Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network
The US government ran a covert campaign to undermine the Cuban government via a social networking platform, according to the Associated Press.
Microsoft in OPEN-SOURCE .Net love-in with new foundation
Build 2014Microsoft has opened its .Net programming framework to the developer community by releasing the code for a broad range of .Net-related software as open-source projects under the stewardship of a new, dedicated foundation.
Google's Nest halts sales of its fire alarm – because waving your hand switches it off
Google's Internet-of-Things wunderkind Nest is disabling a software feature called Nest Wave, citing safety concerns.
Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel
On the second day of its developers conference in Shenzhen, China, Intel revealed the codename – "Braswell" – of its next-generation Atom processor for low-cost mobile devices and a 64-bit Android KitKat 4.4.2 kernel, and outlined its belief that a "large resurgence" is coming to the desktop market.
Microsoft: Hey, small biz devs – Windows Store apps are for you, too
Build 2014We reckon there haven't been many line-of-business apps built for Windows 8's Modern UI so far, but Microsoft has now made it easier for companies that want to do so.
Qualcomm unveils MU-MIMO silicon
A hyped and highly-anticipated feature of the next generation of WiFi kit, MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple in, multiple out), has taken a step towards commercial reality, with chip vendor Qualcomm announcing its first silicon to support the feature.
Google to Supremes: End this Street View fight once and for all
Google is taking the battle over its Street View data collection to the US Supreme Court, seeking a final decision on the legality of its Wi-Fi snooping activity.
IEEE signs off on 400 Gb/s Ethernet development
As we foreshadowed last month, the The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has green-lighted development of 400 Gb/s Ethernet.
Mechanical monster macropod LEAPS out of the lab
If you want evidence for the sad state of science in Australia, here it is: the world's first bionic kangaroo has been developed in Germany.
Is Google really mulling building a US cellphone network? Allegedly, yes
Google is in the early stages of planning to roll out its own cellphone network, an upstart tech news wire is claiming.
Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS
The Indian State of Tamil Nadu will solve its Windows XP problem by adopting Linux.
BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug
First picIntel has been showing off the next generation of USB connectors which will be the first to fit into ports whichever way up they are – thus avoid the Schrödinger's USB stick problem.
China's Bitcoin exchanges begin pulling down the shutters
The Chinese central bank's Bitcoin crackdown, first signalled in December 2013, is coming to fruition as the middle kingdom's Bitcoin exchanges begin halting withdrawals.
Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?
Sysadmin blogFor decades the development of the computer has been driven by businesses. Businesses bought mainframes, PCs and servers. They bought in such quantity that the consumer was, for most technology companies, a mere afterthought. Today, consumer purchases of endpoints outstrip business purchases by a wide margin.
Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns
Yesterday was day three of my XP-ocalypse aversion mission to upgrade the PCs at the remote Wirliyatjarrayi Learning Centre.
Speaker bods Sonos chuck FREE TELLY* in with discount offer
Wi-Fi streaming speaker supplier Sonos is sweetening Playbar UK purchases with six months of Spotify and Sky Movies.
French firms: You want us to compile DATABASES... of our SECRET information?
Businesses in France are being asked to compile a database of commercially sensitive information that will potentially attract increased interest from cyber criminals.
Cisco edges away from VMware, tries Red Hat on for size
Blocks and FilesFrom co-operation to co-op-etition and then competition: it's happening in front of our eyes with EMC and Cisco. The choreography involves Cisco working more and more with Red Hat and its KVM server hypervisor and less with EMC subsidiary VMware's ESX.
Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms
Windows XP usage on the web is decreasing as the venerable operating system edges ever closer towards its "end of life" from Microsoft support next week.
Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer
CommentOne of the primary drivers of the growth in organic food sales over the last couple of decades is the perception that organic food is healthier than conventionally farmed food.
'We’re not sneaky, we're dads from the Midwest'
QuotwThis was the week when the backlash over Mozilla's appointment of Prop 8-supporting Brendan Eich to the chief's chair continued, with OkCupid asking users to boycott the firm's popular Firefox browser.
Right, Turkey – elections are over. You can use Twitter again
The Turkish government has finally lifted its ban on Twitter after a largely unsuccessful attempt at state-sponsored censorship in the run-up to key local elections held last Sunday.
EMC intros data protection-as-a-service: You shall D-PAAS
As the world is moving towards software-defined data centres with infrastructure components virtualised and delivered as a service, data protection appears to be going the same way.
Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln
The final Patch Tuesday for Windows XP will bring four bulletins, including a critical fix for a zero-day Word vulnerability uncovered last week.
UK tech channel in RUDE health as bankruptcies dip in Q1
It's time to crack open the bubbly: corporate fatalities in the UK channel have fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter, official stats from credit rating firm Graydon UK reveal.
Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V
Game TheoryLong have I wondered why franchises such as Battlefield and Call of Duty bother to include a single player entrée aside the multiplayer main course.
The cloud awaits... but is your enterprise ready for the jump?
I have worked with a number of companies that explored the cloud as an option for their infrastructure, and recently I worked for two that are cloud service providers themselves.
Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP
Something for the Weekend, Sir?"Fans, players and parents unite against England's 'rip-off' £90 World Cup kit" screamed the Mirror this week. "They think it’s all over... priced."
Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy
Google has paid up on a million euro fine ($1.4m) from Italy's data protection regulator imposed because its Street View cars weren't recognisable enough to the people they were taking photos of.
Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER
Hands onThe biggest Windows Phone news this week was that it's now royalty free. This means it will cost manufacturers less to make a Windows Phone than an Android phone, all other things being equal. And, of course, it also received the much-anticipated update.
LOHAN's Punch and Judy show is GO for Saturday
The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) "Punch" and "Judy" test flights are go for tomorrow (Saturday 5 April), and as ever we'll be streaming proceedings live over the interwebs so you make yourselves a nice cuppa, kick back and follow the action live from the comfort of your PC.
White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie
The White House has criticised Samsung for tweeting a selfie taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz of himself with the US President, using a Sammy mobe.
Siri set to rival Windows beauty Cortana after Apple eats Novauris
Apple's personal assistant Siri is more than two years old, so you'd think it was high time for its parents to cut the umbilical cord.
BlackBerry and T-Mobile try $100 bribe to lure BBers to their side
In the latest round of the velvet-gloved boxing match between T-Mobile US and BlackBerry, the mobile operator's chief John Legere has told BB users that he supports them and wants to give them $100 credit towards any new handset they want.
Bell Microsystems circles cawing above corpse of Glasshouse UK
South coast-based tech supplier Bell Microsystems is trying to pick up customers and staff at bust storage integrator Glasshouse Technologies.
Google's SWOLLEN WINDBAGS circle PLANET, dispensing INTERWEBS
With a name like Project Loon, you would expect Google's scheme to be a bit bonkers, but the Chocolate Factory's madcap plan to bring internet connectivity to remote areas using balloons appears to have paid off after one of the devices circumnavigated the globe in just 22 days.
Overland Storage in fiendish reverse stock split share value ploy
Overland Storage, the troubled tape and low-end scale-out disk array storage vendor, is wanting to do a reverse stock split to get its share price up above the Nasdaq exit level.
We don't want your crap databases, says Twitter: We've made OUR OWN
ExclusiveTwitter is growing up and, like an adult, is beginning to desire consistent guarantees about its data rather than instant availability.
NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon
NASA has confirmed it will crash its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe into the Moon's surface on April 21 after the successful completion of its missions.
Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success
A group of 14 Korean researchers, including 10 from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, have published details of a technique for synthesising graphene that could lead to sheets of the thin, strong, conductive wonder-material-du-jour being used in commercial devices sooner rather than later.
Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account
A five-year-old boy has found and exploited a password flaw in his Xbox to hack into his father's Xbox Live account.
Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments
Apple has been rebuffed in its attempt to exclude Samsung testimony in the two firms' ongoing patent infringement case.
SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources
ExclusiveDatabase giant Oracle is attempting to create a NoSQL standards body, The Register has learned.
One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes
Build 2014Eight months after launching its pushbutton App Studio GUI development kit for Windows Phone, Microsoft has extended the tool to include support for building apps for Windows 8, too.