TransLattice gobbles StormDB upstart for Postgres threesome
PostgreSQL specialist TransLattice has devoured database-as-a-service (DaaS) startup StormDB for an undisclosed sum.
Nuon on the brink of another World Solar Challenge win
World Solar ChallengeThe “Dutch oven”, Nuon Solar Team, is tantalisingly close to claiming Challenger-class line honours from its shadow since Darwin, Team Tokai from Japan.
vBulletin vuln opens backdoor to rogue accounts
The widespread vBulletin CMS has a vulnerability that allows remote attackers to create new administrative accounts.
Too busy tweeting to turn over TV channels? AT LAST a solution
Are you a "second screen" telly aficionado? Do you lie on the sofa mainly occupied in watching out for hilarious apophthegms on Twitter, subliminally irritated by the drivel on the big screen and wishing there was something decent on - but too distracted even to channel surf, let alone use the EPG or similar?
SOLAR SECRETS of WSC winner team Nuon
World Solar ChallengeAlthough the World Solar Challenge is intended to be a challenge rather than a simple “race”, the quest to be first is one of the things that drives innovation.
Google to award bounties for fixing non-Google open source code
Google is expanding its bug bounty program to include awards for patches that make material security improvements to open source software - even when the software isn't directly maintained by Google itself.
PC sales continue meteoric death plunge through 3rd quarter, drop another 8.6 per cent
The latest figures from Gartner on PC sales will make dispiriting reading for manufacturers; sales for the third quarter are down 8.6 per cent overall, with European sales down nearly 14 per cent.
Firefox OS update adds performance, polish to Mozilla's webby mobes
The Mozilla Foundation has released Firefox OS 1.1, the first significant update to the web-based smartphone platform it launched in July.
That 'DIAMOND SUPER EARTH' may actually be WORTHLESS ball of gas
A "diamond super Earth" discovered a year ago may not be anywhere near as valuable as previously suggested.
Twitter-mad twits trade 14 million shares in BANKRUPT zombie biz
US regulators have had to change the stock symbol of bankrupt electronics firm Tweeter after some overexcited investors mistook the shares for soon-to-IPO microblogging website Twitter's stocks, sending them surging by 750 per cent.
Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void
It's just a drifter in a big, cold universe, but it's causing excitement among the astronomers that spotted it: 80 light years away, there's a young planet six times the size of Jupiter, that isn't orbiting any star.
Shadowy drug fans threaten FBI agents, vow to 'avenge' Silk Road shutdown
Dark web hoodlums linked to the underground drugs bazaar Silk Road are preparing to launch revenge attacks on the FBI agents involved in the shutdown of the site.
Amazon lures in Kindle Fire devs: Promises fame across devices
Amazon is promising to promote developers' apps written especially for its Kindle and Fire OS.
The legacy IE survivor's guide: Firefox, Chrome... more IE?
Windows XP and IE6 users will be thrown to the wolves on 9 April, 2014. That's when Microsoft finally – after more than a decade – stops releasing security updates for operating system and browser.
Blighty's National Crime Agency nabs first crook ...for £750k cyberscam
The new National Crime Agency has caged its first criminal - a crook who netted hundreds of thousands of pounds using a phishing scam.
Video thrilled the radio star: Tracking the history of magnetic tape
FeatureEl Reg's magnetic tape odyssey has covered tape's early beginnings in sound recording in part one and its revolution in computing in part two. In this final part, we look at how film and TV became some of magnetic tape's best customers.
Payday loans firm rapped for failing to register with Info Commissioner
A payday loans company and its director have fallen foul of the law by failing to register with data-protection officials at the Information Commissioner’s Office.
NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source
The UK government's quest to get public services to use more open source technologies seems to be taking hold, judging by the revamp of the NHS's very large Spine service.
HP: Classic storage? Nah. They'll eat glommed store+serve gloop in '14
At its San Francisco analyst day event, HP CEO Meg Whitman laid out the main points of the tech giant's storage strategy – and it looks like "traditional" storage is no longer a priority.
Moscow cops cuff suspect in Blackhole crimeware bust
The infamous Blackhole Exploit Kit has gone dark following the reported arrest in Russia of a suspect whom police believe is linked to the malware.
Brace yourselves, telcos: Ofcom triples cost of 2G spectrum holdings
Ofcom has set out charges for mobile operators who want to keep the 2G spectrum they were allocated in the '80s, and it's about triple what they're paying now.
Microsoft sold out of Surface tablets in the UK... YEP, all 2,000 units
Microsoft may have sold out of Surface devices, but if the experiences of the UK channel are a measure for the rest of Europe, that's not saying a lot.
Wanted: New software dev platform. Where do I turn to?
Readers' cornerOver to Reg Forums where commentard MJI writes:
Apple seeks engineer who knows way around China Mobile network
Apple is reportedly looking to hire an engineer with in-depth knowledge of China Mobile's network – a move which suggests the two firms are getting close to inking a historic deal.
El Reg introduces inline comment voting
Readers' cornerFrom today, Reg readers can up- or down vote posts by their fellow commentards - and stay on the same page. But do note: you must log-in first for this to work.
WikiLeaker-in-chief Assange refuses to meet Benedict Cumberbatch
Julian AssangeTM refused to meet actor Benedict Cumberbatch when the Sherlock actor was preparing to play the WikiLeaker in upcoming movie The Fifth Estate because he didn't want to be associated with a "debauched" performance in a "wretched" film.
Google's Wi-Fi not good enough for its home town
Google's offer of free Wi-Fi to its home city of Mountain View isn't good enough for residents who have been struggling to make use of the overloaded service – but now they're finally getting an alternative.
21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig
Elite fans eagerly awaiting the completion of the classic space trading game’s 21st Century refit, Elite: Dangerous will be pleased to learn that it’ll support the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset when it is completed next year.
Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee: DRMed HTML least of all evils
Tim Berners-Lee has warned against the risk of not standardising digital rights management (DRM) in the HTML specification, saying an approach that “does the least harm” might be the best approach.
Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box
ReviewWestern Digital’s My Book Live line has been around for three years now, but beyond the addition of a 3TB model to 2010’s 1TB and 2TB versions, WD hasn’t done a lot with it in the intervening period.
Azzurri backers write off MILLIONS in debts - AGAIN
Investment banks backing voice and data comms biz Azzurri have agreed to write off three quarters - £78m - of debts owed to them by the integrator in a bid to clean up its balance sheet and gear up for expansion.
NASty boy of storage WD now flogging servers too
Question: is WD in the storage business or the server business? Answer: Er, yes.
Amazon wrapping FireTube tellybox for Christmas – reports
Amazon is reportedly preparing its set-top telly box to go on sale in time for the Christmas shopping season.
BT Mobile inks network deal with EE, dumps Vodafone
BT Mobile will be switching from Vodafone's network to EE's, pushing aggressively back into the mobile space it departed when it sold off Cellnet in 2002.
WD Sentinel DS 6100: What does a disk-peddler know about servers?
Exclusive reviewWestern Digital (WD) has revamped its SMB NAS lineup with a Server 2012 Essentials system that I find hard to hate.
Rest of world can now get hold of IBM's secret China-only storage tech
IBM's latest storage release has so many bullet point items it's like a machine-gun burst.
Citrix share price tumbles on profit warning
Citrix issued a profit warning last night when rolling out preliminary financial data for calendar Q2, sending its share price crashing by 12 per cent.
HDS gives EMC and NetApp a good benchmark kicking
HDS folks are full of glee after beating EMC and NetApp in the SPEC filer benchmark.
Aereo finds new way to ENRAGE TV barons: An app for Android things
TV-streaming subscription service Aereo is about to launch a public beta of an Android app that will allow fandroids to watch its controversial service - one that's roundly hated by television broadcast giants.
T-Mobile FREES AMERICANS to roam world sans terrifying charges
T-Mobile is touting a new deal that eliminates international roaming charges in more than 100 countries.
Australian solar challengers lead two race classes
World Solar ChallengeFour of Australia's five entries in the 2013 World Solar Challenge remain in contention after day five of racing, with two in contention for higher honours.
Ubuntu JuJu voodoo casts Linux on Microsoft's Azure hoodoo
JuJu in Ubuntu 13.10, due for release next week, features tools to create and run Um Bongo Linux instances in Microsoft's Azure cloud.
Who here needs to explain things to ELEPHANTS?
Next time you're trying to convey an idea to an elephant, it may well help to simply point to things, according to a new study. This won't always work with other species - including our close relatives the great apes - but the brainy pachyderm will, erm, get the point straight away.
Now Amazon dangles fat freebies to lure hungry upstarts into its server lair
Amazon has figured out another way to avoid making any profits: this time by giving away loads of its Amazon Web Services resources to startups, opening up another cash-hemorrhaging front in its ongoing cloud war with Microsoft.
Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like
Peak AppleDepending on which analyst group you prefer to believe, Apple's Mac sales in the US during the normally robust "back to school" quarter were either bad or very, very bad.