30th > November > 2012 Archive

IBM Flex Chassis, front view

IBM's PureSystems mod boxes bust kilo-customer barrier

Every market has its own psychological barrier, and for IBM systems the magic number seems to be 1,000. As part of the recent tweaks to its PureSystems line, Big Blue brags that it now has more than 1,000 unique customers worldwide using the new boxes.

Staples to offer in-store full color 3D printing service

Custom 3D printing will move one step closer to becoming mainstream next year, thanks to a forthcoming service from office supply mega-chain Staples.
Neil McAllister, 30 Nov 2012
Counterfeit iPhone shop, Shenzhen, China

Chinese buyers falling out of love with iPhones

Google famously failed to make a big dent in China and now it looks like Apple may be about to hit the Great Wall too, after new analysis of local sentiment found the fruity company out of favour with local consumers.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2012

RIM gifts new BlackBerry dev handset to select few

Research in Motion has kicked off the next phase of its BlackBerry 10 Developer Program with a giveaway of a brand-new BlackBerry developer device.
Neil McAllister, 30 Nov 2012
Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification

Microsoft Security Essentials, Redmond’s free antivirus tool for home users and business with up to ten PCs, can detect just 64 per cent of zero-day threats when running under Windows 7.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2012

Japan Airlines to serve KFC on Christmas flights

Japan Airlines has teamed up with Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan to offer its international long-haul passengers what may be the best economy class meal available, in the form of two pieces of the Colonel’s finest.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2012
Kiyomizudera Temple Kyoto Japan

Japanese ultrasonic speakers fire out digital info rays

Japanese boffins at Tokyo’s Keio university have been showing off new transmission technology which uses ultrasonic waves to send digital information in highly directional bursts.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Nov 2012
Toshiba Regza 47VL863 3D HD TV passive 3d glasses

British boffins 3D print electrical sensors

Researchers at the University of Warwick and GKN Aerospace have developed a material that, when used in a 3D printer (3DP), makes it possible for the printed objects to include working sensors.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2012
Space Invaders

Face invaders: New smartphone monitors skin tone

Not content with providing its customers with new tech gadgets to keep their pooches healthy, Japanese IT giant Fujitsu has now unveiled a smartphone designed to monitor users' skin.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Nov 2012

Google's Drive + Gmail: A 10GB Dropbox killer

Open ... and ShutIn the realm of digital overlords, Google just took one more step toward being the lord of all.
Matt Asay, 30 Nov 2012
Wii U

Nintendo Wii U Review

Six years ago Nintendo brought gaming to the masses with the Wii, now it’s hoping to repeat the trick. The Wii U signals not only Nintendo’s first foray into HD, but the arrival of a new peripheral for us to get to grips with in the shape of the Wii U GamePad and its ‘asymmetric’ gameplay.
Mike Plant, 30 Nov 2012

Crooks inject malicious Java applet into FOREX trading website

A FOREX trading website has been contaminated with a malicious Java applet that is designed to install malware on the systems of visiting surfers.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2012
New Super Mario Bros. U

Six of the best Nintendo Wii U games

All new consoles need the right line-up of games to make them a success. The Wii U, however, finds itself in the unusual position of not only having brand new games built for it at launch, but also having numerous games ported over from Xbox 360 and PS3.
Mike Plant, 30 Nov 2012

Register readers mostly too ashamed to cop to hideous hoard horrors

We're very, very disappointed that Reg readers did not answer our call for the hoardiest human to come forward and present photographic evidence of their obsession with hanging onto every last bit of crap.
Lester Haines, 30 Nov 2012

Oi, Apple, stick to phones, forget about TV - Time Warner CEO

Time Warner Cable CEO Jeff Bewkes has subtly mocked Apple's ambitions to conquer the TV biz by describing the iPhone maker as a "great device company".
Anna Leach, 30 Nov 2012
Whiptail INVICTA 30 node

Wanna see a 30D-rack beauty that goes like the clappers?

Whiptail has increased the number of storage nodes in its all-flash array to 30.
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2012
LG 55LM960V Cinema 3D LED Smart TV

LG claims UK Ultra HD TV first

LG has put its first 4K x 2K - aka Ultra HD - LED-backlit LCD TV into shops. Its 84in monster, the LM960V, will today be available to view in posh peoples’ shops Harrods and Peter Jones Sloane Square, part of the John Lewis group.
Tony Smith, 30 Nov 2012

Microsoft braces for Surface RT feedback storm

Kludgey, dull screen, audio problems, fraying cloth covers – whatever your beef with Microsoft’s Surface, now’s your chance to get if off your chest.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2012

FINAL NIGHT: Boston kids power down cluster compo systems

SC12Early on the last day of the SC12 Student Cluster Competition, I hit a couple of morning meetings and then went wandering around the competition area. Most of the teams had at least two or three reps in the booths monitoring the systems and just sort of hanging around. They had turned in their final scientific results the night before, so all that was left to do was wait for the results and then tear down their systems in preparation for the trip back home.
Dan Olds, 30 Nov 2012

BOFH: Cannot terminate PFY instance... ACCESS DENIED

Episode 14
Simon Travaglia, 30 Nov 2012

El Reg Movember lads sprout mighty Unix beards for cancer charity

What is it about facial hair and computing? From the greats of SmallTalk and C++ to Java and Ruby, beards and moustaches are not a rare sight in the world of computer science.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2012

'Look, isn't there some way we can get Julian out of here?'

QuotwThe HP v Autonomy spat rumbled on this week, as Hewlett-Packard continued to maintain that Autonomy had "inflated its value", leading HP to slurp it up for an unwise amount of money.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Nov 2012

Watch live! Crack LOHAN team to send SPEARS to stratosphere

Our report yesterday that the Special Projects Bureau had ordered its intrepid playmonaut back to base ahead of a vital Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission, led some of you to suspect that we were poised to wave off the Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board on a high-altitude test flight.
Lester Haines, 30 Nov 2012
Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

Intel insists Mac Mini HDMI fix inbound

Intel says it has addressed the Mac Mini flickering HDMI issue and informed those affected that Apple will configure a firmware fix having now been provided with amended drivers.
Caleb Cox, 30 Nov 2012
Motörheadphönes Motörizer

Motörheadphönes Motörizer rock 'phones review

One retailer’s Motörheadphönes Motörizer page caught my attention today. “Warning!” it shrieked, “The packaging and product includes explicit language. Not suitable for children under the age of 18.”
Tony Smith, 30 Nov 2012

Cash-hungry Sharp 'offering juicy stakes to US firms'

Sharp is in talks with US firms including Dell, Intel and Qualcomm to sell off bits and pieces of itself, it has been reported.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Nov 2012
Alistair Dabbs

Smear campaign

Something for the Weekend, Sir?Men as a gender can be a smelly lot. There are cultural reasons underlying some of our questionable standards of personal hygiene but we are also victims of our own DNA. Like stature, baldness and the length of our ah… noses, there are many challenging aspects of our bodily functions that we simply inherited.
Alistair Dabbs, 30 Nov 2012
server room

UK server market lifeless: Customers just want fresh, young models

The UK server market was like the surface of the Moon in Q3 - there were no signs of life.
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2012

Competition watchdogs jump in bed, compare Google probes

Separate investigations into the business practices of Google are continuing to take place on both sides of the Atlantic and a meeting of minds is set to take place early next week, after the US Federal Trade Commission's chairman flew to Europe for talks with Brussels' competition chief.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Nov 2012

Unlocked iPhone 5 on sale in US, cheaper than UK - but not cheap

It has only taken three months, but from last night, Americans will now be able to buy an unlocked iPhone 5, and it will set them back $649.
Anna Leach, 30 Nov 2012

Samsung: Demand for mobes forced 16hr days on factory slaves

Samsung has promised again that it's going to fix the problems at its Chinese suppliers, after it admitted poor conditions for employees following an investigation.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Nov 2012

Help-desk hell: Can YOU beat this iPad-winning tale of woe?

A competition to find the best help-desk tale of despair, with an iPad up for grabs for the winner, has solicited a collection of bizarre and amusing anecdotes.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2012

No more fun and games for Zynga as Facebook cuts apron strings

Zynga can no longer cream off users from Facebook, after Mark Zuckerberg's company revised a lucrative deal the games outfit once had with the network.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Nov 2012

NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

Five NASA scientists took time out yesterday to assure the public that the world will not end on 21 December.
Anna Leach, 30 Nov 2012

Hearts, minds and balls: Microsoft's Windows 8 Surface gamble

What makes Microsoft think people will buy its Surfaces? It would have to be either for the love of the Microsoft brand or because Redmond has got them by the balls on data and apps.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2012
Downing Street road sign

Baby Bong #businessmodel is my PRIDE and JOY

Steve Bong, 30 Nov 2012

Titsup Windows 8 PayPal payments snare upgraders

Have you upgraded to Windows 8, paid via PayPal and not received your code download? Worse, has PayPal taken the money from your account?
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2012
Xbox Live

Microsoft cues next-gen Xbox for Crimbo 2013

Microsoft will release the next-generation Xbox console in time for Christmas next year, sources claim.
Caleb Cox, 30 Nov 2012

Google+ exec declares Facebook 'social network of the past'

If you're looking for disingenuous quotation of the week then Vulture Central wouldn't blame you for looking no further than Google+ boss Bradley Horowitz. The exec not only described Facebook as the "social network of the past" but also labelled Mark Zuckerberg's ad strategy as "intrusive".
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Nov 2012

Last chance to vote for new sheriffs of security town

Friday marks the final day to submit votes for this year's election of directors to the (ISC)2 security certification body.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2012

HPC cluster cowboys bag overall award, haul it home to Texas

SC12Video I caught up with Team Longhorn just before they turned in their final results for the SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). As you can see in the short video, they’re pretty cool and composed, but I thought I sensed a little bit of anxiety under the surface. As it turns out, they should have been more relaxed – they were on their way to winning the 2012 Overall Award.
Dan Olds, 30 Nov 2012

Groupon chief Mason keeps his job - despite rubbish share price

Groupon boss Andrew Mason has managed to hang on to his seat at the top, despite rumours that the board was considering giving him the boot.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Nov 2012

Your smartphone browser: A ZOMBIE in password-crunching botnet

Computer scientists in the US have discovered a potential means to abuse cloud-based web browsers.
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2012

Vid: EXTREME computer sports: Meet the cluster war winners

SC12 VideoThe 2012 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) is in the books and we have all of the results, right here, right now. First, as was released earlier, China’s Team NUDT ran away with the Highest LINPACK Award, an SCC record 3.014 Teraflop/s score. Their compatriots, Team USTC, locked in second place with 2.793 Teraflops/s, and the Texas Longhorns nabbed third with their 2.488 score.
Dan Olds, 30 Nov 2012

Google Play revenues leap 311% in 2012

Revenue from apps sold in the Google Play store have exploded this year, but they still have quite a way to go before catching up with the cash cow that is the iOS App Store.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Nov 2012

Sex offender wins case against Facebook vigilantism

A convicted sex offender has won a court order giving Facebook 72 hours to remove a page on its site which names people who have have been convicted of sex offenses against children.
Iain Thomson, 30 Nov 2012

House passes, Obama disses 55,000 visas for educated immigrants

AnalysisThe US House of Representatives has passed a bill to provide 55,000 visas per year to non-citizens who graduate from US universities with advanced degrees in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Nov 2012

Nine sentenced in Chinese kidney-for-iPad scheme

Note to Apple fanbois: If anyone approaches you with an offer to fund your iOS addiction in exchange for your internal organs, that person might be a criminal.
Neil McAllister, 30 Nov 2012

Malware slurps rocket data from Japanese space agency

Malware on a computer in the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been stealing data on the latest Nipponese solid-fuel rocket system.
Iain Thomson, 30 Nov 2012

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