Sunday 31 August 2014

Apple reportedly inks deal with American Express for its iPhone payments system

To bonk, or not to bonk. That is the question

Apple has reportedly agreed to work with American Express on its new iPhone 6 payment system - which is now just nine days away from being unveiled by Cupertino.…

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Report: Sprint to bring Sony Xperia into tough US smartphone market

Could it soon be selling the Japenese giant's Z3 model?

Stateside mobile carrier Sprint is reportedly planning to bring the Sony Xperia handset to the US market for the first time.…

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Saturday 30 August 2014

Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search

Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catelogue

Facebook is testing a search feature on its mobile application that will allow users to immerse themselves in forgotten old posts on the free content ad network.…

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EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday

Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'

Many T-Mobile customers in the UK were without access to the EE-owned network on Friday, after the service went titsup due to a "broken fibre cable".…

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Philippe Gurdjian, 1945 - 2014

Former French Grand Prix promoter Philippe Gurdjian has passed away at the age of 69. Born in the suburbs of Paris in 1945, Gurdjian also helped establish a number of new F1 events, including those in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi. Gurdjian began his career in advertising and was a keen gentleman racer, competing several times in the famed Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1970s and '80s.

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Interested to see how close reality matches the usual speculation surrounding Apple.

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Friday 29 August 2014

Lotus drivers back changes to Monza's Parabolica

Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado have welcomed the decision to replace the gravel run-off area at Monza's Parabolica corner with asphalt ahead of next weekend's Formula 1 Gran Premio d'Italia 2014. “Parabolica is a very challenging and quick corner so from a safety point of view it is a good thing to have some more margin for the drivers,” said Grosjean

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Hamilton: Rosberg and I have both made mistakes

Lewis Hamilton maintains that he and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg still have a strong foundation to work from after the latter accepted responsibility for their controversial coming-together at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. Rosberg has apologised for the error of judgement that wrecked Hamilton's Spa-Francorchamps race

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Italy preview quotes - Lotus on Monza

Two weeks on from a thrilling race at Spa-Francorchamps, the Formula One paddock moves on to historic Monza where the cars are expected to reach the highest speeds seen all year. Those involved in the Formula 1 Gran Premio d'Italia 2014 discuss their prospects…

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Mercedes duo remain free to race after Rosberg apology

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will continue to race each other for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship after Mercedes held 'clear the air' talks with the duo regarding their clash in Belgium. During a meeting at Mercedes' UK headquarters on Friday, Rosberg 'acknowledged his responsibility' for the contact that occurred on lap two at Spa-Francorchamps

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Nokia: Read our Maps, Samsung... We're HERE for the Gear

Only on the Tizen smartwatch...

Ostensibly getting Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer, to use Nokia's HERE Maps is a huge win.…

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We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie

EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum

Europe’s digital chief Neelie Kroes will reiterate her commitment to “international governance of the internet” later today – that’s code for a smaller role for the US.…

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Thursday 28 August 2014

Developer Preview of AWS Resource APIs for AWS SDK for Java

The new resource APIs expose AWS resources such as EC2 instances and IAM users as Java objects with attributes that can be implicitly loaded from the service and actions that can be taken directly on the resource objects. While the SDK's current request-response APIs allow explicit and granular control over the network calls your application makes to AWS, using the new resource APIs can reduce development time by simplifying your code and giving you a more object-oriented way to work with your AWS resources.

Here's a quick example to demonstrate:

Instance instance = ec2.getInstance("i-xxxxxxx"); // Reference to an instance resource object

String instanceType = instance.getInstanceType(); // Retrieve attributes with implicit network calls

instance.stop(); // Take actions on the resource

The team plans to introduce resource objects for more services and expand the capabilities during the preview period. We encourage you to try out the new APIs and send us feedback via GitHub Issues.

Find more information on AWS Java Development Blog and AWS Blog.

Add the package to your project using Maven.

Download the package

Browse the code

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Lenny Kravitz to headline race weekend concert in Russia

Organisers of the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix have announced that multi award-winning musician Lenny Kravitz will headline a spectacular concert for fans attending the inaugural race in Sochi. The singer, known for his classic hits 'Are You Gonna Go My Way', 'Fly Away' and 'American Woman' as well as his elaborate live performances

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EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard

OK, his constituency. Brace yourself for EXTRA #selfies

While EE didn’t win our Monopoly board coverage survey, the formerly fruity network did prove to be top dog for data speeds – and that’s down to having more spectrum than its rivals.…

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AWS Zocalo squares up to box Box, Dropbox, sync 'n' share flocks

Even VMware's having a go at the successor to enterprise content management

Enterprise sync 'n' share appears an unlikely battleground for a rolling brawl between startups and enterprise titans, but that's what's happening out there today.…

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NBN predicts a million premises next year

$AU8.4 billion in, $AU60 million out, ramp-up coming

NBN users are data-hungry beasts, and while the move from early-adopter to mainstream is expanding the number of users on lower-speed plans, around two-thirds of the 210,000 connected customers are on speeds above 25 Mbps.…

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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Dropbox cuts cloud storage prices $10 per terabyte, matching Google and Microsoft

Adds sharing tools, to existing lineup

Dropbox has become the latest company to slash its cloud storage costs as the price war in the sector heats up, leaving consumers to reap the cost benefits.…

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NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

FCC warned mega-gobble could price citizens out of the internet

The mayors of the two largest cities in America have sent letters to US watchdog the FCC expressing their concerns over the proposed merger between cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC).…

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Amazon Zocalo is now Available to All Customers

We are pleased to announce that Amazon Zocalo is now available to all AWS customers.

Amazon Zocalo is a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity. Users can comment on files, send them to others for feedback, and upload new versions without having to resort to emailing multiple versions of their files as attachments. Users can take advantage of these capabilities wherever they are, using the device of their choice, including PCs, Macs, and tablets. Amazon Zocalo offers IT administrators the option of integrating with existing corporate directories, flexible sharing policies, audit logs, and control of the location where data is stored.

Amazon Zocalo is initially available in the US-East-1 (N.Virginia), US-West-2 (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) AWS Regions, with additional regions coming soon.

For more information about Amazon Zocalo, please visit the product detail page, where you can learn more and watch a short introductory video that will explain the service. You can get started with the service using the AWS Management Console.

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Office space outfit Regus suffers 'UK-wide' network outage

Working on a fix now

Regus has coughed to what appears to be a major network outage affecting its UK-based customers, but the company is yet to explain what has gone wrong.…

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Vettel's race engineer handed promotion by Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel will have a new race engineer from next season after Red Bull confirmed that Guillaume Rocquelin will be promoted to head of race engineering from the start of 2015. Rocquelin, who can regularly be heard communicating with Vettel over race radio, has worked with the German for the past six years, engineering him to all four of his world titles

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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama

Time Warner Cable is staggering back to its feet after wrestling with a major network outage that hit a number of big cities in the US on both the East and West Coast of the country this morning.…

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Qualcomm to get it from both sides? EU probe may be coming – report

China's 'monopoly' probe has already begun

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm could be facing into an antitrust probe from the EU at the same time as it fends off a similar investigation in China, according to Reuters.…

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages


EE has dismissed claims that its social media staff are attempting to hush fair criticism levelled at the mobile operator on sites such as Facebook.…

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Government report: average Oz user will want 15 Mbps by 2023

Looking behind the Vertigan report

With the launch of the report, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull seems to have taken a more generous view of the predictability of the future.…

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Broadband slow and expensive? Blame Telstra says CloudFlare

Won't peer, will gouge for Internet transit

CloudFlare has carried the fail-bucket to Australia and dumped it on incumbent Telstra's doorstep.…

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Tuesday 26 August 2014

Comcast-Time Warner merger: CloudFlare's fare flare fair warning

Web host lifts lid on price hikes caused by 'increasing consolidation of networks'

Distributed web host CloudFlare says its costs rise dramatically in places where telcos have little to no competition.…

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Next blockbuster you watch could be rendered on GOOGLE: Star Trek fx biz Zync gobbled

Sergey, beam us up!

Google has confirmed the purchase of Zync, a cloud-based special effects rendering service.…

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McLaren concede line-up uncertainty “uncomfortable” for drivers

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has said that he understands if Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen feel “uncomfortable” about their futures, but insists that it is right that the team takes its time in deciding its 2015 driver line-up. The Woking-based squad are set to start a new long-term partnership with Honda next season - a factor that Boullier indicated was key to McLaren's thinking going forwards

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LG pokes G3 Stylus at Samsung's Galaxy Note

Want more? You'll have to wait for IFA

The mobile phone company once known as "Lucky Goldstar" has taken a trip back into the past and will launch a phablet with a stylus at German phonefest IFA.…

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

The Desktop PIM buddy: A1990s idea finally done right?

Former smartphone giant BlackBerry has another trick up its sleeve for its comeback, alongside the oddest looking phone in recent years. The Passport is expected to be unveiled next month, along with an intriguing bit of software, the as-yet-unannounced BlackBerry Blend.…

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DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of email

'Domain name not found'. Oops

Virgin Media customers who retained their old email addresses are currently blocked from accessing their accounts after the cable company appeared to have made an embarrassing DNS blunder.…

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Vettel samples Russia's new F1® track in Sochi

Sebastian Vettel has become the first F1 driver to lap the newly completed Sochi Autodrom, the circuit which will host Russia's inaugural Grand Prix in October. The Red Bull Racing driver travelled straight to Sochi from Spa Francorchamps after finishing fifth in Sunday's 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix

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Sunday 24 August 2014

BBC goes titsup from iPlayer to News website – Auntie working to fix it

Has DDoS attack haunting Sony kicked Beeb TV offline?

The BBC website fell over today, taking down its online news service and iPlayer service – but it's unclear whether the outage relates to the significant Distributed Denial of Service attack hitting Sony's gaming network right now.…

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BBC iPlayer web version goes titsup - Auntie working to fix it

Has DDoS attack haunting Sony kicked Beeb TV offline?

The web version of Britain's BBC iPlayer service has gone titsup, but it's unclear whether the outage relates to the significant Distributed Denial of Service attack hitting Sony's gaming network right now.…

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Raikkonen: Incident-free race was all I needed

Kimi Raikkonen believes having a clean race for the first time in 2014 was fundamental to his season-best finish of fourth at Spa-Francorchamps. The Finn briefly led during the first round of pit stops and was in podium contention throughout, eventually securing his best result of the year - and beating team mate Fernando Alonso for the first time

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Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

Games disrupted as firm struggles to regain control of network

Sony is suffering a major Distributed Denial-of-Service attack on its network, the company's Online Entertainment boss confirmed today.…

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Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

Games disrupted as firm struggles to regain control of network

Sony is suffering a major Distributed Denial-of-Service attack on its network, the company's Online Entertainment boss confirmed today.…

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Mercedes: "Unacceptable" clash must never be repeated

Mercedes-Benz's head of motorsport Toto Wolff says the "unacceptable" collision between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at Spa-Francorchamps "cannot - and will not - happen again". Wolff said the accident, which occurred at Les Combes on the second lap, was a clear transgression of the fundamental rules Mercedes have laid down in an effort to allow the pair to race together

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

Back to the future with DeLorean software

Microsoft researchers have developed software that, they say, cuts through network delay issues in cloud gaming systems.…

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FIA post-race press conference - Belgium

Drivers: 1 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), 2 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Eddie Jordan) Q: What a race. Exciting? You loved it? What about this man here? Let's hear it for him

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Sauber's Sergio Perez on avoiding 'crazy battles' at Spa-Francorchamps; Marussia's Max Chilton on a positive end to a tumultuous weekend; and Caterham's Andre Lotterer on the premature end to his Grand Prix debut. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on a dramatic, incident-filled race in Belgium

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Magnussen loses points after Alonso incident penalty

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen has been handed a 20-second post-race time penalty by the stewards in Belgium for forcing Ferrari's Fernando Alonso off the road during the closing stages of Sunday's Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. The incident occurred on the penultimate lap of the 44-lap contest as Magnussen, trying to defend fifth place from Alonso on the approach to Les Combes, edged the Spaniard onto the grass

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Race - Brilliant Ricciardo denies Rosberg at Spa-Francorchamps

Daniel Ricciardo clinched his and Red Bull's third victory of 2014 at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, while Mercedes' Nico Rosberg survived early contact with team mate Lewis Hamilton to clinch second and extend his championship lead. Williams' Valtteri Bottas passed Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to seal the final podium spot, while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel prevailed in a thrilling four-way scrap for fifth. Hamilton retired

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Sony DENIES PlayStation Network WOBBLES despite gamer GRIPES

Uncorroborated claims of a DDoS attack swell online

An unknown number of gamers have been kicked off of Sony's PlayStation Network, but the company is continuing to insist that its service is stable.…

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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims

BT's broadband and landline tariffs are set to balloon by more than 6 per cent, the one-time state monopoly has said.…

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Mercedes confirm cause of Hamilton's Germany crash

Mercedes have revealed the findings of their investigation into the brake failure that pitched Lewis Hamilton into the gravel during qualifying for last month's German Grand Prix. After joint analysis of the previously unseen failure with brake disc manufacturer Brembo, the team have confirmed that the quality of the disc material was not a contributory factor

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Saturday 23 August 2014

Hamilton: Missing pole "a blessing in disguise"

Lewis Hamilton believes starting from second could actually prove an advantage for Sunday's 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. While Rosberg will start from the front for the fourth consecutive race, Hamilton insisted he was not too disheartened - citing last year's race, when he started from pole but was picked off on the opening lap, as an example of why second on the grid could prove favourable

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Sebastian Vettel on why a pre-qualifying downpour actually played into his and Red Bull's favour; Toto Wolff on why Mercedes fear their rivals will close back up in the dry; and Nico Hulkenberg on how driver errors and a strategy gamble backfired in qualifying. The drivers and senior team personnel report back after a frantic, rain-hit Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps

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FIA post-qualifying press conference - Belgium

After taking his fourth consecutive pole position - and his seventh of the season - in wet conditions at Spa-Francorchamps, Nico Rosberg was joined in the press conference by Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. Read what all three had to say about the session in the official transcript

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Qualifying - Rosberg beats Hamilton to wet-weather Belgian pole

Nico Rosberg saw off the challenge of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday afternoon to score his fourth successive pole position. In wet conditions, the German lapped almost a quarter of a second quicker than Hamilton, with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel more than two seconds further back in third. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took fourth with the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo fifth

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FP3 - Bottas puts Williams on top as rain hits Spa-Francorchamps

Valtteri Bottas thrust Williams to the fore in Belgium on Saturday morning as he beat Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg to the top spot in the third and final practice session. On a circuit that started wet and finished dry, Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were fourth and sixth respectively, sandwiching the second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton

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Friday 22 August 2014

FIA Friday press conference - Belgium

Team representatives - John Iley (Caterham), Andrew Green (Force India), Dave Greenwood (Marussia), Robert Smedley (Williams), Adrian Newey (Red Bull Racing), James Allison (Ferrari) Q: John, can I start with you? Obviously, a new driver today, tell us how did he go and where do you go from here

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Lewis Hamilton on how rain could disrupt his and others' Sunday preparations; Daniil Kvyat on why his confidence is high after a strong opening day in Belgium; and Toto Wolff on why Mercedes' one-lap pace might not translate over a race distance. The drivers and senior team personnel report back after an intriguing first day at Spa-Francorchamps

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LG takes on Nokia X, Moto G: These are the cheapie 'droids you've been looking for

Though Fino and Bella do sound like cartoon characters

Nokia's X and Motorola's G now have two new rivals to compete for the reals, pesos and quetzals as LG targets emerging markets with landfill Androids.…

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FP2 - Hamilton blitzes the field at Spa-Francorchamps

Lewis Hamilton took command of the second practice session in Belgium, finishing more than half a second clear of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and the rest of the field on Friday afternoon. Fernando Alonso underlined Ferrari's impressive start by claiming third ahead of Williams' Felipe Massa and McLaren's Jenson Button, while two red flags interrupted proceedings at Spa

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FP1 - Rosberg shades Hamilton and Alonso in Belgium

Nico Rosberg narrowly edged out Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to set the pace as Formula One racing returned from its summer break at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday morning. McLaren duo Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen finished fourth and seventh respectively, sandwiching Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari and Force India's Sergio Perez

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Chilton to race as Marussia make Belgian U-turn

Marussia have opted to reinstate Max Chilton for this weekend's race at Spa-Francorchamps, just a day after announcing the Briton would be replaced by reserve driver Alexander Rossi due to “contractual issues”. American Rossi will still participate in FP1 for the team, but will then hand over to Chilton for the rest of the weekend

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Cult of T-Mob US wants you to INDOCTRINATE your friends and family

Legere lures customers with promise of free data

T-Mobile US has promised a year's free mobile data for subscribers who convince friends and family to join its network.…

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AWS levels up in game of government security – and now one step below classified access

Cloud colossus still fondling DoD's top non-secrets for now

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has leveled up its US government security certification, winning the right to handle more sensitive work from the Department of Defense (DoD).…

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Thursday 21 August 2014

Come up with some 'novel cloud' boffinry, grab $20m from US govt

Thanks, Obama.

The US government's National Science Foundation has handed out $20m in funding for two big new cloud computing research projects.…

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NBN Co claims 96 mbps download speeds for FTTN trial

Umina trial also delivers 30 mbps uploads, but exact rig used not revealed

NBN Co, the entity building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has revealed the data transfer speeds obtained by folks connected to its test fibre—to-the-node network in the New South Wales Central Coast suburb of Umina.…

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DoD 3-5 Provisional Authorization

AWS GovCloud (US) achieves the first ever DoD Security Impact Level 3-5 Provisional Authorization enabling DoD customers’ use of AWS.

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Amazon CloudFront Adds Support for Advanced SSL Features

We have made several enhancements to Amazon CloudFront to further improve the security and performance of your content delivery over HTTPS.

High security ciphers improve the security of HTTPS connections. Amazon CloudFront edge servers and clients (e.g. browsers) automatically agree on a cipher as part of the SSL handshake process, and now the connections can use ciphers with advanced features such as Elliptic Curve signatures and key exchanges.

Perfect Forward Secrecy provides additional safeguards against the eavesdropping of encrypted data, through the use of a unique random session key. This prevents the decoding of captured data, even if the secret long-term key is compromised.

OCSP Stapling improves the time taken for individual SSL handshakes by moving the Online Certificate Status Protocol (OSCP) check, a call used to obtain the revocation status of an SSL certificate, from the client to a periodic, secure check by the Amazon CloudFront servers. With OCSP Stapling the client no longer needs to handle certificate validation, which improves performance.

Session Tickets help speed up the time spent restarting or resuming an SSL session. Amazon CloudFront encrypts SSL session information and stores it in a ticket that the client can use to resume a secure connection instead of repeating the SSL handshake process.

There is no additional charge for these new features, and they are automatically enabled when you serve content with Amazon CloudFront over HTTPS. To learn more about how these new SSL features work, visit the Amazon Web Services Blog. To learn more about delivering HTTPS content with Amazon CloudFront visit the Amazon CloudFront SSL page.

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Amazon SNS adds Large Topics and enhanced MPNS

We have added support to Amazon SNS for large topics (more than 10,000 subscribers) and authenticated delivery to MPNS (Microsoft Push Notification Service).

Large Topics: SNS already supports broadcast notifications with SNS Topics, which are ideal for breaking news, announcing flash deals, and announcing in-game events or new features. Today we are lifting the limit of 10,000 subscriptions per SNS topic; you can now create as many as you need and no longer need to partition large subscription lists across multiple topics. This has been a frequent request from AWS customers that use SNS to build news and media sharing applications.

There is an administrative limit of 10 million subscriptions per topic, but we'll happily raise it if you expect to have more subscribers for a single topic. To raise your limit, please submit a Service Limit Increase request for Amazon SNS using the form here.

Authenticated Delivery to MPNS: Microsoft Push Notification Service (MPNS) is the push notification relay service for Windows Phone devices prior to Windows 8.1. SNS now supports authenticated delivery to MPNS. If you require this functionality for devices that run Windows 8.1 and above, please also consider using Amazon SNS for Windows Notification Service (WNS).

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Announcing Amazon CloudWatch Logs Agent Support on Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS

We are excited to announce that the Amazon CloudWatch Logs Agent is now supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS. The Amazon CloudWatch Logs Agent is free of charge and can be used to quickly and easily send your log data to CloudWatch Logs from your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances or other sources for near real-time monitoring and storage. This update adds to the existing support for Amazon Linux, Ubuntu and Windows. Customers who are already using the CloudWatch Logs Agent do not need to make any changes.

To start using the CloudWatch Logs Agent, visit the Amazon CloudWatch Logs Getting Started guide. To learn more about how CloudWatch Logs can help you better understand and operate your systems and applications, visit the Amazon CloudWatch Logs Developer Guide. To learn about pricing for CloudWatch Logs, see

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FIA Thursday press conference - Belgium

Drivers - Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Felipe Massa (Williams), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) Q: We had news this week that next season there will be a 17-year-old driver on the grid. Can I have your reaction from a driver's point of view?

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Lotterer determined to move Caterham forward

Andre Lotterer says he will "give everything" to help move Caterham forward when he makes his Formula One Grand Prix debut with this team this weekend at Spa. The 32-year-old German was called up to replace Kamui Kobayashi for the Belgian race earlier this weekend, with Caterham saying his experience and feedback would help their development push

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Rossi to replace Chilton at Marussia for Spa

American rookie Alexander Rossi will make his Grand Prix race debut in Belgium this weekend after being drafted in as a late replacement for Max Chilton at Marussia. The team said Chilton, who has raced for the Banbury-based squad since 2013, was being substituted "while contractual issues are resolved"

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

Screw copper phone lines, we're UNIQUE, bleats telco

Virgin Media is once again hiking up the price of its broadband service, while at the same time championing its cable network.…

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Go on, inhale our G-Cloud via 'Digital Marketplace' –

ANOTHER pricy project to prop up barely used G-Cloud?

Public sector organisations in the UK will be able to buy cloud-based IT products and services from suppliers from a new online platform from the end of the month.…

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Microsoft ropes in Opera Mini as default Nokia dumbphone browser

Ancient browser to power ancient Redmond mobes

Opera will provide the browser for Microsoft's last dumbphones, under a new agreement between the two companies.…

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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC

Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access

Netflix has inked yet another peering deal with a major US telco, this time signing an interconnect agreement with Time Warner Cable.…

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FIA press conference schedule - Belgium

Nico Rosberg, who currently leads the 2014 Formula One World Championship, and Daniel Ricciardo, who won last time out in Hungary at the end of July, will be among the six drivers to take part in the official FIA press conference in Belgium on Thursday. On Friday meanwhile senior personnel will answer questions from the press

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Sochi circuit passes FIA track inspection

The FIA's F1 race director Charlie Whiting has confirmed that Russia's new Sochi Autodrom is ready to host its first Grand Prix later this year. The announcement follows a detailed evaluation of the circuit and the venue itself, built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, by an FIA delegation led by Whiting

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Caterham replace Kobayashi with Lotterer for Belgium

German driver Andre Lotterer will make his Formula One race debut at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend after being called up by Caterham to stand in for Kamui Kobayashi in a one-race deal. Caterham insist Kobayashi remains part of the team, but believe that Lotterer's experience and feedback will help to improve the performance of the CT05

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Speaking in Tech: Meet the man who has SURRENDERED HIS LIFE to Facebook

Cloud architect tells Regcast: 'It owns my entire life'

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Xennet wants YOUR machines for tradable supercomputer cloud

SETI@home, Bitcoin the inspirations

A group called Xennet wants to create a blockchain-managed market in which users rent out their spare processor cycles for a closed-shop crypto-currency.…

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Tuesday 19 August 2014

TV stations cry foul over FCC spectrum mega-sale

Broadcasters worried plan will cost stations in coverage and moving costs

US television broadcasters are suing the FCC over the planned auction of TV spectrum space to mobile phone networks.…

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'Fangless' activist investor chomps up chunk of Rackspace

Blue Harbour thirsting to quaff some fresh asset sweat

A so-called "fangless" activist investor has increased its grip on OpenStack cloud cheerleader Rackspace, with a view to a possible sale.…

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Verstappen has all the ingredients of a champion - Marko

Max Verstappen has all the qualities needed to be a future Formula One world champion, according to Red Bull's motorsport consultant Helmut Marko. While the Dutchman will graduate into F1 racing with just one year of single-seater experience to draw upon, Marko says Red Bull are convinced there is no risk given what the 16-year-old has already proved capable of

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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

Fresh round of network stats fisticuffs possibly on the cards here

EE is still the best mobile network in the UK, but the others are catching up and Three is the one to watch.…

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Microsoft says Azure not ready for its own biz-critical apps … yet

Microsoft takes own IT to the cloud to avoid looming $200m server bill

Microsoft's Service Deployment and Operations (SDO) team has detailed plans to modernise the company's own data centres and says the result will be lots – but not all – workloads in the cloud.…

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Monday 18 August 2014

Verstappen to race for Toro Rosso in 2015

Toro Rosso have announced that newly-recruited Red Bull Junior Team member Max Verstappen will drive for the team from the start of the 2015 season, replacing Jean-Eric Vergne alongside Daniil Kvyat. Verstappen, currently in contention for the 2014 European F3 title, will become the youngest F1 racer in history, debuting at the age of just 17

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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Usual Performance

Remond sings blues as clouds go dark worldwide

Microsoft on Monday is struggling to correct a service outage that has left many customers unable to access various features of the company's Azure cloud services.…

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The first event was fantastic. Really looking forward to the next instalment!

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Assessing the hybrid revolution - the mid-term tech report

For the 2014 season, Formula One racing undertook the most comprehensive regulation changes seen in the last three decades, with a move to more fuel efficient, hybrid turbocharged power units. With 11 of the year's 19 Grands Prix complete, F1 technical expert Gary Anderson looks back on how these changes have played out so far - and looks ahead to what we can expect in the remaining races

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Rackspace DevOps Breakfast

Rackspace UK are filming "DevOps Breakfast" tomorrow and are soliciting questions for the panel. They will be publishing the video following the event.

The panel consists of:

Chair: @PaulMiller
Rackspace – Chris Jackson (@chriswiggy)
DevOps Guys – Stephen Thair (@DevOpsGuys) - Steven Acreman (@DataLoopIO)
Skelton Thatcher  – Matthew Skelton(@matthewpskelton)
Eagle Eye – Steve Rothwell (@steverothwell and @WeAreEagleEye)

It's a fantastic line-up of prominent folks from the UK DevOps scene, so please make every effort to submit questions via Twitter using the hashtag #DevOpsBreakfast.

Ericsson to roll Ciena kit into Telstra

Carrier preps core for SDN

Ericsson's February 2014 agreement with Ciena has paid off in Australia, with the two to work on a major optical network upgrade for incumbent Telstra.…

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BizTalk-as-a-Service dog wags Microsoft's on-premises tail

Two-year plan will harmonise middleware's cloudy and on-premises release cycle

Microsoft has signalled it will harmonise the feature set of the cloudy and on-premises versions of its BizTalk Server.…

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

Congratulations, world media, for rediscovering submarine cable armour

The world's submarine cables are subject to a brand-new threat: sharks.…

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Friday 15 August 2014

New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first

'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week

The new CEO of US mobile operator Sprint says he's planning aggressive moves to regain market share starting next week, but the big changes he has in mind will make job cuts unavoidable.…

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Apple slings fanbois' data at Chinese servers in China Telecom deal

Mandarins won't get encryption keys, Cook & Co promises ... scout's honor

In an effort to woo buyers in China, Apple has inked a deal to store Chinese customer data in Chinese servers for the first time.…

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Belgium preview quotes - Lotus on Spa-Francorchamps

Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for next weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Ruby 2.1

You can now deploy and manage Ruby 2.1 applications with AWS Elastic Beanstalk. You can use Elastic Beanstalk with Ruby 2.1 on Passenger Standalone or Puma with Nginx as reverse proxy.

To get started, please see the walkthroughs for deploying Rails and Sinatra applications on Elastic Beanstalk. Or, you can launch a sample Rails application directly by clicking here.

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Thursday 14 August 2014

Visual Studio Online goes titsup as Microsoft wrestles with database

Cortana, what does 'multi-region full service interruption' mean?

Microsoft's Visual Studio Online services for software developers are in the midst of a total outage that has lasted for more than four hours. The Redmond giant has blamed a database snafu.…

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Di Montezemolo: Ferrari laying foundations for winning cycle

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is convinced that the team have made significant strides over the first half of their 2014 Formula One campaign, even if results are "not always visible". While Ferrari have failed to win once over the opening 11 races for the first time since 2009, Di Montezemolo says changes are already being made in order for the team to rediscover front-running form

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Wednesday 13 August 2014

Click on a Facebook ad on your mobe, then buy a thing on your PC ... Facebook remembers

And you thought Messenger was a little bit creepy

Advertisers on global ad network Facebook can now pinpoint exactly which devices and computers people use to buy stuff through online ads.…

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AWS OpsWorks Supports Application Environment Variables

AWS OpsWorks now allows users to define environment variables per application. Instead of creating a custom recipe and managing environment variables as Chef attributes, you define the environment variables on each app and OpsWorks takes care of securely storing and sending the environment variables from your OpsWorks app definition to your instances and adding them to the application server context. All you have to do is reference the environment variables in your application's code using the methods defined in the Java, Ruby, PHP, and Node.js application servers. The environment variables are passed to the application server during instance setup and can be updated on each application deployment. Environment variables can also be defined as protected values, so that they cannot be read by OpsWorks users. For example, a user can set separate environment variables for database endpoint, username, and password. The password environment variable can be defined as a protected value, so it cannot be viewed in the console, SDK or CLI and is only made available to the defined application.

For more information, see the blog.

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ROAD TRIP! An FCC road trip ... Leahy demands net neutrality debate across US

You crashed watchdog's site, now time to crash its ears

One of the most powerful men in the US Senate has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tour all of America to hear citizens' thoughts, face to face, on net neutrality.…

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

Carrier is 'aware' of cockup, working on a fix NOW

EE customers are struggling to access the mobile network.…

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What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone? Oh, you've dialled the wrong number for ad fibs

Fire-fighting commerical turns soggy with ASA ruling

Vodafone has been chided for misleading customers with a telly ad that wrongly implied that the majority of Blighty's emergency services' staff personally subscribed to the mobile operator.…

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

Regulator swallows this line and parrots it back out at us. What are they playing at?

All of Blighty's mobile phone networks are providing great coverage and you can make a successful voice call nearly 100 per cent of the time. And the source of this wonderful news? Why, it's … er, the mobile phone networks themselves. Oh.…

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Sir, sir, my cloud ate my homework: Google touts grading tool to teachers

Storing kids' work in a huge advertising giant? What could possibly go wrong?

Just in time for the back-to-school season, Google has made a schoolwork grading tool for teachers.…

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Tuesday 12 August 2014

Canadian ISP Shaw suffers nationwide outages

How sure are you of cloud computing now?

Canadian ISP Shaw is experiencing a "nationwide outage affecting internet browsing", according to the polite phone robot put in place to discourage affected punters from overwhelming support systems.…

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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Quick Start Reference Deployment

This new Quick Start Reference Deployment covers the implementation of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 in a highly available architecture on the AWS cloud. The automated solution used to deploy the Quick Start is provided by an AWS CloudFormation template that allows you to choose a highly available architecture that is sized for medium or large environments based on your input. Additionally, the foundation for this environment will utilize the Active Directory Domain Services and Microsoft SQL AlwaysOn Availability Group Quick Starts, which are deployed in a highly available architecture across two Availability Zones. This Quick Start Reference Deployment discusses how the Microsoft SharePoint environment is built so that you can deploy the automated solution or customize the provided AWS CloudFormation template to meet your own requirements.

This Quick Start is the fifth in a series of new Reference Deployments that describe in words and diagrams the architectures for implementing popular enterprise solutions on AWS. They also include the AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployments.

To get started with Microsoft SharePoint 2013 on AWS, use the following resources:

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AWS SDK for Python (Boto) now supports Python 3

The AWS SDK for Python (Boto) now supports Python 3 with full backwards-compatibility. The SDK now works with Python versions 2.6, 2.7, 3.3, and 3.4. Download the latest build from PyPI or GitHub, and start using AWS for your Python 3 projects today!

For additional information, visit the Boto documentation page.

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Elastic Load Balancing Introduces Support for Tagging

Elastic Load Balancing now allows you to tag your load balancers to simplify the administration of your AWS resources.

A tag is a user-defined label that helps you organize your resources into groupings such as application names or projects. You can also use tags to make it easier to allocate costs and optimize spending, for example by tagging a load balancer with details such as a cost center, or the name of an administrator or project.

You can add, view, and remove tags by using the AWS Management Console, API, or AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI).

To learn more, please see the documentation.

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Introducing Multi-Factor Authentication for Amazon WorkSpaces

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Amazon WorkSpaces is now available. MFA can provide you with an additional layer of security during the authentication process. Users must validate their identify by providing something they know (e.g. password), as well as something they have (e.g. hardware or software generated one-time password (OTP)).

Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud. It allows customers to easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets.

Support for MFA means you can use your existing RADIUS-based authentication solution with Amazon WorkSpaces. MFA can help you prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to resources, while defending against common password attacks such as phishing and keystroke logging. To learn more, please see our documentation.

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Red Bull sign Verstappen to junior team

Up-and-coming Dutch racer Max Verstappen has joined the Red Bull Junior Team, it was announced on Tuesday. The 16-year-old, who is the son of former F1 podium finisher Jos Verstappen, is regarded as one of the most promising young drivers in Europe having taken seven wins in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year, his first season in car racing

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Tech city types developing 'Google Glass for the blind' app

An app and service where other people 'see' for you

A new app and service aimed at people with sight impairments is being cooked up on Silicon Roundabout.…

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Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'

Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets

Dented Linux mobile OS Sailfish has taken a new route to market as Three in Hong Kong prepares to start selling the smartphone-that-could-have-been from Jolla.…

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Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum

Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get

Ericsson and SoftBank in Japan have demonstrated a system which lets the network control not just how much bandwidth you have but how much spectrum each user gets to play with.…

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Google writes cheque to spaff packets FASTER to Asia

Chocolate Factory is one of six backers for new 60 Tbps cable to connect US and Japan

Google is slinging money towards a US$300 million project to traverse the Pacific with a new high-capacity submarine cable.…

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Monday 11 August 2014

IBM takes a shine to Lighthouse, gobbles bouncer-in-the-cloud biz

If your username's not down, you're not logging in

IBM has acquired upstart Lighthouse Security Group, which lets sysadmins manage user accounts and identities in an off-premises cloud.…

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

Networks' main issue: they don't know how it works, says expert

The infrastructure for text messaging is creaking. Not only does it need to be fixed, but it seems mobile operators don’t understand enough about their own systems to do it themselves.…

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Gutierrez: Mexico's F1 return is 'greatest news of my career'

Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez has described the return of Mexico to the Formula One calendar for the first time in more than two decades as "some of the greatest news in my career so far". Organisers recently revealed that Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which last saw official F1 action in 1992, is set to host a round of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship, and for Gutierrez the news couldn't come soon enough

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O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, security badge

No, the spooks love US best, say rival firms

Both Vodafone and O2 are claiming to be the best mobile phone network for people, particularly government people, who are worried about security.…

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Ofcom sees RISE OF THE MACHINE-to-machine cell comms

Study spots 9% growth in IoT m2m mobile data connections

The number of machine-to-machine (M2M) mobile data connections in the UK increased by nine per cent last year on 2012 figures, UK communications regulator Ofcom has reported.…

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PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things

Grass is greener in Asia, say the sensors

PricewaterhouseCoopers reckons the business end of the Internet of Things is going to hit its straps in 2015, reporting that 20 per cent of US businesses polled in its most recent Digital IQ Snapshot are putting money into sensors of some kind.…

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Friday 8 August 2014

New Elastic MapReduce commands on the AWS CLI

We have added a new set of commands for Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) to the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI). These commands will allow you to create, describe, manage, and terminate your Amazon EMR clusters using the AWS CLI. Also, these new commands offer an improved syntax than those on our previous Ruby-based CLI. In the future, we will only be adding new Amazon EMR functionality to our commands on the AWS CLI, and we will not be updating our Ruby-based CLI. The AWS CLI is easy to install and allows you to interact with multiple AWS services using a single tool.

The new Amazon EMR commands are available on the AWS CLI version 1.4.0 or later. If you have previously installed the AWS CLI, please upgrade to a supported version using "pip install --upgrade awscli" (view complete upgrade instructions here). If you have not installed the AWS CLI, please see our installation instructions and our configuration instructions. You can learn more about our new commands in the AWS CLI Reference or type "aws emr help" at your shell prompt.

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Chilton to race at Goodwood Revival

Marussia's Max Chilton will become the first contemporary Formula One driver in nine years to compete at the UK's famous Goodwood Revival meeting next month, when he climbs behind the wheel for the September 12-14 event. British driver Chilton, who is in his second year of F1 competition, will race in the Shelby Cup, a one-off event being held to mark 60 years of the small-block V8 engine

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Apple-scrumping bumpkin bits deliver best returns, apparently

More than one million British people now have access to high speed broadband as Westminster's plan to deliver access to "superfast" speeds to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017 gathers pace.…

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

Flop out your mobe and get it over with as quick as you can

The good burghers of TGI Friday’s have cooked up a plan to get you in and out of their eateries faster: using mobile tech.…

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Telefónica bids for Vivendi's Brazilian bits: Telecom Italia gasps

A Spanish firm, a French firm and an Italian firm all meet up in Brazil...

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica’s unexpected €6.7bn bid to buy Brazilian broadband operator GVT, which is owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi, has put the cat among the pigeons across the Mediterranean at Telecom Italia, Italy’s largest telco.…

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BT scoops up Wales PSN contracts, elbows out Logicalis

Seven-year contract worth up to £420m handed to one-time telco monopoly

BT has pipped Logicalis to be the preferred supplier to provide the Welsh public sector with broadband and other IP services in a contract valued at up to £420m over its lifetime.…

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Pivotal puts all its eggs in one basket

Core blimey! It's a cloudy AppSuite with cunning pricing

EMC Federation member Pivotal has put all its eggs in one basket, by releasing the first version of its AppSuite.…

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Submarine cable operator says storms could hit Pacific traffic

Hurricane Julio may drown out all the bits you've loved before

Hawaii's a tropical paradise, right?…

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Network hijacker steals $83,000 in Bitcoin ... and enough Dogecoin for a cup of coffee

Wow. Such hack. Very router. So BGP. Wow.

Researchers at Dell's SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (CTU) have identified an exploit that can be used to steal cryptocurrency from mining pools – and they claim that at least one unknown miscreant has already used the technique to pilfer tens of thousands of dollars in digital cash.…

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Thursday 7 August 2014

Cloudy startup drops unified storage array into YOUR data centre

Wheee... CLUNK: Zadara offers serviced box PAYG option

Cloudy storage startup Zadara can now drop a unified storage array in your own data centre, with you paying for its use and maintenance on a pay as you go scheme. It's essentially a "serviced storage array" (like a serviced office).…

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

Chocolate Factory also reveals kill switch for bothersome listbots

Google has decided to give a two-year-old IETF e-mail standard a push towards universal adoption, by switching on support for RFC 6530 international character support in Gmail.…

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Wednesday 6 August 2014

Behold the HP Helion Lean cloud, and by Lean, it means not-OpenStack

Diet offering skimps on frills to keep costs low for lighter workloads

HP has unveiled a new offering in its private cloud service portfolio that offers a basic level of cloudy functionality while keeping costs down for budget-conscious customers.…

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POW! Sprint splats T-Mobile US bid ...BAM! CEO Hesse is out

And new head honcho talks up 'extremely cost efficient' future... hmmm

Sprint has confirmed industry rumors by announcing the departure of its CEO and abandoned its pursuit of T-Mobile US.…

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

Stand by for idiot cops dispensing irrelevant 'don't share your Wi-Fi' advice

Telecoms giant BT has admitted charging a number of customers for the traffic racked up by its FON services, which uses a portion of each customer's Wi-Fi connection to provide hotspots accessible to the public.…

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

Broadband network gets its largest single expansion

Virgin Media has announced the largest single expansion of its fibre optic network yet, extending its 152Mb broadband service to 100,000 homes in East London.…

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

No email? No CRM? No Daily Mail iPad edition? You need a plan

“We apologise for the disruption. We have identified the cause and are working to restore the service as quickly as possible.”…

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'POWER from AIR' backscatter tech now juices up Internet of Stuff Wi-Fi gizmos

Batteries not included required

Researchers who last year demonstrated they could harvest stray RF signals to power RFID tags have scaled-up their technology to power Wi-Fi devices.…

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Nanu nanu! Mork calling Orson on VoIP over 2G

Another player tries to crack free VoIP over mobile data

A Singaporean outfit called Gentay Communications has launched “nanu”, an ad-funded VoIP-over-mobile-data service it says will succeed where others have failed.…

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Sprint to dump T-Mobile US gobble bid, wave goodbye to CEO – claim

And almost exactly a year after Softbank officially swallowed Sprint

Sprint is set to give up its bid to acquire T-Mobile US and will replace its own CEO, it's claimed.…

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Tuesday 5 August 2014

Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

'Such practices are widely accepted' telco responds to watchdog's probing

Verizon is hitting back at the FCC's criticism over plans to throttle bandwidth hogs' download speeds.…

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BT offers vanilla mobile deal to biz bods

Apps, cloud, Wi-Fi – let's play tick-box bingo

The latest deal for small businesses from BT is part of its move to become a mobile phone network again.…

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First winners announced in F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize

Tata Communications is delighted to announce the winners of Challenge 1 of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. In a ground breaking initiative, Tata Communications, along with Formula One Management and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, launched a trailblazing contest to award a Grand Prize of USD $50,000 to a winning individual or team that was able to successfully answer one of three Challenges

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Melbourne hope new deal will bring Ricciardo home win

Australian Grand Prix organisers are optimistic that Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will score a home win in Melbourne by the end of the decade, after the city signed a new contract to host the race through to 2020. Melbourne will celebrate its 20th running of the Australian Grand Prix next season, and having renewed its deal for a further five years

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Yes, we know Active Directory cloud sync is a MESS, says Microsoft

So have this four-click fix to paint your directories Azure

Microsoft has made a confession: “integrating your on premises identities with Azure AD is harder than it should be” and requires “too many pages of documentation to read, too many different tools to download and configure, and far too much on premises hardware required.”…

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Amazon RDS now supports new T2 Instances, starting at just $6 a month

You can now take advantage of the T2 instance type with Amazon RDS. T2 instances are a new low-cost standard instance type designed to provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst above the baseline. These instances are recommended for workloads that don't use the full CPU often or consistently, but occasionally need to burst to higher CPU performance, such as small database workloads in test and developer environments.

T2 DB Instances feature the latest Intel Xeon processors with clock speeds up to 3.3 GHz during burst periods and are offered at prices up to 40% lower than comparable T1/M1 DB Instances.

Amazon RDS supports the use of T2 DB Instance types with MySQL 5.6, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server (except for Standard Edition — License Included). Support for MySQL versions 5.1 and 5.5 is coming soon. T2 DB Instances are available in all AWS Regions except GovCloud (US).

To use T2 DB Instance types, you can either launch a new DB Instance or perform a scale operation on an instance running a supported engine type. Amazon RDS for MySQL customers running MySQL 5.5 who wish to use T2 instances should first upgrade from MySQL 5.5 to MySQL 5.6 before performing an instance scale operation.

Pricing for T2 DB Instances starts at $0.008/hour (effective price) for 3 year Heavy Utilization Reserved Instances and $0.017/hour for On-Demand usage. These pricing examples are for MySQL DB Instances in the US East (N. Virginia) AWS Region. For more information on pricing, visit the Amazon RDS pricing page.

To learn more about T2 DB Instances, see the Amazon RDS instance class table.

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Monday 4 August 2014

Introducing the Redesigned IAM Console

We are excited to announce the redesigned IAM console, now with a streamlined look and feel that makes it even easier to manage your IAM settings. We added enhancements that make it more convenient to manage large resource lists (e.g., hundreds of users, groups, roles), eliminated tab switching, and optimized the IAM console to offer a better experience on mobile devices by restructuring resource detail pages and task workflows.

To get started, simply visit the IAM homepage in the AWS Management Console. To learn more about the redesign, see this post on the AWS security blog.

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CloudControl to major chum: We'll gobble Docker's dotCloud

Did you know the Linux container upstart has, sorry, had a platform-as-a-service?

Docker has sold off its dotCloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering so that it can concentrate on its much-buzzed-about eponymous Linux application container technology.…

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NBN 'the most reckless commitment of Commonwealth funds in our history"

Scales report lands with damning assessment of NBN policy and genesis

The Scales Review of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) has found the network's early planning process was chaotic and that NBN Co, the company created to build the network, was not built on foundations suitable to enable the project's success.…

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Android users MORE ACTIVE than iOS fanbois for the first time

About time too - fandroids dominate in buying devices

Android has raced past iOS to become the top mobile operating system for the first time.…

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It's WAR: Internet of Stuff firms butt heads over talking-fridge tech standards

No, I want to be the one with the bat and the ball

Intel’s Internet of Stuff standards-seeking group is planning to have a first code drop of middleware ready for developers in the third quarter this year, the firm told The Register.…

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Symonds: Williams form no flash in the pan

Williams' success across the first half of the 2014 Formula One season will not prove fleeting. That is according to technical director Pat Symonds, who believes the team will be just as competitive after the summer break. In the opening 11 Grands Prix Williams have scored three podiums - all through Valtteri Bottas - and they remain locked in battle with Ferrari for third in the constructors' standings

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Free 2004-spec AS/400 pops up in the cloud

German hosting company thinks you might want to go back in time and Tweet

German hosting company Rechenzentrum Kreuznach has popped an AS/400 into the cloud, and anyone can use it for free.…

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Saturday 2 August 2014

I just uploaded "Available for hire, and looking for my next adventure." on SlideShare

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It's official: You can now legally carrier-unlock your mobile in the US

Tomorrow belongs to us, says iFixit boss

President Obama has signed off on the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, meaning that, in the US, people can take their mobile phone and unlock it from the carrier that sold it to them.…

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Friday 1 August 2014

Comcast, Time Warner boost net speeds in Google Fiber city – COINCIDENCE?

Aah, the power of competition

Comcast and Time Warner will hike their broadband speeds in Kansas City, which just so happens to be the first place Google Fiber rolled out.…

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Operators get the FEAR as Ofcom proposes 600% hike in mobile spectrum fees

Wait - aren't they increasing prices mid-contract? Hmm...

Ofcom has “rethought” the fees that UK mobile networks pay for their 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum, based on the industry's reaction to its latest proposal.…

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Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

Fruity firm's November target may slip to the right

Problems with Apple's sapphire glass supply chain could mean the Apple iWatch will only be released in small numbers this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted.…

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BlackBerry lands feature-light BBM on Windows Phone

Solid port, but Beta lacks vid chat and other extras

The wait for BBM on Windows Phone is over. BlackBerry has brought its pioneering and much-imitated messaging app to Windows, following launches on Android and iOS last year, albeit with the "Beta" label.…

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

Thought that Verizon phonecall was painful?

Thousands of Brits are being slapped with costly cancellation fees worth hundreds of pounds when they try to switch broadband providers, the Citizens Advice charity has warned.…

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The First Time - with McLaren's Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen has racked up plenty of firsts over the past 12 months - from clinching the Formula Renault 3.5 crown to making his Formula One debut, and scoring a Grand Prix podium at his first attempt. But he can also recall some of the other milestones in his life, like his first crash and his first taste of champagne. Just don't ask him to cook

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5G about the whole network, not just speed, says Alca-Luminary

Devices and networks need to decide the best - not just fastest - link for each app

So in The Register's ongoing untangling of what 5G might mean, we spoke to Tod Sizer of Alcatel-Lucent.…

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Linode open-sources its secret support sauce

IaaS operator happy for you to edit its tutorials

Infrastructure-as-a-service and cloud concern Linode has open-sourced the support documentation it offers to users.…

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Ah ha, mon amour violet ... French Iliad attempts to nibble on T-Mobile US

Offer for American telco may already have been tossed in le poubelle

French telco Iliad has made a surprise offer to acquire a majority stake in mobile carrier T-Mobile US, though the bid may have already been shot down.…

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