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SAP inks Hadoop deals with Intel and Hortonworks

SAP has partnered with Intel and Hortonworks to resell the two companies' Hadoop offerings, as the enterprise software giant tentatively gets involved with the new fashionable data platform.
Jack Clark, 12 Sep 2013
Team Arrow WSC vehicle

SolAce, Team Arrow inch towards Solar Challenge starting line

World Solar Challenge The University of Western Sydney will soon be heading north with its World Solar Challenge entrant, while in Queensland, Team Arrow is getting ready for a pre-race public run on the weekend of 14 September.
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BlackBerry goes all 'patch Tuesday' with multi vuln fixes

BlackBerry has issued four patches covering vulnerabilities in Flash, Webkit and libexif on its devices.
Court gavel

Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

Google, Motorola and Samsung are fielding new patent suits from Corel-owned Micrografx over graphics rendering, covering a slew of Android-based products as well as the Chocolate Factor's Google Maps.
Photo of the iPhone 5S in various colors

One more thing ... Beijing green lights iPhone in China

Apple's infamously stage-managed launch events have been upstaged by China's government, which let it be known the fruity phone company has been granted a license to operate its new iPhone 5S and 5C models on China Mobile’s forthcoming 4G network after its Beijing launch yesterday.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Sep 2013
Kim Jong-un

NORKS fingered for APT on South Korean think tanks

Security researchers have unearthed yet another highly targeted advanced persistent threat (APT) attack, this time launched by suspected North Korean attackers against a small group of South Korean think tanks.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Top UK billionaires considerably richer than Chinese ones ... for now

A rundown of the richest people in China has revealed that the very wealthiest British billionaires collectively boast more cash than their counterparts in the People's Republic.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Sep 2013
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European Commission plans net neutrality push

The European Commission (EC) has proposed to enshrine net neutrality in its statute books, with President José Manuel Durão Barroso signalling his intention to adopt the “connected continent” agenda proposed by commissioner for the Digital Agenda and veep Neelie Kroes.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2013
A detail of the Breaking Bad lab

Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap

There isn't a product, or even a prototype, but if it could be made to work, why not turn the smartphone into a bunch of replaceable modular components on a standard backplane?

IETF floats plan to PRISM-proof the Internet

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has posted “PRISM-Proof Security Considerations” aimed at making it much harder for governments to implement programs like the PRISM effort whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed as one of the tools in the NSA's spookery toolbag.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2013
Paper Aircraft Released Into Space

LOHAN doomsday box dubbed BRASTRAP

The results of our reader poll are in, and we're delighted to report that our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) doomsday box will forthwith be officially known as the Big Red Abort Switch To Release Aerial Payload, aka BRASTRAP.
Lester Haines, 12 Sep 2013
Apple 64-bit

Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

What are the implications of Apple’s 64-bit ARM A7 processor for the iPhone user who upgrades to the new 5S? Not as many as you might think.
Tony Smith, 12 Sep 2013
Rayman Legends

Everybody Loves Rayman: Legends dethrones Mario

Game Theory Heading this week’s games was meant to be Total War: Rome II, but a PC malfunction means I’m having to postpone marching off up the Appian Way until next time. No matter, however, as a feast of games still awaits – including the year’s best platformer...
Mike Plant, 12 Sep 2013

Seagate REJECTED buyout offer for Virident – analyst

Hard drive supremos Seagate had first refusal on buying out enterprise flash startup Virident – and turned it down, leaving WD free to snap it up for $685m.
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2013
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iPhone 5S: Fanbois, your prints are safe from the NSA, claim infosec bods

Apple’s decision to bundle a fingerprint scanner with its newly unveiled iPhone 5s has the potential to become a game-changer for personal device authentication.
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2013
Maplin signage outside store

You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

High street retailer Maplin will be stocking NFC tags, surely demonstrating that the technology is mainstream even if no one is quite sure what it's for.
Bill Ray, 12 Sep 2013

In London on 25 Sept? Join us in the pub: It's time for storagebeers

Storagebod So as the evenings draw in, what could be nicer than a decent pint of beer with great company?
StorageBod, 12 Sep 2013

Data-centre biz Phoenix NAP's storage takes a nap, service goes titsup

Faulty hardware at data-centre operator Phoenix NAP has knackered storage systems for customers' virtual machines.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Sep 2013

Object storage: The blob creeping from niche to mainstream

Storage dull? Dry? Uninteresting? Not a bit. Everybody and everything uses data storage. Without we'd be lost. And thanks in part to the growth of cloud computing and big data, storage has risen up the agenda.
Isilon 3-node S200

Storage rage: Like getting a nice steak and being told to only eat 80% of it

Storagebod Despite compression, dedupe and other ways people try to reduce and manage the amount of data that they store, it still seems that many storage infrastructure managers tend to waste many thousands of pounds just by using it according to the vendor’s best practice.
StorageBod, 12 Sep 2013

Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

Review Microsoft will release Windows 8.1, a free update for Windows 8, on 18 October. The plan had been for no pre-release code until then, but Microsoft has back-tracked.
Tim Anderson, 12 Sep 2013
ISC Compucolor II. Source: Oldcomputers.net

Fingers crossed! Half a trillion quid in public cash entrusted to ageing gov IT

Nearly half a trillion pounds in tax and other revenues lining the UK government's coffers every year are processed by decades-old IT systems - and the National Audit Office is worried.
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2013
neelie kroes

Steelie Neelie calls for TOTAL BAN on EU mobe roaming charges

The European Commission is planning to scrap all roaming charges across the Continent as part of its efforts to turn the telecoms market into a single market across all EU countries.
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Facebook stock-spaffers officially LOSERS: Stock hits all-time high of $45

Facebook shares rose over three per cent to a new high yesterday, finally breaking past $45 for the first time since its IPOcalypse last year.

'NSA PRISM spies' shake down victims with bogus child-abuse vids claims

Crooks are using the NSA's notorious global web surveillance scandal in new ransomware: punters visiting booby-trapped websites are falsely accused of downloading illegal material, told their PCs are now locked from use, and ordered to hand over a cash "fine" to unlock their computers.
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2013
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4K-friendly Thunderbolt 2 WILL ship this year, Chipzilla pledges

IDF13 Chip giant Intel has reiterated its pledge to get a faster version of its Thunderbolt connectivity tech out in time for Christmas and its plethora of high-res vid-streaming kit.
Tony Smith, 12 Sep 2013

iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

Comment Apple's keynotes seem to command more mainstream front-page press attention than ever before – but each time, there's less and less to report. Is the modern smartphone era limping to a close?
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Sep 2013
Viewsonic Smart Display

Psst.. Wanna Android all-in-one PC? We have the chip tech, says Intel

IDF13 Intel did its bit for the ongoing “tabletisation” of the desktop PC at its Developer Forum this week: it's encouraging engineers to get cracking on Android-powered “Smart Display” systems to go on sale in 2014.
Tony Smith, 12 Sep 2013
IT Crowd. Source: Channel 4 / 2entertain

Have you tried turning it off and on again - oh, you did: IT Crowd RETURNS

Cult sitcom the IT Crowd will return to Blighty's televisions in just two weeks, according to the show's Twitter feed.
Gareth Corfield, 12 Sep 2013
Seagate 8-bay rackmount NAS

Shrinking market doesn't scare the NASty boys of storage

The network-attached storage market appears to have shrunk slightly, but it seems that Buffalo, Seagate and Overland think the market's set to grow soon.
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2013
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Hacker cracks Vodafone Germany, steals data of 2 million customers

A hack on a Vodafone Germany server has exposed the personal details – including banking information – of two million of its customers.
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2013
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ATTACK of the ROBOT BANKERS brings stock market to its knees

Automated "predatory" robot bankers caused a number of serious glitches that sent the global financial system shuddering to a halt, researchers have claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Sep 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Shareholders tell Mike 'Just Do It': Dell to go PRIVATE for $24.9bn

Dell shareholders have given the green light to Mickey D to take the company he founded nearly three decades ago private – again.
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

So WHY does Huawei's enigmatic boss shun the West's spotlight?

The elusive chairman and founder of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei shies away from publicity – not because his past is marred by controversy, but rather because he doesn't want to become the next Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer: a celebrity, of sorts, taking the focus away from the multinational's work.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Sep 2013

Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

It will not come as explosive news to most sensible travellers, but US airline passengers have been warned to leave their grenades at home when getting on a flight.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Sep 2013

Tape's NOT dead. WHOMP: This 8.5TB Oracle drive proves it

Oracle has introduced the world's highest capacity tape drive, all raw 8.5TB of it, and the fastest too.
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2013

Dell, the man, prevails in quest to wrest Dell, the company, from Wall Street

Analysis So that's done, then. Shareholders of IT giant Dell have approved a $24.9bn private takeover bid put together by company founder Michael Dell, Silver Lake Partners, and borrowed dough from Microsoft and a slew of banks. Now Wall Street will be off Dell's back as it tries to reorganize itself for the future of computing, networking, storage, software, and services.
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Intel shows off wine-powered processor and biometric boffinry

IDF13 Day three of the Intel Developer Forum is usually when the firm shows off its future projects and Chipzilla's in-house anthropologist Dr Genevieve Bell took to the keynote stage to demonstrate a processor powered by wine and mobile phones that use your gait or voice as a password.
Iain Thomson, 12 Sep 2013

Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB

Updated Google is migrating its MySQL systems over to MariaDB, allowing the search company to get away from the Oracle-backed open source database.
Jack Clark, 12 Sep 2013

Intel touts 2-in-1s, the 'new' reincarnation of convertibles

IDF13 To hear Intel tell it, the Next Big Thing™ in mobile computing will be the "2-in-1" (née "convertible"), which combines a traditional clamshell laptop form factor with a tablet that detaches from the keyboard, or flips, twists, or slides over it.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Sep 2013

Twitter announces it's going public, via Twitter

Bird-backed babble network Twitter has filed for an IPO.
Jack Clark, 12 Sep 2013

Canonical adds ARM servers to Landscape control freak

Commercial Linux distributor Canonical is jumping out ahead of the pack again, and has updated its Landscape management tool for its Ubuntu Server distribution so it can manage instances of Linux running on ARM-based systems as well as the X86 iron it already supports.