19th > September > 2013 Archive

Google's BigQuery gets data slurping capability

Instead of having to upload stuff into the Google cloud and then feed it through to BigQuery, cloud wranglers can now stream data directly into the Chocolate Factory's analytics-as-a-service tech.
Jack Clark, 19 Sep 2013

BlackBerry's Heins readies the hatchet yet again

BlackBerry plans to make significant staffing cuts by the end of the year, sources claim, which will see the Canadian firm shed as much as 40 per cent of its total workforce.
Neil McAllister, 19 Sep 2013
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Japanese government pushes SDN out of data centre

The world's still getting a handle on what software defined networking (SDN) means for the data centre, but Japan would like to take it further. The nation's government is getting together with five of the country's big names in tech to work out what's needed to take SDN to the wide area.
Oracle engineered systems

Oracle halves cost of ExaLogic middleware platform

Oracle has halved the cost of its Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS), an offering it says is “the unique set of software components, tools, and documentation required to make the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Hardware functional and usable as a platform for Oracle's Fusion Middleware and business applications.”
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2013
Scramspace pre-launch

Mach 8 Scramjet flies but sends no data

The University of Queensland's ScramSpace hypersonic flight experiment in Norway's Andøya Rocket Range has failed to fire in its one-chance-only test flight.
Hadoop elephant

Apache Foundation embraces real time big data cruncher 'Storm'

The Apache Foundation has voted to accept the “Storm” real time data processing tool into its incubator program, the first step towards making it an official part of the Foundation's open source offerings.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2013

Google driver flees after Street View car crashes

A Google Street View car managed to crash into three other vehicles whilst out snapping pictures on the streets of Jakarta last weekend.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Sep 2013

I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future

Comment Various of the concerned intelligensia seem to be worried at present that the computers and the robots are going to come and take all our jobs. None of us will have anything to do, we'll starve and the capitalists who own the robots will end up with everything.
Tim Worstall, 19 Sep 2013

Apple brings iCloud bookmark sync to Windows

Apple today issued iOS 7, bringing with it the usual complaints of clogged networks and imperfect installs.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2013
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Korean stealth-scraper plans will turn 450 metre tower INVISIBLE

The South Korean government has given the go-ahead for the development of a 450 metre tall skyscraper with a difference – at certain points in the day it’ll be able to turn itself invisible.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Sep 2013

Windows Phone overtakes Apple's market share ... in India

Windows Phone has confounded the sceptics by beating iOS for the third consecutive quarter to take second place in the Indian smartphone market, but analysts have warned handset branding will be key to its future growth there in the wake of Microsoft’s Nokia buyout.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Sep 2013

Wizard of WOS drops screen, reveals TREELLION object storage array

Amazon might have its Glacier data archive, but Data Direct Networks, which is in the business of WOS (Web Object Scaler) wizardry, can now store a whole continental ice sheet of data with its trillion-object WOS7000 array.
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2013

Nokia Lumia 625: Quality budget 4G phone ... but where's UK's budget 4G?

Review Nokia's latest Lumia, a budget 4G smartphone, alights on an odd perch in the marketplace, where it finds itself all alone. 4G voice contracts in the UK are currently a luxury good - with luxury price tags attached.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Sep 2013
Close-up of a woman's lips, slightly pixelated as if on a CRT TV

'Kissing couple' Trojan sent to slurp fanbois' data... Syrian Electronic Army fingered

A “low risk” Mac Trojan seemingly linked to the Syrian Electronic Army has surfaced on the web.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2013

Cloud storage biz, one careful owner, six years on the clock... any takers?

Cloud storage startup Nirvanix has imploded, with Brit-based partner Aorta Cloud reacting fast in prepping a takeover to continue services for Nirvanix's customers.
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2013
Apple iOS 7

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

Review Apple's iOS 7 has come some way since its initial preview release and public unveiling back in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. Back then the focus was inevitably on the operating system’s new visual styling, and Apple does seem to have taken on board the early criticism of the new look.
Tony Smith, 19 Sep 2013

Final preview of IE11 for Windows 7 uncanned

A preview of the final build of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 has been released by Microsoft, bringing "30 per cent more speed" than any of its rival browsers when run on the OS, according to Redmond.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Sep 2013
IBM 3410 open reel tape subsystem

Tracking the history of magnetic tape: A game of noughts and crosses

Feature America began its love affair with tape following WWII, when Jack Mullin, serving in the US Army Signal Corps, dropped in on German radio broadcaster Bad Nauheim and returned home with two portable Magnetophons and 50 reels of tape.
Bob Dormon, 19 Sep 2013

IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

An IT worker has appeared in court accused of trying to have sex with a sheep outside football club Tottenham Hotspur's training ground in North London.
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2013
nTier Verde visual status

OK, we're flogging a disk array, but cut us open and we bleed TAPE – SpectraLogic

Tape library supplier SpectraLogic has quietly added a spinning rust product to its archive portfolio: the nTier Verde array.
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2013

Five reasons why you'll take your storage to the cloud

The cloud will inevitably replace all other forms of IT. The cloud is a passing fad. The cloud is good, it is bad and it is hideously ugly. The cloud is a paradigm shift that will obliterate all previous technological developments. The cloud is an iterative evolutionary augmentation of extant technologies and nothing to write home about.
Trevor Pott, 19 Sep 2013

So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

Linux supremo Linus Torvalds has jokingly admitted US spooks approached him to put a backdoor in his open-source operating system.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2013

Moving from the data centre you have - to the data centre you need

Live Reg TV Your data centres are stuck in a rut. Although 90 per cent have had an upgrade in the last three years, the data centre you have isn’t the data centre you want.
David Gordon, 19 Sep 2013

Live now: LOHAN igniter test flight

The Register's mighty Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is, as you read this, in the field preparing a second test flight of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor igniter assembly, following Monday's dramatic first attempt which ended on a Spanish mountainside following premature balloon burst.
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2013
Man wrinkles his eyes in an expression of pain, annoyance or dsicomfort

Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM

Exclusive Ever become stuck in a seemingly infinite loop of emails from colleagues hitting the "reply-all" option and asking to be removed from a mailing list containing the addresses of thousands of employees?
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Sep 2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi, bizlord who gave the world Donkey Kong, dead at 85

The man who took Nintendo from a small family business into an international megacorp has copped it, aged 85. Hiroshi Yamauchi died of pneumonia in a Japanese hospital on Thursday morning.
Bill Ray, 19 Sep 2013
Gira Digital Eye Skype video entryphone

Knock, knock. Hello, delivery person: I am this building's SKYPE OVERLORD

100% Design London’s Earl’s Court plays host to 100% Design again this week, the UK’s largest showcase event for architects, designers and manufacturers. It's not all supercool decor, furniture and lighting though, as you'll find some tech gems among the design icons too.
Bob Dormon, 19 Sep 2013
NI Traktor DJ on iOS 6

Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

Fanbois and developers have hit out at Apple after the launch of iOS 7 was dogged by problems.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Sep 2013

We saw you admire that rack: UK server sales are finally recovering

Crack open the champers, suppliers - the UK server market actually GREW in Q2, ending five consecutive quarters of misery for those left brushing the dust off their systems.
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2013
Gold iPhone 5s, in'it?

Roll up, roll up: Cash, Bitcoin and booze offered for iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner hack

Hackers have taken to crowdfunding in a bid to raise a bounty to hack the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2013

Obama Zucker-punched: 'NSA PR bungle whacked public trust in web giants'

This year's bombshell news about the NSA's global internet snooping has shattered public trust in US web giants, claims Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Sep 2013

Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended his company's strategy of sticking to the high end of the device market – read "expensive" – rather than competing at the low-cost, low-margin low end.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Sep 2013
Miner sculpture

New ransomware strain forces hapless users into becoming Bitcoin miners

Scammers are punting a strain of ransomware that puts compromised PCs to work mining Bitcoins after blocking all other activity on infected Windows computers.
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2013
Docker Red Hat

Red Hat and dotCloud team up on time-saving Linux container tech

Red Hat is working with startup dotCloud to co-develop new Linux container technology to make it easier to migrate applications from one cloud to another.
Jack Clark, 19 Sep 2013

Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft

Outgoing Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will receive compensation and bonuses totaling approximately $25.4m as he departs the company for his new position at Microsoft.
Neil McAllister, 19 Sep 2013

Apple iOS 7 remote wipe: Can it defeat the evil scrumper scourge?

The two lawmen who fired up the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative – an effort to get smartphone makers to install kill switches in their handsets – have kind words for Activation Lock, the feature of Apple's iOS 7 that allows users to remotely wipe their iDevices, and which requires their owners' Apple ID and password to be entered before the device can be reactivated.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Sep 2013