31st > January > 2014 Archive

Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Yahoo! is urging users of its Mail service to change their passwords to something secure and unique to the web giant – after a security breach exposed account login details to theft.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2014
An Amazon Coin

Amazon reports rare profit and is punished by Wall Street

E-retail bellwether Amazon badly missed Wall Street expectations on Thursday, causing its shares to fall – even though it reported a healthy profit.
Jack Clark, 31 Jan 2014

Sprint to buy T-Mobile US? Not so fast, says antitrust official

Rumors persist that US mobile carrier Sprint may be looking to snap up smaller rival T-Mobile US, but a top antitrust enforcer has warned that any such deal would be very unlikely to meet regulatory approval.
Neil McAllister, 31 Jan 2014
NSA's Fort Meade headquarters

US government names new head of NSA and US Cyber Command

The Secretary of Defense has appointed new leadership for the NSA, the Central Security Service, and the US Cyber Command, with Vice Admiral Michael Rogers as the new boss and Richard Ledgett as his civilian deputy.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jan 2014

Bye-Zynga: online games maker laying off 314 staff

Mobile game specialist Zynga has announced that it will be laying off some 15 per cent of its staff as part of a cost-cutting measure.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2014
International Space Station

ISS astronauts to grow tomatoes and rice …. IN SPAAAAACE

Plants grown aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have produced food that is entirely safe to eat, even after several generations of propagation, Russian scientists have revealed.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2014
USA, Canada - which one is which?

Snowden: Canadian spooks used free airport WiFi to track travellers

Another day, another item of news about unwarranted state surveillance from the desk of one E. Snowden, late of Moscow.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2014

El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

(Editorial note: We at The Register are continually exploring ways to deliver content in new and exciting formats. In response to the growing online trend for undemanding, text-light stuff with loads of big pictures, we're delighted to announce the launch of BuzzFelch - an automated aggregator which trawls the internet in search of lively tech-related imagery and compiles it into a fantastic numbered list. We'll shortly be launching BuzzFelch Lite, without any words at all, for the seriously attention deficient goldfish demographic. In the meantime, enjoy...)
Lester Haines, 31 Jan 2014
Lenovo Yoga 11

Lenovo reveals convertible Chromebook

Lenovo has quietly slipped out a convertible Chromebook that operates in four modes: “laptop, tablet, tent and stand”.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2014

Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

Civil liberties monitoring group Statewatch has uncovered a document sent from the General Secretariat of the European Council to the Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security that suggests European law enforcement agencies develop technology that would allow them to stop any car using wireless networks.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2014
The Hindenburg, on fire and doomed above Lakehurst

Tell us we're all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists

+Sketch MPs begged scientists to tell them what to do at Westminster this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2014

My other supercomputer is a Lenovo: What IBM System x sale means for HPC

HPC blog Back in May 2013, when IBM was first rumoured to be selling part of its System x division to Lenovo, I wrote a story looking at how this might impact IBM’s position in the HPC market. It’s a good time to revisit that analysis and see what the picture looks like now.
Quantum LTO-6 Ultrium tapes

Quantum: OK, we're not flogging as much as hoped, but at least we only lost $2.4m this time

Quantum's revenues declined in its third quarter but its losses shrank much faster.
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2014
Mars jelly doughnut

'I had a rare Twitter handle... I was extorted into giving it up'

Quotw This was the week when a developer was blackmailed out of a rare, single-letter Twitter handle by a hacker who claims to have social-engineered their way into his life through GoDaddy and PayPal.
Motorola StarTAC

HELLO LENOVO. Do you really, really want to make smartphones?

Analysis Lenovo has bought third place in today's smartphone market by acquiring fallen giant Motorola. Not a bad performance since it only created its 'MIDH' mobile division three years ago. But is this really a prize worth fighting for?
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2014

EU warns United States: SHAPE UP on data protection OR ELSE

The US has until this summer to fix problems identified in the way an EU-US framework for the transfer of personal data between the regions operates, a senior EU official has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Jan 2014
Happy child at Christmas with a tablet

Apple and Android split Santa's stash, go on Xmas PC and tab high

Apple sold more tablets and PCs than anybody over the Christmas trading period but – just like everybody else – it felt growing pressure from Google’s Android.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jan 2014
Apple advertises the first Mac

MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Christian schoolchildren who pay attention during Religious Education classes will at some point independently wonder why there are more Commandments than Deadly Sins. Keep your Commandments – why are there only seven naughty things to do in one’s life? Even by the age of 12, most youngsters could invent plenty more juicy sins than that.
Alistair Dabbs, 31 Jan 2014
management strategy4

Toshiba upheaval continues as firm scraps EU country managers

Executive veep for Toshiba's European PC and TV biz Andy Bass has split after 24 years' service following another major restructure.
Paul Kunert, 31 Jan 2014
Dialog box displayed by Android 4.2 when it spots potential malware

The TRUTH about LEAKY, STALKING, SPYING smartphone applications

More than a third of smartphone apps can track user location, according to a study based on an analysis of more than 800,000 Android applications.
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2014
Apple iPhone 4 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S 4G (right)

Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes

Apple and Samsung were back in court yesterday arguing over the potential ban on Sammy products found infringing on the fruity firm's patents. Samsung claims Apple only wants the ban to strike fear into the hearts of telcos and retailers who sell Samsung products.
Wheat harvest

BT fattens up its sales thanks to hearty fibre+footy diet

BT's wholesale wing continued on its downward spiral during the one-time national telco's third quarter, with sales tumbling nine per cent to £589m from £645m a year earlier.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2014

Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

SAP and IBM? Pah! Says Larry Ellison. Amazon and Salesforce – them’s my competition these days.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jan 2014
Columns of coins in the cloud

Microsoft builds admin tool to spare Office 365 sellers' blushes

Microsoft's legion of Office 365 floggers have waited 18 months for a tool that allows them to manage customers using the cloudy suite, and in that time blindly fielded some calls from irate folk suffering outages.
Paul Kunert, 31 Jan 2014
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Davos Diary: POVERTY disruption in ACTION. Cash-poor? Just mine a #BongCoin!

¡Bong! After last year’s fiasco in the Andes it was a relief to arrive safely for the World Economic Forum's annual gathering in Davos - which is a kind of week-long hackathon with fondue. Here, exclusively for THE REGISTRAR are a few highlights from my diary.
Steve Bong, 31 Jan 2014

Microsoft-backed lobby group demands market test of Google's proposed 'search fix'

A Microsoft-backed lobby group is urging Brussels' competition chief Joaquin Almunia to open up Google's latest revised offer of a conciliatory package of tweaks to its search biz to the ad giant's rivals.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2014

NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has snapped a picture of a spacecraft flying over the Moon beneath it - unfortunately, it was one of the space agency's own satellites.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum bluetooth keyboard with Manic Miner Art

ZX Spectrum game devs allege Elite Systems Ltd didn't pay their royalties

A number of British developers who coded games in the 1980s for the 8-bit ZX Spectrum home computer have been complaining about Elite Systems Ltd, alleging it had not made royalty payments due to them.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2014
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 ruggedised tablet

Wheee GDUNK! Panasonic's latest Toughpads ready to hit the streets

Hands-on A few weeks after its unveiling at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year, samples of Panasonic’s mini Toughpad FZ-M1 have finally made it to these shores. The company was showing off the sturdy little blighter in London yesterday alongside its 20-inch 4K tablet which is rolling into production as you read this.
Bob Dormon, 31 Jan 2014
Candy Crush Saga

Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

Independent game-makers are hoping to inundate Apple's App Store with "candy" games in a demonstration against Candy Crush Saga-maker King for its trademark of the word CANDY.

ChewBacca point-of-sale keylogger SLURPS your CREDIT CARD data

Point-of-sale malware dubbed ChewBacca has hit dozens of small retailers in 11 countries as far apart as the US, Russia, Canada and Australia.
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2014
GCHQ Oakley Sign

Brit security startup turns to France for help

British security startup Darktrace has nabbed Andrew France, the former head of the UK government security snoops at GCHQ, as its chief executive.
Jack Clark, 31 Jan 2014
Firing squad

Microsoft takes InfoPath behind the shed, says successor will be better

Microsoft has announced that it has axed its Office InfoPath forms-entry software, in favor of a new, yet-to-be-announced technology that will be revealed later this year.
Neil McAllister, 31 Jan 2014
Test location

University boffins build snoop-spotting snitch app

University researchers have developed a smartphone app to show users how often their mobile software tracks their movements.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2014
The Hubble Extreme Deep Field (XDF): an image of a small area of space in the constellation Fornax, created using Hubble Space Telescope datafrom combined Space Telescope exposures taken over a decade

MIT scientists craft a storage system fit for THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE

Distributed file systems may be cheap to run, but their performance can be atrocious when the network becomes saturated, and some boffins are hoping to change this so to better simulate our universe.
Jack Clark, 31 Jan 2014
Eve Online mega-battle

EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

A single missed micropayment sparked off an epic interstellar battle on EVE Online that was so costly the developers have decided to erect a permanent monument to the conflict.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jan 2014