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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facebook postpones privacy putsch: report
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.
Panasonic whips out MONSTER fondleslab for serious S&M sessions
IFA 2013Panasonic’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.
'Unreliable, shambolic' ... a top CompSci prof slams Serco's UK crim tag tech
UpdatedThe 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.
NSA is 'great at some sophisticated tasks but oddly bad at the simplest'
QuotwIt'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.
Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones
Special ReportFinns 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.
Wrist SLAP: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on
IFA 2013Plenty 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.
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.
Hands on: Panasonic bakes a 20-INCH tablet for big biz to swallow
IFA 2013At 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.
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”.
OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants
IFA 2013We 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.
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.
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.
Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked
ReviewLooks can be deceiving, as proved by the first beta of the latest Ubuntu – version 13.10, or Saucy Salamander – which is available today.
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.
Cloud Sherpas slips ring on Stoneburn Software Services
Google Enterprise integrator Cloud Sherpas has swallowed London-based cloud consulting minnow Stoneburn Software Services.
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.
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.
Vote NOW to name LOHAN doomsday box
PollRight, 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.
Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption
AnalysisIn 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.
Hands on, er, heads on: We take a gander at Sony's gaming goggles
IFA 2013Is it pride or some futuristic obsession? Just what is it that keeps Sony revamping its HMZ series head-mounted display?
That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?
AnalysisFresh 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).
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.
Sony unveils Tap 11, the world's SLIMMEST tablet PC (for now)
IFA 2013Tablets, 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?
Don't bother competing with ViPR, NetApp - it's not actually that relevant
Blocks and FilesNetApp 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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?
AnalysisAmazon 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.
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.
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.