Help a US gov't agency switch to open source, win $3 million
The US Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to upgrade the 25-year-old software that powers its nationwide health care system, and it's betting real money that open source is the way to do it.
Nokia decrypts browser traffic, assures public not to worry
Just as Nokia announces numbers that look like it may avoid irrelevance, the mobile supplier has become embroiled in a privacy row centered on the behavior of its browsers.
ST-Ericsson uncloaks 2.5GHz Jekyll & Hyde smartphone chip
CES 2013The CES 2013 show floor may be crammed with smartphones, tablets, and other ARM-powered gadgets, but there's more news from the show than just the gadgets themselves. There's also a new chip that can power them – namely a new 2.5GHz part from ST-Ericsson.
IBM scales down PureApplication cloudy boxes
If you are looking for a low-end pre-configured, automated, application-ready cloud in a box but you don't need a big behemoth of a machine, then IBM finally has a configuration of its PureApplication systems that might be appealing to you.
Boffins develop microwave weed-zapper
Reg readers frustrated by the never-ending presence of weeds in their veggie patches may find salvation in the next few years in the form of a microwave device that can pick out garden invaders and blast them into mulch.
Nokia's Q4 'beat expectations' despite ongoing sales slump
Nokia announced preliminary financial results for its fourth quarter of 2012 on Thursday, claiming that its smartphone business had "exceeded expectations," despite the fact that overall sales are still trending downward.
SAP plans HANA education push to channel partners
SAP is planning a serious education push to the channel about its super-fast Business Suite based around its HANA in-memory database software, which will be the basis for all of the company's future apps and development projects.
Mozilla to Adobe: PDFs don't need no more steenking plugins
Mozilla's come right out and said what plenty of people think about PDF-reading browser plugins: they're often woefully insecure, generally replicate things browsers can already do and rely on proprietary technology.
Hackers deface Indonesian president’s website
Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has come under cyber attack after hackers defaced the homepage of his website for several hours, apparently in protest at growing corruption and wealth inequality in the country.
China censors chat users outside China
China’s largest internet firm, Tencent, is reportedly now censoring messages sent by international users of its popular WeChat service.
Raise a beer: Titans of tech fill out 'Worst CEOs' list
Tech bosses were rapped for drinking beer during conference calls, wearing hoodies in the boardroom and losing huge amounts of money in a round-up of 2012's worst CEOs.
Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white
13,000 households in the UK still watch TV in black and white, telly licence fee collectors have revealed.
Happy now? Mobiles, cloud, big data now 'a growing security risk'
Innovations in mobile and cloud computing, social technology and the use of "big data" present an emerging risk to organisations' IT security, experts have warned.
Blighty's schools shake on new 3-year deal with Microsoft
The Department for Education claims a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft will save schools £10m on licensing over the next three years, in part by "factoring freeware" into the deal.
Nipper's toy train enjoys journey to edge of SPAAAAACE
VideoToy train stories are like number 13 buses - you wait ages for one and then two turn up at once. Following our report earlier this week on wooden train outfit Bigjigs' audacious bid to run the West Coast Mainline franchise, we received news of a US dad who dispatched his young son's model locomotive to the stratosphere.
Which sneaky storage upstart is drilling into software-network craze?
PernixData is a startup in stealth mode developing a data platform for the software-defined data centre (SDDC).
Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins
The world's official kilogram has put on weight according to boffins who fear the mass needs a new-year diet.
Ten stars of CES 2013: Who made the biggest splash?
CES 2013As the 2013 Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) wraps up in Las Vegas, we’re left to ponder whether it as was a good show this time round. In 2012, IT vendors, buoyed by Intel encouragement and marketing money, were keen to show off their first Ultrabooks. A year on, and the chip giant’s skinny laptop brand has largely failed to capture the public’s imagination, not least because of the high price attached to the machines it’s stamped upon. Windows 8 may yet push the platform forward, but many of the novel machines it has led to were unveiled well before CES.
Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?
Four kilometres to the north of here, in semi-rural Kent, the pavements are stuffed with fibre-optic cable and the streets are lined with drab green cabinets, all nicely tooled up for superfast broadband. But here, we rely on plain old ADSL piped in from a small BT exchange, 1.7km to our south (as the crow flies). You can see it is an exchange from the sign on the wall.
Why mergers LOSE money, but are GOOD for the economy
So the distribution sector has had yet another round of consolidation. Mergers, takeovers - these are the things that make an M&A banker's heart* thumpety-thump with joy.
O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product
ExclusiveUK telecoms provider O2 has refused to deny that it is planning to offload its fixed line home broadband product later this year.
'Mauro, SHUT THE F**K UP!'
QuotwThe week's chatter has provided fewer gems than usual and a lot more "Look at this great new product I launched at CES", but luckily you can always rely on Linus Torvalds to come out with a zinger.
'Better than Adobe' Foxit PDF plugin hit by worse-than-Adobe 0-day
A new security bug in the popular Foxit PDF reader plugin for web browsers allows miscreants to compromise computers and install malware. There's no patch for this zero-day vulnerability.
Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook
To be fair to Lenovo, reviewing the IdeaPad Yoga shouldn't really be all about Windows 8. After all, this touchscreen Ultrabook – that bends over backwards to become a fully fledged tablet – is a well crafted piece of hardware with engineering merits of its own. So what, if it runs Windows 8? So do a lot of PCs these days. The fact is, if Windows 8 didn't exist, the IdeaPad Yoga 13 and a whole host of touch and type ‘convertible’ laptops wouldn't need to exist either. Windows 7 seemed to do the job quite nicely, after all.
EU floats growth plan: Aim power hose of cash at oldsters, web start-ups
The European Commission's new action plan that encourages entrepreneurship in order to boost economic growth says that member states should target their support at the sections of society least likely to be sitting on beanbags in Shoreditch.
New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS
Microsoft was quick to brush off the debugging hack that allows locked-down Windows RT Surface slabs to run any unauthorised desktop software. But now the exploit has been packaged into a slick jailbreaking tool that can unlock a Redmond fondleslab in seconds.
iPhones, tablets... Pah: By 2020, we'll froth over hot new SOFTWEAR
Sysadmin blogWithin some admittedly fuzzy error bars, computing adoption seems to work in decade-long phases over the course of about 50 years. By my reckoning, those decades roughly work out to precursor technologies, niche adoption, commercialisation, mass market and eventual displacement. Within my lifetime, I have seen the rise of the PC, of notebooks, and of personal mobile devices; I know what I want the next round to be.
Apple rubbishes rumours of iPhone for the masses
Apple has denied that it is considering increasing its market share and beating off competitors with a cheaper iPhone.
EU antitrust chief growls at Google, hopes to avoid sanctions
Brussels' competition chief Joaquin Almunia has sniffed at any suggestion that the European Commission would follow the US consumer watchdog by allowing Google to avoid a tough settlement over its alleged "abuse of dominance" in the online search market.
British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II
The British regular forces are to receive their first new pistol since World War II, as the long-serving Browning 9mm sidearm is replaced by a new weapon from the well-known Austrian firm Glock.
Vodafone goes titsup for BlackBerrys in mobile data outage
BlackBerry users on Vodafone have had another long day, or perhaps a relaxing one, as data services for many users dropped out this morning and are still on the fritz.
Europe's cybercrime fighters get new digs... complete with Faraday room
The EU’s new European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will be inaugurated at Europol in The Hague later today.
Nokia: Ship's now stable, all we need is passengers
AnalysisEurope's biggest technology company Nokia caught a few people by surprise with its outlook yesterday. Nokia released far more information than a company typical discloses in a preview - an unusual amount.
Biz users, hard-up punters: Nobody loves Windows 8
Windows 8 was never expected to set the business world alight in the short term - maybe not even in the long term - and indeed it hasn't, official sales figures from distributors reveal.
Largest ever spiral galaxy spotted - may give birth to dwarf baby
The universe's largest known spiral galaxy and its nearest neighbouring galaxy have been interacting for some time, say astrophysicists. And all of this canoodling may result in the birth of a new tidal dwarf galaxy system 212 million light years from Earth.
Next-gen H.265 video baked into Broadcom's monster TV brain
Vid720p video at 30 frames per second and less than half a megabit a second: that's the promise of the H.265 vid compression tech, which is up for ratification any day now and already has chips ready to decode it.
Bad news: PC slump worse than feared. Good news: It's Friday
Sales of personal computers – fat workstations, clunky desktops and laptops not running Android or iOS – took a bigger dive as 2012 wound down than the box counters at IDC had expected.
Vibrator guru on pleasure tech: 'Of all the places you'd want a quality UI....'
CES 2013CES is the world's premier gadget-fest, so it's perhaps unsurprising that this year it would devote a keynote at its Digital Health Summit conference track dedicated to a device owned by over 50 per cent of Americans: the vibrator.
Forrester: IT spending facing challenges in 2013
The prognosticators have been reading their tea leaves, analyzing entrails, and gazing into their balls to try to figure out what the IT spending picture will look like, and the news from Forrester Research is much the same as El Reg is seeing elsewhere: growth will be a bit slow in the current year, and improving out beyond that.
Reuters rubbishes report rubbishing cheap iPhone rumor
So is Apple planning to release a cheaper iPhone or isn't it? The answer seems to depend on whom you believe – and Reuters, for one, says it doesn't believe the Shanghai Evening Post.