24th > April > 2014 Archive

Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

Apple surprised Wall Street on Wednesday by announcing the most aggressive stock split in its history – and just a month after Google executed its first-ever split.
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2014

Apple stabs Heartbleed bug in AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule gear

Apple has posted a security update to address instances of the Heartbleed security vulnerability in its AirPort router and file back-up gadgets.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2014
Counterfeit iPhone shop, Shenzhen, China

Cross-border kids used as Easter iPhone MULES in China

Cross-border school kids as young as 10-years-old are being used as mules to smuggle iPhones and other electronic gadgetry from Hong Kong into China where they can be sold at a premium.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Apr 2014

RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls FAST LANES for info superhighway

US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler has had a major change of heart when it comes to net neutrality, it's reported.
Iain Thomson, 24 Apr 2014

Cisco: Hey, IT depts. You're all malware hosts

Everybody – at least every multinational that Cisco checked out for its 2014 Annual Security Report – is hosting malware of some kind, and there aren't enough security professionals to go around.
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Boffins claim machines now beat humans at face-matching

A pair of Hong Kong researchers is claiming a first, developing software that can identify people from photographs better than humans can.

Oz Ombudsman calls for wiretap oversight

With both political parties and most law enforcement agencies devoted to implementing more data retention in Australia's Internet, the Commonwealth Ombudsman has suggested it could have a role in overseeing such a regime.
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Researchers slurp unencrypted Viber messaging data with ease

Popular Whatsapp-like messaging service Viber is exposing users to man-in-the-middle and other attacks because it isn’t encrypting various data at rest and in transit, security researchers have warned.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Apr 2014

Pirate Bay's 10 millionth upload: Colour us shocked, a SMUT FLICK

NSFW The Pirate Bay has hit a historic milestone after celebrating its 10 millionth upload. However, the auspiciousness of the occasion was dampened slightly by the fact the content in question was a pirated copy of a smut film from the "Intimate Lesbians" series.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Apr 2014

APAC PC sales plummet 11 per cent after political upheaval

Global PC growth engine APAC suffered a record eighth consecutive quarterly decline in the first three months of 2014 thanks to political upheaval in the region and the continued popularity of smartphones and tablets, according to IDC.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Apr 2014

AuDA starts final round of DNSSEC tests

AuDA has taken a tentative step towards the introduction of DNSSEC into the Australian domain space, signing the .au domain in its production environment as the first step in a four-month test.
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Japan plans SEVEN satellite launches to supercharge GPS

Japan is set to fire seven satellites into orbit over the coming years as part of plans to enhance GPS so locations can be pin-pointed to within centimetres rather than metres.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Apr 2014
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No longer Square: Pear-shaped payments biz seeks buyer - report

Square, the darling of the first-world mobile payments community, is rumoured to be looking for a saviour. Despite having despite having raised huge amounts of cash the company is running out of the stuff.
Simon Rockman, 24 Apr 2014


Tech Panel Some of you have said you want to read more on storage, so here's a survey for you to get stuck into.
David Gordon, 24 Apr 2014

Sixteen hot students, 3 kilowatts, $29k in CASH: It's cluster combat, China style

HPC Blog We're in Guangzhou, China, for the final round of the largest student cluster competition in the world. And to make it even more tense, there's nearly $28k up for grabs...

Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

The semi-mythical iWatch is set to make the iPod extinct, an analyst has predicted.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Apr 2014
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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

Analysis For more than 20 years, it has been clear that the internet will eventually run out of public IPv4 addresses. Despite that limit, online businesses have been slow to adopt IPv6, which has an abundance of addresses by comparison.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Apr 2014
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Bank of England seeks 'HACKERS' to defend vaults against e-thieves

The Bank of England is planning to hire ethical hackers to conduct penetration tests on 20 "major" banks and other financial institutions, it has been reported.
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2014
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Flashy Fusion-io pleads the fifth – the fifth loss-making quarter, that is

Despite revenues rising steadily, Fusion-io cannot stem its cash bleed: it lost $30.7m in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, a 54 per cent increase on the loss it recorded in the same period a year ago.
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014

Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

Dell appears to be charging its customers almost a fiver to select power settings when it sells them a computer.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Apr 2014

Computacenter's UK biz up by a fifth. XPocalypse bounce? Well, sort of...

The sun continues to shine on Computacenter's UK biz after a barnstorming first quarter was again boosted by the XP refresh and the firm's Professional Services order book, which it claims is in rude health.
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014

Shocking new low for SanDisk – 15nm flash chips rolling out its fabs

SanDisk has powered up the smallest NAND process in the industry, 15nm, meaning it should be able to get more working flash chips from each silicon wafer – and thus lower its costs.
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014
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Euro recession over as sales rebound for mega distie Ingram Micro

Economic recovery on both sides of the Atlantic – and to a lesser extent sales of Apple's iPhone in certain countries across Europe – helped Ingram Micro offset declines in its mobility and Asia Pacific wings… but only just.
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014

Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN

Special report Voicemail inboxes on two UK mobile networks are wide open to being hacked. An investigation by The Register has found that even after Lord Leveson's press ethics inquiry, which delved into the practice of phone hacking, some telcos are not implementing even the most basic level of security.
Simon Rockman, 24 Apr 2014
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Shut up, Siri, I'm watching telly! iOS 7.1 code reveals new role for Apple's PA

It looks like Apple might send its personal assistant Siri to perch upon the next generation of its Apple TV set-top boxes.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Apr 2014

List prices mean zilch. Remember that when buying from upstarts

Storagebod Storage industry blogger Howard Marks has written about telling storage startups apart from upstarts. Except, when you dig into his piece, it reads more like how to be a savvy tech buyer.
StorageBod, 24 Apr 2014
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Don't believe the hype: But you CAN simplify IT with cloud apps

Reg Live TV Lots of you are considering cloud apps, but find it hard to figure out what’s most important when making decisions. We’re here today to help with that.
David Gordon, 24 Apr 2014

Top dog EMC’s dilemma: Seasonal dip or long-term problem?

Comment One swallow doesn’t make a summer nor one frost a winter. Does the dramatic drop in EMC’s VMAX revenues represent a long-term change or just a product transition blip?
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014

Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

A 19-year-old Tennessee girl cuffed earlier this week for allegedly driving with a suspended licence is in a spot more bother – after jail officers reportedly discovered a loaded .22 revolver in her vagina.
Lester Haines, 24 Apr 2014

LulzSec's Sabu hacked foreign gov sites while under FBI control – NYT

Ex-LulzSec chief Sabu orchestrated attacks on government computers in Iran, Syria, Pakistan and Brazil while under the control of the FBI, according to a New York Times investigation.
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2014

Bevy of tech behemoths aim to plug the next Heartbleed with DOLLARS

Tech's biggest names have vowed to pour cash into crucial open-source projects that glue the web together – and hopefully kill off any dire bugs that could wreck the net.
Jack Clark, 24 Apr 2014
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Juniper Networks UK bigwig hotfoots it to Alternative Networks

Juniper UK and Ireland boss Mark Quartermaine is hot-footing it to one of the firm's biggest channel partners, Alternative Networks, where he will be COO from next month.
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014

Bankrupt Bitcoin bunker blender begins: MtGox admin starts liquefaction

The Tokyo District Court-appointed administrator for MtGox has begun formal proceedings to liquify the collapsed Bitcoin exchange.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Apr 2014
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Facebook: Need help click-farming? Check out our NEWSWIRE

Critics of modern media like to say the industry is rife with lowest-common-denominator articles loaded with the kind of rubbish that gets shared vigorously across social networks. Advertising company and content-farmer Facebook appears to think the same, judging by its just-announced "FB Newswire" service.
Jack Clark, 24 Apr 2014
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FCC: We're GUTTED people think we'd gut net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed reports that proposed changes to internet governance will abandon net neutrality principles and says companies can charge extra for some types of traffic so long as it's "commercially reasonable."
Iain Thomson, 24 Apr 2014
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Apple patent pokes at holographic iPhone screen

Future Apple iPhone and iPad handsets could sport holographic screens, if a company patent filing comes to fruition.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2014

Westcon Group consumes sister biz Intact Integrated Services

Datatec-owned enterprise distie Westcon Group (WG) is to swallow sister company Intact Integrated Services to beef up margins by selling project, support and managed services, primarily on Cisco kit.
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014
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So long, 'invincible dreamers': Google+ daddy Gundotra resigns

Vic Gundotra, the Google senior vice president best known for creating Google+, is leaving the Chocolate Factory after nearly eight years on the job.
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2014

Amazon earnings narrowly beat bean counter expectations

E-retail giant and cloudy king Amazon narrowly exceeded Wall Street expectations on Thursday, causing the stock to inch up in after-hours trading.
Jack Clark, 24 Apr 2014
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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

Players of the popular sandbox world Minecraft have a new landscape to roam over, as the Danish government put a representation of the entire country in 1:1 scale online for download.
Iain Thomson, 24 Apr 2014
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Vladimir Putin says internet is a 'CIA project'

Russian president Vladimir Putin provided further indications that his administration will be tightening control over internet access in the country on Thursday, when he condemned the internet as being a CIA-controlled "project".
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2014
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Microsoft beats cloud drum as revenues remain solid but flat

Microsoft reported flat revenues and shrinking profits for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014, but that was still better news than the analysts were expecting to hear.
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2014