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Barack Obama in the Oval Office

Cisco's Chambers to Obama: Stop fiddling with our routers

Cisco chief executive John Chambers has reportedly written to US President Obama, pointing out that the NSA tampering with kit it exports is not likely to result in more customer confidence or higher sales.
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2014
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Google staggers toward BEEELLION-dollar Twitch gobble - report

The Chocolate Factory has reportedly developed a yearning to take a bigger bite out of the video game streaming market, and has offered a cool billion to take over Twitch.
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Fast-fingered Filho flicks aside WinPhone-furtling fumbler after 4 months

A young Brazilian has smashed a world-texting record after accurately finger-blasting a nonsensical message at speeds hitherto unachieved by humanity.
Jasper Hamill, 19 May 2014
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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

Elite:Dangerous, the multiplayer revival of eighties classic space trading game Elite is on track for beta release on May 30th.
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2014

Cops crimp global perve-cam attacks

Webcam voyeurs around the world are on edge after authorities in several nations began raiding buyers of the BlackShades remote access trojan (RAT).
Darren Pauli, 19 May 2014
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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung has decided to allow its marketing department's imaginations to take flight, which has resulted in a rather crap plan to effectively rename Heathrow's Terminal Five.
Jasper Hamill, 19 May 2014
Amuse bouche

Reg man picks out tastiest tidbits from heaping mounds of storage announcements

Suppliers are furiously ladling out news like demented cafeteria workers attempting to feed the multitudes, so we thought we'd slice off a few of the tastier morsels and present them to you on a sideplate – all the better to prevent any storage indigestion.
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014
Intel Personal Vehicle Experience

Toot-toot. Intel pulls up in the connected car of the FU-TURE-TURE

Pics Over on Planet Intel, it's not all about cranking out chips to power the world's desktops and servers; a semiconductor giant is allowed to dream of future of technology.
Bob Dormon, 19 May 2014

'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

We're delighted to announce that reports of the execution last year of North Korean chanteuse Hyon Song-wol appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2014
Star Trek Into Darkness


A trio of theoretical physicists reckon scientists will be able to make matter out of pure light* within the next year using today's technology.
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PEAK ARRAY: Cold fingers of Death stroke Big Biz disk boxes

Comment IT depts are spending less on enterprise storage arrays, and instead considering shifting to the cloud – and away from arrays in their data centres.
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014

LifeLock snaps shut Wallet mobile app over credit card leak fears

LifeLock has withdrawn its Wallet App and deleted user data over concerns the technology falls short of user data protection rules under the payment card industry's Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
John Leyden, 19 May 2014

Customer sues Nimbus Data for 'breach of contract' over arrays

Updated Flash array vendor Nimbus Data is being sued by a customer for breach of contract over two Gemini arrays that the purchaser alleges failed to meet "four conditions of sale".
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014

Kelway plonks self in shop window with double digit rev hike

Privately held tech supplier Kelway has rolled out a healthy set of fiscal '14 prelims that won't do any harm to its chances of securing private equity investment or attracting potential trade buyers.
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2014
No flash and a fixed battery

Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

Review Motorola couldn't have asked for more from the affordable Moto G. It bumped the company’s UK smartphone market share from next to nothing to 6 per cent all by itself.
Alun Taylor, 19 May 2014

WHOMP! There it is: IBM demos 154TB tape

IBM and Fujifilm have demoed a 154TB LTO-size tape cartridge which could come to market in 10 years' time.
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014
A boat full of Fail

Stock and awe: Top City biz takes £32m hit after software upgrade axed

A leading City firm has halted the roll-out of software that was supposed to streamline its business but became more trouble than it was worth. Specifically, £32m of trouble.
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2014
Steve Wozniak

SAVE NET NEUTRALITY, urges Steve Wozniak in open letter to bigwigs

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has waded into the net neutrality debate with an open letter calling for fair and equal internet access for all.
Jasper Hamill, 19 May 2014

iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

A former iPhone fan is suing Apple over claims that its iMessage service withholds texts sent to her new Samsung mobile by her iPhone-fondling pals.
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Pure Storage sets out stall: We want to rule the storage world

Blocks and Files Storage industry lore has it that NetApp has been the only stand-alone storage company after EMC to establish its technology as a storage platform. Now Pure Storage, the energised all-flash array (AFA) startup, says it wants to be the next storage platform company.
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014
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Microsoft: Take a seat over there, SAP, on the AZURE CLOUD

SAP’s business applications have landed on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud infrastructure service.
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2014
Chip-and-PIN Tetris hack

Chip and SKIM: How dodgy crypto can leave shoppers open to fraud

UK academics today describe how criminals can forge chip-and-PIN card transactions and spend other people's money for free.
John Leyden, 19 May 2014

Google snaps up Divide to splice biz and personal phones together

Google is preparing to bring unruly employee-owned phones under corporate dominion through the acquisition of a company that makes mobile device management tech.
Jack Clark, 19 May 2014

US authorities name five Chinese military hackers wanted for espionage

The US Department of Justice has named five members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army that, it claims, carried out an eight-year hacking campaign against some American companies to steal commercially sensitive information.
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2014
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FINGERS CROSSED: Apple and Samsung said to be hammering out settlement

Apple and Samsung are reportedly in talks to settle all of their patent litigation cases, possibly bringing an end to the mobile giants' years-long international court battle.
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2014

AT&T to buy DirecTV in $49bn mega-gobble

US telecoms giant AT&T has announced plans to acquire leading US satellite TV provider DirecTV in a deal valued at $48.5bn.
Neil McAllister, 19 May 2014

Samsung mobes to get an eyeful of your EYE in biometric security bid

Samsung is looking to kick its competition with Apple up a notch by swapping fingerprint scanners in its smartphones for more advanced biometric devices like iris scanners, a company exec has said.
Neil McAllister, 19 May 2014
James Bond in the Bahamas

Latest Snowden leak claims NSA bugged ALL mobile calls in the Bahamas

A fresh dossier of documents apparently from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden claims that the NSA is running a telephone-tapping system that records the metadata and content of all mobile phone calls of two countries, including the island paradise of the Bahamas.
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2014
Apple signs for auction

Apple 'rainbow' logos set to fetch $10-15K at auction

A pair of logos taken from Apple's Cupertino headquarters are slated to fetch big bucks on the auction block.
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2014
Lock the Gate, Bentley

Anti-coal protestors rated top threat to Australian e-voting

AusCERT Sarong-clad anti-coal hippies have been marked as a chief threat to online voting at the election scheduled to take place in 2015 in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW).
Darren Pauli, 19 May 2014

EU phone home! Cloudy transatlantic cable coughs, gags, chokes

Updated A major transatlantic cable linking the EU and the US appears to have been cut, causing major problems for cloud operators.
Jack Clark, 19 May 2014
Oculus Rift being tested by the Norwegian army

Atten-hut! Linux Foundation welcomes three new recruits

Two companies that represent the profound changes rippling through the tech industry have joined The Linux Foundation.
Jack Clark, 19 May 2014