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Bee with sensor attached

E-tagged insects a buzz for research

Australian science agency the CSIRO is fitting sensors onto thousands of honeybees in a research program designed to shed light on colony collapses.

Hyper-fast Wi-Fi chip guru Wilocity: Cisco dalliance is our ticket to enterprise

CES 2014 WiGig pioneer Wilocity, developer of 5Gbps 802.11ad Wi-Fi chippery, has shipped more than a million of its chipsets, but it has bigger plans for the future of its tri-band 60GHz, 5GHz, and 2.4GHz chipsets – including using them to turn desktop phones made by its new partner, Cisco, into wireless desktop hubs.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jan 2014

Using Hadoop for data on Google's cloud? Google would rather you didn't

Google wants to shift heavy users of its cloud services away from an open-source, community-developed filesystem and into its own proprietary Colossus tech.
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014
management regulation1

Access row halts Megaport connections

An argument over access to data centre customers has spilled into a public spat, with Megaport founder Bevan Slattery accusing PIPE Networks – which he also founded and then sold to TPG Networks – of blocking access to customer connections in its data centres.
The NSA Unchained

Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

The NSA has compromised almost 100,000 computers around the world in its quest to get its tentacles into air-gapped computers operated by adversaries such as the Chinese Army.
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014

Security holes in Word, the Windows kernel and Adobe Flash. Party like it's Patch Tuesday again

Flaws in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps that allow hackers to execute malicious code on vulnerable systems have been fixed in Redmond's latest monthly batch of security bug fixes.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jan 2014
TABBY design

Open source project gives cars the Ikea treatment

A successful demo-build video, in which a flat-pack gets turned into a driveable chassis in 41 minutes, has focussed attention on an open-source car project, OSVehicle.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Samsung targets South Korean army recruits

Electronics giant Samsung has enlisted the help of an unusual ally in its on-going recruitment efforts: the South Korean army.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Jan 2014
Kit Kat Browser fail

Rap for KitKat in crap app wrap trap flap: Android 4.4 is 'meant to work like that'

Google has rebuffed users and devs calling on the internet king to reinstate text wrapping, broken and replaced in Android 4.4 aka KitKat.
Hong Kong taxi typhoon flood

Hong Kong’s mobile-mad cabbies told to ditch dashboard devices

Hong Kong’s taxi drivers may soon have to give up on the common practice of driving with multiple smartphones attached to the dashboard, after a union branded it dangerous.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Jan 2014

Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

An Irish competitive mountain biker required delicate surgical intervention after his wedding tackle came off the worse for wear after a collision with his bike, resulting in a seven-week erection.
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2014

Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm

A massive Antarctic glacier is in irreversible decline and will add up to a centimeter to world sea levels in the next 20 years, claim polar scientists.
Iain Thomson, 15 Jan 2014
Coinye logo

'You win, Kanye': Coinye creators throw in towel after rapper sues

The short and turbulent life of Coinye, the digital cryptocurrency named after rapper Kanye West, has come to an end.
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2014
Chrome browser

Latest Chrome adds Chrome OS flavor to Windows 8 'Metro' mode

Google on Tuesday delivered a new stable version of Chrome that offers a few features previously only available in beta versions, as well as giving a major overhaul to the UI of the browser's Windows 8 mode.
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2014
New EMC VNX range

EMC: We've stomped out VNX2 reboot issue

We've been hearing about a bug in EMC's VNX2 software which causes it to reboot every 80 days.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014
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EU pulls out antitrust probe, prods Euro pay-TV contracts

The EU is launching an anti-competition probe of major Hollywood studios and Europe's biggest pay-TV networks over their exclusive licensing deals.
Remeber me?

Plastic iPhone 5Cs? Nah, we'll flog India our OLD iPhone 4 models - report

While sales of Apple's brand new "not-so-budget budget phone" 5C founder, Apple may have found a way to take on Samsung in India.
Simon Rockman, 15 Jan 2014
Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

Explained: How LSI and Oracle cooked up magical flash-embiggening sauce

Oracle and LSI have magicked up a way for LSI’s Nytro server flash cards to hold more data than they’re seemingly physically capable of holding and called it Dynamic Logical Capacity (DLC). How does it work?
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014
JC Boyle saluting device patent

Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

John Watkinson is an expert witness and on many occasions has had to deal with patent litigation. Here he describes the application of ideas in the art of invention both historically and currently from Galileo to patent trolls.
John Watkinson, 15 Jan 2014
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Datatec: Oh no, EPS will be 20% lower than we expected

Enterprise tech group Datatec's share price has dived after it issued a warning that profit for this fiscal may be at least some $13m lighter than forecast, blaming distie wing Westcon US for the bottom line decline.
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014
Monk tech support

Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

Tech support scammers have begun targeting smartphone and tablet users with offers to fix non-existent problems – for exorbitant fees.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2014

Valve gives Oculus Rift a whirl with SteamVR mode

Valve is trialing support for the Oculus Rift in its Steam platform.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jan 2014
NFC works on trams in Nice

Pay-by-bonk on the blink: O2 loses Wallet

UK mobile network O2's Wallet was supposed to be the start of its move into the banking biz, with your mobile phone playing the role of bank card.
Simon Rockman, 15 Jan 2014

Why Flash storage will be fast and furious in 2014

Flash had a fantastic year in 2013 with an enormous number of developments.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014
Nest Labs' The Nest

Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

Analysis Google’s proposed $3.2bn purchase of Nest Labs, a maker of internet-connected round-the-home devices, shows that the online advertising giant considers the Internet of Things a serious proposition. A very serious proposition.
Tony Smith, 15 Jan 2014

Ex-2e2 staffers STILL waiting for wages owed

The frustration for hundreds of 2e2 staffers waiting to discover if they are to be paid wages owed to them continues nearly a year after the Berkshire-based integrator went under in dramatic circumstances.
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014

Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

The Tory-led UK government is desperate for success stories with its big IT projects. As Whitehall ministers increasingly confess to big problems with various tech deployments, they keep turning to the private sector - and specifically execs who delivered the London 2012 Olympic Games* - to help rescue troubled schemes.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014

Cyberspies blast Icefog into US targets' backdoors

Miscreants behind a cyberespionage campaign have changed their methods to take advantage of Java-based malware.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2014
Nokia Lumia Windows Phone Update

Nokia Lumia update spreads Black death

Hands on Nokia has been rolling out its latest Windows Phone update across multiple territories over this last week, to much fanfare. The update, simply called Nokia Black, offers interface and camera enhancements to a range of existing Lumia handsets, further differentiating its Windows phones portfolio from the rest of the pack. There are fun-packed thrills to be had with this update or so we’re told but for an increasing number of users installing Nokia Black, there have been tears before bedtime too.
Bob Dormon, 15 Jan 2014
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE 2010 Launch Markets

HDS and Verizon pair up to take on Rackspace, Amazon in the clouds

Verizon’s public cloud, which we've already heard is to use Oracle's Database, is going to offer a storage service based on HDS’s Content Platform.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014

EU gives Google JUST WEEKS to submit stronger search biz concessions

Google is being strong-armed by the competition wing of the European Commission to quickly come up with a revised and more palatable offer to fix for its alleged abuse of dominance in the search market.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014
Syrian Electronic Army threat tweet

HACKLASH! Syrian Electronic Army's website hacked by angry rivals

The notorious hacktivists of the Syrian Electronic Army have received an unwelcome dose of their own medicine, after their official website was defaced by a Turkish hacking crew.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2014
Inside Intel Penang factory

Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages

Intel is going to leave a massive new multibillion-dollar chip factory empty in Arizona as the slump in the PC market continues.
apple's 'intel inside' tv ad

Intel uncorks marketing syrup, pours over 16 cloud providers

Cloud computing has wrecked the carefully tended brands of tech infrastructure providers by smothering their dodgy logos in layers and layers of opaque software, and Intel is not content to let all that expensive marketing go to waste.
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014

Google appeals against French data watchdog over privacy policy fine

Google has appealed against France's data protection watchdog, which said last week that the ad giant had failed to comply with its privacy laws - the result was a paltry, yet maximum, fine of €150,000.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014
management strategy3

EMC hires channel veteran as new EMEA COO

Exclusive Former Colt Technology Services grand fromage Simon Walsh is set to become one of the top brass at EMC EMEA, according to multiple industry sources.
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014
Another way to pay with your mobile phone

Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES

+Comment British banks HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank have all signed up to Zapp's mobile payment system, allowing their customers to pay using a tablet or smartphone.
Simon Rockman, 15 Jan 2014
Doomsday clock

DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

Top boffins have refused to shift the quivering minute hand of technological Armageddon from its position at five minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock.

Speaking in Tech: Cloud storage FAIL (as airline loses suitcase)

Podcast Podcast Another week in tech, and another banter-packed installment of El Reg's one-and-only podcast. Join your your hosts, Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela for a wrap-up of the week in tech and some insights from special guest Mark Thiele, executive veep of data centre tech at Switch.
Team Register, 15 Jan 2014

Wells Fargo gathers bank 'n' gov bigwigs to discuss Bitcoin 'rules'

America's biggest bank, Wells Fargo, has called together finance execs, virtual currency experts and US government officials to talk about the "rules of engagement" when it comes to virtual money Bitcoin.

Hosting outfit goes PERMANENTLY TITSUP after 'lifetime' plans kill biz

A US-based web hosting firm has gone bust after it discovered too late that its "lifetime" plans for customers pretty much cost the company its (ahem) life.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook, 2012

Apple CEO on China Mobile: 'World's best' mobe with world's, uh, 'largest network'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has used a rare television interview to hail a "milestone" deal with China Mobile which is expected to result in millions of extra iPhone sales in the People's Republic.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Jan 2014

You came for the free tools, stayed with your credit card – Amazon's new cloud brainwave

Amazon Web Services has pressed a hundred products within its vibrant software ecosystem into a monthly try-before-you-buy scheme.
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014

Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

American parents whose children ran up huge bills from in-app purchases on Apple devices will be refunded $32.5m by the Cupertino titan.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jan 2014

'Toothless' environment protections in secretive global trade pact TPP leaked all over the web

Just days after an Australian government minister declared the Trans-Pacific Partnership “ready to be sealed”, another leak from the Salt Lake City round of talks reveals that the parties can't agree to the environmental chapters of the treaties, even though they're voluntary and largely unenforceable.
Angry woman on mobile

PGP wiz Phil Zimmermann and pals tout anti-snoop mobe – the Blackphone

Video A smartphone that tries to thwart eavesdroppers will be launched this summer by Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone and Silent Circle – the secure chat firm started by the inventors of PGP encryption.
Iain Thomson, 15 Jan 2014
Screenshot of Google Crisis Map

Licenses blocking third-party emergency warnings

Last weekend, a fire-storm in the Perth Hills destroyed 55 homes, and today, Victoria is facing fire conditions close to those experienced on “Black Saturday” in 2009 (having already suffered power cuts in the heatwave).