16th > April > 2014 Archive


KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

The nearest most of us get to a sponge is when it's sitting on the bathroom shelf, but scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have found four new species of carnivorous sponge that are chomping their way through undersea life off the coast of California.
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2014
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

Canonical has announced that the latest long-term support release of its Ubuntu Linux distribution will be available in two days.
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014

Oracle working on at least 13 Heartbleed fixes

Oracle has emitted its formal advice about Heartbleed, revealing it has 13 products that need a patch and 14 more “which may be vulnerable”.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
Twitter for Mac New

Wall St's DROOLING as Twitter GULPS DOWN analytics firm Gnip

Twitter has bought its long-time collaborator Gnip, a analytics firm that should help the social media firm turn its red balance sheets black.
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2014
Eugene Kaspersky in Sydney

Eugene Kaspersky: Ukraine conflict hurts enterprise security

As governments around the world continue to wrangle for a peaceful solution to the political tensions in the Ukraine, cybercriminals could catch governments off guard with online attacks, warns Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Apr 2014

Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech

Red Hat has announced that a release candidate (RC) of the next version of its flagship enterprise Linux OS has already been distributed to its strategic partners and will be made available to the general public next week.
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2014

Nvidia's new CUDA 6 has the 'most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA'

Nvidia has released CUDA 6, an upgrade to its proprietary GPU programming language that it says "includes some of the most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA."
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2014
Screenshot of the Office 2013 installer for Office 365

This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices

Microsoft has introduced a new subscription model for Office 365 and this time it's literally personal: the new “Office 365 Personal” makes the productivity suite available for just two devices – one PC or Mac and one tablet – for $US69.99 a year.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

The much-hyped fingerprint scanner on Samsung’s flagship handset the Galaxy S5 can be fooled just days after the device was launched.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2014
parallels logo schematics

Parallels could whip VMware or Microsoft, happier as Robin Hood

Parallels is best known for two things: a fine desktop hypervisor and the Virtuozzo containerised server-wrangler that many service providers use to dish out virtual machines to their customers.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
Look at the pixels on that

Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

It’s trade show season in Hong Kong and the Taiwanese display manufacturer AU Optronics has trumped its rivals, principally Samsung, by producing the highest resolution phone display yet.
Simon Rockman, 16 Apr 2014

Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

Lavaboom, a German-based and supposedly NSA-proof email service, will go into private beta this week. Its mission is to spread the Edward Snowden gospel by making encrypted email accessible to all.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2014
Battery beer stein

Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

The European Commission has decided Munich, not London, is Europe's top technology hub. The judgement is delivered in a new Atlas of ICT Activity in Europe released this week.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014

Zebra grazes Motorola Solutions' enterprise business for $US3.45bn

Motorola Solutions has offloaded its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for $US3.45 billion in cash.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014

Lost your credit card PIN? No worries! Get a new one - over SMS

Text messaging isn’t secure. It was never meant to be, as befits something which the chair of the SMG4 standards committee thought was a good idea at the time. No-one ever thought that it might be used for particularly valuable data. SMS expects everything to happen in plain txt so nuttin iz encryptd, bruv.
Simon Rockman, 16 Apr 2014
BT splitter node

NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER

NBN Co, the entity charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has let world+dog know that one test of VDSL delivered over fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) worked.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
Dromana bottles

Hic! Storage upstart DEY bought out by Australian wine merchant

Software-defined storage startup DEY Storage has been bought by CloudCentral, an Australian cloud service provider, which has had a DEY storage co-founder as a board advisor for a few months. And it's being bought by a winery.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
The LOHAN team prepares for launch this morning

LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

Pics+Vid The dust has pretty well settled on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Punch and Judy test flights, and we now present for your further entertainment a round-up of the two missions.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2014

Fine print: Dell bod tells us the details of Fluid Cache for SAN

Fluid Cache for SAN is Dell’s technology to integrate server PCIe flash cards and networked SAN storage. We talked to Bob Fine, director of product marketing at Compellent to find out more about how it works.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
Motoral Moto G with a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler microDuo

Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

Review The Kingston DataTraveler microDuo is a convenient flash storage device that features a full-size USB interface at one end and micro USB at the other.
Bob Dormon, 16 Apr 2014
Intel and Micron's 20nm, 128Gb NAND chip

Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**

Microsoft has given SQL Server2014 an in-memory operation ability and server flasher Fusion-io has quickly jumped in to take advantage.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014

Techies: Hands-on lab to find out what AWS Cloud can do for you

Promo The annual Amazon Web Services Summit kicks off in London on 30 April, 2014 and there are still some spaces available for this free all-day event.
David Gordon, 16 Apr 2014
NUtanix logoi

Nutanix tries to lure in BIZ WHALES with fresh storage NOS

Nutanix is going up against some of the biggest tech vendors in the game with its turnkey, scale-out clustered, converged server+hybrid flash/disk storage box for enterprises.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014

Did you know Twitter has a 'consumer product division'? Ex-Google Maps boss now runs it

Profit-impaired Twitter has poached Google's Maps director Daniel Graf to head up the micro-blogging site's consumer product division.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2014
Kindle Big Brother

Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

Amazon.com has just switched on an email-to-the-cloud service for owners of its Kindle gadgets.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014

Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

The tech firms at the heart of the "no-hire pact" class action suit has asked the court to exclude certain evidence by witnesses as to whether or not they thought Steve Jobs was "a bully".

AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip

AMD will give the first public demo of its second-generation Opteron X-Series server processor, code-named "Berlin", at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2014
SoftLayer's data center

Come to campus or attend online: Microsoft hosts Accelerate Your Insights gig

Promo You may have noticed our recent flurry of activity for Accelerate Your Insights, an all day event on 1 May at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park. The Register is a media partner of Microsoft and this is our fourth and final promo for Accelerate.
David Gordon, 16 Apr 2014

Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

Collapsed Bitcoin exchange MtGox has been put into administration by a court in Japan, where the website is based, after it became clear the site's chances of recovery are nil.
Double Facepalm; when one facepalm is not enough.

Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

Vid It's while standing in the corner of the room wearing pointy hats emblazoned with a big "D" that the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team admits today that the blown fuse which scuppered our recent Punch test flight actually went pop back in September last year.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2014
Getac T800 pre-production sample

Reg gets sneak peek of Getac's chunky TOUGH AS NAILS 8.1-incher

Pics Getac has been a major player in the rugged tech market for 25 years, offering tablets, laptops and even servers built to withstand serious physical abuse. The latest in the line is the T800 – a chunky compact 8.1-inch tablet available with Windows 7 or 8.1.
Bob Dormon, 16 Apr 2014

Granite becomes Steel: Riverbed rebrands its ROBO gear

Granite is an unchanging rock. The ROBO product of that name, however, has just been rebranded by Riverbed as SteelFusion, nominally tying it into Riverbed's Steelhead WAN optimiser products.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014

Hackers attempt to BLACKMAIL plastic surgeons

Cybercrooks attempted to extort a chain of cosmetic surgeons after hacking into its systems and stealing an estimated 480,000 files stuffed with info about prospective nip-'n'-tuck customers.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2014
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

APPLE FAILS to ditch class action suit over ebook PRICE-FIX fiasco

Apple has lost its bid to dismiss an $840m class action lawsuit over the ebook price-fixing fiasco.

Speaking in Tech: Social media, big brands, smut. Never mix these three!

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together to... er, get social.
Team Register, 16 Apr 2014

OpenSSL bug hunt: Find NEXT Heartbleed, earn $$$ – if enough people donate cash

An effort to raise $250,000 for an OpenSSL bug-bounty program is underway – and its organisers hope it will help ensure the Heartbleed omnishambles is never repeated.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2014
LaCie Tank

French hard-drive maker LaCie cops to YEAR LONG card data leak

French hard drive maker LaCie has held its hands up to a year-long credit card breach.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2014

Google shuts Glass store and nixes Video Call feature

After giving the public one day to become "Explorers" of its $1,500 face-computer, Google has shut its online store saying that "all spots have been claimed".
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014

Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing

Cloudy upstart Streem is reinventing file sync'n'share by getting rid of the sync. Instead of throwing out everything but the kitchen sink, it’s just throwing out the sync - so to speak.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
Windows 8.1 Update Start Screen

Microsoft reissues Windows 8.1 Update for enterprise customers

Microsoft has patched a bug that prevented enterprise customers from receiving software fixes after they installed the Windows 8.1 Update, meaning all customers should now receive the update as Redmond's new "servicing baseline."
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2014

Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you

Oracle has released a hefty load of security updates that address a total of 104 different vulnerabilities across its product lines.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Apr 2014
Zombie cloud

What's a right pain in the ASCII for IBM? Its own leech-like hardware biz

IBM's earnings for the first quarter of the year show that the company's hardware division has turned into a leech sapping Big Blue's profits.
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014

Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

A teen suspected of exploiting the Heartbleed bug to rifle through Canada's tax computer systems has been arrested.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Apr 2014
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Google's latest mega-earnings fail to impress shareholders

It's hard to be disappointed about quarterly revenues of $15.42bn – unless you're Google, that is, and the analysts expected you to bring in even more.
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2014
USB Stress Panic Button

US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

US mobile companies have finally agreed to install free anti-theft software on their products, but not until the middle of next year and they plan to leave it turned it off by default.
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2014