Let the software run the network
Across the IT industry, vendors are increasingly looking at defining datacentre operations in software.
New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers
A Finnish company says that it has solved a problem that has vexed the designers of ultra-tall skyscrapers such as the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai or the 509-meter Taipei 101 in Taiwan – and we'll pause for a moment to let you guess what that problem might be.
Google Brain king slashes cost of AI gear
The architect behind some of Google's mammoth machine-learning systems has figured out a way to dramatically reduce the cost of the infrastructure needed for weak artificial intelligence programs, making it easier for cash-strapped companies and institutions to perform research into this crucial area of technology.
Australian unis to test quantum-comms-over-fibre
The University of New South Wales, one of the world's leaders in quantum computing research, will get the chance to put its work to the test in Australia's capital city, Canberra.
Oracle's Ellison outlines plans for Hawaiian Electriclarryland
When legendary Texan alt.rock ensemble Butthole Surfers recorded their (NSFW) 1996 opus Electriclarryland they almost certainly did not imagine a billionaire named Larry would one day buy a Hawaiian island and decide to revive its economy with solar-powered desalination plants and battery-powered cars.
Internet fraud still stings suckers
Australians fell prey to online scams to the tune of around $AUD93.5 million in 2012, and reported nearly 84,000 “scam-related contacts” to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Samsung plans LTE Advanced version of Galaxy S4
Samsung is looking to shake off some poor recent sales forecasts for its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone with the launch of an LTE Advanced version in South Korea this month, promising data transfer speeds up to double those of the current 4G handset.
AMD lifts the veil on Opteron, ARM chip plans for 2014
AMD has unfolded its server-chip roadmap for next year, and the road ahead appears to be a sensible motorway with no hair-rasing hairpin turns or unexpected switchbacks – although there is one bright shiny new vehicle on the road.
PowerCloud launches new kit, partner program
WiFi upstart PowerCloud Systems (PCS) wants to give hotspots a dose of multiple personality, to make WiFi fit better in the world of multi-tenant networks.
'Smart ring' revealed by upstart Chinese mobe-maker
Glasses and smartwatches dominate talk about wearable technology, but there's a new piece of binary bling to consider: a smart ring from new Chinese mobe-maker Geak.
When UK.gov asks 'Who's your daddy', companies HAD BETTER reply
Tax authorities and law enforcement agencies are to be able to access information about the owners of UK-registered companies under new rules proposed by the government.
Global tax data exchange plan floated to recoup cash
The world's getting serious about multinational tax avoidance, with with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today delivering a report (PDF) titled “A step change in tax transparency: Delivering a standardised,secure and cost effective model of bilateral automatic exchange for the multilateral context” to the G8 summit.
Fifty, fired and fretful: Three chaps stare down CAREER MORTALITY
Donald* guessed what about to happen as soon as the meeting started, so he got in first with a question.
SAP users slack, slow and backward on security
Cross-site scripting, failure to check credentials, directory traversal and SQL injection make up more than three-quarters of vulnerabilities in SAP environments, according to a presentation by ERPScan's Alexander Polyakov to RSAConference Asia Pacific 2013.
Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise
The number of Metropolitan Police officers investigated for misusing a controversial police database has more than doubled in the past five years, The Register can reveal.
Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a peephole
A security flaw thought to have been fixed by Adobe in October 2011 has reappeared thanks to a new vulnerability involving Flash Player browser plug-ins.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?
ReviewBewildering. That’s the best word to describe Samsung’s small tablet range. Since the second half of 2010, the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Tab 7.0 Plus and Tab 7.7 blurred one into the other, much to the confusion of the average customer and me.
G-Cloud overlord McDonagh gets CBE nod from Queen
Former G-Cloud supremo Denise McDonagh was handed a CBE in Her Maj's birthday honours list at the weekend for services to the IT services industry.
Shrinking iPads, Ultrabooks will lead to disk boost: WD boss
WD showed a slide at its annual summit earlier this month that described the current computing market as "very chaotic". That would be a highly relative description, given the storage giant had booked the summit into Istanbul just as a sit-in at a park in the Turkish city had escalated into a three-day battle between protesters and riot police, with satellite skirmishes in other towns and cities across the country.
Spin doctors brazenly fiddle with tiny bits in front of the neighbours
The University of New South Wales, working with Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, is celebrating what it hopes will be another step towards large-scale quantum computing: a technique that can address single electron qubits separated by mere nanometres.
France Telecom dials up support for its capitaine in Sarkozy gov cash probe
France Telecom’s board is standing by chief executive Stéphane Richard despite the fraud investigation into his time as a top government aide.
Drug gang hacks into Belgian seaport, cops seize TONNE of smack
Police in the Netherlands and Belgium have seized a tonne of cocaine, a tonne of heroin and a suitcase stuffed with €1.3m after uncovering a massive drug smuggling operation that used hackers to break into the systems of shipping companies.
Microsoft lures buy-curious vixens, corduroys with a cheap fondle
Microsoft is slashing the price on its Windows 8-powered Surface RT tablets to slap the unwanted kit into students' palms.
O2 averts strike action over mass Capita outsourcing deal
The Communication Workers' Union has called off its strike ballot, scheduled to close today, following a last-minute deal with O2 and outsourcing giant Capita, the details of which haven't been released.
Latest NASA ASTRONAUT class is HALF FEMALE
NASA has picked four women and four men for its latest batch of trainee astronauts - and that's the highest percentage of female space rookies ever selected for one class.
Quadrant Visual Solutions goes into liquidation
Quadrant Visual Solutions (QVS) has shut up shop after 25 years in business, having succumbed to the oldest business-killer of all: it ran out of cash.
Yahoo! joins! rivals! in! PRISM! data! request! admission!
Yahoo! has become the latest big-hitting American tech firm to reveal exactly how much information it has handed to US spooks.
Robbing a bank? Carberp toolkit now available for just $5k
Cybercrooks are selling the source code for the Carberp banking Trojan toolkit through underground forums - at just $5,000 a pop.
HPC server sales spike: Buyers get chops around juicy cheap flops
ISC 2013The plain vanilla server racket may have struggled in the first quarter, but sales of machinery aimed at high performance computing workloads -both traditional simulation workloads and new-fangled "Big Data" jobs - bucked the downward trends in the first quarter, according to the latest research from IDC.
BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls
A company that is currently featuring on the BBC3 television programme The Call Centre has been fined £225,000 for making nuisance calls to Brits, the Information Commissioner's Office said today.
CLOUD TO SUCK UP ALL YOUR CASH: Govts around world slash IT spending
Governments around the world have made plans to cut their IT spending, according to a study, although apparently they're still really keen on the "cloud" and have also shown some interest in "Big Data".
Ask Trevor Pott ANYTHING about Office 365
Live ChatOur favourite sysadmin Trevor Pott has been digging deep into Office 365 in recent weeks.
UK telcos chuck another £1m at online child abuse watchdog
Britain's largest ISPs have agreed to contribute a further £1m to the Internet Watch Foundation, following a meeting with Culture Secretary Maria Miller about child sex abuse images and videos found online.
Brit biz-gobbling comms giant Daisy Group splutters with indigestion
Biz broadband and comms giant Daisy Group has faced a challenging 12 months as its operating losses widened and organic growth stalled.
HP PCs 'n' printers boss steps down, replaced by Aussie
HP has snatched the reins of its bogged-down global PC and printer biz from exec Todd Bradley, just a year after stitching the units together, as it struggles to compete in the mobile slablet world.
Huawei unwraps Ascend P6: World's slimmest smartphone
Huawei's latest handset ticks all the right boxes, and is only 6mm thick, but surrounded by headlines about government intrusion, the timing of the launch could've been a lot better for a company that was being accused of government spying well before PRISM made it fashionable.
Apple's screw-up leaves tethered iPhones easily crackable
iPhones being used as Wi-Fi hotspots are open to attack because of lax security protocols in the automatic password generation system Apple has in place, according to new research from the University of Erlangen in Germany.
Nvidia stretches CUDA coding to ARM chips
ISC 2013Nvidia's new CUDA 5.5 release aims to overcome the inherent mathematical suckiness of the ARM architecture by unleashing the powers of GPUs working in conjunction with those popular low-power chips – and not just ones from Nvidia.
Ex-HTC execs launch UK-based smartphone maker Kazam
As struggling smartphone maker HTC continues to reel from what looks like a mass exodus of executives, two former HTC execs have announced that they are forming their own smartphone company with the goal of "disrupting the status quo."
GE partners with Amazon for 'industrial internet'
GE has announced a cloud-based analytics platform for net-connected devices as the manufacturing giant tries to forge a set of technologies for what it terms "the industrial internet".
Tor users locked out of Facebook after wave of dodgy traffic
Users of the Tor traffic anonymizing service are currently locked out of Facebook after a flood of dodgy traffic triggered an automatic lockdown by the social network's security systems.
Soylent days and soylent nights
Green beans, chilli con carne, fresh mackerel, olives, zucchini, pork belly stuffed with chilli and garlic – these are some of the things we've been thinking of during our self-imposed Soylent diet. Clearly, we're not the right market for the stuff.
Canonical unveils Carrier Advisory Group for Ubuntu phones
Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has announced the formation of a Carrier Advisory Group (CAG) to help advocate for the open source OS as a smartphone platform.
Remote code execution vuln appears in Puppet
Puppet Labs has blasted out a security advisory about a vulnerability in the popular infrastructure management tool Puppet.
Increased cell phone coverage tied to uptick in African violence
The increasing availability of cell phone coverage in Africa is contributing to an increase of violence on that continent, a recent study contends.
It's time to suck the marrow from the NBN debate
Australia has, for the past decade, enjoyed a vivid but not-always productive debate on appropriate broadband infrastructure for the nation. The Reg wants to set that to rights.
Google mounts legal challenge to surveillance gag orders
Google has filed a legal petition "respectfully requesting" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) release it from a gag order, and allow the company to tell users how often the NSA comes calling for data.
TypeScript 0.9 arrives with new compiler, support for generics