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Qualcomm puts $US300M price on Wilocity's head

Qualcomm is reportedly getting ready to acquire high-speed 60 GHz WiGig chip-maker Wilocity, according to a report out of Israel.

Get BENT: Flexy supercapacitor breaks records

It doesn't sound like a huge number, but 6.3 milliwatt-hours per cubic mm is a breakthrough: it's the highest volumetric energy density so far achieved in a microscale carbon-based supercapacitor.

What's Android Silver? Samsung preps Tizen mobes 'for Russia, India'

Samsung will reportedly launch a Tizen-powered smartphone in Russia and India.
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014
The Reg from June 27, 1998, retrieved from Archive.org's Wayback Machine

Archive.org web trove hits FOUR HUNDRED BEEEELLION pages

The Internet Archive's "Wayback Machine" has announced that it has indexed four hundred billion web pages.
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014
Firefox ad 2nd St SF 2011

Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

Mozilla has scrapped its plan to show in-browser adverts to new users of Firefox.
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014
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GE patches gap in infosec capabilities with Wurldtech buy

Years after the infosec world noticed the chronic insecurity of SCADA kit, industrial giant GE has decided it needs to improve its in-house capabilities by announcing that it's to acquire Wurldtech.
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Apple poaches Nokia photo guru Ari Partinen from Microsoft

A Nokia camera guru has been poached by Apple in an apparent bid to beef up the fruity firm's snapper cred.
Jasper Hamill, 12 May 2014
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Birmingham's Computer Bookshops Ltd goes titsup

Birmingham-based tech book seller Computer Bookshops Ltd has failed to make it out of administration, and is being wound up.
Solar panels

Spotty solar power management platform could crash the grid

Criminals could potentially cause black-outs and mess with power grid configurations by exploiting flaws in a popular solar panel management system used by thousands of homes and businesses.
Darren Pauli, 12 May 2014
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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

Microsoft has added Welsh to the list of languages “spoken” by its Bing translation engine and Office products.
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014
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Storwize embiggened: Nearly 4PB of raw capacity, croons IBM's Barry Whyte

IBM has substantially refreshed its SVC (SAN Volume Controller) and Storwize storage array products, providing doubled processing power, boosting compression power as well as increasing Storwize capacity to around 4PB, it claims.
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2014
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Web devs! Build your cloud skills with free Microsoft webinar

Promo Microsoft is hosting a week of daily live tutorials to help web and mobile developers build their cloud skills.
David Gordon, 12 May 2014
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Is Trevor Pott-y? Nope – he's bang on about VSAN performance

Storagebod I don’t always agree with fellow Reg storage man Trevor Pott but this piece on Server SAN, VSAN and storage acceleration is spot on with its questions about VSAN running in the kernel and the advantages that brings to performance.
StorageBod, 12 May 2014

What the frag? Earn millions as the world watches you SLAY rivals

Review After learning how much Swedish gamer PewDiePie earns in a year from his YouTube channel (reportedly $7m for 3.7 billion views), I recommend everyone buys an HD capture device and starts uploading gaming videos.
Lucy Orr, 12 May 2014
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Dixons tells HQ workers: Yes, that IS a creaky trapdoor you hear. You're at risk of redundo

Dixons has unlocked but not yet opened a trapdoor underneath at least 100 bods at its Hemel Hempstead HQ.
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014
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Doing more for less with your Oracle database

Workshop Database services are constantly increasing in demand, but while demand might be expanding, budgets in general aren't. The Independent Oracle User Group's 2013 Database Manageability survey showed that data volumes - along with the business demand for database services to manage them - grew by more than 20 per cent on average throughout the year. And yet most organisations reported budgets that were flat, or in decline.
Robin Birtstone, 12 May 2014
Rupert and James Murdoch

BSkyB eyes up Uncle Rupert's telly channels in Germany and Italy

Rupert Murdoch is locked in talks with BSkyB to discuss the British pay-TV firm's "potential acquisition" of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia – both assets of his broadcasting empire, 21st Century Fox.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 May 2014
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Acer pair charged with insider trading for '$72k pre-results stock dump'

Two senior Acer staffers have been charged with insider trading – after allegedly offloading shares worth $72,300 just before the PC giant announced fresh financial losses.
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014
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Order and shipping woes to hit Juniper in early summer, warns distie

If you have a sudden urge to buy Juniper Networks kit around the beginning of July then you better get your orders in now to "avoid any shipping delays", we're told.
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014

Silicon Valley bod in no-hire pact lawsuit urges court to REJECT his OWN lawyers' settlement

One of the plaintiffs in the no-hire pact lawsuit against Silicon Valley tech firms has asked the court to reject a $324m settlement deal negotiated by his own lawyers because he says it’s “grossly inadequate”.

SCC: Blighty biz cracked open wallets in 2014, and not JUST for Windows XPocalypse

Customers fleeing end-of-support Windows XP doom coupled with boosts in data centre hosting and managed services wins fuelled top and bottom line goodness at reseller titan SCC in the recently closed fiscal '14.
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014

Ex-Sony, Pearson chiefs tipped to oversee BBC. So that's all good, then

Former Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer and Dame Marjorie Scardino, ex-CEO of publishing powerhouse Pearson, have been tipped to head the BBC Trust – the oversight org that performs the job of the old BBC Board of Governors.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 May 2014
Google Chocolate Factory

Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

Google is working on a radical new redesign of the desktop version of its webmail service Gmail, it has been speculated.
Team Register, 12 May 2014

We're from the SAME DUST CLOUD, BRO: Boffins find Sun's long-lost sibling

Astroboffins have found the Sun’s long-lost sibling, separated at birth from the star which now resides at the centre of our Solar System.
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Microsoft gins up admin-soothing Azure file vault

Microsoft has made it easier for Windows admins to migrate applications up into the cloud via a sysadmin-friendly file-sharing service.
Jack Clark, 12 May 2014
A U-2 "Dragon Lady" takes off from the Osan Air Base, South Korea, flightline Oct. 21, 2009, during the base Air Power Day air show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

A computer crash that caused the collapse of a $2.4bn air traffic control system may have been caused by a simple lack of memory, insiders close to the cock-up alleged today.
Jasper Hamill, 12 May 2014
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Microsoft TechEd 2014 keynote, Q&A liveblog: What went down in TX

Reg correspondent Adam Fowler has flown from Adelaide, Australia, to Houston, Texas, US, to bring you up-to-the-minute information from the TechEd 2014 North America keynote and Q&A.
Team Register, 12 May 2014
Lee Kun-hee at a breakfast meeting with President Park Geun-hye and other business leaders
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Samsung shares in stable condition after supremo's heart attack

Samsung says its chairman Lee Kun-hee is now in a stable condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack at the weekend.
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Oi, EMC. Where's that VMAX release that world+dog's waiting for?

Storagebod There appeared to be a missing announcement at this year's EMC World, held last week in Las Vegas. Where was the VMAX announcement that the world and his dog were waiting for?
StorageBod, 12 May 2014
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OpenStack Foundation thunks down cloud buyers guide

The OpenStack Foundation has launched a catalogue of products, services and even companies based around the cloud management tech.
Jack Clark, 12 May 2014
Parrot BeBop

BEAK DRONE: 1080p HD Wi-Fi quad-copter by Parrot takes to skies

Vid French phone-accessories-maker-turned-drone-manufacturer Parrot has built a quad-copter with a super wide-angle lens and hi-def cam.
Simon Rockman, 12 May 2014

HP crowns networking boss Ansell as king of enterprise channel

After five years sat on HP's enterprise channel throne, Kevin Matthews is heading to an as yet unconfirmed role in the company with networking boss John Ansell to be crowned the new UK king.
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014
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Former Tech Data UK beancounters may face rubber-glove treatment

The Financial Reporting Council will probe the processes used by staff linked to Tech Data UK's monumental three-year financial blunder.
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014
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Privacy bods win court battle: UK HMRC must 'reconsider' silence over FinSpy spyware probe

A campaign group has successfully applied for a judicial review after Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs' refused to disclose details of any investigation into a firm accused of selling spyware to oppressive regimes.
Jasper Hamill, 12 May 2014
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Rackspace: OpenStack is the 'Rebel Alliance' in fight for future of cloud

OpenStack Summit 2014 In Atlanta, where the drinks are syrupy and the air hangs over you like a wet, warm blanket, four and a half thousand people have assembled to work on a crazy idea.
Jack Clark, 12 May 2014
Windows 8.1 Update Start Screen

Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

In a move that should surprise no one, Microsoft has extended the deadline when consumers must install the Windows 8.1 Update to avoid being cut off from future security patches to June 10, giving them a 30-day reprieve.
Neil McAllister, 12 May 2014
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LG teases 'G Watch' wristable, releases new tablet trio

LG Electronics – manufacturer of everything from electric vehicle traction motors to vacuum cleaners to smartphones – has released a video teasing a few details about its upcoming G Watch wearable, and has unveiled three new tablets in 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch sizes.
Rik Myslewski, 12 May 2014

Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

Scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine have concluded that the glaciers of West Antarctica are now in terminal decline and the resultant ice loss could raise global sea levels by up to four feet over the next few centuries.
Iain Thomson, 12 May 2014
Protesters outside FCC headquarters

FCC chairman to rethink controversial net neutrality proposals

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now planning to rewrite its controversial rules in regards to net neutrality.
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2014
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$180,000 buys you lunch with Tim Cook as charity auction ending

The 8th annual charity auction to meet the executive of your dreams (or nightmares) is showing that lunch with Apple's big boss Tim Cook will set you back over $180,000 – other tech leaders, however, are proving less popular.
Iain Thomson, 12 May 2014
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CONFIRMED: NBN Co has NO blackspot fix plan

One of Australian communications minister Malcolm Turnbull's main selling points for his faster-and-cheaper-to-build national broadband network (NBN) plan was that it would ensure the billions of dollars being spent are first directed at those parts of the nation that don't have access to broadband.
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014
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Yee-haw! Rackspace shares soar on – gasp – healthy results

When Rackspace's chief executive Lanham Napier shocked analysts with his resignation last quarter, things looked bad for the company. But its latest financial results indicate that the company has weathered the transition.
Jack Clark, 12 May 2014
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Twitter muffles loudmouth users with mute option

Twitter has introduced a "Mute" option that allows users to turn off tweets from contacts without the need to unfollow or block those users.
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2014
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Microsoft enlists Apache to help Windows devs build hybrid mobile apps

TechEd 2014 At its annual TechEd North America conference in Houston, Texas on Monday, Microsoft doubled down on its promise to help developers build cross-platform mobile apps by announcing preliminary support for creating HTML-based hybrid apps within Visual Studio.
Neil McAllister, 12 May 2014
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Reg hack scores coveted journalism prism

The Register's Asia-Pacific editor Simon Sharwood has taken home one of the striking polymer prisms on offer at the 12th Annual Optus Australian IT Journalism Awards.

GM reveals how much you'll pay to turn your car into a rolling 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

GM has announced how much it will set you back to turn one of its 4G LTE–equipped vehicles into a mobile hot spot for Wi-Fi–only kit such as the one your li'l nipper will use to stream NetFlix in the back seat on the way to grandma's house.
Rik Myslewski, 12 May 2014
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Malarial vaccine firm seeks crowdfunding for robo-saliva surgeon

A team of scientists and engineers is asking for the public's help to fund a robot designed to dissect mosquitos and industrialize the production of the first vaccine for one of mankind's deadliest diseases.
Iain Thomson, 12 May 2014