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  • It's official: You can now legally carrier-unlock your mobile in the US

    1 August 2014, 9:41 pm

    Tomorrow belongs to us, says iFixit boss President Obama has signed off on the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, meaning that, in the US, people can take their mobile phone and unlock it from the carrier that sold it to them.…
  • Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

    1 August 2014, 9:14 pm

    Baffling boat scuppered after Page and Brin abandon ship…
  • We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

    1 August 2014, 8:45 pm

    FYI, it was -70 degrees celsius The comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta has got close enough to its target to start getting temperature readings. The results show that comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko isn't the snowball some boffins were expecting.…
  • Apple ebook price-fix row: Stiffed readers inch closer to $450m windfall

    1 August 2014, 8:11 pm

    Judge signs off on payout deal – but it's not over yet An ebooks price-fixing lawsuit against Apple in the US is close to wrapping up – with the iPhone maker coughing up nearly half a billion dollars as a result, potentially.…
  • Microsoft blasts sueball at Samsung in Android patent royalty spat

    1 August 2014, 7:49 pm

    Claims payment halted after Redmond bought Nokia mobe biz Updated Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung in a US court on Friday, claiming the Korean firm is in breach of an earlier cross-licensing agreement relating to mobile technology patents.…
  • What the FLOCK? Addictive 'Flappy Bird' is back – and it's coming for your family

    1 August 2014, 6:44 pm

    What a time to be alive Pic Infuriating yet stupidly popular crapp Flappy Bird has officially returned, it appears – and it's now a multi-player game called Flappy Birds Family. It's available for free for Amazon's set-top box, the Android-based Fire TV.…
  • Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

    1 August 2014, 6:01 pm

    Grudgingly supports quirky features so sites look right…
  • Comcast, Time Warner boost net speeds in Google Fiber city – COINCIDENCE?

    1 August 2014, 4:54 pm

    Aah, the power of competition Comcast and Time Warner will hike their broadband speeds in Kansas City, which just so happens to be the first place Google Fiber rolled out.…
  • Vulturization: Who'd be a sysadmin today?

    1 August 2014, 4:30 pm

    Trevor and Phoummala chat to Nutanix's Dwayne Lessner about hype, Hyper-V and more Podcast The Register presents the second installment of the Vulturization podcast series – listen here or from the player below.…
  • Facebook goes down, people dial 911

    1 August 2014, 3:20 pm

    Police appeal for calm – yes, seriously Facebook's servers fell over today – with users on the US east coast, and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, complaining of outages.…
  • Hey, what's inside those Imation Nexsan arrays? Whoa, bundles of cash?

    1 August 2014, 2:24 pm

    Same old, same old, though – revenues down and a loss…
  • HP storage revenue downturn? It's just a 'kink', says exec

    1 August 2014, 12:26 pm

    A blip on the radar Analysis HP's first calendar 2014 quarter storage revenue downturn was a blip, according to the global head of its enterprise group – though analysts at IDC may not agree.…
  • Hey, big spender. Are you as secure as a whitebox vendor?

    1 August 2014, 12:07 pm

    The Internet of Stuff is a HUGE LIABILITY…
  • Operators get the FEAR as Ofcom proposes 600% hike in mobile spectrum fees

    1 August 2014, 11:29 am

    Wait - aren't they increasing prices mid-contract? Hmm... Ofcom has “rethought” the fees that UK mobile networks pay for their 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum, based on the industry's reaction to its latest proposal.…
  • Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

    1 August 2014, 10:58 am

    Fruity firm's November target may slip to the right Problems with Apple's sapphire glass supply chain could mean the Apple iWatch will only be released in small numbers this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted.…
  • Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

    1 August 2014, 10:32 am

    Leaving England for Scotland a danger, advise lawyers Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon is afraid tor visit his sick father in Glasgow after advice from his lawyers about the possibility of extradition.…
  • IBM snaps up identity access gatekeeper tech

    1 August 2014, 10:01 am

    Beefs up security portfolio with CrossIdeas IBM has snapped up privately held security software firm CrossIdeas. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were undisclosed.…
  • Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

    1 August 2014, 9:35 am

    Alleged to have flung prosthetic leg, food at crew A Thomson flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh was diverted to Gatwick airport on Wednesday night after a female passenger allegedly threatened cabin crew with a false leg.…
  • Defending your digital rights? Then you're a Nazi, says the Open Rights Group

    1 August 2014, 9:04 am

    Or, how not to win friends and influence people…
  • BlackBerry lands feature-light BBM on Windows Phone

    1 August 2014, 8:24 am

    Solid port, but Beta lacks vid chat and other extras The wait for BBM on Windows Phone is over. BlackBerry has brought its pioneering and much-imitated messaging app to Windows, following launches on Android and iOS last year, albeit with the "Beta" label.…
  • Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

    1 August 2014, 8:01 am

    Thought that Verizon phonecall was painful? Thousands of Brits are being slapped with costly cancellation fees worth hundreds of pounds when they try to switch broadband providers, the Citizens Advice charity has warned.…
  • The Therapod diet: From HUMUNGO DINO to TINY BIRD in 50m years

    1 August 2014, 7:37 am

    Look, ma, no gastric band Video Terrifying dino-beasts from the family that spawned Tyrannosaurus rex kept shrinking and shrinking until they evolved into cute little birds, the whole process taking around 50 million years, according to palaeoboffins.…
  • Insight CEO: We've found bottom line balm to soothe Microsoft pain

    1 August 2014, 7:18 am

    Dealer titan ups profit forecasts, pesky sales a different matter...…
  • Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

    1 August 2014, 7:02 am

    Amateur ultralight payload returns to Blighty…
  • 'Guess what: If you use the internet, you’re the subject of experiments'

    1 August 2014, 5:59 am

    Plus: MS 'unclear how citizens will benefit' from ODF Quotw This was the week when Christian Rudder, co-founder of dating site OKCupid, told the whole world what idiots they were for not realising that everyone on the internet is messing with their minds.…
  • House of the rising SAN: Cisco plonks physical 16Gbit/s kit on the table

    1 August 2014, 5:32 am

    Virtual, schmirtual, right? Virtual SANs are all very well but physical SANs aren't going away – what with Cisco building out its 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) switching gear.…
  • Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

    1 August 2014, 5:03 am

    What the HELL is THAT? Review The new FIAT Panda Cross comes to the UK in September, just in time for a “64” numberplate, and is looking to add a bit of fashion pizazz to the utilitarian nature of the original Panda 4x4.…
  • The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

    1 August 2014, 4:35 am

    Live on Earth? Want to be a Vulture? Enquire within The Register is recruiting new reporters and correspondents.…
  • Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

    1 August 2014, 3:59 am

    Snail's pace system might be forced to speed up…
  • Security chap writes recipe for Raspberry Pi honeypot network

    1 August 2014, 3:33 am

    Cunning security plan: dangle £28 ARM boxes and watch crooks take the bait…

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