7th > December > 2012 Archive
Tim Cook’s 'One more thing': Apple TV rumor-stoker
Apple CEO Tim Cook has dropped the tiniest of hints about the company’s ongoing interest in televisions.
SoftLayer fires up MongoDB database service
Privately held hosting and cloudy infrastructure peddler SoftLayer is tag-teaming with 10gen, the creator of the MongoDB NoSQL data store, to sell preconfigured MongoDB setups to park your big data on its 100,000-server data centers.
New research cuts Kepler's exoplanet count by one third
A new study has shown that the number of exoplanets – planets outside of our solar system – discovered by NASA's Kepler may be inflated by over a third.
Republican staffer fired for copyright reform suggestions
A Republican staffer who wrote a position paper suggesting that the current system of copyright legislation might benefit some market-based reform has been summarily fired.
Report blasts NASA for 'lack of consensus' on goals, plans
A new US government report offers a damning assessment of the strategic direction and management of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), painting the space agency as a rudderless organization whose lack of well-defined goals could threaten US leadership in space sciences.
Google kills free version of Apps for business
Google has killed off the free version of its Apps for business product.
China admits $10 BEEELLION tech trade deficit
Despite a growing trade surplus with the rest of the world and a claim to be the global centre of tech manufacturing, China’s technology exports were worth $US10bn less than its imports in 2011.
EMC: 'Nope', XtremIO won't link to back-end arrays
Not being happy with an interview write-up, EMC VP and Global Marketing CTO Chuck Hollis rewrote it in his blog with what he considered to be the right answers. This provided new information, to us, about EMC's coming XtremIO networked flash storage array.
Google enables private Play stores
Organisations planning to give users access to curated collection of Android apps can now do so with their Google Apps account, after the advertising giant quietly threw the switch on what it has poetically dubbed “The Google Play Private Channel for Google Apps”.
Cognizant filing stokes Indian outsourcer growth fears
An SEC filing from IT services poster boy Cognizant has sent ripples of uncertainty through the entire Indian tech sector after some interpreted it as a sign the company is expecting slower growth in 2013.
'Build us a Death Star, President Obama' demand thousands
A petition asking the Whitehouse to construct a "Death Star", has gathered over 5000 signatures on the American government's ePetition site.
England and Germany square off for FIFA goal line tech prize
Little known football teams Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City made history on Thursday after their Club World Cup match was the first ever official fixture to feature goal line technology.
Speaking in Tech: So you've built a data centre - but is it UNDER THE SEA?
PodcastWelcome back - it's another Speaking In Tech hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed has taken over the podcast with this special - and shorter - episode from Structure Europe 2012 in Amsterdam.
The best tablets for Christmas
Thank God for Microsoft. Without it and its new Surface tablet this article would be nothing more than me running around having an Android versus iOS argument with myself. Thankfully, as with smartphones, the arrival of Windows 8, here in its RT incarnation, has saved mankind from a bipolar tablet OS nightmare.
Tearful, poetic Reg readers hail heroic, departed Playmonaut
We're obliged to all those readers who've offered condolences at the loss of our heroic playmonaut, who disappeared in the English Channel last week during a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission.
GPU-stuffed monster cracks Windows passwords in minutes
Security researchers have put together a monster number-crunching rig capable of cracking strong passwords by brute force in minutes.
Major £30m cyberheist pulled off using MOBILE malware
Cybercrooks swiped £30 million (€36m) from the banks accounts of 30,000 customers in Italy, Germany, Spain and Holland over the summer using an elaborate mobile banking fraud scam.
Private cloud user in dialogue with Atmos, el Reg facilitating
Atmos user Michael Roney identified some difficulties he was having with an Atmos array on an EMC community website, saying he wanted to do ordinary-seeming things but couldn't. EMC has responded, saying he is trying to do things that are rarely, if ever done.
NetApp launches SECRET MARS MISSION, seeks egghead
The Reg storage desk has learned of a Mars project at NetApp. So we've sent our own Curiosity rover - specifically, a Google bot - to scan for job descriptions. This is what it transmitted back:
Datel: Reseller growing faster than its vendor master Sage
Datel, Sage's largest channel partner in the UK, clearly isn't suffering similar growing pains to its vendor master after posting double digit growth for fiscal 2012.
'Facebook is completely undreamt of even by the worst spying nation'
QuotWThis was the week when Google+ head Bradley Horowitz told the world that that whole Facebook thing was soooo last year.
Emulex moves to snap up network-monitoring Endace
Storage networking and Ethernet vendor Emulex is making a bid for Endace, a New Zealand-based network monitoring company.
Take it or break it: the return of the drop test
Something for the Weekend, Sir?In flagrant negation of the forces of nature, I seem to be growing less clumsy as I get older. That is, I break fewer things and do it less often.
2020AD: Space tourists will be FOUND ON MOON
A group of former NASA employees are planning to send two people to the Moon for $1.4bn as part of a new space tourism venture.
Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'
Samsung tried its very hardest to argue for a retrial in a hearing with Apple yesterday, as the fruity firm pushed for additional damages on top of the $1bn it already won.
I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief
Google veep Vic Gundotra has described Google+ as "the fastest-growing network thingy ever." He claimed that 135 million people were now actively using it, while 500 million users have been signed up to the site.
Battle of the Clouds: Azure goes lower
Windows Azure pricing is dropping by up to 28 per cent as Microsoft goes head to head againstAmazon's cloud storage.
Data gobbling app lands Delta Air Lines in the dock on privacy charge
Rare critical Word vuln is the star of December Patch Tuesday
Microsoft is planning to release seven bulletins next Tuesday, five of which tackle critical vulnerabilities, as part of its final Patch Tuesday update of 2012.
Arbitrators side with Foxconn in brain-damaged worker case
Chinese layout arbitrators have ruled against the family of the Foxconn worker who was brain-damaged in a factory accident in Shenzhen.
Telcos and hosters add US jobs in November, semi manufacturers cut them
In some surprising good news for the US and perhaps the rest of the world in this interconnected global economy, employers added more jobs and lost fewer jobs in November in the wake of Hurricane Sandy smacking into the east coast in late October, and state governments started adding workers, offsetting losses in the government sector as the US Postal Service continues to shed people.
Dell storage boss Topgun Thomas leaves 'to pursue a new opportunity'
Darren Thomas, head of Dell's Storage Group, is leaving the company, following several quarters of declining revenue and an influx of new executive blood into Dell.
TVShack's Richard O'Dwyer sent home with £20,000 fine
Richard O'Dwyer, the Briton who ran one of the world's most popular download links websites, must cough up £20,000 after avoiding extradition in a bargain with US authorities.
C2000: 'We will become a £3bn distie'
Computer 2000 has set it sights on growing into a £3bn sales juggernaut in the next five years and reckons signing up new vendors, and a deeper move into supply chain services will help it get there.
Apple: 27-inch iMac won't ship until next year
Apple's long-delayed 27-inch iMac is now scheduled to ship to US customers sometime next month, according to an updated page on the company's stateside online store.
AMD bites bullet, slashes chip orders
The slumping PC market has put the hurt on AMD to the extent that the struggling chipmaker has sharply reduced its Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with its chip-baking partner, GlobalFoundries.
Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows
Free Software Foundation founder and noted weird-beard Richard Stallman has called upon Linux advocates to reject the Ubuntu distribution, claiming the latest version contains dangerous "surveillance code."
FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout
The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has written to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asking for a rethink of the current ban on using electronic items in flight.
Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review
An American woman is being sued for three quarters of a million dollars for giving a local building contractor a scathing write-up on crowd-sourced reviews sites Yelp and Angie's List.