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Amazon spits out offline DynamoDB tester
Amazon has released a tool to let developers test apps that use the DynamoDB API, and to do so offline.
NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE
Data beamed back from the Voyager 1 spacecraft has shown that the probe has left our Solar System and entered interstellar space, becoming the first manmade object to travel beyond mankind's home system.
Push mail outfit Good Tech wins CC cert
Good Technology is trumpeting a newly-inked EAL4+ Common Criteria certification awarded to the its Good For Enterprise MDM and data protection platform.
Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth
Microsoft has added support for Internet message access protocol (IMAP) to Outlook.com, its web-based email service.
Borland's heir Embarcadero says one dev tool can rule them all
Embarcadero Technologies, the development tools outfit that inherited much of Borland's technology, has released a new product it says can produce native apps for four operating systems from a single codebase.
Lip-wobbling boffins: Eating Chinese food is like kissing a vibrator
Food boffins have found that eating Szechuan pepper, an ingredient commonly found in Chinese food, produces the same sensations as those experienced when using a vibrator.
Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'
The next version of the Linux kernel, version 3.12, has a name: “Suicidal squirrel”.
French ministers told to use only secure comms post-PRISM
French newspaper L'Express has published a memo it says comes from Christophe Chantepy, chief of staff to French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, and which recommends French cabinet ministers stop using smartphones for phone calls because they are not secure.
Zuck off, Zuck: Brit duo's JustDelete.Me nukes clingy web accounts
Two British students have created a website designed to help people nuke their accounts with crappy online services.
Privacy lawsuits: Will sueballs lobbed at US cloud services hit you where it HURTS?
Sysadmin blogThinking of using US cloud services, outsourcing to a US-based provider or just leasing a piece of their cloud and concerned about lawsuits? Here's some food for thought.
One day we'll look back and say this was the end of the software platform
CommentI was once told by an editor not to waste too much time following Apple and other companies that sold hardware and software together.
'Who knew in 1984 that Steve Jobs would be Big Brother?'
QuotwThis was the week when Linus Torvalds, chief Penguin of LinuxLand, unleashed not one, but two mighty rants on the interwebs. First, Torvalds said he resented recent attacks on the integrity of the kernel's security.
Moving from permie to mercenary? Avoid a fine - listen to Ben Franklin
Benjamin Franklin said that nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. He also coined the idea that “time is money”, and once wrote that “wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy”, so we can assume that he would have understood contractors pretty well.
Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs
Something for the Weekend, Sir?If it was tedious putting up with the prelaunch hype, it was at least entertaining this week to watch so many commentators backtrack on the cobblers they’d been serving up just hours before the event.
Huawei CTO insists: 'We are not a threat to UK and US national security'
ExclusiveA top Huawei exec has dismissed claims that his company poses a threat to British and US national security – despite Western government officials' fears over Huawei's alleged connections to the Chinese Communist Party.
IT distie Tech Data must end accounts-unbungling probe within a fortnight
NASDAQ-listed Tech Data has less than a fortnight to get its accounts in order and financial filings up to date, the distributor acknowledged last night.
TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly
Samsung's next smartphone will feature a 64-bit processor, according to co-chief executive Shin Jong-kyun: he's keen to prove it's not only Apple who can stuff more register bits into a chip.
ZTE Open: This dirt-cheap smartphone is a swing and a miss
ReviewOf the various open source Android challengers currently under development, the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox OS was the first to reach the market with actual, commercially available products. The ZTE Open smartphone is one such product. Unfortunately, that's about all it's got going for it.
Nokia's 41Mp Lumia 1020 'launches' in UK - but hoi polloi must wait
Nokia's impressive 41Mp Lumia 1020 flagship may have "launched" worldwide - with festivities including a glitzy Shoreditch gallery party featuring photographer David Bailey, actor Bill Nighy and cannibal entrepreneur Steve Bong - but UK punters won't get delivery until the end of the month.
New head for disk drive array upstart: Coraid moves CEO to board
Ethernet storage biz Coraid has moved Kevin Brown from the CEO seat to its board and installed David Kresse as its new chief exec.
Dominant web ad giant (Google) possibly 'weeks' away from Euro slapdown
Google will learn within weeks if its alleged abuse of dominance in the European search market will earn it a formal complaint from the EU's competition regulator.
Extreme Networks coughs $180m for 'no overlap' rival Enterasys
Plucky upstart Extreme Networks has swallowed the larger, privately held Ethernet switching player Enterasys Networks for $180m in cold hard cash - and some shares.
Hortonworks licks lips, sets sights on snaring fresh SI partners
Hortonworks' SAP reseller agreement is the prelude to a series of big deals with OEMs and SIs in coming months, the company has promised.
Microsoft's swipe'n'swirl pic passwords LESS secure than PINs, warn researchers
Microsoft's promotion of visual passwords, based on tapping pictures and making gestures instead of conventional text passwords, might be a boon for usability. Yet security experts warn the technology is less secure than even a simple 4-digit PIN.
Private Dell: We will not suddenly try to cut out the middleman again
Dell has signalled to channel partners that its transition to private ownership will not mean a return to strategy that it was once famous for - cutting out the middlemen.
It's official: The iPhone 5S bling-mobe IS chavvy. OR, Burberry isn't
One was once famous for the beige-checked baseball caps worn by footie louts across Britain. The other is a fading luxury brand beloved by the Waitrose class.
Microsoft announces iPad amnesty for fanbois
Sick of your iPad and want to swap it for something that's far less desirable? Microsoft wants to help you out.
Amazon cloud goes down in Northern Virginia
UpdatedAmazon's mammoth compute cloud experienced problems on Friday, disrupting the constellation of sites that depend on it, such as Heroku.
Apple updates Mountain Lion, fixes Mail, Wi-Fi bugs
If you've been having problems with Apple's Mail app on your Mac running OS X 10.8.4 Mountain Lion, Cupertinian engineers have felt your pain and now offer a fix: an OS X 10.8.5 update.
Senator halts Google's taxpayer-subsidized executive jet fuel deal
A year-long investigation by US senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) into Google's use of NASA's Silicon Valley airport has shown that the company benefited from buying cheap aviation fuel from NASA at a discounted price arranged by the Pentagon.
Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket
Recently released footage has revealed that an unexpected traveler hitched a ride during the launch of NASA's LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) rocket last Friday.
Happy Friday the 13th! It's Programmers' Day
If your code monkeys aren't answering their emails today, it may not be the curse of Friday the 13th, but instead because they've taken a day of rest to celebrate Programmers' Day.
It's about time: Java update includes tool for blocking drive-by exploits
Oracle's latest update to the Java SE Development Kit (JDK) version 7 adds new security features designed to help businesses avoid being stung by critical vulnerabilities in out-of-date versions of Java.
Couchbase relaxes NoSQL derrière into mobile seats
Database startup Couchbase has developed what it believes is the first NoSQL database for mobile devices, but why would anyone want such a thing?
What's in it for server buyers now that Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v2 is here?
Autumn is on its way and Intel has released the "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v2 server processors just in time to get in line for a chunk of the remaining 2013 IT budget at the data centers of the world. So how are these new processors going to stack up to the existing "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v1 chips, and what can customers expect from server makers who are trying to win business in a flat to down market?
Teen buys WikiLeaks server for $33,000 – with dad's eBay account
The eBay auction of a server formerly used by WikiLeaks has ended with a closing bid of more than $30,000, but the 17-year-old winner will not receive his goods because he bid on the equipment using his father's eBay account without his permission.
The future of PCIe: Get small, speed up, think outside the box
IDF13The near-ubiquitous PCI Express interconnect – aka PCIe – is finding its way into mobile devices, working its way into cabling, and is on schedule to double its throughput in 2015 to a jaw-dropping 64 gigabytes per second in 16-lane configurations.
Billionaire engineer Ray Dolby, 80, dies at home in San Francisco
ObitRay Dolby, the engineer who for most of the last half century has improved our ability to record and play high-fidelity sound and who founded Dolby Labs, has passed away at his home in San Francisco after being diagnosed with acute leukemia earlier in the year.