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‘Hyperspectral’ camera surprises aurora researchers

Astronomers from the Kjell Henriksen Observatory at Svalbard have released the first images from the NORUSCA II camera, showing the Northern Lights captured across 41 spectral bands.
Richard Chirgwin, 03 Dec 2012
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IETF bakes Google's SPDY protocol into HTTP 2.0

Google's SPDY (speedy) protocol has been adopted by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for use in the forthcoming HTTP 2.0 standard.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2012

Flash memory made immortal by fiery heat

Taiwanese flash memory non-volatile memory manufacturer Macronix is set to reveal technologies is says will make it possible for flash memory to survive 100 million read/write cycles.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2012

Xero gets $NZ60m to account for

Kiwi tech entrepreneur Rod Drury’s accounting software company Xero has attracted a further $NZ60m from existing backers Matrix Capital and Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures.
Natalie Apostolou, 03 Dec 2012

Speak2Tweet resurrected after Syria goes offline

Google and Twitter have resurrected their Speak2Tweet service, in order to help Syrian web users have their voices heard despite the Assad regime’s decision to halt the country’s internet services.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Dec 2012

Microsoft claims £3.6m piracy scalp in China

Microsoft’s anti-piracy efforts in China chalked up a big win last week when Shanghai retailer Ruichuang Network Technology agreed to pay 36 million yuan (£3.6m) to the software giant in compensation for several infringements.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Dec 2012
Poster for Star Wars Burlesque

Saucy Star Wars strip show - sorry, burlesque - to tour Down Under

Disney's acquisition of all things Star Wars has some fans in a lather at the prospect of new films set in the Lucasverse.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2012
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Don't worry, Apple: iPad still dominant in China

Apple may be struggling to maintain its huge market share in the tablet space globally, but it remains top dog by some margin in China, where the latest stats show it on 71.4 per cent.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Dec 2012

Adobe's revenge on Steve Jobs: HTML5

Open ... and ShutDespite significant investments from Microsoft, Google, and others, HTML5 remains not quite good enough for a range of apps. So says Mark Zuckerberg, but I also heard that this week from the chief technology officer of a large media company. Rather than gloat over HTML5's long road to native app parity, though, he fretted about how much money is being wasted rebuilding the same app multiple times for disparate platforms.
Matt Asay, 03 Dec 2012

Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

Apple is trying to patent wireless charging, claiming its magnetic resonance tech is new and that it can do it better than anyone else. This would be cool if its assertions were true.
Bill Ray, 03 Dec 2012

British biz gets one in five of its pounds from the INTERNET

Almost one in five pounds pulled in by UK business came through an online sale, the Office of National Statistics has found.
Anna Leach, 03 Dec 2012

EU joins Google, hippies, Uncle T Cobbleigh in fight against ITU

The EU is now set to fight for internet freedoms, voicing its concerns that the ITU plans to restrict the international flow of data despite the way the body keeps denying any such intent.
Bill Ray, 03 Dec 2012

China Mobile to reveal how 10 MILLION people will BONK

The world's largest mobile operator, China Mobile, will launch its NFC platform on 5 December, showing the technology it plans to push into 10 million Chinese palms next year.
Bill Ray, 03 Dec 2012

Tech titans lose our loyalty: Are fanbois a dying breed?

Sysadmin blogWe've hit an inflection point in computing this year; one where which company makes your widget, operating system or office package finally matters less than it did the year before. Windows 8, Android, the latest iWidget and so forth are becoming interchangeable for an increasing number of people.
Trevor Pott, 03 Dec 2012

Google buys parcel storage service for Christmas

Google has acquired Canadian startup Bufferbox for an undisclosed sum.
Team Register, 03 Dec 2012

Clap Google, Amazon in irons to end tax shenanigans - MPs

New laws and prosecutions could be necessary to force Amazon, Google and other multinationals pay a fairer amount of corporation tax in the UK, according to MPs.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 03 Dec 2012

Piracy haven Newzbin2 gives up, can't pay the bills

Downloads search engine Newzbin2, formerly Newzbin, has thrown in the towel. The Usenet-scouring website was the centre of a landmark legal judgment brought by Hollywood studios against BT, which resulted in the website being blocked by UK ISPs for copyright infringement.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2012

News International big boss flings himself overboard

News International boss Tom Mockridge resigned on Sunday less than two years after taking the chief exec role following the departure of Rebekah Brooks. Her exit in July 2011 marked the height of the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed the Rupert Murdoch-owned British newspaper biz.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2012
TomTom Navigation for Android

TomTom for Android with hands-free kit review

A TomTom satnav app has been available for iOS since 2009 and its success has not just been due to the software but also to the bespoke iPhone windshield mount. Android users have now been let in on the deal thanks to the launch of an Android app and a generic smartphone version of the screen mount.
Alun Taylor, 03 Dec 2012

Twenty years of text messages: We've reached Peak SMS

The first SMS text message was sent twenty years ago, when Neil Papworth sent a Merry Christmas to a mobile phone, an innovation which went almost unnoticed for the next half-decade.
Bill Ray, 03 Dec 2012

Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU

A study to find the top 25 leaked passwords of 2012 has revealed too many people are still using "password", "123456" and "12345678" for their login credentials.
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2012

Children increasingly named after Apple products

Not only are the kids desperately keen to get Apple products, their parents are also naming them after Apple products - we learn from the latest yearly analysis of baby names.
Anna Leach, 03 Dec 2012

Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

Home Secretary Theresa May today claimed in The Sun that her draft law to massively ramp up online surveillance of Brits will "save lives".
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2012
The HP 3PAR StorServ 7000 series arrays

HP lunges at EMC's midrange with new 3PAR StoreServ 7000s

Discover 2012The Autonomy acquisition a year ago left Hewlett-Packard with a hangover, but buying storage suppliers 3PAR and IBRIX seems to have worked out without many hitches - and it's revitalized HP's storage biz.

NetApp's dangerous dance with the killer brontosaurus - Amazon

Blocks+FilesWhat is NetApp up to, partnering with a cloud IT provider, Amazon, that's positioned long-term to try and annihilate NetApp's business?
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2012

EMC mixes database upstart into its Greenplum pudding

EMC has snapped up Israeli database control and monitoring software MoreVRP, and will integrate it into its Greenplum big data offering.
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2012

Hold the front page for ETERNITY: Murdoch kills The Daily

Rupert Murdoch is closing The Daily, the world's first iPad-only newspaper, less than two years after its grand launch. The press baron's News Corp worked closely with Apple to develop the title, which went on sale in February 2011 some nine months after the iPad itself made its debut.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2012

Ericsson asks for unlikely ITC import ban on raft of Samsung stuff

Ericsson has asked for a ban on Samsung imports to the USA, following last week's patent filing which claimed just about every Samsung device with a radio was infringing.
Bill Ray, 03 Dec 2012

Stone Group: Beancounter Harbridge to replace flown Bird as CEO

Stone Group has named its chief bean counter Simon Harbridge as CEO to try to fill the hole left by predecessor James Bird.
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2012
VMware's monster VM

VMware ships embiggened vCloud Suite after price brouhaha

VMware suffered a cacophony of complaints over its pricing for its software in 2011, and as part of the latest round of product launches this summer the company moved away from per-VM or VRAM capacity pricing as customers wanted. But to get the more attractive pricing, you have to buy a whole bundle of cloudy tools, called the vCloud Suite. If you buy tools piecemeal, then you get whacked by the old pricing model.

Curiosity finds organics on Mars, but possibly not of Mars

NASA says that no, it hasn't found definite proof that Mars has its own organic compounds, but that it has found some very interesting indications that need to be checked.
Iain Thomson, 03 Dec 2012
Black coal mining

World's largest miner spooked by climate change

BHP Billiton – the mining giant with massive coal interests – is laying out its own cash rebuilding a coastal facility to cope with climate change.
Richard Chirgwin, 03 Dec 2012

Apple's new 'Assembled in USA' iMac a bear to upgrade, repair

PhotosApple's 21.5-inch iMac, which went on sale in the US last Friday, has revealed two of its secrets: first, that it's a collosal pain to get inside should you want to upgrade its RAM or its hard drives; and second, that at least some of the units currently on store shelves are labeled as being "Assembled in USA".
Rik Myslewski, 03 Dec 2012
The Moon

Australian telco in $20m robot moon shot bid

Australian telecommunications and satellite communications company PlusComms has emerged as a key partner in a space consortium planning to send a robotic spacecraft to the moon.
Natalie Apostolou, 03 Dec 2012

John McAfee remains on the run, but outside Belize

Reports of John McAfee arrest on the Mexico-Belize border have turned out to be a false positive.
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2012

His Holiness Benedict XVI to tweet to his Catholic flock

The leader of the Catholic Church has communicated with his followers using various media over the years, including radio and television, but come December 12, Pope Benedict XVI will be the first to voice the Church's message in 140 characters or fewer, when he inaugurates the official papal Twitter account.
Neil McAllister, 03 Dec 2012

Office 2013 now on sale for business customers

Office 2013, the latest version of Microsoft's desktop productivity suite, is now available for purchase by business customers, even though individual users won't be able to order it until next year.
Neil McAllister, 03 Dec 2012

Forget fluorescents, plastic lighting strips coming out next year

The blinking, buzzing fluorescent lighting tubes that have blighted office buildings for over 70 years could be on their way out, now that US scientists think they've cracked a system to replace them with glowing plastic.
Iain Thomson, 03 Dec 2012

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