Articles about Mobile Devices

Nantero NRAM chip

Market researchers big up NRAM

A market-research report suggests carbon nanotube storage developer Nantero could be on the verge of a breakout after years of disappointment and struggle. A tipping point could be its licensing deal with Fujitsu, which the BCC Research report, "Is NRAM Creating Market Volatility?" mentions. Nantero did not sponsor the BCC …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2017
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Peace-sign selfie fools menaced by fingerprint-harvesting tech

Researchers from Japan's National Institute of Informatics say people's fingerprints could be extracted from photographs using yet-to-be built technology. The eggheads warn that fingerprints can be copied from photographs snapped up to three metres from targets. Prints would need to be captured clearly in strong lighting, …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jan 2017

Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

Google has removed ad blocking and privacy extension AdNauseam from its Chrome Web Store, and has taken the unusual step of flagging the extension as malware, thereby preventing AdNauseam from being used by those who have installed the software via Chrome's developer mode. Chrome users who put their browser into developer mode …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Jan 2017
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Virtualisation got boring in 2016, but the fun's about to start anew

END-OF-YEAR ROUND UP 2016 was a year in which virtualisation became so mainstream, so expected, so accepted that it started to look like a moribund market. But virtualisation's really only just getting started because storage virtualisation, network virtualisation and network function virtualisation are just getting started, while other uses for …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Apple sues Nokia's pet patent trolls

Apple on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Acacia Research Corporation and Conversant Intellectual Property Management, alleging that the two "patent assertion entities" have colluded with Nokia "to extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively from Apple" and other companies. The lawsuit comes …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Dec 2016

Twitter partly un-kills Vine, which will live again as Vine Camera

Twitter's decided not to completely kill its video-looping service Vine. Back in October things looked grim for Vine after Twitter announced it was discontinuing the mobile app. Now the company has explained that Vine, the service, will die but that Vine, the app, will continue. That means Vine will cease to function as a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2016
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AWS' UK cloud hitched to British-based iron

Amazon has opened its long-awaited AWS jumping off point for UK cloud customers by renting racks in two separate third party-run British-based bit barns. Up to now, AWS customers in Britain were served by company-owned server farms in Dublin, Frankfurt and one on the east coast of the US, but the business acknowledged demand …

Crate.io unboxes clustered SQL CrateDB, decamps to California

After more than a million downloads since its introduction two years ago, CrateDB, an open-source distributed SQL database suited for real-time analysis of machine data, has reached to its 1.0 release. And while the door remains open to technical talent from abroad, Crate.io, which began with offices in Berlin, Germany, and …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Dec 2016

VMware releases 'not cool, but very useful' integrated containers

VMware has released its long-touted vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC), the company's way of making vSphere a fine place to run containers. Plenty of pundits have suggested that containers stand a good chance of killing virtual machines, citing the former as lighter, faster and better-suited to building the kind of apps that …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2016
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Neo-Nazi man jailed for anti-Semitic Twitter campaign against MP

A Somerset neo-Nazi with a history of sending false, malicious and racially abusive messages over the internet has been jailed for targeting a Jewish Labour MP. Joshua Bonehill-Paine, a 24-year-old man from Yeovil, Somerset, was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday after having been found guilty of targeting Liverpool …
Gareth Corfield, 09 Dec 2016

Don't have a Dirty COW, man: Android gets full kernel hijack patch

Google has posted an update for Android that, among other fixes, officially closes the Dirty COW vulnerability. The December 2016 update covers a total of 74 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in Android devices. These fixes should be landing on Nexus handsets devices very soon, if not already, and installed as soon as …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Dec 2016
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Vocus to build Singapore-Australia submarine cable

Junior telco Vocus has confirmed it will build a submarine cable linking Singapore and Australia, with a stop in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The Australia-Singapore Cable will have capacity up to 40Tbps and will make landfall in Perth. The cable's been on the drawing board for some time but Vocus today told the Australian …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2016

Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

Acknowledging that the initial version of application streaming service AppStream failed to appeal to customers, Amazon Web Services is ready to try again. Introduced in 2013, AppStream offered companies a way to stream Windows desktop apps to users via browser across a variety of devices. It was intended as an alternative to …
Thomas Claburn, 02 Dec 2016
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Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

A new strain of Android malware is infecting an estimated 13,000 devices per day. The Gooligan malware roots Android devices before stealing email addresses and authentication tokens stored on them. The tokens create a means for hackers to access users' sensitive data from Gmail accounts, security researchers at Check Point …
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2016

Behold, your next billion dollar market: The humble Ethernet cable

Global spending on Ethernet cables will soon cross the $1bn threshold, say analysts. A forecast report from Allied Market Research projects that by 2022, businesses will be shelling out more than a billion dollars annually on copper and fiber cables to transmit data and power. The figures include the spend on fiber and copper …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2016

'Mirai bots' cyber-blitz 1m German broadband routers – and your ISP could be next

A widespread attack on the maintenance interfaces of broadband routers over the weekend has affected the telephony, television, and internet service of about 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany. The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) issued a statement indicating that the cyber-assault, which was …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Nov 2016
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Hey techbros, make an airplane mode but for driving for your apps – US traffic watchdog

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed voluntary guidelines [PDF] designed to reduce driver distraction by mobile devices in vehicles. According to the NHTSA, about 10 per cent of the 35,092 traffic fatalities in 2015 – 3,477 people – involved one or more distracted drivers. This represents an 8.8 …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Nov 2016
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Microsoft still working to fix Outlook sync issues

Outlook users are still struggling to get their email clients to synchronise with Microsoft's servers. The outage, which may now be in its sixth day, has left users confused and annoyed, as they have themselves complained on sites such as Down Detector and Down Today. A Microsoft spokesperson told The Register: "Some …
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Not fake news: Facebook reinvents SVG

Thanks to Facebook, you too can festoon your mobile applications with high-quality, low-overhead vector animations. The social media and data-harvesting giant on Tuesday released its Keyframes library for exporting Adobe After Effects animations so they can be rendered in Android and iOS apps. Facebook developed Keyframes for …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Nov 2016

Ofcom slaps ban on BT/EE 4G spectrum bid

Communications giant BT/EE will not be able to bid for more 4G spectrum in the forthcoming auction, according to proposals by communications regulator Ofcom. Next year, Ofcom will auction 190 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands – an increase of just under a third of the total mobile spectrum currently available. …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016

Disaster-recoverer Zerto wades into Microsoft clouds

Zerto announced its Enterprise Cloud Edition with general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication 5.0 (ZVR), which has Microsoft Azure support. Zerto Enterprise Cloud Edition (ZECE?) can protect and recover any virtual machine (VM) in on-premises data centres and public clouds, each with different SLAs and retention policies …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2016
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IoT upstart Sigfox gulps down €150m funding but falls short of target

French Internet of Things startup Sigfox has missed its $200m funding target for its latest round, settling for €150m ($159m) instead – although it has Salesforce, Intel, and others on board as investors. Sigfox is a wireless connectivity player in the IoT world. It sells low-powered networking kit designed for industrial IoT …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Nov 2016
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FYI Apple fans – iCloud slurps your call histories

Apple's effort to avoid becoming an on-demand data dispensary for authorities faces unlikely saboteurs: The company's commitment to convenience and its customers' preference for the same. Russian digital forensics company Elcomsoft on Thursday published a blog post claiming that Apple's iCloud Drive service stores phone call …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Nov 2016
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TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

Transport for London is to start a four week trial of reading Wi-Fi connection request data from London Underground passengers’ mobile phones. The trial, which will last four weeks from 21 November, “will help give TfL a more accurate understanding of how people move through stations, interchange between services and how …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Nov 2016
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Qualcomm taps Samsung to make next-gen 10nm Snapdragon

The latest and greatest Snapdragon processor, the 835 due out in the first half of next year, will be made by Samsung and be the first to use the chaebol's 10-nanometer FinFET architecture. The announcement was made at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in New York and extends the partnership the two firms have had for …
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2016
HP Inc's Z2 G3 Mini Workstation

HP Ink shrinks workstations to puckish form factor

HP Ink has decided that workstations need to follow the business PC trend of shrinking into form factors resembling the Apple Mini or even the Apple TV. The new HP Z2 G3 Mini Workstation therefore packs fifth-generation Xeons, aka Skylake, into a box just 21.6cm c 21.6cm by 5.9cm (8.5 x 8.5 x 2.28 inches). Cunning Reg readers …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2016

Secretions on your phone reveal your secrets

Mobile phones may reveal as much about their owners as the data inside them, a finding that complicates device privacy issues. In a paper [PDF] published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that by sampling chemicals deposited on mobile phones through regular usage, they could learn about …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Nov 2016
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Your body reveals your password by interfering with Wi-Fi

Modern Wi-Fi doesn't just give you fast browsing, it also imprints some of your finger movements – swipes, passwords and PINs – onto the radio signal. A group of researchers from the Shanghai Jaio Tong University, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and the University of South Florida have demonstrated that analysing …
Darin Fisher at the Chrome Dev Summit

Google's crusade to make mobile web apps less, well, horrible

Chrome Dev Summit At SFJazz – the first freestanding jazz arts center in the US – on Thursday in San Francisco, Google riffed on the virtues of Progressive Web Apps as a vehicle for efficient and engaging content delivery. "Our mission is to move the web platform forward," said Darin Fisher, VP of Chrome engineering, at the Chrome Developers …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Nov 2016

Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

An Android Chrome bug that's already under attack - with criminals pushing banking trojans to more than 300,000 devices - won't get patched until the next release of the mobile browser. The flaw allows malware writers to quietly download Android app installation (.apk) files to devices without requiring approval. Users need …
Darren Pauli, 08 Nov 2016
World's shortest international flight

World's shortest international flight: now just 21km in 7 minutes

Austrian airline People's Viennaline this week started flying the world's shortest international flight: a 21km hop from the Swiss town of St. Gallen to the German town of Friedrichshafen. The two towns are separated by Lake Constance and 66.1km of roads that Google tells us will take just 54 minutes to traverse. Along the …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2016
Adobe Project Felix, a 3D design tool

Bow to your Sensei! Adobe adds machine learning and design tool to Creative Cloud

Adobe MAX Adobe has announced a series of updates to its Creative Cloud offering at its MAX event under way in San Diego. What Adobe calls Creative Cloud has always in fact been a hybrid product, with large desktop applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premier Pro forming the main part of its value. Now the company is …
Tim Anderson, 02 Nov 2016

Which job is AI going to eat next? Step forward, CCTV operators

NEC Corporation, one of Japan’s biggest IT providers, says it has built an AI that can rapidly search CCTV footage and spot a specific person out of a million or more faces. The application – snappily titled NeoFace Image data mining – can find wanted criminals, missing kids, and so on, all from video surveillance. We're told …
Katyanna Quach, 02 Nov 2016

WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla on Monday announced preview versions of WebAssembly, a low-level safe binary format designed to allow C/C++ code to run in web browsers. Once WebAssembly, or wasm, matures and appears in browsers, it will allow developers to create native applications, and web applications with native code …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2016
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Hangouts flameout bringing the Google blame out

Google says it has now resolved the issues that caused its Hangouts meeting service to go down earlier today. A notice posted to the Hangouts Status Page says that as of 11:30am US Pacific time, the problems that had left some users unable to connect to the service were resolved. This after Google spent much of the morning …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2016
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Two new dinosaurs walked from South America to Australia, via Antarctica

Australian paleo-boffins have revealed two new dinosaurs, Savannasaurus elliottorum and Diamantinasaurus matildae. As detailed in the Nature: Scientific Reports paper New Australian sauropods shed light on Cretaceous dinosaur palaeobiogeography, the dinos are remarkable because they are the first sauropods to be found in …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016
Microsoft's 'Digital Badges'

Microsoft reveals career-enhancing .PNG files

Microsoft's ongoing efforts to make its certifications something that shows bosses how very clever you are have given us some new “Digital Badges”. As of this Friday, those of you holding a Redmondian Seal of Exam Passing Cleverness will be able to download badges like those depicted above (here for those of you on mobile …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2016

You've been hacked. What are you liable for?

Hacking is big news and we’re all susceptible. In the UK, hackers could face jail time under the Computer Misuse Act, but the question on many businesses’ minds will be where the liability lies if they are hacked. The list of successful mega breaches continues to grow; extra-marital affairs site Ashley Madison hit the …
Frank Jennings, 14 Oct 2016
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Something strange stirs in the storage backwater swamps, long ribbons of rust that never forget

At one end of the storage spectrum is fast and flashy SSD storage and at the other – still – is tape; streaming ribbons of rust that are cheaper and more reliable than disk, and still selling for on-premises and off-site archive data storage. Long-time tape library and drive supplier Quantum has brushed up its library offering …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016
Vodafone adds payment cards to mobile wallet

Europe loves to pay by bonk* - survey

Consumers use of a mobile device – either a smartphone, tablet or wearable – to make payments has tripled over the past year, according to a Visa-backed survey. The number of Europeans regularly using a mobile device for payments has tripled from 18 per cent to 54 per cent since 2015, according to the results of an online poll …
John Leyden, 12 Oct 2016
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Desktop budget wrangles: Whose device is it anyway?

“Giving away budget never felt so good." Those were the words of an IT manager attending one of our roundtables recently. But why was he so happy about losing control of a chunk of his IT funding? The topic of the roundtable was end user computing, and he was explaining how the annual budget negotiations around desktop …
Dale Vile, 12 Oct 2016
Desktop as a service

No, software-as-a-service won't automatically simplify operations and cut costs

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is sold to line of business people as a way to get the applications they need, without all the hassle, time and expense required to have an IT department build and run an application. But while off-the-shelf SaaS can do an awful lot for a business, doing SaaS well needs ancillary tools that SaaS …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Oct 2016
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Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

Interview At Microsoft's recent Ignite event in Atlanta, The Reg sat down with Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Client and Mobility. Brad Anderson is a Microsoft veteran who oversees how Windows and mobile devices are managed in business. A decade ago it was simple: firewall-protected network, Windows PCs, and …
Tim Anderson, 07 Oct 2016

German cops, mobe malware

Germany's federal investigative police agency (BKA) is seeking permission to infect smartphones with its home baked PC trojan for surveillance of serious crime.Strike text The agency wants to develop a derivative of its trojan named the Bundestrojaner for mobile devices should its request to German Parliament be approved, …
Team Register, 04 Oct 2016
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Oracle loses (again) in battle to get Google Java case retried (again)

Oracle has been turned away in its latest effort to get a new trial for its Java API copyright claim against Google. San Francisco District Court Judge William Alsup denied [PDF] Oracle's latest motion to have the case reheard, this time on grounds of misconduct on the part of Google's lawyers. The legal war, which has been …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2016

Apple puts on its grey suit: Firm, 40, keen to meet corporate types

Apple and consulting firm Deloitte are teaming up to help organisations with their business transformation efforts through the use of Apple devices. The move is just the latest sign that Cupertino is feeling the need to get more serious about the business market than in the past. We wonder why... Apple’s latest foray into the …
Dan Robinson, 29 Sep 2016
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Exchange down for Android and iOS users

Microsoft Exchange mobile users on Android and iOS users have been unable to access the service on their mobile devices due to a planned shift away from its Exchange Active Sync (EAS) protocol. The issue first appeared yesterday and is still affecting users. One customer got in touch to say: "Exchange Mobile device access …
Kat Hall, 29 Sep 2016

Realm – a database you may not have heard of but app devs have – touts cloudy platform

At last, you can stop thinking about networking. Mobile database maker Realm promises this bliss as a consequence of using its new Realm Mobile Platform – which weds the Realm Mobile Database with the Realm Object Server to support applications that exchange real-time data. Using the now open-source Realm Mobile Database, a …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2016
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Text input from thin air: boffins give Wi-Fi the finger with AI

Chinese boffins reckon they're the first capture text input to mobile devices using gestures sensed by commodity Wi-Fi devices. The researchers, from the University of Science and Technology in China, have dubbed the scheme WiFinger, and describe it here. At this stage, what the researchers achieved was to sense movement …
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Yahoo! joins! Adobe! Flash! flush! mob!

Yahoo! has joined the flood of companies flushing Adobe's Flash. Amit Jain, a senior developer at the p0wned purple portal, has penned a piece for Streaming Media in which he explains Yahoo!'s transition to HTML 5. Jain explains that Yahoo! sniffed the wind before streaming an American Football match in late 2015. The company …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2016