Price cuts, OpenStack transition make Rackspace miss in Q1
Rackspace Hosting did not turn in the kind of first quarter it wanted for the period ending in March, so expect knee-jerk reactions and hyperventilating from investors who think it can't stay in the cloud game against the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
San Francisco caves over mobile radiation warnings
Residents of the Bay Area won't be bothered by how much radiation their mobile phones produce, now that San Francisco city authorities have backed down from mandatory labeling in the face of legal pressure.
Ubuntu dev proposes new package format for mobile apps
In a move that could see Ubuntu veer even further away from the Linux mainstream, Canonical has proposed a new software packaging format designed to make it easier for developers to publish apps for Ubuntu's tablet and phone–friendly future incarnations.
Domain registrar attacked, customer passwords reset
Reports are emerging that Internet registrar Name.com has suffered a data breach and is resetting all user passwords.
How smart does your desk phone need to be?
The business IP telephone market has spent more than a decade trying to establish exactly how much intelligence the market wants in its telephones. The customer's answer has almost always been “less than the vendors want to sell us.” Anyone looking for an albino pachyderm can therefore point to the CPUs and APIs baked into IP handsets as evidence the species is flourishing.
Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment
It's only a small thing, but it could be big news: researchers at CERN have turned up the first evidence of exotic (and short-lived) atoms with pear-shaped nuclei.
Chinese outsourcer sets up at Uni of Wollongong
The University of Wollongong is to play host to a development facility of Chinese outsourcing provider Pactera.
TARDIS materialises in Sydney
A bright, early, morning, a long line of fans queued outside a soon-to-open shop, and a Reg reporter.
Thai PM's site defaced with smutty abuse
The Thai Prime Minister’s Office web site is out of action after hackers yesterday defaced the home page with insulting slogans, although the group implicated in the attack says it was framed.
'No discernible increase in piracy' from DRM-free e-books
A little over a year ago, Speculative Science Fiction publisher Tor decided to do away with digital rights management (DRM) for its e-books.
Yes! It's the NFC phone-bonk doorbell app AT LAST
Home owners too lazy to answer the doorbell can relax as the latest innovation from Doorbl puts visitors in touch via a smartphone tapped to the door.
Malaysian election sparks web blocking/DDoS claims
Opposition leaders and human rights activists have warned that Malaysia’s recent elections were tarnished with widespread web blocking and DDoS attacks designed to deprive voters of information about opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) before going to the polls.
New Zealand to bar software patents, again
The software patentability row in New Zealand, which broke out last August over the wording of new patent legislation, seems to have been settled with the release of new legislation by the government.
German court: 'Nein' to Apple 'global consent' on fanbois' privacy
A German court has demanded that Apple change its rules on handling sensitive customer data.
New 'BLOCKBUSTER' APPLE iTHING imminent - billionaire Einhorn
Billionaire investor David Einhorn has upped his shares of Apple through his Greenlight Capital Re reinsurer and is waiting for the fruity firm's "next blockbuster product".
M&S shoppers make quarter of a million NFC payments a WEEK
Posh retailer Marks & Spencer is accepting nearly a quarter of a million contactless payments a week, with a bonk of plastic replacing the rattle of coins.
Symantec: We 'stubbed our toe' on Backup Exec, but we'll be fine
AnalysisSymantec's new broom CEO has presided over record final quarter - at least for revenues - and full year 2013 results. This is despite the company being in the middle of a management clear-out, profits droop and wholesale sales operation revamp.
Think enterprise software is complex? Check out the licences
AnalysisEnterprises shouldn't be surprised to discover they're having trouble understanding their enterprise licensing agreements. While Oracle, SAP and other big players publicly tout transparency and fairness in their licensing and pricing policies, customers often disagree when they get to the bargaining table or open the results of an audit.
Snoopers' charter rests in shallow grave - likely to rise again
AnalysisThe coalition government may need to bring in legislation in the final year of Parliament before a General Election is called that would allow spooks and police to see - at a "given point in time" - if a suspect could be linked to a certain IP address.
Retro-tech fan seeks cash for Commodore 64 clones
A brand new 1982-style Commodore 64 for just $75 (£48)? Yes, it is crazy, but that’s not stopping one enterprising retro-tech fan from trying to make it happen.
Syrian net access falls down some stairs, doing OK now
Syria has been reconnected to the world following a suspicious 19-hour internet blackout in the troubled nation.
Over ONE-THIRD of PCs will have SSDs in 2017 - analyst
As hard disk drive (HDD) shipments into PCs continue their downwards slide, solid-state drive (SSD) shipments should rise at least 600 per cent between 2012 and 2017, say market researchers.
Boffins' invisible magnetic ring pieces: Next-gen mobe emitters
VidGerman boffins have discovered that two microscopic magnets glued together can create a radio antenna capable of transmitting into the GHz band - where mobile phone signals and other tech lies.
Office Software Checkpoint
Tech Panel ResultsThe desktop productivity space has been dominated for many years by Microsoft Office.
Microsoft 'poised' to SPAFF A BEELLION on e-book also-ran Nook
Microsoft is poised to offer $1bn for e-book publisher Nook Media, which was spun out from bookshop biz Barnes and Noble, it is believed.
Sugar daddy beds nurses, plod, firemen software biz with fat wad
Omers Private Equity has coughed up £390m for public-sector services and software supplier Civica.
Brit adventurer all set to assault ex-Reg haunt Rockall
A Brit adventurer is poised to occupy the North Atlantic granite outcrop of Rockall - once described as "the most isolated speck of rock, surrounded by water, on the surface of the earth".1
Microsoft plasters IE8 hole abused in nuke lab PC meltdown
Microsoft has issued a temporary fix for a high-profile Internet Explorer 8 vulnerability. This is the bug linked to recent targeted attacks against web pages accessed by nuclear weapons research teams at the US Department of Labor website.
Office 365 supremo seizes control of Microsoft's purse strings
Top Microsoft exec Amy Hood, who masterminded the multi-billion-dollar Skype and Yammer deals, is Redmond's new CFO.
Creative Suite cloud lurch crushes beret-wearers' cost-slash bid
Adobe's decision to murder boxed software and punt the Creative Suite exclusively into the cloud didn't catch channel partners unaware - but it may just unsettle their arty clients.
Nokia's debuts new 'Fastlane' UI in $99 flagship Asha 501
Nokia has unveiled a new UI in the flagship $99 Asha 501 to help fend off a dramatic collapse in sales of the low-end devices.
IT'S ALIVE: Groupon stock up, spreadsheets still soaked in red
Groupon shares rallied in after-hours trading last night, jumping at least 10 per cent - after the daily deals site announced a better-than-expected rise in revenue.
NEW ITV Player app IS HERE ... for Samsung fandroids only. Ha ha
A new version of the Android app to watch ITV's online telly is now available - exclusively for Samsung gadgets.
Brit unis get £7.5m of taxpayers' cash for cybersecurity PhDs
Two UK universities are going to split £7.5m in government funding to train the next generation of cybersecurity experts.
Apple's head bean counter boasts WORLD'S BIGGEST PACKAGE
Apple's chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer has been named the best paid corporate bean counter of 2012.
Alleged SpyEye big fish hauled in for US trial
Alleged SpyEye kingpin Hamza Bendelladj now faces a 23-count computer hacking and fraud indictment following his extradition from Thailand to the US last week.
IT spending squeeze? Are you joking, cackles cash-flush CommVault
Quarterly revenues up? Check. Annually and sequentially? Check. Annual revenues and profits? The same pattern. Any problems? Nope. Just another year at CommVault.
Why are scribes crying just 'cos Google copied their books? asks judge
A US Appeals Court has suggested that authors suing Google should be pleased that the advertising giant is scanning millions of books and putting them online for all.
Seagate CTO hangs up his hard disks
Seagate's chief technology officer Bob Whitmore has retired, at the same times as the company has launched its third generation flash products.
Bolshy investors launch yet another assault on Emulex board
Angry investor Altai Capital Management has written an open letter to Emulex CEO Jim McCluney demanding the resignation of Emulex's board after it rejected a takeover offer from Broadcom.
40,000 Chinese workers say low-cost iPhone coming soon
The manufacturer of the still-popular iPhone 4S has said that it plans to add 40,000 workers, boosting rumors that Apple plans to release an entry-level iPhone soon.
Tesla earns first profit, Model S wins '99% perfect' rating
The stock of space-faring Elon Musk's more down-to-earth business of selling Tesla electric cars is heading skywards after the company reported its first-ever profit and saw its Model S sedan get a stonking 99 per cent approval rating from the testers at Consumer Reports.
MadeiraCloud trousers $1.5 million to explain AWS to bosses
Amazon cloud manager MadeiraCloud has slurped $1.5 million from VCs who are betting that its visualization technology will make it easier for organizations to consume cloud infrastructure.
Melbourne IT admits hack, says 'twas but a flesh wound
Australian domain registrar Melbourne IT admits “an unauthorised third party” has attacked the company, but says the incident was minor.
Ban Samsung sales in the US? Sorry, Apple: Tech titans say 'No'
A group of technology companies led by Google has asked permission to let their collective opinion be known in the long-running patent dispute between Apple and its South Korean rival, Samsung.
Fallen flash flogger sTec says direct sales will save its bacon
Flash disk maker sTec isn't looking healthy. Its revenues have declined by over a third from the last quarter and net losses exceed revenues for this quarter - as they have done for the last 18 months.
Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine
Professor Stephen Hawking has been accused of hypocrisy by an Israeli activist group after he declined an invitation to speak at an important conference in Jerusalem this June, announcing instead that he's joining a growing academic boycott of Israel in protest of its policies towards Palestine.
Nutanix getting traction with server-storage hybrids
The road to the present is littered with the rusty hulks of server companies that had great engineering and a new twist on an old systems idea, and yet were crushed by incumbents. But judging by its numbers for the past year and a half, upstart Nutanix – which is peddling a virtualized server cluster with a virtualized SAN spread across flash and disk drives – is making some headway.
Amazon readying smartphone with 3D DISPLAY – report
If Amazon does release its own smartphone, it won't be just another me-too number, according to a new report that says the online retailer is working on a handset with a 3D holographic display.
Annular solar eclipse LIVE!
PICS 'N' VIDToday, folks living in remote parts of Australia's north and some Pacific islands will experience an annular eclipse, the type of eclipse just one grade below a total eclipse.
Google's cloud dumps custom Linux, switches to Debian
UpdatedGoogle is moving the default software for its rentable cloud servers from a custom version of Linux to Debian.
'Raining Blooderator' pays tribute to late Slayer guitarist
In a tribute to recently deceased guitarist Jeff Hanneman of the heavy metal band Slayer, a Minneapolis, Minnesota–based ad agency has released a web app that can rain simulated blood onto any webpage.
3D printed gun plans pulled after US State Department objects
Files that enable the 3D printing of the Liberator pistol designed by Defense Distributed have been pulled from the group's website at the request of the US government, which has now shut the stable door days after the horse had bolted.
Nvidia sales and profits rise despite PC slump
Graphics and ARM chip maker Nvidia is sailing smartly through the shrinking PC market, boosting both sales and profits – and doing so despite its transitions to Tegra4 and Tegra4i processors for smartphones, tablets, and other devices.