KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
The nearest most of us get to a sponge is when it's sitting on the bathroom shelf, but scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have found four new species of carnivorous sponge that are chomping their way through undersea life off the coast of California.
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Canonical has announced that the latest long-term support release of its Ubuntu Linux distribution will be available in two days.
Oracle working on at least 13 Heartbleed fixes
Oracle has emitted its formal advice about Heartbleed, revealing it has 13 products that need a patch and 14 more “which may be vulnerable”.
Wall St's DROOLING as Twitter GULPS DOWN analytics firm Gnip
Twitter has bought its long-time collaborator Gnip, a analytics firm that should help the social media firm turn its red balance sheets black.
Eugene Kaspersky: Ukraine conflict hurts enterprise security
As governments around the world continue to wrangle for a peaceful solution to the political tensions in the Ukraine, cybercriminals could catch governments off guard with online attacks, warns Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky.
Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech
Red Hat has announced that a release candidate (RC) of the next version of its flagship enterprise Linux OS has already been distributed to its strategic partners and will be made available to the general public next week.
Nvidia's new CUDA 6 has the 'most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA'
Nvidia has released CUDA 6, an upgrade to its proprietary GPU programming language that it says "includes some of the most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA."
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Microsoft has introduced a new subscription model for Office 365 and this time it's literally personal: the new “Office 365 Personal” makes the productivity suite available for just two devices – one PC or Mac and one tablet – for $US69.99 a year.
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
The much-hyped fingerprint scanner on Samsung’s flagship handset the Galaxy S5 can be fooled just days after the device was launched.
Parallels could whip VMware or Microsoft, happier as Robin Hood
Parallels is best known for two things: a fine desktop hypervisor and the Virtuozzo containerised server-wrangler that many service providers use to dish out virtual machines to their customers.
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
It’s trade show season in Hong Kong and the Taiwanese display manufacturer AU Optronics has trumped its rivals, principally Samsung, by producing the highest resolution phone display yet.
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
Lavaboom, a German-based and supposedly NSA-proof email service, will go into private beta this week. Its mission is to spread the Edward Snowden gospel by making encrypted email accessible to all.
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
The European Commission has decided Munich, not London, is Europe's top technology hub. The judgement is delivered in a new Atlas of ICT Activity in Europe released this week.
Zebra grazes Motorola Solutions' enterprise business for $US3.45bn
Motorola Solutions has offloaded its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for $US3.45 billion in cash.
Lost your credit card PIN? No worries! Get a new one - over SMS
Text messaging isn’t secure. It was never meant to be, as befits something which the chair of the SMG4 standards committee thought was a good idea at the time. No-one ever thought that it might be used for particularly valuable data. SMS expects everything to happen in plain txt so nuttin iz encryptd, bruv.
NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER
NBN Co, the entity charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has let world+dog know that one test of VDSL delivered over fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) worked.
Hic! Storage upstart DEY bought out by Australian wine merchant
Software-defined storage startup DEY Storage has been bought by CloudCentral, an Australian cloud service provider, which has had a DEY storage co-founder as a board advisor for a few months. And it's being bought by a winery.
LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up
Pics+VidThe dust has pretty well settled on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Punch and Judy test flights, and we now present for your further entertainment a round-up of the two missions.
Fine print: Dell bod tells us the details of Fluid Cache for SAN
Fluid Cache for SAN is Dell’s technology to integrate server PCIe flash cards and networked SAN storage. We talked to Bob Fine, director of product marketing at Compellent to find out more about how it works.
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
ReviewThe Kingston DataTraveler microDuo is a convenient flash storage device that features a full-size USB interface at one end and micro USB at the other.
Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**
Microsoft has given SQL Server2014 an in-memory operation ability and server flasher Fusion-io has quickly jumped in to take advantage.
Nutanix tries to lure in biz whales with fresh storage NOS
Nutanix is going up against some of the biggest tech vendors in the game with its turnkey, scale-out clustered, converged server+hybrid flash/disk storage box for enterprises.
Did you know Twitter has a 'consumer product division'? Ex-Google Maps boss now runs it
Profit-impaired Twitter has poached Google's Maps director Daniel Graf to head up the micro-blogging site's consumer product division.
Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive
Amazon.com has just switched on an email-to-the-cloud service for owners of its Kindle gadgets.
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
The tech firms at the heart of the "no-hire pact" class action suit has asked the court to exclude certain evidence by witnesses as to whether or not they thought Steve Jobs was "a bully".
AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip
AMD will give the first public demo of its second-generation Opteron X-Series server processor, code-named "Berlin", at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control
Collapsed Bitcoin exchange MtGox has been put into administration by a court in Japan, where the website is based, after it became clear the site's chances of recovery are nil.
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
VidIt's while standing in the corner of the room wearing pointy hats emblazoned with a big "D" that the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team admits today that the blown fuse which scuppered our recent Punch test flight actually went pop back in September last year.
Reg gets sneak peek of Getac's chunky TOUGH AS NAILS 8.1-incher
PicsGetac has been a major player in the rugged tech market for 25 years, offering tablets, laptops and even servers built to withstand serious physical abuse. The latest in the line is the T800 – a chunky compact 8.1-inch tablet available with Windows 7 or 8.1.
Granite becomes Steel: Riverbed rebrands its ROBO gear
Granite is an unchanging rock. The ROBO product of that name, however, has just been rebranded by Riverbed as SteelFusion, nominally tying it into Riverbed's Steelhead WAN optimiser products.
Hackers attempt to BLACKMAIL plastic surgeons
Cybercrooks attempted to extort a chain of cosmetic surgeons after hacking into its systems and stealing an estimated 480,000 files stuffed with info about prospective nip-'n'-tuck customers.
Apple failsto ditch class action suit over ebook price-fix fiasco
Apple has lost its bid to dismiss an $840m class action lawsuit over the ebook price-fixing fiasco.
OpenSSL bug hunt: Find NEXT Heartbleed, earn $$$ – if enough people donate cash
An effort to raise $250,000 for an OpenSSL bug-bounty program is underway – and its organisers hope it will help ensure the Heartbleed omnishambles is never repeated.
French hard-drive maker LaCie cops to YEAR LONG card data leak
French hard drive maker LaCie has held its hands up to a year-long credit card breach.
Google shuts Glass store and nixes Video Call feature
After giving the public one day to become "Explorers" of its $1,500 face-computer, Google has shut its online store saying that "all spots have been claimed".
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Cloudy upstart Streem is reinventing file sync'n'share by getting rid of the sync. Instead of throwing out everything but the kitchen sink, it’s just throwing out the sync - so to speak.
Microsoft reissues Windows 8.1 Update for enterprise customers
Microsoft has patched a bug that prevented enterprise customers from receiving software fixes after they installed the Windows 8.1 Update, meaning all customers should now receive the update as Redmond's new "servicing baseline."
Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you
Oracle has released a hefty load of security updates that address a total of 104 different vulnerabilities across its product lines.
What's a right pain in the ASCII for IBM? Its own leech-like hardware biz
IBM's earnings for the first quarter of the year show that the company's hardware division has turned into a leech sapping Big Blue's profits.
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
A teen suspected of exploiting the Heartbleed bug to rifle through Canada's tax computer systems has been arrested.
Google's latest mega-earnings fail to impress shareholders
It's hard to be disappointed about quarterly revenues of $15.42bn – unless you're Google, that is, and the analysts expected you to bring in even more.