Saturday 31 August 2013

Microsoft takes second run at platform cloud

Windows Server 2012 R2 tries to rehabilitate PaaS tech

Microsoft is taking a second run at platform-as-a-service clouds with a set of features to be included in Windows Server 2012 R2 that may give Redmond some credible tech to take on a field flush with rivals.…

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Friday 30 August 2013

Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

Afraid of PRISM? China to the rescue!

Given the recent revelations about mass data slurping by the NSA, we were relieved to hear that a Chinese company has begun offering a whopping 10TB of free hosting to privacy-conscious punters.…

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China stuffs rag in mouth of biz-rumour web ring

Weibo-based firm was paid to slag off companies' rivals, claim cops

A Chinese clampdown on online rumour-mongers has netted 27 staff at Shui Jun Shi Wan, a firm which specialises in seeding stories across its microblogging network of 220 million followers.…

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Italy preview quotes - Caterham on Monza

Round 12 of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship sees the paddock journey to one of the most historic circuits on the calendar - the high-speed heaven that is Monza. Those involved in the Formula 1 Gran Premio d'Italia 2013 discuss their prospects for the coming weekend

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China: Forget running water, bumpkins. Have some lovely broadband

Ha ha, try tapping all of that web traffic, NSA!

The Chinese government has pledged to provide nationwide broadband coverage by 2020, an ambitious goal which should see significant extra investment in all kinds of networks, both wired and wireless, in order to reach the country’s vast rural areas.…

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

Two can play at that game, you telespamming gits

Two years ago Lee Beaumont, fed up of receiving daily phonecalls from telemarketing agencies, connected his home landline to a premium rate phone number and started cashing in on cold callers - covering his costs in less than two months.…

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Microsoft fattens Exchange Online mailboxes to 50GB

With SkyDrive also boosted this week, does Redmond have a new storage rig?

Microsoft's Exchange Online service now comes with bigger mailboxes.…

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Thursday 29 August 2013

Amazon's GovCloud upgrade hint at CIA cloud tech

Automagic deployment took comes to ITAR-compliant cloud

Amazon has brought its automatic application deployment and provisioning tech to its government cloud service.…

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Steelie Neelie accused of killing €0.01-per-megabyte roaming fee cap in Europe

Fresh plan for Euro telecoms leaked, appears to be stuff missing - report

EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes has reportedly dropped her plan to slash wholesale mobile roaming fees, a move that could have driven down Europeans' phone bills.…

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Ward to stand as FIA Presidential candidate

The FIA Foundation's Director General, David Ward, has announced he is resigning from his post with the charity to stand in this year's FIA Presidential election. The FIA - Formula One racing's governing body - is currently headed by former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt. “After much careful thought I have decided to stand," said Ward

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Vodafone mulls $100bn Verizon stake sale - now about that $10bn tax bill...

US giant is back to sniff around Brits' tasty meat

Vodafone is back in talks with Verizon about selling its 45 per cent stake of Verizon Wireless, US's biggest mobile network operator.…

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ACCC told cable nets should offer wholesale

HFC declaration debate re-opened

A submission to the ACCC's fixed line services declaration review has re-ignited an ancient debate about whether the regulator should pry open Telstra's and Optus' HFC cables.…

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Wednesday 28 August 2013

Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

Calls and texts home no more costly than they are in the UK either

Mobe operator Three has abolished roaming charges. Well, in seven countries, at least, and only on calls and texts sent homeward bound.…

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Boffins turn Motorola feature phone into CITYWIDE GSM jammer

Innocent mobile turns bad... with good sofware

Berlin boffins have spotted a procedural flaw in the long-lived GSM protocol and created an exploit around it which can knock out a mobile network or even target an individual subscriber in the same city.…

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Boffins' keyboard ELECTROCUTES Facebook addicts

Don't you dare click –!ZZAAPPP!- Like one more time

Cunning MIT student boffins have come up with something marvellous: a keyboard that sends a jolt of electricity into those who spend too much time on Facebook.…

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Microsoft gives away more data with SkyDrive upgrade

'Box offers 10GB for free? Cute. Here's 25GB'

Microsoft has dramatically increased the default storage space available for customers of its SkyDrive Pro service.…

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Tuesday 27 August 2013

Google adds 'Differential Snapshots' to cloud storage

Limps after Amazon with cut-price backup tech

There are only so many ways you can build a gigantic infrastructure cloud, so it is with little surprise that Google has introduced a snapshot feature already found in Amazon Web Services.…

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Fox footy floats flagship app on Redmond cloud

'Viable model for premium content', apparently

News Limited, a marquee customer for Amazon Web Services, has a little bit of Microsoft lipstick on its collar, courtesy an announcement that a new Australian Football League (Aussie rules) service is going to be running on the Windows Azure cloud.…

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Monday 26 August 2013

Amazon's weekend cloud outage highlights EBS problems

The red headed stepchild of Bezos & Co's cloud just can't keep up

Problems in the Amazon cloud over the weekend crushed apps like Vine, websites like Airbnb, and numerous other services that depend on Bezos & Co's hulking cloud, and the problems were due to a familiar culprit – Elastic Block Store (EBS).…

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Good Tech: Windows is as secure as a rooted Android mobe

Is the mobile really less secure?

The world's not so far away from asking “why can't our laptops be as secure as our mobiles?”, according to Good Technology's John Herrema.…

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Sunday 25 August 2013

FIA post-race press conference - Belgium

Sunday's race at Spa-Francorchamps produced a convincing victory for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel - his fifth of the season. After stepping out of the cockpit the German joined Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the official FIA press conference

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

After mixed weather in qualifying, the rain stayed away during the race in Belgium on Sunday. That played nicely into the hands of Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel who had shown their convincing dry weather speed earlier in the weekend. We hear from the German, as well as all the other drivers and senior team personnel, about Sunday's action

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Race - dominant Vettel waltzes to victory in Belgium

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel increased his championship lead after claiming a convincing victory in the 2013 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday. The reigning world champion crossed the line 16.8 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who drove a superb race to finish second having started in ninth place. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton claimed the final podium spot

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Saturday 24 August 2013

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Belgium

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position with a thrilling final lap effort in qualifying on Saturday. Afterwards he was joined by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the official FIA press conference

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton on snatching a thrilling pole position; Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel on narrowly missing out on the top spot; Force India's Paul Di Resta on coming so close to providing an upset; Ferrari's Fernando Alonso on a disappointing grid slot; Caterham's Giedo van der Garde on his best qualifying position to date; and Toro Rosso duo Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo on their early exit. All 22 drivers and senior team personnel report back on Saturday's action

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Qualifying - Hamilton denies Vettel to grab thrilling Spa pole

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton snatched a fourth successive pole position after an enthralling qualifying session held in mixed conditions in Belgium on Saturday afternoon. A brief rain shower at the start of Q3 had left the track greasy, but it became drier and drier as the session elapsed enabling Hamilton to deny Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel with a late run to the line

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Final practice - Ferrari close in on Red Bull at Spa

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull took control of things again during the final practice session at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday morning, but it was much closer-run than Friday as he pipped Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to the fastest time with just two of the 60 minutes remaining. Just a tenth of a second separated the two world champions, with Mark Webber a further tenth back in the second Red Bull

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Friday 23 August 2013

VMware's Project Zombie gives dumb servers BRAAAAINS

Virtualization company reveals 'secret source' for upcoming cloud

VMware has taken the wraps off the gigantic task-automation system that will marshal resources in its upcoming infrastructure-as-a-service cloud.…

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FIA Friday press conference - Belgium

Team Representatives - Andrew Green (Force India), Nick Chester (Lotus), Jean-Michel Jalinier (Renault Sport), Tom Mccullough (Sauber), Pat Symonds (Williams), James Key (Toro Rosso). Q: James, if I could start with you. I want to talk about the engineering challenges today, of developing new technologies, such as we have for 2014

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

It was a wet start to the day at Spa-Francorchamps but when the track dried up for the aftenoon session, Red Bull showed their potential with a dominant one-two. All the drivers and senior team personnel report back on the opening day in Belgium

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Amazon spaffs MYSTERY private Wi-Fi waves all over Apple's orchard

Web bazaar taunts Cupertino with secret radio tests

Amazon has been testing its own radio network, seeing if Globalstar's private Wi-Fi technology fits the Amazon business model, and if customers would pay for better wireless networking.…

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Practice Two - Vettel leads as Red Bull dominate in Belgium

The Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were almost a second quicker than nearest rivals Lotus in Friday afternoon's second practice for the 2013 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Vettel, who missed the session's last 20 minutes following a puncture, edged Webber by 0.059s around Spa-Francorchamps, with Romain Grosjean third for Lotus

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China's Baidu builds new type of App Store

'Light App' framework loads web apps onto smartmobes

Chinese web giant Baidu has unveiled Light App – a new distribution model for mobile applications which could eventually help international developers to better promote their wares in the world’s biggest smartphone market.…

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Practice One - Alonso fastest in rain-hit session at Spa

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets in the first practice session in Belgium on Friday morning, though the rainy conditions made it hard to judge the true pace of each car. Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil were second and third quickest for Force India, with Sergio Perez fourth for McLaren

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Google testing 'Helpouts' video support service

Chocolate Factory may have cooked new way for consultants to turn a quid

Google has started testing “Helpouts”, a new service that it says is “a new way to connect people who need help with people who can give help, over live video, anytime, anywhere.”…

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Thursday 22 August 2013

Piston links with Cloud Foundry, forges CYBORG CLOUD

Pivotal's PaaS wired into OpenStack IaaS

OpenStack company Piston is donating hardware and developer expertise to the Cloud Foundry community, as the infrastructure-as-a-service specialist seeks tighter ties with VMware-spinoff Pivotal's grand platform cloud.…

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FIA Thursday press conference - Belgium

Drivers - Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Charles Pic (Caterham), Giedo Van Der Garde (Caterham), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Romain Grosjean (Lotus) Q: Jules, can we start with you? Ten races into your Formula One career you've got some solid results

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Amazon tightens grip on cloud market, report shows

Data reveals cloud inferiority complex in other vendors

Another day brings another wisp of data highlighting the difference in revenue between Amazon Web Services and the other megaclouds.…

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Nokia's PHAB-ULOUS comeback attempt: Huge WinPho 8 mobe rumoured

And whisperings of a Windows RT tablet, too

Nokia plans to join the phone-cum-tablet "phablet" craze from next month to add to its Lumia line-up.…

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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

No really, hunting and fishing chaps want to help not-spot spotters

Taking a break from the promotion of bloodsports, rural campaign group the Countryside Alliance is looking for help mapping mobile phone not-spots in the hope of embarrassing operators into filling them.…

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Reg hack embiggens Scottish non-Not-spot

You can't blame Thatcher this time. Oh, you did

Scottish broadband remains an elusive dream for many, despite the money being poured into BT's coffers, but pigeonhole a Reg reporter and you might just get lucky.…

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Kovalainen handed Caterham FP1 outings in Belgium and Italy

Caterham have confirmed that Heikki Kovalainen will drive for the team during first practice in both Belgium and Italy. Kovalainen, who raced for Caterham for three seasons between 2010 and 2012, will get behind the wheel of Charles Pic's Renault-powered CT03 during FP1 at Spa

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Wednesday 21 August 2013

Sochi demo run for Sauber's Sirotkin

Russian Sauber hopeful Sergey Sirotkin will make his Formula One debut next month at a demonstration event to be held at his home country's new Sochi circuit. Sirotkin, 17, is being prepared as a 2014 race driver by Sauber as part of a deal with Russian backers. Sirotkin paid a two-day visit to the team's Swiss base this week

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McLaren: Pirelli right to be cautious at Spa

The revised tyres introduced at the last round in Hungary will face a much stiffer test in this weekend's 2013 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix and McLaren's managing director Jonathan Neale believes Pirelli are right to take a conservative approach to the Spa race. Following the failures seen earlier in the season, notably at Silverstone, Pirelli reverted to their 2012 Kevlar-belted construction

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Whoosh, whiff, swiffle.. CLINK: Cleversafe chucks $50m in vault

Investors not shy about investing in object storage, are they?

Investors seem sold on the idea of Cleversafe's mad "terabyte-a-second" gobbling kit, so much so that the startup has received an injection of $55m to strengthen its big data and cloud-focused product and sell it more widely.…

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FIA press conference schedule - Belgium

World champion Sebastian Vettel and all four of the grid's French drivers are among those due to face the media at Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday afternoon, while on Friday it will be the turn of senior team personnel, including Pat Symonds making his first appearance as Williams' chief technical officer

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Domenicali: We must never accept we are beaten

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has stressed the importance of the right mental approach as the Italian squad head into the second half of the season looking to close the gap to frontrunners Red Bull and Mercedes. Ferrari won two Grands Prix earlier this year, with victories for Fernando Alonso in China and Spain, but recent rounds have seen them fade in the 2013 title race

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Amazon legal filing flames IBM's 'materially deficient' CIA cloud

Redacted document reveals seething hatred in spook cloud battle

There's a war going on for the future CPU cycles of the US Central Intelligence Agency, and behind closed doors and under fluorescent lights, representatives of IBM and Amazon are spitting blood at each other as they vie for the contract.…

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Tuesday 20 August 2013

Essential maintenance website down for, er, essential maintenance

Quick Jim, order me an RJ45 crimper. Oh b*gger

B&Q won't let you do things for yourself at the moment, since its website,, has collapsed, presumably under the weight of pre-bank holiday DIYers.…

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Rackspace to fire up VMware hybrid cloud

A frenemy for VMware's Hybrid Cloud Service

VMware's world has just become a little more complicated, after Rackspace announced it now offers “Dedicated VMware vCenter Servers”.…

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New BT chief gets keys to copper-encrusted door next month

Poised to replaced Lord Livingston

BT's incoming chief exec Gavin Patterson will formally take the reins on 10 September, the telecoms giant confirmed to the City this morning.…

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Microsoft announces execution date for failed QR code-killer

Redmond admits defeat in war that never was

Microsoft Tag, Redmond's alternative to the QR Code which never took off, is scheduled to die on 19 August, 2015, following Old Yeller out behind the cowshed.…

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LinkedIn lowers age of consent to 13

Hey, kids: can Facebook get you a JOB?

LinkedIn, generally regarded as the premier social network for grown ups with jobs, has decided 13 year olds are now welcome as members.…

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Amazon's cloud dwarfs all others, Gartner finds

It's Bezos' world, say the Magic Quadrant cultists

The disciples of Gartner's Magic Quadrant have sallied forth to reveal the latest findings of their uncaring quadrilateral god – and the results show that Amazon is the one true cloud, followed at a distance by enterprise supplier CSC.…

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Monday 19 August 2013

IiNet creates cut-price diffusion brand 'Jiva'

Eighty bucks a month for all the voice and data bits you can bite

iiNet has launched what looks an awful lot like the telephony market's equivalent of a budget airline.…

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Wholesale telco IspONE goes titsup, Kogan mobile going dark

Telstra pulls the plug as ispONE calls in the administrators

Wholesale telco ISPOne appointed administrators who have cancelled its contract to resell Telstra mobile connections and appointed administrators, leaving some of its wholesale customers without a network connection with which to serve their customers.…

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Last week Google, this week Amazon, next week El Reg? has dropped offline, amid widespread reports of trouble in the underlying Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud.…

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New tool lets single server map entire internet in 45 minutes

Zmap could be boon to analysts, doom for security

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new tool that allows a single server with a gigabit Ethernet port to scan the internet so quickly that it can map 98 per cent of the world's IPv4 connections in under 45 minutes.…

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Blighty street has hottest Wi-Fi hotspot hottie in Europe: We reveal where

And one-in-four hotspots in UK are free to use

London's Oxford Street has Europe's greatest density of Wi-Fi hot-spots - and almost a quarter of them are openly accessible to the public. That's according to a new study that also puts the UK behind the US in terms of free wireless connectivity.…

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Saturday 17 August 2013

Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

Systemwide outage knocks every service offline

You can all relax now. The near-unprecedented outage that seemingly affected all of Google's services for a brief time on Friday is over.…

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WTF is... backend-as-a-service?

Firebase hopes its BaaS strikes chord with enterprises

It was only a matter of time until a company like Firebase appeared, saw some success, and went into general availability, but that isn't helping with the nauseous term for its tech: backend-as-a-service.…

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Friday 16 August 2013

Department of Interior dishes out $10bn for cloudy IT

Amazon Web Services lurks in background while IBM crows of its fortune

The Department of Interior has announced a multi-billion dollar cloud procurement round that will see the land management organization shell out a maximum of $10bn across contracts with 10 major IT vendors.…

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Raikkonen tests GP3 car

Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen took time out from his summer break on Friday as he got behind the wheel of a GP3 car in Spain. The test, part of an official GP3 development programme in preparation for the junior single-seater series' 2014 season, was made possible thanks to Raikkonen's relationship with GP3 team Koiranen GP. “I wanted to test the GP3/13 because my friend Afa Heikkinen has a team in this series

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

Boy band wars: Angry kids threatened to KILL Pete Townshend over hit single

Legendary rockers The Who have announced they have no plans to ask One Direction to withdraw their new track Best Song Ever after a digital mob of rabid teenage girls bombarded them with death threats.…

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Belgium preview quotes - McLaren on Spa-Francorchamps

Round 11, the first race following the August summer break, sees the Formula One paddock arrive at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit, the longest track on the F1 calendar. Those involved in the 2013 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix discuss their prospects for the coming weekend

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Thursday 15 August 2013

Rate-my-boink app scores frisky fanbois, fangurlz' SCREAMS, VIBRATIONS

Saucy sex study software reveals all, 'selfies' included

Spreadsheets are pretty much the unsexiest invention since the chastity belt, but one app developer is hoping the idea of analysing their own performance in the bedroom will appeal to a generation of selfie-taking fanbois.…

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Google follows Amazon with auto-encryption of cloud data

Free security service streaks ahead of Microsoft

Google has tossed a crumb of reassurance to people with cloudy security concerns by adding automatic server-side encryption to Google Cloud Storage.…

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'Database failure ate my data' – Salesforce customer

We're working on it, says cloudy services pusher

An apparent data leak is being blamed for nearly five hours of severe disruption for Salesforce customers last week.…

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O2 tears wraps off £26-a-month mobe sport, music, games (and 4G)

High-speed next-gen phone broadband comes with kitchen sink

O2 has joined EE and Vodafone in using 4G to justify a jump in pricing, to £26 a month, leaving Three the only UK network selling connectivity rather than technology.…

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Facebook keeps company with misery say boffins

The more you Like, the less you like yourself

The more you use Facebook, the worse you feel. That's the headline finding from a new study University of Michigan published on PlosOne this week.…

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ACCC wants to check broadband performance

Probes to help ID dodgy services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has proposed a program to monitor and report broadband performance.…

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Wednesday 14 August 2013

Microsoft SkyDrive, Outlook stricken by cloud outage

Redmond forgets how to give people email, storage

Microsoft's Outlook, SkyDrive, and People technologies are experiencing problems, making it difficult for some people to access the cloud services.…

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Tier 3 debuts DIY cloud networks

Network administration with a robot touch

Cloud operator Tier 3 has added reconfigurable networking to its cloud technology in an attempt to make it easier for resellers to massage the tech to suit their needs.…

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Japan's largest mobe operator to snub Samsung this winter

Crap Galaxy S4 sales drops Sammy out of favour

Japan's largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo will snub Samsung in its winter smartphone line-up after the Galaxy S4 failed to meet its summer sales targets.…

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25 years on - Remembering Enzo Ferrari

It's 25 years since Enzo Ferrari, the incomparable founder of the famous Ferrari marque, passed away at his home in Italy, aged 90. To mark the occasion, we look back over his incredible career - a journey that saw him transition from humble racing driver to head of the most successful team in Formula One history

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Boffins harvest TV, mobile signals for BATTERY-FREE comms

Powerless tech better than your common-or-garden RFID tag, claim researchers

Radio boffins from the University of Washington have created tags and readers which reflect and feed off ambient radio frequency energy for communications - without needing a power source.…

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BRUCE WILLIS (ad) DIES HARD (in Sky broadband telly fib ban)

'Come out to the coast, we'll get together, shoot an advert, have a few laughs...'

Hollywood action hero Bruce Willis has been sensationally banned from appearing on the UK's small screen ... in misleading ads touting Sky broadband.…

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Tuesday 13 August 2013

Riak CS datastore cosies up to OpenStack

Basho strings tightrope from Dynamo-clone to OpenStack cloud OS

Open source datastore Riak Cloud Storage has recieved an upgrade to let it plug into the OpenStack control freak.…

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Amazon initiates TOTAL MOBILE DOMINANCE cloud strategy

Cut-price push notifications cut up partners, pressure Google

As the landmasses of the world buckle beneath the combined weight of the fondleslabs and glossy mobs being churned out by the China's industrial cities, companies are waking up to the need to control the technology, and so Amazon has added tech to its AWS cloud to give devs a cheap way to beam data out to Android, iOS, and Kindle devices.…

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Bacon 'n' egg on his face: Hollywood heartthrob pwned by Twitter phishers

'I changed my password to EggsN' and now I think I'm ok,' jokes Footloose star

Miscreants broke into the Twitter profile of prominent advertising bloke Footloose star Kevin Bacon to scam his fans.…

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Three's UK mobile network goes down on unlucky northerners

Hey, Scots and those oop north - who ya gonna call? Oh, no one

Three UK's phone network has gone down for users in Scotland and the North of England.…

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Facebook to gobble voice-recog outfit, not so chatty on price tag

Translate 'dumb f***s' into 'making the world more connected' ... bitch

Facebook plans to buy speech recognition and translation app maker Mobile Technologies for an undisclosed sum.…

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Monday 12 August 2013

Rejoice, Australia: A dream tech workforce is coming ... in 2030!

New Digital Technologies curriculum scores four per cent of class time

The good news first: there's light at the end of the tunnel for Australia's "we can never find the skilled staff we need" technology sector. And now for the bad news: the end of the tunnel is the year 2030.…

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Amazon Web Services passes the enterprise duck test

Talks like, walks like, and has parasites just like a trad IT vendor

If it works like an enterprise piece of technology, has documentation like an enterprise piece of technology, and has enough ancillary costs to make it pound the wallet like an enterprise piece of technology, then it is probably ready for consumption by large companies.…

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BlackBerry pie sliced up: Nuke-plant OS, BBM chat app sale mulled

Bunch of bankers set out 'strategic alternatives' for RIM pieces

Troubled mobe-maker BlackBerry has confirmed it is "exploring strategic alternatives" to remaining as one enormous company - confirming wire reports last week of a potential breakup.…

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

'Champagne gold' encased mobe rumoured for September unwrap

The next-generation iPhone, one of the last devices conceived by Apple godhead Steve Jobs before his death, will hit the shelves on 10 September, according to fresh rumours.…

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Ofcom seeks input on future of Wi-Fi

Is that the sound of an ideology cracking?

Ofcom, Blighty's fearless watchdog of the airwaves, wants to know if Wi-Fi needs more space.…

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Friday 9 August 2013

Sources spill CEO Heins' beans: BlackBerry 'open' to going private

But anyone got $4.8 BILLION it can borrow?

The board of BlackBerry is considering a private buyout of the company, saying that delisting would get shareholders off its back and give it freedom to move.…

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Don't trust us? Try these Office 365 stats, says Microsoft

Cloudy uptime updates planned

Microsoft will publish data on the reliability of Office 365 to boost confidence in the online service – and yet it also warned that more outages are possible.…

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Moneybags pour shower of gold on new mega-precise GPS system

Makers: We'll show where you are to within an inch for 1,000 bucks

A GPS-based satellite navigation system promises accuracy to within an inch by December this year – to those willing to stick a thousand dollars into the pot.…

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Tu Me to go: Tu Go to be Telefonica's 'NEXT BIG AMAZEBALLS' for voice

VoIP done like email, ish

Telefonica's freebie VoIP platform Tu Me will be shuttered next month as the mobile network pushes customers towards, er, Tu Go.…

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CANNIBAL CLOUD found devouring enterprise bit barns – report

Boom in third-party providers as company DCs face budget cuts

Data center providers are expanding as enterprise facilities experience budget cutbacks, according to the bit-barn experts at the Uptime Institute.…

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Thursday 8 August 2013

Rackspace spends big bucks to peddle its cloud vision

Striking while the fluffy hybrid iron is hot

Rackspace Hosting may be growing its cloud business much faster than its overall business, but the company's rate of sales growth is declining and its profits are also getting pinched.…

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

'When you're dying of malaria ... I’m not sure how it'll help you'

Charity mogul Bill Gates couldn't give a flying clippy about Google's broadband balloon PR puffery.…

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VCs toss gold into DigitalOcean

Funding lets scrappy hoster expand server fleet

Web hosting company DigitalOcean has taken $3.2m in funding to help the company expand its engineering team and buy in more server hardware for its four colocation facilities.…

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Wednesday 7 August 2013

Google adds crowd control tech to infrastructure cloud

Load balancing closes gaps with Amazon and Microsoft

Google has added load balancing to its infrastructure-as-a-service technology, as the company closes the gap between its cloud and those operated by Amazon and Microsoft.…

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Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

Forget the speed, this is about football

Vodafone's new 4G mobile broadband package, announced today for the UK, will include live football or a Spotify Premium subscription, plus three months of unlimited downloads and calls - all for £26 a month.…

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Tough luck, bumpkins! Blighty broadband speed gap misery worsens

Cities hit 26.4Mbit/s average, countryside stuck in 9.9Mbps gear

Speedy broadband networks in cities continue to infuriate country bumpkins who are running out of patience with their painfully slow internet connections.…

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Rival French mobe firms sue Orange and SFR for €1.4bn

Bouygues et amis demand payout after free call fracas

Dominant French mobile operators Orange and SFR have been hit with a compensation claim from their diminutive rivals after a court ruled their offer of free calls was anti-competitive.…

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Tuesday 6 August 2013

NBN builder Syntheo gives up in two States

Not enough money to be made digging holes and slinging cable

Syntheo, the joint venture between Lend Lease and Service Stream Limited that won contracts to build Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) in the States of West Australia and South Australia, will down tools forever in those States early in 2014.…

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Report: NSA spying deals billion dollar knockout to US cloud prospects

Fourth Amendment? Meh. Privacy? Yawn. Corporate profits? PANIC!

Sustained violations of civil liberties at home and abroad? Yawn. The manifestation of Orwell's nightmares? Snooze. The potential loss of scads and scads of money? Egad, we should really do something about this!…

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Windows Phones BLAB passwords to hackers, thanks to weak crypto

Rogue Wi-Fi hotspots can hoover up and CRACK encrypted login info

Microsoft has warned IT departments to batten down their Wi-Fi networks following the discovery of a security vulnerability in Windows Phones that leaks users' passwords.…

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

Setup would work fine with a Raspberry Pi, he says

A three-month experiment in Brighton has proved that Digital Audio Broadcasting can be cheap and easy to transmit, opening the way to community and local stations – and perhaps a pirate or two.…

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Two more counties to get gov-funded bumpkin broadband from... guess?

Clue: It starts with a B and sorta rhymes with graffiti

BT won two more government-subsidised contracts to rollout rural broadband on Monday when it scooped up deals in Oxfordshire and Worcestershire.…

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Monday 5 August 2013

iiNet to buy Adam Internet

Swoops after Telstra's tilt tanks

iiNet has announced it will acquire Adam Internet for $AUD60m.…

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GenieDB uncorks database-as-a-service

Grants admins' wish for planet-spanning cloud-huffing MySQL

Startup database company GenieDB has announced a cloud-hosted database named – we apologize in advance for what you're about to read – GenieDB Globally Distributed MySQL-as-a-Service (DBaaS).…

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ProfitBricks budget cloud in SECURITY FAIL

Security pro spanks upstart's floppy policies

Startup cloud company ProfitBricks has been lashed by a security researcher for some security screw-ups discovered after it revamped its prices to undercut Amazon Web Services.…

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Sad shop-shelf-clinging BlackBerry Z10 AXED ... in price, contracts

Months-old £736 smartphone now absolutely free (ish)

Having failed to set the world on fire, BlackBerry's flagship Z10 smartphone is now being touted at knockdown prices.…

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Oi, trolls, BEHAVE! Twitter tweaks rules to tackle abusive twits

Media crapstorm forces microblogging site into action

Twitter's UK operation has been forced to apologise to a number of high-profile women who were targeted with abuse by users of the micro-blogging site.…

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Mobe networks hacked phones to fix SIM hijack flaw, says bug-finder

Bloke keeps schtum after JavaCard weakness exploited to squash it

A terrifying weakness at the heart of global mobile phone security has turned into a damp squib: networks scrambled so fast to patch the flaw that the researcher behind the discovery isn't making the details public.…

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Jimbo Wales: ISP smut blocking systems simply 'ridiculous'

Wikipedia man labels filters 'technologically incompetent'

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has attacked "absolutely ridiculous" network-level porn-blocking systems that are being introduced by the UK's biggest telcos over the course of the next few months.…

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You CAN'T be a Silicon Roundabout hipster... you don't have Bluetooth socks

Quick, chuck us $80k so we can take care of that bulge

Hipsters concerned that their footwear is lagging in the cool stakes will soon be ordering Bluetooth-enabled socks, even if they do make them look like a young offender with an electronic tag.…

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The Old Reader drops Google refugee eviction plan

'New corporate entity' takes over, begs users to stay

The Old Reader, the RSS reader that drowned in new users after Google switched off its own RSS reader and then decided to boot out those refugees, has reversed its position and will continue to operate as a public service.…

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Sunday 4 August 2013

Obama vetoes ban on Apple products


The Obama administration has used its presidential veto to prevent a ban being imposed on the import and sale of some iPhones and iPads following a court victory for Samsung.

Apple and Samsung have been fighting a protracted battle over patents across the globe. In June the US International Trade Commission found that some older iPhones and iPads infringed a Samsung patent, and banned their import.

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Friday 2 August 2013

T-Mobile joins effort to bring Ubuntu phones to US mobile market

Signs on with Verizon, global carriers in Linux-based smartphone effort

Fourth-ranked US wireless operator T-Mobile has become the latest mobile carrier to join Canonical's Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group (CAG), bringing the group's total membership to 13.…

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NASA's cloud strategy panned by NASA auditors

Houston, you have a problem

NASA's cloud strategy has been panned by its own auditors, proving that even technically competent oganizations can sputter when trying to soar into the tech stratosphere.…

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Ultimate Radio Deathmatch: US Navy missile-defence radar vs 4G mobile mast

Six megawatt bully prepares to kick sand in slim vid-kid's face

On Monday the US Navy will fire up its mighty, six-megawatt AN/SPY-1 raygun radar while academics run an LTE mobile-data base station in the same band, so both sides can establish if coexistence is a workable proposition.…

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Brawn confident that upgrades will keep Mercedes at the front

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has expressed confidence that the Brackley-based squad will carry their good form into the second half of the season thanks to a number of upcoming technical developments. Mercedes entered the mid-season break having scored three wins and four pole positions in the last five races, results that have boosted their world championship aspirations substantially

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Grosjean: First win is just around the corner

Lotus's Romain Grosjean says he's optimistic that it won't be long before he scores his maiden win in Formula One racing. The Frenchman has had an up-and-down 2013 season so far, but his recent performances in Germany and Hungary - where he finished in third and sixth places respectively - have given him hope of a more successful second half campaign

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Mobes, fondleslabs, web sending Brit families back to THE FIFTIES - Ofcom

Smoking pipes, cardigans and plastic-clad credenza to follow

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom's latest research shows living-room TV watching is on the rise: picture families gathering round in front of the goggle box even if half their eyes are elsewhere.…

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Material scientists reconfigure gels using only light

Material scientists have managed to move and reconfigure a type of gel using only light.

A research team from the University of Pittsburgh has demonstrated the ability to manipulate hydrogels -- the material that most contact lenses are made out of -- and has published their work in Advanced Functional Materials.

Lead author Anna Balazs, a Pitt Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, explains: "Imagine an apartment with a particular arrangement of rooms all in one location. Now, consider the possibility of being able to shine a particular configuration of lights on this structure and thereby completely changing not only the entire layout, but also the location of the apartment. This is what we've demonstrated with hydrogels."

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Virgin Media blames scruffy students for HUGE drop in cable subscribers

No need to plagarise work using Google once academic year ends

Virgin Media reported flat second quarter revenue this morning as it presented its first results since falling into the clutches of US cable giant Liberty Global.…

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The founders of Vine open up about their six-second sensation

In April, when bombs ripped through the finish line of the Boston Marathon, there was a defining online visual of the explosion. It wasn't a photograph or a YouTube video; instead, it was a short, looping video called a Vine. Owned by Twitter and launched in January, Vine is to short videos what Instagram is to snapshots: you shoot, edit and share clips, all through a mobile app. As Boston showed, Vine has quickly become an integral part of online culture. Wired chatted with the service's three young founders -- Rus Yusupov, Dom Hofmann, and Colin Kroll -- about how Vine grew up.

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Meet the Japanese challenger to Google Glass: Telepathy One

Telepathy One

No, it's not Google Glass -- it's a Japanese rival called the Telepathy One, due to hit the market later this year. Created by technology entrepreneur Takahito Iguchi, based in Tokyo, it has a simple purpose: to make human connections more intimate. "It's to video stream what each person is viewing and share that experience," Iguchi says. "If every human being could understand what each person is thinking and feeling immediately, it would be an amazing, lovely world."

The Telepathy One is a sleek headset covering one side of the head, with a micro-projector in front of one eye. "It looks as if there's a five-inch screen floating in the air, about 45cm from your eye," says Iguchi. A camera captures what you see, communicating via your smartphone's data connection, and by Bluetooth.

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Bring on the new toilet revolution. Viva la sanitation!

New York-based entrepreneur John Kluge wants a toilet revolution. "The last cool thing that happened in sanitation was in 1854, when John Snow ended the cholera epidemic in London by smashing the Broad Street pump," he says. "We need some innovations."

So in September 2012, Kluge, the son of the late billionaire and TV mogul of the same name, launched Toilet Hackers, a sanitation innovation hub. It then co-hosted a global hackathon with the World Bank in 17 cities including Lahore, Mumbai, Dakar and Manila to generate inventions in hygienic sanitation worldwide. Projects that came out of it include mSewage, an app that crowdsources the locations of open defecation sites and sewage outflows, and Fix-a-pit, which collects data and reports broken latrines.

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Base stations get high on helium, ride MUTANT kite-balloons at the football

Wheeee... coverage, squeal Euro boffins

A team of European boffins has hoisted a mobile network base station into the air from a balloon/kite combination. Yet unlike similar schemes, this one is intended for everyday use, not just for emergencies.…

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Thursday 1 August 2013

People really liked our Xperia. Throw in a weak yen and KERCHING - Sony

Japanese firm does better than expected in the June quarter

The weak yen and strong sales of its smartphones in Japan combined to help Sony report a better-than-expected operating profit in its fiscal first quarter.…

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Steady as she goes at Three, no unseemly dash to be Four

It isn't JUST the name thing, insists airy data peddler

Hutchison's Three network in the UK has seen a ten per cent increase in active users over the past year, it says, with a 14.4 per cent increase in contract punters. The six months to the end of June saw 3 with 9.2m users (7.5m active) of which 5.5m were on contract (5.37m active) - the rest being on prepay.…

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Nokia sidles up to Qualcomm, hands over bulging map package

IZat a bunch of floorplans in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Nokia Here will be sharing its global floorplan database with Qualcomm, putting indoor maps together with indoor positioning in an assault on the last place one can get lost.…

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Mm, we do love tweeters' private info, we'll take 40% more, say world's g-men

And that's not even counting the secret snoop requests

Twitter has seen a 40 per cent rise in requests from governments around the world for users' personal information in the first half of this year, with the United States topping the list.…

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Caterham: Our development plan is delivering

They may have entered F1's mid-season break at the bottom of the constructors' standings, but Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul says that the progress his squad have made over the last three races is proof that their aggressive development plan is working. Caterham qualified on the back row of the grid at the season-opener in Australia in March, but a steady stream of upgrades since then have boosted their form

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Disney’s collectible toys add stealth game programming

Parents with kids of pestering age will know of Skylanders, Activision's video game that expands with the addition of collectible toys. Disney Interactive's upcoming Infinity aims to go one better though, with an entirely customisable Toy Box mode where players get a backdoor introduction to game design.

While players of the standard toy sets get standalone digital adventures featuring the likes of The Incredibles or Jack Sparrow, items earned in-game can be transferred into Toy Box for more creative uses.

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Zuck on this, Twitter! Now Facebook switches on embedded posts

Share and share alike so revenues can spike ... bitch

Facebook users' status updates, videos and photos can now be embedded in websites beyond the free-content advertising network.…

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You're doing WHAT with friends? Zynga sues Bang With Friends maker

Farmville biz lobs trademark sueball at secret bunk-up app

Social games designer Zynga is suing the makers of casual sex app Bang With Friends for trademark infringement.…

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Police probe IDIOTIC Twitter bomb threats slung at journalists

Trolls standing on the platform edge. Easy now

Twitter's trolling heatwave intensified on Wednesday night when a number of journalists were targeted with terrifying bomb threats.…

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First Salt Lake City, now LIVE in your US town: Watch Americans pay by bonk

ISIS ready for action later this year, but MCX stands ready to squish it

US pay-by-bonk platform ISIS will go live across the US later this year following the pilots in Salt Lake City and Austin, as network operators make their big play for big data.…

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Apple kingpin springs to Beijing, pings telco kings: Flog our iPhone things

Cook puts millions of Chinese on the menu

Apple chief Tim Cook has been doing the rounds in China with national telcos, drumming up interest in carrying iPhones and iPads to the country's massive mobile market.…

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Speaking in Tech: Will Google's SUPER-DONGLE dangle ding Apple?

Plus – StorageZilla channels Carl Sagan from beyond the grave-rave-rave

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BearDuino: Hacking Teddy Ruxpin with Arduino

Teddy Ruxpins

As a geek father, I have a reputation to uphold. And BearDuino has helped me maintain some shred of credibility with my kids... while creeping them out a bit in the process.

The BearDuino is a hardware-hacked Teddy Ruxpin -- the infamous animatronic talking story-time teddy bear unleashed in all its uncanniness on the world in the 1980s -- that has been turned into a kit for use with an Arduino microcontroller, ready for would-be makers to use for good or evil.

I've been itching to do something with the open-source Arduino for a while. I like to break things to figure out how they work and then reconstruct them, and I have a closet full of projects completed or in progress -- and the associated debris to prove it. But for the most part, I've shied away from electronic hardware hacks.

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The Great O2 4G Rollout Lottery: Do you live in one of the three lucky cities?

But you'll need a new phone, SIM for network's break-neck mobe broadband

O2's 4G network will go live in London, Leeds and Bradford this month - followed by ten more cities by the end of the year. The rollout will end EE's virtual monopoly on high-speed mobile internet connectivity.…

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

Hello? Hello? Damn, really bad signal here 10km above the Atlantic

Almost half of UK flyers admit not bothering to switch their phones to flight mode (or off) while in the air, despite the dire warnings. While most just forget, the rest think they know better.…

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And the new ISP for US Starbucks stores is ... Google?

AT&T ousted in nationwide Wi-Fi upgrade plan

Coffee mega-chain Starbucks has announced that Google will replace AT&T as the internet service provider for its company-owned stores in the US.…

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Ofcom study: Quarter of UK population owns a tablet and live TV still rules

Increasingly people are watching shows on the main TVs in their living rooms again, but they're doing so while also using other devices, the latest Ofcom results show.

Figures show that 91 percent of UK adults tune in to the main TV once a week (up from 88 percent in 2002), but around 53 percent of us multi-task by looking at other media simultaneously. A quarter of us also communicate opinions through text messaging or social media about shows as we watch them.

Most people do this using smartphones -- which isn't surprising as now around half the UK adult population owns one -- but increasingly people use tablets to do so too. A quarter of people now own a tablet -- of which 11 percent use them in the bathroom -- and on average households now own more than three internet-enabled devices.

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