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SAP launches mostly-free online courseware

Massive Online Open Courses, aka MOOCs, are flavour of the month thanks to the huge numbers of students signing up for courses offered by some of the world's most prestigious universities.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2013
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Huawei: 'trust us, we are being transparent'

In an environment that's increasingly hostile to Chinese tech companies, Huawei has put forward its case for attitudes to be revised.
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DSD's 'don't be stupid' mitigation strategies still work

Defence Signals Directorate assistant secretary for cyber-security John Franzi said little new in an address to CeBIT Australia, but for some reason, either the conference organisation or the DSD saw fit to try to bar journalists from the presentation.

China's 'human flesh search' hunts down teen vandal

The full ire of China's army of online vigilantes known as the "human flesh search engine" was last week focused on a 15 year-old boy who vandalised a priceless 3,000 year-old Egyptian relic.
Phil Muncaster, 28 May 2013
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Tennis pro serves up pic of bad French Open line call

Tennis professional Sergiy Stakhovsky has taken a smartphone onto the court at the French Open to photograph the spot where a ball landed, in order to produce evidence an umpire made the wrong call.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2013
Purple ketchup OF DOOM!

Stand by for PURPLE KETCHUP as boffins breed SUPER TOMATOES

You might find yourself banging out a blob of PURPLE ketchup onto your bacon sarnie in days come, as scientists report that they may soon have managed to create a type of heliotrope-hued super tomato, superior to the humble red variety known and loved today.
Lewis Page, 28 May 2013
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Security boffins say music could trigger mobile malware

Security researchers have discovered that specific music, lighting, vibrations or magnetic fields could all be used as infection channels to trigger the activation of mobile malware on a massive scale.
Phil Muncaster, 28 May 2013

Big Data is bovine excrement says Obama's Big Data man

Big Data is “bullshit”, says Harper Reed, Chief Technology Officer at Obama for America 2012.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2013

Symantec retires low-end security software

Symantec has quietly retired its PC Tools range of security products.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2013
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Hot new battery technologies need a cooling off period

Scientists began buzzing about electrochemical energy cells in the 18th century; consumers bought their first low-density Lithium-ion batteries in the late 1980s, and industry became hooked on the things in the 1990s. Ever since, the comedy electronic-device conflagration has been as much a staple of tech news kibble as the hilarious satnav blunder.
Dave Wilby, 28 May 2013

HP's plunging storage revenues could yet be saved

The good ship HP is being held back by many things and storage ain't helping, yet. The one brightspot there - 3PAR - can't overcome plunging revenues elsewhere.
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2013
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Dialog Bluetooth chip boasts battery life of four YEARS

Dialog's latest Bluetooth chip is only 2.5mm square and half a millimetre thick, but boasts an embedded processor from ARM and a battery life of more than four years from a button cell.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2013
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We gave SQL Server 2012 one year to prove itself: What happened?

Deep dive I reviewed SQL Server 2012, codenamed Denali, just over a year back and highlighted the major improvements in Microsoft's relational database. After a year in production, was I right, or have other features proved more important in practice?
Mark Whitehorn, 28 May 2013
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You're going on a job hunt: Time to catch a big one?

Promo Fresh from our twice-monthly raid of our UK jobs partner reed.co.uk we have found four dev positions, all in the south of England, for your delectation.
David Gordon, 28 May 2013

Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

Analysis Here are a few predictions: Google will shrug off last week's tax scrutiny with a flick of its robotic tail; politicians and campaigners will declare this a "success"; and the much greater toll Google and other multinationals take on the global economy will be ignored.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 May 2013
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Google cyber-knight lances Microsoft for bug-hunter 'hostilities'

Top Google engineer Tavis Ormandy has slammed Microsoft for apparently treating security bug hunters with “great hostility”.
John Leyden, 28 May 2013
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HP veep scrambles for exit as PC unit burns

Charl Snyman, a senior figure in HP's European PC wing, has left the company, The Channel can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2013
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HP, Dell stack up back-end iron for XenDesktop 7 virty PCs

Companies whose staffers work from tablets and smartphones don't have to buy Microsoft's Surface tablets or Windows Phones to enable them to use the firm's Windows applications.
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Mozilla teams up with Foxconn for Firefox 'fondleslab'

Mozilla is working with Apple hardware-maker Foxconn to release a mobile device running Firefox OS, it told news outlets on Monday, and plans to unveil it at an event next week.
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Moss reanimates after 400 years in DEEP FREEZE

Ancient plants have been brought back to life by boffins, despite having been frozen inside a glacier for over 400 years.
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My, my Pi, did it spy ya? Bye, bye Pi, did it go higher?

Pictures High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) head honcho and Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team member Dave Akerman has grabbed some spectacular images of Blighty from the stratosphere, using a Raspberry Pi eye in the sky.
Lester Haines, 28 May 2013
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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

Microsoft founder Bill Gates says he gladly paid a whopping $6bn in personal tax, but added that he reckons corporate tax is a legal issue and not a matter of morality.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2013
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Missed the Hyper V Virtual machine migration training?

Free training Last week we had a record-breaking number of readers, more than 1,800, tune in to enjoy our free live training offer - delivered with aplomb by QA's Paul Gregory and our own Tim Phillips. Today you can watch the recorded version - all the fun, but with no live Q&A, obviously.
David Gordon, 28 May 2013
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Oi, butterfingers! Drop your mobe in a pint? Hope it's not an iPhone

Vids A submerged Galaxy S4 will outlast an iPhone by half a second - 18.8s versus 18.3s - but when dropped from nine feet (2.74m) it's the S4's screen that shatters.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2013
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Opera debuts Chromium-luvvin' desktop browser Next 15

The biggest change to Opera's browser in 17 years has debuted, with code for Opera Next released today for Windows and Mac.
Gavin Clarke, 28 May 2013
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Boffins' brilliant plan: CONCRETE COMPUTERS

At times it might seem to some of us as though the world's top boffins are slacking at their task of making our technology better and more advanced: but not today. Today we learn that some of them are on the track of something which everyone involved in IT must have been lusting after for years.
Lewis Page, 28 May 2013
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Danwood axes 200 after discovering 'accounting weaknesses'

Top brass at print consultancy the Danwood Group axed 200 staff as part of an operational review following the discovery of systemic accounting errors relating to services contracts.
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2013
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SoftLayer sticks with Super Micro servers, ponders Open Compute

Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are in a class all by themselves when it comes to the size and scope of their data center infrastructure, but hosting and cloud provider SoftLayer is no slouch, either. The company has created its own control freak and is not about to reflexively jump on the OpenStack or Open Compute bandwagons as cross-state rival Rackspace Hosting has done.
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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

Radical groups should be banned to prevent them inspiring others to violence, even if they're not promoting violence themselves, according to Home Secretary Theresa May.
Bill Ray, 28 May 2013
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'$6bn money-laundering website' Liberty Reserve kingpin cuffed in Spain

Shadowy online money exchange Liberty Reserve has been shut down by the US feds, its dotcom website seized - and its founder arrested. He and six others are accused of running a $6bn global money-laundering operation, the biggest of its kind, according to prosecutors.
John Leyden, 28 May 2013
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Hammond pleads guilty to Stratfor hack: 'It's a relief'

Anonymous member Jeremy Hammond has pleaded guilty to the headline-making December 2011 hack on private intelligence company Stratfor, at a court appearance in New York.
John Leyden, 28 May 2013
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Yahoo! ready! to! fling! $600m! at! Hulu!

Not content with splurging $1.1bn on cat'n'porn blogging site Tumblr and an undisclosed sum on gaming software firm PlayerScale, Yahoo! now has its wallet set on a bid for video service Hulu.
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Transporter upstart Connected Data could will merge with Drobo

Updated Connected Data - the peer-to-peer, cloud-free, file sync 'n share Transporter-maker startup - could buy* Drobo, the supplier of the eponymous and absurdly easy to use protected file-storage devices. Both companies were founded by Geoff Barrall and he is currrently the CEO of Connected Data.
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2013
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ODMs and DIYs chomp x86 server racket

If the server market is an indicator of the health – or lack thereof – of the global economy, then we're not quite out of the woods of the Great Recession, despite the exuberance on the global stock markets.

PC market facing worst-ever slump in 2013

Analyst house IDC has revealed its latest predictions of the PC industry, and the results aren't pretty: shipments of desktop systems are expected to fall by 7.8 per cent this year, the biggest decline in the platform's history.
Iain Thomson, 28 May 2013
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Microsoft loads botnet-crushing data into Azure

Microsoft is plugging its security intelligence systems into Azure so that service providers and local authorities can get near-realtime information on botnets and malware detected by Redmond.
Jack Clark, 28 May 2013

How God and übergeek Ron Crane saved 3Com's bacon

Ethernet Summit Over 30 years ago, the company formed by Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe, 3Com Corporation, was teetering on bankruptcy. What saved it was the monomaniacal perfectionism of one engineer, and his refusal to ship the company's most important product until he was damn well good and ready.
Rik Myslewski, 28 May 2013
Where the wave energy is in Australia

Oz opposition says to stop hackers first stop refugee boats

Australia's federal opposition has pledged more money for the nation's security agencies, and more online activity, and tied the latter increase to freeing up resources currently going towards dealing with “irregular maritime arrivals”.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2013
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Intel nabs mobile GPS business of moribund ST-Ericsson

Seeking to bolster its position in the mobile chip business, Intel has snapped up the GPS mobile navigation division of failed semiconductor partnership ST-Ericsson for an undisclosed sum.
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2013
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ASIO still secure, says government

The Australian government has responded to accusations that its spy agency ASIO is vulnerable after building plans were apparently accessed when a contractor's network security was breached.

First 'adult' app for Google Glass planned 'within days'

It had to happen. An app developer at the more risqué end of the market tells El Reg it has already started developing for Google Glass after getting its hairy palms on some of the new hardware and will have an application ready before the end of this week.
Iain Thomson, 28 May 2013
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Fedora 19 lands in beta with updates for devs, cloud

The Fedora Project has announced the beta release of Fedora 19, codenamed "Schrödinger's Cat", almost exactly six months since the previous version entered beta.
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2013

Savvis summons swarm of data centers

Enterprise cloud and colocation provider Savvis is going to build two new data centers and add racks in eight existing facilities around the world as the company tries to skim money off the rising tide of data that people want to store.
Jack Clark, 28 May 2013