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HP StoreOnce has undocumented backdoor

HP is being accused of leaving a serious security vulnerability in its StoreOnce SAN system: a hard-coded administrator account in its management software.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jun 2013
Super-Earth HD40307g with its host star

Planetary data merge shows three Earth-like planets in close star system

Astronomers are spending more and more time looking for planets in the "Goldilocks Zone," meaning those orbiting at just the right distance from a sun that it's neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water. Now they've found three orbiting a single star that's not too far away in galactic terms.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2013

Latest Firefox boosts video chat, 3D graphics, JavaScript performance

The Mozilla Foundation has shipped Firefox 22 to the release channel, bringing with it improved support for web-based real-time communications and a significant performance boost for some JavaScript applications, among other features.
Neil McAllister, 26 Jun 2013

Intel doubles throughput, slashes power to stave off DATAPOCALYPSE

Research@IntelIntel researchers have developed a prototype interconnect that they say will both increase bandwidth and lower power requirements, whether used for simple CPU-to-CPU connections or scaled up to connect tens of thousands of CPUs in a data center.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jun 2013
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SK Telecom launches first LTE-Advanced network with new Galaxy S4

South Korean mobile operator SK Telecom is claiming to be the first in the world to launch a smartphone-supported LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network, promising speeds of up to 150Mbps – almost double that of 4G.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jun 2013

Oz telco competition still lagging

The Competitive Carriers Coalition, lobby for non-Telstra telecommunications companies in Australia, is concerned that competition reform in Australia is losing steam.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jun 2013

Bank details - PAH! Phishers want your Facebook password

The frequency of phishing attacks against UK internet users has tripled over the last 12 months, according to figures from Russian security software firm Kaspersky Lab.
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2013

Boffins create tabletop ANTIMATTER GUN

It generally takes a decent-sized particle accelerator to produce antimatter, but a team of physicists working at the University of Michigan says they've developed a table-top system that can create short bursts of positrons – anti-electrons.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jun 2013
Apple iMac 27-inch

HGST: Enough of those mutant hybrids. We'll do an Apple, thanks

HGST has said "no" to hybrids, it would seem. While Seagate, Toshiba and WD are all pushing the idea of hybrid drives, SSHDs, with a flash cache added to the spinning disks, HGST prefers a different approach: separate flash and disk drives.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2013

Even Microsoft couldn't crack it, but eHow daddy still wants to try it

eHow owner Demand Media seems unmoved by the announcement that even mega tech palace Microsoft has bowed out of ecommerce. Demand has decided to give it a go, albeit on in a niche market and on a much smaller scale, with the acquisition of arty ecommerce site Society6 for $94m in cash and shares.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 26 Jun 2013
Punk-styled girl with piercing gazes at an apple

Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

Peak AppleApple is investigating claims that new Macbook Air notebooks are suffering from crippling Wi-Fi connection problems.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Jun 2013

Panasas: We'll move the earth for you SIXTEEN times faster than FTP

HPC storage supplier Panasas says its DataRunner transfer software can move files between systems and sites up to 16 times faster than standard network transfer protocols, such as FTP and rsync.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2013

Internet daddies win Blighty's 'Nobel for engineering'

The men who helped give birth to the internet have been awarded the first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at Buckingham Palace.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Jun 2013

Ex-inmate at Chinese prison: We made airline headsets

Major airlines including British Airways and electronics manufacturers have been accused of sourcing products from a Chinese prison where inmates are tasered if they don’t hit production targets. BA and some of the other companies denied this while others said they hadn't knowingly bought them and are investigating their supply chain.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jun 2013

US trade commish kicks off patent-troll-nixing plan

The US International Trade Commission has kicked off a pilot scheme to rein in the glut of intellectual property claims from patent trolls.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 26 Jun 2013

FTC tells Google and pals: Not labelling ads properly is 'deceptive'

Google and other search engine providers have been told by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to distinguish adverts from results on their services.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2013

Hey Britain, want to link your mobile to your BANK ACCOUNT?

VocaLink, not content with processing 90 per cent of UK salaries and almost all of the DWP's benefits payments, has launched a payments platform to turn mobile phone numbers into bank account keys.
Bill Ray, 26 Jun 2013

'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

Anyone in the West Country yearning to dob in a work colleague for illegally downloading software should take heart that a Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) roadshow is coming to a town near you.
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
Linux Mint

Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

ReviewMint is a relative newcomer to the world of popular desktop distros, but it has recently started to take the GNOME and Unity-hating Linux world by storm.
Scott Gilbertson, 26 Jun 2013
Taikonauts Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping (from left to right)

Chinese 'nauts return to Earth after vigorous space coupling

China’s latest three taikonauts returned safely from the country’s longest manned mission, which was another practice run to the Heavenly Palace.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 26 Jun 2013
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Ex-Yahoo! Hadoopers hoover up $50m into trunks

Hadoop SummitWars take money, and the battle between the several distributors that package up Hadoop stacks just got a whole lot more interesting now that Hortonworks, one of two teams that have been built by ex-employees that came out of former search engine giant Yahoo!, has just landed $50m in its second round of funding.

VMware preps Project Serengeti Hadoop virtualizer for biz bods

Hadoop SummitWhen you are a server virtualization company, as VMware is, there is no workload that you don't think can't – or shouldn't – be abstracted away from its underlying bare metal, and thereby made more malleable and portable. In this regard, Hadoop is just another thing for VMware to wrap itself around - perhaps make a little money on the side, too.

Apple dives through iRon curtain, launches Russian online store

Apple is preparing for an invasion of Russia with the launch of an online store selling the fruity firm's full product range.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Jun 2013

Breaking with your back-up supplier is a sticky business

Backup is like software superglue with three sticking points: the backup software installation; its operation; and the longevity of the stored backup data vault, which can be needed for years after the last piece of data has been written to it.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2013

One airport not enough for SCC kingpin Sir Peter Rigby

Sir Peter Rigby, chairman of tech reseller giant SCC, has chosen to invest some cash made from the sale of his IT wholesaling arm into a controlling stake in Exeter International Airport (EIA).
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013

UK.gov to grab fistful from £150m city broadband pot to pay for digi skills

One of Neil Berkett's final acts as Virgin Media chief was to lobby the government to rethink its broadband spending plans in urban areas - and instead demand that at least some of the £150m set aside by the Treasury be plowed into digital skills for small businesses.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2013
Sir Maurice Wilkes teaser pic

'Flash Gordon' tech: How Sir Maurice Wilkes made practical computers possible

CentenaryBorn this day 100 years ago in Cambridge, Sir Maurice Vincent Wilkes was a pivotal figure in the world of digital computing.
Dave Wilby, 26 Jun 2013

Samsung: Psst, EU regulator. About that $17.3bn fine... let's talk

Samsung is in discussions with the EU about settling charges of anti-competitive behaviour against Apple, in order to slip the potential $17.3bn fine it faces if found guilty.
Bill Ray, 26 Jun 2013
Samsung Galaxy S4

Galaxy S4 phondleslab selling like lukewarm cakes, analysts reckon

Samsung Electronics shares have slid nearly three per cent as investors anticipate weaker-than-expected results for the last quarter.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 26 Jun 2013
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Cloud silo and services firm UKFast hires personal shopper

Cloud silo and server hosting service provider UKFast, which owns three data centres across the UK and claims Coutts private bank and NHS trusts among its customers, has brought on board an M&A specialist to help it embark on a UK acquisition spree.
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
LEO I, credit Leo Computing Society

LEO, the British computer that roared

Live ChatJust graduated and looking for a career in computers during tough economic times? Try breaking into tech during the 1950s when most people hadn't even heard of a computer.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jun 2013

ASA bans Samsung's 'misleading' free Galaxy Tab 2 ad

The Advertising Standard Agency has ordered Samsung to pull two "misleading" online and television adverts.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Jun 2013
Oracle Redwood Shores

Oracle slips out long-heralded 12c cloudbase in SECRET

Everyone was expecting Oracle's deals this week with Microsoft, Saleforce.com, and NetSuite to revolve around the impending 12c "cloud-ready" multi-tenant database: but that product was not referred to explicitly. That is because Oracle is trying to keep the powder dry for a future shindig announcing the availability of the 12c database.
Gulfstream G280 jet

Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

If Vladimir Putin is to be believed, the PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden is considering his options from the transit capsule hotel at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. A plane full of journalists, anticipating he would join them, flew from the city for Caracas via Havana yesterday, but Snowden stayed put by the minibar. Why?
Bob Dormon, 26 Jun 2013
Amplidata DeepStorage test

Amplidata: Could storage biz end up inside Intel?

Blocks and FilesSources tell me of rumours surfacing at the GigaOM Structure conference in San Francisco last week claiming that Amplidata is looking for more funding - and more rumours abound of a possible acquisition by Intel.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2013

A simple SSL tweak could protect you from GCHQ/NSA snooping

An obscure feature of SSL/TLS called Forward Secrecy may offer greater privacy, according to security experts who have begun promoting the technology in the wake of revelations about mass surveillance by the NSA and GCHQ.
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2013

First quartet of low-latency broadband satellites now in space

Internet-to-the-world's-poor satellite backhaul provider O3b now has four satellites in orbit, ready to offer latency-free internet access to the three billion humans unable to see Facebook - by November if all goes to plan.
Bill Ray, 26 Jun 2013
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Google gets AGILE to increase IaaS cloud efficiency

USENIXGoogle and North Caroline State University researchers have worked out how to instrument cloud infrastructure to the point where they can predict future demand 68% per cent better than previously, giving other cloud providers a primer for how to get the most out of their IT gear.
Jack Clark, 26 Jun 2013
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Microsoft loads rival into its platform cloud

Microsoft is adding a rival technology into its Windows Azure cloud as the company strives to gain relevance among developers.
Jack Clark, 26 Jun 2013

Oracle to channel: want some extra rebate love?

Oracle has tossed a couple of extra percentage points of rebate into the mix for channel partners that can flog its prescribed blend of systems and software.
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013

Report: Android malware up 614% as smartphone scams go industrial

While the mobile industry is still deciding if there's a market for two, three, or four smartphone operating systems, mobile malware writers have picked their target and are flocking to Android, according to the latest annual security report data from Juniper Networks.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2013

At last! Virtual domain controllers just work

Virtual domain controllers (VDCs) in Server 2012 – and now 2012 R2 – are awesome.
Trevor Pott, 26 Jun 2013

StoreOnce: HP issues patch

HP has advised The Register that a patch is now available for its StoreOnce storage systems.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jun 2013

Oracle partners with NetSuite for people management

Oracle and NetSuite have forged a strategic alliance that will see the companies ensure data portability between their various "human capital management" systems.
Jack Clark, 26 Jun 2013

ICANN puts Whois on end-of-life list

ICANN is proposing a goodbye to Whois, saying that data is often inaccurate and suggesting that some search fields should be restricted to “authenticated requestors”.
Richard Chirgwin, 26 Jun 2013
Screenshot of Windows 8.1's revamped Start screen

Microsoft talks up devices, Windows 8.1 at developer shindig

Build 2013Everything is beautiful at Microsoft's Build developer conference this year. Beautiful, gorgeous, delightful, beautiful, absolutely beautiful.
Neil McAllister, 26 Jun 2013
The 12-port F3 100G line card for the Nexus 7700 switches

Cisco revs up top-end Nexus switches with F3 chips to 100Gb/sec

Cisco has, like other switch makers, been gradually refreshing its product line to boost bandwidth from 10Gb/sec up to 40Gb/sec and 100Gb/sec speeds, and at the Cisco Live extravaganza today in Orlando, Florida, the networking trotted out a new top-end Nexus 7700 lineup that sports new ASICs and offers a more compact design than the current Nexus 7000s, which only sport 10Gb/sec ports.

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