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Xbox One and chum

Wow, gamers on YouTube really love the Xbox One. It's like they were paid to say that (Hint: they are)

Updated Microsoft has admitted it promised to slip hard coin to gamers who upload favorable reviews of its Xbox One console to YouTube.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2014
University of Rochester's quantum characterisation experiment

Boffins measure 27 quantum states of light

One of the key tenets of quantum mechanics, that it's impossible to measure a quantum state without collapsing the wave function, has taken an arrow to the knee, courtesy of a University of Rochester experiment.
Frodo and the Ring

IBM trudges onward despite hardware weight around its neck

IBM reported fourth-quarter earnings that were a mixed bag on Tuesday, with hardware remaining the chief thorn in Big Blue's side – as has been the case throughout its fiscal 2013.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2014
Evil Android

Israeli Android researchers demo VPN vulnerability

The Ben Gurion University security researchers who tangled with Samsung over its KitKat security implementation have posted a follow-up, in which they demonstrate how a malicious app could bypass some VPN protections in Android.
management regulation1

US can't get its hands on Navy hacker Victor Faur, aka SirVic

A Slovenian court has declined America's request to extradite hacker Victor Faur, on the basis that he's already received a sentence in Romania.

Australia floats plan for national social media regulator

Australia has floated a plan to regulate social media at a federal level.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2014
CERNs ASACUSA experiment


CERN scientists in the ASACUSA experiment have successfully fired a beam of antimatter and “unambiguously” tested it over a 2.7 metre distance.
HP Omni 27 all-in-one desktop PC

'Asian growth will save PC sales' theory goes down in flames

The APAC PC market suffered its biggest ever yearly decline of 10 per cent in 2013 and the 108 million unit total for sales was made to look good by major government spending in India, according to IDC.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Jan 2014
4chan founder Moot bashes Facebook

Not even 1.4m users can save 4Chan founder Chris Poole's startup

Being the (in)famous founder of 4Chan looks like a pretty good platform from which to kick off a mobile application startup.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2014

Philippine govt to hacktivists: Please don't hit your shiny new site

The Philippine government has come up with a novel approach to combatting the hacktivist threat: ask any cyber ne’er-do-wells politely but firmly to stay away from their web sites.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Jan 2014

Hey, Silk Road dealers: Looking for new life? Pay for a biz course with Bitcoin

A British university has become the first educational establishment in the world to allow its students to pay fees using Bitcoin.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jan 2014
bug on keyboard

Botnet PC armies gulp down 16 MILLION logins from around the web: Find out if you're a victim

Officials in Germany have warned that large networks of hijacked, hacker-controlled PCs – aka botnets – have harvested 16 million email address and password combinations for websites and other online services.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2014

UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

UK gamers believer they're bumping into that country's mandatory ISP-level smut filters, courtesy of a filename that accidentally red-flags the purience-punting grumble-blockers.
Teaspoon with lumps of sugar

Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

Scientists at Virginia Tech have come up with a new battery that uses one of nature's most common forms of energy storage – sugar.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2014
Sony FDR-AX100E

Sony brings 4K shooting to the masses in weeks

Hands on Las Vegas is about 5,200 miles (c. 8,400km) from Blighty’s capital, which makes CES a bit of schlep for all but the terminally keen. Knowing this, Sony UK showcased its finest for 2014 to the UK press this week, from 4K camcorders to er, 4K tellies... with some laptop goodness in between.
Bob Dormon, 22 Jan 2014

Nokia's Android? It's not for the likes of us…

Images of a Nokia phone running a forked branch of Android have been circulating since November - when the project was still very much alive - with many more tumbling out of leak sites last week.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2014

Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

It's January again: and that means it's time for our annual letter from the Audit Bureau of Circulation, telling us Vultures how we did in our regular November audit of site traffic last year.
Team Register, 22 Jan 2014

BT-owned ISP Plusnet fails to plug security hole on its customer signup page

Exclusive Sheffield-based telco Plusnet isn't doing any of its new customers "proud" right now, after an anonymous source told The Register that the company was currently transmitting personal details over an unencrypted web page.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2014

We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

Review The Powers That Be at El Reg originally asked me to take a shufty at the Ouya gaming box when it first launched in the middle of 2013. I demurred. It seemed obvious to me at the time that the success or failure of this Kickstarter poster child would depend entirely on the enthusiasm with which game makers and the wider developer community clasped the Ouya to their respective bosoms.
Alun Taylor, 22 Jan 2014

Coraid gets $29m VC cash boost. It's too early for an IPO: what gives?

Ethernet storage startup Coraid has got itself $29.3m in fresh funding after appointing a new CEO, David Kresse, in September last year.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2014
iPad and iPad mini

HOT AIR-FILLED Apple fanbois SHUNNED iPad 2 at Xmas

Novelty-seeking Apple fanbois turned their backs on the iPad 2 in the run up to Xmas, heralding the imminent demise of the ancient legacy fondleslab.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jan 2014
Scrooge McDuck

WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

The cash-strapped OpenBSD Foundation has raised $100,000, potentially saving it from the brink of oblivion.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2014
Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

Updated The company behind the wildly successful Candy Crush Saga mobile games franchise already has its mitts on the European trademark for the word "candy" and is now awaiting approval for its application for the same thing in the US.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2014
Bezos headshot

Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

Exclusive Amazon is one of the most technically influential companies operating today – but you wouldn't know it, thanks to a dearth of published research papers and negligible code contributions to the open-source projects it relies on.
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014

Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

Virgin Media has been walloped by Britain's advertising watchdog for failing to clearly explain that a half-price deal it was flogging did not apply to line rental.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2014

Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

A number of vulture firms have swooped in to feast on the desktop access carcass left by the death of LogMeIn's free service.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jan 2014
The Pirate Bay logo

Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

Exclusive Plusnet is developing its own network-level filter to allow subscribers to censor content on its broadband service as well as help the telco suffocate access to websites linking to pirated material, The Register has learned.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2014

AMD starts year, checks watch, hurries out Warsaw Opterons

Chip fiddler AMD has delivered two new Opteron chips for data centers keen on getting their mits on low-cost servers built to Facebook's "Open Compute" design.
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014
Cat yawning

Our robot overlords won't be evil cyborgs: Prepare for whisker-equipped ROBO-KITTIES

Given the world's (bizarre) fondness for all things feline, folks will no doubt be delighted to discover that our robot overlords could be whiskery robot cats instead of creepy robot humanoids.
European Space Agency logo

ESA's Sentinel-1 earth-gazing satellite will be flung aloft later this year

The European Space Agency's (ESA'S) Copernicus earth observation mission is about to take flight, with the agency yesterday revealing that the program's first satellite is undergoing final tests before its launch later this year.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2014
IBMStorage Revenues by quarter

IBM needs to sell its stuttering storage biz lines

Blocks and Files IBM’s storage results are down in the dumps and we’re sure it’s in talks to sell off its server business to Lenovo. Should it sell off its storage business too?
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2014
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

IBM's top brass forgo bonuses after drop in yearly profits

IBM's top execs are forgoing their bonuses this year after a five per cent drop in sales and a per cent dip in net profit.
using mobile when, er, upwardly mobile

Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

A generous allocation of 4,128 MHz worth of spectrum running from 27.5GHz to 30GHz (albeit not contiguous) will give data speeds of 50Mbit/sec to a single plane or ship and an estimated 10Mbit/sec per user thanks to a new frequency allocation from Ofcom.
Simon Rockman, 22 Jan 2014
Crying girl being comforted by a woman

UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

Aria Technology has received a telling-off from the Advertising Standards Agency for failing to respond to a complaint about a hard drive promotion which the toothless watchdog deemed to be "misleading".
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2014
A sapphire gemstone

Apple-aligned firm opens sapphire glass factory. iPhone 6 rumours, DEPLOY

Apple manufacturing partner GT Advanced has embarked on a hiring drive for its brand new sapphire-glass-producing iFactory.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jan 2014

Nvidia splits with Euro sales chief Faulkner

Grizzled Nvidia hand Fiona Faulkner has left to "try out something new", much to the surprise of industry folk that had her down as almost one of the fixtures and fittings.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2014

Docker loads up $15m to push containerization into bit barns

Containerization expert Docker has slurped $15m in filthy valley lucre to help it push its tech further into data centers under the leadership of a new, experienced chief executive.
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014

Spanish cops tweet handy dope-smuggling advice

The Spanish National Police force endeared itself to potheads on Tuesday when it obliging responded a Twitter query regarding the best way to smuggle dope through airport customs.
Lester Haines, 22 Jan 2014

Korean credit card bosses offer to RESIGN over huge data breach

An IT contractor has been arrested over the theft of credit card and personal details of 20 million South Koreans.
John Leyden, 22 Jan 2014
Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush King went 'too far' when it candy crushed my app – dev

The developer behind the Candy Slots iOS game has said Candy Crush Saga-maker King has gone "too far" with its enforcement of its trademark on the word CANDY.
Windows 8.1 Start screen

Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

A set of screenshots leaked to the web purports to show how Microsoft is working to better integrate Metro-style apps with the classic desktop in a forthcoming update to Windows 8.1.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2014
Hubble shot of M82

Amateurs find the 'HOLY GRAIL' supernova – right on our doorstep

Pics Exploding stars aren't an uncommon event in a universe with billions upon billions of stars in billions upon billions of galaxies – but catching an explosion in the act on our galactic doorstep is rare.

How much do you trust T-Mobile US? Enough to let it be your bank?

T-Mobile US is now offering debit cards that can be managed using a smartphone app.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2014
anonymous logo

Anonymous: Sign this petition or we'll … get mad about the media?

Entities using the name and iconography often associated with hacktivist collective Anonymous and declaring themselves the Brisbane outpost of the non-organisation have taken a step in a new direction: winning support for convicted drug trafficker Schapelle Corby.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2014

SimpleAir wins patent suit against Google

Google could be hit with a bill less than one twenty-fifth of what it paid for Nest, after losing a patent lawsuit with minnow SimpleAir.
Paintings by George W Bush

Celebrity email cracker 'Guccifer' cuffed in Romania: reports

“Guccifer”, the hacker who made celebrity e-mail account hijacks his specialty and first gained notoriety for raiding the inboxes of George H W Bush's family, has reportedly been arrested in Romania.