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1.5 MW 'demonstrator' solar plant hits the grid

The ribbon's been cut on a 1.5 MW concentrating solar facility at Carwarp, near the Victorian town of Mildura, and the builder hopes the site will one day be expanded to a 100 MW power station.
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ACLU warns of mass tracking of US drivers by government spycams

US drivers are being tracked to an unprecedented extent thanks to a system fattened by federal grant money and spurred by the rush to market private automobile data, according to a report by the ACLU.
Jack Clark, 18 Jul 2013
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Sales at IBM decline 3.3 per cent in Q2, profits hit by layoffs

IBM chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty needs the company to turn in much better quarters for the remainder of 2103 than Big Blue did in the first quarter, when it missed its numbers by more than $400m.
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Intel flogging Atoms for belated push into mobile market

While the PC market may be stalling, Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich has been laying out his plans for Chipzilla's progress in his post-results analysts' call on Wednesday – and the future, at least for the short term, is all about Atom and mobile.
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2013
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Submarine cable capacity doubled with flick of switch

With a flick of a switch, NTT has boosted the capacity on its Japan-US PC-1 cable link more than 2.5 times to 8.4 terabits per second.
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ITU readies gigabit G.fast standard for copper's last wild ride

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has taken the first steps towards standardising G.fast, the next major DSL-based standard which vendors hope will provide a “fibre-like” experience without having to drag the glass all the way into homes.
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BitTorrent's share 'n' sync tool comes to Android

BitTorrent's share 'n' sync tool, the prosaically-named BitTorrent Sync, has emerged from Alpha testing and is now yours to wield on the desktop and Android devices.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2013

China stalls WTO trade talks on tariff-free IT goods

Chinese negotiators have come in for heavy criticism after global trade talks aimed at removing tariffs on a range of technology products broke down because Beijing wanted to exempt nearly half of them from the discussion.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jul 2013

Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

A public relations boss briefly became the world's first quadrillionaire after a PayPal slip-up made him the richest man on the planet.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2013

OECD: Don't bank on wireless for comms futures

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its bi-ennial Communications Outlook and suggested the communications industry – and governments that regulate it – still have plenty of work to do in order to secure growth and serve customers.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2013
NASA's LLCD laser comms experiment

Lasers to carry 622 Mbps Earth-Moon link

If all goes to plan, the next few weeks will bring a revolution in communication with spacecraft, with two space-based laser communications demonstrations due to take to the skies.
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US propels global technology market to $2 TREEELION in 2013

The US will be the primary driver of global growth in the technology market in 2013 and 2014, with Asia Pacific spend contracting thanks to a slowdown in India and China and a strong US dollar, according to analyst house Forrester.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jul 2013
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Chipzilla gives computers the finger with gesture acquisition

Israel is again the haunt of keen-eyed gesture-kit acquisition specialists, with Omek Interactive reportedly trousering $US40 million to fall into the warm embrace of Intel, and Apple paying more than passing attention to Primsense.
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Egnyte flips the bird at storage big boys, adds Google Drive access

Egnyte has added Google Drive access to its BYOD file access, sync'n'share mix, further weakening the mainstream storage vendors' hold on file data access.
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2013

Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs

Microsoft's touchy Surface tablet and the wider family of the Windows 8 and 8.1 OEM "ecosystem" are 18 months behind where it "wants them to be", but they will soon start to put the clamps on the iPad, a Microsoft UK director is claiming.
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2013

Why data storage technology is pretty much PERFECT

Feature Reliable data storage is central to IT and therefore to modern life. We take it for granted, but what lies beneath? Digital video guru and IT author John Watkinson gets into the details of how it works together and serves us today, as well as what might happen in the future. Brain cells at the ready? This is gonna hurt.
John Watkinson, 18 Jul 2013

Microsoft turns UK channel over AGAIN

If there's one thing channel partners hate, it's frequent change: but that's exactly what enterprise resellers sitting at Microsoft's top table are facing once again - another massive renovation of the deal reg fees system.
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2013
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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

Driverless cars will hit the streets of Britain by the end of this year, the government has confirmed.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2013

It's all in the wrist: How to write apps for the Pebble smartwatch

Feature Pebble didn’t invent the smartwatch, but it has done more than most to bring the product category to the attention of World+Dog, largely thanks to its hugely successful and well-reported Kickstarter funding campaign.
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2013
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Premier League boots footie-streaming site off Blighty's interwebs

The Premier League has won a court order to force UK ISPs to block footie streaming service FirstRow1.eu in Blighty.

1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

Quatermass at 60 In June 1953 millions of Brits huddled around their newly bought TVs - all two million of them - and watched their new young Queen take the Coronation Oath before God, her bishops and peers amidst the gothic splendour of Westminster Abbey.
Joe Fay, 18 Jul 2013
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Websites stagger to feet, Network Solutions wears off DDoS hangover

Web-hosting biz and domain-name registrar Network Solutions was pummelled offline by attackers last night - and took its customers' websites down with it.
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2013

Promisec Endpoint Manager: So we gotta cope with BYOD... Help!

Review The explosion of internet-connected gadgets, sensors and other devices that underpins the "internet of things" concept makes my head hurt.
Trevor Pott, 18 Jul 2013
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SanDisk: 3D flash chips? Sure, buddy, we'll see you in 2016

Electronics giant SanDisk will be deliberately late in building 3D flash dies. It believes current NAND chip technology has two more generations left before going 3D becomes cost-effective.
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2013
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Heavenly SPEARS gives LOHAN a hot satisfying BANG

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has been sifting the data from last weekend's successful test of the Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board, and is delighted to report that it worked as advertised.
Lester Haines, 18 Jul 2013

Wait, what's that noise? It's HP's UK steamroller coming to a halt at last

HP's UK PC business has promised not to swipe sales from its resellers in the IT distribution channel following orders by CEO Meg Whitman.
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2013

Trustmarque bags £19.5m refinance package from HSBC

Fresh from its recent management buy-out, services-based licensing reseller Trustmarque Solutions has signed a £19.5m refinancing deal with HSBC.
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2013

Hackers crippled HALF of world's financial exchanges - report

Half of all the world's critical financial exchanges have suffered cyber attacks in the past year, a report has found.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Brazilians strip Amazon of brazen .amazon gTLD grab bid

Web supermarket Amazon's bid to create new top-level domain name .amazon has hit a dead end.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jul 2013

Hold on a mo: Brits blow £56m a year on the blower to gov minions

British callers spent £56m last year on calling costly 084-prefixed numbers for government departments, the National Audit Office has said.
The Register breaking news

Tablets? Check. Mobes? Check. What's next, Apple? Fondlable CARS

Apple has been granted a patent for a new touchy-feely dashboard device that could replace knobs and buttons with digital controls.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2013
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Nokia wrings Lumia bling fling, but feature-mobes ding stings

Fallen giant Nokia continued to claw its way back to relevance in the second quarter of 2013: it sold 7.4 million Lumia phones, up 32 per cent from the first three months of the year, but losses in its legacy feature-phone business put a slight dampener on the good news.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jul 2013
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Samsung lifts lid on 1.6TB flash whopper spaffing data at 3GB/s

Samsung has developed its first NVMe-connected 3,000MB/s solid-state drive (SSD). And it is extending its three-bit-per-cell range of flash storage with a 1TB whopper.
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2013

Flogging mobe ads over summer? Come to us, pleads Facebook

Ad giant Facebook's latest wheeze for making dosh out of mobe users is to encourage adland to splash its cash on mobile ads during the summer, claiming that sun-seeking punters are away from their tellies and missing their vital advertising fix.
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PEAK APPLE: 'iPhone sales STALL' at first sniff of fresh droid competition

Apple is experiencing a brutal slowdown in global iPhone sales as rivals wolf down an increasing share of the smartphone market, it's claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2013

Dell board delays vote on private takeover deal

As has been rumored for days, the special committee of Dell board members in control of the proposed private takeover deal put together by company founder Michael Dell has put off the shareholder vote for the deal.
The Register breaking news

Sexbomb pop minstrel Taylor Swift PORN FIB used to lure fanbois

Miscreants have brewed up a FBI-themed ransomware scam aimed at Apple users that relies on malicious JavaScript code rather than a conventional trojan.
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2013
Former Presidnet Jimmy Carter

Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

Updated Former US President Jimmy Carter has applauded the whistle-blowing of Edward Snowden and says the current surveillance state means the US is in dire political straits.
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2013

Verizon joins T-Mobile, AT&T with early phone upgrade plan

Well, that was quick. The number-one US wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, has announced its plan, dubbed Edge, to allow its subscribers to upgrade their phones more quickly, not unlike the recently announced T-Mobile Jump and AT&T Next plans.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jul 2013
Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner fire at Heathrow

UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

The initial accident report into the Boeing 787 that caught fire at London's Heathrow airport last week has concluded that the fault likely lies with the aircraft's emergency location beacon, and it recommends disconnecting it as an interim measure.
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2013

Apple patents touch display that KNOWS YOU by your fingers

Apple's next iPhone is widely rumored to include a fingerprint sensor, but if Cupertino's latest patent filing is any indication, it may be a sensor unlike anything we've seen before.
Neil McAllister, 18 Jul 2013

AMD fools Wall Street, posts smaller loss than expected

A day after its competitor Intel posted financial results for its most recent quarter that came in slightly below analyst's estimates, AMD bucked that disappointing trend – but it's not quite out of the woods yet.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jul 2013

Google exhales another $14bn revenue figure

Google reported hefty earnings of $14.11bn on Monday for the second quarter of its fiscal year, up 19 per cent on the same quarter a year ago.
Jack Clark, 18 Jul 2013
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Internode's Simon Hackett offers re-engineered NBN plan

Self-described “wise old bird of the industry, or at least, a bird that doesn't have much hair left”, Simon Hackett, has suggested to a Sydney conference that the fibre NBN could be delivered for close to a copper budget, if the design is revisited and reviewed.

Intel's server chip biz holds steady ahead of Ivy Bridge Xeons

Analysis You might think that Intel would have been talking a bit more excitedly about the Xeon server chip lineup when it walked through its numbers for the second quarter yesterday. Particularly with the PC business on the skids.

Amazon buffs free platform cloud

Amazon has gussied up its Elastic Beanstalk service by polishing the web GUI as it puts pressure on other platform clouds built atop its platform.
Jack Clark, 18 Jul 2013