Articles about coffee

iKettle smart kettle

Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

A security man has mapped and hacked insecure connected kettles across London, proving they can leak WiFi passwords. The iKettle is designed to save users precious seconds spent waiting for water to boil by allowing the kitchen staple to be turned on using a smartphone app. Pen Test Partners bod Ken Munro says hackers can …
Darren Pauli, 19 Oct 2015

Apple wants your fingerprints in the cloud

Apple wants to collect and store your fingerprints to spread its payment service and simplify download authorisation. Cupertino aspires to upgrade its TouchID with the capability to collect, encrypt and upload fingerprints to Apple servers so that users can verify their identities with a single print matched to those stored …
Darren Pauli, 16 Jan 2015
The Register breaking news

DARPA fashions miracle robotic attachment from balloon, coffee

Topflight robotics boffins in the States have developed a nifty new accessory that no droid should be without - a squashy "gripper" manipulator which can be fashioned out of ground coffee and a party balloon. Credit: John Amend The manipulator works by pressing the soft balloon full of loose coffee grounds down on the …
Lewis Page, 26 Oct 2010
SpaceX CRS-6 launch

Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

Vid SpaceX very nearly landed the lower stage of its Falcon 9 rocket in one piece at sea on Tuesday – as the capsule payload of the rocket successfully made its way towards the International Space Station. The rocket, carrying a Dragon cargo capsule loaded with supplies for the space station, blasted off on schedule, and separated …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2015

Starbucks denies mobile app hack, blames careless customers

Starbucks has rebuffed claims that its mobile app has been hacked, in the wake of reports that scores of its US customers have suffered from credit card fraud. The coffee chain’s US customers have been reporting the theft of hundreds of dollars from their credit cards, in a series of scams seemingly linked to auto top-ups on the …
John Leyden, 15 May 2015

UK gov sinks £25k into Pi-powered cyberdesk

A London furniture design outfit has trousered a £25k Innovate UK grant to prototype "the office desk of the future". "Open-making" champion Opendesk - which offers downloadable designs you can knock up yourself or hand to a local manufacturer* - is tasked with hewing a customisable cyberdesk from the living plywood. …
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2015
The Chocolate Festival, London

Exercising with chocolate: Festival and tours galore

Chocolate and exercise together, whatever next? Well, for the chocoholics and general lovers of cacao based products, there are various chocolate tours springing up at various locations around the country including Edinburgh, Oxford and one taking place in London this weekend. The Chocolate Festival, London Naughty, but nice …
Simon Crisp, 28 Mar 2015

Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

A critical issue standing between humanity and its manifest future - that is to say, the availability of decent coffee in space - has been solved with the invention of an espresso machine which it's planned to send up to the International Space Station (ISS), groan-inducingly dubbed the ISSpresso. Italian astronauts Paolo …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2014

What a shower: METEORS will BLAZE a FIERY TRAIL across our skies

The BBC is pulling its annual trick of promising skygazers a "dazzling display" of Perseid meteors this week, as the Earth passes through the trail of debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. Peak meteor activity will be tomorrow night (Wednesday August 12) from around 2300 UK time, and enthusiasts can expect "at least one every few …
Lester Haines, 11 Aug 2015
Moon Express MX-1

Moon miners book Kiwi rockets for 2017 lunar landing

Moon Express, one of the teams competing for the $30m Google Lunar X-Prize, has booked five rockets that will be ready for a 2017 attempt to get to the Moon. The deal with New Zealand firm Rocket Labs will see Moon Express' MX-1 lander make an attempt at the first commercial lunar landing for the Google Lunar X-Prize. To win …
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2015

Bacon can kill: Official

As predicted last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified processed meat as "carcinogenic to humans". The decision is based on the findings of 22 experts from 10 countries working with WHO's cancer tentacle the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Having reviewed the "accumulated scientific …
Lester Haines, 26 Oct 2015

ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

Italy's first female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, has offered the internet a full talkthrough on one of the International Space Station's most famous and terrifying facilities: its lavatory. Headlined the "International Space Station toilet tour", Cristoforetti's video explains how a fan creates suction to avoid smells …
Team Register, 11 May 2015

Pawn Storm attack: Flash zero-day exploit hits diplomatic inboxes

Hackers behind a long-running cyber-espionage campaign have begun using a new Adobe Flash zero-day exploit in their latest campaign. The attackers behind Pawn Storm targeted several foreign affairs ministries from around the globe using a Flash-based attack, Trend Micro reports. The targets received spear phishing emails that …
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2015

BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

Episode 8 "It's just a small change!" the Boss whines. "It's not a small change, it's a Friday afternoon change," I say. "We don't do those. We do Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon changes if you want, but not Friday. If it's urgent we might do a Friday morning change, but it has to be pretty urgent. Lives must be at …
Simon Travaglia, 26 Jun 2015
The Register breaking news

Drinking coffee offers no real benefit, say eggheads

Deluded trick-cyclists in the UK and Germany have produced "research" purporting to show that coffee drinkers receive no tangible benefit from their morning cup of beautiful, life-giving beany caffeine goodness. The foolishness was presided over by Peter Rogers of Bristol Uni's experimental psycho department. He and his allied …
Lewis Page, 03 Jun 2010

Oracle slings 193 patches, nixes exploited Java zero day

Oracle has poured cold coffee on a recent Java zero-day that's already under active attack, with just one of the critical patches it's released to address 193 holes in its sprawling product suite. The zero day is the most urgent fix of the lot and of the two dozen other Java patches present among Big Red's quarterly patch …
Darren Pauli, 16 Jul 2015
Mac malware

Ex-NSA bloke: 'I love Apple products, I just wish they were secure'

QuoTW The first full week of May saw Uber size up Nokia's map biz, while a Tiversa employee claimed he went rogue and Tesla caught flack for its new home battery pack. Here are some of the last seven day's choice quotes: Infosec bod Patrick Wardle laid into Apple for its lame security practices. The former NSA, researcher when asked …
Team Register, 10 May 2015

Steve Jobs, The (real) Movie

¡Bong! I have been dismayed but not surprised to hear complaints that the movie by my friend Danny Boyle misrepresents the life of Steve Jobs, and contains numerous factual inaccuracies. Following our highly successful partnership on the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Danny and I worked closely developing the movie. Indeed, at one …
Steve Bong, 23 Oct 2015

Carphone Warehouse, RootMetrics ink data deal, declare customer love

Carphone Warehouse will use RootMetrics data – essentially network performance information – to help customers choose which networks they should be on. A deal between the high street super-power and the frozen frothy coffee-led research organisation will see staff in the shop look up the places where customers want to use …
Simon Rockman, 20 Feb 2015

FAO EVERYBODY: From the Legal Outreach Team at Bong Ventures LLC

¡Bong! [In place of Mr Bong’s usual reflections on disruption and innovation, we have instead received this from Bong Ventures LLC legal affairs team – Ed.] From: Steven P Bong, Founder and Chief Disruption Officer. 1. Inaccurate Reporting I am dismayed by reports originating in the foreign press purporting to “expose” the “ …
Steve Bong, 21 Aug 2015

Man-in-the-Middle diddle hits 25,000 iOS apps

Some 25,000 iOS apps are exposed to man-in-the-middle attacks thanks to vulnerabilities in the popular AFNetworking library. The now-fixed Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) bug is the latest found in the library which has been patched three times since March. US firm SourceDNA says the flaw existed in code that was near a previous bug …
Darren Pauli, 28 Apr 2015
Eora 3D scanner prototype

Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

It looked a lot like a tall drink can. Out of a lens at the top, a beam of green laser light shone onto a reusable takeaway coffee cup, slowing working its way across it, scanning. That light came from the Eora3D, a portable 3D scanner that got me asking a few questions. How accurate is it? The model will have features down …
Mark Pesce, 09 Jul 2015

Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

Mozilla has outfoxed three critical and six high severity flaws in its latest round of patches for its flagship browser. It stomps out memory safety bugs, exploitable use-after-free crashes, and a buffer overflow. Of the critical crashes, bad guys could potentially craft attacks targeting MP4 video playback through a buffer …
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2015
The Vessyl

IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

Are you a Silicon Valley man-child, too distracted by the ethereal beauty of your last thousand lines of code, or too dependent on others to bring you stuff, to ever notice what you're actually drinking? Fear not. Rather than have to lift your head or sully your senses with the mundane world, you can now rely on the Internet of …
Grand Theft Auto Lindsay Lohan lookalike

Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

Former Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe is reported to be in line to play the co-founder of Rockstar Games, publisher of the violence-fest Grand Theft Auto game series. According to Hollywood Reporter Radcliffe is in negotiations with BBC Films to star in the true-life account of Sam Houser, and his fight with a Miami lawyer …
Kat Hall, 10 Apr 2015

Mmm, what's that smell: Coffee or sweat? How to avoid a crap IT job

Part 1 Do not try picking up a girl with the line: “You’re not as fat as my current girlfriend; if you sleep with me I’ll drop her as soon as she’s finished painting our bedroom.” Trust me on this, it doesn’t work. It should set off alarm bells in anyone's head. Yet during job interviews, hopefuls are told things like: “We’re ditching …
Dominic Connor, 05 Nov 2012

Spyware-spewing Wi-Fi drone found on Hacking Team, Boeing's to-do list

Leaked emails have exposed plans by Hacking Team and a Boeing subsidiary to deliver spyware via drones for sale to government agencies. The scheme proposed the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) to deliver Hacking Team's Remote Control System Galileo spyware via Wi-Fi networks from above. Boeing subsidiary Insitu …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2015
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

Small change to Medium takes large axe to passwords

Let's file this under “what could possibly go wrong?”: blogging platform Medium has decided to skip passwords in favour of a one-time-pad* single-use-token approach. If you're a cool kid who doesn't mind your credentials being shared, you can still sign in with Twitter or Facebook, but there still exist Luddites who want to use …

Star Trek's Lt Uhura hospitalised in LA after stroke

Star Trek actress and NASA recruitment ambassador Nichelle Nicols is recovering in hospital following a stroke. Nichols – best known for playing Lt Nyota Uhura on TV and in the Star Trek film franchise – suffered a mild stroke while at her home in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. Her agent Zach McGinnis informed Nichols’ …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jun 2015

Siege of Shoreditch was like Stalingrad, but with Froot Loops Bloopers

¡BONG! FRONTLINE DISPATCH Tsunami survivors say the first sign of impending disaster is that the tide goes out a very long way. One minute you're on the beach with water lapping at your feet. The next, there's nothing as far as you can see. That was how the start of the "Breakfast War” felt, too. One moment I was in the Jedward Twins' Cereal Killer …
Steve Bong, 02 Oct 2015

Cloudy VMs leak ID details that could allow attacks, says researcher

Research published by a US masters student reaches the somewhat unsettling conclusion that current cloud technologies don't separate virtual machines (VMs) as well as they could. By spying on shared resources at a low level, the research suggests, an attacker's VM can retrieve data written by another (like crypto keys), and …

Hasta la Victoria Siempre, GDS! This is not the end, no way

¡Bong! For Digital Millennials it was an epoch-defining event. Like the assassination of Kennedy, or the fall of Thatcher, everyone will remember what they were doing the moment they heard the shock news. Perhaps you were blue-skying a gamification concept at Second Home. Perhaps you were at The Trampery, teaching some visiting …
Steve Bong, 07 Aug 2015

Samsung’s consumer IoT vision – stupid, desperate, creepy

IFA Sketch While the business side of the Internet of Things looks in good nick, and isn’t actually anything new, the consumer prospects look remote. Samsung is one of the few global companies that’s able to project a vision of consumer IoT: it does technology as well as consumer electronics and white goods. And it tried to give us a “ …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Sep 2015
The Register breaking news

iPhone 4S is for failures who work in coffee shops - Samsung

Not content with the trans-continental patent lawsuits, Samsung have struck another blow at Apple. This time somewhere it might hurt - its branding. A new TV ad for the Samsung Galaxy SII showing from today in the States sticks it directly to the iPhone, by suggesting that the Jesus mobe is an over-hyped pricey status toy for …
Anna Leach, 23 Nov 2011

Jeremy Corbyn: My part in his glorious socialist triumph

¡Bong! June 2015: The door to the modest Islington terraced house creaked open. From behind a black burqa, a pair of eyes gleamed with contempt. My Arabic was rusty but there was no mistaking the sentiment – I could discern the words “neoliberal” and possibly “analogue”, hissed at me in what sounded like a rasping West Country accent …
Steve Bong, 15 Sep 2015

CommVault mired in losses. Will activist investors move in?

Data management specialist CommVault could be open to activist investor activity, said an analyst, after reporting a loss and seeing yearly revenues down on Americas sales inadequacies and foreign currency headwinds. First, fiscal 2016 revenues were down nine per cent on the year, at $139.1m, and down eight per cent …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2015

Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

Updated Two more serious Adobe Flash vulnerabilities have emerged from the leaked Hacking Team files, ones which allow malefactors to take over computers remotely – and crooks are apparently already exploiting at least one of them to infect machines. The use-after-free() programming flaws, for which no patches exist, are identified as …
Chris Williams, 12 Jul 2015

Hortonworks dishes out Hadoop for HDS: Mmmm, open source with big vendor gravy

HDS will offer open-source data muncher Hadoop to the enterprise after doing a deal with Hortonworks. Hadoop distributor Hortonworks has signed an agreement with HDS to jointly promote and support the software. HDS can now deliver Hortonworks' Data Platform (HDP), Hadoop in other words, to its enterprise customers. Hortonworks …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2015
SpaceX CRS-6 patch

HOVER ROCKET space station podule mission LIGHTNING HOLD DRAMA

NASA has postponed today's launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket – loaded up with supplies for the International Space Station, including a new espresso coffee machine – after an approaching storm started blasting out. The craft was set to liftoff about an hour ago from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Launch postponed due to lightning …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2015
Screenshot of the Word 2013 startup screen, which doesn't show the year

'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

British SciFi author Charles Stross once had the protagonist of his Laundry Files series, sysadmin/demon-hunter Bob Howard, narrate his day by saying “I'm sitting in my office, shivering over a cooling cup of coffee and reading The Register when my door opens without warning ...”*. Stross is welcome in these pages for that …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015

700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

Satnam Narang of Symantec says one scammer was so taken with Twitter he established 750,000 accounts. The senior security response manager found the one man spam plague set up the mind boggling number of Twitter accounts he calls 'mockingbirds' to flog Green Coffee Bean Extract earning cash for visitors referrals. Narang said …
Darren Pauli, 27 Mar 2015
a coffee cup topped with cappucino foam with a wi-fi symbol sprinkled on top in powdered chocolate

Vodafone: Can't make calls on our network? Use Wi-Fi

Vodafone will launch Wi-Fi Calling and Voice over 4G (VoLTE) this summer. Both services require handsets that support the technologies, and Vodafone is keeping mum as to which ones it will be shipping. Wi-Fi Calling is a UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) service and for certain high-end handsets is an alternative to using the …
Simon Rockman, 11 Mar 2015
The Register breaking news

Bank man: System's down, let's have coffee. Oh SNAP, where's all the CASH?

Cybercrooks are running distributed denial of service attacks as a smokescreen to distract bank security staff while they plunder online banking systems, according to a researcher. Avivah Litan, vice president at Gartner Research, reports that cyber criminals looking to attack financial institutions are getting more ambitious by …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2013

They're not a travelling polka band, they're German HPC kids packing Big Iron

HPC blog Home country Germany was well represented at the recent Student Cluster Competition at the 2014 International Supercomputer Show in Leipzig, Germany. Part of the task for students is to find a vendor partner and work with them to put together the best cluster for the event. Of course, the next difficult bit is making sure the …
DVD it in many colours

Coffers Coffee Republic gets own cashless system

Coffee Republic is the latest entity to launch an NFC-based pre-paid system for those who like to pony up in advance for their caffeine fix and have their usage tracked in exchange for a ten per cent rebate. Not content with accepting cash, credit cards, and contactless payments using bank cards, Coffee Republic has launched its …
Bill Ray, 20 Dec 2008 by Found Animals Foundation CC 2.0

Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

On-call +NSFW Welcome back to On-call, our planned-to-be-fortnightly look at the things readers have been asked to do in the course of their employment, often at odd hours. This week, reader Guy* wrote to tell us about a gig he scored in the mid-nineties, where “my first task was to find out where all our bandwidth was going when the office …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2015
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)

NASA chooses ace SPACE PILOTS who'll take the USA back into manned flight

NASA has chosen the astronauts who will be first in the upcoming return by America to manned space operations. All four are veteran space fliers and former military test pilots. "For as long as I’ve been Administrator, President Obama has made it very clear that returning the launches of American astronauts to American soil is …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2015
Houses of Parliament in night-time

VOTERS! This Election: Vote #Smart, Vote #Digital

¡Bong! Millions of Britons will go to the polls tomorrow for (we hope) the last ever analogue General Election. Several million more, many of whom share the same names and live at a surprisingly small number of addresses in inner-city constituencies, have already voted. I hope you will choose wisely tomorrow. As a successful venture …
Steve Bong, 06 May 2015
A person measuring her waistline

FTC slaps orders on alleged diet pill spamvertising scam scum

Watchdogs at the US FTC (Federal Trade Commission) have obtained a restraining order against alleged diet pill scammers. The “Com Spammers”, nick-named over their use of domain names in the form of, where XXX are three or four random characters, have been pushing out huge volumes of email and SMS spam for years. The …
John Leyden, 08 May 2015

Al-Qaeda targets net-connected coffee machine

An Aussie risk advisory services manager has issued a chilling security alert concerning the Jura F90 net-connected coffee machine, warning caffeine-heads that the hi-tech brewing device could open their Windows PC to exploitation by internet paedophiles and al-Qaeda*, CNET reports. The Jura F90 Craig Wright, who works for " …
Lester Haines, 18 Jun 2008