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HR 5171 binary star

Forget superstars, this HYPERGIANT star is 1,300 times the size of OUR SUN

Pic Sixty years of professional and amateur observations have turned up a new surprise in the constellation of Centaur: a huge, heavy and bright monster that's the largest yellow star ever seen.

Google offers up its own flesh to the world's braying cloud hordes

Google is sending its cloud cultists out into the recesses of the real world to preach the gospel of its technology.
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2014
Blade Runner screenshot

Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

Updated The developers of Replicant, a pure free-software version of Android, claim to have discovered a security hole in certain Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets – one so serious that it could potentially grant an attacker remote access to the device's file system.
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2014
Research@Intel: Wireless Resonant Energy Link demo

Wireless charging standards war could be over 'as soon as 2015'

Standards wars are par for the course in the technology industry: CDMA v GSM, Blu-Ray v HD DVD, VHS v Betamax. When it comes to wireless power, there are three players in the field – but according to one, the war should be over far sooner than most people expect.
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2014
Code snippet WhatsApp vuln

WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

Mark Zuckerberg's $19bn darling, WhatsApp, isn't as secure as we thought: a Dutch researcher has found that chats can be accessed and read by other apps.
Smug ginger tom

Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

Web @ 25 Sir Tim Berners-Lee has had a busy day of it. On the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web (not the internet) he's launched a campaign for an internet bill of rights, has given plenty of interviews, and on Wednesday afternoon took to Reddit to take questions from the public.
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2014
bug on keyboard

Joomla issues upgrade to patch critical SQL vuln

Joomla's developers have moved to fix a critical SQL injection vulnerability – but are coming under fire for taking a month to address the issue.

NetApp to 'realign', cut 600 jobs worldwide

NetApp has announced it will cut 600 jobs around the world, as part of a plan to adopt “... a business realignment plan designed to focus its resources on key strategic initiatives and streamline its business in light of the constrained IT spending environment.”
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2014
The CUDOS silicon waveguide

Soliton makes its way across silicon in CUDOS experiment

On-chip photonic interconnects are a step closer, with a successful demonstration of soliton compression in silicon from Australia's CUDOS research centre.
SKA antennas close-up - artist's impression

Square-kilometre radio telescope wins millions in UK funding

UK science minister David Willetts has announced £11m of funding to help the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) process the expected deluge of data it will produce.

New CEO, CTO for Riak database upstart Basho emerge from the cloud

Exclusive Basho's new chief executive and chief technology officers are said to be Adam Wray, formerly of Tier 3, and Dave McCrory of Warner Music Group, respectively.
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2014

Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

A decidedly unneighbourly dispute over cat crap which ended in flying feline faeces and court appears to challenge the myth of the traditional "quiet" cul-de-sac.
Lester Haines, 13 Mar 2014
secondary age school kids outside NBN truck

Fibre fanaticism overrode proper NBN planning says report

Early planning for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) focussed on “how best to implement the government’s policy objectives, rather than considering the merits of different options.”
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2014
Oracle Fusion 8

Oracle promises 'skin editor' for Fusion apps

No, Oracle hasn't developed an application for tattoo parlours. But Big Red has hinted it will soon bring the world a 'skin editor' for its Fusion applications.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2014
Copper, before and after graphene

Tiny heat-sucker helps keep Moore's Law going

Adding graphene to copper can improve its heat-conducting properties – and that's good news for electronics developers.
Violin Market fit

Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark: Violin restrings its instrument

We can see the intended shape of Violin as it emerges fresh and shining from its refit, but we've yet to hear it played. What will be the next move of Violin's brand new CEO, Kevin DeNuccio?
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014

Object Storage suppliers: Bikers? Dentists? Or Biker Dentists?

Blocks and Files Do the object storage suppliers need to band together and collectively educate potential customers so that sales rise? Well, do they?
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014

Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

A New Jersey dad was arrested earlier this week after staff at his two-year-old kid's daycare centre reportedly found the nipper was carrying 48 paper envelopes* of heroin stuffed in his jacket.
Lester Haines, 13 Mar 2014
X-IO ISE positioning

X-IO to heat up ISE storage bricks with iSCSI access

Sealed disk/flash array supplier X-IO is growing at 30 per cent a year and intending to widen its market by adding iSCSI later this year to the existing Fibre Channel access.
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014

Enterprise adolescent: Salesforce.com's struggles at 15

It’s no way to celebrate a milestone birthday. Salesforce.com may claim to help 100,000 companies understand their businesses and make money, but in the week Salesforce turned 15, it emerged that the firm needs to get its own house in order.

Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

A pair of battery vendors are hoping that a new design which incorporates the use of an ultracapacitor material will help to improve and extend the life of lithium-ion battery packs.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Mar 2014
Hacker mug 06.12.02

Ethical hacker backer hacked, warns of email ransack

The IT security certification body that runs the Certified Ethical Hacker programme has itself been hacked.
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2014
Woman shocked by the proximity of a pair of pliers

BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

1: Pliers Hold Stuff Really, Really Tight
Lester Haines, 13 Mar 2014

Fanbois SQUEAL as DNS snafu knocks out iTunes website

Apple suffered a rare outage last night which knocked iCloud, iTunes and several other fruity websites off the internet.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Mar 2014
The $20 diamond that yielded the ringwoodite sample

SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

For years scientists have theorised about the amount of water locked in the Earth's infernally hot depths, frustrated at not being able to get at a sample. Now geologists claim to be closer to an answer – thanks to a single ugly diamond found in Brazil.

Spinning rust woes: NetApp bumps along bottom while EMC soars

IDC’s quarterly disk storage factory shipments tracker shows NetApp losing ground for three quarters in a row while EMC powers on to storage glory. Dell is down too. What’s up?
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014

BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

Exclusive BT is being investigated by the UK's data regulator after a whistleblower exposed evidence that allegedly showed the one-time national telco's customer email accounts were being compromised by spammers, The Register has learned.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2014

Lord Shug ends Viglen ownership with a bang

Lord Shuggie's public sector tech supplier Viglen booked a double digit sales and profit hike in fiscal '13 ended 30 September - the final full financial year under the hirsute walnut's ownership.
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2014
School of Rock

UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

British schoolkids as young as 11 will be trained in cyber security as part of a new drive to protect the UK from digital threats.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Mar 2014
Yahoo! buss

Will Yelp help 'Yahoo!' compete with Google? Search us...

Yahoo! has hooked up with Yelp in a deal that will see the world's third favourite rummage engine add local listings to its search results.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Mar 2014

FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

High-flying fanbois will soon be able to use their iPhone, fondleslab or laptop to watch free video content on United Airlines flights.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Mar 2014

YOINK! Toyota reveals – then DENIES – Apple CarPlay by 2015

Toyota had a bit of a snafu on its official UK blog today when it appeared to have leaked the release date for Apple's CarPlay in its vehicles as sometime in 2015 in a post that was quickly removed.
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Fujitsu restructure shunts Brit boss Tait into top EMEIA role

Fujitsu has thrust UK veep Duncan Tait into the top role in EMEIA amid a global re-org that has led to nine high level resignations.
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2014

Noooo... WAIT. Google slaps on Chrome patches ahead of Pwn2Own hackfest

Pwn2Own Google trowelled plaster over seven security cracks in Chrome on Tuesday, a day before the browser became one of the targets at the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition.
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2014
bug on keyboard

Didn't you know? Today's Patch Thursday! Adobe splats hijack bug in Shockwave Player

Adobe has updated its Shockwave Player to close a security hole that could allow hackers to hijack vulnerable Windows and OS X computers.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Mar 2014
Artist's impression of the Lythronax argestes

Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

Paleontologists have discovered the head of a new pigmy breed of Tyrannosaurus rex that roamed the Arctic more than 70 million years ago.
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2014
Photo of an espresso

Is Microsoft hinting at a fully fondleslab-friendly future for Office 365?

Microsoft will soon debut a new formulation of its Office 365 subscription service aimed at individual consumers, the company said on Thursday, and in the process it hinted that new, touch-centric Office apps may be coming soon.
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2014
Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

Huawei is planning an assault on the American smartphone market with a dual-boot smartphone running both Google's Android operating system and Redmond's Windows Phone.
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2014

Apple pedometer patent filing cranks up the iWatch rumor mill

In yet another indication that Apple's oft-rumored iWatch may include biometric features, the US Patent and Trademark Office has published a Cupertinian patent application for a pedometer designed to be worn on the wrist.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Mar 2014
Nokia Black Lumia Windows Phone Update

Microsoft gives away Windows Phone 8 licences in India – report

Microsoft convinced two Indian mobe-makers to use Windows Phone by letting them install it for free, according to The Times of India.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2014
Job cuts jpeg

Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

Google has slashed its online Drive storage prices so fast, it undercuts all of its rivals – and its own products. The Reg suspects the web king will dramatically lower its infrastructure-as-a-service storage prices as well in two weeks.
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2014

Nvidia uncloaks GeForce 800M GPU series for gaming notebooks

Nvidia has completely revamped its notebook graphics line with a seven-GPU launch of the new GeForce 800M series, four bearing the GeForce GTX moniker and three sans GTX.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Mar 2014