31st > May > 2013 Archive


HTC drops 12-inch Windows RT tablet, sticks to a 7-incher

It's been a while since we've heard much about Windows RT from Microsoft's OEM partners, and the latest rumblings from HTC are both good news and bad for Redmond's ARM-based OS, according to sources.
Neil McAllister, 31 May 2013

EFF files objections with W3C decrying addition of DRM to HTML5

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has upgraded to full member status of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and as its first act has registered a formal objection to the proposed addition of DRM to the HTML5 specifications.
Iain Thomson, 31 May 2013
Apple iPod Touch 5G

Apple reveals bare bones iPod touch

Persistent rumours that Apple is planning a cheap version of the iPhone have a little more substance today, after Apple quietly slipped a new bare-bones model of the iPod touch out the door.
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2013

Google gives vendors seven-day bug disclosure deadline

Google has decided it's fair to tell the world about newly-discovered security flaws seven days after it learns about them, even if that's not enough time for vendors of vulnerable software to provide a fix.
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2013

A Bluetooth door lock that puts the kettle on? NOW we're in the future

Another electronic door lock that can be operated wirelessly has launched. Wait, come back: this time it looks cool and promises to, one day, control your kettle, lights and other stuff connected to the future's Internet of Things.
Bill Ray, 31 May 2013

UN report says killer bots could fight WAR WITHOUT END

The United Nations has called for the establishment of an international body to set guidelines for the development and use of lethal autonomous robotics (LARs), lest such machines go on a never-ending killing spree that plunges humanity into perpetual war.
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2013

China ponders joining controversial IP trade treaty

China has signalled it may consider joining the group of nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade treaty that has attracted extensive criticisms for its proposed reforms to copyright law and other intellectual property regulations.
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2013

Drobo makes 'reductions' ahead of Connected Data merge

SME storage hardware maker Drobo, which is in merger talks with Connected Data, has laid off some of its staff, in what Connected Data CEO Geoff Barrall calls an orderly "Reduction In Force" (redundancies).
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2013

Fedora's Schrödinger's Cat Linux gives coders claws for thought

ReviewThe Schrödinger's cat thought experiment, devised by Erwin Schrödinger in 1935, pits the theory of quantum superposition against what we observe to be true.
Scott Gilbertson, 31 May 2013

'Nothing will convince a kid that's never worn glasses to wear them'

QuotWThis was the week when a campaign run by a bunch of women's groups actually made Facebook admit to a fault and offer to change.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 May 2013
Pure Jongo S3 multiroom speaker system

Review: Pure Jongo S3 multiroom speakers

I’ll admit, I didn’t think I was going to have much to say about Pure’s Jongo S3 speakers, the latest addition to its growing wireless audio gear range.
Bob Dormon, 31 May 2013

Google nuke thyself: Mountain View's H.264 righteous flame-out

Back in 2010, champions of a free web were ecstatic over Google's plan to seed the internet with a patent-free video. VP8 was going to crush the patent-heavy H.264, now celebrating its 10th birthday. Or so we were told.
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2013

Think you're ready to make a big career bet? Read this first...

FeatureDisclaimer: Before taking any of my advice be aware that I once bet my career on OS/2 and that in all my careers articles my ambition is to help you avoid some of the mistakes I have made.
Dominic Connor, 31 May 2013
Screenshot of Microsoft promotional video touting Office 2013's cloud integration

El Reg drills into Office365: Mass email migration

Spinning up a new instance of Office 365 to provide email for a brand new domain is easy; migrating email from other domains is not.
Trevor Pott, 31 May 2013
Beginning SQL

BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

Episode 4"Don't put that there," I snap - calmly, but firmly, as a Beancounter goes to drop a chunk of IT detritus on my desk.
Simon Travaglia, 31 May 2013

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1: Samsung plays Intel against ARM

Samsung are about to announce a Galaxy tablet running Android but with Intel inside. And while it is a victory for the US chip goliath, it's also one which could prove pyrrhic given the large amount of cash Intel will have to cough.
Bill Ray, 31 May 2013

BT! dumps! Yahoo! after! 10! long! years! together!

BT is ditching Yahoo! after 10 years to take up with US firm Critical Path, which will supply email services on the new BT.com.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 May 2013

New EXPLICIT pics support notion of moist, welcoming past for Mars

The Martian nuclear truck Curiosity has found further evidence that water once flowed freely on the Red Planet's surface.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 May 2013

Fear the Embarrassing Bodies webcam

Something for the Weekend, Sir?Some of my colleagues get writer's block. I suffer from reader's block. I may have a mild form of dyslexia or it may be due to having a very short attention ... you know, whatever.
Alistair Dabbs, 31 May 2013

Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

Ex-Windows chief Steven Sinofsky is “happy” with the miserable sales record of tablets and PCs running his Windows 8 baby.
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2013

Sacred islet Rockall repels Brit adventurer's first assault

Heavy seas have thwarted Brit adventurer Nick Hancock's first attempt to land on the sacred islet of Rockall, and he's beaten a retreat to St Kilda ahead of a second pop tomorrow.
Lester Haines, 31 May 2013

Apple's two-factor security isn't as good as Microsoft or Google's, say experts

Apple's two-factor authentication system does not protect users' private files backed up to the iCloud, it is claimed.
John Leyden, 31 May 2013

Court orders Feds to hand evidence over to Kim Dotcom

A New Zealand court has handed over all the evidence against Kim Dotcom to the Megaupload founder because it reckons the warrants used in the 2012 raid were illegal.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 31 May 2013

Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

The Linux Mint project has released version 15 of the desktop that they’re calling the “most ambitious release since the start of the project.”
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2013

You need to get serious about 4G coverage, Ministry of Fun told

The Ministry of Fun should set up a national planning database, allowing network operators to instantly check zoning restrictions if it's serious about promoting 4G technology.
Bill Ray, 31 May 2013

'Syrian Electronic Army' fails to crack Israeli water system

Attempts purportedly made by pro-Assad hacktivists to attack water systems in northern Israel have failed, recent reports reveal.
John Leyden, 31 May 2013

WD shuns flash, plonks enlarged racks on shelf

WD has extended its unified storage Sentinel range into a 1U, Atom-powered rackmount shelf, a first for WD as it enters the rackmount storage market.
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2013

Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

Motorola has shown off an electronic authentication tattoo and an FDA-approved pill that uses the body to transmit passwords, and says it wants to see a new generation of smartphones geared towards such wearable – or edible – technology.
Iain Thomson, 31 May 2013
Photo of Surface Touch Cover, Special Edition

Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

UpdatedThe TV ads for Microsoft's Surface tablets look like music videos, with happy Surface users snapping and unsnapping their fondleslabs from their keyboard-covers. There's just one problem: Surface doesn't come with a cover – until now, that is.
Neil McAllister, 31 May 2013

AWS peers into soul of Load Balancers for DNS failover

Amazon Web Services now lets users apply automated DNS failover policies to data fronted by load balancers rather than just IPs.
Jack Clark, 31 May 2013

Groundbreaking Camino browser digs grave, jumps in

The Camino browser, first conceived around the turn of the millennium as a free, open source project designed to be a true "Mac-like" browser for the then-nascent Mac OS X, has reached the end of the line.
Rik Myslewski, 31 May 2013

Sacred islet Rockall defeats Brit adventurer

Brit adventurer Nick Hancock is returning to western Scotland after inclement weather thwarted his attempt to land on the sacred islet of Rockall.
Lester Haines, 31 May 2013

Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

Did Atari really bury millions of unsold videogame cartridges in the New Mexico desert in 1983? A documentary film crew aims to find out.
Neil McAllister, 31 May 2013

Kinky? You're mentally healthier than 'vanilla' bonkers

A new study has discovered that practitioners of "bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, sadism-masochism (BDSM)" tend to be less neurotic, anxious, and paranoid, and more extroverted, conscientious, and open to new experiences than members of the "vanilla" general public.
Rik Myslewski, 31 May 2013

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