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Kevin Lynch

Adobe reports great re$ult$ but loses CTO Kevin Lynch to Apple

It's been a mixed day for Adobe – exceeding analyst's expectations for its first quarter financial results but having this overshadowed by the news that its long-standing CTO Kevin Lynch handed in his notice on Monday and will gone by the end of the week .
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2013

Report: BlackBerry BYOD-ware doesn't pass UK.gov security test

UpdateBlackBerry Balance, the new feature in BB10 aimed at meeting demand for bring-your-own-device regimes, has been found insufficiently secure for that purpose by Britain's Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG).
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2013

Google adds validation to DNSSEC

Worldwide, the rollout of DNSSEC can comfortably be described as “glacial”, but Google valiantly continues to try to give it profile. Having launched its own DNSSEC service three years ago, Mountain View has now added DNSSEC validation to its public DNS resolvers.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Mar 2013

Breakneck star orbits black hole at record speed

VidThe ESA's XMM-Newton has turned up a star and black hole, separated by around a million kilometres, orbiting each other in just 2.4 hours.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Mar 2013
New EMC branding

EMC2 is now EMC II, too

EMC has made a telling change to its brand.The company's full name, “EMC2”, is now the master brand for Pivotal, VMware and EMC II. Here's a slide that shows the distinction.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2013

Kinky Android X-ray app laid bare as malware

Japanese mobile users are being warned not to download an Android app promising to allow them to see through clothes with the phone’s camera, as the malware hidden within will steal address book data and try to blackmail them to the tune of ¥29,000 (£202).
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2013
Mount Everest

Google turns Street View into Mountain View

Google has taken its Street View service to new heights after deciding to ditch the infamous car in favour of a simple tripod and camera as it unveiled new shots of some of the world’s tallest mountains.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2013

Dear gov cyber-ninjas, try not to kill people. Love from the lawyers

A NATO-backed manual that attempts to pull together all the bits of international law regarding the "hostile use" of the internet has prohibited attacks against civilian targets.
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2013
George Osborne looking like he means it

Virgin Media boss to Osbo: Bung city fibre cash into small biz

AnalysisVirgin Media has said it before and it's saying it again: the cable company wants the UK government to take at least half of Blighty's £150m set aside for urban broadband rollouts and pump it into improving digital skills in small businesses.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2013

Bolshy Balch Hill blasts STEC bosses after talks break down

Activist investor Balch Hill has told STEC's shareholders that they should consider putting up a For Sale sign on the fallen flash leader's lawn and booting out the CEO and former CEO, the Moshayedi brothers.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2013
North Anna Power Plant

SCADA honeypots attract swarm of international hackers

Vulnerable internet-facing industrial systems controlling crucial equipment used by power plants, airports, factories and other critical systems are subjected to sustained attacks within hours of appearing online, according to new honeypot-based research by Trend Micro.
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2013
Cisco El Reg TelePresence

Whatever happened to telepresence? From $2.5m deals to free iPad apps

FeatureCast your mind back nearly 10 years and high-end videoconferencing with its eye-watering price was being touted as the substitute for the corporate jet. At the time, having remote video streams to view your conference room was a big deal that involved an awful lot of looking after and a continuous investment each month for the privilege along with line leasing.
Bob Dormon, 20 Mar 2013

ICO clamps down on nuisance calls, slaps £90k fine on Glasgow firm

A Glasgow company that deliberately nagged households with nuisance calls has been fined £90,000 by Britain's data protection watchdog.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2013

Reg live natter with GNOME superstar Miguel de Icaza

Live ChatIf anyone is a paid-up member of the open source club, surely it is Miguel de Icaza.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Mar 2013

Feds cuff ex-NASA boffin at airport amid state-secret leak scare

An ex-NASA scientist was arrested as he tried to board a plane to Beijing amid claims of a security breach at the space agency.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2013

Another MYSTERY evacuation: Google UK empties swanky offices

PictureGooglers have been chucked out of their central London office behind Tottenham Court Road station for the second time in about a month. There's no word yet on the reason for the latest evacuation, during which the entire plush building - home to various tech and media companies - was cleared out.
Team Register, 20 Mar 2013

That Osbo bloke - he's on your Twitters. 'What a c**k'

Budget Day 2013Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has joined the swelled ranks of politicos and media bods on Twitter today, ahead of his Budget Statement at lunchtime - which is expected to be one of the bleakest in years.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2013
Camputers' Lynx

The Lynx effect: The story of Camputers' mighty micro

ArchaeologicNot all of the early 1980s British home computers were fated to be as successful as Sinclair’s ZX series or Acorn's BBC Micro. Many were destined instead to be loved solely by keen but small communities of owners. For all these users’ enthusiasm, there were too few of them to sustain the cost of developing, manufacturing, marketing and evolving the products they had selected. When the crunch came - and after 1983’s poor Christmas sales season, it came with a vengeance - the makers of these machines were doomed.
Tony Smith, 20 Mar 2013

LOHAN slips into tight rubber outfit

Last week, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team welcomed rocketeer Paul Shackleton aboard our audacious spaceplane mission.
Lester Haines, 20 Mar 2013
Static poor reception of TV transmission. Photo by shutterstock

South Korean TV and banks paralysed in disk-wipe cyber-blitz

Banks and TV stations in South Korea have been hit by a debilitating attack on their computer networks.
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2013

Corporate IT bod? Show 'em what it costs and management WILL pay

StoragebodGetting IT departments to start thinking like service providers is an uphill struggle; getting beyond cost-to-value seems to be a leap too far for many. I wonder if it is driven by fear of change or simply a fear of assessing value.
StorageBod, 20 Mar 2013

Brit Bill Gates writes ANOTHER open letter to HP board

Former Autonomy mobster Mike Lynch wants HP to shine a light on the accusations of book-cooking made against him and his exec team when it holds the annual shareholder meeting later today.
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2013

Twitter patents sending messages, promises not to sue everyone

Twitter has patented a messaging service in which users follow each other and send messages that don't have specific recipients - or in other words, Twitter.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 20 Mar 2013

Osborne slashes growth forecast by half in bleak economy statement

Budget Day 2013Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne "levelled" with the British public today by admitting that the economy remains in the toilet as he slashed growth estimates.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2013

Mobile kingpins to marketing mavens: Bonking is brilliant, wanna try?

Vodafone, O2 and EE sent their respective CEOs to Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club this morning, hoping to seduce the UK's advertising industry with the promise of SMS and banner deliveries across networks, with bonking to follow.
Bill Ray, 20 Mar 2013

Riak cloud storage's secret sauce splashed all over the web

Riak database stewards at Basho have released their multi-tenant high-availability cloud storage technology as open source under the Apache 2 licence - but to what end?
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 2013

1,600 to lose jobs during ST-Ericsson breakup

The joint venture which tried to challenge Qualcomm and Intel in the baseband chip market has collapsed, with the loss of 1,600 jobs and another 3,000 or so finding themselves working for someone else.
Bill Ray, 20 Mar 2013

One-time wannabe governor charged for Facebook share Ponzi scheme

A US financier has been charged with running a $13.2m Ponzi scheme, supposedly trading in Facebook and other social networks' pre-IPO shares despite the fact that he didn't have access to them.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 20 Mar 2013

Acer's tiny raft of profit smashed onto rocks by Gateway and co

The much touted recovery at PC maker Acer didn't show up in 2012: a write-down on its assets dragged its accounts into the red.
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2013

Amazon boss salvages Apollo engines from watery grave

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and his deep-sea salvage crew have successfully raised enough wreckage from the seabed off Florida to rebuild two of the massive F-1 rocket engines that once powered NASA's Apollo missions.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2013

Hadoop whisperer Concurrent slurps VC money

Hadoop whisperer Concurrent has trousered $4m of VC money so the data analysis platform company can hire more people, extend its open source efforts and generally stay in business.
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 2013
A rack of Nvidia VCAs

Nvidia gets into the server biz with Visual Computing Appliance

GTC 2013If you want to virtualize workstations and run them on shared infrastructure, or build a giant renderfarm to make the next blockbuster movie or video game, then Nvidia has a server for you. It's called the Visual Computing Appliance, and as the name suggests, it is aimed at important workloads such as running Crysis, at least when the bosses are not looking, and for running various kinds of GPU-intensive applications when they are.
Nvidia is taking hybrid computing another step forward with its Kayla card

Nvidia welds together ARM-Kepler ceepie-geepie system for the impatient

GTC 2013Graphics chip maker Nvidia is also an ARM processor maker, and it wants hybrid ARM-GPU chips just as much as you want them. And in the meantime, if you just can't wait, the company is working with Italian electronics manufacturer Seco to kick out another ceepie-geepie card that can be used for software development or to build a parallel system if you want to play around.

Microsoft starts to roll out Windows 8 in embedded flavors

Microsoft has announced the general availability of two flavors of Windows 8 for embedded systems; the Standard and Pro editions.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2013

Nvidia and ARM: It's a parallel, parallel, parallel world

GTC 2013Nvidia envisions a future in which ARM processors and the GPU-maker's CUDA parallel-computing platform and programming model will work together in perfect harmony, and the company has a raft of planned CUDA enhancements to not only make that coexistence seamless, but to enhance that programming environment for discrete GPUs, as well.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Mar 2013
Larry Ellison

Oracle's hardware wing keeps on bleeding

Oracle's shares dropped 7 per cent in after-hours trading in response to an quarterly earnings report that showed muted adoption for its latest software offerings and a continued shrinkage in its troubled hardware division.
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 2013

Cisco slip puts hardware at risk

Cisco has issued a security advisory revealing that it mis-coded the implementation of a new password hashing algorithm.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Mar 2013

Samsung: We're doing smart watches too

It's Cupertino's turn to capture a flag planted by Samsung: while Apple has been content to allow leaks to fuel rumours about its “smart watch” plans, its Korean nemesis/rival/copycat has gone public with its project.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Mar 2013

Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

Probably the most-loved survivor of 1970s space optimism, Voyager, has sent back signals indicating that it's left the heliosphere.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Mar 2013

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