13th > May > 2013 Archive


Fibre system reach doubled in university study

Today's optical fibre systems have twice the theoretical capacity currently attributed to them, according to research from the University of Tel Aviv.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 May 2013

Open source cellular targets rural comms

Start-up RangeNetworks is hoping that the combination of low cost and transparent software will allow it to break into the notoriously locked-down cellular network market.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 May 2013

On the hunt for a new ampere

While there's been lots of attention paid to the search for a new kilogram, another of the SI system's fundamental units of measurement is under examination: the ampere.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 May 2013

Japan begins planning exascale super

Japan is plotting its return to global supercomputing dominance, with its science ministry seekings funds to design the successor to its K supercomputer, to be completed by 2020.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 May 2013

Your Flying Car? Delayed again, but you WILL get it, says Terrafugia

AnalysisNot long ago the famous Massachusetts startup Terrafugia caused something of a stir by releasing details of a new electric hybrid flying-car design, the TF-X - though the company is now very late in delivering even its less-radical Transition design.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2013
Great Wall of China

China: Online predator or hapless host?

AnalysisThe People’s Republic of China has been singled out in increasingly unequivocal language by the US and its allies as one of, if not the greatest, source of online attacks, be they perpetrated by criminals or the Chinese state itself. But amid all the anti-Beijing bluster, has China been given an unfairly bad rep?
Phil Muncaster, 13 May 2013

UK superfast broadband crew: EC competition bods are holding us up

The UK is accusing the European Commission of holding up its superfast broadband programme with pesky concerns about free market competition.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 May 2013

Storage-slinger: Sales down for 6th year running? Blame TAPE

Storage biz Quantum's position couldn't be further from that of rival CommVault. Revenues down? Yes. Both annually and sequentially? Yep. Losses deeper? Mmhmm. Annually and sequentially? Yes indeed.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2013
Noggin the Nog

Løvefïlm signs hit beards’n’berserkers series Vikings

British and German fans of horned helmets, dragonships, bloodeagles, forked beards and berserker frenzies will need to avail themselves of a LOVEFiLM LoveFilm subscription if they want to catch the History channel’s popular new historical potboiler, Vikings.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2013

Ancient thumb-driven whirly-wheel smartmobe UI ported to Android

The mobile interface designed to kill the iPhone has finally launched, but as an Android freebie rather than aboard the revolutionary handset we were promised in 2009.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2013

What kind of pirate are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

AnalysisNew research commissioned by UK uber-regulator Ofcom confirms that a tiny number of Brits are responsible for most of the copyright piracy in Blighty - and they're predominantly male and wealthy.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2013

Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

ExclusiveApple is believed to have asked some online shoppers to hand over copies of their driving licence, passport and bank statements to verify their identity.
Jasper Hamill, 13 May 2013
Adobe's Creative Cloud replaces Creative Suite

Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

AnalysisSo, Adobe: can it justify shifting its Creative Suite to a contentious new licensing model?
Tim Worstall, 13 May 2013

Boffins plan to drop €250,000 TEST-TUBE BURGER on London

It's the mega-pricey cultured-meat slab without any of the grease, but would you wolf down a five-ounce lab-bred burger?
Jasper Hamill, 13 May 2013

MI5 spymasters axe intel database upgrade, pour '£90m' down drain

MI5 has reportedly abandoned a planned £90m upgrade to an intelligence database after the delayed IT project failed to meet its requirements.
John Leyden, 13 May 2013

El Reg drills into Office 365: What's under the hood?

Microsoft's cloudy services offering have had an overhaul. Office 365 is faster, stronger, smarter, better and more like TIFKAM (the interface formerly known as Metro), or Modern User as it is now called, than ever before. The new overhaul is a major upgrade in usability and administer ability.
Trevor Pott, 13 May 2013

Peril in orbitT: ISS leak plugged in five-hour spacewalk

International Space Station engineers Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn have plugged the ammonia coolant leak on the orbiting science lab.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 May 2013
Sony Xperia ZR

Which petite model likes a fondle and GETTING WET? Sony's Xperia ZR

PicsSony has come up with a new waterproof smartphone: the Xperia ZR, which is essentially an Xperia Z with a slightly smaller screen.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2013
Samsung Galaxy S4

Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

In purely commercial terms, the Samsung Galaxy S III was always going to be a tough act to follow. After all, it established and then cemented Samsung’s position as the number one smartphone maker by volume - and the only one to give Apple the collywobbles.
Alun Taylor, 13 May 2013

Ground control to major strum: ISS's Hadfield sings Space Oddity

VidCanadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has marked the end of his stay on the International Space Station by releasing his high-altitude version on David Bowie's Space Oddity.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2013

Bill & Jobs' excellent adventure: Steve's tech looked better than mine

“We did tablets – lots of tablets – well before Apple did, but they put these pieces together in a way that succeeded.”
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2013

Brits' phone tracking, web history touted to cops: The TRUTH

AnalysisPollster Ipsos MORI is under fire for touting data on millions of EE customers - from their whereabouts to their browser history - to anyone with a chequebook, including London's Metropolitan Police.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2013

Bloomberg blocks its hacks from snooping on financial terminals

Bloomberg has blocked its journalists from eavesdropping on users of its financial data terminals after it emerged that reporters were obtaining stories through their snooping.
John Leyden, 13 May 2013

HP wanted to offload Autonomy on SAP, says SAP co-chief

UpdatedHP tried to offload Brit software house Autonomy onto German giant SAP sometime before last month, it is claimed.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 May 2013

Oracle and SAP are Big Software, but for how long?

When Oracle announced disappointing third-quarter results in March 2013, executives at the company were quick to blame poor sales execution for a two per cent decline in new software licences and cloud software subscriptions.
Jessica Twentyman, 13 May 2013

Feds use Instagram pic of delicious steak dinner to nab ID thieves

It's long been said that you are what you eat. Now American cops have used that claim to track down two people who have just pleaded guilty to identity theft.
Jasper Hamill, 13 May 2013

'Zombie hunter' task force unleashed on the UK tech biz

A special force of crack zombie hunters swings into action today to rid old Blighty of the shuffling scourge of undead firms surviving only to pay the interest on debts.
Paul Kunert, 13 May 2013

UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

Smart meters won't be fully rolled out in the UK until 2020, one year later than planned.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2013

Xyratex shrinks ClusterStor to prop up sinking revenues

Xyratex has downsized its ClusterStor high-performance computing storage array with the scale-out storage 1500, hoping to add much-needed revenue growth by flogging departmental HPC storage.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Icahn, SAM to give MickeyD the boot if they take over Dell

Michael Dell wants to take his company the company that bears his name private, but he might be polishing up his resume instead in a few months.

So you've got a nice virtual desktop stack – wait, here comes DaaS Boot

Storage supplier GreenBytes has teamed up with desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider Desktone to dedupe virtual desktop data and accelerate its delivery to employees' machines.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2013

Report: AT&T dropping Facebook phone after dismal sales

Facebook's experiment with branded hardware may be coming to an abrupt end, according to a report that AT&T is discontinuing sales of the HTC First handset after finding that people won't buy it – even for 99 cents.
Iain Thomson, 13 May 2013

United Nations: 'Overpopulated Earth? Time to EAT BUGS'

World population is slated to top nine billion by 2050, and seeing as how arable land is being rapidly swallowed by towns and cities, oceans are increasingly overfished, and climate change is disrupting traditional farming, a new United Nations study proposes a twist on Marie Antoinette's dietary advice: let them eat bugs.
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2013

NYC attorney seeks mobe-makers' help to curb muggings

In a series of letters, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has called upon smartphone makers to explain what they are doing to combat the growing problem of handset theft.
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2013

Microsoft splashes big bucks to blast Google Apps

Microsoft is spending big bucks to convince computer users that Google Apps are a risky bet with a new series of ads featuring Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo star Rob Schneider and disgraced athlete and former jailbird Pete Rose – neither of whom presumably come cheap.
Iain Thomson, 13 May 2013

France weighing 'culture tax' on phones, slabs, PCs, TVs

The Socialist government of France is mulling a new "culture tax" to be levied on smartphones and other consumer electronics as one possible measure to help fund music, film, and the arts in a rapidly changing media landscape.
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2013

Samsung sends gigabit '5G' signal TWO WHOLE KILOMETRES

Marketecture warsThe world is getting excited at the advent of “5G” wireless systems with a demonstration of a gigabit air interface using the 28 GHz band by Samsung.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 May 2013

NBN Co hoses down 'scary Russian crackers' report

NBN Co, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network, has found itself having to refute reports in the finance press that its networks had been “penetrated” by “cyber gangs”.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 May 2013

Dell gooses HANA appliances, loads up SAP Business Suite

Enterprise application software powerhouse SAP is beside itself with glee that its HANA in-memory database is driving more business than expected, and server makers like Dell, which are building appliances that meet the very strict – and unmalleable – configurations prescribed to run HANA, are hoping that this turns into a moneymaker for their systems, storage, and switching units.

Seven Media mulls IPTV service

Having effectively killed off TiVo in Australia, TV broadcaster Seven West Media is considering its IPTV options, telling investors it has plans to create a “broadcast to broadband” operation in 2014.
Richard Chirgwin, 13 May 2013

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