23rd > January > 2014 Archive

VMware Monster VM

VMware blows $1.5bn gobbling AirWatch to boost mobe wrangling

Like any organisation bound by its listed status to enhance shareholder value, VMware always needs to be on the hunt for new sources of revenue.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014

Speaking in Tech: Is this a mascot convention? Oh ... my God

Podcast Podcast Our regular podcast, this week recorded live in San Jose, California, is back with your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch – Sarah Vela is away.
Team Register, 23 Jan 2014

Verizon's transparency report shows more than 320,000 US data slurping orders

Verizon has published its first transparency report detailing how often governments come calling for customer records and conversations – and the results show the amount of stuff Google, Microsoft and others hand over is just a drop in the ocean by comparison.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2014
Berkeley's whisker-like wind detector

Here come the CATBOTS: Boffins build 'whisker sensors'

A combination of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles has created a whisker-like sensor that can detect pressure as small as one Pascal, which they describe as “about the pressure exerted on a table surface by a dollar bill.”
Lenovo Yoga

Lenovo shares in trading halt ahead of 'disclosable transaction'

Lenovo has halted trade in its shares, "pending the release of an announcement in respect of a discloseable transaction which constitutes an inside information of the Company."
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014
Samsung Galaxy Note II

Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung

Apple has won an early judgment in a California court squabble over alleged patent infringement by rival Samsung.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2014
hand with thumb up

Singapore itching to hire new IT pros

Things are looking up for ex-pat IT pros on the hunt for jobs in Singapore, with confidence about growth levels in the city state’s technology sector through the roof, according to a new skills report.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jan 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash

India says HP and Infosys used window dressing to shrink tax bills

India's tax authorities believe Infosys and HP owe it lots and lots of unpaid taxes.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jan 2014

Google Chrome has voice-snoop bug, claims developer

A frustrated developer claims that Google is sitting on a bug that would expose voice search to eavesdroppers, and has released exploit code on github.

Network Solutions apologises for 'You just paid us $1850' email

Domain Name registrar Network Solutions has blamed a backlash over extra fees for secured domains on a “badly worded e-mail”.

US card scammers pull $2m petrol heist

US attorneys have charged thirteen people in connection with a massive fraud operation which netted some $2m in stolen funds.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2014

German frau reports for liver transplant clutching bottle of vodka

A German woman scheduled for a liver transplant presented herself at the hospital clutching a bottle of vodka, having spectacularly failed to lay off the booze in the six months leading to the op.
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2014
Nyancoin logo

Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat

Nyan Cat, the most annoying internet meme since the Hampster Dance , has spawned its very own Bitcoin clone.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014
Chrome browser

Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

Updated A design flaw in the Chrome browser allows malicious websites to use your computer's microphone to eavesdrop on you, one developer has claimed, although Google denies this is the case.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2014
Pedestrian Council billboard campaign: Lambs to the slaughter. Wait for the green

Walking while texting can – OUCH! – end badly, say boffins

Scientists have proved what anyone walking down a crowded street in modern city knows: those who gaze at their phones while ambulating are a danger to themselves and others.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014

Bing Maps COCKUP: Oracle UK HQ is 'Elvis Impersonators' joint

Microsoft have matched Apple in the cartographic cockup stakes after a series of risible errors on Bing Maps.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Jan 2014
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

MemSQL bods develop new transaction: $35m now in-pocket

The in-memory former-Facebook database jockeys at MemSQL have taken in $35m in valley lucre.
Jack Clark, 23 Jan 2014

When ZOMBIES go shopping: 40m Target customer breach? That's NOTHING!

Malware linked to fraud in the retail sector may be a bigger problem than even the recent revelation about the compromise of systems US retailer Target suggests.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2014

Handsome young autopilot reports for spaceplane duty

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team this morning welcomed aboard a handsome young autopilot for our Vulture 2 spaceplane - the hot-off-the-press 3D Robotics Pixhawk.
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2014

It was inevitable: Lenovo stumps up $2.3bn for IBM System x server biz

IBM has offloaded its failing x86 biz to Lenovo for $2.3bn, albeit a day later than our sources had predicted.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2014
Q and Bond, Skyfall

Spies spy: CrowdStrike report says cyberspooks are EVERYWHERE

CrowdStrike has confirmed that governments across the world are spying on everyone online with a new report on cyber-espionage.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2014
The Sun's 360 degree view of Wembley. Pic: Jeffrey Martin, 360Cities.net

Treat yourself to some FA, NFL or 1D action at Wembley Stadium

Promo Clients are a fickle lot, but most would leap at the chance to see the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Or a big pop concert. No? Maybe a NFL game could tickle their fancy.
David Gordon, 23 Jan 2014

Bored with patent trolls? Small fry - prepare for the Design Trolls

Changes to UK patent and design law affecting thousands of British businesses have been criticised by industry and Labour's front bench business team.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2014
Icelandic chasm

Did object storage come of age in 2013?

Object storage entered 2013 pretty much as a niche technology but exited the year headed towards mainstream status, with ViPR, Black Pearl and EVault leading the way.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014

Fusion-io posts another loss-making quarter but execs remain bullish

For flash fettlers Fusion-io's finances, it isn’t spring yet – but nor is it the bleak mid-winter. Revenues are starting to look as if they are on a solid footing with sequential growth and reduced losses.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014

Oracle nemesis SkySQL gins up enterprise MariaDB product

Anti-Oracle software startup SkySQL has put the finishing touches on a subscription service that wraps up the MariaDB database, Galera cluster tech, and a proprietary manager, as the company tries to get more organizations to dabble in the drop-in replacement for MySQL.
Jack Clark, 23 Jan 2014
Artist's impression of Ceres

Herschel boffins spot fat dwarf Ceres in TEARS over astro-identity crisis

As every chubby kid will know, it's no fun being bigger than all the other children in the playground.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Jan 2014

If your telco or mobe provider hikes 'fixed' contract fees you can now ESCAPE - Ofcom

UK consumers who are locked into lengthy landline, broadband and mobile contracts have greater protection from being stung by price hikes starting from today, said communications watchdog Ofcom.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2014
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

2014: The year of the cloudy biz bankruptcy... or maybe it isn't?

Once again the channel has proved to be a hardy bunch as insolvencies remained pretty much stable in 2013, despite a meltdown in some areas of tech infrastructure spending.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2014
School of Rock

UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

The UK government is planning to use a network of 400 "master teachers" of computer science to train up other teachers and deliver a new tech curriculum in English schools.

El Reg preps relaunch of Cash’n’Carrion online merchandise emporium

Site news Early days yet, but we are relaunching Cash’n’Carrion, our online tee-shirt and merchandise store. We want you to help us stock the shop by completing this very quick survey.
David Gordon, 23 Jan 2014

Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

eBay has rejected a call from activist investor Carl Icahn to spin off its PayPal division into a separate company.
WD Caviar Green 2TB

Growing revenues, profits on the up: WD sails on serenely

WD’s latest quarter shows untroubled growth as the disk drive business sails serenely on, untroubled by any flash storm.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014
Derisive laugh

'Netflix bitch': CEO of vid-streaming site taunts HBO chief over results

Over-the-top video streamer Netflix finished the year with over 43 million subscribers, almost all of whom pay, the company reported yesterday.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2014

TiVo: Yes we've axed staff, but we're NOT packing in hardware biz

TiVo is shuffling its playing cards as it prepares to shift its strategy somewhat towards the cloud - however the set-top maker has flatly denied claims that it is retreating from the hardware business.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2014

Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

The internet has seized with glee on a Princeton research paper that suggests Facebook will be a virtually abandoned, tumbleweed-riddled corner of the web by 2017, when the social network's "outbreak" will have run its course.

Restructuring costs drag down Avnet's Q2 profits

The better start to fiscal '14 at Avnet Inc is continuing though EMEA remains the damp patch for the enterprise tech side of the house and component sales in the Americas were weaker than expected.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2014

Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

Alcatel-Lucent has teamed up with BT to test an "alien superchannel" across an existing fibre pipe, with the resulting record-breaking 1.4 Tbps they achieved able to transmit a five-month-long grumble flick in just one second.
Team Register, 23 Jan 2014

Judge shoots down Oracle's Solaris support 'trafficking' claim

Oracle has suffered a setback in its latest attempt to reserve the Solaris support business for itself.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2014

US govt watchdog slams NSA snooping as illegal, useless against terrorism

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a federal panel set up to advise the US government on policy, has published report concluding that the bulk collection of data on US citizens by the NSA is illegal and ineffective at stopping terrorism.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2014
A Telecom comms container in the desert

Australia, Indonesia, make peace in the cloud

Australia and Indonesia may be working their way through a nasty diplomatic spat over spying and asylum seekers, but the two nations' premier telcos Telstra and Telkom Indonesia have signed what they call “a non binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a new joint venture to provide network services in South East Asia.”
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014
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Feds cuff revenge smut site boss Hunter Moore on hacking charges

FBI agents today arrested Hunter Moore – best known for running the infamous revenge porn website isanyoneup.com – on charges of conspiracy, hacking and identity theft.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2014

Nokia waves goodbye to device biz as phone sales continue to spiral

Nokia's fourth quarter earnings report for its fiscal 2013 shows a company that's striving to reinvent itself – as it prepares to complete the sale of its struggling mobile phone business to Microsoft.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2014
Artist's image of asteroids and Mars

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 10 years on Mars with a FILTHY selfie

Pic While its flashy younger brother Curiosity is getting all the headlines these days, the Opportunity rover will shortly be celebrating its tenth anniversary on the Red Planet (not bad for a machine expected to last for 90 days) and NASA has revealed a selfie to mark the anniversary.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2014