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Microsoft opens Windows Phone 8 dev kit to world+dog

Build 2012Microsoft has officially launched the software development kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 8, delivering the final piece of what the company says is a common programming model across all of its latest OS platforms and devices.
Neil McAllister, 31 Oct 2012

Underdone iTunes put back in oven for another month

Back on September 12, during Apple's iPhone 5 rollout soirée, the company also previewed a "completely redesigned" iTunes software, promising that it would appear this month.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Oct 2012

Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

Disney has bought out Lucasfilm in a $4.05bn deal and announced a new trilogy of Star Wars films under the leadership of the entertainment behemoth.
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2012
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If you measure IT with PCs, you're doing it wrong

Canalys APACAssessing the health of the IT industry by taking the temperature of the the PC market is no longer a useful approach, Canalys President and CEO Steve Brazier told the analyst outfit's APAC Channel Forum in Singapore today.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2012

China fingered as counterfeit parts flood tech supply chain

The number of ‘high risk’ suppliers, including some flogging counterfeit products to US government, military and commercial channels has grown by almost two-thirds since 2002, with China pegged as a key player, according to market watcher IHS iSuppli.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Oct 2012

Hurricane Sandy stops Apple stock deflating

Canalys APACA woeful week for Apple is probably a good thing for the rest of the tech industry, a top channel guru declared today, even if it doesn't mean a new sense of humility within the Infinite Loop.
Joe Fay, 31 Oct 2012
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Baidu income soars but mobile success will take years

Chinese search giant Baidu said Q3 net income jumped 60 per cent year-on-year, but also gave Facebook-watchers something to ponder by saying it will take two years before its mobile business is firing on all cylinders.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Oct 2012
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Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD review

Some companies make a real song and dance about the launch of a new product, others just seem to launch something without hardly making a ripple. Plextor sits firmly in the latter category, which is something of a surprise considering its latest Pro SSD range, the M5 series, features not one but two new technologies that are, quite frankly, worth making a song and dance about.
Simon Crisp, 31 Oct 2012

'IE hit squad' helps ease browser babel on office PCs

A browser start-up is building software to help large operations manage the increasing breakdown in dominance of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the proliferation of various other browsers in the workplace.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2012

PC builder Lenovo to pump iron, invade hefty biz systems sector

PC builder Lenovo is making a play for heavier duty infrastructure kit as it tries to make its presence felt beyond commoditised desktops and mobile systems.
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2012

ARMed warfare on the server: Intel versus AMD plus world?

Live ChatUnderdog, disrupter and casualty – AMD’s been on a rollercoaster ride in its battle against Intel.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2012

Telefonica fails in bid to claw back 'flip-flop' 2010 termination charges

Ofcom acted properly when setting mobile termination rates - the money one operator must cough to another for terminating a call on its network - the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled. The UK's second-largest telco, Telefonica/O2, had appealed to the tribunal over Ofcom's ruling in a dispute between the big Blighty-side mobe players.
Bill Ray, 31 Oct 2012

Dry martini, shaken not stirred: Cracking the physics of Bond's martini

Bond on Film"A distressingly large amount of rubbish is talked about cocktails," Noel Jackson, top boffin at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, tells The Reg.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2012

Universal Credit dole 'liable to be paralysed by IT cockups'

Benefit claimants could end up with nothing if the IT system for the new Universal Credit falls over or if they're just not that web-savvy, a report claims.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 Oct 2012
Thumb down to Facebook

One million Facebook users' names and email addresses: $5

Name and email addresses of Facebook users are available online at prices as low as $5 per million.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2012

Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

Virgin Media has once again been sent to the headmaster's office for a caning after producing a misleading ad.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Oct 2012
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NAND ho! New Intel and Samsung SSDs heave over the horizon

Intel and Samsung have both pushed out new solid state drives (SSD) to the storage market, and both are promising their kit can provide improved high-speed storage for the server and desktop market.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2012

Kickstarter kindly allows Brits to channel 95% of their money through it

Crowdfunding website Kickstarter started taking money for UK projects today - along with a five per cent slice of the action for itself.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 Oct 2012
Microsoft Surface RT - open

Acer is the latest maker to delay plans for a Windows RT fondletop

Acer has postponed the release of its Windows RT tab on the channels say so as it waits to see how market adoption rates develop.
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2012
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Asus: we ship a million Google's Nexus 7s monthly

Asus is shipping around one million Nexus 7 tablets a month, the company has claimed.
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2012

French gov 'plans to hand Google €1bn tax bill' - report

The French tax office will be handing Google a €1bn tax bill to make up for revenues from France routed through Google Ireland, claims French weekly Le Canard Enchaîné*.
Anna Leach, 31 Oct 2012

Vodafone NZ finishes chewing, finally swallows TelstraClear

Vodafone's acquisition of New Zealand operator TelstraClear is now complete, leaving NZ with one fewer virtual operators and Vodafone with a useful chunk of spectrum.
Bill Ray, 31 Oct 2012

What economic crisis? Big Data powers cash cascade at CommVault

Backup and archive software supplier CommVault is becoming a profit-making machine with its net profits as a percentage of revenues rising from 7.2 per cent two years ago to 11.8 per cent in its second fiscal 2013 quarter. There is also no indication of any slowdown in enterprise spending - companies like EMC should be so lucky.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2012

Slideshow: A History of Horror in 20 Scary Games

Complimented on the cobwebs, skeletal remains and general stench of death in my flat the other day, I suddenly remembered it was Halloween this week, so here's another nostalgic slideshow to celebrate.
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2012
Apple iPhone 5

Fans' loyalty questioned as iPhone popularity plummets

iPopularity is in a state of decline, with "Apple loyalty" said to have fallen for the first time since the iPhone's 2007 release.
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2012

FBI cuffs 14 over $1m 'Gone in 60 Seconds' casino scam

US cops have arrested 14 people over an elaborate scam where $1m was stolen from casino kiosks in a scam the FBI has described as ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ bank fraud.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2012

Apple brand channels hefty profits to iThing maker Foxconn

Foxconn Technology, manufacturing buddy of Apple, received a nice boost to its profits courtesy of the continued popularity of iDevices.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 Oct 2012

Monty Python legend Eric Idle and rockstar boffin Cox write a song

Monty Python legend Eric Idle and fresh-faced rockstar physicist Brian Cox have teamed up to write a song. It's an update to Monty Python's "Galaxy song" about the meaning(lessness) of life, with a new focus on the biological reasons for our insignificance and will be featuring on the BBC show The Wonder of Life in January. Idle announced the boffin collab on a blog on Monday.
Anna Leach, 31 Oct 2012

Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC

Around a quarter of mobile phone towers in the ten East-coast states hit by Hurricane Sandy have been damaged or destroyed, the Federal Communications Commission has said.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 Oct 2012

Privacy group damns Ubuntu's Amazon search marriage

Privacy activists have taken Canonical to task for exposing users' web searches and searches of their local hard drives to sites such as Amazon, Facebook and the BBC.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2012
New species of tree tarantula, credit R. Bertani, published Zookeys


Spider experts working in Brazil have discovered nine new species of pink, purple and orange mini tarantulas after carefully probing into the classification of the hairy horrors.
Anna Leach, 31 Oct 2012

Avere to tart up FXT with cloud storage gateway, mutterings foretell

Avere is working on a strategy to front-end cloud object storage products with FXT, its filer-accelerating NVRAM, flash and disk tiered system technology, say storage insiders.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2012

To Russia with Love? Georgia snaps 'cyber-spy' with his own cam

Georgia has taken the unusual step of publishing photos of a man it suspects of being the hacker who has been attacking the former Soviet Republic's systems for months.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2012

'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

Microsoft had barely got Windows 8 out the door before it was slapped with a patent lawsuit related to the new OS.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 Oct 2012

Curiosity probe tastes Mars soil: Dude, this reminds me of Hawaii

Science lab and nuclear truck Curiosity has tasted its first Martian soil and decided it's a bit like a piece of Hawaii.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 Oct 2012

Guess who's still doing OK in PCs? Fujitsu, though it has troubles too

Japanese IT conglomerate Fujitsu has turned in its financial report for the second quarter of fiscal 2012: and the results were mixed, as has been the case for most IT suppliers wrestling with an uncertain global economy.
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Hurricane Sandy: Where are all the cynical online scams?

CommentThe occurrence of a natural disaster or celebrity death have been guaranteed to mean the appearance of topical scams and malware for some years, certainly since the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 if not before.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2012

Mega Euro storage show: Players talk tech on objects, tape and flash

SNW EuropeAt StorageNetworkWorld (SNW) Europe, branded as Powering The Cloud, we were bombarded with information from a multitude of vendors. As any backup and storage player in the game would know, the best way to deal with a mass of data is to break it down into chunks, so El Reg will do just that. This article is the first in a series about the event dealing with all the lowdown from Amplidata, Scality, SpectraLogic, a post-IBM-acquisition TMS and SMART.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2012

California begins crackdown on mobile app developers

In the next few weeks, up to 100 mobile application developers will be getting a letter from California's government ordering them to install privacy protection warnings on their apps or face the legal consequences.
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2012
Fuel buckets

New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers

Three technology firms have joined forces to avoid any data center downtime in the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy amid the continuing power outages crippling Lower Manhattan.
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2012

Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

Build 2012Microsoft says it is 100 per cent committed to its new user interface (UI) design principles, as embodied in Windows 8, even though it still hasn't come up with a meaningful name for them.
Neil McAllister, 31 Oct 2012

Pollster says ID fraud less costly than we thought

Here’s a riddle for you: what’s the cost of identity theft and so-called “cybercrime” in Australia on an annual basis? If you answer “I don’t know”, you’re probably as close as most people.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 Oct 2012

Dark matter pioneer scoops Oz science prize

If you want to know why we’re searching for the Universe’s pesky dark matter, here’s someone who deserves to shoulder at least some of the blame: Professor Ken Freeman of Australia’s Mount Stromolo Observatory – and winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 Oct 2012

FaceTime now on patent troll list

A Texas-based company, Intercarrier Communications, is lining up its lawyers against a small throng of companies over a messaging patent.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 Oct 2012

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