15th > August > 2013 Archive


Hackers not responsible for New York Times website wipeout

The website of The New York Times was unavailable for at least an hour on Wednesday morning, but the newspaper says the outage wasn't due to malicious attacks, as some had feared.
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2013
Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning: 'I'm sorry my actions hurt the United States'

US Army Private Bradley Manning, who in July was found guilty of disclosing hundreds of thousands of classified government documents to WikiLeaks, has apologized in open court for his actions.
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2013

ACCC wants to check broadband performance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has proposed a program to monitor and report broadband performance.

Microsoft cuts number of countries that will have Xbox One by Christmas

Microsoft has said it won’t be able to meet its initial goal of launching the Xbox One in 21 countries before Christmas, and some European buyers won’t see the console until 2014 at the earliest.
Iain Thomson, 15 Aug 2013
Chelyabinsk plume's path around Earth

NASA plots Chelyabinsk plume

Video Not only did the Chelyabinsk bolide explosion send shock waves around the world. It also sent a plume of dust, and for the first time, such a plume has been observed by space-borne instruments.

YouTube app returns to Windows Phone

Updated Microsoft has released another YouTube app into the Windows Phone store.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2013
Osama bin Laden

Osama Bin Pwned: Al Qaeda mocked in Twitter counter-jihad

Al Qaeda has come under attack from a massive troll army after asking Twitter users for ideas on how jihadis could run a PR campaign.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Aug 2013
The new Blake's 7 logo

Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

Microsoft is reportedly backing a reboot of Blake's 7, the seminal British science fiction show.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2013

Facebook keeps company with misery say boffins

The more you use Facebook, the worse you feel. That's the headline finding from a new study University of Michigan published on PlosOne this week.

Oz bank closes Bitcoin business' bank accounts

The Commonwealth Bank, Australia's largest bank, has closed accounts belonging to Australian Bitcoin payment processor CoinJar.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2013
O2 XDA Argon

O2 tears wraps off £26-a-month mobe sport, music, games (and 4G)

O2 has joined EE and Vodafone in using 4G to justify a jump in pricing, to £26 a month, leaving Three the only UK network selling connectivity rather than technology.
Bill Ray, 15 Aug 2013
Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

Microsoft will today kick-start commercial channel sales of the little loved Surface RT and Pro, as our sources predicted, but the move is being pushed through ten months later than it should have been.
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2013
money notes lifted up

Emulex to QLogic: Adapter biz is shrinking, but we're still swimming

Emulex's latest results show it overtaking QLogic in the traditional server storage connectivity market – despite the fact that the pie which they're divvying up is becoming increasingly smaller.
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2013

Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

Facebook is building an anti-social network which will ban ordinary people and only allow celebrities beyond its virtual velvet rope.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Aug 2013

Who's Edward Snowden? Capita bungs its email into Microsoft's cloud

Capita will shunt thousands of employees' email into Microsoft's Office 365 cloud - except those handling sensitive government and financial work.
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2013

Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

Antique Code Show For every cock-up or failed venture made by Nintendo, the company has made some bitingly shrewd moves along the way. Hold the orthodox-looking SNES cartridge for the game Starfox in your hand and you may not realise the significance of the custom circuitry and chips contained therein.
Giles Hill, 15 Aug 2013

BlackBerry: It's the end-to-endness, stupid

Analysis Going private still looks the most likely next step for BlackBerry, with Prem Watsa, the largest shareholder in the company, resigning from its board this week, apparently to put together a deal. Watsa still holds almost 10 per cent of BlackBerry stock.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

How much will Apple cough for ebook conspiracy? Trial starts May 2014

Apple is due to face a trial on damages in summer next year, after a judge found the fruity firm guilty of conspiring with publishers to raise the price of ebooks.

Is that a flash stick in your pocket, VMware, or are you pleased to see us?

Blocks and Files VMware has, in your correspondent's opinion, punched below its weight in data storage. Undue respect for drive arrays has inhibited its ambitions. This is about to change, though, as the company begins to take responsibility for providing primary storage to applications, and also networking.
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2013

Microsoft pulls faulty Exchange 2013 patch HOURS after release

Microsoft has pulled a security update for Exchange 2013 after problems emerged with the latest patch to the email server software just hours after its release.
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2013
Fifa 13

Virgin Media signs 3-year telly deal with BT Sport

BT has inked a three-year wholesale deal with Virgin Media to allow the cable company to serve BT Sport television channels to its customers.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Auntie touts e-babysitting ... and no £15,000 in-app purchase shocks

The BBC's kiddie TV wing, CBeebies, has turned out a "free" collection of mobile games for parents happy to let Captain Barnacles and the Alphablocks rear their children.
Bill Ray, 15 Aug 2013

IBM snaps up banking security biz Trusteer, won't say what it paid

IBM has announced a deal to acquire transaction security firm Trusteer and open a new cybersecurity lab in Israel. Financial terms of the buyout, announced Thursday, were not disclosed.
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

A US judge has halved a $30.2m payout awarded to an inventor by a jury in a patent infringement trial involving Nintendo's 3DS console.

Twee...THUD: Boffins build 'The Classifier' to seek out, kill millions of Twitter fakes

Comp sci boffins spent a year buying up more than 100,000 fake Twitter accounts in a bid to help the teeny-tiny text transmitter beef up its spam defences. They also used their research to build a retroactive classifier that sniffed out the fakers so the Big Blue Bird itself could snuff them out.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Aug 2013
FIFA 12 goalie does it doggy style with strikerNetgear XAV5101

OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

Analysis Hundreds of legitimate websites were branded pirates and effectively kicked offline this week - after a court ordered UK ISPs to block access to an IP address they all shared with a copyright-infringing site.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Aug 2013

PC market hits the ropes, but Lenovo's still standing

Undisputed heavyweight PC champ Lenovo continues to buck the industry trend by positing double-digit gains in sales and profits as rivals struggle to peel themselves off the canvas.
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2013

Telefonica and Arqiva set to mop up BILLIONS in smart meter cash

Companies who win upcoming government contracts to install smart utility meters across the UK are set to pocket over £2bn in public money.
Bill Ray, 15 Aug 2013

Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

The Great British Public want an end to anonymous registration for social media accounts in the aftermath of high-profile online abuse cases, pollsters have claimed – and the older and more conservative they are, the more likely they are to want it.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Aug 2013

'Database failure ate my data' – Salesforce customer

An apparent database corruption is being blamed for nearly five hours of severe disruption for Salesforce customers last week.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

KABOOOM! Space-faring dwarf's galactic pile-up snapped by X-ray boffins

Pics Astronomers have spotted a huge collision between a plucky little dwarf galaxy and a massive spiral rival that goes by the snappy name of NGC 1232.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Just add creepiness: Google Search gets even more personal

Google will soon be interrogating its users' Gmail, Google Calendar and Google+ accounts to try and predict the questions they enter into Google Search, bringing the Chocolate Factory's Now functionality into the mainstream.
Bill Ray, 15 Aug 2013

GitHub code repository rocked by 'very large DDoS' attack

San Francisco–based GitHub, the online repository popular among software developers, suffered a major service outage on Thursday morning due to what it characterizes as a "very large DDoS attack."
Jack Clark, 15 Aug 2013
More flaws found in Java

Java devs warned of pushbutton exploit for buggy Struts framework

Java developers were warned, but they didn't listen. Security researchers at Trend Micro report that old and vulnerable versions of the Apache Struts framework for Java are still in widespread use, and now Chinese hackers are using automated tools to exploit their flaws.
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2013
Cloud security

Google follows Amazon with auto-encryption of cloud data

Google has tossed a crumb of reassurance to people with cloudy security concerns by adding automatic server-side encryption to Google Cloud Storage.
Jack Clark, 15 Aug 2013

NASA: Earth II may be hiding in unexamined data from injured Kepler

NASA has revealed that the Kepler spacecraft, which has been busily hunting for exoplanets for over four years, is no longer capable of carrying out its primary mission – but there's plenty of life left in the ol' girl yet, and plenty of planet-hunting data left to be analyzed.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Aug 2013

More brutal PC numbers from Dell as revenues stay flat, profits sink

Dell announced its second-quarter earnings for fiscal 2014 on Thursday – five days early – and delivered a report that met analysts' expectations but once again showed a company struggling to remain profitable in the face of woeful trends in the PC industry.
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2013