11th > October > 2013 Archive

BlackBerry bleeding

Will BlackBerry be cherrypicked, or bought by its daddies?

BlackBerry cofounders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin have indicated that they are considering a bid to buy the struggling smartphone maker, even as analysts say that selling the company off in pieces may be a better deal for all concerned.
Neil McAllister, 11 Oct 2013

Watery asteroid discovered 150 light-years off hints at habitable worlds

A European trio of researchers has discovered a "circumstellar disk" – a corpse, in other words – of a minor planet that was about 26 per cent water.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2013

Office wage slaves face extinction at hands of ROBOTS - if bosses listen to Gartner

Analyst house Gartner is warning management that they are missing the chance to sack lots of middle-class employees and replace them with computer systems by 2020.
Iain Thomson, 11 Oct 2013

MacBook Airs in Black Screen of DEATH terror: Apple responds

MacBook Air users who faced a black display when they attempted to install Windows can breathe easier: Apple has issued a patch that should assuage their torment.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2013

Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

Facebook is binning a feature that lets people retain their anonymity on the social network.
Jack Clark, 11 Oct 2013
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Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

Microsoft has confirmed a report that it is looking into replacing cookies, which underpin the global online advertising business, with its own technology that would store all that valuable user information on Redmond's own servers.
Iain Thomson, 11 Oct 2013

Twitter revamps Android tablet app – but ONLY for Samsung 'slabs

Twitter has unveiled a new version of its mobile app designed specifically for Android devices with larger screen - but for now only Samsung fondlers will be able to use it.
Neil McAllister, 11 Oct 2013

Facebook adds Flash to up the tempo of its enormous disk-o-tech

Facebook has updated an open source tool that lets admins wring fast performance cheaply from disk-based arrays fed from PCI-e flash cards.
Jack Clark, 11 Oct 2013

Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

Turkey has taken a great step forward towards not joining the European Union after government intervention saw an asset-rich female TV presenter sacked for baring too much of her decolletage.
Lester Haines, 11 Oct 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

Electronic Frontier Foundation bails from Global Network Initiative

The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) has resigned from the Global Network Initiative (GNI), citing the presence of GNI members who co-operated with the NSA as making its ongoing involvement untenable.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Oct 2013
Dynasty Warriors 7

Spies launch hack attacks on Mongolia... to see who its friends are – report

Cyber-spies are targeting Mongolian businesses and government agencies to keep the attackers "aware" of the land-locked country's relationships with "Western influences" like the US and the European Union, according to a recent report.
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

Assange: 'I'm fond of your work, Cumberbatch, but let's leave it at that'

Quotw This was the week when billionaire Julian Robertson decided to dump all of his Apple stock because he read a biography of Steve Jobs and decided he didn't like him all that much.
Team Tsinghua, Overall Winners at the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition

Students prep for battle of wits, MIPs and watts: It's student cluster-wrestling time

SCC'13 The countdown is on. Twelve university teams are preparing for another epic battle at the student cluster-wrestling match, the SC13 Student Cluster Competition (SCC).

Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands

It's not the midges, weather or crappy nightlife to blame for driving people out of the rural Highlands – it's dodgy broadband speeds, Scottish politicians have been told.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Oct 2013
The NSA Unchained

NSA tactics no better than a CYBERCRIME GANG, says infosec'er

The NSA operates like a state-sponsored cybercrime gang using much the same tools and techniques as miscreants slinging banking trojans, one cynic has suggested.
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2013
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Samsung UK computing chief leaves for HP PC biz

HP has plugged the gap in its local printer and PC biz following the exit of channel sales director Pascal Bourguet with Samsung UK computing GM Damian Cusick, The Channel can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013

Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

Alex Salmond wasted £20,000 of public money trying to stop the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office from revealing that he'd not taken legal advice on a post-independence Scotland's eligibility for European Union membership.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Oct 2013
Night scene of bank station in central london

Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

Comment EasyDNS was the just the first of a number of global DNS operators who will be invited by a London IP crime unit to make one of their customer's domains, er, disappear. But the Canadian operator is standing firm.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2013
Fujistu palm-vein scanning mouse

Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Click and wait. Now click again.
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Oct 2013
Back of iPhone 5

Swap your old iPhone for a new one, Tim Cook tells British fanbois

Apple is reportedly planning to export its US in-store iPhone exchange scheme to the UK and allow British fanbois to swap their old Jesus Phones for shiny new ones.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Oct 2013

Leveson: My Whingers' Charter™ is PERFECT, you impudent MPs

Brian Leveson, the Wikipedia-quoting judge, stonewalled MPs looking for his opinion on press regulation on Thursday.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2013

Raspberry Picam magic: More snaps from LOHAN's fruity eye in the sky

Picture special A Sony factory in South Wales churned out its millionth Raspberry Pi this week, so we thought it would be a good moment to bring readers more from our "Pi In The Sky" camera rig, which has performed to spectacular effect during test flights for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission.
Lester Haines, 11 Oct 2013

UK.gov provider frees Microsoft partner TES from administration

Business process outsourcing firm Liberata IT Solutions, which is responsible for several large government contracts, has devoured Microsoft Gold partner Trinity Expert Systems (TES) in a pre-pack administration.
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013

ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments

In the US it is different, but in the European Union, free speech is no defence for a publication when readers make defamatory comments on its website.
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2013

Trend Micro buys Taiwanese deep packet sniffing firm

Global security firm Trend Micro, which has announced a deal to buy smaller network security firm Broadweb. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not disclosed.
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2013

Royal Mail FAIL as web brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown struggles with investor demand

Online share brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown is still struggling to cope with the massive spike in Royal Mail share dealing that brought down its trading portal this morning.
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013

Best Buy: Bring us your cowering, unwanted Microsoft Surface masses

US retail giant Best Buy is taking back unwanted Microsoft Surface tablets under a trade-in programme.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2013
Computer Chess

Computer Chess: Geek, gaming and retro-tech movie of the year

Film Review Surely no normal person would ever want to spend an hour and a half, let alone a whole weekend, in the company of beardy-weirdy 1970s computer nerds as they challenge their chess programs to beat all comers – and maybe, one day, even a human too?
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2013

YouTube turns on dormant DRM, permits official downloads

From next month the YouTube mobile app will let users download videos and keep them for 48 hours of disconnected viewing before they disappear into the DRM'd ether.
Bill Ray, 11 Oct 2013

Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

A new paper has found hitherto undiscovered rhythms in the climate. What is today regarded as random natural variability actually conforms to a “standing wave” (aka, Mexican Wave) pattern, boffins have found, meaning the climate is much more predictable than previously thought.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2013

Easily picked CD-ROM drive locks let Mexican banditos nick ATM cash

Lax security at Mexican banks has allowed cybercriminals to put their own malware-ridden CDs into ATM machines in order to gain control of the easily-compromised cash machines.
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2013

Scottish gov follows cutting-edge Italian Post Office with Win 8 trial

A small faction of IT bravehearts in the Scottish government are dabbling with Windows 8 – yes, you read that correctly – to see if Microsoft's much-maligned OS is suitable for a wider roll out.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2013

Ofcom, it's WAR! Mobe networks fire broadside over 2G spectrum pricing

The UK's mobile network operators have successfully kicked off their PR campaign against spectrum regulator Ofcom, painting themselves as surprised victims of governmental incompetence.
Bill Ray, 11 Oct 2013
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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

Google has changed its privacy policy so it can scrape user data and turn it into "social" adverts.
Jack Clark, 11 Oct 2013

GTA players get ersatz $0.5m each to make up for delayed hooker-beating fulfilment

The makers of Grand Theft Auto have apologized for teething problems in getting the online multiplayer version of the game up and running and are handing out half a million dollars of in-game currency to all players to make up for it.
Iain Thomson, 11 Oct 2013

Apple bags top Windows feature: Blue Screen Of Death arrives on iPhone 5S

Apple's latest iPhone 5s handsets are suffering "Blue Screen of Death" crashes that force folks to reboot their expensive gear.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2013

Wanna be Zuckerberg's neighbor? Tough luck, he bought the block for $30m

How much would you pay to live next door to Mark Zuckerberg? Answer: Probably not as much as Zuck himself has paid to make sure you don't live next door to him.
Neil McAllister, 11 Oct 2013

Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

The nine men and one woman who guide the growth and development of internet standards and practices have delivered a stinging rebuke to the US hegemony of the transnational "series of tubes" – and have called for its management to be wrenched away from America's grip and fully internationalized.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2013