28th > April > 2014 Archive

ANU lens droplet

Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

An accidental discovery at the Australian National University (ANU) has created a way to deposit-print small, high-quality optical lenses, in something that's been hailed as “turn a smartphone into an optical microscope”.
Empire of the Bs Troll

Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

Apple has once again demonstrated that it's no slouch as a patent troll, applying for and receiving a patent to tell you where you are, by performing a database lookup of WiFi access points.
NASA GIF of new brown dwarf

NASA spots 'new' star just 7.2 light years away

Distant and dim, the brown dwarf WISE J085510.83-071442.5 (snappy name, there) could well have passed unnoticed since it's not large enough to ignite nuclear fuel to radiate visible light.

US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

Microsoft has been told by a US District Court that it must hand over e-mail details to an unnamed law enforcement agency, even though that data is held offshore.

Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

Vid It's the social phenomenon that's taking self-obsession to new heights. We're not talking about selfies, granddad, and we're not even referring to belfies.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Apr 2014

'Internet World Cup' conference fizzles out to bore draw

NetMundial, last week's two-day conference on Internet governance staged in Brazil, has fizzled out to a bore draw with its concluding communiqué [PDF] failing to suggest strong action on key topics and for the most part reiterating previous conferences' conclusions.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Apr 2014
The Raspberry Pi

Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

A clever chap named David Hunt has built a phone based on a Raspberry Pi.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2014
management regulation2

Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

Self-described “die hard entrepreneur” Gurbaksh Chahal, founder of two online advertising startups and recently CEO and chair of soon-to-list digital marketing outfit RadiumOne, has been fired after becoming the subject of intense pressure from online activists after being fined for domestic violence.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2014
Cat yawning

Bankers don't just blow cash on bonuses, they also spaff ££££s on IT

The banking industry - on average - coughed the highest margins for technology in 2013, doubtless indicating that champagne-guzzling fatcats drunk on bonuses were the ones in charge of purchasing.
Paul Kunert, 28 Apr 2014

Press release scam pelts poor PRs with volley of UNTRUE invoices

Fraudsters are targeting PR agencies that make use of newswires though a sneaky false invoicing scam.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2014
 photo by kudomomo http://www.flickr.com/photos/kudumomo/

Facebook preps ad network to TARGET YOU WHERE YOU LIVE

Competition for mobile advertising dollars is set to intensify as Facebook joins Google, Apple and Twitter by launching a mobile ad network that generates revenue when users access apps outside its domain.
Faultline, 28 Apr 2014

Storage management tools SUCK. We're getting what we pay for

Storagebod Five years or so when I started blogging about storage I spent much time venting my spleen at EMC, especially the abomination that was ControlCenter; a product so poor that a peer in the industry once described it as being “too expensive even if it was free.”
StorageBod, 28 Apr 2014

Oracle accused of breaking US competition law over Solaris support

Oracle has been accused of unfair competition and of breaking US anti-trust laws over its Solaris support business.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2014

Everything you always wanted to know about VDI but were afraid to ask (no, it's not an STD)

Feature So you know your way around a data center just fine, but you've been told to roll out VDI – aka that highly riveting technology, virtual desktop infrastructure. This is your first time juggling virtualization on this scale. What do you need to worry about? How will you test and benchmark it?
Trevor Pott, 28 Apr 2014
The NROL-39 payload is transported and mated to its Atlas V booster

Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch spy sats – and will sue US gov to do so

SpaceX has vowed to sue the US government for the right to compete for contracts to launch spy satellites – a market worth up to $70bn that's monopolised by Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
Motorola Moto X

Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED

A US Federal Court has issued a ruling that will allow Apple and Motorola Mobility to assert certain patent claims against each other. The ruling also opens the door for Cupertino to try to seek a ban on sales of certain Android handsets.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2014
The stew on the outdoor fire

A real pot-boiler kicks off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

Pics It's day one of the El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse's attempt to survive for five days on a fiver for food in support of Malaria No More UK.
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2014
Night scene of bank station in central london

New .london domains touted tomorrow amid usual tech hypegasm

Do you have any idea what "wind and kite" means? No? Well, it's Cockney rhyming for “website.” But from tomorrow, rather than lobbing geezer slang around, you'll have a much easier time making sure the world knows your business is from London.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Apr 2014
Fisheye camera shot of MICA rocket shot into aurora borealis

Let them eat cache: PernixData crams RAM in virtual flash platform

PernixData has added RAM as a cache and Network File System support to its FVP clustered flash cache product with the aim of making virtual machines go even faster.
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2014
A shiny new cash point

Internet of Thingies bods: Forget 3G, let's go straight to 4G

The M2M (machine to machine) industry is restyling itself as The Internet of Things, and in keeping with the new trendy name, it doesn’t want any of that old-fashioned 3G.
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2014
Singapore Condos

Silicon bungalow? Nah, I'll have SK Hynix's 4-storey flash condo

DRAM and flash fabber SK Hynix is set to mass produce 3D NAND by the end of this year, while Micron Technology sees its own 3D mass production kicking in during the second half of 2015.
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2014

94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

No matter how optimistic British tech supremos may be, they're still battling to hire and keep skilled hands, according to a new study.
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2014
big droplets falling from rain cloud

Backup biz CommVault to Wall St: Cheer up, lads. We just need MORE SALES REPS

Results are in for CommVault, whose final 2014 quarter showed a revenue rise and a slight drop in profits, missing Wall St's estimates. But the biggest surprise to analysts was its concession that it had "under-hired" in Q4.
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2014

Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap fears for his waistline

El Reg Quid-a-Day Nosh Posse member Toby Sibley has been in touch to say he only got to spend his £5 food allowance for the Live Below the Line challenge last night, and is beginning to worry about his waistline.
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2014
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

Canonical says it is working to fix a problem that's crippling some Ubuntu PCs after they've been upgraded to the latest version of the Linux distro.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2014

Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

Vid Google has updated the software in its self-driving cars after spending the past year running prototypes around its hometown of Mountain View, California, to test the vehicles' performance on hectic city streets.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Apr 2014
Adobe Flash installer

Drink me: Adobe pours Flash Player bug squash

Adobe is pushing out a cross-platform security fix for a bug in its Flash Player that miscreants are already exploiting.
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2014

Stephen Elop: I was RIGHT to BURN the PLATFORMS

Stephen Elop’s favourite pizza is prosciutto ham, mushrooms, green peppers and tomatoes. That was the most concrete answer he gave in an Ask Me Anything session on the Nokia website.
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2014
Supreme Court Building

Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

The decade-long legal fight over the reasons WordPerfect failed has ended in victory for Microsoft after the US Supreme Court declined to hear Novell's appeal and shut the door on a potential billion-dollar settlement for the company.
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2014

AOL confirms security breach from spam attack

AOL has issued a warning to users that their personal information has been stolen by attackers, a week after the security of its servers was questioned.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2014

Über-secure Blackphone crypto-mobe spills its silicon guts

SGP Technologies, the Switzerland-based joint venture of Spanish handset maker Geeksphone and security firm Silent Circle, has revealed specs for the Blackphone BP1, its forthcoming privacy-minded handset.
Neil McAllister, 28 Apr 2014

Curiosity considers first dig into Windjana, the sands(tone) of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has been doing some Martian house cleaning, brushing down a potential new target for its drilling tools.
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2014
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence

Joe Hockey caught in his own .Net with Centrelink IT criticism

Australia's treasurer Joe Hockey last week told radio 3AW that IT at Centrelink, Australia's social security payments agency, is in such poor repair that at least a billion dollars is required to get it working well enough to enact desired reforms. Human Services minister Marise Payne confirmed the parlous state of affairs.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2014

Microsoft puffs up OneDrive, now with 1TB per head for biz users

Microsoft has upped its ante in the ongoing cloud wars, increasing storage allotments for business customers and offering to help companies migrate from their existing storage solutions to OneDrive.
Neil McAllister, 28 Apr 2014

Data retention: encryption won't protect you much

The standard infosec advice of “encrypt it all and use strong passwords” is good advice, but it wouldn't save us from governments intent on mass data collection.

Comcast to dump 3.9 MEEELLION subscribers to quell Time Warner merger antitrust fears

US telecoms giant Comcast is planning to sell 3.9 million customer subscriptions to rival Charter Communications in an effort to stem fears that its planned merger with Time Warner will create a monopoly.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2014

Oh GREAT: Your factory can Heartbleed out

Tired of Heartbleed horror? Brace yourself for another round, this time with a "hackers can attack factories" flavour after Siemens shipped coagulant patches for some of its key SCADA kit.