16th > April > 2013 Archive


Silent Circle adds private email to hush-hush communications

Silent Circle, the private communications venture set up by the founders of PGP and two former US Navy SEALs, has added encrypted emails to its protected text and voice services.
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2013

Interview: Dave Berstein on the NBN, construction and VDSL

Dave Berstein of DSL Prime and Fastnet News visited Australia during April for the CommsDay Summit. The Register interviewed him to get his take on the ongoing NBN debate.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Apr 2013

Internet Explorer makes modest gains against Google Chrome

The browser world war, which appeared to have already been handily won by Google Chrome, is heating up again – well, "warming up" might be more accurate – with Microsoft's Internet Explorer having reversed some of its long, relatively steady decline.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2013

CSIRO backing broadband app comp

Entries are now open for a $AU50,000 CSIRO and industry-sponsored competition to foster broadband application development.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Apr 2013

SWARMS of ZOMBIES unleashed on innocent bloggers

Hosting providers are reporting a major upsurge in attempts to hack into blogs and content management systems late last week, with WordPress installations bearing the brunt of the hackers' offensive.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2013

Alibaba comes again with Android-unfriendly mobile OS

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has unveiled a new plan to reinvigorate its home-grown mobile operating system (AMOS) after a high profile fall-out with Google last year effectively prevented the world’s major handset makers from partnering on the OS.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2013
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell

Dell axes IT channel middlemen, installs Windows in the factory

Microsoft has granted Dell the power to install Windows on specialised computers before they leave the factory - neatly bypassing the distribution channel.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013
Samsung Galaxy S 4

Apple alert as half China's fanbois consider switch to Galaxy S4

It could be sweaty palm time at Cupertino after new research revealed that more than half of China’s loyal fanbois are thinking of switching their iPhones to a Samsung Galaxy S4, according to new data from market watcher TrendForce.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2013

Will Google's rivals swallow the 'labelling remedy' pill?

AnalysisGoogle will have a green light to offer "manipulated" search results and "to discriminate against competitors" if its preferred competition remedy is accepted by the EU, at least according to 39 national consumer bodies in Europe.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Apr 2013
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HP: You know what healthy OpenStack bods need? Fibre Channel

Hewlett-Packard says it is enabling OpenStack users to connect to two of its Fibre Channel and iSCSI-access storage arrays.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2013

Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

The Met Office has warned that Ofcom's planned deregulation of radio spectrum for Home Area Networking kit risks disrupting radar-based weather forecasts.
Bill Ray, 16 Apr 2013
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Microsoft brings back Windows watch after Apple seeks 'flexible' bod

Microsoft is working on a touch-enabled watch despite calling time last year on its earlier efforts. The revelation comes hot on the heels of rumours that rival Apple is working on an iWatch - which were further fuelled by Cupertino's posting of a job ad for a flexible display expert.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013

Sophos picks up axe again, 'plans to DECIMATE staff'

Sophos plans to shed 150 jobs as part of restructuring exercise, according to a source who tipped off El Reg.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2013

Netflix plotting move to HTML5 video - but only if DRM works

Streaming video leader Netflix says it's eager to move away from using Microsoft's moribund Silverlight technology to support its service on desktop PCs, but it will be a while yet before today's HTML5 browsers support the features it needs to make that happen.
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2013
Gigabyte Brix

Gigabyte bats Brix at Intel's tiny NUC PC

Taiwan’s Gigabyte is to take on Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC), the chip company’s ultra-compact Core i3-based desktop computer. Last week, it demo’d Brix, a box with a slightly bigger footprint than the NUC but around only half as tall.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2013

Why hacking and platforms are the future of NHS IT

OpinionApart from those who have a commercial vested interest does anyone still believe in large top-down centrally architected IT solutions? Public sector IT in the UK is littered with expensive white elephants, and it sometimes seems as if the only beneficiaries are the large IT contractors, who can threaten significant job losses or other problems if the government fails to continue the cycle of dependency.
Richard Veryard, 16 Apr 2013

Firefox 'death sentence' threat to TeliaSonera over gov spy claims

Firefox-maker Mozilla could issue a "death sentence" to TeliaSonera's SSL business over allegations the telecoms giant sold Orwellian surveillance tech to dictators.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013

Now Fujitsu breaks up with UK tech distributor Northamber

ExclusiveFujitsu Technology Products Group (FTPG) has become the latest major vendor to give UK IT distributor Northamber its marching orders, The Channel can exclusively reveal.
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2013
HP Envy x2 Windows 8 convertible

Ten Windows tablets

Product RoundupTwelve months ago the idea of compiling a list of Windows tablets that you would actually want to buy would have been as impossible to do as it would have been farcical to suggest. But with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT all that has changed, and we are now faced with a bewildering array of fondleslabs all running Redmond’s latest operating system.
Alun Taylor, 16 Apr 2013

Facebook struggling to find 'immersive' Home on Apple's iPhone

Facebook is reportedly in talks with Apple about bringing a version of its new Home interface to the iPhone.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2013

Anonymous squirts all over NORKS in birthday surprise outrage

Anonymous hackers have sent North Korean despot Kim Jong-un a little present on the anniversary of his grandfather’s birthday: they vandalised key Nork websites and posted their handiwork on a hijacked Twitter account.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2013

Survey: FOSS biz fans aching for 'enterprise-class' support

The absence of enterprise-grade support for free and open-source software (FOSS) is the single biggest pain point for business customers who are using it.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013
Kobo Aura HD E Ink reader

Kobo strikes new match against Kindle: The Aura HD e-reader

PicsKobo gathered the great and the good from publishing and distribution in London yesterday to launch its new high-res e-ink reader, the Aura HD.
Bob Dormon, 16 Apr 2013

Raspberry Pi space jaunt ends in dramatic mountain rescue

Blighty's two-pronged High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) assault on Europe over the weekend ended dramatically with the rescue of one payload from the slopes of a snow-capped Austrian mountain, while the other is officially AWOL somewhere in France.
Lester Haines, 16 Apr 2013
Logitech Harmony Ultimate

Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

Swiss mouse master Logitech will whip out a pair of new Harmony “universal” remote controls this month, extending the range to take in home automation kit as well as your home entertainment rig.
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2013

Ex-hacker leaves Pentagon's TOP-SECRET war boffins for Google

Google has hired a former hacker who has spent the last three years working for the US Department of Defense's secretive military research bureau.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Apr 2013

Dell tried gobbling doomed Brit IT giant 2e2 for £350m, say insiders

ExclusiveDell narrowly avoided buying Brit IT giant 2e2 before the integrator went titsup, say sources close to the £350m talks.
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2013

Microsoft: Fine! We'll match Amazon - by hiking cloud prices

What's the difference between Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services? Very little – or so says Microsoft, which has made a new commitment to match the web bazaar's pricing for basic cloud services.
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2013

Web host Linode, hackers clash over credit-card raid claim

Crooks claim they gained access to server hosting biz Linode's customer passwords and credit card numbers.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2013
Hadoop in the enterprise

Teradata buffs Hadoop for the biz intelligence masses

Teradata has polished Apache’s Hadoop Big Data framework for business intelligence and added new tools for quicker and easier querying of massed data.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013

At LAST, scientists tackle the problems faced by alcoholic rats

Scientists have grown an artificial rat kidney in the laboratory, heralding an era when humans can replace their own knackered organs with off the shelf stand-ins.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Apr 2013
Hadoop in the enterprise

Teradata cranks appliance iron, adopts InfiniBand as cluster backbone

Another database and data warehousing vendor has adopted InfiniBand as its backbone for data transmission. While upgrading the x86 iron inside its Active Enterprise Data Warehouse appliance and rolling out a new data mart server, Teradata said it was ditching its proprietary networking hardware and moving its homegrown Bynet networking stack to run atop of 40Gb/sec InfiniBand switches and adapters.

Oracle critical patch plugs 128 security vulns

Oracle is issuing a hefty patch batch that seals 128 serious security vulnerabilities across the database company's vast product suite.
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2013

CISPA cybersecurity legislation vote due in next 48 hours

The US House of Representatives has scheduled to vote on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) for Wednesday or Thursday, and the pro and anti camps are marshaling their forces to try and sway the result.
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2013

Verizon Terremark backs Xen-CloudStack combo for clouds

Hot on the heels of the open source Xen hypervisor being moved over to the Linux Foundation as an official collaborative project, Citrix Systems, which has controlled the Xen community as well as the open source CloudStack cloud controller that is one of the viable alternatives to OpenStack, has scored the Terremark cloud subsidiary of telco giant Verizon as an enthusiastic backer of both Xen and CloudStack.
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NZ plans interception law refresh

Still suffering judicial criticism over its bungled spying on Kim Dotcom, the New Zealand government has announced that it will revise its telecommunications interception regime to force ISPs and telcos to co-operate with that country's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Apr 2013

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