Forget superstars, this HYPERGIANT star is 1,300 times the size of OUR SUN
PicSixty 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.
Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim
UpdatedThe 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.
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.
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.
Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming
Web @ 25Sir 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.
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.”
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.
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
ExclusiveBasho'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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
Object Storage suppliers: Bikers? Dentists? Or Biker Dentists?
Blocks and FilesDo the object storage suppliers need to band together and collectively educate potential customers so that sales rise? Well, do they?
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.
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.
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.
Ethical hacker backer hacked, warns of email ransack
The IT security certification body that runs the Certified Ethical Hacker programme has itself been hacked.
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.
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?
BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail
ExclusiveBT 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noooo... WAIT. Google slaps on Chrome patches ahead of Pwn2Own hackfest
Pwn2OwnGoogle 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.