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Khronos Group Publishes SPIR-V Revision 30

Phoronix - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:40pm
The Khronos Group has published the 30th revision of SPIR-V, the intermediate representation at the heart of the new Vulkan graphics API and OpenCL 2.1 compute API...

Symantec may flog off Veritas – but where's the CEO hunt at?

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:38pm
PE sale instead of float on the cards

Symantec is being pressed to sell its Veritas storage unit to private equity instead of floating it as an independent publicly-owned business, according to reports over the weekend.…

12in MacBook now shipping in 'four to six weeks' as Apple shifts 48,000 online

L'Inq - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:31pm

Can be ordered now from £1,049


'Granola-eating tree hugger' takes plunge, becomes IoT upstart

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:22pm
Sweating the small stuff, again and again

Doing my own 'ting  When I wrote my last startup-diary instalment I was still at my desk in the City a few days each week. In the months since then I and my co-conspirator in OpenTRV have both handed back the keys of the courtesy helicopters and Ferraris that all IT folks get there (uh huh…) and gone full-time on our planet-saving mission - halving UK home space-heating costs and footprint by up to £300 per year.…

Linux 4.0 Kernel Released

Slashdot - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:04pm
An anonymous reader writes "The Linux 4.0 kernel has been released. Linux 4.0 brings many features including live patching, Radeon DisplayPort Audio, RadeonSI fan control improvements, new OverlayFS functionality, Intel Quark SoC support, and a heck of a lot more. Linus's release announcement reads in part: "So I decided to release 4.0 as per the normal schedule, because there really weren't any known issues, and while I'll be traveling during the end of the upcoming week due to a college visit, I'm hoping that won't affect the merge window very much. We'll see. Linux 4.0 was a pretty small release both in linux-next and in final size, although obviously 'small' is all relative. It's still over 10k non-merge commits. But we've definitely had bigger releases (and judging by linux-next v4.1 is going to be one of the bigger ones)."

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Activist investor Jana Partners calls for Qualcomm break-up

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:02pm
Chipzilla should hive off profitable patent biz, says chippy stakeholder

Activist investors in chip giant Qualcomm are reportedly calling for a break-up of the semiconductor biz in order to boost its stock price.…

Fancy six months of security nirvana for free? Read on...

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 11:45am
Bitdefender has a special offer for Reg Readers worldwide

Promo  If you’re one of the 33 per cent of folks who don’t use antivirus protection, we’ve got an offer for you. In fact, even if you’re one of the other two thirds, you’re still going to want to sit up and pay attention.…

Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 11:27am
Apple Watch production bought up for MONTHS ahead

An estimated million consumers have flashed the plastic to pre-order an Apple Watch, leaving the fruity firm without stock to meet additional demand for months.…

'Chinese hackers' were sniffing SE Asian drawers for YEARS

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 11:13am
Nefarious, gov-sponsored, secret-grabbing life begins APT 30

Security researchers have exposed a decade-long cyber-spying campaign that targeted south-east Asia and India since 2004.…

Lib Dems wheel out Digital Rights Bill pledge as election sweetener

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 10:56am
We've been talking about this for years, honest, sez Cambs candidate

Election 2015  The Liberal Democrats have announced a new Digital Rights Bill which they want to introduce if they form part of a new coalition government after the general election.…

Pirate Bay outage coincides with Game of Thrones season five leak

L'Inq - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 10:52am

Downtime comes as first four episodes see 100,000 in three hours


Learn yourself hireable: Top tips for improving your tech appeal

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 10:31am
No time? No budget? No problem – get yourself skilled up

There comes a point in most people’s career when they get a bit bored of the day job and start looking to move. but one factor that can prevent upward mobility is a tired CV.…

iPhone, iPad and Mac bug could allow hackers to remotely launch DoS attack

L'Inq - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 10:14am

Kaspersky urges users to update to latest operating systems


How big a problem is Cloud security?

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 9:58am
In and out of the shadows

To help readers help each other, we have put together a short, sharp temperature check survey on the topic of cloud security. We're asking a bit about you and your organisation for context and then 5 simple questions that we think nail the key issues and possible solutions. We finish off by getting you to tell us the scariest or most bizarre business use of cloud services you have come across.…

Spanish election site in security cert warning screwup snafu

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 9:35am
Say hola! to hopeless holey homepage hell

Website crypto problems on the Spanish online voting registration website are causing it to generate all manner of security warnings.…

Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 9:04am
Does it all and does it respectably, unless you want a fat camera

Review  Back in December 2013, I hailed the first generation Motorola Moto G as the best affordable smartphone on the market. If you want a reasonably compact 4.5-inch device, then, arguably, it still is the best, thanks to a midlife facelift that added a microSD slot and 4G reception.…

Spain's Hologram Protest: Thousands Join Virtual March In Madrid

Slashdot - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 9:01am
An anonymous reader writes Thousands of people marched past a parliament building in Madrid to protest a new law that they say endangers civil liberties. But none of them were actually there. From the article: "Late last year the Spanish government passed a law that set extreme fines for protesters convening outside of government buildings. In response to the controversial Citizen Safety Law, which will take effect on July 1, Spanish activists have staged the world's first ever virtual political demonstration. After months of massive flesh-and-blood protests against the so-called 'gag law', thousands of holograms last night marched in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid."

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What you missed in tech last week: Windows XP clings on, Galaxy S6 arrives

L'Inq - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 8:51am

We round up the top 10 stories from the world of technology


Legal biz Irwin Mitchell outsources majority of IT to Esteem

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 8:31am
Staff TUPE across to new employer ... but not all of them

Law firm Irwin Mitchell is to outsource IT operations to Esteem from Monday, with the “majority” of staff expected to be TUPEd across, although some are refusing to relocate 200 miles to the Woking call centre…

Imation shareholders facing proxy FUD-flinging war at AGM

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 8:02am
Activist investor and board set to throw brown smelly stuff at each other

Proxy FUD poo is being thrown around at Imation. Activist investor The Clinton Group has its hooks into Imation and the Imation board is pleading with shareholders to reject Clinton's candidates at the May 20 AGM.…