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Cisco issues IronPort patch

Cisco has issued a patch for vulnerabilities that exposed its IronPort AsyncOS software for the Cisco e-mail security appliance to cover denial-of-service and command injection problems.

Google developing game console, smartwatch, new Q?

The Wall Street Journal, citing those ever-loquacious "people familiar with the matter," reports that Google is developing a game console and a smartwatch to be powered by, no surprise, Android.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jun 2013
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Facebook fix a bounty boon for researcher

A Facebook bug that would allow attackers to take over user accounts with minimal effort has netted $US20,000 for a UK-based security researcher.
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Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

US patriots concerned about "the ever growing threat of radical Islam and Sharia Law" can sleep sounder* in their beds thanks to an innovative range of pork-coated ammunition designed to dispatch jihadists directly to hell.
Lester Haines, 28 Jun 2013
James Martin

British computing pioneer James Martin found dead in Bermuda sea

Obit James Martin, whose 1977 Pulitzer-nominated book The Wired Society predicted much of the modern internet, and who was helped more than most to explain and instruct in modern computing, has been found dead in the sea off his private island in Bermuda.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2013
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OpenStack: Is it open for business?

Webcast Proprietary cloud threatens lock-in, higher cost and application silos. There is an alternative: OpenStack is the open source cloud operating system.
David Gordon, 28 Jun 2013

Two-faced about flash? Not us, say Google Janus researchers

A research project has found an algorithm for getting the best use out of cloud-scale data centre server flash caches and identifying workloads best placed completely in flash.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2013
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New Motorola Mobility badge: Too late for this pinball machine lover

Logo Watch Motorola, or at least the Mobility bit of it owned by Google, has a new logo with a different font and a rainbow circle: but it's too late to help some distressed pinball machine fanatics who've been crying inside for many years.
Bill Ray, 28 Jun 2013

ROBOs cop to installing VSAs, upstart rushes to cash in

Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) are all the rage and startup StorMagic, which designs iSCSI products for remote sites, has seen its sales ledgers pile up as a consequence.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2013

How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC's memory on BOOZE

Centenary If Alan Turing had been in charge of the EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator) project in the late 1940s, the first computer memory might not have been based on mercury - but on a good gin.
Phil Manchester, 28 Jun 2013

Microsoft partners seriously underwhelmed by Windows 8.1

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promised a flood of touch-enabled devices to fill the market as he previewed Windows 8.1, but is the technology channel raring to snap them up? Not really, it seems.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2013
Acer Liquid Z2 and E1 Android smartphones

Acer aims low, gets into BT's trousers

Pics At BT Tower in London this week, Acer was all smiles having secured positions for two of its recent smartphones on the BT Business mobiles roster. The Acer Liquid E1 and Z2 are both Android handsets running Jellybean and are pitched at BT biz customers whose pockets are not so deep.
Bob Dormon, 28 Jun 2013

Ex-Microsofties drop cloudy-apps-for-idiots box ElasticBox

Cloud vendors looking to enhance compatibility between public and private clouds can either a) standardize on hypervisors and virtual machine formats... or b) create yet another level of abstraction higher up the stack to mask the differences between various public and private clouds.

Ballmer: 'I call it all Windows, all the time'

Quotw This was the week when NSA PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden decided to lead the world a merry chase, like an ostentatious Phileas Fogg, or a WikiLeaks-inspired Where's Wally, with obfuscation ever his watchword. To put it another way, he took off from Hong Kong and no one's sure where he is any more.
spark fun electronics rotary dial mobile phone

Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Shut up shut up shut up. Some annoying tit is typing away on his laptop as I’m trying to snooze on the train – except it doesn’t sound like he’s typing so much as rummaging through a bag of Scrabble tiles. It’s a horrible clattery, clickety, plasticky noise. Shut up shut up shut up, you twat.
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Jun 2013

Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

Live Chat The de-cloaking of Windows 8.1 at Microsoft's BUILD conference was greeted with cheers from attendees as the company finally confirmed changes following a major U-turn.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2013
EMC ViPR block diagram

EMC's ViPR: It's genius, but not as we know it, Jim

What is EMC's ViPR about? Is it really the first all-singing and all-dancing storage management and virtualisation product EMC claims it is?
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2013
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Hey channel: EU data laws are coming, get YOUR arse in gear

Have you heard of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation?
Tim Ayling, 28 Jun 2013
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UK treasury minister sticks up for HMRC in Google tax row

Treasury minister David Gauke assured MPs that HMRC was doing a good job of collecting all the corporation tax that multinational firms like Amazon and Google owe in the UK during a debate in the Commons yesterday.
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¡Bong! ¡Bong! "Why a refrigerator? The answer does not, as some might assume, have anything to do with temperature. In fact, it does not matter particularly if the refrigerator was plugged in." -The New York Times. “Not piroshki again”, sighed Ed, picking wearily at the polystyrene tray. The greasy snack glistened under the harsh …
Steve Bong, 28 Jun 2013
Memotech MTX 500

30 years on: Remembering the Memotech MTX 500

Archaeologic Memotech liked to advertise its MTX 500 and 512 microcomputers with a picture of a speeding black Porsche, but the machines, which made their first public appearance 30 years ago this month, while undoubtedly quick off the mark soon slammed hard into an unforeseen wall thrown up by a sudden, severe change in market conditions.
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2013
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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

Review Following approximately one year after the release to manufacturing of Windows 8.0, which incorporated some radical changes, based around a new tablet platform running alongside the traditional desktop environment, Windows 8.1 is a critical release.
Tim Anderson, 28 Jun 2013
Voyager 1 Explores the 'Magnetic Highway'

Voyager 1 'close' to breaking through to DEEP SPACE - boffins

Boffins still aren’t sure just when the deep-space Voyager probe will cross the line into interstellar space, but new data from the spacecraft makes them believe it’s close.

Redstone's chief bean counter resigns as biz slowly dismantles itself

Networks integrator Redstone has revealed that its chief bean counter, Peter Hallett, has resigned in the wake of the demerger with its managed services arm.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2013
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Retired 4-star general probed over Stuxnet details leak - report

A retired general has been named as the target of a US Department of Justice probe into the release of confidential information about the Stuxnet virus.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jun 2013
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EU sets ball rolling on ominous telly spectrum review

The Electronic Communications Committee, Europe’s continent-wide guardian of radio, has kicked off a "major study" of the TV broadcast bands with a view to presenting its findings at the World Radio Conference in 2015.
Bill Ray, 28 Jun 2013

BlackBerry BB10 devices refuse to leap off shelves

So you’re an ageing push-email legend finally selling phones with a shiny modern new operating system, relieving years of pent-up demand. Wouldn’t you want to SHOUT about how many people want them?
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jun 2013
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Ofcom set to release interesting spectrum chunk for unlicenced use

Following its January consultation Ofcom plans to release another 12MHz of spectrum into the unlicensed wilds, to the benefit of hobbyists and utilities alike.
Bill Ray, 28 Jun 2013
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Adobe marketing cloud now to rain spam following Neolane slurp

Adobe has said that it will slurp up digital marketing software firm Neolane into its marketing cloud for $600m in cold, hard cash.
Justin Rattner

Intel CTO Rattner steps down to attend to 'pressing family matter'

One of the most familiar faces of chip giant Intel is CTO Justin Rattner, and he has just announced his departure from the company.
HP CEO Meg Whitman at Discover 2012

HP Enterprise scores major win with $3.5bn Navy network contract

Meg Whitman will crack one of her infrequent smiles on Friday with the news that HP Enterprise is facing a potential $3,454,735,513 payday after winning the contract to manage US Navy's networks for the next five years.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2013

Ecuador denies granting asylum, safe passage to Snowden

The government of Ecuador has stepped back from its support of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, saying it has not granted him asylum and that a travel document purportedly allowing him safe passage to the country is invalid.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jun 2013

FCC orders wireless carriers to protect customers' call info

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued new rules that clarify how wireless telecom providers should protect their customers' call records and other information.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jun 2013
The Eurora supercomputer built by Eurotech and Nvidia

Supercomputer efficiency jumps, but nowhere near exascale needs

It is not precisely the kind of leap that the supercomputer industry needs to reach exascale performance by the end of the decade, but more powerful GPU and x86 coprocessors are enabling more energy-efficient machines, at least according to the latest Green500 rankings.

Google says it paid TOO MUCH tax, wants $83.5m refund

Not content with slashing its tax burden by channeling profits through overseas subsidiaries, Google now says it has actually overpaid $83.5m in tax – and it's suing the US Internal Revenue Service to get it back.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jun 2013

Microsoft's MoodScope app predicts smartphones users' feelings

A team at Microsoft Research has developed an app for smartphones that they say will accurately gauge the mood of the user based on their activity, location, and time of day.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2013

NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT), an ion-propulsion engine that has been firing continuously for five and one-half years, is due to be shut down at the end of this month.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jun 2013