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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.
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Apr 2013
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2013
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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.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Bill Ray, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2013
The Unha-3-2 launches from Sohae Satellite Launching Station in December 2012. Pic: Official North Korean image

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.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2013
The Gemini Atom S1200 server node leaning on a soccer ball

'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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 Apr 2013
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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.
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 Apr 2013
LSI Nytro MEgaRAID card

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.
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2013
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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.
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013
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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.
Tony Smith, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013

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?
Bill Ray, 09 Apr 2013
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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?
Tony Lock, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2013


Scientists claim to have identified the missing link between human speech and monkey chatter.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2013

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.
StorageBod, 09 Apr 2013

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.
John Leyden, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Bill Ray, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2013
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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.
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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.
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Iain Thomson, 09 Apr 2013
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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.
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Lester Haines, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2013

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.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Apr 2013

Amazon lofts Hadoop into GovCloud

Amazon has flung its implementation of Hadoop, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, onto its "GovCloud" data center hub.
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2013

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