Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy
In the wake of the NSA spying revelations, Microsoft has said gamers will no longer need to have an all-seeing, always-online eye and ear attached to their Xbox.
Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow
After months of hint-dropping, Elon Musk has published the first plans for a high-speed transport system that would take commuters from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes at a cost of $20 per person.
New York State to investigate 'Wild West' Bitcoin industry
A New York State banking regulator has issued subpoenas to more than 20 Bitcoin-related companies as part of an inquiry into the business practices of the virtual currency industry, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Android detective explains Bitcoin borkage breadcrumbs
Over the weekend, it emerged that a flaw in Android's Java-derived pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) created a vulnerability that allowed the theft of Bitcoins.
Torvalds frustrated at missing simultaneous release
Linus Torvalds has issued release candidate five for Linux 3.11, but is a little upset with the fact the final release missed a serendipitous anniversary.
Nude swimmers warned of GONAD-GOBBLING FISH ON THE LOOSE
Swedish men have been told to stay out of the water after a gonad-gobbling fish known as the "ball cutter" was spotted in the wild.
Don't trash-talk the boss on Twitter: Oz judge
Australia's Federal Magistrates Court has sparked an argument about Internet speech freedoms by declining to issue an injunction preventing a federal public servant's dismissal over her use of Twitter.
Magnets too slow for disk writes? Use lasers
A group of Swiss researchers has demonstrated using lasers to control magnetisation at extremely high speed, a line of research they hope will one day will help speed up hard drives.
Violent Hamlet 'bard' by British Library Wi-Fi filters
British author HM Forsyth was working on a book in the British Library last week when he needed to read Shakespeare's Hamlet, so he did what anyone would do these days: he Googled it, safe in the knowledge that MIT has put the Bard's entire output online.
EMC demotes VMAX into 'capacity tier'
EMC Chief Technology Officer John Roese has all-but-demoted the company's Symmetrix VMAX arrays from their position atop the company's prow, today declaring the arrays are the biggest and baddest offering in a “capacity tier” of products that possess lesser grunt than a “performance tier” of products.
FalconStor struggles on as antsy backers whine 'C'mon, let's sell'
After losing its CEO a few weeks ago, standalone storage software shipper FalconStor has duly reported poor results. Since then it has got into bed with a new VC to shore up its balance sheet, ended an investment banking deal with Wells Fargo, and teamed up with Violin Memory to develop new products.
Most UK privacy cock-ups are 'careless' spaffing of personal data - watchdog
Most of the data breach incidents analysed by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in a three-month period earlier this year concerned errors in the way personal information was disclosed, the watchdog has said.
PayPal's fizzog-based payments app rubbished over reliability worries
Shop assistants may be too thick to guarantee the security of Paypal's new real-world payment system, a leading security bod has cautioned.
Salesforce asks devs to cough 800% more for security review
Salesforce.com has hiked the security fees for software authors posting apps on its AppExchange – by an eyewatering $2,400 a pop.
REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave
Black Hat 2013A pair of security researchers probing the Z-Wave home-automation standard managed to unlock doors and disable sensors controlled by the technology.
New 64TiB Violin byte bucket is a load of Tosh: 19nm flash in a 3U box
Violin Memory has unveiled its highest capacity array, the 6264, that packs 64TiB of flash into a 3U box - and it uses 19nm MLC NAND chips from investor and manufacturer Toshiba.
Shadowrun Returns and Killzone: Mercenary ... old titles, new takes
Game TheoryAs the traditional quiet of August sets in, it’s over to a selection of download-only titles to provide the fix that gamers need.
MYSTERY sugar daddies showering flash upstart Tegile in gold named
Western Digital and SanDisk have been named as the two investors that just ploughed millions of dollars into hybrid flash array startup Tegile.
Skyera unveils rival-crushing 21PB-a-rack flash monster
The ex-SandForce flash controller guys turned all-flash-array-startup guys from Skyera are bringing another flashy product to market. And if the firm's claims are true, skyEagle could be a game-changer in the flash array world.
NSA-proof email encryption? Cobblers, sniff German hackers
AnalysisGerman hackers have poured scorn on Deutsche Telekom's plan to offer "secure email", describing it as little more than a marketing gimmick.
Facebook to gobble voice-recog outfit, not so chatty on price tag
Facebook plans to buy speech recognition and translation app maker Mobile Technologies for an undisclosed sum.
PEAK Apple: Cupertino's hopes died with Steve Jobs, says Larry Ellison
Oracle supremo Larry Ellison has told Apple that it doesn't stand a chance of success without Steve Jobs at the helm.
Oracle fires up Virtual Compute Appliance for infrastructure clouds
If you are looking for one throat to choke for a virtualized x86 server stack, the right one is tough to find. But Oracle wants you to wrap your hands around Larry Ellison's neck, and is betting that its new Virtual Compute Appliance works so well and is such a good bargain that you won't squeeze.
Tech war latest: Today's leather tools 'invented by NEANDERTHALS'
PicNeanderthals were just as good at working leather as modern humans - and used the same tools still employed by leather-workers today - a new study has found.
Court hearing on Icahn's Dell buyout block set for Friday
Carl Icahn's attempt to get the courts to intervene speedily in Michael Dell's bid to take the firm private has been delayed until Friday.
'Abel, you're fired!' Hear AOL supremo axe exec during conference call
AudioAOL boss Tim Armstrong appears to have axed a senior exec on the spot for pointing a camera at him during a conference call with about 1,000 Patch website staff.
VCs flash cash for Looker's SQL-on-steroids business intelligence tool
Business intelligence is the site of a new goldrush as the twin marketing totems of "big data" and "cloud" collide, creating a supernova of splashy cash for canny firms.
No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20
AnniversaryToday Debian marks a milestone not many pieces of software last long enough to see: its 20-year anniversary.
Beware the ad-punting crapware-laden Firefox, warn infosec bods
Internet users looking for a US Green Card are at risk of being conned by a fake advert into installing an adware-laden version of Firefox, security researchers have warned.
Norway BANS Apple from Oslo's skies: No aerial Maps app snaps allowed
Apple has been denied permission to take aerial photographs of Oslo to create 3D images of the Norwegian capital for its Maps app – even though the US embassy has appealed to the Scandinavian nation's government to reconsider.
BlackBerry hits 88MPH, goes back to the future with NEW old 9720 mobe
BlackBerry has announced a new phone for emerging markets: the BlackBerry 9720. It's not part of the shiny new BlackBerry OS 10 line-up of mobiles because it's powered by the ancient BlackBerry 7 OS, which last saw action in 2011.
Three's UK mobile network goes down on unlucky northerners
Three UK's phone network has gone down for users in Scotland and the North of England.
Management buyout at Hamilton Rentals AGAIN
Hamilton Rentals is again a privately owned channel biz after the management team led a buy-out from previous proprietor Xchange Technology Group.
Bacon 'n' egg on his face: Hollywood heartthrob pwned by Twitter phishers
Miscreants broke into the Twitter profile of prominent advertising bloke Footloose star Kevin Bacon to scam his fans.
There she blows! Mid-October release date for Windows 8.1 sighted
Microsoft will unleash Windows 8.1 for world+dog to download in October, it's claimed, a year after it released the touchscreen-friendly, tile-tastic Windows 8.
Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle
Photos of cases and parts of the oft-rumored, lower-cost iPhone – which has been referred to in multiple outlets as the iPhone 5C – have flooded the interwebs in recent weeks, but a new set raises the spectre of an ugly legal battle between Apple and arch-rival Google.
Fusion-io founder Flynn flies again with new storage upstart
Ousted Fusion-io co-founder David Flynn has a new gig: startup Primary Data.
DARPA calls Big Data boffins: Help us lock up everyone's privates
The American military is looking for number-crunching wizards able to tackle the national security threat posed by, erm... publicly available data.
Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has nothing but praise for the US National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs, but he's far less kind when it comes to Google – and in particular its CEO, Larry Page, whose behavior he describes as "evil."
Amazon initiates TOTAL MOBILE DOMINANCE cloud strategy
As the landmasses of the world buckle beneath the combined weight of the fondleslabs and glossy mobs being churned out by China's industrial cities, companies are waking up to the need to control the technology, and so Amazon has added tech to its AWS cloud to give devs a cheap way to beam data out to Android, iOS, and Kindle devices.
Obama appoints intelligence boss to run 'independent' review of NSA
President Obama has appointed James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence who was recently caught misleading Congress about the extent of NSA surveillance, as the head of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies that will investigate the agency.
Facebook's request to the flash industry: 'Make the worst flash possible'
Flash Memory SummitFlash-memory designers may currently be focused solely on improving speed and endurance, but Facebook's director of capacity engineering and analysis wants something completely different from them.