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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Android users running old OS versions? Not anymore, say latest stats

One of the most consistent gripes about Android is that its ecosystem is fragmented, forcing developers to support too many different versions of the OS at the same time. But that may be changing, according to the latest stats from Google.
Neil McAllister, 06 Feb 2014
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Twitter offers boffins a free sip of its data firehose

Natter emitter Twitter will give boffins access to a free squirt of its data firehose, paving the way for more studies that make use of the swelling amounts of donated information on the network.
Jack Clark, 06 Feb 2014
HP
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HP execs Bradley and Donatelli ready to walk: reports

HP's troubles at the top continue, with formerly high-level executives getting ready to jump ship.
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Fixed networks to sag under weight of mobile data: Cisco VNI

Cisco's latest Visual Networking Index (VNI), its annual analysis of current and future bit flows, has hit the wires and it confirms what most people already consider a given: mobile access is continuing to grow, both in terms of volume and in terms of users.
Confused computer keyboard

How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

Are you frustrated with Photoshop's hard-to-remember key commands? You're not alone, and an international group of professional photographers and designers has launched a Kickstarter campaign to do something about it.
Neil McAllister, 06 Feb 2014
Implementing SDN - difficult choices
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Hipster SDN firewalls can gentrify hypervisor slums

As the software-defined-networking (SDN) bandwagon gathers pace, the notion that all your networking appliances can be replaced with virtual appliances is being bandied about a lot.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2014
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Apple in patent cross-hairs AGAIN

A German patent cash-in outfit called IPCom is claiming $2 billion from Cupertino over the iPhone's ability to give priority to communications such as emergency calls.
Hadoop Elephant

Cloudera lights Spark under Hadoop

Cloudera has announced commercial support services for the Apache Spark machine learning and stream processing environment.
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Goodbye 37signals, hello Basecamp

After a six-month review of its operations, Jason Fried's 37signals has decided on a wholesale liposuction of its business: it plans to offload all of its products but one, and assume the name of that product, Basecamp.
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The job-eating predator VMware users fear is ... VMware

“What's the best way to get promoted?” VMware engineering architect Scott Lowe asked the Melbourne VMware user group (VMUG) conference this week. “Make yourself replaceable,” came the answer from the floor, earning a big tick from Lowe.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2014
Crater on Mars

Mars Orbiter spots FRESH IMPACT CRATER

NASA has announced the discovery of a fresh impact crater on Mars, and has released eye-popping pictures of the new hole taken by the Mars Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE).
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Japanese investment company looks to snap off Sony's PC arm

Sony could be set to offload its Vaio PC business to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners after the firm refused to deny a report by local news service Nikkei that a ¥50 billon (£302m) deal is imminent.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Feb 2014

fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

Conferring yet another boon on confused men everywhere, psychologists say they have finally cracked the eternal mystery of just what it is that women really find attractive in a man.
Lewis Page, 06 Feb 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

Dan Lyons, the writer behind Fake Steve Jobs, has found someone willing to bucket incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2014
Six million dollar man

First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

After years of research and hours of gruelling surgery, scientists have successfully attached sensors from a prosthetic hand to human nerve tissue to allow the device to give its wearer a sense of touch.
Iain Thomson, 06 Feb 2014
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New Delhi accuses Huawei of nobbling ZTE kit at state-owned telco

Huawei is facing renewed scrutiny in India after the government confirmed it has set-up a cross-departmental team to investigate allegations the firm sabotaged the network of state-owned telco BSNL.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Feb 2014
iPhone 4

Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

Apple has “revived” the production of iPhone 4 handsets in India, Indonesia and Brazil in a bid to claw back lost ground on Samsung and grab an extra slice of the mid-market in these fast growing regions.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Feb 2014

How bad WAS the parking situation in Middelfart* in 2013?

The European Commission has flung £6m at a new digital archive for storing public and private sector data generated by European nations.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Feb 2014
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We want it HARDER: City bankers survive simulated cyber-war

A Bank of England-sponsored exercise designed to test how well financial firms handle a major cyber attack has uncovered serious communication problems.
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2014

Nudge Unit flies into Nesta's arms: Is the hype justified?

Analysis No 10's controversial "nudge unit" has been spun out into a company - but it hasn't fallen far from the nest. The 16-strong Behavioural Insights Team (as it's known) will become a private entity and will be able to tap into cash originally set aside for fledgling inventors.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2014
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Google closes briefcase on Italian job: Execs 'not liable' for privacy breach

Two senior Google staff members and another former executive at the company cannot be held liable for a breach of privacy caused when a video was uploaded to its Google Video platform in Italy, the Italian Supreme Court has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Feb 2014

LOHAN's handsome young autopilot springs into life

It's been a couple of weeks since the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team took delivery of a brand-spanking new 3D Robotics Pixhawk autopilot for the Vulture 2 spaceplane, and we've now whipped out our original ArduPilot Mega (APM) 2.6 and hooked up the new kit for a quick test.
Lester Haines, 06 Feb 2014
Jean Michel Jarre performs (green lasers in background). Photo by Daniele Dalledonne

Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

Smartphone owners should pay hundreds of dollars to the music industry, wrinkly French synth twiddler Jean Michel Jarre has said.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella - IS HE ONE OF US?

Podcast Podcast It's another week of El Reg's jam-packed, info-smacked podcast, with your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, their special guest is Ben Kepes, well known tech evangelist, investor, business adviser and Kiwi. Once again, the gang discusses the most compelling issues in tech this week. Firstly …
Team Register, 06 Feb 2014
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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

Stumbling consumer electronics giant Sony has confirmed it will axe 5,000 workers worldwide and offload its loss-making PC business to private equity firm Japan Industrial Partners (JIP).
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2014
Cloud Storage arrays
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Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

Searching the Reg' for "Cloud + Storage" mentions in 2013 gets you 44 pages of results. So let's take it as read that it's a hot topic.
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014
Smug ginger tom
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Syrian Electronic Army: We hijacked FACEBOOK ... honest, guv

Hacktivists with the Syrian Electronic Army (briefly) meddled with Facebook’s domain on Wednesday night, according to recent reports.
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2014

Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

Virgin Media customers in Bolton have been moaning about the telco's network since late last year, with some subscribers in the area claiming that the firm's techies have ignored the complaints or blamed the connection problems on individual routers.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2014
Scott Guthrie
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Geek's geek Guthrie heads up Microsoft's mega-billions enterprise software biz

The chief of Microsoft’s would-be Flash killer Silverlight, who also invented ASP.NET, has taken the top spot at Redmond’s $20bn enterprise and cloud business.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Feb 2014
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Video thrills the Google ad star: Susan Wojcicki becomes YouTube chief

Google's chief ad slinger Susan Wojcicki is the new boss of its video-sharing website YouTube.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2014
Nervous girl bites nails

QLogic and Emulex struggling to escape Fibre Channel woes

Businesses exist to make profits. Quarterly results statements provide a window through which to look at how publicly-owned businesses are doing. So, QLogic and Emulex: how are you doing?
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014
Bletchley Park's replica Turing Bombe

UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

Spooks are still withholding the vital codebreaking secrets of Bletchley Park some 70 years after its boffins first cracked the Nazis' encrypted transmissions.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Feb 2014
Earthworm Jim

Android console on the way? Amazon slurps gamehaus Double Helix

Amazon has bought a video games studio called Double Helix, fuelling rumours that it will soon release its own branded console.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Feb 2014
Vodafone on Piccadilly

Vodafone's Euro revenues slump by nearly TEN PER CENT

Vodafone's latest results make grim reading for the company's investors, with revenues in established markets falling and subscribers drifting away despite the firm's 4G investments.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2014
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Google v Intellectual Ventures patent spat jury: Soz judge, we're stumped on this

A US judge has declared a mistrial in a patent lawsuit brought by Intellectual Ventures against Googorola after the jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the case.
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PEX vex: Partners uninvited from the VMware party – report

+Comment VMware has reportedly asked at least two vendors – including Nutanix and Veeam – to "limit" their "presence" on the exhibition floor of the virtualisation juggernaut's Partner Exchange conference next week, prompting consternation in the storage community.
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014
Tintri
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Virtual insanity: Half a dozen startups throw six tricks in the mix

Six news tidbits from startups caught the Vulture's eye as it flew over the storage jungle this week. This includes announcements ranging from product tweaks and results to upgrades and price cuts.
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014
Monty Python Norwegian Blue dead parrot sketch

Twitter shares tank as blabbergasm implodes in full glare of unforgiving investors

Twitter shares fell sharply on Wall Street today, wiping out about a quarter of the value of the micro-blogging site within minutes of trading opening in New York.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2014
Fawlty Towers

Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

Activist investor Carl Icahn has gone to war with the pensioners of California over his bid to get his grubby mitts on Apple's mammoth money pot.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Feb 2014
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Hate keeping your systems updated and secure? So does Uncle Sam

A Senate report has cast doubt on the ability of many of the US's largest government agencies to properly secure and maintain their systems.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Feb 2014
Sony PRS-505
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Sony to close North American ebook store, punt customers to Kobo

Struggling Sony has announced that it is quitting the ebook-selling business in the US and Canada and will instead rely on Kobo to supply content for its ereader devices in North America from now on.
Neil McAllister, 06 Feb 2014
Car hacking device

Want to remotely control a car? $20 in parts, some oily fingers, and you're in command

Spanish hackers have been showing off their latest car-hacking creation; a circuit board using untraceable, off-the-shelf parts worth $20 that can give wireless access to the car's controls while it's on the road.
Iain Thomson, 06 Feb 2014
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We're NOT DOOMED after all: Global semiconductor sales post record 2013

The PC business may be imploding and large chunks of the global economy may still be struggling, but you wouldn't know it from last year's worldwide semiconductor sales – they topped $300bn for the first time in history, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Rik Myslewski, 06 Feb 2014
Chromebox for Meetings

Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

Google is making a play for the videoconferencing market – and hoping to get ChromeOS to be more widely used – with a special version of its Chromebox desktop computer designed specifically for remote meetings.
Iain Thomson, 06 Feb 2014
big red wheelie bin and pallet full of rubbish in London street

Google admits 'garbage in, garbage out' translation problem

Google's ever-so-clever Google Translate service may be falling foul of a problem known to grizzled engineers across the globe: garbage in, garbage out.
Jack Clark, 06 Feb 2014