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Struggling tape bods Quantum a few quids in after good quarter

One swallow doesn’t make a summer but two certainly does indicate warmer weather is on the way. So too for Quantum, which has just made a profit – the first one after four quarters of losses. Quantum, that perennially struggling tape, disk and file management vendor, has just reported a positive second fiscal 2015 quarter ending …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2014
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Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' backfires over privacy concerns

In response to public outcry via Twitter and personal blogs on Wednesday, the Samaritans have announced an opt-out function for their stalker-friendly app Samaritans Radar. Samaritans Radar automatically scans the tweets of anyone the user follows and alerts subscribers to potentially suicidal tweets based on “trigger phrases”. …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Oct 2014

NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

Government health chiefs have admitted to spending millions of pounds furnishing bureaucrats with Apple iPhones and fondleslabs. Taxpayers forked out more than £2m to buy iThings for the staff of NHS non-departmental public bodies, which are arms-length government organisations more commonly known as quangos. Dr Daniel Poulter …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Oct 2014
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Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now

Chinese Android mobile firm and fierce Apple rival Xiaomi has nabbed the third place finish in the world’s largest smartphone vendors just three years after first setting up shop. Beancounters at Strategy Analytics said that the Chinese firm accounted for six per cent of the 320 million smartphones shipped in the quarter from …
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Programming Office 365: Hands On with Microsoft's new APIs

Analysis Microsoft has announced new APIs and mobile software development kits for Office 365, its cloud platform for email, document storage, and collaboration. Office 365 uses Azure Active Directory (AD) for authentication, and the company is pushing the idea of using this not only for Office 365, but also as a corporate cloud identity …
Tim Anderson, 30 Oct 2014

BIGGEST THREAT to Europe’s cybersecurity? Hint: not hackers

Forget cyber-espionage, cyber-warfare and cyber-terrorism. The biggest threat to Europe’s infrastructure cybersecurity are power outages and poor communication. On Thursday, ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) held its biggest ever cybersecurity exercise involving more than 200 organisations and 400 cyber- …
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Apple dealer CANCOM: We're RAKING IT IN

Apple dealer CANCOM has announced whopping third-quarter results, way in excess of the same period last year, citing that old favourite "solid business demand". The German firm has reported raking in €208.4m worth of sales revenue in the last quarter, compared with €142.3m during the same period in 2013. This all works out to …
Team Register, 30 Oct 2014
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The ULTIMATE CRUELTY: Sandworm uses PowerPoint against Swiss bank customers

The Sandworm vulnerability is being actively abused to attack Swiss banking customers, Danish security consultancy CSIS has warned. CSIS reports that the attacks are pushing the latest version of the Dyre banking trojan. Attacks arrive as spam emails under the guise of information about unpaid invoices. In reality the …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2014
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Facebook OCP crowd to ogle MICROSOFT'S server-room SECRETS

Microsoft has released a second clutch of secret blueprints from its server bunkers to Facebook’s Open Compute Project. The giant on Thursday published specs for servers and open-sourced code for the in-house tools its techies use to set up and run Azure, Office 365, Bing and Xbox Live. The idea is for anyone to take Microsoft’ …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2014
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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

Speculation is rife that the Antares rocket accident at Wallops on Tuesday evening was caused by the 1960s-era Russian engines powering the craft, though the official investigations have only just begun. Aerial view of Wallops after Antares catastrophic launch failure Private space firm Orbital Sciences has already faced …
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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

British consumers could easily hack into controversial new smart meters, allowing them to illegally slash their energy bills, cyber-security experts have warned. The caution came as top White Hall apparatchiks met with energy industry leaders today to discuss plans that will see the the devices installed in every British home by …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Oct 2014
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Making an entrance: Remote door-opening tech

Breaking Fad For a lot of Reg readers, home automation is probably an internal affair – that is, if you're using technology, it's probably to control things inside the home, like heating, lighting and so on. And indeed, that also makes up the bulk of what's available when it comes to the major suppliers. Youtube Video One area that's fairly …
Nigel Whitfield, 30 Oct 2014
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Samsung's flagging phone fortunes hit profits hard

Samsung has promised to shake up its smartphone line-up to try to win back some of the ground it has lost in the sector, after it revealed that its third-quarter operating profit was the lowest in more than three years. Sammy’s operating profit was 4.1 trillion won ($3.9bn), while net profit was 4.2 trillion won. In the same …
Intel and Micron's 20nm, 128Gb NAND chip

Keep up with the fast-moving world of flash array storage

An all-flash networked array can do wonders in speeding up data accesses by applications running in connected servers. It is obviously best if the all-flash array is seamlessly integrated with your existing networked storage infrastructure. Suppliers of new integrated flash arrays say that getting the best use out of flash …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2014
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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

Apple bossman Tim Cook has come out as gay and has vowed to spend the rest of his life helping to "pave the sunlit path" towards equality and justice. Up until now, Cook's sexuality wasn't so much a secret as an unmentioned truth. He has frequently joined Pride marches and spoken openly about the mistreatment faced by gay people …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Oct 2014

UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

UK consumer patching practices have worsened still further over the last three months, increasing the threat of malware problems, according to a new study by IT security provider Secunia. Secunia estimates 12.6 per cent of UK users are running unpatched operating systems, up from 9.7 per cent the previous quarter. In addition, …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2014
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SkyHawk array swoops down, 136TB claws extended

All-flash array startup and packing density expert Skyera has got itself a new version of its skyHawk array, encompassing a threefold increase in capacity. The first generation skyHawk was a 1U rack enclosure with 44TB of usable flash capacity inside it. Gen 2 skyHawk FS has 136TB (raw) and also delivers increases in data …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2014
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This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO

What can the world learn from Google, Twitter and Facebook - apart from how to make millions through ads flinging? How to run a successful open-source project. The trio in September announced TODO, to make open-source project “easier.” Joining them are Dropbox and Box and code-site GitHub, payment providers Square and Stripe, US …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2014
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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

Storagebod On the way to "Powering the Cloud" with Greg Ferro and Chris Evans, we got to discussing Greg’s book White Box Networking and whether there could be a whole series of books discussing White Box storage, virtualisation, servers etc and how to build a complete White Box environment. This led me to thinking about how you would …
StorageBod, 30 Oct 2014

China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap

China has been warned of an approaching robot bubble fuelled by Beijing's desire to massively overdevelop the internal automation market. Worried by sluggish growth and ominous warnings of an imminent slowdown, the Chinese state wants to build an army of robotic workers. It plans to create five robotics "champion" firms which …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Oct 2014

Humanity now making about 41 mobes EACH SECOND

The world is now manufacturing just under 42 mobile phones a second thanks to an uptick in global production, IDC's presumably-very-tired handset-counters say. The firm's latest quarterly phone count found shipped 327 million mobiles in the year's third quarter. Do the math: there's 7,862,400 seconds in 91 days. Divide 327m by …
Darren Pauli, 30 Oct 2014
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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

Microsoft has joined the wearables market with “band”, a fitness-monitor-cum-smartwatch, which is accompanied by a suite of online services dubbed “Microsoft Health”. There's more than a hint of raised middle finger directed at Cupertino in the dual announcements, as Band is on sale now for US$199 and is said to have enough …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2014
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Amazon's hybrid cloud: EC2 wrangled by Microsoft's control freak

Hybrid clouds are the new black: world+dog has decided that some workloads just won't ever ascend into the elastosphere, but that running a private and public cloud from separate control freaks is a dumb idea. That's why vSphere can span your on-premises bit barn and vCloud Air, and Azure Pack does the same trick but with Azure …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2014

NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

NASA boffins are chuffed as ninepence this week to announce that they have discovered unmistakable signs of a crashed spacecraft far away from the Apollo landing sites on the far side of the Moon. Now you see my ejecta, now you don't The boffins believe that the wrecked craft was the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment …
Lewis Page, 30 Oct 2014
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Remember Internet2? It's now a software-defined metacloud

America's Internet2 research network is embracing the cloud, launching an SDN implementation designed to let academics create their own private clouds. The SDN rollout uses the FlowSpace Firewall to slice up segments of connected campuses' 100 Gbps Internet2 connections into discrete slices whose resources are protected from …

Carders offer malware with the human touch to defeat fraud detection

A new cybercrime tool promises to use credit card numbers in a more human way that is less likely to attract the attention of fraud-detection systems, and therefore be more lucrative for those who seek to profit from events like the Target breach. The "Voxis Platform" is billed as "advanced cash out software" that promises to …
Darren Pauli, 30 Oct 2014
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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

Mozilla has released a new app, Stumbler, that “collects GPS data for our location service” by detecting WiFi access points and mobile phone cells towers, then “uses these wireless network locations to provide geolocation services for Firefox OS devices and other open source projects.” That sort of data collection has, of course …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2014
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Twitter, IBM, in deal to create brainy Big Blue Bird

IBM and Twitter have assembled their buzzwords, ranked them into a regiment, and jointly set them loose to march upon a waiting world, by announcing that the avian network will feed data galore to Big Blue's cloudy enterprise big data analytics offerings. Did El Reg add that the pair are promising to transform businesses and …

DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned

Drupal websites that had not patched seven hours after the disclosure on a "highly critical" SQL injection (SQLi) hole disclosed on 15 October are essentially hosed, the content management tool's developers say. Attacks against the vulnerability (CVE-2014-3704) in version seven of the content management system began "hours" …
Darren Pauli, 30 Oct 2014

Big Retail: We don't hate Apple, we hate the credit card companies

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) went on a PR offensive on Wednesday to explain what happened in the hacking attack that saw its testers' emails exposed, why its member retailers banned Apple Pay and Google Wallet, and what makes its CurrentC mobile payment system so great. Dekkers Davidson, CEO of MCX, which represents 50 …
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2014

Has the United Nations taken over the Internet yet?

For the past five days, and the next nine, dozens of government representatives are in Busan, Korea discussing changes to the international telecommunications regime. It is the Plenipotentiary conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the arm of the United Nations that tries to coordinate telecoms efforts …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Oct 2014
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NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA

Moviegoers will soon be asked to stash their Google Glass before taking in a flick, much like they're asked to pocket their mobile phones today. The National Association of Theater Owners (NATO... no, really!) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said in a joint statement that NATO's member theaters would …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2014
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Microsoft opens Office 365 to devs with APIs, SDKs

Microsoft is putting its Office 365 crown jewels on display, opening up APIs to the environment to attract third-party developers to the platform. The APIs are yours for the taking here, along with resources and guides for developers. Microsoft imagines applications such as integrating a reservation system with a user's calendar …

The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

Sysadmins: another venerable and nearly-ubiquitous *nix tool, wget, needs patching because of a bug first reported by HD Moore. As the Red Hat Bugzilla report describes, the bug was a beauty: a recursive directory fetch over FTP would let an attacker “create arbitrary files, directories or symbolic links” due to a symlink flaw …
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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

Twitch, the streaming site where users show off their gaming prowess to the public, has altered its terms and conditions to ban users from being cheeky by playing in the buff. "Nerds are sexy, and you're all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let's try and keep this about the games, shall we?" the firm's updated rules of …
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2014

Hate the BlackBerry Z10 and Passport? How about this dusty old flashback instead?

The barren husk of BlackBerry is looking to recapture a stake in the smartphone market by going back to its roots as a maker of business communication devices. The company said that its upcoming BlackBerry Classic (née Q20) handset, which is expected to launch in November, will hearken back to the days when BlackBerry's name was …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Oct 2014
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More Microsoft staffers shown the door in Round 3 of job cuts

Microsoft sent another 3,000 staffers packing on Wednesday, after the third round of layoffs in CEO Satya Nadella's multi-phase restructuring program. The Seattle Times reports that 638 employees in and around Microsoft's Puget Sound headquarters lost their jobs, with the remainder coming from various sites around the globe. By …
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2014

Bad dog: Redmond's new IE tool KILLS POODLE with one shot

Microsoft has issued new guidance on the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) SSL vulnerability, including a one-click utility that can automatically disable SSL 3.0 in Internet Explorer. The Fix It utility, which was released on Wednesday, is a reversible workaround for all versions of Redmond's browser from …
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2014
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Big Retail's Apple Pay killer CurrentC HACKED, tester info nicked

CurrentC, the mobile payments system being pushed by some of the biggest retailers in the US, has been hacked – before the system is even fully up and running. "Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who …
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2014

FCC boss Wheeler clears way for internet TV and cable unbundling

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has outlined a plan which could lead to a change in the way Americans pay for television and internet services. The FCC boss said in a late Tuesday blog post that internet TV services should be afforded the same access rights to network programming as satellite TV providers …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Oct 2014
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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

Street artist Banksy is renowned for satirizing society through the unexpected, and a battle over his namesake dot-com domain seems to have provided him with another opportunity. We reported earlier this month that the anonymous artists appeared to have gone corporate, filing a trademark infringement case against the owner of …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Oct 2014

Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

A legal firm has launched a class action against Apple over claims the 2011 MacBook Pro suffered from "random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability and system failures". In the legal complaint, the plaintiffs said the "computer was described by many as a dud and defective from inception". The laptops in question …
Jasper Hamill, 29 Oct 2014