Devs tease early screenshots of Ubuntu Touch Core Apps
Ubuntu developer Michael Hall has posted screenshots of early versions of what Canonical is calling the "Core Apps" for Ubuntu Touch, the new flavor of the popular Linux distribution that's being rewritten to run on mobile devices as well as PCs.
Boffins build robo-CHIMP for DARPA challenge
The latest entrant to DARPA's $2m Robotics Challenge is a four-limbed robot with near-human strength and the dexterity to climb ladders or use tools.
Oracle’s cloud slowly condenses
Oracle has started touring the world, throwing “CloudWorld” events at which it explains it’s not late to the cloud, but took its own sweet time getting there in good shape.
Japan to trial emergency 'calls' by Twitter in disaster zones
Japanese authorities will soon trial a new warning system that would allow imperiled members of the public to contact the emergency services by sending messages on social networking sites like Twitter.
Take a temp job in Oz and become office pariah
If you’ve contemplated a year or three working in Australia on a temporary visa, think again. A domestic political storm means the climate for temporary skilled workers is likely to worsen.
HEAVILY ARMED SEX CRAZED DOLPHINS on RAMPAGE in Black Sea
UpdatedWorrying news today for any Register readers who may be in the neighbourhood of the Black Sea, as news has emerged that three elite Ukrainian navy killer dolphins, possibly armed with deadly weapons attached to their heads, have gone absent without leave in the region, apparently intent on nookie.
Twitter's Chinese foe is home to social media zombies
China’s social networks may not be as social as was first thought, after a new sample study found that over half of accounts on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo are inactive while fewer than 15 per cent of active accounts feature original posts.
NetApp modifies benchmark system and - shock - comes out TOP
NetApp's number crunchers at Sunnyvale have sweetened the firm's SPC-2 benchmark results in an attempt to help NetApp stand out from the crowd, emphasising the price/performance bennies of its latest E5500 disk array.
Coca Cola in the dock over illegal China GPS map claims
The perils of doing business in China were highlighted again recently after it was revealed that Coca Cola is under investigation following allegations it illegally mapped parts of Yunnan province.
Sepaton lures Feds with TOP SECRET backup BEAST
Sepaton has brought out a new deduping backup storage array that it claims inflicts 80TB an hour on a floating lump of backup data. It's the S2100-ES3 2925 and it has near doubled its data ingestion rate over the -ES2 model, says the firm. It has also added an encryption feature that it says makes it the "safe choice" for mega corps and secretive gov orgs.
Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story
ArchaeologicThey would, Clive Sinclair claimed on 23 April 1982, revolutionise home computer storage. Significantly cheaper than the established 5.25-inch and emerging 3.5-inch floppy drives of the time - though not as capacious or as fast to serve up files - ‘Uncle’ Clive’s new toy would “change the face of personal computing”, Sinclair Research’s advertising puffed.
Cluster padawans vie for place in Shanghai super showdown
ASC13The 2013 Student Cluster Competition season is off to a roaring start judging by the high level of interest in the inaugural Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC13), which will kick off in Shanghai in mid-April.
Disk drive kingpin WD whips out wallet for upstart Skyera
Who'd have thought it? When flash array startup Skyera announced its $51m second round funding we knew Dell was leading it but what we didn't know was that disk drive bigwig Western Dig was in there too.
Perish the fault! Can your storage array take a bullet AND LIVE?
FeatureStorage doesn't have to be hard. It isn't really all that hard. If you ask yourself "can my storage setup lead to data loss" then you have already begun your journey. As a primer, I will attempt to demystify the major technologies in use today to solve that very problem.
Outages plague Hotmail and Outlook users
Microsoft's spanking new Outlook.com and creaking Hotmail service are experiencing prolonged outages around the world.
Black Tuesday patchfest: A lot of digits plug security dykes
Microsoft carried out a fairly comprehensive spring cleaning of vulnerabilities on Tuesday, fixing 20 vulnerabilities with seven bulletins, four of which are rated critical.
GoDaddy gone, daddy: Websites go titsup in server assault
A number of websites hosted by GoDaddy were blasted offline this week in a distributed denial-of-service attack.
Eric Schmidt trousers his monstrous package at Google
Top Googler Eric Schmidt is getting a tasty $6m bonus for his performance at the Chocolate Factory this year, part of a package of $15m getting spread around among the C-suite Oompa Loompas.
Every SECOND there are EIGHT more Seagate drives in the world
Seagate boasts that it has shipped a billion drives in just four years after taking nearly three decades to build its previous billion.
Rugby club doomed by 2e2 disaster rescued by Manx reseller
A small reseller on the Isle of Man has not only snapped up collapsed 2e2's operations on the island, but also agreed to sponsor a rugby club previously backed by the crashed integrator.
Google to pay laughably minuscule fine over Wi-Fi slurp across US
Google has reached a peanut-sized $7m settlement with 38 US states, after its controversial Street View prowl cars deliberately collected payload data including emails and passwords from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks across America.
IT chiefs choose Choose-YOD over full fat BYOD for now
Insight EMEA boss Stuart Fenton says BYOD is failing to set the world alight: but a half-fat version is gaining some traction within enterprises.
Microsoft unveils even more tempting Kinect offering: Open source
First it was developer tools, then Kinect for the PC, now Microsoft's given hackers a shot at the Kinect code under an open-source license.
JPMorgan Chase is latest US bank in MYSTERY web savaging
JPMorgan Chase's website went kaput yesterday when the bank became the latest US financial institution to find itself on the business end of a distributed denial-of-service assault.
Foundering OCZ snatches megabuck lifeline in white-knuckled grip
OCZ, drowning in a sea of cancelled products, its banker missing overboard, revenues leaking from its deflating financial rubber ring and burdened by an inability to understand its own condition has been hurled a last minute $30 million cash and credit lifeline.
VMware and partners to build uber-vCloud to take on Amazon
Rumors have been going around since late last year that server virtualization juggernaut and cloud wannabe VMware was working on building its own infrastructure public cloud, said to be called Project Zephyr, and it turns out to be true. Mostly. Maybe.
eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money
eBay has claimed that Google's paid search ads aren't worth the money for big-name brands, after it conducted a study showing that found it was only getting 25 cents back for every dollar it spent.
Public-sector biz Civica UK flaunts fit figures to keep sugar-daddies sweet
If investors at venture-capital biz 3i are considering floating or selling UK public-sector tech giant Civica this year, then its decent financial results will focus a few minds.
Oracle acquires Nimbula, buys way into open clouds
Oracle has announced plans to acquire Nimbula, an purchase that gives the database company a route into the open source OpenStack cloud management system, and a private cloud software stack as well.
Report: Amazon dominates global cloud spend
Amazon Web Services dominates the infrastructure-as-a-service cloud computing market, and is dramatically growing its share in platform-as-a-service as well, according to reasonably-believable research figures.
Adobe thinks outside box, nixes retail Creative Suite packaging
Adobe is moving ahead with plans to phase out the boxed, retail versions of its Creative Suite and Acrobat software families, in favor of a distribution model based exclusively on digital downloads and subscriptions.
Father of Android Andy Rubin steps down for Chrome OS boss
It's all change at Google as Andy Rubin, the man who shepherded Android into becoming the world's biggest mobile operating system, is stepping down in favor of Chrome OS boss Sundar Pichai.
EMC launches its cloudy Federation with Pivotal big data spinoff
Wall Street events can be pretty boring unless you like money and profits, but there was a moment of levity during EMC's financial analysts meeting that marked the birth of the Pivotal Initiative, the gathering up of big data and application framework assets from EMC and its virtualization minion, VMware.
Oz Bank share price dives after reveal of IBM/Oracle plan
Is it feasible that investors are belatedly learning that a technology refresh might involve spending huge amounts of money on risky projects?
Photonic router vendor exits stealth-mode, sparks hypegasm
Without the obligatory hype from the "every great business starts with venture capital" press, it is an interesting proposition: that turning integrated electro-optical chips into the basis of a router yields a faster device that's smaller, uses less power, and generates less heat.