Articles about Mobile Devices

Savannasaurus elliottorum

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
Scalar i3

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
Shouting match

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
Microsoft monopoly

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
The word futile

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
Microsoft campus

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
WiFi Icon

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 …
Toilet with smiling loo paper

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

Naughty Zuck: Facebook fudged its video ad numbers

Facebook has been caught miscalculating viewing numbers for those watching ads on the site. The company admitted it had wrongly measured average viewing times for video ads by removing views of less than three seconds from its calculations, which helped to bump up the stats. The mistake overstates median viewing times for …
John Oates, 23 Sep 2016

2 in 3 Millennials block ads

With annoying animations plastered over pages, and malware injecting itself via malicious banners, is it any surprise that two out of three young adults block web ads? A survey of 2,700 Millennials aged 18 to 24 in the US has this week revealed that two-thirds use ad blockers on desktop and mobile devices. The poll was carried …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Sep 2016

Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron

Canonical’s OpenStack spin has landed on IBM’s Power hardware as part of zSystems' Linux stack. The Ubuntu shop’s cloud has been released for IBM’s zSeries IBM LinuxOne and on IBM Power Systems. Canonical’s cloud will run on IBM’s planned LC servers, announced in April. The servers run OpenPOWER – from the group building …
Oracle Chair Larry Ellison on stage at OpenWorld 2016

Oracle takes aim at AWS with cheap, fast public and hybrid cloud

Larry Ellison kicked off Oracle's OpenWorld event in San Francisco on Sunday with news of a second-generation infrastructure-as-a-service offering. The IT giant's supremo claimed the IaaS out-performs Amazon Web Services (AWS), undercuts it on price and will also be sold as on-premises kit tied to a subscription. Ellison told …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2016

Double-dipping malware steals iOS creds and roots Android

A newly-outed trojan is exploiting iOS and Android devices, ripping iCloud credentials abusing the trusted link between phones and PCs, says Palo Alto security researcher Claud Xiao. The attack appears to have failed in most circumstances, thanks to iOS' sandboxing security controls, hardened modern Android operating systems, …
Darren Pauli, 15 Sep 2016
The Windows 10 Store

Microsoft Desktop Bridge opens, Win32 apps can now cross into Windows Store

Microsoft has revealed that its Desktop Bridge is open, meaning Win32 apps can now be packaged for consumption on the Windows Store and on anything that runs Windows 10. At present, only code that conforms to the strictures of the Universal Windows Platform are permitted into the Store. The significance of the Bridge's opening …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2016
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UK oversight body tipped to examine phone snooping tech in prisons

The secretive use of IMSI grabbers in the UK is set to receive oversight from the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO). IOCCO is awaiting a formal request from the Prime Minister to provide oversight of the use of mobile phone eavesdropping devices in prisons, its head has confirmed to The Register. …
NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this view as it closed in on Jupiter's north pole, about two hours before closest approach on Aug. 27, 2016. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

What the hex is up with Jupiter's North Pole?

Jupiter doesn't have a colossal hexagon at its North Pole, unlike it celestial cousin Saturn. So says NASA after the six megabytes of data the Juno probe collected last weekend finally made it to Earth after requiring a day-and-a-half to download. One of the downloads was the image at top, which those of you who want more …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2016
This dual view of Jupiter was taken on August 23, when NASA’s Juno spacecraft was 2.8 million miles (4.4 million kilometers) from the gas giant planet on the inbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

Juno probe to graze Jupiter on Saturday

Strap in for a bumpy ride, Earthlings: the Juno probe will make its closest approach to Jupiter on Saturday when it comes within just 4,200km of the gas giant's uppermost clouds. Juno made it to Jupiter in early July but was busy entering orbit and fiddling with its rockets so didn't do much more than shoot some rather nice …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
The SanDisk connect wireless stick

A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Road test Last week Vulture South got its hands on an intriguing SanDisk product called the “Connect Wireless Stick”. It's a USB stick with WiFi built in and is intended as networked storage for mobile devices. The idea is that you'll load the stick full of music and movies, then install the companion app on your iThing or Android and …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016

Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

Apple has pushed out an emergency security update for iPhones, iPads and iPods after super sophisticated spyware was found exploiting three iOS vulnerabilities. The iOS 9.3.5 upgrade plugs three holes that, according to researchers, are being used right now by the Pegasus surveillance kit – a powerful commercial malware …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
Venomous snake

Facebook backup, anyone?

Acronis TrueImage 2017 has announced it can incrementally backup Facebook to protect a user's timeline and photos. This is better than native Facebook backup, according to Acronis. The product is an evolution of its full image backup technology which protects everything on a user's computer and can restore it to the same or a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Happy Anniversary: What’s new, what’s missing in Microsoft’s giant mobile update

Microsoft has begun to roll out the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 to phones. The business-friendly update gathers up hundreds of minor but useful changes, and it’s hard to single out some as more important than others. Some of the subtle design changes do make the whole thing look less amateurish, however. The 10.0.14393. …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2016
A group of people hold out mobile phones in a circle. Photo by Shutterstock

Nasuni adds sync 'n' share to its cloud file gateway

Nasuni has added file sync and share to its cloud storage gateway. Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) capabilities are now included in its Nasuni File Services (NFS) offering. Users of iOS, Android, OS X and Windows fixed and mobile devices can sync and share with Nasuni's file services courtesy of apps on their devices. …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016
Robot AI Woman

Chip giants pelt embedded AI platforms with wads of cash

Analysis Artificial intelligence and machine learning engines are underpinning many emerging applications and services, from making sense of big data for enterprises, to supporting hyper-personalized consumer content, or virtual reality gaming. The current challenge is to move AI from the supercomputer to the mobile device, supporting …
Wireless Watch, 17 Aug 2016

Intel fabs to churn out 10nm ARM chips for LG smartphones next year

IDF16 Intel's chip fabs will roll out 10nm ARM-compatible processors starting next year. The state-of-the-art factories will produce the mobile system-on-chips for LG Electronics using a 10nm process, with the door left wide open for other ARM licensees to jump in and use the assembly lines. At the heart of the collaboration deal …
Chris Williams, 16 Aug 2016
Mobile banking, image via Shutterstock

Funny story, this.'s 'open banking app revolution'. Security experts not a fan of it

Analysis UK banking industry regulators are pushing banks to offer customers access to their data through shared smartphone apps. The new rules from the Competition and Markets Authority are designed to promote transparency and clarity while providing an incentive for customers to switch providers. The model is taken from the UK's …

BlackBerry: Forget phones, Lawsuits In Motion is back – and it's firing off patent claims

Analysis When Blackberry announced earlier this year it was going to give up making mobile phones, most wondered what it would actually do as a company. Part of the answer is rebadged Android gear. Now another part has arrived in a new lawsuit lodged against internet telephony company Avaya: BlackBerry's going to become a patent troll …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Aug 2016
CSIRO's 1992 WiFi Testbed

First Wi-Fi box ever is chosen as Australia's best contribution to global history

The National Museum of Australia (NMA) has chosen Wi-Fi hardware as Australia's greatest contribution to world history. The NMA will shortly host an exhibition titled A History of the World in 100 Objects featuring a variety of artefacts from the British Museum and other institutions, and chose to add an Australian object. …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2016
AirWatch Express

VMware floats MDM that's lighter than AirWatch

VMware has revealed a slimmed-down, cloudy, slightly-hipsterised (see image below), version of its AirWatch mobile device management (MDM) suite. "AirWatch Express" is billed as suitable for smaller businesses who lack a dedicated IT department but still like the idea of MDM to ensure the mobile devices their staff wield don't …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2016

Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

According to a recent poll, just 10 per cent of Americans are excited about voting for either of the two political parties' presidential candidates in November. As a result, serious attention is being paid to other candidates. And in this case, that is Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party. …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Aug 2016
Ten fingers with windows flag

Windows 10 grabs 22 per cent desktop market share in a year

Windows 10 has grabbed more than 20 per cent of the world's desktops in its first year, according to the web-watchers on which The Register relies for regular assessments of operating system market share. Those watchers are Netmarketshare and StatCounter, which now have data covering the entire year since Redmond shoved …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Aug 2016

UK tax collectors' IT boss Mark Dearnley steps down

Mark Dearnley – the chief digital and information officer at HMRC, the UK's tax collection agency – is waving goodbye to his £185,000-a-year job in September as he departs for the private sector. Dearnley joined HMRC in October 2013 under a three-year contract. He described his remit as the transformation of its IT, creation …
Kat Hall, 01 Aug 2016
Crowd watches fireworks at night in the field. Photo by Shutterstock

WD disk revenues spin slower as its flash fireworks go off

WDC beat its own better-than-expected preliminary results estimates with a $3.495bn quarter but swung to a $351m loss with fewer disk units sold. Layoffs are coming. Revenues for the fourth fiscal 2016 quarter, ended July 1, were 9.2 per cent higher than a year ago and 24.8 per cent up on the previous quarter. This quarter …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the 2015 F8 conference

Facebook is unstoppable

Facebook today revealed its financial figures for Q2 2016 – the three months to June 30 – and if you're an FB hater, prepare to be disappointed. Revenue: $6.4bn, up 59 per cent year on year from $4bn. Profit: $2bn, up 186 per cent from $719m. Earnings per share: 71 cents, up from 25 cents. Daily active users: 1.13 billion …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2016
Liam Neeson Taken

Euro cops, Intel and Kaspersky slay Shade ransomware

A joint operation by Europol, the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit, Intel, and Kaspersky has seized the command and control servers for the Shade ransomware strain and published code that allows anyone hit by the malware to decrypt their files. Shade has been in circulation since 2014, and has predominantly targeted …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2016

GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

A Wi-Fi hack experiment conducted at various locations at or near the Republican National Convention site in Cleveland, US, underlines how risky it can be to connect to public Wi-Fi without protection from a VPN. The exercise, carried out by security researchers at Avast, an anti-virus firm, revealed that more than 1,000 …
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2016

Guilt by ASN: Compiler's bad memory bug could sting mobes, cell towers

A vulnerability in a widely used ASN.1 compiler isn't a good thing: it means a bunch of downstream systems – potentially mobile phones and cell towers – will inherit the bug. And an ASN.1 bug is what the Sadosky Foundation in Argentina has turned up, in Objective Systems' software. The research group's Lucas Molas says …
Woman watches TV with cat, uses remote to change channel. Photo by Shutterstock

Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

The upfront market for broadcast and cable networks has taken an unexpected U-turn from last year’s dip, seeing an increase in advertising sales of $800m to $18.6bn in the most recent completion. According to research firm Media Dynamics, this 4.5 per cent increase in TV ad revenue is a blow to OTT video platforms on PCs and …
Faultline, 15 Jul 2016

Teen faces trial for telling suicidal boyfriend to kill himself via text

Analysis A teenager will stand trial for sending dozens of texts to her boyfriend encouraging him to take his own life. Massachusetts' highest court rejected an appeal from Michelle Carter's legal team that the texts to Carter Roy back in 2014 were protected under the First Amendment. She now faces an involuntary manslaughter charge …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jul 2016

One in 200 enterprise handsets is infected

If your enterprise has 200 mobile devices at least one is infected, so says security firm Skycure The Palto Alto firm has uncovered previous nasty Apple bugs, including the No iOS Zone flaw reported by El Reg last year. All told about three percent of the locked-down vanilla Cupertino devices are infected, the company says in …
Darren Pauli, 04 Jul 2016
Digital feet, photo via Shutterstock

Body of evidence: Biometrics and YOU

The proliferation of password protection has become an assault on the senses. The rise of biometric authentication is helping to create some balance, enabling verification with a simple interaction, which, for many, is the fingerprint reader on a mobile phone. And once you start using the fingerprint/phone combo for NFC payments …
Bob Dormon, 29 Jun 2016

Florida man sues Apple for $10bn, claims iPod, iPhone was his idea

A Florida man is suing Apple for $10bn and demanding a 0.5 per cent cut of future sales – because the iPhone, iPod and iPad allegedly ripped off his ideas. In 1992, Thomas S. Ross filed a US patent for a rectangular device with rounded corners and a backlit screen that could play music, store books, or have mobile …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2016

Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project'

Just when you thought the platform wars had settled down into a cosy duopoly, Huawei is reported to be working on “an alternative mobile operating system”, according to reports. “The team working on the project is based in Scandinavia and includes ex-Nokia employees,” The Information scooped. The secret project is said to be …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2016

VMware aims high with a little help from its friends

VMware's extensive ecosystem has been a massive part of its success, as demonstrated by the fact that even when server virtualisation looked like a reason to stop buying servers it created an opportunity for Intel to make virtualisation sing and arguably left Chipzilla making more coin from virtualisation than VMware itself. …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2016