Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones
Pressure from US lawmakers has convinced Microsoft and Google to add a kill switch to their smartphone operating systems in a move to deter the larcenous.
Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version
The next version of Google's Android smartphone OS may ship with a new code execution engine that improves performance and battery life, if a new report is to be believed.
US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a $34.9 million fine against a Chinese firm it says is selling illegal phone-jamming equipment to US consumers.
Bankers bid to use offshore temp techies
Financial services organisations could parachute IT staff in wherever they please instead of employing locals, under provisions of an annex to the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) revealed today by WikiLeaks.
That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon
Emergency Services in New Zealand town today scrambled to assist what they thought was a downed plane, but actually turned out to be one of Google's Project Loon WiFi-beaming balloons.
Australia's eMinister has policy-crush on UK's Liam Maxwell
Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has offered a little more detail on his plans for electronic delivery of government services and the way Australia will procure the kit required to deliver them.
KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope
Work has commenced on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the 40-metre-class 'scope that will sit atop Chile's Cerro Armazones mountain and collect thirteen times more light than any comparable instrument.
LinkedIn ignored SIX WARNINGS about account-hijacking bug
LinkedIn accounts can be hijacked through simple man in the middle (MITM) attacks due to a failure to promptly fix a SSL stripping vulnerability .
Azure turns on disaster recovery service
Microsoft has made a small-but-significant change to its Hyper-V Recovery Manager service.
LOHAN in FIGHT to DEATH with brace of cantankerous canards
Our plucky Playmonaut is back in his seat in the Vulture 2 spaceplane following the recent servo meltdown which had prompted his rapid exit from the vehicle.
32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!
Thousands of Supermicro baseboard management controllers (BMCs) continue to spit administrator passwords in cleartext after a patch described as unsuitable was not applied by admins.
Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM
Sony yesterday endured a fiery annual general meeting at which investors heckled CEO Kazuo Hirai.
Vodafone AU frees data to atone for outage
Vodafone Australia has blamed yesterday's network outage on "transmission network failure" that hit its Western Australian operations.
Gartner deploys new converged-systems quadragon rankings
Gartner has produced a new and intriguing magic quadrant diagram for converged server/storage and networking systems - which it calls integrated systems. The leading supplier is VCE, the Cisco/EMC/VMware ménage-à-trois love child, closely followed by the Cisco-NetApp FlexPod system and also Oracle with its engineered systems.
'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!
QuoTWThis was the week when millionaire supermodel Lily Cole told the papers how saddened she was by The Register’s coverage of her taxpayer-funded wishing well, Impossible.com.
20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure
On June 20, 1994, Apple launched eWorld. The ambitious project sought to link Mac owners into an online community, connecting with one another and the Cupertinian mothership.
Expert view: What is the forecast for cloud backup?
Even as the number of backup software and appliance vendors grows, cloud backups continue to be a source of confusion and contention.
DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Norbert Spankmonkey has invited you to connect. Oh dear, not another one of these mystery invitations. Who the heck is Norbert Spankmonkey?
Gemalto rash cache clash dashed: US courts trash Android patent bid
A US Appeals Court has rejected a patent case brought by French digital security biz Gemalto against Google's Android operating system.
VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go
A Kickstarter campaign to take the art of sports videography to new heights with the stalking "AirDog" quadchopper has thundered past its funding target.
cosmic belch from supermassive black hole stuns boffins
PicThe dimming of the bright centre of an active distant galaxy may be the result of unexpected behaviour from a supermassive black hole at its heart, according to NASA.
HP Enterprise Services staff feel the burn as managers turn off the cash taps
HP is turning the screws on folk in its Enterprise Services (ES) division to squeeze out overheads in a bid to hit "specific Must Do Numbers" for fiscal '14.
Ministry of Justice IT bods to strike over outsourcing fears
Nearly half of the unionised techies at the UK's Ministry of Justice have voted to strike over proposals that could shift IT service work into the private sector.
EE in giant VoLTE-face as it tries voice calls over Wi-Fi... again
It may be third time lucky for EE with an attempt to route voice calls over Wi-Fi, as the company has announced it is working on another service which reduces the often prohibitive cost of rolling out coverage to places with few people and difficult terrain.
Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign
It's a job that involves long hours sitting in front of a computer, bashing characters into a computer while ignoring the happy people who are outside, frolicking in the sunshine. What hip young woman wouldn't want to be a computer programmer?
Infosec bods try Big Data in search for better anti-virus mousetrap
Infosec house Panda Security is looking to Big Data and application monitoring as a means to achieve better malware detection.
Judge could bin $325m wage-fixing settlement in Silicon Valley
A US judge is reportedly worried about the settlement for tech workers in the no-hire pact lawsuit in Silicon Valley.
Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts
As expected, Microsoft has started sales of its latest iteration of its Surface Pro, hoping that it'll be third-time's a charm for Redmond's attempts to seduce fondleslab buyers into the joys of Windows 8.
#YO_NO! Messaging app 'Yo' gets hit by hackers
Just days after the Yo app debuted to much fanfare (and head-scratching), the mono-message social tool has fallen prey to hackers.
Surprise Android 'KitKat' update fixes nasty OpenSSL vuln
Android fans who are hoping Google will debut a new version of the OS at its annual I/O conference in San Francsico next week might be in for a disappointment ... because the company is rolling out a new version this week.
Congress passes crackdown on NSA surveillance
The US House of Representatives has passed a measure aimed at limiting the NSA's ability to access personal data and conduct surveillance.
D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer
Quantum computing device manufacturer D-Wave is disputing a recently published study that claims the Canadian firm's systems aren't reliably faster than more-conventional computing systems.
AMD details aggressive power-efficiency goal: 25X boost by 2020
Deep TechAMD has announced an ambitious 2020 goal of a 25-times improvement of the power efficiency of its APUs, the company's term for accelerated processing units – on-die mashups of CPU, GPU, video-accelerator, or any other types of cores.