22nd > October > 2013 Archive

First Lavabit, now CryptoSeal pulls the plug: VPN service axed

VPN service CryptoSeal has followed Lavabit's example and shuttered its consumer service, saying its CryptoSeal Privacy service architecture would make it impossible to comply with a government order without handing over the crypto keys to its entire system.
Photo of Apple iPhone 5C in a range of colors

Americans shift gaze to cheap(ish) iPhone 5c, rest of world slurps 5s bling

The latest sales data on Apple's iPhone 5c shows that US buyers are coming round to the cheaper handset, but the rest of the world is still giving it the cold shoulder and choosing the more expensive 5s model.
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2013

Bigger, fiddly to manage: The second coming of Windows Server 2012

Review New Windows client, new Windows server seems to be the pattern; and October 18, 2013 saw the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as Windows 8.1. The R2 release is a paid-for upgrade, but uses the same CALs (Client Access Licenses) as Server 2012, mitigating the cost of transition.
Tim Anderson, 22 Oct 2013
Empty phone battery

Surface 2 MYSTERY: Haswell's here, so WHY the duff battery life?

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 fondleslabs arrive on Tuesday, bringing various improvements over the first-generation models. But one area where the new tablets still don't wow is battery life – and that's a disturbing trend for Windows devices in general, some tinkerers have found.
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2013

Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

The highly anticipated Comet ISON, which earlier this month was dubbed not "visually pleasing" by the NASA astroboffins who snapped it with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, has had its portrait taken again as it wends its way towards its rendezvous with the Sun.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Oct 2013
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New leak claim: NSA saw hole in Mexican prez's email box - and hacked it

America's relationship with its nearest southerly neighbor are frostier than before after it was claimed that in May 2010 the NSA conducted an operation dubbed Flatliquid that hacked the contents of the then-Mexican president's inbox.
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2013
Hacker baseball cap

Fraudster bought names and address from Experian, says Krebs

Brian Krebs alleges a subsidiary of data aggregator Experian was duped into selling personal information about millions of Americans by a scammer.
Close Encounters

VMware's next network virtualisation targets: ELEPHANTS and MICE

VMware's software-defined networking (SDN) Daddy Martin Casado has likened the technique to the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, not the meteor-headed-for-earth scenario of “Armageddon”.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2013
2001: A Space Odyssey

Deploying Turing to see if we have free will

Alan Turing didn't just lay the theoretical basis for modern computing and save Britain in World War Two by defeating German cryptography: one of his problems also provides a theoretical basis for understanding free will, according to MIT quantum theorist Seth Lloyd.
Artist's rendering of the concave Vdara hotel

Chinese hotel guests find data spaffed all over the internet

Chinese hotel-goers beware – newspaper reports from the Middle Kingdom claim that the personal details of thousands of guests from major hotel chains have been leaked online.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Oct 2013
Hong Kong harbour daytime

Go East! Rackspace expands public cloud to Asia

Rackspace Hosting announced the launch of its first public cloud service in Asia in Hong Kong today, allowing businesses in the region to tap the firm’s Hybrid Cloud offering for a more flexible mix-and-match approach to IT infrastructure.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Oct 2013
Jersey cow

UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

Wokingham is a town that's not famous for anything in particular. But that could be set to change after it was named the unlikely tech capital of Great Britain.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Oct 2013
HP Envy x2 Windows 8 convertible

APAC PC shipments plunge 12 PER CENT since 2012

APAC’s PC market showed some brief signs of recovery in Q3 but currency fluctuations and fuel price rises contributed to a disappointing 12 per cent year-on-year decline in shipments, according to IDC.
Phil Muncaster, 22 Oct 2013

Baldness fix from foreskin follicles

Boffins from America and the UK are claiming success in the decades-long hunt to create new hair follicles: they've successfully grown follicles in the lab, on circumcised foreskins.

Hey coders – get a sense of hUMA: AMD to free GPU from CPU slavery

AMD is to manufacture microprocessors that connect their on-board CPU and GPU components more intelligently than ever before.
Tony Smith, 22 Oct 2013

Coraid and CommVault team up, grab biz barons' backup from HP, Sepaton

Comment At IP EXPO, Coraid and CommVault were flaunting their love after partnering up on a new venture to provide scaleable data management and protection solutions for enterprise folk.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013

Web-email king Mail.ru gulps $15k fine, fights govt demand to slurp data

Internet email maestro Mail.ru is fighting the Russian government's request for its customer data.
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013

Feds charge Vietnamese suspect with slurp'n'flog of half-a-million Americans' ID data

A Vietnamese man has been charged in connection with a long-running scam involving the theft and resale of what the DoJ rather hiply refers to as the "fullz”* (personal information) of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013
George Teixeira and Ziya_Aral

Whoo-whoo. What's that sound? It's the DataCore Express passing '10k'

Storage-area-network (SAN) software supplier DataCore has, we're told, notched up 10,000 customer sites. DataCore is based in Florida and ships SANsymphony and allied SAN software products that turn standalone and clustered X86 servers and their storage into SANs.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013

Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

Brit kids are engaged in risky behaviour online, including arranging meetings with people they meet on the internet and playing games intended for older age groups, according to a new study.

SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets

Nokia World Nokia announced a rival to its new owner’s Surface RT tablets today, along with its first two phablets, aka phondleslabs, at the final Nokia World partner event in Abu Dhabi today.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Oct 2013

Motorola parcels up enterprise Wi-Fi biz amid selloff rumours

Motorola – the bit which makes money and wasn't bought by Google – is looking to offload its Wi-Fi business now that everyone and their dog is flogging access points to enterprises.
Bill Ray, 22 Oct 2013

A welcome to the Cloud OS

Training The recent release of Windows Server 2012 R2 makes it prime time for us to offer some free training around Microsoft's Cloud OS solution. You can catch it live on 14 November at 11:00 GMT.
David Gordon, 22 Oct 2013
WD Black speed boost chart

Fast is the new Black: WD gives laptops' spinning rust a new whirl

WD has bumped up the I/O speed of its Black line of desktop disk drives, with dynamic caching technology featuring in its marketing material.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
Picture by Afonso Lima

LOHAN's vital statistics splashed across fruity display

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission has just been served an extra slice of Raspberry Pi in the form of an all-singing, all-dancing balloon chase system.
Lester Haines, 22 Oct 2013
Close-up of a woman's lips, slightly pixelated as if on a CRT TV

HUMANS all come FROM AFRICA: HERPES does not lie

Many lotharios will agree that there's nothing attractive about a cold sore - but the virus behind this common affliction is proving very useful in tracing the migration patterns of early humans.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Oct 2013
Exagrid product table

Exagrid... heave: Storage troops push out range-topping dedupe box

There is a new range-topper for Exagrid's deduplicating backup to disk arrays, the EX21000E.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013

D-Link hole-prober finds 'backdoor' in Chinese wireless routers

Security researchers say they have discovered a hidden backdoor in wireless routers from Chinese hardware manufacturer Tenda.
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013

Don't lose control of those fast-breeding endpoints

Sysadmin blog So you want to know about security? Well you have come to the right place. I have been here for a while and I can tell you that outside these gates it’s full of cowboys, sharks and pirates, none of whom will hesitate to take what is yours and call it their own.
Aaron Milne, 22 Oct 2013

Beak orders Yahoo! to get on with Microsoft Search rollout in Asia

Yahoo! has been ordered by a US judge to get on with the rollout of Microsoft Search in Hong Kong and Taiwan as per their partnership deal.
Photo of Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro, with Touch Cover

Microsoft's Techdays Online: Steve Ballmer speaks

Promo Microsoft TechDays Online is a splendid opportunity for IT pros and developers to beef up on the latest developments in Microsoft client, server, cloud, system management and developer tools technologies.
David Gordon, 22 Oct 2013
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary

Ryanair boss Mike O'Leary hits Twitter: 'Nice pic. Phwoaaarr!'

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary took to Twitter yesterday in what was either the PR coup of the year or an unmitigated disaster, depending on how wily you reckon he is.
Prison window

MoJ fined £140K for EMAILING privates of 1,000 inmates

A monumentally silly clerical error led to the personal details of all the prisoners serving at HMP Cardiff being emailed to three of the inmates’ families.
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013

Ingram exec reshuffle leads to exit of UK and Italy veeps

Ingram Micro has waved goodbye to a several Euro veeps with Johan Vandenbussche and Vincenzo Baggio the victims of a top level reshuffle.
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2013
Donkey alive and well on Street View

'Donkey-tugging' EU data protection law backed by MEPs

MEPs voted for an overhaul to existing data protection laws in Europe late yesterday, after the parliament's civil liberties committee made nearly 4,000 amendments to Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding's draft bill.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Oct 2013
Evil Android

Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

Google has pulled multiple Android apps that relied on a popular mobile app library that posed a severe security risk.
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013

Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

Review Nokia's first Windows RT tablet – the 10.1in 2520 – was unveiled today, showing how wise the company was to bide its time.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Oct 2013

SAP cuts back on development of Business ByDesign software unit

SAP is halting development of its unwanted Business ByDesign hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) service and swapping to services running on its HANA systems.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2013

Nokia shows off camera gimmicks to PIMP YOUR PICCIES

Nokia World Nokia introduced some new imaging technology which allows your Facebook chums to interact and fiddle with the depth field on your photos while you do the same to theirs.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Oct 2013

Seagate: Fibre Channel? RAID? SATA? File System? All RUBBISH

Seagate is building hard disk drives with a direct Ethernet interface and object-style API access for scalable object stores, a plan which - if it works - would destroy much of the existing, typical storage stack.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013

Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids

Britain's Prime Minister has slammed Facebook after the social network appeared to have lifted its ban on users posting graphic videos of beheadings.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Oct 2013

Debt hangs heavy on Stone: Yes we make PCs. For the public sector

Stone Computers would appear to be caught between a, er, rock and a hard place: it specialises in building PCs for the public sector, both areas of industry that have fallen on hard times of late.
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2013

BBC to spaff £18 MILLION of licence fee cash... on BIG DATA

The Beeb is planing to chuck up to £18m worth of licence fee payers' cash at data analytics suppliers to work their dark arts at the corporation.
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2013

Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

Netflix's foray into original programming has paid off, with global subscriber numbers jumping past 40 million and profits quadrupling from the same period last year.

CommVault cooks up sueball-dodging data-sifting cloudy archive shifter

CommVault is now able to auto-select subsets of data to be archived in Glacier, Azure or Rackspace clouds after adding Reference Copy to its Simpana software suite.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
Isilon 3-node S200

Federal squeeze hits EMC as revenues and profits nose downwards

The US federal spending shutdown has hit EMC's results, causing declines in both revenues and profits compared to the previous quarter.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
Google 'Glass' patent application illustration

Microsoft boffins test rival 'Google Glass' geek goggles, say insiders

Microsoft is working on a competitor to Google Glass: it's apparently sourcing parts and refining designs while it waits to see if there's a market for tiny screens perched on one's nose.
Bill Ray, 22 Oct 2013

Very handy: Nokia’s DC-50 wireless-charging power brick for your mobe

Nokia World Although it didn’t merit a mention in today’s keynote at Nokia World, a new power accessory revealed today could come in very handy indeed.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Oct 2013

IBM thrusts mighty cloud erection at US gov after Amazon beds CIA spies

IBM is building a US government cloud center in Washington DC to win over public-sector tech buyers.
Jack Clark, 22 Oct 2013
Fountain pen

Keyboard fatigue? Now you can SCRAWL in Gmail and Google Docs

In an effort to make it easier to enter multilingual text into its online services, Google has added handwriting input support to Gmail and Google Docs.
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2013
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

NSA-friendly cyber-slurp law CISPA back on the table with new Senate bill

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which allows private companies to share customer information with the NSA and others in the name of cybersecurity, is back on the legislative agenda.
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2013

SanDisk coughs to powering Kaminario's SPC-1 smackdown

Surprise, surprise: Kaminario's SPC-1 topping K2 flash array used SSDs from enterprise-supplying newbie SanDisk.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

As expected, Apple refreshed its iPad lineup on Tuesday morning. Unexpectedly, it renamed its top-of-the-line 9.7-inch tablet to the iPad Air.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Oct 2013
Steve Jobs

Top architect: The TRUTH about dead Steve Jobs' new spaceship Apple HQ

Vid Apple's new spaceship-like fruit-loop-shaped headquarters in Cupertino wasn't originally planned to be circular, architect Norman Foster has revealed.
Jasper Hamill, 22 Oct 2013

While world drools over Apple, Microsoft fixes Windows RT 8.1 update

Microsoft has once again made the Windows RT 8.1 update available via the Windows Store, following an earlier boondoggle that left some owners of ARM-based Surface RT tablets unable to boot their devices.
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2013

DARPA slaps $2m on the bar for the ULTIMATE security bug SLAYER

It's a bad day for the vulnerability scanning industry: DARPA has announced a new multi-million-dollar competition to build a system that will be able to automatically analyze code, find its weak spots, and patch them against attack.
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2013

New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight

Proving yet again that there's no such thing as a secret in the tech world anymore, Apple has – as widely rumored – produced a new iPad mini with a Retina display.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Oct 2013

How do you solve a problem like MariaDB? Give it $20m ... right, Intel?

MariaDB expert SkySQL has taken on $20m in filthy valley lucre to help it build a drop-in replacement database for Oracle's MySQL.
Jack Clark, 22 Oct 2013
Telstra's 4G surfboards

Telstra launches budget ISP

Australia's dominant telco and ISP, Telstra, has quietly launched a budget service.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2013
Broke - empty pockets

Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

Apple's latest version of OS X, Mavericks, is now available at the low, low price of zero, zip, zilch. The iLife and iWorks creativity and productivity suites have also been marked down to nothing for buyers of new iOS and Mac hardware.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Oct 2013