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Step 1: Don't get owned. Step 2: Use HTTPS. Step 3: ...

NCC Group has published a set of security standards that you'll have to follow if you want to operate a .trust website.…


Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired

The internet is aflutter over the Kickstarter campaign for the Hendo Hoverboard, a magnetically levitating board that the firm promises will be available on October 21, 2015 – the same day that Michael J Fox programmed into the De Lorean for the second Back to the Future film.…


'Gigabit' silicon should land in equipment in 2016

Broadcom has become the latest vendor to stake out its ground in the G.fast market, as the ITU's standardisation bods stretch their hands slowly towards the rubber stamp.…


Company teams up with FIDO Alliance to support push-button security keys

Google has announced support for a platform which will allow users to log into applications by pressing a button on a secured USB drive.…


If your driver doesn't pull you out of the car and smash your phone first, that is

Bay Area residents looking to get to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) received another option this week when Uber announced it had agreed with authorities on a plan to allow UberX and Lyft drivers to travel to and from the airport.…


Encryption would lead us all into a 'dark place', claim G-Men

The FBI director James Comey's bid to have Congress kibosh default encryption appears to have publicly failed after senators said the proposal would be rejected.…


Tell 'em they're DREAMING, son

The stage is set for another drawn-out battle over wholesale telecommunication service pricing in Australia, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) indicating it's going to rubber-stamp Telstra's request for a 7.2 per cent price hike.…


Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone

Less than three weeks after it debuted the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has shipped a comprehensive update to the pre-release OS that brings substantial changes, including some new features borrowed from Windows Phone.…


GT to sell off factory to repay Cupertino loans if deal is approved

Apple and GT Advanced Technologies, the materials company that was once slated to provide ultra-durable sapphire glass for iPhones and other Apple products, have agreed to an "amicable parting of the ways," according to sources with knowledge of GT's bankruptcy litigation.…


VCE absorption tipped, but let's not forget Cloudfather Tucci's time is nearly up

EMC has given US media less than 24 hours notice of an event at which it will announce a "new business development".…


Australia to spend AU$3.5m helping teachers to help kids think like computers

The "Coding across the curriculum" plan included in Australia's "Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda" is yet to be developed, and is yet to be targeted at particular students or schools.…


Purple Palace finally tilts revenue upwards ... but income downwards

Yahoo! is living in hope of a financial resurgence as the company logged a rare uptick in revenues.…


Have a bit of sympathy, people: lawyers hold YOUR data and juicy stuff about big deals

Law firms are among Australian businesses being targeted by at least 13 Chinese advanced malware groups in a bid to steal intelligence from big business, says forensics bod and Mandiant man Mark Goudie.…


GPL language clone is 'a friendly nudge' to Cupertino

A group of independent developers have launched a project to develop a free, open source implementation of Apple's Swift programming language.…


Virtual insanity reality

Vid  Google and A-list venture capitalists have given more than half a billion dollars to Magic Leap, a mysterious startup that aims to "make computing more natural."…


Chip shipments up 19% in Q3, but revenues missed

British chip design firm ARM Holdings painted a rosy picture of its future growth on Tuesday, but it missed analysts' revenue expectations for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014, reigniting old fears that slowing smartphone growth will hurt the firm's long-term profitability – even though it's looking just fine in the near term.…


Assistant chief becomes the boss. And it took EU HOW LONG to decide that?

After a false start last year, Europe has finally found someone to be its new data protection chief.…


We'll knock out a wall there, put through some pipes there

Three-year-old OpenStack startup Mirantis has scored $100m in venture-capital funding, we're told.…


Nine gadgets from chaebol green-lighted

US spooks will be allowed to access sensitive government information on their KNOX-locked Samsung gadgets from now on.…


UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'

Sir Iain Lobban's final speech as GCHQ director omitted any mention of that man Edward Snowden, and unlike recent speeches by FBI and law enforcement officials on both side of the Atlantic, the spy boss had no critical words for Apple and Google's plans to roll out improved encryption on smartphones and computers.…


It'll only set you back a few billion

Comment  When you are walking on the Moon, far from home and Earth's tethering gravity then giant steps are what you take. When a product set becomes low or no-growth, then its tethering product gravity effect is weakened and you need to take giant steps to rebuild it ... which brings us to IBM.…


A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud

Analysis  Two words were missing from Microsoft’s cloudy event in San Francisco yesterday, where CEO Satya Nadella and Cloud and Enterprise VP Scott Guthrie presented an update to the company’s Azure and hybrid cloud strategy. Those two words were System Center.…


New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes

Apple CEO Tim Cook has written to his employees to tell them that the past few quarters have been the most successful in the company's history.…


Expand your horizons

Think cloud computing is about getting rid of IT infrastructure to save money? Think again.…


Coho Data techie gets technical on flash-disk rivals

Interview  Like other storage startups, Coho Data has had to swim upstream* against prevailing storage orthodoxy. Its CTO and co-founder, Andrew Warfield, was one of the original authors of the Xen hypervisor, and we recently took the opportunity to ask him some questions about the firm's technology, product positioning and progress.…


'Some might find the idea offensive' concedes boffin

Women (not men) would be a better choice for the first (wo)manned mission to Mars, according to boffin and fake NASA-naut Kate Greene.…


Multinational gets defensive over emails

BAE Systems has bought cloud-based email and network security firm SilverSky for $232.5m, seemingly finding the US company's products and customer base irresistible.…


Enterprise-worthy TBW stats ... with price tag to match

Review  Kingston’s SSD division have been a bit quiet lately but now they're back in the limelight with the V310 960GB. This is the latest model in the company’s SSDNow V300 series of drives aimed at the budget/entry level end of the market. At 960GB it’s the largest capacity Kingston SSD to date.…


Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside

The House of Lords has agreed new legislation making "revenge porn" a criminal offence in England and Wales, punishable by up to two years in prison.…


He can get some Satya's-faction

Satya Nadella famously told women to not bother asking for pay rises, which now looks a bit rich after Microsoft revealed his $83.4m pay packet.…


Gov.uk campaign: Consumer security led to '£670m losses'

Internet-enabled frauds reached £670m across the UK in the 12 months running up to the end of August, according to new figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.…


Still teasing...

Word-of-mouth sensation the OnePlus One smartphone finally goes on general sale to the public next week – six months after the phone was launched, and after a number of not-always successful promotional gimmicks. But only in 16 territories. And you only have an hour on Monday to check out.…


Maginatics baits hook with software-only storage

Any move by EMC to acquire Maginatics — and the latter’s software-only cloud storage gateway — would be a "very smart buy", according to analyst Ben Woo at technical consultancy Neuralytics, following speculation the storage giant is closing in on the startup.…


Then fly straight out to our Kickstarter backers

It's all go at Vulture Central today as skilled operatives prepare to ship our LOHAN Kickstarter reward t-shirts, which flew in the door late last week and will shortly be flying straight back out.…


Explain this 80% hike or PAY, thunders EC commish

Steelie Neelie has warned Germany – for the fifth time – that if it doesn’t sort out its proposals on mobile termination rates, the Commission will take legal action.…


Data Protection Directive not passed yet, though...

Three in four cloud services do not conform to the current EU Data Protection Directive, according to a new study.…


Weekly webinars becoming pleasantly crowded

Promo  Microsoft’s weekly Get Started with Azure webinars will be hosting a number of special guests this month.…


Must comply with data protection rules, m'kay?

UK broadcasters have been warned that their use of unmanned drones for filming purposes must adhere to data protection laws.…


Apple co-founder signs up to teach at Australian University

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has joined the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), as an adjunct professor.…


Investigation launched into East Coast stores

US office giant Staples is investigating a possible credit and debit card breach of its Northeastern stores.…


AirWatch has other ideas about the best way to deliver apps to your pocket

VMware has walked away from the idea of dual-persona smartphones, according to John Marshall, senior veep and general manager of the company's Airwatch division.…


Crummy configurations to blame, Moore hardening offered as remedy

Misconfigured user identities for Palo Alto Networks firewalls are leaking onto the public web potentially exposing customer services including VPN and webmail, says security luminary HD Moore.…


Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on

Fed-up FedEx customers in the UK were hit by an email storm yesterday, after a sad sap at the delivery company mistakenly hit the reply-all button on a daily alerts mailing list.…


'Device independent' proof a step closer ... if you obey the laws of physics

US researchers have come a step closer to turning quantum key distribution (QKD) into a "black box" that can be made provably secure regardless of whose boxes sit at each end of a link.…


'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source

A group of "Veteran Unix Admins" reckons too much input from GNOME devs is dumbing down Debian, and in response, is floating the idea of a fork.…


Hope springs eternal as possible purchase mooted yet again

Lenovo may be close to a deal to acquire Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry – for real, this time – according to multiple reports.…


London, Geneva added to destinations for giant research net

The trans-Atlantic expansion of the ESNet academic network is nearing completion, with Fermilab announcing that testing and commissioning of the 100 Gbps-plus link is near.…


Earth passes through Halley’s Comet debris

Vid  If you're in a position to see the constellation of Orion tonight then it's time to enjoy the annual Orionid meteor shower – as the Earth slams into the debris left by Halley's Comet's 1986 visit at about 148,000 MPH.…


Australian election campaign features cash-for-cores promise

The government of the Australian State of Victoria has slung AU$6.65 million in the direction of the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLCSI), deeming the investment a vote-winner in upcoming elections .…


5.5 million OS X machines hauled in more fruity cash than fondleslabs

Peak tablet  In case you'd forgotten that Apple is making money hand over fist, the company announced on Monday yet another record financial quarter – thanks to its iPhones and Macs, but no thanks to its iPads.…