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Back to the future: Optus to trial wireless last mile again

In a move that might cause belly-flutters over at Vivid Wireless, Optus has announced an internal trial using 4G links for home broadband. The move to trial a home wireless broadband offering comes a year after Optus lowered the shutters on Unwired, Australia's first major fixed wireless broadband ISP, which it acquired as a job …

BlackBerry hits 88MPH, goes back to the future with NEW old 9720 mobe

BlackBerry has announced a new phone for emerging markets: the BlackBerry 9720. It's not part of the shiny new BlackBerry OS 10 line-up of mobiles because it's powered by the ancient BlackBerry 7 OS, which last saw action in 2011. It's the consequence of a mismatch between BlackBerry's swanky modern QNX-based operating system …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Aug 2013
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Google goes back to the future with SQL F1 database

The tech world is turning back toward SQL, bringing to a close a possibly misspent half-decade in which startups courted developers with promises of infinite scalability and the finest imitation-Google tools available, and companies found themselves exposed to unstable data and poor guarantees. The shift has been going on …
Jack Clark, 30 Aug 2013
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Nike auctions Back to the Future trainers

Look, we'd prefer a hoverboard, but we understand that some sci-fi buffs out there have always had their eye on the sneakers Michael J Fox wore in Back to the Future II. We can't have a hoverboard, but you can have a pair of Nike Air Mags. If you win one of 150 auctions on eBay, that is. Nike Air Mag replica Back to the Future …
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2011
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Back to the Future DeLorean to go under the hammer

Doc Brown may have used his tool kit on the car many a time, but the DeLorean from Back to the Future is now going under a different kind of hammer. The time-travelling vehicle is up for auction later this year, wealthy fans of the film series will be excited to know. While seven cars were used over the course of the trilogy, …
Caleb Cox, 17 Oct 2011
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Back to the Future game is now free

Telltale has made the first episode of its five-part Back to the Future game a free download. Sign up for a Telltale account and give it a go. Episode 1 is called "It's about time" and follows Marty McFly as he does a spot of Delorean-powered time travel to rescue Doc Brown from a spot of bother. Back to the Future Game …
Caleb Cox, 04 Apr 2011
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Go back to the future with Red Dwarf

After a 13-year hiatus, Red Dwarf is definitely back for a full series with all the old familiar faces, according to the reddwarf.co.uk website. Red Dwarf X will be filmed in front of a studio audience at Shepperton Studios next month and in January 2012. The official blurb for the series reads: Red Dwarf returns for its …
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Speaking in Tech: Microsoft DOES have a stake in Android, y'know

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly tech-cast, and the three amigos – Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela – are back together again to wreck this week in tech. This week we discuss... Return of Eddie (and turtle sex) (:45) Pebble death (4:40) Apple and IBM tap …
Team Register, 23 Jul 2014
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Tomorrow's World comes back to the future

For 38 years, TV show Tomorrow’s World wowed audiences with its coverage of futuristic developments from the world of science and technology. It was axed in 2003, but now the BBC has brought the show back from the dead, sort of. From today, anyone after an insight into how advancements in technology led to computerised banking, …
James Sherwood, 14 Sep 2009
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eBay in sensational Back to the Future coupon deal

We're delighted to announce today that the world's favourite tat bazaar is offering members of its eBay Extra programme free cash to spend on purchases in the form of a "coupon", although the offer is evidently open to those in possession of a fully functioning time machine or lucky enough to live near a time-shifting wormhole …
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2008

Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

The lovely thing about this year's Nobel Prize in Economics is that it entirely borks the case for a Robin Hood Tax - a levy on the financial sector's transactions, in other words. Not that the judging panel's decision will stop efforts to implement the tax; everyone's moved beyond intellectual arguments to instead howl in the …
Tim Worstall, 15 Oct 2013
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NEC goes Back To The Future with XP for biz users

NEC computers has decided to throw its business customers a Windows XP lifeline by punting a new solution for its desktop and notebook ranges that will allow IT administrators to downgrade from Vista. The firm said that it has launched NEC FlexLoad to address demands from customers who are reluctant to adopt Microsoft's latest …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2008

Intel: 'Y'know that GPU-accelerated computing craze? Fuggedaboutit'

From Intel's point of view, today's hottest trend in high-performance computing – GPU acceleration – is just a phase, one that will be superseded by the advent of many-core CPUs, beginning with Chipzilla's next-generation Xeon Phi, codenamed "Knights Landing". "Tomorrow looks quite fundamentally different," Rajeeb Hazra, VP of …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Nov 2013
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Star Wars visionary becomes one with the Force

Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie, whose paintings were the force behind much of the film series' design, has popped his clogs at the age of 82. McQuarrie's art was instrumental in persuading 20th Century Fox to back the production of Star Wars. Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars art This was followed by further film success …
Caleb Cox, 05 Mar 2012
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Data analytics nears adulthood but has it grown up yet?

The problem with business analytics technology is that it has just about emerged from puberty and adolescence but nobody has given it a bank account and introduced it to the opposite sex yet. Analytics has been around in one form or another ever since Henry Ford decided to catalogue his motorcar assembly line measurements a …

Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB

Google is migrating its MySQL systems over to MariaDB, allowing the search company to get away from the Oracle-backed open source database. The news came out at the Extremely Large Databases (XLDB) conference in Stanford, California on Wednesday, one month after El Reg reported that Google had assigned one of its engineers to …
Jack Clark, 12 Sep 2013
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Microsoft: Oracle will take us back to 1970s hell

Microsoft's server and tools chief Bob Muglia has chided Oracle for peddling a return to "1960s computing," accusing its rival of going against industry trends and backing a dying and expensive operating-system architecture. Last month, Oracle modestly justified its $5.6bn purchase of Sparc and Solaris dinosaur Sun Microsystems …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2010
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Cisco takes us back to the future

Cisco has been showing journalists its vision of the future, which bears a remarkable resemblance to the past. It's somewhere around 1998 by our reckoning, only this time in high definition. The publicity drive comes with the refurbishment of its Innovation Centre, at its Feltham offices, which has been rebuilt to show how Cisco …
Bill Ray, 16 Jul 2008
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The road to Office 2010

Office 2010 is something of a conundrum. First the good news: it is the fastest selling version of Office in history, according to US analyst Forrester. Half of the businesses the firm surveyed in March had started the migration process, and the “vast majority” of the rest planned to upgrade in the future. According to Gartner, …
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Oct 2011
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Back to the future: the Java client’s second go-round

JavaOne provides a good barometer of the current fads hitting IT. Three years ago, Java discovered open source, two years ago it was AJAX, while last year was a non-event. But this year, the rich client’s back, baby. In fact, this being our tenth JavaOne (which we covered remotely this year - too much darn travel), the spotlight …
Tony Baer, 12 May 2008
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Seagate DeLorean: World's priciest hard drive?

Spin up this Flash Rods model DeLorean stainless steel hard drive car and go back to the future with MBs costing seven times more than they need to. The 1:18 scale model is a glorious rendition of John DeLorean's DMC-12 auto-dream re-envisioned as the Back To The Future car with its Flux Capacitor. It comes with "with 50's style …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2010

Seagate backup biz deletes name, restores EVault brand

Seagate's cloud backup biz, i365, has renamed itself EVault, the name it was called when Seagate bought it five years ago. Why bother? The i365 name was applied to EVault, and to Seagate's acquired paperwork search biz MetaLincs and Seagate Recovery Services, in September 2008. The three operations were combined in the wholly- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2011
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SimCity owners get free game, EA will get A NEW CEO

Maxis has published the list of the games it's offering free miffed 'Mayors' to compensate for SimCity's disastrous launch. The offer was announced by Maxis on Sunday and lets existing customers and those who register before March 25 to get a free game along with their copy of SimCity as compensation. The downloads start on …
Jack Clark, 18 Mar 2013
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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

It’s the sounds that get you: wheels spinning, processors squeaking, the furious hammering of teleprinters, and some 1980s synth. Yes, computers really were this noisy – something you forget in an era when even the benign tap of the keyboard is giving away to the silent swoosh of finger on glass. I’m at The National Museum of …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jun 2013
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Back to the Future with the MS Real-Time Communication Server

If you saw the film "Back To The Future Part 2", you may remember the episode where Marty McFly was sacked by a combination of FAX, email video, mobile-phone, etc. - a true multimedia sacking, Martin Langham Bloor Research writes. This was a perceptive vision of the future because it is certainly not possible yet. Today we …
IT-Analysis, 20 Jun 2003
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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

There never will be a year when Linux conquers the desktop, because desktop computers are going to merge into tablet-style touch-driven devices and disappear. But desktop Linux was getting close, until Microsoft derailed it a few years back. The GNOME project’s recent release, GNOME 3.8, served to remind me of the significance …
Liam Proven, 03 Jun 2013
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game review

The knives have been sharpened, the vitriol pumped, the maps cleared of bodies and the zombies starved. It can only mean one thing: Call of Duty: Black Op 2 is upon us. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Flagging the issue It's the series where reviewers can never win, and Activision's coffers never fail to be filled. Where one wrong …
Mike Plant, 16 Nov 2012
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Cadence goes back to the future

Semiconductor design is about as far out on the leading edge of technology as you can get (excluding the i820 chipset, naturally). And it even sounds pretty cool, too (until you get talking to the average chip designer, when that facade falls away all too quickly). Top chip designer Cadence prides itself on laying on something …
Andrew Thomas, 16 Jun 2000

Sun goes back to the future with Metropolis

Sun Microsystems is determined to put the W back in SUNW with the help of a new Opteron-based workstation. Sun's President Jonathan Schwartz unveiled the company's first Opteron-based workstation today at the Sun Network conference in Shanghai. The box is meant to revive Sun's flagging workstation business by letting the …
Ashlee Vance, 02 Jun 2004
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RIM boss: 'Our PlayBook shames the You Know What'

Never has anyone spent so much time talking about Apple without saying the ‘A’ word than RIM CEO Jim Balsillie as he showed off the company's upcoming PlayBook tablet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Playing to the gallery of operators – a congregation that booed when the iPhone 4 won ‘best handset’ at last night’s GSMA …
Simon Rockman, 16 Feb 2011
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DeLorean goes electric for 2013 roll-out

Great Scott! Doc Brown's DeLorean has jumped back to the future production line and will roll out across roads from 2013. The Delorean Motor Company of Texas - which previously has focused on selling the car secondhand, and providing servicing and spares - is to produce an all-electric version of the famous gull-wing door motor …
Caleb Cox, 18 Oct 2011

HPC clustering: A new spectator sport in Lone Star state?

Texas is at SCC with the most elaborate booth of the competition - certainly in terms of artwork and theme. Their booth is festooned (or half festooned) with "TACC to the Future" posters that play off the "Back to the Future" movies from the 1980s. TACC (Texas Advanced Computing Center) is the lead technical and probably …
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Google buys malware analysis and reverse engineering firm Zynamics

Google has bought reverse-engineering and analysis tools firm Zynamics. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were undisclosed. Zynamics is led by Thomas Dullien, a respected white-hat hacker better known by his online handle, Halvar Flake. The acquisition further strengthens Google's security team, which already …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2011
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So what's the future of Future BT?

The multiplicity of announcements from BT yesterday still has analysts, investors and reporters scratching their heads over what the future holds. Right now, "future" is a big word for the lumbering telecoms giant. The announcement proper at BT's headquarters yesterday was held in a futuristically decorated part of the building …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2001
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UK's tax computers go back to the future

Britain's Inland Revenue has a remarkable number of powers but until this week no-one suspected they included time-travel. The organisation's struggling computer system, this time failing to deal with the sudden rush of end-of-year employee pay and tax details, has started sending out automated reminders asking for employers' …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2005
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Hasselblad CFV-39 digital back

In a world constantly upgrading and adding new innovative features to tempt users into buying a new piece of gear; it is truly refreshing to come across a product that not only raises the bar on quality, but reuses old camera systems - giving them a new lease of life. The CFV-39 digital back is something of a revelation, because …
James Cumpsty, 16 Apr 2010
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Disney torpedoes Yellow Submarine

Disney Studios has torpedoed Robert Zemekis's planned 3D remake of Yellow Submarine, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Back to the Future and Forrest Gump helmsman planned to deploy 16 Beatles tracks and "cutting-edge motion-capture technology" in the re-imagining of the 1968 animation. Budget issues and a canned meeting …
Lester Haines, 15 Mar 2011
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Intel goes back to the future for memory

Intel is placing its bets on a technology it invented in 1970 for next generation memory. Ovonics Unified Memory (OUM) bears the imprimatur of Gordon Moore, and Intel highlighted a paper he co-authored more than thirty years ago on amorphous semiconductors*. "Why are we doing it again? I keep getting asked that, even by my …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2001
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Intel smarties rain on the clouds

Two of Intel's best and brightest engineers rained on the cloud-computing parade on Tuesday. And Google's broswer-based Chrome OS suffered collateral damage. "We really have a lot of meta-questions to answer that affect how cloud computing rolls out, particularly in the areas of privacy and security," Kevin Kahn, director of …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Sep 2010
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Dim Brits think TARDIS IS REAL

In the BBC series How TV Ruined Your Life, one-time games reviewer Charlie Brooker talks at length about the British public literally believing what is seen on their screens. This has now been confirmed with some investigative numberwang which shows that a large percentage of Brits are convinced fictional technology from …
Caleb Cox, 11 Mar 2011
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Rock star physicist Cox: Neutrinos won't help us cheat time

Fire up the DeLorean and grab the almanac, time travel is here... or maybe not. Atom-smashers at CERN's subterranean Alpine lab seized the headlines recently when they found a set of subatomic particles once obscure outside the world of boffinry had turned scientific convention on its head by travelling faster than light. …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2011
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Security luminaries chew the fat on e-voting

Our Infosec show diary on Wednesday brought you news of ripped posters, fire and underpants. So it's time we raised the level of discussion for our latest roundup from the annual IT security shindig, which is located in Earls Court for the first time this year. Security rockstars take a bow (Whitfield Diffie far left and Phil …
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2009

Apple's big week: the good, the bad, the ugly

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference saw its fair share of big-ticket news items during the last five days. There was the iPhone 3G S, the revelation of details about Apple's parallel OSes, Snow Leopard and iPhone 3.0, and the roll-out of the latest MacBook Pros. However, there were plenty of other details you might have …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2009
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Ask.com embraces its inner Jeeves

Ask.com has gone back to the future, unveiling a public beta version of a major redesign that returns the site to its days as a butler that answered your questions. But this being the age of "social media," the IAC-owned company has added a new twist to its old question-and-answer setup. In addition to using automated algorithms …
Cade Metz, 27 Jul 2010
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Mac daddy predicts all-knowing, all-seeing UI

In the future, you'll use a speech-based interface to access all the world's knowledge – including your own personal memories – stored in the cloud, according to a legendary engineer who was a member of the team that designed Apple's original Macintosh user interface. "More and more people have smartphones in their pockets ... …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2011
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ET voted fave family film fodder

ET is the "greatest ever family film", according to a poll published in today's issue of Radio Times. More than 2,500 people chipped in their faves for the online search to find the ultimate popcorn experience for mum, dad and the nippers. Spielberg's classic pipped The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins, which had to make do with …
Lester Haines, 03 Aug 2010

Making a storage mountain out of a molecule

Nottingham university boffins have devised a depleted uranium molecule that keeps a constant magnetic state and is many times smaller than bits on hard disk drives, promising 1,000-fold increases in hard drive capacity - if it can be turned into a product before solid state storage takes over. The Notts team, led by Dr Steven …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2011
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ISPs relieved not to be Carter's Cops

ISPs greeted Carter with a sigh of relief, LINX head of public affairs told us today. In response to copyright infringement, ISPs will not now need to deploy expensive packet inspection - and won't disconnect users. "The threats are off the table," says Malcolm Hutty. "The government has recognised that the principle …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jan 2009
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Nintendo hails Super Mario's silver anniversary

Super Mario Bros, Nintendo's renowned platform game,celebrates its 25th birthday today. The famous plumber, known for eating mushrooms and getting through countless pipes, came to life in 1983 with the popular arcade game Mario Bros. On September 13 1985, Nintendo took consumer gaming to new levels with Super Mario Bros for the …
Caleb Cox, 13 Sep 2010
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Sky demonstrates 3D telly vision

BSkyB yesterday demonstrated 3D broadcasts using an ordinary Sky+HD box and a TV made by Hyundai. Viewers will need to wear special glasses and Sky made clear it was not planning a product launch. The demo included clips of a Ricky Hatton fight, football and rugby clips. The boxing was most impressive, although the glasses did …
John Oates, 18 Dec 2008