29th > April > 2014 Archive


Australians are suckers when it comes to buying tech drugs

It's not just tech giants that tag Australians as willing suckers who'll pay over-the-odds to get their hands on international products: according to the Australian Crime Commission, drug cartels are also playing the geo-pricing game.

Quantum Key Distribution proven to work over everyday fibre

A group which in 2012 gave a laboratory demonstration of quantum key distribution (QKD) using lit fibre has taken its next step, demonstrating its technology in a field trial in the UK.

After Comcast, Netflix inks second net traffic deal with Verizon

Netflix may not like the idea of paying extra to keep its streaming video content running smoothly but seems resigned to it, having now signed its second network peering deal with a major US broadband provider since the beginning of the year.
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2014
bug on keyboard

Researchers warn of resurgent Sefnit malware

A malware infection which drew headlines January has returned and is using new techniques to infect and spread amongst users.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2014
Troll in cross hairs

Trolls and victims watch Supremes for definition of meaningless patents

A patent dispute over a fitness technology running in the US Supreme Court will decide just how vague a patent has to be before it becomes meaningless.
Columns of coins in the cloud

IBM throws open doors of XaaS supermarket

IBM has thrown open the doors of its “cloud marketplace” a software-and-infrastructure-and-platform-as-a-service supermarket that offers its own and third party products.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2014
Artist's impression of an exoplanet orbiting a star in the cluster Messier 67

Exoplanets' chemicals may give false-positives for life, boffins say

Astronomers and exobiologists looking for spectral signatures as indicators of life might be chasing a chimera.
Sina Weibo logo

Great-firewall-busting microblog app puts AWS in China's firing line

The team behind anti-censorship body Greatfire.org has launched an Android app promising unfettered access to all Weibo content, in what it claims is a major step towards circumventing the Great Firewall for Chinese users.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2014
Japan Display's 5.5-inch, 2,560-by-1,440-pixel, 538-ppi display

Top mobe panel maker Japan Display slashes profit forecast

The world’s biggest smartphone-and-tablet screen-maker Japan Display has seen its share price tumble to record lows after it was forced to cut profit estimates for the year by nearly 11 per cent.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2014

AMD adds ARM security core to new, low-cost x86 mobile processors

AMD has two new, low-power system-on-chip (SoC) designs for laptops and tablets ready to roll that include an ARM processor core built into the die to handle security and virtualized Android support for Windows systems.
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2014
USB Stress Panic Button

Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

About two-thirds of IT workers quizzed in a new poll are so stressed, they want to quit their jobs.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Apr 2014

Hot summer of football to stir Samsung's profits after slow Q1

Samsung Electronics, the mobes, slabs, screens, domestic appliances and chips arm of the industrial giant, has posted results showing a decline in operating product.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2014
Solar filament eruption of August 31, 2012

Web cams pointed into hot young star's 'Ring of Fire' down under

Vids Parts of Australia and Asia this morning experienced an “annular” eclipse, a phenomenon whereby the Moon covers just about all of the Sun except for a “ring of fire” on our star's rim.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2014

China's customs cops grab 76 MEEELLION tech products

Chinese customs cops claim to have confiscated a whopping 76 million items thought to have broken copyright laws last year, many of them electronics, highlighting the persistent problems associated with IPR in the Middle Kingdom.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2014

It's spade sellers who REALLY make a killing in a gold rush: It's OVER for graphics card mining

If you’ve been mining "low-price Bitcoin wannabe" Litecoins with a rig of graphics cards, now is the time to shuffle them off to eBay – unless you can find a better use for them.
Simon Rockman, 29 Apr 2014

Junior gurus go gung-ho in Guangzhou: Meet the students putting a boot in clusters' thrusters

HPC Blog That question everyone is asking: who are the undergrads competing for cluster-building glory at the Asian Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC14) in Guangzhou this week? It’s a mixed slate of former cluster competition champions, wannabes, and newbies from almost every continent on Earth.

Voice-babble-over-Wi-Fi lands in Europe – take that, mobe masties

The Netherlands is about to become a test-bed for Wi-Fi-first and Wi-Fi-only telephony services, as both Ziggo and UPC offer free downloadable apps to use a growing number of Wi-Fi spots for voice calls.
Faultline, 29 Apr 2014
LSI Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i

Hit the Nytro: LSI's PCIe cards now even faster with SQL Server 2014, says firm after upgrade

Chip-making chappies LSI have added some go-faster SQL 2014 juice to their Nytro PCIe server flash cards.
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014

Microsoft forms 'Special Projects' black ops team

Microsoft has secretly formed a "Special Projects" sub-tentacle of its Microsoft Research limb in an apparent attempt to out-black-ops Google X.
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2014
Streetfighter 2: Chun Li kicks things off

Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

Game Theory The petulant slap of a velvet glove across a rival’s cheek – the centuries-old prelude to a duel to the death between gentlemen. To the victor, the promise of a wrong righted and, quite possibly, the hand of a buxom beauty. For the defeated, nothing but dishonour, or else the cold embrace of the grave.
Mike Plant, 29 Apr 2014

Sueball-slingers seek stake in bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox

US and Canadian Bitcoin investors have offered to settle their class-action lawsuits against the bankrupt MtGox exchange in return for a stake in the firm and the return of any of the digital currency it still holds.
Teepee village

Marauding quid-a-day nosh hack menaces teepee hippie villages

It's day two of the El Reg Quid-a-Day Nosh Posse's Live Below the Line challenge, so let's see how our intrepid members are getting along on just £1 per day for food.
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2014

Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

Comment If you believe those who are less than impressed by "Nokiadroid" offerings, Nokia's Android phones are an embarrassment for their new owner.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2014

Russia 'incompatible with the internet', cries web CEO 'axed by Putin'

Tech mogul Pavel Durov – dubbed Russia's "Mark Zuckerberg" for creating a Facebook-a-like website – has said he will never return home until corruption is quashed in his country.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Apr 2014
Optimus Prime Transformer toy

It's here, the 4TB FLASH drive: SanDisk rips sheet from the Optimus MAX

SanDisk has announced a new 4TB flash drive, double the capacity of the biggest solid-state drive available today.
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014
Oracle Termites

Cloudera, MongoDB go on a Big Data date, fall in love, jump in bed

MongoDB and Cloudera have announced a partnership that will link their sales, marketing, and technology assets together, posing a significant threat to incumbents like Oracle and IBM and other startups like VMware's Pivotal.
Jack Clark, 29 Apr 2014
Apple MacBook Air 11in 2012

Faster Macbook Air pops out: What, a NEW Apple thing and ZERO fanfare?

Apple has sneaked slightly updated Macbook Airs onto its shelves with slightly tweaked price tags.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Apr 2014
Man in an orange jumpsuit clutches prison bars. Image by Shutterstock

Cuffing darknet-dwelling cyberscum is tricky. We'll 'disrupt' crims instead, warns top cop

Europe's top cyber-cop has called for a shift in focus from the prosecution of online crims to the disruption of their activities.
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2014
Supreme Court Building

US Supreme Court to decide if cops can search mobes without a warrant

The US Supreme Court is debating two cases today that may decide whether or not the cops can search people’s mobile phones without a warrant.

CSC: Brits, say hi to your new UK boss – say bye to 750 coworkers

On the day stumbling US giant CSC named the latest person to sit in its UK hot seat, it also told 750 of its workers in Blighty they are at risk of redundancy, The Channel can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2014
Bridemaids movie

And! For! Yahoo!'s next! trick! ... Making! two! new! TV! comedies!

Yahoo! has announced its own line-up of original TV series – starting with two comedy shows from acclaimed directors.

HP dangles channel compo carrot for Converged Systems

Nothing grabs channel folk by the short and curlies like a margin making scheme and with this is mind HP has strapped a compensation rocket to the posterior of several Converged Systems to get sales to fly.
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2014
workman in high vis jacket bent over, super-imposed on cloud background

Amazon veep: We tweak our cloud code every 16 seconds – and you?

AWS Summit 2014 A top Amazon bloke has scoffed at rivals who claim they can build Amazon Web Services-like systems in their customers' private data centres.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Apr 2014

GULP. Veeam adds thousands of accounts. It must be eating SOMEONE'S lunch

Growing virtual server backup biz Veeam continues to spread like an out-of-control viral infection.
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014

Nokia, new CEO Rajeev Suri, and BEELLIONS of euros burning a hole in the bank

Nokia Oyj begins a new chapter in its 149-year history today with new CEO Rajeev Suri – and a massive pile of cash in the bank.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2014
Samsung PM835T TLC SSD

Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

Samsung has gone and used cheap-to-make triple-level cell NAND chippery to make an SSD for data centre use. Will it catch on?
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014

Target finally implements chip and PIN card protections

Embattled US big-box retailer Target, still struggling to handle one of the largest and most expensive card heists in history, is implementing chip and PIN payment card systems for its stores.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2014
Nod Labs Bluetooth ring

Nod Labs forges one (Bluetooth) ring to rule them all

A team of engineers formerly from Google and Jawbone thinks it has cracked gesture recognition for electronics with a Bluetooth-equipped ring that can control cursor movements and manipulate household devices.
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2014

Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Firefox 29 has left beta to become the latest stable release for desktop PCs and Android devices. The new version sports a long-promised user interface overhaul, new customization options, and an improved data sync feature.
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2014
FCC logo

FCC seeks $48K fine from mobile phone-jamming driver

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for a $48,000 fine to be levied against a man who allegedly kept a phone jammer in his car.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2014

Twitter investors squawk as user growth, income disappoint again

Twitter reported first-quarter revenue growth of 119 per cent over the year-ago period, but profitability continues to elude the microblogging network and it still isn't gaining new users as fast as investors would like.
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2014

Microsoft does deal with East Coast upstart to get on-premises PaaS tech

Microsoft is trying to get into on-premise cloud clusters and hook the buyers on its own public Azure cloud by partnering with a small East Coast software company named Apprenda.
Jack Clark, 29 Apr 2014
Electronic devices dangerous to flight safety

AT&T plans in-flight internet move using its US 4G network

AT&T has one of the largest LTE networks in the US, and it has now signed an agreement with Honeywell to use the cellular grid to bring faster in-flight internet to air passengers.
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2014