11th > February > 2014 Archive

MtGox takes heat as reasons for Bitcoin FAIL surface

The high-profile MtGox bitcoin exchange remains partially disabled as the company works to address a security flaw which critics say should have been fixed months ago.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2014

Is it a bird? A plane? No – it's a CLOUD BRAIN

Netflix has created a blueprint for how companies might use neural networks to analyze information in – you guessed it – the cloud.
Jack Clark, 11 Feb 2014
Bill Gates Reddit video

RISE of the MACHINES and Bitcoin: Bill Gates' Reddit tech predictions

Bill Gates has engaged in a Q&A on Reddit to dispel some of the myths about himself and to ask for the internet community's help in spreading the truth about US foreign aid.
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2014
iTunes 10: iTunes Music Store

iTunes radio tunes in to Australia for first launch beyond USA

Apple has activated its iTunes radio service outside the USA for the first time, with Australia the lucky nation chosen to receive Cupertino's competitor to Spotify, Pandora and rdio.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2014

Microsoft throws open Excel-based biz data tools to world+dog

Following a trial program with select customers that lasted nearly half a year, Microsoft has announced general availability of Power BI for Office 365, its Excel-based business intelligence toolkit.
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2014

Google Research: Three things that MUST BE DONE to save the data center of the future

ISSCC One prominent member of Google Research is more concerned with the challenges of speedily answering queries from vast stores of data than he is about finding business intelligence hidden inside the complexities of that omnipresent buzzword, "big data".
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2014
Office 365 Portal

Microsoft gets with the times, builds two-factor authentication into Office 365

Microsoft is beefing up the security in Office 365 by offering two-factor authentication to all users of its cloud productivity service.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2014
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DARPA wants to out-Google-Google

The military, researchers, and spooks have long known of the value of public domain information, and now DARPA wants to create a search engine to out-Google-Google in the business of organising that information.
Tesla fire

Boffins hose down fiery Li-ion batteries with industrial lubricant

As Boeing and Tesla both know, if you mistreat a lithium-ion battery, it can start a fire – which puts a premium on the search for non-flammable components. Now, US researchers say they've found a candidate electrolyte in an unexpected place.
Lego Minecraft

Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

Gaming rock star Notch, the man behind the childhood-devouring mega-smash Minecraft, has pulled the plug on a fan movie based on the game.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2014
Money FU

Cisco coughs up to patent troll, smacks down IP laws

Cisco has announced that its long-running battle with patent troll Innovatio is over, with the licensing outfit accepting $US2.7 million to settle the case.
Photo of Kim Jong-un using an archaic computer

North Korea to switch on the interwebs

North Korea has agreed to allow internet access within its borders, or at least within the bounds of an industrial park run jointly with firms from the South.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Feb 2014

'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

+Comment The government's "Year Of Code" scheme to bring computer programming into schools for children as young as five has degenerated into a political bunfight.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2014
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Microsoft, Oracle name the date to consummate Azure deal

Microsoft has written to Oracle-on-Azure users, letting them know that as of March 12th they'll be paying for the Oracle bits of it.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2014

Chinese mobe-makers in pincer movement to corner Qualcomm

China’s mobile phone industry has turned up the heat on Qualcomm after submitting a damning report to government regulators in an on-going antitrust investigation into the US chip giant.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Feb 2014
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VMware hooks Desktone into vCenter

VMware has revealed a little of what it plans to to with desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) outfit Desktone, which it acquired last October.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2014

HP wants HUNDREDS of hapless staffers OUT by April - trade union

Hundreds of British HP workers are being lined up for the chop this quarter with almost a half expected to come from Enterprise Services.
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2014
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Ending the profit fail: Imation FINALLY posts a positive quarter

Scalable storage outfit Imation has finally announced a profitable quarter after 15 loss-making quarter in a row. It's stemming the bleeding at last as its optical and tape media revenues spiral downwards. The newer businesses are beginning to grow fast enough to offset that.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014

EU network tech boss: Europe to take the lead on 5G (thanks, Huawei)

At the 5G@Europe Summit on Monday, Brussels networking czar Thibaut Kleiner said that Europe will "lead" the way with 5G, and that this will mean growth in the IT sector and the economy at large.
Simon Rockman, 11 Feb 2014

Is FCoE faster than Fibre Channel? Who knows? Just run your own tests

The Cisco Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) supporters' club has taken grave exception to what it views as a deeply flawed Evaluator Group study, funded by Fibre Channel (FC) enthusiasts Brocade, which showed FC was faster than FCoE.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
Empire of the Bs - Robot Jox

Empire of The 'B’s: The Mad Movie World of Charles Band

Book review There’s definitely a buzz around B movies these days, with the genre seemingly, er, healthier than ever. Take Sharknado, which aired on SyFy and became a Twitter sensation. I think the only thing I managed to tweet last year was “My feed is full of Sharknado".
Lucy Orr, 11 Feb 2014
Q and Bond, Skyfall

Kaspersky rips The Mask from sneaky Spanish spy campaign

Security researchers have discovered a sophisticated string of cyberattacks from a group of Spanish-speaking miscreants who have been operating since at least 2007.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2014
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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

The BBC and ITV look set to cut YouView adrift, backing a new TV distribution platform they've developed called FreeView Connect. This has long been rumoured in the UK industry, and now Digital UK – which is backed by the two channels together with Channel 4 and Arqiva – has confirmed they're looking at it.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2014

Ono board mulls Vodafone's offer to grab its pipe for £5.8bn

The board of Spain's biggest cable operator Ono will meet today to decide if it should accept a £6bn (€7bn) bid from Vodafone or push ahead with its plans for an IPO.
Simon Rockman, 11 Feb 2014
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Nokia and HTC throw down swords, sign patent war peace treaty

Nokia and HTC have decided to bury the patent hatchet and spar no more in courts throughout the world after the two companies signed a patent and technology collaboration agreement.

Mystical VM-accelerating beast emerges from Atlantis

Atlantis, maker of server-accelerating RAM-based VDI data storage, have a general VMware virtual machine-accelerating USX product, with server RAM as the primary storage tier and radical virtualised server acceleration as the result.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
Dark, seasonal flows at Palikir Crater on Mars snapped by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Boffin talks WATER on MARS: Granted, no 'smoking gun', but all clues flow there...

Images of dark markings on the surface of Mars that appear to flow as the planet experiences seasonal changes have given boffins the strongest indication of possible liquid water on the planet, but it's proving difficult to come up with conclusive proof.

Server tech is BORING these days. Where's all the shiny new goodies?

Blocks and Files Once upon a time, a mere 10 years or so ago, servers had direct-attached disks or network-attached disk arrays. The flash in the arrays – SSDs primarily, but also in the controllers – made data access faster.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014

Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar

Google is set to rent out NASA's historic Hangar One as well as two runways at an airfield near its Mountain View headquarters.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Feb 2014

Survey: Just 1 in 3 Euro biz slackers meets card security standards

European businesses are lagging far behind the rest of the world in compliance with global payment card industry security standards, according to a new survey.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2014
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Flash fettler Fusion-io on VDI: Veni, vidi ... not sure about the last bit

Server flash fettler Fusion-io is the latest supplier to try to crack the make-VDI-popular nut with its ioVDI software, which combines server-side flash with shared storage.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
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US Appeal Court slaps Apple for trying to shake antitrust monitor

The US Appeals Court has rejected Apple's bid to oust its court-appointed antitrust monitor, after Cupertino failed to convince the panel of three judges that he was doing the company irreparable harm.

One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

Analysis So, you're a Register reader and despite the fact that Flappy Bird has been withdrawn from app stores, you know how to obtain it for free on your phone in moments*.
Team Register, 11 Feb 2014

Google hefts MySQL service into cloud

Google has pushed its MySQL-based cloud database service into general availability, months after beginning a wholesale shift of internal production servers to MariaDB.
Jack Clark, 11 Feb 2014

Europe shrugs off largest DDoS attack yet, traffic tops 400Gbps

Once again hackers are targeting content-delivery firm Cloudfare, and the company says this latest attack is its biggest yet, peaking at over 400Gbps of traffic.
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2014

Apple's iTunes 'n' App Store rakes in half the mazuma of Google's ENTIRE core business

Here's your fun stat for today: Apple's iTunes, Software, and Services group has gross revenues of about half that of Google's entire core business – excluding Motorola and "Other" – and those revenues are rising faster than Google's.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2014

¡Viva la Revolution! Geeksphone's new mobe to go on sale this month

Smartphone startup Geeksphone has announced complete specs, pricing, and a selling date for Revolution, its Intel-powered, OS-agnostic handset.
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2014
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Cut-price Linode competitor spins up Singapore bit barn

Scrappy cloud provider DigitalOcean has started selling cloud servers out of a Singapore data center, giving the cut-price Linode competitor a globe-spanning service.
Jack Clark, 11 Feb 2014

MtGox fallout bogs down Bitcoin traders as malleability issue goes mainstream

BitCoin service providers are scrambling to fix their systems and address flaws as a mass of traffic has been spotted targeting the "transaction malleability" loophole which has been connected to the embattled MtGox exchange.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2014

With $100m+ buyout deal, Klout is suddenly popular again

Klout, the startup that claims to be able to measure users' influence on social media sites, has just gained a whole lot more influence of its own – at least $100m worth.
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2014
The two Wicked Lasers fired up

FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

While laser pointers are very useful for presentations and distracting cats, the FBI is fed up with idiots using them to try to blind airline pilots, and is offering $10,000 to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest.
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2014