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Tegile scores VC cash to splash on flash growth dash -

Mutant bods join the $100m-plus startup club

Tegile has landed itself a massive $70m D-round of funding to pay for global expansion of its hybrid/all-flash array business.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 11:41:08 GMT)

Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push -

We'll definitely destroy freedom to save it, mutter Tories

The first session of the new Parliament was opened by the Queen today and, as expected, a renewed push for a Snoopers' Charter was high on the agenda.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 11:26:44 GMT)

Elon Musk's SpaceX can now fling SPY SATELLITES into SPAAAAAACE -

Monopoly-busting move paves the way for private enterprise

After an extended spat between Elon Musk and the US Air Force, SpaceX has finally been certified for military space missions, muscling into what had been a cosy monopoly held by a Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 10:59:20 GMT)

SNAFU: Blighty's judges not trustworthy, says their own website -

M'learned friends' sysadmins forgot to renew their security cert

UK.gov's judiciary website has had its security compromised after bungling administrators failed to renew a security certificate.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 10:38:04 GMT)

SME IT contracts? That's the last thing Whitehall wants – report -

We also lack procurement skills, say central govt departments

Government departments are unenthusiastic about funneling more of their IT biz through SMEs, according to a survey of nearly 1,000 central government IT bods.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 10:22:05 GMT)

Mergers scuttle strategy as Ofcom reneges on spectrum promise -

It's all about the spectrum imbalance (maybe)

Ofcom wants to hold onto the 60MHz of the 190MHz of spectrum it had announced would be for sale, and is floating the idea of scaling things back, citing a change in market conditions for the sale, slated for the end of this year or the beginning of next.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 10:06:12 GMT)

Daisy Group: Yep, we're gonna eat you all up, Phoenix IT Group -

160-pence-per-share bid values tech services biz at £135m

Directors at Phoenix IT Group are “unanimously” backing the 160-pence-per-share offer that was formally made by Daisy Group this morning, valuing the entire share capital at close to £135m.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 09:33:13 GMT)

Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust? -

If movies are using more VFX, why aren't they coining it. To infinity?

Worstall on Wednesday An interesting read popped up on Motherboard recently: if all and every movie now uses ever more visual effects, then why the heck are all the visual effects (VFX) studios going bust?…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 09:05:06 GMT)

Make Adama proud: Connect your Things wisely, cadet -

Cylons, Daleks or Skynet to enslave humanity: you choose

Internet of Lawnmowers Last time I explored the concept of geofencing, and how low-power technologies are used both to create "virtual walls" and to create beacons. This time, I’m going to take a look at the individual technologies that Internet of Things (IoT) devices will use to communicate for the next several years.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 08:31:06 GMT)

UK surveillance commish asks CCTV operators to please be good -

I have no enforcement powers, so pretty, pretty please

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner has written to local authority chief executives, reminding them of their duty to "pay regard" to the surveillance camera code of practice.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 08:17:15 GMT)

Death-to-passwords FIDO Alliance finds a friend at DOCOMO -

Forget passwords; Japanese users can buy online with their EYEBALLS

Japanese users will be able to log in and make online purchases using iris recognition biometrics after telco giant DOCOMO begins shipping Fujitsu ARROWS phones.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 07:29:11 GMT)

Oculus adds Surreal Vision to its virty portfolio -

British devs are quids in with purchase

Oculus Rift, the big dog in virtual reality headsets, has snapped up British startup Surreal Vision for an undisclosed sum.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 07:03:06 GMT)

Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years -

Between now and 2019 we'll make one mobe for just about every human on Earth

Abacus-wielder IDC has issued a new set of prognostications about the mobile phone market, predicting that 1.447 billion of them will ship this year.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 06:27:10 GMT)

Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence -

Wilma!!!!

Ken Ham, an Australian young-Earth creationist, says he is on the verge of proving that dinosaurs and humans coexisted only a couple of thousand years ago.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 06:04:03 GMT)

Interplanetary Internet about as useful as flying pigs says Vint Cef -

InterPlanetary Networking Special Interest Group gets a reality check

Boffins that want to see Internet protocols extend to outer space – the so-called “Interplanetary Internet” – need to prove they're offering something useful, according to one of the father-figures of the Earth-bound Internet.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 05:27:04 GMT)

Kali Linux gives itself a Docker-cut -

Contain myself? Don't mind if I do says hacker-whacker Linux distro

Penetration testing gurus Offensive Security have made their popular Kali operating system available for Docker-addicted system administrators.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 05:01:10 GMT)

JPL joins DARPA's Memex project -

Better search and indexing for space stuff

DARPA's Memex “deep Web” search research has a new high-profile supporter: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is looking for new ways to catalogue the flood of data arriving from spacecraft.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 03:55:07 GMT)

Synology slings patch at buggy NAS boxens -

Free photo peep for hacker creeps

Securify co-founder Cengiz Han Sahin says Synology has patched a remote vulnerability that allowed attackers to compromise its storage devices.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 02:57:09 GMT)

Western Australian government funds Pawsey supercomputing centre until 2021 -

Iron ore state splurges on Big Iron

Scientific HPC fans in Australia will be breathing a sigh of relief that the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has secured state government funding through to 2020-21.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 02:41:25 GMT)

HP to buy ConteXtream for SDN/NFV top-up -

OpenNFV partner becomes virty carrier biz unit

HP is looking to beef up its service provider software-defined networking (SDN) footprint, with the acquisition of Comcast and Verizon-backed ConteXtream.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 02:07:50 GMT)

nbn has made ZERO fibre-to-the-node and cable connections -

Revenue and connection rates up, but we're yet to see any 'multi' in the technology mix

Australia's national broadband network continues apace with nbnTM announcing that it's adding more than 12,000 premises per week to its serviceable footprint.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 02:04:48 GMT)

Finally! It's the year of Linux on the desktop TITSUP -

Mandriva goes into liquidation

Mandriva, a French purveyor of desktop Linux, is being wound up, after becoming totally incapable of supporting usual performance (TITSUP), financially at least.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 00:54:11 GMT)

AT&T, Verizon and pals eat own head in effort to kill off net neutrality -

Files petition arguing opposite of last petition

Lobbying group USTelecom – AT&T, Verizon etc – has filed a petition against itself in an effort to prevent new net neutrality rules from taking effect.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 00:19:47 GMT)

Intel's new chips are from 'Purley' – know what I mean? Know what I mean? Say no more -

A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat

A presentation given at a conference on high-performance computing (HPC) in Poland earlier this month appears to have yielded new insight into Intel's Xeon server chip roadmap.…

(Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:47 GMT)

First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai -

Tesla unlikely to be quaking in its boots

Nearly a year after Google announced it was adapting Android to act as a car operating system, the first vehicle using the software has gone on sale from South Korean carmaker Hyundai.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 22:51:58 GMT)

THE TRUTH: IRS 'cyber-hack' exposes 100,000 people whose identities were already stolen -

A new low for the Feds – or cyber-journalism? The latter

The US Internal Revenue Service said on Tuesday that info including tax returns and income forms for some 100,000 people were illegally accessed this year.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 22:27:56 GMT)

Record labels back indie muso's bid to snatch .music from web giants -

Underdog may win rights to coveted internet extension

In what could prove to be an extraordinary David versus Goliath story, an independent musician may walk away with the highly coveted .music top-level domain, beating off competition from Google, Amazon, and the music industry itself.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 22:14:27 GMT)

'iPhone 6S' to push fanbois around with 'Force Touch display' -

Tap that and ride the ripples

The latest crop of iPhones will reportedly come equipped with touch-sensing haptic displays that push back on your fingertips.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 20:57:36 GMT)

Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too -

Swinging digital assistant to pal around with Redmond rivals

Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant that will be built into Windows 10, will also be available on Android and iOS devices, the software giant confirmed on Tuesday following rumors that have been swirling around since March.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 20:25:48 GMT)

Let it go, let it go: How global DNS could survive in the frozen lands outside US control -

Public comments on revised IANA transition plan

The plan to move control of the top-level of the internet from the US government to California non-profit ICANN has received broad approval following a month-long public comment period.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 20:13:28 GMT)

There's a Moose loose aboot this hoose: Linux worm hijacks Twitter feeds for spam slinging -

Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti

ESET researchers Olivier Bilodeau and Thomas Dupuy have found malware capable of compromising routers and embedded devices, seizing control of social networking accounts, and booting out competitors.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 18:57:38 GMT)

Live web vid spaff app Periscope shoved up Android mobes -

Twitter movie tool comes to the majority of world's smartphones

Popular live video-broadcasting app Periscope has been released as an Android app via the Google Play store.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 18:41:36 GMT)

Pre-IPO Tegile looking at flash tiering, scale-out and the cloud -

Dual-controller hybrid array tech set to extend and expand

+Comment Hybrid and all-flash array startup Tegile has got itself an interesting roadmap to extend its hybrid array tech and expand sideways into adjacent storage markets.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 17:32:21 GMT)

Skype hauled into court after refusing to hand call records to cops -

Comply with us voluntarily, citizen - or we'll force you

Skype has been called to appear before a court in Belgium after refusing to hand over customer data following a request for assistance in a criminal investigation.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 16:57:09 GMT)

Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them -

And uses data harvesting to shoot itself in the, er, foot

A company selling floor tiles which extract tiny, pointless amounts of energy from crowds walking across them is seeking fresh investment through the medium of crowdfunding.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 16:27:13 GMT)

German watchdog rips off Facebook's thumbs after online fracas -

The ‘Gefällt mir’ button – nein danke

Five German companies have removed Facebook’s “like” button from their websites following pressure from the niftily-named Consumer Advice Center of North Rhine-Westphalia (Verbraucherzentrale NRW).…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 15:58:05 GMT)

Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas -

Unbe-LAVA-ble dest-ROCK-tion

Erupting for the first time in 33 years, the Volcán Wolf is hurling fire, lava and ash over the Galápagos Islands.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 15:32:05 GMT)

EMC coughs up the readies for cloud management software supplier -

Virtusteam veritable IaaS gold mine for backers

EMC is buying Virtustream in a seemingly billion-dollar-level transaction, as part of an effort to build a managed cloud services business.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 14:54:07 GMT)

Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style -

Plus: Why your phone's (sometimes) crap at wireless

Forged nearly 20 years ago, the 802.11 wireless networking standard was responsible for cutting the cord and letting us roam. During that time, 802.11 has evolved as devices using it have both proliferated and got smaller – while the data they swallow has grown in quantity and in size.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 14:02:12 GMT)

Samsung to create industry giant via mega merger with itself -

Luke, you were right about me

Sammy has announced a merger with fashion, leisure and construction biz Cheil Industries, a company in which the tech giant already owns a sizable stake, in a move designed to bolster the South Korean conglomerate as power passes from current leader to probable heir apparent Lee Jae-yong.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 13:29:04 GMT)

Private cloud has a serious image problem -

‘AWS is to the era of cloud what Microsoft is to client/server’

As domination goes, it’s hard to surpass Amazon Web Services (AWS). According to recent Gartner data, AWS now offers 10X the utilised cloud capacity of the next 14 IaaS and PaaS providers... combined.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 13:05:11 GMT)

Android ransomware poses as FBI smut warning -

Call the cops! Erm, actually don't

Cybercrooks have launched a new wave of Android ransomware that poses as a pretty convincing FBI-imposed porn-surfing warning.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 12:40:11 GMT)

SanDisk opens for business with point-of-sale terminal SSD -

Dedicated retail POS storage will ensure no-sleep tills in Brooklyn

SanDisk has built an SSD for point-of-sale terminals, digital signage and surveillance gear, saying it’s better than disk drive use. Tablet, notebook and PC OEMs could use it too, so long as they don’t need more than 256GB.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 12:21:07 GMT)

Charter Comms to wed Time Warner Cable in monster merger -

Proposes $78.7 BEELLION cash'n'shares deal

Charter Communications has confirmed plans to merge with Time Warner Cable in a cash and shares deal worth $78.7bn.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 12:10:09 GMT)

NATS ignored previous recommendations – IT cock-up report -

Since privatisation, investment ‘somewhat less than had been planned overall’

The National Air Traffic Services failed to implement recommendations to mitigate IT risks, according to an independent report into the mega systems failure in December which left thousands of passengers stranded in Blighty.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 11:56:06 GMT)

Capita gobbles Berks-based mobility specialist Pervasive -

One less biz for ex-Capita customers to buy from

Biz wireless networks integrator and mobility managed services player Pervasive Ltd is the latest organisation to be crunched up by Capita's acquisition mill, The Channel can reveal.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 11:39:12 GMT)

Do svidaniya Roscosmos. By the way, any idea where that 92 BEEELLION rubles went? -

Russians ready a new state corporation. Called Roscosmos

Following the announcement that the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, managed to "lose" 92 billion rubles ($1.8bn) last year, it is set to be replaced by a state corporation during the second half of 2015.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 11:26:06 GMT)

Cheesy video shows ex-Gooners pronouncing 'Huawei' -

Good job they don't need to know this stuff for work

John Hartson, Ray Parlour and Nigel Winterburn – a veritable array of ex-Arsenal players – have learned how to say 'Huawei'.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 11:10:04 GMT)

Fibre Channel over Ethernet is dead. Woah, contain yourselves -

No one (well, maybe just Cisco) wanted it

Comment How many times have you heard one of these statements: Tape is dead! Mainframe is dead! The laptop is dead ... and so on. It then turns out not to be true.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 10:56:03 GMT)

Told ya! Coms flogs telco arm to Timico in £2.5m deal -

Board: Sale of loss-making arm draws line in sand with the past

Hard-pressed B2B communications provider Coms Plc confirmed this morning it is to offload the telco arm to Timico for an initial cash splurge of £2.5m.…

(Tue, 26 May 2015 10:27:05 GMT)