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Dismal start to 2015 on the cards, says Ming the Merciless

Ming the Merciless has predicted Apple will face a grim start to 2015 with iPhone sales plummeting by up to a third.…


Complain to Ofcom that telco has 'effective monopoly'

Blighty's broadband providers are once again at Ofcom to do something about the alleged monopoly they believe former national telco BT maintains in the business broadband sector.…


Profitless firm puts hopes in tip jar

The advent of Snapchat's new mobile micropayments system, Snapcash, has spawned a new business sector: users who are keen to get paid in cold hard cash for their amateur porn efforts.…


Gartner points to critical capabilities for decision

The gnomic Gartnerites have promoted HDS and HP over NetApp in their 2014 general purpose array magic quadrant, with an explanation of the concept given here.…


The planning starts now

Official stats show the British economy is recovering, with a huge demand for tech jobs across the board, and the storm of outsourcing and offshoring seen over the last few years now abating. Even those in Whitehall are hiring, bringing back in-house the planning and execution smarts they previously let go.…


In talks with Spanish owner Telefonica

BT could be the new owner of Blighty mobe network O2 if talks with Spanish parent Telefonica go well.…


'So long and thanks for all the cheese'

After less than five months on the job Logicalis sales director Tony Brooker has left the Slough-based integrator, sources have told The Channel.…


VCs pumping in that money like it's 2001

The level of venture capitalist (VC) investment being pumped into UK and Irish tech companies is now "reminiscent" of the early 2000s, with funding for the third quarter of 2014 double that of a year ago, according to research.…


Beats Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Elementary

Review  Linux Mint 17.1 is the first example of what the Mint project team can do when they're focused on their own system rather than on making the latest Ubuntu work with Mint.…


Choc teapot in Choc Factory melt threat

On Thursday this week, the European Parliament will vote on whether to break up ad and internet giants such as Google ... even though it has no real power to do so.…


Developers just want their ideas to generate money

HTML5 has offered salvation from the tyranny of apps for years, yet most mobile developers resolutely refuse to embrace the web. Despite HTML’s familiarity and promise of cross-device compatibility, native’s superior tooling and performance have convinced a generation of developers to go all in on native.…


Live learning

Our own Tim Phillips is joined by Paul Gregory, from QA, to deliver a live hands-on session on Azure Active Directory tomorrow at 11am. It’s your chance to learn from the experts and get answers to any questions you might have.…


Floating science lab gets holiday goodies

The latest members of the International Space Station's crew have arrived on board – and they come bearing gifts.…


Antennas. Tiny antennas. EVERYWHERE

Ericsson and IBM have announced a collaboration to jointly research phased-array antenna designs for 5G, which might prove interesting as nothing has yet been agreed on what 5G might involve.…


Wants search giant to wipe traces of anonymous postings

The case of former Morgan Stanley banker Daniel Hegglin, who is attempting to compel Google to block anonymous abusive posts against him, opened in the High Court today.…


Want to arm that shark? Better get in there quick

Wannabe Bond villains who'd been planning a world-domination strategy involving sharks armed with a frikkin' lasers should be aware that Wicked Lasers has announced it's withdrawing its "horrendously dangerous" handheld death rays.…


High-def desirables for a decent price

Product round-up  The intense competition in the PC market means that you can now get some pretty decent laptops for less than £500. However, one common cost-cutting measure employed by most budget laptops is the use of a lower-res display – typically just 1366x768 pixels. Most likely these displays will still be called HD in the blurb, but that’s that because these panels easily accommodate 720p video – 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.…


They should follow Amazon's lead

Storagebod  In the shower today, I thought back over a number of meetings with storage vendors I’ve had over the past couple of weeks. Almost without exception, they mentioned AWS and the other large cloud vendors as a major threat and compared their costs to them.…


But billions still going on backoffice

Government IT costs edged down by 8.5 per cent across the nine biggest Whitehall spenders to £4.3bn for 2013/14 compared with the previous year.…


Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames

Security software outfit Avast are trying to figure out why the combination of recent Windows patches and updates to the latter company's software are breaking PCs.…


Do attempt landings here, says space agency, it looks VERY interesting

NASA has re-issued a famous image of Jovian moon Europa, after subjecting it to "modern image processing techniques" for the first time.…


Innocuous 'system software stability' update brings no patch, no surf, regime

Sony has patched the POODLE SSL vulnerability in its Playstation 3 and 4 gaming consoles.…


Orange, SFR, Bouygues et Free have been there, done that

About 10 years ago, Faultline wrote a report on the economics of quad play. We hardly sold any (about 20), and the reason was, one of our resellers told us, was that "quad play" was old hat.…


'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'

A highly advanced malware instance said to be as sophisticated as the famous Stuxnet and Duqu has has been detected. "Regin" has security researchers opining it may be nastier than both.…


IXV test flight will use 'unprecedented' flight path

Arianespace has put the launch of its IXV spaceplane back on the schedule, announcing a February 2015 date for the flight.…


Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents

Last July, Dimension Data's Australian cloud went down for over 24 hours. Now the company says its assessment of the incident found those who suffered the most had themselves to blame, to a degree.…


EU takes the microscope to security

The EU Agency for Network Information and Security (ENISA) has updated its 2013 crypto guidelines, designed to help developers protect personal information in line with EU law, and has sternly told crypto designers they're doing it wrong, in two reports released late last week.…


Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins

An estimated 86 per cent of WordPress websites harbour a dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) hole in the popular comment system plugin, in what researcher Jouk Pynnonen calls the most serious flaw in five years. The bug could provide a pathway for attacking visitors' machines.…


Dimension Data launches government-only cloud for Australia

Dimension Data has announced it will soon offer a government-only cloud hosted in Australia's capital city, Canberra.…


Take an optic at SDN protocols

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has started work on APIs for the software-defined networking era.…


Issues known and understood for at least two years before Shai-Hulud crawled out of the code

Microsoft had a chance to crush the SandWorm bug before it crawled out of the dunes, but botched the job, says HP.…


Fight, fight! ... Sleep mode

Poll  Vulture Weekend brings you this poll, after Reg reader Cassie got in touch to tell us about a really neat timeline depicting the evolution of robots in film.…


South Korean tech giant files complaint with trade watchdog

Samsung Electronics's battle with chip maker Nvidia deepened on Friday, after the South Korean outfit filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission.…


Wearables have a tough week and RBS rapped on knuckles

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Russian sci-fi royalty's latest is a rather baffling hodge-podge

Page File  The Genome is the latest novel from Sergei Lukyanenko, the sci-fi and fantasy author, and now modern Russian figurehead for the genre since his Night Watch novel was made into one of the few Russian movies to cross over to Western blockbuster status.…


UK government moves to extend spying on YOU online

IP address-matching powers for police and spooks are to be pushed through Parliament with the blessing of the junior member of the UK's Coalition government, after the Liberal Democrats claimed today that the Snoopers' Charter was "dead".…


The essential checklist

Back in the old days providing your employees with corporate computer equipment was an expensive business. When I was 19 I was the university holidays PC guy in an office full of RPG III developers; the fact that they thought their System/38 with its 5250 terminals was a pretty neat piece of kit was the only reason they didn't envy the spanking new IBM PS/2 Model 80 under my desk.…


Incredible suckers

Product round-up  The DIY market for power drills cracked going cordless years ago, but for domestic heavyweights such as an affordable vacuum cleaner, tripping over a six-metre mains cable has been a weekend tradition for most UK households. Really, how much R&D does it take to get a good cordless vacuum cleaner? Is the wait over yet? El Reg's domestic goddess Jennifer Newton finds out.


Your brother's gonna die, kid, unless we can give him your, well ...

This is an article that some readers, particularly those of a fainter-hearted disposition, might want to avoid. It’s about a big movement that some people might find a tad distasteful.…


A Brit explains the fun to be had rolling rocks down country lanes

The eXpat files  In Germany, employers are keen on certifications, the money's good and if you want to, you can spend weekends rolling wheels down country lanes.…


What really shortens lives? Reading this sort of crap in the papers

Worstall @ the Weekend  I often wonder why it is that people bother publishing "research" papers that are obviously incorrect. Is it that they're getting paid to spout bollocks?…


Positive energy zapped, cyberspace shivers

Analysis  As you might expect, China's first global internet conference was a particularly Chinese affair.…


Do you have a cunning plan?

Board game review  El Reg contributor Adam Fowler brings to these pages the first in what may become a series of board game reviews. Here, Adam dices with furry beasts in One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Watch out!


Slovakia's finest, featuring spuds, cheese and ... BACON

It's onwards and eastwards this week with our post-pub nosh neckfiller as we travel to Slovakia in search of bryndzové halušky.…


Vampire mockumentary is brilliant fish-out-of-water fun

Film Review  It’s hard to believe that What We Do In The Shadows has been eight years in the making, given its spot-on, bang-up-to-date parody of both the vampire obsession and found footage/fake documentary style movies.…


101 and 111 collapse due to technical gaffe

Updated  Britain's non-emergency telephone numbers for the police (101) and the NHS (111) have collapsed nationwide.…


Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service

Yahoo! has apologised to customers, some of whom have been unable to access their email accounts since Thursday, after an underwater fibre cable was mistakenly severed.…


First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT

¡Bong! Extra  Why can’t Old Media just accept we have it beaten, lie down and die? It’s taking forever. Nothing saddened me more this week than reading that bold new data journalism initiatives from Uber were being shot down before they had even reached Seed stage.…


... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...

Vulture at the Wheel  This is the most sensible car you can buy. That's not necessarily a good thing. The Ford B-Max takes all the things you’d look for in practicality and turns them up to 11. However, in doing so it turns emotion down to zero.…


Some juicy reads for your weekend

Page File  El Reg bookworm Mark Diston trawls through at publishing's top notch texts. Bad boy philosopher Slavoj Žižek puts Russell Brand in the shade with his latest cultural critique, while urban mythmeister Jan Harold Brunvand has revised his entertaining and enduring tome that's a goldmine for comedians and sketch writers alike. And we've a new translation of German literary great, Wolfgang Koeppen.