SkySQL nabs Monty Program to form MariaDB powerhouse
Open source database consultancy SkySQL has announced a merger with Monty Program Ab, the company that develops the MariaDB database, in a move that reunites key members from the original MySQL development and services teams.
Study suggests US companies use overseas workers to cut wages
An extensive study of the US labor market has shown that the skills shortage which technology firms are constantly complaining about is overstated and firms may instead be using overseas workers to drive down wage costs.
Amazon's cloud on track for $2bn in revenue in 2013
AnalysisBezos & Co's cloud looks likely to turn over at least $2bn in 2013 and potentially much more – a fact sure to put the frighteners on traditional IT suppliers scrabbling to come up with their own as-a-service infrastructure products.
NetApp taps Oz cloud lab for federation exploration
NetApp has approached the University of Melbourne's Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory, seeking collaboration around the Labs' research specialties in federated public clouds.
Apple loses again in Chinese App Store copyright case
Apple has lost another copyright case in China after it was held responsible for content third parties uploaded to the bookish corner of its App Store.
Avoid nasty plugins with this extension, says Google
Google's ongoing attempts to harry Microsoft by nipping at the heels of the cash cow that is Office have thrown up some new irritants, and a new definition of "additional software".
Reg hack to starve on £1 a day for science
As of next Monday, this hack will live for five days with just £1 a day to spend on food, having rather recklessly signed up for the "Live Below the Line" challenge.
Samsung to block mobile app store in Iran as sanctions bite
Samsung is blocking access to its mobile app store in Iran from next month, an action believed to be part of international sanctions over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.
Announcement of 'churnalism detector' gets furiously churned
"Churnalism" - it's terrible stuff, isn't it? When so-called journalists pick up a press release or announcement from an organisation and simply reprocess it (perhaps even cutting and pasting chunks or the whole thing verbatim), adding nothing and doing no useful analysis or investigation before placing it in front of their readers.
Titsup 2e2's data centre dustup gave UK users the CLOUD FEAR
When 2e2 Group suddenly collapsed earlier this year, owing over £400m to trade creditors and stranding a rake of customers from NHS trusts to the Bank of England, a gigantic question mark instantly formed over the cloud.
'Facebook, Twitter, Google: Ad companies masquerading as tech ones'
The boss of Britain's largest advertising company has slammed Google, Facebook and Twitter for being "media owners masquerading as tech companies".
Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today
NCSA Mosaic - marking its 20th anniversary this week - was not the first web browser, but it was the first to be widely used.
DARPA looks for a guided bullet with DEAD reckoning navigation
Madcap Pentagon tech shop DARPA is looking again at the Global Positioning System (GPS, which makes almost all the world's satnav systems work) in a bid to reinvent the tech which used to be cutting edge military gear but these days is tracking dogs and finding golf balls.
Even world's most MASSIVE distie takes punch to wallet
Restructuring costs, higher taxes and aggressive pricing on both sides of the pond throttled Ingram Micro's profits for calendar Q1 but acquisitions allowed the world's largest tech distie to post double-digit sales gains.
Caldicott: NHS workers should 'have the confidence to share information'
Dame Fiona Caldicott, who is scrutinising the government's plan to hand NHS patient records to private companies, today gave the proposals the thumbs-up - with a few caveats, naturally.
El Reg drills into Google's search biz offer to Europe
AnalysisGoogle's formal offer of concessions to European Commission competition officials - over allegations that the ad giant had abused its dominance of the search market in the EU - have finally been made public.
'Your infernal cable pipes come up from Hell, Virgin!'
QuotwThis was the week when Virgin Media was forced to grovel publicly after a deceased man's family posted the firm's demand for a £10 "late payment" when his direct debit was denied because of his death.
Hunt on NHS data sharing: Obviously we HAVE TO let people opt out
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt insisted this morning that NHS patients who have refused to give consent to existing data-sharing mechanisms would be safeguarded under the government's new plans to open up information across the service.
Review: Nokia Lumia 520
A few years ago the late music magazine The Word coined the phrase "landfill indie" to describe the thousands of generic groups it encountered. Today the shops are full of "landfill Android": utterly generic, non-too-inspiring handsets. It’s into this Valley of Death that Nokia tosses its new Lumia 520.
Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums
Apple has filed a series of patents which will help people find their motors in a crowded car park and then open the doors without using a key.
Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Returning from a school trip to New York, my son handed back most of the $350 spending money we’d given him. Yes, I too thought it was a lot of dosh for a four-day tour but then I have no experience in the matter. When I was a kid, a school trip involved walking up to the pond to catch tadpoles for biology class, not intercontinental air travel.
Apple fanbois get one last chance to see spectre of Steve Jobs
Apple has taken pity on fanbois who were too slow to buy a ticket to its 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference, which sold out in seconds.
AT&T debuts 'Digital Life' robo-home and security tech
AT&T is pushing into home automation and security with Digital Life, a new service rolling out across 15 cities, which should carve out yet another niche for the US telecom giant.
Hey, monkey: Just 'cos your mates eat FOUL corn, YOU have to eat it too?
Monkeys are just as prone to peer group pressure as humans, according to new research.
HP's StoreVirtual gets a bit older, decides it needs some Fibre
HP is adding Fibre Channel connectivity to its previously iSCSI access-only StoreVirtual range of arrays.
PEAK iPHONE? Apple mobe growth slumps to ‘lowest in its history’
Samsung has extended its lead over Apple by shifting considerably more smartphones than its adversary during the first quarter of 2013.
Texan stitches stratosphere into stunning panoramas
Take one mighty hydrogen-filled orb, six panoramic vid cameras, hours of image-stitching jiggery-pokery and you too can produce fully spherical panoramic imagery from the stratosphere...
You hear that, Mr Cook? Samsung's profits have gone UP
Samsung Electronics is toasting a massive hike in its Q1 profits fuelled by sales of smartmobes and tabs but warned cheaper kit flooding the market may "dampen" its next quarterly numbers.
CURSE you, EINSTEIN! Humanity still chained in relativistic PRISON
Disappointing news on the science wires today, as new research indicates that a possible means of subverting the laws of physics to allow interstellar travel apparently doesn't work.
Ubuntu without the 'U': Booting the Big Four remixes
ReviewIt's the end of April, so that means that there's a new release of Ubuntu. Well, actually, no - it means that there are eight of them. Don't like standard Ubuntu's Mac-OS-X-like Unity desktop? Here's where to look.
Scan Source lifts cover off 'disappointing' Euro numbers
Scan Source sucked down on some bitter tasting fiscal Q3 numbers last night with both its top and bottom lines taking a knock.
T-mobile US in invisible handset handcuff contract smackdown
T-Mobile USA's no-restriction contract turns out to have restrictions, and while they might seem obvious to some the state Attorney General in Washington feels they weren't obvious enough.
Microsoft off the hook for billions in Motorola Mobility payout
Microsoft has triumphed in a court battle after a judge dismissed claims it owed Motorola Mobility billion-dollar royalties for technology used in the Xbox 360. The judge broke new ground by determining specific royalty fees to be paid for the use of standard-essential patents, which he said should amount in the millions rather than the billions.
Senate clears bill to block warrantless email searches
The Senate Judiciary Committee has cleared the way for an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) that will require the police to get a warrant before rummaging through your emails.
Lenovo deal to buy IBM x86 server biz moving along fast
It is becoming increasingly clear that IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is annoyed with the performance of the company's systems business. Annoyed enough to spin off all or part of its System x server business to China's Lenovo Group, according to rumors that surfaced last week.
What work? Tablet owners prefer to slack off with their slabs
Tablet owners love their fondleslabs, but hardly anybody thinks of them as tools for business, according to a new report from JD Power and Associates.
Police arrest suspect in BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY
The Dutch police have confirmed the arrest of man suspected of taking part in a massive DDoS attack against the anti-spam group Spamhaus back in March.
New Google Play terms ban non-store app updates
Google has amended the policies of its Play app store for Android to prohibit third-party app update mechanisms, in a move seemingly designed to put the kibosh on a contentious feature being tested by Facebook.
If you spend THIS much on cloud, perhaps you need a rethink
There's only so much you should spend on commodity cloud services before you consider other options like getting a discount, moving back to your own servers, or to a private managed cloud, according to cloud providers and customers.