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Tor usage up by more than 100% in August

The privacy-enhancing Tor network has seen its total number of users per day more than double in the last month, reaching the highest levels since the project first began compiling usage statistics.
Neil McAllister, 29 Aug 2013

Qld Health starts briefing industry on IT refresh

Queensland Health, home to the now-famous payroll debacle that has cost executive jobs, a billion worth of budget blow-outs and earned IBM a ban from the sunshine state, is embarking on an IT refresh.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Aug 2013

Fujitsu to push 28 nanometer limits with Sparc64 X+

Hot ChipsFujitsu wants to squeeze more performance out of its homegrown Sparc64 X processor for commercial and supercomputing workloads, and it can't wait until Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp, its foundry partner, gets 20 nanometer processes into the field and ramped.
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Selfie twerks its way into the dictionary

Our beloved and accommodating mother tongue is officially a few words richer with the announcement that the Oxford Dictionaries Online, from the chaps who bring us the Oxford English Dictionary, has gathered "selfie" and "twerk" into its lexicographical embrace.
Lester Haines, 29 Aug 2013

Quantum crypto nearly ready to go mobile

While the world is still waiting for a full-blown quantum communications setup, quantum key distribution – QKD – is already a contested product market. Now, an international collaboration has shown that QKD can be brought to the smartphone.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Aug 2013

Finance watchdog: Big fingers + tiny mobe screen + banking = doesn't end well

Companies providing mobile banking services must consider how to overcome limitations in mobile device screen sizes in order to help consumers avoid making erroneous payments, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Aug 2013

NASA's nuclear Mars tank REBELS against human control

NASA's famous nuclear-powered, raygun-armed Mars rover Curiosity has broken free of human control and made up its own mind where to drive across the rusty plains of our neighbour world, according to boffins at the space agency who were formerly in charge of it.
Lewis Page, 29 Aug 2013
Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate: The phondleslab for the skint

ReviewWhether you think VLPs (Very Large Phones™) are the ultimate evolution of the personal telecommunication device or the bastard offspring of smartphone and tablet, there’s no doubting the little – well, not so little really – buggers are racing out of the woodwork. Most are rather expensive but Huawei’s Ascend Mate, like the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, is targeted at the more impecunious buyer.
Alun Taylor, 29 Aug 2013

Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

AnalysisNow for that question everybody's asking: who will be the new Microsoft chief exec once Steve Ballmer slips into retirement by next year?
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2013
Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

PicNintendo has abolished hinges and autostereoscopic 3D displays to create a new handheld console called the 2DS.
Tony Smith, 29 Aug 2013
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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

CommentI am female, and I work in IT. I’m not in sales or in management; I am a systems engineer on a team that maintains and supports critical systems for an international, multi-billion-dollar company. I fight the fires, troubleshoot the issues and design systems.
Phoummala Schmitt, 29 Aug 2013

Vodafone mulls $100bn Verizon stake sale - now about that $10bn tax bill...

Vodafone is back in talks with Verizon about selling its 45 per cent stake of Verizon Wireless, US's biggest mobile network operator.
Bill Ray, 29 Aug 2013
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Scale Computing bares teeth at VMware, reveals more SCRIBE details

Scale Computing is going to use its new SCRIBE object store to replace the GPFS element in its HC3 converged server/storage/virtualisation systems.
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2013

Oh, a Wyse guy, eh? Why I oughta make you Nexenta's new CEO

ZFS-storage software supplier Nexenta has changed its CEO for the second time in eight months, going for a popular exec from the ranks of IT's great and good: Tarkan Maner.
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2013

Now your iPhone apps can be FAT losers: Apple gobbles data diet upstart

Apple has picked up AlgoTrim, a Swedish upstart that knocks together tools for quickly decompressing apps, photos, videos and other stuff on mobile phones.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Aug 2013

IP telly upstart stuffs Comedy Central, MTV in Freeview box

Another upstart is using Freeview's IP connectivity to launch premium channels, but this time there might even be something worth watching, or even paying for.
Bill Ray, 29 Aug 2013
ESA's Huygens probe image of a mountain on the surface of Titan

We've cracked riddle of ANTIGRAVITY mountains on Saturn's Titan - boffins

PicAn icy shell around Saturn's largest moon Titan is thicker and tougher than boffins previously thought – and it is concealing a bizarre interior with inward-facing spikes.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Aug 2013
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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

A New Hampshire judge has jailed an Auburn dope-grower who inadvertently blew his cover in a series of YouTube vids of his marijuana cultivation operation.
Lester Haines, 29 Aug 2013
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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

Outsourcing giant Serco is being probed by the cops over allegations of fraud relating to its Prisoner Escort and Custody Services (PECS) contract with the Ministry of Justice.
Paul Kunert, 29 Aug 2013
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Steelie Neelie accused of killing €0.01-per-megabyte roaming fee cap in Europe

EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes has reportedly dropped her plan to dramatically slash wholesale mobile roaming fees, a move that could have helped drive down Europeans' phone bills.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Aug 2013
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Skype: 3D video calling is the FUTURE

Online chat biz Skype says it has developed 3D video calling - but it doesn't know when it will roll out the feature, if at all.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 29 Aug 2013

Dell to axe 1,000-plus call-centre bods, enterprise staff in prep to go private

Dell is laying off staff in its enterprise division, The Register understands, as company honcho Michael Dell prepares to take his firm private.
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2013
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Android chief leaves Google for Chinese fork seller Xiaomi

A senior Google’s Android product exec is leaving Mountain View for an up-and-coming Chinese smartphone-maker.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2013

Amazon's GovCloud upgrade hints at CIA cloud tech

Amazon has brought its automatic application deployment and provisioning tech to its government cloud service.
Jack Clark, 29 Aug 2013

Apple tops target list for litigious patent trolls

Apple has gained the dubious honor of being the top target for patent trolls, or to give them their polite title, Non-Practicing Entities (NPE).
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2013
Angry Birds

US mobile app dominance threatened by ANGRY BIRDS revolution

The US is still a dominant force in mobile app development worldwide, but that could be changing, based on the latest data from app analytics outfit Flurry – and a certain Finnish firm could be leading the way for the rest of the world.
Neil McAllister, 29 Aug 2013

Look out ARM, Intel, here comes MIPS – again

Imagination Technologies, best known for its PowerVR graphics-core designs used by a host of system-on-chip (SoC) purveyors from Apple to Intel, wants world+dog to know that it is dedicated to grabbing a hefty chunk of the compute-core market with its MIPS-based designs resulting from its acquisition of that venerable company, completed this February.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Aug 2013

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