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Apple signs for auction

18,000 Apple employees could get bite of profits with class-action lawsuit

A lawsuit against Apple by disgruntled employees has just been granted class-action status, potentially creating a payday for staff who say the firm held back their wages and stopped them from taking rest breaks. The lawsuit (PDF), originally filed in 2011 by former Apple retail and corporate staff, claims that managers …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2014

Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

A woman described as a high-priced escort by cops has been charged with the manslaughter of a Google executive found dead in his yacht after a heroin overdose. Alix Catherine Tichelman Mug shot ... Alix Catherine Tichelman Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, was arrested in a sting operation on July 4 in connection with the death …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2014

Windows users: You get a patch! And you get a patch! And you get a patch! Everybody gets...

Microsoft has issued its usual warning to admins ahead of this month's Patch Tuesday – and servers are getting some serious fixes. Redmond will be pinging out six parcels of patches; two critical batches, three important and one rated moderate – the latter covering the service bus for Windows Server. But Windows RT, Server 2008 …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2014

I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

Google has kicked off its annual developer conference with a three-hour keynote in which the search kingpin explained where it's taking Android next: namely, your wrist, your car, your living room, and beyond. It was long enough to trouble your correspondent's laptop battery. Sundar Pichai, Google's head of Android division, …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2014
Reg man wears Google Glass

Google starts selling Glass to Brits – for £1,000 a pop

Google is opening up the sale of its Glass head-mounted computers to customers outside the US for the first time, and the UK is the first country to get them. "Beginning today, we're extending our open beta Explorer program to the UK. The world sees the UK as a center (actually, a centre) of innovation," said the Chocolate …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2014

Tech companies are raising their game (and pants) post-Snowden

If there’s a positive to the disclosures by ex-National Security Contractor (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, it’s that it’s been a disaster for technology and internet firms. Yes, a positive. In the last year we’ve learned the NSA has backdoors placed in the hardware that makes networks, the existence of massive funnels placed …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2014
Cisco CEO John Chambers speaking at Cisco Live! 2014

John Chambers sold millions of shares on first day of Cisco Live!

Paperwork filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission show that as Cisco's CEO was wandering around the Moscone Center keynote room delivering his annual address to the Cisco Live! Conference, his brokers were selling shares in the company hand over fist. According to the latest SEC Form 4 filing, Chambers sold 2,050,000 …
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2014
Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

The touchscreen Surface Pro 3, unveiled on Tuesday, is Microsoft's latest attempt to bridge the gap between laptops and tablets. Panos Panay claims Surface Pro 3 is one device to rule them all Panos Panay claims Surface Pro 3 is one device to rule them all "It starts with dreaming the impossible," gushed Microsoft CEO Satya …
Iain Thomson, 20 May 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

$180,000 buys you lunch with Tim Cook as charity auction ending

The 8th annual charity auction to meet the executive of your dreams (or nightmares) is showing that lunch with Apple's big boss Tim Cook will set you back over $180,000 – other tech leaders, however, are proving less popular. The auction, run by Charitybuzz, raises money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human …
Iain Thomson, 12 May 2014

Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

Symantec, a company that has made huge amounts of cash as the largest antivirus software vendor for the last quarter of a century, looks to be getting out of that business and into fixing hacking problems rather than stopping them. "We don't think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way," Brian Dye, Symantec's senior vice …
Iain Thomson, 06 May 2014
Supreme Court Building

Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

The decade-long legal fight over the reasons WordPerfect failed has ended in victory for Microsoft after the US Supreme Court declined to hear Novell's appeal and shut the door on a potential billion-dollar settlement for the company. "We're happy this case is now over for good and think it shows we'll persistently defend …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2014

Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, settle employee-fiddling class action suit

A series of secret pacts among some of the biggest employers in Silicon Valley to cheat their staffers could turn out to be a rather expensive mistake, with Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe now agreeing to settle the antitrust class-action lawsuit out of court. "This is an excellent resolution of the case that will benefit class …
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2014

Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper

If you're one of the few people who bought a Sony VAIO Fit 11A laptop/tablet convertible unit in the last few months, you need to unplug it immediately and step away from the system, Sony has warned. "It has come to our attention that some of the internal, non-removable battery packs provided to us by a third party supplier and …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2014
Nadella

FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

Microsoft has, after years of speculation, released some of its Office applications for Apple iPad owners – but you'll need an Office 365 subscription to use them in anything other than a lobotomized form. Nadella Nadella holds his first press conference since taking former CEO Steve Ballmer's crown The Apple App Store now …
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2014
Microsoft Word

As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

Retro-computing fans got a treat on Tuesday when Microsoft donated the source code of MS DOS 1.1 and 2 to the Computer History Museum (CHM), along with the first version of Word for Windows. "Version 1.1 fits an entire operating system – limited as it was – into only 12KB of memory, which is tiny compared to today's software," …
Iain Thomson, 25 Mar 2014
Dunce

Symantec fires CEO Steve Bennett: To lose 1 chief is unfortunate, to lose 2 is OK, apparently

Symantec has fired its second CEO in two years: the company's chief exec, president and former board chairman Steve Bennett was today shown the door after less than 18 months on the job. "We recognize Steve's contributions to Symantec, including developing and leading a series of successful initiatives focused on organizational …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2014
Internet map

Crap hospital databases next goldmine for cyber-crooks, say Microsoft's botnet slayers

The low levels of security in healthcare IT systems, and the high value of its data, is going to make the sector the next big target for scammers, according to the Microsoft-backed team that takes down botnets. "Healthcare is really in a disadvantaged place in cyber-security," said Patrick Peterson, CEO of security firm Agari, …
Iain Thomson, 28 Feb 2014

Government-built malware running out of control, F-Secure claims

A surprising number of governments are now deploying their own custom malware – and the end result could be chaos for the rest of us, F-Secure's malware chief Mikko Hyppönen told the TrustyCon conference in San Francisco on Thursday. "Governments writing viruses: today we sort of take that for granted but 10 years ago that would …
Iain Thomson, 28 Feb 2014

Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

Microsoft's isn't involved in mass spying or putting backdoors in its software, Redmond's VP of Trustworthy Computing Group Scott Charney told the RSA conference. Why? Because it's unethical and bad for business, he said. "We've not been concerned about the Snowden disclosures because we've been principled," he said. "We do …
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2014
Chromebox for Meetings

Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

Google is making a play for the videoconferencing market – and hoping to get ChromeOS to be more widely used – with a special version of its Chromebox desktop computer designed specifically for remote meetings. Chromebox for Meetings $1,000 – display not included "Meetings rooms haven't really changed that much for last 25 …
Iain Thomson, 06 Feb 2014

HP: Autonomy overstated 2010 profits, cuts them by 81 PER CENT

HP has filed at the UK's Companies House the results of an audit of the 2010 financial results of two of Autonomy's eight divisions, which says that the UK software firm's revenues were actually just 54 per cent of its initially stated figure, and that their profit figure for the year needs to be cut by a whopping 81 per cent. " …
Iain Thomson, 04 Feb 2014

Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

Lenovo has signed a deal to buy the loss-making Motorola Mobility smartphone manufacturer for $2.91bn, but a switched-on Google is keeping the patents owned by the firm it gobbled two years ago for $12.5bn. "The acquisition of such an iconic brand, innovative product portfolio and incredibly talented global team will immediately …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2014
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Jury: Samsung must cough $290m of $379m Apple wanted - NOT in 5 cent pieces

After three days of deliberation, the jury in Apple's patent fight with Samsung has determined that the South Korean chaebol will have to pay Cupertino $290m in damages and lost profits after pinching its designs. "For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard …
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2013

Gates chokes up, WEEPS to Microsoft shareholders amid talk of CEO hunt

Bill Gates today delivered an emotional speech to the Microsoft shareholders, choking up as he described his history with the company and the search for a successor for his friend Steve Ballmer. "We've got a commitment to see that the next CEO is the right person, for the right time, for the company we both love," said Gates, …
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013
Steve Ballmer as Doctor Evil

'I'm BIG, I'm BALD and I'm LOUD!' Blubbering Ballmer admits HE was Microsoft's problem

A tearful Steve Ballmer has admitted he was a big part of the problem at Microsoft – and that the company needs to rethink its management structure to succeed in the future. "At the end of the day, we need to break a pattern. Face it: I'm a pattern," company CEO Ballmer told The Wall Street Journal with apparent tears in his …
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2013
Lenovo Smartphone S2

WHAT!? Lenovo THIRD-largest smartmober - Chinese grab local kit

The fastest growing smartphone market, China and its environs, appears to prefer locally produced hardware – as strong sales have pushed Lenovo into third place in the worldwide rankings, according to the latest data from Gartner. The analyst house reported that Lenovo scooped 5.1 per cent of the market for smartphones, however …
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

Europe, SAVE US! Patriot Act author begs for help to curb NSA spying

US House Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, the lead author of controversial anti-terror law the Patriot Act, has asked the European Parliament for help in taming the NSA. He also called for Europe to put pressure on the US to change its legislation and bring a halt to the spy agency's planet-wide communications data-slurping …
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2013
3D metal gun

World's first 3D-printed metal gun 'more accurate' than factory-built cousin

The world's first 3D-printed metal gun has been produced – and we're told it's more accurate than its factory-made counterpart, but also much more expensive to manufacture. 3D metal gun We come in piece(s) ... the world's first 3D-printed gun The printed gun – a .45 caliber M1911 designed by legendary gunsmith John Browning …
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2013
Swiss alps

Switzerland to set up 'Swiss cloud' free of NSA, GCHQ snooping (it hopes)

Swisscom, the Swiss telco that's majority owned by its government, will set up a "Swiss cloud" hosted entirely in the land of cuckoo clocks and fine chocolate – and try to make the service impervious to malware and uninvited spooks. Companies providing secure communications, such as Silent Circle, already use Swiss data centers …
Iain Thomson, 04 Nov 2013
Intel Centrino promo pic

Krzanich: NO new Intel 14nm Broadwell chip for YOU, world, until 2014

One of the biggest tasks that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has set himself is reconfiguring Chipzilla so that it's quicker to build and deploy new products. So it's a pity he has had to delay the rollout of 14-nanometer Broadwell processor chips until the first quarter of next year due to problems with quality control. "It's simply …
Iain Thomson, 16 Oct 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Intel slumps into mud despite lobbing Internet-of-Things, etc at buyers

Intel has reported modest growth in its financial results for the third quarter of 2013 over the previous three months. But measured against this time last year, the chip giant has barely grown at all. Revenues grew five per cent on the second quarter of 2013 to $13.5bn, giving it an earnings per share of 58 cents, and an …
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2013
Declining graph

PC sales continue meteoric death plunge through 3rd quarter, drop another 8.6 per cent

The latest figures from Gartner on PC sales will make dispiriting reading for manufacturers; sales for the third quarter are down 8.6 per cent overall, with European sales down nearly 14 per cent. "The third quarter is often referred to as the 'back-to-school' quarter for PC sales, and sales this quarter dropped to their lowest …
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2013
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Nothing to sniff at: Cisco finishes $2.8bn gobble of Snort'ing guy's Sourcefire

Intrusion prevention's a hot topic in the world of security, as reflected in the $2.8bn price tag Cisco has paid to complete the acquisition of network security specialists Sourcefire. The purchase - which was announced in July - is the largest security firm purchase since Intel's $7.7bn acquisition of McAfee in 2010. And it's a …
Iain Thomson, 09 Oct 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

SEC review clears Apple of dodgy tax dealings

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has given Apple's finances a clean bill of health after a review of the company's use of an Irish subsidiary to dodge corporate taxes be more tax efficient. In May Apple's CEO Tim Cook was quizzed by a congressional committee about how it managed to pay such a relatively small amount of …
Iain Thomson, 04 Oct 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

'I don't trust Microsoft' after NSA disclosures says former privacy chief

Caspar Bowden, who was Microsoft's European chief privacy advisor from 2002 to 2011, has said that he no longer trusts his former employer after the disclosures about its involvement in NSA surveillance schemes. Speaking at the Congress on Privacy and Surveillance in Switzerland on Monday, Bowden said that he wasn't aware of …
Iain Thomson, 01 Oct 2013
Flying pig

Windows Phone market share hits double digits in UK and France

Microsoft has been gobbling up market share in Europe, with nearly one in eight phones in the UK now running Windows Phone and one in ten in France. "Windows Phone's latest wave of growth is being driven by Nokia's expansion into the low and mid range market with the Lumia 520 and 620 handsets," said Dominic Sunnebo, strategic …
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2013
Surface Pro 2 with docking station

Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

Undeterred by its critics, Microsoft has torn the wraps off Surface 2: its upgraded Windows 8-powered tablets, now with faster processors, better graphics, a load of new accessories, and not one but two kickstand positions. Surface Pro 2 with docking station The Surface Pro 2 with its new docking station Redmond has already …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2013

Microsoft reissues September patches after user complaints

Problems with Microsoft's last round of operating system and application patches have forced the company to reissue part of the update on Friday. "Since the shipment of the September 2013 Security Bulletin Release, we have received reports of updates being offered for installation multiple times, or certain cases where updates …
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2013
Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

Samsung has been showing off its entry into the smartwatch market, as well as a new Galaxy tablet and super-sized smartphone, ahead of the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show in Berlin. Samsung Galaxy Gear A Rolex it ain't "Samsung Galaxy Gear benefits consumers by integrating smart device technology even deeper into their …
Iain Thomson, 05 Sep 2013
Mushroom cloud explosion

DON'T PANIC says Hynix, China fab explosion is no big deal

Fears that an explosive fire at SK Hynix's Chinese fabs in Wuxi will cause a spike in chip prices are unfounded, says the company. "Currently, there is no material damage to the fab equipment in the clean room, thus we expect to resume operations in a short time period so that overall production and supply volume would not be …
Iain Thomson, 04 Sep 2013

Xerox admits there's no fix yet for number-fudging copiers

A flaw in the scanning compression software of some Xerox copiers which changes digits and numbers run through the machine is worse than first thought and will require a full software upgrade, the self-styled "Document Company" has said. The flaw was first spotted by German computer science student David Kriesel, who discovered …
Iain Thomson, 14 Aug 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Michael Dell accuses Icahn of using court as takeover tool

Michael Dell has accused Carl Icahn of filing "undefined" legal action solely as a tool to help him take over Dell, and said the investor was "grandstanding" in a bid to stop the company from going private. In a court filing, Michael Dell said the action was "just another soapbox for Mr. Icahn's public spat," and a tactic …
Iain Thomson, 08 Aug 2013

Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old

Apple's lack of revisions to its iPhone product line has cost it market share and Android now has 79.3 per cent of the worldwide market, according to the latest shipment data from IDC, with over 187 million Android handsets shipped in the second quarter of 2013. "The iOS decline in the second quarter aligns with the cyclicality …
Iain Thomson, 08 Aug 2013
Abbott and Costello dressed as policemen

Silicon Valley Cisco reseller charged with $37 million fraud

The boss of Silicon Valley Cisco reseller Network Genesis has been indicted for selling counterfeit kit and sub-price products bought by the networking company's staff. According to the federal grand jury indictment, Cuong Cao Dang, sometimes known as Calvin Dang, bought counterfeit hardware for his San Jose reseller business …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2013
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Intel reports growth in PC sales and makes mobile top priority

Intel's latest quarterly results came in slightly below analysts' expectations but carry promising news for Chipzilla's PC business, and new CEO Brian Krzanich says things are looking promising for the firm. "In the second quarter, we delivered on our quarterly outlook and made several key product announcements," he said. "In my …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jul 2013
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell

Dell warns stockholders that Icahn's plan would 'hamstring' company

The battle for control of Dell between the company's eponymous founder and investor Carl Icahn is in its endgame, with both sides making last-ditch attempts to win over stockholders for Thursday's vote on Michael Dell's plans to take the firm private again. That's if the vote happens, of course. Several media outlets have …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jul 2013

Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

Troubled smartphone vendor HTC has released its latest unaudited quarterly results, and they're not good – profits are down 83 per cent when compared with the same period last year. HTC stock price for the last two years The last two years haven't been kind to HTC shareholders In the second quarter of 2013, HTC reported …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jul 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Dell explores wearable computing as PC base crumbles

With PC sales falling and the battle over ownership of Dell still raging, the company is "exploring ideas" in the hot, hip, happening wearable computing field as a possible way forward. "There are challenges in cost, and how to make it a really good experience," Sam Burd, Dell's global VP of personal computing, told The Guardian …
Iain Thomson, 05 Jul 2013

HP confirms it's back in the smartphone business

A senior HP executive has confirmed that the company will make yet another foray into the smartphone sector, three years after wasting $1.3bn buying webOS and then shutting it down shortly afterwards. "The answer is yes but I cannot give a timetable," Yam Su Yin, HP senior director of consumer PC and media tablets for Asia …
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Icahn doubles down on Dell offer with $14 per share buyback scheme

With exactly a month to go before the special meeting of Dell shareholders that could decide the company's fate, investor Carl Icahn has increased the pressure for a better deal for shareholders – chiefly himself. In an open letter to Dell shareholders, Icahn said that he has now purchased 72 million shares of Dell stock from …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2013

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