3rd > November > 2011 Archive
Vladuz, the Romanian hacker who repeatedly accessed off-limits parts of eBay's website and then publicly taunted company officials over the security lapses, has been handed a suspended three-year sentence, according to news reports. The Bucharest appeal court issued the sentence on Wednesday to 23-year-old Vlad Duiculescu, AFP reported. He was arrested in Romania in 2008, with help from US Secret Service agents, after eBay said his exploits caused at least $1 million in damage. He was imprisoned for almost two years before being released last year.
Scientists from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have developed a new material for cleaning up contaminated water from radioactive leaks and medical processes.
Was it only yesterday that we told you that a native Gmail app was coming to iOS? Well, today it came – and today it left.
Since world+dog uses multithreaded software, it’s nice to know that someone cares about what goes wrong with it.
ReviewReview There’s something very strange going on in ThinkPadland. Reports of two-headed calves, even flocks of birds flying backwards – these are nothing compared to some of the design changes wrought on ThinkPad users in recent times.
The Cabinet Office has published an open source procurement toolkit for the public sector on its website.
The Nintendo Wii is often associated with family entertainment and the softcore games market, but the firm's boss insists it wasn't the company's intentions to focus on casual gaming.
The UK's regulator of premium rate services (PRS) will pass on details of copyright infringing websites to service providers under a new "proactive" arrangement with police and music industry representatives, it has announced.
MPs heard a spirited debate about digital rights this week – including the digital rights you might or might not have as an amateur creator.
Swiss government boffins, perhaps confirming certain views on the prime preoccupation of many in Switzerland, are overjoyed to announce that they have finally developed a way of making practicably useful textiles out of gold.
Live todayLive today Today at 11:00 GMT we're broadcasting live from our St Paul's studio with a program, and some experts, that look at the challenges of storage management. You can join us for free from the comfort of your desk – just make sure you bring your questions along because we've got a top drawer set of presenters for you.
Ever wondered how many internet-using young men in Denmark watch TV while using their smartphone? No? Oh. Well, anyway, now you can find out, thanks to a new survey and analysis service from Google.
Hard disk prices doubled in the past fortnight following the severe flooding in Thailand and could potentially rise by the same amount again, channel sources have warned.
LCCLCC The London Conference on Cyberspace wasn't a forum for outing the states that had launched cyberattacks in the UK, the Foreign Secretary said yesterday.
Apple has coughed to the battery drain problem plaguing iPhone 4S owners and has promised to flatten the bug.
Shale consortium Cuadrilla says deep-level drilling caused two minor earthquakes in Lancashire, but they were so small hardly anyone felt them. The group's report, a Geomechanical Study of Bowland Shale Seismicity, which coughed to the tiny tremors, was published on Wednesday.
Take the latest whispers from Taiwan as gospel and you won't have to sacrifice your earnings to the Church of Jobs for an iPad 3 until Q3 2012.
Now we know why what was widely called the "Google Review" into intellectual property came to the conclusions it did. And we have it from the horse's mouth: not Google, but Professor Ian Hargreaves and his team at the IPO, who "guided" him.
LCCLCC Any British response to a foreign state’s cyberattack would be proportionate, a Foreign Office official told The Register yesterday.
Employees in big business can soon look forward to HP's latest tablet: the Windows-running, Intel Atom-based Slate 2.
BT reported second quarter sales of £4.89bn, a 2 per cent drop, while pre-tax profits rose 15 per cent to £570m for the period ended 31 September.
RM has told up to 300 staff that their necks are on the line following the completion of last month's strategic review.
iOS App of the WeekiOS App of the Week It’s hard to believe that it has taken Adobe so long to release a PDF reader for iDevices, especially since the Android version has been available for more than a year now.
Reg ResearchReg Research For much of the last decade data centre networking, along with networking in general, has become accepted as part of the glue that is invisible to business users. End users now take for granted that networking ‘works’, but with new services placing greater stress on data centre networks, what do organisations think about the state of their networks and how do they see them developing in the near future? A web survey run on The Register during August of 2011 allowed 237 respondents to give us their feedback on data centre networking, and we wish to thank them for their inputs and insight.
Apple was right to fire an employee of one of its UK stores for saying rude things about the company on his Facebook wall, an employment tribunal in Bury St Edmunds ruled.*
Toshiba's first Ultrabook - the Portégé Z830; see our eyes-on, launched during September's IFA consumer electronics show - will finally go on sale this month.
Sony has revamped its PlayStation Home design with a fresh virtual world featuring new games and social content for those who like to mingle with their avatars.
InterviewInterview It could all have been so different. Thanks to a lack of sound career guidance, techie icon Maggie Philbin didn't become an engineer and instead co-presented the BBC's Tomorrow's World.
Security appliance firms are using the big industry push towards cloud services, and the trend of allowing staff to bring their own devices into work, to sell technology that attempts to fix the resulting security mess.
While 3D has hardly lit up the world of tech, iPhone users hoping to enjoy the extra dimension will be pleased to know the capability is now available thanks to a case with a lenticular screen cover. Glasses not required.
Deploying virtual desktop integration may save you lots of money (or not). It may increase your employees' mobility (or not). But if you stream the footie match in high definition on 30 virtual machines, it will definitely do a number on a single Gig-E interface. In this webcast systems administrator Trevor Pott reveals some practical experiences from desktop virtualisation deployments.
Americans on the horns of a constitutional dilemma over their right to hang simulated, over-sized testicles from the back of their pickups will have to wait even longer for the issue to be decided.
Dixons chains Currys and PC World will knock £200 off the price of a new notebook, provided you buy it this month.
iOS 5, the latest OS for Apple trinkets, has hidden depths in the form of support for 3D objects embedded in web pages though the use of WebGL, and not just for paying customers.
A UK government minister has reassured Parliament that upcoming deployments of smart meters will be secure.
ReviewReview Yamaha’s RX-V471 is more than just a budget 5.1 AV receiver with 3D-friendly HDMIs. It represents something of a reboot for the celebrated hi-fi brand. Despite having a heritage with AV that can be traced back to the very first surround sound decoder, the past few years have seen the company floundering. For some reason it just wasn’t hitting the right notes.
Amazon will lend Kindle owners a book every month as part of a new ebook borrowing scheme known as the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
A class-action lawsuit by artists against the world’s largest record company has been given the green light by a judge. The dispute, which pits Universal Music against a number of its featured artists, sounds arcane – but an estimated $2bn (£1.25bn) in royalties is at stake.
The Facebook Pages for some of the UK's biggest retailers are awash with marketing messages, but often ignore questions and complaints from their customers, a new study has found.
InterviewInterview As information and privacy commissioner of Ontario, Ann Cavoukian's jurisdiction is limited to the Canadian province. But that doesn't mean the effects of her post don't extend into territories across the globe. “What I always say is privacy transcends jurisdiction,” she says. “It knows no boundaries. So if I'm going to protect the privacy of people in my jurisdiction, I'm going to protect privacy everywhere. Everyone is using Google, Facebook. How do you ensure that the information you give to these people or collect from them is safe anywhere? So to me, privacy is a global issue.” Indeed, the Privacy by Design initiative she spearheaded has become an internationally recognized recipe for embedding privacy protections into the very fabric of a website or product.
Google is among 26 companies that have signed up to the government's latest effort to create a British business sector out of the handling of private data and an individual's online identity.
A Cambridge-based printing biz has managed to print little lights onto beer bottle labels that flash as you grab your favourite tipple.
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007, blond-haired ball-busting hero of new film Skyfall that will start filming today.
Motorola officially announced its fondleslab followups today, launching the anticipated Xoom 2 and a smaller sibling, the Xoom 2 Media Edition.
Ten resellers have won a place on the Welsh Assembly Government's (WAG) two-year framework for PCs and peripherals.
Keeping up with repairs and returns on Android mobes is costing operators up to £1.25bn ($2bn) a year, according to a new study.
Has Fujitsu issued a DAN dare to the networked storage industry, challenging its entire existence?
Over the next five years Beijing will get 480,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots, but using them will require a mobile number and an agreement to have your activities tracked and monitored.
Greenwich could lose its place at the centre of global time if a move to "atomic time" is voted in by the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva in January 2012.
An Oregon woman who posted photos of herself reclining nude and spattered with equine bodily fluids in the carcass of a dead horse has declared she was partly inspired by Star Wars.
LG Electronics is planning to raise 1.0621 trillion won (£588m) in a shares issue so it can pour funds into core businesses like smartphones and take on new staff, its board said today.
Ofcom should demand 98 per cent coverage from all 4G operators, rather than 95 per cent from one, and claw back some cash from EE for the spectrum it was given.
First LookFirst Look Motorola will be selling its new Xoom 2 tablets - a 10.1in model and the 8.2in "Media Edition", both unveiled today - primarily through Dixons' stores and Carphone Warehouse. Those are both consumer-oriented outlets, so why will so many business apps - Citrix, GoToMeeting and QuickOffice, for instance - be pre-loaded onto the tablets?
Security researchers have set up a website that allows punters to check whether or not their email addresses have appeared in data dumps slurped from compromised databases.
SC11SC11 The 2011 Student Cluster Challenge (SCC), the premier event in computer sports, is heading toward Seattle like an out-of-control, rocket-powered freight train. Eight teams of university students are getting ready to travel to SC11 to prove that their clusters can wring more processing out of 26 amps than those of their rivals.
Insight Enterprises says the public sector is starting to show some signs of life again but it was the mid-market and services wins that fuelled modest growth in Q3.
Toshiba Corp expects to crank up Thai production lines early next year at a number of plants on one industrial park as the waters have started to recede.
Seattle’s self-styled superhero has been fired from his job after getting involved in a fracas outside a Washington nightclub.
Russia and China are using cyber-espionage to steal the US's tech and economic secrets, according to a government report.
A fall in the share price of battered BlackBerry maker RIM puts the firm's market value below the value of all its stuff today.
Toronto residents were hastily evacuated from homes and businesses in the city yesterday as police feared that tinfoil-wrapped packages of human excrement found beneath a car might explode, flattening an entire neighbourhood in a devastating poo-based blast horror incident of some type.
Meg Whitman has made her first senior appointment as HP CEO by creating a new role - exec veep for global tech and biz processes - and giving it to former Boeing bigwig John Hinshaw.
Apple has reportedly filed a complaint against a porn-purveying website that has glommed onto a gaggle of iPhone-related domain names that redirect unwary users to their hardcore smut service.
Systems maker Oracle is getting out the dogs and ponies and hauling them to New York City for the official launch of the long-awaited Solaris 11 operating system next week.
The US Army has assigned an extra $24m of funding to the futuristic XM-25, a high tech personal weapon which can hit and kill an enemy even if he is hiding behind a rock, in a trench or round a corner.
Developers submitting applications to Apple's Mac App Store will soon be required to add an extra layer of security for their wares to be accepted. Beginning in March, all apps submitted must implement sandboxing, a protection that tightly restricts the way applications can interact with other parts of the operating system. By isolating the app from sensitive OS resources, sandboxing minimizes the damage that can be done when vulnerabilities are exploited. It was significantly improved with this year's release of OS X Lion.
Open Mobile SummitOpen Mobile Summit John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, has said that the concept of e-commerce is dead and buried, since consumers really don’t care about where they buy, so long as they get the cheapest price.
If life ever existed on Mars, it's likely that its longest-lasting enclaves would be underground.
Bisexual blogger, Dave Evans, has been ordered by an Australian Federal Court to shut down his websites because they featured swimwear manufacturer Speedo’s swimming costumes and domain names using the company's trademark.
Server virtualization is perhaps not as pervasive as many believe, and customers are not as locked into any particular hypervisor as many companies peddling this magic software layer might hope.
Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla will banish yet another web authentication authority from their software after learning that it issued secure sockets layer certificates that could be used to attack people visiting Malaysian government websites. Digicert Malaysia, an intermediate certificate authority that was certified by parent authority Entrust, issued 22 certificates with weak private keys and other serious deficiencies, the companies said. The lapses, which also included a failure to include revocation details and EKU, or extended key usage, designations, constituted a breach of obligations all CAs are required to follow to ensure the security of the SSL system. “There is no indication that any certificates were issued fraudulently, however, these weak keys have allowed some of the certificates to be compromised,” Jerry Bryant, a spokesman in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group, wrote in a blog post. “The subordinate CA has clearly demonstrated poor CA security practices and Microsoft intends to revoke trust in the intermediate certificates.”
Fledgling cloud provider Ninefold has announced tie-ups with Australian startup hubs Pollenizer and Startmate, as it tries to attract new companies to its cloud services.
Google has tweaked its search algorithm to give more up-to-the-minute results for searches, improving the likelihood of more recent news and reviews.
Chip maker AMD has had its share of woes in the past year, and now it will cut its workforce by 11.6 per cent to save enough money to invest in low-power chips and cloud computing.
Australian data analytics crowdsourcing start-up Kaggle has raised $US11 million in Series A funding from a glittering array of technorati.
CityFibre has announced an aggressive expansion of its network plans, saying that starting next year it hopes to build out a network covering local authorities, 50,000 businesses, and a million homes.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1m grant to an astrophysicist developing a laser-based solution to a decidedly terrestrial problem: malaria-spreading mosquitoes.
Open Mobile SummitOpen Mobile Summit Senior mobile hardware executives have largely agreed that the mobile operating system market needs a strong offering from Windows Phone 7 to keep the market competitive.