17th > April > 2013 Archive


Entangled matter the next big thing in qubits

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute are trumpeting as a breakthrough the successful teleportation of quantum information over 21 metres.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Apr 2013

Oracle slaps critical patch on insecure Java

Oracle has issued a critical update patch for Java as the database giant works to shore up confidence in the widely used code.
Jack Clark, 17 Apr 2013
Otellini with wafer - IDF 2003

Desultory figures from Intel as Otellini makes his last call

After 39 years at Chipzilla and over 80 earnings calls Paul Otellini has just finished his final one before stepping down in May. He didn't so much leave with a bang as a whimper.
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2013
Huawei Ascend P1

Huawei Ascend Mate lands in Australia

Huawei is clearly hoping that 2013 will be the year that it shakes off the “cheap” image, but its Ascend Mate, first seen earlier this year at CES, still sports a notable $AU429 price tag.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Apr 2013
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer

Yahoo! thanks! Asian! equity! for! 36! PERCENT! income! boost!

Yahoo! has beaten Wall Street expectations by reporting a 36 per cent year-on-year increase in net income last quarter, but CEO Marissa Mayer has investments in Yahoo! Japan and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to thank for the respite.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Apr 2013

O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

O2 UK hired circus performers at a PR event this week to launch its new Refresh tariff, which it was forced to confirm ahead of schedule thanks to a media leak.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2013
Apple TV third-generation (2012)

AMAZEBALLS: Buy a doomed Apple TV, get a replacement free

Apple has admitted its third-generation Apple TV box is dicky and has offered to replace faulty units.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Apr 2013

Hands up who wants 3D finger-controlled fridges? That's the spirit

AnalysisFinger gestures in three dimensions are the next big thing in controlling computers, or so we're sadly told.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2013

Chinese iOS pirate Kuaiyong launches web app store

A Chinese group which has made it its mission to take a bite out of Apple’s iTunes revenue share is at it again, launching a full web version of its iOS app store jam-packed with pirated content.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Apr 2013

Angry Birds fire back: Vulture cousins menace UK city's mobiles

Vodafone engineers dispatched to fix a Southampton mobile mast found a nesting Peregrine falcon - a protected species which must be left alone until its eggs hatch - leaving local residents with limited mobile coverage.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2013

Are biofuels Europe's sh*ttiest idea ever?

AnalysisThe craze for biofuels* - a part of EU legislation for a decade** now - is costing Europeans a fortune and isn't even environmentally friendly, a new report (PDF) by renowned British thinktank Chatham House argues.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2013
traffic lights

Eerie satnav boffinry claims it can predict THE FUTURE

Do you hate driving in the city? Do you fly into a rage when you can’t find a parking spot after spending hours in heavy traffic on the way to your destination?
Dan Olds, 17 Apr 2013
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Cloudscaling licenses Juniper virty networking for new OpenStack distro

Cloudscaling, one of the upstarts trying to become the Red Hat of OpenStack, has unveiled OCS 2.5, the third major release of its Open Cloud System. While it prepares for the coming of "Grizzly" - the latest OpenStack release - Cloudscaling has also inked a deal with Juniper Networks to put Juniper's virtual networking software at the heart of the virtual private computing extensions that it is adding to OpenStack.

Move over, Mythbusters: Was Archimedes an ancient STEVE JOBS?

Happy birthday Archimedes! The Syracusan mathematician, engineer and philosopher came into the world in 287BC. We don't know the exact date of his birth 2,300 years ago, but an appreciation of the twenty-third centenary of his birth seems apt.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2013
Google Glass

Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

Google's much-hyped Project Glass spectacles are inching closer to launch and the Chocolate Factory has released an application programming interface (API) guide and management software for the headgear.
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2013

TalkTalk ads banned by watchdog over 'misleading' YouView offer

Budget ISP TalkTalk has been warned to be careful with how its uses the term "free" in the future, after the telco was found by the ads watchdog to have "misled" customers over claims it had made about one of its promotional deals.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2013
European Union Flag

EU trade chief looks to reboot anti-dumping case against Huawei, ZTE

The EU's top trade investigator is going to try to get permission to probe Chinese telcos Huawei and ZTE, despite the fact that European firms like Ericsson refuse to complain about them.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Apr 2013

Office 365 - what's in it for you? Speak your brains

Live ChatMicrosoft Office is the planet’s most ubiquitous productivity suite and Word and Excel still set the standard on personal productivity apps.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2013

Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

Microsoft will collect a royalty for every device built by Foxconn that runs Google operating systems Android or Chrome OS.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2013
Bloody Serial Killer Shower Curtain

Dell kills 3-year-old object storage appliance line

ExclusiveDell is closing down its DX6000 object storage appliance product line just three years after starting it up. Its OEM'd Caringo software will be available through Dell’s Digital Download Store. But there are concerns that this move will tarnish Dell's reputation as an enterprise raised-floor data centre supplier.
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2013

PC floggers scavenge for crumbs as Apple hoovers up profits

Apple's idiot tax helped it generate five times more profits from operations than the five biggest PC players combined in Q4, according to beancounter Asymco.
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2013

Gov.uk named THE BEST THING Britain has made all year

It's a website with all the visual flair you would expect from something designed by "cool" Whitehall bureaucrats.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Apr 2013

Boffins: Tireless star spurted deadly jets for half an hour at a time

Scientists studying one of the biggest cosmic explosions ever recorded have theorised that the enormous bang, from which super long-lasting gamma ray bursts were emitted, was caused by the death of a massive star up to 1,000 times bigger than the Sun.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Apr 2013

Samsung: Posting of fake HTC hate was 'unfortunate'

Samsung staffers slated smartphone arch-rival HTC in fake online reviews - and now a Taiwanese watchdog is investigating.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Apr 2013

Google Apps goes TITSUP for millions - users REJOICE on Twitter

Google's customers are currently complaining about an outage affecting a number of the ad giant's products - including Gmail and storage service Drive.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2013
Photo of Jonathan Corbet at Linux Collaboration Summit 2013

Linux in 2013: 'Freakishly awesome' – and who needs a fork?

LCS2013If there was a theme for Day One of the Linux Foundation's seventh annual Linux Collaboration Summit, taking place this week in San Francisco, it was that the Linux community has moved way, way past wondering whether the open source OS will be successful and competitive.
Neil McAllister, 17 Apr 2013

Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

The BBC's mobile iPlayer client, which allows iOS users to download the national broadcaster's programmes for connectionless viewing, is now using digital rights management from embedded solutions player Inside Secure, which should herald the long-promised Android support.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2013

UK Supreme Court backs news leech in copyright fight

The UK's Supreme Court has sided with a technology company and a public relations industry group in a long-running copyright case - but bounced it up to Europe for ultimate clarification.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2013

Brit IT biz boss wrongly 'terminated' in red-tape blunder

Companies House accidentally "terminated" reseller Probrand's co-founder and long-standing director Chris Griesbach in a paperwork bungle.
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2013

US Justice Department pushes for fairer spectrum auctions

The US Department of Justice has written to the FCC warning against indiscriminate use of spectrum auctions, arguing that the mantra of "the highest bidder will make the greatest use" is increasingly outdated.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2013

US to hand out wads of green (cards) in bid to staff tech industry

The US government has yielded to industry bosses on some Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skilled-immigration issues, but less on others in a new bill meant to reform the existing immigration system.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Apr 2013

Google tells Microsoft IE shops: We can help you with those 'legacy apps'

Google is chucking Chrome at businesses whose applications are hardwired to Internet Explorer - and coupled its offer with a snub to Redmond, claiming its once-proud browser has become "legacy".
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2013

White House threatens to veto redrafted Cyber Intelligence act

The White House has threatened to veto the re-animated Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) over privacy concerns.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 Apr 2013

Microsoft joins the two-step verification party

Microsoft is bringing two-factor authentication to its users' accounts over the next couple of days.
Jack Clark, 17 Apr 2013
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OpenStack: Control freak is a platform, just like Android and iOS

The OpenStack Summit is underway this week in Portland, Oregon, and the top brass at the companies who have been building the cloud controller and selling it to customers want everyone to know that this is not some open source project with promise, but a real product that can be put to use in data centers today.
The SeaCliff Trail SDN-enabled switch

Intel: Now THIS is how you forge physical, virtual switches

Intel has x86 chips, switch ASICs, and tweaks to the Linux operating system that it says allow it to not only make better physical switches, but is also advancing the idea of using its chip and software tech to build a virtual switch for linking virtualized servers together and to layer network application services onto the network.
Rackgo systems include servers, storage, switching, and batteries

Data centers can't save Intel's first quarter

The "Sandy Bridge" Xeon E5 replacement ramp for servers is nearly a year old now and clearly hit its stride in the first quarter for Intel, which turned in some pretty sad figures for its PC chip and chipset business. It is a pity that the Data Center and Connected Systems business was not already twice as large, as Intel hopes to make it by 2016, because if it was then Chipzilla might have had a much better quarter.

Intel grabs API management company Mashery

With fewer PCs getting sold, little foothold in tablets or phones, and software is busily eating into the value of your terrifically complex server chips, getting into software must seem like a pretty smart move for a chipmaker like Intel.
Jack Clark, 17 Apr 2013

Antares aborted after launchpad mishap

NASA has had to delay the launch of the Antares private spacecraft following the premature disconnection of a second-stage umbilical.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Apr 2013

Malware and domain-squatters target Boston Marathon bombing

The scummier end of the online community has been quick to use Monday's bombing of the Boston Marathon as bait for multiple malware dispersals, plus a spot of old-fashioned online fraud along the way.
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2013

Boffins spin a solid state qubit in a nucleus

A group of researchers from the University of New South Wales has produced a functioning solid-state qubit with a read-out fidelity of 99.8 percent, taking the world another step along the path towards a functioning quantum computer.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Apr 2013

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