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Cisco HAUNTED by $655m memory components snag

Cisco has swallowed huge costs to attempt to firefight heavily degraded memory components found in the company's kit - but it's refusing to bad-mouth the supplier behind the tetchy chips. It said that customers and biz partners, whose products are largely out of warranty, would be supported by Cisco after it decided to switch …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Feb 2014
Fail and You

VSANs choking on VMware's recommended components

VMware has changed the recipe for its virtual storage area networks after some components it recommended were found out as not being up to the job. Virtzilla's notification of the change says it is being made because some “low-end IO controllers” it once recommended “offer very low IO throughput”. So low, in fact, that “the …
Darren Pauli, 03 Jul 2014

Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

The developer behind Tor privacy router Anonabox has defended the product — which has so far attracted $600,000 in crowd funding — following allegations it was little more than a commercial off-the-shelf circuit board. August Gemar asked for $7,500 via Kickstarter to build the open source router box commercially. Accusations …
Darren Pauli, 16 Oct 2014
The Raspberry Pi

Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

A clever chap named David Hunt has built a phone based on a Raspberry Pi. He has, of course, called it the ”PiPhone”. Hunt explains he's bolted together the Pi, a small touchscreen, a GSM module and a battery into a working phone. He also created a dialler interface for the phone, which doesn't seem to run any other apps. …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2014
OPNFV logo

Vendors join hands to foster open source NFV

The Linux Foundation has added another string to its virtualisation bow, with the launch of OPNFV, its project for an open-source network function virtualisation (NFV) platform. The project, here, comes with the obligatory roster of high-profile vendors backing it: AT&T, Brocade, Cisco, China Mobile, Huawei, IBM, Juniper and …
SAMLabs Internet of things kit

IoT coding kit targets experimenters who can't code

London startup SAMLabs reckons the Internet of Things is just like LegoTM – and has put together a combo of hardware breadboard and software programming environment to prove it. The Kickstarter-supported project combines designers and engineers from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London, working in Microsoft …
Apple panel patent

End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

Apple has filed for a patent on technology to put small displays in the sidewalls of a smartphone. The documents submitted by the company to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) describe a device which uses a flexible screen capable of being bent around the corners of the casing. The bent screen, according to Apple, could …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2014
DARPA Synapse chip

DARPA wants help to counter counterfeits

DARPA is seeking vendor input into a program designed to defeat the problem of counterfeit electronic components. As the agency states in its announcement, the provenance of electronics components is a big deal in the military, since a component failure can endanger (for example) a fighter jet's mission (as well as the personnel …

Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

A pair of Melbourne security professionals have developed a $150 auto-dialer safe cracker that replicates a machine worth tens of thousands of dollars and sold only to military customers. The unit launches automatic brute force attacks against group two combination locks used in high-security environments like ATMs and gun safes …
Darren Pauli, 13 Oct 2014
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Come up with some 'novel cloud' boffinry, grab $20m from US govt

The US government's National Science Foundation has handed out $20m in funding for two big new cloud computing research projects. The funding has been allocated because the foundation feels commercial clouds are built with a particular purpose in mind, leaving them rather good at particular jobs but not the best possible …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2014
Fire Phone opened

Teardown gurus iFixit play with Fire – Amazon's new mobe

The teardown team at repairs biz iFixit has cracked open Amazon's Fire smartmobe, and it seems the new handset is indeed a complex piece of kit even by modern smartphone standards. The teardown repair tutorial, designed to serve as both an exploration into the device and a loose guide for home repairs, found a number of unique …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2014
Auto Grade Linux example screen

Linux turns the crank on code for cars

Linux's quest to become the default operating system for motor vehicles has taken a step closer to reality, with the Linux Foundation releasing downloads of code from its Automotive Grade Linux project. The project, announced here, is described as being built on Tizen IVI, adding “key applications developed in HTML5 and …
TechDemoSat-1 shot of planet Earth

Blighty in SPAAAACE: Brit-built satellite films the Earth

Youtube Video of the satellite footage of the planet Earth. An experiment-filled Brit satellite has released a minute-long video of planet Earth – the first images of our home world captured by an entirely UK-built spacecraft. The TechDemoSat-1, made by Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL), filmed the short sequence moments after …

VMware's tool to harden virtual networks: a spreadsheet

VMware has released a guide to hardening its NSX virtual networking and product. The guide published online by VMware information security professional Pravin Goyal, covers management, control and data planes. It recommends including audit logs and system events in backups, enabling and securing remote logging for the NSX …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2014

Dammit, Foxconn: Where's our 1 MILLION-strong robot ARMY?

Foxconn's much-vaunted robot army will do little more than insert screws, polish parts and assist human workers, it has been claimed. A report in the Taiwanese press has suggested that "Foxbots" are nowhere near sophisticated enough to replace real people in Foxconn's factories, which have been the scene of worker suicides. …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Jul 2014
IE8 patch

Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

October is stacking up to be a bumper Patch Tuesday update with nine bulletins lined up for delivery — three rated critical. Cloud security firm Qualys estimates two of the lesser "important" bulletins are just as bad however, as they would also allow malicious code injection onto vulnerable systems. Top of the critical list is …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2014

Apple pours a cup of JavaScript for its Automator robot

Apple has quietly started toying with the idea of using JavaScript as a task automator in the Yosemite version of OS X. In this pre-release API document, Cupertino outlines JavaScript for Automation. It's an OSA component that the document says “can be used from Script Editor, the global Script Menu, in the Run JavaScript …

FACEPALM! HP cert used to sign malware

HP accidentally signed some malware, according to Krebs on Security. Krebs reports that the certificate was “used to cryptographically sign software components that ship with many of its older products”, mostly for PC software, but that back in 2010 it was also used to sign some malware. HP will therefore revoke the certificate …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2014
"334/365 this is a phoooonne!!!" - Lazurite

What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

Apple has been granted a patent for a new device, and because of the components listed and the sketch accompanying the filing, several sources have said it could be the near-mythical iWatch. At first glance, it doesn't look like the most exciting of patents. But beneath a preamble about boring old housings for electronic devices …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2014
Surface Pro 3 cracked screen from iFixit

DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

Microsoft has pitched its Surface Pro 3 as a "tablet that can replace your laptop." That is unless, it seems, you want to repair or upgrade your laptop. Teardown specialists iFixit have posted their initial dissection of the latest Redmond tablet, and they've concluded that the surface on the Surface is poor for service. The …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2014
Evil Android

China targeted by new Android Trojan

Russian security researchers are warning about an Android Trojan called Oldboot that has infected 350,000 devices worldwide. According to this post at Dr Web, Oldboot has a characteristic that makes it hard to deal with: some of the Trojan's components are loaded into the boot partition of the Android file system. By acting as a …
The 30m dish at Warkworth, New Zealand

Kiwi satellite earth station recycled – as radio telescope

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is celebrating “first light” from its new radio telescope – a 30m, 30-year-old former satellite Earth station that was once New Zealand's primary link to the outside world. The AUT telescope is now getting ready for a mission studying star formation, the centre of the Milky Way, galactic …
Apple iPhone 6

Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

Apple's new iPhones have been torn apart to reveal their innards – and we're told if you're prone to lobbing your new handset at the ground, there's a good chance it's repairable. The chaps at iFixit have given both the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and 4.7-inch the iPhone 6 seven out of ten in terms of repairability, after tearing …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
Photo of burning books

Flaming heck! Watchdog scolds Apple Mac, iPad fab in staff safety probe

Apple is back in the crosshairs of human rights groups, which claim the corporation has not done enough to stamp out alleged mistreatment of workers at iThing factories. China Labor Watch and Green America claim that a joint investigation has uncovered dangerous conditions and excessive working hours at a plant that produces …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Sep 2014

Disappearing storage and server projects hit Arrow ECS

If ever proof were required that tanker sized distributors needs to keep acquiring to maintain growth levels then Arrow Inc's fiscal Q1 numbers provided the perfect test case. The Fortune 500 firm reported a five per cent rally in sales to $5.08bn but exclude the firms it hoovered up last fiscal year, including security distie …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014
broken smashed harddrives forensics

Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

Privacy International is probing hardware manufacturers about what data can be stored on peripherals after it was revealed the GCHQ specifically targeted trackpads, keyboards and monitors in its destruction of Snowden files held by the Guardian's UK office. Blighty's G-Men oversaw the destruction of storage devices and computers …
Darren Pauli, 23 May 2014

Simplivity drops sweet OmniCubes into channel's cup

Simplivity, the startup selling its hyper-converged server, storage and networking OmniCube, is expanding its global channel program with three membership tiers. Launched in 2013 (story here), the company's OmniCube product is called a v3.0 convergence system and Simplivity claims hundreds of customers around the globe and m0re …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014

HP Simplivity buyout rumours: Could it be worth HALF a BILLION?

HP is said to be in talks to buy Simplivity, a startup whose main offering is the Omnicube converged server/storage/networking systems. The Omnicube is a so-called hyper-converged system, designed from the ground up to eliminate the data centre chaos of independent server, storage and networking products that have to be …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2014

Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

It took the United States eight years to put a man on the Moon. That was time between John F Kennedy’s call to Congress in 1961 and Neil Armstrong getting his boots dirty on the lunar surface, in July 1969 – 45 years ago this month. Yet it took 17 years, from the start of CSS, to get widespread support for custom fonts in HTML …

Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

A teardown report on Google Glass is raising eyebrows over suggestions that the augmented reality headset costs as little as $80 to produce. Researchers with the TechInsights' teardown.com service placed the bill of materials (BOM) of the device at a mere $79.78. The report, which considers the cost of components ranging from …
Shaun Nichols, 01 May 2014
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So, Mystic Joe Tucci: Is a hyper-converged tool in EMC's future?

EMC could be getting into hyper-converged systems via VMware and software-defined hardware components, though the storage firm is yet to confirm industry rumours. So far neither the parent company nor virtualisation juggernaut VMware has substantiated reports by CRN on "Project Mystic", supposedly a more converged appliance than …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2014
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Seagate's LSI flash biz buyout: Good potential, but only if followed up

Will Seagate's buyout of LSI's old flash card business, which it snapped up from Avago and Xyratex, flourish or wither away inside the Californian conglomerate? Upfront, these are smart buys by Seagate, extending its target markets. Xyratex ClusterStor arrays can use its 6TB drives and their follow-on products, and the HDD …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2014
NICTA's seL4 team

Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

A nippy microkernel mathematically proven to be bug free*, and used to protect drones from hacking, will be released as open source tomorrow. The formal-methods-based secure embedded L4 (seL4) microkernel was developed by boffins backed by National ICT Australia (NICTA). In 2012, the software was enlisted to help stop hackers …
Darren Pauli, 28 Jul 2014
Partnership

Red Hat rallies hardware makers with 64-bit ARM server partner program

Red Hat has upped its commitment to support servers based on the ARM processor architecture, with the formation of a new partner program specifically for vendors of 64-bit ARM hardware for the data center. The Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program is aimed at both chipmakers and server builders, and its early members include …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2014

US giant Avnet plots cost slash fest in EMEA enterprise tech arm

The EMEA wing of enterprise distie Avnet Technology Solutions is again in cost-cutting mode after a double-digit sales dive blighted a growth spurt across the pond as local PC system builders missed out on the XP refresh. Revenues for Q4 of fiscal’14 ended 28 June were $2.73bn, up 0.3 per cent on an organic basis, or 4.2 per …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2014
Evil Android

Boffins tag Android app privacy fails

A group of researchers from universities in Luxembourg, Germany and the US say they can dramatically improve the detection of privacy leaks between Android processes. The researchers, led by Li Li of the University of Luxembourg, are looking for ways to identify apps that send private data outside the app's own domain without …
Hyper ISE with SSD and HDD

New VDI recipe: Pinch of Cisco, spoon of VMware, mix with X-IO arrays

X-IO, maker of the sealed ISE and HyperISE storage enclosures, has come up with a reference architecture for VDI using Cisco and VMware kit. The X-Pod for VDI template uses Cisco's UCS servers and networking hardware, VMware's Horizon View, and X-IO's own flash-disk ISE 740s. This validated design should support up to 1,500 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2014
Stanford U's ant-sized radio

Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

Electronics boffins at Stanford University are putting their mark on the Internet of Things by way of a tiny radio-plus-computer that uses scavenged radio signals for its power. Instead of shrinking discrete components and patching them together, the Stanford team set out to create a single silicon component that integrates …

US BACKDOORED our satellites, claim UAE

A French contract to supply intelligence satellites to the United Arab Emirates could be cancelled, with the UAE claiming it's discovered backdoors in US-supplied components of the birds. Defence News, which broke the story, claims that the $US930 million contract could be scrapped, according to high-level UAE sources, if the …
OnePlus One Android smartphone

OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

Word-of-mouth sensation the OnePlus One smartphone finally goes on general sale to the public next week – six months after the phone was launched, and after a number of not-always successful promotional gimmicks. But only in 16 territories. And you only have an hour on Monday to check out. OnePlus One Android smartphone Like …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2014
Everest

US telco titan Verizon floats storage clouds over Himalaya

It looks like Verizon is parking its storage atop the cloudy peaks of Amplidata’s Himalaya object storage architecture. Amplidata, an object storage startup, says: “With Himalaya, users can easily store and manage zettabytes of data and trillions of stored objects, all under one global namespace using Intel-based commercial off …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek

You're spending WHAT on iPhone 6? Wells Fargo downgrades Apple stock

Analysts at Wells Fargo have downgraded their outlook on Apple shares for this year, taking it down from "outperform" to "market perform". A report on the fruity firm stuck to a valuation of between $536 and $581 a share, but it pointed out some concerns about the gross margin of profit on the upcoming iPhone 6 as well as …
Anchorman street fight

Nutanix vs VCE: Battle of the converged upstarts rages on

Which is better for VDI: Vblocks or Nutanix’s converged appliances? Nutanix has a test that it claims proves its own kit is best. Unsurprisingly, VCE strongly disputes this. Nutanix is currently on an anti-VCE drive which it has dubbed nixVblock, and which recently included a controversial campaign reportedly likening VBlock to …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2014

Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

Japanese electronics stalwart Sony has posted a preliminary net income loss of ¥130 billion ($1.3bn, £770m) for the year to March 31, 2014 – its third downward revision in less than 12 months, and another blow to CEO Kazuo Hirai’s attempts to turn the company around. The figure [PDF] was significantly worse than the ¥110bn (£ …
Phil Muncaster, 02 May 2014

vBlock user says EMC bug slipped through VCE's matrix

The Cisco/EMC/VMware/Intel lovechild VCE has a simple schtick: the boxed-up rigs of hardware and software it sells are sold in configurations that have been documented and tested to the last detail. As the company told us by email “we commit to delivering Systems that have been engineered, tested and certified as one.” VCE is …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2014
Miner sculpture

Intel says NO MORE BLOOD PENTIUMS by 2016

Intel has set 2016 as the deadline for its transition to a 100 per cent conflict-free product line. Under the plan, Chipzilla will look to receive gold, tantalum, tungsten, and tin only from those smelting facilities that it has certified as taking materials exclusively from ethically-mined sources. The company unveiled the …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2014
Nanowire electroluminescence

Optical computing a step closer with SINGLE-MOLECULE LED

Researchers at IPCMS in Strasbourg, working with a team from the Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire (CNRS/UPMC), have produced an LED that consists of a single molecule. While it's unlikely ever to serve as a display, the molecular LED is an important step forward in miniaturising components to provide optical …
pantech pc-2800... and friends

Korea’s third biggest phone maker faces $180m OBLITERATION

Troubled Korean handset manufacturer Pantech's stay of execution is drawing to a close as its creditors take action over the firm's 480bn won ($475m, £277m) financial black hole. The mobile networks might bail Pantech out in order to have a rival for LG and Samsung. However, Korea Business reports that the networks are looking …
Simon Rockman, 04 Jul 2014
Apple virtual reality headset design

Apple eyes virtual reality goggle game with patent filing

Apple has filed for a patent which suggests the company is looking into developing its own head-mounted virtual reality system. The patent application, disclosed Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), was originally filed by Apple in December of 2013. It describes a set of goggles which would be worn by users to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2014

Adobe swallows Aviary, hopes to stuff Creative Cloud into mobes

Adobe has gulped down editing app firm Aviary to beef up its mobile image-fiddling software with an eye on the professional crowd. Scott Preston, veep of the products community, said in a blog post that very little professional editing was done on mobile devices these days – and Adobe is hoping to change that. “While mobile has …