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AMD will fling radical 'Kaveri' chips onto streets in January

APU13 The 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.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013

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.
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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.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2013
The ITMugs Surf for Porn mug

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.
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2013
Photo of Orange's Frederic Dufal showing off the Tizen browser's web standards compliance

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.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2013
VMware Monster VM

VMware releases hypervisor INCEPTION tool

VMWare has released something to get your head spinning: a tool to better manage nested hypervisors.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2013

Pacnet to splash $200 MEEELLION on new bit barns

Pacnet has decided to splash $200 million (£126m) by 2014 to build out its data centre portfolio in the region.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Nov 2013


North Korea has allegedly executed 80 people for watching banned South Korean soap operas, the South China Morning Post reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2013
Windows XP

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.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Nov 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

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.
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2013
Microsoft Kinect

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.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2013
Arlington Cemetery

DEATH of the desktop: Virtual systems could KILL OFF the biz PC

Blocks and Files The business PC desktop is facing death by a thousand VDI cuts augmented by a BYOD bashing.
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
Some network cables

What's wrong with network monitoring tools? Where do I start...

Opinion For 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.
Dave Cartwright, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2013
Artist's impression of Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn

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.
Lewis Page, 13 Nov 2013
Sliced Bread

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2013
Research Machines 380Z

The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

Archaeologic If 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.
Tony Smith, 13 Nov 2013
hands waving dollar bills in the air

ACID-friendly FoundationDB joins NoSQL millionaires club

FoundationDB, the database startup cooking an ACID*-compliant NoSQL, has caught the eye of investors.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2013
Ricoh Theta 360 degree camera

Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

Review The 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.
Bob Dormon, 13 Nov 2013

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.
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2013
A US Army M1A1 Abrams tank heads out on a mission from Forward Operating Base MacKenzie in Iraq on October 27, 2004

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.
Stradivarius violin reproduction

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.
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
Doctor Who: The Enemies

PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more

Doctor Who @ 50 Given 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.
Paul Smith, 13 Nov 2013
Oculus Rift

Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers

NSFW-ish The 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.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Nov 2013

Ask the Sysadmins: What has the cloud ever done for me?

Live Chat You have heard all the hype about the cloud, you have listened to the debates. But what does it mean for you and your organisation? Ask Trevor Pott and the sysadmins anything about the cloud. Discuss the issues and the technologies with your peers.
David Gordon, 13 Nov 2013

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.
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Team Register, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2013
The painted nose of the Vulture 2, with its yellow upper and led underside

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.
Lester Haines, 13 Nov 2013

Oracle pours hot, steaming Java into heterogeneous heaven

APU13 The 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.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
Greg Chamitoff in the ISS's Destiny lab

The TRUTH about mystery Trojan found in SPAAACE

The mystery malware inadvertently brought into space by scientists which then infected the International Space Station has been identified as a gaming Trojan.
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2013
Francis Maude

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.
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2013
The Tardis: Oooo-eee-ooooo © BBC 1963, Courtesy of BBC Worldwide

Want to BUILD YOUR OWN Tardis? First, get a star and set it spinning...

Doctor Who @ 50 A joke was doing the rounds at CERN two years ago:
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Tim Anderson, 13 Nov 2013
Visual Studio

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.
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2013


A story that the Conservatives “made the internet disappear” has ignited news channels today. In fact, the story demonstrates yet again how ignorant most journalists are of the basic workings of the internet - and it demonstrates how the thirst for conspiratorial thinking dominates political news.
Stephen Hawking, weightless and happy

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.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Nov 2013
Google Toilet Paper

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
Baidu Logo

Chinese web firms sue search giant Baidu for video piracy

Updated A group of Chinese web and film companies have banded together to take search giant Baidu to court over allegations of video piracy.

Speaking in Tech: Hey next-airline-seat neighbour... stop yakking and go fondle your slab

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela, it's another epirsode of El Reg's tech podcast, Speaking in Tech. This week the whole gang is together and touches on the lighter side of tech.
Team Register, 13 Nov 2013
WD My Cloud EX4

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.
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
Motorola Moto G

Is it all up for LANDFILL ANDROID? BEHOLD, the Moto G

Pics The 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.
Bob Dormon, 13 Nov 2013
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

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.
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2013
Oculus Rift VR system prototype

Oculus: 'Terrifying' virtual reality gaming 'will change the world', WE SWEAR IT

APU13 Virtual 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.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013

Rent a virtual desktop from Amazon: 35 bucks a month (PC not included)

re:Invent 2013 Amazon 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.
Jack Clark, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2013
A cup of tea

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.
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2013
Mildura is still marked in the wrong place on Apple's iOS6 maps

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.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2013
Ten PS3 Games

PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

APU13 The 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.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013

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.
Close-up of a woman's lips, slightly pixelated as if on a CRT TV

'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.
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2013
HP Chromebook 11

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.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2013
John Chambers at the World Economic Forum 2010

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.
Jack Clark, 13 Nov 2013
Black hole

Dark HEAVY METAL star fires up jets, vomits hot ROCK into space

A black hole has been spotted spurting out streams of iron and nickel, seeding the universe with heavy atoms that are part of the building blocks of planets, asteroids and stars.
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2013