8th > April > 2014 Archive

Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades

Monday was a busy day for the gaming guys and gals at Nvidia, with the release of a new beta DirectX 11 driver, version 2.0 of the multi-talented GeForce Experience gaming enhancer, and an update to the company's Shield mobile gaming device that includes Android 4.4.2, aka KitKat.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2014
Joe Tucci EMC

EMC II CEO David Goulden leaves VMware board

David Goulden, chief executive officer of of EMC Information Infrastructure and chief financial officer of EMC, has left VMware's board.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2014
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Intel promises 10Gb Ethernet with Thunderbolt 2.0

Intel will expand its Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect platform with the addition of Ethernet networking support.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Apr 2014

US Supreme Court declines to hear NSA mass phone-slurp case

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a case brought against the NSA by Verizon customers over the agency's mass collection of mobile phone call data.
Iain Thomson, 08 Apr 2014

Running OpenSSL? Patch now to fix CRITICAL bug

Sysadmins using the OpenSSL cryptographic library have an urgent job: patching a memory leak vulnerability that could reveal user IDs and passwords.
Evil Android

Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

"Virus Shield", an app that briefly shot to the top of the charts on Google Play, has turned out to be a complete fake and has therefore been pulled by Google.
Kim Dotcom

Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom is getting all outraged again and banging the freedom-of-something gong with his usual enthusiasm after six Hollywood studios slung a sueball his way.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2014
Skype iPad

Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service

TV journalists weary of trying to gather acceptable audio from Skype, your time to celebrate is now: Microsoft is rolling out a high-quality service designed for the broadcast market.
Half Life

Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

Forget hyper-realistic blood and pointless mayhem: if you want to turn a nice person into a blood-gore-veins-in-the-teeth killer, give them a video game with unplayable controls.
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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

Singapore's Ministry of Law has decided that a “three strikes” regime for online copyright infringement is too intrusive for Internet users, and has excluded such an approach from consultations over takedown mechanisms.

You can play Flappy Bird on a POINT OF SALE TERMINAL

Mobile Point of Sale (MPOS) devices can be easily hacked and leave banks and retailers wide open to fraud, warn infosec researchers.
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2014

'Yahoo! Breaks! Every! Mailing! List! In! The! World!' says email guru

Email luminary John Levine has accused Yahoo! of sabotaging email lists for everyone, everywhere.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2014
Windows XP boot screen

Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

Remember where you were once your patch Tuesday downloads end, because today is Windows XP death day.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2014

Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

Hands On Nokia launched the most important Windows Phone of 2014 last week - along with an impressive new flagship. But both launches were rather eclipsed by the massive update to the Windows Phone OS itself - an overdue pregnancy if ever there was one - and the historic news Microsoft is scrapping royalties.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2014

Snappy snaps: Veeam cuddles up to NetApp for storage selfie

Virtual server backup startup Veeam is integrating its Backup and Replication product with NetApp’s Snapshot, SnapMirror and SnapVault.
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014

VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

VAT relating to cross-border business-to-consumer transactions will be charged at the rate in the country where the customer is based, rather than that of the supplier, under new EU rules to take effect in 2015.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Apr 2014

Son of Phillips: Northamber is not exiting Chessington HQ

The heir apparent to tech distie Northamber has insisted to El Chan the company is not going to exit the Chessington industrial estate that it calls home after all.
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014
LG Ultra HD curved OLED TV

Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

Feature For a while it looked like the future of television was fairly clear-cut. Full HD would beget 4K Ultra HD and at some point in the future, presumably when we all owned flying cars and had relatives commuting to Mars, that would evolve into 8K Super Hi-Vision.
Steve May, 08 Apr 2014
The Four Horsemen Apocalypse ride up the grassy mound that adorns the WinXP desktop

The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

Sysadmin Blog The XPocalypse is upon us, gentlebeings, and those of us who must keep XP around are doomed! Or so some very expensive marketing pushes would have us believe.
Trevor Pott, 08 Apr 2014

End of an era: NetApp chair Dan Warmenhoven has left the building

+Analysis NetApp chairman and previous CEO Dan Warmenhoven has announced that he plans to retire in September. His chosen successor as CEO, Tom Georgens, becomes the new chairman.
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014

European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

A European Union directive that required ISPs to retain data for two years has been deemed "invalid", Brussels' highest court ruled today.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Apr 2014
Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handset

Microsoft's gobble of Nokia phone biz gets thumbs-up from China

Nokia has sorted the lingering issues with China over the sale of its mobile biz to Microsoft, putting the deal back on track to close in April.

Win XP security deadline: Biz bods MUST protect user data – ICO

The end of support for XP on Tuesday doesn't only mean increased risk from hackers exploiting vulnerabilities that will never be patched. It also creates a heightened data protection risk to businesses, the UK's data privacy watchdog has warned.
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2014

Not your father's spam: Trojan slingers attach badness to attachment WITHIN attachment

Cybercrooks are upping the ante by loading malware as an attachment inside another attachment in a bid to slip past security defences.
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2014
Star Wars

Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

Whispers surrounding the mysterious newest instalment of the Star Wars franchise have hinted that actor Peter Mayhew may be onboard to reprise his role as Chewbacca.

Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

Apple's new iWatch will come fitted with an ultraviolet light detector to stop fanbois and fangurlz from scorching themselves in the hot summer sunshine, an analyst has predicted.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Apr 2014
Raspberry Pi RISC OS logo

Raspberry Pi to serve up bite-sized modules for bulk-buying biz bods

Do you think $30 is too much to pay for a computer? You're in luck, because Raspberry Pi is set to release super small circuit boards for a fraction of the price – although they'll need to be plugged into a custom motherboard.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Apr 2014

Industry vet Buxton retires from AMD 'not from life'

AMD European channel director Andrew Buxton is planning to grow old disgracefully after retiring from the CPU and GPU maker.
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014

WD unborks MYSTERY My Cloud borkage

WD has issued an update to its My Cloud, My Book Live and Mionet outage, saying Mionet customers may still be facing problems. The root cause is still not understood.
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014

HP: We're holding nothing back from partners now, coos firm

The new, channel-friendlier HP - jolted into action by CEO Meg Whitman and losing the PC crown to Lenovo - is trying to help rather than hinder partners efforts to build global sales business with customers.
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014

Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

Today will be like no other day because it’s the last Patch Tuesday for Windows XP. Yet there's good news if you're still using XP. For starters, you're not alone.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Apr 2014

Twitter rejigs layout, opens wide to swallow SLURRY OF ADS

It's been five months since the Twitter blabbergasm rolled into town. And, now that it's a grown up company trading on Wall Street, the micro-blogging site needs to crawl its way into the black.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Apr 2014

Open-sourcer Nexenta fires up V4 storage OS

Open source storage software supplier Nexenta has revved its NexentaStor OS to version 4.0, making it more enterprise-worthy by delivering more scalability, performance and reliability. But this is not the Edge unified file, block and object storage product discussed in January.
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014

The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

Cobol is the language most associated with mainframes, especially the IBM System 360 whose 50th anniversary is being celebrated or at least commemorated this week. But when COBOL was first spawned in the mid-1950s, it wasn’t intended for programmers.
Dominic Connor, 08 Apr 2014

Rackspace refuses to enlist in cloud's latest price cutting war

+Analysis Cloud provider Rackspace will stand on the sidelines as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft slash prices in an attempt to destroy each other's profit margins.
Jack Clark, 08 Apr 2014

Azzurri Communications still losing MEELLIONS

Azzurri Communications is not out of the woods yet judging by its recently filed results and the stringent banking covenant tests to which its management must adhere.
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014

CDOT relatively crap for flash, hyperscalers crap for constant storage

Chief NetApp techie Jay Kidd had some strong words for the flash and cloud crowd at a Wells Fargo event for investors.
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014

AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

AMD has unveiled a massively powerful, water-cooled graphics card that it says "manhandles today's and tomorrow's games in maximum settings at 4K resolution."
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2014

UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

Updated The internet has been all aflutter after a picture taken by NASA's Curiosity rover appeared to show a beam of light emanating from the Red Planet's horizon.
Iain Thomson, 08 Apr 2014
SoftLayer's data center

Oracle's NoSQL nightmare MongoDB goes to version 2.6

Upstart database MongoDB has reached its 2.6 release armed with technologies that its backing company says represent "a foundation for the next decade of database innovation."
Jack Clark, 08 Apr 2014

Electronic kit low on juice? SPIT ON IT

An international group of researchers has developed a method for building microbial fuel cells (MFCs) small and efficient enough to be powered by human saliva.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Apr 2014

Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

Dating website OkCupid says it's "satisfied" that Brendan Eich has stepped down as CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, but not everyone agrees, and Eich's decision hasn't spared the Firefox maker from calls for a boycott.
Neil McAllister, 08 Apr 2014
Cloud security

Amazon carefully stitches up Heartbleed OpenSSL hole

Amazon is working to patch "Heartbleed" memory-leak vulnerablities in its Amazon Web Services hosting infrastructure.
Jack Clark, 08 Apr 2014
Reg man wears Google Glass

Google woos enterprise developers with 'Glass at Work' program

Google is making a push to get its Glass headsets into the workplace with a new program, "Glass at Work", to entice coders to build enterprise applications for companies wanting to get into the wearable computing platform.
Iain Thomson, 08 Apr 2014

Report mash-up: Apple to sell 65 million $269 iWatches in first year

The latest Apple iWatch rumors to come out of the cauldron of leaks and speculation that is the Far East say that Cupertino's manufacturing partner Quanta is slated to build 65 million of the li'l fellows in their first year of availability, and that the wristable whatever will ship in the third quarter of this year.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2014
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Azure Australia data centre undergoing final testing

One of the two data centres Microsoft Australia will use to house antipodean Azure is undergoing final testing, The Reg understands.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2014
Artist's concept of Curiosity

Curiosity finds not-very-Australian-shaped rock on Mars

A Twitter member named @CoUdErMaNn has spotted a rock on Mars that is said to resemble Australia. If you ignore some of Australia's largest geographical features.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2014

Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

Microsoft has been hush-hush about specifics of the patent licensing deals it has been signing with Android device makers, but a new blog post suggests Redmond might be wielding a larger intellectual-property club against the open source smartphone OS than had previously been thought.
Neil McAllister, 08 Apr 2014
Windows XP boot screen

Office, IE, Flash fixes accompany Windows XP's final Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released patches for critical security vulnerabilities in Word and Internet Explorer on what is to be the final Patch Tuesday update for Windows XP systems.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Apr 2014