30th > April > 2013 Archive

Azure Index

Azure is Microsoft's billion-dollar baby – maybe

Curt Anderson, CFO for Microsoft's Server & Tools Business, was feeling chatty during an interview with Bloomberg, bragging that in the past year Redmond topped the $1bn sales mark with Windows Azure.

BT unleashes SIP licensing troll army

VoIP-to-PSTN termination providers and SIP vendors will be watching their inboxes for a lawyer's letter from BT, which has kicked off a taxing licensing program levying a fee on the industry, based on a list of 99 patents.
Richard Chirgwin, 30 Apr 2013
Chromebooks: Acer vs Samsung

The Chromebooks are coming! New models due late 2013

While sales of Windows PCs and notebooks continue to disappoint, Acer, Asus, and other hardware makers are readying a new volley of Chromebooks to launch in the second half of 2013, sources close to the companies' Asia-based supply chains claim.
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2013

Google Now lands on iOS

Google has released its signature search app, Google Now, on Apple's iOS.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2013
Lenovo C325 all-in-one desktop PC

China became world's BIGGEST PC market in 2012

China has surpassed the US as the world’s largest PC market, in terms of annual sales, with the nation's huge untapped rural market offering manufacturers a rare growth opportunity, according to industry watcher IHS iSuppli.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Apr 2013
The total addressable market for data and cloud platforms, according to EMC

Pivotal a 'cult' led by charismatic visionaries

Pivotal, the EMC-and-VMware spinout, is no ordinary company but is instead akin to a “cult”, according to Melissa Ries, the company's general manager for Asia Pacific and Japan.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2013

Apache attack drives traffic to malware

A security researcher is warning that an attack on the Apache Web server is increasingly showing up in the wild, and has published a free Python tool to check their configurations.
Richard Chirgwin, 30 Apr 2013
Hopper Reagan

Continued lack of women in tech bemoaned by ex-techie lady MP

The number of women enrolled in training courses preparing them to work in the tech industry has not changed for 30 years, an MP has told the House of Commons.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2013
Mobile Gaming

Japan's naughty nurses scam free meals with mobile games

Japan’s male mobile gaming geeks are being taken for a ride in ever-greater numbers by hungry, cash-poor women who befriend them online before tricking them into paying for an expensive dinner for two.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Apr 2013
An anti-piracy message baked into the game "Game Dev Tycoon"

Pirates scoff at games dev sim's in-game piracy lesson

Australian games developer Greenheart Games has released a cracked version of its own product – a games business simulation called “Game Dev Tycoon” – as an experiment in education of pirates and their reaction to a game that tells them their software-pinching ways are evil.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2013

Red-hot students, an all-day romp and an £11,000 bonanza

ASC'13Red-hot cluster-building students from Tsinghua University in Beijing stepped up their already high-level game - and took two of the three awards up for grabs at the inaugural Asia Student Cluster Challenge (ASC’13) finals last week in Shanghai.
Dan Olds, 30 Apr 2013

British biz walking around with 'Hack Me' sign taped to its back

Britain’s businesses are being left vulnerable to crippling cyber attacks due to a severe lack of security skills, according to a technology trade body.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2013

T-Mobile UK punters break for freedom in inflation-busting bill row

T-Mobile UK punters reckon they can avoid the mobile network's latest price rise - after the operator swelled its prices beyond inflation.
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2013
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Stealthy storage startup PernixData picks up VMware guru

Early-stage US start-up PernixData has decided it needs a European evangelist and persuaded VMware's Frank Denneman to jump ship.
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2013
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket prepared fro launch in 2002. Pic: United Launch Alliance

Object Storage: A solution in search of a problem?

Blocks and FilesGenerally, it seems to me that object storage is suffering from a failure to launch despite more than a dozen suppliers pushing it.
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2013

Crap computers in a crap box: Smart-meter blackouts risk to UK

AnalysisYou'd be forgiven for thinking this is the plot of a Saturday night BBC2 drama: hackers tinkering with smart electricity meters deliberately cut the power to whole neighbourhoods.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2013
Apple iPhone 5

Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

Does how you feel about your current smartphone really inform the handset you’ll acquire two, three or four years hence? The Yankee Group, a market watcher, thinks it might. And that’s good news for Apple. Possibly.
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2013

Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack in bullet-hard chickpea drama

Day two of my "Live Below the Line" challenge has kicked off with another two fried egg sarnies and a couple of cuppas, following a long, hungry cooking slog yesterday thanks to some particularly obstinate chickpeas.
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2013
Close up of elephant's face. Photo by Shutterstock

IBM storage crew: Why bury your BEST kit at the back of the larder?

StoragebodEl Reg storage man Chris Mellor’s pieces on IBM’s storage revenues here and here make for some interesting reading. Things are not looking great with the exception of XIV and Storwize products.
StorageBod, 30 Apr 2013

Salesforce boots SAP from customer-wrangling software top slot

Software-as-a-service provider Salesforce has beaten on-premises incumbents to become the biggest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2013

Is this the first ever web page? If not, CERN would like to know

Boffinry nerve-centre CERN has attempted to recreate the very first website to mark 20 years since the official launch of the World Wide Web.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Apr 2013

2,000km-wide Eye-of-Sauron MONSTER hurricane spotted on Saturn

Stargazing NASA scientists have snapped an image of a massive hurricane on Saturn whose vortex is 20 times larger than the average size of the eye of its earthly cousins.*
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2013

Oi, journos. Try NOT to get hacked again. Lots of love, Twitter

Twitter has warned news agencies that hackers could strike again unless journalists take basic precautions - like using a decent password.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2013

Yahoo! tries! to! tempt! TV! crowd! with! tiny! dick!

Yahoo! is taking a leaf out of Netflix and Amazon's books and beefing up its media offerings with six original TV shows, including one about a bite-sized private detective. It has also partnered up with pro-wrestling outfit WWE in a bid to lure in internet TV watchers.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Apr 2013

Brits on benefits: 'Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD'

Benefits claimants signing up for disability living allowance online are told they cannot use modern browsers, smartphones or even Macs.
Gareth Corfield, 30 Apr 2013

SoftLayer hoists Riak NoSQL datastore onto its cloud

Open source NoSQL datastore specialist Basho has teamed up with SoftLayer to hoist the free and paid-for versions of Riak into the cloud.
Jack Clark, 30 Apr 2013

Huawei boss: Next CEO won't be member of my family

The Chinese telecoms giant won't be listing itself on any public exchange, and the founder's kids won't be taking up the reins either - as their dad reckons they're not up to the job.
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2013

Judge sets the date for Patent Smackdown 2: The Damages

US Judge Lucy Koh has told Apple and Samsung they'll be back in court in November to try to decide whether the fruity firm deserves an extra $450m damages for alleged patent infringement.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Apr 2013

Credit safety net ripped from under elder IT distie Northamber

QBE Insurance has removed entire lines of trade credit insurance on Surrey-based distributor Northamber, The Channel can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2013

What's that noise upstairs? It's a shakeup at enormo reseller Insight

The EMEA division of reseller giant Insight Enterprises has welcomed back former UK boss Emma de Sousa on a permanent basis.
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2013

BT and O2 ink deal to build mega 4G network

BT has reached out to its prodigal child O2 and offered to help build it a flashy new 4G network - for a few hundred million quid.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2013

Bechtle's double digit sales, profit hike in UK? Satisfactory, says parent firm

A double digit hike in sales and profits at the Brit arm of reselling powerhouse Bechtle was merely described as "satisfactory" by its German owner.
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2013

Intel supremo backs biz pal SoftBank's billion-dollar bid for Sprint

Intel chief Paul Otellini has told a US regulator that he backs SoftBank's bid for Sprint rather than Dish Network's counter-offer.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Apr 2013

Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

Apple has embarked on one of the biggest bond offerings in history as part of a ploy to avoid tax.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2013

MongoDB gets incremental restores ... for a price

MongoDB steward 10Gen is trying to squeeze money out of heavy users of the open source NoSQL database, and has set aside almost a petabyte of raw storage to deal with initial demand for a new backup-and-restore service.
Jack Clark, 30 Apr 2013

Fujitsu sells off microcontroller and analog chip biz to Spansion

It's been a busy day at Japanese IT giant Fujitsu, with the company reporting its financial results for its fiscal 2012 year ending in March (that's not a typo) and also announcing that it has spun off its microcontroller and analog device business to the flash-memory maker Spansion.

BlackBerry CEO: Tablets will be dead in 5 years

BlackBerry chief Thorsten Heins reckons slabs will be dead in half a decade, by which point his firm will be the front runner in mobile computing.
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2013

Feds want to fine companies that refuse wiretap requests

Draft legislation to impose fines on companies that refuse to provide wiretap facilities to US federal agents is in the planning stages, government officials have told the Washington Post under condition of anonymity.
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2013

Cloudera revs up Impala SQL for Hadoop

Commercial Hadoop distributor Cloudera is first out of the gate with a true SQL layer that sits atop Hadoop.

Budweiser's bonkable Buddy Cup brings Facebook to the pub

Are you spending so much time on Facebook that the prospect of actually going out and socializing has become a little unnerving? Don't worry; mega-brewer Budweiser has got you covered, with a new beverage cup that helps merge the physical and online worlds.
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2013

Amazon goes legit with cloud certification plan

Watch out Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Dell, and HP. There's a new reassuringly dull certificate in town, and it's coming for your devs.
Jack Clark, 30 Apr 2013

ESA retires Herschel space telescope as too hot to handle

The European Space Agency has formally retired the Herschel space telescope after nearly four years of operation, and has placed it in a parking orbit that will keep it out of Earth's way.
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2013
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Alibaba splurges half a billion on a slice of 'Chinese Twitter'

Alibaba has moved into social media with a $586m splurge on an 18 per cent stake in China's Twitter, Weibo.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 30 Apr 2013

One of the world's oldest experiments crawls towards a fall

Grab a coffee, fire up the browser, open the webcam, and wait: sometime soon – perhaps within days – a drop of pitch will fall, and for the first time, the event might actually have spectators.
Richard Chirgwin, 30 Apr 2013

Cray peddles more iron than expected in Q1

It is tough to find a choppier business than the supercomputer market, and Cray CEO Peter Ungaro had to remind Wall Street once again to not judge the company on a single quarter, and particularly on the first quarter that it has just turned in.

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