11th > September > 2013 Archive


Apple seeds Golden Master iOS 7 to devs, calls Sep 18 ship date

Updated Most of the attention on Apple's Tuesday event in Cupertino was focused on the company's latest iPhones, but Tim Cook & Co did have some news under their hats regarding iOS 7 and Apple's iLife and iWork suites of iOS apps, as well.
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2013

Microsoft opens Azure boffinry giveaway

After several informal schemes, Microsoft has forged an initiative to give academic researchers free access to the Windows Azure cloud.
Jack Clark, 11 Sep 2013

Declassified documents show NSA staff abused tapping, misled courts

The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has declassified 1,800 pages of documents that indicate that the NSA routinely overstepped its authority and misled oversight bodies about the surveillance of US citizens.
Iain Thomson, 11 Sep 2013

Apple quietly revives iPhone charging and syncing docks

Apple has quietly reintroduced an iPhone accessory that was discontinued when the iPhone 5 was unveiled last September: the lowly but in some quarters much-missed charging and syncing dock.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Sep 2013
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Fujitsu femto boost promises to double LTE speeds

Japanese computing giant Fujitsu has taken the wraps off new capabilities designed to combat radio interference and boost the speed of its LTE femtocells by as much as double.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Sep 2013

Google chucks code into MOOCs mix

Google has decided it will join the Open edX project, an effort to create a platform on which to host massively online open courses (MOOCs).
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2013

Beginning of the end for Cenitex

Victorian IT agency Cenitex is to become a broker of services rather than a direct provider of services, under an expression of interest released today by the state government.
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

Help us out here amateur psychologists: Linus Torvalds has just unleashed his second shouty rant in as many days. Do we need to worry, or is the moon in a particular phase that makes this kind of thing more likely? Has Portland's water supply taken a turn for the worse? Or are we simply seeing a frustrated middle aged man letting his psyche hang out?
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

New iPhones are latte-sipping inner city elitists

Not only has Apple reintroduced the “Australia tax” for its newly-launched iPhone 5 series: it turns out that LTE support doesn't include the 700 MHz bands Telstra and Optus purchased earlier this year.
James Bond submarine Lotus Esprit car

James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car sells for £550,000

The James Bond submarine car used in The Spy Who Loved Me has sold at auction in Blighty for £550,000.
Photo of Apple iPhone 5C in a range of colors

Apple's no-news Beijing event leaves it adrift in China

Updated Apple’s Beijing iPhone event on Wednesday has just ended with no new announcements for a market it desperately needs to succeed in, and prices for the new 5C higher than Americans will pay for the high-end 5S.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Sep 2013

HP dumped from Dow Jones Industrial Average

Hewlett-Packard may still pull more than a hundred billion dollars a year through the door, but that's no longer enough for the company to win a place on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, (DJIA) the venerable and prestigious basket of 30 stocks held to represent a vital sample of American listed companies.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Startup claims 1W wireless charging at 10 metres

Another company is claiming to have cracked the mysteries of wireless charging, with an outfit called Ossia saying that using the 2.4 GHz band, it can recharge devices over-the-air at distances of up to 10 metres.
Great Wall of China

China tunes out Soundcloud for a weekend

Fans of online music sharing platform Soundcloud living in China were left scratching their heads over the weekend after the site appeared to have become the latest blocked by the authorities.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Sep 2013

WAIT! Don't you dare send that ad-spaff email without 'specific' consent

Organisations need to obtain "extremely clear and specific" consent from individuals in order to conduct direct marketing to them via email or through any other form of electronic marketing message, according to new guidelines.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Sep 2013
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Virgin Media gives TiVo users access to Netflix

Virgin Media is planning to let Netflix subscribers watch the video-on-demand service through their set-top TiVo boxes.

Former staffers of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2 haul administrator to court over pay

A group of former 2e2 staff are set to discover next week at an employment tribunal how successful they've been in efforts to recover monies they claim are owed to them by administrator FTI Consulting.
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013
The French rocket contingency pose for a group shot

In pictures: El Reg hooks up with rain-lashed Spanish rocketeers

Take one muddy airfield, persistent rain and a cluster of brave souls huddled under pop-up gazebos and you've got the perfect recipe for a rocketry shindig.
Lester Haines, 11 Sep 2013
Concept of the 'Skytug' hybrid airship. Credit: Lockheed Martin

First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

Good news for airship fanciers this week, as it appears that the world's first rigid airship since the 1930s will soon take to the skies for flight trials: and better still, this ship has a new piece of technology which could actually change the existing landscape and permit the leviathans of the skies to return.
Lewis Page, 11 Sep 2013
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Let's talk about continuous delivery

Continuous delivery is defined as a process in which software development teams focus on deployment and refinement over and above any imperative to work on new features.

Microsoft's 'We want a Mac look and feel' UK director splits after seven years

Microsoft has confirmed that long-serving director Simon Aldous has left the organisation with immediate effect.
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013
Phil Bullinger

EMC pinches top Oracle engineer and Microsoft bod for Isilon

EMC's scale-out filer shipper Isilon is scaling up its organisation; Oracle's top storage SVP, Phil Bullinger, is moving from the Redwood Shores-headquartered firm to EMC subsidiary Isilon, and a Microsoftie is coming aboard as Isilon's COO.
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013

MoJ: Hey, hungry PC bods. Get ready to battle for this JUICY £200m contract

The Ministry of Justice has redrafted a tender to vet suppliers seeking to win its End User computing contract worth up to £200m over the next five years.
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013

Tell me why I don't like Moon days: Bob Geldof heads into SPAAACE

Sir Bob Geldof has dubbed himself the "first rock astronaut" after confirming that he'll be on a trip to space in 2015 with the Space Expedition Corporation.
Ther unopened box containing our Vulture 2 spaceplane

Here at last, our 3D beauty: Vulture 2 spaceplane flies in

Cue the traditional portentous drumroll, fanfare of trumpets and roar of the crowd as we announce that yesterday evening, a bloke in a white van rolled up to the door of the SPB's mountaintop headquarters bearing a big box...
Lester Haines, 11 Sep 2013

IBM offloads customer services biz for half a BEELLION DOLLARS

IBM is planning to outsource its Business Process Outsourcing customer services after last night confirming plans to offload the unit to US tech distie and BPO player Synnex for $505m.
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013
The carcass of a frozen mammoth

Cavemen innocent in MAMMOTH MURDER case: DNA evidence

Boffins have claimed that the demise of the woolly mammoth was caused by climate change, offering up an alternate theory to the premise that its spot on the human menu was to blame for the species' extinction.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Sep 2013
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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

Pic The BBC has released a teaser image for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, which will be a feature-length episode called The Day of the Doctor.
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John McAfee tweets from BEYOND THE GRAVE: Drug binge death? Not me, mate

Antivirus software wild man John McAfee has joined Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Fidel Castro, and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in receiving a premature obituary.
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2013

'800lb Fibre Channel gorilla' Brocade axes 300 staffers worldwide

SAN fabric leader and Ethernet networking wannabee Brocade is going to fire 300 people to cut costs as it realigns its resources towards data centres and software-defined networking.
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Flash floggers whip out flash cards, SSDs, unleash frantic flood of updates

While Pure Storage's $150m funding round and the WD/Virident and Cisco/Whiptail acquisitions take centre stage at the flash fairground thee's lots going on at the side stalls with Fusion-io, Intel, OCZ and sTec.
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013
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Fancy a new iPhone 5C or 5S? READ THIS or you may not get 4G data

Apple might have launched two new iPhone models on Tuesday, but it launched 10 different variants as Cupertino struggles to cope with the hugely fragmented 4G market.
Bill Ray, 11 Sep 2013

The numbers are in: EMC still ruling storage LIKE A BOSS

It's that time again: another round of IDC's quarterly storage tracker figures. The total disk storage market has gone down 5 per cent on an annual compare, dragged down by falling server sales.
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013

Brazilian TV show accuses NSA of spying on oil firm based on leaked docs

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said that if leaked NSA documents showing the US spied on her country's state-run oil firm Petrobras are "confirmed", then it must have done so for “economic and strategic” reasons rather than for "national security".
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2013


The Free Software Foundation has taken issue with fingerprint recognition in the iPhone 5S and has called on users to reject Apple’s closed system smartphones.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Sep 2013
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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

British vacuum cleaner firm Dyson is suing Samsung for "ripping off" one of its inventions for its own Motion Sync hoover.
Motorola Moto X launch invite

Googorola now shipping 100,000 Moto X phones a week... from TEXAS

Motorola is now shipping 100,000 of its flagship Moto X phones a week from its factory near Dallas, Texas.

Speaking in Tech: 'I'm not a pimp just because I wear a fedora'

Podcast Podcast It's another episode of El Reg's weekly Wednesday tech news cast, giving you the run-down on everything worth knowing about in the enterprise and consumer tech world this week. This week, co-hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela are slacking off while Ed Saipetch flies solo at CloudBeat in San Francisco, CA.
Team Register, 11 Sep 2013

Redstone scourged clean of black ink by rough passage to service-land

The first set of prelims from managed infrastructure player Redstone are out and they tell the tale of a business that is making the not-so-simple transition from old world reselling to an age when tech is bought as a service.
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

US plaintiffs can seek damages over Street View data slurp - court

A US appeals court has rejected Google's efforts to dismiss a lawsuit over the data it grabbed from Wi-Fi networks while collecting snapshots for use in its Street View program.
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Parallels pledges roll-back fix after silent 'trojan' freebie install triggers punter outrage

Parallels has promised to change the registration process of its virtualisation software for Macs after users complained that the technology introduced a "trojan-like" update functionality, intended to push a six month freebie trial of its new Access product.
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2013

Microsoft delivers baker's dozen of patches on Tuesday

Updated Another month, another Patch Tuesday from Microsoft, but this month's bundle has come up one short from the 14 promised patches last week.
Iain Thomson, 11 Sep 2013
Space Gray!

Apple ships new iPods in 'SPAAAAACE ... Gray'

Apple has quietly updated several of its iPod media players with a new color option to match its latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S.
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2013
Testing Java

Oracle ships Java 8 Developer Preview for testing, 18 months late

Oracle has shipped the Developer Preview of the much-delayed Java Development Kit (JDK) Version 8, the reference implementation of the Java SE 8 Platform.
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2013

Intel reveals new Haswell-based Chrome OS kit from old, new partners

IDF13 Intel has announced that four of its OEM partners will have new devices based on the company's new "Haswell" chips and running Google's browser-based Chrome OS on the market in time for the holiday shopping season.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Sep 2013

NIST denies it weakened its encryption standard to please the NSA

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has vehemently denied accusations that it deliberately weakened encryption standards to help the NSA's monitoring activities.
Iain Thomson, 11 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Joyless times at cloudy Joyent: CTO packs bags, heads for hills

Cofounder Jason Hoffman is resigning from his chief technology officer position at cloud computing provider Joyent.
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013

Unisys cranks Xeon mainframe oomph above legacy CMOS iron

Mainframe maker Unisys has finally done it, pushing the performance of its Xeon-based mainframes in the ClearPath Libra family, which runs its MCP operating system, above the CMOS-based legacy Libra machines, and it won't be long before its Dorado family of OS 2200 mainframes are faster on Xeon iron than on native CMOS processors, allowing Unisys to get out of the processor business completely.