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Lawsuit claims Microsoft misled investors in Surface RT fiasco

A US law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Microsoft shareholders, alleging that Redmond misled investors when it failed to alert them to dismally poor sales of its ARM-based Surface RT fondleslabs.
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2013

Seagate: Storage industry ill-prepared for onrushing big data tsunami

Flash Memory Summit The world is producing such a rapidly surging amount of data that the storage industry – both solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard-disk drives (HDDs) – will be hard-pressed to keep up with demand, says one storage-industry insider.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Aug 2013

Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

Ever one to keep multiple irons in the fire, corporate raider activist investor Carl Icahn has announced via Twitter that he has taken a major position in Apple, a stock he says he considers "extremely undervalued."
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2013

Philips' smart lights left in the dark by dumb security

The Philips Hue “smart lighting” system uses a dumb-as-a-sack-of-hammers device authentication scheme that allows anyone with the iPhone control app to issue instructions to the controller via HTTP.

EMC CTO: I called flash a 'performance tier' but don't like the phrase

EMC CTO John Roese has decided he's not keen on the phrase “performance tier” that he used yesterday at EMC Forum Australia.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2013

NYT crackers get busy again, claims vendor

Security vendor FireEye believes it's spotted signs that the attackers who breached the New York Times' network last year are busy again – and that they've improved the malware they're using.
Official Intel Atom Inside logo

Chipzilla Atomises fondleslabs with new reference designs

Intel has released reference designs for 7” and 10” Android tablets, based on the Atom chips.

Ravello Systems arm cloud wranglers with hypervisor lasso

Cloud wrangler Ravello Systems has announced the general availability of its "cloud hypervisor" technology.
Jack Clark, 14 Aug 2013
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Is NASA planning to send LAVA LAMPS to Jupiter?

You know how it is: you're crashed on the sofa quaffing a beer and staring pensively at your hypnotic lava lamp when you're suddenly struck by the overwhelming desire to find out if the 1960s design classic* would work on Jupiter.
Lester Haines, 14 Aug 2013
The interior of the TARDIS as imagined by Google Street View

Google's Street View cars venture inside TARDIS

Dr Who fans the world over know that one of the few surviving Police Boxes on which the TARDIS is modelled can be found outside the entrance to Earl's Court tube station.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2013
Oahu, Hawaii before and after Maps update

Keep Landsat flying forever, says US Academy of Sciences

America's National Academy of Sciences has called on the US government to guarantee the future of the country's venerable Landsat missions amid uncertainty engendered by the country's slow-motion budgetary train wreck.

WoW gold farmer throws sueball over real world gold theft

A World of Warcraft (WoW) gold farmer has landed in an Australian court in an attempt to win compensation for the loss of real world gold.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2013
Two Musudan missiles in Pyongyang in October 2010

NORKS prepping glorious People's Smartmobe

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited a mobile phone factory in the reclusive nation and revealed some details of a handset dubbed the “Arirang”.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2013

Rate-my-boink app scores frisky fanbois, fangurlz' SCREAMS, VIBRATIONS

Spreadsheets are pretty much the unsexiest invention since the chastity belt, but one app developer is hoping the idea of analysing their own performance in the bedroom will appeal to a generation of selfie-taking fanbois.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Aug 2013
Parliament in the clouds

That big UK gov leg up for small biz: SMEs bag just 1-in-10 G-Cloud deals

Small businesses have taken just 10 per cent of government IT contracts available from public-sector shopping catalogue G-Cloud.
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2013
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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

Anti-spam experts are openly wondering whether Google's redesigned web mail service Gmail violates US laws against bulk unsolicited messages.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2013
Zombies, credit: Wikimedia from Night of The Living Dead

Zombie PCs are for crimelord chumps: Fear clusters, says infosec ace

It may be possible for a "single dedicated attacker" to run an internet "carpet-bombing" attack by applying Big Data and distributed computing technologies, security researcher Alejandro Caceres warns.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2013
Samsung Mega 6.3

Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

Review Some made-up words deserve a place in the popular lexicon. I’m thinking about “friscalating” or “omnishambles”. Others, like the wholly wretched term “phablet”, most certainly do not. So from now on I’ll be calling smartphones with screens between 5 and 7 inches VLPs, or Very Large Phones. Anyone using the word phablet in my earshot will be getting a punch on the hooter.
Alun Taylor, 14 Aug 2013

Nimbus fattens up Gemini twins with smaller flash chips

Nimbus Data has increased the capacity of its Gemini flash arrays by stuffing more smaller flash chips in them; we're talking 48TB in 2U, just pipping Violin's new 6264 array with its 64TiB in 3U.
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2013

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: The '90s called. It wants its 'Ping of Death' back

Microsoft has pushed out eight advisories as part of the August edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle. With just three critical patches, the most interesting thing about this week's batch is the return of the "Ping of Death" in the form of a stability bug in the Windows IPv6 stack.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2013
Evernote iPad app

Evernote hobbles third-party apps... but is it pulling a Twitter?

Mobile archiving service Evernote is throttling access to third-party applications which use its application programming interface (API) - and admits that apps that sync Evernote data will fall foul of the new rules.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Aug 2013
Our Playmobil figure innocently tweeting away at his computer

Breaking news, literally: Syrians joyride New York Post tweets, Facebook

The Syrian Electronic Army hijacked the Twitter and Facebook feeds of lively tabloid the New York Post - after compromising social networking outfit SocialFlow.

AOL boss: Soz about that 'Abel, you're fired!' Patch showdown

AOL boss Tim Armstrong has apologised for publicly humiliating the ailing company's former hyperlocal network creative director, after he sacked the exec during a tense conference call with employees about the fate of local news platform Patch.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2013

BRUCE WILLIS (ad) DIES HARD (in Sky broadband telly fib ban)

Hollywood action hero Bruce Willis has been sensationally banned from appearing on the UK's small screen ... in misleading ads touting Sky broadband.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2013

Do you think spinning rust eats flash's dust? Join the hard drive daddies club

Disk drive makers have joined forces in a desperate bid to keep disk sales up and fend off the flash threat.
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2013
HF Aerial, at the National Radio Centre, credit The Register

Boffins harvest TV, mobile signals for BATTERY-FREE comms

Radio boffins from the University of Washington have created tags and readers which reflect and feed off ambient radio frequency energy for communications - without needing a power source.
Bill Ray, 14 Aug 2013
Bond tries to decipher is tailor

UK.gov intros shiny CREST badge for cyber crime-scene cleanup squad

The UK has launched two cyber incident response schemes geared towards helping businesses cope better with the aftermath of malware outbreaks and other hacking attacks.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2013
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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

Apple iStuff maker Foxconn could start churning out solar panels at its Chinese factories, a spokesman for the manufacturing goliath revealed.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Aug 2013
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Facebook reassures adland: We've got s**tloads of users

Facebook has been defending its user metrics after some recent market reports unfavourably suggested that fatigue had set in for some of the 1.15 billion folk accessing the free content ad network.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2013

Top execs off as Zynga's new CEO shaves 'layer' off senior ranks

Zynga's new chief exec Don Mattrick is shaking things up in management at the social gaming firm, which apparently includes getting rid of a number of top senior execs.
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Samsung faces Brazilian rap: Factory bods work '15hrs without break'

Samsung is being sued for about $110m by the Brazilian government for allegedly forcing employees to work long shifts on its assembly lines without a break.

Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

Microsoft will begin the second act in its Windows 8 drama on Thursday, 17 October. The company said today that Windows 8.1 would be available through the Windows Store in a free worldwide update for consumers already on Win 8 from 4am Pacific Time on that date (7am Eastern, 12 noon BST).
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2013

EMC's million-IOPS VNX2 monster to arrive NEXT MONTH

The Register expects EMC to launch VNX2 very soon, possibly as soon as a few weeks from now.
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2013

Baidu shells out $1.9bn for Android app distie in 'China's biggest IT deal'

Baidu has signed a $1.9bn deal to buy Android app distributor 91 Wireless, giving the Chinese search giant a second Android app store and, critically, a bigger footprint in the gaming business.
Bill Ray, 14 Aug 2013

Xerox admits there's no fix yet for number-fudging copiers

A flaw in the scanning compression software of some Xerox copiers which changes digits and numbers run through the machine is worse than first thought and will require a full software upgrade, the self-styled "Document Company" has said.
Iain Thomson, 14 Aug 2013

Japan's largest mobe operator to snub Samsung this winter

Japan's largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo will snub Samsung in its winter smartphone line-up after the Galaxy S4 failed to meet its summer sales targets.
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Big Mike heading for victory as SAM dumps HALF its Dell shares

One of Dell’s biggest shareholders has dumped almost half its holdings in Big Mike’s computer outfit.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2013

Tier 3 debuts DIY cloud networks

Cloud operator Tier 3 has added reconfigurable networking to its cloud technology in an attempt to make it easier for resellers to massage the tech to suit their needs.
Jack Clark, 14 Aug 2013

Microsoft SkyDrive, Outlook stricken by cloud outage

Updated Microsoft's Outlook, SkyDrive, and People technologies are experiencing problems, making it difficult for some people to access the cloud services.
Jack Clark, 14 Aug 2013

Speaking in Tech: So you wanna take on Amazon in the cloud. Here's how

Podcast Podcast Our weekly Speaking in Tech podcast is back with Greg Knieriemen - and for this week's episode, special guest Rodney Rogers.
Team Register, 14 Aug 2013

Peak Apple: Samsung hits DOUBLE the market share of iPhones

Not even the cheapest iPhones could help Apple claw back ground lost to Samsung - whose smartphone gear has now amassed more than twice the market share of the iPhone.
Jack Sargood, 14 Aug 2013

Your encrypted files are 'exponentially easier' to crack, warn MIT boffins

Encryption systems may be a lot less secure than we thought, according to new research into the maths underpinning today's cryptography.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2013

Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'

A motion to dismiss filed by Google in a court case last month has offered some juicy quotes about the company's privacy policy, but legally it looks like the Chocolate Factory is in the clear.
Iain Thomson, 14 Aug 2013

Data protection bods Bocada list dog on senior management team

Look, first things first, we're not making this up. Enterprise data protection company Bocada has one Tommy, er, Bocada listed as its director of employee well-being. And while Tommy may very well have experience in "enterprise, data storage, software development, sales, and support", he is nevertheless a member of the species Canis (lupus) familiaris.
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2013

Bitcoin laws are coming: US Senate launches virty currency probe

The heat is on for Bitcoin and other virtual currencies in the US, with lawmakers at the highest levels of government now actively investigating how to regulate the upstart digital monies.
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2013

Facebook tops up Apache Project graph database with fresh code

Facebook has shoved code back into the trunk branch of Giraph, an open source graph-processing Apache project that mimics Google's advanced "Pregel" system.
Jack Clark, 14 Aug 2013
Baby Alive Learns to Potty

Possessed baby monitor shouts obscenities at Texas tot

A Texas father ripped out the baby video monitor he'd installed to watch over his two year-old daughter after he heard a British or European man using the device to address the child by name.
Iain Thomson, 14 Aug 2013
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence

Think tank wants dedicated infosec minister, 'modern' data retention

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has issued an “Agenda for Change” (PDF) that suggests data retention is a necessary centrepiece of Australia's future homeland security needs.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2013

Cisco readies axe for 4,000 employees

4,000 heads will roll at Cisco, as the networking giant prepares for another lean year in an IT market still recovering from the aftershocks of the global recession.
Jack Clark, 14 Aug 2013