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Who wants 10TB of FREE cloud storage? Hands down if China is a deal breaker?

Chinese web giant Tencent has vowed to offer 10TB cloud storage accounts to international users free of charge.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2013
EOMAP's new 3D map of the Great Barrier Reef

First 3D map of Great Barrier Reef created – still can't find Nemo

German company EOMAP and researchers from Australia's James Cook University and University of Queensland have produced the first underwater map of the Great Barrier Reef.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2013

Google gives Glasshole devs a peek at new native software kit

Google has unveiled what it's calling a "sneak peek" at its Glass Developer Kit (GDK), a new way to write software for the Chocolate Factory's privacy-stomping future-specs.
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013
Red Back Spider

Antidote for poisonous Aussie Red-Back Spider venom DOESN'T WORK

Australia's second-most feared spider, the Red-Back (a member of same family that includes America's Black Widow), is probably less venomous than we think, considering that new research shows the anti-venom Australia has used for decades doesn't do anything.

Pakistani phone-buyers will need skin in the game with biometric buying plan

Mobile phone operators in Pakistan have been told they have around a month to ensure all of their outlets are equipped with biometric thumb scanners, in a renewed bid to eliminate illegal SIMs.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2013
Cellular basestation antenna

Back to the future: Optus to trial wireless last mile again

In a move that might cause belly-flutters over at Vivid Wireless, Optus has announced an internal trial using 4G links for home broadband.

KILL SWITCH 'BLOCKED by cell operators' to pad PROFITS, thunders D.A.

Some of the biggest US cellular networks have been accused of preventing Samsung from installing anti-theft remote "kill switch" software on smartphones: supposedly, because they were worried it would eventually cut into profits.
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2013

OpenFlow love-in shows off SPEED-DATING protocol, quick config

SDN umbrella group the Open Networking Foundation is performing happy dances after an interoperability plug-fest that ran from November 4 to November 8.
Turnbull with Switkowski in Blacktown

NBN Co to test basement fibre for offices, apartments

NBN Co has announced a test designed to get it around one of the thornier roadblocks in its rollout, the handling of offices and apartments.
Max Headroom

You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

LG smart TVs silently log owners' viewing habits to the South Korean company's servers and use them to serve targeted ads, one researcher has claimed.
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013
Derisive laugh

Gartner: OpenStack in the enterprise? Ha ha ha, you must be joking

The OpenStack world has come in for criticism from a Gartner analyst because the claims made by companies backing the open-source project frequently don't line up with reality.
Jack Clark, 20 Nov 2013
EF550 Attributes from data sheet showing disk drives

NetApp springs update surprise on Engenio flash array

Less than a week after EMC put its bought-in all-flash XtremIO array on sale, NetApp has boosted the power of its Engenio all-flash array product by adding the EF550 above the EF540 in its line-up.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013
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China bets the house on LTE TDD

Swedish telecoms kit maker Ericsson has scored something of a coup by landing a deal with China Mobile to deploy LTE TDD, the variant of the LTE standard favoured in China, to 15 Chinese provinces that house 63 per cent of the nation's population.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2013

Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

The Mozilla foundation has released 'Australis', the new design for its flagship Firefox browser.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2013
The TR1200DT-7 treadmill desk

SuperStride Me: Reg man attempts to walk off GIANT CURRY

Part 2 A Malaysian curry laksa is a giant bowl of prawn stock and coconut milk soup laced with spices, two types of noodles, tofu, meat and soybean sprouts. It is usually served with a big dollop of chilli.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2013
How to create 10,000 entangled modes

Biggest quantum cluster does not compute ... yet

Video It's currently the biggest thing in the smallest world: researchers from the ANU, Sydney University and Tokyo have created the world's largest entangled state to date.
The first selfie

World's first selfie found on Wayback Machine

News that the world selfie has been named word of the year today sent the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) into a flap, because after having been identified as the host of a forum in which the term was first used it was unable to produce the actual picture.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2013

Google India's viral tear-jerker vid said to mirror student short

A Google India ad that has gone viral and racked up more than 4 million hits has been accused of largely borrowing its plot from a Pakistani film.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2013
Saudi hackers spray digital graffiti

No woman, no drive: Saddo hackers lob Android nasty at Saudi women's rights campaign

Reactionary hacktivists have brewed up a strain of Android malware targeted against the Alsharif campaign, which encourages Saudi Arabian women to defy their country's ban on female drivers.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2013
Brocade FME

Cloud storage rains on '800lb Fibre Channel gorilla' Brocade

Brocade results show its business flatlining with steady-ish revenues and profits, and growth dependent on a recovering market but no technology rabbits to pull out of its hat and drive growth higher.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013

3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

Feature Readers of The Register with their fingers on the throbbing technopulse of innovation will have noticed that - if the hype is anything to go by - 3D printing is about to redefine paradigms, rewrite/defenestrate/burn textbooks and give the unwashed masses the power to print iPhone covers at will, thereby shaking the whole notion of industrial manufacturing to its very foundations.
Lester Haines, 20 Nov 2013
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Nooo, ANYTHING but BT! Cisco gives 'stay of execution' to Phoenix IT

Cisco has prolonged Phoenix IT Group's termination notice period following what sources describe as a backlash from some customers over the planned novation of certain contracts to BT.
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2013

Codd almighty! How IBM cracked System R

Few teams have maintained such a fierce community spirit as the IBM pioneers of System R. In Silicon Valley in the early 1970s, this pioneering team proved that a relational database could actually work.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2013
Disney's Beagle Boys

Instagram Act: UK.gov's latest copyright landgrab stymied - for now

Analysis Remember the notorious ‘Instagram Act’? If you recall, clauses smuggled into April’s Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERRA) - in the name of allowing reuse of orphan works - paved the way for the Government to grab your photographs and other visual images, in breach of international conventions.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2013
OpenStack's "Dope 'N Stack" campaign

Speaking in Tech: Enterprise bods are hungry for open source

Podcast Podcast It's another episode of El Reg's weekly Wednesday tech podcast, hosted by Ed Saipetch, Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela. This week the whole gang is together with special guest Joseph B George, director of cloud and big data solutions at Dell. Joseph talks about his work at OpenStack and how the enterprise shift to …
Team Register, 20 Nov 2013

Data of 42 MILLION seekers for love plundered from Aussie dating site

A hack against online dating site Cupid Media that led to the exposure of the personal details and plain text passwords of 42 million consumers appears to have been pulled off by the same group of hackers who pulled off an even bigger pwnage against Adobe.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2013
Kano computer kit

Citizen Kano pitches easy-build Raspberry Pi for code-hungry kids

Anyone can toss together a Raspberry Pi and a bunch of accessories and call it a computer learning kit, but Kano has a more joined-up approach which it’ll put into production if it can raise $100,000 by the middle of December.
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2013
Apple's new Cupertino campus - rendering

Cupertino clears Apple's Fruit Loop HQ - provided it coughs up more taxes

Apple has been given the final go-ahead to build its infamous “fruit loop” HQ - as long as it agrees to cough more taxes to the City of Cupertino.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Nov 2013

Vint Cerf: 'Privacy may be an ANOMALY, now over'. And it's no secret I think that

Vint Cerf has said that expectations of privacy in the digital age may be impossible to achieve because of the level of oversharing that takes place on social media sites.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2013
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What, another one? Violin appoints its third EMEA boss this year

Whoosh! It leaves you dizzy, the rate at which Violin Memory installs and then replaces its EMEA bosses. The latest incumbent is Mick Bradley.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013

Ballmer: Microsoft stronger without Bing and Xbox tinkering

Steve Ballmer has spoken to shareholders of his vision of a diversified Microsoft which includes both Bing and Xbox, with the backing of the tearful Bill Gates.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2013
Job cuts jpeg

HP redundancies all about getting 'cheaper, lower skilled' bods

HP engineers in Blighty's Customer Delivery Services unit were warned of redundancies yesterday, with more than one in 10 workers expected to pick up a P45.
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2013
Artist's image of asteroids and Mars

BLUSHING asteroids lose their red space tan when they visit the Red Planet MARS

Astroboffins have found that the gravity well of Mars churns the surface of passing asteroids, causing them to lose their natural, blushing space tan.
Xbox One and controller

XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

Roundup2 Microsoft’s Xbox One: it's a console so BIG, one games website found it needed five writers to tackle it.
Team Register, 20 Nov 2013
Rotten apple

Rogue trader gets 2½ years for BILLION-dollar Apple share plot

A rogue trader has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for his scheme to profit from an unauthorised purchase of a billion dollars of Apple stock.

Riverbed: Market for optimising WAN is pale, sick. Let's switch to LiC

Bare WAN optimisation is becoming a shrink-wrap product strategy, with little growth forecast, so Riverbed is grouping its associated products into a higher-growth market which it estimates is worth about $11bn: remote application access and management.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013
Ross Ulbricht

My name is NOT Dread Pirate Roberts: Silk Road accused's fam'n'friends stump up $1m bail

Supporters of the man accused of being the mastermind behind online drugs bazaar the Silk Road have offered to stump up $1m in bail money.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Nov 2013
The Vernier Go!Temp USB Temperature Probe

Oracle pens recipe for tweeting turkey in Raspberry Pi sauce

Oracle has started to publish a multi-part recipe for tweeting turkey in Raspberry Pi sauce, to allow those celebrating Thanksgiving with a poultry feast the chance to share their bird's status on the avian social network.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2013
A cow

Kerching! Nominet preps for cash AVALANCHE from shorter UK domain names

Whether online businesses in the UK like it or not - Dot-UK registry Nominet is now bringing second-level namespaces to life.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2013

Google shows off scanned-in Gettysburg Address drafts

Google has decided to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by "showcasing" digital copies of all five versions of Abraham Lincoln's iconic speech.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2013
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

RM begins redundancy talks with defenestrated hardware staff

Spare a thought for the poor souls at education supplier RM, which started its redundancy consultation period yesterday in the wake of the company's decision to shutter its PC production facility.
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2013

US senator asks: Will Bitcoin replace Swiss bank accounts?

Senators have held a second hearing on Bitcoin as America's dinosaur politicians struggle to get to grips with the cryptocurrency.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Nov 2013

You can't touch this: It's HAMR time for WD

In September 2012, Seagate boss Steve Luczo gave a presentation using a HAMR technology disk drive. Now, more than a year later, a WD exec has done the same with the company's own HAMR tech drive.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013

Hot digital dog: A man’s best friend is still his... K-9

Doctor Who @ 50 No robot in TV history has enjoyed such renown as K-9, the loyal robotic mutt who was the Fourth Doctor’s companion for a chunk of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Prime Minister David Cameron in TWITTER HOOKER SHAME

Prime Minister David Cameron has committed yet another Twitter gaffe after following a high-class escort agency on the social network.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Nov 2013
Operation Bear love

Ruskie email provider Mail.ru chats up US market with My.com

Russia's biggest email provider is hoping to crack the US market with the launch of My.com.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2013

Brace! yourselves! startups! Yahoo! can't! wait! to! blow! $1bn! on! shiny! new! things!

Yahoo! has upped its share repurchase program by $5bn as part of its aggressive buyback of stock following the sale of some of its stake in Alibaba Group.
Ballmer Office 2013

No more Service Packs for Microsoft Office? HA! Think again, Ballmer!

Despite outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer's much-ballyhooed push toward a "rapid release" publishing schedule, Microsoft now says it will ship a Service Pack for Office 2013 in early 2014.
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Cloud upstart Apprenda plots Euro invasion with sugar daddies' $16m pot

Platform-as-a-service minnow Apprenda has raised $16m in filthy valley lucre – to help it expand overseas and compete with rivals Pivotal and Red Hat.
Jack Clark, 20 Nov 2013
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer installed on the S3 truss on ISS

HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY, International Space Station! NASA man reveals life on-board

The first section of the International Space Station lifted off atop a Russian rocket 15 years ago. Today, NASA says it's confident the habitat is safe to stay in orbit until 2028, and possibly much longer.
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2013

Gaming co ESEA hit by $1 MILLION fine for HIDDEN Bitcoin mining enslaver

US regulators have smacked games biz ESEA with a $1m fine for surreptitiously installing a Bitcoin miner in its software.
Jack Clark, 20 Nov 2013
Broken record

Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

The latest version of Winamp, released on Wednesday, will be the last, with the venerable media-playing software scheduled to all but vanish from the internet next month.
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013

RIP Frederick Sanger: Brit bio-boffin who pioneered DNA sequencing dies

Famed British biochemist Frederick Sanger has died peacefully at a Cambridge hospital. He was 95.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2013
An instagrammed photo of teenagers, credit Shutterstock

GAH: Now it's INSTAGRAM and Windows Phone 8

Image-flinging billion-dollar upstart Instagram has agreed to port its photo-bothering app to Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.
Chris Williams, 20 Nov 2013

Australian Federal Police admit to slurping politicians' metadata

It seems that merely being a recipient of a leak is sufficient, in Australia, for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to search members of parliaments' phone records.
Phosphor Watches World Time Curved

Rackspace catches up to Amazon... four years later: Say hi again to auto-scale

Rackspace has announced the general availability of "Auto Scaling" technology for its public cloud, catching up with Amazon which implemented the tech in 2009.
Jack Clark, 20 Nov 2013
Google Wallet Card

Wireless pay-by-bonk? Yawn... Google Wallet now lets you pay by CARD

Americans with Google Wallet accounts will soon be able to use the mobile payment service in a lot more places, thanks to the new Google Wallet Card.
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013

Nvidia to Intel: 'Which HPC chip brain will win? Let the people decide'

SC13 Nvidia is of the opinion that in the tussle with Intel as to whether Nvidia's Tesla GPU accelerators or Chipzilla's Xeon Phi many-core CPU coprocessors will dominate the supercomputing market, the HPC community has already voted with its checkbooks.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Nov 2013
Artist's impression of the Inspiration Mars spacecraft

Space tourist Dennis Tito begs US to BANKROLL HIS manned Mars flyby

Multi-millionaire investment manager, and world's first space tourist, Dennis Tito has been testifying before the US Congress about his plans for a 501-day trip around Mars and back.
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2013