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i365 needles VAR channel

Giving the VAR channel a "poke with a hot needle" is i365's idea of an attractive offer giving small and medium enterprise resellers a way into the cloud backup service business. The company, fully owned by Seagate, sells the EVault – software running in an X86 appliance – to back up data to its data vaults in the cloud: which …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2010
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Reseller's VAR two-step lands Oz upside

Master reseller Avnet has sold an American value-added reseller it landed through last summer's acquisition of Bell Microproducts while snapping up another to deliver greater leverage in the Australian IT market. On Monday, Avnet acquired itX Group Limited, a reseller with a long history in Australian IT that got its start as a …
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Microsoft mocks Apple and new iPhones in vids it quickly pulls

Microsoft has posted and then pulled several videos in which it mocks Apple's new iPhones. The seven videos first appeared over the weekend on the Windows Phone YouTube channel. All have since been made private, but as will happen online various folks pinched copies of the vids so we can all enjoy them. Here's one titled “ …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2013
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End of an era as DiData ditches its distie

In the early 1990s, a mighty force arose in the Australian IT industry. Led by the charismatic Shein brothers, ComTech became a distribution colossus, fuelling the rise and rise of Microsoft and Cisco. ComTech's Sunshine Coast-based Forums were legendary – a who's who of Australian IT turned up, got legless, and either made …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2014
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EU phone home! Cloudy transatlantic cable coughs, gags, chokes

A major transatlantic cable linking the EU and the US appears to have been cut, causing major problems for cloud operators. Global frontend security service Cloudflare and huge hoster DigitalOcean both reported significant connectivity problems on Monday as a consequence of a fault in the Telia transatlantic cable. Most large …
Jack Clark, 19 May 2014

Live now: LOHAN igniter test flight

The Register's mighty Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is, as you read this, in the field preparing a second test flight of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor igniter assembly, following Monday's dramatic first attempt which ended on a Spanish mountainside following premature balloon burst. Click here for a …
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2013
The thieving eagle caught on camera

Eagle steals crocodile-cam, records video selfie

A juvenile sea-eagle with (sadly) no cinematographic skills whatever has created what could, regardless, be the selfie of the year, stealing a wildlife camera and taking it for a fly. The camera was set up near Margaret River* in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in order to capture images of crocodiles. As Gooniyandi …

Boffins hide cute kitty behind invisibility shield

It's not going to actually fool everyone, but a China-Singapore partnership has demonstrated an “invisibility cloak” that works with natural light. While still pretty crude, the demonstration beats prior work in one key characteristic: it doesn't need polarised light (or microwaves) as previous cloaking demonstrations have done …
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LOHAN slowly strips lens caps off hi-def imaging arsenal

It's all go at the Special Projects Bureau's mountaintop headquarters as we await the imminent delivery of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane, currently being hewn from the living nylon down at 3T RPD Ltd. We've got plenty to be getting on with while we wait for the bloke in the big white …
Lester Haines, 04 Sep 2013
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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

Get ready for another wave of debate on weaponised 3D printers, because the Canadian behind a one-shot-and-it's-dead 3D printed rifle has come back with a weapon that doesn't break when used. The Canadian in question is known only as Matthew and posts videos of his creation on a YouTube channel previously dedicated to the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2013
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Arduino-powered probes ArduSats launched in space: Listen in to beacon

With ArduSat 1 and ArduSat X pushed out of the hatch of the International Space Station and now in orbit, the project's organisers are calling on people with radio kit to help track the tiny satellites. The two Arduino-powered open-source cubesats were among four scheduled for ISS deployment this week. The other two are Pico …
Stanford University's Luminos solar car

2013 World Solar Challenge racers start the big reveal

In 2011, The Reg's Special Projects Bureau followed the World Solar Challenge through the dead heart of Australia. This year, we'll do it again. 2013's World Solar Challenge hits the road on October 6th and The Register's Vulture South team will hit the road too, tracking the racers from the top end through the never-never and …
The Register breaking news

An autopilot the size of a postage stamp

A Dutch research group has demonstrated an autopilot about the size of a passport photo, as the controller of a quadcopter. Part of the open source Paparazzi free autopilot project, the Lisa/S packs a decent amount of capability onto0 such a small space. While the ARM Cortex M3 MCU only runs at 72 MHz, it's processing signals …

Final LOHAN test flights codenamed 'Punch' and 'Judy'

The grand finale of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) saga is approaching, and is now so tantalisingly close you could almost reach out and stick a match to it. It's been a long, winding road, to be sure, but we still have a few things to wrap before we can finally see what happens when you stick a rocket motor in …
Lester Haines, 25 Feb 2014
X47B drone takeoff

A drone that can walk home

Here's a neat-but-creepy way to get an aerial drone to move at ground level: teach it to walk on its wings. That's what researchers from Switzerland's Lausanne Polytech are showing off: in the air, their prototype drone is a straightforward and familiar configuration, with a rear-facing propeller. On the ground, however, the …
SpaceX Grasshopper

Leaping SpaceX GRASSHOPPER ROCKET jumps 2,500ft, lands safely

Elon Musk's Grasshooper vehicle has inched a little closer to becoming a viable VTVL (vertical takeoff, vertical landing) rocket, last week completing its highest flight to date. A video published by SpaceX on YouTube shows the ten-storey-tall jumper reaching 744 metres in altitude (a snip over 2,500 feet) before performing its …
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SCREEECH! Dell spins in public cloud U-turn – now it'll resell Google, Azure

Dell is going to resell cloud tech from enterprise rivals as part of the company's ragged retreat from the capital-intensive public cloud market. The company disclosed a dramatic expansion to its "Cloud Partner program" at the Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, by announcing that it will now resell Google …
Jack Clark, 12 Dec 2013
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Through-wall tracking of humans using Wi-Fi: Now more accurate, low power

The MIT boffins that earlier this year demonstrated the ability to “see through walls” using Wi-Fi has now unveiled a more accurate version, WiTrack, that can locate a person in three dimensions, within 10-20 cm, through walls and obstructions. Unlike the earlier Wi-Vi project, the new work by Dina Katabi, Fadel Adib and their …
The Register breaking news

Bug-finder chucked for posting to Zuck

A Palestinian IT graduate has had his account disabled and been told he won't be paid a bug bounty after demonstrating a Facebook security vulnerability by posting an image into Mark Zuckerburg's timeline. As explained in this blog post, Khalil Shreateh discovered a vulnerability that allows an attacker to post images into …
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Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

Well, that lasted a long time: the Chaos Computer Club has already broken Apple's TouchID fingerprint lock, and warns owners against using biometric ID to protect their data. As the group explains here, it seems that the main advance in Cupertino's biometrics was that it uses a high resolution fingerprint scan. The post states …
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Look at how many ways we ruin your life, Redmond boasts

Just in time for the end-of-year break, Microsoft has reminded people – and more importantly, their employers – just how easy it is for mobile computing to completely ruin anything approaching a normal life. A week after Redmond's Australian outpost “suggested” that staff avoid the office for a day (the second of its “Day Out” …
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VMware CEO Gelsinger: How we'll beat Amazon Web Services

VMware is at a crossroads. Few doubt the benefits it has brought to the data centre, or even to smaller organisations who appreciate how virtualisation helps to simplify operations of a more modest server fleet. But the technology world is also fascinated by the public cloud, which offers fast and cheap access to servers on …
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Australian teams burn up the road on solar car race

Four of Australia's five teams in the World Solar Challenge are still rolling towards Adelaide. Australia's leading contender is Team Arrow, which is now in seventh position among the Challenger class. The University of New South Wales' Sunswift is running second in the Cruiser class. Both spent last night somewhere south of …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2013
iStruct ape-like robot

German engineers demo ROBOT APE

Balance is relatively easy for humans because we spent millennia evolving into walking upright, but it's difficult for robotics researchers. Researchers at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence have decided to skip bipedism in favour of a robot that walks like an ape. The 18 kg robot, dubbed iStruct by its …
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Dev bakes actual, edible raspberry pie with Raspberry Pi

A New Zealand developer named Nathan Broadbent has baked a raspberry pie using a Raspberry Pi. Broadbent decided to do so after spotting a thread on Reddit that suggested “Food items should have QR codes that instruct the microwave exactly what to do. Like high for 2 minutes, let stand 1 minute, medium 1 minutes.” The developer …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2013
Shimzu plan for Lunar power

Solar enthusiasts rays idea of 'leccy farms on MOON, drones

Ever since the Golden Age era of science fiction, space-based power stations have been an object of desire for lovers of the future – but they haven't eventuated, so a Yorkshire-based outfit wants to try droning its solar panels at the more manageable 15,000 metres altitude. The idea, says the trio running the project (and about …
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Turnbull touts construction resumption in YouTube vid

The ongoing game of trying to divine Malcolm Turnbull's intentions for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) by noting the differing language he uses on the few occasions he discusses the project continues, after Australia's minister posted a YouTube video in which he denies suggestions he's been trying to kill …
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Black hole boffins close in on gravity waves

While the world looks for ways to directly observe gravity waves, boffins at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) say they've used information about the Einsteinian prediction to examine huge black holes in space. In what they call a “new chapter in astronomy”, post-doctoral CSIRO …

Raspberry Picam magic: More snaps from LOHAN's fruity eye in the sky

A Sony factory in South Wales churned out its millionth Raspberry Pi this week, so we thought it would be a good moment to bring readers more from our "Pi In The Sky" camera rig, which has performed to spectacular effect during test flights for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission. Click here for a bigger …
Lester Haines, 11 Oct 2013
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Wanted: IT world domination. Can Spiceworks succeed?

Spiceworld 2013 Austin, Texas-based Spiceworks used the opening keynotes of its 2013 user conference – Spiceworld – to challenge all rivals. The challenge wasn't as overt as walking up to Zuckerberg with an iron glove, slapping him across the face and casting it upon the ground, but a challenge was made nonetheless. LinkedIn …
Trevor Pott, 09 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

Elon Musk's Grasshopper rocket has eclipsed the 80-odd metres it managed in March, achieving a “personal best” of around 325 metres and landing successfully, in spite of wind during the test flight. The thousand-foot-mark is a significant milestone for the ten-storey vertical takeoff, vertical landing rocket (VTVL). Getting …
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Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap

There isn't a product, or even a prototype, but if it could be made to work, why not turn the smartphone into a bunch of replaceable modular components on a standard backplane? It may or may not be feasible, but the notion gathered enough attention that the proposal page, on crowdfunding site Thunderclap.it, was hosed by visitor …

LOHAN spaceplane's budget minicam punches well above its weight

Watch Video They say good things come in small packages, and that's certainly true of the impressively titled "DBcam Hi-Resolution Micro Action Sports Video Camera", which soared heavenwards for a quick test during the recent Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) "Punch and Judy" test flights. It was the first time we'd …
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2014

'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

3D-printed weapons are back in the news, after a rifle billed as the first such device designed to be created on 3D printers was put through its paces with mixed results. Someone called “Matthew” who writes an instrument making journal and runs a YouTube Channel in which he shows off 3D-printed ukuleles yesterday added a video …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2013
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In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android

Reports have emerged over the weekend that Nokia had run up research lab versions of its Lumia phones running Android, and that this was somehow linked to Microsoft's decision to finesse the Finns. Kicking off the clickfest was the New York Times with this post that offered the following analysis: A team within Nokia had …
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WD: Between you and me, VARs, small biz may NEVER trust the cloud

Storage specialist Western Digital have asked value-added resellers to take part in its assault on the small-to-medium business (SMB) network backup market. The manufacturer is now actively recruiting specialist VARs to grow and fill out its geographical coverage across the UK and Europe, part of a long-haul push to increase its …
Tony Smith, 17 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

A decade of testing is close to paying off for New Zealand company Martin Aircraft Company, which has announced that it has received certification to conduct manned test flights for its Martin Jetpack. The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority has given the outfit the go-ahead to conduct manned flights of its twelfth prototype, …
The Register breaking news

Self-assembling robot inches towards WORLD DOMINATION

A presentation at this week's IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Germany showed off a self-assembling printed robot. As the video below shows, the printed robot can self-assemble using the “shape memory” characteristics of the polymers in its construction. The result is something that starts flat and – …

Lights, camera, action: Snowden movie hits the web

Video Well, that didn’t take long: a group of amateur film-makers in Hong Kong have already managed to release an Edward Snowden movie. The five minute mini-epic charts the early part of the PRISM whistle-blowers’ story, in other words the bit set in Hong Kong: Watch Video var MediaPlayerVars = { '_': { 'https://www. …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Jul 2013
An Amazon Prime Air drone

Amazon's non-existent drone delivery army ALREADY P0WNED

Weak ownership of the radio control in the world's most popular quadcopter means it's trivial to take ownership of any device within range, according to a neat bit of tinkering that points up yet another problem Amazon would have to solve if its “drone delivery” were ever tofly. And how hard is it? Let's quote directly from the …

Drone to deliver beer-as-a-service

Organisers of South Africa's OppiKoppi Music Festival are promising attendees the chance to order a beer and have it parachuted out of a drone and into the campground. The festival takes place from August 8th to 10th. The lineup is dominated by local acts and therefore doesn't look like it's worth booking a flight to South …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2013
Smarter Memory

Watch Smarter: video guide to... SSD installation

An SSD is arguably the best hardware upgrade you can instal on any laptop or desktop PC. These hard drive replacements come in a range of capacities and prices delivering instantly noticeable improvements in performance along with enhanced reliability. Our exclusive video has all the info you need to go about the installation …

Flat mobe battery? Just light a fire

Sick of running out of charge while on long walks, a Swedish tinkerer has crafted a thermoelectric phone charger to revive his smartphone and GPS by burning butane. Vulture South notes that the setup, posted on Instructables here, is wildly inefficient, but it's a use-in-emergency approach. As David Johansson, the creator of the …
Chelyabinsk plume's path around Earth

NASA plots Chelyabinsk plume

Not only did the Chelyabinsk bolide explosion send shock waves around the world. It also sent a plume of dust, and for the first time, such a plume has been observed by space-borne instruments. The data, captured by the Suomi NPP satellite's Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) of instruments, gave the agency a rare chance to …
Smarter Memory

Watch smarter: video guide to... SSDs

The solid state drive (SSD) is like a fast hard disk drive (HDD) with no moving parts. Many SSDs can be used as direct replacements for mechanical hard drives, although usually with a capacity restriction. Our exclusive video has all the info you need to make the right choice. var MediaPlayerVars = { '_': { 'http://www. …

LOHAN rocket motor igniter goes pop at 20,000m

Fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission will know that the issue of getting a rocket motor to fire at altitude has given our Vulture 2 spaceplane team plenty of sleepless nights. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic Last year, we constructed the Rocketry Experimental High Altitude …
Lester Haines, 26 Sep 2013
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Still pitching to CIOs? You're living in the PAST

Within the next year, almost half of the cloud deals negotiated by value-added resellers will not have an IT team representative present when the technology decision is made, according to the latest predictions from top IT biz analysts Gartner and Forrester. The consumerisation of IT - where biz bods introduce cutting edge tech …
James Akrigg, 15 Apr 2013

DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

Norbert Spankmonkey has invited you to connect. Oh dear, not another one of these mystery invitations. Who the heck is Norbert Spankmonkey? Did we exchange emails perhaps, or cross swords recently on a forum? Could I have met him at that conference earlier in the week, the one at the casino that ended with free drinks? I recall …
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Jun 2014
Smarter Memory

Watch Smarter: video guide to... memory cards

Memory cards come in a dozen different shapes and sizes. And speeds too. Selecting the best card match to the gear that uses them isn't as simple as it might seem. Our exclusive video has all the info you need to make the right choice. var MediaPlayerVars = { '_': { 'http://youtu.be/LYIBNPw1h8E': {autostart: 'true …
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Disney finds new way to give movies depth

Disney Research in Zürich is working on ways to improve how 2D composite images can be turned into 3D models. The basic techniques are well known, but – according to the research the group presented at the recent SIGGRAPH conference – there are limitations. Lasers can capture data to present a 3D surface, but are blocked by …