Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously
You sometimes have to wonder if the US Patent and Trademark Office is augmenting its staff with a few barely trained gibbons – and its latest patent does nothing to ameliorate that view.
US officials vote to allow Bitcoin for political donations
The US Federal Election Commission (FEC) has officially approved Bitcoin as a medium of exchange for political donations.
China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US
Chinese officials have outlined a massive – no, that's an understatement; make that mind-bogglingly Brobdingnagian – vision of a globe-girdling high-speed rail network that would have as one of its legs a line that would run from northern China up through Russia, under the North Pacific, through Alaska, then Canada, and finally into the contiguous United States.
ZTE Open C, the Firefox OS mobe you'll almost want, now on eBay
Chinese mobe-maker ZTE has announced that the ZTE Open C, its latest phone running Mozilla's open source Firefox OS, is now available for sale worldwide via eBay.
Windows XP market share decline stalls, Mac OS X surges
Windows XP's been without support for a month and a day now, but seems not to be falling out of favour any faster than happened when it was supported
Bitly shortens life of users' passwords after credential compromise
URL-shortening and online marketing outfit Bit.ly has warned its systems have been accessed by parties unknown and suggested users change their passwords.
UN to debate killer drone ethics
In an effort to stop killer drones before they start, humanity is about to unleash its most fearsome weapons: a long, drawn out bureaucratic process and a committee.
Silly sysadmins ADDING Heartbleed to servers
UpdatedAt least 2,500 website administrators have made their previously secure sites vulnerable to Heartbleed more than a month after the bug sent the world into a hacker-fearing frenzy.
Oh aye, a mobe grumble-flick player? No – it's a 'droid ransomware nasty
Ransomware scumbags have widened their net with a new software nasty that infects Android smartphones and tablets.
Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point
Hipsters. They're this decade's yuppies, but with worse facial hair. And an annoying predilection for pointless retro-technology fetishm that manifests itself in a love for vinyl records.
Licensing changes mean Redmond's IoT plan brings cheap VDI
Microsoft has just posted some advice on how to do Windows desktop virtualisation (VDI) on the cheap.
Apple pulls iPhone 4 from sale in India after just four months
Back in February, Apple made the odd-looking decision to resurrect the iPhone 4 in India alone, in order to bring a cheaper offering to the country.
Ericsson puts 5G towel on Japanese deck-chair
We don’t know what exactly Ericsson might mean by "5G", since the next generation of mobile wireless internet technologies is still very much in the committee stage, but the Swedish firm is rolling out a trial in Yokosuka, Japan anyway.
'We don't think of antivirus as a money maker in any way'
QuotwThis was the week when Symantec declared that its whole reason for being was dead, kaput, totally and utterly over.
Suffering from IPO interruptus? Perhaps your Box is full of the same soap as the others
You don't have to have a monopoly to build a successful company, but it sure helps. And if you've not got a monopoly then you do need something, anything, to differentiate your product so that there's actually some compelling reason why customers might actually use your services and pay you a margin.
UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report
The much-anticipated voluntary UK scheme to reduce online copyright infringement, VCAP, has not yet been signed according to sources – but parties still hope it will be implemented this year.
Hey, operators... 'member our edge-of-SPAAACE interwebs balloons? Help! - Google
Having failed to license spectrum around the globe, Google is now talking to mobile operators to make its Loon project work.
Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Howls of protest sound across the globe as I write this. I’ve been hired to help with the managed migration of incomprehensible volumes of data from one multi-intercontinental, instant-access media library system to another.
Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service
Netflix is hoping to retain its UK subscriber base by fixing its price tag for existing customers for two years, in a move designed to stop them abandoning the video-streaming service and its relatively small catalogue of films and TV shows.
Life in the FAS lane: We reveal NetApp's four new flash-disk arrays
ExclusiveNetApp is replacing the top and bottom of its FAS array range with new boxes – and getting rid the separate FAS3000 class mid-range product.
Weakened Apple slab grab sees Q1 growth slump to RECORD LOW
Apple's iPad shipments into distribution have fallen faster than at any point since the slab was brought to market and yet the wheels aren't close to coming off of the fruit-emblazoned sales juggernaut.
Cortana, remind me to patch Windows, IE, and Adobe gear next Tues
Microsoft will release eight security updates next Tuesday to squash remote-code execution bugs in Windows and Internet Explorer among other flaws.
Skype co-founder's VC firm sues ex-staffer and consultant
The London-based venture capital firm of Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom is suing a former employee and one of its consultants for allegedly diverting investors towards their own VC firm.
London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber
As if London didn't have enough traffic on its streets, the capital's cabbies have vowed to bring the city to a standstill in a protest against the taxi-booking phone app Uber.
Quantum dedupe sales droop: But you can't say it didn't TRY
Quantum's latest results show that all the tape firm's sweat, gritted teeth and dogged determination hasn't come good - yet.
Spy sat launch wannabe SpaceX fails to stop rival gobbling Russian rockets
SpaceX has failed to stop its rival United Launch Alliance from buying Russian rocket engines.
Goodbye HANA daddy, assorted cloud bods: SAP gets corporate
AnalysisThe cloud “talent” is leaving SAP and the suits are taking over. Is it time to panic for SAP?
Winklevoss twins eye up NASDAQ: Publicly traded Bitcoin fund... what could go wrong?
The Winklevoss twins have set out plans to list their Bitcoin trust exchange on the NASDAQ to create what would be the world's first publicly traded cryptocurrency biz – if it were approved.
Moshtix admin account popped by party-pooper hipster-hating hacker
Skiddies logged into a staff account of Aussie ticketing outlet Moshtix and caused havoc for fans snapping up tix.
WTF is Net Neutrality, anyway? And how can we make everything better?
Special ReportThis weekend, earnest young men - several of whom appear to have beards - are camping out in Washington DC. They're protesting against "plans to allow a pay-for play internet".
Psst, keep this under your hat, but NetApp's new flash wunderkind will be unveiled on...
NetApp is holding an Insight event in Las Vegas in October – and its new all-flash box FlashRay is set to steal the show.
Don't fret over SOHO routers and Heartbleed. But yeah, there's LOADS to fear on home kit
The infamous Heartbleed bug doesn't affect home routers in practice, according to new analysis by security researchers at TripWire.
Beached whale Symantec watches revenues recede 7%
Symantec’s latest results show that you can wring more profit out of declining revenues by slashing costs but its not enough to bring you back to growth.
Point DNS blitzed by mystery DDoS assault
UpdatedDomain hosts Point DNS has been hammered with a high intensity DDoS attack on Friday, knocking servers out for hours.
Nokia Camera guru: I'm finished being Finnish, and off to 'the company you're thinking of'
Microsoft's Stephen Elop is no doubt busy digesting the mobile remains of Nokia, but he has lost a key engineer – Lumia photography lead Ari Partinen – to the clutches of Cupertino – Apple, in other words.
Anti-theft mobe KILL SWITCH edges closer to reality in California
The Golden State is one step closer to passing a law which would require mobile phone vendors to implement remote bricking capabilities in all handsets.
SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store
A daring thief drove a car through the front of a California Apple store on Friday in what police believe was a planned robbery.
Earthly astronomers catch best-ever image of MASSIVE solar flare
Pics and videoA combined effort by four space telescopes and one Earth-bound observatory has successfully snapped the best images yet of a huge solar flare that erupted from the Sun's surface.
Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted
In a major victory for Oracle, a US Appeals Court has overturned an earlier ruling in the database giant's multibillion-dollar intellectual property lawsuit against Google, finding that Oracle's Java APIs are in fact covered by copyright.