24th > September > 2013 Archive

The Sting

Firms fined $350,000 after yogurt sting uncovers review rigging

A year-long investigation by New York prosecutors has found 19 local businesses guilty of faking reviews on sites such as Google and Yelp, a practice that has now earned them over $350,000 in fines and penalties.
Iain Thomson, 24 Sep 2013
StorSimple 7010 appliance

Microsoft lures punters to hybrid storage cloud with free storage arrays

Microsoft is giving away its StorSimple arrays to customers willing to spend up big on Azure services.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Sep 2013
Flag of Republic of China

Redmond plants flag in Chinese game dev market

It seems that the rumoured relaxation of China's prohibition of foreign games consoles is inching closer to reality, with IPTV outfit BesTV joining with Microsoft to play some games.
Step into my office...

Austerity BITES: Greece ends extra hols for civil servants forced to use hated COMPUTERS

In a sign of just how hard the austere financial climate is hitting, it has been reported that the Greek government has been forced to put an end to one of its civil servants' most treasured privileges. We speak, of course, of the Hellenic Sir Humphreys' entitlement to an extra six days a year paid holiday if they are compelled to work with that frightful engine of misery, the computer.
Lewis Page, 24 Sep 2013
Malcolm Turnbull

'I shot the sheriff': Turnbull asked for NBN Co board scalps

New communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a Sydney press conference that the government specifically requested the resignation of the NBN Co board, “to give the government complete flexibility in remaking the board in light of the policy agenda.”
The QF-16

F-16 fighter converted to drone

Kids aspiring to become fighter pilots just had their hopes and dreams crushed that little bit more, after Boeing successfully converted an F-16 Fighting Falcon into a pilot-less aircraft.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Sep 2013
southampton water in Minecraft

Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

A summer intern at the UK's Ordnance Survey has pumped up the country's map data into 22-billion-block representation of Great Britain in Minecraft.
India's Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) blasts off from Satish Dawan Space Center at Sriharikota in September 2004. Pic: Indian Space Research Organisation

Report says PRISM snooped on India's space, nuclear programs

NSA spooks risk alienating yet another US ally after new documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden apparently revealed extensive surveillance of Indian domestic politics as well as the country’s nuclear and space programs.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Sep 2013
shanghai 336x191.jpg photo credit: setosupraenergy licensed under creative commons

China ready to unblock access to Facebook, Twitter et al

The Chinese government may have finally relented in allowing unfettered access to previously blocked sites such as Facebook and Twitter, but only for users within the newly-created 28km2 Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Sep 2013

LinkedIn fires back against 'hack-and-spam' US class-action sue bomb

LinkedIn senior director of litigation had to work over the weekend after a class action lawsuit was filed alleging the firm "hacks" into members email address-books before spamming out marketing emails.
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2013

Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

Analysis Friday's writedown of almost $1bn of inventory confirms the launch of BlackBerry 10 mobile OS as one of the most catastrophic of modern times. Nobody, it seems, wants BB10 in 2013.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2013

Dedupe-dedupe, dedupe-dedupe-dedupe: Flashy clients crowd around Permabit diamond

Putative OEM deduplication technology supplier Permabit could be about to land some clients, if a recent analyst's note is anything to go by.
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2013

RADIATION SNATCHED from leaky microwave ovens to power gadgets

A collaboration between universities in Tokyo and Atlanta has spawned a device for harvesting power leaked from domestic microwave ovens – turning wasted waves into free energy.
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2013
Three  UK Passports

UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

“The UK government has made a commitment to reintroduce exit checks by 2015. The Home Office will deliver on this commitment,” said the Home Office in July. Actually, it probably won’t, replied deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.
SA Mathieson, 24 Sep 2013

Tegile: Flashness in front, hardness at the back – and new software to run it

Mutant array maker Tegile has revved its software to get a more than 60 per cent speed increase. It says array IOPS have shot up from 200K to 360K with its latest release and brags it is trampling over its main rival in "customer bake-offs".
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2013
NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden

The NSA's hiring - and they want a CIVIL LIBERTIES officer

Infamous US spy agency the NSA is looking to appoint a Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer.
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2013

QLogic: Trying to squeeze MORE from Oracle RACs? Piece of cache

Wanna give your Oracle real application cluster setup a fivefold transactions-per-minute boost? Just add a flash-cached host bus adapter between the Oracle gear and its SAN, says QLogic... preferably its own.
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2013

Fandroids at pranksters' mercy: Android remote password reset now live

Android users can now lock their handsets from afar as Google enables what looks like the perfect feature for office pranksters.
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2013
Cygnus spacecraft

Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

The operators of Cygnus – a commercial unmanned spacecraft sent on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station – have been forced to delay its docking with the microgravity laboratory after they discovered a software glitch.
Team Register, 24 Sep 2013

2e2 staffers get day in court over unpaid pre-meltdown wages

Hundreds of former 2e2 UK employees will be told just days before Christmas at a Reading tribunal whether wages owed to them will be paid in full or not.
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2013

Facebook Frankenphoto morgue will store cold, dead selfies FOREVER

The term “cold storage” has something of the morgue about it. Dead bodies in refrigerated cabinets, what an image. Facebook is backing the use of a photo morgue, the use of cold storage for old pix.
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2013

App Store ratings mess: What do we like? Sigh, we dunno – fanbois

Apple's App Store has continued to display the odd glitch four days after it suspended all rankings for eight hours on Friday to allow for the smooth introduction of iOS 7.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Sep 2013

HTC staring down the barrel of a US sales ban after Nokia's patent coup

Electronic gadgets made by HTC infringed two of Nokia's patents, US officials have ruled - and it's a decision that could lead to a ban on sales in America, or at least convince HTC to cough up some royalties.
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2013

Microsoft SLASHES rewards for biz selling its kit to 100 'big fish'

Microsoft is set to slash the fees that its partners make on sales of Service Provider Licensing Agreements (SPLA) to certain large customers from January.
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2013

Robocars, backseat fun, satnav 2.0: Meet the bit of Nokia Microsoft didn't buy

Interview Nokia has sold its phone-making wing to Microsoft, heaving off the division that made it one of the most recognised brands on the planet.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2013

Apple blings up new iMac with latest Intel chips, next-gen Wi-Fi

Apple has unleashed an update of its all-in-one iMac line, which will now come with boosted Wi-Fi and a beefed-up Haswell processor.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Sep 2013

Apple TV update available after weekend tellybox-wiping snafu

Friday's update to Apple TV, which was unceremoniously pulled over the weekend following stability issues, is back again – with iTunes radio and cloudy AirPlay support.
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2013

Engine Yard loads Oracle tech into cloud platform

OpenWorld Less than a year after taking a cash injection from Oracle, platform cloud Engine Yard has announced that its technology will support the Oracle Public Cloud as a selectable infrastructure layer.
Jack Clark, 24 Sep 2013
Oracle Cloud logo

Oracle plugs OpenStack into its cloud

OpenWorld Oracle has adopted the open source OpenStack cloud technology for its upcoming public cloud service, but though the company has made many tweaks and advancements to the technology, it does not appear to have yet contributed code back to the community.
Jack Clark, 24 Sep 2013

Samsung's new image sensor promises better snaps in smaller devices

Samsung has announced a new image-sensor technology for smartphones and tablets it's calling "ISOCELL" – for "isolated cell" – that it says will improve color fidelity in low-light conditions, provide a higher dynamic range, and allow for slimmer devices.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Sep 2013

Oracle talks performance, NoSQL, 'internet of things' at MySQL Connect

OpenWorld The MySQL Connect sessions may have been just a small part of the massive Oracle OpenWorld conference that they helped kick off this year, but the message from Oracle's MySQL team is that the open source database is thriving and its community is as strong as ever, despite mounting competition.
Neil McAllister, 24 Sep 2013

Dodgy 'iMessage for Android' app deep-sixed by Google

Google has yanked an app that purported to give Android users the ability to use iMessage.

Ellison ditches own cloud keynote for billionaires' America's Cup boat race

OpenWorld Oracle OpenWorld turned into Oracle SnubWorld on Tuesday, when Larry Ellison ditched his hotly anticipated speech on Oracle's cloud strategy so that he could watch his boat race in the hugely expensive America's Cup.
Jack Clark, 24 Sep 2013

Medical apps to come under FDA scrutiny

In a move that's sure to be watched closely by medical regulators worldwide, America's Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its final regulatory guidance on regulating medical apps running on smartphones.

iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

On the heels of the release of Apple's iOS 7, the researchers at Pfeiffer Consulting – a firm whose tagline is "Quantifying the Intangible" – sought to answer one simple question: "How good is it really?"
Rik Myslewski, 24 Sep 2013

Microsoft comes through on Oracle cloud partnership

OpenWorld The Brobdingnagian growth of the Amazon cloud has forced longtime rivals Microsoft and Oracle into a substantive tech partnership.
Jack Clark, 24 Sep 2013