3rd June 2014 Archive

Kepler-10c artist's impression


Pics Kepler-10c, dubbed the "Godzilla" planet by top international boffins, has a mass 17 times that of our planet - it has emerged this week - and orbits a star 560 lightyears away in the constellation Draco - the Dragon.

Supreme Court nixes idea of 'indirect' patent infringement

The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could help shield companies and end users from patent-troll lawsuits.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2014

iOS 8 to PROBE your GUTS and your HOME

WWDC Apple's iOS 8, introduced on Monday and due to reach the masses this fall, has a raft of upgrades, but perhaps two of the most interesting items announced at the company's developers shindig are APIs that involve monitoring your vital signs and controlling your home.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jun 2014

Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update

Google has quietly begun rolling out a new version of Android to its flagship Nexus devices, but so far it has remained shtum on just what has changed.
Neil McAllister, 03 Jun 2014
CSIRO's solar thermal station

CSIRO claims milestone in solar-powered steam turbines

The CSIRO is trumpeting a breakthrough in using solar energy to create “supercritical” steam suitable for powering electricity turbines.
Facebook mutual friends

Rejected researcher builds Facebook friends harvester

Mass harvesting of private friend lists is a feature, not a bug, according to Facebook which has rejected a bug report detailing a purported breach in site privacy.
Darren Pauli, 03 Jun 2014

Teeny GPU targets wearables, Things

This GPU isn't going to get Bitcoin enthusiasts worked up, but from a “wow that's small” point of view it's interesting: Vivante is shipping a range of GPUs that ranges from 0.3 mm2 up to 1.6 mm2 in size for IoT and wearables applications.
Facebook data center - server racks

Telefonica, Netronome jump into the NFV mosh-pit

Yet more ants are flocking to the Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) picnic, with announcements of tie-ups and reference designs from Telefonica and Netronome.
Apache Tomcat

Apache issues Tomcat patches

Apache has patched a series of low-level bugs in Tomcat that allowed attackers to launch denial of service and bypass file access restrictions.
Darren Pauli, 03 Jun 2014

Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

An artist/engineer working in Germany is sure to have sparked the next Google Glass debate: is it okay to simply block them from a network you control?

Global mobile roaming network a HOTBED of vulnerabilities

Security experts for Dutch telco KPN have swung the baseball bat at telcos, with research suggesting mobile roaming networks are so insecure you'd hardly need the NSA to break in and start capturing user traffic.
Musaic video

Kickstarter cup-rattling, light-dimming Internet of Stuff upstart takes on Sonos, Bose

+Comment Kickstarter-funded Musaic hopes to outsmart Sonos and beat Bose with speakers that play higher fidelity music across normal Wi-Fi, support Bluetooth and integrate with home automation lighting and security products.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2014
Intel Pentium

VROOM! Intel revs Devil's Canyon monster 4x4 at 4GHz

Computex Intel has take the wraps off its rumoured “Devil's Canyon” CPU and revealed it is a brutal four by four monster.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jun 2014

Samsung, Chipzilla in 4K monitor price cut pact

Computex Intel and Samsung have created a “collaboration” to help the latter company slice the price of 4K monitors.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jun 2014

How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine

Researchers have proposed a system which could see Bitcoin users earning their trendy tender by replicating vital data sources rather than crunching pointless algorithms.
Darren Pauli, 03 Jun 2014

Find a partner? Nah, these students ALL play with same tools in giant CLUSTER-SHUCK

HPC blog One of the major differences between the recently completed Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge and the other major international competitions is the way the students get their clustering gear.
Roughly 150kg of gold

DevOps is actually a thing – and people are willing to pay for it

Opinion Is DevOps actually a thing, or just the latest funny way to case a word? At least there are vowels in it. We finally know the proper casing, but is it actually something normals are doing?
Michael Cote, 03 Jun 2014
Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

Plugging the gaps in today's Macs: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

Review I remember the days when Elgato was busy knocking out clever telly and video capture gadgets for Macs and PCs. It still does, and for fondleslabs, mobiles and game consoles too, but in the last couple of years the company has obviously caught some kind of Thunderbolt bug.
Bob Dormon, 03 Jun 2014

Former Insight boss Fenton slurps Microsoft ERP channel biz

Former Insight EMEA president Stuart Fenton has picked up the UK arm of global Microsoft ERP integrator Tectura - the first in a planned mid-market roll up.
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2014

New development in 'stadium-sized' FLYING SAUCER orb invasion

Pics NASA has clarified the exact size of the mighty helium balloon that will later today lift its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) over the Pacific Ocean.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2014
computex 2014 logo

Intel gives biz typoslabs their very own 14nm Core-M silicon

Computex Intel President Renee James has used her Computex keynote to declare that Intel “can see our way clear to 10-nanometre” chips and to introduce a new Core-M CPU family aimed at two-in-one typoslabs and high-end fondleslabs.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jun 2014


Exclusive Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme - including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East - have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure has meant that some media organisations, despite being in possession of these facts, have declined to reveal them. Today, however, the Register publishes them in full.
Duncan Campbell, 03 Jun 2014

Watch this: Creating custom workflows for SharePoint 2013

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David Gordon, 03 Jun 2014
hitahi t7k500 hard disk drive

PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

WD will demo PCIe-connected disk drives at the Computex tech conference in Taipei, using a SATA Express interface.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2014

SEC: We won't slap IBM over its cloud revenue reporting

IBM has announced that it has avoided any regulatory action over the way it reports its revenues from cloud computing after the US Securities and Exchange Commission completed its investigation.
Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie

Lupita Nyong'o, Game of Thrones' Brienne join Star Wars cast

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones fan favourite Gwendoline Christie have joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII in as-yet-unknown roles.

Feds hunt 30-year-old alleged to be lord of Gameover botnet

The FBI has released a wanted notice for 30-year-old Russian national Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, whom they allege to be the mastermind behind both the Gameover ZeuS and the even more infamous CryptoLocker ransomware.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2014

The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

WWDC Apple has used its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, held this week in San Francisco, to play internet giants against each other.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2014
bug on keyboard

Remember Anna Kournikova? Come with us on a tour of bug-squishing history

Brain. No, it’s not some Skynet AI drone, nor is it the blob that was always out to get the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles.
Tom Brewster, 03 Jun 2014

'Inaccurate' media misleads public on European Court's Google ruling

“Inaccurate reporting” of Google’s fight against privacy rights in Europe last month risks misleading the public, says the Information Commissioner's Office – which safeguards those rights in the UK.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2014

US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

NSFW The inventor of a "powerfully realistic electronic male pleasure machine" has hailed the “outpouring of support” for his robo-orifice after raising a whopping $250k down at Indiegogo.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2014
DARPA logo

DARPA crazytech crew want to create HUMAN-FREE cyber defence systems

American secret squirrel military research outfit DARPA has launched a competition to find the autonomous cyber-defence systems of the future.
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jun 2014
Parrot BeBop

You know what today's movies need? MORE DRONES

The US aviation authority is considering whether it should hand over permits for film and TV firms to use drones to take aerial photo and video shots.

Broadcom: If no one buys our modem biz, we'll DITCH IT

Chipmaker Broadcom is moving out of the mobile modem business. The company has announced that if it can’t sell its cellular modem division, the operation will be shuttered.
Simon Rockman, 03 Jun 2014

Channel's großen Käse roll eyes at vendors' performance under the spread sheets

Bulky channel outfits in EMEA are bringing home the bacon, according to peeps at Canalys.
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2014
Remy from Ratatouille

Snooping, RAT-flinging, hack-happy crew targeting governments worldwide – researchers

The Middle East-based Molerats hacker crew are even more active than first suspected, according to a report by researchers who claim the team has launched attacks against an unnamed US financial institution and multiple European governments.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2014
Intel DC P3700

My my, Intel, that's one speedy NVMe flash card you have there

Intel has produced three blazing fast PCIe flash cards using NVMe – and that should upset the PCIe flash applecart nicely.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2014
Facebook connection map

'Press Like for 1MB of data': Facebook picks up Pryte in-app data tech

Facebook has acquired the team behind in-app data payment software Pryte for an undisclosed sum as part of its plans to lower the cost of accessing its software in developing countries.
Jack Clark, 03 Jun 2014
Oracle frankenstein

If you squint, Oracle is starting to look like a cloud company

Oracle is waking up to the money-spinning possibilities of the cloud and has injected some powerful new capabilities into its "Oracle Enterprise Manager" software.
Jack Clark, 03 Jun 2014
Dell Venue 8 tablet

Dell bulks up its low end with tablet and convertible updates

Dell has delivered a kick in the pants to its Venue tablets and Inspiron convertibles with the addition of new processors and configuration options.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2014
Roughly 150kg of gold

IBM, HP, others admit products laced with NORK GOLD

IBM, HP, Seagate, and other companies have admitted that some of their products include gold from North Korea.
Jack Clark, 03 Jun 2014

China blocks Google ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

Chinese Web monitor Greatfire.org says the Great Firewall is interfering with Google searches in the Middle Kingdom ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

Google has released the source code for an encryption plugin for Chrome that makes the secure sending of email easier.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2014