Google bus protests are Kristallnacht against the rich – tech VC legend
One of Silicon Valley's most venerable venture capitalists has provoked a storm by saying protests against private buses for hi-tech workers in the Bay Area, and the "demonization of the rich" by some, has parallels with the German Kristallnacht pogrom.
Department of Human Services removes Medicare from internet
Australia's Department of Human Services (DoHS) is working to re-instate redirects from some of its legacy websites.
Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way
AnalysisApple cranked out its best quarter of iPhone and iPad sales to date, thanks to a strong 2013 holiday shopping period, but its projections for the opening three months of 2014 have investors nervous.
Israel defence ministry, contractors phished by mystery attacker
Individuals in the Israeli Ministry of Defence are among the latest to fall victim to phishing attacks that gave attackers access to a number of the nation's government systems.
Internet giants, US gov agree to loosen secrecy of private info slurps
The US Department of Justice has agreed to allow internet companies to be more candid about what information they disclose to the government, albeit only slightly.
WhisperSystems creates 'suicide pill' for phones
The developers who jumped in early in the “Arab Spring” to create an encrypted communications app for Android have now gone a step further, crafting a geofenced self-destruct that can wipe a phone based on location.
US, Japan prep new rainfall sat for launch
NASA and Japan's space agency Jaxa are readying a satellite for a late-February launch, to give the world a high-precision global rainfall and snowfall observatory.
Got a TorMail account to avoid Uncle Sam's web snoops? About that...
It appears the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has a copy of a server used by TorMail – a hidden email service that tries to keep its users anonymous.
IBM reveals radical email interface rethink
IBM has revealed a radical new user interface for email at its Connect 2014 conference in the USA.
Teeny, tiny state machine could BREATHE NEW LIFE into Moore's Law
A team from Harvard University and the non-profit military contractor The MITRE Corporation are claiming a miniaturisation breakthrough with what they say is the smallest finite state machine ever built.
Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk
Sony got off to a terrible start to the week on Monday after credit ratings company Moody’s downgraded its status to junk thanks to the continuing poor performance of its TV and PC business.
Cops cuff alleged email hackers in GLOBAL bust
The FBI is claiming a major success after co-ordinating the arrest of alleged email hackers-for-hire in the US, Romania, India and China.
Tunguska object came from Mars say Russian boffins
Russian boffins have floated the idea that the Tunguska object, a meteorite that flattened swathes of Siberia in 1908, may have been a chunk of Mars.
Foxconn mulls US expansion as States compete for business
Contract manufacturing giant Foxconn could be set for a major expansion into the US, although not with the low-cost, labour intensive factories that have defined its presence in China.
Smartmobe market tops ONE BEEELION a year for first time
Market-watcher IDC says humanity managed to crank out 1.8 billion mobile phones last year, and 1,004.2 million of them were smartphones. That's more than double 2011's sales of 494m smartphones.
Google patents ROBO-TAXIS to ferry punters into advertiser's shops, restaurants, etc for free
What's holding you back from online shopping? Not being to touch or test drive the thing you desire before splashing the cash? What if someone were to drive you to the store, dealership or wherever, to seal the deal for free? Great idea, huh?
Radio boffins remember the future-ture-ture: From the Cold War to (White) SPAAAAACE
Attention radio boffins: hankering for a look at some vivacious valves? Have some ideas on what "could have been" had Britain gotten its hands on certain broadcasting tech just THAT much sooner? There's a wireless heritage special interest group at Cambridge Wireless with plenty of hot models to ponder from the past "100 years of radio", just the thing for transistor lovers, smartphone admirers and history buffs alike.
Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer
Those of you frustrated by the monochrome, single material output of 3D printers, and who happen to have very deep pockets, are directed to the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, hailed as the world's first full-colour machine.
Son of Stan made president of Acer's cloud and notebook biz
Stan Shih, the man who founded Acer and returned late last year to stem the losses and rebuild the organisation has elevated his eldest son to overlord of slabs and cloudy wares.
Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors
It is a simmering conflict between two rival organisations over how Blighty's rich computing history should be preserved and showcased.
Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious
What are we to do with Stephen Fry? Britain's go-to guy for advertisement voice-overs has had another attempt at explaining computing history, in his own unique way. But he's got it wrong, and at the same time sullied the memory of one of the industry's true pioneers.
Android holds steady as iOS and Windows Phone slip in Kantar reports
The closing months of 2013 saw Android gain ground on rivals in much of Europe and the US, as iOS and Windows Phone saw mixed results in the global market.
Android VPN redirect vuln now spotted lurking in Kitkat 4.4
Israeli researchers who specialise in ferreting out Android vulns have discovered a new flaw in KitKat 4.4 that allows an attacker to redirect secure VPN traffic to a third-party server.
Seagate plods along steadily despite promise of Xyratex buyout
Up and down: Seagate's second fiscal 2014 quarter grew looking back one quarter, but shrank looking back a year.
Mobe industry quails as Ofcom floats idea of QUADRUPLING 2G spectrum prices
The GSM Association has castigated Ofcom for wanting to quadruple the price of the mobile phone spectrum mostly used for 2G.
Aer Lingus opts for Tegile arrays, snubs EMC in shock move
Aer Lingus, the Irish airline with a name that sounds like ... (don't even go there - Ed.), has equipped itself with Tegile hybrid arrays instead of upgrading its existing EMC kit.
NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader
NatWest customers should watch out for lost credit card statements as an IT cockup has been blamed for one Register reader getting smacked with a late payment fee.
Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions
Apple has announced that it received less than 250 requests for data from US intelligence agencies in the first half of last year after the Obama administration slightly loosened restrictions on disclosing spooks' data requests.
WORLDWIDE SELFIE: Cosmonauts finally get ISS cameras working
A second spacewalk to install new high and medium definition cameras on the International Space Station appears to have been successful, despite reports that one camera's data link was experiencing problems.
Dell taps Sons of Cisco for networking Manhattan project
When you have a techology division that, in real estate terms, would be generously termed a "fixer-upper" there's little to lose by giving the keys to a young, ambitious competitor and welcoming them in to give the crumbling place a lick of paint.
GP surgeries MUST DO BETTER on data handling, says ICO
A number of GP surgeries in England allowed their employees to have unrestricted internet access - thereby increasing the risk of data being leaked, hacked and targeted by viruses, Britain's information watchdog warned today.
Toshiba twirls its HAMR, ponders whether to smash spinning rust
Toshiba shipped 22.7 million disk drives in the last calendar 2013, with numbers bulked up by its acquisition of HGST assets in 2012. But where is it going with its disk tech?
Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video
Many critics believe Google Glass is a threatening technology which could enable film piracy, erode personal privacy and bring about an era where we spend all our time plugged into the matrix.
BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update
BlackBerry has started to roll out the latest version of its eponymous Operating System. The tiny incremental increase in version numbering (from 10.2.0 to 10.2.1) belies its importance - for this version runs Android apps at full-tilt, thanks to trickery we described back in November and previewed earlier this month.
Here they come: Dot-word warehouse Donuts to launch new top-level domains this week
Upstart domain registry Donuts has announced that its first seven new global top-level domains (gTLDs) will be made available to the public on Wednesday, with more to come throughout the year.
Home-grown server kit saves Facebook 'a billion dollars'
Facebook says it has saved itself more than a billion dollars over the past three years by customizing its data-center hardware.
Accused fraudster Charles Shrem quits Bitcoin Foundation board
Charlie Shrem, the 24-year-old Bitcoin entrepreneur who was arrested on Monday on money-laundering charges, has resigned from his position as vice chairman of the board of the Bitcoin Foundation.
You shall not IT PASS! UK gov fishes tech catalogue out of bin as replacement stalls
The Crown Commercial Service that oversees how the UK public sector buys stuff has apparently granted an eight-month stay of execution to the Commodity IT Hardware & Software (CITHS) framework, through which Blighty's technology supply deals are brokered.
Bonk to enter: Starwood Hotels testing keyless check-in via mobe
Today you can place calls with your smartphone, you can take photos with it, and you can make payments with it. And if a new pilot program being launched by Starwood Hotels & Resorts pans out, one day you may even be able to use it to open your hotel room door.
Good news! Today is Data Privacy Day ... Stop sniggering at the back
+CommentIt's the first Data Privacy Day since Edward Snowden started leaking details of the enormous surveillance operations run by the NSA and GCHQ. The annual January 28 event, held in the US and Europe, may therefore seem somewhat ironic in the wake of what we now know about government snooping.