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Microsoft to slash price of top-level MSDN subs for Visual Studio 2015 -

New Enterprise tier to offer Ultimate features at sub-Premium cost

Microsoft is streamlining its service offerings for the forthcoming version of its Visual Studio IDE, cutting the prices of its high-end subscription levels in the process.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:41:31 GMT)

Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook -

Businessman given sentence over five pics in closed-door hearing

Setting a record for what may be the most unreasonable jail sentence ever handed down over a Facebook post, a Thai citizen has started a 25-year stretch behind bars for five pictures deemed insulting to the country's monarchy.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:29:47 GMT)

New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans -

But Microsoft may be about to strike back

While Google is trying to push Chromebooks upmarket with its flashy Pixel, its Chrome OS partners continue to target budget-conscious buyers with a new batch of devices priced at $250 and lower.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:35:49 GMT)

Silicon Valley gets its first 1Gbps home bro– oh, there's a big catch -

AT&T is back with its privacy-busting internet connections

Silicon Valley, or rather a small patch of it, finally has gigabit home broadband – and it's not Google Fiber. And there is a catch.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:15:03 GMT)

Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab -

Well, that just about wraps it up for RT

Pic + vid Microsoft's brief flirtation with ARM-powered Windows RT tablets looks to be over: the Redmond giant has unveiled its latest fondleslab, the Surface 3, which is a dinky Atom-powered slate running a full version of Windows on Intel hardware.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:30:18 GMT)

GLOWING TAMPONS hold the key to ending pollution -

Uni research team finds new way of tracing wonky sewer connections

A paper by a University of Sheffield research team, published Tuesday in the Water and Environmental Journal, has sought to answer one of the eternal questions facing humanity — how female hygiene products can be used to detect sewer misconnection discharge.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:56:07 GMT)

Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify -

Like a sort of United Artists thing, but for music?

Pop mega-stars including potty-mouthed rapper Jay-Z, professional non-smiler Kanye West and someone called Madonna have “launched” a music-streaming service owned by the artists.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:02:06 GMT)

SanDisk, Netlist heading to court in patent brouhaha that won't end -

Case accuses Smart Modular business unit of infringement shenanigans

After its ULLtraDIMM OEM supplier Diablo Technologies walked out of the jury trial against Netlist with a big "not guilty" stamped on its brow recently, it's now SanDisk's turn to fight a little Netlist court action.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:02:04 GMT)

Chief architect Beepy ready to take Pure’s flash somewhere new -

Flash array rumour mill working overtime

Pure Storage is putting ex-NetApp FlashRay engineering head Brian Pawlowski into a chief architect role.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:01:05 GMT)

UberPop granted temporary reprieve in France -

Guillotine still primed, however

A French Court has declined to ban Uber's controversial UberPop app, bouncing the decision to the country's highest appeals court.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:05:04 GMT)

Kaminario playing 3D flash chippery doo-dah with its arrays -

Now it's just looking for a little TLC

Interview Twitter can be great. There we were, we storage twits, talking about 3D flash, when Kaminario CTO Shachar Fienblit got in touch to say Kaminario was using 3D flash already.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:42:09 GMT)

Huawei bellows big revenue jump thanks to brisk 2014 phone sales -

Chinese vendor's profit up 33%

Huawei – which was backed by Britain last week despite repeated claims that the Chinese company's network kit could endanger national security – saw a 33 per cent leap in net profit for 2014.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:21:07 GMT)

Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING -

We already saw your infrared ‘signature’ suckers!

Sorry, sci-fi fans: pretty much anyone who's imagined what a near-light-speed spacecraft would look like has got it wrong, because they've forgotten its interaction with photons.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:02:05 GMT)

Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear -

17 minutes waiting proved to be just a bit too long

What’s the worst thing that could happen when your Windows update takes longer than expected? Ask the Paderborn Finke Baskets, a German pro basketball team who got relegated thanks to Windows’ sluggish performance.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:41:12 GMT)

Oracle boat picks up ex-HP hardware man Donatelli -

Could be joining former colleague Mark Hurd on board

HP exec David Donatelli has followed Mark Hurd to Oracle, and taken up an exec veep position related to hardware, according to Business Insider, citing numerous sources.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:22:05 GMT)

Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors -

Unwired planet? Get real

Twisted Pair – Part 2 The internet is not something you can just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. Nor is it a series of tubes. It’s an unimaginably large collection of computers connected by cables and radio waves.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:02:13 GMT)

El Reg lays claws on RockBLOCK Mk2 Iridium sat comms unit -

And we have one to give away

Heads up Our chums at Rock Seven – supplier of Iridium satellite comms units to our audacious spaceplane ballocket mission – have announced the release of the RockBLOCK Mk2.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:35:07 GMT)

EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking -

Commissioners out of step on copyright reform, digital single market

Gaffe-prone Commissioner Günther H-dot Oettinger is at it again. In statements to the German press (he rarely talks to anyone else), Oetti directly mocked his boss Andrus Ansip’s desire to end geo-blocking.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:07:09 GMT)

Life after Lord Shugs looks good, as Viglen directors' packages swell -

Financials out for Westcoast Holding-owned XMA, Viglen

Being a director at Viglen has become considerably more lucrative since Lord Shugs offloaded the tech supplier to Westcoast Holdings.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:35:08 GMT)

Think server vulns are the IT department's problem? Think again -

Don't get caught with your cyber pants down

Regardless of the type or size of business you're part of, the way we approach security has changed forever.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:02:29 GMT)

Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod -

It’s all the tech firms' fault!

Europe’s top cop has taken to the BBC to once again slam encryption as the biggest threat to counter-terrorism and law enforcement.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:31:04 GMT)

Managed services biz Claranet adds £107m to war chest -

Founder hints more acquisitions could be on the cards

Acquisition-hungry European managed services provider Claranet has drummed up £107m in a refinancing deal.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:05:03 GMT)

Big Blue to give car insurers IoT peeking powers -

New US$3bn business unit promises connected cloudy capers

IBM has announced it will spend US$3 billion over four years on a new internet of things business unit.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:32:08 GMT)

Wearables market action is all in the wrist says market-scryer IDC -

Tech specs aren't going to make it and the wearables market is smaller than PCs

The wearables market will be dominated by wrist action, according to market-watcher IDC, and will remain smaller than the PC market.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:01:12 GMT)

Ebay snuffs malware upload bug -

Flaw let crims sling drive-by-downloads

Hacker Aditya Sood has disclosed two vulnerabilities in eBay that allow hackers to upload files for drive-by-download attacks.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:30:06 GMT)

Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators -

Watch the Skies for the BLACK DRONES, eh

Amazon's relationship with Uncle Sam's Federal Aviation Authority has apparently deteriorated so much that the web-based retailer has fled its jurisdiction for the more liberal regulatory regime of Transport Canada.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:05:05 GMT)

Periscope smeared by streaming security SNAFU -

Live vid titles leak from Twitter's new app for the Bong! crowd

Twitter's Meerkat-strangling live streaming app Periscope has had its first privacy SNAFU, leaking the titles (but not the content) of videos meant for private circulation only.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:31:08 GMT)

Pre-Snowden NSA grunts wanted to nix phone spying: report -

Memo seen by managers, but not top dog

Even before Edward Snowden spilled the beans on the National Security Agency's(NSA's) extensive surveillance programs, high-level US bureaucrats were considering spiking the program.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:57:03 GMT)

SoftLayer and Telstra in cloudy embrace -

Today Australia, tomorrow THE WORLD! Maybe

Australia's dominant telco Telstra, which also operates an AU$2bn a year IT services arn, has struck a deal to resell IBM's SoftLayer cloud down under and is chatting about taking the arrangement global.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:28:09 GMT)

Prostrate yourself before the GNU, commands Indian DEITY -

India issues policy mandating open source software for government

The best-acronymed government department in the world – India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) – has laid out a new policy (PDF) commanding the nation's government to use only open source software.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:01:04 GMT)

Google plans ROBOTS to SLICE YOU OPEN AND CUT YOU UP -

Chocolate Factory signs robo-surgeon development deal with Johnson & Johnson

Google has signed a deal to collaborate with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon to work on surgical robotics applications.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:58:07 GMT)

How much did T-Mobile US make from that failed AT&T buyout? How about $7.7bn -

Stop grumbling about the auction, John. You cleaned up

A failed 2011 merger with AT&T is paying off in a big way for T-Mobile US.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:02:27 GMT)

AMD opens kimono on chip futures a little more -

A 200-300W HPC GPU by 2017? Tell us more

The best way to protect corporate secrets is to announce them at a tech conference in Japan, which is why word is only just arriving of AMD's February reveal of a clustering roadmap.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:30:23 GMT)

Cisco wipes its memory from susceptible-to-Row Hammer list -

Make sure you use only original spares …

Cisco has worked through data centre and switch products that may have been vulnerable to the Row Hammer vulnerability, and decided there's nothing with the bridge brand on the front that's subject to the bug.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:58:10 GMT)

Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship' -

Code repository warns of 'evolving' attacks

With the GitHub distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack nearing its fifth day of bombardment, the code-sharing upstart said it is holding up well under fire.…

(Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:18:08 GMT)

Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure -

Angie's List joins Pivotal, Apple, Salesforce and others in threatening economic sanctions

The governor of Indiana is quietly backtracking on a law that threatens to legalize discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people – after growing pressure from tech companies.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:49:25 GMT)

Sony snags Spotify for streaming music to Playstation gamers -

Pogo as you play

On Sunday, as promised, Sony killed off its Music Unlimited song streaming service and now the replacement is in place: Spotify is slinging music to PlayStation users from the cloud.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:30:54 GMT)

Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is) -

Devs might be wise to skip latest Windows 10 build

Microsoft has shipped a new build of Windows 10 that offers a first look at its much-hyped Project Spartan web browser, but the software giant has cautioned that developers may want to hold off upgrading.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:14:55 GMT)

Feds cuffed for allegedly PILFERING Silk Road drug souk's Bitcoins -

Dealers' funbux ended up in wallets of g-men, says US DoJ

The US Department of Justice has accused two federal agents of stealing more than a million dollars in Bitcoins during the Silk Road investigation.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:42:57 GMT)

Office 365 and Dynamics go live in Australia -

Apparently this will transform your business and change the world

Office 365 files may load just a little faster in Australia today, after Microsoft announced it has flicked the switch for the local version of the service.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:16:54 GMT)

Motorola Mobility loses another patent suit to über-troll Intellectual Ventures -

'That docking station? Yeah, we own that'

Motorola Mobility has suffered another defeat at the hands of patent hoarder Intellectual Ventures, with a Delaware jury finding that Moto infringed a patent describing a way for handheld devices to connect to docking stations.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:04:27 GMT)

Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet -

Goodbye, bana.na.club, plus many more weird combinations

The world's governments are revealing their egos and priorities by vetoing short domain names.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:53:53 GMT)

Google cloud addicts: Now you can juggle your web apps from your Android smartie -

Devs with iPhones will have to wait

Google developers looking to keep an eye on their cloud processes now have an app for Android, dubbed Cloud Console, that will allow remote monitoring of the Chocolate Factory's Cloud Platform.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:16:10 GMT)

Microsoft: Office 365 IT admins get free device-wrangling controls -

Selective access, remote wipe, and more ... up to a point

Microsoft has begun bundling basic mobile device management (MDM) capabilities with all commercial Office 365 subscriptions, as it said it would at last year's TechEd Europe conference.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:03:43 GMT)

NASA to take MARTIAN FLYING SAUCER for a spin -

Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test live

Vid NASA is promising a bit of live Martian flying-saucer action on Tuesday with a "spin-table" test of its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) – the future Mars payload delivery tech which may one day combine airbags and parachutes to safely place kit on the Red Planet's surface.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:29:33 GMT)

Blokes disguised as women storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt -

Fort Meade scene of bizarre and fatal Monday morning

One man is dead and another seriously hurt after they tried ramming a car into the gates of the NSA's headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:41:06 GMT)

The internet IS a series of tubes. Kinda: A Reg 101 guide to cabling -

Pick a copper-bred road or carry on up the fibre

Twisted Pair – Part 1 There are so many types of cables and connectors it can be confusing when you are building a data centre. I’ve taken a look at the pros and cons of each so you can decide which is the best option for you.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:28:11 GMT)

Pure CEO dons cheerleader outfit, harangues world, dog -

Bangs drum, makes song and dance about annual performance

Comment Pure’s chief evangelist officer executive officer, Scott Dietzen, has blown Pure’s trumpet about its 2014 business.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:03:11 GMT)

Vodafone wants to bonk you… wait, wants you to bonk -

Look at our operator-favouring Single Wire Protocol

NFC payment tech for phones, aka bonking, is coming to an Android Vodamobe near you.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:04:04 GMT)

One day all this could be yours: Be Facebook, without being Facebook -

The pros and cons of Open Compute

Data centre design is a costly business, costing Apple $1.2bn for a pair of “next-generation” carbon-neutral plants in Ireland and Denmark. Even the smallest average Joe data centre will easily cost north of $1m once the options such as multihomed networks, HVAC systems and other such critical kit is installed with redundancy, security and a thousand other things that only data centre designers think about ahead of time.…

(Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:05:08 GMT)