18th > December > 2013 Archive

The ISS seen from Discovery. Pic: NASA

XMAS SPACEWALK planned to fix ISS's dicky cooling gear

NASA has announced “a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty pump module” on the International Space Station (ISS).
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013
Magsafe cable, credit Apple

Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) says it has come up with a universal laptop charger plug and socket.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2013
Photo of the Starship Enterprise's sick bay

Relax, Obama! Former Microsoft exec tapped to save sick healthcare.gov

The Obama administration has apointed a former Microsoft executive to be the new head of its troubled Healthcare.gov website.
Neil McAllister, 18 Dec 2013
HP CEO Meg Whitman at Discover 2012

HP multiplies Meg Whitman's salary by 1.5 MEELLION

HP has multiplied chief executive officer Meg Whitman's salary by 1.5 million.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013
School of Rock

Australia puts Digital Technologies curriculum in limbo pending review

UPDATE The Australian Standing Council for School Education and Early Childhood, a body comprising the nation's education ministers, has shelved the nation's first Digital Technologies curriculum just weeks before it was due to be signed off.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013
Rotten apple

Australia rebukes Apple for 'false or misleading representations'

Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has slapped Apple and extracted an “enforceable undertaking” from the company that will result in fines – or worse – if the company continues to ignore its own warranty and return polices.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013

Fedora 20 Heisenbug makes ARM chips 'a primary architecture'

Fedora 20 has been released with expanded support for ARM-compatible processors and a guarantee of continued heavy development for the low-power chips.
Jack Clark, 18 Dec 2013

China turns screws on Bitcoin with third party payments ban

The emperor’s-new-clothes world of Bitcoin trading suffered another major blow this week after reports emerged that China has banned all third party payment providers from offering clearing services for digital currency exchanges.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Dec 2013

Lovers of Tor can now sprinkle Bitcoins on its developers as thanks

The folks behind web privacy tool Tor will now accept donations in Bitcoins.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2013
Apple Store Scottsdale

Samsung poaches Apple store guru for US retail push

Samsung has hired one of Apple’s senior store designers in a sign that the Korean electronics giant could be hoping to make a bigger splash in the US with some eye-catching retail outlets.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Dec 2013

James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

James Bond's famous preference for shaken martinis is probably due to the fact that his heavy drinking means that his hands tremble so much he actually lacks the coordination to stir them, according to a festive-season medical research study.
Lewis Page, 18 Dec 2013
The UCS C24 M3 rack server

Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan

Works with VMware and Citrix to deliver DaaS from your bit barn or the cloud Cisco and VMware have responded to Amazon Web Services Workspaces desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) plan with their very own offering that can be deployed to private or public clouds.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013

IBM predicts glorious tech future made possible by $IBMmarketing

Analysis IBM's latest "five in five" predictions – five things that may happen in the next five years – ignore social and economic realities to alert us to new technology that'll be prevalent (and mostly made by IBM).
Jack Clark, 18 Dec 2013
Carna botnet

Yes, you ARE a member of a global technology elite

Analyst firm IDC has released a study titled the “2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Worker Estimates” that offers a guess at how many people are what it calls “ICT-skilled workers”.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013

South Korean to spaff £290 MEEELLION on 5G land grab

South Korea has become the latest Asian nation to pledge its future to fifth-generation wireless networks, aka 5G, with Seoul set to stump up 500 billion won (£292m) to build a super-ultra-mega-fast network by 2020.
Phil Muncaster, 18 Dec 2013

Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

Buying virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, presents a number of risks that consumers should be aware of before purchasing such assets, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Dec 2013
Disk Drives

Storage software sales flatlining: Biz bods getting theirs in bundled deals

IDC's storage software beancounters saw a smidgen of growth in the storage software market in the third quarter, with bright spots in data protection and management.
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2013

Fair winds and following servers: The art of flight prediction

Back in September, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team sent a mighty orb aloft on a test flight of our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor igniter.
Lester Haines, 18 Dec 2013
Samsung KE55S9C OLED 3D HD TV

Samsung sees RDK as route to DOMINATION of US set top market

Comment For as long as Faultline has commented on this industry, the set-top market in the US has been dominated by the cable TV industry – which in turn has been dominated first by Motorola and secondly by Cisco.
Faultline, 18 Dec 2013
Out Run

Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

Antique Code Show How bereft the coin-op arcades of yesteryear must have looked before the arrival of the audacious, muscle-flexing Out Run machine. It’s true that Hang On and Space Harrier laid the foundations a year before, but Out Run was Sega’s golden moment in sit-down, "experience" videogame machinery.
Giles Hill, 18 Dec 2013
Great Britain beat Australia 52 - 51 in extra time in the group stages of the London Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, the test event for the London 2012 Wheelchair Rugby competition. PIC CREDIT : london 2012

Facebook seeks WIDE EYES of sports fans to rival Twitter

Facebook is to acquire a San Francisco-based startup that sifts through mentions of sport on social media.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2013
Google Glass

Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

Expect to see Google Glassholes winking at you from across the street in the next few weeks as a new update allows users of the high-tech specs to take photos with nothing more than a blink of one eye.
By michandryan  http://www.flickr.com/photos/49291777@N05/  licensed under creative commons attribution

Speaking in Tech: Michael Dell THRILLED with his new private life

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Greg disappears as Sarah and Eddie podcast from DellWorld with special guests Justin Warren, MD at PivotNine, and George Reese - executive director of cloud management at Dell.
Team Register, 18 Dec 2013

Want to be a better CIO? Get a twenty-something to show you the ropes

CIOs need to start getting down with the kids and being mentored by their under-30 employees if they want to hold onto their jobs, a partner at a top recruitment firm has warned.
Joe Fay, 18 Dec 2013
Microsoft campus

Former Tech Data bod to head up Microsoft's UK sales division

Microsoft have promoted a channel veteran with 24 years' experience to a top job within the sales team.
Team Register, 18 Dec 2013
Artist's impression of the Milky Way

Suffering SPITZER! Boffins discover Milky Way's MISSING ARMS

Pic For years, boffins have been arguing over whether our galaxy has four spiral arms or just two, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

Analysis The Department of Culture, Media and Sport – also known as the Ministry of Fun – is this morning celebrating what it described as a "bumper day for rural broadband".
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2013
Sky HD box

Sky rapped over PREMATURE SEXY CONDOM ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered Sky to be more careful with its telly scheduling after it showed a racy condom advert just after a kids' film.
Jasper Hamill, 18 Dec 2013

Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

Mobile carrier Vodafone defended its financial arrangements today as it coughed to yet another legal dodge of UK corporation tax payments by asking Brits to have some sympathy over the huge debt mountain it is sitting on.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2013
Fingerprints in glorious technicolour


Privacy campaigner Simon Davies is offering a $1,000 bounty for the capture of the DNA and fingerprints of spy chiefs.
John Leyden, 18 Dec 2013
Apple Mac Pro

Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

Apple’s cylindrical computer, the Mac Pro, will finally go in sale tomorrow, the Cupertino giant has decided.
Tony Smith, 18 Dec 2013
Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone app developers: These games are made for you

Promo The Register has teamed up with Nokia UK to promote the firm’s rewards programme for Windows Phone app devs.
David Gordon, 18 Dec 2013
Cleversafe Slicestors

Cleversafe stirs up dsNet with guts+software overhaul

Dispersed storage bods Cleversafe have accelerated their object storage access with a mix of faster processors, solid state storage, and memory caching in a new software release.
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2013

IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

It's not going to be easy to pry open the death grip of IT bods on the last copies of Windows XP, according to Spiceworks, whose survey had a whopping 33 per cent of tech professionals planning to keep the OS on at least one device after its end of life.

Amazon cuddles up to Chinese public sector with AWS rollout

Amazon has sent its cloud service floating high over China for the first time after announcing a limited rollout of its AWS cloud platform, making the Middle Kingdom the 10th country to be offered the service..
Team Register, 18 Dec 2013

EVault takes on Amazon with faster-than-Glacier cloud archive

Seagate's EVault cloud backup sub has launched a Glacier cloud archive competitor, priced at $15 per TB per month with instant data access and data preserved intact for decades. It will use Seagate Kinetic drives in the future.
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2013

BlackBerry nabs 'The Sims' to head up crucial Services unit

The company-formerly-known-as-RIM has nabbed former SAP exec John Sims to head up its global enterprise services unit, the business it hopes will be at the centre of its turnaround.
Gran Turismo 6

Gran Turismo 6: Another glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart on steroids

Review I must admit to being rather surprised when Gran Turismo 6 was first announced. Not because yet another entry into Polyphony Digital’s driving series was a shock, but rather because it was announced for the PS3, not the the PlayStation 4.
Mike Plant, 18 Dec 2013
Great Wall of China

IBM follows Microsoft, Amazon into China with new cloud doodad

IBM is launching a cloud service hosted in a Chinese data center as Big Blue tries to pursue what it reckons could be a huge market – despite NSA revelations causing paranoia among some non-US data services punters.
Jack Clark, 18 Dec 2013
LG Chromebase

Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

Chromebooks have been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise down PC market this year. Now LG is hoping that the success Google has had with its "browser in a box" laptops can carry over to the desktop, as well.
Neil McAllister, 18 Dec 2013

Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

A Harvard student used internet privacy tools to send a bomb threat to his university in order to avoid taking a test, it was alleged today.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2013