Google chair Eric Schmidt reportedly visits Cuba
Nixon in China it may not be, but Google's chairman Eric Schmidt has reportedly visited Cuba.
Web collab outfit Assemblage becomes Cisco's latest appendage
Cisco's vision for the enterprise might still be telepresence and $US1,500 Android tablets, but The Borg is at least prepared to consider that some people might want their collaboration to come as cheaply as possible.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!
Sharp-eyed Twitter chap @ebin_5 has spotted something interesting: a reference to folders in future versions of Windows Phone.
Indian rocket set to sling five satellites
LIVE VIDIndia will today attempt to launch several satellites that will include Earth imaging and microsatellite payloads.
NSW government agencies bend over and take it from telcos
Even though telecommunications contracts are an eternal staple of government contract management, government agencies in the Australian state of New South Wales lack the expertise needed to get the most out of the agreements they sign with carriers.
ENISA, Europol, strike info-sharing deal
Europe's peak information security body will join forces with the continent's criminal intelligence sharing outift in order to beat down on carders and crackers plaguing Europe.
Zero-knowledge proof crypto scheme divines truths from nothing
Princeton University scientists have applied a cryptographic proof to verify if nuclear weapons have been disarmed, in a move that could reduce global nuke stockpiles and even help verify electronic voting.
VMware's desktop push heads for casualty ward, in a good way
VMware's march towards your palm, your lap and your desk has advanced again.
True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse
Racehorses have long been noted for the prodigious length of their - wait for it - toilet breaks. Yet boffins have claimed that all animals actually wee for the same amount of time, demolishing equines' much-vaunted status as the greatest urinators on Planet Earth.
Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind
When Samsung announced that the Galaxy S5 had earned the IP67 rating, the next-to-highest moisture-and-dust-resistance score attainable on the intrusion protection rating scale, it made ruggedisation look easy.
Dropbox used as command and control for Taiwan time bomb
A remote access trojan (RAT) is using Dropbox for command and control in a targeted attack against the Taiwanese Government, malware analyst Maersk Menrige says.
Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware
Lots of techies ride bicycles and it is not hard to see why: both pursuits involve the creation of heavily customised and finely-tuned machines coaxed to peak performance after arcane preparations and exhaustive effort, often at odd hours of the day or night.
Ericsson resurrects not-spot swatter
Mobile phone hardware firm Ericsson has relaunched its Radio Dot indoor mobile base station, aimed at networks which want to provide indoor coverage for major corporate clients.
Amazon Fire: Who needs a WAREHOUSE when you have a global ADS PLATFORM?
Amazon could use its new Fire phone to help fight its way into countries where it doesn't - or can't - operate warehouses, says an industry analysis firm.
We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it
Hands onThe Tesla S is a very different type of electric car from the previous models featured here on El Reg. While the others I’ve driven – the Leaf, C-Zero, e-Up and even the Tesla Roadster – all have electrification as an odd quirk, to the Tesla S it’s in its soul.
BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat
BT was hit by a huge DNS outage on Saturday morning but the telecoms giant was very slow to respond to customer complaints, it has been claimed.
Cloudera, MapR, IBM, and Intel bet on Spark as the new heart of Hadoop
Cloudera has rallied four major companies behind a scheme to tie two open source projects together for the benefit of the Hadoop community.
HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up
Hewlett-Packard seems poised to settle a lawsuit with shareholders over its $10.7bn purchase of Mike Lynch’s software company, Autonomy.
Dragons' Den newbie firm Outsourcery: We are losing sales, we need to go DIRECT
Generals in the war-room at cloudy Brit biz Outsourcery are hiring direct sales reps in the public sector amid concerns that channel partners alone are not hitting the mark just yet.
London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks
An unnamed London teenager has been charged with a series of criminal offences following a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year.
Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service
TV-streaming biz Aereo suspended its services over the weekend, after the Supreme Court ruled last week that its operations breached US broadcasters’ copyrights, but the firm has vowed to fight on.
Rockall pod-dweller braces for stormy weather
Rockall pod-dweller Nick Hancock has now spent over three weeks atop the North Atlantic islet and was battening down the hatches on Saturday ahead of predicted stormy weather.
Distributed Linux OS wizards CoreOS release first commercial product
A company with a mad plan to right the wrongs perpetrated on the world by traditional operating systems has released its first commercial product after taking in $8m in venture capital funding.
Application delivery controllers tighten the security perimeter
The application and data landscape today is in something of a state of flux. Of course, information technology is always in a state of flux but this is a new kind of dynamism.
Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test
ReviewIt seems as if we waited an age for the latest unlocked "K" versions of the upgraded 22nm Haswell CPUs, but at long last they are here in the form of the Devil’s Canyon processors.
Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good
Facebook has hit back at its critics after the social network instructed researchers to meddle with its users' "news feeds" in order to manipulate their emotions.
Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!
Britain has today introduced new flexible working laws which could finally free beleaguered wage-slaves from the misery of office-based working.
IBM promises mainframes on tap as SoftLayer lands on London
Retro computing fans will be thrilled to hear IBM is working on floating mainframe platforms onto the cloud even as its pours cash into the rollout of its SoftLayer offering which will hit London this week.
Fear not, posh tech tarts! Selfridges' Apple concession still open despite selloff
The Apple retail concession in posh London department store Selfridges has been sold to Ireland's largest Apple Premium Reseller, giving it a ready-made route into the wallets of rich Arabs the wealthy elite.
Shrew'd boffins spot TINY ELEPHANT species
Take a look at this critter. No, it's not a mouse, it's not a rodent at all ... This creature is more closely related to an elephant than a shrew.
Samsung admits its Chinese supply chain still has labour-rights and safety problems
Samsung has admitted that its Chinese suppliers are still guilty of legal and safety violations, despite its repeated promises to clean up its factories.
Rare HPC beauties unveiled: Quivering racks, Lustre clusters and the tiers of a Cray
ISC LeipzigThe International Supercomputer Show in Leipzig, Germany, was full of fascinating things at the high-end grunt front of the computing business. Here's what attracted this roving hack's eye.
And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage
Renowned physicist and boffin of the highest order Stephen Hawking is to join famous 1970s British surrealist comedy group Monty Python on stage in the comedians' first live show in decades.
Hey, channel guy. STOP. Don't lock yourself into vendors' refresh cycles
Today’s business environment means that priority is often given to increasing revenue and acquiring more customers. Ensuring the availability of the necessary resources to do so may result in organisations needing to cut costs across other areas.
Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut
Google is killing off Orkut, the web giant's original and arguably most successful social network, which remains popular in Brazil and India but never really gained traction in the West.
You WON'T spend as much on IT in 2014 as we thought - Gartner
Global spending on IT is not growing as much as anticipated, according to Gartner.
QLogic exec chairman HK Desai dies aged 68
Storage firm QLogic has lost its guiding light. The company's chairman, HK Desai, died after suffering a "sudden cardiac arrest" on 10 June.
Alex Bouzari on his big data storage firm: First, we got rid of the VCs
DataDirect Networks is quite unusual for a storage firm. First, it operates at supercomputer and HPC levels and is neither VC-backed nor a public company, making its internal strategies a matter for its execs alone.
Remaining Snowden docs will be released to avert 'unspecified US war' – Cryptome
All the remaining Snowden documents will be released next month, according to whistle-blowing site Cryptome, which said in a tweet that the release of the info by unnamed third parties would be necessary to head off an unnamed "war".
Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com
Moviegoers in the UK will be asked to remove their Google Glasses and similar camera-fitted wearable computers over privacy and piracy fears.
Google's Quickoffice taken behind shed ... 'Oh, what's the gun for?'
Quickoffice, Google's Microsoft Office–compatible productivity app for Android and iOS, is no more – sort of.
Using Android 4.3? Don't let malware snatch your private login keys
If you're one of the 10.3 per cent of Android users running version 4.3, aka Jelly Bean, your login keys are at risk of theft – thanks to a vulnerability in the operating system's KeyStore software.
Facebook Australia's 'small company' status makes it a small target
There's an old joke about failed CEOs, which runs “how do you create a small company? Give a big one to CEO X”. Facebook has found a new wrinkle: you build a small company merely by getting regulators to agree that it's a small company.
Street View Wi-Fi slurp nightmare: US Supremes snub Google's appeal
Google isn't quite done dealing with the fallout of its Street View cars' Wi-Fi snooping scandal.
New South Wales' prime plod pushes data retention, again
NSW Police, through its commissioner Andrew Scipione, has offered a clear picture of the world it wants for Australians: a plod on every Internet connection to protect us from terrorists.
Apple ships security fixes for iOS, OS X, Safari ... basically EVERYTHING
Apple on Monday shipped new versions of its operating systems, its web browser, and Apple TV firmware – with each update a minor release aimed at fixing bugs and closing security vulnerabilities.