Visual Studio 2012 arrives in MSDN downloads
Hot on the heels of the release of the Windows 8 RTM bits, Microsoft has made the final versions of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 available for download for developers who can't wait to get started with the new OS.
Cray to plug Kepler GPUs into future Cascade supers
Cray's next-generation "Cascade" supercomputer is based on a future Intel "Ivy Bridge" Xeon processors, and the company has just taken $140m from Chipzilla in exchange for the intellectual property and people associated with its "Gemini" and "Aries" supercomputer interconnects. So it was no surprise that Cray talked about using Intel's Xeon Phi x86 coprocessors in the future Cascade machines, which lash tens of thousands of those future Xeons together using the Aries interconnect.
There's money in smarts for dumb phones
Australian mobile app platform developer BiNU has captured the interest and US$2 million in funding from Eric Schmidt’s investment vehicle TomorrowVentures, former Seek founder and serial entrepreneur Paul Bassat and a number of US private investors.
Boffins say Vodka Red Bulls make you sensible
Knock back a Vodka Red Bull or three this Friday night and your may experience irritability, heart palpitations and find it hard to get to sleep.
APAC CIOs told to take the gloves off
Asia Pacific CIOs had better brush up their combat skills because they’ll need to “hyper compete” in 2013 if they want to attract the best staff and innovate their way to success, according to analyst IDC.
US appeal dismissed in Dotcom case
BREAKINGThe USA has suffered another rebuff in its attempts to extradite Kim Dotcom, with Judge Winkelmann of the High Court of New Zealand upholding a previous disclosure order made by Judge David Harvey.
Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review
There comes a time in every Doctor Who nerd's life when he or she realises that all the money spent on merchandise and tat was wasted. How many Dalek and Tardis toys do you need sitting on your shelves, demanding to be dusted? Are you really going to read through all the scripts from the 2005 season, complete with RTD's annotations – especially when you have the DVDs too? And no, you are never going to fit into those 1970s Marks & Spencer Tom Baker Y-fronts again.
Surfing far too tedious or terrifying, say Northern Irish women
Women in Northern Ireland are the least likely of all UK adults to have surfed the net, according to new stats on web usage in Blighty.
Bitcoinica sued for $460,000 by 'out-of-pocket' punters
The operators of a website that earlier this year reported that a hacker had stolen units of virtual currency worth hundreds of thousands of pounds are being sued by four users that claim to be owed more than $460,000.
Sugar daddies bung Pure Storage $40m for Euro blitz
Flash array startup Pure Storage has pocketed a $40m (£25.5m) cash injection to fund international expansion, build sales and marketing, and boost lead-generation activities.
Deadly domino effect of extinction proved by boffins
Boffins have proved a theory for the first time that the extinction of one animal has a domino effect on other species.
LG adds Dixons' Knowhow to net-connectable tellies
We're not sure it's a reason to buy an LG smart TV specifically, but if you're eyeing up such a set, the addition of Dixons' Knowhow Movies video-on-demand service to said tellies may sweeten the deal.
Biz chucks millions at anti-malware, but ignores shoulder surfers
Users who are otherwise careful to protect their information often fail to protect confidential information they display on computer screens from shoulder surfers.
Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow
ReviewMicrosoft's Windows 8 is now in the hands of developers and IT administrators subscribed to MSDN or TechNet. They are the first people other than close partners and fearless torrenters to try the final code.
Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on
A gripe site for people who claim high street opticians Optical Express “ruined” their eyesight with botched LASIK surgery has been allowed to remain online, after a cybersquatting panel ruled that the owner has the right to free speech.
Why gov labs presenting HPC tech ≠ officials wolfing overpriced sushi
HPC blogOur buddy Rich Brueckner over at insideHPC broke some news this week when he published a story about new conference and travel spending restrictions that might radically scale back US government agency participation in HPC industry events like the upcoming SC12 conference in Salt Lake City this November.
Three extends data use with Sim-only tariff tweak
Three has refreshed its Sim-only pay-monthly contracts, with voice, text and data bundles starting from £6.90 per month and all-you-can-eat plans priced from £12.90.
Cabinet Office faces SME supplier backlash over Cloud Store
The Cabinet Office reckons three-quarters of the contracts dished out on public sector IT services catalogue Cloud Store have gone to SMEs.
Judge begs Apple, Samsung to get a room, or trial will end in tears
Judge Lucy Koh has urged Apple and Samsung to kiss and make up, and end their bitter legal battles.
Nokia hails hacks for New York Lumia WinPho gig
Nokia and Microsoft have begun inviting hacks to a New York event scheduled for Wednesday, 5 September, the same day the Finnish phone giant's annual shindig, Nokia World, kicks of in Helsinki.
Undead galaxy cluster spews 700 zombie baby stars A YEAR
Astroboffins have spotted a galaxy cluster that's breaking all the cosmic rules, including coming back to life to spawn stars at an enormous rate.
RIM ramps up resolutions for BB10 range
Research in Motion announced display resolutions for its upcoming BlackBerry 10 models this week, allowing developers to crack on immediately with app development.
Apple seeks cable connection for set-top box
Apple is in talks with US cable TV companies about licensing the technology it would need to feed their services in through the back of its Apple TV set-top box.
Tech hacks should admit taking corporate coin, but don't start a witch hunt
Sysadmin blogJudge Alsup has required Google and Oracle to divulge a list of their paid shills - the bloggers and journos they've paid to comment on their copyright court showdown. This sets a major precedent, the consequences of which could echo throughout tech journalism. While there is a lot of blitting in the back buffers over this, I can't help but feel a lot like an outsider looking in.
Oracle plans to join Java hardware speed party
Following in the footsteps of Microsoft, Mozilla, Google and Apple, Oracle is now turning to hardware acceleration to speed up Java by harnessing the emerging potential of the GPU.
CEO: NetApp revenues falling, but 'we aren't in a clampdown'
The brakes went on NetApp sales in its latest quarter with no growth and profits more than halved, but it is not seeing a downturn which could lead to potential restructuring.
Yang, bam, thank you ma'am: Lenovo supremo wallops rival biz
Chinese PC juggernaut Lenovo showed no signs of the wheels coming off its sales: its fiscal Q1 turnover jumped more than a third and profit growth wasn't far behind.
Did Mitt Romney really get 117,000 REAL Twitter followers in ONE DAY?
A network of developers and merchants has grown to service the market for fake Twitter followers.
Sony opens cover on latest e-Reader
Sony has updated its Reader e-book gadget, a revised version of last year's model with added 'advertise for publishers for free' social networking functionality to encourage Facebook chums to buy books.
RamSan flash cram: IBM snaps up Texas Memory Systems
IBM is buying Texas Memory Systems, the supplier of RamSan solid state memory arrays and PCIe cards, for an undisclosed sum. The deal could set off a feeding frenzy as system-makers buy up flash companies.
Sony claims PSN attack is a hoax not a hack
Sony has denied claims allegedly made by Anonymous that the hactivist group breached the PlayStation Network and stole over 10m account details, despite nearly 3000 credentials being posted online as apparent proof.
Virgin Media SuperHub 'upgrade' hangs up on IP phone punters
Users of Virgin Media's top-of-the-range SuperHub kit have been peeved to find that the router-modem is blocking incoming calls to their internet phones. And looks like some firmware is to blame.
Experts argue over whether shallow DNS gene pool hurts web infrastructure
Experts are split over whether a lack of 'genetic diversity' in the (Domain Name System) DNS infrastructure is leaving the internet at greater risk of attacks.
Facebook shares hit all-time low
Facebook shares hit an all-time low in early trading today as the lock-out period ended for inside investors, freeing them to offload 270 million shares.
Ofcom: 4G won't knock out granny's personal alarm
Ofcom has been looking at how 4G networks will interfere with the short-range devices next door, and concludes that LTE handsets haven't the power or capacity to generate significant interference.
Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges
Wikileaker Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by Ecuador.
Tokyo U gets second FX10 Sparc supercomputer
The University of Tokyo has gone back to Fujitsu for a second helping of K supercomputer.
Tegile adds dash of disk to flash, hopes to taste cash
Tegile has tossed out two more flash-boosted storage arrays into the market, chasing the hybrid dream that flash and disk is better than flash alone because you get cheap capacity and solid state speed.
Saudi oil giant seals off network after mystery malware attack
Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) shut down its computer network on Wednesday in response to a serious computer virus infection. The state-owned firm said the computer security incident is having no effect on oil production.
Best Buy, Target, Walmart, others to take on Google Wallet
In a move that opens a new front in the ongoing bricks-and-mortar versus e-commerce struggle, a group of fifteen major retailers have joined forces to develop a new mobile payment system to challenge Google Wallet.
Google splashes out the cash for cunning cracks
Google's increasing the financial incentives for reporting vulnerabilities with an upgraded bug bounty scheme and a $2m purse for its latest Pwnium Chrome hacking contest, to be held in October.
Apple lawyer: 'I promise I am not smoking crack'
Judge Lucy Koh has grown increasingly irritated with lawyers on both sides of the ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung, but she hit a new boiling point on Thursday when Apple presented her a 75-page list of potential rebuttal witnesses for the four hours it has remaining in the trial.
Oracle pays off SEC to settle Indian channel bribery claims
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has agreed to settle an outstanding action over inducements paid by Oracle India to secure government contracts.
In the burbs, elections remain an offline affair
As the US Presidential elections get closer the business end of proceedings, technology-watchers know they will soon see all sorts of stories about how technology is pressed into service to win votes. We expect apps galore, tweets by the cloud-load and more abuses of the term “Big Data” than anyone should be forced to endure.
Tridium patches control systems bug after a year
More than 300,000 automation systems – covering lighting control, building automation and security, heating and air conditioning and more – need patching after a slew of vulnerabilities in the Tridium Niagara AX went public thanks to an ISC-CERT advisory.
Chinese man blows off hands, builds new pair
Plucky Chinese gent Sun Jifa showed the world exactly what persistence, and a rudimentary knowledge of welding and prosthetics, can do when it emerged this week that he built his own bionic hands after accidentally blowing the originals off.
iiNet’s happy dance
The high points are easy: iiNet’s profit is up by 11 percent, the company is claiming 15 percent of the broadband market in Australia, and its revenue is well over the $AU800 million mark.
British boffin builds cool maser after argument with wife
VidAn obscure Japanese research paper, some second-hand equipment on eBay, and a British scientist's argument with his wife have become the catalysts for creating the world's first room-temperature microwave laser. It's also around 100 million times more powerful than current models.