US Navy blasts drones with ship-mounted LASER CANNON
The US Navy says it has successfully test-fired a ship-mounted laser weapon, and that it plans to deploy the device to an actual maritime staging area beginning in 2014.
Microsoft's security apps still trip up on Windows 8
German independent security firm AV-Test has released evaluations of security software for Windows 8 for the first time, and – not entirely surprisingly – it once again found Microsoft's own products were among the weaker performers.
News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air
UpdatedIn response to a New York appeals court ruling that upheld the right of media mogul Barry Diller's fledgling Aereo streaming service to continue to provide its subscribers with broadcast television content, News Corp.'s president and COO Chase Carey says he might turn Fox television into a subscription-only cable service.
Intel doubles Thunderbolt speed to 20Gbps
Intel's speedy but seldom-used networking standard Thunderbolt will double in speed to 20Gbps by year's end.
Australia's coalition launches new broadband policy
In Sydney's Fox Sports broadcast facility, a building supporting multi-gigabit connectivity, immediately following a demonstration of 3D television capabilities, and on the same day that the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced year-on-year Australian download growth of more than 63 percent, Australia's opposition announced a 25 Mbps fibre-to-the-node policy that will likely become the future for Australian telecommunications.
Android FOUND ON TABLETS inscribed with WORD OF GOD
A church has handed out tablets instead of hymn books - but not stone ones etched with the 10 commandments: these are Android fondleslabs whose pinch-to-zoom feature is a godsend for elderly parishioners, we're told.
Rackspace cosies up to mobile developers
Texan cloud prospector Rackspace hopes to strike gold by partnering up with mobile-focused companies to mine a rich vein of developer services.
Boffins say flash disk demands new RAID designs
Solid state disks (SSDs) are wonderfully fast, but every time you write to them, the semiconductors involved degrade just a little, a property that means you swap them into established storage rigs at your peril.
Take a deep breath: No NORKS panic for ICT supply chain … yet
It’s business as usual for the ICT supply chain in Asia despite heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula which have now seen the de facto closure of the symbolic Kaesŏng industrial zone, according to market watchers.
Virgin on London Underground Wi-Fi: O2's company, Three's a crowd
Mobile network O2 has become the latest to offer its customers access to free wi-fi on London's Tube platforms.
'Til heftier engines come aboard, HP Moonshot only about clouds
AnalysisThe HP Moonshot hyperscale servers are not even fully launched, and Intel and Calxeda are already bickering about whose server node is going to be bigger and better when they both ship improved processors for the Moonshot chassis later this year. Other engines will be coming for the Moonshot machines, too, HP execs tell El Reg, and they will be sorely needed if the Moonshot boxes are to do real work across a wider range of software.
Star Trek phaser sells for a STUNNING $231,000
Captain Kirk's phaser weapon from the second pilot of the 1960s Star Trek series has sold for an illogical $231,000 at auction.
Fusion slips 1.6TB solid wedge into Hollywood scribblers' slots
Fusion-io has fattened up its ioFX card that plugs flash storage into a workstation's PCIe bus: performance, we're told, is up fourfold and capacity is up from 420GB to 1.6TB.
Library ebooks must SELF-DESTRUCT if scribes want dosh - review
The UK government will consider paying writers each time their ebooks and audio books are borrowed from public libraries - just like scribes are recompensed when their dead-tree tomes are loaned.
Mm.. you like RAID? Ooh, you want flash. Try this super-Hadooper
Intel is integrating an LSI PCIe flash card and RAID adapter into its new RAID SSD Cache Controllers intended for caching data from direct-attached disks on servers.
McDonalds-card-toting Softcat boss: I couldn't tell you how a computer works
FeatureThe much-lauded CEO of software reseller Softcat has carved out a high-flying career selling tech - but paradoxically Martin Hellawell can't explain how a computer computes nor the inner workings of a mainframe.
Quantum spring-cleans StorNext for file-hungry arty small biz
Storage biz Quantum had made its StorNext product suitable for small and medium-sized firms with a new metadata appliance, disk enclosure boxes and a low-end tape library.
The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME
Product Round-upDoes a computer need to look sexy? You might say that the looks of such a pragmatic gadget don’t matter. After all, most of us have, at one time or another, had to make do with bland, beige boxes almost exactly like everyone else’s bland, beige box, and it didn't hinder us from getting the job done, or made play any the less engaging.
Avere releases FXT3800 speed filer
Avere has upped its accelerated edge filer game with the FXT 3800, which is 40 per cent faster on the SPECsfs2008 benchmark than the existing FXT 3500.
Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home
Facebook Home reskins a phone much the same way that operators have been trying - and repeatedly failing - to do for more than a decade. But can Zuckerberg really lock the the mobile customer down into its UI and achieve the operators' nirvana of customer ownership?
Protect your data with a cloudy mixture
Many organisations today are facing the challenge of fast-changing operating conditions. At the same time, they are ever more dependent on the data and information they hold. How can they best store and protect corporate data? Is cloud the right answer or only part of it?
MoneySupermarket: Google never warned us about payday loan AD BAN
Google temporarily pulled every single one of the pay-per-click ads of a major UK-based online price comparison firm from its search results over the weekend. According to Mountain View, the 24-hour ad-yank - which included the removal of ads comparing home and car insurance products - was a reaction to MoneySupermarket.com's apparent failure to stick to Mountain View's policies about payday loan ads.
Citi to file claim with Nasdaq over Facebook IPOcalypse
Citigroup is planning to file a claim for its piece of the $62m compensation pot Nasdaq is required to dole out after the Facebook IPOcalypse.
Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint
Microsoft and Nokia have added Google's Android operating system to their list of antitrust grievances against the ad giant, and have filed a formal complaint with European regulators.
Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes
ObituaryBaroness Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister who worked alongside the world's first business computer and who privatised the UK's phone network, has died. She was 87.
Salesforce cuts app development steps
When you're a company that produces the tech that salespeople, customer relationship managers, and general biz-types use, it'd be astonishing if you did not have a mobile device strategy. Therefore, Salesforce's announcement on Tuesday that it has a great big mobile toolkit did not surprise us.
MISSING LINK between HUMANS and MONKEYS FOUND
Scientists claim to have identified the missing link between human speech and monkey chatter.
iQuit: Apple union boss chucks grappling hook up garden wall
The founder of a union for Apple retail workers has quit his job after two years spent battling for better pay and job prospects.
Damn you, world! WHY can't I have an object store on my desktop?
StoragebodAnother year, another conference season sees me stuck on this side of the pond watching the press releases from afar, promising myself that I’ll watch the keynotes online - or "on demand" as people have it these days. I never find the time and have to catch up with the 140 character synopses that regularly appear on Twitter.
Malware-flingers target gullible corporate bods with office printer spam
Sneaky cybercrooks are disguising links to malicious sites in spam emails posing as messages from Hewlett-Packard ScanJet printers.
EE extends network: Soon, 1 million users will pay us for 4G
A million mobile subscribers will be paying the 4G premium on EE's network by year's end, according to the operator. EE is doubling its network's speed in 10 UK cities so it can keep boasting about being the UK's fastest provider.
WhatsApp exec: Google takeover? It's news to me
WhatsApp's business development head Neeraj Arora has squashed rumours that Google was keen to spend $1bn on popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp.
CAE Tech Services top and bottom lines slide in fiscal 2012
Rising overheads and a slowdown in project work hit the top and bottom lines at Watford-based CAE Technology Services in fiscal 2012 ended June.
Mutant array upstarts feast on EMC, NetApp's leavings
Blocks and FilesMainstream storage vendors have a potentially huge blind spot in their product strategy and hybrid array startups are now eating away at their customer base. Nimble Storage, Tegile and Tintri, specifically, appear to be benefiting at the expense of mainstream storage giants EMC and NetApp.
US Air Force reclassifies 6 cyber tools as weapons
The US Air Force has classified six cyber tools as weapons to help them compete for scarce funding from the Pentagon's budget, an official has said.
Google U-turns on exclusive snatch of .app AND .search addys
Google has been forced to abandon its bid to grab exclusive use of the web address extensions .app, .blog, .search and .cloud - after it was warned the move was anti-competitive.
British LulzSec member pleads guilty
A 26-year-old British man pleaded guilty to one count of computer hacking today after admitting he was a member of Anonymous splinter group LulzSec.
VMware sells off Shavlik patch management tools to LANDesk
With new sheriff Pat Gelsinger now running the company for the past six months, VMware is getting more focused on its software-defined data center product line, extending up from basic server virtualization to the heavens, and is spinning off anything that is not directly supportive of its goals for virtualized data center and endpoint computing. Thus, the patch management software from Shavlik went on the block, and LANDesk, itself a spinout from Intel, snapped it up.
Amazon widens .NET to catch Windows cloud devs
Amazon has broadened the ways in which .NET users can fiddle with its platform-as-a-service cloud AWS Elastic Beanstalk.
Google goes big with Play store redesign
Google is rolling out an update to its Play storefront from Tuesday, with bigger images for Android 2.2 users and an improved checkout system to help them pay for what they fancy.
Microsoft ships Surface firmware fixes with April patch batch
Along with the usual Patch Tuesday fixes for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other software, Microsoft's April 9 updates also include hardware driver and firmware fixes for its Surface RT and Surface Pro fondleslabs.
Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official
NSFWishBoffins bearing tape measures appear to have confirmed that in the trouser department, size really does matter.
Microsoft squashes 9 bugs with Patch Tuesday fixes
Microsoft has issued nine patches for vulnerabilities in its software on the computer-murk jamboree day that is Patch Tuesday.
Piston ready to capture 'waves of customers' coming off AWS
Many of the core OpenStack developers who worked on the Nebula cloud at NASA ended up at cloud controller appliance maker Nebula or at Rackspace Hosting, the other initial collaborator for the OpenStack project. But more than a few of them ended up at Piston Cloud, which has come up with its own twist on the OpenStack cloud controller and is revving up to 2.0 on Tuesday.
Mozilla's Persona beta adds password-free Yahoo! logins
The Mozilla Foundation has shipped a second public beta of its Persona web-login technology featuring a new capability called Identity Bridging, which makes it easier for users to access sites using only their email addresses and no additional passwords.
Google: 'Austin is our next Fiber city.' AT&T: 'Us, too – maybe'
Google has officially announced what had already become an open secret: that Austin, Texas, will be its next "Google Fiber" city, where the online ad peddler will offer gigabit internet connections to homes and institutions. Soon after Google's announcement, AT&T chimed in with a copycat communiqué – albeit one with caveats.