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Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

WikiLeaks Party meets Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad

The WikiLeaks Party, the Australian political arm of WikiLeaks, has sent a delegation to Syria and met with the nation's leader Bashar al-Assad.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jan 2014
Astrophysical Journal Letters

'New' nova starts to BLUSH

In early December, astroboffins got all excited when they spotted a 'new' nova visible with the naked eye.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jan 2014
A Skype Tweet composed by a hacker

Skype's Twitter account, blog hacked to spread anti-Microsoft messages

Entities claiming to represent the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) have hacked Skype's social media presences and used them to post anti-Microsoft messages.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jan 2014
Myer's website crash notice

IBM spends holiday season wrangling e-tail FAIL

Update Australia's largest department store's website crashed for the week of post-Christmas sales, leaving IBM and possibly Oracle scrambling to fix the mess.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jan 2014
Intel NUC D54250WYK

Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

Review Never let it be said that Intel doesn’t respond to criticism. Its first Next Unit of Computing (NUC) micro-desktop, which appeared in the first few months of 2013, wasn’t a bad machine, but it prompted grumbles from reviewers (myself included), about some odd design and packaging decisions.
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2014

BEAM ME UP... twice: No local storage on Transporter Sync

Users of Connected Data's new file sharing and synchronisation Transporter Sync device have been complaining about the mini-Transporter's limitation: there is no local storage.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jan 2014
Samsung Diva

Seoul-blackening disappointment for Samsung backers as stock droops

Shares in Samsung Electronics fell to their lowest in four months, dropping over four per cent on Thursday, after analysts said the firm's quarterly earnings were likely to be hit by the strong won and weaker business in its display unit, according to Reuters.
server room

Data rescue lifeguard Zerto surfs in on single pane of glass

Recovery-ware upstart Zerto is riding the cloud wave with improvements to its management side – with a point release that provides a single-pane-of-glass approach.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jan 2014
Snapchat logo

Snapchat: In 'theory' you could hack... Oh CRAP is that 4.6 MILLION users' details?

Hackers claim to have lifted millions of Snapchat usernames and phone numbers, apparently taking advantage of a vulnerability that the messaging service last week dismissed as mostly theoretical.
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2014

Private space truck ready for ISS trip as soon as NEXT WEEK

NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation have announced that the private Cygnus space truck (PDF) will head off to the International Space Station no earlier than 7 January, on the system's first cargo resupply mission to the orbiting outpost.
Lester Haines, 02 Jan 2014
Old scanned snap of two "Mods" on a scooter. By Sergio Calleja  http://www.flickr.com/photos/24899877@N00/101627303 Licensed under  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

Microsoft is attempting to trademark the phrase “Microsoft Mod” in a move being interpreted as step towards renaming the Windows 8/8.1 interface.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jan 2014

Parting the clouds for IT admins: We chat to CloudPhysics

A company's IT Infrastructure is crucial to its survival and success, which is why most companies invest heavily in that area to reduce risk and increase performance.
Artist's impression of a cloudy exoplanet

Alien SUPER-EARTH: If there is LIFE up there, it'll be moaning about the weather

Two of the most common type of planets found in the Milky Way galaxy are cloudy, damp super-worlds, according to data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

CryptoLocker creeps lure victims with fake Adobe, Microsoft activation codes

Miscreants have brewed up a variant of the infamous CryptoLocker ransomware that uses worm-like features to spread across removable drives.
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2014


An American probe in orbit above the Moon has beamed back exciting new images showing the first objects from China to be discovered on the lunar surface.
Lewis Page, 02 Jan 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek

You're spending WHAT on iPhone 6? Wells Fargo downgrades Apple stock

Analysts at Wells Fargo have downgraded their outlook on Apple shares for this year, taking it down from "outperform" to "market perform".
Happy child at Christmas with a tablet

Only iPhone fondling rose at Xmas: Were non-Apple fans in a turkey coma?

Apple was the only smartphone manufacturer whose handsets saw an increase in usage in the US and Canada during the just-ended holiday season – though only a minor one. But its fortunes declined in the tablet market, where Amazon and Microsoft led the usage-gain pack.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jan 2014
Artist's concept of Curiosity

Curiosity rover: While you humans were busy being hungover, this bot hit its 500th Martian day

While here on Earth we humans were recovering from celebrating another solar orbit with the usual fireworks, drunkenness, and canoodling, the Curiosity rover yesterday ticked over its 500th Martian day on the surface of the Red Planet.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jan 2014
Plane crash

Thanks for the memories, but I'm off: Violin COO Dixon Doll hits eject

Violin Memory's chief operating officer Dixon Doll has left the storage biz just weeks after its CEO Don Basile was fired.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jan 2014

If you're still waiting for Firefox on Windows 8, don't hold your breath

Firefox fans are going to have to wait a little bit longer before they can use their favorite web browser on Windows 8: the Mozilla team has pushed back a formal release of the software, due this month, to March 18 at the earliest.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jan 2014

Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

CES 2014 At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, the Ford Motor Company will display what it describes as a "first-of-its-kind sun-powered concept vehicle" that can charge its batteries using only solar power.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jan 2014