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But attack vector may stay open for next evil maid

Apple will mute the Thunderstrike attack in an upcoming OS X patch, according to a report.…


Patching WebKit would be unsafe, Google tells 960 million users

Google says it won't patch Android Jellybean because it's too hard.…


Good news: free upgrade! Odd news: reason for upgrade is back-end upgrade

Dropcam, the home video camera company acquired by Google's Internet of Things limb Nest, is giving away new cameras to owners of its old cameras.…


If CompSci kiddies read Neal Stephenson and Dave Eggers, our species will endure

A group of researchers working for National ICT Australia reckons computer science courses need to look at artificial intelligence from an ethical point of view – and the popularity of sci-fi among comp.sci students makes that a good place to start.…


*Total Inability To Support Uninteresting People

Updated  It appears Facebook and its snap-slinging subsidiary Instagram have fallen off the web. Hook-up-finder Tinder is also reportedly having problems.…


Cheap, fast, entangled photons for fun and profit

A multinational collaboration of boffins reckons it's come up with a chippable solution to one of the practical problems of quantum communications: getting a good source of entangled photons.…


Parrot AR drones susceptible to flying firmware footling

Hacker Rahul Sasi has found and exploited a backdoor in Parrot AR Drones that allows the flying machines to be remotely hijacked.…


Whitman and Weiseler confirmed as heads of Enterprise and HP Inc.

HP has revealed who'll be sitting where once the splitting song stops and the company has broken into HP Inc. and HP Enterprise.…


Google intransigence or publicity vuln?

Google, which has been criticised by Microsoft for recent bug disclosures, is now downplaying a bug of its own.…


Fedora fires up on Freescale T4240-powered dense and frugal server

IBM has revealed more about a PowerPC microserver it says will help to crunch data gathered by the square kilometre array (SKA), the colossal radio telescope to be built across South Africa and Australia.…


Slot your old smartphone into this chassis and let penguins pick its brains

A Finnish group of phone developers, hoping to get the world interested in modular smartphones, has proposed a nifty idea for re-using their phone motherboards: turn them into clusters.…


Red-faced government employee owns up

The US Secret Service is investigating how a drone came to crash into the White House in the early hours of Monday morning.…


Desktop-as-a-service is getting good, fast, and can already replace some virtual desktops

Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) services are getting good enough, fast enough, that organisations need to consider them as an alternative to desktop virtualisation (VDI).…


Leaking personal information is supposed to be OUR JOB, say whistleblowers

WikiLeaks is demanding answers from Google after learning that the company handed user information to the FBI and didn't acknowledge the incident for more than two years.…


Consumer sales hard hit as OEMs turn cold shoulder

Microsoft posted another quarter of respectable results on Monday, matching analysts' earnings estimates and slightly outperforming on revenue, but its strong showing couldn't disguise the continuing shakiness in its core software business.…


Meanwhile, San Francisco stares at loading screens

Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina believe they will be the next to enjoy Google Fiber.…


Russians can stick their Soyuz, we can do it for less, say Yanks

Crew and cargo resupply missions will be launched from US soil by 2017, with SpaceX and Boeing both sending rival systems into low Earth orbit from now on.…


Too much data, too little protection

Ahead of parliamentary hearings this week into the Australian government's proposed data retention regime, privacy watchdogs have lined up to criticise the legislation.…


Russians can stick their Soyuz, we can do it for less, say Yanks

Crew and cargo resupply missions will be launched from US soil by 2017, with SpaceX and Boeing both sending rival systems into low Earth orbit from now on.…


But just who's eating at the trough?

ICANN's CEO has infuriated domain investors by dismissing them as domain "hoggers" in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos.…


Upgrade to system causing bizarre traffic spikes

An upgrade to China's Great Firewall is having knock-on effects all over the internet, with seemingly random sites experiencing massive traffic spikes.…


Motorola ex-CEO says Cupertino killed off its partner

The former CEO of Motorola Mobility says the company's Nexus 6 phablet would have been a nicer piece of kit, were it not for Apple's inteference.…


Not that NSA, the other one

The US National Sheriffs' Association wants Google to block its crowd-sourced traffic app Waze from being able to report the position of police officers, saying the information is putting officer's lives at risk.…


Tech for the unconnected

Cubans are fighting back against restrictions on their use of internet with SNet, a secret network. Also known as StreetNet, it pools the resources of citizens, who are effectively prohibited from using the internet.…


Storage biz's margins slowly but steadily embiggen

Seagate’s second quarter revenues for 2015 rose 4.8 per cent over the year to $3.7bn while profits more than doubled to $933m, up from $428m a year ago.…


GCHQ needs culture change first

Feature  Israel's intelligence agency, Unit 8200, has been a production line for hi-tech startups since the 1980s, a success British politicians are now seeking to emulate. Yet replicating that success in Blighty may be difficult because of cultural and environmental differences that may prove difficult to overcome.…


No comment from Big Blue or our sources, though

Updated  IBM is reportedly planning to jettison 118,000 workers to counter 11 quarters of declining sales and the impact of shifting industry demand – which, if true, would make it one of the biggest corporate culls on record.…


Self-service data discovery analytics explosion

+Comment  Why the hurry? Interana, an analytics startup co-founded by ex-Facebook engineers just got a 250 per cent rise in funding, $20m, less than four months after its initial $8.2m A-round.…


Have you heard the one about the Veritas brand being dug up?

Symantec execs will line up under the classic security or information management divisions from April Fools’ Day – no, seriously – amid talk that senior management may revive the Veritas storage brand.…


But, but... we won 'hearts and minds'

Former G-Cloud head Chris Chant has entered the growing row over the status of the framework under the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS), criticising its decision to ditch a brand "that has won hearts and minds".…


Verity publishes the real script of Turing biopic The Imitation Game

Stob  Some weeks ago, on the back of superlative-laced recommendatory posts like this one, I took myself off to the Fosse des Puces high art cinema to see The Imitation Game, the new biopic about Alan "Weird Al" Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatch.…


A dozen stamps, some parcel tape and a new SIM, please

The Post Office is ramping up its plans to become a virtual mobile phone network, with hardware distributor Brightstar being appointed to handle logistics for SIMs and phones.…


Record-breaker will get software upgrade soon

EMC president Chad Sakac says the XtremIO will be the fastest product in EMC’s history to reach a billion dollar run-rate. A new release is coming to keep the momentum up.…


Carrier: PLEASE. It was just a defacement, skiddies...

Infamous hacktivists Lizard Squad are threatening to dump data they supposedly snatched during the process of defacing the website of Malaysia Airlines.…


Change as constant in Redmond's browser strategy

Two years after its last browser strategy policy change in Windows 8, Microsoft is shifting the pieces around the board again.…


Plus the Board never pays attention to us, SEC told

Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison are facing fresh calls from shareholders to change the company's high compensation structure for executives, and stop ignoring requests to communicate with directors.…


Firm mulls storage market, penetrates EMC VSPEX

Now that Lenovo has IBM’s X86 server business, it’s able to freely participate in partnerships with storage suppliers. Does it view storage as a market into which it can expand?…


Hey guys! Who is this chap? LOL

A hoax caller claiming to be GCHQ's chief spy was put through to UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s phone on Sunday.…


We'll let him back in the office at some point

Deep Dive  We’ve all seen it and we’ve all cursed it. Whether you’re stuck in traffic or grimacing over the noise, digging up the roads to enhance or extend our communications pipelines is disruptive and causes frustrating transport delays. In oh so many ways, infrastructure in the UK is going down the toilet and for the likes of dark fibre outfit Zayo, this is all part of the plan.…


First $500 million quarter

+Comment  Commodity server vendor Super Micro has reached a $2bn run rate with its latest quarter's results.…


MVN... Oh yes

Analysis  In the week that Microsoft made its last, best bid for mobile relevance, Google was active all over the mobile ecosystem. It had recently announced an investment in satellite venture SpaceX, and was said to be stalking mobile payments outfit SoftCard, and even planning to launch direct mobile services via its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deal.…


OMG what have we DONE?

Sysadmin Blog  Let the internet run amok for long enough and you'll eventually find someone making millions with exploding kittens. Curious? Well look no further, because the internet has delivered!…


Swiss govt unleashes DALER

Vid  Swiss researchers, who developed a robot that can walk on its wings across tricky terrain, have flaunted their latest prototype which they hope could one day be used in search and rescue operations. Or something.…


Translation: GOOGLE will be EVERYWHERE at ALL TIMES

Google exec chairman Eric Schmidt misled the world last week by claiming that – one day – the internet will vanish.…


Tennis and cycling events give Narcissism the flick

If you think selfie sticks are a sign of society's descent into a slough of narcissism, get thee to Australia where organisers of sporting events are making it known that telescoping terrors aren't entirely welcome.…


Navigational images will help boffins home in on icy body

NASA's New Horizons spaceship, which has been on its mission to Pluto for nine years now, is expected to start snapping photos of the icy planet today.…


Free goodies dished out in U.S.

Millions of PSN gamers, who were hit by a massive data breach on Sony's Playstation network back in 2011, are finally being offered the opportunity to claim compensation from the company.…


Plus: UK.gov brags about 'successful' ID scheme

QuotW  Ex-Googler, Facebook COO and mouthpiece Sheryl Sandberg claimed this week that some users (sorry, people) actually think that Mark Zuckerberg's free-content ad network is the internet.…


Garland's riveting thriller takes fresh look at AI

Film review  It’s not easy to say something new about artificial intelligence in the movies. It’s pretty much a toss-up between the they-could-be-people-too argument of sweet child robot David in A.I. or the sphincter-tightening terror of HAL and the Terminator. But with Ex Machina, we get a more complex picture of our android future packaged in a wickedly smart and funny film that sends up our technology gods at the same time.…


Do we have any choice about paying for home phone numbers?

Feature  For a huge number of Brits, mobiles have become our primary way of communicating, even when we're at home. When a call comes in, we know it's ours. We can reply with a text, or use apps like WhatsApp to communicate with friends abroad. Increasingly, we don't rely on our landline phones and, thanks to lax policing of the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), for many of us, about the only thing they're used for is receiving unsolicited junk calls, or as a safety net so we can call 999 in an emergency.…