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Dell juices Latitude line with Haswell Ultrabook, skinny lappies

Dell is slimming down and powering up its business laptop line with three new Latitude families running Intel's latest-generation chippery, including a carbon-fiber Series 7000 Ultrabook that the company claims is the most secure in the world.
Iain Thomson, 28 Aug 2013
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Intel ships high-powered C++ compiler for native Android apps

Intel has released the Intel C++ Compiler v13.0 for Android OS, its first attempt at delivering an optimizing C/C++ compiler designed specifically for Google's mobile platform.
Neil McAllister, 28 Aug 2013
Rackgo systems include servers, storage, switching, and batteries

Server sales continue decline – time to bargain hard with your supplier

These are not easy days to be a server maker – and it very likely it'll never be easy again, so we had better get used to it. In the short run, there has probably not been a better time to wrestle with your server vendors on price since the dot-com bust.
Nissan self-driving car

Nissan promises to sell self-driving cars by 2020

Nissan has said it is two car generations away from building mass-market self-driving vehicles, and has promised to have the first hands-free automobiles available for sale within the next seven years.
Iain Thomson, 28 Aug 2013

Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

Hot ChipsMicrosoft has revealed details of the chip powering its soon-to-be-released Xbox One – and it's one big ol' mofo. How big? Does a 363mm2 footprint – using a 28-nanometer process, no less – filled with five billion transistors impress you?
Rik Myslewski, 28 Aug 2013
A croc bugged by Steve Irwin. Credit: Australia Zoo

Another big SAP project hits the rocks in Oz

Fujitsu has become the latest service provider to be associated with a failed SAP project in Australia, after a project it led saw the buyer underwhelmed despite going over time and over budget.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2013
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Boffins force Skype to look you in the eye

Accurate eye-to-eye contact in a videoconference, a feature of high end systems as well as any phone or tablet with a front-facing camera, is a problem for laptop users, because the camera is almost slightly off-direction from the image.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Aug 2013
Three  UK Passports

IBM lands spook data-sharing standard at Oz airports

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has gone live with IBM-delivered passenger analytics which it says will help identify risky passengers before they enter Australia.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Aug 2013
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iPad classes for DOGS offered in New York

In a development which was perhaps inevitable, a canine lyceum in New York has started offering classes in which dogs are taught to "use" iPads.
Team Register, 28 Aug 2013

Boffins' keyboard ELECTROCUTES Facebook addicts

Cunning MIT student boffins have come up with something marvellous: a keyboard that sends a jolt of electricity into those who spend too much time on Facebook.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2013
EMC president Pat Gelsinger

VMware CEO Gelsinger: How we'll beat Amazon Web Services

VMworld 2013 PodcastVMware is at a crossroads.

Flash-forward for virty desktops... Jeez, why didn't WE think of that?

Fusion-io appears to have noticed that competitors are using flash to accelerate virtual desktops and decided it wants a piece of that action too. It has tweaked its acquired ioTurbine flash caching software to produce ioVDI – and get those virtual desktop doggies rolling.
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013

Eggheads turn Motorola feature phone into CITYWIDE GSM jammer

Berlin boffins have spotted a procedural flaw in the long-lived GSM protocol and created an exploit around it which can knock out a mobile network or even target an individual subscriber in the same city.
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2013
Pimoroni Piglow

Pimoroni PiGlow: Rainbow LED swirls for the Raspberry Pi

ReviewPimoroni is without doubt one of the most colourful companies to have come to market in support of the growing community of Raspberry Pi fans. The firm shot to fame last year when it released Pibow, one of the first cases for the Pi.
Tony Smith, 28 Aug 2013

Quarter of a million quid fine for data-wipe gaffe? ICO told: Nae, laddie

The UK's data protection watchdog was not justified in serving a monetary penalty on a Scottish council over an allegedly flawed outsourcing arrangement it had with a data disposal contractor, an Information Rights Tribunal has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Aug 2013
Dave Smith demos MIDI at the NAMM SHow 1983

MIDI daddy Dave Smith: '30 years of version 1.0 shows we got it right'

Q & AThe Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) specification is 30 years old this month and it's still on version 1.0. More to the point, it still works – with more people using it than ever. In this interview, Dave Smith talks about MIDI past, present and future.
Bob Dormon, 28 Aug 2013

Arrow Electronics engulfs hefty data centre player in €230m gobble

Serial swallower Arrow Electronics has wolfed down security and network distie Computerlinks (C'links) in a deal valued at €230m (£198m).
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2013
Lara Croft 2013

Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

Boffins have found fresh evidence for the existence of the new, super-heavy element ununpentium, known to gamers as the element found in meteorites in games like Call of Duty and Tomb Raider.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Aug 2013
Hard drives in plastic case

What's that racket? Oh my God, it's VMware's vSAN bull in the disk array shop

VMware has launched its virtual storage area network (vSAN) technology; pretty much unleashing a raging bull into a china virtual storage appliance shop and watching all the crockery racks of electronics go flying.
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013
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Amazon tells mobe devs: Bring your app-strokers to us, we'll look after you

Amazon will kick back six per cent of sales to developers selling real products within their mobile apps, as the online retailer extends the Associate programme already used by websites.
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2013

Supercomputer hacker coughs to flogging DoE logins to FBI agent

The US hacker caught after trying to sell Department of Energy supercomputer logins to an undercover FBI agent has pleaded guilty in a deal that could see him go to jail for up to 18 months.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Aug 2013

Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?

VideoA video has emerged online demonstrating what may or may not be a gold champagne-hued iPhone 5S and blue plastic 5C, both the next models lined up for Apple's smartmobe family.
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2013
Scale Computing HC3 boxes

Scale Computing's SCRIBE vows to lob virty storage kit into the bin

Start-up storage shindig Scale Computing has crafted SCRIBE, an object store directly accessible by a hypervisor that replaces physical storage arrays and virtual ones (VSAs) like VMware's own vSAN.
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013
Smartphone user on Tube

Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

Mobe operator Three has abolished roaming charges. Well, in seven countries, at least, and only on calls and texts sent homeward bound.
Tony Smith, 28 Aug 2013
Kobo Arc 10HD

Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

Kobo has got in ahead of rival Amazon’s anticipated Kindle refresh to update its own line of reading-centric fondleslabs and e-readers: among them is a ten-incher with a monster 2560 x 1600 resolution - that's bigger than many a desktop monitor here in Vulture Central.
Tony Smith, 28 Aug 2013
David Flynn

Storage biz mystery as upstarts Primary Data and Tonian 'merge'

Former Fusion-io CEO David Flynn's new venture, Primary Data, appears to have joined up with Tonian, an enterprise storage startup with expertise in parallel Network File System (pNFS) – but whether the move is formal or not remains a mystery.
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013

Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

Any PC makers dreaming of a sales rebound this year are picking up the pieces of that shattered aspiration: beancounters at IDC reckon the number of computers shipped will be worse than first feared.
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2013
Another building on a truck on Oz's Stuart Highway

Keep on truckin'... Qualcomm sells OmniTRACS for $800m

Chip designer Qualcomm has sold off the product which made its name; the OmniTRACS vehicle-tracking platform which has been keeping truckers on the leash for 25 years.
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2013

Microsoft's $15m won't last forever: Quantum, CommVault to flog new backup kit

Quantum is still chewing on its $15m royalty payout from Microsoft, but that was a one-off, and it needs to make plans if it doesn't wish to go hungry again. To that end, the storage firm is adding a dash of Simpana software to boost the growth of its Lattus object storage business.
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013

Ebook judge: Guilty Apple must hire anti-antitrust watchdog to probe itself

Apple won't have to restrict contracts with suppliers of movies, music and TV shows to iTunes in its ebook price-fixing injunction, a US judge said yesterday.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Aug 2013

Obama prepares to crawl up NSA's ass with microscope

President Barack Obama has quietly put together an intelligence review group to look at how to make people more comfortable with the US's snooping.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 28 Aug 2013

Oracle revs up Sparc M6 chip for seriously big iron

Hot ChipsThe new Sparc M6 processor, unveiled at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University this week, makes a bold statement about Oracle's intent to invest in very serious big iron and go after Big Blue in a big way.

Google's Project Glass headman answers most pressing question: 'Why?'

Hot ChipsThe creator of Google Glass sees his baby as being nothing less than the next step in human communications and humanity's "quest for knowledge."
Rik Myslewski, 28 Aug 2013
The hyprid rocket during an earlier static test. Pic: Bloodhound SSCV

3D printed guns are for wimps. Meet NASA's 3D printed ROCKET ENGINE

Weapons enthusiasts have been experimenting with 3D-printed guns for months, with mixed results. But NASA has set its sights much higher – quite literally – having successfully tested 3D-printed parts under the torturous conditions of rocket engines.
Neil McAllister, 28 Aug 2013

VMware bursts into public cloud with vCHS

AnalysisHere is how the cloud infrastructure market works: you can compete with Amazon Web Services and commit yourself to punishing capital expenditures as you build out your data centers, or you can try and come up with a service that does something Amazon doesn't, and charge a premium for it.
Jack Clark, 28 Aug 2013
Moto X

Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs

It's taken as gospel by businesses – particularly in the technology industry – that when it comes to manufacturing, offshoring production to Asia is the only way to go. But a Moto X teardown by analyst house IHS shows this to be faulty logic.
Iain Thomson, 28 Aug 2013
That expensive glass door before it was broken, credit Apple press photo website

Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

Apple is attempting to gain a trademark on the word "startup", and may gain exclusive use of the word in Australia next week.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2013

Couchbase database pelted in $25M of filthy Valley lucre

Venture capitalists are so eager to get involved in the burgeoning "NoSQL" database market, that startup Couchbase took a $25m round without needing the money.
Jack Clark, 28 Aug 2013
Drawing of brain

Boffin snatches control of colleague's body with remote control brain hat

In an announcement that's going to be a boon to the tin-foil haberdashery business, scientists at the University of Washington (UW) have successfully built a non-invasive system to remotely control the actions of humans.
Iain Thomson, 28 Aug 2013

Python regurgitates Dropbox secrets to boffins

A couple of security researchers have set spines shivering in the cloud world by demonstrating that Dropbox's obfuscated code can be reverse-engineered, along the way capturing SSL data from the service's cloud and bypassing the two-factor authentication used to secure user data.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Aug 2013

Kiwis (finally) confirm software ban under new patent law

It's taken five years, but New Zealand's parliament has finally passed its long-awaited patent reform, which among other things makes it clear that a bit of code isn't enough to attract patent protection.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Aug 2013

ACCC told cable nets should offer wholesale

A submission to the ACCC's fixed line services declaration review has re-ignited an ancient debate about whether the regulator should pry open Telstra's and Optus' HFC cables.
Richard Chirgwin, 28 Aug 2013

Red Hat mints OpenStack certification

Red Hat is getting into the business of OpenStack certification as the open source company tries to co-opt some of the enthusiasm for the cloud platform and turn it into cash.
Jack Clark, 28 Aug 2013

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