Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'
First fondleWhen Samsung launched the Galaxy S4, its features made little sense.
Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that
Apple has applied for a patent for technology that will warn of oncoming dangers to users distracted by their text messages.
NSW government gets into the smartphone case business
Today's Sydney Morning Herald reports that the right-leaning government in the Australian state of New South Wales has decided to outsource lots of public service jobs because it believes there's a limit to what governments should do.
First pics: Comet-chaser Rosetta hurtles towards icy prey, camera in hand
Pic + vidThe European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has sent back the first two aligned images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet it has been chasing for ten years and nearly 800 million kilometres.
Australian National University CIO Peter Nikoletatos departs
Australian National University (ANU) chief information officer Peter Nikoletatos left his post yesterday.
Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad
Microsoft has pointed out that the newly released Office for iPad won't immediately work for users of its SharePoint 2010 collaboration suite.
Microsoft Australia blows own deadline for online Office 365 sales
Microsoft has written to its Australian customers to apologise in advance for failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for the opening of a portal that would let them sell Office 365.
iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'
Fixing and upgrading iOS devices can be a rewarding business opportunity, so long as you don't mind having to fight Apple every step of the way.
China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled in favour of the EU, US and Japan in their dispute against what they described as China’s unfair rare earth export rules.
Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV
The next generation of millennial kids are a lonely group of slab-fondlers who would rather watch films and movies alone in their bedrooms, it has been claimed.
Bitcoin bloodbath as China shutters all trading sites
China’s central bank has ruled that all banks and payment service providers in the country must cease dealing in Bitcoin.
YouTube follows Twitter onto Turkey's block list
YouTube appears to be the latest site added to Turkey’s blacklist after reports emerged that the government has blocked it in response to a “villainous” audio file uploaded to the platform this week.
Google 'Transparency Report' shows rise in government groping
Google has released the latest update to its data detailing how often it is asked by law enforcement agencies around the world to cough up data about its users, and says company's “we’re … seeing more and more governments start to exercise their authority to make requests.”
Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough
Brussels has given its blessing to a Westminster scheme which will grant generous tax breaks to small video game production firms which pass a controversial "cultural test".
Put a 4K in it: Quantum soups up StorNext bundles for Pros
Quantum has added Pro Storage bundles to its StorNext file virtualisation and archiving range aimed at making StorNext more cost effective for digital workflows in the 4K era.
Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact
ReviewFor the last 18 or so months, if you'd wanted a high-end Android smartphone you’ve had to make do with something a bit on the large size. The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G Flex, Nokia 925, Sony Xperia Z1 all have one thing in common: they are big old Hectors compared to Apple’s iPhone 5S.
'I will not work with Facebook... they seem creepy to me'
QuotwThis was the week when Facebook continued to splash the cash, spanking $2bn on Oculus VR just a short while after splaffing $19bn on messaging app WhatsApp.
LOHAN preps Vulture 2 for hot vinyl wrap
The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has some good news and some bad news today. The good news is that we've finished the paint element of of Vulture 2 spaceplane's livery, and it looks absolutely magnificent.
VDI a 'delightful' experience... Really?
GPU Technology ConferenceThe VDI talk was the kind of GTC session I love. It’s where a real-world expert talks about how a difficult task is actually accomplished. Not the theory, not how it should work on paper, but what it takes to actually move a project from Point “A” to Point “We’re done with this”.
ICO plugs XSS vuln in its website. Only took watchdog FIVE YEARS
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has finally fixed a security bug on its website - five years after it was first notified to the data privacy watchdog.
Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever
ReviewThe final beta release of Ubuntu 14.04, due in April, is here.
Soft, hard, lightly hosted? Make the right call when you choose a PBX system
All businesses need a PBX phone system to organise calls and direct them round the organisation.
Pop music, tech bubble... what could go wrong? Spotify said to be closer to IPO
Spotify could be making its much-rumoured market debut as soon as six months from now, after reportedly starting talks with investment banks for an IPO.
Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)
Something for the Weekend, Sir?His Girl Friday, All The President’s Men, Pravda, Broadcast News... As a journalist, I ought to be thrilled by reading books and watching dramatisations about other journalists being journalists and generally going about doing their journalisming. Yet there are few things in popular media as forlorn as a journalist talking about journalism to the public at large.
Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G
The denizens of 12 farflung towns across the United Kingdoms received a bit of good news today after EE continued its rollout of 4G.
Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month
Online age verification is the Tory-led coalition government's latest obsession, after it lobbied hard for flaccid network-level filtering to be introduced by the UK's biggest ISPs over the course of the last few years.
No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!
The government has bungled proposed changes to UK copyright law by claiming the format of eBooks can be legally changed - for example, from the Amazon kindle format to a PDF. The changes were published yesterday as the last debris of the Hargreaves Review to wash up on the statute book. (The rest has either been implemented or dropped).
VideoThere are many reasons to hate Google Glass, ranging from the accusation that it's an evil surveillance device to the perfectly reasonable suggestion it's terribly ugly.
Amazon Workspaces: A dish best served later
ReviewAmazon Workspaces, the etailer-cloud-service-provider's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure service based on a “Windows 7 desktop experience”, has been uncorked.
Judge rules Baidu political censorship was an editorial right
Chinese search giant Baidu has evaded a lawsuit launched in the US by a pro-democracy group who claimed that the search engine was illegally suppressing political speech.
BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10
BlackBerry's revenue slipped below a billion dollars in the fourth fiscal quarter for the first time since 2007, as its smartphone sales continued to slide, but its losses were slightly less than expected.
Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled
A batch of homeopathic remedies have been recalled in the US after it was discovered that they contained real medicine.
App-happy cloud bod? You'd better keep eyes on your networks
Measuring how well your application is performing is not a straightforward task. Many enterprises have multiple locations, work with cloud-based applications and have end users stationed in different parts of the world.
'I like big butts and I cannot lie, hackers take Pinterest on a joyride'
NSFWishMiscreants have made an ass out of users of bewildering photo-sharing website Pinterest – by hijacking their accounts to flood the boards with butt pics.
Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars
Tesla is adding a three-level shield of aluminum and titanium to the underside of its Model S e-car to eliminate the possibility of battery blazes and placate US safety authorities.
FTC: Do SSL properly or we'll shove a microscope up you for decades
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has forged settlement deals with a pair of companies accused of botching their SSL encryption and leaving people vulnerable to identity thieves.
Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will
Microsoft has today performed a second volte-face in the Hotmail scanning scandal, and this time it looks serious.