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Your personal data is worth a measly eight bucks a month

You've heard it a zillion times by now: if an online service is free, you are the product. A New York company called Datacoup is trying to turn that notion on its head a bit, by paying you if you let it monitor your online activities and also let it tap into a stream of information about your credit and/or debit card. In return …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014
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TONGUES OUT if you want to LICK Steve Jobs' BACKSIDE

We bet there are millions of fanbois who would sacrifice one of their favourite appendages for the chance to lick Steve Jobs' face. Now they have the opportunity to flick their tongues all over the fruity fuhrer following the announcement that he will feature on American postage stamps in 2015. The Washington Post managed to …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Feb 2014
ISIS Islamists in Iraq

No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

Late last year, in a dimly lit meeting room... Outside, the chant of the mob grew louder, and ever more terrifying. “Death to the Jews! Death to the Christians!” I gulped hard. My assistant มาลัย (which means "Garland of Flowers" in Thai) gripped the table. Through the open window I could smell burning paper, and possibly …
Steve Bong, 24 Aug 2014
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GTA maker coughs up $20m for 'hot coffee' sex

Take-Two Interactive will shuffle $20 million out the door to make its "hot coffee" headaches go away. The game publisher said Wednesday it has settled a longstanding class-action shareholder lawsuit over an infamous sex scene squirreled away in the code of Grand Theft Auto: San Andres. Take-Two will stuff $20,115,000 into a …
Austin Modine, 02 Sep 2009
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Undeterred by Snapchat's snafus, upstart Confide punts self-destruct selfies

While the world wonders whether Snapchat is a three-billion-dollar disaster because of its recent hack, an AOL alumnus has launched a disappearing message app designed for corporate audiences. Confide, which hit the app store on January 8 US time, pitches itself as an app that “lets you say what you want … messages disappear …
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Al-Qaeda targets net-connected coffee machine

An Aussie risk advisory services manager has issued a chilling security alert concerning the Jura F90 net-connected coffee machine, warning caffeine-heads that the hi-tech brewing device could open their Windows PC to exploitation by internet paedophiles and al-Qaeda*, CNET reports. The Jura F90 Craig Wright, who works for " …
Lester Haines, 18 Jun 2008
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Deflation hits Tim Cook – date with him now costs only half as much

The annual charity auction of executive meetings has seen Tim Cook's value cut by half, but he's still head-and-shoulders more popular than anyone else in the tech industry with buyers. The opportunity for lunch with the Apple boss at Cupertino, and a front seat at the next big Apple technology launch, was auctioned off for the …
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2014
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Cisco coughs up to patent troll, smacks down IP laws

Cisco has announced that its long-running battle with patent troll Innovatio is over, with the licensing outfit accepting $US2.7 million to settle the case. The deal includes Netgear and Motorola devices. As noted by Cisco's Mark Chandler in this blog post, the settlement amounts to 3.2 cents for each of 85 million WiFi device …
Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor

The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

On the internet there are certain things you can be pretty sure of. Nubile young women lusting after you probably aren't (any of those things); free stuff almost certainly isn't free, and may not even be stuff; and after 5pm San Francisco time on Friday there probably won't be anything decent published on the Register until the …
Lewis Page, 20 Aug 2014
Quooker Fusion

Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

Last week, coffee drinkers were treated to some alternative brewing techniques. So, is there any special gadgetry for those with a taste for tea? Jennifer Newton discovers there’s more to letting off steam than meets the eye. Youtube Video Smart: perhaps one of the most overused words in the modern lexicon is now being bandied …
Jennifer Newton, 30 Aug 2014

Hey, Silicon Valley milky drink fans: Starbucks intros wireless charging

Another round of coffee* shops are being fitted for wireless charging; this time in Silicon Valley, as the third wireless charging standard grabs a little more retail estate. Starbucks, who will be wiring up tables in a selection of its Californian drinking holes, has already endorsed charging tech from The Power Matters …
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2013
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Hi-tech couch, coffee table pitched at modern sloths

Getting up from the sofa to play a DVD or turn on the stereo is such a pain, isn’t it? One designer thinks it is, so he’s sketched plans for a concept coffee table that plays DVDs. Digital_coffee_table Lea's concept table stores and plays DVDs Designer Peter Lea’s coffee table has a circular DVD storage rack integrated into …
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2008
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Speaking in Tech: 'People are gonna vote for BlackBerry just to mess with me'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week in Speaking in Tech, your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela hold down the fort while Eddie Saipetch parties in Barcelona. They chat about Oracle's white paper, drinking culture in the UK vs the US, VMWare's shock acquisition of Desktone, and whether the WinPhone …
Team Register, 16 Oct 2013
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London store brews £50-a-poop cat-crap coffee

London's Peter Jones department store is offering discerning customers the chance to stump £50 a pop to taste Caffé Raro - an exotic blend of Jamaican Blue Mountain and Kupi Luwak beans, the latter having passed through the digestive tract of jungle cats. According to the Telegraph, Kupi Luwak beans are eaten by Indonesian civet …
Lester Haines, 10 Apr 2008

Pr0n-optimised Icepol Trojan's servers seized by Romanian cops

Romanian police have seized servers associated with the Icepol ransomware scam, effectively taking down the pervasive threat for now. The Icepol Trojan extorted victims who downloaded it by sending prospective marks a fake message from local police accusing them of downloading copyrighted material or illegal pornography. The …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2014

PayPal lets Brit 'burb-dwellers buy stuff using their ugly mug

PayPal has launched a trial of a new payment system which will allow British shoppers to buy stuff using just their face and their pocket fondleslab. The virtual purse provider has allowed retailers based near its headquarters in teh swish suburb of Richmond Upon Thames, London, to sell stuff to customers using just the PayPal …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Aug 2013
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Massive! Yahoo! Mail! outage! going! on! FOURTH! straight! day!

Yahoo! Mail is only now recovering from a massive outage that has delayed mail delivery and locked some users out of their accounts for the past several days. "We can confirm that 97 per cent of affected users have access to their Mail accounts on web, POP and the Yahoo Mail iOS, Android and Windows 8 apps," the company wrote in …
Neil McAllister, 12 Dec 2013
A Carbon Cult-approved toilet

Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

It's a cutesy brand of sweet marked with the tagline "kids and grown-ups love it so". But the happy world of Haribo has suddenly clouded over after tiny ursine squishy figures of the sugar-free variety reportedly caused "gastric exorcism" in dozens of Amazon reviewers. More than 100 people wrote graphic descriptions of the …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jan 2014

Cluster compo newcomers slap down winning hand: 6 NVIDIA Tesla cards

Video Here’s a short look at what the team from China’s University of Science & Technology was up to on the last day of the SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). There’s a pretty big language barrier here – one that’s made worse by my inability to speak slowly and clearly after drinking a quart of press room coffee. (A note/ …
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Suck it Vine: Instagram adds 15-second video clips with fancy filters

Instagram has unveiled its foray into video uploads with an app for iOS and Android that captures 15 seconds of video and gives amateur auteurs some fancy tools to play with to make it special. Instagram video Click to record, post and bore people to death "At our core, visual imagery is everything. It's in our DNA and it's …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2013
Huawei New World Coffee Shop

New Oz government keeps Huawei ban after spook briefing

The brief thawing of Australian government attitudes to Huawei has turned out to be a false springtime, with the nation's new Attorney-General George Brandis deciding that the decision to keep the Chinese giant out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) will remain. According to the Australian Financial Review, the decision …
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Dutch coffee shops introduce fingerprint ID

Some Dutch coffee shops, which sell marijuana in small quantities for personal use, are introducing fingerprinting technology to check the age of customers. The shops are not allowed to sell to anyone under the age of 18. Coffee shops currently require photographic ID for proof of age. The first coffee shops to use turnstiles …
Jan Libbenga, 21 Mar 2006
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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told lawyers he met during his sojourn in Hong Kong to put their cell phones in his fridge to thwart any eavesdroppers. But new research suggests he should have been worried about nearby TVs, too. Smart tellies with built-in microphones and storage can be turned into bugging devices by malware …
John Leyden, 10 May 2014

BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

BT has fallen through a timewarp and introduced a system based on GSM technology – and even resurrected a name used in the last millennium to christen it. OnePhone is a system aimed at companies with between 20 and 250 employees to give them a single phone that works in both the office and outside. It uses a 2G mobile network …
Simon Rockman, 24 Jul 2014
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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

NASA invites you to sleepover: Stay up and watch 'FIREBALL RICH' Geminid shower

NASA is gearing up for the peak of this year's annual Geminid meteor shower on the night of 13-14 December, as debris associated with "weird rocky object" 3200 Phaethon comes to a fiery end in Earth's atmosphere. The agency has organised a live chat with astronomer Bill Cooke and chums from 23:00 EST on the 13th until 03:00 EST …
Lester Haines, 09 Dec 2013

Evidence-based Tweets will SAVE the WORLD - and your waistline

As every entrepreneur reaches mid-life, it’s natural that one’s thoughts begin to turn to one’s one’s “legacy”. Here, the Bongster has an impressive list of achievements to inspire future generations. I have made losing huge amounts of money not just respectable, but mandatory. I have redefined work as leisure. I have brought …
Steve Bong, 02 May 2014
Fight Night Champion

EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

EE is still the best mobile network in the UK, but the others are catching up and Three is the one to watch. This is the conclusion of the latest report from RootMetrics the mobile survey company which regularly looks at UK mobile coverage and is headed by Bill ‘Frappuccino’ Moore. The previous survey descended into a war of …
Simon Rockman, 19 Aug 2014
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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

“So,” murmured the blonde in the now-deserted restaurant late the other evening as she lazily traced the rim of her wineglass with her middle finger before looking up to fix her eyes on mine, “what excites you?” No, I’m not remembering this accurately. It wasn’t a wineglass but a cup of coffee and she was stirring it furiously …
Alistair Dabbs, 02 May 2014
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Monitor your data center with a coffee mug-sized server

Plat'Home is a curious Japanese company that seems intent on cracking the US market with its weird brand of tiny Linux servers. This week, it has offered the land of the free and the home of the brave the KANSHI Blocks Pro 6.0.1 device, which is a coffee mug-sized monitoring server. Shot of the Plat'Home device Coffee Mug …
Ashlee Vance, 09 Jul 2008
Powermat BlackBerry

Wireless charging snakes' wedding of tangled alliances gets WORSE

Not content with founding the A4WP, and joining the board of the WPC, Qualcomm has now spread itself all across the various wireless power alliances by signing up to the PMA too - while Samsung sinks $4m into Qi-producing PowebyProxi, and alternatives look increasingly weak. Qualcomm is now on the board of two competing …
Bill Ray, 02 Oct 2013
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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 …
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Post-Profit Prophet RUSSELL BRAND is the HUMBLE CHRIST of STARTUPS

Some news events are so momentous they instantly become burned into the memory - as irreversibly as an iOS firmware upgrade. For example, I’ll never forget where I was when the Berlin Wall came down. I was still a schoolboy: in prep school in Geneva, trying to buy heroin. But 23 years later, everything about that day comes …
Steve Bong, 15 Nov 2013
A boat full of Fail

Collective SSL FAIL a symptom of software's cultural malaise

In the 19 years that have passed since the first implementation of SSL, you could be forgiven for expecting that the industry could do it right by now: and yet last week, not one but three SSL vendors were discovered to have implementation problems. Belkin was caught not checking SSL certificates; WhatsApp was discovered to have …
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Davos Diary: POVERTY disruption in ACTION. Cash-poor? Just mine a #BongCoin!

After last year’s fiasco in the Andes it was a relief to arrive safely for the World Economic Forum's annual gathering in Davos - which is a kind of week-long hackathon with fondue. Here, exclusively for THE REGISTRAR are a few highlights from my diary. Is it really 18 years since the great internet pioneer John Perry Barlow ( …
Steve Bong, 31 Jan 2014
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 …
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Barclays: So sorry about LIBOR... How about some free Wi-Fi?

BT is putting free Wi-Fi into 1,500 branches of Barclays Bank - presumably so that impatient customers can do some online banking while queuing for a teller. Barclays can easily afford its £290m fine for attempting to rig the global borrowing-rate benchmark LIBOR, and thus it can easily pay for the new wireless service. Perhaps …
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2013
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Gmail falls offline, rest of Google struggles on: NO! Not error code 93!

Netizens complained today that Google's social network Plus was knackered and the webmail service Gmail fell completely offline. In a painful twist of fate, the systems went down just as Google's crack site-reliability team was preparing for a live question'n'answer session on Reddit. And it came after strangers' email addresses …
Chris Williams, 24 Jan 2014
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Epson gets into interactive coffee tables

Watch out Microsoft Surface, because there’s a new touch-sensitive interactive coffee table in town: the X-Desk. Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com Much like Surface, X-Desk lets users interact with digital content through a flat 1024 x 768, 52in multi-touch screen that can also communicate with other …
James Sherwood, 17 Apr 2009
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

Help us out here amateur psychologists: Linus Torvalds has just unleashed his second shouty rant in as many days. Do we need to worry, or is the moon in a particular phase that makes this kind of thing more likely? Has Portland's water supply taken a turn for the worse? Or are we simply seeing a frustrated middle aged man …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2013
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5,000 UK pubs get free Wi-Fi... and they're not even all in London

Punch Taverns, operator of more than 5,000 tenanted and leased pubs in the UK, has signed with The Cloud to put free Wi-Fi in all of them in the hope of promoting a little lunchtime drinking. That's drinking coffee and tea, as well as beer, but the chain reckons sales of everything increase once Wi-Fi is freely available as …
Bill Ray, 10 Jan 2013

THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

Sweden's food watchdog has confirmed to horrified netizens that, yes, ooze from beavers' back-passages is used to add a vanilla flavour to cakes, ice creams and drinks - and has been for years. A yellowish secretion called castoreum is extracted from the animals' scent-laying anal glands, and is sometimes mixed into perfumes and …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Sep 2013
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Intel Labs 'geeks' flash Edison kit to El Reg: We do it for the BIRDS

Intel’s recent Edison launch was much more than a tilt at the burgeoning wearables space – Chipzilla has been working on designs for everything from a smart birdfeeder to a paper notebook on which the user can compose emails, according to a chief boffin. Dr Randolph Wang is chief scientist at Intel Labs China, where he had up to …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Feb 2014
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Coffee defends liver against booze

Researchers have confirmed drinking coffee can protect against one of the worst effects of alcohol. Alcoholic liver cirrhosis progressively scars the organ, and is known to be affected by a range of factors including smoking, diet, infection and genetics - as well as alcohol. The team at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care …

New Bitcoin exchange launches in the UK

A new online trading platform based in London is to open next week to those seeking to exchange British pounds for the virtual currency Bitcoin. Traders are now able to register with Coinfloor providing they come from the UK or Europe, although they will not be able to buy or sell currency on the platform until 5 November, …
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Oct 2013

Justin BIEBER ploughs cash into NaaS: NARCISSISM-as-a-Service

Justin Bieber has unveiled a social network dedicated to letting self-obsessed teens share pictures of themselves. His selfie service is called Shots of Me and exists for the express purpose of allowing people to endlessly post crappy self-portraits. Bieber, a teenage pop prince who has been in the news recently after an …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013

The Shoreditch STARTUP SCENE is a load of TRIPE: And that's why it's GREAT

I was halfway through my third plate of organic artisan offal when the idea hit me, like a lightning bolt. In a flash I instantly blue-skyed the deal that will revolutionise British business. Here’s how it happened. It was a damp Movember Monday evening, and around me the scene resembled a 1920s misery memoir - as it does in …
Steve Bong, 29 Nov 2013
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Microsoft touts SCROOGLE merch: Hopes YOU'LL PAY to dump on rival

If you're bothered by the various ways Google uses the data you submit to its services to serve you targeted ads, then Microsoft has the T-shirt for you. Or a coffee mug, perhaps. You know – stuff that totally isn't ads. Microsoft aims for subtlety with its new merchandise line The software giant has opened a new section of …
Neil McAllister, 21 Nov 2013

Few gamers claim Grand Theft Auto 'hot coffee' cash

$93,660 (£47,201/€59,631) can’t be much to the publisher of Grand Theft Auto. But that’s the paltry maximum amount it could've paid out so far over the infamous ‘hot coffee’ incident in GTA: San Andreas, simply because hardly anyone’s filed a claim. To refresh your memory, ‘hot coffee’ was the name given to a sequence within GTA …
James Sherwood, 26 Jun 2008

Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

The de-cloaking of Windows 8.1 at Microsoft's BUILD conference was greeted with cheers from attendees as the company finally confirmed changes following a major U-turn. Yes, there's a Start Button but it's really no more than an onscreen version of your keyboard's Windows key. Metro loosens the ideological shackles: you can skip …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2013