11th > December > 2013 Archive
Poker ace's vanishing hotel laptop WAS infected by card-shark – F-Secure
A laptop apparently stolen from a top-flight poker pro's hotel room and mysteriously returned while he played in a card tournament was infected by spyware.
Oracle showers gold on OpenStack, dreams of open-source splashback
Oracle has started sponsoring an open-source cloud tech that it already uses within its commercial offerings, as the company tentatively embraces a market it once reckoned inconsequential.
Rambus versus Micron FINALLY OVER
One of the IT industry's “Bleak House” lawsuits, between Rambus and Micron, has finally wound up after 13 years.
Nokia offers India £224 MEELLION to keep Microsoft deal on track
Nokia has made a desperate bid to ensure that one of its largest manufacturing facilities is transferred to Microsoft, by offering the Indian government a Rs2,250 crore ($369m, £224m) deposit to unfreeze its assets.
China's answer to AIRPOCALYPSE: Fire up the supercomputer
China has decided to use the power of supercomputing to help in its on-going quest to beat the smog that is turning the country into an international coughing laughing stock.
Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad
NSFWOz prophylactic outfit Four Seasons Condoms is enjoying a runaway viral marketing success with a "banned" advert for its Naked Condoms deemed unfit for Downunder TV.
ESA readies Rosetta for next year's comet touchdown
More than nine years after its launch, and after a long deep-sleep, the ESA's Rosetta comet-hunter is soon to be woken up for a November 2014 rendezvous with comet comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
GOV.UK's criminal record check IT job blow: Home Office snubs new design
More rumblings of conflict between the Cabinet Office's Government Digital Service - the team creating trendy GOV.UK - and other mandarins were heard echoing around Whitehall last night.
eBay head honcho: Amazon drone delivery plan is 'FANTASY'
The CEO of eBay has dismissed Amazon's claims that it will soon employ drones to deliver packages as a "fantasy".
NO XMAS PRESENTS FOR Google Now and Siri: Chirpy scamps get a C+
A series of tests on the effectiveness of iOS and Android's voice-controlled search apps shows that Google Now is catching up on Apple's Siri software, but still has some way to go in beating its Cupertinian competitor.
Los Angeles' weather is just like Mordor, says Brit climate prof
The weather in Middle-earth overlord Sauron's home county of Mordor is directly comparable to the balmy climate of the US city of Los Angeles, according to a British scientist.
Got a one-of-a-kind N9? Get ready to adopt Meego's baby Sailfish
The only Meego phone Nokia ever released, the now two-year-old N9, has been given a new lease of life today. Owners can now install the new Meego descendent Sailfish alongside the original OS.
Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking
Xmas Round-up‘Tis the season for dropping unsubtle hints about gifts that YOU’D like to receive, or – if you prefer – for making a list of things that you would buy for nephews and nieces but, because you’re an evil misanthropic Uncle or Auntie, you’ll buy for yourself instead.
Dell bundles data mgmt AND flash into 1.2m IOPS flashy array
Dell has produced an all-flash array within the EqualLogic environment, thinking customers need existing data management capabilities on top of flash speeds, and not a binary either-or choice.
Unstoppable data growth in storage has ... er, stopped
The global disk storage market shrank 5.6 per cent from the third quarter last year to the third quarter this year, the third quarter of decline in a row.
How the UK's national memory lives in a ROBOT in Kew
Geek's Guide to BritainThe UK’s National Archives in Kew have enough gems and hidden secrets to keep Indiana Jones or Robert Langdon in sequels for the next couple of centuries, with everything from the Domesday book to the UK’s official UFO records socked away safely in its sanctum.
Drooping smartphone sales mean hard times ahead for Brit chipmaker
British chip firm Imagination Technologies has said that a slowdown in the top end of the smartphone market, where Apple and Samsung dominate, will hit the number of chips it ships in the second half of the year.
Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data
ExclusiveIT staff at the world's largest securities transaction clearing house are facing a rough few days after a Reg reader was inadvertently deluged with emails leaking session IDs, transfers, and account details for executives at big-name customers.
What you need to know about moving to the Azure public cloud
In case you hadn't heard, Microsoft is trifling with this "cloud" thing. It even has a new strategy, Cloud OS, discussed in the first part of this three-part series.
Bjork, 500+ novelist pals ask UN for 1 bill of digital rights to RULE 'EM ALL
Hundreds of authors have written to the United Nations demanding an international bill of digital rights, after leaks revealed the extent of secret state surveillance.
Euro judge flings out Cisco beefs against Microsoft-Skype deal
Cisco’s European challenge to Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype has been thrown out by a judge.
I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst
With the PC market sputtering and users still sour on Windows 8, Microsoft should consider giving its latest OS out for free, say analysts.
'PSST, HAVE A GO ON THIS!' Joyent racks up gear for Amazon haters
Amazon Web Services dominates the infrastructure-as-a-service market, leaving less well-funded competitors with a choice of entering into a grim price war, or finding other markets.
Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16
ReviewThe recently released Mint 16, nicknamed Petra, might be the perfect Linux desktop for newcomers.
Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits' Xmas web shopping
BSkyB's broadband internet and phone service Sky Talk have been down for at least a day in London – and may not be fixed any time soon.
In what-took-them-so-long news: Spotify touts free Android, iOS music app
Spotify has a new music-streaming application for iOS and Android tablets today that mimics its free desktop software, and a smartphone option with slightly less functionality.
Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'
Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may have egg on his face when it comes to missteps like Windows Vista, but he has no regrets about what he saw as his real job at Redmond: pulling in profits.
Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7
Mere weeks after shipping the final version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5, Shadowman has announced the first public beta of RHEL 7.
Want more software built for HANA? Cry us a River, SAP. Oh wait, you have
SAP is embracing open-source developers to promote its flagship HANA in-memory data and application architecture.
New York City plans massive free Wi-Fi zone
New York is poised to set up a huge free Wi-Fi program that could reach 80,000 people.
Government launches 'rights and freedoms' inquiry
Internet freedomistas and lovers of individual liberty are celebrating that the Federal Government has decided to launch a review into laws “that encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges”...