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Q and Bond, Skyfall

How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

Analysis A leaked NSA cyber-arms catalog has shed light on the technologies US and UK spies use to infiltrate and remotely control PCs, routers, firewalls, phones and software from some of the biggest names in IT.
Iain Thomson, 31 Dec 2013

Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

Year in Review "Selfie" is the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year. There's nothing new about a "selfie" - it's a self-portrait - but a perfect storm of social networks and smartphones has given popularity to a word and an act even world leaders feel it's OK to do on really serious occasions.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Dec 2013
Space Shuttle Endeavor buzzes the Golden Gate Bridge

Blame Silicon Valley for the NSA's data slurp... and what to do about it

Comment Widespread ridicule has greeted the announcement that eight giant technology companies led by Google and including Facebook and LinkedIn were going to save us from the NSA.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Dec 2013
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Cheeky LOHAN chaps in gutsy snatch at El Reg's paper spaceplane crown

In an audacious and extremely cheeky high altitude operation over the weekend, Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team members Dave Akerman and Anthony Stirk had a pop at our Guinness World Record for the highest-altitude paper plane launch.
Lester Haines, 31 Dec 2013

HP: We're axing 29,000 workers? Add another 5,000 to that

HP will lay off 5,000 more workers than the 29,000 positions earmarked for redundancy in July.
Chris Mellor, 31 Dec 2013
TALOS-wearing US serviceman

Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

The US military is accelerating its program to build a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) – an exoskeleton-mounted computer system for the soldier of tomorrow.
Iain Thomson, 31 Dec 2013