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SAP inks Hadoop deals with Intel and Hortonworks
SAP has partnered with Intel and Hortonworks to resell the two companies' Hadoop offerings, as the enterprise software giant tentatively gets involved with the new fashionable data platform.
SolAce, Team Arrow inch towards Solar Challenge starting line
World Solar ChallengeThe University of Western Sydney will soon be heading north with its World Solar Challenge entrant, while in Queensland, Team Arrow is getting ready for a pre-race public run on the weekend of 14 September.
BlackBerry goes all 'patch Tuesday' with multi vuln fixes
BlackBerry has issued four patches covering vulnerabilities in Flash, Webkit and libexif on its devices.
Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case
Google, Motorola and Samsung are fielding new patent suits from Corel-owned Micrografx over graphics rendering, covering a slew of Android-based products as well as the Chocolate Factor's Google Maps.
One more thing ... Beijing green lights iPhone in China
Apple's infamously stage-managed launch events have been upstaged by China's government, which let it be known the fruity phone company has been granted a license to operate its new iPhone 5S and 5C models on China Mobile’s forthcoming 4G network after its Beijing launch yesterday.
NORKS fingered for APT on South Korean think tanks
Security researchers have unearthed yet another highly targeted advanced persistent threat (APT) attack, this time launched by suspected North Korean attackers against a small group of South Korean think tanks.
Top UK billionaires considerably richer than Chinese ones ... for now
A rundown of the richest people in China has revealed that the very wealthiest British billionaires collectively boast more cash than their counterparts in the People's Republic.
European Commission plans net neutrality push
The European Commission (EC) has proposed to enshrine net neutrality in its statute books, with President José Manuel Durão Barroso signalling his intention to adopt the “connected continent” agenda proposed by commissioner for the Digital Agenda and veep Neelie Kroes.
Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap
There isn't a product, or even a prototype, but if it could be made to work, why not turn the smartphone into a bunch of replaceable modular components on a standard backplane?
IETF floats plan to PRISM-proof the Internet
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has posted “PRISM-Proof Security Considerations” aimed at making it much harder for governments to implement programs like the PRISM effort whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed as one of the tools in the NSA's spookery toolbag.
LOHAN doomsday box dubbed BRASTRAP
The results of our reader poll are in, and we're delighted to report that our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) doomsday box will forthwith be officially known as the Big Red Abort Switch To Release Aerial Payload, aka BRASTRAP.
Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap
What are the implications of Apple’s 64-bit ARM A7 processor for the iPhone user who upgrades to the new 5S? Not as many as you might think.
Everybody Loves Rayman: Legends dethrones Mario
Game TheoryHeading this week’s games was meant to be Total War: Rome II, but a PC malfunction means I’m having to postpone marching off up the Appian Way until next time. No matter, however, as a feast of games still awaits – including the year’s best platformer...
Seagate rejected buyout offer for Virident – analyst
Hard drive supremos Seagate had first refusal on buying out enterprise flash startup Virident – and turned it down, leaving WD free to snap it up for $685m.
iPhone 5S: Fanbois, your prints are safe from the NSA, claim infosec bods
Apple’s decision to bundle a fingerprint scanner with its newly unveiled iPhone 5s has the potential to become a game-changer for personal device authentication.
You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's
High street retailer Maplin will be stocking NFC tags, surely demonstrating that the technology is mainstream even if no one is quite sure what it's for.
In London on 25 Sept? Join us in the pub: It's time for storagebeers
StoragebodSo as the evenings draw in, what could be nicer than a decent pint of beer with great company?
Data-centre biz Phoenix NAP's storage takes a nap, service goes titsup
Faulty hardware at data-centre operator Phoenix NAP has knackered storage systems for customers' virtual machines.
Object storage: The blob creeping from niche to mainstream
Storage dull? Dry? Uninteresting? Not a bit. Everybody and everything uses data storage. Without we'd be lost. And thanks in part to the growth of cloud computing and big data, storage has risen up the agenda.
Storage rage: Like getting a nice steak and being told to only eat 80% of it
StoragebodDespite compression, dedupe and other ways people try to reduce and manage the amount of data that they store, it still seems that many storage infrastructure managers tend to waste many thousands of pounds just by using it according to the vendor’s best practice.
Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality
ReviewMicrosoft will release Windows 8.1, a free update for Windows 8, on 18 October. The plan had been for no pre-release code until then, but Microsoft has back-tracked.
Fingers crossed! Half a trillion quid in public cash entrusted to ageing gov IT
Nearly half a trillion pounds in tax and other revenues lining the UK government's coffers every year are processed by decades-old IT systems - and the National Audit Office is worried.
Steelie Neelie calls for TOTAL BAN on EU mobe roaming charges
The European Commission is planning to scrap all roaming charges across the Continent as part of its efforts to turn the telecoms market into a single market across all EU countries.
Facebook stock-spaffers officially LOSERS: Stock hits all-time high of $45
Facebook shares rose over three per cent to a new high yesterday, finally breaking past $45 for the first time since its IPOcalypse last year.
'NSA PRISM spies' shake down victims with bogus child-abuse vids claims
Crooks are using the NSA's notorious global web surveillance scandal in new ransomware: punters visiting booby-trapped websites are falsely accused of downloading illegal material, told their PCs are now locked from use, and ordered to hand over a cash "fine" to unlock their computers.
4K-friendly Thunderbolt 2 WILL ship this year, Chipzilla pledges
IDF13Chip giant Intel has reiterated its pledge to get a faster version of its Thunderbolt connectivity tech out in time for Christmas and its plethora of high-res vid-streaming kit.
iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)
CommentApple's keynotes seem to command more mainstream front-page press attention than ever before – but each time, there's less and less to report. Is the modern smartphone era limping to a close?
Psst.. Wanna Android all-in-one PC? We have the chip tech, says Intel
IDF13Intel did its bit for the ongoing “tabletisation” of the desktop PC at its Developer Forum this week: it's encouraging engineers to get cracking on Android-powered “Smart Display” systems to go on sale in 2014.
Have you tried turning it off and on again - oh, you did: IT Crowd RETURNS
Cult sitcom the IT Crowd will return to Blighty's televisions in just two weeks, according to the show's Twitter feed.
Shrinking market doesn't scare the NASty boys of storage
The network-attached storage market appears to have shrunk slightly, but it seems that Buffalo, Seagate and Overland think the market's set to grow soon.
Hacker cracks Vodafone Germany, steals data of 2 million customers
A hack on a Vodafone Germany server has exposed the personal details – including banking information – of two million of its customers.
ATTACK of the ROBOT BANKERS brings stock market to its knees
Automated "predatory" robot bankers caused a number of serious glitches that sent the global financial system shuddering to a halt, researchers have claimed.
Shareholders tell Mike 'Just Do It': Dell to go PRIVATE for $24.9bn
Dell shareholders have given the green light to Mickey D to take the company he founded nearly three decades ago private – again.
So WHY does Huawei's enigmatic boss shun the West's spotlight?
The elusive chairman and founder of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei shies away from publicity – not because his past is marred by controversy, but rather because he doesn't want to become the next Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer: a celebrity, of sorts, taking the focus away from the multinational's work.
Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home
It will not come as explosive news to most sensible travellers, but US airline passengers have been warned to leave their grenades at home when getting on a flight.
Tape's NOT dead. WHOMP: This 8.5TB Oracle drive proves it
Oracle has introduced the world's highest capacity tape drive, all raw 8.5TB of it, and the fastest too.
Dell, the man, prevails in quest to wrest Dell, the company, from Wall Street
AnalysisSo that's done, then. Shareholders of IT giant Dell have approved a $24.9bn private takeover bid put together by company founder Michael Dell, Silver Lake Partners, and borrowed dough from Microsoft and a slew of banks. Now Wall Street will be off Dell's back as it tries to reorganize itself for the future of computing, networking, storage, software, and services.
Intel shows off wine-powered processor and biometric boffinry
IDF13Day three of the Intel Developer Forum is usually when the firm shows off its future projects and Chipzilla's in-house anthropologist Dr Genevieve Bell took to the keynote stage to demonstrate a processor powered by wine and mobile phones that use your gait or voice as a password.
Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB
UpdatedGoogle is migrating its MySQL systems over to MariaDB, allowing the search company to get away from the Oracle-backed open source database.
Intel touts 2-in-1s, the 'new' reincarnation of convertibles
IDF13To hear Intel tell it, the Next Big Thing™ in mobile computing will be the "2-in-1" (née "convertible"), which combines a traditional clamshell laptop form factor with a tablet that detaches from the keyboard, or flips, twists, or slides over it.
Twitter announces it's going public, via Twitter
Bird-backed babble network Twitter has filed for an IPO.
Canonical adds ARM servers to Landscape control freak
Commercial Linux distributor Canonical is jumping out ahead of the pack again, and has updated its Landscape management tool for its Ubuntu Server distribution so it can manage instances of Linux running on ARM-based systems as well as the X86 iron it already supports.