29th > January > 2014 Archive


Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

Facebook's updated Android app can read text messages on the user's smartphone.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2014

Reg snaps moment when Facebook turned air Blu: 1PB box for unloved pics

Picture Facebook has developed an archive storage system that uses Blu-ray discs to stuff a petabyte into a single cabinet.
Jack Clark, 29 Jan 2014

Cisco sends TrustSec offspring to IETF dating site

In what looks like an effort to recruit other vendors, Cisco has published its TrustSec protocol in the form of an IETF Draft.
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Management tools lead VMware through $5bn annual revenue barrier

VMware has cracked the $US5bn barrier for the first time on the back of 17 per cent year-on-year revenue growth it says it can repeat again during 2014.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2014

Google requests hush-hush radar tests

Google has asked the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to conduct radio tests in the 76-77 GHz bands, probably as part of its ongoing autonomous vehicles research.
Cthulu springs from HP desktop printer

Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

HP is trumpeting new victories in its longstanding war against makers of ink cartridges that work in its inkjet printers, having scored recent legal wins in Germany and Poland.
Neil McAllister, 29 Jan 2014
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AMD tries to kickstart ARM-for-servers ecosystem

AMD today rolled the dice on a risky proposition: enthusiasm for ARM-powered servers in the data center.

CEO Marissa Mayer puts on brave face as Yahoo! shows another loss

Yahoo! has once again seen revenues slip as CEO Marissa Mayer struggles to get the company back on track.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2014
Adobe loves Apple

Want a touch-friendly solar-powered laptop? Apple just patented it

Apple has been awarded a patent for an "Electronic device display module" that replaces a traditional laptop casing with a touch-sensitive transparent unit that can be augmented with solar cells.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2014

Microsoft to Australian government: our kit has no back doors

Microsoft has told an Australian Parliamentary Committee its cloud services and software contain no back doors.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2014
Peter Capaldi as Dr Who. Credit: BBC

New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

The BBC has taunted bereft Doctor Who fans with the first images of their new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in costume.
Screen shot from SpyEye

Russian SpyEye author pleads guilty to starting malware onslaught

Russian national Aleksandr Andreevich Panin has pleaded guilty to charges of banking and wire fraud for his role in developing the SpyEye Trojan, which used botnets of enslaved computers to harvest financial credentials from internet users around the world.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2014

Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs

Two ISPs in The Netherlands have overturned a court order that forced them to block access to BitTorrent search engine the Pirate Bay.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2014
Sinclair ZX Spectrum bluetooth keyboard with Manic Miner Art

Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

Iconic British microcomputer the ZX Spectrum will live again, after a Kickstarter appeal for funds to reincarnate it as a Bluetooth Keyboard succeeded.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2014

Trojan-laden FileZilla clone slurps data, sends it to the UNKNOWN

Cybercrooks have put together a malicious version of popular FTP app FileZilla which works just like the real thing but surreptitiously passes login information to a hacker-controlled server.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2014
The World's Smallest Camera

Snap! Nokia's gyro stabilised camera tech now on open market

The tech that makes Nokia's smartphone cameras so awesomely good has become available on the open market for the first time.
Simon Rockman, 29 Jan 2014
Communist hammer and sickle

Big tech firms holding wages down? Marx was right all along, I tell ya!

Opinion We should have more Marxist analysis of the tech business. So here is some, looking at the manner in which the major firms of Silicon Valley are being accused of perpetrating monopoly capitalism upon the rest of us.
Tim Worstall, 29 Jan 2014
Bletchley Park Manor House, photo: Gavin Clarke

Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

Bletchley Park is planning to replace its volunteer tour guides with actors in a bid to turn the historical attraction into a "geeky Disneyland", The Register has learned.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Jan 2014
Delia Derbyshire tweaks a Jason oscillator

BBC Trust: 'LA LA LA I'M NOT LISTENING' to this DMI mega-tech FAIL

The BBC failed to heed warnings given as early as 2010 that its Digital Media Initiative uber-project was vague and getting nowhere - according to the National Audit Office, which published its investigation into the disaster today.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jan 2014

Just how far did storage and compute converge in 2013?

Converged storage is the coming together of storage and compute in the same box. Didn't this used to be called a server, before the days of networked storage?
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2014

Crown Commercial Services turn screws on Commodity IT suppliers

Crown Commercial Services is turning the screws on suppliers operating on the Commodity IT Hardware & Software framework by cutting margins and ruling that all orders over £250k will require special approval.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014
Three Huawei E585

Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

British mobile network Three is having data issues this morning, cutting its subscribers off from the internet.

CTRL + ALT + TECH: It's time to rack 'n' roll, says Spiceworks

Promo So we are trialling some cross-promotion with Spiceworks, the network monitoring app people and home to a rather big tech community. Let's begin with a shout-out for a Spiceworks webcast called CTRL + ALT + TECH.
David Gordon, 29 Jan 2014

Lenovo chops up biz groups after gobbling IBM x86 servers

Enterprise tech wannabe Lenovo has carved its business into four divisions just a week after it coughed $2.3bn for IBM's x86 server biz, a deal which is awaiting approval from regulators.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014
Angry Birds Rio

Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp

Anti-NSA hackers defaced ‪Rovio's official Angry Birds website ‬on Tuesday night as a reprisal against revelations that GCHQ and the NSA were feasting on data leaked from the popular smartphone game.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2014
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IBM's bailed out of the server market - will they dump Storwize next?

January's not even ended yet and already we have an interesting technology market happening; IBM’s withdrawal from the x86 server market does lead to a number of questions.
StorageBod, 29 Jan 2014
UK PC repair shop

Blighty's tech sector hasn't had it so good for TEN YEARS - report

The British tech sector is booming as growth soars to levels not seen since the glory days of 2004.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Jan 2014
MP Margaret Hodge in the Commons

MP 'shocked' at failures 'at the top' of the BBC over epic DMI tech fail

Labour MP Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, has said that the failure of the BBC to realise that its Digitial Media Initiative uber-project was headed for certain doom went "right to the top".

This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

If the Target hack – along with all its predecessors – taught us anything, it's that the database isn't the vulnerability. It's the data that's the problem.
Intel Galileo

The other end of the telescope: Intel’s Galileo developer board

Review Any notions that the Arduino platform is completely wedded to the Atmel ATmega family of microcontrollers have been shattered. The ARM-equipped Arduino Tre, which is based on Texas Instruments’ Sitara chip, is coming in the spring. And here, now is Intel’s Galileo, an Arduino board based on one of Chipzilla’s x86 processors, the 400MHz Quark X1000 system-on-a-chip.
Tony Smith, 29 Jan 2014
Google Chocolate Factory

Google close to inking search biz deal with Brussels: report

Google is reportedly edging closer to scoring a settlement deal with competition officials in Brussels regarding the ad giant's alleged abuse of its dominance in the European search market.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jan 2014

UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

Claire Perry MP today defended the government’s net filtering policy, claiming that David Cameron's government don’t actually want to regulate internet service providers – but that without some sort of lead, global companies would simply sit on their hands.
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2014

Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

Interview As our title suggests, we at the Special Projects Bureau like a nice project, so we're pleased to share with you today reader Stuart Smith's ambitious 3-axis stabiliser for the GoPro HERO3 - dubiously dubbed the "Stubilizer".
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2014
JP Morgan HQ at Canary Wharf

IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

A man who died in a fall from JP Morgan's headquarters in London yesterday has been named as Gabriel Magee, a senior IT programmer at the firm.
Team Register, 29 Jan 2014

We're on the same wavelength! TV stars cosy up to flog spare Hz

A pair of TV stations in Los Angeles, California, will squeeze into the same frequency band in a test that clear the way for better wireless broadband.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2014

ARM lays down law to end Wild West of chip design: New standard for server SoCs touted

Brit processor core designer ARM has forged a specification to smash through a significant barrier to the widespread adoption of its highly customizable chip architecture in data centers.
Jack Clark, 29 Jan 2014

Brit IT slinger Azzurri's CEO quits to spend more time with family, less time with the M25

Troubled south-coast UK comms integrator Azzurri has confirmed CEO Vim Vithaldas will step down for "family reasons" in July.
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014

Hot naked Asian racks in Cali: El Reg snaps Open Compute servers for all

Pic special Manufacturers in Asia are taking Facebook's Open Compute server blueprints, tweaking the designs, and selling the manufactured kit to the masses, The Register has learned.
Jack Clark, 29 Jan 2014
Rhawn Joseph

Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

Updated A California science author has taken legal action against NASA, claiming the agency is failing to investigate the mysterious object that appeared in front of the Opportunity rover on Mars last month.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2014

Judge: Google owes patent troll a 1.36% cut of AdWords' BEELLIONS

Patent-holding company Vringo has won a legal victory against Google that could net it hundreds of millions of dollars per year in ongoing royalties from the Chocolate Factory's AdWords online advertising system.
Neil McAllister, 29 Jan 2014

Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

Lenovo has signed a deal to buy the loss-making Motorola Mobility smartphone manufacturer for $2.91bn, but a switched-on Google is keeping the patents owned by the firm it gobbled two years ago for $12.5bn.
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2014

Cloud, schmoud, says Cisco: The IoT needs 'FOG COMPUTING'

Cisco is looking to wrap more of the Internet of Things in its warm embrace, announcing that it's going to create a Linux-plus-IOS mashup to run IoT apps at the network edge.

Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

Samsung has fired another shot across Apple's bow, having announced that it plans to open a chain of own-branded retail stores across Europe.
Neil McAllister, 29 Jan 2014