10th > January > 2014 Archive

ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

Your wishes have been granted: Google has quietly added a new "feature" to Gmail that allows anyone with a Google+ account to send you email even if they don't know your actual webmail address.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jan 2014
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Slurped self-destruct selfie slinger Snapchat so sore, suddenly says sorry

The brains behind self-destructing selfies app Snapchat have apologized, and claimed to have now tackled security vulnerabilities that exposed millions of people's phone numbers.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2014
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Verizon calls 1-800-Oracle, orders a database, Fusion cloud meal deal

As far as some developers are concerned, a marriage between massive telco Verizon and proprietary software king Oracle measures somewhere between mandated use of Windows ME and a ban on home working.
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014

Don't panic! Japan to send nuke fuel rod into MELTDOWN in Fukushima probe

Japan’s Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) will deliberately send a nuclear fuel rod into meltdown after April this year in a bid to learn more about the events leading up to the Fukushima disaster of March 2011.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jan 2014

China ALSO building encryption-cracking quantum computer

It’s not just the NSA that’s said to be working on a quantum computer – China is also pulling out all the stops to beat its arch rival with a crypto-cracking machine of its own.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jan 2014

Woman whipped gun from vagina in SPACE ALIEN spat, reports Officer Zook

An argument over space aliens ended in a cuffing for a New Mexico resident after she reportedly threatened her other half with a handgun she whipped from her vagina.
Lester Haines, 10 Jan 2014
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Apple, Samsung get a room to settle patent war. Forgive us if we don't hold our breath

With the start date of their next trial looming, Apple and Samsung have agreed to try to settle their long-running patent disputes through a mediator.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jan 2014

Barracuda announces BaaS - Backup as a Service - range of boxen

Barracuda Networks has announced BaaS - Backup-as-a-Service - which is based upon its 190 and 390 series backup appliances.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014
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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

Can Google’s Chromebook become the laptop platform of choice during 2014? Probably not, but there’s certainly demand for it. According to US market-watcher NPD, during the 11 months from January through November 2013, the platform’s share of the computing device market had risen to 9.6 per cent from just 0.2 per cent in the same months of the previous year.
Tony Smith, 10 Jan 2014
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Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

Just one day after Francis Maude labelled the bungled deployment of Universal Credit - the all-in-one replacement for the benefits system - as "lamentable", the Cabinet Office Minister has been trumpeting that the UK could be "the most digital government" in the G8 by next year.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2014
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Prison Locker: A load of überhyped malware FUD over... internet chatter

An underground advert seeking help in developing a file-encrypting ransomware kit that might be sold for just $100 a go sparked something of a panic on the interwebs this week.
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2014

Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

The beleaguered market for desktop and notebook PCs continued its downward spiral in 2013 as shipments plummeted to new lows.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2014

Intel and Asus put the dual boot in, offer 2-in-1 lapslab WinDroid

CES 2014 Intel is attempting to knock rivals' SoCs off with a dual-boot platform that lets you flip between Windows 8.1 and Google’s mobile operating system on the same device.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jan 2014
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IBM's Watson-as-a-cloud: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's another mainframe

Analysis IBM's attempt to spin its supercomputer-cum-TV star Watson into a $1bn business unit may eventually boost Big Blue's bottom line – but going from beating Jeopardy! to defeating cancer is going to be harder than expected.
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014
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Blasphemy! Finns trample over Windows Phone home screen

Nokia's phone division has released an app that might upset the high priests at the Temple of Windows Phone Design – who will shortly become its new masters.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jan 2014
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Nearly 1 in 5 of UK's Xmas gifts were bought online... not that it helped

A record number of Blighty's shoppers were browsing and buying online for Christmas, but their frenzied clicking wasn't enough to lift total retail sales by even a single per cent, the British Retail Consortium said.
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Twitter: It's JUST LIKE Elder Scrolls (no it's not)

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Life is a game. This is what I learnt from the swishy-haired man on the TV in the early hours over Christmas. Society has become so saturated with computer gaming conventions that everyday existence is played out across social media apps like so many levels of Pong.
Alistair Dabbs, 10 Jan 2014

Connecting Gmail to Google+ is SENSELESS, says Digg founder

Google's latest hardheaded strategy to link its "network thingy" Google+ to Gmail accounts makes zero sense.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2014

Forget selfies. 'Server SAN' is storage world's 2014 TWERKNADO

The Wikibon consultancy says a developing Server SAN form of storage needs to be tracked by IT people.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014
A montage of the galactic centre by the Swift X-ray Telescope from 2006-2013. Credit: Nathalie Degenaar

Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

At the centre of our galaxy, a black hole could be about to chow down on one of the biggest meals it's ever had - a mysterious gas cloud around three times the mass of Earth.
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Europe MPs: Time to change our data-sharing policy with US firms

A European Parliament report has condemned dragnet surveillance programmes by the NSA and the UK's GCHQ, suggesting the schemes are motivated by political and economic espionage as well as the stated counter-terrorism objective.
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2014
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Windows Phone app devs, this is for you

Promo The Register has teamed up with Nokia UK to promote the firm’s rewards programme for Windows Phone and Windows 8 app devs.
David Gordon, 10 Jan 2014

Sabu wasn't the only FBI mole in LulzSec, suggest leaked docs

Leaked search warrants suggest Sabu wasn't the only LulzSec hacker who helped the FBI take down the infamous hacktivist group.
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2014

OCZ and Toshiba drive out new RETAIL SSD line with Barefoot controller

CES 2014 Bankrupt hardware maker OCZ, whose assets are being bought by Toshiba, has a Vertex 460 enterprise SSD device in the pipeline, with a preview of it being shown at CES in Las Vegas.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014
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Is your IT department too tough on users?

Tech Panel "It's too old, crippled by overbearing control, and generally not nice to use."
Dale Vile, 10 Jan 2014

Target's database raided, 70 MILLION US shoppers at risk of ID theft

Hackers swiped the names, home and email addresses, phone numbers and other personal information of up to 70 million Target shoppers, the superstore giant admitted today.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2014
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Apple's iPhone did not rip off Googorola's wireless patent – US appeal judges

A US appeals court has upheld a decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that Apple's iPhone does not infringe a patent owned by Google's Motorola Mobility division.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jan 2014

Workers, guards clash in hours-long Samsung factory RIOT in Vietnam

Samsung's new cellphone factory in Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam, is off to an inauspicious start, having experienced its first work-related riots before it has even opened for business.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jan 2014

Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

Microsoft is unlikely to use ARM-compatible processors in a meaningful way in its data centers – unless there is a huge change in the software ecosystem around the non-x86 chips, a top Redmond bod told The Reg.
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014
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Report: Prez Obama kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb for web disaster

The Obama administration has reportedly patted CGI Federal on the back, forced it to pick up its various toys, and led it away from the fail-filled Healthcare.gov site it created and subsequently tried to repair.
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014