30th > August > 2013 Archive

Seagate Delorean drive

Google goes back to the future with SQL F1 database

The tech world is turning back toward SQL, bringing to a close a possibly misspent half-decade in which startups courted developers with promises of infinite scalability and the finest imitation-Google tools available, and companies found themselves exposed to unstable data and poor guarantees.
Jack Clark, 30 Aug 2013

Facebook scammers raking in $200 MEEELLION in illicit profits

A pair of Italian security researchers investigating the practice of Facebook scamming estimates that the trade brings in around $200m a year.
Iain Thomson, 30 Aug 2013

Amazon.com trumps other online retailers' sales by HOW much?!

It should come as no surprise that Amazon.com is the galactic leader in online retail sales, but what may be surprising is exactly how epic its lead is.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Aug 2013
Broken CD with wrench

NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

The US National Security Agency may have some of the most sophisticated cyber-surveillance programs in the world, but it was trivial for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to walk off with sensitive data, sources say, owing to the agency's antiquated internal security.
Neil McAllister, 30 Aug 2013
Nvidia Shield

BYOD is boring - how about working on a games console instead?

Some grumble that the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept deserves to be called Spend Your Own Money in recognition of the cost of providing a computer hitting workers' hip pockets instead of employers'.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2013

Microsoft fattens Exchange Online mailboxes to 50GB

Microsoft's Exchange Online service now comes with bigger mailboxes.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2013
Kim Jong-un

'Kim Jong-un executes nork-baring ex and pals for love polygon skin flick'

North Korea's tubby tyrant Kim Jong-un reportedly had his ex-lover publicly executed by a machine-gun-toting firing squad after accusing her of making a group sex tape.
Gareth Corfield, 30 Aug 2013
Dr Who Asylum of the Daleks Promo Pic

Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

British private BitTorrent site thebox.bz has decided to close its doors.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2013

WTF is … Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks?

Whether you consider the Internet of Things (all the way up to the Internet of Everything) to be the Way of The FutureTM or just This Year's Buzzword® something of an exaggeration, there's a good chance some of you will run into some of its real-world manifestations in the near future.
Richard Chirgwin, 30 Aug 2013
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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

Two years ago Lee Beaumont, fed up of receiving daily phonecalls from telemarketing agencies, connected his home landline to a premium rate phone number and started cashing in on cold callers - covering his costs in less than two months.
Bill Ray, 30 Aug 2013

HMRC nabs 5 after £500k 'cyber attack' on tax systems

Computer systems operated by the UK's tax authority have been subjected to a cyber attack in an attempted tax scam, it has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Aug 2013
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China: Forget running water, bumpkins. Have some lovely broadband

The Chinese government has pledged to provide nationwide broadband coverage by 2020, an ambitious goal which should see significant extra investment in all kinds of networks, both wired and wireless, in order to reach the country’s vast rural areas.
Faultline, 30 Aug 2013

Pure Storage hoovers up $150m in funding, hires ex-Data Domain CEO

Flash array upstart Pure Storage aims to emerge from the herd and pull off a Data Domain, having secured $150m in E-round funding and hired former Data Domain head honcho Frank Slootman, who joins its board as "a key strategic advisor."
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2013
Ballmer Winodws 8 launch

Siri: 'STOP trying to strap me to your forehead. It won't work'

QuotwThis was the week when ahem colourful chief exec Steve Ballmer announced his retirement from Microsoft. The 23-year veteran Microsoftie is to leave the Windows giant with bulging pockets and love in his heart. He told employees in a heartfelt missive:
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Aug 2013

Microsoft's world channel overlord kicked sideways

Microsoft is to shunt global partner bigwig Jon Roskill sideways to make way for a new overlord of channel, Phil Sorgen, who previously managed the partner base stateside.
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2013
Candle in the dark

Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

Something for the Weekend, Sir?“Would you like to watch a film with me tonight?” Although the timing seems good – it has just gone 8pm – the offer is extraordinary. You see, in the busy Dabbs household, each member of the family works to his or her own barely compatible calendar and so it is mandatory to book in advance before any interaction can take place between husband and wife. And I do mean any. Yet here I am, on the spur of the moment, deciding to watch a film I recorded on the telly and inviting my spouse to watch it at the same time.
Alistair Dabbs, 30 Aug 2013

THE HORROR: Bloody SLAB sales slash fest forecast for 2013

Just days after chopping sales forecasts for the PC market, analysts at IDC have taken the knife to shipment estimates for fondleslabs. Around 1.7 million fewer devices are expected to find a loving home this year.
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2013
big red wheelie bin and pallet full of rubbish in London street

Amazon: OK, OK. We'll let traders flog tat more cheaply elsewhere

Amazon has agreed to stop forcing third-party traders to offer their cheapest prices on its online marketplace within the EU, Blighty's Office of Fair Trading has announced.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Aug 2013
Jack's hands remove powder from a round the wing

Vulture 2 spaceplane rises from the powdered nylon

There's mounting excitement here at the Special Project Bureau's mountaintop headquarters as we prepare to receive the parts of our Vulture 2 spaceplane.
Lester Haines, 30 Aug 2013

Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

Facebook is slurping mobile phone numbers from its users without explaining why, it has emerged.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2013
Grand Canyon in Winter

Revealed: HUNGRY frosty Arctic cleft that could eat 2 Grand Canyons

A huge mega-canyon, nearly double the length of America's Grand Canyon, has been discovered beneath a mile of ice in Greenland.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Aug 2013

Met Police spaffs £250m keeping 'ineffective' IT systems running - report

The Metropolitan Police are wasting £212m a year maintaining IT gear including a network based on a 1970s-era baggage-handling system, a damning report from the capital's assembly claims.
Gareth Corfield, 30 Aug 2013

Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

Journalists and their associates involved in the Edward Snowden NSA leaks affair followed almost unbelievably poor security practices while handling top-secret government files, according to a statement made in court by a British official today.
Lewis Page, 30 Aug 2013

Computacenter's pockets still empty – despite shiny UK biz

Computacenter (CC) has swung to a half-year loss despite reporting "excellent momentum" in the UK biz, as troublesome tech services contracts in Germany and woes in France hurt the bottom line.
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2013
Philips Compact Cassette launch 1963

Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

FeatureOn 30 August, 1963, a new bit of sound recording tech that was to change the lifestyle of millions was revealed at the Berlin Radio Show.
Bob Dormon, 30 Aug 2013

China stuffs rag in mouth of biz-rumour web ring

A Chinese clampdown on online rumour-mongers has netted 27 staff at Shui Jun Shi Wan, a firm which specialises in seeding stories across its microblogging network of 220 million followers.
Bill Ray, 30 Aug 2013
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Nasdaq blames rival NYSE Arca for 3-HOUR trading outage

The company behind the NASDAQ stock exchange has said that last week's three-hour outage was partly its own fault, but mostly the fault of rival exchange firm NYSE Arca.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Aug 2013

Ex-Windows chief Sinofsky flogs brains to Valley startups

Microsoft’s former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky is re-inventing himself in Silicon Valley as an investor and startup mentor.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Aug 2013

Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

The cleverly-designed Pressy gadget drops into the headphone socket on any Android handset, adding a button that can be linked to any action.
Bill Ray, 30 Aug 2013

Apple to accept iPhone trade-ins at US Retail Stores

With the rumored launch date of the next iPhone fast approaching, Apple on Friday began allowing iPhone owners to trade in their old handsets at the company's Apple Retail Stores in the US.
Neil McAllister, 30 Aug 2013

Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam

A mother and daughter have been jailed for over a decade apiece after pleading guilty to money laundering for an internet dating scam that persuaded the gullible that they were helping US troops in search of love.
Iain Thomson, 30 Aug 2013
Great Wall of China

Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

Given the recent revelations about mass data slurping by the NSA, we were relieved to hear that a Chinese company has begun offering a whopping 10TB of free hosting to privacy-conscious punters.
Jack Clark, 30 Aug 2013

Indian government to bar politicians from using Gmail for official business

The government of India is reportedly planning to bar its employees from using Gmail and other foreign-based email services, amid concerns over surveillance by US spy agencies.
Neil McAllister, 30 Aug 2013

Microsoft and Google unite to sue US gov't for more transparency

Microsoft is teaming up with rival Google in legal action against the US government after talks to allow the companies to tell their users if they are being spied upon broke down.
Iain Thomson, 30 Aug 2013

Microsoft takes second run at platform cloud

Microsoft is taking a second run at platform-as-a-service clouds with a set of features to be included in Windows Server 2012 R2 that may give Redmond some credible tech to take on a field flush with rivals.
Jack Clark, 30 Aug 2013

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