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Parallels could whip VMware or Microsoft, happier as Robin Hood

Parallels is best known for two things: a fine desktop hypervisor and the Virtuozzo containerised server-wrangler that many service providers use to dish out virtual machines to their customers.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
Samsung Galaxy S5

FOUR DAYS: that's how long it took to crack Galaxy S5 biometrics

The much-hyped fingerprint scanner on Samsung’s latest flagship handset the Galaxy S5 has already been hacked just days after the device was launched, although a teardown reveals a bill of materials in excess of $250 (£150) – higher than the iPhone 5S.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2014
Screenshot of the Office 2013 installer for Office 365
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This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices

Microsoft has introduced a new subscription model for Office 365 and this time it's literally personal: the new “Office 365 Personal” makes the productivity suite available for just two devices – one PC or Mac and one tablet – for $US69.99 a year.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
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Nvidia's new CUDA 6 has the 'most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA'

Nvidia has released CUDA 6, an upgrade to its proprietary GPU programming language that it says "includes some of the most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA."
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2014
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Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech

Red Hat has announced that a release candidate (RC) of the next version of its flagship enterprise Linux OS has already been distributed to its strategic partners and will be made available to the general public next week.
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2014
Eugene Kaspersky in Sydney
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Eugene Kaspersky: Ukraine conflict hurts enterprise security

As governments around the world continue to wrangle for a peaceful solution to the political tensions in the Ukraine, cybercriminals could catch governments off guard with online attacks, warns Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Apr 2014
Twitter for Mac New

Wall Street all aflutter as Twitter swallows analytics firm Gnip

Twitter has bought its long-time collaborator Gnip, a analytics firm that should help the social media firm turn its red balance sheets black.
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2014

Oracle working on at least 13 Heartbleed fixes

Oracle has emitted its formal advice about Heartbleed, revealing it has 13 products that need a patch and 14 more “which may be vulnerable”.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

Canonical has announced that the latest long-term support release of its Ubuntu Linux distribution will be available in two days.
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014
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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

The nearest most of us get to a sponge is when it's sitting on the bathroom shelf, but scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have found four new species of carnivorous sponge that are chomping their way through undersea life off the coast of California.
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2014
Kaspersky Lab logo

Kaspersky's Security for Virtualization pushed to XenServer and HyperV

Kaspersky is extending its Security for Virtualuzation Light Agent security tool to the Citrix XenServer and Microsoft HyperV platforms.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2014
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Red Hat bets on 'Project Atomic' for its container-loaded server future

Red Hat has put its Linux operating system on a diet to create a scrappy technology that will take on traditional virtualization approaches such as those backed by VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix.
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014
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Microsoft's Nadella: SQL Server 2014 means we're all about data

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella made his third trip in as many weeks to San Francisco to announce the third piece in the puzzle that's Microsoft's future strategy: it's all going to be about data, he said.
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2014
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Intel sees 'signs of improvement in the PC business' but earnings remain 'Meh...'

Intel has posted its financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2014 that were either marginally lower or higher than analysts' estimates, depending upon which analysts you trust.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2014

Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

Pics Samsung has filed a design-patent application with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for what appears to be a cross between a Bluetooth earpiece and Google Glass.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2014
Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge: Private sector lagging in cybersecurity

Poor communications, weak management and a lack of communications with government agencies is leaving many large enterprises vulnerable to targeted cyberattacks, according to former US Homeland Security boss Tom Ridge.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2014
VMware's monster VM

VMware fires up vCloud Disaster Recovery service

The main thing VMware has that its cloud rivals lack is a widely deployed, fundamental bit of data-center technology – its ESX hypervisor – and the virtualization company is beginning to play on this advantage with new products.
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014
Uncov chronicles the failure of Web 2.0
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Akamai scoffs humble pie: Heartbleed defence crumbles, new SSL keys for customers

Akamai has issued new SSL certificates to some of its customers after realising its customized OpenSSL was not immune to the Heartbleed bug as first thought.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2014

UK spy-hive GCHQ to get ex-Tony Blair adviser as new boss

GCHQ's eavesdropping concrete doughnut in Cheltenham is getting a new boss from autumn this year, the government confirmed today.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2014

Oracle's Larry Ellison has the MOST MASSIVE PACKAGE IN PUBLIC

Oracle founder and chief exec Larry Ellison has managed to stay one of the highest-paid CEOs of the hundred largest publicly traded US firms for another year, despite his shrinking package.
Hologram communication - Star Wars

Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

Amazon is reportedly planning to launch a smartphone with an active 3D display. It is claimed the device has been shown to developers in California ahead of an official unveiling in June, and that the tech will go on sale in September.
Simon Rockman, 15 Apr 2014

Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

DreamWatch Millionaire model Lily Luahana Cole has been promoting her British taxpayer-supported "wishing well" website on a coast-to-coast tour of the United States. We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't update you on its progress. So how's it doing?
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2014
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Thanks, Amazon – we'll take it from here: SAP muscles in on cloud subscriptions

SAP is putting its entire business applications suite online and selling the lot through subscription.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2014

Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

A programming blunder appears to have landed the cash-strapped Co-op Bank an unexpected bill for £110m.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2014
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Got to get something started with Azure VMs? Microsoft's Planky shows you the way

Promo Steve Plank, or "Planky" as even his mother allegedly calls him, is the Windows Azure evangelist for Microsoft UK and on 23 April he is taking to the interwebs to conduct his evangelizing online.
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014
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You want an IT course? Welcome to QA Training's Week of Free

Promo QA Tech Week 2014 opens its doors on Tuesday 22 April. For one week only, our favourite IT training company delivers a bunch of courses and seminars via Webex entirely free of charge.
Phil Mitchell, 15 Apr 2014
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad
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Apple cooperating at last on antitrust after MONTHS of wrangling – says court watchdog

Apple execs have made a "promising start" to fixing the company's antitrust compliance programme, says the monitor appointed by the court after the iPhone maker was found guilty of conspiring to fix ebook prices last year. However, the Cupertino corp has spent too much time dragging the process out, he said.
Bitcoins

MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling

Mark Karpelès, the founder of imploded Bitcoin exchange MtGox, says he won't come to the US to answer officials' questions after his trading website mislaid 850,000 BTC.
Example imagery produced by AIT millimetre wave airport scanner. Credit: TSA

A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

Google is providing an explicit explanation of how it automatically and routinely runs software to snoop on messages flooding in and out of a user's Gmail account – so as to better target them with ads.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2014
The Queen Mother by Phil Houghton

Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

Twee UK parenting website Mumsnet is the second high-profile organisation to claim it has fallen victim to the infamous Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2014

BSkyB, CityFibre, TalkTalk pull clear of bigwig BT's bundles – plan to set fibre to York

BSkyB and TalkTalk have buddied up in a joint venture with CityFibre to build a new broadband network in the City of York that is not dependent on one-time UK state monopoly BT's infrastructure.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2014
TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt audit: Probe's nearly all the way in ... no backdoor hit yet

The first phase of crowd-funded audit of TrueCrypt has turned up several vulnerabilities, but nothing particularly amiss and certainly nothing that looks like a backdoor.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2014

VMware 5.5: Plenty that's new and exciting... but what about the obvious stuff?

For a number of years I sat on the periphery of server virtualisation. After all, I ran my company's network and telecoms team, and if I had a server issue I'd wander five yards to the servers and storage team and ask them nicely to fix their world.
Dave Cartwright, 15 Apr 2014
Office Online

You use Office 365, SQL Server or Azure, right? Great, you're invited to Microsoft's data insights

Promo Microsoft UK invites you to attend Accelerate Your Insights, a free-of-charge all-day event at Thames Valley Park, Reading, on 1 May, where you can learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server and Azure. It’s being streamed, too, so you can attend as a “virtual delegate”.
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014
GPFS Storage Servers based on System x servers

Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

Storagebod IBM is a great technology company: so many of the technologies we take for granted can be traced to back to Big Blue. And many of today’s implementations still are poorer than the original implementations.
StorageBod, 15 Apr 2014

Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

Yale University boffins have devised a new way of identifying super strong metallic glass alloys that will "drastically" increase the discovery rate of the "potentially revolutionary" materials.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Apr 2014
Mustang drag racer

Dell tanks up with hot Fluid Cache, drives databases twice as fast

Dell has extended its Compellent array's automated data tiering to place hot data in connected server's PCIe flash caches, nearly doubling database access speed, increasing user counts 6 X and lowering per user costs by 70 per cent.
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2014
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NBN Co plans fibre-to-the-basement blitz to beat cherry-pickers

NBN Co, the organisation charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has decided to prioritise areas targeted by “cherry-picking” telcos looking to install fibre-to-the-basement to apartment complexes and office buildings.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014
The Moon

German space centre endures cyber attack

Germany’s space research centre in Cologne has been the victim of a co-ordinated and covert targeted attack carried out by state-sponsored hackers, according to a Der Spiegel report.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Apr 2014
Blood Moon

Live coverage: Blood Moon looms large for North, South America

The "blood moon" is showing its ruddy face on Tuesday, 15 April, and can best be viewed from North America or New Zealand – or in the live coverage streamed here, from the Slooh Observatory.
Team Register, 15 Apr 2014

Google Cloud Platform builds Ivy Bridge to new Asian region

Google has created a new “Asia” region and two new zones – “asia-east1-a” and “asia-east1-b” - for its cloudy Compute Engine service.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014
A spy in your bags

A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

Trakdot is a little device you hide in your suitcase so that if an airline loses your luggage, you can, in theory, find it. Inside is a SIM card with a global roaming agreement, and the necessary electronics to connect to GSM mobile networks.
Simon Rockman, 15 Apr 2014
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Pakistan mulls cyber security bill to keep NSA at bay

Pakistan’s Upper House this week began debating a new bill seeking to establish a National Cyber Security Council, an agency the nation feels is needed in the wake of Edward Snowden's myriad revelations about NSA surveillance.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Apr 2014
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VMware reveals 27-patch Heartbleed fix plan

VMware has confirmed that 27 of its products need patches for the Heartbleed bug.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014
Handshake

Fujitsu and Panasonic about to walk down LSI aisle

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Panasonic are ready to jointly launch a new chip company this autumn as part of the duo’s plans to merge their LSI businesses, according to reports.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Apr 2014
Peggy, a possible new Saturnian moon

Saturn spotted spawning new FEMTO-MOON

Boffins peering at images sent home by NASA's Cassini spacecraft think they may have spotted the first throes of a new moon coming into being.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014
Blood Moon
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Skygazers prepare for 'blood Moon' caused by Earth eclipse

North American night owls will be in prime position to catch their best view of a lunar eclipse at around 1am EDT Tuesday as our natural satellite is overshadowed by Earth.
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2014
Samsung Galaxy S5

T-Mobile US cuts overage charges, dares rivals to follow suit

T-Mobile US is once again looking to seize headlines in the US carrier space by pressing forward with a campaign to end data, text, and voice overage fees.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2014

Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

IT automation-tool supplier Chef has sponsored a study that it says shows software developers are "emerging as a new power class" who believe their jobs are recession-proof, and that money will flow to them like honey.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2014
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Turnbull gave NBN Co NO RULES to plan blackspot upgrades

Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued no specific guidance on how NBN Co, the company charged with building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), should target broadband blackspots.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014
The Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral

Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

Elon Musk's rocketeers at SpaceX have called off Monday's launch of their CRS-3 resupply mission to the International Space Station after a problem with its main Falcon rocket.
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2014
Stock ticker board

Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?

If you thought cloud computing was complicated now, just wait until next year, when pin-striped traders will buy and sell contracts in the stuff.
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 2014
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Facebook wants to Zuck up your cash into its mobile payment service

Facebook is planning to launch a mobile payments service that would allow its European users to store and exchange funds via the social network, sources claim.
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2014

EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database

The FBI is planning to expand the facial recognition components of its biometrics database to catalog and search the faces of more than 52 million individuals, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2014

Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

Apple is reportedly talking with wireless carriers about pricing for its upcoming iPhone, but not about reinvigorating a stalling smartphone market by lowering prices, instead about raising the cost of its top-of-the-line handsets.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2014
Mozilla's new CEO Chris Beard

Firefox biz Mozilla makes Beard new interim chief executive

Mozilla has appointed ex-long-time employee Chris Beard to head the collective as interim CEO after the old boss Brendan Eich was forced out for donating to a group opposing gay marriage.
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2014
Windows Phone 8

Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare

Developers can now be among the first to experience Windows Phone 8.1 on real-world devices, provided they opt into Microsoft's preview program – and they're willing to risk wrecking their phones.
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2014
Windows 8.1 Update Start Screen

Microsoft: Windows version you probably haven't upgraded to yet is ALREADY OBSOLETE

Microsoft is urging users running Windows 8.1 to update their systems soon, since the company plans to drop patch support for early versions of the operating system.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2014
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Feds indict nine for making millions from Zeus malware

The FBI and the US Department of Justice have unsealed charges against nine people accused of racketeering, computer fraud, aggravated identity theft, and multiple counts of bank fraud related to their use of the Zeus malware against victims in the state of Nebraska.
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2014

Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace

Updated Web giant Google is buying Titan Aerospace, presumably to help it blanket the world in internet connectivity beamed from drones and balloons.
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 2014

Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED

Apple again dominated all Silicon Valley competition in 2013, so much so that in the San Jose Mercury News' SV150 annual ranking, it raked in more revenue than numbers two and three combined, and more profits than the four below it, taken together.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2014
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Red Hat unveils cloudy software bazaar

Red Hat has created a "software marketplace" to help it cut the steps it takes for admins to layer third-party applications on top of its OpenShift platform-as-a-service.
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 2014
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Violin Memory fiddles with board, adds new director – music to Clinton Group's ears?

Violin Memory has announced a new board director and expanded the board from seven to eight seats to do so.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014

Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer

The Canadian Revenue Agency has blamed the theft of 900 social insurance numbers on the infamous Heartbleed vulnerability.
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2014
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure

A recent report based on views gathered from resellers reveals Cisco reps are enthusiastically selling Invicta all-flash arrays as both stand-alone and UCS converged arrays against EMC's XtremIO and Pure Storage.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014
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NASA to unsheath GIANT ASTEROID SPACE PROBE

Vid NASA has given the go-ahead to start building the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft for its 2016 mission to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu.

Live in London: Roll up for the AWS Enterprise Summit 2014

Promo On Tuesday 29 April, Amazon Web Services will be at London’s ExCel Centre, where it will host the 2014 Enterprise Summit.
David Gordon, 14 Apr 2014

Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

Samsung brought in heavyweight champion Google to fight in its corner in its latest patent bout with Apple in the US on Friday.
Picture of a Hong Kong scout

Be prepared... for your Scouts-loving sprog to become tiny spin doctor

Scout Leaders are forever telling their youthful charges to be prepared for anything. But judging by a list of the new badges designed to reflect the modern age, new-school scouts had better be prepared for days spent working as corporate spin doctors and nights focused on whittling down their carbon footprint.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Apr 2014
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Micron plumps STACKED SILICON BEAUTY with SerDes

Chip-making chappies Micron are going to use Avago SerDes technology for their Hybrid Memory Cube, indicating the firm's on track with the 3D cube's development.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014

Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

Cybercriminals have already seized upon the end of support for Windows XP as a theme for numerous scams and fake software updates.
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2014
Screenshot of the Office 2013 installer for Office 365
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Beef up your Office 365, SQL, Azure skills with Microsoft and The Reg

Promo Microsoft UK is inviting you to attend Accelerate Your Insights, a free all-day event at Thames Valley Park, Reading on May 1. Attendees will learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server 2014 and Azure.
David Gordon, 14 Apr 2014
Pano Pro enclosure for GoPro

GoPro's new lens: Like a GOOGLE STREETMAPS car... for your life

If you've taken the trouble to carry a camera around rather than using your smartphone, you certainly won't want to miss anything. GoPro's newest offering solves this problem by looking in every direction.
Simon Rockman, 14 Apr 2014
Uncov chronicles the failure of Web 2.0

Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

An attempt by Australia's Commonwealth Bank to reassure customers that they would not be harmed by the Heartbleed vulnerability has backfired spectacularly after tech-savvy customers made mincemeat out of a badly worded blog post.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014
SpaceX Grasshopper

SpaceX Falcon tests HOVERCRAFT tech – despite ISS outage

NASA has said that SpaceX's latest cargoship launch to the International Space Station will go ahead, despite a critical computer outage on the station, allowing the firm to test the craft's hovering abilities.

Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS

You would be forgiven for thinking that Twitter users don't know when to shut up, but in fact the opposite is actually true.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Apr 2014
A selection of High Fidelity Pure Audio discs on show at Metropolis

Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

Pics Apparently, 60 per cent of the population has access to Blu-ray players. Who’d have thunk it? Really, if you include the Sony PlayStation consoles and now the Xbox One, it all adds up... possibly. The statistic came from Olivier Robert-Murphy, global head of new business at Universal Music Group, during an event held at Metropolis Studios in London last week.
Bob Dormon, 14 Apr 2014

Misco Shared Services Centre drone brands customer 'insane'

A series of customer service blunders by Misco ended with the box-flinging dealer branding a customer "insane".
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2014
Growth of internet advertising revenue to 2013
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US biz spaffed more dosh on internet ads than TV spots in 2013

Advertisers in the United States have splashed more of their ad budgets all over the web than on the telly for the first time ever, the Interactive Advertising Bureau reported.

You'd better get out before the sync 'n' share bubble POPS

Virtualisation guru Chad Sakac hit on something interesting in one of his recent blog posts: he wrote of how a product becomes a feature: in this case "sync 'n' share" functionality.
StorageBod, 14 Apr 2014
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Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes

There were reports last week that Google is considering taking an MVNO mobile network and using it as a fall back for a Wi-Fi first service – in the areas where it has fibre in the ground in the US.
Faultline, 14 Apr 2014
Tardis

Brit boffins use TARDIS to re-route data flows through time and space

A gaggle of boffins from University College London have proposed a method to cut data carriage costs for internet service providers (ISPs) and have given their idea the name TARDIS, for “Traffic Assignment and Retiming Dynamics with Inherent Stability”.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014
Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees

Nokia has decided to allow an unspecified number of employees at its massive Chennai plant take voluntary retirement (VRS), as it battles local tax authorities and an April 30 deadline for transferring the factory to Microsoft.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Apr 2014
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Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not

When Microsoft introduced ”universal apps” for all its platforms at the recent Build conference, one of the things it promised was alignment between the prices it is possible to charge for software in its app stores.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014

Want a free Bosch steam iron? You'll have to TALK TO THE DEAD

Bosch have invited British punters to commune with the spirit world in order to claim a free steam iron.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Apr 2014
Slick looking picture of  xiaomi's Mi3 Android smartphone
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'China's Apple' heading to Asia and Latin America

China's smartphone darling Xiaomi has revealed ambitious expansion plans that will see the Beijing-based firm launch across Asia and Latin America.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Apr 2014
NSA parody T-shirt

Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report

The NSA's denial it knew about or exploited the Heartbleed bug raises an obvious question: does it exploit similar flaws?
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014

Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released

As the Heartbleed fallout continues, the good news is that code to protect against similar such attacks has been released. The bad news is that exploit code is also available.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014
Windows 8 1 Update teaser

Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

Microsoft Research has revealed, and then hidden, a new design for Windows 8.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014

Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

The Gnome Foundation, overseer of the Gnome user interface, has run out of cash.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2014
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VMware patches man-in-the-middle vSphere vuln

VMware has released an update to its vSphere Client which addresses a potential – but hard to target – man-in-the-middle vulnerability for the virtualization tool.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2014
Image of the Moon floating over a Russian flag

Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

Barely six weeks after rolling troops into the Crimean Peninsula, an official from Vladimir Putin's Russia has announced the country's next expansion target: the Moon.
Neil McAllister, 12 Apr 2014
Robbie Schoen's tribute to Steve Jobs (photo courtesy of Reg reader John P)

Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN

Pics When Apple cofounder Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, makeshift shrines and memorial tributes popped up around the globe.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2014

FTC gets judicial thumbs-up to SUE firms over data breaches

In a ruling this week, a US federal judge affirmed the Federal Trade Commission's authority to file lawsuits against companies for failing to take "reasonable and appropriate" data security measures, rejecting a claim that the agency lacks that power.
Neil McAllister, 12 Apr 2014

Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

File sharing service Dropbox has taken to the internet to defend its ill-timed appointment of Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors.
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2014
Robonaut shakes hands with with his human counterpart. Pic: NASA

ROBONAUT to find feet after Monday ISS supply mission

On Monday, SpaceX is scheduled to fire off its third resupply mission to the International Space Station, and among the nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies will be a pair of robotic legs for the station's mechanical inhabitant.
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2014

US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

The April 15 deadline for Americans to pay their federal income taxes is fast approaching, but the US Internal Revenue Service has already missed an important deadline of its own – namely, Microsoft's end-of-support date for Windows XP.
Neil McAllister, 11 Apr 2014
U-turn

Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

In a surprising move, one startup has been forced to migrate its data out of a trendy NoSQL database and into a traditional relational one after running into numerous technical issues with the fluffy new tech.
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2014
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Analysts: Bright future for smartphones, tablets, wearables

Three recent reports point to a glowing future for smartphones, tablets, and that nascent and still somewhat ill-defined category known as "wearables."
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2014
NSA parody T-shirt

NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

Updated The tech world is aflutter over the Heartbleed encryption flaw in OpenSSL, but it seems that the bug was no surprise to the analysts of the NSA, since they have reportedly been using it for two years to spy on data traffic.
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2014
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Facebook: US feds probed over 18,700 accounts in six months

The US government asked Facebook for information about 18,715 user accounts between July and December of last year.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2014

Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

Apple has three times as much cash on hand as The US government, and over twice as much as the UK.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2014

Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper

If you're one of the few people who bought a Sony VAIO Fit 11A laptop/tablet convertible unit in the last few months, you need to unplug it immediately and step away from the system, Sony has warned.
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2014
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Violin array comes with new SQL sauce

Violin Memory's Steve Willson gave part of the game away on March 24, with a TechNet UK blog post: Violin's new array runs SQL 2014 in memory.
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014

Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction

Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer has had his troubling conviction and sentence under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act reversed and vacated.
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2014
Brent Spiner signed photo saying 'Big Data'

Office 365, SQL Server, Azure: If your biz uses them, Microsoft has an invitation for you

Promo IT decision makers and doers, do you need to learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server 2014 and Azure? Microsoft UK has just the ticket for you: an all-day event called Accelerate Your Insights on 1 May.
David Gordon, 11 Apr 2014

OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

Updated Robin Seggelmann, the man who accidentally introduced the password-leaking Heartbleed bug into OpenSSL, says not enough people are scrutinizing the crucial cryptographic library.
Chris Williams, 11 Apr 2014
NRO spy sat launch

Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

Vid A mysterious spy satellite got off the ground safely yesterday evening from Cape Canaveral in Florida, United Launch Alliance has said.

Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys

How would you celebrate the 40th anniversary of Playmobil? Make a block booking, obviously.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2014

Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68

Obituary Sue Townsend, queen of adolescent nerds and confessional publishing, has died. She was 68.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2014

Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

Hackers are posting massive lists of domains vulnerable to the infamous Heartbleed bug, security researchers warn.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2014

Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

The Federation against Software Theft (FAST) and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) have said they're very concerned about standards budgets in England and Wales being slashed by an average of 40 per cent.
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini
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Insight warns Google embracers of hidden costs in Apps for Biz

A number of Microsoft's top table resellers may have wrapped their arms around Google's Apps for Business but one that did so half a decade ago - Insight Enterprises - says it hasn't seen the benefit.
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2014
Life of Brian

Innovation creates instability, you say? BLASPHEMY, you SCUM

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Mobbafer.” I’m sorry? “Mobbafer.” I didn’t quite catch that. “Mobbafer.” So, ah, you mean, hmm… mob-ba-fer? “Mobbafer! Mobbafer!”
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Apr 2014
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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

The volume of noise from anxious biz customers and some channel types over Lenovo's buy of IBM's x86 server biz is deafening the ears of those gentle folk at HP.
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2014

Apple is IMMUNE from Heartbleed, it says. But don't check if it's true

Apple has reassured fanbois that its products have not been affected by the apocalyptic Heartbleed vulnerability.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2014
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FTC: OK Facebook, swallow WhatsApp – but NO selling people's data without permission

Facebook's multi-billion-dollar slurp of WhatsApp has been given the go-ahead by US regulators – with the caveat that the social network sticks to the messaging service's privacy policy.
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Didn't have time to ask about it in our security Regcast? No problem

Our Regcast Security: Knowing what you don't know - and what you can do about it (on demand version here) brought together Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro, and Freeform Dynamics' Tony Lock, chief security nagging officer of the analyst community. They gave us a fascinating insight into how the security landscape has changed and how your behaviour – and your users’ – might have to change with it.
Tim Phillips, 11 Apr 2014

It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

Websites and tools that have sprung up to check whether servers are vulnerable to OpenSSL's mega-vulnerability Heartbleed have thrown up anomalies in computer crime law on both sides of the Atlantic.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2014
The LOHAN team prepares for launch this morning

Reg LOHAN spaceplane: Punch and Judy show in comedy non-explosive climax

It's with more than a degree of staring at the heavens in exasperation that we confirm what those of you watching the live coverage of yesterday's Punch and Judy test flights had already deduced - that the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team failed to make fire in the sky.
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2014
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Puff on a hybrid – next thing you know, you're hooked on a public cloud

Blocks and Files I had a flash of inspiration today. Hybrid public-private cloud systems are becoming a gateway drug to pure public clouds. Why is this an arguable view? Let’s look to the ideas discussed within The Big Switch, written by Nicholas Carr.
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
Samsung Galaxy S5

Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

Review Samsung is the world’s dominant mobile phone manufacturer – but does that mean it’s the best? Its latest release is the Galaxy S5, a mainstream phone designed to sell in huge numbers. It’s big, with a 5.1-inch screen, measuring up at 142 x 73 x 8mm, so it won’t suit smaller mitts.
David Phelan, 11 Apr 2014
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Budge up VMware, array upstart Tintri's ramming in Red Hat Linux KVM

Hybrid flash-disk array startup Tintri is adding Red Hat-flavoured virtualisation to its storage gear – which already supports VMware-powered virtual machines.
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
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'I was like, yea!' 5-year-old found his Xbox so easy to use, he hacked it

Quotw We haven't heard any expletive-laden smackdowns from Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds in a while, so this week he obliged us all with a beaut. The head penguin railed on developer Kay Sievers, one of the key figures behind systemd, which isn't in the kernel but is one of the first essential programs to launch after Linux boots.
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Violin plays storage world like a fiddle, 140 characters at a time

Violin Memory's flash array fightback starts with a present from the Easter bunny: a whole new array.
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014

Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

Carl Icahn has finally made peace with eBay after withdrawing his call for the auction site to divorce from its partner Paypal.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2014
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Japanese schoolkids arrested in £2.4 MEEELLION phone fraud bust

Three Japanese high school students have been arrested on suspicion of running a telephone fraud ring which may have netted them as much as ¥408 million (£2.4m).
Phil Muncaster, 11 Apr 2014
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India second only to US in Google user data requests

The Indian government submitted more user data retrieval requests than any other Asian nation in 2013 and came second only to the US globally, according to the latest stats from Google released this week.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Apr 2014

One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work

The Chinese operatives behind two major advanced persistent threat (APT) groups have fully resumed their activities despite being exposed publically last year, in a sign that diplomatic efforts by the US aren’t working, according to Mandiant.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Apr 2014
Apple's solar array in Maiden, North Carolina

So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

Ingenious Scottish boffins have invented a solar-panel-powered version of their data networking kit that uses light to shift bits wirelessly.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2014
Samsung Galaxy Gear Neo

Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

Singapore is home to just over five million people and market-watcher GfK says 94 per cent of whom bought a PC or accessories in the last two years and 95 per cent of whom acquired telecommunications technologies in the same period.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014
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Amazon buys Comixology for content crossover capers

Amazon.com has acquired Comixology, the planet's leading purveyor of digital comic books, and may just have set up a new battle between itself and Apple.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014

Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

The advent of the Heartbleed Open SSL vulnerability has enterprise software development teams scrambling to figure out if they have a problem, and the news is not always good.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014

Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

Rupert Murdoch has issued another in his occasional series of tweets about technology companies.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014
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T-Mobile US increases pressure on rivals with fondleslab freebie

Wireless carrier T-Mobile US is stepping up its 'Uncarrier' campaign in America with the introduction of a contract-free plan which discounts LTE tablets to the same cost as Wi-Fi models.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2014
NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image of the Moon

Astronomers spot hint of first EXOMOON, possibly

Thanks to the work of the Kepler space telescope and Earth-bound observations, we have now caught sight of nearly 2,000 exoplanets: planetary bodies orbiting distant stars. But now astronomers think they've caught the first sighting of an exomoon orbiting one of these distant planets.
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2014
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Wanna build a module for Google's Project Ara mix-and-match phone? Here are your specs

Just days before its first Project Ara Developer Conference is scheduled to begin, Google has released the device's Module Developers Kit (MDK), a set of plans and documentation designed to get hardware hackers started building modules for the componentized, mix-and-match experimental smartphone.
Neil McAllister, 11 Apr 2014
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Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances

Amazon has released a new class of virtualized, rentable servers that make more RAM available than systems from rivals like Google and Microsoft.
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

A new agreement between employer organizations and labor unions in France has made it illegal for French managers to contact their employees about work-related matters outside of normal business hours.
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2014
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Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's brutal scale in annual letter

Analysis Amazon's mercurial chief executive Jeff Bezos is equal parts John D Rockefeller and Henry Ford, judging by his annual letter to shareholders.
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
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US government green-lights data swapping for security firms

Security firms looking to share research data with their peers need not fear the US Federal Trade Commission or Department of Justice any more.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2014
Reg man wears Google Glass

Google to open up Glass program to anyone with $1,500 to spare

Google has announced that anyone will soon be able to buy one of its Glass headsets for a limited time, provided they live in the US and have $1,500 (plus tax) to pay for them.
Iain Thomson, 10 Apr 2014
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Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system

Google's former chief Eric Schmidt once remarked that to have true privacy after spending some time on the internet you would need to change your name.
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
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Apple eyes virtual reality goggle game with patent filing

Apple has filed for a patent which suggests the company is looking into developing its own head-mounted virtual reality system.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2014
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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

Call of Duty: Black Ops II appears to have been compromised using the now infamous Heartbleed exploit, according to security researchers.
John Leyden, 10 Apr 2014
Bush according to Sky News

Spy-happy Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board as privacy adviser

Dropbox has been hit with a firestorm of criticism after announcing that Iraq war architect Condoleezza Rice has joined its board.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2014
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Biz PC market's looking healthy – but is it just an XPocalypse bounce?

PC suppliers are pondering if the mini recovery in commercial IT spending is sustainable or just a Windows XPocalypse-related flash in the pan.
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2014

Scandal-hit Co-op Bank's CIO hits eject button after one year

The Co-op Bank has lost its chief information officer about a year after he took up the role.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Apr 2014
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Who wants a ROBO-BUTLER? Google and pals do – and they've just put $2m towards it

RoTM Google has placed a bet on a robotics company that is working to create "services" robots for use in hospitals, care homes or hotels.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2014
John Chen

BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

Updated BlackBerry has said that it will finally consider selling off its smartphone-making business if it continues to be unprofitable.

Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

Howto Windows XP's date with destiny has passed. As of Tuesday, Microsoft will NOT be releasing any new security updates. With one in five PCs still running Windows XP, there's a chance you are among those whose computer is now running an unsupported operating system. What now?
Liam Proven, 10 Apr 2014
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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

Facebook users must switch to the social network's dedicated Messenger mobile app if they want to keep chatting away to their Facebook friends on their phones.
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Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?

The leak of a PGP-encrypted email between Ed Snowden's pet journalist Glenn Greenwald and a lawyer has created a bit of a fuss in crypto circles.
John Leyden, 10 Apr 2014
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IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels

Geek's Guide to the UK Would you like to work in a cross between Downton Abbey and Silicon Valley? For a small selection of IBMers, that’s the only way to describe their working environment, although the place we’re talking about is officially called Hursley Park.
Joe Fay, 10 Apr 2014
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Cloud storage gateway firm: Selling to end users? Meh. We'll leave it to CSPs, et CTERA

A briefing from folks at cloud storage gateway upstart CTERA revealed there was more to the firm than Reg storage desk had thought.
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2014

Death of data retention directive: What it means for OTHER data laws

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Tuesday declared the Data Retention Directive (DRD) invalid.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Apr 2014
The ReSound LinX uses bluetooth not propreitory radio

Danes debut Bluetooth-connected 'made for iPhone' hearing aids

Danish company ReSound claims the LinX for the iPhone is the first "cool hearing aid". That might be stretching things a bit but perhaps only because of attitudes.
Simon Rockman, 10 Apr 2014
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LOHAN spaceplane 'Punch and Judy' test flights live online

Vids If you're looking for some light entertainment this fine April morning, then tune in to the live launch of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) "Punch" and "Judy" test flights.
Lester Haines, 10 Apr 2014
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G-Tech intros glossy HHD box: Because media 4Kers need external storage too

NAB G-Technology goes for 4K workstation external storage at NAB with glossy curvy and black hard drive boxes plus a portable SSD to round out its product set.
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2014

Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

British colocation outfit Alphadex says British Gas is refusing to discuss what it believes are errors in its bills and says that dispute, rather than any financial weakness, is behind the energy company's petition to wind it up.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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Microsoft builds teleporter weapon to send VMware into Azure

Microsoft has fired another shot in its campaign to win over VMware users, in the form of an updated Virtual Machine Converter that can move virtual machines from ESXi to Hyper-V.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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Indonesia considers smartphone tax to spur local mobe-makers

In a move which won’t go down well with foreign smartphone-makers the Indonesian government is planning to levy a 20 per cent tax on all imported mobile phones, in a bid to support domestically made handsets.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2014
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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

A senior JPMorgan analyst has urged Apple to seize a $63bn (£37bn) opportunity by flogging a hybrid laptop-tablet device running iOS.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2014
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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

The Australian State of Queensland does not observe daylight saving and an old joke about the state says that air travellers entering the region have in the past been advised to “turn your watch back one hour and 50 years.”
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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Banks slap Olympus with £160 MEEELLION lawsuit

Just when it thought the dark days were behind it, camera purveyor Olympus has been slapped with a ¥28 billion (£160m) lawsuit from six trust banks over a long running accounting scandal.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2014
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Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India

Who needs China? Facebook this week announced that its active user base in India passed 100 million – the first country to do so since the US of A.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2014

Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat

While most of the buzz surrounding OpenSSL's Heartbleed vulnerability has focussed on websites and other servers, the SANS Institute reminds us that software running on PCs, tablets and more is just as potentially vulnerable.
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AWS could 'consider' ARM CPUs, RISC-as-a-service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) chief technology officer Werner Vogels believes the cloudy colossus could, in the future consider using ARM CPUs, or even offering RISC-as-a-service to help those on legacy platforms enjoy cloud elasticity.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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Dell punts big fat switch into OpenStack clouds

Dell has tagged software-defined networking (SDN) and big data centre switching in its latest switch/controller release.

Come to Oz for sun, surf, ratting on co-workers and surveillance

Australia's deserved reputation as a nation whose government likes to pry into almost everything online has "improved" thanks to two new incidents.
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Greg Christie to leave Apple as Jonathan Ive seizes design reins

Apple design boss Jony Ive appears to be consolidating his power within the fruity firm, with longtime software UI chief Greg Christie reportedly leaving the company.
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2014

Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

Scientists say they have reconstructed an asteroid impact on Earth that was at least three times as massive as the strike that is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs and the new monster had effects that are still being felt today.
Iain Thomson, 10 Apr 2014
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PC market's bleeding slows thanks to XP phase-out

The end of support for the Windows XP operating system has triggered a jump in sales, bringing a rare bit of good news for PC vendors.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2014