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Bletchley Park Manor House, photo: Gavin Clarke

Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

The National Museum of Computing has launched another bombing raid during its long war of attrition against the Bletchley Park Trust. In a letter to The Telegraph, trustees of TNMoC said it had been moved by the Trust's "provocative" statement "implicitly questioning the ownership" of the rebuild of the famous Colossus …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Mar 2014
78rpm records

Pop music, tech bubble... what could go wrong? Spotify said to be closer to IPO

Spotify could be making its much-rumoured market debut as soon as six months from now, after reportedly starting talks with investment banks for an IPO. Those chatty sources "familiar with the process" told Quartz that the music streaming service was considering going public in autumn this year. The report adds fuel to a well- …

Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

Hewlett-Packard’s policy of clamping down on third-party and budget server support has swung into effect. According to a message sent to HP Proliant customers and seen by The Reg: Starting February 2014, an active warranty or contract is required to access HP ProLiant Server firmware updates. View your existing contracts & …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2014
A nearby star stands out in red in this image from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey by WISE

X marks the... They SAID there was a mystery planet there – NASA

Boffins have long hypothesised the existence of a large, but thus far unseen, celestial body in our Solar System, somewhere beyond the orbit of Pluto, but NASA's WISE survey has found no sign of the mysterious "Planet X". A nearby star stands out in red in this image from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey by WISE …
Google's Android statues

Facebook spies Little Eye, gulps it down: They said we needed mobile

Facebook has bought an Indian startup that specialises in testing apps for Google's Android mobile operating system for an undisclosed sum. Little Eye Labs was only founded by a group of program analysis engineers about one year ago. The Bangalore, India-based outfit said that Android developers and testers had been using its …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014

Apple said to ink deal with China Mobile, adding 760 million potential iPhone customers

Apple has reportedly signed a deal with the world's largest mobile phone service provider, China Mobile, although a conflicting report says that the telco giant is "still negotiating" with Cupertino. The original report comes from The Wall Street Journal, citing that ever-loquacious "person familiar with the situation." A China …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Dec 2013
india

Google India's viral tear-jerker vid said to mirror student short

A Google India ad that has gone viral and racked up more than 4 million hits has been accused of largely borrowing its plot from a Pakistani film. The ad, titled Reunion, shows the wonders of internet search bringing together two childhood friends who were separated after the partition of India and Pakistan during the last days …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2013

BOFH: GOATSE? No, I said goat fetis... you know what, forget it

"It's happened again!" the Boss blurts, tripping into Mission Control in a flurry. "Yes, well, if you frequent those kind of websites you really should expect that," says the PFY evenly. "I... What kind of websites? Expect what?" "Oh, so we're not talking about your goat fetish?" "What bloody goat fetish!?" The Boss snaps …
Simon Travaglia, 08 Nov 2013
Nexus 5

Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

Google's successor to the Nexus 4 is out and it's the first handset to carry the Android 4.4 operating system, aka KitKat. If you want to get hold of one you'll have to wait however – the Google Play store has sold out for the next few weeks, and even if you did order one at launch it may not be shipped out until November 8. So …
Iain Thomson, 06 Nov 2013

What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

New reports have emerged suggesting that Nokia is planning to boldly go where other device makers fear to tread: the Finnish firm is reportedly planning to release a tablet running Microsoft's ill-fated Windows RT operating system. Murmurs that Nokia is working on a Surface RT competitor have been buzzing around for months now, …
Neil McAllister, 26 Aug 2013
Facebook logo

Facebook RSS reader said to uncloak June 20

Facebook has sent out invitations for a press event on June 20, and it's widely rumored to be the announcement of a new RSS reader aimed at scooping up disaffected Google Reader users. In March, Google announced it was going to shut down the Reader system on July 1, saying that the number of users had declined over the years and …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jun 2013

Apple said to dump Samsung as chip-baking partner – again

A report coursing about the interwebs claims that Apple is dumping its iDevice chip partnership with über-rival Samsung, and has inked a three-year deal with Taiwanese wafer-baker TSMC and its "IC design service partner" Global UniChip to manufacture A8, A9, and A9X chips at the 20nm, 16nm, and 10nm process nodes. This news …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jun 2013

Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

Apple is said to be "exploring" building iPhones with displays of 4.7 and 5.7 inches, a move – if true – that could be in response to consumer demand for large-screen smartphones such as the 5-inch Galaxy S 4 from über-rival Samsung. In addition, Reuters reports, there are also less-expensive iPhones said to be in the works, …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2013
Ostrich

Bunging servers in disk arrays achieves nothing. There, I said it

A while ago in-array compute was going to be a big thing, with apps running inside VMAX and VNX arrays using spare controller engines and getting rid of network-lagged data access latency. DataDirect Networks went down the same development avenue, and Lustre and the GPFS stack certified to run in its storage arrays. Bringing …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Apple's next OS X said to be targeted at 'power users'

Apple's next version of OS X may provide welcome relief to users dismayed by the company's seemingly inexorable evolution from computer manufacturer to consumer-electronics company, if unnamed sources speaking to 9to5Mac are to believed. According to those sources, OS X 10.9 – oddly codenamed "Cabernet"* in the closely guarded …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Apr 2013

I said ‘no’ to a million-pound Tech City empire

I have been propositioned in a toilet by a 72-year-old man. He wants me to move in with him and do the business. Ah, it’s possible that I may have phrased this poorly. What I really meant to say is that he is looking to me to arise and provide him with a youthful injection to keep him in the game. No, no, you’re getting the …
Alistair Dabbs, 17 May 2013
Concept art of a hypothetical HTC Facebook phone

Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

Facebook has sent out invitations to an event at its Menlo Park headquarters this week that many believe will see the launch of a new, Facebook-branded smartphone – and an Amazon phone may not be far behind. Facebook's invites themselves were fairly cryptic. "Come See Our New Home on Android" was all they said, along with the …
Neil McAllister, 29 Mar 2013

Flexy 'iWatch' glass said to be three years away

If you're jonesing to slap down a chunk o' change for a flexible Apple iWatch, you've got plenty of time to save up – products using the requisite flexy glass won't appear until 2016. According to Apple's all-but-certain iPhone glass supplier, Corning, companies won't start manufacturing products using their flexible Willow …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2013
Softcat

Who said run rate reselling was 'boring'? Oh... Softcat did

Unstoppable reseller juggernaut Softcat claims its top and bottom lines swelled 40 per cent in its first half of fiscal 2013 under the leadership of MD Colin Brown who joined from Microsoft last year. Martin Hellawell, veteran of the fast growing Marlow-based biz moved upstairs to the chairman's office last autumn to replace …
Paul Kunert, 22 Feb 2013

Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

A weekend flurry of speculative articles stoked the Apple "iWatch" rumor mill, perhaps indicating that Cupertino is secreting some well-placed leaks to pump up interest in what it hopes might be its Next Big Thing™. The Wall Street Journal, for one, reports (paid subscription required) that "people briefed on the effort" tell …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2013
Layers with Carbonate Content Inside McLaughlin Crater on Mars

Martian 'lake' said to hint at 'deep biosphere'

While the Curiosity rover faffs about sending its earthbound doppelganger to help President Obama be inaugurated afresh, NASA's harder-working Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted something interesting at the bottom of a crater, namely clays and other rocks associated with terrestrial lakes and perhaps, just perhaps, …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

Lenovo said to release Intel and ARM Android convertibles

Lenovo will reportedly release Android-based convertibles in the first half of this year, and they'll be powered by your choice of either Intel or ARM processors. Convertibles – clamshell laptops that can be converted to tablets – were one of the most talked about items at last week's CES 2013. Intel, for its part, sees them as …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

Apple said to be testing 46, 55-inch big-screen TVs

Apple's much-rumored big-screen TV effort – the one that CEO Tim Cook recently called "an area of intense interest" – is merrily cranking along in a Foxconn factory. So says a source at Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn's parent company, according to Focus Taiwan. The scuttlebutt is that tests of "several designs" of the …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Dec 2012
Xbox Live

Microsoft said to be building Apple TV adversary

Microsoft has an Apple TV-style set-top box in its labs, it has been claimed. The gadget it said to be an inexpensive Windows 8-based unit designed to provide access to Xbox Live entertainment services and run casual games rather than major releases. XTV "Multiple sources" who claim to be close to the matter say the Microsoft …
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

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
The Register breaking news

'iPhone 5S' said to begin trial production next month

This December, Apple's Asian product assemblers will begin the first trial-production batch of its next version of the iPhone, said to be dubbed the iPhone 5S, in preparation for large-scale shipments (大舉出貨) to begin in the first quarter of next year. This news rumor comes via the Chinese-language Commercial Times in an article …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Nov 2012
Microsoft Surface

HP PC chief: Microsoft's Surface is 'KLUDGEY'. There, I said it

HP's chief of personal systems has branded Microsoft's Surface "kludgey" in a broadside against the new laptop-cum-tablet hardware. Todd Bradley dismissed the fondletop in an interview with IDG's CITEworld, and said although the tech press is obsessed with it, the public couldn't care less about Microsoft's 10-inch offering. It …
Anna Leach, 15 Nov 2012
Google Nexus 7. Source: Gizmodo Aus

Iffy image said to signify incoming 10in Google tablet

It’s thumb and forefinger sodium chloride collection time, perhaps, but a photo has turned up on Google’s Picasa picture-sharing site that was taken on a device called the Nexus 10. The reference to the device is embedded in the image’s EXIF photo metadata. The picture, uploaded on 15 October, is of a rather blurry multi-colour …
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2012
Archos G9 Android tablet

Archos Android update said to brick G9 slates

An Archos firmware update - supposed to take the company's budget G9 Android tablet up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - has been pulled after users complained that it bricks their hardware. The Archos G9 - which can now be picked up for as low as £115 - actually comes equipped with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but promises an …
Caleb Cox, 11 Oct 2012

AMD said to hire JPMorgan Chase to explore its options

Well, that didn't take very long. Reuters reports that chipmaker AMD is doing the old "exploring its options" routine, and has hired investment bankers at JP Morgan Chase to help it do that exploring. According to the report – which cites the usual "sources familiar with the situation," and in fact says it has three different …
cloud_channel

IDC: Cloud really WILL save melting economy, just like the EU said

Only regulatory intervention by the EU will give punters the necessary comfort to dive into the cloud. Or so says beancounter IDC, in a study commissioned by the, er, EC, just weeks after the EC itself said it plans to cobble together industry standards across its 27 member states. The analyst "modelled" different scenarios and …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2012
Huawei green datacentre cabinet

HP big cheese: Is the cloud even proper IT? Whoops, I said it

In an industry where the number of vendors and distributors seems to be shrinking by the week, Canalys’ Channels Forum offered dealers and value-added resellers something that felt like choice. There wasn’t just the usual weary conference goer’s dilemma of regular or decaf, Alka-Seltzer or Nurofen: channel partners could also …
Joe Fay, 16 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

US said to designate Assange 'enemy' of the state

The US military has allegedly classified Julian Assange as an "enemy", a desigation that could make any member of those forces who communicates with him or WikiLeaks to be liable for the death penalty. According to an article in Thursday's Sydney Morning Herald, this latest elevation of the charges against Assange was discovered …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Sep 2012

They said it wasn't right for biz - but Samsung unveils TLC SSD

Samsung's South Korean headquarters has announced two new 840 SSDs, one of which uses three-level cell (TLC) technology , a first for the industry, and the other a more normal two bits per cell, the 840 Pro. The 840 Pro is, according to one of several reports a SATA 6Gbit/s interface product, delivering 100,000 random read IOPS …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Apple said to have let the name of the next OS X cat out of the bag

Apple is said to have chosen the feline nomenclature for its next iteration of OS X, and according to the customary "reliable source," that name is to be "Lynx". We suggest, however, that you take this rumor with more than the traditional grain of salt. As AppleScoop reports, their source is not a Cupertinian per se, but rather …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Apple's iPhone 5 connector said to be a control freak

Rumors that the iPhone's familiar 30-pin connector will be replaced in the iPhone 5 with a Micro-USB port have riled the fanbois universe, inciting charges of planned obsolecense and worse. New reports, however, point not to a standard Micro-USB port, but a new – and proprietary – Apple port. A bit of background: in case you …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jun 2012
Apple

Leaked snaps said to confirm iPhone 5 speculation

Much of the speculation surrounding Apple's next iPhone appears to have been confirmed through allegedly leaked product shots which show the iPhone 5 to have a smaller dock connector, redesigned speaker grilles and a repositioned microphone on the rear. iPhone 5 leaked body shots Various images of the supposed next-gen iPhone …
Caleb Cox, 30 May 2012
HP

Whitman said to be planning massive HP job cuts

New(ish) HP CEO Meg Whitman has been at the helm for long enough to come up with a longer-term plan for the company, and according to various rumors, her plan will look eerily familiar to HPers who remember the early years of ex-CEO Mark Hurd: job cuts, predominantly in services. According to a report on CNBC television, HP is …
Apple iPad Mini

7.85in 'iPad Mini' said to sport retina screen

The 7.85in iPad will sport a "retina" display after all, it has been claimed, but will still come in at $200-250 retail. We've heard rumours before that the so-called 'iPad Mini' will be cheaper than the current, 9.7in model, but thus far all such suggestions have come with the caveat that a low price will mean a low resolution …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2012

'Unibody' iPhone 5 said to debut in October

Apple's next iPhone will be released in October, not June, and it will have a unibody construction similar to that of the MacBook Pro – that is, if you believe the latest crop of rumors. Last week, the word on the street – the Taiyuan streets outside of the iPhone-assembling Foxconn plant in China's Shanxi province, at least – …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

Facebook said to bag 750 IBM patents in IPO prep

Facebook has reportedly acquired 750 patents from IBM in the run-up to its IPO, presumably to protect itself from future patent-infringment litigation. So says "a person with knowledge of the transaction", speaking with Bloomberg. The acquisition would vastly increase Facebook's patent cache, which currently stands at "at least …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Mar 2012
Wii U

Wii U graphics said to be no better than current consoles

Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U, will present visuals to match, not exceed, current-generation rivals. The new machine's display resolutions and textures will be no better than those supported by the Xbox 360 or PS3, it has been claimed. “So far, the hardware has been on par with what we have with the current generations …
Caleb Cox, 27 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Apple: We never said Siri would actually work in the UK

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has quashed a complaint from a fanboi disappointed by Siri's lack of UK knowledge - and said the punter had above-average expectations compared with what it would expect from the "average Brit". Siri, the voice-recognising virtual assistant on the iPhone 4S, is unable to direct users in …
Anna Leach, 02 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Tablet sales said to surge fivefold in five years

According to the consumer-focused researchers at NPD, worldwide tablet sales will increase more than fivefold over the next five years. According to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Tablet Quarterly report, sales of tablets will surge from 72.7 million in 2011 to 383.3 million in 2017. Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook crowed that " …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jan 2012

Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach

As the officials investigating the Target data breach are settling in for what they believe will be a long and complex process of catching the hackers behind the heist, another US retailer is admitting that it lost millions of customer payment card details. Arts and crafts store chain Michaels said that it has confirmed the …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2014
Opportunity in clean room

Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

The winds on Mars have been scouring the surface of the Opportunity rover, and NASA says the plucky little robot is now cleaner than it has been in nearly a decade. Opportunity selfie What a difference a few months of wind makes (click to enlarge) Back in January, Opportunity took a selfie using its panoramic camera, …
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2014

AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014

AMD's 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", will come to market late this year – but don't expect to see them wrapped up in any SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems at launch. "We've reached a significant milestone in our ambidextrous strategy," said AMD CEO Rory Read, using the company's term for its two-fisted x86 …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014
Google Fiber

Google eyes business service in latest Fiber trials

Google is in the planning stages of a project to offer its Fiber internet service to businesses in northwest Kansas City, Missouri. Local paper The Kansas City Star said that the company is informing businesses in that area of city that they are eligible for a limited trial of the service, which will take place in coming months …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2014
cloud

OpenStack Icehouse: IT'S ALIVE! – live migration, that is

OpenStack's Icehouse release has arrived, bearing stress-busting gifts for hollow-eyed cloud administrators. The distribution was released on Thursday, and – finally – gives admins some upgrading features for shifting OpenStack's "Nova" compute component to the new version without having to pull the plug on their entire install …
Jack Clark, 17 Apr 2014

NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star

NASA's Kepler space telescope has spotted the first Earth-sized planet in orbit around a star in the so-called Goldilocks zone – the zone around a star that's not too hot or too cold for liquid water to exist on the surface. "We know of just one planet where life exists – Earth," said Elisa Quintana, research scientist at the …
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2014