El Reg

Syndicate content
Biting the hand that feeds IT — sci/tech news and views for the world
Updated: 54 min 6 sec ago

Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 12:39pm
A few tweaks, but what is MS doing about top feature requests and bug reports?

Microsoft has released Build 10532 of Windows 10 as an “Insider” preview.…

Storage boosters: Six mSATA format SSDs on test

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 12:25pm
Back-to-school hand-me-down upgrade time

Product Round-up  The M.2 format for SSDs seems to be hogging all the headlines of late and the form factor may well be the future for storage for thin and light notebooks, tablets and nano-sized PCs. Yet the market is still gearing up to support it, so devices that can accommodate the format are still pretty thin on the ground, albeit improving all the time.…

Administrator tries to squeeze blood out of Stone Computers' parent

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 12:10pm
Pre-pack agreed for Stone Topco but rival bid expected

Exclusive  Senior execs at financially strapped Stone Computers Ltd (SCL) have bid £28.43m to buy the business in a pre-packaged sale after placing the parent company Stone Bidco into administration.…

Channel surfers and the irresistible rise of Content Delivery Networks

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 11:57am
When load balancing just won't cut it

Fastly, a four-year-old content delivery network start-up, this month landed $75m in venture funding.…

Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 11:39am
You can't just point at Amazon and eBay!

“The data mentioned in Google’s blog is frankly suspicious," or so said Thomas Vinje, legal counsel for FairSearch Europe – a group of organisations lobbying against the ad flinger's online search dominance – in response to Google’s defence of its EU anti-trust case yesterday.…

Manchester skeptics annexed in hostile digital power grab

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 11:23am
Meetup.com takeover by mysterious 'Sophie' reveals flaws in site organisation rules

The Greater Manchester Skeptics Society (GMSS) has been obliged to start up a new group on Meetups.com, after someone with a very different agenda took over its profile on the social networking site.…

Computacenter CEO: Currency headwind? Yep, that hurt alright

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 11:08am
But Brit sub strikes back to steady top line, and RDC sale beefs up profits

For a business, not losing sales ground in these uncertain economic times might be considered something of an achievement in itself. If so, Computacenter bosses will be downing celebratory doubles this morn.…

Violin's breakeven within reach, but revenues still falling

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 10:37am
There’s only so much lipstick you can put on this pig

It's like looking at a drawing of an iceberg when you know the bulk of it is under water; Violin Memory's revenues and net income I mean. Look at all that red ink below the profit waterline!…

Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 10:03am
Brit heads to roll over the finish line... mostly in Enterprise Services

HP is making what looks to be a final round of UK redundancies before it breaks apart and is seeking volunteers to jump rather than be pushed.…

BACS Bank Holiday BALLS UP borks 275,000 payments

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 9:34am
Employees left cashless. Planning to go away this weekend? Not anymore

Update III  Potentially millions of employees expecting to be paid ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend have been left without their salaries due to a cockup with the Bankers' Automated Clearing Services (BACS) payment system.…

Wow, Barcelona really has a problem with tech disruptors. Watch out Airbnb

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 9:02am
Another pillar of the 'sharing economy' in the city's crosshairs

Fresh from sending the Uber question* to the European Court of Justice, it appears the city of Barcelona is now spoiling for a fight with another tech disruptor – this time lodgings lister Airbnb.…

Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 8:21am
Huawei's nicely honed handset with nowt left out

Review  With a starting price of £249, the Honor 7 is a quality phone that offers astonishing value for money: and it could be a genuine game-changer for how people buy phones. Not only is it (comfortably) the standout product in its price range, it also has the kind of features associated with much more expensive models, and a few unique tricks of its own that make it nicer to use.…

Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 8:05am
It's a web-based competition with a spider in it

Caption Competition  In an act of supreme kindness, we are giving you another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Hard Drive – in this week’s Vulture Caption Competition.…

Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 7:35am
'Majority' of 440 techies transferring to Steria to be axed

Hundreds of back office IT jobs at the Metropolitan Police Service are to be made redundant under a ten-year £216m outsourcing deal with Steria, which will see service delivery moved out of the capital.…

Spooks, plod and security industry join to chase bank hacker

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 6:57am
Perp known as 'DD4BC' has some serious heat on his or her tail, with worse to come

A group of security boffins have joined police and intelligence spooks in a clandestine mission to identify those behind distributed denial of service (DDoS) extortion attacks against major banks.…

New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 6:29am
Free content ad network reveals Siri-slaying shopbot named 'M'

Humanity reached a new low point last Monday, 24 August: on that day a billion of your fellow homo sapiens logged on to Facebook, which subsequently decided humans can't be trusted to do their own shopping.…

What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 6:03am
We Vultures will all drink to the latest online vocab update

The online tentacle of Oxford Dictionaries has earned itself some big up rispek from El Reg by including "beer o'clock" in its latest quarterly update of new terms muscling their way into our beloved lingo.…

Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 5:31am
Devs try for frantic in-car fix as cyclist stands still

A cyclist riding a fixed-gear bike claims to have brought a Google robo-car to a standstill.…

Malvertising maniac messes MSN, serves corrupted creative

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 4:57am
Yahoo! appetiser, HuffPo for mains, and MSN for desert.

A chap who might just be the world's worst malvertising marauder has popped MSN, potentially compromising some of the site's 10 million daily visitors with an exploit kit so capable it p0wns almost half of those who encounter it.…

Rackspace looks to have bypassed vCloud Director upgrade

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 3:58am
Signs with cashed-up upstart AirVM for Virtzilla-powered cloud management

Rackspace has decided to manage its VMware cloud with software from upstart AirVM.…