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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

The European Parliament has signed off on its proposal to force mobile phone makers to adopt a common charging standard.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2014
Flying Toaster screen saver rebuilt in CSS

Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

A Washington-based coder named Bryan Braun has recreated one of the curiosities of the early PC age: animated screensavers featuring flying toasters. And the resurrection has been effected using cascading style sheets.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2014
The SuperKamiokande neutrino detector during construction

Earth's night-side gets different kinds of neutrinos from day-side

A Japanese neutrino detector has provided experimental evidence for a prediction first made in the 1980s: that passing through something good and massive – like the Earth – will influence the flavour of neutrinos.
Bitcoin bloodbath

Bitcoin bust litigants fling sueballs at Japanese bank

A major Japanese bank has now been swept up in the collapse of Bitcoin trader Mt Gox, with Mizuho Bank named as a defendant in one of the many lawsuits cropping up over the collapse.
Vodafone Smart

Reports say Vodafone to gobble Spanish cable outfit Ono

Vodafone is about to pay around $US10bn to acquire Spain's Ono, according to several sources.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2014
President Obama takes selfie at Nelson mandela's funeral

Apple patents the super-soaraway selfie system of the future

Apple has embarked on a mission to allow fanbois to take the best quality mobile phone selfies in the history of humanity.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Mar 2014
alibaba logo

Alibaba float could make Facebook's look like small change

Chinese tat bazaar e-commerce and cloud giant Alibaba Group has finally announced plans to IPO, but in something of a surprise it will take place in the US rather than Hong Kong.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Mar 2014

MtGox remedy worse than the disease says Kaspersky researcher

A 700MB file that hackers claimed contains valuable database information on bankrupted MtGox is actually hiding Bitcoin wallet file-stealing malware, researchers have warned.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Mar 2014

China chastises cheeky chirpers with WeChat clampdown

China’s censors appear to have turned their focus onto Tencent’s popular WeChat messaging platform, suspending and blocking several widely read public accounts in a bid to control online discussions.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Mar 2014
Nokia 2110

Indian supremes demand $573m in Nokia-Microsoft phactory selloff deal

India's Supreme Court has ordered Nokia to hand over a $572.5m guarantee before it can give the keys of one of its biggest manufacturing facilities to Microsoft.
Tim Peake training in a Soyuz simulator

Brit 'naut Major Tim could carry YOUR name into SPAAAAACCEEE

Astronaut Tim Peake needs a name for his next mission, when he'll become the first official British astronaut to head into orbit aboard the International Space Station.

ZEPPELINS to replace Goodyear blimps in American skies

The first of the new, hi-tech German-made zeppelins which will replace the iconic Goodyear blimps in the skies above the USA has been unveiled at the Goodyear airship base in Ohio.
Lewis Page, 17 Mar 2014
Metropolitan Police's e-Smart

Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

The Metropolitan Police are bypassing Windows 7 and going straight to Windows 8 as they ditch Windows XP from nearly 40,000 PCs.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2014

Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

Good news for British techies. A wide-ranging innovation study recommends that firms should hire more staff who can solve complex technical problems, even if they’re not tech companies or the techies aren’t employed in a narrowly technical function.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Mar 2014

Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

The Oxford English Dictionary has announced the latest tranche of terms to be admitted to its hallowed pages, including some c-words so strong that neither we nor the Daily Mail dare utter them before a family readership.
Lester Haines, 17 Mar 2014

Save Mexico: Stop druglords, violence ... and that DRATTED MOBILE DUOPOLY

Mexico's government was told that next to the country’s endemic level of organised crime and associated violence fuelled by the drug trade, its mobile duopoly was one of the major hindrances to its economic growth. So it decided to act against both.
Faultline, 17 Mar 2014

Outsourcer Atos outsources hardware, data centre refresh

Outsourcing monster Atos has thrown out the overhaul of its own tech infrastructure to Kelway in a five-year deal valued at £150m in total.
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2014

They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

The man who Newsweek named as the inventor of Bitcoin has hired a lawyer in a bid to clear his name.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Mar 2014

Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

Scammers are asking truth-seeking conspiracy theorists to ignore the inherent irony and give up some of their private data in order to find out the "truth" about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2014
French fries

Takeaway order spewer Just Eat plans to raise £100 MEEELLION in IPO

Online takeaway aggregator Just Eat is hoping to raise a hefty £100m from an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.
Back of iPhone 5

iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

A Chinese Apple analyst has claimed the next iPhone will be fitted with sensors which can detect pressure, humidity and temperature.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Mar 2014
A long collection of ridges and scarps on the planet Mercury, stretching over 540km. The colours correspond to elevation - yellow-green is high and blue is low.

Don't stare: SHRUNKEN Mercury lost 7km, but only 'cos it's COOLING

The planet Mercury has shrunk by up to 7km in radius over the past four billion years – much more than boffins had previously thought.
Team Register, 17 Mar 2014

GFI LanGuard 2014: Go on. Find my weaknesses and point them out

Review GFI has launched GFI LanGuard 2014, version 11.2 of its well-tested vulnerability scanning software. I have used LanGuard since 2001, when version 2.0 was released. It has been an invaluable tool in my sysadmin's toolkit and I am curious to see how the software has evolved over the past 13 years.
Trevor Pott, 17 Mar 2014

Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

PC users are scouring auction sites and licence brokers to obtain copies of Windows 7 for their upgrades to Windows XP, rather than buying Windows 8.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2014
Will Shackleton, UKCSC 2014 winner

Soon-to-be Facebook intern wins UK Cyber Security Challenge

A 19-year-old student was crowned the UK Cyber Security Champion after beating all comers over the course of a year-long competition that tested computer defence skills.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2014

Former Toshiba bigwig Andy Bass rocks up at Open Symmetry

Former Toshiba exec Andy Bass has landed at sales performance management (SPM) consultancy Open Symmetry as head of European ops.
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2014
Google Play Store

Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

Google has sent out an update to its Play Store giving users more control over in-app purchases after a class action suit was filed against the firm in the US a week ago.

Crap turnover, sucky margins: TV is a 'terrible business' – Steve Jobs

Fanbois hoping to upgrade their Apple streaming set-top box to a fully fledged Apple TV set will have been disheartened by revelations in a new book claiming Steve Jobs did not support building an iTelly.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Mar 2014
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Logicalis taps up Fujitsu man as services overlord

A former Fujitsu slinger has strolled into Logicalis to take control of the UK services organisation and provide local country head Mark Starkey with one throat to choke.
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2014

Spanish cable firm Ono says oh yes to €7.2bn Vodafone takeover

As has been widely speculated, the Spanish cable company Ono has accepted a €7.2bn (£6bn) offer from Vodafone, dropping its plans for an IPO.
Simon Rockman, 17 Mar 2014
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

Google hit by Monday morning blues: Talk, Hangouts, Sheets crash

Three Google services were gripped by disruption today – just four days after the company dramatically reduced prices for one of its online storage lockers.
Jack Clark, 17 Mar 2014

GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

GitHub is investigating allegations of sexism and inappropriate behaviour towards its female employees after one code jockey quit and went public on Twitter.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2014
gravity waves

GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

Pics A team of astrophysicists has announced a sighting of gravitational waves – formed in the first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the universe as we know it blinked into existence.
Iain Thomson, 17 Mar 2014

Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

A trio of glaciers in a vast region of northeastern Greenland previously thought to be stable are thinning and moving into the sea, forcing climate scientists to reevaluate their projections of sea-level rise upward.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Mar 2014
Photo of a stack of $100 bills

Red Hat touts free beer – and by beer, we mean full-fat OpenShift cloud

Red Hat is lowering the prices for accessing its publicly hosted OpenShift software as it struggles to come to terms with the brutal economics of the cloud.
Jack Clark, 17 Mar 2014
Photo of Apple iPhone 5C in a range of colors

Is Apple about unleash a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C? O2 'leak' suggests: Yes

An Apple iPhone 5C with 8GB of storage is rumored to emerge this week, according to reports and a leaked photo.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Mar 2014

Spend zero notes to take all notes with OneNote: Microsoft makes app free, builds it for OS X

Microsoft is making its Office OneNote application free for all users, creating a version for Apple's OS X, and opening up key parts of the API so developers can hook it into online cloud services.
Iain Thomson, 17 Mar 2014

OpenGL mobile graphics spec inches closer to desktop, laptop cousin

The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing closer the day when handheld devices match mainstream desktops and laptops in graphics performance.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Mar 2014

Daring danger-drone dives into VOLCANIC eruption – what happens next has to be seen

Video One intrepid drone operator has provided a riveting argument for a private citizen's unfettered use of quadcopters: a video of a volcanic eruption, shot from above.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Mar 2014

Microsoft slaps LTE mobe broadband into Surface 2 slabs (Yeah, take that, iPad)

From Tuesday, Microsoft will sell a version of its Surface 2 capable of connecting to mobile broadband – fulfilling a request of many a user who has been tempted to pick up one of Redmond's tablet-keyboard mashups.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Mar 2014