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China to build ANOTHER 100 petaflops hybrid supercomputer by 2014?

We passed through the 10 petaflops barrier in the supercomputer racket last year, and the next station on the train to exaflops is 100 petaflops.
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Judge OKs Novell investor suit over Attachmate sale

A judge in the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled that members of Novell's board who approved the company's sale to Attachmate must defend their decision in court against allegations that they acted in bad faith by ignoring competitive offers from other parties.
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2013
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Bacterial quantum tricks could help solar power

The ocean-dwelling Green Sulphur Bacteria should be interesting without outside help: it can, after all, live at depth of 2,000 meters and still harvest enough energy from light to survive and reproduce.
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After December surge, Apple has sold 40 BEEELLION iOS apps

A bumper crop of application buying in December saw Apple's App Store hit the 40 billion download mark on Monday, with two billion of those coming in the month before Christmas.
Iain Thomson, 08 Jan 2013
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Intel bets the farm on touch-enabled 'convertible and detachable' Ultrabooks

CES 2013 To hear Intel tell it, the days of the good ol' laptop are numbered, and the future belongs to touch-enabled convertibles – laptops that lead a double life as both clamshells and tablets.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2013
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US nuke lab drops Chinese networking kit

The Los Alamos National Laboratory, home of some US research into nuclear weapons, has replaced networking kit from Chinese vendor H3C over security concerns, according to Reuters.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jan 2013
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Curiosity gives Martian rock its first scrub down

NASA's Curiosity rover has been bringing a little spit and polish to the Martian surface by using its Dust Removal Tool for the first time to scrub a nearby rock.
Iain Thomson, 08 Jan 2013
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Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

Dean Kamen, the serial inventor best known for bringing us the Segway Personal Transporter in 2001, has come up with a new electronic transport system, this time designed to move predigested food out of your stomach to help you lose weight.
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2013
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Intel uncloaks 'no excuses' smartphone for emerging markets

CES 2013 Intel has announced a smartphone reference platform for emerging markets that's a "no excuses multimedia phone," according to the general manager of its mobile and communications group, Mike Bell.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2013
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Lenovo, EA, Intel unite to DESTROY our childhood memories

CES 2013 Exactly why someone would want to play Monopoly on an all-in-one PC lying flat on the kitchen table, Intel didn't say, but a tableau vivant of a nuclear family doing just that was the centerpiece of a "Bringing Back Family Night" demo the company presented during a press event at CES 2013 on Monday.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2013
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Adobe offers free trip to PowerPC era

Creative types tired of forking out wads of cash to Adobe can now get their hands on its flagship Creative Suite for free.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jan 2013
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Chinese go online to protest censorship

China’s prohibitive controls on freedom of speech have provoked an unprecedented outpouring of online protest, after celebrities, popular bloggers, businessmen and ordinary netizens took to the web to voice their support for journalists at an influential newspaper who protested against censorship of their work.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Jan 2013
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Bob Dylan's new album is 'Copyright Extension Collection'

Europe's decision to extend copyright on music recordings from 50 to 70 years has just produced a curiosity: a four-disk compilation of Bob Dylan tunes that publisher Sony Music has come right out and called “The Copyright Extension Collection”.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jan 2013
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Chinese man pleads guilty to $100m piracy scam

A Chinese businessman has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement on an epic scale after helping to crack and sell pirated high-end software worth in excess of $US100m over a three year period.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Jan 2013
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2013 in storage: Flash, file systems and... Is CDMI actually HAPPENING?

Storagebod There are a lot of things bubbling away in the storage pot at the moment and it appears to be almost ready to serve. Acquisitions are adding ingredients and we should see quite a few in early 2013 as well as firms snap up tech to flesh out the next generation of storage arrays.
StorageBod, 08 Jan 2013
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New gov rules stick pin into bloated ICT frameworks

Following an internal review of government IT procurement, the Cabinet Office has announced that it has scrapped plans to use some existing ICT frameworks.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Jan 2013
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Facebook snubs storage barons for cheapo Far East kit - insiders

Blocks and Files Facebook and other vast data-centre operators such as Google, Amazon and Baidu are reportedly shunning storage arrays from Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp for cheap boxes from Taiwan.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2013
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FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

FAVI has brought out an Android stick that turns "any TV into a Smart TV", that's the pitch, and it's not far wrong as long as your TV has HDMI, you have a nearby port where you can juice up the dongle via mini-USB - and if you don't mind pushing an arrow around the screen every now and then.
Bill Ray, 08 Jan 2013
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China throws 3G net over disputed island chain

The Spratly Islands now have 3G coverage, connecting the uninhabited rocks and reefs to China's telecommunications network, much to the annoyance of Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Bill Ray, 08 Jan 2013
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Nokia chief Elop: 'Android? Hey, anything's possible!'

Nokia chief exec Stephen Elop has sparked speculation about his company's commitment to its partnership with Microsoft and Windows Phone.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jan 2013
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UK Apple cart Square punched in the wallet as sales, profit fall

Not everything emblazoned with a fruit-shaped badge of honour is immune to the cold winds of recession: just ask London-based Apple channel partner Square Group.
Paul Kunert, 08 Jan 2013
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Sir James Dyson slams gov's 'obsession' with Silicon Roundabout

Inventor Sir James Dyson has criticised the UK government for putting "web fads and video gaming" ahead of more "tangible technology" that Britain can export.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2013

Tablets to out-sell notebooks this year, reckons tech prophet

Will 2013 be the year that tablets overtake laptops as the most-shipped type of computer tech? Market watcher NPD DisplaySearch certainly thinks so. It now reckons some 240 million tablets ranging in screen size from 5.6 inches to 13.3 will ship during 2013 - almost 16 per cent more than the 207 million notebooks that will ship in the same timeframe.
Tony Smith, 08 Jan 2013
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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

Product Round-up Monitors don’t age very well; growing, as they do, dimmer and yellower as time passes. Premium panel technologies are now also considerably cheaper than they once were, so if you haven’t updated your display in a while, the chances are it’s now more than a little bit rubbish.
Paul Monckton, 08 Jan 2013
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Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

Analysis IBM's decision to sell its PC business to Chinese manufacturer Lenovo in 2004 seemed rather curious.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2013
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Nvidia fixes hole that turns PCs into remote-control toys for hackers

Nvidia has plugged a critical flaw in its graphics card software that allowed hackers to gain "super-user" access to vulnerable PCs over a network.
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2013
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Switching to IT: Which qualifications are worthwhile?

From time to time we dip into El Reg Forums to highlight questions raised by our commentards. Today we republish this post from Thomas 4, who writes:
Drew Cullen, 08 Jan 2013
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5.6TB helium disks could balloon, lift WD onto enterprise throne

Western Digital could topple Seagate as the king of enterprise disk shipments thanks to its helium drives, according to analysts IHS. The technology is being developed by WD's subsidiary Hitachi GST.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2013
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NASA: There are 17 BEEELLION Earth-sized worlds in Milky Way

Scientists scrubbing up data about starlight from NASA's Kepler telescope have used it to estimate that there are 17 billion other Earths in our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Anna Leach, 08 Jan 2013
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Oracle, Dell, CSC, Xerox, Symantec accused of paying ZERO UK tax

Tech giants Oracle, Xerox, Dell, CSC and Symantec paid no corporate tax in the UK last year despite pocketing nearly £500m from public-sector IT contracts, it was claimed last night.
Paul Kunert, 08 Jan 2013
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German ebook firm pushes cheapo ereaders into US drug stores

US book distributor ReaderLink will be pushing German firm txtr's impossibly cheap ereader into US grocery and drug stores, launching a new cloud platform which will also support the devices. The cheap ereaders cost a mere €10 on this side of the pond, but dollar pricing has not yet been announced.
Bill Ray, 08 Jan 2013
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FBI-wanted US bank hack suspect chills in Bangkok cooler

Vid An alleged computer hacker implicated in the theft of millions of dollars from US banks accounts has been arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2013
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Dell dangles dongle PC at enormo-display-desiring road warriors

CES 2013 Dell, is that a memory stick-sized Android computer in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me? The former, it turns out.
Tony Smith, 08 Jan 2013

'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

Open ... and Shut Once upon a time any problem at Microsoft could be magically resolved with a new Windows release. Since Windows Vista, however, that formula hasn't worked. In fact, according to new sales data from NPD Group, it may be getting worse.
Matt Asay, 08 Jan 2013

Bite us, Apple: Samsung hauled in $8.3bn in Q4

Samsung Electronics has released its pre-earnings guidance ahead of revealing its full figures for 2012, and the topline figures for the quarter show that money has been pouring in for the South Korean tech titans.
Anna Leach, 08 Jan 2013
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Red Hat Linux: Now with Microsoft's Hyper-V drive

Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux 5.9 has landed with some cloudy love from Microsoft.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2013
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EMC gobbles storage and robo-cloud maker iWave

EMC has just bought storage and cloud automation biz iWave, which does business with several of EMC's storage rivals.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2013
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Dell chief biz gobbler Johnson flees for hedge-fund Blackstone

'Tis the season for executive management changes. David Johnson, the mergers and acquisition chief that Michael Dell lured away from IBM, is leaving Round Rock to return to the Empire State.
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Seagate: Stuff the cloud, back it all up on our box

CES 2013 Seagate is showing off two new "cloud storage alternatives" at the Las Vegas CES shindig. Both are disk products that wirelessly stream data to mobile devices and back up a network of home desktop and notebook computers.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2013
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Guitar-playing keys enable extremely thin keyboards

CES 2013 A San Francisco company wants to help laptop, tablet, and smartphone manufacturers in their seemingly insatiable desire to create thinner and thinner devices. Its solution is to replace keyboards and other physical user-interface elements with electro mechanical polymer (EMP) keys that provide localized and individualized haptic feedback.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2013
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New York's Chelsea gets free Wi-Fi courtesy of Google

Google is setting up a free outdoor Wi-Fi zone around its New York headquarters in the Chelsea district, making it available to local residential homes and schools.
Iain Thomson, 08 Jan 2013
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Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

A team of scientists and broadcasters have captured the first images of a giant squid swimming and feeding in its natural environment.
Iain Thomson, 08 Jan 2013

Do Not Call Register operator breaches Register

The company to which Australia outsources operations of its Do Not Call Register has been fined for making telemarketing calls to numbers listed on the Register (not The Register, which we italicise).
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jan 2013
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Drones could help predict fire paths, say researchers

As Australia lurches from fiery catastrophe to fiery catastrophe, researchers have proposed the use of drones to provide better predictions of how bushfires may behave.