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Metasploit creator seeks crowd's help for vuln scanning

Security outfit Rapid7 has decided that there's just too much security vulnerability information out there for any one group to handle, so its solution is to try and crowd-source the effort.
VMware bomb

VMware vSAN test pilots: Don't panic but there's a chance of DATA LOSS

VMware's vSAN isn't just giving storage appliance vendors a lot to worry about: it's also giving users plenty to consider because it erases data under some circumstances.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Sep 2013

NSA in new SHOCK 'can see public data' SCANDAL!

In the latest round of increasingly-hyperbolic leaks about what spy agencies are doing with data, reports are emerging that the NSA has been graphing connections between American individuals. Moreover, it's using stuff that people publish on their social media timelines to help the case along.
CSIRO's Outback Rover

'Outback Rover' could help calibrate satellite sensors

Earth sensing satellites have driven revolutions in farming, mineral exploration and vegetation management, but just like a camera on the ground, they need calibration.
Silverlit Spy Cam sample shot

NSA: Yes, some of our spooks DID snoop on overseas lovers

NSA spooks used top secret surveillance techniques to snoop on their partners and check out prospective lovers, according to an official admission made to a US senator.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Sep 2013
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer installed on the S3 truss on ISS

SpaceX Falcon boosts to glory from Vandenberg space force base

Internet zillionaire Elon Musk has carried out a successful test of his Falcon rocket, launching from the US military space-plex at California's Vandenberg airforce base even as the delayed Cygnus capsule from rival private-space contender Orbital Sciences overcame a software glitch to successfully dock with the International Space Station (ISS).
Simon Sharwood, 30 Sep 2013
Windows 8 retail box

Windows 8 fans out-enthuse Apple fanbois

Fanbois and Fandroids often attract derision for their slavish devotion to their preferred kit, but may just have been put in the shade by dedicated followers of … Windows 8.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Sep 2013
Hong Kong taxi typhoon flood

Hong Kong's data centres stay high and dry amid Typhoon Usagi

Feature When Typhoon Usagi rattled into Hong Kong last week, complete with winds over gale force 8, the city state’s data-centre managers had nothing to fear. Typhoons are a regular part of Hong Kong life and local bit barns are designed appropriately, El Reg was told.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Sep 2013
Actifio logo

Actifio and the curious affair of the AIX copy reduction tech

Actifio seems to having a few problems getting its virtualised file copy reduction technology working with AIX, support for which came with its v6.0 software release.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2013
Engineers fitting antenna heads

Nokia demonstrates: White Space ploy can get more 4G handsets into same spectrum

Nokia has successfully demonstrated a 4G LTE network which can hop aside when someone else wants the frequency, opening up the possibilities for dynamically-shared radio spectrum.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2013
Cellular antenna. Source: Vxla/Flickr

Explosion predicted in Myanmar's mobe and slab markets - analysts

Market watchers are predicting an explosion in the handheld device market in Myanmar, driven by rapid infrastructure building, government reforms and the new mobile operator licensees Telenor and Ooredoo.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Sep 2013
Steve Jobs unleashes the iPhone at Macworld last year

DEAD STEVE JOBS kills Apple bounce patent from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Vid The late Apple baron Steve Jobs has critically wounded one of his company's key "bounce to update" related patents in Europe.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2013
A taller iPhone

WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

Sysadmin blog In the wake of Microsoft announcing that it's acquiring Nokia, and BlackBerry announcing that it's buying itself out of the public market with Fairfax’s help, I can’t help but come to a single conclusion: Microsoft has missed what could possibly have been the single greatest acquisition in its company’s history.
Aaron Milne, 30 Sep 2013
Picture by Afonso Lima

Sharp whispers its vital statistics: 15.6in 3840 × 2160 IGZO screen for next MacLap Pro?

Will the next MacBook Pro refresh sport a 4K display, one 4,000-ish pixels wide? If Apple wants to ensure that its flagship laptop does indeed feature such a massive resolution screen, Sharp has just the LCD it needs.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2013
The inside structure of the rear fuselage

Our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane: Intimate snaps

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is gearing up to get our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane airborne, and while we fiddle with servos and autopilots, we thought you might enjoy a few intimate snaps of the world's first 3D-printed, rocket-powered aircraft.
Lester Haines, 30 Sep 2013
An aeroplane, credit: WikiCommons

Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death - report

The Federal Aviation Administration's advisory committee reckons it's safe for air passengers to read ebooks and use tablets during takeoff and landing – as long as the built-in radios remain switched off.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2013

Hundreds of hackers sought for new £500m UK cyber-bomber strike force

The UK's Ministry of Defence wants to recruit an army of computer experts to serve as "cyber reservists" to defend national security.

Clear this week's diary - Twitter just might flash its secret $15bn IPO in public

Twitter hopes to reveal to the world its secret initial public offering (IPO) filing this week, according to sources whispering in the ear of news website Quartz.

OUCH: Google preps ad goo injection for Android mobile Gmail app

The world's biggest advertising company is preparing to push adverts into its Android mobile Gmail client, no doubt to the surprise and alarm of fandroids who thought their private data was recompense enough.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2013

Would you hire a hacker to run your security? 'Yes' say Brit IT bosses

More than two in three IT professionals would consider ex-hackers for security roles, providing they have the right skills to do the job, a survey has found.
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2013
The first ATLAS Inner Detector End-Cap

ATOM SMASHER ON A CHIP technology demonstrated

Stanford uni scientists have created a particle accelerator on a chip smaller than a grain of rice (albeit one that won't actually accelerate particles).
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2013
LG Wireless Charging Pad

Wireless-charging power struggle latest: Qualcomm invades rival to kill upstart

Despite founding a wireless charging standards body - the Alliance for Wireless Power - chip-designer Qualcomm has joined the board of competing body the Wireless Power Consortium in the hope of trouncing a third rival, the Power Matters Alliance.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2013

Watch BLUBBERING BILLION-DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft goodbye love-gush leaks

Video Footage of a teary and emotional Steve Ballmer professing his love for Microsoft at a farewell bash has hit the web.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2013

HP gazes at own navel in UK boss search: We name tipped contenders

Folk inside HP are placing bets on which exec will fill the boots soon to be vacated by UK boss Nick Wilson. Long-standing loyalists Andy Isherwood and Martin Hess are said to be the main contenders.
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2013
Candy Crush Saga

First Twitter, now Candy Crush King. So who ISN'T 'filing a secret IPO'?

King.com, the Brit mobile gaming firm behind the smash-hit amusement Candy Crush Saga, has reportedly filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in the US.

Microsoft to kill Select Agreement rebates, rain cash on cloud deals

From tomorrow, Microsoft will put a bullet in Select Agreement rebates handed to UK business partners as part of a wider shake-up of the overall fees structure.
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2013
Shows Henslow tree-planting in Cambridge.

'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study

There's interesting news on the climate beat this week, especially given the background of the just-released IPCC AR5 report - which blames humanity for warming the planet. A new, comprehensive study examining temperatures in the Eastern Mediterranean region over the last 900 years indicates that global warming and associated climate changes actually haven't happened there at all.
Lewis Page, 30 Sep 2013

ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

An astronaut and expert robotics engineer serving aboard the International Space Station has built a dinosaur from odds and ends salvaged from around the orbiting outpost.
Lewis Page, 30 Sep 2013
Orangutan at Chester Zoo

How to break out of the storage hardware zoo

With enterprise storage now costing significantly more to run than it does to buy according to many estimates, the need to cut those operational costs – or at least to slow their rise – is paramount.
Bryan Betts, 30 Sep 2013

Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

Google paid Britain £11.2m in corporation tax in 2012, the company confirmed today.
Team Register, 30 Sep 2013

APPLE is the new COCA-COLA: Bubble-beverage globocorp beaten by Foxconn rebrander

Apple and Google have overtaken Coca-Cola to be named the number one and two brands in the world, respectively, according to a bunch of consultants.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Sep 2013

BlackBerry ripped itself apart wooing CIOs AND iPhone fanbois - insiders

Rows over whether BlackBerry was at its best as a hardware or software company led to years of paralysis, and the departure of its twin CEOs, insiders now claim.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Sep 2013

Facebook sharpens ad-shifting tool: Soon users will eat creepily SPECIFIC ad-gloop

Facebook is refining its algorithm to better serve up tailored advertising to its userbase in yet another move to satisfy its actual customers: advertisers.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2013

Hyperscaling gives you power when you need it

Hyperscale computing, or simply hyperscaling, is a concept that has begun to be talked about relatively recently.
Dave Cartwright, 30 Sep 2013

Microsoft follows Amazon in gaining critical US gov certification

Microsoft has gained a US federal government certification that makes it easier for agencies to buy cloud services from Redmond.
Jack Clark, 30 Sep 2013
Don Basile CEO of Violin Memory

Sceptical markets snub Violin Memory: Can the flashy biz bounce back?

Comment Violin's IPO was a right debacle: investors judged the stock was worth a fifth less than the valuation of the bankers backing the public offering. What are they seeing that the bankers didn't?
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2013
Flying pig

Windows Phone market share hits double digits in UK and France

Microsoft has been gobbling up market share in Europe, with nearly one in eight phones in the UK now running Windows Phone and one in ten in France.
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2013

Apple, AT&T settle 'bait and switch' iPad 3G data plan lawsuit

Apple and AT&T have agreed to a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that may drop forty bucks into your pocket should you have purchased a 3G-enabled iPad before June 7, 2010.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Sep 2013

Sweet murmuring Siri opens stalker vulnerability hole in iOS 7

It has not been a good week for Apple on the security front, and there's no relief in sight after an Israeli researcher found a way to access a locked iPhone's contacts and messages database using Siri.
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2013

GreenBytes' chairman and CEO resigns

GreenBytes, the deduping VDI software supplier that runs on flash hardware, has abruptly lost its Chairman and CEO, Steve O'Donnell.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2013
Cray supercomputer

Distributed systems boffins flock to RICON West

Database denizens, infrastructure priests, and cloud herders are all preparing to descend on San Francisco for the RICON West distributed systems conference.
Jack Clark, 30 Sep 2013
NSA's Fort Meade headquarters

NSA's Project Marina stores EVERYONE'S metadata for A YEAR

New details from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have shown the existence of Project Marina, a metadata collection system that collects details on the activity of almost all internet users, regardless of whether they are legitimate subjects for enquiry or not.
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2013