15th > October > 2013 Archive

The NSA Unchained

Snowden: NSA whacks US in the WALLET, slurps millions of contacts books

The National Security Agency is hurting the US economy with its "dragnet" surveillance, says uber-leaker Edward Snowden.
Jack Clark, 15 Oct 2013
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Yahoo! To! Switch! On! Webmail! Crypto! By! Default! Next! Year!

Following in the footsteps of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, Yahoo! has said that it will make SSL encryption the default for all users of its Yahoo! Mail service beginning in January.
Neil McAllister, 15 Oct 2013
Twente at Alice Springs

So you want to be a solar racer? You'll need a laptop and some string

World Solar Challenge On Sunday, Mark Winterbottom, Jamie Whincupp and Craig Lowndes stood on the podium after Australia's epic Bathurst 1000 race and waxed lyrical about the importance of their teams, and well they might: nobody driving against any kind of competition, whether race or challenge, goes far without their team.
Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io

Diamonds are forever POURING down on Jupiter, Saturn - boffins

Storms on Saturn and Jupiter form hailstones of pure diamond, according to a paper published for the 45th meeting of the American Astronomical Association.
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2013
KIT's fast wireless demonstration

German researchers claim 100 Gbps wireless transmission record

German researchers are claiming a world record, using a 237.5 GHz carrier and photonic mixing to achieve a 100 Gbps wireless link.

Mellanox targets Fibre Channel with 56 Gbps FDR InfiniBand

Mellanox is confidently predicting the slow death of Fibre Channel, as it rips the wrapping paper off a 56 Gbps FDR InfiniBand solution it says offers ten times faster live migration of Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machines.
Intel's Mooly Eden

Google refunds two dollars for cop jobs ad on biker website

Google will reportedly refund two Australian dollars – that's $US1.89 or £1.19 – after an ad placed by Victoria Police appeared on the website of the Mongols motorcycle club.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2013

Snowden's email provider Lavabit flows again to let users retrieve data

Lavabit, the secure email service which shut down after pressure from the US government to access customer emails, is back up for a brief window during which users can change passwords and recover lost data.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Oct 2013
Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg

Gates, Zuckerberg to deliver free coding lesson

Code.org, the organisation that believes “every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming” has signed up Microsoft Bill Gates and Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg to teach programming.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2013
Oracle's Iron Man 2 ad

Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

Oracle has popped out a white paper that may well turn some heads, because it contains robust criticism of open source software.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2013
Predator drone, credit Wikipedia

Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

An Australian university textbook rental outfit called Zookal has promised to deliver its wares by drone.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2013

Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

Two thirds of emergency calls are made from mobile phones, many of them from people who don't know where they are, and Ofcom wants to know if we should be tracking their locations.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2013

Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

The closure of nearly two thirds of Europe's gas-fired power generation facilities by 2016 will lead to regional price hikes and make outages inevitable, Cap Gemini has warned.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2013

I'll call for UK law shakeup to cuff global web crime lords - new top cyber cop

The head of the computer security branch of Blighty's new National Crime Agency has said British laws need to be improved in order to combat today's online criminals.
Apple's new Cupertino campus - rendering

PLEASE let us build Fruit Loop Central, Apple begs Cupertino City

Apple has launched a last-minute charm offensive in Cupertino ahead of a council vote which will decide whether it can build a super-massive “fruit loop” headquarters in the city.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Oct 2013

Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

Analysis The lovely thing about this year's Nobel Prize in Economics is that it entirely borks the case for a Robin Hood Tax - a levy on the financial sector's transactions, in other words.
Tim Worstall, 15 Oct 2013

Now that's real science: CYBORG MONKEYS with PROSTHETIC ARMS

Exciting news on various important science and tech beats today, as we learn that boffins have achieved breakthroughs in the allied fields of brain-chipped monkeys, robotics and cybernetics. To wit, they have been working out how to equip monkeys wielding robot arms with a sense of touch.
Lewis Page, 15 Oct 2013

Assange: 'Ecuadorian embassy staff are like my family'

Julian Assange has said that the folks at the Ecuadorian embassy in London he currently calls home are like a family to him and he gets lots of visits from very silly people celebrity supporters.
Team Register, 15 Oct 2013

Will you strap on a Google KitKat 4.4 smartwatch this month?

Android could be landing on wrists in its latest incarnation as a smartwatch in just two weeks.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Oct 2013

CEO of Brit fashion bods Burberry lands Apple job for retail, online sales

Apple has drafted in the CEO of high-end Brit faux tartan fashion label Burberry to head up its global retail and online sales biz – a newly created position.
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013

WhatsApp crypto snafu drops trou on users' privates

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp came for criticism over the robustness of its cryptography last week after a fix for a January security snafu was slammed for not being robust enough.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2013

Twitter sets up BEELLION-DOLLAR credit line ahead of IPO

Twitter has set up a billion-dollar loan ahead of its initial public offering from a group of big banks.

Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

Yahoo! Mail's redesign has not gone over well with users, who are miffed at the Purple Palace's axing of features like tabs and changing how folders work.
HGST MegaScale

HGST pushes out bulk storage spinner with 5 power-sipping settings

HGST has produced a bulk storage disk drive that sips power like a miser. It is for the bulk storage of cool data and has five power-using states.
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2013

Expensive blingo-rama iPhone 5S OUTSELLS cheapo-plastic 5C

Apple has sold twice as many units of its golden iPhone 5S as it has of its fruit-flavoured iPhone 5C, according to a research firm.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Oct 2013
spiders crawl through tunnel of binary numbers

Juniper boosts MX capacity and scale to handle mobile data deluge

Hard on the heels of an expanded development agreement with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) that will see the two companies cooperate on mobile backhaul, encryption, and network address translation (NAT), Juniper Networks has announced a slew of new kit targeting carrier and service provider customers of its MX-series kit.
Targeted Spam

Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

Twitter has handed spammers the ability to bombard anyone they choose to follow with direct messages.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Oct 2013

BBC's Clangers returns in £5m 'New Age' remake

The BBC is to remake the classic children's animation programme The Clangers as a hi-tech production with environmental politics at the fore.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2013
Cannabis leaves

Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

The non-hallucinogenic parts of cannabis seem to be potentially highly effective anti-cancer drugs, according to a new study.
Lewis Page, 15 Oct 2013

Google's latest ad push gives LONE LAWMAKER the creeps

Google faces little opposition to its plans to plaster ads with user profile names and photos since it announced the move late last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Oct 2013

EasyJet website crashes and burns

Barrel-scraping orange airline easyJet is apologising to customers over a "technical" error that has brought down its website worldwide, preventing punters from booking flights or checking in online.
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013
Clash of Clans

SoftBank and GungHo swallow half of Finnish mobile gaming firm

Japan's SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment have teamed up to take a controlling stake in Finnish mobile gaming firm Supercell for $1.5bn.

OFT probe: Do small UK firms get fair shake in public sector tenders?

Armed with data provided from suppliers and public sector IT bods, the Office of Fair Trading will now launch a probe into the state of the government tech landscape and whether SMEs are getting a fair share.
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013
Spectrum Oyster Card holder

Hong Kong underground gets pay-by-bonk

The Octopus card, used to pay for tubes, buses, ferries and trams in Hong Kong, is now available as an NFC app for download onto an operator SIM, making pay-by-bonk a reality in the Chinese administrative area.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2013

Twitteratti at NetApp event spill guts over FlashRay's innards

Tweets from a NetApp Insight briefing event showed the company is preparing a replicating, deduping, clustering FlashRay iteration, complete with Glacier-targeting for StorageGRID.
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2013
VMware logo

VMware guzzles 'desktop-as-a-service' firm Desktone

VMware has slurped Desktone to add another "as-a-service" offering to its catalogue of virtualisation software.

Apple's Oct 22 WORLD-SHAKING San Fran party: New iPads or what?

Apple has confirmed rumours of a product rollout event on October 22 in San Francisco, sending invites to lucky journalists this Tuesday morning.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Oct 2013
Fusion-io ioControl v3

Fusion-io flogs mutant array, souped-up software to small biz

Fusion-io has built a hybrid flash and disk drive array, targeted at SMEs, with souped-up software for putting hot data in flash.
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2013

Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out

Security researchers are raising funds to conduct an independent audit of TrueCrypt, the popular disk encryption utility.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2013

Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

Hollywood could slash piracy rates by simply making its content easily and legally available, rather than trying legal and technological hacks to sustain its current business model.
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Intel slumps into mud despite lobbing Internet-of-Things, etc at buyers

Intel has reported modest growth in its financial results for the third quarter of 2013 over the previous three months.
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2013

Is that a failed Outlook security update in your pocket or are you pleased to phish me?

Web criminals have fired off Patch Tuesday-themed phishing emails to trick confused users into handing over their login details.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2013
Malcolm Turnbull

Cabinet to be targeted with pro-FTTP ads

With $AUD44,513 in the crowdfunded kitty, the campaigners who plan to buy ads in Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's local newspaper are now planning a wider assault on politicians' eyeballs.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2013

Telstra plans to keep hands on government BEEELIONS

Telstra has assured shareholders that having gotten one hand on an $11 billion (net present value) payment from the government, the cash will have to be pried from its cold, dead fingers.
David Miranda and Glenn Greenwald

Snowden's pal Greenwald QUITS Guardian to launch hush-hush news rival

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who made Edward Snowden a household name, has announced that he is leaving his job at the Guardian to launch what he describes as a "momentous new venture."
Neil McAllister, 15 Oct 2013

Run a server on your Gb/s Google Fiber? OK, fine, fine ... maybe a small one

In an apparent capitulation to net neutrality supporters, Google has quietly loosened the terms of service of its Google Fiber broadband network to allow customers to run personal servers in some cases.
Neil McAllister, 15 Oct 2013
Steve Jobs, intrepid stiff-upper-lipped British aviator

Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

Steve Jobs was a sex-mad bully who believed he was a World War II fighter pilot in a previous life, an ex-girlfriend has claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Oct 2013
Sony SmartWatch

Give it a wrist, fellas: Sony's back with $200 Android Smartwatch 2

Sony has revealed its second-generation attempt at kickstarting a smartwatch market: a $200 Android-powered wrist-computer.
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2013