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The clock is ticking louder for Windows Server 2003 R2 users

With the not-quite-panic over the end of support for Windows XP behind us, you'd think it's a time to chill out for a bit.…


Our Vulture 2 livery is wrapped, and it's les noix du mutt

Picture special  Cue the traditional portentous drumroll and fanfare of trumpets as we reveal today the finished livery of our Vulture 2 spaceplane – a provocative combination of paint job and vinyl wrap which is, frankly, the mutt's nuts.…


Swan dive signs off successful science mission

Pics  NASA has confirmed that the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, which has spent the last 100 days orbiting the Moon, has shuffled off its mortal coil in a spectacular swan dive into the lunar regolith between 9:30pm and 10:22pm PDT on Thursday.…


Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California

Google has won a victory in its battle against patent troll Rockstar, with a US District Court judge having denied Rockstar's request to try the case in the troll-friendly Eastern District of Texas, rather than in California.…


Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972

Online radio service Pandora is being sued by a group of record labels seeking payout for songs released more than four decades ago.…


Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half

An HTC spokesman says that smartphone camera technology is advancing at such a rate that it may soon catch up to "real" cameras in one critical feature that separates pro shooters from snap shooters: optical zoom.…


At-home trial offers fashionistas an eyeful of broken Glass

Interested in Google Glass but worried that you'll look like a dork wearing it? The Chocolate Factory is testing out a new pilot program to help ease your mind.…


SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window

Elon Musk should be a happy camper, as it appears that his orbital delivery firm SpaceX has pulled off a successful launch of its third resupply mission to the International Space Station.…


Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?

Photos have surfaced that purport to show Apple's next iPad having a bonded LCD and front-panel glass display, allowing it to be even thinner than the current 7.5mm (0.29-inch) thick iPad Air – or perhaps the same thickness, but with a larger battery.…


'Unflod Baby Panda' looks to snatch Apple IDs

Users on a mobile phone hacking subreddit are being credited with the discovery of a malware infection targeting iOS users.…


Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia

Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden has written an op-ed column in the Guardian justifying his decision to go on live TV to question Russian President Vladimir Putin about his country's policies on mass surveillance.…


China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company

It has been 18 months since former Google golden girl Marissa Mayer took over the helm at Yahoo! and outwardly things look pretty good, but the latest financial analysis shows the Purple Palace might actually be worth less than zero.…


Twenty-nine years later, post-Pepsi exec has flat-forehead moment

Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley, who engineered Steve Jobs' removal from managing the company's Macintosh division in May 1985 – a move that eventually led Jobs to resign that September – now thinks it may not have been such a good idea.…


Not exactly attractive to the Israeli tourist demographic

Residents in the Spanish village of Castrillo* Matajudíos (Castrillo Kill the Jews) will vote on Saturday on whether it's time to change the name of their small hamlet in the province of Burgos to something a little less offensive.…


Checks if sites were vulnerable and what they've done about it

Internet stats clearinghouse Netcraft has released a new tool aimed at letting consumers know when the sites they visit might have been compromised by the Heartbleed encryption bug.…


Meanwhile, Target investigators prepare for long process in nabbing hackers

As the officials investigating the Target data breach are settling in for what they believe will be a long and complex process of catching the hackers behind the heist, another US retailer is admitting that it lost millions of customer payment card details.…


Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'

The winds on Mars have been scouring the surface of the Opportunity rover, and NASA says the plucky little robot is now cleaner than it has been in nearly a decade.…


But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon

AMD's 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", will come to market late this year – but don't expect to see them wrapped up in any SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems at launch.…


Lucky Kansas City buggers to host yet another pilot program

Google is in the planning stages of a project to offer its Fiber internet service to businesses in northwest Kansas City, Missouri.…


Ninth release of open source cloud manager gains key enterprise features

OpenStack's Icehouse release has arrived, bearing stress-busting gifts for hollow-eyed cloud administrators.…


Red dwarf harbors potential Nu Earth

NASA's Kepler space telescope has spotted the first Earth-sized planet in orbit around a star in the so-called Goldilocks zone – the zone around a star that's not too hot or too cold for liquid water to exist on the surface.…


Ah, but it's that pesky GAAP v. non-GAAP spread again: net loss of $20m or gain of $12m?

Updated  AMD has announced its financial results for its first fiscal quarter, and the chip designer handily beat analysts' expectations in both revenues and the all-important – to the Wall Street moneymen, at least – earning per share (EPS).…


Crummy cables pose risk of electric shock

Nokia's Lumia 2520 is one of the few tablets to ship with Windows RT besides Microsoft's own Surface line, but the Finnish firm has now suspended sales of its ARM-based Windows fondleslab in Europe due to issues with its charger.…


Americans optimistic about technology despite being afraid of EVERYTHING

Coming advances in technology have a majority of Americans optimistic about the future, yet nervous about looming technologies, a survey has found.…


Open source company reckons young technology is 18 months away from major market adoption

Open source company Red Hat thinks it might start making significant money out of OpenStack in the Autumn of 2015 and it won't need a Linus Torvalds-like dictator to keep the project focused.…


Nearby Friends feature goes live in a few weeks

Facebook is adding a new application that alerts smartphone users when their chums are nearby, but thankfully the feature is optional.…


Customers can 'save literally hundreds of millions of dollars in design costs,' they claim

Samsung and GlobalFoundries have announced a collaborative agreement that will enable 14-nanometer FinFET chippery to be manufactured at Samsung's fabs in Hwaseong, South Korea and Austin, Texas, as well as at GlobalFoundries' fab in Saratoga, New York.…


Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says

Vladimir Putin has said that Russia has no mass telephone and internet surveillance programs to compare with those in the United States.…


Also adds SSDs, Intel Ivy Bridge for 'largest single investment we've made in the company'

Linux server slinger Linode has doubled its RAM allocations per-server, and swapped out all its hard drives with SSDs allowing it to match upstart Digital Ocean on prices.…


How long before Blue Big HQ pulls the plug on the whole thing?

Analysis  With the tremendous noise of chickens coming home to roost, IBM's first quarter storage revenues carried on crashing down with depressed revenues.…


Something to get egg-cited about over Easter

Competition  How well do you know 3D and Virtual Reality ... well enough to answer three simple questions?…


The trip of an inode's lifetime

Not only are HP and Red Hat together touting a software-defined storage experience, they're touting an "open software-defined storage experience", which must be better, because, er, it's open.…


Plus: Condoleezza Rice at Dropbox 'maybe she can find ... weapons of mass destruction'

Quotw  That whole Heartbleed bug thing just kept running on and on this week, first with accusations that the National Security Agency had defied its brief by knowing about the security breach and doing stuff-all about it.…


Anti-malware update gaffe trashes axed OSes

Microsoft has fixed a snafu with Windows Defender that took down thousands of business PCs and servers running Windows XP and Server 2003.…


And how you can fix it, sort of, for now

Apple fans' expensive iOS gadgets have been cut off from video-on-demand services from the BBC and Sky due to an unknown fault.…


Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?

Analysis  Microsoft's private viewing of Windows Phone 8.1 has been opened to all comers*, many of whom don't like what they see.…


Real Time Club invites Reg readers to a Whitehall soiree

As your body staggers down the winding road to death, user interfaces that require fighter pilot-grade eyesight, the dexterity of a neurosurgeon, and the mental agility of Derren Brown, are going to screw with you at some point.…


Hayter's gonna hate

Software that claims to detect the presence of OpenSSL's Heartbleed bug in servers, PCs and other gear may falsely report a system to be safe when users are actually in danger, according to a security consultancy.…


Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe

Virgin Media has apologised for a blunder that resulted in some of its customers being bombarded with a deluge of emails.…


Recruiting now for charity starvation diet

Last year, I rather recklessly signed my self up for the Live Below the Line quid-a-day nosh challenge, which involves surviving for five days on £1 per day for food.…


Free-to-play WoW turn-based game when you have 20 minutes to kill

Quick review  Hearthstone is a game that I've been a bit obsessed with lately.…


Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed

It's 1996 and Mission:Impossible has just arrived on the cinema screens. RAM is $10 per megabyte and falling. Against this backdrop, Microsoft has quietly commenced its own seemingly impossible mission, a complete re-write of a little known database which will be released two years into the future, and will be known as SQL Server 7.…


Report uncovers giant octopus squid of lobbying influence

Analysis  Google's lobbying and influence-courting in Washington DC is more intense and extensive than even Google-watchers thought, a must-read Washington Post investigation has revealed.…


Customers tired of wrapping their heads around odd computing power metric

Gartner analyst Kyle Hilgendorf has spotted something very interesting: Amazon Web Services seems to have stopped rating cloud servers based on EC2 compute units (ECUs), its proprietary metric of computing power.…


What could go wrong with that?

Boffins at MIT have mooted a new concept for nuclear power plants which would see the entire facility towed several miles out to sea and moored in a similar way to offshore oil and gas platforms.…


Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps

Fruity toy maker Apple’s next iPhone looks like it will definitely have a significantly bigger screen, if you believe the latest images to have found their way onto the Chinternet.…


Zerto converts VMs between hypervisor environments

Comment  Zerto offers multi-hypervisor and cloud workload transformation and protection services – there, I’ve said it. But what does it mean?…


Door left open to future productisation

CloudCentral, the Australian cloud-cum-wine company that this week acquired the intellectual property of software-defined storage (SDS) startup DEY, says the transaction was a cheaper way to build its own SDS than buying it from a vendor.…


Chocolate Factory on track for TEN BEEELLION dollar annual bit barn spend

Google spent a whopping $US2.35bn on its data centers in the first quarter of 2014.…


How many of you really need network virtualisation anyway?

If you visit VMware's certifications portal you may notice there's something missing: Virtzilla currently offers no courses for its NSX network virtualisation product.…



Nokia Lumia 1320 review
text Nokia Lumia 1320 review The Nokia Lumia 1320 brings 4G and a large screen to those who want Windows Phone at a wallet - friendly price – but does it do enough to please in all departments? (itproportal)
Ferry Disaster: Sewol Captain Faces Arrest
text Ferry Disaster: Sewol Captain Faces Arrest Prosecutors ask for an arrest warrant for the ship's captain as investigators look into whether the third mate turned too sharply. (skynews world)
Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge given surfboard for Prince George
text Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge given surfboard for Prince George The £2,200 surfboard was a gift from the mayor of Manly, Australia's "Surf City" near Sydney. (telegraph)