4th > April > 2014 Archive

Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network

The US government ran a covert campaign to undermine the Cuban government via a social networking platform, according to the Associated Press.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2014
Microsoft campus

Microsoft in OPEN-SOURCE .Net love-in with new foundation

Build 2014 Microsoft has opened its .Net programming framework to the developer community by releasing the code for a broad range of .Net-related software as open-source projects under the stewardship of a new, dedicated foundation.
Neil McAllister, 04 Apr 2014
Nest Labs' The Nest

Google's Nest halts sales of its fire alarm – because waving your hand switches it off

Google's Internet-of-Things wunderkind Nest is disabling a software feature called Nest Wave, citing safety concerns.

Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

On the second day of its developers conference in Shenzhen, China, Intel revealed the codename – "Braswell" – of its next-generation Atom processor for low-cost mobile devices and a 64-bit Android KitKat 4.4.2 kernel, and outlined its belief that a "large resurgence" is coming to the desktop market.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2014
Windows 8.1 Start screen

Microsoft: Hey, small biz devs – Windows Store apps are for you, too

Build 2014 We reckon there haven't been many line-of-business apps built for Windows 8's Modern UI so far, but Microsoft has now made it easier for companies that want to do so.
Neil McAllister, 04 Apr 2014

Qualcomm unveils MU-MIMO silicon

A hyped and highly-anticipated feature of the next generation of WiFi kit, MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple in, multiple out), has taken a step towards commercial reality, with chip vendor Qualcomm announcing its first silicon to support the feature.
google street view edinburgh

Google to Supremes: End this Street View fight once and for all

Google is taking the battle over its Street View data collection to the US Supreme Court, seeking a final decision on the legality of its Wi-Fi snooping activity.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2014

IEEE signs off on 400 Gb/s Ethernet development

As we foreshadowed last month, the The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has green-lighted development of 400 Gb/s Ethernet.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2014
Festo's "mechanical roo"

Mechanical monster macropod LEAPS out of the lab

If you want evidence for the sad state of science in Australia, here it is: the world's first bionic kangaroo has been developed in Germany.
Google Fiber

Is Google really mulling building a US cellphone network? Allegedly, yes

Google is in the early stages of planning to roll out its own cellphone network, an upstart tech news wire is claiming.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2014

Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS

The Indian State of Tamil Nadu will solve its Windows XP problem by adopting Linux.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2014
The USB 3.1 Logo


First pic Intel has been showing off the next generation of USB connectors which will be the first to fit into ports whichever way up they are – thus avoid the Schrödinger's USB stick problem.
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2014
Bitcoin bloodbath

China's Bitcoin exchanges begin pulling down the shutters

The Chinese central bank's Bitcoin crackdown, first signalled in December 2013, is coming to fruition as the middle kingdom's Bitcoin exchanges begin halting withdrawals.
Sleep Cycle iOS app screenshot

Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

Sysadmin blog For decades the development of the computer has been driven by businesses. Businesses bought mainframes, PCs and servers. They bought in such quantity that the consumer was, for most technology companies, a mere afterthought. Today, consumer purchases of endpoints outstrip business purchases by a wide margin.
Trevor Pott, 04 Apr 2014
The Wirliyatjarrayi Store

Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns

Yesterday was day three of my XP-ocalypse aversion mission to upgrade the PCs at the remote Wirliyatjarrayi Learning Centre.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2014
REM's Shiny, Happy People

Speaker bods Sonos chuck FREE TELLY* in with discount offer

Wi-Fi streaming speaker supplier Sonos is sweetening Playbar UK purchases with six months of Spotify and Sky Movies.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014

French firms: You want us to compile DATABASES... of our SECRET information?

Businesses in France are being asked to compile a database of commercially sensitive information that will potentially attract increased interest from cyber criminals.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Apr 2014

Cisco edges away from VMware, tries Red Hat on for size

Blocks and Files From co-operation to co-op-etition and then competition: it's happening in front of our eyes with EMC and Cisco. The choreography involves Cisco working more and more with Red Hat and its KVM server hypervisor and less with EMC subsidiary VMware's ESX.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014
The Four Horsemen Apocalypse ride up the grassy mound that adorns the WinXP desktop

Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms

Windows XP usage on the web is decreasing as the venerable operating system edges ever closer towards its "end of life" from Microsoft support next week.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2014

Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

Comment One of the primary drivers of the growth in organic food sales over the last couple of decades is the perception that organic food is healthier than conventionally farmed food.

'We’re not SNEAKY, we're DADS from the MIDWEST'

Quotw This was the week when the backlash over Mozilla's appointment of Prop 8-supporting Brendan Eich to the chief's chair continued, with OkCupid asking users to boycott the firm's popular Firefox browser.
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

Right, Turkey – elections are over. You can use Twitter again

The Turkish government has finally lifted its ban on Twitter after a largely unsuccessful attempt at state-sponsored censorship in the run-up to key local elections held last Sunday.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Apr 2014

EMC intros data protection-as-a-service: You shall D-PAAS

As the world is moving towards software-defined data centres with infrastructure components virtualised and delivered as a service, data protection appears to be going the same way.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014
Windows XP BSOD

Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

The final Patch Tuesday for Windows XP will bring four bulletins, including a critical fix for a zero-day Word vulnerability uncovered last week.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2014

UK tech channel in RUDE health as bankruptcies dip in Q1

It's time to crack open the bubbly: corporate fatalities in the UK channel have fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter, official stats from credit rating firm Graydon UK reveal.
Paul Kunert, 04 Apr 2014

Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

Game Theory Long have I wondered why franchises such as Battlefield and Call of Duty bother to include a single player entrée aside the multiplayer main course.
Mike Plant, 04 Apr 2014

The cloud awaits... but is your enterprise ready for the jump?

I have worked with a number of companies that explored the cloud as an option for their infrastructure, and recently I worked for two that are cloud service providers themselves.
Dave Cartwright, 04 Apr 2014

Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "Fans, players and parents unite against England's 'rip-off' £90 World Cup kit" screamed the Mirror this week. "They think it’s all over... priced."
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Apr 2014
Street View spymobile captures Street View spymobile on Street View

Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

Google has paid up on a million euro fine ($1.4m) from Italy's data protection regulator imposed because its Street View cars weren't recognisable enough to the people they were taking photos of.

Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

Hands on The biggest Windows Phone news this week was that it's now royalty free. This means it will cost manufacturers less to make a Windows Phone than an Android phone, all other things being equal. And, of course, it also received the much-anticipated update.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Apr 2014

LOHAN's Punch and Judy show is GO for Saturday

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) "Punch" and "Judy" test flights are go for tomorrow (Saturday 5 April), and as ever we'll be streaming proceedings live over the interwebs so you make yourselves a nice cuppa, kick back and follow the action live from the comfort of your PC.
Lester Haines, 04 Apr 2014
David Ortiz selfie with US President Barack Obama

White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

The White House has criticised Samsung for tweeting a selfie taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz of himself with the US President, using a Sammy mobe.

Siri set to rival Windows beauty Cortana after Apple eats Novauris

Apple's personal assistant Siri is more than two years old, so you'd think it was high time for its parents to cut the umbilical cord.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Apr 2014

BlackBerry and T-Mobile try $100 bribe to lure BBers to their side

In the latest round of the velvet-gloved boxing match between T-Mobile US and BlackBerry, the mobile operator's chief John Legere has told BB users that he supports them and wants to give them $100 credit towards any new handset they want.
paper cut-out men holding hands in linked semi-circle

Bell Microsystems circles cawing above corpse of Glasshouse UK

South coast-based tech supplier Bell Microsystems is trying to pick up customers and staff at bust storage integrator Glasshouse Technologies.
Paul Kunert, 04 Apr 2014
World View's balloon in space


With a name like Project Loon, you would expect Google's scheme to be a bit bonkers, but the Chocolate Factory's madcap plan to bring internet connectivity to remote areas using balloons appears to have paid off after one of the devices circumnavigated the globe in just 22 days.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Apr 2014

Overland Storage in fiendish reverse stock split share value ploy

Overland Storage, the troubled tape and low-end scale-out disk array storage vendor, is wanting to do a reverse stock split to get its share price up above the Nasdaq exit level.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014

We don't want your crap databases, says Twitter: We've made OUR OWN

Exclusive Twitter is growing up and, like an adult, is beginning to desire consistent guarantees about its data rather than instant availability.
Jack Clark, 04 Apr 2014
LLCD laser space broadband

NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

NASA has confirmed it will crash its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe into the Moon's surface on April 21 after the successful completion of its missions.
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2014

Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

A group of 14 Korean researchers, including 10 from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, have published details of a technique for synthesising graphene that could lead to sheets of the thin, strong, conductive wonder-material-du-jour being used in commercial devices sooner rather than later.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2014

Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

A five-year-old boy has found and exploited a password flaw in his Xbox to hack into his father's Xbox Live account.
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2014
Apple iPhone 4 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S 4G (right)

Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

Apple has been rebuffed in its attempt to exclude Samsung testimony in the two firms' ongoing patent infringement case.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2014
Oracle frankenstein

SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources

Exclusive Database giant Oracle is attempting to create a NoSQL standards body, The Register has learned.
Jack Clark, 04 Apr 2014
Dark Blue Window - detail of Windows Server logo

One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

Build 2014 Eight months after launching its pushbutton App Studio GUI development kit for Windows Phone, Microsoft has extended the tool to include support for building apps for Windows 8, too.
Neil McAllister, 04 Apr 2014

Google teases more modular smartphone details in run-up to dev meet-up

Vid Google has posted a video that provides a few more details of its "Project Ara" modular smartphone effort, perhaps to drum up interest in the upcoming Ara Developers Conference to be held later this month.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2014