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Apple releases Mountain Lion, Safari updates

Apple has released an OS update that brings Mountain Lion up to version 10.8.4, fixes an array of bugs including Microsoft Exhange compatibility problems, and brings Safari up to version 6.0.5.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Jun 2013
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Why SoftLayer can't lift IBM into the clouds

Comment There are only three major cloud companies, and try as it might, IBM isn't going to change that in the near-term with its acquisition of SoftLayer.
Jack Clark, 05 Jun 2013
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Amazon to deliver groceries in 20 markets by 2014

Amazon is planning to kick off a major expansion of its AmazonFresh grocery delivery business as early as this week, sources close to the company claim.
Neil McAllister, 05 Jun 2013
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Australia's de-facto Internet filter may block 250k sites

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), has told a hearing of the Australian Parliament's Senate Estimates committee that its attempt to block access to the IP address of one investment scam site could have blocked 250,000 sites in total.
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Schneider moves on ancient SCADA vuln

Schneider Electric has begun patching a hard-coded Ethernet credential vulnerability in its kit, a mere 18 months after it was discovered and published.
The four designs under consideration for the ethical 'Fairphone'

Fairphone hits sales target for 'PC' phone

Fairphone, the organisation that aims to offer the world a more politically-correct smartphone, has secured 5,000 pre-orders, a milestone that will enable it to put the phone into production.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Jun 2013
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HP reinvents intranets as cloudy managed services

HP has cooked up a product it calls “Next Generation Information Worker” (NGIW) that aims to pick up where intranets left off and deliver an environment that doesn't leave the rising generation of iPad-and-smartmobe-wielding office drones screaming for the apps they use at home.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Jun 2013
Kapitaenleutnant Thomsen being sick

Germans purge selves of indigestible 63-letter word

A change in EU law has allowed the Germans to bin their longest word: the 63-letter monster Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz.
Lester Haines, 05 Jun 2013
A hand gesture changes the TV channel using WiSee technology.

Boffins build gesture recognition using WiFi

Skip the sensors, skip the cameras: if you watch the signals closely enough, you can build gesture recognition using only WiFi signals.
Puppy playing by computer

Short-staffed website swaps DOGS for DEVELOPERS

Like many companies, Seattle-based dog-sitting-as-a-service rover.com struggles to find software developers.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Jun 2013
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Signatures no good at protecting databases, says Juniper

One of the most common forms of attack is the SQL injection, and although the vector is ancient and well-understood, it's notoriously difficult to defend against.
A tablet being used with a pen

Pen+tablet bandwagon finally rolling, Nvidia leaps aboard

Trying to differentiate its Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip Nvidia is desperately promoting pen computing as the future, in the hope that no-one will notice it's firmly rooted in the past.
Bill Ray, 05 Jun 2013
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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

Future broadcasting could resemble IKEA flat pack furniture - with the bits and pieces of each transmission assembled at home, perhaps in ways not intended by the designer - if boffins at the BBC get their way.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Jun 2013
Parliament in the clouds

Lonely G-Cloud wanders in search of crowd o'er UK.gov vales and hills

Government Digital Services is evaluating the level of resources set aside for the G-Cloud after taking control of the framework.
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2013

Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

Brace yourself fanbois: it looks like Apple is about to release a new range of souped-up MacBook laptops into the wild.
Jasper Hamill, 05 Jun 2013
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Thirty-five years ago today: Space Invaders conquer the Earth

Antique Code Show Tomohiro Nishikado already had a string of almost a dozen arcade games under his belt when he started on what was to become the best remembered - certainly the most played - game he was ever to create: Space Invaders, released in Japan 35 years ago this month.
Tony Smith, 05 Jun 2013

El Reg drills into Office 365: The science of compliance

Review Office 365 may well be the most impressive attempt at providing international information on legal compliance ever attempted.
Trevor Pott, 05 Jun 2013
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Reg readers: So, who will be Who? It's over to you...

The news that Matt Smith will walk away from the Tardis at the end of this year has provoked a veritable Gallifrey of speculation as to just who will become the 12th Doctor.
Lester Haines, 05 Jun 2013
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It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store

Updated Comedian and activist Mark Thomas threw a riotous Irish-themed party inside Apple's flagship store in London to protest against the iPhone giant's tiny tax bills.
Jasper Hamill, 05 Jun 2013
Toshiba Excite Android tablet

New Tosh 'droid slabs include Newton-like scrawl-pad: We try it out

Pics Among Toshiba’s Haswell-packed laptop frenzy in London yesterday were a few new ten-inch tablets: three Android and one Windows 8 slate for business.
Bob Dormon, 05 Jun 2013
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Space boffins, oil giants, nuke plants 'raided' by MYSTERY code nasty

A piece of government-bothering malware called NetTraveler has been active since 2004 - and targets agencies and organisations involved in space exploration, nanotechnology, nuclear power, lasers, medicine, communications and more.
John Leyden, 05 Jun 2013
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BSkyB-owned BE slams into traffic pile-up over 'unlimited' broadband lie

Telco BE - now owned by BSkyB - has been admonished by Blighty's ad watchdog for misleading its customers with unsubstantiated claims about its broadband.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jun 2013
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Penguin chief: Apple's ebook plan 'dramatically changed' market

The CEO of publishing house Penguin has admitted that Apple's arrival in the ebook market triggered a dramatic shift in how the digital tomes were sold.

A couple of whitepapers about SIEM

Promo In our first visit to the Reg whitepaper library in some time, we took time out to inspect the security pitches. Here is a couple of vendor papers about SIEM (security information and event management) software that we thought deserved a wider airing. Registration is, as per usual, required.
David Gordon, 05 Jun 2013
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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

An update to Microsoft's tablet OS Windows RT will finally add email client Outlook to fondleslabs.
Bill Ray, 05 Jun 2013

Can lightning strike twice? Intel has another crack at Thunderbolt

It was a bolt from the blue that failed to electrify the computer market.
Jasper Hamill, 05 Jun 2013
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Internet pioneer Vint Cerf predicts the future, fears Word-DOCALYPSE

Big data may turn out to be a big mystery to future generations, godfather of the internet Vint Cerf has warned.
Jasper Hamill, 05 Jun 2013
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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

Amazon has signed a deal to stream Viacom's kiddies' TV shows for a rumoured whopping $200m.

Intel unzips new Atom phone chip: Low power, fast - is that right, ARM?

Computex 2013 Intel has been doing its best to convince anyone who’ll listen this week that its new Silvermont-based processors are a viable alternative to ARM's mobile-friendly cores.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Jun 2013


In a development with potentially huge consequences in the field of care for the disabled (also the related fields of disembodied brains in bubbling jars, cyborgs, human-machine interfaces etc) a group of students have shown that they can accurately control a small drone helicopter using only a specialised electroencephalographic hat.
Lewis Page, 05 Jun 2013

Let's get graphical with Hyper-V

Review We recently had a good look at what it takes to get a Hyper-V failover cluster up and running using PowerShell. It isn't quite as scary as it is often made out to be, but like many command line interfaces it is the stuff of laminated cheat sheets for administrators who don't use those commands every day.
Trevor Pott, 05 Jun 2013
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Big Brother? Social networks are far worse, says Estonian president

CyCon 2013 Fears about states' Big Brother-style invasions of peoples' privacy are outdated, and citizens should instead be worrying about how social networks and supermarkets are using their private data, says the president of Estonia.
John Leyden, 05 Jun 2013
Screenshot of Windows 8.1's revamped Start screen

Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

Computex 2013 Microsoft today demonstrated Windows 8.1 for the first time in public and showed off at least 60 compatible devices - including Haswell-powered gadgets.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Jun 2013
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NATO defence ministers agree: This cyber business is very serious

NATO ministers have agreed to step up efforts to protect members' cyber networks, but are still unsure whether or not to step in and sort out individual hacks.
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Spooks nicking your tech? What you need is THE CLOUD - NSA boss

CyCon 2013 Nations swiping intellectual property from rival states and corporations are a much greater threat to economies than private cyber-criminals, America's spymaster reckons.
John Leyden, 05 Jun 2013
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Apple claims shot in arm for Cupertino from new Fruit Loop HQ

Apple has claimed its massive new ring-shaped Cupertino headquarters will create 7,400 new jobs and sustain thousands more in the local area.
Jasper Hamill, 05 Jun 2013

Dell's new Compellent will make you break down in tiers... of flash

Dell thinks its Compellent arrays will be more compelling with automated tiering extended to different types of flash, policy-driven deduplication and namespace expansion added to the filesystem, and more drives in a smaller space.
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2013
The four-socket Moonshot server card from HP using the Opteron X chip

AMD chalks up Opteron X design win on HP Moonshot hyperscale system

Hewlett-Packard is making no promises about when it will be delivered, but the company is showing off a multiple-node server cartridge for its "Redstone" Moonshot 1500 chassis using the "Kyoto" Opteron X processor from Advanced Micro Devices.
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Microsoft video preview shows Windows 8.1 tablet UI options

Video Microsoft has had a lot to say about the forthcoming Windows 8.1 update, both in its blogs and at conferences like TechEd and Computex, and now it's gone ahead and posted a five-minute video tour so that we can see some of the new features in action.
Neil McAllister, 05 Jun 2013
Foxconn has forged a bid ol' storage server using ARM processors

Calxeda lines up ODM partners for EnergyCore ARM server chips

Computex Upstart ARM server chip maker Calxeda has lined up three new ODM partners to make web servers and storage servers using its 32-bit, quad-core EnergyCore processors.
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IBM blesses NoSQL upstart MongoDB

IBM developers can now write apps using MongoDB's query language to interact with data stored in DB2 and WebSphere, and vice versa, giving IBM's tech greater use and relevance in an age dominated by cheap or free solutions.
Jack Clark, 05 Jun 2013
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Never mind WinRT: Tiny Win8 slabs will ship with free Office, too

Mere days after we got word that the Japanese versions of Microsoft's Surface Pro fondleslabs would come preloaded with Office, Redmond has announced that forthcoming small Windows 8 tablets will come bundled with the productivity suite, too, and in all markets.
Neil McAllister, 05 Jun 2013
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FreedomPop aims to gut US wireless oligopoly with free smartphone

By the end of the summer, FreedomPop aims to offer US users a smartphone for around $100 that gives unlimited texts, 200 voice minutes, and 500MB of data a month for free, with no contract.
Iain Thomson, 05 Jun 2013
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BlackBerry wants to see rivals' phones with BBM preinstalled

While BlackBerry's latest handsets might not be selling as fast as some of the competition, the Canadian mobile maker is looking to expand its market presence further by having its messaging software come preinstalled on other vendors' phones, according to a report.
Neil McAllister, 05 Jun 2013