IBM plays with its Lego, hits upon System X server redesign brainwave
IBM's new range of System X servers are built like Lego, but rather than letting you build castles or spacecraft, Big Blue hopes they'll become the foundation of fat databases with tough input-output requirements.
Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road
It's safe to wear Google Glass behind the wheel after a California court struck down a woman's traffic citation – which was issued by a highway patrolman for wearing the head-mounted computer.
FCC boss: I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep net neutrality down
In the wake of a ruling stripping America's Federal Communications Commission of much of its net neutrality enforcement power, its chairman Tom Wheeler suggested that the watchdog will find other ways to maintain open access.
Put down that airbrush, now you can touch up hot models in REAL LIFE
Adobe has updated its Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) so that users can output their designs to 3D printers.
Mexican drink-driver shopped to cops - by his own gobby parakeet
Cops in Mexico City who pulled over a 49-year-old driver for drink-driving were left in no doubt of the poor chap's state when his pet parakeet sang like a canary.
Java, Android were THE wide-open barn doors of security in 2013 - report
While it was another tough year for network security all around, 2013 was particularly hard on users of Java and Android, new research from Cisco has found.
Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics
Google's skunkworks "X" lab is building a contact lens that can monitor glucose levels in the tears of diabetics, and warn them when it drops too low.
Riverbed: We don't want your steenkin' $3.1 BEELLION
Jerry Kenelly's Riverbed board has declined billionaire activist investor Paul Singer's Elliott Management's unsolicited bid for Riverbed.
'Xiaomi is good enough to break the American market' - Apple's Woz
QuotwThis was the week when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak rather bizarrely backed a Chinese firm that's been roundly mocked for emulating the fruity firm.
EU eyes UHF spectrum: What do you think, biz bods... broadband?
The European Union has formed a new advisory group to work out what the future uses of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz) should be. And the list of representatives to the board reflects a more political than technical take on this, with company presidents and director generals listed rather than CTOs.
KPMG cuts its funding for UK.gov's Cyber Security Challenge
KPMG is cutting back on its sponsorship of the UK government-backed Cyber Security Challenge after concluding the puzzle-based focus of the competition is failing to attract the right kind of potential recruits into the infosec profession.
MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines
Product Round-upBitcoins are either the new bubble economy or the future of online commerce. It’s not the first time anonymous e-money has been tried – ask Mondex – but Bitcoin does seem to have traction.
HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not
ReviewAt a recent event when HP was handing out Elitebooks and other gadgetry to the great and the good of the UK’s tech press, a thought crossed my mind as the options presented themselves. Shall I go for the eminently portable Elitebook 820 G1 12.5in model or the somewhat chunkier 14in 840 G1? With you, dear reader, in mind, I had a good long ponder on this.
Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers
T Mobile customers are baying for blood after a glitch wiped out their pay-as-you-go mobile credit.
KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'
ExclusiveHull's dominant telco, KC, is investigating revelations of what appears to be poor handling of the company's customer data. This comes after a recent sign-up claimed one of its engineers had unwittingly exposed a customer spreadsheet containing the telephone numbers, user IDs and unencrypted passwords of all its subscribers.
International child abuse webcam ring smashed after routine police check
A routine visit to a registered sex offender in Northamptonshire has led to the uncovering of a global child abuse ring.
How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013
Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames.
My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC
Something for the Weekend, Sir?I think I have 30 email addresses; I’m not sure. I suspect there may be others. I have them on every computer and even carry some around on my smartphone. At the height of my addiction, I was creating domains and distributing email addresses to my wife and my employees. I even gave some to my kids.
Cybercrooks slide fingers into TELLIES+FRIDGES, spam splurge ensues
Miscreants have launched an Internet of Things-based cyberattack involving household "smart" appliances.
EE owners: Yeah, we're cool with things as they are... IPO? Nah, not really
The owners of Blighty's EE mobile operator have said that they're going to hang onto the company for now, delaying potential plans to float the firm or sell off their stakes.
How to survive the end-of-quarter SLOGFEST
OpinionMost of us working in the channel are no strangers to pressure. For better or worse it’s part and parcel of the job and when it all goes your way, there’s no better feeling in the world.
Bitcoin's so over. We're mining Primeco... Oh SNAP, my box is a ZOMBIE!
Security experts have warned crypto-currency fans of malware hidden in certain miners for Bitcoin-alike cryptocurrency Primecoin.
LOHAN develops amazing mind-reading powers
There's been a lull in the flighting on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front over Xmas and New Year, but the team has emerged from the festivities revitalised and ready for action.
Array with you: IBM takes on upstarts with new RamSan flash cram
Big Blue has burst onto the all-flash array scene afresh with a million-plus IOPS box; its first in-house FlashSystem since buying TMS a year and a half ago
Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%
It was once the king of consoles, but the formerly mighty Nintendo has been forced to admit that sales of its flagship Wii U are likely to flop.
IBM pumps $1.2bn into 15 new data centres
IBM plans to grow its data centre estate to 40 sites throughout the world, after it confirmed today that it was investing $1.5bn in the strategy.
Acer writes off MEELLIONS again, scraps raw materials
Beleaguered PC maker Acer is back in the red again after scrapping millions of pounds worth of raw materials inventory as the first move to "dig" itself out of a deepening hole.
EMC confirms arrival of channel vet as COO EMEA
EMC has confirmed that former Colt and Computacenter bigwig Simon Walsh will land at the firm as COO for EMEA, as revealed by El Chan this week.
Google grabs slice of interwebs for EVERYONE (who speaks Japanese)
Google has announced its first successful move into new gTLDs with the launch of .みんな for the Japanese market.
Tech City UK boss legs it, dumps project in lap of BlackBerry exec
Joanna Shields has jacked in her £115,000 job as CEO of Tech City UK to join the London Stock Exchange Group.
Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge
Apple's objections to its court-appointed antitrust monitor show exactly why the fruity firm needs an outsider keeping watch on its competition practices, the judge in the case has said.
Crippling server 'leccy bill risks sinking OpenBSD Foundation
The project behind OpenBSD risks going dark after receiving a crippling server electricity bill which it needs help to pay off.
Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure
American officials are preparing to sell off $28m worth of Bitcoin which was seized during the operation to shut down the Silk Road online drugs market last year.
Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like
PicsCitizens of smog-choked Beijing can watch a sunset on a massive LED display in Tiananmen Square, which will remind them of what the sun and sky look like.
Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA
President Obama has today outlined his plans to tweak the rules under which US intelligence services monitor their own population and citizens of countries around the world.
Intel confirms it will axe 5,400 workers in 2014
UpdatedIntel plans to cut its workforce by approximately 5,400 employees this year, a company spokesman told The Reg.
Trio allege in court: You sold our ZIP codes, Apple, now hand over $5m!
Apple is being sued by a trio of customers who claim the company sells their personal information in violation of Massachusetts law.