12th > February > 2014 Archive
Microsoft and Adobe have delivered the February edition of their monthly security updates.
A group of Canadian researchers has given the imprimatur of social-science recognition to a fact that many of us who spend time in internet comment forums have suspected: there's a strong correlation between online trolling and sadism.
Two competing wireless power organizations have signed a pact to play nicely with each other in an attempt to defeat their bigger rival.
At last year's Melbourne VMware user group (VMUG) conference, VMware's Mike Laverick opined that IT pros need a home lab these days, because bosses have stopped shelling out for training.
Microsoft's Bing search engine is returning suspiciously pro-state results for Chinese-language searches even when those searches come from outside of China, activists claim.
The localised weather effects of wind-farms are just that – localised weather effects rather than climate-change engines in their own right, according to new research from Europe.
A week after upsetting the user community with what looked like a “no patches without payment” policy, HP has moved to “clarify” its position.
Analyst firm Gartner has lifted its skirts and explained a little more about how it compiles its controversial Magic Quadrants.
A long-term longitudinal study in the UK has concluded that mobile phones are safe, with the publication of a report finding “no evidence of biological or adverse health effects” from using mobiles.
John McAfee has reportedly decided on his next product, according to Silicon Angle, which says the colourful security entrepreneur has produced something called “Cognizant”.
Common names of people may not, read alone, constitute "personal data", the Court of Appeal has said.
The Mozilla Corporation has announced that it will soon offer the chance to run advertising in its browser.
Contract manufacturer and long time Apple-assembler-extraordinaire Foxconn is now helping Google achieve its ambitious plans in the robotics space, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) project to create an Iron-Man-like exoskeleton has advanced to the point at which trials of a prototype are now expected in June.
FeatureThere has been no shortage of rose-tinted retrospective adulation marking the 30th birthday of the Macintosh over past weeks. Here at El Reg, we’d be the last to deny Apple’s significance and continuing influence on the history of personal computing. But to put everything in perspective, we thought it was worth looking back at some of the occasions when Apple got it wrong.
+CommentA deal struck between Vodafone and Moneygram has added 334,000 international agents from whom you can send money to Vodafone's M-Pesa.
Embedded wireless solutions company EnOcean is planning to show the first self-powered transmitter to work at 2.4GHz.
Intel’s recent Edison launch was much more than a tilt at the burgeoning wearables space – Chipzilla has been working on designs for everything from a smart birdfeeder to a paper notebook on which the user can compose emails, according to a chief boffin.
ArchaeologicIt was a home computer that embodied so many contradictions. It was launched months after the British microcomputer boom of the early 1980s had peaked. It was a rush job: the machine that was revealed to the press in the Spring of 1984 hadn’t even existed nine months previously. It was one of the best-produced British micros of its era, yet it came from a company then known only for dirt-cheap hi-fi products. It shipped when its manufacturer said it would.
PayPal president's credit card got hacked on a UK visit, the victim revealed on Twitter.
Brussels' justice boss Viviane Reding was left feeling decidedly crumby on Monday during a visit to London, after thieves nicked her luggage from an official EU car.
ExclusiveWhitehall is negotiating a deal with Microsoft to prevent thousands of NHS computers from falling victim to hackers targeting Windows XP from April.
The administrator of 2e2 has recouped just a tiny fraction of the debts owed to the integrator, a Progress Report has revealed.
Sysadmin BlogThe storage market is in the middle of an evolution. To what, nobody knows, but a whole lot of people expect to get very rich between now and when we've got it all figured out. The only market that matters to most companies is the enterprise, because that's where the big margins are. One sales junket, lots of terabytes sold. Enterprise vendors have the marketing budgets, they get the press.
A pilot scheme to test mobile phone signal blocking technology in Scottish prisons will go live in two jails in the next few weeks, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced.
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance has marked its first anniversary with the publication of specifications for technology it hopes will simplify authentication and reduce password headaches.
Acquisitive cloud-based telephony player Coms Plc has hoovered loss-making comms dealer Actimax in a cash splurge that could rise to £3.4m depending on results.
Cybercrooks have been quick to latch onto the hype about Flappy Bird's demise by laying a variety of malware-based traps.
EU vice president Neelie Kroes wants the US to slacken its grip on how the internet is managed in the aftermath of revelations about mass surveillance of innocent citizens.
The Federation Against Software Theft is talking up the dangers of buying recycled software, claiming that existing laws are insufficient to protect firms that opt for recycled licences.
Toyota is recalling nearly two million of its Prius hybrid cars worldwide because of a software fault that can make the car slow down or even stop while it's being driven.
It has been described as Darth Vader's dustbin, but that hasn't stopped fanbois from salivating over the new Mac Pro.
Buy IT Direct, one of the last major independent tech e-tailers of size, pushed up turnover by more than a third in '13 but told us demand for kitchen appliances and baby products were largely behind the bounce.
The first wave of Dell folk to volunteer to leap from the privately owned biz with a redundancy parachute, swept over parts of the organisation last week – and by all accounts the numbers exceeded management targets.
Bankrupt wireless company LightSquared is hoping to submit a restructuring plan that its creditors can agree with by this Friday, although the judge in the bankruptcy case thinks it's unlikely the firm will get everybody on board.
VDI is becoming a vendor obsession. Just days after Fusion-io's ioVDI product we have an another VDI appliance using EMC's ScaleIO technology with LSI flash, Supermicro servers and Mellanox networking which they claim can boot 1,000 virtual desktops in 12 minutes at a price per desktop of an entry-level business PC.
IBM has begun slicing away at its workforce in India and Europe, as the company tries to shift its business to more lucrative, higher-margin technologies.
The Yutu rover delivered in China's first moon-probe mission has popped its clogs and will become a permanent fixture of the lunar landscape.
Android and iOS increased their domination of the smartphone market in 2013, with over 95 per cent of all sales in what proved to be the industry's first billion-unit shipment year, according to the latest research.
Networking giant Cisco has reported weak results in line with its own muted expectations as it continues to face difficulties in emerging markets.
Nvidia has reported better-than-expected fourth quarter financial results, with revenues of $1.14bn over the three months ending January 26, up 9 per cent on the last quarter and 3 per cent on the year-ago period.