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Apple to ditch Intel – report

Apple may dump Intel as its CPU supplier for the Mac, reports Bloomberg.
Zurich zBox4 construction

Swiss boffins slap together homegrown zBox4 supercomputer

Students and a few wandering professors at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich had a perfect weekend when they scraped together the funds to buy the parts for their zBox4 homegrown supercomputer and assembled the two-rack beast.
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Army patents neural chip design for quantum internet

A team lead by US Army researchers has been granted a patent on a new chip design that offers radically faster processing speeds and could form the basis for quantum computing systems in the future.
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Verizon to close mobile app store, disappointing few

Leading US mobile carrier Verizon Wireless has announced that it will shutter its app store for Android and BlackBerry devices in January 2013, ending a three-year experiment that went all but unnoticed by most customers.
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Mobiles susceptible to radio hacks

Podcast Deep inside your mobe is the “baseband chipset”, a slab of silicon that handles all radio communications.
LG EA93 21:9 monitor

Monitors to grow half an inch in 2013

Monitors will grow by about half an inch in 2013, but there's be no sales bulge for resellers according to Taiwanese market-watcher WitsView.
Great Wall of China

Red Hat's off to China with ambitious growth plans

Linux software giant Red Hat has become the latest US technology behemoth to talk up the huge potential in the Chinese market, revealing plans to expand its footprint there as it attempts to come good on ambitious growth plans.
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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

Elite, the classic BBC Micro game immortalised as winner of Reg Hardware's Antique Code Show All-time Classic Award, has returned as a Kickstarter project.
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Cover your 4G LTE legal arse for just 79p per mobe

A second patent pool is now open for business and touting licences to anyone making devices featuring next-gen mobile broadband LTE. It's hoped this will simplify the design process and make LTE devices cheaper, eventually.
Bill Ray, 06 2012
Huaqianbei Road Shenzhen

Chinese jitters as tech firms look to SE Asia expansion

China could be at risk of losing its position at the centre of the technology manufacturing world as increasing numbers of producers move their operations to other nations in order to combat rising wages and ongoing trade concerns.
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Sharp clarifies doom-laden English earnings report

Ailing Japanese electronics giant Sharp has been forced into an embarrassing clarification on the future of the company, claiming that a doom-laden warning it made last week was mis-translated into English.
Carbon nanotube

Flash-killer nanotube memory firm teams with Belgians to try again

Carbon nanotube memory startup Nantero has inked a deal to develop dense non-volatile memory with IMEC, a Belgian research centre, using its NRAM technology. For those of you who remember, back in 2007, Nantero told The Reg it expected the tech to replace flash by 2009, which seemed over-optimistic at the time. But the new deal could see the dream coming a lot closer to reality.
Sony Xperia Tablet S

Ten... Apple iPad Mini alternatives

Product Round-up Before you rush out and buy a device that the late Steve Jobs said wouldn’t, couldn’t and shouldn’t exist - well, kind of - you may care to consider some of the alternatives on offer, assuming that is you can’t quite make the nut and afford a full-size iPad.
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New trend: Trojan which steals your pics instead of your text

Miscreants have developed a strain of malware that steals image files from compromised systems.
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TwinStrata wrestles Nasuni in the cloud-gateway Jell-O pool

Cloud storage gateway start-up TwinStrata is back with an updated version of its CloudArray product - 4.0. And while it claims the new kit is the first cloud-integrated storage product to natively support both network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) protocols, we think Nasuni might beg to differ...
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UN internet talkshop to meet, blue helmets still not poised to invade USA

The United Nations will this week talk about how the internet could be better run, but grabbing the wheel remains off the agenda despite US fears.
Bill Ray, 06 2012
Jolly Roger

Good ship Quantum turns to Starboard, fires a few ranging shots

Tape storage vendor Quantum has agreed to meet with Starboard Value, the activist investor that has sprung onto the scene claiming to be Quantum's largest shareholder - to the tune of 16 per cent - and wanting to prod the company into raising shareholder value.
Rinspeed sQuba

007 hardware: Gadgetry, spyware and things that make you go Boom

As Daniel Craig enjoys his third outing as Britain's most famous spy, fans who didn't get to see the film this weekend are rubbing their hands together in anticipation of 007's latest gadget collection.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012
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Avira 'fesses up: Our software isn't compatible with Windows 8

Update Freebie anti-virus firm Avira has admitted its security software is not compatible with either Windows 8 or Windows 12 Server.
Office on Perceptive Pixel screen

Are you an IT pro? It's no longer safe to bet your career on Microsoft

Is Microsoft still a safe bet for the IT pro? In a word: No.
Age UK MyPhone

Credit card-sized mobile simplified for oldies

Charity Age UK has unveiled a basic Sim-free mobile phone that lets users dial contacts directly with the touch of an oversized button.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012

Mystery robot-bringing UFOs sighted by Indian troops on Tibet border

Mysterious UFOs have returned to a remote region on the Tibetan border, according to sightings by Indian troops stationed in the area. The UFOs, which have been reported for years, are said to have included a strange "robot like" figure seen by Indian scientists in 2004 walking along a mountain valley - which then "rapidly became airborne" and flew away.
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Windows Phone 8 has a secret feature which may activate at any time

Updated Microsoft has embedded software from Devicescape into Windows Phone 8, allowing smartmobes to automatically leech off 11 million free Wi-Fi hotspots.
Bill Ray, 06 2012

IT spending set to SOAR in Europe ... by, er, 1.4 per cent

Slablets, smartphones and software will lead a very mini revival in IT spending across EMEA next year, but a bumper return to growth for some channel biz owners may be just out of reach.
SoftLayer's data center

Two Texan teams tool up, ride out to enormo cluster shootout

SC12 People in most US states would be ecstatic (or, perhaps, totally indifferent) to hear that one of their universities made it to the 2012 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) in Salt Lake City, but the state of Texas wanted more - so it's sending two teams to the Great Salt Lake Siege.
Dan Olds, 06 2012
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Facebook starts to ingest Instagram: Users revealed to web

Previously confined to smartphone apps, the photo-furtling social network Instagram is now shifting to the web with all users automatically getting web profiles in the next week.
Master Chief

In the loop: how Halo defined a new decade of first-person shooters

Feature The glint of alien sunlight on green body armour; the spark of purple crystal shards arcing their way across the battlefield; the roar of a Warthog’s engine as it bounces across uneven terrain; and the dull thud as the butt of Master Chief’s gun impacts Covenant skull… familiar enough occurrences these days given the impact Halo has had on the first-person shooter scene, but never was it always thus.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim DLC lets players FLY DRAGONS

Bethesda has unveiled its latest DLC pack for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. As well as the introduction of a fresh villain, gamers will be able to fly on the back of a dragon.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012
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Astronauts in the US election: No, NOBODY is voting from space

Contrary to many a headline bespattering the space-focused portions of the internet today, no US astronauts (nor anyone else) will be voting in the imminent US presidential elections from space.

Surface more profitable than iPad

Microsoft's Windows RT-based Surface tablet - designed to compete with the full sized Apple iPad - has a larger profit margin than its rival, a teardown analysis has revealed.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012
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EXTREMELY RARE never-seen-alive WHALES found (briefly) alive

A pair of rare whales that boffins thought might be extinct has washed up on a New Zealand beach.
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Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

HMRC chief exec Lin Homer admitted yesterday that there was little the tax authority could do to stop big firms like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Starbucks moving their profits abroad to avoid tax.

Belkin flaunts non-Apple Lightning add-ons

Belkin has announced a couple of iOS accessories for Apple's new lightning connecter, the first third-party products from a name brand to do so.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012
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Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM

Microsoft is reported to be retiring its popular messaging client in favour of Skype.
Summer Palace, outside Tsinghua University. Pic by Bridget Coila, licensed under Creative Commons

China tries for 2012 WORLD cluster compo DOMINATION

SC12 According to Chinese astrologers, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, and it’s certainly been a most auspicious year for Chinese HPC student cluster teams. So far this year*, China has completely dominated the Student Cluster Competition circuit.
Dan Olds, 06 2012
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iPhone 5 unlocked US prices placed on Apple website by accident

A unlocked iPhone 5 will cost $649 in America, according to listings popping up on Apple's own website which seem to have made it on there by accident.
Appro Xtreme Cool water-cooled blade supercomputers

All-female code-crunching boffin team aims for cluster compo glory

SC12 A couple of new – and quite different – teams are looking to shake things up at next week’s SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) in Salt Lake City. For the first time, we’ll see a coalition of elite schools combine forces to take on their more experienced competitors. We will also see another SCC first: an all-female team.
Dan Olds, 06 2012
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Speaking in Tech: VMware $billion buy - brilliance ... or blunder?

Podcast Podcast This week's techcast delves into all the latest technology in the storage and virtualisation sector. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela (Ed Saipetch is away on a secret mission) are talking to the Man Who Knows - special guest J Metz (@DrJMetz), who is strategic product manager of Storage and Unified Fabric at …
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Maude reckons UK.gov web makeover will save £1.8bn annually

The Cabinet Office claimed today that shoving central government services online will save the UK roughly £1.8bn a year. The 7.5 million or so taxpayers in Blighty who are yet to use the internet may feel slightly miffed.

Nvidia heralds Steam for Linux debut with 'double-speed' drivers

The Linux version of Valve’s Steam games download shop goes live today, chip maker Nvidia has revealed.
An underside view of the board

LOHAN's cold heart beats beneath silicon breast

Our crack Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) electronics team has made some cracking progress over the past few weeks, putting together the beating heart that will control our audacious Vulture 2 spaceplane mission.

Cockatoo grabs his tool, manages to get hold of boffins' nuts

A twig may not be your idea of a great tool, but a cockatoo has worked out how to use it to move a cashew nut, getting scientists from the University of Oxford, Vienna and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany fairly excited.

ARM Holdings licenses big chunk of MIPS patents

Updated ARM Holdings has helped form a consortium that has bought the rights to the majority of the patent portfolio of rival RISC chip biz MIPS Technologies. MIPS could have been a contender for clients and servers but almost certainly won't be now.

DCC SerCom: Suck on that, distie rivals - our sales went UP 20%

DCC SerCom - parent of UK disties MicroP and Gem - cocked a snook to the economic turmoil engulfing many competitors by reporting a healthy set of financials for the first six months of ended September.
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Man who put the manhood into the Speaking Clock dies

Obit British actor Brian Cobby, who is famous for being the first male voice for BT's speaking clock, has died aged 83.

Fujitsu Technology Solutions CEO throws in the towel

Fujitsu Technology Solutions (FTS) CEO Rolf Schwirz has resigned, The Channel can reveal.
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Brussels looks set to OK Apple e-book collusion deal, sources say

Brussels officials have reportedly indicated that a settlement deal proposed by Apple and four of the publishers in Europe's competition probe into ebooks price-fixing with be accepted by the Commission.
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Epic FAIL: Anonymous didn't hack PayPal, managed to frighten Oz hippies

The smoke has cleared from Anonymous's Bonfire Night hacking spree with a denial from PayPal that it had been hacked. The payments-processing firm appeared to have been highest profile target of the hacking spree, but apparently this was an error caused by the tweeting and retweeting of an erroneous post by a cyber security blogger.
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CA Technologies sues New Relic over APM patents

CA Technologies, the former Computer Associates, has thrown a patent sueball at application performance management (APM) software rival New Relic in Federal court.

HP deed-poll drama: MORE new names for storage kiddies

HP is currently rebranding its storage arrays as StoreSomething and the HP X9000 IBRIX scale-out filers are looking to become HP's StoreAll product line, with the 3PAR block arrays becoming StoreServs.
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Google bod exposes Sophos Antivirus' gaping holes

A security researcher has discovered embarrassing and critical vulnerabilities in Sophos' enterprise protection software.

Scraggly student veterans bid for SC12 victory

SC12 A couple of old-timer teams round out the field at the upcoming SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) in Salt Lake City. These contests started in 2007 and between them, these two teams have participated in a total of nine matches.
Dan Olds, 06 2012
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US election: New Jersey email voting plan 'best of bad bunch'

Security watchers have given a lukewarm backing to plans by New Jersey authorities to allow email voting for residents of the state left displaced by Superstorm Sandy.
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Apple rejects NAKED HIPPIE ebook, despite apple coverup

Photos A Danish author's ebooks documenting freewheeling hippie nudity have been rejected from Apple's iBookstore in that country, even after the author and publisher covered up the offending naughty bits – with images of ripe red apples.
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Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

Video The software used in Ohio voting machines contain a backdoor that would allow third-parties to change electronic votes, claims a lawsuit filed by local Green Party candidate Bob Fitrakis.

HP taps server exec Fink as CTO, lab director

HP has a techie-in-chief after nearly a year of leaving key CTO and lab director positions unfilled.
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GPU-powered Chrome lets you watch YouTube longer

Google has pushed version 23 of its Chrome web browser to the Stable release channel, bringing GPU-accelerated video playback to the Windows platform and giving users finer control over what data that sites can collect about their browsing habits.
Phytoplankton bloom captured by Envisat

Satellite data gets a dose of Google cloudy goodness

Google is teaming up with CSIRO via its Google Earth Outreach Program to put cloud-based satellite image analysis in front of earth sciences researchers.

ACCC weighs in on IT pricing

IT vendors, already under attack for stonewalling the Australian government’s IT pricing inquiry, have received a blunt warning from the ACCC: don’t lie about why your products are expensive in Australia.
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Google's Brin: Elected officials should quit political parties

As Americans head to the polls in the 2012 national election, Google cofounder Sergey Brin has called on the winners of political races to renounce their parties and govern as independents.
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NASA snaps revealing pix of visiting near-Earth asteroid

Photos In a marvelously precise bit of radar aiming, NASA astro-boffins captured a set of images of a near-Earth asteroid as it passed by our lonely planet late last month at distances of between 9 and 10 million kilometers (5.6 and 6.2 million miles).
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Hardware failure melts down Chocolate Factory

Google users in Southeast Asia had an outage last night after an Indonesian ISP had a bit of a meltdown.