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RSA 2012Usually the bête noire of the annual RSA conference is the criminal hacking community, but security guru Bruce Schneier asserts that government, business, and the military may well pose a bigger threat to security professionals.
A haul of suspected hackers allegedly linked to the Anonymous cabal has been hauled in by a wide ranging Interpol operation named ‘Operation Unmask’. Interpol announced that it has collared 25 suspected hackers across four countries in Latin America and Europe.
Cisco’s dream of public telepresence facilities that Joe Public uses for a high-fidelity chat with loved ones or business associates has taken a hit in Asia after hotel chain Marriot booted its kit from hotels across Asia.
RSA 2012The GSM mobile standard is wide open for attack, experts have warned, thanks in part to the increasing amount of computing power available to hackers.
Apple was granted two dozen patents in the US Patent and Trademark Office's weekly patent-palooza, held each Tuesday, providing Cupertino's legal team with a new cache of ammunition to be fired up in future patent wars.
Educationally inclined microcomputer maker Raspberry Pi today revealed that its ARM-based credit card-sized machine is to be taken to coders worldwide by two big-name suppliers.
Dell is pushing the lower limits of blade servers up against microservers.
MWC 2012Calling a company Antenna when what you make is an abstraction platform, rather than antennas, might not be sensible – especially at a congress stuffed with mobile techies – but what the firm actually does works well for the trend of this age. Technology follows fashion more than we’d like to admit, and apps are where it is at.
The Nepalese government has been forced to ask for international assistance in nailing the exact height of Everest, less than a year after it declared it was more than capable of settling the matter once and for all.
One of the UK's top Microsofties told MPs on Tuesday that even the mighty Windows maker was feeling the impact of Blighty's skills gap.
Deep DiveNFS (Network File System) is one of two of the most successful file protocols in the history of computing. From the 1980s with NFSv2 through the widely deployed NFSv3 in the 1990s, and now with today’s NFS4.1 standard – and if you don’t know about NFSv4.1 and pNFS (parallel NFS), you should – the protocol has been developed to keep pace with user requirements and the changing nature of data access and processing.
Amid all the iPad 3 hoopla comes some Mac news: Apple is said to be "considering" the introduction of a 14in MacBook Air.
If the phrase "digital pirate" conjures up a lone socially challenged male with a large collection of Manga comics and Cory Doctorow ravings, think again. Some of the biggest "pirates" in the world are nation states.
MWCTrusted Computing, the widely-derided idea of computing secured for, and against, its users, is back and the necessary hardware is already in the majority of pockets.
Tech Data (TD) exited fiscal 2012 on a low with profits from operations significantly dented by one-off expenses incurred by the closure of its Columbian and Brazilian outposts and restructuring costs in Europe.
UpdatedMicrosoft's cloudy platform, Windows Azure, is experiencing a major outage: at the time of writing, its service management system had been down for about seven hours worldwide.
In an unprecedented display of openness, a Guangdong court will embrace the social networking craze by allowing one of its officials to "live blog" today's appeal hearing during which Apple hopes to secure the right to use the iPad trademark in China.
Part twoAfter years of bouncing around PowerPoint slides, the battle between telcos and "Over The Top" insurgents is now very real. It's a scrap that's characterised as Silicon Valley upstarts storming the gates of the closed network world, and that's not a bad nutshell introduction. Long-time OTT champ Dean Bubley of Disruptive Analysis calls these insurgents "access-independent internet services".
Scientists sequencing the genome of the 5,000-year-old "Iceman" corpse found 20 years ago in the Tyrolean Alps, have discovered that he had brown eyes, was lactose-intolerant, prone to heart disease and had Lyme disease. The boffins also found that he may be related to some modern-day Northern Mediterraneans.
Hewlett-Packard continues to dismantle its webOS engineering team by handing nearly half of the remaining 600 techies their pink slips.
It's as if we were tipped off: Toshiba is buying the 3.5-inch disk drive operations that WD has to sell to gain EU approval for its Hitachi GST acquisition.
Managed services provider Maxima has started to carve up non-core operations by offloading the Document Management, Intellect and Microsoft-reselling sub divisions to Better Capital-backed m-hance for £6.8m.
MWC 2012UK Broadband, wireless internet service provider to Swindon Council and beyond, has switched on its LTE network to claim the UK first, but don't expect to be making 4G phone calls any time soon.
Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group has combined a transparent OLED display with an Xbox Kinect sensor and a smidgeon of software sorcery to create a space where users can manipulate on-screen objects at different depths within the screen.
IBM has laid off over 1,200 employees in the last few days, according to a union organising group for the company's staff.
Britain would be "mad" not to make strategic use of its rich natural resource of mud, a government minister has said.
A man has been left with a £500 bill for a new front door after "tracking software" used to trace a stolen iPhone led Police to the wrong house.
Google is hours away from changing its terms of service for its users, just as French data protection authority CNIL once again urged Larry Page's company to postpone its planned cut-and-shut tweak to its privacy policies.
High street retailer Game has revealed it will not be stocking EA's upcoming mega-release, Mass Effect 3.
US government IT services firm ManTech International has bought HBGary, the network forensics and malware analysis firm best known for last year's hack by Anonymous against its now-defunct sister firm, HBGary Federal.
Systemax's sales growth engine ran out of steam in calendar Q4 with a resurgent B2B division unable to offset double digit declines in consumer operations.
MWC 2012The quest for attention has ratcheted up a notch at this year's MWC, with CBOSS putting "booth babes" – the attractive staff at its MWC stall – on the table as dinner companions in the hope that someone will ask just what the company does.
Yahoo is worried about unscrupulous domain name registrars trying to cybersquat on its brands.
Apple's share value hit an unprecedented $500bn in pre-market trading this morning, making the company worth more than Poland and many other things. The spike followed just hours after the firm sent out an emailed invite to the iPad 3 launch.
MWC 2012Qualcomm is on the verge of licensing its wireless charging tech WiPower to a big-name brand, which could be enough to unplug rival standard Qi.
The government must tap up its top boffins sooner and heed their advice before putting policies into action, a House of Lords committee report concludes.
James Murdoch has quit as executive chairman at News International.
MWC 2012Everyone is making small base stations this year, some will even drop into the palm of a hand, but that's good as operators are desperate to get their wireless services safely ensconced in copper as quickly as possible.
Exactly how much data can be extracted from iPhones by apps without explicit user consent has been called into question after it emerged that software granted access to location-finding services can siphon off punters' photos.
Oracle Cloud ConferenceFor better or worse, Oracle has taken a conservative stance on “the cloud”.
Irish senators have put forward a motion in the Seanad (Senate) urging the justice minister to force ISPs to block child abuse material online.
G-Cloud governor Chris Chant has defended the standards adopted to construct the Cloud Store framework and the length of contracts on offer.
MWC 2012Student protesters are gathering outside the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, chanting and shouting, which would be more concerning if they weren't more or less outnumbered by the riot police.
The first batch of 10,000 ARM-powered Raspberry Pi computers went on sale at 6am GMT on Wednesday - and sold out within minutes.
Microsoft revisited the notion of Wii-colour consoles this week after it announced a white Xbox Kinect bundle is coming to the UK this spring.
Microsoft has released to the World near-final code for Windows 8 - its riskiest bet yet.
VMware has taken its Spring Java application framework and integrated it with the open source Apache Hadoop distribution to create a mashup that it's calling – somewhat unimaginatively – Spring Hadoop.
MWC 2012Telephony standards supremos at the GSMA love the phrase "connecting the unconnected" – the notion of getting data and voice links out to the masses.
UpdatedIndia's clampdown on its netizens is set to continue after its government revealed it is setting up a National Cyber Co-ordination Centre to monitor all web traffic flowing through the country – in the name of national security.
Last year's severe flooding in Thailand may have been human and economic disaster, but if every cloud has a silver lining, that silver has slipped into the pockets of Seagate as it retook the top sales spot among hard drive businesses, unseating Western Digital.
Chinese micro-blogging phenomenon Sina Weibo has warned that new government rules mandating the use of real names on social networks could silence at least 40 per cent of the site’s punters.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds has issued a rare public spanking for openSUSE after falling foul of its security procedures.
As the Ferengi rules of acquisition point out, anything worth selling once is worth selling at least twice and maybe three times. And thus, Big Blue is opening up a server and PC refurbishing center in Shenzhen, the first such facility in China and one aimed at the burgeoning second-hand equipment market in that country.
Australia's armed forces still appear addicted to offensive social media activities, a new investigation has found.
Accused Megaupload copyright conspiracy leader Kim Dotcom (formerly Schmitz) has been released on bail following hearings yesterday in which the FBI tried to keep him behind bars.
Physicists are inching closer to explaining why we – and anything else made of matter – exist, with new results inching closer to an explanation of the universe’s matter-antimatter asymmetry.
Dominant Australian group buying player Cudo has issued a mea culpa for its ill-fated decision to promote a Chinese e-book reader pre-loaded with 4000 pirated books.
Intel Capital has emerged as the first VC in the Valley to create a fund dedicated to accelerating technology in the automotive industry.
AMD's new CEO Rory Read was fired up about executing better in the server racket at the company's analyst day earlier this month and has wasted little time in stirring things up with the acquisition of low-power server start-up SeaMicro for $334m.
NASA’s latest study into Arctic sea ice concludes that the oldest, thickest ice is disappearing faster than the thinner ice at the edges of the Arctic Ocean.