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OMG, the Feds *Cough* We did what we set out to do

The Lizard Squad hacking crew appears to have called it quits over the weekend following a high profile assaults on Sony as well as online attacks on Blizzard and Twitch, a broadcast platform for gamers, among others.…


Let's game this thing out

Comment  Google’s delivery drones in Oz have a really easy job – fly across a near desert and lower a parcel to the ground. That’s easy-peasy, matey. Try that in my Sixth Street home in San Francisco, the one near the junction with Folsom Street, where (to make the Chocolate Drone Factory’s life easier) there is a grassed yard.…


Rev recognition blamed for 'funding gap' by private equity backer

The future of major NHS supplier Trustmarque looks less certain after private equity backer Dunedin confirmed that a change in the way revenue is recognised has created a "funding gap".…


Audio streaming now Bridge-free

Until now, wireless speaker bod Sonos has required a Bridge device connected to a home wireless router to set up a mesh wireless network delivering timed audio signals to the speakers in a zone. But no longer – Sonos is going bridge-free.…


Your hospital gowns are gaping, chaps

Competitors of Facebook and WhatsApp have been asked to complete a whopping 88 multiple-choice, multi-part questions that range from the blindingly obvious – "To the best of your knowledge, do users use more than one social networking service?" – to the vague and indefinable – "Please provide any recent examples of consumers switching from one social networking service to another."…


Use your Imagination: When two tribes go to war

Chip designer Imagination Technologies today went public about its new processor design – the 64-bit MIPS Warrior I6400.…


Agree to make a mini-margin? You're on board

Crown Commercial Services has told 33 suppliers they have tentatively made it onto the pan-public sector Technology Products framework estimated to be worth between £4bn to £6bn over its tenure.…


CyberVor, huh, yeah. What is it good for?

Anecdotal evidence is emerging that the Russian botnet raiders behind the "biggest-ever" password theft have begun attacks against web services using stolen login credentials.…


German court outlaws Uber with a temporary injunction

Uber has been banned in Germany after a court in Frankfurt imposed a temporary injunction on the driving firm.…


That's it, big boy, come bonk on our tube

Vodafone has announced that its SmartPass technology will work with TfL’s systems when the London Underground starts accepting mobile pay-by-bonk on 16 September – but bigger things are planned.…


How do we hate thee? Let us count the ways

Apple has finally confessed to the reasons why developers' iOS apps are failing to appear in its vaunted App Store.…


Career as a banker? No, no. Our sprogs should be TECH ENTREPRENEURS, sez survey

Steve Bong is a role model for British parents, who – according to a back-of-the-beermat poll – think a career as a tech entrepreneur would be much more beneficial to their offspring than becoming a vet or a banker, or joining the police.…


Gibraltar scribble matches up well to early Hirst or Emin

A primitive and seemingly meaningless marking chiselled into a rock by a Neanderthal using a crude implement more than 39,000 years ago would appear to support the idea that the pre-human ape-men possessed artistic faculties at least as sophisticated as those of the "young British artists" movement of the '90s.…


Mass ejections flung into space as the Sun does its thing

Vid  Footage of solar flares taken by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory.


Feeling lucky?

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has threatened to introduce legislation if Google doesn’t stop promoting pirate sites above legitimate sites in its organic search results.…


German thieves prefer Android, ja?

UK smartphone thieves prefer iPhones while their light-fingered counterparts in Germany favour Android, according to the results of a new survey.…


Soundbars to Dolby Atmos: surround on Freeview, Netflix, Blu-ray et al

Breaking Fad  As Steve May wrote in the previous Breaking Fad, Dolby Atmos for the home is an impressive sound system, and this year will see the release of a range of kit that supports it from several manufacturers.…


See you in London on 10 Sept

Promo  Here is your invite to IBM’s premier Infrastructure Matters event at Prince Philip House in central London on Wednesday 10 September.…


Software to control software

Ericsson-LG – a joint venture company between the two communications giants – has jumped into bed with Korean telco SKT to build software to control 5G networks.…


US teams fight ISC'14 student cluster schlacht

HPC Blog  Two student teams from the United States travelled to the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition in Leipzig, Germany to defend the red, white and blue – and, perhaps, to bring the ISC cluster Chalice of Victory* to the US for the first time.…


Is it too early to start calling it 'Ozure'?

Microsoft has announced that its two Australian Azure bit barns are up and running, in a "private preview".…


Facebook, Google ... nobody read TFM, says security chap

iThing Users can be identified, images of their faces captured and their phones forced to call numbers – all thanks to coding schemes affecting Facebook, Google, and Twitter, among other sites and services, security researchers say.…


Symantec boffins analyse 400,000 TXTs to develop new spam-spotting approach

Symantec boffins reckon it's no longer enough to shield e-mail users from malicious email and that spam and phishing over SMS are now worthy of some decent defences. They've even penned a study to back up the proposition, suggesting that SMS spam could be 97 per cent detectable with a false positive rate as low as 0.02 per cent.…


No reports of data loss as MS 'fesses up to mess, but US long weekend delays fix

OneDrive users are complaining that Microsoft's sync 'n' share service corrupts Office 2013 files when they attempt to open them.…


First prosecution under new ‘do not call’ rules

A Singapore tuition agency and its director have become the first to be prosecuted and fined under the country’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), which came into force on 2 January 2014.…


But we will shut our eyes if we happen to see any

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple are examining the theft of a large cache of naked celebrity photos, thought by many to perhaps have been snaffled from the fruity firm's iCloud backup silos.…


Sensors to keep farm tanks comfy to stop the eels shrieking

Eels, a staple in many world cuisines, are apparently more sensitive to their environment when grown in aquaculture facilities than they are in the wild, so South Korean farmers are turning to industrial automation to give them a hand.…


If you really love taking tests with Prometric, do 'em before Christmas

Microsoft will part ways with Prometric, the outfit that currently provides exams for some of Redmond's certifications.…


Epiphany, the new Pi-specific browser, that is, not some mystical revelation

The Raspberry Pi now has its very own web browser.…


Copulating cosmo geckos rue re-entry heater cockup

Russia's space agency has made the announcement everyone must have been fearing: after being launched, lost, and recovered, its famed "sex geckos" have all died.…


84,000-plus law enforcement requests, but for what?

Telstra probably thought it was doing the right thing by joining other big names and publishing a transparency report. Instead, it's become a focus of criticism for, in the eyes of 'net freedom advocates, handing over too much customer information on too little pretext.…


Teams with Red Hat to add SDN so containerised apps can get to work faster

Cisco has climbed aboard the containerisation cloudwagon, hinting that it will make Docker and Linux containers a part of its emerging "Intercloud".…


400 stations in deal with China Unicom

Tesla has announced that it intends to build a huge charging network in China: 400 stations in 120 cities, and 20 supercharging stations.…


We're not Big Content's interns, says Comms Alliance, but we might be RENT-A-COPS

Australia's carriers club, the Communications Alliance, has published its submission to the federal government's copyright inquiry after an early copy hit media inboxes.…


Australia's technology industries need to fight for the best-possible FTTN

At a conference early this year, I attended a talk by a major Australian industry association. The talk's only good feature was its possible use as a cure for insomnia.…


And at the back of the field, Windows 8.1 is sprinting away from Windows 8

Windows XP lost nearly one per cent of global market share during August, according to both Netmarketshare and StatCounter, but there's not been a corresponding bounce in the prevalence of other Microsoft operating systems.…


Plan to do their, erm, 'wurst' in German cluster compo

HPC Blog  China was solidly represented at the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition in Leipzig, sending three teams to compete for the legendary "Cluster Cup".…


Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise

Comment  The BBC now has a policy of attaching an educational theme to each year that will be rammed into as many programmes as possible and will run across all of its channels and websites.…


If there are any on our site it is not our fault as we are not a PUBLISHER

Twitter's top policy bod has refused to dismiss claims that people who tweet leaked private photos of naked female celebrities are having their accounts suspended on the social jabber site.…


But you'd better play nicely with broadcasters until then

Europe’s digital chief presented a report on Monday that sets out a plan to redistribute access to the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) spectrum band.…


Come on EMC, open-source ViPR

Storagebod  As storage infrastructure companies try to move to a more software oriented world, they are having to try different things to try to grab our business.…


Six-month pilot project

European police agency Europol has launched an counter-cybercrime taskforce.…


Flash array market's on the up

Comment  Upstart Kaminario seems pleased with its position at the summit of flash array performance with its SPC benchmark-topping K2 all-flash arrays. But this mid-pack player may need to emerge from the herd to prove it has what it takes.…


By which we mean advertisers

Apple is expected to unveil new products that will use the latest version of its iOS operating system, including new iPhones, on 9 September. But app developers – who've already had their hands on the mobile OS since June – will be prevented from making sensitive user data available to third parties using the "HealthKit" platform.…


Don't worry, it'll be cheaper when they use drones

Google has single-handedly outspent Big Cable in terms of lobbying dollars so far in 2014.…


We're talking profits, baby

Comment  HPC and supercomputer storage company Data Direct Networks (DDN) says its move into enterprise big data is providing a bridge to profits, with 100 per cent revenue growth.…


Malware Team might even be an offshoot, say researchers

A second hacking crew has weighed into the conflict in Syria on the side of embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.…


By the way, I have a really nice bridge you might like...

An Indiegogo project to build a watch that projects its display onto your hand has blown the doors off its target by raising a million dollars in funding – even though no functional device has yet been built.…


Support team swamped by calls as websites die

Hosting outfit GoDaddy is suffering what appears to be a pretty widespread outage hitting website operators in the UK this morning.…


Told to cough up more details as antitrust probe goes deeper

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite as part of its probe into the firm’s alleged monopoly activities.…