SAP loses appeal in long-running $345m patent case
A US federal court has rejected German software maker SAP's bid to overturn a $345m judgment against it, in a move that could finally end a patent-infringement lawsuit that has already dragged on for nearly six years.
Gaming app ENSLAVES punter PCs in Bitcoin mining ring
A competitive gaming company has admitted that for two weeks in April its software client was hijacking league members' PCs to mine Bitcoins.
New NASA rover lands in frigid alien hell tomorrow
NASA's newest rover, the Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research (GROVER), tomorrow (May 3rd) starts operations in a frigid alien hell with a climate utterly inimical to human life: the ice sheets of Greenland.
Terabit trial gives Telstra some backbone
The 995 kilometre optic fibre link from Sydney to Melbourne has played host to Australia's first demonstration of a commercial terabit-per-second fibre system.
Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete
There's a prevailing ethos among IT hirers that younger is better when it comes to programmers, but a study by academics in North Carolina suggests that employers might be missing a trick by not hiring the grizzled veterans of the coding world.
Quantum researchers control qubit with light
As the hunt continues for ways to manipulate qubits in solid state devices, UC Santa Barbara researchers have demonstrated using a laser to manipulate a qubit in diamond.
A10 ships new iron, OS
A10 Networks has announced new gateway devices and a revision to its ACOS operating system.
NetApp's Tour de France quest falls flat
When big vendors take on major sporting sponsorships, the first thing that usually happens is lots of shiny happy marketing material about just how the vendor's technology will propel athletes to success.
'Chinese' attack sucks secrets from US defence contractor
Just when it looked like US-China relations couldn’t get any more frosty, news has emerged that defence contractor QinetiQ suffered a massive breach of classified data over three years which may have leaked advanced military secrets to the infamous PLA-linked hacking gang Comment Crew.
Want to know what CIA spooks really think of spy movies and books?
CIA spooks are attempting to prove they deserve the word intelligence in their job titles by moonlighting as arts critics.
Java applets run wild inside Notes
ISPs: Get ready to slurp streams from Murdoch's fat pipe
O2 has begun telling its home broadband customers that they will soon be shunted over to BSkyB's network.
EMC offers 'continuous protection' to hot 'n' heavy VMAX users
EMC has boosted the continuous data protection capability of VMAX, meaning that every change made to the data held in the arrays be recorded and replicated to a remote system. The storage giant's unified file-and-block storage platform VNX will get a software-only version of RecoverPoint, and its data mobility product, VPLEX, will get a VNX frame-based licensing model.
Samsung Galaxy chip confusion halts bonking plastered apps
Samsung's Galaxy S4 flagship mobile can't grok data transmitted by stickers sold by Samsung to eager app makers.
IBM considers System X surgery: Will it ruin its sexy HPC figure?
HPC blogThe increasing amount of speculation over IBM's potential unloading of all or part of its System x (x86-based servers) business onto Lenovo has high performance computing (HPC) players wondering about the implications for the sector. What would be the eventual impact on IBM, and the HPC market in general, if Big Blue were to dump the x86 end of its system business?
Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...
Man-made sapphire could replace Gorilla Glass as the material of choice for scratch-and-crack-resistant mobile phone screens in the near future, according to a recent speculative piece from MIT Technology Review.
Facebook: Yeah, we'll ban chainsaw beheading vids - when journos call us
Facebook has agreed to ban a bloody and disturbing video of two men being decapitated with a chainsaw and a second vid depicting a woman being beheaded by a masked man - after initially refusing to ban the clips. The social network appears to have experienced this change of heart after it was contacted by journalists.
UK.gov's love affair with ID cards: Curse or farce?
In the general election held three years ago, every party except Labour and the Monster Raving Loony Party (which just may have been having a laugh) had ID card abolition in their manifestos, including the Conservatives, Lib Dems, Scottish Nationalists, the Pirate Party, Cornish separatists Mebyon Kernow and the BNP.
SMART brings out 2.5-in, 2 terabyte block-o-Flash to rival sTec
SMART Storage has joined sTec in bringing out a 2TB capacity enterprise SSD using 19nm NAND. But SMART's goes faster, it says.
Ofcom probes BT over fibre pricing after repeated gripes from TalkTalk
Former jockey Dido Harding has convinced communications watchdog Ofcom to investigate BT, after the TalkTalk boss repeatedly complained about her rival's stranglehold on the fibre broadband market.
Weary quid-a-day nosh hack fears colonal mass ejection
It's day four of my "Live Below the Line" challenge to survive for five days on just a fiver for nosh, and while things are going well overall, I fear a storm is brewing.
Seagate's bottom line smacked as users bin desktops for tablets
Hard drive-maker Seagate's third quarter profits slipped by a whopping 64 per cent year-on-year as the company's bottom line was hit by users deserting desktops for tablets.
Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'
Controversial decisions by officials in Florida to arrest, charge and expel from school a teenage girl (and model student) for causing a totally harmless "explosion" by mixing household products in a plastic bottle are attracting widespread condemnation.
BSkyB seeks 100s of Geordies to deal with broadband customer growth
BSkyB is looking to fill 550 job vacancies to meet what it described as "strong demand" for its TV and broadband services.
Lehman Brothers sues Intel over a billion dollar deal
Bankrupt investment firm Lehman Brothers is suing Intel over accusations that it had seized $1bn in collateral in breach of a swap agreement.
Apple designer Sir Jony Ive holding up iOS 7 development: Report
Visionary designer Sir Jonathan Ive’s perfectionism could be holding back the development of the latest version of the software used on iPads and iPhones, according to a recent report.
NASA boffins: Space 'scope JUST missed dead Cold War spy sat
NASA has released rare details of a near miss between a delicate space telescope and a disused Cold War spy satellite.
Would you trust crowd-sourced maps? Skobbler releases satnav app
Privacy-conscious Apple fanbois worried about The Man tracking their every move can now buy - and update - an offline mapping app from open-source mapping biz Skobbler.
FONDLESLAB market DEATH STRUGGLE: Latest rankings in
The latest numbers are in from the battle for global tablet market dominance - and the questions everyone is asking are: Is Apple holding on? Has Microsoft got anywhere yet? Where's Amazon? Has Android crushed everything into tablet paste?
Enterprise IT buyers' wallets still glued shut, says reseller giant
Insight Enterprises bigwig Ken Lamneck has wiped out any sales growth hopes for 2013 on the back of a sluggish spending outlook from big ticket customers in the States.
Intel plucks new CEO Brian Krzanich from its own ranks
Intel has dipped into its own ranks to choose a new CEO who has already clocked up 30 years at the company.
DreamWorks spends millions on teen YouTube network
DreamWorks Animation has inked a deal to slurp teen YouTube network AwesomenessTV for up to $150m.
Arrow tightens belt yet another notch, vows to shed $75m in costs in 2013
The powers that be at Arrow have found another $35m worth of savings to lop off this year as it tries to match costs with the market realities.
Reg boffins: Help us answer this Big Blue RAID data recovery poser
IBM's research department haz released a research paper on RAID 5 that has intrigued and baffled our correspondent in equal measure.
Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry go to WAR... in the Pentagon
The US Department of Defense will be the next battleground for mobile platforms, with the Pentagon about to approve Apple and Samsung devices for deployment alongside BlackBerrys.
Dish boss: We're English-speaking Americans, hire us!
Dish Network chair Charlie Ergen has offered a pointed response to Japan's SoftBank after it made what he called "personal attacks" in its bidding war with the US company over US mobile network Sprint. The exec said yesterday that Dish is the better bet because its employees are Americans who speak English.
Stackdriver fluffs up cloudy management tool
Stackdriver, yet another entrant into the increasingly crowded cloud-monitoring racket, has uncloaked from stealth mode and fired off its Intelligent Monitoring tool to babysit applications running on the Rackspace Cloud and Amazon Web Services heavenly infrastructure.
Forget choice: 50% of firms will demand you BYOD by 2017
When you are as bombarded by BYOD good-news stories as El Reg is these days, the central marketing message that emerges is it's all about "freedom of choice." Not for long, it seems, if the Gartner's analysts are correct: they forecast that half of all companies will enforce "choice" as a condition of employment.
Dell tweaks Foglight virty management to control freak VDI, storage
Quest Software ate Vizioncore and VKernel, and Dell bought Quest. Now their products have to be rationalized, so in conjunction with the launch of what would have been a rev of the VKernel Operations Suite, Dell has decided to put the Foglight brand on its server, storage, and network monitoring and management tools, and thus not have a product name that sounds like everything else out there.
So long, Hotmail: Remaining users migrated to Outlook.com
Hotmail addresses may live on, but the service we once knew as Hotmail is no more, now that Microsoft has transferred all 300 million active Hotmail accounts to its new, modernized Outlook.com webmail offering.
Move over Radeon, GeForce – Intel has a new graphics brand: Iris
Intel is getting increasingly serious about integrated-graphics performance, and to prove it they've done what any self-respecting marketeer would demand: they've rebranded their top-performing parts.
Fraudster gets ten years after selling fake 'ionic charge' bomb detectors
A British businessman who netted an estimated £60m selling cheap US novelty dowsing rods as sophisticated bomb and drug sniffing devices for up to $30,000 apiece has been jailed for 10 years.
Outback geothermal plant goes live
Geodynamics has pulled the big Acme switch on its Habanero pilot plant, near the remote South Australian town of Innamincka.
Smaller, second-gen Surface slabs to arrive in June?
Microsoft has struggled to make headway in the tablet market so far, but sources say it may be ready to take another crack at it by releasing a new Surface model with a smaller screen as soon as next month.