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Apple patents situational awareness for oblivious fanbois

Maintaining an awareness of sensory cues in the vicinity has just been patented by Apple – for portable electronic devices, anyway.
Anna Leach, 27 Feb 2013
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Visa to devs: Please take contents of our wallet

Buying stuff online should be so fast and fun that it resembles the experience offered by first-person shooters, in which as soon as one acquires a tool it is possible to start using it.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2013

Adobe squashes TWO critical Flash vulnerabilities with emergency patches

Adobe published a critical Flash Player update on Tuesday to fix three exploits, two of which are under active attack by hackers.
Jack Clark, 27 Feb 2013

Revolution weaves predictive analytics into Hortonworks Hadoop

Revolution Analytics, the commercializer of the open source R statistical analysis programming language with proprietary extensions that are closed source, has come up with a bunch of ways to integrate the Hadoop big data muncher with R. And it is testing the integration of its R Enterprise ScaleR predicative algorithms in conjunction with Yahoo! spinoff Hortonworks, one of the big five – er, now six, including Intel – Hadoop disties.

Outsourcing your own job much more common than first thought

RSA 2013Computer programmers outsourcing their own jobs and pocketing the profit from salary differentials overseas is much more common than first thought.
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2013

Yet more world+dog patent suits, this time over encryption

A hitherto little-known company called Maz Technologies has taken aim at seven major vendors, filing lawsuits claiming that they infringe its security patents.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Feb 2013

Networks go over the top to meet the enemy

MWC 2013One of the things mobile network operators complain about most is how they have to invest in infrastructure while over the top (OTT) players are making all the money. So it takes a brave man to take part in a keynote when he’s one of those OTT pariahs. At the “Future of Communication” keynote that man was Talmon Marco, co-founder of Viber. He took to the stage with Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann, Ericsson boss Hans Vestberg and Suk-Chae Lee from Korea Telcom.
Simon Rockman, 27 Feb 2013

New social network is for DEAD PEOPLE

Not content with worming their way into every aspect of daily life, a new Indian social network has decided to do the same for the afterlife.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2013

World+Dog don't care about climate change, never have done

CommentSeventeen years of continuous surveys covering countries around the world show that people not only do not care about climate change today - understandably prioritising economic misery - they also did not care about climate change even back when times were good.
Lewis Page, 27 Feb 2013

Microwaves thrash fibre on speed... if you like two-nines uptime

“Time? They ain’t making any more of it, so you gotta get in and get out, or you’ll get your f*****g face ripped off,” screamed an old Chicago Merc floor trader at my grad school class during a field trip.
Dan Olds, 27 Feb 2013

Google: Our 'freedom of expression' should trump punters' privacy

Google has called on the EU's highest court to uphold its right to display links to published "valid legal material" in the face of calls from Spain's data protection authority to remove links on the grounds of privacy.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Feb 2013

EU web chief: Europe's slow on 4G, but 5G GLORY WILL BE OURS

MWC 2013A top Euro politician has urged Europeans to get cracking on rolling out 5G networks after falling behind Asia and America in adopting 4G.
Anna Leach, 27 Feb 2013
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Commvault disgorges ginormous flood of biz data-furtling software

One-trick software pony Commvault has finally pushed out a raft of updates with Simpana version 10.0 in the hopes of broadening its user base in the biz data backup, archive and search game.
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2013

Brit firm PinPlus flogs another password 'n' PIN killer

The inventor who co-founded visual PIN company GrIDsure has become involved with another pattern-based authentication start-up in the hopes that the shoulder-surfer proof technology could replace two-factor authentication.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2013

Wheeeee... CRUNCH: DDN pushes out monster Hadoop appliance for biz

Supercomputer storage firm DataDirect Networks (DDN) has brought out a scale-out Hadoop storage array, the hScaler, to both ingest and digest Big Data using Hadoop, combining compute and storage in one platform.
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2013

Veteran distie Northamber swings to loss, sales dive by 22%

LSE-listed Northamber blamed the economy and cost-cutting on the part of IT vendors for a massive slide in sales and the return to losses at the halfway stage in its fiscal 2013.
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2013

Nokia wants to build the Google of human behaviour - and share it

InterviewNokia has a radical strategy to outflank some of the world’s biggest technology companies, including Google, and it shared some of the details with El Reg in Barcelona this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Feb 2013

Google squishes login-bypass bug that opened door to hijackers

Google has patched a flaw that allowed attackers to circumvent the web giant's two-factor login system and hijack victims' accounts.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2013

PayPal founder sets up mobile payment service verified by FACEBOOK

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin has launched his new payments startup, Affirm, to fight it out in the rapidly expanding arena of mobile payments.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Feb 2013

Brit biz stops coked-up moist pocketstrokers ruining your pub lunch

MWC 2013Unlike digestive biscuits, mobile phones do not react well to being dunked. With perhaps this in mind, two companies at Mobile World Congress claim to have the best technologies for treating phones to make them waterproof.
Simon Rockman, 27 Feb 2013
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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

Product Round-upHow we all laughed when Samsung launched the Galaxy Note toward the end of 2011. Who could possibly want a phone with a 5.3-inch screen? It turned out rather a lot of people did, and the unqualified success of the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III and 5.6-inch Galaxy Note 2 proved that what many punters want is a phone with a really, really, really big screen. A tablet and phone in one, in other words.
Alun Taylor, 27 Feb 2013
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MasterCard tries to zap PayPal with own-brand mobe wallet

Walk into any of Apple’s 400 shops, pick up an accessory, boxed software or any one of the other items the Mac maker’s stylish emporia have out on shelves, and, if you have an Apple ID and an iPhone, you can buy the products you want without having to interact with one of the firm’s happy-clappy minions.
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2013

Investors fight off rivals to stuff money in Nexenta's pockets

It seems software-defined storage is the storage world's "cloud", and Nexenta is bang on trend. The ZFS storage array software firm's CEO, Evan Powell, is now stepping aside to become chief strategy officer in the wake of a fourth funding round of $24m, and investors must be hoping the appointment of a seasoned CEO will take the company forward to the hoped-for IPO.
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2013

It's the Peer 2.0: Martha Lane Fox now a crossbench baroness

"Dotcom dinosaur" and Whitehall's digerati darling Martha Lane Fox CBE has been made a crossbench peer in the House of Lords.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Feb 2013

iPhones, 'droids go to WAR: US soldiers invade TOP-SECRET cloud

Spooks and soldiers will get iPhones and Android kit after the top brass promised to open up its top-secret communication networks to handsets beyond BlackBerrys.
Anna Leach, 27 Feb 2013

Pro-Assad hackers break into AFP Photo wire Twitter feed

The Twitter feed of news agency AFP's photo department was hacked yesterday, apparently by supporters of embattled Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Feb 2013

APT1, that scary cyber-Cold War gang: Not even China's best

Shanghai hackers APT1 - outed this month in a high-profile report that linked them to the Chinese military - may not be China's top cyber-espionage team despite its moniker. Security experts say the team is more prolific than leet.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2013

Microsoft unwraps sysadmin-friendly Office 365 for biz update

One month after lifting the curtain on the updated version of its Office 365 subscription service for home users, Microsoft has officially launched the equivalent service for business customers with three new offers for small and midsized companies.
Neil McAllister, 27 Feb 2013
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AVG holds first Partner Advisory Council in Blighty

Small biz security specialist AVG has run its first Partner Advisory Council (PAC) in the UK after admitting it needs to brush up on channel comms, particularly in light of partners who are moving exclusively to the cloud.
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2013

EyeSight tries to please MWC crowd with touch-free fingering

MWC 2013Israeli gesture tech specialist EyeSight is in Barcelona demonstrating how one finger can take control of a phone, TV or computer without so much as a caress, using the already-present camera.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2013

Colombian boffins reconstruct flight path of Russian meteor

Astroboffins have figured out where the Chelaybinsk meteorite came from using the power of maths and videos shot by witnesses in Russia.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Feb 2013

Hey, software snobs: Hardware love can set your code free

CommentIn computing there are many, many different ways to run down other people’s work, not the least of which is: “OK, so they removed the bottleneck, but only by throwing faster hardware at it.”

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Ollie Henry, 27 Feb 2013

Anonymous leaks 'Bank of America secrets' in spy revenge hack

Miscreants affiliated with hacking collective Anonymous have dumped online a huge cache of data supposedly lifted from insecure systems at a Bank of America contractor.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2013

Judge bins Apple's plea to slash $368m FaceTime patent damages

Apple has lost a bid to reduce its $368m damages bill owed after its video-call service FaceTime infringed VirnetX's VPN patents.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Feb 2013

Rackspace swallows ObjectRocket for MongoDB smarts

If you are going to take on Amazon Web Services, like Rackspace Hosting is doing with its eponymous cloud, then you'll need a lot more than raw infrastructure services. Rackspace requires various platform services, and it also needs the expertise to run them.

cPanel: Reset your root passwords! Hackers broke into our system

Website administration firm cPanel has told The Reg that one of its proxy servers was hacked, potentially exposing customers' administrator-level passwords.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Feb 2013

Apprenda adds Java to its .Net PaaS

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider Apprenda has come up with a way to morph single-tenant Java applications into multi-tenant hydras without developers having to do much legwork.
Jack Clark, 27 Feb 2013

MiniDuke miscreants whip out old-school tricks to spy on world+dog

A new strain of malware designed to spy on multiple government entities and institutions across the world has been discovered by anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2013

Samsung Wallet slavishly copies inspired by Apple Passbook

MWC 2013Samsung has unveiled a developer preview of its upcoming Wallet app, and to say that it was inspired by Apple's iOS Passbook app may be a gross understatement.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Feb 2013

Spook-clouds ahoy! Panzura cloud storage cleared for restricted data

Panzura's global cloud-storage controller has been cleared to handle restricted data, which should make it easier for the US government to move to private clouds and get rid of IT staff.
Jack Clark, 27 Feb 2013

The server racket recovers from the Great Recession

Sales and shipments of servers are both approaching levels seen in the run-up ahead of the Great Recession in late 2007.

Sony lifts skirt on Firefox OS with developer ROM for Xperia E

The Mozilla Foundation doesn't expect the first phones running its Firefox OS to appear until this summer – and even then, only in select markets – but developers can start tinkering with the platform on real hardware today, thanks to Sony Mobile.
Neil McAllister, 27 Feb 2013
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Music industry raises NBN fears as legal digital sales take off

As Australians turn from freetards into digital music buyers, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) (IPFI) and Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) have responded by bleating that the National Broadband Network will destroy them unless the government revises copyright law in their favour.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Feb 2013

Apple, Facebook, Google: Same-sex marriage 'a business imperative'

UpdatedApple, Facebook, Intel, Google, Oracle, Cisco, Verizon, eBay, and Qualcomm are among at least 60 top US companies that will file a brief with the US Supreme Court in support of the plaintiffs in a case that seeks to invalidate as unconstitutional laws banning same-sex marriages.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Feb 2013

Canonical scraps in-person Ubuntu planning, heads for cloud

Ubuntu Linux maintainer Canonical has canceled its semiannual Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) conferences in favor of a new, more-frequent series of events to be conducted online only.
Neil McAllister, 27 Feb 2013
USA, Canada - which one is which?

'New' Canadian BlackBerry security scare emerged in 2011

Reports that Canada has just awakened to the perils of BlackBerry PIN-to-PIN messaging in government should be taken with a pinch of salt – the nation knew about the problem back in 2011.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2013

Vint Cerf: 'The internet of things needs to be locked down'

RSA 2013Device manufacturers who are sticking internet connections into everything from TVs to toasters need to lock down their systems with strong authentication, Google's chief internet evangelist Vint Cerf warned the RSA keynote audience.
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2013

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