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Confirmed by cockup: New iPhones will be named 5S and 5C

Oops. If there remained any doubt that Apple was about to release two iPhones – one named the iPhone 5S and another named the iPhone 5C – those doubts have been removed thanks to a slip-up by one of Apple's Chinese iPhone carriers, China Telecom.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Sep 2013
New Yahoo! logo

New! Yahoo! logo! shows! Marissa! Meyer's! personal! touch!

After 18 years the Yahoo! logo has had a redesign, courtesy of newish boss Marissa Mayer and her team, who spent a weekend hammering out the new look for the company.
Iain Thomson, 06 Sep 2013

Linode adds analytics package to Linux cloud

Xen hosting company Linode has added a statistics collection and graphing service to its cloud to keep current users happy.
Jack Clark, 06 Sep 2013
Samsung Chrome OS notebook - logo

Chrome turns five, gains new 'desktop apps'

Google's Chrome browser has turned five, and the Chocolate Factory has given it and us the mutant offspring of site-specific browsers as a present.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Sep 2013

Fancy some BEER ON TOAST? Italy invents spreadable booze

Italian foodies have invented a way for beer lovers to enjoy their favourite drink for breakfast - without the risk of being forced to attend those troublesome Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Sep 2013

Storm slings water to Saturn's surface

Water has been spotted on Saturn for the first time.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Sep 2013
Cloud security

Chasing pack about to sink teeth into Amazon's AWS, says Gartner

Amazon Web Services' position as the leading infrastructure-as-a-service provider is under threat, as competitors target markets the organisation has to date ignored, according to Gartner research veep Lydia Leong.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Sep 2013

Facebook postpones privacy putsch: report

Facebook will wait a little while before adopting changes to its privacy policy flagged last month.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Sep 2013

BT doles out measly 2GB to customers in Dropbox-alike BT Cloud

BT Cloud, the telco's own Dropbox-a-like offering, was launched in February. But BT has only just gotten around to telling its BT broadband customers about it.
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2013
Pansonic 20-inch Windows 8 tablet

Panasonic whips out MONSTER fondleslab for serious S&M sessions

IFA 2013 Panasonic’s monster tablet – an 18-inch big boy with a 4K Ultra HD display – will come to market in November, the Japanese colossus has promised. The price? A beefy £3,335.
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

'Unreliable, shambolic' ... a top CompSci prof slams Serco's UK crim tag tech

Updated The electronic tags used to keep tabs on criminals and suspects in the UK are "unreliable" - and the systems monitoring them are "shambolic". That's according to a dynamite report by Ross Anderson, a leading computer scientist.
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2013

NSA is 'great at some sophisticated tasks but oddly bad at the simplest'

Quotw It's all going down in Redmond! Last week, chief exec Steve Ballmer announces his retirement, this week, the one-time king company of computing announced it's going to slurp down the tattered remnants of Nokia's mobile business.
The Register breaking news

Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

Special Report Finns are in mourning this week after Nokia has sold its mobile phones unit to Microsoft: a decision that weirdly seems both inevitable and shocking at the same time.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Sep 2013
Samsung Galaxy Gear

Wrist SLAP: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on

IFA 2013 Plenty has been said about the tech behind the Galaxy Gear already on El Reg, here and here, so what’s it actually like up close? It certainly looks a chunky beast but it’s a good deal lighter than you might think.
Bob Dormon, 06 Sep 2013

Cash-bleeding Overland: A healthy BYOD brings a sound mind

Overland Storage announced its usual loss-making quarterly results but said it was going full tilt into giving BYOD and smart mobile device owners full access to enterprise apps no matter their size. CEO Eric Kelly has now become chairman of its Canadian partner, Sphere 3D, which provides the virtualisation wizardry needed for the venture.
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2013
Panasonic 4K Toughpad UT-MB5

Hands on: Panasonic bakes a 20-INCH tablet for big biz to swallow

IFA 2013 At the IFA trade show this week, Panasonic shed more light on the latest addition to its Toughpad range, a 20in, 4K resolution monster that’s only 12.5mm thick. Yes it’s the same tablet it teased the press with at CES at the beginning of the year, but it’ll be available to purchase before the end of it.
Bob Dormon, 06 Sep 2013
Sinclair Digital Watch

Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Douglas Adams’ classic 1970s sci-fi satire described the Earth’s population as “so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea”.
Alistair Dabbs, 06 Sep 2013
Samsung S9 110in UHD TV

OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

IFA 2013 We have mixed opinions regarding the merits of 4K TV viewing here at El Reg. It's something that we have covered in scientific detail. In short, the 4,000-plus-pixel resolution looks great for still images, but misses the point for moving pictures.
Bob Dormon, 06 Sep 2013
Confused computer keyboard

Another 2e2 collapse is possible, but don't let customers fear the cloud

Just about everybody’s moved to the cloud by now, you’ll probably have read. Every marketing blurb, technologist's blog and other accounts are based around the idea that the cloud argument has been held and won. Cloud is a good thing and the corporate world knows it.
David Chalmers, 06 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Clear next Tues: Incoming Outlook, IE, Windows critical security patches

Microsoft will squash 14 sets of security vulnerabilities - four of which are deemed critical - in the next edition of its monthly batch of Patch Tuesday updates, due next week.
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2013

Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

Review Looks can be deceiving, as proved by the first beta of the latest Ubuntu – version 13.10, or Saucy Salamander – which is available today.
Two teenage girls - one whispering in other's ear

Phone-blab plod breaks PRIVACY law after crash victim's 5hr ditch ordeal

A Norfolk police official broke a privacy law after blurting out "sensitive information" to the relative of a 54-year-old bloke – who had been seriously hurt in a car crash and left unnoticed in a ditch for five hours.
Team Register, 06 Sep 2013

Cloud Sherpas slips ring on Stoneburn Software Services

Google Enterprise integrator Cloud Sherpas has swallowed London-based cloud consulting minnow Stoneburn Software Services.
Paul Kunert, 06 Sep 2013

Crack open those wallets: Microsoft is raising software prices AGAIN

Hosting firms have been given a heads-up about some double-digit price hikes due at the start of next year and the year after.
Paul Kunert, 06 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Putting the security jigsaw together

Reg reader research Effective IT security is both important and hard to implement, and it isn’t getting any easier. Central systems are becoming more complex, and keeping up with the ever-changing threat landscape is an ongoing challenge.
Tony Lock, 06 Sep 2013
Another Brick in the Wall film still, Pink Floyd

Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

An irate headteacher reported one of his pupils to the police and tried to scupper the youngster's chances of getting into university after reading a blog post that slammed his school.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Sep 2013
Dave Akerman's emergency cut-down box

Vote NOW to name LOHAN doomsday box

Poll Right, you lovely people, the time has come to name our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) doomsday box – the device which will, if required, command the mission's onboard Iridium-Arduino sandwich to release the mighty helium-filled orb carrying our Vulture 2 spaceplane aloft in case of emergency.
Lester Haines, 06 Sep 2013
Blofeld's white cat

Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption

Analysis In July 2012, Britain's top spook Charles Farr made a rare public appearance: sat across a table from MPs in Parliament, he was quizzed by backbenchers scrutinising Home Secretary Theresa May's widely criticised plan to snoop on Brits' internet connections.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2013
Sony HMZ-T3W head mounted display

Hands on, er, heads on: We take a gander at Sony's gaming goggles

IFA 2013 Is it pride or some futuristic obsession? Just what is it that keeps Sony revamping its HMZ series head-mounted display?
Bob Dormon, 06 Sep 2013
The NSA Unchained

That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

Analysis Fresh revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest that the NSA can crack TLS/SSL connections, the widespread technology securing HTTPS websites and virtual private networks (VPNs).
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Virgin Galactic spaceship goes supersonic in second test flight

Virgin Galactic has moved one step closer to actual spaceflight with its second supersonic flight of its passenger carrying SpaceShipTwo.

The REAL winner of Microsoft's Nokia buy: GOOGLE

Nokia might well boost Microsoft’s smartphone market share, but it won’t derail Android on mobile or thwart Google’s search and ads money machine.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Sep 2013
Toshiba Encore Windows 8.1 tablet

Sony unveils Tap 11, the world's SLIMMEST tablet PC (for now)

IFA 2013 Tablets, tablets, tablets. There’s one out there for everyone these days or so it seems. On show at IFA there are, er, certainly more tablets than you could shake a stick at – or should that be a stylus?
Bob Dormon, 06 Sep 2013

Don't bother competing with ViPR, NetApp - it's not actually that relevant

Blocks and Files NetApp doesn't need to compete with EMC's all-singing all-dancing ViPR product. Why not? NetApp only has one storage array product – ONTAP – whereas EMC has an entire family of arrays, which ViPR virtualises into a single resource and delivers to server apps needing storage.
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2013

Bristol boffins announce QUANTUM CLOUD

Ever wanted to fiddle with a quantum computer, but don't have the sort of connections to get you inside a lab? If so, the boffins at Bristol University have just the thing for you: a "quantum cloud"!
Jack Clark, 06 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

American Fantasy Football app lets hackers change team rosters

Security researchers have discovery a vulnerability in mobile versions of the Yahoo! Fantasy [American] Football app that created a means for hackers to change team lineups and post imposter comments on message boards.
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2013

Android malware spotted hitching a ride on mobile botnet

Kaspersky Lab has reported the first sighting of mobile malware (Android, of course) that piggybacks on the back of a separate mobile botnet and uses the resources of other malware once it's installed.
Iain Thomson, 06 Sep 2013
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Yahoo! Comes! Clean! On! Global! Government! Data! Requests!

Yahoo! has joined such companies as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter in pledging to release semiannual reports on how often it responds to requests from governments for information about its users.
Neil McAllister, 06 Sep 2013

Apple spanked by judge in price-fixing injunction – but not too hard

The federal judge overseeing the ebook price-fixing case between Apple and the US Department of Justice has issued her remedy, and although it slaps Cook & Co. upside the head, the DoJ didn't get all it wanted.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Sep 2013

Google thrusts cash at developers in emerging countries

Google is preparing to dispense a couple of hundred thousand dollars in prizes for developers in emerging countries who are willing to take its cloudy platform for a spin.
Jack Clark, 06 Sep 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

US intelligence: Snowden's latest leaks 'road map' for adversaries

The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has issued a response to the latest revelations from Edward Snowden with a warning that the information is "not news," but has nevertheless harmed the agency's ability to keep America and its allies safe.
Iain Thomson, 06 Sep 2013

Want the latest Android version? Good luck with that

The latest stats from Google show that Android "Jelly Bean" continues to gain ground as the most popular version of the platform, but the very latest releases of Google's smartphone OS continue to face slow adoption.
Neil McAllister, 06 Sep 2013

Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

Analysis Amazon may offer a free smartphone, as it contemplates another market to get into and sterilize. Though the strategy is a bold one, it is hardly new, and its basic idea goes back to Henry Ford.
Jack Clark, 06 Sep 2013

US military: 'Help us build the ROBO-WARFIGHTER OF THE FUTURE'

The US military has issued a formal solicitation for ideas about technologies that could help create a futuristic fighting suit for its special forces.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Sep 2013
Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone

Xiaomi plans global domination with fast smartphones and software

The established smartphone vendors should prepare for challenge from China: Xiaomi, a firm started just three years ago by a Chinese serial entrepreneur and Google's ex-head of engineering, has announced plans to move out of the Middle Kingdom and onto the world stage.
Iain Thomson, 06 Sep 2013

Oracle spins-up public sector 'Cloud'

Oracle has fired up its big red branding machine and coated some of its software-as-a-service products with a cloud label as it tries to create a suite of tech for public-sector organizations.
Jack Clark, 06 Sep 2013