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Apple updates iOS 6, Safari
Apple updated its iOS mobile operating system on Thursday – and no, it didn't fix the deservedly maligned Maps app – along with an update for its Safari web browser for OS X 10.7.5 Lion and OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion .
Singapore gov think tank plots SSD takedown
The Data Storage Institute (DSI), one of the many research groups at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and research (A*STAR), has taken the wraps off a hybrid disk drive said to consume less power than a comparable solid state disk while also being small and light enough enough to satisfy Intel's specs for use in Ultrabooks.
Big Data lets CIOs go all CSI
APAC IT leaders have been urged to begin their Big Data planning now to ensure they have the right technology, skills and processes in place to tap the business benefits of a market set to be worth over $1.7bn by 2016.
Google defamed Australian man with links to gangster
Antonios 'Tony' Sajih Mokbel is not, by many accounts including the Australian TV series Underbelly, a very nice chap.
Dolphin, Lion, Blue Magpie in Asian data centre battle
Hong Kong (animal emblem: White Dolphin) could be losing its grip on the hearts, minds and wallets of multinationals looking for a suitable location to stick their main Asian bit barn, as continued restrictions make alternative locations more attractive.
Nationwide to perform IT equivalent of 'replacing jet engine mid-flight'
Nationwide Building Society will become the first big UK banking firm to pull its core computing functions off mainframe computers and run them on SAP servers in the next few weeks.
It's official: No 10 mandates 'open systems' options for Sir Humphreys
Government IT projects must consider using open and interoperable software and data systems or face not receiving funding, under new Cabinet Office rules.
Panasonic pulls Euro smartphone after just a year
Panasonic has become the latest Japanese tech giant to fall on hard times, announcing projected losses for 2012 of ¥765bn (£5.9bn) and a hasty decision to pull out of the European smartphone market after just a year.
Gov cockup on £1bn mega buying framework slams SMEs in wallet
ExclusiveCost-cutting in the public sector has serious implications for service delivery: just ask the SME IT suppliers counting the expense of bidding for a mega software and services agreement that may now be scrapped.
Tape is sexy again - so why can't Quantum stop drowning?
Quantum's share price is dropping, dropping and dropping, despite positive product announcements and a general swing in opinion about tape storage products. So what lies behind its loss of 62 per cent of share value and market capitalisation in nine months?
Sony Xperia T Android smartphone review
Featuring in that new James Bond film, the Sony Xperia T may not be 007’s most advanced piece of kit, but it is one piece of Skyfall hardware that you can actually buy. Sony is clearly throwing the kitchen sink at the publicity effort, plastering bill board ads with the device and paying what must surely be an awful lot to be spied with the spy.
Windows Server 2012: We defluff Microsoft's 'cloud' OS
Live ChatMicrosoft calls Windows Server 2012 part of its “cloud operating system”. In a field loaded with subjective and loaded terms, Microsoft is surely adding to the confusion.
Lab mice drown in their THOUSANDS as Hurricane Sandy fills NYU basement
New York University's collection of thousands of laboratory mice and rats drowned during Hurricane Sandy's ferocious storms.
A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 2
ArchaeologicPersonal computing may have originally been more ‘computing’ than ‘personal, but that changed in the late 1970s in the US and, in the UK, during the early 1980s.
Big Data's big issue: Where are all the data scientists coming from?
AnalysisPlug “data scientist” into Google and it is clear the job title has finally come of age and, suddenly there is a huge skills shortage.
Pristine WWII German Enigma machine could be yours
A World War II German Enigma cipher machine is on the block at Bonhams, the London auction house, this month.
The iPhone 5 WILL do 4G magic on Three ... but not until next year
UpdatedEE has filed notice with Ofcom of its intention to transfer 30MHz of spectrum to Three, but as expected it will be hanging onto the bands until the last possible moment.
Bond fans: Test your 007 trivia, now!
QuizAs the dust settles on on our recent round of Bond polls - in which readers voted Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Sean Connery and Casino Royale the vilest Bond villain, the ultimate movie Bond and the best Bond film, respectively - we're offering fans the chance to see if they've really got what it takes to hold the coveted 00 number.
BOFH: Tenacious B and the Printer of Destiny
Episode 10"The printer's jammed again," the Director's PA says, ducking into Mission Control for a brief status update.
EMC exec - we will not sell clouds direct
Half of the channel firms EMC expects to hoist into its cloud partner programme next year will be resellers, an exec at the storage giant has predicted.
Greek journo who published list of Swiss bank account holders cleared
A Greek journalist who published the names of 2,000 suspected tax evaders has been cleared of privacy violations.
Seagate eyes UltraViolet for cloud pie in the sky
Storage specialist Seagate has joined the organisation behind the universal online movie locker service UltraViolet.
Red-soaked Systemax kills Euro jobs and US PC factory
US giant Systemax is shuttering its PC factory and axing the CompUSA and Circuit City brands. The reseller, which also runs Misco.co.uk, signalled it will cut its workforce in Europe after ploughing into the red in Q3 2012.
TRULY sinister blond madman signed for Bond 24, whisper insiders
The Register has exclusively learned that the next James Bond movie outing will pit 007 against a truly sinister blond madman "who'll make Javier Bardem look like your kindly maiden aunt playing Mother Teresa for the benefit of kids in a Rwandan orphange", as our inside source put it.
US gov advised to SUE GOOGLE by FTC over patent trade wars
The US government has reportedly been advised by the Federal Trade Commission to sue Google for breaching competition law, because of the ad giant's requests to US courts to prevent the sale of goods it claims infringe its essential patents.
'This is Apple. It will take them 2 weeks to alter their website, will it?'
QuotWThis was the week when Hurricane Sandy barrelled into the US East Coast, killing more than 90 people, causing widespread flooding and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
Asus pledges Android 4.2 update for Google Nexus 7
Asus has confirmed that the Google Nexus 7 tablet will be getting Android 4.2 “in the very near future”.
Captain Kirk does a Crapp on the iPhone: 'Shatoetry' for 'Shatisms'
William Shatner, the "world-renowned performer and writer", is offering the fanbois the chance to assemble pre-recorded words straight from Kirk's mouth into "Shatisms" - phrases "played out in Shatner's voice".
UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till
Astonishing queues at times reached as far as several feet from the tills in Glasgow's Apple store, as the Wi-Fi version of the iPad mini launched in the UK.
Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'
The words "espresso" and "cappuccino" are too confusing for customers, says high-street retailer Debenhams. The department store chain will instead introduce moron-friendly descriptions, such as "frothy coffee", in its 160 cafes.
Google scoffs down Chinese domain name takeaway
Google may have a love-hate relationship with China, but local reports suggest it still sees huge potential in the People’s Republic, claiming that it recently snapped up 18 key domain names under the internationalised suffix ‘.中国’.
LinkedIn SHOCK: Social-for-Suits ISN'T a flash in the pan
LinkedIn has once again proved that a social network can make money, just as long as it's got more than one way for the cash to roll in.
'I'd buy that for a dollar': Apple on Moto phone patents
Apple is willing to pay to use Googorola's patented wireless technology - as long as it's no more than $1 per iPhone.
Oracle's mighty Sparc plug fries Fujitsu, bigs up new processor
AnalysisOracle and Fujitsu may be partners when it comes to Solaris, but they are going their own separate ways when it comes to processor and system development.
We don’t talk any more... on the commute
Something for the Weekend, Sir?“Is this the train to Faversham?” asks a woman as she boards.
Apple's iPad Mini released, analysts predict slow burner
Apple's iPad Mini and the fourth-generation refresh of its bigger brother hit stores today as analysts forecast lower than usual sales - for the opening weekend, at least.
Microsoft building its own Phone hardware: Not 'If', but 'When'
AnalysisRumours refuse to die about a Surface-like smartphone coming from Microsoft.
Gamma ray telescope uses 'blazars' to map GLOWING COSMIC FOG
Scientists operating the Fermi gamma wave telescope have published the results of a four-year study into the light that shines in the universe from current and past stars.
Facebook trial: Tell everyone where you are, have a Wi-Fi peanut
Facebook is still trying to work out how to convince more people to agree to having their locations tracked by the dominant free-content ad network, so that it can make even more piles of cash out of advertising.
What's new in Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 – "Cloud OS" as Microsoft sometimes refers to it, and "WS2012" as we'll call it for short – is the result of the deepest and broadest developer effort in the history of Microsoft server products: 10,000 engineers working for four years. Comments from testers and early adopters have included "jaw-dropping", "game-changing" and "the competitors better watch out".
Even US generals have realised BlackBerries are uncool
The Pentagon has joined the US Immigration and Customers in shifting away from RIM's BlackBerry as the aging platform becomes so uncool that even civil servants eschew it.
Elephant which speaks: Rare. One which speaks Korean: Even Rarer
A captive Asian elephant called Koshik can do more with his trunk than just spray water at zoo visitors - he can use it to speak KOREAN.
Virgin offers unlimited action on the cheap
Virgin has updated its PAYG deals to - it claims - undercut all of its operator rivals by offering unlimited data for a mere £10 top up.
Apple must apologise for its surly apology on its website on Saturday
Apple will have to apologise for its rubbish apology as well its patent infringement claims against Samsung when it publishes a statement on its UK website tomorrow.
Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Souse versus scrapple
Our popular post-pub nosh deathmatch series takes a decidedly Pennsylvania Dutch turn this chilly November, as we present for your drunken dining pleasure two stateside dishes suggested by our gourmet readers.
Gay porn burglar must pay $150k for each grumble flick
A gay smut production company has won a $1.5m award against a bloke who shared ten of its movies via the Bittorrent protocol.
Mexican Zetas ENSLAVING engineers to run crimelords' radio net
Engineers are being kidnapped in Mexico, not for ransom but to build and maintain Los Zetas' radio network, as criminal gangs need reliable connectivity just like everyone else.
SCC bulging with cash, plans acquisition spree
SCC chief exec James Rigby has talked up a "programme of investment" for his company as it waves goodbye to its wholesale arm, Specialist Distribution Group, that was sold to Tech Data for £220m.
Youngster backed by Yoko Ono and Stephen Fry launches 'Summly'
A 17-year-old Londoner has launched a new app that summarises news stories for smartphones after getting over $1m in funding.
Cash rains DOWN on the Cloud - Nasuni trousers $20m
Cash is raining down on cloud storage startups - and now Nasuni has netted a $20m wad of C-round funding.
Mars rover Curiosity snaps explicit selfies from ALL ANGLES
Nuclear Mars truck Curiosity has paused in its scientific exploration of the Martian environment to snap a little self-portrait.
Mexico to Apple: You WILL NOT use the name 'iPhone' here
Apple has lost the right to use the word "iPhone" in Mexico after its trademark lawsuit against Mexican telco iFone backfired.
Where are all the open-source mobile projects?
Open ... and ShutOpen source used to be about copycatting popular proprietary products. In today's emerging markets of Big Data and cloud computing, however, open source drives innovation while proprietary products play catch-up. It is surprising, then, that the industry's other major market, mobile, is a comparative wasteland for open source.
MIT boffin's algorithm foresees Twitter's trendy future
An MIT professor has developed an algorithm to predict what's going to be big on Twitter before it's big on Twitter – for those that care about such things. Twitter will care, he predicts.
One in seven North American home networks full of malware
One in seven home networks in North America are infected with malware, a recent study has revealed.
IT does its part for
Obama US jobs creation in October
The economy in the United States added 171,000 net new jobs in October according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, higher than many economists had expected. Even better, more people were added to the payroll in August and September than the BLS had originally expected.
Hactivist crew smacks down Russia.gov: Spies are RICH enough
A hactivist crew has launched a cyber-offensive against Russia with the leak of 2.5 million records, which it claims to have obtained from hacked government and corporate servers.
Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance
CommentThere used to be a popular saying in the industry: "Microsoft doesn't get it right until version 3.0."
New iPad's innards: Good news for recent fondleslab buyers
TeardownWhen the new fourth-generation iPad made its debut at the iPad mini roll-out event late last month, it was a surprise to many – especially those who had recently opened their wallets for "the new iPad" released just this March.
Facebook joins Linaro Linux-on-ARM effort
It has been more than two years since Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments formed a non-profit software company called Linaro to help focus the disparate efforts to get Linux running well on ARM processors and system-on-chip designs. A slew of companies, some new to the ARM racket, have joined the Linaro effort – and as of Thursday afternoon, so has social media juggernaut Facebook.
USS Enterprise sets out on its final mission
The US Navy's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, has set sail on her last mission before being consigned to the scrap heap.
Microsoft takes on GitHub with cloudy Team Foundation Service
Build 2012Microsoft has announced general availability of Team Foundation Service (TFS), its new, cloud-based portal for code hosting and software development project management, along with a free subscription plan for small teams.
Brain boffins: 'Yes, math CAN make your head hurt – LITERALLY'
When someone says that math makes their head hurt, they may not be speaking metaphorically. A new study has shown that math anxiety can cause actual, physical pain.
Asteroid belts could be key to finding intelligent life
A new study suggests that having the right kind of asteroid belt in a solar system could be essential to finding intelligent life in the universe – including here on Earth.