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Apple ban win: Now you can't buy Samsung gear no one was buying

The Obama administration has decided not to use its veto powers to overturn a ban on the import of certain aging Samsung devices - a ban that had been won by Apple at the US International Trade Commission.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Oct 2013

Selling phones? Nonsense, BlackBerry is all about THE CLOUD

Ailing smartphone vendor BlackBerry says it will soon launch a new cloud-based service to enable easy, web-based management of mobile users and apps.
Neil McAllister, 09 Oct 2013
Mobile Broadband Comparison

Mobile downloads limp, fixed surges: ABS

Australians might be buying as many 4G devices as they can get their hands on, but the uptake isn't being reflected in their download habits.

Google holds its nose, lets the hoi polloi run PHP on its shiny cloud

Google has loaded PHP onto its platform cloud in a preview form, letting developers around the world try out the technology.
Jack Clark, 09 Oct 2013
Artist's impression of Juno at Jupiter. Pic: NASA

NASA Juno probe HOWLS past Earth - and goes into HIBERNATION

Updated NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft waved goodbye to Earth as it shot past at 140,000kph - and mysteriously switched into "safe mode", the space agency confirmed to The Register.
SOURCE: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/959469

Nothing to sniff at: Cisco finishes $2.8bn gobble of Snort'ing guy's Sourcefire

Intrusion prevention's a hot topic in the world of security, as reflected in the $2.8bn price tag Cisco has paid to complete the acquisition of network security specialists Sourcefire.
Iain Thomson, 09 Oct 2013

London plod plonks, er, pull request on EasyDNS

Hosting outfit EasyDNS has gone public with a takedown request issued not by a court, but from the City of London Police.
Stained glass angels

Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

From next year, British atheists and their offspring will be able to join the Scouting movement without having to lie or breach their Scout's honour, thanks to an amended promise.
Bill Ray, 09 Oct 2013

Japan needs 80,000 EXTRA info-security bods to stay safe

Japan has an 80,000 shortfall in infosec professionals, and needs to provide extra training for more than half of those currently in the industry, if it’s to protect key IT systems from attack, according to the government.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Oct 2013
Team BlueSky's flipped box

Canuck truck stuck in muck

World Solar Challenge The car-sized box containing tools and equipment for Canadian team Blue Sky Solar Racing's entrant in the World Solar Challenge today fell off its trailer and flipped over in the middle of the remote Australian desert.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2013

Thai kids find free tablets hard to swallow as govt scheme hits trouble

Thailand’s ambitious One Tablet Per Child project appears to have gone slightly off the rails after reports emerged that 30 per cent of devices have broken down barely a year after the initiative was begun.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Oct 2013
Samsung's mass-produced 3D vertical NAND ((V-NAND) chip

NAND flash chips to beat shrink wrap cash trap with 3D stack

Stacked 3D NAND chips will make up the majority of the flash chip market by 2017, eclipsing today's dominant chip-shrinking tech as flash makers cram ever-greater capacities into a smaller footprint, according to beancounters IHS.
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013

Digia gives Android and iOS devs a chance to get Qt

App and UI framework Qt is finally coming to Android and iOS in the form of Qt Mobile Edition, allowing cross-platform apps to take their GUI from desk to pocket for only $150 a month.
Bill Ray, 09 Oct 2013
Science Museum '3D: printing the future'

Printing the Future: See a few of UK’s 6.2 million 3D-printed ‘things’

Monitor is an occasional column written at the crossroads where the arts, popular culture and technology intersect.
Tony Smith, 09 Oct 2013

HP offers enterprise fatness to small biz bods in bulked-up sales push

HP's latest MSA 2040 array is one of those cases where midrange enterprise array features have trickled down to an SMB-class product, the MSA being HP's entry-level drive array range.
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013

Speaking in Tech: Stop ogling my Google Glass, my eyes are up here

Podcast Podcast It's another episode of El Reg's weekly enterprise tech podcast, hosted by Ed Saipetch, Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela. Ed and Greg are in the driving seat as Sarah's off celebrating a birthday. Fortunately, Cisco's Amy Lewis joins as our special guest this week...
Team Register, 09 Oct 2013
Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite: 13.3-inch slimline notebook with a secret

Review It seems an odd paradox that the more a company tries to hide something, the more publicity it attracts. Apple certainly uses this notion to good effect, knowing that it can't keep those secrets indefinitely, but also knowing that when it eventually lifts its kimono, what's new in the garden customarily causes a commotion among the brand faithful.
Bob Dormon, 09 Oct 2013

Samsung touching up ROUNDED, CURVY plastic enhanced MODEL

Samsung has launched what it describes as the "world's first curved display smartphone", the Galaxy Round.
Bill Ray, 09 Oct 2013

Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

Live Chat In six months' time, it'll be open season for hackers, malware and virus-writers targeting people running Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Oct 2013
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB Sata 3 SSD

OCZ balances books, files results following 4-year omnishambles

SSD supplier OCZ Technology Group has finally filed its fiscal 2013 year results after having to correct the four previous years' results, showing how inadequate financial controls nearly caused the company to collapse.
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013
A Dyson vacuum cleaner

Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

Brit inventor James Dyson is challenging the EU's labelling policy for hoovers in court, claiming that it doesn't do his vacuum cleaners justice.

Happy 10th b-day, Patch Tuesday: TWO critical IE 0-day bugs, did you say?

Microsoft delivered no fewer than eight bulletins to mark the tenth anniversary of Patch Tuesday, including a fix covering two zero-day vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2013

Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford

Apple needs to start making bargain basement mobes because soon there won't be enough rich new iPhone customers left in the world to prop up its sales growth, a leading analyst has suggested.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Oct 2013

Tintri unveils VM-aware mutant hybrids and all-in-one array joystick

Virtual machine-focused startup Tintri has announced a new line of hybrid disk and flash arrays, plus scale-out supporting software to have a group of Tintri arrays managed as one.
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013
management cio2

Brit IT veteran Kelly takes job at investment advisory firm

A British tech biz veteran and former bigwig at integrator Logicalis UK, Tom Kelly, has landed at mid-market M&A and debt advisory firm Livingstone.
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2013

Panasonic throws in towel on plasma tellies, preps for BILLION-dollar kick in pants

Panasonic is reportedly planning to pull out of the plasma TV business by the end of the financial year.

Microsoft covers Brit who penetrated Windows 8.1 with GOLD

A UK security researcher has secured the first Microsoft $100,000 bounty after uncovering ways to get around security defences built into Windows 8.1 Preview, the latest version of Redmond's operating system.
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2013

It's that time again: Sources whisper about NetApp Quantum slurp

Comment A number of sources whisper to The Register that tape-maker and dedupe specialist Quantum is in negotiations over a sale – and they also say a well-known Sunnyvale storage supplier is fingering its wallet.
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013

EU digital tsar 'Steelie' Neelie Kroes: Telcos must adapt to losing roaming cash

+Comment Europe's digital tsar Neelie Kroes has been defending her call for greater integration of telcos across Europe, and appears to be arguing that what she described as "artificial" lowered roaming revenues should not hinder the telcos' greater investment in European infrastructure.
Bill Ray, 09 Oct 2013

Meg Whitman asks HPers to drag their asses into the office

Under-fire HP bosses have told staff who work from home that they're needed in the office, following the hardware giant's booting from the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Oct 2013
Donald Pleasence as Blofeld, with his white cat

MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

MI5's newly appointed boss has suggested that his predecessor might have spoken too much about cyber-attacks rather than conventional terrorism in a speech attempting to justify controversial surveillance programs by GCHQ and the NSA.
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2013

Nokia tears devs' hearts out, shutters Symbian and Meego stores early

Nokia can't get off its burning platforms fast enough. The company has told developers it will block its Symbian and Meego app stores from accepting new software or updates from 1 January next year.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Oct 2013
BBC Testcard

BBC announces plans to spend your cash on digital goodies

BBC Director General Tony Hall has announced a bunch of new features for its digital products that show the corporation at its most imaginative – and its most cynical.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Oct 2013

Azerbaijani election app announced winner before polls even opened

The official mobile app for tracking the Azerbaijan election got a little premature in announcing a victory for the incumbent – by doing so a good 12 hours before voting had even opened.
Bill Ray, 09 Oct 2013
A boffin

'Computer GEEKS' snatch NOBEL Prize for chemistry - without using chemicals

Three chemists have been awarded the Nobel Prize in their field, not for arcane experiments with bubbling beakers but for writing software to make computers do all the hard work.
Iain Thomson, 09 Oct 2013

IBM checks itself into therapy after touting Frankencloud to the CIA

IBM is going through gene therapy, and by that we don't mean an expensive course of Freudian analysis for its Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, but rather a wholesale change in how the company approaches cloud computing.
Jack Clark, 09 Oct 2013
crash test dummies

Wanna run someone over in your next Ford? No dice, it won't let you

Ford has been flaunting the latest gizmos it plans to add to its cars, including a self-parking mode designed to squeeze motors into smaller parking spaces.
Iain Thomson, 09 Oct 2013
HP cloud

Hey, put away that scythe, Death: Pulse found in HP's 2014 financials

HP has projected healthier financial results for 2014 than beancounters had forecast - causing its share price to rocket up in value.
Jack Clark, 09 Oct 2013
Surface Pro 2 with docking station

Microsoft store staff to hold all night vigil for Surface 2

Microsoft is planning a midnight launch for its next-generation Surface fondleslabs, to be capped by a performance by rapper Pitbull.
Neil McAllister, 09 Oct 2013
Coober Pedy warning sign

Rumoured rain can't dampen sun-racers' spirits

World Solar Challenge Day five of racing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge will bring different challenges to participants.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2013