VMware blows $1.5bn gobbling AirWatch to boost mobe wrangling
Like any organisation bound by its listed status to enhance shareholder value, VMware always needs to be on the hunt for new sources of revenue.
Verizon's transparency report shows more than 320,000 US data slurping orders
Verizon has published its first transparency report detailing how often governments come calling for customer records and conversations – and the results show the amount of stuff Google, Microsoft and others hand over is just a drop in the ocean by comparison.
Here come the CATBOTS: Boffins build 'whisker sensors'
A combination of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles has created a whisker-like sensor that can detect pressure as small as one Pascal, which they describe as “about the pressure exerted on a table surface by a dollar bill.”
Lenovo shares in trading halt ahead of 'disclosable transaction'
Lenovo has halted trade in its shares, "pending the release of an announcement in respect of a discloseable transaction which constitutes an inside information of the Company."
Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung
Apple has won an early judgment in a California court squabble over alleged patent infringement by rival Samsung.
Singapore itching to hire new IT pros
Things are looking up for ex-pat IT pros on the hunt for jobs in Singapore, with confidence about growth levels in the city state’s technology sector through the roof, according to a new skills report.
India says HP and Infosys used window dressing to shrink tax bills
India's tax authorities believe Infosys and HP owe it lots and lots of unpaid taxes.
Network Solutions apologises for 'You just paid us $1850' email
Domain Name registrar Network Solutions has blamed a backlash over extra fees for secured domains on a “badly worded e-mail”.
US card scammers pull $2m petrol heist
US attorneys have charged thirteen people in connection with a massive fraud operation which netted some $2m in stolen funds.
German frau reports for liver transplant clutching bottle of vodka
A German woman scheduled for a liver transplant presented herself at the hospital clutching a bottle of vodka, having spectacularly failed to lay off the booze in the six months leading to the op.
Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat
Nyan Cat, the most annoying internet meme since the Hampster Dance , has spawned its very own Bitcoin clone.
Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...
UpdatedA design flaw in the Chrome browser allows malicious websites to use your computer's microphone to eavesdrop on you, one developer has claimed, although Google denies this is the case.
Walking while texting can – OUCH! – end badly, say boffins
Scientists have proved what anyone walking down a crowded street in modern city knows: those who gaze at their phones while ambulating are a danger to themselves and others.
Bing Maps COCKUP: Oracle UK HQ is 'Elvis Impersonators' joint
Microsoft have matched Apple in the cartographic cockup stakes after a series of risible errors on Bing Maps.
MemSQL bods develop new transaction: $35m now in-pocket
The in-memory former-Facebook database jockeys at MemSQL have taken in $35m in valley lucre.
When ZOMBIES go shopping: 40m Target customer breach? That's NOTHING!
Malware linked to fraud in the retail sector may be a bigger problem than even the recent revelation about the compromise of systems US retailer Target suggests.
Handsome young autopilot reports for spaceplane duty
The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team this morning welcomed aboard a handsome young autopilot for our Vulture 2 spaceplane - the hot-off-the-press 3D Robotics Pixhawk.
It was inevitable: Lenovo stumps up $2.3bn for IBM System x server biz
IBM has offloaded its failing x86 biz to Lenovo for $2.3bn, albeit a day later than our sources had predicted.
Spies spy: CrowdStrike report says cyberspooks are EVERYWHERE
CrowdStrike has confirmed that governments across the world are spying on everyone online with a new report on cyber-espionage.
Bored with patent trolls? Small fry - prepare for the Design Trolls
Changes to UK patent and design law affecting thousands of British businesses have been criticised by industry and Labour's front bench business team.
Did object storage come of age in 2013?
Object storage entered 2013 pretty much as a niche technology but exited the year headed towards mainstream status, with ViPR, Black Pearl and EVault leading the way.
Fusion-io posts another loss-making quarter but execs remain bullish
For flash fettlers Fusion-io's finances, it isn’t spring yet – but nor is it the bleak mid-winter. Revenues are starting to look as if they are on a solid footing with sequential growth and reduced losses.
Oracle nemesis SkySQL gins up enterprise MariaDB product
Anti-Oracle software startup SkySQL has put the finishing touches on a subscription service that wraps up the MariaDB database, Galera cluster tech, and a proprietary manager, as the company tries to get more organizations to dabble in the drop-in replacement for MySQL.
Herschel boffins spot fat dwarf Ceres in TEARS over astro-identity crisis
As every chubby kid will know, it's no fun being bigger than all the other children in the playground.
If your telco or mobe provider hikes 'fixed' contract fees you can now ESCAPE - Ofcom
UK consumers who are locked into lengthy landline, broadband and mobile contracts have greater protection from being stung by price hikes starting from today, said communications watchdog Ofcom.
2014: The year of the cloudy biz bankruptcy... or maybe it isn't?
Once again the channel has proved to be a hardy bunch as insolvencies remained pretty much stable in 2013, despite a meltdown in some areas of tech infrastructure spending.
UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching
The UK government is planning to use a network of 400 "master teachers" of computer science to train up other teachers and deliver a new tech curriculum in English schools.
Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn
eBay has rejected a call from activist investor Carl Icahn to spin off its PayPal division into a separate company.
Growing revenues, profits on the up: WD sails on serenely
WD’s latest quarter shows untroubled growth as the disk drive business sails serenely on, untroubled by any flash storm.
'Netflix bitch': CEO of vid-streaming site taunts HBO chief over results
Over-the-top video streamer Netflix finished the year with over 43 million subscribers, almost all of whom pay, the company reported yesterday.
TiVo: Yes we've axed staff, but we're NOT packing in hardware biz
TiVo is shuffling its playing cards as it prepares to shift its strategy somewhat towards the cloud - however the set-top maker has flatly denied claims that it is retreating from the hardware business.
Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study
The internet has seized with glee on a Princeton research paper that suggests Facebook will be a virtually abandoned, tumbleweed-riddled corner of the web by 2017, when the social network's "outbreak" will have run its course.
Restructuring costs drag down Avnet's Q2 profits
The better start to fiscal '14 at Avnet Inc is continuing though EMEA remains the damp patch for the enterprise tech side of the house and component sales in the Americas were weaker than expected.
Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London
Alcatel-Lucent has teamed up with BT to test an "alien superchannel" across an existing fibre pipe, with the resulting record-breaking 1.4 Tbps they achieved able to transmit a five-month-long grumble flick in just one second.
Judge shoots down Oracle's Solaris support 'trafficking' claim
Oracle has suffered a setback in its latest attempt to reserve the Solaris support business for itself.
US govt watchdog slams NSA snooping as illegal, useless against terrorism
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a federal panel set up to advise the US government on policy, has published report concluding that the bulk collection of data on US citizens by the NSA is illegal and ineffective at stopping terrorism.
Australia, Indonesia, make peace in the cloud
Australia and Indonesia may be working their way through a nasty diplomatic spat over spying and asylum seekers, but the two nations' premier telcos Telstra and Telkom Indonesia have signed what they call “a non binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a new joint venture to provide network services in South East Asia.”
Feds cuff revenge smut site boss Hunter Moore on hacking charges
FBI agents today arrested Hunter Moore – best known for running the infamous revenge porn website isanyoneup.com – on charges of conspiracy, hacking and identity theft.
Nokia waves goodbye to device biz as phone sales continue to spiral
Nokia's fourth quarter earnings report for its fiscal 2013 shows a company that's striving to reinvent itself – as it prepares to complete the sale of its struggling mobile phone business to Microsoft.
NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 10 years on Mars with a FILTHY selfie
PicWhile its flashy younger brother Curiosity is getting all the headlines these days, the Opportunity rover will shortly be celebrating its tenth anniversary on the Red Planet (not bad for a machine expected to last for 90 days) and NASA has revealed a selfie to mark the anniversary.