Workers at world's largest – and most remote – telescope go on strike
Workers at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, aka ALMA, have embarked upon a decidedly down-to-earth pursuit at the world's largest astronomical installation: they've gone on strike.
Oracle launches paid support for 'free' NoSQL database
Oracle has added a paid support option to the "free" version of its BerkeleyDB-based NoSQL database.
Apple snaffles travel app in quest for way out of Maps debacle
Apple has bought another mapping startup, this time a small firm called Embark that develops public transit maps for download to Apple and Android devices.
Government intervention unlikely for beleaguered BlackBerry
Struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry shouldn't expect any help from the government, a prominent cabinet minister has indicated.
Delta Air Lines makes mass Windows Phone 8, Lumia 820 buy
Microsoft finally has something it must have craved for ages: a colossal, enterprise user of its Windows Phone platform, with a super-recognisable brand to boot. But the announcement about the buy uses the most optimistic number possible to describe the sale.
China's Baidu builds new type of App Store
Chinese web giant Baidu has unveiled Light App – a new distribution model for mobile applications which could eventually help international developers to better promote their wares in the world’s biggest smartphone market.
BILLION-TONNE BELCH emitted from Sun to hit Earth this weekend
It's a stormy forecast from the space met offices for this weekend, as those whose business it is to monitor these things say the Sun has coughed out a couple of hefty plasma belches in our direction and these can be expected to pelt the planet with particles in coming days.
Indian IT exporters coin windfall profits as rupee plunges
India has in recent weeks descended into a financial crisis, but despite dire economic warnings, industry watchers believe that the period of instability could actually benefit the country’s IT services giants and their outsourcing customers.
Google testing 'Helpouts' video support service
Google has started testing “Helpouts”, a new service that it says is “a new way to connect people who need help with people who can give help, over live video, anytime, anywhere.”
Our Vulture 2 spaceplane sprouts sleek pointy beak
The nylon dust has almost settled on the epic design and build saga of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane as 3D printer 3T RPD Ltd fires up the machine to craft the last pieces of our revolutionary aircraft.
Boffins use HOT maths MODELS to predict spam of the future
Australian computer boffins reckon game theory can be applied to build better spam filters.
'You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back'
QuotwThis was the week when Britain discovered that its spooks were either seriously inept or specialising in some sort of double-bluff, Pink Panther-style posturing to throw everyone off the real scent.
Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline
eBay is currently out of action for its users, but the downtime is not because of an unexpected outage. It is instead due to "scheduled general maintenance", the company has confirmed to The Register.
Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30
ArchaeologicThe Sinclair Spectrum made the Acorn Electron inevitable.
Looking to sell the cloud? You're going to need references
CommentOver the past few years, industry conversations around cloud computing have shifted. Whereas they initially focused on customer organisation benefits, such as lower costs and greater flexibility while using services, today we realise that cloud technology is in the process of fundamentally transforming the IT supply chain itself.
Holiday HELL: Pourquoi, monsieur, why is there no merdique Wi-Fi here?
Something for the Weekend, Sir?DAY 1 I arise at 02:00am and clatter about the house noisily. This is my preferred method of waking up the family without the ignobility of knocking on bedroom doors or the inevitable upset that follows from vigorously shaking shoulders or throwing iced water into faces.
Dell nemesis Icahn offers Apple's Tim Cook slap-up grub in share buy bid
Investor Carl Icahn - best known for trying to stop Mike Dell from taking Dell the company private - has applied more gentle pressure to Apple boss Tim Cook to get the chief exec to beef up the iPhone maker's share buyback.
Ubuntu Edge Linux mobe: 'Made you look,' crows Shuttleworth
Canonical's attempt to raise £20.5m ($32m) to create a Ubuntu Linux smartphone wasn't the failure it appeared to be: despite only managing two fifths of its fundraising target by its own deadline, the Edge handset project was a hugely successful advertisement for the Ubuntu distribution.
Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs
Microsoft's new touchy Windows 8 operating system is so vulnerable to prying hackers that Germany's businesses and government should not use it, the country's authorities have warned in a series of leaked documents.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist... Spy HARDER
Game TheoryWith the excitement of Gamescom still ongoing, it’s easy to forget that the weekly release of videogames continues unabated. Thankfully the idle hours of the impending Bank Holiday offer a firm reminder - especially given the extended weekend marks the release of one of the year’s best action games:
Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet
Among the vast haul of information lifted from secret networks by former US intelligence sysadmin Edward Snowden are details of a top-secret British spy base placed in the Middle East to tap into undersea communications cables and eavesdrop on the region's internet, it has been reported.
Plucky ISS 'nauts manage to bodge tricky camera gizmo onto podule IN SPACE
PicTwo Russian cosmonauts have managed to stick a new camera mount on the International Space Station despite a couple of hitches.
Rasp Pi skydive: Ballsy Baumgartner best beware Brit bionic Babbage Bear
PicsAustrian high-altitude geezer Felix Baumgartner had better watch his back, because there's a furry Brit contender for the world skydiving record preparing to leap into the void from a breathtaking 39,000m.
Russian spyboss brands Tor a crook's paradise, demands a total ban
Russia's spybosses are contemplating blocking access to the Tor network and similar privacy tools that try to prevent netizens from being traced online.
'Silent' staff stood by as £100m BBC IT project tanked – DG
The BBC's new director general Tony Hall says staff should have spoken up about the catastrophic Digital Media Initiative (DMI).
Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY
Microsoft's 99,000 employees face a future without its chief chair-flinger Steve Ballmer who just announced his retirement to a happy Wall Street.
Amazon spaffs MYSTERY private Wi-Fi waves all over Apple's orchard
Amazon has been testing its own radio network, seeing if Globalstar's private Wi-Fi technology fits the Amazon business model, and if customers would pay for better wireless networking.
BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting
Steve Ballmer has just seen his personal wealth surge by a cool $1bn after announcing his retirement from Microsoft - which immediately caused the company's stock to soar close to a 12-month high on Wall Street.
Jack Ma and clique aim to retain control at Alibaba after IPO
Alibaba is planning to rejig its management structure to ensure that its partners get to nominate the board and keep control over the firm after it goes public, the Hong Kong Economic Times reports.
US court: Dell can't hound debtor with robocalls to her mobile
US mobile phone users can stop companies from contacting them using automated dialling systems, an appeals court said in a ruling against Dell.
PayPal fixes critical account switcheroo bug after researcher tipoff
PayPal has fixed a critical flaw that allowed an attacker to delete any account at will and replace it with one of their own.
Google plonks down cash for Foxconn's head-mounted display patents
Google has snapped up a parcel of patents from Hon Hai Precision Industry, the Taiwanese electronic manufacturer more commonly known as Foxconn, in a move seemingly designed to bolster its Glass headsets against potential competitors.
VMware's Project Zombie gives dumb servers BRAAAAINS
VMware has taken the wraps off the gigantic task-automation system that will marshal resources in its upcoming infrastructure-as-a-service cloud.
Silicon Valley slurped millions of NSA cash for PRISM participation
New documents from Edward Snowden published in The Guardian have shown for the first time the financial relationship between the NSA and some of the largest names in the tech business over the PRISM data-collection scheme.
Guardian teams up with New York Times for future Snowden GCHQ coverage
Faced with a mounting backlash from UK authorities, The Guardian newspaper has announced that it will collaborate with The New York Times to release further documents detailing the activities of the UK's Government Communications Headquarters.