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TransLattice gobbles StormDB upstart for Postgres threesome

PostgreSQL specialist TransLattice has devoured database-as-a-service (DaaS) startup StormDB for an undisclosed sum.
Jack Clark, 10 Oct 2013
World Solar Challenge Route

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Oct 2013

vBulletin vuln opens backdoor to rogue accounts

The widespread vBulletin CMS has a vulnerability that allows remote attackers to create new administrative accounts.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Oct 2013

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?
Team Register, 10 Oct 2013
Close-up of the new SunCat module

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2013
Declining graph

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.
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2013
ZTE Open, the Firefox OS smartphone

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.
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2013
Credit: Haven Giguere/Yale University

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.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Team Register, 10 Oct 2013
Homeless Klingon

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.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Oct 2013
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet

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.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Scott Gilbertson, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Oct 2013
Early RCA colour video recorder advertisement

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.
Bob Dormon, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Jack Clark, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2013

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.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2013
Microsoft Surface tablets

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.
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2013

Wanted: New software dev platform. Where do I turn to?

Readers' cornerOver to Reg Forums where commentard MJI writes:
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2013
Mobile phone sellers Shenzhen

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.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Oct 2013
Google Chocolate Factory

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.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2013
Elite: Dangerous

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.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2013
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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.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2013
WD My Cloud

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.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2013
burning money

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.
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2013

NASty boy of storage WD now flogging servers too

Question: is WD in the storage business or the server business? Answer: Er, yes.
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Oct 2013
EE 4G banner

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.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2013
Sentinel DS6100 Index

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.
Trevor Pott, 10 Oct 2013
Two teenage girls - one whispering in other's ear

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.
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Oct 2013
t-mobile ameo umpc-like pda-phone

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.
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2013
Solar Team Eindhoven's Stella

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.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2013
Ubuntu RHS teaser

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.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2013
Close up of elephant's face. Photo by Shutterstock

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.
Lewis Page, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Jack Clark, 10 Oct 2013

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.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Oct 2013
Michigan celebrate in Adelaide. Pic: World Solar Challenge

Excessive wind bothers solar racers' rear ends

World Solar ChallengeTeam Nuon crossed the finish line to claim the 2013 World Solar Challenge - but plenty of other teams are still out there.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2013

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