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Evil Android

Knox vuln is Android not us, says Samsung

Samsung and Google have taken an unusual step, jointly posting an advisory that a security problem revealed last month is not Samsung-specific, but is in fact an Android vulnerability.
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Google kicks 'bucket-list' service

Google Schemer users – both of you – have a new activity to add to your recommendation list: “download and save my data before it's deleted”.
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Banking apps: insecure and badly written, say researchers

Security researchers IO Active are warning that many smartphone banking apps are leaky and need to be fixed.

Microsoft Twitter accounts, blog hijacked by SEA

Microsoft had two Twitter accounts and an official blog compromised over the weekend in another embarrassing security incident for the Redmond giant.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Jan 2014
Screen shot of Mein Kampf on Amazon.com's bestseller list

Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

Poll Only neo-Nazis and painfully self-conscious pseudo-intellectuals actually want to be caught reading a copy of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic diatribe Mein Kampf - which might explain why the book is riding high on ebook charts.
Team Register, 13 Jan 2014
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Lenovo: It could be YEARS before a US smartphone launch

Chinese hardware giant Lenovo appears to be delaying its plans for a US smartphone launch, after executives at CES last week dampened previous claims from the firm that it would happen in 2014.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Jan 2014

Coffee a memory enhancing drug, say boffins

That staple of the IT industry everywhere, caffeine, is an aid to long-term memory, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University.

2013 data centre rental: Rackspace? Microsoft? No. Twitter nom-nommed through most megawatts

Twitter leased the single largest data centre of any tech, cloud or media company during 2013, beating the usual suspects in the size-really-does-matter race.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jan 2014
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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

The web browser ceased to be a "browser" some time ago. These days browser is really the runtime of the web. As such, web browsers and browser makers seem to spend more time these days optimizing their runtimes for developers.

Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

+Comment Anyone who doubts the impact of Google's power - it's currently the subject of an antitrust complaint to the European Commission by vertical search companies - needs to read this.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jan 2014

Meta search engines may infringe database rights: EU Court of Justice

Operators of websites in the EU that allow users to search for content on other sites and then display the information on their own site may be in breach of intellectual property laws as a result of a recent ruling by the EU's highest court.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Jan 2014
Toshiba Portégé Z30-A-10Z

Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

Review When Toshiba Portégé turned up and I lifted the out of the box, I started laughing. Now, I’m not suggesting that the arrival of Toshiba Ultrabook is a joke, quite the opposite in fact. What amused me was just how light it was – a mere 1.2kg for this 13.3-inch machine.
Bob Dormon, 13 Jan 2014

AT&T's sponsored data plan: Who, us, violating net neutrality?

+Comment AT&T is playing down concerns that its sponsored data program violates the principles of net neutrality.*
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2014
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We told you so: SGI steers Starboard into its port after stormy times

Starboard Storage is now in SGI's port: the word is that SGI has actually bought the crashed remains of Starboard Storage and its hybrid storage array technology.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014
Dropbox IOS

Dropbox outage was caused by 'buggy' upgrade: DDoS us? You hardly know us...

Pranksters latched onto an outage at Dropbox on Friday to push false rumours of a politically motivated hack.
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2014
Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

Microsoft will map out its plans for the successor to Windows 8.1 – which might be named Windows 9 – at a company event in April, we're told.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jan 2014
The Hubble mosaic, spanning a width of 600 light-years, of a star factory of more the 800,000 stars being born inside the Tarantula Nebula.

Hubble 'scope snaps 600-LIGHT-YEAR-wide pic of star-spawning nebula

Pic The Hubble Space Telescope has had a peek behind the clouds of frenzied star-birthing supercluster the Tarantula Nebula, the nearest observable laboratory of the kind of star-making that was common in the early Universe.
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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

Apple is preparing to release a new version of its high-end Mac Pro computer in Blighty almost a year after Eurocrats banned the sale of a previous model.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jan 2014

Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

Staffordshire Police, who ran a Twitter campaign against alleged drink-drivers over the Christmas period by naming and shaming suspects charged with the offence, are now being investigated by the UK's information watchdog for a possible breach of data protection law.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jan 2014
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We're not talking, so PAH: Violin Memory's big dogs blank sacked CEO

Violin Memory’s terminated CEO and unwanted board member Don Basile cannot be dismissed from the board – but has been excluded from all operational matters concerning Violin.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014

Large Hadron Collider competition: VOTE NOW to choose the WINNER

Poll The call for Reg readers to put their most inventive hats on and summon up short stories of the most evil genius or the most awesome hero that could be spawned with the aid of the Large Hadron Collider went out - and it was answered. In a bid to lay hands on the truly incredible "Large Hadron Collider Pop-Up Book: Voyage to the Heart of Matter", readers put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, if you prefer) and came up with some twisted, some inspirational and some truly bizarre stories.
Neiman Marcus Massachusetts HQ: pearlescent gold and silver building surrounded by lush plants against a blue sky.

Hackers slurp credit card details from US luxury retailer Neiman Marcus

Upmarket US department store Neiman Marcus has been hit by hackers who broke into systems before lifting an as-yet-unspecified number of credit and debit card details.
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2014
Woz with Apple II

Woz backs Chinese 'Apple of Far East' in play for US hardware market

Apple grandee Steve Wozniak has said a Chinese firm mockingly dubbed the "Apple of the Far East" could compete with the fruity firm on its home turf.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jan 2014

Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

DIY 3D printing is very much flavour of the month, and whether it's the third industrial revolution or a load of old cobblers remains to be seen, but there's a veritable extrusion of makers vying to get their print nozzles in the trough.
Lester Haines, 13 Jan 2014
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Alternative Networks hauls in heavy duty sales hand

Alternative Networks has turned to former Vodafone UK enterprise channel boss Chris Huggett to reinvigorate stagnating sales.
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2014

Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

Our readers at Dell have responded to the New Year Dell redundancy stories.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014
BT Openreach van

BT banks on ex-HSBC man to take charge of Openreach biz

BT's outgoing Openreach boss Liv Garfield is to be replaced by a money man poached from Britain's struggling banking sector.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jan 2014
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Could Joe Tucci's parting shot at EMC be to SELL OFF VMware?

A sharp-eyed industry analyst has spotted that cloudy virtualisation biz VMware's SEC filings mention the words “spin-off”. What's going on here?
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014
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Oracle picks PCIe flash from LSI for flashy next-gen Exadata box

Oracle, a minor database and enterprise software interest of yachtsman Larry Ellison, has picked LSI to supply PCIe flash acceleration cards.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014
SimCity

Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

Gamers will soon be able to play Maxis's SimCity offline – despite the company's earlier insistence that the game absolutely had to be connected to the internet to work.
Jack Clark, 13 Jan 2014

US Supreme Court to hear media barons versus TV upstart Aereo tout suite

The US Supreme Court has moved with impressive speed to announce [PDF] it will hear a case brought against TV streaming biz Aereo by major broadcasters.
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2014
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I found an asteroid! yells revived probe NEOWISE. Boffins nod politely

Pic Sorry, apocalypse fans: this asteroid probably won't get any closer to Earth than Moon-orbit distance. However, it puts an early win on the board for NASA's recently revived NEOWISE spacecraft.

Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

Nest Labs, which touts sensors and controllers for so-called "smart homes", has been bought by Google for $3.2bn in hard cash.
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2014

Ex-Oracle manager claims he was fired for asking to give Indian staff equal pay

A former Oracle sales manager has filed a lawsuit against the database giant alleging that he was fired after refusing to offer an Indian job candidate a lower salary than would ordinarily be extended to candidates from the US.
Neil McAllister, 13 Jan 2014