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Surprise! Microsoft patches latest IE10 Flash vulns on time

Microsoft surprised Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 users on Monday by issuing a patch that fixes 25 security vulnerabilities found in the Adobe Flash Player component of Internet Explorer 10, mere hours after Adobe issued its own patch for the Flash Player plug-in used by other browsers.
Neil McAllister, 09 Oct 2012

USAF declassifies ‘flying saucer’ design

If it had ever got off the ground, the US Air Force’s 1950s flying saucer would have gone a long way off the ground: all the way to 100,000 feet.
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HP doubles up SAP hard-hearted HANA appliances

Everybody – especially server makers without much of a software business – wants to peddle SAP HANA in-memory databases, and HP is no exception: they're taking its AppSystem for SAP up another notch with a disaster-tolerant configuration for supporting HANA.
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iOS 6 Alarms bug hits Australia

An iOS 6 bug that added an extra instance of 3:00AM and 3:00PM to Australians' iDevices seems not to be something users in other nations need to worry about.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2012
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Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike

A hundred million years ago, an amber flow spoiled a spider’s day: it had waited, possibly for hours, to ambush a wasp in its web, and just as it decided to strike, spider, wasp and web were all trapped forever.
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AMD unveils 'sweet spot' processor for 'sexy' tablets

AMD has released its new Z-60 microprocessor – called in company parlance an APU, for accelerated processing unit – which it aims to squeeze into the Windows 8 tablet market above Intel's Atom line and below Chipzilla's lowest-power Core processor, the i3.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Oct 2012

Patent troll targets ZTE

Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE was hit with more bad news on Monday when intellectual property firm Vringo announced it was suing the firm’s UK subsidiary over patent infringement.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Oct 2012

NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson expects toothbrush commerce

Toothbrushes will go online and encourage you to buy new ones once their bristles wear out, according to Zach Nelson, CEO of software-as-a-service outfit NetSuite.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2012
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Pakistan blocks 20,000 sites in wake of anti-Islam vid

Pakistani authorities have revealed that a whopping 20,000 web sites have been taken offline as part of a nationwide crackdown on “objectionable” content.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Oct 2012
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New Zealand issues Hobbit money

New Zealand has issued coins, all legal tender, marked with ElvenDwarven runes and bearing images of scenes and characters from the new Hobbit film trilogy.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2012
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Huawei says US probe had 'predetermined outcome'

Huawei has hit back at the US Congress'House intelligence Committee report labelling it a business US companies should avoid if they value their privacy and security.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2012
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Borderlands 2 review

Loot and shoot, shoot and loot: Borderlands 2 in a proverbial nutshell. Thank goodness then that it’s looting and shooting of the highest order, as another intrepid gang of vault hunters get tooled up and head into the wastelands, with the lure of untold wealth at the forefront of their minds.
Mike Plant, 09 Oct 2012

IBM wrestles controls, pulls midrange array sales out of death dive

IBM's move away from legacy DS3000/5000 storage arrays to newer XIV and StorWize midrange arrays is paying off with growing sales.
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2012
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Don't delete that email! Why you must keep biz docs for 6 YEARS

Comment Companies should retain project emails and documents in a central repository for more than six years before considering deleting the information, an expert in resolving IT disputes has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Oct 2012

Citrix XenServer 6.1 fires live VMs from cannon across servers

Citrix Systems is still in the server virtualization hypervisor racket, although it doesn't make as much noise about it as it used to. The company has released XenServer 6.1 with a bunch of new features that make it competitive with VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V, which is good for existing Xen customers but probably will not change the competitive landscape very much.
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HTC profits lobbed off a cliff by rivals Samsung and Apple

Troubled Taiwanese mobe maker HTC suffered another body blow on Monday as it announced a whopping 79 per cent drop in Q3 net profits year on year.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Oct 2012
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Face-recognising spy drone tech tapped up by... Quantum

Quantum's StorNext file system could be used in the hunt for terrorist suspects in the near future. The storage giant has invested in video search tech biz NerVve so images and footage - such as material recorded from military surveillance drones - can be indexed and retrieved from StorNext vaults.
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2012

Rover spots 'possibly artificial' MYSTERY SHINY OBJECT on Mars

Martian nuclear tank Curiosity has spotted a bright metallic-looking object sparkling on the planet's surface as it went in for its first soil sample, which could be a piece of the robot rover itself.

SpaceX Falcon 9 flameout leaves commercial satellite in wrong orbit

The Falcon 9 rocket from upstart rocket firm SpaceX, which lifted off yesterday with supplies for the International Space Station, will deliver those supplies successfully following loss of an engine during launch. However a commercial satellite which was also aboard the rocket has been placed into a lower orbit than planned as a result of the mishap.
Lewis Page, 09 Oct 2012

New British tax-cuts-for-patents scheme criticised

A new tax cut tied to the number of patents a business owns could lead to a wave of trivial patents being filed, favour big businesses over small businesses, and distort research priorities, speakers at the London Patent Summit warned today.
Anna Leach, 09 Oct 2012
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Campaigners roll out political-correctness Voight-Kampff CAPTCHAs

Politically correct security experts have come up with a Voight-Kampff version of CAPTCHAs, the popular but sometimes irritating challenges designed to make sure that a human and not a bot is behind a request to sign-up for an online service or post a comment on an online forum.
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2012
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O2 flogs logs of mobe locations to anyone with a wallet

Telefonica, the owner of the O2 brand, has set up a new division to exploit its massive heap of customer data. This means selling punters' movement patterns and the number of people ambling through a particular spot to anyone with the cash.
Bill Ray, 09 Oct 2012
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That horrendous iPhone empurplement - you're holding it wrong

ALL iPhones put a purple flare on photos they take, Apple has admitted, but only if they are held incorrectly.
Anna Leach, 09 Oct 2012

'Apps are replacing people everywhere', says Canalys chief

Channel Forums Forget the recession - the reseller channel is in rude heath and there are a raft of biz opportunities coming into sharp focus, according to the chief at bean counter Canalys.
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2012
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'Small' upheaval at McAfee, not many fired

Intel-owned security firm McAfee is planning to lay off some of its 7,000-strong global workforce, a company spokesman in the US has said.

HP: PC industry has forgotten how to innovate

HP told a meeting of dealers and distributors today that the PC industry has itself to blame for a lack of growth over the last five years due to a paucity of innovation.
Joe Fay, 09 Oct 2012

Red Hatters seal chumship with Zend on OpenShift PHP cloud

Red Hat is still only previewing its OpenShift platform cloud, and one of the reasons why is because it had not yet inked a deal with Zend Technologies, the commercial entity that is to the PHP programming language as Linux Torvalds and Red Hat together are to the Linux operating system.
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VMware crams more cloudy calories in vCloud Suite's cakehole

VMworld Europe VMware's vCloud Suite is not even two months old and just started shipping a month ago - yet the virtualisation titan is already stuffing more wares into its cloudy tool suite, which does not have the vRAM memory tax but rather simple per-socket pricing.
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iPad Mini pics spied on Twitter

We don’t who Sonny Dickson is - a “tech enthusiast” and “9to5Mac researcher”, apparently - but he’s just posted a small set of iPad Mini pictures on his Twitter feed.
Hard Reg, 09 Oct 2012
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BT Infinity customers hit by outages at 'third party peering network'

BT Infinity customers have been complaining about peering issues that have prevented some of them from accessing popular websites for nearly five days.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Oct 2012
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Natwest's Get Cash app pulled, but NOTHING to do with frauds

Natwest has pulled a feature on its banking app that lets users get cash without a bank card. The removal of "Get Cash" from the app comes two days after reports that a fraudster used the feature to "get cash" - from another person's account.
Anna Leach, 09 Oct 2012

'It's not a post-PC world: Just a post Windows one, maybe'

Channels Forum Channel watchers Canalys celebrated the launch of Windows 8 this month by declaring we are now in the "post Windows" era.
Joe Fay, 09 Oct 2012
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Google finds MORE slurped Street View data down under

The Australian wing of Google has found yet more disks containing slurped payload data - including emails and passwords - its Street View spycars gobbled from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks across the globe.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Oct 2012
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Edge-of-space skydiver grounded by ANOTHER bout of bad wind

Updated Skydiving Felix Baumgartner, his mind filled with dreams of reaching supersonic speeds in the highest-ever free fall attempted by a human being... is still sitting in the desert twiddling his thumbs.
Anna Leach, 09 Oct 2012
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

Integrated storage hardware is DEAD, software firm says

VMworld Nexenta, the ZFS-based storage software company, is successfully avoiding becoming a storage hardware supplier - although that could make life easier. But it believes hardware storage companies are doomed in the long run.
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2012
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Laser-toting historians have found that Stonehenge was architecturally rigged to show off the solstices.
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Quantum computer boffin 'had to sit down' on getting Nobel Prize call

The Nobel Prize for physics has gone to French and US boffins for their work quantum manipulation.
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ARM upstart Calxeda pours $55m into server chip war chest

ARM chip upstart Calxeda is lining its coffers as it prepares to do battle with its 32-bit EnergyCore ECX-1000 processors, and two more cores in its roadmap, to conquer some corner of the server world.
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ZTE slams Congress spying claims, doubles down on sales ban

ZTE has defended itself against claims that its hardware is a security risk and has suggested that if Congress is that concerned, it should recommend not buying any Chinese-manufactured equipment, which would include tech sold by Western companies who have outsourced their manufacturing.
Iain Thomson, 09 Oct 2012
Where the wave energy is in Australia

Mobile phone downloads now a blip on the radar: ABS

Downloads to handsets are growing fast in Australia – albeit off a tiny base – but still failing to make a dent in the Great Australian Fixed Broadband Data Slurp.

Judge goes postal on Kim Dotcom extradition appeal

Kim Dotcom’s attempts to escape US prosecution on the grounds that his company Megaupload was not based in the country has been thrown out of US District Court.

MIT team sketches nanotubes with special pencil

Researchers from MIT have demonstrated a technique that allows them to draw a line of carbon nanotubes – with a mechanical pencil.

Kernel crimps make Windows 8 a hacker hassle

Windows 8 will make hackers' lives hard, says Windows internals expert, security researcher and co-author of Apple's iOS and the open source Windows XP clone ReactOS, Alex Ionescu.
Patrick Gray, 09 Oct 2012