First Lavabit, now CryptoSeal pulls the plug: VPN service axed
VPN service CryptoSeal has followed Lavabit's example and shuttered its consumer service, saying its CryptoSeal Privacy service architecture would make it impossible to comply with a government order without handing over the crypto keys to its entire system.
Americans shift gaze to cheap(ish) iPhone 5c, rest of world slurps 5s bling
The latest sales data on Apple's iPhone 5c shows that US buyers are coming round to the cheaper handset, but the rest of the world is still giving it the cold shoulder and choosing the more expensive 5s model.
Bigger, fiddly to manage: The second coming of Windows Server 2012
ReviewNew Windows client, new Windows server seems to be the pattern; and October 18, 2013 saw the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as Windows 8.1. The R2 release is a paid-for upgrade, but uses the same CALs (Client Access Licenses) as Server 2012, mitigating the cost of transition.
Surface 2 MYSTERY: Haswell's here, so WHY the duff battery life?
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 fondleslabs arrive on Tuesday, bringing various improvements over the first-generation models. But one area where the new tablets still don't wow is battery life – and that's a disturbing trend for Windows devices in general, some tinkerers have found.
Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps
The highly anticipated Comet ISON, which earlier this month was dubbed not "visually pleasing" by the NASA astroboffins who snapped it with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, has had its portrait taken again as it wends its way towards its rendezvous with the Sun.
New leak claim: NSA saw hole in Mexican prez's email box - and hacked it
America's relationship with its nearest southerly neighbor are frostier than before after it was claimed that in May 2010 the NSA conducted an operation dubbed Flatliquid that hacked the contents of the then-Mexican president's inbox.
Fraudster bought names and address from Experian, says Krebs
Brian Krebs alleges a subsidiary of data aggregator Experian was duped into selling personal information about millions of Americans by a scammer.
VMware's next network virtualisation targets: ELEPHANTS and MICE
VMware's software-defined networking (SDN) Daddy Martin Casado has likened the technique to the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, not the meteor-headed-for-earth scenario of “Armageddon”.
Deploying Turing to see if we have free will
Alan Turing didn't just lay the theoretical basis for modern computing and save Britain in World War Two by defeating German cryptography: one of his problems also provides a theoretical basis for understanding free will, according to MIT quantum theorist Seth Lloyd.
Chinese hotel guests find data spaffed all over the internet
Chinese hotel-goers beware – newspaper reports from the Middle Kingdom claim that the personal details of thousands of guests from major hotel chains have been leaked online.
Go East! Rackspace expands public cloud to Asia
Rackspace Hosting announced the launch of its first public cloud service in Asia in Hong Kong today, allowing businesses in the region to tap the firm’s Hybrid Cloud offering for a more flexible mix-and-match approach to IT infrastructure.
UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters
Wokingham is a town that's not famous for anything in particular. But that could be set to change after it was named the unlikely tech capital of Great Britain.
APAC PC shipments plunge 12 PER CENT since 2012
APAC’s PC market showed some brief signs of recovery in Q3 but currency fluctuations and fuel price rises contributed to a disappointing 12 per cent year-on-year decline in shipments, according to IDC.
Baldness fix from foreskin follicles
Boffins from America and the UK are claiming success in the decades-long hunt to create new hair follicles: they've successfully grown follicles in the lab, on circumcised foreskins.
Hey coders – get a sense of hUMA: AMD to free GPU from CPU slavery
AMD is to manufacture microprocessors that connect their on-board CPU and GPU components more intelligently than ever before.
Coraid and CommVault team up, grab biz barons' backup from HP, Sepaton
CommentAt IP EXPO, Coraid and CommVault were flaunting their love after partnering up on a new venture to provide scaleable data management and protection solutions for enterprise folk.
Web-email king Mail.ru gulps $15k fine, fights govt demand to slurp data
Internet email maestro Mail.ru is fighting the Russian government's request for its customer data.
Feds charge Vietnamese suspect with slurp'n'flog of half-a-million Americans' ID data
A Vietnamese man has been charged in connection with a long-running scam involving the theft and resale of what the DoJ rather hiply refers to as the "fullz”* (personal information) of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Whoo-whoo. What's that sound? It's the DataCore Express passing '10k'
Storage-area-network (SAN) software supplier DataCore has, we're told, notched up 10,000 customer sites. DataCore is based in Florida and ships SANsymphony and allied SAN software products that turn standalone and clustered X86 servers and their storage into SANs.
Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET
Brit kids are engaged in risky behaviour online, including arranging meetings with people they meet on the internet and playing games intended for older age groups, according to a new study.
SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets
Nokia WorldNokia announced a rival to its new owner’s Surface RT tablets today, along with its first two phablets, aka phondleslabs, at the final Nokia World partner event in Abu Dhabi today.
Motorola parcels up enterprise Wi-Fi biz amid selloff rumours
Motorola – the bit which makes money and wasn't bought by Google – is looking to offload its Wi-Fi business now that everyone and their dog is flogging access points to enterprises.
Fast is the new Black: WD gives laptops' spinning rust a new whirl
WD has bumped up the I/O speed of its Black line of desktop disk drives, with dynamic caching technology featuring in its marketing material.
LOHAN's vital statistics splashed across fruity display
Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission has just been served an extra slice of Raspberry Pi in the form of an all-singing, all-dancing balloon chase system.
HUMANS all come FROM AFRICA: HERPES does not lie
Many lotharios will agree that there's nothing attractive about a cold sore - but the virus behind this common affliction is proving very useful in tracing the migration patterns of early humans.
Exagrid... heave: Storage troops push out range-topping dedupe box
There is a new range-topper for Exagrid's deduplicating backup to disk arrays, the EX21000E.
D-Link hole-prober finds 'backdoor' in Chinese wireless routers
Security researchers say they have discovered a hidden backdoor in wireless routers from Chinese hardware manufacturer Tenda.
Don't lose control of those fast-breeding endpoints
Sysadmin blogSo you want to know about security? Well you have come to the right place. I have been here for a while and I can tell you that outside these gates it’s full of cowboys, sharks and pirates, none of whom will hesitate to take what is yours and call it their own.
Beak orders Yahoo! to get on with Microsoft Search rollout in Asia
Yahoo! has been ordered by a US judge to get on with the rollout of Microsoft Search in Hong Kong and Taiwan as per their partnership deal.
Ryanair boss Mike O'Leary hits Twitter: 'Nice pic. Phwoaaarr!'
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary took to Twitter yesterday in what was either the PR coup of the year or an unmitigated disaster, depending on how wily you reckon he is.
MoJ fined £140K for EMAILING privates of 1,000 inmates
A monumentally silly clerical error led to the personal details of all the prisoners serving at HMP Cardiff being emailed to three of the inmates’ families.
Ingram exec reshuffle leads to exit of UK and Italy veeps
Ingram Micro has waved goodbye to a several Euro veeps with Johan Vandenbussche and Vincenzo Baggio the victims of a top level reshuffle.
'Donkey-tugging' EU data protection law backed by MEPs
MEPs voted for an overhaul to existing data protection laws in Europe late yesterday, after the parliament's civil liberties committee made nearly 4,000 amendments to Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding's draft bill.
Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED
Google has pulled multiple Android apps that relied on a popular mobile app library that posed a severe security risk.
Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab
ReviewNokia's first Windows RT tablet – the 10.1in 2520 – was unveiled today, showing how wise the company was to bide its time.
SAP cuts back on development of Business ByDesign software unit
SAP is halting development of its unwanted Business ByDesign hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) service and swapping to services running on its HANA systems.
Nokia shows off camera gimmicks to PIMP YOUR PICCIES
Nokia WorldNokia introduced some new imaging technology which allows your Facebook chums to interact and fiddle with the depth field on your photos while you do the same to theirs.
Seagate: Fibre Channel? RAID? SATA? File System? All RUBBISH
Seagate is building hard disk drives with a direct Ethernet interface and object-style API access for scalable object stores, a plan which - if it works - would destroy much of the existing, typical storage stack.
Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids
Britain's Prime Minister has slammed Facebook after the social network appeared to have lifted its ban on users posting graphic videos of beheadings.
Debt hangs heavy on Stone: Yes we make PCs. For the public sector
Stone Computers would appear to be caught between a, er, rock and a hard place: it specialises in building PCs for the public sector, both areas of industry that have fallen on hard times of late.
BBC to spaff £18 MILLION of licence fee cash... on BIG DATA
The Beeb is planing to chuck up to £18m worth of licence fee payers' cash at data analytics suppliers to work their dark arts at the corporation.
Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers
Netflix's foray into original programming has paid off, with global subscriber numbers jumping past 40 million and profits quadrupling from the same period last year.
CommVault cooks up sueball-dodging data-sifting cloudy archive shifter
CommVault is now able to auto-select subsets of data to be archived in Glacier, Azure or Rackspace clouds after adding Reference Copy to its Simpana software suite.
Federal squeeze hits EMC as revenues and profits nose downwards
The US federal spending shutdown has hit EMC's results, causing declines in both revenues and profits compared to the previous quarter.
Microsoft boffins test rival 'Google Glass' geek goggles, say insiders
Microsoft is working on a competitor to Google Glass: it's apparently sourcing parts and refining designs while it waits to see if there's a market for tiny screens perched on one's nose.
Very handy: Nokia’s DC-50 wireless-charging power brick for your mobe
Nokia WorldAlthough it didn’t merit a mention in today’s keynote at Nokia World, a new power accessory revealed today could come in very handy indeed.
IBM thrusts mighty cloud erection at US gov after Amazon beds CIA spies
IBM is building a US government cloud center in Washington DC to win over public-sector tech buyers.
Keyboard fatigue? Now you can SCRAWL in Gmail and Google Docs
In an effort to make it easier to enter multilingual text into its online services, Google has added handwriting input support to Gmail and Google Docs.
NSA-friendly cyber-slurp law CISPA back on the table with new Senate bill
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which allows private companies to share customer information with the NSA and others in the name of cybersecurity, is back on the legislative agenda.
SanDisk coughs to powering Kaminario's SPC-1 smackdown
Surprise, surprise: Kaminario's SPC-1 topping K2 flash array used SSDs from enterprise-supplying newbie SanDisk.
You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy
As expected, Apple refreshed its iPad lineup on Tuesday morning. Unexpectedly, it renamed its top-of-the-line 9.7-inch tablet to the iPad Air.
Top architect: The TRUTH about dead Steve Jobs' new spaceship Apple HQ
VidApple's new spaceship-like fruit-loop-shaped headquarters in Cupertino wasn't originally planned to be circular, architect Norman Foster has revealed.
While world drools over Apple, Microsoft fixes Windows RT 8.1 update
Microsoft has once again made the Windows RT 8.1 update available via the Windows Store, following an earlier boondoggle that left some owners of ARM-based Surface RT tablets unable to boot their devices.
DARPA slaps $2m on the bar for the ULTIMATE security bug SLAYER
It's a bad day for the vulnerability scanning industry: DARPA has announced a new multi-million-dollar competition to build a system that will be able to automatically analyze code, find its weak spots, and patch them against attack.
New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight
Proving yet again that there's no such thing as a secret in the tech world anymore, Apple has – as widely rumored – produced a new iPad mini with a Retina display.
How do you solve a problem like MariaDB? Give it $20m ... right, Intel?
MariaDB expert SkySQL has taken on $20m in filthy valley lucre to help it build a drop-in replacement database for Oracle's MySQL.
Telstra launches budget ISP
Australia's dominant telco and ISP, Telstra, has quietly launched a budget service.