25th > September > 2013 Archive


Google says it's sorry for Monday's hours-long Gmail delays

Google apologized on Tuesday for a networking glitch that prevented emails from reaching many Gmail users' accounts for as much as two hours or even longer.
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2013

How long will the next NBN Co board last?

Wanted: NBN Co board members. Essential: telecommunications network rollout experience; ability to conduct a thorough review of the current NBN rollout; conduct weekly performance reviews of network rollout without interruption to operations. Desirable: willing to be dismissed at short notice.
New Century Theater advertisement during Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

NSFW A San Francisco strip club is suing Oracle after the tech goliath refused to pay a $33,540 bill allegedly racked up on the company credit card.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Sep 2013

There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

After learning that Apple's iPhone 5s was being activated by carriers at a far higher rate than the less-expensive iPhone 5c, we were curious as to how the UK compared to the US when it came to that breakdown – so we asked Localytics, the company that provided the original activation stats this Monday.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Sep 2013

Storage array giants eye up cloud rear ends – but will it end in tiers or tears?

Blocks and Files It's coming faster than we think, despite the NSA's potential effect on Western cloud sales: the idea that storage arrays could morph into cloud gateways, with traditional on-premises arrays accessing an off-site backend to store older, colder data.
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2013
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Glowing Nook knocked to under 50 quid for Xmas

Barnes & Noble will today knock a tenner off the price of its Nook SimpleTouch Glowlight e-reader, reducing the price to just under £50. It’s the latest move in the US bookseller’s attempts to battle for second place in the British ebook business.
Tony Smith, 25 Sep 2013

Fancy facing an Amazon backup beatdown on cold storage spinners?

Blocks and Files The Register's storage desk has heard that the demand for cloud archival services has grown to the point where Amazon's rivals are considering creating Glacier-like services.
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2013

Symantec appoints new EMEA veep for partners

Symantec has elevated channel veteran Mark Nutt to head up partner management across the EMEA region as it concludes its sweeping restructure which included the shedding of nearly 2,000 jobs.
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2013
three amigos movie poster + three speaking in tech podcast hosts: Greg Kniereman, Sarah Vela, Ed Saiptech

Speaking in Tech: 'Why are you talking on your iPad Mini?'

Podcast Podcast Not even customers like NASA and National Geographic can guarantee your safety as a cloudy storage biz. This week in Speaking in Tech, your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela, the three amigos of El Reg's tech-cast, talk about Nirvanix's shock implosion; whether or not stylus-waving Samsung Note 3 fans …
Team Register, 25 Sep 2013
Google Lenoir datacentre with Oracle tape libraries

Disk-pushers, get reel: Even GOOGLE relies on tape

Comment Tape has spent some time on the ropes, but now it's back in the ring. After suffering five or more years of onslaught from pro-disk fanatics drunk on disk deduplication technologies, reality has struck home. Tape is cheaper than disk*. Tape is more reliable than disk and, the killer, tape's storage capacity can go on increasing for years.
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2013

UK's Get Safe Online? 'No one cares' - run the blockbuster ads instead

The UK's Get Safe Online campaign has failed to teach Brits how to secure their computers - so says the ex top cop who established the information security awareness effort in 2004.
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2013

Revolting peasants force Wikipedia to cut'n'paste Visual Editor into the bin

Wikipedia has turned off its unpopular Visual Editor as the default text editing kit for English-language entries on its online encyclopaedia.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Sep 2013
Third Van Allen belt

Boffins explain bizarre here-one-month-gone-the-next 'third Van Allen belt'

UCLA scientists have gone some way to explaining the mysterious “third Van Allen” belt that turned up unexpectedly last August when NASA fired up its Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) to look at the radiation region that surrounds the Earth.

Look out, world! HP's found a use for Autonomy - rescuing Win XP bods

HP is offering an Autonomy-powered escape route for wannabe migrants from the dead-end of Windows XP.
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2013

Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH

The Highways Agency, tasked with looking after England's motorways, buys data on Brits' whereabouts from mobile phone networks.
Bill Ray, 25 Sep 2013

Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

Google's mission creep into more aspects of our online lives continued apace on Tuesday, after the company confirmed that it was tailoring YouTube comments to be more "relevant" to its users.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Sep 2013

Fan whips out own pair of iPhone 32Cs, 'unlocks' mobe using breasticle

SFW video A pair of fanbois in China have exposed their chests to the world in a bid to prove the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner can be tricked into accepting nipples.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Sep 2013
Virident FlashMAX II Capacity

Virident bulks up FlashMAX, but it still can't sprint

Virident has added muscle to its FlashMAX server flash card by more than doubling its capacity – but it isn't as quick as their marketing bumf wants you to believe.
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2013

Dragons' Den star's biz Outsourcery sends yet more millions up in smoke

Cloud service provider Outsourcery has released its half-year financials while talking up its business potential, quietly avoiding the fact that it has little to boast about in terms of actual performance.
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2013

Elop's enlarged package claim was a cock-up, admits Nokia chairman

Nokia's chairman has admitted he was wrong to say that CEO Stephen Elop's €18.8m (£15.6m) payoff was all very regular and run of the mill.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Sep 2013

Chinese tat bazaar Alibaba snubs Honkers, eyes up Wall St float

Chinese web marketplace Alibaba reportedly looks set to field its initial public offering in the US after it failed to secure a stock exchange listing in Hong Kong.
Team Register, 25 Sep 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Bezos dives into tech-support MONEY PIT

Vid The latest Kindle Fire HDX tablets come with a free 24/7 support hotline via video chat. Putting a human face within easy reach may just push Amazon into the never-ending money-suck that is tech support.
Bill Ray, 25 Sep 2013

EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

A web-law tutor says EasyJet threatened to stop him boarding a flight because he posted a tweet criticising the bargain-basement airline.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Sep 2013
Cirrus clouds

5 years in storage: Flash mutants, big data and (WTF is) the cloud

Over the last five years, there have certainly been a few structural changes: the wannabes and the could've-beens have mostly disappeared through acquisition or general collapse. But the big players are still the big players: EMC, HDS, HP, IBM and NetApp still pretty much dominate the industry.
StorageBod, 25 Sep 2013
Microsoft Surface tablets

Dell 'disappears' cut-price Windows XPS 10 RT tab

Dell, the last bastion of Windows RT on fondleslabs - outside of Microsoft itself - has refused to give a public seal of approval to the OS ahead of a product refresh next week.
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2013
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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3: HOT CURVES – the 'gold grill' of smartphone bling

Everything is better with a few curves. While the concavity of the Samsung-built Nexus phone failed to set the world alight, that's no reason to stop bending it like Beckham.
Bill Ray, 25 Sep 2013
Microsoft Surface

Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

Microsoft isn't done with its second round of Surface tablets, but a Mini version with an eight-inch or smaller screen and running Windows RT probably won't arrive until next year, according to the latest rumors.
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2013

HP unleashes OneView admin tool on lazy, uncooperative servers

IT admins, polish up those online gaming skills because HP is coming for your job. Again.
Jack Clark, 25 Sep 2013
T-Mobile Sprint

T-Mobile US exec mulls merger with rival Sprint

The chief finance officer of US wireless carrier T-Mobile says further consolidation in the US mobile industry is inevitable and that a merger with Sprint would make a lot of sense.
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2013
Steam coming from a boiling kettle

Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

We are halfway through a promised week of announcements from games publisher Valve, and so far it's looking interesting. On Monday the company announced its own flavor of Linux and on Wednesday it confirmed rumors that it is getting into the console industry with its own hardware.
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2013

Krebs: Lexis-Nexis, D&B and Kroll hacked

Major data aggregators have been compromised “for months”, according to prominent security blogger Brian Krebs, including Lexis-Nexis and Dun & Bradstreet.