Cisco to acquire services management firm SolveDirect
Cisco has announced plans to acquire SolveDirect as the company looks at adding more management tools to make it easier for businesses to manage multiple IT systems.
Curiosity out of safe mode, doing science again
NASA boffins have diagnosed and corrected the glitch that forced nuclear-powered, laser-packing space tank Curiosity to rely on its spare computer. The rover is now using the spare, but the “A” computer is once again ready for duty if required.
Transfield scores Sydney NBN build contract
Northern Territory partner Syntheo might be having trouble matching the pace demanded of it by NBN Co, but the builder of Australia's National Broadband Network is apparently satisfied with Transfield Services, announcing a new contract with the latter covering Sydney.
Sony joins iWear face-off
The battle to secure consumers' eyeballs with as-yet-unreleased products offering not-yet-defined capabilities is set to intensify with Sony filling patent applications for – go on, guess – wearable computers.
Mobile location data identifies individuals
One of the arguments in favour of anonymous mobile location tracking, nanely that it doesn't provide enough information to identify individuals, has been slapped down by a US-Belgian study. An anonymous trace of one phone's movements, plus a small amount of external data, can pick out one person out of millions.
Bill Gates offers big bucks for better condoms
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has rolled out a new project: a quest to find better condoms, with up to $1.1m for those who can come up with ideas that are a snug fit for some pressing problems.
CERN re-opens 'Animal Shelter for Computer Mice'
CERN has re-opened its “Animal Shelter for Computer Mice”, a place where CERN staff can take mice experiencing ill health and offers a warm and stimulating environment in which they can return to health.
US democracy activists lose case against Baidu and China
Chinese search giant Baidu has seen off a $US16m legal challenge from a group of pro-democracy supporters in New York
Security damn well IS a dirty word, actually
Sysadmin blogAn interesting feature popped up on Ars Technica recently; website journo Nate Anderson discusses how he learned to crack passwords.
Wireless charging on the Galaxy S4: Samsung goes VHS not Betamax
Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone will use the Qi wireless charging standard, putting Sammy in bed with the Consortium for Wireless Power despite its avowed commitment to the Alliance for Wireless Power it founded with Qualcomm.
Join us now for all the storage whispers: Heard about the XtremIO buy?
Silicon Valley ConfidentialThe Vulture has been busy listening on the storage beat to rumour, (s)innuendo, gossip and insider info, taking it from the best of sources and bringing it to you for entertainment, wonder and schadenfreude. None of this is verified or conformed by vendors but it does come from the very best of sources, top table folks.
No Skype traffic released to cops or spooks, insists Microsoft
AnalysisMicrosoft's Skype subsidiary didn't hand over any user content to law enforcement, according to the software giant's first ever report on how it deals with official requests for data.
Brocade's fat pipes a-singin' the Fibre Channel song
Brocade is singing its Fibre Channel song with renewed vigour - aiming to double speed, get OpenStack support, push on with 16gig products and try to render Virtual Instruments diagnostic gear redundant.
Voda: Brit kids will drown in TIDAL WAVE of FILTH - it's all Ofcom's fault
Vodafone UK reckons it will be strong-armed into sending smutty text messages to kids, thanks to a new proposal by Ofcom.
Whoops! Tiny bug in NetBSD 6.0 code ruins SSH crypto keys
The brains behind NetBSD have warned a bug in the open-source OS creates weak cryptographic keys that can be cracked by attackers. Users attempting to secure sensitive communications, such as SSH terminal connections, using the dodgy keys could be easily snooped on and their data decrypted.
iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close
AnalysisEducation in the USA has long been a stronghold of Apple, the venerable Apple II being cheap and tough enough to survive in that hostile environment, skool.
Inside Adastral: BT's Belgium-sized broadband boffinry base
Geek's Guide to BritainAdastral Park is BT’s global research and development centre, one of the world’s most pioneering centres of technology and telecommunications.
Roomba dust-bust bot bods one step closer to ROBOBUTLERS
GTC 2013We know that all of the objects in the picture below are chairs, right? But show this picture to a computer and see what happens. Getting computers to recognise generic objects is a hugely difficult task that’s complicated by variations of the same object (club chairs vs. office chairs vs. folding chairs) and by other objects in the computer’s field of view that can confuse the machine.
The battle for control at the firm that brought SSD to the enterprise
AnalysisIt's a narrow line to have to tread and STEC chairman Kevin Daly has not kept to it in his response to the nasty letter from hedge fund Balch Hill calling for STEC CEO Mark Moshayedi's head and a new set of directors for mismanagement of STEC since the EMC OEM deal glory years.
Fortinet nabs wily Coyote and its slice of security appliance cake
Network security firm Fortinet has agreed to to acquire application delivery, load balancing and acceleration firm Coyote Point Systems. Financial terms of the deal, structured as a merged and announced on Friday, were not disclosed.
Google turns South African schools into White Spaces
Google has connected up ten Cape Town schools using unlicensed White Space radio spectrum, hoping to drive legislation permitting broader use of the technology in South Africa and the world.
Experts doubt Anonymous Mossad spy outing claims are kosher
Hacktivists claim to have published leaked data on more than 30,000 Israeli officials, including members of Israel's Mossad secret service agency.
BT scores £146 meellion more UK.gov cash to fibre up Balamory
BT is the only company still bidding for Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) government funds after Fujitsu officially walked away from the process last week: unsurprisingly the national telco has won another fibre contract.
Are you in charge of a lot of biz computers? Got Java on them?
Java security vulnerabilities - exploited to hack Apple and Facebook this month - are rife across business computers worldwide, according to new research.
'End the commercial-in-confidence CROOKS' CHARTER', gov told
Secrecy in public sector contracts must be removed if government is to ever put an end to freeloading by suppliers at the taxpayers' expense, parliamentarians have been told.
Angry commentard mobs to feel Facebook jackboot in site tweak
Facebook has tweaked how comments are displayed on the free-content advertising network by allowing it to effectively filter out irrelevant or possibly abusive replies on a Page.
Rivals may form alliance against Michael D in struggle for Dell
Hefty Dell investors Icahn Enterprises and Blackstone Group LP may join forces to clothesline the eponymous Michael and his consortium bidding to take the PC maker private again.
Dragon capsule makes fiery entrance, safe splashdown
The second Dragon capsule to visit the International Space Station has landed safely in the Pacific around 250 miles off the California coast and has been picked up by the SpaceX rescue ship.
Oracle's new T5 Sparcs boost scalability in chip and chassis
Oracle is launching its much-awaited Sparc T5 processors for entry and midrange servers, along with Sparc M5 processors to effectively replace the iron it currently resells from server and chip partner Fujitsu.
Business intelligence startup tarts up Hadoop for managers
For the world's most lauded open source data platform, Hadoop is remarkably difficult to use, so Tuesday brings another company slinging a tool that entices managers and analysts into fiddling with the elephant.
Foundry Networks CIO charged in $29m insider trading scam
The chief information officer of Foundry Networks, along with two other alleged perps, has been charged with both civil and criminal charges stemming from insider trading during the $3bn buyout of the company by Brocade in 2008.
T-Mobile US announces 'no BS' rate plans, iPhones, LTE
Third-ranked US wireless carrier T-Mobile has announced a radical restructuring of its rate plans that includes the elimination of annual contracts, in a move that CEO John Legere says is designed to address consumer frustration.
Slime mould mashup models fiendish computing problem
A pair of English researchers have offered up a “virtual slime mould” as a technique for one of mathematics' – and computer science's – classic problems, the travelling salesman problem.
Ellison aims his first Oracle 'mainframe' at Big Blue
Larry Ellison has launched the first mainframe-class machine that he can correctly say he made sure came to market, and now he is going to take a run at IBM's mainframe and Unix server businesses.