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More TV white space magic

Ever wondered who tried to steal your meerkat? Well, worry no longer thanks to the London Zoo, Google and CCTV biz Kinesense.…

DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 6:02am
Life came here by meteorite theory gets a boost

Sounding rockets are sub-orbital spacecraft used to test rocket technologies and to run other experiments. Launches of such craft are quite common and most escape attention: the TEXUS-49 mission launched from Sweden on March 29th, 2011, and now doesn't even produce a clean hit on Google.…

Citrix clambers aboard GPU-powered app-delivery bandwagon

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 5:01am
VMware, meanwhile, reveals patent-pending desk-o-matic decision maker

Desktop virtualisation's year has been marked by a growing number of insistences that the technology is now mature, doesn't require more storage than you first planned for and can handle even graphics-intensive, workstation-grade workloads.…

NICTA chief quits over future structure flap with board

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 4:04am
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte heads for the exit as former HP man drafted as interim CEO

Australian research house Research house National ICT Australia (NICTA) has announced the unexpected resignation of CEO Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte.…

Edward Snowden: best ... security ... educator ... EVER!

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 4:03am
Study finds those aware of leaker-at-large harden up and surf smarter

A good deal of folk aware of NSA leaker Edward Snowden have improved the security of their online activity after learning of his exploits, a large survey has found.…

Cryptocurrency cruncher cranks prime number constellation

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 2:58am
Riecoin distributed miner claims world record for prime sextuplet generation

Bitcoin mining, our own Simon Rockman wrote last January, “is essentially a brute-force attack on the generating algorithm”.…

Chinese search engine Baidu to peddle SmartBike

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 1:59am
At least it's not another smartwatch

China's Baidu is often compared to Google: it runs a dominant search engine and is tacking on related services at a brisk pace.…

Leaked Syrian log files reveal attempts to starve rebels of information

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 12:58am
Users self-censor to avoid arrest

Syria's Bashar al Assad-led regime blocked scores of legitimate services and entire network regions in its bid to scrub out access to sites such as Reddit, Google and Skype, the first analysis of the nation's web filtering reveals.…

VMware secures trademark for something cloudy and secure

Fri, 28/11/2014 - 12:06am
What is 'VMware SWITCH'? And is it linked to Virtzilla's looming investor call?

VMware has been awarded a mighty interesting-sounding trademark.…

Singapore rides to rescue of local cabs by out-Ubering Uber

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 11:11pm
Government develops own taxi app

Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) has found a way to out-Uber Uber, by launching a taxi-finding app of its own.…

Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 6:28pm
New gizmo lets Disney character tell you the time

Apple has reached an agreement with Disney that will see Mickey Mouse telling the time on its new Watch device.…

Sharing Economy sharks need love, cuddles and SUBSIDIES – UK.gov

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 5:42pm
'Independent reviewer' demands her industry is showered in gold

Analysis  The government’s controversial “Independent Review” of so-called “sharing economy” companies – such as Uber – has concluded that they should be encouraged to self-regulate while receive government nurturing and love – and your money.…

HP's converged storage 'growth engine' stalls

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 5:02pm
Annual compare shows fall

HP's newer, converged storage offerings are selling less well than they did a year ago. In the storage golf tournament, HP has hit bogeys instead of a birdy for the latest hole.…

A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 4:31pm
Refresh activity to be XP-like, biz still pondering next move

Windows Server 2003 refresh activity has yet to show up in a major way across the UK tech channel amid estimates that eight million physical systems are still out there in the wild - not all of which will be replaced like-for-like.…

'Watson AI, cloud, mobile', says payments firm, trousering £49m

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 4:03pm
Gathers cash from Telefonica, MasterCard, Santander

Mobile payments company Monitise has raised £49m via partners Telefonica, Santander and MasterCard to invest in global payments tech.…

Software firms are over-valued, says Huawei

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 3:27pm
It’s only code, you greedy chunters

Inflated valuations for software companies are discouraging possible acquirers, says Chinese giant Huawei.…

User flexibility without the risk

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 3:10pm
Don’t stumble into the responsibility void

Most organisations are seeing users and business groups starting to make their own technology decisions to some degree or another. On the one hand this provides those in the business with the freedom and flexibility they often crave, but unilateral adoption of equipment, software and services can create ambiguity over who is responsible for what. Action therefore needs to be taken to ensure that costs and risks do not escalate out of control.…

Candy Crush King king resigns for 'personal reasons'

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 3:02pm
Chairman of the board takes leave of absence

The chairman of Candy Crush-maker King has quit as the head of the firm and stepped down from the board for “personal reasons”, the company said.…

Forget the accountancy scandal, our biz is back: Tech Data

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 2:24pm
We're keeping a lid on costs and exiting unprofitable sales, so there

If companies operate as intended then sales growth should be a given, and with its accountancy scandal pretty much behind it Tech Data reported business as usual for the fiscal third quarter that ended last month.…

BlackBerry's turnaround relies on a secret weapon: Its own network

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 1:59pm
The NOC nobody wanted is actually quite useful

Analysis  Last year we invited you, as a thought experiment, to value BlackBerry as an oddball cluster of startups – and now it seems the company has taken our advice to heart. It forms the heart of its strategy: the once tightly coupled divisions are free to compete – even if it means taking business off each other.…