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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

Windows 8.1 adoption is speeding up, with the operating system now the planet's fourth-most-popular, according to Netmarketshare statistics.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014
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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

Mobility Archaeology I 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.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014
Manneken Pis statue, Brussels

Microsoft to build 'transparency centres' for source code checks

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.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014

Apple seeks patent for mood-sensing technology

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.”
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014
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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014
US Army robotised trucks. Credit: Lockheed

Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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.
Lewis Page, 03 Feb 2014
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

NSA, GCHQ, accused of hacking Belgian smartcard crypto guru

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.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014

Sync'n'share firm Box secretly files for IPO

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.
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014

Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

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.
Jake Gostylo collects one of the first TerraMiner IVs

Cointerra promises free, specced-up boxen for late shipments of first gen miners

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.
Simon Rockman, 03 Feb 2014

Only the Chinese can save us now, trill server vendors

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.
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014

Pr0n-optimised Icepol Trojan's servers seized by Romanian cops

Romanian police have seized servers associated with the Icepol ransomware scam, effectively taking down the pervasive threat for now.
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2014

Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

Updated Two sources have told us Dell is starting the expected huge layoff programme this week, claiming numbers will be north of 15,000.*
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014

NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

Updated Hundreds of URLs on the NHS website have been flooded with malware by hackers and - at time of writing - it remains exposed.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Feb 2014

Twitter avoids IP face-off with Big Blue, will buy 900 IBM patents

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.

Cisco execs blindside themselves with flash-splash Invicta UCS array

Blocks and Files Sources 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.
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
Asus Transformer Book Trio

This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

Review No 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.
Alun Taylor, 03 Feb 2014

Cabinet Office admits it was forced to extend tech procurement rig

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.
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014

Hacktivists dish out DNS hijack to PayPal, eBay

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.
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2014
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NetApp to fling out new FAS array BUSINESS BEAST – source

Exclusive A person close to the situation has told El Reg that NetApp has a FAS8000 enterprise array coming soon.
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
An artist's conception of Kepler-34b which orbits a double-star system

Boffins tell ALIEN twin-sunned planets: You're adopted

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.

Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Feb 2014

Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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.
Jasper Hamill, 03 Feb 2014
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Ker-ching...Er, ZZZWIP: Square-alike mobile swipe type scores $96m

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.
Simon Rockman, 03 Feb 2014

Buyout... WHAT buyout? Violin Memory appoints new CEO

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.
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014

'Eventful but positive' year for RM as it quits the PC-making world

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.
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014
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Dell disputes 15k layoff figure: Only a few staffers accepted 'voluntary separations'

Dell has denied it is laying off north of 15,000 people, and told The Register today that our sources' numbers are "inaccurate".
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
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Heroku adds Big Gulp 'XL' option to cloud menu

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.
Jack Clark, 03 Feb 2014

Plaintiffs: 'Hey judge! Soak Apple for $840m in ebook price-fixing suit'

Apple may be on the hook for as much as $840m after having been found guilty of ebook price-fixing.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Feb 2014

Google waves its Chromecast dongle in front of developers

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.
Neil McAllister, 03 Feb 2014

Google opens up data on secret data collection orders

Updated Google 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).
Iain Thomson, 03 Feb 2014

Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

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.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Feb 2014

Microsoft claims victory over second-hand software broker

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.
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014

Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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.
Neil McAllister, 03 Feb 2014

US feds want cars conversing by 2017

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).
Rik Myslewski, 03 Feb 2014
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Optus to take control of NBN Co satellites

Optus has won a five-year contract to provide command and control functions for the NBN Co satellites due for launch in 2015.