24th > January > 2014 Archive

Snowden speaks: NSA spies create 'databases of ruin' on innocent folks

Ex-NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden used his first public Q&A to call for the US to lead a global initiative to ban mass surveillance of populations. He also wants governments to ensure that intelligence agencies can protect national security while not invading everyday privacy.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2014
Palm Pre Touchstone wireless charger

Qualcomm gobbles Palm patents after rummaging around HP's backroom

Mobile chipset maker Qualcomm has bought 2,400 patents from HP, including Palm and iPaq technology.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2014
Microsoft Surface bomb

Microsoft loses cash on each Surface slab – but core biz strong as ever

Microsoft again reported solid earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Thursday, beating analyst estimates with figures that in some cases exceeded its own expectations.
Neil McAllister, 24 Jan 2014

China cuffs 60,000 pirates in 2013 crackdown

Police in China arrested just shy of 60,000 people suspected of copyright abuses last year, in cases worth 173 billion yuan (£17bn).
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2014

Google, Netflix ready next weapon in net neutrality battle: The fury of millions

Comment As the future of net neutrality hangs in the balance, Google and Netflix have this week decided that offense is the best defense. The two web kingpins are preparing to rally millions of netizens to their cause, namely that their internet traffic should be free to flow unmolested by broadband providers.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2014
Donkey Kong

King Kong's dangling cluster cut loose

The supercomputer used to animate Peter Jackson's 2005 version of King Kong has been donated to New Zealand's Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014
Brando wooden cross Flash drive

The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis has shared his thoughts about the Internet, declaring it a wonderful thing but also expressing worries that it impair human relationships and inflict a kind of commercial violence on users.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014

Sony pumps cash into gene-wrangling joint venture

PlayStation purveyor Sony wants to be remembered for more than overpriced electronics and massive data breaches, having just launched a joint venture in the field of genome research.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2014
Sorry we're closed

French drug dealers regretfully announce 'temporary closure'

A bunch of French drug dealers demonstrated a touch of Gallic narcohumour earlier this week by announcing the "temporary closure" of their regular public point of sale.
Lester Haines, 24 Jan 2014
A tattoo with probable syntax error

Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

A developer going by the name Spydon has done something very silly: the tattoo he requested of some code contains an error.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014
One of the images describing Microsoft's blade server design

Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

Sharp-eyed blogger Kevin Houston has spotted a Microsoft attempt to patent a “Tray and Chassis Blade Server Architecture”.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung profits deflate after mobile division runs out of puff

Global smartphone leader Samsung took a knock on Friday after releasing Q4 financials that show a drop in profits of 11 per cent from the previous three months – its first quarterly decline in two years.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2014
Our hire car beside the Stuart Highway

IBM and SAP: Looks like we're STUCK forever on the cloud highway

Earnings from SAP and IBM – two giants in enterprise IT - proved that both companies are struggling to cope with the move to the cloud and show that success in hosted computing is receding for them.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2014
Back of iPhone 5

Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

Apple has promised to fix the dreaded "white screen of death" bug that has caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth after causing fanbois' phones to crash.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Jan 2014

'I don't understand why they feel like they own the word CANDY'

Quotw This was the week when remote access app LogMeIn pulled its free version, uniting freeboards in a resounding cry of "Hell no! We don't pay for stuff on the internet!"
SanDisk 2.5in 32GB internal Flash drive

SanDisk flashes better-than-expected results. Right, let's upend our biz model

Flash card and SSD shipper SanDisk has ended a lovely-looking fiscal 2013 with four quarters of rising revenues and rising profits, contrasting well with the relative disaster that was fiscal 2012. But the company will have to move fast to address falling memory prices.
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2014

Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

Feature Thirty years ago this Friday, at approximately 9:45am on Tuesday, 24 January, 1984, the Macintosh introduced itself after Steve Jobs unveiled it at an Apple shareholders' meeting in Cupertino's Flint Center for the Performing Arts.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jan 2014

I've just seen 10% of the PC biz disappear into the cloud

Opinion The days of the desktop computer look to be numbered.
Philippe Fossé, 24 Jan 2014

Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

Analysis A security startup founded by a former NSA bod has launched an encrypted email and privacy service, aimed initially at ordinary folks.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2014

Alternative Networks swallows Control Circle for £39.4m

AIM-listed biz comms provider Alternative Networks has dug deep for the second time this month and found £39.4m worth of loose change to buy managed hosting and cloudy player Control Circle.
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014

UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results

Google is to be told by the UK government to weaken the threats posed by copycat websites that offer tax return services to unsuspecting Brits, presumably by getting the ad giant to push the links off its first page of search results.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jan 2014
Terminator postal worker

Robots? What a bunch of workers...

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Robots have taken over my newsagent.
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Jan 2014
Total War Battle: Shogun Android/iOS game screenshot

OK company, they've cleared. Storage firms: Reload and fire at will

Roundup This week has been a barrage of storage news: everything from biz results boasts, big firms swallowing upstarts and new deals to product releases and annexation of new territories by a newbie... Now that the dust has settled, let's have a look around and re-assess the landscape.
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2014
Targeted Spam

Spam drops as legit biz dumps mass email ads: Only the dodgy remain

Spam email was down in volume last year, but junk mail messages still comprise two in three items of electronic communication sent over the interwebs.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2014
Back of iPhone 5

Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

Apple is preparing to unveil a new iPhone with a larger screen, it has been claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Jan 2014
MP Margaret Hodge in the Commons

Margaret Hodge, PAC are scaring off new biz: Treasury source

The UK's Treasury Department is said to be ticked off by the Public Accounts Committee and its vocal chair MP Margaret Hodge for scaring companies off Blighty with their investigations into multinationals' corporation taxes.
BT street cabinet

Achtung NIMBYs! BT splurges extra £50m on fibre broadband rollout

BT is throwing a further £50m at its commercial deployment of fibre cabling for faster broadband connections and has said that 30 cities in Britain will benefit from the cash splurge.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jan 2014
HP Chromebook 11

HP Chromebook 11 quietly slips back on Google Play shelves... but where's the FIRE?

HP and Google have returned their long-absent Chromebook 11 to the Play Store. The £229 cloud-centric notebook is in stock and ready to be “dispatched from warehouse in 1 - 2 business days”, the site says.
Tony Smith, 24 Jan 2014

Former 2e2 workers WIN case for protective award

An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of former 2e2 workers' claims for protective awards. A year after the saga began, hundreds are to be paid up to eight weeks' wages by the government – the maximum allowed.
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014

A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

Analysis Could the BBC be better off if it raised money through subscriptions? Last week Westminster heard that the BBC had modelled precisely this scenario and found that it would be richer than it is today. It just didn't want to tell you.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jan 2014

Facebook coughs up $33.5k... its BIGGEST bug bounty EVER

Facebook has awarded its highest bug bounty to date after the discovery of a vuln which could have been used to spray Facebookers with drive-by download-style malware exploits.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2014
Googorola logo

Patent-holding firm's lawsuit against Googorola kicks off

Patent-holding firm Intellectual Ventures kicked off its lawsuit against Googorola yesterday, in a case of tech giant versus the "we're-not-a-patent-troll" IP licensing firm.
Photo of billboard marketing Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Microsoft loses grip on Christmas shoppers... despite XBox boost

Analysis Microsoft's second quarter results, posted on Thursday, reveal that the software giant struggled in the sexy world of devices during the all-important Christmas shopping period.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2014

Icahn slurps another $500m in Apple shares, demands buyback AGAIN

Activist investor Carl Icahn has yet again called on Apple to start scooping a few handfuls off its mountain of cash and handing it back to shareholders. His latest call came after he upped his stake in the fruity firm by a whopping $500m.
The original 'Bondi Blue' iMac G3

The Mac at 30: Hardware and software wars – again and again and ...

Feature The countdown continues as we step through the 10 most important events that have shaped the evolution of the Apple Macintosh over the past 30 years.

1.1 MILLION customers' credit card data was swiped in Neiman Marcus breach

US luxury retailer Neiman Marcus has confirmed that details from 1.1 million customers' cards were stolen in a recently detected high-profile breach.
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2014

UK.gov: NO MORE tech deals bigger than £100m. Unless we feel like it

Tech titans that grew fat off the public sector purse should take note that IT contracts worth £100m and over are to become a thing of yesteryear - according to the government.
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014

Gmail falls offline, rest of Google struggles on: NO! Not error code 93!

Updated2 Netizens complained today that Google's social network Plus was knackered and the webmail service Gmail fell completely offline.
Chris Williams, 24 Jan 2014

Microsoft slices Azure prices just days after Amazon's cloud shave

The infrastructure-as-a-service industry behaves like a topsy-turvy oligopoly, where far from keeping prices high, the major corporations are grinding prices into the dirt.
Jack Clark, 24 Jan 2014
from http://www.linux.org.ru

Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

Games vendor Valve has offered a surprise present to the Debian Linux community, in the form of subscriptions that give Debian project members free, unlimited access to all Valve game titles – past, present, and future – forever.
Neil McAllister, 24 Jan 2014

Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

Facebook's data scientists have schooled two Princeton students who published a paper predicting that the social network would lose 80 per cent of its users by 2017 and go extinct shortly afterwards.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2014
Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo. Credit: Press Association

Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

Two Brits were today jailed in the UK for abusing and threatening a feminist campaigner and an MP on Twitter.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2014

Amazon slides first flash hardness into Redshift data muncher

Amazon has added compute nodes with flash drives to its cloudy data warehouse Redshift – as the e-retailer turned computer-renter takes on Teradata, Greenplum, Oracle, IBM and the like.
Jack Clark, 24 Jan 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Google sets $2.7m Pwnium prize for cunning cracks for Chrome OS

The fourth Pwnium hacking competition will be held in March, and this year Google is offering some major prizes for anyone who can subvert its Chrome OS.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2014