AWS says private clouds are vaporware
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Adam Selipsky has told an event in Sydney, Australia, that private clouds aren't really clouds.
Boffins explain LED inefficiencies
One of the problems with using LED-based lamps to replace incandescent or fluorescent lamps is that they're expensive: not only do they need more electronics than the alternatives, LED efficiency is capped by a fall in light output at higher current.
Huawei preps new mobes to overhaul Apple
Huawei says it’s on track to almost double its smartphone sales this year with a target of 60 million units shifted, as it looks to peg back “superheroes” Samsung and Apple, but admitted its brand image is still holding it back from world domination.
Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers
Bill Gates has managed to offend the whole of South Korea after brazenly breaking the country's strict but unwritten handshake rules.
BitTorrent offers file sync tool for PCs and NAS
BitTorrent has opened the Alpha testing program for its new BitTorrent Sync tool to all.
Ofcom to UK: Really - you're using the same password for everything?
Brits are taking serious security risks by continuing to use the same password for multiple websites, communications watchdog Ofcom warned today.
Galaxy S4 radiant, but has black holes
First LookSamsung's Galaxy S4 is as wonderfully polished as you would expect from the Korean manufacturer's latest flagship, but the software the company says turns it into a “life companion” will be an acquired taste for many.
Reddit: So very sorry for naming innocent man as Boston bomber
Condé Nast-owned community website Reddit has issued an apology for an "online witch hunt" launched by its users in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt.
App reads The Indie's dead-tree pages - so you don't have to
Printed pages of lefty paper The Independent can be scanned by a phone app and decoded into links to recently updated words and pictures online.
EE: Of course we're going to get 1m 4G users by the end of the year!
Everything Everywhere put a brave spin on its latest 4G numbers today and insisted it was on course for its goal of 1 MEEEELION users by the end of the year.
World's first 5mm-thin gyrating models paraded on disk catwalk
Western Digital has launched the world's first single-platter 5mm-thick disk drives - including one with a cache of flash memory.
Mad Leo exit finally clears way for Blighty to love HP again
HP has finally halted the downward sales trend in distribution that dogged its UK operation for much of 2012.
Review: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB wireless hard drive
Corsair has made a name for itself offering solid-state drives, fast memory and other components to fit inside high-performance PCs.
Your phone may not be spying on you now - but it soon will be
Infosec 2013Tibetan political campaigners targeted by mysterious smartphone-spying software. Eastern European governments' mobiles allegedly snooped on by state-sponsored hackers. Malware feared injected into gadgets during customs inspections.
Amazon: Hard luck Microsoft, AWS will always be cheaper
Amazon’s struck back at Microsoft camp over its "lowering" of its cloud computing prices by touting Amazon’s track record for saving money.
Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow
PicsOpen-source hardware outfit BeagleBoard has formally announced a major revision of its BeagleBone board computer that ups the spec and downs the price.
Hidden dragon Huawei: 'We’re making increased efforts at transparency'
Huawei sent out a clear signal to its competitors in the global enterprise IT market on Tuesday with predictions of stellar growth for the vendor’s smallest business group over the next five years to reach revenues of $10bn by 2017. But analysts are sceptical about its chances of becoming a genuinely disruptive alternative to the likes of industry veterans Cisco, HP and IBM.
Brutally efficient galaxy SPITS OUT STARS at 'maximum rate'
Astroboffins have spotted a brutally efficient galaxy, busily converting almost all available fuel into birthing new stars.
Microsoft hoists ZTE onto the Android patent bandwagon
China's ZTE has become the latest firm to sign a licensing deal with Microsoft for its Android and Chrome patent portfolio.
Virgin Media revs up for Liberty Global merger
Virgin Media - which is imminently set to be scooped up by US cable giant Liberty Global - reported a good start to its financial year this morning.
Apple slips Antennagate victims $15 each. The lawyers get $16m
Apple has sent out $15 cheques to fanbois whose iPhones suffered from dicky phone reception.
Appliances are the new data centre onesie
It has been a fun and very profitable couple of decades for upstart IT server and systems software makers.
Cook: iPad is a gateway drug which leads to harder Mac addiction
Apple CEO Tim Cook has claimed that surging iPad sales could result in people buying more Mac computers.
France and Germany are holding us back, moans Computacenter
Tech resell monster Computacenter (CC) today warned investors that troubled services contracts and economic woes in its mainland Euro ops will dampen group growth for 2013.
UK gov's troll-finder general says he's hanging up his axe
The UK's director of public prosecutions, web troll-tackling Keir Starmer, will step down from his job in October this year.
Boffins KALQ-u-late the ultimate 'board for two-thumb tablet tappers
Boffins in Scotland, Germany and the US of A have calculated what they claim is the most efficient two-thumb keyboard it’s possible to put on a tablet, at least for folk writing in English on a 7-inch slate.
Ofcom: When shall we squeeze Freeview's girth?
Ofcom wants to know when Freeview broadcasts should be kicked down the dial in favour of iPad-friendly 4G signals - and, controversially, whether the BBC should be recompensed when it happens.
Indian IT consultant becomes idol to legions of football fans
Jubilant Manchester United fans have celebrated Robin van Persie's astonishing hat trick by bombarding an Indian IT consultant with congratulatory tweets.
Cameron: Get those saucy websites off Blighty's public Wi-Fi
Prime Minister David Cameron is once again crusading against online pornography after he admitted late last year that network-level smut filtering was a "crude system".
Google snaps up Wavii for $30m - report
Google is getting ready to announce the acquisition of natural language processing firm Wavii for around $30m, familiar people have been muttering.
Microsoft: Brits, grab our Surface Pro ten-incher for satisfaction in May
Microsoft's Intel-powered Windows 8 Surface Pro laptop-tablet-thing will arrive in the UK within the next six weeks.
General Electric pours $105 MEEELION into Pivotal Initiative
General Electric is pouring $105m into Pivotal, a skunkworks cloud and big data company spun-out of VMware and EMC.
Free French app app booted by Apple, triggers 1m-strong petition
Almost a million people have signed a petition demanding Apple rethink its decision to pull a popular free-app-finding app from the App Store.
Spectre of Steve Jobs in one last outing at WWDC
WWDCTickets for the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference will go on sale tomorrow, offering fanbois the chance to ogle some of Steve Job's final creations.
COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO: NASA rovers scrawl giant willy on Mars
PicSpace cadets tittering at the mention of Uranus have a new celestial object to giggle at: A giant penis drawn on the surface of Mars by NASA robots.
Behold Ubuntu Server 13.04: Focus on hypervisors and OpenStack
It is getting hard to see where Ubuntu Server ends and where the OpenStack cloud controller begins - and this is absolutely intentional on the part of Canonical, the corporate entity behind the Ubuntu distribution of the Linux operating system.
MetroPCS shareholders approve sweetened T-Mobile merger
Shareholders in US mobile minnow MetroPCS have approved an improved offer from Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA subsidiary after the Germans sweetened the terms of their offer.
Vulns, exploits, hacks: Trusteer touts tech to terminate troubles
Infosec 2013Trusteer is expanding from its speciality of providing transaction protection security to financial institutions with an enterprise-level product designed to guard against zero-day exploits and social engineering.
Reg man crunches IBM's storage hardware revenues
AnalysisIBM's under-performing storage hardware business can be understood better if we look at the quarterly revenue numbers.
Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21
Microsoft has confirmed that it will unveil the next iteration of its Xbox gaming platform next month.
EMC announces record revenues: But hey, Joe, where're the profits?
Hardware, virtualisation and services giant EMC has announced its first-quarter results for 2013 and while its finances are broadly positive, the devil's in the detail.
Juniper pushes up sales and profits in Q1
The top brass at Juniper Networks are breathing a little bit easier as the company turned in numbers that show it is growing despite taking a big hit in sales of gear, software, and services to the US government in the first quarter.
Court orders Visa partner to allow donations to WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks may soon be able to accept donations again, now that the Icelandic Supreme Court has ruled that the blockade on donations imposed by local Visa partner Valitor is illegal and has ordered the company to pay huge fines if it doesn't change its ways.
Insight Enterprises EMEA president Fenton quits
Insight Enterprises EMEA president Stuart Fenton has resigned after more than a decade at the helm but is remaining on board until the end of the year to help recruit his successor.
Pivotal takes guts of Google, sells to enterprises
Pivotal wants to build and sell the systems that run Google, but though its ambition may be bold, its claims are as yet more visions than statements of fact.
IBM CEO Rometty swaps heads of strategy and servers
Ginni Rometty, who has been CEO at IBM for a year and a half, is making two big changes in the upper echelons of her management teams; she is swapping the head of corporate strategy and the head of its Systems and Technology Group, and it is presumably to get better results than IBM showed in its first quarter of 2013 in its systems, storage, and chip businesses.
Another blow for Flash as Unity gaming engine kills support
Unity Technologies has announced that it has dropped support for Adobe Flash from its cross-platform Unity game development toolset, citing the declining popularity of the technology among developers and inconsistent support from Adobe.
Western Digital profits down despite revenue rise
Revenues for disk drive industry leader Western Digital's third fiscal 2013 quarter rose 24 per cent to $3.8 billion – compared to $3 billion a year ago – but profits fell 19 per cent. It's a hard life in the disk drive business.
Mellanox boffins concoct chips for 100Gb/sec InfiniBand
Mellanox Technologies reported its first quarter financial results today, and Eyal Waldman, chairman and CEO at the networking chip and switch maker, said in a conference call that the company had taped out its first experimental chip that would run at 100Gb/sec and support the future Enhanced Data Rate (or EDR) version of InfiniBand.
Fusion-io buys NexGen
PCIe flash industry leader Fusion-io has bought a startup: hybrid flash/disk array vendor NexGen, paying $114m in cash and $5m in stock.
Sprint promises to take 2G into the Internet of Things
Sprint has committed to keeping its 2G network operational beyond AT&T and Verizon, hoping to sign up some machines even if fleshy humans wander away.
Heroku PaaS floats over to Europe
Heroku's platform-as-a-service cloud has come to Europe, giving local developers a chance to reduce the latency of applications they've stuck on top of the application automation technology.