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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

Analysis Cads and/or bounders can crash and reboot iPhones from afar by sending them specially crafted texts, thanks to a new vulnerability in iOS.
Iain Thomson, 27 May 2015
Buzz Lightyear

Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

Worstall on Wednesday An interesting read popped up on Motherboard recently: if all and every movie now uses ever more visual effects, then why the heck are all the visual effects (VFX) studios going bust?
Tim Worstall, 27 May 2015

Elon Musk's SpaceX: Now we help do SURVEILLANCE for the SPOOKS

After an extended spat between Elon Musk and the US Air Force, SpaceX has finally been certified for military space missions, muscling into what had been a cosy monopoly held by a Lockheed-Boeing joint venture.

WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

Boffins have developed a biodegradable semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood in an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices.

Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

Ken Ham, an Australian young-Earth creationist, says he is on the verge of proving that dinosaurs and humans coexisted only a couple of thousand years ago.
The US White House. Pic: Roman Boed

White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

Update The Obama administration is backing Oracle in its long-running legal battle against Google over the Chocolate Factory's alleged infringement of Java copyrights.
Kat Hall, 27 May 2015
Photo of Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst at Red Hat Summit 2014

Beware Red Hat interviews: you'll pay for coffee, lunch and fuel

Want a job at Red Hat? If so, prepare to buy your interviewer coffee, lunch and maybe even the petrol needed to drive to the coffee shop.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2015
Asus Chi T300 Transformer Book

Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

Review Convergence. Wretched word. But one particularly liked by hardware wallahs trying to convince us that instead of buying a laptop and a tablet, we should buy something that is a laptop and a tablet. Asus is king of the convergers.
Alun Taylor, 28 May 2015
Axe, image via Shutterstock

Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

A storm of accusations, claims, and furious counterclaims has hit the Ubuntu penguins, with a community cleaved of its head following allegations of unsavory behavior.
Gavin Clarke, 27 May 2015
Queen's Speech 2015. Screen grab from Parliament TV

Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

The first session of the new Parliament was opened by the Queen today and, as expected, a renewed push for a Snoopers' Charter was high on the agenda.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 May 2015
Reconstruction of past climate. Credit: Insititute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

Trick-cyclists in America have come out with research which could explain why the debate on climate change continues to rumble on, even though there is a solid consensus on the facts of the matter.
Lewis Page, 28 May 2015

Kali Linux gives itself a Docker-cut

Penetration testing gurus Offensive Security have made their popular Kali operating system available for Docker-addicted system administrators.
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2015

This $199 home air-quality gizmo will tell you to VOC right off

Pic "Air. It's all around you. Where you live. Where you work. Where you sleep. But what's really in it?"
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2015
Wristbands at Google I/O 2015

Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN

Google I/O This year's Google I/O conference hasn't even formally kicked off, but attendees who arrived early to pick up their badges on Wednesday got their first look at the peculiarly formidable security at this year's event.
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2015
Landfill. Pic: Bill McChesney

Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

Ahead of the Windows 10 launch this summer, Microsoft has decided it's time for a little spring cleaning in the Windows Store, and it's tightening up its submission policies to make sure its store doesn't get into the same sorry state again.
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2015
2300x1700 Europa pic

NASA picks tools for voyage to possibly LIFE-SUPPORTING moon Europa

NASA has today announced the nine scientific instruments which will ride on a Europa-bound probe to examine the icy moon for signs of life.
Brute Force

Password reset sites expose crackable PeopleSoft creds

SAP hackers Alexander Polyakov and Alexey Tyurin say Oracle PeopleSoft contains unpatched vulnerabilities and weaknesses that allow attackers to easily obtain admin passwords.
Darren Pauli, 28 May 2015
Synology Disk Station 409Slim

Synology slings patch at buggy NAS boxens

Securify co-founder Cengiz Han Sahin says Synology has patched a remote vulnerability that allowed attackers to compromise its storage devices.
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2015
GIMP 2.8

SourceForge accused of shackling GIMP in kinky adware

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) has accused SourceForge of violating its open-sourcery by wrapping the popular graphics program in adware.
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2015
David Cameron

EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

David Cameron’s plans to treat us all like children unless we opt out looks likely to be scuppered by new EU rules on net neutrality.
Jennifer Baker, 27 May 2015