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SunPartner screen

Nearly-transparent screen adds solar charge to phones

“Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good” seems to be the motto of a French startup that believes it has a good-enough approach to adding solar charging to smartphones.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Jun 2013

SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

IBM's lawsuit with SCO over just who owns Unix has crawled out of the grave and seems set to shuffle back into US courts.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2013
Sony Smart Watch

Sony allows hacking of its unloved SmartWatch

Sony has opened the code for its SmartWatch and will allow developers to write their own firmware for the Android-powered device.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2013

Rally supports Snowden amid claims GCHQ tapped G20 summit

Over 900 Hong Kong-ers braved torrential rain on Saturday to march on the US Consulate and HK government in support of infamous PRISM whistle-blower Edward Snowden, as the man himself released yet more classified info on US intelligence operations.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jun 2013

'BadNews is malware' says outfit that found it

The BadNews malware debate continues to be batted back and forth, with Lookout, the company that first raised the alarm, maintaining that it is malware in the face of Google's assertion last week that it had seen no malicious activity associated with apps carrying the malware.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Jun 2013
Girl with iPhone

Shy? Socially inadequate? Fiddling with your phone could help

Help is at hand for the millions of people whose shyness is ruining their chances at improving their lot in life.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jun 2013
Qinling panda

Panda-peddlers cuffed for chess gambling gambit

Two Chinese virus writers jailed in 2007 for spreading the info-stealing Panda (Fujacks) malware have been nabbed again after setting up an illegal online gambling site on their release from prison.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jun 2013
Google Loon balloon envelope

Google launches broadband balloons, radio astronomy frets

Nearly the whole science and tech world is turning cartwheels at Google's “Project Loon”, Google's audacious “bring the Internet to the world using weather balloons” test that kicked off in New Zealand over the weekend.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Jun 2013

Anon posts Filipino president's phone numbers

An Anonymous hacktivist has published what he claims to be three telephone numbers belonging to the Philippine president Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III, including his private mobile number, in a bid to urge voters to confront their leader directly.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jun 2013
The launch explosion, captured in a Sea Launch video

Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

On November 1st, 1755, the Portuguese capital Lisbon experienced a very nasty earthquake. Up to 100,000 people died and much of the city was destroyed.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2013

You don't need phone lines or cable for ANYTHING, says Dish

Dish wants everyone to know it can do broadband too: using LTE kit and radio spectrum it plans to acquire from Clearwire, the TV broadcaster has been pushing 50Mb/sec into homes.
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2013
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

Top500: Supercomputing sea change incomplete, unpredictable

ISC 2013If you were thinking that coprocessors were going to take over the Top500 supercomputer rankings in one fell swoop, or even three or four, and knock CPU-only systems down to the bottom of the barrel – well, not so fast.
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

Don't wait to check your parachute until you're out of the plane

Business failure and insolvency are so rarely a cheery subject. But it's kinda funny how frequently companies hit by high-value losses almost immediately say "we had insurance", as if to say the loss will not be felt too hard.
Eddie Pacey, 17 Jun 2013

Ad-slingers! Punting peeps' pics into promos? You must read THIS

Advertisers are responsible for any material they hoover up from social networks to use in their promotions - and that user-submitted content must comply with UK advertising rules.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jun 2013

When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

FeatureMy despair as El Reg's resident job expert is that you people sometimes can’t even follow basic simple advice. For example, when I wrote about pay cuts, some arts grad commented that he’d immediately quit.
Dominic Connor, 17 Jun 2013

HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

HP will axe workers in Sheffield and shunt their roles to Renfrewshire in Scotland to bag a £7m grant from the Scottish government, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union claims.
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2013
European Union Flag

Bone up on fresh EU privacy law - or end up in the clink, IT biz warned

McAfee Channel SummitTechnology resellers, distributors and service providers need to be ready for the freshly proposed European Data Protection law, IDC has said.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Jun 2013

Fusion-io opens trenchcoat, flashes cheap PCIe cards

PCIe card-flasher Fusion-io has been talking to financial analysts about killing off its "wasteful" research projects and building OEM momentum for its cost-reduced ioScale card.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

Ecuador: All right, Julian, you CAN stay on our sofa - it's your human right

Julian Assange is in "good spirits" despite being stuck in Ecuador's London embassy for the past year, said the South American country's foreign minister.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Jun 2013

NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

Apple has joined Facebook and Microsoft in revealing it has received thousands of requests for sensitive user data from US investigators in less than a year.
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2013

Telecoms band wants to drag White Space into the real world

A conglomerate of 23 telecoms organisations, including BSkyB and Indigo Telecom, have joined forces to make white space data networking a mainstream reality.
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2013
Eric Schmidt

Google flings another £1m at online child sex abuse vid CRACKDOWN

Google has pledged a further $2m (£1.27m) to encourage the development of tools that seek and destroy online child sex abuse material.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2013

Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

StobNow it has been scientifically demonstrated that we Delphi users are the happiest of all programmers, proper significance can at last be attached to the rare woes that occasionally break through our Stepford Coder personas.
Verity Stob, 17 Jun 2013

Supercomputer vid proves NASA black-hole ring sniffers were RIGHT

VideoStellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light from the turbulent froth of their gas corona, boffins have discovered with the help of a massive amount of supercomputing power.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Jun 2013
Seagate logo

Seagate reveals a NASty side, tears wraps off WD Red copycat disk

Seagate has introduced its own disk for filer-focussed network-attached storage (NAS) boxes, a year after rival Western Digital launched its own Red NAS drive.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

Major Brit IT provider denies turning to fellow resellers after burning up lines of credit

British comms provider Azzurri has rejected suggestions that its finances are so precarious it has been forced it to tap up fellow resellers for product.
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2013

Julian Assange: Google's just an arm of US government

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has claimed that Google is tied up in a conspiracy stretching up to the very highest levels of American government.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jun 2013

Swedish watchdog: Google's chocolate cloud? Nej, not private

The Google bods who sell the ad giant's software services in Europe have been banned from flogging their wares to Sweden's public sector due to unresolved privacy concerns.
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Icahn scratching head over BEEELLLIONS needed for Dell deal

Carl Icahn could be ready to walk away from the Dell rescue deal after reports suggested he's finding stumping up the cash for the refinancing plan a little more difficult than he'd hoped.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Jun 2013

Samsung wins Apple MacBook contract, starts spitting out PCIe SSDs

Blocks and FilesAsk not for whom the bell tolls, third-party PCIe flash card suppliers, it tolls for thee. It looks like Samsung, Intel/Micron and SanDisk/Toshiba will be the only ones left standing when this whole PCIe flash clash is over.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

White Space wonga time: White House tips $100m into next-gen comms

The US government will sink $100m (£63.5m) into research and development of White Space technology over the next five years.
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2013
Die shot of the 62-core Xeon Phi coprocessor chip

Intel widens Xeon Phi HPC coprocessor lineup

ISC 2013The pitch that Intel's salespeople have to make to push Xeon Phi x86-based coprocessors just got a little easier and more interesting. And in the same week that a hybrid Xeon-Xeon Phi machine - China's Tianhe-2 - took the title as the fastest supercomputer in the world.
Die shot of the 62-core Xeon Phi coprocessor chip

Intel previews future 'Knights Landing' Xeon Phi x86 coprocessor with integrated memory

ISC 2013X86 processor and now coprocessor maker Intel is determined make possible an exaflops of aggregate computing capacity within a 20-megawatt envelope.

NSA whistleblower to tech firms, Obama: 'Grow a pair!'

Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old fugitive who revealed the NSA's PRISM system, has told the technology companies involved in surveillance to stand up for users' rights and demand a change in the current law.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2013

First look: iOS 7 for iPad

Screen grabsBashing the design of Apple's upcoming iOS 7 may be all the rage, but the pile-on has been limited to the iPhone and iPod touch versions, since the iPad version has yet to be released. Thankfully for Apple haters, however, that's now changing as screen grabs taken from the iOS 7 developer simulator begin to appear on the interwebs.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jun 2013
The NSA Unchained

NSA: We COULD track you by your phone ... if we WANTED to

Officials from the National Security Agency (NSA) have confirmed that the agency has the ability to track the location of any phone in the US, but said that it voluntarily chooses not to do so.
Neil McAllister, 17 Jun 2013
ASKAP from the air

Swinburne starts design of pulsar-hunting supercomputer

Back when they first discovered pulsars – in the “Little Green Men” era of the 1960s – astronomers were seeing big, loud and slow pulses. Today's pulsar-hunters are hunting subtler beasts and therefore need a lot more computer power, which is why Australia's Swinburne University has decided to spend more than $AU600,000 to design a computer to join in the search.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Jun 2013
Photo of a stack of Google Chromebooks

Google Chromebooks now in over 6,600 stores

Google has launched a major retail push for laptops running its web-based Chrome OS, with Chromebooks now available in more than 6,600 stores worldwide.
Neil McAllister, 17 Jun 2013

Fusion-io's founding CEO quits board

David Flynn, Fusion-io's founding and ousted CEO has flown the boardroom coop, as revealed in an SEC filing (PDF). Flynn follows cofounder and ex-CMO Rick White out the door.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013
Robot cat

Boffins build headless robo-kitties

VideoSwiss scientists have built a trotting robotic house cat, and say that the form factor could prove very useful for small and agile search-and-rescue robots.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2013

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