'GODZILLA WORLD' of the DRAGON CONSTELLATION - scientists
PicsKepler-10c, dubbed the "Godzilla" planet by top international boffins, has a mass 17 times that of our planet - it has emerged this week - and orbits a star 560 lightyears away in the constellation Draco - the Dragon.
Supreme Court nixes idea of 'indirect' patent infringement
The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could help shield companies and end users from patent-troll lawsuits.
iOS 8 to PROBE your GUTS and your HOME
WWDCApple's iOS 8, introduced on Monday and due to reach the masses this fall, has a raft of upgrades, but perhaps two of the most interesting items announced at the company's developers shindig are APIs that involve monitoring your vital signs and controlling your home.
Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update
Google has quietly begun rolling out a new version of Android to its flagship Nexus devices, but so far it has remained schtum on just what has changed.
CSIRO claims milestone in solar-powered steam turbines
The CSIRO is trumpeting a breakthrough in using solar energy to create “supercritical” steam suitable for powering electricity turbines.
Rejected researcher builds Facebook friends harvester
Mass harvesting of private friend lists is a feature, not a bug, according to Facebook which has rejected a bug report detailing a purported breach in site privacy.
Teeny GPU targets wearables, Things
This GPU isn't going to get Bitcoin enthusiasts worked up, but from a “wow that's small” point of view it's interesting: Vivante is shipping a range of GPUs that ranges from 0.3 mm2 up to 1.6 mm2 in size for IoT and wearables applications.
Telefonica, Netronome jump into the NFV mosh-pit
Yet more ants are flocking to the Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) picnic, with announcements of tie-ups and reference designs from Telefonica and Netronome.
Apache issues Tomcat patches
Apache has patched a series of low-level bugs in Tomcat that allowed attackers to launch denial of service and bypass file access restrictions.
Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number
An artist/engineer working in Germany is sure to have sparked the next Google Glass debate: is it okay to simply block them from a network you control?
Global mobile roaming network a HOTBED of vulnerabilities
Security experts for Dutch telco KPN have swung the baseball bat at telcos, with research suggesting mobile roaming networks are so insecure you'd hardly need the NSA to break in and start capturing user traffic.
Kickstarter cup-rattling, light-dimming Internet of Stuff upstart takes on Sonos, Bose
+CommentKickstarter-funded Musaic hopes to outsmart Sonos and beat Bose with speakers that play higher fidelity music across normal Wi-Fi, support Bluetooth and integrate with home automation lighting and security products.
VROOM! Intel revs Devil's Canyon monster 4x4 at 4GHz
ComputexIntel has take the wraps off its rumoured “Devil's Canyon” CPU and revealed it is a brutal four by four monster.
Samsung, Chipzilla in 4K monitor price cut pact
ComputexIntel and Samsung have created a “collaboration” to help the latter company slice the price of 4K monitors.
How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine
Researchers have proposed a system which could see Bitcoin users earning their trendy tender by replicating vital data sources rather than crunching pointless algorithms.
Find a partner? Nah, these students ALL play with same tools in giant CLUSTER-SHUCK
HPC blogOne of the major differences between the recently completed Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge and the other major international competitions is the way the students get their clustering gear.
DevOps is actually a thing – and people are willing to pay for it
OpinionIs DevOps actually a thing, or just the latest funny way to case a word? At least there are vowels in it. We finally know the proper casing, but is it actually something normals are doing?
Plugging the gaps in today's Macs: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock
ReviewI remember the days when Elgato was busy knocking out clever telly and video capture gadgets for Macs and PCs. It still does, and for fondleslabs, mobiles and game consoles too, but in the last couple of years the company has obviously caught some kind of Thunderbolt bug.
Former Insight boss Fenton slurps Microsoft ERP channel biz
Former Insight EMEA president Stuart Fenton has picked up the UK arm of global Microsoft ERP integrator Tectura - the first in a planned mid-market roll up.
New development in 'stadium-sized' FLYING SAUCER orb invasion
PicsNASA has clarified the exact size of the mighty helium balloon that will later today lift its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) over the Pacific Ocean.
Intel gives biz typoslabs their very own 14nm Core-M silicon
ComputexIntel President Renee James has used her Computex keynote to declare that Intel “can see our way clear to 10-nanometre” chips and to introduce a new Core-M CPU family aimed at two-in-one typoslabs and high-end fondleslabs.
Revealed: GCHQ's beyond top secret Middle Eastern internet spy bawe
ExclusiveAbove-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme - including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East - have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure has meant that some media organisations, despite being in possession of these facts, have declined to reveal them. Today, however, the Register publishes them in full.
PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD
WD will demo PCIe-connected disk drives at the Computex tech conference in Taipei, using a SATA Express interface.
SEC: We won't slap IBM over its cloud revenue reporting
IBM has announced that it has avoided any regulatory action over the way it reports its revenues from cloud computing after the US Securities and Exchange Commission completed its investigation.
Lupita Nyong'o, Game of Thrones' Brienne join Star Wars cast
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones fan favourite Gwendoline Christie have joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII in as-yet-unknown roles.
Feds hunt 30-year-old alleged to be lord of Gameover botnet
The FBI has released a wanted notice for 30-year-old Russian national Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, whom they allege to be the mastermind behind both the Gameover ZeuS and the even more infamous CryptoLocker ransomware.
The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google
WWDCApple has used its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, held this week in San Francisco, to play internet giants against each other.
Remember Anna Kournikova? Come with us on a tour of bug-squishing history
Brain. No, it’s not some Skynet AI drone, nor is it the blob that was always out to get the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles.
'Inaccurate' media misleads public on European Court's Google ruling
“Inaccurate reporting” of Google’s fight against privacy rights in Europe last month risks misleading the public, says the Information Commissioner's Office – which safeguards those rights in the UK.
US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device
NSFWThe inventor of a "powerfully realistic electronic male pleasure machine" has hailed the “outpouring of support” for his robo-orifice after raising a whopping $250k down at Indiegogo.
DARPA crazytech crew want to create HUMAN-FREE cyber defence systems
American secret squirrel military research outfit DARPA has launched a competition to find the autonomous cyber-defence systems of the future.
You know what today's movies need? More drones
The US aviation authority is considering whether it should hand over permits for film and TV firms to use drones to take aerial photo and video shots.
Broadcom: If no one buys our modem biz, we'll DITCH IT
Chipmaker Broadcom is moving out of the mobile modem business. The company has announced that if it can’t sell its cellular modem division, the operation will be shuttered.
Channel's großen Käse roll eyes at vendors' performance under the spread sheets
Bulky channel outfits in EMEA are bringing home the bacon, according to peeps at Canalys.
Snooping, RAT-flinging, hack-happy crew targeting governments worldwide – researchers
The Middle East-based Molerats hacker crew are even more active than first suspected, according to a report by researchers who claim the team has launched attacks against an unnamed US financial institution and multiple European governments.
My my, Intel, that's one speedy NVMe flash card you have there
Intel has produced three blazing fast PCIe flash cards using NVMe – and that should upset the PCIe flash applecart nicely.
'Press Like for 1MB of data': Facebook picks up Pryte in-app data tech
Facebook has acquired the team behind in-app data payment software Pryte for an undisclosed sum as part of its plans to lower the cost of accessing its software in developing countries.
If you squint, Oracle is starting to look like a cloud company
Oracle is waking up to the money-spinning possibilities of the cloud and has injected some powerful new capabilities into its "Oracle Enterprise Manager" software.
Dell bulks up its low end with tablet and convertible updates
Dell has delivered a kick in the pants to its Venue tablets and Inspiron convertibles with the addition of new processors and configuration options.
IBM, HP, others admit products laced with NORK GOLD
IBM, HP, Seagate, and other companies have admitted that some of their products include gold from North Korea.
China blocks Google ahead of Tiananmen anniversary
Chinese Web monitor Greatfire.org says the Great Firewall is interfering with Google searches in the Middle Kingdom ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.