27th > July > 2011 Archive

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Yet more cloud launches

Australia could soon be suffering a case of “too many cloud providers”, with another two companies entering an already-crowded market.
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Stuxnet clones may target critical US systems, DHS warns

Officials with the US Department of Homeland Security warned that hackers could attack the country's power generation plants, water treatment facilities, and other critical infrastructure with clones of the Stuxnet computer worm, which was used to disrupt Iran's nuclear-enrichment operations.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jul 2011
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iiNet signs with Pacific Fibre for future capacity

Pacific Fibre has secured another pre-build customer, with major Australian ISP iiNet signing on for capacity in 2014.
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More on the ‘NBN hack’ that wasn’t

More details have emerged on the “NBN hacker” story, in which a 25-year-old truck driver using the handle “Evil” penetrated a company called Platform Networks.
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Microsoft's MS-DOS is 30 today

MS-DOS is 30 years old today. Well, kind of. On 27 July 1981, Microsoft gave the name MS-DOS to the disk operating system it acquired on that day from Seattle Computer Products (SCP), a hardware company owned and run by a fellow called Rod Brock.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2011
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'Up to' broadband claims out of control, says Ofcom

Ofcom is still fretting over ISPs who punt services using the "up to" speeds rhetoric in their advertising campaigns.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jul 2011
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Mozy puffs out pocket cloud for iPad, Android et al

Mozy has built iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android apps so UK users can access their backed up data stored in the Mozy cloud.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2011
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Freesat ITV Player out of beta

Freesat has added ITV Player to its selection of catch-up viewing services.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2011
Apple MacBook Air 13in mid 2011

Next 15in, 17in MacBook Pros to be MacBook Air skinny

Apple has completed development work in a 15in MacBook Air-skinny notebook, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2011
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Councils dole out social-care payment smartcards

Three councils have begun to issue smart cards for social care recipients to pay for services under the personalised budget agenda.
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SanDisk attacks PC hard disks

SanDisk has a new Ultra line, a cruise flash missile aimed at taking out PC and notebook hard drives and replacing them with much faster SanDisk SSDs.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2011
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Punters favour Amazon to block Apple tablet flood

So you don't want an iPad, but you are keen on taking hold of a tablet. Which one are you going to go for? If a survey of fondleslab-fond shoppers is anything to go by, it'll be an Amazon job.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2011
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US Navy orders laser machine guns

US Navy warships will soon be equipped with fearful combination weapons mounts boasting both heavy machine-guns and high powered laser rayguns, it has been announced.
Lewis Page, 27 Jul 2011
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Market rationalist pigs get the best choice of totty

Opinion One of the joys of The Guardian, or at least what I find to be one of the joys of the paper, is the clearly, obviously, bonkers insane stuff that sometimes manages to get in between those sheets of newsprint. You can be reading along and thinking, yes, OK, this might turn into something interesting, and then you're faced with someone who has clearly entirely lost all connection with reality.
Tim Worstall, 27 Jul 2011
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'Directory traversal' attack becomes premier hack tool

A lesser-known attack called directory traversal is the single most commonly used technique in real-world web application attacks.
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2011
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Let's talk about OpenFlow

Where they can, data networking equipment vendors like to arrange their proprietary products into vertically integrated stacks, with complex functions often "baked" into the hardware.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2011
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Quantum mid-range DXi crushes Data Domain

Quantum has a new mid-range DXi deduplicating disk backup box that crushes speed king Data Domain.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2011
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Microsoft pushes Windows Phone Mango out to Japan

The next version of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango, is with device manufacturers and looks like it will hit Japanese shelves in September, with the rest of the world having to wait a little longer.
Bill Ray, 27 Jul 2011
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Power out again at Telecity

Telecity's Docklands hosting and back-up centre, Meridian Gate, is suffering a power outage.
John Oates, 27 Jul 2011

Oi, Android, get gaming sorted out NOW

iGamer On Christmas Day 2011 I'll pass a significant milestone. This year's baby-Jesus-knees-up will mark the thirtieth anniversary of my love affair with gaming. That's thirty trips around the Sun since I unwrapped, unboxed and played my first videogame - Fire on Game & Watch, if you're interested.
Andrew Bailey, 27 Jul 2011
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UK data watchdog 'looking into' Google+ mission creep

Updated: Exclusive Blighty's Information Commissioner's Office is currently "looking into" Google's recent ID verification rejig, The Register has learned.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jul 2011
Canon X Mark I

Canon crossbreeds mouse with adder

Canon has been busy genetically splicing technology and has released a computer mouse that doubles up as a calculator. Behold the X Mark I Mouse.
Caleb Cox, 27 Jul 2011
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Fingerprint scans learn to spot chopped-off fingers

What do Gummi Bears and amputated fingers have in common? They’ve both been demonstrated as techniques for defeating fingerprint scanners. Now, a German company called Dermalog Identification Systems is using the way skin changes colour under pressure to block both the soft sweet and the dead hand of the zombie from accessing systems protected by fingerprint scans.
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4G-auction rural notspot scheme would actually be illegal

Comment The Consumer Communications Panel has called for 4G money to be used to help build rural networks, which sounds eminently sensible but, as BT pointed out last month, would almost certainly be illegal too.
Bill Ray, 27 Jul 2011
Apple iPad 2
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Apple top of the tablet totem pole through 2015

Android tablets won't outsell the iPad until 2016, one market watcher has claimed.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2011
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George Lucas defeated by Stormtrooper helmet man

Andrew Ainsworth, the man who designed the Imperial Stormtrooper uniforms, has won the right to sell replicas.
John Oates, 27 Jul 2011
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Digital singles all the rage in Europe

Sales of digital singles across Europe rose 13 per cent in the first half of 2011 – although in many cases it is simply younger local markets playing catch-up. Almost 170 million were sold in all, Nielsen has reported.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2011
Sony

Sony Walkman refresh signals wireless streaming

Sony has touched up its Walkman series, tweaking its line of PMPs in a refresh that introduces wireless Bluetooth streaming.
Caleb Cox, 27 Jul 2011
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Dragon-owned Expansys bemoans weak UK gadget lust

Expansys' fiscal 2011 numbers were boosted by several acquisitions and cost-cutting efforts, the firm has claimed.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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Paypal chums with City cops against naughty music sites

Paypal will cut funding to websites deemed 'illegal' by the music industry and the City of London Police, according to trade body the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Jul 2011
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Developer fury as Google makes Android apps vanish

Android developers are furious about Google's changes to the way search works in the Android application marketplace.
John Oates, 27 Jul 2011
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Koreans produce $3m glow-in-the-dark dog

It's been five long years since Taiwanese boffins brewed up a glow-in-the-dark pig, but one Reg reader's prayers* for the ultimate pet have finally appear to have been answered in the form of a fluorescent mutt.
Lester Haines, 27 Jul 2011
Dell Streak 7

Dell Streak 7 Android tablet

Review Despite the original Streak being one of the first devices of its type on the market, Dell’s Android tablet didn’t really set the word alight. A less than fresh version of Android, a high price tag and a distance between the screen corners too close to many a smartphone, all counted against it.
Alun Taylor, 27 Jul 2011
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Anonymous, LulzSec go legit with PayPal boycott

Hactivist collective Anonymous has called for a boycott of PayPal.
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2011
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Getronics sharpens chopper, eyes 2,500 of its people

Dutch IT services provider Getronics is firing up to 2,500 staff to counter effects of the market slowdown in its homeland, but refused to be drawn on potential cuts to the UK workforce.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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Post Office banking collapses in computer fail

Anyone hoping to access their Post Office bank accounts today is out of luck – a computer failure has blocked access at all 11,820 branches.
John Oates, 27 Jul 2011
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Grassroots Brit project plans .app top-level domain bid

A British-based community project has emerged with the aim of applying to run ".app" as a new top-level internet domain.
Kevin Murphy, 27 Jul 2011
Apple MacBook Air 11.6in
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Bonkers MacBook Air shipment route revealed

Stories of weird iPad shipping routes have been cropping up a while on the web and there's usually a perfectly logical explanation for why our precious tech takes so many diversions en route to our homes. This one regarding a MacBook Air is really strange, though.
Caleb Cox, 27 Jul 2011
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Avisen reports losses 3 times higher than sales

Reseller minnow Avison managed to pull an unusual set of results out of the bag today, reporting operating losses that are nearly three times higher than its sales.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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Military chip crypto cracked with power-analysis probe

German computer scientists have taken advantage of the powerful number-crunching abilities of graphics chips to demonstrate a practical attack on the encryption scheme in programmable chips.
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2011
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Adobe revs online forms and survey creator

Hot on the heels of its acquisition of digital-signature firm EchoSign last week, Adobe's Acrobat Solutions team popped another piece into its online-documents puzzle with an upgrade to its fledgling web-form creator, FormsCentral.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jul 2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson signals Xperia X10 Gingerbread update

Sony Ericsson has posted Android 2.3 Gingerbread for last year's Xperia X10 smartphone.
Hard Reg, 27 Jul 2011
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Virgin Media sees 36,000 cable customers scarper in Q2

Virgin Media lost 36,000 customers in the three months ended 30 June, but the ISP isn't that bothered about what it described as "lower-value single and dual-play" punters.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jul 2011
Apple Macbook Air 13in

Apple Flash buying clout will give it the ultrabook edge

Apple may well have the price advantage when so-called "ultrabooks" debut later this year.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2011
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Fraud a growth sector as UK economy stalls

Fraud is staging a come back in the channel as crims gamble on the desperation of some fretful business owners in the harsh economic climate.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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LightSquared promises to replace satellite push-to-talk kit

Aspirational network operator LightSquared has promised to replace customers' Push To Talk kit for free as it migrates them from a bankrupt satellite to one owned by the marginally-insane wannabe national network.
Bill Ray, 27 Jul 2011
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ITV eyes micropayments for Corrie specials

ITV says it will introduce micropayments for some web shows viewed through ITV Player, with January 2012 the most likely launch date. The idea is to show specials, or (pardon the jargon) "webisodes" of popular programmes such as Coronation Street.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2011
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Arrow warns on tightening component sales

Global distributor Arrow Electronics has warned Q3 forecasts will fall short of analyst expectations as it is anticipating a slowdown in components shipments.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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Police arrest alleged LulzSec hacker 'topiary' in Scotland

UK police have arrested a teenager suspected of being a central figure in the infamous LulzSec hacking crew.
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2011
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SecurID breach cost RSA $66m

The security breach that targeted sensitive data relating to RSA's SecurID two-factor authentication product has cost parent company EMC $66m in the second quarter, The Washington Post has reported.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jul 2011
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Fed budget cuts, lower mainframe sales hit Unisys

Lower overall spending by Uncle Sam and a slowdown in ClearPath mainframe purchases combined to push Unisys to a loss in the second quarter. Sales were off 9.6 per cent in Q2 to $937.2m, and the company posted a net loss of $11.6m compared to a gain of $120.2m in the year-ago period.
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Colleges prep joint plan for 1Gbps internet

More than two-dozen US universities are banding together to bring one-gigabit internet connections to their surrounding communities in the hope of attracting new startups and innovation.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jul 2011
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Russia: 'We'll dump the ISS into the sea after 2020'

The deputy director of Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, says that the International Space Station will be knocked out of orbit and dumped into the sea after its mission is completed in 2020.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jul 2011
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Facebook upgrades 'Operation Developer Love'

Facebook has made it easier for developers to test apps they create for the ginormous social-networking mega-site.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jul 2011
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'Evil' Aussie hacker 'named', refused bail

The unemployed truck driver allegedly behind some of Australia's most aggressive corporate network hacking attacks in recent months has been refused bail after being charged with 49 counts of accessing restricted data and one count of an unauthorised change of data.
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Cloud fluffs Citrix numbers in Q2

Citrix Systems turned in record-breaking financials in the second quarter.
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Optus slices fat from management ranks

Optus is tightening up its middle and senior management ranks, confirming that it is shedding 250 positions.
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CA refreshes cloud code in 'cloud choice' suite

CA Technologies has announced a refresh of a chunk of its cloud-management software, in what it says is an effort designed to help customers manage the confusing and heterogeneous environment that confronts enterprises moving into the cloud.
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'War texting' hacks car systems and possibly much more

Software that allows drivers to remotely unlock and start automobiles using cell phones is vulnerable to hacks that allow attackers to do the same thing, sometimes from thousands of miles away, it was widely reported Wednesday.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jul 2011
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LiveJournal groans under 'immense' DDos attack

LiveJournal is weathering a massive web attack that has meant service disruptions for people who read and write the more than 16 million journals hosted on the community and blogging service.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jul 2011
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NASA's former CTO launches Nebula cloud controller

All of the IT vendors who thought they were going to be able to make some money peddling cloudware based on the open source OpenStack cloud controller just got some pretty serious competition.