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A detail of the Breaking Bad lab

Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

Obscure Danish toymaker Lego and advertising kingpin Google have together created a block-building distraction for Chrome browser users.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jan 2014

Use MediaWiki and hate malware? This patch is for you

Check Point Software Technologies has announced a remote code execution bug in the popular MediaWiki platform that powers Wikipedia.
Google Glass

The iPad age is over: The time of the iPad Mini and phablet is upon us

The age of the iPad is over, as tablets like the iPad Mini that sport screens of eight-and-a-half or fewer inches will out-sell their larger brethren and come to represent the largest population of in-use fondleslabs around the world.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2014
Pearl in oyster

UNBREAKABLE bendy phone screens built, thanks to SHELLFISH

Engineers have borrowed a technique from shellfish to build a pre-stressed form of glass that can bend rather than break.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jan 2014
Facebook party

Facebook's dying? HA! Get ready for another DECADE of us – Zuck

Facebook raked in revenues of $7.87bn in 2013, up 55 per cent on the previous year, according to company filings published today.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jan 2014

Developer's rare $50,000 Twitter account @N stolen in web shakedown

A programmer in Palo Alto, California, claims to have been extorted out of a rare, single-letter Twitter handle – after an unknown assailant gained access to his accounts on other online services and held them hostage.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2014

Give hackers your data, says former RSA man

Former RSA chief scientist Ari Juels has outlined a cunning way to foil crackers: let them think they've busted into a system and then give them fake data to play with.
Cthulu springs from HP desktop printer

Boffins demo re-usable paper and waterjet printers

Most of what gets spat out of office printers is read once and consigned to the recycling, so why do prints have to be permanent? One answer to that question is that they don't – and a water-jet printing technology published in Nature Communications suggests a way to make printing vastly cheaper.
Oracle's next-gen Big Data Appliance

Oracle releases 'lite' virtual Big Data appliance

Oracle has released tool that should make it easier for developers to code applications for its Big Data Appliance.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2014
EMC's new Syncplicity apps

EMC puts on an 'appy face to box Box, Dropbox

EMC's attempt to do better in the world of share 'n' sync tools has given Microsoft a back door into iOS and Android.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2014

Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

Internet Explorer 7 holdouts are being offered a brand new computer by a US company sick of working to support Microsoft's legacy browser.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2014

Intel to shutter AppUp app store

Intel has decided to close AppUp, its app store for Windows PCs.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2014
Francis Maude

UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

The UK Government has decided that Open Document Format, the OpenOffice-derived file format, is the best choice for all government documents.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2014

Security 101 fail: 3G/4G modems expose control panels to hackers

Vulnerabilities in a number of 3G and 4G USB modems can be exploited to steal login credentials – or rack up victims' mobile bills by sending text messages to premium-rate numbers – a security researcher warns.
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2014
Squeezed Quantum States for Teleportation

Japanese quantum boffins 'may have the key to TELEPORTATION'

Don't get too excited, the world's not about to get Star Trek-style transporters. However, if a quantum communications theory formulated by three Tohoku University boffins can stand the test of experiment, they could break the distance limitations that currently constrain quantum communications.
™ Big Data In Focus

Big Data? Yeah, nice buzzword. Give us the nuts and bolts this time

Big Data has crossed the chasm from hype to everyday reality remarkably quickly. Its adoption has been accelerated by hungry data warehousers using big data techniques to get better answers from their data mining activities.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
Don't Starve

HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

Game Theory Who said modern games are getting easier? Though it’s true that a great many titles pamper us with self-healing armour, paint-by-numbers mission design and handily placed ammo, there are still developers out there who remember the good old days.
Mike Plant, 30 Jan 2014
Resident Evil zombie takeover

Multi-platform Java bot marshals ZOMBIE FORCE against spammers

Miscreants have brewed a multi-platform strain of malware capable of infecting Windows, Mac OS and Linux PCs.
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2014
IBM open reel tape and 3480 cartridge compared

Lenovo and IBM's System x biz: It'll be just like 2005's PC buyout

Analysis It was only eight months ago when the industry was rife with rumours that IBM was selling all or part of their x86 business to Lenovo. It took a while, but the deal has gone down and it’s now up to the lawyers and accountants to finalize the paperwork.
Sonos Sub

It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

The big dog in the streaming Wi-Fi speaker business has barked and delivered a sub-woofer - called the Sub.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
Sennheiser SKM 900 wireless microphone

Speaking in Tech: We hope your VDI job doesn't suck so bad you want to quit every day

Podcast Podcast In this week's podcast, the whole Speaking in Tech gang are here to talk you through the past seven days in enterprise IT: Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela drill into lighter side of technology, from Daft Punk to Big Blue punting its x86 server biz to Lenovo. Putting the sass in SaaS, if you will.
Team Register, 30 Jan 2014

BSkyB sees first half pre-tax profit tumble as sales climb

BT's intense campaign to draw more eyeballs away from BSkyB failed to hit the pay-TV company's revenues during the first six months of its financial year.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jan 2014

Violin investor: Broken-stringed firm has had FIVE buyout offers

Violin Memory, the troubled top dog in the all-flash array market, has received up to five buy-the-company offers, according to an activist investor pushing for a sale.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
Glass Collective

Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

Seven US states are looking into banning wearable computers like Google Glass while driving, shortly after a high-profile court case in California where a Glasshole got off scot-free.
don't click

Has Cisco made a $415 MILLION mistake with the Whiptail buyout?

Blocks and Files Is the $450m that Cisco paid for Whiptail too high, seeing as the possible costs of the deal could include losing the EMC/VCE and NetApp/FlexPod partnerships?
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014

Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers

The suffix "-Gate" has been honoured as the German language's "Anglicism of the Year", having recently resurged in Germany more than 40 years after the Watergate scandal spawned the popular, if awkward, English tack-on.
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2014

Troll-hunting cases SPIKED in 2012... but remain high

Prosecutions under section 127 of the 2003 Communications Act last year declined dramatically, seemingly after then-DPP Keir Starmer changed guidelines to try to prevent troll-hunting cops from clogging up UK courts, it has been reported.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jan 2014
Joe Tucci EMC

Storage overlord EMC announces growth, plans to slash 1,000 jobs

Big storage beast EMC closed its 2013 fiscal year with impressive growth in its final quarter but sees lower growth in the future. It also announced 1,000 layoffs on the way in Q1 as it rebalances towards flash, integrated systems, mobile and cloud computing.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014

Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

Comment So just how much has Google lost on buying and selling Motorola Mobility? $9bn - as The Telegraph seems to think? $7bn as simple arithmetic would seem to indicate? Or how about a very decent indeed profit as the vagaries of tax law might indicate - with that tasty patent portfolio thrown in for free?
Tim Worstall, 30 Jan 2014
Neanderthal display in museum

Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL

Humanity is still hanging on to over 20 per cent of the Neanderthal genome, which influences modern attributes from skin and hair to nicotine addiction and diseases.
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray disc set

Fujitsu: PC market... doomed? LOLZ. NOT FOR US, pal

Japanese firm Fujitsu has been helped along to a profit in the last quarter of 2013 by the weaker yen and strong sales in the enterprise sector.
The Queen Mother by Phil Houghton

Arise, iDame: Incoming Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts set for honorary award

Angela Ahrendts, who is about to upload her wealth of fashionista knowledge to Apple as its freshly installed retail chief, will collect a Dame of the British Empire award in the next few weeks.
Team Register, 30 Jan 2014

Symantec: WA-HEY... profits. But security firm's sales won't budge

New CEO equals new broom equals same old dust; just looking at Symantec’s latest quarterly numbers we see it’s still stuck in the $1.6bn - $1.8bn range but is getting a bit more profitable.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
IT Crowd. Source: Channel 4 / 2entertain

Nominet goes titsup after update to WHOIS tool

Dot-UK registry Nominet temporarily went titsup on Thursday afternoon, much to the chagrin of its customers.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jan 2014
A Dyson vacuum cleaner

Facebook unwraps Paper, a content-hoover application

Facebook has announced a new application that is designed to get more people to donate more information to the social network, and to let more people spend more time viewing the ad-wrapped content.
Jack Clark, 30 Jan 2014
Beer tongue

Boffins build electronic tongue that can distinguish between BEERS

A team of Spanish scientists have built an electronic tongue capable of telling the difference between six different styles of humanity's favorite alcoholic beverage with over 80 per cent accuracy.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jan 2014

Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

Recent disclosures over domestic surveillance and GCHQ spying on citizens aren't much of an issue to the public, according to Prime Minister David Cameron.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jan 2014

FCC says US telcos can start moving to IP-based calling, but in baby steps

The Federal Communications Commission has given the official go-ahead for US telcos to experiment with scrapping their traditional, analog phone networks in favor of internet-based alternatives.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2014
Scrooge McDuck

Amazon mints a BILLION BUCKS from its cannibal cloud

Amazon's cloud division has brushed off competition from Google and Microsoft to report record revenue of $1.234bn, and grew its business abroad to historic highs as well.
Jack Clark, 30 Jan 2014
Steve Ballmer replacement search

Microsoft veep Satya Nadella now frontrunner in race for CEO spot

Multiple sources say a decision on the new CEO is expected in the next week or so, and Microsoft's VP of cloud and enterprise Satya Nadella is emerging as the favorite.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jan 2014
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Google's ad-slinging juggernaut gobbles more BEEELLIONS in revenue

Updated Google turned in another impressive earnings report on Thursday, with the giant ad-slinger's revenues reaching record highs both for the fourth quarter and for fiscal 2013.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2014