28th > March > 2014 Archive

The Samsung Galaxy S5 in 'copper'

Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

First fondle When Samsung launched the Galaxy S4, its features made little sense.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2014
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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

Apple has applied for a patent for technology that will warn of oncoming dangers to users distracted by their text messages.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Mar 2014
The Opal-card-ready 'flip' cover for Samsung's Galaxy S3

NSW government gets into the smartphone case business

Today's Sydney Morning Herald reports that the right-leaning government in the Australian state of New South Wales has decided to outsource lots of public service jobs because it believes there's a limit to what governments should do.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2014

First pics: Comet-chaser Rosetta hurtles towards icy prey, camera in hand

Pic + vid The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has sent back the first two aligned images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet it has been chasing for ten years and nearly 800 million kilometres.
Iain Thomson, 28 Mar 2014

Australian National University CIO Peter Nikoletatos departs

Australian National University (ANU) chief information officer Peter Nikoletatos left his post yesterday.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2014
Microsoft Excel for iPad

Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad

Microsoft has pointed out that the newly released Office for iPad won't immediately work for users of its SharePoint 2010 collaboration suite.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2014
Photo of boxes of Microsoft Office for Mac

Microsoft Australia blows own deadline for online Office 365 sales

Microsoft has written to its Australian customers to apologise in advance for failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for the opening of a portal that would let them sell Office 365.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2014
iFixit iPad 3 disassembly

iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

Fixing and upgrading iOS devices can be a rewarding business opportunity, so long as you don't mind having to fight Apple every step of the way.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Mar 2014
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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled in favour of the EU, US and Japan in their dispute against what they described as China’s unfair rare earth export rules.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Mar 2014

Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

The next generation of millennial kids are a lonely group of slab-fondlers who would rather watch films and movies alone in their bedrooms, it has been claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Mar 2014
Bitcoin bloodbath

Bitcoin bloodbath as China shutters all trading sites

China’s central bank has ruled that all banks and payment service providers in the country must cease dealing in Bitcoin.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Mar 2014

YouTube follows Twitter onto Turkey's block list

YouTube appears to be the latest site added to Turkey’s blacklist after reports emerged that the government has blocked it in response to a “villainous” audio file uploaded to the platform this week.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Mar 2014
Percentage of responses to government requests for Google data

Google 'Transparency Report' shows rise in government groping

Google has released the latest update to its data detailing how often it is asked by law enforcement agencies around the world to cough up data about its users, and says company's “we’re … seeing more and more governments start to exercise their authority to make requests.”
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2014
Dizzy ZX Spectrum screenshot

Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

Brussels has given its blessing to a Westminster scheme which will grant generous tax breaks to small video game production firms which pass a controversial "cultural test".
Jasper Hamill, 28 Mar 2014
Sony X85 65-inch flat panel 4K TV

Put a 4K in it: Quantum soups up StorNext bundles for Pros

Quantum has added Pro Storage bundles to its StorNext file virtualisation and archiving range aimed at making StorNext more cost effective for digital workflows in the 4K era.
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2014
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

Review For the last 18 or so months, if you'd wanted a high-end Android smartphone you’ve had to make do with something a bit on the large size. The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G Flex, Nokia 925, Sony Xperia Z1 all have one thing in common: they are big old Hectors compared to Apple’s iPhone 5S.
Alun Taylor, 28 Mar 2014
Oculus Rift VR system prototype

'I will not work with Facebook... they seem creepy to me'

Quotw This was the week when Facebook continued to splash the cash, spanking $2bn on Oculus VR just a short while after splaffing $19bn on messaging app WhatsApp.

LOHAN preps Vulture 2 for hot vinyl wrap

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has some good news and some bad news today. The good news is that we've finished the paint element of of Vulture 2 spaceplane's livery, and it looks absolutely magnificent.
Lester Haines, 28 Mar 2014
REM's Shiny, Happy People

VDI a 'delightful' experience... Really?

GPU Technology Conference The VDI talk was the kind of GTC session I love. It’s where a real-world expert talks about how a difficult task is actually accomplished. Not the theory, not how it should work on paper, but what it takes to actually move a project from Point “A” to Point “We’re done with this”.

ICO plugs XSS vuln in its website. Only took watchdog FIVE YEARS

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has finally fixed a security bug on its website - five years after it was first notified to the data privacy watchdog.
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2014
Ubuntu 14.04 menus in window

Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

Review The final beta release of Ubuntu 14.04, due in April, is here.
GEC PABX 3 switchboard and operator

Soft, hard, lightly hosted? Make the right call when you choose a PBX system

All businesses need a PBX phone system to organise calls and direct them round the organisation.
Eira Hayward, 28 Mar 2014
78rpm records

Pop music, tech bubble... what could go wrong? Spotify said to be closer to IPO

Spotify could be making its much-rumoured market debut as soon as six months from now, after reportedly starting talks with investment banks for an IPO.

Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

Something for the Weekend, Sir? His Girl Friday, All The President’s Men, Pravda, Broadcast News... As a journalist, I ought to be thrilled by reading books and watching dramatisations about other journalists being journalists and generally going about doing their journalisming. Yet there are few things in popular media as forlorn as a journalist talking about journalism to the public at large.
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Mar 2014

Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G

The denizens of 12 farflung towns across the United Kingdoms received a bit of good news today after EE continued its rollout of 4G.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Mar 2014
Child swearing

Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

Online age verification is the Tory-led coalition government's latest obsession, after it lobbied hard for flaccid network-level filtering to be introduced by the UK's biggest ISPs over the course of the last few years.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2014

No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

The government has bungled proposed changes to UK copyright law by claiming the format of eBooks can be legally changed - for example, from the Amazon kindle format to a PDF. The changes were published yesterday as the last debris of the Hargreaves Review to wash up on the statute book. (The rest has either been implemented or dropped).
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Mar 2014
Google Glass

Play Mario using just your EYES as Google Glass gets JavaScript

Video There are many reasons to hate Google Glass, ranging from the accusation that it's an evil surveillance device to the perfectly reasonable suggestion it's terribly ugly.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Mar 2014
French fries

Amazon Workspaces: A dish best served later

Review Amazon Workspaces, the etailer-cloud-service-provider's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure service based on a “Windows 7 desktop experience”, has been uncorked.
Tim Anderson, 28 Mar 2014
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Judge rules Baidu political censorship was an editorial right

Chinese search giant Baidu has evaded a lawsuit launched in the US by a pro-democracy group who claimed that the search engine was illegally suppressing political speech.

BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10

BlackBerry's revenue slipped below a billion dollars in the fourth fiscal quarter for the first time since 2007, as its smartphone sales continued to slide, but its losses were slightly less than expected.
Neal's Yard introduces its 'Green Scientists'

Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

A batch of homeopathic remedies have been recalled in the US after it was discovered that they contained real medicine.
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2014

App-happy cloud bod? You'd better keep eyes on your networks

Measuring how well your application is performing is not a straightforward task. Many enterprises have multiple locations, work with cloud-based applications and have end users stationed in different parts of the world.
Picture by Afonso Lima

'I like big butts and I cannot lie, hackers take Pinterest on a joyride'

NSFWish Miscreants have made an ass out of users of bewildering photo-sharing website Pinterest – by hijacking their accounts to flood the boards with butt pics.
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2014
Tesla fire

Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

Tesla is adding a three-level shield of aluminum and titanium to the underside of its Model S e-car to eliminate the possibility of battery blazes and placate US safety authorities.
Iain Thomson, 28 Mar 2014

FTC: Do SSL properly or we'll shove a microscope up you for decades

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has forged settlement deals with a pair of companies accused of botching their SSL encryption and leaving people vulnerable to identity thieves.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Mar 2014

Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

Microsoft has today performed a second volte-face in the Hotmail scanning scandal, and this time it looks serious.
Iain Thomson, 28 Mar 2014
Google Loon balloon envelope

Zuck: Web drones, not balloons (cough, cough Google) are way forward

Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg thinks his plan to carpet a portion of the world with internet-dispensing drones is a better approach than Google's Loon balloons.
Jack Clark, 28 Mar 2014