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Punk-styled girl with piercing gazes at an apple

Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

Year in Review It was a year where Apple slurped down enormous profits but lost some of its bleeding-edge-tech street cred, while Samsung marched inexorably on. But behind the scenes there was much more going on. Here are the year's trends put through the blender.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Dec 2013
SpectraLogic T-Finity library

SpectraLogic asks US patent office to probe Overland patent

Tape library supplier SpectraLogic has petitioned the United States Patent and Trademark Office to review one of the patents which lies at the heart of an IP infringement lawsuit it has been battling since 2012.
Team Register, 30 Dec 2013
Original 'Blue Marble' pic taken by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972

Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

Analysis As the year winds to a close and a new one begins, it's traditional to think about the future and good resolutions we may be keeping. In particular, we thought it would make sense to take a look at the resolution the UK made a few years ago: to cut carbon emissions on a scale unmatched by any other nation. How's that going, and what will it mean in years to come?
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Dec 2013

Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

CES 2014 Apple and Google are preparing to compete on yet another front. They reportedly plan to race each other to design the world's most powerful smart car dashboard.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Dec 2013
Tim Cook

Tim Cook gets weensy 1.9% increase - but it's still twice an average joe's salary

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been handed an $80,000 pay rise - a modest 1.9 per cent increase of his total take-home pay, which nevertheless amounts to almost twice what the average American worker can expect to take home in a whole year.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Dec 2013
black and white pic of alan turing

Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

Legendary code-breaker and computing boffin Alan Turing - seen by many as the father of modern computing and credited with a huge contribution to the Allied victory in World War Two - may have been murdered by the British security services, it has been claimed.
Lewis Page, 30 Dec 2013
Delia Derbyshire behind the custom built 20-channel mixing desk

Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

A BBC FTP server ftp.bbc.co.uk was compromised by a Russian hacker and access to it touted online, say computer security researchers.
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2013
John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen: Y'know what, we'll go back to enterprise stuff

Interim BlackBerry CEO John Chen says critics should quit dwelling on the snakebit smartphone vendor's past missteps and look instead to what the company plans to do tomorrow.
Neil McAllister, 30 Dec 2013
LG Smart TV

LG to bring Palm's webOS BACK FROM THE DEAD in TVs next week – report

South Korean electronics giant LG plans to debut its first smart TV based on the webOS operating system next week, industry insiders claim.
Neil McAllister, 30 Dec 2013