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Enormo-display Apple iPhone prototype surfaces

For you iPhone users who drool over the large displays of such Android handsets as ZTE's 5.7-inch Grand Memo or Samsung's 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II, cast your eyes on what could have been:
Rik Myslewski, 12 Mar 2013

AWS plugs Node.js into Elastic Beanstalk

Amazon has plugged Node.js into its free platform-as-a-service, Elastic Beanstalk.
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2013

BlackBerry stock spikes on Lenovo buyout mumble

Shares in BlackBerry, the company formerly known as both RIM and a world leader in smartphone shipments, jumped up ten per cent on Monday after Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said that a buyout "could possibly make sense."
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2013

Amazon makes EC2 stickier with default virtual private clouds

The evolution of the Amazon Web Services cloud has proceeded at a steady pace since 2006, and while a number of companies have built up cloud businesses and close the gaps, Amazon keeps moving ahead. Two recent tweaks to the Amazon cloud make it that more useful, and therefore more sticky for the applications running upon it.

ITU approaches Asia-Pac nations to support new ITRs

The ITU has reportedly sent a senior official to Bangkok to try and win votes for the new International Telecommunications Regulations which were proposed, argued over and ultimately voted down in December.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Mar 2013

Earthquake killed your network? Satellite-over-balloon to the rescue!

Two years after the devastating Sendai earthquake and subsequent tsunami rocked north-east Japan, mobile operator Softbank has updated its floating mobile phone base station system to include satellite comms for extra resilience.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2013

Riverbed rolling script language and SDK everywhere

Riverbed Technologies has announced its intention to open up its APIs and make its kit more consistently scriptable across all devices.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Mar 2013

HP, SAP talking HANA-as-a-service

HP and SAP are discussing the possibility of introducing an as-a-service edition of the software giant's Hana in-memory computing product.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2013

Elon Musk's 'Grasshopper' hover rocket scores another test success

VidSpaceX, the radical upstart startup rocket firm helmed by PayPal hecamillionaire and geek visionary Elon Musk, has announced a further successful trial of its hovering "Grasshopper" test vehicle.
Lewis Page, 12 Mar 2013
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Japan's free public VPN project tunnels through Great Firewall

Chinese netizens finding it increasingly difficult to bypass the Great Firewall after a recent crackdown on virtual private network (VPN) services have found an unlikely ally in a new public relay VPN service from Japan.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2013
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Rise Of The Machines: What will become of box-watchers, delivery drivers?

Blocks and FilesIn the world of storage tech, progress is a holy grail, never questioned, never doubted. Anything that adds data access capacity, data access speed and data access security is a good thing. Who can doubt it? The world has a seemingly insatiable appetite for storing and accessing data and as we feed the ravening beast, so our businesses become more and more efficient.
Chris Mellor, 12 Mar 2013

Godzilla wreaks revenge on Pakistani government web sites

An Indian hacker known as "Godzilla" taken down several Pakistani government web sites.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2013
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How UK gov's 'growth' measures are ALREADY killing the web

AnalysisYesterday the House of Lords debated measures smuggled into the proposed Enterprise and Regulatory Reform law - measures that would lead to fewer photographs on the web and potentially cripple British businesses. Allow ace aerial photographer Jonathan Webb to explain.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Mar 2013

Sony chairman Howard Stringer set to retire, explore 'new world'

Sony chair and former CEO Howard Stringer is set to retire from the firm completely this June.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 12 Mar 2013

Hitachi and Siemens data-stalking firm not bugged by security bods' report

An open-source IT monitoring software firm has clashed with a security consultancy over the seriousness of a security bug in its technology.
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2013
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Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old

Ten years ago, Intel decided notebook computers needed a boost. The technology wasn’t new, but while a fair few mobile workers had portable computers, and some even had modem cards or were using Bluetooth-connected phones to reach the internet, laptops weren’t seen as a truly mobile networkable device.
Tony Smith, 12 Mar 2013

Philips pushes out SDK for multicolour Zigbee LED lights

Software engineers can finally switch lights on and off, and change their colour, without resorting to hardware controls - thanks to the Philips Hue SDK and its RESTful interface.
Bill Ray, 12 Mar 2013
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VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus: An El Reg deep dive

ReviewGiven the plethora of virtualisation kit on the market, VMware customers – and potential customers – just want an answer to this very simple question: are VMware's offerings worth the money? A truthful response is fantastically complicated.
Trevor Pott, 12 Mar 2013

Czechs check cheques, reject £680m 4G auction

As bidding topped £680m, the Czech regulator pulled the plug on the 4G auction, saying that to continue would risk pushing cripplingly high prices onto the winner's customers as well as delaying deployments - both to the detriment of the country's citizens.
Bill Ray, 12 Mar 2013
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Computacenter profits tumble after German 'stumble'

UK IT outsourcing giant Computacenter saw pre-tax profit fall more than 10 per cent in the 12 months ended 31 December.
Team Register, 12 Mar 2013
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Comixology cloud fails to Make Mine Marvel

CommentDigital comic fans are a fairly honest lot, generally prefering to buy their sequential art reading matter than pinch it. But that doesn’t mean they ignore the regular weekly batches of new issues shared online. An apology from Dave Steinberger, head of Comixology, the largest digital comics retailer, reveals one reason why.
Tony Smith, 12 Mar 2013

Starlight-sifting boffins can now spot ALIEN LIFE LIGHT YEARS AWAY

PicsBoffins have made a breakthrough in the search for alien life with a new technique for determining the colours, chemical composition and even physical characteristics of exoplanets that are light years away.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 12 Mar 2013
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UK Serious Fraud Office queues up to probe HP's Autonomy allegations

The UK Serious Fraud Office has told The Register it is investigating allegations of accounting irregularities at Autonomy, the Brit software house gobbled by HP for $10.7bn in 2011.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2013
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Ten ten-inch tablets

Product Round-upDoes it make sense to own both a smartphone with a 5-inch screen and a 7-inch tablet? Arguably not. I can’t think of anything that I can do on my Nexus 7 that I couldn’t do equally well on a Samsung Galaxy Note II. Granted, the Nexus 7 makes a perfect partner for my Motorola Razr i, but if I used a Note II as my ‘phone’ I’d want a Nexus 10 as a tablet. In short, a big phone dictates a bigger tablet.
Alun Taylor, 12 Mar 2013

Oops, they did it again? Britney Spears, Paris Hilton 'LAID BARE ALL OVER THE WEB'

A rogue website has leaked what's claimed to be the detailed financial records of US celebs, politicians and other public figures.
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2013

Stats-crunchers toss ebooks into Blighty's 2013 inflation basket

The Office for National Statistics has added ebooks to the basket of goods and services used to calculate Britian's rate of inflation, while Freeview boxes have been tipped out.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 12 Mar 2013

BT denies spiralling engineer no-shows - Reg readers DISAGREE

BT has denied that its Openreach engineers are increasingly failing to turn up to fit or fix customers' broadband - even though complaints about the number of no-shows appears to be rising.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2013

Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites

A whopping 85 per cent of smartphone users reckon local apps are better than websites, but they're an impatient bunch and expect a gentle touch to be rewarded within seconds or they'll go elsewhere.
Bill Ray, 12 Mar 2013

Muso scrapbook Soundcloud gets $50m, corporatespeak makeover

CommentSoundcloud, a long-time favourite site of musicians and DJs where they can post their doodles, demos and remixes, has raised $50m in venture capital funding. And you know what that means: it’s now obliged to talk new media marketing gibberish with a straight face.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Mar 2013

Cash-strapped AMD drills for green gold in Lone Star State

Processor bakery AMD will sell off and lease back its offices in Austin, Texas, to raise $164m in much-needed cash.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 12 Mar 2013

Curiosity's MYSTERY MARS find: NASA reveals THE TRUTH

PicNASA will show the world today just what its Curiosity rover discovered in its study of the first Martian rock powder sample.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 12 Mar 2013

PayPal privates exposed after breach on SECURITY shop

Antivirus firm Avast has said that it was not responsible for a breach on a website of a German reseller selling its security products that resulted in the apparent leak of the payment details of thousands of consumers over the weekend.
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2013

Scalding clouds too hot to touch? Newvem adds heat map to AWS

Not everyone thinks visually, but a lot of us do. And for those of us who think in pictures better than tables of data, Newvem - which has launched a set of monitoring tools for the Amazon Web Services cloud - has created a new heat map tool that rides on its cloudy service.

AMD releases new 'Elite' laptop chips

AMD has released its latest A-Series laptop chips, codenamed "Richland" and replacing the "Trinity" chips released last spring.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Mar 2013
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On Amazon, cloud service companies put themselves at risk

AnalysisThe power that Amazon Web Services wields over its cloud partners illustrates the new business reality brought about by pay-as-you-go rentable IT – and it's not a pretty picture.
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2013

Curiosity succeeds – Mars was wet enough for life!

Test results from NASA's Curiosity rover's drilling and chemical analysis of Martian rock show that the Red Planet could have supported life as we know it.
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2013

France demands Skype register as telco

The French telecommunications regulator ARCEP has turned a critical eye on Microsoft's Skype and decided – more than a decade after the service was created – that it should register as a communications operator.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Mar 2013
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Taiwanese giant Quanta sold one out of every seven servers last year

ExclusiveTaiwanese server maker Quanta is sick of people misrepresenting or guessing about the size and might of its server business, and so it is setting the record straight. And as it turns out, Quanta has an absolutely huge and absurdly fast-growing server business that should make all of the server incumbents quake with trepidation and sharpen their envy knives.
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Medicos hack iPhone into lab 'scope

Take an iPhone, a cheap camera lens, double-sided tape and lab slides and what do you get? In Tanzania, a device that helps diagnose intestinal worms.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Mar 2013

Retailer challenges Visa penalty fees in data security dust-up

In a payment industry first, a sporting-goods retailer has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Visa, arguing that the penalties the credit card company charges its members for data security breaches are unfair.
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2013

Dell floats Boomi master data management into the cloud

Dell Boomi has put a new twist on master data management (MDM), by asking dev-starved organizations to keep their critical information in the cloud.
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2013
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Dell, Canonical tag team on Ubuntu Server tune-up for PowerEdgies

Enterprises don't want to just know that an operating system will run on a piece of iron, they want to know who they are entitled to yell at when it stops working properly. And that's why a new support agreement has been inked between Canonical, the commercial entity behind the Ubuntu Server distribution of Linux, and Dell, one of the largest server makers in the world.

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