Articles about Capability

El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

It's official: El Reg's merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion has regained its atomic keyring capability with the arrival in our virtual emporium of the Nite Glowring. The six flavours of glowring You demanded the return of the legendary tritium-powered Traser, but sadly they'e no longer available. Instead, we've sourced for …
Team Register, 27 Feb 2015
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Atmel buys more IoT capability

Atmel, best known as a maker of microcontrollers and capacitive touchscreens, is expanding its Internet of Things footprint with the acquisition of low-power wireless chip designer Newport Media. Newport Media started out life shipping TV system-on-a-chip (SOC) devices, and during 2012 and 2013 branched out into 802.11n, 802.11b …

Pentagon on manual mission to build nation-wide security database

US Defence bureaucrats are bashing numbers into a database in a bid to develop what the agency hopes will become an automated security scorecard, assessing vulnerability exposure across the country's networks and weapons systems. The scorecard is at present a manual effort to help identify vulnerabilities and propose the means …
Darren Pauli, 21 Sep 2015
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Android adware capability a vulnerability, claim boffins

North Carolina State University researchers have revealed a vulnerability in Android that allows SMS messages to be sent from one app to another without going over the air, something they say could be used for SMS phishing attacks. The Xuxian Jiang-led team is the same group that gave the world the Android click-jacking rootkit …

Google's BigQuery gets data slurping capability

Instead of having to upload stuff into the Google cloud and then feed it through to BigQuery, cloud wranglers can now stream data directly into the Chocolate Factory's analytics-as-a-service tech. Google announced the "streaming data" update to BigQuery on Wednesday and it means admins can pour data into the service and start …
Jack Clark, 19 Sep 2013

Apple trademark filing may provide peek into iTunes Radio capability

Apple has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark office for a trademark on the term "Live Listen", perhaps providing a hint about a capability of the iTunes Radio feature in the soon-to-be-released iOS 7. Apple's USPTO filing for "Live Listen" (click to enlarge) The trademark application was filed on August 7 …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Aug 2013

Elephant-sized Infinidat array gets calf that starts small, grows BIG

Moshe Yanai's Infinidat high-end enterprise array is getting added file support, better disaster recovery and an entry-level system. The InfiniBox F2000 entry-level box is an 18U rack enclosure with 250TB of usable capacity with 3TB disk drives or 330TB with 4TB drives. The original and ongoing InfiniBox F6000 offers up to 2PB …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2015
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MoD splashes £1.5bn on 10-year IT deal to 'keep pace with threats'

The Ministry of Defence has inked a ten-year deal worth £1.5bn with HP, Fujitsu, Airbus and CGI for IT and comms. The department estimates the mega contract will save £1bn over that period. However, the MoD is not known for having the best track record in delivering cost-efficient IT programmes. For example, the …
Kat Hall, 04 Aug 2015
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Australia builds facial recognition as a service for plod, spookhaüses

Australia will establish a National Facial Biometric Matching Capability “to allow law enforcement and security agencies to match one photograph of an unknown person against many photographs contained in government records to help establish their identity.” Those words come from the nation's minister for justice and minister …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2015

LOHAN straps on satellite comms capability

We're sure readers will offer the traditional El Reg welcome today to Rock Seven, which has climbed aboard the British space programme by providing an Iridium satellite comms capability for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic The company's newly developed …
Lester Haines, 12 Sep 2012
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Google swallows, but won't digest, mobile app prototyping biz Pixate

The Chocolate Factory has snapped up mobile app prototyping biz Pixate for an undisclosed sum. Under the deal, Google will make the software that allows developers to collaborate and share prototypes with their team, free to use. Previously, the software licences cost around $150 (£96). Pixate is now promising to reimburse …
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015
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Strong ARM scoops up Sansa to boost IoT security

Chipmaker ARM has sealed a deal to buy Israeli Internet of Things (IoT) security specialist Sansa Security. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not officially disclosed. However, the WSJ previously reported that around $75m-$85m was on the table. ARM makes the chips that power the majority of the world’s …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2015

Look over here! SAP unveils big data HANA update

Teutonic enterprise resource planning provider SAP has unveiled a cloudy HANA big data update, in an effort to drum up more interest in its in-memory databases. The SAP HANA Vora product will apparently extend in-memory computing to distributed data, and allow companies to mash up their corporate and Hadoop data. HANA Vora …
Kat Hall, 02 Sep 2015

ARM signs with Big Blue for cloudy IoT services

ARM, which in late July bought Israeli Internet of Things Sansa Security, has added another plank to its IoT strategy by signing on with IBM's IoT Foundation. Based on SoftLayer, IBM's IoT Foundation combines analytics tools, the Bluemix PaaS offering, and security services. ARM's involvement, according to the IBM announcement …
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More email misery and pillory for Hillary as FBI starts quizzery

The FBI has managed to recover "deleted" emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private server, which she used for official business while presiding over the State Department. Bloomberg has reported that a person "familiar with the investigation" has said the Feds have recovered "personal and work-related emails …
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ITU: we'll have 5G standards ready by 2020

Following a working party meeting in San Diego, the ITU has announced the timeline for 5G standardisation. The IMT-2020 process, outlined here, envisages completing standards for 5G during 2020. The standards body expects to complete its 5G vision statement to be completed this year, which will let it start serious work on 5G …

World's worst exploit kit now targeting point-of-sale systems

Trend Micro researcher Anthony Joe Melgarejo says the sophisticated Angler exploit kit popular in cybercrime circles is now targeting point-of-sale (PoS) systems. It appears to be the first time an exploit kit has included PoS in its list of hackable platforms, putting them alongside the likes of Adobe Flash, Reader, Java, and …
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2015
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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

US brass-hats have decided when the F-35 “Joint Strike Fighter” will finally be ready to take on the ancient A10 “Warthog”: in another three years, give or take a little. In 2018, the Pentagon's Office of Operational Test and Evaluation plans to send formations of F-35s and A10s to compare their effectiveness in close air …
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FBI dumps on IoT security

The FBI has decided that your Things are too risky to be allowed anywhere on the Internet. Curiously, given that the Internet of Things is backed by some of the largest tech vendors in the world, the Bureau has also decided that responsibility for security – and for understanding the capability of hardware and software – …

Civica splashes the cash on 'good fit' Web Technologies

Public sector IT outfit Civica has gobbled up IT services minnow Web Technologies Group for what is thought to be approximately £10m. Simon Downing, chief exec of Civica, said the deal will extend Civica's capability in central government. Meanwhile, James Steventon, chief executive of WTG, said having "the backing of Civica …
Kat Hall, 09 Sep 2015

Feds want a phone smart enough to burn itself if it falls into the wrong hands

It won't surprise you at all to know that the US government is keenly interested in the idea of self-destructing electronics. What it wants, apparently, is to give a phone the ability to detect whether the person carrying it is the right person – for example, by walking style. Since phones are crawling with sensors, there are …

Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

US presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has boasted that HP sold the NSA servers that allowed the agency to build a system for mass surveillance. Servers originally earmarked for retail customers were shipped to the NSA instead, to power a warrantless surveillance programme codenamed “Stellar Wind”, approved by then-president …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2015
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Computex: Broadcom and Qualcomm surf Wave 2

While the show floor gets headlines for consumer gadgets, Computex is also a venue for sand-slingers to try and get a handshake from Asian kit companies for their next round of chips. And with Wave 2 802.11ac on the manufacturing schedules, it's no surprise that Qualcomm and Broadcom are duking it out in the exhibition with …
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NCA targeted by Lizard Squad in apparent DDoS revenge attack

The National Crime Agency's website has been hit by a DDoS attack, in an apparent act of revenge for the body's recent crackdown on users of Lizard Squad. The site was taken down this morning and remained offline at the time of publication. Last week the NCA arrested six people on suspicion of maliciously deploying Lizard …
Kat Hall, 01 Sep 2015
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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

The first session of the new Parliament was opened by the Queen today and, as expected, a renewed push for a Snoopers' Charter was high on the agenda. Her Majesty said: Measures will also be brought forward to promote social cohesion and protect people by tackling extremism. New legislation will modernise the law on …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 May 2015

SolidFire's flash boxes pull into Platform9

Has the OpenStack loco got enough of a head of steam to leave the station? No one knows yet, but here is more evidence of suppliers rushing to support it: SolidFire's all-flash arrays can be integrated into Platform9's Managed OpenStack OSaaS – OpenStack-as-a-Service – offering. With Platform9's software, virtual servers can …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
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Files on Seagate wireless disks can be poisoned, purloined – thanks to hidden login has reported Seagate wireless hard drives include “undocumented Telnet services” accessible with a hard-coded password. This allows “unrestricted file download capability to anonymous attackers with wireless access to the device.” And another flaw makes it possible to upload anything into the devices' default file- …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Sep 2015

Reader suggestion: Using HDFS as generic iSCSI storage

Comment El Reg reader Greg Koss reckons the Hadoop filesystem can be used to build an iSCSI SAN. Er, say what? Here's his thinking: we could use Hadoop to provide generic storage to commodity systems for general purpose computing. Why would this be a good idea? Greg notes these points: Commodity storage pricing is roughly $60/TB in …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2015

Kali Linux gives itself a Docker-cut

Penetration testing gurus Offensive Security have made their popular Kali operating system available for Docker-addicted system administrators. Developer Mati Aharoni acted on a request from a user who asked for a Dockerised image of the Kali penetration testing system platform. "Last week we received an email from a fellow …
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2015

NBN net neutrality under fire following DPI RFI

One-time NBN CTO Gary McLaren called out his former employer on Twitter yesterday following a request for proposal that hinted at plans for deep packet inspection. A report in this morning's Communications Day quotes McLaren, who tweeted: “so much for being a Layer 2 network.” @jxeeno @NBN_Australia So much for being a Layer …
Bill Bennett, 30 Sep 2015

‘Secure’ criminal justice email system relies on obsolete protocols

The Criminal Justice Secure eMail system (CJSM) relies on insecure protocols that some security conscious organisations deliberately block, claims a Register source. CJSM is run by Vodafone on behalf of the government and designed to provide secure communications between the GSI (Government Secure Intranet) and external …
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2015

US Cyber Command floats $460m contract to outsource most of itself

The United States' Cyber Command has floated a $460m contract to outsource pretty much all of its duties, as the nation seeks to bulk up its offensive cyberspace capabilities. A 114-page draft support contract (PDF), and an 86-page draft task order (PDF), for the US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) were published on 30 September, …

SGI to flick switch on new Japanese super

Japan's Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP) at the University of Tokyo is the latest win for SGI, which is to pull the big red switch on a 2.65 petaflop system on July 1. The system will be a hybrid of Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPUs, the company says in its canned statement. The SGI ICE XA will have 1,872 …
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New Xen vuln triggers Amazon, Rackspace reboot panic redux

Newly discovered vulnerabilities in the open source Xen virtualization hypervisor have once again sent major public cloud companies scurrying to patch and reboot their systems before attackers can pull off a massive exploit. Amazon and Rackspace have both announced that they will need to reboot some of their servers to address …
Neil McAllister, 28 Feb 2015
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Moon miners book Kiwi rockets for 2017 lunar landing

Moon Express, one of the teams competing for the $30m Google Lunar X-Prize, has booked five rockets that will be ready for a 2017 attempt to get to the Moon. The deal with New Zealand firm Rocket Labs will see Moon Express' MX-1 lander make an attempt at the first commercial lunar landing for the Google Lunar X-Prize. To win …
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2015

US cop goes war-driving to find stolen gear by MAC address

Correction Be careful with your Wi-Fi things' MAC addresses: an Iowa cop wants to sniff hardware addresses to turn up stolen goods. In a move that opens up a whole new world of "swatting," Iowa City's The Gazette reports that city officer David Schwindt has created software to go war-driving for MAC addresses. He calls the software L8NT …
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Capita cracks open the bubbly after 10 per cent sales jump

This year's huge Capita spending spree boosted the company's sales by 10 per cent to £2.28bn, according to the outsourcing giant's first-half results for 2015. During that period, the outsourcer splashed a total of £279m on 11 businesses, most recently snapping up Scottish business intel outfit Barrachd. Profits before tax …
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015

NASA hands Boeing first commercial crew contract for SPAAAACE

NASA is progressing towards what it describes as "returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017" by handing aerospace and defense contractor Boeing the first of its commercial crew rotation missions. The Commercial Crew Programme has ordered its first crew …
DATA RETENTION Guidelines for Service Providers

Brandis' metadata retention recipe doesn't prohibit USB drives stored in a garden shed

Service providers caught up in Australia's data retention scheme will have to encrypt customer information, but that's about as much guidance as the Attorney-General's Department offers. The advice issued by the Department offers scanty information on what constitutes suitable storage infrastructure, and no advice at all on …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2015
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iiNet slurps system integrator Tech2 Group

Australia's third-largest internet service provider iiNet has let it be known that it has acquired 60 per cent of the Tech2 Group , an outfit that provides consumer-and business-grade IT services. iiNet's ASX statement (PDF) announcing the deal says it “provides a complementary focus on customer service, a new sales channel, …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2014

ESA launches new ground-monitoring satellite

The European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched a second satellite for environmental monitoring in the early hours of Tuesday morning from French Guiana. The Sentinel satellite will add high-resolution optical imaging capability to the European Union's Copernicus environmental monitoring system. According to the ESA, “the …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Jun 2015
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GCHQ heard you liked spying, so spied on itself spying on you

Sir Mark Waller, the Intelligence Services Commissioner, has delivered his fourth annual report to the Prime Minister, revealing that GCHQ's internal monitoring system slurped up its own employees' privates to an unauthorised degree. The 69-page report [PDF] noted that GCHQ reported an error to the commissioner in 2014, "when an …
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Brocade targets SDN planners in campus switch range refresh

Brocade has announced a new bunch of campus switches, and with them support for new software defined network (SDN) features and a nifty ability to mix different switches in the stack as if they were all the same kind. While the press release tries to grab the eye with stuff like port density and speeds-and-feeds, the Switch Port …
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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

The BBC has revealed the full specifications of its Micro:bit pocket computer board, which is designed to lure kids to embedded electronics. The global broadcaster has promised “up to 1 million devices will be given to every 11- or 12-year-old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK, for free.” The Micro:bit is part of …
Tim Anderson, 07 Jul 2015
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New Google APIs: Point your phone at a telly like a streaming hose of vid

Google has mashed the Processing graphics language into its Cast software, letting visual artists and others with a bent for graphics point their creations at the nearest big-screen TV. The project even seems to hint at a possible games angle: an Android device like a mobile phone can be used as a controller of the displayed …

Your mobile, your car, and you – three become one

Software which enables the screen of your phone to pop up on the screen in your car dashboard has been ported to the (relatively) ancient systems used by automobile manufacturers. The Nucleus operating system was once popular in mobes, a dozen or so years ago, and the car industry is still using it. So, Cambridge tech company …
Simon Rockman, 03 Jun 2015
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Software spec slip denies Westpac chance at a MILLION A DAY

Some of Australia's major banks' databases don't distinguish between loans to housing investors and owner-occupiers, meaning they're missing out on the chance to charge differential interest rates. Along the way, they're providing an object lesson to businesses that depend on IT: if you don't ask for a capability, you won't …
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Verizon in SUDDEN $4.4bn AOL GOBBLE, aims to make fourplay more exciting

Verizon Communications is buying AOL for $4.4bn, apparently to strengthen its hand at video advertising. This comes on the back of Verizon’s existing plans to launch a video snacking service for mobes, with descriptions making it sound as though the plan will be using LTE-broadcast. Verizon is particularly interested in AOL’s …
Simon Rockman, 12 May 2015

Thanks for open sourcing .NET say Point of Sale villains

Trend Micro researcher Jay Yaneza says Point of Sales malware has begun using Microsoft .NET, following its release as open source last year. Yaneza found the new so-called GamaPoS malware being distributed to US organisations including credit unions, developers, and pet care businesses through the resurgent Andromeda botnet. …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jul 2015
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Nine of the world’s fastest GPU supercomputers

When it comes to groundbreaking innovations in supercomputing over the last decade, there are few shifts that made bigger waves than the introduction of heterogeneous computing. Coupling high-performance host processors with a graphic-processing boost has helped several top-ranked supercomputers achieve performance and energy …
Team Register, 23 Sep 2015