Feeds

Articles about Hassle

Londoners urged to cut landlines and take up wireless broadband

A wireless broadband provider is punting a landline-free package to Londoners living in the heart of the city. UK Broadband, which is owned by Hong Kong's telco PCCW Group, has grown a new tentacle in Blighty's capital to offer what it described as "fibre-fast speeds without any hassle". The new company, Relish, is able to …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jun 2014
Uber logo

Singapore rides to rescue of local cabs by out-Ubering Uber

Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) has found a way to out-Uber Uber, by launching a taxi-finding app of its own. The famously well-regulated island city state already has one of the tightest taxi regimes on the planet, as cabs can only use designated ranks within the central business district. If you're not on a rank, …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2014
The Register breaking news

Mobe app makers doubt Windows 8 will be worth the hassle - poll

Programmers are still ambivalent towards Windows 8, according to a new poll, piling pressure on Microsoft to win them over before it is too late. The survey found that although developers are optimistic about Redmond's promise to ensure that code written for Windows 8 will work across desktops, tablets and smartphones, there is …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Oct 2012

Kernel crimps make Windows 8 a hacker hassle

Windows 8 will make hackers' lives hard, says Windows internals expert, security researcher and co-author of Apple's iOS and the open source Windows XP clone ReactOS, Alex Ionescu. Now chief architect at CrowdStrike, a security company focused on nation-state adversaries, Ionescu says Windows 8 builds on the usermode exploit …
Patrick Gray, 09 Oct 2012
arrow pointing up

Think software patching is a hassle? You're not alone

Underscoring a barrier to remaining secure online, the average Windows PC user has to install a software update every five days from 22 different providers, according to vulnerability tracking service Secunia. The figure is based on the results of more than 2 million users of Secunia's PSI, or Personal Software Inspector, a free …
Dan Goodin, 05 Mar 2010

Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

A new certificate authority – backed by big names on the internet including Mozilla, Cisco and Akamai – plans to offer SSL certs at no charge starting next year. The move will make it even more easier for people to run encrypted, secure HTTPS websites. Let’s Encrypt aims to provide an easier way to obtain and use a digital …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2014
Alienware's Area 51 system uses the new Haswell processors

Alienware injects EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC

Alienware has spent five years honing its Area-51 gaming PC, and - in the process - has sexed up the beast with a menacing-looking new "triad chassis" design. The company said it had chosen the unusual and frankly intimidating shape (the inspiration may just have come from Hollywood: perhaps the movie Batman: The Dark Knight …
Team Register, 30 Aug 2014
Neelie Kroes signs eID

New e-Signature rules: Shouldn't WE be using it? – Steelie Neelie

After 15 years, the EU is finally updating its e-Signature rules — designed to establish a legal framework for the use of data signatures — although they won't apply to EU institutions themselves, much to the chagrin of outgoing Digital Agenda Commissioner Steelie Neelie Kroes. Neelie Kroes signs eID Neelie Kroes signs the eID …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Oct 2014

Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

Mastercard and Visa are removing the need for users to enter their passwords for identity confirmation as part of a revamp of the existing (oft-criticised) 3-D Secure scheme. The arrival of 3D Secure 2.0 next year will see the credit card giants moving away from the existing system of secondary static passwords to authorise …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2014
Disney's Beagle Boys

Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach

Discount store Kmart admitted some customers’ payment cards have likely been “compromised” as it became the latest mega retailer to fall victim to cyber-crims. The parent of the chain, Sears Holding Corp, said the IT team discovered late Thursday that its payment systems had been breached, and further investigations indicate …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2014

Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

Microsoft has unveiled a new tool to allow web developers to test their apps against the very latest version of Internet Explorer – even if they don't have any Windows clients running in-house. Web devs use a variety of tools to get their work done, and it should come as no surprise that a great many prefer OS X to Windows. But …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2014
boris_001

Boris: Look on 'London's digital tentacles', ye mighty, and despair!

London mayor Boris Johnson and ex-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg have today opened the inaugural London Technology Week. It's estimated 30,000 people will attend 200 talks and workshops over the next five days, covering everything from big data to "digital ladies". The confabs and demos will be held in locations sprinkled …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jun 2014
Netapp

IBM to end NetApp OEM sales pact: report

IBM will reportedly end its pact with NetApp, according to Bloomberg. Citing “an internal memo reviewed by Bloomberg, the newswire says IBM has simply decided to sell its own kit rather than continuing to resell the N-series network attached storage devices it sources from NetApp. IBM's storage sales aren't exactly stellar, so …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2014
Comparison of BlackBerry Passport with rectangular phones

BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now

BlackBerry has given users another reason to throw out their BlackBerry servers – by putting BES10 into the cloud as a hosted service. It's a long-overdue move, allowing existing BlackBerry sites to set up and manage the first-rate MDM and secure communications services offered BlackBerry via the web, rather than maintaining in- …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2014
iPhone 4 unlocked

Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

In a rare display of equanimity (and common sense), the US Senate has unanimously passed a bill allowing cell phone owners to unlock their handsets, should they choose to do so. "I applaud the Senate for so quickly passing the bipartisan Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which puts consumers first and …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jul 2014
Scrooge McDuck

Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

Social networks for the rich and famous are nothing new: the first one started about ten years ago. But, this week, a new site called Netropolitan has emerged, and thinks it's cracked the reason why so many of them fail – they just weren't charging enough dosh. "No one has ever thought of charging a substantial fee for social …
Iain Thomson, 16 Sep 2014
Panic button on keyboard

Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious

California's governor Jerry Brown has signed off on a bill that requires any manufacturer selling smartphones in the Golden State to install a kill switch capable of bricking the handset. Bill SB 962 has been signed into law, mandating all smartphones sold in California to have software in place to brick stolen handsets. The law …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2014
Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook UNVEILS VEIL for 'anonymous' logins

If you've ever been hesitant to login to an app or website using your Facebook ID because you don't know what consequences clicking that blue button will actually have, Mark Zuckerberg says he feels your pain. Speaking at the Facebook F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday – the first such event the social network …
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014

Reg reader rattles tin for GoPro camera 'Stubilizer'

Those among you who feel their lives lack stability are directed to Reg reader Stuart Smith's "Stubilizer" - a range of stabilising platforms for GoPro cameras which has just launched on Kickstarter. Stuart Smith models a 2-axis, helmet-mounted Stubilizer Stuart Smith sports a Stubilizer Back in January, we chewed the fat …
Lester Haines, 03 Mar 2014
The TR1200DT-7 treadmill desk

SuperStride Me: Reg man attempts to walk off GIANT CURRY

A Malaysian curry laksa is a giant bowl of prawn stock and coconut milk soup laced with spices, two types of noodles, tofu, meat and soybean sprouts. It is usually served with a big dollop of chilli. Laksa may be delicious (and really should have become the UK's number one pub lunch years ago), but is an insane thing to eat if …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2013
Welcome to Netscape

Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

Netscape Navigator, the browser credited with taking the World Wide Web into the mainstream, was released twenty years ago yesterday, on October 13th 1994. Netscape, the company, was born after tech investor Jim Clark spotted the Mosaic browser developed in part by then-wunderkind Marc Andreessen. At the time of the company's …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2014

The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

Google's exec chairman Eric Schmidt has hit back at publishers for complaining about the multinational's alleged dominance in the search market in Europe in a series of splashy newspaper ads today. He said in a blog post this morning that the "serious nature" of the claims - that Google favours its own search products, such as …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2014
Kim Dotcom

Dotcom's Mega looks for a backdoor onto NZ stock exchange

Kim Dotcom’s cloud storage business Mega Ltd has announced plans to go public with a NZ$210 million (£109m) backdoor listing on the New Zealand stock exchange, which will open the firm up to a whole new level of scrutiny. Backdoor listings are usually enacted by smaller firms looking to go public without the cost and hassle of …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Mar 2014

Dell thuds down low-cost lap workstation for cheap frugal creatives or engineers

Dell has introduced an entry-level mobile workstation, the 15.6-inch Precision M2800, to fill the gap between business-level laptops and top-of-the-line mobile workstations such as the 17.3-inch Dell Precision M6800 and HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation. Dell Precision M2800 mobile workstation Yes, it's a Core i5 or i7 laptop – …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Mar 2014

DRaaS-tic action: Trust the cloud to save your data from disaster

In modern computing, disaster recovery can be thought of in the same way as insurance: nobody really wants to pay for it, the options are complicated and seemingly designed to swindle you, but it is irrational (and often illegal) to operate without it. All the big IT players are getting into disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS …
Trevor Pott, 19 Nov 2014
Angry woman on mobile

We'd switch mobile networks, but we can't be bothered – survey

Inertia is a principle well-known in insurance and personal banking circles, but the mobile phone industry has always behaved as if subscriber loyalty were governed purely by discounts and phone upgrades. But new research by telecoms customer service provider WDS shows that apathy is just as important in mobile. A survey of 4, …
Simon Rockman, 13 May 2014

Can you choose your carrier when a carrier owns the data centre?

Twenty years ago when I began using hosted data centre services, the choice was straightforward. You picked either a co-location service where you rented rack space and installed your own servers, or a hosted option where your data sat on the service provider's equipment. You could then decide on the amount of internet bandwidth …
Dave Cartwright, 12 Nov 2014

True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

An HTC spokesman says that smartphone camera technology is advancing at such a rate that it may soon catch up to "real" cameras in one critical feature that separates pro shooters from snap shooters: optical zoom. "Optical zooming in a smartphone is not too far off at all for HTC," the company's camera honcho Symon Whitehorn …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014
Cyanogen

Google to CyanogenMod: YOU! GIT yore warranty-BUSTING ASS outa Play

Google has taken a dim view of the CyanogenMod Installer, an app that makes it easier to install alternative firmwares on Android phones, leading its developers to pull it from the Google Play Store. The installer was the first major undertaking by Cyanogen Inc., the Seattle company recently formed to promote CyanogenMod, its …
Neil McAllister, 28 Nov 2013

Where do you stand on multi-function network appliances?

Best of breed versus integrated multi-function solutions – it’s a discussion that’s been going on in IT for about 3 decades. Whether the debates occur in the context of software suites, hardware/software appliances, or complete pre-engineered system stacks, there are always vigorous advocates arguing the case for each approach. …
Dale Vile, 06 Jun 2014

Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

Attention iPhone 5 owners: your Cupertinian earslab may be defective. "Apple has determined that the sleep/wake button mechanism on a small percentage of iPhone 5 models may stop working or work intermittently," a notice posted on Apple's support website informed us iPhone 5 owners on Friday. "iPhone 5 models manufactured …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2014
VideoLAN VLC Player

Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

No matter if you're reinstalling Windows for the 47th time this fortnight or attempting to rid a new machine of bloatware in favour of something that's actually useful, the question remains: what alternative apps exist that don’t involve coughing up for obscene licensing fees? RH Numbers Fortunately there's plenty of freeware …
Shaun Dormon, 27 Nov 2014
One of the images describing Microsoft's blade server design

Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

Sharp-eyed blogger Kevin Houston has spotted a Microsoft attempt to patent a “Tray and Chassis Blade Server Architecture”. The patent, published last December, offers a chassis design that assumes blades – storage, compute, network switch and hybrid blades all get a mention – will reside in trays and be inserted horizontally. …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014

Why 120 people protested outside San Francisco City Hall (Hint: 'Hybrid' net neutrality)

If you wandered through San Francisco's Civic Centre Plaza on Thursday between 6pm and 6.35pm at the City Hall end, it would have been hard, though not impossible, to avoid a protest held against new net neutrality proposals. With just two days' notice, a turnout of 100 to 120 people is pretty good (although 333 said they …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Nov 2014
alertme review energy meter monitor

Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew how much your gas and electricity were costing you minute by minute by looking at a smartphone app, visiting a website or glancing at a wall display? You’d be in a much stronger position to reduce your energy bills and switch suppliers if you could. Thankfully, this data will soon be accessible …
Adam Afriyie MP, 29 Jul 2014

It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

Like most of you reading this article, I neglect good patching hygiene. There are very good reasons why we should all of us obsessively test every patch and patch our systems immediately, but patching is a pain in the ASCII. The tools suck, rebooting sucks, and most damning of all, something usually breaks. Each PC, and most …
Trevor Pott, 10 Sep 2014
cloud

Accy software vendor adds debtor auto hassle

Small business accountancy provider KashFlow is extending its platform with Getting-Paid, an online service which automatically chases slow payers. It sends reminders to customers which gradually increase in severity until the invoice is paid. KashFlow founder Duane Jackson said: Almost everybody is concerned about the current …
John Oates, 18 Dec 2008
Samsung Galaxy S3

South Koreans pawn shiny tech for stress-free loans

Cash-poor South Koreans are increasingly pawning their shiny new smartphones, fondleslabs and laptops for hassle-free loans at a growing number of specialist hock shops springing up in the Asian nation. There are 15 of the new IT pawn shops in the Seoul area alone, all designed to cater to a younger, tech-savvy clientele, …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Feb 2013
Tesla Model S

Tesla cars can now 'do an ET' without hurting anyone's bottom line

Electric car firm Tesla's products are almost as talkative as the company's CEO. They constantly ET* to allow the company to check that the battery is in tip-top condition, the car isn’t being driven badly or that the owner isn’t thinking negative thoughts about Tesla. The company can collect a huge amount of data, although CEO …
Simon Rockman, 03 Apr 2014
smartphones

So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

Like it or not, BYOD (bring your own device) is here to stay. Being able to get your emails on your personal iPad and such is all very well but it comes with both a cost and a risk. Often the success or failure of a BYOD deployment is determined before the first machine is touched. BYOD comes in two distinct flavours: "I want …
Dave Burn, 18 Nov 2014
MPlayerX media player

Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

One saving grace of buying a shiny new Mac over a PC is certainly the lack of factory-installed bloatware. However, while Mac OS X is far from featureless, many users will find themselves headed straight to the Mac App Store or elsewhere to supplement their experience. Since not everyone wants to wade through endless lists of …
Shaun Dormon, 28 Nov 2014
John Robinson's Home Lab

Home lab operators: Ditch your servers ... now!

At last year's Melbourne VMware user group (VMUG) conference, VMware's Mike Laverick opined that IT pros need a home lab these days, because bosses have stopped shelling out for training. Plenty of you agreed with that proposition. Some even showed us their very own home labs. Most used old servers, an arrangement that this …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2014
vmware

VMware gets Wanova Citrix with new Horizon Suite

VMware today announced the updated Horizon Suite 6, its great white hope end-user computing suite, and now offers the ability to deliver apps and manage virtual desktops from the same tool. Many of the new features in the suite appear to be derived from Wanova, the desktop management company it acquired in 2012. Wanova's better …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014
Gold Blend TV ad

Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

Youtube Video Whether it's to wake us up or keep us coding, for many techies coffee is an essential part of our daily ritual. With my bean-to-cup machine away being repaired, I've had to find other ways to get my fix. (required by the license) Coyau / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 When all else fails, there's "moka" java on …
Nigel Whitfield, 23 Aug 2014
Roughly 150kg of gold

Money really does GROW ON TREES say boffins

In an outlying suburb of the Australian capital, Canberra, lies an enormous warehouse filled with over 100,000 data tapes. The warehouse is owned by Geoscience Australia (GA), which keeps a copy of every mine survey every conducted in Australia. Back in 2005 GA embarked on an epic project to re-platform its old tape archive, …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2013
Alf Garnett and Else

Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

Time was, when relatives started to get old, they'd move into the spare bedroom. My grandmother's generation seemed to do a lot of that, with assorted great aunts taking up residence. But it's much less common now. Else and Alf Garnett, Mike and Rita Fancy an alternative to regular visits to Mum and Dad? Source: BBC, Till …
Nigel Whitfield, 27 Sep 2014
Photo of a stack of Google Chromebooks

Google brings Blink-powered Chrome to Windows and Mac OS X

Blink, the browser rendering engine Google summoned into existence after becoming disgruntled with progress on the Apple-led Webkit, has made its debut in Windows and Mac OS, after having made its way to Linux last month. The engine is embedded in Chrome 28, available now in Chrome's stable channel. Google revealed plans to …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2013
Screenshot of Windows 8.1's revamped Start screen

Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all

After facing a backlash from developers concerned that they wouldn't get early access to the latest versions of Windows, Microsoft has released builds of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 to its MSDN and TechNet subscription programs, more than a month ahead of the updates' official launch date. "We heard from you that our …
Neil McAllister, 09 Sep 2013
Roughly 150kg of gold

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

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? Right after the cloud horses left the barn some years ago, this mysterious notion of "DevOps" surfaced. DevOps started as a rallying cry …
Michael Cote, 03 Jun 2014

Think your smutty Snapchats can't be saved by dorks? THINK AGAIN

Sexting has become even more inadvisable following the launch of an app which can surreptitiously store images sent using the self-destructing photo service Snapchat. Anyone looking to broadcast pictures of their naughty bits was given a boost when Snapchat first launched, because it purported to destroy images a few moments …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Aug 2013