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Final Office 2013 for ARM may not ship until January

Microsoft has revealed some more details about the version of Office 2013 for ARM-powered devices running Windows RT, including the fact that some customers will have to wait until January 2013 to get their hands on the final code.
Neil McAllister, 14 Sep 2012

Australian retailers make just 3% of sales online

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new and more detailed data on the nation’s use of information technology that shows e-commerce accounts for 7.5% of Australian business revenue, but retailers are only scoring 3% of their take online.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2012

'Over half' of Android devices have unpatched holes

Duo Security is claiming that “over half” of Android devices have unpatched vulnerabilities.
Richard Chirgwin, 14 Sep 2012
Spyhunter 1983 by Bally Midway

Chinese man on trial for smuggling hi-tech military secrets

The federal trial of a Chinese man accused of smuggling hi-tech military secrets from the US into his homeland in the hope of landing a better-paid job began this week.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Sep 2012
This is Spinal Tap

Can Windows 8 developers be ‘the new rock stars’?

TechEd AustraliaOne of the odder things to transpire at TechEd Australia this week was Microsoft’s insistence that developers are the new rock stars.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2012

Huawei, ZTE clash with US over national security

Chinese telecoms kit makers Huawei and ZTE failed to allay the long standing national security concerns of Congressmen surrounding their access to the US market, at a high profile hearing in Washington on Thursday.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Sep 2012
iPhone 5

Apple time is now world time

When Apple says orders for the iPhone five will open on September 14th, that's exactly what the Curpertino-centric company means.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2012

Queensland to appropriate household PV

Queensland’s new state government has put forward a proposal that will startle homeowners with solar PV electricity installed: the homeowner will be forced to sell all of the power generated on their roofs to the grid at a reduced rate, and will buy all the power the consume from the grid at full retail prices.
Richard Chirgwin, 14 Sep 2012
Peugeot 508 RXH hybrid estate car

Peugeot 508 RXH estate car review

If there is a problem with Peugeot’s HYbrid4 tech, then it’s that being modular and compact it can end up in cars that are frankly just a bit dull. After a day spent tootling around in a HYbrid4 3008 the underlying technology left me quite impressed but the 3008 isn’t a car that gets my pulse racing.
Alun Taylor, 14 Sep 2012

Worker dumps council staff's private data in supermarket skip

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) deemed that Scottish Borders Council had been guilty of a serious breach of the Data Protection Act. The watchdog said the organisation had failed to manage the outsourcing of the personal data processing properly.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Sep 2012

Fujitsu lands on Ministry of Fun's grey list for broadband bids

After Fujitsu was flagged up as being too "high risk" to take on public sector contracts for the Cabinet Office, The Register wanted to know if the same blacklisting policy applied over at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2012

Surrey council plans to SAVE money by switching to BT

Surrey county council has said that its Public Services Network (PSN) contract with BT will save more than £5m on its current networking arrangements.
Government Computing, 14 Sep 2012

UK boffins get £3.8m pot to probe 'science of cyber-security'

GCHQ, the UK's nerve-centre for eavesdropping spooks, has established what's billed as Blighty's first academic research institute to investigate the "science of cyber security".
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2012

Post-pub nosh deathmatch prompts paprika potato pierogi

El Reg's first foray into the wonderful world of Polish cuisine, in the form of the cheesy mash-packed pieróg, prompted post-pub nosh deathmatch fans to suggest we might have missed a trick as the eastern European delicacy went head-to-head with Spanish patatas revolconas.
Lester Haines, 14 Sep 2012

Microsofties to get Windows 8 Surface tabs

Microsoft has found an eager early audience for its Windows-8-powered Surface Ultrabook: its own employees.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Sep 2012

Windows Phone 8 stands a chance as Apple, Android dither

AnalysisThe markets have delivered their verdict on Nokia. Failure is priced in, and the company is deemed to be worth little more than its intellectual property portfolio. The Finns may as well pack up their bags, go home, and whip themselves with birch twigs in the sauna – there’s no future to compete for.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2012

Resellers and cloud providers need to play dating game

Cloud computing is one of the most over-used terms in the technology industry today, yet ironically when it comes to the channel, it’s one of the least understood areas of IT.
Tim Ayling, 14 Sep 2012

HTML5 isn't Facebook's 'biggest mistake'

Open ... and ShutEverybody makes mistakes, but if you're Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, mistakes can shave 50 per cent off your market valuation in a matter of weeks. Happily, admitting Zuckerberg-sized mistakes apparently is also worth a 7.9 per cent bounce.
Matt Asay, 14 Sep 2012

I spy: Drug drops and foxy couples

Something for the Weekend, Sir?When I was a child, mid-September was the time when the holiday photos turned up in the post from the developer. It seems I cannot shake this photographic jetlag in adulthood, as I have only just this week removed the SD card from my camera to look at what I shot in the south of France last month.
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Sep 2012

BT gets postcode knickers in twist, plants Shoreditch on Mount Everest

A website set up by BT to help its customers track the progress of when their local telephone exchange will be souped up with superfast fibre broadband goodness is currently displaying a dodgy bug in the postcode checker.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2012

The perfect CRIME? New HTTPS web hijack attack explained

More details have emerged of a new attack that allows hackers to hijack encrypted web traffic - such as online banking and shopping protected by HTTPS connections.
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2012

EU greases up orphan works copyright loophole for Big Culture

The European Parliament has voted to approve new copyright rules on artistic works that can't be identified, so-called 'orphan works'. The proposals allows Big Culture to digitise works protected by copyright. The proposal does not permit commercial exploitations of the unidentified works, except by museums, archives and libraries and only to fund specific digitisation programmes.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2012
Rui in the pit, levelling the first tube

Reg hack uncovers perfect antidote to internet

I was on holiday last week, and as is the local custom, I took the chance to disconnect completely from cyberspace, shut down the PC, and retire to the alfresco chillax zone of the Special Project Bureau's mountaintop headquarters for a few well-deserved beers.
Lester Haines, 14 Sep 2012

Apple threatens to ruin peace worldwide with voice-controlled iMacs

Imagine an office full of people controlling their Apple iMacs by shouting into their iPhones: "Email John! No, not Juan. John! EMAIL John! NOT SHE-MALE John. STOP!"
Anna Leach, 14 Sep 2012
Strings of a guitar

Work for beer, Neil Gaiman's wife tells musicians

Amanda Palmer, the artist who raised $1.2m from her fans on Kickstarter to fund a new record and tour, is now asking classical musicians to work for her for free.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2012

ISIS puts off US NFC pay-by-bonk bid

A consortium of US operators backing the ISIS electronic wallet platform has admitted that a promised "summer" NFC payments launch is not going to happen, but isn't saying what the new schedule is or even if there is one.
Bill Ray, 14 Sep 2012

AntiSec leaks 'Feds' credit cards' after Barrett Brown cuffed

Hacking crew AntiSec claims it has published the credit-card details of 13 US government officials in retaliation for the arrest of self-described Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown.
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2012
Picture of the Miss Piggy puppet

How to be a Puppet master: Make Amazon, VMware dance for you

Sysadmin blogPuppet, if you haven't heard of it, is automation software that takes on a role similar to Active Directory's group policy. Puppet can also handle application deployment, image deployment and anything else you can imagine that you would typically manage with scripts.
Trevor Pott, 14 Sep 2012

HP plots tablet comeback to penetrate biz world with slab

HP is returning to the tablet game, but it doesn't want to take on Apple in its consumer backyard - instead the vendor would prefer business types fondled its hardware.
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2012

Capita ITS ditches UK job cuts, offshoring dream

Capita IT Services has finally shelved its plans to offshore jobs and make compulsory redundancies in 2013.
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2012
Apple iPhone 5

iPhone 5: UK pay-monthly tariffs compared

With fanbois eager to pre-order an iPhone 5, networks have started to tout their predictably expensive tariffs so here's a comparison table to highlight what's on offer.
Caleb Cox, 14 Sep 2012

Control issues forced Foxconn daddy to shun Sharp deal

Foxconn chief Terry Gou walked away from talks with Sharp last month because he wasn't being offered enough control in return for his cash, it has emerged.
Anna Leach, 14 Sep 2012

Smartmobe Wi-Fi blabs FAR TOO MUCH about us, warn experts

Smartphones leak far more personal information about their users than previously imagined, according to new research.
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2012

Western Digital cuts revenue forecast, cites 'muted demand'

Storage megacorp Western Digital dropped a bomb on its investors – and the entire computer industry – by announcing that it was lowering its revenue projections for its first fiscal quarter, which will end on September 28.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Sep 2012

Oracle tunes up VirtualBox hypervisor for Windows 8

The open source VirtualBox hypervisor is still alive and kicking after being absorbed into the Oracle collective more than two years ago, and has just gotten what the project calls a major update with release 4.2.

Twitter bows to subpoena, releases Occupy protester's tweets

Twitter has succumed to threats of contempt of court charges and significant fines, and has handed over a trove of tweets from Occupy Wall Street protestor Malcolm Harris to a Manhattan Criminal Court.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Sep 2012

Apple's first batch of iPhone 5 preorders sold out in an hour

If you were hoping to have your brand-new iPhone 5 in your sweaty hands on its announced September 21 launch date, you may be out of luck. Apple has run out of its initial stock for preorders of its new smartphone, and carriers' stocks are dwindling rapidly.
Neil McAllister, 14 Sep 2012

HP boss Whitman: 'We have to offer a smartphone'

Hewlett Packard may have crashed and burned when it last tried to crack the mobile device market, but it isn't ready to give up yet. According to CEO Meg Whitman, a new smartphone from HP is not a matter of "if", but "when".
Neil McAllister, 14 Sep 2012

Apple wins second round of Samsung patent slugfest

Apple has won a round of their ongoing battle with Samsung, scoring a complete four-patent victory at the US International Trade Commission.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Sep 2012

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