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Google's BigQuery gets data slurping capability
Instead of having to upload stuff into the Google cloud and then feed it through to BigQuery, cloud wranglers can now stream data directly into the Chocolate Factory's analytics-as-a-service tech.
BlackBerry's Heins readies the hatchet yet again
BlackBerry plans to make significant staffing cuts by the end of the year, sources claim, which will see the Canadian firm shed as much as 40 per cent of its total workforce.
Japanese government pushes SDN out of data centre
The world's still getting a handle on what software defined networking (SDN) means for the data centre, but Japan would like to take it further. The nation's government is getting together with five of the country's big names in tech to work out what's needed to take SDN to the wide area.
Oracle halves cost of ExaLogic middleware platform
Oracle has halved the cost of its Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS), an offering it says is “the unique set of software components, tools, and documentation required to make the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Hardware functional and usable as a platform for Oracle's Fusion Middleware and business applications.”
Mach 8 Scramjet flies but sends no data
The University of Queensland's ScramSpace hypersonic flight experiment in Norway's Andøya Rocket Range has failed to fire in its one-chance-only test flight.
Apache Foundation embraces real time big data cruncher 'Storm'
The Apache Foundation has voted to accept the “Storm” real time data processing tool into its incubator program, the first step towards making it an official part of the Foundation's open source offerings.
Google driver flees after Street View car crashes
A Google Street View car managed to crash into three other vehicles whilst out snapping pictures on the streets of Jakarta last weekend.
I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future
CommentVarious of the concerned intelligensia seem to be worried at present that the computers and the robots are going to come and take all our jobs. None of us will have anything to do, we'll starve and the capitalists who own the robots will end up with everything.
Apple brings iCloud bookmark sync to Windows
Apple today issued iOS 7, bringing with it the usual complaints of clogged networks and imperfect installs.
Korean stealth-scraper plans will turn 450 metre tower INVISIBLE
The South Korean government has given the go-ahead for the development of a 450 metre tall skyscraper with a difference – at certain points in the day it’ll be able to turn itself invisible.
Windows Phone overtakes Apple's market share ... in India
Windows Phone has confounded the sceptics by beating iOS for the third consecutive quarter to take second place in the Indian smartphone market, but analysts have warned handset branding will be key to its future growth there in the wake of Microsoft’s Nokia buyout.
Data Direct Networks prepares to board Amazon S3. It's cutlasses now, lads
Amazon might have its Glacier data archive, but Data Direct Networks, which is in the business of WOS (Web Object Scaler) wizardry, can now store a whole continental ice sheet of data with its trillion-object WOS7000 array.
Nokia Lumia 625: Quality budget 4G phone ... but where's UK's budget 4G?
ReviewNokia's latest Lumia, a budget 4G smartphone, alights on an odd perch in the marketplace, where it finds itself all alone. 4G voice contracts in the UK are currently a luxury good - with luxury price tags attached.
'Kissing couple' Trojan sent to slurp fanbois' data... Syrian Electronic Army fingered
A “low risk” Mac Trojan seemingly linked to the Syrian Electronic Army has surfaced on the web.
Cloud storage biz, one careful owner, six years on the clock... any takers?
Cloud storage startup Nirvanix has imploded, with Brit-based partner Aorta Cloud reacting fast in prepping a takeover to continue services for Nirvanix's customers.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7
ReviewApple's iOS 7 has come some way since its initial preview release and public unveiling back in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. Back then the focus was inevitably on the operating system’s new visual styling, and Apple does seem to have taken on board the early criticism of the new look.
Final preview of IE11 for Windows 7 uncanned
A preview of the final build of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 has been released by Microsoft, bringing "30 per cent more speed" than any of its rival browsers when run on the OS, according to Redmond.
Tracking the history of magnetic tape: A game of noughts and crosses
FeatureAmerica began its love affair with tape following WWII, when Jack Mullin, serving in the US Army Signal Corps, dropped in on German radio broadcaster Bad Nauheim and returned home with two portable Magnetophons and 50 reels of tape.
IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground
An IT worker has appeared in court accused of trying to have sex with a sheep outside football club Tottenham Hotspur's training ground in North London.
OK, we're flogging a disk array, but cut us open and we bleed TAPE – SpectraLogic
Tape library supplier SpectraLogic has quietly added a spinning rust product to its archive portfolio: the nTier Verde array.
Five reasons why you'll take your storage to the cloud
The cloud will inevitably replace all other forms of IT. The cloud is a passing fad. The cloud is good, it is bad and it is hideously ugly. The cloud is a paradigm shift that will obliterate all previous technological developments. The cloud is an iterative evolutionary augmentation of extant technologies and nothing to write home about.
So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'
Linux supremo Linus Torvalds has jokingly admitted US spooks approached him to put a backdoor in his open-source operating system.
Live now: LOHAN igniter test flight
The Register's mighty Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is, as you read this, in the field preparing a second test flight of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor igniter assembly, following Monday's dramatic first attempt which ended on a Spanish mountainside following premature balloon burst.
Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM
ExclusiveEver become stuck in a seemingly infinite loop of emails from colleagues hitting the "reply-all" option and asking to be removed from a mailing list containing the addresses of thousands of employees?
Hiroshi Yamauchi, bizlord who gave the world Donkey Kong, dead at 85
The man who took Nintendo from a small family business into an international megacorp has copped it, aged 85. Hiroshi Yamauchi died of pneumonia in a Japanese hospital on Thursday morning.
Knock, knock. Hello, delivery person: I am this building's SKYPE OVERLORD
100% DesignLondon’s Earl’s Court plays host to 100% Design again this week, the UK’s largest showcase event for architects, designers and manufacturers. It's not all supercool decor, furniture and lighting though, as you'll find some tech gems among the design icons too.
Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?
Fanbois and developers have hit out at Apple after the launch of iOS 7 was dogged by problems.
We saw you admire that rack: UK server sales are finally recovering
Crack open the champers, suppliers - the UK server market actually GREW in Q2, ending five consecutive quarters of misery for those left brushing the dust off their systems.
Roll up, roll up: Cash, Bitcoin and booze offered for iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner hack
Hackers have taken to crowdfunding in a bid to raise a bounty to hack the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner.
Obama Zucker-punched: 'NSA PR bungle whacked public trust in web giants'
This year's bombshell news about the NSA's global internet snooping has shattered public trust in US web giants, claims Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg.
Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'
Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended his company's strategy of sticking to the high end of the device market – read "expensive" – rather than competing at the low-cost, low-margin low end.
New ransomware strain forces hapless users into becoming Bitcoin miners
Scammers are punting a strain of ransomware that puts compromised PCs to work mining Bitcoins after blocking all other activity on infected Windows computers.
Red Hat and dotCloud team up on time-saving Linux container tech
Red Hat is working with startup dotCloud to co-develop new Linux container technology to make it easier to migrate applications from one cloud to another.
Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft
Outgoing Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will receive compensation and bonuses totaling approximately $25.4m as he departs the company for his new position at Microsoft.
Apple iOS 7 remote wipe: Can it defeat the evil scrumper scourge?
The two lawmen who fired up the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative – an effort to get smartphone makers to install kill switches in their handsets – have kind words for Activation Lock, the feature of Apple's iOS 7 that allows users to remotely wipe their iDevices, and which requires their owners' Apple ID and password to be entered before the device can be reactivated.