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Huawei promises €1.5 BILLION French investment

China's telco juggernaut is taking its international charm offensive to France, promising investment, jobs and training after a confab with prime minister Manuel Vallas.

AMD and Oracle ARM wrestle Hadoop for the data center

JavaOne AMD thinks the future of the data center lies in the ARM processor architecture, and it's betting that servers based on 64-bit ARMv8 will be humming in racks near you sooner than you expect.
Neil McAllister, 01 Oct 2014

Nadella tells India: Microsoft data centres coming YOUR way

Microsoft is schmoozing like a pro in the Indian market, with boss Satya Nadella announcing new data centres for Azure and Office365 in the country during a brief visit to Hyderabad.
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US hack attack netted Apache chopper training software, say feds

Hackers from the US, Canada and Australia have been arrested over a sting that took in the US Army, gaming companies and Microsoft. The Department of Justice accuses the alleged perps of copying software worth more than US$100 million.
Darren Pauli, 01 Oct 2014

US Attorney General latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

Yet another US official has played the "think of the children" card, taking Apple and Google to task for implementing stronger encryption policies in their mobile platforms.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Oct 2014
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Dude, you're getting a Dell! Uni of Queensland adds AU$275,000 cluster

The University of Queensland is the latest contributor to Australia's academic high-performance computing boom, with a AU$275,000 ($238k) cluster going live late in September.
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Google promises MORE CHOCOLATE to squish Chrome bugs

Google has announced an uptick to what it'll pay for Chrome bugs, under its bug bounty program.
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OpenVPN open to pre-auth Bash Shellshock bug – researcher

The Shellshock Bash bug, the gift that just keeps on taking, could also sting OpenVPN users, according to researcher Fredrick Stromberg.
Darren Pauli, 30 Sep 2014
An abandoned Telstra facility on the Stuart Highway

Telstra announces another national WiFi rollout

Telstra has announced that its re-entry into the wireless hotspot business will go into live trial before the end of the year, using public phone boxes to host WiFi in “iconic” locations.
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Hong Kong protest puts mesh nets to the test in state censorship smash

Protesters in Hong Kong have turned to the FireChat app to communicate electronically – because it uses mesh wireless networking and thus evades any attempt by the authorities to block the web amid ongoing unrest.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2014
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Oracle will 'kill MySQL' and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won't – Oracle exec

OpenWorld If you think Oracle's only goal when it gained control of MySQL was to undermine it, Oracle has a message for you: Get over it.
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2014
Windows 10 Start Button

Seven ate Nine! Microsoft REVEALS NEW WINDOWS 10

Video and pics Microsoft has shown off Windows 10, and described the new operating system as a blend of Windows 7 and 8.
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2014

PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

Broadband and IPv6 are hot – and distributed denial-of-service attacks and IPv4 are not. Well, that's according to Akamai.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2014

Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and some Apple bloke attend glitzy iPhone 6 Paris launch

Pics Tim Cook has made a bid to colonise the wrists of fashionistas everywhere by holding a series of promotional events for the Apple Watch in the world's most fashionable city.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Sep 2014
Mars

Ice, ice maybe: Evidence of 'Grand Canyon' glacier FOUND ON MARS

Boffins have found evidence that suggests an ancient glacier was once at the bottom of a huge chasm known as the Grand Canyon of Mars.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Sep 2014

Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

The UK confirmed its global leadership in the burgeoning Innovation Consultancy industry with the opening of a "Digital Catapult Centre" in King’s Cross, London.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Sep 2014
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Enormo reseller Insight hires former Cisco man to run EMEA services

Insight EMEA claims to have taken a step forward on the long and winding path to tech services glory by recruiting a former Cisco and PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting chief to head up a newly erected division.
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2014
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Oracle crashes all-flash bash: Behold, our hybrid FS1 arrays

Welcome back to SAN array land, Oracle. Larry Ellison's company has reinvented its Pillar Axiom 600 SAN array as a hybrid flash/disk array, the FS1-2, with auto-tiering and noisy neighbours sorted.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2014
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Universal Credit CRISIS: Howard Shiplee SHIPS OUT of top job

The Department for Work and Pensions' deeply troubled Universal Credit project has lost yet another chief, after Howard Shiplee quit the role on Monday.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2014
Columns of coins in the cloud

Cisco: Intercloud no longer lonely wanderer – BT, Ingram Micro and pals sign up

With one eye on data sovereignty issues Cisco has hauled another batch of companies onto the Intercloud bandwagon, including telcos, channel partners and cloudy service providers.
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2014
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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

Comment According to most of the broadsheets, if there is a Conservative government after the next General Election, the European Court of Human Rights will no longer be able to overrule British courts.
JassyAWs

Thinking of moving your business to the cloud? Try the AWS Enterprise Summit 2014 first

Promo Amazon Web Services rolls into London on 21 October with an Enterprise Summit. And it is bringing out the big guns, with speakers from FTSE 100 companies.
David Gordon, 30 Sep 2014
New humpback dolphin species

DOLPHINS SMELL MAGNETS – did we hear that right, boffins?

Scientists have discovered that dolphins are sensitive to magnetic fields, shedding some light on how the lusty mammals navigate the oceans.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Sep 2014
Cray_XC40

Supercomputers: The Next Generation – Cray puts burst buffer tech, Intel Haswell inside

Cray has new XC40 and CS400 superduper computers using Haswell processors and DataWarp burst buffer tech to keep the Haswell cores crammed with data to process.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2014

Icahn and I DID: eBay does about turn, spins PayPal into separate biz

eBay has spun off its PayPal subsidiary after months of telling “noisy” activist investor Carl Icahn to shut up about it because it would never happen.

Anti-Facebook Ello: Here's why we're still in beta. SPAMGASM!

+Comment Humblebrag site Ello, which has positioned itself as a worthy Web2.0rhea antiserum to the ad-poisoned Facebook, has come under attack from spammers.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2014

EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else

Exclusive Frustrated Brussels regulators have ordered mobe-makers to spill the beans on Google’s secret Android contracts – or face a fine.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Sep 2014
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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

The European Commission officially announced today that it is looking into the possibility that Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland in 1991 and 2007.
Jennifer Baker, 30 Sep 2014
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Beijing says YES, GIVE US the iPHONE 6 even if it spies for the NSA

Beijing has approved the new iPhone 6 for sale after regulators were reassured that the devices contain no backdoors allowing NSA snooping.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Sep 2014
BlackBerry Passport

Vodafone to stock BlackBerry Passport – on sale tomorrow

The new, interesting and really rather good Blackberry Passport will soon be available to Brits on Vodafone. That is to say “will” rather than “is” as Vodafone isn’t taking pre-orders for the device, which will go on sale tomorrow, and there is currently no pricing information.
Simon Rockman, 30 Sep 2014

George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

George Clooney and his new wife – a human rights lawyer who has represented six-fingered embassy dweller Julian AssangeTM – went to extreme lengths to safeguard the privacy of their wedding, even issuing guests with "burner phones" under their control.
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2014
Monster Beats Pro

Apple sues Steven Lamar over Beats co-founder claims

Apple is suing Steven Lamar, the man who is currently suing Beats for allegedly cutting him out of its Apple deal, alleging that he had falsely claimed to be a co-founder of the electronics firm.
Design Mobel Pause bed

Is Cleversafe the object storage of HP's affection?

HP is rumoured to be in talks with Cleversafe to sell its object storage alongside HP's own StoreAll object storage offering. HP says it might indeed resell third-party products, but it's naming no names.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2014

'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault

Top brainboxes using advanced technology say they may have found a "smoking gun" in the form of a bite mark inflicted during a long-ago battle between a mighty dinosaur and another giant reptile.
Lewis Page, 30 Sep 2014
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VMware grabs UK channel exec from SAP

Virty kingpin VMware has raided SAP’s channel exec reservation and made off with industry vet Phil Croxford.
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2014

Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

Consumers carelessly use public Wi-Fi without regard for their personal privacy, even blithely agreeing to surrender their first born in exchange for the opportunity to check their emails without paying.
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2014
Team17 Digital: Flockers

Gaming gasm UK: Rubbing shoulders with LEGENDS and newbies

EGX 2014 After a week of hitting ferrets with my new Gauntlet inflatable promotional chicken leg and dying far too often in multiplayer set on hard, it eventually occurs to me: "Lucy needs daylight". Admittedly, I wasn’t outdoors for long as my venture out of the house took me to EGX, formerly Eurogamer Expo and apparently the UK's biggest gaming event dedicated to the wonderful world of video games and gaming in general.
Lucy Orr, 30 Sep 2014

Payment security vastly improved when you DON'T ENTER your BANK DETAILS

Developments around "tokenisation" should help to “instil confidence in a payments environment challenged by more frequent data breaches” and fraud, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Sep 2014
The Menin Road by Paul Nash
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Balls of destruction CRUSH your fancy new storage systems ... better get used to it

Storagebod Has EMC started an unwelcome trend? I had a discussion about roadmaps with a vendor this week, and its reps talked about substantial upcoming changes to their architecture. My questioning, "but surely that’s not just a disruptive upgrade but destructive?" was met with an affirmative. Of course, like EMC's XtremIO upgrades, the update would not be compulsory, but probably an advisable installation.
StorageBod, 30 Sep 2014
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Bloke accused of making phone spyware StealthGenie is cuffed by feds

Allegedly building and selling spyware has landed a Pakistani man in trouble with the Feds: the g-men collared 31-year-old Hammad Akbar, of Lahore, on Monday for flogging StealthGenie, it's claimed.
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Grooveshark caught in a net of its own making

Music streaming service Grooveshark has become the latest casualty of copyright law, courtesy of executives trying to boost its catalogue in its start-up days.
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FBI opens Malware Investigator portal to industry

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has released a formerly in-house malware-analysing portal to help speed up incident responses and help industry and law enforcement with investigations.
Darren Pauli, 30 Sep 2014
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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

Two teenagers have braved the wrath of Tim Cook after apparently sneaking into an Apple store and bending a number of iPhones, after which they uploaded the vid to YouTube, as you do.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Sep 2014

OpenDaylight floats 2.0 'Helium' release

The OpenDaylight foundation has opened the valve and let Helium escape into the software-defined networking (SDN) atmosphere.

Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

Google engineer Ken Shirriff has mined Bitcoins with nothing more than a paper and pencil.
Darren Pauli, 30 Sep 2014
Canberra UAV team
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Canberra drone team dances a samba in Outback Challenge

CSIRO has, for the first time, dipped into its pocket and paid out to drone-makers who successfully completed its annual UAV challenge.
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Opposition: we passed Australia's 'spook's charter' on PURPOSE

Australia's opposition has defended its stance on Australia's new national security laws, which provide maximum ten-year jail sentence for nat-sec leakers, by leaking its leader's attitude to a national media outlet.
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Alca-Lu spinoff Nuage plugs into Oracle SDN

Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage software-defined networking (SDN) venture has announced that it's adding Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux integration to its stack.
Photoshop running on a Chromebook

What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

Chromebooks are great for browsing the web, but they're not much good for running applications like Photoshop – not yet, at any rate. But they may become much more versatile devices soon, thanks to a new experiment cooked up by Adobe and Google.
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2014

Third patch brings more admin Shellshock for the battered and Bashed

A third patch, from Red Hat engineer Florian Weimer, has been released for the vulnerable Bash Unix command-line interpreter, closing off flaws found in two previous fixes.
Darren Pauli, 30 Sep 2014
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Atlas plugged: Facebook hooks ads to profiles, smears 'em over the web

Facebook has relaunched its Atlas advertising network to take on ad-slinger-in-chief Google.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2014
Bug bounties

Apple finally patches Bash Shellshock vuln that WAS NOT A WORRY, OK?

Apple and F5 are the latest big-name vendors to post responses to the “Shellshock” vulnerability in Bash.
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EFA looks to bust A-G copyright submission 'censorship'

Electronic Frontiers Australia wants individuals who made submissions to the Australian government's copyright review to hand on copies of their documents, in an attempt to break what it believes is censorship of the submissions.

New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

Comment The incoming EU Commissioner for all things digital, Günther Oettinger, was quizzed by the European Parliament on Monday night. Truthfully, most of the questions lacked teeth.
Jennifer Baker, 29 Sep 2014
Larry Ellison

Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER

OpenWorld During his OpenWorld keynote on Sunday, Oracle CEO CTO Larry Ellison took time out from talking up his company's cloud strategy to remind the audience that the database giant is in the hardware business, too – all the way down to the silicon.
Neil McAllister, 29 Sep 2014
HP

ARMs head Moonshot bodies: HP pops Applied Micro, TI chips into carts

HP taking another shot at its Project Moonshot by today announcing two new ARM-powered servers, one 64-bit and the other 32-bit.
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CloudFlare: You get SSL, and you get SSL, EVERYBODY GETS SSL!

CloudFlare announced today it will extend SSL support to customers who use its free cloud-based web hosting service.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2014

You like jumping out of planes? Try the new GoPro 4. Short walks? There's a Hero instead

GoPro, the maker of video cameras for those who like to mix danger with their hobbies, has added two new models to its range: the GoPro 4 and and the GoPro Hero./p>
Simon Rockman, 29 Sep 2014

Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

The Shellshock vulnerability has already become the focus for malicious scanning and at least one botnet but crooks are still testing the waters with the vulnerability and much worse could follow, security watchers warn.
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2014
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Oracle: What's the X4-4? In-memory monster slams jaws down on 3TB, for starters

OpenWorld Oracle can analyse up to 3TB of data in memory with its latest Exalytics In-Memory Machine, the X4-4.
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2014

Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

There’s nothing tech companies like more than creating buzz. The more buzz, the less substance – as a rash of me-too tablet events a few years back proved. Tomorrow, Microsoft is scheduled to host an event on the West Coast that many believe will be the scene of the unveiling of the next version of Windows.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2014
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Seagate embiggens its spy drive, waves it at CCTV cameras

CCTV operators can breathe sighs of relief. They won’t run out of space so fast as Seagate has upped the capacity of its 4TB Surveillance disk drive to 6TB.
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2014
Ben Heck's Spectrum Hack

Reg hands portable Sinclair ZX Spectrum to lucky compo winner

The lucky winner of the unique portable Spectrum is Martin Ryan.
Simon Rockman, 29 Sep 2014

NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

The Mars Curiosity rover has drilled an opening that looks suspiciously like the hole towards which Tiger Woods and his fellow golfers usually aim their balls.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Sep 2014
Larry Ellison's keynote at Openworld 2014
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Larry: Oracle's now a CLOUDY biz. Ignore everything I said before

Despite once declaring that the cloud was “complete gibberish”, “insane” and “idiocy”, former Oracle head honcho Larry Ellison has announced that the firm is now ready to be the foundation of the cloud for its customers.
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s

Chinese grey market sales of Apple's new iPhone 6 have been sluggish, according to local sources, as the Middle Kingdom fails to warm to the smartphones.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Sep 2014
iCloud brute force

Spammer uses innocent hacked blogs to punt NAKED PICS of JLaw, McKayla Maroney

A long established smut spammer is using hacked websites to sell stolen photographs of naked celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and McKayla Maroney.
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2014
Beautiful landscape picture of Kenya, with a man cycling past an acacia tree against a yellow sandy background

Kenyan court case could sound death knell for mobile money

Comment Kenya is pretty much the only place where mobile money works. Now, it seems, the banks want to wreck it.
Simon Rockman, 29 Sep 2014

SHELLSHOCKED: Fortune 1000 outfits Bash out batches of patches

The majority of Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 companies have already deployed, or are now deploying, Shellshock patches to fend off code attacks, according to cloud security firm CloudPassage.
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2014

WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

Too cheap or perhaps simply not bothered enough to manufacture its own selfies, the Sunday Mirror newspaper stole photos to entrap a Tory MP on Twitter. Now the owners of the photos might get the last laugh.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Sep 2014

Internet of Stuff: Chip rivals try to stop Cortex-M7 from flexing ARM’s muscle

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing an estimated five times more quickly than the overall embedded processing market, so it's no wonder chip suppliers are flocking to fit out connected cars, home gateways, wearables and streetlights as quickly as they can.
Wireless Watch, 29 Sep 2014
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Lenovo to finish $2.1bn IBM x86 server gobble in October

Lenovo will finally get to close the deal on IBM’s x86 server division on 1 October – after slicing a few hundred million off the price tag.
A garden gnome depicted stretched out across picnic table... with a pipe in one hand while the other props him up. Has a confrontational look in his eye...

EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

The European Commission is set to accuse Apple of profiting from unlawful state aid from Ireland thanks to the sweet tax deals the firm has enjoyed for the last 20 years, a newspaper has reported.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket prepared fro launch in 2002. Pic: United Launch Alliance

Chip titan Micron shows off Elpida-fattened bottom line

US semiconductor chipper Micron has boosted its memory and flash business revenues with its purchase of Rexchip and Elpida, announcing record fourth quarter and fiscal 2014 year revenues.
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2014
Inatek BP2001 Bluetooth Speaker

Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

Review The Inateck BP2001 is a 2 x 5W Bluetooth enabled portable stereo speaker. It's reasonably stylish in design, easy to use, has a slot on top where your mobile device sits and charges via standard micro-USB. It's a reasonably good catch at £50, although the Inateck website will direct you to Amazon where you can buy it for under £30.
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Netflix bullish after six-country European INVASION

By any measure, Netflix’s European expansion – adding six more countries – could not have gone better, although this still does not mean the operator will achieve its bullish forecast of penetrating one-third of all homes within seven years of launching in every market.
Faultline, 29 Sep 2014
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SIEMs like a good idea: How to manage security in real time

Register now for this webcast that explains how security information and event management (SIEM) can work, what it does, and how to fit it into your existing security environment.
David Gordon, 29 Sep 2014
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Fraud shop OVERSTOCKED with stolen credit cards

Infamous carding store Rescator.cc is so chock-full of stolen credit cards from recent high-profile breaches that it's gutting its prices due to overstocking.
Darren Pauli, 29 Sep 2014

Oracle plans German DCs to soothe NSA-ruffled nerves

Oracle has become the latest US IT giant to placate European businesses with extra local data centres.
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Ruskies use commercial crimeware to mask 'patriotic' Ukraine hacks

Political hack-attacks are being made to look like bread-and-butter financial fleecing scams, according to researcher F-Secure, after watching Russian hacker collective Quedagh's use of the popular BlackEnergy exploit kit..
Darren Pauli, 29 Sep 2014
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US stakes out 'net battleground ahead of ITU meeting

America is once again steeling itself to defend the Internet from the gasp of the ITU.

Pizza stores popped, sandwich stores sacked in PoS plunder

Some 324 restaurants across the United States, including 216 Jimmy John's outlets, have had payment terminals compromised by malware after a breach at vendor Signature Systems.
Darren Pauli, 29 Sep 2014

Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

A major electronics company in Japan has developed a team of robot cheerleaders which are designed to seat themselves atop balls and carry out vigorous coordinated manoeuvres, thus:
Team Register, 29 Sep 2014
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U-blox Internet of Things radio okayed by AT&T

The Intel-powered mini 3G radio module from u-blox has taken a step towards commercial Internet-of-things viability, with AT&T announcing it's certified the kit for use on its network.
Pawsey's Magnus super

Pawsey powerhouse schedules first projects

Pawsey's petascale powerhouse has gone through its commissioning cycles, and its operators have announced that they've granted 90 million CPU-hours to the machine's first research users for the period September to December.
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Cisco splats Bash bug in busy swatting season

Cisco has begun its response to the Bash “Shell Shocked” vulnerability, the 20-year-old bug that's sent the *nix world into a frenzy.
NBN Co Customer premises equipment
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NBN Co: Melton trial document SMELLS BAD

NBN Co is still complaining about media and political attention being given to the leaked results of a deployment trial conducted in an area of the Victorian town of Melton.
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Telstra, Vodafone at odds over data retention

As the government's new national security legislation returns to the House of Representatives to be rubber-stamped, division is emerging among Australian carriers about what metadata they might consider retaining.
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Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT

Ello, the social network site intended to serve as something of an antidote to ad-stuffed Facebook, was hit by a suspected Distributed-Denial-of-Service attack today.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2014
Blofeld's white cat

Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights

The UK needs a digital bill of rights to protect citizens against the government's "indiscriminate online surveillance", world wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said on Saturday.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2014
Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013
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Microsoft boss Nadella makes fleeting visit to China for conciliatory competition talks

Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella reportedly visited Chinese antitrust officials in Beijing on Friday.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2014

BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mobes do not bend out of shape quite as easily as was claimed by bloggers earlier this week, according - that is - to a more rigorous test carried out by Consumer Reports.
Team Register, 28 Sep 2014
Bug bounties

SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches

A fresh dump of Shellshock patches were released on Friday night in the latest move to stamp out the Bash shell security vuln that has the potential to blight millions of Linux, Unix and Mac OS X machines.
Team Register, 28 Sep 2014

Labour outsources digital policy, Tories turn up to finish it

Do tax avoidance, monopolistic business practices or your right to determine your digital identity bother you? Well don’t look for help in the new "digital manifesto" that the Labour Party launched this week. The audience for the crowdsourced "mashup" policy document is VCs, the media, and nervous unions – not you. The People’s Party has only a few very special people in mind.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Sep 2014
Angry woman on mobile

EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers

Outraged EE customers who have reported flawed data usage spikes on their accounts are being told not to panic by the mobile operator.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2014

'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

eXpat Files Welcome back to The eXpat Files, a new Weekend Reg regular in which we chat to an IT professional who's decided to seek his or her fortune in another land, so you can learn how to follow in their footsteps.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Sep 2014

Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'

Worstall @ Weekend You can't have failed to notice those massed ranks of people stamping their feet and going blue in the face as they shout about how inequality is rising and something, anything, really must be done to stop it. However, you may not have noticed those arguing the opposite, that inequality is falling, which is why we should carry on as we are.
Tim Worstall, 28 Sep 2014

Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

Vulture at the Wheel Forget the Renault Twingo. That was not the car you were looking for. The new Twingo, on the other hand, now that’s a different matter.
Simon Rockman, 28 Sep 2014
Double Facepalm; when one facepalm is not enough.

Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

CoTW What should you do when a mature and sensible website like The Register (stop that sniggering at the back) offers you an anonymous commenting option? Why, abuse it flagrantly to blame the victim, of course!
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2014
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Rackspace to hit GLOBAL CLOUD REBOOT button to flush out Xen security nasty

Rackspace has warned its customers that it plans to reboot all of its servers across the globe to nix a security bug that was first spotted in the Xen virtualisation platform earlier this week.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2014
Our artist's impression of how BA handles lost baggage complaints

iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

An iPad-obsessed bloke reportedly triggered an irritating security alert at Sydney Airport in Australia earlier today.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2014

That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

Scientists believe that a "significant fraction" of water molecules found on this planet are older than Earth, the solar system and even the Sun.
Team Register, 27 Sep 2014
Satya Nadella

Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

Microsoft is expected to reveal a new moniker for its Windows operating system at an invite-only event next Tuesday.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2014

Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead

Updated A volcano eruption in Japan earlier today reportedly left 250 people stranded on the mountain, while eight others were understood to have been seriously injured.
Team Register, 27 Sep 2014

Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

Apple has dismissed claims that its iPhone 6 Plus handsets have a design flaw that makes them susceptible to being warped.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2014
Alf Garnett and Else

Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

Feature Time was, when relatives started to get old, they'd move into the spare bedroom. My grandmother's generation seemed to do a lot of that, with assorted great aunts taking up residence. But it's much less common now.
Nigel Whitfield, 27 Sep 2014
Michael Pitt and Brit Marling in I Origins

Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

Film Review There’s nothing like the power of love to screw up a good movie about science. Whether it’s miracle medical cures for the mentally ill who just needed to find “the one” (Silver Linings Playbook) or the old chestnut that feelings about people and nature are just better than science and progress (Avatar), there’s nothing Hollywood likes more than to set a scientist up and then tumble him or her into faith with a big old dose of the feels.
Google is not the internet - search suggestion

'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'

QuoTW This was the week when the depths of the internet proved even darker and more twisty than usual when Emma Watson, actor and UN ambassador, gave a speech at the United Nations about feminism.
HGTTG Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

Weekend reads: Douglas Adams' bio in The Frood, The Bone Clocks and Harry Partch, Hobo Composer

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston reviews the latest rivetting reads. David Mitchell, no not that one, beguiles with yet another world of magic and mystery, while Jem Roberts tries not to panic as he explores the life and works of Douglas Adams. Ever wondered where the stranger ideas of American music came from? S. Andrew Granade says we owe a lot to just one man.
Mark Diston, 27 Sep 2014

CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Oh bloody hell, grandma, what have you done this time?
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Sep 2014
ello

Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

Pics The history of social networks is littered with failures. Friendster, MySpace, Orkut, all have fallen by the wayside. Now Ello wants to add Facebook to that list: the invitation-only network has been growing by leaps and bounds of late.
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2014
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Super Cali so litigious, Uber is the focus. Even German judges say it's something quite atrocious

Taxi biz Uber perhaps can't wait to put this week in its rearview mirror – after it was dealt legal setbacks in four major cities: two in Germany, and two in California.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2014

Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

Oracle has confirmed that at least 32 of its products are affected by the vulnerability recently discovered in the Bash command-line interpreter – aka the "Shellshock" bug – including some of the company's pricey integrated hardware systems.
Neil McAllister, 27 Sep 2014
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Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

A hedge fund is urging Yahoo! to form a "strategic combination" with fellow internet dinosaur AOL – just as Yahoo! announced it was killing off its founding feature, created about 20 years ago.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2014
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Prez Putin tells Google, Twitter, Facebook: Have a double vodka and censorship on the rocks

The Russian authorities have told Google, Facebook, and Twitter that they face prosecution if they do not comply with the country's crackdown on free speech.
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2014
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What the HEC? Microsoft resurrects its hardware engineering event – in CHINA

Microsoft is bringing back WinHEC – its erstwhile Windows Hardware Engineering Conference – and this time it's holding the event closer to where the action is.
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2014
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Alien gimp gag or cosmic golf ball? NASA tackles question everyone's asking

Pic Mars watchers have spotted another weird object on the surface of the Red Planet: images uploaded from the Curiosity rover feature a small, nearly perfect sphere that was photographed by the machine's MastCam.
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2014

Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

If you fancy spending your next European airline flight sitting next to someone who's carrying on a protracted conversation via mobile phone, you're in luck.
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2014
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Apple nurses HealthKit apps back to life, discharges iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 to iPhones, iPads and iPods a couple of days after its botched 8.0.1 deployment.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2014

How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

Can people hear the difference between lossy MP3 digital music files and lossless ones? Opinions differ strongly, with much obfuscation around audio cables, mastering and hi-fi componentry muddying the waters.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2014
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BlackBerry slowly pulls out of power dive into toilet

BlackBerry, which began its comeback in earnest this week with a bizarre new square smartphone, posted narrower losses on slightly lower revenue in the quarter ending 30 August. Its hardware division was back in the black after five quarters of losses.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2014
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Welcome, weary digital titans, to the Disruptive Mindfulness UnSummit

¡Bong! In a pop-up mind gymnasium, 700 miles from Moscow …
Steve Bong, 26 Sep 2014
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Is your data growing too big to handle?

For years we have been told that consolidation and centralisation are good things, especially in the realm of data storage.
Bryan Betts, 26 Sep 2014
Flash Gordon

Life after server-side flash: What comes next?

Flash suffers from a steadily shorter working life, slower access speed and shorter working life the smaller the actual cells the NAND become.
Dave Cartwright, 26 Sep 2014

Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

Updated The UK's privacy watchdog is urging organisations to protect their systems against the infamous Shellshock vulnerability in Bash – even though the full scope of the security bug remains unclear.
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2014

Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

Review A number of Ubuntu flavours – Kubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, Xubuntu and the brand new Ubuntu Mate (yes, it's official now) – this month participated in the first beta release of the next Ubuntu – 14.10, or Utopic Unicorn.
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FAA clears SWARM of MOVIE DRONES for take-off

The US aviation authority has taken the first step on the road to the (potential) over-run of the skies with commercial drones – granting six video and photo production firms an exemption to fly drones for movie-making and picture snapping.
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Twitter's Mesos brainbox joins data centre OS venture

The academic brainbox who got his data centre operating system adopted as a piece of critical infrastructure at Twitter has now gone into business.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Sep 2014
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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

A drone parcel delivery trial in Germany solves air traffic control problems by having nothing-but-drones airspace and no flying over buildings.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2014
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Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims

Google has penned a response to News Corp’s accusations that the web firm is a “platform for piracy” and its exhortation to Europe to crack down on on the search firm even further.
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Developers: Hands-on course to find out what Azure can do for you

Promo Microsoft UK's month of free Azure training is well under way with an all day Web Dev Camp in Reading on 17 October. Bring your laptops and take part in live labs showing you how to use the latest cloud technologies and tools to quickly develop and deploy secure and scalable web apps.
David Gordon, 26 Sep 2014

Tearful LOHAN Playmonaut bids adiós to Spain

Our plucky Playmonaut is feeling a tad emotional today as he prepares to bid adiós to Spain and travel to Blighty with the Vulture 2 spaceplane, before shipping out to Spaceport America.
Lester Haines, 26 Sep 2014
Viking

A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

Review First things first: the name. The next Elementary OS was codenamed Isis – as in the Egyptian goddess of magic and life.
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Stanford Uni: Google cash leaves us entirely impartial and unbiased

A court document drafted by a recipient of Google's generosity appears to show that the latter comes with strings attached, prohibiting university researchers from investigating its controversial data slurping practices.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2014
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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

BT has claimed that ultrafast modern broadband can be delivered using a decidedly old school method: copper wires.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Sep 2014
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Four caged in UK after cyber-heist swipes €7m in EU carbon credits

Four men were jailed in the UK this week following the theft of millions of pounds in carbon-emission credits.
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2014
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Out of stealth, Saisei pitches IP flow controller

Year-old startup Saisei is putting forward an SDN management framework it reckons can free up as much as half of the network performance that now gets sucked up by various overheads.
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Internet Transit price falls slowing: Telegeography

IP transit prices are still declining globally, but in bad news for 'net users of all kinds, the declines are slowing.

Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

The Belgian city of Bruges has approved plans to build a pipeline which will funnel beer underneath its famous cobbled streets.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Sep 2014
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Boffins' better blues beat battery blues

All the way from the battery in a pocket to the LED TV on a wall, the colour blue is a problem: blue LEDs are less efficient than the reds or greens that make up the other two primary display colours, and that's a problem for power consumption.
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Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'

Security geeks have worked out a formula for determining which of a series of formerly blacklisted domains would be reused in malware attacks.
Darren Pauli, 26 Sep 2014
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'Trust ASIO': Australia passes spook's charter Part A

Australia's draconian national security legislation has passed the Senate, and with its passage through the House of Representatives next week a certainty, will become law.

Welcome the world's new Most Phished Country: Australia

Move over Brazil: Australia has become the most phished country on Earth, accounting for a quarter of all targeted malicious emails sent globally.
Darren Pauli, 26 Sep 2014
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While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m

Apple CEO Tim Cook and four fellow Cupertino execs flogged a load of company stock worth $143m last week.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2014
HP

HP gets appy over SDN

“It works for dating apps, so why not for SDN infrastructure?”, HP might be hoping, with the launch of its software defined networking app store.
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Bubble 2.0? Moneybags VC Andreessen warns profit-free startups: 'You will be VAPORIZED'

When it comes to the internet age, Marc Andreessen was in there right from the start. Now, when he talks, people listen.
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2014

Bad boy builds beastly Bash bug botnet, boxen battered

Mere hours after its discovery, the Shell Shock Bash vulnerability was exploited by an attacker to build a botnet.
Darren Pauli, 26 Sep 2014

If you can't beat 'em: Intel seeking stake in Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum – report

Ever eager to gain ground in the mobile chip market from such rivals as Broadcom and Qualcomm, Intel is reportedly considering a substantial investment in Chinese smartphone chipmaker Spreadtrum.
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2014
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Symantec's CEO search ends where it started, with Michael Brown

After a six-month search, Symantec has finally named its new permanent CEO – and it's none other than Michael Brown, the man the company's board named as interim CEO in March.
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2014
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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

FBI Director James Comey has complained that Apple and Google's use of stronger encryption in smartphones and tablets makes it impossible for cops and g-men to collar criminals.
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014
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The Schmidt hits the brand: Apple's iPhone 6 is a year late, scoffs smug search supremo

With Apple under fire for its bendy, broken iPhone 6es, Eric Schmidt at arch-rival Google is only too happy to put his boot in Cupertino.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2014

Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

Steve Ballmer says he doesn't have huge changes planned for the Los Angeles Clippers, his newly acquired pro basketball team, but he does want them to quit using Apple products.
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2014
Sun open sources Java

Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

Vinod Khosla, cofounder of Sun Microsystems and billionaire venture capitalist, has lost his battle for his own private beach after surfers successfully sued him for access.
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014

Euro chiefs: Hi Google. Here's how to REALLY protect everyone's privacy. Hello? Hello?

Google cannot expect its users to read the web giant's rewritten Terms of Service to know how their privacy is being handled. That's according to Europe’s data protection chiefs in a letter to Google supremo Larry Page on Tuesday.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Sep 2014
Now you've done it...

Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

Sysadmins and users have been urged to patch the severe Shellshock vulnerability in Bash on Linux and Unix systems – as hackers ruthlessly exploit the flaw to compromise or crash computers.
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2014
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Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first

Amazon users can now add items to their wish lists via a Twitter hashtag.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2014

EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

Policymakers are set to propose “no change” in wholesale telecoms roaming rates in the EU as part of a review of the system in 2016, according to a report.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Sep 2014
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FlashDIMM flare-up: Netlist hit by Diablo counter-sueball

It's a flash DIMM flare-up. Diablo Technologies, being sued by Netlist for FlashDIMM patent breaches, has sued right back, alleging unfair business practices.
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2014

FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

Disgruntled workers are causing more problems for their employers, the FBI warns.
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2014

Seagate cloud bod on EVault's EBA: Why of course we do dedupe

Comment EVault took exception to some points made in a report on some recent Seagate product news, in particular the Backup and Recovery appliance (EBA). Unmesh Kulkarni, senior product management director in the EVault-containing Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions business, contacted The Reg to provide a comment.
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2014

Latest Firefox and Thunderbird updates plug CRITICAL SSL vuln

Mozilla Firefox needs patching urgently following the discovery that the open source browser is vulnerable to SSL man-in-the-middle attacks.
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2014
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Samsung lays down PCIe server flash gauntlet

Faster, fatter flash cards that speed up server applications are in demand, and Samsung has announced it is mass-producing a 3.2TB NVMe PCIe SSD using its 3D V-NAND technology. It says higher capacities are coming.
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2014
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Federation fracture: EMC's post-Tucci future is either SALE or SPLIT

Comment Winter has come early for EMC, with hordes of barbarian activist investors pounding at the gates as CEO Joe Tucci's long reign comes to an end. Snowdrifts are building up against the boardroom's windows, blotting out the C-suite's previous sunny vista.
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2014
Artist's impression of HAT-P-11b, a Neptune-like exoplanet with water vapour in its atmosphere

HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

Lucky astronomers have peered through the clear skies of tiny, faraway exoplanet HAT-P-11b – and detected signs of water vapour.
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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

Apple has told El Reg that the risk of an iPhone 6 Plus bending in the pocket of a fanboi has been greatly overstated.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Sep 2014
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EMC, HP blockbuster Borg: Big potential or total CATASTROPHE?

Comment Amongst the storage cognoscenti on Twitter, there’s been quite a discussion about EMC and HP possibly merging, despite the recent reported collapse of talks on the issue.
StorageBod, 25 Sep 2014
Mangalyaan's first picture of Mars' surface

Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

Pic India’s cheap and cheerful Mars Orbiter Mission, Mangalyaan, has sent back its first images of the Red Planet just a day after successfully achieving orbit.
Flash Gordon

On integrating flash arrays with server-side flash

If you're buying flash storage today, you're doing it for speed. After all, you're not doing it to save money and you're definitely not rich enough to be doing it because you want to be green and save a few kilowatt-hours on your power bill.
Dave Cartwright, 25 Sep 2014
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Cisco: Hand us the keys. We'll drive Intercloud into telcos, Google

Canalys Channels Forum 2014 Cisco will announce tie-ups between its Intercloud platform and the major public cloud vendors over the coming quarters, the network giant’s EMEA partner boss said today.
Joe Fay, 25 Sep 2014

IT crisis looming: 'What if AWS goes pop, runs out of cash?'

Canalys Channels Forum 2014 The big public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) players may be on the brink of a crisis as cataclysmic as the 2008 banking crash, as they slash prices while spending billions on building out and staffing their operations.
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2014
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Alcatel-Lucent techie: Race for ‘5G’ technologies is 'ridiculous'

Vendors are generally delighted to raise their profile by pretending to have "5G" systems just around the corner, but it was a CTO from Alcatel-Lucent who threw a welcome bucket of cold water over the 5G hype at last week’s CTIA Super Mobility Week conference in Las Vegas.
Wireless Watch, 25 Sep 2014
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Enough with the rack-grappling, kids. Try this MYSTERY app

HPC blog The organisers of the ISC Student Cluster Competitions (here's a quick guide on how these HPC battles work) are a wily bunch. Theirs was the first competition to throw a “mystery application” at the student teams, forcing them to optimise an unfamiliar workload on the fly.
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Database virtualisation outfit Delphix: Lotsa dosh, few competitors

Interview Production data copier and virtualiser Delphix says it makes the provision of largely structured data to non-production applications a heck of a lot easier, claiming it speeds it up from days or weeks to minutes.
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2014
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Xen security bug, you say? Amazon readies GLORIOUS GLOBAL CLOUD REBOOT

Amazon will tomorrow begin a bloody global reboot of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) compute instances after it found a security bug within the Xen virtualisation platform.
Darren Pauli, 25 Sep 2014

Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

Much of the impact of the Shellshock vulnerability is unknown and will surface in the coming months as researchers, admins and attackers (natch) find new avenues of exploitation.
Darren Pauli, 25 Sep 2014
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Desperate VXers enslave FREEZERS in DDoS bot

Bad guys are launching denial of service attacks from Windows and Linux boxes and in a sign of desperation even fridges, freezers and Raspberry Pis.
Darren Pauli, 25 Sep 2014

Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

Being a fat teenager is not pleasant. Your school chums will bully you, adults and kids will fat-shame you and you’ll live in a perpetual nightmare of sweaty guilt and impotent rage, punctuated by periodic beatings and ritual humiliation. And to make things even worse, you’ll earn less than everyone else when you grow up.
Team Register, 25 Sep 2014
The Moon

Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

As India's boffins manage to put a probe in orbit of Mars on a shoestring budget, Russia has reiterated that it will boldly go ... as far as the Moon.
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014
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Brandis: NO LIMIT to ASIO network taps

Laws criticised for creating a spooks' warrant for the whole of Australia's Internet - kind of a "spook-envy" of what the NSA says it can accomplish - look like passing before the end of this week, with attorney-general George Brandis declining to limit the scope of ASIO data-tap warrants.
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Investment climate hostile to optical sector: Alca-Lu

Alcatel-Lucent is warning that the telco sector is skewing its investment cycles – and that could have disastrous affects down the track.
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Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts

Construction has begun on the next major submarine cable, which when it's completed in 2016 will provide a big increase in capacity between South-East Asia and Europe.
Google Loon balloon envelope

Google to go Loony within the year

Google reckons its Loon balloons are going to be delivering a service within the next year, and has revealed that it's abandoned the radio kit it first tested in favour of LTE.
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Xamarin sics army of 1,000 test devices on hapless mobile apps

Mobile app-dev specialists Xamarin have launched the Xamarin Test Cloud, an automated, internet-based service that lets developers test their code on more than 1,000 devices.
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2014
Broadcom Tomahawk chip

Broadcom looks to 25/50/100 G to drive new chip

Broadcom is lining up its next assault on the cloud-scale Ethernet market, announcing the next iteration of its high-performance switch silicon due to appear in products in 2015.
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Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers

The FBI-backed Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an advisory warning that email scammers are impersonating it to extort money from gullible punters.
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014
Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4 latest: Samsung rushes iPhone 6 Plus rival to China as Apple flails in dark

Perhaps looking to cut Apple's iPhone 6 Plus phablet off at the pass, Samsung is rushing out its 5.6-inch Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in China and South Korea ahead of schedule.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2014
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Adobe axes R&D lab in China, insiders blame mandarins and pirates

Adobe is closing the doors of its research and development facility in China – and some within the biz are reportedly blaming the recalcitrant attitude of the Chinese government for the move.
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014