Plug-in pwning challenge brings Pwn2Own prizes to $US560k
The organizers of the Pwn2Own hacking competition held at the annual CanSecWest security conference have upped the prize pool to $US560,000 and will now be offering prizes for hacking web plug-ins from Adobe and Oracle.
Facebook puts some brains in Open Vault JBOD storage
Open Compute 2013At last week's Open Compute Summit 2013, the people behind the open source hardware project were showing off some enhancements for the Open Vault JBOD storage array that Facebook has cooked up for its own use in its two newest data centers and presumably will be added to its existing data center.
Japanese boffins tout infrared specs to thwart facial recognition
Don’t like the idea of having your mug identified in secret by a hidden camera? Neither does associate professor Isao Echizen of Japan’s National Institute of Informatics.
BEST reiterates ‘no solar forcing’ claim
Richard Muller, whose Koch Foundation-funded Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project has sparked an ongoing controversy since 2011, has hit the news again with the publication of his paper in a peer-reviewed journal.
Opera sings WebKit's tune for new mobile browser
WebKit, the open source web page rendering engine used in Chrome and Safari, is about to pick up another sliver of market share after Norwegian browser-maker Opera revealed it will drop its own rendering engine in a forthcoming mobile browser.
RIM extends BB10 port-a-thon after dev stampede
Developers have ported another 19,000 apps to BlackBerry 10, leading Research in Motion (RIM) to extend the deadline for its various programs aimed at encouraging coders to commit to its platform.
Nokia lets Lumia 820 owners 3D print their own case
Nokia has posted the templates 3D printer users need to make their own shell or case for its Lumia 820 smartphone.
Huawei set to leapfrog Ericsson ... if the sums add up
Chinese telecoms kit maker Huawei could be set to leapfrog market leader Ericsson after it estimated 2012 revenue will jump eight per cent year-on-year to 220.2 billion yuan (£22.4bn).
Another new asteroid-mining firm: 'First commercial space fleet'
A new space mining venture is all set to do battle with James Cameron’s asteroid mining outfit in an industry that isn’t even certain to be possible yet.
India gets paranoid about foreign tech
India’s national security paranoia reached new levels this week as reports emerged that all foreign vendors have been banned from supplying networking kit for its national broadband project, while the government wants to produce its own chips for use in sensitive installations.
Beware the coming of the ROGUE CLOUDS, wails Symantec
With one eye on Larry Ellison's Oracle in 2011 Salesforce chief Marc Benioff attacked “fake clouds” saying they aren’t the future.
UK taxmen turn heat on tax-swerving big biz, hope to smoke out £1bn
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has increased its focus on international businesses it suspects of using profit shifting techniques to avoid taxes in the UK, according to figures obtained by Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com.
Lloyds TSB, Halifax tech stumbles into the cold, goes titsup for hours
Lloyds TSB and Halifax saw their faster payments system fall down yesterday morning after a computer problem at the weekend stretched into the beginning of the week.
How to build a BONKERS 7.5TB, 10GbE test lab for under £60,000
Part TwoIn part one of The Register's Build A Bonkers Test Lab feature, I showed you how to build a test lab on the cheap; great for a home or SMB setup, but what if we need to test 10GbE? Part two is a wander through my current test lab to see how I've managed to pull together enough testing capability to give enterprise-class equipment a workout on the cheap.
Foxit outfoxes fiendish flaw to fix foxed-up Firefox PDF plugin
Foxit Software has fixed a critical security hole in its PDF plugin for web browsers.
Ex-Microsoft cloud chap James Henigan crowned Rise king
Cloud infrastructure and hosted services biz Rise has plonked its IT services director James Henigan into the managing director's hot seat.
WD wolfs down Arkeia, gets bellyful of SMB storage
Disk drive manufacturer Western Digital, which has angling for a while to muscle into the SMB market, is buying privately owned backup software company Arkeia Software for its backup software and appliances. The myriad other suppliers in the fractured SMB data protection market now face having to compete with a giant. The obvious possibility for WD, of course, would be to link and combine NAS and data protection.
Ballmer now flings out work rivals, rather than chairs, claims ex-Microsoftie
An ex-Microsoft chap has accused potty-mouthed CEO Steve Ballmer of throwing any possible pretenders to his chieftainship out of the company. At least it's no longer chairs being tossed around.
Cabinet Office chucks hefty rulebook at paper-chewing gov bods
The Cabinet Office expects all government offices with new or redesigned online transactional services created after April to be compliant with its money-saving, IT-tightening digital service standards by April 2014, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said yesterday at a gathering of "digital warriors".
Review: Infiniti M35h hybrid sports saloon
If you’ve got a little over 40 grand lying about and fancy a four-door hybrid sports saloon then Infiniti - the posh bit of Nissan in a relationship similar to that between Lexus and Toyota - would have you know that the latest M35h is not only the fastest, but also the cheapest car of its type.
Telefonica Germany starts bonking with friends
Telefonica customers in Germany who have a Samsung NFC phone will be able to pay by bonk from next month as the operator starts "friendly user" testing as a prelude to national rollout.
RIM's Heins beams: BB10 must walk the walk before we talk the talk
VidRIM will leave the door open for those wishing to license its QNX-powered smartphone operating system - but not just yet.
Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users
Sky has confessed it has overloaded its broadband service by putting far too many Brits onto its network. The media giant told The Register that it has run out of capacity in certain corners of the UK, which has knackered its users' internet connectivity at peak times.
Entire Reg readership would fill 205 Olympic-sized swimming pools
Last week, we announced that according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, a record 7,326,907 unique users visited El Reg in November 2012.
Phones 4U scrambles onto EE's back, flings out own virtual network
Phones 4U, the mobile phone retailer, is launching a mobile virtual network that piggybacks on EE's infrastructure so it can offer 4G later in the year.
Megaupload outed file-sharers to Feds months before Dotcom raid
Megaupload assisted a US prosecution of a smaller file-sharing service in 2010, 18 months before it itself was the target of a high-profile copyright-infringement lawsuit.
Acer slashes book worth of brands by £76m
Acer has slashed the book worth of PC brands in its stables by the tune of NT$3.5bn (£76.1m).
Google v Microsoft mobile war: Who's REALLY to blame?
Microsoft first learned about Google's plans to drop support for Redmond's ActiveSync for those signing up for a free Google account last summer, but now it wants the search giant to delay the decision, according to a report.
Invasion of the Killer Slablets: How BYOD can be good for channel
With a new wave of low-cost tablets hitting the shelves of retailers globally last Christmas – some starting at as little as £100 – consumers of all ages and professions rushed out to grab their very own before the "sold out" sign appeared.
Asteroid-mining 'FireFlys' will be ready for action by 2015, vows space firm
A second commercial venture to mine the near infinite resources of outer space has been started, and Deep Space Industries (DSI) is promising its spacecraft and 3D printers will allow successful mining operations within a decade.
New stats: Blighty's PC market ended 2012 on its KNEES
Retailers and distributors replenished PC stocks cautiously during Q4 last year in a nod to concerns over weak consumer demand for Windows 8 and the perennial threat posed by slablets, according to recent sales and shipment stats.
Mobes, web filth 'pornifying' our kids, warns top Labour MP
Labour's health spokeswoman Diane Abbott will today warn that Britain's culture is "increasingly pornified" and hyper-sexualises adolescents.
iPhone hangs on in US, Japan, but EVERYONE ELSE bought an Android
A day before Apple's quarterly results land, Tim Cook will also have to deal with the some unwelcome stats on iOS smartphone market share, showing that the iPhone still trails Android in all markets but the US and Japan.
Microsoft to pump cash into Dell buyout deal?
The word on the street is that Michael Dell and his rich friends are having an easy time finding the many billions of dollars needed to do a leveraged buyout of the PC and server maker and take it private, especially now that Microsoft has entered the picture with as much as $3bn to invest in the deal.
Spanish startup to ship first Mozilla-phones
Mozilla has taken a small step closer to finding out whether the world wants another smartphone operating system, with Spanish startup Geeksphone (working with Telefonica) announcing developer previews of two Firefox-based devices.
Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February
Microsoft has announced the next major push in its Surface consumer hardware campaign, including the launch date of Surface Windows 8 Pro, the Intel-powered big brother to the ARM-based Surface Windows RT fondleslab that debuted in October.
AMD's chip-supply reassessment leads to big quarterly losses
AMD has released its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012, and as expected, the numbers aren't pretty.