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SpaceX launches CRS-3

SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

The International Space Station has snapped up the latest SpaceX Dragon and its supplies, including the floating lab’s new 3D printer. Alexander Gerst and Reid Wiseman watch the approach of the SpaceX Dragon from the Cupola. Are you there, Dragon? It's us, Alexander Gerst and Reid Wiseman. Credit: NASA TV The commercial cargo …

Adobe swallows Aviary, hopes to stuff Creative Cloud into mobes

Adobe has gulped down editing app firm Aviary to beef up its mobile image-fiddling software with an eye on the professional crowd. Scott Preston, veep of the products community, said in a blog post that very little professional editing was done on mobile devices these days – and Adobe is hoping to change that. “While mobile has …
warehouse interior - wide aisle, big shelves

Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay

German union Verdi has not given up on the hopes that striking at Amazon warehouses will change the mega-etailer’s mind about pay. Verdi wants workers at distribution centres in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Graben, and Rheinberg to walk out as it continues its agitation over pay and working conditions. "Amazon still refuses to …
Denmark Minecraft map

The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft

The British Museum has enlisted the help of Redditors to get a model of the museum and its exhibits into the highly popular Minecraft game universe. An employee from the organisation’s Museum of the Future project said in a post to the site that the museum had agreed to back an effort to recreate itself in Minecraft and asked …
Artist concept of MAVEN in orbit around Mars

NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has reached Mars after a 10-month journey – and started its mission to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) dropped into orbit around Earth’s favourite neighbour around 3.24am BST after months of journeying through space. To do it, the craft had to …
Planetoid crashes into primordial Earth

Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game

Parallel universes are already pretty cool, especially the ones that are tantalisingly close to ours, a mere what if away. The parallel universes of Extinction Game have this and an extra edge going for them, as the only ones we visit are those that have endured an apocalyptic event that’s wiped out most of humanity. Wars, …
Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor

All the top tech news from Vulture Central this week

Youtube Video Let animated news anchor Regina Eggbert guide you along a short amble through the tech news of the week. You can find this week's stories, including the saviour of Bitcoin, naughty tech firm's tax matters and hackers for hire, here, here and here. ® Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor
Apple iPhone 6

'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'

This was the week when IBM told a bunch of staffers that their skills weren’t up to scratch. To sort the problem out, Big Blue says it’s going to force them into mandatory training and make them give up ten per cent of their salaries for the privilege. In an email to workers, IBM said: A recent assessment revealed that some …
Neil Cardy's massive bacon sarnie from a cafe on the A90

Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

Is there nothing that can’t be solved with the judicious application of bacon? Apparently not, as this year’s Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine winners can attest. The boffins from the US and India took home the gong for their paper on treating “uncontrollable" nosebleeds by packing the nose with strips of cured pork. The Ig Nobels, …
Artist's View of M60-UCD1 Black Hole

PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

Astronomers have spied a supermassive black hole - of the type theorised by some physicists to be portals out of our universe to elsewhere - in an itsy-bitsy ultracompact dwarf galaxy, the smallest ever known to contain such a gigantic light-sucking feature. Artist's View of M60-UCD1 Black Hole "It is the smallest and …
Sony Xperia Nxt Series

Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

Sony shares dropped more than eight per cent today after the firm warned that it expects losses for this year to be four times as bad as it previously predicted. The Japanese company now reckons losses for the year to March will reach the dizzying heights of ¥230bn ($2.12bn) as its smartphone business suffers in comparison to …
Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor

The week in tech news with cracking coverage from Regina Eggbert

Youtube Video A short stroll through this week's top tech news, with animated anchor Regina Eggbert. Get more in depth knowledge on the Apple, Google and Microsoft stories here, here and here. ® Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor
Using a giant machine gun for propulsion

Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

Read an extract of the book that's hit the top of the New York Times and the Sunday Times bestseller lists this weekend - What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by XKCD's Randall Munroe. The science-inspiring missive was reviewed by El Reg here, now read Munroe's answer to the question of how much …
Total Recall outside on Mars scene

Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

Prepare yourself for a book that’s so exactly like a late-90s Steven Seagal movie, it’s uncanny. The Gods of War is every action movie cliché you’ve ever known, carefully caught, collected and pressed between the pages of a book about Earth’s imminent destruction and the prospect of Mars as a lifeboat. There’s something …
heart.mexico

Mexicans! accuse! Yahoo! of! using! corrupt! judge! to! dodge! $2.7bn! payout!

Yahoo! and its law firm have been sued by two Mexican companies that are accusing them of conspiring to dodge the shock $2.7bn award handed out to them in a 2012 Mexican court case. Worldwide Directories and Ideas Interactivas claim that the Purple Palace and law firm Baker & McKenzie got a senior Mexican judge on their side and …
Apple Watch

iPhone NFC: 'Apple, photos and security ... WHAT could go WRONG?'

This was the week when Apple released their newest iteration of the iPhone and revealed the long heralded iWatch, sorry, justWatch: and told fanbois and gurrls that they could start paying for stuff with their mobes. But you knew that already. What does it all mean? Gartner veep Van Baker reckons that Apple has finally caught …
Internet of Things

Intellifridge terror: Internet of Stuff kit must fend off hackers of the FU-TURE-TURE-TURE

Internet of Stuff gadgets need to have security with a 10-year lifespan if they are to offer any kind of decent protection to people and national infrastructures, according to a new report. Beancounters at Beecham Research have been the latest to warn that the much-vaunted Internet of Things is going to run into security issues …
Twitter for Mac Old

Profitless Twitter: We're looking to raise $1.5... yes, billion

Twitter is planning to raise up to $1.5bn in its first debt offering since the company went public in November last year. Twitter said that some of the cash from the debt offering would go towards paying for these hedge transactions and the rest would be used for very vague “general corporate purposes”. The microblogging …
Snapchat logo

Snapchat admits disappearing selfie app was actually lawsuit flinger's idea

Snapchat has settled its Facebook-like row with Reggie Brown, accepting his role in setting up the internet startup. Brown had sued founders CEO Evan Spiegel and CTO Bobby Murphy last year, claiming that Snapchat had been his idea when he was their roommate at Stanford and they forced him out of the burgeoning firm before the …
British Gas smart meter

Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

Smart meters are only going to save people around two per cent on their bills, but will cost each home or business £215 over five years to roll out, MPs have warned. The Public Accounts Committee said that the cost of installing 53 million smart meters would be paid for by customers in their energy bills, but they would only be …
Smart home

Holy sentient blender, Batman: Telefónica to trial AT&T's Internet of Home Stuff in Europe

Telefónica will be trialling AT&T’s home security tech in Europe as the US firm tries to get its foot in the door of the Internet of Stuff. The Spanish company is licensing the tech for limited trials on this side of the pond, after which it will decide if it’s worth signing up for a longer term. The trial will be a version of …
Tinder screenshots

Tinder sexual harassment suit settled in undisclosed deal

Tinder has settled the lawsuit brought by former marketing veep Whitney Wolfe alleging a catalogue of sexual harassment and discrimination at the dating app startup. Lawyers for Wolfe told Reuters and others in a statement overnight that the suit had been resolved, but they didn’t reveal the terms of the settlement. "Whitney's …
3D Robotics drone in Richard Branson's house

Drones swarm over bearded Brit billionaire's island getaway

Youtube Video Richard Branson has invested in 3D Robotics and set the firm’s drones loose over his tropical island Necker. The hirsute entrepreneur was captured by the drones playing tennis and kitesurfing, while the wee machines also captured “drone’s eye views” of the island. “It’s amazing to see what a little flying object …
Flying cars in The Fifth Element

General Motors to intro HANDS-FREE DRIVING tech by 2016

General Motors is planning to release cars that can communicate with each other to avoid traffic congestion and accidental collisions as early as 2016, its chief exec said. Mary Barra announced over the weekend that the car giant was planning talkative automobiles and more advanced tech to allow hands-free driving as well. "A …
Still from Iron Man. Pic: Paramount

T-Mobile US lobs sueball at Huawei: Claims Chinese giant stole robot tech

T-Mobile US has filed a suit accusing Huawei of stealing the tech behind its mobile phone testing robot, nicknamed “Tappy”. The carrier claims that Huawei employees, who were authorised to to use the robot for testing, allegedly stole the software and specs for the ‘bot, including illicit photos of the machine at work, to help …

'4chan may be just a sysadmin who knows his way around', claims so-called expert

This week’s tech news was dominated by the online publication of naked photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande, which were posted online by an anonymous hacker who apparently sourced the images from Apple’s iCloud. The pictures of 17 celebrities were posted to 4chan by the hacker, who claimed …
Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor

And now ... pre-recorded from London: It's the NEWS!

Youtube Video Take a tour through this week’s tech news, guided by miniature, pleasingly oval news anchor icon Regina Eggbert. Didn’t get enough from the headlines? Read more about Google lobbying, NATO treaties and outages here, here and here. ® Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor
Nicole Kidman (Christine Lucas) in Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go To Sleep turns out tense enough to keep you awake ...

The mark of a good thriller is usually that you don’t guess the who or the why or the what of it. Or, if you do manage to guess the who, why or what, at least you shouldn't be able to guess the how. But sadly, all that can be undone, if, after the big reveal, your first thought is: "But wait a minute, then why didn’t X and Y …
Maurice Moss, IT Crowd

Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

The UK is crying out for engineers and IT staff, according to a KPMG and REC report, which reckons demand for techies is at its highest in 16 years. Most vacancies were spotted in the engineering industry in August, while the medical industry came in just ahead of the IT sector in the nine categories of permanent staff assessed …
Dyson 360 Eye

Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

Youtube Video Dyson has duly come clean on its new robotic vacuum cleaner today, after teasing the launch in a video last week. The Dyson 360 Eye has come about after 16 years of “intensive R&D”, according to the British firm, and the company reckons it will blow other robotic slave hoovers out of the water. “Most robotic …
Our place in the Laniakea supercluster

You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

Astronomers have finally figured out just where the heck in the Universe we are – and it turns out to be the suburbs of a galactic supercluster now known as Laniakea. Galaxies don’t tend to be scattered throughout the Universe willy-nilly; they tend to bunch up into clusters, groups and superclusters. Our Local Group contains …
Power lines

Power station fault cuts electricity, water and internet in Cairo

A massive power outage in Cairo has left the city sweltering in nearly 40˚C heat, without running water or internet services. A Reg reader, who is the chief tech officer at a global conference call provider, told us that the firm’s workers in the city have been without power for around four hours. “Our first concern is for our …
TX4 Black Cab

Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

Uber has been banned in Germany after a court in Frankfurt imposed a temporary injunction on the driving firm. Taxi Deutschland, a co-operative taxi industry group in the country, took Uber to court in Frankfurt claiming that the company is in violation of Germany’s passenger transport laws. According to a statement from the …

Flurry of solar flare-ups sets off COSMIC PLASMA EXPLOSION

Footage of solar flares taken by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory. The Sun had a flurry of flare activity at the end of August, releasing over half a dozen solar flares in a day, some of which were accompanied by coronal mass ejections. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted the activity in images captured at extreme …
Microsoft-themed Monopoly board

China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite as part of its probe into the firm’s alleged monopoly activities. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said in a statement (translated by …
Using a giant machine gun for propulsion

Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

They say you shouldn’t get a fan to review a book and it’s certainly tough to be critical when you pick up the new book from Randall Munroe, the much-loved creator of awesome science webcomic XKCD. What If? is a series of usually ridiculous questions from the public to XKCD’s inbox that Munroe answers using science and …
Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor

Vulture News anchor Regina Eggbert is (sort of) LIVE from London

Youtube Video Join us once again in the Vulture Central newsroom as anchorbeing Regina Eggbert presents the choicest morsels from the all-you-can-eat buffet that is this week's IT news. You can find all the stories from this week – from iAds to data security – here, here and here.® Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor …

Tim Cook: 'I'd call what's going on in fondleslabs a speed bump'

Time Warner Cable did not have a good week this week. A number of folks came out over the week to tell the Federal Communications Commission that they don’t like the idea of the company merging with Comcast. And in the middle of all that, the firm suffered a massive outage that downed a number of big cities on both the East and …
Dyson DC37 vacuum cleaners

One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

Video of Dyson's new hoover, sucking away. Dyson is trying out the Apple school of marketing with a teaser video for its newest product, due out on 4 September. The vacuum cleaner and fan manufacturer has popped a 26-second short on its YouTube account that appears to be shot from a camera mounted on the new piece of tech. …
IBM Watson QA Power7 cluster

IBM: OK, Watson, you've won Jeopardy. Now, CURE CANCER

IBM has found yet another use for its Jeopardy-winning Watson supercomputer, launching a new system called Watson Discovery Advisor to analyse scientific and medical research. The new cloud-based system can figure out scientific language well enough to know how chemical compounds interact and can also understand the nuances of …
Groupon office screen

Groupon sales reps' overtime pay suit not eligible for class action

Groupon sales staff have failed to get class action status for their lawsuit against the firm, which accuses the voucher bazaar of not bothering to pay them for overtime before and after its 2011 IPO. The employees were trying to get all sales workers in on the action by getting class status for the suit, but Chicago judge …
Qualcomm PdQ 1900

Qualcomm to get it from both sides? EU probe may be coming – report

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm could be facing into an antitrust probe from the EU at the same time as it fends off a similar investigation in China, according to Reuters. Sources whispered to the news agency that the European Commission may be about to open up an official line of inquiry into a complaint made by Icera, an Nvidia …
Top view of the Holometer as a Fermilab scientist works on the apparatus

Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

How can we tell from the inside of our Universe if it’s actually real or just a hologram? Boffins at Fermilab have set out to answer this thorny question with a new experiment in the National Accelerator Lab called the Holometer. A Fermilab scientist works on the laser beams at the heart of the Holometer experiment Lasers are …
Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor

Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

Youtube Video Here it is! The debut of inestimable news anchor Regina Eggbert - bringing you the top headlines of this week in a style that only The Reg would approve of, generated by our pioneering inhouse lean-CGI technology. The full story behind Regina's headlines this week can be found here, here, here and here. ® …
Echopraxia by Peter Watts

Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

There’s hard sci-fi and then there’s the likes of Peter Watts’ Echopraxia, a book that should come with its own scientific reference library to aid reading. Usually, being a fan of science-heavy writing and having a smattering of real-world knowledge is enough to unlock a hard sci-fi world – you just kind of lean back and let …
blue screen of death

'Video on internet may not be entirely truthful': Times headline

This was the week when the infamous and terrifying Blue Screen of Death made its return to Windows systems. Folks who said yes to Microsoft’s 40 updates for Internet Explorer, Windows 7 and Windows 8 Pro were left tearing their hair out when the patches started bricking their machines. People had believed, or at least hoped, …

Samsung bags second Internet of Home Stuff home firm in a week

Samsung has announced its second smart home slurp in a week with the acquisition of heating, ventilation and air conditioning distributor Quietside. Samsung Electronics America said that it had agreed to buy the firm, which already distributes Sammy products, but didn’t disclose the terms of the deal. The company said that …

Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

Four hackers in the US have pleaded guilty to misdemeanours after a judge questioned why prosecutors were attempting to press felony charges. The hackers, alleged to be part of hacktivist collective Anonymous, were allowed to plead guilty over the telephone to the charge of conspiring to intentionally cause damage to a protected …

UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

Blighty has announced another £1.6m in funding for its Internet of Stuff standard HyperCat, courtesy of the government’s Technology Strategy Board. In a bid to go all Tim Berners-Lee on the much-hyped Internet of Things, UK.gov has teamed up with tech heavyweights like IBM and ARM to deliver an interoperability standard for …
Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

Videogame kingpin Activision Blizzard is reportedly considering launching its own movie studio division to turn its games into films and TV shows. Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil This movie adaptation of Resident Evil was quite popular for some reason... Videogame adaptations have had mixed success to say the least, with some …