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Havana see your bare metal: New OpenStack v8 clinches containerization

Open-source cloud controller OpenStack has gone into its eighth major release bringing with it technologies that should let admins chuck out hypervisors and spin up bare-metal clouds.
Jack Clark, 18 Oct 2013

Gasp! Facebook's hardware king joins board of ARM server biz Calxeda

Facebook's head of hardware design and supply chain operations has joined the board of directors of Calxeda, a company that specializes in building servers out of ARM processors.
Jack Clark, 18 Oct 2013

So you want to develop for Windows 8.1? Visual Studio 2013 is HERE

Hot on the heels of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has released the latest versions of its flagship Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server developer tools, albeit only to MSDN subscribers for the time being.
Neil McAllister, 18 Oct 2013
Artist's conception of a watery asteroid being torn apart white dwarf GD 61

MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

A freshly discovered asteroid, with the classy name 2013 TV135, has a slight chance of smashing into Earth on August 26, 2032 and ruining everyone's day in a very big way.
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2013
BlackBerry bleeding

Lenovo sniffing BlackBerry's laundry, may purchase: report

Lenovo and BlackBerry have reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that lets the Chinese concern send in the accountants in order to gain an understanding of whether the beleaguered phone-maker is worthy of an acquisition.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013
NBN Co logo

Labor names Jason Clare shadow comms spokesbloke

Debate over Australia's National Broadband Network has a new combatant: Jason Clare, member for the western Sydney seat of Blaxland.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013

Torrent site isoHunt to close

BitTorrent index isoHunt.com will close next week after it agreed to a settlement the terms of which say it must “permanently cease and desist from directly or indirectly operating or supporting any part of the 'ISOhunt' system”.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013

AMD avoids a red-ink-stained quarter for once, market says 'meh'

Perennial chip challenger Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has posted a profit for the third quarter of 2013, a turnaround that has failed to excite investors.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013

Can't hear the sirens? Knobble evildoers with your massive integer

A scheme to help deaf and hard-of-hearing people call the cops has been named as one of three finalists in a government-sponsored big data competition.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Oct 2013
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

Twitter will leap into instant-messaging world with new app: report

Twitter is about to add to the world's store of instant messaging apps.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013
Man wrinkles his eyes in an expression of pain, annoyance or dsicomfort

Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

Microsoft may not yet be keen for its Office suite to run on rivals' mobile devices, but it has made good on its promise to make Windows accessible on Android and iOS devices.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013
NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden

Snowden: 'I have data on EVERY NSA operation against China'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has claimed he taught a course in “cyber-counterintelligence” against China and has access to data on every active operation mounted against the People’s Republic by the US spy agency.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Oct 2013
A photo taken with the iPhone 5s

iPhone 5S autopsy shows WHY it can't tell which end is up – dev

Balance problems plaguing the iPhone 5S popped up with the first reviews. But a teardown by Chipworks and the musings of an iOS dev have isolated a likely reason why the steering on that motor racing app is about 5 degrees off.
Bill Ray, 18 Oct 2013
HP ZED London's Hero child stage animator from Mummu

Sketchy Soho denizens get mitts on London superheroes

Pics Vendors are always keen to find appealing ways to attract attention to their products, hosting events that more often than not turn out to be cringingly cheesy. Yet as part of HP’s workstation campaign, drawing upon the talent of Soho’s finest animators to collaborate on a short film project, seems to have hit the right note.
Bob Dormon, 18 Oct 2013

Simplivity shows off VDI configs with Nvidia... Doh! VMware, what are you doing here?

Server virtualisation firm Simplivity has decided that virtual desktop infrastructure is a special use case and has partenered with Nvidia on "plans to provide solutions and reference architectures for new optimised, graphics- and compute-intensive VDI application workloads and cloud infrastructures."
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2013
Our flyboy during the Battle of Britain

'Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination'

Quotw This was the week when Brit sci-fi author Charles Stross published an almighty rant about the omnipotence of Microsoft Word and how the program should just up and die. And being a writer, he's capable of a few good putdowns:
Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster

Review Say hello to Jodie Holmes, a woman whose eventful life from infancy to adulthood forms the entirety of Beyond: Two Souls.
Mike Plant, 18 Oct 2013

Extreme ultraviolet litho: Extremely late and can't even save Moore's Law

SMC To save Moore's Law, not only will the semiconductor industry need to move to not-yet-ready-for-prime-time extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), it will also have to make a costly switch from the current 300mm wafer manufacturing standard to 450mm.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2013
Neanderthal display in museum

Last living NEANDERTHALS discovered in JERSEY – boffins

Archaeologists have rediscovered the lost home of the last Neanderthals on the south coast of Jersey, which shows evidence of the last cavemen to live in Northwest Europe.
Bacteria on a mobile phone

Got a mobile phone? Then you've got a Trojan problem too

Something wonderful has happened: phones have got smart, but the bad news is they may open the door to those you don’t want to let in.
Simon Rockman, 18 Oct 2013
Gordan Ugarkovic's view of Saturn

Amateur image-wrangler reveals stitched snap of Saturn's splendour

An amateur image processor has stitched together raw images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to produce a stunning image of Saturn, seen from above on 10 October.
Lester Haines, 18 Oct 2013

Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Mrs Dabbsy is threatening to decamp to the spare room.
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Oct 2013
Apple micro USB adaptor for iPhone

ITU to Europe: One charger for all mobes good. One to rule them ALL? Better

The EU is about to make micro USB charging mandatory on mobile phones, but the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is pushing to extend that regulation to everything handheld, making all electronic gadgets chargeable from the same cable.
Bill Ray, 18 Oct 2013

Not so Saucy after all: Ubuntu reveals Mirless Salamander... and what, no Britney?

Review The Ubuntu that Canonical has delivered this autumn is notable for what's missing.
Boston Dynamics Atlas

Terminator-style robot busts leg in martial arts demo mishap

Hong Kong University robotics researchers ended up with egg on their faces today when their new $2m walking robot tripped over and broke its leg while trying to strut its funky stuff at its first public performance.
Tony Smith, 18 Oct 2013

What the CUFF? Nokia shows how a smartwatch really OUGHT to work

Video Boffins working for Nokia have knocked together a prototype smartwatch with six screens, and patented the ways in which one might use it should such a thing ever become technically practical.
Bill Ray, 18 Oct 2013

Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

Pics Those cat-lovers among you who fear your beloved feline might feel left out at birthday and Xmas celebrations are directed to this tempting tipple - a brew of Cabernet grape juice, catnip and vitamin C dubbed "Nyan Nyan Nouveau".
Lester Haines, 18 Oct 2013

Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

Vid A fiendishly nasty strain of Windows malware that uses advanced encryption to lock up user files before demanding a ransom is doing the rounds.
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2013
SanDisk Cruzer Pro and Enterprise

SanDisk's so busy adding up its dosh, enterprise PCIe cards slip into 2014

Flash memory biz SanDisk is on a roll with third quarter revenues and income up on both annual and sequential compares.
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2013
3GSM Qualcomm VGA

Jury smacks Qualcomm for UNLAWFUL TECH in iPhone, Galaxy chips

Wireless comms firm ParkerVision has seen its shares soar today after a jury ruled that chipmaker Qualcomm had infringed its patents in a million-dollar trial over mobile phone chips used in iPhones and Galaxy devices.
James Bond submarine Lotus Esprit car

Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

The anonymous buyer of the Lotus Esprit submarine car from the James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me has turned out to be none other than billionaire inventor Elon Musk.
Windows 8 multi monitor

Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

Review Windows 8.1 adds a layer of polish to the previous release, Windows 8, and fixes various annoyances. But has Microsoft done enough to rescue its OS against a background of plummeting PC sales and unimpressed customers who want Windows 7 back?
Tim Anderson, 18 Oct 2013
European Union Flag

Google's latest Brussels self-abuse proposal needs 'concrete tech'

Agitators in the European Parliament are pressuring Brussels' competition chief to properly market test Google's new round of proposals to the Commission on its alleged abuse of dominance in the search business.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Oct 2013
Micron PCI-E Flash

Hey, how'd that guy get to be a BAZILLIONAIRE?

Sysadmin blog Ready to hear about the next IT startup niche? It's an emerging market called "host-based caching", and you might wish to pay attention if you'd like to understand how a few people got stupidly rich a few years from now.
Trevor Pott, 18 Oct 2013
Google Nexus 4

Google's leaky ship spills new Nexus 5 photos, $349 price tags all over web

Google's next smartphone, the Nexus 5, will apparently be priced $349 just like its predecessor – but it will come with a bigger screen and more pixels to show off the much-heralded KitKat version of Android.
Bill Ray, 18 Oct 2013

MacBook Air fanbois! Your flash drive may be a data-nuking TIME BOMB

If you bought a MacBook Air between June 2012 and June 2013, its flash storage drive may be preparing to crap out – and Apple wants to replace it before it goes south on you.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2013
IT Crowd. Source: Channel 4 / 2entertain

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2: Quick start guide for sysadmins

Sysadmin blog Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are now officially available. New shiny toys for the kids, but how does a sysadmin license these new products?
Adam Fowler, 18 Oct 2013

America: Land of the free, still home of the BIGGEST spammers on the planet

The US prides itself on being the best at a lot of good things. And, judging by the latest data from security vendor Sophos, America is still the best at spaffing spam in the world.
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2013

FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

Windows versions are a bit like Star Trek movies – every other one tends to be a bit duff. It happened with ME, then XP impressed everyone, then it happened with Vista, then Windows 7 came along – and now we're at Windows 8.1.
Jack Clark, 18 Oct 2013
Kaminario K2 v4 SPC-1

DRAM whammed, thank you ma'am: Kaminario K2 flash bests sib at SPC-1

Kaminario has submitted an SPC-1 benchmark run on its K2 flash array, and it's reached the top.
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2013

Microsoft sharpens blade, slashes high-mem cloud prices in Amazon duel

Microsoft has opened up yet another front in its ongoing cloud price war with Amazon by cutting prices of its high-memory servers by as much as 22 percent.
Jack Clark, 18 Oct 2013
Dark Blue Window - detail of Windows Server logo

No plans for Friday night? There's a pile o' Windows Server ISOs feeling lonely

Now that Windows 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft's client OS, is safely out the door, Redmond has turned its attention to its server family: Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and the new Windows Intune all reached general availability on Friday.
Neil McAllister, 18 Oct 2013

Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

Vid Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer made a rare press-conference appearance after the Cupertino city council approved Apple Campus 2, extolling the green credentials of his company's 2.8m sq foot, $5bn "spaceship."
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2013

Forget Wi-Fi, boffins get 150Mbps Li-Fi connection from a lightbulb

Scientists in China are reporting great success in replacing traditional Wi-Fi radio traffic with Li-Fi, a system that uses the light signals from an LED lightbulb to provide a line-of-sight data stream.
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2013