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Motorola Moto X launch invite

Moto X specs leaked ahead of expected August 1 launch

A set of leaked specifications for Motorola's Moto X handset show the smartphone will be running a new build of Android at its expected launch on August 1 at an event in New York.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2013

Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

According to a new poll by YouGov, the number of Americans who believe in evolution not directed by God is rising, but those pure evolutionists still only account for one in five of those surveyed.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jul 2013

Planetary paparazzi snap candid pics of Earth, Moon from space

NASA has released rare photographs of the Earth taken from unusual vantage points – namely, spacecraft orbiting planets millions of miles away.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2013

100-metre asteroid 2013 NE19 zipped past Earth today

Vid It's the plot of a dozen movies and Sci-Fi books: an asteroid large enough to do serious damage to Earth is spotted just a few days before it sails close to our stellar doorstep.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2013
Intel cloud GM Jason Waxman sports shows off an Avoton Atom
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Intel lifts veil on future 14nm Xeon, Atom server chips

Intel owns the data center, ­ or at least a large portion of it when it comes to servers - and wants to not only keep it that way. Chipzilla also wants big chunks of the adjacent networking and storage businesses.
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Troll loses 'we own the Web' patent appeal

Eolas, the troll that asserted ownership over pretty much everything anyone ever wanted to do on the Web, has been sent packing, with a US court invalidating its patents.
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IBM gooses 'business class' mainframes with z12 engines

IBM's System z mainframe business has recovered somewhat after stalling and not meeting expectations in the first quarter, and Big Blue is going to try to build some momentum by shipping a new line of midrange-class mainframes that sport lower prices than the current top-end zEnterprise EC12 machines announced last summer.
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Phantom apps appear in Chinese fanbois' iTunes accounts

Chinese fanbois are reporting that mobile apps they didn’t buy have started appearing in their iTunes accounts, leading to speculation an app promotion company may be illegally accessing accounts.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jul 2013
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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

A Greater Manchester woman has found to her cost that if you turn up on horseback to a McDonald's drive-through window and are refused service, it's probably unwise to then lead your mount into the restaurant and let it crap on the floor.
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2013
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Square kilometre array data heading for AWS cloud

Whether it's weather or Earth or whether an object exists in extra-galactic space, cloud computing disciplines are changing the face of research at facilities such as the National Computing Infrastructure (NCI) and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICAR).
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Ubuntuforums.org cracker promises no password release

“Sputn1k_”, the entity held responsible for stealing 1.8m passwords from ubuntuforums.org, appears to have reassured the world s/he doesn't plan to do anything bad with the credentials.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2013

SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1

Microsoft has detailed, in a blog post just how SkyDrive will behave under Windows 8.1.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2013
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Tango down! Chat app millions ransacked by pro-Assad hacktivists

Hacktivists loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad claim to have extracted 1.5TB of sensitive data from chat app Tango.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2013

Give them a cold trouser blast and data centre bosses WILL dial up the juice

If you've ever looked at putting your servers and other infrastructure in a data centre, you'll have come across the power limitation they place upon you: they'll only allow your kit to suck up a certain amount before they cut you off.
Dave Cartwright, 23 Jul 2013
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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

Geek's Guide to Britain In the middle of a Scottish mountain is a man-made cavern 90 metres high and 36 metres long - tall enough to stuff an entire Cathedral in its belly - which is only accessible through a kilometre-long rock tunnel. This is the home of the Cruachan Power Station.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2013

UK gov 'still failing' at procurement, says Commons committee

Systemic failures in government procurement and contract management continue "unabated" three years after the coalition vowed to tackle inefficiencies in the way public sector people buy tech.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2013
Leap Motion Controller

Leap Motion Controller: Hands up for PC air gestures. That's the spirit

Review Can such a small, silver and black gadget deliver all it promises? Talk to the device’s creator, Leap Motion, and it’s clear that plenty is indeed being pledged. The tiny box - at 79 x 30 x 10mm, it’s barely bigger than a disposable lighter - is called the Controller and it will help “break down the barriers between humans and technology to realise the potential of both” with its “incredibly natural way to interact with your computer”.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2013
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Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

Southampton Uni research boffins have demonstrated access to pulsed femtosecond laser-written data bits in fused nano-structured quartz glass, which can store the data for a practically unlimited time.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013

Oi, Google, you ate all our Wi-Fi keys - don't let the spooks gobble them too

Privacy experts have urged Google to allow Android users' to encrypt their backups in the wake of the NSA PRISM surveillance flap.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2013

PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

Comment The government wants to stop children getting easy access to hard-core pornography: but the interwebs have exploded in righteous indignation at the apparent emergence of a police state.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2013
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Symantec snaps up PasswordBank, touts SSO logins to biz

Symantec has bought enterprise-focused authentication software start-up PasswordBank in a move aimed at beefing up its enterprise security software roster.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2013

Microsoft hands Neath keys to OEM kingdom

Microsoft has filled the Gary Fowle-shaped gap at the top of its local OEM business, with Darren Neath stepping into the breach.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2013
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Micron: Our flashy girth leaves the competition cowering in impotence

Micron has bragged it has the broadest SSD range in the industry during a July 18 investor call, claiming it outclasses all its competitors from Fusion-io to Toshiba.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013
Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

Nokia has announced its sixth phone of 2013, the Lumia 625, and this time it's a large but light budget 4G phone. Nokia says that with LTE carriers launching prepay deals and more affordable tarriffs, they're desperate to offer something cheaper.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2013
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EMC Cloud Czar packs up and goes for a hike

EMC Cloud Czar Mike Feinberg has left the Hopkinton-based storage biz after a rejig of product lines, El Reg can reveal.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013
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Boffins: Dolphins call each other NAMES. Not RUDE ones!

Boffins have piled on yet more evidence that dolphins call each other by name when they whistle to each other.

Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m

Canonical wants $32m (£20.8m) in donations to launch Ubuntu Edge - its own hybrid Ubuntu-Android smartphone first unveiled a year and a half ago.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2013
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Yes, UK fanbois, you can now use iPhones as bonking aids!

Following EE's Android-based wallet, the iPhone has finally got into the Near Field Communications bonking game with a sled from Device Fidelity and a service from Moneto, bringing the joy of bonking to all.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2013
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E-shopkeepers stabbed with SQL needles 'twice' as much as other sites

Retailers suffer twice as many SQL injection attacks on their systems as other industries, according to a new study by data-centre security firm Imperva, which claims the ferocity of web-based assaults is growing.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2013
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SanDisk starts beating path to 3D NAND flash

SanDisk is taking its own technology route to 3D NAND - the stacking of recording layers within a flash chip atop one another to provide more capacity in the same footprint.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013
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Dear diary, new twirling models, $630m from WD, v. good day - Seagate

Seagate has announced its 2.5-inch enterprise drive with added flash steroids is now available to all. IBM uses this hybrid disk in its System x servers.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013
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Cisco coughs $2.7bn for Sourcefire

Cisco has dug deep and found $2.7bn for intrusion prevention security player Sourcefire.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2013

Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

Last week's thigh-roasting "Samsung" smartphone battery has turned out not to be from Samsung at all - proving yet again the hazardous nature of cheap knockoff batts.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2013

Yahoooo! - Activist! investor! leaps! overboard! jingling! with! cash!

Activist investor Daniel Loeb is stepping down from Yahoo!'s board and giving up a chunk of his outfit Third Point's stake in exchange for a healthy payoff now that shares have risen.
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SAP CEOs are like Highlanders - there can be only one

Circumstance, it seems, has forced SAP to abandon its beloved dual-chief-executive model.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2013

OpenStack wranglers release Atmos-on-a-budget object store

Software-defined storage company SwiftStack has announced the general availability of its OpenStack-based object store, and claims it already has "multiple petabytes" under management.
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2013
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DataStax bags $45 million to massage Cassandra

DataStax has trousered $45 million in funding to help it ramp up the sales and distribution of its paid-for and free versions of the Cassandra database.
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Divers nearly DEVOURED by HUNGRY SEA BEASTS

Video Two divers nearly relived the Jonah myth when a pair of humpback whales surfaced, jaws first, right next to them in a dining methodology that leviathan-lovers call "lunge feeding".
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jul 2013

Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a warning about the potential dangers of investing in virtual currencies, after a Texas man allegedly managed to bilk residents of multiple states out of Bitcoins worth more than $60m at today's exchange rate.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2013

Apple earnings slip, but numbers beat Wall Street estimates

Apple – unlike its tech-industry compatriots Microsoft, Google, Intel, BlackBerry, and über-rival Samsung – surprised most Wall Street moneymen by turning in slightly better than expected numbers for its third fiscal quarter of 2013, reporting revenues of $35.3bn, net income of $6.9bn, and the all-important earnings per share (EPS) of $7.47.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jul 2013
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Google adds storage buckets to plug cloud gap

Google has introduced a feature that lets administrators locate their cloud data next to their rented servers to reduce latency, bringing the Chocolate Factory's cloud closer to its rivals in terms of capability.
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2013
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Top server host OVH warns of 'multi-stage' hacking attack

French-based server host OVH has warned that its systems have been penetrated in a multi-stage attack that leaves US and European customers at risk.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2013

Verizon offers Motorola mobe with 48-HOUR battery life

Leading US mobile carrier Verizon Wireless unveiled three new Droid-branded handsets built by Google's Motorola Mobility division on Tuesday, including one that boasts an impressive 48-hour battery life.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2013
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Save spectrum for public safety: Oz parl't committee

Public safety users need broadband radio access and should be allocated 20 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band, according to an Australian parliamentary report.

VMware squeezes customers for stellar quarter

Despite a wave of executive departures, questions over its ability to make money arming cloud vendors, and a dismal economy at home and abroad, VMware has reported a solid set of financial results, though slow growth in software licensing points to storms ahead.
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2013