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Xamarin sics army of 1,000 test devices on hapless mobile apps

Mobile app-dev specialists Xamarin have launched the Xamarin Test Cloud, an automated, internet-based service that lets developers test their code on more than 1,000 devices. "With Xamarin Test Cloud, you can create your own test scripts using our powerful testing framework, run them locally against emulators or devices, and …
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2014
A fake iPhone with electric shock capabilities

Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

An analyst has now foretold that the iPhone 6 – an enlarged "phablet" style device – will not be sold until next year. That's the same chap who warned that Apple's long-rumored iWatch won't appear until Christmas this year. Most industry watchers expected the 5.5-inch model to be revealed along with the standard 4.7-inch one in …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jul 2014
SolidFire Range

Flash storage upstart SolidFire slurps $82m, intros Mini-Me arrays

Solidfire has introduced two smaller arrays that, over time, will replace their existing entry-level and mid-range offering. It's also picked up an extra $82m of funding. The SF2405 and 4805 are two new products with smaller capacities and a lower starting price point so that customers can scale their storage at a more granular …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2014
Apple iOS 7

Bloke squeezes Apple's boules, predicts millions of iPhone 6s, iWatches

Apple has enough sapphire glass within its grasp for two models of the iPhone 6, if one was to appear, as well as the semi-mythical iWatch, an independent analyst has claimed. Matt Margolis, of Wall Street Forensics, has scoped out GT Advanced Technologies, the firm tasked with operating Apple's sapphire factory in Mesa, Arizona …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jun 2014

FIRST standards to clean up messy CERTs

The global gathering of incident responders FIRST is spearheading a global standards effort to reform and unify the operations of government and large enterprise computer emergency response teams (CERTs). The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) has tipped US$500,000 into the effort and has received backing from …
Darren Pauli, 20 Oct 2014

Quantum key security steps outside the box

US researchers have come a step closer to turning quantum key distribution (QKD) into a “black box” that can be made provably secure regardless of whose boxes sit at each end of a link. In creating a quantum crypto implementation, researchers rely on models of the systems they've created as proofs of their security. That means …
HP Chromebox

HP has Chromeboxes with Intel Core i7 chips, but they'll cost you

HP has started taking orders for its new line of Chromeboxes, but while some carry the low price tags we've come to expect from Chrome OS devices, others are surprisingly expensive. Intel spilled the beans last September that hardware makers would be offering desktop Chrome OS kit with Haswell processors this year, and Asus …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2014
Mercury-era spacesuit

SPACE RACE auction: $130k raised for spacesuits, Apollo 11 kit

The latest space history auction in New York has raised tens of thousands of dollars selling off spacesuits, spacecraft models and Apollo 11 memorabilia. Mercury-era spacesuit Bonhams held its annual space auction yesterday in the US where a Lunokhod 2 Lunar Rover model went for $15,000, a Mercury-era spacesuit went under the …
Artist’s impression of deep blue planet HD 189733b

MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

Everyone knows that exoplanets need to be in the sweet Goldilocks spot (“not too hot, not too cold, just right”) next to their sun to support alien life: but now British boffins have said they reckon oceans might be necessary too. Artist’s impression of deep blue planet HD 189733b Researchers at the University of East Anglia …
The Register breaking news

CERN: 'Climate models will need to be substantially revised'

CERN's 8,000 scientists may not be able to find the hypothetical Higgs boson, but they have made an important contribution to climate physics, prompting climate models to be revised. The first results from the lab's CLOUD ("Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets") experiment published in Nature today confirm that cosmic rays spur the …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2011

Unisys cozies closer to Intel, 'sunsets' proprietary processor

Unisys is hastening the retirement of its proprietary – and geriatric – mainframe processor, beginning with 12 new ClearPath systems based on Intel Xeon processors. "Continuing the ongoing evolution of the ClearPath family to an open architecture based on Intel x86 processors," the company said in a statement, "the new models …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jun 2014

Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

Adobe confirmed its Digital Editions software insecurely phones home your ebook reading history to Adobe – to thwart piracy. And the company insisted the secret snooping is covered in its terms and conditions. Version 4 of the application makes a note of every page read, and when, in the digital tomes it accesses, and then …
Iain Thomson, 08 Oct 2014
Photo of a stack of $100 bills

Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say

Banks and credit card providers are paying a hefty price to be part of Apple's new Pay system, unveiled by boss Tim Cook earlier this week. According to the Financial Times, which cited two people familiar with the terms inked between Cupertino and interested parties, 15 cents of a $100 purchase will be pocketed by Apple. As …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2014

Boffins say hot air makes Antarctica COLDER

The Antarctic anomaly – that it's warming slower than the rest of the world – could actually be driven by climate change, according to new modelling from the Australian National University (ANU). The research also suggests that southern Australia, particularly in the west, will get less rain as a result. Climate change denier …
Running girls

Toshiba unveils SSD: Claims hard-as-nails kit has the write stuff

Toshiba has tweaked the design of its PX02SS flash drive so it can sustain 30 full drive writes a day for five years through a 12gig SAS interface. This SSD is made from Tosh’s 24nm enterprise-class NAND (eNAND) and comes in 100GB, 200GB, 400GB and 800GB capacity points. The 30 drive writes/day stat applies to all models. It …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2013
SAP

How's this for a biz expense? SAP pops $8.3 BEELLION on company card for Concur

SAP has announced it has agreed to acquire enterprise travel and business expense management software purveyor Concur Technologies in an $8.3bn takeover deal. The Germany-based giant will shell out $129 per Concur share – a 20 per cent premium – in a deal it expects to close by the end of the year or early 2015. SAP plans to …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
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Apple tried to get a ban on Galaxy, judge said: NO, NO, NO

The Apple-Samsung lawsuit in the US continues its inch-wise progress, with Judge Lucy Koh deciding against giving Apple a permanent injunction to stop Samsung selling smartphones – even though by now they are mostly obsolete. Apple won a settlement worth nearly $120m in May, with a jury deciding that Samsung had infringed …

'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

A bloke on the internet has attempted to stab to bits what he describes as an Apple "iPhone 6" - but was stopped dead by the gizmo's frontispiece, perhaps fashioned of wondro-material "sapphire glass". Marques Brownlee, a Youtube tech reviewer who goes under the name MKBHD, managed to get his hands on two dummy models of what he …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Jul 2014

iPHONEY: Fake iPhone 6 images splattered over Chinese internet

A video and photos have appeared on Chinese websites purporting to be "real" shots of the iPhone 6 – just days ahead of Apple's latest iStuff showcase on September 9. Vulture Weekend notes that this is potentially pure tittle tattle and understands only too well that on the internet nobody knows you're a dog. Yada yada ... But, …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Sep 2014
Sony Xperia Nxt Series

Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

Sony shares dropped more than eight per cent today after the firm warned that it expects losses for this year to be four times as bad as it previously predicted. The Japanese company now reckons losses for the year to March will reach the dizzying heights of ¥230bn ($2.12bn) as its smartphone business suffers in comparison to …
Apple iMac

Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

Apple is adding a lower price point to its iMac line with the introduction of a $1,099 (£899) model, which drops the entry level on the all-in-one line by $200. The company said that the new model would sport the same 21.5-inch display as the other iMac configurations while being equipped with cheaper internal hardware. Where …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jun 2014

Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

US cyber security tsar Michael Daniel wants passwords to die in a fire and be replaced by other mechanisms, including selfies. In an interview with the Christian Science Monitor Daniel said the death of passwords could signal a useful purpose for the much-beleaguered selfie. "Frankly I would really love to kill the password …
Darren Pauli, 15 Oct 2014
Apple iPhone 6

I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

Apple has claimed to have broken its sales records yet again after shifting 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units at the weekend. Tim Cook said he was basically as chuffed as he could possibly be by the sales figures of the new mobes, which went on sale this week. “Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Sep 2014
Sony Tablet S

Clingy fondleslab owners TORPEDO industry forecasts

With tablet owners keeping their devices longer and passing older models on to friends and family, industry analysts ave been forced to rethink their ambitious predictions for market growth. Research firm IDC says that it has lowered its 2014 forecast for the tablet market after researchers found that in many cases users were …
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2014
Lenovo Tablet 2 Pro

BEND IT like YOGA: Newest Lenovo gadgets have built in PROJECTORS

Fresh and glowing from its triumphant snatch of top spot amongst PC vendors yet again, Lenovo unwrapped three new Yoga products in London yesterday: two tablets and an Ultrabook. While Lenovo is number one in shipments, Lenovo's SVP and EMEA president Aymar de Lencquesaing revealed, “We ship more tablets and smartphones than we …
Bob Dormon, 10 Oct 2014
iPad and iPad mini

HOT AIR-FILLED Apple fanbois SHUNNED iPad 2 at Xmas

Novelty-seeking Apple fanbois turned their backs on the iPad 2 in the run up to Xmas, heralding the imminent demise of the ancient legacy fondleslab. The fruity firm still sells the iPad 2, which costs about 20 per cent less than the super duper iPad Air, which is the latest model. According to a report from Consumer …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jan 2014

Cisco's application-centric infrastructure arrives at last

Cisco has quit with the long talk and started the walk, announcing that its Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is to ship as a full solution on July 31. The Borg's “here comes our software-defined networking (SDN) solution” Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) can now be ordered with ACI enabled. Cisco …
Oculus Rift VR system prototype

Audio playground: How does an Oculus Rift with surround sound sound?

Wi-Fi music streaming and virtual reality both just received audio boosts, with news from Bose, DTS and Oculus. Bose has done a music streaming supply deal, like Sonos, with Deezer, but for Deezer's Premium Plus service, not the higher-rated lossless Elite service Sonos is involved with. It's a US region-specific deal and marks …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2014

Unisys makes a tilt at converged infrastructure and containerisation

Unisys is the latest iron-monger to make a run at converged infrastructure, or something that looks an awful lot like it. The company walked away from proprietary silicon nigh-on a decade ago, concentrating on x86-powered “ClearPath” big iron instead. Last year, the company unveiled the first of a new range of servers named “ …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jun 2014
Doom printer hack

Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

Security researchers have demonstrated a hack that allowed them to get into the web interface of a Canon Pixma printer before modifying its firmware to run the classic 90s computer game Doom. The proof-of-concept demo by security researchers at Context Information Security, which involved remotely accessing the web interface on …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2014
Apple Watch

Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Apple's monster event has now been and gone – revealing two new iPhone 6 models and an Apple iWatch Watch, just as everyone expected. First, there was the introduction of new iPhones. As rumored, Cupertino delivered a pair of larger models: the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the phablet-like iPhone 6 Plus, which sports a 5.5-inch …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Sep 2014
WD UltraSlim drive

World's first 5mm-thin gyrating models paraded on disk catwalk

Western Digital has launched the world's first single-platter 5mm-thick disk drives - including one with a cache of flash memory. It's also announced an enterprise-class 2.5in drive in a 3.5in frame so as to ease migration from 3.5in performance to the XE, a 2.5in form factor. The single-platter 5mm-thick UltraSlims are …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013
Apple Watch

'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

The firm which was rumoured to have been manufacturing sapphire glass for Apple's upcoming smartwatch has filed for bankruptcy protection. Sources had been whispering that Apple was planning to use the scratch-resistant material for the screens on the Apple Watch and forthcoming models of the iPhone. GT Technologies filed for …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Oct 2014
Intel Xeon

Intel's SECRET Xeons: tell us what you think Chipzilla's hiding

At the Australian launch of Intel's new Xeon E5-2600 v3 yesterday, Chipzilla's local folks popped up a slide trumpeting the fact that the chip now comes in 35 special flavours. Your correspondent asked Intel to name a few, which prompted a response that pre-launch debate considered whether or not to include the slide because …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2014
Nuke blast

Facebook, are you listening? Fusion-io chucks 6.4TB 'Atomic' flash kit at world

PCIe-card flasher Fusion-io has a new piece of ioMemory hardware and is calling it the Atomic Series. This third-generation architecture product stores up to 6.4TB. The existing ioScale card stores 3.2TB of data. That’s made using 2Xnm class MLC NAND (29-20nm). Fusion says the new card is faster, maybe twice as fast as the …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2014

Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

This is getting to be a habit. So far this year we’ve seen £100 lopped off the price of the updated iMac and MacBook Air, and now it’s the MacBook Pro’s turn to get the price-cut treatment. Tsk, tsk: No Retina Display update means it's outdone by new Windows laptops Like the iMac and MacBook Air, this update to the MacBook Pro …
Stephen Dean, 19 Aug 2014
External view of the Vulture 2, with launch rod

Vulture 2 X-Plane soars over Spaceport America

It's hats off to Tennessee X-Plane ace Billy Bargagliotti this fine Monday morning, as we announce he's wrapped no less than four virtual versions of our Vulture 2 rocket ship. Our Tennessee X-Plane ace Billy Bargagliotti Billy (above) answered our call back in June for someone to construct a virtual spaceplane, rolled out …
Lester Haines, 01 Sep 2014
Photo of Apple iPhone 5C in a range of colors

8GB iPhone 5c is real, but no market-maker

Apple's stroll towards the bottom of smartphone market has seen it officially, if quietly, release an iPhone 5c with a mere eight gigabytes of storage. The new model appeared on Apple's Australian online store today priced at $AUD679. The 16GB and 32GB models are $739 and $869 respectively. It has long been assumed that the 5c …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2014
Galaxy simulation

ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

Researchers at MIT and Harvard have created a a giant virtual universe – 350 million light-years squared – which can be used to simulate the real universe's development from 12 million years after the Big Bang to the present day, or around 13 billion years' worth of expansion. Dubbed Illustris, the pocket universe uses over 12 …
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2014
Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft may launch several new Surfaces on May 20 – report

Microsoft's Surface launch event on May 20 may be a bigger deal than was previously thought, with multiple new models to be unveiled, a new report claims. Redmond hasn't said what it plans to announce at the media event, billed as a "small gathering" in New York. But most rumors point to a "Surface Mini" – some version of …
Neil McAllister, 07 May 2014
A long collection of ridges and scarps on the planet Mercury, stretching over 540km. The colours correspond to elevation - yellow-green is high and blue is low.

Don't stare: SHRUNKEN Mercury lost 7km, but only 'cos it's COOLING

The planet Mercury has shrunk by up to 7km in radius over the past four billion years – much more than boffins had previously thought. A long collection of ridges and scarps on the planet Mercury, stretching over 540km. The colours correspond to elevation - yellow-green is high and blue is low. Ridges and scarps on Mercury, …
Team Register, 17 Mar 2014
Shot of the D-Wave chip holder - a robotic looking contraption

Boffins say D-Wave machine could be a classic*

First, the world thought that D-Wave hadn't built a quantum computer; then, it thought there was a quantum computer in the box; next, there was disappointment that the D-Wave machine didn't speed things up (but might still be quantum); and now, it starts to look like it's not quantum after all. In the latest instalment in the …
Apple iPhone 4 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S 4G (right)

Apple stops caring about Samsung kit everyone else stopped caring about years ago

Apple has ended its attempt to ban nearly two dozen old Samsung mobile models from import into the US. The iPhone maker on Monday filed a motion for dismissal of its appeal against the 2012 decision by Judge Lucy Koh, which awarded Apple a $1bn damages payout for patent infringement but blocked an injunction against Samsung …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2014
Routers

Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp

Researchers have unveiled 15 zero day vulnerabilities in four home and small business routers as part of the SOHOpelessly Broken hacker competition in DEF CON this week. Four of the 10 routers offered for attack including the ASUS RT-AC66U; Netgear Centria WNDR4700; Belkin N900, and TRENDnet TEW-812DRU were fully compromised. …
Darren Pauli, 13 Aug 2014

Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

Ian Hetherington, formerly of games companies Realtime Worlds and Psygnosis - yes, the company responsible for '90s legend Lemmings - and has applied games technology to mapping, making your 3D navigation feel like a trip to Sim City. eeGeo's maps can show weather conditions – so you can make it snow – and time of day, with …
Simon Rockman, 10 Sep 2014
Mathematical formula for base station caching

Boffins suggest storage be baked into mobile base stations

In the race to keep mobile performance in line with user demands, carriers around the world are spending big on splitting their cellular networks into ever-smaller chunks. New research suggests that adding some spinning rust to base stations could help improve efficiency, at lower cost. The modelling, carried out by Ejder Baştuğ …

You like jumping out of planes? Try the new GoPro 4. Short walks? There's a Hero instead

GoPro, the maker of video cameras for those who like to mix danger with their hobbies, has added two new models to its range: the GoPro 4 and and the GoPro Hero. The GoPro 4 follows the GoPro 3, and is available in black and silver editions. Like a posh credit card, the black version is better than the silver one. The black …
Simon Rockman, 29 Sep 2014

Have a Linksys router? Now's a good time to update that firmware

Owners and administrators of Linksys home routers are being advised to update and secure their devices following reports of active attacks on a flaw present in at least two models. Researchers with the SANS Institutes Internet Storm Center have received reports of mass attacks on a remote access vulnerability in the Linksys …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2014
Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4 latest: Samsung rushes iPhone 6 Plus rival to China as Apple flails in dark

Perhaps looking to cut Apple's iPhone 6 Plus phablet off at the pass, Samsung is rushing out its 5.6-inch Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in China and South Korea ahead of schedule. Sammy said on Wednesday that its large screen Android phone will be available in South Korea on 26 September, with the Associated Press reporting China …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2014

IBM takes a shine to Lighthouse, gobbles bouncer-in-the-cloud biz

IBM has acquired upstart Lighthouse Security Group, which lets sysadmins manage user accounts and identities in an off-premises cloud. Big Blue said the privately held Rhode Island firm will, fittingly, join the IT giant's Security Identity and Access Management group. Lighthouse already bases its Gateway service on IBM's Tivoli …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Aug 2014