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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

Russia has asked SAP an Apple to hand over their products' source code so it can be tested for spyware.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2014
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Recording lawsuit targets Ford, GM in-car CD recorders

The recording industry has spotted another potential target of tax-by-lawsuit: the auto industry, for in-car media players.
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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

Sports shoe maker Reebok is getting into the bacon business.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2014
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Oracle: That BUG in our In-Memory Option will be fixed in October

After much back-and-forth on blogs, Twitter, and online forums, Oracle has admitted that there is a bug that can cause its new in-memory database option to be reported as being in use when it's not, although the actual risk it poses remains unclear.
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2014
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NASA claims the Moon was NOT made of cheese – we reveal the TRUTH

A detailed analysis of the shape of Earth's Moon has shown that it isn't a sphere but instead slightly lemon-shaped. The data also reveals important clues as to how our natural satellite formed (and no, it still doesn't involve any cheese).
Iain Thomson, 31 Jul 2014
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VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis

VMware runs a cluster of 50 Mac Minis and puts it to work preparing the executables and binaries that customers receive when they acquire the company's products.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2014
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BitTorrent launches decentralised crypto-fied chat app

BitTorrent has joined the increasingly crowded post-Snowden market for anonymous online chat services with "Bleep", a decentralised voice and text communications platform.
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2014
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Korean vendor launches wearable RPi clone

Korean outfit Hardkernel has snuck out a Raspberry Pi-compatible board it says targets developers with an interest in the wearables and Internet of Things space.
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Multipath TCP speeds up the Internet so much that security breaks

The burgeoning Multipath TCP (MPTCP) standard promises to speed up the internet but will also break security solutions including intrusion detection and data leak prevention, says security researcher Catherine Pearce.
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2014

Cisco's application-centric infrastructure arrives at last

Cisco has quit with the long talk and started the walk, announcing that its Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is to ship as a full solution on July 31.
Angry woman on mobile

You, Verizon. What's with the download throttle? Explain yourself – FCC boss

The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is demanding an explanation from Verizon over the carrier's decision to throttle LTE speeds for heavy users.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jul 2014
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AMD dangles 64-bit ARM code developer kit over, well ... developers

AMD has been promising shipments of its 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", for the end of the year but now you can get hold of one with the firm's latest developer kit release.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2014
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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.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2014
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Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle

Nintendo is reeling after it posted a $96m loss on the quarter to June 30.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2014
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Oracle cluster daddy jumps ship to NoSQL upstart MongoDB

Roger Bamford, a pioneering database engineer who spent 30 years at SQL stalwart Oracle, has jumped over to the NoSQL side and landed in a new job at MongoDB.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2014
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Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata

Australia's federal government should store metadata collected by the nation's Internet service providers (ISPs), because the government already operates suitable facilities in which to do so.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2014
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FREE PARTY for TEN lucky Australian Reg readers

The Register's Australian outpost is having a party and we want ten readers to come along.
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Google Hangouts get down to business – and all dressed to the nines

Google's voice conference system Hangouts is being smartened up in the hope of breaking into the business market.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2014

Speaking in Tech: 'It's as sexy as enterprise storage. Not sexy at all'

Podcast Podcast It's another episode of our enterprise tech-cast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together again with special guest Mark Twomey (aka Storagezilla). And he's not a fan of Eddie and Sarah's lunch plans! They also chat about AWS, Amazon's Fire phone, whether Oracle …
Team Register, 30 Jul 2014
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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

Worstall on Wednesday There's a nice little feuilleton in the New York Times looking at why everyone whines about their iPhone slowing down when Apple releases a new variant.
Tim Worstall, 30 Jul 2014

Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away

The good citizens of Britain are still giving Windows 8 and 8.1 fondleslabs a wide berth, official figures from disties has confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2014

Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS

The Tor Project has warned users about a subtle attack aimed at partially uncloaking their activities on the anonymising network.
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2014

Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog

An Apple upgrade outfitter has exposed the new Macbook Retina to the world, cracking it open for a teardown just days after its release.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Jul 2014

Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

Analysis The dog-ends of the “Google Review” of copyright sailed through the Lords yesterday and will become law on 1 October – creating work for the courts and quite possible, legal headaches for the government.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jul 2014
The path of B-64 shown on a world map

Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH

It's a tip of the hat today to Brit High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) bod Leo Bodnar, whose B-64 payload is poised to complete an epic 25,000km circumnavigation of the globe.
Lester Haines, 30 Jul 2014

If we don't do better, we'll hand over BOARD CONTROL - Quantum

Quantum’s directors appear to have agreed to hand over board control to activist investor Starboard Value if “certain ... objectives” are not met in its fiscal 2015 year.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2014

Shopping spree helps Arrow counter organic sales slump

Healthy organic sales growth has once again proved slippery for enterprise tech bellwether Arrow Inc to grasp, though demand for heavy duty software and hardware started to re-emerge.
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2014
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Chatty Cortana lands on UK Windows Phone 8.1 – and she's British

Microsoft will be fine-tuning virtual assistant Cortana in its first update to Windows Phone 8.1, slated to drop into people's palms over the next few months.
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Don't Hammer Bob's backup biz: At least sales are up

CommVault, the all-singing-and-dancing data management, enterprise backup and archive company, saw its revenues rise 14 per cent in its first fiscal 2015 quarter - but its profits fell by five per cent. Despite that, it still beat Wall Street's earnings estimates.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2014
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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

Apple's iWallet mobile money app could be the start of a more general trend that sees web giants such as Facebook pushing into the payment industry, according to online payment experts.
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2014

Driverless car SQUADRONS to hit Britain in 2015

Cars are set to prowl the UK's streets by next January of their own volition – as Westminster prepares new rules to allow autonomous vehicles on the public highways of this sceptr'd isle.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Jul 2014

UK Lords: Euro court's 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

UK Lords have branded Europe’s top court decision on killing links on search indexes – controversially dubbed the “right to be forgotten” ruling – “unworkable, unreasonable and wrong in principle”.

Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms firm here

Live Chat Our previous article about goTenna, a new device which allows mobile phones to communicate without signal, stirred up a lot of interest from readers and fellow journalists. If you'd like to interrogate the technology and the product, here's your chance.
Simon Rockman, 30 Jul 2014

Sing it, Systemax: 10 straight quarters plunging in a row, 10 straight quar....

Shape-shifting mega reseller Systemax has finally broken its run of top line wobbles after 10 consecutive quarters but the US titan still couldn't turn a churn out a profit in its calendar Q2.
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2014
Freeview becomes Feeview

4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

Breaking Fad For fans of terrestrial television, this is the best of times and this is the worst of times.
Nigel Whitfield, 30 Jul 2014
Bletchley Park Manor House, photo: Gavin Clarke

Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage

Young property buyers see mobile coverage as a more important when it comes to choosing a location – rating it as more important than proximity to schools and transport or local crime rates, says a report commissioned by mobile survey company RootMetrics.
Simon Rockman, 30 Jul 2014

Apple and Samsung UNDER THREAT from local brands – study

A recent study by Netbiscuits has seen growth in locally made devices. While Samsung and Apple dominate globally – LG and HTC get something of a look-in, which is more than Sony, Nokia or Motorola manage – there is an interesting underlying trend of consumers becoming patriotic in their buying habits.
Simon Rockman, 30 Jul 2014
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Pleased to meet you. I'm Joe Bloggs, MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champ

Vendor schemes that put users on a pedestal are sprouting like never before. But what's in it for those who win these laurels?
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2014
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Firm issues soft denial against Iron Dome hack

An Israeli defence firm linked to Israel's Iron Dome missile defence platform has denied reports it was hacked by Chinese attackers who made off with information on the military technology.
Darren Pauli, 30 Jul 2014
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Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere

Cisco has published an interesting white paper in which it appears to suggest network virtualisation can produce unpleasant and productivity-crimping consequences.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2014

Too rich for an iPhone 6? How about a gold-plated Brikk?

For many people in the world, 600 quid is a lot to spend on a phone. But for some, it's way too little.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Jul 2014

DDOS takes down Cirrus Communications

Fixed wireless broadband provider Cirrus Communications has experienced a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack that incapacitated half its network.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2014
Internet of Things

'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

Ten of the most popular Internet of Things devices contain an average of 25 security vulnerabilities, many severe, HP researchers have found.
Darren Pauli, 30 Jul 2014

Keep your iPhone calls private, whispers Signal

The crew at Open Whisper Systems has announced Signal, an app offering encrypted voice calls between iPhones.
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Thwarted dev sets Instasheep to graze on Facebook accounts

London developer Stevie Graham has built an Instagram stealer dubbed Instasheep that can hijack accounts over public networks.
Darren Pauli, 30 Jul 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

Amazon has laid out its reasons for wanting to drive the retail prices of ebooks downward, claiming that contrary to popular belief, the practice is actually beneficial for retailers, publishers, and authors alike.
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2014
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UTAS 13,000 Gflop NECTAR node live

The University of Tasmania has flicked the switch on its new node of the national NECTAR research cloud, under an $8.75 million collaboration with the CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division.

Microsoft rolls up more Windows Server 2012 R2 updates

Microsoft has issued a new “rollup” of enhancements and fixes to Windows Server 2012 R2.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2014
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Canada's boffins need A WHOLE YEAR to recover from China hack attack

Canada's CIO has pointed the finger at China over a security breach at the nation's National Research Council.
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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or nothing

If you're used to sending messages to Facebook friends then enjoy it while you can – Facebook is killing the feature on mobile clients and forcing users to download its Messenger app instead.
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2014
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We're BFFs AGAIN, say AT&T and Netflix after penning peering pact

Netflix has agreed to a network peering deal with AT&T.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2014
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DARPA collab launches fast cloud-to-cloud provisioning

A DARPA-driven project based on OpenStack has been demonstrated in the US, with the bold claim that it will eventually lead to sub-second provisioning for connectivity between clouds.
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Ethicists say Facebook's experiments not SO creepy

The Ethical Research Project has weighed into the argument over the ethics of Facebook's “creepy” social contagion research, doing the unthinkable: actually asking ordinary punters how they feel about being lab rats.
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FTC: We've put '$100 MEEELLION phone bill fee cram scam' on ice

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing six companies that allegedly unfairly crammed $100m in text message charges onto victims' bills.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2014
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Forrester says Australia, not China, is next boom market for cloud

Cloud vendors that have done alright in Europe and North American should head to Australia to find their next growth market, according to analyst outfit Forrester.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014
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NBN Co pricing under spotlight

NBN Co is considering revising its wholesale pricing model, and has approached the industry for comment.

Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to the US Senate and claims, that, if passed, the legislation will severely curtail the amount of mass surveillance that can be carried out by the NSA and others – provided you're a citizen of the land of the free.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2014
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Twitter shares balloon on another quarter of ho-hum results

Despite continued growth, Twitter's earnings report for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 didn't look much better than the first quarter's results, with the company still bleeding money even as it continues to ramp up its advertising and user-engagement efforts.
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2014
LG Optimus 2X

Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

Google Android allows malware to masquerade as legit, trusted apps thanks to weaknesses in the way the operating system checks digital certificates of authenticity.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2014
Microsoft-themed Monopoly board

China in MONOPOLY PROBE into Microsoft: Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 yuan

Chinese regulators have confirmed they are investigating Microsoft for possible breaches of anti-monopoly laws, following a series of surprise visits to Redmond's offices in cities across China on Monday.
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2014
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2013

Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro notebook line, adding a slightly faster processor and more memory for the cheapest models.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2014
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Warm, perhaps ALIEN LIFE-bearing water gushers FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

Boffins have now counted 101 different geysers spewing material from the surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn's icy moons.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Jul 2014
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BlackBerry: We'll buy Angela Merkel's phone security company. HA!

BlackBerry has bought privately held German firm Secusmart as part of its drive to become the handset provider of choice for security-conscious clients such as government agencies and big businesses.
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Texan firm buys disaster recovery bods Neverfail

UK business continuity specialist Neverfail has been acquired by US-based Artisan Infrastructure in a quiet and unannounced deal.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2014

Old-timey music streamer Rhapsody (aka Napster) reaches 2m subscribers

Antique music streaming service Rhapsody has finally hit two million subscribers after its expansion to include 32 countries worldwide.
Euro notes

Ah, so that's why French IT giant Atos is officially full of Bull

The old adage that there's safety in numbers could well be applied to systems integrators Bull and Atos as they come together in a marriage due to be consummated next month.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2014
Taoviet iPhone

Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

+Comment With the ominous words “We take your investment in Sonos very seriously,” Sonos has killed off support for iOS v4 and 5 devices.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2014
Hitachi glass storage

Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

Several Apple analysts have speculated over the past few months that the next iPhone and perhaps even the near-mythical iWatch will use super-tough sapphire glass in some capacity.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Jul 2014
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MoJ IT workers 'n' pals extend strike action over privatisation

Unionised civil servants at the MoJ have extended strike action over plans to outsource back office functions to a French integrator amid fears of wide-scale job cuts.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2014
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VVOL update: Are any vendors NOT leaping into bed with VMware?

After a first look into suppliers’ widespread support for VMware's VVOL, further explorations under the VVOL bedcovers have revealed Dell, IBM, Nexenta, Nimble Storage, Tegile and Violin have also joined the VVOL train. Here’s what they say about it.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2014

Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu

A study of the public-facing web servers run by some of the world's largest firms has suggested only three per cent of the machines have been fully protected against the OpenSSL vulnerability known as Heartbleed.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2014
Houses of Parliament at night-time

Dusty pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter laws will do for social media crimes

Blighty peers have said that the country doesn’t need new laws to cover criminal offences committed on social media, but said public prosecutors need to clarify when revenge porn qualifies for prosecution.

Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

The UK's Parliamentary climate change select committee has just issued a written endorsement of the latest, alarmist UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. However, two MPs - the two most scientifically qualified on the committee - have strongly disagreed with this position.
Lewis Page, 29 Jul 2014
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Has your IT budget expanded or contracted in the summer heat?

Poll The austerity years are almost over, depending who you believe. But will IT budgets ever recover?
Team Register, 29 Jul 2014
Rocket Lab's Peter Beck with a model of Rutherford

Kiwi Rocket Lab to build SUPER-CHEAP sat launchers (anyone know 30 rocket scientists?)

A new outfit launched in Auckland, New Zealand, believes that by next year it'll be ready to sling satellites spacewards for as little as $5m. The only hitch is its need to recruit a few rocket scientists – ah, about 30 – who are prepared to relocate to New Zealand.
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TV rudeboy and Outsourcery boss Linney joins Gov.UK SME panel

The government has enlisted the boss of an SME yet to win any business via G-Cloud to advise on ways to, er, oil the wheels of commerce for other small traders that have similarly found public sector contract success elusive.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2014
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Resistance is not futile: Here's a cookie sheet of luke-warm RRAM that proves it

Boffins intent on devising Resistive RAM (RRAM) products have found that using porous silicon oxide makes its RRAM easier to manufacture – the notoriously heat-sensitive stuff can now be made at room temperature – longer-lasting and less power-hungry.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2014
Virgin Media Satellite acquisition

Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

Feature On 18 September, the people living in Scotland will vote in a referendum to decide if we should to slice the top off Great Britain and create a separate country. If that happens, and once the locals sober up, Scotland could be a country with universal broadband, a publicly owned postal service and mobile coverage which would be the envy of the world, assuming it can create a regulator capable of doing all that.
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2014
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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

Opinion Wouldn’t it be great if you knew how much your gas and electricity were costing you minute by minute by looking at a smartphone app, visiting a website or glancing at a wall display?
Adam Afriyie MP, 29 Jul 2014
The BladeSystem c7000 Platinum edition chassis populated with blades

No more sprawl: Let us consider the benefits of blade servers

Live webcast Register now for this webcast on the role of blade systems in simplifying data centre administration.
David Gordon, 29 Jul 2014
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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

Organisations should get their antivirus products security tested before deployment because the technology across the board dangerously elevates attack surfaces, COSEINC researcher Joxean Koret says.
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2014

Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations

Microsoft has started issuing increasingly stern warnings to move from the soon-to-be-unsupported Windows Server 2003, but has also just found an obstacle to migrations away from the operating system.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014
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Malware gets your Android blabbering to HACKERS

Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed bizarre malware that dictates contacts, emails and other sensitive text data in order to steal it.
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2014

Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN

You've heard of the tiger that came to tea, but what about the leopard that came to lessons? That's exactly what techies-in-training at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay had to deal with when a big cat invaded their campus.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Jul 2014
Microsoft's Sharks Cove

Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

Microsoft is looking for a footprint in the mini-single-board-computer market dominated by the Raspberry Pi, with the launch of the Intel Atom-based 'Sharks Cove' machine it hopes will attract developers with an interest in tablets.
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Cisco to reveal UCS for small businesses

Cisco has quietly released details of a new version of its UCS servers and associated kit dubbed the UCS Mini”.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014
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NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals benchmark set by Soviets in 1973

The plucky Opportunity rover-droid, whose wheels first touched the red Martian dirt back in 2004, has trundled past the 25 mile mark for the first time and in so doing claimed humanity's off-world long distance driving record.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014
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Telcos renew calls to limit metadata retention

Australian internet service provider (ISP) iiNet's chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby has (once again) come out swinging against proposals in Australia to introduce a mass data retention regime, telling a senate committee that the head of ASIO doesn't understand what law enforcement is asking for.
Candle in the dark

Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

Video A fire on the International Space Station (ISS) – intentional of course – has provided hints at the kinds of research needed to make engines on Earth cleaner and more fuel efficient. Surprisingly, the experiments turned up flames burning at lower temperatures than thought possible.
Doom

Bitcoin on ATM? Pfft! We play DOOM on ours

Back in January, a Register commentard recalled a magazine cover of days of yore, depicting Doom as if it were running on an ATM: now an Aussie tinkerer has brought the vision to life.
Google Chocolate Factory

Google Maps community competition falls foul of Indian regulations

Google has found itself in hot water in India, with the country's Central Bureau of Investigation launching a formal investigation into Google Maps for allegedly publishing the location of sensitive military bases.
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Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

A Chinese hacking team previously accused of being behind raids against US defence contractors has been accused of a new data heist: plundering the tech behind Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system.
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2014
Apple iPhone 4 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S 4G (right)

Apple stops caring about Samsung kit everyone else stopped caring about years ago

Apple has ended its attempt to ban nearly two dozen old Samsung mobile models from import into the US.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2014
Windows Phone 8

Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes

The website wranglers at Microsoft appear to have accidentally let slip some details about the forthcoming update to Windows Phone 8.1 – as well as some hints at what we can expect from future handsets running Redmond's mobile OS.
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2014
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CAPTCHA challenges you to copy pointillist painter Seurat's classic

A chap called Guy Abbott has created a CAPTCHA that asks you to take a swing at imitating pointillist painter Georges-Pierre Seurat.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014
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Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready

The developers behind the stripped-down CoreOS Linux distribution have pushed version 367.1.0 to the Stable release channel, marking the first time the project has delivered a production-ready release.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2014
NBN Co Customer premises equipment

NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout

NBN Co – via Telstra Wholesale – has revealed which apartment blocks will be the first to get FTTP under commercial trials of a rollout plan designed to thwart cherry-picking by competitors.
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FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has urged mobile carriers to crack down on scams that lure people into receiving expensive texts.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jul 2014
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Vulture South wants FORTY of you to go BACK TO SCHOOL

Okay, Australian Reg Readers: we need 40 of you to help out the CSIRO's ICT In Schools program. What is that program, we hear you ask? ICT in Schools is based on the Scientists in Schools and Mathematicians in schools programs that match professionals from both fields with schools that need some help.

OKCupid: OK, STUPID, YES we set you up with BAD DATES. On purpose

The recent uproar from users who had discovered Facebook was meddling with their minds is overblown, according to Christian Rudder, co-founder of dating site OKCupid.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2014
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Microsoft in Chinese burn ENIGMA: Anti-trust agents' 'sudden visit' to offices

Four of Microsoft's offices in China were "visited" by antitrust regulators on Monday, but neither the software and devices giant nor the Chinese government has explained why.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2014
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What FTC lawsuit? T-Mobile US touts 10GB, $100 family-of-4 plan

T-Mobile US reckons it has undercut its larger rivals with a discounted family plan to give four lines and 10GB of shared mobile data for $100 monthly.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jul 2014
Mozilla's new CEO Chris Beard

Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over

Mozilla has confirmed that Chris Beard, who was appointed as interim CEO three months ago as a replacement for controversial Brendan Eich, will stay at the helm for the foreseeable future.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2014
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Forgot About Dre? Not us. Euro bods give nod to Apple and Beats deal

The European Commission has given its official blessing to the $3bn acquisition by Apple of headphone manufacturer Beats.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jul 2014
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HGST polishes Ultrastar SSD whoppers, stuffs with denser Intel flash

HGST has refreshed its Ultrastar enterprise SSD line, using denser 20nm NAND to replace the previous 25nm flash, doubling capacity, upping read performance but lowering write performance a tad in the process.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2014

Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

Review The idea of a new version of Firefox will sound like a bad joke to some. To others, it’s a yawn – Firefox comes at the blistering pace of one new version every six weeks.
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Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?

Samsung has postponed the launch of its new Samsung Z smartphone yet again, and given no indication of when we'll ever see the Tizen OS mobe on sale.

LOHAN's stirring motto: Ad Astra Tabernamque

It's official: The stirring motto for our audacious Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) ballocket mission is Ad Astra Tabernamque.
Lester Haines, 28 Jul 2014
By Gary Knight CC 2.0

KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

Review Plasma 5, released last week, is a major redesign of the Unix KDE desktop environment and underlying frameworks.
By Frank Wouters, licensed under CC 2.0

Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

It's all systems gecko up in space, after the Russians finally regained control of a spacecraft packed full of horny lizards.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jul 2014

Swell. Apple buys 'Pandora-for-talk-radio' app... for $30 meeellion

Can you hear that message crackling over the airwaves? No? Perhaps you need to stop using that rusty old radio and replace it with a gleaming iThing from Apple.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jul 2014
Blade Runner

Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series

Ridley Scott has signed on to make Philip K Dick’s Nazis-in-America story The Man in the High Castle for Amazon Studios, according to industry mag Deadline.
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'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter

Blundering Scottish cops have interrogated a prolific tweeter hours after he tweeted a few innocent comments about the Commonwealth Games.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jul 2014

Blighty will be BIGGER and BETTER than Germany, confirm beancounters

Britain's teamsters may not be setting the sporting stage alight this summer but the local tech economy is heating up as it sprints to Euro glory.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2014
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AWS hell no: Can Microsoft Azure sales beat Amazon's cloud?

Comment There's a prospect coming into view of Microsoft’s Azure cloud offering passing Amazon's AWS in cloud revenues. Fancy that.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2014
Chubby Checker performing in 2012

HP settles suit with popstar Chubby Checker over todger tester app

HP has settled its trademark suit with '60s popstar Chubby Checker over a software application of the same name intended to estimate the size of a man's member.
Team Register, 28 Jul 2014
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Arcserve on split-up with CA Technologies: 'We’re a startup now. We’re really hungry'

Analysis Arcserve execs are insisting that the business's recent spinout from software giant CA to Marlin should help it compete better in the market.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2014
Asus MeMO Pad 7 Android tablet

You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

Review What’s the best affordable 7-inch tablet? Surely it’s got to be either the Nexus 7 or the LG G Pad 8.3 or if the pair of them are too dear, the Hudl – right? Wrong.
Alun Taylor, 28 Jul 2014
Siats eating an iguanodontian and intimidating early, small-bodied tyrannosauroids.

Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

The dinosaurs would have survived the asteroid that smashed into Earth and wiped them all out had it not been for the rather poor – from their point of view – timing with which it arrived.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jul 2014
LG 77EC980V Ultra HD 4K OLED TV

Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

Only 6 per cent of broadband homes are "moderately" or "highly likely" to buy a 4K TV, and 83 per cent of consumers are completely unfamiliar with the term Ultra HD.
Faultline, 28 Jul 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.
Darren Pauli, 28 Jul 2014
Facebook down

Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg

You're not worth $US10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014
Cloud disk drives
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VMware counters containers with SaaSy VM disk swap

The rise and rise of Docker, plus news that Google does most everything using containers, has raised eyebrows for those who like to ponder virtualisation's future in large-scale deployments.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014
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Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!

Russian boffins have lost control of a satellite containing sex-crazed geckos - like there's any other kind - sent on a mission to hold a zero gravity orgy.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jul 2014

Verizon to limit unlimited 4G plans

Verizon has decided to throttle some users of its 4G network.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014
Azure Index
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Redmond in rapid rebuild after sysadmin request STUNNER

Microsoft has released a few useful tweaks to System Center Advisor, its online log file analysis, monitoring and alerting service, and says actual users asked for the new features it has created.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014
Random numbers

Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins

Researchers from Denmark's Aalborg university are claiming that Internet could move traffic five times or more faster than it does today. The downside? Doing away with how TCP/IP currently functions.
Auscert logo

AusCERT chief Ingram steps down

Graham Ingram, the head of Australia's first Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), has stepped down after 12 years in the role.
Darren Pauli, 28 Jul 2014
Google UK office logos
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Google outlines research priorities for boffin grants

Google, through luminary Vint Cerf, has given the world a glimpse of its immediate research priorities.
Boeing 787 battery fire

BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

Battery capacity remains a big issue in devices ranging from phones to electric vehicles – and one of the biggest constraints is the materials used to make electrodes.
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Colbert report reveals VMware's AirWatch integration plan

VMware has revealed more detailed integration plans for AirWatch, the mobile device management specialist it acquired for about an-Instagram-and-a-half last January.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014
CSIRO Parkes radio telescope
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Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is warning that two iconic Australian astronomy facilities – the Parkes radio-telescope and the Australia Telescope Compact Array at Narrabri, are at risk of closure after the federal government pulled $AU114 million from the agency's funding.
Google Chocolate Factory

Google's Canadian 'memory hole' to continue

Google – and arguably free speech – has suffered another “memory hole” setback in its Canadian wrangle with kit vendor Equustek Solutions, and in response has begun taking down links well beyond Canada where the court case is taking place.
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IEEE gets to work on 25G Ethernet MAC standards

The IEEE has launched a study group to give 25 Gbps Ethernet standardisation a push along.

ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

In January 2013, a chap called Jonathan Moylan sent a single email that caused an AU$314m - £174m or $295m - dip in a coal company's value.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2014

SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

Analysis It's tough being a victim of your own business strategy, especially if you're Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
Jack Clark, 26 Jul 2014

DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

Two years ago this week the Sun let off one of its periodic solar flares, and a new analysis of its force shows that human civilization had a very near miss indeed.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2014
Lyft cars
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Fares fair, says New York: Lyft finally gets in gear for the Big Apple

Ride-sharing service Lyft has agreed to a deal with New York officials to allow the company to open shop in New York City.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jul 2014
No Sale

NO SALE: IBM won't cash in its chips with GlobalFoundries after all

IBM's hopes of unloading its loss-making semiconductor division to GlobalFoundries have reportedly been dashed, with GlobalFoundries refusing to budge on price.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2014
Beats Studio headphones

Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

Audio thing biz Bose is suing Apple-owned Beats Electronics, alleging patent infringement.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2014

Google to feed machines with evidence of human physical weaknesses – and that's a good thing

Google's X laboratory is working with a team of biologists and geneticists to analyze human frailties using the web giant's computing might.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2014
Steel mill
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Rackspace touts cloudy, single-tenant OnMetal servers to world+dog

Underdog cloud provider Rackspace has announced pricing for its new OnMetal servers, which it has made generally available on Friday following a limited trial phase.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2014
Angry woman on mobile

In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

Here at Vulture West, we're looking out for porcine aviators: the usually divided US House of Representatives unanimously passed a law allowing people who've bought phones to actually unlock the things from their carriers.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2014

How long is too long to wait for a security fix?

Sysadmin blog Synology quietly released version 4.2-3250 of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system this month. This squashes critical security bugs in version 4.2 of DSM – bugs that were fixed in version 5.0 in June, so consider this a back port.
Trevor Pott, 25 Jul 2014
twitchpokemon

Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch

Google and Twitch were tight-lipped this morning in California – amid swirling rumors that the internet goliath will formally seal a $1bn deal to buy the video-streaming upstart.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2014
Photo of a US Passport

Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

An unspecified glitch in a global database used by the US government to issue passports and travel visas has left countless people around the world unable to travel for the last few days, according to State Department officials.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2014

Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

A pioneering American community ISP is telling customers that Netflix should spend more time improving its technology, more money on its network – and less energy on lobbying in Washington DC.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2014

Healthy Fibre biz fattens QLogic's bottom line... and not before time

It's a new fiscal year and a fresh first quarter for QLogic... and it looks like Q’s droopy revenue woes are set to end. It appears to have bottomed out, with numbers once again on the rise as Q starts growing again.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2014

Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

From 16 September you will be able to pay for your journey on the London Underground with your pay-by-bonk contactless card or NFC-enabled phone.
Simon Rockman, 25 Jul 2014
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Disaster Recovery upstart joins DR 'as a service' gang

Disaster recovery company Quorum uses a customer’s second site or its own cloud site to provide the user with backup and DR location for physical and virtualised server customers, and claims one-click recovery through its on-site onQ appliances.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2014
Play-Fi video

Audio tech upstart DTS takes on Wi-Fi speaker juggernaut Sonos

Audio tech supplier DTS is taking on Sonos’ wireless speakers with its Play-Fi tech, which it claims employs open and lossless audio technology.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2014
Windows XP boot screen

The XP factor gives MEGA-DISTIE Ingram Q2 sales a boost

The tills rang often for massive global distie Ingram Micro during its second calendar quarter, helped by frenzied PC refresh activity, but squeezing out better long term profits remains a work in progress.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2014

Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter)

Pinterest is generally used to store images of polka dot knickers, cute animals and bags of artisan pear drops. What might come as a shock to its users is that Pinterest is actually run by the same “stale, pale and male” clique often seen at the rudder of other big Silicon Valley.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Jul 2014
Un Frog

French authorities take lead in grilling Google on 'Right to be Forgotten'

Google, Yahoo! and Bing have been grilled by the EU’s top data protection tzars.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Jul 2014
Kulindradromeus zabaikalicus, a plant-eating feathered dinosaur

Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends

Pic Boffins now reckon it's possible any or all dinosaurs sported feathers, after finding the first ever example of a dino with feathers and scales.
Euro notes

Termination charges drop smacks Vodafone and EE in the WALLET

The reduction in how much mobile networks receive for handling incoming calls has hit both Vodafone and EE so hard that they have both separated out the charges in interim financial reports.
Simon Rockman, 25 Jul 2014

UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

Analysis Freetards are elated: Call-me-Dave’s people in the Cabinet Office have done the right thing and backed the Open Document Format as the default government file format.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jul 2014
The White House according to Google Maps

Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services

A woman has brought a class-action lawsuit for "invasion of privacy" against Apple over claims surrounding the firm's use of Location Services to track iPhone users and store data on their movements.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Jul 2014
iPad iBooks app

US judge 'troubled' by Apple's $450m bid to end ebook price-fixing row

US federal judge Denise Cote is not particularly chuffed with Apple and its proposed $450m settlement in an ebook price-fixing lawsuit – because the odds are stacked against customers if the appeals process goes Cupertino's way.
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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

It is 25 July, and that means it's Systems Administrators Appreciation Day once more. Sysadmin Day is that one special day a year where syadmins the world over say to each other "Wow, I can't believe we all made it another year", and everyone else forgets that this has been a thing for 14 years.
Credit: David Shankbone

BSkyB slurps Murdoch's Italian and German Sky assets to beef up European pay-TV biz

BSkyB is pursing a bold pay-TV strategy in Europe with the unsurprising buyout today of 21st Century Fox's 100 per cent stake in Sky Italia and 57.4 per cent interest in Sky Deutschland.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2014

The END of the FONDLESLAB KINGS? Apple and Samsung have reason to FEAR

The two traditional kingpins of the tablet market may soon be hearing the footsteps of competitors gaining on them as both Apple and Samsung have lost market share in the latest report from IDC.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2014
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

Review Porsche has been messing about with hybrids for a few years now. You could even go back as far as 1943 with the Ferdinand Elefant tank destroyer that had a hybrid electric drive.
Alun Taylor, 25 Jul 2014
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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Excuse me, sir, may I see your passport?”
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Jul 2014
A proposed LOHAN mission patch

Vote now for LOHAN's stirring mission patch motto

Poll It's been a blast, but after some serious linguistic tomfoolery, the time has come to decide on a stirring motto to adorn our proposed Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission patch.
Lester Haines, 25 Jul 2014
Bug bounties

Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers

A clear and easy to read policy is key to developing a good internal bug bounty program, according to BugCrowd which has published guidelines to help businesses encourage the security community to report vulnerabilities.
Darren Pauli, 25 Jul 2014
Burning copyright symbol. Photo by: Martin Fisch http://www.flickr.com/photos/marfis75/ on flickr"

Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

Australia's is pondering whether it needs the power to block websites that facilitate copyright infringement.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 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.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2014
A fake tattoo on the leg of Canberra Raiders footballer Sandor Earl, sent by Huawei as an April Fool
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Huawei to virtual world: Give us your desktops and no-one gets hurt

Huawei's ambitions in the virtualisation market centre on desktop virtualisation and network function virtualisation for telcos, according to the company's CTO for data centre solutions Ron Raffensperger.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014
BBC iPlayer
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iOS services intended solely for diagnostics: 'I don’t buy it for a minute'

Quotw This was the week when Edward Snowden revealed that not only is the National Security Agency (NSA) snooping on everyone, violating their privacy and raking through their online information, they’re also sniggering at their nudie pics.
Bots
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Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day

One in every 24 Googlebots is a imitation spam-flinging denial of service villain that masquerades as Mountain View to sneak past web perimeter defences, according to security chaps at Incapsula.
Darren Pauli, 25 Jul 2014
Micro SIM Card
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The seven nations where SIM CARDS outnumber PEOPLE

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development's (OECD's) latest broadband statistics update reports that about 72 per cent of the group's residents now have access to broadband.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014
Scrooge McDuck

Boffins build FREE SUPERCOMPUTER from free cloud server trials

Researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar have built a free LiteCoin-mining botnet that generates $US1750 a week using free cloud signup promotions.
Darren Pauli, 25 Jul 2014
The Pirate Bay logo

The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

The Pirate Bay has poked Big Content's sore spot again, by erecting a site for mobile devices at themobilebay.org.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014
Starship Enterprise

Beancounters tell NASA it's too poor to fly planned mega-rocket

The US Government Accounting Office (GAO) has told NASA it has a massive funding shortfall for its ambitious Space Launch System (SLS) rocket if the spacecraft has any chance of blasting off on schedule.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2014
Tor

Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE

Russia's Interior Ministry has posted a tender seeking parties willing to “study the possibility of obtaining technical information about users (user equipment) TOR anonymous network".
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014
yawn

Google devs: Tearing Chrome away from OpenSSL not that easy

Google is trying to migrate its Chrome browser away from the buggy OpenSSL cryptography library toward BoringSSL, its homegrown fork, but swapping out the crypto code is proving more difficult than it sounds.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2014
Enormous coprolite

METRE-LONG DINOSAUR POO going under the hammer

A colossal dinosaur poo is about to go to under the hammer.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014

Super Cali optimistic cloud is now a focus – even though the sound of it is something quite

California has become the first state in the US to shift a massive chunk of its government computing system to the cloud – and dubbed it CalCloud.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2014