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Evil Android

App to manage Android app permissions

The app has been created in response to the poor permission control offered natively by Android over apps. As Facebook users have noted over the last few weeks, for example, their Android app is now demanding access to SMS / MMS, calendar events, and WiFi control.
Astute Class Submarine

Palo Alto Networks snaps up NSA-trained security company

Government-trained security company Morta Security has been snapped up by Palo Alto Networks for an undisclosed sum.
Jack Clark, 07 Jan 2014

Rockstar swells Spherix patent portfolio with 100 new licenses

The voice and data industries could find themselves fielding a new bunch of sue-balls, with patent management outfit Rockstar putting more than 100 patents in the hands of Spherix.

Intel makes gesture recognition push with RealSense launch

CES 2014 Intel has launched a series of cameras aimed at spearheading growth and development in the gesture and movement recognition fields.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jan 2014
Michael Bay

Samsung snafu at CES causes Michael Bay meltdown

CES 2014 Hollywood auteur Michael Bay experienced something of a meltdown at CES this year after being hired to pitch for Samsung's 105-inch ultra-high definition curved TV.
Iain Thomson, 07 Jan 2014
Firefox OS RHS teaser

Panasonic will go Firefox OS for TVs

CES 2014 Panasonic has used CES to announce that it's going to work with Mozilla to build smart TVs based on the Firefox OS.

Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

CES 2014 Samsung has taken aim at the professional end of the tablet market with a new line of "Pro" tablets – including two 12.2-inch models – and in doing so has thrown down the gauntlet to not only all other Android tablet manufacturers, but to Apple and Microsoft as well.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jan 2014

NASSCOM appoints new boss to corral India's outsourcers

India’s all-powerful IT body NASSCOM has appointed a new head honcho to guide the industry to hoped-for revenues of $US300 billion (£183bn) by 2020.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jan 2014

Kepler data yields Earth-mass 'gas giant'

It's almost-but-not-quite like Earth. Actually, it's nothing like Earth, except for a coincidence of mass: the newly-discovered exoplanet KOI-314c, 200 light-years distant from us, has roughly Earth mass, but turns out to be a gas planet.
Mobile Gaming

China finally lifts 13 YEAR gaming ban

China has officially overturned a 13-year ban on gaming consoles by allowing the production and sale of “gaming entertainment” in the newly created Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jan 2014

WhatsApp? Spaniards wasapean their autofotos

English and the internet continue to exert their linguistic influence over the Spanish language, although an indigenous term has been named the Fundéu BBVA's word of the year for 2013.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2014
Bill Gates as Austin Powers

Ghosts of Ballmer and Gates haunt Microsoft CEO job hunters

Candidates for the next Microsoft CEO’s post are reportedly perturbed by the fact they could have Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates looking over their shoulder.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2014
Monster Beats Pro

HTC Beats off loss, but shares slip after disappointing quarter

HTC saw its shares slip 3.61 per cent in Taiwan as it narrowly avoided a quarterly loss, saved only by booking a profit from selling its stake in headphone brand Beats Electronics.

Can a new CEO pull Violin Memory out of its current slump?

Analysis Is flash array supplier Violin Memory a lost cause needing to look for a white knight acquisition or can it be repaired, see off the competition and return to profitability?
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2014
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Defamation expert: New '1 year after publication' rule means EASY LIFE for UK libel judges

Media law expert Ian Birdsey of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that newspaper and magazine publishers, as well as businesses that provide solutions for digitally archiving content, would welcome the introduction of a "single publication rule" as part of a new Defamation Act which came into force on 1 January.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Jan 2014

I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

Hands On Last month BMW rolled out the first cars to come with a fully integrated on-demand music-streaming service built in. Just before Xmas I took it through its paces to see how it performed and after an hour I was forced to conclude that things look ominous for digital radio, which is likely to be squeezed harder as on-demand services like this become more commonplace.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jan 2014
Intel Edison

Intel bungs PC on an SD: Tiny computer for Internet of Things and wearables

CES 2014 Intel has put a PC into an SD card-sized casing. Dubbed Edison, the micro-microcomputer marks the chip giant’s first attempt to address the emerging wearable computing business; part of its strategy to cope with a world where punters buy far fewer traditional personal computers.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2014
Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung: Ta-da! We made $7.8bn. What do you mean you expected another BILLION?

Samsung Electronics has missed analysts' estimates of its operating profit for the fourth quarter of last year, after a one-off special bonus for employees and slowing demand for high-end smartphones.

Android will ship more than ONE BILLION mobes+slabs in 2014

Android will break the one billion sales barrier this year as low-priced tabs become ever more popular while PC shipments continue to fall.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2014
John McAfee

Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

CES2014 Intel has announced plans to phase out the infamous McAfee anti-virus brand over the next year in favour of a new Intel Security brand.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2014
Artist's illustration of Supernova 1987A

Dusty old supernova could reveal answer to life, the universe and EVERYTHING

Astroboffins using the ALMA telescope in Chile have snapped new images of a supernova dust factory, which could help them figure out how galaxies are formed.

Has Intel side-stepped NGOs on conflict minerals in its chips?

Analysis Intel has just announced that it is the proud producer of the world's first conflict-free processors.
Tim Worstall, 07 Jan 2014

Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

Nominet has ruled that a gripe site, which allows people to claim that Glasgow headquartered Optical Express blighted their eyesight, can live on – despite a second complaint being lodged against the owner of opticalexpressruinedmylife.co.uk.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2014

VM-herder? Tintri's hybrids '60 times' easier to manage than trad dual controller arrays

Sixty times easier to manage: that’s the Taneja Group’s judgment of Tintri hybrid arrays compared to a traditional dual-controller array.
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2014
Sony X9 4K KD-55X9005A UHDTV

Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

CES 2014 Amazon has announced that it's teaming up with Samsung Electronics and media firms like Warner Bros and Lionsgate to try to drum up consumer interest in "4K" ultra high-def tellies.

Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

A 23-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man admitted today that they had sent "menacing" messages to a feminist campaigner on Twitter.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2014

ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose

An accidental drug overdose caused the untimely death of elite hacker Barnaby Jack, an autopsy has concluded.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2014
Oracle frankenstein

Oracle gobbles Corente al dente, belches clouds of cloud buzzwords

In an announcement laden with the incantations of a tech-trendy witchdoctor – SDN! WAN! Cloud Services Exchange! – Oracle has acquired data networking biz Corente.
Jack Clark, 07 Jan 2014
App Store's 25 billionth download, credit Apple

Apple: Wow, thanks for the $10bn-a-year App Store. We'll be on the beach with our 30%

Apple claims its App Store racked up $10bn in sales in 2013.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jan 2014
Linksys WRT1900AC router

Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

CES 2014 Networking gear maker Linksys has resurrected one of its most popular, customizable routers – the WRT54G – with a new version that takes advantage of the latest wireless technologies.
Neil McAllister, 07 Jan 2014

Telstra, NBN Co to sign new deal mid-2014: analysts

Australia's investment community has set mid-2014 as the date when it expects the government, Telstra and NBN Co to finalise a new three-way contract over infrastructure access.