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Facebook tramples Twitter's turf with media-friendly tracking

Facebook is adding a couple of APIs that will let certain media organizations track what's trending on the social network.
Iain Thomson, 10 Sep 2013
ThinkGeek's canned unicorn meat

IBM: Closed clouds are dead meat

After adopting OpenStack and embracing the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service, IBM has become convinced that clouds are destined to be made of open source software.
Jack Clark, 10 Sep 2013

Tech titans team up to complain about US government spy requests

Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! have all filed petitions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) asking for a relaxation of rules that would allow them to give customers more of an idea of what data is being collected by the US intelligence agencies.
Iain Thomson, 10 Sep 2013

Google scrambles to block backdoors

The ongoing revelations about NSA snoopery have prompted The Chocolate Factory to accelerate its effort to encrypt user data at every possible point.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Sep 2013
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Turnbull floats e-vote, compulsory ID

Incoming communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has offered up his first post-election policy thought-bubble, suggesting that Australia should adopt electronic voting kiosks and compulsory identification for voters.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Sep 2013

Opera unveils iPad-only browser

Opera has released a browser designed specifically for the iPad.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2013

Jail time promised for false tweets in China

Use of social media in China just got more dangerous after the country’s Supreme Court announced tough new guidelines which could see untrue posts which are viewed more than 5,000 times land their author in jail for several years.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Sep 2013

Pulse-taking ticker tech cuff to sniff out cash-snafflers

A Canadian security firm that developed a device which uses the rhythm of a person's heartbeat as a biometric identifier has said that the technology offers a secure alternative to conventional biometrics.
John Leyden, 10 Sep 2013

Microsoft says axed certificates were FAILING its software biz

Microsoft has admitted that the masters-level certifications it suddenly cancelled two weeks ago weren't delivering the skilled workforce the company needs to make its products a success in the enterprise.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2013
peta ops and gila bend plane

Pair of complete tits sorry for pervy app

The developers behind an app called 'Titstare' have apologised for any and all offences caused by the software.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2013
Does the global explosion in iPho suggest Apple is getting into the restaurant business?

Five SECRET products Apple won't show today

Apple will this week announce something, probably a new iPhone or two.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2013

Got the CLOUD FEAR? Connected Data has a black 'n' blue cone to sell you

Connected Data has introduced the second version of its private cloud storage device, Transporter 2, and is hoping to cash in on those users who have been put off by public cloud outages.
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013
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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

In very agreeable news for those who fear that everyone on homogenised Planet Earth will eventually end up speaking an unholy mix of English, Chinese Mandarin and Spanish – with a soupçon of Portuguese, Russian, Hindi and Javanese thrown in for good measure – the Chinese authorities have admitted that 400 million of their countrymen can't speak Mandarin.
Lester Haines, 10 Sep 2013

AMD's beating HEART of Internet of Things: 64-bit ARMs head for gadgets

AMD has announced the roadmap for a chunk of its business that's critical to its effort to "transform" the company from its dependence on PCs and x86 servers: the embedded market.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Sep 2013
Pimoroni Pi Hub

Bin half-baked Raspberry Pi hubs, says Pimoroni: Try our upper-crust kit

ReviewRaspberry Pi accessory specialist Pimoroni reckons it has the answer to one of the tiny ARM-based computer’s signal limitations: too few USB ports for all the add-ons you might want to hook up to it.
Tony Smith, 10 Sep 2013
Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD

Seagate parades spinning skinny model to oust flash from fondleslabs... almost

Would you trust a tablet or a smartphone with a hard disk rather than flash storage? Seagate hopes its Ultra Mobile HDD will persuade you to trade rugged but pricey solid-state memory for 30 times more storage space than your average (16GB) tablet sports.
Tony Smith, 10 Sep 2013

Shop-a-suspect web security system: 'We've helped cops nab 100 suspects'

Earlier this year, The Register revealed how a massive security breach accidentally allowed access to thousands of images of people suspected of petty crimes. Now the private company behind that CCTV and image database is claiming its technology has led to the arrest of 100 suspects.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Sep 2013

Brit and Danish boffins propose NSA-proof crypto for cloud computing

It's more likely that the NSA has devoted its efforts to key capture and side-channel attacks rather than brute-forcing its way through ciphertext en masse - but it's also true that our crypto maths won't last forever.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Sep 2013
LG Ultra HD curved OLED TV

TV's goggle gaggle: EVERYBODY'S first with something at consumer tech feast

IFA 2013If you’re in Berlin and have a tech habit, then IFA, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show, rages on for another couple of days. On display you'll find all manner of things upon which the consumer tech giants want us to focus our spending – even those that may well soon be redundant.
Bob Dormon, 10 Sep 2013
Twitter for Mac Old

Twitter to buy ad exchange as it edges closer to IPO

Twitter plans to spend a reported $300m on MoPub - a mobile ad exchange.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Sep 2013
AMD Llano vs Intel Sandy Bridge notebook chips

Wanna boost app speed? Think of the server, and tune 'er to NUMA

HPC on Wall StreetThe HPC on Wall Street conference was hosted in the Big Apple on Monday, and while there was a lot–and we mean a lot–of talk about big data, one presentation stood out as being potentially much more useful in the long run than all of the big data bloviations.
Bletchley Park

Google backs gallery of computer-crazed female boffinry at Bletchley Park

Google UK has sponsored a new gallery celebrating the achievements of women in computing at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) in Bletchley Park.
Team Register, 10 Sep 2013

Shingle me timbers! Seagate brags of 1m SMR drives - where are they?

Seagate has said it's shipped a million shingled disk drives to date.
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013
Child labourers

We made the iPhones, now we want OUR 'UNPAID' WAGES – student Pegatron toilers

A group of Chinese student workers who have been making iPhones in a Shanghai factory have claimed Apple manufacturer Pegatron owes them unpaid wages – and say they want their cash back.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Sep 2013
Virident FlashMax

WD's billion-dollar flash slurps: All this tech, and STILL no deal with chip-fryers

AnalysisWD has splashed or intends to spend a whopping $1.1bn on building its flash technology and products portfolio, in the most aggressive series of moves yet by a hard disk drive vendor into flash, and yet it still hasn't inked a long-term chip supply deal with a flash foundry.
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013

CSC boss post-NHS IT flop, Ford CEO 'pitched' as the next Steve Ballmer

Three top Microsoft shareholders have apparently recommended the CEOs of car-maker Ford and IT giant CSC as possible replacements for chief exec Steve Ballmer - because both bosses are in the middle of trying to turn around their companies' fortunes.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2013

Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

Nominet - currently pushing its plan to let people shell out for .uk web domains without the .co, .org and other second-level labels - now wants to know if certain words should be banned from any .uk registrations.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Sep 2013

Ready to bin your USB cables yet? Wireless USB hops on WiGig bandwagon

Having failed to carve itself a niche with ultrawide band radio, the USB Implementers Forum has jumped aboard the WiGig bandwagon and will slide up the dial into 60GHz.
Bill Ray, 10 Sep 2013

Biz bods STILL don't patch hacker's delight Java and Flash

A whopping 81 per cent of businesses run outdated Java while two in five (40 per cent) have not updated Flash, according to the latest figures from net security firm Websense.
John Leyden, 10 Sep 2013

Boris Johnson floats idea of 'London visa' to attract tech talent

London's tousle-haired ultra-blond mayor, Boris Johnson, has called for the creation of a special "London visa" to tempt the world's tech and fashion superstars to the capital.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Sep 2013
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Alibaba stands firm against Hong Kong exchange over IPO

Chinese tech biz Alibaba has revealed details of its internal partnership structure, which would allow a group of founders and senior employees to keep control over the board after the company goes public.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Sep 2013
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Storage firms, tremble: MASSIVE tech beast Cisco has just spaffed $415m on Whiptail

Cisco intends to buy all-flash array startup Whiptail for the huge cash sum of $415m, catapulting the networking giant full tilt into the storage market and threatening its close relationship with EMC.
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

Linux supremo Linus Torvalds has snubbed a petition calling for his open-source kernel to spurn the Intel processor instruction RdRand - used for generating random numbers and feared to be nobbled by US spooks to produce cryptographically weak values.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2013

Intel uncloaks micro-microchip assault with Quark SoCs

IDF13As ARM has come to rule mobile phones, tablets, and internet-of-things devices, the keynotes at the Intel Developer Forum have turned into glitzy, shock-and-awe affairs that see Daddy Silicon attempting to reassure the world that it, too, is into low-power and mobile. Tuesday's keynote was no different – but it contained at least one major surprise: a new processor line that, being smaller than Intel's Atom, is dubbed Quark.
Jack Clark, 10 Sep 2013
CleanSpace One

Swiss space plane to launch robotic orbital debris destroyer

VideoSwitzerland, a nation renowned for its fondness for tidiness and order, could become a key force in cleaning up the potentially deadly problem of space junk in Earth's orbit.
Iain Thomson, 10 Sep 2013

Intel carves up Xeon E5-2600 v2 chips for two-socket boxes

IDF13Companies with workloads that like to ride on lots of threads and cores are going to be able to get a lot more bang for a two-socket box thanks to the launch of the "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors by Intel.

David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

Britain's most popular naturalist has warned in an interview that humans have become the first species to effectively halt the influence of natural selection. He also says, however, that it's not the end of the world, thanks to modern technology.
Iain Thomson, 10 Sep 2013

Intel reveals 14nm PC, declares Moore's Law 'alive and well'

IDF13Intel wants you to know that Moore's Law is not dead. And to prove it, CEO Brian Krzanich rolled out his company's next generation of process shrinkage at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Sep 2013

New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

AnalysisYou wanted new iPhones and you got them. But if anything, the most surprising thing about Apple's big Tuesday reveal was just how little it managed to keep secret from the tech media ahead of the event.
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2013
Photo of Apple iPhone 5C in a range of colors

Apple slugs Australia with iPhone tax

Apple's newest iPhones have surprised the world with premium pricing, but that premium is even more noticeable in Australia, where punters will be asked to pay more than US shoppers, even once one takes into account exchange rates.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2013
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IBM forges NextScale servers for HPC and hyperscale cheapskates

IDF13Concurrent with Intel's launch of the "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors in San Francisco today, Big Blue trotted out its most vanity-free machines to date, the NextScale line.

Qld public safety IT&T needs overhaul

A review into Queensland's police and emergency services will have the IT sector cracking open its tendering boilerplates, with a recommendation that the state create common platforms to link police to other agencies.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Sep 2013

Amazon cloud erupts in Intel BRANDGASM

IDF13Amazon has fessed up about the types of Intel chips it has in its cloud, pulling back the curtain on its hitherto dark infrastructure underlay. 
Jack Clark, 10 Sep 2013

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