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 Here is Clippy, ever-friendly source of bad advice.

'Clippy' coup felled by Microsoft twitterati

Redmond watchers discussing the corporate shake-up at Microsoft found one key figure lacking in the news: Clippy, the idiot-savant office assistant that pestered, hen-pecked, and lectured office users for a generation.
Jack Clark, 12 Jul 2013

Poor iPhone sales mean Verizon could owe Apple $14bn

Verizon is facing a massive financial shortfall because it isn't selling enough iPhones, according to analysis from Moffett Research.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jul 2013

Giant human-powered quadricopter wins $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

Video In 1980, AHS International inaugurated the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. On Thursday, they announced a winner: Canada's Kickstarter-funded startup AeroVelo.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Jul 2013
Ubuntu smartphones

Verizon signs on to Ubuntu's smartphone advisory committee

Verizon Wireless has become the first US carrier to join the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group, making a stateside launch for Canonical's open source smartphone platform that much more likely.
Neil McAllister, 12 Jul 2013
Photo of a stack of Google Chromebooks

Google brings Blink-powered Chrome to Windows and Mac OS X

Blink, the browser rendering engine Google summoned into existence after becoming disgruntled with progress on the Apple-led Webkit, has made its debut in Windows and Mac OS, after having made its way to Linux last month.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2013
secondary age school kids outside NBN truck

NBN Co CEO Quigley retires, won't deny he was pushed

Mike Quigley, the founding chief executive officer of NBN Co, the company set up to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced he will “retire from corporate life “.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2013

Google Groups blunder exposes THOUSANDS of Japanese govt emails

The Japanese government has admitted sharing thousands of email conversations with world+dog after a mix-up over Google Groups' privacy settings.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Jul 2013
Raspberry Pi

Dev bakes actual, edible raspberry pie with Raspberry Pi

A New Zealand developer named Nathan Broadbent has baked a raspberry pie using a Raspberry Pi.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2013

Is it a BIRD? Is it a plane? Right first time – and she's in SPANDEX

Pics In a pop-up shop in Shoreditch, two rubber-clad hotties are snogging in front of a small audience of pretty PR people. It might sound like an average Saturday night for the racier denizens of this uber-hip part of London but it is, in fact, a tenuous marketing ploy for the Huawei Ascend P2, a flash new smartphone from the world's biggest telecoms maker.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jul 2013

China slips behind US in technology innovation stakes

China may be driving much of the global economy, but a survey of global technology executives believes the good old US of A will be the source of the next big disruptive technology breakthrough.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Jul 2013
A 120-minute clockwork timer

Be still, my quivering atoms: Here's a new way to count a second

Atoms trapped by light and measured with a CCD camera have the potential to outdo today's most accurate atomic clocks, and although it's early days, a pair of linked optical lattice clocks have yielded accuracy of a second every 300 million years.

'New' document shows how US forces carriers to allow snooping

Post-Snowden sensitivities to American spookery have been further inflamed after Australian website Crikey revealed a document that it says is a contract between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Department of Justice and submarine cable operator Reach that allows the US entities to tap Reach's cables for national security purposes.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

JOBS from beyond grave: I AM NOT A CROOK, it was an 'aikido move'

QuotW This was the week when Apple was ruled guilty as charged in the ebook price-fixing case by US District Judge Denise Cote and will now face a trial for damages.

Intel waves LONG TENT POLE, pokes Data Domain boxes with it

EMC has boosted the backup performance of its mid-range Data Domain boxes yet again by upgrading to Intel Sandy Bridge processors. Avamar, Mozy and NetWorker have all been revved up too.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Feds BANNED from DEF CON by founder (who is Obama's cyber-expert)

DEF CON 21 Jeff Moss - the US government security advisor who founded the DEF CON hacking convention - has urged federal agents to stay away from the conference next month.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2013

Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

Apple has plonked its flagship Madrid store atop the ruins of a 15th century hospital built to care for plague victims.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jul 2013

Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

Opinion It has now been a month since Edward Snowden outed himself as the NSA whistleblower who has exposed much about the level of government and corporate surveillance in our society. The revelations aren't stopping, and neither should the debate, but it's getting sidelined by distractions of character not content.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jul 2013
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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

Storagebod So, you're a sysadmin, slaving away to maintain the impossible 100 per cent uptime demanded by The Powers That Be. How many common myths about storage do you really believe?
StorageBod, 12 Jul 2013

Web ad giant (Google) makes its own flash? Speak your branes

We wondered last week or so how advertising giant Google could appear in a Gartner chart comparing sales in the enterprise flash drive market.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2013
New infantry kit modelled by British troops. Credit: MoD

Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Let’s pretend it’s your birthday. For some of you, it may actually be your birthday, in which case you’re going to find this bit simple enough. Now, what kind of present would you like? Concentrate as I work myself into a trance. The mists are clearing... you want... you want... some sort of techie gadget.
Alistair Dabbs, 12 Jul 2013

Watch LIVE tomorrow: LOHAN team attempts second pop at SPEARS

This afternoon, The Register's Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team will assemble in Blighty's Baikonur (aka Brightwalton, Berkshire) ahead of tomorrow's flight of the Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board.
Lester Haines, 12 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Internet Villain face-off: Spy queen Theresa May v Twit-hate Turkish PM

And so to Piccadilly, London, where the great, the good and the downright drunk and rowdy gathered for the 15th Internet Service Providers' Association awards - which this year saw the title of Internet Villain handed to Mr Censorship AKA Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jul 2013
IBM's System zEC12 mainframe

Mm, Linux-on-mainframe admin brains: IBM wolfs down Israeli upstart

Here's something you don't see very often: IBM making an acquisition that has to do with its System z mainframes.

Why I'm sick of the new 'digital divide' between SMEs and the big boys

Sysadmin blog Recently I have been spending most of my time with enterprise CIOs and vendors' "product owners"; their dismissiveness of the needs of small and medium-sized businesses has finally got to me.
Trevor Pott, 12 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Google and Apple's couples therapy is working – Schmidt

Google chair Eric Schmidt has said that his firm and Apple have learned how to get along a little better in the last year and have held "lots and lots" of meetings.

Yes, we ARE gobbling flashy bit-bucket biz ScaleIO, beams EMC

EMC has confirmed that it is buying Israeli virtual storage upstart ScaleIO, following its acquisitive interest in the company becoming known in late June.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2013
Samsung EK-GN120 Galaxy camera

LG's curvy telly and Samsung's Galaxy camera seen in the wild

Pics A hands on with LG's new TV and a Samsung camera that doubles up as an Android phone? Is this Christmas in July?
Bob Dormon, 12 Jul 2013

Swollen cloud could burst at any time, splatter us with FAIL – anxious tech biz

As a technology consultant, I regularly speak - both formally and informally - with sellers and buyers of cloud services, and I don't know if I can ever remember a time when the conversations have been further apart.

Microsoft biz heads slash makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

The Microsoft re-organisation unveiled by chief executive Steve Ballmer yesterday is the biggest - and riskiest - in his company's history.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2013
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Exec teleports from Dell, channel organs absorbed into Texan Borg

Dell has stitched together its global channel organisations, saying that improving "support" for resellers and integrators is at the forefront of its mind - and not cost cutting.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2013

Microsoft to upset tech floggers: SO SORRY about our broken tools

After delays, delays and more delays, Microsoft is finally ready - well almost - to apply some fixes to the poorly executed Partner Sales Exchange deal registration portal and to roll out BI tools to track those deals.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Hubble spots ALIEN NAVY world – and it's pelted with GLASS RAIN

Pic NASA's Hubble space telescope has found another deep blue planet in space - but the inhospitable world is not a watery orb like Earth, but a scorching rock pelted with glass rain.
The Register breaking news

Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia

Cornered NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has surfaced in Moscow's Sheremetevo International Airport - and he's seeking temporary asylum in Russia.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2013

Icahn offers to sweeten his Dell deal with warrants

If either Michael Dell or Carl Icahn wanted to win a deal to take control of Dell, the company, all they would have to do is pony up some of their own cash hoards and that would be that.

Go ahead, Asia, have a look in your Dropbox... We DARE you - hackers

The hacking crew that made headlines worldwide after a high-profile series of attacks against the New York Times last year has returned with assaults against South East Asia, at least according to threat intelligence firm Cyber Squared.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

New draft cybersecurity law: US Senate hits ctrl-alt-del, reboot

The US Senate has started circulating a revised draft cyber-security law following failed attempts to pass a similar bill last term.
ATLAS robot from Boston Dynamics

DARPA uncloaks unTerminator for $2 million robotics challenge

DARPA has unveiled a 330-pound, six-foot two-inch tall ATLAS humanoid robot designed to save the lives of its fleshy counterparts in disaster areas, and will let seven teams of developers loose on it to compete in a $2m Robotics Challenge contest in December.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jul 2013

Analyst: Tests showing Intel smartphones beating ARM were rigged

So does Intel's Atom-based Clover Trail+ platform really outperform ARM processors in smartphone benchmarks? Not so fast, says one analyst.
Neil McAllister, 12 Jul 2013

Microsoft: 'Google's secret government meetings let it avoid import ban' - Report

Microsoft has filed a lawsuit which claims US Customs officials failed to block imports of Motorola Mobility phones after the agency's ear was bent by Google in a series of secret meetings.
Jack Clark, 12 Jul 2013
Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner fire at Heathrow

Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

Boeing has suffered an unfortunate double-whammy after problems with two of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft in the UK on Friday.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jul 2013

No sale, Yahoo! Hulu goes off the auction block

Video-streaming site Hulu has opted to walk away from talks about a possible buyout, ending months of speculation as to which media or online giant might snap it up.
Neil McAllister, 12 Jul 2013