26th > July > 2013 Archive

Microsoft offers IE 11 preview for Windows 7 ... but not Windows 8

Microsoft has released a developer preview build of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, breaking a pattern of dragging its feet when it comes to supporting the latest version of IE on the older OS.
Neil McAllister, 26 Jul 2013

Chinese government to spend $277 BEEELION on air-quality improvements

The Chinese government has launched an ambitious – and expensive – new plan to aggressively combat some of the world's worst air pollution.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jul 2013
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Five charged as Feds bust largest credit-card hack in history

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say they've busted what could be the biggest credit card hacking fraud in US history, with companies such as NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, and Dow Jones falling prey to an Eastern European criminal gang.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2013
Wikipedia's new mobile editor

Wikipedia switches on mobile editing

The Wikimedia Foundation has flicked the switch on its mobile editing feature, allowing anyone with an account to edit Wikipedia articles on just about any mobile device capable of rendering HTML.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2013

Mozilla ponders blinkers for your browser

Mozilla Labs has outlined an experiment it's conducting in improving the personalisation web publishers can offer readers who browse their sites using Firefox.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2013
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'Wandering Dago' tuck truck ejected from NY race track

The owners of a fast-food truck are bemoaning their ejection from a New York horse racing track, after the powers that be deemed its snappy name "Wandering Dago" a tad offensive to Italian Americans.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2013

Apple's shock treatment: An authentic charger-spotting guide

Apple has responded to a recent spate of incidents in which iPhone users were electrocuted whilst apparently charging their handsets with a new guide on its Chinese site detailing how to identify an official power adapter. Clicking on a prominent link on the homepage will take visitors to a dedicated web page explaining how all Apple products “are subject to stringent safety and reliability testing, and designed to meet government safety standards around the world”.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jul 2013
The actor playing a young Julian Assange in the telemovie Underground

Assange™ names a Senatorial stand-in

Julian Assange™ has again launched his candidacy for a seat in Australia's Senate, but this time also offered an important new piece of information: the name of an alternative candidate for the seat should he be elected but be unable to leave his London bolt-hole to take up the gig.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2013
Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io

Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

Some eagle-eyed astronomers have saved the planet from possible nuclear Armageddon after the Indian army mistook Jupiter and Venus for flying intruders from China.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jul 2013
Sign, Free Beer Here (Tomorrow Only)

Guinness: Have a quick bonk over the bar and receive FREE BEER

For the next month anyone with an NFC-equipped Android or Blackberry handset is invited to enjoy a free pint of the black stuff, in exchange for a quick bonk on the bar.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2013
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'The Washington elites fear liberty. They fear you'

QuotW This was the week when the NSA PRISM scandal rumbled on with politician attempts to curb the spook agency's remit in the US House of Representatives. The Defense Appropriations Bill had an amendment stuck on to the end of it asking Congress to stop the phone and internet data sniffers from accessing the data of those not actually under investigation.
Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

Rejoice! Sysadmin day is... TODAY. Now get in here and win free stuff

Sysadmin blog Today, this very Friday, is Sysadmin Day. As a system administrator, I'm naturally biased and think every day should be sysadmin day, but it's nice to know we have at least one day a year set aside for some recognition.
Trevor Pott, 26 Jul 2013
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London Mayor shows off GIANT BLUE COCK in busy square

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unzipped the flies on the latest work of art to be commissioned for Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth: a giant blue cock that proudly stands at 4.72 metres high.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2013

MYRA HINDLEY found working in Capita's benefits & revenues unit

An eerie silence engulfed Capita this month when top brass informed the workforce that Myra Hindley was among them.
Paul Kunert, 26 Jul 2013

Signing out of a broken Britain: The final Quatermass serial

Quatermass at 60 Nigel Kneale was one of the best British writers of the past 50 years, but thanks to enduring British snobbishness about both TV and stories of the imagination, the name is met with blank looks today.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2013
TP Link WR2543ND dual-band wireless router

Hotshots' hotchpotch hotspots: Office Wi-Fi is a great big botch

Two thirds of IT directors admit their company's wireless network was rolled out without any kind of plan despite their businesses being dependent on it - resulting in inefficient and overloaded networks.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2013
Cthulu springs from HP desktop printer

BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

Episode 5 Episode 5 "There's a problem with my printer," a user whines down the phone at the PFY.
Simon Travaglia, 26 Jul 2013

Deadly Spanish train disaster exploited by malware mail scumbags

This week's Spanish train disaster, in which at least 80 people were killed after a speeding train derailed, is being exploited by internet pondlife to spread malware.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2013

You MERCILESS FIEND... you put that audio file on AUTOPLAY

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It was a quiet morning at the office. The early risers among the team were settling gently at their desks and discreetly going about their business. All that could be heard was the swish of papers, the soft clicking of mice and several varieties of birdsong.
Alistair Dabbs, 26 Jul 2013
Farmville on the iPhone

Zynga ABANDONS ALL HOPE of opening US gambling operation

Zynga has decided to give up on trying to get a gambling licence in the US, the new revenue stream many investors were banking on to lift the gaming firm's fortunes.
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Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

One million UK homes now have a "smart meter" from British Gas. The rollout may save each household £65 a year and feed £14bn into the economy, but most importantly, it will save British Gas money.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2013

Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

One in five O2 and Be broadband subscribers abandoned the home internet service after it was bought by BSkyB - according to figures shown to the City this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2013
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New in Android 4.3: At last we get a grip on privacy-invading crApps

The latest version of Google's Android, 4.3, has a panel controlling access permissions on an app-by-app basis - but only for those users ready to experiment with untested functionality.
Bill Ray, 26 Jul 2013
Graphic of Earth's Van Allen radiation belts

NASA Van Allen probes discover PARTICLE HURRICANES

Space boffins having a poke around in the Van Allen Radiation Belts - two concentric rings encircling the Earth in which large numbers of high-energy charged particles are dashing around - have confirmed a theory about how the particles are accelerated to ultra-high energies.

UK gov: Brit biz barons, get your privates in check before the spooks arrive

Spooks from GCHQ and MI5 will be given insider access to the UK's top 350 companies in a bid to reduce any damage caused by hackers wreaking havoc upon Blighty-based businesses.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2013

Work with Microsoft's stuff for a living? Its reorg will mean NOTHING to you

Opinion Microsoft’s massive internal reorganisation has given the IT press plenty to think about over the last week. Is this Ballmer’s last throw of the dice? Can the Redmond giant better compete with Apple and Google with its new structure?
Tim Ayling, 26 Jul 2013
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Pacemaker hack legend Barnaby Jack dies just before Black Hat revelations

Barnaby Jack, the 35-year-old security researcher who demonstrated cash machine hacks live on stage in Las Vegas and later highlighted the insecurity of smart medical devices, has died.
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2013
Animated gif of the LOHAN team

SPEARS joins the 19-mile-high club: Intimate snaps

Pics and vid The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is just about done sifting through the photos and vid from our recent test flight of the Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board, and we hereby present highlights for your viewing pleasure.
Lester Haines, 26 Jul 2013

Samsung: The cash blizzard continues, but may not last forever

Samsung reported another record quarterly profit today, up nearly 50 per cent from the same time last year, but warned that its heady growth in smartphones could be slowing up.

SolidFire snaps up $31m in funding, brandishes 3.4PB monster

Cloud flash array startup SolidFire has snagged $31 million in C-round funding and revealed a bad-ass flash array delivering up to 7.5 million IOPS - and a claimed 3.4PB capacity.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2013

NEC tag teams with HP on high-end x86 servers

Japanese IT supplier NEC has expanded its technology alliance with HP to cover its future Project Odyssey x86 systems, and also to kick in a little help with the development and testing efforts.

Apple crushes all competition in US Brand of the Year survey

Americans love their Apples. A new Harris Interactive poll surveyed 38,814 US consumers, who ranked Apple as Brand of the Year in three categories: smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jul 2013
NASA image of solar flare

NASA gets red-hot shots of Sun in action as IRIS goes online

NASA's latest solar observatory is online and sending back pictures of the Sun's inner atmosphere that could help answer some of the essential questions about our closest star and its effects on Earth.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2013
Oracle Termites

REVEALED: Hungry termites nibbling at Oracle's foundation

Analysis Oracle's business faces growing competition from niche technologies, but the database goliath's size means it may be blind to the threat posed by a marauding hoard of upstarts that are going after its current and future customers.
Jack Clark, 26 Jul 2013

Samsung overtakes Apple as most profitable global handset maker

Samsung has overtaken Apple in worldwide handset-sales profits, banking $5.2bn versus Cupertino's $4.6bn in the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest data from Strategy Analytics.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jul 2013
Sign, Free Beer Here (Tomorrow Only)

T-Mobile US: Go ahead, PAY NOTHING up front for any device

Updated Fourth-ranked US wireless carrier T-Mobile has hit back at its competitors' phone-upgrade plans with a new summer promotion that does away with down payments on all new devices.
Neil McAllister, 26 Jul 2013
Abbott and Costello dressed as policemen

Silicon Valley Cisco reseller charged with $37 million fraud

The boss of Silicon Valley Cisco reseller Network Genesis has been indicted for selling counterfeit kit and sub-price products bought by the networking company's staff.
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2013

Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts

Teardown Google's li'l Chromecast media-streaming HDMI dongle is certainly getting a lot of attention for a 35-buck, one-trick pony.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jul 2013
Blade Runner screenshot

FSF passes collection plate for free Android clone Replicant

Updated The Free Software Foundation has launched a new fundraising program aimed at getting Replicant, the free software version of Google's Android smartphone OS, running on more devices.
Neil McAllister, 26 Jul 2013
The XC30 supercomputer, formerly known as Cascade

Cray bags $30m to upgrade Edinburgh super to petaflops-class

It is not much of a surprise, seeing as how the UK's national supercomputing service at the University of Edinburgh is a long-time Cray customer, that they would return to Cray to replace its existing XE6 system and replace it with a petaflops-class machine based on the latest Cray interconnect and Intel processor technology.