Microsoft: Pssst, small resellers, want to sling our cloud?
Microsoft is preparing to give its channel partners another way of selling Azure to their customers.
Hackers lay claim to exploit that defeats iPhone anti-theft tools
A pair of security researchers claim to have found a flaw which could allow an attacker to remove security measures on lost or stolen iPhones.
IANA starts handing out recovered IPv4 addresses
As IPv4 address-exhaustion shambles ever closer, IANA has begun handing out recovered addresses.
Valve's Steam streaming service lets you play games on the toilet
Games maker Valve has launched Steam In-Home Streaming, a new service that allows Steam subscribers to view and play games that are running on their primary PCs on devices located anywhere in their homes.
Robotics evangelist: 'Personal robots' should be invisible beings
SolidPersonal robots are fast approaching reality, says one robotics evangelist – but not as the humanoid servants so often portrayed in futuristic fantasies.
NBN Co is a big turn-off … for copper
NBN Co has announced it will start switching off copper connections to homes and businesses in some parts of Australia.
Malware-as-a-service picks Android apart
Quite possibly the most expensive and capable Android malware the world has yet seen is for sale at $US5000 on underground markets, replete with software-as-a-service support.
Google's NEST can't stand the heat, needs patch for use in kitchen
A couple of weeks back, Google's recently-acquired Internet of Things division Nest stopped selling its smoke detectors because the devices could, under some circumstances, fail to report a fire.
Redmond slow to fix IE 8 zero day, says 'harden up' while U wait
Microsoft has decided not to rush out a fix for an IE 8 zero-day first identified seven months ago, instead telling users to harden up their browsers.
Cisco slurps security scanner
Cisco has continued the expansion of its security portfolio with the acquisition of malware analysis outfit ThreatGRID.
Microsoft started herding IT pros to Azure at TechEd 2014
TechEd North America has wrapped up for 2014, and many IT pros have been left with the impression that Microsoft's cloud solution Azure has gone from optional to mandatory. With that in mind, the word 'Azure' is going to appear many times in this article.
Cloudy plague will KILL storage vendors, say Gartner mages
“Peak Array” theory, the idea that today's storage vendors and their products don't have long to live, has received another endorsement from the on-stage Mages at analyst outfit Gartner's IT operations and data centre summit in Sydney.
'Anons' cuffed by Australian Federal Police
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) claim to have arrested two chaps who conducted defacement and denial of service attacks on Indonesian and Australian government websites while using the name and iconography of Anonymous.
Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water
When you blow out a candle, you stop the fire by separating the flame from its fuel source.
European Grid Infrastructure project condenses shared cloud
After a three-year project, the European Grid Infrastructure project has pulled the big red switch on its federated cloud, which it says pools the resources of academic iron in 19 EU countries.
CERN and MIT chaps' secure webmail stalled by stampede of users
A bunch of CERN alumni has taken time out of the weighty world of particle physics to take another shot at cracking the e-mail encryption nut.
Fuel for jets DOES grow on trees
Western Australian farmers who have spent decades planting trees to try and combat salinity might get a payoff: providing jet fuel to Perth airport.
China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why
Special ReportChina will become the world's biggest economy this year, overtaking the United States in GDP. As the FT drily notes, "Most economists previously thought China would pull ahead in 2019."
Permabit: Our flashy dedupe is everywhere, heh heh. Thanks Pure!
It's been a long haul but Permabit, which licenses its Albireo deduplication technology to storage-related suppliers, is finally seeing its fortunes rise.
You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't
CommentAmong the more surprising things that the BBC revealed to us last week was that the UK was going to run out of coal within the next five years. Given that the island is pretty much built on a bed of coal, this is something of a puzzler.
EMC's Project Nile: Elastic Cloud Storage isn't stretchy enough to fit me
StoragebodEMC have finally turned Project Nile into a product and given it the wonderful name of “Elastic Cloud Storage”; there is much to like about it. But before I tell you about those, I’ll point out one thing.
How not to let your Oracle database spin out of control
WorkshopGrowing pains: How not to let your Oracle database spin out of control Oracle databases are a lot like children. They toddle along quite nicely, being polite and well behaved, until suddenly, they hit a massive growth spurt. They become teenagers and can make their administrators' lives a living hell. They double in size overnight, sprout schemas in weird places, and everything gets a lot more complex. They need a lot more intensive management. The database administrator becomes like a parent, trying to keep a monster under control.
Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?
Fujitsu’s foray into growing lettuce is not meant to be a revenue stream, but rather a necessary step in convincing farmers to start utilising ICT, the tech giant’s boss has told us.
Silent Circle raises $30m to make more anti-snoop smartphones
Silent Circle, the privacy mobile firm that touts anti-snooping hardware and software, has raised $30m in new capital and added a few new faces to its board.
Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room
Facebook is rolling out a creepy new feature that will - with a user's permission - tap into the mic on their mobile device and listen into music and television playing in the background.
Scientists capture death star in violent explosion
Astroboffins have confirmed for the first time that Wolf-Rayet supermassive stars can die in a violent explosion known as a Type IIb supernova, using a global rapid response protocol to capture the moment.
Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming
Game TheoryI doubt very much when Philip K. Dick wrote The Man in the High Castle that he imagined the very same subject matter could be dealt with in such a rip-roaring, gore splattering, dual-wielding romp. The victorious Nazis are no match for Wolfenstein's B.J. Blazkowicz.
Hang on, lads. I've got a great idea, says NetApp as it teeters on the edge
NetApp revenues are not exactly flourishing, and the storage biz admits it's facing a decline. As the company reveals its end-of-year figures, will the cloud finish off NetApp, or give it a chance to really boost sales?
eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice
eBay has been criticised for its advice to consumers on choosing a strong password in the wake of a megabreach that prompted it to tell millions of users to change their passwords.
Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?
Spotify says it now has 10 million paying subscribers and 40 million active users. The last official user numbers were released in March last year, when it said it had five million active users.
Brit named HP chief of staff to CEO Whitman
The head of HP's PC and printer business in Blighty, Paul Hunter, is moving to a new role as CEO Meg Whitman's right-hand man.
How technology tracks parcels every step of the way
A lot has changed since the '80s. Back in the day, your product arrived when it arrived, often within weeks rather than days and you didn’t get the chance to check where it was.
Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop
It you work for Apple, you're probably very excited about the supersized "spaceship" headquarters set to touch down in Cupertino.
BT and Neul ink gov-funded deal: Milton Keynes to be test bed for Internet of Stuff
A taxpayer-subsidised project to run a test network for Machine-to-Machine communications – aka the Internet of Things – is getting underway in Milton Keynes, with kit being supplied by Brit telco BT and wireless bods at Neul.
EE unleashes birds of prey onto unsuspecting customers
EE have released an Eagle, a Buzzard, a Kite and an Osprey. Sadly a Vulture is missing from the avian ensemble, but we can let that pass. These are devices rather than birds – the Eagle is a tablet and the other items are portable Wi-Fi hotspots.
EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means
Confusion reigns over whether or not the 145 million "encrypted" user account passwords swiped from eBay can be practically cracked by crooks.
Apple vows to squash iMessage SMS-KILLER
Apple has 'fessed up to an iMessage problem that occasionally clobbers iPhone-toting fanbois if they use non-iOS mobes and vowed to fix it.
Oracle emerges from bureaucratic sludge clutching crucial cloud certificate
Oracle has gained a crucial federal certification that will make it easier for US government agencies to buy cloud services from the database giant.
eBay says database leak dump offers are fake
Cybercrooks are offering to sell "stolen copies" of the leaked eBay database through an advert posted through Pastebin.
Google Fiber says it's happy to let Netflix onto its 'fast lane' for free
In a clear knock on recent shenanigans by US broadband providers, the Chocolate Factory's Google Fiber division has said it doesn't charge extra for an internet "fast lane," and streaming-video companies are even free to host their servers in Google Fiber's own data centers.
Report: Samsung joining virtual reality race with Galaxy headset
Samsung is reportedly developing a virtual reality headset for use with its Galaxy line of mobile devices.
HP says 'turnaround remains on track', cuts thousands of workers
HP has handed in a tepid set of financial results with a surprise note saying it expects to lay off even more employees, as the company trudges down an unknown path into a new IT world.
MIPS maneuvers for world+dog adoption with open source foundation
A new open source non-profit foundation dubbed prpl (pronounced purple) has been set up in an effort to promote the use of the MIPS architecture in everything from data centers to individual devices.
Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal
After weathering a decade of delays, cost overruns, and technical difficulties with its latest high-tech aircraft, Boeing CEO James McNerney says the company isn't planning any more ambitious gambles like the 787 Dreamliner, but will instead focus on cutting costs and increasing production.
Oculus boss: True virtual reality is 'a decade or two' away
Fans of William Gibson who want their own pair of virtual reality sunglasses will have to wait a lot longer to realize their dreams, according to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe.
Better safe than sorry: SourceForge pushes password reset
Open Source software portal SourceForge is asking users to change their passwords following an update to the site's security systems.