25th July 2013 Archive


Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google

While much of Wednesday's Google press conference covered the launch of the new Nexus 7 tablet, the company also unveiled its latest attempt to get into the web TV game with the Chromecast dongle.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2013

Music royalty war spreads to aggregator MediaNet

Singer-songwriter Aimee Man has become the latest recording artist to take aim at the coupon-clippers and parasites of Internet music distribution, hauling a little-known intermediary into court for distributing her work without a license.
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Swisscom chief dead in apparent suicide

Swisscom has appointed an interim CEO, after announcing that 49-year-old Carsten Schloter was found dead in his flat in Fribourg on July 23.
The new logo for Open Office 4.0

Apache OpenOffice 4.0 debuts with IBM code side and centre

The Apache Software Foundation has released OpenOffice version 4.0, a leap forward from the previous 3.4 edition let into the wild in March 2012.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2013

Man who pulled gun during chess game surrenders to robot cop

A man who pulled a gun on his opponent during a late-night chess game subsequently surrendered to police following the deployment of a heavily armed enforcement robot.
Lewis Page, 25 Jul 2013

World+Dog hates PRISM: Cloud Security Alliance

Edward Snowden's PRISM revelations will soon impact the balance sheets of US cloud vendors, according to the Cloud Security Alliance.

Grey market mobes on the slide as makers go legit

The grey market for mobile phones is forecast to slump by 12 per cent this year, ironically because handset makers can’t compete against an increasingly vibrant trade in counterfeit products, according to market watcher IHS iSuppli.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jul 2013
Metfone's floating phone shop

The FLOATING mobile phone shop on the edge of the Internet

Google Maps can't find the Cambodian village of Prek Toal. Bing Maps is similarly clueless about the community of 6,000 nestled near the north-western end of Lake Tonle Sap.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2013

Android 'Master Key' DEMON APPS sniffed out in China

Virus-hunter Symantec says the Android master key vulnerability is being exploited in China, where half-a-dozen apps have showed up with malicious content hiding behind a supposedly-safe crypto key.

'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

3D-printed weapons are back in the news, after a rifle billed as the first such device designed to be created on 3D printers was put through its paces with mixed results.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2013

Dell: New storage dish? Nah - we'll just mash up EqualLogic and Compellent

Steady adaptation, no new products and no super-niche specialisation please: these were the three takeaways El Reg storage desk retrieved from a briefing with Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager at Dell Storage.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2013
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LinkedIn snaps shut OAuth login token snaffling vulnerability

Facebook-for-bosses website LinkedIn has fixed a security vulnerability that potentially allowed anyone to swipe users' OAuth login tokens.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2013

How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

Netware 4.0 Anniversary One grey morning in the mid 1990s, your writer was bundled on a plane and flown to somewhere in Germany - it might have been Dusseldorf - to attend the Olympics. Not those Olympics. The inaugural Certified NetWare Engineer Olympics.
Joe Fay, 25 Jul 2013
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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

Early iPhones last significantly longer before being accidentally destroyed than later models, according to a new survey - but nobody knows why.
Bill Ray, 25 Jul 2013
SMPTE 304M connector

What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

Feature These days, it would be hard to find anyone who doesn't take networking for granted given the ubiquity of the Internet. Yet without some clever coding and data management techniques the Internet would crawl, if it worked at all. Digital video guru and IT author John Watkinson examines the various applications for networks and gets into the noughts and ones of what we have today and what the future may bring.
John Watkinson, 25 Jul 2013

MS, Chinese boffins team up on Kinect-powered sign language recog

Microsoft researchers are working with Chinese boffins to tap the XBox 360 Kinect motion sensor's body-tracking capabilities to provide sign language recognition capabilities for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jul 2013
German shepherd guard dog standing in flood water

Back up all you like - but can you resuscitate your data after a flood?

When it comes to backups two sayings are worth keeping in mind: "if your data doesn't exist in at least two places, it doesn't exist" and "a backup whose restore process has not been tested is no backup at all”.
Trevor Pott, 25 Jul 2013
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O2 pulls plug on OAP-monitoring service

O2 has shut down its foray into health monitoring, quietly dropping Help at Hand and Health at Home and offering refunds to the few who had signed up to the services.
Bill Ray, 25 Jul 2013

IT Crowd thesp eyes giant hot-air-filled FLYING SCROTUM

Actor Chris O'Dowd is backing an audacious plan to constuct an enormous flying 'nad sack - an "impossible to ignore" hot-air-filled scrotum designed to "combat the ignorance of testicular cancer".
Lester Haines, 25 Jul 2013
Ingram Micro

Eurozone still the damp patch on Ingram's corporate pants

Distie juggernaut Ingram Micro rolled out a bumper set of sales growth numbers last night largely aided by acquisition. Yet poor trade in the Eurozone let the side down, remaining the blot on the profit and loss sheets.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
Pigeon crapping on statue

BT's not at home to Mr Profit, but its lordly boss probably isn't too fussed

The past few weeks over at BT Towers have been busy, fraught and disruptive. But there was no ray of sunshine in the telecom giant's latest financial results out today.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2013

DON'T PANIC: '$60 Trillion' Arctic METHANE SCARE is already DISPROVEN

Three academics have written an opinion piece in hefty boffinry mag Nature, saying that humanity must reduce carbon emissions hugely or methane belching from the Arctic seabed will do $60 trillion of economic damage. But the latest research suggests that Arctic methane emissions are nothing to do with rising temperatures.
Lewis Page, 25 Jul 2013

Seagate dock hands: Tea, lads? Fewer hard disks than last year, eh...

Seagate's fourth quarter and full year results show a company that's declining in revenues, profits and disk drive units. The hard disk business just isn't spinning as fast as it used to.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2013
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell

Dell buy-out latest: Big Mike makes shareholders an offer they can't refuse

Dell has once more put off the vote on whether company founder Big Mike can buy out the PC-making titan - after he and his biz partner Silver Lake Partners slightly upped their offer to shareholders and demanded a change to the voting rules.
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Raid millions of bank accounts. New easy-to-use tool. Yours for $5,000

Cybercrooks have put on sale a new professional-grade Trojan toolkit called KINS that will pose plenty of problems for banks and their customers in the months and years ahead.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2013

Enterprise tech market returning, says Arrow CEO Long

Enterprise tech buyers may have started to shake off the residual effects of the recession, judging by the fortunes of sector bellwether Arrow Electronics, whose numbers came in at the high end of expectations.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
Spitzer pics of comet ISON 500m km from the Sun

Comet ISON seen eructating 300,000km-long methane and CO2 BELCH

Comet ISON, the keenly awaited "comet of the century" candidate, is already blasting out huge amounts of gas and dust despite being half a billion kilometres away from the Sun, according to the latest images from NASA's Spitzer space telescope.
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Microsoft pledges Linux boost for Windows Server and Center R2 duo

Microsoft has vowed Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 will be the “best” platform for running Linux in the cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jul 2013

WD: Enjoying our $630m, Seagate? Let's ruin your day with our results

It might still be smarting from the $630m it just doled out to Seagate, but WD widened the gap between itself and its arch competitor with its fourth quarter and full year results.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2013
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Keep calm and carry on spying on Americans, US politicos tell NSA

The US House of Representatives narrowly voted down a legal amendment that would have cut off funds to the NSA's homeland spying operations.

'Nearly 1,350' HP Enterprise Services staffers strike over redundancies – union

Updated Nearly 1,350 HP Enterprise Services workers downed tools as part of multi-day industrial action in protest against the mass redundancy programme, at least according to the PCS trade union.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
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Hooker in Dudley man's car 'just helping to buy tomatoes'

Walsall magistrates found themselves strangely unconvinced by a Dudley man's claim that a prostitute found in his car was helping him buy tomatoes.
Lester Haines, 25 Jul 2013

Hankering for a Nobel Prize? EAT MORE CHOCOLATE

A California researcher has discovered a strong correlation between chocolate consumption and the degree of smarts that results in being awarded a Noble Prize.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Jul 2013
Mellanox SwitchX-2 ASIC and its switches, not to scale

Sales deflate and Mellanox swings to a small loss in Q2

InfiniBand and Ethernet chip, adapter, and switch maker Mellanox Technologies sure could have used a massive server bump in its second quarter like it got last year thanks to the rollout of Intel's "Sandy Bridge" Xeon E5 processors. But instead Mellanox swung to a loss on a pretty significant revenue hit in the quarter ended in June.

Bill Gates' nuclear firm plans hot, salty push into power

The nuclear power firm being hailed by Bill Gates as the answer to mankind's future energy needs is planning a proprietary approach to an old atomic idea to further its global ambitions.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2013

Japanese police bust poker-playing IT boss for Android malware

Police in the Chiba Prefectural zone of Japan have arrested nine people suspected of making nearly $4m by distributing malware that harvested mobile user's contact information and using it for a fake dating website.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2013

Amazon's profit-eating machine revs into overdrive

Shares in e-retailer Amazon inched down over 2 per cent in after-hours trading after the company reported a net loss in its second quarter and forecast problems in its third quarter, currently underway.
Jack Clark, 25 Jul 2013

Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

Review Google just unveiled its Chromecast wireless streaming media dongle on Wednesday, and it's already being hailed by some media outlets as something close to the Holy Grail of internet TV. So does it live up to the hype?
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2013
secondary age school kids outside NBN truck

The Register's crowdfunding capers: the post-mortem

LIVE CHAT In June, The Register's Australian outpost tried to crowdfund $100,000 to fund a study into Australia's National Broadband Network.

Three different roads to the 3-nanometer chip

Current technology should serve chip bakers well through the 14-nanometer process node, but if transistor scaling is to shrink further, a number of different possible avenues need to be explored.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Jul 2013

Amazon's cloud revenues rocket up as company posts loss

Amazon's cloud division has contributed to over $1.6 billion in revenue in the e-retailer's nebulous "Other" category this year, as Bezos & Co.'s cloud continues its vertiginous rise.
Jack Clark, 25 Jul 2013
a 42-node cluster of Parallella-16 boards from Adapteva

Adapteva ships Kickstarted baby supercomputer boards

Upstart RISC processor and coprocessor designer Adapteva is shipping the first of its Parallella system boards, which its Epiphany multicore processors with ARM processors to create a spunky and reasonably peppy hybrid compute engine that doesn't cost much and is very energy efficient for certain kinds of processing.

Spanish mobile startup offers Firefox OS phones to world+dog

Geeksphone, the Spanish startup that launched the first commercially available Firefox OS developer phones in April, has announced that it will soon release a version of one of its handsets that's suitable for general consumers.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2013