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Class Zero Attack
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Nexus phones carry SMS crash bug vuln

A Romanian security researcher has published a vulnerability that allows someone to crash a remote Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 phone – by sending them a crafted “Class 0” text message.
Our Playmobil figure innocently tweeting away at his computer
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Vodafone Iceland Björked after Turkish hacker pinches passwords

Vodafone Iceland has been hacked and 77,000 customer records spaffed across the internet.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2013
An Amazon Prime Air drone

Amazon floats 'Prime Air' drone delivery plan

Hot from The Reg's department of perhaps-a-bit-too-obediently-reporting-the-tech-titans comes news that Amazon.com has floated a plan to deliver goods by un-manned aerial vehicle.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2013
Cellular basestation antenna

Climate change makes phones obsolete: ITU

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has unintentionally weighed into all sorts of debates with a report stating that broadcasting trumps telephony during emergencies.
Shimzu plan for Lunar power

Solar enthusiasts rays idea of 'leccy farms on MOON, drones

Ever since the Golden Age era of science fiction, space-based power stations have been an object of desire for lovers of the future – but they haven't eventuated, so a Yorkshire-based outfit wants to try droning its solar panels at the more manageable 15,000 metres altitude.

Chester Cathedral smites net in Wi-Fi SMUT OUTRAGE

Chester Cathedral has pulled the plug on its free Wi-Fi service after a fearless Chester Chronicle investigation revealed visitors could tap unhindered into online porn.
Lester Haines, 02 Dec 2013
Jade Rabbit or Yutu lunar rover

China's Jade Rabbit takes great hop for mankind

China’s first lunar rover, dubbed Yutu or "Jade Rabbit", has finally left the hutch today as part of the Chang’e 3 mission to become the first Moon landing probe sent up by the People’s Republic.
Phil Muncaster, 02 Dec 2013
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Half of all mobes sold in South-East Asia are now smart

Over half of all mobile phones sold in south-east Asia are now smartphones, as punters trade their feature phones in for low-cost, mainly Android-based handsets, in ever greater numbers this year.
Phil Muncaster, 02 Dec 2013

Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

Yule picture special It's that time of year again when whining children and relentless TV advertising attempt to persuade honest, hard-working folk to empty their wallets, hammer their credits cards and reduce themselves to penury in a glorious Yule orgy of unfettered capitalism.
Lester Haines, 02 Dec 2013
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Your browser may be up to date: But what about the PLUGINS?

Two in five (39 per cent) of computers submitted for testing to a free browser security test from Qualys were affected by critical vulnerabilities, mostly related to browser plug-ins.
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2013
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Meet the cluster teams: Can Slippery Rock or Sun Devils burn?

HPC blog Here's an up close and personal look at two of the four teams that competed in the SC13 Commodity Track Cluster Competition. These teams could build anything their hearts desired as long as the total cost was less than $2,500 (US).

Confessions of a porn site boss: How the net porn industry flopped

NSFW It was the year 2000, and porn on VHS cassettes was so last decade. Now anyone could get any type of porn without the embarrassment of having to go into a seedy sex shop, thanks to the internet.
Anonymous, 02 Dec 2013
Screen of Damon's DDOS attach

I thought I was being DDOSed. Turns out I'm not that important...

Opinion Stuck at home with man-flu (well, a grotty man-cold) I noticed a couple of days ago that I could not send outgoing mail because my mail server was refusing connections. Even from me.

EC trade secrets plans: Infringing kit may be DESTROYED by order

Courts could order companies that infringe rivals' trade secrets to destroy goods developed using that know-how and pay damages under new laws proposed by the European Commission.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Dec 2013
Emanuel Loertscher, photo: IBM Research

Inside IBM's vomit-inducing, noise-free future chip lab

There’s a bunker inside IBM Research's labs in Zurich which will make you want to throw up - at least according to its architect.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2013

Big data minnow swallowed by security player Accumuli

AIM-listed specialist security player Accumuli has coughed £1.9m for small Bracknell-based big data analytics reseller and integrator EQUALIS, it confirmed to the City today.
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2013

MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

Eight MPs are backing a call in Blighty for Christmas shoppers to boycott the convenience haven of Amazon after its aggressive tax avoidance regime in the country.

Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

Windows 7 beat Windows 8.x in trench-war battle for growing market share in November.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2013
REID index

Keeping warm in winter the el Reg way: Setting a NAS box ON FIRE

Hardware Test Hardware reviews are typically boring, tedious affairs with a fairly predictable outcome: someone sends you a minor iteration of a product and you verify that it behaves as expected. Every now and again, however, someone makes a claim so outrageous that you simply must test whether or not it's true. Such is the case with the ioSafe 214 (nee ioSafe N2).

Firewall-floggers in FLAMING MESS: Where'd our mystery margin go?

Opinion If you work in the fields of technology distribution, services and resale, you'll surely hear about cloud, mobile, social and virtual more than anything else. However, it is the changing patterns in security spending that are perhaps most dramatically re-shaping our businesses.
ProphetStor Federator
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FalconStor flyaways Chen and the Liu Tan clan uncloak new biz

FalconStor exiles have started up a storage federating business called ProphetStor and aim to get OpenStack cloud providers federating legacy arrays and commodity servers into virtualised pools of block storage that cost far less than traditional arrays.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2013
Comet ISON (Credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona)

Fun-killing fireshow-flunking ZOMBIE COMET ISON only LOOKED alive

The images that appeared to capture the resurrection of Comet ISON have turned out to be nothing more than a few snaps of the space rock's ghost, as it has continued to fade from view.
Steve Ballmer and Tony Bates

Brit-boy Bates is Silicon Valley's pick for Microsoft's CEO

Comment Could a Briton end up running quintessential American multinational Microsoft, the world’s largest software company?
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2013
Motorola Moto G

Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

Review Regular readers of my phone reviews for El Reg will be well aware that I like cheap devices.
Alun Taylor, 02 Dec 2013
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Dimension Data tables bid to swallow global services biz NextiraOne

NTT-owned Dimension Data has tabled a bid for comms and networking reseller NextiraOne in a deal that is currently awaiting approval by the European Commission's Merger & Acquisitions office.
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2013
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Fancy Kim Kardashian's ... nose? 3D bio-printing boffin can help

Wrinkle up your nostrils and ask yourself if you like your nose... Well, in the not-too-distant future you might be able to 3D print yourself a new one.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2013
Cat 5 cable

Akamai to gobble down Prolexic for its enterprise DDoS defences

Content delivery and security services firm Akamai has announced its plans to slurp Prolexic, a cloud security outfit, for $370m.

French court: Google, Microsoft en ami must say 'au revoir' to pirates

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! have been told by France's High Court to prevent netizens from using their portals to search for 16 video-streaming websites.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Dec 2013
High-altitude snap from Dave Akerman's Cloud 7 payload

What lies beneath Microsoft's Cloud OS?

Analysis Microsoft has a new branding exercise for you called Cloud OS, and for the first time in a while I am on board with the idea.
Trevor Pott, 02 Dec 2013
Facebook data center - server racks

How your data loss prevention plan is killing your business

Analysis Are enterprises asking the right questions about data and its storage?
Charles Brett, 02 Dec 2013

US Justice Department on Microsoft's Nokia acquisition: 'Go for it'

The US Department of Justice has given its approval to Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia. The next step in the deal's finalization will up to the EU, which has said that it will issue its decision this Wednesday.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Dec 2013

Top comet-watcher pens ISON's emotional obituary

Comet-connoisseur Karl Battams of the Naval Research Laboratory has released a heartfelt – and more than a little tongue-in-cheek – eulogy for Comet C/2012 S1, aka ISON, which suffered a fiery death last Thursday when it was roasted, toasted, melted, and smelted by our merciless Sun.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Dec 2013
An Amazon Prime Air drone

Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

Analysis Amazon's plan to use semi-autonomous drones to offer fast delivery of superfluous consumer items has garned the e-retailer a lot of press, but the scheme may be more fantasy fluff than feasible.
Jack Clark, 02 Dec 2013
Photo of Apple iPhone 5C in a range of colors

iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

Apple's iPhones are losing ground in Europe as consumers increasingly opt for Android and Windows Phone handsets, according to researchers.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2013
The Black Knight

BlackBerry CEO: Reports of firm's death 'greatly exaggerated'

In a move oddly reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch, interim BlackBerry CEO John Chen has urged enterprise customers not to heave the ailing smartphone vendor onto the plague cart to be hauled away just yet.
Neil McAllister, 02 Dec 2013
Derisive laugh

Online shopping tax slug not worth the effort: National Australia Bank

State and federal governments lovingly eyeing off a billion-dollar windfall if the GST threshold on online purchases is lowered are deluding themselves, according to a former Treasury economist now with the National Australia Bank.
HP cloud
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HP dishes up FAIL-filled public cloud

HP's "general availability" version of its public cloud has more "known issues" than "features", which may provoke worries among admins mulling the value of the company's "enterprise-grade" OpenStack infrastructure cloud.
Jack Clark, 02 Dec 2013

US Supreme Court says 'no sale' to Amazon's New York sales tax appeal

The US Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a long-running spat between Amazon and the State of New York over collection of sales tax for online purchases, Bloomberg reports.
Neil McAllister, 02 Dec 2013