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.
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.
Linux app lets you control fruit fly brains - with frikkin' LASERS
VideoI, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antivirus firm Avast! takes down forums after breach
Antivirus firm Avast! has 'fessed up to a breach.
Apple plots HOME INVASION at WWDC
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.
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.
DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher
ExclusiveNew BMW cars have security shortcomings that could allow thieves to pop open a victim's flash motor from a smartphone.
Sphere 3D's mini microvisor: Drilling into touchy biz tech
AnalysisI 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?
Asus Z97-A puts Intel's 9 Series chipset through its paces
ReviewHere 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
PEAK NAS? Peak NAS. I reckon we've reached it
StoragebodSo 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'
VidShow an Apple II computer to a bunch of kids and film their reactions for YouTube. What could go wrong?
X-IO shuffles senior staffers – but this isn't an IPO prelude
AnalysisStorage 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?
Ask yourself, AT&T: Do you really want a Latin American adventure?
OpinionThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions
UpdatedGoogle is tightening security on its Chrome web browser by making it harder to install plugins and extensions that could contain malicious code.
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.
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.