23rd > May > 2013 Archive

HP CEO Meg Whitman at Discover 2012

HP: Hey, it could easily have been so much worse

If you were expecting HP to bring good news to the IT industry when it reported its financial results for the fiscal second quarter, you are no doubt sorely disappointed. Well, unless you consider that in terms of profit declines it could have been a lot worse.
Troll in cross hairs

Prenda lawyers miss sanctions deadline

Lawyers ordered to pay more than $US81,000 in the Prenda Law copyright trolling smackdown are now racking up new liabilities at the rate of $US1,000 a day.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 May 2013

US power grid the target of 'numerous and daily' cyber-attacks

The US electricity grid is under near constant attack from malware and cyber-criminals, yet most utility companies implement only the barest minimum of security standards, according to a new report released by Congressmen Ed Markey (D-MA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA).
Neil McAllister, 23 May 2013

Kim Dotcom claims invention of two-factor authentication

Kim Dotcom has claimed the invention of two-factor authentication, and says he has the patent to prove it.
Jack Clark, 23 May 2013

Report: China IP theft now equal in value to US exports to Asia

China is responsible up to 80 per cent of US intellectual property theft, which a government report has estimated accounts for $300bn in lost exports, roughly the equivalent of the current American trade balance with Asia.
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2013
Picard Facepalm

Tea, Earl Grey, hot! NASA blows $125k on Star Trek 3D FOOD PRINTER

A small company in Austin, Texas, has received a $US125,000 grant from NASA to develop 3D printed food for astronauts.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 May 2013
 A pair of merging galaxies in the young Universe discovered with Herschel (left panel) and imaged at higher resolution at near-infrared, sub-millimetre and radio wavelengths (right panel). Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/UC Irvine/STScI/Keck/NRAO/SAO

Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging

VIDEOThe European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory has beamed home pictures of two galaxies inexorably moving towards each other and boffins offered simulations of what happens next.
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2013

SCADA security is better and worse than we think

AUSCERT 2013First the good news: for all the known vulnerabilities that exist in the SCADA world, exploiting them in a way that can actually “shut down a power plant” is harder than most people (particularly including media) realise.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 May 2013
The four designs under consideration for the ethical 'Fairphone'

Fairphone goes on sale to all

When is a phone PC? When it's a Fairphone, the smartphone “that puts social values first” and has a rather politically-correct (PC) attitude.
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2013

Footy lovers hit in Wembley playoff card snatch scam

Provider Ticket Zone is continuing a joint investigation with Brentford Football Club after it emerged that card details used to buy tickets for the League One playoff final last weekend were subsequently used for fraudulent purchases.
John Leyden, 23 May 2013

Social network bins Beijing's banned buzzwords

Japanese Whatsapp-like service Line has come under uncomfortable scrutiny by international users after appearing to prepare self-censorship capabilities for its Chinese service Lian wo.
Phil Muncaster, 23 May 2013

AMD's three new low-power chips pose potent challenge to Intel

AMD is showing off its latest round of APUs – accelerated processing units that combine compute and graphics cores on the same slice o' silicon – that it hopes will be reinforcements in its battle for the consumer market against its main competitor, Intel, especially at the low-power end of the market.
Rik Myslewski, 23 May 2013
An alternative Yahoo! logo, courtesy of a Flickr user

Yahoo! Oz! PAYS! Punters! Pittance! To! Search!

Yahoo!'s Australian outpost, a joint venture with the Seven Television Network dubbed Yahoo!7, has teamed with a local supermarket chain in a scheme that pays punters to use its search engine.
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2013

Microsoft melds SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint

Microsoft has released a new SkyDrive Pro client that offers users of Office 365 and SharePoint the chance to store files locally. The application is the heir to the My Site feature from previous incarnations of Office 365.
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2013

Happy 23rd birthday, Windows 3.0

This week marks the 23rd birthday of Windows 3.0, which came into this world on May 22nd, 1990, and gave the world improved colour graphics and the infamous File Manager.
Phil Muncaster, 23 May 2013

LOHAN is GO! Reg spaceplane BLASTS OFF on 14 September

We're absolutely delighted to announce that our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) spaceplane mission is cleared for blastoff on 14 September.
Lester Haines, 23 May 2013
DVD it in many colours

Backup bods Veeam quietly gobbling up ever-greater market share

Backup software supplier Veeam is quietly doing extraordinary things; it's growing its backup business while touting their latest software as a means to continue growing its market share.
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2013

IBM gets ready to push more UK and Irish bods overboard

ExclusiveIBM has started a 45-day consultation on letting up to 270 people go from its UK and Ireland operations.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 May 2013

Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works

AnalysisWhy does Bitcoin work? Fraudsters should have left it in cinders years ago, and might have done, if it wasn’t for two things: spam and the Byzantine Empire.
Ken Tindell, 23 May 2013

What's that Dell? You're out? HDS punts pay-per-use cloud storage

Hitachi Data Services will begin offering pay-per-use cloud storage services to its customers and for use by service providers to build their own services as part of its Cloud Service Provider programme.
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2013

Aha, I see you switched on your mobile Wi-Fi. YOU FOOL!

Security expert Raul Siles has warned that years after it was first identified, the Preferred Networks List (PNL) Wi-Fi bug remains unaddressed on many an iPhone, Android phone, and Windows or BlackBerry handset.
Richard Chirgwin, 23 May 2013

Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

Ditching dodgy software can rescue not just the UK from its financial worries, but the entire world, or so says the latest study from the Business Software Alliance.
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2013

George Soros pumps £50m into fibre-gobbling ISP Hyperoptic

Hyperoptic - a relatively new player in the UK's ISP market - confirmed today that it had received a massive cash injection of £50m from investors to help the company expand its fibre-to-the-home business.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 May 2013
Maurice Moss, IT Crowd

SAP in search of autistic software engineers who 'think different'

SAP wants to hire engineers diagnosed with autism - or people who "think differently" in the words of the enterprise software giant.
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2013
china hacking

China's exposed crack cyberspy crew dumps 'most' of its kit

The infamous APT1 cyberespionage crew is diminished but not defeated following its public exposure three months ago.
John Leyden, 23 May 2013

Virgin Media slides fat 10Gbps pipes into Murdoch's BSkyB

The business end of Virgin Media has revealed more details about a £49m deal to beef up BSkyB's broadband network.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 May 2013

Brit spooks bugged Edward VIII's phones, records reveal

Intelligence files kept hidden for nearly 80 years have shown that the British government was bugging King Edward VIII's phones in the days leading up to his abdication.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 May 2013
Samsung Galaxy S4

Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month

Samsung's Galaxy S4 has become the South Korean firm's fastest selling smartphone after shifting some 10 million units since its launch in April.
Jasper Hamill, 23 May 2013

'Leccy car biz baron Elon Musk: Thanks for the $500m, taxpayers...

Electric car manufacturer Tesla has paid back a government loan of half a billion dollars almost a decade earlier than expected.
Jasper Hamill, 23 May 2013

Penguin pays $75m to settle ebook price-fixing case

Penguin has agreed to hand over $75m along with costs to sort out US antitrust allegations over ebook price fixing.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 May 2013

New York cop in alleged love-polyhedron email hack spree

A New York detective allegedly hired hackers to spy on 19 fellow cops and at least 11 others - apparently in a bid to discover if any of them were sleeping with his ex.
John Leyden, 23 May 2013
Great Wall of China

Another Chinese thing you can see from space: Lenovo's sales

PC maker Lenovo appears to drawing ever closer to its goal of seizing the global box-shifting crown from giant HP.
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2013

Northamber now lacks Mack, who will take up AV boss's slack?

Northamber's audio-visual general manager Allan Mack has left after less than three years at the shrinking tech distributor, The Channel can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2013
Samsung logo

Samsung flogs slim, flashy new model: Protection included

Samsung has upgraded its SM843 server-level SSD, doubling its capacity and tripling its endurance.
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2013

Tipsters exposed after South Africa's national police force hacked

The identities of more than 15,000 South Africans who reported crimes or provided tip-offs to the police have been exposed following an attack on a SAPS (South African Police Service) website.
John Leyden, 23 May 2013

Orange customer clobbered with SIX-FIGURE phone bill

EE's Orange arm managed to bill a customer £163,000 for a month's data use, thanks to a dodgy handset which was opening a data connection every 20 minutes.
Bill Ray, 23 May 2013

Google slashes App Engine NoSQL data storage prices by 25 per cent

Amazon doesn't care much about profits and both Google and Microsoft have monopolies that give them deep pockets. And so it is no surprise that the three companies will be engaged in a cloud price war that will very likely leave a lot of smaller cloud providers dead by the side of the road in the coming years.

Internet2 superfast-boffinry network peers with Azure cloud

Ultra-fast US academic network Internet2 is going to peer with Microsoft's cloud to give researchers from over 200 institutions high-speed reliable access to Azure at a discounted rate.
Jack Clark, 23 May 2013

Yahoo! continues quest for youth with yet another acquisition

Marissa Mayer has continued her acquisitions spree with the purchase of gaming software house PlayerScale for an undisclosed sum.
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2013

Joyent cuts prices on cloudy infrastructure

Joyent, one of the upstart cloudy infrastructure providers that is taking a custom software stack to market to peddle virty server and storage, has done a major revamp of the way it carves up slices on its Joyent Compute Service cloud.

Facebook Home phone plans canned in the UK

The HTC First "Facebook phone" is not coming to the UK after its frigid reception in the US, and the social networking company is going back to work on the app after mass user apathy.
Jack Clark, 23 May 2013

Google to double encryption key lengths for SSL certs by year's end

Google is about to start the first upgrade to its SSL certification system in recent memory, and will move to 2048-bit encryption keys by the end of 2013. The first tranche of changes is planned for August 1.
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2013

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