17th > October > 2012 Archive

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Microsoft slurps up StorSimple to boost cloud chops

Microsoft has bought out integrated cloud storage vendor StorSimple, giving Redmond some extra-special sauce to add to its Azure cloud service.
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Microsoft adds iOS support to cloudy mobile services

Microsoft has rolled out the first major update to its Windows Azure Mobile Services offering, adding support for new data storage and communications methods and making it possible to connect Mobile Services with iOS apps.
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Steam spawns vulnerabilities, say researchers

A new security research outfit called ReVuln has presented its letter of introduction to the world in the form of a paper that analyses how the Steam protocol can expose gamers to attacks.

Pacemakers, defibrillators open to attack

Pacemakers and implanted defibrillators are vulnerable to wireless attacks that could kill tens of thousands, says the security researcher best known for "jackpotting" an ATM on stage at the BlackHat security conference in Las Vegas in 2010.

ZTE drops spy tech subsidiary

Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE has sold its majority stake in ZTE Special Equipment (ZTEsec) – a company that sells surveillance systems.
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Map law could see China confiscate mobes at Customs

Travellers to China would be well-advised to check their mobile mapping clients before embarking, after it emerged that customs officers have been given the power to confiscate any device featuring illegal maps, such as those mislabelling important islands.
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Facebook offers just a week of free Android AV

Facebook has extended its security program, adding another seven vendors to the list of folks offering free anti-virus software through its AV Marketplace and also including Android security products for the first time.

Fujitsu beams URLs to mobes through your TV

Boffins at Fujitsu Laboratories have come up with a way of embedding digital coupons and URLs in video transmissions, in what could be a brand new way for firms to flog their products and services and engage more closely with their smartphone-toting customers.

Valve's Half-Life

Antique Code Show I’m not a fan of modern first-person shooters, which is a shame because there used to be a massive soft spot in my heart for Half-Life and its head crabs.
Lucy Orr, 17 2012
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Panasonic gets second chance with £4.7 BEEELION bailout

Panasonic has persuaded Japanese banks to throw it a lifeline after a record loss of ¥772.1bn (£6bn, $9.8bn) last fiscal year.
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'No cutting off people's internet based on secret evidence'

Ofcom should force rights-holders into publishing most of the details about how their systems for identifying cases of online copyright infringement work, a consumer watchdog has said.
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Axe falls on Directgov as GOV.UK launches

The government's new £4.6m-and-counting public services single domain website GOV.UK officially replaced Directgov this morning.
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Payment protection tops list of SMS spam scams

AdaptiveMobile, a company which spends most of its time filtering out junk SMS messages, has written up a list of the scams hitting GSM handsets, with mis-sold payment protection insurance topping the list.
Bill Ray, 17 2012

Billion people now own a smartphone

The world smartphone usage total has passed the billion-unit point, the first time it has done so. It has taken 20 years, from the first appearance of the device in November 1992 to today.

Barrall's baby gets bundle of cash for scale-out filer tech

Grid-based scale-out filer storage startup Gridstore has landed $12.5m in funding to expand its sales channels.
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Snoopers Charter is for 'incompetent criminals, accidental anarchists'

The Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has characterised the Home Office's proposed law to massively increase surveillance of the internet in the UK as one that would only be capable of capturing stupid criminals.
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Plucky orangutan rescued from encroaching biofuel plantations

A critically endangered orangutan has been rescued after wandering into an area of forest in western Indonesia where palm oil companies have been illegally destroying the environment, a conservation group said.

A lesser-known new feature in iOS 6: It's tracking you everywhere

Apple has enabled user tracking of its customers once again, with the recently released iOS 6 enabling advertisers to see which apps users have run, and which adverts they've seen – all for the benefit of the users, of course.
Bill Ray, 17 2012
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Slideshow: A History of the Smartphone in 20 Handsets

With the news that world smartphone usage total has passed the billion mark in 20 years, we present 20 of the most important smartphones from the past 20 years.
Hard Reg, 17 2012
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Free WiFi in London Tube stations extended until end of 2012

More than 660,000 commuters are now accessing Virgin Media's wireless network from ticket halls to platform level on the London Underground, the telco claimed today.

ASA shakes finger sternly at naughty eBuyer over hard drive promo

Gummy mouthed watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority has again told web shop eBuyer to stop misleading customers over hard drive promos.
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Facebook finally has some non-sales employees in the UK

Facebook's first engineering office outside the US opened in London on Tuesday, after the company announced in July this year that it was looking to hire 22 techies in the UK.

Microsoft Surface priced up for Blighty

Advanced orders for Microsoft's Surface tablet are now being taken in the UK. Prices starting at £399.
Caleb Cox, 17 2012
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Mission to Pluto faces DEEP SPACE DEBRIS PERIL

The additional moons discovered around Pluto are putting the visiting spacecraft New Horizons at risk, prompting mission organisers to plot bail-out trajectories and consider turning shields to maximum.
Bill Ray, 17 2012
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Theresa May gets a smile out of Gary McKinnon at last

Gary McKinnon's mother smiled and cried as she thanked everyone from the Home Secretary to Bob Geldof for saving her hacker son from extradition to the United States.

Speaking in Tech: 'Calling it a cloud doesn't make it so'

Podcast Podcast In this week's enterprise techcast, Ed Saipetch is steering the ship solo - live from Amsterdam. The lucky sod is in North Holland for Structure:Europe 2012, and has left Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela languishing in the States while he tears up canal-lined streets in the name of tech.
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Apple appeals Samsung patent getaway in Tokyo

Apple is appealing a Tokyo ruling that got Samsung off the hook on patent infringement just after the fruity firm won big in the US.
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No Chinese rescue for bankrupt battery-making golden child A123

Electric car battery maker A123 Systems has filed for bankruptcy in the US and plans to sell its automotive business to American rival Johnson Controls.
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Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

Poll Result It's official: El Reg's Special Projects Bureau will henceforth be operating almost exclusively in SI units.
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Oracle squashes 109 bugs in quarterly patch batch

Oracle published the latest edition of its quarterly patch update on Tuesday, addressing 109 vulnerabilities in 10 products.
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Calxeda plots server dominance with ARM SoCs

ARM server chip upstart Calxeda just bagged $55m in funding last week, and now we know what the company is going to do with the dough: plot a steady course to boost the performance of its ARM processors and the scalability of its on-die integrate Layer 2 distribute switch fabric until there is no reason to buy an x86 server chip.
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O2 kicks out Ericsson server for breaking its network

Ericsson's Centralized User Database has been fingered by O2 for a second network outage which hit the operator last week, and will thus be given the boot despite the £10m cost of a replacement.
Bill Ray, 17 2012

Violin Memory in SECRET $2bn FLOAT PLAN, whisper snitches

Flash array start-up Violin Memory has filed for an initial public offering* worth up to $2bn, according to Bloomberg, which quoted two undisclosed sources.
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Argos flyer confirms incoming 32GB Nexus 7

Argos is so confident there’s a 32GB Nexus 7 tablet on the way it has put the machine into a Christmas brochure.
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Big data? Big challenge

Do you find dealing with data like drinking from a fire hydrant? Even as existing data silos continue to grow, an increasing range of external information sources offer new opportunities to understand customers better, to make better decisions or improve service delivery.
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Pandora boss urges 85% pay cut for musicians

Here's an example of what the new 'internet economy' really looks like, in practice. The leading backer of a bill passing through US Congress that will slash musicians' pay by 85 per cent, as well as effectively outlawing them from bargaining collectively with their paymasters, has been selling stock worth $1m in his own internet company every month.
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Astroboffins map GIANT MASS of dark matter

Astrophysicists have mapped the first 3D image of a gigantic dark matter filament for the first time.
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iPhone 5 is the 'most difficult, scratchy device Foxconn has ever made'

We've heard it before, but this time a Foxconn exec said it straight to the Wall Street Journal: the iPhone 5 is really hard to make, the "most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled."
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Northgate IS issues suppliers with Ts&Cs change ultimatum

Northgate Information Solutions (NIS) is sharpening up its axe act on procurement in a move that has gone down very badly with some suppliers.
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Cops cuff tabloid computer hacking suspect in Newcastle

Officers investigating claims of computer hacking in relation to alleged voicemail interception and other offences at Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper group - News International - arrested another suspect this morning.

Enterprise servers go soft at Intel in Q3

Intel had a less than stellar performance in the third quarter, as El Reg reported yesterday, and the problem was enterprise servers as much as it was PCs.
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Teradata forges upgraded Aster, data warehouse appliances

Data warehousing and analytics pioneer Teradata has managed to keep rivals IBM, Oracle, and EMC/Greenplum at bay through product evolution and acquisitions, and is taking the wraps off upgraded versions of its eponymous data warehouse and Aster analytics appliance to keep its share of the big data turf it helped plant decades ago.
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Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to confound copyright cops

The Pirate Bay went down for about five minutes on Tuesday night as the group retired almost all of its servers and shifted onto the cloud.
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Facebook opens mobile apps advertising for all

Facebook is looking to make more money from its mobile users by opening up their smartphones to application developers looking to make a sale.
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APAC privacy group backs EU's Google stance

The Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum (APPA) has backed the recommendations made by the Commission Nationale de I’Informatique et des Libertès Working Party’s investigation into Google’s privacy policy issues.
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IE10 coming to Windows 7 sometime, maybe

Microsoft takes great pains to ensure that each new version of Windows remains backward compatible with older applications. But if Internet Explorer is any indication, writing a modern application for Windows 8 that still runs on older platforms is a lot harder than it sounds.
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Roxon asking right questions at wrong time

COMMENT Australia’s Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, yesterday introduced a Discussion Paper on Privacy Breach Notification (PDF).

Big deals push Mellanox sales and profits in Q3

In the quarter ended in September, Mellanox posted sales of $156.5m, more than double that of year ago period, and the $48.4m in net income the company raked in was ten times--as in 10X--that of the black ink it had in the third quarter of 2011, when the Xeon E5s were expected but did not come out.