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Xbox One and chum

Microsoft plugs Xbox One consoles into its cloud - what could go wrong?

Microsoft is wiring Windows Azure directly into its forthcoming Xbox One games console – giving game developers server-side processing and gamers the chance of cloud brownouts ruining their playtime.
Jack Clark, 17 Oct 2013

CSIRO unveils new bushfire software and knowledge base

With Australia already embroiled in the earliest-starting fire season in memory, it's pertinent that the CSIRO is working on improving our ability to model and predict bushfire behaviour.
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Facebook TEENS EXPOSED to entire WORLD

Facebook has once again tweaked its privacy settings, so if your teenagers use the social network, it could be time for you to sit them down for a little talk.
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2013
underwater internet

Screw Internet-of-Things: Boffins build Internet-of-Sound UNDERWATER

Scientists at the University of Buffalo (UB) have tested an underwater network that could make internet-like communications across the world's oceans a possibility.
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2013

Microsoft saddles up for a ride on Sky Giraffe

Microsoft Ventures, Redmond's entry to the wonderful world of high-risk technology investing, has written its first cheque.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2013

Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

A group of boffins from Carnegie Mellon University is proposing that inkblot-style patterns form the basis of a system to replace CAPTHCAs, and is offering an open challenge to see how well it works.

OpenStack adds F5 as member

F5 Networks has become the latest vendor to sling bling in the direction of the OpenStack Foundation.
Confused computer keyboard

Most 'cloud' traffic never sees the cloud: Cisco

A disconnect seems to be emerging between the technologies vendors believe are important in the cloud, and the way traffic is flowing between cloud data centres.
SOURCE:  http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=view&id=1412135

Feline OVERLORDS ditch camera-toting human servants, film selfie vids

Not content with taking over the internet, your mind, science, and potentially, your wallet, cats will soon no longer require the aid of their human chattel to film them.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2013

Indonesia becomes MOST DANGEROUS place on the internet

Indonesia has had the dubious honour of supplanting China as the number one source of attack traffic globally in the second quarter, according to the latest stats from content delivery and security firm Akamai.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Oct 2013
Yandex logo

Free Cocaine giveaway from Russian search engine Yandex

Russia's leading search engine, Yandex, has launched a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering named “Cocaine”.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2013
Ship in trouble

Leaky security could scuttle global ship-tracking system

Security researchers have found a major flaw in the Automatic Identification System (AIS), a mandatory tracking system for ships, which could leave the 400,000 vessels currently using it globally wide open to terrorists or pirates.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Oct 2013

Managing multi-vendor devices with System Centrer 2012

Training On 28 November at 11am GMT, we’re broadcasting a live training session to show you one way of solving the business-critical challenge of managing multi-vendor devices. You'll be able to watch it for free from the comfort of your desk/sofa/bed.
David Gordon, 17 Oct 2013
LG Google TV

Do not adjust your set: TV market slows, 'connected TV' grows

Opinion It is always annoying when forecasters fail to forecast disruption: this is probably the most important part of the future to forecast, rather than incremental rises and blips in revenues.
Faultline, 17 Oct 2013
Square reader on an iPod Touch

Send dosh (insecurely) via email, Jack Dorsey's Square tells punters

Not content with revolutionising shopping as we know it, uber-cool money-transfer outfit Square has launched a peer-to-peer payment system – secured only by an SMTP password.
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2013

EC: NSA slurps scare you? Europe's clouds are open for business

The European Commission has outlined its aim for the EU to become a "world leading" cloud computing market on matters relating to data protection and security.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Oct 2013

Reg reader's nipper takes felt pens to Vulture 2

We're progressing nicely towards selecting a lively livery for our Vulture 2 spaceplane, although following publication earlier this week of the first batch of reader suggestions, Stelios Zacharias got in touch to insist "my four-year-old can design better than that".
Lester Haines, 17 Oct 2013

Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

Anki, the racing toy maker clipped together by a band of robotics boffins, will begin selling its iDevice-controlled slot car set Anki Drive in just over five days’ time.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2013
The Hulk

How mystery DDoSers tried to take down Bitcoin exchange with 100Gbps crapflood

Exclusive Web security firm Incapsula helped a Chinese Bitcoin trader to weather a ferocious denial-of-service attack last month when the volume of inbound traffic to the site peaked at 100Gbps.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2013
A fossil of the megacheiran Leanchoilia illecebrosa, showing its characteristic forceps-like great appendages

Behold, the MONSTER-CLAWED critter and its terrifying SPIDER BRAIN

Pic Boffins have uncovered the earliest known complete central nervous system in a never-before-described water-spider-like creature that prowled the ocean 520 MILLION years ago.

BSkyB profit knocked by BT footie struggle and O2 broadband costs

BSkyB has felt the pinch from huge operating costs as it continues to battle with its pay-TV archrival BT and absorbs the buyout of O2's consumer broadband network.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2013

Ubisoft's Watch Dogs muzzled by delays

Spooks working at one of Europe's largest defence contractors have warned that the delayed Ubisoft game Watch Dogs could create a whole new generation of hackers.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2013

Ofcom flogs ex-military 4G spectrum, but ONLY the iPhone 5 can use it

A fresh round of 4G spectrum auctions are in the offing as Ofcom proposes selling off surplus military frequencies at 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz, despite the fact that only the iPhone 5 can make any use of it.
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2013

Twitter hires Google ad exec: Microblogging? We've heard of it

Twitter has poached a Google ad exec to be its head of retail, as it expands its business in preparation for its IPO.
Artist's concept of Curiosity

METEORITES, not MEN, are FROM MARS: NASA rover's shock discovery

A foolproof way of telling whether a given meteorite fallen here on planet Earth is actually from Mars has been developed, courtesy of NASA's nuclear-powered rover Curiosity prowling across the ochre landscape of our planetary neighbour.
Lewis Page, 17 Oct 2013

eBay warns investors: Don't expect 'em to stuff stockings with our tat

Shares in eBay tumbled in after-hours trading on Wall Street, after the online tat bazaar coughed to a "cautious outlook" for the holiday season in the US.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2013
Pin to start in Windows 8.1

Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

Analysis Microsoft today unleashed Windows 8.1, the version to soothe folks ruffled by the touchscreen-friendly user interface.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Oct 2013

NSA reporter leaves paper for eBay billionaire backed media biz

Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the NSA surveillance story, is leaving British daily The Guardian to join a mysterious new eBay billionaire-backed publication.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2013
Houses of Parliament in night-time

MPs to review laws on UK spy-snoopery after GCHQ Tempora leaks

Parliament's intelligence services watchdog is to hold an inquiry into whether or not UK surveillance laws need updating in light of Edward Snowden's revelations into GCHQ's activities.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2013
Columns of coins in the cloud

HP cloud overlord backs UK distie Westcoast as it flogs its fluff to small biz

Small biz customers have been bitten by the cloud bug but large enterprises and government types are altogether less open to outsourcing IT or broadcasting their data into the electronic ether.
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2013
Cool-er eBook Reader

Apple appoints top Obama legal eagle as antitrust watchdog

High profile attorney Michael Bromwich, fresh from his latest stint as the top US offshore drilling watchdog, has been tapped to serve as Apple's antitrust compliance monitor.
Keith Alexander

NSA boss Alexander and deputy to take a hike next year

Comment The head of the NSA and his deputy are both expected to leave the signals intelligence agency over the next six months, unnamed US officials told Reuters.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2013
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Former Nokia boss Ollila: Stephen Elop was second-choice CEO

Former Nokia boss Jorma Ollila, who made the Finnish company the global leader in mobile phones for a decade, has published his memoirs: Mahdoton menestys ("An Impossible Success").
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2013

Enormo US reseller Insight rejigs top bods across rest of world

US-owned reseller Insight is clearing out a chunk of heavy duty sales experience to cut its cloth for leaner trade, say The Channel's sources.
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2013
LG 5in, 440dpi, 1920 x 1080 display panel

LG Display: No one buys TVs any more, but mobe screens? KerCHING

LG Display has reported its highest quarterly profit this year as smartphone screens for mobes like the iPhone continue to prop up poor returns in TV displays.
Acronis logotype

Acronis CEO: Anyone can undercut Amazon. Reg hack: Prove it

Blocks and Files Data backup company Acronis Storage is going to enable cloud storage service providers to undercut Amazon S3 storage pricing, according to its CEO.
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2013

Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

Microsoft is rolling out Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade for all Windows 8 users. But installing the new OS may not be as simple as it sounds, particularly for those with multiple PCs to manage, or those who installed the earlier Windows 8.1 Preview.
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2013

COFFEE AND DANISH HELL: National ID system cockup forces insecure Java on Danes

A bungled IT upgrade has downed Denmark's universal NemID login system, forcing people to stay on an insecure version of Java if they want to carry out online banking, check their insurance, or retrieve tax return information.
Jack Clark, 17 Oct 2013
European Union Flag

A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

The European Commission has asked for comments on a proposed deal with Samsung that would see the South Koreans pledging not to take patent lawsuits to court for five years in exchange for avoiding a massive fine.
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2013

Google shares surf ad-destroying mobile tsunami to RECORD HIGH

The shift to mobile gadgets is eating into advertising revenue worldwide – but that hasn't stopped ad giant Google reporting whopping sales of $14.89bn, driving its shares to a record high.
Jack Clark, 17 Oct 2013
Enigma Copyright mubsta.com

US red-tape will drain boffins' brains into China, says crypto-guru Shamir

Cryptographer Adi Shamir – the "S" in the RSA encryption algorithm – says "heavy-handed" bureaucracy has prevented him from attending today's NSA-backed Cryptologic History Symposium.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2013
Photo of Ubuntu running on tablets and smartphones

Ubuntu 13.10 lands on desktops, servers and (er, some) phones

As had been foretold, Canonical on Thursday announced the release of Ubuntu 13.10 in flavors for desktop PCs, servers, and mobile devices, going as far as to describe the new version as "a milestone in computing history."
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2013