Microsoft drafts .NET chief to lead Azure cloud war
.NET fan favorite Scott Guthrie has been elevated in a Microsoft reorg intended to "sharpen its focus" and win greater support among developers for the company's push into the cloud.
DIY crimekit brings advanced malware to Mac OSX
A crimeware kit discovered over the weekend promises to bring a flood of advanced malware that steals passwords and other sensitive data from computers running Mac OS X.
Assange: Facebook a ‘spying machine’
Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, media tart and controversialist, has leveled his hyperbole gun at Facebook, calling it “the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented.”
Russian search giant Yandex blows whistle on whistle-blower
Yandex, which last week announced its intention to list on NASDAQ, says it has been forced by Russian authorities to hand over financial information about an anti-corruption blogger to Russia’s domestic security agency, the FSB.
Nirvanix storage cloud spills executive blood
CommentNirvanix lost a few executives when its incoming CEO stripped out unwanted VPs and SVPs, and brought in his own team.
Telstra cozies up to small end of town
Telstra is investing AUD$600 million over the next five years to upgrade its network for the delivery of advanced business services.
Fujitsu A/NZ tosses dollars at clouds
Fujitsu has reaffirmed its commitment to the Australian data center sector despite growing competition among providers.
Japanese boffins build internet kissing machine
Researches in Japan are hard at work developing an internet-enabled kissing simulator that will allow lovers – or perfect strangers – to reach out and buss someone.
Storage duopoly to transform industry?
CommentThe after-effects of the Western Digital and Seagate embiggening could be to slow down technology development in the hard-disk drive industry. Why spend development money when you don't need to?
Go SMS Pro
Android App of the WeekA giant leap forward from the stock Android SMS client, Go SMS Pro is the latest offering from the Go development team, the folk behind Go Launcher EX and Go Weather.
Hacker pwns police cruiser and lives to tell tale
As a penetration tester hired to pierce the digital fortresses of Fortune 1000 casinos, banks and energy companies, Kevin Finisterre has hacked electronic cash boxes, geologic-survey equipment, and on more than one occasion, a client's heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system.
OCZ joins PCIe flash fray
OCZ has joined in the PCIe flash market, the one led by Fusion-io, with card controllers that compress data and boost I/O to 1GB/sec speeds.
Google faces another privacy probe
South Korean investigators raided Google's Seoul offices this morning as part of a probe into the search and advertising giant's privacy policies.
4oD plods onto iPad
If you're an iPad owner that uses on-demand video services, then you'll be pleased to know Channel 4 has launched a 4oD iPad app. There is also talk of the service coming to Xbox Live.
Archos 32 Android media player
ReviewArchos is calling the 32 an Android tablet, but I have trouble convincing myself that anything with a 3.2in screen is really a tablet so it makes far more sense to review it as a touchscreen media player.
Google taps Ingenico for retail terminal expansion
NFC kit manufacturer Ingenico has confirmed it is developing retail terminals for Google, but the search giant won't be running its own banking service just yet.
Sikorsky, US Army claim whisper-flapcopter test success
A wind-tunnel test programme aimed at producing new, hi-tech rotor blades for helicopters has finished. The trials, which used blades fitted with trailing-edge flaps like those seen on aeroplane wings, reportedly offer the prospect of much-enhanced copters in future – in particular, the long-heralded "whisper mode" for covert (or domestic) urban operations may be on the horizon.
US acts on telco 'Ponzi scheme'
The Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen the assets of China Voice Holding Corp on suspicion that it is no more than a Ponzi scheme.
CEOP accused of misleading public over site security fail
The person who discovered that the child abuse reporting mechanism on the website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre was insecure has reacted with anger to suggestions from the agency that the flaw had only affected surfers visiting the site from either Facebook or Google.
RIM makes Bold move with OS 7
Research in Motion has unveiled two additions to its range of Blackberry Bold smartphones, the 9900 and 9930.
Apple shuts online Apple Store
Apple's online store is currently down awaiting an update which, it's widely believed, will centre on new iMacs based on Intel's second-generation Core i processor platform, aka Sandy Bridge.
Hybrid clouds: You know they make sense
CloudIf you are wondering why hybrid clouds are the future, look no further than last week's massive crash in Amazon’s Virginia data centre, where its EC2 cloud and related storage clouds are hosted.
RIM warns investors, greets developers
Last week RIM slipped out a profit warning to investors, letting them know that its previous forecasts were on the optimistic side and delays in device launches were hurting.
Microsoft to release Windows thin PC in late June
Microsoft has pushed out a final test build of its Windows Thin PC (WinTPC).
North Korea blamed for bank hack
South Korean prosecutors have accused North Korea of a recent hack attack on a bank which caused a three-day systems outage and deleted details of some customers' credit cards.
Ohio cops taze naked marathoneer
A 35-year-old Ohio man pleaded not guilty to "public indecency and obstructing official business" yesterday, after being tazed over the weekend after attempting to run a marathon while naked.
Private investors pile into data centres
Private investment firm Matterhorn Capital is spending £250m to build two new data centres in the south-east of England.
Intel leaks show a flashy future
Here's a lovely leaked Intel SSD roadmap – thank you engadget – showing six 25nm products coming plus two more 34nm single-level cell speedsters by the end of the year.
Honda Jazz Hybrid
ReviewIn the last 10 years, Honda has shifted over 3.5m examples of its Jazz hatchback, and now the evergreen runabout so beloved by the over-60s is getting hybrid power. Presumably, Honda, like Toyota with its Auris Hybrid, thinks a familiar exterior will prevent hybrid-fright among it’s more conservative customers.
DARPA says surveillance vid-search tool is ready for use
US military warboffins claim that they have found one of the internet's holiest grails – that of true, tagless searchable-video technology.
Osama malware scams spread to Facebook
News of Osama bin Laden's assassination may have appeared on Twitter before the official confirmation but surfers following up supposed offers of live kill footage from Facebook or email will almost certainly end up hitting malware.
Robot pirate invented in USA: 'Yarr-2 D-2'?
An American firm has developed a cunning, beercan-sized robot which can be shot out of a gun, stick to the side of a ship magnetically, and then climb up the ship's side in the fashion of a pirate with a knife or cutlass between his teeth.
Gamer goes 3DS gaga with AR card tattoo
Nintendo's AR cards, which trigger the augmented reality functions on the 3DS, have had their fare share of custom implementations. We've seen the design reprinted on t-shirts, drawn on blackboards, even scaled up to the size of a tennis court.
HP to show off next gen EVA on the Vegas Strip
EVA lives on: fulfilling promises made at 3PAR acquisition time, HP has confirmed a next-generation EVA array is coming, with an early access program available and more details due at its Las Vegas HP Discover event in June.
Apple refreshes iMac with Thunderbolt, Sandy Bridge
Apple has indeed taken the wraps off updated iMacs, as anticipated by rumour and a temporary Apple Store closure this morning.
Seagate's terabyte platters make it the densest of the lot
It's done it; Seagate has achieved a 625Gbit/in2 areal density enabling it to produce 3TB Barracuda drives on just three platters instead of the current five.
Insurance firm pushes out iPhone app that rates driving ability
State Farm insurance has released an iPhone application to rate driving ability, using data from the phone's accelerometer and GPS, then spouting advice on how to be a better driver.
Government slashes consultancy spending
Public sector spending on consultants fell sharply last year, according to a report from the Management Consultancies Association (MCA).
Ubisoft to turn games into movies, TV shows
Videogames publisher Ubisoft is to launch a film company to adapt its games into motion pictures.
Boffins develop liquid crystal solid-state raygun turret
OK, so you've done it. You've finally built a high-energy laser which can put out a megawatt-range beam, and it doesn't emit toxic corrosive exhaust or melt itself in operation or weigh a prohibitive amount. Now to revolutionise warfare, right?
Vatican blogger meeting says no to copyright, yes to lifting content
Speakers at a bloggers conference at the Vatican this week gave themselves an indulgence, saying it is OK to lift content from "old media" and that copyright was old hat.
Skyhook routes around Google to MapQuest
Skyhook – the location services outfit that was booted from both Google's Android mobile OS and Apple's iOS – continues to work its way back onto phones through third-party applications.
Sony says data for 25 million more customers stolen
Sony warned that personally identifiable information for an additional 25 million customers was exposed after discovering a massive security breach extended to its online computer games service.
RIM taps Microsoft Bing for phone and tablet search
Microsoft's Bing has been crowned the default search and maps provider for Research in Motion's smartphones as well as the Playbook, RIM's answer to the Jobsian iPad.
HP engineering veep spills cloud plans onto LinkedIn
HP is building a wide range of public cloud services, including Amazon-like "infrastructure clouds" offering instant access to readily scalable processing power, storage, and networking resources as well as a "development cloud" for building, hosting, and scaling applications based on Java, Ruby, and other open source languages.
.NET Android and iOS clones stripped by Attachmate
The fate of an open-source version of Microsoft's .NET running on iOS and Android is unclear after Novell's new owner Attachmate laid off members of the project, according to reports.
SGI juices sales, narrows losses in Q3
Silicon Graphics is moving towards profitability after many years of struggle, and thinks that fiscal 2012, which starts in July, will be the year that it all finally comes together.
Woz snubs Paul Allen, praises pea soup
Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has no love for the US patent system, and prefers split-pea soup to "that patent-troll thing" as practiced by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen in his current patent-infringment lawsuit against Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, and others.
Telecom NZ fibs to govt over network assets
The New Zealand government’s Commerce Commission has rejected Telecom New Zealand’s annual financial statements for the year to June 2010, dismissing them as “unreliable.”
EchoStar, Dish Network cough up $500m in TiVo settlement
The long-running patent lawsuit in which TiVo sued Dish Network and its former division, EchoStar, has been settled with the defendants agreeing to pay US$500 million to Tivo.