Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach
A Florida beachcomber has discovered what appears to be a huge eyeball washed up on the beach, and experts are stumped as to what kind of sea creature it came from.
Office 2013 hits RTM, will ship starting in November
Microsoft has put the finishing touches on Office 2013, paving the way for the latest version of Redmond's flagship productivity suite to reach general availability in the first quarter of 2013.
Harvey Weinstein wants US to adopt French piracy laws
Hollywood power player Harvey Weinstein has urged Big Content to take a “hang ‘em first and talk about it later” stance when it comes to piracy.
Japanese cubesat to flash Earth with Morse message
Scan the night sky next month and you may witness a rather unusual phenomenon – an tiny Japanese satellite using LEDs to beam a Morse code message earthwards.
Asia skills shortages attract job-hunting IT project managers
There was good news today for IT pros keen on a move to Asia, with new data suggesting hiring expectations in the technology sector better than any other and a notable skills shortage emerging in Hong Kong.
VR pioneer invents 'illumination-as-a-service'
In the wild, early, days of the web, hopes were high that it would spawn or host virtual realities along the lines of those imagined by the likes of Vernor Vinge and William Gibson.
South Korea on top of the IT world
South Korea has once again been named the world’s most advanced ICT economy according to the latest annual study from the International Telecommunications Union, which had good news for the UK too as it crept up into the top ten.
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight e-reader review
ReviewIt’s not hard to imagine how Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch initial design meeting went. Assorted hardware engineers, industrial designers and marketing types assemble to examine Amazon’s Kindle Touch and work out how they can make something better.
Regulator spanks quiz line with record £800k fine
UK premium-line regulator PhonepayPlus has slapped Churchcastle Limited with the largest fine it has dished to date, ruling the phone-quiz host guilty of misleading and bamboozling callers with impenetrable terms and conditions.
Inside the mind of a Bond supervillain: Psychotic, autistic - or neither?
Bond on FilmWithout villains there'd be no James Bond. SPECTRE, SMERSH, megalomaniacal industrialists and media tycoons have all contrived fiendish, intricate plots to take over the world, seize its wealth, provoke nuclear war, destroy London’s financial system, eliminate the human race etc etc. These people and their plots have needed to be stopped, and that's where 007 has traditionally stepped in.
Amazon prices up Kindle Paperwhite for Blighty
Amazon has priced up the Kindle Paperweight - sorry, Paperwhite; Freudian slip there - for the UK.
Hands on with BB10: Strokey dokey
PreviewThere is no back button in BB10, BlackBerry's long-awaited new operating system, because all the screens flow so intuitively you won't need one - at least according to Canadian mobe-makers Research in Motion (RIM).
Flashboys: HEELLLP, we're trapped in a process size shrink crunch
The NAND flash industry is facing a process size shrink crunch and no replacement technology is ready. Unless 3D die stacking works, we are facing a solid state storage capacity shortage.
Amazon's Bezos confirms content pays for Kindle
That Amazon makes little or no money selling its Kindle e-readers has been a popular assumption for some time. But assumption no longer - company chief Jeff Bezos has confirmed Amazon is after content sales profits instead.
Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain
PollIn the 50 years since Her Majesty's Secret Service first let 007 loose on the silver screen, James Bond has faced some truly fearsome adversaries.
UK.gov tries to close site giving home addresses of badger cull figures
The British government has unleashed a legal threat against a website hosted in the US that is currently displaying the names, home addresses and personal telephone numbers of MPs, farmers and others who are said to be in support of the controversial UK badger cull.
Winston Churchill's personal papers digitised, available online
The man who famously stated that the British would "fight them on the beaches" in the event of a German invasion has had some of his less-often quoted words including his private letters (and his receipts for cigars) fully digitised and made available online in the Churchill archive.
Samsung shoots Galaxy S III with shrink ray, unveils 4in Mini
Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S III Mini, the widely predicted compact version of the firm's flagship Android smartphone.
HP veep: 'Lenovo won't be No 1 in PCs... oh wait...'
QuotwThis was the week when someone laid waste to the World of Warcraft, decimating city populations and leaving behind weeping masses of MMORPG-ers who no doubt dropped to their knees, shook their fists at the heavens and screamed, "Whyyyy?".
El Reg VULTURE logo FOUND ON MARS
Playmobil or It Didn't HappenSeriously underwhelmed is the only way to describe El Reg's reaction earlier this week to Red Hat's guerilla marketing stunt which saw the Linux outfit flash a giant ad at punters flying into Barcelona airport for VMWorld Europe:
Dolly the Sheep creator scientist Keith Campbell dies
ObitBiologist Keith Campbell, famous for creating the first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, has died aged 58, the University of Nottingham said.
Metric versus imperial: Reg readers weigh in
PollOur suggestion earlier this week that El Reg's Special Projects Bureau get with the program(me) and convert entirely to SI Units prompted the traditional lively debate among our beloved commentards.
Unrootable: Mash these bits together to get a CLASSIFIED spyphone
Sysadmin blogWhat does it take to build a classified smartphone? Demand clearly exists Given how readily every iPhone and Android device is rooted, infected, and otherwise compromised, the answer isn't simply "better software." In the battle to secure our mobile endpoints, operating system tricks and mobile device management will only take us so far.
MYSTERIOUS GREEN GLOW seen on iPhone 5s
Days after Apple explained the purple haze invading iPhone 5 photos as a holding-it-wrong problem, a new strange colour is tripping out 5-owners. This time a green glow described as a plasma bleed from the edges of the screen is appearing on some of the new handsets.
And the latest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is ... the EU?
The European Union has won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?
Something for the Weekend, Sir?No matter how much storage space you get, and no matter how much you free up later on, it always gets stuffed to the gills.
GreenBytes brandishes full-fat clone VDI pumper
VMworld BarcelonaGreenBytes, a flash-array storage vendor, appears to have re-focused on virtualised server I/O offload – and most punters here at VMworld on the Catalonian shores are asking themselves why.
'Mapsgate' fails to dislocate iPhone 5 demand
Were you steered away from the iPhone 5 by Apple’s ‘Mapsgate’ controversy? Were you tied by the introduction of a new, incompatible Lightning cables? If so, you're not like most potential buyers of Apple's latest phone, it seems. New research suggests these issues have had little or no impact on demand for the iPhone 5.
Samsung, not Nokia, fans' most favoured WinPho brand
Nine per cent of folk thinking of getting a new phone in the next six months say they’re likely to go for a Windows Phone 8 device.
Take away bad drivers' mobile phones, they still crash their cars
Chinese researchers reckon its bad drivers who cause accidents, not the phones they're using at the time, and that banning in-car use doesn't reduce accident figures significantly.
Stone's veteran CEO Bird flies the nest
Stone Computers has confirmed that longstanding chief exec James Bird has left the building.
Anonymous turns on 'one man Julian Assange show' Wikileaks
Members of hacker collective Anonymous have stopped supporting Wikileaks after the site put up a paywall, saying that Wikileaks is more bothered about Julian Assange™ than getting information to the public.
O2 network staggers across UK
O2 has been hit by a serious failure, with reports coming in from around the UK of the network disappearing and its status page conceding some network problems.
British computing biz going stronger than Continent - Computacenter
Computacenter's (CC) UK biz was the group's major growth engine in Q3 fuelled by the realisation of infrastructure services contracts and to a lesser extent product sales.
Jimmy Wales: It was Wikipedia that ended the evil of SOPA
RSA EuropeWikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said the site's blackout played a key part in defeating the USA's controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Online mutterings foretell iPad Mini on October 23
Rumours about the new iPad Mini have fixed the date for its launch on October 23rd, which would put the miniature slab in stores in time for Christmas.
'Stop-gap' way to get Linux on Windows 8 machines to be issued
The Linux Foundation is temporarily supporting a Microsoft security policy to ensure Linux isn’t blocked from running on PCs installed with Windows 8.
Orally urinating turtle boffin in nominative-determinism classic case
We're obliged to reader Roger Denholm for alerting us to the best example of nominative determinism we've seen for many moons - the case of Shit Fun Chew and the orally urinating turtle.
Microsoft sues Google directly in German Maps-on-Moto lawsuit
Microsoft is taking the rare step of suing Google directly for something, tacking it onto a lawsuit against Motorola Mobility over Google Maps.
Small biz scrappers urged to take the fight to hackers
RSA EuropeSmall businesses should consider the possibility of developing well formulated plans for "hacking back" at aggressors in the event of a hack attack.
Kissane to mould NetApp: Time to turn off the tap on ONTAP
CommentNetApp has sharpened its focus on corporate strategy by moving incumbent product strategist Jay Kidd to a chief technology officer role and recruiting Jonathan Kissane from CA to a new chief strategy officer role.
Tosh grabs 2.5-incher, heads for single platter party
Toshiba has joined Seagate and WD with a single platter 500GB drive for thin notebooks, DVRs and the like.
Apple to drop chip-baking partnership with Samsung?
Apple is planning to shift production of its ARM-based microprocessors from Samsung to the Taiwanese chip-baking giant TSMC as early as next year, according to a report by the China Economic News Service (CENS).
Incompatible IT systems blamed for bank sale collapse
Royal Bank of Scotland's $1.7bn sale of 318 branches to Santander has gone titsup.
Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin
Microsoft revealed full pricing details for Windows 8 on Friday as Redmond and its retail partners began accepting preorders for the new OS, which will begin shipping on October 26.
Apple pays up for stealing design from Swiss Railways
Apple may be willing to spend millions in court over some copyright fights, but it has learned the lessons of history and has decided not to mess with the Swiss.
Endeavour: donuts and a Toyota ease shuttle's drive through L.A.
If you're reading this right after we clicked The Reg's Publish button at 2:13pm Pacific Time on Friday, know that the Space Shuttle Endeavour is leaving its parking place near the corner of La Tijera Avenue and Sepulveda Eastway in Los Angeles, and continuing its journey to the California Science Center in that city's downtown Exposition Park.
FTC nearing decision in Google antitrust probe
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is nearing a decision in its 16-month-long investigation into Google's search and advertising businesses, and sources say things are not looking good for the Mountain View–based company.