26th > February > 2014 Archive

Coronal mass ejection: A close up of a sloar flare erupting from the Sun's surface. Pic: NASA

The Sun ERUCTATES huge ball of GAS at 4 MILLION MPH

Pics & video NASA has published images and a video of a massive solar flare that the sun belched forth at 4.4 million miles per hour, which lasted from 0039 until 0103 UTC on Tuesday morning, and reached its peak at 0049.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Feb 2014
WD Purple surveillance HDD

Surveillance, that's a hot topic right now. We'll make some disk drives for that – WD, Seagate

Not so long ago, Apple went through a list of big cats to name its OS X releases and it seems that WD is doing the same with a box of crayons. So far we’ve had WD Black (flash-disk hybrid), Green (eco-friendly), Blue (desktop-friendly) and Red (NAS-friendly).
Bob Dormon, 26 Feb 2014

Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years

RSA 2014 If you thought NSA snooping was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet: online criminals have also been watching and should soon be able to copy the agency's invasive surveillance tactics, according to security guru Bruce Schneier.
Iain Thomson, 26 Feb 2014
AWA Tower in Sydney
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AWA calls in administrators

AWA – once Amalgamated Wireless Australia – may be nearing the end of its 105-year-long road, with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporting that it's called in the administrators.

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations stall again

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade disagreement talks continue to resemble a slow-motion train wreck, with the latest round of negotiations apparently stalled over agricultural subsidies.
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Aaah-CHOOO! Brit boffins say WiFi can 'sneeze' malware

While the "head cold" metaphor is a bit laboured, the issue is genuine: a group of researchers from the University of Liverpool have found that WiFi access points are highly efficient at passing around virus infections.
Include Security's Tinder leakage demo
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Dating app spent months as STALKING app

The popular dating app Tinder spent months last year leaking excessive location data about its users.
Traffic in Beijing during period of heavy pollution

China in the grip of a 'NUCLEAR WINTER': Smog threat to crops

The heavy air pollution gripping China has become so severe that experts fear crops in the region will be unable to grow properly this season.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2014
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IBM stuffs 64Gbps of traffic down 'low quality' fibres

While there are politicians in Australia willing to argue that you can't predict the future capacity of fibre, IBM is doing just that, publishing an experiment that suggests the low-cost multimode fibres used for short-haul data centre links will support years of speed improvements.
The Pirate Bay's temporary Research Bay logo

Pirate Bay becomes 'Research Bay' for three days

Notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has found a way to clothe itself in a little respectability for a couple of days by teaming with Sweden's Lund University Internet Institute to research file sharing.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2014
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VMware flicks switch on Euro hybrid cloud

As foreshadowed in these very pages last week VMware has flicked the switch on its VMware Hybrid vCloud Service in Europe.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2014
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Taiwan Mobile unveils Granny-tracker smart bracelet

State-of-the-art smartwatches and wearables are garnering many of the headlines at the Mobile World Congress this week, but in Taiwan a local operator has a different idea – a smart bracelet designed specifically for the elderly.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Feb 2014
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CipherCloud launches 'watch your cloud app' protection

CipherCloud is rolling out a new iteration of its cloud-based security and data loss prevention (DLP) environment which it says focuses on interoperability with existing environments.
Facebook drowning

Facebook ditches TOP SECRET email service. Did YOU know it had one?

Facebook is quietly closing down its failed attempt to get its users to switch over to its @facebook.com email addresses.

Apple throws sueball at China's patent office over Siri clone

Apple has decided to take on the might of the Chinese government over an on-going Siri patent dispute by throwing a sueball at the State Intellectual Property Office and a Shanghai-based technology firm.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Feb 2014
Intel Xeon E7 server chip

Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

Intel has offered another reason it doesn't think ARM processors pose an enormous threat to its high-end chip business: software isn't written to run across multiple CPUs.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2014

NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

NHS England's bosses and the government's health minister came under fire from MPs on Tuesday afternoon over the fudged and delayed plan to store patients' GP-held medical records with other data kept by hospitals in a centralised database.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Feb 2014
TypeScript

Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

Microsoft's TypeScript web development language is almost ready for prime time, and by the time the next update for Visual Studio 2013 arrives, TypeScript 1.0 will be treated as a first-class language by Microsoft's IDE.
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2014
Dropbox IOS

Dropbox erects sueball shield with new T&C and privacy legalese

Grumpy with Dropbox? Forget sueing the company, which is trying to keep you from your lawyers with its new Terms of Service document effective as of March 24th, 2014.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2014
iPad Mail app

Tab for Xmas, Mr Consumer? Yes please. And Mr Busin... NOPE

The slab revolution in UK consumer land continued over Chrimbo but many biz customers are still struggling to justify wider deployments and most of those that did steered well clear of Windows 8.
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2014
Astute ViSX array

Astute still seeking golden ticket into all-flash array party in the cloud

All-flash array start-up Astute is adding NFS access and OpenStack support as it tries to broaden its SMB customer appeal through file and cloud functionality.
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2014

Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

The Linux-friendly burghers of Munich are rolling out their own open-source groupware cloud, bucking the trend for going public.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2014
Tree sampling in the Monteverde cloud forest. Credit: Jorge Porras
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Hey, Apple. THIS is how you flog iPhones in new markets

MWC 2014 Last year mobile phone trade-in firm eRecyclingCorps announced that they had recycled 10 million phones in the past four years. This year they said they'd chewed through the same 10 mill in the last year alone.
Simon Rockman, 26 Feb 2014
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ZeuS KICKS that SaaS: Trojan raids Salesforce.com accounts

Miscreants have forged a variant of the infamous ZeuS banking Trojan that targets enterprise data held by clients of CRM giant Salesforce.com.
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2014

HTC One grabs BEST SMARTPHONE gong

MWC 2014 The GSM Association (GSMA) announced the 19th Annual Global Mobile awards at its Mobile World Congress now underway in Barcelona, and the award for Best smartphone didn't go to an offering by either of the two market leaders – Apple and Samsung – but instead to a company that's been facing some challenges of late: HTC won for its HTC One.
Simon Rockman, 26 Feb 2014

Speaking in Tech: The BEST GADGETS pit mobile tech devs against NETWORK ENEMIES

MWC 2014 LIVE podcast MWC 2014 LIVE podcast This week, tech podcast host Greg Knieriemen comes to you live from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with two special guests. They have a really interesting chat about what kind of value data analytics actually has as well as whether the principle of net neutrality can withstand the onslaught of all …
Team Register, 26 Feb 2014
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)
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WhatsApp no threat to BBM: Blackberry bod says pretender's buyout will HELP ailing firm

MWC 2014 You could forgive BlackBerry for being grumpy after Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $16bn. After all, WhatsApp is a very obvious knock-off of BlackBerry's BBM. But for years BlackBerry kept BBM locked inside BlackBerry phones - and only last year opened it up as a real cross platform OTT messaging app.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Feb 2014

LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

It hasn't escaped some readers' attention that our Vulture 2 spaceplane's moniker might handily be abbreviated to "V2", which got Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team member Paul "Lord Shax" Shackleton thinking about rocket fuel, and indeed fuel for the human elements of our audacious ballocket mission.
Lester Haines, 26 Feb 2014

Wot a COCKUP: Poorly NHS websites spawn SPAMMY VIAGRA ads

It seems that organisations using the nhs.uk domain need a generous gulp of medicine and plenty of bed rest after an investigation of the health service's online estate uncovered what appeared to be a worrying hacking epidemic.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Feb 2014
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Like WhatsApp? Meet 'desktop' version... and his BANK ACCOUNT RAIDING Trojan pal

Scammers have slung together a scam designed to trick users into running malware disguised as a "desktop version" of the ultra-popular WhatsApp mobile messaging app.
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2014

NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

There's little wonder that IBM execs were so quick to snap up Lenovo's $2.3bn offer for the sickly volume server biz. Factory revenues and shipments apparently crashed during Big Blue's last full quarter behind the wheel.
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2014
Farmville on the iPhone
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Zynga dodges IPO lawsuit thanks to lack of 'basic factual details'

Zynga has seen off a lawsuit that accused the gaming firm of misleading investors about its financial and business prospects ahead of its initial public offering back in 2011.

MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles has broken his silence to insist he has not "given up" on the failed Bitcoin exchange.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Feb 2014

HP: We're so down wid da kidz! Look at... er, Smithers, what DO yoof look at these days?

So desperate was HP's desire to get down with the kids that it made a child-like error in a job ad aimed at recruiting graduates.
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2014
T-Mobile modem
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T-Mobile US: Our dump-your-network drive is doing SO WELL (PS: We lost $20m last quarter)

T-Mobile US is boasting over continued growth in subscribers for its mobile services, despite losing $20m this quarter.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2014

Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

A new study carried out in the "radiation zone" areas just outside the Fukushima nuclear powerplant in Japan has confirmed that the lifetime health risk to people living there from the damaged powerplant is so small as to be undetectable. Naturally, Californians almost 5,000 miles away are still terrified for their own safety.
Lewis Page, 26 Feb 2014
Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush King stops trying to trademark CANDY in the US

Games developer King has abandoned its attempt to get the word CANDY trademarked in the US, to go with its matching European trademark.

Microsoft hardens EMET security tool: OK, it's not invulnerable, but it's free

Microsoft has beefed up its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), adding features designed to block more exploits.
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2014
Tesla S rear end

Elon Musk plans GIGAFACTORY to feed his thirsty Tesla motors

Tesla Motors is planning to announce the world's biggest battery plant for the US this week, a plant so big that chief exec Elon Musk is calling it the "Gigafactory".
The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler

Winklevoss Twins' Bitcoin index provokes angry wails from rival

A Blighty-based Bitcoin bod has claimed the Winklevoss twins' cryptocurrency stock ticker has "taken influence" from his own open source service.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Feb 2014
Hurrican Dean, as seem from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Another climate change myth debunked by proper climate scientists

Proper climate scientists with PhDs in the subject and everything say they have "debunked" a climate change "myth" which is commonly repeated on the internet.
Lewis Page, 26 Feb 2014
GoGet's autonomous research car Ethel the Yaris
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Australian car-share biz GoGet working on autonomous vehicle

GoGet, a celebrated Australian car-share company, is attempting to build a self-driving car.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2014
Artist's concept of Kepler 22b

Worlds that could support LIFE found among 715 new planets

Boffins working with the Kepler space telescope have verified the existence of 715 planets in what is the project's largest mass-discovery to date.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash

NuoDB slurps European cash for database expansion

Database pioneer Jim Starkey's latest venture NuoDB got another stamp of approval today as his upstart announced a new funding round led by European IT powerhouse Dassault Systèmes.
Jack Clark, 26 Feb 2014
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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

Who makes the most secure smartphones on the planet? Is it Apple? Samsung? BlackBerry? Boeing is betting the US government's answer is "none of the above."
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2014
Collmotdrones

Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

Vid Researchers have taught flying drones to behave like birds, clearing the way for further development of technologies to marshal swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Jack Clark, 26 Feb 2014