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Opportunity rover stuck in standby mode after Martian blackout

UpdatedNASA is trying to reactivate its Martian rover Opportunity after it switched itself into standby mode during a communications quiet period, but engineers have had no luck as yet at restoring control.
Iain Thomson, 01 May 2013
Google Glass

Ultra-hackable Google Glass could be a security nightmare

Google's high-tech Glass headsets might be a gadget enthusiast's dream, but in their current form they're far too vulnerable to malicious hacking, according to one developer who has had access to the devices.
Neil McAllister, 01 May 2013
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Apple to end support for original iPhone: report

Support for Apple's original iPhone will end on June 11, according to a report from 9 to 5 Mac which got its hands on an advisory (JPG) sent to Apple shops advising of products the fruity company will no longer support.
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2013

Is it me or did cloud marketing suddenly get really weird?

CommentAs cloud computing shakes up the IT industry, marketing departments are going into overdrive attempting to somehow – no, anyhow – gain what they call "traction." And it's starting to get weird.
Jack Clark, 01 May 2013
A screengrab of greyed-out wifi button on iOS6, credit Jong186 on Apple forums

Cisco clambers aboard gig Wi-Fi bandwagon

Cisco has joined the growing list of vendors putting the 802.11ac “gigabit WiFi” standard into live kit, launching a “Wave 1” module for it Aironet 3600 series of access points, and promising “Wave 2” support in a future upgrade module.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 May 2013
A blade server from the UV2 super

SGI tax bennies push bigger profit in Q1

Jorge Titinger, the CEO who was brought into Silicon Graphics last year to clean up the mess made by $87m in low-margin deals that wrecked the company's bottom line for a few quarters, is probably breathing a little easier now that the most recent quarter has ended. Not just because revenues were up, but because the remaining $50m in those LMDs of profit destruction have been booked.

AMD reveals potent parallel processing breakthrough

AMD has released details on its implementation of The Next Big Thing in processor evolution, and in the process has unleashed the TNBT of acronyms: the AMD APU (CPU+GPU) HSA hUMA.
Rik Myslewski, 01 May 2013
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Security cameras leak credentials, live video

D-Link and Vivotek have submitted their entries for “dumbest security vulnerability of 2013”, with Core Security turning up a variety of daft bugs in their IP cameras, including hard-coded backdoor passwords.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 May 2013

Linux kernel 3.9 lands

Linus Torvalds has unleashed version 3.9 of the Linux kernel.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 May 2013

Red faces as Pentagon leases Chinese satellite

US lawmakers are up in arms after it emerged that the Pentagon has leased a Chinese commercial satellite to support non-classified communications with its African bases.
Phil Muncaster, 01 May 2013
NASA image depicting lava flows on Heard Island

Oz volcano's lava lake spills from crater

Australia's only active volcano is rumbling fiercely, with new NASA photos revealing its lava lake has overflowed its crater.
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2013

Oracle reveals secret recipe for free DIY storage cloud

World+dog may be busy preparing Dropbox clones, but Oracle seems to think a better idea is to build your own domestic cloud storage rig and has therefore published a recipe for doing so.
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2013
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 in the shower

Review: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 WinPro 8 tablet

VidIn the UK, Panasonic is not known as a high-street PC player - but the company’s Tough range of products makes quite an impression in the world of business.
Bob Dormon, 01 May 2013

Not cool, Adobe: Give the Ninite guys a job, not the middle finger

Sysadmin blogAdobe wants the ability to easily roll out Flash updates removed from Ninite, the sysadmin Swiss army knife. I'm going to explain why this is a terrible thing.
Trevor Pott, 01 May 2013

Facebook Messenger tech to glue 50bn-strong Internet of Stuff

A communications protocol for the Internet of Things - the posh name for a future global network of 50 billion interconnected gadgets - has been chosen by a top standards body.
Bill Ray, 01 May 2013
OpenStack's "Dope 'N Stack" campaign

Leave keys to your data centre to a Grizzly? Brocade thinks: Yes

Brocade has plunged deeper into the software-defined networks (SDN) pool with a couple of virtual networking products and a switch software revision.
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2013

FalconStor on 13th quarterly loss: 'Unpredictable' OEM dragged us down

FalconStor has blamed "unpredictable performance" from one of its biggest Chinese OEM partners for the dent in its first quarter revenues. It has now totted up 13 loss-making quarters - although last quarter saw a boost in revenues - and the storage virtualisation supplier's lot is not a happy one.
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2013

Is the IT industry short on Cobolers? This could be your lucky day

Let's make one thing clear: your previous jobs are not the reason why you were hired. You were hired for having skills that bosses need.
Dominic Connor, 01 May 2013

'I still get on the phone for a $5k deal' - NetSuite CEO's anti-SAP mission

InterviewCalifornia-based Salesforce has been an unstoppable force in Software as a Service (SaaS) for 14 years. It pulled in $3.05bn in revenue last year, and just booted rival enterprise tech maker SAP from its slot as the world's number-one customer relationship management software (CRM) company.
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2013

Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack forms foraging party

It's been a tough winter here in the mountains of central Spain, so Mother Nature isn't lending much of a hand as I attempt to sustain myself spending just £1 a day for nosh in the "Live Below the Line" challenge.
Lester Haines, 01 May 2013

Give it up for Live 8-bit: Muso devs raise dosh for Bletchley Park kids

AudioSynthesizer-loving programmers have released their very own electronica album to raise cash for kids' classes at Bletchley Park.
Jasper Hamill, 01 May 2013

Plusnet's 'Everyone's a winner' claim is a plus-sized whopper

BT-owned ISP Plusnet misled would-be customers by boasting in a telly ad that its broadband service was available to "everyone", says a watchdog.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2013

BlackBerry: THE TRUTH about that 5.1 per cent UK market figure

BlackBerry has rebutted a claim that its UK smartphone market share was just 5.1 per cent during the first three months of 2013.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2013
Hoptroff atomic watch

Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

PicCould this be the chronometrist’s ultimate timepiece, the peak of horological haute couture? British bespoke movement maker Hoptroff today claimed to have produced the world’s first personal chronometer with an on board atomic clock.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2013
B&N Nook SimpleTouch with Glowlight

Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

In a perhaps desperate bid to drum up sales, Barnes & Noble is selling its Nook E Ink-based e-book reader for a pound less than 30 quid - a discount of £50.
Tony Smith, 01 May 2013

Google 'will be pulled back in front of MPs' on its UK tax affairs

Enormous advertising firm Google has said that any suggestion that its veep Matt Brittin was less than accurate when testifying to Parliament on the firm's UK corporation tax affairs is "wilfully misleading".
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 May 2013

P2P badboy The Pirate Bay sets sail for the Caribbean

The Pirate Bay has fled to the Caribbean after Swedish authorities launched yet another attempt to seize its domain name.
Jasper Hamill, 01 May 2013

Atoms star in ball-bothering boffins' Big Blue movie

VidIBM Research has proved its worth by moving atoms across a screen to create the world's smallest movie. Big Blue has gone much better with its atomic animation A Boy and His Atom.
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2013

Yahoo! scuppered! in! Dailymotion! buyout! attempt!

Yahoo! has had to give up its attempt to take a controlling stake in French video startup Dailymotion after the government intervened, according to media reports.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 May 2013

Hotel marketplace Airbnb: Show us your privates if you want to book a bed

San Francisco-based hotel-booking biz Airbnb wants a quarter of its users in the US to provide passports or driving licences when reserving a room.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2013

Audio gumble biz Jawbone gobbles bag of 500 trillion body bits

Speaker and headset biz Jawbone has spent over $100m snapping up body sensor maker BodyMedia to get into the wild world of biometrics.
Bill Ray, 01 May 2013

Mozilla accuses Gamma of dressing up dictators' spyware as Firefox

Firefox-maker Mozilla claims spook supplier Gamma International disguises its spyware as the popular web browser - and wants it to stop.
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2013

Reseller giant Systemax bleeds red ink in Q1 of 'turnaround year'

Misfiring reseller big gun Systemax has seen poor results in the first quarter of calendar 2013 - which is supposed to be its turnaround year. In its efforts to recover, the business has slashed European jobs, shuttered US PC factories and axed retail brands.
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013

Citrix: Hey channel, we're BAAAA-ACK. Can't flog clouds without you

Citrix is to again allow resellers to sell a portion of its cloudy wares. The vendor claims that the increased size of the market means supporting a channel is now economically viable.
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013

Taxi app Uber's $1bn uber price tag: CEO speaks out

Travis Kalanick, the chief of taxi service app Uber, has denied that his company is about to open a new funding round that would value it at over a billion dollars.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 May 2013

US Labor Dept website serving malware to innocent visitors

The US Department of Labor's website has been hacked and malicious code stuck behind the scenes, security tools firm AlienVault says.
Team Register, 01 May 2013
Avnet TS

Avnet welds services tentacles into one mighty arm

Distributor goliath Avnet Technology Solutions has rounded up its disparate portfolio of acquired service providers into one unit as traditional product sales continue to wane.
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013

Picture this: Kodak could get out of bankruptcy as early as July

Eastman Kodak has said that it's hoping to get out of bankruptcy as early as July this year, as it turns itself into a commercial imaging firm under the control of its creditors.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 May 2013

Former mobile-biz lobbyist Wheeler to become top US frequency cop

President Obama has nominated former CTIA boss Tom Wheeler to take over the FCC, putting the man who spent 12 years lobbying on behalf of network operators in charge of their regulation.
Bill Ray, 01 May 2013

VMTurbo trousers $7.5m to bring Adam Smith's hand to more clouds

Adam Smith-loving cloud biz VMTurbo has secured $7.5m in C-round funding from venture capitalists Globespan Capital Partners.

EFF report identifies which internet firms 'have your back' on data

The annual Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) report on data protection among online firms has shown lax privacy standards among some of the biggest names in the business when the government comes knocking at the door.
Iain Thomson, 01 May 2013

VMware sells WaveMaker to Pramati

VMware has got rid of WaveMaker, an open source tool that helps casual developers build Java apps, after spending two years trying to develop the technology
Jack Clark, 01 May 2013
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Arista monster switches fluff up cloud with 1 million virty machines

Data center switch vendor Arista Networks is giving the incumbent peddlers of switchery heartburn again with the launch of its 7500 E Series modular switches.
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MapR revs up HBase queries with M7 Hadoop distro

You are not just imagining it. Every commercial distributor of the Hadoop system for storing and chewing through unstructured data has come up with its own a different way to deliver something akin to SQL query functionality while at the same time boosting the speed of ad hoc queries.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

Report: IBM, Lenovo x86 server deal hits the skids

Only late last week, the scuttlebutt was that IBM and Lenovo Group were moving along at a rapid pace so Big Blue could offload all or part of its System x x86 server business to the Chinese builder. Now, the latest word is that the deal has stalled as the two companies are haggling about the price.

Facebook fails to wow Wall Street with slow profit growth

Facebook posted strong revenue for its first quarter of fiscal 2013, beating analyst estimates, but profits only inched ahead slightly as the social network continued to struggle with its transition to a mobile-first company.
Neil McAllister, 01 May 2013

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