19th > July > 2013 Archive

Photo of billboard marketing Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust

Just how off were Microsoft's sales projections for its ARM-powered Surface RT fondleslabs? Try $900m off.
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2013
 NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this image with its left front Hazard-Avoidance Camera (Hazcam) just after completing a drive that took the mission's total driving distance past the 1 kilometer (0.62 mile) mark.  The image was taken on July 16, 2013, during the afternoon of 335th Martian day,

Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

Dual tests by instruments on the Curiosity rover, combined with data from the first Viking probes and Mars meteorites that have fallen to Earth, suggests that the Red Planet lost its atmosphere within the first billion years of its history, according to two papers in the latest issue of Science.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jul 2013

Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

Creating a cloud server takes just a few minutes and cost peanuts, but a chap in the USA has decided it takes too long and created a site that spawns a free Amazon Web Services EC2 micro-instance in seconds and then offers you the chance to open a terminal window to drive it.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2013
Pitch drop experiment

Fever pitch as Dublin tar drop fall captured by webcam

Not content with recently beating Australia at rugby, cycling and cricket, the Anglo-Irish axis has added an academic triumph after boffins at Trinity College Dublin captured live footage of a drop of pitch falling.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2013

Acer denies 'false and libellous claims' of Oz factory closure

Acer has issued a letter (PDF) making it plain that a media report it will close its Australian PC factory and sack many workers is wrong.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2013

Beijing fanboi in coma after iPhone 4 shock treatment

A 30-year old man has been in a coma in a Beijing hospital for over ten days after being electrocuted whilst charging his iPhone 4, the second such incident reported in China this week.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Jul 2013
A fake tattoo on the leg of Canberra Raiders footballer Sandor Earl, sent by Huawei as an April Fool

Former CIA and NSA head says Huawei spies for China

Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and the NSA, has openly accused Chinese networking giant Huawei of spying for China in a move likely to further inflame tensions between the US and China over state-sponsored hacking.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Jul 2013

You still reading us? Not for long! Summer is THE IT meltdown hot spot

Most IT outages in 2012 occurred during the months of June and July, a technology provider has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Jul 2013
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ZUCK out all my BUGS: Facebook gobbles Brit glitch-hunter

Facebook has bought Monoidics, a UK-based firm that develops software that checks other software for bugs. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday and subject to unspecified closing conditions, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2013
Source: Simply Smile Photography by Georgia Stephenson

Sysadmins: Keep YOUR data away from NSA spooks

Readers' corner During a meeting this week I had a question put to me that almost every client asks at some point: will our data remain our data even after we send it rocketing into the cloud?
Aaron Milne, 19 Jul 2013
Graphic showing past and predicted domestic energy price rises. Credit/source: RWE npower

Why you'll be paying £3,250 extra for gas and 'leccy in coming years

Analysis Almost all Britons know that their home energy bills have been climbing painfully in recent years, and many are realising that this process is now set to continue indefinitely. What's not clear is just why this is happening: some lay the blame on rising gas prices, others on profiteering energy firms.
Lewis Page, 19 Jul 2013

UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

Analysis On 23 June, the village of Alfriston in the South Downs hosted Get Wired, an event celebrating old-fashioned wired analogue power meters – or, more accurately, opposing their replacement by new wireless "smart" meters.
SA Mathieson, 19 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

'It's GOOD we stopped selling the iPhone'

Quotw NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continues to cower in Russia this week as his options narrow and Russian president Vladimir Putin makes it known that he's unwelcome.

Cloud backups: Where's my get out of jail card?

It is time for your reminder to review, test and otherwise care about backups. Today's twist is probing the cloud to see if we need to worry about cloudy backup ourselves. If so, how exactly do we do it?
Trevor Pott, 19 Jul 2013
Metawatch Strata

Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple

Smartwatch maker Metawatch has just updated its firmware to version 1.4.0, rolling out a number of bug fixes and tweaks but, most obviously, adding three further watchfaces. These can be previewed and selected using a new version of the firm’s iOS and Android apps, which were posted earlier this week. Both Windows and Mac OS firmware upgrade utilities are available to be downloaded.
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2013

As-a-service army lays siege to Microsoft partner gig

Quite a few "WPC newbie" channel businesses were milling around Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Texas last week, the vendor told us - and most of them were cloudy as-a-service startups.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2013

Violin: We know VDI scares you, biz boss... But what if it was cheap?

Flash array biz Violin Memory claims it has found the lowest cost virtual desktops in the industry in Atlantis Computing.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2013
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix convertible Ultrabook

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook: Your new summer convertible?

Review Make it thin enough with a decent battery life, slap Intel’s latest Core series mobile chippery in there and it seems that just about any design can be described as an Ultrabook these days.
Bob Dormon, 19 Jul 2013

Five bods wrongly cuffed thanks to bungled comms snooping in UK

UK cops and spook agencies wrongly fingered five people as criminals after seizing data about their communications, according to a new report.
Colossus computer from The Forbin Project

Knocking China with shocking phones and mocking tones

Something for the Weekend, Sir? This week began with a story that has become a stalwart of lightweight modern journalism: someone was killed by a computer.
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Jul 2013

Put the 3 Rs back in British Education: Infographics, Nextification, Chemicals

¡Bong! ¡Bong! ”The period of schooling should be shortened, education should be revolutionized, and the domination of our schools by bourgeois intellectuals should by no means be allowed to continue.” - Mao Tse-Tsung, "The Whole Country Should Become a Great School of Mao Tse-Tung's Thought", Editorial, Renmin Ribao August 1966
Steve Bong, 19 Jul 2013

UK discovers Huawei UK staff auditing Huawei kit: Govt orders probe

Huawei will be probed by a top Whitehall official after the Chinese tech giant's staff in Oxfordshire were given the job of auditing Huawei's telecoms gear for Blighty's communications networks.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2013
The CHAV rises above Brightwalton, as seen from the main payload camera

How our shaken Reg Playmonaut survived a 113,000ft stratodangle

We're pleased to report that the intrepid Playmonaut who last weekend soared to 34,571m (113,421ft) during the test flight of our Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board is, although somewhat shaken, otherwise none the worse for suffering a dramatic stratodangle.
Lester Haines, 19 Jul 2013

World's biggest software biz SAP not selling as much, er, software

Sales of actual business software at the world’s largest maker of business software fell in its second quarter, but SAP said that the firm had made more money from cloud subscriptions and support services. Overall sales were up 4 per cent.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

The Grauniad corrects an error on its website

The Guardian has fixed a minor cross-site scripting vulnerability on its website.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2013

We hardly ordered any stock! Yet here we are again with ANOTHER PC MOUNTAIN

Distributors and retailers exercised caution - with one eye on the disastrous inventory mountain that cast a shadow over the channel in recent years - and bought stock conservatively in Q2.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2013
Apple MacBook Air 13in 2013

No more Crapbook Air: Apple issues update for spotty Wi-Fi

Apple has quietly released an update to fix the problems which have affected wireless connections on the latest Macbook Air range.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

PORNAGEDDON: Sexy bloggrs stung by Tumblr smut smackdown

Porn aficionados, sex bloggers and perverts are up in arms after Tumblr wiped all naughty content from its search facilty - neatly erasing at least half of the cats'n'porn site's raison d'être.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Apple Maps. Remember that? Apple does. It just gobbled Locationary

Apple has bought a Canadian startup called Locationary in an apparent bid to beef up its own mapping service.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jul 2013
Vodafone UK booster brolly

Recession-battered Europeans still squeezing Vodafone's pips

Mobile operator Vodafone is still feeling the recession's squeeze in Europe as it posted another drop in revenues for the quarter ending last month.

Worldwide tax crackdown planned against tech globocorps

The G20 has backed an action plan from the OECD that would fundamentally rejig international rules on taxation.

Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test

Sick of the number of reported phone thefts in their jurisdictions, lawmakers have decided to hold a contest to discover how easy it is to crack stolen smartphones for resale.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jul 2013

AMD is 'transforming', will be profitable this quarter, says CEO Read

AMD has entered phase two of its "restructure, accelerate, and ultimately transform" realignment project, says company president and CEO Rory Read, who sees brighter days ahead.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jul 2013
Picard Facepalm

NSA chief leaks info on data sharing tech: It's SharePoint

The NSA has admitted that the organization's use of Microsoft SharePoint allowed an unnamed sysadmin to leak information.
Jack Clark, 19 Jul 2013
F-1 rocket from an Apollo engine

Confirmed: Bezos' salvaged Saturn rocket belonged to Apollo 11

A conservator has confirmed that one of the F-1 rocket engines that Amazon magnate Jeff Bezos's salvage team recovered from the ocean floor is in fact from Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the Moon.
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2013

That Retina display iPad mini delay scuttlebutt? Fuggedaboutit

The Taiwanese market-watchers and rumor-mongers at DigiTimes have done a one-eighty on a recent report about Apple's upcoming "Retina display" iPad mini, and now say that it will be released in October of this year.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jul 2013
The 'Phantom Ray' testbed concept. Credit: Boeing

US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

In back-woods America the government isn't too popular, but the tiny town of Deer Trail, Colorado (population 546 – deer not included) may be taking this sentiment to extremes with a proposal to open an official hunting season on government drones.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jul 2013

US secret court renews government telephone snooping

The US's surveillance court has okayed the government's continued bulk interception and collection of telephony metadata.
Jack Clark, 19 Jul 2013
He likes Scratch

FCC votes to bring faster internet to US schools

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to overhaul its E-rate program, which subsidizes internet and telecommunications access for schools and libraries, with a goal of facilitating greater availability of modern, high-speed wired and wireless networks.
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2013