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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.