19th August 2013 Archive

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Online trainer launches free student login promo

Learnable.com has launched a promo targeting students interested in learning to code, with 10,000 free places available on a first-come-best-dressed basis.

Google proposes eye-tracking ad-tracking

There's many a slip between patent and product, but it seems Google is eyeing (sorry) the revenue opportunities for Google Glass beyond flogging a fashion accessory to tech tragics. The Chocolate Factory's latest patent proposes extending "pay per click" models to the world of meatware by tracking what you're looking at, in case it's an ad.

Fear the JOBZILLA! 150ft STATUE of Steve planned 'lest fanbois forget'

The world's most fervent fanbois have launched a campaign to build a massive icon of Apple Godhead Steve Jobs that could end up bigger than the Statue of Liberty.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Aug 2013
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Fooling the AppStore one code-chunk at a time

A group of researchers presenting at Usenix last week turned up a startling new way to sneak malicious apps through the AppStore and onto iOS devices. By spreading malicious chunks of code through an apparently-innocuous app for activation later, the researchers say they were able to evade Apple's test regime.
Stanford University's Luminos solar car

2013 World Solar Challenge racers start the big reveal

SPB In 2011, The Reg's Special Projects Bureau followed the World Solar Challenge through the dead heart of Australia.
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Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

A decade of testing is close to paying off for New Zealand company Martin Aircraft Company, which has announced that it has received certification to conduct manned test flights for its Martin Jetpack.
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Blighty street has hottest Wi-Fi hotspot hottie in Europe: We reveal where

London's Oxford Street has Europe's greatest density of Wi-Fi hot-spots - and almost a quarter of them are openly accessible to the public. That's according to a new study that also puts the UK behind the US in terms of free wireless connectivity.
Bill Ray, 19 Aug 2013
Square Group new premises

Comet brand yanked from its grave: Tycoon vows to open EIGHTY new stores

Electronics retail entrepreneur Clive Coombes is trying to revive the Comet brand name by launching 80 stores over the next two years - and is looking for foolhardy brave investors to support him.
Paul Kunert, 19 Aug 2013

Flab-fighting LOHAN fettles fantastical flying truss

Amid all the excitement surrounding the imminent appearance of the Vulture 2 spaceplane, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has been beavering away on the fantastical flying truss which will carry our magnificent aircraft heavenwards.
Lester Haines, 19 Aug 2013

12 simple rules: How Ted Codd transformed the humble database

Anniversary Edgar – or Ted – Codd is one of the most influential figures in computing. Born 90 years today*, Codd – who passed away in 2003 – was the man who first conceived of the relational model for database management.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2013
MIDI clocks up yet another birthday party

Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Getting pop stars wired for 30 years

Feature Back in the early days of computer music, Reg man Bob Dormon was a professional recording engineer and music programmer. With a little help from some of his old music gear, he documents the rise of MIDI from a creative concept to its practical applications – which have ultimately led to its recognition as a Grammy Award-winning technology, featured on millions of recordings heard every day.
Bob Dormon, 19 Aug 2013
The flying rooster seen in the stratosphere

Portuguese chicken invades Spanish airspace

A plucky Portuguese cockerel has added extra weight to the theory that model aircraft and High Altitude Ballooning payloads are magnetically drawn to trees by soaring to a heady 33,252m before crash landing in a bewildered Spanish villager's fig tree.
Lester Haines, 19 Aug 2013
Our intrepid party playmonaut on a sofa, surrounded by blondes

Sysadmins: Be the hand up the backside at PuppetConf, VMworld

Sysadmin blog It's nearly the end of August, which means time to sign up for PuppetConf and VMworld San Francisco is nearly up. El Reg will be covering both events.
Trevor Pott, 19 Aug 2013

Does the RSPCA have your gun licence or car registration? NOBODY knows

No checks are carried out on what the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) does with confidential records it receives from police databases, including information on people's vehicles and gun licences, the Register has learned.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Aug 2013

Building big data? Are you building a security headache too?

The world and its dog has been shocked by the Prism news story. Early in June, we found out that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had developed a secret data-gathering mechanism to steal all our data and store it in a large data warehouse.
Danny Bradbury, 19 Aug 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Vodafone 'settled SECRET £57m Irish tax wrangle' back in 2009

Vodafone made a settlement potentially worth millions with HMRC to end a dispute about the amount of tax paid by one of the telco's Irish subsidiaries.
Samsung 3D V-NAND SSD

Samsung's cooking 3D NAND flash chips. WHAT did you say the specs were?

Samsung has launched its first 3D V-NAND SSD but hasn't yet released any real performance data, bringing its new product's status into question.
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2013
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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

The Brazilian partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald – Edward Snowden's go-to reporter for the dissemination of sensitive papers about the NSA's dragnet surveillance programmes – has been released from custody. The 28-year-old was held for almost nine hours for questioning by Metropolitan Police officers when he passed through London's Heathrow Airport en route to Brazil on Sunday night.
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2013
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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

Google is disputing a lawsuit brought by UK-based Apple users whose browser habits were slurped – without permission – by the ad giant. Mountain View claims that Britain's data protection laws do not apply to it as British courts have "no jurisdiction" over the company.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Aug 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

Snowden's email provider may face court rap after closing service

The owner of an encrypted email service used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden could be facing contempt of court charges after refusing to hand over his users' information to spooks, according to a recent report.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Aug 2013

Mozilla's Metro-friendly Firefox for Win 8.1 to arrive in December

A Metro-friendly version of Firefox is finally coming to Windows 8, more than a year after Mozilla first floated the new browser.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2013
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Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

Apple is preparing to train its shop staff to use Microsoft Windows in a bid to flog more Macs to business users reared on PCs.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Aug 2013
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Probation officer gets TINY fine for spilling domestic violence victim's ADDRESS

A probation officer who disclosed a domestic abuse victim’s new address to her alleged abuser has been fined £150 and order to pay court costs after being prosecuted and given what has been described by Information Commissioner Christopher Graham as "a relatively minor penalty".
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2013

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs

Steve Wozniak isn't too impressed with the Steve Jobs biopic film Jobs - and said a lot of its problems came from Ashton Kutcher's portrayal of the Apple founder.

Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report

Beats Electronics is reportedly looking to ditch its HTC partnership and bring in a new investor with fresh funds instead.
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SimpliVity intros swollen and shrunken rip-'n'-replace boxen

SimpliVity has miniaturised and maximised its all-singing, all-dancing converged OmniCube IT systems with entry-level and high-performance versions as well as strengthening the original, now mid-range box.
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2013
Julian Assange as Goldfinger

Getting worried, Assange? WikiLeaks spaffs out 'insurance' info

WikiLeaks has released a massive encrypted cache of documents as an “insurance policy” to be opened if its leaders come to harm.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Aug 2013
SOURCE: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/959469

How much mazuma does it take to not be Oracle?

NewSQL database slinger Clustrix has taken on $10m in funding to help fund a shift away from expensive hardware appliances and towards commodity hardware.
Jack Clark, 19 Aug 2013
Internet map

New tool lets single server map entire internet in 45 minutes

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new tool that allows a single server with a gigabit Ethernet port to scan the internet so quickly that it can map 98 per cent of the world's IPv4 connections in under 45 minutes.
Iain Thomson, 19 Aug 2013

Amazon DISAPPEARS from internet

Updated Amazon.com has dropped offline*, amid widespread reports of trouble in the underlying Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud.
Jack Clark, 19 Aug 2013
Firefox OS RHS teaser

ZTE's $80 Firefox OS mobe sells out on eBay

If you were hoping to get your hands on ZTE's first Firefox OS phone and you don't live in one of the markets where it was picked up by a mobile carrier, you may be out of luck for now.
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2013

Intel to put pedal to metal in 14nm Atom upgrade

When the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) kicks off in San Francisco on September 10, Chipzilla may announce that it will radically accelerate its development of 14-nanometer Atom processors.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Aug 2013
Engineers fitting antenna heads

Wholesale telco IspONE goes titsup, Kogan mobile going dark

Wholesale telco ISPOne appointed administrators who have cancelled its contract to resell Telstra mobile connections and appointed administrators, leaving some of its wholesale customers without a network connection with which to serve their customers.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2013

Apple sucking triple the phone switchers as Samsung – report

The latest market data shows that Apple is winning over Samsung users from Android at three times the rate that the Korean firm is wooing iPhone owners into the open source fold.
Iain Thomson, 19 Aug 2013

IiNet creates cut-price diffusion brand 'Jiva'

iiNet has launched what looks an awful lot like the telephony market's equivalent of a budget airline.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2013
Artist's illustration of a planet in very near orbit to its star

Tiny fireball exoplanet completes one year in 8.5 hours

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a new, Earth-sized exoplanet for which orbiting its star is literally all in a day's work.
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2013

Amazon's cloud dwarfs all others, Gartner finds

The disciples of Gartner's Magic Quadrant have sallied forth to reveal the latest findings of their uncaring quadrilateral god – and the results show that Amazon is the one true cloud, followed at a distance by enterprise supplier CSC.
Jack Clark, 19 Aug 2013