26th > March > 2014 Archive

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

GTC Nvidia has released its most powerful – and, in our memory at least, its most expensive – GeForce graphics card ever, the GTX Titan Z, which you can have for a hefty $2,999.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2014
The HTC One M8

Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

Grubby Mitts On Taiwanese phone-maker HTC unveiled its quad-core HTC One M8, the snappily named successor to the M7, on Tuesday.
Simon Rockman, 26 Mar 2014

Banks lob sueball at Trustwave, Target over breach

A group of banks has filed a class action lawsuit against Target over its recent data breach, and has named security company Trustwave as a co-defendant.

Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

Windows 8 includes a feature called “push-button reset” that restores a computer to a previous known good state, or performs a factory reset.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2014

Inmarsat: Doppler effect helped 'locate' MH370

As air and sea searches continue to try and identify and retrieve wreckage from Malaysia Airlines MH370's presumed crash site in the southern Indian Ocean, Inmarsat has briefed Reuters on how it estimated the path the flight took.

Facebook flashes its One Tool To Rule Them All in security threat analysis

Facebook has bragged about a new internal tool that combines all sorts of live data on internet security threats – such as any new malware doing the rounds and known dodgy URLS.
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2014
Obama outlines NSA reforms

Hold on, everyone ... Prez Obama thinks he's cracked this NSA super-snooping problem

After nine months of revelations about the extent of US government surveillance, the Obama administration is floating a plan that will curtail mass snooping by its intelligence agencies and reform the way individuals are investigated.
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2014

Why it's time to wrap brains around software-defined networking

Software-defined networking has generated lots of noise in recent months, thanks in no small part to the fact that VMware and Cisco don't know whether it's okay to send one another Christmas cards any more.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2014

Revealed: What the US taxman really thinks of crypto-cash Bitcoin

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has laid out a formal set of policies for how it will handle Bitcoin and other virtual currencies for tax purposes.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2014
Lego Minecraft

No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has used the occasion of Mark Zuckerberg's acquisition of Oculus VR to unload on the boy wonder's Facebook – and bid farewell to the Rift virtual-reality headset team.

Chinese cops cuff 1,500 in fake base station spam raid

China’s police have arrested over 1,500 people on suspicion of using fake base stations to send out mobile SMS spam.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Mar 2014

Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

SFW It used to be said that where there's muck, there's brass - and never has that phrase been truer than in the world of condom sales.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Mar 2014

New-wave offshorers present exotic new risks

A need to drive down costs is forcing many multinationals to look at emerging Asian offshore locations such as Indonesia and Vietnam, but IP security and privacy concerns continue to hold them back, according to a new report.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Mar 2014

Carolla seeks funds to fight off Personal Audio

Podcaster Adam Carolla has launched a crowd-funding effort to try and defend himself against patent troll Personal Audio.

What price justice? 73 CENTS in book price-gouging case

Amazon has begun offering customers store credit on behalf of publishers who recently settled a price-fixing case.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2014

CHILLING STUDY: Rise of the data-slurping SNITCH GADGETS

Rise of the Machines Sales of telematics devices are expected to increase by more than 1,000 per cent over the next five years, according to a new study.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2014
The Technology spacesuit design

NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

NASA is retiring its current spacesuit, the Z-1, in favour of the Z-2 model which is "approaching a final flight-capable design". And it wants you to decide what it should look like.

Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

Mobile operator Three reckons that networks are giving punters such a crappy experience with hidden charges, it's no surprise they want to bail out at the end of a contract. Networks resort to “dark pricing” tactics to recoup for the subsidies for swanky smartphones, he said.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Mar 2014

Office of Fair Trading: UK.gov IT deals lack effective competition

No 10 Downing Street’s G-Cloud strategy has been dinged by Britain’s competition regulator, the Office of Fair Trading, for lacking effective competitive on public-sector IT deals.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2014
HzO barrier treatment on a Raspberry Pi and a Galaxy Note

Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

Pics Although last Week’s Wearable Technology Show was dominated by gadget solutions looking for a problem, on a couple of stands were solutions to, er, the problem of solutions from P2i and HzO.
Bob Dormon, 26 Mar 2014

ODMs a 'threat' to Euro server biz? Well, yes, says HP exec

HP Europe is braced for the looming "threat" from Far Eastern ODMS that are building custom servers to order for bulky service providers.
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2014
Open Compute Frank Frankovsky

Facebook’s Open Compute papa leaves 'Friends' behind to set up optical storage firm

Facebook Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky is leaving to found an optical storage startup focusing on cold data.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2014
HP cloud

HP bypasses Microsoft in device-as-a-service assault

HP is trying to prise open SME wallets by rolling out a device-as-a-service pilot Stateside – with wider deployment in Europe set for the summer.
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2014
Three  UK Passports

Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

A man who developed PIN code protection for credit cards is looking to extend the technology to passports as a way of making stolen credentials more difficult to use.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2014

WTF: Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

Twitter was awash with complaints late yesterday as celeb stalkers noticed they could no longer access a number of famous tweets - including that Oscar selfie.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2014
Playbar speakers

Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

Oh boy! I just turned my crap 10-year-old Sony Bravia TV into a home theatre by replacing the limited speakers inside the Bravia’s enclosure with a Sonos Playbar. I'm blown away.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2014

BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

BT was the most complained about ISP in the final three months of 2013, communications watchdog Ofcom said today.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2014
A shiny new cash point

Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

Mexican cybercrooks are targeting bank ATMs with malware that can be activated by a SMS message that forces compromised cash machines to spew out cash.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2014
Emojis from Apple's beta of iOS 6

Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

Apple has vowed to tackle the lack of racial diversity in its emojis and will work with the Unicode Consortium to make the annoying little images more politically correct.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Mar 2014

Speaking in Tech: GitHub users did WHAT to AWS' backend?

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Eddie is still missing so Greg and Sarah are joined by Cisco's J Metz to dig into the new Cisco public cloud and to chew on the tech news of the week.
Team Register, 26 Mar 2014
Progress 44 taking off, launched by a Soyuz rocket

US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

The three cosmonauts on board the Soyuz spacecraft are stuck in the space slow lane after a delay to their planned six-hour trip to the International Space Station.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Mar 2014

Amazon HALVES cloud storage prices after Google's shock slash

Amazon has cut its cloud prices – but not far enough to bring the cost of using its online services entirely below that of rival Google.
Jack Clark, 26 Mar 2014
TWIT billboard

You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

A Facebook exec is so sick of drivers texting behind the wheel that he now photographs them and puts the images on billboards to shame them.
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2014
Grannote fujitsu laptop notebook elderly old users

Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

A dad whose credit rating was "annihilated" over a laptop he bought in 1998 has today won an epic legal fight to clear his name.
Jasper Hamill, 26 Mar 2014

Nvidia, VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud

GTC Nvidia and VMware have announced that the graphics company's GRID technology is now available on the virtualization giant's desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) platform to deliver 3D graphics to enterprise desktops through cloud service providers.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2014

AMD teases workstation pros with 16GB FirePro W9100 graphics card

AMD has been showing off a new monster graphics card that it hopes will be one in the eye for Nvidia – and secure its fortunes in the face of a dwindling PC market.
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2014

Amazon 'not interested in price matching everybody' in the cloud

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are battling each other on cloud computing prices, but Amazon has said it will not match Google's new low, low prices.
Jack Clark, 26 Mar 2014