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Blood Moon

Skygazers prepare for 'blood Moon' caused by Earth eclipse

North American night owls will be in prime position to catch their best view of a lunar eclipse at around 1am EDT Tuesday as our natural satellite is overshadowed by Earth.
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2014
Peggy, a possible new Saturnian moon

New FEMTO-MOON sighted BIRTHING from Saturn's RING

Boffins peering at images sent home by NASA's Cassini spacecraft think they may have spotted the first throes of a new moon coming into being.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014

Fujitsu and Panasonic about to walk down LSI aisle

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Panasonic are ready to jointly launch a new chip company this autumn as part of the duo’s plans to merge their LSI businesses, according to reports.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Apr 2014

VMware reveals 27-patch Heartbleed fix plan

VMware has confirmed that 27 of its products need patches for the Heartbleed bug.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014

Pakistan mulls cyber security bill to keep NSA at bay

Pakistan’s Upper House this week began debating a new bill seeking to establish a National Cyber Security Council, an agency the nation feels is needed in the wake of Edward Snowden's myriad revelations about NSA surveillance.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Apr 2014
A spy in your bags

A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

Trakdot is a little device you hide in your suitcase so that if an airline loses your luggage, you can, in theory, find it. Inside is a SIM card with a global roaming agreement, and the necessary electronics to connect to GSM mobile networks.
Simon Rockman, 15 Apr 2014

Google Cloud Platform builds Ivy Bridge to new Asian region

Google has created a new “Asia” region and two new zones – “asia-east1-a” and “asia-east1-b” - for its cloudy Compute Engine service.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014
Blood Moon

Live coverage: Blood Moon looms large for North, South America

The "blood moon" is showing its ruddy face on Tuesday, 15 April, and can best be viewed from North America or New Zealand – or in the live coverage streamed here, from the Slooh Observatory.
Team Register, 15 Apr 2014
The Moon

German space centre endures cyber attack

Germany’s space research centre in Cologne has been the victim of a co-ordinated and covert targeted attack carried out by state-sponsored hackers, according to a Der Spiegel report.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Apr 2014

NBN Co plans fibre-to-the-basement blitz to beat cherry-pickers

NBN Co, the organisation charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has decided to prioritise areas targeted by “cherry-picking” telcos looking to install fibre-to-the-basement to apartment complexes and office buildings.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014
Mustang drag racer

Dell tanks up with hot Fluid Cache, drives databases twice as fast

Dell has extended its Compellent array's automated data tiering to place hot data in connected server's PCIe flash caches, nearly doubling database access speed, increasing user counts 6 X and lowering per user costs by 70 per cent.
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2014

Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

Yale University boffins have devised a new way of identifying super strong metallic glass alloys that will "drastically" increase the discovery rate of the "potentially revolutionary" materials.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Apr 2014

Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

Storagebod IBM is a great technology company: so many of the technologies we take for granted can be traced to back to Big Blue. And many of today’s implementations still are poorer than the original implementations.
StorageBod, 15 Apr 2014
Office Online

You use Office 365, SQL Server or Azure, right? Great, you're invited to Microsoft's data insights

Promo Microsoft UK invites you to attend Accelerate Your Insights, a free-of-charge all-day event at Thames Valley Park, Reading, on 1 May, where you can learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server and Azure. It’s being streamed, too, so you can attend as a “virtual delegate”.
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014

VMware 5.5: Plenty that's new and exciting... but what about the obvious stuff?

For a number of years I sat on the periphery of server virtualisation. After all, I ran my company's network and telecoms team, and if I had a server issue I'd wander five yards to the servers and storage team and ask them nicely to fix their world.
Dave Cartwright, 15 Apr 2014

TrueCrypt audit: Probe's nearly all the way in ... no backdoor hit yet

The first phase of crowd-funded audit of TrueCrypt has turned up several vulnerabilities, but nothing particularly amiss and certainly nothing that looks like a backdoor.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2014

BSkyB, CityFibre, TalkTalk pull clear of bigwig BT's bundles – plan to set fibre to York

BSkyB and TalkTalk have buddied up in a joint venture with CityFibre to build a new broadband network in the City of York that is not dependent on one-time UK state monopoly BT's infrastructure.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2014
Screaming kid

Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

Twee UK parenting website Mumsnet is the second high-profile organisation to claim it has fallen victim to the infamous Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2014
Example imagery produced by AIT millimetre wave airport scanner. Credit: TSA

A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

Google is providing an explicit explanation of how it automatically and routinely runs software to snoop on messages flooding in and out of a user's Gmail account – so as to better target them with ads.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2014

MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling

Mark Karpelès, the founder of imploded Bitcoin exchange MtGox, says he won't come to the US to answer officials' questions after his trading website mislaid 850,000 BTC.
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Apple cooperating at last on antitrust after MONTHS of wrangling – says court watchdog

Apple execs have made a "promising start" to fixing the company's antitrust compliance programme, says the monitor appointed by the court after the iPhone maker was found guilty of conspiring to fix ebook prices last year. However, the Cupertino corp has spent too much time dragging the process out, he said.

You want an IT course? Welcome to QA Training's Week of Free

Promo QA Tech Week 2014 opens its doors on Tuesday 22 April. For one week only, our favourite IT training company delivers a bunch of courses and seminars via Webex entirely free of charge.
Phil Mitchell, 15 Apr 2014
Azure icon

Got to get something started with Azure VMs? Microsoft's Planky shows you the way

Promo Steve Plank, or "Planky" as even his mother allegedly calls him, is the Windows Azure evangelist for Microsoft UK and on 23 April he is taking to the interwebs to conduct his evangelizing online.
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014

Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

A programming blunder appears to have landed the cash-strapped Co-op Bank an unexpected bill for £110m.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2014
cloud computing Fight

Thanks, Amazon – we'll take it from here: SAP muscles in on cloud subscriptions

SAP is putting its entire business applications suite online and selling the lot through subscription.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2014

Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

DreamWatch Millionaire model Lily Luahana Cole has been promoting her British taxpayer-supported "wishing well" website on a coast-to-coast tour of the United States. We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't update you on its progress. So how's it doing?
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2014
Hologram communication - Star Wars

Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

Amazon is reportedly planning to launch a smartphone with an active 3D display. It is claimed the device has been shown to developers in California ahead of an official unveiling in June, and that the tech will go on sale in September.
Simon Rockman, 15 Apr 2014

Oracle's Larry Ellison has the MOST MASSIVE PACKAGE IN PUBLIC

Oracle founder and chief exec Larry Ellison has managed to stay one of the highest-paid CEOs of the hundred largest publicly traded US firms for another year, despite his shrinking package.

Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ

GCHQ's eavesdropping concrete doughnut in Cheltenham is getting a new boss from autumn this year, the government confirmed today.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2014
Uncov chronicles the failure of Web 2.0

Akamai scoffs humble pie: Heartbleed defence crumbles, new SSL keys for customers

Akamai has issued new SSL certificates to some of its customers after realising its customized OpenSSL was not immune to the Heartbleed bug as first thought.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2014
VMware's monster VM

VMware fires up vCloud Disaster Recovery service

The main thing VMware has that its cloud rivals lack is a widely deployed, fundamental bit of data-center technology – its ESX hypervisor – and the virtualization company is beginning to play on this advantage with new products.
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014
Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge: Private sector lagging in cybersecurity

Poor communications, weak management and a lack of communications with government agencies is leaving many large enterprises vulnerable to targeted cyberattacks, according to former US Homeland Security boss Tom Ridge.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2014

Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

Pics Samsung has filed a design-patent application with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for what appears to be a cross between a Bluetooth earpiece and Google Glass.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2014

Intel sees 'signs of improvement in the PC business' but earnings remain 'Meh...'

Intel has posted its financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2014 that were either marginally lower or higher than analysts' estimates, depending upon which analysts you trust.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2014

Microsoft's Nadella: SQL Server 2014 means we're all about data

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella made his third trip in as many weeks to San Francisco to announce the third piece in the puzzle that's Microsoft's future strategy: it's all going to be about data, he said.
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2014
Docker Red Hat

Red Hat bets on 'Project Atomic' for its container-loaded server future

Red Hat has put its Linux operating system on a diet to create a scrappy technology that will take on traditional virtualization approaches such as those backed by VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix.
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014
Kaspersky Lab logo

Kaspersky's Security for Virtualization pushed to XenServer and HyperV

Kaspersky is extending its Security for Virtualuzation Light Agent security tool to the Citrix XenServer and Microsoft HyperV platforms.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2014