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Bees use 'electrical SIXTH SENSE' to nail nectar-stuffed flowers

There's electricity in the air when bees meet flowers: according to a new study, the blooms and approaching insects uses electrical signals to find out whether there is nectar and pollen to spare. A bee covered with pollen on a flower My spidey bumble senses are tingling As they fly through the air, bumblebees acquire a …
Team Register, 22 Feb 2013

Mobile World Congress: Rise of the machines, er, mobiles

This year's annual Mobile World Congress marks a major departure, with machines battling the usual line-up of handset-makers for control. From Monday 25 February, there will be cars on show plus an entire street filled with machines talking to each other. The Reg is descending on Barcelona to parse this talk of machine-to- …
Team Register, 22 Feb 2013
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Perfect sex minx calculated from 'deep' probe of X-rated flicks

Hardcore data analysis of hardcore web filth has produced a surprise finding: the average female porn star is NOT blonde nor does she sport oversized Bulgarian airbags. Investigative writer Jon Millward dedicated six months of his life to the task of crunching through vital statistics in the largest database of adult performers …
Team Register, 21 Feb 2013

Speaking in Tech: Tesla's Elon Musk takes on NYT - ballsy move, man

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Want to hear a quick and funny wrap-up of everything - well, everything important - that happened in tech this week? El Reg's enterprise and consumer kit gurus Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch are here to discuss the business of tech, the tech of storage, and the quality of …
Team Register, 20 Feb 2013

Speaking in Tech: VMware plots to build data centre that RUNS ITSELF

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another recap of the week in tech, all ready to download to your phone or tablet to make your commute home that much more informative and funny. Join your hosts, consumer and enterprise tech gurus Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch - guru number three, Sarah Vela, is ill …
Team Register, 13 Feb 2013
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New cunning linguist computer has got ancient tongues licked

Boffins have put together a new computer system that attempts to translate protolanguages, the ancient "parent" tongues from which modern languages evolved. The sophisticated Rosetta Stone-like system can quickly reconstruct the languages of yore from today's vocabularies with 85 per cent accuracy, we're told. The system's …
Team Register, 12 Feb 2013
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Speaking in Tech: HP's snarky Dell jab 'doesn't seem very Meg-like'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's enterprise tech cast, with your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, they're guest-free, which means Sarah can consolidate her high score on Temple Run while the crew get really honest about what they think of the …
Team Register, 06 Feb 2013

Speaking in Tech: 'ARM makes enterprise chips? Over my dead body!'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's enterprise tech cast, with your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Ian Ferguson, vice-president of Segment Marketing at ARM, who talks about the growth of the chip-design company from 12 people in …
Team Register, 30 Jan 2013

Revealing new pics of galactic princess Andromeda

New, nifty pictures have been released by astro-boffins which reveal further glories of "the elegant spiral galaxy Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty". Without further ado: That's a proper long-distance princess snap A bit blurry maybe, but this kind of pic often is We're indebted for the …
Team Register, 30 Jan 2013

Speaking in Tech: 'VCs hate open source because the path to money is longer'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week's enterprise techcast has Neanderthal babies, bets with vice presidents, arguing about taxes ... and even mixes in the odd bit of tech. It doesn't have any guests either, but it hardly needs those, as we have the full complement of the Speaking In Tech crew this …
Team Register, 23 Jan 2013
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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

It's that time of year when we at The Register get our annual letter from the Audit Bureau of Circulation, confirming just how well we did during our regular November audit. The scores on the doors are these: 7,326,907 unique users visited the site that month, up from 6,657,164 in 2011 - a climb of just over 10 per cent and the …
Team Register, 18 Jan 2013
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Nokia axes 300 IT bods, outsources 820 to Tata, HCL

Nokia will outsource 820 IT staff and make 300 more redundant, leaving a skeleton IT operation at the troubled phone maker. Up to 560 staff will transfer to Tata Consultancy Services and 260 to HCL Technologies, both of which are headquartered in India. Nokia says it has a relationship with the pair. Only small teams will …
Team Register, 17 Jan 2013
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Speaking in Tech: Why EMC is like a club, geek gifts and more

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Welcome to our first enterprise and consumer tech cast of the year. Join your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela along with repeat offender Chad Sakac, senior veep of Global Systems Engineering at EMC, as they discuss the hiring culture at EMC, what they got …
Team Register, 16 Jan 2013
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Speaking in Tech: It's not a CLOUD fail, it's a cloud FIRM fail

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Pop on your headphones: Greg Knieriemen and co-host Ed Saipetch are back with another enterprise tech-cast and this week they've bagged a very special guest in the form of George Reese, co-founder and CTO of enStratus. It's fair to say he knows a little bit about cloud …
Team Register, 09 Jan 2013
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Steve Bong's 3D printing special Xmas showcase

2012 has been the year of 3D printing. It's what happens "when DIY meets Web 2.0", says Chris Anderson - and it's going to be the next industrial revolution - the biggest disruption since the last big disruption, only bigger. We're as amazed as you are by the quality of today's additive printing technologies. So here's a …
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Speaking in Tech: Like Kinect - only a THOUSAND times better

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week is our year-end podcast spectacular... Your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela review the year in tech and chuck in some predictions for next year. They also have a chat with very special guests Brad O’Neill, CEO of TechValidate Software, and Peter …
Team Register, 19 Dec 2012
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WIN! A Viewsonic Pro9000 HD projector featuring the latest LED lamp tech that's cool running, energy saving and outlasts them all. ViewSonic has given us one of its first to market, state-of-the-art laser hybrid LED projectors for you to win. Simply answer the three questions below, and if you're looking for clues, check out …
Team Register, 17 Dec 2012
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Speaking in Tech: The day Dell's server guys said 'Cloud is bulls**t'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Live from Austin, it's an enterprise and consumer tech cast with some of the biggest brains in the cloudy business. Weirding you out today are humble hosts Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed and Sarah take over the podcast live at Dell World 2012 while Greg Knieriemen …
Team Register, 12 Dec 2012
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Speaking in Tech: So you've built a data centre - but is it UNDER THE SEA?

Welcome back - it's another Speaking In Tech hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed has taken over the podcast with this special - and shorter - episode from Structure Europe 2012 in Amsterdam. Our special guests this week are Sam Johnston, director of cloud and IT services at Equinix, and Lane …
Team Register, 07 Dec 2012
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The Times offers subsidised Nexus 7s to get subscribers

One day on from the announced closure of The Daily - which was Rupert Murdoch's first attempt at a fondleslab-only newspaper - his British broadsheet the Times is flogging cheap Nexus 7 tablets to those who subscribe to the paper. The Google tablet normally retails at around £199, but Times and Sunday Times readers who sign-up …
Team Register, 04 Dec 2012
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Google buys parcel storage service for Christmas

Google has acquired Canadian startup Bufferbox for an undisclosed sum. The self-serve parcel pick-up station outfit, which started life at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, announced it had been scooped up by the advertising giant on Friday. "As online shopping becomes a bigger part of how you buy products, we look forward …
Team Register, 03 Dec 2012
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Speaking in Tech: WTF is Software Defined Networking, anyway?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's enterprise techcast with The Dude of Tech Greg Knieriemen, storage meister Ed Saipetch and new media maven Sarah Vela. Their special guest is Greg Ferro of the Packet Pushers Podcast and EtherealMind.com, who gives us the skinny on software …
Team Register, 28 Nov 2012
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Google parks panzers on Germany's lawn over 'link tax' plan

Google is attacking Germany's politicos in an effort to prevent the country's Parliament from passing a copyright law in the country that would force search engines to pay publishers for running links to newspaper stories. The world's largest ad broker is lobbying hard against the so-called ancillary copyright law by moaning …
Team Register, 27 Nov 2012
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Nowhere to hide for Google users as Play is given Plus treatment

Google is continuing its efforts to make anonymous posts on its services a thing of the past by forcing customers wishing to leave product reviews on its recently overhauled Android Marketplace online shop - now dubbed Play - to do so with their real name. When punters attempt to leave reviews for individual products on the site …
Team Register, 27 Nov 2012
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Gangnam Style beats Bieber Baby, becomes biggest timewaste EVER

Op op op op oppan, sexy lady - Gangnam Style! Yes, if you're still upset by the four minutes of your life you'll never get back from watching internet sensation PSY bust some horsey moves on YouTube, then fear not - more than 820 million people made the same mistake. This means that pop2.0 prince Justin Bieber has been knocked …
Team Register, 26 Nov 2012
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WANTED: Actual HELPFUL info on price-comparison websites

The Office of Fair Trading has had a word with price-comparison websites, suggesting they up their game to improve consumer trust. The watchdog said it has written to 100 leading price aggregators urging them provide clearer information to would-be punters. The OFT found that, following a sweep of 55 such sites that operate in …
Team Register, 23 Nov 2012
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Google to UN: Internet FREEDOM IS FREE, and must remain so

Google has attacked a "closed-door meeting" of United Nations' regulators organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) taking place next month. The Chocolate Factory claimed that some of the proposals to overhaul the 1988 comms treaty could be bad news for free speech. The company also expressed concerns that …
Team Register, 21 Nov 2012

Speaking in Tech: HP skunks Autonomy - Really, Meg... really?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another exciting episode of El Reg's techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed returns from his secret mission while Sarah is on a vision quest in New Mexico. The infamous Marc Farley from Microsoft is the special guest... and gives …
Team Register, 21 Nov 2012
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Google hires top US traffic fed for DRIVERLESS CARS project

Google has signed up the deputy director of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to work on the company's self-driving cars. Detroit News reported that Ron Medford was moving on from the NHTSA, after working in government roles for more than four decades. He will join the Chocolate Factory as the ad …
Team Register, 20 Nov 2012
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Facebook lets admen have a rummage through your shopping bags

Facebook is testing a new tool that will allow e-tailers to track purchases from users of the free-content ad network. The purpose of the feature is mainly to demonstrate that displaying ads on the site is a profitable move for advertisers, who are understandably nervous about Facebook's staying power. Reuters reported on …
Team Register, 19 Nov 2012

Speaking in Tech: Saucy emails, Belize bath salts, Sinofsky and more

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It has been a week of unbelievable revelations in tech, with Steve Sinofsky's departure, antivirus pioneer John McAfee's misadventures in Belize, and CIA director David Petraeus's resignation. This week in El Reg's enterprise techcast, Ed Saipetch is out on a secret mission …
Team Register, 19 Nov 2012
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Plenty more fish (and other eukaryotes) in the sea, say boffins

While scientists have painstakingly documented the existence of 226,000 marine species to date, there remain two to three times as many sea-dwelling creatures yet to be discovered, a new study has suggested. Researchers at the University of Florida, who worked with more than 100 taxonomists and biologists to reach their …
Team Register, 16 Nov 2012
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Reader input required: review our reviews

The Register has been running hardware and software reviews for some years now, mainly though not exclusively through its sister-site, the written-for-consumers Reg Hardware. We're planning to make some improvements, but before we put them in place, we'd like to hear what you, the reader, would like to find when you click to …
Team Register, 16 Nov 2012
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4GEE data marketing campaign accidentally gets Irishmen salivating

A Reg reader has pointed out a little cultural snafu in Everything Everywhere's campaign for its 4G service. Everything Everywhere has naturally gone for EE as a moniker, making the campaign's logo, and Twitter hashtag, 4GEE. Unfortunately, the word 'gee' has a number of connotations that Everything Everywhere might not be …
Team Register, 14 Nov 2012
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Microsoft rolls out always-on Skype for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has dropped Skype for Windows Phone 8 into its app store, the pocket-sized version of its desktop counterpart. Once you've sorted out your account, you'll be able to see which of your friends have Skype and then make a Skype call, regular call, text, email or Facebook from the "People Hub". The People Hub in Windows …
Team Register, 12 Nov 2012
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Prime Minister on Twitter: Me and Obama, we're like THAT

British Prime Minister David Cameron couldn't resist tweeting a cheesy picture of him apparently having a telephone conversation with the re-elected US president Barack Obama on Thursday afternoon. So, Barry-o, tell me about this Reddit thing. Where does one read it? How does one write it? The frankly embarrassing image was …
Team Register, 08 Nov 2012
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Office for Android, Apple iOS: 'REALLY REAL this time' - report

Microsoft still hasn't made any official announcements regarding when it will be debuting Office Mobile apps for Google and Apple slabs and devices, but it has been reported that versions of the software will be released in early 2013. Readers may recall that the same thing was said last month. Now The Verge's Tom Warren, …
Team Register, 07 Nov 2012
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Brussels looks set to OK Apple e-book collusion deal, sources say

Brussels officials have reportedly indicated that a settlement deal proposed by Apple and four of the publishers in Europe's competition probe into ebooks price-fixing with be accepted by the Commission. According to Reuters, which cites two unnamed sources, an offer from Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, the Hachette …
Team Register, 06 Nov 2012
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Speaking in Tech: VMware $billion buy - brilliance ... or blunder?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week's techcast delves into all the latest technology in the storage and virtualisation sector. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela (Ed Saipetch is away on a secret mission) are talking to the Man Who Knows - special guest J Metz (@DrJMetz), who is strategic …
Team Register, 06 Nov 2012
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US gov advised to SUE GOOGLE by FTC over patent trade wars

The US government has reportedly been advised by the Federal Trade Commission to sue Google for breaching competition law, because of the ad giant's requests to US courts to prevent the sale of goods it claims infringe its essential patents. According to Bloomberg, which cites anonymous sources, the five-member Federal Trade …
Team Register, 02 Nov 2012
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Lab mice drown in their THOUSANDS as Hurricane Sandy fills NYU basement

New York University's collection of thousands of laboratory mice and rats drowned during Hurricane Sandy's ferocious storms. The rodents were trapped in the basement of the institution's Kips Bay Smilow research centre, where they perished, the New York Times reported. Staff were unable to rescue the creatures, which had been …
Team Register, 02 Nov 2012

Speaking in Tech: The ARMs race, Commander Data and Larry’s evil empire

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another enterprise techcast hosted by Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela. Greg and Sarah host special guest Mark Twomey (@Storagezilla) from EMC, who brings them the low-down on everything we all want to know about ARMed server chip revolution. They also inspire Trekkie …
Team Register, 01 Nov 2012

Speaking in Tech: What's it LIKE to be snarfed by Microsoft?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week on Speaking in Tech, there's something for everyone: from electronics, storage and OpenStack playas to tape-heads and enterprise biz types. Tune in to hear Ed Saipetch, fresh from Structure Europe 2012, and Greg Knieriemen with another of El Reg's enterprise tech- …
Team Register, 24 Oct 2012
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Head of Facebook EMEA tentacle to become Tech City UK chief

London's Tech City has poached a top Facebook VP to become its new CEO. In what is seen as a coup for the Tech City Investment Organisation, Joanna Shields, VP and Managing Director of Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa has now taken up the £115,000-a-year CEO job. The work will involve her pushing forward Tech City's key …
Team Register, 22 Oct 2012
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Twitter censors bow to police, suppress Nazi tweets

Twitter has blocked access to a banned Neo-Nazi group in Germany after a request from the local police. Hannover police asked for the ban after disbanding the far-right group and seizing its assets during an criminal investigation into it. "All its accounts in social networks have to be closed immediately," the police wrote to …
Team Register, 18 Oct 2012

Speaking in Tech: 'Calling it a cloud doesn't make it so'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise In this week's enterprise techcast, Ed Saipetch is steering the ship solo - live from Amsterdam. The lucky sod is in North Holland for Structure:Europe 2012, and has left Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela languishing in the States while he tears up canal-lined streets in the …
Team Register, 17 Oct 2012

Speaking in Tech: The worst PR in the tech industry

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another one of El Reg's enterprise tech casts, where we get into the nitty-gritty of everything that went down in the past few days in the world of electronics, mobile, services and more. This week your hosts are Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela as Ed Saipetch is playing …
Team Register, 10 Oct 2012
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Lancashire man JAILED over April Jones Facebook posts

A young man was jailed for 12 weeks today, after confessing to posting "grossly offensive" comments on Facebook about missing five-year-old April Jones. He posted some bad taste jokes culled from Sickipedia on a support group for April Jones's family and friends, according to press reports. Among the comments was: "I woke up …
Team Register, 08 Oct 2012
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Google settles epic US book-scanning battle with 5 publishers

Google has settled a seven-year-long dispute with publishers in the United States, bringing to an end a copyright infringement lawsuit first filed against the company in October 2005. Under the deal, the rights of the copyright-holders have been acknowledged by the search and ad giant. Five members of the Association of …
Team Register, 04 Oct 2012

Speaking in Tech: GoDaddy kills its cloud... GoDaddy had a cloud?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise We invite you to enter the Techcast Enterprise, where Captain Greg Knieriemen, Commander Ed Saipetch and Commander Sarah Vela are waiting to take you on a journey across the tech universe. This week, it's just the three of them again as they toss around the latest tech on …
Team Register, 03 Oct 2012