Articles about Early August

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Dell and EMC name the captain who'll run their $36bn channel biz

Dell has chosen one-time AMD exec and its current veep of sales John Byrne to head up its near-$36bn turnover global channel biz, once it has swallowed EMC in the coming weeks. The $67bn buy of the storage giant is due to close late in July or early August, sources close to the situation told us, when the enlarged organ will …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2016

Lazy IoT, router makers reuse skeleton keys over and over in thousands of devices – new study

It's what we all assumed, but quietly hoped wasn't quite this bad. Lazy makers of home routers and the Internet of Things are reusing the same small set of hardcoded security keys, leaving them open to hijacking en masse, researchers have warned. In other words, if you can log into one gizmo remotely, you can probably log …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2015

These US Presidential contestants can't even secure their websites – what hope for America?

The majority of US presidential candidates' websites failed a basic privacy and security audit. In the Presidential Candidate Online Trust Audit, an audit by the Online Trust Alliance (OTA), the failures in 17 out of 23 cases came as a result of a variety of poor privacy practices, including the sharing or trading of website …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2015
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ESA tries UPLOADING PATCH to Philae lander to fix radios

The Philae lander may well be alive and mostly well upon Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but the European Space Agency (ESA) is trying to patch its radio transmitters to overcome communications problems. That's the gist, as your correspondent sees it, of a lengthy “behind the scenes” post from ESA boffins explaining their …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2015
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In brief: Android security updates, FireEye hushes infosec bod, Feds blab UK school IT vuln

Vulture nybbles Google has emitted its first monthly batch of security updates for the latest version of Android – as promised in early August. The web giant vowed to regularly release fixes for vulnerabilities after it was rocked by the Stagefright bug that affected potentially hundreds of millions of devices. The first patch batch is …
Team Register, 12 Sep 2015

Lawrence Lessig's White House tilt hits crowdfunding goal

Law professor and internet luminary Lawrence Lessig will run for the US Presidency after hitting his US$1million crowdfunding goal. Lessig announced his conditional candidacy, and a platform to take money out of US politics, in early August. A week later, Wikipedian Jimbo Wales clambered aboard the bandwagon. Both admitted …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Sep 2015
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Prepare to be Thunderstruck: What if 'deuszu' ISN'T the Ashley Madison hacker?

Security researcher Brian Krebs last week named whoever is behind the Twitter account deuszu as likely having had a hand in the Ashley Madison hack. But has Krebs named the right entity? Attribution isn't that easy and Krebs has gone out on a limb. Take, for example, Krebs' belief that a fondness for the AC/DC tune …
Asher Wolf, 01 Sep 2015

Google: Maps editing is back – but, please, no more p*ss-taking robots!

Google is set to reopen its Maps service to user-submitted edits and labels albeit through a new moderating process. The web goliath will use a team of hand-selected users to screen edits to its maps and approve any changes. Previously, Google employees were taxed with monitoring all submitted revisions of Maps. "Map Maker …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2015
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Microsoft's Surface Hub mega-slab DELAYED 'cause you demanded it

Microsoft has run into a few hurdles in its manufacturing process for its Surface Hub wall-mounted touchscreen and as a result, it now says it won't be able to ship them when it initially thought it could. Redmond started taking preorders for the digital whiteboards on July 1, and in June it said it expected to start shipping …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jul 2015
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'Ugly Reddit commentards made me doubt humanity'

QuoTW This was the week of Linux desktops, 3D-printed combustive robot bums and massive data leaks. Again. Time for some of our favourite quips, scoffs and gibes of the past week: US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) boss Katherine Archuleta has decided that losing the private info of 25 million people is quite enough for one …
Team Register, 12 Jul 2015

Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will launch in "summer" this year. The news emerged from an event in China, so it seems safe to assume Redmond means the northern hemisphere's summer between June and August. Executive veep for Windows Terry Myerson says Windows 10 "will launch in 190 countries and 111 languages". We're …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2015

'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

Exciting news from outer space today, as it has emerged that a "mysterious" pyramid-like "structure" has been discovered on the surface of a comet plunging towards the inner solar system from beyond the orbit of Mars. Necropolis-esque comet structure The comet in question is 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and the discovery has …
Lewis Page, 10 Oct 2014
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Honey, I shrunk the workstation … into a Chromebook

VMworld 2014 VMware, Google and Nvidia have teamed up with a plan to bring the most demanding desktop apps to relatively piddly Chromebooks. VMware already has relationships with the other two companies mentioned above. The pact with Google sees it offer the BLAST client to pipe apps from Horizon View into Chromebooks. The Nvidia …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2014

Hi-ho EVO: VMware eyes TWO new hardware-flavored trademarks

VMworld 2014 VMware applied for two more hardware-related trademarks this month, it has emerged. One application is for “EVO”, described as “Computer hardware and software for virtualization; computer hardware and software enabling users to manage virtual computing resources that include networking.” A second application, “EVO: RAIL”, is …
Team Register, 20 Aug 2014
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Mr Almunia, how many more times can Google rewrite Euro search 'dominance' settlement?

Analysis On 30 November 2014, the European Commission will have been probing Google's search business practices for a whopping four years. Formal proceedings were opened against the ad giant in late 2010. The date is significant, given that by then we should also know who will replace antitrust boss Joaquin Almunia in Brussels. As …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2014
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Report: Google back in Europe's crosshairs over web domination claims

Regulators in Europe are about to rewrite a settlement with Google and expand their anti-competition probe into the web giant, it's claimed. The company was already under the microscope for allegedly screwing over its rivals in web search results. The Wall Street Journal cited the proverbial "person with knowledge" in reporting …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2014
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Here come Samsung's, er, Barnes & Noble's new Galaxy Tab, er, Nook fondleslabs

Bookselling giant Barnes & Noble is back in the tablet business – sort of – thanks to a new partnership with Samsung. The company announced on Thursday that it will soon offer co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook fondleslabs that come preloaded with custom software for reading e-books, magazines, and newspapers provided by …
Neil McAllister, 05 Jun 2014

New 'Windows-8.1-with-Bing': How's it different from Windows 8.1?

A wave of cheap Windows 8.1 (with added Bing) devices will wash over the UK this summer but the distribution channel's finest aren't exactly rubbing their hands together in anticipation - quite the opposite really. Until Microsoft last week confirmed the plan to release a new licensing option, the UK PR team - which gets nods …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2014
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Casino DDoS duo caged for five years after blackmail buyout threat

A pair of cyber-extortionists who attempted to blackmail a Manchester-based online casino with threats of unleashing a debilitating denial of service attack have been jailed for five years and four months. Piotr Smirnow, 31, of Tawerny, Warsaw, Poland, and Patryk Surmacki, 35, of Szezecin, Poland, pleaded guilty at Manchester …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013

Two years after Steve Jobs' death, how's that new CEO working out?

Analysis Two years ago today, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs died. Since then, much has changed at Apple, with the most visible difference being Tim Cook stepping out from under the shadow of his larger-than-life predecessor, shepherding Apple's product lines, expanding its distribution, reshuffling its executive team, mollifying investors …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Oct 2013
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Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

The notorious online drug market Silk Road has been shut down by the FBI, its suspected operator arrested and charged with narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, and $3.6m worth of the bitcoin crypto-currency has been confiscated by federal agents. The site's alleged …
Jack Clark, 02 Oct 2013
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Tor usage up by more than 100% in August

The privacy-enhancing Tor network has seen its total number of users per day more than double in the last month, reaching the highest levels since the project first began compiling usage statistics. Graph of Tor users for August 2013 Tor traffic was up all over the globe in August 2013 – and we do mean up (Source: Tor …
Neil McAllister, 29 Aug 2013

Government intervention unlikely for beleaguered BlackBerry

Struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry shouldn't expect any help from the government, a prominent cabinet minister has indicated. Although he acknowledged that BlackBerry is having "a hard time" with its latest products, Canadian Minister of Industry James Moore told Bloomberg, "It's for them to engage the market and …
Neil McAllister, 23 Aug 2013
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Xerox begins rolling out patches for jumbled-numbers copier glitch

Two weeks after it was first made aware of the problem, Xerox has begun rolling out a fix for a software glitch that caused numbers in documents scanned by certain of its WorkCentre multi-function printers (MFPs) to come up garbled. "Our engineering team has been working around the clock to deliver the patch," Xerox wrote in a …
Neil McAllister, 22 Aug 2013
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Ex-Cray supercomputer interconnect guru Scott leaves Nvidia for Google

Steve Scott, the system interconnect expert who was the lead designer for the three most current generations of node-lashing routers and server interconnect interfaces for Cray supercomputers, has a new gig at hyperscale data center operator Google. For the past two years, Scott has been the chief technology officer for Nvidia's …

'Nearly 1,350' HP Enterprise Services staffers strike over redundancies – union

Updated Nearly 1,350 HP Enterprise Services workers downed tools as part of multi-day industrial action in protest against the mass redundancy programme, at least according to the PCS trade union. Industrial officer Alan Brown said up to 90 per cent of the union's 1,500 HPES members went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday this week, …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
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Mozilla devs plotting to put a stake in <blink> tag – at last

Mozilla developers are considering dropping support for the <blink> tag from future versions of the Firefox browser, in a move that would see the web rid of the scourge of blinking text once and for all. Firefox's Gecko HTML rendering engine is currently the only one to support the blinking effect, which usability expert Jakob …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2013
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Oracle hits reboot on Itanium software development

Software giant and systems player Oracle has restarted software development for Itanium-based machines. That sound you hear is a sigh of relief from HP-UX system customers the world over and from Hewlett-Packard, whose Integrity and Superdome servers fell off a cliff, in terms of sales, after Oracle pulled the plug on Itanium …
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NASA captures mind-bogglingly gorgeous solar video

Video Last Friday the Sun put on a magnificent display, ejecting a massive solar filament that was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in all its glory. According to NASA's announcement, the filament – a form of solar prominence – had been hovering in the Sun's atmosphere, or corona, since early August, and erupted …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Sep 2012
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Huawei and ZTE scrap for mid-range UK market share

Chinese mobile manufacturers Huawei and ZTE each announced the UK rollout of their respective mid-range handsets last week, the Ascend P1 and the Grand X. Huawei's Ascend P1 packs a 4.3in touchscreen display with a resolution of 960 x 540. It comes running into the market with a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core processor powering …
Caleb Cox, 23 Jul 2012
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Dying Kodak doesn't have to leave its jewels to Apple, says court

Failed camera biz Eastman Kodak says it has been given permission by the bankruptcy court to sell patents that Apple claims it owns. Kodak won approval on Monday to go ahead with a planned auction of 1,100 patents, known as the Digital Capture and Imaging Systems and Services portfolios, the firm said. "We are gratified that …
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Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

Archaeologic The Acorn Archimedes is 25 years old this month. The first machines based on the company's ARM (Acorn Risc Machine) processor were announced in June 1987, the year after the 32-bit chip itself was launched. Four versions of the Archimedes were released in 1987: the A305, A310, A410 and A440. The first two had 512KB and 1MB of …
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2012
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HDD prices to remain 'inflated' until August

HDD prices are falling eight times more slowly than they rose in the weeks after the flooding in Thailand and look likely to remain inflated until mid-summer. Idealo.co.uk monitored vendors' online average selling prices (ASPs) across its five price comparison portals and found that disk drives went up 100 per cent in 33 days …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2012
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Dell splashes cash on SonicWall's powerful firewall erections

Updated John Swainson, president of Dell Software, took control of the giant's nascent software business last week and has moved fast, using the Dell checkbook to snap up SonicWall – a firewall and threat-management software and appliance maker – for an undisclosed sum. SonicWall, which was founded in 1991 by brothers Sreekanth and …
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Space soldiers save satellite from FLAMING DEATH

The US Air Force Space Command's 14-month effort to save a $2bn military communications satellite overcame failed thrusters, threatened explosion, space debris, and destructive radiation, thanks in great measure to tiny thrusters with a mere 0.05 pounds of oomph. It wasn't easy, as airforce-magazine.com reports in a blow-by- …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jan 2012
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Saudi prince buys $300m sliver of Twitter

A Saudi prince whose investment company claims to have a fondness for free speech has plopped $300m into the coffers of Twitter, the 140-characters-at-a-time social networking service widely touted as an enabler of this year's Arab Spring. "Our investment in Twitter reaffirms our ability in identifying suitable opportunities …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Dec 2011
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Cisco chief's package shrinks 65 per cent

Cisco chief John Chambers' total direct remuneration package slumped 65 per cent in fiscal 2011 to a mere $6.625m (£4.14m), according to an SEC filing. Clearly the time has come for the Chambers' household to switch to the value range in supermarkets, holiday at home and downgrade the family fleet of cars. The long-serving exec …
Paul Kunert, 25 Oct 2011
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Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot

A senior Red Hat engineer has lashed back at Microsoft's attempt to downplay concerns that upcoming secure boot features will make it impossible to install Linux on Windows 8 certified systems. Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specifications are designed to offer faster boot times and improved security over current …
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2011
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Intel: You may already be using Xeon E5 without knowing it

IDF 2011 Do you know why Intel hasn't launched the Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon E5 processor for two-socket servers? Neither do we, but after attending Intel Developer Forum last week, we have some pretty good guesses. Given the relative dearth of processor news at the IDF show, the attendees and vendors that El Reg spoke to at the show had …
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Google crams arsenal with 1,000 IBM patents

Google has added to its ammo dump in the patent hostilities, buying over a thousand more of IBM's patents. The search engine behemoth bought 1,023 patents from IBM in August, according to records filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office's website, and originally reported on the SEO by the Sea blog. IBM declined to comment …
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MPs probe social networks' position following riots

Policy wonks from Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry faced MPs on the Home Affairs committee today who were carrying out a postmortem of the disorder across England last month. Each company reiterated earlier statements that they operated within UK law when providing their communication services to their customers. BlackBerry's …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Sep 2011
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Onkyo TX-NR609 AV network receiver

Review AV receivers have made a concerted effort to keep up with TVs, consoles, set-top boxes and disc players in recent years by incorporating an Ethernet port to play your digital music collection over a network as well as internet radio and extras like Last FM and Napster. Onkyo TX-NR609 Double bass player: Onkyo's TX-NR609 …
Ian Calcutt, 09 Sep 2011
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UK-US corporate world slams 'dot-brand' domain plans

Lobby groups representing a majority of US advertisers and online media companies have demanded that domain name overseer ICANN slam the brakes on its controversial new generic top-level domains programme. Claiming the gTLD programme is "likely to cause irreparable harm and damage", the US Association of National Advertisers ( …
Kevin Murphy, 01 Sep 2011
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Sony Ericsson signals Xperia X10 Gingerbread update

Sony Ericsson has posted Android 2.3 Gingerbread for last year's Xperia X10 smartphone. The phone maker promised the much sought after upgrade back in March, saying the software would arrive "late Q2/early Q3". Later, it revised that timeframe to early August. But we're still in late July, and here's Gingerbread. Sony …
Hard Reg, 27 Jul 2011
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'Green' trans-Atlantic cable set to launch in 2012

The Wellcome Trust charitable foundation has stepped outside the world of healthcare research funding and taken a stake in a new trans-Atlantic cable system. The Emerald Atlantis submarine cable system has been given the green light after securing vendor TE SubCom to deploy the 5,200 km sub-sea network. The first phase of the …
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Google gears up to give tablet makers Android 3.2

Android tablet makers will get their mitts on Honeycomb 3.2 at the end of the month, possibly maybe early August instead, it has been claimed. To be fair, it's not Google that's saying so, rather the inevitable moles within Taiwan's contract manufacturing community, who say that's what the tablet makers themselves are …
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2011
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Samsung names date for UK 10in Android tablet release

Brits will get their hands on Samsung's 10in tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in early August, the South Korean giant said today. Get one and you'll have a 10.1in, 1280 x 800 glossy touchscreen tablet that's just 8.6mm thick in your hands. It'll run Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Samsung Galaxy Tab Other specs include 2.4GHz and 5GHz …
Tony Smith, 24 Jun 2011
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NASA's asteroid hunter creeps up on Vesta

NASA's Dawn has sent back its first photo of asteroid belt giant Vesta, snapped at a distance of 1.21 million kilometres (752,000 miles), and offering a teaser of what we can expect when the spacecraft goes into orbit around the distant body on 16 July. The agency's enhanced image shows Vesta against "a spectacular background …
Lester Haines, 12 May 2011
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Behind Apple's record sales are signs of desperation

As we went to press with this story, Apple had just reported its first quarter results and Nokia was about to. For both arch-rivals, the quarter will not be indicative of longer term trends. For Apple, there has been disruption to its supply chain, while Nokia's future will be hard to judge until it launches its new WP7 devices …
Wireless Watch, 24 Apr 2011
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Ex-actress 'accused Hurd of leaking HP's EDS buy'

When Mark Hurd resigned as HP CEO in early August, he stood accused not only of sexually harassing HP contractor and former soft-porn actress Jodie Fisher, but also of passing her insider information. According to The Wall Street Journal, a June 29 letter to Hurd from Fisher's lawyer said that "Hurd told her of HP's intention to …
Cade Metz, 07 Nov 2010