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Actifio claims it is the 'fastest growing enterprise storage firm' – ever

Actifio, a privately held storage startup founded in 2008, is crowing like a chanticleer that business was booming last year for its funky Copy Data Storage arrays. Probably in the hopes of either raking in more venture funding or setting itself up to go public at some point in the future.

Apple may debut low-cost iPhone for emerging markets in 2013

Apple has made a name for itself by marketing high-end gadgets to affluent, design-conscious consumers, but it could be planning a move down-market as early as this year, if industry scuttlebutt proves correct.
Neil McAllister, 09 Jan 2013

Microsoft pats self on back over Windows 8 sales

AnalysisThink Windows 8 isn't performing as well as Microsoft expected? Think again! The software giant says sales of its new OS are chugging along quite nicely, thank you very much, in much the same fashion as Windows 7 before it.
Neil McAllister, 09 Jan 2013

Boffins hide messages in Skype ‘silence packets’

A Warsaw-based security researcher says the packets that Skype sends during silence can be used to carry secret messages in a conversation.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 Jan 2013

Mozilla claims 25 per cent JavaScript speed boost with Firefox 18

Mozilla has released its latest Firefox build, version 18, and claims the new version offers a 25 per cent speed boost thanks to a new JavaScript compiler dubbed IonMonkey.
Iain Thomson, 09 Jan 2013

'Physical pressure' from Iran’s cyber cops killed blogger

Iranian cyber police have been fingered in a parliamentary report for the death in custody of a blogger who was arrested late last year for criticising the regime and posing a national security risk.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Jan 2013
Map of the USA depicting temperatures for winter 2011/12

2012 was warmest year ever recorded in USA

Earth’s surface area is 510 million km2, but the State of the Climate report from the USA's National Climatic Data Center at the nation’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the contiguous USA’s 7.664 million km2 experienced its hottest year ever recorded during 2012, which it also ranked the second most “extreme” for weather events.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jan 2013

Twitter's real time data cruncher is made of people

Twitter has revealed that real, live, flesh-and-blood people are one of its key tools for analysing data in real time, and that it finds the people it needs with an unconventional approach to crowdsourcing.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jan 2013

India asks Nokia for £340 million in tax

India has added itself to the growing list of nations putting extra pressure on global tech titans over tax-related matters, after reportedly tapping Nokia on the shoulder regarding irregularities which could total 30bn Rs (£340m).
Phil Muncaster, 09 Jan 2013
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Japanese cops cuff cat carrying remote control virus

An anonymous cyber villain has led Japanese police on a merry dance over the past few months, culminating in the capture on Monday of a cat said to be carrying a computer virus on a memory card attached to its collar.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Jan 2013

Making apps for touchscreen mobes? YAWN. Try a car instead

CES 2013Phone app developers who fancy expanding onto car dashboards can now create programs for Ford cars, utilising the voice control and connectivity built into the vehicle through open software interfaces (APIs).
Bill Ray, 09 Jan 2013

Nuisance calls DOUBLE, Ofcom vows to hunt down offenders

Ofcom has outlined yet another plan to target annoying phones calls, which according to its latest report have doubled. It is hoping that imposing a few fines, writing several stern letters and doing more research will stem the flow - despite remaining entirely powerless to prevent calls that originate outside the UK.
Bill Ray, 09 Jan 2013

Big Brother is prosecuting you: More cops to use court vid chats

Coppers will soon give evidence in almost half the courts in England and Wales from their police stations via video-conferencing links.
Anna Leach, 09 Jan 2013

HMRC hops back into bed with Microsoft, finds purse £10m lighter

IT reseller Computacenter has brokered an Enterprise Agreement (EA) between Microsoft and HMRC valued at roughly £10m. The agreement entitles Blighty's taxmen to volume discounts on Redmond gear, upgrades and more over the next three years.
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2013

Guess who'll grab Facebook Sponsored Stories payout? (Hint: Not the victims)

CommentBecause of a quirk of the US legal system, the bulk of the $20m from Facebook's class action privacy settlement meant for people affected by its Sponsored Stories privacy gaffe* will likely go to "citizens' groups" - and concerns have been raised over the relationship between the beneficiaries and powerful corporations they purport to monitor.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jan 2013
Empty racks awaiting customer kit at HP's Aurora data centre

Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

StorageBodA good friend of mine recently got in contact to ask my professional opinion on something for a book he was writing. He asked me how much a petabyte of storage would cost today and whether I thought it would affordable for an individual. Both parts of the question are interesting in their own way.
StorageBod, 09 Jan 2013

€1.5bn swiped from EU cards: Fraud mainly takes place in the US

Most of the credit and debit card fraud in Europe can be pinpointed to criminal transactions in the US, a police report has said.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 Jan 2013

Crypto boffins smuggle secret messages in silent Skype calls

Polish security researchers have come up with a cunning method to transmit hidden messages using the silence packets transmitted during a Skype call.
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2013

Speaking in Tech: It's not a CLOUD fail, it's a cloud FIRM fail

Team Register, 09 Jan 2013

Bletchley Park boffins start trailblazer EDSAC computer rebuild

Physical production of a replica of EDSAC, aka the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator, has at last begun at The National Museum of Computing, located at World War II crypto centre Bletchley Park. EDSAC is an early computer originally put together at Cambridge University in the late 1940s.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2013

Toy train company bids for West Coast Mainline

We offer the Vulture Central tip of the hat today to toy train outfit Bigjigs for its audacious bid to run the UK's West Coast Mainline rail franchise.
Lester Haines, 09 Jan 2013

Hellish XML demon exorcised from Windows, IE bug stays

Patch TuesdayMicrosoft released two "critical" patches and five "important" security updates on Tuesday - but none of the fixes address a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer discovered two weeks ago.
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2013
Vodafone Smart Tab II tablet

Review: Vodafone Smart Tab II 7 budget 3G tablet

Tablets with 3G connectivity continue to command what I think is an unreasonable premium over their Wi-Fi only siblings. Granted, the 3G Google Nexus 7 is only 40 quid more than the equivalent Wi-Fi model but you can’t have 3G at all with the cheaper, 16GB tablet. The 3G iPad Mini, meanwhile, carries a £100 mark-up.
Alun Taylor, 09 Jan 2013
An overloaded kilowatt meter

'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

Here's a provocative question for readers in these power-hungry times: could you survive in a house where the total power draw of all your electrical appliances and fittings at any one time can't exceed 1.5kW?
Lester Haines, 09 Jan 2013

BT in ad slapdown after 'misleading' punters on fibre deployment dates

UpdatedBT has been rapped by the UK's advertising watchdog, which found that the national telco had "misled" customers about when its broadband products would be available in their areas.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jan 2013

Razer uncages Core i7, GeForce megaslab for hardcore gamers

CES 2013Games peripherals specialist Razer is finally bringing to market the concept gaming tablet it introduced at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2013

Hey, tech titans! Those smartmobe sales bans? Give it a rest. NOW

Companies can only ban the sales of rival products using patents essential to communications standards in rare and specific cases. That's the latest common-sense thinking from the US Justice Department and the US Patent Office.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 Jan 2013

UK armed forces could be 'fatally compromised’ by cyber attack

UK armed forces’ dependence on information and communication technology could leave the nation vulnerable in the event of a cyber attack, according to a study by a committee of MPs.
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2013

Standards sultan sanctifies 60GHz wireless LAN tech

The IEEE has published a 60GHz wireless networking standard, 802.11ad, much to the joy of the WiGig Alliance: its 60GHz "USB/PCI/HDMI/DisplayPort" technology sits on top of the radio-based communications spec.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2013

Integrator-reseller 2e2 'broke banking covenant', hits credit buffers

The future of integrator-cum-reseller 2e2 is unclear amid claims from sources close to the firm that it broke a banking covenant in December and is running up to its credit limits in distribution.
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2013

Faster-than-disk 1TB USB on sale soon... but if you lose it, you've lost £2k+

CES 2013CES is the time to introduce new gadget gizmos and Kingston, SanDisk and Toshiba have stepped up to the flash front to parade their latest gear.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2013

Don't shoot the Windows Live Messenger, cry IM users

Microsoft has confirmed it will shut Windows Live Messenger on 15 March - and has already started merging its users' contacts into the voice-chat service Skype. The software giant warned as early as November that changes were afoot to the service formerly known as MSN Messenger.
Anna Leach, 09 Jan 2013

At last! A REAL use for NFC: Bonking butler bots and oven-puters

CES 2013Upstart wireless data-transfer tech NFC is finally coming to some interesting devices. Not smartphones or shopping tills but TVs, speakers, washing machines and fridges, thanks to LG and Sony.
Bill Ray, 09 Jan 2013

Devs: 'Pirates are flogging OUR stuff on BlackBerry's App World'

In its enthusiasm to stock its App World shelves, RIM has reportedly inadvertently invited in the pirates, according to Android developers who've said they have seen their work replicated at the burgeoning store.
Bill Ray, 09 Jan 2013
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IBM Euro channel bigwig made Tech Data account daddy

A senior management reshuffle at IBM has seen European channel partner boss David Cornick take up a newly created global role within Big Blue as managing executive for distributor Tech Data.
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2013

Panasonic pitches Ultra HD 4K x 2K monster tablet

CES 2013Asus has an 18.4-inch tablet-cum-all-in-one-desktop-PC on display this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but Panasonic has it beat: the Japanese giant is showing off a Windows 8 slate that not only packs a 20-inch display but sports an Ultra HD resolution.
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2013

Google drops standards-essential patent claims in Xbox slap fight

Googorola is giving up on getting loads of Microsoft gear kicked off the shelves for infringing patents used in the video compression H.264 standard.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 Jan 2013

Dish charges into Sprint-Clearwire hotel room waving cash

Dish Networks continues its mobile aspirations with a bid for Clearwire, offering more cash than the existing offer from Sprint, but with more strings attached.
Bill Ray, 09 Jan 2013

Texas schoolgirl loses case over RFID tag suspension

A federal court has ruled against the Texan teenager who was challenging her suspension for refusing to wear an RFID tag, despite objections on religious and privacy grounds.
Iain Thomson, 09 Jan 2013
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GlobalFoundries plunks $2bn into New York fab

GlobalFoundries, the amalgamation of AMD and Chartered Semiconductor's fabs and the world's second largest independent wafer baker, is taking a $2bn pile of cash and building a new research center that hangs off its flagship Fab 8 plant in Malta, New York in an effort to keep pace with rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp and, of course, Intel and its captive chip fabs.

Silly Rabbit! Like Trix, color e-readers are for kids

CES 2013If you're expecting rich, vibrant colors on your next ebook reader, you're going to be disappointed – the laws of physics are against you.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2013

US gov blames Iran for cyberattacks on American banks

Denial-of-service attacks against US banks' web systems were the work of Iran rather than Islamic activists, says a former American government official.
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2013

Stratus: Virtualization drives demand for ftServers

In some ways, server virtualization makes disaster recovery easier, less costly, and more approachable for a wider range of companies. And in others, it makes disaster recovery more important than ever because more virtual server eggs are running in a single physical server basket. No matter which way server virtualization cuts, fault tolerant server maker Stratus Technologies is keyed up to be supporting the latest ESXi 5.1 and related vSphere tools atop of its ftServer line.

'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

Astronomers following the so-called doomsday asteroid Apophis, which will be whizzing past Earth on Thursday morning, have found the rock is much larger than had previously been assumed. Since the asteroid could hit Earth in 2036, that's a problem.
Iain Thomson, 09 Jan 2013
IBM Watson QA Power7 cluster

Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

IBM's Watson supercomputer was smart enough to beat two human opponents on US quiz show Jeopardy!, but there is apparently some knowledge that the system is still too immature to handle – namely, the contents of the Urban Dictionary.
Neil McAllister, 09 Jan 2013
IBM's Power 770+ server

IBM grafts old AIX 5.3 onto shiny new Power7+ servers

Big Blue stopped selling the venerable AIX 5.3 release of its Unix operating system nearly two years ago and pulled the plug on normal support nearly a year ago, but it lives on atop the new Power7+ servers that the company launched as 2012 came to a close.

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