13th > February > 2014 Archive

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OK, Mr. President, those cybersecurity guidelines you ordered are HERE

The Obama administration has taken wraps off the Cybersecurity Framework, a new set of voluntary guidelines outlining ways that organizations involved in energy, water, transportation, and other critical infrastructure can shore up their digital security.
Neil McAllister, 13 Feb 2014

Have a Linksys router? Now's a good time to update that firmware

Owners and administrators of Linksys home routers are being advised to update and secure their devices following reports of active attacks on a flaw present in at least two models.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2014

VMware, Google, team up to target corporate Chrome OS adopters

VMware and Google have announced an “expanded relationship” targeting organisations using or considering Chrome OS.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2014

Dr Hurricane unleashes FUSION POWER at Livermore nuke lab

Scientists in California have made a major breakthrough in fusion power research, but the path to unlimited clean energy remains long and difficult.
Jack Clark, 13 Feb 2014
IBM's Power8 processor

Samsung joins IBM's secretive chip consortium

Samsung Electronics has joined IBM's OpenPOWER Consortium, adding another company to stuff Big Blue's chips into a variety of hardware products.
Jack Clark, 13 Feb 2014

Rand Paul launches class-action lawsuit to end NSA phone spying

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed a lawsuit against President Obama and three top national security officials, seeking an end to what the suit describes as the US government's "mass, suspicionless, non-particularized" collection of data on US residents' phone calls.
Neil McAllister, 13 Feb 2014

Google to banish mobe-makers using old Androids: report

Google is reportedly embarking on a quixotic quest to unify the versions of Android circulating in the wild, by trying to bar access to Google Play if a device ships with a too-old revision.
Apple Lisa

Treasure hunters dig up LOST RELIC of dead Steve Jobs

A team of researchers have unearthed a time capsule containing an early Apple mouse that once belonged to Steve Jobs.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2014

Magento bug left user credentials vulnerable: researcher

Security researchers have reported a cross-store vulnerability in the Magento commerce platform that lets attackers create administrative users on any store.

Fibre Channel Industry Association extends roadmap to 128G bps

It's all about speed: the industry association behind Fibre Channel has laid out its acceleration timeline, with 32G bps 128G bps now nailed to the calendar.
Grumpy cat

'Demon Killer' who tied SD card to cat pleads not guilty

An ex-IT bod accused of masquerading as hacker "Demon Killer" to infiltrate PCs and send out a string of murderous threats in 2012 has protested his innocence at the opening of his trial in Tokyo District Court.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Feb 2014

Ganymede map helps reveal satellite's secrets

“Google Ganymede” can only be a matter of time: a group of scientists has produced the first geological map of Ganymede, the moon of Jupiter. Ganymede map joins Earth's moon, and other Jovian moons Io and Callisto, in the select group of planetary satellites for which such maps have been produced.

China's censors censor press censorship report

China’s "Ministry of Truth" has been busy again today, ordering websites inside the Great Firewall to delete all mention of its lowly position, fifth bottom, on the latest Press Freedom Index report from Reporters Without Borders.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Feb 2014

Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

A Japanese man who appears to be a rather overzealous Apple fanboi has started queuing for the iPhone 6, even though it hasn't been announced yet.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Feb 2014

Comcast to acquire Warner Cable – reports

The US broadband market looks set for a shake-up, with multiple reports tipping Comcast to acquire rival Warner Cable.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2014

10,000 km road trip proves Galileo satnav works, says ESA

Europe's alternative to the USA's global positioning system (GPS) may only have four satellites in orbit, but European Space Agency (ESA) officials are confident that constellation delivers a valid service.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2014
Scrooge McDuck

Lenovo cracks its first ever $10bn quarter

Lenovo sold a record-breaking 32.6 million pieces of kit in the last quarter, passing the $US10 billion (£6bn) revenue milestone for the first time.
Phil Muncaster, 13 Feb 2014

Parking firm pulls app after dev claims: I can SEE credit card privates

An automated parking firm has halted public access to its payment app after a blogger identified a serious security flaw which he claimed allowed him to see other users' credit card information.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Feb 2014
Ultrastar He6

Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

Blocks and Files We've seen a lot of innovation in disk drive technology over the past year or so, tech into which millions of dollars of R&D as well as large amounts of time and effort have been poured. But from where we're standing at the beginning of 2014, it may ultimately be totally useless for storage array vendors.
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014
WD My Cloud EX4 NAS box

WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

Review WD is on a mission to make using NAS as easy as possible for consumers to use, from setting a unit up to accessing it remotely via a personal cloud. It’s not exactly a new mission, yet it has gained momentum since the company introduced its popular single bay My Cloud range. Now to get over the limitations of using just a single bay, WD has pimped up the range by introducing a four-bay unit, the My Cloud EX4.
Simon Crisp, 13 Feb 2014
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NetApp FlashRay's OS is 'based on SANtricity' – analyst

A financial analyst suggests that NetApp's coming FlashRay all-flash array will not have a ground-up design operating system but will use the existing SANtricity O/S found in NetApp's EF540 and EF550 flash arrays. NetApp says he's completely wrong.
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014

GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

The Tory-led government has failed to make a good case for its plans to share GP medical records with information that is already stored by NHS England, the Royal College of General Practitioners warned on Wednesday.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Feb 2014

Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

+Comment Critics of the Government's "Year of Code" scheme are misogynists or snobs, according to the BBC's tech correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Feb 2014

Slow'n'steady: NetApp's revenues flatline while profits increase

Coping crisply with slowing growth, NetApp's latest quarterly revenues declined year-on-year but its profits rose as a slowing storage market left it living in interesting times.
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014

Investors throw cash at affordable 3D scanner

Proof that the 3D bandwagon continues to gain pace comes with the news that Fuel 3D Technologies has secured a suitcase full of private investor cash to further fund "the world's first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging".
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2014

Microsoft took away $4m of our profits, laments mighty reseller

The cost of redundancies and restructuring together with the biting changes Microsoft made to sales incentives almost wiped out the profit that Insight Enterprises made in EMEA during Q4, closing the curtains on a year of change.
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2014
China's Jade Rabbit moon lander

IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

It appears that China's Jade Rabbit lunar explorer is not as dead as it looked, as Chinese officials say that the moon rover has managed to awaken from its slumber.

Cops cuff 5 suspects after Silk Road copycat secret drug souk bust

Five alleged drug dealers - who used a concealed website called Utopia to sell their illegal wares - have been arrested by Dutch and German police.
Team Register, 13 Feb 2014
Dropbox IOS

Googorola's Dennis Woodside shuffles over to Dropbox

Googorola employee Dennis Woodside has reportedly been lured away from his role as chief exec of Motorola Mobility, ahead of its sale to Lenovo, to the newly created chief operating officer position at cloud sync and backup firm Dropbox.

Ethiopian journos hit by Hacking Team spyware, say infosec bods

Ethiopian journalists in the US were targeted by malware sold exclusively to governments by the Hacking Team company, according to security researchers.
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2014

Don't hang up! Cisco chucks $100m at Internet of Things

Cisco may have predicted tough times ahead, after sales recently fell sharply in China and it laid off 4,000 employees due to a growth slump, but the networking giant reckons that pumping cash into the so-called Internet of Things will help spur on recovery.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Feb 2014

Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

Comcast Corp plans to merge with Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal priced at $45.2bn.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Feb 2014
Screaming kid

Don't be afraid of our e-tool, public sector, CloudStore won't bite

Nearly two years into the CloudStore experiment and the government is still working out ways to motivate more public sector tech procurement heads to actually use the e-tool.
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2014

Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

Details of secret contracts that Google signs with phone manufacturers have become public for the first time, revealing the extent of the restrictions Google puts on Android smartphones.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Feb 2014
Doctor Who and Sarah

SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

It was as good as anything on the telly. Four past BBC chiefs were giving MPs their opinions at Westminster.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Feb 2014
Her – OS One finds out about Theodore

The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

Film review Spike Jonze’s movie Her invites us to suspend our disbelief as we acquaint ourselves with the life of Theodore Twombly and the relationship he forms with his computer's operating system.
Bob Dormon, 13 Feb 2014

Facebook KICKS OUT ad stalkers for BREACHING data rules

Facebook has divorced itself from two analytics firms who didn't stick to the free content ad network's policies on data retention.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Feb 2014
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Big Blue blasts fibre bottleneck with analog-digital double whammy

ISSCC Big Blue bade farewell to a bottleneck in data transfer this week with a new analog-to-digital converter capable of up to 180 billion conversions per second, and claimed success in mass producing an earlier design, as well.
Jack Clark, 13 Feb 2014
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BlackBerry sets BBM Voice and Channels live on iOS and Android

Terminally consolidating smartphone firm BlackBerry has added support for its Voice and Channel services on the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app for Android and iOS.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2014
Hackers deface the Las Vegas Sands website

DON'T PANIC! No credit card details lost after hackers crack world's largest casino group

IT administrators at the Las Vegas Sands casino are having a tough time restoring their systems after hackers successfully got inside the corporation's firewall, but it appears that the most valuable sections of the network are safe, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Iain Thomson, 13 Feb 2014
Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop

The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

Microsoft claims it has now sold more than 200 million Windows 8 licenses, in the first update to public sales claims it has offered since last May.
Neil McAllister, 13 Feb 2014
South Park's Underpants Gnomes

Okay startup-land: this DATA shows you can stop your whining

It's holy writ for Australia's IT industry that if only we had more technology startups, everything would be better and the nation's economy would have a bright future once its to-all-intents limitless iron ore, coal and sunshine resources are depleted or become unfashionable.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2014

FIGHT! Semiconductor heavyweights debate government's role, gloves come off

ISSCC At this week's normally staid International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC), during a discussion of government's role in the development of technology, voices were raised and numbers were tossed about as debate grenades.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Feb 2014