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BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

BT is to make Premier League football available on Google's Chromecast TV platform, in a huge filip for the platform. Google started selling Chromecast in the UK last month - here's our review. While Chromecast bundles the usual OTTs (Over The Top) services including Netflix and YouTube, the only UK broadcaster support so far …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Apr 2014
Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

Ten days ago IBM issued ”A Letter to Our Clients About Government Access to Data” that, as we reported, swore on all that is good and holy that it did not hand over data to the NSA and would never do such a thing. But the letter did not satisfy security commentator Bruce Schneier who's penned an open letter of his own to Big …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2014

Ray-Ban to produce Google Glass data-goggs: Cool - or Tool?

Luxottica, the holding company for pricey eyeware brands Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol and even Burberry, has inked a deal that will see it design stylish versions of Google's “glass” tech specs. The eyewear company's canned statement says it will work with Google“ on the creation of innovative iconic wearable devices”. To do so the …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2014
Turnbull with Switkowski in Blacktown

Telstra, not Turnbull, at fault in Twitfight

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull stands accused of telling small business owner Julia Keady to move to another home if she wants better broadband, but that interpretation of the exchange between Turnbull and Keady is not correct and ignores the golden rule of any transaction: buyer beware. Here's the pair of …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014
Facebook WhatsApp

FTC: OK Facebook, swallow WhatsApp – but NO selling people's data without permission

Facebook's multi-billion-dollar slurp of WhatsApp has been given the go-ahead by US regulators – with the caveat that the social network sticks to the messaging service's privacy policy. The Federal Trade Commission said in a letter to the two firms that WhatsApp would have to stick to the privacy promises it had already made to …

AWS' Glacier and RedShift creep into to Australia

Amazon Web Services' (AWS') Glacier data deep freeze* is now available in the cloudy company's Australian region. Glacier offers very cheap storage, but with the caveat of restore times that stretch into hours. The service is generally held to store data on tape. When AWS opened in Australia has often said it intends to offer …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2013
cloud

When big biz is forced to compete: Now Microsoft latest to cut cloud prices

Microsoft will cut its Azure cloud prices after Amazon slashed its AWS prices in response to Google's cloud price cut. Redmond announced on Monday that it would lower its prices for cloud services between 27 and 65 percent on the April 3 in response to a wave of reductions that washed through the cloud industry after Google …
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014

Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

Good news for British techies. A wide-ranging innovation study recommends that firms should hire more staff who can solve complex technical problems, even if they’re not tech companies or the techies aren’t employed in a narrowly technical function. So says a report on Innovation and Growth prepared for the Department of …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Mar 2014
District 9

AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

A declassified CIA report made public this week includes copious references to the United States' mysterious Area 51 base. The Cold War-era dossier on the U-2 spy plane was published by the George Washington University's National Security Archive - and acknowledges the existence of the highly hush-hush patch of Nevada desert, a …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2013

Docker loads up $15m to push containerization into bit barns

Containerization expert Docker has slurped $15m in filthy valley lucre to help it push its tech further into data centers under the leadership of a new, experienced chief executive. The funding will give the company the money needed to grow its engineering team while also ploughing more money into sales and support, says new …
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014
Photo of a US KitKat wrapper advertising an Android contest giveaway

'Tablet' no longer means 'iPad': Apple share PLUMMETS below 30%

Apple's fondleslab market share falls below 30 per cent for first time IDC says iPad shipments stalled in Q3 as Samsung and Lenovo surged Pundits partial to peak Apple prognostications have new data to fuel their ideas: IDC's newest report on global fondleslab sales has Apple's market share slipping markedly. The analyst does …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2013

DON'T PANIC: Amazon's Chromecast late-ship email was a blunder

An email from Amazon telling customers that they wouldn't be getting their Chromecast dongle until nearly November – at the earliest – was a mistake, the company has said. In fact, shipping will begin shortly. Amazon, along with big-box retailers like Best Buy, sold out of Google's $35 gizmo within days of the streaming stick …
Iain Thomson, 09 Aug 2013

AWS speeds content delivery, Gangnam style

Developers and businesses keen to reach customers in the the most connected country on the planet received a boost this week after Amazon Web Services announced a South Korean edge location in Seoul for its CloudFront and Route 53 platforms. The cloudy giant’s sixth location in Asia and 40th globally will help accelerate the …
Phil Muncaster, 03 May 2013
iPad mini with Retina display

TWO THIRDS of Retina iPad mini shoppers will weep this holiday season

If someone on your holiday shopping list is a-hankerin' for Apple's just-released iPad mini with Retina display, you may want to get in line with the fanbois on the morning when the li'l fellas finally appear on store shelves sometime in November – there won't be many of them to go around. According to the market-watchers at IHS …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Oct 2013
More flaws found in Java

It's about time: Java update includes tool for blocking drive-by exploits

Oracle's latest update to the Java SE Development Kit (JDK) version 7 adds new security features designed to help businesses avoid being stung by critical vulnerabilities in out-of-date versions of Java. After a string of embarrassing Java security flaws was disclosed by independent researchers, Oracle has made addressing …
Neil McAllister, 13 Sep 2013

New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight

Proving yet again that there's no such thing as a secret in the tech world anymore, Apple has – as widely rumored – produced a new iPad mini with a Retina display. iPad mini with Retina display The new iPad mini with Retina display benefits from a prodigious processor power pop "The one most-requested feature to add to iPad …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Oct 2013
Admiral Ackbar

Drugs e-souk Silk Road back from the dead with new Dread Pirate Roberts

Barely a month after the FBI shuttered the first Silk Road online black market, the secretive souk is back with another "Dread Pirate Roberts" (DPR) at the helm – and the operator has added PGP encryption for good measure. "Over the last four weeks, we have implemented a complete security overhaul. This overhaul marks the dawn …
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

Pttow! Ofcom kicks hams out of MoD bands

Ofcom plans to kick radio amateurs from 105MHz of radio spectrum, and warn them off another 60MHz, so it can be sold off for 4G telephony. The spectrum belongs to the Ministry of Defence, with radio hams classed as "secondary users" who are tolerated as long as they don't interfere with MoD kit. But these days the MoD is being …
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

REVEALED: Cyberthug tool that BREAKS HSBC's anti-Trojan tech

Cybercrooks on an underground forum have developed a technique to bypass anti-Trojan technology from Trusteer used by financial institutions worldwide – including HSBC and Paypal – to protect depositors from cybersnoopers. Trusteer has downplayed the vulnerability and said it's in the process of rolling out beefed-up protection …
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Switching to IT: Which qualifications are worthwhile?

From time to time we dip into El Reg Forums to highlight questions raised by our commentards. Today we republish this post from Thomas 4, who writes: I'm considering a change of career from my current medicinal line of work and stepping into the great grand world of IT. My current plan is starting in helpdesk work and moving up …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jan 2013
Windows 9x BSOD

How NOT to evaluate hard disk reliability: Backblaze vs world+dog

A few months ago, Brian Beach, a distinguished engineer at cloud backup joint Backblaze, published a set of study-like blog postings relating to his firm's experiences with hard drive lifespan in its 25,000+ spindle environment. The blogs garnered quite a bit of interest due to the subject matter, and provocative titles like: …
Larry Page's new yacht, 'Senses'

Texas students hijack superyacht with GPS-spoofing luggage

Students from the University of Texas successfully piloted an $80m superyacht sailing 30 miles offshore in the Mediterranean Sea by overriding the ship's GPS signals without any alarms being raised. The team, led by assistant professor Todd Humphreys from UT Austin's department of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2013
Genie

GenieDB uncorks database-as-a-service

Startup database company GenieDB has announced a cloud-hosted database named – we apologize in advance for what you're about to read – GenieDB Globally Distributed MySQL-as-a-Service (DBaaS). The tongue-twisting tech was announced on Monday, and sees the company claim to have "solved the problem of geographical [data] …
Jack Clark, 05 Aug 2013
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

Samsung shoots Galaxy S III with shrink ray, unveils 4in Mini

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S III Mini, the widely predicted compact version of the firm's flagship Android smartphone. As revealed earlier this week, the Mini boasts a 4in, 800 x 480 display plus a dual-core 1GHz ST-Ericsson Novathor U8420 chipset powering Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The blower features a 5Mp rear- …
Caleb Cox, 12 Oct 2012

'Ultimate nerd chick’ prompts C64 clone cancellation

A damning tweet from one Jeri Ellsworth, described by a Register reader as “the ultimate Commodore 64 nerd chick”, has put the mockers on Project Bread Bin, one retro-tech fan’s dream to build a cut-price Commodore 64-compatible computer in a keyboard case. Earlier this week, C64 fan Daniel Biehl called out to the crowd to …
Tony Smith, 10 May 2013
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Ford touts tech to bottle up traffic jams

Ford today promised to help motorists keep moving through heavy traffic, but the caveats it's applying to its prototype mean we won't be jam free for quite some time. Appropriately dubbed "Traffic Jam Assist", the technology Ford was keen to tout today uses radar and cameras to track other vehicles and road markings while taking …
Tony Smith, 26 Jun 2012

Android's US market share continues to slip

Apple may be taking its lumps these days – what with a falling share price, pesky activist investors, troubles in China, and the like – but there's one important area in which Cupertino is steadily gaining ground: US smartphone sales. For the past 100 months, the stat-happy analysts at comScore have been tracking mobile-device …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Apr 2013
Engineers fitting antenna heads

Ericsson claims TD-LTE record with 223 Mbps squirt

Ericsson is claiming the current speed record for time division multiplexed LTE in a demonstration for China Mobile that hit 223 Mbps. There’s a caveat, however: while the demonstration used an off-the-shelf base station, there won’t be consumer devices able to exploit the technology until 2014. Ericsson says the demo puts …
Oculus Rift VR system prototype

'I will not work with Facebook... they seem creepy to me'

This was the week when Facebook continued to splash the cash, spanking $2bn on Oculus VR just a short while after splaffing $19bn on messaging app WhatsApp. To justify his latest billion-dollar purchase, chief Mark Zuckerberg gushed: Oculus' mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the …

Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

His Girl Friday, All The President’s Men, Pravda, Broadcast News... As a journalist, I ought to be thrilled by reading books and watching dramatisations about other journalists being journalists and generally going about doing their journalisming. Yet there are few things in popular media as forlorn as a journalist talking about …
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Mar 2014

Surface more profitable than iPad

Microsoft's Windows RT-based Surface tablet - designed to compete with the full sized Apple iPad - has a larger profit margin than its rival, a teardown analysis has revealed. The Surface, with its minimum 32GB of Flash storage and optional Touch Cover, has a bill of materials (BoM) that totals $271. Chuck in an additional $13 …
Caleb Cox, 06 Nov 2012
Glasshole

TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

Google Glass wearers, or Explorers as Google likes to call them, have been getting some bad press of late, and the company has been moved to defend the headsets against the rise of rumor and speculation. "Mr. Rogers was a Navy SEAL. A tooth placed in soda will dissolve in 24 hours. Gators roam the sewers of big cities and Walt …
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2014
Battlefield 4

Forget 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' - how does its rival from EA stack up?

To borrow from football parlance, Battlefield 4 is your proverbial game of two halves. There’s the dry single-player campaign that, for all its bluster, offers few new ideas. Then there’s the juicy multiplayer version that will pull you in and devour your life. Battlefield 4 Squad manoeuvres My usual approach to writing games …
Mike Plant, 05 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

UK.gov STILL wants to tout pupil data - don't use the word 'product'

At the end of 2012, Education Secretary Michael Gove told Parliament that he wanted "to share extracts of data held in the National Pupil Database for a wider range of purposes than possible in order to maximise the value of this rich dataset". Ultimately, the government wants the private sector to tout "tools and services which …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Apple releases iOS 6.1, adds LTE carriers, tweaks security

Apple has released iOS 6.1, which adds LTE support for more carriers worldwide, but not much more in terms of features for a release that's graced with a full "dot-digit" numerical upgrade. "Apple today updated iOS to version 6.1, adding LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers around the …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2013
Apple iPad Mini

7.85in 'iPad Mini' said to sport retina screen

The 7.85in iPad will sport a "retina" display after all, it has been claimed, but will still come in at $200-250 retail. We've heard rumours before that the so-called 'iPad Mini' will be cheaper than the current, 9.7in model, but thus far all such suggestions have come with the caveat that a low price will mean a low resolution …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2012
Google Glass

Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

Google's much-hyped Project Glass spectacles are inching closer to launch and the Chocolate Factory has released an application programming interface (API) guide and management software for the headgear. The first techno-specs, dubbed Google Glass Explorer Edition, are already rolling off the production line, the firm said in an …
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2013
Advertising Standards Authority

Ads watchdog slaps down Sony smartphone battery life claim

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told Sony Ericsson never again to claim that a smartphone's battery will run for more than 18 days on a single charge without making it clear in what conditions that battery life can be achieved. The ruling follows a complaint from a punter who spotted the statement, "standby time ( …
Hard Reg, 12 Oct 2011

FinFisher spyware goes global, mobile and undercover

Security researchers have warned that the controversial FinFisher spyware has been updated to evade detection and has now been discovered in 25 countries across the globe, many of them in APAC. FinFisher, also known as FinSpy, is produced by Anglo/German firm Gamma International and marketed as a “lawful interception” suite …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Mar 2013
LG G2

Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie

Ask any consumer technology pundit and they will tell you the future of communications gadgets is all about physical flexibility and wearability. With its new G Flex tablette, LG has embraced the former and produced a device with a flexible screen and a flexible battery. It's a handset that trumpets its form just as loudly as …
Alun Taylor, 07 Feb 2014
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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

Attempts to use a mixed-up font that makes machine reading more difficult in order to foil NSA snoopers or hackers are almost certain to fail, according to privacy experts. Sang Mun, a former South Korean Army man who worked in liaison with the US National Security Agency (NSA) during his service, spent a year creating the ZXX …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013
nuts

Promisec Endpoint Manager: So we gotta cope with BYOD... Help!

The explosion of internet-connected gadgets, sensors and other devices that underpins the "internet of things" concept makes my head hurt. When combined with the completely new security model presented by IPv6, BYOD and cloud computing, automation of endpoint management is rapidly becoming non-optional. I've started taking a …
Trevor Pott, 18 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Yahoo! and! Microsoft! have! long! way! to! go! in! account! hijack! fight!

Microsoft and Yahoo! are way behind Google in fighting account hijacking, according to security experts. Earlier this week Google said that "complex risk analysis" featuring "more than 120 variables" had reduced the number of compromised accounts on its system by 99.7 per cent, since the problem peaked in 2011. The claim is …
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2013
The Register breaking news

Users still slack about passwords: Trustwave

Trustwave's SpiderLabs has completed an analysis of the passwords dumped on the Internet in this month’s eHarmony breach, and reached the depressing conclusion that too few people really seem to care about password strength. Having recovered 80 percent of the 1.5 million passwords in the dump file, the company says only 0.5 …

Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

Nokia's marketing department is comparing its new imaging champ, the Lumia 1020 smartphone, to digital SLR cameras. That's just silly. But what the Lumia 1020 can lay claim to is that it takes the best photos of any current modern smartphone – by a clear head and shoulders. And Nokia has packaged it into a modern phone, rather …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2013

NetApp snoozing at the wheel of incumbency juggernaut, says chap

Equity analyst firm William Blair thinks NetApp is failing to face up to the realities of being an incumbent storage supplier, and could even exit the hardware business. A research note from William Blair, dated March 17th, has fluttered its way to the storage desk at El Reg. It says: "We sense a company grappling with massive …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2013
Micron PCM

Micron mass-produces Phase Change Memory

Memory maker Micron has become the first firm to put Phase Change Memory (PCM) - one of the possible non-volatile successors to Flash - into mass production. Caveat: we're talking the technology's use for mobile devices only. Micron is pitching its initial offering at mobile devices, combining 1Gb of 45nm PCM and 512Mb of low- …
Tony Smith, 17 Jul 2012

Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

If Satya Nadella is the answer, what was the question? Let's begin by saying money was not the problem that needed solving: on that, the world's largest software company is printing cash. In January Microsoft announced yet another record quarter, this time thanks in huge part to Xbox sales over Christmas and its server software …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2014

Google takes on AWS, Azure virty servers with micro billing and fat disks

Google is done dabbling with raw compute and storage infrastructure and has thrown the doors wide open on its Compute Engine services, while at the same time offering finer-grained pricing and fatter persistent storage for its virtual machines than is available from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure, and other public …
Motorola Moto G

Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

Regular readers of my phone reviews for El Reg will be well aware that I like cheap devices. On these very pages I have sung the praises of handsets such as Huawei’s Ascend G310 and ZTE’s Skate – aka the Orange Monte Carlo – after being impressed by the quality they offered for the money demanded. Motorola Moto G Moto G: …
Alun Taylor, 02 Dec 2013