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Dr Dre Beats Solo

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.
Screenshots of the Samsung Z smartphone running Tizen
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Samsung's amazing NONDROID handset: Post-phoned

Samsung has postponed the planned launch of its new Tizen-OS'd smartphone yet again, delaying the Linux model Samsung Z’s debut on the Russian market.
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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
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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.
Scotland

'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
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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
Lightning

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
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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.

DINOSAUR SLAYER asteroid strike was DEVILISHLY inconvenient timing

Unless you're David Icke, you will be aware that lizards* stopped ruling the Earth millions of years ago when dinosaurs became extinct ... possibly at the hands of an asteroid, as one theory goes.
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

DARPA-derived secure microkernel goes open source tomorrow

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
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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
By Frank Wouters, licensed under CC 2.0

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
(c) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. TM Danjaq, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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.
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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
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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
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Come close, dear reader. Past those trees you'll see a non-Microsoft Nokia Oyj in the wild

Nokia – the Finnish networking firm, not the Microsoft division that sells low-cost mobes running Windows Phone – reported earnings for another difficult quarter on Thursday, yet showed signs that its operations are beginning to stabilize since punting its Devices and Services business off to Redmond.
Neil McAllister, 24 Jul 2014
Oracle frankenstein

Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU

Oracle has released "the most comprehensive patch set" ever for its database software – but its users should be aware of potentially wallet-busting features in the batch.
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2014
PlayStation Network

Sony tries to make PlayStation Network hack row go away with $15m in cash and games

Sony has offered a $15m settlement to gamers after its PlayStation Network (PSN) was comprehensively pwned, but it refuses to admit that it was at fault.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2014
Malcolm Turnbull

Lower prices are BAD FOR CONSUMERS, says Turnbull

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has intervened in an Australian Consumer And Competition Commission (ACCC) inquiry, warning Australia's competition regulator not to cut the wholesale price of fixed line services.

Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales

Gigantic retailer Amazon grew sales 23 per cent, year on year, in its second quarter of 2014 – and managed to lose even more money than usual.
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2014
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Stop! Yammer time: Microsoft's social biz service becomes one with Office 365

David Sacks, cofounder and former CEO of Yammer, has left his position at Microsoft after having steered the enterprise social networking service for nearly six years.
Neil McAllister, 24 Jul 2014

US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

Members of the US Congress are demanding answers from the Social Security Administration (SSA) over an ongoing IT project that has racked up a $288m bill without deploying a field-ready product.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2014
From left to right: Mastodon, mammoth, gomphothere. Credit: Sergio de la Rosa

Hadoop coop's $50m scoop: Hortonworks takes HP coin

Hadoop has become a strategic battleground for three of the world's most influential technology companies, judging by HP's $50m investment into Hadoop company Hortonworks.
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2014

Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

The Ministry of Fun says it isn't going to put the Digital Economy Act's anti-piracy measures into use – and will instead leave it to the creative industry's newer, kinder and gentler awareness campaign, Creative Content UK, to school digital pirates.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2014
Comparison of BlackBerry Passport with rectangular phones
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BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now

BlackBerry has given users another reason to throw out their BlackBerry servers – by putting BES10 into the cloud as a hosted service.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2014
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HP Printer and PC boss: Lenovo is the LAST thing on my mind

Interview The man straddling HP's global printer and PC portfolio has a few things on his mind, but he claims worrying about Apple, Samsung and Lenovo aren't chief among them.
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2014
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Dive in, penguins: Upstart builds Linux virtual SAN

Three Bulgarian engineers who co-founded a firm called StorPool – which builds a virtual SAN using the aggregated storage of Linux KVM servers – are aiming to expand the reach of their three-year-old project.
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2014
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Cyber-robbers hack European Central Bank's... website

The European Central Bank has written to 20,000 people to warn them their personal data may have been stolen during a huge cyber-heist.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Jul 2014
Ocean yacht

Batten down the hatch- ... oh. Quantum's actually close to growth

It’s Quantum quarterly results time. The temptation is to immediately think same old, same old, but is its drawn-out recovery finally becoming visible?
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2014
Data breach image

Who has your credit card data? 1 million HOLIDAY-MAKERS' RECORDS exposed

A UK-based online travel firm has been fined £150,000 over a breach of breach of the Data Protection Act after their "insecure" coding reportedly exposed more than a million customer records to cybercrooks.
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2014

Internet of Stuff my Pockets: Investors plough 1 BEELLION dollars into IoT

The "internet of things" – the rebranding of good old machine-to-machine comms – has investors chucking ludicrous amounts of cash at firms who hope to get our gadgets talking to each other.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Jul 2014
Concert tickets Creative Commons licence by flickr user NZ Hamstar http://www.flickr.com/photos/16982169@N03/
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Six charged over StubHub e-ticket heist for Elton John gigs

Six suspected cybercriminals have been indicted over their alleged involvement in a hack attack on eBay-owned ticketing website StubHub.
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2014

ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

Google and its rivals are meeting privacy officials in Brussels today to discuss a recent European Court of Justice ruling that calls on search engine providers to de-link certain listings on their indexes.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jul 2014
Google UK reception furniture

It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

Pics It’s not every day that El Reg gets invited to Google UK’s London HQ, so we thought we’d take a few snaps to remember the occasion. That’s not to say we haven’t been here before, back in March 2012 we were in the very same place, only Google hadn’t moved in yet as the offices were still being fitted out.
Bob Dormon, 24 Jul 2014
Qualcomm Atheros AR9004TB
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Report: Beijing watchdog reckons chip-slinger Qualcomm has monopoly in China

Beijing’s anti-competition authority, currently midway through a probe of Qualcomm, has reportedly said it believes the chipmaker does have a monopoly in China.
BMW Left-turn Assistant

BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

BMW's ConnectedDrive car-to-mobe interface has suffered a UK-wide outage that may also affect customers in mainland Europe.
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2014
BBC iPlayer

Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

BBC techies have no idea why the load on its database "went through the roof" last weekend, when Auntie was struck by a huge, two-pronged outage that caused its iPlayer service and website to go titsup.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jul 2014
Kim Jong Il fro team America, World Police
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Integrate? Moi? Amazon’s first API-free service should open up

Amazon’s Zocalo document-sharing and collaboration service, in limited public preview, is unusual among Amazon’s web services because it (currently) has no API.
Tim Anderson, 24 Jul 2014
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Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places

BT is recruiting an expert on 4G small cells. What are they up to?
Simon Rockman, 24 Jul 2014
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New licence and SAP unit sale knackers Software AG's numbers

Delayed IT projects and offloading the SAP business have dealt Software AG’s business a double blow for its latest quarter.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jul 2014
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Psst. Hey, Jock. I got £100m for outsourcers here. Fancy a hit?

A £100m pot of cash for managed service providers will form part of the Scottish government's next public sector-wide tech agreement.
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2014
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VMware fuels cloudy drive, plonks second bit barn in UK

VMware's virtual cloud hybrid service has quietly added a second British bit barn.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2014
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'Unsolicited texts' outrage: Man fined £4k for DPA breach

The owner of a marketing company which allegedly sent "millions of unsolicited text messages" was prosecuted for "failing to notify the ICO of changes to his notification" at Willesden Magistrates Court last week.
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2014

BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

BT has fallen through a timewarp and introduced a system based on GSM technology – and even resurrected a name used in the last millennium to christen it.
Simon Rockman, 24 Jul 2014
The ITMugs Surf for Porn mug

Watching smut at work is bad but emailing it is just fine, says Oz court

Voyeurs rejoice! The Federal Court of Australia has ruled Aussies cannot be easily sacked for emailing porn to work colleagues.
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2014
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Fortinet fawns over fast-if-unfashionable ASIC

Fortinet is making hefty claims for its latest firewall release. In a world obsessed by squeezing performance out of virtualised functions running on white-box servers, the company is puffing its feathers over a new ASIC it says bestows Terabit-per-second performance on its biggest iron.
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eBay impulse buyers STAY AWAY: Holy Grail Superman comic book to fetch $2m+

One of the rarest comic books of all time is going under the hammer – well, a virtual hammer.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2014
Elephant

SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans

Few people can fail to notice that an elephant's appendage is way bigger than a dog's, but it may come as more surprise that it can use it better too.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Jul 2014
The Sunswift solar car

World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record

The University of New South Wales' Sunswift, the third-placed car in the Cruiser class of the 2013 World Solar Challenge, claims to have set a new record for the swiftest single-charge traversal of a 500km course.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2014

Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

Mozilla has released a bug-and-security update for Firefox, with 11 security fixes, three of them critical.
Old computer

Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS

Security outlet VUPEN has revealed it held onto a critical Internet Explorer vulnerability for three years before disclosing it at the March Pwn2Own hacker competition.
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2014

Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

The human spine is poorly-designed for the rigours of modern life, but so are the drugs most commonly prescribed to help you endure a bad back.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2014
Microsoft Surface bomb

Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day

Speculation that Microsoft contemplated a “mini” version of its Surface fondleslabs, but decided not to let it see the light of day, has been confirmed in Redmond's 8-K form lodged with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2014
WordPress

50,000 sites backdoored through shoddy WordPress plugin

Some 50,000 sites have been sprayed with backdoors from shonky malware targeting a popular and vulnerable WordPress plugin, according to researcher Daniel Cid.
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2014
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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.”
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2014
pirate ship

Copyright kingpins charged for sailing pirate Android app ships

US prosecutors have unsealed indictments against six men in connection with some of the biggest, albeit now defunct, Android piracy stores.
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2014
Fail and You

iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

Faced with a growing backlash, Apple has added a page to its support website explaining iOS's previously unexplained data-slurping tools – which were recently highlighted by security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2014
Blogdom's Rainbow Nation - diversity in action

White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

Twitter has revealed its diversity numbers and – surprise, surprise – they're terrible.
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2014
OS X Yosemite

Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July

Anyone eager to take Apple's OS X Yosemite for a spin will be able to get their hands on it from 24 July, the firm has promised.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2014
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Facebook haters, look away now: BABY SNAP site's profit is up 138%

Facebook shares have rocketed after the social network biz reported record-setting growth, revenue and margins as it wrung cash from hundreds of millions of mobile users.
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2014
Qualcomm

Little trouble in big China: Are some of Qualcomm's chip slingers fibbing?

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm reported solid results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Wednesday, with revenues, earnings, and chip shipments all reaching record highs.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2014
Double Facepalm; when one facepalm is not enough.
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Stop begging, startup-land, and start YELLING at Catch of the Day

Thank you, Catch of the Day: in taking three years – three years – to own up to a data breach (and by the way doing it late on a Friday afternoon), Australians have had a first-rate demonstration of why we need data breach disclosure laws.

Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

Comcast management has said the staffer who was recorded endlessly haranguing a subscriber over the phone was doing what he trained and paid to do.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2014
Cat 5 cable
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IBM soups up SoftLayer for supers with Infiniband tech

IBM wants to make its newly acquired SoftLayer cloud a destination for high-performance computing workloads – so it has rolled out a high-end connectivity option unavailable in other large clouds.
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2014
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Chinese chipsters promise 64-bit ARMs for cheap Android slabs

Chinese cheap'n'cheerful chip designer Allwinner has boasted that its first 64-bit ARM system-on-chips for tablets will in punters' hands by the end of 2014.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2014
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Tails-hacking Exodus: Here's video proof of our code-injection attack

Exodus Intelligence has revealed what it claims is video evidence of researchers unmasking an anonymous user of the Tails operating system.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2014
Sean Young in Blade Runner

Who should do security clearance checks? Did you say 'chat-bot'? This military slinger hopes so

A study linked to a military IT contractor has backed the use of chat-bots for screening US government security clearance applicants.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2014

Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

+Analysis Microsoft has cracked open its annual and Q4 results, the first end of year numbers it has spat out under brevity-challenged chief executive Satya Nadella.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2014
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YouTube radio stream boss 'quits Google' amid outcry from indie labels

The manager for Google's controversial and yet-to-launch YouTube music streaming service is leaving, the Wall Street Journal claims.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2014
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EMC revenues are up. But, hey Joe, I heard you shot your profits down...

EMC sold a record $5.9bn of products and services in its second 2014 quarter, representing a stately five per cent year-on-year increase in sales - and a $400m boost over the first quarter of this year.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2014

FRIKKIN' LASERS could REPLACE fibre-optic comms cables

You may think that a waveguide is something issued to junior members of the royal family ahead of their first pomp parade through London. But it's actually a new communications technique that makes the air behave like a fibre-optic cable.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Jul 2014
three amigos movie poster + three speaking in tech podcast hosts: Greg Kniereman, Sarah Vela, Ed Saiptech
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Speaking in Tech: Microsoft DOES have a stake in Android, y'know

Podcast Podcast It's another episode of El Reg's weekly tech-cast, and the three amigos – Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela – are back together again to wreck this week in tech.
Team Register, 23 Jul 2014
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Google rival BLASTS Almunia 'n' pals for settlement proposals

The lead complainant against Google in the ongoing European antitrust case has accused the Competition Commission led by Joaquin Almunia of "misleading" other Commissioners and the European Parliament about the search giant’s proposals to resolve the matter.
Jennifer Baker, 23 Jul 2014

Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

Apple fanbois have erupted in rage after an update bricked their Macbook Airs.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Jul 2014

Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

The government's fourth IP minister* in less than two years took office at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills last week, but her predecessor has left a few undetonated hand grenades in her in-tray. One of them concerns using other people's copyrighted works for free – whether they like it or not.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2014
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LinkedIn slurps B2B marketing bods Bizo for $175m

LinkedIn has slurped its second company in as many weeks, splashing out $175m on advertising firm Bizo.
Making conversation Google Glass style

REG MAN penetrates GOOGLE'S LAIR

Pics A Google Hangout of a different sort took place at its London offices yesterday. And, neatly fulfilling quite a few of our expectations of the Choc Factory, we ogled tech while milling around a real chocolate fountain.
Bob Dormon, 23 Jul 2014

Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530

Microsoft's ex-Nokia phones unit has produced the successor to the Lumia 520, its best-selling Windows Phone by miles, topping the charts in the UK's Crimbo sales.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2014
A proposed LOHAN mission patch

Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

It's fair to say that the quest for a stirring motto for our proposed Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission patch is proving to be the most fun we've had in a long while.
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2014
Confused computer keyboard
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Capita: We've spent £150m on acquisitions... SHOW US the MONEY

Serial acquirer Capita IT Services reported a low-single digit revenue jump for the first half of calendar 2014, but given the numerous acquisitions made this looks to be something of a commercial damp squib.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2014
Google UK office logos
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Mr Almunia, how many more times can Google rewrite Euro search 'dominance' settlement?

Analysis On 30 November 2014, the European Commission will have been probing Google's search business practices for a whopping four years.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2014
Oracle Linux

Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives

For each new Red Hat Enterprise Linux release, a new version of Oracle Linux is never far behind, and RHEL 7 is no exception.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2014
Neal's Yard introduces its 'Green Scientists'

Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

People all around the world, responding to a survey by Ipsos MORI, have generally agreed with the ideas that scientists don't really know what they're talking about when it comes to the climate – and that governments are using environmental issues as an excuse to raise taxes.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2014

MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

Two MPs are planning to sue the UK government over its controversial emergency data snooping law, which was rushed through Parliament last week with what they described as “ridiculous and unnecessary haste”.
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HP's Machine and IBM's $3bn R&D splash – aka how to survive Google

Comment IBM and HP are trying to invent their way out of severe problems that lurk in their future.
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2014
Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game

Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival

Vid Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the legendary codebreaker and computer boffin, will open the prestigious London Film Festival in early October.
IMFT 25nm Flash die

Hey Intel – that new Pro 2500 SSD looks awfully familiar

Comment Intel has announced a Pro 2500 notebook SSD that appears to differ from the previous Pro 1500 by just three comparatively trivial specifications.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2014
June Whitfield shows old people how to use Twitter to complain

June Whitfield and EE to old folk: Would you like a nice cup of tea and some internet, dear?

EE has realised that while the vast majority of their target market has at least one phone, there is a whole untapped business opportunity in older people. So the company is inviting loads of them around for a cuppa to try and sell them a phone and internet connection.
Simon Rockman, 23 Jul 2014

HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs

Worstall on Wednesday The recent news of layoffs from computing giants provides proof, once again, of an old economic saw. It is not actually big businesses that create jobs, it's the small and new ones.
Tim Worstall, 23 Jul 2014
Dance Central

Tall, dark, but no stranger: Quantum polishes its DXi range

Quantum has refreshed its dedupe box operating system and run up a fresh and faster hardware box.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2014
The Valley - code

NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

Review Microsoft has released a second preview of the next major release of Visual Studio.
Tim Anderson, 23 Jul 2014
London BMW 5-Series police car

Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

Bungling cops in Yorkshire have called upon householders to lock down their Wi-Fi after mistaking a free hotspot user for a piggybacking connection thief.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Jul 2014
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StubHub hit by trans-Atlantic fraudsters, says New York DA

eBay's ticket-selling offshoot StubHub has admitted to a breach of some users' security by a ring of fraudsters.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2014
Paypal vulnerability

PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

An apparent flaw that lets users add any amount of money onto already processed PayPal transactions is a feature, not a bug, according to the payments giant.
Darren Pauli, 23 Jul 2014
Professor Eryk Dutkiewicz, Macquarie University

All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on

The 5G arms race has commenced, but beneath the duelling “my 5G is faster than your 5G” demos, there's serious work going on – and whatever the future of 5G, that work will change the future of mobility one way or the other.
Malware

Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs

Attackers suspected of residing in Russia are raiding Swiss bank accounts with a multi-faceted attack that intercepts SMS tokens and changes domain name system settings, researchers have warned.
Darren Pauli, 23 Jul 2014
Transformer Pulsar J1023

Second galactic flip-flop pulsar surprises boffins

Video “Where did it go?” is the kind of question astrophysicists love to answer, and work by NASA's Fermi gamma-ray space telescope has helped find out what happened to a radio pulsar that seemed to go dark in 2013.
Houses of Parliament at night-time

UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

The United Kingdom government has formally adopted the open document format (ODF) as the standard format for government documents.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

Analysis Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked up the big changes he has in store for the company during a conference call with financial analysts on Tuesday. And among his plans were "universal" apps that can run on any Windows platform.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2014

Ever wanted to be a Playmonaut? El Reg's Vulture 2 spaceplane sim reveals what it's like

Last month, we put out call for an X-Plane Plane-Maker bod to enter into a simulating relationship with our Vulture 2 spaceplane team.
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2014
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VeloCloud stitches together virty WAN

A startup called VeloCloud has taken the wraps off a cloudy WAN-as-service offering designed to help enterprises wean themselves off branch networks using private WAN services like MPLS or T1 links.
Octoblu's Chrome demo
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IoT has too many platforms, says IoT platform startup

Yet another startup wants to take over the business of connecting your Internet of Things devices.
Apple signs for auction

18,000 Apple employees could get bite of profits with class-action lawsuit

A lawsuit against Apple by disgruntled employees has just been granted class-action status, potentially creating a payday for staff who say the firm held back their wages and stopped them from taking rest breaks.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2014
Keep out sign with deleted expletive

EFF looses Privacy Badger to munch cookies and scripts

Chrome and Firefox users can get a better handle on who is tracking their browsing, with the EFF releasing its Privacy Badger browser plug-in to public beta.
William Shatner in plane sees Gremlin outside window

Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

Actor and sometime “singer” William Shatner has unloaded on Facebook's newest app, the ”Mentions” tool The Social NetworkTM says helps “actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers to discover and join conversations on Facebook.”
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2014
Telstra's 4G surfboards
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Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016

Telstra has announced, with an ever-so-modern blog post, that it will kill off its 2G network by the end of 2016.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2014

Android ransomware demands 12x more cash, targets English-speakers

Cybercrooks have further refined a strain of file-infecting ransomware that infects Android smartphones so that it targets English speakers and is more difficult to remove.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2014
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Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off

Broadcom is exiting the cellular baseband business, a decision that's has bitten hard, with the company announcing layoffs of around 2,500 employees – around 20 per cent of its total workforce – worldwide.
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Faced with stiff competition, Facebook just can't satisfy – report

The latest data on social networks from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) shows Facebook is about the least popular social network – but that doesn't seem to stop people using the site.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2014

iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

Apple has been talking up its strong Mac and iOS device sales in its latest quarter – but the real news was a stonking slump in iPad numbers.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2014

How's VMware doing? Like a bull in a China shop, boasts virty beast

VMware revenues have risen 17 per cent on the back of the company signing several lucrative multi-year licensing agreements.
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2014
Power lines

Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

There's a million dollars in prizes up for grabs from Google and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for the clever clogs who can build a direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) converter that's the size of a laptop.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2014
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SAP gets into OpenStack bed with... ORACLE? (and 100 others)

SAP is preparing to work with arch-rival Oracle on developing open-source software that will benefit both companies' products.
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2014
Microsoft campus
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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.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2014
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Report: Google back in Europe's crosshairs over web domination claims

Regulators in Europe are about to rewrite a settlement with Google and expand their anti-competition probe into the web giant, it's claimed. The company was already under the microscope for allegedly screwing over its rivals in web search results.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2014
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Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices

Australia last week repealed its carbon tax, a wildly controversial piece of legislation that required the nation's largest polluters to pay up for the privilege of pumping CO2 into the atmosphere. But data centre operators don't think the repeal will see their prices fall.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014
Goodwill
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Goodwill's goodwill rocked as Feds probe bank card hacking scam

American charity Goodwill is being investigated by US federal authorities as the possible ground zero for a major debit and credit card security breach. But the company says it thinks it's in the clear.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2014

Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch

Rumors that Apple will unveil a smartwatch this year became slightly more concrete on Tuesday when the news broke that Cupertino had been granted a patent for a wearable device that may or may not be called iTime.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2014
Nvidia Shield Tablet

Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

Nvidia is touting a new 8-inch, Tegra K1-powered Android tablet as a gaming gadget for hardcore players.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2014
Fandango
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The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware

Mega-roundup A storage array access revolution is coming, says VMware as it releases its VVOL Virtual Volumes. These allow storage arrays to do a virtualised server's bidding and have storage pools and operations carried out in VMware virtual machine-centric ways.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014

Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

The computer games industry is set to see its revenues slip from $46.5bn this year to $41bn by 2019, a new study from Juniper Research has claimed. That's about a 12 per cent drop over the next five years.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jul 2014
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Lads from Lagos turn from 419 scams to basic malware slinging

Nigerian scammers are developing beyond 419 advance-fee fraud scams against individuals by using trojans to steal valuable information from businesses instead.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2014

Kickstarter tin-rattlers offer reboot of '80s Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

Those readers with a large blank wall space and a penchant for enormous flow charts outlining mankind's future beyond the surly bonds of Earth should nip down to Kickstarter where for a mere $25 you can secure yourself an updated Integrated Space Plan (ISP).
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2014
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Fujitsu and Capgemini's giga-quid HMRC lashup given drubbing by govt auditors

In yet another example of a sprawling government contract gone monumentally wrong – the second of the day – HMRC has splashed £7.9bn on an IT outsourcing deal that is looking very tough to justify.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014
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STILL no move by Brit data cops over Google's 2012 privacy slurp

Britain's data cops are still investigating Google's sneaky privacy policy tweak from last year, even though many of its counterparts elsewhere in Europe have already taken action against the advertising giant.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jul 2014
Angry old man

Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

The nationality tax levied on Brits by our American cousins that design and sell technology has been laid bare once again in a mini study, and it makes for a molar-grinding read … for people living on this side of the pond anyway.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014
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Hacker claims breach of Wall Street Journal and Vice websites, punts 'user data' for sale

A hacker known for attacking news websites has claimed successful hacks against both the Wall Street Journal and Vice.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2014

Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

Consumer takeup of network-level filters offered by the UK's biggest ISPs remains sluggish, with customers largely declining to censor internet content on their home connections even when prompted, an Ofcom report revealed today.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jul 2014
Electronic waste dump in China

Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

The Home Office frittered away hundreds of millions of taxpayer pounds on a botched tech project designed to manage immigration and asylum applications, a National Audit Office report has revealed.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014
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EMC boss Tucci’s last battle: Stopping a forced VMware selloff

Analysis With Joe Tucci, EMC head honcho, set to retire on February next year, the very last thing he wanted was an attack by one of the biggest, baddest activist investors of all: Paul Singer’s Elliott Management.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014

Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

A panicked motorway driver abandoned his car after the word “Fire” scrolled across his dashboard – but it wasn't a warning system kicking in: it was the name of the Adele song he was listening to.
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ARM: We've signed 41 new deals and we are IN to the Internet Of Stuff

ARM Holdings has dodged the impact of slowing device sales with 41 customers signing new deals to license its chip technology.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2014

ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

Seagate and LSI are off the hook for infringing Taiwanese firm Realtek’s semiconductor patents after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Realtek can't enforce its rights without a local presence.

Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

Apple has told its suppliers to build a mighty mountain of 70 to 80 million new iPhone 6s. The new Jesus handset is expected to come in two sizes and arrive this year.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jul 2014

Experts gathered round corpse of PC market: It's ALIVE! Alive, we tell you

The XP replacement bonanza reviving the PC market isn't yet over, with estimates suggesting that one in five biz machines out in the wilds is still running the thirteen year-old OS, an HP exec has told The Channel.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014

Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

The definition of terrorism in current UK law is too broad and should be narrowed to avoid "catching" journalists, bloggers and hate criminals, a top lawyer said today.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jul 2014
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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

In a move that will get well-heeled Drobo owners salivating WD has announced a 6TB Red drive costing just $299, setting the industry a new high water mark in the areal density stakes.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014
SAP Match Insights

SAP: It was our Big Data software wot won it for Germany

When England played in Ecuador and Honduras for “warm weather training” in June ahead of the World Cup, they’d already lost the tournament – they just didn’t know it.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2014

Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land

Brit adventurer Nick Hancock left the North Atlantic islet of Rockall on Saturday, following a marathon 43 days atop the granite outcrop which saw him claim both the solo and group occupation records.
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2014
The guts of a Unitrends hardware appliance
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Dell and Unitrends both bulk up their backup

There’s feverish development in the SME backup market as Dell and Unitrends follow NAKIVO in fortifying their product offerings.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014

Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!

Yahoo! Japan has launched a service called “Endings” designed to help you after you die.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014
Canvas fingerprinting

NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

A new, persistent web-tracking technology developed has been used to track web users across many of the world's most popular websites, including those of the White House and even wholesale smut platform YouPorn.
Darren Pauli, 22 Jul 2014
Flying pig
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Cisco relaunches Developer Network

Cisco has picked up a lipstick-gloss in one hand and a pig in the other, by re-launching its developer program to have another shot at attracting third party coders to its platforms.
Today's bloated CPE

WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

As software-defined networking takes off, it's become the basis of a parallel development: network function virtualisation.
Robot wearing mortar board and brandishing certificates

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.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014
Blackmail image

Cyber scum pump ransomware at victims from spambot-stuffed websites

Miscreants have brewed up a strain of ransomware which functions like the recently dead CryptoLocker - and this one communicates using the Tor browsing anonymization network.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2014
Twitter for Mac New
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Twitter hints at messaging moves

Twitter has issued a couple of big, meaty, hints that it wants in on instant messaging.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014
Cat yawning

Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

The world's second-richest man, Carlos Slim, has called for a radical overhaul of the world's working arrangements, suggesting a combination of three-day weeks, longer hours, and later retirement.
A bat swing captured by MAP

Boffins fill a dome with 480 cameras for 3D motion capture

Video Move over Gollum: Carnegie-Mellon boffins are working on 3D motion capture that works without tracking sensors, and can pull together images from hundreds of sensors.
Facebook Save

NO TIME to read Facebook? Delegate the task to your FUTURE SELF

Apparently some Facebook users complain that there's never enough time to see all the stuff that gets stuck up on the site. Now Facebook has announced the cure for all that.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2014
Samsung Galaxy Gear
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Samsung looks to up Tizen market share ... by upgrading Galaxy Gear

Owners of the original, Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the US will soon have the option to switch their devices to the Tizen operating system, a change which might, counterintuitively perhaps, actually be a good idea.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2014
Tor

Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

Boring Carnegie-Mellon University lawyers have scuppered one of the most hotly anticipated talks at the Black Hat conference – which would have explained how $3,000 of kit could unmask Tor hidden services and user IP addresses.
Darren Pauli, 22 Jul 2014
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence
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iiNet says metadata retention means a great big tax on everything

Australian internet service provider (ISP) iiNet has delivered a stinging rebuttal to its home nation's plans to introduce far-reaching data retention laws.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014
OS X Yosemite
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Apple said to be prepping public beta for OS X Yosemite

Apple could soon release its OS X Yosemite platform to the general public as an open beta.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2014
SK Telecom / Ericsson Elastic Cell
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SK Telecom, Ericsson trial 'elastic cell'

SK Telecom and Ericsson have demonstrated a technique they call “elastic cells”, which the two say should improve mobile connectivity in difficult environments.