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Driverless car SQUADRONS to hit Britain in 2015

14 hours 14 min ago
>Beep< This vehicle is REVERSING

Cars are set to prowl the UK's streets by next January of their own volition – as Westminster prepares new rules to allow autonomous vehicles on the public highways of this sceptr'd isle.…

UK Lords: Euro court's 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

14 hours 43 min ago
Google as the arbiter of all online info ... really?

UK Lords have branded Europe’s top court decision on killing links on search indexes – controversially dubbed the “right to be forgotten” ruling – “unworkable, unreasonable and wrong in principle”.…

Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms firm here

15 hours 15 min ago
Is goTenna tech a goer? Time to grill CEO, CTO

Live Chat  Our previous article about goTenna, a new device which allows mobile phones to communicate without signal, stirred up a lot of interest from readers and fellow journalists. If you'd like to interrogate the technology and the product, here's your chance.…

Sing it, Systemax: 10 straight quarters plunging in a row, 10 straight quar....

15 hours 48 min ago
Sales FINALLY on rise for reseller... by 1.4%

Shape-shifting mega reseller Systemax has finally broken its run of top line wobbles after 10 consecutive quarters but the US titan still couldn't turn a churn out a profit in its calendar Q2.…

4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

16 hours 16 min ago
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview

Breaking Fad  For fans of terrestrial television, this is the best of times and this is the worst of times.

Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage

16 hours 43 min ago
More NB than transport links to next-gen buyers - study

Young property buyers see mobile coverage as a more important when it comes to choosing a location – rating it as more important than proximity to schools and transport or local crime rates, says a report commissioned by mobile survey company RootMetrics.…

Apple and Samsung UNDER THREAT from local brands – study

17 hours 15 min ago
Mobe marketers don't get it, says, er, mobe marketing firm

A recent study by Netbiscuits has seen growth in locally made devices. While Samsung and Apple dominate globally – LG and HTC get something of a look-in, which is more than Sony, Nokia or Motorola manage – there is an interesting underlying trend of consumers becoming patriotic in their buying habits.…

Pleased to meet you. I'm Joe Bloggs, MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champ

17 hours 49 min ago
What a mouthful. Do customers care? Six title-holders quizzed

Vendor schemes that put users on a pedestal are sprouting like never before. But what's in it for those who win these laurels?…

Firm issues soft denial against Iron Dome hack

18 hours 20 min ago
Confirmed 'Chinese hack' downgraded to 'alleged' intrusion

An Israeli defence firm linked to Israel's Iron Dome missile defence platform has denied reports it was hacked by Chinese attackers who made off with information on the military technology.…

Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere

18 hours 49 min ago
Another sign of strain in the Borg/VMware relationship?

Cisco has published an interesting white paper in which it appears to suggest network virtualisation can produce unpleasant and productivity-crimping consequences.…

Too rich for an iPhone 6? How about a gold-plated Brikk?

19 hours 15 min ago
Not lobbed at your head, silly – a bling phone

For many people in the world, 600 quid is a lot to spend on a phone. But for some, it's way too little.…

DDOS takes down Cirrus Communications

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 5:52am
Australian fixed wireless provider loses half its network for a day or so

Fixed wireless broadband provider Cirrus Communications has experienced a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack that incapacitated half its network.…

'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 5:28am
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online

Ten of the most popular Internet of Things devices contain an average of 25 security vulnerabilities, many severe, HP researchers have found.…

Keep your iPhone calls private, whispers Signal

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 5:02am
Marlinspike's voice crypto comes to iOS

The crew at Open Whisper Systems has announced Signal, an app offering encrypted voice calls between iPhones.…

Thwarted dev sets Instasheep to graze on Facebook accounts

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 4:32am
Zuck-land tried to fix crumbling cookie with HTTPS but developer won't bite

London developer Stevie Graham has built an Instagram stealer dubbed Instasheep that can hijack accounts over public networks.…

Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 4:01am
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal

Amazon has laid out its reasons for wanting to drive the retail prices of ebooks downward, claiming that contrary to popular belief, the practice is actually beneficial for retailers, publishers, and authors alike.…

UTAS 13,000 Gflop NECTAR node live

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 3:46am
National research cloud expands

The University of Tasmania has flicked the switch on its new node of the national NECTAR research cloud, under an $8.75 million collaboration with the CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division.…

Microsoft rolls up more Windows Server 2012 R2 updates

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 2:58am
Office 365 monitoring and virtual machine visualiser among 40-plus tweaks

Microsoft has issued a new “rollup” of enhancements and fixes to Windows Server 2012 R2.…

Canada's boffins need A WHOLE YEAR to recover from China hack attack

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 1:56am
'State-sponsored actor' breached National Research Council network

Canada's CIO has pointed the finger at China over a security breach at the nation's National Research Council.…

Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or nothing

Wed, 30/07/2014 - 1:29am
Zuckerberg puts the hammer down

If you're used to sending messages to Facebook friends then enjoy it while you can – Facebook is killing the feature on mobile clients and forcing users to download its Messenger app instead.…