15th > February > 2013 Archive


Former co-CEO Balsillie has cashed out all his BlackBerry stock

Whatever happens to BlackBerry from here on out, it won't make any difference to Jim Balsillie. As of Thursday, the onetime co-CEO of the mobile maker formerly known as Research in Motion no longer has any stake in the company he helped lead for 20 years.
Neil McAllister, 15 Feb 2013
Tracert over to and you'll get this rather amusing result

Traceroute reveals Star Wars Episode IV 'crawl' text

A bored, snowbound network admin has made something lovely: a traceroute that produces the text of the opening crawl to Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2013

Heroku tech change leaves customer with bill-shock

The cloud is not as easy or as simple as its providers' marketing departments may want you to believe – that's the moral of the story of a startup and its platform provider Heroku.
Jack Clark, 15 Feb 2013
The XC30 supercomputer, formerly known as Cascade

Cray readies XC30 supers for Ivy Bridge and coprocessors

Supercomputer maker Cray has trotted out its financial results for 2012, and used the occasion to talk about its plans for its current year after closing out one of the best four quarters it has put together in many seasons.
NASA 'Blue Marble' image of Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft

IDC: Android, iOS now own 91.1% of global smartphone sales

The latest data on smartphone sales from analyst house IDC shows an increase in the reach of the global Android/iOS operating system duopoly, with RIM and Microsoft left squabbling over the scraps.
Iain Thomson, 15 Feb 2013

Microsoft exec: No 'Plan B' despite mobile stumbles

Should Microsoft's tablet and phone efforts continue to inspire little interest among the buying public, don't expect a radical shift in strategy – according to one senior Redmond exec, the company has no "Plan B".
Rik Myslewski, 15 Feb 2013

Tesla's Elon Musk v The New York Times, Round 2

There's no love lost between Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and New York Times reporter John Broder this Valentine's Day, with the debate over the accuracy of Broder's recent review of the Tesla Model S having devolved into a bitter display of online "he said, she said."
Neil McAllister, 15 Feb 2013
Arista Networks logo

Arista wants to DANZ for high freaky traders

Arista Networks, the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Andy Bechtolsheim, is chasing a new market by reversing the polarity on its Ethernet switches, turning them into packet sniffers that feed into network analyzer equipment instead of packet shufflers.
Apple iPhone 5

iOS 6.x hack allows personal data export, free calls

Hackers can access iPhones running iOS 6.x without passcodes, and will then be able to access and export the address book, send emails and make phone calls.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2013

Kiwi cops to buy 6,500 iPhones, 3,900 iPads

New Zealand Police will acquire 6,500 smartphones and 3,900 fondleslabs to improve the force's efficiency.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2013

Pop's Chubby Checker condemns use of Palm to check pocket-chubby

Yesteryear popstar Chubby Checker is suing HP for selling todger tool The Chubby Checker from its webOS app store.
Anna Leach, 15 Feb 2013

Silicon Roundabout worthies in £2m UK.gov cash battle royale

The UK Cabinet Office has handed out two slices of its £10m Social Incubator fund to bankroll more macchiato-sipping big dreamers on East London's Silicon Roundabout.
Bill Ray, 15 Feb 2013

ICO: How 'sensitive' is personal data? Depends what it's used for...

The sensitivity of personal information should be determined by the reasons behind why the information is to be processed, the UK's data protection watchdog has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Feb 2013

Virty giant VMware drags upstart Hortonworks to court over 'unfair practices'

ExclusiveVMware has taken Hortonworks to court along with four ex-VMers who now work at the startup - and among them is VMWare's former global sales chief.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2013

Apple tech FOUND ON ANDROID: Passbook gets pay-by-bonk

While Apple and its Android rivals fight like cat and dog over smartphones, one piece of mobile technology from the iPhone maker has wound up on Google-powered devices.
Bill Ray, 15 Feb 2013
NetApp quarterly revenues to Q3 fy2013

Array-flogger NetApp: Don't worry sir, we'll look after your data

NetApp has recorded recession-proof results with increased revenues and profits, and it sees more coming as it develops a strategy of becoming a data manager for its customers, wherever that data resides.
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2013

CEO Tim Cook: Apple retail stores are 'like Prozac' to me

QuotwThis was the week when some of the titans of tech hung out at Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference talking about their problems. First up was Tim Cook, who was pooh-poohing a lawsuit filed by Greenlight Capital hedge-fund honcho David Einhorn. The suit is attempting to stop Apple from amending its charter to eliminate preferred stock and thus restrict the Board’s ability to unlock the value on Apple’s balance sheet.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 15 Feb 2013

'Bah, this Apple Shop is full of APPLES'

A cider shop in Norfolk has had to change its name after receiving up to 24 phone calls a week from fanbois with computer problems.
Anna Leach, 15 Feb 2013

2e2 rescue deal: Daisy swoops in, grabs data centre ops

Acquisitive telco player Daisy Group is taking control of defunct 2e2's data centre operations.
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2013
Qualcomm Atheros hybrid home network

WTF is... IEEE 1905.1?

FeatureIt sounds like a solution looking for a problem. A technology that allows networked devices in the home connected by different network media to operate as if they were connected across a single medium. Surely TCP/IP already allows you to do that, routing packets from, say, network attached storage linked to a router over an Ethernet cord across to a TV that might be linked to the router wirelessly or over a powerline bridge?
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2013

BlackBerry booster Alicia Keys blames hacker for iPhone Twitter update

BlackBerry's recently appointed Global Creative Director Alicia Keys has blamed a hacker for posting an update to her Twitter account using an iPhone.
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2013

Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

PollWe weren't much surprised that last week's call for readers to explain just what makes the ultimate cuppa resulted in a rush of experts eager to chip in their two bits' worth, offering some strong opinions, and even stronger brews, as evidenced by tales of billy-can-boiled industrial-strength infusions sweetened with condensed milk and shovelfuls of white sugar.
Lester Haines, 15 Feb 2013

Facebook in futile attempt to block perverts from Graph Searching for teens

Facebook has attempted to flatten fears about perverts using the company's Graph Search function to prey on teenagers on the network, by saying that controls would be in place to protect young people.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2013
Brando 16-port USB hub

Any storm in a port

Something for the Weekend, Sir?Consider this column to be a virtual pub. I raise my glass to all time-wasters out there.
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Feb 2013

Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

Get ready for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 – it’s coming sooner than you might expect and faster than Microsoft had planned.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2013

HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

UpdatedUp to 500 people* are believed to be injured after a meteorite blazed through the sky and smashed into central Russia this morning.

Insight Enterprises operating profits tumble down back of sofa

Tech reselling monster Insight Enterprises saw operating profits dive on this side of the Atlantic due to a spike in operational costs and enterprise customers delaying or shelving purchases.
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2013

Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

A disabled French driver was taken on a 200km/h white-knuckle ride by his "insane" Renault, as a quick shopping trip turned into a high-speed, 210 km jaunt to Belgium.
Lester Haines, 15 Feb 2013

Opera gulps Skyfire, takes aim at mobile data applecarts

Opera has bought one-time competitor Skyfire, for $50m down with another $100m in performance-related bonus on the table. The idea is to get into cell-operator racks with a view to making mobile pay.
Bill Ray, 15 Feb 2013
Google Glass

Roast entrepreneur: Mmm, tastes Just Like Chicken

Steve Bong, 15 Feb 2013

Ousted Apple Store chief Browett is back selling shiny tat for ladies

The former head of Apple Retail has found a new job, selling handbags and scarves at the head of Monsoon's Accessorize chain.
Anna Leach, 15 Feb 2013

IDC: Outsourcing sector needs rescue fund for cloudy customers

The outsourcing industry should develop a voluntary crisis fund to give protection to customers should their services provider hit the wall.
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2013

Sprosty leaps from Systemax TPG hot seat after 18 months

Systemax has confirmed that David Sprosty, CEO of its Technology Products Group, has left after less than 18 months in the hot seat.
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2013

Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

A trademark battle has erupted following a company’s bid to stake a Europe-wide claim to the name "Python" - that of many devs’ favourite scripting language.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Brocade: California taxman took off with our profits

Storage networking and Ethernet supplier Brocade has grown its latest quarter's revenues but swung from profit to loss after changes to the state of California's tax code. It reckons it will soon be doing even better now on the back of its 16GBit/s Fibre Channel kit and added that software-defined networking has opened up a whole new raft of opportunities.
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2013

Daisy Group battles to keep 2e2 managed services user base

Daisy Group has been locked in conversations with 2e2's managed services customers after taking charge of the integrator's data centres, to reassure them there is no need to jump ship.
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2013

Amazon opens Redshift data warehouse to Joe Public

Amazon's Redshift cloudy data warehousing service is now available for general consumption after a trial among blessed customers.
Jack Clark, 15 Feb 2013

Dev preview of Ubuntu for phones touching down February 21

Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has confirmed that the initial testing version of Ubuntu for phones, dubbed the Touch Developer Preview, will be available on February 21, with rolling updates to be released thereafter.
Neil McAllister, 15 Feb 2013
Beer taps

Civilization peaks: BEER-dispensing arcade game created

Western civilization is taking a drunken step forward with a what's claimed to be a unique conjunction of one of mankind's most basic forms of entertainment and the video game that provides one of its latest ones.
Iain Thomson, 15 Feb 2013

Microsoft still reviving Azure SQL Reporting after MONDAY FAIL

Four days have passed since a "procedural operations error" downed Azure SQL Reporting in Microsoft's East US data center, and Redmond is still trying to restore customer data.
Jack Clark, 15 Feb 2013

Facebook devs HACKED in 'sophisticated' Java zero-day attack

Facebook has been hacked, but the company has found no evidence that user data was affected.
Jack Clark, 15 Feb 2013

Earth escapes asteroid flyby, boffins want lasers aimed at next one

The largest recorded asteroid to enter Earth's elbow-room has passed by safely, with 2012 DA14 skimming through the geostationary orbit of our satellites at 17,450 miles per hour without leaving a scratch.
Iain Thomson, 15 Feb 2013
IBM Flex Chassis, front view

IBM forges Power7+ PureApplication appliance

IBM hosted a briefing earlier this week to talk about some new members of its PureSystems offerings, but only one of the lineup they introduced was truly new – and it took The Reg a couple of days of digging to uncover pricing information.

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