2nd > October > 2013 Archive

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MVNO misery will be pain for Oz mobile users as well

With the departure of yet another mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) from the Australian market, it's clear that margin protection has become the next obsession of Australian carriers.

Nixed Nirvanix files for Chapter 11

Cloud storage startup Nirvanix that imploded last month, has formally admitted business defeat by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2013
Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity rover on Mars

Curiosity keeps on trucking despite government shutdown

Despite media reports to the contrary, the Curiosity rover is continuing to operate on Mars and is carrying on with its year-long trip to the base of Mount Sharp despite the US government shutdown.
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2013
Apple's retail store in the Lujiazui district of Shanghai's Pudong sector

Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

Apple has been granted a patent for the cylindrical entryway into its flagship retail store in the Lujiazui district of Shanghai's Pudong sector.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Oct 2013
Bill Gates on Australian television program Q&A

Microsoft investors push for Bill Gates defenestration: report

Three Microsoft investors that collectively own more than five per cent of the company are lobbying to fire founder Bill Gates from his role as Chairman.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Oct 2013
NIST Shutdown

Cloud is a key-management pain: NIST

The ISA's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – recently accused of collaborating with the NSA to weaken security standards – has put together a paper highlighting the key-management challenge posed by cloud computing platforms.

Boffins create bulk-process on-silicon optics

A group of researchers from MIT and the University of Boulder at Colorado say they've moved photonics a step closer to integration with both microprocessors and memory.
CERN's line mode browser renders El Reg

CERN releases retro 'Line Mode' browser

The history-conscious chaps at CERN have wound back the clock to 1992 by releasing a “line-mode browser” emulator.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Oct 2013

Pakistan in YouTube unblock rumours

Pakistani authorities could finally be ready to unblock YouTube after a year-long ban in the country following the appearance of a provocative anti-Muslim video on the site.
Phil Muncaster, 02 Oct 2013

Steve Jobs AIRBRUSHED from history by APPLE months before his death

Apple has been awarded a patent for the huge glass door and hallway that welcomes fanbois into its Shanghai shop.
Jasper Hamill, 02 Oct 2013

BlackBerry binned JV plan to become China's official mobile OS: report

Struggling BlackBerry launched a bold bid back in 2010 to corner the Chinese smartphone market through a joint venture, but despite significant interest from Beijing internal feuding in the company ended up scuppering a deal, it is claimed.
Phil Muncaster, 02 Oct 2013

Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY

Analyst outfit IDC has found fault in a new plan to “fix” broadband blackspots around Britain's rail network.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Oct 2013
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode poster

Doctor Who to land on the BIG SCREEN and in 3D in November

Doctor Who fans worldwide will all be able to enjoy the series' forthcoming 50th anniversary special at the same time, thanks to a plan that will see the program simulcast in at least 75 countries, both on TV and in cinemas.
Neil McAllister, 02 Oct 2013
Facebook data center - interior, lit up

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, 02 Oct 2013
3D Systems Cube

Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

When a technology hits the High Street, you know it's making its way into the mainstream. 3D printing isn’t there quite yet, but it’s perhaps only a step away as Dixons’ stores PC World and Currys will tomorrow start selling a consumer-oriented additive manufacturing rig online.
Tony Smith, 02 Oct 2013

Former Microsoftie in AUTOMATIC BEER MAKER funding plea

A pair of boozy ex-Microsoft employees have embarked on a mission to bring homebrewing to the masses with a machine that supposedly makes brewing a beer as easy as making an espresso.
Jasper Hamill, 02 Oct 2013

State-backed hackers: You think you're so mysterious, but you're really not – report

Nation-state driven cyber attacks often take on a distinct national or regional flavour that can uncloak their origins, according to new research by net security firm FireEye.
John Leyden, 02 Oct 2013
SpectraLogic T-Finity library

Squeezed budgets, data boom: We knew you'd be back for lovely TAPE

The last of the big independent tape library manufacturers, Spectra Logic, is defying predictions about tape's demise and posting ever-higher revenues.
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2013
WD MyCloud

WD embraces C word* and hews HDD handles from NAS kit

Western Digital is re-branding its MyBook Live line of basic NAS boxes to better stress the device’s personal cloud capabilities. So yes, from today they will be called MyCloud drives.
Tony Smith, 02 Oct 2013
Audi S3

A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

Review Network-connected cars are nothing to get overly excited about these days and, to be honest, neither are fast hatchbacks.
Alun Taylor, 02 Oct 2013

Sysadmins fail to fix NHS IT snafu, HUNDREDS of appointments cancelled

IT staff at the UK's largest health board have failed to fix a major system error that's cutting health workers off from clinical and administrative services.

Bang away – just not 'with friends', Zynga tells naughty hookups app

The sexy hookups app Bang With Friends has agreed to change its name after a legal spat with social games designer Zynga.
Jasper Hamill, 02 Oct 2013
PayPal inStore app in action

Tesco's new fondleslab winks at Apple's stealthy NFC assassin iBeacon

Analysis Tesco jumped on the tablet bandwagon yesterday with the launch of Hudl, another Android tablet. Pronounced "huddle", the decently specced fondleslab costs just £60 if you pay in Clubcard points, or £119 in coins of the realm.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Oct 2013
Photo of the KitKat mascot among the Android lawn statues

Google will barge into enterprises as IT titans squabble, Apple snoozes

Channels Forum 2013 Google is on the cusp on becoming a serious player in corporate IT, as the traditional enterprise vendors invade each other's markets and Apple folds inwards on itself.
Joe Fay, 02 Oct 2013
Azure Index

Get your mitts greasy with FREE hands-on Windows Azure training

On 10 October at 11am BST, The Register is broadcasting a live, hands-on training session on Windows Azure that you can enjoy for free from the comfort of your own chair.
David Gordon, 02 Oct 2013
Bungie's Destiny

Bungie ’bois offered ‘early’ access to post-Halo FPS Destiny

Activision is dangling a rather juicy carrot in front to gamers eager to get their mitts on Bungie Studios’ massively multiplayer online shooter Destiny: direct access to the beta test programme.
Tony Smith, 02 Oct 2013
New HP logo

HP names veteran Andy Isherwood as new UK boss - as we predicted

HP has named Andy Isherwood as the new boss of its UK and Ireland division - just as El Chan had hotly tipped.
Jasper Hamill, 02 Oct 2013

All rivers flow into the sea: Apple holds TEN PER CENT of corporate America's dosh

Apple holds just over one in ten of all corporate America's dollars, according to an analysis by ratings firm Moody's.
Jasper Hamill, 02 Oct 2013

So sad about the NSA web-spying bombshells - but think of the MONEY!

Channels Forum 2013 Claims that NSA spooks are snooping on everyone's internet connections have alarmed libertarians and digital-rights activists around the world.
Joe Fay, 02 Oct 2013

Nielsen-Twitter axis, Facebook to brief TV lords on what online gobshites think of telly

Facebook has started reporting the chatter behind TV shows to the networks broadcasting them as it searches for new ways to monetise its free content ad network.
Bill Ray, 02 Oct 2013
Marissa Mayer working from home?

Washington Post officially sold to Amazon's Bezos for quarter of a Tumblr

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos last night completed his bargain-basement takeover of the Washington Post, which he bought for $250m in cash.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Oct 2013
Thailand search

Britney-obsessed Ubuntu 13.10 DUMPS X Windows-killer Mir in desktop U-turn

The new touchscreen-friendly user-interface system promised for next desktop version of Ubuntu has been PULLED just weeks before its release.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2013
Zabriskie Point

HGST hoiks out Death Valley-proof hi-cap HDD

HGST has introduced a disk drive to stop you getting lost in Death Valley.
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2013

Twitter IPO rumour-gasm latest: Sugar daddies told to not flog shares just yet

Twitter's bankers have already been making calls to early investors in the website's fast-approaching IPO, asking them to sign a 180-day lock-up agreement by this afternoon.

Startup bags cash to float analytics over apps

Analytics startup Numerify has been pelted with VC cash for its data-slurping technology.
Jack Clark, 02 Oct 2013

In defence of defenestration: Microsoft MUST hurl Gates from the Windows

Comment Microsoft's investors are apparently sharpening their knives for company chairman Bill Gates.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2013

Beat this, cloud giants! Musk rocket flings 1TB hard drive into SPAAACE

A Canadian company has strapped a terabyte-storage box to a satellite to prove it can shift large amounts of information around the world in less than an hour.
Bill Ray, 02 Oct 2013
Dell Venue 11 Pro

Dell revives WinPho handset brand for Win 8.1 fondleslabs

Dell has revamped its tablet line-up, hoping to hook punters in - professionals in particular - with removable batteries, full-size USB ports, quad-core chippery and the revival of an old but apparently popular moniker, Venue Pro.
Tony Smith, 02 Oct 2013
Dell XPS 11

Dell ‘xpands XPS line with 'WORLD-FIRST' MEGA-RESOLUTION laptops

Dell has extended its XPS line of “prosumer” notebooks with an 11.6-in model that takes its cue from Lenovo’s Yoga tablet-cum-laptop.
Tony Smith, 02 Oct 2013

'Stupid old white people' revenge porn ban won't work, insists selfie-peddler

The governor of California has outlined plans to make revenge porn illegal - but the inventor of this online phenomenon has warned the "stupid white man" that his plan is destined to fail.
Jasper Hamill, 02 Oct 2013
Powermat BlackBerry

Wireless charging snakes' wedding of tangled alliances gets WORSE

Not content with founding the A4WP, and joining the board of the WPC, Qualcomm has now spread itself all across the various wireless power alliances by signing up to the PMA too - while Samsung sinks $4m into Qi-producing PowebyProxi, and alternatives look increasingly weak.
Bill Ray, 02 Oct 2013
Oracle ZS3-2

Oracle muscles way into seat atop the benchmark with hefty ZFS filer

Oracle has announced new cache-heavy ZFS appliances and has seized the SPC-2 benchmark top spot with one of them.
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2013

Screen grab by Google, Amazon could delay Retina iPad mini – report

When Tim Cook was Apple's COO his tight control of the supply chain was legendary in the tech industry, but now the company is reportedly facing problems sourcing the components needed for its next generation of tiny iPads.
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2013

SAP raises $650m to cram into upstarts' pockets

SAP has announced that it has raised $650m for a new venture fund to invest in startups under its subsidiary SAP Ventures.
FBI badge and gun

Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

The notorious online drug market Silk Road has been shut down by the FBI, its suspected operator arrested and charged with narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, and $3.6m worth of the bitcoin crypto-currency has been confiscated by federal agents.
Jack Clark, 02 Oct 2013

US spy court says internet firms can't report surveillance requests

The US Department of Justice has issued a formal response to requests by Google, Microsoft, and other internet companies to disclose more information about government requests for user data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. And – surprise, surprise – it's firmly against the idea.
Neil McAllister, 02 Oct 2013

Chromecast creeps further into living room with Hulu hookup

Sales of Google's $35 Chromecast dongle have been going well and should receive a further boost from a new partnership that lets iPad and Android users use the device to stream Hulu Plus video content.
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2013
Columns of coins in the cloud

Pivotal pivots with Xtreme Labs acquisition

VMware's cloudy spinoff Pivotal has acquired mobile development and consulting company Xtreme Labs for a reported $65m.
Jack Clark, 02 Oct 2013

Cray turns cluster crank with ScaleMP

Does your performance in the datacenter suffer because you don’t have enough memory to really get the job done? Do you have apps that don’t perform well on clusters, or don’t parallelize at all? If this describes you or a loved one, read on, because Cray thinks it has the solution for you.