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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

Fri, 10/01/2014 - 09:34
Netbooks done properly: Cheap, the right size and without Windows

Can Google’s Chromebook become the laptop platform of choice during 2014? Probably not, but there’s certainly demand for it. According to US market-watcher NPD, during the 11 months from January through November 2013, the platform’s share of the computing device market had risen to 9.6 per cent from just 0.2 per cent in the same months of the previous year.

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So you want to build the next Google. Who ya gonna call? Er, Big Blue?

Thu, 09/01/2014 - 23:15
Analysis IBM's cluster scheduler kicks OpenStack's Nova in teeth, eyes VMware

IBM has announced a new version of its Platform Resource Scheduler (PRS), which lines up jobs and resources in mammoth OpenStack Havana environments.

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Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

Thu, 09/01/2014 - 11:02
Hands On Google Play store comes to BB10. Here's how...

BlackBerry's comeback with a new operating system, BB10, turned into one of the greatest tech flops of all time. Almost one year after the launch, BlackBerry still sells far more of its ancient BB7 devices than it does BB10 devices. But could you turn BlackBerry’s misfortune to your advantage?

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Spock-endorsed gadget can SMELL my PEE! Weird gizmos of CES 2014

Thu, 09/01/2014 - 10:01
CES 2014 The urine analysis device also comes signed by Leonard Nimoy. Seriously

The Las Vegas-hosted 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is still running, of course, but the majority of the announcements have been made: a fair few before the show even started, in a bid to get ahead of the rest. Like early morning shoppers, though, everyone figures out the pre-show press release trick soon enough and now everyone is back to square one. What next? CES announcements in October?

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Tizen: We have ignition! Smartmobes will come to fruition in spring - reports

Thu, 09/01/2014 - 05:02
This time they really will ... honest

Smartphones based on the long-awaited Tizen operating system will finally be unveiled in the next couple of months, according to new reports.

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

Thu, 09/01/2014 - 01:47
Grab a patch today if you share your Unix-flavoured desktop with other people

The X Window System, which today underpins Linux desktops the world over, has been around for more than two decades – and so have its bugs.

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No sign of <i>Half-Life 3</i> but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

Wed, 08/01/2014 - 22:10
CES 2014 If you fancy a $6,000 Linux-powered games console, insert coin

Valve has used the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to reveal more than a dozen hardware partners that have signed on to build gaming consoles based on its SteamOS gaming platform.

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Low power WON'T bag ARM the server crown. So here's how to upset Intel

Wed, 08/01/2014 - 11:29
Exclusive Ex-veep spills beans on where chip upstart Calxeda went wrong

In the last days of 2013, Calxeda, the ambitious startup that hoped to design ARM processors for data-center servers, imploded.

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Oracle swallows Corente, hopes to kick rivals in software networking bits

Wed, 08/01/2014 - 09:27
Larry Ellison's firm joins the SDN crowd

Oracle is buying software defined networking specialist Corente, upping the stakes in telecoms and cloud.

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OpenSUSE forums hacked in ANOTHER vBulletin attack

Wed, 08/01/2014 - 05:44
Email addresses exposed but passwords safe

Linux distro openSUSE’s public forums have been compromised and defaced and tens of thousands of user email addresses exposed after a hacker exploited a zero day flaw in the underlying vBulletin software.

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Red Hat teams up with community-based RHEL lookalike CentOS

Wed, 08/01/2014 - 03:01
New partnership lends funds, devs to free Linux distro

Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat has announced a new partnership with the CentOS Project aimed at developing new versions of the community-developed CentOS Linux distribution that take advantage of the latest open-source technologies.

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:24
CES 2014 Fast WRT54G successor embraces open source firmware mods

Networking gear maker Linksys has resurrected one of its most popular, customizable routers – the WRT54G – with a new version that takes advantage of the latest wireless technologies.

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

Thu, 02/01/2014 - 10:00
Review It's a NUC-ing beauty.....

Never let it be said that Intel doesn’t respond to criticism. Its first Next Unit of Computing (NUC) micro-desktop, which appeared in the first few months of 2013, wasn’t a bad machine, but it prompted grumbles from reviewers (myself included), about some odd design and packaging decisions.

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 14:43
Review Fancy a virus-free, always updated 2014?

You know, sometimes you’ve got to wonder what enables a design to go into production. I’m looking at the Acer C720 Chromebook and appreciating its dinkiness, the non-reflective 11.6in TFT screen and the fact that it was more than happy to take a bog-standard USB Ethernet adapter and run with it.

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Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: <i>The Reg</i>'s review of 2013

Tue, 31/12/2013 - 10:01
Year in Review 12 months in 26 characters

"Selfie" is the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year. There's nothing new about a "selfie" - it's a self-portrait - but a perfect storm of social networks and smartphones has given popularity to a word and an act even world leaders feel it's OK to do on really serious occasions.

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

Tue, 31/12/2013 - 05:29
Analysis It's not as bad as you thought - it's much worse

A leaked NSA cyber-arms catalog has shed light on the technologies US and UK spies use to infiltrate and remotely control PCs, routers, firewalls, phones and software from some of the biggest names in IT.

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

Mon, 30/12/2013 - 10:33
Year in Review 2013... in mobile

It was a year where Apple slurped down enormous profits but lost some of its bleeding-edge-tech street cred, while Samsung marched inexorably on. But behind the scenes there was much more going on. Here are the year's trends put through the blender.

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