FreeBSD 10.0 lands, targets VMs and laptops
The tenth version of the open source operating system FreeBSD has emerged.
'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers
Call it climate or call it unusual weather, but last week's five-day heat wave in the Australian city of Melbourne got the sweat running at one of the country's major supercomputing facilities, the Victorian Life Science Computation Initiative (VLSCI).
Java bug burns Borg
Cisco has asked users of its Secure Access Control System 5.5 or lower to implement an urgent patch, as it has spotted several problems with its RMI implementation.
Nearly HALF of South Korea hacked in insider data theft
The personal details of as many as 20 million South Koreans may have been exposed after an employee at a credit ratings firm was arrested on suspicion of selling the records to marketing firms.
Amazon patents caches for physical goods
Amazon.com has been granted a patent for “a method and system for anticipatory package shipping”.
Indian minister's wife found dead after Twitter rampage
The wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor has been found dead in a luxury New Delhi hotel room just days after she took to Twitter to expose her husband’s alleged infidelity.
Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'
It's a cutesy brand of sweet marked with the tagline "kids and grown-ups love it so". But the happy world of Haribo has suddenly clouded over after tiny ursine squishy figures of the sugar-free variety reportedly caused "gastric exorcism" in dozens of Amazon reviewers.
IBM renews attempts to offload server biz: report
IBM is trying to offload its “low-end” server business, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)
China is backing a mobile operating system designed to offer a state-approved alternative to foreign platforms.
SPAM supposedly spotted leaving the fridge
It's still silly season, it seems. Tell the world that a bunch of small business broadband routers have been compromised and recruited into botnets, and the world yawns.
Red Hat: We CAN be IaaSed about OpenStack cloud
10 years after Red Hat got serious on enterprise Linux, the company is re-organised for enterprise cloud.
Survey: Yoof too COOL for Ferraris, want state-sponsored hybrids
Modern yoof would love to be driving around in tech-loaded green hipster vehicles - they just can't really afford it, according to a new study.
Probe of Hollywood-Euro Pay TV contracts: What happens next?
AnalysisBy now the dust has settled on Monday’s statement by the European Commission that it will investigate the licensing agreements between the major US Hollywood studios and their European broadcasting counterparts, targeting the exclusive nature in any given European country. But what is the likely outcome?
Ancient carving of 'first human-built holy place' = Primitive Vulture Central
An ancient stone carving in modern-day Turkey is sensationally challenging the theory that the origins of Vulture Central lie in France.
Eight EXCELLENT languages for the fondleslab-friendly Intranet of Thingies
StobWhat are you up, Verity? Ensconced in one of your comfortable, miles-from-any-critical-path projects?
Take that, BT: Vodafone and BSkyB mull over broadband tie-up - report
BSkyB and Vodafone have reportedly discussed the possibility of teaming up on a high-speed broadband service.
Brocade flogs adapter biz to QLogic: Are they cutting losses or pleasing investors?
Late last week data networking gear firm Brocade announced it was selling its Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter business to QLogic for an undisclosed sum.
EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'
BrightBox routers supplied by UK telco EE as standard kit to its broadband and fibre customers are riddled with security shortcomings that make the devices hackable, a UK security researcher warns.
Consumers shove EMEA PC market down giant hole of DOOM
Businesses that flushed calendar year-end budgets came to the aid of the PC market in late 2013 – but not in the sort of numbers that could have rescued the sector from its consumer-induced coma.
4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?
FeatureWith just about every TV maker showing off 4K sets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, and companies like Netflix promising to have content available in the format, it’s tempting to think that if you’re buying a new TV, 4K may be worth a look. Or, at least, worth hanging on for until it’s more sensibly priced.
Romanian Bitcoin baron 'stumps up $20k to keep OpenBSD's lights on'
A mysterious Bitcoin-powered white knight is reported to have come to the rescue of the struggling OpenBSD Foundation.
HP clinches six week extension on whether to join shareholders' suit against Autonomy
HP has said that it has made decisions about how to proceed with a case brought by its shareholders over the $8.8bn writedown for the acquisition of Autonomy – but it wants six more weeks to mull them over.
Apple hires medical techies, raises spectre of iStuff slurping data direct from your bloodstream
Apple has hired two new faces from the medical tech world as it steps up its drive to develop wearable iThings.
IBM to offload System x this week: Our sources spill the beans
Smart bets are being placed on IBM offloading its System x division this week, amid suggestions that staffers are braced for a grandiose announcement on Wednesday.
Botham bowls into Microsoft as latest UK distie overlord
Microsoft is about to open the doors to a new distribution boss after dipping into the ranks at data management software player Commvault to poach EMEA VAD manager Marc Botham.
VCs drop cash on DropBox, bestow $10bn valuation
Ten billion greenbacks. That’s what venture capital firms (and Dropbox’s board and execs) think the file sync'n'share pioneer is worth.
Your squirty insecticides make bumblebees SHRINK, warn boffins
Bumblebees could be shrinking because of exposure to a widely-used pesticide, according to new research.
Kim Dotcom shrugs off US extradition attempt with Spotify competitor
Kim Dotcom has unveiled a demo of his new streaming music service Baboom, which he hopes will knock iTunes and Spotify off the top of the digital hit parade.
Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass
It's difficult to imagine anyone wanting to get down and dirty with a partner who would willingly wear Google Glass.
Sandisk's future is far from ULLtraDIMM: Diablo tie-up holds promise
Blocks and FilesSanDisk has an excellent chance of making it as an enterprise flash storage supply because it’s pursuing a SMART strategy that is (wait for it, wait for it) ULL-tra bright.
Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really
A tech lobbying group has written to the OECD to try and stop the G20's efforts to close loopholes that let international firms legally avoid some of their taxes.
Surface Pro 2 dim screen of death snafu STILL happening after patch
A December update for the Intel-based Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablets has been pulled as it was making things worse.
ESA rejoices as comet-chasing Rosetta probe wakes from 3-year nap
The European Space Agency (ESA) doesn't usually have the atmosphere of a soccer stadium, but a very belated ping-back that showed the Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft to be back in business moved normally reserved boffins to wild exuberance.
Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'
Despite the fact that users continue to cling to predictable and insecure passwords, the worst of them all is no longer the most popular.
Telstra Borgs O2 networks for hit of services oxygen
Melbourne-based O2 Networks is the lucky recipient of a bag of cash from Telstra, which has paid $AU60 million for the business.
Google pulls Chrome extensions after new owners subvert web tools
Google has pulled at least two Chrome extensions from its online store after spammers and malware merchants bought established software from developers and updated it to suit their own nefarious purposes.
HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines
While Microsoft continues to push its less-than-beloved Windows 8, HP is citing "popular demand" in opting instead to flog its machines equipped with Windows 7, an operating system that will turn five years old this year..