17th > May > 2013 Archive


Mac malware found with valid developer ID at freedom conference

The annual Oslo Freedom Conference, where activists meet to share tips on advancing human rights, has thrown up an unusual piece of Apple OS X malware.
Iain Thomson, 17 May 2013

Congress asks Google to explain Glass privacy policies

The pilot phase of Google Glass is barely off the ground, but the Chocolate Factory's high-tech specs have already drawn the scrutiny of the US Congress over concerns that they could infringe individual privacy.
Neil McAllister, 17 May 2013

Nine-year-old Opportunity Mars rover sets NASA distance record

The never-say-die little rover that could, Opportunity, has set a new distance record for extraterrestrial NASA vehicles.
Rik Myslewski, 17 May 2013

Australia's net filter sneaks into operation through back door

Australia's national internet filter has re-emerged as an incompetence-powered zombie, after the nation's corporate regulator mistakenly blocked access to hundreds of sites.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2013
An alternative Yahoo! logo, courtesy of a Flickr user

Yahoo! May! Buy! Tumblr! For! One! BEELLION! Bucks!

Yahoo! has reportedly opened its chequebook, pencilled in nine zeroes with a one in front, and waved it around in the general direction of blogging site Tumblr.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2013
Gravity Trailer Still

Honey, I BLEW UP the International SPACE STATION - in full 3D

A few years ago the idea of accelerating a BlueArc filer would have seemed bizarre; it's got its own hardware acceleration. But now media special effects processing can be so mind-blowingly intensive that the hardware accelerated filer itself needs accelerating.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2013

Foxconn still flogging iWorkers, but more lightly

The Fair Labor Association's (FLA's) latest report on workers at Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, Apple's preferred source for many iThings, has found many staff are still working longer hours than is allowed under Chinese law.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2013

US government wants security research on car-to-car nets

David Strickland, Administrator of the USA's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has told that nation's Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that he plans to research the security requirements of automated cars and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) networks.
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2013

Have your users managed to force iOS devices on you?

NetApp has used its acquired IonGrid technology to provide iOS mobile devices with access to file data stored on its FAS arrays, along with browser access to business apps.
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2013

Microsoft conceals job ad in Bing homepage

Microsoft are looking for a new Bing developer - but you'll need to be pretty smart to apply. Oh, and you can only use Internet Explorer, which rules a fair number of applicants out.
Jasper Hamill, 17 May 2013

Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced 25% up on top-o-the-range iPad

Microsoft has confirmed prices for the Surface Pro: the 128GB model will cost punters 25 per cent more than a top of the range iPad.
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2013
Sony Tablet S

The quest continues for a fondleslab that fondles you back

HiWave, the haptics company which emerged from Brit hi-fi consortium NXT with a mission to make our fondleslabs fondle us back, has fragmented into a part which makes money and the more-interesting Redux.
Bill Ray, 17 May 2013

Prankster 'Superhero' takes on robot traffic warden AND WINS

A blogger claiming to have superpowers has exposed a flaw in a parking company's vehicle recognition system which could see innocent drivers wrongly hit with fines.
Jasper Hamill, 17 May 2013
management cloud2

What is the difference between Virt and Cloud?

There's a lot of talk – some might say hot air – about cloud computing, what it is and what it is not. Ask 10 people and you will probably get 15 answers.

'I think you DO do evil, using smoke and mirrors to avoid tax'

QuotwThis was the week when someone kicked Blighty's tax ant-hill and sent MPs and multinationals scurrying in all directions. The Public Accounts Committee called Google and its auditor Ernst & Young back to give more evidence about their British tax dealings, after a Reuters report suggested there might be "inconsistencies" in their original testimony.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 May 2013

Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

More than half of UK youngsters think being tracked is a small price to pay for cheaper car insurance, and 26 per cent will be actively seeking a pay-by-the-mile policy in the hope  of saving a few quid.
Bill Ray, 17 May 2013

TOO GOOD! Groupon ex-boss to drop, er, 'motivational business album'

Ex-Groupon chief Andrew Mason is moving to San Francisco to start a new company, after of course, he releases an album of "motivational business music".
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 May 2013

Trying to kill undead Pushdo zombies? Hard luck, Trojan is EVOLVING

The crooks behind the Pushdo botnet agent have developed variants of the malware that are more resistant to take-down attempts or hijacking by rival hackers.
John Leyden, 17 May 2013

IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

Most people can't bear to use automated call centre phone lines for even a few minutes. But one former IT manager has spent seven years on the phone in a bid to produce a map of Britain's phone menus.
Jasper Hamill, 17 May 2013

Hunt: I'll barcode sick Brits and rip up NHS's paper prescriptions

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to tear up the NHS's clumsy system of printed prescriptions - and instead use "unique barcodes" to dish out medication straight to the poorly.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 May 2013
Google Glasses will not be welcome at one Seattle bar

Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE

CommentGoogle Glass is wrapped around the faces of only a few thousand people right now. The company says the device is in very early beta mode. And yet lawmakers in the US have already pounced on the company demanding answers about how the privacy of netizens using the gizmo will be protected.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 May 2013

Apple chief Cook: You - senators. Get in here and redo this tax law

Apple supremo Tim Cook will dare US senators to rewrite tax laws seeing as the politicians are so upset about tech giants' tiny contributions to America's public coffers.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 May 2013

I said ‘no’ to a million-pound Tech City empire

Something for the Weekend, Sir?I have been propositioned in a toilet by a 72-year-old man. He wants me to move in with him and do the business.
Alistair Dabbs, 17 May 2013

That $1,000 the lad in Lagos needed? Just email it with Google Wallet

Google has integrated its payment Wallet with Gmail, enabling PayPal-style transactions from within the Gmail interface, and to any over-18 American with an email address and a Google Wallet account.
Bill Ray, 17 May 2013

CSI coughs for K3's SAP biz

Private-equity-backed Computer Systems Integration (CSI) has acquired the customer list of K3 BTG's SAP Business Objects Maintenance division for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2013

Murdoch Facebook gloat: You're like my $580m, 'CRAPPY' MySpace

Rupert Murdoch had a Gerald Ratner moment on Twitter earlier today when, in a warning to Facebook, he labelled MySpace - a website he once owned - as "crappy".
Kelly Fiveash, 17 May 2013

Who is the mystery sixth member of LulzSec?

AnalysisThursday's sentencing of three core members of hacktivist crew LulzSec and an accomplice hacker who gave them access to a botnet closes an important chapter in the history of activism. But it also leaves a number of questions unanswered.
John Leyden, 17 May 2013

Tech Data suspends four amid accountancy probe

Four middle managers in the finance function at Computer 2000 have been suspended as the distributor continues to investigate improprieties into vendor accounting errors.
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2013

Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

AnalysisThose who upgraded to Windows 8 aren't the only ones unhappy with the new touch-driven operating system - Wall Street is too. Just don't expect any of the criticism hurled at Steve "Teflon" Ballmer, Microsoft's shy and retiring boss, to stick.
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2013

Breaking news, LITERALLY: Financial Times vandalized by hackers

The Financial Times website and its Twitter accounts were this afternoon hijacked by pro-government hackers from the "Syrian Electronic Army".
John Leyden, 17 May 2013

Lonely-heart Maltese techie vs Bonnie Tyler for Eurovision crown

Eurovision 2013A hopelessly sweet song about a ruthlessly organised techie who gets the girl will fight with the ballad from rock vixen Bonnie Tyler and 24 other acts to lift the Eurovision Song Contest crown Saturday night.
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2013
HP SlateBook x2

Tablet? Laptop? HP does the splits with Tegra-based SlateBook x2

HP is to follow its Windows 8-based tablet keyboard combo, the Envy x2, with an Android Jelly Bean version - the computer giant’s take on Asus’ popular Transformer series.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2013

Yahoo! triumphs! in! $2.75bn! Mexican! standoff!

Yahoo! has said that a Mexican appeals court threw out a $2.75bn ruling against it and Yahoo! Mexico over contracts in the country.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 17 May 2013
Nvidia Shield

Nvidia opens pre-orders for handheld Shield console three days early

Nvidia is now taking orders for its Shield handheld gaming console, three days early, though the Android-running Tegra-powered gadget won’t make its way into punters’ hands before the end of next month at the earliest.
Tony Smith, 17 May 2013

Google research chief: 'Emergent artificial intelligence? Hogwash!'

Google I/OIf there's any company in the world that can bring true artificial intelligence into being, it's Google.
Jack Clark, 17 May 2013

MIT takes battery-powered robot cheetah for a gallop

VideoFast, agile robots for reconnaissance and rescue have been under development for half a decade or more, but they all have needed to be tethered to a power cable. Now MIT thinks it has cut the leash with a battery powered "cheetah" capable of outrunning a human.
Iain Thomson, 17 May 2013

Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

A major study of nearly 12,000 peer-reviewed papers in the climate-science literature has – again – proven that among climate scientists, an overwhelming percentage agree with the consensus view that human activity causes global warming.
Rik Myslewski, 17 May 2013

Jailed Romanian hacker repents, invents ATM security scheme

A Romanian man serving a five-year jail sentence for bank-machine fraud says he's come up with a device that can be attached to any ATM to make the machine invulnerable to card skimmers.
Neil McAllister, 17 May 2013

US military welcomes Apple iOS 6 kit onto its networks

The US Department of Defense has welcomed Apple's iDevices into its secure networks, and has announced that that it is "taking bold steps to provide sound information and proper analysis as it fortifies its cloud computing, acquisition and data processes."
Rik Myslewski, 17 May 2013

NASA signs off on sampling mission to Earth-threatening asteroid

NASA has given final approval for a billion-dollar mission to visit one of the most potentially dangerous asteroids to Earth, collect samples and bring them back home for analysis.
Iain Thomson, 17 May 2013
A storm is brewing (Mali, Sahel). Foto: F. Guichard & L. Kergoat, AMMA project, CNRS copyright.

Adobe's Creative Cloud fails at being a cloud

The file-syncing part of Adobe's new Creative Cloud family of technologies has been intermittently broken for a week, taking the "cloud" part out of Adobe's "Creative Cloud" redesign of its products. Now Adobe is suspending it "for the next couple of weeks" to make updates.
Jack Clark, 17 May 2013

Yahoo! to 'share something special' in New York on Monday

Yahoo! will hold a "product-related news event" this upcoming Monday with CEO Marissa Mayer in attendance to "share something special."
Rik Myslewski, 17 May 2013

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