12th > March > 2014 Archive

What did you see, Elder Galaxies? What made you age so quickly?

A group of astronomers has spotted 15 massive galaxies that were already mature just 1.6 billion years after the Big Bang.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Mar 2014
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Panel: Death of Cisco and Juniper switches are greatly exaggerated

OFC 2014 Cheap no-brand networking gear rolling off Asian assembly lines has its uses, but they are fairly small, a trio of industry insiders have said.
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2014
Homer Simpson

Universal Music mulls 'all you can eat' buffet of song downloads

Universal Music Group (UMG) is developing an online service that offers unlimited music downloads for a monthly subscription.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Mar 2014
Volcano erupting

We all owe our EXISTENCE to lovely VOLCANOES, say boffins

Pic Research by the British Antarctic Survey has found that volcanos played a crucial role in preserving life when our world went through one of its periodic ice ages.
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2014
Disney's Beagle Boys

Academic blames US for tech titans' tax dodge

We already know that tech giants are good at keeping money out of reach of tax authorities. Now, an Australian academic has laid the blame for the problem squarely at the feet of the US government.
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Google opens Docs and Sheets to tinkerers with new add-on APIs

In a bid to make its online productivity software more competitive with Microsoft Office, Google has announced that Google Docs and Sheets users can now install add-ons that bring new capabilities to their documents and spreadsheets.
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2014
GoGet's autonomous research car Ethel the Yaris

ITU given keys to autonomous car standards process

The International Telecommunications Union has communed with the auto industry and agreed “to host a dialogue of senior executives of vehicle manufacturers to identify the activities needed to consider future steps to realize the potential of fully autonomous driving.”
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014
Turnbull with Switkowski in Blacktown

Cherry-pick undermines NBN business case: Switkowski

NBN Co chief Ziggy Switkowski has told a Senate committee that “cherry-picking” network rollouts planned by TPG and mooted by Telstra do, indeed, pose a threat to its own business model.
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Protect data by deleting it: Ground Labs

Getting rid of unnecessary copies of private data will help companies comply with Australia's new privacy laws, says Ground Labs, which is pitching a data discovery tool to lend a hand.
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Juniper jury sinks Palo Alto Networks case, for now

Juniper Networks' patent case against Palo Alto Networks is in abeyance for now, after a US judge declared a mistrial because the jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.
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Japan preps new law to bolster government cyber defences

Japanese lawmakers are urgently preparing a new bill designed to allow the government’s information security agencies cut through the bureaucracy that is crippling their ability to deal with online threats.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2014

NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

A New Zealand lad is finally feeling the full effect of a lost poker bet some five years after he was obliged to change his name to "Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova."
Lester Haines, 12 Mar 2014
The micro-engine

Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

Don't tell fans of big motors, but someone's just created an internal combustion engine of just five cubic microns, burning hydrogen and oxygen.
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VMware drops vSphere 5.5 Update 1 into sysadmins' laps

VMware has released VSphere 5.5 Update 1, the first big update to its flagship cloud co-ordinator.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014

You thought it was dead – but Flappy Bird may return: Millions prepare to poke own eyes out

Dong Nguyen, creator of cult game Flappy Bird, has told Rolling Stone he's got three more games in the works.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014
Sim card

It's BANKS v TELCOs: Mobe payments systems go head-to-head

The GSMA's Mobile Connect mobile payments project is going head-to-head with the Payments council's rival Paym system after both systems launched this week.
Simon Rockman, 12 Mar 2014
vSAN is that converged storage layer in the storage scheme VMware has cooked up
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I, for one, welcome our VMware VSAN overlord

Storagebod So VSAN is finally here in a released form. On paper, it looks very impressive.
StorageBod, 12 Mar 2014
BlackBerry Bold 9900

BB10's 'dated' crypto lets snoops squeeze the juice from your BlackBerry – researcher

Updated BlackBerry BB10 OS uses dated protocols that leave users at risk of cryptographic attacks, according to a security researcher.
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2014

Mastercard, Syniverse target holiday payment security with mobile verification system

It’s ironic that when people are abroad so many people switch off their mobile phones' data and so many banks switch off customers' credit cards. But a deal between Syniverse and Mastercard aims to keep both switched on.
Simon Rockman, 12 Mar 2014
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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

The Web @ 25 "We should work toward a universal linked information system, in which generality and portability are more important than fancy graphics techniques and complex extra facilities."
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2014
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Phoenix IT Group is FIGHTING BACK

A fightback has begun at beleaguered Phoenix IT Group after the services provider confirmed it has at last filled the vacant CEO post and is proposing a share placement to pay down debts.
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2014

Windows Phone beats BLACKBERRY in mobe OS popularity stakes

The difference is small, and they are both way behind the leaders, but online data analytics specialists comScore have reported that while usage of Windows Phone stayed steady as a rock at 3.2 per cent, BlackBerry slipped half a percent down at 3.1 per cent.
Simon Rockman, 12 Mar 2014
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Apple India to put mini-shops in suburbs to flog entry-level kit

Apple’s ramping up its presence in India with the launch of a range of small brick-and-mortar stores selling mainly entry-level iPhones and fondleslabs, according to a local report.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2014
vSAN is that converged storage layer in the storage scheme VMware has cooked up

REVEALED: What you'll pay for VSAN software and hardware

VMware has officially shunted its VSAN virtual storage area network out the door at $2,495 per CPU.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014

Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

Newspapers and blogs are quite rightly back-slapping Brit inventor Tim Berners-Lee today – the man who brought the world wide web to the, er, world 25 years ago today.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2014
Collapsed house

MUM's WordPress recipe blog USED AS ZOMBIE in DDoS attacks

Tens of thousands of vulnerable WordPress sites have been co-opted into a server-based botnet being used to run DDoS attacks.
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Holy SiT! It's our 100th ep. Time for a video-podcast

Vid special Vid special This week is the 100th episode of Speaking in Tech which was broadcast through video on Google+ Hangouts! Fear not, uncool kids, we recorded it for you.
Team Register, 12 Mar 2014
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EU Parliament rubber-stamps 'irreversible' data protection reforms

EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding scored an important victory in the European Parliament today after securing support for a rewrite of the 28-nation bloc's data protection laws.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2014
Microsoft campus

Shift up, Ballmer: Microsoft expands board, makes room for activist investor

Microsoft has appointed activist investor Mason Morfit to its board after his investment firm ValueAct Capital agitated for a greater say on how the company is run.
Houses of Parliament in night-time

Parliament network prang: 'Supplier done it', no Office 365 yet

A botched network upgrade at the Houses of Parliament caused comms bottlenecks, web outages and continuing capacity woes – and could yet delay the full rollout of Office 365 for our lords and masters.
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2014
Child labourers

Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

Analysis The Web turns 25 years old today, and its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has written yet another declaration of rights – a "Magna Carta" – to mark the occasion.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Mar 2014
Apple Contact Hero shot

San Francisco says yes to GIANT Apple flagship store, public plaza

Apple has received final planning permission for its new flagship store at Union Square, San Francisco.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Mar 2014
The Four Horsemen Apocalypse ride up the grassy mound that adorns the WinXP desktop

UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Tens of thousands of ATMs will be running Windows XP long after Microsoft’s deadline to abandon the operating system ahead of a potential hacker storm.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2014
Student with textbooks

Slash tuition fees for STEM students, biz boss body begs UK.gov

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is demanding that the government take action on the skills shortage in tech and engineering, proposing lower tuition fees for courses and new training for existing workers.

Seven Great Moments in World Wide Web History

Web @ 25 + Bong [I am grateful to my assistant มาลัย (which means 'Garland of Flowers' in Thai) for scraping the BBC website to bring us these facts, which I have then curated. If you can remember any of this, you can't have been there – sb]
Steve Bong, 12 Mar 2014
Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush King plans IPO valuing it at $7.6 BEEELLION

European mobile gaming firm King has updated its plans for an initial public offering in the US, telling the Securities and Exchange Commission that it wants to sell its shares for between $21 and $24 each, valuing itself at around $7.6bn.

New fear: Worm that ransacked US military PCs was blueprint for spies' super-malware

A mystery worm that burrowed into US military computers to steal secrets six years ago may have inspired the development of subsequent government-grade malware Red October, Turla, Flame and Gauss.
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2014
The original Tetris of 1984

Who DOESN'T want to play world's tallest game of Tetris – all 437ft of it

A bunch of academics hope to play the world's tallest game of Tetris next month – on the side of a Philadelphia high-rise.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Mar 2014
NSA parody T-shirt

NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

Updated The latest batch of top-secret intelligence documents from the hoard collected by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden detail the massive increase in the agency's use of its Tailored Access Operations (TAO) hacking unit – including a system dubbed TURBINE that can spam out millions of pieces of sophisticated malware at a time.
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2014

Delphix: Hey now, we're the database hostess with the Postgres

Database virtualization startup Delphix has added support for Postgres as the company hopes to broaden the appeal of its snapshot-on-steroids software.
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2014
Ubuntu smartphones

Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

Just because Ubuntu Mobile is based on Linux doesn't mean Ubuntu handsets will be really cheap, like phones running some other open-source mobile operating systems.
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2014