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Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack

Apple’s shiny new iPhone 6 can be spoofed with the same fake fingerprints that tricked its older sibling, the iPhone 5S. That's according to mobile security firm Lookout, which said it discovered that it is possible to create a fake fingerprint that's capable of fooling the TouchID fingerprint sensor of the latest iPhones (6 and …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2014
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Hungry Brit giant Daisy Group plans to gobble 'mid-market' tech sector

Logicalis can add group CTO to its list of vacant staff roles as current incumbent Chris Gabriel heads for the door to join mid-market comms and tech beast Daisy Group. Slough-based Logicalis is already looking for a local chief techie to cover the UK and Ireland. The exit of big hitter Gabriel will likely come as a blow to the …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2014

Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

The axe fell on nearly 1,700 jobs at Phones 4u last night, a little over a week after the High Street retailer went into administration. It brings the total number of staff laid off with redundancy packages so far to 2,325 – nearly half of the company's workers. The staffers had been based at 700 outlets, including 550 stores, …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2014
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Awkward? Elop now answers to ex-junior Nadella as Microsoft closes Nokia buyout

Microsoft has closed its $7.1bn garbage-trucks-colliding deal to buy Nokia’s struggling mobile handset business. The software giant announced the successful completion of a seven-month campaign to take ownership of the Nokia unit, announced last September. Nokia now becomes the Microsoft Devices Group, headed by Nokia’s former …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2014
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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

An unidentified object roughly the size of a G-Wiz car smashed into the Moon last September going at 61,000km/h, causing a devastating, record-breaking explosion clearly visible to the naked eye, astronomers say. Youtube Video The Royal Astronomical Society sets the scene: On 11 September 2013, Prof Jose M Madiedo was …
Lewis Page, 25 Feb 2014
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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

Microsoft has decided it won't replace the Masters-level certifications it once described as the "pinnacle" of a Redmond-centric IT pro's education. Redmond ”retired” the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM), and Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications last year. At the time …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014
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NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015

NBN Co executives have defended the slow progress of the organisation's fibre-to-the-node rollout, telling a Senate committee it would be “unlikely” for any telco to have a product ready for launch within a year of receiving new policy directions. The statement was made by NBN Co chief customer officer John Simon. Under …

Brit biz Phoenix IT Group confirms £16m of contract wins

A flurry of biz wins worth more than £16m were this morning confirmed by the new CEO at Phoenix IT Group - the man brought in to turn the loss-making British firm into a profit generating machine. Former EDS and Synstar exec Steve Vaughan, was hired in March to design a turnaround plan, which includes the, er, mind-blowing …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2014
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Trials of 'Iron Man' military exoskeleton due in June

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) project to create an Iron-Man-like exoskeleton has advanced to the point at which trials of a prototype are now expected in June. TALOS emerged last September, then took a big stride forward in October when it was revealed the US thinks it is such a good idea it was decided to …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2014
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Amazon's cloud reign may soon come to an end, says Gartner

The worshipers of Gartner's famed Magic Quadrant have shuffled forth from their back-office tomb clutching jeweled calculators and have proclaimed Amazon the One True Cloud, although they added that it now faces strong competition. The workers of the analyst firm announced Amazon's dominance in a new "Magic Quadrant for Cloud …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014
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Microsoft bags more CASH – but profit's flat as Nadella waves axe

Microsoft posted solid yet unspectacular results for both the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014 and the full fiscal year, even as investors braced for new CEO Satya Nadella to axe as many as 18,000 staffers. Revenues for the quarter beat analysts' estimates slightly at $23.38bn, a 17.5 per cent gain over the same period a year …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2014
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Using Android 4.3? Don't let malware snatch your private login keys

If you're one of the 10.3 per cent of Android users running version 4.3, aka Jelly Bean, your login keys are at risk of theft – thanks to a vulnerability in the operating system's KeyStore software. KeyStore, as the name suggests, stores a user's cryptographic keys, which are used by apps to log into services without the user …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2014
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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

The decade-long legal fight over the reasons WordPerfect failed has ended in victory for Microsoft after the US Supreme Court declined to hear Novell's appeal and shut the door on a potential billion-dollar settlement for the company. "We're happy this case is now over for good and think it shows we'll persistently defend …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2014
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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

The UK government has completely screwed up the deployment of faster internet connections to Brits living in the countryside because it failed to properly address competition concerns as a result of its awarding all its broadband contracts to BT, politicians concluded today. MPs sitting on the public accounts committee published …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Apr 2014
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Broadcom: If no one buys our modem biz, we'll DITCH IT

Chipmaker Broadcom is moving out of the mobile modem business. The company has announced that if it can’t sell its cellular modem division, the operation will be shuttered. The news has been greeted with glee by financial types, who point to the $600m the company expects to save as a result of the move. The Broadcom share price …
Simon Rockman, 03 Jun 2014
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EMC embarks on all-singing, all-dancing VNX jamboree

EMC has had a VNXgasm and announced future software for VNX, plus a buffed up VNXe box, a VSPEX addition, and the company is also making more encryption options available. The VNX software is coming via Project Liberty and thus includes freedom from hardware lock-in presumably, and is virtualised storage software that is based …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2014
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Dropbox unblocked in China ... for now

Sync 'n’ share service Dropbox is available again in China almost four years after the Great Firewall decided to block it, but it may struggle to pull in punters given the large number of local rivals that have launched in the meantime. Dropbox was banned by the authorities in May 2010 in a typically Chinese way; without warning …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Feb 2014

Cyberspies blast Icefog into US targets' backdoors

Miscreants behind a cyberespionage campaign have changed their methods to take advantage of Java-based malware. The Icefog APT (advanced persistent threat), discovered in September 2013, continues to be a problem, this time utilising a Java backdoor, according to the latest analysis of the threat by security researchers at …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2014

Rampaging Google now second most valuable company ON EARTH

Apple may handily hold the title of World's Most Valuable Company when measured by the size of its market capitalization, but the number-two spot, long held by fossil-fuel pusher Exxon Mobil, has been usurped by one of Cupertino's craftiest competitors: Google. As we clicked Publish on this story after the markets closed on …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Feb 2014
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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
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HP has Chromeboxes with Intel Core i7 chips, but they'll cost you

HP has started taking orders for its new line of Chromeboxes, but while some carry the low price tags we've come to expect from Chrome OS devices, others are surprisingly expensive. Intel spilled the beans last September that hardware makers would be offering desktop Chrome OS kit with Haswell processors this year, and Asus …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2014
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NBN Co pulls in new CTO, CFO

NBN Co, which has completed its executive makeover, with a new CTO and CFO, is embroiled in a revival of an old debate: whether “up to” descriptions of broadband speeds are permissible in consumer law. Fuelling conspiracy theories about the NBN is the appointment of News Limited veteran Stephen Rue as CFO, while far less …
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Nokia gobble: Microsoft can't get free of red-tape bondage 'til April

Here's an eyebrow-raiser: Microsoft's general counsel and executive veep for legal and corporate affairs Brad Smith has roused himself late on Sunday evening to blog about the company's acquisition of Nokia. In a statement posted at 11:10 PM on Sunday night, Smith said "we expect to close next month, in April 2014." Why did …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2014
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Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?

If you thought cloud computing was complicated now, just wait until next year, when pin-striped traders will buy and sell contracts in the stuff. At least, that's the plan of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which announced on Monday that it had signed a "definitive agreement" to build a commodity exchange dedicated to the …
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 2014
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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

Apple has released its first major update for iOS 7 — version 7.1, natch — which brings "improvements and bug fixes" to iDevices, including better Touch ID fingerprint recognition, the option to further reduce the on-screen animations that sickened some users, and a boost to performance on the iPhone 4. Details of Apple's iOS 7 …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2014

Ono board mulls Vodafone's offer to grab its pipe for £5.8bn

The board of Spain's biggest cable operator Ono will meet today to decide if it should accept a £6bn (€7bn) bid from Vodafone or push ahead with its plans for an IPO. The sale would see a reasonable return on investment for the four venture funds Anglo-CCMP, Providence, Thomas H Lee and Quadrangle, which invested in 2005. …
Simon Rockman, 11 Feb 2014
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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

When Microsoft swallowed half of Europe's biggest tech company, it was only a matter of time before it spat something out. And so it has, ending Nokia's thirty-year roller-coaster ride. However, the decision will make tens of million of its customers take a look at Android – surely the last thing Microsoft wanted to happen. …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jul 2014
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Apple to reveal musical something on September 1

Fanbois, mark your calendars: Apple has sent out invitations to a music-themed event to take place in San Francisco next Wednesday morning. With customary Cupertinian minimalism, the email message provides no information about what will be announced at the invitation-only event — just the 10:00am starting time and the venue, the …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Aug 2010
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IoT: Industry snakeoil or one-way ticket to fame and riches?

Is the Internet of Everything (IoE) just another tech buzz word in an industry known for marketing bluster? It is doomed to go the way of Service Oriented Architectures and Web 2.0? If you think so, maybe you should take a peek around you. Cisco boss John Chambers said earlier this year it would have five to 10 times the impact …
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'Bank couriers' who stole money from OAP cancer sufferer jailed

Two men have been jailed following their conviction for running a series of courier fraud scams in south London, Surrey and Sussex. Shaun Moore, 22, of no fixed abode and Jevon Grant, 20, of Croydon were sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and two years in a young offenders' institution, respectively. Both pleaded guilty to …
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2014

Cygnus space truck poised for blast-off (again) TODAY

All being well, Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus space truck (PDF) will soar heavenwards later today en route to the International Space Station. Antares rolls out on 5 January. Pic: NASA/Bill Ingalls Antares rolls out on 5 January. Pic: NASA/Bill Ingalls NASA says the weather is "95 per cent favorable" for the Antares …
Lester Haines, 08 Jan 2014

Oracle spoils your day with NEARLY 150 patches

Systems administrators who decided it would be a quiet week were wrong: Oracle has flicked out more than a hundred security patches, and when you're finished, it'll be time to round up any Blackberry useBs in the company and apply some patches for them. Let's start with Oracle, which among other things is taking another stab at …
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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

The much-hyped fingerprint scanner on Samsung’s flagship handset the Galaxy S5 can be fooled just days after the device was launched. Researchers at Germany’s Security Research Labs (SRLabs) publicised their findings in a YouTube clip. According to the narrator, the scanner was hoodwinked "under lab conditions, but is based on …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2014
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Steelie Neelie bangs cloudy Euro heads together with EU-wide conduct code

The EU has assembled the clearest cloudy minds known to humanity - on this side of the Atlantic, anyway - to work on a code of conduct that gives small biz customers more comfort in signing up to fluffy white tech services. “Steelie” Neelie Kroes, vee pee of the EC, seems to think the cloud will generate 2.5 million new regional …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2013

Tizen mobile OS releases v2.0 code

The men and women behind the open source Tizen mobile OS platform have stated an early claim to win developer hearts and minds ahead of Mobile World Congress next week with the official release of Tizen 2.0 source code and SDK. After a particularly slow start since its launch in by the Linux Foundation in September 2011, the …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Feb 2013
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Prison Locker: A load of überhyped malware FUD over... internet chatter

An underground advert seeking help in developing a file-encrypting ransomware kit that might be sold for just $100 a go sparked something of a panic on the interwebs this week. But security watchers are yet to see any samples of the so-called Prison Locker ransomware, leading at least two security firms to characterise the …
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2014

NSA spooks tooled up with zero-day PC security exploits from the FRENCH

The NSA bought specialist computer hacking tools and research from French security outfit Vupen, according to documents unearthed using the Freedom of Information Act. A contract shows the American spooks paid for a year's supply of zero-day vulnerability information and the software needed to exploit those flaws to attack …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2013
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Investors: Oh Samsung. You need to smash those records HARDER

Samsung's estimates for its second quarter earnings missed forecasts, worrying investors despite the fact that it will be another record-breaking quarter at the firm. The Korean chaebol said that it expected operating profit of between 9.3tn South Korean won (£5.4bn) and 9.7tn won (£5.6bn), up eight per cent on the previous …

Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

Although this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was chockablock with Bluetooth-connected wireless speakers, the UK's Imagination Technologies bucked the trend: it demoed its own wireless-speaker tech, the Wi-Fi–enabled Caskeid system. Caskeid – pronounced "cascade" – was announced last September, but CES 2014 was the …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2014

CryptoLocker creeps lure victims with fake Adobe, Microsoft activation codes

Miscreants have brewed up a variant of the infamous CryptoLocker ransomware that uses worm-like features to spread across removable drives. The recently discovered CRILOCK-A variant can spread more easily than previous forms of CryptoLocker. The latest nasty is also notable because it comes under previously unseen guises - such …
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2014
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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

Plenty of vendors offer Chromebooks, but if mobility isn't your bag, Asus has announced a compact Chrome OS desktop at a price that's hard to beat. Asus isn't the first company to offer Chrome OS in a desktop form factor. That would be Samsung, which launched the original Chromebox in 2012. But vendors have shied away from the …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2014

Apple quietly revives iPhone charging and syncing docks

Apple has quietly reintroduced an iPhone accessory that was discontinued when the iPhone 5 was unveiled last September: the lowly but in some quarters much-missed charging and syncing dock. Apparently, Apple didn't want to clutter up its Tuesday-morning rollout of the iPhone 5C and 5S with a mention of such a quotidian piece of …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Sep 2013
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Infosec experts boycott RSA conflab over alleged 'secret' NSA contract

More security researchers are boycotting next month's US edition of the RSA Conference in protest against an alleged "secret deal" the company is said to have struck with the National Security Agency. Last month Reuters reported that the NSA "secretly paid" RSA Security $10m in return for making the Dual_EC_DRBG random number …
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2014

Music to investors' ears: Storage upstart Violin to go public?

Violin Memory, the front runner in the shared all-flash array market, has been heading for an IPO for some time. According to reports, the Mountain View storage firm filed to go public last September, but the timing and price of the offering had not yet been determined. The valuation being tossed around back then was a pretty …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013
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Judge slashes Apple's pile o' cash Samsung judgment

Last August, a jury awarded Apple $1.05bn in a patent-infringement case against Samsung. On Friday, the US District Court judge who presided over that case slashed those damages by $450m. Judge Lucy Koh found that the jury had improperly calculated the amount of damages awarded to Apple, and trimmed the total down to under $600m …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2013
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Malwarebytes declares Windows 'malicious', nukes 1,000s of PCs

A dodgy software update for virus-killer Malwarebytes disabled thousands of PCs before a fix was issued this week. Malwarebytes' database version v2013.04.15.12 erroneously flagged core Windows system files as malicious, resulting in unstable - and in some cases unbootable - machines. Windows system files were wrongly identified …
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2013
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Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

A design flaw in the Chrome browser allows malicious websites to use your computer's microphone to eavesdrop on you, one developer has claimed, although Google denies this is the case. "Even while not using your computer – conversations, meetings and phone calls next to your computer may be recorded and compromised," Israeli …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2014
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Four Apple execs among US top five best-paid in 2012

Four the top five highest-paid executives in the S&P 500 last fiscal year were Apple senior managers – and CEO Tim Cook was not among them. According to a Bloomberg report on Monday, Apple's board of directors are apparently quite eager to keep their top team members happy – and, more importantly, to keep them from straying off …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2013
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Northgate Managed Services boss to exit

Northgate Managed Services (NMS) is parting with long serving UK boss Andy Ross, sources have claimed. His exit follows the unsuccessful efforts to find a buyer for the business, as revealed last September, with company insiders saying the asking price was simply too high. The firm was hawked about by investment banker …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2013
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US general: Beware of Iran's Revolutionary Cyber-Guard

Cyber-attacks on Iran have forced the country to beef up its defences, with the result that the country's cyberwar capabilities have become far more complex, a US general has said. General William Shelton, who heads up the US cyber ops, told reporters during a briefing that Iran had responded to repeated computer virus attacks …