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Java EE 7 melds HTML5 with enterprise apps

Oracle has announced public availability of Java EE 7, the first major release of the enterprise formulation of Java since the database giant took control of the platform in 2010. The last version shipped way back in 2009.
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2013

Facebook turns on frigid Swedish ice-maidens in new data centre

If you Like this post, some of the processing that spams it all over your Facebook wall could now take place in Europe, thanks to the opening of Facebook's new data center near the Arctic circle.
Jack Clark, 13 Jun 2013
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Vodafone Oz launches '100 Mbps' 4G service

Vodafone Hutchison Australia is putting its newly-secured debt funding to work, becoming the last of Australia's three mobile carriers to launch 4G services.

Speech-to-text drives motorists to distraction

With texting so clearly dangerous while driving, users and vendors have turned to speech-to-text technologies as a safe alternative, perhaps to no avail.

PRISM snitch claims NSA hacked Chinese targets since 2009

PRISM snitch Edward Snowden now claims to have data which proves the NSA has been hacking hundreds of civilian targets in China and Hong Kong since 2009.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Jun 2013
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Pre-election phishing spike blasts Iranian Gmail accounts

Google has spotted a massive spike in what it believes to be politically-motivated phishing attacks originating from Iran and targeting tens of thousands of web users ahead of Friday’s presidential elections.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Jun 2013
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Young blokes blinded by video-game addiction: THE FACTS

"You'll go blind!" many a parent have barked at their sons and daughters for playing video games all day. But military-funded scientists have proved quite the opposite is true.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2013
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Boffins read memory bits with light

Researchers from the US and Singapore have demonstrated a form of ferroelectric RAM that can be read with light instead of electricity – along the way overcoming a problem that has kept the technology locked away in a relatively small niche.
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Boffins fire up old dish to send interstellar SMS

In just under a week from now, Earth is going to start deliberately advertising itself to any ETs that might be out there, via the Lone Signal project. And if you've got 99 cents to spare, you can join in.
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CTO's man at VMware whistles an 'appy tune

VMware's chief technology officer, global field, Paul Strong, says the company's next frontier is simplifying management of applications.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2013
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NetApp musters muscular cluster bluster for ONTAP busters

Data-vault biz NetApp has updated its ONTAP operating system to handle bigger clusters and require less downtime.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013
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'Office Facebook' firm Tibbr wants you to PAY for mobe-meetings app

Tibbr, the social network designed for use at work, now integrates with online meetings for both mobile and desktop clients as it continues to argue that a social workplace is worth paying for.
Bill Ray, 13 Jun 2013

Desperate Venezuelans wiped clean of bog roll

Where in the world would you need a smartphone app to be able to buy toilet paper? Why in the world would you need such high tech in order to be able to manage something so fundamental as bog roll?
Tim Worstall, 13 Jun 2013
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IBM tells Vegas crowd: Software-defined? Yeah, we're all about that

IBM Edge Based temporarily at the Mandelay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas strip for its Edge conference, Big Blue has blasted out a set of storage announcements. IBM appears to be taking its shot at the ever-expanding storage market as the Big Data era begins in earnest.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013
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BYOD beyond the noise

Live webcast today A lot has been said about the strategic advantages (and problems) of BYOD, but much less about how to build a wireless infrastructure for it. Good job we're here to put that right.
David Gordon, 13 Jun 2013
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NetApp clambers over stumbling Big Blue as storage market shrinks

In the first quarter of 2013, the network-attached storage and storage-area-network markets shrank for the first time in four years, according to IDC. HP, Hitachi and IBM revenues were the hardest hit hard, we're told.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013
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IBM's $1bn layoffs latest: Now axe swings in US, Canada - reports

Scores of workers have been made redundant at IBM's Systems and Technology Group in the US, according to a union, soon after the tech titan warned of sweeping job cuts worldwide.
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Acer Iconia A1-810: The Android tab longing for eight-inch Apple action

Review The Iconia A1-810 is, of course, an iPad Mini clone. How else could Acer, after years of offering slates with 16:9 widescreen panels, have suddenly hit on the idea that punters want a 4:3 tablet - “the right aspect ratio”, an Acer exec eagerly told me - without being inspired by Cupertino’s latest?
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2013
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#Facebook: Now all your hashtags ARE BELONG TO US, Twitter

Facebook is adding hashtags to its service, in a move to channel discussions on the free content ad network just like Twitter does.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jun 2013
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Eurogeddon? Pah. UK banks are more terrified of hackers - big banker

Hacking attacks present a bigger risk to the operation of UK banks than problems caused by the ongoing eurozone crisis, according to a senior Bank of England director.
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2013
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MySpace zaps millions of teens' tearful rants, causes wave of angst

MySpace, the Justin Timberlake-owned social network that refuses to die, is back yet again with a new desktop interface – and minus several years of users' blogs and comments.
Bill Ray, 13 Jun 2013

STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

The "smoking gun" Steve Jobs email that US prosecutors hope will nail Apple at its ebook price-fixing trial was NOT sent by the doomed biz baron, lawyers claim.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2013
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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

Opinion You'd think that Guardianistas would know something about capitalism: they are so critical of it after all. But no, in the G's new Oz site we find the same gormless no-cluebat ignorance that we get in our own dear and beloved home version of the paper.
Tim Worstall, 13 Jun 2013

Microsoft botnet smackdown 'caused collateral damage, failed to kill target'

Microsoft is attracting fresh criticism for its handling of the Citadel botnet takedown, with some security researchers pointing to signs that the zombie network is already rising from the grave again.
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2013
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Clearwire board to shareholders: Go on, grab that Dish cash

The board of Clearwire has unanimously recommended that shareholders take the Dish cash, despite the fact that the broadband wireless firm's biggest shareholder is dead set against the deal.
Bill Ray, 13 Jun 2013
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Violin Memory shuffles out 'half-price' PCIe flash cards to eager tech channel

Blocks and Files Companies with good products can screw up in Europe through inappropriate strategies for the technology channel which sells their products and head-office bureaucracy. A case in point is Violin Memory, at least according to sources in the channel, although they say the situation is improving.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013

Thought you could rely on ever-rising storage hardware sales? Think again

Tech market analyst IDC says that although storage software sales increased in the first 2013 quarter, traditionally strong storage hardware sales have started to shrink.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013
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Months and months on, tech floggers still waiting to feel Microsoft's tool

Firms paid by Microsoft to sell its products are still waiting a brand-spanking-new business intelligence and analytics tool that the Redmond giant promised to deliver by February.
Paul Kunert, 13 Jun 2013

US Supremes: Human genes can't be patented

In a welcome display of patent-law sanity, the US Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that human genes can't be patented.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2013

Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

Only a mere 10 per cent of Americans have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the US Congress, a new Gallup poll has found.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2013

Big browser builders scramble to fix cross-platform zero-day flaw

Browser manufacturers will release an update in the next few weeks to block a new type of malware that exploits a cross-platform flaw that allows attackers access to Mac, PC, mobile, and even games console internet users.
Iain Thomson, 13 Jun 2013
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Son of Yahoo! launches Hadoop company

Altiscale has uncloaked and revealed to the world a rentable Hadoop product that aims to simplify the notoriously complex software.
Jack Clark, 13 Jun 2013
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Microsoft to open Windows Stores inside 600 Best Buy locations

Not content with operating 68 dedicated retail stores, Microsoft has partnered with consumer electronics retailer Best Buy to open store-within-a-store outlets at more than 600 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in North America.
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2013
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ACMA mulls cloud regulation

Dropping into the cloud privacy and security debate without even the slightest clang of irony, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has listed security, privacy and access to data as issues that might need regulation in the Australian environment.
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Google to put Chrome Frame to pasture in 2014

After four years Google is retiring Chrome Frame, its browser plug-in that embeds the Chrome HTML rendering and JavaScript engines inside Internet Explorer.
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2013
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Google gobbles HALF of world's mobile ad cash

Over half the $8.8 billion dollars advertisers spent on mobile ads last year went to Google, along with a third of all internet ads.
Jack Clark, 13 Jun 2013

Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

Apple is said to be "exploring" building iPhones with displays of 4.7 and 5.7 inches, a move – if true – that could be in response to consumer demand for large-screen smartphones such as the 5-inch Galaxy S 4 from über-rival Samsung.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2013