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Microsoft: Ha ha, my Wall Street friends - THIS time the victory is OURS

Microsoft disclosed on Thursday its earnings for the first time since outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer announced the company's radical restructuring in July, and from all appearances, all is well in Redmond.
Neil McAllister, 25 Oct 2013

Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

Comment As The Reg reported on Thursday, Microsoft communications chieftain Frank Shaw went off on Apple in a near-thousand word blog post defending his company's beleaguered Surface and Surface 2.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2013
IBM 'through-silicon via' stacked chips

ARM cores leg it into body of Big Blue, rub shoulders with Power network chips

IBM has announced it is licensing a basket of processor designs from ARM for its network equipment division.
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2013

Pac-Man GHOST nebula is literally the coolest thing in the universe – boffins

Pic If you're searching for the ideal place to hold your Halloween party next Thursday, may we suggest the Pac-Man-ghost-shaped Boomerang Nebula in the constellation Centarus?
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2013
Tiit Paananen, boss of Skype Development labs, in front of Skype mural in the Estonia head office

Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

Third-party Skype developers are rallying against a Microsoft decision that threatens to break the voice-chat service for partners and millions of users.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2013
VoLTE compatible: LG Revolution

Broadcom sheds 1,150 workers in race to bundle 4G silicon out the door

Chip maker Broadcom will shed 1,150 jobs as it struggles to keep selling 3G tech while getting its 4G product line out of the door.
Bill Ray, 25 Oct 2013
Kim Jong-un

Norks seed online games with malware in fiendish DDoS plot

South Korea’s National Police Agency (NPA) is warning users not to download unofficial online games as they may contain malware designed by the North to compromise machines which can then be used to launch DDoS attacks on the country.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Oct 2013
Roughly 150kg of gold

Money really does GROW ON TREES say boffins

In an outlying suburb of the Australian capital, Canberra, lies an enormous warehouse filled with over 100,000 data tapes. The warehouse is owned by Geoscience Australia (GA), which keeps a copy of every mine survey every conducted in Australia.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2013
A Plainfin Midshipman

SEX CRAZED FISH keeping hapless Southamptonites awake

Experts have suggested that a night-time humming keeping residents along Hampshire's Southampton Water from their kip may be the result of randy fish.
Lester Haines, 25 Oct 2013

Facebook reveals 700TB of tiered RAM and flash power Graph Search

Facebook has revealed a little more detail about how it built Graph Search, the feature it took live a couple of weeks back to enable better searching of the billion posts it now collects each day.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2013
Samsung logo

Samsung patent points to hi-tech glasses project

Samsung is the latest technology giant to jump on the hi-tech spectacles bandwagon, with a patent was filed in Korea this month revealing designs for a pair of “sports glasses”.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Oct 2013

Biz bods, politicos, beware: 'BOTS are on the loose, and they're coming for YOU

Businesses and governments in the US, UK, Canada, and India are under assault from a malware-based cybercrime campaign using the Tor anonymizing relay network to hide its authors, say infosec researchers.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2013
A cup of tea

Quantum returns to loss-making after Microsoft royalty blip

Quantum has returned to its old form after last quarter’s one-off Microsoft royalty-driven profits lift, with shrinking revenues and a loss in its second fiscal 2014 quarter.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2013
iPad Air component thicknesses

'With free Mavericks, we are turning the industry ON ITS EAR'

QuotW This was the week when Cisco managed hit reply-all on an email yet again, scooping thousands of its employees up into an epic deluge of electronic messages asking not to get any more electronic messages.
Fusion-io ioDrive Duo

Apple and Facebook 'taper off' investment in Flash furtler Fusion-io

Two of Fusion-io's biggest customers, Apple and Facebook, "are apparently tapering off their investments in Fusion hardware". It is now reporting deepening losses in its first fiscal 2014 quarter, although the sales still look healthy.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2013
Bletchley Park

Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

Feature Following the torrent of revelations about US and British government surveillance unleashed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, we now know what many had previously guessed: with a few exceptions*, the spies have the electronic world pretty much wired.
SA Mathieson, 25 Oct 2013
Shows a rack of Azul appliances.

Cash-strapped students hungrily eye up old, unloved racks

SCC'13 How much supercomputing can you do with $2,500 worth of hardware? The four teams competing in the SC13 Student Cluster Commodity Track Competition will answer precisely this question - and more.
Mouse eats scorpion = still of video

Hard-as-woodpecker-lips MOUSE GOBBLES live scorpion, LAUGHS off stings to face

Video Top scientists have discovered grasshopper mice feel no pain when they are stung in the face by scorpions: they simply carry on gobbling up the fearsome poisonous arachnids.

San Fran tech hub wants hookers and hackers for Halloween

A San Francisco tech hub is standing firm after coming under fire for its plans to hold a "hackers and hookers" Halloween party. The group said it would hold the themed party as planned.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Oct 2013
Old Street Roundabout, credit Wikimedia

TECH WAR: Brummies say firms 'lose out' in London's Tech City

The business bods of Birmingham have commissioned a survey designed to tempt startups away from the British capital's Silicon Roundabout scene.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Oct 2013
Intel Smart City

Intel on Europe: The Internet of Things could SAVE US ALL

Feature How will Europe lift itself out of current and future economic woes - and help save the planet while it’s about it? According to chip giant Intel, with hi-tech carrots rather than government sticks.
Tony Smith, 25 Oct 2013

Mega-distie Ingram Micro takes knife to costs in 'very challenged' Europe

Flatlining sales growth in Europe has led the world's largest distributor, Ingram Micro, to restart a cost-slashing exercise in the region after describing the operation as "still very challenged".
Paul Kunert, 25 Oct 2013

Ofcom: By 2017, even BUMPKINS will have superfast broadband

Ofcom's annual report on the state of Blighty's infrastructure promises "near universal" superfast broadband by 2017 with only the most gentle of regulatory nudges.
Bill Ray, 25 Oct 2013

Coding: 'Suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

Readers' corner Teaching all children to code software is daft and pointless to The Telegraph blogger Willard Foxton. In an article attacking the UK government’s plans to update the ICT curriculum, the “investigative journalist and television producer", writes:
Drew Cullen, 25 Oct 2013

Vulture 2 paintjob: Four-year-old nipper triumphs

It has been emotional, but we reckon we've finally got a Vulture 2 livery which satisfies all the requirements for a spaceplane paintjob.
Lester Haines, 25 Oct 2013

Silicon Valley 'no-hire pact' lawsuit gets class action status for tech workers

The lawsuit against big tech firms like Google and Apple over their hiring practices has been given class action status, making it easier for the workers to lever greater wads of cash out of the companies if they win.
id Software Doom

How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Guns? Check. Ammo? Check. Bloody squibs. Er no. Chainsaw? Oh, yes indeedy.
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Oct 2013

NetSuite's Nelson mocks SAP for halting work on its, er, 'NetSuite-killer'

NetSuite has slapped down business software rival SAP for abandoning mid-market customers hungry for Software as a Service (SaaS).
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2013

Irish privacy boss hauled to court for NOT probing Facebook for spook links

An Austrian student is taking Ireland's data protection watchdog to court after the privacy regulator declined to investigate allegations that Facebook allowed US spooks to slurp its data.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2013

PHP.net resets passwords after malware-flinging HACK FLAP

The team behind popular web programing site PHP.net is in the process of restoring services and tightening security in the aftermath of a hack that exposed visitors to JavaScript-based exploits.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2013
Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung's at it AGAIN: SHATTERING profit records, that is

Samsung Electronics has pushed profits to yet another record, jumping 26 per cent in the third quarter, but had to rely on recovery in the chip market to do it.
Cartoon of Bill Ray, wearing hat

Reg mobile correspondent Bill Ray hangs up his Vulture hat

It's Friday afternoon and my last day as a reporter for The Register. After well over 4,000 articles, and seven years, I'm hanging up my hack's mac and filing away my Press card.
Bill Ray, 25 Oct 2013
Netgear ITV2000

Netgear router admin hole is WIDE OPEN, but DON'T you dare go in, warns infosec bod

Netgear has promised to release a patch next month to fix a recently discovered vulnerability that lets attackers take control of unguarded kit.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2013

How to find OS X Mavericks' 43 hidden photogenic beauties

Pics As it did in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple has hidden away a fine collection of forty-three 3200-by-2000-pixel photos in OS X 10.9 Mavericks that it intends you to use in the default screensaver. If you know where they are, however, you can also use them for rather lovely desktop backgrounds.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2013
Photo of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, disassembled

Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

Teardown Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops with Retina displays pack more punch than ever before – Cupertino described last year's 15-incher as the "best computer Apple has ever made," and this year's Haswellified model improves on it.
Neil McAllister, 25 Oct 2013

Does Apple make you puke? Take this iOS 7.0.3 update with your tablets

Apple has released an iOS 7 update that will be welcomed by iPhone and iPad owners who were sickened by the mobile operating system's user interface.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2013

Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

Pic Google may be constructing a floating data center on a large barge in the San Francisco bay.
Jack Clark, 25 Oct 2013

Play Elite, Pitfall right now: Web TIME PORTAL opens to vintage games, apps

The Internet Archive has unveiled a new Historical Software Collection that enables visitors to experiment with vintage software from the era of 8-bit computing right within their browser windows.
Neil McAllister, 25 Oct 2013
Aster missiles being fired in trials. Credit: MBDA

Rackspace goes to Israel, picks up slick new weapon for cloud wars

Analysis Cloud operator Rackspace has hopped over to Israel and returned with a secret weapon that could give it capabilities hard to find in Amazon and Microsoft clouds.
Jack Clark, 25 Oct 2013

Study: Arctic warming at 'stunning' rate – highest temps in 44,000 years

A recent study has shown that over the past 100 years the average summer temperatures in the Eastern Canadian Arctic have been toastier than at any time for at least the past 44,000 years, and perhaps for as long as 120,000 years.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2013

Ahoy, scalliwags! FBI claims another haul of Silk Road booty - $26m of it

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations says it has seized a cache of Bitcoins worth some $26m, a treasure trove it claims belonged to accused Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht, aka the "Dread Pirate Roberts."
Neil McAllister, 25 Oct 2013