Google Street View releases devastated Fukushima town tour
PixGoogle has released Street View images of the unfortunate town of Namie-machi, Japan, which was devastated by the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the tsunami it caused, then rendered uninhabitable by the Fukushima Daichi nuclear cockup.
Sprint, Softbank to swear off Huawei kit as condition of merger
A US Congressman has said that Sprint and its Japanese suitor Softbank have both pledged not to use equipment manufactured by China's Huawei in Sprint's wireless network, a move that could help the companies clear a hurdle in their planned merger.
FBI on trial for warrantless Stingray mobile spying
In an Arizona court case, the FBI has been forced to defend its use of a phony cellphone tower dubbed Stingray that it's using to analyse mobile phone traffic and identify suspects.
A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it
Mesh-networking standard ZigBee now has support for IP, allowing embedded devices (from 'leccy meters to lightbulbs) to be directly addressed as long as the addresser is using IPv6.
WTF is... the Quantified Self?
FeatureThe woman sitting opposite me on the Tube is reading a book. She turns the page and I watch her hand come up to her face. She strokes her lips, and then the fingertips disappear into her mouth: she’s nibbling the nail of her ring finger.
'I've read all the Harry Potters - and I'm proud to have done so for adverts'
QuotWThis was the week when Stephen Fry didn't get upset with The Register, he just called everyone at Vulture Central "cruel and vicious".
I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working
Something for the Weekend, Sir?“My nephew bought me one of those iPad things for my birthday.”
Gartner forecasts pro 3D printer prices below $2,000 by 2016
Analyst house Gartner has caught the 3D printing bug with its latest forecast on the future of the industry, and predicts enterprise-quality printers being cheap and plentiful by 2016.
Relaxed Windows 8 rules hint at smaller slabs to come
Microsoft has quietly changed its OEM certification guidelines for Windows 8 to allow devices with lower screen resolutions, a move that could mean smaller Windows tablets are on the way.
Public cloud will grow when experienced IT folks DIE
AnalysisMajor adoption of public cloud computing services by large companies won't happen until the current crop of IT workers are replaced by kiddies who grew up with Facebook, Instagram, and other cloud-centric services – so says Rackspace CTO John Engates. Should we be worried?
Boffins birth man-sized military ROBOT JELLYFISH
VideoA team of robotics researchers at Virginia Tech (VT) are using a university swimming pool to show off their latest creation, an autonomous robotic jellyfish developed for the US Navy that's capable of swimming a payload of technology into position off enemy shores.
Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week
Facebook has sent out invitations to an event at its Menlo Park headquarters this week that many believe will see the launch of a new, Facebook-branded smartphone – and an Amazon phone may not be far behind.