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Germany licks lips, eyes new data gulp with revised retention law -

Wrong in 2006, 2010 and 2014, but it's now fine

Once a fierce opponent of data retention, Germany’s back in slurping mode. The Federal Cabinet yesterday approved a new draft law that would force telcos to store call and email records for 10 weeks.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 10:04:08 GMT)

High-flying LOHAN fan raises ale-filled tankard -

Glider pilot Martin Gregorie enjoys a quick spaceplane livener

We like to take the opportunity this fine May morning to once again thank all of those who backed our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Kickstarter campaign, and in particular the discerning backers who opted for a tankard as a reward.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 09:31:07 GMT)

Wearable fitness tech: Exercising your self-motivation skills -

Do health trackers really keep you in good shape?

Breaking Fad Fitness trackers, sleep trackers and more are all the rage these days. How many of you have a Fitbit, Jawbone, or other device that’s intended to either incentivise or depress you by reminding you of how far you’ve walked, or how long you’ve been sat down? Apple’s Watch will even remind you to stand up from time to time, as long you’re not too heavily tattooed.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 09:01:06 GMT)

DataCore conducts its SANsymphony a little more... allegro -

Update introduces SMART support and some Veeam va-va-voom

DataCore has updated its virtual SAN SANsymphony product, adding OpenStack and Veeam support and making it go faster.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 08:28:11 GMT)

EU reduces science cuts as Juncker finds €500m down back of sofa -

Commission Prez hopes handful of dusty change will keep boffins happy

Fears that European Union funding for scientific research would be drastically cut have been somewhat allayed.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 08:01:06 GMT)

Fumbling Feds lose control of seized MegaUpload domains – to saucy vid slingers -

Someone forget to renew their DNS name server domain

Some of MegaUpload's file-sharing websites, once seized by the Feds, are now serving up porn and allegedly malware – after Uncle Sam's finest failed to renew one of its own domains.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 07:28:10 GMT)

Hyperloop tube trains, killer AI, and virtual skydiving: Yes, it's the Pioneers Festival -

Vienna's annual gathering to explore future technology and sell bright idea

Pioneers Festival 2015 is under way in Vienna – the event where hundreds of breathless startups go in search of funding or to publicize their bright ideas.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 07:01:11 GMT)

Yay for Tor! It's given us RANSOMWARE-as-a-service -

A simple but TOXic attack emerges from the onion

Threat Research head Jim Walter says a virus writer has created a ransomware-as-a-service offering which allows luddite criminals to fleece users.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 06:29:06 GMT)

IT service management as an enterprise-wide service -

What’s good for the IT goose is good for the business gander

When it comes to providing efficient services, can the IT department teach the rest of the business a thing or two?…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 06:01:58 GMT)

BRAIN STORM: Nine mislaid cerebra found near railway line in New York -

Should have used the brain depository

Cops were called in to solve the mystery of nine abandoned BRAINS found near a railway line in New York last week.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 05:57:04 GMT)

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrades to suppress PC sales -

Punters will take the upgrade, trouser the cash and buy an Apple Watch, says IDC

Windows 10 won't give PC sales a fillip, because punters don't think an upgrade is enough reason to buy a new computer.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 05:25:48 GMT)

Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager -

Look out LastPass: Devs can shunt creds into OS vault

Google I/O Android users will be able to store passwords in Google's native Smart Lock manager, in a security boon for the masses.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 05:03:09 GMT)

Australia to develop STEM education plan any month now -

Education ministers decide the time is right to drink the techno-Kool-Aid

Australia's Education Council met today and decided the nation needs a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) plan.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 04:14:11 GMT)

Libre Office comes to Android -

Read all you want, but editing's a science project

The Document Foundation has released a version of Libre Office for Android.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 04:02:11 GMT)

Small businesses trashed in big malware campaign -

'Grabit' malware isn't subtle or clever, but it's working

Kaspersky researcher Ido Noar says attackers have hit hundreds of small and medium businesses, stealing credentials and documents in a noisy smash-and-grab campaign.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 03:05:29 GMT)

Google spins up free 'unlimited' photo albums in the cloud four years before it shuts it down -

Prove us wrong, nerds, prove us wrong

Google I/O Google has unveiled a new photo service that, it hopes, will mean that images from your past can be organized by computers so you don't have to.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 01:51:20 GMT)

Thar she blows! Actual DEV TOOLS spotted at Google's dev event -

A C++ IDE, cloud-based app testing, Polymer 1.0, and more

Google I/O For a developer event, this year's Google I/O conference in San Francisco sure spent a lot of time focusing on such consumer-oriented toys as personal assistants, photo apps, and budget VR. But there were actually a few legitimate developer tools on display, too.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 01:20:14 GMT)

And then the Google guy said: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone -

Take that, Apple! Now they'll fly off the shelves

Google I/O Apple is winning the PR war with its Watch, but Google thinks an open platform, and some nifty Android Wear software, can give it the edge in the smartwatch world.…

(Fri, 29 May 2015 00:19:25 GMT)

Google's Cardboard 2.0 virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever -

Yet the ad giant is taking it VERY seriously

Google I/O To many, Google's Cardboard VR headset is just a novel paper-and-plastic toy, but the Chocolate Factory is taking it seriously enough that it has given it a revamp and is pushing to have it more widely adopted.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 23:27:48 GMT)

.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN -

You know what sucks? Your attitude

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has responded to questions over the legality of .sucks domain pricing with a three-page "I told you so" letter to domain name overseer ICANN.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 22:11:26 GMT)

Android M's Now on Tap cyber-secretary is like Clippy on hard drugs -

Plus: Android Pay, fingerprint tech ... but for now, only if you're a developer

Google I/O Google today showed off the latest build of Android, version M, at its annual developer conference Google I/O in San Francisco.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 21:11:36 GMT)

Twitch.tv: Clean your streams of titillating titty titles off our screens -

But softcore is fine, so long as the ESRB approves

Gameplay broadcaster Twitch has banned users from streaming racy live video from "adult only" games.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 20:07:53 GMT)

Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink – Brillo -

New IoT platform to take on, well, everybody else

Google I/O Google is going after the Internet of Things with Android-based software aimed at powering a broad range of connected gizmos.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 18:39:33 GMT)

FCC boss sketches out bargain broadband for hard-up Americans -

Because being penniless is no excuse to have crappy dialup

Tom Wheeler, chairman of US internet watchdog the FCC, has asked the regulator's commissioners to offer broadband to poor Americans via the Lifeline program.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 18:32:26 GMT)

Chip chef Avago gobbles up Broadcom for $37 BEEEELLLION -

17bn in greenbacks – the rest in shares

As rumored this week, chip designer and supplier Avago is buying chip designer Broadcom in a cash-and-stock deal worth $37bn (£24bn). Broadcom is probably best known to Reg readers as the biz behind the BCM system-on-chips found in the Raspberry Pi and various other gizmos.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 17:58:43 GMT)

Indian music streaming service Ganaa hacked, site yanked offline -

Frustrated 'white hat' reportedly went large after being ignored

Service has been suspended, and passwords reset, following a hack against Indian music streaming service Ganaa.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 17:32:05 GMT)

Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH! -

SHOCKER: Watchmaker says it's building a watch

1980s fashion icon Swatch has confirmed it is working on a smartwatch.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 17:14:59 GMT)

Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out -

IT departments better pick up their game – like not leaving anon FTP open to the world

When hackers swiped 32,500 patient records from Cottage Healthcare System, it was sued by its own customers for $4.1m – a bill that was settled by its insurers.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 17:02:06 GMT)

Hey biz types: You don't grok Big Data. But you can use Salesforce, right? -

Wave to provide salesmonkey-friendly front end for Hadoop

Having sidled into the cash-rich analytics party seven months back, Salesforce is now out and proud on the hype-heavy big data field.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 16:25:10 GMT)

Zuck-Up as Facebook Messenger app tracks you everywhere forever -

Lower your shields and surrender your privacy. We will add your data to our own

The ZuckerBorg collects so much data on its users that even visiting the site tags your ineffable soul for eternal tracking. But now a Harvard student's browser extension can now exploit the default location sharing setting to literally plot Facebook Messenger app users' movements on a map.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 15:55:11 GMT)

It's the Internet of Feet: Lenovo shows smart shoes, projector keyboard phone -

Also bizarre peepshow watch

Chinese tech giant Lenovo has been showing things it’s making and things it wants to make at Lenovo Tech World in Beijing.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 15:28:09 GMT)

Server market grew at its fastest rate since 2010, say Gartner's mystics -

Boxes fly out of the doors in North America, but sales still moping in Japan and LatAm

Hard-pressed server slingers have finally got some news they want to report – sales are growing at the fastest rate since 2010 and the value of them is up by double digits too. Has the world gone mad?…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 14:58:06 GMT)

Sex disease surge in US state partly blamed on hook-up apps -

Authorities undecided on name: Sexual health scare 2.0 or Clap from an App

SFW ‪Tinder, Grindr and other mobile "hook-up" apps have been blamed for a spike in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the US state of Rhode Island.‬…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 14:31:04 GMT)

NetApp name-changes SteelStore to AltaVault -

Physical and virtual cloud backup system gets a visit from the marketing droids

NetApp's marketing droids have renamed its acquired SteelStore product AltaVault, showing obeisance at the high altar of cloud storage.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 13:56:11 GMT)

Tech Data leaps into professional services pool -

Buy of US-based STG will cause channel conflict, some resellers howl

Distie Tech Data has crossed the Rubicon into end-user land – ruffling a few feathers in the process – by acquiring North American data centre and professional services outfit Signature Technology Group (STG).…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 12:59:09 GMT)

What scares you most about ‘the cloud’? -

Or more to the point, what people do with it

Tech Panel Cloud computing has gone mainstream. While a hard-core of naysayers still exists, the black-and-white negative viewpoint is a lot less common today than it was a year or two ago. Our research at Freeform Dynamics, including via The Register, says it’s now less about ‘whether’ to use cloud, and more a question of where to adopt it and how.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 12:37:07 GMT)

Health-snoop bangle vendor Fitbit hit with Jawbone sueball -

The law is an ass? Jawbone of an ass? Ever just had too much material?

Health device thingy maker Fitbit has been smacked by a sueball from competitor Jawbone, alleging it "systematically plundered employees" who stole Jawbone's intellectual property.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 12:19:46 GMT)

Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob -

Look forward to your Dickian future of disobedient appliances

Internet of Lawnmowers I recently gave the Internet of Things (IoT) a good look. I talked about geofencing and the communications technologies of the IoT, but now I think it's time to talk about nightmares.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 12:02:09 GMT)

Sony sees the cold light of optical archives, buys ex-Facebooker's upstart -

Tech giant hopes new acquisition will solve its data jukebox problems

Sony is buying ex-FaceBook open compute project exec Frank Frankovsky’s optical storage startup to boost its optical archive prospects.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 11:39:07 GMT)

Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO -

Vorsprung durch Tim Cook? No surprise to biz which claims fruity firm poached its staff

Apple has admitted to eyeing up the automotive market, with chief operations man Jeff Williams describing cars as "the ultimate mobile device".…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 11:21:05 GMT)

Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN -

Guards, metal detectors, badges, wristbands, QR codes, photo IDs ... whaa?

Google I/O This year's Google I/O conference hasn't even formally kicked off, but attendees who arrived early to pick up their badges on Wednesday got their first look at the peculiarly formidable security at this year's event.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 11:01:15 GMT)

Crafty fingering could let Apple Watch thieves raid your bank account -

Artful dodge nets access to linked credit cards

Updated Deft watch thieves could circumvent the biometric security in an Apple Watch to empty your bank account.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 10:27:33 GMT)

My Passport Grip Pack blooms with new colours … and more storage -

Are black and white colours? Answers on a postcard please

WD has refreshed its My Passport line of portable disk drives with fetching Grip Packs — colourful edge protective bands providing a big jump from 2TB to 3TB max capacity.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 10:03:09 GMT)

The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change -

Dubious bloggers like DeSmogBlog refuse to accept consensus

Trick-cyclists in America have come out with research which could explain why the debate on climate change continues to rumble on, even though there is a solid consensus on the facts of the matter.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 09:32:04 GMT)

Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible -

Two-into-one does go

Review Convergence. Wretched word. But one particularly liked by hardware wallahs trying to convince us that instead of buying a laptop and a tablet, we should buy something that is a laptop and a tablet. Asus is king of the convergers.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 09:03:06 GMT)

WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future -

Biodegradable semiconductors will allow an Avatar lifestyle with all mod cons

Boffins have developed a biodegradable semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood in an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 08:01:05 GMT)

Cisco predicts Rise Of The Machines in new networking index -

Things are going to come online faster than people as we head for two-zettabyte traffic splurge

The Internet of Junk Things isn't going to overwhelm the Internet's capacity any time soon, according to Cisco's rolling Visual Networking Index (VNI) report.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 07:33:04 GMT)

NASA sending five-metre THERMO-HAMMER to Mars -

InSight lander starts pre-flight tests before drilling deep with heat probe

NASA has announced that its next Mars lander, the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight), has started its pre-flight tests to ensure it can survive launch and the long schlep to the Red Planet.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 06:57:11 GMT)

Password reset sites expose crackable PeopleSoft creds -

Oracle in the worst security shape since 2010, hackers say

SAP hackers Alexander Polyakov and Alexey Tyurin say Oracle PeopleSoft contains unpatched vulnerabilities and weaknesses that allow attackers to easily obtain admin passwords.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 06:35:10 GMT)

NASA's Jupiter moon mission becomes acronymathon -

Europa, meet instruments PIMS, ICEMAG and REASON

NASA has announced the nine instruments selected for its planned 2020s mission to Jovian moon Europa, and as is the local custom, there are some choice stretching-it-a-bit acronyms on offer for aficionados of the agency's previous efforts.…

(Thu, 28 May 2015 06:02:09 GMT)