Online trainer launches free student login promo
Learnable.com has launched a promo targeting students interested in learning to code, with 10,000 free places available on a first-come-best-dressed basis.
Google proposes eye-tracking ad-tracking
There's many a slip between patent and product, but it seems Google is eyeing (sorry) the revenue opportunities for Google Glass beyond flogging a fashion accessory to tech tragics. The Chocolate Factory's latest patent proposes extending "pay per click" models to the world of meatware by tracking what you're looking at, in case it's an ad.
Fear the JOBZILLA! 150ft STATUE of Steve planned 'lest fanbois forget'
The world's most fervent fanbois have launched a campaign to build a massive icon of Apple Godhead Steve Jobs that could end up bigger than the Statue of Liberty.
Fooling the AppStore one code-chunk at a time
A group of researchers presenting at Usenix last week turned up a startling new way to sneak malicious apps through the AppStore and onto iOS devices. By spreading malicious chunks of code through an apparently-innocuous app for activation later, the researchers say they were able to evade Apple's test regime.
2013 World Solar Challenge racers start the big reveal
SPBIn 2011, The Reg's Special Projects Bureau followed the World Solar Challenge through the dead heart of Australia.
Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests
A decade of testing is close to paying off for New Zealand company Martin Aircraft Company, which has announced that it has received certification to conduct manned test flights for its Martin Jetpack.
Blighty street has hottest Wi-Fi hotspot hottie in Europe: We reveal where
London's Oxford Street has Europe's greatest density of Wi-Fi hot-spots - and almost a quarter of them are openly accessible to the public. That's according to a new study that also puts the UK behind the US in terms of free wireless connectivity.
Comet brand yanked from its grave: Tycoon vows to open EIGHTY new stores
Electronics retail entrepreneur Clive Coombes is trying to revive the Comet brand name by launching 80 stores over the next two years - and is looking for foolhardy brave investors to support him.
Flab-fighting LOHAN fettles fantastical flying truss
Amid all the excitement surrounding the imminent appearance of the Vulture 2 spaceplane, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has been beavering away on the fantastical flying truss which will carry our magnificent aircraft heavenwards.
12 simple rules: How Ted Codd transformed the humble database
AnniversaryEdgar – or Ted – Codd is one of the most influential figures in computing. Born 90 years today*, Codd – who passed away in 2003 – was the man who first conceived of the relational model for database management.
Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Getting pop stars wired for 30 years
FeatureBack in the early days of computer music, Reg man Bob Dormon was a professional recording engineer and music programmer. With a little help from some of his old music gear, he documents the rise of MIDI from a creative concept to its practical applications – which have ultimately led to its recognition as a Grammy Award-winning technology, featured on millions of recordings heard every day.
Portuguese chicken invades Spanish airspace
A plucky Portuguese cockerel has added extra weight to the theory that model aircraft and High Altitude Ballooning payloads are magnetically drawn to trees by soaring to a heady 33,252m before crash landing in a bewildered Spanish villager's fig tree.
Sysadmins: Be the hand up the backside at PuppetConf, VMworld
Sysadmin blogIt's nearly the end of August, which means time to sign up for PuppetConf and VMworld San Francisco is nearly up. El Reg will be covering both events.
Does the RSPCA have your gun licence or car registration? NOBODY knows
No checks are carried out on what the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) does with confidential records it receives from police databases, including information on people's vehicles and gun licences, the Register has learned.
Building big data? Are you building a security headache too?
The world and its dog has been shocked by the Prism news story. Early in June, we found out that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had developed a secret data-gathering mechanism to steal all our data and store it in a large data warehouse.
Vodafone 'settled SECRET £57m Irish tax wrangle' back in 2009
Vodafone made a settlement potentially worth millions with HMRC to end a dispute about the amount of tax paid by one of the telco's Irish subsidiaries.
Samsung's cooking 3D NAND flash chips. WHAT did you say the specs were?
Samsung has launched its first 3D V-NAND SSD but hasn't yet released any real performance data, bringing its new product's status into question.
British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport
The Brazilian partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald – Edward Snowden's go-to reporter for the dissemination of sensitive papers about the NSA's dragnet surveillance programmes – has been released from custody. The 28-year-old was held for almost nine hours for questioning by Metropolitan Police officers when he passed through London's Heathrow Airport en route to Brazil on Sunday night.
Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law
Google is disputing a lawsuit brought by UK-based Apple users whose browser habits were slurped – without permission – by the ad giant. Mountain View claims that Britain's data protection laws do not apply to it as British courts have "no jurisdiction" over the company.
Snowden's email provider may face court rap after closing service
The owner of an encrypted email service used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden could be facing contempt of court charges after refusing to hand over his users' information to spooks, according to a recent report.
Mozilla's Metro-friendly Firefox for Win 8.1 to arrive in December
A Metro-friendly version of Firefox is finally coming to Windows 8, more than a year after Mozilla first floated the new browser.
Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows
Apple is preparing to train its shop staff to use Microsoft Windows in a bid to flog more Macs to business users reared on PCs.
Probation officer gets TINY fine for spilling domestic violence victim's ADDRESS
A probation officer who disclosed a domestic abuse victim’s new address to her alleged abuser has been fined £150 and order to pay court costs after being prosecuted and given what has been described by Information Commissioner Christopher Graham as "a relatively minor penalty".
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs
Steve Wozniak isn't too impressed with the Steve Jobs biopic film Jobs - and said a lot of its problems came from Ashton Kutcher's portrayal of the Apple founder.
Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report
Beats Electronics is reportedly looking to ditch its HTC partnership and bring in a new investor with fresh funds instead.
SimpliVity intros swollen and shrunken rip-'n'-replace boxen
SimpliVity has miniaturised and maximised its all-singing, all-dancing converged OmniCube IT systems with entry-level and high-performance versions as well as strengthening the original, now mid-range box.
Getting worried, Assange? WikiLeaks spaffs out 'insurance' info
WikiLeaks has released a massive encrypted cache of documents as an “insurance policy” to be opened if its leaders come to harm.
How much mazuma does it take to not be Oracle?
NewSQL database slinger Clustrix has taken on $10m in funding to help fund a shift away from expensive hardware appliances and towards commodity hardware.
New tool lets single server map entire internet in 45 minutes
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new tool that allows a single server with a gigabit Ethernet port to scan the internet so quickly that it can map 98 per cent of the world's IPv4 connections in under 45 minutes.
Amazon DISAPPEARS from internet
UpdatedAmazon.com has dropped offline*, amid widespread reports of trouble in the underlying Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud.
ZTE's $80 Firefox OS mobe sells out on eBay
If you were hoping to get your hands on ZTE's first Firefox OS phone and you don't live in one of the markets where it was picked up by a mobile carrier, you may be out of luck for now.
Intel to put pedal to metal in 14nm Atom upgrade
When the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) kicks off in San Francisco on September 10, Chipzilla may announce that it will radically accelerate its development of 14-nanometer Atom processors.
Wholesale telco IspONE goes titsup, Kogan mobile going dark
Wholesale telco ISPOne appointed administrators who have cancelled its contract to resell Telstra mobile connections and appointed administrators, leaving some of its wholesale customers without a network connection with which to serve their customers.
Apple sucking triple the phone switchers as Samsung – report
The latest market data shows that Apple is winning over Samsung users from Android at three times the rate that the Korean firm is wooing iPhone owners into the open source fold.
IiNet creates cut-price diffusion brand 'Jiva'
iiNet has launched what looks an awful lot like the telephony market's equivalent of a budget airline.
Tiny fireball exoplanet completes one year in 8.5 hours
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a new, Earth-sized exoplanet for which orbiting its star is literally all in a day's work.