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Dumpsters begone! App matches diners with leftovers to broke, hungry

Hungry? Broke? Soon you'll be able to fire up your smartphone and find out if anyone in your immediate area hasn't been able to finish their meal, then drop by their place and spirit away their leftovers.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jul 2013
New Nexus 7

Google's second-gen Nexus 7 fondleslab STRIPPED BARE

Teardown Google's latest Asus-built Nexus 7 fondleslab may be smaller, slimmer, and lighter than the old version, but the Chocolate Factory hasn't sacrificed reparability for the sake of miniaturization.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2013
DVD it in many colours

Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

Sony and Panasonic have announced a partnership to develop a new format of optical storage disc for data archiving to replace Blu-Ray, and plan to get a 300GB disc in the market by the end of 2015.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2013
Keep Calm and Save Google Reader

The Old Reader evicts Google Reader refugees

Google Reader alternative The Old Reader has told all of its new members to go away in two weeks.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2013

Nvidia buys Portland Group for compiler smarts

Graphics chip maker Nvidia has big aspirations to get into computing proper with ARM processors and GPU coprocessors, and its odds in its battle against archrival Intel may have just gotten a lot better now that it has snapped up The Portland Group.
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Foxtel farewells 3D TV, citing lack of content

3D TV continues its nation-by-nation slide into obscurity and irrelevance, with Foxtel in Australia joining the long list of TV broadcasters and Pay TV providers making the weary and footsore slog to the woodshed with its once-favourite pet.

MS brandishes 'Katana' HTTP/2.0 server

Microsoft has gone public with a prototype HTTP/2.0 server.

Japanese boffins build 'robotic skin'

Japanese boffins have taken the wraps off what they claim to be the world’s thinnest and lightest electronic circuits, potentially paving the way for wearable healthcare applications and even “robotic skin” in the future.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Jul 2013

Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

Police in Colorado Springs were forced to call in robotic assistance last week after a devastating explosion - apparently caused by a man preparing super-strong marijuana oil - struck the city.
Lewis Page, 30 Jul 2013

Bank of Thailand bans Bitcoin

Bitcoin suffered a major blow to its international reputation on Monday after Thailand became the first country to outlaw the virtual currency outright.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Jul 2013

Microsoft to Google: Please remove us from internet

Microsoft appears to have asked Google to remove some microsoft.com pages from Google's search engine.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2013
Thurber-esque cartoon of duck tapping typewriter

Russia's post-Snowden spooks have not reverted to type

Back on 12 July, world media uncovered a minor sensation: Russia's Federal Protective Service (aka Federalnaya Sluzhba Okhrany, Федеральная служба охраны or FSO in English) had issued a tender for typewriters to help keep its secrets, presumably since a typewriter can't be hacked. As the tender came to light not long after Edward Snowden started divulging secrets, dots were joined to suggest Russia's intelligence services were moving to a pre-PC world to enhance security.

QLogic's save-the-biz pitch: Ditch the switch glitch - get rich

Troubled storage adapter supplier QLogic is getting out of the Fibre Channel switch business to save cash and focus resources on its adapters.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013

Crumbs, we're going to lose that public sector bid - Jeeves, send for the lawyers

The number of complaints raised by businesses over the awarding of public sector contracts has more than doubled over the last year, according to new figures.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jul 2013
Batman Figure

Selfridges dreaming of a snot-themed Christmas

Oxford Street stalwart Selfridges will plunge into the 3D-printing business with a pop-up shop - just in time for the Christmas rush.
Bill Ray, 30 Jul 2013

Irish watchdog won't probe Apple, Facebook over PRISM... but COULD IT?

Analysis Is the Irish Commissioner correct to claim that he can’t investigate Apple and Microsoft over PRISM?

Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

Analysis From the reaction to Google's latest contribution to TV technology, you'd think the Chromecast dongle was as revolutionary as a new method of nuclear fusion.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jul 2013
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Microsoft Exchange: To host or not to host

Webcast To host or not to host: cloud is the question. With the recent release of Exchange 2013 and Wave 15 of Office 365, you probably have a choice to make in the near future, particularly if you're one of the huge number who also use Exchange for messaging.
David Gordon, 30 Jul 2013
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Emulex rustles up a Mulligan for its hungry network gumble floggers

Emulex has appointed a senior vice-president for operations, signalling new CEO Jeff Benck's intention to have his company survive as a viable business.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013
Our Playmobil figure innocently tweeting away at his computer

Syrian Electronic Army hijack Reuters' Twitter feed

The official Twitter account of the Reuters news agency became a conduit for pro-Assad propaganda on Monday after the account was taken over by hacktivists from the infamous Syrian Electronic Army.
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2013
Facebook data center - interior, lit up

Data analytics nears adulthood but has it grown up yet?

The problem with business analytics technology is that it has just about emerged from puberty and adolescence but nobody has given it a bank account and introduced it to the opposite sex yet.

PEAK APPLE: iPad market share hits the skids

The seemingly impenetrable wall of iPads that Apple CEO Steve Jobs erected around the slablet market is being turned to a pile of fruity mush under the rule of his successor Tim Cook.
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2013
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China Labor Watch gumshoes uncover TOP SECRET PLASTIC IPHONE

The first concrete details of Apple's cheapo plastic iPhone have been inadvertently revealed during a recent labour rights' group probe into alleged worker abuse on Cupertino's Chinese production line.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Jul 2013
jack russells racing with knitted 'jockeys' on their backs

Exposed: RSPCA drills into cops' databases, harvests private info

Exclusive British animal welfare charity the RSPCA enjoys unique access to confidential information on the Police National Computer (PNC) - the extent of which has not been disclosed before.

AMD's newest chip: Another step toward 'transformation'

AMD has added a new low-power chip to its embedded lineup in its ongoing effort to transform from a maker of client and server chippery into a company that earns 40 per cent or more of its revenue from embedded and "semi-custom" chips.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jul 2013
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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

Two men have been jailed for two months for breaking strict rules against using Facebook and Google while serving on a jury.

Plods probe death threat tweets to MP - but WHO will rid us of terrible trolls?

+Comment Twitter UK was in damage-limitation mode overnight after high-profile British women were bombarded by sick threats and abuse - and the trolling made front-page headlines.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jul 2013

Oracle deploys lawyers against Solaris fix-it duo

Oracle have unleashed its lawyers onto two Solaris fix-it companies, accusing them of stealing copyrighted code through their work with customers.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jul 2013
Tojiro Senkou 15cm kitchen knife

BT's new broom turns out to be carving knife: Retail wing sliced in half

BT's soon-to-be new boss Gavin Patterson made the first big management decision of his reign today - and split the telecom giant's retail division into two distinct wings: consumer and business.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jul 2013
Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star

Dragons' Den Jones' etail biz Expansys back in the red

If mobility etailer Expansys were to be put in front of majority shareholder and Dragons' Den badboy Peter Jones in its current guise, his response may be something along the lines of "I'm out".
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2013
Bradley Manning

Wikileaker Bradley Manning's court martial verdict expected today

A military judge will deliver her verdict on Private Bradley Manning's disclosure of secret Army documents to whistleblowing site Wikileaks later today.

UK economy to lose £198m if BBC and pals lose EPG slots - Ministry of Fun

The evolution of channel surfing risks sidelining public service broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV, and has prompted the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (aka the Ministry of Fun) to work out how much a prominent position on our Electronic Programme Guides (EPGs) is worth.
Bill Ray, 30 Jul 2013
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Lingering fingerprint fingering fingered in iOS 7 for NEW iPHONE

A London-based programmer has found a reference to fingerprint-recognition technology in a beta build of Apple's new iOS 7 for iThings.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Jul 2013
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All-flash Hitachi array grabs silver in benchmark race - by a whisker

An all-flash build of Hitachi's VSP array has claimed the second-highest SPC-1 benchmark, the highest for a traditional storage array.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013

Cisco and NetApp engage in light consensual FlexPoddery

Consensual FlexPoddery is the name of the game as Cisco and NetApp rename Flexpod and FlexPod Express, introduce the new FlexPod Select, and add NetApp's E-Series arrays and Cisco's Nexus 7000 big-ass switch to the FlexPod component mix.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013
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UK the 'number 1 target' of online gangsters in 25 countries - e-crime report

+Comment The UK is failing to win the war on "e-crime", according to MPs on the Home Affairs committee in its first ever report on online crime.
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2013
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Alcatel-Lucent takes Qualcomm coin for personal 4G network tech

Chip designer Qualcomm has taken a share in telecoms gear maker Alcatel-Lucent as the pair collaborate on Small Cells - despite the architectural differences of opinion.
Bill Ray, 30 Jul 2013

Cyber jihad as Indonesia and Bangladesh BLOW EACH OTHER off the web

A cyber-jihad has erupted between groups of rival Islamic hackers in Bangladesh and Indonesia, resulting in attacks on hundreds of sites.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Jul 2013
Bradley Manning in court

WikiLeaker Bradley Manning found not guilty of 'aiding the enemy'

In a surprise verdict, US Army Private Bradley Manning has been found not guilty of the serious charge of "aiding the enemy" by a military court, but still faces over a century behind bars after being found guilty of 20 other charges.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2013
The PowerLinux 7R4 Linux-only server

IBM expands Penguin-loving Power server lineup

Big Blue is adding to its Linux-only Power Systems server line, including a four-socket machine based on its Power7+ processors. These PowerLinux machines have a lower cost than plain vanilla Power Systems machines that are capable of also running its AIX Unix or IBM i proprietary operating system as well as Linux.
Screenshot of Windows 8.1's revamped Start screen

Microsoft lobs second Windows 8.1 preview at enterprise IT admins

Having already teased some of the consumer and small business features of Windows 8.1 with a preview release in June, Microsoft on Tuesday announced a second preview, this one with new features targeting larger IT departments.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2013
Game of Thrones on Blinkbox

IT pricing inquiry sparks Game of Thrones for rights-holders

Australia's recently-released report resulting from an inquiry into IT pricing has opened a can of worms beyond its intended target that should spark renewed debate on Australia's anti-siphoning laws.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2013
Roughly 150kg of gold

Dutch banks get nod to inhale Amazon cloud

Dutch regulators have cleared Amazon's cloud for consumption by financial institutions within the country, validating the Amazon Web Services infrastructure for use even in tightly regulated industries.
Jack Clark, 30 Jul 2013
Dave Akerman inflates the balloon

CSIRO, Macquarie University, on helium-saving crusade

Rather than sending out dire warnings about the dangers of party balloons wasting helium, it's probably better to stem the losses from the world's largest users. That's the approach being taken by the CSIRO and Sydney's Macquarie University.
Aaron Swartz

MIT clears itself of responsibility for Aaron Swartz's prosecution

Six months after the suicide of internet activist Aaron Swartz, MIT has released a 182-page report into the university's involvement in his arrest and prosecution, and has determined that it did nothing wrong.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2013
OpenStack's "Dope 'N Stack" campaign

OpenStack 'will be derailed' if it mimics AWS, bellows Scoble

Internet foghorn Robert Scoble has come out booming against claims that open source cloud project OpenStack should implement features found in major cloud provider Amazon Web Services.
Jack Clark, 30 Jul 2013
IBM logo

Big Blue beats path to Australia's north-west

Big Blue, which over the last year has been talent scouting a number of Australian regions via its Smarter Cities program, is to build a data centre in the remote Western Australian town of Geraldton.

Red ink not as deep as expected for Fujitsu in Q1

Japanese IT conglomerate Fujitsu may have been been hit hard by the decline in PC and smartphone sales and seen its server business slump as well, but the weakening of the yen by the Japanese government to boost the indigenous economy has helped inflate overseas sales revenues, and an uptick in the systems integration business has helped Fujitsu report a smaller loss than it was anticipating in its most recent quarter.

Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

Microsoft's shares took a beating following its gloomy fiscal 2013 earnings report earlier this month, in which it wrote down nearly a billion dollars on its unloved Surface RT fondleslabs. But the software giant isn't out of the woods yet, because new details have emerged that have the full Surface picture looking even worse than was previously thought.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2013