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Cherry Creek overflows with HPC goodness at Uni of Nevada

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has signed a deal giving it access to a year-old TOP500 and Green500 supercomputer, the Intel-built Cherry Creek which has arrived at the city's Switch Supernap.
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Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet

In surprising-no-really-it's-surprising research from NBN Co, Australians with slow internet services apparently get frustrated trying to work from home, so they unnecessarily condemn themselves to the frustration of commuting instead.
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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

Home Depot is facing claims it ignored security warnings from staff, who say prior to its loss of 56 million credit cards, it failed to update anti virus since 2007, did not consistency monitor its network for signs of attack, and failed to properly audit its eventually-hacked payment terminals.
Darren Pauli, 22 Sep 2014
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CloudFlare ditches keys for better security

CloudFlare has announced the outcome of what it says is two years' work, switching on Keyless SSL, which lets customers protect their transmissions with the company's services without having to hand over their SSL keys.
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Apple pours a cup of JavaScript for its Automator robot

Apple has quietly started toying with the idea of using JavaScript as a task automator in the Yosemite version of OS X.
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Dotcom owns up: my name was 'poison'

In the wake of his failure to make a dent in New Zealand politics, Kim Dotcom has said his name alone spoiled the chances for the alliance of the Internet Party and the Mana Movement.
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Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, shrugs analyst

Record iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales trumpeted by Apple reveal very little about demand due to limited supplies of the mobes in the first few days since they arrived in stores.
Team Register, 21 Sep 2014
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New UK.gov DATA SLURPING diplomat to push US telcos to share more subscriber info

The British government has appointed a senior diplomat who will act as a go-between on overseas data access jurisdiction issues, to push communication providers - particularly those based in the US - to share more information with UK spooks.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2014
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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

A new round of what appear to be private, naked photos of female celebrities including US television reality star Kim Kardashian have apparently been leaked online.
Team Register, 21 Sep 2014

Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

Earlier this week we discovered that not only are London's Metropolitan Police rampantly abusing data-snooping laws to hunt down and punish employees who talk to journalists, we also learned that they don't even bother counting how often they do this.
Gareth Corfield, 21 Sep 2014

SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

Vid Elon Musk's private spaceflight company SpaceX successfully launched its unmanned, mouse-laden Dragon 'craft in the early hours of this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2014

Microsoft DELAYS Xbox One launch. Big Trouble in Big China?

Microsoft has pushed back the release of its Xbox One console in China to the end of 2014, without explaining why the launch of its product in the People's Republic had been delayed.
Team Register, 21 Sep 2014
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Reg readers respond: Yes, it's time for Comment of the Week

CoTW Another week, another batch of angry flaming going on in the hallowed halls of El Reg's comments threads. Naturally, we've sliced and diced this week's choicest comments for your amusement - and enragement.
Gareth Corfield, 21 Sep 2014
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Report: EE in talks to scoop up 60 Phones 4u stores from troubled High Street retailer

EE is reportedly the latest company to pick over the carcass of stricken British High Street mobile phone retailer Phones 4u, which fell into administration late last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2014
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Freshly uploaded EU digi-Czar is CLUELESS ON TECH but it's no big deal, says Steelie Neelie

It doesn’t matter that the incoming EU Commissioner for all things digital doesn’t really understand technology, so says Europe's current digi commish Neelie Kroes.
Jennifer Baker, 21 Sep 2014

Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

Worstall @ the Weekend It's a bit of a surprise to find The Guardian, of all places, telling us that there's not actually any poverty in the UK today. But John Lanchester makes that case in the country's leading tax dodging publication. And the lovely thing about it is that he's entirely correct.
Tim Worstall, 21 Sep 2014
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Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game

Page File Parallel universes are already pretty cool, especially the ones that are tantalisingly close to ours, a mere what if away. The parallel universes of Extinction Game have this and an extra edge going for them, as the only ones we visit are those that have endured an apocalyptic event that’s wiped out most of humanity. Wars, plagues, asteroids, scientists tinkering with things they should damn well leave alone and wiping us all out with their genetic experiments – this book has it all, multiple apocalypses for the price of one.
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Bargain basement iPhone shoppers BEWARE! eBay exposes users to phishing vuln

eBay bans the use of cross-site scripting on the online tat bazaar because it can open up the site's users to nasty phishing vulnerabilities. And yet, according to the BBC, some auction listings have been exposed to the exploit since February this year.
Team Register, 21 Sep 2014

THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

Crawling from the Wreckage John Watkinson continues his series of essays for El Reg in which he examines failures in society from banking and education to transport and IT. Here, with a critical eye on our economic plight, he looks at the methods employed by those doing the sums and their consequences.
John Watkinson, 21 Sep 2014

Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking 'Crescent Bay' prototype

Pics Rift maker Oculus is touting a new feature prototype that it has named Crescent Bay.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2014
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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

Google has quietly removed mandatory signups to its unloved "network thingy" Google+, which new Gmail users had been automatically shoved into when creating accounts on the ad giant's web-based email service.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2014
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Last chance to snaffle LOHAN Kickstarter goodies

There's just one day to run on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Kickstarter tin-rattling, and as our plucky Playmonaut celebrates already hitting the £30,000 target needed to take the ballocket mission to Spaceport America, we're busy getting ready to ship our generous backers' magnificent rewards.
Lester Haines, 20 Sep 2014

Ex-basketball star CUFFED on suspicion of stealing Apple gear worth $14k

An erstwhile NBA star was reportedly manacled by police in Arizona on Friday, after being accused of stealing $14,000 worth of gear during separate visits to an Apple store in the US.
Team Register, 20 Sep 2014
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Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer

Vodafone has swooped on 140 Phones 4u stores just days after the retailer blamed the operator for contributing to its untimely demise when it slipped into administration late last Sunday.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2014
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A spin of roulette in the sporty Ford Fiesta Black

Vulture at the Wheel A car is either a head or a heart purchase. If you look at numbers and depreciation, you buy a BMW. Emotion and passion, on the other hand, stereotypically leads to an Alfa Romeo. The new Fiesta Red and Black editions try to be both. It comes it the two colours favoured by roulette, so we took it for a spin.
Simon Rockman, 20 Sep 2014
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Almunia faces GRILLING from MEPs over FAILED Google settlement deal

Europe’s competition chief will face tough questions from MEPs next week over his failed attempts to reach an antitrust settlement deal with Google, which fell far short of sanctions being meted out to the ad giant.
Jennifer Baker, 20 Sep 2014
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'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'

QuoTW This was the week when IBM told a bunch of staffers that their skills weren’t up to scratch. To sort the problem out, Big Blue says it’s going to force them into mandatory training and make them give up ten per cent of their salaries for the privilege.
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Weekend reads: Shark, Chapter and Verse and World War One retold in Ring of Steel

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston reviews the latest literary treats. Lauded wordsmith Will Self's new novel takes some extraordinary twists and turns. Joy Division and New Order guitarist Bernard Sumner tells his life story and Alexander Watson delivers a unique take on WWI, history, not from the victors, but as told from the centre of events.
Mark Diston, 20 Sep 2014
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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My stiff rubbery shaft is sticky. I have tried applying water, gentle detergents and even screen wipes but the stickiness of my rubber remains. It is sticky along its full length from tip to end and even my wife, who has tried to peel off the rubber, agrees that the shaft feels unpleasant in her hands.
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Sep 2014
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ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has never been one to hide his opinions. Now the father of the World Wide Web is up in arms about the state of net neutrality in the United States.
Iain Thomson, 20 Sep 2014

Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

Analysis The internet was in a tizzy this week following the disappearance of what's assumed to be a warrant canary in Apple's latest report on governments demanding users' private data.
Iain Thomson, 20 Sep 2014
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Oh you crazy Frenchies. Iliad won't take no for an answer from T-Mob US

French telco Iliad, which earlier this year was shot down in its attempt to buy T-Mobile US, is once again hoping to make a play for the American carrier.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2014
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Want a Tizen phone to build apps for? Now's your chance – provided you don't need it to work

It's looking worse and worse for Samsung's Linux-based Tizen OS as a smartphone platform contender. Not only are we unlikely to see a consumer mobe running Tizen this year, but it seems even developers will be hard-pressed to get their hands on working kit.
Neil McAllister, 19 Sep 2014
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Yahoo! Made! $8bn! In! One! Day! And! You'll! Easily! Guess! How!

Sprawling web souk Alibaba didn't see its stock-market debut go as planned on Friday.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

Teardown Apple's new iPhones have been torn apart to reveal their innards – and we're told if you're prone to lobbing your new handset at the ground, there's a good chance it's repairable.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

Microsoft has quietly begun the process of transitioning its Lumia smartphones away from Nokia branding, beginning by moving the line's website to a new, in-house URL.
Neil McAllister, 19 Sep 2014
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Hazelcast trousers cash, poises open-source cutlass against Exadata belly

Another day, another bunch of VCs pour cash into a tech startup. Move along; there’s nothing to see here - or is there?
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2014
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Alien condoms. Stuck to the wall. That's entirely normal, y'know

100% Design The Maker Movement was out in force at 100 Per Cent Design both inside and outside the exhibition hall, with the vintage caravan of the Maker Library Network was certainly attracting attention.
Bob Dormon, 19 Sep 2014
Mars

India vs America: Earthling invaders in race to MARS

India and America are locked into a race to Mars - but it looks as if the Yanks will get there first.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Sep 2014
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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

U2 singer Paul Hewson (aka Bono) has hinted that Apple is working on a new music format that will make buying music “irresistible” all over again.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Sep 2014

Joan Rivers promotes iPhone 6 from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Dead comedian Joan Rivers has shuffled briefly back onto this mortal coil to promote Apple's iPhone 6.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Sep 2014
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You - vendor. Pin your ears back, I've got some things to tell you

Storagebod The problem with many discussions in IT is that they rapidly descend into ones that look and feel like religious debate; whereas reality is much more complex and the good IT specialist will develop their own syncretic religion and pinch bits that work from everywhere.
StorageBod, 19 Sep 2014
Divinity: Original Sin

Divinity Original Sin and Wasteland 2 reviews: Turn-based gaming's NOT DEAD YET!

Game Theory It seems it’s taken Kickstarter to revive the turn-based strategy RPG, especially as the big game developers trip over each other to mishmash genres into huge titles like Destiny, so that everything seems have been turned into a shitty FPS.
Lucy Orr, 19 Sep 2014
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Buying memory in the iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

Anal-ysis So, Apple charges £539 for a 16GB iPhone, £619 for a 64GB device and £699 for a 128GB jeesus! Phone.
Simon Rockman, 19 Sep 2014
London Apple store queue for iPhone 6

Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

Vid World+Dog descended upon the flagship London Apple Store today in an attempt to get their sweaty mitts on the phabulous new iPhone 6 Plus.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Sep 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group

Microsoft is closing its Trustworthy Computing Group as part of the loss of 2,100 jobs in a restructuring plan unveiled on Thursday.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2014
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Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

Is there nothing that can’t be solved with the judicious application of bacon? Apparently not, as this year’s Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine winners can attest.
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Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate

100% Design One of the enduring passions of the design world is where we put our arses. Every year at 100 Per Cent Design there’s always a new take on where the butt stops. Some are elaborate, others inventive and, if there are a lot of seats to be considered, then things can get quite cosy too.
Bob Dormon, 19 Sep 2014
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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Analysis Today's long overdue update to Apple's iPhone line - which had been moribund for years - look set to squeeze some rival manufacturers to death. New iPhones at last means that Android, Google's smartphone middleware, will soon look attractive only for budget vendors selling into fast-growing emerging markets.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Sep 2014
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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

The FBI wants greater authority to hack overseas computers, according to a law professor.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2014
Our Playmonaut celebrates with three members of his fan club

Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

It's with the traditional portentous drumroll and mighty fanfare of trumpets that we announce we've hit our Kickstarter target to take the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission to Spaceport America.
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2014
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Open source and the NHS: Two huge disorganised entities without central control

To outsiders, Britain’s National Health Service must look like a monolith, with more than a million staff marching under one three letter acronym to provide healthcare free at the point of delivery, paid for by the taxes.
SA Mathieson, 19 Sep 2014
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Russian botnet suspects cuffed over romantic MMS spyware allegs

Russian cops have arrested two mobile botnet cybercrime suspects as part of an ongoing investigation that's reckoned to be the first of its kind in Russia.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2014
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Object Storage Alliance launched. Problem: 3 vendors haven't joined

After complaining for some time that its message is not understood, the object storage industry has set up an Object Storage Alliance – only to have three suppliers refuse to join.
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2014

Google Apple grapple brings crypto cop block to Android

Google is set to build default encryption into its new Android fondleslabs in a bid to foil police forensics (and maybe to copy or catch up with Apple).
Darren Pauli, 19 Sep 2014
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Who's that at the door, storage box flingers? It's the hard drive makers. No, they are not smiling

Analysis Hard drive makers are, metaphorically speaking, shifting from being gunsmiths to arms dealers. In other words, their customers, who take the drives and put them in boxes, better watch out.
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2014
The view from the ISS

Stray positrons caught on ISS hint at DARK MATTER source

Data gathered by the International Space Station's (ISS') Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is being cautiously suggested as useful evidence for the existence of dark matter.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2014

Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

Italian boffins claim to have devised a method of predicting future crime trends in London using creepy footfall data collected by a mobile phone provider.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Sep 2014
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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

Market monitor IDC's latest word on monitors goes some way to explaining limp enthusiasm for Windows 8: people just aren't buying touch-screen monitors.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2014
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Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

Analysis What's the difference between God and Larry Ellison? God doesn't think he's Larry Ellison.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Sep 2014

Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

First Crack In the queue to buy the iPhone 6 today, Vulture South met a chap named Alex McCredie, the founder of Sydney iThing repair company FixPod.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2014
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Gigantic bazaar Alibaba WILL turn share price up to 11, er, $68 for biggest IPO ever in US

Chinese internet giant Alibaba has set the price of its shares to the max for what is shaping up to be the largest initial public offering (IPO) in US history.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
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Samsung unlocks Knox at zero bucks

Samsung has dropped the cost of its mobile device management (MDM) suite Knox to $0.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2014

Google bloke Beer buzzes iOS 8, OS X in bug-busting bonanza bash

Apple has crushed a tonne of bugs across its products including 53 vuln fixes in iOS 8 and a heap of others in OS X Mavericks, the majority reported by Google researcher Ian Beer.
Darren Pauli, 19 Sep 2014
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Red Hat to Wall Street: I came here to chew FeedHenry and kick some ass. And I'm all out of FeedHenry

Red Hat surprised analysts with very strong earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015 on Thursday, even as the Linux vendor looked to enter the enterprise mobile apps market with a €63.5m ($82m) acquisition.
Neil McAllister, 19 Sep 2014
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How's this for a biz expense? SAP pops $8.3 BEELLION on company card for Concur

SAP has announced it has agreed to acquire enterprise travel and business expense management software purveyor Concur Technologies in an $8.3bn takeover deal.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
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Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

First Fondle If the big queues for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the Broadway Apple Store in Sydney, Australia are a reliable augury, mighty Apple is back on top form, el Reg can report.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2014
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Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

Home Depot today admitted 56 million bank cards are at risk after they were used in malware-infected tills.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
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First day of Hurd'n'Catz at Oracle: It's dis-fur-pointing for Wall St

Oracle posted results that missed analysts' expectations yet again on Thursday, in a Q1 2015 earnings report that was all but overshadowed by the unexpected news that Larry Ellison has stepped down as CEO.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2014
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Feds act to stop cyber-bullying, whatever it is, at some future point

Australia's Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, and his parliamentary secretary Paul Fletcher, have jointly announced that it is working on legislation to allow the appointment of a Children’s e-Safety Commissioner.
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014
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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

Oracle has, in the past few minutes, announced that company founder Larry Ellison has stepped down as chief executive, effective immediately.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft's axeman Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has brought down his axe again, sending off the next batch of the 18,000 employees he has promised will lose their jobs by the end of the year.
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2014
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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs shuffled off this mortal coil in 2011, but his name is living on in patent filings.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
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Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time

HPC blog This article and the ones following it are the most comprehensive and in-depth analysis of a cluster competition that the world has ever seen. If you can find better coverage, then I'll eat a handful of spider webs.
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Ten years on, TEN PER CENT of retailers aren't obeying CAN-SPAM

One in 10 of the world’s largest online retailers are sill violating the CAN-SPAM Act, a full 10 years after the US anti-spam legislation went into effect.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2014
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Snowden's NSA leaks have galvanised the storage world

Anyone following the fortunes of the world’s biggest technology companies will have noticed a trend: every one of them has gone potty for privacy.
Tom Brewster, 18 Sep 2014
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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

An economic study of direct download locker sites has found most are used for copyright infringement – and calculates that they're highly profitable. The study looked at download sites like Mega, Rapidgator and Depositfiles, and streaming lockers like Movshare.net, Flashx.tv and Streamcloud.eu.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2014
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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

100% Design Yes, it’s that time of year again when the design world presents its latest creations. The ideas shown off here will no doubt make it into very well-heeled home in the coming weeks – and gives the rest of us a glimpse of what’s coming in a year or two.
Bob Dormon, 18 Sep 2014
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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

We're struggling to find a single reason why anyone would want to wear an Apple Watch, but here's one reason why you shouldn't.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Sep 2014
Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond debate Scottish independence

Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

Web users have been warned to be wary of fake results messages about the Scottish Independence referendum.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2014
Artist's View of M60-UCD1 Black Hole

PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

Astronomers have spied a supermassive black hole - of the type theorised by some physicists to be portals out of our universe to elsewhere - in an itsy-bitsy ultracompact dwarf galaxy, the smallest ever known to contain such a gigantic light-sucking feature.
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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

Mozilla has quietly shuttered its Labs, folding people and projects into the main organisation.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Sep 2014
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Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

Barclaycard is trying to push consumers towards a cashless society with its contactless payment wristband, bPay.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2014
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Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

Sony shares dropped more than eight per cent today after the firm warned that it expects losses for this year to be four times as bad as it previously predicted.

China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR

Sophisticated Beijing-backed hackers raided civilian organisations responsible for the movements of US troops and equipment 20 times in one year of which only two were detected by the responsible agency, an audit report has found.
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014
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Scotland wins WORLD RECORD as voters head to referendum polls

HPC blog The LINPACK portion of the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition (LINK) was supposed to be routine, according to the cluster competition wise guys. Sure, some student team might set a new record, but no one was expecting the new mark to break through the 10 TFLOP/s barrier.
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Aggressive HGST hurls flashy humdingers at online archiving

Comment Holy Moly, HGST is getting ambitious. It's building an active archive platform product in competition with some of its OEMs and its aiming to rewrite server clustering with a flash fabric - oh and develop helium-filled disk drives - and shingled drives with its own slant - and thinking of Phase Change Memory chips with DIMM connectors.
Chris Mellor, 18 Sep 2014
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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

The Snowden leaks have not changed the way jihadi terorrists communicate, according to a new study.
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2014
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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

Stephen Pie We had certain unavoidable production issues with this piece from our occasional "tech guru" Stephen Pie. Rather as plainly happened in the case of Stephen Fry - any other similarity between the two is purely coincidental - Mr Pie's thoughts on the iPhone 6 have had to be published almost completely without benefit of sub-editing or other polishing. Our apologies. - Ed.
Stephen Pie, 18 Sep 2014
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A3Cube turns RAM up to 11 with FORTISSIMO kit

A3Cube has fleshed out another part of its plans for high performance interconnect, adding an I/O access system to the RONNIE data plane technology it launched in February 2014.

Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

Rupert Murdoch's minions have written to the European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, urging him to mete out stern punishment to Google in the ongoing search market dominance probe.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley

Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has again unloaded on his predecessors in government, saying the swift planing process for the National Broadband Network made it “the riskiest and most complex project the Australian Government has ever attempted to carry out.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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Comprehensive guide to obliterating web apps published

The global security community has completed an 18-month effort to produce a guide it is hoped will boost the standard of web application testing and address new and dangerous technologies.
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014

Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

"Their marketing seemed to be aimed at the more erm ... chav infested end of the market", wrote one Reg reader on the demise of Phones4U, which went into administration on Sunday.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2014
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Student pleads guilty to Frances Abbott 'secret' scholarship leak

Sydney student Freya Newman has pled guilty to illegally using a colleagues' login credentials to access and leak documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014

Apple's Cook: We have never allowed g-men access to Apple servers

Apple has made some amendments to its privacy policy, and has used the occasion to run an open letter from CEO Tim Cook explaining the changes.
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Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables

The Register has found itself subject to a certain amount of criticism for this author's scepticism regarding whether the NSA has been snooping on optical fibre cables by cutting them.
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Amazon rekindles e-readers and Fire OS without weeks of whack-a-leak fun

Amazon.com has given its Kindle range a thorough refresh, springing a new range on world+dog today without the usual weeks of “will they or won't they and what's inside” leaks and speculation.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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Boffins plot global (browser) cookie crumb trail

Privacy laws covering the use of personally-identifiable information are, on a global scale, creating a dizzying patchwork of cookie-cutter cookie-serving companies created to sniff our Web browsing.
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Get ready for another HYPEGASM: New iPADs 'in October'

So soon after drowning the world in iPhone 6 and iOS 8 hype, Apple is said to be planning another party next month to launch more iPads and OS X Yosemite.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
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Former VMware CTO Steve Herrod is now mobile API 'appy

Your marketing department wants to build mobile apps to expose your business processes to world+dog, but if you do it their way you'll fail and set back future mobile development efforts.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha

Bleep, the BitTorrent peer-to-peer chat client, is now out in the wild in the form of a public Alpha version.
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Synology bakes word processor, groupware, into its NAS OS

Synology is about to release version 5.1 of its Disk Station Manager (DSM) NAS operating system, and has baked a word processor and groupware inside.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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Mathematica hits the Web

Wolfram wants to broaden the appeal of its Mathematica product, adding a fully-online version to the existing standalone software applications.
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Sweden orders TWO PETAFLOP supercomputer

Sweden's KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) is continuing its Cray fandom, placing a US$13 million order for an XC super and taking the institute into the petascale era.
Dunce

Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

IBM has instituted a new, mandatory training program for some US employees whom management claims don't measure up in the skills department – and participants will be required to give up 10 per cent of their salaries for the privilege.
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2014
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What's this 'pay as you go' cloud crap? Dunno about you, but my apps don't work that way

Sysadmin blog Anyone who says public cloud computing is "pay for what you use" is trying to rip you off. The public cloud is pay for what you provision, and that is a completely different thing.
Trevor Pott, 17 Sep 2014
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket prepared fro launch in 2002. Pic: United Launch Alliance

Look out, SpaceX! Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin boffins tapped for US rocket launches

Blue Origin, the commercial space company formed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has inked a deal with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to jointly develop a new, US-built rocket engine for future space missions.
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2014
iOS 8

iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

Updated Software using the super-hyped HealthKit API in iOS 8.0 has been pulled by Apple from the App Store due to a bug in the technology.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014
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'Broken code' costs Yelp half a mil in child privacy dust-up with FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Yelp after accusing the reviews website of inappropriately gathering personal data on children.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014
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Big Data's being held back by little talent, says Huawei head techie

Big data projects – seen by some as the tech industry’s latest snake oil and others as a potentially valuable tool to dig up fresh information – is being held back by the lack of data scientists for hire.
Paul Kunert, 17 Sep 2014
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Micron cackles as it unveils its chameleonic FLYING DISK KILLER

Micron has a new M600 client SSD that changes flash type on the fly to accelerate writes.
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014
Eve in the Garden of Eden talking to a rather angry God on Snapchat

Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks

Apple has rolled out two-factor authentication to lock down iCloud accounts, a move designed to prevent a repeat of the Celebgate incident when smutty snaps of nude starlets were leaked from the bowels of 4Chan.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Sep 2014
Bored girl

Speaking in Tech: 'I'm an Apple guy and I COULD CARE LESS about the iWatch'

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed has escaped to Thailand while Greg and Sarah are joined by special guests Marc Farley of Quaddra Software and Aaron Delp of SolidFire.
Team Register, 17 Sep 2014

Cisco greedily slurps up private cloud-AAS upstart Metacloud

Cisco is buying Metacloud, a startup that promises to spin-up OpenStack clouds both privately and as a service.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2014

NetApp's running with the big dogs: All-flash FlashRay hits the street

NetApp’s all-new FlashRay solid state array has been launched with limited availability and is not yet ready for prime time, having only a single controller, and lacking scale-out features and some ONTAP integration.
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014
M-DISC profile

Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

HDS' federal subsidiary says it has a Blu-ray optical storage platform for long term data preservation, with 1,000-year M-DISCs in prospect.
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014
Adobe security

Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

Adobe belatedly pushed out critical updates for its frequently-attacked Reader and Acrobat PDF software packages on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2014
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CIOs: Want to find out how to break into the boardroom?

Reg Events Very few businesses don’t rely on technology these days. Yet how often do they place real strategic power in the hands of the people running IT? You know who we mean - you.
Joe Fay, 17 Sep 2014

What TODO with open source: Google, Facebook and Twitter launch collab project

Some of the web’s biggest users of open-source gear have thrown their weight behind a project to make open-source “easier.”
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2014

Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight

We're on final approach for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) ballocket mission to touch down at Spaceport America. Since we're relocating Stateside, it seems appropriate that the final high-altitude test flight should be carried out by our US allies at Edge Research Laboratory.
Lester Haines, 17 Sep 2014

Will Apple give Chinese iPhone workers cancer? THE TRUTH

Worstall on Wednesday Last weekend's headlines screamed that Chinese workers making Apple's iPhone 6 were developing cancer. Is Apple's greed for ever-greater profits literally killing its Middle Kingdom wage slaves?
Tim Worstall, 17 Sep 2014
Crime in Russia

UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares

Business secretary Vince Cable has announced a £4m fund to help small businesses fight cyber crime. This has not gone down well with the infosec world.
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2014
A fake tattoo on the leg of Canberra Raiders footballer Sandor Earl, sent by Huawei as an April Fool

Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

Huawei’s enterprise biz outside of China is crawling along, hampered in Europe by a slower-than-forecast recruitment of channel partners and in the US by government paranoia concerns over espionage.
Paul Kunert, 17 Sep 2014

eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

eBay is telling some of its sellers that their fees will be refunded, following Sunday's seven-hour-long outage - which was the latest in a series of technical blunders hitting the online tat bazaar.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Sep 2014
Samsung's 1cm-thick LCD TV

4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

Breaking Fad The 2014 IFA tech expo could well go down as pivotal in the yet to be written sputtering history of 4K home entertainment. While most (well, me) take it as read that the large panel market will migrate entirely to 2160p resolution over the coming months, big questions remain over just what you’ll be able to do with all those extra pixels.
Steve May, 17 Sep 2014
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Will multi-tier flash arrays come to a data centre near you?

Multi-tier storage is a familiar concept in data centres and large server installations.
Dave Cartwright, 17 Sep 2014
USS Macon above San Francisco

Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK

Pay $7,000 and you could have a 64TB desktop storage pool connected to your Mac workstation. Its a lot of money, but 64TB is a hellacious amount of storage. Say it costs $1.09/GB, which sounds sort of affordable. Who makes such a box?
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014
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VMware releases XenApp to Horizon porting tool

VMware has released a tool to migrate apps made virtual and portable by Citrix's XenApp into its own Horizon View product.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2014
Parachute

POW! Digia straps Qt into ejector seat, gleefully pulls handle

From Trolltech to Nokia and Nokia to Digia, the application framework Qt has had a challenging corporate life even though it retained fans among developers. Now, the language's next phase of life has begun in earnest, spun out of Digia into a separate subsidiary tasked with bringing the commercial and open source Qts back into alignment.
The Cave 2 visualisation facility in Melbourne, Australia

iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

Today, Apple drops iOS 8, and whilst most of Cupertino’s fanbois will be quantifying themselves with HealthKit, flashing their lights with HomeKit, or configuring their greatly expanded notifications capabilities, one of the most significant changes in its mobile operating system has mostly been ignored by Apple.
Mark Pesce, 17 Sep 2014
Nervous girl bites nails

WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

Back in the bad old days when men were men and women were, well, a bit more relaxed, new forms of technology generally ushered in equally new ways of watching other folk having sex.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Sep 2014
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Citadel Trojan phishes its way into petrochem firm's webmail

Trusteer researchers are saying that the victims of the latest round of Citadel trojan infections includes one of the largest petrochemical companies in the world.
Darren Pauli, 17 Sep 2014

Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

The coffee machines at Microsoft will be taking a hammering from nervous workers after a report that the company will lay off another tranche of staff on Thursday.
Iain Thomson, 17 Sep 2014
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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

Apple will release iOS 8 – the latest major version of its mobile operating system – today.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014
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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

Twitter has patched a flaw in its service that allowed unauthorised users to delete every credit card from all accounts, potentially relieving the company of its advertising revenue, security researcher Ahmed Aboul-Ela says.
Darren Pauli, 17 Sep 2014
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Canonical, AMD, team up with OpenStack-in-a-rack

AMD and Canonical have announced a new hardware partnership that will see the pair prepare an OpenStack-in-a-rack product.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2014
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US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux

Evidence continues to mount that the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of radio waves – “twisted waves” – can be exploited to modulate multiple data streams on the same spatial path.
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Facebook unleashes inter-cache router code on a waiting world

Facebook has slung another slice of code into the open source world: the software that lets it sling content between caches around the world, fast enough to keep The Social NetworkTM social.
No Sale

NO SALE! Rackspace snubs all buyout offers, appoints new CEO

Rackspace says it has given up on plans to either sell itself or merge with another company, and to prove it the cloud hosting provider has named a new CEO to lead its next phase of independent operation.
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2014
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Cisco sprinkles Sourcefire goodies on ASA firewalls

Cisco has taken the next step in wrapping the technology it acquired along with Sourcefire, by putting its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) next-gen firewalls and the FirePOWER technology into the blender and giving it a good spin.
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Amazon REINTRODUCES Kindle swindle vulnerability

Amazon has reintroduced and again fixed a flaw into its Kindle management page that allows attackers to commandeer accounts by booby trapping pirated books, researcher Benjamin Mussler says.
Darren Pauli, 17 Sep 2014
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Oi! You noisy servers! Talk among yourselves and stop bothering that poor router!

The group behind the RDMA over converged Ethernet standard – RoCE to its friends – is tweaking the spec to support UPD and IP in the stack.
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Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up

IBM's Jeopardy! star supercomputer Watson has turned its attention from trivial pursuits to even more mundane pursuits – namely, crunching sales figures for companies.
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2014
ICBM simulating rocket

SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

NASA has named SpaceX and Boeing as its official partners to deliver cargo and crew to the International Space Station, and says both should be ready to deliver within three years.
Iain Thomson, 16 Sep 2014
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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

The Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) yesterday released “independent research” claiming that “Australia has the lowest average price in the world when looking at new release high definition digital video on demand films”.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2014
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Court flushes VirnetX's $368m check from Apple down the toilet

A US court has dashed a $368m windfall for technology hoarder VirnetX, which successfully sued Apple for patent infringement.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014
Scrooge McDuck

Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

Social networks for the rich and famous are nothing new: the first one started about ten years ago. But, this week, a new site called Netropolitan has emerged, and thinks it's cracked the reason why so many of them fail – they just weren't charging enough dosh.
Iain Thomson, 16 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

iPhone 6 will make you fork over with Apple Pay if you want to BONK

NFC has struggled to get off the ground as a major smartphone feature. And despite Apple finally deciding to include it in the upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone 6, it doesn't sound like Cupertino will be doing the tech any real favor – because third-party app developers won't be able to access it.
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2014
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Huawei: Our servers are a flash in the DRAM – thanks, SanDisk

Huawei has swooped onto SanDisk for flash DIMMs to soup up its RH8100 servers.
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2014
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Deutschland, Uber allowed (for now): Ban on taxi app lifted

A judge in Germany has scrapped a temporary injunction banning Uber's taxi service in the country.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014

Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

Bill Gates in 2004 predicted the death of the password over time. “They just don’t meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure,” Gates said.
Stuart Burns, 16 Sep 2014

OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

Proposals to stop tax avoidance by multinationals like Amazon and Google have been unveiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2014
Huawei Campus Shenzhen Bantian

Huawei: There'll be BLOOD spilled in the smartphone sector soon

The smartphone stragglers are set to fall further behind the leading pack and some will likely crash and burn in the not-too-distant future, according to one of the device chiefs at Huawei.
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2014

PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

Worldwide government requests for access to Google's user data leapt by 15 per cent in the last six months, the ad giant said in its latest "Transparency Report" published on Monday.
Team Register, 16 Sep 2014
lava

Was Earth once covered in HELLFIRE? No – more like a wet Sunday night in Iceland

Early Earth may have been less like the hellish realm of molten magma previously suspected but also distinct from the sort of environment found in modern-day Iceland, according to research by geologists.
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2014

Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

It's with a great degree of relief that we can report today we appear to have cracked our Vulture 2 spaceplane's pesky servo power supply issue.
Lester Haines, 16 Sep 2014
Apple Watch

Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

Apple is facing tough privacy questions as it gears up for the release of its new Apple Watch, with one US state attorney demanding a meeting with Tim Cook.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Sep 2014
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Xpliant targets white-label Ethernet switch vendors with shiny new silicon

Ethernet silicon vendor Xpliant – currently being digested by Cavium in an acquisition due to conclude in 2015 – is hoping to knock Broadcom out of its spot at the heart of the Ethernet switch market.

Rejoice, Blighty! UK is the TOP of the WHOLE WORLD ... for PHISHING

British punters are being served three times as many phishing links to trojans and exploit kits than the US, and five times more than the Germans, according to a ProofPoint study.
Darren Pauli, 16 Sep 2014
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Docker scores 40 MILLION greenbacks to pop business into boxes

Containerisation mavens Docker have scooped $40m in series C funding.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2014
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Is your data boring? MapR wants you to bore it back with Apache Drill

MapR has given its customers a new way to use SQL to query their Big Data stores, with the addition of Apache Drill to MapR's eponymous Hadoop distribution.
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2014
Samsung Galaxy Note II

One sixth of the ENTIRE PLANET will buy a new smartphone this year

One in six human beings are set to buy a new smartphone this year, Juniper has predicted, with the sales surge driven by the availablilty of mobes which cost under a hundred quid.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

Weve, the bonk-tastic joint venture between EE, O2 and Vodafone to “create and accelerate the development of mobile marketing and wallet services in the UK”, has abandoned plans to launch a digital wallet.
Simon Rockman, 16 Sep 2014
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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

Attachmate, the software shop that headhunted Novell and SUSE Linux, is itself being bought out by Micro Focus International.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2014
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Drones CAN'T deliver goods ... oh. Air traffic control system backed by NASA, you say?

Recently we wrote about how developing city delivery drones was a fool's errand. Yet Startup Airwave is working with NASA to develop an air traffic control system for drones. Who’s foolish now?
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2014
Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND storage

A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

Review Samsung has been in the SSD business for over ten years. Most of that time has been spent delivering drives to the Enterprise and OEM segments. Since the introduction of its first consumer SSD drive (the SSD430) in 2010, it has since shipped over 12m drives worldwide – including the SSD840, the world’s first TLC NAND drive.
Simon Crisp, 16 Sep 2014
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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

Israeli politicians and a former military intelligence commander have hit back at reservists who criticized Israel for spying on ordinary Palestinians.
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2014
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Permabit builds shrink-your-SAN dedupe box

Permabit has built a front-end SAN box to dedupe and compress SAN data so it needs less disk capacity.
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2014
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Give us a digi-Czar and more bureaucrats, begs UK tech-services biz

+Comment New policy proposals published by tech services trade group Tech UK (formerly Intellect) today seek to grapple with its members being marginalised by recent Government fads.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Sep 2014
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Oracle slurps another storage upstart: Front Porch Digital joins Ellison's crew

The ceaseless hoovering up of small companies and startups by business behemoths has seen Oracle buy Front Porch Digital. Why did Larry Ellison latch on to this outfit?
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2014

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

New videos of a "Windows 9" variant have emerged, and to this hack's eyes they look to have brought Windows up to speed with tricks that various desktop flavours of Unix have had for a decade or more.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2014
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Attackers tapping on SNMP door to see if it's open

Google's DNS IP address is being spoofed by an attacker, apparently in an attempt to DDoS hosts vulnerable to a flaw in the SNMP protocol.

THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug

A Metasploit module has been developed to easily exploit a dangerous flaw in 75 percent of Android devices that allows attackers to hijack a users' open websites.
Darren Pauli, 16 Sep 2014

Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has launched legal action against a firm he has accused of failing to properly sell him a World War II German panzer tank.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Sep 2014
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Is your cloud server in the same bit barn as your DR site?

Microsoft is about to launch a “Geo” for Azure in Australia and has decided that the way to do so down under is by co-locating its kit in an as-yet-unidentified third-party bit barn.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2014
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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

The washup from yesterday's Dotcom-Snowden-Greenwald saga rolls on, with Southern Cross Cable Network angrily denying that New Zealand's spooks, the NSA, or anybody else for that matter has worked a tap into its cables.

Hackers-for-hire raided 300 banks, corporates for TWELVE YEARS

A band of hackers for hire have raided some 300 banks, corporations and governments undetected for 12 years, possibly the longest campaign of its kind.
Darren Pauli, 16 Sep 2014
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India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction

India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has made its first course correction since June and is now on track to to arrive in orbit around the red planet on September 24th.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2014
The actor playing a young Julian Assange in the telemovie Underground

I saved Bitcoin and the PERFECT DRAFT OF HISTORY, says Assange

Julian Assange has alleged that Bitcoin “founder” Satoshi Nakamoto asked WikiLeaks not to use the cryptocurrency as a means of raising funds, for fear of attracting unwanted attention.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2014
That 419 shirt artwork in full

Bank IT bod accused of stealing $40 MEEELLION from employer

If you get an email from a hapless Nigerian prince who needs a hand shifting a few million dollars, the message will no doubt wing its way into your spam folder.
Iain Thomson, 16 Sep 2014
Tesla Sport

Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

A court in Massachusetts, US, has ruled in favor of Tesla in a case that could have barred the company from selling its electric car in the state.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014
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Chinese 'Sogou Explorer' browser sends URLs to parts unknown

A Chinese-language cloud-based browser seems to be snooping on its users, according to research conducted by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre's (APNIC's) Geoff Huston, George Michaelson and Byron Ellacot.
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Alibaba: Just kidding about that $21bn IPO ... we actually want $25bn

Chinese web bazaar Alibaba has raised the goal for its upcoming stock market debut in the US.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014