5th > September > 2013 Archive
Apple throwing separate Chinese iPhone event
Chinese press have received an invitation to an Apple event, in Beijing, to take place just hours after the fruity phone factory does its usual thing in Cupertino.
Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear
Samsung has been showing off its entry into the smartwatch market, as well as a new Galaxy tablet and super-sized smartphone, ahead of the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show in Berlin.
Cassandra trundles into 2.0 release
The Apache Software Foundation has announced the 2.0 release of the Cassandra database, bringing with it new features for querying and transactions.
Qualcomm reveals 'Toq' smartwatch
Qualcomm has become the latest gadget manufacturer to decide a smartwatch is a jolly good idea, revealing the “Toq” to world+dog today.
myOpenID to close down for good in February 2014
MyOpenID, a major provider of open source authentication system OpenID, is set to close for good on February 1st 2014.
Bulging racks top of mind for Dell's new switch
Dell's march into every corner of the data centre continues, with the company revealing a new switch that plays nicely with the NSX software-defined networking software VMware revealed last week.
Hypersonic 'scramjet' aims for Mach 8 test flight
Queensland's SCRAMSPACE research scramjet has arrived in Norway for a test launch to be scheduled somewhere between September 15 and September 21.
Boffinry breakthrough OF THE DECADE: Teens 'influenced' by friends
Social networking turns teens into cigarette-smoking, booze-swilling party monsters, researchers have claimed.
Australia's opposition cuts funds to IT research outfit
National ICT Australia (NICTA), the IT research organisation established by a Liberal/National coalition government in 2002 may not survive the next government of that political persuasion, after the body that funds it was earmarked to have its funding cut.
Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps
TechEd AustraliaWhile Microsoft is happy with the “appification” of Windows, and prepares to go-live with Windows 8.1 on October 18, it's created a gap between present and future that could be a stumbling block for a bunch of small ISVs.
Panasonic to build Toughbook-style smartphone
Panasonic has become the latest venerable Japanese electronics giant to abandon the consumer smartphone market, with the firm set to concentrate its efforts on producing a “Toughbook” handset for business use.
Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?
TechEd AustraliaTens of thousands of words have already been written about Microsoft's purchase of Nokia, and as far as The Register can tell, none of them are getting read by the hordes of sysadmins and developers that descended on the Gold Coast for TechEd.
Gov IT write-off: Universal Credit system flushes £34m down toilet
The UK's spending watchdog has scolded the Department for Work and Pensions for so far wasting £34m of taxpayer money on its botched attempt to implement a one-dole-to-rule-them-all IT system.
Your nicked iPad now likelier than ever to show up in Mongolia
The number of laptops and tablets stolen in one country and recovered in another is on the rise.
Nasty nuke-lab data-slurper EVOLVES, now feeds off new Java hole
A piece of malware linked to attacks against governments and organisations involved in hi-tech industries such as space exploration and nuclear power has been adapted to exploit a recently uncovered Java security flaw.
Campus Party: Did it start Silicon Britain or let 5,000 geeks sleep together?
PicsThis year's Campus Party didn't hit the target of 10,000 geeks in a giant tent - but it did manage half that and showed them how to program a Raspberry Pi and overclock a PC, the nerd equivalent of ballroom dancing while on a cruise ship.
LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms
There's nothing quite like a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) backronym challenge to bring out the sniggering schoolboy in our beloved spaceplane fans.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: The mobe for CHUCK NORRIS TYPES
ReviewThe key advantage Sony’s Xperia Z has over the Samsung Galaxy S4 is its IP57-rated waterproofing.
VMware's latest trick: Virtual gyroscopes and compasses
File this one in the folder you use to contemplate the mysteries of marketing, because just a week after schlepping around 20,000 people to San Francisco and bundling them all into a room to hear about its latest and greatest wares, VMware has released three new products.
Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97
Wing Commander Ken Wallis, who soared to international fame at the controls of James Bond's Little Nellie, has died at the age of 97.
Continuous delivery: What works (and what doesn't)
The notion that we might just as well automate everything is common in the perpetually dynamic world of continuous delivery.
Dixons in talks to offload loss-making online mart PIXmania
Dixons Retail confirmed this morning it is trying to offload loss-making web bazaar PIXmania to German-listed industrial holding company mutares AG by dangling a multi-million pound dowry to fund operations.
Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks
OpinionHistory, it is said, doesn't repeat itself – there are merely echoes through time. Listening to Microsoft's $7.1bn purchase of Nokia's phone and services, you'd have certainly heard an echo – the distant grinding noise of two colliding garbage trucks reverberating down the years.
EMC rolls out next generation of hot VNX models in Milan
EMC has introduced a vast array of new gear in Milan at its “Mega Launch” under the slogan SpeedToLead. The newest kit is targeted at private, public and hybrid clouds.
It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps
AnalysisSamsung is not a great innovator, yet it’s certainly one of the world’s greatest imitators.
Hunt's 'paperless', data-pimping NHS plan gets another £240m
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed this week that Whitehall had slapped a further £240m on the pile of taxpayer cash needed for his grand plan to store and process medical records digitally.
Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft
Microsoft has said that a Washington jury had agreed with its claim that Google-owned Motorola had broken its promises to standards-setting bodies to license its standards-essential patents at fair and reasonable rates.
Australia's anti-smut internet filter blueprint lasts LESS THAN A DAY
Australia goes to the polls on Saturday to elect a new national government - but the likely winners of the election have just suffered an embarrassing reversal after a day during which they proposed, then withdrew, a plan for a national anti-smut internet filter.
When it doesn't get boring in series 8: Adaptec touts RAID RoCket fuel
Adaptec's new 12Gbit/s SAS RoC controller packs in more than double the RAID adapter speed of its older brother.
Mail.ru says 'да' to half a BILLION dollars, flogs its 14m Facebook shares
Russian internet giant Mail.ru has gotten rid of the last of its Facebook shares, making over $525m.
New online banking Trojan empties users' wallets, videos privates
Bank account-raiding Trojan Hesperbot has infected computers in UK, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Portugal, The Register has learned.
Hey, EMC. You and I are seriously falling out over this marketing crap
StoragebodWord has reached me that EMC's marketing dept may not be reacting quite so well to my previous post; yet if truth be known, I actually toned down what I really wanted to write because I wanted to ensure that people who I like and have time for didn’t catch too much flak.
FTC slaps TRENDnet with 20 years' probation over webcam spying flaw
The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with US wireless webcam manufacturer TRENDnet that will commit the firm to third-party security audits for the next 20 years, plus two years of free technical support for its customers.
Tor traffic torrent: It ain't the Syrians, it's the BOTS
The recent spike in traffic on the Tor anonymizing relay network is probably due to botnet activity rather than any recent political developments, research by Tor Project members has concluded.
iPad 5, Retina iPad mini with 'A7X' chip home for the holidays – report
Apple is readying its fifth-generation iPad for launch and is moving up the debut of its second-generation iPad mini – which will have a Retina display and will be powered by an upgraded processor – from next year to the fourth quarter of this year, if a new report by a longtime Apple-watcher is correct.
Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption
The NSA and the GCHQ have compromised much encryption used on the internet through a potent mix of technological theft, spycraft, and collaboration with major technology companies, according to new reports.
Oz government-in-waiting releases new online child protection policy
Australia's Liberal/National coalition, the right-of-centre political bloc likely to take power after Saturday's general election, has released its second "Policy to Enhance Online Safety for Children" in 24 hours, and this time it has omitted a proposed national smut filter that would have applied to every new mobile phone and internet account, with a chance to opt out.
The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth
Earth's largest volcano – and possibly the second largest volcano in the Solar System – has been discovered hiding deep beneath the waves about 1,000 miles east of Japan.