Redmond to skip Patch Tuesday for Windows Store apps
Microsoft has announced that it will ship fixes and updates for the Windows Store apps that come bundled with Windows 8 and Windows RT as soon as they are available, rather than issuing them in batches as it does for the rest of Windows.
VMware NSX mashes up Nicira and homegrown network virt
Having let go of its aspirations to be a player higher up in the systems stack – now that application frameworks, caching software, and other elements of the business have been shuffled off to the new Pivotal group established by parent EMC – VMware is doubling down in the virtualization business, and its top brass were banging the software-defined data center (SDDC) drum pretty loudly down at its analyst meeting on Wall Street this morning. They also talked a bit about what VMware is going to do with network virtualizer Nicira, which it bought last summer for a whopping $1.26bn.
US national vulnerability database hacked
The US government's online catalog of cyber-vulnerabilities has been taken offline – ironically, due to a software vulnerability.
Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'
UpdateGoogle is killing off Reader, its web-based RSS reading service, as part of its latest round of culling little-used or unprofitable products. A spring clean, if you will.
Micro-drum acts as quantum memory
Memory is one of the difficult bits of quantum computing. For example, while the polarisation of a photon encodes a quantum state, it's very difficult to get photons to stay where they're put.
Fake fingers fool Brazilian biometrics
Doctors at Ferraz de Vasconcelos hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, have reportedly fabricated fake fingers to fool biometric scanners.
Euro satellite ‘heard’ Japanese megaquake in SPACE
The European Space Agency (ESA) is claiming a world first after releasing evidence that its GOCE gravity satellite picked up sound waves produced by the Sendai earthquake of March 2011.
Plucky Swede glides spaceplane to Earth from edge of stratosphere
Pics+VidThe Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team would like to raise a pint or two today to David Windestål - a Swedish radio-controlled aircraft enthusiast who recently pulled off an impressive "Space Glider" flight from a dizzying 33,000m.
Groupon deal spam slapped by Australian regulator
Groupon's troubles just got a little deeper and more widespread, after Australia's Communications and Media Authority (which likes to be called 'the ACMA') issued a “formal warning” that the floundering group buying outfit needs to get its email house in order.
Blue Coat, Skype and QQ named despots' best friends
Blue Coat Systems, Microsoft’s Skype and Chinese IM service QQ have all helped repressive states labelled "enemies of the internet" to snoop on their citizens, according to a new cyber censorship report from press freedom group Reporters Without Borders.
Flashman and the Mountain of Disk
MusingsFlash, flash and more flash seems to be the order of the day from all vendors; whether that is flash today or flash tomorrow; whether it’s half-baked, yesterday’s left-overs rehashed or an amuse-bouche; 2013 is all about the flash.
Bromium launches security-through-virtualisation tech in the UK
Bromium has arrived as a sales force in the UK market with its strategy for making desktop computers secure using virtualisation technology.
Applications to run more white-space Local TV stations invited
Ofcom is looking for more aspiring telly barons, with another 28 Local TV franchises up for grabs along with the two that no-one wanted last time around.
What's most important? Bandwidth over kilo-miles, or milli-watts?
AT&T boffins reckon they can fling 400Gb/sec down 12,000km of fibre using a new modulation technique. Meanwhile, IBM's bods say they managed 25Gb/sec over just a few millimetres - but using just 24 milliwatts.
Bye-bye Telinco - death warrant finally issued by TalkTalk
ExclusiveAn eight-week notice of the final end has been issued to any remaining customers of ancient ISP Telinco by its owner TalkTalk - which inherited the mail and hosting servers after it bought Tiscali in 2009.
These mobile devices just aren't going away. What'll we do, Trevor?
Mobile Device Management (MDM) has become an important sector of the IT industry, but is also something of a moving target.
Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi
FeatureThere was an article a while back, in Scientific American I think, that posed the question: given a super-powerful computer, with infinite computing power shoe-horned into a coke can, what would you do with it?*
BT pockets more gov broadband millions. This time: Lincolnshire
BT has inked a deal to roll out fibre broadband in Lincolnshire, scooping up yet more cash from the British government.
Attention, CIOs: Stop outsourcing or YOU will never retire
Walk down the hall. Look into the IT room. How old are the people in there? How are they getting on? Or are they just getting on? Would you trust them to keep the server lights on in a couple of years? Is there anybody actually in there at all?
Scality commits to Big Data, puts a RING on Hadoop elephant
Object storage start-up Scality has added its storage to Hadoop so users can avoid loading data through Hadoop's own file system. It has also unveiled a plug-in for Cinder, the block storage layer within the OpenStack project.
HOT SWEATY RACKS blamed for Outlook.com, Hotmail MELTDOWN
Microsoft has admitted a dodgy firmware upgrade cooked its servers and knocked its Hotmail and Outlook.com email services offline for 16 hours.
AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play
Google has zapped the Android app version of AdBlock Plus from its Play store.
Antique Code ShowThere’s a prevalent feeling throughout the whole of SimCity 4 that this is the game that Will Wright and Maxis would have liked to have made from day one. That is if graphics technology and PC hardware had been up to the task when the original SimCity was in development.
Oracle pinches Nirvanix's marketing VP
Oracle has lured Steve Zivanic away from his marketing VP position at enterprise cloud startup Nirvanix. He joins the technology juggernaut as a VP in its Storage Hardware Systems Business Group - home to the Exastuff stuff and storage arrays.
Software seer shows companies path to cheaper databases
Anticipating where bottlenecks are going to develop in a live database has been one of the most bankable skills any self-respecting database administrator can have, yet researchers may now have figured out a set of algorithms that can do this automatically.
Copper load of that: Ofcom claims HUGE jump in 'average' broadband speed
Britain's communication watchdog claimed today that "average" broadband speeds had "doubled" in the space of two years.
We shall CRUSH you, puny ROBOT... with CHESS
An online forum is using chess puzzles as CAPTCHAs rather than the more traditional challenge-response tests which ask the user to identify distorted text.
Freeview telly channels face £240m-A-YEAR shakedown by Ofcom
Freeview broadcasters in the UK face annual fees that could add £240m a year to Blighty's coffers by 2020.
And for BlackBerry's next trick: Sawing Android, iOS IN HALF
BlackBerry has built software to split apps and files on Android and iOS phones into so-called "Secure Work Spaces" to prevent workers from mixing business with pleasure.
$1.5k per complaint. Up to 1,900 gTLDs. Brand owners, prepare to PAY
Brand owners may face a costly battle to fight 'typosquatters' under a new top-level domain regime, an expert has warned.
First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING
Samsung's new Galaxy S4 smartphone isn't being launched until 2300 GMT today - but the first review is already online with technical specifications and videos of it in action.
EMEA server market struggles to find its footing
The austerity in Europe over the past several years is taking its toll on the server makers of the world and the companies in the region that most assuredly would love to be spending lots of dough on new software projects and the iron to support it. But they're not – and it's not just Western Europe that's putting a drag on the overall market
Google sidelines Maps bloke, shifts him from 'A' to 'X'
Google has reportedly drop-kicked its mapping and commerce chief Jeff Huber into Sergey Brin's vanity project 'X' unit.
Downed US vuln catalog infected for at least TWO MONTHS
Adobe's ColdFusion web development software is to blame for the downtime of the US Government's National Vulnerability Database.
Aaron Swartz prosecutor accused of 'professional misconduct'
The legal team acting for now-deceased internet activist Aaron Swartz has filed an official complaint with the Department of Justice alleging two counts of professional misconduct by Assistant US Attorney Stephen Heymann in his handling of the case.
Apple's marketing honcho Schiller attacks Android, Samsung
When a company says that it's not worried about a competitor, it's a safe bet that it's worried about a competitor. And when that company is the notoriously close-mouthed Apple and its competitor, Samsung, is about to release a new version of its successful Galaxy S smartphone, you can double-down on that bet.
OpenSUSE 12.3 ships, project back on track
Following a shorter-than-usual development cycle, the popular openSUSE Linux distribution has released openSUSE 12.3, bringing a host of updates and improvements for the desktop, servers, and the cloud.
Netflix cracks wallet to spur open source cloud development
Netflix wants its open source software to become the preferred platform for massive cloud-based applications, so it has launched a cash-conferring contest to generate developer enthusiasm for its technology.
New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083
A company spun off from MIT is claiming it has cracked the holy grail of nuclear technology: a reactor design that runs on materials the industry currently discards as waste and which could meet all of the world's power demands for the next 70 years. It's also "walk-away safe," the designers claim, making it immune to the kind of meltdown that destroyed the Fukushima reactors.
Foxtel cries wolf at the threat of fast broadband
Foxtel Australia boss Richard Freudenstein has picked up the IPFI megaphone and asked Australia's federal government to protect his business model from the rampant piracy that will doubtless emerge from the rollout of the National Broadband Network.
Modder hacks SimCity for unlimited offline play
A server glitch that rendered the latest version of SimCity virtually unplayable mere hours after its launch could have easily been avoided, players say – because contrary to its publisher's claims, the game doesn't actually require network access at all.