9th > May > 2013 Archive


Price cuts, OpenStack transition make Rackspace miss in Q1

Rackspace Hosting did not turn in the kind of first quarter it wanted for the period ending in March, so expect knee-jerk reactions and hyperventilating from investors who think it can't stay in the cloud game against the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

San Francisco caves over mobile radiation warnings

Residents of the Bay Area won't be bothered by how much radiation their mobile phones produce, now that San Francisco city authorities have backed down from mandatory labeling in the face of legal pressure.
Iain Thomson, 09 May 2013

Ubuntu dev proposes new package format for mobile apps

In a move that could see Ubuntu veer even further away from the Linux mainstream, Canonical has proposed a new software packaging format designed to make it easier for developers to publish apps for Ubuntu's tablet and phone–friendly future incarnations.
Neil McAllister, 09 May 2013

Domain registrar attacked, customer passwords reset

Reports are emerging that Internet registrar Name.com has suffered a data breach and is resetting all user passwords.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 May 2013
Telephone. Copyright: macinate

How smart does your desk phone need to be?

The business IP telephone market has spent more than a decade trying to establish exactly how much intelligence the market wants in its telephones. The customer's answer has almost always been “less than the vendors want to sell us.” Anyone looking for an albino pachyderm can therefore point to the CPUs and APIs baked into IP handsets as evidence the species is flourishing.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 May 2013

Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

It's only a small thing, but it could be big news: researchers at CERN have turned up the first evidence of exotic (and short-lived) atoms with pear-shaped nuclei.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 May 2013
The chinese characters for China as used in the new .中国  domain

Chinese outsourcer sets up at Uni of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong is to play host to a development facility of Chinese outsourcing provider Pactera.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 May 2013
Dr Who fans at the opening of the Sydney Dr Who store

TARDIS materialises in Sydney

A bright, early, morning, a long line of fans queued outside a soon-to-open shop, and a Reg reporter.
Simon Sharwood, 09 May 2013

Thai PM's site defaced with smutty abuse

The Thai Prime Minister’s Office web site is out of action after hackers yesterday defaced the home page with insulting slogans, although the group implicated in the attack says it was framed.
Phil Muncaster, 09 May 2013
Amazon Kindle Touch e-book reader

'No discernible increase in piracy' from DRM-free e-books

A little over a year ago, Speculative Science Fiction publisher Tor decided to do away with digital rights management (DRM) for its e-books.
Simon Sharwood, 09 May 2013

Yes! It's the NFC phone-bonk doorbell app AT LAST

Home owners too lazy to answer the doorbell can relax as the latest innovation from Doorbl puts visitors in touch via a smartphone tapped to the door.
Bill Ray, 09 May 2013
Flag Malaysia

Malaysian election sparks web blocking/DDoS claims

Opposition leaders and human rights activists have warned that Malaysia’s recent elections were tarnished with widespread web blocking and DDoS attacks designed to deprive voters of information about opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) before going to the polls.
Phil Muncaster, 09 May 2013

New Zealand to bar software patents, again

The software patentability row in New Zealand, which broke out last August over the wording of new patent legislation, seems to have been settled with the release of new legislation by the government.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 May 2013

German court: 'Nein' to Apple 'global consent' on fanbois' privacy

A German court has demanded that Apple change its rules on handling sensitive customer data.
Jasper Hamill, 09 May 2013

New 'BLOCKBUSTER' APPLE iTHING imminent - billionaire Einhorn

Billionaire investor David Einhorn has upped his shares of Apple through his Greenlight Capital Re reinsurer and is waiting for the fruity firm's "next blockbuster product".
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 May 2013

M&S shoppers make quarter of a million NFC payments a WEEK

Posh retailer Marks & Spencer is accepting nearly a quarter of a million contactless payments a week, with a bonk of plastic replacing the rattle of coins.
Bill Ray, 09 May 2013

Symantec: We 'stubbed our toe' on Backup Exec, but we'll be fine

AnalysisSymantec's new broom CEO has presided over record final quarter - at least for revenues - and full year 2013 results. This is despite the company being in the middle of a management clear-out, profits droop and wholesale sales operation revamp.
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013

Think enterprise software is complex? Check out the licences

AnalysisEnterprises shouldn't be surprised to discover they're having trouble understanding their enterprise licensing agreements. While Oracle, SAP and other big players publicly tout transparency and fairness in their licensing and pricing policies, customers often disagree when they get to the bargaining table or open the results of an audit.
Alex Woodie, 09 May 2013

Snoopers' charter rests in shallow grave - likely to rise again

AnalysisThe coalition government may need to bring in legislation in the final year of Parliament before a General Election is called that would allow spooks and police to see - at a "given point in time" - if a suspect could be linked to a certain IP address.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 May 2013
Commodore 64

Retro-tech fan seeks cash for Commodore 64 clones

A brand new 1982-style Commodore 64 for just $75 (£48)? Yes, it is crazy, but that’s not stopping one enterprising retro-tech fan from trying to make it happen.
Tony Smith, 09 May 2013

Syrian net access falls down some stairs, doing OK now

Syria has been reconnected to the world following a suspicious 19-hour internet blackout in the troubled nation.
Jasper Hamill, 09 May 2013

Over ONE-THIRD of PCs will have SSDs in 2017 - analyst

As hard disk drive (HDD) shipments into PCs continue their downwards slide, solid-state drive (SSD) shipments should rise at least 600 per cent between 2012 and 2017, say market researchers.
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013

Boffins' invisible magnetic ring pieces: Next-gen mobe emitters

VidGerman boffins have discovered that two microscopic magnets glued together can create a radio antenna capable of transmitting into the GHz band - where mobile phone signals and other tech lies.
Bill Ray, 09 May 2013

Office Software Checkpoint

Tech Panel ResultsThe desktop productivity space has been dominated for many years by Microsoft Office.
Dale Vile, 09 May 2013

Microsoft 'poised' to SPAFF A BEELLION on e-book also-ran Nook

Microsoft is poised to offer $1bn for e-book publisher Nook Media, which was spun out from bookshop biz Barnes and Noble, it is believed.
Bill Ray, 09 May 2013
Ontario Muncipal Employees Retirement Scheme

Sugar daddy beds nurses, plod, firemen software biz with fat wad

Omers Private Equity has coughed up £390m for public-sector services and software supplier Civica.
Paul Kunert, 09 May 2013

Brit adventurer all set to assault ex-Reg haunt Rockall

A Brit adventurer is poised to occupy the North Atlantic granite outcrop of Rockall - once described as "the most isolated speck of rock, surrounded by water, on the surface of the earth".1
Lester Haines, 09 May 2013

Microsoft plasters IE8 hole abused in nuke lab PC meltdown

Microsoft has issued a temporary fix for a high-profile Internet Explorer 8 vulnerability. This is the bug linked to recent targeted attacks against web pages accessed by nuclear weapons research teams at the US Department of Labor website.
John Leyden, 09 May 2013

Office 365 supremo seizes control of Microsoft's purse strings

Top Microsoft exec Amy Hood, who masterminded the multi-billion-dollar Skype and Yammer deals, is Redmond's new CFO.
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2013
Adobe's Creative Cloud replaces Creative Suite

Creative Suite cloud lurch crushes beret-wearers' cost-slash bid

Adobe's decision to murder boxed software and punt the Creative Suite exclusively into the cloud didn't catch channel partners unaware - but it may just unsettle their arty clients.
Paul Kunert, 09 May 2013
Nokia Asha 501

Nokia's debuts new 'Fastlane' UI in $99 flagship Asha 501

Nokia has unveiled a new UI in the flagship $99 Asha 501 to help fend off a dramatic collapse in sales of the low-end devices.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 May 2013

IT'S ALIVE: Groupon stock up, spreadsheets still soaked in red

Groupon shares rallied in after-hours trading last night, jumping at least 10 per cent - after the daily deals site announced a better-than-expected rise in revenue.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 May 2013
ITV Player

NEW ITV Player app IS HERE ... for Samsung fandroids only. Ha ha

A new version of the Android app to watch ITV's online telly is now available - exclusively for Samsung gadgets.
Bill Ray, 09 May 2013

Brit unis get £7.5m of taxpayers' cash for cybersecurity PhDs

Two UK universities are going to split £7.5m in government funding to train the next generation of cybersecurity experts.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 May 2013

Apple's head bean counter boasts WORLD'S BIGGEST PACKAGE

Apple's chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer has been named the best paid corporate bean counter of 2012.
Jasper Hamill, 09 May 2013

Alleged SpyEye big fish hauled in for US trial

Alleged SpyEye kingpin Hamza Bendelladj now faces a 23-count computer hacking and fraud indictment following his extradition from Thailand to the US last week.
John Leyden, 09 May 2013

IT spending squeeze? Are you joking, cackles cash-flush CommVault

Quarterly revenues up? Check. Annually and sequentially? Check. Annual revenues and profits? The same pattern. Any problems? Nope. Just another year at CommVault.
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013

Why are scribes crying just 'cos Google copied their books? asks judge

A US Appeals Court has suggested that authors suing Google should be pleased that the advertising giant is scanning millions of books and putting them online for all.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 09 May 2013

Seagate CTO hangs up his hard disks

Seagate's chief technology officer Bob Whitmore has retired, at the same times as the company has launched its third generation flash products.
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013
money notes lifted up

Bolshy investors launch yet another assault on Emulex board

Angry investor Altai Capital Management has written an open letter to Emulex CEO Jim McCluney demanding the resignation of Emulex's board after it rejected a takeover offer from Broadcom.
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013

40,000 Chinese workers say low-cost iPhone coming soon

The manufacturer of the still-popular iPhone 4S has said that it plans to add 40,000 workers, boosting rumors that Apple plans to release an entry-level iPhone soon.
Rik Myslewski, 09 May 2013

Tesla earns first profit, Model S wins '99% perfect' rating

The stock of space-faring Elon Musk's more down-to-earth business of selling Tesla electric cars is heading skywards after the company reported its first-ever profit and saw its Model S sedan get a stonking 99 per cent approval rating from the testers at Consumer Reports.
Iain Thomson, 09 May 2013

MadeiraCloud trousers $1.5 million to explain AWS to bosses

Amazon cloud manager MadeiraCloud has slurped $1.5 million from VCs who are betting that its visualization technology will make it easier for organizations to consume cloud infrastructure.
Jack Clark, 09 May 2013

Melbourne IT admits hack, says 'twas but a flesh wound

Australian domain registrar Melbourne IT admits “an unauthorised third party” has attacked the company, but says the incident was minor.
Simon Sharwood, 09 May 2013

Ban Samsung sales in the US? Sorry, Apple: Tech titans say 'No'

A group of technology companies led by Google has asked permission to let their collective opinion be known in the long-running patent dispute between Apple and its South Korean rival, Samsung.
Neil McAllister, 09 May 2013
Mark Moshayedi Jan 2013 Interim STEC CEO

Fallen flash flogger sTec says direct sales will save its bacon

Flash disk maker sTec isn't looking healthy. Its revenues have declined by over a third from the last quarter and net losses exceed revenues for this quarter - as they have done for the last 18 months.
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013

Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine

Professor Stephen Hawking has been accused of hypocrisy by an Israeli activist group after he declined an invitation to speak at an important conference in Jerusalem this June, announcing instead that he's joining a growing academic boycott of Israel in protest of its policies towards Palestine.
Iain Thomson, 09 May 2013

Nutanix getting traction with server-storage hybrids

The road to the present is littered with the rusty hulks of server companies that had great engineering and a new twist on an old systems idea, and yet were crushed by incumbents. But judging by its numbers for the past year and a half, upstart Nutanix – which is peddling a virtualized server cluster with a virtualized SAN spread across flash and disk drives – is making some headway.
Hologram communication - Star Wars

Amazon readying smartphone with 3D DISPLAY – report

If Amazon does release its own smartphone, it won't be just another me-too number, according to a new report that says the online retailer is working on a handset with a 3D holographic display.
Neil McAllister, 09 May 2013

Annular solar eclipse LIVE!

PICS 'N' VIDToday, folks living in remote parts of Australia's north and some Pacific islands will experience an annular eclipse, the type of eclipse just one grade below a total eclipse.
Simon Sharwood, 09 May 2013

Google's cloud dumps custom Linux, switches to Debian

UpdatedGoogle is moving the default software for its rentable cloud servers from a custom version of Linux to Debian.
Jack Clark, 09 May 2013

'Raining Blooderator' pays tribute to late Slayer guitarist

In a tribute to recently deceased guitarist Jeff Hanneman of the heavy metal band Slayer, a Minneapolis, Minnesota–based ad agency has released a web app that can rain simulated blood onto any webpage.
Neil McAllister, 09 May 2013

3D printed gun plans pulled after US State Department objects

Files that enable the 3D printing of the Liberator pistol designed by Defense Distributed have been pulled from the group's website at the request of the US government, which has now shut the stable door days after the horse had bolted.
Iain Thomson, 09 May 2013

Nvidia sales and profits rise despite PC slump

Graphics and ARM chip maker Nvidia is sailing smartly through the shrinking PC market, boosting both sales and profits – and doing so despite its transitions to Tegra4 and Tegra4i processors for smartphones, tablets, and other devices.

YouTube launches subscriptions with 53 paid channels

As expected, streaming-media giant YouTube has announced the launch of a new paid service that allows users to subscribe to content channels for a monthly fee.
Neil McAllister, 09 May 2013

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