15th > November > 2013 Archive
Google has defeated writers who alleged the web giant broke the law when it put extracts from millions of books online for free.
re:Invent 2013Amazon has started serving up hot clusters of PostgreSQL on its managed database service, but at a large price.
Microsoft has built a new home for its Digital Crimes Unit on its Redmond campus to bring together geeks, lawyers, forensic specialists, and law enforcement in tracking down online crooks around the world.
Ten Canadian teens face child pornography charges after allegedly trading explicit photos of young girls that they had surreptitiously saved from sexting-friendly photo-sharing service Snapchat.
Researchers have managed to store data in a qubit – a quantum computer's binary bit – and maintain it in a superposition state, where ones and zeros exist simultaneously, for 39 minutes, beating the previous record of just a few seconds.
Cisco has hosted the launch of a new “Cyber Readiness Index” and endorsed its author's belief that nations need to measure the impact of online crime if they are to understand the true impact of technology on their economies and societies.
Finnish startup Jolla has revealed when the first batch of its Sailfish OS–based smartphones will be available to customers, along with new information about what software will be on offer when the devices ship.
The fastest growing smartphone market, China and its environs, appears to prefer locally produced hardware – as strong sales have pushed Lenovo into third place in the worldwide rankings, according to the latest data from Gartner.
The Coroner in the Australian State of Victoria has suggested that cars should include kit that makes it impossible to use a mobile phone.
A Russian space boffin has claimed that astronauts could use asteroids to travel to the furthest corners of the solar system.
VMware's VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification is one of the rarest and hardest to acquire: only 124 people have ever made it through the rigorous assessment process required to attain the qualification.
A robotic cleaner delivered a damning indictment of life in Hinterstoder, Austria, on Saturday, by trundling onto a kitchen stove where it ended its days as a pile of ashes.
Taiwanese doctors have warned that men who are glued to their smartphones late into the night are at risk from suffering erectile dysfunction.
Samsung is rumoured to be working on a smartphone with a wraparound three-sided display, as the race to bring out new and exciting designs to snare punters continues unabated.
A week after the developers of popular graphics-wrangling app the GIMP bailed from SourceForge rather than endure the many odd ads it encourages, the site has responded with a scheme that makes its users the arbiters of acceptable ads.
A shed or workshop is an intensely private place where the normal rules of domesticity do not apply.
HBA and Ethernet analysis vendor Emulex has caved in to sustained activist investor pressure over its board makeup and financial discipline and given up the exec chairman’s scalp.
Security researchers have discovered a Linux backdoor that uses a covert communication protocol to disguise its presence on compromised systems.
Russian prez Vladimir Putin has been awarded a taekwondo ninth-degree black belt, which means he's now officially toppled Chuck Norris from his muscle-bound position as the hardest man on the planet.
The technical team behind Google Earth have partnered with US government boffins to produce dramatic satellite maps showing how the area of the world covered by forests has changed across the years 2000 to 2012.
Google is facing yet more gripes about its business practices in Europe, after a lobby group representing photographers and picture agencies lodged a formal complaint with competition officials in Brussels.
QuotwThis was the week when marketing for new games consoles the Xbox One and the PS4 really went into overdrive. Microsoft are hoping to steal a march on Sony by getting its Xbox out a little earlier, but hit a bit of a snag when some of the consoles went out way too early.
FeatureJohn Watkinson is an expert witness. Here he explains what it’s about and how it works as one of a number of lines of enquiry by the legal system – each requiring the same amount of rigour.
Who here has a disaster recovery plan? OK, that's most of you. How many of you have a disaster recovery plan that isn't "panic"? That's a more reasonable number.
Google will invest $80m in solar-powered plants as it keeps in mind exactly what may end up powering its data centers in future.
¡Bong!Some news events are so momentous they instantly become burned into the memory - as irreversibly as an iOS firmware upgrade. For example, I’ll never forget where I was when the Berlin Wall came down.
Three Berlin-based inventors are rattling the tin to raise funds for their Panono camera – a throwable photoglobe delivering "incredible full-spherical images".
Hapless BlackBerry has told users to update its software on their Mac OS X and Windows computers following the disclosure of a fairly serious security flaw.
The Register is issuing a call to arms after learning that the jeggings-clad, floppy-haired boybanders in One Direction, who would never hurt you girl, have decided to livestream seven hours of caterwauling the word "baby" on the very day that Whovians celebrate a half-century of The Doctor.
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Another day, another app, another incomprehensible user interface. If this was a proper piece of software running on a proper computer rather than a £500 phone, phablet or some similar pharcical phucking phanboi phondleslab, it might be possible to call up a Help menu or leaf through a manual.
Blocks and FilesEl Reg’s futorologists have looked into the data centre storage area and foresee the banishment of disk drive spindles starting within five years.
Execs and private equity backers at broadband network service provider Updata Infrastructure UK are "actively" talking to a number of third parties who they say have expressed an interest in the business.
Off-site newsThe Register has taken a billet at Google+. You can find us at http://google.com/+theregister.
A teenage computer science student from California faces a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty to hacking into the webcams of young women, among them Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf.
Botched network maintenance has been blamed for a huge crash at Saleforce’s data centres, taking out customers’ CRM and data services across the US and Europe.
BSkyB's network-level filters are now in place 10 months after it first confirmed plans to follow TalkTalk's strategy that allows subscribers to censor large lumps of the web.
EMC has issued its sales troops with a set of anti-Pure Storage battle cards – and Pure has responded with a blog heaping praise on EMC.
Two Microsoft investors have upped their stakes in the firm ahead of the exit of chief executive Steve Ballmer, who announced his retirement a few months ago.
Apple is planning to splurge a whopping $10bn on robots and other flash manufacturing tech to beef up its production process.
EMC’s XtremIO array has been launched into general availability today. Its details are as we said here and the storing of metadata in memory is key to understanding its speed.
UpdatedHP has raided Hitachi Data Systems UK and snapped up director Nick Venables to run its local storage division, following a recent shake-up of the team.
Anyone banking on those Q3 server sales bonuses to pay for that Chrimbo trip to sunnier climes better wrap up warm after a cool wind blew through the EMEA market.
A boffinry brawl is taking place over the origin of the domesticated dog, with a new study suggesting that man's best friend came from Europe, not from the Middle East or East Asia as previously thought.
Doctor Who @ 50The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver has become steadily more iconic as the years progressed. Despite disappearing in the middle of the Time Lord’s career, it’s now firmly – not to say commercially – integrated into the Doctor Who canon. So there’s no more to say on the subject, right?
Britain has a brain drain problem: it's one of the two countries whose inventors are keenest to leave home, according to a study for WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Google has updated its rinky-dink Gmail app to make it easier to navigate on Apple's fondleslabs.
The US telco regulator has told mobile firms to come up with a plan allowing customers to receive unlock codes for their phones when their contracts are up – or it will force them to comply.
The infamous Cryptolocker malware, which encrypts your computer files and demands a payment of £534 ($860) to unlock them, may have been sent to "tens of millions" of Brits, Blighty's crime-busters warned today.
DropBox is tightening up its service for businesses rather than risk getting kicked out by security-conscious CIOs.
Activist investor Starboard Value has told Compuware it should look for a buyer right now or come up with a new restructuring plan for the firm.
Number-crunching software biz Wolfram has bragged about its "most important technology project yet", aside from its Wolfram Alpha math search engine: a branded programming language.
Bigelow Aerospace, sellers of inflatable bubble habitats for infinity and beyond, is filing for an amendment to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty to allow private individuals to own sections of the Moon.
Some of the thousands of early adopters who shelled out for Sony's PlayStation 4 console, launched today in the US, have already reported mysterious system failures.
Dell has shipped a second update to its Ubuntu-powered Project Sputnik developer laptop, and its engineers have begun testing other Dell portables with an eye to offering an even more powerful Linux workstation.
Jeremy Hammond, the hacker who cracked open the database of intelligence organization Stratfor, had hoped for some leniency when he pleaded guilty to one charge of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Doctor Who @ 50As befits a show about a Time Lord, Doctor Who straddles the generations like a colossus. Even if you weren’t there in 1963, you picked up on the Doctor as some point during his travels.
AnalysisGoogle no longer understands how its "deep learning" decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos.