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Chemical-dipped TRANSPARENT BRAINS bare all for science

A team of neuroboffins at Stanford University have a developed a chemical process that can render grey matter transparent, a trick they say will fundamentally change our scientific understanding of the brain.
Neil McAllister, 11 Apr 2013
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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

A presentation at the Hack In The Box security summit in Amsterdam has demonstrated that it's possible to take control of aircraft flight systems and communications using an Android smartphone and some specialized attack code.
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2013
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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

Virtual currency Bitcoin lost $100 in value relative to the US dollar on Wednesday due to panic selling by its devotees.
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2013
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Planes in thunderstorms cop gamma ray bursts

It's long been known that flying exposes people to more cosmic rays than land-lubbers, but new research suggests another source of airborne irradiation: high-energy “dark lightning” that gives rise to gamma radiation.
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SSH an ill-managed mess says SSH author Tatu Ylonen

Tatu Ylonen, author of the SSH protocol, isn't afraid of criticising his own work: he's calling for a new version of the Secure Shell to make it more manageable and get rid of the problem of undocumented rogue keys.
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Oracle embraces NetApp and Cisco's FlexPod

A couple of weeks back, Gartner told The Reg that Oracle has more room for growth in virtualisation than just about any other player, perhaps including Microsoft.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2013
Two lads in Novia Scotia flash their arses on Street View

StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

NSFWish Google's privacy-invading StreetView machines may have captured their most embarassing moment yet, after images of what looks an awful lot like a couple indulging in some horizontal folk dancing on the hood of a car emerged on Reddit.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2013

The gloves are on: Nokia emits super-sensitive £99 Windows Phone

Nokia's sub-£100 Lumia 520 has rolled out in the UK this week, alongside a keenly priced and attractive unibody sibling, the Lumia 720. Both were announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Apr 2013
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AMI PC firmware upgrade scare: The global security meltdown that wasn't

Analysis A computer hardware maker that leaked the source code to American Megatrends Inc's PC firmware did not reveal private keys for signing firmware updates - contrary to early reports.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2013

IBM Australia on the stand over $1bn blowout

In 2007 the Australian State of Queensland decided it needed shared services arrangements to streamline its affairs and reduce costs.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2013
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Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly

170,000 London homes will get letters in the next day or two, telling them they're in the next phase of 4G testing and offering telephone support for anyone who sees Freeview disappear on Monday.
Bill Ray, 11 Apr 2013
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Industry upstart: You know what high-end HPC needs? More DAY-GLO

HPC blog One of the best things about industry events like the GPU Technology Conference (GTC 2013) is walking around the trade show floor. It gives me a chance to talk to smaller, niche companies who don’t get the media coverage given to the titans of the high-performance computing industry. (Or to Titan the supercomputer, for that matter.) One foray onto the shop floor brought me to CreativeC, an HPC consulting and hardware company based in New Mexico.
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Aruba battles BlackBerry to protect biz from staffers' nasty iPhone apps

Aruba Networks has joined the mobile container fray with WorkSpace, providing enterprises with a secure BYOD platform which can be distributed to untrusted devices - and taking on BlackBerry and Samsung in the process.
Bill Ray, 11 Apr 2013
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HGST straps Intel Thunderbolt onto uber-pricey drives, docks

The first external hard drive with Intel's extremely pricey Thunderbolt fast cabling system has been announced by HGST, along with a Thunderbolt interface 2-drive dock supporting 2.5-inch disks.
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2013

Shaky liftoff for Sputnik: Dell's Linux lappie runs its own cloud, ish

Review Want a laptop running Linux? You could do worse than Dell's XPS 13.
Tim Anderson, 11 Apr 2013
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Sanbolic reveals flashy server goodness with Melio 5

That's right: storage software supplier Sanbolic is shipping server-side scale-out services supporting SSDs. But what does it mean?
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2013
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WTF is... H.265 aka HEVC?

Feature When Samsung unveiled its next-generation smartphone, the Galaxy S4, in March this year, most of the Korean giant’s fans focused their attention on the device’s big 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen, its quad-core processor and its 13Mp camera. All impressive of course, but incremental steps in the ongoing evolution of the smartphone. More cutting edge is the S4’s promised support for a technology called HEVC.
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2013
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Google U-turn DID preempt ICANN's block on corporate gTLD-snatchers

It's official - Google did indeed correctly judge that ICANN would halt corporate attempts to exclusively snatch generic top level domain names for commercial use.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2013
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BizNAS at the front, party at the back: Tandberg adds Dropbox to NAS crate

BizNAS is Tandberg Data's latest offering - a small business NAS box with iSCSI block access and integrated Dropbox support plus backup to removable disk.
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2013
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Software defined networking works up a head of steam

Software-defined networking (SDN) represents a revolutionary tide flowing through the fusty, slow-moving halls of data-centre networking, bringing speed and dynamism to network connectivity management.
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2013

Hey Intel, Microsoft: Share those profits with your PC pals, eh? - analyst

Tech research analyst Gartner reckons profit-hoggers Intel and Microsoft need to give their PC-producing pals a shot in the arm.
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2013
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Google asks Blighty to slave over its Maps for FREE

Google is extending its Map Maker editing tool to users in Blighty, so they can help the Chocolate Factory get its maps right.
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Sonic the Hedgehog

Antique Code Show Pocket-money saved, game ordered, wait for the postman and... nothing. A friend had the game already – rubbing salt into the wound – yet my journey of anticipation home from school each day still arrived at a big hole of spiky blue hedgehog nothingness. The original Sonic the Hedgehog was especially hyped throughout its long development, intensifying this cruel slice of adolescent misery, and when the blessed game did turn up, two weeks late, the cartridge was a dud.
Giles Hill, 11 Apr 2013
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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

The Pirate Bay has been torpedoed after telecoms companies from two countries blocked the website’s dual domains.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2013
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Dinosaur embryos FOUND: Resurrection 'out of the question'* - boffin

Dinosaur embryos wiggled around in their eggs just like the embryos of modern birds, scientists have found. The boffins made the discovery after a cache of fossilised dino bones and eggs were dug up in southwest China.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2013

Foot-long slab too big? Microsoft 'has a 7-incher' to stroke

Microsoft will put a smaller, 7-inch Windows 8-powered Surface laptop-cum-tablet into production this year, according to insiders.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2013
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There's more to cloud computing than just hosting

There’s a trick we use at Freeform Dynamics when trying to figure out the true significance, if any, of the latest Big Thing being promoted by IT vendors and pundits. We ask ourselves what will be left when the marketers get bored with the current buzz words and move on to the next Big Thing, as they inevitably will.
Dale Vile, 11 Apr 2013
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Remember Streetmap? It's suing Google in a UK court

Google is being sued by UK-based website Streetmap, which is also one of the complainants in the lengthy European Union investigation into allegations that the ad giant is "abusing its dominance" in the online search business.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2013
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Google submits 'formal commitments' to EC over search

Google has submitted a formal concessions package to the European Commission's competition chief.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2013

Microsoft crowns Barclay as new queen of UK channel

Microsoft veteran Clare Barclay has confirmed that she is to head up the UK and Ireland channel as current incumbent Barry Ridgway heads off to Latin America.
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2013
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Mozilla CEO exits just as Firefox mobiles roll out

Mozilla's chief executive is stepping down amid a re-positioning of the managerial brass after barely two years into a mission to take Firefox mobile.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2013

Administrator: 2e2 owed £412m to creditors when it went titsup

2e2 Ltd crashed out of business owing creditors a little over £412m, the firm's administrator FTI Consulting has confirmed in its statement of affairs.
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2013
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Microsoft Xbox exec quits after ENRAGING the INTERWEBS

A high-flying Microsoft creative director has quit after enraging Xbox owners with a widely publicised tweet saying they should get used to consoles being constantly connected to to the internet.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2013
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Malware-flinging Winnti crew has been RIPPING OFF gaming firms for YEARS

Security researchers have discovered an active cyber-crime campaign that targets online gaming companies worldwide.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2013
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Obama boosts military, 'black' and spook cyber forces

US President Barack Obama wants to increase spending on cyber security in his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2014, which starts in October.

Intel demos inexpensive 100Gb/sec silicon photonics chip

Intel has demoed what it says it "believes" is the world's only silicon photonics module that uses a hybrid silicon laser – a breakthrough that should allow such advances as vastly improved system-to-system interconnects in the data center.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2013
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Cisco ports Nexus 1000V virtual switch to Microsoft's Hyper-V

Upstart server-maker Cisco is bounding around the Microsoft Management Summit this week in Las Vegas to talk about how it is plugging its technologies into Redmond's cloud stack.
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Judge scolds Apple, Motorola for using court as 'business strategy'

The judge responsible for the painfully complex patent litigation between Apple and Motorola Mobility has had it up to here with the legal machinations of the two companies, and has denied a request to step in and whittle the case down to a manageable size.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2013

Tech titans team up to push immigration reform

Analysis Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley have formed a political lobbying organization, dubbed Fwd.us, to press for more H-1B visas for industry, a comprehensive revamp of the US education and patent systems, and a pathway for talented people now in the US illegally to gain citizenship.
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2013
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Google tool lets you share data from BEYOND the GRAVE

Between Google search, GMail, YouTube, and other sites, a vast number of internet users now access Google services every day. So it makes some sense that the Chocolate Factory has implemented a new system that lets you tell it how long you need to have stopped Googling before it assumes you must be dead.
Neil McAllister, 11 Apr 2013
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SUSE updates Studio server appliance maker with native KVM

SUSE Linux, like everybody else, wants to build your cloud. And the German software company, which is part of the Attachmate collective, thinks the combination of its chameleon-colored Linux operating system, its SUSE Studio server appliance fabrication tools, its SUSE Manager system management tools, and its SUSE Cloud rendition of the OpenStack cloud control freak are going to give it an edge over its many rivals.
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Rotten spam causing more infections than ever – study

Anti-spam tools have evolved to a degree where many of us hardly see much spam anymore. But when we do, the threat posed by those messages is greater than it has ever been, according to a new report from independent security firm AV-Test.
Neil McAllister, 11 Apr 2013