Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust
Just how off were Microsoft's sales projections for its ARM-powered Surface RT fondleslabs? Try $900m off.
Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet
Dual tests by instruments on the Curiosity rover, combined with data from the first Viking probes and Mars meteorites that have fallen to Earth, suggests that the Red Planet lost its atmosphere within the first billion years of its history, according to two papers in the latest issue of Science.
Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes
Creating a cloud server takes just a few minutes and cost peanuts, but a chap in the USA has decided it takes too long and created a site that spawns a free Amazon Web Services EC2 micro-instance in seconds and then offers you the chance to open a terminal window to drive it.
Fever pitch as Dublin tar drop fall captured by webcam
Not content with recently beating Australia at rugby, cycling and cricket, the Anglo-Irish axis has added an academic triumph after boffins at Trinity College Dublin captured live footage of a drop of pitch falling.
Acer denies 'false and libellous claims' of Oz factory closure
Acer has issued a letter (PDF) making it plain that a media report it will close its Australian PC factory and sack many workers is wrong.
Beijing fanboi in coma after iPhone 4 shock treatment
A 30-year old man has been in a coma in a Beijing hospital for over ten days after being electrocuted whilst charging his iPhone 4, the second such incident reported in China this week.
Former CIA and NSA head says Huawei spies for China
Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and the NSA, has openly accused Chinese networking giant Huawei of spying for China in a move likely to further inflame tensions between the US and China over state-sponsored hacking.
You still reading us? Not for long! Summer is THE IT meltdown hot spot
Most IT outages in 2012 occurred during the months of June and July, a technology provider has said.
ZUCK out all my BUGS: Facebook gobbles Brit glitch-hunter
Facebook has bought Monoidics, a UK-based firm that develops software that checks other software for bugs. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday and subject to unspecified closing conditions, were undisclosed.
Sysadmins: Keep YOUR data away from NSA spooks
Readers' cornerDuring a meeting this week I had a question put to me that almost every client asks at some point: will our data remain our data even after we send it rocketing into the cloud?
Why you'll be paying £3,250 extra for gas and 'leccy in coming years
AnalysisAlmost all Britons know that their home energy bills have been climbing painfully in recent years, and many are realising that this process is now set to continue indefinitely. What's not clear is just why this is happening: some lay the blame on rising gas prices, others on profiteering energy firms.
UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'
AnalysisOn 23 June, the village of Alfriston in the South Downs hosted Get Wired, an event celebrating old-fashioned wired analogue power meters – or, more accurately, opposing their replacement by new wireless "smart" meters.
'It's GOOD we stopped selling the iPhone'
QuotwNSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continues to cower in Russia this week as his options narrow and Russian president Vladimir Putin makes it known that he's unwelcome.
Cloud backups: Where's my get out of jail card?
It is time for your reminder to review, test and otherwise care about backups. Today's twist is probing the cloud to see if we need to worry about cloudy backup ourselves. If so, how exactly do we do it?
Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple
Smartwatch maker Metawatch has just updated its firmware to version 1.4.0, rolling out a number of bug fixes and tweaks but, most obviously, adding three further watchfaces. These can be previewed and selected using a new version of the firm’s iOS and Android apps, which were posted earlier this week. Both Windows and Mac OS firmware upgrade utilities are available to be downloaded.
As-a-service army lays siege to Microsoft partner gig
Quite a few "WPC newbie" channel businesses were milling around Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Texas last week, the vendor told us - and most of them were cloudy as-a-service startups.
Violin: We know VDI scares you, biz boss... But what if it was cheap?
Flash array biz Violin Memory claims it has found the lowest cost virtual desktops in the industry in Atlantis Computing.
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook: Your new summer convertible?
ReviewMake it thin enough with a decent battery life, slap Intel’s latest Core series mobile chippery in there and it seems that just about any design can be described as an Ultrabook these days.
Five bods wrongly cuffed thanks to bungled comms snooping in UK
UK cops and spook agencies wrongly fingered five people as criminals after seizing data about their communications, according to a new report.
Knocking China with shocking phones and mocking tones
Something for the Weekend, Sir?This week began with a story that has become a stalwart of lightweight modern journalism: someone was killed by a computer.
UK discovers Huawei UK staff auditing Huawei kit: Govt orders probe
Huawei will be probed by a top Whitehall official after the Chinese tech giant's staff in Oxfordshire were given the job of auditing Huawei's telecoms gear for Blighty's communications networks.
How our shaken Reg Playmonaut survived a 113,000ft stratodangle
We're pleased to report that the intrepid Playmonaut who last weekend soared to 34,571m (113,421ft) during the test flight of our Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board is, although somewhat shaken, otherwise none the worse for suffering a dramatic stratodangle.
World's biggest software biz SAP not selling as much, er, software
Sales of actual business software at the world’s largest maker of business software fell in its second quarter, but SAP said that the firm had made more money from cloud subscriptions and support services. Overall sales were up 4 per cent.
The Grauniad corrects an error on its website
The Guardian has fixed a minor cross-site scripting vulnerability on its website.
We hardly ordered any stock! Yet here we are again with ANOTHER PC MOUNTAIN
Distributors and retailers exercised caution - with one eye on the disastrous inventory mountain that cast a shadow over the channel in recent years - and bought stock conservatively in Q2.
No more Crapbook Air: Apple issues update for spotty Wi-Fi
Apple has quietly released an update to fix the problems which have affected wireless connections on the latest Macbook Air range.
PORNAGEDDON: Sexy bloggrs stung by Tumblr smut smackdown
Porn aficionados, sex bloggers and perverts are up in arms after Tumblr wiped all naughty content from its search facilty - neatly erasing at least half of the cats'n'porn site's raison d'être.
Apple Maps. Remember that? Apple does. It just gobbled Locationary
Apple has bought a Canadian startup called Locationary in an apparent bid to beef up its own mapping service.
Recession-battered Europeans still squeezing Vodafone's pips
Mobile operator Vodafone is still feeling the recession's squeeze in Europe as it posted another drop in revenues for the quarter ending last month.
Worldwide tax crackdown planned against tech globocorps
The G20 has backed an action plan from the OECD that would fundamentally rejig international rules on taxation.
Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test
Sick of the number of reported phone thefts in their jurisdictions, lawmakers have decided to hold a contest to discover how easy it is to crack stolen smartphones for resale.
AMD is 'transforming', will be profitable this quarter, says CEO Read
AMD has entered phase two of its "restructure, accelerate, and ultimately transform" realignment project, says company president and CEO Rory Read, who sees brighter days ahead.
NSA chief leaks info on data sharing tech: It's SharePoint
The NSA has admitted that the organization's use of Microsoft SharePoint allowed an unnamed sysadmin to leak information.
Confirmed: Bezos' salvaged Saturn rocket belonged to Apollo 11
A conservator has confirmed that one of the F-1 rocket engines that Amazon magnate Jeff Bezos's salvage team recovered from the ocean floor is in fact from Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the Moon.
That Retina display iPad mini delay scuttlebutt? Fuggedaboutit
The Taiwanese market-watchers and rumor-mongers at DigiTimes have done a one-eighty on a recent report about Apple's upcoming "Retina display" iPad mini, and now say that it will be released in October of this year.
US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only
In back-woods America the government isn't too popular, but the tiny town of Deer Trail, Colorado (population 546 – deer not included) may be taking this sentiment to extremes with a proposal to open an official hunting season on government drones.
US secret court renews government telephone snooping
The US's surveillance court has okayed the government's continued bulk interception and collection of telephony metadata.
FCC votes to bring faster internet to US schools
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to overhaul its E-rate program, which subsidizes internet and telecommunications access for schools and libraries, with a goal of facilitating greater availability of modern, high-speed wired and wireless networks.