14th > February > 2014 Archive


Verizon jumps into wireless discount punch-fest with 'More Everything'

Verizon Wireless has become the latest US telco to roll out an aggressive price-cutting campaign for its subscribers.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2014

China's smartphone market slows down

The juggernaut that is the Chinese smartphone market slipped a gear for the first time in 27 months in 2013's fourth quarter, declining 4.3 per cent from the previous three months, according to IDC.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Feb 2014
Cat 5 cable

Time Warner merger great for Comcast, but not for anybody else

The merger of the two biggest cable companies in the US has set the markets aflutter, but the government has the final say on whether to allow the deal, and regulators will now be taking a long, stern look at how the deal with change the US TV and broadband market.
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2014
Chrome browser

Google's revamped JavaScript engine cures Chrome's stutters

Google has begun testing a new version of its V8 JavaScript engine for the Chrome browser that improves application performance by executing and compiling JavaScript code at the same time.
Neil McAllister, 14 Feb 2014
Plan 9 is... weird, and has almost no applications - but it shows a future direction for Unix-like OSes

Plan 9 moves out from Lucent licence space

Plan 9, a successor to Unix developed during the 1980s by Bell Labs, is now available under the GNU Public Licence.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014

Silk Road reboot claims: Hacker STOLE all our Bitcoin funds

The latest incarnation of the Silk Road underground market says it lost all of its Bitcoin reserves (estimated to be worth two to three million dollars) in a fraud attack.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2014

Flappy Bird becomes massively multiplayer PHOENIX

This week's technology topic everyone knows something about, Flappy Bird, has risen like a Phoenix in a new, massively multiplayer version.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014

VMware cuts price of hybrid cloud management tool to $0

VMware has released version 2.6 of its vCloud Connector tool, and dropped its price to $0. At current exchange rates that's £0 and $AUD0, for UK and Australian readers.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014

China shutters Windows ‘rival’ Red Flag Linux

China’s homegrown answer to Windows has gone the way of the dodo after failing to make an impact on the domestic market for operating systems.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Feb 2014
LHCb Beauty particle collision graphics. Credit: CERN

No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

A couple of lawyers are calling for the US government not to fund any further research at one of its premier heavy-ion colliders, the RHIC, because of a discredited 15-year-old “doomsday scenario” debate.

Your personal data is worth a measly eight bucks a month

You've heard it a zillion times by now: if an online service is free, you are the product.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014

Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

Facebook has introduced more than 50 gender options its users can select when choosing how they wish to identify themselves.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014
Photo of Orange's Frederic Dufal showing off the Tizen browser's web standards compliance

Tizen teasing continues as new members join but none pledge devices

Tizen, the mobile operating system driven by the Linux Foundation, has added 15 new members including Chinese smartphone maker ZTE and Japanese operator Softbank Mobile.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Feb 2014

NetApp shows off tech specs of FAS array BIZ BEAST

NetApp's coming FAS8000 is a mid-range array designed for scale-out clustering, with the latter becoming as important if not more important to the firm than having bigger-than-FAS6000 boxes in its product range.
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014
MG04SCA 5TB drive

Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

Toshiba, the newest third 3.5-inch disk drive manufacturer, has announced a 5TB drive, beating other suppliers except HGST.
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014
Micro Men

Micro Men: The story of the syntax era

Monitor is an occasional column written at the crossroads where the arts, popular culture and technology intersect. Here we look back at the BBC TV movie Micro Men, a retro-tech fan favourite which tells the story of the rivalry between former colleagues Sir Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry, and how the two men kickstarted the British home computer boom of the early 1980s.
Tony Smith, 14 Feb 2014
Mobile phone stolen by pickpocket

Thought mobe banking apps were safe from nasties? THINK AGAIN

Fake SSL certificates in the wild for Facebook, Google and Apple's iTunes store create a grave risk of fraud for people who bank online using their smartphones.
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2014
Merlin Data Center Cold Aisle

HP claims ProLiant server audits to stop 'competitive misuse'

Exclusive Hewlett Packard is auditing ProLiant Server customers to stamp out “misuse” of its firmware intellectual property in a wide-ranging clampdown on who can support its servers.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Feb 2014
European Union Flag

EC officials voice doubts about Almunia's planned Google settlement deal

Brussels' competition chief is facing a challenge from some of his colleagues in the European Commission who may yet derail his efforts to strike a settlement deal with Google over its alleged abuse of dominance in the search market.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Feb 2014
Sony CV-2000 reel-to-reel consumer video recorder

I want SDN and I want it now!

Sysadmin Blog A recent demonstration of Juniper's Software Defined Networking (SDN) showed a level of automation that makes me loathe the mundanity of my day job all the more.
Trevor Pott, 14 Feb 2014

Smart getaway drivers would yell at Officer Glasshole: 'SafeSearch off, Horse porn'

Quotw Redundancies at big tech firms, including both HP and Dell, were big news this week. At HP, the company has refused to rule out making roles redundant in the UK and then shifting them to parts of Europe where average salaries are lower.
Tesco sells Tescopoly online

THOUSANDS of Tesco.com logins and passwords leaked online

Thousands of Tesco customers have had their emails and passwords posted online after hackers got their hands on the login details.
South Korean spam

Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Your Spam Manager is holding 4 messages.
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Feb 2014
Parliament in the clouds

Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

A high profile UK government cyber security campaign aimed at changing attitudes to online security has come under criticism for the poor quality of its expensive website.
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2014
Apple Mac Pro

Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

Review We all got a sneak preview last summer and many were miffed when the scheduled arrival time at the close of 2013 came and went. However, it appears that the new Mac Pro did ship in small numbers in January of this year.
Stephen Dean, 14 Feb 2014

My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

A number of key ingredients used in perfume brands could soon be banned or restricted in the European Union, following health concerns about some of the compounds used in well-known fragrances including Chanel No 5.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Feb 2014

Ingram Micro's layer cake is about to get a bit flatter

Ingram Micro is toasting better trading conditions in Europe that helped it report record revenues for calendar '13 by sharpening the axe to "de-layer" and "align" the business and save up to $100m in overheads.
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2014

LOHAN cops a faceful of Raspberry Pi

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is methodically working its way through the installation of the Vulture 2 spaceplane's electronic systems, and having got the Pixhawk autopilot up and running, we were able to turn our attention this week to the onboard Raspberry Pi.
Lester Haines, 14 Feb 2014

Samsung Gear splurge skews smartwatch market Google’s way

Strategy Analytics, a market watcher, has provided an object lesson in how statistics can give a potentially skewed picture of the evolution of a new product category.
Tony Smith, 14 Feb 2014

Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet during its final quarter, compared with the same three-month period a year earlier.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Feb 2014
Confused computer keyboard

'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

Opinion I was finishing up a few things in the office well after 6.00pm when I got a call from one of our clients, a well-known OEM and off-the-page seller whom I visited twice a year and who readily accepted and acted on advice and ideas.
Eddie Pacey, 14 Feb 2014
FAS range with FAS8000

FAS flash biz boxen refresher: New boxes fit WHERE exactly?

More FAS info has percolated out through the walls of NetApp's community and we can have a stab at positioning the coming FAS8000s against the existing range - and there's a surprise.
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014
Google Toilet Paper

Google moves to silence critics - whips out EC search settlement deal

Google has gone public with details of its revised search biz settlement offer, after it successfully bagged a deal from Brussels' competition chief last week - despite disappointment from rivals in the case who had pushed for tough sanctions.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Feb 2014
Viber logo

Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten will slurp messaging app Viber for $900m in cash as it continues its plans for world domination.
Saul Klein, venture capitalist

A Year of Code timeline: History of a HYPEGASM

Comment The government's "Year of Code" scheme, chaired by former Tory advisor Rohan Silva, has generated more comments from you than anything else this week. Here's a bite-sized timeline to put the whole story in context.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Feb 2014

Misco set to snap up Phoenix's network ops centre AND its staff

Phoenix IT Group is set to offload its network operations centre in High Wycombe to Misco, TUPEing across staff in the process.
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2014

Capita closing in on public WAN player Updata

Top brass at Surrey-based broadband network services player Updata Infrastructure UK are understood to be mulling over a leading offer from Capita, sources have told us.
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2014
Sony's new PlayStation 4

Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

Sony has claimed an early victory in the next generation console wars after saying it had sold twice as many consoles in the US during January than its arch-rival Microsoft.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Feb 2014

Fiendish Internet Explorer 10 zero-day targets US soldiers

Cyberspies have used an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer 10 in an exploit which appears to target US military personnel.
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2014

IBM handing pink slips to Israel-based Diligent devs - reports

Israeli media outlets are reporting that IBM is laying off product developers at its Diligent operation but leaving support staff roles untouched.
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014
Tom Perkins

'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

After apologizing for his comments comparing increased taxation on the rich to the Nazi pogrom of Kristallnacht, you might have expected Tom Perkins – the pioneering venture capitalist who backed firms such as Netscape, Genentech, AOL, and Google – to moderate his tone. Not a bit of it: on Thursday night he suggested that if you don't pay income or property tax, you shouldn't be allowed to vote.
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2014

Robo-termites will stack boxes IN SPAAACE

Researchers at Harvard University have developed a small robot designed to work in large groups to build structures.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2014

US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

All mobile phones sold in the US will have to include free software that can remotely wipe and disable the device if it is stolen, should a new bill introduced in the Senate becomes law.
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2014
Windows 7

PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least

It seems businesses will be able to order new PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled, rather than Windows 8, for a bit longer than we previously thought – although we don't yet know for just how long.
Neil McAllister, 14 Feb 2014

Apple prevails in Siri marketing lawsuit

A US judge has absolved Apple of charges that the company misled users with its Siri advertising campaigns.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2014
Google Fiber

Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

Google Fiber is the fastest broadband internet provider in the US, but according to the Chocolate Factory's CFO Patrick Pichette, its 1Gbps connection speeds are going to increase ten-fold.
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2014
Rayman Revolution

Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

Norwegian convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has threatened a hunger strike if prison authorities don't upgrade his video game system to a PlayStation 3, among other demands.
Neil McAllister, 14 Feb 2014