16th > September > 2013 Archive

Photo of Apple iPhone 5C in a range of colors

Microsoft mocks Apple and new iPhones in vids it quickly pulls

Microsoft has posted and then pulled several videos in which it mocks Apple's new iPhones.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2013
Microsoft Nokia logo

In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android

Reports have emerged over the weekend that Nokia had run up research lab versions of its Lumia phones running Android, and that this was somehow linked to Microsoft's decision to finesse the Finns.
Engineers fitting antenna heads

Sloppy call data gets Telstra an ACMA wrist-slap

Telstra is on notice that its data roaming billing isn't up to scratch, courtesy the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Pimoroni Pi Hub

Google cooks web dev teaching tool for Raspberry Pi

Google has jumped aboard the Raspberry Pi badwagon, releasing an operating system called “Coder” designed to get kids into web development.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2013

Bother! Breakdown busts bloke's bold boffin-blasted briny boat balloon bid

An IT bloke hoping to fly across the Atlantic in a small boat suspended Up-style beneath a cluster of multicoloured balloons has had his dream dashed, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 16 Sep 2013

Australian pub to serve beers for bitcoin

A 107-year-old Australian pub has decided to accept the world's newest currency: Bitcoin.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2013
The daughter board

How to get a Raspberry Pi to take over your Robot House

Behold: The RaZberry is a daughter board which snaps onto a Raspberry Pi, turning it into a Z-Wave controller capable of integrating, and controlling, a home automation network though a web, or JSON, interface.
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2013

Apple named in criminal lawsuit over Premier League–streaming app

Apple has been summoned to court in Thailand for approving an app which streams UK Premier League football games to an iPhone, in breach of the exclusive contract signed by local telly firm Cable Thai Holding.
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Paypal not sure if its bargepole is long enough for crowdfunding

Paypal is considering its policy on crowdfund payments after freezing transactions on a number of mob-monetised projects.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Sep 2013
Jeremy Burton and Project Nile prototype

Exploring our way to the source of EMC's mighty VNX Nile

Blocks and Files EMC, we have a problem. Your Project Nile has exabyte-plus capacity and is built from EMC's ViPR control/data plane software and VNX arrays. Yet, the biggest VNX is the 8000 at 4.5PB capacity, about 223 times too small. What gives?
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2013
SpaceX Grasshopper

From launch to orbit: The new commercial space pioneers

Feature We all know that many 20th century prophecies of life in the new millennium never came to pass. Among them were flying cars, meals-in-a-pill and annihilation by Skynet, to name but a few. However, taking the crown of unfulfilled expectations has to be private spaceflight for business or pleasure.
Shaun Dormon, 16 Sep 2013
The LOHAN team poses with the Vulture 2

LOHAN Spanish team touches down... to prepare for lift-off

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team members touched down in Madrid last Thursday night, and after a few beers and some refreshing kip, were ready to pose for the camera before getting down to spaceplane business.
Lester Haines, 16 Sep 2013

Radioaficionados españoles: Echadnos una mano

Este lunes 16 de septiembre a las 2 de la tarde el equipo LOHAN (Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator) lanzará un globo meteorológico cerca de Piedrahita (Avila).
Lester Haines, 16 Sep 2013

OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

Opinion One of the pains of running a business is billing and cash collection, especially if your customers are big. It really doesn’t matter what you put on the quote or the invoice, they pretty much pay you when they feel like it, and 60 days is usually the quickest if you’re lucky. In effect, SMBs act in aggregate as an unwilling source of free cash for large enterprises, and there’s very little you can do about it.
Dale Vile, 16 Sep 2013

Nokia quiz: Do you know what a phablet is?

Gadget blogs and tech specialists may know what "phablet" means, but Nokia isn’t whether civilians do.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Sep 2013
The LOHAN team poses with the Vulture 2

LOHAN test flight LIVE: All the launch action

As you read this, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is preparing the test flight of our all-new custom rocket motor igniter.
Lester Haines, 16 Sep 2013

South American with a dumb phone? Think Facebook can't get to you? THINK AGAIN

Digital security outfit Gemalto has extended its SIM-based Facebook client to include Facebook Messenger, so dumbphone users can chat directly to each other as well as update each other's walls.
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2013

City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

Windows XP users in Germany’s third largest city are being offered free upgrades to Ubuntu ahead of termination of Microsoft support for the OS next Spring.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2013

How the internet turned ram-raiders into sophisticated fraudsters

Opinion Fraud and theft has always been as much of a part of the technology channel scene as fast cars and bonus time excess. But it seems the shift to electronic communications has handed the bad guys a more subtle arsenal.
Eddie Pacey, 16 Sep 2013

London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

Cleaners working on the London Underground will resort to industrial action this week in protest against the introduction of a controversial biometric clocking-in system.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Sep 2013
The ITMugs Surf for Porn mug

ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

UK telcos are continuing to work towards flicking the switch on network-level filters that will allow subscribers to block "harmful" content by the end of this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Apple's liquid-crystal screen pusher mulls $2bn IPO – report

Tokyo-based Apple supplier Japan Display is reportedly considering an initial public offering which could raise up to $2bn.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Sep 2013
Torso of male silver service water, holding tray and cloth

Do you trust your waiter? Hacked bank-card reader TEXTS your info to crims

Video A Russian-speaking man casually shows on camera how he can download a punter's bank-card details and PIN from a hacked card reader.
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2013

Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

National Security Agency director Keith Alexander apparently sold the concept of surveillance to members of Congress using an operations centre styled on the bridge of the starship Enterprise from much-loved sci-fi series Star Trek.
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2013

Juniper open sources Contrail SDN software stack

Switch and router maker Juniper Networks snapped up Contrail Systems, a startup maker of software-defined networking (SDN) software, back in December 2012 for $176m just before Contrail was to uncloak from stealth mode. Juniper outlined its SDN plans a month later, and in May released the code for beta testing. Now, the code is ready for prime time, and Juniper is announcing that it will also release the code under an open source license.

VCE plunges syringe into its channel arm, prepares to fire in a shot

The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) company will try to get entry level vBlocks shifting by relaunching a channel programme tomorrow with a fresh focus on mid-market sales partners.
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2013

Box morphs into Google Docs competitor

Document management startup Box has added a collaborative document editing technology to its product suite, taking on Microsoft's Office 365, Google Docs, and others.
Jack Clark, 16 Sep 2013

'British Bill Gates' Lynch laments HP's Autonomy 'botch-up'

Mike Lynch, once billed as Britain’s Bill Gates, has lamented the handling of his former company Autonomy, saying Hewlett-Packard fumbled the acquisition.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2013

Tokyo Apple Store staff rescue iPhone-queueing fanbois from typhoon

Japan is being lashed by a deadly typhoon that has forced a half-million people from their homes in advance of its torrential rains, but there are a handful of lucky fanbois who are riding it out in the Apple Store in Tokyo's tony Ginza district.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Sep 2013

Dev delays push ship date of Metro-ized Firefox to January 2014

The Mozilla Foundation has quietly delayed the release of the version of its Firefox browser for Windows 8's Start Screen yet again, citing slower-than-expected development.
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2013

Apple to uncloak new iPads, iMacs at October 15 event?

If you're a follower of Apple product rumors you know that the slimmest of evidence is enough to get the grapevine a-buzzing – and Monday's report that Apple is planning to hold an event on October 15 to announce new iPads, iMacs, and maybe more is as anorexic a bit of speculation as they come.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Sep 2013

Box spreads platform over enterprises

Cloudy document-sharing service Box wants its customers to slather its offering across as much of their data as possible, so the company has upgraded its technology to better embrace mobile devices and enterprise file management.
Jack Clark, 16 Sep 2013
Linux kernel development

Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor

After making headlines with its unexpectedly voluminous contributions to the Linux kernel in 2012, Microsoft has all but disappeared from the Linux development scene, according the latest report from the Linux Foundation.
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2013

Bill Gates again world's richest, tops in US for 20th straight year

Bill Gates has regained his title as World's Richest Human, and has also been named the US's wealthiest person for the 20th consecutive year.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Sep 2013
Broadcom 5G Wi-Fi 802.11ac wireless technology logo

iiNet getting ready for 802.11ac

While there might be political controversy surrounding the question of how much broadband is enough, iiNet is preparing for a near-term future in which consumer kit has to cope with multiple high-definition TV streams being distributed around a single household.

HP UK boss sent down ... under (yes, he's going to Australia)

Centuries after some of Britain's less-law-abiding sorts started settling in Australia, the good folk down under are ready to welcome another Pom to their ranks. HP UK and Ireland boss Nick Wilson is set to emigrate.
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2013