PC market's bleeding slows thanks to XP phase-out
The end of support for the Windows XP operating system has triggered a jump in sales, bringing a rare bit of good news for PC vendors.
Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today
Scientists say they have reconstructed an asteroid impact on Earth that was at least three times as massive as the strike that is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs and the new monster had effects that are still being felt today.
Greg Christie to leave Apple as Jonathan Ive seizes design reins
Apple design boss Jony Ive appears to be consolidating his power within the fruity firm, with longtime software UI chief Greg Christie reportedly leaving the company.
Come to Oz for sun, surf, ratting on co-workers and surveillance
Australia's deserved reputation as a nation whose government likes to pry into almost everything online has "improved" thanks to two new incidents.
Dell punts big fat switch into OpenStack clouds
Dell has tagged software-defined networking (SDN) and big data centre switching in its latest switch/controller release.
AWS could 'consider' ARM CPUs, RISC-as-a-service
Amazon Web Services (AWS) chief technology officer Werner Vogels believes the cloudy colossus could, in the future consider using ARM CPUs, or even offering RISC-as-a-service to help those on legacy platforms enjoy cloud elasticity.
Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat
While most of the buzz surrounding OpenSSL's Heartbleed vulnerability has focussed on websites and other servers, the SANS Institute reminds us that software running on PCs, tablets and more is just as potentially vulnerable.
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China? Facebook this week announced that its active user base in India passed 100 million – the first country to do so since the US of A.
Banks slap Olympus with £160 MEEELLION lawsuit
Just when it thought the dark days were behind it, camera purveyor Olympus has been slapped with a ¥28 billion (£160m) lawsuit from six trust banks over a long running accounting scandal.
Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS
The Australian State of Queensland does not observe daylight saving and an old joke about the state says that air travellers entering the region have in the past been advised to “turn your watch back one hour and 50 years.”
Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops
A senior JPMorgan analyst has urged Apple to seize a $63bn (£37bn) opportunity by flogging a hybrid laptop-tablet device running iOS.
Indonesia considers smartphone tax to spur local mobe-makers
In a move which won’t go down well with foreign smartphone-makers the Indonesian government is planning to levy a 20 per cent tax on all imported mobile phones, in a bid to support domestically made handsets.
Microsoft builds teleporter weapon to send VMware into Azure
Microsoft has fired another shot in its campaign to win over VMware users, in the form of an updated Virtual Machine Converter that can move virtual machines from ESXi to Hyper-V.
Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation
British colocation outfit Alphadex says British Gas is refusing to discuss what it believes are errors in its bills and says that dispute, rather than any financial weakness, is behind the energy company's petition to wind it up.
G-Tech intros glossy HHD box: Because media 4Kers need external storage too
NABG-Technology goes for 4K workstation external storage at NAB with glossy curvy and black hard drive boxes plus a portable SSD to round out its product set.
LOHAN spaceplane 'Punch and Judy' test flights live online
VidsIf you're looking for some light entertainment this fine April morning, then tune in to the live launch of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) "Punch" and "Judy" test flights.
Danes debut Bluetooth-connected 'made for iPhone' hearing aids
Danish company ReSound claims the LinX for the iPhone is the first "cool hearing aid". That might be stretching things a bit but perhaps only because of attitudes.
Death of data retention directive: What it means for OTHER data laws
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Tuesday declared the Data Retention Directive (DRD) invalid.
Cloud storage gateway firm: Selling to end users? Meh. We'll leave it to CSPs, et CTERA
A briefing from folks at cloud storage gateway upstart CTERA revealed there was more to the firm than Reg storage desk had thought.
IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels
Geek's Guide to BritainWould you like to work in a cross between Downton Abbey and Silicon Valley? For a small selection of IBMers, that’s the only way to describe their working environment, although the place we’re talking about is officially called Hursley Park.
Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?
The leak of a PGP-encrypted email between Ed Snowden's pet journalist Glenn Greenwald and a lawyer has created a bit of a fuss in crypto circles.
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Facebook users must switch to the social network's dedicated Messenger mobile app if they want to keep chatting away to their Facebook friends on their phones.
Cheat Win XP death: Your handy guide to keeping snubbed operating system ticking over
How toWindows XP's date with destiny has passed. As of Tuesday, Microsoft will NOT be releasing any new security updates. With one in five PCs still running Windows XP, there's a chance you are among those whose computer is now running an unsupported operating system. What now?
BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen
UpdatedBlackBerry has said that it will finally consider selling off its smartphone-making business if it continues to be unprofitable.
Who wants a ROBO-BUTLER? Google and pals do – and they've just put $2m towards it
RoTMGoogle has placed a bet on a robotics company that is working to create "services" robots for use in hospitals, care homes or hotels.
Scandal-hit Co-op Bank's CIO hits eject button after one year
The Co-op Bank has lost its chief information officer about a year after he took up the role.
Biz PC market's looking healthy – but is it just an XPocalypse bounce?
PC suppliers are pondering if the mini recovery in commercial IT spending is sustainable or just a Windows XPocalypse-related flash in the pan.
Spy-happy Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board as privacy adviser
Dropbox has been hit with a firestorm of criticism after announcing that Iraq war architect Condoleezza Rice has joined its board.
Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'
Call of Duty: Black Ops II appears to have been compromised using the now infamous Heartbleed exploit, according to security researchers.
Apple eyes virtual reality goggle game with patent filing
Apple has filed for a patent which suggests the company is looking into developing its own head-mounted virtual reality system.
Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system
Google's former chief Eric Schmidt once remarked that to have true privacy after spending some time on the internet you would need to change your name.
Google to open up Glass program to anyone with $1,500 to spare
Google has announced that anyone will soon be able to buy one of its Glass headsets for a limited time, provided they live in the US and have $1,500 (plus tax) to pay for them.
US government green-lights data swapping for security firms
Security firms looking to share research data with their peers need not fear the US Federal Trade Commission or Department of Justice any more.
Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's brutal scale in annual letter
AnalysisAmazon's mercurial chief executive Jeff Bezos is equal parts John D Rockefeller and Henry Ford, judging by his annual letter to shareholders.
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
A new agreement between employer organizations and labor unions in France has made it illegal for French managers to contact their employees about work-related matters outside of normal business hours.