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Kaspersky slips server security into PC software as attackers get crafty

Kaspersky Lab is shifting anti-malware code from its enterprise business down to its consumer security software in an effort to cut down on the effectiveness of zero-day attacks.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2013
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DHS warns of vulns in hospital medical equipment

The US Department of Homeland Security has warned hospitals and health clinics that many of the electronic medical devices in use at their facilities may be vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks.
Neil McAllister, 14 Jun 2013

Microsoft adds two-factor authentication to Windows Azure

Microsoft's cloudy identity and access management tool has been given two-factor authentication.
Jack Clark, 14 Jun 2013

You dirty RAT: Trend Micro spots new Asia-wide attack

Security researchers are warning of yet another advanced, large-scale attack campaign using sophisticated techniques to hide itself from its targets – organisations across Asia.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Jun 2013

Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

It's the question on every geek's lips. Who's going to be the next Time Lord?
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jun 2013
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WTO sets new date for copyright crunch

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) this week extended the deadline it's offered the world's “least developed nations” to get their house in order with regards to observation of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2013

EU signs off on eCall emergency-phone-in-every-car plan

The European Union's plan to insist every new car on the road by 2015 includes a mobile device that phones home after a crash is set to become reality, after the European Commission signed off draft legislation to enact the scheme. Assent from the European Parliament and Council of the European Union is now required, but little opposition is expected.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2013

Japan proposes NSA-style agency and new snooping laws

In a masterpiece of timing, the Japanese government is considering a new NSA-style agency to monitor internet communications in the country.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Jun 2013

Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

Activists enraged by Blighty's badger cull claim they have hacked a financial biz used by UK farmers and swiped sensitive personal data.
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2013
Intel DC S3500

Intel bakes smaller, slower flash memory. Aah, now that's progress

Intel has produced a solid-state flash drive, the DC S3500, using a 20nm process - potentially replacing the DC S3700 and its 25nm tech.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2013

'Sometimes life doesn’t afford proper goodbyes'

QuotWAmerican spooks are watching everything you do - but don't worry about that too much, here comes a nice new iOS design. That was pretty much the message of the week in tech, when the world woke up to an online surveillance programme that made Big Brother look like a little sissy, while fanbois mulled the end of iPhones as they knew (and loved) them.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jun 2013
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Array slinger X-IO jumps on Windows Storage Server filly, digs in heels

Array supplier X-IO will run Windows Storage Server 2012 inside its data vaults in hope of a Redmond-assisted sales boost.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2013

Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

FeatureYou choose your degree when you’re still a child, even though at 16 or 17 you may not feel like one. When I look back at some of my own teenage decisions, I shudder, and you will too when you think back to your younger years. But perhaps, armed with the advice below, you can avoid the common pitfalls and stumbling blocks on the road to becoming a successful computer scientist.
Dominic Connor, 14 Jun 2013

Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

Well, this would never have happened under Steve Jobs. Apple sources have briefed a friendly tech blog that the much-mocked iOS7 makeover is still provisional. When was the last time Apple felt obliged to defend anything?
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2013
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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

In the latest attempt by denizens of Silicon Valley to free themselves from the shackles of normal life, a startup has created a meal replacement substance named "Soylent", and this Reg hack is going to spend the next seven days trying to live entirely off the stuff.
Jack Clark, 14 Jun 2013

CRINGE! Home Office wants to know whether your boss BEATS YOU

Tech suppliers wading through the government's latest bizarre 150-page online questionnaire are asking if the folks in the public sector are smoking something – other than taxpayers' money, anyway.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2013
iOS spangles at WWDC

Apple dangles Spangles while Dabbsy's cables rankle

Something for the Weekend, Sir?Yet another Apple keynote has just whizzed by without so much as a squeak of useful criticism. The non-revelations in the opening keynote of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week confirmed just about everything that had already been leaked.
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Jun 2013

I told you I'd be back: Arnie set for another career revival

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to return to the big screen after confirming filming will start on Terminator 5 early next year.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jun 2013

We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

US law enforcement is calling for a mandatory kill switch on all mobiles, enabling the shut down of stolen phones in the hope of rendering them worthless.
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2013
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McAfee: Not all partners are cut out to be SaaS providers

McAfee Channel SummitUK channel partners "need a lot of handholding" when it comes to software-as-a-service solutions, EMEA president Gert Jan Schenk has said.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Jun 2013
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Review: Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock

Apple WWDCIf the word from the Apple WWDC is to be believed, we’re just months away from hooking up all our peripherals using Thunderbolt 2 cables. Funny that, as I thought this was supposed to happen when the original Thunderbolt ports appeared on Macs back in 2011.
Bob Dormon, 14 Jun 2013

MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

British MPs have demanded that the government act to revamp the tax structure after damning revelations about Google's corporate payments structure in the country.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 14 Jun 2013

Microsoft Office 365 on iPhone NOW: No, we're not making this up

Microsoft's Office 365 app is now available from Apple's iTunes store for iPhones, iPads and iPods.
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2013

REVEALED: The gizmo leaker Snowden used to smuggle out NSA files

Whistleblower Edward Snowden apparently used a USB thumb-drive to smuggle out hundreds of top-secret documents before he blew the lid off the NSA's web-spying project PRISM. This is despite the Pentagon's clampdown on the gadgets.
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2013

Jaguar to open new car-making factory in Blighty (virtually)

Jaguar Land Rover has promised to return car manufacturing to Britain, although it will only be simulating cars rather than building them.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jun 2013
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At #guardiancoffee, we can now taste the future through a PRISM!

Steve Bong, 14 Jun 2013

Former QiComm CEO cleared in money-laundering case

The founder and former owner of telco integrator QiComm has been acquitted of money-laundering charges brought by HMRC - but said this came too late in the day to keep his biz afloat.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2013

Symantec sharpens axe as 1,700 awarded the Order of the Boot - report

Up to 1,700 workers at Symantec face the axe over the next six weeks as the consequences of a corporate restructuring plan announced in January 2013 begin to bite, according to a recent report.
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2013

Report: Foreign owners blocked T-Mobile, Verizon from NSA snoops

T-Mobile and Verizon were not issued court orders to hand over mobile data for their users because their part-ownership by non-US companies could have caused complications, according to an unnamed US official.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2013

CenturyLink grabs AppFog for cloud expansion

In a "resounding validation" of the Cloud Foundry technology, CenturyLink has acquired platform-as-a-service minnow AppFog.
Jack Clark, 14 Jun 2013

Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

The industry analysts at ABI Research pitted a Lenovo smartphone based on Intel's Atom-based Clover Trail+ platform against a quartet of ARM-based systems, and Chipzilla's system not only kept pace with the best of them, but did so using less power.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jun 2013

Not just telcos, THOUSANDS of companies share data with US spies

The slides leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden named nine companies that allegedly share data with US intelligence agencies, but according to a new report, the actual number of firms that collaborate with US spies may be much larger. Try thousands of them.
Neil McAllister, 14 Jun 2013

Facebook killing off Sponsored Results in search pages

Facebook has confirmed that it will drop the sale of Sponsored Results in its search pages, a "feature" that plenty of El Reg readers have been less than happy about.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2013

Microsoft unleashes wave of Azure mobile updates

Microsoft is giving all Azure fiddlers a free 20MB database as part of a suite of improvements to the Azure cloud designed to tempt in mobile app developers.
Jack Clark, 14 Jun 2013
More flaws found in Java

Critical Java SE update due Tuesday fixes 40 flaws

Thought your Java security woes were behind you? Think again. Oracle is planning to release a Critical Patch Update on Tuesday that affects multiple versions of Java, and it's another doozy.
Neil McAllister, 14 Jun 2013

Hubble spies unlikely planet being born in hostile neighborhood

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted what appears to be a baby planet sweeping up matter from a protoplanetary disk orbiting a red dwarf star some 176 light-years away from Earth.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jun 2013

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