hosting company PRQ that was set up by some of its founding members.
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2012

John Key accused of Dotcom ‘brain fade’

New Zealand opposition politicians believe they have a sniff of prime ministerial blood in the Kim Dotcom case, after PM John Key released the results of a review by that country’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).
Richard Chirgwin, 03 Oct 2012

Oz gov to test ‘all renewable’ options

If you happen to be a data geek with an interest in renewable energy, it’s time to get busy on the download button: Australia’s federal government has released a raft of data that will form the basis of “100 percent renewable energy” scenario planning to be conducted by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
Richard Chirgwin, 03 Oct 2012

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