The Week in Summary

Crime in Russia

Sneaky Russian hackers slurped $15 MILLION from banks

Millions of dollars, credit cards and intellectual property have been stolen by a newly discovered group of cyber criminals.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2014
Funny money from south of the river

BONK for CASH in Brixton and help us EAT the RICH

The Brixton Pound (B£), the private currency for denizens of the slightly more affordable bit of earth next to Clapham, is to adopt near field communications, or NFC, payments.
Simon Rockman, 22 Dec 2014
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Care.data's a good thing? Tell us WHY, thunders watchdog

Patient concerns over the delayed NHS Care.data scheme must be addressed if the controversial plan to share GP records is to proceed, an independent watchdog has warned.
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2014
Connected headset

Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

Volvos will soon be capable of squawking their presence to cyclists wearing a helmet from cycling brand POC, letting the Lycra louts get out of the way of the four-wheeled Scandinavian middle lane hoggers.
Simon Rockman, 22 Dec 2014
David Gerard and Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia UK "Bootstrap Meeting"

What's Jimmy Wales going to do with $500k from the UAE?

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales says he'll "start a foundation" to process a large amount of money he has received from the United Arab Emirates' regime.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Dec 2014
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Irish data cops will be ROLLING in CASH for 2015

Christmas has come early for Ireland’s data protection watchdog as the country’s Data Protection Minister, Dara Murphy, announced that the office will get a budget of €3.65m for 2015 - just under twice the allocation of €1.89m for 2014.
Jennifer Baker, 22 Dec 2014
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Big Blue stuffs data into backup at GIGABYTES/sec

IBM's TSM backup product goes super-fast when backing up to the Elastic Storage parallel file system, according to company trials. TSM stands for Tivoli Storage Manager, with Elastic Storage being the re-branded GPFS.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2014

YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

It's nearly impossible to sum up an entire year of developments in something as large and nebulous as the world of desktop Linux, especially in a year like this one which has seen some the best releases that projects like Mint, Fedora and openSUSE have put out to date.

Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

Talented hackers have caused "serious damage" after breaching a German steel mill and wrecking one of its blast furnaces.
Darren Pauli, 22 Dec 2014
Elite

Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

Elite: Dangerous, the re-boot of the hit eighties space combat and trading game Elite, launched last week, but the biggest buzz in the wake of its arrival is from disgruntled fans who want a refund.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2014
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Working over Christmas? Government tech suppliers will be

The government’s tech procurement arm is asking suppliers to burn candles brightly over the festive season by filling in a 700-question Network Services tender after redrafting it.
Paul Kunert, 22 Dec 2014
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STAY AWAY: Popular Tor exit relays look raided

As foreshadowed last week, Tor network exit nodes have gone down after what appear to be raids by law enforcement authorities.
Darren Pauli, 22 Dec 2014
Cher pointing, Cher point, Sharepoint

Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

Microsoft is terminating its SharePoint Online Public Website service, effective January 2015.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2014
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Dangerous NTP hole ruins your Chrissy lunch

Critical holes have been reported in the implementation of the network time protocol (NTP) that could allow unsophisticated attackers root access on servers.
Darren Pauli, 22 Dec 2014
The Pirate Bay's new IsoHunt logo

IsoHunt releases roll-your-own Pirate Bay

Torrent site ISOhunt has created a roll-your-own, open source, version of infamous file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2014
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One third of servers, storage and switches are sold to clouds

Analyst firm IDC reckons that cloud operations – private and public - now account for “almost a third” of the world's spending on servers, storage and ethernet switches.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2014
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The electronics island where COPS shoot ARMY and workers are rioting

Where your kit gets made On November 20th, I visited the Indonesian island of Batam. And about an hour after I left, a protest by local workers over the minimum wage just about turned into a riot.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2014
VMware VSAN

VMware says anyone - not just EMC - can play with its best bits

Ever since VMware launched the virtual storage appliance back in 2011, observers have wondered if the company’s storage efforts hurt its parent EMC’s business.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2014

Now Obama seeks China's help to halt alleged Nork HACK ATTACKS

US president Barak Obama has looked to an unlikely source of help to stop further alleged cyber attacks from North Korea: his administration has reportedly asked China to take action against the perpetrators.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Dec 2014

Purple glistening plasma, you say? Orion plummets back to Earth

Vid NASA has released video images of its Orion spaceship as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere earlier this month.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Dec 2014
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
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Brit thesp Kate Winslet eyes lead female role in Steve Jobs biopic – report

British actor Kate Winslet has reportedly entered talks with Universal to play the lead female role in the biopic of Apple supremo Steve Jobs, who died in 2011.
Team Register, 21 Dec 2014
Vinyl grooves

Pick a superior Christmas No. 1 from El Reg's computer crooning compilation

Poll With December 25th bearing down upon us, we're mere days away from anointing a festive chart-topper as Christmas Number One.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2014
James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview

'Google catches us in an invisible web of our personal data without telling us'

QuoTW The Sony Pictures hack dragged on and on this week, as the studio was forced to pull the release of North Korea comedy The Interview following hacker threats against the film while cyber attackers continued to dump files stolen from Sony online.
Grindr

Lonely this Xmas? Nerds, n00bs and no-hopers' guide to dating apps, Pt.1

Feature Missed out on a date at the Christmas party? So did we ... but as the joke in the cracker said, "Why is a smartphone like a milkshake? Because it brings all the boys to the yard."
Nigel Whitfield, 21 Dec 2014
Triumph Spitfire, photo Mark Whitehorn

Car hacker secrets revealed: Clutching up a tank engine in a classic motor

+Diagrams Several people were kind enough to comment favourably on this article and asked for more information, pictures and video. We are delighted to oblige. Technically no one asked for poorly drawn diagrams, but I’ve included some of these as well.
Mark Whitehorn, 21 Dec 2014

Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

Worstall @ the Weekend The economy's not growing as fast as it used to when we had big government and big unions, so we'd better bring them back, right? Or maybe we just don't have enough economic data to tell?
Tim Worstall, 21 Dec 2014
Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers

Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

Product Roundup There’s nothing cooler than board games at the moment, whether they are being referenced by the Marsh family in South Park, or popularised by one of the pop-up gaming bars in East London. Board games are now selling in droves. Often produced by independent companies, they can be intellectually rigorous and visually stunning.
Lucy Orr, 21 Dec 2014

No Santa, no Irish boozers and no regrets: life in Qatar

THE EXPAT FILES In this week's eXpat File, we meet Irishman Russell Clark, who's settled in Qatar.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2014
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HP's shareholder settlement deal over Autonomy merger DENIED – again

A US district judge has thrown out a proposed settlement deal of a sueball lobbed at HP by some of the company's shareholders, after it bought Blighty software outfit Autonomy for $10.7bn in 2011.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2014
James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview

Norks: FBI's Sony Pictures' hacking allegations are 'groundless slander'

"Grave consequences" have been threatened by North Korea, after the FBI alleged on Friday that Norks were behind the savage hack of struggling film studio Sony Pictures.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2014

FURY erupts on streets of Brussels over greedy USA's data-slurping appetite

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Brussels on Friday to express anger about secret trade talks between the EU, US and others that they believe would damage the 28-member-state bloc's data protection rights.
Jennifer Baker, 20 Dec 2014
Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor

TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

A sad day as Vulture News Central loses its lead anchor, Regina Eggbert, in a horrific misunderstanding ... no, I can't go on. I simply can't describe it. You'll have to see for yourself! ®
Rotten apple

Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

Comment We've had another instalment in the campaign to blame Apple for all that goes wrong in poor countries, and this time it was the BBC's Panorama that scolded the iFruit for buying tin in Indonesia.
Tim Worstall, 20 Dec 2014
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

Why the chemistry between Hollywood, physics and maths is so hot right now

Interview Folks in the scientific know like to pick apart movies about science and science fiction, pointing out all the ways in which they don’t embrace real facts and theories. They also love to complain about how nerds are so often portrayed on film the same way, as socially inept weirdos, sweet maybe, but not really taken seriously. And yet, the most likely criticism to be levelled at the two Oscar-worthy movies about scientists this year, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, is that they’re not scientific enough.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: Fun, but not for all

Vulture at the Wheel The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a car with far too much power. The 240hp from the 1750cc turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine overwhelms the fat tyres, so it struggles for grip and torque steers.
Simon Rockman, 20 Dec 2014
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Big Eyes falls short on the big question of popular art

Film review The ingredients are all there for an Oscar-winning film in Big Eyes. Multiple Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and one-time winner Christoph Waltz play Walter and Margaret Keane in a flick based on a true story about pop culture and high art in the 1960s.
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Nunslinger, Yosemite For Dummies and Life Inside The Fall

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston is joined by Andrew Orlowski to review the pick of publishing this week. A compilation of works from mysterious Stark Houghton tells tall tales of the wild west. Mac users can brush up their skills or get a break from hapless relatives with the latest from Bob LeVitus. And music lovers get a down to earth view of the indie scene from The Fall's bass player Steve Hanley.
Angry old man

You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Old Man by Neil Young
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Dec 2014
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Europe: Hold my wine glass, I've got an internet govt to build

The European Commission has signed a contract to create a system that will gather up the world's policies on governing the internet, and put 'em all under one roof. That way, people can look over them and work out how to best run the 'net.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Dec 2014
Artist's concept of Kepler 22b

Kepler's STILL GOT IT! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away

The Kepler space telescope might be damaged goods, but the clever hacks created by NASA's boffins have kept it running and it has spotted a new – if distant – planet that could harbor water, just like Earth.
Iain Thomson, 20 Dec 2014

Heads up! If Tor VANISHES over the weekend, this is why

The Tor Project is warning that its network – used by netizens to mask their identities on the internet – may be knocked offline in the coming days.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Dec 2014
Jeff Bezos shows off the Amazon Fire Phone

If at first you don't succeed ... Fire, FIRE again: Amazon mulls smartphone sequel

Amazon hasn't learned its lesson from the thundering belly flop of its Fire Phone, and according to some accounts it's apparently beavering away at a second version.
Neil McAllister, 20 Dec 2014
Google UK office logos

Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

Google is taking legal action against the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, alleging he exceeded his authority in suing the ad giant over piracy – and taking his cues from the Motion Picture Ass. of America.
Iain Thomson, 20 Dec 2014

Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

Staples says malware that infected its registers in 115 stores had access to bank card numbers from 1.16 MILLION customers.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2014
Batteries

Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus – even though car tech test is an expected bonus

Tesla Motors has a Christmas present for a few owners of its Model S all-electric cars, in the form of a pilot program for its new battery-swapping technology beginning in California next week.
Neil McAllister, 19 Dec 2014
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password
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ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database

The internet's critical IANA body – which allocate IP addresses and manage global DNS – was not compromised by hackers who broke into domain-name overseer ICANN's systems, the organization has stressed.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Dec 2014
Gloved hand reaches into victim's pocket to steal mobile phone

Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods

Hackers obtained system administrators' passwords to pull of the mega-hack against Sony Pictures' servers, according to reports. This will come as no surprise to IT professionals.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2014
BlackBerry
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BlackBerry CEO Chen says to expect profits ... in 2016

In a conference call with financial analysts on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the firm kept costs under control and even eked out a meager profit in the third quarter of its fiscal 2015, but he couldn't hide that the ailing mobe-maker's revenues continued their steady decline.
Neil McAllister, 19 Dec 2014
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T-Mobile US to refund $90m for bogus charges: Un-Carrier to Un-Crammer

T-Mobile US will pay out $90m to settle cramming allegations raised by the US trade watchdog.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2014
The North Korean computer system

Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has claimed to have found evidence linking North Korea with the hackers who ransacked Sony Pictures' servers and dumped gigabytes of sensitive data online.
Iain Thomson, 19 Dec 2014
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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

Readers, thanks for all the feedback. Here's a list of tweaks we rolled out today.
Drew Cullen, 19 Dec 2014
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Vulture 2 design hero describes epic 'hobby' project

It's a traditional SPB tip of the hat today to Vulture 2 spaceplane designer Chris Dodd, who's been chewing the fat with The Engineer about his involvement with the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project.
Lester Haines, 19 Dec 2014
Angry old man

Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

Thousands of Hackney residents are fuming after their personal information was leaked by the council online in a bungled Freedom of Information request.

Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

Apple has refuted claims made by the BBC’s Panorama programme that it is not working hard enough to protect the rights of workers.
Simon Rockman, 19 Dec 2014
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Windows Server 2003 custom support could cost MILLIONS

Business leaders who dismissed calls from the IT department to migrate off Windows Server 2003 as nothing more than a maintenance exercise could be left rueing a potentially costly seven-figure financial howler.
Paul Kunert, 19 Dec 2014
Original "Airplane" image from Paramount Pictures

UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

The chief executive of the National Air Traffic Services, Richard Deakin, has denied the body “skimped" on its IT investment after being hauled in front MPs this week to account for its major computer outage.
Kat Hall, 19 Dec 2014
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Love the cloud? Be a ‘Cloud Hero’ with Microsoft

Promo Microsoft UK are offering you the chance to bank some ‘Cloud Hero’ kudos along with a raft of prizes in exchange for completing some tasks in Azure.
David Gordon, 19 Dec 2014

Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

A council that ordered covert surveillance of a sick employee has been ordered to review its practices following an investigation by data privacy watchdogs.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2014

Linux 'GRINCH' vuln is AWFUL. Except, er, maybe it isn't

A dispute has arisen about the seriousness of a vulnerability in Linux, dubbed "Grinch", that supposedly creates a privilege escalation risk.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2014
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Iliad owner coughs €2.3bn for Orange Switzerland

Xavier Niel, the owner of French ISP and mobile phone company Iliad, is buying Orange Switzerland for CHF2.8bn (€2.3bn) from VC Apax Partners.
Simon Rockman, 19 Dec 2014
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Merlot and hot dogs: Atos snaps up Xerox's outsourcing biz for $1.05bn

French IT services giant Atos has snapped up Xerox's outsourcing biz for $1.05bn (£670m), as it tries to extend its garlic and lemon-infused tentacles across the American market.
Kat Hall, 19 Dec 2014
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Daisy Group: so long AIM, it's been emotional, sort of

The soon-to-be-private B2B comms and tech supplier Daisy Group confirmed this morning that its shares will be yanked from the Alternative Investment Market from 22 January.
Paul Kunert, 19 Dec 2014
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Reviewed: LittleBigPlanet 3, Lara Croft's latest raid and more

Game Theory Christmas is all about interacting with people whether you like it or not. If you can’t convince your family to succumb to the new board gaming fad, here are three multiplayer video gaming options you can play as a family or that are more suitable for a younger audience than the forthcoming PC release of GTA V.
Lucy Orr, 19 Dec 2014

Google Tax part 94: EU's H-dot wavers over copyright levy

EU digi-chief Gunther H-dot Oettinger has been characteristically clear as mud in explaining his plans for copyright reform.
Jennifer Baker, 19 Dec 2014
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Webcam-snooping spawn of ZeuS hits 150 banks worldwide

The latest evolution of the online bank account raiding Trojan ZeuS is the webcam-spying Chthonic malware, according to researchers.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2014
Man in suit of Viking armour

Armouring up online: Duncan Campbell's chief techie talks crypto with El Reg

Crypto toolbox, Part I I think I was about 15 or 16 when PGP was making headlines for being classified as munitions by the US government and was (supposedly) banned from export. While I wasn’t a subversive type at the time, I got a very strong sense that any software that scared the mighty USA so badly was something I ought to play with and try to understand – even if I didn’t need it.
Matt Fowler, 19 Dec 2014
SAmba

Fujitsu’s customers come big data samba dancing

Fujitsu is helping its customers get up (and down again) on the big data dance floor and do the analytics samba with an integrated bundle of HW and SW and services called PRIMEFLEX for Hadoop (PfH - our initials) to save customers from any DIY aggro.
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2014
School Dinner by Glasgow blogger Veg, credit Martha Payne, used with permission
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VISC-y business: Can Soft Machines keep the free lunch counter open?

If the free lunch is over, then few have heeded the end-of-break bell.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2014
Github octodex

Git thee behind me, Git crit security bug!

GitHub has acknowledged there's a flaw in its client software and recommended that users upgrade as soon as possible.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2014

Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

As well as finding out that Jennifer Lawrence earns less than her male counterparts, Hollywood studio execs are self-important a-holes and Sony Pictures has a password policy that a baby could break ... it turns out movie giants are also seeking to DESTROY THE INTERNET with a ten-page legal memo.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Dec 2014

Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

IBM has had a win in its long court battle with SCO over just who owns Unix and, by extension, whether Linux is an unauthorised clone.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2014

How much for a wrist job? A tenner normally, but for this one, over $30k

The wait is almost over for footballers, Arab oil magnates, the fanbois elite, Croydon-based lottery winners, or anyone else with a money to burn: a diamond-encrusted Apple Watch will hit the shops next year with an eye-popping price tag.
Paul Kunert, 19 Dec 2014
India's GSLV Mk-III rocket clears the tower

India's heavy launch rocket passes flight test

India yesterday conducted a successful test of its new GSLV Mk-III X/CARE launch vehicle.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2014

Hack hijacks electric skateboards, dumps hipsters in the gutter

A hacker duo have shown how to hijack "Boosted" brand electricity-assisted skateboards.
Darren Pauli, 19 Dec 2014

Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

Microsoft has launched its first US lawsuit against companies offering phoney phone support for its products and says it plans further operations in the UK and India to stamp out the scammers.
Iain Thomson, 19 Dec 2014
Photo of a vintage analog modem with an acoustic coupler
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NBN Co reveals product roadmap and Telstra planning deal

NBN Co has updated its product roadmap and Telstra has revealed it will help the company to plan future deployments.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2014
Android for cars

Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

Google is planning a big push into in-car infotainment systems with an upcoming version of Android, sources claim.
Neil McAllister, 19 Dec 2014
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Kiwi hacker 'menace' pops home detention tracker cuffs

Kiwicon Christchurch bus hacker William Turner has demonstrated how to trick home detention ankle monitors used in New Zealand.
Darren Pauli, 19 Dec 2014
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Johnson & Johnson snatches your .baby for $3m

Johnson & Johnson has bought the right to .baby domains for $3.1m, beating Google and five other companies.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Dec 2014
Guru at work

Woz moves to Oz

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has become a permanent resident of Australia.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2014

Net Neut: Verizon flips the bird to FCC on peering deal crackdown

Verizon reckons the FCC's net neutrality proposals can not lawfully stop ISPs charging websites big bucks to increase streaming speeds to subscribers.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2014
Photo of boxes of Microsoft Office for Mac

Microsoft drops early Chrissie pressie on Mac Office fanbois

Microsoft's not been kind to Office for Mac over the years: since the last major update in 2010 fanbois haven't had much to get excited about.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2014
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Red Hat CFO reaches for eject cord after Street-beating performance

Red Hat chief financial officer Charlie Peters announced on Wednesday that he's stepping down from the company, even as it reported another quarter of strong earnings that beat even its own guidance.
Neil McAllister, 19 Dec 2014
Snowdonia on the new GB Minecraft 2 map
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Finally kicked that Minecraft habit? Story time!

Minecraft's maker says it's working on a new "narrative-driven" follow up to the ultra-addictive world-building game.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2014
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Banish the fear of Big Brother when you bring in BYOD

As I have said before, bring your own device (BYOD) can be a difficult concept to sell. After all, you are basically saying to users: “We want you to supply your own IT equipment but we want to be able to control the corporate data and applications that go on it.”
Dave Cartwright, 18 Dec 2014
ISIS leader Shakir Wahiyib with Facebook thumbs-up

New fear: ISIS killers use 'digital AK-47' malware to hunt victims

Malware has emerged from war-torn Syria targeting those protesting the rule of ISIS (ISIL, Islamic State, whatever the murderous humanity-hating fanatics are calling themselves these days.)
Iain Thomson, 18 Dec 2014
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Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

A US District Court judge has cast doubt on an antitrust lawsuit filed against Google, describing the damages sought as "speculative."
Neil McAllister, 18 Dec 2014
Microsoft-themed Monopoly board

Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

Fresh Windows PCs in Europe will no longer offer to install Google Chrome and other web browsers rivaling Internet Explorer.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2014

Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

Infosec biz Check Point claims it has discovered a critical software vulnerability that allows hackers to hijack home and small business broadband routers across the web.
John Leyden, 18 Dec 2014
GhostSwimmer

Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

Pics and video The US Navy has shown off the first images of its latest aqua-drone: a five-foot-long robot shark that's been swimming off the shores of Virginia.
Iain Thomson, 18 Dec 2014
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Rivals feel power of EMC's storage software bite

IDC's latest storage software (SW) tracker numbers show top dog EMC is continuing to rule the kennels, with a chunkier market share than both its nearest rivals combined.
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2014
Lufthansa plane
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Europe rubber-stamps IBM Lufthansa outsourcing gig

The European Commission has given IBM the green light to splash $1.25bn on Lufthansa's tech infrastructure wing.
Kat Hall, 18 Dec 2014

Security SEE-SAW: $3 MEEELLION needed to fight a $100k hack

It costs a whopping $3.1m to defend against a $100,000 advanced attack, a security duo claims.
Darren Pauli, 18 Dec 2014
Space Cowboys movie still

LEGS IN 2015: SpaceX Falcon's landing PUT ON HOLD

NASA and SpaceX have announced that the firm’s fifth ISS resupply mission - which was also the first test of its ground-breaking leggy landing on a floating platform - will be postponed until next year.
SOURCE:  http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=view&id=1412135

Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

Netflix has scored a big win in its ongoing patent infringement battle with video-on-demand software provider OpenTV.
Jennifer Baker, 18 Dec 2014
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Blu-ray disc
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Toshiba joins the exclusive, three-member 6TB disk drive club

Toshiba has joined Seagate and WD/HGST in the 6TB disk drive club, still so exclusive that it only has three members.
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2014
Fenke with Reg the vulture and the powerbank
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Last chance for Xmas Cash'n'Carrion goodies

Those of you who'd been mulling snaffling something from our Cash'n'Carrion merchandising emporium should be aware that today is the deadline for international orders to be delivered before Xmas, and UK customers should get in there tomorrow at the latest to receive their goodies before Santa touches down on their rooftops.
Team Register, 18 Dec 2014
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The Shock of The New: The Register redesign update 2

One week into our redesign and more than 800 comments so far. (Also a fair few emails, tweets and a bit of Facebook feedback). Let’s acknowledge straight away that our makeover has not received universal acclaim - although we have yet to receive a death threat.
Drew Cullen, 18 Dec 2014
SpaceX' autonomous spaceport drone ship

Friday: SpaceX will attempt to land rocket on floating, robotic 'spaceport drone ship'

Upstart start-up rocketry firm SpaceX is planning to try out its new upgraded rocket landing legs on its next trip to the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow.
Network cabling FULL

Untangling .NET Core: Open source for Windows, Mac, Linux

Exclusive Interview It is all change in the Microsoft .NET World, as the company takes the technology open source and cross-platform. But how will old and new fit together? El Reg speaks to Director of Program Management Jay Schmelzer.
Tim Anderson, 18 Dec 2014
Flytrap

CoolReaper pre-installed malware creates backdoor on Chinese Androids

Security researchers have discovered a backdoor in Android devices sold by Coolpad, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer.
John Leyden, 18 Dec 2014
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Crossbar says it's 'one step' from delivering miracle RRAM

Crossbar has jumped a hurdle limiting the readability if its resistive RAM non-volatile memory tech and says commercialisation is getting closer.
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2014
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Teradata gobbles up data squasher RainStor

Teradata has bought RainStor, the deduping database supplier and Hadoop convert.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Dec 2014
Smartwatches

Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

Product roundup Under the tree this Christmas, wearables beyond woolly socks, gloves and tasteless jumpers will be in abundance. Wristbands and smartwatches that track our activity now cover a diverse range of prices and functions. Most offer ‘lifelogging’, the latest buzzword used to describe monitoring everything you do from exercise to sleep.
Jennifer Newton, 18 Dec 2014
Mobile phone no service

UK.gov binds mobe operators to £5bn not-spot deal

Blighty’s government has announced a new deal with the top four mobe operators in the country to improve the state of so-called mobile roaming "not-spots".
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Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter

Comment A disk's areal density varies according to where you look on a platter. This writer had thought it was constant cross a platter but, wouldn't you know it, it's not.
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2014
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TorrentLocker ransomware pestilence plagues Europe, bags $500k

TorrentLocker, one of the most widespread pieces of ransomware, has claimed thousands of victims since it first surfaced in February 2014, according to new research.
John Leyden, 18 Dec 2014

Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

Review As has become par for the course with Fedora, the latest – Fedora 21 – has arrived months behind schedule. To its credit, it's well worth the wait.
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Tegile to shove flash into DIMMs, it would seem

Tegile's marketing veep figures that "PCIe flash and NVDIMMs will make their way into shared storage devices, further driving latencies down." Cue Tegile supporting flash DIMMs in 2015, then.
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2014
George Bush in Game of Thrones

V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

Stob Laud Satya Nadella stood at the leaded casement of his garret, contemplating the ominous, brooding sky to the south. The flag over the Maeiouster's Hub Complex barely stirred in the still air, so that he could not only see the sigil of his once-proud house - gules and vert oblongs accroupis sur a respectant brace, azure dexter and jaune sinister, of quatrocons, conjoined to the Mark of Registered Trade - but also make out the motto VENIT FENESTRAE (which, as everybody knows, is Old Visbasian for "Windows is coming") proudly emblazoned in the finest, most delicate Comic Sans that the T-shirt weavers of Old Redmond could fashion.
Verity Stob, 18 Dec 2014

TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

Microsoft has published a full, frank, and ugly account of just what went wrong when Azure Storage entered Total Inability To Support Usual Performance – TITSUP - mode in November.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2014
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Oracle, the King of Cloud? Maybe in Ellison's world

Analysis Oracle's executive team spent most of its second-quarter earnings conference call on Wednesday talking about its cloud business – which made sense, since that was the only part of the business that showed significant growth.
Neil McAllister, 18 Dec 2014
Bots
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Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims

Google has reiterated its claim that there is no inherent advantage to new top-level domains – such as .london or .book – when it comes to topping search rankings.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Dec 2014
Boring Christmas

Scrooges rejoice! Beancounters find formula for perfect Xmas party

If you’re planning a Christmas party and you’re the sort of miserly Scrooge type that doesn’t want to waste any money on excess Christmas crackers, science has got you covered.
Team Register, 18 Dec 2014
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Social sniffer predicts which Nigerian prince has the best chance of scamming you

Kiwi penetration tester Laura Bell has released a social engineering analysis tool to allow analysis of risky behaviour by punters.
Darren Pauli, 18 Dec 2014
Steve Jobs

Judge bars dead Steve Jobs from appearing on TV news FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

A US judge has stricken a request to release a video of Steve Jobs recorded just months before the Apple cofounder and CEO died in 2011.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2014

Softlayer hops into Equinix's Cloud Exchange

IBM's cloudy concern SoftLayer has decided it'll be better off if it joins Equinix's Cloud Exchange.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2014
Angry woman on mobile
2

Bill cram woes piling up for Sprint: Campaigners lob in a sueball

Yet another group has filed suit against Sprint, alleging the US telco unfairly profited from phone bill cramming.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2014
The IT Crowd with highlighted Reg sticker

Singapore startup does an Uber on tech support

Next time your friend's Aunty Gladys asks if that software the nice man from India installed on her PC is legitimate, you might just get paid for helping her out.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2014

URL LOL: Delta splats web flight boarding pass snoop bug

Delta Airlines techies have fixed a flaw in the biz's paperless boarding pass system that allowed a hacker to access information on strangers' flights.
Iain Thomson, 18 Dec 2014

Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

Sony Pictures has confirmed the inevitable and cancelled the December 25 launch of The Interview after most major theater chains refused to run it.
Iain Thomson, 18 Dec 2014
Mark Hurd and Safra Catz
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Hurd'n'Catz leading Oracle to the cloud, but core biz still lags

Oracle beat analysts' estimates for once for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, with an earnings report that otherwise showed only modest results.
Neil McAllister, 18 Dec 2014

Sony looks at unpopular Google Glass, shouts 'ME TOO!'

Sony has unveiled a headset display that snaps on to a pair of glasses a la Google Glass.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Dec 2014
Crystal ball via http://www.manoftaste.de/

Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

Microsoft says Windows Insider program members shouldn't be upset that no more Windows 10 Preview builds are coming this year, because the build that's expected to arrive in late January will be awesome – literally.
Neil McAllister, 17 Dec 2014

Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

Hands on How can a phone maker sell out of its new smartmobe in advance when no one even knew what was inside? BlackBerry has somehow managed that feat.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Dec 2014
The death of Venus Express

ESA: Venus probe doomed to fiery death on weird planet's surface

The European Space Agency has administered the last rites to its Venus Express probe, saying that the spacecraft is now out of control and has gone "gently into the night."
Iain Thomson, 17 Dec 2014
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

Domain-name overseer ICANN has been hacked and its DNS zone database compromised, the organization has said.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Dec 2014
Columns of coins in the cloud
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Could Cisco's Intercloud give it another chokehold on the Internet?

Interview When companies around the world are still running $40bn worth of your networking kit that is officially classified as past end-of-life, you might have to learn a few new tricks to keep the revenue coming in. Or even better, dream up a whole new strategy.
Joe Fay, 17 Dec 2014
Dom Joly

If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

Analysis The start of 2015 is sure to bring an even greater intensity of interest in what "5G" might be. After all, some operators are saying they will start commercial deployments in 2020, and a five-year time-scale is short enough to induce panic attacks.
Wireless Watch, 17 Dec 2014

Can't stop Home Depot-style card pwning, but suppliers will feel PCI regulation pain

Third-party providers will face more stringent regulations as part of a revamp in payment card industry regulations due to go into full effect in the new year.
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2014
Lester firing an AR-16 at the gun range

American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

It's been quite a week for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team, as myself and Edge Research Laboratory's David Patterson travelled to Spaceport America in New Mexico, and took delivery of the Vulture 2 spaceplane in Denver, picking up a couple of rocket motor reloads along the way.
Lester Haines, 17 Dec 2014
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

Review This has been a year of pain for Android phone makers, and Sony has suffered as much in this over-saturated market as anyone. But manufacturers' pain is your gain. Sony's overlooked Z3 Compact is, for you if not Sony, the happy result.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Dec 2014
Woman slaps man. Pic: Shutterstock

ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

Toothless ad regulator the Advertising Standards Authority has put online souk Ebuyer on the naughty step again for using misleading advertising – the seventh complaint upheld against the company roughly three years.
Kat Hall, 17 Dec 2014
Dr. Dobb's Journal

Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

Programming journal and website Dr. Dobb's is ceasing publication of new content at the end of 2014.
Tim Anderson, 17 Dec 2014
Red pen
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Dixphone's half-year P&L accounts are in. So much RED INK

Fewer arch enemies and a brighter economy should help Frankencorp - the merged Dixons and Carphone Warehouse organisation - oil the wheels of commerce. It's done that with gusto in the six months since the union was sealed.
Paul Kunert, 17 Dec 2014
James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview

NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

The New York premiere of Sony Pictures’ movie about a fictional assassination attempt on Kim Jong-Un has been cancelled in the wake of hacker threats invoking 9/11.
Honshu Tsunami Wave Propagation

Keep an eye on those Object Storage critters, y'hear?

Storagebod So as another year draws to a close, it appears that everything in the storage industry is still pretty much as it was. There have been no really seismic shifts in the industry, yet. Perhaps next year?
StorageBod, 17 Dec 2014

London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

A 17 year-old Londoner has pleaded guilty to a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year.
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2014
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Speaking in Tech: MICROSOFT to buy out TWITTER? Nah

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch, and Sarah Vela. The gang look back on a reasonably quiet year, score predictions made, and look forward to next year's big corporate moves.
Team Register, 17 Dec 2014
The European flag

EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

New EU tax rules that come into force on 1 January could kill thousands of mini and micro online businesses.
Jennifer Baker, 17 Dec 2014
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Profit-shy Instagram adds 5 new filters for hipster-photo types

Instagram has added five more filters to the Facebook-owned, profit-shy photo app.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2014
Policeman claps in London street

UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

The legality of uploading of millions of photographs to the Police National Database for automated facial recognition tech searches has been called into question by the UK's Biometrics Commissioner.
Kat Hall, 17 Dec 2014

Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

Worstall on Wednesday What consumers end up paying for mobile phone services isn't the only price we're worried about.
Tim Worstall, 17 Dec 2014
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HOW MUCH did WD pay for Skyera? Join the dots, work it out

Comment We at El Reg suggested yesterday, Monday, that WD paid up to $400m for the all-flash array upstart, but WD has since mailed us to say that's wrong.
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2014
BMW's remote parking tech
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At last! Something else for smartwatches to do as BMW promises park-by-wristjob demo

Auto-maker BMW has announced a park-by-wristjob demo at January 2015's CES electronics extravaganza.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2014
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Why is ICANN rushing its 'UN 'net security council'? So it can be announced at Davos

Despite rejections from its closest allies and calls for delay, ICANN is determined to create a "coordination council" for its internet-steering NetMundial Initiative this month. Why?
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Dec 2014
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Pacnet becomes 'potential' prey for Australia's Telstra

Australia's dominant telecommunications company, Telstra, has told the nation's stock exchange “that it is in discussions with the owners of Pacnet around a potential transaction to acquire the company.”
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2014
The msianthropes card game

30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

Would you pay $6 for a box of shit? Fans of the "party game for horrible people", Cards Against Humanity did.
Simon Rockman, 17 Dec 2014
IBM Power S842L server
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IBM and Red Hat power up for virtualisation on Power systems

Red Hat has announced that its Enterprise Virtualization product now works on IBM's Power systems.
Darren Pauli, 17 Dec 2014
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

FCC to smack Sprint with $105m fine over 'cramming' – report

US mobile carrier Sprint should expect a hefty fine from the Federal Communications Commission for overbilling its customers, say sources with knowledge of the agency's plans.
Neil McAllister, 17 Dec 2014
Tesla Model S family e-car

Telstra scores deal to drive data to Teslas

Australian buyers of the Tesla model S will become customers of the nation's dominant telco, Telstra, after the two companies announced a deal.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2014
David Bowie life on mars

It's whiff, Jim, but not as we know it: Curiosity sniffs ORGANICS on Mars

Two new papers on the latest data from the compact chemistry laboratory aboard nuclear-tank Curiosity show organic compounds in Mars' atmosphere and rocks – and therefore offer tantalizing clues to the Red Planet's watery past.
Iain Thomson, 17 Dec 2014
gandalf
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Google bakes W3C malware-buster into Gmail

If an online service offers even the slightest gap through which miscreants can launch an attack, they will do so. It's therefore not surprising that Google feels some extensions to its Gmail service may not be entirely friendly to users.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2014
cloud

Back dat app up: Microsoft opens Azure Backup to Windows PCs

Microsoft's Azure Backup cloud service could start getting a lot more traffic soon, with the introduction of backup services for Windows client operating systems.
Neil McAllister, 17 Dec 2014

Screwball ruble closes Apple's Russia store, whole kit and caboodle

Apple has temporarily halted online sales in Russia while the country remains in an economic free-fall.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Dec 2014
cable

Gigabit-over-TV-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1 passes interop test

DOCSIS 3.1, a standard designed to deliver downloads at up to 10Gbps on existing hybrid fibre-coax cable television networks, has passed an interoperability test.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2014

How does the US government run the internet? This is how

The US government has posted a step-by-step guide to how it authorizes changes to the internet's root zone – the heart of the world's domain-name system.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Dec 2014
Snap, snap, snap ...
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Google Cloud gets 'snappy' with Ubuntu Core support

Canonical's "snappy" new formulation of Ubuntu has gained the support of another major public cloud vendor, with Google making the lightweight Linux available for customers of its Compute Engine IaaS offering.
Neil McAllister, 16 Dec 2014

Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

As if Sony Pictures didn't have enough on its plate, now former employees have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Hollywood giant over the parlous state of its security – and to recoup the damage hackers have allegedly caused them.
Iain Thomson, 16 Dec 2014

Apple WINS iPod antitrust fight, jury nixes BILLION-dollar payout bid

Apple has prevailed in an almost decade-long antitrust legal battle over the way its iPod gadgets handled music not obtained through iTunes.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Dec 2014
Mercury North pole

NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

There's a chance to enter the history books (or at least a planetary geography atlas) as NASA is asking the public to help name five prominent features on Mercury, the tiny planet closest to the Sun.
Iain Thomson, 16 Dec 2014

Boggling bum babe Kim fails to 'break the internet' – Robin Williams instead tops Google charts

Legendary comedian Robin Williams has, we're told, topped 2014's chart of the most searched for thing or person on Google.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Dec 2014
Hadoop_elephant
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IS there anything sexier than hyper-converged systems?

Comment Everyone likes hyper-converged systems. They are cool, dense, fast, energy-saving, agile, scalable, manageable, easy-to-use, and whatever else you want. But you know what? They have their limits too.
The only problem with an earing is that it will trigger the NFC app everytime you answer the phone

Unlock your mobe by STROKING it with your PEARL

Jewellery firm Galatea has released an app which plays audio when one of the company's pearls is touched to the back of a phone. That's not a euphemism.
Simon Rockman, 16 Dec 2014

Oi, channel peeps. Stop giving money to AWS for IaaS - EMC

Channel partners should eat their own dog food when it comes to deploying hybrid clouds, and use their own infrastructure to develop enterprise apps instead of buying infrastructure-as-a-service from companies like AWS.
Paul Kunert, 16 Dec 2014
CGI image of Lunar Mission One on the Moon

HUMAN HAIR will soon be FOUND on MOON: Brit 'nauts aim for SPAAAACE

Blighty-backed moonshot Lunar Mission One has managed to hit its Kickstarter goal of £600,000 in crowdfunding, just a day and a half ahead of the cut-off point.
big droplets falling from rain cloud

IBM: Get yer cloud services! Analytics, mobile, ten a penny

With all bets placed behind software and services, IBM needs to quickly re-tune its route to customers to get the right suppliers on board and the revenue dial moving in the right direction again.
Paul Kunert, 16 Dec 2014

Penguin porn? NO! Linux folk in #LCA2015 standoff

Each January Linux luminaries from around the world descend on Australia and New Zealand to attend Linux.conf.au, an antipodean penguinista gathering of sufficient gravitas that Linus Torvalds himself often makes the trip.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2014
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UK.gov SLASHES ICT frameworks by more than HALF

The government is cutting the number of its ICT frameworks from 26 down to just 10 - a move that has been criticised for leaving SMEs in the dark.
Kat Hall, 16 Dec 2014
Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND storage

FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

Comment We have 3D NAND flash chip supplier timing, courtesy of financial analyst whiz Aaron Rakers. The four foundry operators will all be pumping out mass production volumes of the high-capacity stuff in 18 months' time
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2014
The Playmobil bank set, complete with armed robber
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Banks, UK.gov must work together to beat cyber-nasties

Government must work closely with UK banks to improve financial institutions' infrastructure and resilience to cyber attacks, the Bank of England has warned.
Kat Hall, 16 Dec 2014
Parcels

Amazon workers in Germany stage CHRISTMAS STRIKE

Amazon workers are striking yet again in Germany, hoping to put pressure on the etailer over the Christmas shopping period.
Clawfoot_bath

Server SANs: Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater

Getting rid of SAN complexity and cost is an idea that appeals to many CIOs sick of juggling storage area networking components and array costs.
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2014
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablet

Goes like the blazes: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 late 2014 edition

Review Before you all take to the comments page and start asking why in the name of hell it has taken us more than six months to review the Fire 8.9 HDX, let me clarify one thing. This is the new, refreshed winter 2014 model. Yes, I know it looks very similar, OK, make that identical, to the previous (3rd) generation 8.9 HDX but trust me, it has been improved.
Alun Taylor, 16 Dec 2014
Sharon White, new head of Ofcom, former Second Perm Sec at the Treasury

Ofcom's new broom Sharon White sweeps into office

Communications watchdog Ofcom confirmed this morning that it has found a replacement for outgoing chief Ed Richards.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2014
Iron Throne
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EMC: People are going to be FLASHING their RACKS next year

EMC's chief evangelist Chad Sakac got up at an investor conference and said DSSD systems should arrive in limited availability next year.
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2014

European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

Rivals of Booking.com have been invited to have their say over alleged anti-competitive contracts imposed by the online travel agent.
Jennifer Baker, 16 Dec 2014
Our LOHAN mission patch design

El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

The Vulture 2 spaceplane arrived safely in the USA last week, and is currently resting at a secure facility in Denver courtesy of Jeff Anderton of video production outfit Mass Transit.
Lester Haines, 16 Dec 2014

Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

Comment The UK is in danger of falling behind the rest of the world in rolling out IPv6 networking, while Ofcom sees pound signs and focuses on workarounds, it's claimed.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Dec 2014

France says NON! to UberPop: New law to kill off amateur cabs

Uber has once again found itself running afoul of a government, this time in a form of a ban on the company's UberPop service in France.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Dec 2014

easyGroup railroads easytrain.com owner

easyGroup has won back the easytrain.com domain after it failed to renew it ... back in 2009.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Dec 2014

'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

+Analysis Sixty-six heavyweight boffins active in the field of biodiversity conservation have pleaded with the world's greens to get over their objections to nuclear power, pointing out that renewable energy means terrible losses of endangered animals and plants.
Lewis Page, 16 Dec 2014
Microsoft Sway

Microsoft opens smiley-kids jangly guitar doc-maker to all

Microsoft has opened its new Office app, Sway, to all comers.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2014
Halo 4
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Microsoft to open source HALO's cloudy back-end

Microsoft has decided to release the code for “Project Orleans”, code the company uses to power “the basis of the Halo 4 services architecture.”
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2014

Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

A US judge's decision that Iran's internet registry cannot be seized by victims of an Iranian-backed bomb attack will be challenged on appeal [PDF] in Washington DC.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Dec 2014
Sony Pictures

Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

The Guardians of Peace, the hackers who plundered Sony Pictures' servers, has leaked more data swiped from the movie studio – and threatened a bigger document dump in the run up to Christmas in a set of sinister messages.
Iain Thomson, 16 Dec 2014

Chrome devs hatch plan to mark all HTTP traffic insecure

The Chromium Project's security team has kicked off a debate on whether browser will mark all HTTP pages as insecure.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2014
Smartphones

Watch out, Samsung! 3 of top 5 smartphone makers are now Chinese

It was more bad news for Samsung in the third quarter of 2014, as the Korean smartphone maker saw its global market share shrink by nearly 8 per cent, year on year, with most of it going to Chinese rivals.
Neil McAllister, 16 Dec 2014
The components of the Deep Flight Challenger. Image: Deep Flight

Branson sinks sub dream: Plan to explore Earth's bottom scrapped

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has halted plans to build submarines for deep-sea tourism.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Dec 2014