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Sync 'n' sod it: EMC might be shaping up to sell Syncplicity -

Start of big changes for the Enterprise Content Division?

EMC is set to sell is Syncplicity file sync'n'share business to a private equity firm, according to a Bloomberg report.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:54:15 GMT)

Jolla cuts hardware biz loose to concentrate on Sailfish licensing -

Things will be clearer next week at the Mobile World Congress, hopefully

Hardware and software outfit Jolla is to give up making hardware, with that part of the business set to be taken on by a new, yet-to-be-announced company, with Jolla then concentrating on its Sailfish OS.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:34:06 GMT)

WATCH IT! Amazon hauled back to court in Special Ops wristjob search ding-dong -

Appeal beaks say horologists get to make their case

A divided panel of appeals judges ruled on Monday that the Sultans of Seattle will have to face trademark infringement action due to "the manner in which the website responded to a shopper's search request" for Multi Time Machine's (MTM) Special Ops watches.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:53:07 GMT)

It's the Internet of KIDS: BBC's Micro Bit pocket-puter UNVEILED -

A meeellion devices to be hurled at nation's nippers

Blighty's national broadcaster has now announced the full specifications of the micro:bit pocket computer board, saying “up to 1 million devices will be given to every 11 or 12 year old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK, for free.”…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:27:06 GMT)

TACC wrangles IBM GPFS on to DSSD for HPC LOLs -

Or, we could say: legacy parallel file system on fresh flash rack storage

A data-intensive supercomputer in Texas is using more than half a petabyte of DSSD flash storage, along with IBM’s Spectrum Scale (GPFS) parallel file system, to provide massively fast random access to gazillions of small files.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:56:11 GMT)

Bing Maps seen wearing creepy mask that makes it look a bit like ... -

If you can't beat 'em, then wear their face on yours. Which isn't creepy AT ALL

Microsoft’s Bing, still lagging Google by a country mile even with Yahoo!, has unveiled some suspiciously Google-like updates.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:29:40 GMT)

World's (possibly) first HoloLens startup promises mixed realities -

Microsoft previously promised $100,000 to fund headset developers

A mobile upstart has claimed dibs on title of first HoloLens company. Object Theory launched Tuesday under the leadership of ex-Microsoft HoloLens Studio member Michael Hoffman and apps entrepreneur Raven Zachary.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:17:07 GMT)

Chinese takeaway, hold the Google: Xiaomi Mi4 LTE Android -

It's a Googlephone, Jim, but not as we know it

Review When I reviewed the mid-range Samsung Galaxy A5, I reckoned that Samsung didn't have much to fear from Chinese OEMs who will sell you more phone for less money.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:05:04 GMT)

Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out -

We'll use our own NFC payment solution

Britain's biggest high street banks are launching their own digital payment services to fight off Apple's invasive Pay system.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:52:07 GMT)

Gartner mages have spoken: 'D' is for Device, Decline and DOOM -

Market slumping as strong dollar pushes up price ... not the only reason though

It is just as well that fewer people now rely on PC sales to put food on the table, or they’d be reaching for the nearest begging bowl.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:39:13 GMT)

Smart Meter biz case still there, insists tragically optimistic UK govt -

Figures still suggest scheme will cost more than it'll save

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has denied the total cost of Smart Meters has now outstripped the projected savings, making the hated scheme even more pointless.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:18:12 GMT)

Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT -

Getting it off the ground is like kicking a dead dog

Trade union members have voted to strike over the deeply troubled Universal Credit IT project, citing an "increasingly oppressive working environment" and "unusable systems".…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:06:12 GMT)

Heart of Darkness: Mass of clone scam sites appear -

TOR’s anonymity is just what crims who want to rob crims need

Security watchers are warning about a fresh wave of cloned sites on the TOR network, evidence that cybercrooks are setting themselves up to fleece other ne'er-do-well on the so-called dark web.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:03:04 GMT)

ALIEN SLIME SHOCKER: Approaching comet probably NOT inhabited, say boffins -

Gunge-oid blobomination invasion not on cards

The Rosetta probe's Earth-bound shepherds have sternly stated that suggestions of alien life within comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko - around which the probe is in orbit - are "pure speculation".…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:33:22 GMT)

Blurred lines: How cloud computing is reshaping the IT workforce -

DevOps, meet SecOps

Sysadmin blog From every angle, developers are the key to the public cloud. Unfortunately, today's developers often aren't up to the challenge and frequently end up being as much of a roadblock as operations administrators. New breeds of technologists are required, bringing new ways of thinking to using the emerging infrastructure superpowers of tomorrow.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:02:10 GMT)

7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died -

London was freeze-framed

Ten years ago today I was sitting at my IT support desk at an ad agency in central London – covering the early shift and waiting for the first calls of the morning to come in from tired, agitated users.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:29:12 GMT)

Home Office kept schtum on more than 30 data breaches last year -

More non-reported incidents; fewer actual reported incidents. Trebles all round!

The Home Office suffered 33 data breaches during the last financial year – and did not report any of them to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:59:08 GMT)

Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it -

Citrix joins VMware in virtual penguin desktop ploy

Citrix has made good on its April promise to deliver virtual Linux desktops, today announcing it's ready to roll out penguin-powered pretend PCs.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:31:10 GMT)

Google's new view of the world takes two pics to make 'DeepStereo' 3D -

Machine learning imagines the missing pixels in glorious Googl-o-rama

Video StreetView means Google owns one of the world's larger photo albums, so it's natural for Google to want to create a realistic 3D rendering of the world. That's the aim of a new bit of boffinry from the Chocolate Factory called DeepStereo.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:57:04 GMT)

BOT-GEDDON coming after ZeusVM leak, hacker warns -

Why pay $5k when you can pay $0?

Former Kaspersky Japan boss now malware researcher Hendrik Adrian is warning of a boom of ZeusVM botnets, after the trojan source code was leaked online.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:30:08 GMT)

Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE -

Orbital gobbler to clean up deliberate cube littering

Vid The CleanSpace One Project is going to deploy a conical net on its orbital dustpan ship to capture a small SwissCube satellite, which had been purposefully littered into orbit as a demonstration of a interstellar debris collection.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:04:08 GMT)

XSSposed launches pay-whatever bug bounty -

Tick tock clock counts down to Full Disclosure

Cross-site scripting war board XSSposed has opened a pay-whatever bug bounty to help its hackers earn cash and tee-shirts.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:32:11 GMT)

Google yanks fake Android battery monitor -

95 per cent charged, 100 per cent P0wned, zero credit left on mobe thanks to SMS scam

Zscaler has spoiled someone's app-spoofing sting, discovering a fake battery monitor app on Google Play.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:02:11 GMT)

The sad song Samsung's sung: SEVENTH quarterly fail in a row -

Cuts itself deep with Edge, but does pull its SoCs up

Samsung has warned the market that it's going to miss its previous earnings guidance for the April-June quarter. It will be the Korean goliath's seventh successive quarter of decline in year-on-year terms.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:28:19 GMT)

Pwned Hacking Team tells cops, govts to shut down software -

Probes whether leaks compromised cop shop ops

Flayed surveillance outfit Hacking Team is telling customers to suspend running instances of its software after 400GB of its source code and internal data was stolen and posted online.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:02:06 GMT)

Cisco slings simoleons at software-defined networking biz 6Wind -

White box switching? We've heard of it

As the John Chambers and Chuck Robbins worldwide roadshow grinds on, Cisco has dipped another tentative toe in the dangerous waters of bare metal switching, with an investment in Parisian software vendor 6Wind.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:33:05 GMT)

TPP partners plot milder copyright takedown rules -

Still hostile to users, says EFF

A leaked copy of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating text from May seems to show the US trying to mollify the other countries finagling over the deal.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:15:09 GMT)

Indian DEITY plans 14 Exabyte cloud storage rig -

Government 'Digital Locker' will hand 1GB to each citizen

India last week launched a national Digital locker/, a kind of Dropbox clone it hopes will simplify citizens' interactions with government.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:02:32 GMT)

Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into a single flash drive -

Wham, bam, thank you, NAND

Samsung has brought out a pair of mighty 2TB solid-state drive (SSD) internal drives aimed at the consumer market.…

(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:17:13 GMT)

SPACE BRAIN OVERLOAD: Titsup Pluto probe problem explained -

NASA briefs world on New Horizons wobble

NASA has issued a detailed briefing explaining how its New Horizons deepspace probe suffered a computer meltdown just as it was moving in towards its destination, the dwarvish frost-world Pluto on the fringes of the solar system.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 23:59:49 GMT)

Hacking Team havoc shows even 'security experts' suck at security -

Do what we say, not what we do

Analysis Over the weekend, 400GB of highly sensitive files belonging to Italian malware spyware software house Hacking Team were spread over the internet for everyone to see.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:45:56 GMT)

AMD looks at sinking sales, gulps: It's worse than we thought -

Chipmaker lowers Q2 guidance in light of awful PC numbers

Struggling chipmaker AMD warned investors on Monday that its second-quarter results, which are due to be announced on July 16, will be lower than previously expected.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:31:51 GMT)

Microsoft dangles $500k cash wad over boffins: Please, pleeease write some HoloLens apps -

Redmond ponies up the cash for devs working on headset

Microsoft is promising $500,000 to researchers and developers who will build apps for its Hololens headset.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:01:55 GMT)

'Facebook without sin' attracts 0.00006 times as many users as Facebook -

Plus: Reddit grovel, Xbox groove, Mega man and more

News bytes A social networking website built in Brazil is touting itself as a sin-free version of Facebook.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:58:30 GMT)

Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer's code theft conviction overturned AGAIN -

Judge says evidence isn't there

Sergey Aleynikov, the former Goldman Sachs programmer who was charged with stealing code from the firm's high-frequency trading software, has had his conviction overturned a second time.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:53:27 GMT)

IT'S WAR between USA and Japan! Giant mecha ROBOT WAR, that is -

It's not an anime – by 2016, massive droids will face off here on Planet Earth

Vids A Japanese heavy-industrial firm has accepted a challenge from an American company to a battle between huge, piloted robots weighing in at tons apiece.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:16:00 GMT)

Awoogah: Get ready to patch 'severe' bug in OpenSSL this Thursday -

Heads up for July 9 security vulnerability fix

Sysadmins and anyone else with systems running OpenSSL code: a new version of the open-source crypto library will be released this week to "fix a single security defect classified as 'high' severity."…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:26:23 GMT)

EMC splashed a BILLION dollars buying just one flashy upstart -

Legal eagle soared high when the Federation dug deep

Top mergers and acquisitions lawyer Michael Ringler helped EMC splash a cool billion dollars buying a rack-scale flash array upstart, The Register can reveal.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:32:12 GMT)

Phew! Brits escape Azure price hikes as rest of world bears the brunt -

Microsoft shows the people of Blighty some cloudy love

Blighty has dodged the price hike bullet that Microsoft is set to fire into Europe and Australia, which will see customers paying more for Azure cloud services - much more, in fact.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:56:11 GMT)

RM’s core division will soon be resources, not tech, reckons analyst -

Future lies in exam tests and curriculum kit

The inevitable after-effects of withdrawing from hardware production and dwindling Building Schools for the Future contracts are leaving a huge hole at RM.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:29:12 GMT)

Catalogic brings rank and file into line with copy data cleanup tool -

IBM support in September, EMC early in 2016

Undisciplined file copy creation spreads like a weed across data centres. You can deal with the problem in two ways.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:04:10 GMT)

Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other -

But we were doing that FIVE YEARS AGO, says exasperated PayPal

Apple has filed a patent which uses NFC and Bluetooth to transfer funds when you bonk two iPhones together.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:32:06 GMT)

German gets 4 years in clink for $14 MILLION global ATM fraud -

‘No such thing as anonymity in the cyber world’ says Secret Service agent

A German man has been sentenced to 50 months in prison and ordered to repay $14m after he hacked into US banks, stealing debit card data and even removed withdrawal limits.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:57:04 GMT)

Planet killer: Ex-army officer's Welsh space-rock mission -

Tunguska, Chelyabinsk... Powys

Geek's Guide to Britain As I approach the Wales-England border, the rolling Herefordshire countryside sharpens into steep hills and narrow valleys. Powys is a county covering a quarter of Wales, but it is home to just 133,000 people, making it the least densely populated area of Britain south of the North Yorkshire moors.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:37:03 GMT)

Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins -

Could live on earth, apparently

Top astrobiologists say that the approaching comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko could be loaded with slumbering alien organisms capable of living on Earth, which will wake up and become active as the frosty spaceball comes nearer and nearer to the Sun.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:23:42 GMT)

Rigby Private Equity stuffs its face with a slice of Wick Hill -

Today Blighty and the DACH regions. Tomorrow, EMEA domination... maybe?

Security and storage value-added distributor Wick Hill is the first piece of channel real estate that Rigby Private Equity has invested in, with the proceeds to be used to fund wider expansion in mainland Europe.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:03:37 GMT)

SEC launches probe into tech startup share selling 'black market' -

Investors fall over each other to get hold of a chunk of prime unicorn flesh

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is launching a probe into the booming "black market" in hotly-tipped, privately-held tech stock occurring outside the US regulator's watchful gaze.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:42:24 GMT)

Kingston offers up its fastest SATA SSD: HyperX Savage 240GB -

Toughing it out against brutal competition

Review Kingston’s latest SATA-based addition to its HyperX range of SSDs is the Savage, an SSD which boasts some pretty impressive performance and endurance figures.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:22:12 GMT)

Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay? -

Is that an iPhone in your pocket or are you trying to shoot me?

US police have warned punters not to buy a new iPhone case that resembles a handgun.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:58:08 GMT)

HP confirms its mighty Köck is standing down -

EMEA big boss retiring before firm gets stuck into the big split

Herbert Köck, HP’s joint big knob for EMEA and the region’s chief of the PC and print division, will be standing down from next month when the company splits operationally.…

(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:44:17 GMT)