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Oracle frankenstein

Oracle mounts cloud on FrankenStack underlay

OpenWorld Six months after borging the cloud management startup Nimbula, Oracle has ginned up an infrastructure-as-a-service product suite based on the open source OpenStack platform and a mish-mash of other technologies.
Jack Clark, 26 Sep 2013
BlackBerry bleeding

T-Mobile pulls BlackBerry products from US retail stores

As BlackBerry struggles to regain its footing following the disastrous second quarter of its fiscal 2014, US wireless carrier T-Mobile has announced that it will no longer carry the Canadian firm's smartphones in its retail stores.
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2013

A Tapestry of network complexity

Forget drawing network maps or sending your network management software on an epic tour of auto-discovery: a group getting ready to launch an open-source “network complexity scoring” tool says it's all about the endpoint.
Fairbanks airport directions from Apple Maps

Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

It's easy to blame Apple Maps: but why on earth did an airport have a highway-adjoining access road without a manned gate?

Brocade virtual fabric tells multi-tenant story

One of the irritations of the world of virtualisation is that it's quite easy to end up with a relatively small number of physical devices hosting address counts that run ahead of Ethernet's constraints on things like how many MAC addresses can exist in a LAN (or VLAN).

Icefog hit-and-run hackers uncovered in Asia

Kaspersky Lab has uncovered a new APT campaign aimed at pilfering secrets from governments and supply chain industrial, military, media and technology companies in Japan and South Korea.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Sep 2013

'Bet Lynch' types BANNED from zoo for upsetting not-so-wildlife

A UK zoo has enforced an animal print ban, after visitors clad in tiger-like attire were found to be confusing and upsetting its captive creatures.
Team Register, 26 Sep 2013
Great Wall of China

China's lifting of internet blockade denied by state media

Hopes that the Chinese government was about to relax its strict internet censorship regime in Shanghai appear to have been dashed after state-run media ran stories denying previous reports.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Sep 2013

Boffins: Internet transit a vulnerability

If you think of an Internet exchange, you probably think of infrastructure that's well-protected, well-managed, and hard to compromise. The reality, however, might be different. According to research by Stanford University's Daniel Kharitonov, working with TraceVector's Oscar Ibatullin, there are enough vulnerabilities in routers and the like that the Internet exchange makes a target that's both attractive and exploitable.
By Emilio Labrador - licensed under Creative Commons

MPs slam bumpkin fibre rollout, demand halt to further £250m cash spaff

Whitehall has insisted that its delayed multimillion-pound rural broadband project represents good value for taxpayers - even as a brutal parliamentary report published today attacks the government for failing to rein in BT.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2013

Regretful selfie-snapping vixens, lads to get shame-hiding digital burqas

California's children will get the legal right to order their embarrassing digital past to be hidden from public view. But the new laws won't end in total deletion of unwanted content – just that it be placed behind a digital veil.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Sep 2013

Microsoft to execs: Please don't leave us. Here, have some shares

Microsoft will grease the palms of its most senior people with a lavish smattering of shares in a bid to prevent them following chief exec Steve Ballmer out the door.
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2013
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When the SSD came to storage land: How flashy upstarts got their break

Storagebod Of all the recent changes in the storage landscape over the past five years, the most dramatic is the coming of flash-based storage devices.
StorageBod, 26 Sep 2013
Asus N550JV-CM067H quad-core Core i7 notebook

Asus NV550JV 15.6in full HD notebook - the one we didn't have to send back

Review When Asus sent the N550 to Vulture Central, I sent it back: the wrong model had been dispatched. Having seen so many tiresome comments following El Reg laptop reviews along the lines of “when I saw it was only 1366 x 768 I stopped reading”, I wasn’t going to proceed with this spec - and with more than these moans as justification.
Bob Dormon, 26 Sep 2013

LOHAN rocket motor igniter goes pop at 20,000m

Pics+Vid Fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission will know that the issue of getting a rocket motor to fire at altitude has given our Vulture 2 spaceplane team plenty of sleepless nights.
Lester Haines, 26 Sep 2013
Sony XDR-S16DBP digital radio

Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

The digital radio revolution is taking place regardless of the uptake of DAB, according to Ofcom's annual digital radio report (PDF).
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2013
Wuaki.tv Selection

'Wacky' Spanish VoD squad launches people-picked online vid service in UK

Bizarrely named video-on-demand service Wuaki.tv – the first part’s pronounced “wacky” – has introduced a new subscription scheme: a selection of movies and TV shows which changes every seven days and is picked by people rather than computers.
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2013

Google's boffins branded 'unacceptably ineffective' at tackling web piracy

Analysis Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has harshly criticised the government and Google in a report into the UK's creative industries.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2013

Google's latest PRIVACY MELTDOWN: Web chats sent to WRONG people

Stunned Google Talk users have discovered their messages are going to the WRONG recipients on the web chat system.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2013

British Gas robo home remote gets itself into hot water

Energy has been in the news again lately, but not in the way that suppliers would favour. On Tuesday, opposition leader Ed Miliband promised to freeze energy prices for 20 months if Labour made it into power. It’s a message British Gas was keen to forget as it announced its renewed commitment to the connected home in London yesterday.
Bob Dormon, 26 Sep 2013
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)

Don't wait up for BBM on iPhone, Android – BlackBerry

Having botched the widespread release of its crown jewels, BBM, BlackBerry has now warned of a further delay to the Android and iOS versions of the messaging app.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2013

Intrinsic now on third CEO in less than two years

British IT and unified comms reseller Intrinsic Technology has welcomed on board its third chief executive in less than 18 months, with channel veteran Darron Antill the latest to fill the hot seat.
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2013

WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP

WD has introduced an even bigger single-drive MyBook, a 4TB one with USB 3.0 connectivity.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2013
Steve Bowen outside the ISS on the STS-126 fourth and final spacewalk. Pic: NASA

Fresh shift of 'nauts arrives at Space Station, planning torch jaunt

Astronauts and cosmonauts from Russia and the US had a fuss-free journey to the International Space Station, where they have just arrived for a five-and-a-half-month stint working and living on the hurtling lab.
Team Register, 26 Sep 2013
Crystal Palace TV transmitter

Ericsson adds Dot to the office mobe coverage map

Ericsson has launched a palm-sized mobile phone base station called Dot, which camps on the office LAN to provide cellular coverage throughout your building and is managed by a radio stack in the basement.
Bill Ray, 26 Sep 2013
This wafer contains tiny computers using carbon nanotubes, a material that could lead to smaller, more energy-efficient processors.

Is this the silicon chip KILLER? Boffins boot up carbon-nanotube CPU

Look out, silicon: boffins in the US have created a simple working microprocessor out of carbon nanotubes, possibly paving the way for faster and less power-hungry computer chips.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Sep 2013

Cisco, EMC love child VCE finally dangles rebate lure over channel pool

Cloudy hardware biz VCE threatened to roll out a new tiered channel programme and, by Jove, that is exactly what UK partners have got.
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2013
management regulation5

Apple: Now that you've updated to iOS 7... YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK

Apple has banned any fanbois running iOS 7 from reverting back to a previous version of the iDevice operating system.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Sep 2013

Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete

Top boffins in the US say they have managed to make light behave in the same way as solid matter – and they've saved us the trouble by suggesting that this is pretty much the same as building a working Jedi light sabre.
Lewis Page, 26 Sep 2013
Paying for something online

PayPal pays pals $800m for Braintree

PayPal, the dough-handling arm of online tat bazaar eBay, is buying rival payments portal Braintree for $800m in cash.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2013
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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

Vid Microsoft supremo Bill Gates has claimed that the ctrl-alt-del keystroke - once a way of admitting defeat in the face of crashing software - was a mistake all along.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Sep 2013

eBay unveils data center that runs on fuel cells

Online bid bazaar eBay has plugged a much-hyped fuel cell technology into its new data center, as the company tries to increase the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of its colossal bit barns.
Jack Clark, 26 Sep 2013

15% of Americans still holding off from this newfangled interweb thing

The latest data from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has found that there is still a sizable percentage of Americans who really don't get this internet thing, with 15 per cent never going online and another 9 per cent only doing so at work.
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2013

Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung has crippled its new Galaxy Note 3 by adding region-locking, making buyers of unlocked units attempting to use it in geographies outside of the area in which it was purchased subject to exorbitant roaming fees.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Sep 2013

Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

Forging new frontiers in fanboi fragility, some members of the iDevice community have taken to Apple's discussion forum to complain that iOS 7 makes them want to puke.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Sep 2013
BlackBerry bleeding

BlackBerry manufacturing partner Jabil looking to cut ties

When a relationship starts going badly, sometimes it's best to just move on. Case in point, Jabil Circuit, longtime manufacturing partner of battered Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, which looks to be ready to pull the plug.
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2013

Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!

As more people have come online, the way people search has changed - so Google has overhauled its algorithms to better deal with the vague, rambling questions we bombard it with.
Jack Clark, 26 Sep 2013
Taikonauts Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping (from left to right)

Chinese building orbital lab by 2023 to make 'space medicine'

China has told the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing that it plans to have a space station in orbit within the next decade, saying it will be used to study space medicine and study the effects on humans of spending long periods away from Earth's gravity.
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2013

US House Republicans: 'End net neutrality or no debt ceiling deal' – report

Republicans in the US House of Representatives are reportedly including blockage of net neutrality among their laundry list of demands tied to the passage of an increase the government's debt ceiling.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Sep 2013
Windows OEM devices on stage at Computex

Microsoft to merge Windows, Windows Phone stores in 2014

Microsoft is planning to combine the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store into a single app store for all of its platforms as early as the spring of 2014, sources claim.
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2013
Cloud security

Microsoft defends Azure with two-factor auth security

Updated Microsoft's multi-factor authentication service has gone into general availability, doubling prices and giving enterprises a service-level agreement.
Jack Clark, 26 Sep 2013