2nd > August > 2013 Archive

Climate change EVEN WORSE than you thought: It causes WAR and MURDER

Having conducted what they characterize as "the first comprehensive synthesis" of quantitative analyses linking violence to climatic changes, a trio of researchers has come to the conclusion that as the world continues to heat up, humankind will be more prone to violence.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013
Moto X

Moto X: It's listening to you. But can voice control finally take off?

After much teasing, Motorola Mobility has finally unveiled the Moto X phone it's hoping will restore the company's fortunes - and help repay the $12.5bn Google splashed out on the troubled mobile phone vendor.
Iain Thomson, 02 Aug 2013

Study finds open-source home 3D printer could save $2,000 a year

A study by Michigan Technological University claims that the average US household could save itself up to $2,000 by printing their own products and parts instead of buying them from the store.
Iain Thomson, 02 Aug 2013

Google rolls its eyes, gives Windows Phones five more months to sync

Microsoft has bought Windows Phone users more time to sync their calendars and contacts with Google, which has agreed to push the kill date for its Google Sync service to the end of the year.
Neil McAllister, 02 Aug 2013

Did Linux drive supers, and can it drive corporate data centers?

Analysis Like many new technologies, the Linux operating system got its big break in high performance computing. There is a symbiotic relationship between Linux and HPC that seems natural and normal today, and the Linux Foundation, which is the steward of the Linux kernel and other important open source projects – and, importantly, the place where Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, gets his paycheck – thinks that Linux was more than a phenomenon on HPC iron. The organization goes so far as to say that Linux helped spawn the massive expansion in supercomputing capacity we have seen in the past two decades.
Abbott and Costello dressed as policemen

Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

Freelance writer Michele Catalano thought she might get herself a pressure cooker to prepare Quinoa, the south American wonder-grain. Her husband wanted a new backpack.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Aug 2013

Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

Simply nobody will be giving any credence to officials in America who have stated that a mystery object which fell from the sky this week - after which the surrounding area was evacuated and sealed off for some time by police and military personnel - was just a "weather balloon".
Lewis Page, 02 Aug 2013

Apple snaffles low-power wireless firm Passif Semiconductor

Apple has acquired a privately-held low-power Bluetooth specialist called Passif Semiconductor.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Aug 2013
Electronic waste dump in China

Weekend project: Mulch your old PC to save the world

Willitblend.com, the quaint site that subjects all manner of kit to the tender embrace of a high-powered blender, might be on to something other than the amusement that comes from wanton destruction.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Aug 2013
Samsung Galaxy Folder Flip Phone

Samsung brings back clamshell phones with added Android

Samsung is reportedly bringing back the flip phone, adding Android and a pair of 3.7-inch touch screens to a form factor popular in the first GSM phones of the mid-1990s.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Latvian foreign minister speaks out against giving up alleged Gozi writer to US

Latvia has set itself on a collision course with America after the tiny nation's foreign minister said he did not want the alleged creator of the notorious Gozi trojan extradited to face justice in the US.
Jasper Hamill, 02 Aug 2013
Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer

Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

Install a 3D printer in your house and it could pay for itself in just four months, a group of university engineers have claimed.
The Register breaking news

'Chromecast - recycle it after a long fulfilling life of kitten videos'

QuotW This was the week when the reviews, teardowns, commentaries and analyses of Google's 35-buck media-streaming HDMI dongle Chromecast came flooding in. Though there were those who were blown away, those who loved its pure simplicity and those who reckoned that the Chocolate Factory's dominance of TV was just around the corner, there were also those who were somewhat less impressed. The tool vendors and teardown artists at iFixit said:

Base stations get high on helium, ride MUTANT kite-balloons at the football

A team of European boffins has hoisted a mobile network base station into the air from a balloon/kite combination. Yet unlike similar schemes, this one is intended for everyday use, not just for emergencies.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2013
The Tardis seen against the curvature of the Earth

Who's who: 12th Doctor has been chosen, will meet you on Sunday night

The question of who will be the 12th incarnation of Doctor Who will be answered this weekend in a live TV special, the BBC has declared.
Lester Haines, 02 Aug 2013
Jeanette Horan

IBM CIO's Great Refresh: No, Sales Guy, you can't JUST use DropBox

CIO interview She might be CIO of IBM, but Jeanette Horan is just like you: replacing Windows XP with Windows 7, ripping out Internet Explorer 6 and floating a growing amount of software on the cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Continuous delivery: Can IT really 'join up' Ops and Dev?

Live Chat The Register will be tackling continuous delivery in our latest Live Chat, on September 13 14:00 BST.
David Gordon, 02 Aug 2013
Top and bottom views of the RockBLOCK

LOHAN lays mitts on second Iridium sat comms kit

We're pleased to announce that the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has got its grubby mitts on a second Iridium satellite comms unit, courtesy of Rock Seven.
Lester Haines, 02 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Ubuntu puts forums back online, reveals autopsy of a brag hacker

Ubuntu Forums are back to normal following a serious hack attack that exposed the usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords of 1.8 million open source users.
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2013

Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

Computer Science Corporation (CSC) workers heading for the chopping block in Britain have been asked to train their replacements in India and the Czech Republic.
Paul Kunert, 02 Aug 2013

Why you wanna go and put STaaS in their eyes? Toshiba pays $3m for Zadara

Flash foundry operator Toshiba has invested $3m in a startup offering virtual private storage arrays in the cloud, citing a "unique and strong strategic fit" between the two companies.
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2013

Snowden picks up 'Epic 0wnage' gong in Vegas... well, not literally

Security researcher Barnaby Jack, famous for his "jackpot" hack on ATMs, which forced them to spit out cash, has won a lifetime achievement award less than a week after his death.
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2013

BONG goes HYPER as default.gov POWERS the FUTURE

¡Bong! Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am currently trapped inside a small magnetic levitation podule in a vacuum tunnel, along with several agitated dwarves. An NDA strictly forbids me from telling you that I am in a prototype of Elon Musk's Hyperloop. The dwarves are Elon's engineers and the location is … well, somewhere between Bel Air, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Steve Bong, 02 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Virgin Media blames scruffy students for HUGE drop in cable subscribers

Virgin Media reported flat second quarter revenue this morning as it presented its first results since falling into the clutches of US cable giant Liberty Global.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2013
FBI badge and gun

FBI spooks use MALWARE to spy on suspects' Android mobes - report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using mobile malware to infect, and control, suspects' Android handsets, allowing it to record nearby sounds and copy data without physical access to the devices.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

Uptake of Windows 8 for desktop computers – which was never particularly fast – has slowed, according to stats for July from web traffic pollsters Net Applications.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Mobes, fondleslabs, web sending Brit families back to THE FIFTIES - Ofcom

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom's latest research shows living-room TV watching is on the rise: picture families gathering round in front of the goggle box even if half their eyes are elsewhere.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2013

Icahn sues Dell's board over Big Mike's buyout bid

Activist investor Carl Icahn and his affiliates have filed a legal complaint against Dell and its board members in his latest attempt to thwart Big Mike's efforts to regain control of the PC behemoth.
The Register breaking news

Roses are #f00, violets are #00f. This witty code is a boffinry breakthrough

What do you call a computer program that uses big data to write jokes? Basic, judging by the list of groan-worthy gags generated by this new wisecracking software.
Jasper Hamill, 02 Aug 2013
A shot from Avatar

Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

For what are no doubt very important artistic reasons and nothing whatsoever to do with financial considerations, James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have said they'll now be doing three Avatar sequels instead of two.
The Register breaking news

Tick-tock, Apple: Obama has just days to stop US iPhone iPad sales ban

The US International Trade Commission has delayed its decision on whether or not some of Samsung's mobile devices infringe on Apple patents.

SMBs are tumbling into the cloud? Oh get real

Column “SMBs are now turning to the cloud to meet their IT needs”. If you have anything to do with the technology industry then the claim will sound very familiar. The implication is that cloud computing is now universally accepted among small and medium businesses, and that a huge shift has taken place in terms of buying behaviour.
Dale Vile, 02 Aug 2013

IT gear manufacturers trim payrolls in July

The good news in the United States is that the unemployment rate, as gauged by the Department of Labor, was down in July. The bad news is that the economy created fewer jobs than anticipated last month, and that the numbers for May and June were revised down a bit, as well.
The Register breaking news

Step into the BREACH: HTTPS encrypted web cracked in 30 seconds

Black Hat 2013 A new hacking technique dubbed BREACH can extract login tokens, session ID numbers and other sensitive information from SSL/TLS encrypted web traffic, say researchers.
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2013
A Standard SM-3 missile launching from a US warship. Credit: MDA

Ultimate Radio Deathmatch: US Navy missile-defence radar vs 4G mobile mast

On Monday the US Navy will fire up its mighty, six-megawatt AN/SPY-1 raygun radar while academics run an LTE mobile-data base station in the same band, so both sides can establish if coexistence is a workable proposition.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2013
Lego Lord of the Rings PC game

SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

A former SAP vice president has struck a plea deal with prosecutors after he was caught running a side business selling Lego kits purchased using home-made barcodes.
Iain Thomson, 02 Aug 2013

The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

Updated The US Department of Justice, fresh from its ebook price-fixing victory over Apple, has proposed a sweeping array of restrictions on Cupertino's content-peddling iTunes Store, along with the appointment of a watchdog to keep an eye on Apple's compliance.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013

Rockmelt! Melts! For! Yahoo's! Millions!

In the latest of a string of acquisitions since ex-Googler Marissa Mayer came aboard as CEO, Yahoo! has acquired ssocial-media munger Rockmelt for an undisclosed sum (though AllThingsD's Kara Swisher pegs the price at somewhere between $60m and $70m).
Neil McAllister, 02 Aug 2013
Hadoop in the enterprise

US sales rebound for Teradata as customers run out of capacity

Business starting cooling off in the United States for data warehouse appliance maker Teradata in the third quarter last year, and now it is starting to pick up again as companies need to add more capacity to their systems. Teradata now thinks it can hit the low-end of its revenue guidance for all of 2013, something that was not obvious several months ago.
BSC is the Church of the Ceepie-Geepie, quite literally

Ken Brill, 'the father of data centers', powers down at 69

Obit Ken Brill, founder of the Uptime Institute and the man who literally set the standards for modern data center design, has died at the age of 69 after developing cancer.
Iain Thomson, 02 Aug 2013
Atlantis on the tarmac shortly after landing this morning. Pic: NASA

NASA's cloud strategy panned by NASA auditors

NASA's cloud strategy has been panned by its own auditors, proving that even technically competent oganizations can sputter when trying to soar into the tech stratosphere.
Jack Clark, 02 Aug 2013
Ubuntu smartphones

T-Mobile joins effort to bring Ubuntu phones to US mobile market

Fourth-ranked US wireless operator T-Mobile has become the latest mobile carrier to join Canonical's Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group (CAG), bringing the group's total membership to 13.
Neil McAllister, 02 Aug 2013

Flash upstart: We're doing so well we might even tell you HOW well one day

Hybrid disk and flash startup Tintri has posted yet another quarter of solid results, while murmurings from its CEO suggest that it might be going public by the end of next year.
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2013

Carmack blows 'crazy money' on hibernating Armadillo

Doom creator turned space cowboy John Carmack has put his rocketry startup into "hibernation mode" after exhausting his personal funds, choosing a happy marriage over another cash infusion.
Jack Clark, 02 Aug 2013

Qualcomm exec on eight-core mobile chips: They're 'dumb'

If you have been wondering when the chip designers at Qualcomm were going to come up with an eight-core processor, as have competitors Samsung and MediaTek, you can stop wondering. They're not. Why? Because octo-core chips are "dumb."
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013