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R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:53:30 GMT)

Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:32:44 GMT)

Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:00:49 GMT)

True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:58:15 GMT)

Google lets wannabe Glass Explorers ADMIRE THEMSELVES in their own mirrors -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:24:41 GMT)

Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:51:37 GMT)

Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:04:12 GMT)

Reddit users discover iOS malware threat -

'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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:03:08 GMT)

Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?' -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:08:06 GMT)

Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:27:20 GMT)

Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake' -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:46:41 GMT)

Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:01:12 GMT)

Netcraft adds Heartbleed sniffing to site-scanning browser tool -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:42:49 GMT)

Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:40:17 GMT)

Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:21:04 GMT)

AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014 -

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.…

(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:17:48 GMT)

Google eyes business service in latest Fiber trials -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:20:44 GMT)

OpenStack Icehouse: IT'S ALIVE! – live migration, that is -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:02:11 GMT)

NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:13:23 GMT)

AMD posts $1.4bn in sales, beats Wall Street moneymen's predictions -

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).…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:57:32 GMT)

Nokia halts sales of Lumia 2520 Win RT tablet over zap-happy charger -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:14:21 GMT)

KILLER ROBOTS, DNA TAMPERING and PEEPING CYBORGS: the future looks bright! -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:33:06 GMT)

Red Hat: We don't need no stinking dictator to make money out of OpenStack (in late 2015) -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:23:08 GMT)

New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:13:42 GMT)

Samsung, GlobalFoundries ink exclusive, multi-year 14nm FinFET deal -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:02:21 GMT)

Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:01:08 GMT)

Battle of the Linux clouds! Linode DOUBLES RAM to take on Digital Ocean -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:08:18 GMT)

El Reg drills into IBM: The storage biz's got that sinking feeling -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:04:08 GMT)

Win gorgeous strap-on, enter whole new world with Reg compo -

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?…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:02:03 GMT)

Kids, guess where we're going for Easter? France for a 'software-defined storage experience' -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:01:04 GMT)

IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt' -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:02:10 GMT)

OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:14:05 GMT)

Apple fanbois eat static as Beeb, Sky web stream vids go titsup on iOS -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:42:05 GMT)

Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:21:34 GMT)

Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:29:08 GMT)

OpenSSL Heartbleed bug sniff tools are 'BUGGY' – what becomes of the broken hearted? -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:14:07 GMT)

Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:18:01 GMT)

Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge? -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:28:12 GMT)

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – A jolly little war for lunchtime -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:04:55 GMT)

Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:03:13 GMT)

Whoever you vote for, Google gets in -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:35:10 GMT)

AWS bins elastic compute units, adopts virtual CPUs -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:27:12 GMT)

MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:01:07 GMT)

Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:26:04 GMT)

Multi-hypervisor workload ... what? Just think of it as a virtual MAGIC CARPET -

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?…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:02:04 GMT)

Oz winemaker/cloud says DEY buy cheaper than vendors' SDS -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:02:08 GMT)

Google spends in three months on data centers what used to take a year -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:02:11 GMT)

VMware starts invitation-only NSX training -

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.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:56:07 GMT)

Heartbleed mega-bug clean up shrinks Tor network by an eighth -

And that's before they look at all the nodes and what version of OpenSSL they're running

Tor, the sometimes-controversial internet-traffic-anonymising service, is bleeding thanks to the Heartbleed flaw.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:02:09 GMT)

AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits -

Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction

US wireless megacarrier AT&T has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it could withdraw from an upcoming wireless spectrum auction over proposed buying limits.…

(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:00:58 GMT)