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Oprah Winfrey tweets her love of Surface – from her iPad
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey may have named the Microsoft Surface tablet as one of her "favorite things" of 2012, but when she took to Twitter to hype the device, she did so from an iPad.
Platform clouds generating more noise than cash
There's a lot of talk about infrastructure and platform cloud services, but thus far the cloud biz is a relatively small portion of the $3.6 trillion in global IT spending. But its share is growing fast, and that has a lot of people excited and waving their hands a lot.
Restaurateur jailed for customer sex profile revenge plan
A restaurant owner is facing 90 days of jail time and two years of probation after waging an online smear campaign, including setting up a fake online sex profile, to get revenge on a customer who gave her establishment a bad review.
EINSTEIN'S BRAIN had unusual lobes and cortex
Albert Einstein's brain seems to have been packed full of unusually-configured parts that could explain his unusual intelligence, according to a new study by US scholars.
NASA suggests robotic return to the Moon
A “return to the Moon” would need an almost unimaginable change in political thinking about the cost of space programs, but that doesn’t stop dreamers from dreaming.
Patent trolling to go under anti-trust spotlight
America’s Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are to take a look at whether patent trolls are breaching US anti-trust laws.
Aussie webmail pioneer gets funding boost
Australian developed cloud based, webmail provider for enterprises, Atmail will be beefing up its engineering team and expanding internationally following a AUD$2 million injection from VC Starfish Ventures. The 14 year old company, founded in the Blue Mountains, was one of the pioneers in webmail and has been quietly building up an international client base from ‘Silicon Beach’ Queensland that includes NASA, FedEx, GlaxoSmithKline and Virgin Atlantic.
Sarcastic tweeter jailed for mocking Communist Party
A petition has been launched calling for the release of Zhai Xiaobing, a Chinese blogger who mocked the recent Communist Party Congress in an irreverent tweet and was promptly arrested on terrorism charges.
British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row
The British Ruby Conference has been cancelled, after a row started over allegations the speaker roster at the conference is insufficiently diverse.
NSW Information Commissioner sends email to wrong list
The Information Commissioner in the Australian state of New South Wales, an officer whose job it is to offer and enforce best information management practice for the State, has apologised after sending an email to the wrong list.
Chinese cloud firm offers 'love bonus' to amorous staff
A Chinese cloud computing company has taken a novel approach to improving staff morale, ignoring all workplace common sense by encouraging its employees to hook up with each other, and with those of rival firms, in return for a financial reward.
London gets huge Defecator Enthroned statue for World Toilet Week
A giant squatting man has been erected outside the offices of the London mayor in a bid to raise "awareness" of the toilet.
Dell storage still staggering a year after EMC break-up
Dell's storage business is not keeping pace with its servers and networking business. This could be a lingering effect of its changed storage strategy, in which it has stopped reselling EMC storage and begun flogging its own acquired Compellent and EqualLogic gear as part of a "converged" solution. But it appears that customers aren't buying into its storage vision as fast as it would like them to.
Ten Linux apps you must install
Product Round-upUnless you are operating in the enterprise class, most Linux software is free, which is both a blessing and a hindrance. Sure, there are some truly fantastic apps out there, but all to often you have to wade through a mess of buggy unfinished projects with dependencies on other defunct code to get to what you want. To help with such endeavours, here are ten Linux applications I find certainly come in handy when configuring a new installation. For the record, Ubuntu 12.04 was used here and these apps are available from the Ubuntu Software Centre, with the exception of PeaZip.
Cloudy admin? Here's how to ward off Call of Duty-playing teens
Palo Alto Network has gone virtual with the latest version of its next-generation firewall, the VM-Series. The tech, launched last week, is designed to protect virtual and cloud environments and comes as part of a wider industry push to market virtual security appliances.
No hiding now, fandroids: Smartmobe chip STALKS YOU INDOORS
VidQualcomm and Cisco are collaborating to produce better location-tracking technology using networking gear and the Snapdragon chip otherwise found in smartphones.
All-flash-array flogger WhipTail in mad dash to fortify EMEA base
Self-proclaimed first shipper of an all-flash array, WhipTail, says UK customers are taking to its all-flash arrays in droves, with the company expecting a 1,100 per cent increase in sales this year. But it is expecting the competition to be snapping at its heels fairly shortly, which is why it has recruited an ex-EMC Isilon channel head to grow its base of UK dealers.
'The People's' cell operator to offer expensive data - but it's for cheridee
A new mobile phone network in the UK will give a quarter of its profits to charity.
Malware made which can share a smartcard over the internet
Security researchers have developed proof-of-concept malware that allows attackers to obtain remote access to smart card readers attached to compromised Windows PCs.
Apple's profits fetish could spell its DOOM
Open ... and ShutThe other shoe is about to drop in the mobile market. For years Apple has dominated mobile, both in terms of market share and in terms of profits. It was an enviable position, and a unique one, borne of Apple's commitment to out-innovating the industry, allowing it to consistently charge a premium for its products. But as the industry has matured, Apple has haemorrhaged market share to low-cost Android.
Hackers break into FreeBSD with stolen SSH key
Hackers broke into two FreeBSD project servers using an SSH authentication key* and login credentials that appear to have been stolen from a developer, it has emerged.
Certain people rejoice! AC/DC finally available on iTunes
Thumping rockers AC/DC have been remastered for iTunes putting the seminal rocknroll tracks in a digital music store for the first time.
Glorious silicon globes could hold key to elusive PERFECT kilogram
FeatureThere's a piece of metal more than a century old just outside Paris causing men and women of science a lot of bother.
Oprah Winfrey too late to save Microsoft's Windows 8
Early signs are showing that hopes for the overnight success of Microsoft's Windows 8 are unrealistic, although the tech giant appears to have bet the farm on the brand new operating system with the shiny new interface.
Shrewd El Reg plotter shows storage bods in revealing numbers
"Spaghetti" storage vendor groups are what you see when you lay bare these firms' quarterly revenue histories in a revealing graph. They fall neatly into four groups: the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. Which group are your suppliers in?
How Intel's faith in x86 cost it the mobile market
You can’t fault departing Intel CEO Paul Otellini by claiming he didn't spot the way personal computing was becoming more mobile. He certainly did. But you can argue that his strategy for adapting the chip maker to the trend really wasn’t the right one. But as a 40-year Intel veteran it was never very likely he would reject one of the company's articles of faith. Perhaps he should have.
Sony coaxes indie Vita, Android developers with $99 SDK
Sony has launched an indie-focused portal for developers that includes access to the now-out-of-beta PlayStation Mobile software development kit.
Wii U disassembly reveals unusual innards
Nintendo launched Wii U Stateside this past Sunday and while some users have complained of slow performance and freezing issues - something the firm has since addressed - teardown reports suggest potential hardware breakages should be relatively cheap to repair.
Yahoo! shares! at! 18! month! high!
Yahoo! shares have climbed to their highest level in a year and a half as investors start to believe once more that the web firm is capable of making money.
Kobo Glo illuminated e-reader review
Kobo’s Glo is yet another of the current wave of e-readers with what amounts to a backlit screen.
Do you know a chimp who's feeling doleful? Mid-life crisis, probably
Boffins investigating the feelings of hundreds of chimpanzees, orangutans and varied great apes say that the creatures get depressed in their middle years just as humans - perhaps especially human males - do. They consider that this affirms Charles Darwin's famous dictum to the effect that if we would seek to understand ourselves we would do well to have a think about baboons first.
Murdoch Storm: Brooks, Coulson to be CHARGED over BUNGS
Prime Minister David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and Rupert Murdoch's erstwhile right-hand woman Rebekah Brooks are to be charged as part of Scotland Yard's long-running investigation into corrupt payments relating to allegations of phone-hacking at the now-defunct News of the World Sunday tabloid.
EE touts 4G Sim-only tariffs
EE - currently the UK's only 4G network provider - has launched Sim-only plans touting one-year contracts for as little as £21 a month.
Thank BRIT eggheads for new iMac's sexy seamless knife-edge
A little-known British company is the brains behind technology in the new super-slim iMacs that Apple CEO Tim Cook raved about on stage.
Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife finally silenced - On Twitter
Sally Bercow was silenced on Twitter overnight, following a series of silly tweets that have landed the outspoken speaker's wife in legal hot water.
Swollen SUPER-GIGANTO PLANET sighted in Andromeda
A gigantic super-planet has been snapped by astroboffins orbiting the massive star Kappa Andromedae.
HTC: $8 per phone for Apple patents? We're not CRAZY!
HTC has rubbished claims that it's paying $6 to $8 per Android phone to keep Apple off its back.
HP: AUTONOMY 'misrepresented' its value by $5 BILLION, calls in SEC
Hewlett-Packard dropped a bomb this morning in reporting its financial results for its fiscal 2012 year, stating that the British software company Autonomy, which it acquired a little more than a year ago, "outright misrepresented" its own value - leading to a colossal $8.8bn writedown for HP today.
Nintendo downplays Wii U 'hidden control panel' hack fears
A video games fan claims he accidentally hacked into the online environment (Miiverse) of Nintendo's latest game console, the Wii U.
Swedish woman cuffed for sex with skeleton SHOCKER
A 37-year-old Swedish woman has been charged with "violating the peace of the dead" after allegedly using human skeletal remains for "sexual gratification".
Tech Data's Q3 profits dive by more than a fifth
The wheels on distribution juggernaut Tech Data (TD) are continuing to slow with sales and operating profits sliding in Q3.
Microsoft's OWN tests on Kin 'social phone' foretold its doom
Videos purporting to show Microsoft's internal testing of Kin show just how bad it was, and make Redmond's decision to launch the social phone all the more remarkable.
Greenhouse gases break record again, says top UN weather man
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that the amount of greenhouse gasses – including the ever-contentious CO2 – increased to record levels in 2011.
Google hires top US traffic fed for driverless cars project
Google has signed up the deputy director of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to work on the company's self-driving cars.
Nokia HERE today with decent mapping on Apple devices
iPhone users struggling with Apple's substandard maps app can now get a decent alternative in the shape of Nokia's Here.
Register boffinry confab: Mass debate on the Perfect Kilogram
Live ChatFor more than a century the world has relied upon a lump of metal protected under high security in a location outside Paris to accurately measure the kilogram.
Brussels blesses British BDUK broadband boost blurt
Maria Miller's mercy dash to Brussels earlier this month appears to have paid off, after the European Commission confirmed today that it had cleared £530m in state aid investment for broadband deployment in the UK - along with what appear to be limp-wristed concessions.
PCs punch HP in the gut, servers knee it in the jewels
It has been a long time since Hewlett-Packard has had a happy quarter, and it looks like it is going to have to wait quite a while to have one again if its final quarter of fiscal 2012 is any indication.
Facebook starts going encrypted by default in North America
Facebook is finally deploying secure browsing for its 1-billion-strong userbase over the coming weeks.
Wang's 'surging growth' to help tablets overcome notebooks in 2013
Your notebook is about to become passé. Shipments of tablets will outpace those of notebooks for the first time next year.
Apple, Spotify, Amazon: All your Cloud are belong to us, says firm
A San Jose company has claimed that it owns the technology used by Apple in its iCloud, by Spotify in its streaming service and by Amazon in its Cloud Player. It has filed three separate IP lawsuits against the firms for making digital data available to people over a computer network.
Quantum crypto - with nothing more than STANDARD broadband fibre
Boffins have worked out how to run quantum cryptography systems over a standard broadband fibre in a development that brings theoretically unbreakable encryption closer to mainstream use.
Microsoft building poo-powered carbon-neutral data center
Microsoft is spending $5.5m to build a data center in the Wyoming hills that's powered by methane created from the waste of its nearby residents, and sees a lot of opportunity for mixing computing and crap.
4chan founder Moot threatens site for using his handle
The 4chan community site has been home to all manner of jokes, pranks, intentionally offensive imagery, and other juvenilia since it launched in 2003, but one thing it apparently takes very seriously is "Moot," the online handle of its founder, Christopher Poole.
World's oldest digital computer successfully reboots
After three years of restoration by the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), the world's oldest functioning digital computer has been successfully rebooted at a ceremony attended by two of its original developers.
Autonomy to HP: bollocks
The HP-Autonomy spat has, predictably, turned into a high-profile slanging match, with Autonomy founder Mike Lynch firing back at Meg Whitman via the Wall Street Journal.
Quickflix top brass exec exits
Australian IPTV aspirant Quickflix has suffered a sudden executive exodus ahead of a pending announcement on a new mystery strategic investor.
Kiwi Googleplex comes clean on unauthorised data
The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner has confirmed that Google has finally destroyed the ill-gotten data scooped up from unsecured WiFi networks during its Street View filming across New Zealand.
Minister intervenes in Oz spectrum auction
Australia’s communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, who famously told Australian telcos they’d wear red undies on their heads if he told them to, has stepped into the auction process for new mobile spectrum.
Application transformation: Ready Steady Go!
Old software never dies, it just functionally decomposes. When applications reach the end of their lifecycle, they can hang around, ghostlike, creating support and infrastructure costs, or they can be made useful again. Application transformation is a key part of that process, but what is involved?
German city dumping OpenOffice for Microsoft
The city council of Freiburg, Germany has voted to switch the city's productivity software from OpenOffice to Microsoft Office, reversing an open source software policy that has been in place since 2007.
SGI UV 2000 supers are Intel and Nvidia inside
Supercomputer makers used to stuffing processors and networks into machines to build clusters or shared memory systems have to adapt their machines to take advantage of various kinds of compute accelerators that offers cheaper flops, and Silicon Graphics is no exception.