10th > July > 2013 Archive


Top chip baker: Rough times, high costs, tech hurdles ahead

SEMICON 2013 Ajit Manocha, the CEO of wafer-baker GlobalFoundries, sees plenty of choppy waters ahead for the good ship Moore's Law – and warns that navigating them will be increasingly expensive.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jul 2013
A storm is brewing (Mali, Sahel). Foto: F. Guichard & L. Kergoat, AMMA project, CNRS copyright.

Citrix lets Microsoft Azure spew virtual desktops from the heavens

Will companies want to host virtual PCs in the cloud? Microsoft and Citrix Systems think so.

HTTP 2.0 interop tests slated for August

Fresh from seeing its SPDY protocol adopted into the IETF's HTTP 2.0 draft, Google is pressing on with its quest for faster Interwebs with an experimental protocol called QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections).
A Tomahawk cruise missile in flight, as launched from Royal Navy submarines. Credit: Crown Copyright/Royal Navy

Euro GPS Galileo gets ready for nuclear missile use

Back in March, The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) global positioning system (GPS) alternative Galileo successfully found a ground location at tests in The Netherlands.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2013
BT street cabinet

Sky asks Ofcom to unlock BT cabinets

Complaints about the competitive landscape in Britain's broadband model have led Ofcom to announce a review which may include enforcing unbundled fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) access.
Apple phone design pre-2005

Samsung asks for retrial on rubber-band

Samsung versus Apple has taken yet another twist, with the Korean company asking for yet-another-trial on the basis that Cupertino reduced the scope of its infamous “rubber-band” patent during a re-examination.

Big Beardie is watching you: Lord Sugar gets into facial recognition

Lord Alan Sugar is building a huge outdoor network of advert-slinging, face-detecting cameras.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jul 2013
The Squito camera ball

Inventor lobs spherical, throwable camera

Imagine for a moment that you’re a fire fighter and want to know if your stream of water is hitting the hot spot.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2013

Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

Review Microsoft has been hinting at smaller tablets running full Windows 8 for months, and with the arrival of the Iconia W3, an 8.1-inch Windows 8 fondleslab from Acer, we finally have a taste of what those look like. Unfortunately, the result is a mixed bag.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2013
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Sina's self-censorship scheme swamped with spam, not rumours

It's become fashionable for the likes of Facebook and Twitter to reveal how often spooks ask them to retrieve data. Chinese micro-blogging giant Sina Weibo has now more or less done likewise and revealed its army of 5,500 community reviewers have been more busy dealing with spam complaints over the past year than politically motivated rumours, according to a new report.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jul 2013

BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

Review BlackBerry’s second QWERTY-sporting BB10 device is a real puzzler.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jul 2013

UK.gov's digi-by-default plan slammed: Show us the savings - MPs

A letter that demands answers to a wide range of concerns expressed by MPs about the government's digital-by-default has landed on Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude's desk.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jul 2013
Parliament in the clouds

Government dials 999. What service do you require? DIGITAL

Government Procurement Services (GPS) has issued a cross public sector framework tender worth up to £40m over nine months for tech firms that can design, build and run digital services.
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013

European Space Agency goes for mostly solid Ariane 6

The European Space Agency has announced its selection for the rocket design which will replace the mighty Ariane 5 as Europe's workhorse launch system.
Lewis Page, 10 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

Exclusive The controversial Universal Credit online benefits system is so flawed that skilled IT staff working on a pilot scheme have been forced to enter data by hand, two high-ranking whistleblowers have told The Register.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

'Priyanka' yanks your WhatsApp contact chain on Android mobes

A worm spreading through the popular WhatsApp messenging platform across Android devices is likely to cause plenty of confusion, even though it doesn't cause much harm.
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2013
Ciseco Pi-Lite

Ciseco Pi-Lite: Make a Raspberry Pi trip light fantastic with 126 LEDs

Review Not so long ago, a hardware hacker called Jimmie Rodgers decided to solder 126 LEDs onto a small circuit board that could be plugged into the Arduino microcontroller kit. He dubbed it the LoL Shield: LoL for "lots of LEDs", and shield because that’s that’s what Arduino add-ons are called.
Tony Smith, 10 Jul 2013

US gov SMASHES UP TVs and MICE to nuke tiny malware outbreak

A US Department of Commerce agency has been chastised for spunking $2.7m chasing down a supposed major malware infection that was actually limited to a handful of PCs.
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Windows kernel bug-squish, IE update star in July Patch Tuesday

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday for July landed overnight with a bumper crop of seven bulletins, six of which cover critical flaws that carry remote code execution risks.
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2013

Oi, jobless yoofs: Upload a witty video bio if you wanna find work

London charity UK Youth has launched a new initiative to help get young folk into work – by encouraging them to post video CVs on Twitter.

How con men snatched £100,000+ in iPads and other kit from IT disties

A network of fraudsters has swiped iPads and other consumer tech worth at least £100,000 from IT distributors and resellers, according to credit reference agency Graydon UK.
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013
Maurice Moss, IT Crowd

Asperger's and IT: Why my prejudices are great for your business

Column Recently, Trevor Pott posted an article discussing prejudices in IT. I’ve been thinking hard about this exact problem for several months now. As a consultant to the SME market, every single prejudice I have directly affects my clients' IT infrastructure, potentially for 10 years.
Aaron Milne, 10 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Ashes latest: Don't show Ozzies THIS perfect spin bowl science ... too late

Nobody knows how the “ball of the century” crept around Mike Gatting's bat and leg in 1993 except the king-of-spin Shane Warne – until now.

Speaking in Tech: Forget Venezuela, Snowden. Go to Anna Chapman's pad!

Podcast Podcast It's another episode of El Reg's podcast, bringing you news, views, and rumours about enterprise kit, tech execs' shenanigans, consumer baubles and more... Hiding out from the NSA this week are all three SIT presenters: Greg Knieriemen, Sarah Vela and Ed Snowden Saipetch.
Team Register, 10 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Universal Credit: ONLY 6 job centres to get new dole system in October

The UK government's controversial plans to cut and shut benefit payments into one system was defended today by Work and Pensions Secretary of State Iain Duncan Smith.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jul 2013

HDS gives HUS a flashy boost, polishes NAS platters too

HDS has bumped up the power of its mid-range HUS VM array with an all-flash box, added new UCP flavours and bumped up the power of its disk-based HUS and Hitachi NAS Platform arrays.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2013

Snowden, schmoden. Let's talk about crushing hackers, say US'n'China

China and the US were able to set aside their cyber-spying-oneupmanship at a meeting yesterday, with officials from both sides agreeing to improving cooperation in tackling hackers.

BlackBerry's Heins beams: We WILL make some cash, just you see

BlackBerry chief exec Thorsten Heins has asked investors for patience while the company-formerly-known-as-RIM tries to figure out how to make money again.

Allied Telesis terminates Northamber contract

Veteran distributor Northamber has been given the boot by Allied Telesis because it failed to do the numbers, The Channel's sources have claimed.
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013

Dead STEVE JOBS was a CROOK - Judge

A US judge has found Apple guilty of conspiring with major publishers to fix the price of ebooks and has called for a trial on damages.

Amazon slices prices on dedicated EC2 private cloud puffs

Maybe there's something in the water – or in the coffee – in Seattle that makes big companies create and maintain monopolies through aggressive pricing. First Microsoft with its Windows desktop and then server monopoly, and now Amazon Web Services with its unending price cuts on its infrastructure cloud.
New HP logo

HP tries to tempt fussy partners with juicy new rebates

HP partners have another four months to ponder how many hoops they'll have to jump through under the revised membership set up for HP's PartnerOne programme. The rewards? The tech giant has promised new rebates and fewer certifications.
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013

Former Systemax bigwig Carl Fiorentino to fight bribery allegations

Former Systemax director Carl Fiorentino has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he pocketed millions of dollars in backhanders in return for directing trade towards specific PC component makers.
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013

Red Hat takes OpenShift to 1.2

Red Hat has goosed its locally deployable platform cloud to version 1.2, bringing a host of improvements.
Jack Clark, 10 Jul 2013
The White House according to Google Maps

Google loses Latitude in Maps app shake-up

Google is rolling out an upgrade to its Android Maps app that redesigns local search, and adds dynamic traffic reports along with a partnership with reviewers at Zagat. But this comes with a cost; Latitude is being abruptly shut down 30 days from now, and Google says that "The offline maps feature for Android is also no longer available."
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2013

Human error blamed for toxic Russian rocket explosion

Russia's latest rocket mishap, which saw three of the Glonass satellites needed to upgrade the country's global positioning system destroyed in a fiery inferno, is reported to have been the fault of a technician not knowing which way is up.
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2013

Skytap development cloud gets admin friendlier

Hybrid cloud provider Skytap is fluffing up its features in an attempt to make its cloud stickier and easier to use.

T-Mobile to let US customers swap phones twice a year

In its latest challenge to the two-year contracts of its competitors, US wireless carrier T-Mobile has announced a new plan that allows customers to upgrade their handsets to new models as often as twice a year.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2013

One day your datacentre will get you to the pub on time

You are an IT manager and it is late Friday afternoon. You are in the lift descending from the fifth floor and you can already hear the gentle buzz of your friendly local bar. But then the lift stops at level three and the director of human resources gets in.
David Gordon, 10 Jul 2013

US Congress proposal: National Park will be FOUND ON MOON

The US has National Historical Parks in 26 states, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands, but its next such park could be located as far from US shores as any explorer has ever traveled – namely, the Moon.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2013

Kluster Kamph results sliced, diced, pulverized

HPC Blog With the dust settling on the ISC'13 Student Cluster Challenge, it's a good time to look back, take stock, and see what we've learned.
bug on keyboard

Crowdsourced flaw-finding cheaper than in-house bug hunters

A study into the once-controversial practice of vulnerability rewards programs (VRPs) – paying researchers bug bounties for reporting security flaws – has found that for browser builders, the practice is not only more effective at spotting problems that hiring code-checkers, it's also much better value for the money.
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2013