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Cryptolocker infects cop PC: Massachusetts plod fork out Bitcoin ransom
Massachusetts cops have admitted paying a ransom to get their data back on an official police computer infected with the devilish Cryptolocker ransomware.
US Patent Office disputes crucial scroll-and-bounce Apple tech – Samsung demands patent trial halt
Samsung has launched a pair of last-ditch efforts to thwart its ongoing technology patent infringement legal battle with Apple.
Microsoft sues Acacia for suing Microsoft
The hoop-snake world of patent trolling just took another bite on its own tail, with Microsoft suing Acacia Research over licenses Microsoft licensed from Acacia Research, but which Acacia Research has declined to license to Microsoft.
Cisco's reverse mentoring plan helps middle-aged managers grok Gen Y
Cisco has implemented a reverse mentoring program that sees its younger and less-experienced staff advise its managers, the better to help the latter develop strategy.
Qualcomm slips out new Snapdragon hardness to gush 4K vids into palms
While the media industry is convinced 4K televisions are the next big thing, Qualcomm claims its new Snapdragon 805 processor will bring 4,000 pixel content to smartphones.
Microsoft zaps self in foot with WinPho/Office remote control app
Microsoft Research has released something cute: a Windows Phone app that acts as a “remote control” for Office 2013.
Boffins ponder wireless 'hetnets' as home backhaul helpers
Heterogeneous networks – hetnets, or WiFi offloading – are all the rage among carriers and equipment vendors, but it generally assumes the WiFi access point has a wired connection.
Who wants a Xeon-powered, 12-core, RAID 10 … LAPTOP?
The exotic laptop lads at Eurocom have just unleashed another in their series of very peculiar contraptions: the Panther 5SE laptop.
Magnetic slurry could deliver heatsink-as-a-service
Serious water-cooled gamer-rig types will probably get busy experimenting with iron filings, water and magnets, to see if they can maker-reproduce research that uses magnets to create what amounts to a switch-on, switch-off heatsink.
Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina
Qatar has unexpectedly delighted international pundits by unveiling the design for its 2022 World Cup Al Wakrah stadium, whose roof is designed to represent "the sails of the Arabian pearl fishing boat the Dhow", but actually bearing more than a passing resemblance to a woman's nether regions.
Hate Skype now it's part of Microsoft? How about a Chinese clone, then?
Look out Skype; China Mobile has launched a new VoIP service in a bid to snag international users making or receiving calls from the People’s Republic.
Google's Schmidt predicts end to global censorship in a DECADE
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has been shooting his mouth of again – this time predicting the end of global internet censorship within a decade.
SCADA flaws put world leaders at risk of TERRIBLE TRAFFIC JAM
In November 2014, leaders of the G20 group of nations will convene in Brisbane, Australia, for a few days of plotting to form a one-world government high-level talks aimed at ensuring global stability and amity.
UK defamation law reforms take effect from start of 2014
Justice minister Lord McNally has told the House of Lords that the new Defamation Act, which received Royal Assent in April, will take effect from the start of next year.
From Dept of REALLY? Sueball lobbed at Apple over crap iOS Maps app
A fangurl has launched a class action suit on behalf of everyone who had thought the iPhone was an unfailingly accurate navigational tool and was accordingly disappointed with the quality of Apple's iOS Maps app.
Darknet: It's not just for DRUGS. Ninja Banking Trojan uses it too
Russian-speaking virus writers have brewed up a stealthy strain of banking Trojan that communicates over peer-to-peer networks using an encrypted darknet protocol that's arguably even stealthier than TOR: I2P.
Dear-ly beloved: Apple’s costly iPad Mini with Retina Display
ReviewLast year’s iPad Mini really was playing second fiddle to the regular iPad. Not merely smaller than its sibling, the Mini had a much lower resolution display. It had a less powerful processor too. It felt like a product Apple was obliged to make rather than one it actually wanted to.
Dry, cold and volatile: How to survive Mars, and your fellow crew
FeatureWhat did you want to be when you grew up? Chances are as a follower of Dr Who, you wanted to be a Time lord.
Meet Stuxnet's stealthier older sister: Super-bug turned Iran's nuke plants into pressure cookers
AnalysisNewly published research has shined new light on super-malware Stuxnet's older sibling – which was also designed to wreck Iran's nuclear facilities albeit in a different way.
HURRI-KANO: Raspberry Pi kit for kids STORMS past funding target
You don‘t know the POWER of the Dark Side Register.
Don't PANIC, but these SMARTWATCH-stuffed boxes are going NOWHERE
Santa's sack may be bulging this Chrimbo but it'll be slabs rather than smartwatches weighing the old boy down.
DataDirect Networks beefs up its 1.7 MILLION IOPS monster
DataDirect Networks has boosted its already big, mean and fast SFA12K big data/HPC storage arrays to go faster still with the SFA12KX product, running at up to 48GB/sec from a single appliance.
What does the NHS’s new IT plan really want to extract from us?
FeatureFollowing last month’s announcement of a £1m nationwide spam drop, what now for care.data, the NHS's latest multi-million pound big data project?
Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab
ReviewSo we’re all Dom Joly now - shouting into gigantically oversized phones. Well, not everybody - but large devices have seen amazing sales increase in the 18 months, catapulting them out of the techie niche they’ve quietly inhabited for years.
ROCK FROM MARS FOUND in Africa, reveals Red Planet's SECRETS
Boffins have dated a piece of Martian meteorite they reckon is the oldest bit of the planet ever collected.
Green supercomputer benchmarks make boffins see red, check blueprints
SC13The biannual Green500 list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers has broken new ground in two important ways: for the first time an HPC system broke the 4 gigaflops per watt barrier, and also for the first time all the top 10 systems benefitted from GPU acceleration. Then there's a third bit of note: the benchmarks are rubbish.
Star Wars exec: These ARE THE DROIDS I was LOOKING FOR
The next Star Wars movie will see the return of droid favourite R2-D2, who will be built for the film by two Brit fans who are in a Star Wars robot-building club.
Macy's: Now with Apple's Minority Report ads system that TRACKS your iPHONE
Shoppers at the American department store Macy's are set to be the first to be tracked by Apple's controversial new iSpy system.
Ultra-green Europeans scorn Facebook's data centre blueprint
Facebook’s Open Compute Project has found little overt support in Europe to date, the firm’s data centre boss said today, in part because of those crazy continentals’ obsession with carbon neutrality over efficiency.
Capita: We WILL be more accountable for our services
A restructure at Capita IT Services is long overdue - well it has been eight whole months since the last one - so the healing mitts of MD Peter Hands have once again grasped the org chart for a rejig.
Acer kills CEO job before CEO starts: All goes Wong after Wang pull-out
It is a momentus day for ailing PC maker Acer: founder and former CEO Stan Shih has agreed to exit retirement, albeit temporarily, to try to dig the business out of a deepening hole.
BAD ALTITUDE: The highs and lows of Doctor Who
Doctor Who @ 50The Doctor’s many visits to Earth have seen him not only venture around the globe but also far above and below its surface.
Microsoft touts SCROOGLE merch: Hopes YOU'LL PAY to dump on rival
If you're bothered by the various ways Google uses the data you submit to its services to serve you targeted ads, then Microsoft has the T-shirt for you. Or a coffee mug, perhaps. You know – stuff that totally isn't ads.
ICO: Private dicks broke data-protection rules when they blagged data
Two private investigators who tricked organisations into revealing personal details about customers have been found guilty of breaching the Data Protection Act.
Bill Gates orders hitman to kill right-hand man Steve Ballmer
Bill Gates has carried out the bloody murder of his former friend and colleague Steve Ballmer.
Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly
Doctor Who @ 50Today, the world of 1963 seems extraordinarily remote - and narrow. The “Beatles” name was still a jarring pun, and Telstar live transatlantic TV was just a little over a year old. I remember seeing JFK via Telstar when it kicked off, and then again that November in Dallas in 1963. There were no supermarkets, no plastic bags, and nobody calling social services when this eight-year-old was sent to pick up 20 Kensitas for his mother from the grocer across the street.
Google rolls out fibre to 3 million Ugandans: Ni marungi*, nyan cat
Ad kingpin Google is flashing its talons in Kampala, Uganda, where it has built - in its own words - "a super-fast, high-capacity fibre network to enable any local mobile operator or ISP to connect more people" in the African city.
Intel pulls up SoCs, reveals 'integrated' memory on CPUs
Intel said it was working on stacking a layer of memory on its Xeon processors to run memory-bound workloads faster.
Rob 'Flipper' Bearden plans to FLOAT his Hadoop heffalump
To some, Rob Bearden is a hero. In just a few years, the venture capitalist flipped two open-source startups, turning diamonds in the rough into gems in the corporate M&A crown.
FCC: How we'll RIP 'n' REPLACE OLD phone system for new IP tech
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is talking up the potential of a looming overhaul of the nation's telephony service.
Native Americans were actually European - BEFORE the Europeans arrived!
DNA from a prehistoric Siberian boy could reveal exactly where Native Americans - the people who occupied the American continents before Europeans crossed the Atlantic - actually came from.
US House and Senate push patent troll bills
The US House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee has voted 33-5 to send a bill to the full House that aims to stop abusive patent lawsuits and so-called patent trolls.
Kaminario in amazeballs all-flash K2 streaming-storage benchmark brag
Kaminario has taken the SPC-2 streaming storage benchmark, shook it hard, wrung it out, and left everyone else for dust with its K2 all-flash array, with a result nearly twice as fast as the previously top-ranked Oracle ZFS array.
Microsoft: Play hookey on Xbox One day - chug a dose of ZOMBIE FLU
The Microsoft Xbox One team has drawn up a draft sick note for layabouts hoping to take Friday off work to play with their new games consoles.
BAFFLING power cockup halts NASA's nuclear Mars tank Curiosity
NASA has halted its rover Curiosity on Mars for a few days while engineers on Earth attempt to figure out what caused an electrical fault in the robot.
Huge horde of droids whacks code box GitHub in password-guess attack
Miscreants have fired up a large army of remote-controlled computers to get around GitHub's login rate-limiting policies, designed to thwart attempts to brute-force guess the passwords for its users' accounts.
Forget ANGELINA JOLIE, Xbox One struts red carpet in London's Leicester Square
London's Leicester Square has been rebranded as "Xbox One Square" ahead of the release of Microsoft's next generation games console.
Google slips Chromecast stick into SAUCY new partner: HBO Go
Chromecast users have another string to their media bow with the addition of HBO Go to the list of media companies streaming content through Google's cheap and cheerful dongle.
Facebook helps coders get their Rocks off with flash-wringing DB lib
Facebook has developed an open-source database library that wrings more performance out of server-side flash storage than ever before, while building on previous technology published by Google.
Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ
PicsForget self-driving cars. How about flying ones? Reports have emerged of what appears to be a mysterious airborne vehicle being developed by a stealth company operating near Google's Mountain View headquarters.
Intel on the alert: Thick, acrid smog in China, India is EATING servers
Intel is reporting that server boards and connectors in India and China are suffering from corrosion due to the high levels of smog.
MY EYES! Earth engulfed by BRIGHTEST EVER killer gamma-ray burst
Earth has been bathed in its largest recorded burst of gamma rays after a star in the constellation Leo, 3.7 billion light-years away, collapsed in on itself to form a black hole.
Tiny, invisible EXTRATERRESTRIAL INVADERS appear at South Pole
Scientists at the South Pole have detected a collection of warp speed neutrinos from deep space that could help explain the origins of the universe.
Forget terabit Ethernet, the next step is 400 gig – if we can afford the R&D
SC13 – UpdatedThe current top-end Ethernet standard may be 100 gigabits per second, but don't expect the next step up to be one terabit per second. The days of Ethernet speeds improving by an order of magnitude are gone. Why? Because nobody wants to pay for the necessary research and development – nobody in the US or the EU, that is.
Cisco seeks custody of biz kids amid Phoenix IT Group divorce
Cisco has extended access to its facilities and software upgrades to customers of its soon-to-be-ex "Gold Partner" Phoenix IT Group, which had also provided maintenance services.
Xbox One site belly-up in global Microsoft cloud catastrophe
UpdatedLast time Microsoft's Azure cloud went down, it was a sub-component that flaked out globally, and the time before that it was a certificate problem – now the service is inaccessible again, along with its status page.