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.
Why SoftLayer can't lift IBM into the clouds
CommentThere 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Short-staffed website swaps DOGS for DEVELOPERS
Like many companies, Seattle-based dog-sitting-as-a-service rover.com struggles to find software developers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thirty-five years ago today: Space Invaders conquer the Earth
Antique Code ShowTomohiro 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.
El Reg drills into Office 365: The science of compliance
ReviewOffice 365 may well be the most impressive attempt at providing international information on legal compliance ever attempted.
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.
It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store
UpdatedComedian 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.
New Tosh 'droid slabs include Newton-like scrawl-pad: We try it out
PicsAmong 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can lightning strike twice? Intel has another crack at Thunderbolt
It was a bolt from the blue that failed to electrify the computer market.
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.
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 2013Intel 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.
Mind control hat makes quadcopter do what brain says
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.
Let's get graphical with Hyper-V
ReviewWe 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.
Big Brother? Social networks are far worse, says Estonian president
CyCon 2013Fears 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.
Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want
Computex 2013Microsoft today demonstrated Windows 8.1 for the first time in public and showed off at least 60 compatible devices - including Haswell-powered gadgets.
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.
Spooks nicking your tech? What you need is THE CLOUD - NSA boss
CyCon 2013Nations swiping intellectual property from rival states and corporations are a much greater threat to economies than private cyber-criminals, America's spymaster reckons.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft video preview shows Windows 8.1 tablet UI options
VideoMicrosoft 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.
Calxeda lines up ODM partners for EnergyCore ARM server chips
ComputexUpstart 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.