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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.
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2013
iPad Mini 2013 and iPad 4

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.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2013
Halliburton patent trolling patent application

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.
Sennheiser SKM 900 wireless microphone

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.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2013
Sony KD-84X9005 84in 4K LED TV

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.
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2013
Windows Phone 8

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.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2013
Home hetnet channel selection diagram

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.
The Eurocomm Pather 5Se Mobile Server supercomputer-class laptop

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.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2013
MIT's experimental setup

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.
Lester Haines, 21 Nov 2013
Smartphone user on Tube

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.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Nov 2013
Google chairman Eric Schmidt, speaking at the 'How Green Is the Internet Summit'

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.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Nov 2013
traffic lights

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.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2013
Old Bailey Lady Justice

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.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Nov 2013
Apple iOS 5 Maps

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.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2013

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.
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2013
Apple iPad Mini 2013

Dear-ly beloved: Apple’s costly iPad Mini with Retina Display

Review Last 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.
Tony Smith, 21 Nov 2013
Thomas Presquet EVA training with NASA photo ESA

Dry, cold and volatile: How to survive Mars, and your fellow crew

Feature What did you want to be when you grew up? Chances are as a follower of Dr Who, you wanted to be a Time lord.
Dave Wilby, 21 Nov 2013
Iranian flag flying

Meet Stuxnet's stealthier older sister: Super-bug turned Iran's nuke plants into pressure cookers

Analysis Newly 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.
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2013
Windows XP

Migrating from Windows XP – Time to move on...

Support for Windows XP ends on 8 April 2014. Much as you hate to let go, sadly the time has come. We can help you make the transition to an XP-free future by helping to plan a successful migration.
David Gordon, 21 Nov 2013
Kano computer kit

HURRI-KANO: Raspberry Pi kit for kids STORMS past funding target

You don‘t know the POWER of the Dark Side Register.
Tony Smith, 21 Nov 2013
ho, ho, ho

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.
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2013

What does the NHS’s new IT plan really want to extract from us?

Feature Following 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?
Jane Fae Ozimek, 21 Nov 2013

Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab

Review So 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.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Nov 2013
Martian meteorite NWA7533

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

SC13 The 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.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Nov 2013
JJ Abrams, Lee Towersey, Oliver Steeples, Kathleen Kennedy and R2-D2

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.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2013
Facebook's new couple page, credit Facebook

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.
Joe Fay, 21 Nov 2013
paper cut-out men holding hands in linked semi-circle

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.
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013
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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.
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013
Doctor Who: Highs and lows

BAD ALTITUDE: The highs and lows of Doctor Who

Doctor Who @ 50 The Doctor’s many visits to Earth have seen him not only venture around the globe but also far above and below its surface.
Paul Smith, 21 Nov 2013
Microsoft 'Scroogled' mug

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.
Neil McAllister, 21 Nov 2013

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.
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2013

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.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2013

Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly

Doctor Who @ 50 Today, 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.
John Lettice, 21 Nov 2013

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Nov 2013
Xeon plus stack of memory

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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2013
Hortonworks logo

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.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Nov 2013
FCC logo

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.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2013

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.
Lewis Page, 21 Nov 2013

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 SPC-2 result

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.
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2013
Xbox 360 250GB

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.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2013
Curiosity self-portrait at Rocknest in the Gale Crater

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.
Github octodex

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.
Jack Clark, 21 Nov 2013

Hello Warsaw: Greenland ice loss will be OK 'even under extreme scenarios'

The UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw is set to wind up tomorrow, probably without establishing any real prospect of human carbon emissions being seriously reduced in the foreseeable future. Many are worried that this could mean disastrous rises in sea level this century, with associated human misery on a grand scale.
Lewis Page, 21 Nov 2013

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.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2013

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.
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2013
The Valley - code

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.
Jack Clark, 21 Nov 2013
Repo Man

Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ

Pics Forget 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.
Neil McAllister, 21 Nov 2013

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.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2013
Artist's impression of a black hole

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.
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2013

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.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2013

Forget terabit Ethernet, the next step is 400 gig – if we can afford the R&D

SC13 – Updated The 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.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Nov 2013

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.
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013

Xbox One site BELLY-UP in GLOBAL Microsoft cloud catastrophe

Updated Last 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.
Jack Clark, 21 Nov 2013
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Jury: Samsung must cough $290m of $379m Apple wanted - NOT in 5 cent pieces

After three days of deliberation, the jury in Apple's patent fight with Samsung has determined that the South Korean chaebol will have to pay Cupertino $290m in damages and lost profits after pinching its designs.
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2013