Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report
Ailing electronics retailer RadioShack is teetering ever closer to insolvency, reports claim, with a potential bankruptcy filing to come as soon as next month.
Apple wants your fingerprints in the cloud
Apple wants to collect and store your fingerprints to spread its payment service and simplify download authorisation.
Ex-Apple, Google, Intel geeks in line for $415m over wage-fix pacts
As expected, a four-year-long wage-fixing case could be over – after Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe offered to pay out $415m to make the case go away.
Come now, don't be beastly to cellphone giants, Supremes tell America's town halls
The US Supreme Court has made it a bit easier for telcos to build cell towers in America.
GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY
Google has once again decided Microsoft's moving too slowly on the security front – by dropping yet another proof-of-concept attack against a Windows 7 and 8.1 bug that Redmond tried and failed to fix this week.
It's Friday. The pub is looming. IDC tells us 'bottoms up'. We'll drink to that headline
IDC has released a flash-based array study saying it's used a (and we quote) "bottoms-up approach." We'll raise a glass to that notion.
NINETY new DOOM ASTEROIDS found in 2014
In December 2013, NASA re-activated the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) and in the twelve months since the project discovered three new comets and 40 previously-unknown near-earth objects, eight of which have Earth-bonking potential.
For pervasive 5G and IoT, prepare for wind turbines on cells
As growing user populations and hunger for mobile capacity drive ever-smaller cell sizes (even before the advent of 5G), electricity becomes a problem.
Mt Gox Bitcoin baron: I was NOT Silk Road boss Dread Pirate Roberts
Mark Karpeles, the boss of collapsed Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, has denied he is, or was, Dread Pirate Roberts – the anonymous mastermind of the online drugs bazaar Silk Road.
Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette
"Lester Haines is evil. Not once did he ever say, 'No Shax, don't do it'."
Virgin, Qualcomm, back 600-satellite space internet plan
WorldVu, an outfit that last year looked to have Elon Musk and Google backing its vision for a fleet of broadband-beaming low-earth orbit satellites, has scored support from Virgin Group and Qualcomm.
Please use TWO HANDS to access AdultFriendFinder
Four hosts are behind one in two typosquatting attacks against the top 500 websites, research has found.
You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...
After such a banner year of Linux releases it might seem overly pessimistic to pause and ask this question: is there a future beyond this?
Lloyds supplier payments TITSUP: What, you want money from a bank?
ExclusiveLloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) failure to settle debts with some tech suppliers over the past few months has reached “crisis” point, and could have dire consequence for smaller players, sources tell us.
Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?
ReviewTake a quick gander at any decent tech news site and you'll find stories about Chromebook sales doubling in 2014 and the Googly laptop being a gadget that is here to stay. That’s why every self-respecting PC maker is muscling in on the Chromebook scene.
S3-lover Cloudian's hybrid object store gets Amazonian backend
CommentObject storage startup Cloudian is expanding into Big Data analytics via a tie-up with HortonWorks.
Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim
VidThe UK Space Agency revealed on Friday that the Beagle 2 - the ill-fated probe which went missing in December 2003 after being launched on 2 June that year - has been found.
US and UK declare red-team cyber war – on each other
The US and the UK are planning a series of joint war games involving cyber-warriors from either side attacking each other in a bid to expose security weaknesses before they are abused by criminal hackers or hostile governments.
Trustmarque ready to rock n roll in tech channel again
InterviewWith the branding issue out of the way, an enlarged Trustmarque has cut costs, embedded the exec team and is hiring - a far cry from the less than certain outlook for the business last summer.
EU-turn: Greenpeace pressure WON'T mean axing of Chief Scientist
After months of mixed signals and confusion it appears that the European Commission will make a U-turn and keep the role of Chief Science Advisor.
Fertiliser doom warning! Pesky humans set to wipe selves out AGAIN
The human race's profligate use of fertilisers may be about to breach "planetary boundaries" and render our planet unable to support civilisation, an American limnologist has claimed.
Microsoft Azure was most FAIL-FILLED cloud of 2014
Microsoft’s cloud had the worst service reliability of the three main players in 2014, according to annual metrics from uptime experts CloudHarmony.
LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!
The UK’s Beagle 2 mission - the ill-fated Martian probe which went missing in December 2003 - was in some way not a glorious British failure, a British space boffin said today.
CIOs: What jobs do you have to fill before you can get on with yours?
Reg EventsYou’ve snagged the top job and you’re now defining the digital future not just for IT, but for your entire company. But without the right team to pull it all together, you’re going to get precisely...nowhere.
Nimble gives Mann severe kicking while he's down
CommentNimble's w-w sales VP Eric Mann resigned abruptly a few days ago and the firm has released an unflattering statement about his departure.
Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'
Installing computer programs without consent became a civil offence punishable by fines in Canada this week.
Microsoft & Paypal link hands, turn round and slap Apple Pay
Microsoft will start supporting PayPal’s "PayPal Here" hardware, so people can buy things with their mobile phones.
Young CHAP CUFFED in Blighty over Xmas Sony and XBOX hacks
UK coppers and the FBI have arrested a man in connection with the denial of service attack on Sony Playstation and Xbox systems in 2014.
Hyperconverged IDC shamans mumble mantras over market
The MarketScape wizards at IDC have pounced on the hyperconverged systems market for their latest escapade, putting Nutanix well ahead of Simplivity.
Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU
Amazon’s sweetheart tax deal with Luxembourg is illegal, according to the European Commission.
Lazy FTSE 350 firms think lawyers can fight off cyber-security worries
Poor communication between boards and front-line management as well as a growing reliance on legal remedies mean UK companies are still falling short when it comes to cyber-security.
Two tiers to stop storage weeping: It's finally happening
CommentEnterprises are storing much more data than they did in the past (no news here), and they are going to be storing much more than now in the next future (no news here either). About a year ago I wrote an article about the necessity for enterprises to consider a new two tier strategy based on flash and object storage technologies.
UK's landmark mobile not-spot deal already falling apart
The made-of-straw “landmark deal” to fix the not-spots in mobile phone infrastructure - which has made the UK the poor man of Europe in mobile coverage - is already starting to crumble.
BMW: ADMEN have asked us for YOUR connected car DATA
US technology companies and advertisers have been seeking access to the data generated by sensors in so-called "connected cars", a senior figure at German car manufacturer BMW has said.
Microsoft turns the power of fine print onto enterprise licensing
New wording in Microsoft’s enterprise licensing agreements could see customers forced to pay more to Redmond while simultaneously jumping through new licensing hoops.
Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS
VidSpaceX boss Elon Musk has released video footage of the catastrophic attempt to land one of his multimillion-dollar Falcon 9 rockets on a floating ocean spaceport – revealing why the landing barge looked quite so toasted.
Comcast sued for – you guessed it – allegedly SCREWING OVER CUSTOMERS
A Chicago man is suing cable giant Comcast for allegedly breaking the law by running a check on his credit history after he'd paid them not to.
Prez Obama snubs UK PM's tough anti-encryption crusade at White House meet
The UK and the US will collaborate more closely to prevent "cyberattacks," the two countries' respective leaders so bravely promised in a joint press conference on Friday.
Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene
It's been a case of one step forward and two steps back for Raif Badawi, the Saudi man facing 10 years in prison, and 1,000 lashes, for posting that he was an atheist and supporter of women's rights on Facebook and running a web forum for liberal Saudis.