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Motorola: refurb tablets shipped with former owners' data intact

Motorola Mobility has admitted that some refurbished Xoom tablets were sent out to their new owners with previous users' data still present in the gadgets' memory banks. The company, which is waiting for a thumbs-up from the Feds before it can be swallowed by Google, offered its profuse apologies for the snafu. Some 6200 …
Hard Reg, 06 Feb 2012
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Nokia earnings pain masks intact war chest, brewing counterattack

Nokia reported another painful quarter today and warned of more to come. The Finnish phone giant reported sales were down 19 per cent year-on-year to €7.2bn for Q3, with an operating loss of €576m. On the positive side the war chest of net cash is unperturbed at €3.6bn, and Nokia's networks division and feature phones did well. …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Oct 2012
SOHO images showing a trail around the Sun, which may be the remains of Comet Ison

NASA pic: DOOMED ice Comet ISON literally had snowball's chance in hell

NASA reckons only a little bit of plucky Comet ISON survived a close encounter with the Sun – and judging by this space photo, we're not surprised. After reaching its perihelion during Thanksgiving, the iceball failed to reappear, at least according to the agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which captured the portion of space …
Lester Haines, 29 Nov 2013
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Datatec scoops up Intact

Logicalis Group has spun out Intact Integrated Services, which will now run as a self-sufficient subsidiary of Datatec Ltd. The company, which provides project, support and managed services to the ICT industry, confirmed yesterday that Datatec will assume a majority share of the new Intact Holdings Ltd. It specialises in …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2009
Spiral galaxy ESO 137-001

Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

Spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 is ramming through the Norma galaxy cluster so hard it's spilling its guts out, leaving bright blue streaks of its own gases behind. Spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 The spiral is zooming in between other galaxies in the Norma cluster, over 200 million light years away, at a speed of nearly 4.5 million …

COMET ISON's sun dive climax: RENDEZVOUS with DESTINY

NASA has released a nifty video of Comet Ison as it makes its way inexorably towards its closest encounter with the Sun in just over three hours now at 18:44 GMT, 28 November. STEREO image of Ison approaching the Sun. Pic: NASA Made up of pictures from the Heliospheric Imager of the agency's STEREO-A (Solar Terrestrial …
Lester Haines, 27 Nov 2013

SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

Microsoft has completed the transition of its SkyDrive cloud storage service to its new branding, henceforth to be known as OneDrive. Beginning on Wednesday, users who navigate to the URL of the former SkyDrive website are redirected to the newly rebadged OneDrive site. The new site has a user interface that's virtually …
Neil McAllister, 20 Feb 2014
Paying for something online

PayPal pays pals $800m for Braintree

PayPal, the dough-handling arm of online tat bazaar eBay, is buying rival payments portal Braintree for $800m in cash. Braintree, founded in the US in 2007, specialises in mobile transactions and has nearly 200 employees working out of offices in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Braintree's CEO William Ready said today that …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2013
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Has Cisco made a $415 MILLION mistake with the Whiptail buyout?

Is the $450m that Cisco paid for Whiptail too high, seeing as the possible costs of the deal could include losing the EMC/VCE and NetApp/FlexPod partnerships? Let's back up a moment. Once upon a time Cisco sold networking gear. Then it entered the server market with its UCS line. It then had two players in the 4-part data centre …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
Bitcoin bloodbath

MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

Defunct Bitcoin exchange MtGox has revealed a little more information about its problems, updating its sparse webpage with an “Application for commencement of a procedure of Civil Rehabilitation”. The new statement (with MtGox's punctuation intact) says that “At the start of February 2014, illegal access through the abuse of a …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Mandybill reaches milestone, teeth intact

The Digital Economy Bill has reached the Report Stage in the Lords. It's survived intact, the Lords rejecting a clutch of last minute Google-friendly amendments. It may yet sprout more amendments before arriving in the Commons after a Third Reading. Proposals by Lord Lucas would have permitted any "search engine" to link to …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Feb 2010
The Register breaking news

Chemical-dipped TRANSPARENT BRAINS bare all for science

A team of neuroboffins at Stanford University have a developed a chemical process that can render grey matter transparent, a trick they say will fundamentally change our scientific understanding of the brain. "This feat of chemical engineering promises to transform the way we study the brain's anatomy and how disease changes it …
Neil McAllister, 11 Apr 2013
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
NASA composite image of a solar coronal mass ejection event in 2002

Our Sun menaces comet 'of the century' ISON with FIERY DESTRUCTION

Skygazers are nervously awaiting the outcome of Comet Ison's impending close encounter with the Sun, which could put paid to hopes that the icy ball will put on a jaw-dropping display across the night sky. Ison is due to swing round the Sun on 28 November, coming within a mere 1.16 million km of the star's surface. Last week, a …
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2013
SQL Server 2014

Violin array comes with new SQL sauce

Violin Memory's Steve Willson gave part of the game away on March 24, with a TechNet UK blog post: Violin's new array runs SQL 2014 in memory. Willson wrote: SQL 2014's new in-memory computing takes several leaps forward in performance and control. Application designers can now control what data is permanently staged in memory …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014

Ex-Google, Mozilla bods to outwit EVIL BOTS with 'polymorphic' defence

Startup Shape Security is re-appropriating a favourite tactic of malware writers in developing a technology to protect websites against automated hacking attacks. Trojan authors commonly obfuscate their code to frustrate reverse engineers at security firms. The former staffers from Google, VMWare and Mozilla (among others) have …
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2014
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Oklahoma cops rake ashes of 'spontaneous combustion' victim

Investigators in Oklahoma are attempting to determine just how a 65-year-old man was largely incinerated while his timber-framed house suffered minimal damage, in what the the local sheriff described as a possible case of spontaneous human combustion. Danny VanZandt was found burning on the kitchen floor in his home between …
Lester Haines, 21 Feb 2013
eyeofSauron

New Kiwi spook law allows domestic prying

New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), which illegally spied on resident Kim Dotcom, is on the cusp of gaining sweeping new powers that include wiretapping NZ citizens. The GCSB's domestic spying first came to light last year when it mistakenly tapped Dotcom's communications, not realising that his …
Whitewater

Riverbed: Market for optimising WAN is pale, sick. Let's switch to LiC

Bare WAN optimisation is becoming a shrink-wrap product strategy, with little growth forecast, so Riverbed is grouping its associated products into a higher-growth market which it estimates is worth about $11bn: remote application access and management. It has branded its new remote app optimising product "Location-independent …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013

Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

Apple has plonked its flagship Madrid store atop the ruins of a 15th century hospital built to care for plague victims. According to a report in Spanish-language newspaper El Pais, which we ran through Google Translate, the Apple store not only has a load of iGoods "in its basement", but the remnants of the city's old Buen …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jul 2013
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Developer's rare $50,000 Twitter account @N stolen in web shakedown

A programmer in Palo Alto, California, claims to have been extorted out of a rare, single-letter Twitter handle – after an unknown assailant gained access to his accounts on other online services and held them hostage. In a blog post detailing the incident, Naoki Hiroshima said he had owned the @N Twitter account since 2007, but …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2014
Richard Barnes, ex-deputy Mayor of London

Boris Johnson's ex-right-hand man's right hand lands johnson in web slip

London Mayor Boris Johnson's former deputy has been left red-faced after a series of selfies revealing his chap found their way onto Facebook. Richard Barnes, 65, has denied that he intentionally uploaded the frank pictures, which feature full frontal shots of his meat'n'two veg. The images were deleted soon after. The photos ( …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Buh-bye Siemens: Nokia to splash €1.7bn turning NSN into N

Nokia is buying out its network partner Siemens, for €1.2bn in cash plus a half-a-billion loan, putting the Finnish firm in sole control of the infrastructure business. Ownership of Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is split equally between the companies, and managed to turn a thin profit last year following repeated rounds of cost- …
Bill Ray, 01 Jul 2013

US ERP roll out amid a downturn? That's what hit Datatec in H1

A twitchy Datatec today pulled down full-year revenue guidance at the half-way point of fiscal '14 blaming choppy waters around its distie biz Westcon as well as a complex ERP roll out for zapping sales. The South-Africa listed giant, which also houses integrator Logicalis and a consulting arm, said sales for the six months to …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2013
The Kinder Surprise experiment pods in their lifting tray. Pic: SEA

Missing Brit SPACE HEDGEHOG RISES from the GRAVE

The Brit space hedgehog which went missing back in March during a high-altitude ballooning mission has miraculously been recovered, battered and bruised but otherwise intact. CASSiE (Cosmic Ambassador for Space Science and Engineering) took off from Frome in Somerset as part of the MARSBalloon project to send student experiment …
Lester Haines, 01 Oct 2013
The Register breaking news

Oi, butterfingers! Drop your mobe in a pint? Hope it's not an iPhone

A submerged Galaxy S4 will outlast an iPhone by half a second - 18.8s versus 18.3s - but when dropped from nine feet (2.74m) it's the S4's screen that shatters. This pointless destruction of consumer electronics comes courtesy of some insurance bods, who wanted to demonstrate something about water and electronics, and how …
Bill Ray, 28 May 2013
Neverfail Architect dependency graph

Failover a dependency rich infrastructure and you bork the lot, right? Not any more

Business continuity bods Neverfail have looked through a keyhole and found themselves a whole new universe. Its Heartbeat business continuity product needs a bit of infrastructure understanding to set up, but there's no tool available to give you that understanding. Until now, thanks to Neverfail's IT Continuity Architect. IT …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2013

Kaminario: We can keep it up longer than other flash array bods

Flash array supplier Kaminario says its new K2 arrays will last for seven years - and claims performance drop-off during a system failure will never be more than 25 per cent. The Performance Consistency Guarantee says Kaminario will send its customers additional array capacity if performance does drop off more than 25 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2013

US aviation watchdog approves $75K balloon ride into SPAAAACE!

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given preliminary classification approval for a company that plans to offer $75,000 balloon rides to the edge of space. World View Enterprises balloon-gondola space vehicle at the edge of space 'It's so peaceful up here – pass me a pint, mate' The company that plans to loft up …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Oct 2013
Quantum CEO Jon Gacek

Quantum expects to see Q3 revenue hike, sheds 60 extra bodies

Quantum expects to report a seasonal third quarter revenue hike in its third 2014 fiscal quarter ended 31 December, with lower costs helped by manufacturing outsourcing and several additional redundancies. El Reg storage desk has received several emails about the latter and they were also confirmed by the company. Revenues for …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
School of Rock

Australia's digital technologies curriculum published after two-month delay

Australia's first-ever Digital Technologies curriculum has been released, after a two-month delay. The curriculum was scheduled to appear in December 2013, but the federal government's decision to review the national curriculum meant the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood decided not to approve it at its …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2014
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First video inside thinking fish's brain captured by boffins

Scientists have discovered a way to show the neural activity that indicates the thought processes of a fish while hunting its prey. "Our work is the first to show brain activities in real time in an intact animal during that animal's natural behavior," said Koichi Kawakami of Japan's National Institute of Genetics in a statement …
Iain Thomson, 02 Feb 2013
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Japan forgot data wipe on ship sold to Pyongyang

The Japanese government's data protection policies have been called into question after it emerged that a decommissioned coast guard vessel was sold to a pro-North Korea organisation without any checks as to whether key data on board was first deleted. The 106-ton Japan Coast Guard patrol boat Takachiho was taken out of service …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2013
SpaceX's Grasshopper rises 24 stories or 80.1 meters (262.8 feet), hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. Pic: SpaceX

SpaceX set to try HOVER LANDING for re-usable rockets on March ISS mission

In a potentially game-changing development for space travel, it has emerged that the booster rocket which will launch the next supply capsule to the International Space Station will attempt to make a soft hovering landing after it falls back to Earth. Mounting landing legs (~60 ft span) to Falcon 9 for next month's Space …
Lewis Page, 25 Feb 2014
Dragon 32 computer

El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

It's probably fair to say that we all have some old tech squirrelled away that we just can't bear to part with. It's not just sentimentality either, but practicality: it still works, why chuck it out? Here at Vulture Central we've our own collection of junk tech memorabilia that would make us a tad dewy-eyed if it should depart …
Tony Smith, 30 Nov 2013

Insight CEO: Everything that's cloudy is GOLD

A "sickness" at the core of the IT channel - an over reliance on back-end-loaded vendor rebates - threatens to render many tech suppliers irrelevant. But there is a cure, it is fluffy, white and called the cloud. Or so says Wolfgang Ebermann, the EMEA president at Insight, who after 23 years at Microsoft in various senior roles …
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2014

EVault takes on Amazon with faster-than-Glacier cloud archive

Seagate's EVault cloud backup sub has launched a Glacier cloud archive competitor, priced at $15 per TB per month with instant data access and data preserved intact for decades. It will use Seagate Kinetic drives in the future. Amazon started the cloud archive ball rolling big time with its Glacier service costing $0.01/GB/month …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2013
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Robbing a bank? Carberp toolkit now available for just $5k

Cybercrooks are selling the source code for the Carberp banking Trojan toolkit through underground forums - at just $5,000 a pop. The sale of the building blocks for the banking Trojan toolkit is a sign of "conflict within the team", according to Andrey Komarov of Russian security firm Group-IB. "Some of the members would love …
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2013

Datatec pours mixed cocktail of fiscal '13 numbers

Tech group Datatec was not yet ready to call an end to market uncertainty across the globe following a mixed turnout for its distribution and integration units in fiscal '13 ended February. Group sales at South Africa-listed Datatec climbed four per cent to $5.25bn including $185m from acquisitions, but operating profit fell six …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2013
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

Innovative solution to modern art found: Shoot it into space

The European Space Agency says it is seriously considering a plan which involves firing a piece of modern art made from a melted-down meteorite back into space. The piece of modern art in question is titled "Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky". It is to be exhibited this summer at the Turner Contemporary gallery in the Kent …
Lewis Page, 03 Jul 2013
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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

As Einstein put it, it's impossible for anything – even information – to move faster than the speed of light. Yet the lower bound of that impossibility, the minimum speed at which entanglement can't possibly be transmitting information between two particles, appears to be around four orders of magnitude higher than c, the speed …
The drill's hose moves downwards

Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

The latest ice-core analysis from the Antarctic shows that nothing unusual in terms of melting is occurring. In research published yesterday, a large team of scientists used a deep ice core from the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide to produce records going back some 2,000 years. Their analysis shown that recent melting in that …
Lewis Page, 15 Apr 2013
Bloody Serial Killer Shower Curtain

STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has unveiled plans for a massive restructuring at Redmond. From today, the company’s product groups will be dissolved and resurrected as slimmed-down devices and services teams ready to take on Apple, Amazon, Google and others. Microsoft’s chief executive today announced the death of the mighty five …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jul 2013
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Syrian net access falls down some stairs, doing OK now

Syria has been reconnected to the world following a suspicious 19-hour internet blackout in the troubled nation. News that access to the worldwide web had collapsed in the civil-war-torn country began circulating on Tuesday. It appeared the systems passing internet traffic in and out of the Middle East territory withdrew their …
Jasper Hamill, 09 May 2013

ISC 2012: China's 'Pop Idols' seek Klusterkamph glory

Video The Tsinghua University team (profile here) didn’t take the easy route to the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition in Hamburg. They had to fight their way in a Pop Idols-style smackdown along with five other universities, which all competed to carry the Chinese flag in an intra-country play-in round. Tsinghua won that …
The Register breaking news

Long-distance robot makes landfall in Oz

The first of four autonomous ocean-spanning robots with software brewed by Java creator James Gosling has arrived in Australia intact after more than 365 days at sea. Last March, the robots entered the Guinness Book of Records for the longest autonomous seafaring journey, when they passed the 5,150 km-mark on their journey. In …
Bitcoins

We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

Banks. Bastards, all of ’em, yah boo sucks. Of course, not everything to do with banks is hateful. The big metal safe in a bank’s basement isn’t a bastard. Nor are those intrepid customer-facing men and women who are employed at the high street branches to fulfil the thrilling role of holding a clipboard and saying “hello” when …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Dec 2013
Mars jelly doughnut

'I had a rare Twitter handle... I was extorted into giving it up'

This was the week when a developer was blackmailed out of a rare, single-letter Twitter handle by a hacker who claims to have social-engineered their way into his life through GoDaddy and PayPal. Naoki Hiroshima, once the proud owner of the Twitter account @N, said he was forced to give up the account to a hacker who had gained …
The Register breaking news

Google blats bugs in Chrome - days before $560k hacking contest

Google patched 10 security vulnerabilities in its web browser Chrome on Monday - two days before the start of Pwn2Own, the annual hacking contest in which experts race to compromise software to win prizes. The latest update fixes flaws in Chrome's Windows and Linux builds. Six of the 10 holes addressed are rated as "high" risk, …
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2013