27th > March > 2013 Archive


Tibetan and Uyghur activists targeted with Android malware

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab are reporting that Tibetan activists are being hit by a highly targeted form of Android malware that seeks to record their contacts, call logs, SMS messages, geolocation, and phone data.
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2013

Spanish Linux group files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

A Spanish open source software users' association has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission, claiming that the company's implementation of UEFI Secure Boot stifles competition.
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2013

Want faster fibre? Get rid of the glass

One of the most irritating expressions people can use, “broadband at the speed of light”, is a little closer to coming true thanks to researchers from the University of Southampton, who have demonstrated air-filled fibres with propagation happening at 99.7 percent of c.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Mar 2013

Oz shop slaps browsers with $5 just looking fee

A specialty food store in the Australian city of Brisbane has erected a sign insisting it will charge $AUD5.00 ($US5.25, £3.46) to enter the store, refundable if you buy something.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2013
Chrome's new spell checker in operation on an El Reg story

Google improves Chrom’s spel checkr

The new stable version of Chrome, 26.0.1410.43 m for those of you still counting, has baked in the spell check tech The Chocolate Factory uses when you type in its search dialog.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2013

Amazon adds crypto modules to AWS cloud

Amazon is plugging ultra-secure key management appliances into its cloud to calm enterprise security admins while locking them into its way of doing things.
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2013

NORKS switch off 3G data for tourists

Portly peoples' hero dictator Kim Jong-un has put the brakes on North Korea’s efforts to haul itself into the 21st century after appearing to ban mobile internet services for tourists less than a month after a historic decision was taken to relax 3G data restrictions.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2013
New telstra logo

Telstra issues report on Warrnambool exchange fire

Telstra has determined that the catastrophic fire in its Warrnambool Exchange, which in late 2012 took 100,000 Victorians offline, was an accident.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Mar 2013

Off-the-shelf optics kit tweaked for bonkers performance

A couple of Australian optics labs have joined up with vendor Finisar to demonstrate an energy-efficient optical system transmitting 10 Tbps over 850 km.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Mar 2013
This chicken is under attack [Click to enlarge]

Printed electronics firm prints more money in quest for safer poultry

Printed electronics pioneer Thinfim successfully squeezed shareholders for another 26.8m Norwegian Kroner yesterday, following the announcement of a real customer for its printed memory circuits.
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2013

Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

FeatureForget Google's self-driving car – for a few years, at least. Today's real action in the computer-meets-car arena is in the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), as was made abundantly clear at last week's GPU Technology Conference.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Mar 2013

India’s outsourcers battle for customers in a cloudy universe

AnalysisThe rumblings started in the late 1990s. Indian services companies were getting into outsourcing. Almost before the news broke, deals followed. Before long, India was a destination for all manner of serious jobs and a byword for getting things done well and at a price western nations struggled to match.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2013

Rubbish IT means DEATH for UK Border Agency, announces May

The UK Border Agency's hopeless IT systems are among the reasons why the Home Secretary Theresa May, in an unscheduled statement to MPs yesterday afternoon, confirmed that the UKBA will be axed.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2013

NEC could ditch telecoms services unit

Ailing Japanese IT giant NEC could be set to jettison yet more of its business and move further from the mobile space after reports suggested its ready to sell subsidiary NEC Mobiling for up to $850 million.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2013

Microsoft LOVES YOU: Free Wi-Fi on the British railways for a month

Waiting for a train could be a marginally more interesting experience next month: Microsoft will provide free Wi-Fi on platforms to tempt commuters into buying an Office 365 subscription.
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2013

GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

Red-faced crypto and intercept intelligence agency GCHQ has admitted emailing plain text password reminders to people who register on its careers micro-site.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2013

After Leveson: The UK gets an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for real

AnalysisEver wondered what a British coup d’état might look like? You’ll have to bring your own visuals, but the soundtrack would probably go like this ...
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2013

Televisions in living rooms now the fastest-growing internet platform

The humble television holds the future of the interwebs, we're told: New numbers from Netbiscuits shows the lean-back experience more than doubled over the last six months and put other platforms into the shade.
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2013

Scan your branes LIVE IN REAL-TIME, thanks to GPU-surfin' boffins

GTC 2013Let’s say you’re at a gathering – maybe a cocktail party or a crowded club – and some buff athlete shows up on crutches. He immediately becomes the center of attention as he recounts the story of his injury.
Dan Olds, 27 Mar 2013
Cell tower, view from below. Image by Shutterstock.com

Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

Ofcom designed its 4G auction so there would be four winners - but the UK's fourth player is in no rush to turn on 4G-LTE.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2013
Milky Way systems

I've got a super free multi-petabyte storage box for you: /dev/null

Storage BodAs data volumes increase in all industries and the challenges of information management continue to grow, we look for places to store our hoarded bytes. Inevitably the subject of archiving and tape comes up.
StorageBod, 27 Mar 2013

British spooks chum up with IT-related biz to battle cyber threats

The UK government has launched a scheme designed to promote greater information sharing on cyber threats between businesses and government.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2013

Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

Boffins have developed the thinnest invisibility fabric ever made, just 0.15mm thick, great for carrying around Harry Potter-style.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Mar 2013

Wealthy London NIMBYs grit teeth, welcome 'ugly' fibre cabinets

BT has convinced residents of Kensington and Chelsea that they can live with "ugly" fibre optic cabling cabinets on their streets. The move comes after the Royal Borough rejected 96 of the installation proposals submitted by the national telco in May last year.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2013

Cyberwar playbook says Stuxnet may have been 'armed attack'

The Stuxnet attack on Iran was an illegal "act of force", according to at least some of the legal experts who helped draw up a NATO-commissioned Geneva Convention-style rules of cyberwarfare document.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2013
Reading tape LEO II computer, photo: Science Museum / SSPL

Blighty's revolutionary Cold War teashop computer - and Nigella Lawson

Geek's Guide to BritainThe Victorian offices were bulldozed long ago for a stack of flats and mirrored offices, and there's not a single indication to the significance of this site - or what happened here.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2013

Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

The Daily Telegraph is to begin charging regular web readers for web access.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2013

Avnet sales bigwig Bryant to hop off after Easter

Avnet Technology Solutions sales director Denise Bryant will up sticks and leave the biz next month.
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2013

Free speechers want into Apple and Samsung sealed court filings

A coalition of media and free speech advocates have tried to convince a US court that sealed documents in Apple and Samsung's patent smackdown should be made public.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Mar 2013

Foxconn master fails to sink teeth into tasty Sharp stake

The deadline for Foxconn daddy Hon Hai to come up with a new deal for a stake in wheezing monitor biz Sharp has passed without the companies coming to any arrangement.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Mar 2013
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Anti-spam organisation Spamhaus has recovered from possibly the largest ‪DDoS‬ attack in history.
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2013
Rather dirty PC interior

Are the PCs all getting a bit old at your office? You're not alone

Business PC refresh cycles are set to stretch even further, according to IDC analysis - heaping more strain on vendors and channel partners.
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2013

Apple in Chinese court over patent rights for Siri

A Chinese court has heard claims that Apple's Siri personal assistant infringes a patent owned by a local firm that makes similar voice-activated software for both iOS and Android, in just the latest setback for Cupertino in the country.
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2013

Citrix moves into SaaS management

Citrix is moving into application management as part of the company's continued shift away from merely delivering virtualized Windows apps.
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2013
Higher Education and Further Education

Lots more virtualisation, cloud, added to TAFE courses

Several new subjects on virtualisation and cloud computing will shortly be added to ICA 11, Australia’s national curriculum for vocational education and training in information and communications technology.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2013
Screenshot of the Office 2013 installer for Office 365

Microsoft's 'Gemini' project will be the Windows Blue of Office

Even as Microsoft has publicly acknowledged the existence of Windows "Blue," the much-buzzed-about Service Pack reworking of Windows 8 due later this year, the rumor mill is already churning with rumblings about a similar update project underway for Office 2013.
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2013
Troll in cross hairs

EMC, Carbonite fight off patent pursuer

It may be too soon to say that the tide is turning, but EMC and Carbonite have become the latest IT companies to beat off a high-profile patent lawsuit.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Mar 2013

Red Hat revenues rise but not enough for Wall Street

Red Hat is growing like a weed, and thinks that in a few years open source cloud computing could be worth more to it than the entire Linux market.
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2013

IBM unfurls SDN network manager

First virtualization chewed up processors and regurgitated them as a pile of fungible compute resources, then it started gobbling storage, and now it's turned its hungry eye to networks, and IBM wants to help VMware, OpenStack, and others, do the chewing.
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2013
Illustration of Screwpole's situational management.

Revealed: Vendors’ worst sales fluff

Reg readers often show little love for analysts, labelling them over-priced prognosticators with tenuous ties to reality.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2013

Google Glass to carry 'Made in USA' label

You had to be a US resident to sign up for the Google Glass Explorer competition, and now it looks as though it could be quite a while before Google's sci-fi headgear is spotted outside US soil, because the headsets will reportedly be American-made, too.
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2013

Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

A spokesman for the Egyptian military has reported that three scuba divers have been arrested in the Mediterranean as they tried to cut a submarine data cable owned by local telco Telecom Egypt.
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2013

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