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Titsup Apple Developer Centre mystery: Database interloper fingered

After days of silence over an outage that's outraged developers, Apple has announced that its Developer Centre was subject to an attempted intrusion.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Jul 2013
Laptop battery

LG, Sanyo, fined for price-fixing laptop batteries

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has slapped Sanyo, a subsidiary of Panasonic,, and LG Chem (part of the sprawling LG Chaebol, with fines for conspiring to fix prices for cylindrical lithium ion battery cells used in notebook computers.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2013

MIT boffins give computers control to clock faster TCP

A group of MIT researchers has unveiled a machine learning approach to TCP congestion which could form the foundation of the next round of improvements to the venerable protocol's performance.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Jul 2013

Middle America pulls up sagging pants menace, belts repeat offenders

It's evident that despite the best attempts of Middle America to crack down on sagging pants - da yoof's low-slung kecks look that has right-minded citizens firing up the Twat-O-Tron - the US way of life continues to be menaced by trousers flying at half mast.
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2013

HP closes StoreVirtual backdoor, slings key

Hewlett-Packard has issued a patch for the StoreVirtual vulnerability under which an undocumented factory account existed in a number of products running its LeftHand (or SAN iQ) software older than version 10.5.
Richard Chirgwin, 22 Jul 2013
ISO7816 Tatoo

Indonesia ponders 5,000% SIM card price hike

Badan Regulasi Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the communications regulator in the world's fourth-most-populous nation, will reportedly increase the cost of SIM cards by 5,000 per cent.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2013

Spotify: If musicians don't give us their stuff they get pirated more

A study by economist (and occasional Reg contributor) Will Page sheds new light on the relationship between streaming services and piracy. Artists who withhold from Spotify may suffer from increased piracy, he finds. Since Page works for Spotify, the words of the great prophet M'andee-rice Davies spring to mind - but it's worth a read nonetheless, as there’s a lot of new research here.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2013

Rotten hackers feast on mouldy Java flaws

Most enterprise networks are riddled with vulnerable Java installations, according to a new study whose release coincides with the discovery of another 0-day Java flaw.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2013

French boffins: Regard, our record-breaking long, fat, wet pipe

Boffins have designed a new underwater network pipe which can transmit data at record-breaking speeds.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jul 2013

Android MasterKey found buried in kiddie cake game on Google Play - report

Two Google Play apps that use the so-called "MasterKey" vulnerability, albeit harmlessly, have been detected, security researchers have announced.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2013
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We few, we happy few: Big boys dominate early stage OpenStack

The large numbers of you who watched our recent Regcast All about OpenStack (catch it in the on-demand version if you missed it) show how much interest there is in the project. But no one pretends that OpenStack is anywhere near mature. It is a work in progress and in the short term it will mostly be visible in the service provider community.
Tim Phillips, 22 Jul 2013

German students get hot 'n' heavy on Coffee Table of Doom

HPC blogMy first look at the Chemnitz University of Technology's “Coffee Table of Doom” entry into the recently concluded ISC’13 student cluster-building challenge really gave me pause for thought.
Dan Olds, 22 Jul 2013

Verity's summer songs for programmers: Sing your pals to sleep()

Stob"What better way to dispel the rainy gloom of an English summer," mused Ms Stob, in an introduction presumably written some time in March, "than a mass office sing-along to a selection of IT-themed pastiches?"
Verity Stob, 22 Jul 2013

Goodbye Blighty: The alternative reality of Quatermass II

Quatermass at 60The Quatermass Experiment saw Nigel Kneale lay the foundations of what, in the era of trilogies, prequels, sequels and reboots, the entertainment biz would almost certainly call "a franchise". Kneale created Professor Bernard Quatermass, a gifted British rocket scientist whose adventures would be told and re-told eight times through TV and cinema between 1953 and 2005.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2013
Sonic Screwdriver - Doctor Who

Who will Dr Who chew in 50th TV do before Matt Smith bids adieu?

PicDoctor Who will face a whole bunch of Daleks and a liberal sprinkling of Zygons in his 50th TV anniversary special, says the BBC.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 22 Jul 2013
IBM Flex Chassis, front view

IBM taps ex-Lenovo and services exec to run PureSystems server biz

Several weeks ago, El Reg told you that Andy Monshaw, the long-time head of IBM's Storage Systems Division and more recently the general manager of the PureSystems modular systems business, had left Big Blue. Due to the Independence Day holiday in the United States, IBM was unable to confirm Monshaw's departure, but late last week Big Blue confirmed that Monshaw had indeed left the company and that a new executive had been tapped to replace him.

Mass Sony DVR seppuku riddle: Freeview EPG update fingered

There’s still no word from Sony to indicate when it will fix a glitch that put many of its hard-drive-equipped Freeview video recorders out of action this weekend.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2013

Secret ROYAL BABY birth VIDEO leaked! (And other malware scams)

It's the moment malware writers worldwide have been waiting ages for: millions of royal-watchers at home and at work will be in front of their computers, hunting for the first pictures of the soon-to-be-born third heir to the throne.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2013
Three monkeys

WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Prime Minister David Cameron will today gaily announce that Brit adults will be forced to ask their ISP for permission to view web grumble flicks.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jul 2013
lotus F1 team, car front view

How do you drive a supercomputer round a Formula 1 track?

When you arrive at the Lotus F1 Team HQ you’re politely asked not to take pictures without asking first. It soon becomes clear that most of the site is off bounds photographically, so we agree that it’ll be easier all round if our guide, senior account manager Luca Mazzocco, simply tells us when we can take photos.
Joe Fay, 22 Jul 2013

Top Mozillans dream of quarterly Firefox OS updates ... and users, too

Mozilla hopes to pump out a new version of its smartphone Firefox OS every three months - and wants to lock mobile networks to this roadmap of updates.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2013

Web advert giant (Google) crams cash into Glass eyeball-chip brainiacs

Google has snaffled a 6.3 per cent share of chip designer Himax Display to supply components for its wearable Glass computer.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jul 2013

Going into tech services? It's way bumpier than it looks

It is results season for a slew of mid-market resellers but top and bottom line growth numbers have not exactly matched the sizzling sunshine outside, and were cooled by the challenging economy.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2013

Darth Vader's old gaff awaits exogorth desert DUNE DOOM

Anakin Skywalker's home city Mos Espa, featured in Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace, is about to be swallowed up by the desert.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 22 Jul 2013

€400k-a-head Iberian Lynx mainly threatened by Spanish politics

The survival of the endangered Iberian Lynx can easily be ensured, scientists report today, if only Spanish regional politicians will stop insisting on efforts to reintroduce the iconic cats into areas which are unsuitable for them.
Lewis Page, 22 Jul 2013
forks reforking

Sofa, so good ... BigCouch relaxes into comfy Apache CouchDB

Database-as-a-service company Cloudant is pouring its own code into the Apache CouchDB project: the company wants to invigorate the open-source distributed database while halting development of its own fork of the tech.
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2013

SAP to make do with one CEO after two-headed hub halved

SAP, the world’s largest business software maker, is losing one of its two CEOs and leaving Bill McDermott to rule them all.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2013
Picture by Afonso Lima

Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM

Apple is testing larger screens for next-gen iPhones and iPads, according to whispers from hardware suppliers in Asia.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 22 Jul 2013
Jim McNiel

SEC filing spills beans on Falconstor's breakup with ex-main man McNiel

A recent SEC filing has brought to light some of the details of the recent sudden departure of the CEO of standalone storage software shipper FalconStor - including the admonition that if the SEC didn't insist on the publication of the agreement, that neither party would tell all on, er, Twitter...
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2013

Mobe SIM crypto hijack threatens millions: Here's HOW IT WORKS

AnalysisA German researcher reckons he can take control of your phone's SIM card and hijack the handset by cracking the encryption on the device.
Bill Ray, 22 Jul 2013

Feeling HORNY? RHINOCEROS INCEST project underway at Cincinnati Zoo

Desperate boffins battling to save a rare and endangered species of rhino are attempting to breed the animals in captivity by mating a brother and sister.
Lewis Page, 22 Jul 2013
Our Playmobil figure innocently tweeting away at his computer

Bloke raises hand in vid, claims: I sparked Apple dev site hack panic

A Turkish security bod calling himself Ibrahim Balic claims his bug reports to Apple sparked the shutdown of Cupertino's Developer Centre website.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jul 2013
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Happy third birthday, OpenStack: Ready to dominate all clouds now?

It has been three years since the techies at NASA and Rackspace Hosting mashed up their respective cloudy compute and storage software to create OpenStack.
PernixData FCP

Quantum sales boss rocks up at PernixData

Quantum's recently resigned sales supremo Ted Stinson has joined virtualisation startup PernixData to head up its sales operation.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2013
Cat 5 cable

Google accounts for quarter of US internet traffic – report

Data to and from Google's servers now accounts for a quarter of all US internet traffic, according to the latest network analysis by monitoring firm DeepField, with over 60 per cent of all end users and their devices having some business with the Chocolate Factory every day.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2013

ARM servers to gain boost from ARM, Oracle Java partnership

ARM Holdings on Monday announced that it has entered into a multi-year partnership with Oracle to optimize the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) for the ARM processor architecture, including 64-bit ARMv8 designs.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2013

Aereo streaming TV now bargaining chip in Time Warner Cable, CBS tiff

Locked in an acrimonious retransmission-fee battle with CBS Corporation, Time Warner Cable has slipped a new arrow into its negotiation quiver, saying that if CBS blacks out its content from Time Warner's service in New York, the cable company will recommend that its subscribers sign up with the internet-streaming service Aereo.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jul 2013

Texas school strikes devil's bargain, drops RFID student tracking

The Texas school that expelled a student for refusing to comply with its plan to track pupils with RFID tags has dropped the scheme, saying it just doesn't work.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2013

Google who? Samsung announces its first developer conference

No longer content to live under Google's shadow, Samsung has announced its first-ever developer conference, to take place in San Francisco in October.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2013

NBN study: we didn't make it, but may have made a point

A little over a month ago, The Reg's Australian outpost tried to raise $AUD100,000 to fund a study into Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN).
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2013

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