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AMD will fling radical 'Kaveri' chips onto streets in January
APU13The desktop version of AMD's next-generation accelerated processing unit, an APU code named "Kaveri", will hit the streets on January 14, the company announced at its developers conference, APU13, in San José, California, on Monday evening.
Amazon unleashes Australian Kindle Store
Amazon has launched a semi-localised version of its Kindle store for Australian customers, complete with links back to America and some prices quoted in US dollars.
Bloke accused of using cop's innocent Facebook snaps in child sex chat
A Connecticut man has been taken to court, accused of stealing a cop's innocent Facebook photos for raunchy online chats with underage girls.
Sysadmins forced to CLEAN UP after bosses WATCH SMUT at work
Oops: according to a malware study from ThreatTrack Security, “visiting a pornographic Website” is one of the top four reasons that companies' “senior leadership team” members cop malware infections.
Makerbot vows to plonk a 3D printer in every one of Uncle Sam's schools
Makerbot, one of the most visible companies behind 3D printing, has kicked off a new program that aims to get one of its mini-manufacturies in every school in America.
Samsung debuts its spanking new Tizen OS-for-mobes .... in a camera
While lawyers pettifog their patent arguments in the Apple-Samsung World Series, the South Korean has been quietly recruiting partners and developers to Tizen, and has launched its first Tizen-based product – a camera, not a phone.
Is Australia backing away from 'fair use' proposals?
As the Australian Law Reform Commission puts the final polish on its year-long inquiry into Australia's copyright law, the country's Attorney-General has upended the ice bucket over the idea of any radical reform.
Another day, another Bitcoin burglary as Bitcash.cz goes titsup
Bitcoin's again in the spotlight after another repository for the crypto-currency was burgled, then shuttered.
Oracle unzips plan to wave cloud erections at Canadians, Germans
Oracle has announced plans to open a handful of new data centers to spur its cloud service in North America and Europe.
VMware releases hypervisor INCEPTION tool
VMWare has released something to get your head spinning: a tool to better manage nested hypervisors.
Pacnet to splash $200m on new data centres
Pacnet has decided to splash $200 million (£126m) by 2014 to build out its data centre portfolio in the region.
Norks EXECUTE 80 for watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
North Korea has allegedly executed 80 people for watching banned South Korean soap operas, the South China Morning Post reports.
Google goes looking for more GLASSHOLES
Google's “Glass” tech specs may have been written off by Steve Wozniak as a promising-but-impractical technology, but that hasn't stopped The Chocolate Factory from lengthening the queue to obtain them.
Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE
The Indian banking industry could be facing a partial meltdown after Microsoft revealed new research claiming over 34,000 publicly-funded bank branches are still reliant on Windows XP.
Europe, SAVE US! Patriot Act author begs for help to curb NSA spying
US House Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, the lead author of controversial anti-terror law the Patriot Act, has asked the European Parliament for help in taming the NSA.
Buggy software in need of patching? Hey, we got that right here – Adobe
Adobe has released a batch of scheduled security fixes to address critical flaws in its Flash Player and ColdFusion products.
MIT boffins show off spooky human action at a distance
Cunning boffins from the Tangible Media Group at MIT's Media Lab have shown off a new gadget called a 'Dynamic Shape Display' that turns actions performed in one room into results in another.
Death of the desktop: Virtual systems could kill off the biz PC
Blocks and FilesThe business PC desktop is facing death by a thousand VDI cuts augmented by a BYOD bashing.
What's wrong with network monitoring tools? Where do I start...
OpinionFor as long as I can remember I've worked in an environment where there's a screen on the wall showing the status of the company's systems. Or actually, in one case, showing the status of the company's systems unless there was a test match on.
iTunes-for-corporates private app stores put firms at risk – survey
Businesses risk flunking software licence audits and overpaying for their apps by rolling out their own take on Apple’s iTunes app stores for business.
SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of the star probe Cassini
OK, we don't have starships yet. But on some days a space enthusiast can smile anyway - on a day like today, when NASA releases new and tremendously cool photos, in this case from the probe craft Cassini - now nine years into its twenty-year mission to survey the strange new worlds of the far-flung Saturnian system.
BT jabbed by ad watchdog AGAIN over fibre deployment fibs
BT has been caught fibbing to Manchester residents, after the telecoms giant wrongly claimed that its fibre optic Infinity product was already available throughout the city.
The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z
ArchaeologicIf you’re a British techie of a certain age, there’s only one microcomputer that defines your first memories of computing at school. No, not Acorn’s BBC Micro – the Research Machines 380Z.
ACID-friendly FoundationDB joins NoSQL millionaires club
FoundationDB, the database startup cooking an ACID*-compliant NoSQL, has caught the eye of investors.
Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging
ReviewThe Ricoh Theta is yet another excursion of photographic fun intended to deliver an immersive environment, on-line, on the move or on the desktop. It’s been tried before – remember iPIX anyone? That idea – which in the mid-1990s became a hit among high class estate agents – is still going, and still pricey, stitching two fisheye lens images together to form one seamless 360-degree view.
IE 0-day plugged up but TIFF terror continues in November Patch Tuesday
November's edition of Patch Tuesday brought relief from an IE zero-day exploit but a TIFF image-handling vulnerability under active attack from hackers remains unpatched.
New Internet Explorer chief is man behind Windows Phone reboot
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) has a new chief - the exec who has led the company’s Windows Phone rebirth for four years.
Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK
Boffins have come up with a way to throw up an invisibility cloak, using a bunch of small antennas to create a force field instead of using metamaterials* to build a Harry Potter-style garment.
Revealed: EMC's SECRET XtremIO briefing doc that tries to snap Violin Memory’s strings
The Register has seen an anti-Violin Memory briefing note from the XtremIO side of EMC and it pulls no punches, admitting “Violin … is XtremIO’s #1 competitor in the all-flash storage market” - before listing a set of awkward points to help push it off that perch.
PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more
Doctor Who @ 50Given the Doctor’s propensity for making enemies, he has faced relatively few more than twice. This is perhaps not surprising for someone who can travel anywhere in the whole history of the entire universe – the chances of bumping into someone again should be low.
Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers
NSFW-ishThe fate of human civilisation could now hang in the balance after some filthy-minded gaming enthusiasts in Tokyo showed off a rather ingenious device which allows the male users to have virtual sex.
Enterprise giant SAP's systems take a probe to the wobbly bits - report
At least 3,000 SAP systems are directly exposed to the internet, providing direct access to core corporate systems for potential attackers, according to a penetration-testing firm.
Twitter declares war on Storify, whips out custom curated timelines
Twitter is introducing custom timelines - its first significant new service since the micro-blogging site floated on Wall Street last week.
Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer
Microsoft knows how to score those big cloud rollouts with customers that are positively dripping in glamour - Poundland is migrating to Office 365.
LOHAN sees bright red over Vulture 2 paintjob
It's been a week of tin-rattling and seeing red here at the Special Project Bureau's mountaintop headquarters as we finally knuckled down to slapping some paint on our Vulture 2.
Oracle pours hot, steaming Java into heterogeneous heaven
APU13The future of heterogeneous computing, in which CPUs and GPUs transparently share memory and seamlessly share tasks, has taken another step to fruition: Oracle has joined the HSA – heterogeneous systems architecture – Foundation, with the intent of making Java fully HSA-compliant.
US stock markets unveil new IPOcalypse-BUSTERS to watchdogs
US stock exchanges have said that they’ve figured out how to help stop technical trading glitches, following orders from regulators to come up with new rules after trading on the NASDAQ ground to a halt for three hours in August.
Here comes the SAN: HP gives away virtual one
HP is spreading the virtual SAN idea for small and medium biz by including one at no cost with Gen 8 ProLiant server buys.
The truth about mystery Trojan found in space
The mystery malware inadvertently brought into space by scientists which then infected the International Space Station has been identified as a gaming Trojan.
Usual suspects make UK.gov Digital Services supplier list
Some 183 suppliers have bagged a place on a nine-month, £40m public sector framework to bid for digital services project work, with a third of the firms new to government work.
Want to BUILD YOUR OWN Tardis? First, get a star and set it spinning...
Doctor Who @ 50A joke was doing the rounds at CERN two years ago:
Microsoft, Xamarin give Visual Studio a leg-up for... iOS and Android?
Microsoft is giving a leg up to Windows developers building apps for iOS and Android using C# and Visual Studio, with dev specialist Xamarin.
Microsoft fires devs into the cloud with Visual Studio Online
Timed to coincide with the general availability of Visual Studio 2013 and .Net 4.5.1, Microsoft has launched Visual Studio Online, a new, hosted offering designed for web and application developers.
High-end Samsung slabs, cheapie Androids take healthy BITE out of Apple's market share
The rise of entry-level slabs coupled with an "ageing" portfolio caused Apple iPad sales growth to flatline in calendar Q3 and market share to crash, analyst figures have confirmed.
Stephen Hawking: 'Boring' Higgs Boson discovery cost me $100
Stephen Hawking hijacked an event at the Science Museum to tell the world he thinks the Higgs Boson has made physics a boring subject.
Publishers reject Google's revised offer to fix search biz in Europe
Google's revised package of concessions to try to fix a three-year-long competition probe in Europe relating to the ad giant's dominant search biz has been attacked by a group of publishers.
EMC tries to snuff out SolidFire before tomorrow's XtremIO-gasm
EMC has readied some XtremIO competitive knock-offs to help the Hopkinton storage giant's reps and channel partners dislodge rival SolidFire from their prospects’ minds.
Chinese web firms sue search giant Baidu for video piracy
UpdatedA group of Chinese web and film companies have banded together to take search giant Baidu to court over allegations of video piracy.
Bay pride: WD slips out FOUR-DRIVE network FILE STASH
WD has fixed the limited space and lack of RAID on its 1-bay My Cloud box by introducing a 4-bay one, the EX4.
Is it all up for LANDFILL ANDROID? BEHOLD, the Moto G
PicsThe Moto G smartphone from Motorola has finally landed, as if you didn't know it already with its arrival leaking all over the web from reseller promo materials to Amazon product pages.
Who! wants! cursed.com? Yahoo! flogs! domains! in! multimillion-dollar! sale!
Just when you thought there were no more good domains available, Yahoo! has decided to auction off a list of URLs that it says it no longer needs – and a lot of them are prime internet real estate.
Oculus: 'Terrifying' virtual reality gaming 'will change the world', WE SWEAR IT
APU13Virtual reality – the technology behind strapping on a headset and finding yourself in another world – has been "the next big thing" for decades. Now a Southern California startup, Oculus VR, says that the wait is over. Well, almost.
Rent a virtual desktop from Amazon: 35 bucks a month (PC not included)
re:Invent 2013Amazon is bringing its margin-destroying, no-fun business model to the thrilling world of virtual desktop infrastructure – and could upset the balance sheets of traditional VDI providers along the way.
Unbelievably RARE, two-horned 'UNICORN' SPOTTED in woods
It looks like our most recently discovered mammalian cousin, the Saola, will be with us a while longer, after the World Wildlife Fund reported that one of the most endangered animals on the planet had been snapped by a camera trap in a remote Vietnamese conservation area.
Red Hat ships piping hot Ceylon to curry favor with Java-weary devs
After more than three years of development, Red Hat has released version 1.0.0 of Ceylon, its homebrewed, open-source programming language that's designed to be a replacement for Java.
Turnbull takes control of spatial data policy
Australia's Office of Spatial Policy (OSP) has announced it is about to be moved to the Department of Communications, a machinery of government change that will see it depart its current home in the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.
PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time
APU13The goals of Sony's PlayStation 4, on sale Friday, were rewritten from the ground up – after the company "spread itself too thin" when developing the PlayStation 3.
SECRET draft copyright treaty LEAKED: Meet the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The text of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) isn't as bad as we thought. It's worse.
'A measly 3 Instagrams? NO!' Sexy selfie Snapchat spurns Facebook's $3bn
The CEO of sexting-friendly messaging service Snapchat has reportedly turned down buyout offers worth at least $3bn because he expects his company will soon be worth much more.
Chromebook 11 CATCHES FIRE at last, FLIES off shelves
HP's Chromebook 11, which the world got excited about back in October because it appeared to be the first charge-over-USB laptop, has been pulled from sale because charge-over-USB is too hot to handle.
BIG trouble in BIG China: Cisco shares fall off a cliff as CEO warns of slump
Cisco's shares slumped ten per cent in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the networking kingpin copped to terrible performance in emerging markets.