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Crumbs, we're going to lose that public sector bid - Jeeves, send for the lawyers

The number of complaints raised by businesses over the awarding of public sector contracts has more than doubled over the last year, according to new figures. According to data released by the Cabinet Office following a freedom of information request by Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, business complaints about …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jul 2013

PC floggers scavenge for crumbs as Apple hoovers up profits

Apple's idiot tax helped it generate five times more profits from operations than the five biggest PC players combined in Q4, according to beancounter Asymco. Collectively HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Asus flogged 52.8 million boxes equating to 58.6 per cent worldwide unit share, casting a shadow on Apple's 4.6 million Macs - …
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2013
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Deceased music locker gets final knock

Michael Robertson has lost a long-running copyright infringement case against his unlicensed cloud music service MP3Tunes. The verdict by the Manhattan federal jury on Wednesday is the third headline-grabbing copyright settlement this week. Robertson's cloud-based music streamer first launched in the pre-Cambrian era, 2005, and …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Mar 2014

Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

San Francisco officials have announced an 18-month pilot plan to tax tech company buses, after numerous protests by locals against the luxurious Silicon Valley worker wagons. The scheme was announced on Monday and means that companies like Google, Genentech, Apple, and others will start paying local officials for the use of …
Jack Clark, 06 Jan 2014

Google to award bounties for fixing non-Google open source code

Google is expanding its bug bounty program to include awards for patches that make material security improvements to open source software - even when the software isn't directly maintained by Google itself. The Chocolate Factory has been rewarding developers for security fixes to its own software since 2010, when it kicked off …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2013
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Hey, boffins, Google wants you to train your AI on VIDEO GAMES

"Honestly, we never thought feeding our nascent artificial intelligence systems with hours and hours of simulated violence could lead to anything bad. It's really a huge surprise!" At least, that's what we imagine researchers will be saying years from now as they shelter from the orbiting cannons operated by their uncaring …
Jack Clark, 27 Nov 2013
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Tech policy battle: Australian Industry Group vs. Information Industries Association

Two big lobby groups have just released their visions for Australia's future economy, and agree on the need for reform that will help Australia's technology sector to improve its performance. Let's start with business lobby group The Australian Industry Group (AIG), which this morning published its 10 point plan for a strong and …
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How did hybrid flashy bods Nimble Storage's IPO go so smoothly?

Nimble Storage provided an object lesson in IPO pricing and pricing on Friday, showing that investors love flash/disk hybrid storage startups even while disliking pure flash storage plays. The hopeful startup entered the IPO process on 15 December with starting prices of $19 - $21 per share on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE …
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013
N Mark for NFC

Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod

Tesco reckons contact-less pay-by-wave technology in phones has had its day - and the shopping giant is moving back to relying on cash and traditional payment cards. The stumbling shelf-stacking titan will continue to punt its customer loyalty schemes and vouchers on smartmobes - but bonking NFC-capable devices against tills to …
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

The El Reg Central Overseeing Commentard Soviet has been instructed to put out feelers to determine whether you, our beloved readers, fancy some extra comments icons to add to the mighty arsenal available to better express your feelings on topics of international import. It's been 18 months or so since we last had an iconography …
Lester Haines, 14 Nov 2012
South Korean spam

Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

Your Spam Manager is holding 4 messages. Oh here we go... Subject: Customer Invoice Payment From an email address beginning "realestatetips"? I think not. Subject: PLEASE Update BANK DetaiLS Gosh yes that looks genuine, must open that later and run the attachment. Subject: Carreer oppurtunity As a literary agent, I suppose …
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Feb 2014
WD UltraSlim drive

World's first 5mm-thin gyrating models paraded on disk catwalk

Western Digital has launched the world's first single-platter 5mm-thick disk drives - including one with a cache of flash memory. It's also announced an enterprise-class 2.5in drive in a 3.5in frame so as to ease migration from 3.5in performance to the XE, a 2.5in form factor. The single-platter 5mm-thick UltraSlims are …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013
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Judge backs Biscit, leaves NetServices with crumbs

ISP Biscit has won its High Court case against NetServices. The case started after London-based Biscit bought ISP V21 in October. NetServices sent Biscit an invoice for "burst bandwidth" charges accrued by V21, which Biscit disputed. In November the dispute escalated when Salford-based NetServices switched off V21's wholesale …
John Oates, 13 Dec 2006
Sony Xperia Go rugged Android smartphone

Excess all areas

My career is taking a turn for the worse. No doubt some of you consider that getting paid to bash off 750 ill-judged and frequently inaccurate words every Friday morning about one’s inability to use a computer correctly is an obstacle that you might suffer to stumble over as you stagger along your own rocky career path. I’m …
Alistair Dabbs, 10 May 2013
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Some vendors know how to treat a channel

Current research indicates that we are seeing vendor-channel partner relationships changing quite dramatically, and for the better. Let’s be honest: the old-school formula for channel effectiveness was based on a cost-determined division of labour: Tech vendors invented, marketed, and then sold direct to the bigger, more …
Peter O'Neill, 18 May 2012
The Register breaking news

US military gives NASA two better-than-Hubble telescopes

In a surprise reminder that NASA is not the only US space program – nor likely the best-funded one – the US Department of Defense's National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is giving the perennially underfunded space administration two better-than-Hubble-class space telescopes, prosaically named Telescope One and Telescope Two. One …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Jun 2012

Hey big spender: China set to take Asian IT spending crown

China’s ascent to the top of every conceivable tech rankings list is set to continue in 2013 when it becomes the biggest IT spender in Asia, leapfrogging ailing Japan as it prepares to fork out $173bn (£110bn) on tech kit, according to IDC. The analyst firm’s latest IT Black Book reckonings predict next year will see the People’ …
Phil Muncaster, 18 May 2012
The Register breaking news

Microsoft 'mulled Nokia buyout, ran away screaming'

Rumours of a Microsoft buyout of fallen phone champ Nokia have re-emerged, prompted by nothing more, it seems, than Nokia's sickly share price. Nokia shares recently hit a 15-year low, dropping 40 per cent in the past three months alone*. But well-placed sources tell us that Microsoft was given access to Nokia's books late last …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jun 2012
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UK.gov claims it's giving doubled cash to SMEs ... now 13%

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude claimed today that the government was "on track" to double the monetary value of business going to small- and medium-sized firms by April this year. “Governments might be able to print money but it is SMEs who make it successful. SMEs are crucial to the future of this country and can save …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Mar 2012
Hadoop Elephant

Becoming Red Hat: Cloudera and Hortonworks' Big-Data death match

In the Big Data market, Hadoop is clearly the team to beat. What is less clear is which of the Hadoop vendors will claim the spoils of that victory. Because open source tends to be winner-take-all, we are almost certainly going to see a "Red Hat" of Hadoop, with the second place vendor left to clean up the crumbs. As ever with …
Matt Asay, 17 Aug 2012
The Register breaking news

Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

Microsoft has been throwing out crumbs on forthcoming features for Windows 8, but dodged serving up the main course. Windows 8 will clean up the system for downloading files to your PC and changing file names, Microsoft has said on its newly launched Building Windows 8 blog. The successor to Windows 7 will combine file download …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2011

Why DOES Google lobby so much?

Last month we reported how Google was astroturfing British politics by chivvying "citizen groups" to show spontaneous support for policies that benefit Google. Here's another example. Google sponsored a "mentoring" event for tech startups, called the "Campus Grand National" last Monday. For US readers, the Grand National is a …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

PARIS team to tackle the ultimate post-pint snack

The Register's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team has been at a bit of loose end since last October, when our Vulture 1 aircraft went down in history as the greatest ever paper plane launch in the history of the known world. Understandably, the bright minds behind the audacious high-altitiude intitiative have been a tad …
Lester Haines, 19 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Mealy pudding v migas

Following a long winter hibernation burning the fat reserves gained from a generous serving of Dutch delicacy kapsalon, our Special Projects Bureau post-pub nosh team has emerged blinking into the spring sunshine to bring you a further selection of quality international cuisine designed to soak up the excesses of a night on the …
Lester Haines, 18 May 2012
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When Oracle bought Pillar for £zilch

It was a telling omission when Oracle introduced a storage guy to talk about why Pillar Data was such a great acquisition. It wasn't Mike Workman, Pillar's CEO and founder, but Phil Bullinger, Oracle's SVP for Disk Storage. Contrast that with Dell parading Phil Soran, Compellent's CEO, when it bought that company, or HP showing …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2011
Dabbsy

Laptop computers are crap

Occasionally, the crumbs scavenged by the Dabbs clan are supplemented with purchases from a local food emporium, the expenditure being partly funded by product reviews that I submit to El Reg. El Reg, by the way, is a real person in a kind of virtual concept common to all omnipresent beings. The last time I was granted an …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

Compaq offers crumbs of comfort with small Q3 profit

PC giant Compaq managed to turn in a profit of $140 million on turnover of $9.21 billion as its CEO Michael Capellas reported the company's third quarter earnings. That was a result better than analysts on Wall Street had expected but only represents a growth rate of two per cent in the European and US geographies. As market …
Mike Magee, 27 Oct 1999
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Yes! It's the USB retro-style vacuum cleaner

If you usually eat lunch at your desk, you’ll probably have crumbs everywhere. So, if the missus/cleaner doesn’t quite live up to the job, then get de-crumbing yourself with a USB vacuum cleaner. USB_vacuum USB vacuum: get cleaning The tiny desktop unit - it measure 200 x 60 x 95mm - looks like one of those retro Hoover …
James Sherwood, 21 Nov 2007
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Arrays take on servers in storage smackdown

There is a battle going on behind the scenes over the location of storage's soul: the controller hardware and software. Oracle, Dell, EMC and VMware want it to be in the server, while NetApp and HDS want it to be in the array, an array operating with servers but distinct from them. The picture is not as clear-cut as this on the …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2011
The Register breaking news

RIM tries to grab some Nortel pie

RIM is in negotiations to buy up some of Nortel's patents that slipped through Ericsson's fingers, in an attempt get themselves some IP collateral in preparation for the domination of LTE. The news comes from Reuters, who quote the ubiquitous "source familiar with the situation" as saying the BlackBerry manufacturer has been …
Bill Ray, 28 Jul 2009
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Mod man turns toaster into SNES

If your toaster’s nearly had it, then why not follow in one weirdo’s visionary’s footsteps by turning your crumbly old bread-warmer into a games console. Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com The guy behind website Stupid Fingers has already created a NES-based toaster, so naturally his latest project …
James Sherwood, 23 Mar 2009
Acer Iconia A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500 10in Android tablet

PC manufacturers clearly haven’t been reading the script. They were supposed to over-hype their forthcoming Android 3.0 tablets as iPad-killers (check!), miss their initial launch dates (check!) and then let us all down by delivering a hunk of poorly designed, obsolete tat (er…). Acer Iconia A500 Acer's Iconia Tab A500: lighter …
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Jun 2011
The Register breaking news

Did PlayStation Network hackers plan supercomputer botnet?

The dearth of details from Sony about a criminal intrusion into its PlayStation Network is fomenting plenty of speculation about the methods and motives behind the attackers, and some of it isn't pretty. The most dire scenario is that attackers gained, or tried to gain, control of the part of Sony's network that issues updates …
Dan Goodin, 29 Apr 2011
Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers

Buyer's Guide: Budget Mono Laser Printers

If you can have a printer which can print black text on plain paper, as well as full colour on plain and glossy photo paper, why would you want to buy one which can only print black and only on photocopy paper? What does a laser printer offer over an inkjet? Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers The first feature is speed. …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010
KeyCase iPad Folio Deluxe

KeyCase iPad Folio Deluxe

I was all set to praise this clever iPad case with a built in Bluetooth keyboard... and then I saw what the battery life is. KeyCase iPad Folio Deluxe KeyCase's iPad Folio Deluxe: easier typing on your tablet Not the length of time the keyboard will run on single charge of its battery, but how long the battery will go on …
Tony Smith, 12 Oct 2010
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HP's Hurd points out flat and spotty US in Q3

HP boss Mark Hurd sketched out a "flattish" picture of the US market, but confirmed the company was seeing worldwide growth as he aired third quarter earnings yesterday. Hurd also offered a couple of crumbs of detail on his ambitions for EDS – once the services giant has been borged by HP – and gave Wall Street analysts a …
Joe Fay, 21 May 2008
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Plasmon Inc preps for rebirthing

Plasmon's US operation is preparing for lift-off as an independent company whilst Plasmon Ltd's shareholders, creditors and staff try to see if any crumbs will fall their way from the administrators' table. Just a few days after the UK firm went into administration, Plasmon CEO and president Steve Murphy wrote an open letter on …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2008
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Custard Creams can kill: Official

A disturbing probe into the potential for apparently innocent biscuits' ability to do harm has revealed that an astounding 25 million Brits have been injured while indulging in some light coffee/tea break snack action, with 500 victims requiring hospital treatment. That's according to research outfit Mindlab International, which …
Lester Haines, 08 Sep 2009
Apple Macbook Pro 17in

Apple MacBook Pro 17in Core i7 BTO notebook

Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro line earlier this year with Intel's Core i CPUs. While the glossy screens and unibody construction are now a familiar sight, Apple does offer several build-to-order tweaks that aren’t likely to appear on the shop floor. Ram and SSDs upgrades aside, MacBook Pro 15in and 17in users can opt for an …
Shaun Dormon, 04 Nov 2010
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Yes! It's the vacuum cleaner mouse!

It isn’t often that Register Hardware gets the opportunity to say just how much a product sucks, so this time we’re going to milk it. Japanese gadget specialist Thanko has created a mouse that’s also a minature vacuum cleaner. Thanko_Vacuum_mouse Thanko's mouse looks pretty normal, until... Built into the 62 x 115 x 40mm …
James Sherwood, 25 Feb 2008
The Register breaking news

Honeywell's Kitchen Computer remembered

The holiday season has returned to Silicon Valley! Bright and golden California summers have given way to a vivid fall landscape also bright and golden - but with a chance of rain. It's Thanksgiving in the state, and tots are already awaiting the arrival of Saint Nick, who's annual roll-out could mean a shiny iPhone if they've …
Austin Modine, 27 Nov 2008

Woman cleans keyboard... in dishwasher

You've got a desktop keyboard. And it's stained, grimy and filled with crumbs - not to mention the odd short, curly hair that really can't have got there through natural means. What do you do? You put it in the Whirlpool, that's what. At least, that's what Michele - the US' answer to our very own Hardware Widow by the sounds of …
Tony Smith, 20 Jun 2007
The Register breaking news

Biscit completes V21 swallow

Biscit has completed the acquisition of rival ISP V21. Biscit gets 33,000 new punters for its trouble, which it'll be trying to flog its own combined broadband and voice package to. When the deal was first announced, Biscit had only 6,000 on its books. Biscit CEO Hugh Paterson said: "The principal changes V21 customers will …
The Register breaking news

Biscit barrels out of ISPA

Troubled internet service provider Biscit has left ISPA - the industry association which among other things provides membership of dispute resolution service CICAS. It is a legal requirement for any company providing electronic communication services to be a member of a dispute resolution service - members of ISPA are …
John Oates, 26 Feb 2007
The Register breaking news

Apple screws songwriters (again)

Remember how the digital music revolution was supposed to tip the balance away from big record companies, and towards the people who actually create the music? A vignette being played out behind closed doors suggests that digital music companies are only too keen to ally with Big Music when it comes to screwing creators. At …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Oct 2008
The Register breaking news

A Rumba with a Roomba

Don't tell me. I've heard it already. You've got the iPadFever. Or Obsession for iPhone 4. Or iMac Mini Madness. Apparently nearly everyone is contemplating dropping hundreds of not-as-big-as-they-were-once ones on an Apple product, and joining in the chorus of boring bores who bore on in boring detail about how lovely the …
Verity Stob, 21 Jun 2010
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Cisco predicts swift California ramp

Without any server product announcements to speak of this week while VMworld is raging in San Francisco, networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems trotted out its first customer for its "California" Unified Computing System. It also had one of its big implementation partners to talk about how the sales ramp was going. Or …
The Register breaking news

Oz investor swallows €400m slice of Eircom

There's speculation that Eircom could become the focus of a take-over bid after Australian investment outfit Babcock & Brown acquired a 12.5 per cent stake in the Irish incumbent. Babcock has shelled out around €400m for its slice of the dominant Irish telco which it believes it currently undervalued. Said Babcock exec Rex …
Tim Richardson, 10 Oct 2005

Intel releases eight-headed* beast

Intel offered only a few new details about its latest processor offerings at the International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) today, even though it essentially had the stage to itself. AMD, IBM, and Sun chose to sit out the Microprocessor Technologies session, forcing the hundreds of engineers hungry for CPU info to dine …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Feb 2009
Samsung X520

Samsung X520 notebook

With smooth, curved edges and an eye-pleasing design, the 15.6in X520 slips into Samsung’s new X-series range. There are two other X-series models: the 11.6in X120 and 14in X420. The focus is on mobility here and, as such, all feature so-called CULV - Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage - processors and integrated graphics from Intel. …
Will Stapley, 24 Nov 2009