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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't delete that email! Why you must keep biz docs for 6 YEARS
CommentCompanies 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Apps are replacing people everywhere', says Canalys chief
Channel ForumsForget 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.
'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.
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.
VMware crams more cloudy calories in vCloud Suite's cakehole
VMworld EuropeVMware'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.
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.
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.
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.
'It's not a post-PC world: Just a post Windows one, maybe'
Channels ForumChannel watchers Canalys celebrated the launch of Windows 8 this month by declaring we are now in the "post Windows" era.
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.
Edge-of-space skydiver grounded by ANOTHER bout of bad wind
UpdatedSkydiving 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.
Integrated storage hardware is DEAD, software firm says
VMworldNexenta, 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.
STONEHENGE: Attack of the RAYGUN HISTORIANS
Laser-toting historians have found that Stonehenge was architecturally rigged to show off the solstices.
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.
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.
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.
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.