Oracle takes an arrow to the EPS: It's that darned strong dollar... again
Oracle is claiming a $9.3bn haul of revenues, up 4 per cent year-on-year, in its third quarter of fiscal 2014 – but that fell short of Wall Street analyst earnings expectations.
Haunted Empire calls Apple 'a cult built around a dead man.' Tim Cook calls it 'nonsense'
Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn't much like the new book, Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs by Yukari Iwatani Kane, which paints a picture of today's Apple, as its title implies, as being haunted by the ghost of its former cofounder Steve Jobs, adrift, and based on "a cult built around a dead man."
Apple patent will see Siri remind you to keep taking your meds
A recently-granted Apple patent seems to lay out some of Cupertino's thinking about the future of Siri and the Internet of Things: and it's spooky.
NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012
VideoA new analysis of data from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) by Chinese and Berkeley helioboffins shows that a July 2012 solar storm of unprecedented size would have wiped out global electronic systems if it had occurred just nine days earlier.
WebEx gets shiny Chromebook look
Cisco and Google have agreed to play nice in the enterprise, with the two deciding to collaborate to put the WebEx collaboration service on Chromebook machines.
'Software amplifier' boosts quantum signals
Even in quantum communications, adjusting the parameters of Shannon's Theorem can help improve reach and range. A group of Australian National University (ANU) researchers has found a way to extend the reach of quantum communications by improving the signal-to-noise ratio of quantum systems.
Facebook security chief: We're not encrypting everything between our data centers just yet
A couple of weeks ago Facebook scheduled a press powwow with its chief security officer Joe Sullivan to discuss defenses for the social network and its users. Then, a week later, Sullivan's boss made an angry call to the White House to complain about intelligence agents using Facebook as a conduit for spying on people.
Surf's up near Saturn as boffins spot waves on Titan
“At Huntington and Malibu,” the Beach Boys wrote in their classic Surfin' Safari, “They're shooting the pier,” while “At Rincon they're walking the nose.”
Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4
PicsSony has revealed Project Morpheus, its virtual-reality headset for the PlayStation 4.
SPEC puts forward benchmark for accelerated supers
SPEC – the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation – is pimping a new set of benchmarks it says will help HPC users get the most out of their hardware-accelerated systems.
'Zotob' hacker 'Diabl0' arrested in Bangkok after three-year hunt
Farid Essebar, aka Diabl0, has finally been arrested by Bangkok police after three years on the run, on suspicion of causing $4bn worth of damage to Swiss banking systems.
Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github
A small army of politically correct nerds will gather in London this weekend to launch a mission to "clean up" source code hosted by GitHub.
USB cuts the cord, again, with WiGig-derived wireless spec
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) Implementors Forum has announced that development is under way on a new “Media Agnostic (MA) USB specification.
A server bonanza is for Christmas, not for life: Xmas boost hides slump
One sequential bounce in EMEA server shipments and revenues doesn't a recovery make, but last year's Chrimbo quarter may have cheered hard-pressed suppliers, judging by the figures.
Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?
Keen Reg readers may remember that last year we visited the remote Aboriginal community of Willowra and its new Wirliyatjarrayi Learning Centre.
SolidFire brings out new Carbon, says it'll make data centres more like clouds
Cloud all-flash array startup SolidFire has announced Carbon, v6.0 of its Elements operating system - claiming it is the "most feature-rich, enterprise-class all-flash storage on the market."
What have Cherie Blair, Jonathan Porritt and El Reg's mobile desk got in common?
For all the trumpeting of Silicon Roundabout with its app companies and ecosystem start-ups, or northern California with improved user experiences and social media, the real work in mobile gets done here in old Blighty: specifically, on the silicon fens of Cambridge.
Our Moderately Sized Data analytics engine pooh-poohs Acer '30 second support' claims
Biz customers with broken Acer kit might want to sling a call into the technical centre: then put on the kettle and make a cuppa, because they could be on hold for a lot longer than they were expecting.
Nokia tries to lure Android porters with free Nokia X mobes
EventNokia has started encouraging Android developers to support its Nokia X platform. The phones, primarily aimed at developing markets, run a highly customised version of Android and to ensure compatibility Nokia has wound up its developer outreach programme.
Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin
In agreeable news for those readers who can remember when it was all trees round here and you could get an enormous paper bagful of gobstoppers for thruppence, The Royal Mint has unveiled a decidedly retro 12-sided design for Blighty's £1 coin.
Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past
Antique Code ShowXenon marked the beginning of a distinguished career for The Bitmap Brothers, legendary developers of the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST era. Overhead, vertically scrolling shooters were doing great trade in arcades across the land, and with its exposure on Saturday morning kids’ show Get Fresh (you don’t remember Gaz Top and Gilbert the alien?) Xenon was always going to do well.
Cloudera bags $160m from Google Ventures and Mike Dell
Cloudy startup Cloudera has raised $160m from top investors including T Rowe Price and Google Ventures in its latest funding round to expand further into the big data market.
LOHAN bloodhound unleashes solar-powered minitracker
Fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project with a particular interest in the radio electronics side of spaceplane missions will doubtless enjoy a first look at a new miniature tracker from team member Anthony Stirk - the sleek black PAVA 9.
MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies
MPs want Britain's network-level filters to do a better job of censoring access to pornography sites to keep the content away from the prying eyes of children. But, to do that, perfectly legal online smut peddlers need to cooperate.
So. Farewell then Steelie Neelie: You were WORSE than USELESS
+CommentNeelie Kroes' stint as the EU's “Commissioner for a Digital Agenda” ends when the Barroso II Commission closes up shop in the autumn. Perhaps the post should be abolished with her departure.
NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report
The NSA is recording all of the voice calls in one unnamed country and keeping those recordings for 30 days at a time as part of a previously undisclosed rolling wiretap programme, according to leaks recently published in WSJ.
So, Mystic Joe Tucci: Is a hyper-converged tool in EMC's future?
CommentEMC could be getting into hyper-converged systems via VMware and software-defined hardware components, though the storage firm is yet to confirm industry rumours.
Ex-Xbox gros fromage joins wireless speaker whizzkids Sonos
Microsoft’s chief Xbox product officer Marc Whitten has joined streaming Wi-Fi speaker biz Sonos as its chief product officer.
Plusnet wants resellers' SME customers and is willing to pay
Biz broadband and calls provider Plusnet has called on distie DMSL to muster dealers that want to flog its services to SMEs weeks after the latest web wobble.
Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget
Budget Day 2014Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne presented what he described as a Budget for "the makers the doers and the savers" - and let's not forget the bingo players - in today's economy statement to Parliament.
Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer
The shadowy figures behind the newest instalment of the Star Wars franchise have slipped out a few more details about the movie as they announced that filming will start at Blighty's Pinewood Studios in May.
Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop
Kent Police have been fined £100,000 after interview tapes and other confidential information were found abandoned at a former police station.
Gmail data-mining lawsuits fail to get class action status
Google has made its job of defeating a series of lawsuits over the privacy of its Gmail service much easier now that the judge has agreed that the cases can't be combined into a class action lawsuit.
Dragon's Den star's cloudy biz still losing MEEELLLLLIONS
It was a year of frenzied activity for AIM-listed Outsourcery in 2013 but none of this translated into bottom line goodness as the cloud provider's losses again outstripped sales.
Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch goes nuclear: Claims HP 'misleads' its own shareholders
Mike Lynch, former chief of HP-owned Autonomy, tossed an explosive shareholder letter onto the internet today – just hours before HP's annual investors' meeting in Santa Clara, California.
RIP Full Disclosure: Security world reacts to key mailing list's death
The legendary Full Disclosure mailing list, where security researchers posted details of exploits and software vulnerabilities, is shutting down.
Virtual-reality Dev Kit 2 game goggles by Oculus – now with less vomit!
Virtual reality gaming-goggles maker Oculus has released a new model of its Rift headset for software developers.
It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins
UpdatedBrits on the UK cell network EE are reporting dodgy connections, delayed text messages and other problems tonight. Some users are unable to make calls even though they have a full signal strength showing on their mobiles.
Australia's 'repeal day' de-regulated SPOOKS
Australia's government yesterday declared that it will stage a "repeal day" next week, a day of Parliamentary proceedings largely given over to sweeping aside legislation said to be obsolete, idle, and/or superseded by newer laws.
ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat
PicsWhistleblower Edward Snowden has appeared on stage at a TED conference in Canada via a remote-controlled robotic screen – and was hailed as a hero by the Web's founding father Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
CSIRO breaks Australia into 90m x 90m grid to map soil carbon
CSIRO has published what probably amounts to one of the largest datasets ever assembled in Australia: an assessment of organic soil carbon on a 90 metre x 90 metre grid, nationwide.
Turnbull to add speed test app to MyBroadband web site
Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull today delivered a speech at The Australian Information Industry Association's (AIIA's) Navigating Analytics Summit.