NSA to world+dog: We're only watching 1.6% of internet, honest
The US's National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a document titled The National Security Agency: Missions, Authorities, Oversight and Partnerships (PDF) that explains some of its operations - and includes a claim it “... touches about 1.6 per cent... “ of daily internet traffic and “...only 0.025 per cent is actually selected for review”.
Android bug batters Bitcoin wallets
Users of Android Bitcoin apps have woken to the unpleasant news that an old pseudo random number generation bug has been exploited to steal balances from users' wallets.
Bigger frames make Wi-Fi a power miser: boffins
A group of researchers from Greece's University of Thessaly and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas believe there's scope for energy consumption reductions of as much as 75 percent if 802.11n's energy saving extensions are combined with frame aggregation techniques.
The man from Del Monte, he says... NO! .delmonte gTLD bid crushed, juiced
A trade mark owner has won the right to stop its mark being adopted as a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) by a rival company.
China has another go at rare earth dominance
China's having another go at controlling the world's market for rare earths, the substances essential to the manufacture of many high technology goods.
Mother of Chelyabinsk spotted
Spanish astronomers looking for the origins of the meteor that came scarily-close to the Russian city of Chelyabinsk last February believe they've spotted a cluster of as many as 20 objects that are possible candidates.
Think your smutty Snapchats can't be saved by dorks? Think again
Sexting has become even more inadvisable following the launch of an app which can surreptitiously store images sent using the self-destructing photo service Snapchat.
Students, rejoice ... and squint! Google rents out textbooks to mobes
Google is offering fanbois and fandroids the chance to borrow academic textbooks on their smartphones.
Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom
Ofcom, Blighty's fearless watchdog of the airwaves, wants to know if Wi-Fi needs more space.
Vulture 2 spaceplane flies to the 3D printing press
It's a portentous timpani drumroll, a tremendous fanfare of trumpets and a huge roar from the crowd as the first parts of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane are hewn from the living nylon down at 3D printers 3T RPD Ltd.
Notorious Mexican drug kingpin nabbed thanks to drones and spyware
An alleged leader of Mexico's infamous Los Zetas gang was captured last month using a combination of commercial computer spyware, GPS mobile tracking and aerial drones, according to Mexican reports.
Tell me, professor, what is big data?
Big Data may be misunderstood and overhyped - but the promise of data growth enabling a goldmine of insight is compelling. Professor Mark Whitehorn, the eminent data scientist, author and occasional Register columnist, explains what big data is and why it is important.
Facebook's No 2 banks $91m after BIG shares sale
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, who is second in command at the free content ad network, sold a big chunk of shares in the company just days after stocks finally hit a higher value than they were assigned at the firm's initial public offering (IPO).
Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report
Google has dumped Samsung as the maker of its Nexus 10 fondleslabs and switched to Taiwanese manufacturer Asus, reports Geek.com.
New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
The next-generation iPhone, one of the last devices conceived by Apple godhead Steve Jobs before his death, will hit the shelves on 10 September, according to fresh rumours.
Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year
Windows Phone owners must wait until next spring for a major platform update, latest reports appear to confirm.
Titsup Apple app dev nerve-centre hauled back online after hack scare
Apple has revived its online base for app developers a month after the plug was pulled over a "security intrusion".
Another IBMer rolls into distribution
Arrow ECS has lured veteran IBM man Ian Jeffs to run its Big Blue franchise in the UK, say our chatty sources.
Oracle Team USA sailors admit breaking America's Cup rules
Larry Ellison’s beloved yacht-racing team has confessed to some naughty nautical fiddling and has voluntarily scuttled its results from recent run-up races to the America's Cup.
The secure mail dilemma: If it's useable, it's probably insecure
AnalysisThe sudden closure of two secure email services may cause many privacy-conscious people to begin looking for alternatives. However, security experts warn that any service provider may be put under pressure to comply with authorities, and this might kill off secure mail as we know it.
100,000+ Earthlings star in 'reality TV contest' for ONE-WAY ticket to MARS
VidMore than 100,000 people want to go to Mars and never, ever come back, according to the non-profit organising a trip to the dust world.
Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?
Video-on-demand service Netflix will give viewers on both sides of the Atlantic near instant access to one of the most anticipated TV drama climaxes: the final episodes of Breaking Bad.
BlackBerry pie sliced up: Nuke-plant OS, BBM chat app, etc sale mulled
Troubled mobe-maker BlackBerry has confirmed it is "exploring strategic alternatives" to remaining as one enormous company - confirming wire reports last week of a potential breakup.
The Pirate Bay's new censorship-dodging browser 'not secure'
The Pirate Bay has released a bundle of add-ons to help people search for and access bits of the internet that governments and ISPs have locked away. The only hitch is: despite the fact that it contains a Tor client, security experts have said that it doesn't completely anonymise internet traffic.
Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets
Electronic BINS in the heart of London must stop tracking hundreds of thousands of passing smartphones, officials have demanded.
Gov: Half of new tech spending must be made with SME suppliers
The UK government is trying to accelerate procurement reforms and hit ambitious targets by directing at least half of all new IT spending to small biz suppliers before the next general election.
Amazon Web Services passes the enterprise duck test
If it works like an enterprise piece of technology, has documentation like an enterprise piece of technology, and has enough ancillary costs to make it pound the wallet like an enterprise piece of technology, then it is probably ready for consumption by large companies.
Deutsche Telekom launches 'NSA-busting' encrypted email service
Deutsche Telekom and United Internet have launched a super-secure German email service that they claim defeats the data-sniffing shenanigans of the likes of the NSA.
Feds arrest rogue trucker after GPS jamming borks New Jersey airport test
A New Jersey truck driver is facing a fine of nearly $32,000 after leaving the GPS jammer he was using to dodge his bosses active during a visit to Newark, New Jersey's Liberty International Airport.
Apple trademark filing may provide peek into iTunes Radio capability
Apple has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark office for a trademark on the term "Live Listen", perhaps providing a hint about a capability of the iTunes Radio feature in the soon-to-be-released iOS 7.
Rejoice, Australia: A dream tech workforce is coming ... in 2030!
The good news first: there's light at the end of the tunnel for Australia's "we can never find the skilled staff we need" technology sector. And now for the bad news: the end of the tunnel is the year 2030.
ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay
Chinese mobile maker ZTE has announced plans to sell a smartphone running the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox OS worldwide via online auction site eBay.
20 injured at LG phone giveaway as PR stunt turns into riot
LG has cancelled a series of publicity stunts promoting its new G2 smartphone after 20 Korean consumers were hurt as they attempted to get a free handset.
Australian government websites in "compulsory mod" mode during election campaign
Australian federal government websites – everything in the gov.au domain that's managed at the federal level – are frantically putting moderators onto anything that resembles online engagement.
Google ups ante to $5,000 for Chrome browser bug bounties
Google has increased the amount it will pay security researchers for information about flaws in its Chrome browser, having already shelled out more than $2m in bug bounties across its various security reward programs.