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.
Seagate: Storage industry ill-prepared for onrushing big data tsunami
Flash Memory SummitThe 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB
ReviewSome 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft SkyDrive, Outlook stricken by cloud outage
UpdatedMicrosoft's Outlook, SkyDrive, and People technologies are experiencing problems, making it difficult for some people to access the cloud services.
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.
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.
Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.