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Apple patents facial recognition tech for mobile log-in

Apple has been granted a patent on techniques for unlocking a device based on facial recognition.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Dec 2013
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Red Hat clutches OpenShift, takes platform cloud to second version

Open source junkie Red Hat has announced the second version of its locally deployable platform cloud in spite of muted market adoption of the tech.
Jack Clark, 04 Dec 2013

Nextgen rolls 100G, muxes about to 400G

Nextgen Networks is rolling out 100 Gbps as the next upgrade to its network, with plans afoot to kick that along to 400 Gbps as demand rises.
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D-Link FINALLY slams shut 'Joel's backdoor'

Better late than never: D-Link has issued the promised patch that closes an administrative backdoor in its SOHO broadband routers.
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Ink cartridge scammers forced to pen cheque for $AUD100k fine

A company called Artorios Ink has been slugged with an $AUD100,000 fine after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) busted it for a scam that saw it cold call businesses and claim it was time for them to buy more ink cartridges.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Dec 2013

SpaceX Falcon 9 reaches MONEY RING with successful launch

The Elon Musk–backed SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has made its much-anticipated voyage to geostationary orbit.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Dec 2013

OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

A US, Chinese, and German research team has come up with a new material dubbed "stanene" that could – theoretically, at least – conduct electricity with "100 percent efficiency" at temperatures at which computer chips operate, raising the tantalizing possibility of highly efficient future chippery.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Dec 2013

Accused Glasshole driver says specs weren't even turned on for traffic stop

A California woman who was stopped by police for driving while wearing Google Glass has pleaded not guilty to charges of speeding and distracted driving.
Neil McAllister, 04 Dec 2013
Metro Traffic Growth

Bell Labs predicts metro traffic explosion

Bell Labs is predicting that content caching close to users plus continuing deployment of new data centres is going to skyrocket between now and 2017.
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Pen tester scoops source code in bug hunt contest, has to argue for prize

An Australian penetration tester named Shubham Shah has become the latest to complain about bug bounty programs that offer pathetic – or no – rewards.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Dec 2013
Irreplaceable elements - periodic table

Gadget world's metals irreplaceable, say boffins

Nearly one-fifth of the metal elements present in modern tech products have no replacement candidates if supplies are exhausted, according to a study by Yale University.
An Amazon Prime Air drone

Amazon's non-existent drone delivery army ALREADY P0WNED

Weak ownership of the radio control in the world's most popular quadcopter means it's trivial to take ownership of any device within range, according to a neat bit of tinkering that points up yet another problem Amazon would have to solve if its “drone delivery” were ever tofly.
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We're not destroying the music biz: Spotify

Streaming music service Spotify has established a new web site - spotifyartists.com that explains it is not destroying the music business, but is instead showering riches on artists.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Dec 2013

Chinese cops cuff Hong Kong Bitcoin scammers

Chinese police have nabbed three people suspected of running Bitcoin exchange GBL, which closed down abruptly in October taking with it over 25 million yuan (£2.5m, $US4.1m) of investors’ money.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Dec 2013

Women crap at parking: Official

A team of University of Pennsylvania boffins appears to have confirmed the commonly held notions that while women are absolutely useless at parking cars, they thrash blokes when it comes to multitasking and empathy.
Lester Haines, 04 Dec 2013

Think Amazon is CHEAP? Just take a look at these cloudy graphs...

Updated: 'Big Data' analysis Amazon has slurped cloud cash for years, but a recent analysis by El Reg shows that the mega bit-seller charges a surprising premium for some of its services, and is facing stiff competition on price from rivals.
Jack Clark, 04 Dec 2013

Android tablets to outsell laptops by 2017: IDC

Hot on the heels of news that the PC market is withering before our collective eyes, box-counter IDC has emitted data suggesting the tablet market is also slowing down.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Dec 2013

Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

The Chinese government has urged Microsoft to extend support for Windows XP in order to boost Beijing’s anti-piracy efforts and head off a potentially huge security threat.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Dec 2013
Quirky.com Spotter

Sensors and sensibility: Quirky’s Spotter multi-purpose monitor module

Review It sounds such a good idea: a compact, battery powered general-purpose sensor pod you can stick pretty much anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network you have access to, and which will ping you temperature, humidity, sound, light and movement info over the internet to your smartphone.
Tony Smith, 04 Dec 2013
Eel (Moray with shrimp in mouth)

NSA-proof Euro cloud gang: Cool idea, bro... until it turns into MARKET-EATING beast

The creation of a European "IT Airbus" could raise competition concerns within the EU, an expert has warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Dec 2013

XP, Win7, Win8, App V…making Microsoft migration simple

Reg Live TV XP to 7, XP to 8, anything to App V, changes in the data centre, the need for security, BYOD and impending upgrades...it all means that many of you are going through a desktop refresh.
David Gordon, 04 Dec 2013
Ray Harryhausen's skeleton army from "Jason and the Argonauts"

Nimble took a sueball to the knee, still rates itself with $1.2bn valuation

Hybrid array hypergrowth startup Nimble Storage, currently facing a lawsuit from rival NetApp, has put numerical flesh on its IPO bones and says it wants to raise $166m.
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2013
An Amazon Prime Air drone

Speaking in Tech: Get an Amazon drone delivered by Amazon drone

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Ed is out on business while Sarah returns with special guest Amy Lewis of Cisco. Greg doesn't buy the whole concept, while Amy plans to use the hover-postie to toilet-paper-bomb Greg's house... Sarah's take? It feels like The Jetsons, and she for one, …
Team Register, 04 Dec 2013
Asteroid mining

MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

Given the venal nature of what passes for a heart beating in this chest of mine, what really interests me is who is going to make all the moolah from this rushing off into space and mining 'n' stuff.
Tim Worstall, 04 Dec 2013
Dead Rising 2

Must try HARDER, infosec lads: We're RUBBISH at killing ZOMBIES

Botnet takedowns need to be improved if the industry is to avoid the risk of creating more problems than it solves every time its decapitates a zombie network, according to a former Scotland Yard detective turned security researcher.
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2013

ASA slaps down BT over 'misleading' broadband claims

Those toothless tigers gummy stripy cats at the Advertising Standards Agency have given BT a talking to over "misleading" claims about overall broadband speeds, outpacing packages from both Sky and TalkTalk.
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013

Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR

Blocks and Files As consumers become ever-more attached to their gadgets - variously glued to PCs and tablets, and, after-hours, laptops, game consoles and mobiles – the gigantic digital businesses are competing with each other to capture and monopolise users' screen time on internet-connected devices. And all of the contenders are using many monumentally large data centres and data vaults.
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2013

Launch date for flashy new HTC flagship mobe REVEALED... by UK judge

A High Court judge in Blighty appears to have revealed a roundabout launch date for HTC's next flagship mobe in a patent ruling, saying the so-called HTC One Two would be coming in the first quarter of next year.

LOHAN embraces handsome young autopilot

We invite fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project to raise a glass or two today to UAV specialist 3D Robotics, which has very kindly agreed to offer our Vulture 2 spaceplane a brain transplant in the form of the mighty Pixhawk autopilot.
Lester Haines, 04 Dec 2013
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How much? Who knows. EC gagging order on DiData acquisition continues....

Dimension Data will only chow down on the entire European organisation of NextiraOne once certain sales criteria are met, the South Africa-HQ'd NTT-owned integrator whispered to us as the European Commission comms blockade continues.
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013

RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

RBS Banking Group is still refusing to say what went wrong with IT systems in its third major outage in less than two years, despite the fact that customers are still facing problems with their accounts today.

Unite: HP 'addicted to culture of job cuts' as axe raised again

The brothers at Unite have slammed HP for being a "long term addict to a culture of job cuts" as the union bemoaned the loss of a claimed 1,124 UK staffers due to collect their P45s by January.
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013
Evan Powell

Evan Powell exits Nexenta as Wyse guy strides in

Blocks and Files "Wyse guy" Tarkan Maner now rules the Nexenta roost, with Evan Powell, the previous and hugely influential founding CEO, walking away.
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2013
Dead Rising 3

Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

You have to feel sorry for Microsoft. Sales of its new, next-generation console, the Xbox One, have clearly so far failed to come close to those of Sony’s PlayStation 4. It seems the best it can do in the battle of the console stats is tell us how many hours Xboxers have spent on the thing.
Tony Smith, 04 Dec 2013
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays

EMC on XtremIO SSD brickup ballsup: Its LIFETIME downtime is under 3 minutes

No DOAs here: EMC’s XTremIO arrays are expected to have less than three minutes downtime in their rated life, with X-Brick component SSDs failing once every five years or so.
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2013

UK.gov to warn tweeting twits, celebs 'n' pals on court case comments

The UK's attorney general is going to publish social media guidance on Twitter and the government's website to stop tweeters, Facebookers and other social media types from committing contempt of court when talking about legal cases.
Seven worlds in the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog

Hey, George Clooney. LOST in SPACE... and thirsty? Visit these 5 ALIEN worlds*

Boffins using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have spotted faint signs of water on five distant planets orbiting stars beyond our Solar System.

Distie: Build the cloud and resellers will come... so WHERE ARE THEY?

Disties have built cloudy aggregation platforms for channel types under the assumption they would come… but they are still waiting for mass adoption.
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013

Dell tells staff: If you haven't got stomach for private era, leave

Privately owned Dell has told staff that might not share senior management's "passion and enthusiasm" for the next era that they better shape up or ship out… with a wedge of cash in their pockets.
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013

Bold Bezos aims skywards with liquid hydrogen and SPACE ROCKET engine

Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos' private space outfit Blue Origin has announced it has successfully tested its BE-3 space rocket engine "in a pattern that simulated a suborbital mission".
Lester Haines, 04 Dec 2013

Google unveils ten-year plan to build its ROBOT ARMY of the future

Android's original boss Andy Rubin has been very quiet since stepping down in March, but has now revealed that he has been spending his time buying up robotics firms as part of a ten-year push into the industry sector by Google.
Iain Thomson, 04 Dec 2013

Vulture South teams with SAGE-AU for annual Sysadmin survey

Since time immemorial, the System Administrators Guild of Australia - SAGE AU - has conducted an annual survey of its members and of other IT professionals in Australia.
Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop

European Commission gives Microsoft/Nokia merger the green light

The European Commission has approved the merger between Microsoft and Nokia, clearing the way for Redmond to take over the Finnish firm's smartphone business.
Neil McAllister, 04 Dec 2013

Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers

Researchers have uncovered a massive cache of stolen account credentials which could impact some two million users.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Dec 2013

Icahn rallies the troops to pump Apple for cash at next shareholder meeting

Wall Street tycoon Carl Icahn hasn't given up on his quest to have Apple return some of its $150bn cash stockpile to investors, and he now wants Cupertino's shareholders to vote on the idea.
Neil McAllister, 04 Dec 2013
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One-minute Koch-blocking earns attacker two years, massive fine

A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to two years of probation and a fine of $183,000 after pleading guilty to taking part in an Anonymous DDoS attack against the servers of Koch Industries for one minute.
Iain Thomson, 04 Dec 2013