10th > December > 2013 Archive
TPP leak: US babies following bathwater down the drain
Updated: Singapore talks floppedAmerica is pushing too hard on too many fronts in the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty negotiations, making it unlikely the treaty will be finalised this year, according to a new round of leaked documents from the recent Salt Lake City meetings.
Samsung uncloaks 'industry's first' one-terabyte mSATA SSD
Samsung has revealed what it dubs the "industry's first" one-terabyte solid-state drive in the compact mSATA form factor. From what we know of the SSD landscape, their claim is an honest one – by over a factor of two, seeing as how 480GB mSATA SSDs from Crucial and a few others are the most capacious such drives available in the non-OEM market of which we're aware.
US cops blew more than $26m buying 1.1m cell phone files from telcos
An investigation by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) into the monitoring of cellphones has found that US police paid telecommunications companies more than $26m to hand over location information, metadata, and sometimes the content of their customers' messages to cops in the US last year.
'Climate change is like Y2k!' - Oz senator
The Australian government's debate about climate change and carbon pricing has taken a turn for the silly.
EC competition chief points troll-hunting guns at Nokia
The EU is erecting the “troll-free zone” signs around the tech sector, with European Commission competition chief Joaquín Almunia saying the EC will guard against US-style patent trolling.
Cheap 64-bit Snapdragon hopes to blow Chinese middle class's SoCs off
The king-size potential of the Middle Kingdom's rising middle class has lured another tech company to tailor its offerings to the Chinese market: Qualcomm has announced a low-cost, 64-bit version of its Snapdragon processor targeted squarely at the PRC.
CyanogenMod Android firmware gains built-in SMS encryption
Users of the CyanogenMod alternative Android firmware gained additional security on Monday, thanks to the integration of Open WhisperSystems' TextSecure protocol.
China, Brazil mourn loss of their $250m CBERS-3 satellite after fiery death
Brazil and China have failed in their mission to launch a climate-monitoring satellite into space.
Cloud vid wrangler Zencoder STRADDLES Amazon and Google
Cloud video encoder Zencoder has taken a deep breath and gingerly straddled two cloud providers in an attempt to offer customers greater infrastructure choice.
Telstra tries to hose down “network management snooping” story
Telstra has issued a statement denying that its network management systems are used for mass surveillance.
NYU drops Chen Guangcheng iOS spyware claims
New York University has dropped claims that blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng was given iOS devices pre-loaded with spyware by a supporter on his arrival at the uni last year.
Chinese hackers targeted G20 in Syria-themed attack
A Chinese hacking group managed to penetrate the networks of five European Union member states in advance of last year’s G20 Summit in a likely bid to lift data on the Syrian crisis, according to FireEye.
OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys
The British bog roll brand Andrex has been forced to deny rumours that it is planning to kill off the iconic Labrador puppy mascot.
Googlers devise DeViSE: A thing-recognising FRANKENBRAIN
You'd think guesswork and advanced science would be natural enemies, but not at Google where a crack team of researchers are trying to mate the two together.
Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones
Microsoft is warning Xbox One owners to not fiddle with the operating system of their shiny new toy in an attempt to run games written for the previous 360 model.
Asleep on the job: Students dream of GROPING RACKS after darkness falls
HPC blogStudent Cluster competitions at the annual Supercomputing Conference in Denver, Colorado, are marathons. The students who work their magic on the big iron get a set of scientific applications and some data sets, but they have only 48 hours to submit their best results – all while keeping their self-designed clusters under the 26 amp (@115 volts) power cap.
One European copyright law-to-rule-them-all? EU launches review
The European Commission is seeking industry views on whether to completely harmonise copyright laws across the EU.
StoreOnce and StoreAll get ProLiant push
HP has pumped up the power of its StoreOnce deduping backup to disk array and StoreAll store-everything-as-objects array with Gen 8 ProLiant servers.
Evil Dexter lurks in card reader, ready to SLASH UP your credit score
Cybercrooks have created an improved version of the Dexter point-of-sale malware that's being blamed for slurping the credit and debit card details of holiday shoppers.
Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film
InterviewFor those readers with a tendency to get teary-eyed over the golden age of film, and the days before digital swept physical photographic media into the cutting room bin of history, we're delighted to take a trip down memory lane today with professional photographer Phil Houghton.
Shivering boffins nail Earth's coldest spot
US researchers have announced they've identified the coldest place on Earth recorded to date - a spot in Antarctica which in August 2010 hit a decidedly chilly -93.2°C
UK fondleslab surge slowing, says sales-sniffing specialist
British punters continue to favour fondleslabs, but all the signs are that the rocketing growth in sales seen in recent years is a ghost of Christmas past.
Open source bods magic up Qualcomm tech to unlock Internet of Things
The Linux Foundation has established an industry-wide initiative to create an accessible-to-all framework for the Internet of Things - or the “Internet of Everything”, as the Foundation now wants us to call it.
Snapchat seeks to muzzle 'third founder' leaks in lawsuit over who invented it
Selfie service Snapchat has filed a temporary restraining order against Frank Reginald Brown, a former friend and frat brother of co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, who claims that he helped come up with the idea for the company.
Malware+pr0n surge follows police op to kill illicit streaming sites
City of London Police are claiming credit for the suspension of 40 ad-funded websites that provided unauthorised access to copyright-protected content – but may have caused a rise in the number of web ads carrying malware or promoting pornography.
MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let gangsters into country
The UK Border Force relies on a 20 year old IT system which is on the verge of collapse to secure Britain's borders, a government report has revealed.
Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear
The chaotic IT implementation of the one-dole-to-rule-them-all benefits system will lead to millions of pounds of taxpayers' money being wasted, secretary of state for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith admitted to MPs.
Is it a NAS? Is it a SAN? No. It's Synology's Rackstation 'NASSAN'
Today Synology launches the RackStation RS3614xs+, the latest addition to their XS+ line of devices aimed at SMEs. What sticks out to me is the shift in marketing tone, pitching the RS3614xs+ as "a midpoint between NAS and SAN".
Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister
British science minister David Willetts reckons there'll be a human on Mars within 30 years - and Blighty could help to put them there.
Linux Voice journos hit crowdfunding target
A brief update on the crowdfunding efforts of three British journalists, who left Linux Format to launch a new magazine. They have hit their £90,000 launch target for Linux Voice, 14 days before deadline.
French gov used fake Google certificate to read its workers' traffic
A French government agency has been caught signing SSL certificates and impersonating Google.
Dell feels cold probe of US Dept of Justice amid Syria PC sales claims
US authorities are investigating claims of embargo-busting sales of Dell computers to the Syrian government.
Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps
Google has announced that ten more media apps now include support for its Chromecast streaming media device.
Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron
PicThe word "selfie" officially entered the English language this year, but in etiquette terms taking a photo of yourself is still a social minefield.
Exploits no more! Firefox 26 blocks all Java plugins by default
The latest release of the Firefox web browser, version 26, now blocks Java software on all websites by default unless the user specifically authorizes the Java plugin to run.
G.Fast startup readies silicon as standard signed off
With G.fast getting formal ITU consent as G.9700 and G.9701, the race will be on to ship production hardware to the standard, and that's helped an Israeli silicon startup raise $US10 million in funding from US and Israeli ventures.
How's it going, Microsoft users? Patching your PCs? You SHOULD be
Patch TuesdayBrace yourselves, users and administrators, Microsoft and Adobe have released another monthly batch of critical security updates for their products.
Mars One's Red Planet foray is still on – but not until 2018
Mars One, the not-for-profit foundation dedicated to establishing a human colony on Mars, won't be able to launch its first mission to the Red Planet until later than originally planned.
Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN
Android has taken another step to cement its place behind Java in the world of repeatedly-vulnerable software, with German group Curesec discovering that an attacker can get past users' PINs to unlock the phone.
We'll predict your EVERY MOVE! Facebook's new AI brain talks to El Reg
Facebook wants to know what you're going to do before you do it, and has hired a big-brained boffin to give it the AI chops to do this.