21st > March > 2014 Archive

Apple's Newton MessagePad 100. Source: Wikimedia

Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

Apple has applied for a patent in the US that describes a stylus with a changeable tip for touchscreen gadgets.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Mar 2014

Google grabs Gmail-using HTTPS refuseniks and coats them with SSL

Google has announced that from Thursday all connections to its Gmail website will be encrypted in transit using HTTPS – and messages will be encrypted when being moved around the web giant's data centers.
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2014

Tor Project claims 'fake' Tor Browser sat in iOS App Store for months

Following months of protests, Apple has apparently removed from its App Store software that claimed to be a Tor-friendly web browser yet was allegedly loaded with adware and spyware.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Mar 2014

Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

Fortune has published its list of the worthies they deem to be the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders", and the tech world is represented in the top 10 not by a Zuckerberg, Page, Ellison, or Brin, but by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, whom Fortune describes as "an extremely rare combination of visionary and master builder."
Rik Myslewski, 21 Mar 2014
Old Hotmail

Microsoft alters Hotmail policy amid blogger inbox probe outcry

Microsoft has moved to address concerns caused by news it rummaged through a blogger's Hotmail inbox as part of an investigation into an employee's conduct.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014
Viz Profanisaurus mobile app screenshot

The Reg's guide to cursing in Mongolian

NSFW The Mongolian government this week released guidelines on over 700 keywords which are now banned for websites in the country, and in so doing revealed to the world one of the most inventive list of swearwords since Roger’s Profanisaurus.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Mar 2014
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

BLUE BIRD DOWN: Turkey wipes out Twitter 'scourge'

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan appears to have ordered Twitter be blocked in the nation after the service was used to post information alleging government corruption.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Mar 2014
Facebook Like Stamp

Facebook hacks out PHP alternative

The big “HACK” signs reputed to adorn the walls of Facebook offices aren't just a command from His Royal Zuckness: The Social Network also uses a programming language called “Hack” and has just given it to the world.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014
Great Wall of China

India's outsourcers look east with eyes on Asian tigers

Indian IT services group Nasscom is turning its attention eastwards with a focus on China, Japan and other previously untapped markets in an attempt to maintain the industry’s double-digit growth.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Mar 2014

Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

The movies tell us that tunnels are normally dug when a person locked behind bars laboriously scrapes away dirt with just a spoon to secretly set themselves free.
Team Register, 21 Mar 2014
Turnbull with Switkowski in Blacktown

Telstra, not Turnbull, at fault in Twitfight

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull stands accused of telling small business owner Julia Keady to move to another home if she wants better broadband, but that interpretation of the exchange between Turnbull and Keady is not correct and ignores the golden rule of any transaction: buyer beware.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014
snowden SXSW

NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

Staff at the United States' National Security Agency reportedly “hunted” system administrators because they felt doing so would yield passwords that enabled easier surveillance.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014
Spy glasses not a telescope

Oculus Rift? Tchah, try 'Oculus Thrift' ... You bet your vrAse we tested these bargain VR specs

Pics If you thought dressing smartly had something to do with not wearing jeans, then the "smart" clobber at the Wearable Technology Show in London this month wasn't for you.
Simon Rockman, 21 Mar 2014

MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

Failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox has revealed a further, but fortuitous failure.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014
VMware's monster VM

It's storage's HOLY GRAIL: VSANs, PSANs and virtual silos

Blocks and Files Three blog posts about VMware’s VSAN had me thinking furiously. Where is VMware going with this and where could or should it go?
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2014
Charlie Rose (L) and Larry Page (R) at TED 2014 in Vancouver

'It is disappointing that the government secretly did this stuff'

Quotw This was the week when legendary security mailing list Full Disclosure closed down after 12 years when admin John Cartwright threw in the towel in utter exasperation. The service where security researchers could post details of exploits and vulnerabilities is closing after Cartwright reached the end of his tether with running the list. He said in a post to the list:

Gartner gurus: Storage array market GREW at the end of 2013

Number-crunchers Gartner's external storage market gurus reckoned it returned to year-on-year growth in the last quarter of fiscal 2013.
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2014

BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

Episode 3 Episode 3
Simon Travaglia, 21 Mar 2014

Vote now for the top reader Limerick limerick

Poll A couple of weeks back, we reported on the shock case of the biroless Irish police station which posed a serious threat to public order in Limerick.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2014
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 9M-MRO

5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

Comment That the US and other nations operate spy satellites capable of taking very detailed photographs of Earth is not in doubt. But the idea that those satellites have been pressed into service to find downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, and that it is therefore possible to infer some of the satellites' capabilities, is very debatable.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014
Female hands behind cell bars

Cops bang up squiffy, nude Virginian minx

A Virginian earned herself a cuffing last Saturday night after allegedly rolling up at a cop shop both drunk and in the buff, demanding to see her incarcerated hubby.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2014
Targeted Spam

ICO decides against probe of Santander email spam scammers

Santander customers say they are continuing to be deluged with Trojans and other junk to email addresses exclusively used with the bank months after the problem first surfaced back in November.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2014

ISPs failing 13m Brits on broadband speed, claims consumer group

Fast and reliable broadband connections remain a distant dream for far too many Brits, researchers at a consumer group claimed on Friday.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2014
Padmasree Warrior

Sync'n'sharers Box snaffle Cisco's Warrior CTO .... IPO time?

File sync'n'sharer Box has recruited a big hitter to its board: Cisco’s chief technology officer.
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2014

Barclays' DOUBLE DIGIT contractor rate cut? Not for us, say PPI bods

Not all Barclays contractors are equal, it would seem, with techies working on projects in the area of Payment Protection Insurance refunds being told they will not have their rates cut, according to insiders.
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2014
O2 XDA Argon

EU regulators quiz mobe industry over Hong Kong group's new bid

EU competition regulators are going to the mobile ISP industry with new concessions from Hong Kong firm Hutchison Whampoa, as it seeks approval for its $1bn bid for O2 Ireland.
Confused computer keyboard

Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

Microsoft's global channel chief has struggled to find the words to explain why his company has not snared the intelligent devices market in the same way as it has done with PCs, admitting "there's work to do".
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2014

Calling all games developers to a Cloud Gaming Summit

Promo So what does the cloud mean for games developers? The Cloud Gaming Summit is an excellent place to find out.
David Gordon, 21 Mar 2014

They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

Something For The Weekend, Sir? I have just come out of a boardroom presentation in which a fibre network installer bored us all shitless speaking in initials and acronyms for an hour and a half.
Alistair Dabbs, 21 Mar 2014
Google Chromecast

Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

Review Google’s Chromecast has finally gone on sale in the UK after an age of waiting following its initial US release in July last year. This digital media player in the form of an HDMI dongle delivers streaming content to a telly including support for the BBC’s iPlayer. It’s only 30 quid too – so you might as well buy one even if it turns out to be crap.
Bob Dormon, 21 Mar 2014
Resident Evil zombie takeover

ZOMBIE iPAD PERIL? Cyberbadness slinger touts tool for iOS

A Swiss Army knife-like piece of malware has been ported to Apple's iOS from Windows and Linux, a security research team has claimed.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2014

HDS: channel STILL 60-65% of UK biz, says local COO

HDS' UK COO reckons the proportion of channel sales relative to the direct biz hasn't shifted in recent years because it failed to carve up "solutions" and "services" for partners.
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2014
New York City's Manhattan skyline

Airbnb might get $10bn price tag ... despite its legal woes

Airbnb, the online home-rental marketplace, is in talks to raise funding from private equity firms that would value the company at a sturdy $10bn.

Capita IT Services slurps up small security biz

Crapita Capita IT Services confirmed today it has hoovered up security reseller minnow Network Technology Solutions for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2014
Yahoo! buss

UK.gov! frets! over! Yahoo! exodus! to! RIPA-free! Dublin!

Yahoo! was reportedly called into the Home Office on Thursday where Teresa May expressed UK government security concerns about its plans to move its main base in Europe to Ireland.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2014
Cleversafe dsNet SW running on HP Servers

Cleversafe tweaks dsNet, broadens ClevOS support

Object storage startup Cleversafe, which updated its dsNet hardware and software in December last year, has updated its software again, and added to its certified hardware and protocol roster.
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2014
Photo of the White House at dusk

White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

Updated What BlackBerry and new CEO John Chen definitely don't need right now is bad publicity, but that's exactly what The Wall Street Journal has provided them, with a report that one of its remaining high-profile customers, the White House, is mulling over a switch from the formerly high-flying Canuckphone to devices from Samsung or LG.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Mar 2014
Kim Dotcom at the NZ parliamentary hearing

Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has suffered another setback in his fight against extradition to America to face piracy charges, as the New Zealand Supreme Court denied his appeal to access the evidence the US feds have on him.
Syrian iPhone ban

Microsoft charges the FBI $50 for a copy of your private data, claim 'Redmond hackers'

Hacktivists apparently loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have bragged they hacked into Microsoft's internal system that bills US cops and feds for access to citizens' private data.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2014

TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

Analysis Google Glass wearers, or Explorers as Google likes to call them, have been getting some bad press of late, and the company has been moved to defend the headsets against the rise of rumor and speculation.
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2014
Lenovo K800

Restless PC biz Lenovo blows $100m to gobble 2,500 mobe tech patents

Lenovo has inked a patent deal which looks to expand the company's reach into the mobile computing world.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Mar 2014