20th > March > 2014 Archive

New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

Vid Web browsers apps on PCs and smartphones will be able to hook directly into the system's graphics chip and boost performance, thanks to the first WebCL release.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2014

Tech giants KNEW about PRISM, web snooping, claims top NSA lawyer

Analysis The NSA's general counsel Rajesh De says technology firms were fully aware of both America's web surveillance program PRISM and the mass monitoring of upstream internet traffic.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2014
VMware VSAN Concept

VMware happy for VSANs to work alongside actual SANs

When VMware launched its virtual storage area network (VSAN) a couple of weeks back, other software-defined storage players suddenly wanted to get in touch with El Reg to share their feelpinions on the topic.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2014

Crap flap-app flap chap yaps: Yes, FLAPPY BIRD is comin' back

The reluctant app mogul behind the viral hit Flappy Bird has given a clear "yes" to bringing the infuriating game back from the dead.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Mar 2014

Google, Microsoft tackle climate change as IBM seeks cancer cure

Three of the technology industry's largest companies today harnessed their resources to some Big Problems.
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Ad-funded mobile carrier goes titsup

OVIVO, a mobile virtual network operator that did not charge for calls, SMS or data, has suddenly closed its doors.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2014
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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

Korean electronics giant Samsung appears to be upping its efforts to crack the digital camera market after a patent filing emerged detailing designs for a compact camera with a completely transparent display.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2014
The zone where Australian planes are searching for MH370 debris

Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

Updated2 Australia has sent planes to the Southern Ocean, some 2,500km south-west of Perth, after analysis of what's been described as “commercial satellite imagery” revealed large objects suspected to be debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2014

Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

Whatever Apple's up to with its strongly-hinted-at new products, investors will be hoping it's not aiming at the simian market after a monkey reportedly lost interest in an iPod touch after just a few minutes.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2014

Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

And there was great rejoicing: scientists researching dark chocolate have identified something even better than a vague correlation between deliciousness and health.
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Bing accused of out-censoring the Great Firewall

Microsoft is facing another PR battle after a rights group accused Bing of more heavy-handed censorship in China than even homegrown search engine Baidu shackles its users with.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2014

Ex-Amazon brain, ex-Cisco bigwig eager to smash lock to networking throne room

In another indication of changes in the networking market, two startups are teaming up to give companies greater choice in the tech they want to use to lash together their computers, threatening the businesses of incumbents like Cisco.
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 2014
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Intel reinvents the PC as giant 'Black Brook' fondleslab

GDC Intel has shown off its vision for the next generation of PCs, in the form of “Black Brook”, a reference design for a “desktop all-in-one” computer.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2014
New Sonos phone app

Sonos offers updated music controller to Fandroids for testing

Streaming Wi-Fi speaker whiz Sonos is testing an updated version of its smartphone/tablet app, with beta test software now available to Android phone users.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2014
Out Run

Gartner: Array makers. Think performance counts? WRONG

A Gartner report looking at high-end enterprise storage arrays published this month has concluded that because of SSDs, an array's performance is no longer a differentiator in its own right.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2014
Sergey Brin Project Glass

Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

+Analysis If you've spent any time looking at transport technology - how cars and trains got here - you've got a head start over most VCs and pundits in understanding wearable computing. I'll explain why.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Mar 2014

FORCE gov.uk suppliers to stick to 'open data principles' – MPs

UK government suppliers should be required to adhere to the same "open data principles" as government departments, a committee of MPs has proposed. The House of Commons' Public Administration Select Committee backed calls from UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham, among others, for greater transparency in the government outsourcing environment (54-page/8.40MB PDF).
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Mar 2014

Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

As I become ever more viciously right wing with age, I become ever more disappointed with Oxfam.
Tim Worstall, 20 Mar 2014

Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

Exclusive The Department of Health and Microsoft are thrashing out a one-year support deal for tens of thousands of NHS PCs running Windows XP.

EA games web server was hosting PHISHING SITE – securobod

An Electronic Arts server was hacked and used to host a phishing site targeting Apple ID holders, according to internet security firm Netcraft.
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Micron embiggens personal SSD for storage-hungry public

Micron has given its M500 personal SSD a kick in the pants upwards with its M550 iteration being faster and holding slightly more data courtesy of a Marvel controller.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2014
Lehman Brothers London HQ

Enormo reseller Insight seeks experienced sales hands for City pad

Headhunters will be on red alert after Insight confirmed plans to establish a sales outpost in the City in a bid to snuggle up to existing and potential corporate customers.
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2014
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Deceased music locker gets final knock

Michael Robertson has lost a long-running copyright infringement case against his unlicensed cloud music service MP3Tunes. The verdict by the Manhattan federal jury on Wednesday is the third headline-grabbing copyright settlement this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Mar 2014

QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

As we predicted yesterday, it hasn't taken coin-guzzling machine operators long to kick off moaning about the cost of converting kit to accept Blighty's new 12-sided quid*, slated to hits the streets in 2017.
Lester Haines, 20 Mar 2014

A sysadmin always comes prepared: Grasp those essential tools

+Competition We have prizes up for grabs. The first 30 people to sign up for a GFI Cloud free trial and add two or more devices to the console get a limited edition T-shirt from The Register. All signs ups that add two or more devices before this competition ends will be entered into a draw to win a 10-user licence of GFI Cloud’s AntiMalware Pack. Find the full competition T&Cs here.
Trevor Pott, 20 Mar 2014

Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

An ex-Microsoft worker faces criminal prosecution in the US over allegations he leaked work-in-progress Windows 8 software to a French blogger.
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2014


The middle of North America was overrun by terrifying swarms of enormous flesh-eating demon chickens some 66 million years ago, scientists have declared.
Lewis Page, 20 Mar 2014
Charlie Rose (L) and Larry Page (R) at TED 2014 in Vancouver

Google's Larry Page: DeepMind 'discovered CATS on its own'

Google co-founder Larry Page has said he was "disappointed" with the US government after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed just how much the agency was snooping on everybody.
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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

Two years later than planned, Oracle has made Java ready for a multi-core processor world.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Mar 2014
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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

Lawyers for Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer went to court on Wednesday to appeal his conviction in a high-profile iPad data leak case.
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2014

Cough up or else, HMRC tells storage channel biz

Surrey-based storage player Glasshouse Technologies has been slapped with a winding-up petition over unpaid debts from the tax bulldogs at HM Revenue and Customs.
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2014
Gartner ECB storage trends

Gartner networked storage suppliers: Behold the Reg spaghetti-graphic

Gartner’s worldwide external controller-based disk storage numbers have come in - and we’ve graphed them for all the quarters since the start of 2011.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2014

Intel details four new 'enthusiast' processors for Haswell, Broadwell

GDC Intel has released a few more details about the new processors it announced at this week's Game Developers Conference, and which The Reg told you about earlier today, plus provided a "sneak peek" at a 14-nanometer fifth-generation "Broadwell"–based desktop processor with integrated graphics.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Mar 2014

Twitter turns 8: Five tech kingpins whose first tweets are UNBELIEVABLE

Twitter celebrated its eighth birthday today, and has provided a tool to help tweeters pull up their first ever tweet.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2014

Symantec fires CEO Steve Bennett: To lose 1 chief is unfortunate, to lose 2 is OK, apparently

Symantec has fired its second CEO in two years: the company's chief exec, president and former board chairman Steve Bennett was today shown the door after less than 18 months on the job.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2014
Sergy Brin meets Snowden

'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

TED 2014 Two days after NSA leaker Edward Snowden addressed the latest TED technology jamboree in robot form, the US intelligence agency has also made an appearance – with deputy director Richard Ledgett dialing in by video link.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2014
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iiNet CEO Michael Malone resigns

Michael Malone has resigned his position as chief executive officer of Australia's third-most-subscribed-to internet service provider iiNet.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2014

Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

GDC Microsoft has unveiled DirectX 12, at the heart of which is the Direct3D API, which Redmond promises will enable "richer scenes, more objects, and full utilization of modern GPU hardware" – and which will run on "many" cards that gamers already own.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Mar 2014