29th > November > 2013 Archive
Anglo-Australian cricket brawl spills over into coding clash
The British publisher behind the game Ashes Cricket 2013 has pulled the product from sale and given up on further development, blaming the Australian developer it contracted to do the job for a buggy and unplayable product.
NBNCo leak: They would say that, wouldn't they?
Fairfax Media has published a report on what it says is part of the “Blue Book”, advice from NBNCo to incoming Australian communications minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Boffins release 44-MEEELLION-star Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Anglo-Australian boffins have published a new survey of the northern sky that describes 44 million stellar objects and finds 250,000 have changed in the last 60 years.
Chinese iPhone thief returns SIM, contact list to rightful owner
A Chinese iPhone thief has gone to extraordinary lengths to atone for his crime, copying out all 1,000 address book contacts onto paper and sending them to the phone’s owner.
Microsoft wields turkey knife, slices Surface to $199 for Black Friday
The day after Thanksgiving has come to be known as Black Friday, a day on which all manner of brands drop their pants prices in order to get US punters to open their wallets.
US army bites the bullet in $50m software piracy pay-out
The US army has been forced to pay out $50 million (£30.6m) for copyright infringement after admitting it installed software on thousands of devices without forking out for it.
Swollen Reg reader recounts FALSE WIDOW spider HORROR
Our report yesterday on the inexorable spread of the false widow spider - an unwelcome immigrant to Blighty's shores which targets guinea pigs and horror-hungry newspaper editors - prompted one Reg reader to protest that the killer arachnid really does pose a threat to those unfortunate enough to cross its path.
Winner of Google's most wired Australian town award is...North Sydney?
Google has decided North Sydney is Australia's “eTown of 2013”, because it is “the region whose web-savvy small businesses are outpacing the others.”
Vietnam tightens noose on web freedoms with new decrees
Vietnam has introduced severe financial penalties in its ongoing bid to stifle web freedoms, including a fine of $US5,000 for anyone using social media to spread propaganda against the state.
ENISA wants mobes to wander freely between carriers in emergencies
The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) has floated the idea that all mobile phones should be able to roam to another network within their country of residence, in order to enhance the resilience of mobile networks.
4G networks are BIG TIME SUCK for us videogame-obsessed Brits
Brits with 4G mobile contracts are wasting more time than ever by crunching their way through content - with over a quarter of them using their gadgets to download videogames.
UK parents to splurge £3 BEELLLIIIION on kids' tech gifts at Christmas
Parents will spend over £3bn on the latest tech gadgets for their little nippers this Christmas, spoiling them absolutely rotten.
Confessions of a porn site boss: How I got it up on the 'net
NSFWGoing to a sex shop in itself can be embarrassing at the best of times, but when I knew that I was going to ask about dodgy video tapes from dubious sources, it got a whole lot worse.
Schmidt: 'Android mobes are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!'
QuoTWThis was the week when Eric Schmidt had a lot to say for himself, first posting an informative guide for all the many friends he has who've been trying to migrate from iPhones over to Android.
Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick
ArchaeologicToo few people today remember John Miller-Kirkpatrick, the enthusiastic founder, owner, manager and technical director of Bywood Electronics. He died in December 1978 at the monstrously young age of 32, less than two years before the début of the Sinclair ZX80 and the start of the UK home computing boom – for which he had helped lay the foundations.
'Neverquest' bank-robber 'ware throws the whole Trick Book at victims
A new banking trojan that its creators brag can attack “any bank in any country” has already been blamed for several thousand attempts to infect computers.
Elon Musk scrubs lucrative MONEY RING debut again on Thanksgiving
Upstart rocket firm SpaceX, founded and helmed by techbiz visionary Elon Musk, has aborted its inaugural mission to geostationary orbit for a second time.
'Schrödinger's Comet' ISON LIVES (or DOESN'T) after Thanksgiving solar roast
Global mourning for the fiery death of Comet ISON on its nearest pass to the Sun may have been a bit premature, as boffins now reckon that a small part of the space rock could have survived its brush with death.
Google in Dutch: Privacy changes BREAK data law, says Netherlands
REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE
Special ReportApple's secret deals with mobile operators are squeezing smaller companies out of the market and driving up costs even for those who don't use their products, according to Register sources across the industry.
Fancy knocking off early? Just run our fake computer crash 'virus', say admen
A jokey US ad agency recruitment campaign encouraged users to stage fake computer crashes so that they might be able to ditch work early.
Blighty's top moneymen: Hackers are SLURPING CASH direct from banks
Several UK banks have suffered actual financial losses as a result of cyber-attacks in the last six months, according to a Bank of England study.
Last 7m non-digital Brits are OUT OF LUCK: I'm OFF, says Baroness Fox
Gasps were heard in places as far from Westminster as London's Brewer Street as news spread that the government's DIGITAL CHAMPION has quit her role.
The Shoreditch STARTUP SCENE is a load of TRIPE: And that's why it's GREAT
¡Bong!I was halfway through my third plate of organic artisan offal when the idea hit me, like a lightning bolt. In a flash I instantly blue-skyed the deal that will revolutionise British business. Here’s how it happened.
Dixons selling £68k gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire iPhone for Xmas
Anyone short of ideas for the stocking filler this Christmas and with a spare £68k down the back of the sofa can look no further: it's time for a Gold iPhone from the Dixons Retail concession at Harrods.
Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas
ReviewThe Asus Transformer Book T100 looks like it’s going to be surefire hit, but not because it runs a quad-core Intel "Bay Trail" Atom processor. And not because it’s a convertible taking on tablet form or becoming and touchscreen notebook in a snap. And not because it runs Windows 8.1 and not one of the original wishy-washy versions either. Nope, the reason has to be the price of £350 (and about $299 Stateside) with a copy of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student thrown in.
Systemax's Euro tentacle set to buy ailing schools supplier RM
ExclusiveThe word sweeping through the technology channel is that big changes are afoot at education supplier RM with the parent of reseller Misco understood to be acquiring the software and services business.
UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites
Whitehall is carefully floating plans that might result in ISPs being forced to start blocking "extremist" websites.
Referee and two others charged in FA hacking probe
Three people from the Manchester area have been charged over allegations they hacked into computer systems at English football governing body, the FA.
Shouldn't we have self calibrating Y-fronts and smart bog roll by now?
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Regular readers of this column, those of you who have have suspiciously too much time on their hands on a Friday afternoon will be aware that I am a IT fraud.
Amazon Web Services opens can of whoop-AAS on as-a-service rivals
Amazon Web Services is opening up an even bigger can of whoop-ass on all of the major Platform and Infrastructure-as-a-Service rivals as the global market passed the $2.5bn mark in Q3.
Build your OWN Apple iBeacon with a Raspberry Pi
FeatureUS department store Macy’s recently said it is implementing iPhone-based tracking tech the better to encourage browsing punters to buy. Of course, Macy has chosen to pitch this as an Apple technology - figuring, presumably, iPhone owners are more receptive to inducements delivered through technology and have more cash to splash than Android fans.
DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms
Culture and Comms Minister Ed Vaizey told Parliament last night he won't announce an expiry date next month for a popular technology that everyone uses and loves: FM radio.
Our irony meter exploded: Apple moans ebook price-fixing watchdog is too EXPENSIVE
Apple has filed a court motion complaining that Michael Bromwich, the court-appointed antitrust regulator overseeing the fruity firm in the wake of its ebook price-fixing shenanigans, is too charging too much for his services.
NASA pic: DOOMED ice Comet ISON literally had snowball's chance in hell
PhotoNASA reckons only a little bit of plucky Comet ISON survived a close encounter with the Sun – and judging by this space photo, we're not surprised.
Apple snubs discounts, sprays Black Friday zombies with gift cards
Apple has dropped its practice of offering discounts on the annual shopping sales day dubbed Black Friday that paralyses the US, and is instead giving a very limited set of gift cards to purchasers of the shiny systems it wants to shift.
Aussie boffins can detect orbiting SPACE JUNK using rock gods' radiation
Scientists in Western Australia think they've cracked a way to use FM radio emissions from a youth station to track man-made garbage in low-Earth orbit. The boffins have demonstrated the technique using the International Space Station as a target.