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Amazon extends IP configurability across virtual private cloud

Amazon Web Services has given developers more control over how IP addresses are configured for rented virtual machines within its virtual private cloud technology.
Jack Clark, 22 Aug 2013
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HP hammered in servers, storage, and PCs in fiscal Q3

Remember a long time ago, how Compaq put the squeeze on its supply chain, dropped the boom on PC prices, and essentially made it impossible for IBM, the former market leader, to stay in the PC business? Well, Dell and other competitors in the PC, server, and storage rackets are trying to do the same thing to HP now, and its financial results for its third quarter ended in July show just how artfully the competition is stealing Big Meg's lunch money.
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Corruption cops warn on old-school project management

The New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has cast its eye over the IT sector, and suspects that there's a gap between project management practise and the real world that opens the door to corruption.
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Bulgarian bloke blabs LG's smart watch plan

Korea's other giant electronics manufacturer, LG, has let slip that it too plans a smart watch, if Bulgarian outlet Dnenvnik Is to be trusted.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2013

ASIO seeks new hires for telecoms interception teams

Australia's security intelligence organisation (ASIO) is hiring a clutch of telecoms intelligence staff.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2013

New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

Fanbois have been offered a new way of keeping their home safe – well, sort of – as long as they've managed to avoid chucking away all their old fondleslabs.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013

NSC Group slurped by Telstra

Telstra has acquired voice systems integrator NSC Group, saying it will integrate the 230-head unified communications and contact centre specialist into its Network Application and Services business.

India's subidised student tablet lands in US schools

The cut price Indian tablet known as Aakash is now being touted around US schools as the British company which made it looks to save a project beset by controversy and delays.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Aug 2013
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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

UK police and government officials are considering a plan to block the sale of small mobile phones designed to look like car key fobs after confiscating an increasing number of the mini-mobes from prisoners.
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2013

APNIC boffins may enlist TCP to defend DNS

Could defending the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure against amplification attacks be as simple as switching protocols in resolvers? Probably not – but an experiment conducted at APNIC has far-reaching implications.

Flash! Ah-ahh! Saviour of the universe? It'll save every one of us?

You can get a great picture of what's happening in the flash memory storage market by looking at the presentations from the recent Flash Memory summit here (warning, it's swimming in PDFs).
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Battery-free e-ink screen grabs screenshots from smartphones

University boffins from Washington and Massachusetts joined forces with those at Intel to create an e-ink screen which can catch a smartphone screenshot – without needing a battery.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2013
Prison window

Gambling addict IT boss gets 7 years' porridge for £19m swindle

An IT boss who defrauded his employer of close to £19m to help fund a crippling gambling addiction has been sent down for a seven-year prison stretch.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013
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Tech quango coughs £800k to hook your child up to Internet of Things

Over the summer term eight UK schools will get £800,000 worth of sensors, servers and cloud to inspire them into learning about and getting interested in the Internet of Things.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2013

Why all the fuss about flash? Pin your ears back and find out

Just to be clear, we're talking about flash of the hardware variety, not the software behind those annoying animated ads. This is one of those topics that everyone has heard about, most people have opinions on, but where myths and misunderstandings are rife.
David Gordon, 22 Aug 2013
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Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands

Scottish broadband remains an elusive dream for many, despite the money being poured into BT's coffers, but pigeonhole a Reg reporter and you might just get lucky.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Chocolate Factory hits the Translate button on Google+

Google+ just got ever so slightly more user-friendly for those following accounts which tend to post or comment in languages which the user doesn't understand, after adding a one-click translate function.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Aug 2013

Ubuntu Edge crowdsauce cash stash comes up short

Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge crowd-funded smartphone will remain a Shuttleworthian dream, having failed to hit its $32m funding target.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2013
Samsung's mass-produced 3D vertical NAND (V-NAND) chip, in package

Samsung's amazeballs 3D V-NAND SSD not THAT much better than predecessor

El Reg asked Samsung how the 3D V-NAND SSD's speed compared with the same company's SM843T 960GB SSD, a high-performance SSD used in data centres and servers released just a few months ago. The reply may surprise some hardened storage veterans.
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2013
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Small biz isn't finding it any easier to bag govt IT contracts

Smaller businesses are still finding it tough to win government IT contracts, with just six per cent of SMEs reckoning they can more easily sign on the dotted line in the last two years.
The Register breaking news

Hacktivists boast of English Defence League KO after website downed

Hacktivists linked to Anonymous have claimed responsibility for knocking shouty anti-Islam group the English Defence League's website offline.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2013
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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

Taking a break from the promotion of bloodsports, rural campaign group the Countryside Alliance is looking for help mapping mobile phone not-spots in the hope of embarrassing operators into filling them.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2013

Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

Analysis The Guardian's editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger fears journalists – and, by extension, everyone – will be reduced to using pen and paper to avoid prying American and British spooks online.
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2013
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World's ONLY virtualised snapshot firm refreshes product: Here, take a sniff

The latest version of data storage software house Actifio's Copy Data Storage platform is intended to spread its use more widely – without providing any significant new core functionality.
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2013

Nokia's PHAB-ULOUS comeback attempt: Huge WinPho 8 mobe rumoured

Nokia plans to join the phone-cum-tablet "phablet" craze from next month to add to its Lumia line-up.

EXPLICIT VID: Man filmed trying to bang brand new 'budget iPhone'

Footage has emerged which appears to show that Apple's mysterious cheap new iPhone has a scratch-resistant surface which can take a serious battering and still stay pretty.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013

Total cost of that axed NHS IT FIASCO to taxpayers: £10.1bn

The shambolic nationwide NHS patient record computer system, abandoned by Whitehall in 2011, will ultimately cost UK taxpayers a staggering £10.1bn.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2013
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Config management: Enemy of agile approach or the reason it WORKS?

David Norfolk is practice leader with responsibility for development and governance at Bloor Research International. He is on the committee of the BCS Configuration Management Specialist Group.
David Norfolk, 22 Aug 2013

iCloud outage outrage: Look, iPhoto friends, kitty just learned to... NOOO

Apple's iCloud is suffering an outage that has resulted in millions of fanbois being unable to access the service.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

EMC, you big tease! At last, the specs for million-IOPS VNX2

Getting tired of EMC's teaser campaign for its coming VNX refresh in September? Relief is at hand: slide decks, blogs and PDFs seen by El Reg's storage desk confirm that EMC's VNX2 is a 7-product line-up optimised for multi-core CPUs and flash with new operating software.
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2013
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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

Geocities saviour Jimdo has launched an iOS app, allowing instant fanboi-friendly website creation for those moments when inspiration strikes and a Facebook post just isn't enough.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Yahoo! web! traffic! BIGGER! THAN! GOOGLE! in! July!

Historians looking back on 2013 might want to call it the Marissa Mayer Effect. Others, more accurately, could attribute Yahoo!'s web traffic leap ahead of Google in the US in July to largely being a hat-tip to, er, Google.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2013
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Snowden journo's partner wins partial injunction on seized data

David Miranda, the journalist's partner held for nine hours at Heathrow under anti-terror laws, has managed to get a partial High Court injunction to stop the police "inspecting, copying or sharing" the data they seized from him - except for national security purposes.
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Microsoft 'cooperates' with wide US cash-for-contracts bribery probe

Microsoft says it will cooperate with US investigators probing alleged bribery of foreign officials. It's claimed Redmond's resellers bunged cash to apparatchiks in Russia and Pakistan in return for contracts with state-backed businesses.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2013
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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

The latest tweak to Android is fitting badly onto Google's own hardware, with the Nexus 4 reportedly fudging Wi-Fi, crashing out and refusing to run previously compatible applications.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2013
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Kim Kardashian's bosom pal in bling snatch Instagram unpleasantness

Pic Kim Kardashian's best buddy was roughed up by a wannabe mugger soon after Instagramming his $500,000 gold watch in a flash cafe, according to a New York gossip column.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013

Amazon tightens grip on cloud market, report shows

Another day brings another wisp of data highlighting the difference in revenue between Amazon Web Services and the other megaclouds.
Jack Clark, 22 Aug 2013

NASDAQ halts stock trading, citing data-feed glitch

Updated A technical problem halted Nasdaq securities trading on Thursday, putting stocks such as Apple and Microsoft into limbo.
Jack Clark, 22 Aug 2013
Bradley Manning in court

Bradley Manning is no more. 'Call me Chelsea,' she says

With the WikiLeaks trial now over, former private first class Bradley Manning has announced the intention to transition sex via female hormone therapy and said she wished to be referred to as Chelsea E. Manning from now on.
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2013
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HotLink rolls VMware virty servers out to the Amazon cloud

The latest product from server virtualization control freak upstart HotLink, called DR Express, was borne out of the company's need to have better disaster recovery for its own internal development cluster. And now, HotLink is ready to take it to the VMware masses.
The Register breaking news

CipherCloud lands in Oz

US encryption vendor CipherCloud, setup by ArcSight founding VP of engineering Pravin Kothari, is going live with an Australian office to provide professional services to local customers and give sales a kick along.

Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

You wanted the Start menu back in Windows 8.1. Microsoft listened ... and didn't give it to you. Now Lenovo says that if a Start Menu is what it will take to get you to start buying Windows 8 PCs, then by gum, a Start Menu you shall have.
Neil McAllister, 22 Aug 2013

Piston links with Cloud Foundry, forges CYBORG CLOUD

OpenStack company Piston is donating hardware and developer expertise to the Cloud Foundry community, as the infrastructure-as-a-service specialist seeks tighter ties with VMware-spinoff Pivotal's grand platform cloud.
Jack Clark, 22 Aug 2013

NASA restarts WISE telescope to spot potential Earth-killers

In these days of budget cuts and sequesters, it's especially important that NASA gets the most for its money, and so the agency will restart using the decommissioned Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope as part of its quest to map the heavens for asteroids.
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2013
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Xerox begins rolling out patches for jumbled-numbers copier glitch

Two weeks after it was first made aware of the problem, Xerox has begun rolling out a fix for a software glitch that caused numbers in documents scanned by certain of its WorkCentre multi-function printers (MFPs) to come up garbled.
Neil McAllister, 22 Aug 2013

'Congressional watchdog' reports patent trolling rising fast

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO), the independent, nonpartisan "congressional watchdog" charged with reporting to that branch of government how tax dollars are spent, has released its long-awaited report on patent infringement lawsuits, and has concluded that such suits are on the rise.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Aug 2013