3rd > March > 2014 Archive


AVG killing LiveKive cloud storage service

Mere weeks after pulling the pin on its Crossloop remote access service, AVG has let users of its LiveKive cloud storage service know that it is destined for the Knacker's yard too.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2014

Cisco kicks off $300k Internet of Things security competition

Cisco has announced prizes of up to $US75,000 to get help finding ways to secure the burgeoning Internet of Things.
TOR Logo

IM demo for TOR coming soon

The TOR project is about to join the world of secure instant messaging, laying out a roadmap that would see its first code for a new project delivered by the end of March 2014.
Qantas A380 tail

Flying fondleslab causes injury after plane hits turbulence

Hot on the heels of news that Australian wasps can ground a plane comes another cautionary tale from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), this time concerning the perils of flying laptop computers and iPads.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2014

MtGox to customers: Your call is important to us … NOT!

Bitcoin owners keen to understand just what failed exchange MtGox may be able to do for them remain in the dark, after the outfit set up a call centre that, so far as The Register can tell, seldom picks up the phone.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2014

Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

Japanese boffins have unveiled a prototype of a tiny 17 gram PC which can be worn like an earring and operated by facial expression.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Mar 2014

Jobless mum claims Spanish councillor told her to 'go on the game'

A councillor in the Spanish town of Villarrobledo has probably had his chances of picking up the municipality's "Citizen of the Year" trophy blown after allegations surfaced that he had told a young jobseeking mum to hit the streets in search of cash.
Lester Haines, 03 Mar 2014

Pakistan's YouTube ban may end after Google removes anti-Muslim vid

Google has been forced to take down a controversial anti-Islam YouTube video in a move which could pave the way for the site to finally be unblocked in Pakistan.
Phil Muncaster, 03 Mar 2014
Image of Perseus cluster

Boffins say dark matter found with X-ray

Two teams working on the search for dark matter have independently suggested the search could concentrate at a specific X-ray wavelength, following study of data collected by the XMM-Newton space observatory.

Twitter sags beneath weight of Oscar selfie

HOLLYWOOD AND CYBERSPACE: The entertainment industry has once again celebrated the world of entertainment, with the annual Academy Awards going even more viral than usual thanks to a selfie of several prominent entertainers that set new records for social sharing.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella shakes up Microsoft, appoints 'Scroogled' man Mark Penn as strategy chief

Reports have emerged of new senior appointments at Microsoft, events that are being interpreted as new CEO Satya Nadella putting his stamp on the organisation.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2014
Samsung 500GB SpinPoint 2.5in HDD

Traditional RAID is outdated and dying on its feet

HPC blog The video below is an interview I did with IBM storage guru Robert Murphy at SC13 in Denver. I’m still in catch-up mode after my recent near-disastrous rootkit episode.
Pigeon crapping on statue

Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

Fanbois around the world were sent into an incandescent rage this week by news that a hideously ugly statue of Steve Jobs was set to stand outside Cupertino.
Jasper Hamill, 03 Mar 2014
Prison window

UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

The Ministry of Justice is reviewing the current way back office functions are deployed, citing further cost savings as the reason for doing so – and not, as our sources state, because of departmental in-fighting.
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014

Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

An enormous airship built for the US forces has been bought back by its British designers and is to go into commercial service based in old Blighty.
Lewis Page, 03 Mar 2014
Elder Scrolls Online preview

Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

Game Theory Up until now, there had been only one MMO in my life, but now I think I might have to become polyamorous. The Elder Scrolls Online beta has had me up every night recently, bashing my way to level 10 so I can PvP in my nifty lava spike armour.
Lucy Orr, 03 Mar 2014
Doctor Who: Empty Child

Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

Exclusive The implementation of network-level filters by all of the UK's biggest ISPs has contributed to a worrying side effect: it appears to be forcing peddlers of child sexual abuse images to seek different ways of distributing the illegal material. Apparently these increasingly include hacks into the websites of businesses whose security is lax by these criminals, who are starting to demand payment in Bitcoins.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Mar 2014
HGSTS's C15K600

In spinning rust we TRUST: HGST slips out screamingly fast ... HDD

Western Digital sub HGST has decided there's life in small fast pure spinning disks yet, and launched a 600GB, 15,000 rpm drive for enterprise data centres: the Ultrastar C15K600. Is this the last hurrah of the fast and pure disk drive?
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2014
Engineers making quantum devices at the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW: Credit: Australian National Fabrication Facility

IBM to shutter Greenock x86 line after sale to Lenovo - reports

Mystery still surrounds one of the UK's last server production outposts in the Silicon Glen amid reports of IBM shuttering the Greenock site when Lenovo acquires its x86 division.
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014

German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

German freemail sites deny attempting to "trick" Firefox and Chrome users into disabling AdBlock, the popular ad blocking browser add-on.
John Leyden, 03 Mar 2014
Not Smart and not a book, but a smartbook

Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

MWC 2014 Alcatel had the distinction of previewing the least powerful device at MWC. At the mobile extravaganza, the French firm unveiled the prototype of the Hero, a dumb terminal which interfaces to its Hero mobile phone to provide a full screen and keyboard.
Simon Rockman, 03 Mar 2014

Dashboard Siri! Take me to the airport! NO, NOT the RUNWAY! Argh!

Fanboi racers can soon embed an Apple tablet in their dashboard following the launch of iOS-powered CarPlay.
Jasper Hamill, 03 Mar 2014
Intel 730 SSD

We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

Review While Crucial and Samsung have been making waves in the consumer SSD market with their affordable – well, kind of affordable – 1TB drives, there has been a noticeable silence from one of the giants in the consumer space – Intel.
Simon Crisp, 03 Mar 2014

Reg reader rattles tin for GoPro camera 'Stubilizer'

Update Those among you who feel their lives lack stability are directed to Reg reader Stuart Smith's "Stubilizer" - a range of stabilising platforms for GoPro cameras which has just launched on Kickstarter.
Lester Haines, 03 Mar 2014

Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

The Labour Party is edging ever closer to plans to resurrect the twice-shelved reworking of existing surveillance laws to address security issues online, if it wins in next year's General Election.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Mar 2014
Angry woman on mobile

Anti-snoop Blackphone hits shelves in June: NOW we'll see how much you value privacy

The launch of the privacy-focused Blackphone attracted plenty of attention at Mobile World Congress last week, but security experts are already warning privacy-conscious potential users not to get too carried away. The technology has limitations and even its developers acknowledge it is not "NSA-proof".
John Leyden, 03 Mar 2014
Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star

Dragons' Den badboy ups Expansys bid to £7.55m

Lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones is edging closer to signing a deal to buy AIM-listed Expansys for a fraction of the price of some shares he placed on the market in 2010.
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014
Bill Gates and friends

Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

Microsoft supremo Bill Gates is once again the richest person on the planet, after being relegated to second place for the last four years.
Team Register, 03 Mar 2014

Brocade, Broadcom, Freescale trio aglow in the OpenFlow chateau

Brocade, Broadcom, and Freescale have broadened their backing of a key software-defined networking standard by supporting version 1.3 of the OpenFlow specification throughout their products.
Jack Clark, 03 Mar 2014

Optus sparks broadband HYPEGASM with gigasite trial

Optus has deployed a 'gigasite' delivering 1.7 / 2.3 Gbps performance (strike out which does not apply) by running seven / eight spectrum bands in a single site (strike out which does not apply) using equipment from NSN / Huawei (strike out which does not apply), demonstrating meaningless hype / the future of telecommunications (strike out which does not apply).

Miscreant menaces Meetup, minuscule money mania mashed

Meetup.com has gone public with one of the most paltry ransom demands The Register has seen – but rather than pay up to end a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, the klatch organizer instead put up with its site being repeatedly hosed offline, we're told.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Confirmed: New Microsoft strategy boss advised President Clinton, ex-UK PM Blair

Microsoft has confirmed the latest rumors of an executive shuffle at Microsoft, in the form of an internal email from brand new CEO Satya Nadella that was made public on Monday.
Neil McAllister, 03 Mar 2014