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Google makes malware microscope Mac mod

Google has upgraded its popular VirusTotal analysis tool by adding an Mac OS malware uploader in a bid to better understand increasing attacks against Cupertino's fruity 'puters.
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2014
Turnbull with Switkowski in Blacktown

Telecomms regulation neglected in anti-NBN crusade

Here's an idea: instead of the $AU10 million worth of reviews designed to pursue an ideological crusade against the National Broadband Network, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull could instead get to work on fixing the creaking competition mechanisms of Australia's telecommunications industry.
Drosophilia under a laser

Linux app lets you control fruit fly brains - with frikkin' LASERS

Video I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords … a collaboration between researchers in Vienna and the US has produced high-resolution laser-control over fruit flies.
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Google's SPDY blamed for slowing HTTP 2.0 development

The HTTP 2.0 working group appears to be in crisis, with work on integrating Google's SPDY HTTP-boosting protocol blamed for taking the project off the rails.
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2014
APX Central cable route

SubPartners confirms plan for Perth-Sydney sub cable

Australia is to get its fourth Perth-Sydney fibre connection, but it's got a twist: instead of thousands of kilometres of trenching, SubPartners is planning a submarine cable for the build.

Oz company builds VSANs on Open Compute kit

Facebook's hope that its open compute project (OCP) would bring hyperscale-style innovation to the world is bearing fruit, with an Australian company revealing a range of converged infrastructure and virtual SAN products using its server designs.
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2014
Evil Android

You've got Mail! But someone else is reading it in Outlook for Android

Researchers have plucked privacy holes in Microsoft's Outlook Android app that expose user data when user security setting screws were not tightened.
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2014

Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

Nobody ever reads click-through licences. Especially not on phones, where the legalese can run to hundreds of pages. But oh, what gems can be found in there.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 May 2014
Avast! Free Anti-virus utility

Antivirus firm Avast! takes down forums after breach

Antivirus firm Avast! has 'fessed up to a breach.
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2014
The second Sonic Screwdriver

Webcast: How to build an open cloud

Reg Live TV It’s a hybrid world. But proprietary clouds are hard to integrate and less flexible. On the other hand, you’re already using them.
David Gordon, 27 May 2014
2001: A Space Odyssey


Apple is rumoured to have its eye on the smart home market, allowing folks and hackers alike to control lighting, heating and so on in houses and apartments.
Great Wall of China

China ponders ban on IBM servers

The dispute between China and the USA over backdoor-riddled information technology equipment has just heated up, with Bloomberg reporting Chinese authorities are wondering whether the time has come for local banks to ditch their IBM servers.
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2014
BMW Left-turn Assistant

DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

Exclusive New BMW cars have security shortcomings that could allow thieves to pop open a victim's flash motor from a smartphone.
John Leyden, 27 May 2014
John Morelli

Sphere 3D's mini microvisor: Drilling into touchy biz tech

Analysis I have just seen an Overland SnapScale DX2 scale-out filer storage array running Corel WordPerfect and serving it via the Glassware 2.0 product, also running in the DX2, to an iPad across a Wi-Fi network. What the heck's going on here?
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2014
Asus Z97-A motherboard

Asus Z97-A puts Intel's 9 Series chipset through its paces

Review Here we are again. Another Intel chipset series sees the light of day – but at least this time there isn’t a new socket to contend with... Well, at the very high end there is, but that’s for the X99 Express coming later.
Simon Crisp, 27 May 2014
Targeted Spam

Authorities swoop on illicit Wolverhampton SPAM FARM

UK data privacy experts have raided an SMS spam farm blamed for spewing out more than 350,000 nuisance messages to mobiles.
John Leyden, 27 May 2014

Spanish village of 'Kill the Jews' votes for rebrand

The inhabitants of the Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudíos (Castrillo Kill the Jews) have voted for a rebrand which will see their diminutive settlement called Castrillo Mota de Judíos (Castrillo Hill of the Jews).
Lester Haines, 27 May 2014

Vodafone turns to EU, asks it to FORCE 'fair' fibre pricing

Vodafone needs to get high-speed handsets into the hands of consumers to effectively compete in the market. But the company also needs to worry about how to handle all that data – and it's hoping the European Commission will help it get its hands on some cheaper fibre.
Simon Rockman, 27 May 2014

Watch this! Introduction to Amazon Web Services

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David Gordon, 27 May 2014
Cartoon of  green skeletal figure reaching out of phone

After the cyberpunks, prepare to fight a new wave of nasties

Presagers of doom in the IT industry have sometimes got it horribly wrong. One need only look back 14 years to the millennium bug, which was supposed to bring down the world’s critical systems. The year 2000 came and went with no digital cataclysm in sight.
Tom Brewster, 27 May 2014

Foxconn devours $390m stake in Taiwanese 4G mobe network

Apple supplier Foxconn is planning to buy a stake in Taiwanese mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom for $390m to gobble up more of the country’s early 4G market.

French IT giant Atos is officially full of Bull.... and €620m lighter

IT services firm Atos is to purchase its French colleague Bull, which offers cloud, cybersecurity and big data to enterprise customers, for €620m (£503m, $845m).
PCS with a red X in front of them

Swiping your card at local greengrocers? Miscreants will swipe YOU in a minute

More than a thousand point-of-sale, grocery management and accounting systems worldwide have been compromised by a new strain of malware, results of a March 2014 probe have revealed.
John Leyden, 27 May 2014
Peak NAS

PEAK NAS? Peak NAS. I reckon we've reached it

Storagebod So it seems IBM has finally decided to stop reselling NetApp filers, and focus on its own products instead. I’m also waiting for the inevitable announcement that it will stop selling the rebadged Engenio products, as there is s fairly large crossover there.
StorageBod, 27 May 2014

Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg

The Australian government's plan to scrap its Renewable Energy Target (RET), pitched as a way to cut power bills down under, will drive up electricity prices. That's according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF).
Artist’s impression of deep blue planet HD 189733b

GSMA: There are more mobile connections than PEOPLE... but WHO'S HOGGING them all?

By the end of the year there will be more mobile phone connections than people on the planet, although they mostly belong to the richer part of the planet – a whopping half the world’s population doesn’t have connectivity.
Simon Rockman, 27 May 2014
TalkTalk YouView set top box launch

Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

The BBC can carry on investing in internet TV outfit YouView, the BBC Trust has ruled. The oversight panel "endorsed" the broadcaster's continued involvement in the video on-demand organisation and has published a report supporting its decision.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 May 2014
Somali pirates storm the box

ARG! A GHOST SHIP! Pirates sunk by UK cops return from watery grave

One of the world's largest BitTorrent search engines is back online after British cops successfully – but temporarily – managed to get the domain name Torrentz.eu switched off.
Team Register, 27 May 2014
Screaming kid

Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

Vid Show an Apple II computer to a bunch of kids and film their reactions for YouTube. What could go wrong?
Jasper Hamill, 27 May 2014
Shuffling cards

X-IO shuffles senior staffers – but this isn't an IPO prelude

Analysis Storage firm X-IO has changed its CEO and made some other board-level changes as well as having some engineers working part-time. Companies don't generally do this, so what's happening here?
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2014

Ask yourself, AT&T: Do you really want a Latin American adventure?

Opinion The recent $48.5bn merger agreement between US telecoms giant AT&T and leading US satellite TV provider DirecTV is being seen as a trigger for yet more consolidation in the US, with everyone looking for natural fits between each of the lonely remaining players.
Faultline, 27 May 2014
Oracle frankenstein

Oracle shoves aside NoSQL upstarts with smart 'Fabric' tech

After two years of development, Oracle has released a freely available, open source technology that closes the gap between its MySQL software and the capabilities of database upstarts.
Jack Clark, 27 May 2014

PC-infecting chat demon quotes THE BIBLE to summon malware plague

A new Trojan that distributes itself through Facebook instant messaging and Yahoo! Messenger has claimed hundreds of victims.
John Leyden, 27 May 2014

iDevice ransomware stalks OZ, demands payoff

Apple fans across Australia are finding their iPad and iPhones held for ransom by miscreants demanding $50 and more for unlock fee.
John Leyden, 27 May 2014

LulzSec turncoat Sabu avoids jail time thanks to co-operating with Feds

Infamous Lulzsec hacker-turned-mole Sabu will not face jail time after the court agreed to cut the police informant's sentence.
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2014
Broken CD with wrench

BREACH! Spotify flings new app at all Android users

Spotify will ask all Android users of its streaming service to download a new version of its app after its internal systems were compromised.
Jack Clark, 27 May 2014

Intel marries Chinese chippery firm to SoC it to low-end tablet market

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has announced Chipzilla's lastest move in his effort to "take pragmatic and different approaches" to tackling the low-end of the tablet market: partnering with Chinese fabless semiconductor company and mobile SoC maker Rockchip to design an Atom-based, Intel-branded platform that will be targeted primarily at global "entry and value" tablet markets.
Rik Myslewski, 27 May 2014

Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

A recent poll has discovered that – in one US state, at least – climate change is now a more divisive issue than even the long-bubbling "pro-choice/pro-life" and gun-control dust-ups.
Rik Myslewski, 27 May 2014

Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

Updated Google is tightening security on its Chrome web browser by making it harder to install plugins and extensions that could contain malicious code.
Neil McAllister, 27 May 2014
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FTC calls for Congress to crack down on consumer data harvesting

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is calling for stricter regulations on companies that gather and sell personal information.
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2014
Firefox OS RHS teaser

Mozilla launches Flame reference handset for Firefox OS

Mozilla has begun taking preorders for the Firefox OS Flame, a new developer handset that's a reference design for what the not-for-profit browser maker calls "mid-tier hardware" for its open source mobile OS.
Neil McAllister, 27 May 2014

Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

An intriguing rumor is a difficult thing to kill – and the long-whispered switch by Apple of its Mac line from Intel to ARM-based chippery has again resurfaced, Rasputin-like, to live another day.
Rik Myslewski, 27 May 2014