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Microsoft offers Office 365 build tailored for government

Redmond has released a new build of its Office 365 cloudy productivity suite that's been specially hardened and certified for government use.
Iain Thomson, 31 May 2012
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New Zealand considers yourname.nz domains

New Zealand's Domain Name Commission has commenced a consultation process to discuss the possible introduction of a yourname.nz domain name registration service.
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2012

Flexibility needed to score expat gigs in Asia

Ex-pat IT pros are finding it increasingly difficult to persuade Asian employers to put them on the payroll, but opportunities exist for those who prove they can be flexible, adapt easily to a new working culture and have deep knowledge at the cutting edge of technology, according to experts.
Phil Muncaster, 31 May 2012
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Thai webmaster walks after insulting royals

If you plan to unleash the snark online over Jubilee weekend, spare a thought for a Thai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn, who has just been sentenced to eight months porridge - thankfully suspended - for online statement deemed harmful to Thailand's monarchy.
Phil Muncaster, 31 May 2012

CIO says Telstra becoming 'best IT shop in APAC'

Telstra’s CIO has boldly claimed that the carrier’s ongoing Agile IT transformation will soon be one of the most successful stories of enterprise Agile at scale in the world.
Natalie Apostolou, 31 May 2012

Windows 8 release preview imminent

Microsoft is about to release a new Release Preview of Windows 8, according to a pair of blog posts.
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2012
Panasonic DMC-GX1 micro four thirds compact system camera

Panasonic DMC-GX1 compact system camera

ReviewPanasonic’s DMC-GX1 camera is the Lumix model many Micro Four Thirds enthusiasts have been waiting for since the release of popular DMC-GF1 back in 2009. This 16Mp shooter will appeal to seasoned users with easily accessible controls for customisation on an enticingly compact aluminium body – a combination that will take it places that wouldn’t suit lugging a full-sized SLR. Furthermore, Micro Four Thirds offers one of the largest ranges interchangeable lenses in the compact system cameras category.
Paul Monckton, 31 May 2012
Chinese 'iPhone stove'

Alibaba's Linux phone pulls in one MILLION punters

Chinese web tat flogger Alibaba finally has some good news to report after sales of smartphones based on its Aliyun OS hit the million sales milestone in the People’s Republic less than a year after its launch.
Phil Muncaster, 31 May 2012

Facebook smacks away hardness, sticks MySQL stash on flash

Facebook is using Fusion-io server flash cards in its datacentres to store MySQL data as well as process it faster because it's better than using disk drives.
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2012

Singapore pours cash into gov.cloud

The Singapore government has unleashed tenders for S$1.2 billion (£600,000) worth of technology projects for 2012.
Natalie Apostolou, 31 May 2012

Most of Home Office's savings scored from haggling over ICT deals

The majority of procurement cost savings in the Home Office for the third quarter of 2011-12 came from ICT, according to its permanent secretary Dame Helen Ghosh.

China sends likely pair to student cluster smackdown

ISC 2012China is sending two teams to the ISC Student Cluster Competition (iSCC) this June in Hamburg. Tsinghua University and the National University of Defense Technology were survivors of a rigorous Hunger Games-style play-in competition; they had to beat out four other teams for the coveted Hamburg spots. Chinese server/services vendor Inspur is providing hardware and underwriting both teams.
Dan Olds, 31 May 2012

Australia bets on licences for offshore gambling websites

Australian policymakers may have gotten themselves in another technological tangle, this time over which mediums are fit for the purpose of gambling.
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2012

Online bookie can't scoop £50k losses made by 5-year-old

A man who blamed his girlfriend's five-year-old son for making loss-making trades in expensive natural resources through his online betting account is not bound by a term he agreed to on the bookmaker's website, the High Court has ruled. The term stated that an accountholder is deemed to have authorised all trading made under his or her account number.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 May 2012

CGI Group beds Logica in £1.7bn cash deal

Anglo-Dutch tech group Logica is being scooped up by Canada's CGI Group in a £1.7bn cash deal.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2012

Sony PlayStation 4 will not be download only

Sony's next PlayStation will feature an optical drive - Blu-ray, presumably - after all. Plans to drop disc and go download only have been seemingly shelved.
Tony Smith, 31 May 2012

I need to multitask, but Windows 8's Metro won't let me

Sysadmin blogWhat is multitasking? Different people seem to mean different things when they use the word multitasking. The definition chosen has implications for accepting or rejecting the prevailing design choices of modern user interfaces.
Trevor Pott, 31 May 2012

Amazon's Lovefilm HD shuns Sony fanboys

Amazon's Lovefilm video-on-demand service will begin offering HD streams today, but what resolution viewers get will depend on what gadget they're in front of.
Tony Smith, 31 May 2012

ISP Zen's slower customers choke over breakfast

Customers on Zen Internet's slowest package lost connectivity this morning, for an hour or two, but a rebooted router should now bring things back to normal.
Bill Ray, 31 May 2012
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Orange unveils Intel Atom smartphone

Intel's first real threat to ARM will arrive in the UK next week in the form of the Orange San Diego smartphone.
Tony Smith, 31 May 2012

BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits

BSkyB's broadband biz has cut off conventional access to The Pirate Bay website following a High Court order at the end of last month.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2012

SpaceX Dragon freed to push off home

The Dragon is free of the International Space Station as it prepares for splashdown this afternoon around 17.40 BST (9.40 PDT, 12.40 EDT).
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 May 2012

Number 10 shuts wallet on closed-source IT projects

Government IT projects that don’t explore alternatives to closed and proprietary software are getting kicked back and denied funding.
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2012
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iOS App of the WeekEveryone’s looking for the new Instagram – an app with zero revenue that was bought by Facebook for $1 billion – and there’s a lot of buzz on the web right now about video-sharing app Vyclone.
Cliff Joseph, 31 May 2012

Richard Branson gets nod to strap rocket on SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic has finally got the green light to attempt supersonic rocket-powered SpaceShipTwo flights at the end of the year.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 May 2012
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Google's 7in Jelly Bean Android tablet spied in benchmark

Google's Asus-made 7in tablet has turned up in web-posted benchmark results. It's running Android 4.1.
Tony Smith, 31 May 2012

Wealthy Kensington & Chelsea residents reject BT fibre cabinets

BT has been forced to withdraw its plans to plonk 108 fibre optic cabling cabinets on the streets of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2012

Digital music sales beat discs for first time in UK

Digital music revenue has overtaken revenue hauled in from sales of plastic discs for the first time in the UK. British music industry trade group the BPI released figures showing that digital revenue – from downloads, subscriptions and advertising – had made up 55.5 per cent of income in the first three months of this year.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 May 2012

PayPal whips out barcode app for high-street glad rags

VidPayPal's barcode-driven payment app has crossed the pond and now works in all manner of UK high-street stores … as long as they're selling women's frocks.
Bill Ray, 31 May 2012

Jeremy Hunt 'sympathetic' to Murdoch's BSkyB bid

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt fought for his political career this morning during questioning at the Leveson Inquiry over his handling of News Corp's failed BSkyB takeover.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2012

UK.gov beats down Microsoft software price hike to 1pc

Government bodies and agencies will pay 1 per cent more for Microsoft volume licences from 1 July under the newly penned Public Sector Agreement (PSA) 12, The Register can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 31 May 2012
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SkyDrive slips snapshots into cloudy wallet

Microsoft is updating SkyDrive, its cloud storage file gobbler, to add SkyDrive-accessed picture viewing in the Windows 8 Photo application.
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2012

Steve Jobs speaks from beyond grave: 'iPads are toys'

Videos starring the late Steve Jobs are now available on iTunes for anyone interested in retracing Apple's super-soaraway decade-long journey from niche player to fondleslab fever.
Anna Leach, 31 May 2012
LG Xnote Z330 Ultrabook

Third-gen Ultrabooks must offer USB 3.0, anti-theft tech

"Ultrabook", you'll recall, is an Intel trademark. If you want to use the name in association with your laptop, you need to follow the chip giant's rules. Those edicts have been extended for third-generation machines, which, Intel hopes, will spearhead the platform's entry into the mainstream.
Tony Smith, 31 May 2012

Oracle will roll out cloudy services next week – Ellison

Oracle is planning to launch a new suite of cloud software products and services in the first week of June, billionaire chief exec Larry Ellison said.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 May 2012
Orange San Diego

Hands on with the Intel-powered Orange San Diego

First lookOrange joined forces with Intel today to launch its first Atom-powered smartphone, the San Diego, which I had the opportunity to play with ahead of release.
Caleb Cox, 31 May 2012

Open API lessons for LinkedIn and Facebook

Open... and ShutOne of the cardinal rules of open source is reciprocity: you can use my open-source code under the same terms that it was given to me. But as open source shifts to open APIs, "open" is increasingly a one-way street.
Matt Asay, 31 May 2012

EMC: Atmos CAN mix an excellent cloudy cocktail

It seems EMC thinks Nirvanix's marketing veep Steve Zivanic has got it wrong on Atmos. He put forward some opinions about EMC's Atmos which Hopkinton rebuts vigorously.
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2012

HDS: 'We're out of the traps to become a grown-up channel biz'

Hitachi Data Systems has for the first time handed its sales team in the UK and Ireland a channel component within their overall revenue target.
Paul Kunert, 31 May 2012
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'Super-powerful' Flame worm actually boring bloatware

AnalysisFlame may be big in size but it's nothing like the supposedly devastating cyberwarfare mega-weapon early reports of the malware suggested. This new nasty is quite complex by design, yet researchers are still hunting for any truly evil and innovative attack techniques, or similar threats, within the code.
John Leyden, 31 May 2012

SpaceX Dragon SPLASHDOWN in Pacific! Private space triumph

The SpaceX cargo capsule Dragon, first privately built ship to visit the International Space Station, has splashed down safely in the Pacific ocean at 10:42 Central Time after nine days in space.
Anna Leach, 31 May 2012

EU politicos put the boot into sickly ACTA

Three European Parliament committees have rejected the barely breathing Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2012

Microsoft hands out tools to sneak Skype onto new PCs

Microsoft is eliminating the download experience from Skype for consumers by giving OEMs the tools to slip the VoIP client into PCs.
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2012

HP 'overcharged New York City by $163m' on 911 system

New York City comptroller John Liu has accused Hewlett-Packard of overbilling the Big Apple to the tune of $163m on a long-delayed upgrade to the 911 emergency call system. HP says Liu is misinterpreting the contract and it is delivering its part of the 911 call center upgrade under budget.
Hubble photo showing gravitational lensing warping the appearance of the galaxy cluster MACS J1206.2-0847

Milky Way DOOMED to high-speed smash with Andromeda galaxy

Observations from the Hubble telescope have shown that the Milky Way is on a high-speed collision course with the nearby Andromeda galaxy and the two will merge into a new elliptical system.
Iain Thomson, 31 May 2012
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HP-Oracle Itanium smackdown starts

Jury selection is underway in the trial that pitting server maker HP against its formerly strong software partner Oracle as they argue about the future of a technology that neither one of them controls: Intel's Itanium processor.

Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

After much speculation, Microsoft has opened its Windows 8 Release Preview for download, the last major update before the client code is released to manufacturers.
Iain Thomson, 31 May 2012
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US reiterates resistance to ITU-Internet land grab

American lawmakers and officials are continuing to give the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) the “hands off our Internet” signal ahead of a key meeting of the body late this year.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 May 2012
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Oracle case crippled after judge rules APIs can’t be copyrighted

Google has won a major victory in its legal fight with Oracle over the use of Java in Android after the presiding judge ruled that the APIs under dispute can't be copyrighted.
Iain Thomson, 31 May 2012

Universe has more hydrogen than we thought

A re-analysis of radio telescope observations from three countries has yielded a surprising result: nearby galaxies harbour one-third more hydrogen than had previously been estimated.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 May 2012

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