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D-Wave wins the quantum-classical horse race, kind of

It's official, it seems: the D-Wave isn't a “real” quantum computer, but it does handle some classes of problems a lot faster than a classical desktop computer.

Larry Page acknowledges creeping vocal paralysis

It has often been noted that Google's CEO Larry Page comes across as somewhat muted when speaking, which he took a break from entirely last year with an unexplained throat issue. Now he has revealed what the problem is.
Iain Thomson, 15 May 2013
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Firefox 21 ships with performance-profiling Health Report

The Mozilla Foundation has shipped the latest version of its Firefox web browser with a new Health Report feature that monitors browser behavior and optionally submits usage statistics back to Mozilla to help reduce crashes and other problems.
Neil McAllister, 15 May 2013
The Roadrunner two-socket, Open Compute motherboard designed by AMD and friends
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Financial firms start lining up for AMD Roadrunner systems

For more than a few large-scale data center operators and supercomputer centers in the world, AMD's Opteron processors are still an important part of their infrastructure. But over the past few years, as Intel has got its Xeon act together and AMD has had some issues (to put it politely) the tier-one server makers have not exactly given Opteron a lot of love. Yet it may not matter all that much, now that the companies who are official suppliers of Open Compute iron can start peddling systems based on the "Roadrunner" Opteron motherboard.
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NICTA on the budget chopping block

Updated The research house that gave the world the first provably secure operating kernel, and has been in the engine room of other IT application innovations in bionic vision, logistics, mapping and hundred-Terabit optical networking, is under threat under the 2013 Federal Budget.
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Australia's 2013/2014 budget full of sci/tech goodies

Australia's budget for 2013/2014 contains plenty of interest to the technology community.
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2013
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EMC's ViPR: Is it really that venomous?

Storagebod There’s a lot of discussion about what EMC's ViPR is and what it isn’t. How much of this confusion is deliberate and how much is simply the normal of fog of war which pervades the storage industry?
StorageBod, 15 May 2013

'LulzSec leader's' victim named: tiny Oz council

So: the person alleged to have described himself as the “leader” of LulzSec was arrested for what, exactly?

India's 2020 vision: a $10 BEELION software industry

India’s all-powerful IT body NASSCOM wants the country’s burgeoning software industry to generate $10bn in revenue by 2020, in a move designed to "rejuvenate" India’s sprawling IT industry.
Phil Muncaster, 15 May 2013
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LogMeIn dives into cloudy things with ARM support

LogMeIn has relaunched its cloudy-thing management, now called Xively and available with a sixty-quid ARM development board for those hoping to kick start the Internet of Things.
Bill Ray, 15 May 2013
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Rolls-Royce climbs aboard Bloodhound SUPERSONIC car

Rolls-Royce has announced it will back the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC), despite the company's "pretty robust policy about using our power plants in applications for which they were not designed".
Lester Haines, 15 May 2013
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McAfee all-in-one security suite covers PCs, tablets, and smartphones

McAfee has launched an all-in-one cross-platform security suite for consumers that incorporates online storage through biometric authentication as well as a host of other security technologies. Equally importantly, the Intel security division is trying to shake up the way security software is sold to consumers.
John Leyden, 15 May 2013
Homeless Klingon

Bing uncloaks Klingon translator

Microsoft's ongoing efforts to top Google have seen it approach the final frontier, with a new service that translates written text from various terrestrial languages into the fictional language of Star Trek's Klingon race.
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2013
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Sony investor wants to break up firm, re-invest in hardware biz

Sony’s biggest shareholder wants to break up the firm, spinning off its highly profitable entertainment division to generate more cash to plough into its misfiring hardware biz.
Phil Muncaster, 15 May 2013
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Why UK slid £150m to tax-exempt phone-mast master Arqiva

How does one fairly distribute £150m to extend Blighty's mobile coverage? Give the whole lot to a private company that has paid no corporation tax for four years and effectively holds a monopoly.
Bill Ray, 15 May 2013
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Cluster kids, pick your weapons: It's the Battle of Leipzig 2.0

HPC blog Napoleon experienced his first defeat* there 200 years ago... Now nine teams of university undergrad students will travel to Leipzig in the hopes of winning the clash of big iron that is the International Supercomputing Conference 2013 (ISC’13) Student Cluster Challenge.
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Whiptail CEO: Big Blue's flashy BEELLION doesn't faze us

Interview Undaunted by IBM's billion dollar investment in flash, all-flash array startup Whiptail is banking on new investor SanDisk, says Whiptail CEO Dan Crain.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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UK biz baffled by Reding's planned data protection law rewrite: ICO

A large number of British businesses are clueless about many of the main provisions detailed in the European Union's proposed data protection reforms, a new report from the Information Commissioner's Office has claimed.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2013
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Apple seeks techies, designers to revive iWork office suite

Apple looks set to refresh its answer to Microsoft's office: the neglected iWork software suite, which hasn't received a significant update since 2009.
Jasper Hamill, 15 May 2013
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Woes continue at Northamber after PC, server franchise breakage

Three things in life are certain - death, taxes and perennially declining turnover at Blighty's oldest tech distributor Northamber, which this morning reported another double-digit sales slump.
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2013

Speaking in Tech: All our stuff's on Amazon's cloud... what if it goes titsup?

Podcast Podcast It's another banter-packed episode of El Reg's one-and-only podcast, helping you catch up on everything that has happened this week in enterprise and consumer tech. This week: does a private company have a duty of disclosure in the public interest? Is it really a cost saving when you buy the latest tape drive, but it …
Team Register, 15 May 2013
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Hex & plugs & ROM & roll: Computer music stars rock Bletchley

Are programmers the new rock stars? That may be a bit of a stretch, but it hasn't stopped one IT engineer staging a computer music exhibition at Blighty's Bletchley Park.
Jasper Hamill, 15 May 2013
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Currant Bun erects £2 paywall: Wraps digi-paper around free footie

British tabloid The Sun has revealed a subscription plan to access the digital version of the newspaper, Sun+.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 May 2013
OCZ VeloDrive
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It's all gone to Schmitt: New OCZ boss rips 'n' replaces execs

Flash storage biz OCZ's new CEO has replaced almost a dozen executives - and he's banging on about quality as he strives to resuscitate the near-dead OCZ flash business.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013

Ten years on: How did that cloud strategy pan out?

So the CEO is hearing all about clouds now and the financial director is looking at his pile of beans and as usual wants you to do more with less. And both think it is time for you to build or buy a cloud. Where do you start?
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Oi, Google! Stop LIBELLING us Germans, fix your autocomplete

Google has been ordered by a German court to block defamatory words appearing in its search engine's autocomplete function.
Team Register, 15 May 2013
HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

Review: HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

If you read my comparison of the Asus C7 and Samsung Series 3 Chromebooks, you may well have come away thinking: "All well and good, but can I have something with a bigger screen for the same sort of money?"
Alun Taylor, 15 May 2013
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EU wants the Swiss and pals to cough up IT giants' hidden bank info

Europe's finance ministers will start talks with five non-member states to close tax law loopholes exploited by tech multinationals - such as Google and Amazon.
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Dell will drop the F-bomb FIVE days early in epic power struggle

Dell has pulled forward the reporting of its fiscal Q1 financials by five days amid a battle between Michael Dell and activist investor Carl Icahn over the future ownership of the Texan PC giant.
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2013
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Euro trade chief snaps on glove, goes it alone in Huawei, ZTE probe

European Union trade chief Karel De Gucht will investigate allegations that Chinese telecoms hardware makers are undermining their Euro rivals.

Datatec pours mixed cocktail of fiscal '13 numbers

Tech group Datatec was not yet ready to call an end to market uncertainty across the globe following a mixed turnout for its distribution and integration units in fiscal '13 ended February.
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2013
Oracle Exadata X3-2 configuration

Will customers buy into Oracle's modern-day mainframes?

Oracle is making a big play to cash in on the simplification of enterprise IT environments with "engineered systems," the collection of vertically integrated appliances that debuted five years ago with Exadata.
Alex Woodie, 15 May 2013
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All aboard the patch wagon! Next stop: Microsoft, Adobe, Mozilla

Today, right on schedule, Microsoft's monthly security patch bandwagon rolled into town with updates for Internet Explorer, Office and Windows - with Adobe bringing up the rear.
John Leyden, 15 May 2013
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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

Boycotting Rupert Murdoch-owned stuff - such as the media baron's newspapers - is nothing new.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2013
Ken Grohe

Virident tempts EMC flash boss over, creeps up on Fusion-io

Server flash card upstart Virident has recruited Ken Grohe, EMC's flash business general manager, to run its worldwide customer operations, while it strengthens its position against flash supremos Fusion-io
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013

Euro PC shipments plummet into bottomless pit of DOOOOM

PC shipments in Western Europe declined for the 11th quarter in a row, and suffered the steepest drop on record in the first three months of 2013.
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2013
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Apple: ebook price fixing? Nooo, nothing to do with us, no siree

Apple has told a US court it certainly wasn't involved in any conspiracy to rig the prices of ebooks.
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Live Blog: Google I/O keynote

Google I/O At 7am this morning, the streets of San Francisco were thronged with developers lining up to get into Google's annual I/O conference.
Iain Thomson, 15 May 2013
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Feds stamp on cash pipeline to Mt Gox, Bitcoin's Wall Street

The Department of Homeland Security has frozen an online trade route between US citizens and Mt. Gox - the world's largest exchange of crypto-currency Bitcoin.
Jasper Hamill, 15 May 2013
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive
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Skyera hires flashy Western Digital veep as chief architect

Flash array startup Skyera, which counts Western Digital among its investors, has recruited a WD flash product exec as its new chief architect.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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Alleged CIA spook cuffed by Russians: US Gmail 'spycraft' revealed

A US diplomat accused of attempting to recruit a Russian security services staffer as a double agent used a comical "spy arsenal" of equipment, it is claimed.
John Leyden, 15 May 2013
Athanasius Kircher's map of Atlantis c. 1669, North is at the bottom

Atlantis raises 20 million greenbacks to flog virty desktop software

Privately-owned Atlantis Computing has just raised $20m to flog its Atlantis ILIO desktop virtualisation software around the world.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013

Android device? Ooohhhh, you mean a Samsung phone

Android may now be the bestselling smartphone OS in the world, as Google pointed out in its Wednesday morning I/O conference keynote, but a new report says most handset vendors aren't actually making much money off Android – with one notable exception.
Neil McAllister, 15 May 2013
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Fujitsu peddles three-way hybrid super to Nagoya University

Nagoya University is the latest academic institute in Japan to take a slice of the K supercomputer design - and put it on its campus to run applications on a monstrous 10.51 petaflops box. In theory.
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Biological chips go analog to boost efficiency

MIT boffins have figured out how to create synthetic analog organic circuits that can perform useful tasks without needing the sophistication that digital methods demand, which could lead to more efficient gloopy circuits and even more precise drug manufacture.
Jack Clark, 15 May 2013
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Google platform cloud now takes PHP apps

Google I/O Google is adding PHP to Google App Engine as the company tries to appeal to developers of the widely-used language.
Jack Clark, 15 May 2013
Tandberg telepresence video-conferencing session
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Overland Storage may acquire Tandberg

Overland Storage may be about to acquire Tandberg Data.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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Oracle updates Java versioning to allow more security fixes

Seemingly borrowing a page from the old, line-numbered BASIC programs of the 1980s, Oracle has adopted a new version numbering strategy for the Java Development Kit (JDK) – one that skips numbers, in case Oracle has to go back and plunk in new code later.
Neil McAllister, 15 May 2013
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Google takes on AWS, Azure virty servers with micro billing and fat disks

Google I/O Google is done dabbling with raw compute and storage infrastructure and has thrown the doors wide open on its Compute Engine services, while at the same time offering finer-grained pricing and fatter persistent storage for its virtual machines than is available from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure, and other public clouds.
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Australia downloads a limping 13 Mbps, says Ookla

There are, it seems, 44 countries in the world with better broadband download speeds than Australia, according to the latest Netindex release by Ookla.
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Analyst warns NetApp is prepping layoffs

According to a private Piper Jaffray note to its clients, NetApp is preparing to announce a 10 per cent work force reduction, about 1,300 people, in under-performing areas of its business such as Engenio, the acquired LSI disk array business.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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NASA: Our ALIEN HUNTING star-scan 'scope is KNACKERED

In a press conference on Wednesday, NASA warned that its Kepler orbital telescope, which has had much success in spotting Earth-sized planets, may be on its last legs after a serious equipment failure.
Iain Thomson, 15 May 2013
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Cisco boosts sales and profits despite softness in switching and routing

Cisco Systems took a big bet more than four years ago when it jumped into the server market with its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and started peddling converged Nexus switches at the same time. Those bets have paid off, and rising sales of these products are filling in the revenue gaps in the quarter ended in April as switch sales are down and router revenues are flat.