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Amazon spits out offline DynamoDB tester

Amazon has released a tool to let developers test apps that use the DynamoDB API, and to do so offline.
Jack Clark, 13 Sep 2013

NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

Data beamed back from the Voyager 1 spacecraft has shown that the probe has left our Solar System and entered interstellar space, becoming the first manmade object to travel beyond mankind's home system.
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2013
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Push mail outfit Good Tech wins CC cert

Good Technology is trumpeting a newly-inked EAL4+ Common Criteria certification awarded to the its Good For Enterprise MDM and data protection platform.
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Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth

Microsoft has added support for Internet message access protocol (IMAP) to Outlook.com, its web-based email service.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2013

Borland's heir Embarcadero says one dev tool can rule them all

Embarcadero Technologies, the development tools outfit that inherited much of Borland's technology, has released a new product it says can produce native apps for four operating systems from a single codebase.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2013

Lip-wobbling boffins: Eating Chinese food is like kissing a vibrator

Food boffins have found that eating Szechuan pepper, an ingredient commonly found in Chinese food, produces the same sensations as those experienced when using a vibrator.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2013
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

The next version of the Linux kernel, version 3.12, has a name: “Suicidal squirrel”.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2013
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French ministers told to use only secure comms post-PRISM

French newspaper L'Express has published a memo it says comes from Christophe Chantepy, chief of staff to French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, and which recommends French cabinet ministers stop using smartphones for phone calls because they are not secure.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2013
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Continuous delivery: Can IT really 'join up' Ops and Dev?

Live chat The Register will be tackling continuous delivery in our latest Live Chat, today at 14:00 BST (9:00 EST).
David Gordon, 13 Sep 2013

Zuck off, Zuck: Brit duo's JustDelete.Me nukes clingy web accounts

Two British students have created a website designed to help people nuke their accounts with crappy online services.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Sep 2013
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Privacy lawsuits: Will sueballs lobbed at US cloud services hit you where it HURTS?

Sysadmin blog Thinking of using US cloud services, outsourcing to a US-based provider or just leasing a piece of their cloud and concerned about lawsuits? Here's some food for thought.
Trevor Pott, 13 Sep 2013

One day we'll look back and say this was the end of the software platform

Comment I was once told by an editor not to waste too much time following Apple and other companies that sold hardware and software together.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2013

'Who knew in 1984 that Steve Jobs would be Big Brother?'

Quotw This was the week when Linus Torvalds, chief Penguin of LinuxLand, unleashed not one, but two mighty rants on the interwebs. First, Torvalds said he resented recent attacks on the integrity of the kernel's security.

Moving from permie to mercenary? Avoid a fine - listen to Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin said that nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. He also coined the idea that “time is money”, and once wrote that “wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy”, so we can assume that he would have understood contractors pretty well.
Tim Phillips, 13 Sep 2013
Gold iPhone 5s, in'it?

Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

Something for the Weekend, Sir? If it was tedious putting up with the prelaunch hype, it was at least entertaining this week to watch so many commentators backtrack on the cobblers they’d been serving up just hours before the event.
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Sep 2013

Huawei CTO insists: 'We are not a threat to UK and US national security'

Exclusive A top Huawei exec has dismissed claims that his company poses a threat to British and US national security – despite Western government officials' fears over Huawei's alleged connections to the Chinese Communist Party.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2013
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IT distie Tech Data must end accounts-unbungling probe within a fortnight

NASDAQ-listed Tech Data has less than a fortnight to get its accounts in order and financial filings up to date, the distributor acknowledged last night.
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2013
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TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

Samsung's next smartphone will feature a 64-bit processor, according to co-chief executive Shin Jong-kyun: he's keen to prove it's not only Apple who can stuff more register bits into a chip.
Bill Ray, 13 Sep 2013
ZTE Open, the Firefox OS smartphone

ZTE Open: This dirt-cheap smartphone is a swing and a miss

Review Of the various open source Android challengers currently under development, the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox OS was the first to reach the market with actual, commercially available products. The ZTE Open smartphone is one such product. Unfortunately, that's about all it's got going for it.
Neil McAllister, 13 Sep 2013

Nokia's 41Mp Lumia 1020 'launches' in UK - but hoi polloi must wait

Nokia's impressive 41Mp Lumia 1020 flagship may have "launched" worldwide - with festivities including a glitzy Shoreditch gallery party featuring photographer David Bailey, actor Bill Nighy and cannibal entrepreneur Steve Bong - but UK punters won't get delivery until the end of the month.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2013
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New head for disk drive array upstart: Coraid moves CEO to board

Ethernet storage biz Coraid has moved Kevin Brown from the CEO seat to its board and installed David Kresse as its new chief exec.
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2013
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Dominant web ad giant (Google) possibly 'weeks' away from Euro slapdown

Google will learn within weeks if its alleged abuse of dominance in the European search market will earn it a formal complaint from the EU's competition regulator.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2013
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Extreme Networks coughs $180m for 'no overlap' rival Enterasys

Plucky upstart Extreme Networks has swallowed the larger, privately held Ethernet switching player Enterasys Networks for $180m in cold hard cash - and some shares.
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2013

Hortonworks licks lips, sets sights on snaring fresh SI partners

Hortonworks' SAP reseller agreement is the prelude to a series of big deals with OEMs and SIs in coming months, the company has promised.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2013
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Microsoft's swipe'n'swirl pic passwords LESS secure than PINs, warn researchers

Microsoft's promotion of visual passwords, based on tapping pictures and making gestures instead of conventional text passwords, might be a boon for usability. Yet security experts warn the technology is less secure than even a simple 4-digit PIN.
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2013
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Private Dell: We will not suddenly try to cut out the middleman again

Dell has signalled to channel partners that its transition to private ownership will not mean a return to strategy that it was once famous for - cutting out the middlemen.
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2013
Gold iPhone 5s, in'it?

It's official: The iPhone 5S bling-mobe IS chavvy. OR, Burberry isn't

One was once famous for the beige-checked baseball caps worn by footie louts across Britain. The other is a fading luxury brand beloved by the Waitrose class.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Sep 2013

Microsoft announces iPad amnesty for fanbois

Sick of your iPad and want to swap it for something that's far less desirable? Microsoft wants to help you out.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Sep 2013

Amazon cloud goes down in Northern Virginia

Updated Amazon's mammoth compute cloud experienced problems on Friday, disrupting the constellation of sites that depend on it, such as Heroku.
Jack Clark, 13 Sep 2013
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Apple updates Mountain Lion, fixes Mail, Wi-Fi bugs

If you've been having problems with Apple's Mail app on your Mac running OS X 10.8.4 Mountain Lion, Cupertinian engineers have felt your pain and now offer a fix: an OS X 10.8.5 update.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Sep 2013

Senator halts Google's taxpayer-subsidized executive jet fuel deal

A year-long investigation by US senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) into Google's use of NASA's Silicon Valley airport has shown that the company benefited from buying cheap aviation fuel from NASA at a discounted price arranged by the Pentagon.
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2013
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Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket

Recently released footage has revealed that an unexpected traveler hitched a ride during the launch of NASA's LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) rocket last Friday.
Neil McAllister, 13 Sep 2013

Happy Friday the 13th! It's Programmers' Day

If your code monkeys aren't answering their emails today, it may not be the curse of Friday the 13th, but instead because they've taken a day of rest to celebrate Programmers' Day.
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2013
More flaws found in Java

It's about time: Java update includes tool for blocking drive-by exploits

Oracle's latest update to the Java SE Development Kit (JDK) version 7 adds new security features designed to help businesses avoid being stung by critical vulnerabilities in out-of-date versions of Java.
Neil McAllister, 13 Sep 2013
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Couchbase relaxes NoSQL derrière into mobile seats

Database startup Couchbase has developed what it believes is the first NoSQL database for mobile devices, but why would anyone want such a thing?
Jack Clark, 13 Sep 2013
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What's in it for server buyers now that Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v2 is here?

Autumn is on its way and Intel has released the "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v2 server processors just in time to get in line for a chunk of the remaining 2013 IT budget at the data centers of the world. So how are these new processors going to stack up to the existing "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v1 chips, and what can customers expect from server makers who are trying to win business in a flat to down market?

Teen buys WikiLeaks server for $33,000 – with dad's eBay account

The eBay auction of a server formerly used by WikiLeaks has ended with a closing bid of more than $30,000, but the 17-year-old winner will not receive his goods because he bid on the equipment using his father's eBay account without his permission.
Neil McAllister, 13 Sep 2013

The future of PCIe: Get small, speed up, think outside the box

IDF13 The near-ubiquitous PCI Express interconnect – aka PCIe – is finding its way into mobile devices, working its way into cabling, and is on schedule to double its throughput in 2015 to a jaw-dropping 64 gigabytes per second in 16-lane configurations.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Sep 2013

Billionaire engineer Ray Dolby, 80, dies at home in San Francisco

Obit Ray Dolby, the engineer who for most of the last half century has improved our ability to record and play high-fidelity sound and who founded Dolby Labs, has passed away at his home in San Francisco after being diagnosed with acute leukemia earlier in the year.
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2013
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Server hack heads up the stack for a new challenge

It has been five years to the day since I started working at The Register, and for once, just that once right there, I will use the proper name of the publication that has supported myself and my family, and give it the respect it deserves.

Microsoft reissues September patches after user complaints

Problems with Microsoft's last round of operating system and application patches have forced the company to reissue part of the update on Friday.
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2013