Microsoft opens Windows Phone 8 dev kit to world+dog
Build 2012Microsoft has officially launched the software development kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 8, delivering the final piece of what the company says is a common programming model across all of its latest OS platforms and devices.
Underdone iTunes put back in oven for another month
Back on September 12, during Apple's iPhone 5 rollout soirée, the company also previewed a "completely redesigned" iTunes software, promising that it would appear this month.
Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned
Disney has bought out Lucasfilm in a $4.05bn deal and announced a new trilogy of Star Wars films under the leadership of the entertainment behemoth.
If you measure IT with PCs, you're doing it wrong
Canalys APACAssessing the health of the IT industry by taking the temperature of the the PC market is no longer a useful approach, Canalys President and CEO Steve Brazier told the analyst outfit's APAC Channel Forum in Singapore today.
China fingered as counterfeit parts flood tech supply chain
The number of ‘high risk’ suppliers, including some flogging counterfeit products to US government, military and commercial channels has grown by almost two-thirds since 2002, with China pegged as a key player, according to market watcher IHS iSuppli.
Hurricane Sandy stops Apple stock deflating
Canalys APACA woeful week for Apple is probably a good thing for the rest of the tech industry, a top channel guru declared today, even if it doesn't mean a new sense of humility within the Infinite Loop.
Baidu income soars but mobile success will take years
Chinese search giant Baidu said Q3 net income jumped 60 per cent year-on-year, but also gave Facebook-watchers something to ponder by saying it will take two years before its mobile business is firing on all cylinders.
Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD review
Some companies make a real song and dance about the launch of a new product, others just seem to launch something without hardly making a ripple. Plextor sits firmly in the latter category, which is something of a surprise considering its latest Pro SSD range, the M5 series, features not one but two new technologies that are, quite frankly, worth making a song and dance about.
'IE hit squad' helps ease browser babel on office PCs
A browser start-up is building software to help large operations manage the increasing breakdown in dominance of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the proliferation of various other browsers in the workplace.
PC builder Lenovo to pump iron, invade hefty biz systems sector
PC builder Lenovo is making a play for heavier duty infrastructure kit as it tries to make its presence felt beyond commoditised desktops and mobile systems.
ARMed warfare on the server: Intel versus AMD plus world?
Live ChatUnderdog, disrupter and casualty – AMD’s been on a rollercoaster ride in its battle against Intel.
Telefonica fails in bid to claw back 'flip-flop' 2010 termination charges
Ofcom acted properly when setting mobile termination rates - the money one operator must cough to another for terminating a call on its network - the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled. The UK's second-largest telco, Telefonica/O2, had appealed to the tribunal over Ofcom's ruling in a dispute between the big Blighty-side mobe players.
Dry martini, shaken not stirred: Cracking the physics of Bond's martini
Bond on Film"A distressingly large amount of rubbish is talked about cocktails," Noel Jackson, top boffin at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, tells The Reg.
Universal Credit dole 'liable to be paralysed by IT cockups'
Benefit claimants could end up with nothing if the IT system for the new Universal Credit falls over or if they're just not that web-savvy, a report claims.
One million Facebook users' names and email addresses: $5
Name and email addresses of Facebook users are available online at prices as low as $5 per million.
Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot
Virgin Media has once again been sent to the headmaster's office for a caning after producing a misleading ad.
NAND ho! New Intel and Samsung SSDs heave over the horizon
Intel and Samsung have both pushed out new solid state drives (SSD) to the storage market, and both are promising their kit can provide improved high-speed storage for the server and desktop market.
Kickstarter kindly allows Brits to channel 95% of their money through it
Crowdfunding website Kickstarter started taking money for UK projects today - along with a five per cent slice of the action for itself.
Acer is the latest maker to delay plans for a Windows RT fondletop
Acer has postponed the release of its Windows RT tab on the channels say so as it waits to see how market adoption rates develop.
Asus: we ship a million Google's Nexus 7s monthly
Asus is shipping around one million Nexus 7 tablets a month, the company has claimed.
French gov 'plans to hand Google €1bn tax bill' - report
The French tax office will be handing Google a €1bn tax bill to make up for revenues from France routed through Google Ireland, claims French weekly Le Canard Enchaîné*.
Vodafone NZ finishes chewing, finally swallows TelstraClear
Vodafone's acquisition of New Zealand operator TelstraClear is now complete, leaving NZ with one fewer virtual operators and Vodafone with a useful chunk of spectrum.
What economic crisis? Big Data powers cash cascade at CommVault
Backup and archive software supplier CommVault is becoming a profit-making machine with its net profits as a percentage of revenues rising from 7.2 per cent two years ago to 11.8 per cent in its second fiscal 2013 quarter. There is also no indication of any slowdown in enterprise spending - companies like EMC should be so lucky.
Slideshow: A History of Horror in 20 Scary Games
Complimented on the cobwebs, skeletal remains and general stench of death in my flat the other day, I suddenly remembered it was Halloween this week, so here's another nostalgic slideshow to celebrate.
Fans' loyalty questioned as iPhone popularity plummets
iPopularity is in a state of decline, with "Apple loyalty" said to have fallen for the first time since the iPhone's 2007 release.
FBI cuffs 14 over $1m 'Gone in 60 Seconds' casino scam
US cops have arrested 14 people over an elaborate scam where $1m was stolen from casino kiosks in a scam the FBI has described as ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ bank fraud.
Apple brand channels hefty profits to iThing maker Foxconn
Foxconn Technology, manufacturing buddy of Apple, received a nice boost to its profits courtesy of the continued popularity of iDevices.
Monty Python legend Eric Idle and rockstar boffin Cox write a song
Monty Python legend Eric Idle and fresh-faced rockstar physicist Brian Cox have teamed up to write a song. It's an update to Monty Python's "Galaxy song" about the meaning(lessness) of life, with a new focus on the biological reasons for our insignificance and will be featuring on the BBC show The Wonder of Life in January. Idle announced the boffin collab on a blog on Monday.
Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC
Around a quarter of mobile phone towers in the ten East-coast states hit by Hurricane Sandy have been damaged or destroyed, the Federal Communications Commission has said.
Privacy group damns Ubuntu's Amazon search marriage
Privacy activists have taken Canonical to task for exposing users' web searches and searches of their local hard drives to sites such as Amazon, Facebook and the BBC.
MULTICOLOURED TARANTULAS found UP TREES in Brazil
Spider experts working in Brazil have discovered nine new species of pink, purple and orange mini tarantulas after carefully probing into the classification of the hairy horrors.
Avere to tart up FXT with cloud storage gateway, mutterings foretell
Avere is working on a strategy to front-end cloud object storage products with FXT, its filer-accelerating NVRAM, flash and disk tiered system technology, say storage insiders.
To Russia with Love? Georgia snaps 'cyber-spy' with his own cam
Georgia has taken the unusual step of publishing photos of a man it suspects of being the hacker who has been attacking the former Soviet Republic's systems for months.
'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft
Microsoft had barely got Windows 8 out the door before it was slapped with a patent lawsuit related to the new OS.
Curiosity probe tastes Mars soil: Dude, this reminds me of Hawaii
Science lab and nuclear truck Curiosity has tasted its first Martian soil and decided it's a bit like a piece of Hawaii.
Guess who's still doing OK in PCs? Fujitsu, though it has troubles too
Japanese IT conglomerate Fujitsu has turned in its financial report for the second quarter of fiscal 2012: and the results were mixed, as has been the case for most IT suppliers wrestling with an uncertain global economy.
Hurricane Sandy: Where are all the cynical online scams?
CommentThe occurrence of a natural disaster or celebrity death have been guaranteed to mean the appearance of topical scams and malware for some years, certainly since the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 if not before.
Mega Euro storage show: Players talk tech on objects, tape and flash
SNW EuropeAt StorageNetworkWorld (SNW) Europe, branded as Powering The Cloud, we were bombarded with information from a multitude of vendors. As any backup and storage player in the game would know, the best way to deal with a mass of data is to break it down into chunks, so El Reg will do just that. This article is the first in a series about the event dealing with all the lowdown from Amplidata, Scality, SpectraLogic, a post-IBM-acquisition TMS and SMART.
California begins crackdown on mobile app developers
In the next few weeks, up to 100 mobile application developers will be getting a letter from California's government ordering them to install privacy protection warnings on their apps or face the legal consequences.
New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers
Three technology firms have joined forces to avoid any data center downtime in the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy amid the continuing power outages crippling Lower Manhattan.
Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI
Build 2012Microsoft says it is 100 per cent committed to its new user interface (UI) design principles, as embodied in Windows 8, even though it still hasn't come up with a meaningful name for them.
Pollster says ID fraud less costly than we thought
Here’s a riddle for you: what’s the cost of identity theft and so-called “cybercrime” in Australia on an annual basis? If you answer “I don’t know”, you’re probably as close as most people.
Dark matter pioneer scoops Oz science prize
If you want to know why we’re searching for the Universe’s pesky dark matter, here’s someone who deserves to shoulder at least some of the blame: Professor Ken Freeman of Australia’s Mount Stromolo Observatory – and winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.