23rd > April > 2014 Archive

Spam

AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami

If you've been getting a lot of spam from AOL emails recently it's not because you've fallen into a time rift and it's the nineties all over again – the company has confirmed that it has been under an intensive spoofing attack.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2014
Bitcoins

Dorian Nakamoto gets $23,000 payout over Bitcoin invention saga

The California man who says he was mistakenly identified as the inventor of Bitcoin is accepting a $23,000 gift from backers of the cryptocurrency.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2014

Oz crime-busters' calls for data retention get louder

The Australian Crime Commission is the latest agency to demand that Australia's government – and by extension, its citizens – embrace the surveillance state.
DNA
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Algorithm ramps up genetic computation

The world has built DNA genomes for a long time, but applying what we know about genetics to everyday medicine is a tough ask.

Kill dodgy RNG says NIST

NIST has said what we already knew: the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, Dual_EC_DRBG, is a dead duck and should be abandoned by anyone still using it.
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Cisco kicks off security kit/software/cloud combo

Cisco has added threat management to its portfolio, announcing Managed Threat Defense which it says brings realtime security to its customers.

Japan airport staff dash to replace passcodes after security cock-up

The dangers of writing passwords down on paper were laid bare in the Japanese airport of Haneda this week after a member of staff managed to lose a note containing key security codes ahead of US president Barack Obama’s arrival today.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Apr 2014

So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission is on temporary hold today while we attempt to answer a question of vital linguistic import: just how do you say "the mutt's nuts" in French?
Lester Haines, 23 Apr 2014

Japanese boffin EYES up big bucks with strap-on digi-glasses

Vid A Japanese boffin has unveiled a novel way of catching some kip at work without your colleagues finding out – a pair of OLED “glasses” designed to act as digital eyes.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Apr 2014
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Last call: Getting Started with Microsoft Azure – TODAY at 9.30am

Promo Windows Azure is a cornerstone of Microsoft's technology for the cloud. Find out more in "Getting Started with Azure" – Microsoft's free webcast on Wednesday, 23 April at 0930 BST. In this one-hour broadcast, Steve "Planky" Plank will guide you through the step-by-step process for spinning up Windows Server 2012 virtual machines, building virtual networks, and installing Active Directory.
David Gordon, 23 Apr 2014

Think-tank to infosec: You're doing it wrong

Tomorrow's Internet is a scary, scary place, according to think-tank The Atlantic Council, so much so that we're all apparently on the brink of “a cyber sub-prime meltdown”.
Night scene of bank station in central london

EE & Vodafone will let you BONK on the TUBE – with Boris' blessing

London Underground commuters will soon be able to pay for Tube journeys via contactless credit cards thanks to EE, Vodafone and Transport for London.
Simon Rockman, 23 Apr 2014
Marconi-Stille steel tape recorder

Enterprise storage will die just like tape did, say chaps with graphs

The Wikibon biz tech consultancy thinks that the era of networked filers and SANs is going to end with server SANs replacing them. SANs and filers will have largely died away by 2027, it reckons.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014
Apple stock price

EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

Hurrah! The European Union has decided to save us from the perils of automatic trading! Also known as High Frequency Trading (HFT) or algo trading, this is simply the practice of writing a piece of code to do the buying and selling faster than a human being can possibly do it.
Tim Worstall, 23 Apr 2014

Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

Pic We're obliged to veteran Reg reader Chris Winpenny for nominating what he believes to be a worthy successor to Asus' famous blonde beach babe – last seen enjoying an Eee Pad Transformer Prime before the sun set on her PC-punting career:
Lester Haines, 23 Apr 2014

Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

Review What do you want in a smartphone? A premium build quality? A high-resolution display that looks the business whether you’re watching a movie or reading a book?
David Phelan, 23 Apr 2014
Oblivion, the movie comms officer desk

Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers – researcher

Security researchers claim to have uncovered myriad security problems with satellite communication systems. But while major manufacturer Iridium said the security weaknesses identified by security researchers at IOActive were in hand, Thuraya, another satellite comms service, has criticised the report as inaccurate.
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2014
Ricardo Badalone

My software-defined life: Boss of MCS-flasher Diablo chats to the Reg

Diablo Technologies now licenses its Flash DIMM technology to SanDisk, which acquired the licence through buying SMART Storage. So far IBM and Supermicro have signed contracts with SanDisk to use its ULLtraDIMM technology in some of their X86 servers but its likely just the beginning.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014

Vulture 2 rocket motor heater a non-sizzling success

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is toasting a toasty success today after reviewing the data from our recent Judy test flight, which carried the rocket motor heater rig designed to stop our Vulture 2 spaceplane's mighty thruster from catching a nasty cold.
Lester Haines, 23 Apr 2014

TalkTalk's catch-up telly fib silenced by ad watchdog

Budget telco TalkTalk has been barked at by the Advertising Standards Authority after the company wrongly suggested that a whole host of TV channels were available via its catch-up service.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Apr 2014
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Only a WEEK left to sign up: Meet the tech heavyweights at AWS Enterprise Summit 2014

Promo On Tuesday 29 April, Amazon Web Services will be at London’s ExCel Centre, where it will host the 2014 Enterprise Summit.
David Gordon, 23 Apr 2014

95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

Hitachi has unveiled plans for two express lifts which will rocket up a China skyscraper at speeds in excess of the genteel 30mph (48kmph) British speed limit.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Apr 2014
New HP logo

HP's top-end array just TOPPED ITSELF

HP has announced the XP7, the successor to the high-end XP array. The XP, or P9500, is an OEM version of Hitachi's VSP array and Hitachi has announced the VSP G1000 follow-on product, which HP has manufactured as the XP7.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014
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Apple splats 'new' SSL snooping bug in iOS, OS X - but it's no Heartbleed

Apple has squashed a significant security bug in its SSL engine for iOS and OS X as part of a slew of patches for iThings and Macs.
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2014
Crucial M550 SSD form factors

It's GOOD to get RAIN on your upgrade parade: Crucial M550 1TB SSD

Review Just under a year ago Crucial sent shock waves through the SSD consumer market space with the launch of the M500 series. Not only did the family contain the first near-1TB SSD in this space, in the shape of the flagship M500 960GB drive, but the whole range had been priced at such a competitive level it had rivals scurrying around trying to match it.
Simon Crisp, 23 Apr 2014
HDS VSP Front Panel

New HDS array: It's a G1000 Jim, but not as we know it*

HDS has updated its 2010 vintage high-end VSP array with the VSP G1000 and a new operating system, together providing the "highest performance and most available unified storage system in the industry," and claiming it's "the most reliable hardware on the planet."
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014
Looks cooler than a flux capacitor

UK.gov chucks £28m at F1 tech for buses and diggers plan

Grant money amounting to over £28m will be awarded to four British engineering companies to take technology initially designed for Formula 1 cars and develop it for more widespread use.
Simon Rockman, 23 Apr 2014

Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies

The UK Home Office is touting a mega contract worth up to £1.2bn to build a next-generation comms network for Blighty's brave emergency services.
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
Pure Storage F320

Pure Storage opens wide, VCs shovel in yet MORE millions of $$$

All-flash array startup Pure Storage has just trousered another $225m of funding, less than a year after enjoying a $150m E-round. Why on earth does it need more cash now?
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014

KPMG: UK tech supplier takes on 'majority' of customers from titsup Glasshouse

More than half the workers at defunct storage consultancy Glasshouse Technologies have been chopped after administrator KPMG failed to find an investor to secure the business as a going concern.
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
Rotten apple
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Huawei exec: 'Word of mouth' will beat Apple and Samsung in Europe

Huawei insists its won’t splash the cash to compete with Samsung and Apple in Europe’s overcrowded consumer market. Late last year, Huawei became the world’s No 3 phone maker* from a standing start: it only began selling branded phones three years ago.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2014
Sleeper

Speaking in Tech: Yes, yes. Storage, VMs, all very important. But what about beating jet lag?

Podcast Podcast Welcome back to the Speaking in Tech podcast, hosted weekly by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Sarah is away, but our special guest is Hans De Leenheer, a jobbing technical marketing adviser.
Team Register, 23 Apr 2014

Brazilian president signs internet civil rights law

A bill guaranteeing civil rights on the internet was signed into law by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff at the NetMundial Internet Governance conference today.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Apr 2014
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EMC feels burn of declining demand for enterprise storage

EMC's share price dipped today after it revealed that fiscal Q1 profits crashed by close to a third on the back of rising operational costs and falling sales of enterprise kit.
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
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Microsoft Azure adds global HUSH-HUSH connection routes with Equinix

Microsoft and Equinix have interlaced their fleet of data centers to let customers go directly to the Azure cloud from inside 16 co-location data centers around the world.
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2014
IBM's Power8 processor

IBM rides nightmarish hardware landscape on OpenPOWER Consortium raft

IBM is going to ride out the storm rippling through the hardware industry by donating one of its crown jewels to a consortium of partner companies with the hope it can make a bit of cash off the ensuing sales.
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2014
The Street View spycar spied in Inverness

Google adds a sense of history to Street View with archive footage

Google is adding historical images to its Street View image library so that users can step backwards and forwards through time and track development from when the Chocolate Factory cameras cars last rolled by.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2014
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ARM brushes off dip in mobile revenues with sunny forecast for coming year

Chip design firm ARM has seen a dip in mobile sales that led to falling financial returns in the last financial quarter, a shift the company hopes will be temporary.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2014

Apple's strong iPhone sales crush Wall Street moneymen's tepid expectations

Despite not introducing any significant new products during the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 ended in March, Apple has announced unexpectedly healthy revenues and profits for the quarter, with the all-important earnings per share numbers crushing analysts' expectations.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Apr 2014
OnePlus

OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

Vid After months of teasing, Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus has formally launched the OnePlus One, a budget Android handset with specs so enticing that some industry watchers had suspected it of being vaporware.
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2014
MDM

Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station have taken a wander over the outside of the station to replace a critical backup computer that conked out.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2014
Facebook logo

Zuck talks up mobile shift as Facebook money mill rolls on

Facebook once again topped analyst forecasts with the delivery of a $2.5bn revenue quarter on the strength of a 72 per cent jump in revenues.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2014
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Amazon loads Docker app containerization into its cloud

Although admins have been free to run Linux containerization technology Docker on top of Amazon Linux running on its rentable EC2 servers for some time, the company on Thursday announced that Docker had been integrated with Elastic Beanstalk.
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2014