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The thieving eagle caught on camera

Eagle steals crocodile-cam, records video selfie

In-flight video A juvenile sea-eagle with (sadly) no cinematographic skills whatever has created what could, regardless, be the selfie of the year, stealing a wildlife camera and taking it for a fly.

Microsoft leaks reveal 'Threshold' projects looming in 2015

Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a series of updates in 2015 that could see major revisions for the Windows, Xbox, and Windows RT platforms.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2013
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD

OCZ successfully sells self to Toshiba

Death-row solid state disk vendor OCZ has sold its brains to Toshiba for $US35m.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2013

Apple gets into Twitter data-mining biz with mystery Topsy buy

In an unanticipated move, Apple has acquired Twitter analytics firm Topsy – though what it plans to do with its latest purchase is anyone's guess.
Neil McAllister, 03 Dec 2013

Salesforce ponies up ANOTHER $1m to settle hackathon headache

Cloud kingpin Salesforce.com is preparing to shell out $1m to settle a dispute over a hackathon contest at last month's DreamForce conference.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2013

Amazon wants in on single-credit-card biz

The mid-November launch of payment startup Coin generated a flurry of press, but in the background, Amazon has also taken an interest in a similar one-card-to-rule-them-all model.
Darth Vader's first selfie

Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

Darth Vader has posted his first selfie, and appears to use an iPhone to do it.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2013
Iranian flag flying

Stuxnet 2 in the works, claims Iranian news agency

Hold the front page: Saudi Arabian and Israeli spy agencies are developing a worm more powerful than Stuxnet to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program again, after meeting in Vienna last week.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Dec 2013
A Cassini image of the polar hydrocarbon lakes of Titan

Saturn's moon Titan had swamps, say astroboffins

Titan, the moon of Saturn often present at the top of candidate lists for life-bearing bodies in our near neighbourhood, may once have housed extensive swamps.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2013

They're back: The coffin-punting naked Polish calendar girls

NSFW Polish coffin maker Lindner is continuing its proud tradition of provocatively punting its wares with a 2014 calendar (NSFW) featuring bare naked ladies and plenty of wood.
Lester Haines, 03 Dec 2013
Google Compute Engine

Google makes Compute Engine official

Google has cut the ribbon on its Compute Engine, bringing it into the world of virtual machines by the hour and into combat with the likes of Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and VMware.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2013
Artist's impression of thunder-thighs kicking a lesser dinosaur into touch. Pic: UCL

SaaS superstars' cynical sales schemes make them dinosaurs-in-waiting

Distinguished Gartner analyst Robert P. Desisto has offered up an interesting theory: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) giants are on the way to making themselves so bloated and cynical you'll want to find new sources of software.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2013

Blighty's biz bods get their paws on Nokia phondleslab

Businesses channels will have real but only limited supplies of Nokia’s first tablet in the next few weeks, while the phone giant has signed an exclusive deal with upmarket Blighty retail outfit John Lewis.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2013
Cloudphysics Index

We haul big-data-sifter CloudPhysics to the testlab slab

Review Regardless of everything else going on in the life of a system administrator, the one thing we lack most is time. So what if there were a single solution to give us all the information we could ever need about our virtual infrastructure in one place?
Aaron Milne, 03 Dec 2013
Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies

Tape straightens its tie, speeds away from villain's lair: I think I'll die another day

Declines in the sales of tape media are decreasing and the death of tape has now been postponed - indefinitely.
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2013
HTC 8X Windows Phone 8

SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

Sysadmin Blog Microsoft's Windows Phone platform has received a lot of criticism. The few early enterprise adopters of the Windows Phone 7 platform back in late 2010 gave it a shot with a glimmer of hope that it could replace the iPhone.
Adam Fowler, 03 Dec 2013

Fat-walleted execs? Nope, it's a corporate tax swerve that REALLY ticks Brits off

Tax avoidance rather than executive pay is at the top of the UK public's concerns about business behaviour for the first time.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Dec 2013

IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

RBS, Natwest and Ulster Bank customers were hit by an "IT meltdown" on Cyber Monday that stopped card payments, borked ATMs and closed down online banking, leaving them with no way to pay for anything.

All change at the top of Westcon as CEO Douglas exits

Westcon Group has confirmed that Dean Douglas' four-year plus stint as CEO will end in January when Dolph Westerbos rolls into town amid sliding profits.
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013
Sony PS4


The PS4 is officially the UK’s fastest-selling games console. Ever.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2013

So, what is new in SQL 2014, exactly?

Free live training We have a live one-hour training session beaming into your screen on 12 December at 10am GMT. It’s all about SQL Server 2014 and it’s free to attend.
David Gordon, 03 Dec 2013
Synology DS214

Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

Review The Bring-Your-Own-Disks home server market might not be mainstream but it's pretty lively place, with giants like Cisco mixing with obscure Taiwanese box-shifters. And although these quiet, sub-£400 servers make a useful bit of small office kit, the abundance of media awash in family homes and shared digs give them another role - of bringing some order to chaos at home.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2013
Han Solo DL-44 blaster

What is thy bidding? Han Solo’s shooter goes under the hammer

Assuming you don’t put your faith in ancient weapons and hokey religions, your only option is to pack a good blaster at your side - and what better blaster than Han Solo’s very own DL-44?
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2013
Parliament in the clouds

The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

Update The UK Parliament is migrating to Office 365, which will become the default option for email, file-sharing, hosted apps and storage services for MPs and parliamentary staff from May 2015.
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2013
An XM-25 being demo'd. Credit: PEO Soldier.

On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

So no, there will not be an electric quadcopter delivery drone delivering your Cyber Monday packages in 2015: nor even in 2025, most likely, as even Jeff Bezos more or less openly admits if you look at what he actually said.
Lewis Page, 03 Dec 2013

PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

IDC is forecasting that the technology channel will buy in around 34 million fewer PCs this year than last, and the bad news for anyone making a crust in that sector is that things aren't going to improve any time soon.
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013
Fusion-io ioFX cards

Whiting drags himself out of Riverbed, moves to head up global Fusion-io's sales team

Flash furtler Fusion-io has a new sales boss, Ian Whiting, who replaces the retiring company's chief sales officer, Jim Dawson.
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2013
Mobile phone stolen by pickpocket

Brits won't have to pay for thieves' enormous mobe bills any more

Blighty mobile users are going to be protected from thieves running up huge bills under a new agreement between the government and service providers.
Sony PS4

Sony brags: We've hit over 2 MEELLION PS4 console 'sales' worldwide

Proud-as-Punch PlayStation purveyor Sony has cheerfully revealed it has sold more than two million PS4s around the globe.
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2013

Calling Doctor Caroline Langensiepen of Nottingham Trent uni

Dear Dr Langensiepen: We learned with interest that one of the assignments you set your students studying Computer Systems (Forensics & Security) at Nottingham Trent University is to write an article in the style of The Register.
Lewis Page, 03 Dec 2013
Toshiba PX03SN SSD

Toshiba tweaks SSD model: She's flashy, but she's not dense ENOUGH

Toshiba has rebuilt a 1.6TB SSD originally made with 24nm flash cells and used denser 19nm flash, generating better read performance at the expense of write speed – it wasn't quite made of the write stuff, so to speak.
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2013

Losses widen but Daisy Group plans to keep wolfing down companies

Daisy Group may be stepping ever closer to being one of the most hefty comms and tech services outfits in the UK mid-market but all that is just hubris if it can't turn a profit, and seemingly it cannot.
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013

RM to schools: You can have third-party kit, just not from us

Education supplier RM has told customers they can buy discounted third-party hardware from Misco after finally shuttering its own reselling operation and closing the PC production order book.
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013

Indian MOM sails past the Moon on the way to Mars

India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), the Mangalyaan craft, has passed the Moon on its way to its ultimate destination, the Red Planet.

Google's new cloud CRUSHES Amazon in RAM battle

If Amazon is an arms dealer, then Google is an army that happens to also sell guns. For this reason, Google's general-availability release of its IaaS cloud is a key moment in the evolution of as-a-service IT, as it represents the arrival of a truly competitive market for rentable compute and storage.
Jack Clark, 03 Dec 2013

Apple prepping 4K resolution 12.9-inch MaxiPad – report

New rumors that Apple will release a 12.9-inch "MaxiPad" to join its iPad Air and iPad mini lines have surfaced in Asia, with the added wrinkle being that Cupertino will likely offer two models of the big fella, one having a Retina-popping 4K resolution.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Dec 2013

Judge upholds UK ban on HTC phones, but HTC One gets a pass – for now

A UK High Court judge has ruled that HTC must stop selling several of its mobile phones in Blighty, but has granted the Taiwanese firm a reprieve for its flagship model, the HTC One, pending HTC's appeal of a recent patent decision against it.
Neil McAllister, 03 Dec 2013

Microsoft expands Dublin bit barn to slurp Euro-Data

Microsoft plans to fork out $230m to add a fourth mega datahall to its Dublin bit-barn campus.
Jack Clark, 03 Dec 2013
Screenshot of Google captcha that reads: "nodick"

Telstra to kill CAPTCHAs

Telstra has published its latest Disability Action Plan (PDF) and included a commitment to kill CAPTCHAs, aka Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2013
Vulture South NBN Logo

Junior telcos tie knot in NBN Co copper plan

Another day, another stick in the spokes: the Competitive Carriers Coalition (CCC) has taken exception to reports that NBN Co isn't interested in owning Telstra's copper network under the government's fibre-to-the-node network rollout.

Joyent floats commercial support for production Node.js apps

Updated Joyent, one of the main sponsors of the Node.js JavaScript-based server-side application platform, has announced that it will soon offer commercial support for the technology.
Neil McAllister, 03 Dec 2013

Alcatel-Lucent pushes carriers with plan for 600,000 small cells

Telecoms network specialist Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a plan to boost small-cell mobile network coverage by linking up carriers with possible placement sites for small-cell mobile hardware.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2013