Oracle reveals cloudy engineered systems
Oracle is rolling out private infrastructure as a service clouds, with capacity-on-demand (CoD) pricing, based on its various "engineered systems" setups.
Global mercury ban to hit electronics, plastics, power prices
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed off on the Minamata Convention, a new global agreement that will ban mercury from most uses by 2020.
W3C steps up China outreach with Beijing centre
The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has established a new centre for its activities in China with the aim of encouraging more local developers and companies to get involved in the global debate to shape the future of the web.
Martian 'lake' said to hint at 'deep biosphere'
While the Curiosity rover faffs about sending its earthbound doppelganger to help President Obama be inaugurated afresh, NASA's harder-working Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted something interesting at the bottom of a crater, namely clays and other rocks associated with terrestrial lakes and perhaps, just perhaps, life.
Google pulls 'racist' Make Me Asian app
Google has responded to an online petition by removing an application from its Google Play app store after thousands of netizens suggested it was racist.
SimCity to teach SimMaths and SimScience at school
Hot on the heels of news that a Swedish school has decided Minecraft is a great way to teach its kids town planning, games giant Electronic Arts (EA) has does the same by announcing SimCityEDU, a version of the game that embeds the USA's Common Core standards for school curricula in the game.
Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows
A study carried out by psychology researchers in Sweden has shown that people who go into engineering are less caring and empathetic than those who enter professions such as medicine.
'End of passwords' predictions are premature - Cambridge boffin
Advances in the power of computers won't automatically make passwords obsolete, according to a top computer science researcher.
‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy
Email servers at the University of Western Sydney, which last year announced it would hand iPads to all staff and over 10,000 incoming students, have been hacked by someone using the name ‘Anonymous’. The University is known to use Microsoft’s live@edu hosted email service.
X-IO plumps up ISE Station rack to tempt biz barons
X-IO, the sealed SSD/disk drive enclosure supplier, has quadrupled the rack number in its ISE Station product line with an XL model offering 1PB capacity and a million-plus IOPS.
China turns to no-name handsets: Android - without the Google-iness
There could be trouble on the horizon for Google. Consumers in the world's biggest mobile phone market appear to be shunning big-name Android handsets for no-name Androids - with Google stripped out. That's the trend identified by Enders analyst Ben Evans in a must-read blog post here.
Tech giants don't invent the future, they package it
Open ... and ShutEnterprise technology vendors have a serious case of "not invented here" syndrome, and it may be challenging the value that they claim to bring to their customers.
We trust computers to fly jets... why not trust them with our petabytes?
Storagebod blogListening to The Register's latest Speaking In Tech podcast got me thinking a bit more about the craze of software-defined networking, storage and whatever next. I wondered if it is a real thing as opposed to a load of hype.
Oz library finds Lance Armstrong books a new home: The fiction section
An Australian library has announced it will reclassify books by Lance Armstrong as fiction, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Good news, everyone! KDE cookie-scoffing bug smashed after 10 YEARS
A bug in the KDE Linux desktop that made penguin-powered computers spill their cookie jars has been resolved after more than a decade.
This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV
The BBC has apologised for airing an episode of kiddies show The Tweenies featuring a puppet "impersonating Jimmy Savile".
Web is turning us into kid-ults with no 'private identities' - report
Britons' willingness to post every little detail of their lives online is changing the way their identities are constructed, according to a report from the UK’s chief scientific advisor.
Forget bonking, now mobes can buy stuff using pay-by-SQUEAK
Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has launched a mobile wallet app with a more-than-passing resemblance to Apple's Passbook. It enables fandroids to pay each other over the air and squeaks every time it's used.
AT&T 'violates net neutrality' by NOT charging twice for same data
American telco giant AT&T doesn’t want to charge femtocell users twice for the same data, but exempting its customers from the second bill could fall foul of US Network Neutrality, says the Public Knowledge blog, which has demanded an FCC investigation into "data cap abuse".
Nokia Siemens Networks plans to flog bonds, raise €700m
Nokia Siemens Networks is planning to go to the public markets to try to get some financing through high-yield bonds for up to €700m (£580m, $930m).
WTF is... Weightless?
Weightless, the would-be world standard that allows devices to talk to devices without human intervention, reaches its first major release milestone this spring.
IBM to pump Power Systems through Tech Data, Ingram Micro
Big Blue is boosting the size of the Stateside distribution channel that sells its Power Systems servers and enterprise storage by inking master distributor agreements with Ingram Micro and Tech Data. With the new deal, IBM is hoping to boost its profile among small and midrange businesses in particular, a growing market which is projected to be worth $160bn in 2013.
Polish knights slay Virut, the brazen virus army that has its own EULA
Security researchers have decapitated a spam-spewing network of hacked computers by pulling the plug on the central command-and-control servers. The compromised PCs were infected by the Virut virus and were being remotely controlled from these servers by miscreants.
Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV
Germany's largest commercial broadcaster is getting out of broadcasting, on Earth at least, citing spiralling costs and an uncertain future as mobile phone operators grab all the good spectrum.
Holy classic car auction, Batman! They sold THE Batmobile!
The original Batmobile has been snapped up at auction for $4.2m (£2.6m, €3.2m) by a fan of the 1960s television series.
Fraud cops collar two blokes accused of dodging bank's 2-factor auth
Indian police have arrested two men who allegedly circumvented a bank's two-factor authentication protection and looted online accounts.
Game over for Atari? One life left as biz files for bankruptcy protection
Atari Interactive Inc has sought protection from US creditors, 41 years after Nolan Bushnell’s gaming legend was born with Pong.
Backers: What's this, another cloud storage upstart? Here, have $20m
Another day, another cloud storage startup. This one's Axcient, which is in the cloud backup game and has just scored itself $20m in Series D funding. That seems surprising. It's already Axcient's fourth funding round and it's a lot of greenbacks. What's taking the company so long and why does it need so much money to get off the ground?
Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare
CommentDo you fancy your chances with Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz's new online file locker? It's staggeringly unoriginal in every respect - it's even called Mega, like his last one - but I'll propose we think about it in a new way. So I haven't come to mock the rotund self-promoter, but rather to talk about what might happen if its users were to throw themselves at the service to share copyrighted content.
First Google wants to know all about you, now it wants a RING on your finger
Top Google bods are mulling over using cryptographic finger-ring gadgets and other ways for users to securely log into websites and other services.
Time Warner Cable to Netflix: We want your 3D films, not your network
Internet video service Netflix is apparently refusing to provide HD content - which includes its 3D and Super HD movies - to networks which refuse to be a part of its Open Connect content delivery network, prompting cries of partiality as private networks spread.
DataStax cranks up Facebook NoSQL to 3.0 with enterprise features
DataStax, the company that was founded to take the Cassandra NoSQL data store created by Facebook commercial and therefore usable by mere enterprise data centers, is keeping to its cadence and is rolling up a new release of its DataStax Enterprise Edition.
Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college
A Canadian computer science student is claiming he was expelled after identifying a gaping security hole in administrative software his college was using.
Australian spooks want mobile dev to build ... something
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) seems set to equip Australian spooks with mobile apps.
Telstra inks 4G roaming deal for Hong Kong travelers
Australian business travellers to Asia received a boost at the tail end of last week after telco giant Telstra announced the availability of 4G international roaming in Hong Kong courtesy of operator CSL.
ACCC spikes gadget price-fix
Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has politely declined a request by a retail buying group to set minimum prices on a bunch of electrical and electronic gadgets.
Rackspace to build custom servers, storage for cloud biz
Open Compute 2013Rackspace Hosting is getting into custom server design, and it is working with manufacturing partners with the Open Compute Project to get its tweaked versions of servers, storage arrays, and racks created by Facebook to run the social network manufactured by multiple suppliers.