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Guess what happened when T-Mobile US's boss trolled AT&T's CES party

CES 2014 T-Mobile US chief executive John Legere posed for photos during a surprise appearance at rival AT&T's CES party – and was then reportedly thrown out by security.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jan 2014

Whoa, hold on, Earth: Wolfram's discovered the 'Internet of Things'

Wolfram Research likes big datasets, and there's a growing number and variety of Internet of Things connected devices, so it's a natural pairing really: the company ha announced a project to create what it calls a “definitive, curated, source of systematic knowledge about connected devices”.

Yahoo!, Summly to publish News Digest: An app for Generation-TL;DR

CES 2014 Morning and evening newspapers may be a vanishing breed, but Yahoo! is breathing life into them on the iPhone with the launch of a news summary app for iOS: Yahoo News Digest.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2014

Bosch launches obligatory Internet of Things push

Bosch is the latest of the industrial majors to get on the Internet of Things bandwagon, setting up a new division to focus on devices, software, and expertise to consolidate its sensor-based applications.
Red Hat Shadowman logo

Red Hat teams up with community-based RHEL lookalike CentOS

Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat has announced a new partnership with the CentOS Project aimed at developing new versions of the community-developed CentOS Linux distribution that take advantage of the latest open-source technologies.
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2014
Circuit on artificial eye

Circuits so flexible they'd wrap around your hair

This could be the ultimate in “wearable computing”: while CES visitors are excited about Intel's earbuds, Swiss scientists have created a circuit so flexible it can wrap around a human hair.
Beta Pictoris b imaged by GPI

ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris snapped by Earth's Gemini 'scope

Earth-based exoplanet hunter, the Gemini Planet Imager, has released the results of its first observation run, a direct image of Beta Pictoris b.

OpenSUSE forums hacked in ANOTHER vBulletin attack

Linux distro openSUSE’s public forums have been compromised and defaced and tens of thousands of user email addresses exposed after a hacker exploited a zero day flaw in the underlying vBulletin software.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Jan 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash

Ex-Sun mafioso sleeps with the VCs: Netflix guru quits to help fund startups

Top cloud industry veteran Adrian Cockcroft has left Netflix for venture-capital firm Battery Ventures: he'll now help investors spot companies worthy of a slurp from Battery's $900m trough of valley lucre.
Jack Clark, 08 Jan 2014

Apple lifts skirt, flashes leg at shoppers on Chinese web mall

Apple has taken the unprecedented step of touting its wares on a third party e-commerce platform in a bid to step up sales in China, with the launch of a TMall storefront.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Jan 2014
Imation 2-in-1 Micro USB Flash Drive

Thought the toilet camera was weird? Try actual thumb flash drives from tech's supershow

CES 2014 CES wouldn’t be CES without thumbdrive nonsense and it doesn’t disappoint this year, with one device modelled after a rocking toy and another whose USB stick has no cap for you to lose.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2014
The Pirate Bay logo

Block The Pirate Bay? Arrr, me hearties, new P2P client could sink that plan

Infamous file-sharing-network search engine The Pirate Bay is at work on new software that's designed to help it evade state-imposed internet censorship, sources claim.
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2014
Nokia Lumia 520

Pre-Xmas phone numbers: Apple slips, Windows Phone grabs 1 in 10 new sales

Microsoft's smartphone gains in Europe haven't been matched in the world's two biggest markets, the USA and China, according to the latest Kantar tech panel.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jan 2014
Larry Ellison

Oracle swallows Corente, hopes to kick rivals in software networking bits

Oracle is buying software defined networking specialist Corente, upping the stakes in telecoms and cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2014

Justice minister tries to further delay snoop silo laws in Germany

Germany might further delay its implementation of the Data Retention Directive despite facing potential financial penalties of more than €300,000 for each day it fails to transpose it into national law, according to media reports.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Jan 2014

Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

Virgin Media is on the naughty step with the UK's advertising watchdog, after wrongly claiming in two separate circulars that its broadband service was available in areas where the ad was posted through people's letterboxes.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014

Indirect proposition: Inside IBM UK software supremo's profit plan

Interview IBM’s Stephen Smith shrugs off our suggestion there’s more pressure on him now than ever before. And no wonder: he is a man with a profit-generating plan.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2014

Low power WON'T bag ARM the server crown. So here's how to upset Intel

Exclusive In the last days of 2013, Calxeda, the ambitious startup that hoped to design ARM processors for data-center servers, imploded.
Jack Clark, 08 Jan 2014

All-flash array fettler Pure Storage: Snowball, sueballs and... an IPO?

Out of the blue we have heard that Pure Storage is making groundwork preparations for an IPO.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2014

Campaign to kick NSA man from crypto standards group fails

National Security Agency employee Kevin Igoe is to keep his position on the panel of an influential internet standards working group, the powers-that-be decided last weekend.
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2014

Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

CES 2014 Certain products exist to burnish a company's image rather than fatten its bottom line, and Sony's new 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector, able to project ultra-high definition video images of up to 147 inches on any wall, is a shining example.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2014
iPad iBooks app

Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

Apple has asked a New York court to kick the antitrust monitor the beaks appointed off the company's payroll, accusing him of being biased against the fruity firm.
Google's Android statues

Facebook spies Little Eye, gulps it down: They said we needed mobile

Facebook has bought an Indian startup that specialises in testing apps for Google's Android mobile operating system for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014

iOS motion control iRing here at last ... but it's NOT made by Apple

CES 2014 In 2013, the rumour mill churned out the possibility of the Apple iRing motion controller and 2014 sees this become a reality. However, the iRing isn’t made by Apple but by IK Multimedia, a music technology firm that has an enduring love affair with iOS.
Bob Dormon, 08 Jan 2014
Cnidaria jellyfish

Twitter co-founder wraps tentacles around Q&A market, squirts out Jelly

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launched a search app dubbed Jelly on Tuesday that he hopes will conquer the already packed-like-sardines online Q&A market.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014
The Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its first flight May 22, 2013

US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

The US Navy has completed early test flights on a drone aircraft which sports a wingspan of more than 130 feet (39.9m).
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jan 2014
Ballmer Winodws 8 launch

Microsoft's next CEO: Who it WON'T be – Ford turn-around chief Mulally

Microsoft’s next CEO won’t be Ford Motor Company's turn-around star Alan Mulally.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2014

Cygnus space truck poised for blast-off (again) TODAY

Update 2 All being well, Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus space truck (PDF) will soar heavenwards later today en route to the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 08 Jan 2014
Tony Blair closes the RSA 2012 conference

Infosec experts boycott RSA conflab over alleged 'secret' NSA contract

More security researchers are boycotting next month's US edition of the RSA Conference in protest against an alleged "secret deal" the company is said to have struck with the National Security Agency.
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2014

Shambolic search for new head of EU privacy watchdog halted

Exclusive A seven-month long search for a new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has ended chaotically, after five candidates who were shortlisted for the job failed to meet Brussels' strict criteria, The Register has learned.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014

Whew! 13-year-old lawsuit finally over, but it did smack our bottom line - Micron

Micron’s business is booming with first quarter 2014 revenues surging to $4.04bn.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2014
Panasonic My Home Screen

Speaking in Tech: When will I buy a 4K TV? When they make one that LOOKS COOL

Podcast Podcast The S.I.T. crew start the new year off with a bang with a killer episode of the tech podcast. This week, Sarah Vela takes an extra week of vacation while Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch chum it up with Mark Twomey of EMC, better known as StorageZilla.
Team Register, 08 Jan 2014
Long-exposure Hubble Space Telescope image of massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744 (foreground) and some of the faintest and youngest galaxies ever detected in space.

New snaps show dazzling young galaxies furiously spawning stars - 13 BILLION years ago

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the deepest image ever made of any cluster of galaxies, spying some of the youngest galaxies ever detected in space, including four bright young things as they appeared 13 billion years ago.
Photo of a stack of Google Chromebooks

Google tickled with TINY fine from French privacy watchdog

Google's failure to comply with France's data protection law over the ad giant's 2012 privacy policy tweak has landed it with a minuscule fine of just €150,000.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014
Nintendo 3DS

Let's-a go: Nintendo shares spike as China says yes to foreign console sales

Shares in Nintendo jumped over 10 per cent in Tokyo to a two-and-a-half year high after China said that it would lift a ban on sales of foreign game consoles.
Scrooge McDuck


Just weeks after Google Buses carrying staff to work were held up and embroiled in anti-gentrification protests by furious Californians, Google has announced a solution.
Jack Clark, 08 Jan 2014

Prez Bush email hacker Guccifer is BACK: A-list celebs' inboxes 'raided'

A webmail hacker called Guccifer – most famous for raiding the email inboxes of former US president George H W Bush's family – has been exceptional busy of late.
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2014
Steam engine

No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

CES 2014 Valve has used the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to reveal more than a dozen hardware partners that have signed on to build gaming consoles based on its SteamOS gaming platform.
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2014
Zombie cloud

Citrix counters Amazon's ambush of virtual desks with Framehawk gobble

Amazon's launch of virtual desktop infrastructure has already scared the competition into panic buys, judging by Citrix's gulping of thrifty virtual desktop and app deliverer Framehawk.
Jack Clark, 08 Jan 2014
3D Systems ChefJet

Haters of lurid supershow CES: The consumer tech market is still SHRINKING

CES 2014 As the tech world revels in its orgy of big screens, baffling gadgets and marketing hype that is the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, analysts predict further decline in the, er, consumer electronics market.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jan 2014
BlackBerry Curve 8520

BlackBerry CEO: I LOVE keyboards, so if you want them, you'll get them

CES 2014 According to BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen*, the hardscrabble smartphone maker's next wave of products will return to tried-and-true form factors, complete with the company's hallmark hardware keyboards.
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2014
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Atlassian's UK-IPO plans: Smart business isn't a disaster

Australia's IT patriots' heads are spinning today, with news that Oz innovation poster-child Atlassian is going to move its head office to London, in preparation for an IPO it plans later this year.