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.
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.
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.
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.
Judge smites IBM's anti-Amazon cloud campaign
UpdatedAmazon'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.
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.
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.
Wikipedia Foundation exec: Yes, we've been wasting your money
CommentThe 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.
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.
Listen, Google and Amazon: Soon we may not even use tape for COLD STORAGE
OpinionTape'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi
CommentA 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.
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.
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.
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.
The LUN must DIE. Are you with me, storage bods?
StoragebodI 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.
NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'
+CommentElectrical 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.
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.
Wheels literally FALL OFF solar race contender
World Solar ChallengeIf 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*.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian teams burn up the road on solar car race
World Solar Challenge VideoFour of Australia's five teams in the World Solar Challenge are still rolling towards Adelaide.
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.
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.