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Egad! Could Samsung be CHEATING in Galaxy benchmark tests?

Samsung has reportedly been cheating in benchmark tests, artificially boosting the scores of its latest and greatest system-on-chip, the Exynos 5 Octa, on those performance-ranking number generators so beloved by reviewers and product evaluators.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Jul 2013

Intel's homage to Raspberry Pi: The much pricier Minnowboard

The huge popularity of the British-designed Raspberry Pi has caught Chipzilla's attention, and so you can now buy a similar bare-bones x86 PC named Minnowboard with a similar caseless design running an Angstrom Linux build.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jul 2013
The Amazing Spiderman

Disney finds new way to give movies depth

Disney Research in Zürich is working on ways to improve how 2D composite images can be turned into 3D models.
Screenshot of Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Desktop

Microsoft adds Visual-Studio-like text editor to SkyDrive

Microsoft has tweaked the Word web app it offers with its SkyDrive cloud storage service, adding developer-friendly tools and the ability to work with JavaScript, CSS and HTML and other code files.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2013
The Beatles' Yellow Submarine

Southern Cross completes cable upgrade to 100 Gbps

The Southern Cross Cable Network has announced the completion of an upgrade to 100 Gbps kit on all routes.
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix convertible Ultrabook

Oz defence department: We don't have a ban on Lenovo kit

Update The Australian Department of Defence has issued an official statement denying it banned the use of Lenovo computers over concerns they contained backdoor vulnerabilities.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Jul 2013
Panasonic's explanation of why ReRAM rocks

Panasonic claims world's first ReRAM-equipped product

Panasonic has claimed it will next month ship the world's first computer product that use ReRAM.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2013

German guardsmen growing mono-boobs from drilling with Nazi-era rifles

Tits & Guns Guardsmen serving in Germany's ceremonial display unit - the only formation which still parades with the Nazi-era service rifle - are much more likely than other soldiers to grow a single breast on the left side of their bodies, according to a medical study. Boffins looking into the matter believe that the undesired enboobenation may be caused by repeated contact with the Hitlerian weapons.
Lewis Page, 31 Jul 2013

CommVault gives Simpana the share 'n' sync treatment

Just in case you needed proof that the share 'n' sync model for data storage and sharing has legs, CommVault just baked it into its flagship Simpana suite.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2013

Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

If you ever doubted that the world needs vastly, incredibly, unbelievably more bandwidth, how about this: if you wanted to scan every detail of a human and teleport them via, say, a radio signal, it'll take a very, very, VERY long time.
That expensive glass door before it was broken, credit Apple press photo website

Scalpers gouge China's fanbois for Genius Bar appointments

Chinese scalpers have found a new way to make a few extra yuan: book up all the Genius Bar slots in the nation’s Apple Stores then sell them on at a profit.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Jul 2013

Upstart chip chef Diablo's DIMM yum dumplings cram NAND in RAM

Canadian storage startup Diablo has pulled out what it hopes will be a PCIe-flash killer: its new tech provides fast flash data access by interfacing a NAND partner's solid-state drives to a host server's memory bus.
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2013
HF Aerial, at the National Radio Centre, credit The Register

Move over, Freeview, just like you promised: You're hogging the 4G bed

Today, the last Freeview transmitters will be relocated out of the bands that were sold off for 4G telephony earlier this year. The whole shift has happened ahead of schedule, which means that by the beginning of autumn, EE's monopoly on next-generation telecoms will come to an end.
Bill Ray, 31 Jul 2013
Victorinox SwissFlash 8GB USB Memory Stick and Multi-Tool

Tool time: Implementing configuration management, properly

Configuration Management (CM) isn't just about IT, but in the space I have, I want to look at some issues around implementing an IT CM solution.
David Norfolk, 31 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Ha ha, Osborne, these Gov 2.0 web wranglers have wiped out UK debt

"A digital revolution, masterminded by a team of dress-down civil servants, could save the taxpayer billions," The Times newspaper gushed on Tuesday. And behold: it already has. The UK has apparently paid off its national debt years ahead of Chancellor George Osborne's predictions.
Team Register, 31 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

May the fourths be with you: Muso John Williams returns to Star Wars

Top movie muso John Williams will pen the latest Star Wars flick's music, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has announced.
Clapping children

So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

Nokia's cheap Lumia handsets helped Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system to a nearly nine per cent share of the UK market - but for all the Finns' efforts, the Lumia is still a rounding error in the United States.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Amazon adds 5,000 warehouse workers in the US

Amazon yesterday announced a raft of new jobs in the US ahead of today's visit today from President Barack Obama to one of its distribution warehouses.

Breaking bad: Oracle's Unbreakable Linux website takes a break

It might be dubbed "unbreakable", but Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux website is certainly stoppable.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Airports' passport controls SHUT DOWN by 'malware' - report

Border control systems at both of Istanbul's main airports were thrown into chaos last Friday following a suspected malware outbreak.
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Google Glassholes can't take long walks off short piers thanks to Merc app

Google Glass wearers will have to get used to privacy-conscious people telling them to get lost - but a new map app from Mercedes for the techno-goggles may make that impossible.
Jasper Hamill, 31 Jul 2013

Cloud upstart ProfitBricks tries to undercut Amazon on price

Instead of being drenched by Amazon's cloud, cloud infrastructure biz ProfitBricks is trying to get out in front of the hardbacks'n'hosting monolith and lower its prices before Bezos & Co initiate another price drop.
Jack Clark, 31 Jul 2013

Kevin Bacon avoids slapped wrist after TV pipe-fatness claims

EE has received a stern talking to from the Advertising Standards Authority for website claims of "superfast" connectivity, though when Kevin Bacon says the same thing on TV that's OK.
Bill Ray, 31 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Wall St 'Likes' Facebook again: Shares edge up to pre-IPOcalypse price

It's been 14 months since Facebook debuted on Wall Street and the company has finally rebounded to its initial public offering share price of $38.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jul 2013
Bradley Manning

WikiLeaks: Manning guilty verdict sets 'dangerous precedent'

Chief WikiLeaker Julian Assange has said that the guilty verdicts in the case against US Army Private Bradley Manning have set a dangerous precedent.

Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

Two Apple store staffers, who say they are fed up with out-of-hours bag searches, are suing the iPhone giant for compensation.
Jasper Hamill, 31 Jul 2013
Super Mario Bros. Wii U

Wii U sales plunge: Nintendo hopes Mario and Zelda will shift some kit

Nintendo's Wii U console continues to drag the company's fortunes down, as UK supermarket Asda pulls the machine off its shelves.
The Register breaking news

You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

Business people using mobile devices are securing them with easy-to-crack PINs rather than more difficult passwords, a survey has found.
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2013

SAP's cloud sets on-premises bods free from licence fees... Oh, hang on

SAP has eased the cost burden for customers switching to cloud versions of its software but be prepared to barter for a good deal - and don't expect to reduce your payments to Walldorf.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2013

Symantec: We've lopped off half our heads, but look how well we're doing now

Storage and security software behemoth Symantec reported increased revenues but profits down in its first fiscal 2014 quarter, as CEO Steve Bennett's companywide reorg made some progress. Symantec's new strategy of focusing the sales firehose on service providers looks like it's beginning to pay off.
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2013

How did Microsoft get to be a $1.2bn phone player? Hint: NOT Windows Phone

Comment Patents, not the next Angry Birds or having the best camera, are helping Microsoft tidy up in smartphones.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2013

HTC warns of likely loss next quarter

Taiwanese mobile-maker HTC has warned that it may have its first ever operating loss in the third quarter, sending its shares sliding nearly seven per cent.

Dell: Gov's cost-cutting mania is driving away suppliers

Dell believes the UK government has squeezed suppliers too hard on price - to the point where the PC giant, and others, are walking away from public sector business.
Paul Kunert, 31 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

Microsoft has made a version of its Office software available to Android users - as long as they are not using a tablet.
Jasper Hamill, 31 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'

The cover has been blown on an NSA program which collects data on “nearly everything a user does on the internet” even as the debate rages over the secretive US agency's mass surveillance of innocent people.
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2013

NSA headman: 'Don't worry, our watchful analysts TAKE EXAMS'

Black Hat 2013 NSA head General Keith Alexander believes the NSA's data-slurping programs should "be something we put forward as an example to the rest of the world," due to the oversight afforded by the courts, Congress, and the administration.
Jack Clark, 31 Jul 2013

Dell committee says 'no way' on takeover vote change

The special committee of Dell board members that is reviewing the two proposals that will decide the fate of their company have told the Michael Dell/Silver Lake Partners consortium that they are not willing to change the voting rules, as the consortium had requested.

Fed watchdogs sniff around IBM's cloud revenue reporting

IBM filed its quarterly 10-Q report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday morning, and buried in that lengthy document is a note that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has raised an eyebrow over the way IBM recognizes its revenues for cloud computing.

Bipartisan senator group goes to bat for Apple in Samsung dispute

A bipartisan group of US senators has written to the Obama administration's US trade representative, recommending that he take a closer look at US International Trade Commission's ruling that would bar Apple from importing some of its older iPhones and iPads into the US market.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Jul 2013
Who are you calling 'simple programming?'

Malicious JavaScript flips ad network into rentable botnet

Black Hat 2013 Security researchers have shown how hackers can use ad networks to create ephemeral, hard-to-trace botnets that can perform distributed-denial-of-service attacks at the click of a button.
Jack Clark, 31 Jul 2013

Google Glassholes to be BANNED from UK roads

UK regulators are reportedly moving forward with a plan to ensure that Google Glass users don't wear their headsets while driving, well before the controversial eyewear even reaches Blighty's shores.
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Oz sets $AU900 million reserve for remaining 700 MHz spectrum

The federal government has decided to set a price of $AU900 million on the 700 MHz spectrum that remained unsold after auctions earlier this year, and in the process has closed off any chance that the spectrum would be given to the country's public safety agencies.

Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

Microsoft is going to have to rename its SkyDrive cloud storage service after agreeing to submit to a British court's ruling over ownership of the brand name.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jul 2013
Windows server 2012 logo

Microsoft morphs HPC efforts into 'Big Compute'

A few years back, Microsoft was all gung-ho to try to take on Linux in the high performance computing market, and did a pretty good job with Windows Server 2008 in drawing to performance parity on traditional HPC workloads. But now, in the wake of the massive reorganization by CEO Steve Ballmer, the HPC efforts are being rolled up into a new Big Compute team.

And the new ISP for US Starbucks stores is ... Google?

Coffee mega-chain Starbucks has announced that Google will replace AT&T as the internet service provider for its company-owned stores in the US.
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2013