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Long-distance robot makes landfall in Oz

The first of four autonomous ocean-spanning robots with software brewed by Java creator James Gosling has arrived in Australia intact after more than 365 days at sea.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Dec 2012

IDC: Windows tablets won't hit 10% market share until 2016

Analyst firm IDC sees Windows-based tablets winning significant market share away from both Android and iOS eventually, but says it won't happen for another several years yet.
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2012

Being responsible, creative and motivated means you aren’t

If you try to stand out from the crowd by describing yourself as “creative”, “motivated” or “responsible”, you’re actually making yourself look like you lack creativity and aren’t motivated enough to take responsibility for your career by penning a cliché-free LinkedIn Profile.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2012
Cellular antenna. Source: Vxla/Flickr

Optus tests new approach to New Years' Eve mobile woes

Australian mobile carrier Optus, the local Singtel outpost, is trying to find a solution to the problem of mobile performance dips when crowds – think sporting events and New Years’ eve fireworks – clog the networks.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Dec 2012

UK climate expert warns of 3-5 degree warmer world by 2100

The current goals for limiting climate change to a two-degree rise in global temperatures will not be met, and the planet should prepare for twice that rise in temperature and maybe more according to Sir Robert Watson, former head of the IPCC and former Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2012

Revealed: ITU's deep packet snooping standard leaks online

UpdatedA moment of inattention has allowed the ITU’s proposed deep packet inspection (DPI) standard to escape.
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Dec 2012

Court ruling means Kim Dotcom can sue NZ spooks

Kim Dotcom has successfully applied to join New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau as a defendant in his litigation over illegal surveillance of his activities.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2012
Steve Jobs figurine

Russian iTunes offers smut video links

Apple's iTunes music store launched in Russia this week, complete with links to video smut.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2012

Sony and Tosh gobble chips to kick start recovery

Ailing Japanese electronics giants Sony and Toshiba are set to splurge a combined total of over $US14bn (£8.7bn) on chips next year to support a range of new products they hope will turn their fortunes around, according to market watcher IHS iSuppli.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Dec 2012
GRAIL's Gravity Field of the Moon

Moon riven by colossal cracks

Ebb and Flow, the twin spacecraft that comprise NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, have created a gravity map and other analyses of the moon, and Lunar boffins have used the results to assert that our sole natural satellite is riven by deep cracks.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2012


It's not MRSA, radiation leaking from equipment nor the threat of being crushed like a paper cup beneath a tumbling obese patient which is threatening doctors at work: the fastest-rising danger to medics is computers and IT, according to a Cornell University study.
Anna Leach, 06 Dec 2012

John McAfee blogs from Guatemalan jail, says coffee excellent

John McAfee has been arrested in Guatemala and says the nation's jails are far nicer than those in Belize.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2012

Qualcomm aims its latest chips squarely at China

US chip giant Qualcomm has taken the wraps off two new Snapdragon processors optimised for the huge Chinese smartphone market as it looks to expand its worldwide footprint and become a top-two player in the market.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Dec 2012

Reform candidate gets CISSP tin star sheriff's job

Reform candidate Dave Lewis has been elected to the (ISC)2 board of directors.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2012
Tape ribbons

Oracle bod: Tape not just for Xmas, it's for Hollywood and unis too

InterviewOracle loves a bit of flash and disk hardware, flogging compute-and-storage all-in-one Exalogic systems with software on top, but it's partial to tape, too.
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2012

Sage unimpressed by French performance

Brit accountancy software biz Sage ground out a relatively decent set of fiscal 2012 financial results as it moves towards more cloud-based sales.
Paul Kunert, 06 Dec 2012
Lanosterol 3D stick model

ScaleIO uncloaks, offers glimpses of mighty SANitisation plans

Startup ScaleIO has come out of stealth-mode operation. Its ECS virtual storage appliance (VSA) is on major steroids, making it a serious alternative to existing storage array network (SAN) arrays rather than a toy.
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2012
HTC 8x

Windows Phone 8 must be Microsoft's priority one, two AND three

AnalysisUnless Microsoft gives Windows Phone some urgent attention, all of its hard work will go up in smoke and take Europe's largest technology company with it.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Dec 2012

'HP has just days to cough what it knew about Autonomy'

HP will have to bare all in its beef with Autonomy's former management before the year is out, a former SEC advisor has suggested.
Paul Kunert, 06 Dec 2012

Latest Call of Duty sequel shoots past Avatar sales benchmark

In December 2011, Activision boasted Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 had clocked up $1 billion in sales more quickly that James Cameron’s sci-fi blockbuster Avatar had done back in 2009. CoD reached that milestone in 16 days, ‘Dances with Wolves in space’ in 17 days.
Tony Smith, 06 Dec 2012
Electronic waste dumped in developing world

Will Westerners soon be getting their IT direct from Asian players?

AnalysisSingapore’s money is made of plastic, which makes it incredibly hard-wearing but also slightly slick and unreal. Which is just as well, given the amount of cash which was moving around when the Asia Pacific region’s channel players descended on the city state for the Canalys Channels forum last month.
Joe Fay, 06 Dec 2012

Apple-HTC patent deal doesn't include designs, 'cloned' iDevices

Apple's licensing agreement with HTC excludes any of the fruity firm's design patents and any HTC products that are "clones" of iDevices.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 06 Dec 2012

Amazon unzips its digital-only Brazilian, waves Kindles at Canada

Amazon has entered the Brazilian market by launching Amazon.com.br - but it will just sell Kindles and ebooks to see if a digital-only operation can sink or swim.
Trevor Pott, 06 Dec 2012
E-reading on the Nexus 7

The best e-readers for Christmas

FeatureDigital reading devices separate into two basic types. On the one hand, you have the traditional e-reader, based on e-ink technology, and designed specifically reading. But now we have the 7in tablet, an altogether more sophisticated gadget, but one now starting to challenge the old-fashioned e-reader on price, especially when you consider the extra functionality it incorporates.
Tony Smith, 06 Dec 2012

Musk's SpaceX gets foot in door of US secret 'black' space program

Internet space cowboy Elon Musk has scored two lucrative military contracts from the US Air Force, which could be stepping stones into the hugely lucrative 'black' spy-sat launch market.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 06 Dec 2012

Frenchmen's sperm plunges by a third in quality and quantity since '89

The future of the French nation is in serious doubt if boffins don't get to the bottom of a serious decline in transmanche sperm production.
Lester Haines, 06 Dec 2012

Apple shares take biggest one-day hammering in 4 years

Apple shares took the biggest single-day hit in four years on Wednesday, falling more than 6 percent on NASDAQ to $538.79.
Anna Leach, 06 Dec 2012

Dutch army digs in on spare spectrum rest of Europe could use

Early next year Ofcom is planning another consultation on two bands around 900MHz with a view to opening them up for unlicensed use, having established that only the Dutch care about them.
Bill Ray, 06 Dec 2012

Looking closely at HP's object storage: Questions Answered

Q+ALooking closely at HP's StoreServ and StoreAll announcements at HP Discover we wondered if the object storage was simply an object access method layered on the base StoreAll file system. It isn't, being a real object deal as the Q and A session below shows.
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2012

E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

E-book readers sales are taking a pummelling from tablets. IDC, a market watcher, reckons some 19.9 million dedicated e-readers will have shipped in 2012 - 28.2 per cent fewer than were shifted in 2011.
Tony Smith, 06 Dec 2012

Google defames Reg columnist Verity Stob

Google’s latest improvement to its web search has produced a catastrophic consequence. The Chocolate Factory now adds biographical information to the search result for a person, drawing on the fantastically accurate well of truth that is Wikipedia, and also adding Google’s best guess of an identifying photograph.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Dec 2012

Amazon belches fragrant clouds of AWS Node.js for JavaScripters

Node.JS is claiming another web giant, with official backing coming from Amazon’s cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Dec 2012

Single? Thrill-seeking? Love selling? I've got a top job just for YOU

CommentWe're barely into December, but let's not forget what awaits us when all the parties are over and 2013 rudely slaps us awake.
Tim Ayling, 06 Dec 2012

Zynga throws chips down on US gambling gambit

To morph gaming into gambling you only need to add the letters 'B' and 'L' and then apply some cold hard cash to the proceedings, so it's hardly surprising to see a bruised Zynga trying to get in on the, er, game.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2012
Autonomous RASCAL Black Hawk helicopter

US Army demos first robot Black Hawk helicopter

VideoThe US Army has reported the successfully completion of a two-hour low-level test flight by an automated Black Hawk helicopter dubbed RASCAL, aka the Rotorcraft Aircrew Systems Concept Airborne Laboratory.
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2012

T-Mobile USA inks deal with Apple, will offer iPhone in 2013

Fourth-ranked US wireless carrier T-Mobile has announced a new partnership with Apple, which should allow it to begin offering the iPhone on its network sometime next year.
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2012

Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

One day after Apple's stock suffered its biggest hammering in four years, interviews with company CEO Tim Cook appeared in both video and print covering a broad range of issues, including Apple's plans to move some manufacturing to the US and Cook's reasons for showing iOS chief Scott Forstall the door.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Dec 2012

The big bully theory investigated at CSIRO

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - better known as CSIRO - is rife with bullying according to an assessment by workplace relations body Comcare.
Natalie Apostolou, 06 Dec 2012

Apple security team adds British white hat hacking talent

Apple has added to its growing security team with the hiring of noted white-hat hacker Kristin Paget, who broke and then got hired to fix Windows security, Wired reports.
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2012
John McAfee

John McAfee rushed to hospital over heart attack fears

UpdatedEccentric tech millionaire and fugitive John McAfee was rushed to a hospital in Guatemala on Thursday after suffering what his lawyer says were two mild heart attacks.
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2012
Mayan temple

Australian Prime Minister: Mayan calendar 'true'

Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has declared the "Mayan calendar was true," and told her nation to expect the end.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2012
ARM versus Atom

Intel prepping Atom bombs to drop on ARM microservers

To hear Intel Fellow Matt Adiletta tell it, Chipzilla not only invented the term microserver but saw the trend towards wimpy computing coming way ahead of the all this fawning over the ARM architecture and a half-dozen upstarts wanting to take big bites out of the Xeon server processor cash cow.

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