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Microsoft wades into cloud with new services, takes the fight to Amazon

Microsoft has tried to close the distance between Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services by confronting the threat posed by Bezos & Co's cloud.
Jack Clark, 08 Oct 2013

Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY

It's a truism that today's young people are born into a world of computers, video games, and the internet, and are therefore much more comfortable with technology than their elders are. But the actual number of so-called digital natives worldwide may still be smaller than you think.
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2013
Tikker, the watch that counts down to your death

DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

A self-described group of "designers, free-thinkers, lovers and life-aficionados" has launched a Kickstarter project for a new digital wristwatch that keeps time by counting down the moments until the wearer's death.
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2013

Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

Julian Robertson, a Wall Street moneyman who has agglomerated billions from his hedge-fund investments, has sold all of his stock in Apple Inc., not because he necessarily believes shoveling his spondulicks towards Cupertino is a bad bet, but because he has come to the conclusion that Steve Jobs was a "really awful" person.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2013
cloud computing Fight

Judge smites IBM's anti-Amazon cloud campaign

Updated Amazon's attempt to muscle in on IBM's territory and grab a slice of oh-so-lucrative government cloud workloads took a step forward on Monday after a Federal Judge ruled in favor of Bezos & Co.
Jack Clark, 08 Oct 2013

AMD details new low-bucks, high-oomph graphics cards

AMD has announced more details on some members of the two new series of Radeon graphics cards it introduced as last month came to a close – the R7 and R9 lines – each based around the company's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and Mantle low-level API optimizations, and introducing AMD TrueAudio technology.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2013
Throwboys' iCEO

Cook invokes GHOST of STEVE JOBS in Apple-wide memo

To some he was the finest of all human beings, while to others he was just responsible for flogging a few overpriced computers. But while the world mourned the second anniversary of Steve Jobs' death on Saturday, Apple employees were left in no doubt about his legacy.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Oct 2013

Wikipedia Foundation exec: Yes, we've been wasting your money

Comment The outbound exec of Wikipedia's tin-rattling nonprofit has admitted the organisation wastes public donations – and says procedures should be fundamentally changed to avoid corruption and self-interest.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Oct 2013

UK bankers prep for cyberwar: Will simulate ATTACK on system

UK banks, the stock market and payment providers will undergo extensive stress tests in November that are designed to test their responses to cyber-attacks.
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2013

Listen, Google and Amazon: Soon we may not even use tape for COLD STORAGE

Opinion Tape's greatest strengths are its low cost/GB, low power cost when offline, endurance and capacity. Its greatest weaknesses are its latency, the time taken to locate and mount a tape in a library and the time taken to locate the data you want on it.
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2013

Digital 'activists' scramble to build Silk Road 2.0, but drug kingpins are spooked

Former Silk Roaders say they are preparing to open new anonymous online drug bazaars after last week's collapse of the illicit Tor marketplace. Meanwhile, drug dealers appear to have taken fright after the takedown of the hidden website.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Oct 2013
Maurice Moss, IT Crowd

Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

Shortly after being told I have Asperger's syndrome, I stood in front of 30-odd people, my work colleagues, telling them I have Asperger’s and what it means to them and to me. Some were like: "Meh, whatever!", some were busy looking their watches: "Is it lunchtime yet?" I could feel my job slowly ebbing away.
Stuart Burns, 08 Oct 2013

Sales dive at UK's oldest tech wholesaler: PC crash splashes Northamber in red

UK wholesaler Northamber swung to a dramatic loss in fiscal '13 caused by a costly restructure, sliding commodity product sales and eroding margins.
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2013

Microsoft TechDays Online: block out your calendar

Promo Microsoft TechDays Online is a lovely opportunity for IT pros and developers to beef up on the latest developments in Microsoft client, server, cloud, system management and developer tools technologies.
David Gordon, 08 Oct 2013

Microsoft watches iPads flood into world's offices: Right, remote desktop clients. It's time

Microsoft will release its own apps to manage all the iOS and Android devices that are flooding into organisations as part of the Bring Your Own Device trend. They will be available for download from app stores later this month.
Tim Anderson, 08 Oct 2013

Reseller giant Misco puts UK workers at risk of redundancy – sources

Reselling monster Misco has put staff working in its customer services, accounts and buyers departments at risk of redundancy, according to sources close to the company.
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2013

Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

A popular mobile ad library used by multiple Android apps poses a severe malware threat, researchers at infosec firm FireEye have warned. The security researchers said that altogether 200 million affected apps had been downloaded.
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2013

Brew me up, bro: 11-year-old plans to make BEER IN SPACE

An 11-year-old boy is set to become the first person to brew beer in space – even though he's far too young to drink.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Oct 2013

Space boffins boycott Kepler 'scope talks after US bans Chinese guests

The global scientific community is up in arms after Chinese researchers were banned from an upcoming NASA conference on the Kepler space telescope for reasons of national security.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Oct 2013
Inside the CMS experiment

Brit boson boffin Higgs bags Nobel with eponymous deiton

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the theory of what came to be known as the Higgs boson.

4 Brits cuffed after shutdown of internet drug shop Silk Road

British cops have nabbed four men in connection with the shutdown of the Silk Road internet drug shop. They said they expect to arrest more in the coming weeks as they tighten the net on the dark web's illicit marketplaces.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Oct 2013

Bling, bling, it's HTC here: Clear us a place on the gold phone bandwagon

While Apple and Samsung mess about with gold-coloured phones, HTC has plated real gold onto five of its HTC One handsets as a promotional exercise for the forthcoming Mobo awards.
Bill Ray, 08 Oct 2013

Alcatel-Lucent slashes 10,000 jobs worldwide

Alcatel Lucent has confirmed it will axe 10,000 employees worldwide as part of a bid to cut €1bn (£850m) in fixed costs by the end of 2015.
LG's 55-inch curved OLED TV screen

LG starts producing flexible, curvy displays you can STROKE

LG's display unit has confirmed it is beginning mass-production of a flexible, "unbreakable" screen for its new smartphones. The screen is capable of curving rather more than one might want on a handset but, more importantly, it's made of plastic.
Bill Ray, 08 Oct 2013
anonymous logo

AVG, Avira and WhatsApp pwned by hacktivists' DNS hijack

The websites of freebie antivirus vendors AVG and Avira as well as mobile messaging service WhatsApp appear to have been hit by a DNS redirection attack today which sent users to pro-Palestinian websites.
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2013
Raspberry Pi

UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

Comment A Sony-owned factory in South Wales has now punched out more than a million Raspberry Pi board computers. This is laudable, but it shouldn’t be taken as a sign that Britain is going to ride to economic recovery on the back of a new generation of young programmers.
Tony Smith, 08 Oct 2013
bug on keyboard

Microsoft hands out $28K to bug-hunters

Microsoft's first ever bug bounty programme has resulted in payouts totalling $28,000 to security researchers who found flaws in the preview release of Internet Explorer 11.
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2013

China softens duty-free stance to revive global IT trade talks

Global trade talks aimed at removing tariffs on a swathe of technology products are set to restart within weeks after China finally agreed to reverse a hardline decision which threatened to derail the ambitious plans.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Oct 2013
Barack Obama in the Oval Office

White House promises glitch fix for Obamacare website

The White House has said that it is fixing the software and capacity problems of the new HealthCare.gov website, which is supposed to be enrolling millions of Americans onto the new health plans promised by Obamacare.
Image by Gabriella Fabbri

The LUN must DIE. Are you with me, storage bods?

Storagebod I know people think that storagebods are often backward thinking and hidebound by tradition and there is some truth in that. But the reality is that we can’t afford to carry on like this.
StorageBod, 08 Oct 2013
NSA's Fort Meade headquarters

NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

+Comment Electrical surges at the National Security Agency's massive data centre in Utah have delayed the opening of the facility for a year as well as destroying hundreds of thousands of dollars in kit, the Wall Street Journal reports.
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2013

EVault offers FlexPod users armoured cloud

EVault is cosying up to NetApp and offering its customers data protection in its proprietary cloud for users of NetApp's scalable infrastructure FlexPod bundle.
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2013
Nuna7 WSC vehicle

Wheels literally FALL OFF solar race contender

World Solar Challenge If you doubt for a moment that central Australia is currently mad for solar energy, know that at the Hilton Hotel in Alice Springs a board offers information on the current temperature, wind speed and strength of sunlight expressed as watts per square metre*.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2013

Zend gifts devs with open source API wrangling kit

PHP specialists Zend have unleashed an open source framework for creating and managing APIs to help developers make their applications interface effectively.
Jack Clark, 08 Oct 2013

Intel loves the 'internet of things' – if the 'things' have Quarks and Atoms in them, anyway

Still licking its wounds from the beating it took in the mobile market, Intel is bound and determined to not get mugged when the next computing big boy comes tromping into town – the Internet of Things, or "IoT" to the digiscenti – and has introduced two chip lines and one interoperability effort to shore up its defenses.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2013

COMET DIAMONDS from SPACE found in Libya's glass desert

A team of scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand have discovered the first evidence of a comet's impact on Earth – a small black pebble filled with diamonds.
Iain Thomson, 08 Oct 2013
HP Chromebook 11

RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

HP has unveiled a new Chromebook that it says borrows design ideas from Google's posh Chromebook Pixel - while still keeping the price tag under $300.
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2013

Oz government knew about PRISM BEFORE Snowden leaks

In a hardly-surprising revelation, it's emerged that Australian government security agencies knew about PRISM before Edward Snowden went public with his leaks about the surveillance system.
Michigan celebrate in Adelaide. Pic: World Solar Challenge

Australian teams burn up the road on solar car race

World Solar Challenge Video Four of Australia's five teams in the World Solar Challenge are still rolling towards Adelaide.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2013
Ballmer Office 2013

Microsoft Office on iPad: U can't touch this (yet) says Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says Office for the iPad is coming, but not before a fully touch-enabled version of the suite arrives for Windows.
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2013

SEC asks Affiliated Computer Services to step aside, snaps on rubber glove

The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing bean counting methods used by Xerox tentacle Affiliated Computer Services.
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2013

AWS' Glacier and RedShift creep into to Australia

Amazon Web Services' (AWS') Glacier data deep freeze* is now available in the cloudy company's Australian region.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2013