13th March 2013 Archive

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Devs tease early screenshots of Ubuntu Touch Core Apps

Ubuntu developer Michael Hall has posted screenshots of early versions of what Canonical is calling the "Core Apps" for Ubuntu Touch, the new flavor of the popular Linux distribution that's being rewritten to run on mobile devices as well as PCs.
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2013
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Boffins build robo-CHIMP for DARPA challenge

The latest entrant to DARPA's $2m Robotics Challenge is a four-limbed robot with near-human strength and the dexterity to climb ladders or use tools.
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2013
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Oracle’s cloud slowly condenses

Oracle has started touring the world, throwing “CloudWorld” events at which it explains it’s not late to the cloud, but took its own sweet time getting there in good shape.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2013

Japan to trial emergency 'calls' by Twitter in disaster zones

Japanese authorities will soon trial a new warning system that would allow imperiled members of the public to contact the emergency services by sending messages on social networking sites like Twitter.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2013

Take a temp job in Oz and become office pariah

If you’ve contemplated a year or three working in Australia on a temporary visa, think again. A domestic political storm means the climate for temporary skilled workers is likely to worsen.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2013


Updated Worrying news today for any Register readers who may be in the neighbourhood of the Black Sea, as news has emerged that three elite Ukrainian navy killer dolphins, possibly armed with deadly weapons attached to their heads, have gone absent without leave in the region, apparently intent on nookie.
Lewis Page, 13 Mar 2013
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Twitter's Chinese foe is home to social media zombies

China’s social networks may not be as social as was first thought, after a new sample study found that over half of accounts on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo are inactive while fewer than 15 per cent of active accounts feature original posts.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2013
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NetApp modifies benchmark system and - shock - comes out TOP

NetApp's number crunchers at Sunnyvale have sweetened the firm's SPC-2 benchmark results in an attempt to help NetApp stand out from the crowd, emphasising the price/performance bennies of its latest E5500 disk array.
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013

Coca Cola in the dock over illegal China GPS map claims

The perils of doing business in China were highlighted again recently after it was revealed that Coca Cola is under investigation following allegations it illegally mapped parts of Yunnan province.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2013
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Sepaton lures Feds with TOP SECRET backup BEAST

Sepaton has brought out a new deduping backup storage array that it claims inflicts 80TB an hour on a floating lump of backup data. It's the S2100-ES3 2925 and it has near doubled its data ingestion rate over the -ES2 model, says the firm. It has also added an encryption feature that it says makes it the "safe choice" for mega corps and secretive gov orgs.
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013
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Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story

Archaeologic They would, Clive Sinclair claimed on 23 April 1982, revolutionise home computer storage. Significantly cheaper than the established 5.25-inch and emerging 3.5-inch floppy drives of the time - though not as capacious or as fast to serve up files - ‘Uncle’ Clive’s new toy would “change the face of personal computing”, Sinclair Research’s advertising puffed.
Tony Smith, 13 Mar 2013

Cluster padawans vie for place in Shanghai super showdown

ASC13 The 2013 Student Cluster Competition season is off to a roaring start judging by the high level of interest in the inaugural Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC13), which will kick off in Shanghai in mid-April.

Disk drive kingpin WD whips out wallet for upstart Skyera

Who'd have thought it? When flash array startup Skyera announced its $51m second round funding we knew Dell was leading it but what we didn't know was that disk drive bigwig Western Dig was in there too.
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013

Perish the fault! Can your storage array take a bullet AND LIVE?

Feature Storage doesn't have to be hard. It isn't really all that hard. If you ask yourself "can my storage setup lead to data loss" then you have already begun your journey. As a primer, I will attempt to demystify the major technologies in use today to solve that very problem.
Trevor Pott, 13 Mar 2013

Outages plague Hotmail and Outlook users

Microsoft's spanking new Outlook.com and creaking Hotmail service are experiencing prolonged outages around the world.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2013
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Black Tuesday patchfest: A lot of digits plug security dykes

Microsoft carried out a fairly comprehensive spring cleaning of vulnerabilities on Tuesday, fixing 20 vulnerabilities with seven bulletins, four of which are rated critical.
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2013
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GoDaddy gone, daddy: Websites go titsup in server assault

A number of websites hosted by GoDaddy were blasted offline this week in a distributed denial-of-service attack.

Eric Schmidt trousers his monstrous package at Google

Top Googler Eric Schmidt is getting a tasty $6m bonus for his performance at the Chocolate Factory this year, part of a package of $15m getting spread around among the C-suite Oompa Loompas.
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Every SECOND there are EIGHT more Seagate drives in the world

Seagate boasts that it has shipped a billion drives in just four years after taking nearly three decades to build its previous billion.
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013

Rugby club doomed by 2e2 disaster rescued by Manx reseller

A small reseller on the Isle of Man has not only snapped up collapsed 2e2's operations on the island, but also agreed to sponsor a rugby club previously backed by the crashed integrator.
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2013
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Google to pay laughably minuscule fine over Wi-Fi slurp across US

Google has reached a peanut-sized $7m settlement with 38 US states, after its controversial Street View prowl cars deliberately collected payload data including emails and passwords from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks across America.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2013
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IT chiefs choose Choose-YOD over full fat BYOD for now

Insight EMEA boss Stuart Fenton says BYOD is failing to set the world alight: but a half-fat version is gaining some traction within enterprises.
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2013

Microsoft unveils even more tempting Kinect offering: Open source

First it was developer tools, then Kinect for the PC, now Microsoft's given hackers a shot at the Kinect code under an open-source license.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2013
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JPMorgan Chase is latest US bank in MYSTERY web savaging

JPMorgan Chase's website went kaput yesterday when the bank became the latest US financial institution to find itself on the business end of a distributed denial-of-service assault.

Foundering OCZ snatches megabuck lifeline in white-knuckled grip

OCZ, drowning in a sea of cancelled products, its banker missing overboard, revenues leaking from its deflating financial rubber ring and burdened by an inability to understand its own condition has been hurled a last minute $30 million cash and credit lifeline.
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013
VMware CEO Pat Gelsigner at the vCloud Hybrid Cloud Service launch

VMware and partners to build uber-vCloud to take on Amazon

Rumors have been going around since late last year that server virtualization juggernaut and cloud wannabe VMware was working on building its own infrastructure public cloud, said to be called Project Zephyr, and it turns out to be true. Mostly. Maybe.
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eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money

eBay has claimed that Google's paid search ads aren't worth the money for big-name brands, after it conducted a study showing that found it was only getting 25 cents back for every dollar it spent.

Speaking in Tech: Cloud, yes. Doughnuts, yes! Five-mile run, NOO!

Podcast Podcast It's time for the weekly Speaking in Tech podcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela - although Sarah is out and about yet again enjoying SXSW 2013. But the guys are joined by special guest Brian Gracely, vice-president of solutions at enterprise-grade cloud software maker Virtustream and co-host …
Ollie Henry, 13 Mar 2013

Public-sector biz Civica UK flaunts fit figures to keep sugar-daddies sweet

If investors at venture-capital biz 3i are considering floating or selling UK public-sector tech giant Civica this year, then its decent financial results will focus a few minds.
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2013
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Oracle acquires Nimbula, buys way into open clouds

Oracle has announced plans to acquire Nimbula, an purchase that gives the database company a route into the open source OpenStack cloud management system, and a private cloud software stack as well.
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2013
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Report: Amazon dominates global cloud spend

Amazon Web Services dominates the infrastructure-as-a-service cloud computing market, and is dramatically growing its share in platform-as-a-service as well, according to reasonably-believable research figures.
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2013

Adobe thinks outside box, nixes retail Creative Suite packaging

Adobe is moving ahead with plans to phase out the boxed, retail versions of its Creative Suite and Acrobat software families, in favor of a distribution model based exclusively on digital downloads and subscriptions.
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2013

Father of Android Andy Rubin steps down for Chrome OS boss

It's all change at Google as Andy Rubin, the man who shepherded Android into becoming the world's biggest mobile operating system, is stepping down in favor of Chrome OS boss Sundar Pichai.
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2013
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EMC launches its cloudy Federation with Pivotal big data spinoff

Wall Street events can be pretty boring unless you like money and profits, but there was a moment of levity during EMC's financial analysts meeting that marked the birth of the Pivotal Initiative, the gathering up of big data and application framework assets from EMC and its virtualization minion, VMware.

Oz Bank share price dives after reveal of IBM/Oracle plan

Is it feasible that investors are belatedly learning that a technology refresh might involve spending huge amounts of money on risky projects?

Photonic router vendor exits stealth-mode, sparks hypegasm

Without the obligatory hype from the "every great business starts with venture capital" press, it is an interesting proposition: that turning integrated electro-optical chips into the basis of a router yields a faster device that's smaller, uses less power, and generates less heat.