21st > October > 2013 Archive

CSIRO Parkes radio telescope

Black hole boffins close in on gravity waves

While the world looks for ways to directly observe gravity waves, boffins at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) say they've used information about the Einsteinian prediction to examine huge black holes in space.

Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

The Windows 8.1 rollout has hit more hurdles: the new version 11 of Internet Explorer that ships with the operating system does not render Google products well and is also making life difficult for users of Microsoft's own Outlook Web Access webmail product.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2013
Lego-like structures trap light

Brit boffins trap light in Lego-like lumps

It's long been known that texturing the surface of solar cells can help them retain light and get more efficient. Now, a group of researchers led by Imperial College, London, has found that nano-scale aluminium “studs” on a cell's surface can improve its light-gathering by as much as 22 percent.

US Veep's wireless heart implant disabled to stop TERRORIST HACKERS

A defibrillator fitted to US vice president Dick Cheney had its wireless functions removed in the factory, in order to ensure hackers – or terrorists – could not kill him by attacking the device.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2013

Snap-happy blogger babe posts catcalling blokes' mugshots online

A photo-blogger has plastered the mugs of creepy cat-calling men all over the interwebs.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2013
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Mark Shuttleworth labels Mir opponents 'the Open Source Tea Party'

Ubuntu Daddy Mark Shuttleworth has labelled folks who oppose Mir, the replacement for X Windows dropped from the recently-released Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, “the Open Source Tea Party”.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2013

LG's 'Chromestation' trademark grab sparks Google tie-up speculation

South Korea electronics giant LG could be set to launch new devices based on Google’s Chrome operating system after eagled-eyed industry watchers spotted the firm has begun registering several new trademarks in Australia.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Oct 2013
Evil Android

Android's defences against malicious apps dissed by security bods

Google's bold claims that Android doesn't have a malware problem and is more secure than Apple's iOS have singularly failed to convince security researchers.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2013

Apple's first iPhone now COSTS MORE than golden mobe 5S

Out-of-date "vintage" iPhones are being sold on eBay for more than £1,000 as fanbois yearn for the good old days when Apple was golden.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2013
Cloud security

Keeping your endpoint data safe: some simple precautions

Sysadmin blog People are out to get you. Your business, your users, your systems and your data all have value to someone.
Adam Fowler, 21 Oct 2013

Big Blue's storage performance badly bitten by pack of mid-range canines

IBM's storage business is shrinking and has been doing so for about four years. The third 2013 quarter's results confirm the trend, with an 11 per cent year-on-year decline to $695.5 million.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2013
Volvo car power store

Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

Volvo reckons it has a better place to locate an e-car’s power storage: in the vehicle’s body panels.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2013
Surface 2

LIVE CHAT: You, El Reg, experts chat about Win 8.1 and Surface 2

By the end of next Tuesday – 22 October – Microsoft will have played all of its Christmas cards.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2013

Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

Apple has won a crucial victory over its touchy rivals following a decision to confirm its ownership of intellectual property dubbed the "Steve Jobs patent".
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2013

Bacteria-chomping phages could kill off HOSPITAL SUPERBUGS

UK research into nature's bacteria-munching bacteriophages is to be commercialised by American biopharma company AmpliPhi. Leicester University signed an exclusive license this week with AmpliPhi, which will fund further work on combatting antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" using phage treatments.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2013

Mutant array upstart Nimble Storage slips IPO forms into SEC's postbox

Mighty mutant flash/disk array startup Nimble Storage has filed a preliminary form with the SEC announcing its intention to proceed with an IPO. The number of shares for sale and the price range haven't been decided yet – it hasn't even picked a date.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2013

Adobe hackers strike again: PR Newswire grovels to clients after latest hack'n'grab

PR Newswire has been forced to reset its clients' passwords following a security breach linked to the same hackers who smashed into Adobe earlier this month.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2013

Google stays tight-lipped on IE9 Gmail, Apps death sentence

Google seems to have U-turned on providing Gmail and Google Apps support for Microsoft customers glued to an increasingly outdated version of the ever-unpopular Internet Explorer browser.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2013

Apple accused over 'secure' iMessage encryption

A security researcher has suggested that Apple's claim that its iMessage app is spook-proof and secure does not stand up to scrutiny.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2013

Meet the 'KARDASHIAN Phone' – what Apple bods nicknamed the iPhone 5s

Apple staff referred to the flashy new gold iPhone 5s as the "Kardashian Phone" during its development, a Cupertino source has claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2013

Impending Windows XP doom breathes life into flagging PC sales

The looming death of Microsoft support for XP may finally be helping to breathe some new life into the corporate refresh cycle and lift the slumping PC market, according to those box counting fiends at IDC.
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013

Win a free pass to RSA Conference Europe

Prize draw RSA Conference 2013 opens its doors in Amsterdam on October 29: wanna go?
David Gordon, 21 Oct 2013

MPs to grill Facebook: You're going to let our teens do WHAT?

Britain's MPs are set to grill Facebook after the free content ad network confirmed last week it would modify controls on the service to allow teens to share posts and photos with a much larger audience than they had done before.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2013

Hands up, who couldn't post to Facebook today? Oh, MILLIONS of you

People have actually started doing proper work this afternoon after Facebook users complained they cannot post status updates on the social network.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2013
Grumpy cat

That's a lotta cats: 40% of YouTube vids are streamed to mobes

40 per cent of YouTube streams are being delivered to mobile devices, to Google's delight – though this could seen as a failure to get beyond blink-and-you'll-miss-it cat videos into something more profitable.
Bill Ray, 21 Oct 2013
3D printing

Want a licence to print cash? Move to 3D printing

Thought that 3D printers sales weren't going to help you buy a flashy new motor, a luxury holiday or that new pad in the country? Well think again, channel business type.
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013

Whoops! Apple drops kimono, flashes 'FREE' GarageBand for iOS7

Apple looks set to adopt a freemium* model for its App Store apps after accidentally revealing plans to give away GarageBand, its Mac OS X and iOS music production software, free of charge.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2013
Amazon Macbook air ad

Germany: We're willing to use 'instruments of TORTURE' on Amazon

Germany's antitrust regulator has accused Amazon of thrusting anticompetitive policies upon sellers using its Marketplace.

Distributing Microsoft gear in UK? You might not be for much longer

Microsoft has put out to tender its UK distribution contracts in a bid to ascertain if those already on board can be trusted to take the new services and device mantra to market.
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013

Hybrid Windows laptop-slash-tablet fails to halt toilet-bound PC market

The PC market may be in decline, but demand for hybrid laptop-cum-tablets will nearly double this year and again next, market-watcher Gartner has forecast.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2013

Facebook switches itself off and on again after GLOBAL meltdown

Facebook suffered a huge outage today that prevented millions of people from posting status updates on the giant advertising network for up to two hours.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2013
HTC Salsa

HTC chief exec to focus on designing new mobes, sticks Wang in sales etc

HTC's chief executive has delegated some of his operational duties to his company's chairwoman and co-founder so he can concentrate on reviving the firm's smartphone business.
Engineers fitting antenna heads

Crown Castle blows $4.85 BEEELLION for rights to AT&T's cell towers

Wireless infraco Crown Castle International has bought 600 cell mast sites from AT&T and secured leases on 9,100 more for $4.85bn in cash.
Bill Ray, 21 Oct 2013

Now swallow: Microsoft hands out cure for Surface RT tabs killed by Win 8.1

Microsoft has quietly released a recovery image for Surface RT tablets rendered unusable by bugs in last week's upgrade to Windows RT 8.1.
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2013
Cloud security

Mirantis: Hey guys, here's an idea - we're putting 'open' in OpenStack

OpenStack consultancy Mirantis has launched a distribution of the cloud operating system that it says is "lock-in free" – which makes us wonder just how the numerous other distributions aren't.
Jack Clark, 21 Oct 2013
Un Frog

Furious French choke on chardonnay over NSA's phone spying in France

The latest documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have the French government up in arms: the spying agency collected data on seven million calls and texts a day in the land of fine wine and cheese.
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2013

RUMBLINGS: Apple pondering 'Touch Cover keyboard' for iPads

Apple is said to have taken a page from Microsoft's less-than-successful Surface playbook and developed a keyboard cover – just like the Touch Cover for Redmond's tablet.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Oct 2013
Soylent prepared

Anti-food startup Soylent pours sugar daddies' $1.5m into its gloopy mix

Soylent, the geek-run startup that aims to defeat food by replacing all meals with a pint and a half of beige gloop, has slurped down $1.5m in filthy valley lucre.
Jack Clark, 21 Oct 2013
Dead Trigger

BlackBerry Messenger RESURRECTED for iOS, Android doodads

Lugubrious smartphone maker BlackBerry has resumed the rollout of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for iOS and Android devices, almost a full month after it yanked the code from app stores following a botched launch.
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2013

11m Chinese engulfed by 'Airpocalypse' at 4000% of safe pollution levels

Video A choking cloud of air pollution 4,000 per cent as dangerous as the World Health Organization's recommendation of daily airborne particulate exposure has virtually shut down one of northeastern China's most populous cities.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Oct 2013

If there's somethin' strange in your network 'hood. Who y'gonna call? Google's DDoS-busters

Google will shelter charities and activists from distributed denial-of-service attacks by wrapping their websites in its protection technologies.
Jack Clark, 21 Oct 2013
hands waving dollar bills in the air

VMware sucks more customers into its virtual orbit

VMware's third quarter earnings for 2013 comfortably beat analysts' estimates, driving the virty company's share price up, though there is little evidence of major spending on the company's attempt at building an Amazon-whipping cloud.
Jack Clark, 21 Oct 2013
VMSAX detail

Pure Storage plots to KILL EMC VMAX

Flash challenger Pure Storage has signaled its desire to chip away at EMC's installed base of Symmetrix VMAX, rather than getting into a drag race with other solid state contenders.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2013

Wikipedia sockpuppetry probe puts a sock in hundreds of accounts

Wikipedia has blocked or banned over 250 user accounts as it investigates "suspicious edits and sockpuppetry" – the latter being the use of fictitious identities for the express purpose of bullshitting deceiving readers, usually for commercial or promotional purposes.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Oct 2013