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Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers

The FBI-backed Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an advisory warning that email scammers are impersonating it to extort money from gullible punters. The cyber-cop squad said several victims had been in contact after they received emails spoofed to look as though they are coming from IC3 itself. The emails state …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014
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Galaxy Note 4 latest: Samsung rushes iPhone 6 Plus rival to China as Apple flails in dark

Perhaps looking to cut Apple's iPhone 6 Plus phablet off at the pass, Samsung is rushing out its 5.6-inch Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in China and South Korea ahead of schedule. Sammy said on Wednesday that its large screen Android phone will be available in South Korea on 26 September, with the Associated Press reporting China …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2014
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Adobe axes R&D lab in China, insiders blame mandarins and pirates

Adobe is closing the doors of its research and development facility in China – and some within the biz are reportedly blaming the recalcitrant attitude of the Chinese government for the move. "The overall climate in China against Western enterprises has been quite negative and that's one of the major reasons," the anonymous …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014

Amazon shovels cash into hush-hush Lab126 despite Fire Phone fizzle

Amazon's much-hyped Fire Phone met a cool reception from consumers, but that won't stop CEO Jeff Bezos from doubling down on his consumer electronics ambitions, industry insiders claim. Citing anonymous sources, Reuters reports that the e-commerce giant plans to invest another $55m into its secretive Lab126 division, which …
Neil McAllister, 24 Sep 2014

Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

Comcast has branded Netflix, Discovery and others extortionists after they opposed the ISP's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable In a dossier to US watchdog the FCC [PDF], Comcast claimed companies lobbying against its merger are hoping to force it into making concessions that benefit them. Specifically, Comcast alleges …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Sep 2014

Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

Updated A bug discovered in the widely used Bash command interpreter poses a critical security risk to Unix and Linux systems – and, thanks to their ubiquity, the internet at large. It lands countless websites, servers, PCs, OS X Macs, various home routers, and more, in danger of hijacking by hackers. The vulnerability is present in …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2014
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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 8.0.1 and then quickly recalled it – after people complained the "update" had broken cellular connections and Touch ID. The bungled release was supposed to fix bugs in version 8 of the operating system, which was released this month, including problems that delayed the rollout of its broken …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Sep 2014

All awash in red ink, but Overland Storage is still swimming

Analysis Overland Storage, the troubled tape and low-end scale-out disk array storage vendor, is still battling on, with a swell in revenues despite increasing losses. How does CEO Eric Kelly do it? Overland's fourth quarter (Q4) and fiscal 2014 year headline numbers are, well, impressive comes to mind: Q4 revenues of $24.2m, up 100 per …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2014

Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

Boffins have discovered a dinosaur with one of the biggest noses ever seen in the animal kingdom, which it was thought to flash around in a bid to impress the ladies. The researchers who found the big-hootered dino decided to call it Rhinorex condrupus, which literally means "King Nose". Terry Gates, a joint post-doctoral …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Sep 2014

Speaking in Tech: I swear I didn't fall for the iPhone 6 microwave charger hoax...

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela… except this week, the show gets hijacked by The Geek Whisperers crew - John Troyer, Amy Lewis and Matt Brender - at SpiceWorld in Austin, Texas. No, it's not a Spice Girls reunion. This week we discuss... Mutiny on the …
Team Register, 24 Sep 2014

Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

First look Unveiled on Wednesday and already shipping, BlackBerry’s square-shaped Passport is a Marmite device – people will either love it or hate it. It’s quite uncompromisingly the most unusual smartphone in modern times. BlackBerry may as well have called it the “WTF”. Trackpad-cum-keyboard on square phone – you'll love it or you just …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2014
Canvas fingerprinting

Apple is too shallow, must go deeper to beat TouchID fingerprint hack, say securo-bods

News that Apple’s iPhone 6 can be spoofed with the same fake fingerprints that tricked its earlier version, the iPhone 5S, has sparked off a lively debate among security researchers. Lookout researcher Marc Rogers demonstrated that the TouchID fingerprint sensor of the latest iPhones could be made to work with a cloned …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2014

'Space bubbles' may have helped Taliban down 'copter in bloody Afghanistan battle

The world has been treated to all sorts of excuses about why the United States and its allies from the UK and elsewhere failed to win the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Now boffins have put forward the bizarre suggestion that one of the Yanks' most infamous defeats was actually caused by a phenomenon called space bubbles. Lead …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Sep 2014

Huawei prez: A one-speed internet is bad for everyone

Western regulations like the mooted US changes enforcing “net neutrality” will hold back internet development for consumers, Huawei President and board member Ryan Ding told us today. Ding said it was absurd to have a put up with one-speed slow, dumb networks when different consumers and applications had different requirements …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2014

BMC Software flings patent sueball at ServiceNow

Newly private BMC Software is taking ServiceNow to court, claiming its up-and-coming enterprise help-desk rival trampled over its sacred patents. BMC has accused ServiceNow of violating seven of its patents (5,978,594, 6,816,898, 6,895,586, 7,062,683, 7,617,073, 8,646,093 and 8,674,992), spanning incident management, performance …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Sep 2014
Apple Watch

AVOID the Apple Watch. Buy a drone or robot instead, techies told

Channels Forum 2014 Resellers should start investigating drones and robots, but needn’t bother swapping their Rolexes for Apple watches anytime soon, channel consultants Canalys warned today. Kicking off the firm’s European shindig today, CEO Steve Brazier refused to get wound up about the Apple Watch, saying there was little in the first …
Joe Fay, 24 Sep 2014

AW, SNAP, Oracle. You've shrivelled up poor Larry Ellison's package even more

Oracle’s soon-to-be-ex-CEO Larry Ellison took home slightly less money in fiscal 2014 than the previous year, after some rumblings of criticism at the sizeable nature of his big package. The poor billionaire bagged just $67.3m in compensation, instead of the $78.4m he managed to make off with in fiscal 2013, a markdown of 15.5 …
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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

The Emma Watson nude photo leak scandal has been exposed as a spoof - by a gang of spoofers. A mysterious "marketing firm" calling itself Rantic has been fingered as the architect of a fake threat to leak nude images of the Harry Potter starlet. The internet was set alight this week by rumours that 4chan nutjobs were planning …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Sep 2014
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Texas T Rex Dell: Terabytes shipped. Count 'em and weep...

Dell sold more storage capacity than any other supplier in the first half of 2014, says analyst IDC. In IDC's worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker reports Dell is singled out as having sold 4,311,728 terabytes of disk storage, 4.3 exabytes, by the mid-point of 2014 – pretty damned impressive. We're told that Dell …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2014
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Ukrainian separatists threaten surge in *gasp*... dealers, PCs

Channels Forum 2014 The IT industry has pulled back from the brink of disaster but conflicts in Russia and the Middle East have the potential to push it back to the edge, resellers and distributors were warned today. Kicking off the Channels Forum conference in Cannes, Canalys CEO Steve Brazier declared the victory of the channel, the revival of …
Joe Fay, 24 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

Apple claims its latest device is bigger and better than any other mobile phone, but the iOS 8 sporting iPhone 6 Plus has already been criticised for supposedly bending in fanbois' pockets. So if it can't survive the flaming heat of an Apple lover's crotch, what hope has it got against a hammer or a large calibre rifle? Not a …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Sep 2014
Snowdonia on the new GB Minecraft 2 map

Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

Youtube Video Blighty’s Ordnance Survey organisation has updated the country’s map in Minecraft, adding roads, national rail networks and houses to the digital overview. A plucky intern at the mapping org stuck Britain into the vastly popular game this time last year. Now that he’s bagged himself a full-time position on the …
Heatmiser PRS-TS WiFi RF Thermostat

Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

Digital thermostats from Heatmiser are wide open to takeover thanks to default login credentials and myriad other security flaws. The UK-based manufacturer has promised to develop a fix. Pending the arrival of a patch, users are advised to disable the device's Wi-Fi capability. The security flaws were discovered by Andrew …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2014
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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

IBC 2014 At this time of year, the tech press is often focused on IFA, the massive electronics show in Berlin where many companies unveil their latest products, including smartphones, flatter, curvier TVs than ever before, and all manner of other things. Taking place a week later in Amsterdam, IBC, the International Broadcasting …
Nigel Whitfield, 24 Sep 2014
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Cloud storage bods Nasuni ram BILLION-object volume into filer

In a demonstration of “my scale-out filer is bigger than yours” storage swaggery, Nasuni has loaded up a billion-plus object volume into its Nasuni Service file system. Nasuni stores files in the cloud, with on-premises NF-series filers acting as caches and gateways, pumping files up to the cloud, Azure or Amazon for example, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2014

Yahoo!... Our Alibaba stake's worth BILLIONS. Oh – our shares are in the toilet

Worstall on Wednesday So here's the little financial markets puzzler of the moment. Alibaba has launched that IPO, the stock has soared and Yahoo! has made a bundle. Jerry Yang's original investment of $1bn now looks like one of the great investment deals of all time. However, as the Alibaba stock price soared (from the $68 of the placing to some $99 …
Tim Worstall, 24 Sep 2014

Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

As solid state drives (SSDs) become a critical part of today's storage, it is becomes increasingly important to learn about the supercapacitors that help prevent data loss. The presence – and type – of supercapacitors in SSDs should be as important a consideration as choosing between MLC, eMLC and SLC-based drives. …
Trevor Pott, 24 Sep 2014
Maybe it won't look like this

Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

Supermarket, virtual mobile network and bank that is very bad at accounting Tesco has new way for you to pay for your box of Celebrations: a digital wallet called PayQwiq. The service, which uses QR codes, is being trialled in Farringdon, the nearest branch to Vulture Central and 15 other Express stores in London as well as 26 …
Simon Rockman, 24 Sep 2014

Bracelet could protect user herds from lurking PREDATORS

Researchers have developed a fashionable bracelet that could continuously authenticate users preventing snoops from accessing unattended machines. It goes beyond existing continuous authentication mechanisms, the designers say, because it requires users to be active on their machines and not just nearby. The Zero-Effort …
Darren Pauli, 24 Sep 2014

Brocade's Vyatta gets OpenDaylight controller

Brocade has added another piece to its SDN jigsaw, launching the OpenDaylight controller under its Vyatta platform. A big chunk of the company's pitch for the controller is that it offers a low-risk entry to SDN, with the company aiming to let customers migrate current workloads to an SDN environment gradually rather than in a …
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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

Yummy Mummies of Chelsea, rejoice. No more getting lost taking the nanny back to the station when you are visiting the country cottage. Keep your eyes on the road Range Rover is to fit frikkin' lasers to its cars. The iconic car company claims its new Heads Up Display to be the first to have used lasers and says it will …
Simon Rockman, 24 Sep 2014

Yahoo! Slurps! Indian! Google! Docs! Lookalike!

Yahoo! has picked up Bangalore company Bookpad in a deal described as strengthening the Yahoo! Mail service. Bookpad is responsible for a service called Docspad, an online file editing operation, which would give the Purple Palace a little bit of the kind of functionality people have learned to expect from competitors like Gmail …
Google Chocolate Factory

Google goes Dutch with new €600 MEELLION DC

Google is to splash the cash in The Netherlands to build a new €600 million (more than $US770 million) data centre behind the dike. To be located in Eemshaven, the Chocolate Factory attributes the choice of location to the stability of Dutch energy supplies, according to Reuters. Google already operates DCs in Ireland, Finland …

Kali turns Nexus fondleslabs into hacking weapons

Every hacker's favourite operating system, Kali Linux, has been brought to Google Nexus in a move that brings portable popping to a new level. Nexus users running the NetHunter penetration testing platform can now launch their attacks including Teensy keyboard and BadUSB man-in-the-middle (MITM) networking attacks via USB human …
Darren Pauli, 24 Sep 2014

Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

Israel is to sling Intel a handy US$300 million and a ten-year tax break to persuade Chipzilla to stroll out of the Mediterranean and upgrade a chip plant in the country. Intel says it's spending US$6 billion to upgrade the fab, and according to Reuters it will be hiring an additional 1,000 staff in its Kiryat Gat facility, in …
Network Functions Virtualisation

Radisys plants flag in NFV biz

Radisys has joined the SDN/NFV race, launching a combo of chassis and software targeting mobile operators. Available in six-slot, 640 Gbps throughput or 14-slot, 2 Tbps throughput versions, the company's T100 chassis can be filled with either its A2470 switch blade (with integrated packet classification and load balancing) or …
The orbital trajectory of India's Mangalyaan Mars probe

MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

India has become the first nation to achieve a successful insertion to Mars orbit on its first attempt, after an epic 10-month trek by its cunning Mangalyaan (aka Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM) spacecraft. The mission that marked India as a genuine deep-space power is also a miracle of low-cost space exploration, setting the …
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Ban? What ban? Lyft buys carpool app maker Hitch

Ride-sharing service Lyft is looking to boost its carpooling service with the acquisition of smaller rival Hitch, even though both companies could be in violation of California state laws. The company said that Hitch, which specializes in a ride-sharing service similar to Lyft Line, would should down effective Tuesday and all …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Sep 2014

Microsoft sets up bug bounties for online services

Having tasted the fruit of the crowd's tree of knowledge, Microsoft has decided it likes it, and is expanding its bug bounty program to cover a broad range of online services. In this post at Technet, Redmond lists a bunch of domains that are eligible for the expanded bug bounty, including online Outlook, Office365, Sharepoint, …

ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

ARM has had a look at the fridges, speakers and robots that use its Cortex-M series processor cores and decided they need a few maths lessons. The Cortex-M7's block diagram The Brit CPU designer has today revealed its new 32-bit Cortex-M7, which will sit at the top of its its microcontroller-grade family of cores in terms of …
Chris Williams, 24 Sep 2014

jQuery site popped to serve malware slop

The jQuery site served credential-stealing malware to scores of users who visited the website on September 18, researcher James Pleger says. The super-popular JavaScript library was used by 30 percent of websites including 70 percent of the 10,000 most popular sites which may have been compromised by the RIG exploit kit. jQuery …
Darren Pauli, 24 Sep 2014
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Telstra puffs Cisco cloud into Honkers and Singapore

Telstra has announced two new offshore Intercloud POPs and has signed with Equinix for connections in Sydney and Melbourne. Under the international expansion, the carrier says it's going to kick off operations in Hong Kong and Singapore. The Cisco-powered Intercloud solution, launched in Australia earlier this year, is based on …