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Speaking in Tech: The post-SSD world – we’re talking about memories

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we talk Cloud Foundry, the problems with Solid State storage (losing power for a while — and then data for the rest of your life), rebooting your Boeing 787 (preferably not over the Atlantic), and Microsoft …
Team Register, 13 May 2015
Drought

Samsung offers $90,000 if you can fix California's epic drought with tech

IoT World 2015 Samsung is offering prizes of up to US$90,000 to device devs who come up with good ways to tackle the record-setting drought in California – and who are willing to use the its brand-new Artik Internet of Things (IoT) platform to do so. In announcing the competition at IoT World in San Francisco on Tuesday, Samsung chief strategy …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 May 2015
Citrix cloud workspace

Citrix reveals its Workspace Cloud ADaaS play

Citrix has kicked off its Synergy shindig with a preview of its new Citrix Workspace Cloud, an application and desktop delivery tool it's billing as “a new control plane that merges the worlds of on-premises and cloud, allowing IT managers to create secure, mobile workspaces that include desktops, applications and data from …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2015
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Rackspace's 'fanatical' army drops in on rival clouds

Rackspace is growing – just not fast enough for the Wall Street pack. Looks like it’s time to roll out the service troops to support rivals' clouds. The firm’s stock was gang-battered on Monday, kicked brutally down the stairs by 13 per cent after management announced revenue growth of 14 per cent to $480m. Not bad – but not …
Gavin Clarke, 12 May 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking at Build 2015

Microsoft's run Azure on Nano server since late 2013

Microsoft's only just announced its new Nano server, but has been using it in production on Azure since late 2013. So says D. Britton Johnston, CTO for Microsoft Worldwide Incubation, with whom The Reg chatted over the weekend. “Britt”, as he's known, said Microsoft started to use a very slimmed-down version of Windows server …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015
storm

Rackspace shares tumble on lowered forecast, revenue miss

Shares of cloud hosting provider Rackspace were battered on Monday after the firm reported a lackluster forecast for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015. Rackspace's total revenue for the three months ending on March 31 was $480.2m, a 14.1 per cent increase over the previous year's first quarter – not bad, but Wall Street was …
Neil McAllister, 12 May 2015
AeroMobil

Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

Slovakian company AeroMobil, which claims to have spotted a gap in the market for flying cars, managed to take its experimental prototype to an altitude of 300 metres before test pilot and inventor, Stefan Klein, "encountered an unexpected situation" and opened the vehicle's parachute. The test flight for the AeroMobil 3.0 …
Phoenix

Druva Phoenix is heading ROBO-wards via the public cloud

Comment It's not the end after all. End-point backup 'n' sharing biz Druva believes it can extend its end-point expertise to remote offices. Its business is end-point backup and file-sharing, protecting data on business users' laptops, tablets, desktops and smart-phones with the InSync software product designed to minimise resource use …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2015
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OECD nations gang up on internet retailers, tax dodgers

Australia's treasurer* Joe Hockey has revealed that he and other money ministers from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have shared plans to have online retailers charging the appropriate consumption tax on intangibles and goods bought online, at the rate of the buyer's home nations. Australia's …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2015

Google cloud: rubbish at updates, world-class at rapid rollbacks

Google's revealed that it has once again borked its own cloud with an update. The latest incident hit last Thursday, when the company made what it's calling “A routine software upgrade to the authorization process in BigQuery”. That update “had a side effect of reducing the cache hit rate of dataset permission validation … …
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2015

'Photof*cket' men manacled, indicted over Photobucket password-protected pic plunder

Two men, who were indicted and arrested Stateside on Friday for allegedly breaching pic-hosting website Photobucket.com, face conspiracy and fraud charges. The suspects, Brandon Bourret, 39, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Athanasios Andrianakis, 26, of Sunnyvale, California, were cuffed and taken away for questioning, the U.S …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 May 2015

The next Nest? We talk to Ring, the doorbell-come-security system

"You've come here at the absolute worst time," Jamie Siminoff tells us as we enter Ring's headquarters in Santa Monica. On the left are three people unpacking boxes of the company's video doorbell, scanning their MAC addresses as fast as possible, and packing them back up individually to send to customers. The boxes stretch back …

Roar of the Dragon: Revenue up by nearly half at Alibaba as it expands into Silicon Valley

Revenue soared by 45 per cent at Chinese e-commerce and tat bazaar giant Alibaba to 17.43bn yuan (£1.8bn) for its first quarter, compared with the same period last year. However, overall net income fell by 49 per cent to $463m (£300m) as the company made significant share-based compensation payouts to investors and employees …
Kat Hall, 8 May 2015
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NetSuite's leap over to Azure cloud - a shot to the pills for AWS?

NetSuite, the ERP-as-a-service firm, is shifting its entire business – and therefore that of its customers - off Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) and onto Microsoft’s Azure. Zack Nelson’s firm plans to shift its 24,000 customers to Microsoft’s cloud as the basis for their hosted business by the end of 2015. Azure will become the …
Gavin Clarke, 8 May 2015
David Cameron

Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

Comment Given that the election results are nearly all in it's going to be some few femtoseconds before Guardian writer Polly Toynbee starts claiming that it's the right wing media that woefully misinformed the British public and that's why the forces of all that's good and proper didn't win. Given that that's not actually how the media …
Tim Worstall, 8 May 2015

Facebook 'fesses up to running an ideological echo chamber

Science has published research conducted by two Facebook staffers and one academic from the University of Michigan on “Exposure to ideologically diverse news and opinion on Facebook.” The research seeks to explore “speculation around the creation of 'echo chambers' (in which individuals are exposed only to information from like- …

Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

A hacker who had spent weeks pwning fellow Guild Wars 2 players got some stylised justice when the game creators made a spectacle of his banning and character destruction. The hacker had become legend among the the MMO's userbase. Rumours of his appearances propagated like a virus. Kotaku reports that he single-handedly …
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Oracle scoops staff from failed OpenStack startup

Oracle's senior veep for cloud Peter Magnusson says the company has hired about 40 engineers from failed OpenStack startup Nebula. Nebula put itself out of its misery in early April, citing an immature market as inimical to its future operations. Magnusson told re/code Oracle's scooped about 90 per cent of Nebula's engineers. …
Navteq vehicle in Oxford

Uber and car makers jockey for Nokia's 'HERE' maps – report

Transport's enfant terrible, Uber, has reportedly put in a bid to acquire Nokia's HERE mapping unit. The New York Times spoke to an anonymous troika of insiders, who whispered that a bid of up to $3bn had been tabled. Three billion simoleans wouldn't be a big payday for Nokia, which bought HERE for $8.1bn in 2007 but has …
Mitch McConnell

NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

Now that a US federal court has ruled that the NSA's mass wiretapping program exceeded its legal authority, leaders of the US Republican party are pushing to make it legal. Within hours of the ruling by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeal that the NSA's bulk domestic surveillance program under Section 215 of the Patriot Act …
Iain Thomson, 8 May 2015
Web browsers 2015

Microsoft's secret weapon in browser wars: Mozilla's supercharged Asm.js

Microsoft has included a surprise feature in its new Edge web browser for Windows 10, in the form of support for the ultra-optimizable Asm.js JavaScript dialect. First developed by Mozilla and championed by the nonprofit's former CTO Brendan Eich, Asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that aims to be the "assembly language of …
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The United States' first official BitCoin exchange goes live

The first government-approved BitCoin exchange in the US has gone live. As we predicted last week, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYFDS) has given itBit Trust Company the first charter to be a virtual currency in the world's financial center. NYFDS superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said of the decision: "We …
Making conversation Google Glass style

Google's 'stale pale males' to be replaced by crack black chick pack

Gigantic scraper ad platform Google has set aside $150m (£98m) of its annual $66bn (£43bn) turnover (that is zero point zero zero two of its money) to tackle the weighty issue of diversity within its workforce. Nancy Lee, veep of "People Operations" at the Chocolate Factory said Google is determined to tackle its "pale male and …
Kat Hall, 7 May 2015
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Tencent stripped of antivirus rankings for cheating on tests

Antivirus ratings firms AV‐Comparatives, AV-Test, and Virus Bulletin have stripped another company of its rankings for trying to game their tests. This time the culprit was Chinese giant Tencent, which is accused of compromising its own security systems for the sake of speed credits in testing. "After in-depth investigations, …
Iain Thomson, 6 May 2015
Web browsers 2015

Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

You won't have to worry about dodgy toolbars, rogue ActiveX controls, or buggy plugins when you use Microsoft Edge (née Project Spartan), Redmond's new web browser for Windows 10. But you can also forget about extending the browser in any way, at least at first. Microsoft gave a sneak peek at its new, HTML/JavaScript-based …
Google PageSpeed Service is worm food

Running Google PageSpeed Service? Come August 3rd your site is knackered

Google has announced the impending retirement of its PageSpeed Service web optimization tool, and potentially causing headaches for sites that don't account for the move. The Mountain View advertising firm said that effective August 3rd, PageSpeed Service will be given the axe, though plugins and third-party implementations will …
Shaun Nichols, 6 May 2015

You've just woken from a 3-year coma. Cloud is everywhere. So how are you gonna make your millions and retire?

Collision 2015 It wasn't that long ago that when you wanted decent software you went to a retail store like Staples and bought a cardboard box with a CD inside. Then slowly we moved to downloading software and now it's hard to imagine anyone carrying a box to a counter when they can sit in their office or at home with a computer and a …

Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

Collision 2015 We should rent our Nest thermostats, Sonos speakers and August smartlocks, according to Jason Johnson, the CEO of internet-of-doorlocks upstart August. Speaking at the Collision conference in Las Vegas earlier today, Johnson bemoaned how difficult it was to get smart tech into the home and challenged the industry to come up with …
Windows 10 PC

How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

The Windows 10 Store will include traditional Windows desktop applications, thanks to Microsoft's Project Centennial (Project C). It was iOS and Android support in Windows 10 that grabbed attention when announced at Microsoft's Build developer event last week, but Project C may be more significant. The thinking behind it goes to …
Tim Anderson, 6 May 2015
DNA Helix

Would you trust your DNA with APPLE? HealthKit lined up as genome data trafficker

Apple is set to enable DNA handling in iOS apps, allowing the applications to feed data from DNA labs to genetic researchers via iPhones or iPads. A report from the MIT Technology Review claims two US hospitals are running trial programs to collect DNA from people, and then transmit details of their genetic blueprints to their …
Shaun Nichols, 6 May 2015

Why MakerBot failed – but 3D printing is far from dead

Collision 2015 3D printing posterchild MakerBot moved too fast with untested technology and that's why it was forced to cut 20 per cent of its staff, abolish three divisions and closed three shops. That's according to another 3D printing company whose CEO we spoke to at the Collision conference in Las Vegas this week. Matthew Fiedler of re:3D …
The European flag

EU geo-blocking: Ansip's crusade liable to disappear through 'unjustifiable' loophole

Analysis Europe’s digital single market proposals encapsulate many of the EU’s problems in one handy document. The intentions are noble, but the utopian “solutions” are clumsy and inept, leaving Eurocrats attempting to brute-force something that people don’t want onto a diverse and disparate collection of countries. Sound familiar? It …
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EMC dangles Puppet out of its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

Puppet Enterprise is getting a boost in its global sales footprint, with EMC deciding its customers need a bit of devops love and adding the automation suite to its hybrid clouds. Puppet Enterprise is going to be available as part of EMC's Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution, the two companies will launch a DevOps …
Map showing track of the flight from the UK to Europe

EC probe into murky cross border e-commerce kicks off

The EU’s executive arm has officially launched its probe into the e-commerce sector to find out why Europeans aren’t buying across national borders much. The eCommerce investigation, which was announced in March, aims to identify and stamp out regulatory barriers to crossborder e-commerce. Over the next few weeks, the Commission …
Apple Watch Sport

Too much Appley WRISTJOBBERY could be BAD for your HealthKit

Users of Apple's healthcare data app platform - intended to allow developers access to healthcare info collected via its wristy gizmo - could be left wide open to security exploits, infosec bods have warned. The ResearchKit and HealthKit platform is intended to allow health researchers to aggregate information collected from iOS …
Kat Hall, 6 May 2015

Sage boosts profit but that means NOTHING without the CLOUD

Sales rose 6.5 per cent to £699m during accounts-ware biz Sage's half-year results, despite the company's poor cloudy progress. Pre-tax profits increased 4.9 per cent to £173m, compared with the first half of its previous financial year. Stephen Kelly, chief executive officer, said the company is in the process of overhauling …
Kat Hall, 6 May 2015
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Google: Are you BIG? Be welcome at the Bigtable, chomp and scoff data

Google has opened up its Bigtable database – which, among other things powers the ad giant's search tech – to businesses handling vast amounts of data. The multi-billion dollar company claimed in a blog post this morning that its Google Cloud Bigtable would help enterprises and big orgs to deal with "the coming age of the …
Team Register, 6 May 2015
Chris C Kemp on stage a CeBIT Australia

OpenStack Daddy Chris C Kemp says it's like Linux in 1996

Chris C Kemp, the former NASA CIO credited with originating OpenStack, has predicted stacks-in-a-box that make the cloud platform more accessible and easier to use aren't far off. Speaking at CeBIT Australia, Kemp responded to a Register question about OpenStack usability by saying “in 1996 Linux was no fun either, but it …

Red alert! Google's terrifying Borg machines to assimilate cluster-wrangling Omega code

Google is ready to fold its advanced Omega cluster management software into its monolithic Borg, the technology that schedules workloads across the web giant's data center empire. The California biz has been working on developing the Omega scheduler as an heir to the decade-old Borg for a few years now. Both are designed to turn …
Team Register, 6 May 2015
HP

HP lifts lid on Autonomy lawsuit claims, but Lynch cries BOLLOCKS

On Tuesday, HP made public the details of the lawsuit it has filed against former Autonomy executives Mike Lynch and Sushovan Hussain in the UK, in what is just the latest round in litigation that is only likely to get uglier as the suit progresses. "HP confirmed today that Particulars of Claim against Lynch and Hussain were …
Container meltdown

Docker vs the container world: Techies rally around CoreOS-led spec

CoreOS Fest There was an elephant in the room at the inaugural CoreOS Fest in San Francisco this week, although like most such purported pachyderms it took a while before anyone would mention it. It was only when Twitter engineer Charles Aylward began fumbling over a tortuous description of "this other, well-known container system" that …

Netflix wipes blood of Comcast/TWC from its blade, charges toward AT&T/DirecTV

Netflix is lobbying US watchdog the FCC to reject the proposed merger between AT&T and DirecTV. The over-the-top vid streamer said that should AT&T be allowed to scoop DirecTV for $49bn, the resulting broadcast behemoth would be able to throw its weight around and extract premium fees from streaming upstarts like Netflix. To …
Shaun Nichols, 5 May 2015