HTC drops 12-inch Windows RT tablet, sticks to a 7-incher
It's been a while since we've heard much about Windows RT from Microsoft's OEM partners, and the latest rumblings from HTC are both good news and bad for Redmond's ARM-based OS, according to sources.
EFF files objections with W3C decrying addition of DRM to HTML5
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has upgraded to full member status of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and as its first act has registered a formal objection to the proposed addition of DRM to the HTML5 specifications.
Apple reveals bare bones iPod touch
Persistent rumours that Apple is planning a cheap version of the iPhone have a little more substance today, after Apple quietly slipped a new bare-bones model of the iPod touch out the door.
Google gives vendors seven-day bug disclosure deadline
Google has decided it's fair to tell the world about newly-discovered security flaws seven days after it learns about them, even if that's not enough time for vendors of vulnerable software to provide a fix.
A Bluetooth door lock that puts the kettle on? NOW we're in the future
Another electronic door lock that can be operated wirelessly has launched. Wait, come back: this time it looks cool and promises to, one day, control your kettle, lights and other stuff connected to the future's Internet of Things.
UN report says killer bots could fight WAR WITHOUT END
The United Nations has called for the establishment of an international body to set guidelines for the development and use of lethal autonomous robotics (LARs), lest such machines go on a never-ending killing spree that plunges humanity into perpetual war.
China ponders joining controversial IP trade treaty
China has signalled it may consider joining the group of nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade treaty that has attracted extensive criticisms for its proposed reforms to copyright law and other intellectual property regulations.
Drobo makes 'reductions' ahead of Connected Data merge
SME storage hardware maker Drobo, which is in merger talks with Connected Data, has laid off some of its staff, in what Connected Data CEO Geoff Barrall calls an orderly "Reduction In Force" (redundancies).
Fedora's Schrödinger's Cat Linux gives coders claws for thought
ReviewThe Schrödinger's cat thought experiment, devised by Erwin Schrödinger in 1935, pits the theory of quantum superposition against what we observe to be true.
'Nothing will convince a kid that's never worn glasses to wear them'
QuotWThis was the week when a campaign run by a bunch of women's groups actually made Facebook admit to a fault and offer to change.
Review: Pure Jongo S3 multiroom speakers
I’ll admit, I didn’t think I was going to have much to say about Pure’s Jongo S3 speakers, the latest addition to its growing wireless audio gear range.
Google nuke thyself: Mountain View's H.264 righteous flame-out
Back in 2010, champions of a free web were ecstatic over Google's plan to seed the internet with a patent-free video. VP8 was going to crush the patent-heavy H.264, now celebrating its 10th birthday. Or so we were told.
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FeatureDisclaimer: Before taking any of my advice be aware that I once bet my career on OS/2 and that in all my careers articles my ambition is to help you avoid some of the mistakes I have made.
El Reg drills into Office365: Mass email migration
Spinning up a new instance of Office 365 to provide email for a brand new domain is easy; migrating email from other domains is not.
BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;
Episode 4"Don't put that there," I snap - calmly, but firmly, as a Beancounter goes to drop a chunk of IT detritus on my desk.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1: Samsung plays Intel against ARM
Samsung are about to announce a Galaxy tablet running Android but with Intel inside. And while it is a victory for the US chip goliath, it's also one which could prove pyrrhic given the large amount of cash Intel will have to cough.
BT! dumps! Yahoo! after! 10! long! years! together!
BT is ditching Yahoo! after 10 years to take up with US firm Critical Path, which will supply email services on the new BT.com.
New EXPLICIT pics support notion of moist, welcoming past for Mars
The Martian nuclear truck Curiosity has found further evidence that water once flowed freely on the Red Planet's surface.
Fear the Embarrassing Bodies webcam
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Some of my colleagues get writer's block. I suffer from reader's block. I may have a mild form of dyslexia or it may be due to having a very short attention ... you know, whatever.
Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button
Ex-Windows chief Steven Sinofsky is “happy” with the miserable sales record of tablets and PCs running his Windows 8 baby.
Sacred islet Rockall repels Brit adventurer's first assault
Heavy seas have thwarted Brit adventurer Nick Hancock's first attempt to land on the sacred islet of Rockall, and he's beaten a retreat to St Kilda ahead of a second pop tomorrow.
Apple's two-factor security isn't as good as Microsoft or Google's, say experts
Apple's two-factor authentication system does not protect users' private files backed up to the iCloud, it is claimed.
Court orders Feds to hand evidence over to Kim Dotcom
A New Zealand court has handed over all the evidence against Kim Dotcom to the Megaupload founder because it reckons the warrants used in the 2012 raid were illegal.
Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves
The Linux Mint project has released version 15 of the desktop that they’re calling the “most ambitious release since the start of the project.”
You need to get serious about 4G coverage, Ministry of Fun told
The Ministry of Fun should set up a national planning database, allowing network operators to instantly check zoning restrictions if it's serious about promoting 4G technology.
'Syrian Electronic Army' fails to crack Israeli water system
Attempts purportedly made by pro-Assad hacktivists to attack water systems in northern Israel have failed, recent reports reveal.
WD shuns flash, plonks enlarged racks on shelf
WD has extended its unified storage Sentinel range into a 1U, Atom-powered rackmount shelf, a first for WD as it enters the rackmount storage market.
Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware
Motorola has shown off an electronic authentication tattoo and an FDA-approved pill that uses the body to transmit passwords, and says it wants to see a new generation of smartphones geared towards such wearable – or edible – technology.
Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT
UpdatedThe TV ads for Microsoft's Surface tablets look like music videos, with happy Surface users snapping and unsnapping their fondleslabs from their keyboard-covers. There's just one problem: Surface doesn't come with a cover – until now, that is.
AWS peers into soul of Load Balancers for DNS failover
Amazon Web Services now lets users apply automated DNS failover policies to data fronted by load balancers rather than just IPs.
Groundbreaking Camino browser digs grave, jumps in
The Camino browser, first conceived around the turn of the millennium as a free, open source project designed to be a true "Mac-like" browser for the then-nascent Mac OS X, has reached the end of the line.
Sacred islet Rockall defeats Brit adventurer
Brit adventurer Nick Hancock is returning to western Scotland after inclement weather thwarted his attempt to land on the sacred islet of Rockall.
Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.
Did Atari really bury millions of unsold videogame cartridges in the New Mexico desert in 1983? A documentary film crew aims to find out.
Kinky? You're mentally healthier than 'vanilla' bonkers
A new study has discovered that practitioners of "bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, sadism-masochism (BDSM)" tend to be less neurotic, anxious, and paranoid, and more extroverted, conscientious, and open to new experiences than members of the "vanilla" general public.