BT fibre 'availability checker' looks into FAR-OFF FUTURE. Again
One-time national telco BT misled customers with unsubstantiated claims regarding its broadband download speeds, the UK's advertising watchdog has ruled today.
Report: Google's NSA dealings not as bad as you thought – THEY WERE WORSE
Google and other technology giants were working far more closely with the NSA government than originally thought, if a set of uncovered internal emails are to be believed.
Investors eye Yahoo!'s future as China's Alibaba files for US IPO
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba filed paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday for its much-anticipated initial public offering, a move that could have dramatic implications for Yahoo! and other US businesses.
ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK
The last person that you'd expect to tell you that eight-core smartphone SoCs are overkill would be a man whose company licenses and gets royalties from those cores – but that's exactly what ARM's director of mobile solutions James Bruce told attendees at last week's ARM Tech Day.
Dropbox squashes boring bug, restores file sharing
Dropbox has restored sharing services after patching a flaw that allowed attackers to access shared files under specific conditions.
Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support
Google has issued a major update to its Maps app for iOS and Android, including integration with the Uber private taxi app and an improved local business search that spells bad news for Yelp.
EMC: Sync 'n' share not all about size, how you do it matters too
The business sync 'n' share market has, of late, been all about size with Microsoft and Dropbox announcing their respective offerings now come with 1TB and unlimited storage.
ANZ Bank coughs up as Broome biz fleeced in man-in-the-middle diddle
Fraudsters have nicked $50,000 from a Broome Real Estate business after breaking into the agency's ANZ Bank account and altering payment details.
IoT silos bad for business: Rackspace
Today's Internet of Things (IoT) devices have to break out of their vendor silos if they're to be taken seriously in the corporate environment, according to Rackspace Asia's CTO Alan Perkins.
Vendors pushing fibre on developing countries, says Oz minister
Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has told the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that developing nations should follow his country's lead in abandoning fibre-only network rollouts for his beloved “multi-technology model”.
Slow IPv6 adoption is a GOOD THING as IETF plans privacy boost
The glacial pace of the worldwide IPv6 rollout might cause hand-wringing among 'net boffins, but at least it's leaving time for engineers to pry around for possible problems before the whole world's on the protocol.
Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal
PicsLow Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team member Dave Akerman confirmed his status as one of the UK's go-to guys* for high-altitude ballooning (HAB) launches when he popped up on Channel 4 last week in Heston Blumenthal's Great British Food series.
Why not build your own VSAN hardware, asks VMware
When VMware launched its virtual storage area network (VSAN), it announced a laundry list of partners it said would be offering tricked-up servers to act as “ready nodes” real soon now.
Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration
Hey, Linux fans: a high-profile, colossal, global outfit is about to dump a proprietary operating system and replace it with Linux in a very, very, demanding application that literally involves life and death situations.
Yaarrgh! LOOK OUT! UK set to be BURIED under MOUNTAIN of TABLETS
Retailers and distributors are buried under a "consumer mountain" of fondleslabs with the major channel-cramming culprit – according to our sources – a certain large South Korean vendor whose name begins with an S.
Hack-smacked Alphadex bought by iRack Ltd ... or is that Networks Ltd?
ExclusiveBrit data hosting biz Alphadex has been rescued from administration and bought up by a new firm, though there seems to be some confusion over just which firm is its white knight.
Freescale: Cloudy dumb sensors? Nope, not OUR smart Internet of Things
Wearable devices are great examples of accessible stuff within the Internet of Things, but on the whole they’re pretty dumb sensors.
HP drops $1bn, two-year OpenStack cash bomb
Hewlett-Packard is has unveiled a $1bn, two-year campaign promoting its open-source cloud, now rebranded as Helion.
EMC: We'll give you a MEEELLION dollars if our inline dedupe gear's not actually inline
EMC says its XtremIO deduplication is inline all the time – and is offering a million bucks to anyone who can prove otherwise.
‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal
The BBC’s former technology chief John Linwood claims he was made a scapegoat for the collapse of the Digital Media Initiative – the corporation’s £125m media sharing and archiving project that was axed a year ago with nothing to show for it.
Disappearing storage and server projects hit Arrow ECS
If ever proof were required that tanker sized distributors needs to keep acquiring to maintain growth levels then Arrow Inc's fiscal Q1 numbers provided the perfect test case.
Alien invader plunges tool into virgin 'Windjana', sniffs powders
Curiosity, NASA’s nuclear-powered truck on Mars, has drilled into the planet’s surface for the third time, taking a chunk out of a sandstone slab dubbed Windjana.
Look out, sysadmins - HOT FOREIGN SPIES are targeting you
MI5 has warned that foreign spy agencies are targeting IT workers within big organisations as a means of gaining privileged access to sensitive data.
Virgin Media sales are a bit flat under the Cable Cowboy's reign
Virgin Media has been part of Cable Cowboy John Malone's Liberty Global family for almost a year now. Yet the takeover hasn't boosted the UK telco's flat first quarter sales, which the City was told about this morning.
Spain clamps down on drones
Spain's Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (State Air Security Agency - AESA) has issued a declaration in which it reminds citizens that the commercial or professional use of "drones" is illegal, and that amateur UAV operation is restricted to "authorised areas".
Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a cheese-tastic title?
The seventh instalment of the Star Wars movie franchise will be named “The Ancient Fear”, whisper anonymous sources, while more rumours gather over the final cast list for JJ Abrams' latest feature.
Web cesspit 4chan touts '$20 bug bounty' after hackers ruin Moot's day
Internet armpit 4chan now has a bug bounty – although with just $20 in "self-serve ad spend" on the website or an annual membership up for grabs, it's not particularly bountiful.
Analyst confirms: CommVault's sales stumble WAS down to staffing blunder
CommVault’s lousy results for its latest quarter, ended 31 March, were due to screw-ups in its North America HR and sales wings, those in the know have claimed.
How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'
AnalysisIn the 1990s, Intel and Microsoft dominated the "open" PC standard – and it appears that Google now wants to do the same for its Android system, via its Silver programme.
ViPR 2.0 sinks EMC's fangs DEEPER into software-defined storage
EMC has added a few sharp fangs to its ViPR product: file services; integration of ScaleIO’s block storage; support for OpenStack and therefore OpenStack-supporting arrays; native HDS array compatibility; and the ability to run on HP’s surprise commodity server hit SL4540.
Securo-borg FireEye coughs $70m to buy 'flight-recorder-for-networks' tech
Security vendor FireEye has bought network forensics firm nPulse Technologies in a $70m deal.
'Bladdered' Utah couple cuffed in church lawn sex outrage
Guests at a Salt Lake City church wedding were treated to an unexpected display of non-marital bliss on Saturday, cops said, as they reported a couple had got jiggy on the lawn outside the House of God.
A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7
PicHuawei took the number-three spot in smartphones last year – pushing aside Sony, HTC and Nokia – but it’s still practically unheard of as a smartphone brand in the UK. But that may change quite rapidly with the launch of its latest flagship model, the Ascend P7, unveiled today in Paris.
HP-Foxconn wave cloud kit under the nose of Google, Facebook et al
As many as 20 cloud titans that order servers by the container load are fixed in HP's server team's sights – as a joint venture between contract manufacturer Foxconn and the PC giant begins.
Nuclear reactor sysadmin accused of hacking 220,000 US Navy sailors' details
A former US Navy sysadmin who worked in an aircraft carrier's nuclear reactor department has been charged with hacking into government networks using the USN's own computers.
Microsoft may launch several new Surfaces on May 20 – report
Microsoft's Surface launch event on May 20 may be a bigger deal than was previously thought, with multiple new models to be unveiled, a new report claims.
Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised
Nintendo has blamed lacklustre Wii U sales after the company finished its financial year $464m in the red. But it does have a rescue plan in mind – fresh gear for China and emerging markets.
Net neutrality protesters set up camp outside FCC headquarters
A posse of net neutrality activists has set up a camp outside the Washington, DC headquarters of the Federal Communication Commission to protest the agency's plans to allow a pay-for-play internet.
Whoops! Nvidia lets slip Q1 earnings early – and they're solid
An internal communications cockup forced Nvidia to release its first-quarter 2015 results two days early, surprising Wall Street with revenues and earnings that beat analysts' estimates.
EMC: New products 'more ViPR than vapor'
AnalysisMost big companies eventually get taken apart by an unforeseen competitor applying a technology in a novel way.
NBN to expand wireless, rejig satellites, spend more
There's to be a shake-up in satellite and fixed wireless rollouts of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), with the “last seven per cent” of users incapable of being served by some kind of wire to be rebalanced between the two services, and 25,000 premises added to the yet-to-be-commenced fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network.