Saturday 31 January 2015

Toro Rosso debut the STR10 in Spain

Toro Rosso took the wraps off their 2015 car in the Jerez pit lane on Saturday afternoon, just a few hours before the first of this year's three pre-season tests gets underway at the Spanish circuit. The Renault-powered STR10 will be raced by the team's all-rookie driver line-up of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr, with the latter due behind the wheel first on Sunday

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Friday 30 January 2015

Super-cookie crumbles: Verizon vows to FINALLY kill off hated zombie stalkers

This time opt-out actually means opt-out, we're told

Verizon has backed down over its mandatory fingerprinting of subscribers using so-called "super-cookies".…

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Three to pleasure bumpkins with 800Mhz

Broadband boost before O2 craps all over it

Hutchison's Three will finally launch into the prime 800Mhz band later this year, which it expects will improve rural coverage significantly.…

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

Latest handset? Punters say 'meh'. It's all about networks now, prays Three

People are turning away from pricey "flagship" smartphones sold on complicated expensive contracts, according to industry figures.…

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Mobe-hungry BT's sales slip over Xmas amid EE buyout silence

Firm can't ignore £7bn pensions deficit much longer

Sales at one-time state telco monopoly BT fell by three per cent to £4.48bn in its third quarter, the company announced today.…

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Vettel and Raikkonen ready to be patient with new Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have warned against expecting immediate results from Ferrari in 2015, saying that patience will be key to the Scuderia's hopes of returning to the front of the Formula One grid. Vettel, who joined the Scuderia from Red Bull ahead of the new season, says his focus is on building a platform for success in the long-term

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Whee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

If it works it'll go nationwide, says telco's top dog

BT has announced that it wants to roll out and fibre to the home to provide internet speeds of up to 500Mbps and 1Gbps.…

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Oracle is BETTER at cloud than everyone else so NER, shouts Hurd (no Katz)

Laser focus on self embiggenment, says co-chief

Oracle’s co-CEO Mark Hurd is banging the drum for the database giant’s success in cloud computing.…

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Ferrari reveal their 2015 car, the SF15-T

Ferrari have officially unveiled the SF15-T, the car the Italian team hope will return them to winning ways in 2015. The new machine, which will be driven by Ferrari's all-world champion driver line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, features, amongst other things, a distinctive long flat nose and revised sidepods

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Sky sidles up to O2, whispers: 'Fancy a little FOUR-PLAY?'

It's been a long time coming *fnarr fnarr*

As we predicted, Sky is to launch an MVNO and get competitive against the other networks' four-play offerings.…

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Sauber unveil newly liveried C34

Sauber took the covers off their 2015 car on Friday, and revealed a brand-new blue and yellow colour scheme. The Ferrari-powered C34, to be raced by the team's all-new driver line-up of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, succeeds the disappointing C33 which last year became the first F1 car produced by the Swiss team not to score a single point

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Hey, America. Canada's watchdog just slapped net neutrality rules on wireless internet

Decision breaks down arbitrary divide between web and TV

A decision by Canadian telecoms regulator CRTC may have significant implications after it applied net neutrality rules to wireless connections.…

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Amazon, flush with cash, says it will let you peek inside AWS' pants

Plans to break out numbers for cloud biz for first time this year

Amazon left smiles on investors' faces on Thursday following a fourth-quarter earnings report that trounced analysts' estimates.…

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Thursday 29 January 2015

Mobile broadband giants blow $45bn on Uncle Sam's finest air

FCC closes spectrum auction with four-times more dosh than it had dreamed of

Cell networks in the US have spent $44.9bn buying the rights to use a chunk of the American government's airwaves for wireless broadband networks.…

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Mercedes shakedown F1 W06 Hybrid

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg got their first taste of Mercedes' 2015 Formula One car as the reigning champion team completed their first day of running during a promotional event at Silverstone. Rosberg was first to sample the F1 W06 Hybrid, with Hamilton then taking over - although a blizzard brought the day to a premature close, with the duo having completed 18 laps in total

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FCC SEXES up, er, sextuples 'broadband' speed to 25Mbps in US

Minimum downlink rate up from 'dated and inadequate' 4Mbps

US internet tweaker FCC this morning redefined the meaning of "broadband" internet to mean at least 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up – from the previous 4Mbps/1Mbps definition.…

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NXP flings sueball at Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

IP lawfare takes on new dimension – but for why?

NXP Semiconductors, the chipmaker which was once part of Philips, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Marvell Electronics, alleging that its patented wireless technology has been used in the Microsoft Xbox.…

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Microsoft Outlook comes to iOS, Android: MS email now a bit less painful on mobile

... Unless you're on Windows Phone

Microsoft has released new Outlook apps for iOS and Android.…

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Alonso and Button realistic over development of McLaren MP4-30

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have expressed excitement about getting behind the wheel of McLaren's newly unveiled MP4-30, though both are acutely aware that developing the Honda-powered machine will not be easy. Alonso, who re-joined McLaren from Ferrari over the winter, indicated that he's prepared for possible teething problems when he gets the Woking team's pre-season test programme underway in Spain on Sunday

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Supersonic Bloodhound car techies in screaming 650mph comms test

HD video at Mach 1+? No biggie, say cool-cat engineers

Engineers from the Bloodhound supersonic car world record attempt have been testing their radio comms gear as plans to stream the 1,000mph (1,610kmph) event live come together.…

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McLaren unveil evolutionary MP4-30

McLaren have revealed the car that Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will race in 2015, the Honda-powered MP4-30. According to the British team, the new machine, which also features a revised colour scheme, is a 'thoroughly refined evolution' of their 2014 car with some 'exciting new technical DNA'

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Telstra: we don't collect the metadata the government wants now

So much for A-G Brandis' 'this'll be easy for telcos to collect' argument

Yet again, the coaching that spooks and bureaucrats have given Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis has proven to be at odds with the realities of the telecommunications industry.…

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FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

* This headline brought to you by the cable companies

US internet tinkerer the FCC will likely vote tomorrow to change its definition of "broadband" connections from 4Mbps to 25Mbps – effectively moving 13 per cent of the American population outside the envelope of "fast" internet access.…

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Will Amazon's big-biz WorkMail be another Fire dud – or a Kindle?

If there's one thing we all really need, it's another enterprise mail service, right Exchange?

Amazon Web Services wants to tout webmail to the business world.…

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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

We're jammin' and I hope this jam is gonna last ... NOPE!

US watchdog the FCC has ruled that no one – not even hotels and other commercial outfits – can block or ban personal Wi-Fi hotspots.…

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Force India to skip first pre-season test

Force India have announced that they will not attend the first pre-season test of 2015 as was originally planned, and will instead shift their focus to the second and third tests at Barcelona. The team had previously said they would run their 2014 car at the test, but will now skip it completely, saying: "learning opportunities would have been limited"

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GP3 champion Lynn joins Williams as development driver

Williams have announced reigning GP3 Series champion Alex Lynn as their development driver for the 2015 season. In this role, Lynn, 21, will undertake simulator duties to help with the development of Williams' new Mercedes-powered FW37 and to assist the Grove team's race engineers in setting up the car for each Grand Prix

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Renault reveal 'fundamental' changes to 2015 power unit

Renault say they have achieved a 'fundamental' overhaul of their Formula One power unit ahead of the 2015 season, as they bid to reduce last year's performance deficit to Mercedes. Managing director Cyril Abiteboul said sweeping changes have allowed Renault to make significant progress over the winter in terms of both reliability and performance, with the French manufacturer now targeting upwards of the three victories they scored in 2014

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Sleepy Ofcom glances at internet of things, rolls over, takes nap

UK watchdog prepares 37 pages of nothing

UK regulator Ofcom has published a report [PDF] into the so-called internet of things (IoT) in which it promises to do something at some point in the future.…

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EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

Kumquat may, fruits of BT merger won’t include Moss' baby

With BT now expected to complete the deal to buy EE, it has been reported that EE will kill off the T-Mobile and Orange brands in the UK. The mix of brands from BT, EE, T-Mobile and Orange is all a bit confusing.…

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

HTML5 <video> tag will henceforth shift video whenever possible

YouTube has decided it's had enough of Adobe's perenially-p0wned Flash and will therefore now default to delivering video with the HTML5 <video> tag.…

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US looks at plan to hand over world's DNS – and screams blue murder

Assistant Commerce Secretary starts playing Twenty Questions over IANA power shift

The US government official in charge of the critical Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) contract wants a course change in how the globe's core DNS systems will be moved out of Uncle Sam's hands.…

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Tuesday 27 January 2015

Government's rushed NBN migration plan off to the ACCC

Consultation? We've heard of it

Industry objections notwithstanding, the federal government has okayed Telstra submitting its revised NBN migration plan to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).…

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Sauber to reveal new car on same day as Ferrari

Sauber will launch their new Formula One car online on January 30, just two days before the first pre-season test of 2015 gets underway in Spain. The Swiss team will unveil the Ferrari-powered C34 at 0900 GMT on the same day that Ferrari are also set to reveal their 2015 machine, the SF15-T

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Ferrari: Plenty of opportunity to find performance in 2015

Ferrari have a wide scope in which they can find improvements and move back up the competitive order in 2015, according to technical director James Allison. Ferrari struggled throughout 2014 - the Italian team's first winless F1 season since 1993 - as they failed to capitalise on sweeping regulation changes

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Post-modem Ericsson wobbles thanks to flat sales and falling profits

Trouble at t'mill as scandal-hit board member steps down

Ericsson's flat sales last year were the result of its disappointing fourth quarter, especially in America, its latest financial results show.…

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Want to win Microsoft's cloudy love? Just spend $500

Partners: Take sky bridge to cloud conference and pucker up

Channel partners that want to cosy up to Microsoft at this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference have got the option to be an extra special pet – cough $500 and they could be within spitting distance of the event… literally.…

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Euro mobile standards chiefs eye tiny beauty: It's the KEY to 5G

Millimetre wave spectrum

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which sets the standards for mobile comms, has just started work on five specifications for millimetre Wave Transmission – the 30GHz to 300GHz range.…

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Monday 26 January 2015

Charlotte, NC thinks it has won the Google Fiber lottery

Meanwhile, San Francisco stares at loading screens

Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina believe they will be the next to enjoy Google Fiber.…

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ICANN CEO criticizes domain "hoggers"

But just who's eating at the trough?

ICANN's CEO has infuriated domain investors by dismissing them as domain "hoggers" in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos.…

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Great Firewall of China blasts DDoS attacks at random IP addresses

Upgrade to system causing bizarre traffic spikes

An upgrade to China's Great Firewall is having knock-on effects all over the internet, with seemingly random sites experiencing massive traffic spikes.…

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Cubans defy government's home internet ban with secret home-made network

Tech for the unconnected

Cubans are fighting back against restrictions on their use of internet with SNet, a secret network. Also known as StreetNet, it pools the resources of citizens, who are effectively prohibited from using the internet.…

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Lotus reveal first images of Mercedes-powered 2015 car

Lotus have released pictures of their new Mercedes-powered E23 Hybrid car, which they are confident will prove 'far, far better' than its 2014 predecessor. While the team will retain last year's line-up of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, they believe the switch from Renault to Mercedes power, and the implementation of lessons learned from last year's struggles, will thrust them back to the sharp end of the Formula One grid

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Ex-G-Cloud bigwig Chant weighs in on GDS' framework rebrand

But, but... we'd won 'hearts and minds'

Former G-Cloud head Chris Chant has entered the growing row over the status of the framework under the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS), criticising its decision to ditch a brand "that has won hearts and minds".…

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Brightstar deal means Post Office mobile network could be a thing

A dozen stamps, some parcel tape and a new SIM, please

The Post Office is ramping up its plans to become a virtual mobile phone network, with hardware distributor Brightstar being appointed to handle logistics for SIMs and phones.…

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Ferrari reveal name of new car

Ferrari's 2015 Formula One car will be designated the SF15-T, the team announced on Monday. The new car, to be piloted by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen this season, will be unveiled online on Friday (January 30), two days ahead of its track debut at Jerez on February 1

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Sunday 25 January 2015

'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

Translation: GOOGLE will be EVERYWHERE at ALL TIMES

Google exec chairman Eric Schmidt misled the world last week by claiming that – one day – the internet will vanish.…

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Saturday 24 January 2015

Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

ISPs warn Parliament to reject proposed amendments

Britain's ISPs have attacked sneaky, proposed amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill that were tabled by four peers in Parliament this week – as they mounted an attempt to resurrect the Snoopers' Charter.…

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Hibernating NetMundial continues to rattle internet governance world

Davos launch scotched but civil society launches rival

The controversial effort by ICANN and the World Economic Forum (WEF) to devise a new internet governance body may have gone into hibernation but it is still causing ructions.…

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Google offers cloudy port for Docker container images

Park your images on the same storage your app uses

Google has expanded its support for Docker-based Linux containers on its Cloud Platform, with the addition of a new, cloud-based hosting service for private container registries.…

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China beefs up Great Firewall, snips off VPN access

Censorship tools get a boost as users scramble for workarounds

China's notorious "Great Firewall" is being blamed for widespread reports of virtual private network (VPN) outages in the country.…

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Friday 23 January 2015

Amazon ElastiCache is now available in the AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region

Amazon ElastiCache is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) region. Customers can use the service to create fast, managed and reliable in-memory key value stores in the second European AWS location. To learn more about ElastiCache please visit the product page.

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Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing support in ClassicLink

Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing now support ClassicLink, enabling you to launch EC2-Classic instances that are linked to a VPC into an Auto Scaling group. EC2-Classic instances can also be registered with Elastic Load Balancers in the VPC.

You can configure ClassicLink using the AWS Management Console, the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS Tools for Windows Powershell, or through the AWS SDKs. To learn more about ClassicLink, see the documentation. To learn more about Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing support for ClassicLink, please refer to the Auto Scaling documentation and Elastic Load Balancing documentation, respectively.

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Oh what a tangled cloud we weave

AWS sneaks Windows VMs out the back door as Rackspace offers vCloud Air alternative

The cloud caper's getting more competitive, with four of the industry's bigger players jostling in new and fun ways.…

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Verizon posts WANTED poster for copper rustlers

Them varmints is putting innocent lives in danger …

Verizon is sick of having to refresh its copper network merely to replace stolen metal, and for the forth time since 2013 has posted a reward for information leading to arrests.…

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Amazon gobbles chips firm Annapurna to speed up cloudy data centers

Stealth firm could solve networking costs conundrum for AWS

Amazon has agreed to buy a secretive Israeli chipmaker in an apparent bid to build new custom tech for its massive data centers.…

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Thursday 22 January 2015

Google signs up Sprint and T-Mobile's to sell its cellphone plans

Google's plans to become a mobile phone operator - which we outlined earlier this month - have grown closer to reality with the news that the search giant has signed deals to run calls and data over Sprint and T-Mobile's network.…

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FCC Commissioner argues for delaying February net neutrality ruling

Let's wait to see how badly Congress does first

One of the FCC's five Commissioners has argued that the Commission should delay its net neutrality ruling until Congress has had an opportunity to devise new legislation aimed at resolving the issue.…

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

Net neutrality bandwagon, meet spasming mobe-maker

In a blog post on the BlackBerry website, CEO John Chen has called on regulators to force Apple and Netflix to support Blackberry hardware, claiming this forms part of the ongoing net neutrality debate.…

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Zoom F1 charity auction races to success

Stars of Formula One racing gathered together with the rich and famous last Friday for the third annual Zoom Charity Gala Auction at London's InterContinental Park Lane Hotel. The auction raised over £20,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. F1 drivers, team principals and well-known faces within the world of motor racing, including Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel, each took photographs

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

If leaks are real, Apple is in trouble

Newly leaked specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S6 show the South Korean company taking the fight back to Apple. The expected flagship is expected to debut a year after we saw the S5 at Mobile World Congress.…

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Alonso to debut new McLaren-Honda at Jerez test

McLaren have confirmed that Fernando Alonso will give the new Honda-powered MP4-30 its maiden run when pre-season testing gets underway at Jerez on February 1. The Spaniard, who is returning for his second stint at the Woking team in 2015, will also be behind the wheel on day three of the four-day test

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EE network goes TITSUP* across the WHOLE of Blighty

Nothing Nowhere for thousands of angry paying customers

Mobile network operator EE appears to have been hit by a nation-wide outage.…

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4Chan man Moot logs off as admin for last time

So long and thanks for all the GOATSE

The founder of web cesspit 4chan has bailed from the site he created.…

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RHEL on VCE is ESA's new tech launchpad

Space agency now orbiting new private cloud

The European Space Agency (ESA) has rolled Red Hat Enterprise Linux into its ESA Cloud, an ongoing cloud computing rollout.…

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Net neutrality bunfight heads to Congress, with predictable results

Washington jostles with broadband rules

Not one but two Congressional hearings over net neutrality have taken place this week, sparking a wave of letters, commentary, and advocacy but precious little resolution.…

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Wednesday 21 January 2015

Force India unveil sleek new team livery

Force India have revealed a new team livery which will adorn their cars during the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship. The revised colour scheme, which was unveiled by Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg at a special launch in Mexico City on Wednesday, was presented on an old car following the team's decision to delay the introduction of the new VJM08 until the second pre-season test of the year

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Eurovision tellybods: Yes, you heard right – net neutrality

Broadcasters suddenly start caring about the internet

The European Broadcasting Union, which organises the annual Eurovision musical telly glitterfest, has rounded up a group of “civil society” pressure groups to send a letter to EU leaders demanding net neutrality.…

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Williams release first images of the FW37

Williams have become the first team to reveal images of their 2015 car, the Mercedes-powered FW37. The new machine, to be raced by Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, is an evolution of last year's impressive FW36 which carried Williams to nine podiums and third place in the constructors' standings

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Cheer up UK mobile grumblers. It's about to get even pricier

Consolidation mania. Kerr-ching!

You may not think being a mobile phone customer in Britain is much fun, what with rural Not Spots, the world's most irritating advertising campaigns*, and LTE arriving later (and rolling out slower) than anywhere else. Readers are quick to complain.…

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Network virty comes to VMware's cloud

vCloud Air gets closer to servers-by-the-hour and hangs out the 'startups wanted' sign

VMware's made some tweaks to its vCloud Air public cloud.…

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It's a very freaky cloud, the kind you don't take home to mother

Platform9 suggests OpenStack act as SUPERFREAK for vSphere control freak

Imagine for a moment you're a sysadmin that's embraced VMware for server virtualisation, so you have a fleet of well-used servers and the ability to dial them up and down as required.…

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Tap sat app gap, yaps Inmarsat chap: Orbiting bird API opened to devs

Satnav to sat-have

Satellite communications oldie Inmarsat is to open up its systems to third-party developers – and wants them to create new ways to use its communications grid to link ships, aircraft, and machine-to-machine data traffic.…

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Bush-first NBN build was back to front says NBN Co CEO

David Morrow tells Tasmania building in cities would have given NBN Co experience to tackle tougher spots

NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has told a TasICT gathering that the original National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout plan, which prioritised regional areas to receive fibre first, was a mistake.…

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Telcos try to head off net neutrality rules with legislation

Those election dollars put to good use as Congress pushes "discussion draft"

Having tried and seemingly failed to steer the FCC away from enacting new net neutrality rules under so-called Title II legislation, US telcos have turned to Congress for relief.…

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Tuesday 20 January 2015

SAP’s cloudy future prompts a dip in profit forecast

Calm down, £5.3bn 2017 profit still coming

German software giant SAP has cut its profit margin forecast for 2017, as its cloud offering is set to take off and dent the company's (still-bulging) pockets.…

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Toro Rosso to unveil new car at end of January

Toro Rosso will roll out their 2015 Formula One car in the Jerez pit lane on January 31, the day before pre-season testing gets underway at the Spanish circuit. The Renault-powered STR10 will break cover at 1700 local time (1600 GMT), with drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Junior both in attendance

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Force India to delay introduction of 2015 car

Force India have confirmed that they will not introduce their new car until the second pre-season test of the year in Spain. The Silverstone-based squad, who are set to unveil a new livery in Mexico on Wednesday, will instead run their 2014 machine at the opening test in Jerez from February 1-4

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Palmer signs as Lotus third driver for 2015

Reigning GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer has joined Lotus as their third driver for the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship. Palmer, 24, will drive in a 'significant number' of Friday practice sessions as part of his deal with the team, which also includes test and development work

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Google thinking of sinking a BEELLION DOLLARS into Internet In Spaaace

Chocolate Factory wants to beam ads across Planet Earth

Google is reportedly close to slinging $1bn at Elon Musk's SpaceX to pad out investment in the private company's development of satellites for internet-based services.…

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India pushes ahead with slimmed-down fibre rollout

Announces states to receive first fibre-to-the-village builds

India is pushing ahead with the Modi government's fibre vision, under which 20,000 rural villages will get fibre backhaul by December 2016.…

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New York State plots broadband future

US$500 million to get to 100 Mbps

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has decided that the 6 Mbps that's out of reach for a million residents of the state isn't good enough, and has created a half-billion-dollar fund to kick things along.…

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Monday 19 January 2015

THREE vans and FIVE people: that's what Telstra needs to fix one fault

Surprise: lightning and copper don't mix

The impact of weather on Telstra's ailing copper network has hit the headlines, with some parts of Canberra told they'll suffer outages well into February.…

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Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM

Firms vow traffic throttling WON'T damage OTT players

Virgin Media, Vodafone and EE have promised to be more upfront with their subscribers about traffic management policies two and half years after rival, big name UK ISPs signed up to the voluntary "Open Internet Code".…

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Mercedes to launch 2015 car at first test

Mercedes will reveal their 2015 Formula One car on the first day of pre-season testing at Jerez on February 1, the team have announced. The Silver Arrows, which swept to a drivers' and constructors' double in 2014, will reveal their F1 W06 Hybrid before track action commences at the Spanish circuit

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China's Apple? PAH! We're looking for SUCCESS in internet TV – Xiaomi

We've $1bn to back that up – report

Rising star mobile company Xiaomi is planning an assault on TV content and has reportedly set aside $1bn with which to do it.…

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Force India to stage live team launch this week

Force India will provide fans with the first glimpse of the 2015 Formula One landscape when they reveal the livery for their new car, the VJM09, on Wednesday. The team launch will also be broadcast live and online from 1500 GMT on the team's official website

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Microsoft and mate release Azure transporter beam

Open source migration code shunts your IaaS around inside Redmond-land

As cloud providers add more regions, folks who've committed to one data centre may find they have good reasons to move to another.…

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Another day, another billionaire, another space internet plan

Elon Musk's talks up satellite internet for Earth … and Mars

Another day, another billionaire with a space broadband plan.…

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Sunday 18 January 2015

NBN's basement-dive begins in earnest

Apartments lined up for March service launch

NBN Co, the entity building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) has started identifying which apartment blocks are to get its fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) rollout, with 43 blocks totalling 6,000 premises on the current plan.…

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Twitter complies with Turkey's 'national security' blackout demand – BLOCKS newspaper's tweets

Refuses to kill account as censorship kicks in

Turkey has once again browbeat Twitter into censoring some of the content posted on the micro-blogging site, after being threatened with an outright ban in the country.…

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Hong Kong mogul mulls MULTI-BEELLION pound bid for O2 – report

Three daddy 'in talks' with Telefonica's UK mobile carrier

British mobile operator O2 has reportedly been eyed up by Hong Kong biz baron Li Ka-shing, with a buyout bid of up to £9bn apparently being floated.…

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Saturday 17 January 2015

US mobe network Sprint breaks ranks, says YES to net neutrality

Give me a forebeared Title II, baby, says CTO

Fourth-place US mobile operator Sprint has broken ranks with the telco industry and said it think that Title II legislation should apply to broadband internet provision - both wired and wireless.…

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Friday 16 January 2015

UK's landmark mobile not-spot deal already falling apart

Labour takes umbrage with parliamentary process (and money)

The made-of-straw “landmark deal” to fix the not-spots in mobile phone infrastructure - which has made the UK the poor man of Europe in mobile coverage - is already starting to crumble.…

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Microsoft Azure was most FAIL-FILLED cloud of 2014

They were still up for 99.9% of the time, in fairness

Microsoft’s cloud had the worst service reliability of the three main players in 2014, according to annual metrics from uptime experts CloudHarmony.…

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

It's a post-post-post PC world

After such a banner year of Linux releases it might seem overly pessimistic to pause and ask this question: is there a future beyond this?…

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Virgin, Qualcomm, back 600-satellite space internet plan

Beardy Branson boards next-billion bandwagon, but his plan doesn't add up

WorldVu, an outfit that last year looked to have Google and Elon Musk backing its vision for a fleet of broadband-beaming low-earth orbit satellites, has scored backing from Virgin and Qualcomm.…

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For pervasive 5G and IoT, prepare for wind turbines on cells

Boffins imagine lots of small off-grid cells to power pervasive data grid

As growing user populations and hunger for mobile capacity drive ever-smaller cell sizes (even before the advent of 5G), electricity becomes a problem.…

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Come now, don't be beastly to cellphone giants, Supremes tell America's town halls

If you're going to reject a phone mast, give time for an appeal

The US Supreme Court has made it a bit easier for telcos to build cell towers in America.…

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Thursday 15 January 2015

I hope you like jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on hotel Wi-Fi networks ban

You can Wi-Fi freely in rooms, just not in the lobby, says chain

Hotel chain Marriott has lifted a ban on personal Wi-Fi networks in hotels.…

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BT bemoans 'misconceived' SUPERFAST broadband regs

Sky, TalkTalk happy as Ofcom muses on pricing and margins

Ofcom is attempting to clip BT’s financial wings by proposing to regulate the margins it banks from superfast broadband sales to consumers, essentially to prevent the firm from future profiteering and elbowing rivals out of the market.…

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Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

Spruces up bargain basement mobes

Windows Phones fanbois aren't happy that there's no new €600 flagship to fondle – but nobody can accuse Microsoft of complacency as it tackles the low-cost smartphone business.…

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Crap broadband holds back HALF of rural small biz

1 in 2 country folk outfits regularly swear at their routers – SME org

Patchy connectivity in rural areas is hampering small businesses with half complaining of poor broadband speeds, according to an extensive survey from the Federation of Small Businesses.…

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Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

Team dispatched to turn it off and on again

Demon internet broadband users are currently unable to connect, with the company reporting a complete outage of its services.…

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Google-gulped Stackdriver reborn as cloudy control freak

AWS operations platform extended in beta

Google has regurgitated Stackdriver, eight months after swallowing the cloud monitoring service.…

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Microsoft vs, Internet of Stuff, Big Data: Some of 2015's legal cloudy issues

Strolling through a data privacy minefield

Cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things are among the hottest topics that vendors are driving in 2015, but there are five legal developments in each that are worth tracking.…

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If cities want to run their own broadband, let 'em do it, Prez Obama tells FCC

... in a nicely written plea to the comms watchdog

President Obama wants US internet watchdog the FCC to overturn bans on city-run broadband in America.…

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Wednesday 14 January 2015

Digital Ocean adds FreeBSD, explores cloudy Windows

Adding BSD was easy. Now to negotiate with Microsoft

Cloud operator Digital Ocean has added an option to run Free BSD in its cloud and is considering adding Windows servers.…

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

Zuck wants in to YOUR company firewall

Facebook will soon tell its users (sorry, people ) to dump its colleagues on the site and interact with them instead on the company's social-networking-for-suits site, Facebook at Work.…

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5G needs new connectivity methods, say Spanish boffins

'No signal' not wanted in mm-wave world

While millimeter-wave radio frequencies are hyped as the future of high-speed wireless networks, they're severely range-limited. A group of Spanish boffins has proposed using user context information like location to help mobile devices get the best speed.…

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Tuesday 13 January 2015

March deadline nears for FAT, JUICY Euro Commish cloud service contracts

2,500TB of spare storage? Fond of paperwork? Gvie it a go

EU cloud service companies have until 5 March this year to bid for lucrative EU Commission contracts.…

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You go fast, but we go 'further' and 'deeper' – Voda tells 'Speedy' EE

UK network claims: Mobile doesn't NEED over 20Mbps

In a blog on the Vodafone website, its UK CEO Jeroen Hoencamp claims the global operator could build something as fast, or faster than, EE’s 300Mbps - it just doesn’t want to.…

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Should spectrum hog TV give up its seat for broadband? You tell us – EU

It's granny vs tween in battle of the spectrum

The European Commission wants help in deciding whether or not to allow terrestrial TV to hang on to valuable spectrum.…

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Amazon EC2 Auto Recovery now available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region

Auto Recovery is a new Amazon EC2 feature that is designed to increase instance availability. You can automatically recover supported instances when a system impairment is detected. Auto Recovery keeps your existing instance running and automatically recovers your instance on new underlying hardware, if needed, so you do not generally need to migrate to a new instance.

You can enable Auto Recovery for an instance by creating an AWS CloudWatch alarm. Choose the “EC2 Status Check Failed (System)” metric and select the “Recover this instance” action. The instance will reboot during the recovery process. The recovered instance will be identical to the original, including the same Instance ID, IP address(es) and configuration.

Instance recovery is subject to underlying limitations, as reflected in the Instance Recovery Troubleshooting documentation. To learn more or to get started, please visit the Auto Recovery documentation.

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NBN migration arrangements favour Telstra, say competitors

Nobody saw that coming

With the Australian government's multi-technology model for the National Broadband Network (NBN) set in stone, competitors to dominant carrier Telstra are concerned that proposed transition arrangements give the incumbent too much power while crimping the reach of regulator the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.…

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Amazon's new EC2 compute instances run on SECRET INTEL CHIPS

Custom Xeons power high-perf cloudy number crunchers

Amazon Web Services has raised the stakes for high-performance cloud computing with new, compute-optimized instance types for its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service.…

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Monday 12 January 2015

I don't think you're ready for this, Jelly: Google pulls support for Android WebView

Soz, 60% of active user base, your sh*t is too OLD

Google has decided to end support for older versions of Android WebView, the default web browser on 'droid devices. This will apply to users running 4.3 or earlier versions of its Android smartphone OS.…

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Android users are massive wan … er … smut consumers

Brits top for tablet content views. Stiffen your sinews

Stats from self-pleasuring site Pornhub (that link is suitable for work) show that mobile viewing has overtaken desktop, and Android is the OS of choice for viewers of its select content.…

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Now available: C4 instances, featuring the highest compute performance on Amazon EC2

You can now launch C4 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Compute-optimized instances. C4 instances are designed for compute-bound workloads, such as high-traffic front-end fleets, MMO gaming, media processing, transcoding, and High Performance Computing (HPC) applications.

C4 instances are available in five sizes, offering up to 36 vCPUs. C4 instances are based on Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 (codename Haswell) processors that run at a base frequency of 2.9 GHz, and can deliver clock speeds as high as 3.5 GHz with Intel ® Turbo Boost. Each C4 instance type is EBS-optimized by default and at no additional cost. This feature provides 500 Mbps to 4,000 Mbps of dedicated throughput to EBS above and beyond the general purpose network throughput provided to the instance. C4 instances also provide Enhanced Networking for higher packet per second (PPS) performance, lower network jitter, and lower network latencies. The specifications of C4 instances are provided in the table below.

Instance Type vCPUs Memory (GiB) Networking Performance Dedicated EBS Throughput (Mbps)
Linux On-Demand Price*
$0.116 per hour
$0.232 per hour
$0.464 per hour
$0.928 per hour
10 Gigabit
$1.856 per hour

* Pricing for US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) AWS regions. For pricing in other regions, please visit the Amazon EC2 pricing page.

C4 instances are currently available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS regions, with the support in other regions coming soon.

To learn more about C4 instances, please visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page

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Symantec wins spot on OpenStack Foundation board

Elections for individual members under way

Symantec's Gold membership of OpenStack only came through last December, but the company has already scored a slot on the effort's board.…

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Sunday 11 January 2015

Australia's Akamai ranking has nothing to do with the NBN

Are we going up, down or sideways?

There's never any shortage of ways for Australia to feel inadequate about its broadband performance, and speed comparisons are a perennial favourite.…

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Verizon says 40-hour outage was outage to end alll outages

Downtime sails past 'far less than 48 hours' pledge

Verizon Cloud's planned maintenance outage, for which the company last week allocated 48 hours but advised should “take far less than 48 hours” ran at least 40 hours, and the company now says the outage was needed for an upgrade that will remove the need for future outages of this type.…

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Saturday 10 January 2015

Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

Moon on stick proposals include cheaper broadband access

In the aftermath of the massive hack attack on Sony Pictures – which the US government continues to insist was carried out by North Korea – President Barak Obama is expected to lobby hard for legislative overhauls to battle online threats.…

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US govt opens door to Google The Cellphone Network

NTIA readies 100MHz in 3.5GHz spectrum for release

The US government has cleared the way for Google to become your next cellphone network provider – possibly without costing the company a pretty penny.…

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Friday 9 January 2015

When the US lets go of the keys to the internet, what about our protocols?

Don't worry – the IETF hands in homework

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has completed its part of a larger effort to move crucial behind-the-scenes internet systems away from US government control.…

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Hey, posh boy. Fancy a £200m PHONE THREESOME?

Councils encourage other London boroughs to join their multi-way telco action

A massive phone and network connectivity services framework between three local authorities is up for grabs, valued up to £200m over four years.…

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Ferrari to launch new car at end of January

Ferrari have become the second team to confirm the launch date for their 2015 Formula One car, announcing an online reveal of their new machine for January 30. The Italian team will release further details of the car, including its name, in the build up to the launch

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Lenovo hopes to say Hello Moto to smartphone cash

Brand to account for 40% of its 2016 smartmobe sales

Having bought Motorola, Lenovo is looking to sell a lot of phones.…

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McLaren reveal 2015 car launch date

McLaren have become the first team to confirm details of their 2015 car launch, with the wraps set to come off its new Honda-powered machine in a digital launch on Thursday January 29. Images and information about the MP4-30 will be revealed online three days before the car is expected to make its public debut at the first pre-season test of the year at Jerez

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FIA clarifies new virtual safety car procedures

Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, has formally confirmed how the new virtual safety car (VSC) system will work ahead of the 2015 season. The concept was introduced in the wake of Jules Bianchi's crash in last year's Japanese Grand Prix, and was trialled during practice at the last three Grands Prix of 2014

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IBM ushers in BIGGEST EVER re-org for the cloud era, say insiders

CEO Ginny Rometty making her mark...(it has been 3+ years)

IBM CEO Ginny Rometty is instigating the biggest global re-org in the history of the corporation in a bid to carve out a clearer future in a cloudy world.…

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BILLIONTH Indian mobile subscriber due in 2015

Growth is slowing, but this mobile cloud thing clearly has legs

Growth of India's mobile phone using population has stalled, but the nation looks on track to notch up its billionth subscriber during 2015.…

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Thursday 8 January 2015

Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

4Mbit/s no longer cutting the mustard

US comms watchdog the FCC wants to increase the minimum speed ISPs must deliver in order to label an internet service as broadband.…

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

Why 4G is no solution for emergency services

In less than 18 months' time the police radio network will be switched off. There is no obvious replacement and the looming omnishambles is turning into a bonanza for Arquiva, the only company brave enough to offer a solution.…

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Google's plan to become your phone company

Unused spectrum could mean higher data rates and lower bills

Google hopes to become your next cell phone operator by using license-free spectrum to offer cheaper internet access.…

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Wednesday 7 January 2015

4K off, Google Fiber: Comcast, Broadcom tout 2Gbps cable

Assuming streaming sites can keep up

By this time next year, we should be able to stream 4K video over home cable internet connections. That's according to Comcast, which has promised a gigabit-broadband service using a modem designed by Broadcom.…

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Cloud Backup stew in Docker container? Check – Asigra

Claims 6x app density increase

Quick as a flash, Asigra has added Docker container support to its Cloud Backup product.…

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AWS adds multi-account support to control freak console

End of log in, log off irritation for admins

It's a small thing but a useful one, and maybe a sign of increased maturity: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added multi-account support to its management console.…

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Right, who feels like going to an Ofcom meeting? Anyone? Bueller?

Show 'em how 'public' feels about ‘effective competition’

Ofcom has released a draft of its plans for 2015 and 2016, promising to protect citizens, as well as allow them to express a view on developments, which is nice.…

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Verizon wants to sell 'antiquated' copper assets, stick to wireless for voice

US giant needs its 'Malcolm Turnbull' moment

Verizon's copper networks are now so old it says wireless is a better option for voice and low-speed data services.…

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Tuesday 6 January 2015

No-one trusts Oracle, shrieks CCL as cloudy ball misses its goals

If only they did as I want them to, sighs pressure group

Oracle’s cloud growth hinges on overcoming “deep-rooted mistrust” of its core customer base.…

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Wolff to test new Williams FW37 at Barcelona

Susie Wolff will get her first experience of Williams' new 2015 Formula One car during the second pre-season test at Barcelona in February. Wolff's drive comes as part of her expanded official test driver role with the team, which will also see her contest two FP1 sessions over the course of the season

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New Super Licence points system from 2016

Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, has revealed details of a new Super Licence points system, making it harder for drivers to become eligible for F1 competition. From 2016, drivers must have accumulated 40 points over a three-year period, with points allocation based on which other motorsport series they have participated in and the level of results they achieved

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

We'll just block conference and convention areas instead

The Marriott hotel chain – slammed for jamming guests' personal Wi-Fi hotspots – has tried to explain why it's asking for permission to interfere with wireless networks.…

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Monday 5 January 2015

TPG unplugs NBN rival fibre to the basement service

Requirement to create wholesale service proves too painful

Junior telco TPG has decided it will not proceed with a fibre to the basement (FTTB) product.…

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No cellphones in cells, you slaaag! moots prison mobe zap law

Best hope you're not a PAYG user outside Pentonville

New legislation to be discussed in Parliament today will compel mobile phone networks to cut off the phones of criminals who use mobile phones in prison.…

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Jean-Pierre Beltoise, 1937-2015

Jean-Pierre Beltoise, the winner of the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix and a veteran of 84 world championship starts, has died aged 77. The popular Frenchman began his racing career in motorcycling, capturing 11 titles in his homeland between 1961 and 1964 before switching to four wheels

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Verizon Cloud plans 48-hour maintenance outage

Users asked to switch off their clouds to avoid complications

Verizon Cloud will be down for maintenance for up to 48 hours next weekend and virtual machines hosted there will be inoperable, to enable the introduction of un-named improvements.…

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Sunday 4 January 2015

VPN users reckon Netflix is blocking them

Winter is coming to the Game of VPNs

Netflix is being accused of planning to enforce its terms and conditions by blocking connections from services that bypass geographic blocks.…

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Saturday 3 January 2015

Music fans FUME over PJ Harvey ticket CHAOS as Somerset House site buckles

Arts centre blames high level of traffic for customer woe

Many PJ Harvey fans who rushed to buy tickets from Somerset House's online store on Friday were left bitterly disappointed, after the website buckled under demand.…

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US watchdog boss pencils in net neutrality February showdown – report

FCC chairman said to be finally ready for vote

US broadband watchdog the FCC is apparently planning to hold a vote next month on how it will, or won't, eventually enforce net neutrality.…

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Friday 2 January 2015

Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal

3 of the top 5 smartphone vendors now Chinese

Huawei claims to have banked over $11bn in smartphone revenue in 2014 despite falling short of its volume prediction.…

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Thursday 1 January 2015

30 years ago today, the first commercial UK 'mobile' phone call was made

It was 1 Jan 1985 ...

The first mobile phone calls were made on Cellnet and Vodafone 30 years ago today.…

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Marciello joins Sauber as test and reserve driver

Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello has joined Sauber as test and reserve driver for the 2015 season, the Swiss team announced on Wednesday. Marciello, 20, already has prior experience of Formula One machinery, having tested for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi in November. He will combine his new Sauber duties with a second full season in GP2, in which he won once and claimed four podiums en route to eighth in the 2014 championship

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