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You mean it's not perfect? Google to ship first Chromecast software fix

It's been barely a week since Google launched its micro-sized Chromecast streaming media dongle, yet already the device is poised to receive its first software update.
Neil McAllister, 01 Aug 2013
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USB accelerates to 10 Gbps

Universal Serial Bus, the connectivity standard so ubiquitous the world has long stopped caring about the derivation of the USB acronym, has just been upgraded to 10 Gbps.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2013
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Hackers crack femtocells to pwn then clone phones

Black Hat 2013 Security researchers have warned against the industry's use of femtocells after successfully hacking into two popular models of femtocell, allowing them to intercept voice and SMS information from nearby mobile devices.
Jack Clark, 01 Aug 2013
The NSA Unchained

Snowden's XKeyscore revelations challenged

Edward Snowden's latest revelations about NSA snooping, the Xkeyscore program, have quickly been called into question.
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Boffins use lasers to detect radio waves

The universe is a noisy place, if you're a radio signal: travelling through space, there's everything from the cosmic background radiation to the screaming noise of stars and galaxies; travelling through copper wires, there's the random noise that makes weak signals hard to detect.
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US and China make major bilateral anti-piracy bust

US and Chinese customs officials have joined together on a bilateral anti-piracy blitz that has seen over 240,000 fake electrical items confiscated.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Aug 2013

Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

A fashionista who blogs about clothing for "beautiful, well-dressed fat women" has become the latest person to step up and slam the behaviour of misogynistic trolls.
Jasper Hamill, 01 Aug 2013
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D-Link patches vid storage units

D-Link has issued patches for a pair of its network video recorders after a Qualys analysis identified remote authentication bypass vulnerabilities.
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China's army releases FPS trainer game

China has launched a first-person shooter titled Glorious Mission Online, that was co-developed by the People’s Liberation Army and offers players a chance to defeat a Japanese invader.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Aug 2013

Boffins: We have FOOLED APPLE with malware app

Black Hat 2013 Researchers from Georgia Tech's Information Security Center (GTISC) claim to have found a way to sneak a malware-ridden app through Apple's inspection regime, and have also raised concerns about “malicious chargers” for iPhones.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2013
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'Steve Jobs killed music biz', but Bon Jovi don't mind Google Glass

Two years after Bon Jovi accused Steve Jobs of killing the music industry, the band's keyboardist, David Bryan, let their Google flag fly when he donned Mountain View's wearable Glass computer device while playing a sold-out gig.
Jasper Hamill, 01 Aug 2013
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Syrian Electronic Army no longer just Twitter feed jackers... and that's bad news

The Syrian Electronic Army is starting to pose a serious risk to enemies of the Assad regime in both Syria and further afield, according to security watchers.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2013
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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

Almost half of UK flyers admit not bothering to switch their phones to flight mode (or off) while in the air, despite the dire warnings. While most just forget, the rest think they know better.
Bill Ray, 01 Aug 2013
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Ministry of Fun launches news quiz - and the BBC is in its sights

The Ministry of Fun* wants to know if you're getting the news you need: and the role of social media, Google and the BBC are all up for grabs.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2013

Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

+Comment Google is fighting a legal battle to prevent its Google Fiber subscribers from running servers on their network - and "net neutrality" sympathisers are shocked and appalled.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2013
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The O2 4G Lottery: Are YOU in one of the three LUCKY cities?

O2's 4G network will go live in London, Leeds and Bradford this month - followed by ten more cities by the end of the year. The rollout will end EE's virtual monopoly on high-speed mobile internet connectivity.
Bill Ray, 01 Aug 2013
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Speaking in Tech: Will Google's telly dongle dangle ding Apple?

Podcast Podcast It's another episode of The Register's best and only podcast, bringing you everything the industry is saying about the latest enterprise and consumer tech – from the Silicon Valley of Power and the vast, cool data centres of Texas to the strange, giant watercooler that is the interwebs.
Team Register, 01 Aug 2013
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Apple kingpin springs to Beijing, pings telco kings: Flog our iPhone things

Apple chief Tim Cook has been doing the rounds in China with national telcos, drumming up interest in carrying iPhones and iPads to the country's massive mobile market.
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First Austin, now live across the US: Watch Americans pay by bonk

US pay-by-bonk platform ISIS will go live across the US later this year following the pilots in Salt Lake City and Austin, as network operators make their big play for big data.
Bill Ray, 01 Aug 2013
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LOHAN serves up Raspberry Pi sensorgasmotry

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is battling away on several fronts ahead of next month's launch of the Vulture 2 spaceplane, and while there's still plenty of work to do, we do at least have the mission electronics fit for duty.
Lester Haines, 01 Aug 2013

Police probe IDIOTIC Twitter bomb threats slung at journalists

Twitter's trolling heatwave intensified on Wednesday night when a number of journalists were targeted with terrifying bomb threats.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2013

You're doing WHAT with friends? Zynga sues Bang With Friends maker

Social games designer Zynga is suing the makers of casual sex app Bang With Friends for trademark infringement.
Jasper Hamill, 01 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Gmail, Outlook.com and e-voting 'pwned' on stage in crypto-dodge hack

Black Hat 2013 Security researchers say they have developed an interesting trick to take over Gmail and Outlook.com email accounts - by shooting down victims' logout requests even over a supposedly encrypted connection.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2013
View down a skylight revealing magma racing through a lava tube in Hawaii. Credit: Mark Robinson

Highway from HELL: Volcano tears through 35km of crust in WEEKS

Liquid hot magma from the Earth's mantle can shoot up to the surface via a "highway from hell" over just a few weeks, volcanologists have discovered.
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Zuck on this, Twitter! Now Facebook switches on embedded posts

Facebook users' status updates, videos and photos can now be embedded in websites beyond the free-content advertising network.
Team Register, 01 Aug 2013
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While rest of Britain partied, Probrand spent Olympic year recovering

2012 was a year of excitement for many in Blighty, with business getting a boost from both the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, but for Birmingham-based reseller Probrand it was a year of recovery.
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013

Edward Snowden skips into Russia as Putin grants him asylum

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2013

Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

It started on the server, became the desktop, it's still there in Windows 8 today, and it just turned 20 years old: Happy birthday, Windows NT.
Tim Anderson, 01 Aug 2013
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Wikipedians say no to Jimmy's 'buggy' WYSIWYG editor

Wikipedia editors are rejecting the online encyclopaedia's much-anticipated and hyped Visual Editor en masse.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2013
Henrik Rosendahl, senior VP Cloud Solutions, Quantum

Quizzed Quantum veep quashes hardware quit rumours

Interview Is big data and big storage biz Quantum finally moving away from its hardware business to the cloud?
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013
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Asus staggers into summer heatwave thirsty for sales, sweating profit

The fire raging across the traditional PC industry has reached the door of Taiwanese titan Asus - which watched its sales and profits go up in smoke.
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013
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WHOMP: Mega UK services player Phoenix IT falls back into the ashes

There was no sound of popping champagne corks at Phoenix IT Group this morning – just anguished cries coming from the boardroom as execs warned trading results are getting worse.
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013

Softcat smashes through £400m sales barrier

Ever expanding channel biz Softcat has reported another year of double digit growth proving there is life in the classic reseller model.
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013
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HP UK channel man Bourguet to be crowned consumer veep

HP UK's local channel PC and printer bigwig Pascal Bourguet is set to move into a senior position in the firm's EMEA retail biz.
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013
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'Mm, we do love tweeters' private info, we'll take 40% more,' say world's g-men

Twitter has seen a 40 per cent rise in requests from governments around the world for users' personal information in the first half of this year, with the United States topping the list.
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Nokia sidles up to Qualcomm, hands over bulging map package

Nokia Here will be sharing its global floorplan database with Qualcomm, putting indoor maps together with indoor positioning in an assault on the last place one can get lost.
Bill Ray, 01 Aug 2013

Samsung snaps up Cisco enterprise director for B2B push

Samsung has rustled Cisco's herd and made off with veteran UK enterprise sales director Tim Skinner, who will head up its continued push into commercial sectors.
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

MPs get secret squirrel dossier of 'lawyers, megabiz hiring hackers'

Blue-chip firms who allegedly hired private investigators to unlawfully hack systems for personal and sensitive information have been named in a secret list submitted to Parliament.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2013
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Steady as she goes at Three, no unseemly dash to be Four

Hutchison's Three network in the UK has seen a ten per cent increase in active users over the past year, it says, with a 14.4 per cent increase in contract punters. The six months to the end of June saw 3 with 9.2m users (7.5m active) of which 5.5m were on contract (5.37m active) - the rest being on prepay.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

People really liked our Xperia. Throw in a weak yen and KERCHING - Sony

The weak yen and strong sales of its smartphones in Japan combined to help Sony report a better-than-expected operating profit in its fiscal first quarter.

Cray posts modest loss, awaits Q4 revenue wave

Supercomputer maker Cray turned in a slightly better than expected second quarter, with a modest bump in revenues and a slight loss.
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Micron buys Apple supplier Elpida for $2bn, becomes world's No 2 DRAM baker

The chip firm from Boise, Idaho, has done well – Micron has finally closed its deal to buy bankrupt Japanese DRAM-maker Elpida.
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013
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Benchmark bods reckon NetApp storage has the edge over Isilon

Analyst outfit DCIG rates NetApp over Isilon for private cloud storage. Which comes as a bit of a surprise to The Register's storage desk.
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013

Google scientists rebel over company's support for 'climate-hoax' Senator

In 2011 Google appointed 21 Google Science Communication Fellows (GSCF) – academics representing the cream of US climate-change science – and tasked them with exploring new ways of communicating the issue to the public. On Thursday, 17 of the GSCF did just that, and called out Google for its own failings in an open letter.
Iain Thomson, 01 Aug 2013

Apple files patent for iPhone enabled auto-adjustable auto interior

Apple has filed a patent application for a system that would enable you to carry your preferred automotive environment settings on your iDevice, which would adjust any suitably equipped car to match your preferences.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Aug 2013
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Imation posts FOURTEENTH loss-making quarter

Scalable-storage biz Imation's revenue slump continues while management continues to talk the talk about recovery, which – worryingly, for Imation – depends mainly upon storage array product developments in a brutally competitive market.
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013

Facebook: 'Don't worry, your posts are SECURE with us'

Facebook has announced that it has finished migrating its users to secure browsing, with all 1.15 billion active user accounts now accessing the site over encrypted HTTPS by default.
Neil McAllister, 01 Aug 2013
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Security breach at Opscode as attackers download databases

Updated Opscode, the commercial side of the open source Chef configuration management tool beloved by Google, Facebook, and IBM, has warned customers that a flaw in an unnamed third-party application has left its wiki and ticketing system pwned.
Iain Thomson, 01 Aug 2013
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Hackers induce 'CATASTROPHIC FAILURE' in mock oil well

Black Hat 2013 Security researchers have demonstrated how to exploit widely deployed SCADA systems to spoof data to the operator, and remotely control equipment such as pumps in oil pipelines.
Jack Clark, 01 Aug 2013
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Oracle forging Exa server virtualization appliance

It looks like Oracle is getting ready to roll out another in its line of so-called "engineered systems" – stacks of hardware and software tuned for very specific workloads. This one, which Oracle is getting set to announce in a webcast on August 13, will be aimed at "enterprise virtualization."

HDS scores 6PB slice of Oz research cloud

Australia’s ambitious Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI), a project aimed at creating a federated cloud of high-class storage rigs that will allow wider sharing of research data, will use kit from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) in one of its nodes.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2013

Russian Zuckerberg to Snowden: 'Come work for книга лиц  VKontakte'

It isn't clear how NSA leaker Edward Snowden plans to support himself, now that he's been granted 12 months of asylum in Russia. But if he wants a job, the door is open for him at VK, Russia's version of Facebook.
Neil McAllister, 01 Aug 2013