3rd > February > 2014 Archive
Windows 8.1 adoption is speeding up, with the operating system now the planet's fourth-most-popular, according to Netmarketshare statistics.
Mobility ArchaeologyI suppose the first sign I might have a problem came when one of my kids drew me a picture of my iPhone as a Fathers Day present.
Microsoft has announced it will establish a set of "transparency centres" around the world, at which government clients can rifle through its source code to satisfy themselves it contains no back doors.
Apple is seeking a patent on something it calls “Inferring user mood based on user and group characteristic data” that its application says would figure out how you are feeling and “... then deliver content that is selected, at least in part, based on the inferred mood.”
Free WiFi is an idea that just won't go away, with a new proposal calling for it to be made available to everyone in the world via. satellite.
The US Army says it has successfully conducted a test in which not just one but an entire convoy of unmanned, autonomous, robotized military lorries successfully drove through "urban areas" on their own without crashing into anything or running over any pedestrians.
Professor Jean-Jacques Quisquater, a Belgian cryptographer whose work is said to have informed card payment systems worldwide, has reportedly become the victim of a spear-phishing attack by the NSA and/or GCHQ.
Enterprise-focused file sync'n'share outfit Box has secretly filed an IPO intention with the SEC and not shared it with anybody in advance, according to media outlet Quartz and others.
We’re not even out of January yet and already the UK's tech channel has possibly seen its biggest story of 2014 after IBM sold its low-end server business to Lenovo.
Texas-based Bitcoin hardware shop Cointerra has shipped the first batch of its TerraMiner IV $6,000 Bitcoin mining boxes. At a ceremony held at their Texas office they handed one over to local customer Jake Gostylo.
HP put more distance between itself and global server rivals in Q4 amid a mini recovery in shipments, mostly driven by demand from internet companies and the mega mobile network carriers in China.
Romanian police have seized servers associated with the Icepol ransomware scam, effectively taking down the pervasive threat for now.
UpdatedTwo sources have told us Dell is starting the expected huge layoff programme this week, claiming numbers will be north of 15,000.*
UpdatedHundreds of URLs on the NHS website have been flooded with malware by hackers and - at time of writing - it remains exposed.
Six-year-old Twitter has agreed to buy 900 patents from IP superstore IBM after Big Blue threatened to sue the microblogging firm last year.
Blocks and FilesSources indicate that Cisco’s top execs blundered when they thought the UCS Invicta all-flash array wouldn’t compete with flash arrays from partners EMC and NetApp because it was integrated into the UCS server fabric.
ReviewNo matter what sort of tablet you prefer, be it an iPad or an Android slate, there will be times when you will also need a good old-fashioned Windows laptop too. Asus, which has form when it comes to cooking up strange combo designs - witness the PadFone - obviously thinks that’s the case as the new Transformer Book Trio is both: a 10-inch Android tablet and a Windows 8.1 notebook.
Cabinet Office was forced to paper over cracks in its procurement strategy by extending an infrastructure kit framework for two-thirds of a year as replacements remained way off completion, a spokesman admitted.
Surfers visiting the eBay and PayPal UK websites were redirected to defacement pages instead following a DNS hack for which the Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility.
ExclusiveA person close to the situation has told El Reg that NetApp has a FAS8000 enterprise array coming soon.
Whether you're talking about Magrathea, Tattooine or Gallifrey, Earth's favourite alien life-forms frequently come from planets with two suns. But the likelihood is that those planets actually ended up orbiting two stars after being made somewhere else entirely.
The owner of Elite Systems Ltd finally broke his silence on Saturday after a number of British game developers for the 1980s 8-bit ZX Spectrum home computer claimed that Steve Wilcox had failed to pay royalties owed to them.
An engineer has claimed the war between the Bletchley Park Trust and the National Museum of Computing has prevented him from repairing one of the few WWII German cipher machines that remain in working order.
Sitting above what used to be Laskys in London's Tottenham Court Road is a British mobile money startup which has just raised almost $100m in its second round of funding.
Violin Memory has appointed Kevin DeNuccio as its new CEO, to take over from the departed Don Basile, and has enabled interim CEO Howard Bain III to return to his board chairman role.
Shape-shifting education supplier RM was in philosophical mood as it exited a biz-changing fiscal '13 with profits up and revenues down, impacted by fewer – but higher margin – Building Schools for the Future contracts.
Dell has denied it is laying off north of 15,000 people, and told The Register today that our sources' numbers are "inaccurate".
Salesforce has upgraded its Heroku cloud to take advantage of more powerful technology in the Amazon Web Services infrastructure upon which it floats, as it tries to support larger, more complicated customers.
Apple may be on the hook for as much as $840m after having been found guilty of ebook price-fixing.
Google has released the final version of the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK), paving the way for broader support for its $35 Chromecast media-streaming dongle.
UpdatedGoogle has followed Apple's lead and published data on the secret orders it receives to hand over customer's information under the provisions of the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Three decades after launching one of the most famous ad spots in TV history, Apple has marked the anniversary of its 1984 Super Bowl commercial with a quietly subversive effort that once again pits the company against a perceived status quo in the industry.
Discount-Licensing, a broker of recycled software and member of FAST, has coughed a "significant sum" to settle a trademark infringement case that Microsoft took to the British High Court, a legal counsel for the titan has claimed.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates may be planning a return to a more hands-on role at the company, according to the latest rumors from the software giant's ongoing search for a new chief executive.
New US cars and light trucks will soon be equipped with crash-avoidance vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems, says the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Optus has won a five-year contract to provide command and control functions for the NBN Co satellites due for launch in 2015.