14th > January > 2014 Archive

Gold iPhone 5s, in'it?

Apple-hungry thieves defy sinking New York City crime stats

Thieves in America's largest city have made Apple devices their target of choice, according to police.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jan 2014

Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT

Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich has cautioned netizens not to blindly trust software vendors, arguing that only open-source software can be assured to be free from government-mandated surveillance code.
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2014

Vulnerability leaves Cisco small biz routers wide open to attack

A number of Cisco networking products for small businesses contain critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to gain root access to the equipment, the networking giant has warned.
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2014

Run for the tills! Malware infected Target registers, slurped 40m bank cards

Target today claimed malware infected its cash registers, which allowed crooks to siphon off copies of 40 million credit and debit cards.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jan 2014

Ready, aim ... exploit! Experts calculate exact moment to launch that precious 0-day weapon

There's a right time and a wrong time to exploit a vulnerability – and according to researchers from the University of Michigan, that's something that can be worked out ahead of time.
Troll in cross hairs

Nintendo: We didn't just slay Wii Fit 'troll', we've now gobbled its patents

"Patent troll" InterActive (IA) Labs not only tried to sue Nintendo and lost: it's now had its patent portfolio bought by the gaming giant in a sheriff's sale.
Google 'Glass' patent application illustration

Sniff, sniff, what's that burning smell? Oh, it's Google's patent-filing office working flat out

Google, perhaps as sick as we are of the ongoing patent wars, spent last year furiously filling its technology war chest – with new designs rubber-stamped by the US patent office, according to research published by The Financial Times.
Cat on inkjet printer

Foot-loving cat burglar nicks THREE THOUSAND individual socks

A real life cat burglar has been implicated in the theft of up to 3,000 individual socks – and a full set of women's underwear.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jan 2014
Radiation detected by smartphone camera

Samsung Nexus S beats Galaxy S III – at detecting GAMMA RAYS

Late last year, an app called GammaPix garnered some media attention as a kind of low-cost geiger counter. Now, a US test lab has confirmed that yes, smartphone cameras can detect radiation.

Iceotope sounds like a kids' superhero – but it's a UK server-cooler maker that just bagged £6.1m

The UK's Sheffield-based Iceotope has grabbed $10m (£6.10m) in funding to help it push its liquid-cooling server tech into more data centres.
Jack Clark, 14 Jan 2014
Uber logo

Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

French taxi drivers have taken to the streets to show their displeasure with Uber, a smartphone app that helps people find drivers-for-hire and car sharers.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jan 2014
PCM Schematic

Micron: Hot DRAM. We don't need no steenkin' PCM

Micron has reportedly withdrawn Phase Change Memory (PCM) products from its portfolio.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2014
Google Play Store

Think your brilliant app idea will earn some big bucks? HAH. You fool

Fewer than one in ten thousand mobile apps are actually going to make any money for their developers in the next couple of years, beancounters at Gartner have warned.
Cloud security

Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

The UK government has launched a new campaign aimed at changing attitudes to online security among consumers and small businesses, dubbed Cyber Streetwise.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2014
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary

Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

Outspoken Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has claimed that Google is working on a price comparison site for flights that will outshine rivals in the content-scraping biz.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2014

THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

Exclusive Thousands of PCs at Britain’s biggest public sector bodies will miss Microsoft’s April deadline to abandon Windows XP before open season for hackers begins.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2014
Aegis One rack room

Health Sec opens new data centre: Biz not Surrey to be in Godalming

The first phase of the colo data centre set up by new operator Aegis Data in leafy Surrey commute hotspot Goldalming was formally opened by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Friday.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2014
Earth plasmasphere

Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

The Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) has reported that its lunar rover and lander have reawakened after being powered down for two weeks.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jan 2014

XMA just swallowed Sugar firm, now looks to eat consumables biz

Less than a week after Westcoast Holdings-owned XMA swallowed Lord Sugar's public sector-focused tech biz Viglen, the group looks to have hoovered up consumables trader QC Supplies.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2014
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Apple fails to shake antitrust watchdog loose, receives judge slapdown

Apple has lost its bid to get rid of the antitrust monitor installed by the court after it was found guilty of conspiring to fix ebook prices.
Walking Dead

ASSAULT CORSE: Eager Walking Dead heads get a second series

Game Theory Ah, the post-Christmas lull. The time of year to take time to reflect on the year just gone and plan for the one ahead. Traditionally, January is also a quiet month for the games industry, and this year’s new releases are similarly sparse.
Mike Plant, 14 Jan 2014

Bloke hews plywood Raspberry Pi tablet

It's a tip of the hat today to Michael Castor, who caught our eye with his attractive fusion of plywood, carbon fibre and Raspberry Pi, dubbed the "PiPad".
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2014
New infantry kit modelled by British troops. Credit: MoD

Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

The Ministry of Defence's implementation of a computer system for an online recruitment drive has reportedly been far worse than the "teething problems" the UK government coughed to in December.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2014

AMD's 'Revolution' will be televised ... if its CPU-GPU frankenchip Kaveri is a hit

AMD has released its long-awaited Kaveri processor, the first accelerated processing unit (APU) to incorporate both on-die CPU and GPU cores in a heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) with a shared memory architecture.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2014

Target hackers: Woohoo, we're rich! Um. Guys? Anyone know how to break bank encryption?

Underground cybercriminals are attempting to decrypt a 50GB dump of encrypted debit card PINs that security watchers reckon were lifted during last year's high profile breach against retail giant Target.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2014

SAP loses head in the clouds Calderoni as online sales grow

SAP, the world's largest supplier of business software, has lost its head of cloud – despite reporting an increase in cash from its online business.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2014
Nutanix cloud appliance

KER-CHING: Backers hand Nutanix $101m

Converged server/storage startup Nutanix has shown it has the product and business execution goods, prompting its backers to give it $101m to light the rocket fuel and get company lifting off.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2014
Bill Gates

Tech titan Bill Gates: Polio-free India one of the 'most impressive accomplishments' ever

Bill Gates has claimed that getting involved in eradicating polio from India is not only his greatest achievement, but that the programme itself is one of the "most impressive accomplishments" in global health ever.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jan 2014
Job cuts jpeg

Basho throws life raft to organizations pummelled by unruly Riak DBs

The life of a poorly managed database is nasty, brutish, and short – and even shorter if it's a distributed non-relational datastore.
Jack Clark, 14 Jan 2014
Angry woman on mobile

Chuh! 'Grossly inadequate': Time Warner Cable rejects $62bn hostile takeover bid

Time Warner Cable has rejected a hostile takeover bid from Charter Communications, calling its $62bn offer "grossly inadequate".
Back of iPhone 5

Apple files foul-up-fixing patent for fumbling slab-fondling flubbers

Apple has filed a patent which will automatically filter out mistaken touchscreen commands made by clumsy slab-fondlers.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jan 2014
management regulation1

Systemax director Carl Fiorentino bribery trial moves to Florida

The trial of former Systemax director Carl Fiorentino has been moved from New York to Florida, where he was based when the alleged bribery offences are claimed to have occurred.
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2014
Grumpy cat

FCC net neutrality blueprint TRASHED by US appeals court

Updated A US appeals court has ruled that net neutrality measures put in place by America's Federal Communications Commission are invalid.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2014
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EMEA prez James Heard exits internet backbone biz Level 3

Exclusive The EMEA regional president of internet network operator Level 3 Communications is leaving the company after a year in which the company axed five per cent of its British workforce and 700 employees worldwide.

ZyXEL router attack: HUNDREDS of Brit biz bods knocked offline

Updated Hackers have launched an internet attack which has hobbled the internet connections of at least 100 British businesses.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jan 2014

Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

CES 2014 Although this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was chockablock with Bluetooth-connected wireless speakers, the UK's Imagination Technologies bucked the trend: it demoed its own wireless-speaker tech, the Wi-Fi–enabled Caskeid system.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2014
Tesla Sport

Tesla is on fire! Model S car sales are red hot – just like their chargers (yow)

Tesla's stock price has risen at least 10 per cent after the electric-car maker's boasted that its fourth quarter revenues exceeded targets by about 20 per cent.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jan 2014

Two websites you should show your boss if you want to be paid in Bitcoin

Bosses being nagged by savvy staff to write out paychecks in Bitcoins now have a choice of BTC-friendly payroll systems.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jan 2014
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Top patent troll sues US regulators for interfering with its business

MPHJ Technology, one of the most notorious patent trolls in America, has filed a lawsuit against the US Federal Trade Commission, claiming that the agency's attempts to interfere with its business are in violation of its constitutional rights.
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2014

SCCN, AJC embiggen undersea pipes

With multiple trans-Pacific cable proposals in the offing, Southern Cross Cable Network has deployed its tried-and-tested response to looming competition and announced a major capacity upgrade.

Facebook lets Russian search czar Yandex suck on its public 'firehose'

Folks without a firm grip on their Facebook privacy settings will now have their posts on the social network added to Russia's biggest search engine Yandex.
Iain Thomson, 14 Jan 2014