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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

On Friday Oculus broke its word and instituted DRM (digital rights management) controls on its virtual reality headset, blocking non-approved games from its kit. The weekend wasn't over when coders struck back and their crack only makes Oculus' problems worse. The Oculus DRM controls were supposed to kill off a popular piece …
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2016
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Clouds get OpenStackier

OpenStack is running around a third more clouds than 12 months ago. The seventh OpenStack Foundation User Survey found 65 per cent of OpenStack deployments are now in production, up 33 per cent compared to a year ago. Standardisation on the “same, open platform and APIs” was given as one of five top considerations with users …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2016
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HP Inc won't shake you down for ink in 3D printer era, says CTO

Interview HP Inc is threatening to bring an era of open platforms to 3D printing, one it claims will turn the well used – and much criticised – ink toner supplies biz model on its head. So how exactly does HP expect to print money when it is actually using thermo-plastics? There's one buzz word on the tip of the CTO's tongue – …
Paul Kunert, 23 Mar 2016
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IBM dons winter gear, gives Emperors and Rockhoppers a refresh

IBM’s Linux on the mainframe portfolio has had a mid-winter brush up, with new tools and a 50 per cent increase in the number of Linux flavours it supports. The vendor said it would optimise two of its recently acquired technologies for LinuxONE: Cloudant, the enterprise grade NoSQL database it bought in 2014, and Strongloop, …
Joe Fay, 26 Jan 2016
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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

Microsoft is to launch a dedicated educational version of Minecraft which it hopes will be used in classrooms globally – a move that will be sure to put kids off the hugely popular game. Back in 2014 Microsoft bought the game from Swedish developer Mojang for $2.5bn (£1.7bn). More than 54 million copies of Minecraft have been …
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2016
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Intel aims for PC-style position in drones, robots and wearables

CES 2016 The need to control not just the processor itself, but the whole surrounding software and connectivity platform, was very clear in Intel’s launches and keynotes a last week's Consumer Electronics Show. While the PC and smartphone processors or SoCs have been premium products, in semiconductor terms, in the IoT the hardware …
Wireless Watch, 13 Jan 2016
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Indian net neutrality fans tell Facebook to Zuck off

Online activists in India have published a stinging attack on Facebook and its efforts to provide online services in the nation. Savetheinternet.in, an effort organised and funded by concerned citizens, published their post in response to a visit to India by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. As is his wont, Zuckerberg conducted a …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2015
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Never mind the new guys, take a train from our trusty Data Platform – Commvault

Loss-making Commvault has released details and comments about version 11 of the Commvault Data Platform (CDP) and solutions portfolio, while being careful not to mention Simpana, the previous brand name for its mainstream backup, archive and data management product suite. Simpana 10 was a massive announcement when it happened …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015

Meego, webOS, Sailfish OS, and now Firefox OS: Ex-Nokia man Jaaksi joins Mozilla

Mozilla has appointed ex-Nokia man Ari Jaaksi as its new senior veep of connected devices. "In this role, Ari will be responsible for Firefox OS and broader exploration of opportunities to advance our mission across the ever-increasing range of connection points of the modern Internet, i.e. phones, TVs, [internet of things], …
Neil McAllister, 06 Oct 2015
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Analytics are better with shared storage and not scale-out, says IBM

IBM has a packaged IBM Data Engine for Analytics – Power Systems Edition, a cluster that includes the integrated servers, parallel file system storage, network switches, and software needed to run MapReduce-based workloads. It is described as a technical-computing architecture that supports running Big Data-related workloads …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2015

UK.gov unleashes 3D virtual world to train GCHQ's kiddie division

The next generation of Blighty's cybersecurity workforce is to be trained without even realising it, in a Cabinet Office-funded cyber skyscraper built "solely to find, test and recruit cyber talent". The cyber skyscraper, which is pleasingly hosted in Skyscape's cloud, has been dubbed Cyphinx. Cyphinx is a browser-based MMO- …
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Jolla chief quits: Fawning Putin lickspittles to take over?

Jolla co-founder, COO and figurehead Marc Dillon has quit the Finnish phone outfit. Jolla was created as Sailfish and escaped from the burning platforms of Nokia to develop the MeeGo (formerly Maemo) Linux OS for phones. Nokia abandoned that, taking key developers to the startup. This year, it sidelined hardware design to …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2015

White hat finds vulnerability in white box switches

Black Hat 2015 The Open Networking Install Environment (ONIE) provides a gateway for black hats to compromise software-defined network (SDN) environments, says a white hat presenter at this week's BlackHat USA 2015. The problem, according to Hellfire Security's Gregory Pickett, is that it's too easy for an attacker with root access to the …
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Wristjobs, whopping big 4Kers and fondleslabs: Currys' Xmas tech

Pics Retailers' “Christmas in July” press showcases may make your stomach churn at the thought of all that consumerist razzmatazz, but, season of goodwill aside, it’s also a time when new products get an airing before they go on sale in the coming months. Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA Gadgets galore and a new flipping Chromebook …
Bob Dormon, 08 Jul 2015

OpenDaylight's Hydrogen begets Helium begets Lithium

The OpenDaylight Foundation has announced what you could think of as its carrier-grade release, Lithium. Lithium follows (naturally enough) the Hydrogen and Helium releases, and covers security, automation, interoperability, scalability, and a bunch of new protocols. The new capabilities have a distinct telco flavour about them …

Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

Facebook has contradicted a statement by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and declared that pornographic content will be forbidden from appearing on the Oculus store. Speaking at Silicon Valley's Virtual Reality Conference in San Jose, in May, 22-year old Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was asked whether his company would be blocking …
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My life under Estonia's digital government

There is much government talk about the economic importance of enabling a digital society. Yet little coherent in the UK seems to materialise – bits here and there imperfectly integrated and with insufficient commitment. Just think of the multiple UK initiatives over the years. That such slow progress is a given calls into …
Charles Brett, 02 Jun 2015

And then the Google lad says: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

Google I/O Apple may be winning the PR war with its Watch, but Google thinks an open platform, and some nifty Android Wear software, can give it the edge in the smartwatch world. At its annual Google I/O developers shindig in San Francisco, the Chocolate Factory said in the first year of Android Wear the operating system has been updated …
Iain Thomson, 29 May 2015

Mozilla: We don't give a damn about cheap smartphones

Browser-turned-OS-institution Mozilla has acknowledged that its $25 phone has failed. Firefox OS was launched with a strategy of not being Google or Apple, into the warm bosom of Telefonica and seventeen other operators at Mobile World Congress in 2013. At the time, we predicted that it would go the way of Symbian, SavaJe and …
Simon Rockman, 27 May 2015

Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has said the company will allow pornography on its VR buckets, as Oculus is committed to creating an open platform. Speaking at Silicon Valley's Virtual Reality Conference in San Jose, 22-year old Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was asked whether his company would be blocking adult content on its …
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ARM joins the NFV race with virtual set-top box spec

ARM has become the latest silicon vendor to pitch a major network function virtualisation (NFV) strategy, and has announced a partnerships with Applied Micro and Netzyn, and with Enea. Under the ARM-Applied Micro-Netzyn agreement (announced here), the three partners will create and demonstrate a virtual set-top box for pay TV …
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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

Breaking Fad In a move that could have far-reaching implications for home audio, multi-channel goliath DTS has announced an object-based sound system to rival Dolby Atmos (and the largely ignored Auro-3D). Dubbed DTS:X, the technology is somewhat different in that there’s no prescribed number of audio channels or speaker configuration to …
Steve May, 16 Apr 2015

Big Blue to give car insurers IoT peeking powers

IBM has announced it will spend US$3 billion over four years on a new internet of things business unit. The company reckons the internet of things label now applies to all the the smart city stuff it did for water and traffic management applications in recent years. The idea seems to be to take that work, sprinkle on a little …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2015
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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

Feature The emergence of the Internet of Things has analysts in a froth predicting that by 2020 homes will be awash with clever connected appliances. We’re not talking tablets and TVs here, but the brave new world of white goods, where manufacturers are battling it out to smarten up our cooking, cleaning and security systems. So how …
Jennifer Newton, 07 Mar 2015
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Huawei's and ZTE's SDN embrace: soft power in vendor-land

China's network hardware sector has taken another step into the world of openness with ZTE joining the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) project. As ZTE and (even more enthusiastically) Huawei cosy up to the world of open networking, Vulture South is moved to wonder whether there isn't an exercise of “soft power” emerging. ZTE is …

Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer

The Internet Society has blasted efforts from some quarters to create a "UN Security Council" for the internet – which would rule over the online world. The society (ISoc) is a non-profit organization that, among other things, helps guide the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which develops and publishes crucial internet's …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Nov 2014
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'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster

Big data analytics people are constantly panning for nuggets of gold, and Cray has just the machine for them — its Urika-XA. Said to be a single-platform entity, consolidating a wide range of analytics workloads previously needing separate systems, its design has been optimised for compute- and memory-intensive and latency- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2014
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Vendors join hands to foster open source NFV

The Linux Foundation has added another string to its virtualisation bow, with the launch of OPNFV, its project for an open-source network function virtualisation (NFV) platform. The project, here, comes with the obligatory roster of high-profile vendors backing it: AT&T, Brocade, Cisco, China Mobile, Huawei, IBM, Juniper and …
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Meet AMD's pole-dancing 64-bit ARM chip: Hierofalcon wants to be in a mast near you

AMD is today pitching its 64-bit ARMv8 system-on-chip codenamed Hierofalcon at software-defined networks in telcos. Essentially, it thinks the processor can do the job of dedicated hardware better, in terms of size and performance per watt. We're told the processor can have up to eight Cortex-A57 cores, is being sampled by " …
Chris Williams, 01 Oct 2014
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Colias robots SWARMING out of the lab

Video Greybeards of the IT industry will remember RoboCode, the Java programming teaching game that let you set virtual robots in battle with each other. How about teaching a bunch of real robots how to swarm? That's the aim of the University of Lincoln's Colias project, which provides relatively low-cost – £25 a pop – micro-robot …
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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

Microsoft has promised to crack down on rogue apps in its Windows Store following criticisms that the marketplace is littered with "scam" software. Windows Store – which debuted with Windows 8 – is littered with misleading apps. Typical problems include knock-off "unofficial" packages of free apps such as the VLC media player. …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2014
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Samsung slurps Internet of Home Stuff upstart SmartThings

Samsung is all set to slurp home automation platform SmartThings in another manoeuvre to prime the firm for the Internet of Stuff – if it should ever arrive. SmartThings is a platform that connects a range of consumer IoT devices for the house together into a smartphone app that works on iOS and Android. The company is a …

Twitter takes on GOOGLE, swallows wannabe YouTube firm

It looks like Twitter is going head to head with YouTube with the acquisition of SnappyTV. The video platform lets users edit and share clips from live TV broadcasts, among other things. It also gives Twitter new video opportunities for both organic user-derived sharing and from Twitter’s sponsored-content platform Amplify. …
Faultline, 02 Jul 2014
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Samsung's 'OS of Everything' Tizen still has little to offer

Analysis The first smartphone running the Linux-based Tizen OS is here, even if it will likely be a long time before most of us can get our hands on it. But forget about phones – Tizen is also about cars, TVs, home automation, wearables, and more. At least, that was the message put forth at the third annual Tizen Developer Conference …
Neil McAllister, 05 Jun 2014
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FCC MUST protect net neutrality to preserve AMERICA, say Google et al

The biggest names on the web – from Google and Level 3 to Microsoft and Facebook – have urged the US Federal Communications Commission to safeguard net neutrality. In a signed letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel, Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly, more than 100 companies urged …
Shaun Nichols, 08 May 2014
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Net neutrality protesters set up camp outside FCC headquarters

A posse of net neutrality activists has set up a camp outside the Washington, DC headquarters of the Federal Communication Commission to protest the agency's plans to allow a pay-for-play internet. Protesters outside FCC headquarters Not exactly Tahrir Square "We don't have armies of paid lobbyists at our disposal but we …
Iain Thomson, 07 May 2014

Inktank's founder blabs to El Reg about Ceph's ERASURE TIERS

Red Hat may have just agreed to buy Ceph-backer Inktank, but that hasn't slowed down the open source project. Late Monday or early Tuesday morning, Ceph's main developer Inktank will release "Firefly", the 0.80 release of the open source Ceph object store and filesystem. Firefly comes with two features that, like beer and pie [ …
Jack Clark, 06 May 2014

Mozilla asks FCC to unleash the nuclear option on net neutrality

Mozilla has filed a formal request to the US Federal Communications Commission asking it to reclassify internet-provision and content-provider's traffic under Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which would ensure the net remains neutral. The Firefox firm's proposal is twofold. First, it petitions the FCC to reclassify …
Iain Thomson, 05 May 2014
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Ubuntu N-ONE: 'Storage war' with Dropbox et al annihilates cloud service

Linux distro biz Canonical is shutting down its Ubuntu One online file and music storage service. The cloud system offered 5GB of space per user account, and allowed Linux, Windows, Android and iOS devices to back up data to its servers. Users could buy a subscription to get additional space. But it was no match for rivals …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Apr 2014

App.net 'not just a way for nerds to talk to each other', boss tells nerds

Column It has never been quite accurate to describe the social network App.net, founded by developer and entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell a little over a year ago, as simply a Twitter also-ran. True, the similarities between the two are impossible to miss: App.net users have accounts prefixed by “@” from which they post (not tweet) …
Dave Mandl, 14 Mar 2014
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FCC net neutrality blueprint TRASHED by US appeals court

Updated A US appeals court has ruled that net neutrality measures put in place by America's Federal Communications Commission are invalid. The FCC's latest attempt to compel ISPs to treat all traffic on an equal basis suffered a significant blow, after the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said (PDF): [E]ven …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2014
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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

Google-owned Motorola Mobility hopes to shake up the smartphone world with its freshly announced Project Ara: an open platform for modular snap-together handsets. Project Ara - swappable hardware mobile Project Ara ... swappable mobile hardware parts Googorola plans to work with the Phonebloks project on the open-source …

The 'third era' of app development will be fast, simple, and compact

Hot Chips At the annual Hot Chips symposium on high-performance chippery on Sunday, the assembled chipheads were led through a four-hour deep dive into the latest developments on marrying the power of CPUs, GPUs, DSPs, DMA engines, codecs, and other accelerators through the development of an open source programming model. The tutorial …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Aug 2013
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US states: Google making ad money on illegal YouTube vids

Oklahoma and Nebraska have joined Mississippi in calling on Google to crack down on internet ads for powerful drugs sold without prescription. The states' attorneys-general have written to the Chocolate Factory about ads that pop up on YouTube videos for pharmacies willing to sell painkillers like percocet and oxycontin …
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Hey mobile firms: About that Android thing... Did Google add a lockout clause?

The European Commission has asked mobile telecoms firms and manufacturers of devices to provide details of any agreements they have with Google regarding the use of the technology giant's Android operating system. A number of Google's rivals have recently complained about agreements between Google and mobile device …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Jun 2013
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Review: Kobo Arc Android tablet

As pocketable Android tablets gather momentum and e-reader manufacturers look to offer a more flexible platform, the twilight zone where both meet is certainly looking lively. A criticism of Amazon’s Kindle Fire e-book-meets-Android offerings is the company’s imposition of a walled garden for installing apps: you have to …
Bob Dormon, 10 Apr 2013

HP fuels second-gen Moonshot servers for April 8 launch

The next-generation of HP's "Project Moonshot" super-dense servers for hyperscale data centers, code-named "Gemini", are being prepped for their long-awaited launch next Monday. HP has a lot a stake with Project Moonshot, not the least of which being the viability of high-volume server manufacturing for big data-center …
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WTF is... the Quantified Self?

Feature The woman sitting opposite me on the Tube is reading a book. She turns the page and I watch her hand come up to her face. She strokes her lips, and then the fingertips disappear into her mouth: she’s nibbling the nail of her ring finger. The hand returns to the book to turn the page, but before she’s read halfway down it, the …
Chris Bidmead, 29 Mar 2013

Rackspace: Why we're designing our own cloud servers

Exclusive Any cloud computing provider that wants to operate at scale and compete against its peers is under pressure to build some kind of custom hardware. It may, in fact, be necessary to compete at all. That is what Rackspace, which is making the transition from website hosting to cloud systems, believes. And that's why the San …
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Mark Shuttleworth: Canonical leads Ubuntu, not 'your whims'

After several months without posting, Mark Shuttleworth has returned to his official blog with some harsh words for those in the Ubuntu community who have been critical of Canonical's recent efforts to transform the OS into a multi-faceted platform for mobile devices and the cloud. "If you've done what you want for Ubuntu, …
Neil McAllister, 07 Mar 2013