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Apple throwing separate Chinese iPhone event

Chinese press have received an invitation to an Apple event, in Beijing, to take place just hours after the fruity phone factory does its usual thing in Cupertino.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013
Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

Samsung has been showing off its entry into the smartwatch market, as well as a new Galaxy tablet and super-sized smartphone, ahead of the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show in Berlin.
Iain Thomson, 05 Sep 2013
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Cassandra trundles into 2.0 release

The Apache Software Foundation has announced the 2.0 release of the Cassandra database, bringing with it new features for querying and transactions.
Jack Clark, 05 Sep 2013
Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch in its charger slash case

Qualcomm reveals 'Toq' smartwatch

Qualcomm has become the latest gadget manufacturer to decide a smartwatch is a jolly good idea, revealing the “Toq” to world+dog today.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013

myOpenID to close down for good in February 2014

MyOpenID, a major provider of open source authentication system OpenID, is set to close for good on February 1st 2014.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Sep 2013

Bulging racks top of mind for Dell's new switch

Dell's march into every corner of the data centre continues, with the company revealing a new switch that plays nicely with the NSX software-defined networking software VMware revealed last week.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013
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Hypersonic 'scramjet' aims for Mach 8 test flight

Queensland's SCRAMSPACE research scramjet has arrived in Norway for a test launch to be scheduled somewhere between September 15 and September 21.

Boffinry breakthrough OF THE DECADE: Teens 'influenced' by friends

Social networking turns teens into cigarette-smoking, booze-swilling party monsters, researchers have claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 05 Sep 2013
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Australia's opposition cuts funds to IT research outfit

National ICT Australia (NICTA), the IT research organisation established by a Liberal/National coalition government in 2002 may not survive the next government of that political persuasion, after the body that funds it was earmarked to have its funding cut.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013
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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

TechEd Australia While Microsoft is happy with the “appification” of Windows, and prepares to go-live with Windows 8.1 on October 18, it's created a gap between present and future that could be a stumbling block for a bunch of small ISVs.
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Panasonic to build Toughbook-style smartphone

Panasonic has become the latest venerable Japanese electronics giant to abandon the consumer smartphone market, with the firm set to concentrate its efforts on producing a “Toughbook” handset for business use.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Sep 2013
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Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?

TechEd Australia Tens of thousands of words have already been written about Microsoft's purchase of Nokia, and as far as The Register can tell, none of them are getting read by the hordes of sysadmins and developers that descended on the Gold Coast for TechEd.

Gov IT write-off: Universal Credit system flushes £34m down toilet

The UK's spending watchdog has scolded the Department for Work and Pensions for so far wasting £34m of taxpayer money on its botched attempt to implement a one-dole-to-rule-them-all IT system.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Sep 2013
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Your nicked iPad now likelier than ever to show up in Mongolia

The number of laptops and tablets stolen in one country and recovered in another is on the rise.
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2013
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Nasty nuke-lab data-slurper EVOLVES, now feeds off new Java hole

A piece of malware linked to attacks against governments and organisations involved in hi-tech industries such as space exploration and nuclear power has been adapted to exploit a recently uncovered Java security flaw.
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2013
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Campus Party: Did it start Silicon Britain or let 5,000 geeks sleep together?

Pics This year's Campus Party didn't hit the target of 10,000 geeks in a giant tent - but it did manage half that and showed them how to program a Raspberry Pi and overclock a PC, the nerd equivalent of ballroom dancing while on a cruise ship.
Bill Ray, 05 Sep 2013
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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

There's nothing quite like a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) backronym challenge to bring out the sniggering schoolboy in our beloved spaceplane fans.
Lester Haines, 05 Sep 2013
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: The mobe for CHUCK NORRIS TYPES

Review The key advantage Sony’s Xperia Z has over the Samsung Galaxy S4 is its IP57-rated waterproofing.
Alun Taylor, 05 Sep 2013
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VMware's latest trick: Virtual gyroscopes and compasses

File this one in the folder you use to contemplate the mysteries of marketing, because just a week after schlepping around 20,000 people to San Francisco and bundling them all into a room to hear about its latest and greatest wares, VMware has released three new products.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013
The 'Little Nellie' autogyro used in the Bond film 'You Only Live Twice', with designer Ken Wallis at the controls

Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

Wing Commander Ken Wallis, who soared to international fame at the controls of James Bond's Little Nellie, has died at the age of 97.
Lester Haines, 05 Sep 2013
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Continuous delivery: What works (and what doesn't)

The notion that we might just as well automate everything is common in the perpetually dynamic world of continuous delivery.

Dixons in talks to offload loss-making online mart PIXmania

Dixons Retail confirmed this morning it is trying to offload loss-making web bazaar PIXmania to German-listed industrial holding company mutares AG by dangling a multi-million pound dowry to fund operations.
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2013

Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

Opinion History, it is said, doesn't repeat itself – there are merely echoes through time. Listening to Microsoft's $7.1bn purchase of Nokia's phone and services, you'd have certainly heard an echo – the distant grinding noise of two colliding garbage trucks reverberating down the years.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Sep 2013
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EMC rolls out next generation of hot VNX models in Milan

EMC has introduced a vast array of new gear in Milan at its “Mega Launch” under the slogan SpeedToLead. The newest kit is targeted at private, public and hybrid clouds.
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2013
Samsung Galaxy Gear

It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

Analysis Samsung is not a great innovator, yet it’s certainly one of the world’s greatest imitators.
Tony Smith, 05 Sep 2013

Hunt's 'paperless', data-pimping NHS plan gets another £240m

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed this week that Whitehall had slapped a further £240m on the pile of taxpayer cash needed for his grand plan to store and process medical records digitally.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Sep 2013
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Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft

Microsoft has said that a Washington jury had agreed with its claim that Google-owned Motorola had broken its promises to standards-setting bodies to license its standards-essential patents at fair and reasonable rates.

Australia's anti-smut internet filter blueprint lasts LESS THAN A DAY

Australia goes to the polls on Saturday to elect a new national government - but the likely winners of the election have just suffered an embarrassing reversal after a day during which they proposed, then withdrew, a plan for a national anti-smut internet filter.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013
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When it doesn't get boring in series 8: Adaptec touts RAID RoCket fuel

Adaptec's new 12Gbit/s SAS RoC controller packs in more than double the RAID adapter speed of its older brother.
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2013
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Mail.ru says 'да' to half a BILLION dollars, flogs its 14m Facebook shares

Russian internet giant Mail.ru has gotten rid of the last of its Facebook shares, making over $525m.
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New online banking Trojan empties users' wallets, videos privates

Bank account-raiding Trojan Hesperbot has infected computers in UK, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Portugal, The Register has learned.
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2013
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Hey, EMC. You and I are seriously falling out over this marketing crap

Storagebod Word has reached me that EMC's marketing dept may not be reacting quite so well to my previous post; yet if truth be known, I actually toned down what I really wanted to write because I wanted to ensure that people who I like and have time for didn’t catch too much flak.
StorageBod, 05 Sep 2013

FTC slaps TRENDnet with 20 years' probation over webcam spying flaw

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with US wireless webcam manufacturer TRENDnet that will commit the firm to third-party security audits for the next 20 years, plus two years of free technical support for its customers.
Iain Thomson, 05 Sep 2013

Tor traffic torrent: It ain't the Syrians, it's the BOTS

The recent spike in traffic on the Tor anonymizing relay network is probably due to botnet activity rather than any recent political developments, research by Tor Project members has concluded.
Neil McAllister, 05 Sep 2013

iPad 5, Retina iPad mini with 'A7X' chip home for the holidays – report

Apple is readying its fifth-generation iPad for launch and is moving up the debut of its second-generation iPad mini – which will have a Retina display and will be powered by an upgraded processor – from next year to the fourth quarter of this year, if a new report by a longtime Apple-watcher is correct.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Sep 2013

Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

The NSA and the GCHQ have compromised much encryption used on the internet through a potent mix of technological theft, spycraft, and collaboration with major technology companies, according to new reports.
Jack Clark, 05 Sep 2013
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence

Oz government-in-waiting releases new online child protection policy

Australia's Liberal/National coalition, the right-of-centre political bloc likely to take power after Saturday's general election, has released its second "Policy to Enhance Online Safety for Children" in 24 hours, and this time it has omitted a proposed national smut filter that would have applied to every new mobile phone and internet account, with a chance to opt out.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013

The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

Earth's largest volcano – and possibly the second largest volcano in the Solar System – has been discovered hiding deep beneath the waves about 1,000 miles east of Japan.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Sep 2013

Salesforce invents a telephone book for corporate data

Salesforce has previewed a technology that makes Benioff's customer-loving cloud the central point for file discovery within an organization.
Jack Clark, 05 Sep 2013