21st > May > 2014 Archive


VMware reveals plan for pay-as-you-go hybrid cloud and hybrid NSX

VMware has let some senior folks from its vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) off the leash and into the wilds of a Reddit Ask Me anything (AMA) session, and they've spilled a few nuggets about future directions for the hybrid cloud offering.
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2014
Child labourers

Tech sector still loves its slaves: study

They avoid paying tax at the top, and avoid paying workers at the bottom: a new study into the supply practises of the tech sector finds most participants don't know where their materials come from and don't really seem to care.
Rotten apple

Google is tech industry and world's most valuable brand as Apple rots

Something's rotten in Cupertino, according to the ninth annual “ BrandZ” rating of technology vendors, as Apple has lost its place atop the list of the world's most valuable technology brands to Google.
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2014

Schneider Electric asks users to patch Heartbleed again

Industrial controller vendor Schneider Electric has found that while its own kit wasn't affected by the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, there are some third party components that need work.

E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

A five-year study by University College London suggests that e-cigarettes may, in fact, help people quit.

Son of ACTA pours fuel on IP trade fire

Activists are mobilising against another international trade treaty, with the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations between America and the EU starting to cause angst.
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Chrome 35 made deaf to old speech API bug

Google has patched 23 vulnerabilities, including three marked high risk, in the latest update to the web browser.
Darren Pauli, 21 May 2014
The Carrotcopter

Scoff ye not: Chap carves crunchy carrot-copter

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Lester Haines, 21 May 2014

Wacky 'baccy making a hash of FBI infosec recruitment efforts

The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to hire more infosec professionals to help fight cyber-crime, but can't find the people they need because there's too much weed to weed out from the talent pool.
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350 DBAs stare blankly when reminded super-users can pinch data

Enterprises are ripe picking grounds for would-be Ed Snowdens, according to a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute for Raytheon that found hundreds of organisations did not have policies to limit the amount of sensitive data staff can access.
Darren Pauli, 21 May 2014
Qinling panda

Panda-monium as Google updates key search algorithm

Google has updated Panda, the algorithm it uses to weed out what it deems to be low-quality search results.
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2014

Web firms, DON'T PANIC: The Euro Google 'right to be forgotten' isn't a problem

Comment Are you an internet company? Beware of companies and organisations purporting to "help" European firms interpret the new Google privacy ruling. you may find yourself taking unnecessary mitigation measures - and fuelling the trolls.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2014

Speaking in Tech: About that rumour of Cisco BUYING Red Hat...

Podcast Podcast This week is a special episode from Cisco Live in San Francisco. Our usual top-notch team are all back this week, along with two Cisco bigwigs ready to talk everything from OpenStack and Cisco ACI to the finer points of running a cat blog. Yes, really.
Team Register, 21 May 2014
Star Wars: The Complete Saga

JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

“Boys are only interested in pirates and Star Wars,” my daughter tells me. She is four and speaks with the confidence and clarity only a four-year-old can manage.
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2014

Are you senior enough to sit around a table with The Register?

Reg Events You’ve filled in the polls, posted the comments – now we want to meet you in person to chew over the most important IT issues of the day.
Team Register, 21 May 2014
Sonos phone and tablet app

Sonos turns up volume, slips out new Wi-Fi speaker control app

Streaming Wi-Fi speaker supplier Sonos has updated its speaker app so that it looks a little nicer and does more. Screen appeal on tablets is not so good, however, and it doesn't solve an existing Playbar surround sound issue.
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2014
An Amazon Prime Air drone

Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting

Video Online retail monolith Amazon is recruiting for Prime Air - the much-hyped future delivery paradigm whose modest aim is to "get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles".
Lester Haines, 21 May 2014
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Arrow steers boss of enterprise wing towards ops control room

A bit of top-level reshuffling at global distie Arrow has led to the recreation of a COO position. The slot will be filled by current president of the enterprise computing wing, Andy Bryant.
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2014

Rival BT sics ad watchdog on EE: ASA growls at 'most reliable broadband' claim

BT has successfully shot down EE's claim in a direct mail ad that it offered "Britain's most reliable broadband for staying connected".
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2014
East Midlands Trains Meridian locos

BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

Blighty’s train companies are finally opening up their live database of running services to programmers – giving third-party developers up-to-date info for free after years of criticism of the closed system.
Poster for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Waterfront flats plan for IBM's UK HQ as housing market goes bananas

Office space leased by IBM at its UK headquarters could become waterfront apartments – if a planning application submitted to Portsmouth City Council is approved.
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2014
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EE boffin: 5G will be the LAST WORD in mobe tech – literally

Andy Sutton, principal network architect for UK mobile network EE and a visiting professor at the University of Salford, says 5G will be built around small cells and a heterogeneous network.
Simon Rockman, 21 May 2014

Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

The selfie craze that continues to sweep the country could land some Brits in trouble if they unwittingly let slip how someone else votes in tomorrow's local and European elections.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2014
Angry woman on mobile

TV body seeks attractive mobile operators for mutual action replays

+Analysis TV on mobiles? Yes, you’ve heard that one before. It’s been one of the most persistent flops of the past fifteen years. But then so were mobile app stores until somebody, Apple, put enough pieces in place to make them work.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2014

Rubber-glove time: Italy to probe TripAdvisor over 'fake reviews'

Italy’s competition regulator has launched two investigations into holiday websites just ahead of the summer in the wake of complaints from both tourists and industry figures.
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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

Review I suppose this is one of those glass half-empty, half-full situations. For months, the interweb was aflutter with rumours of a new MacBook Air with a high-definition Retina display to match that of the MacBook Pro.
Stephen Dean, 21 May 2014

Watch this! The changing face of malware

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David Gordon, 21 May 2014
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What's that crunching noise? Lenovo running over rivals' bones

Unstoppable Chinese juggernaut Lenovo hit the gas pedal hard in the final three months of fiscal 2014, resulting in double digit sales and profit hikes for the quarter and the year.
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2014

EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

eBay‬ has told people to change their passwords for the online tat bazaar after its customer database was compromised.
John Leyden, 21 May 2014

PayPal Manager bug left web stores open to cyber-burglars

eBay-owned PayPal has plugged a vulnerability that potentially allowed thieves to seize control of merchants' online stores and empty the shelves.
John Leyden, 21 May 2014

DCC, parent of Micro P and Gem, posts 15% boost in yearly profits

DCC Technology, parent of UK disties Exertis Micro P and Gem, danced on the grave of the recession in its latest financial year ended 31 March, reporting top and bottom line growth spurts.
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2014

PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

Comment So, the new Surface Pro is here – number three. According to Microsoft folklore Redmond gets things right by version number three of a new product, it then kills off the competition and history is written.
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2014
The Apple glasses

Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

Apple's most innovative minds seem to have been on a go-slow recently, with no properly exciting new products announced since Steve Jobs shuffled off this mortal coil.
Jasper Hamill, 21 May 2014

Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

Google reckons it will soon be slinging ads at us from our cars, thermostats, watches, and more. Goody.
Jack Clark, 21 May 2014

Oregon hit with federal subpoena over failed healthcare website launch

The state of Oregon is facing a subpoena and grand jury probe from the US government over a failed IT project which cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2014
Google Toilet Paper

Google hit by class action lawsuit over claimed AdSense fraud

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Google over allegations by a claimed former employee that the Chocolate Factory is defrauding users of its AdSense platform.
Iain Thomson, 21 May 2014

Couchbase lashes Lite database to cloud with Sync service

If there is one thing that irritates a mobile device user above all else it's the way some apps will chug along perfectly happily for several hours then suddenly enter the lifeless purgatory known as "syncing" as they try to pull some data from a remote cloud server over a rubbish mobile network.
Jack Clark, 21 May 2014
Internet of Things

Forget phones, BlackBerry's new Project Ion is all about THINGS

Solid With its smartphone sales circling the drain, beleaguered BlackBerry has announced Project Ion, a set of initiatives aimed at delivering services and infrastructure for everyone's favorite hot-button buzzword, the Internet of Things (IoT).
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2014

Senate decides patent reform is just too much work, waves white flag

The US Senate has decided to call off its efforts to rid the US legal system of patent trolls, tabling proposed legislation to overhaul patent law.
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2014
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Congress guts law to restrict NSA spying, civil liberty groups appalled

Civil liberties groups have reacted angrily after Congress changed key provisions in the USA FREEDOM Act before submitting it to a full vote by the House of Representatives, scheduled for Thursday.
Iain Thomson, 21 May 2014

Robotics pioneer: Intelligent machines are 'scary for a lot of people'

Solid One of the world's leading robotics gurus reports that the rise of intelligent machines is meeting resistance – both technological and social – but has a few ideas of what the next steps in their development should be.
Rik Myslewski, 21 May 2014

California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has approved new rules governing the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads, making it one of the first states to adopt a formal policy on self-driving cars.
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2014