17th > January > 2014 Archive


IBM plays with its Lego, hits upon System X server redesign brainwave

IBM's new range of System X servers are built like Lego, but rather than letting you build castles or spacecraft, Big Blue hopes they'll become the foundation of fat databases with tough input-output requirements.
Jack Clark, 17 Jan 2014
Cecilia Abadie wearing Google Glass

Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

It's safe to wear Google Glass behind the wheel after a California court struck down a woman's traffic citation – which was issued by a highway patrolman for wearing the head-mounted computer.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2014
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FCC boss: I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep net neutrality down

In the wake of a ruling stripping America's Federal Communications Commission of much of its net neutrality enforcement power, its chairman Tom Wheeler suggested that the watchdog will find other ways to maintain open access.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jan 2014
Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer

Put down that airbrush, now you can touch up hot models in REAL LIFE

Adobe has updated its Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) so that users can output their designs to 3D printers.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jan 2014

Mexican drink-driver shopped to cops - by his own gobby parakeet

Cops in Mexico City who pulled over a 49-year-old driver for drink-driving were left in no doubt of the poor chap's state when his pet parakeet sang like a canary.
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2014

Java, Android were THE wide-open barn doors of security in 2013 - report

While it was another tough year for network security all around, 2013 was particularly hard on users of Java and Android, new research from Cisco has found.
Neil McAllister, 17 Jan 2014

Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

Google's skunkworks "X" lab is building a contact lens that can monitor glucose levels in the tears of diabetics, and warn them when it drops too low.
Jack Clark, 17 Jan 2014

Riverbed: We don't want your steenkin' $3.1 BEELLION

Jerry Kenelly's Riverbed board has declined billionaire activist investor Paul Singer's Elliott Management's unsolicited bid for Riverbed.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
Steve Wozniak

'Xiaomi is good enough to break the American market' - Apple's Woz

Quotw This was the week when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak rather bizarrely backed a Chinese firm that's been roundly mocked for emulating the fruity firm.
EU Bods look to future of UHF

EU eyes UHF spectrum: What do you think, biz bods... broadband?

The European Union has formed a new advisory group to work out what the future uses of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz) should be. And the list of representatives to the board reflects a more political than technical take on this, with company presidents and director generals listed rather than CTOs.
Simon Rockman, 17 Jan 2014

KPMG cuts its funding for UK.gov's Cyber Security Challenge

KPMG is cutting back on its sponsorship of the UK government-backed Cyber Security Challenge after concluding the puzzle-based focus of the competition is failing to attract the right kind of potential recruits into the infosec profession.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2014
Bitmain AntMiner S1

MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

Product Round-up Bitcoins are either the new bubble economy or the future of online commerce. It’s not the first time anonymous e-money has been tried – ask Mondex – but Bitcoin does seem to have traction.
Simon Rockman, 17 Jan 2014
HP EliteBook 840 G1

HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not

Review At a recent event when HP was handing out Elitebooks and other gadgetry to the great and the good of the UK’s tech press, a thought crossed my mind as the options presented themselves. Shall I go for the eminently portable Elitebook 820 G1 12.5in model or the somewhat chunkier 14in 840 G1? With you, dear reader, in mind, I had a good long ponder on this.
Bob Dormon, 17 Jan 2014
T-Mobile Pulse

Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers

T Mobile customers are baying for blood after a glitch wiped out their pay-as-you-go mobile credit.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jan 2014

KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

Exclusive Hull's dominant telco, KC, is investigating revelations of what appears to be poor handling of the company's customer data. This comes after a recent sign-up claimed one of its engineers had unwittingly exposed a customer spreadsheet containing the telephone numbers, user IDs and unencrypted passwords of all its subscribers.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2014

International child abuse webcam ring smashed after routine police check

A routine visit to a registered sex offender in Northamptonshire has led to the uncovering of a global child abuse ring.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2014
Fast and furious combat

How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
Trainspotting email

My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I think I have 30 email addresses; I’m not sure. I suspect there may be others. I have them on every computer and even carry some around on my smartphone. At the height of my addiction, I was creating domains and distributing email addresses to my wife and my employees. I even gave some to my kids.
Alistair Dabbs, 17 Jan 2014
The Ultima Tool Chest's fridge

Cybercrooks slide fingers into TELLIES+FRIDGES, spam splurge ensues

Miscreants have launched an Internet of Things-based cyberattack involving household "smart" appliances.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2014
EE 4G banner

EE owners: Yeah, we're cool with things as they are... IPO? Nah, not really

The owners of Blighty's EE mobile operator have said that they're going to hang onto the company for now, delaying potential plans to float the firm or sell off their stakes.
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How to survive the end-of-quarter SLOGFEST

Opinion Most of us working in the channel are no strangers to pressure. For better or worse it’s part and parcel of the job and when it all goes your way, there’s no better feeling in the world.
James Munroe, 17 Jan 2014

Bitcoin's so over. We're mining Primeco... Oh SNAP, my box is a ZOMBIE!

Security experts have warned crypto-currency fans of malware hidden in certain miners for Bitcoin-alike cryptocurrency Primecoin.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jan 2014

LOHAN develops amazing mind-reading powers

There's been a lull in the flighting on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front over Xmas and New Year, but the team has emerged from the festivities revitalised and ready for action.
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2014
FlashSystem 840 rear view

Array with you: IBM takes on upstarts with new RamSan flash cram

Big Blue has burst onto the all-flash array scene afresh with a million-plus IOPS box; its first in-house FlashSystem since buying TMS a year and a half ago
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
Wii U

Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%

It was once the king of consoles, but the formerly mighty Nintendo has been forced to admit that sales of its flagship Wii U are likely to flop.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jan 2014

IBM pumps $1.2bn into 15 new data centres

IBM plans to grow its data centre estate to 40 sites throughout the world, after it confirmed today that it was investing $1.5bn in the strategy.
Team Register, 17 Jan 2014
Electronic waste dump in China

Acer writes off MEELLIONS again, scraps raw materials

Beleaguered PC maker Acer is back in the red again after scrapping millions of pounds worth of raw materials inventory as the first move to "dig" itself out of a deepening hole.
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2014

EMC confirms arrival of channel vet as COO EMEA

EMC has confirmed that former Colt and Computacenter bigwig Simon Walsh will land at the firm as COO for EMEA, as revealed by El Chan this week.
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2014

Google grabs slice of interwebs for EVERYONE (who speaks Japanese)

Google has announced its first successful move into new gTLDs with the launch of .みんな for the Japanese market.
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jan 2014
Joanna Shields, former CEO of Tech City UK

Tech City UK boss legs it, dumps project in lap of BlackBerry exec

Joanna Shields has jacked in her £115,000 job as CEO of Tech City UK to join the London Stock Exchange Group.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jan 2014

Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

Apple's objections to its court-appointed antitrust monitor show exactly why the fruity firm needs an outsider keeping watch on its competition practices, the judge in the case has said.
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Crippling server 'leccy bill risks sinking OpenBSD Foundation

The project behind OpenBSD risks going dark after receiving a crippling server electricity bill which it needs help to pay off.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jan 2014

Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure

American officials are preparing to sell off $28m worth of Bitcoin which was seized during the operation to shut down the Silk Road online drugs market last year.
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jan 2014

Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

Pics Citizens of smog-choked Beijing can watch a sunset on a massive LED display in Tiananmen Square, which will remind them of what the sun and sky look like.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jan 2014
Obama outlines NSA reforms

Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA

President Obama has today outlined his plans to tweak the rules under which US intelligence services monitor their own population and citizens of countries around the world.
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2014

Intel confirms it will axe 5,400 workers in 2014

Updated Intel plans to cut its workforce by approximately 5,400 employees this year, a company spokesman told The Reg.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jan 2014

Trio allege in court: You sold our ZIP codes, Apple, now hand over $5m!

Apple is being sued by a trio of customers who claim the company sells their personal information in violation of Massachusetts law.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jan 2014

Dart 1.1 bullseyes JavaScript performance in latest benchmarks

Just two months after shipping the first production-ready version of Dart, its JavaScript competitor, Google has offered up a new version that it claims can output code that runs as fast or faster than the equivalent routines written in JavaScript.
Neil McAllister, 17 Jan 2014

Do cops need a warrant to search your phone? US Supreme Court will rule

The US Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a pair of cases to determine whether police need a warrant to search the mobile phones of people they have arrested.
Neil McAllister, 17 Jan 2014