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Office 2013 to eat own file-format dog food

With the upcoming release of Office 2013, Microsoft is finally offering full support for the Open XML document standard, a format that Redmond itself created and has been promoting for nearly seven years.
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2012

Cloud support brings WikiLeaks back online

After being taken out for ten days by a DDoS attack the WikiLeaks site is back online, thanks to some cloudy support from CloudFlare.
Iain Thomson, 15 Aug 2012
The Prelude floating liquefied natural gas processing facility

Mining boom sparks IT jobs rush

Australia’s mining and resources boom is driving demand for IT workers, as new, lucrative tenders see vendors and miners alike start work on new projects.
Natalie Apostolou, 15 Aug 2012
The Stop Amendment 114a logo in Malay

Malaysian websites go dark to protest Evidence Act

Many Malaysian websites took on a sombre hue yesterday, as operators blacked them out to protest proposed amendments to the nation’s Evidence Act that would remove the presumption of innocence for some online activities.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2012
Nissan Leaf battery powered electric car

Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

South Korean boffins say they have found a way to cut battery charging times for electric cars from hours down to just minutes.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Aug 2012
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Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

Product Round-upOnce you’ve prised your Nexus 7 out of the box, watched your free copy of Transformers: Dark of the Moon (surely "binned it immediately" - Ed) and spent a few hours playing Dead Trigger the time is ripe to start thinking about the first third-party apps that will help you really get the most from your shiny new piece of Google tech.
Alun Taylor, 15 Aug 2012

Fraudsters nick BILLIONS from China's e-commerce Wild West

China’s burgeoning e-commerce industry has been remorselessly exploited by internet fraudsters to the tune of 30 billion yuan (£3bn) over the past 12 months despite police efforts to clamp down on dodgy sites.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Aug 2012

'Kill switch' flaw found in top web weapon, victims sigh with relief

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a top DDoS attack tool that provides a handy means to neutralise onslaughts.
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Apple fans fondle more slabs

Apple's iPad grabbed almost 70 per cent of the tablet market during Q2, up from just under 60 per cent in Q1.
Tony Smith, 15 Aug 2012

Bank-raid Trojan jury-rigged to pwn 'major airport's network'

A Trojan has targeted airport workers logging into their employer's private network, security researchers have claimed.
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2012

Councils wave £34m cheque for phones, broadband, IT stuff

The Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation has issued tenders worth a total of up to £34m on behalf of Warwickshire county and Cambridge city councils.
Government Computing, 15 Aug 2012

Hong Kong plods turn RoboCop with strap-on vid cams

Hong Kong police have angered human rights groups and taken one small step to full automation by revealing their intent to trial new portable video camera technology attached to their uniforms to film the public.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Aug 2012

Microsoft halts new apps on Windows Phone Marketplace

Microsoft has temporarily halted the publication of new apps for Windows Phones following a problem with its digital security certificates.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Aug 2012

Microsoft, Adobe throw fire blanket over blaze of security flaws

Microsoft has fixed 26 security flaws, at least five of which are critical, in its software. At least one of the holes is being actively exploited by hackers to compromise Windows computers.
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2012

Toshiba pulls out of Windows RT tablet push

Toshiba today backtracked on its decision to produce Windows RT tablets. It blamed the move on a delay in receiving key components.
Caleb Cox, 15 Aug 2012


Antique Code ShowPlaying Goldeneye always felt more like an event rather than a gaming session. Four controllers and a 20in telly – it seemed huge at the time, believe me – headshotting friends had never been such fun. I have always had a soft spot for commies but playing Pierce Brosnan – wreaking havoc on Eastern Europe in Goldeneye – made me come over all Red Dawn. I sincerely felt like 007, this game always made me feel more RPG rather than FPS.
Lucy Orr, 15 Aug 2012

Few 'Likes' for Facebook from hedge-fund moneybags

Major US hedge funds are steering clear of Facebook stock, according to their second quarter filings yesterday.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 15 Aug 2012

UK tiny-phone-mast biz Ubiquisys wolfs down $19m pie

Ubiquisys, the Swindon-based company responsible for the tiniest of mobile base stations, has raised another $19m in VC cash, bringing the total to almost $86m.
Bill Ray, 15 Aug 2012

Samsung's Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple

Samsung fired its opening salvo against Apple's allegation that the South Korean giant ripped off the iPhone design, and claimed it worked its arse off to develop its own gadgets. At the two tech titans' ongoing patent trial in the US yesterday, Sammy also argued that Apple's iProducts are not unique.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 15 Aug 2012

Oracle slaps surprise patch over database server hole

Oracle has broken its regular quarterly patch update cycle with a fix for a security flaw publicised at last month's Black Hat conference.
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2012

$1bn for Instagram? Knock yourself out, Facebook - UK watchdog

The UK's merger and acquisitions regulator has cleared Facebook to snaffle up photo filter Instagram. Imagine the sighs of relief at the social network when the watchdog ruled that the $1bn acquisition won't affect competition.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 15 Aug 2012

SanDisk goes hard for soft VMware server caches

SanDisk is touting a VMware server cache that could accelerate applications three to five times and increase the number of virtual machines a host can support by 100 to 200 per cent.
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2012

Shops 'mislead punters' over phone contract prices

Many phone shop staff deceive customers over the potential for price rises during the length of contracts, it has been alleged.
Caleb Cox, 15 Aug 2012

EMC hands disties licence to assemble VSPEX

EMC is opening up integration services to disties of the VSPEX line-up and plans to have training and accreditation sorted by next month.
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2012
Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia CEO: No shift from Windows Phone

Nokia's CEO has insisted the Finnish phone giant's future lies with Windows Phone and no other OS.
Tony Smith, 15 Aug 2012

All hard drive arrays will mutate into flashy faster hybrids

Blocks and FilesAll hard drive storage arrays will become flash hybrids, with non-volatile memory fitted internally or bolted on externally. These mutants will fight all-flash arrays with better data management and server flash cache integration.
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2012

YouTube video has NOT killed radio's star

Unfashionable and neglected, radio is still vital to how people discover music.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Aug 2012
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Apple's lone wolf approach to security will bite it in the rear

Open... and ShutApple may have minimal market share in desktop computers, but it has dominated the smartphone and tablet markets for years without any significant hacker exploits. Is Apple impervious to hackers, or is it just a matter of time before its luck runs out?
Matt Asay, 15 Aug 2012
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony evolves PlayStation Suite, makes Vita a PS3 controller

Sony has detailed plans for the evolution of PlayStation Suite, as well as announcing a Vita update that'll see the handheld become a PS3 controller.
Caleb Cox, 15 Aug 2012
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VMware lets you take vClouds out for a spin

VMware wants to make it easier for cloudy infrastructure builders to see how its vCloud stack of software runs their applications, but it doesn't want to be in the cloud business itself.

Text-and-drive teens ratted on by AT&T mobe tech

VidUS telco AT&T is urging staff and customers to pledge never to text and drive - and is willing to rat on teenagers that break that promise.
Bill Ray, 15 Aug 2012

Samsung to fight iPad with stylus, windows

Samsung today pledged to "completely redefine mobile computing" - by bringing back the peripheral we thought was lost, the stylus.
Tony Smith, 15 Aug 2012
Google Chrome OS–equipped Cr-48: apps

Google shifts more of Postini into Apps platform

The days of there being such a thing as a Postini reseller are numbered, as Google has announced yet more integration of the email and archiving group into the Chocolate Factory's Apps package.
Iain Thomson, 15 Aug 2012
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Rackspace rolls up OpenStack for private clouds

Amazon doesn't believe in private clouds, only public clouds and when you get down to it, only its own Amazon Web Services. Rackspace Hosting, which has supported other people's apps for a lot longer than AWS, believes in public clouds just as much as Amazon - enough to start the OpenStack cloud controller project and use the code in its own public cloud.
Microsoft's official image revealing that windows 8 will go on sale on october 26th 2012

First tranche of Windows 8 released via MSDN and TechNet

The first version of Windows 8 RTM code is now available those who have a MSDN or TechNet subscription.
Iain Thomson, 15 Aug 2012
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Speaking in Tech: The rock'n'roll lifestyle of VMware vNerds

Team Register, 15 Aug 2012
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HotLink extends SuperVisor virty control freak to EC2, CloudStack

HotLink, the startup server virtualization management tool maker that came out of stealth mode a year ago, is reaching out from private clouds into public clouds with a new product called HotLink Hybrid Express.

RIP Harry Harrison: Stainless Steel Rat scurries no more

ObituaryIt's been a bad summer for SF. In June, Ray Bradbury slipped the surly bonds of Earth, and now legendary icon Harry Harrison has passed away at age 87.
Iain Thomson, 15 Aug 2012
Broken CD with wrench

Buffett no longer Intel Inside

Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha and one of the world's richest men, has dumped his Intel stock, setting tongues a-wagging around the tech world that he might know something the rest of us don't.
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High tech toilets receive big prizes from Bill Gates

On Tuesday, Bill Gates devoted much of his day to the toilet.
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2012

Assange's fate to be revealed at high noon

Updated 1430 GMTEcuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño has reportedly told a press conference that Britain threatened to attack the nation’s London Embassy if it did not hand over WikiLeaker Julian Assange.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2012

Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout

The US Air Force’s ongoing attempt to develop a hypersonic scramjet has taken another hit, with its X-51A tester breaking up less than a minute into its 15 August test flight.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Aug 2012
Sony PlayStation 3DTV

New MPEG format paves the way for UHDTV

The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) has outlined a new video compression standard that will enable the broadcast and digital distribution of ultra high definition TV (UHDTV).
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2012

Cisco turns in solid June quarter

Networking giant and server upstart Cisco Systems hit the numbers between the eyes in its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 ended in June, growing profits faster than revenues.

HP to spin off webOS division as Gram stealth subsidiary

The Hewlett Packard global business division formerly known as Palm is in major upheaval yet again, as HP moves to spin off its webOS team into a new subsidiary, to be called Gram.
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2012
Polarisation used as a kind of steganography

DVD plus nano-rods equals security, density: researchers

Swinburne and Taiwanese researchers have demonstrated technology that can use a single laser beam to create 3D polarization in nanomaterials.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Aug 2012

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