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Agile development may be taught in Australian High Schools

The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released its long-awaited draft Technologies curriculum for students from kindergarten to year 10 (Australian secondary schooling ends in Year 12), and the draft offers hope to those who want kids to be taught heavyweight IT skills.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2013
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VMware promises better security, considers scheduled patches

VMware is thinking about emitting security patches on a fixed schedule, instead of its current just-in-time regime.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2013
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Whitman vows to end channel conflict at HP

Direct-sales staffers who continue to pilfer deals from under the nose of channel partners do not have a long-term future at the company, top brass at HP claim.
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2013
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Apple accounts for 20% of all US consumer electronics cash

The latest research data on US consumer electronics spending from analyst house NPD shows that Apple has a commanding market position, taking 19.9 per cent of all sales in 2012.
Iain Thomson, 20 Feb 2013
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Next HP CEO is already working at HP, says Meg Whitman

HP CEO Meg Whitman says her eventual successor will be recruited from within the company and not externally as has been the case with the previous batch of bigwigs.
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2013

Chip daddy Mead: 'A bunch of big egos' are strangling science

ISSCC Microelectronics pioneer, Caltech professor emeritus, and all-around smart guy Carver Mead believes that the scientific revolution that began with the discovery of special relativity and quantum mechanics has stalled, and that it's up to us to kickstart it.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Feb 2013

HP rolling out shiny rebates programmes and tools

HP is pushing through some radical changes to its PartnerOne channel programmes and tools in a tacit admission it needs to partner more predictably and consistently with the channel.
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2013
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Dell fattens disks in D2D backup product beef-up

Dell has fattened up its DR4000 disk backup target array. The newer, bigger, fatter little brother is called the DR4100 and has bigger disks, more of them, plus faster server engines and more backup software certifications.
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013
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Addicted to games? Maybe not in China

China is reportedly hard at work on its very own definition of gaming addiction, according to Xinhua, the multi-lingual Chinese newswire service that that has “setting a good image of China abroad as its main task.”
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2013
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Microsoft holds off on shooting Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft's firing squad has put off the execution of Windows Live Messenger, leaving it sitting on death row for another few weeks.

Tizen mobile OS releases v2.0 code

The men and women behind the open source Tizen mobile OS platform have stated an early claim to win developer hearts and minds ahead of Mobile World Congress next week with the official release of Tizen 2.0 source code and SDK.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Feb 2013

FIFA stages shoot-out between British and German goal line tech

Football’s ruling body FIFA has agreed to use goal-line technology (GLT) at next year’s World Cup in Brazil after successful trials in Japan in December.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Feb 2013
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Android 4.2.2 slides up skirt slightly, reveals a slip of fishnet

Obsessives crawling through the minutia of Android's latest changes have spotted evidence that Google's vapourware home-automation system might yet live, and mesh networking too.
Bill Ray, 20 Feb 2013
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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

If ever there was a company that found itself in the right place at the right time, it's TouchType - the team behind SwiftKey.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Feb 2013
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Nasuni fondles clouds, says Microsoft's is nicest...

Nasuni says Microsoft's Azure is the best cloud service provider for users of its cloud storage gateway. Last year the enterprise storage company ranked Amazon's S3 at the top.
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013
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Mobe networks bag UK 4G for a steal - £1bn shy of Osborne's £3.5bn

The rights to use Blighty's 4G frequencies were today sold to UK operators, plus a BT subsidiary without national aspirations, raising a mere £2.3bn for the Treasury.
Bill Ray, 20 Feb 2013
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I used to be an Oracle DBA ... but now I'm a Big Data guru

As the demand for Oracle skills fades along with VB and as even Java loses its shine, the smart developer is looking at what will pay the bills for the next decade.
Dominic Connor, 20 Feb 2013
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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

Motormouth Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson has joked he will kill the spammers who took his Twitter account on a joyride to tout dodgy diet pills.
Anna Leach, 20 Feb 2013
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HP serves up backup-array combo platter to channel diners

HP has introduced follow-on systems to the iSCSI P4500 and a channel-only pairing of a StoreServe 3PAR array with StoreOnce Backup. The firm believes both will help channel partners in the mid-range/high-end external array and purpose-built backup appliance markets.
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013
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Is it a bird? Is it a cloud? No! It's just a new Seagate biz NAS box

Seagate has added one, two and four-bay desktop filers to its product range, calling it Seagate Business Storage. The boxes also feature an external SATA bus to hook up removable drives. The manufacturer has, unlike its rivals, mercifully resisted the temptation to call the network-attached storage a personal or small-biz "cloud".
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013
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Concurrent gives old SQL users new Hadoop tricks

Application framework specialist Concurrent has given SQL devs a free tool to get at data stored in Hadoop, without having to learn the intricacies of the trendy computational framework.
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2013
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Apple FINALLY fills gaping Java hole that pwned its own devs

Apple has belatedly patched a security hole in the Java engine it ships with Mac OS X - the very hole exploited by hackers to infect Apple's own developers, their counterparts at Facebook and scores of other Mac-using companies.
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2013
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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

The BBC has sensationally quantified the cargo capacity of a new behemoth container ship as "863 million tins of baked beans".
Lester Haines, 20 Feb 2013

Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

Demand for IT professionals with Linux skills is stronger than ever, but a new worldwide survey of more than 850 hiring managers and 2,600 Linux professionals indicates that companies are having a hard time finding qualified hires.
Neil McAllister, 20 Feb 2013
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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth embraces tablet terror: Our PC biz will survive, too

Ubuntu spaceman Mark Shuttleworth is embracing the full horror of tablets and smartphones, calculating they’ll do little harm to his Linux distro’s PC business.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2013
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From stage to stream: The unseen tech at the BRIT Awards 2013

Feature If you think you know all about the O2 Arena having visited it when it was called the Millennium Dome, then think again.
Bob Dormon, 20 Feb 2013
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OnApp packs bullet-proof SAN into v3 of its cloud software

UK cloud control freak OnApp has released the third version of its OnApp Cloud, which packs in its distributed SAN for telecommunications companies that want to spin-up Amazon-like iterations.
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2013
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VMware sharpens axe for PCs: Horizon boxset brings Windows to iPads

After eighteen months of hints, VMware has unveiled the final version of its “Horizon Suite” end-user computing stack.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2013
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Sony flogs off more assets in scramble for full-year profit

Sony is selling off nearly 10,000 shares in medical market research firm M3 as part of its business overhaul.

Future war, what it is good phwoar? asks Crysis skin-paint babe

Crysis 3 goes on sale this coming Friday, and in a blatant bid to arouse interest among gamers, developer Crytek and publisher EA has sprayed some leggy lass called Ashley Roberts with hi-tech body art.
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Rid yourself of Adobe: New Firefox 19.0 gets JAVASCRIPT PDF viewer

Mozilla's Firefox web browser now includes a built-in PDF viewer - allowing users to bin plugins from Adobe and other developers.
Anna Leach, 20 Feb 2013
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Mail.ru tycoon, Silicon Valley titans announce $3m life science prizes

Russian internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner has persuaded Mark Zuckerberg, Art Levinson and Sergey Brin to pool their money for a science prize of $3m to for research into curing diseases and extending human life.
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BlackBerry squashes W-TIFF-F bug that's ripe for malware squirters

BlackBerry has patched a security vulnerability that allowed hackers to execute malicious code on systems running its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) software.
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2013
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Ad-titan Google blocks Adblock Plus in Android security tweak

The maker of Adblock Plus is upset its users must jump through hoops to get its advert-banishing app working on devices running Android - the mobile OS made by advertising giant Google.
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2013
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France Telecom takes huge profit hit after swallowing €1.8bn writedown

Telecoms is not the fat market it once was as the low spend in the UK 4G auction showed today, and Euro telco giant France Telecom has also felt the pain. The former French monopoly telco had to write down €1.84bn on units in Poland, Egypt and Romania, which was partly to blame for the hefty 79 per cent plunge in profits year-on-year shown in its annual results for 2012.
Anna Leach, 20 Feb 2013
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Red Hat has BIG Big Data plans, but won't roll its own Hadoop

Let's get this straight. Red Hat should package up its own commercial Hadoop distribution or buy one of the three key Hadoop disties before they get too expensive. But don't hold your breath, because Red Hat tells El Reg that neither option is the current plan. Red Hat is going to partner with Hadoop distributors and hope they deploy commercial Hadoop clusters on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Java and use the Gluster File System, known now as Red Hat Storage Server 2.0.
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Linaro Linux-on-ARM effort sets sights on network gear

The non-profit Linaro software engineering effort , established two summers ago to whip the Linux kernel and add-ons to create the Linux platform for mobile devices, is setting its sights on myriad networking devices.
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Speaking in Tech: Tesla's Elon Musk takes on NYT - ballsy move, man

Podcast Podcast Want to hear a quick and funny wrap-up of everything - well, everything important - that happened in tech this week? El Reg's enterprise and consumer kit gurus Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch are here to discuss the business of tech, the tech of storage, and the quality of watered-down bourbon. They also chat about …
Team Register, 20 Feb 2013
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Forget Dropbox, here's Drobo-box: Small-biz array meets Barracuda cloud

Security appliance maker Barracuda Networks has agreed to marry its online file-sharing service to storage biz Drobo's box of hard drives called 5N.
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013
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HP CEO talks up uncertainty in Dell buy-out

HP's self appointed turnaround queen Meg Whitman reckons that Dell's move to go private again will create a period of uncertainty for the customers and channel partners.
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2013
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Google stokes hype machine over Project Glass robospecs

Google has been talking up its augmented-reality specs, dubbed Project Glass, for the past year. Now its hype machine has kicked up a notch with a competition on social media to allow members of the public to get in the queue for the $1,500 prototypes.
Iain Thomson, 20 Feb 2013
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Chinese search engine giant Baidu forges ARM servers

Chip maker Marvell has notched up its third public design win for an ARM server, this one at Baidu, one of the two big search engine giants in China.
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'On demand' fibre: Could it happen in Oz?

A question posed by El Reg to Australian opposition communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull has opened up something of a can of worms.
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CSIRO: Landscape is biggest carbon sink

New research published by the CSIRO has found that Australia’s landscape is by far the country’s largest carbon sink. However, its nowhere near enough, absorbing just one-third of the national fossil fuel emissions over the last 30 years.
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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

Microsoft has clarified the licensing for retail versions of its Office 2013 productivity suite, confirming that boxed editions of the software are licensed for a single PC only and that the license may never be transferred, even if the user upgrades to a new PC.
Neil McAllister, 20 Feb 2013
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E-taxes aren't really stuffing Uncle Sam's pockets enough

Some US states have started collecting the first tranche of internet sales taxes, but it's a lot less than studies were anticipating.
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Microsoft, EMC, NetApp support Oracle against Google

Microsoft, EMC, and NetApp have joined Oracle in urging the US Federal Circuit Appeals Court to overturn an earlier decision in the landmark Oracle versus Google Java trial.
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2013