Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it
Google appears to have sided with Vladimir Putin in the current sovereignty dispute over the Crimean Peninsula – at least as far as residents of Russia are concerned.
Google boffins beat own Captchas
A group of Google scientists working on extracting numbers from StreetView images has discovered that their technology can also match humans at solving captchas.
NBN Co to government: 'unchain us'
NBN Co has asked the government to release it from restrictions it says constrain its ability to compete with other carriers seeking to cherry-pick lucrative markets.
WiLAN files appeal in Apple WiFi case
WiLAN, which last October lost a patent case against Apple that had been settled by companies like Dell, HP and Alcatel-Lucent, has decided to appeal the case.
Boffins brew graphene in kitchen blender
Take pencil leads, detergent, water, stick them in a high-power kitchen blender, and the result? A brew containing the wonder-stuff graphene.
Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics
FeatureReg reader Ben Lamb was so impressed with how his recent Lightwave RF installation turned out, he put pinkie to keyboard to share his experiences with us. In his own words, here's how he got on.
Google to refund buyers of 'fake' anti-virus app
Google has decided that a smallish (for The Chocolate Factory) wad of cash is a trivial price to pay for maintaining its reputation, and has begun refunding punters who fell for the fake “virus shield” scam.
Sleuths find nosy NORKS drones on the Chinternet
At least one of the suspected North Korean drones found after crashing south of the 38th parallel appears to have been made by a Chinese aviation company.
HTC mulls swoop for Nokia's MASSIVE Chennai plant
HTC could be in the market for Nokia’s troubled Chennai manufacturing plant in India – as the chances of a smooth transfer of the factory to Microsoft are increasingly remote.
Fixing OpenSSL's Heartbleed flaw will take MONTHS, warns Secunia
Expunging the Heartbleed bug from vulnerable computers and gadgets is likely to take months, according to a leading vuln research firm. The cautionary assessment by Secunia comes as more and more products are judged to be vulnerable to the infamous OpenSSL security flaw.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...
ReviewThe future is here, or at least the next five years of it for Ubuntu fans.
Array upstart's chip boffin CEO: Skyera's not just a flash-in-the-pan
CommentAs a part of his CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking.
'Maybe I'll go to Hell, but I think it's a good thing' says plastic Liberator gunsmith Cody Wilson
InterviewFor a man some perceive as an audacious libertarian who puts untraceable weapons into the hands of criminals, Cody Wilson is a surprisingly ordinary fellow, albeit one who gets quite animated about 3D-printed guns, Bitcoin and "crypto-anarchism".
A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition
ReviewWhile most Chinese smartphone OEMs started life making cheap tat and then slowly began moving upmarket, Oppo has taken a slightly different tack. Its devices have been fairly high-end from the get-go and the N1, initially released running Android 4.2 back in September 2013, made quite a splash.
Whaddaya mean, No refund? But I paid in Bitcoins! Oh I see...
Something after the Weekend, Sir?Don’t tell anyone but I think I might have made an arse of myself again. It’s one thing to show oneself up among one’s peers but another to demonstrate publicly how thick I am front of people who are smarter, sharper, more successful and frankly a damn sight wealthier than me – a sector of society I generally refer to as "other people".
SanDisk surfs cash tsunami on biz SSDs: Prelim nice, but DIMM?
SanDisk is on a revenue roll, with the first quarter of 2014 showing a 62 per cent profit rise on an annual compare, driven by rising enterprise SSD sales.
SAP's on-site apps fumble for the gearstick as cloud stamps pedal
The decline in SAP’s software sales has accelerated while the company’s smaller cloud operation has continued to expand.
Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc
PicAn NFC Ring does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s a piece of jewellery with two NFC tags embedded in it that pass information to nearby phones, tablets and other gadgets by radio.
Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it
Photo evidenceThe Loch Ness monster presents one of the greatest mysteries of recent times. After all, who in their right mind would believe a great green beastie was lurking down at the bottom of a midge-ridden Scottish lake?
Violin, Microsoft slip Windows, SQL Server, apps, flash into box
Violin Memory has turned its converged server-storage 6000-series flash array into an engine for SQL Server which is capable of putting data directly into an app server's memory – thanks to a little help from Microsoft.
Despite your fancy-schmancy security tech, passwords still weakest link in IT defences
The use of stolen login credentials continues to be the most common way for network intruders to access sensitive information. Two out of three breaches were the result of weak or swiped passwords, making a case for strong two-factor authentication, according to Verizon’s latest annual Data Breach Investigations Report.
Diablo: Get a load of this, PCIe flash-floggers. It's DIMM fine stuff
Diablo has a devilish message for PCIe flash users and suppliers; we’re coming to get you with better, faster, more consistently performing technology.
SAVE THE EARTH... give all your iThings back to us, begs Apple
Apple's flagship products rarely come in colours other than silver, black and white. But for Earth Day, the fruity firm has decided to coat its entire business in a lurid shade of green.
Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES
Apple has patented a system that will automatically detect when a user is driving, and lock out texting and other potentially distracting activities.
Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY
A study using data from monitoring stations designed to enforce a nuclear test ban treaty shows that the Earth is enduring far more dangerous asteroid impacts than previously thought.
Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air'
The challenge of developing a battery slim enough for a 5.5-inch iPhone, nicknamed (暱稱) the "iPhone Air" by the parts-supply industry, may push that handset's introduction back until next year.
OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork
In the wake of the Heartbleed bug fiasco, members of the OpenBSD project have forked the popular OpenSSL library with the aim of creating a new version that they say will be more trustworthy.
US Supreme Court supremo rakes Aereo lawman in oral arguments
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was less than subtle during oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., in which the broadcasting giant is seeking to shut down the spunky startup that charges its customers a monthly fee for internet access to streaming broadcast video slurped out of the aether by its one-per-customer array of tiny antennae.
VMware slurps more cash from the death of hardware
VMware has proven once again that there's a lot of money still to be made from killing traditional data center hardware and resurrecting it as a set of software services hovering atop dumb boxes.
Boss of Russia's Facebook says Putin cronies have taken over his company
Pavel Durov, the founder of Russia's most popular social network, is complaining that he has been thrown out of his company on a technicality and claims that the firm has been taken over by pro-Putin oligarchs.
Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor
The Windows rumor mill is buzzing yet again, with word that Microsoft is planning yet another update to Windows 8.1 that will ship in the fall, possibly to be followed by a new, cloud-centric version of Windows that will be available free of charge.
Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog
Notoriously secretive Apple has always kept its beta builds of OS X out of the hands of the hoi polloi by limiting their availability only to registered developers, so it is with some surprise that said polloi can now get their own hands on said builds through a new OS X Beta Seed Program.
STEALTHY NANOROBOTS dress up as viruses, prepare to sneak into YOUR BODY
US scientists have tackled two main stumbling blocks to the development of injectable nanomachines for medical and scientific use.
Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit
Apple has released updates to its iOS and OS X operating systems that address serious security flaws.