20th > September > 2013 Archive

Boffins: Earth will be habitable for only 1.75 BEEELLION more years

Unless we meddlesome humans – or our follow-on Earth inhabitants – muck up our planet with a nuclear holocaust, runaway greenhouse emissions, or some other ecological disaster, our 4.54-billion-year-old home should be habitable for at least the next 1.75 billion years.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Sep 2013

Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

Video Fanbois have once again queued to obtain the new iPhone in Australia, where an accident of time zones means punters willing to do without sleep can be among the very first in the world to play with Apple's latest.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2013

Microsoft hooks up with AT&T, gazes into YOUR data center

Microsoft and AT&T have announced a strategic alliance that should let punters shift workloads from their data center into AT&T's cloud and then into Windows Azure.
Jack Clark, 20 Sep 2013

Microsoft explains its new financial reporting structure – sort of

In a meeting with financial analysts on Thursday, Microsoft for the first time disclosed details of its new financial reporting structure, in light of the radical organizational restructuring that CEO Steve Ballmer announced in July.
Neil McAllister, 20 Sep 2013
Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch in its charger slash case

Qualcomm turns back hands of Toq smartwatch

Qualcomm isn't entering the smartwatch business after all.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2013
Navman S100

Brits are world's most wired drivers, says fleet tracker CEO

The United Kingdom's roads are so bad that the nation has become the world's strongest adopter of fleet management technology, says to TJ Chung, CEO of logisitics software-as-a-service (SaaS) outfit Navman Wireless.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2013

TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, aka those CAPTCHA things you see on websites, raised hackles the other month for being less-than-useful for the disabled.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2013
A photo taken with the iPhone C

First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

Apple has a weird problem. Way back in 2008 when it launched the iPhone 3G it just about nailed the spec of a great smartphone.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2013

Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

Google has reduced the price of its Quickoffice tool to nothing on Android and iOS, a move Microsoft won't appreciate.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2013

Google tries putting an NFC ring on it: Bonking will keep you SAFE

Google has started testing NFC keyrings from one-time-pad makers Yubico, with a view to offering them to ordinary punters next summer as a secure way of accessing the Google cloud.
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2013

Those vendor blog sods fog the cogs. Wish they'd slog for user bods

Storagebod Today is the fifth anniversary of the Storagebod blog. I had blogged a bit before and had commented on various posts about storage, but nearly all of them – and indeed, enterprise technology blogs in general – were aimed at vendors and resellers. The voice of the “user” was mostly missing… and so Storagebod was born.
StorageBod, 20 Sep 2013

El Reg seeks new mobile, wireless tech writer - could it be YOU?

The Register is looking for a new mobile and wireless technology correspondent to work out of our London newsroom. Realistic contenders for the job will already be thoroughly familiar with The Reg: it will be of interest however that the worldwide editorial team is currently expanding based on sound business performance.
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

Review Nokia's marketing department is comparing its new imaging champ, the Lumia 1020 smartphone, to digital SLR cameras. That's just silly.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2013
Rebuilt Bombe Bletchley Park, photo copyrighted mubsta.com

Bletchley rebooted: The crypto factory time remembered

Geek's Guide to Britain The Battle of Britain: it was won by the RAF and pilots in Hurricanes and Spitfires assisted by a new-fangled invention called radar that gave the enemy's position away.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2013
Boss Design Group VIS 100 Pod Meeting System

Sofas with a roof and Star Trek seating: The future of office furniture?

100% Design I’ve been going to the 100% Design trade show for quite a few years now and there’s always some finely crafted cubicle contraption lurking in the Office section of the event.
Bob Dormon, 20 Sep 2013
big droplets falling from rain cloud

Riverbed flows faster with refreshed cloudy Whitewater gateways

Network-polishing tech firm Riverbed is still honking away at its great Glacier front end story, with three new Whitewater cloud storage backup appliances and an operating system upgrade to WWOS v3.0.
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2013
Can't take pictures

WHY do phone cams turn me into a clumsy twat with dexterity of an elephant?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I was a little dismissive last week about the technical improvements Apple says it is introducing to the photographic capabilities of its blinged-up iChav smartphones.
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Sep 2013
Photo of Jordan Hatch - newspaper clipping about employment at GDS

iPhone 5S, iOS 7 misery: Only JORDAN HATCH, 19, can SAVE APPLE NOW

¡Bong! The searing Syrian desert sun glinted off the Kalashnikovs. It was a tense situation – and about to get a lot tenser.
Steve Bong, 20 Sep 2013
Photo of a US KitKat wrapper advertising an Android contest giveaway

Office 365 goes to work on an Android

Hands on Unlike the video editing or CAD workstation beasts that are still utterly reliant on Windows, Android is slowly evolving into a workable platform for basic productivity.
Trevor Pott, 20 Sep 2013
The components of our Vulture 2 laid out before assembly

Our sensational rocket ship Vulture 2 REVEALED: LIVE at 3pm

Cue the traditional fanfare of trumpets, because this afternoon at 3pm UK time, we'll be whipping the covers off our sensational Vulture 2 craft for the first time: so you can get an idea of just what the world's first 3D-printed, rocket-powered spaceplane looks like.
Lester Haines, 20 Sep 2013
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'Bogus IT guys' slurp £1.3m from Barclays: Cybercops cuff 8 blokes

UK police have arrested eight men after a gang fitted remote-control hardware to a Barclays bank branch computer and stole £1.3m.
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2013

Axe falls: Virgin Media plans to kill 600 management jobs

Virgin Media is shedding up to 600 management jobs in the wake of Liberty Global's takeover of the British telco.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2013
Mobile Apps

PEAK APP: After 2013, you'll NEVER again install as many – Gartner

It's peak app time, according to tech analyst Gartner, which claims the average user will never again download as many apps as they did in 2013.
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2013
Photo of smartphones running Ubuntu

Ubuntu penguins strain to squeeze out bug backlog by mobe OS deadline

Ubuntu Linux maker Canonical is rushing to finish the smartphone-friendly version of its distro for its 17 October launch.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2013
Mars Attacks!

Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

Aliens rained down on Earth from space, possibly sprinkling microbes on our once lifeless planet, according to boffins from the University of Sheffield.
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2013

One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

Exclusive A man's new iPhone 5S was stolen in Apple's flagship London store just seconds after he bought it this morning.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Sep 2013

Ex-BT boss bags £9 MILLION bye-bye bundle, moves to key gov post

BT's former boss Ian Livingston just received an extremely generous leaving present from the telecoms giant – 2.6 million shares in the company worth about £8.9m.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2013
GCHQ Benhall doughnut aerial view

Latest Snowden reveal: It was GCHQ that hacked Belgian telco giant

Leaked documents provide evidence that GCHQ planted malware in the systems of Belgacom, the largest telecommunications company in Belgium.
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek

Cook: 'We're not in the junk market segment'. Not on PRICE, anyway

QuoTW This is the week when fanbois around the world prepared for the launch of a new iPhone - and some other piece of rubbish called the 5C, though the C doesn't stand for cheap. When Tim Cook said that Apple was uninterested in the "junk business", just the day before the mobes went on sale, he was talking about price not quality.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Sep 2013
Judge Dredd

E-book him! Entire Judge Dredd back catalogue gets iDevice treatment

Dredd fans! Tharg the Mighty has added almost every single 2000AD story the future lawman has passed judgement in - well, apart from the ones that were once banned by m’learned colleagues - to the official iDevice app.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2013
Pankaj Raut shows results of iMakr 3D printing booth

Mini-Me, stop humping the 'L-A-S-E-R': New 3D tech can make a Mini-You

100% Design The way 3D printing enables ideas to move from the drawing board and become actual objects in a matter of hours has certainly inspired designers. To highlight this point, London-based 3D printer supplier iMakr appealed to visitors' egos at the 100% Design trade show in London's Earls Court this week.
Bob Dormon, 20 Sep 2013

Flash biz and virtual database chum: Our tests show we bust spinning rust

A flash array speed merchant and database virtualisation firm have got together to run a benchmark that shows their disk array brethren eating their dust.
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2013
SF9010 5-node

CloudSigma lashes cloud to colocation partners

European infrastructure-as-a-service provider CloudSigma has followed in the steps of Amazon and Microsoft to offer a direct connection between private servers in colocation facilities and its cloud.
Jack Clark, 20 Sep 2013

BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

BlackBerry surprised Wall Street by releasing its second quarter earnings early on Friday, but it was hardly the kind of surprise where a dancer jumps out of a cake.
Neil McAllister, 20 Sep 2013

Deep inside the iPhone 5s lurk a few surprises

Teardown The gleeful geeks at iFixit and ChipWorks have torn apart Apple's latest flagship iPhone, the 5s, and inside they found a lot of glue and a few surprises – including the manufacturer of the A7 processor and the source of the sensor-wrangling M7 chip that was much touted at the rollout of Apple's latest smartphones last week.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Sep 2013
Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft: Surface a failure? No, it made us STRONGER

Microsoft's Surface fondleslabs haven't been selling as well as it or its retail partners would have liked, but top execs say that building hardware in-house is an essential part of Redmond's strategy, and one that has already paid off.
Neil McAllister, 20 Sep 2013
Job cuts jpeg

Layoffs at EMC's RSA security division

RSA, the security division of EMC, has confirmed plans to restructure its business, a move than means an unspecified number of long-term staffers will be shown the door.
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2013