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HP has Chromeboxes with Intel Core i7 chips, but they'll cost you

HP has started taking orders for its new line of Chromeboxes, but while some carry the low price tags we've come to expect from Chrome OS devices, others are surprisingly expensive.
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2014

PCIe eyes the Internet of (the next big) Things

PCI-SIG PCI Express – aka PCIe – is already firmly established as the go-to interconnect of choice in the server, workstation, and PC markets, so the standard's champion, the PCI-SIG, is seeking new worlds to conquer – and where else would it look for new territory than in the buzzmarket du jour, the Internet of Things?
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2014

MAC MEN: Apple hiring 1,000 people for internal ad operation

Apple is reportedly looking to hire up to a thousand people as part of a massive in-house advertising operation.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2014

Google's URL-hiding 'origin chip' is 'backburnered'

Google has “backburnered” a controversial feature that would have hidden full details of web addresses from Chrome users.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014
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Phoenix IT Group CEO hatches three year turnaround plan

The latest CEO tasked with taking "overly complicated" profit bleeding Phoenix IT Group out of intensive care says a return to rude health will take multiple years but should not involve major amputations.
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2014
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Nokia networks biz slurps Australia's Mesaplexx

A seven-year-old Australian radio filter specialist has been bought by Nokia Siemens* Solutions and Networks to bolster its position in the small-cell and “hetnet” market.
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'Think of the children', Putin tells startup-land

Russian president Vladimir Putin has told a startup forum that the country isn't trying to clamp down on Internet freedoms, but is merely focussed on child protection.
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Apple's Irish tax lair to be probed by European Commission

Apple's tax arrangements in The Republic of Ireland are about to become the subject of an official European Commission investigation, according to a report by Irish public service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE).
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014

Google calls on carriers to craft IoT plans

Google has offered up some uncommon good sense about the Internet of Things, telling a US conference that cheap networking is more important than fast networking for IoT applications.

Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

Over the centuries, urine has been collected for all manner of unpleasant industrial applications. Now, a new research paper suggests pee could be a big contributor to the future of carbon fuel-cell technology.
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AWS breaks silence over Truecrypt's role in data import/export

Update Amazon Web Services (AWS) has issued some advice on how it uses the kept mum on whether it will dump the troubled TrueCrypt platform used to encrypt data imported and exported to its Simple Storage Service, Amazon EBS snapshots and Glacier cold storage offerings. .
Darren Pauli, 11 Jun 2014

Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

Brace yourself for an almighty burst of self-congratulation from Microsoft, which is poised to take the crown for the world's most-used Web server.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014
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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

CoTW It is with the deepest and most heartfelt concern that we here on the Register's standards and conduct committee wish to reach out today to our readers and apologise for a very serious violation of our editorial code.
Lewis Page, 11 Jun 2014

Glacier's hot butt melts ice, boffins say

Underground sources of geothermal heat have been named as one reason Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier is melting.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014
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SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

If your commute to work today featured an electronic highway sign suggesting you do something odd, the presence of a default password in sign management software called Daktronics Vanguard may be to blame.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014
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207 thousand lights-out boxes are STILL hackable

Researchers have found 207,000 publicly-accessible Baseboard Management Controllers (BMCs) can be hacked with a "handful" of basic command and config flaws, despite previous warnings about the problem.
Darren Pauli, 11 Jun 2014
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BILLIONS of digital dollars go AWOL to cybercrooks, says study

Cybercrime costs the world $400bn every year – enough to send three International Space Stations into orbit – according to research commissioned by antivirus software house McAfee.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2014
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Gung-ho Guangzhou college kids smash LINPACK cluster record

HPC blog It was the plucky home team from the capital of Guangdong which grabbed the crown and cash at this year's Asian Supercomputer Conference (ASC) Student Challenge.
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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

Snowden Anniversary Few will forget learning the truth about Santa Claus. Many also felt deep shock on realising that a hitherto ultra-secret NSA/GCHQ programme, revealed in documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, was constantly rating everyone on a naughty-nice metric based on indiscriminate covert surveillance all their online activity – or that GCHQ’s “Cheltenham Doughnut” HQ was shaped like an enormous hard disc for a reason.
SA Mathieson, 11 Jun 2014
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Dallas Cowboys to return 'dumbass' Texan's chopper

The Dallas Cowboys have located the quadcopter which a self-confessed "dumbass" pilot planted on the roof of the team's AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the local Star-Telegram reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Jun 2014
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Evernote taken out by DDoS attack

Popular mobile and online note app Evernote is recovering from a distributed denial of service attack that took its service offline for hours last night.
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Watch this: The .NET ASync story

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David Gordon, 11 Jun 2014
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World first: ANIMATED GIF of Mercurian SUN ZOOM from MARS

Ever wondered what on earth the Mars Rover Curiosity is actually doing all the way out there on the surface of the Red Planet? Staring into space, that's what.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2014
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FLYING SAUCER 'designed for Mars atmosphere' in Pacific US military base

NASA reckons the weather in Hawaii is looking vaguely hopeful for the launch later today of its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) - the flying saucer ballocket mission designed to test inflatable deceleration airbags for possible deployment on future Mars landings.
Lester Haines, 11 Jun 2014

IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

The allocation of internet addresses using the IPv4 protocol in Latin America and the Caribbean has hit a critical stage, the region's registry (LACNIC) warned on Tuesday.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jun 2014
A fresh horse dump

TalkTalk whips BT with riding crop over sport fibs in telly ad

Budget telco TalkTalk - whose boss Dido Harding probably knows a thing or two about sportsmanship having once competed as a jockey - has successfully challenged a BT advert for misleading television viewers.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jun 2014

Debunking Jimbo: Slippery Google tries to evade European privacy

Analysis Google’s latest celebrity recruit, Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales, recently gave an extraordinary performance on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. We want to share with you what he said – verbatim – with expert commentary.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jun 2014

MIGHTY SOLAR FLARES fail to DESTROY CIVILISATION. Yes!

Vid Humanity has once again dodged apocalypse after a solar flare failed to bring civilisation to its knees.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2014
The Form One printer upgraded

Frikkin' LASER BEAMS on its head: Formlabs announces Form 1+

In the world of 3D printers, the pricey Form 1 is the equivalent of a Mac in a PC-dominated realm. Owners of the original Form 1 printer are now being offered a $749 (€599) factory upgrade where the printer is taken back to base and has a new laser, peel motor, driver board and other components fitted.
Simon Rockman, 11 Jun 2014
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Feedly DDoSed by ransom-threat crims: 'We refused to give in'

News aggregator Feedly has been knocked offline by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack after refusing to pay criminals to stop the attack.
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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

The first Star Wars standalone film will be shot in Blighty in 2015, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced.

We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

Worstall on Weds The latest thing we've all got to worry about in this brave new world of ours is that the young, not having read Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, are simply too eager to give up their information and privacy to the tech giants.
Tim Worstall, 11 Jun 2014
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Networked mutant flash-disk beast Nimble to smack flashy rivals with 'high-end' boxen

Nimble Storage is going to do a Tegile and have all-flash shelves in a new high-end product that will also undercut its main rival, fellow all-flash array startup Pure Storage, or so it claims.
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2014
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US MARTIAN FLYING SAUCER tests above Hawaii: postponed

Today's planned launch of the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) has been cancelled, meaning that ballocket fans have once again been denied the thrill of seeing a mighty 963,000m3 helium-filled orb lift a rocket-powered flying saucer into the upper atmosphere.
Lester Haines, 11 Jun 2014
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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

Mad military boffinry agency DARPA has come up with the latest iteration of a fan-favourite tech – gecko-inspired climbing pads that will allow GI Joes to scale walls like Spider-Man.
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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

Pics London’s black cabs went ahead with their protest against the Uber taxi-getter app today, bringing traffic around the centre of the city to a standstill (at times anyway).

Swiftkey: We just want to be free - Apple didn't bump us

The British creators of a smart-typing app called SwiftKey have denied the decision to give it away for free was inspired by Apple's announcement of its own keyboard software.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2014
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Do you really have to slash and burn to upgrade your storage?

Whether it’s new storage architectures, software defined networking (SDN) or cloud computing, the assumption is you start with bucket-loads of cash and either a slash 'n' burn approach to your existing set-up or develop a green field site into which you can install the latest all-singing, all-dancing technology.
Bryan Betts, 11 Jun 2014
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TweetDeck XSS flap: Miscreants flash their naughty bits at users

Updated Twitter aficionados are being warned to log out of Twitter client TweetDeck and revoke its access to their accounts after an apparent cross-site scripting vulnerability was discovered.
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2014

Speaking in Tech: LIVE from San Francisco's Cloud Foundry Summit

Podcast Podcast Eddie Saipetch hosts the weekly techcast this week, where he and his guests discuss bro culture, public cloud's hidden costs and the eternal Cloud Foundry vs Openstack debate.
Team Register, 11 Jun 2014

Huawei Ascend P7: We review the PANORAMIC SELFIE smartphone

Review Last year Huawei crept into the No 3 spot for smartphone sales worldwide without anyone really noticing. At least not here, where Chinese giant is known (if it’s known for anything) for its networking equipment. But with the Ascend P7, it raises its game in two ways.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jun 2014
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US telco titan Verizon floats storage clouds over Himalaya

It looks like Verizon is parking its storage atop the cloudy peaks of Amplidata’s Himalaya object storage architecture.
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2014
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IBM slashes SoftLayer prices and plugs it into more data centers

The great homogenizing force of cloud economics rolls on, this time pushing prices for IBM's SoftLayer cloud close to those of rivals Amazon and Microsoft.
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2014
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Microsoft challenges US gov over attempts to search overseas data

Microsoft has challenged a ruling that would allow US government authorities to search its overseas facilities.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2014
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Windows 8 leaker gets three months, booted back to Russia

Alex Kibkalo, the former Microsoft worker who pleaded guilty in April to leaking company secrets, is likely headed back to his native Russia in a week or so, having been sentenced to serve a brief stint in prison.
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2014
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HP cloudy bigwig: the Helion train is steaming ahead

A "full blown" commercial release of HP's Helion enterprise edition should hit the market in the dead of summer - a little later than expected - priced at $1,400 a year per server.
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2014
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Dream job ad appears: Data wrangler for Square Kilometre Array

Australia's Square Kilometre Array boffins – courtesy of Curtin University – have put up the spec for might just be a dream sysadmin job, so long as they're ready, willing and able to cope with what will ultimately be one of the world's biggest data firehoses.
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HP starts a memristor-based space program to launch ... THE MACHINE

HP may have found a way to save itself from oblivion, but apparently the only way to be sure is to throw three quarters of its research team at an ambitious new product suite based on a much-hyped yet troublesome technology.
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2014

FCC boss threatens to BRING WRATH DOWN on states that limit broadband competition

The head of the US Federal Communications Commission has threatened to take action against states that limit the ability of cities to build their own broadband networks.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2014