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IT'S OFFICIAL: Hipster era is OVER – sorry, beanie boiz...

An automated telephone survey organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina, apparently having nothing better to do or merely seeking publicity – in this case, successfully – put its finger on the pulse of public sentiment and discovered, as they headlined their results, "Americans So Over Hipsters."
Rik Myslewski, 14 May 2013

Google abruptly shuts down search-by-SMS portal

Without warning, Google has shut down the gateway that allowed mobile users to access its search engine via SMS text, effectively cutting off from the service customers who lack data plans.
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2013

Government admits seizing two months of AP phone records

The Associated Press reports that government investigators seized two months' worth of telephone records from its staff last year and hid that fact until now.
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2013

Google pools cloud storage

Google has changed its approach to cloud storage, with individuals and business users of its apps now offered a pool of storage rather than silos dedicated to different services.
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2013
An Amazon Coin

Amazon launches own currency

Amazon.com has started printing its own money.
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2013

India to battle Maoists with more mobiles

The Indian government is looking to build nearly 3,000 mobile towers in areas across the country without coverage, in a Rs. 30 billion (£358m) bid to tackle left wing extremism.
Phil Muncaster, 14 May 2013
Parts for the Liberator 3D printed pistol

You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer

CommentMuch fun has been had over the Liberator, the 3D printed plastic gun.
Tim Worstall, 14 May 2013

BSA targets Indonesian pirates

In a sign of Indonesia’s increasing importance as a market for Western technology vendors, anti-piracy body the Business Software Alliance has teamed up with local police to bust numerous firms found to be running illegal copies of well-known software.
Phil Muncaster, 14 May 2013

Drone to deliver beer-as-a-service

Organisers of South Africa's OppiKoppi Music Festival are promising attendees the chance to order a beer and have it parachuted out of a drone and into the campground.
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2013
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Torvalds unveils first Linux 3.10 release candidate

The first release candidate for version 3.10 of the Linux Kernel is upon us.
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2013
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Esteem Systems bosses ponder selling themselves

Top brass at mid-market channel player Esteem Systems are reviewing future options and may again begin a formal process aimed at selling the operation.
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013

Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

Microsoft claimed last week that it's made '100 million' Windows 8 sales and the claim has been widely repeated. But channel feedback and the experience on the ground point to a very different picture.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2013

Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare

Cupertino is reportedly planning changes to Applecare with a move towards shop-based iDevice repairs and a lucrative subscription service scheme.
Jasper Hamill, 14 May 2013

You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

Big British-based tech firms like Autonomy and BSkyB have subsidiaries in onshore and offshore tax havens, and avoid paying taxes in much the same way as has been highlighted in the case of US firms Google and Amazon.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 May 2013
Picture of Mike Shapiro, Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal

Hm, disk drive maker, what's that smell lingering around you?

The disk drive vendors have been utterly screwed by mismanaging the disruptive force of solid state drives: that's the view of Mike Shapiro - lately a storage bigshot at Sun and Oracle.
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Dell's enterprise biz: Can you beat HP without being HP?

The head of Dell’s enterprise business last week claimed the firm was on track to take the number one spot in the x86 server market this year, kicking out incumbent HP.
Joe Fay, 14 May 2013

Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Space Oddity ends in Kazakhstan

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is back on Earth following a 144-day stay aboard the International Space Station, which ended on a high note when the crooning spaceman released an impressive high-altitude version of David Bowie's Space Oddity.
Lester Haines, 14 May 2013

Android is a mess and needs sprucing up, admits chief

CommentAndroid looks unstoppable, and it's a mess. The first fact tends to eclipse the second observation, but Android's new supremo diplomatically acknowledges as much in an interview.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2013
Intel Centerton in a Supermicro Chassis

Intel Centerton server-class Atoms: How low can you go?

ReviewIn late 2012 Intel launched Centerton: the first in its new line of Atom-based server processors. Hoping to cut ARM's invasion of the data centre off at the pass, these low-power CPUs are targeted at an emerging "Metal as a Service" movement that sees a return of unique workloads to individual processors.
Trevor Pott, 14 May 2013

Who is Samsung trying to kid? There will NEVER be a 5G network

AnalysisThere will almost certainly never be a "5G" mobile broadband network, but that hasn't stopped Samsung using the trendy moniker to describe its 1Gbit-per-second wireless experiments.
Bill Ray, 14 May 2013
LG.Philips' colour 14.1in e-paper display

Mystery Sony big-screen ereader to sport E Ink bender

E Ink reckons its "Mobius" flexible epaper screen will be the first of its kind to go into mass production, an event the company claims will take place some time later this year.
Tony Smith, 14 May 2013

EMC hits flash leader Fusion-io where it hurts: Low-cost server cards

Storage, virtualisation, info and cloud giant EMC is set to widen its attack on server flash card leader Fusion-io by releasing a low-cost flash card for hyper-scale data centres.
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2013

'WikiLeaks of financial data' prompts worldwide hunt for tax evaders

A cache of data amounting to a whopping 400 gigabytes of information leaked by bank insiders has triggered an offshore tax evasion investigation across the United States, the UK and Australia.
John Leyden, 14 May 2013

Foundem urges Brussels: REJECT Google's search biz offer

UK-based price-comparison site Foundem has urged competition officials in Brussels to reject Google's formal offer of concessions, which is intended to address the ad giant's alleged abuse of dominance in Europe's search market.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 May 2013

Micro P parent does it AGAIN, kicks recession in nackers

DCC Sercom, parent of Brit IT distie Micro P and games console wholesaler Gem, has again laughed in the face of a flatlining local economy.
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013

Sun lets loose with THREE record eruptions in 24 hours

The Sun looks like it's ramping up to its expected solar maximum this year, after it let loose three X-class solar flares in just 24 hours.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 May 2013
Nokia Lumia 925

Full metal jacket: Nokia launches new Lumia 925

Nokia tweaked the top of its range with a new 4G Windows 8 model today.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2013

Amazon coughs millions for Liquavista screen tech while workers strike

Amazon has nabbed screen tech firm Liquavista from Samsung, potentially for its use in building a colour ereader, while its workers go on strike in Germany.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 May 2013

CIA ups stake in database-as-a-service firm

The CIA has maintained its influence over Cloudant by upping its investment in the database-as-a-service firm.
Jack Clark, 14 May 2013

Frenchie bean-counters sweet-talked into slipping on Trojans

Crooks hoping to empty company bank accounts are calling up the firms' bean-counters to chase invoices packed with hidden malware.
John Leyden, 14 May 2013

Dell committee to Icahn: Show us the money

Dell's special committee has asked Carl Icahn and his investment partner Southeastern Asset Management for a bit more info on their plan to thwart Mike Dell's bid to take the firm private, while Icahn suggests himself for the board.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 May 2013

Azlan enters EMC channel in stealth mode

Azlan wants to slip quietly into EMC's partner base without making any waves for existing distributors, well almost.
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013

Vodafone gets surprise £2.1bn dividend from Verizon Wireless

US cell network Verizon Wireless will pay out a shareholder dividend this year - and as there are only two shareholders, the $7bn (£4.5bn) divvy will be split between, er, Verizon and Vodafone.
Bill Ray, 14 May 2013

BlackBerry's Q5 QWERTY gets flirty with buy-curious teens

BlackBerry's new Q5 QWERTY smartphone was revealed today as "youthful and fun", rather distancing the device from its pinstripe pocket-dwelling siblings, the Q10 and Z10.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2013

Rackspace does tech support for popular languages on its cloud

Rackspace Hosting has spent the past six months putting together a set of officially sanctioned software development kits and runtime environments for popular programming languages to run on its eponymous infrastructure cloud, and now it is ready to offer tech support for those SDKs when companies deploy applications on the Rackspace Cloud.

Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

Microsoft has confirmed that it will issue its Blue update to Windows 8 without charge, with first code scheduled at the company’s Build conference starting on June 26.
Gavin Clarke, 14 May 2013

BlackBerry and Apple pie this summer. Or BBM-onna-Droid

BlackBerry's hugely popular social-network-in-hardware BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be available on iPhone and Android for free from this summer.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2013

Apple adds Galaxy S 4 to Samsung patent suit

Apple has ratcheted-up its patent-infringment attack on Samsung, asking the US District Court of California to add Sammy's new smartphone flagship, the Galaxy S 4, to the list of products that Apple alleges violate its patents.
Rik Myslewski, 14 May 2013

New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for

Hands-onToday, Nokia launched its best smartphone to date: the Lumia 925.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2013

Judge orders redacted Aaron Swartz prosecution docs to be revealed

A US judge has ordered that documents from the criminal hacking case against internet activist Aaron Swartz should be unsealed, after they've been redacted by MIT and JSTOR.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 May 2013

Dell files suit accusing Hitachi and pals of 'price-fixing conspiracy'

Dell has filed a lawsuit alleging that six suppliers which manufactured the optical drives used in its computers had illegally agreed to set the components' prices.
Jasper Hamill, 14 May 2013

Marlinspike: Saudi mobe network tried to recruit me to sniff citizens' privates

Claims that a Saudi mobile network is attempting to spy on citizens emerged after the telco apparently tried to recruit top cryptographer Moxie Marlinspike - who promptly went public.
John Leyden, 14 May 2013

Microsoft: Next WinPhone 8 update to arrive this summer

We still don't know for sure what changes will arrive in Windows 8.1, the big OS update that's expected to ship as a preview in late June, but Microsoft has begun teasing a few details of the next update to Windows Phone 8.
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2013

Engine Yard plugs PHP into its platform-as-a-service

Oracle-backed Engine Yard has added support for PHP apps to its platform cloud as the company tries to maintain feature parity against bigger companies with better infrastructure.
Jack Clark, 14 May 2013
Screenshot of Google Image Breakout Easter egg

Google adds Atari Easter Egg for Breakout's birthday

Google has added a playable version of the early Atari game Breakout to its Image Search system to celebrate the game's 37th birthday.
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2013

Budget could mean more paperwork for contractors

Australia's 2013/2014 budget could mean extra work for IT contractors.
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2013

Video services chug half of US net capacity

Video services Netflix and YouTube consume nearly half of US internet capacity at peak times, demonstrating the massive scale of Amazon and Google's infrastructure clouds, but causing us to ask 'whither Microsoft?'
Jack Clark, 14 May 2013

Too much infosec regulation undermines security, warns NAB

More prescriptive regulation of the security posture in industry sectors like banking could have the paradoxical impact of reducing security, according to Andrew Dell, head of IT security services at the National Australia Bank.
Richard Chirgwin, 14 May 2013
The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System at its rollout ceremony

Top guns doomed as US Navy demos first carrier-launched drone

The US Navy has successfully completed the first carrier launch of its unmanned X47B drone, a programmable stealth strike aircraft with a range of 2,100 miles and the skills to allow automatic in-flight refueling, which could give it global reach.
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2013
Counterfeit iPhone shop, Shenzhen, China

Watch out, Nokia: Global mobile phone sales slowing

It seems as though hardly a month goes by without the launch of some flashy new mobile phone. Yet according to new figures from Gartner, overall mobile sales are slowing throughout most of the world, which could mean trouble ahead for some vendors – particularly Nokia.
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2013
IBM PowerLinux logo

IBM to push Linux apps on Power iron in China, then elsewhere

IBM is opening a Power Systems Linux Center in Beijing, China, in the hopes of getting more local ISVs interested in its Power Systems iron and luring them away from x86-based systems. With the Power Systems business taking it on the chin in IBM's first quarter – revenues fell 32 per cent compared to a year ago – you can bet that Big Blue is trying to light a fire under its Linux-on-Power efforts.

German publisher accuses Microsoft of URL sniffing

Is Microsoft “snooping” on Skype text conversations, or merely protecting users from malware URLs?
Richard Chirgwin, 14 May 2013

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